“Power of the Bishop in Western Europe 1000-1300: Episcopal Personalities” Cardiff University, 10-12 June 2015.
Due: 8 March 2015

Cardiff University is pleased to announce the up-coming symposium on the episcopal office in the Middle Ages, to be held 10-12 June 2015.

There is tendency in modern historiography to approach the episcopal office, its associated duties, and episcopal power and authority abstractedly, detaching the office from the personalities which brought it to life. The conference aims to cast light on the extent to which the personalities of the men appointed to bishoprics shaped the episcopal office as it developed in Europe between c.1000 and c.1300. How was personality expressed through the episcopal office and its associated duties? Bishops were not divorced from the social context and political milieu in which they lived and operated. How did the personal relationships of an individual bishop with kings, princes, archbishops or popes, or the position of a bishop in an extended kin network, affect not only the development of the office, its functions and its societal status, but also the practice of episcopal duties? Can a personality be reconstructed in the first place – if so, then how accurately, and where might we begin? To answer such questions, we must draw on expertise from across the disciplines, and we are confident that many more issues will be raised as the conference progresses.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
Episcopal personalities and the restoration of the secular church;
The impact of monastic personalities on the episcopal office;
Episcopal personalities and the development of monasticism or communities of secular canons;
The relationship between the topography of a city and an episcopal personality;
Ecclesiastical architecture as reflections of episcopal personalities;
Episcopal personalities and friendship networks;
The influence of episcopal personalities over secular rulers;
Episcopal personalities as causes of conflict or tools of peace-making.

Papers set in the context of the Eastern Church are particularly welcome for comparative purposes. Deadline March 8th 2015
Contact: powerofthebishop@gmail.com

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)

Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section) Long Beach, California. 14–17 October 2015

Abstracts due 25 March 2015

All interested scholars are invited to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (14–17 October 2015).

The Society is organizing two panels at this year’s meeting: 1) Making Merry in the Medieval and Early Modern Period: Food and festivals set the calendar for life in the Medieval and Early Modern period. Even today, reenactments and other forms of medievalism place great importance on the recreation of foods, the invention of new culinary traditions, and creating a festive atmosphere. Papers addressing historical and modern research into food and festival are welcome. 2) Open Topics: Encountering the Early Masters. We are very interested in papers regarding early encounters with texts and lore, including teaching methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to Folklore, History, and Literature. The theme for the conference this year is “Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments.” (http://www.afsnet.org/?2015AM1) but papers may deal with any aspect of medieval or early modern folklore.

Please send BOTH the short abstract (100 words) AND the long abstract (300) for your 15–20-minute paper to Kerry Kaleba at kerry.kaleba@gmail.com by 25 March 2014. Please also need submit your institutional affiliation (or status as an independent scholar), and presentation title to AFS. Please include an e-mail address or a phone number where you can be reached before 31 March. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to complete and submit the AFS online registration form for a participant in an organized panel at www.afsnet.org by 31 March 2015.

“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 Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society, London, July 10th-15th, 2016

Due: April 15, 2015

to be held in London, is now online. The session descriptions are here. You should submit your proposal online, not via email. There are two links to the submission form on the session descriptions page: one is in the submission guidelines, and one is a button at the top right hand side of the page, Submit Your Proposal Online.

1.   Abstracts should be submitted using the form on this page rather than to individual session organizers. (Email addresses for session organizers have been provided should you have a question regarding a particular panel.) If you are logged in, the form will automatically fill out your name and affiliation.
2.   The abstract deadline is April 15th 2015.
3.   Abstracts should be no more than 250 words long.
4.   You may submit up to two abstracts but each should be for a different kind of panel (e.g., one for a roundtable and one for a seminar).
5.   Please keep in mind that you may give only one presentation at the conference.

“Darkness and Illumination: the Pursuit of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern World,” Medieval and Early Modern Student Association, Durham University, Ninth Annual Postgraduate Conference, 15-17th July 2015

Due: 17 April 2015

The pursuit of knowledge has had an essential and constant influence upon the shaping of society. The means of its acquisition, interpretation, and dissemination informs the way in which people interact with the world around them, forming religious and cultural identities, scientific knowledge and gender roles among other things. This was as much true in the past as it is today.

This year’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association conference will focus upon aspects of knowledge, learning, and control over information in the medieval and early modern periods and in doing so broaden perspectives not just about how people perceived their world, but also how they interpreted the past and the idea of progress.

We welcome abstract from postgraduates and early career researchers on all aspects of this topic in medieval and early modern archaeology, history, literature, theology, art, music, and culture. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to:

The ‘myths’ of the Dark Ages and the Renaissance
The limits of archaeological, literary, and historical evidence
The creation of the ‘primitive’ past
Ideas of spiritual progression and improvement
The growth of networks of learning
Historical characterisations of race
Scientific knowledge and discovery
The expansion of the known and unknown world
Gendered control of knowledge
Urban and rural centres of learning
Heretics, mystics, and conflicts over belief
Publication, translation, and the availability of texts
Artistic, musical, and cultural innovation

Postgraduate and postdoctoral students are welcome to apply for presentations. In addition to the panels, the conference will offer two keynote addresses (TBA). Tours of Durham Cathedral and Castle as well as a visit to Durham Museum and Heritage Centre are scheduled for any interested delegates.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to memsaconference2015@gmail.com for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 17th April 2015.

For more information, please visit our blog, website, or sponsor’s pages:

durhammemsa.wordpress.com * dur.ac.uk/imems/memsa * dur.ac.uk/imems

Arranged with the support of Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


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.


“Contacts with Islam”
“Transformations, 877-987″

“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”

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

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

“Garden, Park, Wasteland”
“Material Ecologies”
“Medieval Anthropocenes”
“Water Worlds and Seascapes”
“Mediterranean Landscapes”

“Unfinished Books, Incomplete Texts”
“Medieval Art and Architecture as Work(s) in Progress”

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.

“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”
“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.

Call for Papers: Meta-Play: Early Modern Drama and Metatheatre, University of Kent, 13-14 June 2015
Due: 4 May 2015

Now that over half a century has passed since Lionel Abel coined the term ‘metatheatre’ with particular reference to the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and even identified a new genre, the ‘metaplay’, it is time for a conference that will bring together academics and theatre practitioners to re-assess the place of metatheatre in early modern drama studies. This interdisciplinary conference will invite literary scholars and theatre historians as well as actors and directors to consider metatheatre’s hugely influential role in critical theories, methodologies and lexicons, exploring its conceptual significance both in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and our own historical period.

In light of recent work in areas such as gender and cross-dressing, props and the materiality of the stage, and new character criticism, the term ‘metatheatre’ and its application need re-evaluating. The conference will initiate discussions on early modern metatheatre as a literary or dramatic effect, a critical paradigm, a historically contingent concept, a materially-manifested phenomenon, and even as a philosophical approach to drama. It will be an opportunity to address gaps in the field by focusing on metatheatre’s place in and between theory and practice, enabling scholars, actors and directors not only to engage productively with early modern examples of what Abel would call metaplays, but also to play with the meta- as a critical tool.

The conference’s focus on performance and theatrical practice will build on the strong development in recent years of interest in practice-based research into early modern drama. The reconstruction of early modern theatres, such as the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London (opened in early 2014), has created new resources and enthusiasm for this kind of research. The conference will facilitate new work through panels and plenaries, but also two creative sessions involving actors and directors of early modern theatre.

Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Harry Newman (h.r.newman@kent.ac.uk) and Sarah Dustagheer (s.dustagheer-463@kent.ac.uk) by Monday 4 May. There are three postgraduate bursaries available. Please specify in your proposal if you would like one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.

Papers might address the following:

·         Play within a play
·         Dumb shows
·         Asides, Prologues, inductions, Epilogues, soliloquies
·         Parody, imitation, iteration
·         Reconstructed theatres and metatheatre
·         Actor – audience interaction
·         Cross-dressing and the performance of gender
·         Lexicon/semantics of metatheatre
·         Metatheatre as a philosophical approach to drama
·         Metatheatre as methodology
·         Character post-Harold Bloom
·         Materiality of the stage
·         Boundaries between real world and play world
·         Metatheatre and genre
·         Performance and self-consciousness
·         Theatre and actor as subject matter
·         Metatheatre in modern Shakespeare/early modern performances
·         Relevance/value of ‘fourth-wall’
·         Levels of metatheatricality across genre, repertory and canon
·         Metatheatre  in print culture

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.

Victoria Kahn (University of California, Berkeley)
Paul Strohm (Columbia University)
John Rogers (Yale University)
Kathleen Davis (University of Rhode Island)
Brandon Chua (University of Queensland)
Jacques Lezra (NYU)

This conference seeks to understand the work of metaphor in the creation of sovereignties during the medieval and early modern periods. We are calling for papers that integrate literary and political readings of metaphor as a way of exploring how metaphors both represent and shape new realities. From the medieval period’s investment in the King’s two bodies to Hobbes’ Leviathan, metaphors were employed in political prose, drama and poetry to express, deny and produce sovereignty. This conference will also address how issues of sovereignty and metaphor are implicated in the act of periodization, both within these periods of interest, and in our own historical analyses.

Key Terms:

Sovereignty, Metaphor, Monarchy, Consent, Religion, Political Theology, Secularization, Feudalism, Slavery, Colonialism, Sexuality, Violence, Translation, Materialism, Periodization

This conference is designed to promote engagement between graduate students and professors across periods and disciplines. In addition to six guest speakers, a NYU faculty respondent will follow each small graduate student panel. All presenters are invited to the conference dinner, hosted by NYU. Also, a small number of graduate student bursaries will be available for students traveling long distances to attend the conference.

Please submit 250 word proposals for 20 min papers to sovereigntyandmetaphor2015@gmail.com by May 15, 2015.

All papers must be submitted in full by August 24 to allow time for faculty responses.

This conference is funded by the Department of English, MARC, and the Humanities Initiative at NYU. This conference is convened by Gina Dominick and Ruby Lowe.

Call for Papers: The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness

Due: 31 March 2015

Editors: Jen Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao
Publisher: punctum books (http://punctumbooks.com)
(“punctum books is an open-access and print-on-demand independent publisher dedicated to radically
creative modes of intellectual inquiry and writing across a whimsical para-humanities assemblage.”)

The OED dates the first reference to “cute” in the sense of “attractive, pretty, charming” to 1834. In 2005 and 2012, Sianne Ngai, channeling Takashi Murakami and Andy Warhol, offered a critical overview of the cuteness of the twentieth-century avant-garde. But was there ever a medieval or early modern history or historiography of cuteness? Is it possible to conceive of a Hello Kitty Middle Ages or a Tickle Me Elmo Renaissance? Has the humanities, or the university, ever been cute? The history of aesthetics, of course, did not begin with Kant and Burke. Albertus Magnus, in De Pulcho et Bono, defines universal beauty as one that demands “mutual proportions among all things and their elements and principles . . . with the clarity of form.” And while there are elements of what could be called an “impure” aesthetics throughout the early modern period, sublime affects and proportionality continue to be the markers of aesthetic robustness. Cuteness is neither the sublime nor the well-proportioned. It is a bastard child of the dainty and the dumpy; what’s beautiful may not be cute, but what’s ugly and monstrous may be. Cute cues and affects: softness, roundness, infancy, femininity, helplessness, vulnerability, harmlessness, play, enjoyment, awkwardness, neediness, intimacy, homeliness, and simplicity. At the same time, cuteness is cheapness, manipulation, delay, repetition, hierarchy, immaturity, frivolity, refusal, tantrum, and dependence. Cuteness is perhaps the aesthetic threshold: “too cute” is a backhanded compliment. And more than the pop cultural kawaii (literally, “acceptable love”), “cute”—the aphetic form of “acute”—also carries the sense of “clever, keen-witted, sharp.” The Latin acutus embraces the sharpened, the pointed, the nimble, the discriminating, and the piercing. To be cute is to be in pain. Cuteness is therefore a figure of Roland Barthes’s punctum or Georges Bataille’s point of ecstasy.

We welcome a diverse range of approaches (including but not limited to): aesthetics, material culture, affect, gender, queerness, childhood, youth, disability, camp, Sado-Cute, and Superflat. In addition to a peer-reviewd and edited collection in print, a multimedia companion volume will be published via
Scalar (scalar.usc.edu).

Word length: 5,000 words
March 31, 2015: Paper proposal
April 30, 2015: Notification of paper acceptance
August 31, 2015: Full manuscript of paper; peer reviews begin
January 15, 2016: Anticipated publication of print volume
July 1, 2016: Anticipated publication of Scalar multimedia companion volume
Please send quieries and proposals to both editors: Jen Boyle (jboyle@coastal.edu) and Wan-Chuan
Kao (kaow@wlu.edu).

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.

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: