CFP: 2012 ASSC Graduate Student Conference at Berkeley: “Philology”, 25 Feb 2012

Closing date for proposals: 26th  September 2011

2012 ASSC Graduate Student Conference at Berkeley: “Philology”

University of California, Berkeley
Saturday, 25 February 2012

The University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium, invites submissions for the Eighth Annual Graduate Conference of the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium on “Philology,” to be held on 25 February 2012 at UC Berkeley.

More than twenty years ago, in response to tectonic shifts in the academic landscape, Speculum and Comparative Literary Studies almost simultaneously published special issues asking the same question: “What is Philology?” Since that watershed moment, scholars have continued to debate which methodologies deserve the title “Philology” (whether “old” or “new”). Meanwhile, these very methodologies have undergone significant theoretical and practical revisions. Bearing in mind that “Philology” lies at the historical, institutional, and intellectual core of Anglo-Saxon Studies, this conference seeks to consider not only “What is philology now?” but also “How and why does philology matter, particularly to emerging scholars?”

Proposals are invited for papers that reflect on the idea of “Philology” at a theoretical, methodological, or institutional level, as well as papers that demonstrate philological practices, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, or that address the relationship between philology and contemporary critical concerns, such as historicism(s), aesthetics, cognitive studies, manuscript studies, textual criticism, intellectual history, and the digital humanities.

 Please submit 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers by September 26, 2011 and kindly include your academic affiliation, e-mail address, street address, phone number, and any audio-visual requirements. Abstracts may be sent to The conference organisers very much look forward to welcoming you to their campus, and are excited about the rich discussion that will ensue.

 Organized by: Marcos Garcia, Jacob Hobson, Jennifer Lorden, R. D. Perry, Benjamin A. Saltzman

 Sponsored by: the UC Berkeley Department of English, UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies, Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley, and Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium

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