CONFERENCE: Medieval Studies Program Annual Graduate Student Conference

Keynote speaker: Professor Steven Justice (English, UC Berkeley)
Friday, May 17 / HSSB 4080 / 12:30pm – 5pm
Saturday, May 18 / McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB  / 8:45am – 4:30pm


The theme of this year’s conference is, “Says Who? Contested Spaces, Voices, and Texts”. Since Henri Lefebvre’s 1958 The Social Production of Space, medieval scholars have been increasingly interested in the interplay between the political, the economic, and the cultural with regard to physical space. How is space constructed by social forces, and how is society influenced by either physical or ideological spaces? More specifically among these social forces, our conference focuses on the concept of authority: who determines how political, cultural, and economic processes take place within a specific space, and how they are spoken of, written of, and remembered? This two-day event will feature various panels, a performance of medieval farces, and a keynote presentation by Professor Steven Justice, all of which offer an interdisciplinary and cross-modal window into the construction and contestation of medieval authority across spaces, voices, and texts. Please see the conference website for a full schedule of events.

Sponsored by Center for Portuguese Studies, the Dept. of English, the Dept. of French and Italian, the Dept. of History, the Dept. of Religious Studies, the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, Graduate Division, the Medieval Studies Program, the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, and Translation Studies, and the IHC.

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