Call for Papers – Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds

Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds
March 6th to 8th 2015

Travels of all types provide ways of understanding the Middle Ages and Renaissance in terms of exchange, transformation, and knowledge.

By the word “travels,” we envision journeys of the mind, the body, and the spirit. The theme of the conference includes mapping, historiography, migrations, nomadic cultures and people, movements of objects, inner journeys such as dream-visions, introspection or conversion, as well as explorations of gender and social identity, exile, adoption, foreign language acquisition etc.

On behalf of Mardinalia Research Collective, the Medieval Studies Course Union, and the Program of Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria, we are inviting students and scholars to submit proposals for papers (20 min), creative performances, or art works pertaining to all types of journeys, from the 4th century CE up to the 17th century.

Submissions may address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Utopian Worlds and Imaginary Places
  • Transoceanic journeys, Colonial expeditions, Commercial Encounters
  • Migrations, Displacements, and Settlements
  • Dream-visions and revelations
  • Pilgrimages and spiritual journeys
  • Travellers of all kinds and stations
  • Voyages and Transfers of Ideas, Books, Technologies, Science etc.
  • Networks of Knowledge

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and independent community researchers, creative scholars, artists, and performers are encouraged to submit a proposal by December 14th, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

Please send to the following:

  • Title of the paper
  • Paper Proposal (250 words maximum)
  • Biography (100 words maximum)
  • Additional Information: Email address, University, Area of Studies, and Status (Undergraduate/Graduate/Independent Researcher)

NB: Light lunches will be provided. Casual accommodation can be arranged. Travel expenses will not be covered.

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