Call for Papers: “Time and Things: New Perspectives on the Premodern World”
An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference Co-Sponsored by the Program in Ancient Studies and the Medieval Studies Institute
March 22nd, 2024
*** Please submit abstracts to email@example.com by January 15th, 2024 ***
In his book The Past is a Foreign Country, the wide-ranging scholar David Lowenthal argued that the past holds a particular power in shaping the present. But when we study the past, we are fundamentally grappling with two problems: the passage of time and what it means for our understanding of texts, objects, ideas, and practices from previous periods. Is the past inaccessible? If we can access it, how can we best account for its foreignness? This conference seeks to promote discussion between a diverse group of scholars about the fundamental problem of grappling with artifacts of the past given their inextricable connection to the present.
We invite graduate students at Indiana University working in any geographic area of the premodern world (broadly defined) to submit abstracts of 200 words for consideration. Participants need not have a minor in either program to participate. Papers should be around 15 minutes. They may deal with any type of evidence from any perspective and need not directly address the conference theme, though we hope to put together a panel that deals directly with the theme of “Time and Things.” Some sample topics for this panel might include history of ideas, treatments of time, and reception of material culture and literary tropes. All students who submit abstracts will be invited to a workshop about preparing their papers and presentations in Spring 2024.
Keynote Speaker: Gregor Kalas (University of Tennessee at Knoxville): "Eighth-Century Rhetoric on Social Justice and the 'Penitentiary' at San Nicola in Carcere, Rome."