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Times New RomanCALL FOR PAPERS (apologies for cross-posting) YMAGINA (Young Medievalists and Germanists in North America) is organizing three medieval sessions for the upcoming German Studies Association conference in Washington D.C., October 6-10 2004: Times 1. _TABOOS_ This panel is interested in representations of the Forbidden in medieval culture, literature, history or religious practice. Submissions could include papers on extant taboos - prohibitions against racial miscegenation, sexual impropriety, foreign travel, contact with infidels, traffic with diseased persons and the like - or on how taboos were constructed, maintained, and enforced in medieval Germany. 2. _GERMAN IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES_ What was being German defined by or against in the Middle Ages? For this panel we seek submissions that explore descriptions or constructions of Germanness in medieval literature and culture. Also welcome are discussions of modern (mis)appropriations of medieval material that attempt to establish a tradition of Germanness. 3. _DECAY AND RENEWAL_ This session seeks papers that explore medieval representations of decay and degeneration as fact or as metaphor and of the regeneration that follows it (or does not). Submissions could include papers on disease, death, or destruction of the human, the spiritual, the natural, the architectural, even the institutional. Please submit abstracts of up to one page in length by email to the following address. Deadline for abstracts is Monday, February 9, 2004. Thank you! Dr. William Layher Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures Washington University in St Louis [log in to unmask]Times New Roman Sara S. Poor Assistant Professor Princeton University Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures 211 East Pyne Princeton, NJ 08544 (609) 258-7980 (609) 258-5597 (FAX)