The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0502  Thursday, 6 December 2012


From:        Jini Sparkman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2012 4:48:05 PM EST

Subject:     Plymouth State University Medieval Forum


Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum 


Call for Paper and Sessions for the 34th Annual Forum: “Travel, Contact, Exchange.”


Medieval and Renaissance Forum


Plymouth State University’s Forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. Students and scholars return to New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountain region year after year for intellectual refreshment, collegial disagreement, and of course, the Medieval Feast. Whether you’re a first-timer or a venerable Friend of the Forum, we welcome you into our academic community.


We look forward to seeing new and old friends at our 34th gathering, focused upon the themes of “Travel, Contact, Exchange” to be held Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013.


We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.

  • How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
  • What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
  • What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
  • How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?

Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance

life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.


Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship.


This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co- author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.


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Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or
Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013 Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013 

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