UVa Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXXVI

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies
contact email: 

The Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise announces the Thirty-Sixth Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 21-23, 2023


Keynote Address

 Matthew Gabriele

Virginia Tech University

 Oathbreakers: The Long Shadow of Fontenoy (841 CE)

in the European Middle Ages

 Within a couple generations, the Franks under their Carolingian kings built the idea that they were God’s new chosen people – a new Israel. After a coup brough them to power in the middle of the 8th century, their successes seemed unmatched. Particularly under Charlemagne and his son Louis the Pious, the Franks expanded their empire to encompass much of continental Europe. But just as quickly as it was built, it tore asunder – riven by civil war, punctuated by a bloody fratricide in June 841 at the battle of Fontenoy. This keynote will revisit the importance of this battle itself for the 9th century, but more importantly focus in on the memory of the event and later medieval nostalgia for what seemed lost when brother fought brother and father fought son.”

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance studies. The conference welcomes proposals for graduate and undergraduate papers and panels on Medieval or Renaissance literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts.  Abstracts for papers should be 300 or fewer words; undergraduate proposals should include the name of a faculty mentor.  Proposals for panels should include: a) title of the panel; b) names and institutional affiliations of the chair and all panelists; c) abstracts for papers to be presented (300 or fewer words).  A branch campus of the University of Virginia, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public four-year liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia.  For more information, please visit our website: https://www.uvawise.edu/academics/departments/language-literature/mediev...

 Deadline for Submissions: June 30, 2023

Please direct submissions on English Language and Literature and requests for general information to:

Kenneth J. Tiller, Department of Language and Literature, kjt9t@uvawise.edu


Submissions on Art, Music, and European Language and Literature:

Amelia J. Harris, Academic Dean, ajh7a@uvawise.edu  


Submissions on History or Philosophy:

Donald Leech, Department of History and Philosophy, dl4fh@uvawise.edu


Submissions for Undergraduate Papers and Panels:

John Mark Adrian, Department of Language and Literature, jma6x@uvawise.edu