International Medieval Congress, Leeds, UK, July 11-14, 2011.
These two AVISTA-sponsored sessions, one each at the Medieval Congresses at Kalamazoo and at Leeds in 2010, offer a venue for literary scholars to contemplate where and how technology appears in medieval romances, sagas, fabulae, and other forms, as well as technology’s meanings, importance, and change over time. Recent work on early modern technology and literature (e.g. Cohen’s Shakespeare and Technology (Palgrave 2006)) has shown both the value of this approach, but also highlighted its difficulties and pitfalls, an additional element we hope to bring out in this session.
The Association Villard de Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science, and Art (AVISTA) is a scholarly organization dedicated to any and all medieval topics which relate to the practical sciences or technologies. For more information on it, see its website: http://orgs.uww.edu/avista/
Abstracts and cover pages are due to Shana Worthen (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than September 15, 2010 for either session. (Cover pages for submissions for papers at Kalamazoo are available here: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF. For Leeds, only contact details will be needed in addition to your abstract.)