2024: 21st International Symposium, University of Arizona: Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Miracles and Wonders, Science and Faith in the Pre-Modern Age: The Experience of Transcendence – Reality or Imagination

21st International Symposium on the Middle Ages and the early modern age, to be held at the University of Arizona, Tucson, May 3-4, 2024

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Christ raising Lazarus from the dead, ca. 1310-1311

Caesarius of Heisterbach (ms. Duesseldorf)

10th century, Christ and the miraculous catch of fish, Codex Egberti

Meeting room for both days: Harvil Building, 305. This is right next to the Olive Street, where the streetcar stops, coming from the hotel. So, this is ideally located.

For those attending via zoom, here is the Link valid for both days, Tucson time, 9 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.

For the first social get-together in the hotel (suite no. 135), please try to arrive already on May 2.

Ca. 24 papers can be included. We invite close readings of artworks, literary texts, legal documents, medical treatises, etc., all dealing with the broad complex of faith, miracles, science, and wonders in the pre-modern world. This symposium wants to challenge naive modern perspectives of the pre-modern world as having been determined by simple-mindedness, foolish belief in miracles and wonders, and hence ignorance. Science was a major factor already then, and belief in miracles is still with us today. Hence, the papers ought to address the two sides of the same coin and unearth the dialectics of the two dimensions, miracles and science.



Checklist for the submission of revised papers for the planned volume

Contact: Prof. Albrecht Classen, aclassen@arizona.eduChecklist in preparation for the final version of your paper

Registration (which will cover all meals, refreshments, social gatherings, the meeting room, equipment, materials, and local transportation: $110.

Hotel accommodations:

Ramada by Wyndham TUCSON

777 West Cushing Street, Tucson, AZ  85745      520-239-2300     520-239-2329 FAX; or contact the sales manager, Wes Clark, dWes Clark <wes@tucsonramada.com>irectly with email: Wes Clark <wes@tucsonramada.com>

$99.00 + $11.93 Sales Tax + $4.00 Bed Tax = $114.93 (extremely competitive; please book early b/c there is a mariachi competition going on at the same time, with lots of people coming to Tucson at the same weekend).

This rate is for 1-2 occupancy and includes our complimentary American Breakfast Buffet, free WiFi and free parking.  This rate is valid 3 days pre- and post-event.  NOTE:  Tax rate subject to change.

Guests will call to make their own reservations.  Please call our reservation number (520-239-2300) and ask for the “Miracles and Wonders Conference” Rate.  The group rate is not available online or thru travel agents – guests must call the hotel directly.

As per sales manager: “The cut-off date for the May 2-4, 2024 conference is April 15th.  We will continue to honor the $99 rate after the cut-off on a space available basis. Please let your attendees know that the Tucson Mariachi Festival is that week at the TCC, so we may be sold out if they wait until the last minute.”

Payment: Guests will pay for their own rooms.  The University of Arizona is not responsible for any charges.

Cancellations: Must be made at least 48 hours prior to avoid a penalty.

Cut-Off Date: May l1, 2024 – Rooms Subject to Availability After Cut-Off Date

Contact: Prof. Albrecht Classen, aclassen@email.arizona.edu

I wish to acknowledge the support for this symposium by the Depts. of German Studies, Africana Studies, French and Italian, Russian and Slavic, East Asian Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, the Roshan Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Persian & Iranian Studies, Judaic Studies, and by the Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities!

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