Medieval Cultures at X is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary conference on the topic of Medieval Passions. The conference will be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, on October 2-3rd, 2008. Proposals for 20-minute papers in any discipline related to the study of the Middle Ages are due by August 1st 2008. Possible relevant topics include but are not limited to:
Martyrs and Martyrology
Passion in medieval romance
Passion and gender
Passion and ethnicity
Passion and the aristocratic court
Theory, philosophy and history of passions and/or emotions
Mystical experiences of God and/or the sublime
Medievalism and the passions
Professor Thomas J. Heffernan, author of Sacred Biography: Saints and their Biographers in the Middle Ages and co-author of Scripture and Pluralism: Reading the Bible in the Religiously Plural Worlds of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, will provide the keynote address entitled “The Tradition of the Theology of Martyrdom in the Passion of Perpetua and Felicity”.
The conference will include a business meeting, open to all, to discuss the potential for an Atlantic (or North Atlantic) Medievalist’s Association, partially designed on the model of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP). The association will have the principal goals of (1) establishing an annual conference, at first within the Maritimes but with the eventual possibility of European and/or American meetings, and (2) the fostering of academic connections between medievalists working in Atlantic universities.
Paper proposals and inquiries can be addressed to Donna Trembinski (Department of History) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cory James Rushton (Department of English) at email@example.com.
St. Francis Xavier University
P. O. Box 5000
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