Heretics without Borders, a society for the study of nonorthodox religion in the middle ages, will sponsor two panels at the International Conference on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 5-8, 2005. We are particularly interested in presenting a range of papers that cross traditional borders in our modern understandings of medieval heresy. These borders may be geographic, intellectual, institutional or academic.
Panel 1: Building a Better Heretic: Constructing Heresy and Heretics
This panel will present different approaches to the question of exactly what we mean by the words "heresy" and "heretic," as well as the ways in which we and our medieval sources construct nonorthodox religious subjects. This panel could include papers on subjects such as how inquisitors constructed the legal category of heresy; the use of public penance to create the public image of a heretic; or the depictions of heresy and/or heretics in art and literary texts.
Panel 2: Heretics Behaving Badly: Resistance to Authority
This panel will focus on forms of resistance to orthodoxy and authority in the middle ages. We would consider papers on topics such as violent resistance to the inquisition or heresy as a form of resistance to local secular/ecclesiastical history, or a range of other topics related to resistance.
Please send abstract to either of our co-organizers, Holly Grieco (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Taylor Snyder (email@example.com).
We will also have our first official business meeting at Kalamazoo in 2005. Please join us for the election of officers and a discussion of the future of the study of heresy at Kalamazoo. For more information about Heretics without Borders, visit www.hereticswithoutborders.org.
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