Abstr. due: 15.08.2014
Dates: 03.10.14 — 04.10.14
Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;
Organizing comittee e-mail: Mickey.Abel@unt.edu
Organizers: Texas Medieval Association
We are pleased to announce that this year ithe annual conference will be held at the University of North Texas, in Denton Texas, on Friday-Saturday, October 3-4, 2014. As a special occurrence this year, we are aligning the TEMA conference with the North Texas Medieval Graduate Student Symposium on October 2, 2014, making TEMA 2014 a three-day event. As such, the conference will take place in several different venues on the University of North Texas campus.
The Thursday Graduate Student Symposium will be held in the North Gallery of the Art Building. Open to all and free of charge, it will feature 15 student presentations, a student luncheon, an award for the best paper, and will culminate in a reception to be held in the College of Visual Arts main art gallery in the Art Building. Early TEMA arrivals are invited to this reception—registration materials will be available there.
The Texas Medieval Association will begin officially on Friday, October 3rd. This day’s TEMA events, to include our first Keynote Address, will be held in UNT’s Gateway Conference Center. Saturday’s conference events, including the second Keynote Address, the President’s address, the business meeting and member’s luncheon, will take place in UNT’s beautiful new Business Leadership Building. (Parking details for all sites to follow in the next update.)
The general theme for both the NT Medieval Symposium and the Texas Medieval Association conference is:
“INTERDISCIPLINARITY IN THE AGE OF RELEVANCE.”
Many of us in the academy, even those amongst us who are preparing for a career in the academy, are confronted with the constant refrain of “relevance.” The state of the academy and its public rhetoric profess among its highest goals an emphasis on community engagement, tangible solutions to “real” world problems, and quantifiable results that produce change and progress. Highlighting the value of STEM research, and stressing the potential for expansive pools of external funding, we in the Humanities are asked to consider the creative potential and lucrative benefits of interdisciplinary research clusters and cross-campus collaborative partnerships. The underlying suggestion in this none-to-subtle rhetoric—even recently professed by the President of the United States—is, of course, that the humanities in general, and Medieval Studies in particular, are less-relevant in our current era because we do not on the surface contribute to this over-arching public mission.
Beginning however, with the understanding that all the various disciplines comprising Medieval Studies—English, History, Music/Liturgy, Philosophy/Religion, Archaeology, Art History, Language Studies—are inherently interdisciplinary and in some sense inseparable, we seek papers that explore or exploit the difference between “Interdisciplinary,” “Intra-disciplinary,” Extra-disciplinary,” and even “Super-disciplinary” studies. We are interested in examples of those who are engaging technology in their studies and/or have incorporated a theoretical stance in line with the hard sciences, or perhaps seek to turn the notion of “Relevance” on its head. We ask: What role do Medievalists play in this new age? Where do we see ourselves and our projects in the world of “real solutions?”
Conference Web-Site: http://texasmedieval.org/