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Borderlines XXIII - Call For Papers

Wednesday, 23 January – Monday, 4 February 2019

Borderlines XXIII - Call For Papers

Borderlines XXIII, 'Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World'
Trinity College Dublin, 26–28 April 2019

Trinity College Dublin is proud to host the annual Borderlines conference. The conference is in its 23rd year and attracts a large number of medievalists and early modernists from across the globe. 

The theme of the 2019 conference is 'Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World'. While the concept of silence may seem antithetical to expression, a knowledge of the elements that serve to either silence narratives or aid in their articulation is integral to understanding any artistic or literary production and the culture from which it originates. In the medieval and early modern periods, silence was inextricably linked to prevailing ideas and ideologies – both religious and secular. The role of sound in the music, prose, and poetry of these periods is also crucial to the proliferation of ideas. Analyses of the roles that sound and silence play in literature and other forms of expression are thus vital to understanding the social, cultural, aesthetic, and political environments in the medieval and early modern world.

This year’s conference will explore the concepts of sound and silence from the perspectives of Literature, Languages, Music, Gender Studies, Film Studies, Architecture, Archaeology, Codicology, Drama, History, Philosophy, History of Art, Theology, Folklore, Digital Humanities, Anthropology, Palaeography, Religious Studies, and Geography, dating from the Middle Ages to the early modern period.

We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers focusing on one or both concepts. The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 4th February 2019.

Abstracts should be submitted via the ‘Submit Your Abstracts’ section on our website

Any questions or queries can be addressed to

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Research Theme: Creative Arts Practice, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation, Manuscript, Book and Print Culture
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public

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