Writing Home: Literatures of Place & Belonging, c.1300-1600

deadline for submissions: 
May 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
University of Liverpool
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Writing Home: Literatures of Place & Belonging, c.1300-1600

25th-26th July 2019, University of Liverpool

Confirmed Keynote: Professor Wendy Scase

What makes a home? Is it our four walls and families, neighbours and neighbourhoods? Our parishes, towns, cities, and countries? Our values, cultural practices, and experiences? Or is home where we have come from, where we are, and maybe, hopefully, where we are going? Join us in July at the University of Liverpool for a two-day conference exploring how ‘home’ took shape in the literatures of the late medieval and early modern periods. We will explore the physical and conceptual parameters of home, and how these parameters changed over time in response to religious, political, and economic upheaval, civil unrest, and human and cultural migration.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Literary representations of domesticity and the household.
  • The relationship between smaller and larger units of home & belonging (e.g. the household and the parish; the parish and the city; the city and the country, etc.).
  • How the physical and/or conceptual parameters of home shifted in translations & redactions.
  • Migrant experiences & home-building practices.
  • Writing home abroad or in exile.
  • Sensing home: somatic experiences of belonging.
  • Reading homes in miscellanies (patronage, organising principles, signs of readership and manuscript culture).
  • The ‘beginnings’ of home in origin narratives, foundation myths, and genealogies.
  • Legendaria and folktales: literatures that enrich the history of home.
  • Performing home on stage and at court.

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers related to the themes outlined above. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short biography of around 100 words to homeuol@liverpool.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 28th May 2019.

Thanks to the generous support of the Society of Renaissance Studies and the Liverpool Centre of Medieval and Renaissance studies, we have a limited number of £80 bursaries available for PGR/ECR delegates to contribute to travel and accommodation costs. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, please put a note in your bio. Applicants must not have access to institutional funding.

We are also delighted to confirm the first of our keynote speakers. Professor Wendy Scase, the Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of the University of Birmingham, will be speaking about 'Belonging, Scribal Practice, and Graphic Culture'.

We look forward to hearing from you.