"In The Margins"

deadline for submissions: 
February 23, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Medieval and Renaissance Student Association California State University, Long Beach
contact email: 

The Medieval and Renaissance Student Association (MaRSA) of California State University, Long Beach is seeking individual papers as well as panel submissions for their graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the Karl Anatol Center on the campus of CSULB on April 19-20th, 2018.


This year’s theme, “In the Margins,” engages the spaces, both literal and theoretical, that have been allocated to the periphery of the medieval and Renaissance period. Thus, papers and topics that MaRSA would like to engage with embrace the many facets of medieval and Renaissance marginality. As an interdisciplinary conference, we welcome submissions from a wide array of disciplines focusing on the art, literature, and history of the period. Paper and panel topics might address issues (but are not limited to) the following:


The relationship between marginalia and text


Liminal spaces and/or identities in medieval and/or Renaissance narratives


Peripheral and/or non-literary medieval and Renaissance texts


The appropriation of medieval and Renaissance culture in contemporary political movements and/or popular culture


Educational and pedagogical approaches to the marginalization of medieval and Renaissance texts


The boundaries between body and soul as depicted in hagiographical literature and art


Depictions of alterity in Shakespeare and/or other Early Modern Drama


Sexuality and nontypical gender expression in medieval and Renaissance texts and/or culture

Presentations should run for approximately 15 minutes. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words along with a current CV by email to medren.csulb@gmail.com by February 23, 2018.