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Lamentations April 4-6 Indiana Univ, Bloomington

When: 12/6/2012

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"Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo...” Thus begins the Vulgate rendition of Jeremiah’s Lamentations, a prophetic book in which memorializing lost political and religious wholeness takes the form of a complex temporality in which present lament for the past reaches forward even into the future. Laments—and their liturgical, poetic, and artistic relations—marked particularly crucial moments associated with ends and what’s left after things are over: death and apocalypses, survivors and remnants.

Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute announces its Spring Symposium, to be held April 4-6. On the topic of lamentation, the symposium would like to pose a broad range of possible questions: What social, political, ethical, or aesthetic purposes do laments or their figurations serve? Who—or what, for that matter—is allowed to lament? Where and when is lament appropriate? Who or what is one allowed to lament for? What places or people(s) have laments left out?

Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:

Laments over loss of cities, battles, or leaders

Religious laments and commentaries

Apocalyptic visions; utopian visions

The afterlife

Love complaints and their parodies

Melancholy; enjoying mourning

Tragic drama; performing lament; embodied affects

Illustrations of sorrow in funerary art and manuscript illumination

Ceremonial observances like funeral orations and eulogies

Survivor stories; captive narratives

The process of mourning and grief as understood in the Middle Ages

Penitence manuals

Non-human lament or sorrow

Lament, spatiality, and temporality; spaces reserved for lament, burial, or grief

Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from scholars across all fields relevant to the study of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. In keeping with the Medieval Studies Institute’s interdisciplinary mission, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to art history, history, language, literature, musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.

Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words by December 6, 2012


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