CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Metalwork and Gems in the Middle Ages

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52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017 Special Session Organizer: Laura Whatley (Auburn University Montgomery) This session seeks to offer a broad analysis of medieval metalwork, including but not necessarily limited to objects such as jewels, engraved gems, seals, coins, badges, reliquaries and medals. In particular, it welcomes papers that examine […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Walruses, Whales and Narwhals, Maritime Ivories in Western Europe, 900-1500

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Session sponsored by the National Museum of Scotland International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017 Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan Deadline September 15, 2016 In the history of medieval ivory carving, the maritime mammals are often eclipsed by the elephant. Walrus tusks and whale bones are usually just seen as a poor substitute to the […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Medieval(ist) Bodies and Boundaries

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In hagiographies the saint’s story–his or her narrative–is written on the body, sometimes in the form of blessed marks, more often through the marks of torture suffered for the faith. Similarly, we medievalists record our histories, traumas, and passions on our bodies in the form of tattoos. Both the saints’ marks and our body art […]

CFP Kalamazoo 2017: The Virgin as Bridge. Cultural Exchange and Connection through Images of the Virgin Mary

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52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI Organizers: Diliana Angelova (University of California, Berkeley) and Amanda Luyster (College of the Holy Cross) Across the medieval Mediterranean and beyond, people of many faiths and backgrounds sought the succor of the miraculous virgin and mother, Mary. Christians venerated Mary as the holiest figure […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Body and Soul in Medieval Visual Culture

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52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14, 2017, Kalamazoo, MI Organizers: Judith Soria (CNRS « Orient et Méditerranée ») and Jennifer Lyons (Ithaca College) Medieval theologians and artists wrestled with the dual “natures” of the human form: the soul, whose indefinite substance is connected with ideas of the animate, and the body, visible and […]

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CFP Kalamazoo 2017: Premodern Futurities: Speculative Objects and Prognostication in the Medieval World

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Interpreting the medieval arts entails setting in motion forms of anachronism; within the arts we see complex negotiations of temporality, which themselves pose significant challenges to our understanding of historical objects. Scholars have been both resistant to and complicit in these forms, a challenge of historicism having been, to a greater or lesser extent, to unlearn certain histories […]

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