Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Locating the Voice: Expressions of Identity in the Middle Ages

Call for Papers

Locating the Voice: Expressions of Identity in the Middle Ages

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield

14th - 15th June 2008

We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers working in any
field of Medieval Studies to submit abstracts for an interdisciplinary
conference at the University of Sheffield, organised by medievalists
in the Department of French and hosted by the Humanities Research
Institute. We welcome papers which approach issues in the
interpretation of expressions of identity in medieval culture.
Suitable topics may include, but are not limited to:

Textual transmission: distinguishing voices in manuscripts
Musical voices; polyphony
Language; dialect; linguistic diversity
Regional/national identities; constructions of identity
The unsaid
The voice of authority; the voice of dissent
Gendered voices
The voice of God
Reconstructing voices
Oral tradition/ folklore
Locating the voice through new technology

We are delighted to confirm that our keynote speaker will be
Professor Jocelyn Wogan-Brown.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words for a twenty minute
paper in English with your name, institution and contact details
either by e-mail to or by post to
the address below by 28th March 2008.

Voices conference
c/o Department of French
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN

For further information, please contact the organisers (Lorna Bleach,
Katariina Närä, Siân Prosser, Paola Scarpini) at the e-mail address

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