Hortulus will sponsor a session on “Pilgrimage, Exploration, and Travel,” a theme selected by our readers, at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17, 2015. Papers presented in our session may also be considered for our Fall 2015 issue on the same theme.
Scholarly interest in the topic of pilgrimage spans many geographies and disciplines. Additionally, recent scholarship has revealed the significant impact of pilgrimage and travel upon medieval people of a variety of religious, social, and regional backgrounds, not just the pilgrims themselves. We invite proposals that explore the topics of pilgrimage, exploration, and travel from multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Some potential topics for papers might include relics, badges, clothing, and associated material culture; perceptions of space, including landscape, geography, and architecture; the economics and politics of pilgrimage; pilgrimage narratives and other literary evidence; miracles and healing; readings of pilgrimage that consider monastic vs. lay approaches, social class, and gender; local and “national” identity; sacred journey in general (not just Christian) in the pre-modern world; liturgy and ritual of pilgrimage; and failed pilgrimages.
Please send a 300-word abstract and a Participant Information Form (available here) to email@example.com by September 15, 2014.
I have a quick question. I am not currently enrolled in a graduate program, however, I have an MSc and am in the process of applying to PhD programs. Would you accept an abstract from someone in graduate school limbo? Thanks.
For articles in the journal, we will only accept submissions from current graduate students, but I think it would be fine to consider your proposal for our panel at Kalamazoo since you hope to pursue further graduate study. Let me know if you have any additional questions. If you decide to submit, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.