CfP: The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique (University of Texas, El Paso, 21-24 Oct 2015)

The thirteenth century was a dynamic time in the Iberian Peninsula, as political and cultural changes were occurring throughout the realms that occupied what is now Spain and Portugal. Much of the literature of this period was learned in nature and composed by clerics, and although the works were read and studied individually from the time of composition, they did not see collective examination until the nineteenth century. It was in 1865 that the Spanish scholar Manuel Milà i Fontanals used the term “mester de clerecía” (the cleric’s craft) for the first time to refer to this learned literary production.

The study of the mester de clerecía is now 150 years old, and an international conference entitled “The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique” will be convened in 2015 to mark this important milestone, to reassess this literature and its study, as well as to chart new directions for the field.

The conference will be held over the course of three days in late October of 2015 on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso. Twenty-two international experts in the field have been invited to participate in a series of six focus sessions that will revolve around themes of broad interest to the study of thirteenth- (and fourteenth-) century clerical verse. A broader call for papers will be distributed widely a year in advance of the conference to solicit proposals for papers on specific texts, groups of texts, or themes, which will be organized into panels for the conference’s numerous concurrent sessions. A number of special events, including performances, receptions, and banquets have been organized in conjunctions with the academic sessions.

In the beautiful fall weather of the U.S Southwest, scholars from a variety of disciplines and from across the globe will gather at the bilingual campus (Spanish and English) of The University of Texas at El Paso to mark this important milestone, to reassess this literature and its study, as well as to chart new directions for the field.
The organizers seek proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of this literature and the context in which it was produced. Papers from related fields (history, musicology, art history, comparative literature, historical linguistics, etc.) are especially welcome.

The focus sessions listed under the “Speakers” section of this website were pre-organized, but the general call for papers for the conference is open and will remain open until June 1, 2015. Please submit an abstract as soon as possible via the form below. If you should experience problems in the submission process, or if you fail to receive a confirmation email about your abstract submission, please contact the organizers at clerecia150@utep.edu, and visit the website at clerecia150.at.utep.edu.

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