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LINGUIST List 23.3860

Mon Sep 17 2012

Calls: English, Historical Linguistics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 15-Sep-2012
From: Beatrix Busse <beatrix.busseas.uni-heidelberg.de>
Subject: The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Literature and Language
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Full Title: The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Literature and Language

Date: 07-Jun-2013 - 08-Jun-2013
Location: Bern, Switzerland
Contact Person: Beatrix Busse
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2013

Meeting Description:

The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Literature and Language
7-8 June 2013, University of Bern

Conference Organisers:

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse (University of Heidelberg)
Prof. Dr. Annette Kern-Stähler (University of Bern)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Vincent Gillespie, University of Oxford
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, King's College London
Professor Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University
Professor Irma Taavitsainen, University of Helsinki

Call for Papers:

The study of the historical and cultural formation of the senses has attracted increasing scholarly interest in recent years. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from medievalists and early modernists (in English literary and cultural studies or in linguistics). Topics may include but are not limited to:

- Sensory environments
- Sensory metaphors
- Sensory hierarchies
- Sense impairments
- Gender and the senses

Papers might explore:

- how sensory experiences are expressed and ordered by language
- how literature grows out of and evokes sensory experiences
- how sensations were interpreted in the late medieval and early modern periods
- how the meanings of sensory terms have changed with time
- how the knowledge of sense perception was transmitted

To maximise the interaction among the conference participants, there will be no parallel sessions. The concluding session of the conference will include a panel discussion of the outstanding problems in the fields and the trends for future research.

Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and a bionote by 15 February 2013 to both annette.kern-staehlerens.unibe.ch and beatrix.busseas.uni-heidelberg.de.

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