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CFP: The Medieval and Early Modern Section’s Panels for AFS Annual Meeting
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1/31/2020 at 2:50:11 PM GMT
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CFP: The Medieval and Early Modern Section’s Panels for AFS Annual Meeting

The Medieval and Early Modern Section is pleased to invite proposals related to two panels for the 2020 AFS conference:

“Peripheral Places: Heaven, Hell, and the Inbetween” focuses on the literal and metaphorical manifestation of Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, the Otherworld, etc. Topics may include spiritual, physical, and mental spaces from religious or secular texts in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods. The following are some questions to consider: How do peripheral spaces act as forms of literal/metaphorical/mental escape? How do peripheral spaces illustrate social constructs/morals/limits? How do peripheral spaces coerce participation/obedience, etc?

“Peripheral Perspectives: Mental Illness and Madness” focuses on manifestations of mental illness and madness in Medieval and Early Modern literature. The following are some questions to explore: What is madness and/or mental illness? How does one's status—including social status, gender, spiritual state, education, etc.—affect perceptions of madness, both of oneself and of others? How were people diagnosed as mentally ill in earlier ages medically treated, viewed by society, etc?

Questions about these panels and proposals may be sent to Judith Lanzendorfer at Initial review of proposals will be completed by March 15. If accepted, participants should complete the online AFS website proposal submission by March 30.

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