We are pleased to announce that Bruce Holsinger, Professor of English and Music at the University of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker for "New Worlds," the 2010 Medieval and Renaissance Copia Conference. The one-day conference will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park on April 17, 2010.
Holsinger's publications include Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture: Hildegard of Blingen to Chaucer (Stanford, 2001), The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory (Chicago, 2005), Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror (Chicago, 2007), and numerous articles and essays in journals such as Critical Inquiry, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, PMLA, and Speculum.
In his biography on the UVA website, Holsinger writes, "My main historical interests concern the relationship between the literary and musical cultures of the European Middle Ages. My first book explored the understanding and aesthetic of medieval music as a practice of the flesh, and current long-term project examines the role of liturgical cultures in the generation and proliferation of English vernacular writing from the period before the Norman Conquest through the early Reformation."