Often portrayed onstage by early modern playwrights, banishment and its attendant figures of the outcast, the exile and the pharmakos, pose a number of issues involving early modern geopolitics, as well as cultural and religious differences. Banishment was one traditional manner of proclaming differences and affirming or defending national, religious or political identities. Elsewhere in Europe, banishment remained a common practice and punishment, notably during the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Many were banished or exiled, fleeing persecution. Some of these exiles wrote about their banishment, others proclaimed their belonging to the world, others still, were effectively silenced.
Proposals will discuss political, religious, literary, scientific, artistic or philosophical issues related with banishment in the early modern era. Send abstracts in French or English.
Deadline for proposals (1/2 page maximum): 20 May 2009
The conference will be held on 2 October 2009 at the University of
Paris 10 at Nanterre (France)
Pascale Drouet (University of Poitiers) and Yan Brailowsky (University of Paris X at Nanterre)
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