Call for Papers

Plymouth State University
31st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Friday and Saturday 16-17 April 2010
Call for Papers and Sessions
“Time, Temporality, History”

We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider questions of periodization, historicity, and temporality. Papers may consider:

  • how people conceived of, constructed, interacted with, measured, or produced “time” in medieval and Early Modern cultures
  • how we currently construct or deconstruct history
  • how studying temporality illuminates other subjects.

Papers need not be confined to the theme, but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music. Student sessions welcome.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw

Keynote Lecture: “How Soon is Now? Problems of the Past, Medieval and Modern.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw, Professor of English/Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Dr. Dinshaw, the author of Getting Medieval: Sexualities and Communities, Pre- and Postmodern and Chaucer’s Sexual Poetics, researches and publishes widely on medieval literature and culture, feminist studies, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies, history of sexuality, theories of history and historiography, and mysticism. Her most recent work focuses on theories and experiences of temporality.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.

Please submit abstracts and full contact information (email and post mail addresses) to Dr. Karolyn Kinane at

Or via US mail:

Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director
Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Dept. of English MSC 40
17 High Street
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH 03264

Abstract deadline: 15 January 2010

Presenters and early registration: 15 March 2010

Please send any further inquiries to:

Dr. Karolyn Kinane –

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