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Joan of Arc Conference Sessions

45th International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 13-16, 2010

Western Michigan University


International Joan of Arc Society/ Société Internationale de l’étude de Jeanne d’Arc

SESSION I. "TheTrial to Nullify Joan of Arc's Condemnation." 

While much discussion has focused on Joan's Condemnation Trial of 1431, the trial that took place twenty five years later and nullifed her condemnation verdict has been frequently overlooked. This later trial represents the efforts of clergy and the ruling elite to right a wrong that had been committed against a layperson by inquisitorial authorities, and the nullification trial's complex dossier of interrogations, consilia and judgments suggest new scholarly verdicts on the impact of Joan of Arc upon her surviving generation.


SESSION II. “Joan of Arc and Place: Frontier, Periphery and Center.”

That Joan of Arc was a peasant who negotiated the urban world as well as a laywoman who frequented the worlds of the ruling and clerical hierarchy of fifteenth-century France are realities that figure both in the historical documents of her era as well as in interpretations of her life by subsequent generations. Possible paper topics may touch upon theories of social and cultural movements, such as Frederick Jackson Turner's "Frontier Thesis" and Kunio Yanagita's theory of "Centers and Peripheries," (to offer two examples).


A paper proposal comprises an abstract of no more than 300 words and a completed “Participant Information Form,” which is available on the Congress Web site: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#Paper


Please e-mail paper proposal and “Participant Information Form to:

Jane Marie Pinzino at jpinzino@mail.usf.edu  by 9/05/2009.

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