Monday, September 14, 2009

CFP: “Transitions of Power” at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo

CFP: “Transitions of Power” at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan May 13-16, 2010

Seigneurie, the society for the study of lordship in the middle ages, invites paper proposals for a panel entitled “Transitions of Power.” Our goal is to create a forum in which to uncover commonalities and contrasts of this difficult and recurrent stage in the histories of noble lineages and lordships by bringing together scholars working on different regions, eras, and disciplines. Papers might address (but are, of course, not limited to):

--the strategies employed to ease the peaceful transference of a lordship

--disputes over succession

--the composition and activities of regencies

--the responsibilities and practices of guardians

--the roles sex and gender played in transitions of power

--considerations of age, marital status, social ranking within the nobility, or vocation

--similar topics of your own devising

Please submit a one-page abstract (for a 20-minute paper) with contact information (name, postal address, email, and affiliation) and a list of the audio-visual equipment you will require to either Katie Sjursen ( or Don Fleming ( by September 15, 2009.

Also, if you have an interest in medieval lordship, please do stop by our business meeting, time and place to be determined by the Kalamazoo Powers That Be. All are welcome.

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