The 9th International Conference of the Medieval Chronicle Society invites papers on the broad theme of medieval chronicle and welcomes scholars working on diverse aspects of the medieval chronicle including (but not limited to) the following themes:

1. Chronicle: history or literature?

* The chronicle as a historiographical and/or literary genre;

* genre identification;

* genre confusion and genre influence;

* typologies of chronicle;

* classification;

* conventions (historiographical, literary or otherwise) and topoi.

2. The function of the chronicle

* The function of chronicles in society;

* contexts historical;

* literary and social;

* patronage;

* reception of the text(s);

* literacy;

* orality;

* performance.

3. The form of the chronicle

* The language(s) of the chronicle;

* inter-relationships of chronicles in multiple languages;

* prose and/or verse chronicles;

* manuscript traditions and dissemination;

* the arrangement of the text.

4. The chronicle and the representation of the past

* How chronicles record the past;

* the relationship with ‘time’;

* how the reality of the past is encapsulated in the literary form of the chronicle;

* how chronicles explain the past;

* motivations given to historical actors;

* the role of the Divine.

5. Art and Text in the chronicle

* How art functions in manuscripts of chronicles;

* do manuscript illuminations illustrate the texts or do they provide a different discourse that amplifies, re-enforces or contradicts the verbal text;

* origin and production of illuminations;

* relationships between author(s), scribe(s) and illuminator(s).

6. Chronicle in Central Europe

* Did the regional specifics of the region exist?

* the main features of the chronicle writing;

* Latin vs. vernacular languages;

* Illuminated codices.

Proposals for 20 minutes presentations are invited in English, French or German. Papers will be allocated to thematic sessions and submissions should identify the theme to which the paper relates. The paper proposals (including paper’s title and a 200-word abstract) are to be submitted by Saturday, 1 February 2020 using online submission form (click here).

The registration fee:

full conference: €300

3-4 days: €200

1-2 days: €100

The registration fee covers hotel accommodation from Sunday, 12 July 2020 until Sunday, 19 July and the Post-Conference Tour on Saturday, 18 July. Please register your participation using the online submission form.

Additional information about conference including accommodation, travel and registration will be provided shortly on the conference website.

Payment of registration fee:

Account name: Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, Oddział w Poznaniu

Account: PL88114020040000310274933784


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