Sovereignty: Individual and Empire - 7­th and 8th Feb. 2014

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NC Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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The 14th annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals for 15­-20 minute paper presentations that engage with the theme of sovereignty in the contexts of late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period. Professor Lee Manion of the University of Missouri's Department of English will deliver a keynote lecture. The conference will take place February 7-­8, 2014.

Our topic is intended to be expansive rather than limiting, inviting engagements with notions of sovereignty that pertain to the individual and the empire. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to: imperial expansion; state and papal authority, including the investiture controversy; theories of the individual will and freedom; gender and sovereignty; class and sovereignty; slavery and empire; political theology via theorists such as Agamben or Kantorowicz; visual and literary representations of sovereignty.

The NC Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a cooperative venture between UNC­Chapel Hill's Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Duke University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. We welcome submissions from all relevant humanistic disciplines and social sciences, including but not limited to History, Philosophy, Classics, English, Romance Studies, Music, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Art History, etc. Graduate students interested to participate should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to The body of the email should contain the presenter's name, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but the abstract itself should be attached as an anonymous pdf (preferred) or MS Word docx. Program decisions will be made by January 6th.