IMC Leeds 2016

Individual paper submissions due: 30 August

Session Proposals due: 30 September

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

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

Due: 1 September

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

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

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

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

Ohio State University Press has expressed interest in this volume.
Please send a 250 word abstract to Richard Godden ( or Asa Simon Mittman (, and feel free to contact us with queries, questions, and suggestions.


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

Due: 1 September

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

Dr Philip Major
Birkbeck, University of London
Email address:


57th Annual Conference
Society for French Studies, University of Glasgow: 27-29 June 2016

Due: 11 September

The Society for French studies invites proposals for papers (in English or French; duration: 20 minutes) for panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Ecologies
  • The Senses
  • Oralities
  • Space(s)
  • Independence
  • Satire/Caricature
  • Word and Image
  • Memory Cultures
  • Social Media, Language and Culture
  • Disability
  • Utopia
  • Pacifism

The suggested topics may be interpreted widely and are intended to encompass as broad a historical range as may be applicable. Please provide a short abstract (250-300 words), outlining the argument of the proposed paper. Abstracts should be framed with a view to addressing an audience made up of both specialists and non-specialists, and should include the proposer’s contact details (email & regular mail).

The Society encourages proposals for complete panels (of 3 or 4 speakers) on either the suggested topics, or from any area of French studies, and it is hoped that approximately half of the parallel sessions and the conference will emerge from complete-panel proposals. These should include the names, email and postal addresses of all speakers, and those of the proposed session chair, who should not be one of the speakers. As well as a 250-300-word abstract for each speaker, proposals should contain a brief outline of the rationale and motivation of the proposed panel (no more than one printed page). One individual involved should be clearly designated as the proposer with overall responsibility or the proposed session.

Papers and panels are selected on the basis of peer review; you should know by late October 2015 whether it has been possible to include your paper/panel. Applications from postgraduate students are especially invited. NB In order to encourage as wide a participation as possible, the eligibility rules have been changed. Presenters are welcome to offer papers for two successive annual conferences.

Please send abstracts (by email) by 11 September 2015 to the Conference Officer, Dr Nina Parish ( For further information on the conference, please see


Digesting Bynum: (Re)Theorizing the Medieval Feast and Fast in the Twenty-First Century
IMC Leeds 2016

Due: 14 September

In her 1998 book, The Shock of Medievalism, Kathleen Biddick takes to task Caroline Walker Bynum’s widely acclaimed and highly influential work on the food practices of medieval women mystics (Holy Feast and Holy Fast [1998]). In spite of the acknowledged field-changing nature of Bynum’s book and its widespread adoption as the authoritative work on the relation between medieval holy women and food practices, Biddick’s primary charge is that Bynum’s failure to interrogate gender construction and ethnic identity leads to the assumption that “gender is an essence that appears prior to other categories and informs them, that the feminine mirrors . . . the female reproductive function, that the female body is the originary foundational site of gender”.  For Biddick, moreover, Bynum’s conception of history is dependent on “an ahistorical, imagined body of the maternal” (141).

Returning to this intellectual debate, proposals for 20-minute papers are being sought that will offer new, dynamic readings of the complex signifier of the medieval feast/fast dialectic, its bodies, spaces and contexts. Fully cognisant of Bynum’s extraordinary legacy, papers should offer readings that are inflected by more recently developed theories of gender, sexuality, space and materiality resistant to the type of essentialism excoriated by Biddick nearly twenty years ago.

Proposals of up to 250 words should be sent to Liz Herbert McAvoy ( by Monday, September 14, 2015.


36th Annual Conferece: Manuscript as Medium
Fordham Center for Medieval Studies, New York: 5-6 March 2016

Due: 15 September

Speakers include: Jessica Brantley, Kathryn Rudy, Andrew Taylor

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


20th biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Sarasota, Florida: 10–13 March 2016

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

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


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

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

For the sneak preview of the CFP go here:

For general information about submissions go here:

Perceptions of Race in the Middle Ages
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Organizers: Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley

In recent years, race and broader issues of alterity have been subjects of increasing importance and even urgency in medieval studies. Scholars have seen the Middle Ages as both a foil and a point of origin for modern notions of race. Whatever one’s position on the issue, however, it is indisputable that the Middle Ages offers a laboratory for the exploration of different forms of alterity—the ways in which religious, linguistic, or pigmentation differences, for example, can become conflated, ideologized, and imbued with affects of wonder or disgust. Our panel, “Perceptions of Race in the Middle Ages,” seeks to build on the recent insights of scholars such as Geraldine Heng, Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Michael Uebel and Cord Whitaker, among others, as they pertain to race as either present on body or materialized in habit, custom, religion or culture. Alongside work on blackness and the body, there has also been fascinating development on medieval “trans-national” movement (i.e. migration, immigration, travel, etc.), historical processes that have a crucial bearing on depictions of racial and cultural difference. Key questions include:

  • How is race constructed in the Middle Ages, and how does that construction change throughout the period?
  • How does the body function in medieval readings of race?
  • Where do questions of race intersect with questions of religious difference?
  • What effect do patterns of “trans-national” movement and other forms of historical contact between groups have on medieval understandings and representations of race and difference?

We seek papers that wrestle with the question of race and its perception in all areas of medieval studies, but especially in medieval texts. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Evan Wilson ( or Shokoofeh Rajabzadeh ( by Sept. 15, or sooner if possible.


Rolls and Scrolls after the Codex: New Approaches to an Old Technology
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Organizers: Katherine Hindley, Anya Adair, and Ray Clemens (Yale University)

Despite the ascendancy of the codex in the medieval period, the technology of the manuscript roll/scroll remained a popular means of presenting and preserving texts and images. This panel aims to encourage conversation on the subject of medieval rolls and scrolls by inviting papers engaging with any aspect of this physical format and/or the texts it contained.

Papers offering new research into the form or content of medieval manuscript rolls and scrolls are encouraged – from the details of their codicological features to the content of the texts they contain.  Some ongoing questions of rolls research that papers might address include: How do form and content interact in rolls?  What is their social status?  How are we to understand and tackle the codicological challenges of manuscript artifacts that rest so uncomfortably under the label “codex”?  What digital tools are best able to render rolls research accessible, adaptable and interactive?

The session conceives of research on rolls in the broadest sense to foster what we hope will become a sustained conversation about this tenacious form.  Music and liturgical rolls, religious and legal records, domestic accounts, genealogies and chronicle histories, and literary works are all of interest.  We welcome interdisciplinary connections between paleography, literature, art history, history, and language study, as well as work taking on the digital humanities challenges of these non-codex materials.  Literary textual editors, students of diplomatics, Torah scholars and those researching Latin and vernacular materials are encouraged to share insights on the common technology of their texts.


Working with Manuscript Fragments
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Organizers: Elizabeth Hebbard and Ray Clemens (Yale University)

Manuscript fragments are rich mines for investigation. They contain codicological clues to several layers of use: physical wear, for example, can demonstrate how a fragment was recycled as a wrapper or as reinforcement in a binding. Similarly, marks of ownership, frequently penned on fragments serving as flyleaves and wrappers, can provide further information about readers, owners, and users of the fragment both in its original and its repurposed form. Fragments still in situ in bindings can indicate a great deal about the mobility of both manuscript and printed texts at their point of intersection in a binding. The fragmentary manuscript, seen in this light, is both a network of scribal and reader communities, and a means to reconstruct such communities.

Still other kinds of stories are told by whole leaves, resulting predominantly from the unfortunately widespread practice of biblioclasty among book dealers beginning in the early twentieth century. In both cases, digital humanities furnishes tools that allow scholars to recognize and reassemble fragments belonging to one another, now scattered across many institutions.

This session invites contributions from all academic disciplines that consider manuscript fragments of any kind: individual manuscript fragments, fragment collections, broken books, and the reconstruction of fragmented texts and manuscripts. How do fragments travel, and where? What methodologies are best suited to “fragmentology”? What challenges do fragments pose to current cataloguing methods? Given that texts bound in codices are often incomplete, what is the status of the “fragment” and the “fragmentary” with regard to the medieval material record?


Harvard Medieval Colloquium, Two Panels
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

1. With Nicholas Watson – “Middle Time: Past, Present, Future”

As Carolyn Dinshaw would remind us, time is a product of multiple styles of representation. Time can be recursive (the seasons), or it can map one temporality onto another (the liturgy). It can even be imagined as moving towards its own ending (the apocalypse), either by the slow ticking of days or the rush of a visionary leap, one that moves from the time of the present to the end times.
This panel suggests that the idea of “middle time,” a notion that encompasses both scholarly constructions of the medieval past as “in the middle,” and medieval conceptions of that aspect or quantity of time lying between past and future, might prove useful as a tool for scholarly communication with the medium aevum. If the Middle Ages are understood by modern historiogrpahers as “intermediate,” do they interrupt, suspend, or join the time periods that come before and after them? Could those late medieval writers who inhabit spaces of the secular and the eternal, the historical and the prophetic (for instance, Julian of Norwich, John Mandeville, Margery Kempe, or William Langland) be said to write in a “middle” mode? How might contemporary scholars work with models of temporality from the past —and of the past—to better understand, as Nicholas Watson has put it, the “rich exchanges between present and past that are an often-repressed feature of our work?”
We invite new research relating to the medieval and post-medieval constructions—both scholarly and imaginative—of the past, present, and future.
2. With Emily Thornbury – “Dark Age Classicisms”
When Petrarch first likened the close of the Middle Ages to “the end of darkness and the night of error”—as contrasted, of course, with the “dawn of the true light” of Humanism—he could hardly have imagined the influence his characterization would soon acquire. Designations of the medium aevum as a “dark age” resound through nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historiography, and with these designations flourish a series of assumptions about the early Middle Ages in particular—that they were divorced from Classical learning and culture, and that they were a regressive and ignorant time. Thanks to important work by, among others, Martin Irvine, Alastair Minnis, and Michael Lapidge, we now recognize great continuities between Classical and Anglo-Saxon letters and culture, but much work remains to be done on the manner in which early English writers encountered, and appropriated, their classical pasts.
This panel explores one aspect of the classical in early England by focusing on what we term “dark age classicisms”— a phrase that connotes the early English reception or adaptation of the classical, on the one hand, and the idea of the “classic” in Anglo-Saxon England, on the other. To what extent, we ask, does pre-Conquest poetry refract or reject classical notions of aesthetic order and disorder, essence and ornament? Were certain works within the Old English canon considered to be “classics” in their time? Can works of poetry that describe times held at a remove from their present—such as Beowulf, or the Wanderer—be said to “classicize” their subject matter? And what influence do material survivals from the Greco-Roman past—in the form of books, objets d’art, ruins, and so forth—exercise upon the imaginations of the people who “recovered” them from loss, or obscurity, or darkness?
We welcome papers that engage with any aspect of the intersection between classical past and English present from the Roman withdrawal to the arrival of the Normans in the eleventh century.
All questions, abstract submissions, and required information should be sent to Helen Cushman at by the congress deadline (September 15th).

International Joan of Arc Society, Two Panels
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

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

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

Contact info at the Congress website or e-mail

Rethinking the Wearable in the Middle Ages
ICMS in Kalamazoo Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Ittai Weinryb:
Elizabeth Williams:

Making Time/Making Space: Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Drama
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

 Due: 15 September

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

Please submit one-page abstracts and a completed Participant Information form ( to Jill Stevenson at by September 15, 2015. This panel is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society. Feel free to contact Jill with questions about the session. For general information about the 2016 Medieval Congress, please visit:

Medieval Performance as Appropriation
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

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

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

Please submit a one-page abstract *and* a completed Participant Information Form ( to Susannah Crowder at no later than September 15, 2015.  Feel free to contact Susannah with questions about the session; for general information about the 2016 Medieval Congress, visit:

Reassessing Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies: Representations of Secular Power in Word and Image
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Since its publication in 1957, Ernst Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies has achieved canonical status in the field of medieval history. This sweeping account of medieval political theology describes how the king came to be perceived as a gemina persona, possessing both a “body natural” (material and mortal) and a “body politic” (immaterial and immortal). While art historians frequently cite the book in their analyses of medieval iconography, many scholars have criticized Kantorowicz’s study for a variety of perceived faults, in particular for being reductive or anachronistic, as epitomized by its application of an early modern (Tudor) political theory to earlier centuries. One of the best-known and most pointed critiques came early on from R. W. Southern, who accused it of “put[ting] the symbol before the reality.”

This session invites papers that critically engage with Kantorowicz’s paradigm of the king’s two bodies in order to reassess its benefits and/or limitations as a means of interpreting medieval texts and images. The organizers conceive of this panel as an opportunity to interrogate Kantorowicz’s methods and conclusions, to examine the utility of the “two bodies” as a hermeneutic paradigm, and to consider the implications of this provocative book for twenty-first-century scholarship.

While all of the selected papers will address articulations of secular power, a variety of approaches is possible. Questions and issues might include: regional specificities in the expression of power; the differentiation in the perception of power as embodied by female versus male rulers; the conspicuous presence or conspicuous absence of sacred references in courtly texts/images/objects; the formation of royal identity and the legitimization of new or contested rulers; religious language, symbolism, or imagery in diplomatics; the pragmatic and/or legal function of images of power; shifts in imagery and meaning across time; the role of likeness and naturalism (or, conversely, of abstraction) in identity formation; etc. Submissions from historians and art historians are encouraged.

Proposals should include a one-page abstract, a completed Participant Information Form (PIF), and a CV with email, mailing address and phone number.

Please forward proposals to the organizers: Melanie Hanan, Fordham University,, *and* Shannon L. Wearing, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University,

Sensory Reflections: Traces of Experience in Medieval Artifacts
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Sponsored by the Stanford University Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. May 12-15, 2016, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

The rich potential of medieval matter (most obviously manuscripts and visual imagery, but also liturgical objects, coins, textiles, architecture, amulets, graves, etc.) to complement and even transcend purely textual sources is by now well established in medieval scholarship across the disciplines.  So, too, attention to medieval sensory experiences—most prominently emotion—has transformed our understanding of medieval religious life and spirituality, violence, power, and authority, friendship, and constructions of both the self and the other.  This session draws the two approaches together, plumbing medieval material sources for traces of sensory experience – above all ephemeral and physical experiences that, unlike emotion, are rarely fully described or articulated in texts.  Papers should address some of the varied ways that the experiences of the senses could be communicated (or constructed) through medieval objects.
Proposals for presentations of no more than 20 minutes should be sent to Fiona Griffiths ( or Kathryn Starkey ( no later than Sept. 15.
Proposals should be accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at

Surrounding Medieval Women: Female Occupation of Secular Architecture and Landscape
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

A Paper Panel Sponsored by the Northwestern Art History Department at the 51st International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016

Organizers: Sarah W. Townsend ( and Scott D. Miller (

In the past twenty years, archeologists such as Roberta Gilchrist and Matthew Johnson have investigated the interpenetration of space and social performance and have explored the role of spatial segregation in the formation of social identity. Concurrently, literary scholars including Sarah Stanbury, Joyce Coleman, and Elizabeth Robertson have discussed the enclosure and exposure of women as a rhetorical construct, examining the ways in which literature dictates and shapes the behavior of women. However, these two historiographical traditions have rarely come into conversation. This session invites papers which bridge this disciplinary divide by calling upon the expertise and methodological approaches honed in art history, archeology and literary studies in order to explore the architectural enmeshment of literary practice. How might we think of both literature and architectural space as framing devices that shaped medieval social practice?

This paper panel continues a conversation begun at Kalamazoo 2015 in a panel on Rape, Violence and Consent in the Medieval Pastourelle organized by Carissa M. Harris and Elizaveta Strakhov. This panel began with two literary papers on French and Middle English pastourelle and was followed by an art historical paper which considered the pastoral performance of an archeological site. The discussion following the panel culminated in the exciting suggestion that a female domestic interior decorated with literary motifs may have framed the types of encounters that could take place within that space. In 2016, we would like to continue the interdisciplinary conversation begun in this panel and expand the conversation to encompass wider questions about secular women and secluded space.

This session invites papers in the disciplines of History, Art History, Archeology, Literary Studies, and Gender Studies. Topics might include: the segregation of secular women in domestic interiors, castles, towers, gardens, and bowers; the social and sexual politics of gendered space; female agency in patriarchal space; seclusion as social performance; lived space and social practice; and female reading, recreation, retirement, ‘work’ or ‘study’ and the physical spaces associated with these activities.

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and a Participant Information Form ( to Sarah Townsend ( by September 15, 2015.

Verse Bibles and Poetic Theologies from Anglo-French to Middle English: A Roundtable
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

Organizers: Ann E. Killian ( and Emily Ulrich (

Since the 1990s, studies of vernacular religious writing in medieval England have focused on the relationship between Middle English texts and their Latin sources, often portraying “vernacular theologies” as subversive of Latinate hegemony. More recent scholarship, however, has called attention to English writings’ unacknowledged dependence on Anglo-French works of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Andrew Taylor, for example, has argued that commercial production of vernacular writing likely began in the thirteenth century as rising numbers of Anglo-French theological treatises were composed for lay patrons and disseminated through official channels. Ralph Hanna has likewise called attention to the popularity of Anglo-French verse bibles preceding the production of the Wycliffite Bible.

This roundtable session solicits papers (8-10 min.) investigating the production and circulation of Anglo-French religious writings and their Middle English translations. When did the shift from one vernacular to the other take place and what catalyzed the change? Did it affect or coincide with other changes in manuscript production? Why do Middle English texts often suppress mention of Anglo-French models?

A key figure whose works and reputation remain important in both languages is Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln (1235-1253). What patterns can be discerned in the circulation of works attributed to Grosseteste? What more can be said about Grosseteste’s alleged impact on later writers such as William Langland, Julian of Norwich, and John Wyclif?

Please send proposals for a presentation of no more than 10 minutes and a Participant Information Form ( to Ann Killian ( by September 15, 2015.

Sponsored Session, International Association for Robin Hood Studies: Ecocritical Outlaws
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 15 September

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

Please send 250-word abstracts and CVs by September 15, 2015 to Kristin Bovaird-Abbo (, Valerie B. Johnson ( and Alexander L. Kaufman (

Beauty and the Beast: Imagery from the Medieval Bestiary
ICMS in Kalamazoo, Michigan: 12-15 May 2016

Due: 18 September

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

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

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

The Participant Information Form can be found on the Congress website:


Mad Love
UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference: 19-20 February 2016

Due: 21 September

The uneasy boundary between madness and love asserts itself throughout recorded history. The shifting relationship between these two phenomena exists across most (if not all) societies and epochs, particularly in literature and art. From lovesickness in the Middle Ages, to nymphomania and hysteria in the Enlightenment, to the stalker in modern-day horror films, the line between love and madness is continually conflated, contested, and blurred.

In keeping with recent critical attention to the history of the passions and the body, we are interested in the aesthetic representation – literary, visual, and oral – of love madness. How are these extreme states represented in literature and art? Where is the line drawn between passionate love and mad love? How has the representation of love and/or/as madness changed over time? What effect have these representations had on real-world treatment of the mentally ill? And how is space left for mad love as a positive force, if at all?

This year’s UCLA Comparative Literature Graduate Conference will explore the many manifestations of mad love in literature and cultural history. We invite graduate students to present papers on related issues. Topics on the intersections between social conceptions and artistic depictions of love and madness might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Love as a disease
  • Love, madness, and psychoanalysis
  • Bodies performing desire
  • Love, madness, and identity
  • Gendering desire and/or madness
  • Love, madness, and violence
  • Monstrous love
  • Creative production/inspiration and love/madness
  • The role of the sensory in love and madness
  • Mental Health and Human Rights

We are open to papers in all disciplines and treating material from all time periods. In addition to conventional panel presentations, we will offer performances and film screenings; interactive workshops on topics such as the history of psychiatry and an introduction to translation; and discussion sections on pre-circulated materials (primary and/or secondary).

Please submit your 250-300 word proposal/abstract and a CV to by Monday, September 21st. Kindly mention “Submission: CLGraduate Conference” in the subject of the e-mail. All submissions should include the title of the paper, the abstract, and the name, affiliation, and contact information of the author. Please specify whether you are interested in (a) presenting a paper or (b) presenting/performing a creative work. If you are proposing a creative work, please specify any A/V needs and the length of the presentation.

Further information is available on the conference website at For any additional queries, please contact


The XV International Congress of Medieval Canon Law
University Panthéon-Assas (Paris II): 17-23 July 2016

Due: 30 September

Info here:


Netherlandish Art and Luxury Goods in Renaissance Spain
Leuven, 4-6 Feb 2016

Due: 1 October 2015

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

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

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

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

Due: 2 October

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, 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. 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.

Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference, Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA, 4-5 March 2016

Due: 15 October

The Lehigh University English graduate program is organizing our second annual Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference for March 4-5, 2016, to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We invite proposals for 15-20 minute presentations by MA and Doctoral students within the discipline of English, comparative literature, or modern languages. Scholars working in all time periods, genres, and theoretical methodologies are welcome to submit abstracts. This year’s theme is “Public Humanities,” but we welcome proposals on any topic on literature and social justice. Potential topics could include, but are not restricted to:

–the interplay of academia, literature, and public outreach
–online venues for public humanities
–literacy and literature in the academy vs in the public sphere
–public outreach and access to the humanities
–public radio/public broadcasting/podcasts
–service learning through literature
–the university’s responsibility to the community
–public histories/storytelling and community engagement
–museums, archives, collections, and sites
–documentaries and representing the voices of others
–concepts of audience
–public humanities and the literature curriculum
–teaching literature beyond the traditional classroom
–literary and interdisciplinary collaborations for public humanities

Graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Dashielle Horn and Laura Kremmel at by October 15th, 2015.

Full CFP:


Habit, Graduate Conference – The Rutgers Long Eighteenth Century Trans-Atlantic Graduate Studies Group
Rutgers University, 3-4 March 2016

Due: 15 October

In the age-old opposition of nature and nurture, habit has long played the complex role of “second nature.” The rise of natural philosophy (modern science) in the seventeenth century gave “nature” an unprecedented grounding in empirically sensible experience, sorted by scientific experiment into natural constants on the one hand and the variables of partial perception on the other. Drawing a sharp boundary between nature and nurture, divine and human creation, becomes both imperative and increasingly subject to demanding standards of judgment. “Nurture,” traditionally conceived as education or art, is subtly refined to encompass internalization through custom, discipline, breeding, familiarization, cultivation, naturalization, ideology, “culture” — the domain of habituation.

Traditionally, “habit” is also costume, clothing, uniform, dress — markers of the self that at once contour the body and conceal it. Well-worn by our period, this sense of habit expands to embrace a range of contradictions. It can mark social conformity or individual idiosyncrasy; it can come across as hypocritically affected or appealingly genuine (or even, perhaps, as genuine affectation). Habit becomes characterization, character, a relation between outward appearance and inner essence whose complexity and indeterminacy proclaim the possibility of individual and social change. Advocates of public and private improvement hoped to reorganize the world, or discrete parts of it, by cultivating good habits and reforming bad ones. This was easier said than done, for habit denotes where practice becomes uncannily automatic, potentially resistant to ideological conviction and even to conscious control.

We invite papers on any of these, and other, aspects of habit, including the following topics:

  • Fashion in dress, accessories, and beliefs.
  • Religious habits, from vestments to liturgy to labor discipline in the calling.
  • Habit-forming and addictive commodities and practices.
  • Mechanization, automatism, mesmerism, animal magnetism. “Man A Machine.”
  • Habits of perception, both sensible and virtual.
  • From the ritual to the habitual in everyday life.
  • The regulation of manners and conduct: campaigns, treatises, advertising.
  • Systems of status and class and/or of sex and gender.
  • The life history of conventions: literary, artistic, social.
  • Customs: traditions, exchanges, and transformations.
  • Habitual form in diaries, commonplace books, letters, novels, and other genres.

Papers should take no more than 20 minutes to deliver. Please send abstracts (maximum 300 words) of proposed topics no later than October 15th to

Self-commentary in Early Modern European Literature, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University

Due: 15 October

Writers the world over have often accompanied their texts with a variety of annotations, marginal glosses, rubrications, and explicatory or narrative prose in an effort to direct and control the reception of their own works. Such self-exegetical devices do not merely serve as an external apparatus but effectively interact with the primary text by introducing a distinctive meta-literary dimension which, in turn, reveals complex dynamics affecting the very notions of authorship and readership. In the Renaissance, self-commentaries enjoyed unprecedented diffusion and found expression in a multiplicity of forms, which appear to be closely linked to momentous processes such as the legitimation of vernacular languages across Europe, the construction of a literary canon, the making of the modern author as we know it, and the self-representation of modern individual identities.

The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University ( invites proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of self-commentary and self-exegesis in Early Modern European literature, broadly defined as ca. 1400 – ca. 1700. A number of fundamental questions will be addressed, including:

  • How do authorial commentaries mimic standard commentaries?
  • If commentaries ordinarily aim to facilitate textual comprehension and bridge the gap between a text and its readership, in what ways can this be true of self-commentaries as well? What further motivations and strategies are at work?
  • How do writers of the Renaissance position themselves in respect of the classical tradition?
  • How do they progressively depart from the medieval scholastic practice of glossing texts?
  • How do self-commentaries interact with the primary text and contribute to its reception?

For consideration, please send a title and abstract of ~300 words, as well as a one-page CV, to no later than 15 October 2015.

For more information, please visit this site and view this pdf: CFP-Self-CommentaryDurham


A Global Middle Ages, Medieval Association of the Pacific 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting

Due: 30 October

Davis, California; March 31 – April 2, 2016.

In 2016, MAP will return to UC Davis, where it was founded, for a 50th anniversary celebration and conference with the theme “A Global Middle Ages.” MAP invites proposals for individual 20-minutepapers as well as organized sessions of three 20-minute papers. We welcome papers and panels that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the period 500-1500, in any discipline (Philosophy, Art History, History, Literature and Culture, and/or Classics). Because of the “global” theme, we particularly invite papers that move beyond the European parameters of medieval studies to include East and West Asia, Mediterranean Studies, Africa, and Meso-America, and that consider contact zones, cultural exchange, trade, transmission, translation, and reception across times or places. Papers attentive to the history of rhetoric and to medieval Iberia are also especially welcome, in honor of James J. Murphy and Samuel Armistead and their contributions to medieval studies at the University of California Davis and around the world.

Keynote speakers are Professor Monica Green ( — “A Global Middle Ages: Genetic Connections”) and Professor Andy Kelly (English, UCLA — “Jews and Other Non-Christians in Late Medieval England: By Report and in Person”).

For more information about paper and session proposals and registration for the conference, see the conference website at and the MAP website

Conquest: 1016, 1066; 39th Battle Conference on Anglo-Norman Studies, Battle, 21-24 July 2016

Due: 31 October

Paper proposals are invited for this interdisciplinary anniversary conference. Individual paper proposals (of 20 minutes’ length) are highly encouraged and are anticipated to make up the majority of the program; proposals are also invited for consideration by a number of session organizers. Sessions which are filled may be replicated if enough paper proposals warrant it. Papers may be on any topic relevant to 1066 in European context, though the main suggested themes are listed here: Conquest Call for Papers A list of speakers and topics can be viewed here: Battle Conference 2016 speakers and topics To submit a paper by the 31 October deadline, please complete and return an electronic copy of this paper proposal form (Conquest Conference Paper Proposal Form) to


10th Undergraduate Conference in Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA, 5 December 2015

Due: 6 November

The Tenth Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held on Saturday December 5, 2015. We sincerely welcome contributions from all departments in explorations of connection to the period between approx. 500 C.E. and 1800 C.E. In the past, we’ve had some great papers, panels, and poster presentations that began as coursework, in addition to engaging performances in music, drama, and dance.

The typical presentation format consists of a 15-minute paper or a 45-minute group performance, but alternative formats would certainly be considered. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Nov. 6. Registration will again be free for both presenters and attendees. Registration and submission of proposals opens October 1, via the conference website. For a brief preview of this year’s conference and a look at past conferences, please visit our website at: The conference has generally drawn over 200 people and typically features presentations and performances by approximately 100 students from 30 schools or so. Other highlights of this year’s conference will be a plenary presentation by Prof. Michael Drout (Dept. of English, Wheaton College); a performance entitled “Perpetual Motion” by Galileo’s Daughters (; and demonstrations and exhibits by artisans.

We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. Please feel free to email questions to or

22nd Annual ACMRS Conference,
Scottsdale, AZ: 4-6 February 2016

Online submission date(s):  1 June to 4 December

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 4-6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Making Early Middle English Conference
University of Victoria in Vancouver, Canada: 
23-25 September 2016

Due: 15 December 

Contact: Adrienne Boyarin ( and Dorothy Kim (
This conference will explore Early Middle English, its historical and scholarly “making,” and its contexts. The organizers welcome papers that engage how Early Middle English as a field, as manuscripts, as texts, and as a multilingual phenomenon has been shaped and made, handled and mishandled. We are interested in talks that consider the historical, global, and multilingual situation of English literature and English manuscript production between 1100-1350, and we encourage ideas of Early Middle English as a network of experimental clusters. We are also interested in how the period has been fashioned in its post-medieval histories, from sixteenth-century antiquarian descriptions, to twentieth-century scholarly views of its “aridity and remoteness” (to quote Thomas Hahn in the Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature), to its current new “making” in digital archives. Scholars from a range of disciplines, working on a range of genres and languages related to the production of English literature and “Englishness” in the period 1100-1350, should feel free to submit proposals for sessions or papers.
Topics to consider include but are not limited to:
 • the multicultural and international contexts of Early Middle English
• the multilingual contexts of Early Middle English (including Englishes, Latin, French/Anglo-Norman, Hebrew, Welsh, etc.)
• the history of the field and boundary problems (e.g., between Old English and Early Middle English, between England and France, between disciplines, etc.)
• manuscript studies
• access to and creation of resources (digital resources, editions)
• pedagogical challenges around Early Middle English
• concepts of nativeness in Early Middle English and related literature
• the role of women and gender in Early Middle English (as a field or a corpus)
The conference will take place at the University of Victoria, located on southern Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. The conference will include presentation of Special Collections materials, workshops on the challenges of creating digital resources for Early Middle English, a presentation by the directors of the NEH-funded Archive of Early Middle English project, and keynote addresses by scholars working on the multilingual situation of twelfth- and thirteenth-century England. Dependent on grant funding, some subsidies may become available for those who would otherwise find it difficult to attend.
Please email proposals, as well as queries or expressions of interest, to both organizers by 15 December 2015: Adrienne Boyarin ( and Dorothy Kim ( Abstracts for 20-minute papers should be no longer than 300 words; session proposals (a session description/rationale and a list of proposed speakers who have confirmed their willingness to attend) should be no longer than 500 words; expressions of interest, queries, and ideas for non-traditional formats are also welcome. Please include your name, research area, and affiliation (if applicable) in all correspondence.

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

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 ( and Asa Simon Mittman (, or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk (, to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.

For Brill’s peer review process see here: