>Subject: CFP: Medieval Disability (UK) (9/20/05; Leeds, 7/10/06-7/13/06)
>From: "Cory Rushton" <[log in to unmask]>
>Medieval Disability: The body beyond the margins (Leeds, July 10-13th 2006).
>Disability Studies, a field of inquiry rooted in disciplines as
>diverse as archaeology, history, literary studies and queer theory,
>has increasingly called for an intensified exanination of the
>history of disability: how it was perceived, what constituted
>"able-bodiedness" in different eras, the moral ramifications of
>disability, the growth of the culture of pity, etc. Medievalists
>have been slow to answer this call, despite the period's centrality
>in the formation of modern identities.
>The organizers of this session are calling for papers examining the
>topic of medieval disability as manifested in historical, literary
>and theological texts from roughly 500-1500 AD. Possible topics
>include disabled characters in literary texts; archaeological
>evidences for disabled persons; the marginalization (or acceptance)
>of traditional disabled categories in the period; the contrast or
>continuities between the medieval period and our own; the
>relationship between physical and moral wholeness; theoretical
>approaches to Disability and Medieval Studies; etc. Approaches can
>be based in any academic field.
>The deadline for proposals (300 words and title) is September 22nd,
>2005, with the final panel being submitted to the Leeds organizers
>by September 30th, 2005.
>Please send abstracts and inquiries by email to:
>Dr. Cory James Rushton
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>Thank you in advance.
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