CfP: International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Literature and Language (16th Triennial ICMRSLL)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, with virtual options
Event: 16th Triennial ICMRSLL
16th International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish
Literature and Language (ICMRSLL)
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 26-30 July 2021
Call for Papers: “Crossing Boundaries, Making Connections”
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 the new and improved (we hope!) 2021, the ICMRSLL once again invites delegates to contribute to this growing body of work.
ICMRSLL welcomes papers on any aspect of the culture of literature and language in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland. We seek a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, including those that challenge periodization or those that incorporate innovative uses of technology in humanities research. Early-career researchers and first-time delegates are expressly encouraged to submit proposals and even to propose panels.
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 16th ICMRSLL adopts as a general theme, “Crossing Boundaries, Making Connections.” The original call for papers, for 2020, observed that we live in a time when boundaries – both literal and conceptual – continue to be sites of contention and negotiation. Battles of inclusion and exclusion, influence and interpenetration, dominate our politics and culture. The events of the past year have thrown these challenges into stark relief. Making meaningful connections is more difficult and important than ever.
The worlds of medieval and early modern Scotland grappled with similar challenges. In addition to contested boundaries within religious, familial, regional, and national identities, lines were also drawn, contested, circumvented, defied, 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_cZSEqTii6R7ybv7. Deadline for submission of abstracts is January 29, 2021. 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.