Call for Papers

This is the edited version of the call for papers Helene, Sadie and I have come up with. I’m not sure the formatting will transfer from a Word document to here. Please let me know if there is something here that is wrong or not clear!

Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds

Travels of all types provide ways of understanding the Middle Ages and Renaissance in terms of exchange, transformation, and knowledge.

By the word “travels,” we envision journeys of the mind, the body, and the spirit. The theme of the conference includes mapping, historiography, migrations, nomadic cultures and people, movements of objects, inner journeys such as dream-visions, introspection or conversion, as well as explorations of gender and social identity, exile, adoption, foreign language acquisition etc.

On behalf of Mardinalia, the Medieval Studies Course Union, and the Department of Medieval Studies of the University of Victoria, we are inviting students and scholars to submit proposals for papers (20min), creative performance, or art works pertaining to all types of journeys, from the 4th century CE up to the 17th century.

Submissions could address but are not limited to the following topics:

-Utopian Worlds and Imaginary Places
-Transoceanic journeys, Colonial expeditions, Commercial Encounters
– Migrations, Displacements, and Settlements
– Dream-visions and Revelations
– Pilgrimages and Spiritual journeys
– Travellers of all kinds and stations
– Voyages and Transfers of Ideas, Books, Technologies, Science etc.
– Networks of Knowledge

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and independent researchers, community members, creative scholars, artists, and performers are encouraged to submit a proposal by December 14th, 2014 . Late submissions will not be considered.

Please send to the following:
1. Title of the paper
2. Proposal for the paper (250 w. max)
3. Biography (100 w.)
4. Additional Information: email, University, Area of Studies, and Status (Undergraduate/ Graduate/Independent Researcher)
NB: Light lunches will be provided. Casual accommodation can be arranged. Travel expenses will not be covered.

For more information, contact

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1 Response to Call for Papers

  1. locust22014 says:

    This is great! A few little things jumped out at me:
    1 Should the “department” of Medieval Studies begin with a capital D?
    2 In the list of topics, some words begin with capitals (“Encounters”), but others don’t (“expeditions”, “revelations”) – I wonder whether they all need to be standardized one way or another?
    3 In the para beginning “Undergraduate students,……”, the word “proposal” needs “a ” before it.
    4 Under the information requested, how about requesting a phone number in addition to email – just in case a problem arises with the email, it’s good to have a back up.

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