>Subject: CFP: Early Modern Medievalisms (Netherlands) (5/1/07;
>From: "Romburgh, S. van" <[log in to unmask]>
>CALL FOR PAPERS
>Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection
>and Artistic Production
>University of Leiden (The Netherlands), 21-23 August 2008
>The early modern period was marked by plural discourses on the Middle
>Ages. Both scholarly work and artistic production created images of the
>philological Middle Ages, the imagined Middle Ages, the utopian Middle
>Ages, and even the anti-Middle Ages. Although this plurality was
>certainly conditioned by the early modern period's relation to
>Antiquity, it also reflected an interest in the Middle Ages as such.
>Paradoxically, early modern medievalism can therefore be conceived as a
>form of classicism as well as anti-classicism, exoticism as well as
>Emphasizing this diversity, the conference focuses on the interplay and
>tensions between discourses, continuities and discontinuities, and
>competing images of the medieval during the early modern period.
>We invite papers that address these topics. We are particularly
>interested in papers that explore one or several of three interrelated
>1. The conceptualization of the medieval in early modern scholarship.
>How was the medieval transformed into an object of study? Which topoi
>did scholars and collectors use to legitimize their interest in the
>medieval past? Is it possible to discern a transition, as postulated by
>R. Howard Bloch and Stephen G. Nichols, from appreciation of the
>medieval past (gendered female) to scholarship (gendered male)?
>2. Continuities and discontinuities between the medieval and the early
>How did different perceptions of time (cyclical time, converging time)
>and place (the New and the Old World, East and West) provide the
>contexts for scholars and artists to inscribe themselves in a tradition?
>How did the Middle Ages and the early modern communicate? How did actual
>scholarly and artistic work relate to topoi establishing a distance
>between the medieval and the contemporary?
>3. The interplay of medieval studies and artistic production.
>How did literary and visual images of the Middle Ages influence
>scholarly practice? And how did scholarship inspire artists, writers and
>musicians? What were the processes of cultural transmission from one
>disciplinary context to another? How did medieval traditions move
>between popular and elite culture, thereby problematizing our view of
>the early modern public sphere?
>The conference will take place from 21 to 23 August 2008. A volume with
>selected papers is scheduled to appear in 2009, and will be edited by
>Alicia Montoya, Wim van Anrooij and Sophie van Romburgh. Proposals,
>about 300 words, should be sent electronically no later than 1 May 2007,
>Alicia C. Montoya (Department of French, University of Leiden):
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>The authors of the proposals that have been accepted will be invited to
>participate in the conference before July 2007.
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