Fourth Annual Graduate Conference in Religion at Harvard Divinity School, October 22-24, 2015.

Due: 17 July, 2015

Please consider submitting a paper or a pre-organized panel.  Our call for papers is open to all work in the study of religion, broadly conceived. In addition, we are featuring four special topic modules with targeted calls: 1) Religion and Crisis, 2) The Promise and Peril of Textual Religion, 3) Magic/Science/Religion, and 4) Food Practices Across Religious Traditions.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 17. Check our website for updated information and for the submission form, which will be live soon. http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/gradreligionconference

For more details, please see the attached call, or email gradreligionconference@hds.harvard.edu with any questions.


34th International Conference of the Haskins Society, 6-8 November 2015, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Deadline for receipt of proposals is 17 July 2015.

The Haskins Society invites submission of proposals on all areas of the Society’s interests.

This year’s featured speakers will be:

Lindy Grant (University of Reading),
John Hudson (University of St. Andrews)
Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota)

For paper and panel submissions, please send a 250 word abstract and c.v.to haskinsconference@gmail.com. For panels, provide a one-page rationale for the panel in addition to the information for each paper. Papers by graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell Prize. For details, see the “Denis Bethell Prize” link in the right-hand column of this website.

We also invite submissions for two alternative forms of presentation:

New Research Forum
On Friday morning, the conference will host a New Research Forum to highlight and discuss new research or work in progress. Modelled on “flash sessions,” presenters will have five minutes to explain their projects as a prelude to in-depth small group discussions. Presenters will be listed in the program and should send a one paragraph abstract and c.v. to haskinsconference@gmail.com and include the word “Forum” in the address line.

Manuscript Problems and Puzzling Things (New in 2015!)

A moderated session devoted to lively, interdisciplinary discussion of the problems and puzzles posed by manuscripts and material objects. Using the opportunities provided by a ‘smart classroom,’ conference participants will examine images of artifacts or manuscripts on individual monitors in attempt to solve source problems and offer new insights. To propose a problem or puzzle for consideration, please submit c.v. and a 250 word abstract summarizing the issue and source(s), including a clear, one-sentence formulation of the actual problem to haskinsconference@gmail.com and include the word “Problem” in the address line. Once a problem has been selected, the person who submitted it will be contacted for images and placed in contact with the moderator to help organize the session. This is a workshop for real puzzlement and an opportunity for sharing perspectives. Two to four problems will be selected.

Thursday Afternoon/Evening Mock Interviews
To support graduate student members of the Haskins Society in their career development, the Haskins Conference will again offer the opportunity to have mock job interviews with senior scholars on Thursday afternoon and evening. Please contact William North (wnorth@carleton.edu) to indicate interest.

Support for Graduate Students

In order to encourage and support rising scholars, graduate student members of the Society are eligible to receive support from the Thomas Keefe memorial fund to cover the costs of registration. Any questions, please contact William North (wnorth@carleton.edu).

Location

The Haskins Conference will take place at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, a small college town located about 35 minutes from the Twin Cities and from both terminals of the Minneapolis/St Paul International Airport (a Delta Airlines hub). Also in Northfield is St Olaf College, a liberal arts college famous for its nationally renowned music program. All conference sessions will occur in The Weitz Center for Creativity.

Carleton College’s proximity to “mainstreet” means that coffee shops, restaurants, and pleasant walks are within minutes of the conference venue. For people who enjoy walking and running , Carleton College’s 880 acre Arboretum offers miles of trails in natural areas and the town itself offers pleasant streets on which to jog.

Average temperatures in early November range between the mid-30s-50s Fahrenheit/2-14 Centigrade.


Medieval Myths and British Identities: Past, Present, Future, An interdisciplinary postgraduate conference18 September 2015, Cardiff University.

Due: 24 July

Keynote Speakers: Professor Philip Schwyzer (Exeter) and Dr Diarmuid Scully (Cork)

The British Isles have a range of myths and legends. Cultural icons such as King Arthur and Robin Hood, historical personages like William Wallace and Owain Glyndŵr, along with mythological figures including Fionn mac Cumhaill, Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed, and Cù Chulainn, are all part of the pantheon of British and Irish national heroes. These medieval myths remain popular throughout the British Isles, and they have become vehicles for the expression of various national identities.

This conference, generously funded by the University Graduate College, intends to bring together postgraduate researchers working in various fields to discuss the relationship between myth and national identity in the British Isles. In particular, the conference will focus on the changing political and ideological potential of medieval myths, and will consider how these myths have been used to construct the national identities of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, from the medieval period to the present day, as well as the construction of a British (i.e. UK) identity in the latter period.

We invite postgraduate researchers in the fields of archaeology, art history, linguistics, literature, music, philosophy, politics, social science, theology, and any other relevant disciplines to submit abstracts. Papers may include, but are not limited to the following topics:

British identities in medieval literature
Genealogy and national identity
Myth and cartography
Myth and historical memory
Myth and national separatism
Myth and theories of race
National heroes
National histories
National identity and forgery
National myths and gender identities
National myths in the visual arts
Nationalism and Medievalism
Origin stories
The politics of myth
Regional and local myths

The conference will also include a Round Table on ‘Medieval National Heroes in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, featuring Dr Rob Gossedge and Professor Carl Phelpstead from the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy, in discussion with Dr Juliette Wood from the School of Welsh.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for 20-minute papers to Victoria Shirley and Isabelle Valade at britishmedievalmyths@cardiff.ac.uk. We welcome submissions in English and Welsh.

The submission deadline is 24 July 2015.


‘Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts’ University of Glasgow on Sept 11th, 2015

Due: 30 July

Medical Humanities (medieval to modern) CfP for a Wellcome Trust funded conference ‘Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts’ – feat. keynote from Dr. Deborah Thorpe (York) – to be held at the University of Glasgow on Sept 11th, 2015. Deadline for abstracts: July 30th. Limited PG/ECR bursaries also available.


Montaigne in Early Modern England and Scotland, Durham University, 6 – 7 November 2015
Due: 1 August

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) at Durham University invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the reception of Montaigne’s Essais in England and the larger Anglophone world, including Ireland, Scotland, and North America, during the first two hundred years following their initial publication in French.

Any approach to the study of Montaigne’s influence is welcome, including literary criticism, philosophy, theology, psychology, history of science, and history of the book. Authors to consider range from Bacon and Hobbes up to Locke and Hume, and include literary figures, as well, such as Florio, Cornwallis, Daniel, Shakespeare, Jonson, Burton, Browne, Dryden, Johnson, Pope, Swift, and Sterne. Early career academics and postgraduates are encouraged to apply, as well as more established scholars.

For consideration, please send a title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a one-page CV to montaigneinearlymodernengland@gmail.com no later than 1 August 2015.  Sponsored by Joanna Barker.

Confirmed speakers:
Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)


Chiaroscuro as Aesthetic Principle, 1300-1600 (Bern, 29-30 April 2016)

Due: 15 August

Chiaroscuro since Leon Battista Alberti’s De pictura (1435) has been one of the central subjects characterising painting and sculpture in practice and theory in Italy. Primarily, it concerns the articulation of plastic qualities, the formulation of relief, both in painting and sculpture. In the northern tradition, too, chiaroscuro has been highly valued. Through chiaroscuro, the textures of materials and the structural fabric of their surfaces, including their eye-catching highlights, have been evoked. Chiaroscuro goes hand in hand with an intensification of optical qualities.

In the Cinquecento, the significance of chiaroscuro underwent an
important change. The evocation of plasticity and corporeality through a chiaroscuro that created relief was now in part replaced by a tonally defined chiaroscuro, which focused on pictorial qualities. This is the case, for example, in the Clair obscur prints, which developed in both, northern and Italian art. These different uses of chiaroscuro are each linked to differently grounded aesthetic commitments.

Within the context sketched above, we want to understand chiaroscuro as
a distinctive aesthetic principle. Our chronological focus is on the
period from 1300 to 1600.

The following sections are envisaged:

– chiaroscuro and monochrome painting
– chiaroscuro in the context of drawing and prints
– chiaroscuro and sculpture
– chiaroscuro in the art of Leonardo da Vinci

Further relevant proposals may be added: suggestions will be gladly
received.

Interested scholars are cordially invited to present their researches
and ideas in the framework of the conference. Please send your abstract
(max. 300 words) for a c. 20-minute presentation together with your
Curriculum Vitae by August 15, 2015 by email to:
claudia.lehmann@ikg.unibe.ch

Presenters will be contacted in September 2015.


Intersections: Exploring the Connections between Technology and Literatures, Cultures and Languages. November 6 – 7, 2015, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California 

Due: 25 August

Please send a 100-250 word abstract in English or any of the languages represented in the Stanford Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (dlcl.stanford.edu) and a brief 100 word biography to intersectionsconf@gmail.com by August 25, 2015.

From the invention of the printing press to today’s numerous apps and devices – many of them developed in Silicon Valley – there have always been important intersections between technology and literatures, cultures and languages.

This interdisciplinary graduate student conference explores the intricacies of these points of contact and how they affect us as researchers from a variety of disciplines, as writers, and as educators.

We invite paper proposals from all fields of study that grapple with such questions as: What is the effect of technology media on the way we interact with literatures, cultures and languages? How has this effect changed over time and what implications does this have for the past, present and future? How is technology represented in literature and other art? What are the ways that technology can enhance, facilitate or potentially hinder the ways in which we interact with literatures, cultures and languages?

For more information, please visit the conference website: www.intersectionsconference.org 


IMC Leeds 2016

Individual paper submissions due: 30 August

Session Proposals due: 30 September

The International Medieval Congress 2016 (IMC 2016) welcomes sessions and papers on any topic relating to the European Middle Ages (300-1500). However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2016 – is ‘Food, Feast & Famine‘. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

For more info see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/submission_guidelines.html

and: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2016_call.html


Embodied Difference: Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World, edited by Richard H. Godden and Asa Simon Mittman

Due: September 1

Volume Description
Medieval and Early Modern art and literatures are replete with images of non­normative bodies. Saints lives valorize physical challenges, fabliaux render them metaphorical, medical texts pathologize them, and marginal images make them subjects of amusement. Divergent bodies are viewed as gifts from God, markers of sin, or manifestations of medical imbalances. In many cases throughout Western history, a figure marked by what Rosemarie Garland­-Thomson has termed “the extraordinary body” is labeled a “monster.”

In this collection, we wish to take on the challenge of examining the intersection of the discourses of “disability” and “monstrosity.” Bringing these two themes together is a timely and necessary intervention in the current scholarly fields of Disability Studies and Monster Studies, especially in light of the pernicious history of defining people with distinctly non­normative bodies or non­normative cognition as monsters. This collection will explore the origins of this conflation, examine the problems and possibilities inherent in it, and cast both disability and monstrosity in the light of emergent, empowering discourse of posthumanism.

Irina Metzler has observed that in the Middle Ages there was no conception of the disabled as it would accord with modern notions of embodied difference. In looking for figures of the disabled and the deformed, scholars in medieval Disability Studies have often fallen back on monstrosity as an overlapping or even equivalent category. We are looking for essays that address the imbrications of monstrosity and disability in provocative and searching ways. We especially encourage essays that do not simply collapse these two categories, but rather look to interrogate the convergence and divergence of the monstrous and the impaired in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. What is the effect of reading monsters as disabled and the disabled as monstrous? How does the coupling of these two Othered groups obscure important features? How does reading them together illuminate the social and cultural processes by which difference is constructed? How do the discourses of monstrosity and disability intersect with recent thinking on the posthuman? We invite essays from all disciplines and national traditions, and we welcome interdisciplinary, transtemporal and transcultural thinking, including medievalism.

We plan to include ten to twelve essays, framed by an introduction written by the editors and pair of brief codas written by prominent figures in Disability and Monster Studies. We invite essays based in the disciplines and discourses of medicine, literature, religion, art history, law, ethics, and on, that consider themes including visibility and invisibility, civilization and wildness, normativity and abnormality, vulnerability, processes, transformations, encounters, and enactments. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, “monstrous births”; “monstrous peoples”; “monstrous gender”; religious, social, and political otherness; physical, mental and cognitive difference; care and treatment of the disabled; disability, sin, and salvation; and positive, even celebratory depictions of disability.

Ohio State University Press has expressed interest in this volume.
Please send a 250 word abstract to Richard Godden (rick.godden@gmail.com) or Asa Simon Mittman (asmittman@mail.csuchico.edu), and feel free to contact us with queries, questions, and suggestions.


Essays on Edward Hyde, 1st earl of Clarendon (1609–1674)

Due: 1 September, 2015

Contributions are invited towards the first volume of essays on Edward Hyde, 1st earl of Clarendon (1609–1674), statesman, exile, grandfather of monarchs, and the author of works including The History of the Rebellion and The Life of Edward, Earl of Clarendon. As Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Chancellor and, at the Restoration, Chief Minister, Clarendon was an influential figure at the courts of Charles I and Charles II. His downfall, following his impeachment in 1667, was sudden and permanent, compelled as he was to live the last seven years of his life in exile in France. At a time when the study of royalists and royalism is flourishing, this interdisciplinary collection aims to provide the modern critical attention Clarendon’s life and writings merit. Chapter proposals of c. 250 words on any literary or biographical aspect of Clarendon should be emailed to the editor, Philip Major, by the extended deadline of 1st September 2015.

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


51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2016), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

Due: 15 September for general submissions or as posted by particular session organizers.

For the sneak preview of the CFP go here: http://wmich.edu/medieval/files/sneak-preview-2016.pdf

For general information about submissions go here: http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html


International Joan of Arc Society, 2 Kalamazoo Panels 

International Joan of Arc Society: 1) Re-documenting Joan of Arc and 2)
Prophecy in the Hundred Years’ War.

The proposed sessions complement each other, as one focuses on the
evidence of texts and the other focuses on the evidence of faith, although
clearly they may overlap.

Contact info at the Congress website or e-mail orgelfin@umbc.edu.


Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages, 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo Michigan, 12-15 May
Deadline: Sep 15, 2015

Organizers:
Ittai Weinryb (Bard Graduate Center, New York)
Elizabeth Williams (Dumbarton Oaks Museum, Washington DC)

Covering, protecting, and adorning the body count among the most fundamental of human concerns, at once conveying aspects of an individual’s persona while also situating a person within a given social context. Wearable adornment encompasses materials fashioned by human hands (like fabric, metalwork, or even animal bones) and modifications to the body itself (such as tattoos, cosmetics, or hairstyles), which beautify the body while simultaneously conveying social, political and protective functions and meanings. The wearable is thus the most representational and at the same time most intimate product of material culture.

This session seeks to expand our current understanding of the wearable in the Middle Ages. Current scholarship on the topic in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions tends to encompass clothing and jewelry, and is frequently medium-specific, with minimal regard to the interrelatedness of different aspects of appearance. On the one hand, work on medieval textiles has tended to approach questions of identity, consumption, and appearance by comparing textual sources and visual depictions with surviving textiles. The study of medieval jewelry, on the other hand, largely focuses on the classification and attribution of precious metal pieces from excavations and museum collections, as scholars make sense of pieces long removed from the bodies they once adorned. Tattoos, prosthetics, cosmetics and headgear are almost entirely absent in our understandings of medieval dress practices. This separation was not always so, however, and indeed nineteenth-century art historians such as Gottfried Semper integrated all aspects of bodily adornment in their considerations of the nature of ornamentation and surface decoration.

In this session we would like to reimagine the wearable in similarly holistic terms. Bringing together varied forms and different media will help scholars better understand how the surfaces of medieval bodies not only presented social values and norms, but also operated within a designated spatial enviroment. In rethinking the wearable in the Middle Ages, this session has four major aims:

1. The session seeks papers that look past field- and medium-specific divisions to explore the relationship of textiles and jewelry in medieval dress practices in western medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic traditions.

2. The session welcomes presentations that consider cosmetic elements often omitted from discussions of dress. These might include makeup, tattooing, amulets, prosthetics, and any other modifications to personal appearance.

3. The session seeks papers that situate dressed bodies in their spatial contexts, particularly topics addressing medieval notions of personal space and the relationship of bodies to their surroundings.

4. The session also seeks papers on issues of medium-specificity and materiality, as concerns that arise directly from questions regarding the wearable. Papers dealing with the centrality or marginality of image-making within the practice of the wearable, as well as the reception of the wearable as part of a sensory experience are also welcomed.

DEADLINE FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: 15 September 2015

Paper proposals should consist of the following:
1. Abstract of proposed paper (300 words maximum)
2. Completed Participant Information Form available at: http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html…
3. CV with home and office mailing addresses, e-mail address, and phone number

ALL PROPOSALS AND INQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
Ittai Weinryb: Weinryb@bgc.bard.edu
Elizabeth Williams: williamse@doaks.org


“Making Time/Making Space: Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Drama”, International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 12-15 May 2016

 Due: 15 September

This session will examine how early drama produced time (or experiences of time) often through the strategic use of space. Recent work on temporality challenges us to think about time not as a singular structure, but as multiple, overlapping, simultaneous constructions. Theoretical work specifically related to theatre reminds us that performances do not merely represent time, but that they actually produce time(s), allowing spectators and actors to inhabit temporal spaces and to make meaning from those theatrical experiences. In the Middle Ages & Renaissance, not only did dramatic performances accomplish this, but so did other kinds of cultural performances, such as interactions with manuscripts, engagements with art objects, and devotional meditations. This panel takes an expansive approach to examining how early drama and performances made time(s), and to considering the cultural and social goals of those temporal constructions.

Please submit one-page abstracts and a completed Participant Information form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) to Jill Stevenson at jillstevenson@gmail.com by September 15, 2015. This panel is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. Feel free to contact Jill with questions about the session. For general information about the 2016 Medieval Congress, please visit: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html


“Medieval Performance as Appropriation” 51st International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Due: 15 September

As part of its ongoing engagement with topics that spring from new theories and methodologies, the journal ROMARD seeks to spark a dialogue on the ways that the concept of appropriation can enrich the study of performance and drama.

As noted by Kathleen Ashley and Véronique Plesch, appropriation is a flexible concept that encompasses critical notions such as “influence”, “reuse”, “recuperation”, and “recycling”, permitting an exploration of “the complex processes by which spaces, objects, and other ‘cultural expressions’ are brought to represent something different from their original purposes.”  Although appropriation has been applied to varied disciplines of medieval studies, the fields of performance and theater studies are ripe to benefit from it.  Accordingly, this session will bring together papers that consider varied kinds of cultural performances—such as liturgy and personal devotions, interactions with material objects, dramatic productions, or music, for example—from a wide variety of time periods and geographical locations.  Presenters are invited (though not required) to situate their own work within the larger field as well as to suggest possible areas for future development.

Please submit a one-page abstract *and* a completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) to Susannah Crowder at scrowder@jjay.cuny.edu no later than September 15, 2015.  Feel free to contact Susannah with questions about the session; for general information about the 2016 Medieval Congress, visit: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html.


36th Annual Conference, “Manuscript as Medium,” Fordham Center for Medieval Studies, March 5-6, 2016

Due: 15 September

Speakers include: Jessica Brantley, Kathryn Rudy, Andrew Taylor

Send abstracts for traditional 20-minute presentations or short contributions to a Flash Session.  Each Flash Paper will be 5 minutes long and should be accompanied by a focused visual presentation.  For more information and to submit, write to medievals@fordham.edu


The twentieth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 10–13 March 2016, Sarasota, Florida.

Due: 15 September

The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. In celebration of the conference’s twentieth anniversary, abstracts are particularly solicited for a thread of special sessions reflecting the conference’s traditional interdisciplinary focus: that is, papers that blur methodological, chronological, and geographical boundaries, or that combine subjects and/or approaches in unexpected ways. As always, planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2015; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

Further anniversary events will include a retrospective panel on the conference’s forty-year history and a Saturday evening banquet. In addition, the second Snyder Prize (named in honor of the conference’s founder Lee Snyder, who died in 2012), will be given to the best paper presented at the conference by a junior scholar. The prize carries an honorarium of $400.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.


“Ecocritical Outlaws,” Sponsored Session: International Association for Robin Hood Studies, ICMS

Due: 15 September

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At an ICMS session in 2015, a panel posed the question “What Can Medieval Studies Bring to Ecocriticism?” Although the responses were diverse, none touched on the specific subgenre of outlaw literature, and this absence is reflected in much of the published ecocriticism scholarship. This panel seeks to initiate conversations about ecocritical issues in various outlaw tales, including but not limited to Robin Hood, Gamelyn, Fouke Fitz Waryn, and Án Bow-Bender. Given the minimal spaces which these tales occupy, as well as their frequent movements from Greenwood into urban spaces, these tales are rich for ecological study. What do these stories reveal about medieval forest practices or perspectives towards animals (and their relationships and/or kinships to humans)? To what extent do these tales critique medieval ecological beliefs or offer alternative perspectives (that is, do they reveal a plurality of attitudes towards nature co-existing during the medieval period)? Given that Rebecca Douglass, in “Ecocriticism and Middle English Literature,” argues that “[E]cocriticism is . . . informed by a desire to understand past and present connections between literature and human attitudes regarding the earth,” what does the study of medieval outlaw tales offer to ecocritical studies? This panel welcomes a variety of approaches, including ecofeminist perspectives, cultural ecology, deep ecology, animal studies, ecolinguistics, and other innovative approaches.

Please send 250-word abstracts and CVs by September 15, 2015 to Kristin Bovaird-Abbo (kristin.bovairdabbo@unco.edu), Valerie B. Johnson (valerie.johnson@lmc.gatech.edu) and Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu).


“Beauty and the Beast: Imagery from the Medieval Bestiary” 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan: May 12-15, 2016

Due: 18 September

Session Organizer:  Elizabeth Morrison (Senior Curator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum)

The role of animals in the Middle Ages has recently become a popular topic for research in all realms of medieval studies. Given this interest, it seems a good time to turn attention to perhaps the most important source of information about animals in the period, the bestiary. The animal stories contained in the bestiary were used as inspiration for public sermons, daily reading for the religious, and entertainment by the nobility, thereby exerting a powerful hold over the understanding and interpretation of animals in the medieval world. This session would propose to focus in particular on the influential role of the imagery associated with the bestiary. The bestiary is one of a very small number of medieval texts that seems to be almost invariably accompanied by illumination, and with a more even balance between image and text than is found in almost any other surviving manuscript tradition. The stable iconography of the bestiary was so well-known, in fact, that it was instantly recognizable, even when separated from its accompanying text; examples such as a lion breathing life into its cubs or the pelican piercing its own breast to revive its chicks can be found in the visual arts well beyond the bestiary. Papers for this session could address the text/image relationship in the bestiary, illuminated texts that are often bound together with the bestiary, non-bestiary texts that are accompanied by bestiary imagery, or other artistic media that integrate iconography traditionally associated with bestiaries

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words (for a paper planned to be 15-20 minutes), along with the conference Participant Information Form, to Elizabeth Morrison at * emorrison@getty.edu * by September 18, 2015. Any proposals not accepted for this session will be sent on to for consideration in one of the general sessions at Kalamazoo.

The Participant Information Form can be found on the Congress website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html


The XV International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, 17-23 July, 2016 at the University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II).
Due: September 30, 2015

Info here: www.icmcl2016.org

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Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain (Leuven, 4-6 Feb 16)‏

Due: 1 October 2015

 Call for Papers University of Leuven, Belgium, 4-6 February 2016 Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain Trade, Patronage and Consumption International conference Initiated and organized by Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art | KU Leuven In 2010, Illuminare – Centre for the Study of Medieval Art (KU Leuven) acquired the archive of the eminent Belgian art historian professor Jan Karel Steppe (1918-2009). Steppe is internationally renowned for his groundbreaking research on the influx of Netherlandish art and luxury goods in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Spain. By springtime 2016, his documentation will be archived and the inventory made accessible online. To celebrate this accomplishment, Illuminare is organizing an international conference on Steppe’s long-term and much loved research topic. This conference will focus on a large variety of media, ranging from painting and tapestry to broadcloth and astrolabes. Special attention will be paid to the driving forces behind this export-driven market, such as artists, patrons, collectors and merchants. By taking into account cultural, religious, political and socio-economic dynamics, this conference aims to shed new light on the multifaceted artistic impact of the Low Countries on the Iberian Peninsula in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. We welcome 20-minute papers by established and early career scholars that revisit or expand Steppe’s topics of research and, equally important, enhance these with recent methodologies and theoretical frameworks. The official language of the conference is English, although papers in French might be taken into consideration. Proposals of no more than 300 words and a brief CV should be submitted to drs. Robrecht Janssen (robrecht.janssen@arts.kuleuven.be) and drs. Daan van Heesch (daan.vanheesch@arts.kuleuven.be) by the 1st of October 2015. Speakers will be invited to submit their papers for a peer-reviewed publication on the topic. Scientific committee Barbara Baert (KU Leuven), Krista de Jonge (KU Leuven), Bart Fransen (KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Robrecht Janssen (KU Leuven / KIK-IRPA, Brussels), Maximiliaan Martens (Ghent University), Werner Thomas (KU Leuven), Paul Vandenbroeck (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp / KU Leuven), Jan Van der Stock (KU Leuven), Daan van Heesch (KU Leuven), Koenraad Van Cleempoel (Hasselt University), Annelies Vogels (KU Leuven), Lieve Watteeuw (KU Leuven) For more information, please visit the conference website: https://netherlandishartinspain.wordpress.com/

2016 issue of ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama (volume 55)

Due: 1 October 2015

The journal will appear in both print and electronic versions.

ROMARD: Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society, is seeking articles for its 2016 issue. ROMARD is committed to publishing current and compelling research on Medieval and Renaissance drama and to expanding the ways in which we think about and study performance histories. Although the journal publishes work that examines any topic related to Medieval and Renaissance performance, articles that consider under-represented geographies, genres, and language traditions are particularly welcome. We especially invite work that explores how early drama, theatre, and performance resists, complicates, acknowledges, and/or challenges boundaries—be they chronological (e.g. Medieval/Renaissance), generic, geographic, communal, disciplinary, religious, etc.

Please submit your article as a double-spaced MS Word file email attachment. Articles should be written in English and 5,000 to 9,000 words in length (including notes), although shorter pieces will be considered. Do not include the author’s name on or within the article. A separate file attachment should contain a cover letter with the author’s name, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number, and professional affiliation. Please contact the Managing Editor regarding non-English-language submissions. Submissions should be e-mailed to the Managing Editor, Mario Longtin, at romard@romard.org.

To be considered for the 2016 issue, please submit your article by October 1st.


Society for Renaissance Studies 7th Biennial Conference, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, UK, 18-20 July 2016

Due: 2 October 2015

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews): ‘Making Common in Sixteenth-Century England’ Professor Willy Maley (University of Glasgow): ‘“Patsy Presbys”, or “Pulling the Wool Off Living Sheep”: Milton’s Observations (1649) and Ulster Presbyterianism’ Professor Evelyn Welch (King’s College, London): ‘Renaissance Skin’ Call for Papers We invite proposals for panels and for individual papers from Renaissance scholars from the disciplines of archaeology, architecture, history of art, history, history of science and medicine, literature, music, philosophy and other fields. Proposals for panels (90 minutes) and individual papers (20 minutes) should engage with one of the following themes: Anachronisms Conflict and Resolution Imaging the Nation Reformations and Recusants Beasts Word and Image The conference will also feature an open strand for papers which engage with themes other than those suggested. Proposals (max 400 words) are welcome from both postgraduates and established scholars. They should be sent by Friday 2 October 2015 to the conference organizers, Mr Andrew Bradburn & Dr Tom Nichols, arts-rensoc2016@glasgow.ac.uk Accompanying events will include: visits to leading Renaissance sites and collections in and around Glasgow (including Stirling Castle) and an exhibition of Renaissance prints at the Hunterian Art Gallery. Further details (e.g. full programme, registrations forms and information about accommodation) will be posted as they become available. http://rensoc.org.uk/7thconference Please note that the Society is particularly keen to encourage postgraduates to offer papers, and we will be able to offer generous bursaries to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses. Further information about bursary applications will be disseminated in due course.


22nd Annual ACMRS Conference, Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Saturday, February 6, 2016, Scottsdale AZ

Online submission date(s):  Monday, June 1, 2015 to Friday, December 4, 2015

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.”

https://acmrs.org/conferences/annual-acmrs-conference


OTHELLO’S ISLAND 2016: THE 4th ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
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


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