The distance between human and non-human across medieval culture could be populated by a plethora of hybrid beings whose identity lingered between the two categories, creating a space of indeterminacy, of life in-between species. Humanoid monsters with animal features, or animals with disturbing resemblances to humans, traced a constellation of possibilities of life in the continuum. Wherever these monsters appeared in art, literature and science, the possibility for the human body to merge with the animal brought along reflections concerning ethnic identity, cultural norms, relation with the environment, social and political order.
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Call for session proposals for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, 10-13 May 2018 in Kalamazoo, MI.
Title: “Creative Pedagogies: Approaches to the Commonplace Book”
Format: Roundtable Discussion (10 minute presentations with time for discussion)
Contact Person and Organizer: Sarah E. Parker (Jacksonville University; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bodily practices played an important role in medieval devotion, some particularly associated with female believers. One need only think of how devout women kissed manuscripts and rosaries, Beguines performed series of prostrations and genuflections, and nuns constructed own meditational processions through their convents. Some mystics are represented as engaging in more extreme bodily performances. For instance, according to her vita, thirteenth-century beguine Elizabeth of Spalbeek imitated Christ’s Passion in public, resulting in stigmata erupting on her body.
Berkeley Germanic Linguistics Roundtable
Friday/Saturday, April 6-7 2018
The Faculty Club
University of California, Berkeley
Tonya Dewey-Findell, University of Nottingham
Angelika Lutz, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
John McWhorter, Columbia University
Theo Vennemann, University of Munich
Scholars (faculty and students) interested in Germanic Linguistics, its near and/or distant related languages, diverse approaches, synchrony and/or diachrony, historical and/or contemporary language are invited to submit a one-page abstract of a twenty minute paper by January 31, 2018 to the conference organizer:
CFP: Working Mothers Medieval/Modern (A Roundtable)
Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) Sponsored Session
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018
The Vernacular Devotional Cultures Group is organizing the following four special sessions at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in May 2018. Please see below for full call details.
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form to the organizers of your selected session by 15 September 2017. Electronic submissions are preferred.
1. Mysticism and Literacy in the Devotio Moderna
Organizer: Barbara Zimbalist, University of Texas at El Paso
Announcing *Early Middle English*, a new biannual open-access journal published by MIP-Arc Humanities Press. *EME* is the first scholarly journal devoted to this vital period of linguistic change, literary and material experimentation, emerging genres, and multilingual interaction, and it takes the widest possible conception of the field. EME seeks to examine not only texts written in Early Middle English but also the historical and global situation of the literature of England and its production ca. 1100-1350.
We are currently seeking submissions for the first two issues. Submissions can fall into one of two categories:
1. Traditional long-form essays of 6000-8000 words
De Natura Fidei: Rethinking Religion across Disciplinary Boundaries
Call for Papers
Lydgate Society Sponsored Session at ICMS 2018
Lydgate Society Sponsored Session for ICMS 2018