I've kept this blog, on and off, since 2006. In 2015 I used it to chart daily encounters, images, thoughts and feelings about volcanic basalt/bluestone in Melbourne and Victoria, especially in the first part of the year. I plan to write a book provisionally titled Bluestone: An Emotional History, about human uses of and feelings for bluestone. But I am also working on quite a few other projects and a big grant application, especially now I am on research leave. I'm working mostly from home, then, for six months, and will need online sociability for company!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Call for Papers: Poverty in the Medieval and Early Modern World

Here's your chance to head to the most beautiful university campus in the world, the University of Western Australia, for a conference on Poverty in the Medieval and Early Modern World. Details below:

Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
2010 Conference: Poverty in the Medieval and Early Modern World

This conference will explore the subject of poverty and and the poor in the medieval and early modern world, c.500-1800, across a range of disciplines.

Date: 11-12 June 2010

Location: Trinity College, University of Western Australia, Perth

Organisers: A conference of the UWA Centre of Medieval and Early Modern studies with the Perth Medieval and Renaissance group.

Keynote speakers:

* Prof John Barrell: University of York
* Prof Christopher Dyer: University of Leicester
* Prof Susan Broomhall: University of Western Australia


Paper proposals from any relevant areas of study within the field are very welcome. Possible approaches and themes may include:

* Poverty and the poor in social and economic history
* Religion and poverty
* Representations in literature, culture and the arts
* Intellectual and religious understandings
* Poor families
* Social attitudes
* Gender and poverty
* The experience and utterance of the poor
* Anthropological approaches
* Archaeologics of poverty
* Any other relevant areas of study

Abstracts of c.300 words for a 20 minute paper are now being called from interested participants.

Submission of three 20 minute paper panel proposals are also welcome. Please supply abstracts, names of contributers, and contact details.

Submissions must be sent by March 2, 2010 by email to Pam Bond (cmems-arts@uwa.edu.au) or posted to:

Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (M208)
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009

Telephone:+61 8 64883858.
Details on the conference program, registration, travel and accommodation will be available soon.

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