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NEMSC 28th Annual Graduate Student Conference: Reading Medieval Landscapes

28th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference

Reading Medieval Landscapes

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The New England Medieval Studies Consortium will be holding its 28th annual graduate student conference at Brown University on March 5th, 2011. This year’s conference will engage with issues of reading medieval landscapes, both visually and textually, from Late Antiquity through the Late Middle Ages. We have received exciting abstracts from multiple disciplines, and we are hopeful that the conference will promote dialogue among scholars of varied interests and specializations.

Professor Caroline A. Bruzelius, Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art History at Duke University, will deliver the keynote address, “”Inside-Outside: Friars and the Dynamics of Urban Space”. For more information on Professor Bruzelius and her work, please visit:

http://sites.duke.edu/cbruzelius/ &   http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/AAH/c.bruzelius

Topics for the conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Depictions and descriptions of built and unbuilt environments or cultivated and wild landscapes; Medieval urban topography
  • Landscapes and the past: medieval interpretations of ancient monuments
  • Spiritual landscapes, such as New Jerusalem and the theological underpinnings for medieval understandings of urban space
  • Borders between communities; segregated communities and marginalized populations; territories and the frontier
  • Movement through landscapes: travel, pilgrimage, and crusades
  • Monasteries and landscapes: imprints through settlements, domains and interactions of cloistered communities with rural and urban centers
  • Medieval textual communities or intellectual networks

To register please download, complete, and return this form to brown.nemsc.2011@gmail.com:


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