Call for Papers – Representation and Reality in the Medieval Church

Representation and Reality in the Medieval Church
Rowan University’s Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Sponsored by Rowan University and the University of Kent

From historical accounts to literary satire, the medieval Church has ever been a subject of discussion and controversy.  This symposium will explore the ways in which the Church presented itself, the extent to which these representations corresponded with reality, and how the commentaries of contemporaries, both lay and clerical, impacted the Church at large, locally and internationally.

These fascinating complexities of the Church in the Middle Ages will be the subject of the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval & Early Modern Studies, co-sponsored by Rowan University and the University of Kent.  As an interdisciplinary conference, papers from all subjects and perspectives are welcome.  This year’s symposium will be held on Friday and Saturday, 31 July — 1 August 2015, at Rowan’s main campus in Glassboro, NJ.

Keynote presentations will be given by Dr. Barbara Bombi and Dr. Sarah James, both of the University of Kent.

Abstracts of 200 words are invited from both professional scholars and postgraduate researchers.  Papers are to be approximately 20 minutes in length; proposals for three papers in themed sessions are also welcome.  In addition, there will be one undergraduate session of  15 to 20-minute papers; interested undergraduate students of any discipline are encouraged to submit their 200-word abstracts, as well.  To submit a proposal, please email; for any questions or further information, please email the conference organizer, Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer, at  The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 May 2015.

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