Monday, February 25, 2013

Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Call for Papers: deadline 1st March 2013
Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Pembroke College, Cambridge, 23rd-24th September 2013

Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers on any aspect of how war and violence were documented, depicted and narrated in the medieval and early modern periods, including:

-       the representation of conflict in chronicles, poetry,
correspondence, proclamations, pageantry;
-       the visual depiction/performance of war and violence;
-       questions of just war, holy war, necessary war, casus belli;
-       perspectives of victor and victim, chivalry and atrocity;
-       different interpretations of soldier and civilian, eyewitness and historian;
-       changing philosophies, codes, practices, technologies and accoutrements of war;
-       war as divine providence or human scourge;
-       intersections of art, literature, and propaganda.

Keynote speakers: Professor Daniel Weiss, Lafayette College; Professor Richard Kaeuper, University of Rochester; Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton

Other contributors: Laura Ashe, David Grummitt, Megan Leitch, Catherine Nall, Craig Taylor.

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to Joanna Bellis and Laura Slater, by 1st March 2013, at

This colloquium is generously sponsored by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, which promotes research on all aspects of the human propensity to violence and aggression; and by Pembroke College, Cambridge. It will be a forum to foster conversation between historians, art historians and literary critics.
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