Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Call for Papers from the Illinois Medieval Association (Feb. 21-22, 2014)

Call for Papers - Illinois Medieval Association

Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World


We are pleased to announce the 2014 annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). The conference will take place on the UIC campus, February 21-22, 2014.

This year’s theme is “Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World.” We encourage proposals that engage with the rhetoric and representation of seduction and persuasion in all aspects of medieval discourse: literature, art, history, and culture. We invite papers from all disciplines. Preference is given to submissions closely related to the conference theme, but abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome.

Barbara H. Rosenwein, Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, is the keynote speaker.

Proposals for whole sessions as well as individual papers are welcome. Three-paper sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, including 20 minutes for each paper and time for discussion.

Individual papers: 250 word abstract

Panel proposals: Proposal should include a short abstract for each paper (250 words total)

We welcome papers that address any of the following as depicted in serious or parodic poetry, romance, historical documents, religious texts, medical texts, legal documents, art, and architecture. We encourage papers on related topics.

Papers investigating the art of seduction and persuasion might touch on these topics, for example:

* Romantic/erotic love
* Sermons and preaching
* Debates of all kinds
* Conversion experiences
* Political persuasion
* Inspiring and carrying out crusades and Crusades
* The writing of history in chronicles, cartularies…
* War
* Materiality and the power of objects
* Marginalia
* Transgression
* Conformity

Questions? Contact us at: IMA2014@uic.edu<mailto:IMA2014@uic.edu>

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