22nd Annual ACMRS Conference,
Scottsdale, AZ: 4-6 February 2016

Online submission date(s):  1 June to 4 December

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 4-6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”


Sensing the Early Modern
Birkbeck Early Modern Society, London: 20 February 2016

Due: 11 December

Birkbeck Early Modern Society is pleased to announce its 9th annual student conference on the theme of ‘Sensing the Early Modern’ to take place on 20th February 2016.

We invite proposals for papers that explore perceptions of the senses during the early modern period, 1500-1800 and we welcome proposals from post-graduate students from all institutions.

This conference provides an engaged and friendly forum to showcase student research.

We aim to present a diverse and inter-disciplinary collection of papers that connect with our conference theme. Conference papers might address the five traditional senses – sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch – or those less defined areas, such as the sense of time or place; of common sense, pain or pleasure.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words for a paper lasting 20-25 minutes (about 2,000-2,500 words) to Sue Jones, President, Birkbeck Early Modern Society, bbkems@gmail.com by 5pm on 11th December 2015.

The abstract should be in the a Microsoft word document headed with your name, programme of study and institution.


Making Early Middle English Conference
University of Victoria in Vancouver, Canada: 
23-25 September 2016

Due: 15 December 

Contact: Adrienne Boyarin (aboyarin@uvic.ca) and Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu)
This conference will explore Early Middle English, its historical and scholarly “making,” and its contexts. The organizers welcome papers that engage how Early Middle English as a field, as manuscripts, as texts, and as a multilingual phenomenon has been shaped and made, handled and mishandled. We are interested in talks that consider the historical, global, and multilingual situation of English literature and English manuscript production between 1100-1350, and we encourage ideas of Early Middle English as a network of experimental clusters. We are also interested in how the period has been fashioned in its post-medieval histories, from sixteenth-century antiquarian descriptions, to twentieth-century scholarly views of its “aridity and remoteness” (to quote Thomas Hahn in the Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature), to its current new “making” in digital archives. Scholars from a range of disciplines, working on a range of genres and languages related to the production of English literature and “Englishness” in the period 1100-1350, should feel free to submit proposals for sessions or papers.
Topics to consider include but are not limited to:
 • the multicultural and international contexts of Early Middle English
• the multilingual contexts of Early Middle English (including Englishes, Latin, French/Anglo-Norman, Hebrew, Welsh, etc.)
• the history of the field and boundary problems (e.g., between Old English and Early Middle English, between England and France, between disciplines, etc.)
• manuscript studies
• access to and creation of resources (digital resources, editions)
• pedagogical challenges around Early Middle English
• concepts of nativeness in Early Middle English and related literature
• the role of women and gender in Early Middle English (as a field or a corpus)
The conference will take place at the University of Victoria, located on southern Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The conference will include presentation of Special Collections materials, workshops on the challenges of creating digital resources for Early Middle English, a presentation by the directors of the NEH-funded Archive of Early Middle English project, and keynote addresses by scholars working on the multilingual situation of twelfth- and thirteenth-century England. Dependent on grant funding, some subsidies may become available for those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend.
Please email proposals, as well as queries or expressions of interest, to both organizers by 15 December 2015: Adrienne Boyarin (aboyarin@uvic.ca) and Dorothy Kim (dokim@vassar.edu). Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be no longer than 300 words; session proposals (a session description/rationale and a list of proposed speakers who have confirmed their willingness to attend) should be no longer than 500 words; expressions of interest, queries, and ideas for non-traditional formats are also welcome. Please include your name, research area, and affiliation (if applicable) in all correspondence.

Martin Luther (1483-1546): A Volume of Essays

Due: 30 December

With the 500th anniversary of his nailing of The Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to All Saints’ church door in Wittenberg (on 31 October 1517) drawing near, contributions are invited towards a volume of essays on the German friar, priest and professor of theology, Martin Luther. The book will reconsider Luther’s pivotal contribution to the Protestant Reformation, advancing the debate on the source of his theological opposition to the traditional beliefs and practices of the medieval church. Recent scholarship has emphasised, among other things, Luther’s role as a ‘reluctant revolutionary’, who, contrary to autobiographical writings privileging sudden impulses of enlightenment, arrived at his radical new stance via a long and tortuous route of study. In what ways can this new critical paradigm be refined or challenged? And what fresh interpretations can be placed on the role of social, economic and political factors in the reception of Luther’s works, especially (though not exclusively) in Britain. At a time when both Reformation and Counter-Reformation studies are flourishing, this interdisciplinary collection aims to provide the modern critical analysis Luther’s life and writings merit. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Luther should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by 30 December 2015.

Dr Philip Major
Birkbeck, University of London
Email address: philip.major@bbk.ac.uk


Shakespeare Quarterly Calls for Submissions for #Bard

Due: 1 January

From the printing of play quartos to the development of Shakespeare apps, the history of Shakespeare and the history of media have been intimately entwined in a feedback loop of considerable cultural and technological influence. With the emergence of each new media format, the objects of our study (poet, playwright, playtext, promptbook, screenplay, etc.) morph—sometimes unpredictably—into things both various and new.

In a special issue, scheduled for Fall 2016, Guest Editor Douglas Lanier will investigate the myriad linkages between Shakespeare and the history of media with topics that might include the following: Shakespeare and the future of media; digital Shakespeare; Shakespeare data collection; Shakespeare, media, and the formation of community; Shakespeare and theater/movie/television technology; Shakespeare in 140 characters; Shakespeare and revisionist approaches to media history (post-McLuhan); Shakespeare as “transmedia” artist; autopoietic Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the history of photographic reproduction; Shakespearean mash-ups/samplings/applications.

The deadline for submission for #Bard is 1 January 2016.

Science at Court, 1285-1450
Newnham College, Cambridge: 3-4 June 2016

Due: 15 January 2016

From the anonymous Middle English Court of Sapience to Nicole Oresme’s Livre du ciel et du monde to the lavishly illustrated copies of Pliny’s Natural History produced for the Visconti family, medieval scientific discourse was often inflected by – and constructed around – literary, musical, and artistic forms present at court.  This conference invites abstracts on what it means to “do science at court” in the late medieval period, particularly in the context of literature, music, and the arts.

How do tradition, law, and power dictate the boundaries of science? How do ethics or political science affect natural philosophy? How do didactic poems or works of counsel, conduct, and governance blur the boundaries between science and mimesis?  What is the relationship between empiricism and narrative or visual forms? How does music do mathematical and political work?

Science at Court welcomes proposals on any aspect of art at court in the context of late medieval science.

Due to the generous support of Newnham College, travel subsidies will be available for attendees who may have difficulty obtaining funds.

Please send abstracts to Dr. Tekla Bude (tlb33@cam.ac.uk)  by 15 January, 2016.

You can follow updates on the conference here: www.scienceatcourt.com

Medieval Globalisms: Movement in the Global Middle Ages
The Twenty-Eighth Annual Spring Symposium of the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University, Bloomington: 8-9 April 2016

Due: 15 January 2016

Keynote: Cecily Hilsdale, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University invites proposals dealing with any aspect of Medieval Globalisms: movement, discourse, and cultural exchange. Scholars have rigorously interrogated modern models of globalism, but what does “global” mean for the Middle Ages? This symposium aims to identify the global perspectives that emerged in this period in which people, ideas, and objects traversed the globe through travel, trade, war, and exodus, and to explore the larger geographic context in which the Middle Ages occurred. In addition to the geographic, papers might explore studies of medieval conceptions of the globe and its relation to the self. Rather than viewing medieval places through the model of center and periphery, we ask participants to consider a de-centered medieval globe in which no one locale is given preference over another and to envision the period as a time of dynamic cross-cultural interactions. We  encourage proposals about texts, traditions, and localities outside of traditional, Eurocentric medieval studies. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Movement of Objects and People
  • Epidemics and Disease Transmission
  • Trade Networks
  • Reception and Translation of Texts across Cultures
  • Exoticism and Fetishization
  • Medieval Conceptions of Geography and Mapping
  • Ocean and Environmental Studies
  • Cosmopolitanism and Urban Centers
  • Diplomacy, Tribute, and Gift-Giving
  • Linguistic Interactions
  • Local and Global Knowledges
  • Alternative Conceptions of the Self and Otherness
  • Universalizing Medieval Historiography
  • Travel Narratives and Pilgrimage Literature
  • Encyclopedism and Technical Writing
  • Scientific and Medical Knowledge
  • Pedagogy and Teaching Globalisms
  • Religion and Religious Minorities

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Miles Blizard (mblizard@indiana.edu) by January 15th, 2016.


WORDS – Medieval Textuality and its Material Display
Paris, June 30th – July 2nd 2016

Due: 30 January 2016

Keynote Speakers:
Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers)
Geoffrey Koziol (University of California, Berkeley)

For its 13th Annual Symposium to be held in Paris, the International Medieval Society invites abstracts on the theme of Words in the Middle Ages. The digital humanities, while altering the landscape of Medieval Studies as a whole, have most importantly overhauled the concept, appearance, and analysis of words and texts. Between the increasing use of paperless media forms and the rise in the number of digital collections, medievalists are seeking to adapt to these new means of producing knowledge about the Middle Ages. At the same time, scholars in this field are also trying to outline the methodological and historical issues that affect the study of words, which now simultaneously exist in the form of primary sources, codices, rolls, charters and inscriptions, digitally reproduced images, and the statistical and lexicographical data made possible by storage platforms and analytical tools.

In parallel with the digital humanities, the 13th Annual IMS Symposium on WORDS aims to return to words themselves and to probe the intellectual, technical and aesthetic principles that underpin their use and social function in medieval graphical practices. By analysing the material and symbolic properties of a particular medium; the conditions in which texts become signs; and scribal expertise, this symposium will address questions that initially seem simple yet which define the very foundations of medieval written culture. What is a word? What are its components? How does it appear in a given medium? What is the relationship between word and text, word and letter, word and medium, word and reader? In a Middle Ages forever torn between economic and extravagant language, what is the status of the word and what kind of elements – visual or acoustic, linguistic or extralinguistic – does it contain?

This IMS Symposium will thus explore (but is not limited to) four broad themes with a particular focus on medieval France, Francia and post-Roman Gaul:

1)    Words and wording: medieval discourse on texts and writing; texts that reflect upon the act of writing (the poetic arts, prologues, colophons and signatures); the relationship between the writer (scribe, copyist, notary, stonecutter) and words, between copy and creation.

2)    Words in and of themselves: the word between alphabetical symbol/grapheme and other symbols; images and sounds of words (nomina sacra, punctuation, poetic features); musical notation (naming/interpretation of neumes, litterae significativae); variations of meaning e.g. between mots and paroles; hierarchies of writing and of content.

3)    Words and matter: the word and its format; the concept of the pagina, its definition, margins and limits, from manuscripts to inscriptions; the material turn and palaeography; writing and object, from book to amulet; the word beyond the text (images, heraldry, emblems, numismatics); impressions and the first printed texts, beyond the act of writing.

4)    Beyond words: content-less words (pseudo-writing, pseudo-alphabets, pseudo-texts); word, name and identity; etymologies; word games and wordplay; the middle-ground between word and text (calligrams, anagrams, epigrams); the relationship between words and music (verse, prose etc. as expressed in melodies).

Through these broad themes, we aim to encourage the participation of researchers with varying backgrounds and fields of expertise: historians, specialists in the auxiliary sciences (palaeographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists) art historians, musicologists, philologists, literary specialists…By bringing together a wide variety of papers that both survey and explore this field, the IMS Symposium intends to bring a fresh perspective to the word in medieval culture.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com by 30th January 2016. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment that you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis. The selection committee will email applicants in February to notify them of its decision. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organisation that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and past symposia programmes, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) an outline of a current research project (PhD. dissertation research)
3) the names and contact information of two academic refereesThe prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.


Nicosia, Cyprus, 17 to 20 March 2016

Due: 31 January (earlier advised)

Othello’s Island is an annual conference, now in its fourth year, examining the history, culture, art and literature of the medieval and renaissance periods from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Located at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, the conference attracts academics and researchers from all over the world in a co-operative and constructive environment that has rapidly developed the reputation as one of the friendliest academic conferences in town. It is also seen as encouraging a genuine interdisciplinary approach as there is no streaming of different subjects and at recent events this has led to some astonishing connections between different subject areas.

We welcome researchers into art, literature, cultural, political and social history, and other topics to submit proposals for papers, which should be delivered in English and be twenty minutes in length. As we are located in Cyprus many papers make connections with Cyprus, the Levant or the wider Mediterranean, but we are interested in all aspects of the medieval and renaissance world and so this is not a requirement.

That said, medievalists will find Cyprus a fascinating place to visit, with some of the best surviving gothic churches and cathedrals in the eastern Mediterranean, and a contemporary culture that is still imbued with the culture of the medieval period. This is particularly apparent in the location of the conference in the centre of the Venetian old town are of Nicosia. We will also be organising a coach trip to see some of the stunning UNESCO-listed medieval painted churches of the Troodhos Mountains.

Deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016, but due to the limited number of places available for speakers we strongly advise earlier submission of proposals.

For further information visit www.othellosisland.org

Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology

Due: 31 January 2016

We are seeking submissions for a collection of essays tentatively titled Early Modern Black Studies: A Critical Anthology. Inspired by and modeled after interdisciplinary studies such as Black Queer Studies and Shakesqueer: A Companion to the Works of Shakespeare, this edited volume stages a conversation between two fields—Early Modern Studies and Black Studies—that traditionally have had little to say to each other. This disconnect is the product of current scholarly assumptions about a lack of archival evidence that limits what we can say about those of African descent in earlier historical periods. This proposed volume posits that the limitations are not in the archives but in the methods we have constructed for locating and examining those archives. Our collection, then, seeks to establish productive and provocative conversations about these two seemingly disparate fields. Our goal is to enlist the strategies, methodologies, and insights of Black Studies into the service of Early Modern Studies and vice versa. Ultimately, the overarching scholarly contribution of this critical anthology is to revise current understandings about racial discourse and the cultural contributions of black Africans in early modernity across the globe.
The editors of Early Modern Black Studies seek essays that offer new critical approaches to representations of black Africans and the conceptualization of Blackness in early modern literary works, historical documents, and/or material and visual cultures. We also seek articles that, on the one hand, mobilize corrective interventions to commonly held notions in each of the aforementioned fields and, on the other hand, theorize a synthetic methodology for the Early Modern/Black Studies discursive divide.
Possible paper topics include but are not limited to:
• Black Studies as method and inquiry
• The racial contours of early modern studies methods
• Comparative analysis of Black Studies and Early Modern Studies archives
• Methodologies of Black Africans and Exploration of the Americas
• Imperialism and Colonization
• African slavery across the Sahara and Ocean Studies (Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific)
• Re-conceptualizations of Paul Gilroy’s Black Atlantic in the 21st century
• Black Lives Matter in contemporary and historical contexts
• Medieval understandings of human difference
• Representations of Africa as a geopolitical and imaginary space, past and present
• Gender and Sexuality; Black Feminists Studies and Early Modernity; the figure of the mulatta
• Queer Studies; the queering of Black Studies and Early Modern Studies
• Critical Race Studies and Early Modernity; Animal Studies and Biopolitics vis-à-vis representations of Blackness
Please send queries and/or an abstract (250-500 words) to clsmith17@ua.edu,miles.grier@qc.cuny.edu, and nick.jones@bucknell.edu by January 31, 2016. The deadline for 5000-7000 word essays from accepted abstracts will be August 15, 2016.


Seafaring: An Early Medieval Conference on the Islands of the North Atlantic
University of Denver, Denver, CO: 3-4 November 2016

Due: 15 March 2016

Seafaring: an early medieval conference on the islands of the North Atlantic is a three-day national conference that brings together scholars of early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia to imagine cooperative, interdisciplinary futures for the study of North Atlantic archipelagos during the early medieval period. Seafaring invites proposals for two kinds of sessions, seminars and workshops/forums, that will help imagine more collective and cooperative futures for scholars of the so-called “British” archipelago and/or reinvigorate the interdisciplinary mandate of early medieval studies.

Designed less around traditional conference presentations than as a “workspace,” Seafaring: an early medieval conference on the islands of the north Atlantic invites proposals that will engage participants in mini-tutorials, masterclasses, writing workshops, and learning laboratories—all of which are designed to widen their linguistic competence, interdisciplinary methods, geographic familiarity, and temporal scope, within and beyond the early medieval period.

For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.du.edu/ahss/english/news-events/seafaring-conference.html.


The Pre-Modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality and Visuality
The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University: October 21 and 22, 2016

Due: 15 April 2016

The twenty-first century has witnessed the transformation of the study of the history of the book. Technology has given us new methods for the study of papyri, manuscripts, and early printed books: everything from x-rays to DNA analysis now provides data regarding the production and use of the book in the pre-modern era. In addition, digital humanities now allows for the precise capture and reproduction of texts in all their visual specificity as well as the compilation of vast databases for “distant reading.”  Yet, as any scholar of the book recognizes, these artifacts retain an aura that technology cannot duplicate or fully explain: an encounter with a pre-modern book is an encounter with a textual presence in all its ineffable alterity. The materiality of books is central to a consummate experience of a text, and this quality of ancient, medieval, or early modern textual artifacts is not reproduced even in the most spectacular digital simulacra.

The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton University; in celebration of fifty years of research in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, CEMERS will host a conference on the materiality and visuality of the pre-modern book (from late antiquity until 1600).

Papers are invited on all aspects of the book as artifact in a global context: the study of the production and circulation of books in the Mediterranean basin and across the Eurasian landmass; codicology and the making of books; paleography and textual transmission; the transitions from papyrus to parchment and the scroll to the codex; and the current state of technological analysis.  Topics may also include: the book as commodity; network theory and the itineraries of textual artifacts; geographical locations for the use of paper; the origins of moveable type and the itinerary of the printing press; the transition from script to print; the uses of paper in specific book cultures; the use of wax tablets; the history of libraries; the history of scriptoria; the transmission of non-textual information (music, maps, etc.) in books;and visual culture and book illumination. The conference aims to bring together the sub-disciplines currently involved in the history of the book in order to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue.  Papers and sessions that synthetically address the current state of the field are especially welcome. 

Abstracts for papers and paper sessions are invited; papers should be twenty minutes in length.  Send abstracts (with a brief cv)  to cemers@binghamton.edu (with subject line History of the Book).  For information, contact Marilynn Desmond, Director, CEMERS,mdesmon@binghamton.edu. Deadline: April 15, 2016


Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures
The Theory and Phenomenology of Love

Due: 15 April 2016

Please view the complete CFP here: http://riviste.unimi.it/interfaces/pages/view/cfp_the_theory_and_phenomenology_of_love

Call for Papers ‘The Making of the Humanities V’
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 5-7 October 2016

Due: 30 April 2016

The Fifth Making of the Humanities (MoH) conference brings together scholars interested in the history of the humanities disciplines, including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments to the modern day.

We welcome paper and panel submissions on any period or region. We are especially interested in work that transcends the history of specific humanities disciplines by comparing scholarly practices across disciplines and civilizations.

Full information: www.historyofhumanities.org

Keynote Speakers

Karine Chemla (CNRS & U. Paris Diderot)

Anthony Grafton (Princeton U.)

Sarah Kay (New York U.)

History of Humanities journal

Selected conference papers will be published in the new journal History of Humanities. The journal is also open for direct submissions.


Call for Book Manuscripts: Maps, Spaces, Cultures

Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico). Editorial board: Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University). Publisher: Arjan van Dijk (Brill).

This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies, pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature. Maps, Spaces, Cultures therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented.

The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature, philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination.

Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies (surekha.davies@gmail.com) and Asa Simon Mittman (asmittman@mail.csuchico.edu), or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (dijk@brill.com), to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.

For Brill’s peer review process see here: