Medieval Urban Life: New Ideas and New Contexts, Purdue University, Feb 5-6, 2010

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CFP: Medieval Urban Life: New Ideas and New Contexts

8th Annual Graduate Conference on Medieval
Studies, Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Indiana, Feb. 5-6, 2010.

Comitatus, the Purdue Medieval Studies Student Organization, is pleased to
announce its eighth annual Conference on Medieval Studies to be held on February
5-6th, 2010. The theme of this year's conference is "Medieval Urban Life: New
Ideas and New Contexts," and it will feature a keynote address from Lawrence
Clopper, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University and author of _Drama, Play,
and Game: English Festive Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Period_.
We invite submissions of abstracts for papers on any area of medieval urban
culture and history. Possible themes include but are not limited to:

1. The medieval city in literature
2. Guilds and local politics
3. The medieval city in history and architecture
4. Daily urban life
5. Festivals, fairs, and plays
6. Urban ballads and minstrelsy
7. Social change in developing towns
8. Siege and warfare
9. Urban economics
10. Importation and trade
11. Guildmasters and apprentices
12. Urban childhood
13. Urban planning and excavation
14. Statues and monuments
15. Justice and law enforcement

Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to by
November 1st, 2009.

P. S. Since no attachments are allowed on this list, if you'd like a small flyer to post in your department or to pass around, please send an e-mail to

Feel free to print and hang this CFP to help us spread the word. Thank you.

Chad Judkins
Comitatus Vice-President
Doctoral Student
Purdue University