Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CFP Outlaws, Boundaries and Borders (9/20/19; Leeds 2020)

From the Robin Hood list:

The IARHS are seeking papers for up to two sessions at the Leeds IMC in July next year.  The overall theme for this Congress is ‘Borders’, and our sessions will be entitled ‘Outlaws, Boundaries and Borders’.

Outlaws traverse, transcend and transgress borders of many kinds: geographical, societal, political and ideological.  Their stories have been continually popular since the Middle Ages, crossing boundaries between the literary and the oral (spoken and sung), word and image, verbal and physical performance.  Some, such as the tales of Robin Hood, have had international, multilingual appeal and influence.  Outlaw tales have appeared in a wide variety of media, never more so than in modern times, with the advent of film, gaming and other forms of digital technology. As the general Congress call for papers puts it:

‘Borders are associated with power and the formation of states, definitions of self and other, violence and military engagement, belonging and becoming, material and symbolic construction, relational and perspectival production of space, mapping and discourse, experience and theory, to negotiation and performance. Borders occur in frescoes, textiles, clothing, ceramics or coins, with practical, symbolic or aesthetic functions. Borders are also subject to evolution and significant change over time not just between the medieval and modern, but also within the medieval period.’

Themes given include:

  • Political and military borders
  • Living in border zones
  • Medieval and Modern perceptions, descriptions, and conceptualizations of borders
  • Delimiting borders, border markers
  • Border maintenance
  • Encountering and experiencing borders
  • Bordering practices
  • Borderscapes in the longue durée
  • Symbolic borders
  • Belonging and exclusion
  • Mapping borders and border zones
  • Border institutions
  • Materiality of borders
  • Border and power
  • Migration
  • Medieval imagery of borders
  • Transnationalism
  • Political, social, cultural, religious performance of borders
  • Village and parish boundaries
  • Boundaries between town and countryside and within towns
  • Practices of delimitation
  • Blurring boundaries such as human/animal, animate/inanimate, gender, age, status, religion
  • Self and other, boundaries of the self
  • Fluidity and fixity of borders
  • Borders in manuscripts
  • Material and visual borders
  • Processual and performative turns and medieval borders
  • Disciplinary boundaries
  • Paratexts as borders
  • Borders of the body
  • Transcending and reaffirming boundaries between life and death
  • Borders, boundaries, frontiers

If you would like to offer a paper for a session on ‘Outlaws, Boundaries and Borders’, please send your proposal, including the paper’s title and an abstract of 100-200 words, together with your preferred contact address and email, to Dr Lesley Coote (L.A.Coote@hull.ac.uk) by September 20th 2019 (at the very latest).  Although we especially welcome papers on medieval outlaws, papers may focus on any historical period from the medieval to the modern, and on any national culture.

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