Sunday, July 5, 2009

CFP: Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles

Authority and Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles
Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (CICS)
17-19 July 2010, University of Cambridge

The second biennial Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium
(CICS) follows the success of our inaugural proceedings held at
Cambridge in 2008. The theme for CICS 2010 is Authority and Gender in
Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles, which will be debated over the
three days during open sessions of three twenty-five minute papers,
alternating with longer keynote addresses.

CICS intends to carry on the strong record of publication, with its
inaugural proceedings forthcoming in The Medieval Chronicle, vols IV
and V, 2009 and 2010. Brepols Publishers have expressed a firm
interest in publishing a thematic set of proceedings of the 2010
Symposium, subject to the text being submitted to peer review and
accepted by the editorial board.

The new symposium will comprise keynote addresses, panel discussions,
a tour of Cambridge College Libraries, formal conference dinner,
publications fair and wine reception. Refreshments and lunches are
provided for conference guests and college accommodation is
available. As on the previous occasion, a limited number of small
bursaries will be awarded.

We invite proposals from scholars in the disciplines including but
not limited to English, History, Literature, Philosophy, and
Religious Studies.

Topics for discussion could include:

􀂙 Kingship and Queenship, Earls and Ealdormen;
􀂙 Abbots and abbesses, monks and nuns;
􀂙 Ecclesiastical and secular authorities;
􀂙 Institutional authority;
􀂙 National authority and identity;
􀂙 Masculine, feminine, and neuter: linguistic authority;
􀂙 Auctors and Auctoritas;
􀂙 Textual authority, witnesses, and scribal traditions;
􀂙 Kinglistsand genealogies;
􀂙 Nuns in the scriptorium;
􀂙 Female voices, male scribes –authority and authorship;
􀂙 Gender and legal practices;
􀂙 Moral authority;
􀂙 Ritual and authority;
􀂙 Establishment of authority: feuds, force, and warfare;
􀂙 The construction of gender in chronicles.

Abstract (of approximately 250 words) should be sent to, due no later than 15 December 2009. In
special cases, papers will be commissioned for publication without
presentation at the conference (contact the organisers for more
information). Please check the website for regular updates

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