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CALL FOR PAPERS - MEDIEVAL 2006 Conference of the German Studies Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania September 28 - October 1, 2006 www.thegsa.org YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America) is pleased to announce a call for papers for three sessions at the 2006 GSA conference in Pittsburgh: Sight and Sound in the Middle Ages This panel welcomes papers dealing with visuality and aurality in medieval Germany; the cultural relevance of sound in medieval ritual, ceremony, courtly culture or warfare; silence and cacophany; theories and codification of vision in the Middle Ages; is there an auditory equivalent to "the Gaze"?; perception and Wahrnehmung of sensory input; unusual or transgressive sights or sounds; scientific or medical treatises on sight and sound / eye and ear; the relationship between oral performance and visual spectacle; breakdowns of vision; noise. "Medieval": Finding the End of an Age This panel invites papers on periodization and cultural (trans)formation in late-medieval Germany; on endpoints, crossovers and discontinuities of historical or cultural impulses; on the meaning of "medieval"; falling out of fashion; repetitions and invoking the past; late-medieval nostalgia; cultural friction with the avant-garde; on finding (or blurring) the boundary between medieval and Early Modern. ...gar untiutsch. Encounters with non-Germans in the German Middle Ages. This is an omnibus panel for papers on the concept of foreignness in medieval Germany; constructing German identity in the Middle Ages; foreign travel; border-crossings; the impact of foreign things on medieval Germany; on "outlandishness" and cultural belonging; on being German without a Germany; inclusions and exclusions; monstrosity and non-human interaction; on language contact and linguistic interferences. We are seeking papers of 15 to 20 minutes length, in German or English. Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and a brief vita or CV which includes institutional affiliation by Feb 10th to: Dr. William Layher Department of Germanic Languages Washington University in St Louis St Louis, MO  63130  USA Phone 1-314-935-8620 Fax 1-314-935-7255 0000,0000,EEEE[log in to unmask] Thank you, William Layher