MARGIN Symposium 2019: Out of Place / Out of Time

deadline for submissions: 
April 5, 2019
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Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Interdisciplinary Network (MARGIN)
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MARGIN Symposium 2019


New York University

May 3, 2019


The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Interdisciplinary Student Network (MARGIN) is proud to announce the third annual MARGIN Symposium on Friday, May 3, 2019. The theme of this year’s symposium is OUT OF PLACE / OUT OF TIME. We invite papers that participate in a larger discussion of temporalities and places.

The Symposium takes its inspiration from the wide-breadth of work by NYU professors on the topics of place and time—from Carolyn Dinshaw’s How Soon Is Now?: Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time to Sarah Kay’s The Place of Thought to Mary Carruthers' The Book of Memory to Christopher Wood and Alexander Nagel’s Anachronic Renaissance. These are only a few noteworthy examples of groundbreaking works that consider not only the physical and temporal worlds we occupy but also their boundaries and limits.

This year, we consider what might be the utility or harm of temporalities and localities? Where does thought have or not have a place? How might thought be placed or misplaced? The theme is broad by design in order to encourage wide-ranging papers from a multitude of universities and departments, including those that have been underrepresented in medieval and renaissance studies. We gladly encourage anyone to submit topics with a focus on non-European or non-Western material from the fifth to seventeenth century.


Submissions may focus on topics including, but not limited to

  • medieval and renaissance cartography, pilgrimage, and travel

  • medieval and renaissance anachronisms

  • medieval and renaissance timekeeping practices

  • manuscripts, utopias, voids, and other unexpected spaces

  • queering time and/or space

  • posthumanist/new materialist conceptions of space-time

  • apocalypses and other times after time

  • modern responses to medieval/early-modern spatial and temporal paradigms


Please submit a 250-word abstract with a 50-word bio to with “Symposium submission” in the headline by April 5. Applicants will be notified by April 9.