The sixth annual Conference for Medieval Studies, a graduate student conference sponsored by Comitatus, the Purdue Medieval Studies student organization, will be held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana from February 15-16, 2008. The theme for this year’s conference will be "Authority, Authorship, and Audience in the Middle Ages."
Eve Salisbury, Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University will be the plenary speaker for this year’s conference.
Our theme looks at the concept of authorship in the Middle Ages. Because our modern understanding of authorship is quite different from the Middle Ages, the idea of how to define authorship and who should be called an author are questions well worth pursuing. Wrapped into the questions about authorship are questions of authority and audience.
We are inviting 250-word abstracts for papers as well as panel proposals from graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Individual papers should be 15-20 minutes in length to allow time for discussion.
All facets of authorship, particularly those submissions that engage the concept of authorship through art, architecture, gender, historical documentation, manuscript creation, or literature are particularly welcome.
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