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Medieval and Renaissance Conference South Africa 2006
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1850  Thursday, 10 November 2005

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Date: 		Thursday, 10 Nov 2005 10:14:03 +0200
Subject: 	Medieval and Renaissance Conference South Africa 2006

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers for SASMARS 2006:
"KNOWLEDGE/POWER"

We are pleased to announce that the 18th Biennial Conference of the 
Southern Africa Society of Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held 
at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 6-9 September 2006.

The theme of the Conference is "Knowledge/Power". In an effort to 
facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage 
scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this 
theme: especially, the relationship between knowledge production and its 
material, discursive and political contexts. In particular, we hope that 
participants will address the complex and unstable processes whereby 
knowledge transmits and (re)produces power, but also undermines and 
subverts it.

A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published 
in a special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and 
Renaissance Studies.

Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

Scientific revolutions;
Social, economic, religious and academic power;
Discursive formations and institutionality;
Technology and social change;
Mercantilism, colonialism and Empire;
Reason and society;
History of the book;
Medieval and Renaissance political institutions;
Dominance/subversion paradigms;
Theories of power;
Power and subjectivity;
Gendered constructions of the self;
Race in Medieval and Renaissance studies;
Power and subaltern discourses;
Power, knowledge and representation;
Foucaldian approaches in Medieval and Renaissance studies;
Medieval and Renaissance studies in the postcolonial academy.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Jerry Brotton, Queen Mary College, University of London, author of The 
Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo (OUP, 2004) and 
other significant works on Renaissance culture. He is currently working 
on a book on the formation and dispersal of the art collection of King 
Charles I.

Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to the 
convener, Victor Houliston, 
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  by 31 
January 2006.

Department of English
University of the Witwatersrand
2050 Johannesburg
South Africa

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