A one-day conference which will discuss new approaches to medieval miracles. The conference will be held on the 16th April at Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK. Our aim is to bring together postgraduates, early-career researchers and scholars examining such texts. Our purpose is for the conference to act as a forum for scholars to discuss recent developments and share ideas, and to provide a platform to explore or critique emerging historiographical currents.
Two thematic strands will be addressed in the conference, and speakers are invited to submit papers on:
First, the form and function of the manuscripts in which miracle accounts were recorded. This could include research on the compositional context, the reasons for writing or recording miracle narratives, the use of such texts, the transmission and dissemination of miracle accounts, their afterlife - including their translation into vernacular works, and the relationship between miracle collections and canonization proceedings.
The second strand will focus on attempts to contextualize the narrative evidence within miracles. Examples of areas that could be considered include, descriptions of healing, cultural attitudes towards the miraculous, the histories of particular social or religious groups, the importance of gender, and the role of miracle collections to the communities surrounding the shrine.
We have extended the deadline for proposals until February 10th. Proposals for twenty–minute papers should include a 250-word abstract and paper title. These should be sent to M.Mesley@uea.ac.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Matthew Mesley
4b Charing Cross
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