CALL FOR PAPERS: THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK—TEXTS AND RECEPTION
9th Comitatus Graduate Conference on Medieval Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, Feb. 4-5th, 2011.
Comitatus, the Purdue Medieval Studies Graduate Student Organization, is pleased to
announce its ninth annual Graduate Conference on Medieval Studies to be held on February 4-5, 2011. The theme of this year’s conference is "The History of the Book: Texts and Reception," and it will feature a keynote address from Kathryn Kerby-Fulton,
The Notre Dame Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She has written many works on manuscript studies, religious writers and visionaries, and textual reception, and is author of _Books Under Suspicion: Censorship and Tolerance of Revelatory Writing in Late Medieval England_ (Winner of the 2007 Snow Prize from the North American Conference on British Studies, as well as the Medieval Academy of America Haskins Gold Medal in 2010).
We invite submissions of abstracts for papers on any area of the history of the book and its reception in the medieval to the early modern period. Possible themes include but are not limited to:
1. Textual studies of manuscripts and early printed books
2. The material culture surrounding the text
3. The history of textual dissemination and its impact
4. The contents of libraries
5. Textual illuminations, artwork, and its relationship to text
6. Cultural support for literary production
7. The relationship between the text and the reader
8. Reception theory
9. Book or textual fetishism
10. Trust in the written record
11. Religious and secular theories of the book
12. The social life of texts
13. Marginalia and glosses
14. Medieval literacy and the text
15. Sponsored educational and literacy programs and the use of the text
16. Renaissances and renewals, and their impact on readers and texts
17. Political uses for the text and literacy
18. Writing and memory
Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 1st, 2010.
Please see http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~comitatu/conference.html for further details and for registration.
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