A conference "Obscuritas in the Middle Ages" to take place at the Charles University in Prague in October 3-5, 2011.
The obscurity of the Scriptures, an ongoing challenge to medieval exegetes, as well as the obscurity of this whole world, are images omnipresent during the Middle Ages. Yet, there are many other contexts where we encounter obscurity, and the exact character of approaching, interpreting, and appropriating its various types changes and depends on particular time, space, and the case itself. At the same time, obscurity is not only perceived but also intentionally created, be it in order to build an elite within a society, or for aesthetic, educational or another purpose. Papers addressing the structures, characters and ways of both creating and receiving particular (primarily textual) obscurities in the Middle Ages are welcome at the conference.
Please, send your abstracts (250-300 words) together with a brief CV specifying your current affiliation to Lucie Doležalová at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2011. There is no conference fee. University accommodation will be sought for those interested. Modest funds are available to help cover expenses of selected participants.
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