Call for Papers – 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies

The Medieval Club of New York is sponsoring two sessions in Kalamazoo in 2013 on “Lateran IV: Before and After.”  Abstracts from a variety of disciplines are welcome.

As the 800th anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) fast approaches, it is important to consider both the forces that led Urban III to convene the council and the wide-ranging consequences of its canons.  From transubstantiation to confession, from the Albigensian Crusades to the founding of the Dominican Order, from distinctions between Christians and Jews, Saracens, and others to condemnations of heresy, the canons of the council were far-reaching, with enormous impact on (to name just a few areas) ecclesiastical organization, clerical behavior, the sacraments, the relations of Christians to non-Christians, inquisitions, crusades, etc.  The aim of these two interdisciplinary sessions, therefore, is to bring together scholars who approach Lateran IV from a variety of perspectives, including history, theology, art and architecture, literature, etc., with the aim of developing a more complete understanding of this historic assembly.

For more information on the conference and the general call for papers, see:

Deadline for submission of abstracts to these two sessions is September 15, 2012.  Please send them directly to me, at the email address below.

Sylvia Tomasch
Department of English
Hunter College (CUNY)
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4052
fax: (212) 772-5411

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