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CfP: "Inclusion and Exclusion in Medieval Central Europe". 6th Biennial Conference of MECERN in Munich

When? 19–21 February 2025

Where? LMU Munich (Germany)

Submission Deadline: 15 July 2024

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The time has come! The Call for Papers regarding the Sixth Biennial Conference in Munich has been published. The topic is “Inclusion and Exclusion in Medieval Central Europe”.

The conference is dedicated to the complex social hierarchies and differences that permeated medieval societies and created various areas of tension. These could be rooted in different perceptions of ethnic, social, religious, and economic backgrounds. Also, in recent years, medieval studies as increasingly focused on the significance of gender diversity for medieval societies. Based on these developments, the conference investigates categories of difference, such as race, class and gender and their function for social inclusion and exclusion in the medieval world.

We welcome contributions that deal with mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion and their impact on medieval community and identity building. In particular, we would like to encourage contributions with a special focus on gender-related topics.

Topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanisms of inclusion/exclusion: causes, functions, and impact
  • Which categories of difference were referred to and used in medieval societies in different periods?
  • Which contemporary stereotypes and (gender-based) arguments can be identified (e.g., ‘Hate Speech,’ Misogyny, Religious Polemic)?
  • What symbols, or visual representations were used to mark, emphasize, and express social differences?
  • Current debates in Medieval Studies: gender approaches and their relevance for interdisciplinary Medieval Studies, e.g., Gender Studies, Intersectionality, Queer Studies

We welcome proposals from scholars researching history, from political, social, cultural, economic, ecclesiastical, and urban, to art, literary, intellectual, legal history, historiography, auxiliary sciences, archaeology, and historical anthropology.

Download the Call for Papers (PDF)