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2012 Undergraduate Conference

“Ab Urbe Recondita: the Reception of the Roman Classics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. “

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The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce its Second Annual Undergraduate Conference. The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Friday, March 30, 2012. The theme for the conference is “Ab Urbe Recondita: the Reception of the Roman Classics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” but papers addressing any topic within the areas of Medieval and Renaissance Studies are gladly welcomed.

The conference is open to undergraduate students throughout North America. We invite submissions from all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, including archaeology, architecture, art, history, literature, music, philology, philosophy, and theatre. Possible topics may include (but are by no means limited to): the place of classical literature, art and thought in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; legal and rhetorical traditions; the development of humanism; drama, theater, and the place of the stage; educational practices; trends in art and architecture; the influence of death and disease; approaches to revenge and violence; and concepts of gender and sexuality.

Those interested in participating in this conference should email a short abstract (250 words) for a paper of 15-20 minutes (7-8 pages) to conference organizer Tyler Denton at Abstracts should include submitter’s name and college affiliation (if applicable). Abstracts are now due by Feb. 8, 2012. Notification of acceptance will be sent no later than February 20.

Our plenary speaker is Dr. Christopher Baswell, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Seven $100 travel grants will be awarded to non-UT students on a competitive basis. A $250 prize funded by Keith Taylor will be awarded to the best paper presentation. A $15 registration fee will be collected on the day of the conference.

In addition to the Marco Institute, this conference is sponsored by the University of Tennessee’s Office of Research, Chancellor’s Honors Program, Ready for the World, Department of History, Department of English, School of Art, College of Architecture and Design, Department of Classics, Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Department of Philosophy, and Department of Religious Studies.

Please direct all questions to Tyler Denton (