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Bridging and Breaking Boundaries
Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Graduate Conference
Calgary, April 2004


CALL FOR PAPERS: Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Graduate
Conference
University of Calgary
April 16-17, 2004

"Bridging and Breaking Boundaries"

Staff and students of the University of Calgary recently formed a Medieval
and Renaissance Cultural Studies (MARCS) research group whose principal
aim is to promote interdisciplinary inquiry and exchange.  In an effort to
promote this goal, student members of MARCS are pleased to invite graduate
students from all Western colleges and universities to the first ever
medieval and renaissance graduate student conference hosted by the
University of Calgary.  The conference will be held from April 16 to 17,
2004.

The conference seeks to explore cultural liminalities or, broadly termed,
boundaries.  Boundaries may be conceived in one or any number of
spatial/temporal combinations between the natural/constructed, the
moving/fixed, the permeable/resistant.  Papers might consider boundaries
and corresponding boundary conditions in terms of divisions, contiguities,
limits, limitations, or configurations for subjects as varied as
gender/sexuality paradigms, socio-political centres/peripheries,
historical periodization, urban/architectural integrations,
transculturation, linguistic flux, religious hierocracies, compositions of
territorial borders/frontiers, textual and technological margins, and
literary categorizations.  The conference therefore encourages inquiry
from a range of medieval and renaissance disciplines: philosophy,
religion, literature, philology, language, history, sociology, and
science.

Conference sessions will be held over two days and will include keynote
addresses by two prominent academics who display the sort of
interdisciplinary inquiry that this conference seeks to foster.  Murray
McGillivray, a medievalist who combines new media technology with
traditional philology and has produced several electronic editions of
literary manuscripts, will offer a paper concerning his current project.
The second speaker is Jonathan Hart, an early modern historian and
literary scholar who works across disciplines and national and linguistic
borders.  His research focus is the intersection between historiography,
theory, and literature and his most recent work concerns exploration
narratives.

Students are requested to submit an abstract (maximum 250 words) that
outlines the topic to be presented in a twenty-minute paper.  The sessions
will follow the standard format of academic conferences with three papers
followed by a discussion period.

Abstracts are due February 7, 2004 and should be faxed, mailed or emailed
to:

Ayn Becze
University of Calgary
Social Sciences Tower, 11th floor
2500 University Drive
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada
Telephone: +1-(403)220-5470
Fax:       +1-(403)289-1123
aynbecze@hotmail.com