Compilations and excerpt collections of historiographical material: A workshop; Ghent University, 24-25 March 2016

Due: 1 July

Compilations and excerpt collections are a common genre in late antique and medieval literature. Practices of excerpting have often been situated in the context of tenth-century ‘encyclopaedism’ (P. Lemerle, A. Dain), but that image may be misleading. The practice of gathering and excerpting starts much earlier than the 10th century and ‘encyclopaedism’ is a modern term that may distort our understanding of ‘culture of sylloge’ (P. Odorico). For a long time, compilations and collections only received attention as sources for the works they rely on and not as works of literature in their own right. Recently, scholars have suggested to take them seriously as a literary phenomenon and study them as texts in their own right. This workshop adopts this perspective by focusing on historiographical texts. We are in particular interested in the following aspects of the compilation and collection: a. The workshop will aim at tracing the origins of the practice of ‘copying and pasting’. Are excerpt collections and compilations a typically medieval phenomenon or do they have a classical ancestry, possibly now hidden from sight? b. The workshop will focus on the format, working methods and formal characteristics of compilations and collections: Are they stable entities or can they be considered as ‘living texts’ that are changed in transmission? What is the relationship, if any, between compilations (such as Cassiodorus’ Historia Tripertita) and excerpt collections? To what extent was the selection of excerptors influenced by contemporary cultural and political ideas? c. The workshop will aim at exploring the role played by specific social contexts in the practices of organising historical material. What view on history do they presuppose? What do compilations and collections teach us about their author, patron, and intention? What conception of knowledge do compilations and collections presuppose? Do they aim at structuring and providing complete, exhaustive knowledge? The workshop will focus primarily on the study of historiographical collections and compilations produced between Late Antiquity and the twelfth century, composed in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Armenian, Arabic, and other languages. We welcome papers dealing with specific collections and compilations, as well as more general contributions and comparative studies. Scholars who wish to attend the workshop can send their proposal to both Emerance Delacenserie (Emerance.Delacenserie@UGent.be) and Panagiotis Manafis (Panagiotis.Manafis@Ugent.be), before July 1, 2015. Participants should submit a title and a 500 words abstract. Each paper will last approximately 25 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. The available languages for both the abstracts and lectures are English, French, German, and Italian.


Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe, University of Limerick, Ireland, 20-21 November 2015.

Due: 10 July 2015

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the theme of ‘becoming’ in early modern European and Irish culture. The early modern period itself is often understood as a time of transition, but how did the people of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries experience periods of transformation/transition in their own lives and work, and how were these processes accomplished and accommodated? Conference papers will explore changes to personal, professional, religious or political identity and identifications, as well as understandings of transformations of state, status and nature more broadly.

Plenary Speakers: Professor Daniel Carey, Professor Raymond Gillespie, Professor Alison Rowlands.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on themes that might include:

Transition in religion and politics

Religious conversion
Alterations to political sympathies
Migration and naturalisation
Becoming a soldier, priest, rebel, martyr, hero or villain
Personal transformations

Acquiring competencies, skills or professional training
Social mobility, upwards or downwards
Becoming a parent
Rites of passage
Transition and the supernatural

Death and movement to the next world
Magical and miraculous transformations
Textual and performative transformations

Responses to societal transitions in poetry and prose
Transforming texts via translation, printing or performance
The use of space and material culture in ceremonial/ritual contexts
Please submit an abstract of about 250 words to Richard Kirwan (Richard.Kirwan@ul.ie) or Clodagh Tait (Clodagh.Tait@mic.ul.ie) before 10th July 2015.

This conference will occur under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Forum of the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. The organisers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.

Organisers: Dr Liam Chambers (MIC), Dr Michael J. Griffin (UL), Dr Richard Kirwan (UL), Dr Clodagh Tait (MIC).


Power and the Mediterranean, November 13-15, 2015, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Due: 15 July

Keynote Speaker: Julia Clancy-Smith (University of Arizona)

Call for Participants

In the 2014 Blackwell Companion to Mediterranean History, Sharon Kinoshita notes, “As we approach the present, the Mediterranean, in the view of some historians, loses its power as a category of historical analysis.” In the same volume, Brian Catlos writes, “The ethno-religious diversity of the Mediterranean cannot be considered in isolation from the relationships of power that characterized the region.” What then, are these power relationships? What kinds of power – colonial, imperial, ethnic, religious, gendered, racial, symbolic – have been relevant to the Mediterranean area?

The conference is aimed at graduate students and junior faculty.We encourage submissions from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to, literary studies, anthropology, sociology, history, political science and international relations, art history, women’s studies, classical and ancient studies, as well as other area studies.

Submission may address questions including: How have power relations in the Mediterranean been figured across history? When and how is power exchanged between states, communities, and individuals? How is power relevant to discussions of politics, culture, and the future of the Mediterranean? How are power relations affected by migration and movement within the Mediterranean region and beyond?

Submission Instructions: Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by July 15, 2015 via email to Susan Abraham, at shoshan@umich.edu

Susan Abraham and Harry Kashdan, conference organizers

Meditopos Workshop, http://meditopos.rll.lsa.umich.edu

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


«Mondes animaliers dans le monde médiéval et à la Renaissance» Université de Picardie-Jules Verne – Unité de recherche TRAME (E.A. 4284) – Textes, représentations, archéologie, autorité et mémoire de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance, 9-11 mars 2016, Amiens

Due: 15 July 2015

L’auteur du IXe siècle du poème vieil anglais La Panthère s’extasie devant la multiplicité des espèces animales et la merveilleuse fécondité de la terre :

En nombre incalculable sont les multiples espèces animales qui peuplent la terre dont on ne peut ni rendre justice aux nobles qualités ni savoir combien elles sont. Ces oiseaux et ces bêtes, qui parcourent notre monde en multitude, se trouvent en aussi grande abondance que les flots – l’océan qui gronde, la houle des vagues salées – et qui entourent cette belle terre féconde.

On pourra présenter et étudier les textes médiévaux qui s’intéressent ainsi aux « espèces animales qui peuplent la terre » et qui attestent d’un début d’attention réaliste / scientifique au monde naturel : traités de chasse, de fauconnerie ou d’élevage, écrits des encyclopédistes du XIIIe siècle après la redécouverte des œuvres d’Aristote, littérature médicale. On y ajoutera les réalisations des artistes (tailleurs de pierre, verriers, miniaturistes, peintres, etc.) qui trouvèrent, eux aussi, dans la vision du monde animal une source inépuisable d’inspiration.
Il suffit, cependant, de s’arrêter un instant pour contempler les vitraux des cathédrales ou les chapiteaux des cloîtres ou des cryptes pour constater qu’animaux réels et bêtes fabuleuses se côtoient toujours : la distinction entre animaux réels et imaginaires existait-elle au Moyen Âge ? Les représentations sur les portails, sur les pinacles ou sur les miséricordes mais aussi les enluminures et initiales décoratives des manuscrits ne venaient-elles pas fournir une preuve tangible et concrète de l’existence des dragons, des sirènes et autres manticores ? Et que dire des bestiaires ou des récits de voyage pour lesquels nos critères de vraisemblance et de crédibilité n’avaient aucune valeur ? On constatera que dans les textes médiévaux, la description de l’animal prépare généralement le lecteur à dégager le sens profond (moral ou religieux) du passage ou de l’œuvre. L’animal est symbolique, il est signifiant allégorique et peut fournir les clefs nécessaires pour découvrir le sens caché des choses. Ainsi pourront le prouver des communications fondées sur des énigmes, des traités de morale, des sermons de prédicateurs, ou des Vies de Saints.
Les animaux des fables sont les masques des humains qui servent, eux aussi, à illustrer des vérités morales et religieuses. Car « la pensée médiévale est trop théocentrique, et par voie de conséquence, sa littérature est trop anthropocentrique, pour faire de l’animal son objet propre. L’animal n’apparaît dans cette littérature qu’en relation avec l’homme ou avec Dieu, au service d’un projet dont il n’est pas la fin » (Michel Zink). L’anthropomorphisme est, en effet, constant dans les romans animaliers, les débats, la poésie lyrique, les fables où les animaux discutent, par exemple, d’amour, de mariage, d’adultère mais aussi de problèmes religieux fort complexes. L’animal n’est-il pas un miroir déformant dans lequel l’homme peut contempler les défauts de son monde quotidien et aussi, pourquoi pas, ses propres vices ? Dans ces conditions, pourquoi avoir choisi des animaux comme interlocuteurs ? Qu’apporte leur présence ? La réponse est-elle une simple note de divertissement (n’oublions pas le comique développé du Roman de Renart) ou une charge parodique ? Les animaux transmettent-ils plus facilement une leçon, permettent-ils pour les auteurs médiévaux de guider plus facilement l’homme et de lui apprendre à distinguer le Bien du Mal ? N’est-ce pas clairement le cas dans les récits allégoriques qui donnent une vision manichéenne des animaux ou dans les listes d’analogies établies entre les péchés capitaux et certains animaux ? On s’intéressera aux animaux qui ont ainsi valeur figurative et exemplaire.
Peut-on alors conclure avec J. Bidard que « tant que l’homme médiéval s’est plu à reconnaître la multiplicité et la diversité de l’animal, ce dernier a pu s’adapter aux changements de la mentalité et de la sensibilité. Lorsque l’homme l’a réduit à un rôle didactique et systématique, son déclin a commencé » ?
Ainsi enluminures, miniatures, vitraux, sculptures, énigmes, traités de morale, sermons, Vies de Saints, fables, romans, récits de voyage, traités de chasse, bestiaires, etc. permettront aux participants de ce colloque de mars 2016 de rendre compte de la diversité des mondes animaliers médiévaux et des multiples questions qu’ils posent.

A titre exceptionnel, le colloque sera ouvert aux spécialistes de l’Inde et de l’Extrême-Orient : une session spéciale sera, en effet, consacrée aux littératures de ces mondes lointains qui, à bien des égards, sont proches des écrits du Moyen Âge occidental.

Nous vous serions reconnaissants de bien vouloir proposer votre sujet de communication le plus tôt possible, au plus tard le 15 juillet 2015 (vor dem 15. Juli 2015). A Danielle Buschinger : danielle.buschinger@wanadoo.fr


CFP: Edited volume, Sensuous Suffering: Pain in the Early Modern Visual Art of Europe & the Americas

Due: 15 July

Pain, both physical and psychological, is readily sited in the body and the material. Because of its somatic basis, pain is an interior sensation whose external communication can stimulate both sympathetic and empathetic reactions in viewers. Renderings of its material consequences—be they ravaged bodies or tear-stained faces—in art have unique potential to engage viewers as psychosomatic entities and encourage affective responses. Contemporary interest in pain and its place in early modern culture has catalyzed contributions from scholars in diverse fields, including psychology, history, religion, and art history. This anthology seeks to explore the phenomenon of pain in early modern culture in Europe and the Spanish and Portuguese Americas and its representation and repression in visual and performance art. Transcultural examinations are especially fruitful for understanding pain and suffering in the early modern Christian world because they illuminate the ways in which these emotive experiences were transmitted, transformed, and adapted to areas outside of Europe, and permit us to view pain and suffering in a more globalized context. In the European tradition, the preeminence of pain and its corollary, suffering, in visual culture was informed most powerfully by Christianity. As a faith of martyrdom, the Christian tradition foregrounded pain and suffering as fundamental expressions of humanity. The Christian imperative to live one’s life in imitation of Christ’s elevated the experience of physical pain and suffering to the realm of the sacred: to transcend these somatic phenomena was to ascend beyond the material and achieve union with the divine. While the repression of pain, both internal and external, became something of a cultural ideal, the material markings of its experience was a recurrent theme in the European visual world. As Christianity spread to the Americas in the late-fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, new modes of experiencing and understanding pain and suffering came into contact with those evolving in Europe. Over the next several hundred years, discourses about emotions changed in tempo with Church reforms and societal changes, as well as with local concerns and cultural interests. While the foundations of a Christian tradition predisposed people to identify with Christ in his suffering and martyrdom—or at least encouraged it—the manners in which people availed themselves to this experience could differ based on location, social status, religious leanings, ethnic makeup, occupation, and gender. For this volume, we desire a comparative approach to pain and suffering—one that combines Western Europe and the Americas in particular—to offer an expanded field in which to understand epistemologies of emotions, physical torment, and the human condition. We invite papers for this upcoming anthology, Sensuous Suffering: Pain in the Early Modern Visual Art of Europe and the Americas, to explore the complex dynamics of pain in visual culture of Europe and the Americas.

Please send your submission to the editors, Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank (lkilroyewbank@gmail.com) and Heather Graham (heathergraham08@gmail.com) by no later than July 15, 2015. Submissions should include a cover letter, one-page CV, and an abstract about 500 words in length.


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.


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.


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.


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


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).


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