Medieval Transportation and its Monstrous Manifestations -- SEMA 2014,=. Last-minute call. Please submit by June 15, 2014

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The deadline is upon us! Please add your submission to this session (abstract by June 15, 2014, please):

Call For Papers—SEMA 2014
Clayton State University, Atlanta, GA
Oct. 16-18, 2014

Session: Medieval Transportation and its Monstrous Manifestations
Organizer: Bernard Lewis

Travel in the Middle Ages was not for the faint of heart. Because of the thugs who made a living robbing travelers, even the wealthy limited their time on the road to daylight hours. Clearly, the "felaweshipe" of Chaucer's pilgrims was every bit as practical as it was pleasant. Beyond these practicalities, the forests and byways were alive with otherworldly things – sometimes visible, most times not. Rape and fairy abductions were also a constant threat. Cartographers carefully mapped the sea monsters as well as the land masses to warn unsuspecting sailors.

Besides the monstrous things that might befall travelers, modes of transportation might be monstrous as well – for example, Chiron beating the dead as he ferries them across the River Styx; Angels falling from Heaven in the medieval plays; corpses traveling in dung wagons; ships that propel themselves; the general traffic between this world and the other world; and, if we are to believe Geoffrey of Monmouth, Merlin's transport of Stonehenge from Ireland to England.

This session will consider papers that explore transportation in all its Monstrous Medieval Manifestations. Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Bernard Lewis:

Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself.