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Medievalists at Penn Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference, Translatio, to be held at UPenn, February 15 and 16th, 2013.

When: 12/15/2012
Contact: M@P

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Medievalists @ Penn presents the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Conference: Translatio
February 15th and 16th

University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Speaker: Jamie Taylor, Bryn Mawr College
"Chaucerian translatio: Spanish Wine, Vernacular Invention,

and Anglo-Iberian Exchange”

"Such a metaphor serves you as a mirror, for you see
yourself in it and recognize your own sheep in another’s

field.” ~Geoffrey of Vinsauf

"We witen þat we ben translated fro deþ to lyf.”

~John Wycliffe

To translate is to transfer, to transport, to transform. It is a conveyance of
property and power, the conversion of essences and states. Translation turns
from one language to another, moves between embodied spaces, and reinvents
tradition. Griselda was translated into "richesse” in the Clerk’s Tale; Charlemagne

translated the Roman Empire into his rule at Aachen …

This conference seeks to explore the various ways of considering translation by
reexamining the term translatio and its standard uses in academic discourse.
From classical rhetoric and conventional notions of translatio studii and empirii,
we aim to liberate the concept along multiple axes, allowing for a more plural
understanding of translatio in the Middle Ages. Possible areas of inquiry include,

but are not limited to:

♦ artistic adaptation
♦ palimpsestic places of worship
♦ religious conversion and heresies
♦ grammatical theory, rhetoric,
and commentaries
♦ macaronics and hybridity
♦ mystical theology, devotion, and
♦ architectural spolia
♦ linguistic translations, oral
traditions, and vernacularity
♦ gastronomical exchange
♦ empire and martial conquest
♦ cross-cultural contact and


Please submit abstracts no longer than 250 words to
by December 15th. Submissions should include your name, paper title, email and
institutional/departmental affiliation. Presentations are limited to 15 minutes.
We also encourage panel proposals of three related papers.

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