“Translation and Transformation in the
Medieval and Early Modern World”
Postgraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
27-29th March 2020
University College Cork
University College Cork is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 24th annual Borderlines conference on the theme of “Translation and Transformation”. Borderlines XXIV invites abstracts of no more than 250 words on the theme of “Translation and Transformation”. Papers will be twenty minutes of length and can focus on one or both concepts.
We welcome submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers in any discipline relating to the medieval and early modern periods.
Borderlines XXIV invites papers that address the social, historical, literary, religious, and cultural significance of translation and transformation. We welcome papers from researchers in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, Digital Humanities, Folklore, History, History of Art, Geography, Languages, Literature, Music, Palaeography, Philosophy, and Theology.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Translation and adaptation
Hybridity of form/perspective
Translation as distortion
All submissions must be received by 3rd February 2020. Submissions must include: an abstract, short bio, and contact information. All submissions and queries can be directed to: BorderlinesXXIV@gmail.com.
We’ve finalised the programme for Borderlines Conference 2019, held at Trinity College, Dublin. Click the link for the Borderlines Programme to see the range of fantastic papers set to be presented. Looking forward to seeing you all at the end of the month! Borderlines Committee
Call for papers for Borderlines XXII: Sickness, Strife, and Suffering. This conference will be held from 13-15th April 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast.
Proposals for both papers and panels are welcomed from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of both Medieval and Early Modern studies.
Sickness, strife and suffering punctuate many medieval and early-modern narratives. When viewed by the modern eye, however, these experiences can be difficult to comprehend and empathise with, without resorting to anachronisms. Indeed, in her landmark treatise on pain, Elaine Scarry contests that ‘[p]hysical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it’ (Scarry, 1985: 4), thus rendering any description or explanation of pain practically impossible, regardless of era.
In the light of Scarry’s work, the specific difficulties posed by the expression and understanding of pain in the Middle Ages have been expounded upon and theorised by numerous scholars. Esther Cohen’s work on the various symbolisms of medieval pain (Cohen, 2010), in addition to Robert Mills’ adumbration of translative pain theories, mapping the medieval experience of pain onto that of the current day and vice versa (Mills, 2005), are just two examples of scholarship exploring this fascinating area of research connecting the human experience of the present with that of the past.
It is in this light that we are pleased to invite abstracts of ca. 250 words related to pain in the Middle Ages and early modern period. Topics may include but are not limited to:
Depictions of pain
Explanations of pain
Memory and painNarratives of suffering
Pain and creativity
Pain and pleasure
Suffering in the afterlife
Please send all abstracts (along with a short academic biography) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th February 2018.
University College Cork will host Borderlines XXI in April 2017. The theme of this year’s conference is “Authority in the Medieval and Early Modern World”.
Postgraduates and early career scholars are most welcome to submit an abstract and attend this annual Medieval-Renaissance conference. The Call For Papers has been launched (see below) and the deadline for submission of abstracts is 3rd February 2017.
For updates and further details, see the Borderlines XXI blog here.