CFP: Holy Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion (grad) (9/21/07; 12/06/07-12/07/07)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Holy Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
An interdisciplinary graduate student colloquium hosted by the Medieval and Early Modern Institute at the University of Alberta
December 6-7, 2007
NEW Deadline for submissions: September 28, 2007
The Medieval and Early Modern Institute invites submissions for “Holy Women, Holy Places: Gender, Publics, and Religion in Medieval and Early Modern Europe,” its 4th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium taking place December 6-7, 2007 at the University of Alberta.

Keynote address by Professor Andy Orchard, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto: “Wholly Women?: Female Religious in Anglo-Saxon Literature and History” This colloquium is the final event of the Medieval and Early Modern Institute’s “2007: Year of Holy Women.” In addition to discussions of individual holy women, we invite interrogations of the contexts, places, and/or publics within which these women are situated. We also encourage discussions of holiness itself, how it is gendered, politicized, historicized, or authorized, as well as the people, places, texts, audiences, and communities that may be excluded from, or constructed by, the category of “holy.” How does holiness, or un-holiness, interact with identity and/or community formation in the medieval and/or early modern period in Europe?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

– famous (or infamous) holy women or men
– constructions of publics using holiness
– medieval or early modern historical accounts of holiness
– expressions or manifestations of (un)holiness in texts, culture, and/or the body
– constructions of holiness in religion, literature, history, etc.
– communities as they relate to pilgrimage, travel, the landscape and/or the nation
– (un)holy places or (ir)religious spaces
– audiences for and/or performances of saintliness
– theories of individual and/or communal identity formation
– gender and/or sexuality in religion, literature, culture, etc.
– technology and the representation and/or construction of gender, publics, and/or religion
– (un)authorized spirituality in politics, history, culture, etc.
Submissions on these and related topics are welcome from fields including, but not limited to, history, classics, language and literature, religion,
art history, drama, music, architecture, and cultural studies. Please send abstracts of 300 words or less, and a one-page cv, to
Papers should be no longer than 20 minutes. Funding may be available to subsidize travel to the conference; please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered. Deadline for submissions is September 21, 2007.