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:

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

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

ĚThe migration of textual narratives into visual material, or of visual 
narratives into texts.

ĚThe 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 influencethe 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]  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>


Dr. Katja Altpeter-Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lewis and Clark College,[log in to unmask]  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>  

Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and 
Literatures, University of Notre Dame, [log in to unmask] 
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Alison Beringer, Ph.D.
Department of Classics and General Humanities
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043

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