International Congress on Medieval Studies - STRANGERS IN PARIS: ALTERITY IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE

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International Congress on Medieval Studies - STRANGERS IN PARIS: ALTERITY IN MEDIEVAL FRANCE

Post by bewitched on Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:50 pm

Dear Sir or Madam,

Please forward the following call for papers to your members, as this may be of interest to them. The International Medieval Society-Paris was founded in 2003 by a dissertator, so we are particularly interested in providing a forum for young scholars to present their research.

Thank you,
Casey Casebier
Saint Francis University

45th International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 13-16, 2010

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


International Medieval Society, Paris/Société
Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris


The International
Medieval Society-Paris invites proposals for an interdisciplinary session that
will examine the notion of alterity in medieval France, particularly in the
Paris region. While many conference
sessions, journal articles and books focus on the notion of alterity and
difference as an exploration of the monstrous, i.e. extreme difference, this
session would complement these forms of the Other by giving preference to papers
that that include literal and metaphorical alterity of place from a humanist

Papers might focus
on the perspectives of foreign students or scholars and their depictions of
university life (including town and gown issues), the alienation of Jews in
medieval Paris, issues of otherness pertaining to the rising bourgeois class
and the medieval guilds, the unique perspective of women in the urban
environment, the nostalgia of medieval authors who either base themselves in
Paris or write about the city from another place, or even those individuals who
have been exiled from Paris through involvement with its criminal
underworld. We encourage submissions
from history, art history, literature and science that would shed light on the
human perception of alterity in (or from) the urban environment that highlight
issues of integration and alienation, and we welcome insights on both
mainstream and under-examined examples of strangers in Paris.

A paper proposal comprises an abstract of no more than 300 words and a
completed "Participant Information Form," which is available on the Congress
Web site: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper

Please e-mail paper proposal and "Participant Information Form to:

Karen (Casey) Casebier at kcasebier@francis.edu
by 9/15/2009.

For more information about the
International Medieval Society-Paris, please visit:



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