Call for Papers

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

53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
10-13 May 2018

Deadline for Proposals: 1 September 2017

Session 1: Troubadours Across the Pyrenees

(Session Co-Sponsored by the North American Catalan Society)

In the Middle Ages the Pyrenees were a porous boundary, connecting regions where the vernacular was similar. The kings of Aragon and counts of Barcelona aspired to control the Mediterranean coastal regions of what is now France, and played a large role in the political tumult of the Aquitaine, Languedoc, and Provence. Troubadours from these regions traveled into the Iberian Peninsula, while Catalan troubadours traveled the other way, and compilations of troubadour poetry survive from west of the mountains. Dante nonetheless omitted Iberia from his discussion in the De Vulgari Eloquentia, and the Catalan troubadours have received less attention than have troubadours from Occitania. The panel seeks to redress such oversights by tapping into exciting new currents of scholarship on political poetry; on linguistic continuities and differentiations between Occitan, Catalan, Aragonese, and other Iberian vernaculars; on travel, networks, and regional identity.

Session 2: Troubadour Crossover (A Roundtable)

Inspired by Gianluca Valenti's recent La Liturgia del trobar (2014), Barbara Newman's Medieval Crossover (2013), and Catherine Léglu's Between Sequence and Sirventes (2000), the roundtable will consider crossovers between sacred and profane in troubadour lyric. How should we conceptualize the relation between liturgy and troubadour song? What affiliation do troubadour songs of a devotional nature entertain with the love-lyric whose tropes they borrow? How are the tropes of religious song employed by love songs or political songs, or vice versa? Where do genres such as the planh, belong in the topography of sacred and profane song? Is there a kinship between the kind of invective that a troubadour such as Guilhem de Berguedà hurls at his opponents and the ritual cursing that Lester Little studied in Benedictine Maledictions (1993)? How might recent interest in the study of ritual illuminate the troubadour corpus?

The Société Guilhem IX is pleased to offer:

  • A complimentary one-year membership in the Société (in 2017, $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 2017 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX;
  • Payment of the registration fee (in 2015, $145.00 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 2017 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX. The same individual(s) will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Société (in 2016, $60.00 US), including a subscription to the journal TENSO.


Those interested in presenting a paper in Session 1, and those who would like to participate in the Roundtable, should, by 1 September 2017, send a 200-to-300-word proposal and a completed Participant Information Form, preferably via e-mail, to:

Professor Mary Franklin-Brown
Department of French & Italian
University of Minnesota
314 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Find further information on the Congress Web site.