The failures of traditional periodization are nowhere more evident than when Western scholars approach non-Western cultures, religions, and/or political formations under the rubric of “middleness.” Even as projects such as the “Global Middle Ages” seek to broaden the geographic scope of medieval studies, which has for too long ignored the cultural production of non-European, non-Western societies, such endeavors import assumptions about modernization and enlightenment that may obscure as much as they reveal about the peoples and places they study.
In the twelfth century, Hugh of Saint Victor compared the temporal world to “flood water sweeping past,” and Bernard of Cluny imagined it to be unfixed and unstable like “streams of water.” Linking apocalyptic imaginings and temporal anxieties with the flux of liquid landscapes was not uncommon in the Middle Ages. But medieval waterways also gave life. This panel seeks to explore the generative nature of rivers, channels, and oceans at the edge of human experience, exploring the dynamism of fluid liminality.
3rd Annual Braniff Conference in the Liberal Arts
Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts
University of Dallas, Irving, TX
January 28, 2017
Keynote Speaker: TBA
Collecting the Monstrous
MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application)
Panel for the 2017 MAP (Medieval Association of the Pacific) Conference at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
March 9–11, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.
Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 16th annual meeting at the University, of Notre Dame, March 9–11.
The Early Modern Colloquium at the University of Michigan
invites abstracts for papers for their interdisciplinary graduate student conference,
"Body Language, Bawdy Talk: Sex and Form in Medieval and Early Modern Culture"
at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 9-11, 2017.
With keynote lectures by:
Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern) and
Zrinka Stahuljak (UCLA)
And panel responses from the medieval
and early modern faculty at the University of Michigan.
2nd Global Conference
Call for Participation 2017
Saturday 1st April – Monday 3rd April 2017
CFP AAIS-CSIS 2017 The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio)
Epic, Romance, Novel: Intersections and Interactions in Italian culture.
I am looking for 2-3 papers to sit on a special session for the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo 2017). The session will consider textual instances of cross-cultural contact between the Latin Christian West and "Eastern" worlds. If interested, please send short abstracts (250 words) to the listed email address. For further detail, please see the below description of the panel:
CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Hiding in the Chanson de Geste
Sponsor: Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
Organizers: Hillary Engelhart (University of Wisconsin Fox Valley) and Ana Grinberg (East Tennessee State University)
Presider: Mercedes Vaquero (Brown University)