CFP: [Medieval] Medieval Identity Politics: Landscaping the Community

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Jeanne Provost
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Seeking submissions for a panel for the July 2008 International Medieval
Congress in Leeds on the following topic:

During the Middle Ages, the texture and topography of the landscape were
integral elements of a community's sense of identity. Natural features such
as rivers, ridge-lines, and forests served as territorial boundaries of a
region; man-made interventions like burial mounds and agricultural tracts
marked the necessary ties between a community and its land.

But the relationship between people and the land is not limited to
practical usage. Natural and landscaped features become community symbols
that resonate and refract powerful messages of identity and belonging; they
function as texts to be read by those living within and on the margins.

How, then, is medieval identity constructed in relation to the land and its
topographic features?

This paper invites submissions from all fields, particularly those with an
interdisciplinary focus. Please send an abstract of 250 words or less to
Jeanne Provost at by September 29, 2007. Please
include with your abstract your full name, institutional affiliation,
status as professor or graduate student, contact address, and phone number.

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