ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Medieval Virtualities (A Roundtable)
Medieval Virtualities (A Roundtable)
A Sponsored Session from the Program in Medieval Studies, Rutgers Univ.
55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS Kalamazoo), May 7-10, 2020
Medieval literature and art abound with representations of people and things that are not materially present but nevertheless have real effects, from visions of transcendent religious ecstasy to the inventions of rhetoric. Scholars such as Martin K. Foys, Elizabeth Fowler, Martha Dana Rust, and Seeta Chaganti have recently invoked new media, virtual subjects, manuscript matrices, and danced virtuality in relation to the Middle Ages. This roundtable seeks an interdisciplinary conversation on virtuality in the medieval period: its suitability as a term; its role in medieval philosophy; its connotations in critical theory; and its connections to modern understandings of representation and reality.
Send 250-word abstracts and Participant Information Forms to Danielle Allor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15.