CARMEN Annual Meeting, 12-13 September 2014, Stirling, Scotland

CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network), an international initiative, seeks to bring medievalists together from all over the world to discuss administrative and programmatic issues and successes. All are welcome at CARMEN’s annual meeting, taking place this year in Stirling, Scotland, 12-13 September 2014.

The Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling has generously offered to host the CARMEN Annual Meeting in 2014. CARMEN looks forward to welcoming you to the meeting which will be held in a special venue in Stirling below the castle – Forth Valley College (

To register your attendance at the meeting and for information please contact Claire McIlroy (, ideally before mid-August 2014. You can also write to (in a separate email, please, do not answer directly to this email).

Please note that you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodation in Stirling. To assist with the organisation of your visit to Stirling the host institution has prepared a practical document, which includes travel information and accommodation recommendations (see CARMEN website, This information will also be available through a dedicated University of Stirling web page (

The overall topic of this year’s meeting is “Heritages”, with a particular focus on the digital ones. We will also be holding Market Place for projects in a usual format, see the information below and those attached to this newsletter.

Useful links and contacts:

Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds
24-25 October, 2014, University of Maryland

The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at University of Maryland, College Park–an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students–is excited to announce this year’s conference, Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds.

Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly “the most difficult word in the English language.” The genealogy of nature’s complexities—semantic, philological, epistemological, ontological—are the subject of this two-day conference that seeks to bring into dialogue historians of science, philosophy, art, and literature. How did early writers and artists and other thinkers know and encounter nature? What practices made nature legible? What ethics were thought to arise out of the environment? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods. By what metaphors and strategies did pre-modern people represent the sensible world of matter? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods, seeking to rethink the relation between fields of knowledge and to bridge the widening gap between the humanities and the sciences in our own universities.

 The conference will take place October 24-25, 2014.

Medieval Academy of America, Annual Meeting, 12-14 March 2015, University of Notre Dame

Contact: Roberta Baranowski (

Click here for the Call for Papers.

The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 26-28 March 2015, Berlin

Online registration and rates will be available in the fall.

Shakespeare Association of America, 43rd Annual Meeting, 1-4 April 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia

This year’s seminar and workshop registrations open on 1 June, when they are announced in the SAA’s June Bulletin. Conference registration opens on 1 January, when the schedule of events is announced in the SAA’s January Bulletin. To register for the Annual Meeting, you must be a member in good standing of the Shakespeare Association. Registration reserves your place at the Annual Reception on the Thursday evening of conference week, the Annual Luncheon on Friday, and other meeting activities.

The conference registration deadline is 1 March 2015.

Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place .

Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology,  10-12 July 2015

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London