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Geographies of Desire: A Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Conference
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When: 27-28 April 2012

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The Graduate Field Committee of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland formally invites you to attend "Geographies of Desire: A Medieval and Early Modern Interdisciplinary Conference.” The conference is free and open to the public. The conference will be held on 27 and 28 April, in Tawes Hall, which is located on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. We are pleased to welcome Valerie Traub, professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, as our keynote speaker. We will also be hosting plenary speakers from Catholic University, the University of Delaware, and George Washington University, among others. Directions to Tawes Hall can be found here: What follows is a portion of the conference description: "Geography is produced by an invested interest in the world, such that the mapping out of one’s desires is a precondition for mapping out the world. The desire for geographies both literal and figurative results from having outgrown local, national, imperial, and earthbound spaces. And yet, satisfaction often eludes us: the geography of desire pursues a sense of completion but risks corruption in the process. "Geographies of Desire” explores how desires are mapped across spatial planes; how do spaces such as markets, shrines, bedrooms, and courts produce material, spiritual, erotic, and political desires?” For more information, email Nora Lambert ( or Jonathan Williams (, or visit the conference website at

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