In contemporary studies of the Middle Ages, questions of visuality have increasingly dominated analyses of artistic production, in part because of the central role of vision in medieval theological and scientific discourse. This session seeks to broaden the conversation around medieval visuality by asking not only what it meant to see in the Middle Ages, but also what it meant to be seen, and how these networks of viewership could be depicted in the pictorial arts, literature, architecture, music, and drama.
The Medieval/Renassiance area of MAPACA ("Beowulf to Shakespeare") seeks papers concerning the use of medieval and Renaissance materials in modern productions. Topics include, but are not limited to, the incorporation of medieval or Renaissance elements in modern artistic productions such as films, t.v. series, novels and music; the creation of medieval and Renaissance "themed" festivals, restaurants, etc., and the use of medieval or Renaissance elements in video games. The area also seeks panelists interested in presenting on the ways in which contemporary theories and pedagogies influence our perceptions of these eras.
Interpreting the medieval arts entails setting in motion forms of anachronism; within the arts we see complex negotiations of temporality, which themselves pose significant challenges to our understanding of historical objects. Scholars have been both resistant to and complicit in these forms, a challenge of historicism having been, to a greater or lesser extent, to unlearn certain histories in order to “restore” the contingency of a specific historical moment. For, indeed, medieval people theorized futures of their own. They refined procedures of prognostication and speculation, and, significantly, crafted aesthetic objects that imagined divergent futurities.
Textual dialogues – dialogical textuality
Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań
2-3 December 2016
In cooperation with:
Institute of German Studies
Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures
Institute of Russian Studies
CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Material Monsters
Organizers: Melissa Ridley Elmes (Lindenwood University), Ana Grinberg (East Tennessee State University), and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico)
Call for Papers: International Medieval Congress, Leeds (July 3-6, 2017)
“Opening the Syllabus to the Other: Inclusiveness, Interdisciplinarity, and Collaboration in the Premodern Classroom: A Roundtable”
Organizers: Heide Estes (Monmouth University) and Ana Grinberg (East Tennessee State University)
This panel focuses on the instability of meaning in Old English elegies. Because queerness bears nuanced connotations that require individual definition, this session is open to a broad understanding of the term “queer” and how queer theory enhances our understanding of the elegies in Anglo-Saxon culture. Approaches may include, but are not limited to, manuscript history and paleography, generic conventions and their reception, as well as literary innovations within specific texts.
Modernity is often defined as a series of political, social, and economic shifts related to the emergence of an autonomous subject. Nevertheless, there is a lack of consensus of how to measure the underlying forces driving this supposed change of paradigm. In light of recent approaches to subjectivity, we invite participants to circulate 5-8 pages papers (with theoretical or empirical foci on the topic) and discuss them after a brief presentation. The goal of the seminar is therefore to interrogate the condition of the “early modern subject” through the analysis of established binaries such as (but not limited to) unity/plurality, transcendence/immanence, individual/communal, East/West, local/global, medieval/modern, etc.
2016 PAMLA Conference Extended Paper Proposal List: Friday, July 1 Deadline
The following sessions are still in search of paper proposals. Sessions may be added to this list over the next few weeks, so do check back regularly. You have until July 1 to propose to any of these sessions.
Go here to submit a paper proposal: http://www.pamla.org/2016/topic-areas
For a list of extended sessions go here: http://www.pamla.org/news/2016/06/18/2016-pamla-conference-extended-pape...
Call for Papers
4th INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM “DAYS OF JUSTINIAN I”
Special Thematic Strand for 2016
“The Byzantine Missionary Activity and Its Legacy in Europe",
Skopje, 11-12 November, 2016
Organised by “EURO-BALKAN” UNIVERSITY, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia and UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA, Ravenna Campus-School of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Italy
With the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia