Saturday, August 15, 2009

CFP: Words and Deeds in Anglo-Saxon England

CFP: Words and Deeds in Anglo-Saxon England

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University,
Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-16, 2010.

We invite the submission of abstracts for our session on “Words and Deeds in
Anglo-Saxon England,” sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are broadly interested in
papers that investigate the interrelationship of words and deeds in
Anglo-Saxon literature and culture. Avenues for exploration could include
(but aren't limited to) the role of words and deeds in Anglo-Saxon laws and
customs, the importance of words and deeds in shaping and transforming the
self and community, the relationship between acts and intentions, or the
ways in which the orality of Anglo-Saxon culture formalizes language,
transforming words into deeds through performance. We anticipate that this
topic could intersect with the concerns of ritual theory and performance
theory, as well as more traditional cultural and literary studies.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a completed Participant
Information Form (found at: to
Stephanie Clark at by September 15, 2009.

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