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Titel11th International Symposium on the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age:Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time
Beschreibung11th International Symposium on the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age: Death and the Culture of Death in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time
at the University of Arizona, Tucson, May 1-4, 2014
Harvill Buildg. 102

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Concept and Framework:
Continuing with our quest into fundamental issues characterizing premodern society, this symposium will examine how death was viewed by people in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Time, how they developed a complex set of cultural rituals and ceremonies focusing on death, and how they responded to death in philosophical, theological, literary, and art-historical terms. Papers are invited that return to this supremely important topic for all cultural histories and offer innovative approaches and critical perspectives.

Title of the 2014 Project:
Death and the Culture of Death, Past and Present

When the Dia de los muertos comes around in Southern Arizona, we are suddenly reminded of the strong European roots of the culture here in the Southwest. The masks and music, images and costumes displayed then are strongly reminiscent of late medieval Europe, when the culture of death had reached unforeseen dimensions. The epidemic Black Death from ca. 1347 to ca. 1351, which experienced numerous repetitions in the following decades, had a huge impact on everyday culture, as most dramatically illustrated by the ubiquitous Dance of Death motif in paintings and plays. In architecture, in all the other arts as well as in philosophy and religion, the theme of death gained in preponderance and deeply influenced early modern culture. Late medieval and early modern fascination with death carried over to the Americas, promoted by the various Catholic orders and missionaries, and indirectly we continue to be heirs of that culture of death, however, intriguingly blended with local cultures that make the Dia de los muertos to such a unique festivity. The ‘Culture of Death’ is a highly interdisciplinary topic that connects our world today with that of those who came before us.

We intend to organize a conference that brings together scholars from many disciplines and countries to discuss the phenomenon of the culture of death in the premodern world as well as the continued fascination with death until today. Speakers from varied disciplines—History, Anthropology, Religion, Literary Studies, Music, Art History, Architecture, Mexican American Studies, and Native American Studies among others—will be invited to convene for a two-day conference at the University of Arizona in May 2014. Medical researchers dealing with epidemics and the phenomenon of dying are very much invited to participate.
We hope to attract ca. 24 speakers, i.e., 12 per day, international and national scholars as well as graduate students, thus creating an interdisciplinary conversation about a fundamental issue of human life.
The conference will be the basis for a highly interdisciplinary conversation that will ultimately translate into a scholarly volume to appear within the book series “Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture (De Gruyter), ed. by Profs. A. Classen and Marilyn Sandidge (Westfield, MA).

Dr. Albrecht Classen
University Distinguished Professor
Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona
520 621-1395;;

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2014, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to
Location of Symposium: Meinle Optics Building, conference room, 8th floor (Friday, May 2), and another conference room (tba) on campus (Saturday, May 3, 2014), University of Arizona.
This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs (housing, registration) from their home institution.
Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume (de Gruyter; see my webpage on Fundamentals, under "Middle Ages," right hand side navigation bar). Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series.
For anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.
Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and in exceptional cases Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.
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VeranstaltungsortTucson / US
PersonName: Dr. Albrecht Classen 
Funktion: University Distinguished Professor 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: University of Arizona, Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB 
Stadt: Tucson 
Telefon: EN 
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