Where: The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
When: February 22, 2014
Theme: The Global Middle Ages
Plenary Address: “Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective”
Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney
This year’s MAMA Conference will focus on the study of the medieval period in a global context. The rise of world history in the Academy, as well as the increasingly interconnected world in which we live in the 21st century, has not left medievalists unaffected. Paper and session proposals in any area of medieval studies will be welcome, but we hope to pay particular attention to the following topics:
- the transferability of the concept of a "middle age" to non-European societies and economies
- post-colonial and/or comparative studies focusing on exchanges between Europe, Asia, and Africa
- book arts, preservation, calligraphy, paleography and codicology of non-western manuscripts
- the interdependency of pre-modern cultures
- travel accounts, maps, and other evidence of historical or imaginative cultural exchange
- global trade and representations of luxury goods such as ivory, spices, silks, ceramics, and jewels
- the influence of global cultures on European science, medicine, fashion, food, and art
- medieval European perceptions of African and Asian peoples and civilizations
- papers or sessions dedicated to the non-European locations (e.g. cities like Jerusalem or Timbuktu, or “medieval” eras such as the Sui or Tang dynasties in China, the Heian/Kamakura eras in Japan, Moghul India, Fatamid/Abassid/Mamluk periods)
- pedagogical approaches to teaching the Middle Ages as part of World History/Literature/Religion Programs Submissions should be in the form of abstracts (300 word limit) for both individual papers and sessions, and should include all contact information.
Graduate Students whose papers have been accepted and may submit them for the Jim Falls Prize. The Deadline for full paper submission, which must be limited to 10 pages and must contain footnotes/endnotes and bibliography, is January 10, 2014. Send submissions to Linda Mitchell.
Registration and Program information, including hotel info, will be sent out at a later date.