Theme: Law and (Dis)Order

The Forty-Fourth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium 
April 13-14, 2018
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

 

Call for Papers:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites papers exploring aspects of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. This includes legal codes, social order, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, poetic or artistic form, gender construction, racial divisions, scientific and philosophical order, the history of popular rebellion, and other ways of conceptualizing our theme.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. A seminar will also seek contributions; please look for its separate CFP soon. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website (http://medievalcolloquium.sewanee.edu), no later than 26 October 2017. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 13 March 2018.

Call for Sub-Themes:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites proposals for panel themes engaging with forms of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures from individuals, groups, and organizations. These sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Possibilities include the development of legal systems, the ordering of history writing, resistance to forms of social control, the development of particular artistic or poetic forms, the ordering of manuscripts, the concept of the will, systems of gender difference, scientific laws, orders of creation, and conflict or exchange between different social, religious, or ethnic groups. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through this website by October 26, 2017) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session. 

Panel theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters), and the CVs of the organizers, and are due July 27, 2017. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu

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