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"Material Middle Ages" graduate conference, UC Berkeley (2/28-3/1): deadline Nov. 15
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UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies
The UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies invites submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference:
“The Material Middle Ages”
Medieval Studies has been stood on its head: we’re all materialists now. Medievalists are increasingly attentive to the physical objects that form the basis of our scholarly practice, and the social forces that determined the production, use, and survival of those objects. Literary critics can no longer exclusively draw on critical editions of medieval literature; it’s now expected that any new critical interpretation come buttressed by paleographical and codicological evidence drawn from the archive –- and from the growing ranks of online digitized manuscripts. The latest grand historical syntheses are increasingly built around insights from archaeology and material history. The past decades have underlined the importance of corporeality and bodily knowledge to medieval religious and philosophical thought.
This conference looks to open a discussion of the “material Middle Ages” to emerging scholars across the disciplines. We invite proposals for papers that consider specific material objects -– books, images, buildings, etc. –- but also those that expand their scope to address questions of materialism from socio-political, theological, philosophical, and literary perspectives. We welcome papers from all disciplines, including literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, art history, archaeology, classics, musicology, ethnic studies, geography, gender studies, and religion. Scholars working on subjects outside the Latin West, or traversing multiple regions, are encouraged to apply. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Submit 250-word abstracts for a 20-minute paper to the conference committee at email@example.com by November 15, 2013. Please include a brief bio and specify any audio-visual requirements.
Organized by Jenny Tan, Spencer Strub, Brock Imel, Jason Treviño, and Joel Pattison.
Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies, UC Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Berkeley Department of English, UC Berkeley Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley Department of German, UC Berkeley Department of History, UC Berkeley Department of Italian, and Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB).