CFP: Borderlines XVIII, conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, UCC, April 2014

Deadline: 31 January 2014

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Borderlines XVIII: Power and Influence in the Medieval and Early Modern World, which will be held at University College Cork on the 4-6 April 2014. Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference is kindly funded by the School of History, the School of English, the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Graduate School, and the Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland

The theme of this year’s conference will focus on the concepts of power and influence. From political thought to literary authority, the matters of power and influence, in both the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, form a consistent presence. Their function and interpretation vary and when examining the issue of power, Foucault’s statement that “power must be analysed as something which circulates, or rather as something which only functions in the form of a chain” provides us with the starting point where we can explore the influences of power on these earlier societies.

This conference will explore and extend current perceptions of the roles of power and influence in both Medieval and Early Modern settings and invites papers that address the social, historical, literary, religious and cultural significance of these roles. We welcome papers from researchers in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, Digital Humanities, Folklore, History, History of Art, Geography, Languages, Literature, Music, Paleography, Philosophy and Theology. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

• Political power and its structure

• Class system

• Physical power: combat and warfare

• Lack of power and issues of liminality

• Gender roles

• Authority in religion and religious groups

• Power: its presence and absence in society

• Literary authority

• Commerce and economics

• Place and territory

• Depictions of power and powerlessness in art and literature

Abstracts of 250 words plus a short biography for a 20-minute paper are welcomed from postgraduates (MA, PhD and Postdoctoral students), as are proposals for panels and should be submitted by Friday 31 January 2014 to borderlinesxviii@gmail.com.

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