In representation, rhetoric, and reality, violence, conflict, and humor are often intertwined. Humor can be a source of conflict as well as a means of coping with or ending conflict; violence can be presented humorously and humor presented as violence. Intellectual conflicts can lead to violence, and violence can initiate larger cultural conflicts. This conference seeks to explore such interconnections, and so we are looking for papers dealing with any or all of these three topics.
Papers on all aspects of violence, conflict, or humor in the Middle Ages are welcome. We seek papers from both faculty and graduate students in any medieval field of study, East or West. Medievalists of all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Topics may include, but are not limited to, those related to spirituality, philosophy, history, science and learning, art and architecture, music and literature, politics, influential figures, commerce, ideology and belief, or language and power.
Medievalists of all disciplines are encouraged to participate. Please submit one-page abstracts by February 1, 2008, to the following address:
E-mail submissions are welcome.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org (attn: Diane Fruchtman)
Submissions should be anonymous; please include a cover sheet with paper title, name, phone, e-mail, and department address. Please also indicate any A-V equipment needed for your paper presentation. Papers should not exceed a 20-minute reading time.
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