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53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018)
(Kalamazoo, Michigan)

The American-Canadian Branch of La Société Rencesvals
call for papers:


The Arabic chivalric novels known as “al-Siyar” feature heroes characterized by their bravery and valor, reflecting values similar to those of the romance epic, as Lutfi Abdel Badi argues in his almost forgotten La Épica árabe y su influencia en la épica castellana (31). And yet modern scholarly notions of “chivalry” in the epic often seem to follow Ramon Llull’s thirteenth-century Book of the Order of Chivalry, which claims that chivalry requires loving and fearing the Christian god, foreclosing the possibility that there could be a common code for both Christian and Muslim knights. Llull further explains that nobility and chivalry “belong together” (III.8) and thus women, due to their lesser nobility, are unable to be knights. Likewise, “a deformed man or one who is obese or has another physical defect” cannot be a knight (Llull III.16).

Given the persistent association of chivalry with Christianity, masculinity, able-bodiness, nobility, and a narrowly defined idea of beauty and humanity, how can we understand alterity in chivalric texts where the supposed Other is often a worthy oponent? And furthermore, what happens to chivalry when we find these Others often as heroes, and not enemies, at the center instead of at the borders of the romance epic? This session invites papers that examine how texts, writers, and audience negotiated the complexity of chivalry and knighthood in medieval texts dealing with heroic deeds of those who are not “normative.” We also welcome papers that question or resituate the very definition of chivalry in the romance epic.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2017/medieval-pif-2018.pdf) to session organizers Stefanie Goyette (stefaniegoyette@gmail.com) or Ana Grinberg (ana.grinberg.phd@gmail.com) by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.


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2017 MLA Convention 5-8 January 2017

"Mapping the Epic" (session 256)

Presiding:  Paula E. Leverage, Purdue Univ.


 "The Stakes of Spiritual Mapping: Spenser and Ariosto," Timothy Duffy, New York Univ.


"Social and Symbolic Boundaries of National and Religious Affiliation in FierabrasMocedades de Rodrigo, and Bernardo del Carpio," Matthew J. Bailey, Washington and Lee Univ.


 "Whirled without End: Charting Cyclical Identities in La mort Aymeri de Narbonne," Norval Bard, North Central Coll.

"Epic and the Geographic Annotation in Lope de Vega," Paul Carranza, Dartmouth Coll.

Friday, 6 January 10:15-11:30 am
Room 401-403 Philadelphia Marriott

21st International Congress of the Société Rencesvals

First Circular (23 May 2017)

The 21st International Congress of the Société Rencesvals will take place from August 13-17 2018 at the University of Toronto, Canada. Most Congress sessions and events will be held on the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

The following themes have been selected:

1. The chanson de geste between France and England (Plenary Speaker: Luke Sunderland, Durham University)

2. Travels and exchanges: diversity, cultural contact, and the Romance epic in the Americas (Plenary Speaker: Simone Pinet, Cornell University)

3. Family structures, filiation, and bastardy (Plenary Speaker: Muriel Ott, Université de Strasbourg)

4. Production centers of the chanson de geste (Plenary Speaker: Gabriele Giannini, Université de Montréal)

5. Varia

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First Circular (23 May 2017)

 

 

 



First Circular
23 May 2017
The 21st International Congress of the Société Rencesvals will take place from August 13-17 2018 at the University of Toronto, Canada. Most congress sessions and events will be held on the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

 

The following themes have been selected:

  1. The chanson de geste between France and England (Plenary Speaker: Luke Sunderland, Durham University)
  2. Travels and exchanges: diversity, cultural contact, and the Romance epic in the Americas (Plenary Speaker: Simone Pinet, Cornell University)
  3. Family structures, filiation, and bastardy (Plenary Speaker: Muriel Ott, Université de Strasbourg)
  4. Production centers of the chanson de geste (Plenary Speaker: Gabriele Giannini, Université de Montréal)
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Toronto 13-17 August 2018

 

 

 

  Southeastern Medieval Association Conference 2016  
  6-8 October 2016 (Knoxville, TN)  
  Proposed panel: “Contact Zones and Borders in Romance Epics”  
     
  Romance epics are frequently set in close proximity to imaginary and/or real boundaries. These boundaries can be geological barriers that separate “us” from “them,” as rivers and mountain ranges. Otherwise, they can also be imagined frontiers that separate cultures and peoples, as language or religious persuasion. These physical and imagined borders serve to enforce or to resist multiple forms of power. In line with this year’s theme, “Place and Power,” we invite papers exploring the meeting, clashing, and grappling of disparate cultures in borderline areas—“contact zones,” as Mary Louise Pratt calls these social spaces—as represented in medieval romance epics particularly in, but not restricted to, those texts that are part of the Matter of France.  
     
 

Abstracts are due by May 15, 2016 (maximum 250 words) in order to submit the session proposal by the conference deadline (June 1, 2016). Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Dr. Ana Grinberg.

 


Southeastern Medieval Association Conference 2016
Knoxville, TN, 6-8 October 2016
Proposed panel: “Contact Zones and Borders in Romance Epics”
Romance epics are frequently set in close proximity to imaginary and/or real boundaries. These boundaries can be geological barriers that separate “us” from “them,” as rivers and mountain ranges. Otherwise, they can also be imagined frontiers that separate cultures and peoples, as language or religious persuasion. These physical and imagined borders serve to enforce or to resist multiple forms of power. In line with this year’s theme, “Place and Power,” we invite papers exploring the meeting, clashing, and grappling of disparate cultures in borderline areas—“contact zones,” as Mary Louise Pratt calls these social spaces—as represented in medieval romance epics particularly in, but not restricted to, those texts that are part of the Matter of France.

Abstracts are due by May 15, 2016 (maximum 250 words) in order to submit the session proposal by the conference deadline (June 1, 2016). Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Dr. Ana Grinberg at grinberg@etsu.edu.

131st MLA Annual Convention (Austin Texas, January 2016)

The American-Canadian Branch of the Société Rencesvals sponsors one session at the MLA


Digital Humanities and the Romance Epic: A New Perspective?

Friday, 8 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., 309, JW Marriott

Presiding: Catherine M. Jones

1. "Visualizing Romance Epic Space-Time," David Joseph Wrisley

2. "Encoding a Digital Edition of Huon d'Auvergne, a Premodern Franco-Italian Epic," Stephen Patrick McCormick

3. "Digital Mouvance and Interpretive Reading of the Romance Epic," Jason D. Jacobs


Le XXe congrès international de la Société Rencesvals a eu lieu à Rome du lundi 20 au vendredi 25 juillet 2015.

Programme du 20e Congrès International

 

 
 
Prior International Congresses of the Société Rencesvals
None at the moment

South Central Modern Language Association Conference
November 3-5, 2016 (Dallas, TX)

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Call for papers: "El romancero épico"
This panel will explore the persistence of Iberian epics in oral and printed Romancero traditions, the ways in which they change and the social practices driving these transformations.
Abstracts to a maximum of 300 words required by March 31st 2016.

Please send abstracts to Julio F. Hernando

Here is some general information about the SCMLA conference


 

Manuscript as Medium: Fordham's 36th Annual Conference
March 5-6, 2016
http://www.fordham.edu/info/23072/conferences


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