Seals and Status 800 – 1700 (British Museum 4-6 Dec 2015)
Due: 30th January 2015

The aim of this conference is to foster discussions about seals and status, concentrating on three principal themes:
I. Seals and social status
II. Seals and institutional status
III. The status of seals as objects

The famous exchange quoted on the left captures in a few biting words the close and significant connections between seals and status. It evokes the perception that sealing related to social status, that this relationship changed over time, and that such historical developments were both recognized and highly charged. Finally—and perhaps one reason why the Battle anecdote has been so often quoted—these words suggest an important status for seals themselves within the medieval world of objects. If anything, this importance increased with their proliferation: seals eventually belonged to all kinds of people and institutions, and many individuals, corporations, and chanceries had several. Ultimately, seals’ forms and functions came both to articulate and to construct social as well as institutional and administrative hierarchies.
Possible topics for papers include: Seals and heraldry; seals and inequality; seals and villeinage; seals of institutional office; seals and gender; non-heraldic personal seals; seals and status as represented in medieval and early modern texts; corporate seals and the status of institutions; the historiography of seals; the organization of chanceries; the development of sealing practices within and across social groups; relationships of seals to other works of art.
Proposals are welcomed from a wide range of perspectives, such as: archaeology, history, art history, archival studies, literature. Submissions will be accepted in English, French, and German and should be no more than 300 words in length. Send to Lloyd de Beer (ldebeer@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk) by 30th January 2015.
The conference will be held at the British Museum from the 4th – 6th December 2015.
This conference is co-organised with John Cherry and Jessica Berenbeim in collaboration with Sigillvm, a network for the study of medieval European seals and sealing practices.

http://medievalartresearch.com/2015/01/05/call-for-papers-seals-and-status-800-1700-british-museum-4-6-dec-2015/


“Cities / Villes,” The International Medieval Society, Paris, 25-27 June 2015

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015

Keynote Speakers: Emma Dillon (King’s College, London), Carol Symes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Boris Bove (Université Paris VIII).

The International Medieval Society, Paris (IMS-Paris) invites abstracts and session proposals for our 2015 symposium on the theme of cities in Medieval France. After the decline of late-antique cities in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, a revival of cities began in the course of the eleventh century. This phenomenon, which profoundly transformed the dynamics of the West to our day, is a field of research that has been enriched in pace with archeological discoveries and by new technologies that offer original perspectives and approaches. This symposium will approach new lines of investigation that will deepen our knowledge of medieval cities (11th – 15th centuries) not only in their cartographic and monumental dimensions, but also political and cultural ones.

The question of the construction of urban space could be explored in a variety of ways:

– Through its material dimensions, consisting of different forms of cityscapes, its urbanism, and its architecture.
– Through uses of space and their performative function. For instance, the role of rituals and urban processions, how music and theater contribute to the establishment of urban space in its practical use and representations.

We also wish to explore urban culture, which consists of material, intellectual, or spiritual culture, including:

– The role of writing in the development of a literate, mercantile culture, and new modes of government
– The daily lives of city dwellers: their lifestyles and patterns of consumption, their culinary tastes, etc.
– The development of practices related to the rise of intellectual institutions (schools, universities, patronage, mendicants, etc.)

Finally, we wish to explore the question of visual representations of the city and in the city, notably:
– The ways in which cities were represented in the Middle Ages, and how medieval cities are represented now
– Models for cities and the role of imaginary cities in the construction of urban spaces

Proposals should focus on France between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, but do not need to be exclusively limited to this period and geographical area. We encourage proposals and papers from all areas of medieval studies, such as anthropology, archeology, history, economic and social history, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, etc.

Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com no later than 30 January 2015. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.

Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. 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) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, 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) symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)
3) names and contact information of two academic references

The prizewinner 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/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.


Renaissance Conference of Southern California, 59th Annual Meeting, Friday, 5 June 2015, The Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA

Due:  January 30, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Cyndia Clegg, Distinguished Professor of English, Seaver College Pepperdine University
The RCSC, a regional affiliate of the Renaissance Society of America, welcomes paper proposals on the full range of Renaissance disciplines
(Art, Architecture, History, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Science)
Please send a 400-word abstract (for a 20-minute paper) and a one-page c.v. to:
Andrew Griffin (griffin@english.ucsb.edu)
The RCSC gratefully acknowledges the support of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


“Rulers, Kingship, and Legacies of Power,”  Twenty-second annual graduate conference in Princeton, New Jersey, April 10, 2015

Due: 31 January 2015

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“O prince, desyre to be honourable,
Cherish thy folk and hate extorcioun.
Suffre nothing that may be reprevable
To thyn estat don in thy regioun.
Shew forth thy swerd of castigacioun,
Dred God, do law, love trouthe and worthinesse
And wed thy folk agein to stedfastnesse.”
(Geoffrey Chaucer, “Lak of Stedfastnesse”)

The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invites submissions for its twenty-second annual graduate conference in Princeton, New Jersey.

Topic: Rulers, Kingship, and Legacies of Power
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Conant, Brown University
How did one rule in the late antique and medieval world? From Charlemagne’s re-imagination of the Frankish world through Innocent III’s expansion of papal power, rulers have altered the administrative composition, the cultural output, and the social ideas of their polities, while their legacies have motivated, influenced, and disappointed the generations that followed. Meanwhile, thinkers from Thomas Aquinas to Christine de Pizan have sought to define royal authority, to advise their kings, and to navigate the boundaries between divine and mortal rule.
We invite both proposals that examine medieval rulers and their legacies, and those that explore medieval ideas of rule. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines, time periods, geographies, source materials, and methodological approaches. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
· The problems and methods of administration, and the afterlife of these methods
· The definition, limitation, and expansion of medieval royal authority
· The literature and politics of royal counsel, mirrors of princes, imitatio imperii, and histories written for the king’s use
· Medieval theories of kingship, legitimacy, obedience, authority, and statehood
· The experiences of rule, the daily burdens kings and queens faced, and the ways in which those around kings circumvented and undermined these tasks
· Sacral kingship, the medieval life of biblical kings, and religious conceptions of rule
· Depictions of rulers and political authority in visual art, and the use of visual media to consolidate or challenge legitimacy
· Seizing and negotiating the transfer of rule in regencies, usurpations, and rebellions
· The creation of new states, and the process of garnering support and recognition for new polities such as those in the Latin East during the Crusades
· The social, economic, and cultural legacies of empire
In order to support participation by speakers from outside the northeastern Unites States, we are offering limited subsidies to help offset the cost of travel to Princeton. Financial assistance may not be available for every participant with funding priority going to those who have the farthest to travel. Every speaker will have the option of staying with a resident graduate student as an alternative to paying for a hotel room.
Interested graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Jonathan Martin, Elise Wang, and Merle Eisenberg (princetonmedievalgrad2015@gmail.com) by January 31, 2015.


“Language in Text and Performance”  2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference, University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival

Due 31 January, 2015

We invite paper, session, and workshop proposals for the inaugural Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2015, in Stratford, Ontario. All approaches to language in Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, including those based in the traditional arts of language (grammar, rhetoric, and logic), those based in contemporary theories of language and communication (e.g. public sphere theory, speech pragmatics, speech act theory), and those based in performance (verse speaking, original practices, etc.).

Plenary speakers: Joel Altman (University of California, Berkeley)
Antoni Cimolino (Artistic Director, Stratford Festival)
Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham)
Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)
Plenary panel: Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)
Michael MacDonald (University of Waterloo)
Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London)

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. Conference goers will have the opportunity to attend performances of Hamlet, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, and She Stoops to Conquer. For updated information, visit

http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/education/resources.aspx?id=28325

By January 31, 2015, please send proposals to k2graham@uwaterloo.ca.


« The visual representation of speech, sound, and noise from Antiquity to the Renaissance »  Musiconis Conference, 11, 12, and 13 June 2015 in Chartres
Due: 31 January, 2015

Since 2011, the Musiconis group has been studying the representation of sound, as a symbol in the visual arts and in its literal depiction in images of vocal, instrumental, and choreographic performance in the Middle Ages. The Musiconis conference seeks to expand the central questions of the project both chronologically, by encompassing the period from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, and theoretically, by taking into account all types of visual representation (figurative, mathematical, graphic, calligraphic, epigraphic, coloristic, ornamental, etc.)

Conference presentations may address all visual media, from monumental art to objects and manuscript illumination. 20-minute papers will be presented in French or in English on the 11, 12, and 13 of June in the auditorium of the Hôtellerie Saint-Yves near the Cathedral of Chartres.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of no more than 3000 characters to Frédéric Billiet (frederic.billiet@gmail.com) and Isabelle Marchesin (isabelle.marchesin@gmail.com) by January 31, 2015. The acts of the conference will be published.


Social Networks 1450-1850, 16-17 July 2015, University of Sheffield
Due: 31 January 2015

The term ‘social network’ has become a prominent part of modern day discourse, and in recent years there has been rapid growth in the field of social network studies. Yet a world in which individuals are connected to one another in multifarious ways—spanning time, place, institutional affiliation, and other social boundaries—is not just a modern phenomenon. In the early modern period, neighbourhoods, villages, cities and continents were criss-crossed with relationships and ties of obligation, through which passed friendship, as well as animosity; money, ideas, information, material goods, and more. The concepts and methodologies of social network analysis, together with new digital technologies, provide the tools to uncover the nature of these communities in the past.

At stake is the very nature of society: how did people connect to one another, to what ends, and with what results? These are questions with relevance to disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. As such, this conference brings together historically minded scholars with an interest in social networks from a range of perspectives and disciplinary backgrounds.

Confirmed speakers:
Edward Muir, Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences (Northwestern)
Emily Erikson, Assistant Professor of Sociology (Yale)
Mark Philp, Professor of History (Warwick)

Proposals for 20-minute papers or panels of three speakers are welcome from a wide chronological and geographical reach, exploring social network concepts, methodologies and findings. For example, papers might consider:

  • Methodologies: sources, challenges, and approaches; digital technologies and techniques for the collection, storage, analysis and presentation of data
  • ‘Ego-centric’ or ‘whole’ networks
  • Familial and kinship networks
  • Merchants or trading communities
  • Religious, intellectual, literary, political or institutional communities
  • The cultural values underpinning social networks: for example honesty, trust, or desire for profit
  • How social networks change over time
  • The geographical reach of networks: local, regional, national or international; urban or rural

For individual paper proposals, please submit a title and 200-word abstract, along with contact details. For panel proposals, please include a title and 200-word abstract for each paper and contact details for one speaker on the panel.
For more information, please contact the conference organizer, Kate Davison (kate.davison@sheffield.ac.uk)
Details about postgraduate bursaries will be publicised in due course.


“Madness: Sacred and Profane,”  The Ninth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 23-24 October 2015, National Taiwan University 

Due: 1 February, 2015

Madness, as one of the most intriguing of all cultural questions, has challenged thinkers since antiquity. For instance, Plato in Phaedrus pointed out that divine madness can be associated with creative insanity of seers and poets. In Greek tragedies, madness at times was perceived as the form of divine punishment to drive heroes mad. While Cicero stated that virtue is the only medicine for the diseased mind, Galen’s humoral theory construed the body as the main cause of madness. In courtly poetry, “fol’amor” (mad love) indicated unbridled passion. Thomas Hoccleve lived his madness as divine possession and a humoral imbalance. Hieronymus Bosch’s 1480 painting depicts a doctor cutting the stone of folly from the forehead of a madman. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia’s madness is demonstrated through sexual deviance.

To explore madness as an important question, this conference welcomes papers from scholars working in all fields within Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance studies. We are especially interested in papers that investigate ways in which madness, in all its forms, has been conceived, presented, and interpreted. We also encourage new theoretical frameworks within which to consider madness.

Topics for consideration may include (but are not limited to):

  • Critical explorations of madness/sanity/insanity
  • Politics of madness (the subversive/prophetic/unrestrained)
  • Boundaries of madness/normality/rationality
  • Visualization of madness
  • Sacred forms of madness
  • Madness and art
  • Madness and creativity
  • Madness and the emotion
  • Madness and gender
  • Madness and language
  • Madness and medicine
  • Madness and the moralistic/legislative
  • Madness and obsessions
  • Madness and sexuality
  • Madness and society
  • Madness and wizardry

TACMRS warmly invites papers that reach beyond the traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies. Please submit proposals (250 words) along with a one-page CV to tacmrs.ntu@gmail.com by 1 February 2015.

The Conference will take place on 23-24 October 2015 at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, featuring keynote speakers: Prof. William V. Harris, Prof. Ruth Evans, and Prof. Peter Holbrook. The conference will provide accommodation for all selected speakers from outside the Taipei area. The Conference is sponsored and administered by the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS).

TACMRS Official Website: http://tacmrs.org.tw/main.php
TACMRS Call for Paper (PDF)

Important Dates
Paper proposal due: February 1, 2015
The full paper due: September 20, 2015
Conference Date: October 23-24, 2015

Contact: Ms. Annie Cheng
Email: tacmrs.ntu@gmail.com

For more info go here.


2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, Hellenic College Holy Cross Brookline, MA on April 18, 2015

Due: 10 February 2015

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College invite proposals for the 2015 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, which will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA on April 18, 2015.

We welcome graduate student proposals for papers in all subjects, disciplines, and methodologies related to Byzantine studies broadly conceived. We invite proposals in two categories: 20-minute conference papers and dissertation reports of 5–7 pages. Conference participants will have a chance to read the reports ahead of time to encourage dialogue.

A lunchtime roundtable, Byzantium in the Public Sphere, will convene leading figures in Byzantine studies who are using traditional and digital means to build a broader audience for the field inside and outside the academy. A list of participants will be available in early February.

This year’s conference immediately follows Trading Places: Cultural Crossings in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Byzantium, Islam, and the West, a symposium organized by the Mary Jaharis Center and the Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies. The symposium will take place on April 16 and 17 at Harvard University. Please check the Mary Jaharis Center website in early February for details.

To submit a proposal for either type of paper, complete the short online form and upload a 500-word abstract. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2015. Notifications will be made by the end of February.

An accepted paper represents a commitment from the contributor to present his or her paper in person at the conference. Given the brevity of the conference, please do not submit a proposal if you cannot attend all conference sessions.

The registration fee for the conference is $25. Shared accommodation at the Courtyard Boston Brookline will be provided the nights of April 17 and 18. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the day of the conference. Participants are responsible for travel expenses; however, partial financial aid for students outside the Boston area who could not otherwise attend is available.

Contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions about the conference.

Organizing Committee: Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Dr. James C. Skedros, Dean of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies and Professor of Early Christianity, Hellenic College Holy Cross, and the Very Reverend Dr. Joachim Cotsonis, Director, Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross

Support comes from The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies

http://maryjahariscenter.org/events/2015-graduate-student-conference-on-byzantine-studies/cfp/


Between Being(s): Phenomenologies of the Creature in Early Cultures, 2015 Early Cultures Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Irvine, April 17-18, 2015

Due: February 10th 

Keynote: Jennifer Waldron, University of Pittsburgh

The Group for the Study of Early Cultures at the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the seventh annual Graduate Student Conference. This year’s conference builds on our previous topic of globalism and transnationality by considering the borders and passages between human and nonhuman life: the systems, networks, and environments under which all forms of life coexist in relation to the legal, poetic, analytic, and sacred horizons that enable human beings to navigate these zones of ethical and existential ambiguity. Along this line of inquiry, we aim to expand our understanding of the critical distinction between life conceived as common to all creation and life as circumscribed by the society in which it has been conceived.

In particular, we invite papers that offer creatural alternatives to the cultural approaches that have long informed the study of premodernity. By uniting far reaching themes such as–but by no means limited to–posthumanism, biopolitics, political theology, and ecological criticism, the creatural calls for interdisciplinary approaches to the questions that it raises. We invite speakers from fields including art history, classics, comparative and national literatures, critical theory, drama, English, history, philosophy, political thought, and religion. Possible paper topics may include:

— Religious taboos and practices towards animal life.
— Creatural metaphors for the human community, and vice versa.
— The monstrous in art and literature.
— Creatural relationships in performance.
— The sovereign relation between humans and animals.
— Dehumanization and animal labor.
— Metamorphoses between the animal and human kingdoms.

Keynote: Jennifer Waldron, Professor of English and Director of the Program in Medieval and
Renaissance Studies, University of Pittsburgh.

Abstracts: Those wishing to participate must submit an abstract of between 300 and 500 words to
early.cultures.conference@gmail.com by February 10th.


Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages: Crime, Punishment and Penance, 7-9 May 2015, University of St
Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Due: 13 February 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the
Middle Ages 2015, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St
Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its seventh year, this
conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career
researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more
general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have a keynote presentation by Dr Rob Meens of the Utrecht
Universiteit. Other speakers include Dr Liana Saif (University of Oxford), Dr Megan
Cavell (Durham University) and Dr Zubin Mistry (Queen Mary University of London).
We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the
themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as
historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. Possible topics
may include, but are by no means limited to:

- Depictions of violence: visual and literary images of violence, verbal and non-verbal
violence, gendered violence
- Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law
making
- Penance: men, women and penance, penance as punishment, rituals of penance,
penitential discourses and ideals, penance and power
- Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious
‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism
- Moral transgression
- Homosexuality and sexual deviancy
- Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their
application within current historiography

There will be four set strands of Medieval Law and Literature, Transgression in the
Medieval East (with Liana Saif), Bodies and Violence (with Megan Cavell), and Crimes of
Sex (with Zubin Mistry). There will be several other sessions within the broader
conference theme.

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250
words to genderandtransgression@st-andrews.ac.uk by 13 February 2015. Please
attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your
name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two
wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Friday
8 May. Further details can be found at our website, http://www.standrews.
ac.uk/saims/gender/index.html as they become available. Please also follow us on
Twitter @standgt and find us on Facebook!


Princeton’s Renaissance and Early Modern Studies Graduate Conference, on the theme of “Early Modern Print Culture: Practices, Relationships, and Circulation.” May 1, 2015

Due: 15 February 2015

The emergence of print culture in the early modern era altered the relationship between readers and texts. We are interested in exploring the
history of the book and material culture, especially insofar as it interacts
with concurrent developments in trade, commerce, geographical exploration,and imperialist expansion.

Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:
• print production: technical advances, print culture, materiality of texts
• reading practices: ways of reading, reading public, oral/manuscript/print transmission,book ownership
• circulation: borrowing/lending books, book trade, globalization of knowledge, development of ideas about the world
• books and memory: archives, libraries, authorship, permanence and ephemerality
• the market for books: translations, economic relations, censorship, production of genres,intended audiences (printing and publishing industry/trade).

Submissions from history, language and literature, art history, music, philosophy, history of science, and other relevant fields are welcome.
Please send an abstract of 250 to 300 words, academic affiliation, and contact information to premsgradconference@gmail.com by February 15, 2015.


Call for Papers and Artwork: THE MANY FORMS OF THE DECAMERON: INTERPRETATIONS, TRANSLATIONS AND ADAPTATIONS, Italian Graduate Conference 24/25/26 of April at Johns Hopkins University

Due: 15 February, 2015

Remembering with admiration Professor Musa, author of an amazing translation of the Decameron, and wishing everyone a wonderful new year, I send you the Call for Papers and the Flyer (attached herein) of a Graduate Conference on the Decameron that will be held at Johns Hopkins University on April 24/25/26.  We will be accepting regular papers and artworks of any kind !!!

The Italian Graduate Conference Committee

GRLL Department at Johns Hopkins University
Email: jhu.boccaccio@gmail.com
Website: http://grll.jhu.edu/2014/11/19/italian-graduate-conference-call-for-papers/


Reimagining ‘the Cavalier’: Origins, Meaning and Afterlives Percy Building, Newcastle University 3rd-5th of August 2015

Due: 15 February, 2015

Keynote speakers: Ian Binnington (Allegheny), Jerome de Groot (Manchester), James Loxley (Edinburgh) and Nigel Smith (Princeton)

The ‘Cavalier’ is a major, and still evolving, legacy of the English Civil War. The term and its associations have been enduring, but extremely fluid; although rooted in a very specific time and place, it has proved to be geographically, politically, and culturally mobile-surfacing in various guises in Anglo-American and European literary and cultural histories through to the present day.

This conference aims to open up the term ‘Cavalier’ as an interdisciplinary field for seventeenth-century cultural, intellectual, and literary history, and to trace its dynamic history up to the present day. How does it serve as a means of conceptualising and understanding the intersections of politics, aesthetics and the history of ideas in the thought and writings of seventeenth-century Britain―as well as in the cultural afterlife of the seventeenth century? Who or what is ‘Cavalier’? How does the term galvanise adherents and opponents? What behaviours, mentalities or philosophies does it represent? How has ‘the Cavalier’ changed over the course of the last four centuries, and what has made it so enduring as a cultural and political reference point? How and why has it recurred at later moments of political crisis, such as the American Civil War? How do these enduring meanings resonate with seventeenth-century battles over the term and its applications? All contributions welcome and we especially invite cross-period or interdisciplinary approaches.

Topics include but are not limited to:

. Histories and historiographies of ‘the Cavalier’
. Cavaliers in/and literature
. The art of the Cavalier
. Cavaliers in print, polemics and newssheets
. Sex and Gender
. Chivalry, honour and/or civility
. European and American contexts for the cavalier
. Cavalier taste and style in art, music and fashion
. Cavaliers and material culture
. Religious beliefs and practices
. Philosophy and natural philosophy
. Political and cultural appropriations of the Cavalier

Deadline for abstracts: 14 February, 2015. Please email them to Christopher Burlinson (cmb29@cam.ac.uk) and Ruth Connolly (ruth.connolly@ncl.ac.uk) #cavalier2015


Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500), THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference, Green College, University of British Columbia, OCTOBER 9-10, 2015

Due: 15 February 2015

The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia’s Medieval Studies Committee

This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours’ satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).

Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, art history, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by FEBRUARY 15, 2015, addressed to:
James Blasina and Chantal Phan
2015 GIC/UBCMW

and sent by email to:
jblasina@fas.harvard.edu and chantal.phan@ubc.ca
or by mail or fax to:
Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604-822-6675


The Spiritual Geopolitics of the Early Modern World (1500-1800), March 13, 2015 – Service Historique de la Défense, Château de Vincennes (France).
Due: Feb. 15, 2015

Proposals, which should not exceed 500 words, should be sent by September 15, 2014 to lauric.henneton@uvsq.fr. Papers, which will be precirculated, are due by Feb. 15, 2015. They may be in French or English. http://redehja.hypotheses.org/263


Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700, A Postgraduate Conference at the University of Sussex, 14th-16th July 2015

Due: 16 February 2015

Plenary speakers: Katrin Ettenhuber (Pembroke, University of Cambridge); Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews); Christopher Tilmouth (Peterhouse, University of Cambridge).

The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at the University of Sussex is pleased to announce its forthcoming Postgraduate Conference on the theme of ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700’, which will take place on the 14th-16th July 2015.

This conference will explore the relationship between early modern literature and philosophical thought, theories and issues. How philosophical was literature in this period? Did literature and philosophy work in symbiosis or discordantly? How are philosophical ideas approached in early modern literary texts? In what ways could literature function to promote or critique philosophical ideas? What was the role of commercial literature in disseminating philosophical thought? How did circulation of courtly literature influence contemporary political and philosophical thinking? What was the role of different textual mediums (such as codices, pamphlets or newsbooks) in disseminating philosophical ideas? How were philosophical theories engaged with in poetry, prose or drama? Did the genre or medium matter?

We welcome abstracts of 200-300 words for individual papers of 20 minutes or of 600 words for panels of three related papers. These could be on topics including but not limited to:

  • Aristotelianism
  • Atheism
  • Augustinism
  • Averroism
  • Casuistry
  • Epicurianism
  • Equivocation
  • Ethics/ Moral philosophy
  • Figures of Space
  • Humanism
  • Logic
  • Machiavellianism
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Platonism/Neo-Platonism
  • Political philosophy
  • Rationalism
  • Scepticism
  • Scholasticism
  • Stoicism
  • Thomism
  • Toleration

Please submit your abstract along with your institution, paper title and a brief biography to litphilconference@sussex.ac.uk by 16th February 2015


“A Local Habitation and A Name”: Locality and the English Theatre, A Graduate Student Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, ACES Library, 24-25 April 2015

Due: 1 March 2015

Keynote Speaker: Erika T. Lin (George Mason University)
According to William Shakespeare, it was the job of the poet to identify “the forms of things unknown,” turning “them to shapes” and giving “to airy nothing a local habitation and a name.” The purpose of artistic creation was to render accessible—to provide a concrete sense of space and cultural specificity—those abstract ideas on the periphery of experience. The Early Modern Reading Group (EMRG), a graduate interdisciplinary reading group in association with the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois, is seeking submissions for a conference on the intersections between locality and theatricality in English theatre.
The conference will engage with the idea of locality as both referring to geographically specific sites that the theatre conjures and interrogates, as well as the theatre itself as a historically inscribed site for cultural production. What does literary criticism look like when we organize it around marketplace forces other than the author? How do the traces of original performance spaces complicate our understanding of courtly or popular plays? Taking into account the recent scholarly trend toward the porous rather than static nature of early modern performance locales, how might we re-envision the network of stewes, bearbaiting and cockfighting arenas, playhouses, the Inns of Court, and inn-yards in which theatre took place?
We welcome papers that examine how early modern playwrights, discrete collectives such as the playing companies, and, more broadly, English culture grappled with these questions within a series of related realms—e.g., theatre history, repertory studies, cultural studies and identity politics. Topics might include:
  • the role of neighborhoods in the theatrical marketplace
  • the playhouse and/as locus
  • canonicity and critical myth-busting
  • cultural geography and identity
  • public versus private playhouses and their audiences
  • competing venues such as bearbaiting rings and inn-yards
  • other dramatic forms such as masques and interludes
  • indoor playing versus outdoor playing
  • itinerancy and touring
  • site-specific and contemporary performances
Those working in the Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, and Eighteenth-Century periods or performance studies in general are encouraged to submit an abstract up to 250 words to the conference organizers, Elizabeth E. Tavares (tavares1@illinois.edu) and Carla B. Rosell (rosell2@illinois.edu), by 1 March 2015. Participants will be notified no later than 15 March.
The conference will also include a performance of The N-Town Plays, hosted by the Medieval Studies program in the Department of English. For more information, visit our website at http://publish.illinois.edu/erlymodrn.

42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 16–17 October 2015, Vatican Film Library—Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections, St. Louis, MO

Due: 1 March 2015

The Vatican Film Library invites paper submissions or session proposals for the 42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 16–17 October 2015. The conference is organized annually by the Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, and is the longest running conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. The two-day program each year offers sessions on a variety of themes relating to medieval book production, distribution, reception, and transmission in such areas as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, cataloguing, and more.

Guest Speaker for 2015:
Stella Panayotova (Keeper, Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

Papers or session proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Submissions may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed (see below). Papers are 20 minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. If you are interested in organizing one of these sessions, or wish to suggest a paper or session of your own, please contact us as soon as possible.

Proposed Sessions

Submissions are welcome for any of the following sessions already proposed.

Old Book, New Book: Refurbished Manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Even when they were tailored to the taste of specific patrons, it was understood that manuscripts would outlast their owners: they were future family heirlooms, to be circulated in networks of gift exchange, inheritance, and resale. In what ways did the patrons and producers of manuscripts anticipate the inevitable change of hands? Under what circumstances did new owners expand or alter legacy manuscripts, and how did they respond to the taste of previous owners? This session calls for papers that examine the social, political, and intellectual import of secondhand medieval books.
Gravity vs. Levity
“Man is a rational, moral animal, capable of laughter.” (Notker Labeo, d. 1022). While this may be considered a truism by some, the question of the role played by humor in medieval manuscripts remains somewhat indistinct. Is a joke in a manuscript ever just a joke? Subversive, witty, parodic, didactic, and broadly entertaining imagery is the focus of this session. What role did humor play in society and how is that displayed in a concrete fashion within the pages of books?
A Good Read: The Production of Vernacular Texts in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Italy and their Public
While there is a great deal of documentary evidence for the production and readership of vernacular texts in Italy in the fifteenth century, we know relatively little about their thirteenth- and fourteenth-century patronage and the process of their production. Nonetheless, a considerable number of prose and verse manuscripts written in French, Franco-Italian, or Franco-Venetian survives, often resplendently illustrated and obviously produced for wealthy patrons. See the Fordham University website created to explore this topic: http://legacy.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/medieval_studies/french_of_italy/index.asp. This panel seeks papers that consider the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century production and circulation of these manuscripts in Italy, discuss their patrons and readers; and examine the organization of their production by individuals or workshops based in urban, court, or private milieus. At this time university textbooks were being produced under university supervision for quality control; what evidence can we find for the regulation of quality in this manuscript genre?

Please send a title and an abstract of not more than 200 words to Susan L’Engle (lengles@slu.edu) by 1 March 2015. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions.

For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or elauriel@slu.edu. Conference information is posted at http://libraries.slu.edu/special_collections/stl_conf_manu.


Call for Book Chapters: Ecofeminist Intersections
Due: 1 March 2015

When d’Eaubonne coined the word “ecofeminism” in 1974, related ideas were already being discussed in a range of social sciences and humanities. Within anthropology Ortner (1974) argued that the universal devaluation of women relative to men could be explained by assuming that women are seen as being closer to nature than men, while men are seen as being more intimately connected with the “higher” realm of culture. Other disciplines seriously engaged the connections between feminism and ecology only later. It was not until the 1990s, for instance, that literary critics began to examine in depth “‘the woman/nature analogy,’ defined by Warren as ‘the connections—historical, empirical, conceptual, theoretical, symbolic, and experiential—between the domination of women and the domination of nature’” (Carr 2000, 16). In recent years, ecofeminism has played an increasingly important role in a range of disciplines.

This new book project, “Ecofeminist Intersections,” explores the manifold ways that ecofeminism has been used across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, literary criticism, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science. We invite proposals for chapters that explicitly address the intersections between ecofeminism and other approaches or perspectives (for example, posthumanism, postcolonial studies, or queer studies). We especially encourage authors to highlight the unique contributions that ecofeminism, in combination with other approaches, brings to their primary discipline.

Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to dvakoch@ciis.edu by March 1, 2015. First drafts of full chapters (6000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.

“Ecofeminist Intersections” will be guided by Quinby’s (1990, 126) observation that “Like the ecology and feminist movements from which it derives, ecofeminism is not devoid of impulses to develop a ‘coherent’ theory.” And yet, Quinby argues, coherence is limited in the face of modern power relations through which domination occurs. By Quinby’s (1990, 123) analysis, ecofeminism is most effective in opposing the oppressions of modern power by fostering a range of practices and theories: “Against such power, coherence in theory and centralization of practice make a social movement irrelevant or, worse, vulnerable, or—even more dangerous—participatory with the forces of domination.” Contrary to this pull toward uniformity, “Ecofeminist Intersections” will explore the variety of ecofeminisms that have developed over the past forty years.

The editor of “Ecofeminist Intersections,” D. A. Vakoch, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as general editor of Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series. Vakoch’s earlier edited books include “Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse” (2011), “Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, and Literature” (2012), and (with F. Castrillón) “Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature” (2014).


The Influences of the Dominican Order in the Middle Ages (Oxford, 10-12 September 2015)
CFP DEADLINE: 1st March 2015

From the modest group of St Dominic and his sixteen followers, the Dominican Order grew rapidly in the first century of its existence, establishing itself across Europe as a learned Order of Preachers. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to explore the influences of the Dominican Order on all aspects of medieval life. The conference theme of ‘influence’ can be interpreted in its broadest sense, encompassing the large-scale influences of the Order and the legacy of its prominent figures, or can be examined on the personal level, such as the impact that the Order had on those that came into contact with it, both within and outside the Order.

Papers might address topics such as:

  • how the Dominican Order influenced other religious orders and medieval life more generally (papers may consider this influence with regard to art, architecture, universities and education, book-making, theology, liturgy, legislation, or other relevant disciplines);
  • influential Dominicans, such as St Dominic, Humbert of Romans and Thomas Aquinas, and their legacy to the Dominican Order or the use of their teachings outside of the Order;
  • preaching and other means by which Dominicans sought to influence the local populations they encountered;
  • controversies resulting from Dominican influence (e.g., in the universities, in ecclesiastical government, etc.);
  • Dominican education and the training of novices: the shaping of the Dominican religious life.

The conference will be held at Lincoln College, Oxford and Blackfriars, Oxford from Thursday 10th to Saturday 12th September 2015. This conference is interdisciplinary and open to scholars working in any field of medieval studies. Papers of 20 minutes are welcomed, although other formats may be considered. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, and include with it your paper title, name and affiliation (if any), contact email, AV requirements, and a short biography (this has no bearing on the evaluation; it is simply for distribution to chairs). All abstracts should be submitted by 1st March 2015. All enquiries and proposals should be sent to Eleanor Giraud: eleanor.giraud@lincoln.ox.ac.uk


Modern Language Association Conference 2016 in Austin, Texas, MLA Sixteenth-Century French Literature Executive Committee

Various Due 15 March 2014

Affect in Sixteenth-century France
How is affect intersubjective, defined/undefined, related to emotion? Close or distant readings welcome. 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu, by 3/15/15.

Prefiguring “Disability” in Renaissance France
How are monstrous, castrated, marginal, or otherwise “defective” bodies represented? What is the role of ethnicity, travel, gender, or other factors? 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu, by 3/15/15.

The following sessions are not guaranteed, but will be proposed by the Committee:

Pre-modern Queenship
Theories of queenship and practices of queens; relations to networks, gender, transnationalism, etc. 200-word abstracts to Leah Chang lchang@gwu.edu by 3/15/15.

“It’s 1500: Are we Modern Yet?”
We seek 10-minute papers for a roundtable that explores the stakes of periodization, the dialectic and dis/continuities between Medieval and Renaissance (or pre- and early modern) literature, the problems inherent in the choice of names. 200-word abstracts to Todd Reeser, reeser@pitt.edu, and Matilda Bruckner, bruckner@bc.edu, by 3/15/15. (in conjunction with the French Medieval Language and Literature Committee)


“Heroes and Heroines,” Special issue for 2016 volume of Shakespeare Shakespeare Jahrbuch / Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society
Due: 31 March 2015

The editorial board of Shakespeare Jahrbuch invites articles on the following topics:

• Shakespeare as a cultural/national hero
• Heroes and heroines in Shakespeare’s plays
• Heroism in Shakespeare’s plays
• Shakespearean anti-heroes
• Tragic and comic heroes/heroines
• Heroism and genre
• Shakespeare and the heroes of early modern England
• Shakespeare and (early modern, Romantic, Victorian, modern …) hero-worship
• Actors and actresses as heroes/heroines
• Heroes /heroines in Shakespeare adaptations
• …
Shakespeare Jahrbuch, the Yearbook of the German Shakespeare Society, is a peer-reviewed journal. It offers contributions in German and English, scholarly articles, an extensive section of book reviews, and reports on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking world.

Papers to be published in the Shakespeare Jahrbuch should be formatted according to our style sheet, which can be downloaded from the website of the German Shakespeare Society at http://shakespeare-gesellschaft.de/en/jahrbuch/note-on-submission.html.

Please send your manuscripts (of not more than 6,000 words) to the editor of the Shakespeare Jahrbuch, Prof. Dr. Sabine Schülting (email: sabine.schuelting@fu-berlin.de), by 31 March 2015.


(Re)Building Networks: A Medieval and Early Modern Studies Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, October 9-10, 2015

Due: 3 April 2015

Networks are widely recognized as modes of professional collaboration as well as objects of scientific inquiry. The University of Maryland’s Graduate School Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies will hold a two-day symposium that brings together scholars in a wide range of fields to exchange research on medieval and early modern networks within and across disciplines, social classes, and national boundaries.

We are also interested in examining the various methods by which contemporary researchers identify and analyze networks. How were networks constructed in the medieval and early modern periods, and how and why do we reconstruct them today? We aim to facilitate an interdisciplinary dialogue on the nature, interest, and potential of networks both as a practice and as an analytical concept.

Confirmed speakers include Ruth Ahnert (English, Queen Mary University of London), Sebastian Ahnert (Physics, University of Cambridge), Michiel van Groesen (History, University of Amsterdam), Alicia Walker (Art History, Bryn Mawr College), David Wallace (English, University of Pennsylvania), and Colin F. Wilder (Digital Humanities, University of South Carolina).

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from scholars of all disciplines that address the medieval and/or early modern periods. Some proposals may be selected for alternative formats.

Topics may include:
• What constitutes a network?
• Networks and scientific collaboration
• Networks as/and interdisciplinarity
• Computer-aided networks analysis
• Visualizing/depicting networks
• Vehicles of transmission within networks
• Networks and space
• Networks over time
• Non-elite/popular networks

Please send a 250-word abstract and a short professional biography to rebuilding.networks@umd.edu by Friday, April 3, 2015.


2016 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEDIEVAL ACADEMY OF AMERICA, Boston, MA, February 25-27, 2016

Due: 1 May 2015

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Location: Boston is home to numerous universities, art museums, and performing arts companies. Hosted by several Boston-area institutions, the meeting will convene at the Hyatt, across the street from the renovated Opera House and in the heart of Boston’s theater district. The final reception will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2016 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here.

Please contact the Program Committee at MAA2016@TheMedievalAcademy.org with any questions.

THREADS:

CAROLINGIAN WORLDS
“Contacts with Islam”
“Frontiers”
“Transformations, 877-987″

THE ELEVENTH CENTURY
“The 1000th Anniversary of Cnut the Great (1016/2016)”
“Art and Architecture in the Eleventh Century: An Age of Experiments”
“Creative Liturgies in the Eleventh Century”

MONASTICISMS
“Monastic Visual Cultures”
“Monastic Identities”
“Ascetic Bodies in the Late Middle Ages”

LYRIC TRANSFORMATIONS
“The ‘Lyric’ Dante”
“Poetic Form”
“Petrarch between the Vernacular and Latin”

GREEN WORLDS/MEDIEVAL ECOLOGIES
“Garden, Park, Wasteland”
“Material Ecologies”
“Medieval Anthropocenes”
“Water Worlds and Seascapes”
“Mediterranean Landscapes”

WORKS: UNFINISHED, TRANSFORMED OR IN RUINS
“Unfinished Books, Incomplete Texts”
“Medieval Art and Architecture as Work(s) in Progress”
“Ruins”

MEDIEVAL STUDIES AND THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES
Papers are invited for a thread devoted to the exciting new ways in which medieval studies and digital humanities intersect. Topics might include (but are not limited to) issues of visualization and the re-presentation of medieval spaces, soundscapes, the implications of digital archives for the editing of medieval texts, the digital (re)construction of medieval collections and libraries, GIS and mapping projects, social network analysis, text encoding, and computational approaches to texts and scribal behaviors.

SESSIONS:
“800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order”
“800th Anniversary of Pope Innocent III’s Death”
“Mortality / Facing Death”
“Margins of War”
“Images of Coercion and Dissent”
“Dangerous, Deviant, and Disobedient Women in the Middle Ages”
“Vernacular Exegesis”
“Drama/Performance”
“Literature of Pastoral Care”
“Boston Area Medieval Manuscripts”


“The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family,” 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium, Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5.

Due: 1 May, 2015

The 2015 annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will be held in conjunction with the Wooden O Symposium at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, August 3-5. The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and is held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. Both the RMMRA and Wooden O Symposium will organize sessions in this year’s joint conference.

The RMMRA invites all approaches to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, welcoming scholars in a broad range of disciplines including history, literature, art history, music, and gender studies, with special consideration given to paper and panel proposals that investigate this year’s theme, “The Functions and Dysfunctions of the Medieval and Renaissance Family.” Abstracts for consideration for the RMMRA sessions should be sent to Program Chair Jen McNabb at JL-Mcnabb@wiu.edu. Participants in RMMRA sessions must be members of the association; RMMRA graduate students and junior scholars are encouraged to apply for the $250 Walton Travel Grants; see details at http://rowdy.msudenver.edu/~tayljeff/RMMRA/Index.html

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate how his works reflect or intersect with early modern life and culture.

This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2015 summer season: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry IV Part Two, and King Lear. Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to usfeducation@bard.org.

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2015. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. Included with 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) should be the following information:

• name of presenter(s)
• participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar)
• college/university affiliation
• mailing address
• email address
• audio/visual requirements and any other special requests.


Sovereignty and Metaphor, NYU English Grad Student Conference, September 24-25, 2015

Due: 15 May 2015

The graduate students of the Department of English and MARC and NYU invite proposals for papers that explore the reciprocity between sovereignty and metaphor in English and continental (Latin and vernacular) writing from the medieval to early modern period.

Speakers include: Victoria Kahn, Paul Strohm, John Rogers, Kathleen Davis, Brandon Chua, Jacque Lezra

Submit 250 word proposals for 20 minute papers to sovereigntyandmetaphor2015@gmail.com by May 15.

 


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:

http://www.brill.com/author-gateway/publishing-books-brill/propose-your-publication