The North American Catalan Society (NACS) seeks papers for 2 sessions, co-sponsored with the Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA), at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.

Contacts, Encounters, Exchanges: Languages and Identities in the Medieval Mediterranean

The Medieval Mediterranean was undoubtedly a multilingual space. An area in which languages such as Catalan, Castilian, Occitan, French, Italian, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic coexisted but were often used, within the same community, in different contexts and for different purposes. For this panel we seek papers on the political use of language in the Medieval Mediterranean, particularly as a tool for (de)legitimizing cultural, social, political, and economic identities. In particular, we seek papers analyzing concrete examples of linguistic contacts, encounters, and exchanges, in order to explore the crucial role that linguistic frontiers and linguistic (dis)continuity played in the Mediterranean area during the Middle Ages in defending/questioning/redefining existing cultural and collective identities, as well as in fomenting the emergence of entirely new ones.

Medieval-Ibero explicandi per masculum: Counsel for Women Composed by Men

Male authors in medieval Iberia composed volumes of counsel for women in the genres of advice literature, chivalric romance, and theology. Counsel for women could seek to reinforce contemporary models of feminine virtue, but could in contrast seek to validate or legitimize alternative examples of women’s behavior and authority. For this panel we seek papers that examine how advice for women expressed or undermined the gender idea(l)s of a male-dominated social order, as well as papers that examine whether advice for women in a given context differed from that for men.

NACS and IMANA co-sponsored panels at Kalamazoo 2020
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