The International Congress on Medieval Studies (AKA Kzoo) CFP 2011 is out. Here are a few panels that seem to my untrained eye a bit promising, along with contact information.
- Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI), George Washington Univ.: Objects, Networks, and Materiality (A Roundtable): Jeffrey J. Cohen George Washington Univ. Dept. of English Washington, DC 20052 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- BABEL Working Group: I. Madness, Methodology, Medievalisms (A Roundtable); II. Queering the Muse: Medieval Poetry and Contemporary Poetics (A Roundtable). Eileen A. Joy (email@example.com)
- Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Surface versus Symptomatic Readings. Tison Pugh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Glossator: Practice and Theory of the Commentary: On the Love of Commentary (In Love) (A Roundtable). Nicola Masciandaro (email@example.com)
- Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA): I. Outlaws, Outliers, and Outsiders; II. Prehuman, Nonhuman, Posthuman: Monsters in the Middle Ages. Renee Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies: The Transcultural Middle Ages. Eileen A. Joy (email@example.com)
- Imagining English Territory in Middle English Romance. Randy P. Schiff (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Silent Knights: The Unspoken, the Unspeaking, and the Unspeakable in Courtly Narrative. Michael Wenthe (email@example.com)
Also, if we had a contest for longest name for a medievalist organization, I'm sure the "Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and the Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages" would win. The International Marie de France Society is sponsoring two sessions with titles I love: "Death by Hot Tub: Performances of Equitan" and "Tub Tales: Equitan and Other Short Narratives involving Adventures in a Tub." A question that has long plagued me is being posed at this conference ("The Enigma of Medieval Gruit: What Were Ales Like before the Advent of Hops?"). And I did notice that there is a proposed session on "Medieval Cougars" -- that would be the medieval women of a certain age who, well, you know. Right?