medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

CFP: Southeastern Medieval Association Annual Meeting
Vanderbilt University
October 15-17, 2009

/Knowing and Unknowing/

What did medieval peoples know about their world? What do we know about 
the Middle Ages? We welcome papers on all aspects of the Middle Ages, 
but we particularly encourage papers that consider the role of 
knowledge. Suggested topics include medieval education, medieval 
philosophies of what can and cannot be known, material artifacts such as 
manuscripts that let us "know" more about the Middle Ages, the 
exploitation of the Middle Ages by post-medieval scholars and artists, 
the limits of knowledge in medieval literature, knowledge of self, and 
knowledge (or lack thereof) of others.

MEARCSTAPA* plans to contribute to SEMA, and so we hereby request papers 
for sessions on “knowing” that also fall under our common umbrella of 
monstrosity (a horizontal aegis?). In keeping with the theme of the 
conference, we solicit abstracts of 250 words or less that would address 
the following potential idea sets:

Know Thy Self, Know Thy Other: Identifying (with) the Medieval Monstrous

When Categories Fail!: Taxonomies of the Unknowable

For consideration under the MEARCSTAPA umbrella, please submit abstracts 
to Jeff Massey

(e-ddress below) no later than June 15^th .

Again, please send abstracts to: [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> no later than June 15, 2009.

The fine folks at MEARCSTAPA look forward to hearing from you.

* MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of 
Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application) is an 
organization committed to the scholarly examination of monstrosity as an 
area of social and cultural interest to past and present societies. Our 
inter/trans/post/pre-disciplinary approach allows us to explore the 
significance of monstrosity across cultural, temporal, and geographic 
boundaries. We are interested in a multivalent approach using materials 
on monsters and monstrosity from literary, artistic, philosophical, and 
historical sources.

"Docere, delectare, movere." - Cicero

Asa Simon Mittman
Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Art History
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA  95929-0820

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