The Graduate Association of Medieval Studies is pleased to announce that our Seventh Annual Medieval Studies Colloquium will be held in Spring 2020. The two days of the Colloquium will include structured panels of presentations as well as two public lectures and two lunch workshops hosted by our keynote speakers: Dr. Nicole Guenther Discenza (English, University of South Florida) and Dr. Karlyn Griffith (Art History, Cal Poly Pomona).
A reception will conclude the Colloquium on Saturday afternoon, where attendees will be encouraged to ask follow-up questions and continue conversations with the presenters and keynote speakers that are more in-depth than time allows for during Q&A.
The UW-Madison GAMS Colloquium offers an opportunity for graduate students in multiple disciplines to present their research in the various fields of medieval studies, share and receive feedback, and participate in discussions on topics of interest with peers from a wider, interdisciplinary community of medieval studies scholars. This is the third year that GAMS invites abstracts from graduate students from other schools and the first year to invite undergraduate papers on topics relating to the Middle Ages, including topics related to Late Antiquity and the early Renaissance. Graduate papers will be 20 minutes, undergraduates 10–15 minutes, and all papers should be delivered in English. Each panel will be followed by 30 minutes for discussion.
This year’s theme is Transcending Boundaries: Changes in Medieval Time and Space and we invite papers that examine ideas of boundaries (broadly defined). This can include papers dealing with time and space, physical and imaginary boundaries, creating and performing borders, and/or a lack of borders. All abstracts on any topic of medieval interest will be seriously considered.