“(Un)mapping the Mediterranean,” The Ocean Crossings group at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate Student Colloquium, March 13-14, 2015

Due: 23 December 2014

Zeev Gourarier Director of Science and Collections Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations
Marseille, France
The Mediterranean has always been a space marked by fluidic and nomadic networks formed by transnational fluxes of people, goods and ideas. Mapping seems to be the preliminary condition for crossing to happen – allowing subjects to position themselves and to move within space. However, even the act of crossing can become a destabilizing moment through the breaking down of preconceived spatial and cultural coordinates. In this perspective, the Mediterranean allows the possibility to unsettle rather than to trace borders, thus opening up the space for new connections that transcend existing social, cultural, or political frameworks.
Proposals may address, but are not restricted to:
 artistic, literary, social and epistemological representations of the Mediterranean

 the relationships of the subject to the Mediterranean and its crossing

 mapping and cartography
 borders and transnationalism

 mobility and migration
We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that relate to or expand upon the topics suggested above. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes and must be presented in English.
Please send a 200-250 word abstract and include name, email address, academic affiliation, a short bio, and any AV requests to Jessica Sciubba and Corey Flack at illinoisoceancrossings@gmail.com. Abstracts must be received no later than December 23, 2014.
For more information about the Ocean Crossings group, please visit: https://publish.illinois.edu/oceancrossings/


Due: 31 December 2014

Since the publication of Edward Said’s Orientalism (1978), most of the academic appreciations of the literary, artistic and cultural texts representing the encounters and exchanges between the East and the West have been dominated by Said’s Orientalist discourse argument. Originally developed with reference to the alleged unfavorable discursive construction of the East in the Western literature and art of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Said’s “Orientalism” has also been criticized for its essentialism, apparent in the absence from the discussion of favorable discursive constructions of the East by the West, of discursive constructions of the West originating in the East (the so-called reverse-gaze), and of almost the entire early modern period as the historical background.
Even though a discussion of the West’s representations of the Ottoman Empire and the Ottoman Turks is almost completely absent from Orientalism – as yet another gap in Said’s work given the fact that the Orient imagined by the West for many centuries (including the eighteenth and the nineteenth) still designated the territories of the Ottoman Empire, notwithstanding its position as an independent political entity un-colonized by European powers – the study of English/British-Ottoman/Turkish literary, artistic and cultural encounters and exchanges has similarly been under the influence of Saidian arguments. With respect to the validity of many arguments criticizing Said’s position, there seems to be several gaps in the studies investigating the meetings of these two great empires in the world’s history and of the modern political entities that are the descendants of these empires.

Therefore, the aim of this conference is to revisit the literary, artistic and cultural texts, whether they are canonical or non-canonical, from both the (English/British) West and the (Ottoman/Turkish) East, from a historical period stretching from the Medieval Period to the end of the twentieth century, and representing the encounters and exchanges between the two. One major concern of the conference is to include into the debate the discursive constructions other than “Orientalism” (i.e. possible Occidentalism(s)?, essentializing self-representations) for the purpose of expanding the scope and scale of the academic conversation in this area. Especially papers dealing with very little studied texts that are set in the Turkish context or in the context of the British Empire from new perspectives are expected from scholars in the fields of English Language and Literature, British Cultural Studies, Turkish Language and Literature, Turkish Cultural Studies, History, History of Art, and Media and Screen Studies.
The conference language is English. However, a few comparative sessions will be held in Turkish. All submissions for presentation will be subject to peer review for acceptance. Papers selected by a board of referees will be also published in English in an edited collection by a Turkish or an international publisher.

Sample Paper Topics
*Non-fiction (i.e. travel writing, letters, memoirs, diaries)
*Fiction (i.e. novel, short story)
*Diplomatic correspondence (i.e. sefaretnames)
*Journalism (i.e. news discourse, political cartoons) -
*Material culture
*Popular culture and literature
*Art (i.e. paintings, miniatures, book-map illustrations)
*Discourse, ideology, identity, gender, and race in East-West studies *The post-Saidian paradigm shift
*The image of Turkey or the Ottoman Empire in British literature / the image of Britain or the British Empire in Ottoman-Turkish literature
*Space (i.e. demarcated, liminal, thresholds)
*Postmodern literatures
*Borders of comparative studies redefined
*Gendered cultures and literatures

Abstract Submission:
300-word abstracts, together with the contact information (name-last name, academic title, institutional affiliation, department, email address, primary phone number, mailing address) of author(s) should be sent as Microsoft Word 1997-2003 documents, attached to an email message addressed to Dr. Sinan Akıllı (huide50con@gmail.com) by 31 December 2014.
CFP: http://www.ide.hacettepe.edu.tr/HUIDE-50TH-CFP.pdf

Journal of the Northern Renaissance, Open-themed 7th Issue
Due: 1 January 2015

The Journal of the Northern Renaissance (northernrenaissance.org) is calling for submissions for our open-themed seventh issue on any aspect of the cultural practice of Northern Europe in the period circa 1430-1650, including but not limited to:

  • literature
  • the history of art and architecture
  • music history
  • philosophy
  • theology
  • politics
  • scientific technologies

The Journal of the Northern Renaissance (JNR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to the study of early modern Northern European cultural production. We are particularly interested in studies exploring alternative cultural geographies, challenging existing conceptualizations and periodizations of the Renaissance in the North, and/or establishing continuities and ruptures with earlier and later epochs. Part of our intention, however, in having an open, unthemed issue, is to gauge where the most interesting work is being done and what questions are being asked by scholars working on Northern Renaissance culture across a wide range of disciplines.

Potential contributors are advised to consult the Information page of our website for details of the submissions procedure and style guidelines. We also welcome initial enquiries regarding possible contributions, which can be sent to us at northernrenaissance@gmail.com.

“Travel and Translation in the Middle Ages,” 32nd Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, March 28, 2015 at Yale University
Due: 5 January 2015

Abstracts from graduate students are now being accepted for the 32nd Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, the theme of which will be “Travel and Translation in the Middle Ages.” In light of recent endeavors such as the Global Chaucers project, the growing interest in the multilingual cultures of England, and the upcoming anniversaries of two great medieval councils, Fourth Lateran (1215) and Constance (1415), “travel” and “translation” are immediately relevant to many branches of medieval studies.

The organizers hope that this capacious topic will elicit proposals for papers from all disciplines of Medieval Studies. We expect to have three to five concurrent panels of three papers each, and we welcome panelists to consider topics as varied as translation theory and comparative studies, manuscript transmission and paleography, and musicology and liturgical studies. We also welcome papers dealing with any aspect of pilgrimage, migration, trade, relics and holy objects, crusade, religious warfare, and maritime culture. Further, we look forward to receiving proposals that take more theoretical approaches to ideas of travel and translation in the medieval period.
The conference will feature a plenary lecture by Professor Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth), as well as a prize for best graduate student paper.

Papers are to be no more than twenty minutes in length and read in English. All proposals must be submitted by graduate students. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent by e-mail to newenglandmedievalstudies.2015@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2015. Graduate students whose abstracts are selected for the conference will have the opportunity to submit their paper in its entirety for consideration for the Alison Goddard Elliott Award.

The Medieval Archive, Medievalists @ Penn Grad Conference, February 27, 2015

Due: 5 January 2015

See attached or go to: http://pennmedieval.blogspot.com/2014/12/abstract-deadline-extended-for-medieval.html


“POLY-OLBION AND THE WRITING OF BRITAIN,” Royal Geographical Society, London, 10-11 September 2015

Due: 5 January 2015

Confirmed speakers include Alison Chapman, Andrew Hadfield, Bernhard Klein, Sara Trevisan, and Angus Vine. The conference will also feature presentations by the Poly-Olbion Project Team:  Andrew McRae, Philip Schwyzer, Daniel Cattell, and Sjoerd Levelt.

Hosted by the Poly-Olbion Project, the conference will explore Michael Drayton’s Poly-Olbion within the wider context of early modern British discourses of space, place, nationhood, and regional identity. The conference will coincide with the opening of a major exhibition and series of public-facing events devoted to Poly-Olbion, derived from the AHRC-funded project and the associated HLF-funded ‘Children’s Poly-Olbion’. Papers dealing with aspects of Michael Drayton’s poem, John Selden’s commentary, William Hole’s maps, or the wider context of chorography and cartography in early modern Britain will be welcome.  Please send abstracts or full papers to Andrew McRae (a.mcrae@exeter.ac.uk) and Philip Schwyzer (p.a.schwyzer@exeter.ac.uk) by 5 January 2015.

“Domestic Devotions in the Early Modern World, 1400-1800,” An Interdisciplinary Conference, 9-11 July 2015 University of Cambridge

Due 7 January, 2015

Across faiths and regions and throughout the world, the home was a centre for devotion in the early modern period. Holy books, prayer mats, candlesticks, inscriptions, icons, altars, figurines of saints and deities, paintings, prints and textiles all wove religion into the very fabric of the home. While research into religious practice during this period often focuses on institutions and public ceremonies, it is clear that the home played a profound role in shaping devotional experience, as a place for religious instruction, private prayer and contemplation, communal worship, and the performance of everyday rituals.

The ERC-funded research project Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home will be hosting this three-day international interdisciplinary conference in July 2015. The project team invites proposals for 20-minute papers that explore domestic devotions in the early modern world. Papers may consider this theme from a variety of perspectives, including material culture studies, art and architectural history, gender studies, theology, religious studies, economic and social history, literary studies, musicology, archaeology and anthropology. Topics may include, though are not limited to

• Religion, ritual and belief in the home
• The use of images, objects or books in private devotion
• Daily life and life cycles
• The relationships between collective (e.g. institutional or non-familial) devotion and private devotion
• The role of the senses in spiritual experience
• The production and ownership of religious objects found in the home
• Gender, race or age and devotional life
• Policing and regulating household religion
• Encounters between different faiths and traditions in domestic context
• Domestic devotional spaces
• Music in domestic devotion
• Devotional literature

Plenary speakers will be Debra Kaplan (Bar-Ilan University), Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center) and Virginia Reinburg (Boston College).

Please email abstracts of no more than 300 words to Maya Corry at mc878@cam.ac.uk, Marco Faini at mf531@cam.ac.uk, and Alessia Meneghin at am2253@cam.ac.uk by 7th January 2015. Along with your abstract please include your name, institution, paper title and a brief biography. Successful applicants will be notified by 7th February 2015.
The conference will take place at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. College accommodation will be bookable nearer the time. Registration fees (tbc) will be kept as low as possible and graduate bursaries will be available to help with costs.

“John Fletcher: A Critical Reappraisal,”  Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2015, Canterbury Christ Church University

Due: 9 January 2015

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Gordon McMullan (King’s College London)
Dr Lucy Munro (King’s College London)
Professor Sandra Clark (Professor Emerita, Institute of English Studies, University of London)
Professor Clare McManus (University of Roehampton)

It is fair to say that John Fletcher remains an understudied and underappreciated writer in recent early modern scholarship. Even the very recent success of non-Shakespearean drama in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and the Swan Theatre’s commitment to staging Shakespeare’s contemporaries, has proved fruitless so far in introducing Fletcher to a new generation of academics and theatre-goers. In the near 390 years since his death, it is now time for a complete re-evaluation of the work of a man who made a considerable impact on Jacobean theatre and society by producing a vast corpus of about 53 plays that challenged, commented on, and critiqued Renaissance England. By investigating Fletcher’s ideas and ideals, apparent in his work, we can gain a significant understanding of Jacobean theatre practices and politics: his career virtually encompassed the entirety of the reign of James I, under whose patronage he worked as Shakespeare’s successor as the resident dramatist of the King’s Men. In short, to study Fletcher is to study the soul of the age.

The conference seeks to bring together leading experts, early career researchers, and postgraduate students working on John Fletcher to reassess his engagement with the ideas, culture, politics, and society of Renaissance England.

This call for papers asks for contributions considering:

  • Any aspect of Fletcher’s involvement with the theatre of Jacobean England;
  • His use of European literary sources, particularly those of Spanish origin;
  • The textual and performance history of his plays;
  • His status as a collaborative writer and his working relationship with his more frequent writing partners (Beaumont, Field, Massinger);
  • His influences and ideas on politics, gender, and culture;
  • The Fletcher ‘canon’ of plays;
  • Fletcher’s collaborative plays with Shakespeare;
  • Fletcher’s influence on Shakespeare and Shakespeare’s influence on Fletcher;
  • The trials and tribulations of editing or staging them in our modern world;
  • New approaches to analysing his work as a dramatist.

This is by no means an exhaustive or constrictive list, and we invite contributions for papers that critically re-evaluate and extend our knowledge of a writer whose plays helped shape and redefine the place and importance of the theatre in Renaissance London.

After the sessions in Canterbury, the conference will reconvene for a one day event at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, where the Shakespeare Institute Players will perform an unabridged script-in-hand production of one of Fletcher’s plays. The performance will take place on Saturday 25th July 2015. A conference website will be set up in the next few weeks where delegates and members of the public will be able to vote, from a list of 5 Fletcher plays, for which one they would like to see staged. The play with the most votes will be performed by the Players! We invite people to use the Twitter hashtag #TeamFletcher or to get in touch with us at the email address below to cast a vote. One vote per Twitter account or email address, please!

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words for papers lasting 20 minutes in length to Dr Steve Orman (Canterbury Christ Church University) and José A. Pérez Díez (Shakespeare Institute), conference conveners, at the following email address:  johnfletcherconference@gmail.com

Canada Chaucer Seminar, Saturday, April 18, 2015, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Due: 10 January 2015

The seventh annual Canada Chaucer Seminar will be held at the University of Toronto on Saturday, April 18th, 2015. The seminar provides a one-day forum where scholars, from Canada and elsewhere, come together to discuss current research on Chaucer and on late medieval literature and culture.

The 2015 gathering will include keynote papers by Paul Strohm (Columbia) and Emily Steiner (Pennsylvania), and several sessions of conference papers.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference papers on any aspect late medieval English literary culture. Submit one-page abstracts by January 10th 2015 to:

william.robins@utoronto.ca and sarah.star@utoronto.ca

“Hearing and Speaking the Middle Ages: Orality and Aurality in Performance and Text,” The Twenty-Seventh Annual Spring Symposium of The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University, 27–29 March 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington

Due: 12 January, 2015

Oral practice was a widespread mode of cultural consumption in the Middle Ages. From troubadour chansonniers, to the itinerant Japanese biwa hôshi and court poets like the Anglo-Saxon scopas, to the carnivalesque festivals of the Feast of Fools, speech and song illuminated the public and private lives of men and women throughout the medieval world. Even in the highly literate codicological culture of scriptoria, hearing and recitation were indispensable tools for understanding and producing the manuscripts we study today.

The symposium would like to pose a broad range of possible topics on the social, political, ethical, and aesthetic purposes of oral culture and its contexts.

Abstracts for 20-minute papers are welcome from scholars across all fields relevant to the study of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived in time and place. In keeping with the interdisciplinary mission of the Medieval Studies Institute, we invite submissions in areas such as art history, history, linguistics, literature, musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.

Potential paper topics can include, but are not limited to:
· memory and oral culture
· visual and literary depictions of performance
· traveling courtly musicians
· orality and literacy
· linguistic changes over time
· gossip, news, and daily life
· romance narrative and courtly love
· the transition from oral to written text
· liturgical (re)performance of Scripture
· cross-cultural encounters and exchanges

The Medieval Studies Institute invites papers by graduate students for panels sponsored by the Indiana Medieval Graduate Consortium (IMGC), and papers by faculty and graduate students for Institute-sponsored panels.

Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words to Sean Tandy, smtandy@indiana.edu, by 12 January 2015.

Call for Papers: ‘Namque ego suetus eram hos libros legisse frequenter’: Early Medieval Practices of Reading and Writing, Huygens ING, Den Haag, The Netherlands, 3-5 June 2015
Due: 15 January

This is a call for papers for a conference on the subject of books, practices of writing, reading, copying and studying in the early Middle Ages. It is organized by the research project ‘Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800 – c. 1000)’, which seeks to map the phenomenon of writing in the blank space of manuscripts (in the margin, in between the lines, on fly-leaves or inserted leaves) in the early middle ages, in order to gain a better understanding of the way in which books and texts were used in that period. In essence, we aim to understand the intellectual practices of the period as reflected by the manuscripts and to re-evaluate both how traditional the period was, and how innovative. Furthermore, we hope to explore how the developments of the culture of writing in this period led to developments in the later periods, and also how they compare to those in other cultures, such as the Byzantine world or the world of Late Antiquity.

Confirmed speakers so far include David Ganz and John Contreni.

For the conference, we think of the following questions and themes for sessions:

1. Practices of annotating
2. The profile of annotating practices
3. Cultures of writing
For more information on the themes go here.

A selection of the papers from the conference will be collected in an edited volume, to be published in 2016.

We ask you to send us a title and abstract (ca 400-500 words), your contact information and affiliation to MarginalScholarship@gmail.com. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 15 January 2015.You will hear back from us before 15 February 2015 whether your proposal has been accepted.

The organizers offer to cover your expenses of accommodation. No fee will be asked, lunches will be provided and one conference diner. For your travel expenses we kindly ask you to rely on the budget of your own university or other academic sponsor. If this is a problem, please indicate this in your correspondence with us, so that we can take the possibility of covering your travel expenses as well into consideration.

“Pleasure and Pain” (Equinoxes 2015), 3-4 April 2015, Brown University,Providence, Rhode Island
Due: 15 January, 2015

Keynote: Cary Howie (Associate Professor of Romance Studies, Cornell University)

As culturally transcendent as pleasure and pain might seem, the discourse surrounding
these two sensations can vary widely depending on socio-historical context. With
Equinoxes 2015, we propose to investigate the heterogeneity of these prima facie
universal experiences as they appear throughout the various periods and mediums of
cultural production within the French-speaking world.
From the Classicist emphasis on “plaire et instruire” to the sensualist thought of
Condillac, according to whom all knowledge originates with the avoidance of pain and
the pursuit of pleasure, the production of meaning in French and Francophone culture
has, from its earliest stages, been bound to a pleasure/pain dichotomy. Our exploration of
these concepts will touch upon concerns that are 1) ontological, 2) ethical, and 3)
aesthetic in nature. In the first place, our conference hopes to analyze the diverse ways
French thinkers have defined these terms, asking: what constitutes pleasure and pain, and
ought we indeed view these concepts as two distinct categories, or rather as sometimes
indistinguishable states along a continuous spectrum? In the second place, we shall
explore the circumstances under which French thinkers have attributed ethical
significance to pleasure and pain, and to whom (or what) these circumstances apply. In
the third place, we ask: in what ways can language ever hope to do justice to the feelings
of pain and pleasure? What techniques have French letters adopted to (re)produce these
states (potentially in the face of censorship), and how do these techniques differ across
more visual or aural art forms?
Equinoxes encourages proposals from a variety of disciplines (French & Francophone
Studies, Comparative Literature, History, Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies, Art History,
Media & Cultural Studies, etc.). Potential avenues of exploration may include, but are not
limited to:

-Depictions of pain and pleasure in various artistic media
-Aesthetic theories on the portrayal of pleasure and pain
-The pleasure in artistic consumption/production
- Love, desire, and sexuality
-Empathy, sympathy, pity
-Legitimations/utilizations of suffering (i.e. questions regarding capital punishment,
torture, war, etc.)
-Questions regarding the body
-Human and animal rights
-Religious suffering (expiation, martyrdom, asceticism, etc.)
-Definitions of happiness
-Questions of censorship
-Pedagogical dimension of pleasure and/or pain (“plaire et instruire”)
-Theories regarding the senses

Graduate students who wish to participate in the conference should submit an
abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts must be sent, as attachments, to
brown.equinoxes@gmail.com before January 15, 2015. Emails should include the
author’s name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Presentations, whether in
English or in French, should not exceed 20 minutes.
For more information, please visit our website:


“The Biggest Comebacks: Tenacious Resurgence of Cultural Topoi,” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference for Romance Languages and Literatures at University of Buffalo, March 27-28, 2015
Due:  January 15, 2015

Scholars of every epoch may experience in them a rather uncanny déjà vu: The themes of seasoned and cutting-edge blockbusters like The Walking Dead, Twilight, and Dracula, which share commonalities with the first European “tabloids” and miscellanea featuring stories of miracles, gruesome crimes, and monstrosities. Widely interpreted as signs of a 17th-century state of mind, the fascination with the grotesque, uncanny, macabre, and apocalyptic is just as alive and well today as it was then, and serves as an instrument of critique of modern concerns of mass consumerism and loss of individuality in a globalizing, capitalist world.
At this conference we would like to discuss the biggest comebacks of your area of research in a quest for a common ground and connecting junctures that point to similar patterns of human thinking and behavior. In the same way in which the Baroque, for instance, has resurfaced in diverse shapes and forms at various moments of literary history, implying a struggle shared among different generations of art movements, what genres, tropes, metaphors, themes, leitmotifs, transformations, and patterns of movement have been revitalized and reframed in your field of research? What has allowed these to transplant themselves into cultural products spanning across centuries? Which conclusions and lessons can we draw from these findings?

The conference committee welcomes proposals that explore patterns and concepts that have resurged to relevance after a period of absence or dormancy in any type of text of any era, as well as of any discipline (literature, linguistics, classics etc.) and critical approaches.

Suggested content areas include but are not limited to:

 Language sur-/revival
 Diachronic and historical linguistics
 Myth and folklore
 Neo-Baroque
 Zombies, Monsters, Walking dead
 Atypical and monstruous sexualities
 Peripheral culture
 The fantastic and uncanny

This conference will provide a collaborative environment for students and faculty to present and discuss their work in an intellectual and dynamic atmosphere. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes long, technology will be provided upon request.

Proposal Submission by January 15, 2015
• 250-word abstract in English, institutional affiliation, and research interests.
• Preference will be given to presentations in English, but communications in the major
Romance languages will be considered upon request and depending on demand.
• Please email submissions and enquiries to ubromance@gmail.com.
Looking forward to reading your proposal,
The RLL Conference Committee

“Beyond Leeches and Lepers: Medieval and Early Modern Medicine Conference.” Anatomy Lecture Theatre, The University of Edinburgh. Saturday 2nd May, 2015.

Due: 15 January, 2015

This is a one-day public engagement conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers. We are excited to announce that Dr. Irina Metzler has been confirmed as the keynote speaker.

There are many misconceptions about the quality of health care in the medieval and early-modern periods. Even Blackadder II, set in the sixteenth century, popularises the idea that early-modern medical practices were both limited and ineffective:

Edmund: I’ve never had anything you doctors didn’t try to cure with leeches. A leech on my ear for ear ache, a leech on my bottom for constipation.
Doctor: They’re marvellous, aren’t they?
Edmund: Well, the bottom one wasn’t. I just sat there and squashed it.

“Beyond Leeches and Lepers” refers to the intention of this conference to look beyond a simplistic coverage of these subjects that are commonly associated with medieval and early-modern medicine, and to explore this area of history more broadly and in greater detail. As a public engagement conference, this is an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers to develop their ability to communicate their research and ideas to the public. This will allow scholars to impart our current understanding of medieval and early-modern medicine, and the public to engage with this subject and address their preconceptions. The conference is to be held in the historic Anatomy Lecture Theatre in the Old Medical Building at the University of Edinburgh. This historically notable space will help to emphasise the seminal importance of medicine in the medieval and early-modern periods inside the long history of medicine.

Possible topics for exploration include: anatomy and dissection; plagues, pandemics and diseases; disability and impairment; hospitals and healthcare; surgery, physicians and medical manuscripts; bloodletting, and the bodily humors. Papers should be prepared with a non-expert audience in mind.

Please send proposals up to 250 words for 15-20 minutes papers to Helen F. Smith and Jessica Legacy at beyondleechesconference@outlook.com by January 15th, 2015.​

‘Namque ego suetus eram hos libros legisse frequenter’: Early Medieval Practices of Reading and Writing, Den Haag, The Netherlands, 3-5 June 2015
Due: 15 January 2015

Organized by: Mariken Teeuwen, Irene van Renswoude and Evina Steinova, Huygens ING
Contact address: MarginalScholarship@gmail.com
Deadline for abstracts: 15 January 2015

This is a call for papers for a conference on the subject of books, practices of writing, reading, copying and studying in the early middle ages. It is organized by the research project ‘Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800 – c. 1000)’, which seeks to map the phenomenon of writing in the blank space of manuscripts (in the margin, in between the lines, on fly-leaves or inserted leaves) in the early middle ages, in order to gain a better understanding of the way in which books and texts were used in that period. In essence, we aim to understand the intellectual practices of the period as reflected by the manuscripts and to re-evaluate both how traditional the period was, and how innovative. Furthermore, we hope to explore how the developments of the culture of writing in this period led to developments in later periods, and also how they compare to those in other cultures, such as the Byzantine world or the world of Late Antiquity. Confirmed speakers include David Ganz and John Contreni.
The following questions and themes will be addressed in the sessions:

1. Practices of annotating
Who were allowed to make annotations in manuscripts? What can we learn about the hierarchical organization of the writing process in monastic or cathedral environments, and are there ways to say something about the status of scribes and/or scholars working in manuscript margins?
Annotating practices reflect many different functionalities of the appropriation of text: they can, for example, reflect a process of text comparison and textual criticism; they can have the aim to gather information in order to facilitate the composition of a new text; they can offer guidance to the reader, either in the sense of offering explanation or interpretation, or in the sense of warning the reader and delivering criticism; they can engage in a discussion with the author of the text, or with another annotator, or create stepping stones from one text to others, in order to broaden the reading of the text by offering new and different opinions. We would like to discuss these and other functionalities, and replace the mono-dimensional ‘annotated book = school book’ with a richer and more accurate model of interpretation.

2. The profile of annotating practices
Can we see patterns in the relationship between textual genres and the kind of marginal activity encountered in the margin? Were certain textual genres treated differently than others? For example, do theological texts invite other types of critical reflection than scientific texts or historical texts? Are there genres with ‘empty’ margins, and what would be the reason for that?
Can we distinguish sets of annotating practices which are specific to certain intellectual centres or groups of scholars? Can we distinguish individual practices even, which allow us to identify the scholar who worked in the manuscript? It has been argued, for example, that the group around Florus of Lyon had a very particular set of signs to mark patristic texts, in order to prepare florilegia of patristic quotations on certain subjects. Are there other examples of such private practices, and what happened to them after the death of the scholar(s) at their centre?
Some annotating practices are particular to a certain period in history. Tironian notes, for example, seem to have been used in a specific time and space for marginal comments, and are rarely found outside that period. The Nota sign gets company in the shape of a pointing hand at a certain moment in time, is perhaps even replaced by it. Could we mark annotation practices on a chronological scale, just as we can with letter shapes or other physical features of manuscripts?
3. Cultures of writing
Manuscripts, scholars and books travelled, and thus the culture of writing is a dynamic and ever evolving field. Can we map the circles of influence from one scholar, or one school to the next through the eyes of manuscripts? Can we trace specific practices of annotating or writing in general through history, and follow their historical development? And do these practices offer us insight into the intellectual networks of the time? What would be good strategies to map the dynamics of the lives of manuscripts, both in the sense of their actual travels, and in the sense of their changing contents?

A selection of the papers from the conference will be collected in an edited volume, to be published in 2016.

If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send us a title and abstract (ca 400-500 words), your contact information and affiliation to MarginalScholarship@gmail.com. The deadline for sending in abstracts is 15 January 2015. You will hear back from us before 15 February 2015 whether your proposal has been accepted.
The organizers offer to cover your expenses of accommodation. No fee will be asked, lunches will be provided and one conference dinner. For your travel expenses we kindly ask you to rely on the budget of your own university or other academic sponsor. If this is a problem, please indicate this in your correspondence with us.

Mariken Teeuwen, Irene van Renswoude and Evina Steinova: MarginalScholarship@gmail.com

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

Due: 15th January 2015

Plenary speakers: Katrin Ettenhuber (Pembroke, University of Cambridge); Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews); Christopher Tilmouth (Peterhouse, University of Cambridge)
The Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies (CEMMS: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/cems/) at the University of Sussex is pleased to announce its forthcoming Postgraduate Conference on the theme of ‘Literature and Philosophy 1500-1700’, which will take place on the 14th-16th July 2015.
This conference will explore the relationship between early modern literature and philosophical thought, theories and issues. How philosophical was literature in this period? Did literature and philosophy work in symbiosis or discordantly? How are philosophical ideas approached in early modern literary texts? In what ways could literature function to promote or critique philosophical ideas? What was the role of commercial literature in disseminating philosophical thought? How did circulation of courtly literature influence contemporary political and philosophical thinking? What was the role of different textual mediums (such as codices, pamphlets or newsbooks) in disseminating philosophical ideas? How were philosophical theories engaged with in poetry, prose or drama? Did the genre or medium matter?
We welcome abstracts of 200-300 words for individual papers of 20 minutes or of 600 words for panels of three related papers. These could be on topics including but not limited to:

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

Please submit your abstract along with your institution, paper title and a brief biography to litphilconference@sussex.ac.uk by 15th January 2015.

Call for Contributors: Queenship and Counsel in the Early Modern World

Due: 15 January, 2015

Editors: Helen Graham-Matheson (UCL) and Joanne Paul (NCH)

This collection attempts to highlight the ways in which queenship and counsel were negotiated and represented throughout the early modern age (1400-1800). Advice-giving was one of the most prevalent topics in early modern political discourse, but was often limited to the interaction between a male monarch and his male councillors. Queenship and counsel thus posed a potential problem for early modern political theory and practice. Although this topic has been studied with reference to individual queens, no collection has attempted to study the relationship between queenship and counsel in grand perspective. The volume will be submitted to the Queenship and Power series (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Carole Levin and Charles Beem, with planned publication in early 2017.

We are seeking proposals for submissions from graduate students and scholars in history, literature, philosophy, art history or related fields. Although some longue durée and comparative papers will be accepted, the intention is to produce a collection of chapters each focusing on a single reign, individual or relationship. We welcome submissions which focus on any geographical area within the early modern world, and those from a non-European perspective are especially encouraged. Submissions might focus on any of the four categories of queenship – regnant, regent, dowager and consort – and on both formal and informal varieties of counsel.

Suggested themes include:

  • Rhetoric, persuasion and power
  • Reason, prudence and emotion
  • Legislation and institutionalized councils
  • Ceremonials, representation and symbolism
  • Diplomacy, intelligence and espionage
  • Marriage, family, sexuality and the body
  • Religion and philosophy
  • Culture and patronage

Chapter proposals of 500 words, accompanied by a short summary of biography and research interests (maximum of 250 words), must be submitted to queenshipandcounsel@gmail.com by 15 January 2015 to be considered. Accepted authors will be notified by March 2015, and final submissions due Dec 2015.

Helen Graham-Matheson will complete her PhD at University College London in 2014. Her thesis focuses on the political role of female courtier at the mid-Tudor courts. She has published on related topics in Journal of Early Modern WomenThe Politics of the Female Household (Brill, 2013) and Book Culture in Provincial Society (Ashgate, 2014).

Joanne Paul is Lecturer in the History of Ideas at New College of the Humanities, London. Her PhD completed at Queen Mary, University of London (2013) explored the discourse of political counsel in Anglophone writing from 1485-1651, and she has published on related topics in Renaissance Quarterly, the Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought and in her own co-edited volume,Governing Diversities (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011).

Translation in Transition, Barnard College, New York City, May 1-2, 2015
Due: January 15, 2015

How can we consolidate the gains made by Translation Studies over the last quarter century? What are the future coordinates of a field that is always – and perhaps should remain – in transition?

Translation Studies emerged as an academic discipline within the last thirty years, and the word ‘translation’ itself is often invoked when we celebrate the productivity of intellectual exchange. Yet despite translation’s growing visibility as a metaphor for such exchange, and indeed as a vehicle for it, translation’s place in the university remains in flux. This conference seeks to take the pulse of current research in Translation Studies and to map emerging and innovative approaches in the field. Our aim is not merely to examine the role of translation in academic settings; it is also to explore the relationships universities might foster with other sites where translation is at work. To be held in New York City, with its rich tradition of publishing literature in translation, the conference will include not only traditional panels and lectures, but also readings and convivial gatherings. In this manner, we seek to strengthen ties among the translation community.

We invite interventions from scholars and translators at all stages of their careers that explore the current state and possible futures of translation research. We envisage publication of the conference proceedings. Please submit 250-word abstracts to cmcnamara@barnard.edu by January 15. In your submission, clearly indicate which of the following topics your paper will address:

  • Utopias, dystopias and atopias of translation
  • Sites, nodes, networks and habitats of translation
  • Planets, globes and worlds of translation
  • Embodiments of the translator: the messenger, the angel, the parasite, woman and man, the other
  • Frontiers and futures of translation: the machine age, the age of the digital humanities

For further information and future updates, visit the conference website at barnard.edu/translation/translation-in-transition

Lastly, we are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of $250 travel grants for graduate students. If you wish to be considered for one of these grants, please indicate this in your submission.

Special Issue of Gender & History: Marriage’s Global Past

Due: 15 January 2015

Editors: Sara McDougall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), Sarah Pearsall, Cambridge University

This special issue of Gender & History explores marriage’s global past from the medieval to the modern era. We solicit contributions that examine aspects of the history of marriage in societies and cultures throughout the world, with special attention to ideas and practices of monogamy and polygamy. Of particular interest is the role of gender in the construction and reconstruction of marriage. We also solicit papers that interrogate the relationship of marriage to various forms of power, including those of state, religious, and colonial institutions as well as the complicated dynamics of authority within households. We welcome both broad, comparative studies and more narrowly-focused ones.

Many imagine marriage as a timeless institution. In fact, as William Alexander wrote in 1779, in his History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, to the Present Time, “Marriage is so far from having been an institution, fixed by permanent and unalterable laws, that it has been continually varying in every period, and in every country.” This historian thus acknowledged both the shifting nature of marriage as an institution in a global context, as well as the ways that marriage profoundly shapes, and is shaped by, the role and status of women and men. This special issue similarly assumes varieties of marriages, in terms of both chronology and geography.

This special issue will also interrogate the profound interconnection of gender and marriage, especially with reference to issues of rank, race, age, nationality, culture, religion, and sexuality. Indeed, what might constitute “traditional” marriage in one context might appear radical in another. Indeed, while many contemporary scholars and advocates have called for a redefinition of what is termed “traditional marriage,” recent scholarship has also emphasized how very little is traditional about what is currently described in the Oxford English Dictionary as: “the formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife.”

One of the goals of this special issue is to explore how the idea of so-called “traditional marriage” took root and spread in many cultures. Often, of course, it did so even as local social practices deviated, sometimes notably, from this norm. Christian teachings beginning in the first millennium endorsed a particular model of marriage that became not only a centerpiece of Christian faith but also a potent political and social force across the world. In this model, marriage had to be exclusive and indissoluble, a monogamous and enduring commitment between one man and one woman. At that time and in subsequent centuries, as Christian teachings spread throughout the world, this model of marriage came into contact with cultures that had a variety of different ideas about the best ways to marry, and the purpose of marriage. Clashes between different practices of marriage lay at the heart of many early modern and modern encounters.  This special issue of Gender & History hopes to offer new interpretations of this complex and fascinating history.

The volume will begin with a colloquium to be held 18-20 March 2016 at Cambridge University. Paper proposals (750 words maximum) are to be submitted by 15 January 2015. Invitations to present at the colloquium will be issued in February 2015. All those presenting must submit articles for pre-circulation by 15 January 2016. Participants will also be expected to read all the other articles and to participate fully in the two-day colloquium. This participation will include commenting on the paper of another participant, as well as more general discussions.  After the colloquium, participants will be invited to submit their revised papers for publication. Those accepted by the editors for publication will be expected to submit their manuscripts by 1 September 2016. This timeframe will allow the editors to work with authors to produce the final text of the issue for publication in 2017.

Please send paper proposals to smcdougall@jjay.cuny.edu andsmsp100@cam.ac.uk by 15 January 2015, with “Marriage’s Global Past” in the subject heading.

“Cannibalism in the Early Modern Atlantic, ” The University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 15-16 June 2015

Deadline: 15 January 2015

On early modern voyages, people ate to survive. They fried, roasted, and stewed turtles; they netted fish—including sharks; and they gathered shellfish. During dire moments they sampled penguins and seals. And in even more extreme circumstances, they consumed each other. Last May archaeologists at the Jamestown Rediscovery Project excavation in Virginia unearthed bones that, for the first time, provide physical evidence suggesting that early American colonists ate each other during the Starving Time of 1609-10. Historians have long acknowledged documents detailing the events of that winter, but public interest in the new discovery testifies to the enduring power of cannibalism stories. Such tales, however, tend to deteriorate into debates over whether or not cannibalism occurred, or grisly anecdotes that elide a larger picture of the past. This conference asks participants to think broadly about what occurrences of cannibalism reveal about food history, Atlantic history, and maritime history. Questions that persist include: How did fears about cannibalism shape Europeans’ quest for food? How did early modern actors reconcile medicinal cannibalism with worries about anthropophagy? How did cannibalism tales influence exchanges of food between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans? How did the daily concerns of maritime travel result in occurrences of famine and man-eating? And how does cannibalism challenge the Atlantic World paradigm?

This two-day conference will take place at the University of Southampton from 15-16 June, 2015. It seeks to bridge disciplinary gaps between (but not limited to) anthropology, archaeology, history, and literature. Dr. William M. Kelso (Hon. CBE, FSA), Director of Archaeological Research and Interpretation at the Preservation Virginia Jamestown Rediscovery Project, will give the keynote address. It is expected that presenters will speak for twenty minutes. Thanks to the generous assistance of the Wellcome Trust, some funding is available to assist with food and lodging costs for conference presenters. Selected papers will appear as an edited volume under contract with the University of Arkansas Press. A 250-word proposal and short CV (of no longer than three pages) should be submitted on this website (via the Call for Papers link) by 15 January 2015. Questions should be directed to Dr. Rachel Herrmann (R.B.Herrmann@soton.ac.uk).


‘Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation?’ conference, to be held at Ushaw College, Durham, 1-3 July 2015
Due: 16 January 2015

Speakers include:
Peter Marshall (Warwick)
Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)
Stefania Tutino (UCLA)

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the degree to which Catholics in the British Isles were integrated with or separated from institutions, people and movements in Europe. We would also encourage proposals that address the relationships between Catholics in Europe and those in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Were Catholics in the British Isles unique and isolated in their archipelagic experiences? How much were they influenced by wider European religious and intellectual movements? To what extent were British and Irish Catholics part of wider continental phenomena? Building on recent work on Catholic exiles, this conference will position Catholics from the British Isles within wider European movements, such as, for example, the Counter-Reformation, Gallicanism, Jansenism or the Enlightenment. The relationships and networks considered are to be explored in the widest possible framework. The timeframe is being understood in the broadest sense, from c.1530 to 1800.

Papers might explore:
· Engagement with early modern intellectual, literary, artistic, cultural, political, theological and devotional trends.
· Institutional relationships, for instance between local church figures or authorities.
· The role of British and Irish Catholic exiles in the development of European Counter-Reformation culture, and their role in transporting it to their homelands.
· The reaction of British and Irish Catholics to European Protestant developments.
· European interactions with Catholics from or in the British Isles.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. The organizers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to James Kelly (james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk) by 16 January 2015 at the latest.
Please circulate amongst your colleagues and networks.

British Milton Seminar, 14 March 2015, Birmingham and Midland Institute

Due: 16 January 2015

The Spring 2015 meeting of the British Milton Seminar will be held on Saturday 14 March 2015 at the Birmingham and Midland Institute. There will be two sessions, from 11.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

We currently intend that each session will have two papers (of approx. 25-30 minutes each), for which proposals are invited.

Please send proposals to Dr Sarah Knight (sk218@leicester.ac.uk) and/or Dr Hugh Adlington (h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk) by no later than 16 January 2015.

[N.B. You can follow the British Milton Seminar at: http://britishmiltonseminar.wordpress.com/. Just click on 'Follow' and you will receive automatic email updates]

“VOICES AND BOOKS 1500-1800,”  July 16th-18th 2015, Newcastle University and City Library, Newcastle

Due: 16 January 2015

Organiser: Jennifer Richards, Newcastle University with Helen Stark, Newcastle University

Keynote Speakers
Heidi Brayman Hackel (University of California, Riverside)
Anne Karpf (London Metropolitan University)
Christopher Marsh (Queen’s University, Belfast) with The Carnival Band
Perry Mills, Director of Edward’s Boys (King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon)
Although it is often acknowledged that early modern books were routinely read aloud we know relatively little about this. Oral reading is not embedded as an assumption in existing scholarship. On the contrary, over the last two decades it is the studious and usually silent reader, pen in hand, who has been placed centre stage. This conference invites contributions that explore the kind of evidence and research methods that might help us to recover this lost history; that think about how reading / singing aloud relates to other kinds of orality; that recover the civic and / or social life of the performed book in early modern culture; and reflect on how the performance of the scripted word might inform our reading of early modern writing today. We also welcome papers that think through what it might mean to make ‘voice’ central to our textual practice.
We invite proposals (in English) that address the relationship between orality and literacy in any genre in print or manuscript in any European language. The genres might be literary, religious, musical, medical, scientific, or educational. We encourage proposals that recover diverse communities and readers/hearers. We also welcome papers that consider problems of evidence: e.g. manuscript marginalia; print paratexts; visual representations; as well as non-material evidence (voice; gesture). We will be particularly pleased to receive suggestions for presentations that include practical illustrations, performances or demonstrations.

Topics might include, but are not restricted to:
• The sound of print
• The physiology of voicing
• Singing and speaking
• Rhetoric: voice and gesture
• Performance and emotions
• Communities of hearers
• Acoustic reconstructions
• Children’s reading / reading to children

200-word abstracts for 20-minute papers from individuals and panels (3 speakers) to be sent to voicesandbooks15001800@gmail.com The DEADLINE for abstracts is: Friday 16th January 2015.

There will be a small number of travel bursaries for postgraduate and early career researchers. If you are interested in applying for support please contact Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. Deadline: May 1st 2015.

For more information on the AHRC Network Voices and Books 1500-1800, co-led by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle) and Professor Richard Wistreich (RCM London), please visit our website: https://research.ncl.ac.uk/voicesandbooks/

“Travel and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern World,” Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) Aberystwyth-Bangor, Biennial conference, 3rd-5th September 2015, Bangor University

Due: 25 January, 2015

Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway)

The meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict are numerous. Travel can be a conflictual experience; in medieval Europe, movement may be perceived as being restricted to travel motivated by the exigencies of piety, pillage, or trade. It would however be too easy to suggest a clear binary between a medieval state of stasis and the more leisurely travel and exploration in the early modern period. Until relatively recently, domestic travel and voyages to the wider world remained dangerous undertakings. Utopian fiction and travel writing are two genres that have been closely aligned by scholars who recognise how these genres reshape medieval discourses on the ideal state for an early modern audience. Weary travellers arrive at geographically unspecified places comprising ideal societies, but these ideal societies occupy a liminal space between fiction and reality: these spaces are ultimately unattainable due to the imprecision and prevarication present in the narrative. This draws to focus tensions within documenting imaginary travel and the material world. Far from being a site of concord, they become spaces of conflict. Travel – whether it is real or imagined, or if it has been implemented for public or private purposes – can be obstructed by conflicts; it remains often restricted and always bitterly debated.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies to interrogate the relationship between travel and conflict. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Travel in times of war and conflict
  • Restricted travel
  • Forbidden travel
  • Exile and travel
  • Colonial encounters
  • Piracy
  • Travel, subterfuge and deceit
  • Conflict of body and mind in travel
  • Travel, religion and conversion
  • Conflicting readings of travelogues
  • Debates on travel
  • Liminal spaces
  • Utopian/Dystopian travel
  • Travel and synaesthesia
  • Vagrancy
  • Matter, materiality and the unreal
  • Travel as a violent act
  • Remembering and forgetting travel
  • Conflict between topography and spatial movement
  • Conflict between mapped space and inhabited space
  • Language communication and miscommunication
  • Pilgrimage or Crusade
  • Migration and persecution

We invite abstracts of 200-250 words for individual papers of twenty minutes, or of up to 850 words for panels comprising no more than three papers, to be sent to travelandconflict@gmail.com by 25th January 2015. Please send your abstract in the text of your message, and not in an attached file.

The conference organisers are Rhun Emlyn, Gabor Gelléri, Andrew Hiscock, and Rachel Willie.

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

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS- Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)
3) names and contact information of two academic references

The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

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

Due: January 30th, 2015

We will be accepting regular papers and artworks of any kind !!!

The Italian Graduate Conference Committee

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

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

Due:  January 30, 2015

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

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

Due: 31 January 2015

Inline image 1

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

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

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

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

Due 31 January, 2015

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due: 15 February, 2015

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

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

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

Topics include but are not limited to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Due: 1 May, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

Call for 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: