Papers by Re-enactors Sought for 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

The organizers of the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, which takes place May 10-13, 2007 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, have announced that they are seeking papers from re-enactors for this year's conference.

Can These Bones Come to Life? Insights from Re-construction, Re-enactment, and Re-creation

"We invite dance historians, musicians and musicologists, historical fencers, armorers, brewers, theater historians and performers, textile researchers, and scholars in other fields to submit papers for a unique interdisciplinary session on the insights into history that can be gained from attempts to reconstruct medieval arts, as well as the historiographical issues involved in such work. Proposals for papers should discuss insights gained by practical, hands-on attempts to arts, how these insights modify existing scholarship or solve a question, and the historiographical issues involved therein, i.e., to what extent can we hope to play music, ride horses, weave textiles, brew mead, or wield swords as medieval people did and why."

Deadline for proposals is September 15, 2006. Visit the website for more information.