Call for Papers

Borderlines XVII: Occupying Space

Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub

April 19 – 21, 2013

Trinity College Dublin are very pleased to announce the call for papers for this year’s Borderlines postgraduate conference kindly funded by the School of English, the Department of History, the Medieval History Research Centre and the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) TCD.

The theme of Borderlines XVII will be Occupying Space. There is arguably no greater link to our past than that which is tactile. The castles and cathedrals which still occupy our urban and rural spaces are a bridge between the medieval and the modern. The manuscripts and books which have lasted centuries can tell us as much as the contents within. The tools, toys, weapons, clothes and everyday objects our forebears took for granted do not simply embellish historical events, they tell stories all by themselves. In this conference, we hope to delve into material culture and the concept of physical presence, be it animate or inanimate, from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period. We welcome papers from postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, Film Studies, Folklore, History, History of Art, Languages, Literature, Music, Paleography, Philosophy and Theology. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Human relation to objects
  • Tools and objects in daily life
  • Musical instruments
  • Architecture
  • Devotional objects
  • Art and sculpture
  • The body – living or dead
  • Weaponry and warfare
  • Manuscripts and books
  • Clothing and costumes

Please submit  an abstract of approximately 250 words, with a short bio, to by Friday, February 22, 2013. You can download the CFP here.


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