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Call For Papers for the 39th meeting of the

Southeastern Medieval Association

To be held Oct 3-5, 2013 at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC

Where we will meet

Close to the Edge


Appalachia has long been a region on the American edge, serving as the colonial frontier and still today existing on the margins of regional, political, and cultural consciousness.  Edges can be stable or fluid, demarcating a final border or providing places of intersection.  Even in the medieval world, which relied on boundaries to enforce spatial and socio-political hierarchies, edges were likewise mutable.

In this spirit, we invite papers on all aspects of medieval studies but particularly welcome those exploring metaphorical or material edges such as manuscript marginalia; architectural edges; real and imaginary geography, boundaries and margins; social/ political/religious hierarchies and their boundaries; the blurring of edges between medieval and later time periods; displaced, non-human, and/or marginal figures; lesser known texts or artifacts; “marginal media” such as graphic novels, comic books, games, etc.

Please send proposals for sessions or abstracts (250 words or less) for papers to Mary Valante and Alison Gulley at by June 14th, 2013.


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