Formulas in Medieval Culture Perpignan (France), 19-21 June 2014
The Third Biennial Conference on Formulas in Medieval Culture (GRENDEL – IDEA), hosted by the University of Perpignan (CRHiSM, VECT-Mare Nostrum & Institut Des Méditerranées) will take place on June 19-21 2014. The event will be held at the university and other locations significant in medieval Catalan culture. The programme will include a half-day of visits to sites including the priory of Serrabone and the abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa, as well as a concert of medieval music.
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Catalan.
Proposals for 25-minute papers should be submitted by 15 November 2013. Proposals should be no longer than one page and state the field of research under consideration.
Medieval modes of thinking and representation rely heavily on the anticipated reiteration of recognizable forms or devices, generating productive tensions between individual expression and collective norms, change and continuity, creation and convention. Such formulas could be broadly characterized as a more or less fixed or recurrent pattern that remains open to innovation. The definition of "formula" is apt to vary depending on the field of inquiry: goals for this conference include describing the diversity of meanings and uses for the term, observing whether they are potentially compatible, and accounting for the pragmatic effect produced by formulaic repetitions, among other possible approaches.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will be of interest to researchers working in Medieval Studies in a range of fields, including, but not limited to:
- literature (poetry, oral-formulaic theory, set phrases, topoi)
- art history (motifs, production devices, artistic signatures)
- history (medicine, cookery, magic)
- law and diplomacy (studies of oaths, wills, charter preambles)
- codicology (codices, colophons)
- epigraphy (funerary and dedicatory inscriptions)
- linguistics (politeness and ritualized interactions, historical linguistics, corpus studies focusing on technical or scholarly texts)
- musicology (musical themes and composition)
- religious life and practices (sermons, homilies, liturgy)
Plenary speakers: Anne Brenon, Philip Daileader.