Ceiling detail, Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral
Ceiling detail
Piccolomini Library, Siena Cathedral
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)


Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, 16–18 March 2017

The 51st Annual Meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific will be held 16–18 March 2017, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, located near the Pacific Ocean, just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport, and ranked among the most beautiful college campuses in the country. The conference will conclude with an exciting evening program at the J. Paul Getty Museum, renowned for its collections of antiquities, medieval manuscripts, European paintings, and photography.

Presentations on all aspects of medieval studies are welcomed, but the program committee particularly invites abstracts for papers on the theme “Preserving and Presenting the Medieval.” Possible topics could include the multiple uses of the medieval past in contemporary media and culture; the modern politics surrounding the conservation of medieval artifacts and sites; advances and challenges in curatorial science and methodology; medieval reflections on and practices toward ruins, renovation, and material heritage; the transmission, editing, translation, and dissemination of medieval texts; and debates over the meaning of the term “medieval,” its perpetuation, and its relevance. In keeping with MAP’s mission to bring together scholars from around the Pacific Rim, the program committee also encourages proposals treating cultures and societies of the Pacific world between ca. 500 and 1500, as well as submissions from medievalists based in Latin America, East and Southeast Asia, and Oceania.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Zrinka Stahuljak, Professor, French and Francophone Studies, UCLA “The Medieval Potential”
  • Nancy Turner, Conservator, Department of Paper Conservation, The Getty Museum “Observation and Image-Making: Medieval Illuminations and the View from L.A.”


For the 2017 MAP meeting, participants may submit a proposal for either a 20-minute paper or an 8- minute presentation as part of a roundtable session. Proposals must be submitted either as MS Word documents or as PDF files. Please send proposals to,, and Keep in mind that the deadline of October 31, 2016, is firm and that proposals received after this date cannot be accepted.

Paper Proposals

Proposals need to include the following for each speaker: name, discipline, institution (if applicable), email address, and an abstract of up to 250 words. Papers normally will be 20 minutes in length (8–10 pages).

A small number of papers closely addressing the theme of the conference will be selected for inclusion in a plenary panel to open MAP 2017.

Roundtable Presentation Proposals

The program committee also invites participants for a small number of roundtable sessions focusing on specific aspects of the conference theme. These include:

  • Medievalism, the media, and popular culture
  • Preservation of medieval sites
  • Manuscript transmission and conservation
  • Medieval attitudes toward and practices concerning renovation and material heritage
  • Rethinking the “Middle Ages” as a period

Those interested in participating in roundtable discussions should plan to speak for no more than 8 minutes and should send in their name, discipline, institution (if applicable), email address, and an abstract of no more than 100 words. The program committee will form the roundtables and put participants in contact with one another. To facilitate scholarly interchange, roundtable participants will be expected to pre-circulate their proposed comments among the group prior to the conference.

Conference Information & MAP Membership

The conference website, which will include further details about MAP 2017, is currently under construction and will be available in the fall. In the meantime, please direct any questions to Anthony Perron, History Department, Loyola Marymount University ( Participants in the conference must be current members of MAP. To join or renew your MAP membership, please go to


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (with additional events at the Australian National University and the University of Sydney), 17–18 March 2017

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On the occasion of the Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition at the NGA, which brings major works of art from the Palace of Versailles to Canberra, this conference showcases the latest ideas about the lives of past people and objects, as well as the living culture of Versailles today.

Staged in Canberra, which like Versailles is a planned capital city, centre of government and culture, this is a unique opportunity to explore the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self-perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of ancien-régime Versailles and its reception, this is the occasion for fresh and challenging research, and new perspectives on canon-defining works.

1664 is formative in the history of Versailles—the year a modest hunting lodge began to be transformed, to become a centre of art, fashion and power in Europe for more than a century. The dream of Versailles as an enchanted isle for the French aristocracy came to a grisly end with the 1789 revolution. Only two years later, the first fleet of British colonists came to settle on the east coast of Australia, on what Robert Hughes famously dubbed ‘the fatal shore’. Life at Versailles changed irreparably just as it would for those who lived in, and migrated to, Australia at the close of the eighteenth century.

Versailles was not the static creation of one man but a hugely complex cultural space, a centre of power, of life, love, anxiety and creation, as well as an enduring palimpsest of aspirations, desires and ruptures. The splendour of the castle, and the masterpieces of art and design it contains, masks a more sordid history. The conference’s theme, Enchanted isles, fatal shores, encourages examination of the tensions between splendour and misery, insiders and outsiders, display and privacy that framed life at Versailles.

Conveners: Mark Ledbury, Power Professor of Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney; Robert Wellington, Lecturer, ANU School of Art Centre for Art History and Art Theory; and Lucina Ward, Senior Curator and coordinating curator for the exhibition, National Gallery of Australia

For conference enquiries email or phone +61 2 6240 6432

Call for papers

Conference conveners seek proposals to deliver 20-minute papers addressing the subject of the conference; those that address the key themes below are especially welcome.

Key themes:

  • The ‘lives’ of Versailles: How did the various communities of artists, artisans, gardeners, courtiers and administrators who lived at the chateau work together?
  • Virtual Versailles: How do we account for the unrealised ambitions for Versailles, the projects and aspirations that were not completed in the ancien régime?
  • Adaptations and destructions: The history of the chateau is one of constant construction and renovation, but at what cost? How do we account for these losses? What role can digital technologies play in this process?
  • Challenging period terms: The phases of design at Versailles take the name of the three kings with whose reigns they coincided, giving a false impression of their role in the creation of period style. Is it possible for a study of Versailles to recuperate a sense of individual artistic agency?
  • The private and the public: Libellous pamphlets and personal memoirs provide a tantalising glimpse of what went on behind closed doors at Versailles, but can we speak of a material culture of private life in a chateau designed as a stage for the performance of monarchy? What can we retrieve about the private sexual desires and personal anxieties of the chateau’s inhabitants through its extant remains?
  • ‘Le sale et le propre’: How does a study of hygiene transform our understanding of life at the chateau?
  • Versailles and Paris: How was Versailles connected to the economic capital of France, and how did courtiers, artists and artisans live and work between the two places?
  • Being there: High nobles would often be forced to live in tiny uncomfortable apartments in the ‘rats nest’ of Versailles, just to be close to the king. How did the presence and absence of courtiers and others at Versailles influence the works of art, furniture and fashions that they commissioned?
  • Resonances of Versailles: What was the impact of Versailles in a broader geographic and historical context? What can we make of private mansions from the gilded age to the present that emulate the Versailles aesthetic?
  • Versailles on film: Life at Versailles has proved to be an enduring inspiration for filmmakers and television show producers. What are the facts and fictions of period dramas that recreate life at the chateau, and what role do they play in sustaining a living history of Versailles?

Please send an abstract of 300 words and a short CV to the conveners at by 30 October, 2016.


Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, 22-25 March 2017

Invited Speakers:

  • Ruth Ahnert (QMUL)
  • Sebastian Ahnert (Cambridge)
  • Robin Buning (Oxford)
  • Marc Caball (UCD)
  • Liesbeth Corens (Cambridge)
  • Gillian Dow (Southampton)
  • Julia Flanders (Northeastern)
  • Juliet Fleming (NYU)
  • Jaime Goodrich (Wayne State)
  • Jerome de Groot (Manchester)
  • Anne Larsen (Hope College)
  • Katherine Larson (Toronto)
  • Jason McElligott (Marsh’s Library)
  • Jennifer Richards (Newcastle, UK)
  • Eleanor Rycroft (Bristol)
  • Alex Samson (UCL)
  • Helen Smith (York)
  • Rosalind Smith (Newcastle, Australia)
  • Micheline White (Carleton)

This international conference will bring together scholars working on the reception of texts, the reputations of authors and individuals, and the circulation of people and things in the early modern world.

  • How did texts circulate in the early modern world?
  • How were authorial reputations fashioned?
  • How did gender affect the reception and/or circulation of texts?
  • How did circulation forge religious, scientific, or social networks?
  • How did cross-cultural encounters affect the circulation of texts, ideas, reputations, people, and goods across national and linguistic boundaries?
  • How were texts and authors received through media such as embroidery, artwork, or musical settings?
  • How can materiality affect reception?
  • What can quantitative methodologies tell us about textual transmission and/or authorial or personal reputations?
  • How can digital scholarship help us understand networks of circulation and influence?

We invite proposals (max. 200 words) for 20-minute papers. To submit an abstract, complete the web form by Monday 18 September, 2016.


AVISTA Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, University of North Texas, March 23-24 2017

The proliferation of images painted onto monumental structures, the illuminations of manuscripts, the intricacies of ivory carvings and the construction of architectural sculpture in the Medieval Period evince a highly visual culture. As such, medieval scholars have focused heavily on visual reception theory to ascertain the role of the visual within the fabric of medieval society. Key to many studies is the pivotal role of rituals within the society, particularly in terms of how the medieval person would have absorbed their culture, namely the other senses. As performances would have involved not only the visual, but also the tactile, the aural, gustatory and olfactory, the combination of the sensory experience created a transitory environment within – or outside – the architectural structures that delineated the medieval world.

Ritual and the beginning of performative drama not only created a sensory experience but served to support pre-conceived societal distinctions. From the most exclusive performance, the mass, to the most public ritual, the intercity procession, rituals both enforced and challenged the social barriers of the time. As such, the development of rituals have a history all their own, from the most mundane acts of lay piety shown through blessings, to dramas focused on the lives of the saints and the life of Christ, to the most important feast days, and to the imperial rituals associated with the temporal sphere. Rituals were not confined only to the monastic or ecclesiastical environments, but permeated all segments of society.

The 2017 AVISTA medieval Graduate Student Symposium at the University of North Texas invites papers from all disciplines and all medieval eras on any topic, but preferences those that address topics of ritual, performance, or sensual experience. Such topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The interconnected use of the senses
  • Ritual history
  • The notion of Medieval Performance Art
  • Lay ritual/noble ritual
  • Manuscript as a performance
  • Sensual props, cues, and rubrications
  • Societal divisions created by rituals
  • Architecture as stage and backdrop
  • Processional routes/pilgrimages
  • Music and sensual stimulation
  • The archaeology of the senses
  • Landscape and topography of performance
  • The language of the senses
  • Sensual cosmology
  • Sensual dreprications

Send papers to: Dr. Mickey Abel (

Submission deadline: February 1, 2017.


Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity Twelfth Biennial Conference, Yale University, 23-26 March 2017

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The Society for Late Antiquity announces that the Twelfth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity will be held at Yale University on the topic of “The Fifth Century: Age of Transformation.” The conference will be cosponsored by the University of Groningen.

In chronological terms there can be little doubt that the fifth century is the pivot point of Late Antiquity. It is arguable that it also represents the major watershed between a monolithic world still dominated by the Roman Empire in the third and fourth centuries and the more tessellated worlds of the sixth and seventh. Whereas the fourth century is still very much an age of continuity with the earlier empire, the fifth can rightfully be viewed as the moment when Mediterranean Eurasia and North Africa witnessed profound political, social, religious, economic and cultural transformations. Shifting Frontiers XII seeks to investigate the nature and impact of these changes. We are particularly interested in six areas of research which reflect this transformational trend:
1) Shifts in the archaeological and material record: archaeology of the frontier; art and power; spoliation, collectionism, preservation;
2) State formation, re-formation, transformation: emperors, kings, rulers; law codes; new loci of political power – desert and steppe;
3) Transformations in religious authority: east and west – tension and cooperation; traditional religion; notions of the divine; popular practice;
4) Changes in climate, environment, geography: demography, disaster, microclimates / macroclimates; resource allocation;
5) Literary transformations: epitomes, canons, excerpts; commentary; vernacular literature (Syriac, Coptic, Armenian, Georgian); translation/transcription;
6) Identity transformation: ethnicity and identity; gender and sexuality; uses of alterity – etic and emic.

As in the past, we intend for the conference to provide an interdisciplinary forum for historians, archaeologists and specialists in religious studies, near-eastern or Asian studies and scholars of Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Georgian, Armenian, Persian and Ge’ez literature. The conference should open a forum for the exploration of intersections between the world cultures of Europe, Asia and Africa and the ways in which these peoples and places collided and were recombined to launch the global Middle Age.

Proposals should be clearly related to the theme of the conference and one of the above areas of research, and should state clearly both the problem being discussed and the nature of the new discoveries, insights, or conclusions that will be presented. Abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute presentations may be submitted via e-mail to Professors Noel Lenski and Jan Willem Drijvers, at Deadline for submission of abstracts is October 15 2016.


Medieval English Theatre Society Annual Meeting, University of Glasgow, 25 March 2017

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The 2017 meeting honours Philip Butterworth, recently retired from Leeds University, and formerly of Bretton Hall College. Philip has been a loyal contributor to Medieval English Theatre, and was one of those present at the first meeting in Lancaster in 1978. His numerous influential publications on the performance of early drama, as well as his many productions, suggest that the time is right to celebrate that contribution.

The topic for the meeting is Cultures of Performance and we invite proposals for 20 minute papers on topics including (but not limited to):

  • Changing conceptions of dramatic genre
  • Para-theatrical traditions
  • Performance and performers – acting and actors
  • Staging and stage spaces
  • Spectacle and stage-effects
  • Voice and speech
  • Modern performance of early dramatic texts and shows
  • Preparation and rehearsal

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Pamela King ( by Wednesday 14 December. 2016.


Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
25-27 March 2017

For its 50th anniversary, the Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies returns to the University of Birmingham, where it began in 1967. On this anniversary of the discipline we ask what the language of globalism has to offer to Byzantine studies, and Byzantine studies to global narratives. How global was Byzantium? Our understanding of the links which Byzantium had to far-flung parts of the world, and of its connections with near neighbours, continues to develop but the significance of these connections to Byzantium and its interlocutors remains keenly debated. Comparisons from or to Byzantium may also help in thinking about globalism, modern and historical. How, for example, might Byzantine legal structures, visual culture or military practice contribute to debates about the role of the medieval state or the relationship between modern cultural and national identities? Finally, Byzantine studies has always been an international discipline, marked by the interaction of its different national, regional and linguistic traditions of scholarship, as well as its highly interdisciplinary nature. How has this manifested in the interpretation of Byzantine history and how might practices of global scholarship be pursued in the future? The 50th Spring Symposium invites contributions for communications on any of these themes and warmly invites abstracts from scholars outside the UK and in fields linked to Byzantine studies.

The call for communications is now open. If you would like to offer a 10-minute communication on the theme of the symposium, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Daniel Reynolds by 1 September, 2016.

Successful submissions will be informed no later than 1 October 2016. Some bursaries will be available to selected speakers, especially to attendees from outside the UK. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please indicate this on your abstract and we will send you further information about the application process if appropriate.


University of Southampton’s Avenue Campus, 3-6 April 2017

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Our keynote speakers include Dr Chris Briggs (Cambridge), Professor Giorgio Riello (Warwick) and Professor James Walvin (York)

This interdisciplinary conference looks at material culture across a long timeframe in order to explore the worlds of goods and objects across Europe and its overseas colonies, the connections and relationships facilitated by the exchange of goods, the importance and interpretation of the inheritance of goods and objects, and the ways in which goods brokered relationships between Europe and the wider world in the period.

The aim is to deepen our understanding of how goods ‘worked’ in a variety of social, economic and cultural contexts. We know a great deal about real property and the possession of land, but comparatively little about goods and chattels and their connections, and how these developed across a long timeframe. Over the period 1200‒1800 there were great changes in the type, range and availability of goods, from the finest items of the elite, the work of craftsmen on an individual basis, to the manufacture and widespread availability of cheap and utilitarian goods and equipment.

Customs of ‘possession’ need to be exposed, to show what ownership might mean, what property might be held by women or children, and what might be considered inalienable within families. The conference will look to identify the cultural connections – and how goods and attitudes to them change culture. It will also consider how goods were transferred, exchanged and collected, as well as the ways in which objects could be used to mediate connections and broker relationships between different people and places.

Proposals are invited for single papers and for whole sessions (three papers). Papers should not exceed 30 minutes. Themes might include:

  • The ownership of goods; the law and objects
  • Patterns of inheritance for different categories
  • The connections of different groups in society to goods, for example, domestic equipment, jewellery, textiles
  • The introduction of new goods, fashions and colours
  • The increasing quantities and diversity of goods
  • Furnishings for household interiors
  • Consumer revolutions (e.g. sugar, colour, fur)
  • Vocabularies for describing goods
  • Trades and markets for goods
  • Processes of collecting and accumulation
  • The politics of possession and display

We are now inviting proposals for papers for single papers and for whole sessions (three papers) – papers should not exceed 30 minutes. Short abstracts (no more than 200 words per paper) should be sent to Chris Woolgar ( by 12 September 2016.


Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris, 30 March-1 April 2017

The medal was revived in the princely courts of fifteenth-century Italy as a commemorative art and quickly adopted by sovereigns across Europe. Medals, tokens, and other metallic objects devoid of fiduciary value became more and more widespread and benefitted from several peaks of popularity in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, as illustrated by the metallic histories of Louis XIV or Napoleon, a format adopted by others as far afield as the Tsar of Russia. Whilst changes in taste led the medal to be seen as in or out of fashion at different moments, it has continued to maintain its essentially commemorative function and has been used to express the ideals of all manner of political regimes from monarchies to republics.

This symposium seeks to explore the specificity of a form of official art that associates image and text, producing objects whose message is also partially conveyed by the hierarchy of values intrinsic to the metals used, from the noblest gold to more modest alloys. As objects that can be reproduced, that are easily portable and largely distributed, their biographies also tend to be quite distinct from that of other types of art objects. An initial specificity is that of the role of the engraver whose function oscillates between that of an artist, an artisan, and an agent of a commissioning power. His artistic practice can be considered in some sense as paradoxical in so much as it is constrained by the conventions of the medium and by the outline of the project which his talent is called on to convey in material form. This opens up to the question of the expressive aims of this official art that seeks to capture and commemorate History as it happens, fortifying the glory of the commissioning party. Indeed, medals and tokens represent the result of the interplay of the different actors who contribute to their elaboration: from the initial idea developed by a commissioning power and affiliated scholars, to the drawing of a model, to the production and diffusion of the multiple editions of the final product. Medals also need to be considered as part of a wide range of visual productions that share a common language dedicated to reinforcing the powers in place. Finally, greater attention needs to be paid to the manner in which these objects (and their models) have circulated, in particular by considering the development of a market for modern and contemporary medals and their status in the make-up of private and public coin collections. This may also be an opportunity to consider the reciprocal influence between the evolution of the taste and interest of collectors and production styles, techniques, and themes through time.

This conference will showcase current research that can provide an alternative to a very dispersed historiography dominated by the genre of the catalogue. We hope that a comparative effort, with cases from across Europe, in a large chronological frame will help to establish an interdisciplinary approach to the production and circulation of medals and similar objects; one that reflects their complex nature and the specificity of their biographies. We welcome perspectives from a range of disciplines and research perspectives including art history, social and political history, numismatics, material culture studies, etc.

Proposal of no more than 400 words should be sent accompanied by a short CV before the 6th of November, 2016 to the following address: Each presentation should aim to be no longer than 20 minutes, and the conference papers will be published. Languages are French and English. The organizing committee will give notice of acceptance by mid December 2016.

Organizing Committee

  • Felicity Bodenstein, docteur en Histoire de l’art, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut
  • Thomas Cocano, doctorant en Histoire, EPHE
  • Ludovic Jouvet, doctorant en Histoire de l’art, Université de Bourgogne/ INHA
  • Katia Schaal, doctorante en Histoire de l’art, École du Louvre / Université de Poitiers / INHA
  • Sabrina Valin, doctorante en Histoire de l’art, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense

Scientific Committee

  • Marc Bompaire, directeur d’études, EPHE
  • Béatrice Coullaré, chargée de conservation, Monnaie de Paris
  • Frédérique Duyrat, directrice du département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques, BnF
  • Victor Hundsbuckler, conservateur du patrimoine, responsable de la Conservation, Monnaie de Paris
  • Thierry Sarmant, conservateur en chef, Service historique de la Défense à Vincennes
  • Philippe Thiébaut, conservateur général du patrimoine, conseiller scientifique, INHA
  • Inès Villela-Petit, conservatrice du patrimoine, département des Monnaies, Médailles et Antiques, BnF

Institutional Partners

  • Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (École doctorale 395, Milieux, cultures et sociétés du passé et du présent – Laboratoire du HAR, Histoire des Arts et des Représentations)
  • École pratique des hautes études (EPHE)
  • Monnaie de Paris
  • Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)
  • Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA)


The Fifth Annual Conference on Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Nicosia, Cyprus
CVAR, Nicosia, Cyprus (STC),  5-8 April 2017 (with optional coach trip on 9 April, 2017)

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We welcome applications to present papers at the 2017 edition of Othello’s Island. This will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in April 2017. We are interested in hearing papers on diverse aspects of medieval and renaissance literature, art, history, society and other aspects of culture, and these do not have to be specifically related to Cyprus or the Mediteranean.

It is worth looking at the range of papers from past conferences to see that previous speakers have covered topics ranging from slavery in medieval Cyprus and Malta, to the impact of Italian Renaissance art on Cypriot Byzantine painting, to the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.

That said, given our location, Cyprus, the Levant and the Mediterranean do impact on the conference, not least because for anyone interested in medieval and renaissance history Cyprus is real gem, full of architectural and other material culture relating to the period. This includes museums filled with historic artefacts, gothic and Byzantine cathedrals and churches and a living culture that has direct links to this period.

Othello’s Island has developed a reputation as one of the friendliest medieval and renaissance studies conferences in the world today, and it is also genuinely interdisciplinary. In part this is due to the relatively small size of the event, which generates a true sense of community during the conference.

Full Papers (20 minutes plus questions)

If you are interested in giving a talk at the conference please submit a proposal for a paper. Standard papers are 20 minutes long, followed by 5 or 10 minutes for questions. The basic theme of the conference is mediaeval, renaissance and early modern art, literature, social and cultural history, but we are very open minded on the topic of papers, so please feel free to submit a proposal, or contact us first to discuss the idea.

Topics in the past have included art, medieval and renaissance literature, architecture and archaeology, religious experience and belief, relations between different religions and ethnic groups, slavery, the position of women, trade routes and even the influence on western Europe of medieval food from the middle east. We have also had papers looking looking beyond our core historical period, looking at the continuing use of medieval and renaissance history and imagery to justify colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the impact of Shakespeare on the Indian film industry.

Proposals for papers should comprise a cover sheet showing:

  1. Your title (eg. Mr, Ms, Dr, Prof. etc.) and full name
  2. Your institutional affiliation (if any)
  3. Your postal address, e-mail address and telephone number
  4. The title of your proposed paper

With this you should send a proposal/abstract for your paper of no more than 300 words and a copy of your CV/resume to with the subject line OTHELLO 2017. All papers must be delivered in English and in person by the author of the paper. We cannot accommodate speakers wishing to present using Skype (or similar), or proxy presentations.

The deadline for submissions of proposals is 1 January, 2017. Early submission is strongly advised. We aim to have a decision on the acceptance of papers within four weeks of submission.


Toronto, Ontario, 6-8 April 2017

Hosted by the University of Toronto and The Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies

The Organizing 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 2015 or 2016; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. The due date for proposals is 15 June, 2016.

Rather than an overarching theme, the 2017 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. 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 Organizing Committee but the list provided in the Call for Papers is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

The complete Call for Papers, with proposed threads and sessions as well as instructions for submitting proposals, can be found here ( Please contact the organizing committee if you have further questions about the meeting, at


14th Annual Tolkien at UVM Conference, University of Vermont, Saturday April 8 2017

Organizers of the Tolkien at UVM Conference are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 conference until the February 1 deadline. We welcome papers on every topic but will give priority to those addressing the theme. Tolkien wrote that he had the romances of William Morris in mind when writing The Lord of the Rings. We also know he was ispired by the Arthurian romances of England, Wales, and France. Tolkien’s own interlacing narrative style is very much derived from this medieval genre (while also anticipating the Post-modern). Additionally, Tolkien wrote of numerous romances of great intensity and poignancy within his narrative framework. Papers might consider these within the context of miscegenation, gender fluidity, or the homo-erotic, or they might explore other areas of interest.

Please submit abstracts by the February 1, 2017 deadline to Christopher Vaccaro at


St Catherine’s College, The University of Western Australia, 10–11 April 2017

Enquiries: Paul Megna (
Organisers: Paul Megna and Bob White
Registration: This is a free event, but registration is required. Register online here.

Ian McEwan’s recent novel Nutshell (2016), in which Hamlet is an unborn foetus, is only the latest in a line of appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays stretching back to 1600. Hamlet itself stretches beyond the seventeenth century, drawing on sources that date back to twelfth-century Denmark, and referring within itself to relics of older drama that Shakespeare may have seen as a boy in Stratford. Hamlet looks both backwards and forwards in time. The play also covers a remarkable range of emotional states, including anger, love, hatred, grief, melancholy and despair. Indeed, Hamlet stages a plethora of emotional practices: a funeral and a marriage, a vindictive ghost in purgatory, a young woman whose mental equilibrium has been dislodged by the murder of her father by her own erstwhile lover, an inscrutable monarch under suspicion of murder, a couple of mordantly cheerful gravediggers, and a young prince back from university and grieving for his deceased father. This symposium invites new readings of the play, focusing on any aspect of its emotional life in the widest sense.

International Visitors:

  • Kevin Curran (University of Lausanne)
  • Richard Meek (University of Hull)
  • Kathryn Prince (University of Ottawa)
  • Naya Tsentourou (University of Exeter)

We envisage papers from a range of disciplines and points of view, which may contribute to any of the Centre’s four research programs – Meanings, Change, Performance or Shaping the Modern. Some possible areas of discussion are mentioned below, but they are by no means exclusive. We aim at producing a book proposal, so completed papers ready for publication will save time when approaching a publisher. Please send proposals for 20-minute papers, including a title and presenter details, to Paul Megna ( by Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Possible topics:

  • How scholarship on the history of the emotions can help us to better understand Hamlet and vice versa
  • Emotional regimes, communities and practices in Hamlet
  • Emotions and language
  • Hamlet, melancholy and depression
  • Female consciousness
  • Revenge and anger in Hamlet
  • Hamlet and non-Shakespearean Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre and literature
  • Emotional accounts of the afterlife and other religious ideas in Hamlet
  • Hamlet’s emotional medievalism and allusions to medieval drama
  • Nostalgia in Hamlet, as well as nostalgia for Hamlet in adaptations, appropriations and re-writings
  • Gendered emotion in Hamlet and its descendants
  • Emotional reactions to Hamlet through the centuries
  • Hamlet’s influence on theories of emotion
  • Emotions in adaptations of Hamlet (including novels, movies, popular culture).
  • Staging of passions, perturbations, affections, etc.


Queen’s House Conference 2017, National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House, Greenwich, 20-22 April 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich and the Society for Court Studies are pleased to announce this call for papers, for a major international conference to mark the 400th anniversary year of the Queen’s House, Greenwich. Designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 and completed in 1639, this royal villa is an acknowledged masterpiece of British architecture and the only remaining building of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century palace complex. Today the Queen’s House lies at the centre of the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich, which also includes the Royal Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College (previously Greenwich Hospital). The site as a whole is often celebrated as quintessentially ‘British’ – historically, culturally and artistically. Yet the sequence of queens associated with the Queen’s House and Greenwich more generally reflect a wider orientation towards Europe – from Anne of Denmark, who commissioned the House, to Henrietta Maria of France, Catherine of Braganza and Mary of Modena – in addition to Greenwich’s transformation under the patronage of Tudor and Stuart monarchs. Located on the River Thames at the gateway to London and to England, royal residences at Greenwich served an important function in the early modern period as a cultural link with the continent, and in particular, with England’s nearest neighbours in the Low Countries and France. After major refurbishment, the Queen’s House reopens in October 2016 with new displays that focus on a number of important themes to historians of art, architecture and culture, and strong links to politics, diplomacy, war and royal and maritime culture.

Some of the themes that might be considered (but are not limited to) include:

  • Royal portraiture, in particular the representation of queens regnant and consorts
  • ‘Princely magnificence’ and the design of royal spaces (such as the division between a King’s and Queen’s sides)
  • Dynastic links between the houses of Stuart, Orange, Bourbon, Wittelsbach (Palatinate), and Portugal
  • The history of Greenwich Palace as a royal residence and centre of power and culture
  • The Queen’s House and Greenwich Palace situated in a wider royal and architectural context
  • Connections between court life in Greenwich and the development of the navy (as represented by Thornhill’s allegorical paintings in the Painted Hall, and James, Duke of York, as Lord High Admiral, etc.)
  • Fashions and artistic influences from overseas, notably Dutch, Flemish or French artists, architects and royal spaces (Inigo Jones, Orazio Gentileschi and James Thornhill), usage of allegory and mythology in royal/naval settings
  • other areas patronized by the court, such as maritime exploration, scientific advances, prints, as represented by the Royal Observatory Greenwich

The conference will be held on the 20-22 April 2017 in the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House. Keynote speakers will include Dr Simon Thurley.

We invite the submission of abstracts (300 to 400 words) for twenty-minute papers. The deadline for submissions is 1 December, 2016. Please direct queries, if any, to Janet Dickinson: and proposals and a brief biography to

Conference organisers: Janet Dickinson (University of Oxford), Christine Riding (Royal Museums Greenwich) and Jonathan Spangler (Manchester Metropolitan University).


University of California, Santa Barbara, April 21–22 2017

The Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites proposals for our annual conference, “Transience, Garbage, Excess, Loss: The Ephemeral, 1500–1800,” to be held on April 21 and 22, 2017.

We are happy to announce our two keynote speakers: Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook (UC, Santa Barbara) and Jonathan Goldberg (Emory).

We invite presentations that connect broadly to our theme of ephemerality in early modernity. With the present rise of ephemera studies, we hope to investigate the limits, depths, and abilities of the ephemeral as it may pertain to literature, art, music, history, religion, philosophy, or other fields of inquiry. How is the ephemeral intimately connected to our study of early modernity? And what is at stake in plumbing what is, by definition, “short-lived” or “transitory”? Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Im/permanence; im/materiality
  • Sanitation, disease, sickness, plague, sewage or early modern plumbing
  • Trash or the trashy
  • Fragility or frailty
  • Excessive femininity, sensibility, or emotional states
  • Social production, overpopulation, over crowding
  • Scavengers, pests, pestilence
  • Food, consumption, intoxication
  • Scarcity vs. plenty
  • The exile, itinerant, or transient
  • The pilgrim or pilgrimage
  • Textuality; the ephemerality of print
  • Art, artistry, or ornamentation
  • The object vs the subject
  • The transatlantic
  • Environmental stakes

We invite abstracts of 300 words or less and a 1-page CV to be sent to by December 15, 2016. In the spirit of the ephemeral, we envision both traditional conference presentations and also roundtables that engage with panelists, respondents, and audience. Please feel free to contact the conference organizer, Jeremy Chow, at with any questions you may have.


2017 Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Australian National University, Canberra, 21-22 April 2017

Conference Website

In 1979 Hans-Robert Jauss published The Alterity and Modernity of Medieval Literature, an essay which defined reception theory and invited us to rediscover in the alterity of the Middle Ages an aspect of its modernity.  For students of the Early Middle Ages, a field defined from its naissance by an emphasis on inter-disciplinary research, Reception theory can offer a surprisingly rich return.  The 12th conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association takes Reception as its theme.  We will be investigating the ways in which the literature, history, language and culture of the ancient world were received into post-Classical Europe; the ways in which the literature, history, language and culture of the Middle Ages have been received into the modern world; and the ways in which the Medieval world acted as conduit for the transmission of the Classical. This allows a very wide scope for papers of course, but, as always, we will still be welcoming any papers related to the studies of the Early Middle Ages even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme.

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to by 20 February, 2017.


38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Keene State College, Keene, NH, USA, 21-22 April 2017

Keynote speaker: Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester

“From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille: The Autumn of Chivalry”

Professor Kaeuper’s research has focused on medieval English and Continental history, justice and public order, and especially on the development of chivalry, with an emphasis on its nexus with violence and religion. Professor Kaeuper’s research bursts traditional disciplinary boundaries, combining institutional and legal history with a strong emphasis on cultural, especially literary and social developments. His most recent book, Medieval Chivalry, appeared this past spring in the distinguished Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series. Among his previous publications are Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (UPenn, 2009), Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 1999), and an extensive introduction to Elspeth Kennedy’s translation of Geoffroi de Charny’s Book of Chivalry (UPenn, 1996; 2nd edition 2005).

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

Papers, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at

Abstract deadline: January 15 2017

Presenters and early registration: March 15 2017


Annual Postgraduate Renaissance Symposium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 28 April 2017

In recent years, the analysis of social networks has generated a fruitful field of scholarly enquiry. Research addressing the dynamics that govern personal relationships within and without communities of various kinds has permeated through historical, anthropological, and sociological studies. These investigations have traced the ways in which societies structured according to gender, family bonds, and neighbourhood ties as well as political, professional, and religious associations regulated social interaction. However, the role of art and architecture in cultivating these interpersonal relationships has not been explored comprehensively. Even art historical approaches have frequently given preference to textual rather than visual evidence in elucidating these social networks.

This conference seeks to shed light on the ways in which social networks have been represented visually. Such an approach has great potential to deepen the discussion surrounding the commission, production, and reception of art and architecture between 1400 and 1600. We invite studies that bring into dialogue social connections on the one hand and visual manifestations on the other. Preference will be given to papers that present unpublished material while engaging with methodological frameworks and/or historiographical perspectives.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • how artistic networks affect the construction of identities
  • the mobility of art and artists within networks
  • whether formal, iconographic and/or stylistic features denote adherence to a community
  • the identification of specific individuals in works of art
  • how issues of display influence social bonds
  • the employment of personal, familial, political, ecclesiastical or professional devices

Proposals of no more than 350 words should be submitted together with a short CV to Alexander Röstel ( and Alexander Noelle ( by 31 December, 2016. Successful candidates will be notified in mid-January. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Costs for travel and accommodation cannot be covered but partial funding might become available and catering will be provided for all speakers.


University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 11-13 May 2017

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Dr Mary Morrissey (University of Reading)
  • Professor Andrew McRae (University of Exeter)

Expanding on our ongoing research project on the spatial and visual dimensions of the poetry and prose of John Donne, we are organising a conference seeking to investigate issues of ‘Space, Place and Image in Early Modern English Literature’ (c. 1500-1700). The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on 11-13 May 2017.

In the wake of the recent visual and spatial turns in literary criticism, we would like to explore how revolutions in social, political and religious practice in the Renaissance have translated into new uses and understandings of space and images in the poetry and prose of the period.The Reformation implied a new geography of faith, a rearrangement of church space, as well as ambivalent attitudes towards visual arts and representations of the divine. Geographical exploration and colonial expansion redefined what had been until then relatively well-established frontiers, while a growing interest in land surveying increasingly focused on the layout and properties of the natural landscape. The political sphere of the court was clearly marked in contrast with other areas of urban and rural life in terms of place but also in terms personal and professional trajectories. Scientific discoveries distorted the shape and size of the known cosmos and, amidst these large-scale upheavals, questions of intimacy and selfhood became increasingly important as individuals distinguished public spaces from private spheres or more intimate communities. The expansion of print technology in the Renaissance revolutionized textual space, while new techniques in the visual arts, exemplified by the introduction of one-point perspective, similarly led to major developments in the way space was apprehended and pictured.Early modern authors were thus writing at a time in which spaces, places and images significantly evolved in the way they were scientifically and aesthetically recorded.

We welcome abstracts for 20 minute-papers addressing ways in which early modern English authors engage with the spatial and visual paradigms of their times. Potential subjects may include:

  • geography, topography, and travel narratives
  • cartography and astronomy
  • natural landscape and urban environment
  • sacred & profane spaces
  • linear perspective & optics
  • motion, dislocation and confinement
  • visual arts & literary ekphrasis
  • geocriticism and theories of space and place
  • textual space and spatial deixis
  • iconoclasm
  • metaphorical representations of the divine
  • preaching places and spaces

We warmly invite you to send your paper title along with a 300-word proposal (in Word format) and a short biography (100 words) containing your academic affiliation to both conference organisers, and, by Monday 19 September 2016.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a collection of essays edited by the organisers.


The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 11-14 May 2017 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.


Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14 2017

Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms.  Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of three sessions at ICMS 52 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.”  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for a disparate range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event.  What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 350-700.

Please direct inquiries or abstracts with a completed Participant Information Form (here: to Jonathan Arnold ( by September 15.


Papers are being sought for two panels on Late Antique Italy to be held at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo on May 11-14 2017. These panels are sponsored by the Central European University (CEU).

In 2007, the Central European University held a summer program entitled The Birth of Medieval Europe: Interactions of Power Zones and their Cultures in Late Antique and Early Medieval Italy at which an international and interdisciplinary collection of scholars and graduate students convened to discuss and debate the issues associated with the ‘Fall of Rome’ and its aftermath. Focusing on the relationships between different centres of power, authority, and culture in Late Antique Italy, The Birth of Medieval Europe considered new ways of thinking about late Roman imperial administration, the economy, the ‘barbarian’ invasions and the arrival of new ethnic groups into Italy, the nature and evolution of ethnicity and ethnic identity, and ultimately the ‘fall’ of the Roman Empire. These were contentious subjects then, and remain so today.

Organized to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the original CEU program, these two sessions will examine new developments in the field and reassess the conclusions of the original 2007 program. More specifically, the organizers invite contributions that (re)consider the relationship between different centres of power, authority, and culture, in Late Antique Italy. These include but are not limited to the cities of Ravenna and Rome, the Roman Church and secular power, the Roman Empire in Italy and its relationship with the East/the Provinces, and the Ostrogothic, Lombard, and ultimately Carolingian successor kingdoms established in Italy. Following the plan of the original program, contributions are welcome from scholars studying ancient and medieval history, Italian studies, Byzantine history, Mediterranean history, archaeology, and church history.

If you wish to participate, please submit a paper title, a short abstract (no more than ~250 words) and a CV to the organizers at by Thursday September 15 2016.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of the organizers: Samuel Cohen (; Laurent Cases (; and Edward M Schoolman (


New College, Edinburgh, 12 May 2017

Parish clergy in early modern Scotland were central figures in communicating religious practice and understanding to their parishioners. As the early modern period progressed, priests and, later, ministers had to respond to a variety of changes in theology, socioeconomic circumstances, and political processes. As early modern studies has embraced a range of different models of religious, social, and political change-from top-down to bottom-up-the role of the minister remains ripe for further investigation.

This one day conference organised by the University of Edinburgh and Newman University, Birmingham, seeks to explore these issues through a range of papers and workshops covering the period from the early sixteenth to the late seventeenth century. The organisers invite proposals for papers (twenty minutes) or panels of three papers on the following themes:

  • Clerical negotiation of key theological and political changes
  • Ministers as agents of reform within the parish
  • Clerical education and teachings
  • Ministerial self-identification
  • Clerical piety
  • Preaching and its impact
  • Pastoral care
  • Ministers and charity
  • Inter- and intra-parish relationships (dissent, concord, indifference)
  • Clerical families

Other topics relevant to the theme of the conference will also be considered.

The conference seeks to attract a range of established and early career scholars as well as doctoral students. The organisers hope to be able to offer postgraduate and unwaged speakers small bursaries to contribute towards travel and conference expenses.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words to by 28 February, 2017. Submissions should include the name of the presenter, their institution and a short profile.


University of Warwick, 18-19 May 2017

Conference Website

When walking through the streets of London, Joseph Addison urged readers of The Spectator to ‘make every face you see give you the satisfaction you now take in beholding that of a friend’. Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the ways early modern people embraced sociability, and created new spaces and ‘languages’ of interaction. Yet, not all strangers who met became ‘friends’. Most remained relative strangers, and others became ‘enemies’. How did people determine who was a potential friend, ally, or enemy? Why, how, and in what ways, were individuals and groups socially ‘excluded’? Did physical appearance and conduct, status, occupation, religion, ethnicity, gender, and place of origin, determine whether one was ‘in’ or ‘out’?

Many early modern historians of social relations, popular print, urban history, gender history, criminality, material culture, and the history of the body, senses and emotions, have recently touched upon these issues. Nevertheless, many fundamental questions about the ways men and women understood and managed their social interactions remain. This timely two-day interdisciplinary collaboratory takes the idea of ‘cultures of exclusion’ as a starting point to explore how social relationships were theorised and constructed, and how and why certain groups and individuals were excluded from particular social interactions and spaces.

We welcome abstracts and/or proposals for panels from postgraduates, early career researchers and faculty staff whose research intersects with these themes, as well scholars from any discipline working on Britain, Europe or the wider world.

Professor Garthine Walker (University of Cardiff) is our confirmed keynote speaker. Her paper (title TBC) will hosted in the Zeeman Building at the University of Warwick on the 18th May 2017, held in conjunction with the University of Warwick’s Early Modern Seminar and Eighteenth Century Seminar.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories of inclusion and exclusion
  • Social relationships and identity formation
  • Sociability and spaces for social encounters
  • ‘First impressions’ – first meetings and encounters
  • Visual and discursive representations of outsiders and social outcasts
  • Exclusionary objects and material artefacts
  • Senses and emotions – smell, touch, sound and sight
  • Disguise and deception
  • Appearance – beauty, ugliness, dirt, disease, and disability
  • Conflict and quarrels
  • Rumour, gossip, slander, libel
  • Regulating and managing friendship
  • Religious affiliation, belief and belonging, inter-denominational conflict and/or cooperation
  • National and Ethnic inclusion and exclusion
  • Gendered representations of inclusion, conflict or ‘otherness’
  • Social deviants, beggars, runaways, slaves and criminals

Publication of a selection of papers is envisioned. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words for a 20-minute paper to by 12 December, 2016, along with a brief biography. Panel proposals are also welcome. Please include the full name, affiliation and email address of all participants.

For further details about the conference, including travel and accommodation information please visit our conference website:

The organisers of this event are Naomi Pullin ( and Kathryn Woods (


Fundación BBVA, Madrid, 18-19 May 2017

In recent years, the study of religious otherness has experienced a significant surge. Regarding the perception of Islam in Europe, the Romantic dichotomous vision between the orientalist attraction and the rejection and hatred is being left behind. The purpose of this conference is to analyse, from a pluri-disciplinar perspective, which conceptions or images of Islam were developed, from the end of the Middle Ages to the decline of the Austria dynasty in the Iberian Peninsula and other Mediterranean enclaves closely connected to the Hispanic Crown. The aim of this event is to analyse the stereotypes, which have traditionally limited historical studies; and also, the dissociation between the imaged produced by literature and the visual discourses of several social strata which were in closer contact with Islam.

The topics addressed during the conference will be:

  1. How the (literary and visual) image of Islam was created and developed in the Iberian Peninsula during the 15th to 17th centuries.
  2. What are the convergences and divergences between the spheres of the letters and the arts.
  3. The value of stereotypes in the building of the image and identity of Muslims.
  4. The weight of 19th century literary and artistic historiography in the blurring of the Medieval and Modern images of religious otherness.
  5. The contribution of 16th and 17th orientalist images in the later construction of 19th century orientalism.
  6. Is it possible to elaborate a cartography of the representations of Muslims in the different Hispanic territories?
  7. Was there an invisible Islam? How was it materialized?

Call for papers

Papers submitted must be of maximum 500 words in Spanish, English, Italian or French, together with a brief summary of the research record of the author, and main publications. Deadline is 1 February, 2017. Acceptance of papers will be communicated by February 10. The papers must be submitted to Oral communications will be 15-20 minutes. The registration fee is 50 €. Registration includes both attendance and publication of the texts (once approved by peer review procedure). To participate in the publication it is necessary to attend the conference to present the paper. News related to this conference will be published in


Uppsala University, 18-21 May 2017

Call for papers

The injunction to historicize space has not always been on the agenda of researchers in Byzantine Studies. Traditionally,  philologists, archaeologists, historians and art-historians have been tempted to take space for granted. And yet, within the recent Spatial Turn in the humanities and the social sciences,  research on spatial paradigms and practices has been expanding, gaining great attention across disciplines and vastly different periods. In this context, space has been attributed a complex involvement in historical developments, as a comprehensive concept constituted by the integration of absolute and relative, relational and materially-sensed, physical and social, conceptualized and lived space. An engagement of Byzantinists with these ways of thought and action opens up an entire new set of possibilities for understanding the Byzantine world.

Many cultural aspects speak for the crucial importance of spatialities for the Byzantines. Their bodies and minds are performed as their most personal spaces of social identity and control. These bodies interact with their natural environments in their struggle to survive and create, thus producing their spatial experiences. In that way they construct their own culturally appropriated spaces, producing Byzantine landscapes. These landscapes are dominated by power relations, which divide them into territories, and performed by cultural practices. Passing from the body to the mind, imaginary spaces host moments of a universe of heaven and human passions. How are all these Byzantine spaces relevant to us, today, and in what ways can we understand them? These are the main issues addressed by this conference.

We are welcoming abstracts which interrogate the various understandings of space in Byzantine culture, those which present new methodological approaches to the topic, and case studies which are placed within a wider theoretical context from all fields of Byzantine Studies (history, archaeology, philology, art history, museum studies etc).

The papers should refer to one of the following broad thematic panels:

1. The (most) Private Space: the body as topos
2. Natural Spaces: Byzantine environments
3. Experienced Spaces: human bodies within the natural environment
4. Anthropogenic Spaces: Byzantine landscapes
5. Empowered Spaces: Byzantine territories
6. Performed Spaces: the spatiality of cultural practices
7. Imaginary Spaces: Byzantine story worlds
8. Representations of Byzantine Spaces, now and then

Possible topics may touch upon, but are not limited to, the following areas of research:

  • Byzantinists and Space: methodological and theoretical approaches in history, archaeology, art histroy and philology
  • Representations of space
  • Going Global: linking local, regional, national, transnational Byzantine histories
  • Symbolic geography and cultural spaces: for example ‘Byzantium, ‘Asia Minor’  or the ‘Balkans’, the ‘Levant’, the’West’ and the ‘Orient’, etc.
  • The spatial constitution of politics: the empires and neighbouring states (territoriality, kinship)
  • Economic history: economic systems, ‘core’ and ‘periphery’
  • Spatial dimensions of everyday life: approaching gender, ethnicity, class, religion
  • Urban spaces (morphology, planning; spaces of production, consumption and exchange, urban/rural divides)
  • Geographies of knowledge: production and transfers
  • Space and Memory.

The working languages of the conference will be English and French. If you are interested to attend by oral or poster presentation, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words, the thematic panel to which you would like to contribute and a brief CV to by September 30, 2016. Due to the wide scope of this event, we would like to ask participants to prepare oral presentations of no more than 15 minutes, so as to allow ample time for discussion.

Dr Myrto Veikou
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 471 7679

Professor Ingela Nilsson
Greek and Byzantine Studies, Uppsala University
Department of Linguistics and Philology
Box 635
SE-751 26 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone:  +46 18 4711424


EMMA, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3, France, 19-20 May 2017

Keynote speaker: David Edgar, playwright.

From the 1960s when Robert Bolt wrote A Man for All Seasons first for BBC radio, then for television and finally for the stage, to the 2010s when Hilary Mantel’s successful novel Wolf Hall was adapted to the stage and then for television, the past several decades have witnessed a renewed interest in medieval and early modern England among contemporary writers and audiences.

The extended period from the Protestant Reformation to the Glorious Revolution provides novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters with material through which to engage pressing current issues, and the success of their works among diverse socio-economic, ethnic, and generational groups indicates a popular phenomenon that reaches beyond academic and artistic communities.

This international conference, organized by EMMA at University Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France, aims to understand why contemporary playwrights find this particular past appealing. More precisely, it aims to shed light on the political and cultural significance of medieval and early modern England for twentieth- and twenty-first century writers and audiences.

Centring on contemporary theatre in the English-speaking world, it invites scholars of medieval, early modern, and contemporary drama, performance, and culture to submit papers on any of the following topics:

  • History Plays: what do playwrights deem useful about the past in the creation of politically-committed theatre? Could such a distant period be considered as a valid mirror image of our contemporary world? How are the uses of the past today comparable to the way it was used by medieval and early modern dramatic writers?
  • Medieval Exceptionality: why is this particular period of English history seen as a cultural reference which is understood and appropriated world-wide?
  • The Place of Diversity: how do women, racial and ethnic minorities, writers from nations and national traditions outside England, respond to and use the medieval English past?
  • Rewriting History: what is the cultural, historical and political bias of contemporary writers and audiences?
  • Recreation and Entertainment: the choice of certain historical figures as new heroes may be discussed, as well as the way those historical figures may be depicted as endearing champions of the Good, or loathsome villains, for the entertainment of audiences today.
  • Canonicity and Beyond: to what extent and in what ways do contemporary playwrights allude to, adapt, endorse, expand on and/or critique the canon?
  • Adapting Elizabethan Theatre: how do contemporary playwrights, stage-directors or theatre companies rewrite and renew Elizabethan plays for contemporary audiences? How can they use the assets of site-specific performance?

Our plenary speaker will be British playwright and writer David Edgar, who has had more than sixty of his plays published and performed on stage, radio and television around the world. Edgar has repeatedly looked to other periods and other writers to engage the stage and screen as media for political activism. Most recently, in Written on the Heart, which was produced in 2011 by the Royal Shakespeare Company on the occasion of the four-hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible, Edgar exposed the historical situatedness and composite composition of this “authoritative” text of scripture.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words in English and a brief CV indicating your institutional affiliation to Marianne Drugeon ( by January 31, 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2017.


University of Warwick, Saturday 20 May 2017

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Miranda Griffin (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge)
  • Dr Robert Mills (UCL)
  • Dr Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)

What is it to have a body? And to experience change and transformation through that body?

A focus on the material body in critical theory and philosophy has, in recent decades, produced varied and stimulating challenges to the ways that we think about and engage with bodies, particularly in the fields of gender and sexuality, queer theory, posthumanism, disability studies, and the ‘material turn’. Discussion of how bodies interact with, are situated in, or are delineated from social, political, and cultural phenomena illuminates our understanding of the experience of embodiment, and the representation of this experience. Similar debates, discussions, and anxieties were expressed in the Middle Ages.

This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for the conception of bodies of different kinds: human, nonhuman, animal, material, divine, and how the representation of these changes in different media reflects on and inflects the boundaries conventionally associated with the body. We welcome abstracts from scholars working in any area of medieval studies, including literature, art history, history of medicine, and history of religion; we encourage proposals that engage with critical theory or challenge disciplinary boundaries, as well as those approaching the topic in more historical ways.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • metamorphosis
  • boundaries between species
  • boundaries between materials
  • volatile matter
  • changing forms
  • spiritual bodies
  • transubstantiation
  • transforming saints
  • vulnerable bodies
  • death, illness, injury
  • medical transformations
  • bodily miracles
  • translating bodies
  • bodies in text and image
  • allegory and symbolism
  • transforming meaning

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 15 December, 2016.

Contact details

Organisers: Liam Lewis Jane Sinnett-Smith (Email:


Northumbria University, 24 May 2017

Sponsored by The British Shakespeare Association

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Douglas Lanier (University of New Hampshire)
  • Dr Peter Kirwan (Nottingham University)

Outrage as BBC bosses “use Shakespeare to push pro-immigration agenda”

This was a headline in The Daily Express on 25 April 2016, after the BBC included what has become known as the ‘Immigration Speech’ from Sir Thomas More in a programme celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. From Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler expurgating ‘inappropriate’ passages from their Family Shakespeare, through Jewish campaigns in the early 20th Century to remove The Merchant of Venice from American classrooms, to the recent ‘outrage’, people have been offended by what Shakespeare wrote or by the uses to which others have put him. But what is it that offends us and how do we deal with it? What makes Shakespeare and his appropriations such a sensitive issue?

This conference seeks to answer these questions by examining the following and related areas:

  • Case studies of individuals or groups taking offence at Shakespeare’s texts.
  • Examples of Shakespearean rewritings aimed to address ‘offensive’ issues.
  • Shakespearean plays or performances which have been banned, censored, or campaigned against.
  • Debates around including or removing Shakespeare from educational curricula, and/or making the study of his work mandatory.
  • Appropriations of Shakespeare by anti-democratic, repressive movements (e.g. ‘Nazi Shakespeare’, ‘racist Shakespeare’).
  • Iconoclastic uses of Shakespeare, going against established orthodoxies.
  • Adaptations of Shakespeare into popular genres or idioms (charges of ‘dumbing down’).
  • The ways to tackle plays which include passages offensive to current moral, ethical, or political sensibilities (e.g. The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Merchant of Venice).
  • Issues surrounding studying and teaching Shakespeare without giving offence in the era of ‘trigger warnings’.
  • Uses of Shakespeare in propaganda, inflammatory speeches and/or heated political debates.
  • Authorship controversies.

Online Booking is now available:

  • Full Delegate Fee: £30
  • Postgraduate Student and Unwaged Fee: £15

Thanks to a generous grant from the British Shakespeare Association, we are able to offer two bursaries of £75 each to assist postgraduate students with the costs of attending the conference. Please, email the organisers if you would like to apply for one of these.

If you would like to present a paper, please send a 200-word abstract to Monika Smialkowska ( or Edmund King ( by 15 February 2017.


Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 25-27 May 2017


Keynote speakers: Péter Dávidházi (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary),Nicholas Halmi (The University of Oxford, UK), Ágnes Péter (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary), Tzachi Zamir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel).

We call for papers that address the issue of disbelief between “the Renaissance” (the Early Modern English period) and the end of “Romanticism”, both terms taken in the broadest possible sense. By choosing the negative, rather than the positive attitude as the pivotal notion of our conference, we would like to direct attention to the inner tensions and struggles that have so often characterised processes in which human beings are able to accept that somebody or something is true or real and to have faith in somebody or something. We encourage participants to track down the historical, political, religious, ethical, metaphysical, and aesthetic implications of disbelief as they filter through literary and cultural production in the above period. What are the consequences of disbelief for the real, the imaginary, the fictional, the ordinary, the extraordinary, the uncanny – for what it means to be human?

Conference presentations should take 30 minutes, followed by a 10 minute-long slot for discussions. The language of the conference is English and abstracts sent in through the application menu of the conference website should not exceed 200 words.

After double-blind peer review, a selection of the papers will be published.

More information on registration will be coming soon.

Application Deadline: 20 February, 2017


Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies Congress 2017, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, 27-29 May 2017

The 2017 conference of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies will be hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto as a part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The theme for Congress 2017, the year of Canada’s sesquicentennial, is “From Far & Wide: The Next 150.” The CSRS invites members to submit proposals that address this theme in relation to the early modern period, or on any Renaissance topic in a variety of disciplines, including literature, history, philosophy, music, art history, history of the book, bibliography, digital humanities, medicine, and cultural studies. Cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome.

Proposals can be submitted in either English or French, and should fall into one of the following categories:

  • a) an individual proposal (maximum 300 words) for a 20-minute paper
  • b) a panel of three proposed 20-minute papers on a shared theme (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer and participants, the proposed title of the session, and 300-word abstracts of the three papers)
  • c) a workshop or panel discussion (to be submitted in one file including the names and institutional affiliations of the organizer and proposed panelists, the proposed title of the session, and a 300-word paragraph outlining the focus and goals of the session, as well as the anticipated contributions of participants)

Please note that this year the deadline for submitting a proposal is: 15 January, 2017 (for individual proposals and completed panel proposals).

Please submit your proposal or proposed panel to Dr. Katie Larson, 2017 CSRS/SCÉR Program Chair, at this email address, no later than 15 January, 2017:


Cardiff University, 8-9 June 2017

Conference Website

This two-day conference sponsored by Medium Aevum will explore the importance of diplomacy in a bishop’s career. How bishops responded to situations was often crucial to building or destroying their reputations, and, sometimes, their very lives depended on their ability to exercise their diplomatic skills.

This conference aims to explore the common themes regarding the use and development of diplomacy in a bishop’s career; how and when was it deployed, and in what circumstances? What impact did the Gregorian Reforms and Investiture Crisis have on this aspect of a bishop’s skill-set?

Most importantly, how do we see diplomacy expressed? As well as through legal agreements and treaties, we would like to explore the role of diplomacy in other areas, including but not limited to: the architecture of the Cathedrals and Bishop’s Palaces, the various uses of the landscape, the visual elements within manuscripts that bishops patronised, the types of gifts given and exchanged; the choice of special dates and feast days to mark particular events.

Abstracts of 200 words in length, in English, should be emailed to powerofthebishop [at] gmail [dot] com with the subject line “POB III ABSTRACT”.

Deadline for Abstracts: 20 February, 2017


Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 1–2 June 2017

Conference Website

‘Habit, n: A settled disposition or tendency to act in a certain way, esp. one acquired by frequent repetition of the same act until it becomes almost or quite involuntary.’
Oxford English Dictionary

‘Habit is Motion made more easy and ready by Custom.’
Thomas Hobbes, 1656, Elements Philos

What habits, practices, or routines, made up day-to-day life in Europe between 1500-1750? At what point was habitual behaviour, such as excessive drinking, considered problematic? And how did ideas about habitual practice fit into early modern concepts of body and self?

This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to draw together scholars working on material culture, digital humanities, medicine, consumption, daily routine, practice, theory, and more, and invites them to consider their research under the heading of ‘habit’. We welcome papers on habitual behaviour, customs and practices, and daily routines, whether mealtimes or medicine, venery or vinosity.

Keynote speakers: Professor Steven Shapin (Harvard University) and Dr Sasha Handley (University of Manchester), both speaking about their forthcoming publications.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers, accompanied by a short speaker biography. We accept proposals for panels of 3 papers, under a session title. Submissions welcome from postgraduate research students as well as established scholars.

Please send abstracts to no later than Wednesday 16 November, 2016.


King’s College, London, 2-3 June 2017

Music was everywhere in early nineteenth-century British politics. Coronations, commemorations, marches, protests, dinners, toasts, rallies, riots, festivals, dances, fundraisers, workplaces, streets—all hummed to the sounds of music. It provided anthems for anointing and songs for sedition, rhythms for rituals and ballads for ballots, chants for charters and melodies for militaries. In all these spaces, media, and fora, radicals, reformers, loyalists, and conservatives all competed for the best tunes. And they did so because of their belief in music’s capacity to affect its listeners—to arouse joy and indignation, sadness and sympathy, merriment, mischief, and mirth—and its ability to bind participants together in new visions of community, nation, and identity.

Yet, for all its omnipresence, music often struggles to be heard in the dusty silence of the archive. Music’s evanescence and impermanence defies established, text-based methods of historical enquiry. Indeed, most historical analysis of music and political culture has focused exclusively on song lyrics. We need a much broader frame of analysis to understand how music connects to the political. Music, text (if present), and the circumstances and social dynamics of performance, all combine to generate a range of meanings for those taking part—one person’s pleasant entertainment might be another’s call for revolution, and for some, both at once. This multiplicity of meanings projected by musical performance is at once challenging and beguiling, precisely for the ways in which it variously circumvents, contradicts, reinforces, or interweaves with the textual elements of political discourse. Bringing music to the centre of analysis has rich potential to offer fresh insight into political traditions, symbols, divisions, and struggles. An explicit aim of this conference is to facilitate this by promoting a deeper interdisciplinary exchange between historians, musicologists, and scholars of visual, literary, and theatrical culture.

To these ends, we invite proposals for papers from scholars in any discipline that address the role of music in political culture in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Chronological boundaries are flexibly conceived, and proposals for papers which address earlier and later periods but which overlap with 1780–1850 are welcome.

The conference will consist of a series of round-table discussions among all participants of pre-circulated papers. Papers will be circulated by 12 May, 2017. Once revised, these will form the basis of a collection of essays on the intersection of music and political culture in this period. The conference is supported by the ERC-funded project ‘Music in London, 1800–1851’ led by Professor Roger Parker. There is no registration fee, accommodation and dinner will be provided, and travel costs will be reimbursed where possible.

Abstracts (max. 500 words) for 5,000 word papers should be sent, with a short biography, to by 1 June, 2016.

For more information please contact the organisers, Drs David Kennerley (Oxford) and Oskar Cox Jensen (King’s College London) at or

Potential themes for papers include:

  • The politics of opera, theatre, melodrama, and concert music
  • Political movements and musical creativity
  • Gender, race, participation and exclusion
  • Occasion and commemoration
  • Music and the politics of space
  • Communities and sociability
  • Political songs and melodies
  • Bands, choirs, ensembles
  • The politics of dance
  • Class and citizenship
  • State/official music
  • Music on trial
  • Nationalism
  • Pedagogy
  • Empire
  • Labour

Contact for more information about this event.


The CEMS Postgraduate Conference 2017, Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Exeter
15-16 June 2017

Keynote Speakers: Dr Lucy Munro (KCL); Dr Amy Erickson (Cambridge)

Following the success of our inaugural conference last year, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Exeter is pleased to announce our second annual postgraduate conference. This two-day conference will explore the varied aspects of life and death and their representations in art, literature, and culture between 1500 and 1800, and we welcome proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate students in any humanities discipline.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Ideas of a good life in the early modern period
  • The economic lives of early modern families
  • Concepts of happiness, satisfaction, or enjoyment
  • Advice on how to ensure a good life or death
  • Class and society
  • Celebrations and memorials (in society, art, music, and drama)
  • Medical, scientific, and other advances which contributed to the quality of life
  • Work and labour
  • Valued relationships, beliefs, or objects
  • Gendered virtue, sociability, or affection
  • Stage representations of living, the life cycle, death, and dying

Proposals should comprise a 200-word abstract and a brief biography. Please email proposals to with the heading ‘2017 conference proposal’ by 31 March, 2017. Any queries can also be emailed to the same address. Some travel grants will be available and will be announced closer to the conference.


Centre for Early Modern Studies: First biennial graduate conference, King’s College London – Strand Campus,
16 June 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr Morwenna Carr, University of Roehampton

King’s College London’s Centre for Early Modern Studies is pleased to announce its first biennial postgraduate conference. ‘Bodies in Motion in the Early Modern World’ aims to explore both the politics of physical and spatial movement and its consequences on the geographical and cultural boundaries of the known world between 1500 and 1800. We are inviting proposals for 20-minute papers and posters from graduate students and early career researchers working on early modern European cultures, literature, history, art history, music, and geography. As well as traditional 20-minute papers, we will select from the submissions 4 papers to participate in a end-of-day roundtable. We are particularly interested in papers reflecting on the role that our research has in illuminating our understanding of events of international political relevance, and on our responsibility to discuss these events from the point of view of experts in the humanities. Possible topics include (but are not limited too):

  • Migrations and Identity
  • Urban Space and Topography
  • Ability and Disability
  • Fictional Genres
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Society, Work, and Labour
  • Space in Performance, Performance in Space

Paper proposals of up to 200 words, accompanied by a short biography, should be submitted to by 31 March, 2017. For any queries, please use the same address. A limited number of travel bursaries will be made available.


European Academy of Religion 2017, Bologna, June 18–21 2017

The purpose of the conference—which will precede the first Convention to be held in March 2018—is to test the initiative of a European Academy of Religion as a research platform and as a network of networks. Fscire will host the conference and be in charge of all its organizational aspects.

The Scientific Program

All the academies and associations, departments and research centers, scientific journals and publishers working in the vast area of EU and Mena Countries as well as the Balkans, Caucasus, and Russia who are willing to participate in this conference are kindly asked to submit proposals for panels and disputationes by March 31, 2017.

Scholars and groups of scholars are invited to present individual papers or panels. Societies or groups who want to hold their own meetings and conferences during the “Zero Conference” are also welcome.

Proposal templates are available in the Download Area at and should be sent to

The Marketplace

Publishers may be given a space to display their publications, meet with scholars, and receive proposals from the participants.

Institutional and private donors who want to launch calls and research projects will have the opportunity to meet with scholars and research groups.

Lectiones et Disputationes

Three lectures and three disputationes will be arranged by the hosting institution: while contacts are underway, suggestions and speakers’ CVs are welcome.

Registration and Fees

Registration will open on January 16, 2017 and will close on May 30, 2017.

Fees have been set as follows: senior scholars and professors €60; students, PhD students,

PostDoc, and early-career scholars €30. Travel grants of €200 may be available for scholars who do not have access to their own travel funds.

Special agreements for discounted rates will be concluded with hotels and restaurants. Fscire will organize complimentary artistic events and guided tours for the registered participants, and partially fund the gala dinner.


Saint Louis University, June 19-21 2017

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, or roundtable discussions for an upcoming conference to be held at Saint Louis University on June 19-21, 2017. This mini-conference, held during the Fifth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, aims to bring together scholars from across disciplines to consider questions of chivalric culture and warfare. Conceptions of chivalry tend to lean toward one of two extremes: valorizing and romanticizing knighthood, as chivalric fiction and knights themselves so often did, or the opposite, condemning knights as murderous thugs and dismissing chivalry as a self-deceiving sham. The knightly vocation was in many ways a difficult one – considering not only the physical hardships of war, but also the moral ambiguities and pragmatic hazards of wielding power, dispensing justice and violence, and winning and preserving status and reputation. What was the relationship of chivalry, theoretically the guiding ethos of the professional warrior class, to the actual challenges faced by knights? If it was applicable to knights’ ordinary activities, what kind of guidance did it offer? This conference will consider how chivalric precepts and attitudes intersected with the realities of knightly life.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

  • How did chivalry interact with warfare, in conception and/or practice?
  • What were the implications of chivalry for gender, for the performance and policing of masculinity, for idealized versus real-life relations with women?
  • How did chivalric notions of honorable conduct in war interact with the more theoretical doctrines of just war and/or the law of arms?
  • In what ways might chivalric fiction have had echoes in knightly real life – e.g. pageantry and social display, military activity, individual ethics and behavior?
  • What were the impacts of politics, society, religion, and culture on chivalry and warfare?

These questions are merely for guidance; applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers or panels addressing the conference’s themes. We encourage submissions for 20 minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars and across disciplines. Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply. Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Craig M. Nakashian ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Craig Nakashian, Anne Romine ( or Sam Claussen (


Saint Louis University, 19-21 June 2017

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600-1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19-21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this sub-conference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

  • How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
  • What (in)formal bonds and socio-religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
  • How were institutions formed and maintained?
  • How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
  • What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
  • How did the transmission or co-production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co-production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administra9tive precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20-minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars. Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (


2017 Shakespearean Theatre Conference, University of Waterloo, Stratford, June 22-24 2017

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the second Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 22-24, 2017. All approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama and its afterlives are welcome. In the wake of the Shakespeare quatercentenary, we especially encourage papers that think broadly and creatively about the future of this drama. How can old plays best speak to the diversity of contemporary identities? What new critical and creative directions seem particularly promising? Which established practices remained indispensable? What — or who — is due for a revival?

Plenary speakers:

  • Sarah Beckwith (Duke University)
  • Martha Henry (Stratford Festival)
  • Peter Holland (University of Notre Dame)
  • Julia Reinhard Lupton (University of California, Irvine)

The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. The 2017 season at Stratford will include productions of Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Tartuffe, The School for Scandal, and The Bakkhai.


Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association 2017, Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO
June 22–24 2017

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association invites paper and panel proposals for its 2017 conference, to take place on the campus of Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, June 22–24, 2017. The conference theme is “Reformations during the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” in honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses. The program organizers invite proposals that consider the idea of reform, broadly conceived, during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Proposals may consider religious reform during the medieval and Renaissance periods but may also investigate continuity and change with regard to various aspects of the history and historiography of the periods as well as changes in literary culture, style, patronage, criticism, and subjects. The Program Committee encourages proposals from scholars and students working in all relevant fields, including but not limited to theology, history, literature, theatre, music, and the visual arts. As always, while paper and panel proposals addressing the conference theme will receive special consideration for inclusion, proposals in any area of medieval and Renaissance studies are welcome.

Graduate student presenters are eligible to compete for the Michael T. and Phyllis J. Walton Graduate Travel Award to help defray expenses associated with travel to and presentation at the annual conference. The RMMRA also awards two annual paper prizes: the Allen DuPont Breck Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a junior scholar, and the Delno C. West Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a senior scholar (at the rank of Associate Professor or higher). For additional information on the RMMRA, please visit

Paper and panel proposals should be directed to the RMMRA Program Committee via email to RMMRA President-Elect Ginger Smoak ( Proposals are due by March 15, 2017. A proposal must include:

  1. Name of presenter
  2. Participant category (faculty/graduate student/independent scholar) and institutional affiliation
  3. One-page CV (in case of panel proposal, include one for each participant)
  4. Preferred mailing and email address (in case of panel proposal, indicate a panel contact person)
  5. An abstract of the proposed paper/panel (250 words)
  6. Audiovisual requirements and any other specific requests

The Program Committee will notify participants if their proposals have been accepted by April 5, 2017. Please note that all presenters at the conference must be active members of RMMRA who have paid their annual dues of $25 by the time of the conference.


University of Bergen, Norway, 22-24 June 2017

This international conference is organized by Professor Diane Watt and Dr Laura Saetveit Miles as part of the Leverhulme International Network, ‘Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon’, led by the University of Surrey, in collaboration with the Universities of Bangor, Bergen, Boston, Durham, Lausanne, Swansea, and Texas A&M. For further information please visit the network website:

Over the last three decades medieval women’s writing has become a significant focus of innovative research. Yet, despite this wealth of ground-breaking scholarship, the established canon of medieval literature has remained fundamentally unchallenged. This conference will explore the importance of considering women’s engagement with textual culture in understanding the medieval literary canon. While the network has hitherto focused largely on English texts and traditions, we welcome papers that focus on European sources.

Themes that will be explored in the conference include:

  • Women as authors
  • Women as patrons
  • Book ownership in the household
  • Anonymous texts
  • Genre and gender
  • Literary reception
  • Women as translators
  • Women readers
  • Book ownership in women’s religious communities
  • Manuscript production
  • Literary influence
  • Collaboration

We anticipate contributors giving papers of 20-30 minutes. Please submit proposed titles and abstracts of 300 words, with a short academic biography, by 15 September, 2016 to Lynette Kerridge:


Lisbon Medieval Culture and War Conference, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, 22–24 June 2017

War shaped the medieval world. It configured all kinds of social models and human processes, including political and economic systems, religious doctrines, cultural transformations and changes of mindsets.

Following a previous meeting held at the University of Leeds in 2016 (Leeds Medieval Culture and War: Ideals, Representations, Realities), this conference, organised by the Centre of History of the University of Lisbon, will pursue the development of new approaches to medieval warfare by discussing spaces, images and mentalities in interdisciplinary perspectives.

We warmly welcome papers that draw on several theoretical backgrounds (e.g. archaeological, art historical, historical, literary or sociological methodologies). Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Theory and doctrine of war
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Organisation, command and logistics
  • Fortifications and weaponry
  • Communication, intelligence and counter-intelligence
  • Bellatores in medieval societies
  • Non-combatants and prisoners of war
  • Literature, art and war
  • Warfare and religion
  • Body and soul: the warriors’ assistance
  • Superstitions, devotions, fears and behaviours
  • War at sea

The conference will be held at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa). On the third day participants are invited to join us for a visit to a museum with a medieval military collection. There will be a registration fee of €25.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a paper of 20–25 minutes along with a short biographical note of about 150 words, or a joint proposal for a thematic panel of 3 papers, to by 3 March, 2017. The papers will be selected by an independent Scientific Committee, through a blind review. Contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers are especially encouraged.

The working language is English.

The organisers plan to publish selected papers presented during the conference in a peer-reviewed edited collection.

Lisbon Organisation Committee: Inês Meira Araújo and António Martins Costa

Leeds Organisation Committee: Sophie Harwood, Trevor Russell Smith and Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

Coordinator: José Varandas


University of Exeter, Saturday 24 June 2017

This conference will examine the recent significant changes in how Shakespeare’s plays are performed and disseminated through old and new technologies and media.

At one end of the spectrum, through performances in reconstructed early modern theatres, early modern performance technologies have re-entered mainstream culture. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is only the most recent example of how early modern technologies and the plays written by Shakespeare’s contemporaries and successors have returned to the cutting edge of present-day theatre.

At the other end of the spectrum, the current production of The Tempest by the RSC in partnership with Intel exemplifies how mainstream theatre companies have, in the wake of productions by smaller companies experimenting with digital and virtual theatre, embraced digital media. The digital revolution has generated new ways of creating characters, moving them across physical and conceptual spaces and reimagining the spectacular technologies of the Jacobean masque. This Tempest is the latest in a string of productions that have made use not only of complex backstage technology but also of social media to reach out to new physical and virtual audiences. Moreover, with the increased use of theatre broadcast technologies, productions of early modern drama can now reach global audiences and be disseminated in a multitude of formats: screened in cinemas or on television, re-edited for educational use, streamed online, sold as DVDs or Blu-Ray discs, extracted on company websites and in promotional tweets, and staged live.

Meanwhile, changes in technology have also affected how early modern drama is remediated on television, in feature films and on our computer screens. We can now find a dizzying range of appropriations and mash-ups of Shakespeare and early modern drama across a variety of online platforms and social media sites, with individuals able to use digital technologies as an entry-point into participating in performance. Technology is thus affecting the production and dissemination of early modern drama along with access to the productions, modes of spectatorship and participation in fan cultures.

This conference is organised and sponsored by Shakespeare Bulletin to mark the end of Pascale Aebischer’s term as General Editor of the journal. It responds to the technological turn in performance studies evident in a significant part of the work submitted to the journal between 2012 and 2017 and aims to bring together a range of scholarly approaches to the technologies of performance that shape the production of Shakespeare and his contemporaries today.

Keynote speakers:

  • Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific)
  • Ramona Wray (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter)

We call for papers on any of the following or related topics in relation to the performance of Shakespeare and/or early modern drama:

  • Re-imagined performance technologies in reconstructed playhouses and Practice-as-Research
  • Intermedial performance practices
  • Social media performance
  • Theatre broadcast technology and spectatorship
  • Television and feature film adaptation
  • Digital objects and digital media
  • Technology of the classroom

Paper proposals of up to 300 words, accompanied by a short biographical statement, should be submitted to Emma Bessent ( by Monday 27 February. Up to 6 postgraduate bursaries covering the conference attendance fee plus a standard contribution of £50 to assist with travel expenses are available to encourage contributions to the debate by a new generation of scholars. Please specify in your proposal if you wish to apply for one of these. Early submissions will be preferred.


Ramphal Building, University of Warwick, Monday 26 June 2017

Plenary Speakers:

  • Professor Bernard Capp (Emeritus, Warwick)
  • Dr Johanna Harris (Exeter)

Devotions in early modern England, public or private, were central to the everyday lives of clergy and laity alike. Yet such practises were routinely transformed by men and women who did not just record but reconfigured their piety through writing. From accounts of fasts, feasts, and thanksgiving days; prayers and sacred songs; covenants and confessing of sins; narratives of conversion, baptism or burial; biblical graffiti; repetition of sermons; conferencing and conventicles. English citizens, individually and communally, and on either side of the confessional divide had a regimen of acts that were to be performed and perfected during their lifetimes. This one day conference aims to investigate how print and manuscript cultures coalesced and collided in their re-presentation of post-Reformation devoutness.

‘Devotional Writing in Print and Manuscript’ is a major one day multi-disciplinary conference, hosted by the University of Warwick’s English Department in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Early Modern Forum. Contributions are invited from established scholars and postgraduate students alike. Publication of a selection of papers is envisioned. Themes for papers may include (but are not limited to): literary, visual. political, theological, historical, material, musical, polemical or any other treatments of the topics of devotional writing in print or manuscript in the context of reformation-era England.

These may include:

  • Piety of the Household/Neighbourhood
  • Schools, Education and Memory
  • Temptation/Possession/Conversion Narratives
  • Fasts/Feasts/Thanksgiving Days
  • Prayer Books/Church Books/Book of Sports
  • Psalmody versus Hymnody
  • Playhouses, the Pulpit, and the Theatre of the Word
  • Sick-bed/Death-bed Accounts (ars moriendi)
  • Godly Missives and Communal Correspondences
  • Martyrology/Hagiography
  • Religious Iconography/Graffiti/Objects
  • Biblicism versus Fanaticism
  • Spiritual Manuals and/or Cases of Conscience

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute papers by 30 April 2017 to Professor Elizabeth Clarke (; or Robert W. Daniel (


Humanities Research Centre, University of York, 28-30 June 2017

Conference Website

Plenary Speakers:

‘Emotional control is the real site of the exercise of power’ (William Reddy, 1997)

Scholars across the humanities and social sciences are increasingly turning their attention to the affective dimension of power, and the way in which emotions are implicit in the exercise of power in all its forms. The language of power has long been used to calibrate the impact of emotions – feelings ‘shake’ and ‘grip’ us; we read of and recall moments when passions convulsed communities and animated violent actions. Strategic displays of emotion have regularly been used for the exercise and negotiation of power.

This conference will draw on a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise to address the relationships between two fundamental concepts in social and historical inquiry: power and emotion. How are historical forms of cultural, social, religious, political and soft power linked with the expression, performance and control of emotions? How has power been negotiated and resisted through expressions of emotions? How have emotional cultures sustained or been produced by particular structures of power? How have understandings and expressions of emotion played out within cross-cultural encounters and conflicts? What has been the relationship between intimate, personal feeling and its public, collective manifestations?

Literary and artistic works as well as objects of diverse kinds are often said to produce or to have elicited powerful emotions. Yet how has this varied across time, space, cultures and gender? What visual, verbal and gestural rhetorics have been considered to act most potently upon the emotions in different periods? How have these conventions related to ideas of the inexpressibility of powerful or traumatic emotional experience, its resistance to aesthetic articulation? What are the implications of this for the recoverability of past emotional experience? And how does the study of the power of feeling relate to more traditionally social conceptions of hierarchy, society, and power? What new understandings of the workings of power do we gain through the perspective of a history of emotions?

This interdisciplinary conference is jointly organized by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and the Centres for Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies and Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York. It invites papers that address the above issues from disciplines including, but not restricted to: history, religion, literature, art, music, politics, archaeology, philosophy and anthropology.

Papers and panels might focus on the following questions and themes:

  • Emotion and political and social action: How have emotions been used by various political, religious and other groups to reinforce or to undermine social and political hierarchies? What role did gender play in these processes?
  • Dynasty, rule and emotional display.
  • The affective dimensions of war, protest, revolution and nation building
  • Diplomacy and the negotiation of cross-cultural emotions
  • Religious change, power and emotions
  • How has the relationship between emotions / passions and power been understood and theorized across time?
  • The micro-politics of intimate relationships and gendered power
  • The role of ritual, object and liturgy in managing, intensifying, or disciplining political, religious or other emotions
  • What techniques and venues have been used to construct and amplify collective emotions? Papers might consider mass meetings, crowds, congregations, theatres, assemblies and clubs.

The organisers welcome proposals for individual 20-minute papers, for panels (which may adopt a more innovative format, including round-tables, a larger number of short presentations), or for postgraduate poster presentations.

Proposals should be sent to Pam Bond, Administrative Officer at the Centre for the History of Emotions, The University of Western Australia. Email: by Friday 27 January, 2017.


University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK, 28–30 June 2017

Speakers include:

  • Caroline Bowden (QMUL)
  • John McCafferty (UCD)
  • Thomas McCoog (Fordham)
  • Susannah Monta (Notre Dame)
  • Thomas O’Connor (Maynooth)
  • Michael Questier (QMUL)
  • Alison Shell (UCL)

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The time frame being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. Panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to Cormac Begadon ( by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (


University of Notre Dame’s London Gateway, London, UK., 28–30 June 2017

The third biannual Early Modern British and Irish Catholicism conference, jointly hosted by Durham University and the University of Notre Dame, will concentrate on the relationship between religious orders and British and Irish Catholicism. A wealth of recent scholarship has focussed on the activities of both male and female religious following the upheavals of the sixteenth century. This conference will consider the relationship between religious orders and those on the western peripheries of Catholic Europe. These relationships are to be explored in the widest possible framework, including through the religious orders as links between English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh Catholics, and the global Church; British and Irish religious in exile; the presence of members of religious orders in Britain and Ireland; memories of pre-Reformation religious orders such as in the landscape; religious orders in the non-Catholic imagination; the views of Britain and Ireland held by religious orders and their international membership. The timeframe being considered is broad, from c.1530 to 1800.

The conference is interdisciplinary and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

We invite proposals for 20 minute communications on any related theme from any field. Panel proposals consisting of three speakers are also encouraged.

Please send proposals (c. 200 words) by email to Cormac Begadon ( by 27 January, 2017 at the latest.

For questions relating to booking and travel, please contact Hannah Thomas (

For general queries relating to the conference, please contact James Kelly (


Conference Website

The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 3-6 July 2017.


Newcastle, Australia, 3-7 July 2017

The AHA is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for its annual conference at the University of Newcastle. This year’s theme is ‘Entangled Histories’ in reference to the growing use of ‘entanglements’ as a key theoretical term in the humanities and social sciences. It reflects the increasing move away from narrowly defined ‘national’ histories towards an understanding of History as an interlinked whole where identities and places are the products of mobilities and connections. The conference theme will explore the ways in which peoples, ideas and goods circulated across the boundaries of empires and nations. ‘Entangled History’ views all cultures and societies as connected. We welcome submissions that consider the value of entangled frameworks for historical analysis from all historical periods, themes and research areas. We especially encourage proposals for panel sessions of three papers.

Keynote Speakers:

Conference Themes: Indigenous histories; histories of violence; migration and refugee histories; Mobilities, transnational spaces and borders in history; histories of sexuality; digital histories; histories of health, illness and disability; intimate histories of families and localities; public histories and cultural heritage.

If your abstract does not fit into any of the above themes, please submit to the General Conference Program theme.

Affiliated Conferences and Special Strands: the conference will include a number of strands:

1. The Australian Women’s History Network Symposium, “Symbiotic Histories.” For at least forty years, feminist historians in Australia and elsewhere have documented intimate histories, guided by a belief in the personal as political, a desire to challenge grand narratives, traditions and borders, and a commitment to acknowledging the dynamics of intersectionality. Feminist historian Mrinalini Sinha has emphasised the importance of contextualising intimate histories, noting how gendered discourses have a “symbiotic” relationship to local and global histories of dispossession, colonisation and nation building. We see this conference as an opportunity to build on her analysis. If historians are asked to consider how gender has been historically articulated in the local and the transnational – as well as the national – then, much like “entanglements,” we might uncover the underlying connections, contradictions, and interdependencies between and among our subjects. For this symposium we invite speakers – individually or on panels – to contribute papers that speak to symbiotic histories of women and gender. We especially invite papers that explore the potential for symbiotic histories of women and gender. For more information contact the conveners: Dr Chelsea Barnett, Isobelle Barrett Meyering, James Keating and Sophie Robinson:

2. Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network, “Green Stream.” We invite submissions of papers and panels in what has become a broad interdisciplinary field since Roderick Nash coined the term in 1972. We welcome submissions across a wide range of research topics as well as in environmental historiography. We are especially interested in looking at the intersection of histories of technology and the environment. For inquiries contact: Dr Nancy Cushing (

3. Religious History Association Conference. The RHA invites papers and panel proposals that address religious history from any time period and geographical location. In addition to this broad call, we would like to invite papers or panel proposals in three specific areas: critical engagement with missionary activity; Moravian missions; and papers which engage questions of sexuality and/or marriage and religion. For further information and inquiries contact: Dr Christina Petterson (, or Dr Laura Rademaker (

4. Oral History Australia and the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ), “Working with Memories”. This strand will bring together presenters and papers that explore the opportunities and challenges of working with memories as sources for historical research and production. Presenters in this strand will be invited to submit their papers to the Oral History Australia Journal. For inquiries contact: Professor Alistair Thomson (, or Dr Nepia Mahuika (

Submission and Presentation Guidelines

Each presenter will have 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion time. Delegates can present only one paper across the AHA and affiliate conference streams. Conference registration is open to everyone, but all presenters must be members of the AHA or its affiliate organizations.

Each author may only submit ONE presentation proposal.

Presentation proposals must be submitted by the 1 March, 2017.

You may submit one of two presentation types:

1. Single paper proposal


2. Panel or Roundtable paper proposals

1. Single paper proposal must follow the guidelines below:

  • Title: Maximum of 10 words
  • Biography: No more than 50 words
  • Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.
  • Abstract: No more than 250 words. This abstract will be posted on the conference website in a PDF file with all other abstracts, but will not be published in the conference program.

2. Panel or Roundtable paper proposals must follow the guidelines below:

The panel chair or one of the panellists must submit each paper individually in the name of the author of each paper.

Within the submission process please indicate the following:

  • The name of the panel chair
  • The email of the panel chair
  • The title of the panel session
  • Affiliated conferences strand (if relevant)

Please note the above details must be the same for each paper on the panel.

The following must be included for each paper:

  • Title: Maximum of 10 words
  • Biography: No more than 50 words
  • Summary of Abstract: Maximum of 30 words. This will be the only description of your paper in the conference program, so please choose your words carefully.
  • Abstract: No more than 250 words. This abstract will be posted on the conference website in a PDF file with all other abstracts, but will not be published in the conference program.


Professor Philip Dwyer
Tel. 61 (0)439426218


Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Rome, Italy, 6-7 July 2017

A two-day workshop organized by: Stefano D’Ovidio, Joris van Gastel, and Tanja Michalsky

“Materiality conveys meaning. It provides the means by which social relations are visualized, for it is through materiality that we articulate meaning and thus it is the frame through which people communicate identities.” (Sofaer, Material Identities, 2007) Whereas in recent research in art and architectural history, materials have gained currency, the significance of the specific materiality of the world we inhabit still remains largely uncharted territory. Yet, a focus on materials may draw attention to unexpected continuities and discontinuities between different art forms, epochs, and geographical areas. Moreover, as Georges Didi-Huberman (1998) has shown, such a focus is pertinent to historiography as well, revealing the implicit hang-ups and taboos of our discipline.

Taking its key from these recent debates, this workshop seeks to explore the ways in which, between the Middle Ages and Early Modernity, different artistic materials create meanings and identities in the context of the Southern Italian city. In doing so, it hopes to draw attention to the role materials might have played in creating the specific narrative of Southern Italy in art history and to how, conversely, a focus on materiality might lead to a different story. To what extent did materials carry associations of a local geological and natural context? How do they relate to the city’s past? And how do these contribute to the creation of local identities? Here one can think of particular local materials, such as the versatile pietra leccese in Lecce or the colored marbles of Sicily, spolia that make materially present a city’s Greek or Roman past, but also materials that travelled from afar and carried traces of their far-away origins, such as the costly lapis lazuli. Along with the connections between materiality and identity, the workshop aims to lay bare the reception of specific materials in various textual sources, including art literature, contracts, travel guides, but also scientific treatises.

We invite proposals for both case studies and more theoretically informed papers. Possible perspectives include (but are not confined to):

  • The use of spolia and the role of a Greco-Roman past in local identities;
  • The relationship between materials and discourses of center and periphery;
  • Marginalized local traditions related to a specific material;
  • The reception of materials in art literature and whether or not art criticism has favored or prevented the use of specific materials;
  • The relationship between materials and colonial issues;
  • The manner in which the availability of specific materials has favored the development of local artistic traditions and debates.

Please send an abstract (300 words max.), a paper title, and a short CV to Stefano D’Ovidio ( and Joris van Gastel ( The deadline for submissions is 29 January, 2017. Travel and accommodation will be covered by the Bibliotheca Hertziana in accordance with the provisions of the German Travel Expenses Act (Bundesreisekostengesetz).


Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, University of Westminster, Friday 7 July (evening) and Saturday 8 July, 2017

A 2015 episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race saw the work of Shakespeare make a perhaps rather surprising appearance on the show. In the episode, titled ‘Shakesqueer’, the season eight queens performed in rewritten Shakespeare plays – Romeo and Juliet became ‘Romy and Juliet’ and Macbeth became ‘Macbitch’. In 2016, the Globe gave us a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Helenus (played by male actor Ankur Bahl) rather than Helena, transforming the relationship with Demetrius (and indeed Lysander) into an overtly queer one. At exactly the same moment, Russell T. Davies inserted a lesbian kiss into his BBC adaptation of the same play – a kiss which prompted Katie Hopkins to declare “I don’t want Shakespeare queered-up so you feel more at home”.

This queer cultural exploration of the Early Modern is happening at the same time that academic scholarship continues to use queer theoretical frames as a way of illuminating and interrogating Early Modern texts and contexts. Notably, this can be seen in John S. Garrison’s Friendship and Queer Theory in the Renaissance: Gender and Sexuality in Early Modern England (2013); Simone Chess’ Male-to-Female Crossdressing in Early Modern English Literature: Gender, Performance, and Queer Relations(2016); and Will Stockton’s forthcoming Members of His Body (2017), amongst many, many others.

This one-day symposium seeks to ask two questions: firstly, what can queer frames tell us about Early Modern texts and contexts? Secondly, in what ways can the Early Modern (be it literature, culture or politics) speak to queer cultures in the present? Or, what do queer reiterations of Early Modern texts and contexts achieve in the present?

Topics may include but not be limited to:

  • the intersections between queerness and race in both Early Modern texts/contexts; and contemporary reiterations of Early Modern cultural artefacts;
  • queer uses of Early Modern texts in the contemporary;
  • queer readings of Early Modern texts or contexts;
  • what it means to suggest that a “queered-up” Shakespeare (for example) might make one feel “more at home”;
  • consideration of contemporary productions of Early Modern plays which draw out queerness or which introduce queerness;
  • queer history/histories.

Abstract of 250 words, accompanied by a short bio, should be submitted to Kate Graham at by March 3, 2017.

Further details can be found at:

The symposium is supported by the Queer London Research Forum and the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies at the University of Westminster.


Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies, Early Modern Research Centre, University of Reading, 10-11 July 2017

The theme of the 2017 Reading Conference in Early Modern Studies is ‘Complaints and Grievances, 1500-1750’. Proposals for individual papers and panels are invited on research relating to this theme in any area of early modern literature and theatre, history, politics, art, music and culture across Britain, Europe and the wider world. Suggested topics for papers and panels include, although are not confined to:

Literary Complaint:

  • Material cultures of complaint: production, transmission, reception
  • Erotic complaint: narratives of abandonment, grief and loss
  • Early modern women writers and complaint
  • Voicing others: complaint as prosopopoeia
  • Religious complaint: satire and exhortation

Medical Complaints and Grievances:

  • Experiencing or witnessing suffering and pain
  • Learning to live with disease and disability
  • Painful or pain-relieving medical/surgical treatments
  • Sensory aspects of medicine and surgery: sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and tactile sensations
  • Complaints about medical practitioners, nurses, or patients

Political and Religious Complaints and Grievances:

  • Petitioning and pamphleteering
  • From grievances to politics: the personal, the local, and the national
  • The popular and elite politics of complaint
  • Complaint, crime and the law
  • Travellers’ complaints: religion, politics and the lived experience of travel

Each panel proposal (minimum of two and a maximum of four papers) should contain the names of the session chair, the names and affiliations of the speakers and 200 word abstracts of the papers together with email contacts for all participants. A proposal for an individual paper (20 minutes) should consist of a 200 word abstract of the paper with brief details of affiliation and career.

Proposals for either papers or panels should be sent by email by Friday 16 December, 2016, with the subject heading ‘2017 Conference’, to the Conference Committee,


The Eleventh MEMSA Conference, 11–12 July 2017, Durham University

The use of the past is a theme which transcends disciplinary boundaries, and has contemporary as well as historical resonance. This is manifested in a physical sense through the moulding of and engagement with landscapes, the manufacture and (re)use of material culture, and in a more abstract sense through the creation and manipulation of memory and identity which form the core of social ideas and mentalities about the world.

This year’s MEMSA Conference will focus on how people in the Medieval and Early Modern World engaged with, understood, and interpreted the past, in order to explore the ways in which they perceived and sought to shape their own world. In doing so, we will also be able to gain a greater awareness of how past worlds still contribute to shaping our own present perceptions.

We welcome abstract submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers from any discipline engaged in the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including History, Literature, Archaeology, Theology, Art, Music, Languages, and Culture. Possible presentation themes may include, but are not limited to:
·       (Re)use of landscape, architecture, artefacts, and art

·       Myths, legends and oral tradition

·       Memory, remembering and memorials

·       Perceptions of truth and authority

·       Creation and reworking of historical narratives

·       Translation and adaptation of literary texts

·       Religious and political reform

·       Reform, restoration and revolution

·       Progression, improvement and enlightenment

· The production of knowledge and networks of learning

·       Links to the ancient world

·       Technological developments

·       Destruction of peoples / suppression of ideas

·       Later interpretations of the period, e.g. in film, literature and education

In addition to the panels, the conference will include two keynote addresses, by Dr Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS), and Dr Len Scales (Durham University, Department of History). There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of Durham Cathedral and Castle for any interested delegates.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 14th April 2017.

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Arranged with the support of Durham University’s Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.


Nottingham Trent University, 11-13 July 2017

This conference is the inaugural event for the Centre for the Study of Religion and Conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods at NTU. The centre aims to increase understanding of the origins, ideology, implementation, impact and historiography of religion and conflict in the medieval and early modern periods. Conflicts with religious elements incorporate not just military engagements but also social, political, cultural and economic events, forming a common strand between Medieval and Early Modern worlds. The conference will both launch the centre and highlight new subjects and strategies for its future development.

Current members have expertise in the Crusades and the Military Orders; Reformations and Confessional societies; the Conquest of the New World and Seventeenth Century Britain, but we are keen to establish networking links with scholars and students who investigate the role of religion and conflicts with different faiths, confessions and heterodox groups, so that comparisons may contribute towards the development of new definitions and paradigms for understanding the roles played by belief in national, communal and inter-personal conflict.

The conference will incorporate a broad chronological spectrum from medieval to early modern with a view to developing current research, sharing techniques, investigating new approaches and enhancing study in the wider field. It will consist of keynote and public lectures, and academic papers presented in a workshop format. Postgraduate and early career applicants are particularly welcome.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit 200 word abstracts which broadly relate to the following themes from any period in the medieval to early modern range, and comparative approaches are particularly welcomed:

  • Religious discourse and dissent
  • Religion and warfare/military conflict
  • Conflict relating to religious property or objects
  • Gender and religious conflict
  • Confessional conflict
  • Conversion and conflict
  • Religion and family conflicts: marital violence, divorce, separation, property disputes
  • Religion and conflict in social environments, communities and networks
  • Religious sources in conflict

There will be an opportunity to publish conference proceedings in a special volume for the Themes in Medieval and Early Modern History Series for Routledge.

Abstracts should be sent to: by Friday 7 April 2017.


University of Sydney, 12-14 July 2017

Amphorae is a forum for postgraduate students in Classical Studies from throughout Australasia to interact with one another. Students eligible to participate include all those studying at Honours, Masters, and Ph.D. level. Papers may broadly cover topics inclusive of literature, history, archaeology, art, or reception studies.

The theme of this year’s Amphorae conference is ‘Immortal Words: Classical Antiquity Then and Now’. The theme is inspired by Mary Barnard’s translation of a fragment of the Greek lyric poet, Sappho, and celebrates the enduring relevance of the ancient world and Classical Studies.

The call for papers is now open.

If you wish to submit an abstract, simply send an e-mail to by 5pm EST on 31 March with your completed abstract form. Please note that this is a dedicated e-mail for abstracts, and submissions sent to the other conference email address will NOT be accepted.

The link to the abstract form is here:

Other things to note:

1. Your presentation should be no longer than 20 minutes in order to allow for 10 minutes of question time following. Papers running overtime throw off the entire conference schedule, so please keep this in mind as you prepare.

2. If you are currently studying at Honours level, there are a few things to consider before submitting an abstract. Presenting a paper at Amphorae is a considerable time commitment, so you are well-advised to confer with your supervisor before submitting an abstract. If you wish to present your research, but are unable to manage a full 20-minute presentation, you might consider presenting a poster instead.

3. If you wish to present a poster rather than a paper, there are a few things to consider. Posters must be A0 in size and will be displayed in the foyer of the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (in which much of the conference will take place). Although you are not required to give a formal presentation, please ensure that you are regularly available to speak about your research in an informal setting. You should also clearly display your contact details on the poster so that attendees who were unable to speak to you about your research during the conference can contact you at a later date.

4. Access to computers, projectors, and internet will be provided. If you have a PowerPoint presentation accompanying your paper, upload it to a USB drive and bring it along. Alternatively, we are able to connect your personal computer directly with a VGA Cable (Mac adapter also available).

5. Access to a dedicated Classics library in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia will be available. Those wishing to use this facility during the conference must send an e-mail to with a completed Readers Form attached.

More information can be found on our conference website:


CHAM Conference - Oceans and Shores: Heritage, People and Environments, Lisbon, 12–15 July 2017

Since Antiquity, the personification of water—rivers or seas—has been a recurrent elements in the iconography related to power. From the Tigris to the Ganges, from the Mare Nostrum to the Atlantic Sea, water seems to have been an essential element in the visual display of powerful monarchies and empires. After the European discovery of the Americas, oceans started also to play an extraordinary role in allegorical representations, especially in Spain and Portugal, though elsewhere, too. This panel approaches water iconography, especially as related to oceans, as a mode of representation of power during the early modern period, addressing its role in politics and culture. We are interested in arts, music, and literature, and how they relate to the iconography of water and its relationship with power. Especially welcome are cross-disciplinary contributions, proposals that address different cases studies in a comparative way, and studies focused on ephemeral architecture and theatrical contexts. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Ephemeral art: Celebrations of victories, kings’ birthdays, or even religious events were the perfect context for the representation of water as the image of rulers.
  • Prints, emblems, and propaganda: How does the topic relate to rulers’ propaganda?
  • European powers and the new geography: How did sovereigns employ discoveries into their own images of power?
  • Odes, poetry, and epic: How did literature use the image of oceans and rivers to glorify rulers, and what were the implications for the visual arts?

More information is available at the CHAM conference website, and please direct any questions to Dr. Pilar Diez del Corral Corredoira, Proposals are due by 1 February, 2017


The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, July 12-15 2017

The Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University will host a major international conference dedicated to the intellectual heritage and contemporary significance of Saint Bonaventure.

Individual papers, panels, and workshop proposals are sought that engage the academic, pastoral, and socio-political aspects of this topic. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Bonaventure’s Theological Legacy and Contemporary Theology
  • Bonaventure’s Use of Philosophical and Theological Sources
  • Aesthetics, Art, and Bonaventure
  • The Franciscan Order under Bonaventure’s Leadership
  • Bonaventure as Preacher
  • Ecology, Pope Francis, and Bonaventure
  • The Image and Role of Women in Bonaventure’s Writings
  • Bonaventure, Franciscan Ministry, and Spirituality
  • Bonaventure and Thomas Aquinas
  • Bonaventure, Paris, and Medieval France

Proposals are due by November 18, 2016. Notifications of acceptance, rejection or need for alterations will be sent to authors by January 13, 2017. Please send a paper proposal/ draft of your text via email no later than November 18, 2016, directly to:

Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap.
Franciscan Institute St. Bonaventure University
Murphy Building – Room 100
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778

Organizing Committee:

  • Joshua Benson (Catholic University)
  • Timothy J. Johnson (Flagler College)
  • Dominic Monti OFM (St. Bonaventure University)
  • Katherine Wrisley-Shelby (Boston College)
  • Marie Kolbe Zamora OSF (Silver Lake College)


European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) Conference, Gdansk, 27-30 July 2017

Conference website

Lisa Hopkins, Sheffield Hallam University
Domenico Lovascio, University of Genoa

Lisa Hopkins and Domenico Lovascio invite proposals for papers for their seminar ‘He Do Shakespeare in Different Voices: The Use of Regional Accents and Dialects’. Shakespeare has helped shape English and has been translated into many European languages. What happens, though, when he or his contemporaries are performed in dialect or in regional accents? In England, Northern Broadsides deliberately eschew Received Pronunciation in favour of northern accents; in Italy, Cesare Deve Morire used Neapolitan rather than standard Italian. Sometimes particular accents become synonymous with particular meanings or approaches, as with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s rooted conviction that a Scots accent is funny. This seminar is interested in any production, film, or theatre company, in or from any European country, which (to paraphrase Pound’s proposed title for The Waste Land) does Shakespeare or any of his contemporaries in different voices. Possible approaches may include (but are not limited to):

  • use of accent or dialect in a film or stage production of Shakespeare
  • use of accent or dialect in a film or stage production of any of Shakespeare’s contemporaries
  • comparison of approaches to Shakespeare with approaches to one or more of his contemporaries
  • use of a particular accent or dialect across several productions
  • particular companies which specialise in the use of dialect or accent, e.g. Northern Broadsides
  • political implications of the use of accent or dialect
  • is there such a thing as a non-accented production?
  • the relationship between Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries and the history of any particular accent or dialect

Abstracts (250-300 words) and biographies (150 words) by Friday 27 January 2017; papers (8-10 pages, Times New Roman, 12 point font, double spacing, 2.5cm margins) by Friday 26 May 2017. Please send proposals and enquiries to both seminar leaders:


Würzburg University, Germany, July 24-29 2017

Würzburg is a city rich in tradition, famous for its picturesque medieval city centre and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Würzburger Residenz. Idyllically located between vineyards in the valley of the Main River, the city is a perfect starting point for various excursions into the surrounding area of Franconia.

We highly welcome contributions covering the following topics:

a. Voice(s), Sounds and the Rhetoric of Performance
b. Postmedieval Arthur: Print and Other Media
c. Translation, Adaption and the Movement of texts
d. Current State of Arthurian Editions: Problems and Perspectives
e. Sacred and Profane in Arthurian Romance
f. Critical Modes and Arthurian Literature: Past, Present and Future

If you would like to organize a paper session or panel discussion concerning one of those topics or if you wish to present a 25-minute paper, please use the form below to direct your proposal (max. 250 words) including a short CV to by October 1, 2016.

Speakers must be members of the Society at the time of the conference.

Sessions comprise three papers of 25 minutes each (90 minutes in total). If you wish to submit a session proposal, please fill in the form located at the congress website ( with your contact details, details of the other members you wish to participate in your session and the papers’ abstracts.

In case you would like to propose a panel discussion, please fill in your contact details and those of at least two other participating members of the Arthurian Society giving short initial speeches.

For paper proposals please use the form located at the congress website ( as well.

Note: For the sessions arrangement it would be of great help if you listed the languages you understand (English, French, German).

Travel grants are available for undergraduates and graduate students presenting a paper. Please contact the president of IAS Professor Dr. Cora Dietl ( for further information.


European Shakespeare Research Association, University of Gdańsk and The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre, Poland, 27–30 July 2017

This conference will convene Shakespeare scholars at a theatre that proudly stands in the place where English players regularly performed 400 years ago. This makes us ponder with renewed interest the relation between theatre and Shakespeare. The urge to do so may sound like a commonplace, but it comes to us enhanced by the fact that in the popular and learned imagination alike Shakespeare is inseparable from theatre while the theatre, for four centuries now, first in England, then on the continent (Europe) and eventually in the world, has been more and more strongly defined and shaped by Shakespeare. Shakespeare has become the theatrical icon, a constant point of reference, the litmus paper for the formal, technological and ideological development of the theatre, and for the impact of adaptation and appropriation on theatrical cultures. Shakespeare has served as one of the major sources for the development of European culture, both high and low. His presence permeates the fine shades and fissures of a multifarious European identity. His work has informed educational traditions, and, through forms of textual transmit such as translation and appropriation, has actively contributed to the process of building national distinctiveness. Shakespeare has been one of the master keys and, at the same time, a picklock granting easier access to the complex and challenging space of European and universal values.

We would like to invite papers and talks on the uses of Shakespeare in theatrical cultures across Europe and beyond, with a focus on textual/performative practices, on the educational dimension of Shakespeare in theatre, on the interface between text, film and stage productions, on his impact on popular culture, on Shakespearean traces in European collective and individual memory, and on his broader cultural legacy. We particularly welcome contributions to a debate about deploying Shakespeare in the local and more globally-oriented theatrical cultures, and in cross-cultural exchanges and negotiations.

Potential topics to be addressed:

  • theatre in education/education in theatre, teaching (drama/theatre) through Shakespeare
  • theatrical cultures across the centuries – from the Early Modern period till today
  • Shakespeare in translation (interlingual, intralingual and intersemiotic)
  • textual performances/performative texts
  • Shakespeare in performance in European cultures
  • re-defining identities through Shakespeare on stage/theatrical transits across borders
  • Shakespeare on European screens
  • theatrical culture Shakespearean screen and stage productions
  • (European) popular traditions and Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare in (European) Academia and beyond
  • European Shakespeare theatre networks
  • Shakespeare, theatre and the new media
  • commemorating Shakespeare in Europe
  • theorising (Shakespearean) theatre practice
  • performance theory in Shakespearean context
  • Shakespeare criticism in daily press and popular media
  • Shakespeare and the dramaturg in today’s theatre
  • digital Shakespeare in European theatre/performance databases

Members of ESRA are invited to propose a panel and/or a seminar that they would be interested in convening. Proposals of 300-500 words (stating topic, relevance and approach) should be submitted by a panel convenor (with the names of the panellists) and 2-3 potential seminar convenors from different countries who have agreed to work together.

Please submit your proposals by 31 May, 2016 to: Dr. Aleksandra Sakowska, the Gdańsk conference secretary

Slow mail should be addressed to:

Professor Jerzy Limon, University of Gdańsk, Institute of English and American Studies, ul. Wita Stwosza 51, 80-308 Gdańsk, Poland.

The conference organisers and the Board of ESRA will confirm their final choice of panels and seminars at the beginning of July 2016. All convenors will be personally informed of the choices made and the list of seminars will be made available on the ESRA and the conference websites.

Organising committee, ESRA 2017:

  • Professor Jerzy Limon (convenor) (University of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre)
  • Professor Jacek Fabiszak (co-convenor) (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Polish Shakespeare Society)
  • Professor Olga Kubińska (University of Gdańsk and the Polish Shakespeare Society)
  • Dr Aleksandra Sakowska (University of Worcester)


University of Roehampton, London, 24-27 August,2017

The Before Shakespeare conference explores the first three decades of the London playhouses (c. 1565-95). We encourage papers from a rich variety of approaches, interests, and methodologies, including but not limited to:

  • Popular culture of the period
  • Literary developments of the mid to late sixteenth century social history
  • Archaeology
  • Theatre history
  • Performance criticism

We encourage proposals for different kinds of presentations: traditional papers, panels, performance workshops, shorter speculations or provocations into the state of the discipline, or roundtables. On the third day of the conference, we will be working closely with the theatre company attached to the project, The Dolphin’s Back, and welcome proposals to work with them. If you are interested in different forms of presentation or in putting together a panel, you are welcome to contact us to discuss.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words and a short biography to by 30 March, 2017.

The conference features workshops and performances in collaboration with The Dolphin’s Back (director and actor James Wallace); theatremaker Emma Frankland; and Shakespeare’s Globe.

Keynotes: Nandini Das, William Ingram, Heather Knight, Cathy Shrank, Holger Syme, and Emma Whipday.

The conference ends with the final Before Shakespeare Read Not Dead at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, on Sunday 27 August. (The Read Not Dead staged reading of Sapho and Phao is a conference event, but tickets must be booked separately via the Globe website.)

Full price: £115; with accommodation (incl. breakfast): £315

PhD/ECR subsidised price: £35; with accommodation (incl. breakfast): £125

We also offer two UK travel grants (£50) and one international travel grant (£180), including fee waivers, for PhD/ECR delegates thanks to a Small Conference Grant from the Society for Renaissance Studies. Please apply by email to the above address with a short CV and 250-word statement in addition to your abstract.


Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France, 7-8 September 2017

The subject presents an obvious specific interest in the English context, given the impact of the religious reforms (and counter-reforms) over the sixteenth century. On the one hand, the medieval biblical plays, miracles and moralities disappeared (though in chronologically and geographically uneven fashion), while, despite sporadic upsurges of a theatre of Protestant propaganda, the dramatic representation of sacred personages and explicitly religious themes became progressively more difficult, to the point of near-impossibility. On the other hand, from the development of the Elizabethan public theatre in the 1570s, playwrights found indirect and innovative means of dramatising spiritual issues and entities. With respect to dramatic works ranging from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, contributors to the Round Table will attempt to identify points of rupture and continuity in evolving dramaturgical practices, taking into account the operations of censorship, as well as questions of genre, the mentality of spectators, and staging techniques.

Proposals (200-300 words) for 30-minute papers in English should be directed to Richard Hillman ( by 15 December, 2016.


University of Southern Denmark, Odense, 21-22 September 2017

Keynote Speakers: Sebastian Sobecki (University of Groningen) & Emily Sohmer Tai (CUNY)

In the recent years the study of plunder at sea in the Middle Ages, more popularly known as piracy, has received increased interest in medieval studies. Most research up to now on medieval piracy has so far approached the subject from a politico-legal point of view. This has yielded important insights into the legal status of piracy and its practice in the Middle Ages. However, investigations into the perception of pirates and piracy in medieval Europe, and possible changes in this perception over time, are mostly lacking. This is an unfortunate state of affairs. Although pirates and piracy in legal terms denote criminals and crime, these terms in much literature and popular fiction designate rebellious heroes against tyranny and injustice. While law and state power are most certainly vital to the study of piracy and plunder at sea by neglecting the image, perception and contemporary discussion of this maritime culture only half the story is told.

Inspired by the works on “fiction” in the archives by Natalie Zemon Davis and Claude Gauvard this conference seeks to address this lacuna by bringing historians and scholars of literature and art together to explore ‘pirate narratives’ not only in historiography and law but also in medieval romances and novels, hagiography, chronicles, diplomatic correspondences and iconography. We therefore invite scholars to contribute to the discussion of medieval sea warriors, pirates and piracy by the study of the various narratives of illustrious and/or infamous persons such as Ragnar Lothbrok, the Jomsvikings, Eustace the Monk, William Smale and John Hawley, Don Pero Niño, Gadifer de la Salle, Klaus Störtebeker, and Benedetto Zaccaria. This list is by no means exhaustive and we welcome papers on any men, women (factual or fictive) or themes of war and plunder at sea in the medieval Atlantic, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean in the ‘long’ Middle Ages.

Deadline for paper proposals (max. 200 words including paper title) should be send to Thomas Heebøll-Holm no later than 31 January, 2017. There will be no registration fee.

This conference is a collaboration between Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark and the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML), Odense & York.


Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Bavaria, 21-22 September 2017

Symposium Website

Historians, philosophers, economists, scholars of art, literature and theatre have begun to attend more closely to the role of debt in early modern culture. It has become clear that private debt, nebulously conceived as credit, was involved in the production and reproduction of social relations, political ideology, even subjectivity. The history of debt has become an object of serious interdisciplinary interest, but the question of how apparently distinct forms of debt co-developed is often suspended.

Early Modern Debts will stimulate rigorous interdisciplinary work on debt and credit in early modern culture. It addresses the relationship between general theories of debt and particular experiences or operations of debt, and explores how different sorts of credit interacted.

The organizers call for papers that take, as their central theme, debt and the interrelationship of different kinds of debt in early modern culture. Papers of a comparative and/or multilingual nature will be preferred.

Please provide a title and an abstract of approximately 300 words. The deadline for proposals is 1 November, 2016. To submit a proposal, please visit the Symposium’s website:


University of Birmingham, 21-23 September 2017

What is dynasty? Historians rarely ask this question. It is automatically assumed that the word corresponds to some real institution(s) that played an extremely important role in pre-modern politics. At this conference, we intend to overturn this uncritical assumption, and, instead, interrogate ‘dynasty’ as a modern conceptual construct, which has been projected onto both the past and the present.

The conference is inspired by the publications of late Cliff Davies, the ongoing work on the Jagiellonians Project at Oxford, as well as the ‘Nationising the Dynasty’ project at Heidelberg. These researches have shown that the Latin word dynastia was rarely used in the Middle Ages and was infrequently deployed even in sixteenth century Europe, while, in many other regions of the world too, including in South Asia, the construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was, in part, the result of modern interventions. Terms which were used to articulate genealogical and familial identity in premodern societies often do not necessarily map well on to the modern historiographical concept of ‘dynasty’. Collective ‘dynastic’ names, such as ‘the Tudors’, ‘the Plantagenets’ or ‘the Jagiellonians’ were late or retrospective inventions, rarely, if at all, mentioned in contemporary sources. If ‘dynasty’ and ‘dynastic’ identity are so difficult to locate in medieval and early modern sources, this begs a question: how has ‘dynasty’ become one of the key concepts for narrating and explaining pre-modern political history, as well as for defining modern monarchical regimes?

In existing scholarship on intellectual history, particularly those emanating from Anglophone and German scholarly worlds, concepts such as ‘kingship’ or ‘sovereignty’ have received detailed attention, but not the related notion of ‘dynasty’. We hope to address this scholarly gap, while also engaging with the newly emergent field of global intellectual history. We believe that the modern construction of ‘dynasty’ as an encompassing concept can be understood only in resolutely transborder, transcontinental, or even global terms. It was the result of reflections by actors not only about polities in one’s own region, but also about other polities, including spatially or temporally distant ones. The increasing interconnectedness of the early modern and modern world resulted in growing European awareness about political regimes in other societies, while extra-European actors often hybridized (and thereby radically transformed) their regional political categories by bringing them into dialogue with European political vocabulary. Imperial encounters often lay at the heart of such ‘transcultural’ exchanges, leading ultimately, by the nineteenth century, to the crystallization of ‘dynasty’ as a globalized category of historical narration.

The conference invites paper proposals from prospective speakers who bring specific case studies from around the world (focusing on the period of ca. 1500-2000) into dialogue with these broader theoretical questions. In line with recent discussions about global intellectual history, we welcome papers that explore issues of multi-scalarity, bringing regional scales of transformation into conversation with translocal shifts in regimes of power. We are especially looking for papers that use intellectual history as a vantage point to tackle broader questions of material and ideological power and see transformations in concepts as not just rarefied academic shifts, but as the result of changes in political economies (including relating to colonialism), arrangements in gender relations, religious and cultural formations, and in the (often, revolutionary) reorganization of political/state power. The conference seeks to understand how the globalized construction of the concept of ‘dynasty’ was ultimately a matter of importance not just for scholars, or even for ruling elites, but for wider publics as well, including for various subaltern actors and groups: issues of class, gender, or race which structured conceptual formations lie at the heart of our investigation.

We are delighted to announce that keynote lectures at the conference will be delivered by Julia Adams (Yale), Pamela Crossley (Dartmouth College), Faisal Devji (Oxford), and Richard Wortman (Columbia).

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 30 January, 2017. For more information about the conference, or to submit an abstract, please email the organising committee at and


University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, October 5-8 2017

The Byzantine Studies Association welcomes submissions by March 1, 2017 using its online system for the 2017 BSC to be hosted by the University of Minnesota in Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Papers from a wide range of medieval disciplines, and on diverse topics related to Byzantine Studies are encouraged. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email by March 15. For inquiries, please contact the 2017 BSC Program Chair, Sarah Brooks (

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies and related disciplines, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA).

Full CFP instructions:

Proposals are submitted as individual abstracts. Proposals consist of:

  1. Your contact information; a proposed title; and, if part of a panel proposal, proposed panel information (see below).
  2. A single PDF copy of the 500-word or less, blind abstract (title only, no name), formatted and submitted according to the detailed instructions.


32nd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa, Pretoria, 26-29 October 2017

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) and the Classics Section of the Dept of Biblical & Ancient Studies, University of South Africa invite proposals for papers that focus on (but are not limited to) the conference theme “Poverty and Wealth”.

ἅπαντα τῷ πλουτεῖν γάρ ἐσθ᾽ ὑπήκοα.  [Aristoph. Wealth 146]

Across the world today there is much discourse around relative wealth and poverty, particularly relating to issues of privilege, class and inequality. Studies on wealth and poverty in antiquity are often centred on the transitional period towards Christianity, but Graeco-Roman antiquity as a whole has much to offer in terms of material for study.  Although we are to some extent hampered by the fact that ancient literature, and even material remains, favour the views and lives of the wealthy, there are still many fruitful areas for exploration:

- Representations of poverty and wealth in literature and art

- Links between poverty, patronage and wealth

- Land ownership and wealth

- Transitions: wealth to poverty and poverty to wealth

- Images and metaphors of poverty and wealth

- The role of fate or fortune in views on poverty and wealth

- Actions and motivations towards alleviating poverty

- Material wealth and spiritual poverty

- Idealised poverty

- Differentiations between urban poverty/wealth, and rural situations

- Inequality and social tension

- Political theory and property distribution

- War and conquest and their effects on poverty/wealth.

In addition to the main theme of the conference, we also welcome individual or panel proposals on other aspects of the Classical World and Classical Reception.

Dr Martine De Marre – deadline for proposals is 1 February 2017.  Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words) and author affiliation to either Dr Liana Lamprecht  - - or Dr Martine De Marre –

Details of the conference venue, accommodation and other important conference information will be made available on the conference website, which we hope to have up-and-running soon.


University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2–4 November 2017

Keynote speakers: Howard Weinbrot & Ola Sigurdson

Early modern satire – broadly, from c. 1500 to c. 1800 – is a vast but still underexamined field of representation. Although flourishing in certain periods and certain places, satire can be said to be integral to the European project, often challenging the limits of tolerance and evoking hostility but also associated, increasingly in this period, with notions of freedom and enlightenment. This conference, hosted by Gothenburg University, seeks to position satire as a mode of representation throughout early modern Europe and clarify its role in politics, culture and religion. We seek proposals from scholars in all fields who work on aspects of satire in the period. Especially welcome are contributions that explore satire as a form of representation existing across boundaries – of territories, of genres and/or periods. We also welcome proposals that situate satire in a wider aesthetic context, including cross-disciplinary work that seeks to address satire
as a mode of for example visual representation.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The mediation of satire. Described variously as a “genre” and a “mode”, satire often transgresses medial and generic boundaries during the early modern period. Is satire more of an “intermedial” phenomenon in certain periods and places?
  • The gendering of satire. Early modern satire in has been characterized as very much a male enterprise. Are there variations over time and between places, as regards for example female authorship, and in terms of form and theme, how does satire depict aspects of femininity and masculinity?
  • Satire and censorship. Always having had a complex relationship with authority, satire in the early modern period also saw the rise of the print medium and various attempts at regulating published output. How do censorship and other forms of regulative interventions shape satirical texts (in a wide sense)?
  • Perspectives on the classical heritage. Although a thoroughly investigated field, the relationship between early modern satire and its classical predecessors is still relevant as a field of inquiry. Just how dependent was early modern satire on its Horatian, Juvenalian and other role models?
  • Satire and religion. While relating to classical forms and themes, satire also has a complex relation to Christian religion as both a target and a formative system of belief. In what ways do changes in religious institutions and norms affect the production of early modern satire?
  • Satire and medical discourse. The frequent description of satire as “melancholy”, for example, suggests links to humoral theory and other aspects of physiology. To what extent can satire be understood in such terms?
  • Satire and the canon. While for example literary history has ascribed a central role to satire in the 18th century, scholarly discussions are often based on select examples and relegate others to the margin. What are the social and historical determinants of the “lasting appeal” of certain satirical texts?

Presentations are strictly limited to 20 minutes in length. A 250-word abstract, a title, and a 50- word biographical statement should be submitted to by 4 January, 2017.

Enquiries may be directed to this address, to Dr. Per Sivefors at or Dr. Rikard Wingård Website:


International Workshop, University of Lisbon, 23-24 November 2017

This workshop aims at fostering and promoting the exchange of ideas on how to edit Late-Antique and Early-Medieval texts. By presenting case-studies, participants will be encouraged to share the editorial problems and methodological challenges that they had to face in order to fulfil their research or critical editions. Troublesome issues will be addressed like how to edit, for instance,
- an 'open' text or a 'fluid' one (as in the case of some glossaries, grammatical texts, chronicles or scientific treatises),
- a Latin text translated from another language, like Greek, or bilingual texts (like some hagiographic texts, hermeneumata, Latin translations of Greek medical treatises, etc.),
- a text with variants by the author or in double recensions,
- a text with linguistic instability,
- a collection of extracts,
- a lost text recoverable from scanty remnants or fragments,
- a text transmitted by a codex unicus or, on the contrary, a text transmitted by a huge number of manuscripts,
- a text with a relevant indirect tradition,
- homiliaries and passionaires as collections of selected texts.

Attention will be devoted as well to different aspects of editorial practice and textual criticism.

Keynote speakers:
Carmen Codoñer (U. Salamanca), Paolo Chiesa (U. Milano), Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute).

The papers should be 30 minutes in length and will focus on the edition of late-antique and early Medieval texts, in particular on editions currently in preparation, forthcoming or recently concluded. The scientific committee will select a number of proposals to be presented and discussed during the workshop. The papers can be presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

An abstract of around 200 words, including the name, institution and email, should be sent before May 30, 2017 to:
Acceptance of the papers will be communicated until June 30, 2017.

Inscription fees
70 € for participating with paper.
50 € for Ph.D. students presenting a paper.

Organizing Committee: Paulo F. Alberto (Univ. Lisboa), David Paniagua (Univ. Salamanca), Rossana Guglielmetti (Univ. Milano).
Centro de Estudos Clássicos
Faculdade de Letras
Cidade Universitária
1600-214 LISBOA
TEL (351) 21 792 00 05 (Secretariado)
FAX (351)21 792 00 80
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Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck, November 30-December 2 2017

Organised by: Nicolas Detering (Freiburg i. Br.), Clementina Marsico (Innsbruck), Isabella Walser (Innsbruck)

Starting in the post-war decades of the 20th century, the history, the concept, and the identity of Europe as a geographical, cultural, political, religious and ideological entity has become a popular field of investigation in many different disciplines. Historians, political scientists, and philologists have come to examine the meaning of Europe in the face of contemporary developments and problems, which the European integration is facing. Their research shows that while ancient and medieval writers may have already ‘sensed’ some sort of European identity, a proper discourse on the continent’s political significance, cultural meaning, historical fate and contemporary crisis – based, for example, on the use of a shared vocabulary (the term ‘Europe’ among it) and of specific rhetorical strategies (like the personification of Europe) –, only evolved during the 15th and 16th century and proliferated in the 17th and 18th century.

But even though the existing studies have shed some light on the concept of Europe in the works of ‘great thinkers’ like Piccolomini, Richelieu, or Leibniz, its wide distribution across languages and genres, as well as its influence on the actual shaping of Europe in political, cultural and other related aspects have only recently received more attention. This holds especially true for texts written in Neo-Latin, as is shown by the project entitled Europe and European Identity in Neo-Latin Literature conducted at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin studies in Innsbruck, the organiser of this conference. This project attempts for the first time to take into consideration the vast amount of Neo-Latin literature processing the discourse on Europe and European identity, for most of what we know so far about the early modern process of the formation of Europe relies almost exclusively on vernacular sources. The dispersion of discourses on Europe across the continent – be it in Latin or in the vernaculars –, however, is difficult to grasp, since they are not restricted to one specific genre. In fact, the discourses span a variety of text types, such as political treatises, poems, novels, commentaries, periodic journals, grammar books, private letters etc. The early modern discourses of Europe rely on an immense communicative network, the contours of which are challenging to decipher.

Conference Aim and Research Questions

To this end, the conference will dive into the early modern days of the notion of Europe. Assuming that discourses on Europe tend to transcend linguistic, historic, and generic boundaries, we invite participants from different fields to examine vernacular and Latin negotiations of Europe from the late 15th to the early 18th century. This multi-angled approach will serve to identify both similarities and differences in the constructions of Europe within its different national and cultural communities. Comparing the results from Neo-Latin studies with the findings of other disciplines, the conference’s main purpose is to investigate the discursive representations of Europe from a contrastive and interdisciplinary pan-European perspective: papers should concern questions of how the term Europe was defined and evaluated, which concepts were attached to Europe, and in which way texts were trying to create or propagate a common European identity in the various languages, disciplines and genres of Early Modernity.

Accordingly, papers regarding the following topics are particularly (but not exclusively) welcome:

  • ideas, definitions, interpretations as well as discourses on Europe in texts and media of any given genre (e.g. the geographical concept; the religious idea of Christianitas; the intellectual notion of the res publica litteraria; the cultural image of Europe as the heir of values derived from the ancient past; the political concept of a ‘balance of power’);
  • the ‘rhetorics’ of Europe, i.e. in which way discourses on Europe are performed and promoted, which metaphors and narratives are employed to describe Europe or to convey the interactions between Europe and its parts (e.g. eroticism of lovers and rivals in allegories);
  • the interplay between language and identity, i.e. the role language plays ideologically and politically in shaping identity in connection with the notion of Europe (e.g. Latinitas against the vernaculars);
  • relationships between nations and Europe, i.e. the way texts sharpen national identities with regard to the supra-national (e.g. Europe as a plurality of nations following the principle of unity in diversity).


We welcome papers of a maximum of 30 minutes length. Each paper will be followed by c.10 minutes of discussion. English will serve as the main conference language. The publication of the papers in a collective conference volume is planned for 2018, the deadline for article submission will be April 30, 2018. To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of your paper (max. 150 words) and a brief curriculum vitae (max. half a page) to or before April 30, 2017.

The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies will reimburse the travel expenses and compensate for the conference hotel in Innsbruck, max. three nights (arrival Wednesday, November 29, departure Saturday, December 2, 2017).

Further information about the conference can be found at


Organizer: Paul Kimball, Bilkent University

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity

Near the turn of the last millennium two collections of essays appeared which called our attention to late antique panegyric.The Propaganda of Power: The Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity, ed. Mary Whitby (1998) underlined the genre's public and political contexts, whileGreek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity, edd.Thomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau (2000) explored its links with the forms and practices of biography and hagiography. The contributions to both volumes made it clear that from origins in the fourth century BCE to the end of antiquity (and beyond), panegyric proved a long-lived and highly adaptable platform for the articulation of social relations and the values that supported them. At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from 4-7 January 2018, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session to revisit the significance of the rhetoric of praise in late antiquity. We are especially interested in proposals that examine what, if anything, was distinctively "late antique" about late antique panegyric and encomium. In addition to papers addressing this specific question, we also welcome submissions on all aspects of these genres in late antiquity: theory and practice, political and private contexts, literary and declamatory presentations, prose and verse, parodic and ironic, etc.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of twenty minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 15, 2017by email attachment to Paul Kimball at All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts: The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2018 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be readin absentiaand the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Boston.


The Faculty of English, Cambridge University, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CD3 9DP, 12-13 January 2018

Following on from the Law and Language Colloquium in 2015 and the Law and Ritual Colloquium in 2016, the final Colloquium in the Voices of Law series, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, will be Law and Legal Agreements 600-1250. This conference aims to draw together scholars working on various geographical areas to identify points of similarity and contrast in language, text and legal practice.

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Robin Chapman Stacey

The making of legal agreements opens a window onto various aspects of the medieval world, from trade to marriage to the treatment of ‘outsiders’, and this conference aims to chart the development of these agreements from the period c.600 to c.1250.
Papers covering the following strands are encouraged, but not limited to:

  • Agreement and Disagreement – including aspects of judgments and arbitration; conflict resolution; the material and visual culture of legal disputes; violence
  • Inheritance, Kinship and Marriage – including topics on dower and dowry; family relationships defined through legal action; divorce and annulment of marriage; fostering and the process of adoption; wardship and inheritance, including will making
  • Status, ‘Others’ and Gender – including free and unfree; female agency; queer cases before the courts; sexual deviancy and the intersectionality of status and gender in the making of legal agreements. This strand can also consider the legal status of aliens and strangers; exclusion, expulsion and displacement; and issues surrounding community and identity, including different faith identities and heretical identities in secular and canon law
  • The Spoken vs the Written Word – including performance; witnesses and jurors; the use of liturgy and religious texts; satire
  • Written versus Material Evidence – including the materiality of legal spaces; archaeology and architecture; the interaction between written and material evidence

Email abstracts of no more than 300 words to by no later than 17:00 Wednesday 15 February, 2017. Abstracts and papers must be in English. Registration and bursary application forms will be available to download from the Events page of the Voices of Law website at, and are also available on request – just email to request a form, and find out more.