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Material Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Tempe, AZ, February 1999


MATERIAL CULTURE AND CULTURAL MATERIALISMS 
IN THE MIDDLE AGES AND THE RENAISSANCE

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State
University invites session and paper proposals for its fifth annual
interdisciplinary conference on February 18-20, 1999.  The Center welcomes
papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the
Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on this year's
theme of material culture.  The latter may address, for example, specific
artifacts and artistic commodities or the relationship between people's
material world and the society around them. 

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES
Selected papers related to the conference theme are considered for
publication in the fifth volume of the "Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages
and the Renaissance" series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).
Papers dealing with any facet of the Mediterranean region will be
considered for publication in the journal _Mediterranean Studies_,
sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, the Medieval
and Renaissance Collegium (MARC) at the University of Michigan, and ACMRS
at Arizona State University. 
 
WORKSHOP
The conference will also host "The Medieval Book: A Workshop in
Codicological Practice." This pre-conference half-day workshop led by
Richard Clement, University of Kansas, will focus on the making of the
medieval codex. Participants will discuss the production of parchment,
paper, pens, and ink, and then will make several quires in preparation for
writing. Note: This workshop does not cover scripts and is not
calligraphic. 

SETTING
The setting of the conference is the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, a luxury
resort featuring swimming pool, tennis courts, sauna, and proximity to
numerous attractions in the Phoenix-Scottsdale-Tempe area.  The hotel is
just two blocks from Arizona State University and 15 minutes from Phoenix
International airport.  The high temperature in the "Valley of the Sun"
during February averages 70 degrees. 

REGISTRATION
The conference registration fee is just $60 ($35 for students) and
includes welcoming and concluding receptions, two days of concurrent
sessions, and keynote address. 

DEADLINE
By October 1, 1998, send two copies of session proposals or one-page
abstracts, along with two copies of your current c.v. and the audio visual
request form (available on the web site), to Robert E. Bjork, Director,
ACMRS, Arizona State University, Box 872301, Tempe, AZ 85287-2301. Email:
acmrs@asu.edu. Phone: (602) 965-5900.  Fax: (602) 965-1681. Access our web
site http://www.asu.edu/clas/acmrs or contact ACMRS for more information. 

T. Scott Clapp
Program Coordinator
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 872301
Tempe, AZ  85287-2301
USA
Phone: +1-(602)965-5900; FAX: +1-(602)965-1681
ACMRS Home Page: http:/www.asu.edu/clas/acmrs