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Instruction and Identity: Education in the Middle Ages
Princeton, March 2003


Call for Papers

Instruction and Identity: Education in the Middle Ages
A Graduate Conference hosted by the Princeton Medieval Graduate Colloquium
Keynote Speaker: Prof. Alastair J. Minnis, Department of English, Ohio
State University
Saturday, 22 March, 2003
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey, USA


Adopting a wide definition of education, this graduate conference will
explore medieval society through its variety of formal and informal modes
of learning, teaching locales and educational milieus -- from the furrow
to the university, from the market to the house of worship, from the jail
to the noble court.

We encourage submissions by students working in a wide range of
disciplines (including history, literature, art history, music,
archaeology, paleography, philosophy and religion) and geographical
regions, between the fifth and fifteenth centuries. Papers on medieval
educational constructs considered alone as well as in the light of modern
pedagogical approaches to medieval studies are welcome.

Presentation may focus on the following topics, but are not limited to
them: religious and secular education; literary and artistic treatments of
education; religious conversion and coercion; transmission of rural
wisdom; the medieval apprenticeship; cathedral schools and universities;
drama and education; inter-religious learning; teaching and preaching; the
relation between modern and medieval pedagogical approaches.

Interested graduate students should e-mail abstracts (250 words max.) of
15-minute presentations to medconf@princeton.edu by Monday, 6 January
2003. Please include your name, institutional affiliation and preferred
contact information for future communications.