An interdisciplinary international conference
Hosted by King Alfred’s College, Winchester, in
collaboration with the International Medieval Congress,
University of Leeds and Studies in Medievalism.
Call for Papers
The figure of King Arthur is one that permeates British culture throughout the Middle Ages, into the Renaissance and beyond, towards the twenty-first century. Arthur inspires a variety of responses from a multitude of different authors and artists, becoming an individual who is, from his earliest iterations within medieval culture, created and recreated to serve differing agendas and cultural manifestos. In this respect he is the first character to be drawn within a medievalist response – even within the Middle Ages themselves.
This conference seeks to exploit these features of the representation of King Arthur, inviting submissions from colleagues working in any discipline and within any historical period, from the early Latin and Welsh annals to Star Wars and beyond. Possible areas of interest might be:
Arthur and national identity
The development of Arthurian narrative
‘High’ and ‘Low’ cultural responses to Arthur
Arthur and the Renaissance
Victorian imperialist responses to Arthur
Arthur and warfare
Arthur on film
Arthurian fantasy and science fiction
This is, by no means, an exhaustive list and other proposals are welcomed.
Abstracts of 200-250 words are invited and should be submitted to the programming committee by August 1st 2003. Successful abstracts will be published on the conference website during September 2003 and will form the basis of a discussion forum that will precede the conference, which will take place in August 2004. It is expected that, in addition to publication of papers on the web site in advance of the conference, a volume of selected papers will be published during 2005.
Dr Phil Cardew
School of Cultural Studies
King Alfred's College
Winchester, SO22 4NR
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