Writing in the Shadow of Cathedrals: Writing Practices in the Cathedral Environment (Anglo-‐Norman Territories and Western France XIth-‐XIIIth centuries), International Conference: Cerisy-‐la-‐Salle (Manche, France), June 8-12, 2016
Due: 31 May
Grégory Combalbert (University of Caen Basse-‐Normandie) and
Chantal Senséby (University of Orleans)
Proposals for Papers should be sent to Gregory Combalbert (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and Chantal Senséby (email@example.com) before May 31, 2015.
Call for Contributions: The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness, Editors: Jen Boyle (Coastal Carolina University) and Wan-Chuan Kao (Washington and Lee University)
Due: 1 June
Publisher: Punctum Books (http://punctumbooks.com) — UNDER CONTRACT
(“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 proportionaltiy 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
June 1, 2015: Paper proposal
July 1, 2015: Notification of paper acceptance
September 30, 2015: Full manuscript of paper; peer reviews begin
September 1, 2016: Anticipated publication of print volume
September 1, 2016: Anticipated publication of Scalar multimedia companion volume
Please send queries and proposals to both editors: Jen Boyle (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Wan-Chuan Kao (email@example.com).
Call for Essays: Emotional and Affective Narratives in pre-Modern Europe/ Late-Medieval and Renaissance France
Due: 1 June
In contemporary thought, the field of emotion studies represents a very potent framework that allows anthropologists, historians, neuroscientists and philosophers to think of the possible ways in which subjects engage with their own sensory experience and with larger practices that enable them to articulate such experiences in in meaningful ways. Nevertheless, “How do I feel?” is a question that was equally quintessential in the pre-modern Western system of thought even if the contemporary significations of the word “emotion” did not become concrete until the 17th century. In their attempt to capture pre-modern emotional modes and systems of feelings, contemporary medievalists, especially under the influence of poststructuralism, considered emotions primarily as discursive entities that shape collective and individual subjectivities. Barbara Rosenwein’s influential notion of “emotional communities,” which inaugurates this trajectory in medieval studies, turns away from the Cartesian split between mind and body and, instead, presents emotions as discursive regimes consisting of strategies, tactics and the conscious ways in which subjects engage with these. However, while emotions are indeed discursive cultural constructs producing collective subjectivities they also possess a sensorial aspect that simultaneously escapes being captured by the social while being constitutive of it. This was the special contribution of the affective “turn” in contemporary theory: the epistemological need to distinguish between emotions as discursive constructs, and affects as flashes of sensory experience and feelings.
This volume aims at complicating Rosenwein’s existing notion of emotion as discursive practice and, at the same time, investigating how medieval subjects talked about their somatic, sensorial and affective practices. If emotions belong to the complexities of social dynamics, we ask how are they incorporated in textual artifacts and cultural productions stemming from often conflicting social events, groups and discourses? How do they act as facilitators between the author and its audience, between the period and its meaning, between the genre and its writing? The emotional and affective dimension of a text cannot be rationalized as either its objective or its point of origin. It is more a textual and factual paradigm around which the author develops her intellectual environment, creating the cultural and political dimension for the text. However, it is within this territory of the text, as a socio-cultural entity orchestrated by the auctorial persona, that a whole archive of emotions and affects is disseminated.
We are interested in essays that investigate the constituency of such “archives of feelings” (Cvetkovich) through the study of the affectivity and emotionality of both literary and non-literary texts, such as political and theological treatises, mystical texts, medical works, scientific tracts and pamphlets, hagiographies and encyclopedic compendiums. While we welcome submissions of articles dealing with such topics in different geographic areas, we are particularly interested in late-medieval and Renaissance French texts.
Articles may examine, but are not limited to questions related to:
– discourses and practices of emotions and affect
– the somatization of the emotional act
– affect and emotions in poetry
– emotions, affect and gender
– queer emotions and affects
– emotions, affect and race
– psychogeographies of emotions and affect
– rhetorics of affect or emotions
– emotional rewritings of historical events
Please send 300-word abstracts in English, as well as a short biography with university affiliation and email address, to Andreea Marculescu (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and Charles-Louis Morand Métivier (firstname.lastname@example.org) before 1 June 2015. Selected abstracts will be notified on July 1st, and the complete papers will be due on November 1st.
Of Mongrels and Masterpieces: Hybridity in the Renaissance, Renaissance Society of America 2016
Due: June 1, 2015
Please submit a 150 word abstract and 300 word CV to Luisanna Sardu (email@example.com) and Claire Sommers (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 1, 2015.
We are seeking papers that explore the various aspects of hybridity that characterized Renaissance culture. Theorists have been engaging with the concept of “hybridity” from antiquity to the present and the connotation of the term continues to evolve. In antiquity, mythological creatures such as centaurs and satyrs symbolized bestiality, improper unions, and false perceptions; in Ars Poetica, Horace cautions the poet against the creation of hybrids. Conversely, modern scholarship has begun to appreciate the value and unique innovation inherent to hybridity; Mikhail Bakhtin uses the word hybrid to denote an intersection of genres and languages that breeds original literary forms, while more recently, postcolonial theory terms as hybrid the literature that emerges when a native civilization interacts with an imperialist nation. Poised between these two poles, the Renaissance is uniquely positioned to engage with both perceptions of hybridity; hybridity’s ability to engender new possibilities comes with the potential to enrich or contaminate the cultural tradition. In his “Defense of Poetry,” Phillip Sidney warns against “mongrel” genres that mix the tragic and the comic, while later in the same essay, he lauds the creation of hybrids such as the chimera, claiming it as the special privilege of the poet. Renaissance literature distinguishes itself by displaying a greater awareness of its own place with respect to its ancient predecessors and within its contemporary global context. We will demonstrate that the often contradictory attitudes that Renaissance literature held toward its own hybridity were reflections of the broader cultural, historical, and political negotiations that were occurring during this time period. Possible approaches include:
· Cross-cultural and Cross-temporal exchanges
· Mythological Creatures
· Utilization of Classical literatures
· Interplay of genres
· Linguistic exchanges
· Religious conflicts
Ultimately, we will consider how the hybridity of Renaissance literature simultaneously shows an awareness of its own multi-faceted nature and an uncertainty as to its implications.
CFP for Renaissance Society of America, Boston 2016, The American Friends of the Herzog August Bibliothek
Due: 1 June
The AF HAB seek panels from all areas of early modern scholarship that reflect research undertaken at the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. If you have a plan for a panel, please consider submitting for the RSA in Boston, March 31 – 2 April 2016.
The Herzog August Bibliothek, an Associate Organization of the RSA, may sponsor up to five sessions at RSA conferences. The current HAB representative, Mara R. Wade, is responsible for organizing and submitting sponsored conference sessions. Senior, mid-career, junior scholars, and advanced doctoral students all have a place in the sessions sponsored by the HAB, thereby continuing the practices of the library of providing avenues for formal and informal mentoring as well as cutting-edge cross-disciplinary research. If you are interested in offering a panel for Boston, please let me know your intentions soonest in order for me to coordinate sessions in a meaningful way. Please submit final materials on or before, 1 June 2015.
To submit an entire panel, please send the following information to Mara Wade, email@example.com:
• session title (15-word maximum)
• session keywords
• a-v requests
• a chair
• a respondent (optional)
• general discipline area: History, Art History, Literature, or Other
• any scheduling requests
Each paper presenter will submit to the panel organizer:
• a paper title (15-word maximum)
• abstract (150-word maximum) abstract guidelines
• a very brief curriculum vitae (300-word maximum). Prose bios will not be accepted. CV guidelines and models
• first, middle, and last name; affiliation; and email address for all participants
Please adhere strictly to the word counts for online submission.
For more information on sponsored sessions, please see “RSA Associated Organizations (via official representatives)” here: http://www.rsa.org/?page=2016Boston#CfP
“The Cleric’s Craft: Crossroads of Medieval Spanish Literature and Modern Critique”, The University of Texas at El Paso in October 21 to October 25 of 2015
Due: 1 June 2015
The first international academic conference specifically dedicated to the mester de clerecía broadly defined. Top scholars from Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. will gather to discuss a variety of themes and engage in myriad activities related to 13th- and 14th-century Spanish literature, culture, and history. Several events (including exhibits and performances) will be free and open to the public.
For more details about the conference or the call for papers please visit:
Poetics of the Sacred in Early Modern Italy – a session at the RSA in Boston, MA, in April 2016
Due: 3 June
Renaissance Society of America 2016, Boston
Due: 10 June
The Program Committee welcomes submissions for individual papers or sessions on any aspect of Renaissance studies, or the era ca. 1300–1700.
How to organize sessions: Members are invited to post their own calls for papers and participants on our CFP blogs to aid in the organization of sessions. You may also use the discipline group pages on this site to communicate with others in your discipline. The RSA 2016 Boston social media hashtag is #RSA16.
When to submit your proposal: The submission site for 2016 Boston will open in mid-May 2015.
Submission deadline: The submission deadline for 2016 Boston will be Wednesday, 10 June 2015. Late submissions are not accepted by the Program Committee.
Who may apply to present at an RSA conference: You do not need to be a member to submit a session or paper proposal, but all accepted conference participants must become 2016 members, in addition to registering for the Boston conference. More about membership requirements and applying as a non-member.
RSA welcomes sessions that present the scholarship of members at various stages of their career. Each session must include at least one speaker who has received the PhD or other terminal degree. Graduate students should be in candidacy (or the equivalent for their program; that is, they must be advanced graduate students who have completed coursework, examinations, and dissertation research). They are invited to speak on topics directly related to the research already completed for their dissertation. They should not present term papers or incipient dissertation research. Sessions composed entirely of predoctoral speakers, or any sessions that include precandidates or MA students, will not be considered for inclusion in the program.
Funding: A limited number of grants to support paper presenters traveling from outside of North America are available to scholars in all disciplines by separate application. Please see the conference travel grants section of this page for more information. All participants must pay 2016 membership dues and the conference registration fee, which does not cover travel or accommodation costs.
For further information, please go to http://www.rsa.org/?page=2016Boston#CfP
The Ecology of Meter: Meter and Language – Meter and Literature – Meter’s Past, Present and Future, A Special Issue of RMN Newsletter (February 2016)
Due: 15 June, 2015
Metrics is sometimes described as discipline run by people who spend their lives counting syllables. Nothing could be farther from truth – poetic meters do not exist in a mathematical vacuum, and
knowing the number of syllables, feet etc. per line rarely equals knowing what a given meter is and how it works. Meter is a creative tool that shapes, and is shaped by, language (John Miles Foley used to talk about “trademark symbiosis between metre and language”), tradition, textual and social environments, as well as other co-existing meters and ultimately the people who use, abuse and transmit texts composed in it. The combined action of these factors, seemingly extra-metrical, constitutes in fact what we would like to call the ecologly of meter. Meter is a living thing of
language(s) and literature(s) that depends on this ecology as much as the poetry itself; the two, consequently, can (and should) be approached from a variety of angles and studied by a variety of
methods that touch upon and connect different aspects of a meter’s ecology. We would thus like to shed the dry image of metrics as a field of study and address the ecology of
various meters in various traditions in a special issue of RMN Newsletter, the international openaccess bi-annual publication of the Department of Folklore Studies, University of Helsinki (ISSN
2324-0636 print, ISSN 1799-4497 electronic). Our publication promotes cross-disciplinary discussion on diachronic, comparative and source-critical treatments of cultural expression across diverse and intersecting disciplines.
The special issue on meter ecology calls for both research articles (up to 15 pages + works cited) and reviews (up to 7 pages + works cited). The research articles will be peer reviewed. We are pleased to invite articles treating various poetic sources in various languages on themes such as:
The symbiotics of meter and language
o Which linguistic features of a given language are used as the basis of a meter?
o Which linguistic features are ignored?
o Which are affected or altered by metrical use?
Systems of meters in a given tradition
o What are the differences, similarities and interactions of different meters in a given linguistic, social or cultural environment?
The meaningfulness of meter and metricality
o What is the social significance of metrical versus non-metrical discourse?
o Do certain meters have connotative, iconic or other significance in language use?
o How does the evolution of multiple meters interface with a social semiotic of poetic expression?
o How is the meaning potential of meter affected by context?
Meters on the move
o What happens when a meter devised in one language is used to compose texts in another language?
o What happens when a meter is more generally adapted to a new ecology?
Meters across the time – the evolution of meters
o How does linguistic change affect, or not affect, a meter?
o What are outcomes of attempts to compose new texts in ‘old’ or ‘ancient’ traditional meters that have ceased to be productive?
o What happens in metrical ‘revivals’ or metrics in the revival of broader traditions?
Contexts and variation in practice
o How does meter or its perception vary in ‘oral’ versus ‘written’ discourses?
o Can social context affect metrical variation?
o How do meter and metrical features vary by genre, and why?
Relationships between meter and techniques of composition
o How does the symbiosis of a traditional meter and language evolve resources for producing metrically well-formed lines?
o How do compositional techniques and resources reciprocally relate to or affect a meter?
o How do such techniques function in relation to meter?
These and other relevant themes may be discussed through narrow case studies or broader comparative investigations. Emphasis may be empirically oriented or give primary attention to the development of methods or theory. If you are interested in participating in this international and cross-disciplinary discussion, please submit a 500 word abstract of your proposed contribution, with your name, affiliation and contact information to guest editor Ilya Sverdlov at snerrir[at]gmail.com.
The deadline for paper proposals is Monday, 15th June 2015. The deadline for completed paper submission is Monday, 12th October 2015.
4th Biennial Meeting of the BABEL Working Group, “Off the Books: Making, Breaking, Binding, Burning, Leaving, Gathering.” 9-11 October 2015, University of Toronto, Canada
Due 15 June
For those interested in submitting an individual proposal or statement of interest for any of the sessions below (which are divided into: A. Ir/regular Sessions and B. Un/sessions), please send your query and/or short proposal (of no more than 300-500 words) directly to that session’s organizer(s) at the email addresses designated below NO LATER THAN JUNE 15, 2015. Some sessions may be full already, and are designated as such by being highlighted in ORANGE, in which case, please send the organizer a query first. We will not be able to consider random, individual proposals; all proposals must be designed to meet the theme(s) and frameworks set by session organizers. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Eileen Joy and Liza Blake here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description of conference’s overall themes HERE.
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Twenty-Ninth Medieval-Renaissance Conference, September 24-26, 2015
Due: 19 June 2015
E. Michael Gerli, University of Virginia
The Gathering Storm: Literature and Politics in Córdoba and Seville, 1350-1420
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Medieval-Renaissance Conference promotes scholarly discussion in all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance studies. The conference welcomes proposals for papers and panels on Medieval or Renaissance literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy, and the arts. Abstracts for papers should be 250 or fewer words. Proposals for panels should include: a) title of the panel; b) names and institutional affiliations of the chair and all panelists; c) abstracts for papers to be presented (250 or fewer words). A branch campus of the University of Virginia, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public four-year liberal arts college located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. For more information, please visit our website: http://www.uvawise.edu/history/medren.html
Please direct submissions on English Language and Literature and requests for general information to:
Kenneth J. Tiller
Department of Language and Literature
Wise, VA 24293
Submissions on History or Philosophy:
Department of History and Philosophy
Wise, VA 24293
Submissions on Art, Music, and Continental Literature:
Amelia J. Harris
Wise, VA 24293
Transforming Male Devotional Practices from the Medieval to the Early Modern, University of Huddersfield,16th and 17th September 2015
Due: 22 June
This conference is co-hosted with the Universities of Reading and Liverpool Hope. It aims to explore the social, economic and spatial factors underpinning the changing way ordinary men demonstrated their commitment to God and the church(es) in a period of significant turmoil. Papers that address English male devotional experience from historical, literary, gender studies and material culture perspectives are welcomed. Suggested themes include:
– Religion and Society: Domestic piety and lay/household Catholicism.
– Material Culture and ritual objects.
– The economy of piety: indulgences, relics and paying for piety.
– Personal and public piety: Continuity and change over the medieval and early modern periods.
– Devotional reading, writing and performance.
– Geography, place and space in Catholic piety.
It is anticipated that selected papers will be published as part of an edited collection.
Please send proposals to: email@example.com by 22nd June 2015.
Special Issue Renaissance Studies -NIS
Due: 30 June
Volume XXXVIII of NIS is an interdisciplinary issue that aims at discussing the intersections and cultural interactions of a range of fields including philosophy, religion, history, art, architecture, literature, astronomy, politics, medicine, archeology, and music, during the early modern period in Italy.
The volume searches for contributions that investigate the vast and multifaceted scenario of the culture of the Renaissance in Italy in all its contradictions from Late Antiquity to the middle of the seventeenth century, with a special focus on the complex set of negotiations between innovative production and its tension with the past. We welcome essays that rethink, through a multidisciplinary perspective, the on going dialogue among disciplines, as well as illuminate the role of intellectuals in forging changes in the dynamic relationship between continuity and plurality of positions in the cultural field.
Submissions readdressing unstudied/understudied artists and non-canonical themes /works are especially welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to: the rhetoric of marginalization, diversity, popular culture, vernacularization versus Latin authoring, private testimony, the use of dialect as anti-classical production, parody, authorship, anti-intellectual life, women’s studies. Submissions can be authored in English or Italian. Authors must comply with MLA standards for citation and documentation of sources.
Articles may not exceed 10,000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 1,200 words.
Manuscripts should be sent via e-mail attachment (Microsoft Word). Attachments should be marked with the last name of the contributor, followed by the name/subject of the paper (Dunne/Boccaccio — Dunne/Postmodern). All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter/message that includes the author’s relevant affiliations, a U.S. or international postal address, and an e-mail address. Contributors need to submit, in order, their name and work affiliation at the end of the article. NeMLA Italian Studies has a blind reader policy and the editorial staff will erase the personal information from the copy sent for evaluation to each of the readers.
Interested authors should contact the editors by e-mail:
Bryn Mawr College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The College of New Jersey (email@example.com)
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than 30 June 2015. Editorial communications should be addressed to the editors, preferably via e-mail, or mailed to Simona Wright, Dept. of Modern Languages, The College of New Jersey, 2000 Pennington Road, NJ 08628-0718.
McGill Centre for Research on Religion Graduate Conference, “Religious Ideas and Scientific Thought,” September 25-26, 2015, McGill University, Montreal – QC, Canada
Due: 30 June
The conference seeks to explore the interaction between religious ideas and scientific thought. What role and influence have religious views had in the history of scientific thought? What are the theological and philosophical aspects of the study of nature? How has the relationship between science and religion been portrayed in historical, literary and philosophical writings? We invite paper proposals exploring any of the following themes:
History of science and religion
Theological and philosophical aspects of natural sciences
Theology and philosophy of science
Science and philosophy
Esoteric traditions and ‘occult sciences’
Sociology of scientific knowledge
Science and religion in literature
Cosmology and metaphysics
KEYNOTE: Dr. Ian Stewart (King’s College, Halifax, NS)
Abstracts deadline: June 30, 2015
Submission guidelines and info: www.creor2015.wordpress.com
For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Contributors: EDWARD HYDE, 1st EARL OF CLARENDON (1609–1674): A VOLUME OF ESSAYS
Due: 30 June
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 30 June 2015.
Dr Philip Major
Birkbeck, University of London
Email address: email@example.com
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
Alterations to political sympathies
Migration and naturalisation
Becoming a soldier, priest, rebel, martyr, hero or villain
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).
«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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
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 (email@example.com) and Heather Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than July 15, 2015. Submissions should include a cover letter, one-page CV, and an abstract about 500 words in length.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com).
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 identity and forgery
National myths and gender identities
National myths in the visual arts
Nationalism and Medievalism
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com no later than 1 August 2015. Sponsored by Joanna Barker.
Warren Boutcher (Queen Mary)
Will Hamlin (Washington State)
Katie Murphy (Oxford)
John O’Brien (Durham)
Richard Scholar (Oxford)
David Louis Sedley (Haverford)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.”
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 (email@example.com) and Asa Simon Mittman (firstname.lastname@example.org), or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (email@example.com), to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.
For Brill’s peer review process see here: