Call for Papers – 18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Conference: 18th Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Forms of Dissent in the Medieval and Early Modern World

March 9-10, 2018, Duke University

CFP Deadline: January 22, 2018


Keynote Speakers: Dr. Sara S. Poor, medieval studies, Princeton University and 2017-18 NHC Fellow; Dr. Roseen Giles, musicology, Duke University

The Annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites graduate students to submit proposals for twenty-minute paper presentations to an interdisciplinary audience that consider the forms and functions of dissent (broadly conceived) throughout the medieval and early modern world. In addition to investigations of forms of dissent against established structures, hierarchies, and institutions, we especially invite papers which seek to explore how forms of dissent operated as turning points or pivots, as “sites of conversions,” within and as an integral part of those same structures. In this sense, we invite participants to consider in what ways dissent might be imagined not only as a rupture or a break, but also as an ongoing process of conversion or even innovation. With support from the international Early Modern Conversions Project (for more information, see, we are interested in considering dissent in all its forms–social, religious, political, artistic–and especially in its points of contact with conceptions of conversion, broadly considered.

We welcome graduate students working in all fields of inquiry concerned with the period from late antiquity to the end of the 17th century, including but not limited to history, literature, theology, philosophy, musicology, cultural studies, anthropology, art history, gender and sexuality studies, religion, and political theory. Topics for papers might consider dissent’s interaction with one or more of the following broad categories, but all pertinent submissions are warmly welcomed:

  • Religion, theology, and ecclesiology
  • Literature, textuality, hermeneutics
  • Politics, law, and legal thought
  • Gender and sexuality
  • The creative and performing arts
  • Intellectual history and philosophy
  • Social history and material culture

Interested participants should submit a 250-word abstract no later than January 22, 2018. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 1, 2018. Free accommodations and local travel assistance during the conference with host students may be available for interested participants traveling from outside the Triangle area; please indicate in your application if you might be interested in staying with a graduate student host. All applications and inquiries should be sent to Please include the presenter’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information in the body of the email; abstracts should be attached as a separate PDF or Word document.

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