CFP Discipline and Excess: April 15, 2016

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Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

We invite paper proposals for Discipline and Excess, a conference which seeks to consider boundaries and their transgression until 1750. The theme invites diverse interpretations of "discipline"—moral, religious, cultural, aesthetic, generic, geographic—in papers which explore the realms of penance and perfection, challenge the orderliness implicit in systems of knowledge, or examine the nature of punishment and retribution.

The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students from a range of academic fields. Discipline and Excess is sponsored by the M.Phil programs in Medieval, Renaissance, and 18th-Century Literature at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Our external respondent will be Dr. Helen Barr, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments) to by 1st February 2016.

Possible paper topics may include:

Crime and Punishment Bounds of the Mind

Material Excess Sin, Play, Transgression

Exceeding the Page Disciplining the Body

Feast and Fast Rhetorical Limits

Disciplinary Boundaries Intertextuality

Questions and suggestions? Send them to the conference committee at

Twitter: @DisciplineConf