CFP: UBC Medieval Workshop 2012

“Specular Reflections: The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture”

The Early Romance Studies Research Cluster, along with the Committee for Medieval Studies at the University of British Columbia, solicits contributions for the 40th Annual UBC Medieval Workshop, to be held on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of March 2012 at Green College, UBC.

We are looking for papers dealing with any aspect of ‘specular reflections’ through text, image, music or any branch of learning, especially those that engage with the paradoxical ways mirror images are used in all periods, places, and disciplines from Late Antiquity to the Early Modern Period.  Areas of interest might include, but are in no way limited to: literature, translation, history, art history, philosophy, science and optics, musicology, etc.

Submissions are invited for 20-minute papers and for full panels (three papers and a chair). Selected papers from the workshop will be collected as part of a thematic volume of proceedings to be published with a major scholarly press. Proposals (250 words) for papers and panels should be sent by August 1, 2011 to:

Nancy Frelick, Chantal Phan, or Juliet O’Brien
Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
University of British Columbia
797-1873 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

or by email to:

The full CFP is also available in PDF. For further information and updates on the Medieval Workshop, please see

Specular reflections in everyday UBC life: "Arthur Erickson's Museum of Anthropology, UBC, echoes the simple and powerful forms of Haida and Kwakiutl houses on the Northwest Coast." Image: Arthur Erickson Architects; text: The Canadian Enclyclopedia


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