medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
“Superstition”

Thirteenth Annual Symposium
Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque Studies
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Miami
19-21 February, 2004

To celebrate the Symposium’s thirteenth incarnation, the conference seeks to examine a range of phenomena related to superstition in various cultural and historical contexts. Proposals addressing any world region or representational form are welcome; interdisciplinary projects are especially encouraged.

Topics might include, although are not limited to:

--fear and loathing
--magical and sacred numbers
--power of the unknown
--the occult
--fate and destiny
--abjection
--the supernatural
--idolatry
--the nature of evidence, proof, and belief
--witchcraft
--animism and shamanism
--healing practices
--folklore

Please send abstracts for 20-minute papers, as well as proposals for alternative presentation formats (e.g full panels, round tables, debates, performance, etc.). This is a discussion-oriented conference with no concurrent panels. Send proposals by 20 October 2003 (e-mail preferred) to:

Prof. Michelle R. Warren
C/O Aaron Merideth
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Miami
PO Box 248093
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4650
Tel: 305. 284. 4858
Fax: 305. 284. 2068
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