Boccaccio and Petrarch in the Wake of Plague
Call for Papers
2022 International Congress of Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo)
May 9-14, 2022 – *online*
Panel Title: Boccaccio and Petrarch in the Wake of Plague
Contact: Alani Hicks-Bartlett, firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal Sponsoring Organization: Italians and Italianists at Kalamazoo
In the past year, there have been myriad connections made between the present pandemic and the 'Grande Pestilenza' of 1348-1349. This panel proposes to take the next step as we begin to emerge from isolation, martialing Boccaccio and Petrarch, writers formed as a result of and in the wake of the plague, and interrogate their output through the lens of disease, healing, and coping with loss. We will consider both research insights and pedagogical strategies, and strike a balance between historicizing and contemporary reception and adaptation. Comparative approaches and papers considering other medieval commentators of the plague are also welcome.
Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
The process for proposing papers and contributions to roundtables and panel discussions for the 57th Congress (live on the internet May 9-14, 2022) uses an online submission system powered by Confex. The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, Sept. 15.
This panel is open to medievalists from all fields, backgrounds, and affiliations.
“Paper proposals comprise the proposed paper's title; answers to questions about social media and live recording; name, affiliation and contact information for author(s); an abstract (300 words) for consideration by session organizer(s); and a short description (50 words) for public view on the meeting site, should the proposal be accepted. Proposals for contributions to roundtables and panel discussions comprise name, affiliation, and contact information about the proposed discussant or panelist; answers to questions about social media and live recording; an abstract (300 words) for consideration by session organizer(s); and a short description (50 words) for public view on the meeting site, should the proposal be accepted.”
Instructions: Please follow the ICMS guidelines for submission: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call
Please also consider "SEEING THE MEDIEVAL WORLD THROUGH A PANDEMIC LENS," which is a collaborative panel, with co-authored papers, organized by Monica H.Green.
How does the present experience of crisis change the way we view crises of the past? COVID-19 has afflicted every country the world over--some more severely than others; none of us could be unaware of the global crisis caused by the pandemic or the severe economic and social upheavals created in its wake. But a lot of the experience of a pandemic is invisible, not simply the microbial pathogens themselves but the way new fears and hesitancies shape human behavior.
Although specialist historians of medicine have always paid attention to the history of disease, for many scholars in other fields, the experience of disease threats was just so much “background noise,” inevitable afflictions that no one could avoid and that therefore (presumably) provided no nuance for particular lives. As we all know now, however, pandemics upend all assumptions of “normalcy.” We wish to capture the lived experiences of medievalists worldwide and ask how they now see the medieval world differently.
This panel asks participants to draw on our common pandemic experience and see the medieval world through a new lens. Papers may focus on mass health crises, or may look at more localized or even individual experiences of disease.