Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies 40th Annual Conference
Medieval French Without Borders
March 21-22, 2020
12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein, Lincoln Center, New York, NY
Hosted by: Center for Medieval Studies,
Co-sponsored with the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and University of York, and the Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University
This international conference looks anew at the origins and development of the langue d’oïl – both as a transactional language and in its high cultural form of literary French – within multilingual contact zones and as a medium of social, cultural and literary exchange. Whether as a second language of empire (Carolingian, Angevin, German) or as an idiom spread by merchants, sailors, clerics, artisans, and pilgrims, as well as by soldiers and crusaders, French came in contact with varieties of Arabic, Breton, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Norse, Occitan and Welsh. By integrating French with the other languages and literatures with which it came in contact from the ninth until the sixteenth centuries, this conference proposes new contexts for French that expand and complement more familiar explanatory frameworks such as identity, cultural prestige, and source studies. See the full CFP at the conference website: https://mvstconference.ace.fordham.edu/medievalfrenchwithoutborders/.
Participants include: Mark Chinca, Thelma Fenster, Marisa Galvez, Jane Gilbert, Wolfgang Haubrichs, Sarah Kay, Maryanne Kowaleski, Karla Mallette, Anne-Hélène Miller, Laura Morreale, Lars Boje Mortensen, Thomas O’Donnell, Sara Poor, Brian Reilly, Teresa Shawcross, Elizabeth M. Tyler, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.
Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2019 to the Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to 718-817-3987.