CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern 


Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013 


YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following three sessions at the 2013 GSA conference. 


1. Behind Prison Walls: Literary Production in Confined Spaces


Boethius’s sixth-century Consolation of Philosophy, Dhuoda’s ninth-century manual for her son and Luther’s sixteenth-century translation of the New Testament were all produced by writers enduring conditions of physical confinement. Such confinement can be viewed as restrictive—e.g., lack of human contact, lack of resources—or advantageous—e.g., uninterrupted blocks of time, release from political or familial duties. This panel seeks papers that explore the effects of physical confinement on literary production from any period of the Middle Ages or the Early Modern. Participants are encouraged to define imprisonment broadly: it can be externally-imposed or self-inflicted. Possible questions might be: What connections exist between the causes for confinement and the type of text produced? What function/s does literary production serve for the imprisoned author? For the ‘free’ recipient? How do the texts reach beyond the walls of confinement? Is the end of the confinement—execution or release—significant for the work or its dissemination?



2. Global Stories in the German Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period


This panel seeks papers that address the dynamics of cultural trade, exchange and transfer in the German-speaking lands during the medieval and early modern period. We conceive of the concepts of “cultural trade, exchange and transfer” broadly. Examples are:


·         The trade and geographical migration of cultural artifacts such as manuscripts, paintings, or devotional objects in the German-speaking lands.

·         The migration, integration or adaptation of pan-European or global stories into German-language texts.

·         The migration of textual narratives into visual material, or of visual narratives into texts.

·         The migration of representations of “other places” and their inhabitants into texts and images produced in the German-speaking lands.


We are particularly interested in contributions that focus on cultural trade, exchange and transfer involving the Baltic area or Byzantium.



3. Representations: The Visual in the Verbal and Vice Versa


Medieval literature and visual arts often welcome (or suffer) incursions from the other medium in a variety of forms. What is the role of literary ekphrasis or descriptions of art objects within narrative? How do iconic representations of hagiographic elements in sacred sculpture or manuscript illumination generate meaning? How does a scene from romance on the back of a mirror influence the use of the object? Papers are invited that explore areas of contact between the visual and the verbal arts in medieval culture.


We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012, to all of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):  
Dr. Alison Beringer, Department of Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University, [log in to unmask]
Dr. Katja Altpeter-Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lewis and Clark College, [log in to unmask] 


Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, [log in to unmask]


Alison Beringer, Ph.D.
Department of Classics and General Humanities
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
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