Call for Papers

You are cordially invited to propose participation in a session
sponsored by the Société Guilhem IX at the

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
7-10 May 2020

Deadline for Proposals: 1 September 2019


Session 1: Voice in Medieval Occitania

Session co-sponsored by the journal Exemplaria

The voice, object of discussion by medieval grammarians, has recently been re-examined by a range of critical thinkers. For example, Adriana Cavarero has shown how the uniqueness of a voice, produced by a unique body and entering into dialogue with other unique voices, invites a new understanding of political speech. Mladen Dolar has distinguished the voice from either the conveyance of meaning or the object of aesthetic contemplation, making it a particular kind of surplus, and Giorgio Agamben has distinguished the voice from language and examined the space between them. The proposed session will consider the implications of these and other arguments about voice for the study of medieval Occitania, and, conversely, the implications of medieval Occitan culture for the theoretical examination of voice. Papers may examine troubadour song (from either literary or musicological perspectives); other medieval literature/song/drama in the Occitan language; the role of the voice in ritual, such as oath-taking or liturgy; theoretical questions of voice; or other relevant topics.


Session 2: Old Occitan Language and Literature in Modern Media (A Roundtable)

When Umberto Eco set to work on the screenplay of the new television mini-series adaptation of The Name of the Rose, planned for release in May 2019, he asked that Old Occitan be incorporated into the show. The director, Giacomo Battiato, has respected the author’s wishes, weaving dialogue and poetry throughout the episodes. The roundtable will consider the role of Old Occitan language and literature – either as a language used or as an inspiration – in this and other series, films, albums, or concert tours by contemporary artists.


The Société Guilhem IX is pleased to offer:

  • A complimentary one-year membership in the Société (in 2018, $15.00 US), including a subscription to the journal TENSO, to any graduate student, regardless of country of residence, whose abstract is accepted for inclusion in either of the sessions sponsored in 2020 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX;
  • Payment of the registration fee (in 2018, $160.00 US) for the International Congress on Medieval Studies to any individual not residing in North America whose abstract is accepted for inclusion in either of the sessions sponsored in 2020 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX. The same individual(s) will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Société (in 2018, $50.00 US), including a subscription to the journal TENSO.
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Submissions:

Those interested in presenting a paper in Session 1, and those who would like to participate in the Roundtable, should, by 1 September 2019, send a 200-to-300-word proposal and a completed Participant Information Form, preferably via e-mail, to:

Professor Mary Franklin-Brown
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom
E-mail: mf684@cam.ac.uk

Find further information on the Congress Web site.