2015 Biennial Conference of the Seiziémistes of the Mid-Atlantic
Dec. 11-12, 2015
Virginia Military Institute, Marshall Hall
Scholars, cadets, and undergraduates from across the Mid-Atlantic region will present on various aspects of literary and cultural production in France during the period from 1500 to 1600. In particular, a series of panels and the keynote addresses will discuss conflicts, their sources and their literary representations in the sixteenth century. In doing so, participants will explore the connections between early modern and contemporary ideological clashes.
It is not merely the events of war that are of interest to the scholars of this conference, however: rather, the conference seeks to explore the performative aspects of words of war. Writing about war—in a literal or figurative sense—can itself be an act of war. Finally, the conference will allow greater reflection about the nature of war itself and the role that our own linguistic production has in shaping it.