45th ICMS in Kalamazoo, May 13-16 2010: The Literature and Landscapes of Medieval East Anglia

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Justin T. Noetzel/ Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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This session seeks papers to discuss and analyze the literature, landscapes, history, and places of medieval East Anglia, as well as other relevant disciplines such as architecture, theology, ecology, geography, and sacred and profane spaces. Paper ideas will be accepted from all areas and periods, including Old English poetry, the outlaw sagas and other literature of the East Anglian fens, the historical records and chronicles of the region, the history of invasion from the European continent, female spiritual authors such as Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe, the wool-driven economy, and the medieval architecture and urbanization of towns like Ely, Bury St. Edmonds, and Cambridge. Theoretical approaches of all kinds will be considered, with special recognition given to studies that examine the region using space and place theory, landscape and cultural studies, and eco-critical approaches. By crossing such genre and disciplinary boundaries this session hopes to begin envisioning the region in new ways and to reveal new insights on the history, literature, land, and people of medieval East Anglia.

Please submit a one-page abstract (for a fifteen or twenty minute presentation) and a Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper) to Justin T. Noetzel at noetzelj@slu.edu by September 15, 2009. Please also send an email with any relevant questions or comments. Any papers that will not be included in this session will be forwarded to the Congress Committee for possible inclusion in the General Sessions.