CFP: "Translatio," 5th Annual Medievalist Graduate Student Conference, February 15-16, 2013

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Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) is a graduate student organization at the University of Pennsylvania invested in developing a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the Middle Ages. We are pleased to announce our 5th Annual Graduate Student Conference entitled "Translatio."

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Taylor, Bryn Mawr College
"Chaucerian translatio: Spanish Wine, Vernacular Invention, and Anglo-Iberian Exchange"

To translate is to transfer, to transport, to transform. It is a conveyance of property and power, the conversion of essences and states. Translation turns from one language to another, moves between embodied spaces, and reinvents tradition. Griselda was translated into "richesse" in the Clerk's Tale; Charlemagne translated the Roman Empire into his rule at Aachen ...

This conference seeks to explore the various ways of considering translation by reexamining the term translatio and its standard uses in academic discourse. From classical rhetoric and conventional notions of translatio studii and empirii, we aim to liberate the concept along multiple axes, allowing for a more plural understanding of translatio in the Middle Ages. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:
♦ artistic adaptation
♦ palimpsestic places of worship
♦ religious conversion and heresies
♦ grammatical theory, rhetoric, and commentaries
♦ macaronics and hybridity
♦ mystical theology , devotion, and passiones
♦ architectural spolia
♦ linguistic translations, oral traditions, and vernacularity
♦ gastronomical exchange
♦ empire and martial conquest
♦ cross-cultural contact and exchange

Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words to by December 15th. Submissions should include your name, paper title, email and institutional/departmental affiliation. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes. We also encourage panel proposals of three related papers.