Thursday, August 6, 2009

Medieval and Renaissance Faculty Workshop of the University of Louisville CFP

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Medieval and Renaissance Faculty Workshop
of the University of Louisville will be sponsoring two sessions (details
below) at the upcoming International Congress at Western Michigan
University in Kalamazoo. Our sessions in the past have been
well-attended and featured excellent papers with very lively
discussions. We hope that you will consider submitting abstracts for
this year's panels. Proposals can be sent via e-mail to or via usps to:
Andrew Rabin
Department of English
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

We look forward to hearing from you!


1. Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England
For this session, we invite papers that examine the many ways in which
law was made, understood, practiced, promulgated, and transcribed in the
Anglo-Saxon world. We are eager to receive submissions representing a
variety of perspectives, methodologies, and disciplines. Possible
topics include (but are not limited to): royal legislation, legal
manuscripts, law in/and literature, legal procedure, charters and
diplomatics, writs and wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and
justice, perceptions of early law in later periods, law in/and art, We
welcome traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as
those informed by contemporary critical theory.

2. Art History on the Edge: Art and Architecture in the Provinces of
the Medieval World(s)
In the first half of the twentieth century, a centralized model of
interpretation dominated scholarship on medieval art. That is, the art
and architecture of kingdoms and empires, including the provinces, were
examined almost exclusively in light of their relationship to a capital
city. In the past fifty years, we have witnessed the emergence of a
multiplicity of approaches to the interpretation of art and architecture
in the provinces. A much more fluid and dynamic relationship in
artistic trends between the center and periphery has been acknowledged.
Further, the recognition that their geographical location along
‘edges’ frequently put provinces in contact with other cultures
and traditions has led to an interest in the cross-cultural exchange
which frequently occurred in these regions. The aim of this session is
to bring together scholars of all periods and regions of medieval art in
order to consider the connections, commonalities, and differences
between seemingly disparate cultures. Through a wide-ranging and
interdisciplinary discussion, it will be demonstrated that changes in
the perception of the provinces as well as the approaches to art and
architecture created in these regions have broad implications for how we
interpret and understand artistic and architectural developments
throughout the medieval world(s).

Andrew Rabin
Assistant Professor
Department of English
The University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

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