The Grammar Rabble is sponsoring a roundtable session at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies. This session is a follow-up to last year’s “#;()@?”:—*!…” roundtable (which was sponsored by the BABEL Working Group). We are seeking proposals.
“Unsettled Marks: To #;()@?”:—*!… and Beyond!”
Punctuation marks infiltrate and inform our everyday experiences, but they have their own histories as well. They structure, relate, balance, and invoke; they collide, confuse, limit, and terminate. This roundtable, sponsored by the Grammar Rabble, takes punctuation and other typographical marks as the starting point for eclectic and inventive readings/meditations on Medieval Studies. We invite short presentations on any character–modern or archaic, Western or non-Western—and we are particularly interested in modes and marks of punctuation that are not immediately recognizable to modern eyes, including arrows, manicles, and neumes (and other musical notations). This session will continue to expand our sense of what punctuation is and in what ways it can be read.
Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Richard Godden (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Shyama Rajendran (email@example.com) no later than Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.