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INTERNATIONAL MACHAUT SOCIETY, 58th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN, MAY 2024
The International Machaut Society will sponsor three sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies - Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2023.
NB: More information available at the Conference Site
- Old Questions, New Discoveries: Revisiting the Relationship between Author and Manuscript (Session ID 5212)
Contact: Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Session Type: Papers
A slew of recent discoveries has reshaped our understanding of Guillaume de Machaut’s biography, his patrons, his material legacy and the circulation of his works. This session will concentrate on how close inspection molds this process of reassessment, from the level of fine detail to large-scale theorization and interpretation. The society solicits contributions from Machaut students and scholars, of course, but the topic is sufficiently general, we hope, to attract interesting papers relating to the intersection of other authors and manuscripts of the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries.
- "The intrusion of Gaia": Textual, Musical, and Material Ecologies of the Later Middle Ages (Session ID 5217)
Contact: Elizabeth Harper (email@example.com) and Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Modality: In person
Session Type: Papers
This session explores the concept of ecological intrusion – when human exceptionalism is threatened, challenged, or reassessed through the encroachment of non-human and more-than-human agencies – within the textual, musical, and material environments of Guillaume de Machaut and his global contemporaries. We welcome contributions that address the fragilities of anthropocentrism exposed by thematic, formal, sensorial, and material zones of entanglement and interdependency that reveal the productive and/or destructive potentialities of more than human worlds.
- Dismantling Illusions and Decentering Perspectives: Rethinking Approaches to the Medieval Survey Classroom (A Roundtable) (Session ID 5308)
Contact: Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel (email@example.com) and Matthew Evan Davis
Modality: In person
Session Type: Roundtable
The medieval survey classroom often presents itself as representing a complete, albeit brief, overview of the literature of the middle ages. This, however, is hardly true. Instead, it presents the path of least resistance, altering its offerings to make nods towards current scholarship regarding major figures without considering the full context of their works in their own time, much less acknowledging how elements of nineteenth-century thinking remain as cysts in the study of the period. As redress for these misconceptions this session will explore how pedagogy can foreground lesser-known authors and cross the contrived divide between English and French studies.
Leeds Medieval Congress, 1 – 4 July, 2024
The International Machaut Society are hoping to have a presence at the Leeds Medieval Congress, 1 – 4 July, 2024. The theme of the conference is crisis and we think that this could present interesting opportunities for those in Machaut studies and related areas. Papers concerning Machaut or his milieu/era could respond to any of the following ideas related to the theme of crisis:
- The crisis of the new (new notation styles, new poetic styles, new ideas about authorship and authorial identity)
- Royal succession, patrons and patronage
- War and siege
- Environment and ecocriticism
- Perspectives on the ‘calamitous’ 14th century
- Issues relating to silenced or missing voices
- Other ideas relating to crisis not mentioned here
If you would be interested in giving a paper, please could you email Tamsyn Mahoney-Steel (TMahoney-Steel@uclan.ac.uk) by 28th September with the following information:
- Email address and work address
- Any equipment requirements
- Any accessibility requirements
- An abstract of 100 words in the language in which you want to present
Please note, you can only present 1 paper at Leeds, so we cannot submit your name if you have already submitted a paper to the IMC either as an individual paper proposal or to another session. You will need to be able to attend in person (or online if a hybrid session is offered) and pay the programming and registration fee.