36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Representation, Adaptation, Recollection April 24-25, 2015

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36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015

Call for Papers and Sessions
"Representation, Adaptation, Recollection"
Keynote speaker: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English, Brown University

We are delighted to announce that the 36th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. This year's keynote speaker is Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English at Brown University and a pioneer in modern Shakespeare studies. In her 1981 book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare, Dr. Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies. She is also the author of Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and the co-editor of Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985). Her current research concerns the range of social practices that make up the commemoration of Shakespeare, perpetuating him as an iconic figure in social memory.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that address questions of representation of the self and the Other in the medieval and Early Modern periods or that discuss how the world of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is re-imagined for the present:
● How did medieval and Early Modern individuals understand themselves and their world?
● How did medieval and Early Modern Europeans perceive and represent those living beyond the bounds of Europe?
● How did medieval and Early Modern individuals and groups represent their past?
● How are the Middle Ages and the Renaissance viewed in the modern period?
● What function do the medieval and the Early Modern play in contemporary popular culture?
Papers need not be confined to these themes but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.
Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Meriem Pagès, Director. For more information please e-mail mpages@keene.edu.

Abstract deadline: Monday January 15, 2015

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2015

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!