The University of Cambridge’s Central Medieval Graduate Workshop, in conjunction with the Faculty of History, is delighted to send out a call for papers for a one-day conference on medieval feasting, gift-giving and hospitality to be held on 15 August 2009. In recent years medievalists across all disciplines have been paying increasing attention to the importance of ritual and non-verbal elements of political communication in the Middle Ages. This conference will focus on diverse aspects of ritual culture associated with the expression of hospitality, feasting and the giving of gifts. The breadth of this conference aims to trace traditions of generosity over a wide chronological period reaching throughout medieval Europe and beyond. We will also recreate something of the extravagances of medieval hospitality, concluding the proceedings with an authentic feast cooked by the award-winning kitchen of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Please send proposals for papers, composed of your title, academic affiliation and 300 word abstract, to the conference email address: firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 May 2009. Registration is now open and will cost £5 for speakers and delegates prior to 15 May 2009, after which it will increase to £10. Please e-mail for more details. Further information concerning the feast, including cost, will be sent upon registration.
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