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CONF: IMS-Paris 15: Truth and Fiction/Verite et Fiction, (Paris, 28-30 Jun 18)

Centre Malher, 9 rue Malher, 75004, Paris, June 28 – 30, 2018

oc2.jpg15th annual conference of the International Medieval Society-Paris (IMS-Paris) in collaboration with the Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) and the Centre d’Etude et de Recherches Antiques et Médiévales (CERAM), this year on the theme of “Truth and Fiction.”

Online registration is now open: http://eepurl.com/dtRxmP (English version) or http://eepurl.com/dwyUL9 (French version).

Thursday June 28 / Jeudi 28 juin

9:00-9:45     Registration / Inscription

9:45-10:00     Welcome / Accueil

10:00-11:30     Keynote: Patrick Boucheron (College de France)
“Vérité, véridicité et effets de vérité : la leçon des fables”

11:30-12:00     Break / Pause café

12 :00-13 :30    Session 1: Discourses on Truth (history, law, literature) / Discours de vérité (histoire, droit, littérature)
Chair/présidence: Catherine Croizy-Naquet (CERAM)

Henry Ravenhall
“Discours rapporté et la ‘vérité’ de l’histoire dans la Chronique du Pseudo-Turpin”
Claire Aracil-Donnat
“Ja fable n’i metrai en pris, ançois m’en irai per le voir. Fiction et vérité dans les contes de la première Vie des Pères”
Jolanta N. Komornicka
“Ie suis morte et perdüe se vous ne m’aydez: Suborning Perjury in the Trial of Robert d’Artois”

13:30-15:00     Lunch / Pause déjeuner

15:00-16:30    Session 2: Geographical Truth & Fictions / Vérités & fictions géographiques
Chair/présidence: Emmanuelle Vagnon (LAMOP)

Peter Leonid Checkin
“Truth at the Margins of the Known World: La navigation de saint Brendan”
Levante Selaf
“La Sicambrie – une ville flottante sur la mappemonde des historiens et des romanciers médiévaux”
Margaretha Nordquist
“Conflicting Mythscapes ? Truth and Fiction in Scandinavian Fifteenth-Century Chronicles as Regnal Narratives”

16:30-17:00     Break / Pause café

17:00-18:30     Session 3: Hagiographical Truth & Fiction / Vérités & fictions hagiographiques
Chair/présidence: Bénédicte Milland-Bove (CERAM)

Karen Casbier
“Truth, Fiction and (Un)Authorized Speech in the Marian Miracle Tales”
Christelle Fairise
“La place et le rôle des sagas hagiographiques dans la prédication de l’Église en Islande: l’exemple de la Maríu saga (XIIIe-XIVe siècles)”
Raphaël Guérin
“Fiction et croyance: l’usage de l’hagiographie apostolique dans le royaume de France (VIIIe-XIIe s.)”

19:30         Dinner / Diner: Award ceremony ; remise du prix de l’IMS-Paris 2018

Friday June 29 / Vendredi 29 juin

9:30-11:00    Keynote: Maureen Boulton (University of Notre-Dame)
“Truth and Fiction in the Vernacular Lives of Christ and the Virgin (1150-1500)”

11:00-11:30    Break / Pause café

11:30-13:00     Session 4: Pregregorian Truths / Vérités pre-gregorienne
Chair/présidence: Christiane Veyrard-Cosme (CERAM)

Simon Thomson
“A cynocephalic cannibal from Canaan? Searching for ‘truth’ in the early medieval saint Christopher”
Michael Edward Moore
“Truth and Violence in the Carolingian World”
Amelie Claire Sagasser
“La législation carolingienne vis-à-vis les Juifs – entre discours politique et réalité”

13:00-14:30    Lunch / Pause déjeuner; board meeting

14:30-15:30    Session 5: Philosophical Truth & Fictions / Vérités & fictions philosophiques
Chair/présidence: Lindsey Hansen (IMS-Paris)

Dinah Wouters
“Hildegard of Bingen’s Textual Truth: Autoreferentiality and non-integumental Allegory in the Visions”
Lawrence S. Wang
“Is Truth Higher than God?: Antinomic Ontology in Meister Eckhart and Marguerite Porete”

16:00-18:30    Symposium visit / Visite (Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal)

Saturday June 30 / Samedi 30 juin

10:00-11:30    Session 6: Revealing Truth / Elévation de la vérité
Chair/présidence: Dominique Demartini (CERAM)

Francesca Canadé Sautman
“Vérité, voile, Véronique: Véronique et la Sainte Face de Robert Campin (ca. 1378-1444)”
Alexia Guzman
“Le triomphe de la vérité dans l’exemplum 26 du Comte Lucanor de don Juan Manuel”
Luke Giraudet
“Between Rumour and Reality: Writing Truth in Fifteenth-Century Parisian Journals”

11:00-11:30    Break / Pause café

11:30-13:00     Assemblée Générale

13:00-14:30    Lunch / Pause déjeuner

14:30-16:00     Session 7: Truth and the Senses / Révélation des senses
Chair/présidence: Valerie M. Wilhite (IMS-Paris)

Dafna Nissim
“Converting the Fictive into Real: Pleasure Experience as Consolidating Component in Laval’s Book of Hours”
Anne Ibos-Augé
“L’intertexte lyrique est-il garant de vérité ? L’exemple des ‘romans à insertions’ au XIIIe siècle”

16:00-16:30:     Closing Comments / Conclusion
Fanny Madeline & Marie Dejoux

19:00                   Closing Event / Apéritif

in conjunction with the / en collaboration avec le

Université Paris I—Panthéon-Sorbonne

Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne-Nouvelle

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CFP: 15th Annual Conference of the International Medieval Society-Paris (IMS): Truth and Fiction, 28-30 June 2018

25e58865266eadd5bdb9a530a627b0db-medieval-art-middle-agesCall for Papers: 15th Annual Conference of the International Medieval Society-Paris (IMS), Truth and Fiction
Deadline: 24 November 2017.

In the wake of the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum, the Oxford English Dictionary chose the expression “post-truth” as its word of the year. This expression underlines the growing tendency to dismiss objective facts in favor of impulsive—and often prejudicial—feelings, frequently supported by “alternative facts.” The contentious relationship between the truth and lies, or truth and fiction, which is currently playing out in the public arena has, in fact, a long-standing legacy—one which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. For this reason, this year’s IMS conference seeks to investigate the variety of different approaches to truth and fiction that existed in the Middle Ages.

One possible avenue of inquiry concerns new ideas of Truth introduced by the Gregorian reforms. On a philosophical and doctrinal level, the idea of the infallibility of the Pope, the “Doctor of Truth,” was introduced by Gregory VII who, taking up the words of Christ, contended that he was the Truth (via, veritas, et vita). From a liturgical and sacramental point of view, on the other hand, we can study contemporary tenets of Eucharistic doctrine as a challenge to common sense as a mystery of human understanding—albeit articulated in rationalist terms. Papers thus might address the manner by which the Gregorian reforms placed the question of truth at the center of the demands of society: by constructing this “ideology of truth,” but also—and above all—by implementing mechanisms like preaching, which spread Truth to Christians, and confession, which introduced the obligation to speak the truth. We are particularly interested in the place and the role of Fictions in these devices (sermons, exempla, vita, etc.).

A second approach to this theme is through language, discourse and narrative forms that aimed to produce a supposed truth. We could examine the relationships between literature and history and their ambiguity with respect to the truth. For example, fictionalized historical narratives throughout the medieval period were frequently thought to be true because they provided a means of decrypting the social order. As John of Salisbury wrote, “even the lies of poets served the Truth.” Papers might explore relationships between truth and fiction through the lens of historical and literary genres (novels, epics, etc.) and the ‘truths’ they produced, placing special emphasis on the way that it was possible to believe the facts related in these works. The importance of these historico-literary fictions—what Paul Veyne called “doctrine in the face of facts”—might also be taken into account.

Law and rhetoric also construct notions of truth. Rhetoric permits the control of the relationship between the author and the audiences of a text and the establishment of the status of a text as veridic, among other things. It can even create direct links between music and words, using metaphor as a means of approaching the truth. Papers could consider, for instance, the virtuosity of the effects of Truth produced by the dictamen or even the quaestio scholastique as a method for establishing Truth with certitude, as well as the place of fiction within these new political languages.

Images throughout the medieval period play a fundamental role in the construction or undermining of truth(s). According to Augustine, the image is not truth, but rather a means of understanding Truth. For him, the work of art renders abstractions concrete using representations hat are both specific and individualized. What is the art object’s role in dispelling truth or decrying falsehoods? Through what formal and material means does it achieve either? Papers might consider the use and forms of medieval diagrams, the role of the art object in spiritual form, etc.

Finally, the conference aims to examine the origins and development of interrogative procedures in the medieval period, in that they illustrate relationships with the truth maintained by medieval societies. We are especially interested in the uses and status of fictive facts in inquisitorial trials, the manner that fictions were revealed during trials, or even how the participation of individuals in inquisitorial trials was viewed as an instrument of legitimization of power and as a way of acknowledging those individuals’ own truths and interpretations of facts.

This great diversity of themes opens participation to researchers working in a variety of different fields and coming from a variety of backgrounds: historians, art historians, musicologists, philosophers, literary scholars, specialists in auxiliary sciences (paleographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists)… While we focus on medieval France, compelling submissions focused on other geographical areas that also fit the conference theme are welcomed. In bringing together such diverse proposals, the IMS conference seeks to take a new look at the notion of Truth, its articulations, and its relationship with Fiction in the medieval world.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a 20-minute paper should be sent to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com. Each proposal should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment required for the presentation.

The deadline for abstracts is 24 November 2017.

Paper selections will be made by a scientific committee composed of Catherine Croizy-Naquet (Univ. Paris 3/CERAM), Marie Dejoux (Univ. Paris 1/LAMOP), Lindsey Hansen (IMS), Fanny Madeline (LAMOP/IMS), and Valerie Wilhite (Univ. of the Virgin Islands/IMS), as well as the members of the Board of Directors of the IMS.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis.

The selection committee will email applicants in mid-December to notify them of its decisions. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website thereafter.

Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fees (35€ per person, 20€ for students, free for members of LAMOP and CERAM; 10€ membership dues for all participants).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For more than a decade, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and for past symposium programs, please visit our websites: www.ims-paris.org and https://imsparis.hypotheses.org.

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract

2) an outline of a current research project (PhD dissertation research)

3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350€ to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150€) will be paid at the symposium.