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Redefining Courtliness: 17th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society

July 24, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Date: July 24-28, 2023
Location: UBC Vancouver – Buchanan Building, Block A (1866 Main Mall)
Website: https://icls2023.arts.ubc.ca/

Description: Courtliness has been one of the most fundamental concepts in the study of medieval literature for almost 150 years. But what exactly is courtliness? Is it a social phenomenon? An aesthetic? An ideology? New perspectives of recent decades have profoundly transformed the ways in which we might envisage courtliness. Gender studies and queer studies shed new light on courtly heteronormativity, while feminist approaches help us better understand the dialectics of emancipation and objectification that structure courtly writing. The global medieval perspective helps us better comprehend how courtliness anchors itself within a series of concentric geopolitical and geocultural circles that stretch from Al-Andalus to the Holy Land; material philology and new codicology shed light on the networks of production and reception, located at the intersection of courts and cities, that allow the dissemination of courtly phenomena. In the spirit of the new approaches that are energizing the field of medieval studies in the 21st century, the International Courtly Literature Society invites you to help collectively redefine courtliness. View the Plenary Talk Schedule and the Program.

Registration: Registration is not required; drop-ins are welcome! This event is open to the public.

Organizers: The International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS), with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the French Embassy in Canada, and the following UBC units: Public Humanities Hub; Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies; Department of English Language & Literatures; Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies; Department of History; the Centre de la Francophonie de UBC.

If you have questions, contact the organizing committee at icls.congress@ubc.ca.