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Sessions sponsored by the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

For next year’s ICMS (assuming it goes forward), ASPHS has proposed a roundtable discussion on topics that are all rather on our mind these days, and also is seeking further submissions for a panel that was slated for the cancelled 2020 congress and can accommodate up to two more participants. Please see below for details.

“Meditations on Mortality: Iberian Responses to Plague, Famine, War, and Death”

COVID-19 has made the medieval freshly relevant as a resource for thinking about catastrophic loss, both lives and resources. Documents and artwork across genres – from medical works to chronicles to prayers to letters to poetry to altarpieces – and across disciplines – from history of science to politics to religion to literature to art history – record meditations on mortality and economic disaster. The Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies invites proposals for participating in a roundtable on medieval Iberian responses to plague, famine, war, and death. The roundtable is intended to be interdisciplinary, bringing discussions of epidemics into conversation with discussions of other types of societal and personal calamities. Topics might include reading familiar documents from a new perspective, research trajectories that have changed to encompass different material due to heightened interest in these topics, or new approaches to teaching medieval Iberian material in an age of pandemic. 

We hope that this roundtable will provide an opportunity for scholars who had not been on the program for 2020 to participate in 2021, as well as for those scholars whose planned contribution in 2020 is no longer their focus. It would be helpful if you could reach out about your interest in participating as soon as possible, ahead of the formal deadline.

“Emotional Iberia: Varieties of Affective Experience in Medieval Iberian Cultures”

Recent work in affect theory and in the history of the emotions reveals surprising ways in which the expression, representation, and judgment of feeling intersects with theology and devotional practice, materiality and corporeality, aesthetics, politics, and medical knowledge.  Medieval Iberia’s complex political and confessional landscape offers a rich field for inquiry into the ways in which the emotions were instrumental in assertions of power, of spiritual and moral truth, of membership or disqualification from community.  This panel seeks papers exploring the emotions and affects of medieval Iberia from any perspective:  ethnicity, political discourses, religion, medicine, literary representations, visual cultures, etc.

 

 

Kalamazoo 2021 sessions sponsored by ASPHS
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