2017 Illinois Medieval Association Conference

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
34th Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference / Illinois Medieval Association
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Medieval Environments February 25-26, 2017
Northwestern University,
Evanston, IL USA 

We are pleased to announce the 34rd annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association. Since 1983, the Illinois Medieval Association has brought together medievalists from Illinois and surrounding regions. We invite papers and complete sessions on any aspect of the 2017 conference theme: medieval environments. The modern English term environment has its roots in the Middle French environner, the action of surrounding or encircling. In recent years, much exciting work has revealed the intricate relationships between medieval people and their various environments–from ecocritical considerations of land, sea and air to considerations of the built, intellectual and spiritual environments humans crafted for themselves. In this conference we hope to bring new work on these various strands of investigation into more explicit dialogue. We encourage paper and session proposals from all fields that engage with any aspect of the many medieval environments. 

Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (The George Washington University) 

To be considered for participation, please send 300-word abstracts for either individual papers or panels to ilmedieval2017@gmail.com by December 15, 2016.