CfP: Virtual Symposium: “Transformed Bodies in Medieval Culture”

 The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Villanova University invites submission for a virtual Conference in Honor of Harriet Goldberg (1927-2000). 

In 2002, Alan Deyermond described his relationship with Harriet Goldberg as one of admiration “for the quality of her scholarship and her range of interests.” These interests focused on popular sayings and traditions, dreams, sexual humor, and riddles. Goldberg also noted how images of societal inversion or role reversal of could be conformed to express anxieties over gender and social identity. Inspired by Harriet Goldberg’s work on Iberian traditions, this conference seeks to examine different forms of bodily transformation, to map out the limits of gender, and to think of the ways in which current discussions on gender and identity intertwine with our understanding of the past. 

The keynote address will be given by Michelle Hamilton (University of Minnesota), author of Beyond Faith: Belief, Morality and Memory in a Fifteenth-Century Judeo-Iberian Manuscript. (Brill, 2014)

This event is sponsored by The Delaware Medieval Association, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Delaware and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. 

We invite abstracts of up to 300 words for paper presentations of 12 minutes (+5 minutes Q&A) to be delivered live on the days of the conference.   

Please send your abstracts (300 words) and a short bio of up to 150 words to Adriano Duque

The deadline for submissions is November 28, 2020. Participants will be notified of acceptance or rejection by December 20.