deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association at The Ohio State University
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The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Association at The Ohio State University would like to invite abstracts from any area of medieval and early modern studies for their fourth annual conference, to be held on October 14-15, 2016 in Columbus, OH.

Abstracts of 250-300 words are due August 31, 2016.

The theme of this years conference is Intersectionality.

As a perspective, intersectionality examines overlapping systems of oppression and discrimination such as gender, race, class, disability, and religion. First termed by black legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, intersectionality poses new questions for scholars across disciplines and challenges how we evaluate and understand political, historical, and literary realities across time. This conference hopes to start a discussion about intersectionality in the Middle Ages and Renaissance in all of its various forms by specifically focusing on questions of how and why certain ideological structures and ideas intersect, and what implications emerge of these overlappings.

 Themes may include but are not limited to:

Institutions in flux
Identities in transformation
Migration and travel
Constructions of race, class, and gender
Social inequality
Fluidity of culture between periods
Religious politics
Reinterpretation through visual art and music
Changing family structures
Theatre production and performance
Popular culture
Time, space, and place
Cross-cultural contact, exchange, and appropriation

Individual Presentations: Presenters should plan to speak for 15-20 minutes on a single topic related to Medieval or Renaissance studies.
Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to MRGSA via e-mail at by August 31, 2016. A $100 prize will be presented to the best paper at the conference.
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