North Carolina Colloquium: Passions, Affect, and Zeal (12/10/07; 2/15-16/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

North Carolina Colloquium: Passions, Affect, and Zeal
*Extended deadline: December 10, 2007
The ninth annual North Carolina Colloquium in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will take place February 15-16, 2008 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This graduate student conference will engage medieval and early modern notions of passions, affect, and zeal as they apply broadly to natural philosophy, religion, politics, rhetoric, and
Michael Schoenfeldt, Professor of English and Assistant Dean of Humanities at University of Michigan will deliver the keynote address. Professor Schoenfeldt’s publications include _Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England_ and _Prayer and Power: George Herbert and Renaissance Courtship_.
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following: how passions connect with various theories of the body, the spirit, and the soul; the relationship between reason and emotion and what each contributes to the human; explorations of traditionally sinful emotions such as wrath, envy, and lust, along with the virtues of charity, love,
and mercy; religious devotional practices encouraging sympathy and imaginative meditation; the influence of divine enthusiasm, melancholy, anger, or passionate love on the writing of poetry; how rhetoric both harnesses and incites emotion; and enthusiastic or radical movements in contemporary politics and religion.
Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted to by December 10, 2007.