The International Sidney Society is sponsoring three sessions at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 12-15, 2016). Sessions are described below. Please send abstracts of 250 words along with the participant information form required by the Congress to Nandra Perry at email@example.com.
Session 1: Sidneian Networks: Medieval to Post-Modern.
This conference session seeks to expand the traditional circumference of the “Sidney Circle” centered on the literary legacies of Philip and Mary Sidney. Work in the digital humanities, recent studies of manuscript circulation, revised understandings of authorship, and the ongoing work of recovering women’s writing all contribute to current work re-imagining literary networks. We invite proposals that consider literary networks, from the vantages of recent digital work, editorial practice, the circulation of texts, patronage, and authorship. In keeping with the overall theme of the conference, we particularly encourage papers that focus on the engagement of Sidneian poetics with medieval and “medievalizing” sources, contemporaries, and imitators.
Session 2: Sidneian Poetics: Making Sense
This conference session invites attention to the role of bodies and bodily sensation in Sidneian poetics, ethics, and epistemologies. How do Philip and Mary Sidney and/or their literary admirers and imitators imagine the pleasures, problems, and possibilities of embodiment: literal and metaphorical, individual and corporate? How reliably do bodies function in their works as instruments of knowledge; and by extension, as instantiations and/or interrogations of political, religious, and intellectual authority? Do some bodies matter more than others? If so, how and why? This session is designed foster conversation on these questions from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including (but not limited to) studies of gender, sexuality, book history, race, religion, and the history of science.
Session 3: New Circles, New Voices
Sidney at Kalamazoo has long been our Society’s primary venue for mentoring young scholars and introducing new projects. For this session, we particularly invite papers from graduate students and junior faculty whose work is in dialogue with the work of senior scholars in the field.
Submission deadline: September 23, 2015
Participant Information Form: http://wmich.edu/medieval/files/medieval-pif-2016.pdf