Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory

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Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, CUNY Graduate Center
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10th Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Graduate Student Conference
CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
November 7, 2014

"Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory in the Long Middle Ages"

The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, the CUNY Graduate Center's student-run organization for medieval studies, announces its tenth annual Graduate Student Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, November 7, 2014. This year's theme, Persecution, Punishment, and Purgatory, is designed to address a number of methodological, historical, and theoretical issues within the diverse fields of medieval studies ranging from late antiquity to the early modern period. We invite grad students to submit proposals.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Origins and uses of persecution
The result of religious and ethnic pogroms
Forced conversions and expulsions
Persecution as a method of socio-cultural nation and identity formation
The character of legal and extra-legal punishment,
Punishment as a form of discipline
Self-inflicted punishment
The role of punishment in the family
The variations of punishment based on class, status, and gender
Punishment as social control
Concepts of the afterlife
The relationship between sin/punishment and the afterlife
Liminal spaces
Please send 200-word abstracts by Friday, August 15th, 2014 to