‘Deformis Formositas ac Formosa Deformitas. The Ugliness of Beauty and the Beauty of Ugliness: Materializing Ugliness and Deformity in the Middle Ages’
Call for Papers for Session Proposal at the International Medieval Congress (IMC 2019)
July 1 – 4, 2019, University of Leeds.
The proposed session will discuss and debate on the various definitions and functions of the concept of “ugliness.” What is ugliness and how is it conceptualized? This session seeks original research which investigates debates on the concept of “ugliness” in various contexts:
- Spiritual/physical/material ugliness;
- Paradoxical nature of ugliness/irony/allegorical discourse;
- Emotions and ugliness;
- Functional aspects/Contrasts/Status and ugliness;
- Didactic/moralistic functions;
- Gendered aspects: ugliness belonging to other creatures;
- Description/nature/character of ugliness;
- Symbolism and patterns of transmission;
- Comparative aspects of medieval beauty and ugliness;
- Beauty within the context of ugliness in visual and textual sources;
Please submit a working title and a 250-word proposal for a 15-20 minute pape presentation by september 15th, 2018, the latest.
Contact informations :
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, Ca’Foscari university, Venice, Italy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theodora C. Artimon, Trivent Publishing, Budapest, Hungary
Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance – Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies
by Touba Ghadessi
publication by Medieval Institute Publications
From the editors website :
« At the center of this interdisciplinary study are court monsters–dwarves, hirsutes, and misshapen individuals–who, by their very presence, altered Renaissance ethics vis-à-vis anatomical difference, social virtues, and scientific knowledge. The study traces how these monsters evolved from objects of curiosity, to scientific cases, to legally independent beings. The works examined here point to the intricate cultural, religious, ethical, and scientific perceptions of monstrous individuals who were fixtures in contemporary courts. »
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Birkbeck Medieval Seminar: The Productive Medieval Body
Fri 1 June 2018,
Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London.
The Birkbeck Medieval Seminar is an annual event. It is free and open to all scholars of the Middle Ages. It is designed to foster conversation and debate on a particular topic within medieval studies by providing the opportunity to hear new research from experts in the field. We are a welcoming and inclusive environment. This venue is fully accessible. Please contact Isabel Davis (email@example.com) for further information or if you need help using the registration site.
Kim Phillips (Auckland);
Maaike van der Lugt (Paris – Diderot);
Vincent Gillespie (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford)
and Alicia Spencer-Hall (UCL).
Titles to be confirmed.
Coffee and tea is provided but you will need to find or bring your own lunch.
Please note: this is a free event and, as such, if you book a ticket and later find out that you cannot attend, please do cancel your booking so that your place can be made available to someone else.
More infos on the Evenbrite of the event
Queen’s university Belfast presents : Borderlines XXII : sickness, strife and suffering – 13-15th April 2018
We are pleased to invite abstract of ca. 250 words related to pain in the middle ages. Topics may include but are not limited to :
- collective pain
- depictions of pain,
- explanations of pain,
- judicial literature,
- medical literature,
- memory and pain,
- narratives of suffering,
- pain and creativity,
- pain and pleasure,
- psychological pain,
- social pain,
- religious literature,
- suffering in the afterlife
Please send abstracts of ca. 250 words, along with a short academic biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for abstracts is 5th February 2018.
More info on the Bordrelines XXII website.