Call for Papers

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

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
11-14 May 2017

Deadline for Proposals: 15 September 2016


Session 1: Soundscapes in Occitania

Sound studies is the name for an interdisciplinary field encompassing research on noise, music, vibrations, and what T.S. Eliot called 'auditory imagination.' It is a capacious field, embracing examinations of the individual sonic space of iPod use and the historical sound of rural and urban life. Sound (or the lack thereof) can immerse a subject in worlds that may not exist, or may distance the listener from the world that is. The session will complement the excellent work done on soundscapes in places such as northern France, Spain, and Byzantium by gathering together scholars focusing on southern France, the homeland of the troubadours. Papers may deal with any number of questions of sound in the region, including:

  • Representations of sound in the visual arts (manuscript painting, monumental sculpture, etc.);
  • Sound in Occitan villages, cities, great halls, or churches;
  • The 'auditory imagination' as a theoretical concept;
  • The shaping of sound in lyric (rhythm, rhyme);
  • The shaping of sound in music (melodic line [or accompaniment] of troubadour song; the sacred music of the region, including that of Saint Martial de Limoges);
  • Performance and re-creation.

Session 2: Trobar! (A Roundtable)

The word trobar gave the troubadours their name, but its origins are obscure and its meanings many. Areas of exploration for the roundtable include:

  • Revising the discussion of the etymology of trobar to arrive at new etymologies or to explore political and practical reasons for the previous studies;
  • The idea of 'finding,' 'stumbling upon,' or 'seeking out';
  • Tracing the art of trobar from the Odyssey to the present day, reacting to Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales (1960);
  • Reflecting on the art of musical composition among the troubadours;
  • Other realms of trobar: trova in Brazil, the Caribbean, etc.;
  • Connections between modern Occitan rap and medieval roots.

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.

Submissions:

Those interested in presenting a paper in Session 1, and those who would like to participate in the Roundtable, should, by 15 September 2016, send a 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.