Call for Papers

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

54th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
9-12 May 2019

Deadline for Proposals: 1 September 2018


Session 1: Beyond the Canso

The troubadours are known primarily for their love lyric, which crystallized in the later twelfth century into the genre of the canso. Yet not only did this crystallization occur late, but the troubadours’ inventiveness in new genres was irrepressible. From the adaptation of such widespread genres as the May song or the dawn song, to the creation of one-offs such as the excuse song or the I-don’t-know-what-it-is, they filled the court air with their playful experiments. The Société Guilhem IX invites proposals for papers on these other genres of troubadour lyric. Participants might discuss a lineage of songs in a given genre, songs that cross generic boundaries, songs that seem to belong to a genre apart, the (in)adequacy of definitions of the genres given in the later medieval poetic handbooks, the link between genre and melodic composition, the theory of genres, and so on.

Session 2: Thibaut de Champagne and the Troubadours (A Roundtable)

Thibaut was the heir not only to the county of Champagne and kingdom of Navarre but also to the poetic traditions that had come to him through his grandmother Marie and great-grandmother Eleanor, patrons of letters and the arts, and through his great-great-great-grandfather, Guilhem IX, the first named troubadour whose compositions have survived. Like his troubadour ancestor, Thibaut was a lyricist, leaving behind a sophisticated body of erotic and religious songs in his own language, Champenois French. The Société Guilhem IX celebrates the new edition of Thibaut's lyric by Christopher Callahan, Marie-Geneviève Grossel, and Daniel O'Sullivan (Champion, 2018) with a roundtable exploring links between Thibaut and the troubadours. Panelists might consider poetic techniques or topoi, melodic composition, networks of patronage, song exchanges, or any other aspects of this lyric art that may be compared or linked.


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 2019 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 2019 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.

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
Department of French & Italian
University of Minnesota
314 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
E-mail: brow2085@umn.edu

Find further information on the Congress Web site.