The Book of Revelation captivated the medieval world, providing inspiration for scholarship, theology, art, music, and, of course, eschatological speculation. But the concept of revelation had an even broader impact. Literally and metaphorically the term encapsulates many of the developments and innovations of the Middle Ages, whether we’re speaking of divinity revealed to humans, ideas dawning upon men, or crimes exposed to public view. From the “eureka moment,” to its translation into representation (visual, musical, literary, or scientific) and its reception and influence in the wider world, revelation seeks investigation and interpretation.
We welcome papers that deal with moments of revelation and their effects. We seek papers from graduate students in any medieval field of study. Medievalists of all disciplines are encouraged to participate. The Symposium will be held March 27-28, 2009 at Indiana University's Bloomington campus.
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.
For example, papers might address one of the following:
- manuscript traditions of the Apocalyse
- utopian political visions
- revelations made manifest
- technologies of disseminating the revealed
- interpretations or depictions of the Book of Revelation
- reactions to a revelation of any sort
- scenes of revelation in visual, musical, literary or theatrical arts
- moments of disclosure in personal or legal matters
Please submit one-page abstracts by January 15, 2009, 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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