“Transformations: Tracing Forces of Change in the Medieval and Early Modern Period” will take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill February 24-25, 2017. It will be held in Hyde Hall on the UNC campus and will feature graduate student panels and keynote talks by Dr. Jessica Wolfe (February 24th) and Dr. Nicole Marafioti (February 25th). The conference will seek to chart the theme of transformation in the medieval and early modern periods, including those that are physical, psychological, sexual, gendered, cultural, religious, social, hierarchical, ideological, scientific, magical, natural, supernatural, and anything in between. It will explore how transformations in these periods may also be construed as conversions, perversions, adaptations, regenerations, recreations, or reconstructions, and will invite discussion of the literary, religious, scientific, and political agents of transformation in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
About our keynote speakers:
Dr. Jessica Wolfe teaches in the department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill as serves as the director of the Program in Comparative Literature and director of undergraduate studies. Her most recent books include Homer and the Questions of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She has also begun work as co-editor of Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica for Oxford University Press, which will result in volumes 2 and 3 (and possibly 4) of a new Complete Works of Browne.
Dr. Nicole Marafioti teaches in the Department of History at Trinity College and co-chairs the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. Her most recent projects include her book The King's Body: Burial and Succession in Late Anglo-Saxon England (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and her current book project, "Crime and Sin in Late Anglo-Saxon England." She has also co-edited a volume of essays, Capital and Corporal Punishment in Anglo-Saxon England, published by Boydell and Brewer, 2014.