Wednesday, July 7, 2010

3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference of the Institute for Medieval Research

3rd Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference of the Institute
for Medieval Research, University of Nottingham Constructing and
Transmitting Identities

6 November 2010 Textual and Material
Perspectives in the Medieval World

The recent interest in 'identity politics' is testament to the enduring
importance of the construction and expression of identities in the
present and the past. Whether consciously or unconsciously, individuals
and groups in contemporary and medieval societies were constantly
formulating, evolving and accumulating their sense of self. They defined
their 'life-world' in multiple spheres, from the cultural, political and
religious to the economic, material and ethnic.

Recognising the usefulness of an interdisciplinary approach to the
question of identity, this conference encourages contributions from
postgraduates from a wide range of disciplines, incorporating
archaeological, historical, literary or sociological methods. Research
will be presented either in the form of a paper presentation or a
poster, and should address how medieval identities were constructed,
manifested and transmitted. It is hoped that a wide range of themes and
source materials, from literature to material culture, will be utilised.
Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Material culture and its study in social history and archaeology
- Architecture
- Music and theatre
- Gender, sexuality and the body
- Politics and trade
- Interaction between different cultures
- Art, iconography and heraldry as visual markers of identity

We welcome abstracts of c. 200 words for both paper presentations and
posters, not exceeding 250 words. Abstracts should be sent to Teva Vidal
( by 1 August, 2010. Papers should be 15-20
minutes in length. Posters should fit onto one A1 format sheet. A poster
session will be held to give presenters the opportunity to elaborate on
their posters, but we will also accept submissions for posters for
display only.

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