Organization: University of Alabama
16thInternational Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish
Literature and Language (ICMRSLL)
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 27-31July 2020
Call for Papers: “Crossing Boundaries”
Since the inaugural ICMRSLL, scholars of medieval and early modern Scottish literature and language have gathered on a triennial basis to explore, build, and promote the study of Older Scots literate culture. Thanks to the work done through and beyond these conferences, Older Scots has matured into a field of study notable for its disciplinary and methodological breadth. In 2020, the ICMRSLL once again invites delegates to contribute to the growing body of work on Scottish texts and culture from the 14thto 17thcenturies.
ICMRSLL welcomes papers on any aspect of the culture of literature and language in medieval and Renaissance Scotland, or related interdisciplinary areas. The organizers seek a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, including those that stretch beyond periodization – papers, for example, engaging the later reception of early texts – or those that incorporate innovative uses of technology in humanities research. Early-career researchers and first-time delegates are expressly encouraged to submit proposals.
While ICMRSLL remains ecumenical in the range of work presented, recent conferences have invited participants to consider research questions particularly associated with the concepts of identity and nationhood. Panels and papers, for example, have investigated an emerging and developing, as well as enduring, Scottish identity as it was negotiated through a variety of writing (chronicles, poetry, religious texts, prose tracts) and in a variety of languages (Gaelic, Latin, Scots, French, English). Building on the relevance and importance of these past foci, the 16thICMRSLL adopts as a general theme, “Crossing Boundaries.” This call for papers comes at time when boundaries – both literal and conceptual borders – continue to be sources of contention and negotiation. Battles of inclusion and exclusion, influence and interpenetration, dominate our politics and culture. The worlds of medieval and early modern Scotland grappled with similar problems of definition and delineation. In addition to contested boundaries within religious, familial, regional, and national identities, lines were also drawn, challenged, crossed, erased, translated, shared and/or re-drawn in other areas: in language and linguistics, for example; literary form and genre; modes of communication (print and manuscript, say); and many others, including, to this day, those reflected in our own academic disciplines. It is hoped that papers addressing the negotiation of such boundaries will constitute a core research emphasis of this conference.
Papers should not be more than 20 minutes. Please follow this link to submit a 300?word abstract: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdxh2PhJ0R1Ob9r. Deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2019. Potential delegates are encouraged to contact other interested parties about submitting proposals that could be combined into coherent sessions or to propose special panels to the organizer. Please write to Dr. Tricia McElroy with any questions:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edinburgh (1975); Strasbourg (1978); Stirling (1981); Mainz (1984); Aberdeen (1987); Columbia, South Carolina (1990); Strathclyde University, Glasgow (1993); Oxford (1996); St Andrews (1999); Groningen/Rolduc Abbey (2002); Brock University, Ontario (2005); Edinburgh (2008); Padova (2011); Bochum (2014); University of Glasgow (2017); University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (2020)
Dr. Tricia A. McElroy