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3rd Annual Marco Undergraduate Conference

Friday, 19 April, 2013

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to host its Third Annual Undergraduate Conference entitled "Corpus: the Body in the Middle Ages and Renaissance."  The conference will take place on April 19, 2013, in the University Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Medieval and Renaissance views of the body have come to us from a rich trove of sources, from poetic portrayals in texts to mappaemundi to figures sculpted from stone.   This conference will address the numerous and changing depictions of bodies during the early periods from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.   Topics include holy and unholy bodies, the body as metaphor, theatrical portrayals of bodies, medieval medicine and the advent of anatomy, the body in pain and at play, superstitions and the gendered body, depictions of bodies in art and print, bodies bound by canon and secular law, and monstrous races.

Dr. Elina Gertsman, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art at Case Western Reserve University, will deliver the keynote address at 5 pm in room 408, Greve Hall.  Professor Gertsman is a specialist in Gothic and late medieval art and the recipient of awards from the NEH, the Mellon Foundation, and the Kress Foundation.  She has authored The Dance of Death in the Middle Ages: Image, Text, Performance (2010), edited Visualizing Medieval Performance: Perspectives, Histories, Contexts (2008) and Crying in the Middle Ages: Tears of History (2011), and co-edited Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (2012).  Her latest book project, tentatively titled Fragments, Ruptures, Imprints, Plays, is under contract with Pennsylvania State University Press.  A reception in 408 Greve Hall will precede the keynote address.

The conference is generously co-sponsored by UT Departments of English, History, Classics, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures and Religious Studies; College of Architecture + Design; School of Art; University of Tennessee Humanities Center; Chancellor's Honors Program; Office of Research; and Ready for the World Initiative.

Please contact the Marco Institute for further information at or 865.974.1859.




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