October 15-17, 2009
/Knowing and Unknowing/
What did medieval peoples know about their world? What do we know
about the Middle Ages? We welcome papers on all aspects of the Middle
Ages, but we particularly encourage papers that consider the role of
knowledge. Suggested topics include medieval education, medieval
philosophies of what can and cannot be known, material artifacts such
as manuscripts that let us "know" more about the Middle Ages, the
exploitation of the Middle Ages by post-medieval scholars and
artists, the limits of knowledge in medieval literature, knowledge of
self, and knowledge (or lack thereof) of others.
MEARCSTAPA* plans to contribute to SEMA, and so we hereby request
papers for sessions on “knowing” that also fall under our common
umbrella of monstrosity (a horizontal aegis?). In keeping with the
theme of the conference, we solicit abstracts of 250 words or less
that would address the following potential idea sets:
Know Thy Self, Know Thy Other: Identifying (with) the Medieval Monstrous
When Categories Fail!: Taxonomies of the Unknowable
For consideration under the MEARCSTAPA umbrella, please submit
abstracts to Jeff Massey
(e-ddress below) no later than June 15^th .
Again, please send abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The fine folks at MEARCSTAPA look forward to hearing from you.
* MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research
of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application)
is an organization committed to the scholarly examination of
monstrosity as an area of social and cultural interest to past and
present societies. Our inter/trans/post/pre-disciplinary approach
allows us to explore the significance of monstrosity across cultural,
temporal, and geographic boundaries. We are interested in a
multivalent approach using materials on monsters and monstrosity from
literary, artistic, philosophical, and historical sources.