CFP for a session on Incarceration in the Fourteenth Century, sponsored by the Fourteenth Century Society.
Recent scholarship on the many forms of incarceration in the Middle Ages has begun to complicate the notion that the prison is an inherently modern phenomenon. There were a wide variety of methods for limiting people's mobility in the Middle Ages with a multiplicity of purposes. This session will examine some of these different types of medieval incarceration, whether of the criminal, the captive, the religious, or the insane, considering how medieval people understood incarceration both as a concrete experience and as a metaphor.
Please submit an abstract of 100-250 words to either of the co-organizers, Aleksandra Pfau firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy Turner email@example.com by September 1.
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