4th annual medieval symposium
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2003) - Florida
Southern College hosts its 4th annual Medieval Symposium Oct. 31
in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room of the Thad Buckner Building
on campus. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration
beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Alexander M. Bruce, creator and director of the symposium, describes
the theme of this year's program, "The Making of the Middle Ages:"
Something about the Middle Ages captures our fancy. Our imaginations
populate the era with knights and damsels, with wandering monks
and good-hearted rogues in Lincoln green. Popular culture only fuels
such images, with movies like "First Knight" "teaching" us about
the nature of knightly combat and the role of women, as well as
the nature of Geoffrey Chaucer!
But when did "The Middle Ages" become "The Middle Ages"? And when
did we first decide that it was a time of knights and damsels? So
much of our understanding of the Middle Ages arose after the fact,
the product of imaginations that decided what must have happened,
what the land looked like, how people must have felt and acted.
This year's medieval symposium considers the fact that by and large
our notion of the Middle Ages is a construct of later years and
our own imaginative desires: we made it all up. (Or did we?)
The symposium brings together students and faculty from central
Florida schools, colleges, and universities (as well as members
of the community at large) and, through focusing on a specific topic,
introduces the audience to some particular aspects of medieval life
and to the greater scholarly interest in medieval studies. The speakers,
aware that their audience is comprised of non-specialists, will
make their presentations introductory in nature, offering overviews
of the following areas of study:
"Anno Domine Mille: A Medievalist Searches for the Middle Ages,"
presented by Dr. A. Rand Sutherland, Florida Southern College.
"Fabliau, Filth, and Film: Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Canterbury
Tales," presented by Dr. Tison Pugh, The University of Central Florida.
(Note: The film clips shown as part of this presentation include
scenes of full frontal nudity, both male and female.)
"Victorian Medievalism," presented by Dr. Keith Huneycutt, Florida
"Oooh, Those Modern Orcs: The Preindustrial Past for a Postindustrial
World," presented by Dr. James Campbell, The University of Central
The symposium is free and open to students and faculty from central
Florida schools, colleges, and universities as well as the community
at large. Lunch will be available for $6 or $3 if pre-registered.
For further information, please contact Dr. Alexander Bruce at (863)
680-4440 or email@example.com.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.