Thursday, September 1, 2016

CfP: Leeds IMC sessions ‘Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles’ (IMC Leeds, 3-6 July 2017)
In these sessions, we hope to bring together papers that deal with the human life cycle in Anglo-Saxon England and show how this complex concept (with all of its biological, social and cultural aspects) influenced the lives, writings and art work of the inhabitants of early medieval England. Paper proposals are welcome from all disciplines, including literary studies, art history, history, archaeology and lexicography.
Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:
- Definitions, concepts, and constructions of the life cycle
- The life course in art and literature
- Age and alterity (Ageism and the ageist Other)
- Age and gender
- Intergenerational relations and/or conflicts
- The life cycle and the Anglo-Saxon Church
- Saints in various stages of life
- Care for the young, care for the elderly
- Semantic field studies of (the various stages of) the human life course
Subsequent to the sessions we hope to publish the contributions as a volume of essays, with the goal of furthering interest in the topic.
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University;
>) or Hattie Soper (Cambridge University;>) by September 2, 2016. (for full CfP please see attached) Dr. M.H. (Thijs) Porck Assistant Professor Medieval English Studies Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) Department of English P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 101a PO Box 9515, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands E-mail> Personal website: Institutional website Twitter:

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