PSU Hosts Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum April 16-17

April 13th, 2010 by Adam

More than 100 students, scholars and practitioners of medieval and Renaissance culture will gather April 16-17 at Plymouth State University’s 31st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum. This year’s event, “Time, Temporality, History,” includes topics ranging from the Apocalypse and church architecture, to Dante, Robin Hood and medieval brothels. PSU Assistant Professor of English, Dr. Karolyn Kinane, said this year’s event promises to be both entertaining and informative.

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A colorful procession with period costumes marks the start of the Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University.This year’s Medieval and Renaissance Forum begins April 16.

“The great diversity of approaches different researchers bring to this era is fascinating,” said Kinane. “This year we’re focusing particularly upon how people thought about time in Europe’s medieval and Renaissance art, architecture, music, literature and law.”

A mini Renaissance Fair for Plymouth-area seventh graders and open to the general public, featuring a falconry demo, smithing station, costume tent, live chess match, longbow archery demo, and workshops on Celtic art, chainmail and glass etching, will be held Friday, April 16, on the HUB alumni green. Academic sessions will be held throughout Friday and Saturday in Rounds Hall.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw, Professor of English/Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Dr. Dinshaw, 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. She will present “How Soon is Now? Problems of the Present, Medieval and Modern” at 1 p.m., Saturday April 17, in HUB MPR.

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