The Medieval Globe, Black Death as a Global Pandemic
The Medieval Globe explores the modes of communication, materials of exchange, and myriad interconnections among regions, communities, and individuals in an era central to human history. It promotes scholarship in three related areas of study:
• 1. the direct and indirect means by which peoples, goods, and ideas came into contact
• 2. the deep roots of allegedly modern global developments
• 3. the ways in which perceptions of “the medieval” have been (and are) constructed and deployed around the world.
Contributions to a global understanding of the medieval period need not encompass the globe in any territorial sense. The Medieval Globe advances a new theory and praxis of medieval studies by bringing into view phenomena that have been rendered practically or conceptually invisible by anachronistic boundaries, categories, and expectations: these include networks, communities, bodies of knowledge, forms of movement, varieties of interaction, and identities. It invites submissions that analyze actual or potential connections, trace trajectories and currents, address topics of broad interest, or pioneer portable methodologies.
The Medieval Globe (TMG) is a peer-reviewed journal to be launched in 2014-15 with a special issue on the Black Death as a global pandemic, edited by Monica Green (Arizona State University). It will be published in both print and digital formats. Themed issues will alternate with issues composed of articles submitted for consideration on a rolling basis. Future issues might address such topics as: pilgrimage, diasporas, race and racializing technologies, maritime cultures and ports-of-call, piracy and crime, knowledge networks, markets and consumerism, entertainment, spoils and spolia, global localities, comparative cosmographies, sites of translation and acculturation, slavery and social mobility.
Conquest: 1016, 1066
Due: May 1, 2014
An Interdisciplinary Anniversary Conference
St Anne’s College, Oxford, and TORCH, 20-23 July 2016
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS
Sessions will run in parallel for 90 minutes each. Session proposals of any suitable form are invited (3x20min papers, 2x30min papers, round tables, debates); session organisers are welcome to have speakers already in mind, but need not do so: a call for papers will follow. Session organisers are asked to nominate one or more of the thematic strands in which their session would fit:
Download the Session Proposal form (Word document)
Email session proposals by 1 May 2014.
Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds
Due: May 1, 2014
The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at University of Maryland, College Park–an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students–is excited to announce this year’s conference, Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds.
Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly “the most difficult word in the English language.” The genealogy of nature’s complexities—semantic, philological, epistemological, ontological—are the subject of this two-day conference that seeks to bring into dialogue historians of science, philosophy, art, and literature. How did early writers and artists and other thinkers know and encounter nature? What practices made nature legible? What ethics were thought to arise out of the environment? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods. By what metaphors and strategies did pre-modern people represent the sensible world of matter? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods, seeking to rethink the relation between fields of knowledge and to bridge the widening gap between the humanities and the sciences in our own universities.
- the analogies through which nature is known
- the long history of environmentalism
- materiality and its discontents
- natural occurrences, wonders, or cataclysms
- landscapes and visual culture
- natural and medical histories
- histories of the body, human and otherwise
- the relationship between the nature and the supernatural
The conference will take place October 24-25, 2014. Please submit 250-word paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1.
Special Issue of Shakespeare on “Shakespeare and Jonson”
Due: May 1, 2014
The critical pairing of Jonson and Shakespeare might be one of the least illuminating comparisons in literary history, but it is also one of the most enduring. The distinctiveness of the Jonson-Shakespeare pairing lies in the often implicit assumption that these two somehow function as each other’s alternative; that between them they define a crucial axis of literary possibility – between learning and imagination, or inspiration and labour. The comparison has often served to elevate Shakespeare over Jonson, on grounds sometimes less aesthetic than crudely moral – Jonsonian envy or ethical failure used to highlight Shakespeare’s generosity or singular virtue. This, in turn, has generated responses which are sometimes guilty of partisanship or defensiveness.
These tendencies are still visible today in academic and popular evocations of “Shakespeare and Jonson”. Yet in other ways the pairing itself might seem archaic. The vastness of the Shakespeare industry has ensured that the Bard (when not assumed to be beyond compare) has benefited from a much less restrictive set of comparisons. For Jonson, the picture is more mixed. He has benefited from attention in areas with a less obviously Shakespearean relevance, such as the court masque, and unlike the Oxford Middleton the new Cambridge edition of Jonson is not modelled on a Shakespearean template. To that extent, he is no longer automatically fated to a disadvantageously comparative approach. In other ways, though, he is receding from view. The RSC has not staged a Jonson play for more than a decade, while the Globe has never mounted a full production of one of his works.
What value, then, is to be found in reviving the old double act? How, now, can they speak to each other? What can their conjunction reveal that might otherwise remain obscure? This, in a year that sees the quatercentenary of the publication of Jonson’s first folio and of Shakespeare’s death, is what we seek to find out with this special issue of Shakespeare on “Shakespeare and Jonson”. We would be happy to consider essays from any approach, although we would wish them to avoid merely retreading the old pas de deux. Essays might shed light on the early years of their comparison, or episodes in its history that illuminate it anew. We would be interested, too, in essays seeking to bring Shakespearean and Jonsonian thematic or methodological concerns together. What might happen if Shakespearean concerns are transferred to the Jonsonian corpus, and vice versa? Examples of possible approaches might include, though are not limited to:
- Staging and performance history, especially recent critical developments. Is there any value in considering “Jonson in parts”, for example?
- Page and stage: in recent years, Shakespeare studies has debated the relative merits of approaching the plays as the work of a man of theatre and/or a ‘literary’ dramatist – how might Jonson appear in the light of such debates?
- Religion, Catholicism and Judaism (why, for example, is Shakespeare’s entirely speculative “Catholicism” wrangled over while Jonson’s conversions receive comparably little interest?)
- Nationality and ‘Britishness’;
- The politics of monarchy, republicanism, or the monarchical republic;
- Genders and sexualities
- Historicism and presentism: do Shakespearean debates here illuminate the Jonsonian corpus or concerns?
- Literary heritage, including neoclassical, Greek and/or medieval influences. The influence of post-medieval, vernacular drama upon Shakespeare is well-documented, while Jonson is often considered a consciously neoclassical dramatist. Is it time to revisit this distinction?
- Literary celebrity. Shakespeare’s reputation as national bard is firmly cemented, but the recently-discovered account of Ben Jonson’s walk to Scotland suggests a kind of “royal progress” between London and Edinburgh. Might this breathe new life into old debates? What might we learn about early modern ideas of literary fame, its social and political significance, or the history of the author as celebrity?
Other ways of staging the conjunction are no doubt possible, and we would be delighted to consider them. Please send expressions of interest or abstracts for papers of ???? words to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st May 2014.
Medieval Materiality: A Conference on the Life and Afterlife of Things
Due: May, 1, 2014
“Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print”
Due: May 5, 2014
‘What an insane thing it is to make literature one’s only means of support!…To make a trade of an art! I am rightly served for attempting such a brutal folly.’- George Gissing, New Grub Street (1891)
Hosted by the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the sometimes-fraught connections between the ‘art’ and ‘trade’ of books from the Western invention of printing to today. Are the interests of authors and publishers always opposed, or can they lead to productive forms of collaboration? Does work undertaken for the marketplace necessarily compromise its moral and cultural standing? How does literature become property, and how has authorship evolved between the starving writer of ‘Grub Street’ and the modern book festival circuit? Can the requirements of the printing and bookselling industries constitute a form of de-facto censorship, determining the types of work that are published and circulated?
We are currently seeking papers from postgraduate and early career researchers interested in questions such as these, with potential topics including (but not limited to):
- Authorship and other creative professions
- The printing and bookselling industries
- Author-publishers relationships
- Dissemination networks
- Subscription and patronage
- Book advertising, illustration
- Serial publication
- ‘Tie-ins’, merchandise, and material culture
- Libraries and book collecting
- Commerce and censorship
- Originality, copyright, and intellectual property
- Book piracy and its national boundaries
- Creative work and gender
- The impact of new technologies for production and dissemination
- The ‘rise’ or ‘death’ of print.
Proposals in all relevant subject areas and historical periods post-1450 are welcome. Please send a 200-word abstract to N.Simonova@ed.ac.uk by 5 May 2014. Limited travel bursaries may be available; indicate if you would require one to attend. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 26 July 2014, with registration opening in June.
Matters of the Word
Due: May 15, 2014
Barnard College’s twenty-fourth Medieval and Renaissance Conference
Saturday December 6, 2014
The conference organizers seek proposals for papers on issues of textual materiality in the medieval and Renaissance periods. This topic includes both the material upon which words are transmitted (parchment, paper, wood, marble, bodies, etc.), as well as the inscribed object’s visual aspects (illustrations, etc.). Interdisciplinary at its core, this conference examines not only the intersection of literary studies and art history, but also addresses central concerns of the history of science, history of law, aesthetic philosophy, museum conservation, and book history.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
-Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak (Professor of History, NYU)
-Peter N. Miller (Professor of Cultural History and Dean, Bard Graduate Center)
We encourage submissions on all topics related to the conference theme. Possible panels might include, but are not limited to the following:
- Anachronic Texts. This panel would consider material texts that juxtapose or even superimpose different time periods (for example, the palimpsest)
- The Incunabulum. The materiality of the word in texts printed pre-1501
- Tablets and Inscriptions: How tablets, architectural façades and other non-book surfaces become sites of inscription
- Public Words: The materiality of words in public spaces, such as on monuments, stages, etc.
- Word, Image, and the Arts of Memory. The use of images in texts addressing the arts of memory
- Defaced Pages: The evidential and interpretive interest of texts marked by censorship and various forms of use.
- Objects of the Law: Legal authority and its material forms, such as seals, etc.
- Questioning the Materialist Turn. A forum for debating theoretical and philosophical problems of a materialist approach to artworks.
- Mapping the Word and the World. The presence of words, cartouches, and other textual objects in medieval and Early Modern cartography.
- The Digital Archive. Advantages and problems of the digitized archive, which makes material texts more widely available—but only through, arguably, effacing the materiality of the material text.
This conference is organized by Professors Rachel Eisendrath, Christopher Baswell, and Phillip John Usher, together with other members of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at Barnard College, Columbia University.
Please send 300-word abstract by May 15, 2014, to the conference organizers: email@example.com
Out of the Margins
Due: May 31st, 2014
New Ideas on the Boundaries of Medieval Studies
A conference to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Marginalia: the journal of the Cambridge Medieval Reading Group Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
19-20th September, 2014
Speakers include Prof. Mary Carruthers (NYU & Oxford)
Prof. Helen Cooper (Cambridge) and Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge)
From the borders of material texts to the peripheries of society, the margins of medieval culture have been brought into unprecedented prominence by several generations of scholars across a wide range of disciplines. But have we over-privileged the radical, the liminal and the subversive? Or is it only by means of the edges that the centre can be defined at all? As interested in the edges of the material text as the fringes of society, and with a unique question to ask about how the marginal relates to the central narratives of medieval studies, we intend this conference to be both interdisciplinary and metadisciplinary.
We invite submissions of 500-word abstracts for short papers, extending a particular welcome to graduate and early-career researchers working in disciplines including but not limited to History, History of Art, Music, English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Theology. Topics of papers might include:
- Textual and Manuscript Margins: What is articulated between the edge and the middle? The manuscript margins can be a site of confirmation, conversation or controversy—from the authoritative gloss to the casual doodle.
- Intellectual Margins: Boundaries, relations and tensions between the ‘clerical’ and the ‘lay’; the ‘latinate’ and the ‘vernacular’; the literary and the theological.
- Radical Margins: Controversial or heretical texts, individuals and groups. The question of the extent and generosity of ‘orthodoxy’ and its more or less hostile relationship to the ‘subversive’ or ‘heretical’.
- Social and Economic Margins: Voices of the poor, women, of the non-elite and the ‘outcast’ in the Middle Ages, the queer, as well as those who might be considered—but need not always have been—socially ‘on the edge’?
- Neomedievalism: How the medieval borders onto and interrogates modernity, and how postmodern critique may elucidate aspects of the pre-modern…and vice versa.
Abstracts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before 31st May 2014.
For further and updated information go to www.outofthemargins.com.
Eleventh International Milton Symposium
Due: June 10, 2014
The Eleventh International Milton Symposium will be held at the University of Exeter, England, 20-24 July, 2015. The Symposium, normally held every three years, brings together scholars from across the world for five days of lively discussion and convivial exchanges about all things Miltonic.
Plenary speakers include: Maggie Kilgour (McGill), Mary Nyquist (Toronto), David Quint (Yale), and Paul Stevens (Toronto).
Located in the beautiful Devon countryside, close to the sea and to Dartmoor National Park, the cathedral city of Exeter (founded by the Romans) is among those English cities most dramatically affected by the Civil War. Supporters of Parliament secured the city in 1642, and from early in 1643 it served as the western headquarters of the Parliamentary Army. After a determined and prolonged siege, it fell to Royalist forces in the autumn, who so strongly fortified the city that it was re-taken by the Parliamentary Army only in 1646. The rich Civil War History of Exeter will be a feature of the Symposium.
The Programme Committee warmly invites proposals for 20-minute papers on all aspects of Milton studies. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The Civil War Milton and his (near) contemporaries Paces – geographical, symbolic, textual
- Families, children, generation(s)
- Harmony, music, dancing, soundscapes
- The emotions, the passions, the senses
- Drama, dialogue, soliloquy
- Controversy, polemic, satire
- Biblical, classical, humanist scholarship
- Death, mortalism, memory
Proposals for papers (500 words maximum, preferably in the form of an email attachment) should be submitted by 10 June 2014 to Karen Edwards (email@example.com) and Philip Schwyzer (firstname.lastname@example.org), English Department, Queen’s Building, Exeter University, Exeter EX4 4QH, UK.
Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Hosted by The Medieval Institute of Notre Dame
Due: June 15, 2014
21 January 2014
Call for Papers: 2015 Annual Meeting of The Medieval Academy of America, hosted by The Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame
March 12-14, 2015
The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2013 or 2014; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.
Location: The Medieval Institute has one of the preeminent library collections for medieval studies in North America, and the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art will showcase an exhibit on the reconstruction of a 15th-century Breton Book of Hours by the Library’s Department of Special Collections. The campus Digital Visualization Theater will be used for a 360-degree visual and aural presentation on the cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen, while the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, with five venues for film, theater, and music, will offer meeting attendees the chance to enjoy a variety of performing arts activities. Notre Dame is located about two hours’ drive from Chicago, with commuter train service available. Scholars may wish to extend their visit and take advantage of the opportunity for research or sightseeing.
Theme: “Medieval Studies across the Disciplines” will provide a conceptual focus for the meeting. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.
The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines and organizers is available here.
Glossator 10 (2015): Pearl — CF
Due: July 15, 2014
“Perle plesaunte to princes paye / To clanly clos in golde so clere . . . ” (Pearl, lines 1-2). Illuminating the paradoxical imperative to enclose and display the beautiful, the opening image of Pearl encodes at once the poem’s formal demand for commentary and its own commentarial poetics. On the one hand, the text’s permutative polysemy, aesthetic density, and continuing allegorical refractions persistently elicit explication in a special, conspicuous way. On the other hand, the literary dream-vision produces itself as a dialectical and interpretive reflection with and upon the Pearl herself, an unfinishable gloss on the mystery of “that specyal spyce” (938) whom the poet works to indicate across an impassible margin. Seeking to elaborate, continue, and expand Pearl’s poetics of radiant enclosure, this volume will offer a collective commentary on the full poem, divided according to its constitutive fitts or sections, which are marked by stanza-linking keywords:
III-More and More*
The editors of Glossator seek commentarial laborers for each section of this twenty-fold poetic vineyard, to be apportioned on a first-come, first-served basis. Contributions must conform to the journal’s general guidelines for commentary, which are detailed in the About section. Suggested length: 7000 words. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please send a brief abstract to the editors at email@example.com. The abstract should indicate which fitt you intend to comment on and the overall approach your commentary will take. NOTA BENE: an asterisk above indicates that that fitt has been reserved.
15 July 2014: Submissions due to editors
October 2014: Submissions returned to authors with comments
15 January 2015: Final Submission
March 2015: Publication
[Open Humanities Press]
The Place of Spenser / Spenser´s Places
Due: September 15, 2014
Dublin, 18-20 June 2015
The Fifth International Spenser Society Conference
The International Spenser Society invites proposals for their next International Conference, to be held in Dublin, Ireland. The conference will address Spenser´s places – domestic, urban, global, historical, colonial, rhetorical, geopolitical, etc. – but also the place of Spenser in Renaissance studies, in the literary tradition, in Britain, in Ireland, in the literary and political cultures of his own moment.
Additionally, a series of programmed focus panels will offer opportunities for discussion of recent important initiatives and directions in Spenser studies: editing; biography; style; Ireland; philosophy and religion; teaching; and digital approaches.
We welcome abstracts from Spenser scholars and Renaissance scholars, graduate students and faculty, for papers that address Spenser´s historical, cultural and literary environments. These include the places and spaces in which he worked and the places and positions through which we approach that work.
The conference will take place in historic Dublin Castle (http://www.dublincastle.ie/) in the heart of the city, with accommodation available in local hotels. It follows the success of four previous ISS conferences, at Princeton (1990), Yale (1996), Cambridge (2001), and Toronto (2006).
An optional bus tour to Kilcolman castle, County Cork and other Spenser-related sites will take place June 21st.
Plenaries: Helen Cooper (University of Oxford), Jeffrey Dolven (Princeton University), Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)
Confirmed speakers/presiders: Andrew Hadfield, Beth Quitslund, David Lee Miller, Julian Lethbridge, Ayesha Ramachandran, Joseph Loewenstein, Andrew Zurcher, David Wilson-Okamura, Patricia Palmer, Willy Maley, Susannah Brietz Monta, Kevin De Ornellas
Abstracts should be submitted directly to the conference website: www.spenser2015.com
The closing date for submissions is 15 September 2014
Suggested topics might include (but are not restricted to) the following:
- The reception of Spenser´s poetry
- Spenser among the poets
- Spenser and political writing
- Digital Spenser
- Spenser and the Sidneys
- Spenser´s place in Renaissance studies
- Spenser´s Europe
- Spenser´s place in Irish studies
- Spenser´s social networks
- Spenser and the politics of space
- Spenser´s imaginative spaces
- Spenser and early modern Dublin
- Editing Spenser
- Spenser and early modern London
- Spenser in Munster
- Spenser and Shakespeare
- Spenser and Raleigh
- Spenser´s Atlantic world
- Spenser, history and historiography
- Spenser and archaeology
- Material Spenser/Spenser´s materials
- Structural/topomorphic approaches
- Spenser´s style
- Religion and philosophy
- Spenser´s Books
- Teaching Spenser
We also invite proposals for poster-board demonstrations of relevant digital and other projects.
Jane Grogan (University College Dublin), Andrew King (University College Cork), Thomas Herron (East Carolina University)
Sponsored by the International Spenser Society
Attending to Early Modern Women: It’s About Time
Due: September 30, 2014
Call for Proposals
June 18-20, 2015 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Taking as its inspiration the fact that 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Attending to Early Modern Women conference, the ninth conference, “It’s About Time,” will focus on time and its passing, allowing us to archive our achievements, reflect on the humanities in the world today, and shape future directions in scholarship and teaching. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, within easy walking distance of the lakeshore, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Amtrak station. Conference attendees will stay in the near-by and newly renovated Doubletree Hotel. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special pre-conference seminar on Wednesday June 17 at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. The conference will retain its innovative format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote dialogue, augmented by a plenary session on each of the four conference topics: taxonomies of time, commemoration, temporalities, and pedagogies.
A detailed description of the conference and the call for proposals is now available at: www.atw2015.uwm.edu
Proposals for workshops that address the conference themes may now be submitted, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: September 30, 2014.
Seminar on English manuscript studies
The focus is on editing manuscripts from all periods, whether they be strictly literary or not. The seminar is particularly interested in unpublished material in manuscript. Research topics include, and are not restricted to, finding manuscripts and archival work, manuscript collections, scribal work, paleography, manuscripts as books, the coexistence of manuscripts and printed books, what manuscripts tell us on reading habits, editing manuscripts, electronic versus printed editions, manuscript studies and digital humanities. Manuscript studies have been on the cutting edge of literary theory and papers on authorship, the constitution of the text or hermeneutics are welcome.
Please send your proposals to: