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CfP Kalamazoo 2022. Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages

  • 13 Sep 2021 10:47 AM
    Message # 11077408
    Please find below a CfP for two sessions on medieval senses and affects that I am organising with my colleague at UCL Jack Ford. The conference will take place online on 9-14 May 2022. This is not just for Italianists, but it would be great to have at least a few papers focusing on Italian contexts.

    Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages I: Synaesthesia and Multisensory Perception
    Contact: Aistė Kiltinavičiūtė (

    This session invites papers examining the representation of experiences that blur the boundaries between sensory modalities that the modern West usually prefers to keep distinct, namely, colour, light, movement, texture, smell, taste, and hearing. We welcome contributions analysing medieval visual, literary, and theoretical works that embrace the possibilities of sensory-cognitive integration, challenge scholarly paradigms that rely on the Cartesian mind-body dualism, and/or reflect on how art might produce multisensory impressions in the people experiencing it.

    Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages II: Emotions and Affective Experience
    Contact: Jack R. Ford (

    This session invites papers examining the blurred boundaries between perceptive and affective experience in the medieval Latin West. As such, we seek contributions that explore how psychological categories such as ‘mind’, ‘rationality’, ‘imagination’, ‘perception’, ‘affection’, and ‘affectivity’ were understood as interconnected aspects of medieval experience. Papers may include (but are not limited to) studies of medieval literary, theoretical, medical, or visual works in addition to material culture (writ large). Papers should seek to engage with ongoing research in the fields of emotion, sensation, affect and the sciences and/or engage with current debates on medieval affective experience.

    We invite papers that adopt such methodological approaches as affect theory, the history of emotions, the history of the senses, cognitive literary studies, and the philosophy of mind, but all contributions that explore multi-sensoriality and affectivity in medieval visual and literary arts, history, philosophy, theology, and related fields of research are welcome.

    Please submit an abstract of 200-300 words to the ICMS 2022 Confex page by Wednesday, 15 September.
    Submission link:
    Conference information:

    Feel free to contact me directly for any questions and please share widely among fellow medievalists.

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