This colloquium will explore the varied concepts of nature in the medieval period. Papers might, for instance, approach nature as a philosophical category, an object of mimesis, an archive for scientific investigation, or consider nature through eco-criticism, race and ethnicity, animal studies, or the history of science. Papers are encouraged from all fields, and possible topics could include allegories of nature in literature or sculpture, theological arguments over the nature of divinity, alchemy, the history of agriculture, medieval perceptions of the natural world, depictions of animals, or astronomy. We welcome papers considering medieval European, Asian, and African, and cross-cultural perspectives.
Proposals are now closed; a call for papers for next year's theme, Borders and Margins, will be available after April 2.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
Caroline Walker Bynum
(Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Columbia University)
(New York University)