Sanctifying Violence

deadline for submissions: 
October 26, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lives and Afterlives The Forty-Fifth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium April 12-13, 2019 The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Sanctifying Violence

Organizers: Elizabeth Maffetone and Joseph Morgan (Indiana University, Bloomington)

This panel invites papers exploring accounts of the lives, deaths, and afterlives of medieval holy figures, with particular attention to the complex relationship between violence and sanctity. In what ways is violence employed to test or reify sanctity? To what extent is such violence inflected by gender? Papers might, for instance, elucidate the sanctifying violence against bodies found in narratives ranging from hagiography to exempla; explore the temporal inversions of the martyr tale, where the validating starting point is, in many ways, the end of the tale; or seek to clarify the vexed relationship between the martyr’s voice of protest, dissent and authority.

 Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website (, no later than 26 October 2018. Completed papers, including notes, will be due to commenters no later than 12 March 2019. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium