Appel à communication : « Seen and Unseen —The EMREM Postgraduate Forum Annual Symposium » (Birmingham, mai 2014)

Nicolas Dipre, Le songe de_Jacob, c.1500, Avignon, Petit Palais
Papers are invited for the 2014 EMREM two-day interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Birmingham. This year’s theme addresses Medieval and Early Modern perceptions, with a focus on the ‘seen and unseen’.
How were means of perception rationalised and represented in texts, records, rituals, art and literature ? In what ways do themes concerning the visible and invisible manifest themselves in sources, and what in turn can be learnt about medieval and early modern perceptions from these ? What can exploration of the seen and unseen tell us about constructions of marginalisation and social exclusion in the past ?

Postgraduate speakers from all disciplines are welcome to share their research at this friendly and well-established symposium.


Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Visions, dreams and religious experience
  • Magic and the supernatural
  • Minorities and the persecuted
  • Sacred space, environment and architecture
  • Texts, narratives and manuscript traditions
  • Concealed and/or explicit religious and cultural identities
  • Power and influence
  • Ways of seeing (physical and spiritual)
  • Gender roles and perceived social norms
  • The implications of social exclusion
  • Displays of and the vocabulary concerning emotion
  • Memory and legacy
  • Social status and/or community roles
  • Boundaries and regionality
  • Ghosts and the afterlife
  • Hidden meanings of language and linguistic insinuations
  • Privacy and the built environment

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words to by Friday 21 st March 2014 .

Limited funding is available to help cover external speakers’ travel and accommodation expenses. Refreshments and numerous networking opportunities provided. Please indicate whether you would like to apply for a funding bursary in your email.

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