Conferences

List of forthcoming conferences.

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

THE ART OF PRAISE: PANEGYRIC AND ENCOMIUM IN LATE ANTIQUITY

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 pkimball@bilkent.edu.tr. 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:https://classicalstudies.org/annual-meeting/guidelines-authors-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.

GENDER AND MEDIEVAL STUDIES GROUP AND SOCIETY FOR MEDIEVAL FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP JOINT CONFERENCE

Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, 8-10 January 2018

The glittering beauty of the Alfred Jewel, the rich illustration of the Lindisfarne Gospels, the dominating Great West Window of York Minster, the intricate embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, the luminous Maestà of Duccio, the opulent Oseberg ship burial, and the sophisticated imagery of the Ruthwell cross are all testament to the centrality of the visual to our understanding of a range of medieval cultures.

Constructed at and across the intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national identity, age, social class, and economic status, gendered medieval identities are multiple, mobile, and multivalent. Iconography – both religious and secular – plays a key role in the representation of such multifaceted identities. But visual symbols do not merely represent personhood. Across the range of medieval media, visual symbolism is used actively to produce, inscribe, and express the gendered identities of both individuals and groups.

The 2018 Gender and Medieval Studies Conference welcomes papers on all aspects of gender, identity and iconography from those working on medieval subjects in any discipline.
Papers may address, but are not limited to:

  • Sight and Blindness
  • Visible and Invisible Identities
  • Visual Languages
  • Colour and Shade
  • Icons and Iconoclasm
  • Light and Darkness
  • Collective and Individual Identities
  • Orthodox and Heretical imagery
  • Aesthetics
  • Subject and Motif
  • Convention and Innovation

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers. Please email proposals of approx. 200 words to gmsconference2018@gmail.com by Monday 4 September, 2017. We will also consider proposals for alternative kinds of presentation, including full panel proposals, performance and art; please contact the organisers to discuss.

A conference for everyone

Corpus Christi College’s auditorium is fully wheelchair accessible, has accessible toilets, and features a hearing loop for those using hearing aids. Please contact us if you have specific accessibility needs you would like to discuss. We plan to provide a private lactation space.

It is hoped that the Kate Westoby Fund will be able to offer a modest contribution towards (but not the full costs of) as many postgraduate student travel expenses as possible. We are exploring other avenues to make the conference financially feasible for postgraduates and early career scholars to attend.

LAW AND LEGAL AGREEMENTS 600-1250

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 voicesoflaw@gmail.com 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 www.voicesoflaw.wordpress.com/events, and are also available on request – just email voicesoflaw@gmail.com to request a form, and find out more.

NATIONALISM OLD AND NEW: EUROPE, AUSTRALIA AND THEIR OTHERS

EASA Biennial Conference, University of Barcelona, Spain, 17-19 January 2018

We invite you to submit papers for the EASA Biennial Conference “Nationalism Old and New: Europe, Australia and Their Others”, organised by the Observatory: Australian Studies Centre (ASC) for the European Association for Studies of Australia (EASA) at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Barcelona, Spain, Wed 17 to Fri 19 January 2018.

We are very pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers: Baden Offord, Suvendrini Perera, Tabish Khair, Dolores Herrero, Bill Ashcroft and Shirley Steinberg

Please send your 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers and 100-word bio notes in two separate Word files to easa2018bcn@gmail.com by 1 September, 2017 (2nd extended deadline). We also encourage panel proposals, which should be accompanied by a 100-word overall abstract and title in addition to the 250-word abstracts for a panel?s individual papers. Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts will be sent by 1 October 2017.

For more detailed information on the conference, see our full CFP at the conference webpage: https://easa2018barcelona.wordpress.com.

WOMEN’S NEGOTIATIONS OF SPACE, 1500-1900

University of Hull, Thursday 18 January 2018

(9.30am to 5pm, to be followed by a wine reception and conference dinner)

Keynote Speakers: Dr Ruth Larsen (University of Derby) and Dr Nicola Whyte (University of Exeter)

Doreen Massey argued that ‘particular ways of thinking about space and place are tied up with, both directly and indirectly, particular social constructions of gender relations.’[1] This conference will investigate how women have used their agency to negotiate gender constructions in space-time; and the ways in which women’s agency has been curtailed through constructed spatial limitations.

Due to generous funding from the Women’s History Network and the University of Hull Graduate School, we are able to offer a number of small travel or accommodation bursaries to PG students and ECRs. Details will be available shortly.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to, women’s roles and experiences in:

  • Mobility and travel across space and life-cycles
  • Domestic spaces and families
  • Working and professional spaces
  • Negotiations in legal spaces and engagement with the law
  • Experiences of property ownership and relationships with property
  • Agriculture, estate and land management
  • Movements and impact on political spaces
  • Social spaces and networks
  • Building, renovating, and managing country houses and estates
  • Geographical, social and familial networks of and between women
  • Women’s histories in heritage spaces and public history: reflections and methodologies

Please send an abstract of up to 350 words for 15 minute papers, including a short biography, to the conference organisers at: womensspace18@outlook.com by 30 September 2017.

Organisers: Stormm Buxton-Hill, Helen Manning, Lizzie Rogers, Sarah Shields, Alice Whiteoak.

TRANSITION(S): CONCEPT, METHODS AND CASE STUDIES (14TH–17TH CENTURIES)

International PhD Students’ Meetings: Part 1,  Liège, Belgium, 30-31 January 2018

The Research Unit Transitions. Middle Ages and First Modernity (University of Liège) associated with the research laboratory TRAME (Texts, Representations, Archaeology and Memory from Antiquity to the Renaissance) of the University of Picardie Jules Verne and with the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance of the University François Rabelais (Tours) on the occasion of International PhD Students’ Meetings in three parts. Implemented by PhD students of these three institutions, the aim of the meetings is to enable exchange and discussion between PhD students, junior researchers and skilled colleagues. The first of these three meetings will be held in Liège on Tuesday January 30th and Wednesday January 31st, 2018.

From the Middle Ages until the upheavals brought about by Galilean science, Europe underwent a period of unceasing questioning which challenged the political balance and its legitimacy, shook the foundations of confessional unity, and expanded the limits of knowledge and of creation. In an attempt to transcend the inherited divisions of the long historiographical tradition, the Research Unit Transitions. Middle Ages and First Modernity (http://web.philo.ulg.ac.be/transitions/fr/) explores these constant transformations in the Western and in the Mediterranean Basin. Open to Medievalists and Modernists, the Research Unit promotes confrontation between research practices, original collaboration, and the sharing of results in a transdisciplinary way. Furthermore, it attempts to show several factors which contributed to the construction of the social and cultural frameworks by which we define ourselves even today.

In January 2018, the Liège meetings will focus on the theme “Transition(s): concept, methods and case studies (14th–17th centuries)”. Nowadays, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research on the whole tend to delete categories and traditional historical periodization in favor of transversal approach of objects, phenomena, genders, forms and ideas. The concept of “Transition” is linked to the idea of “passage” and it may be defined as “the passage from one state to another” a “degree or an intermediate state” (Trésor de la langue française). From their own research objects, participants will be asked to think on this concept, its acceptability and its relevance toward those of “Mutation”, “Change”, “Transformation”, “Modification”, “Revolution” and “Metamorphosis”. Thereby, it aims to renew the debate on the methods and theoretical ways which mark all disciplinary fields presented in those meetings.

How does one develop a methodology and an analytic grid allowing the study of objects, practices and behaviours positioned between two elements, between two historical periods, between two trends, between two styles, between two manners to do, to see, to write, to think and to believe? Also, how does one get out of this idea of “between two”? Do Transition have breaks, innovations, transfers, exchanges or flow aspects? Do these objects really depict the passage from a practice, a period, from one style to another, or is it actually because the Researcher sees them as doing so? Is the concept of “Transition” a new category, a new pragmatic approach, but nevertheless fruitful? Is this concept involved in advances in our disciplines, and why?

This methodological approach may be considered by concrete questions about the linguistic, cultural, historical, artistic transitions which happened between the 14th and the 17th centuries in Western Europe and the Mediterranean basin, whether through actors and their works (objects, texts), ideas, and / or the areas within which they lived.

Lectures will be the subject of transdisciplinary discussions. They should not last more twenty minutes and they will be given in either French, English or Italian. Each lecture will then be followed by a short debate with the audience.

The organising committee expects the PhD students’ proposals for Friday the 15 September, 2017 at the latest. They should be addressed to the RU Transitions (journeesdoctorales.transitions@gmail.com) as an attached document that includes the personal data of the PhD student and those of the research director(s), as well as the title of the thesis, the title of the lecture, the year of registration as a PhD student and, finally, a fifteen-line summary of the proposed lecture. Proposals are to be written in French, English or Italian. Candidates will be informed of the approval or the rejection of their proposal by the 15th of October 2017.

Each PhD student is invited to contact his own institution about the possibility of valorising his or her participation in the study days within the framework of their doctoral training (attestation, ECTS credits, etc.). At the end of the seminar, the organizers will provide a document certifying the active participation of the PhD student in the meeting. Furthermore, in view of its limited financial resources, RU Transitions will not be able to bear the cost of mobility and accommodation for Participants.

Organising Committee : Emilie Corswarem, Sébastien Damoiseaux, Frédéric Degroote, Aurore Drécourt, Adelaïde Lambert, Anne-Sophie Laruelle, Julie Piront

Scientific Committee : Emilie Corswarem, Annick Delfosse, Laure Fagnart, Marie-Elisabeth Henneau, Nicola Morato, Julie Piront

AUSTRALASIAN SOCIETY FOR CLASSICAL STUDIES 2018

The 39th conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies will be held at the University of Queensland from 30 January to 2 February 2018.  Full details and the call for papers are available on the conference website.

Submission of abstracts closes 28 July 2017.

TRANSMISSION: MARCO MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP

The thirteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 2-3, 2018, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

For this year’s workshop, we invite papers that explore the idea of “Transmission.” Whatever hidden chances may have led to their survival, every manuscript has a story to tell about its origins, its readers, and its place as a link in the chain of transmission. How do we reconstruct these stories? Do the traditional tools of textual criticism reflect the reality of textual transmissions? What can a text tell us about its own history? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. The workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

To apply:

The deadline for applications is November 15 2017.

Send a CV and 2-pg letter describing your project to Dr. Roy Liuzza (rliuzza@utk.edu). More information is available at http://marco.utk.edu/manuscript- workshop-2018.

ANZSANA

25th annual conference, University of Guadalajara, February 7-9 2018, Guadalajara, Jalisco,  Mexico

After such a successful 2017 annual conference in Washington DC, ANZSANA would like to invite you to submit a paper to join us in 2018. Next year we are very excited to be hosted by the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. The link to our wonderful promotional video, produced by Miguel Alejandro Híjar-Chiapa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86DurfW9nDI

Please also be sure to visit our NEW website located at www.anzsana.com. The old website, located at www.anzsana.net has been removed. We also encourage you to follow us on Facebook (ANZSANA), Twitter (@ANZSANA1993), and Instagram (@anzsanaofficial).

We hope you can enjoy us again in 2018 and look forward to receiving your submissions.

In 2018, ANZSANA will hold its 25th annual conference at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organisation that supports and promotes the study of Australia and New Zealand in North America. We welcome papers on any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies as well as comparative studies involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America. The program committee invites proposals for individual papers, full panels, and round-tables.

We offer a limited number of $200 travel grants to facilitate graduate student participation, as well as remission of their registration fees. Graduate students must indicate their status as such in their paper proposals in order to be considered for a grant.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 6 November 2017.  Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 16 December 2017. Proposals must specify whether they concern an individual paper, full panel, or round-table. They must include the author’s name and institutional affiliation; the title of the paper, panel, or round-table; and, a 500-word abstract.

Please send all proposals to ANZSANA President Krista Maglen at anzsana2018@gmail.com. Documents must be attached as either a Word or PDF document.

SHAKESPEARE AT PLAY

ANZSA 2018, The University of Melbourne,  8-10 February 2018

Conference Website

Confirmed keynotes:

  • Gina Bloom, UC Davis
  • Claire M. L. Bourne, Penn State U
  • Roslyn L. Knutson, U Arkansas, Little Rock

20 minute papers are now invited for the Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) biennial conference. Papers might consider (but are not restricted to) these or any related topics:

  • plays
  • players
  • swordplay
  • early modern plays
  • Shakespeare in plays
  • playfulness
  • playwriting
  • play on words
  • play-based learning
  • playing tricks
  • playwrights
  • playbooks
  • playback theatre
  • Melbourne: capital of cultural and sporting play
  • improvisational play
  • getting played
  • game-playing
  • pop up playground

Inquiries and proposals (200 words + 50 word bio) should be sent to David McInnis (mcinnisd@unimelb.edu.au) by Friday 4 August, 2017.

LEND THY SERIOUS HEARING”: IRREVERENCE AND PLAY IN SHAKESPEARE ADAPTATIONS

ANZSA 2018 Panel

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his work continues to not only fill playhouses around the world, but be adapted for various forms of popular culture, including film, television, online video, and comics/graphic novels. These adaptations introduce a whole new generation of audiences to the work of Shakespeare, and are often fun, playful, engaging, and “irreverent, broadly allusive, and richly reimagined takes on their source material” (Cartelli and Rowe, New Wave Shakespeare on Screen, 2007, 1).

Proposals are invited for papers engaging with the various ways irreverence and play are used in Shakespearean adaptations in order to draw out existing humour in Shakespeare works and/or, and as a pedagogical aid used to help explain complex language, themes, and emotions found in Shakespeare’s works, and more generally make Shakespeare relatable, and entertaining for twenty-first century audiences.

This panel will convene at the 2018 Australian and New Zealand Shakespeare Association (ANZSA) Biennial Conference at The University of Melbourne, on the 8-10 February, 2018.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Irreverence and play in media related to the “Shakespeare 400” celebrations in 2016: e.g. Shakespeare Live! “To Be, or Not to Be” skit; Horrible Histories: Sensational Shakespeare.
  • Irreverence and play in “biographical” Shakespeare adaptations on stage and screen: e.g. Shakespeare in Love (1998); Bill (2015); Something Rotten! (2015); Upstart Crow (2016).
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespearean adaptations for the theatre: e.g. Andy Griffith’s, Just Macbeth!; The Listies’, Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark; Reduced Shakespeare Company; Shit Faced Shakespeare; Something Rotten!
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespeare adaptations in children’s and YA literature: e.g. Marcia Williams’ Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays; Andy Griffith’s Just Macbeth!; John Marsden’s Hamlet, A Novel; Kim Askew’s Twisted Lit series, Molly Booth’s Saving Hamlet; Ryan North’s To Be or Not To Be and Romeo And/Or Juliet.
  • Irreverence and play Shakespeare adaptations in comics and graphic novels: e.g. Kill Shakespeare; Manga Shakespeare; Nicki Greenberg’s Hamlet; Ronald Wimberley’s Prince of Cats.
  • Irreverence and play in Shakespeare adaptations on screen: e.g. A Midwinter’s Tale (1995); 10 Things I Hate About You (1999); Scotland, PA (2001); Hamlet 2 (2008); Were the World Mine (2008); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2009); Shakespeare Sassy Gay Friend! series (2010); Gnomeo and Juliet (2011); Messina High (2015); BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016).

Please send a 200-word abstract and 50-word bios to Dr Marina Gerzic at: mgerzic@gmail.com by Monday 3 July, 2017 with the topic “ANZSA18 Panel”. I aim to submit a proposal for an edited collection from panel proceedings.

THE 24TH ANNUAL ACMRS CONFERENCE

Scottsdale, AZ, February 8–10 2018

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Conference Publication: Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology during the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Pre-Conference Workshop: ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 10, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

Les Enfans Sans Abri: Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at: www.lesenfanssansabri.com.

Deadlines: Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, MST on December 1, 2017. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Visit our web page for further details on submissions. Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.

MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN SPACES AND PLACES

The Open University, Milton Keynes, 23 February 2018

Following a successful first workshop in February 2017, The Open University will be hosting a one-day conference on spaces and places on 23 February 2018, drawing upon the interdisciplinary research interests of the OU’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Group.

Theoretical approaches have informed new ways of thinking about the social production of space (from Henri Lefebvre to David Harvey) and recent research networks have also stimulated novel approaches to early modern spaces (PALATIUM). Early modern spaces were mutable and permeable, and new technologies, objects, and social formations played a role in defining spaces as well as identities. The expansion of trade routes and economic networks, the development of the printing press, struggles for territorial power and religious wars, and new diplomatic frameworks, all contributed to new ways of conceptualising geographies and spaces.

This annual conference is fundamentally interdisciplinary: literary, musical, architectural, artistic and religious spaces will be the subjects of enquiry, not as discrete or separate entities, but ones which overlapped, came into contact with one another, and at times were in conflict. The creation of boundaries and demarcations in subsequent centuries was often a result of these early approaches to spaces.

The conference will examine life in buildings, institutions and broader geographical areas from a variety of perspectives and will consider the following questions:
How were medieval and early modern spaces adapted and transformed through the movement of material and immaterial things?
Which particular aspects of political, social and economic infrastructures enabled the exchange of objects and ideas?
To what extent did a sense of place depend upon the activities taking place there?

Please send a 150 word abstract along with a short biography to Leah Clark (leah.clark@open.ac.uk) and Helen Coffey (Helen.coffey@open.ac.uk) by 31 August, 2017.

93RD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEDIEVAL ACADEMY OF AMERICA

Emory University, Atlanta Georgia, 1–3 March 2018

Program

Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.

Emory University is pleased to host the Medieval Academy of America for the first time since 1984. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is the busiest in the world, and travel is made even more convenient by the recent addition of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal. Atlanta is also home to the High Museum of Art, Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, the Martin Luther King Center, the Civil Rights Museum, the Center for Disease Control, and of course, the Coca-Cola Museum. A more ambitious trip, approximately an hour and a half south of the city, takes you to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. The entire conference will be held and housed at the Emory Conference Center, a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired building located on a 26-acre forest preserve.  Shops and restaurants are adjacent at Emory Point.

Emory University:  http://www.emory.edu

Emory Conference Center:  http://www.emoryconferencecenter.com

Emory Point:  http://www.emory-point.com

Themes:

1. Representing the Mysteries of Faith in Art, Liturgy, and Devotion

2. The Religious Orders: Diffusion of Artistic and Religious Practices between Monastery and City

3. The Medieval Artes and their Books

4. The Long Fourteenth Century

5. Transconfessional Spaces in Andalusi Cities

6. Umayyad Córdoba and Nasrid Granada: Poetry, Philosophy, and Architecture

7. Restoring Medieval Buildings: Gains, Problems, and Technologies

8. Materiality of Medieval Objects: What Now?

9. Monumental Narratives: Bayeux and Beyond

10. Legal History of Landholding and Property

11. New Medieval Economic Institutions

12. Legacy of Rome: Legal, Literary, and Artistic

13. Migration, Movement, and Slavery

14. Female Spirituality and Mysticism

15. Bible Translation and Reform Movements

16. Medieval Cosmographies and Geographies

17. Trade and Material Culture in the Mediterranean

18. Chaucer and the Poets

19. Anglo-Saxon Objects and Spaces, Poems and Places

20. Faith and Inquiry: Exegesis, Speculative Theology, and Normative Argument

21. Faith and Culture: Devotional Practices, Symbolism, and Lived Religion

22. Transgressing “Isms”: Platonism, Aristotelianism, Stoicism . . .

23. Comparative Kingship from the Carolingians to 1300

24. Truth, “Truthiness,” and Falsehood in Documentary Practice

Emory Program Committee

Co-chairs: Elizabeth Carson Pastan and James H. Morey

Richard Barton (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
John Bugge
C. Jean Campbell
María Carrión
Kevin Corrigan
Judith Evans-Grubbs
Roxani Margariti
Walter Melion
Philp Reynolds
Alexander Volokh

EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Bologna, March 5-8 2018

The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a new constellation in European scholarship which was established in 2016 with the support of the European parliament. It aims to create an inclusive network, to act as an open platform, and to provide a framework to foster research, communication, exchange and cooperation concerning important religious issues for the academic world and society at large.

The program of the EuARe Conference 2018 will be composed of plenary (lectiones magistrales and roundtables) and working sessions (panels and papers).

On Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th, the Conference will host an international Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion, organized in cooperation with ICLARS – International Consortium for Law & Religion Studies.

In the location of the event, a display space reserved for publishers will be set up. Publishers are invited to organize book presentations with authors and to advertise their participation on their websites and in newsletters in order to draw public attention to their works and encourage attendance.

The Call  has been recently published on the EuARe website: there you will find all the information you need about the Conference program and your participation (deadlines, registration fees, travel grants and accommodation). https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/general-information

If you wish to contribute to the Conference by convening a panel or applying for a single paper, we remind you that the deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, December 20 (submission forms can be found here: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/program). Registrations to the Conference, instead, will be open until Friday, February 16th (https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/registration). Early rates for registration will be available until December 20th (early bird) and February 16th (regular). After this date only on-site registration will be possible.

We also remind you that, starting this year, the EuARe will be granting memberships. Members will have the benefits of discounted conference rates and will be invited to join and participate in the next General Assembly, which will meet on Tuesday 6th of March. The Call will also give you more detailed information about the membership rates and the General Assembly. Membership application forms are available here: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/membership

TWENTY-FIRST BIENNIAL NEW COLLEGE CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES

Sarasota, Florida, 8–10 March 2018

Conference Website

The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. More details: http://www.newcollegeconference.org/snyderprize.

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

If you are considering submitting an abstract or session proposal, please be aware of the following:

1) So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. Furthermore, no one should commit to more than two out of the following three activities: 1) presenting a paper; 2) chairing a session; and 3) participating in a roundtable. Organizing sessions does not count in these calculations, but session organizers are subject to them along with everyone else (i.e. you may organize as many sessions as you like, but you may only present one paper, and chair a separate session).

2) Session chairs should not also present in the panel they are chairing. Session organizers may either chair or present in a panel that they have arranged, but not both. If you are organizing a planned session, you may either arrange for a chair and include him/her in your proposal, or submit your panel without a chair and conference organizers will assign one. (The acceptance of your panel will not depend on whether or not your planned session already has a chair.)

3) Those organizing planned sessions should also know that the organizing committee strongly prefers sessions that include participants from more than one institution.

Please submit abstracts online: http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September, 2017.

Please email info@newcollegeconference.org with any questions.

ANNUAL CSANA MEETING 2018

2018 annual CSANA meeting, in conjunction with the 40th annual University of California Celtic Studies conference, March 8-11 2018, Royce 314, UCLA campus.

We welcome proposals for academic papers of twenty minutes in length having to do with Celtic Studies. To propose a paper, please send in an e-mail attachment your name, affiliation, paper title, and an abstract of approximately two hundred words to Dr KAREN BURGESS, Conference Coordinator, kburgess@ucla.edu. Also, please indicate any computer or audio-visual needs. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 12, 2018.

Scholars from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, the National University of Ireland, Galway, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College, and the University of California, Berkeley, have been invited to speak at the event, on topics including Welsh historical linguistics and metrics, traditional Gaelic storytelling, and classical Irish bardic poetry, on which there will be a special seminar session.

There will be no registration fee. Information about the program, hotels, the banquet, and transportation will be sent out in the latter half of January, 2018. We thank the UCLA sponsors of this event: the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Department of English, the Division of Humanities, and the Indo-European Studies Program.

CANADIAN CONFERENCE OF MEDIEVAL ART HISTORIANS

The 39th annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be hosted by The School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University (Ottawa), March 16-17 2018. Papers are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals. Papers may be in English or French. Please submit a short abstract (250 words) and brief (onepage) C.V. by 11 December 2017 to Peter Coffman (peter.coffman@carleton.ca). Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

peter.coffman@carleton.ca

ILLUMINATING HIDDEN FIGURES: DIVERSITY AND DIFFERENCE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

New England Medieval Studies Consortium Brown University, March 17-18 2018

The diversity of medieval Europe has come under close scrutiny from all sides. As medievalists have, with increasing vigor, insisted on complex and nuanced understandings of the constitution of both normative European soci- eties and their interactions with those surrounding them, popular ideological movements have sought to claim the medieval past as a homogeneous, `white’ male space. Whether it is studied through art, literature, theology, history, gender and sexuality studies, or any of the other manifold disciplines that comprise medieval studies, the question of diversity and di erence in the mid- dle ages thus represents not only an increasingly fruitful avenue of scholarly inquiry, but also a vital interface between academia and the public at large. This conference therefore invites papers which explore this question and its modern implications through intellectual history, scriptural exegesis, art and material culture, pedagogical approaches, philology, literary studies, digital humanities, or any other ways in which diversity and di erence in the middle ages can be understood. We also invite papers that address the exchange of culture and material from outside Europe.

We welcome both individual papers and full panel proposals. We also welcome volunteers for chairing panels. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, and may be from any discipline or geographic specialization. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to nemsc.2018@gmail.com by January 1 2018.

Graduate students whose abstracts are selected for the conference will have the opportunity to submit full papers for consideration for the Alison Goddard Elliott Award.

17TH VAGANTES CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is currently seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages. The conference will take place from March 22-24 2018 at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will feature thirty graduate-student papers and three distinguished keynote speakers. Out of consideration for graduate students’ budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee. The organizers of Vagantes believe that a diverse and inclusive view of the medieval period is essential. As such, graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words on any topic relating to the Middle Ages.

The deadline for submissions is Friday November 3 2017. The online CFP is live and accessible at http://bit.ly/2pZcJIE

Questions? Contact the organizers at organizers@vagantesconference.org

MEETINGS, CONFLICTS, EXCHANGES: MEDITERRANEAN SPACE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

23-24 March 2018 Université de Montréal

Fernand Braudel writes in his The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II: “The Mediterrenean has no unity but that created by the movements of men, the relationships they imply, and the routes they follow” [1972: 276]. The position of the Mediterranean, at the intersection of three continents, has made it a vital location in these movements of men, women and children. These movements continue, sometimes with tragic consequences, to this day. In the Middle Ages, the meeting of peoples and cultures enabled the exchange of ideas, traditions, texts, languages, and things. In recent years, scholars of Medieval Studies have made significant progress in defining and increasing our knowledge of the interactions in this Mediterranean space. From the art and architecture of the Taifa kingdoms to the phases and waves of Frankish colonisation in the Latin East, from the political and cultural role of religious military orders throughout the Mediterranean to the rich literary and cultural output of the eastern kingdoms, from the multiple roots of medieval Jewish thinking to the specific type of eastern Mediterranean French, medieval scholars of multiple disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches, have opened up new ways of studying and conceiving of these cultural interactions.

Some students of the Centre d’études médiévales present Meetings, Conflicts, Exchanges: the Mediterranean Space in the Middle Ages conference, which will take place in the Carrefour des Arts et des Sciences at the University of Montréal on 23rd and 24th March 2018. The conference looks primarily to address graduate students and early career scholars. Meetings, Conflicts, Exchanges aims to promote the sharing of ideas, methologies and avenues of research, with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches (from the fields of Literature, History, History of Art, Religious Studies, Languages, Philosophy, Theology, etc.).

Please send a single document to alessio.marziali.peretti@umontreal.ca containing:

1. An abstract with a title (150 to 200 words)

2. A short biography (specifying author’s name, affiliation, and contact information)

Presentations will be 20 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Presentation languages: French and English.

Deadline: 31 December 2017

Conference website: https://cetmedcolloque.wordpress.com/

THE MALADIES, MIRACLES AND MEDICINE OF THE MIDDLE AGES II: PLACES, SPACES AND OBJECTS

As medievalists, we access our period through the written records, sites and items that survive in order to form a deeper understanding of the period, one that goes beyond the page or the ruinous buildings that remain today. Using a wide range of sources is particularly valuable when considering the miraculous and the medicinal. After all, it is not just the writings, but the spaces, places and objects of both healthcare and of the holy which can inform and shape our research, and than of understanding. Indeed, in many instances these two elements combine, as can be seen through the production of miracle cures, the monastic collections of medical treatises, and medieval hospitals and monastic infirmaries.

But, what can these sources tell us of miracles, of medicine, of maladies? How did the miraculous and the medicinal relate to and/or oppose each other? What can we learn of faith and the faithful, and of ill-health and healing? It is questions such as these which the second ‘Maladies, Miracles and Medicine’ conference considers by bringing together post-graduate and early-career researchers who work on all aspects of the healing and the holy. The conference welcomes papers on all aspects of this theme whether your interests lie in archaeology, art, literature, medicine and science, or miracles and theology (or a little bit of everything). Particular themes to consider are:

  • Pilgrims as ‘patients’ and miraculous medicine
  • Hospitals, hospices and infirmaries as places of cure and places of piety
  • Objects of healing and/or objects of faith
  • Landscapes and locations of religion and remedy
  • The written word as place, space, or object of cure or of faith
  • Personal devotion and home-based healthcare

Proposals for twenty-minute papers fitting broadly into one of the above themes are welcomed from all post-graduate and early-career researchers before the deadline, 5 January 2018. Proposals of no more than 200 words, and further enquiries are to be sent to the organisers, Dr Ruth Salter and Frances Cook, via: gcms.reading@gmail.com. Please be aware that further details will be released closer to the date.

INSIDE OUT: DRESS AND IDENTITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES

38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York, 24-25 March 2018

Dress was a primary expression of identity in the European middle ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation.

This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages to explore the following or related questions:

  • Given that very little actual clothing survives from the Middle Ages, how does our reliance on artistic, documentary, and literary representations affect the study of dress and its meaning?
  • What aspects of medieval dress were most effective in communicating identity and what messages did they send? What strategies were served by dress, either embodied or in representation?
  • How did religious, cultural, and economic factors, such as cross-cultural contact and trade and/or technology influence dress and its uses?
  • Did ‘fashion’ or the so-called ‘Western fashion system’ actually begin in the Middle Ages? If so, what social and cultural changes did it inspire or reflect?

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu, or by fax to 718-817-3987.

OTHELLO'S ISLAND 2018

Nicosia, Cyprus, 25-27 March 2018

The 6th annual interdisciplinary conference on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern art, literary, archaeological, historical and cultural studies.

Keynote Lecture 2018: “Donor Portraits in Byzantine Art”, to be presented by Professor Henri Frances (American University of Beirut)

The Academic Board for Othello’s Island invites applications to present papers at the 6th edition of Othello’s Island. This will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus, in March 2018.

We are interested in hearing papers on diverse aspects of Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and early modern art, literature, history, society and other aspects of culture.

Our remit is broad, and so papers do not have to be related to Shakespeare, Cyprus or the Mediterranean. 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, and even discussion on the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.

In the six years of its existence, Othello’s Island has developed a reputation as one of the most liberal-minded and friendly 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.

Our location in Cyprus allows for visits to some stunning medieval museums and other sites, including the French gothic cathedrals of St Sophia in Nicosia, and St Nicholas in Famagusta, and we are housed in the centre of the medieval old town of Nicosia, with its narrow winding streets and impressive city walls and gate houses.

Deadline for submissions is 22 December, 2017.

For the full call for papers please visit www.othellosisland.org


Lead Academic Co-ordinators: Prof. James Fitzmaurice (Northern Arizona University, USA); Prof. Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Dr Sarah James (University of Kent, UK; Dr Michael Paraskos FRSA (Imperial College London, UK)

Academic Board: Dr Stella Achillaos (University of Cyprus, Cyprus); Jane Chick (University of East Anglia, UK); Prof. James Fitzmaurice (Northern Arizona University, USA); Prof. Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam University, UK); Dr Sarah James (University of Kent, UK); Dr Richard Maguire (University of East Anglia, UK); Dr Michael Paraskos (Imperial College London, UK); Dr Laurence Publicover (University of Bristol, UK); Prof. David Rollo (University of Southern California, USA); Dr Rita Severis (CVAR, Cyprus); Prof. Astrid Swenson (Bath Spa University, UK); and, Dr Violetta Trofimova (St Petersburg University, Russia)

PRINTING COLOUR, 1700-1830: DISCOVERIES, REDISCOVERIES, AND INNOVATIONS

Senate House, London, 10–12 April 2018

Conference Website

Keynote: Margaret Graselli (National Gallery of Art, D.C.)

Convenors: Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies) and Ad Stijnman (Leiden University)

Eighteenth-century book and print cultures are considered to be black and white (with a little red). Colour-printed material, like William Blake’s visionary books and French decorative art, is considered rare and exceptional. However, recent discoveries in archives, libraries and museums are revealing that bright inks were not extraordinary. Artistic and commercial possibilities were transformed between rapid technical advances around 1700 (when Johannes Teyler and Jacob Christoff Le Blon invented new colour printing techniques) and 1830 (when the Industrial Revolution mechanised printing and chromolithography was patented). These innovations added commercial value and didactic meaning to material including advertising, books, brocade paper, cartography, decorative art, fashion, fine art, illustrations, medicine, trade cards, scientific imagery, texts, textiles and wallpaper.

The saturation of some markets with colour may have contributed to the conclusion that only black-and-white was suitable for fine books and artistic prints. As a result, this printed colour has been traditionally recorded only for well-known ‘rarities’. The rest remains largely invisible to scholarship. Thus, some producers are known as elite ‘artists’ in one field but prolific ‘mere illustrators’ in another, and antecedents of celebrated ‘experiments’ and ‘inventions’ are rarely acknowledged. When these artworks, books, domestic objects and ephemera are considered together, alongside the materials and techniques that enabled their production, the implications overturn assumptions from the historical humanities to conservation science. A new, interdisciplinary approach is now required.

Following from Printing Colour 1400–1700, this conference will be the first interdisciplinary assessment of Western color printmaking in the long eighteenth century, 1700–1830. It is intended to lead to the publication of the first handbook colour printmaking in the late hand-press period, creating a new, interdisciplinary paradigm for the history of printed material.

Abstracts for papers or posters are encouraged from historians of all kinds of printed materials (including historians of art, books, botany, design, fashion, meteorology, music and science), conservators, curators, rare book librarians, practising printers and printmakers, and historians of collecting. Transport and accommodation offered to speakers. Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes) and posters (A1 portrait/vertical) by 1 October, 2017 at http://www.bit.ly/PC1700-1830-Submit.

THE WORLDS THAT PLAGUE MADE

The Annual Conference at the Medieval and Renaissance Center will be held on April 13-14 2018. This year’s theme will be The Worlds That Plague Made: Cultures of Disease in the Medieval and Early Modern Period. Keynote speakers will be Ann Carmichael, Indiana University and Susan Jones, University of Minnesota.

We invite submissions from any discipline in Medieval and Renaissance Studies on any aspect of the history of plague and disease.

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15 2018. Please submit a 250 word abstract and a brief CV to marc.center@nyu.edu (put “Conference Submission” in the subject line).

HÁSKÓLI ÍSLANDS STUDENT CONFERENCE ON THE MEDIEVAL NORTH

We invite submissions to our 8th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, which will take place at the University of Iceland, on April 13-14 2018.

This student organized two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students (MA and PhD level) of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at an academic conference before are especially encouraged to submit.

In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference‘s previous installments the theme of this year is left broadly open for any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia.

Participation at the conference is not restricted to those enrolled in the University of Iceland, and interested students from other universities are encouraged to submit. In the past years the conference has becoming increasingly international, and last year the conference was attended by speakers from ten universities, in eight countries.

Submission guidelines

If you wish to present a paper at the conference, please e-mail an abstract of 250-300 words to HIstudentconference@gmail.com before 5th of January 2018. The student conference committee reserves the right to make selections based on quality of written abstracts, adherence to submission guidelines, and timely submissions of abstracts.

The conference languages are Icelandic and English, and individual paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10 minute discussion time.

Further information can be found on the conference blog at histudentconference.wordpress.com. Please direct any further inquiries to the student conference committee via e-mail (see above).

BUCCANEERS, CORSAIRS, PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS: CONNECTING THE EARLY MODERN SEAS

International Symposium, Bielefeld University, Germany, 13-14 April 2018

Until recently manifestations of piracy as well as of its state-sanctioned counterpart, privateering, were mostly discussed as geographically isolated cultural phenomena. Depictions of armed robbery at sea in the early modern period have traditionally tended to focus on specific regions associated with seemingly distinct types of seafarers and their piratical practices of prize-taking. Scholars of literature, culture and history have treated spatially and temporally dispersed occurrences of piracy such as Elizabethan privateers attacking the Spanish treasure fleet, Muslim corsairs capturing English merchant ships in the Mediterranean, Caribbean buccaneers taking part in the English project of nation-building and local English pirates roaming the coastlines of the British Isles as distinct and discrete naval phenomena. This trend to slot piracy into different conceptual categories is echoed by the associated designations – pirates, corsairs, privateers, buccaneers – each carrying its own set of geographical and historical associations. However, researchers have recently begun to question such compartmentalization. Over the last ten years, increasing attention has been devoted to the various affinities and intersections between different forms of (trans)atlantic and mediterranean piracy and their cultural imaginations.

Inspired by this development we suggest a comprehensive approach in literary and cultural studies as well as in history, which looks at the connection between pirates and other seafarers who navigate the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic in the early modern period and the cultural products they inspire. Such an approach not only includes a transatlantic perspective, it also allows us to revisit the literary negotiation of piracy by focusing on different aspects like the appearance of piratical protagonists in diverse geographical locations, changing negotiations of pirate identity, and the fluid boundary between illegal piracy and state-sanctioned privateering. With this symposium, we want to establish a dialogue between scholars working on diverse topics connected with literary, cultural and historical representations of piracy and seafaring. In this way, we want to explore the cultural as well as the ideological impact and function of the pirate figure in early modern popular culture.

Papers could focus on (but are not limited to) topics such as:

  • regional, national and transnational aspects of piracy
  • representations of pirates across different genres
  • piracy and gender: viragoes, damsels in distress, and (hyper)masculinity
  • maritime law: legal aspects of piracy and privateering
  • heroes and villains: the pirate as a criminal and rebel
  • piracy, adventure, and popular entertainment
  • the relationship between piracy and privateering
  • Muslim corsairs in the English imagination
  • Caribbean buccaneers and the formation of Empire
  • piracy and early modern politics

If you are interested in contributing, please send a brief abstract (max. 300 words) for a 30-minute paper to the organizers by August 9, 2017:

LAW AND (DIS)ORDER

Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, 13-14 April 2018

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites papers exploring aspects of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. This includes legal codes, social order, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, poetic or artistic form, gender construction, racial divisions, scientific and philosophical order, the history of popular rebellion, and other ways of conceptualizing our theme.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. A seminar will also seek contributions; please look for its separate CFP soon. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website (http://medievalcolloquium.sewanee.edu), no later than 26 October, 2017.

If you wish to propose a full panel session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the panel.

Completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 13 March, 2018.

For more information, contact:

Dr Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu

Follow us on Twitter @SewaneeMedieval

CONVERSIONS IN EARLY MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE

Florence, 20 April 2018

The 2018 IASEMS Graduate Conference at The British Institute in Florence is a one-day interdisciplinary and bilingual English-Italian forum open to PhD students and researchers who have obtained their doctorates within the past 5 years. This year’s conference will focus on the theme of conversion, a fascinating phenomenon, a promise of newness that blends elements of individual experience with larger problems of historical change.

The ideological and spiritual life of early modern Britain finds a special interpretative key in the notion of conversion, whether perceived as an individual response to a religious and political challenge, a community reaction to political upheaval, or a social change brought about by the innovations of modernity.

The goal of this Conference is to develop an understanding of conversion that will address epistemological, psychological, political, spiritual and technological kinds of transformation, perceived both as subjective and collective change. Therefore conversion is to be understood in its broadest possible sense, and nor merely as a religious phenomenon.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

forms of conversion, sacred and secular, i.e., awakening to a new faith, an intensification of existing beliefs, an embracing of a (radical) political movement, etc.

  • conversional thinking and practice
  • early modern textual ‘conversions’, i.e., from manuscript to print, from one format to another, from one genre to another
  • relationships among transformation, freedom and power
  • forms of religious dissent in early modern British culture
  • religious change and gender
  • how early modern English theatre and other theatrical practices represent, adopt, transform, relocate forms of conversion
  • conversion narratives
  • the phenomenon of forced conversion
  • authenticity and pretense in conversion
  • religious conversion as catalyst of other transformations (e.g., translation, alchemy, enthusiasm, etc.)
  • technologies of transformation

Candidates are invited to send a description of their proposed contribution according to the following guidelines:

  • the candidate should provide name, institution, contact info, title and a short abstract of the proposed contribution (300 words for a 20-minute paper), explaining the content and intended structure of the paper, and including a short bibliography;
  • abstracts are to be submitted by Sunday 29 October 2017 by email to ilaria.natali@unifi.it;
  • all proposals will be blind-vetted. The list of selected papers will be available by the end of November 2017;
  • each finished contribution should not exceed 20 minutes and is to be presented in English (an exception will be made for Italian candidates of departments other than English, who can give their papers in Italian);
  • Candidates whose first language is not English will need to have their proposals and final papers checked by a mother-tongue speaker
  • participants will be asked to present a final draft of the paper ten days before the Conference.
  • Selected speakers who are IASEMS members can apply for a small grant
    (http://www.maldura.unipd.it/iasems/iasems_about.html)

For further information please contact Ilaria Natali (ilaria.natali@unifi.it)

SHAKESPEARE AND SCIENCE FICTION

The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy (CSFF), Anglia Ruskin University, 28 April 2018

Despite science fiction’s associations with modernity and popular culture, it seems haunted by the literary canon. Shakespeare, in particular, has had a significant influence on the genre. Many texts and films rework or allude to Shakespeare’s plays. A well known example is Forbidden Planet (1956) which reimagines The Tempest in space. More recently, Iain Pears wove plot strands from As You Like It into the complex triple narrative of his novel Arcadia (2015).

Shakespeare has appeared as a character in many science fiction texts. Often in these he becomes a kind of touchstone for humanity – In the Doctor Who episode ‘The Shakespeare Code’ (2007) the Doctor refers to him as ‘the most human human there’s ever been.’ His plays sometimes have the power to prove that the earth should be spared from alien wrath – at other times they represent a consolation for the scattered remnants of humanity after a terrible catastrophe.

Over the decades writers have repeatedly been drawn to encounters between Shakespeare and non-humans – robots, aliens, post-humans – imagining their possible responses to his work. Science fiction has also had an impact on the way Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted and performed. In his 2016 BBC production of the play, Russell T. Davies transplanted A Midsummer Night’s Dream from ancient Athens to a dystopian future.

Papers are invited for a one-day conference on all aspects of the intersection between Shakespeare and science fiction. Proposals are welcomed from researchers at all stages of their career, including postgraduate students, independent scholars and creative writers.

Please send a 300 word abstract and a CV to sarah.brown@anglia.ac.uk by Friday 6 October 2017.

CHANNELING RELATIONS IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND AND FRANCE

Organizers: Stephanie Grace-Petinos (University of Wisconsin-Madison); Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia); Elizabeth Robertson (University of Glasgow); Sara Rychtarik (Graduate Center, CUNY)

May 4 2018, CUNY Graduate Center

For medievalists, interdisciplinary work has always been a necessity, and our major annual conferences reflect this need to broaden our understanding of the dynamic and widespread time period. While medieval scholars may specialize in one area of medieval studies, they also understand that separating traditions – by culture, language, religion, geographic borders, etc. – can create a limited and narrow understanding of the Middle Ages. This is especially the case for medievalists who study medieval England and France. Although, or perhaps because, they were frequently engaged in war, these two countries had many rich literary and cultural exchanges over the course of the Middle Ages. For Middle English scholars, French literature and music are often valuable resources for the sources of the works of popular authors such as Geoffrey Chaucer, and so are often read in medieval English classes. Yet why is Chaucer not routinely read in French departments? Or, on the other side, medieval English texts, law, as well as literature, were often written in French, not English. But British literature survey courses often limit their coverage of the Anglo-French corpus to one or two lais of Marie de France.

This one-day conference offers the opportunity for scholars, whether they usually preserve or cross departmental lines in their own work, to come together with scholars from departments with whom they may not routinely discuss academic work/research/approaches. While this conference focuses on literary and cultural exchanges between England and France, we are not discounting other traditions and welcome submissions for individual papers or full panel proposals that also incorporate other perspectives, particularly non-western.

Topics to be discussed can include, but are by no means limited to:

–       A text that belongs to both the English and French traditions

–       A text, legend or corpus of characters that exist with variations in each tradition

–       A textual theme shared by both traditions

–       A historical event that occurred in both traditions (i.e. The Hundred Years War)

–       Religious orders or religious figures prominent in both England and France

–       Historical or literary figures that travel throughout England and France

–       French texts that circulate within England; English texts that circulate within France; English and/or French texts that circulate within both England and France

This event is hosted by Pearl Kibre Medieval Study at the CUNY Graduate Center, with contributions by the Medieval Studies Certificate Program.

Please send abstracts of 250 words to pkmsconference@gmail.com by December 31 2017.

PhD COLLOQUIUM ON LATE ANTIQUITY

University of Reading, 4-5 May 2018

Keynote speech: Dr. Chiara O. Tommasi (University of Pisa): Esotericism in Classical and Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own  place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together  and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity. 

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate  his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent. 

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading. 

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology: 

Option A: papers (15  min)

Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 10  November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Option B: posters

Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to readinglateantiquity@gmail.com by 15 November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.  

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers  are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

For further enquiries, please contact Lorenzo Livorsi (l.livorsi@pgr.reading.ac.uk),  Ilaria Scarponi (ilaria.scarponi@reading.ac.uk) or Fiona McMeekin (f.p.mcmeekin@pgr.reading.ac.uk).

CHANGING STATES: IDEAS OF METAMORPHOSIS IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

University of Alcalá, Guadalajara Campus, 9-11 May 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 29th International Conference of the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies (Sederi) will be held at the University of Alcalá’s campus in Guadalajara (Spain) on 9-11 May 2018. As the English translation (“river of stones”) of our host city’s originally Arabic name (“wād al-ḥaŷarah”) reminds us, linguistic and cultural transfer often entails metamorphosis. In this case, the figuratively dead name regains metaphorical life around its own metamorphic fusion of liquid and solid states. This conference takes as its theme the notion of changing states and the cognate trope of metamorphosis in early modern England. In a period of great political, social, scientific and cultural transformation, a reality in flux was challenging models of stability and permanence, while identity in all ambits of individual and collective life was up for grabs. The conference therefore calls for papers and round tables on ideas of metamorphosis in early modern England and welcomes contributions on the following and other related subjects and issues:

  • Tropes of metamorphosis in scientific, political and literary discourse
  • Comic and tragic transformations
  • Metamorphic subjectivities: sexual, national, racial and ethnic, cultural or religious
  • Transformations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Transplanted selfhood: exiled and colonial identities, cultural mimesis and co-adaptation
  • Stability and permanence, innovation and revolution, mutability and decline
  • Natural transformations, monsters and prodigies
  • Translation, adaptation and transfiguration within and across genres and art forms
  • “Transport”, ecstasy, transmigration, metempsychosis and out-of-body experiences
  • Early modern Epicureanism
  • English transformed: language change in the early modern period
  • Rhetoric of change: metaphor, allegory, symbol

The following guest lecturers have already confirmed their participation:

Clark Hulse (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)

Farah Karim-Cooper (Shakespeare’s Globe)

Papers will last 20 minutes and will be followed by 10 minutes of discussion. Proposals must include the following information:

  • The full title of your paper.
  • A 200-word abstract.
  • Any technical requirements for the presentation.
  • Your name, postal address and e-mail address.
  • Your institutional affiliation
  • Your SEDERI membership status (member, non-member, application submitted).

Please submit your proposal as an e-mail attachment (preferably .doc or .docx) to organisation sederi29@uah.es before 11 February 2018. For more details about the conference, you are invited to visit the conference website at https://sederi29.wixsite.com/sederi2018.

53RD INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress

The 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 10-13 May 2018 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

THE OLD AND THE YOUNG: MEDIEVAL BODIES IGNORED

Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, sponsored sessions at Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018

These sessions will concentrate upon the experiences and bodies of the old and the young. Recognising that the medieval normative body (male, middle aged and white) has influenced the way we look at the MA, the intention of these sessions is to highlight the experiences of children and the elderly which are outside the boundaries of said norm. Furthermore, we wish to gain a greater understanding of how other factors (gender, race, ability, wealth, bodily status, power) intersect with and impact upon the experiences of elderly and young people. While medieval childhood studies is by no means a neglected field, historiography has recently turned away from a ‘panhistorical and essentialist’ child-centric model. This allows us to examine the experiences of a child within culturally specific contexts in which it might be neglected, abandoned or dismissed. Meanwhile, the old are often marginalised in scholarship, within the medieval discourse and in our lived reality. The hope is that by examining their experiences in concert with one another, we will be able to build up a clearer understanding of the lived experience of the old and the young in the Middle Ages.

Intersectional, interdisciplinary abstracts would be particularly welcomed.

Possible Topics Include:

Specific historical experiences of being young and old
Body as physical entity and as a site of rhetoric
Dual nature of body: site of discourse and identity
Descriptions of old and young bodies

Please submit a 250-word proposal for a 15- to 20-minute paper as well as a Participant Information Form to medievalbodiesignored@gmail.com by September 15, 2017.

THE ANIMAL IN MEDIEVAL ROMANCE

Panel session at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13 2018.

The ‘animal turn’ is one of the newest and most exciting developments in medieval scholarship. Researchers are increasingly interrogating the role of animals in society and culture, the interaction between human and beast, and the formation of human and non-human identities.

The Medieval Romance Society is hosting two inter-related sessions on the role of animals in romances at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies 2018, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. We welcome papers which draw on a broad range of methodologies and address a variety of themes relating to animals.

Session I: The Animal in Medieval Romance I: The Animal as Friend
This session invites papers examining the co-dependent relationships between animals and humans in romances. We encourage a broad interpretation of this theme, including cross-species friendships, sexual and romantic couplings, domestication and farmyard animals, and animals as parental surrogates.

Session II: The Animal in Medieval Romance II: The Animal as Product
This session welcomes papers which examine how animal bodies are exploited in medieval romances. Even after death, animals continue to exert their presence in romance narrative through their earthly remains. The genre’s commodification of bestial bodies also extends beyond texts to the physical product of vellum upon which they are transmitted. Papers might explore themes of butchery, the wearing of skins and furs, the use of bone and ivory, and the production of parchment and manuscript-binding.

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Tim Wingard at tw659@york.ac.uk by 15th September, 2017. For more information, visit: medievalromanceanimal.wordpress.com.

CITING AUTHORITIES IN THE MIDDLE AGES

“Citing Authorities in the Middle Ages” at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018), organized by Elizabeth C. Teviotdale and sponsored by the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University.

Call for papers deadline: September 15 2018.

Medieval Christian authors and scribes cited the sources for information and ideas, often the Bible and works of the patristic fathers, in a variety of ways. Famously, the Carolingian theologian Paschasius Radbertus named his patristic sources in the prologue to his treatise on the Eucharist, and for much of the manuscript tradition, some (but curiously not all) of those authors were identified as sources of particular ideas by shortened names (AM, HIL, etc.) in the margins of the treatise. Authorities for ideas in medieval texts were often identified not by name at all but by sobriquet, as was the case for Averroes, so often referred to simply as “the commentator. ” This session seeks to bring together papers exploring aspects of attribution in medieval texts and manuscripts.

Submissions to: e.teviotdale@att.net

MEDIEVAL SETTLEMENT AND LANDSCAPE: THE MEDIEVAL IN THE MODERN

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018

“Medieval Settlement and Landscape” builds on the success of the three sessions organized on this theme during the previous two ICMS. The positive levels of engagement stemming from these sessions have duly encouraged us to commence working towards an edited volume that will highlight the major findings presented at ICMS. This publication will reflect the intellectually stimulating conversations provoked by the combined sessions.

The session for ICMS 2018 will engage with the dynamic interdisciplinary sub-field of medieval settlement studies. Medieval settlement and landscape studies, more generally, have combined theories and techniques from a variety of disciplines, most overtly those of history, archaeology and geography. Interdisciplinarity has to some extent become something of a buzzword in medieval studies, but it is an integral aspect of any successful academic study into settlements and landscapes. The ICMS session will bring together colleagues from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to strengthen collaborative efforts and assist in answering common research questions. We particularly encourage the inclusion of young scholars with innovative work in our panel.

We encourage the exploration of technology to understand the place of medieval settlements and landscapes in the modern world. These multidisciplinary approaches include digital humanities and computer applications, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Lidar, and 3D printing, but also scientific contributions. Our session further engages with textual research. In particular, manuscript materials in archives still remain underutilized by practitioners. Digital scholarship will alleviate many of these logistical problems. The session will provide methodological examples of best practice for scholars with interests in applying medieval evidence sources from outside their field of study.

We aim to incorporate perspectives from across Europe, especially when considering the modern heritage issues presented by these medieval settlements and landscapes. This is an issue of serious scholarly and public concern. Today, with far-reaching economic limitations, heritage preservation is a worrying issue for all practitioners. It is beneficial for the disciplines as a whole to contemplate the efforts made by scholars from a variety of multidisciplinary fields and geographic regions in addressing these concerns. We must also remember that a further benefit of working with physical places and spaces is providing a means of engaging with the public. Presenters will be urged to consider this positioning of the medieval within the modern and to highlight the innovative contributions their research can make to this common experience.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a short bio and a completed Participant Information Form to session organizers Vicky McAlister vmcalister@semo.edu or Jennifer Immich immichjl@gmail.com by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

SHAKESPEARE, TRAFFICS, TROPICS

Asian Shakespeare Association Conference, Manila, May 28-30 2018

Shakespeare, Traffics, Tropics is the 3rd biennial conference of the Asian Shakespeare Association jointly hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines Diliman. It features leading Shakespearean scholars and theatre practitioners from around the globe with a keen interest in Shakespeare as produced in and by Asia and a mini-festival of Shakespearean performances from Japan and the Philippines.

The conference is scheduled on May 28-30, 2018 at the Arete, the new creative and innovation hub of the Ateneo de Manila University and at the College of Arts and Letters of UP Diliman. Prof. Peter Holland, Chairman of the International Shakespeare Association, will deliver the keynote address. A second keynote speaker is also under consideration. The conference will include plenary, panel, and seminar sessions on several aspects of Shakespearean pedagogy, publication, translation, adaptation, and theatrical histories in various Asian locations.

Performances to be staged include:

  • The Tempest by the Yamanote Jijoshe company of Tokyo directed by Masahiro Yasuda
  • Taming of the Shrew by an Ateneo theater group to be directed by Prof. Ian McClennan (Thornloe University, Canada),
  • Rdu3, a contemporary Philippine take on Shakespeare’s Richard III to be co-directed by Anton Juan (University of Notre Dame, USA) and Ricardo Abad (Ateneo de Manila)

Spread out over 7, 641 tropical islands speaking 78 languages, the Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. It is no stranger to traffic, in various forms, and negotiating this vibrant, colorful, and sometimes chaotic mix, often entails giving in to an easygoing way of life and enjoying oneself along the way. Quezon City, the conference site, is the most populous city of Metropolitan Manila that acts as the country’s political, social, economic, cultural, and educational center. The adjacent university campuses of the Ateneo and UP are sprawling green spaces that offer a respite from the flurry of life in one of the world’s largest cities.

CALL FOR PAPER AND SEMINAR PROPOSALS

Traffic is both a product of robust movements but can also refer to points of entanglements, both flows and disruptions that arise from global exchanges in goods, people, and even, Shakespeare. The Conference welcomes papers that use the idea of traffic whether construed as mobility, immobility, trade, enterprise, translation, exchange –- licit or illicit — as a key concept to contemporize Shakespeare and his place in today’s world. It seeks to explore Shakespeare as both purveyor and product, as either agent or victim of commodification, as subject and object of a wide array of linguistic, theatrical, economic, political, and social transactions. Papers may also take off from the prologue in Romeo and Juliet—“the two-hours traffic of the stage” – and revolve around performance and intercultural movements implied in Asian Shakespearean performances. A secondary theme, Shakespearean Tropics, is not only a nod to the conference location but also seeks to explore tropical Asian Shakespeare as a potentially distinct body of work with unique connections to tropical worlds elsewhere.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The Shakespearean Trade
  • Shakespearean Entrepreneurs Shakespeare and Cultural Exchange
  • Shakespeare and the Global Popular
  • Shakespeare and/as Commodity Transactional Shakespeare
  • Archives and Inventories
  • Shakespearean stocks in global markets
  • Shakespeare and Exploitation
  • Theatrical Trades, Human Trafficking, and Migration
  • Materialist Approaches to Shakespeare
  • Shakespearean Performance Economies in Asia
  • Shakespeare and the Book Trade
  • The Travelling Theatre
  • Shakespeare in the Tropics
  • Hot Shakespeare

Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of Kritika Kultura, a Thomson-Reuters-indexed and Scopus-listed internationally refereed online journal on literary, language and cultural studies published by the Ateneo de Manila University.

Submission Guidelines:

The conference includes both paper sessions and seminars. Graduate students are welcome.

  1. Paper: please submit a 250-word abstract, plus a short, 100-word bio.
  2. Seminar: please submit a 250-word description of the seminar, plus a short bio including a summary of your previous seminar experience.
  3. Deadline: Deadline for submission is 15 September, 2017. Results will be announced in October 2017. A second call for seminar papers will also be released.

Contact:

Submissions and queries should be sent to asa2018@ateneo.edu or admin@AsianShakespeare.org.

For conference updates, please visit AsianShakespeare.org or the conference website at asianshakespeare2018.com.

THE ART OF THE POOR IN THE LATE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE

A conference at The Warburg Institute, London, 14–15 June 2018

Organised by Dr Rembrandt Duits

The art history of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance has generally been written as a story of elites: bankers, noblemen, kings, cardinals, and popes and their artistic interests and commissions. Recent decades have seen attempts to recast the story in terms of material culture and include a wider range of objects than are discussed in the traditional surveys of painting, sculpture and architecture, but the focus has not fundamentally shifted away from the upper strata of society. One otherwise excellent publication following this new approach even states confidently that ‘there was no such thing as poor man’s art in the Renaissance.’

There are, however, countless modest images, decorated objects and buildings across Europe that belie this notion, from lead and tin pilgrims’ badges in the Museum of London to frescoed churches commissioned by village communities during the Venetian period on Crete. These works of art were made for the more than 95% of the population who were economically less privileged: peasants, unskilled and skilled workers in the building and manufacturing industries, small-time artisans. They are works that tend not to enter the major art museums and exhibitions of the western world, or feature prominently in tourist guide books; they can be found in museums of urban history and archaeology and the closest they come to mingling with ‘real’ art is in shows with an anthropological approach, such as ‘the art of devotion.’ If they are discussed in artistic terms at all, these are often negative: ‘coarse’; ‘crude’; ‘primitive’; or ‘provincial’. There is also a common assumption that such objects did not have artistic traditions of their own but were always derived from the shining examples made by famous artists for the rich.

This conference aims to challenge these perceptions. For the first time, ‘the art of the poor’ will be given centre stage. Through a variety of case studies, objects, their functions and manufacturing traditions will be re-evaluated and established aesthetic judgements and tacit assumptions in scholarship re-examined. The conference will seek to give impetus to a new field combining the expertise of urban archaeologists, historians, historical anthropologists, and art historians. This field, different from general studies of material culture in that its principal object is ‘art’, can help us re-assess the very concept of ‘art’ and its function in society, neither of which can be understood properly without taking into account the broadest range of artistic activity. Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Art forms made for people with lower incomes, e.g. decorations of village and small parish churches, pilgrims’ souvenirs, woodcuts, decorated ceramics, drinking glasses, textiles, costume, modest paintings and sculptures
  • The iconography of images for the poor
  • The ‘art market’ of the poor, including manufacturing traditions, vending of artefacts, (collective) commissions, second-hand retail
  • Relevant aspects of social history, e.g. income levels and purchasing power, records of transactions or possessions, anecdotal evidence from literary sources, visual evidence from paintings, manuscript illuminations and other images
  • Relations between the art of the poor and more upmarket artistic manufacture
  • The historiography (or lack of it) of the art of the poor
  • Relevant finds in urban archaeology, relevant aspects of museum collections

Papers by early career scholars are particularly welcome. The aim is for the conference proceedings to be published. Papers are restricted to 25 mins. Please send a short abstract and a brief CV to rembrandt.duits@sas.ac.uk by 28 July, 2017.

BRITISH SHAKESPEARE ASSOCIATION: SHAKESPEARE STUDIES TODAY

Queen’s University Belfast, 14-17 June 2018 (BSA2018@qub.ac.uk)

Following on from the 2016 celebrations, the 2018 BSA conference offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners enthusiasts and teachers (primary, secondary and sixth- form teachers and college lecturers) to reflect upon Shakespeare Studies today. What does Shakespeare Studies mean in the here-and-now? What are the current and anticipated directions in such diverse fields of enquiry as Shakespeare and pedagogy, Shakespeare and race, Shakespeare and the body, Shakespeare and childhood, Shakespeare and religion, Shakespeare and economics, Shakespeare and the law, Shakespeare and emotion, Shakespeare and politics, Shakespeare and war and Shakespeare and the environment? What is Shakespeare’s place inside the curriculum and inside debates around theory, queer studies and feminism? Where are we in terms of editing and materiality, and where does Shakespeare sit alongside his contemporaries, male and female? How does theatre practice, performance history, adaptation, cinema and citation figure in ever evolving Shakespeare Studies? In particular, this conference is keen to explore the challenges facing Shakespeare Studies today and to reflect on newer emergent approaches. Reflections on past practices and their reinventions for the future are also warmly welcomed.

Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter), Prof. Clara Calvo (University of Murcia), Prof. Richard Dutton (Queen’s University Belfast), Prof. Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific) and Prof. Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University).

UK Premieres include: Veeram (dir. Jayaraj, 2016), a South Indian film adaptation of Macbeth, and Hermia and Helena (dir. Matías Piñeiro, 2016), an Argentine adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. BSA 2018 also includes: Q+As with theatre director Andrea Montgomery (The Belfast Tempest, 2016) and film directors Jayaraj and Matías Piñeiro.

There are four ways to participate in BSA 2018:

1. Submit an abstract for a 20-minute paper. Abstracts (100 words) and a short biography to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk

2. Submit a proposal for a panel session consisting of three 20-minute papers. Abstracts for all three papers (100 words each), a rationale for the panel (100 words) and short speaker biographies to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk

3. Submit a proposal for a performance / practice or education workshop or a teachers’ INSET session. For a workshop, submit a summary proposal outlining aims and activities and a biographical statement. For an INSET session (either a one-hour event or a twenty-minute slot), submit a summary proposal and biographical statement. All proposals to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk

4. Submit an abstract to join a seminar. The seminar format involves circulating a short paper in advance of the conference and then meeting to discuss all of the papers in Belfast. Abstracts (100 words), a short biography and a statement of your seminar of preference to be submitted by 1 November 2017 to BSA2018@qub.ac.uk. Seminars include:

  • ‘Digital Shakespeare: Histories/Resources/Methods’ led by Dr Stephen O’Neill (Maynooth University);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Act/Scene Division’ led by Dr Mark Hutchings (University of Reading);
  • ‘Shakespeare and the Book Today’ led by Prof. Emma Smith (Hertford College, Oxford);
  • ‘Shakespeare and his Contemporaries’ led by Dr Lucy Munro (King’s College, London);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Early Modern Playing Spaces’ led by Prof. Richard Dutton (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Europe’ led by Prof. Andrew Hiscock (Bangor University) and Prof.Natalie Vienne-Guerrin (University of Montpellier III-Paul Valéry);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Film’ led by Dr Romano Mullin and Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Marx’ led by Dr Matt Williamson (Queen’s University Belfast);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Morality’ led by Dr Neema Parvini (University of Surrey);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Pedagogy’ led by Dr Linzy Brady (University of Sydney) and Dr Kate Flaherty (Australian National University);
  • ‘Shakespeare, Performance and the 21st Century’ led by Dr Erin Sullivan (Shakespeare Institute, the University of Birmingham);
  • ‘Shakespeare and Religion’ led by Dr Adrian Streete (University of Glasgow);
  • ‘Women, Shakespeare and Performance’, led by Prof. Liz Schafer (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Belfast is a popular destination and a wonderful city to visit. Conference-linked events will include Titanic Belfast. Optional tours will include the Giant’s Causeway and the locations used in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, which is filmed in Northern Ireland. Belfast is well-connected via two airports – Belfast International Airport and George Best Airport, Belfast. Belfast is also easily accessible by train, car or bus via Dublin International Airport. Discounted rates will be available at local hotels. A number of Postgraduate / Practitioner / Teacher Bursaries will be available to cover the conference fee. When you submit your abstract / proposal, please indicate if you would like to apply for one of these and if you would like to attend all of the conference or Saturday only.

SIXTH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES

June 18–20 2018, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18–20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu

EARLY-MODERN WOMEN WRITERS: NEW METHODOLOGIES, RESOURCES AND THEORETICAL APPROACHES

7th Biennial Conference of the Aphra Behn Europe Society, University College, Dublin, 27-29 June 2018.

The Aphra Behn Europe Society invites submissions of papers (20 minutes) and round tables (60 minutes) for its biennial conference.  This conference encourages interdisciplinary approaches to the fields of early women’s writing, historiography, textual studies and feminist methodologies

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • establishing a canon;
  • editing early women’s writing;
  • re-examining traditional period boundaries;
  • tracing and mapping literary networks;
  • re-evaluations of genre(s);
  • uses for new and established digital resources;
  • challenging critical binaries, e.g. print vs manuscript and public vs private;
  • early-modern women’s reading.

Plenary speaker: Professor Robert D. Hume, University of Pennsylvania

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to aphrabehn2018@gmail.com by 5 February 2018.

THINK GLOBALLY, LOVE LOCALLY?

Seventh International Conference on Popular Romance Studies, Sydney, Australia, 27-29 June 2018

Keynote speakers:

  • Lisa Fletcher, University of Tasmania
  • Beth Driscoll, University of Melbourne
  • Kim Wilkins, University of Queensland

Space, place, and romantic love are intimately entwined. Popular culture depicts particular locations and environments as “romantic”; romantic fantasies can be “escapist” or involve the “boy/girl/beloved next door”; and romantic relationships play out in a complex mix of physical and virtual settings. The romance industry may be globalized, but popular romance culture is always situated: produced and circulated in distinctive localities and spaces, online and offline. Love plays out in real-world contexts of migration and dislocation; love figures in representations of assimilation and cultural resistance; in different times and places, radically disparate political movements—revolutionary, reactionary, and everything in between—have all deployed the rhetoric and imagery of love.

For its seventh international conference on Popular Romance Studies, the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance calls for papers on romantic love and popular culture, now and in the past, from anywhere in the world. We are particularly interested, this year, on papers that address the relationship between love and locality in popular culture: not just in fictional modes (novels, films, TV shows, comics, song lyrics, fan fiction, etc.), but also in didactic genres (advice columns, dating manuals, journalism), in advertising, and in both digital and material culture (wedding dresses, courtship rituals, etc.).

The conference will be held at Macquarie University’s city campus, 123 Pit Street, Sydney. The venue is in the heart of Sydney’s CBD shopping and dining precinct, a 15-minute walk away from the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and historic Rocks area. Travel support for graduate students, independent scholars, and nontenured faculty may be applied for, if your proposal is accepted.

Topics of interest might include:

  • Geographies of love and sexuality
  • Love’s Settings: e.g., the imagined Outback of Rural Romances; the Scottish Highlands; romantic cities; small-town and island romances; the communal space of “Romancelandia”
  • Romantic Chronotopes: times and places when love is imagined to be “truer” or “deeper” than the here-and-now (e.g., Regency or Victorian England; medieval Provence; Tang Dynasty China; the Joseon settings of Korean TV-drama, etc.)
  • Honeymoon travel (past and present) and romantic tourism, including fan pilgrimages for romantic texts and films, destination weddings, and the like
  • Locality and LGBTQIA romance culture
  • Courtship in public and semi-private spaces: e.g., paying visits, dating, office romance, romance and car culture
  • Love’s Architectures: Hotels, Fantasy Suites, Clubs and Restaurants, Domestic Spaces (kitchens, bedrooms, Red Rooms of Pain, etc.)
  • Local, National, and Transnational Book Industries
  • Local Romance Writer Groups, Reader Groups, or Media Fan Groups / Events
    Romance and the (Local) Library or Bookshop
  • Local Love on Television (e.g., Farmer Wants a Wife) and online (Tinder, etc.)
  • “Escapist” reading and the places / practices of romance consumption
  • Place and Race in Popular Romance
  • The “Phone-World” and other Virtual Spaces for Love
  • Off the Map: Emerging and Under-Studied Settings and Romance Cultures
    • Material locations and imaginary spaces for love, and the combination of the two in Edward Soja’s concept of “thirdspace”
    • Migration and love: migration for love, love hampered by distance, love in migrant and refugee communities
    • Non-geographic love (e.g., love experienced entirely online) and the intersections of technology with long-distance love, now and in the past
    • Lieux de memoire in the context of romantic love (as opposed to national identity)
    • Love and nationalism, love and regionalism, love and (local) political struggle

All theoretical and empirical approaches are welcome, including discussions of pedagogy.

Submit 250-300 word proposals for individual papers, full panels, roundtables, interviews, or innovative presentations to conferences@iaspr.org by 15 September, 2017. All proposals will be peer reviewed.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HISTORICAL LEXICOLOGY AND LEXICOGRAPHY

We are pleased to announce that the 9th International Conference on Historical Lexicology an Lexicography will be held in Santa Margherita Ligure on June 20-22, 2018 and will be hosted by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Genova.

ICHLL is a biennial conference providing scholars from different institutions an opportunity to gather and share their research on the history of dictionaries, the making of historical dictionaries, as well as on historical lexicology. Previous conferences have been held in Leicester, UK (2002), Gargnano del Garda, Italy (2004), Leiden, The Netherlands (2006), Edmonton, Canada (2008), Oxford, UK (2010), Jena, Germany (2012), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain (2014), Bloomington, USA (2016).

For more information on the International Society on Historical Lexicology and Lexicography (ISHLL) and past conferences, see http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/jmc21/ishll.html.

We welcome proposals for both oral presentations and posters on the thematic strand “From glosses to dictionaries”, as well as on any topic of historical lexicology and lexicography.

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length followed by a 10-minute discussion. Posters will be presented in a dedicated session. Papers can be delivered in either English or Italian.

Abstracts (approx. 250-300 words in length) should be submitted electronically as an e-mail attachment to ichll2018@gmail.com and should contain no self-identification. The accompanying e-mail should include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, the title of the paper and a statement as to whether the proposal is intended for oral presentation or for a poster.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is December, 31st 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by February, 15th 2018.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2018

Conference Website

The twenty-fourth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 2-5 July 2018.

MNEMONICS IN WORD AND IMAGE

Leeds IMC, 2-5 July 2018.  Session sponsored by Huygens ING, De Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.

Medieval manuscripts are replete with mnemonic devices. Chronologies, scientific speculations, schoolroom commonplaces from grammatical and rhetorical books, and even material for prayers and sermons were visually and verbally arranged to facilitate ease of recollection. Historians have drawn attention to the range of devices used by medieval scholars, but have tended to treat graphical and discursive models separately. These sessions aim to bridge the divide, reconnecting the two fields of mnemonics in order to better understand how form related to function. As ancient techniques were inventively reinterpreted under the influence of new or rediscovered texts, varied practices of memorization made fresh contributions to medieval intellectual life.

We invite 20-minute papers for two sessions on the production or use of mnemonic devices – verbal, visual, or both – in any medieval culture.

Please contact Seb Falk (sldf2@cam.ac.uk) with your proposed title and a brief summary of your paper.

Deadline: 15 September.

Session organisers:
Seb Falk, University of Cambridge
Amanda Gerber, UCLA
Irene O’Daly, Huygens ING

ANCESTRAL ROOTS: MEMORY AND ARBOREAL IMAGERY ACROSS CULTURES

International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2-5 July 2018. Submission deadline 20 September 2017.

Organisers: Naïs Virenque, Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François Rabelais, Tours Pippa Salonius, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University, Melbourne

Call for Papers: Memories of our ancestors mould us. Key to determining our identities and shaping our sense of self, they help us construct our own microcosms of belonging. Blood ties bind us together building communities. These memories give us a sense of belonging, they are inclusive and as social animals, we gain strength from them. As parts of a historical and genealogical whole, in Medieval Christian thought we all stem from the same seed, that of Adam.

We seek papers that explore the use of arboreal imagery to convey concepts of lineage, genealogy and descent. Tree diagrams were used in the Middle Ages to organise ethics and knowledge. They express hierarchy and classify categories and sub-categories visually. They rendered difficult intellectual concepts accessible to the wider audience and helped scholars put complex issues in order. In both cases, trees were performative and carried their own significance. With their roots deep in the earth and their branches reaching towards the heavens, trees span the distance between the earthly realm and the divine. As mnemonic devices, their branching nature hints at the possibility of infinite multiplication and growth, urging viewers to engage with the data they contain. In the medieval West a renewed interest in mnemotechnic treatises and artefacts, together with a growing tendency for listing processes, increased the use of arboreal imagery in the twelfth century. From the thirteenth century, the use of tree structures together with the translation and dissemination of treatises on the art of memory and the development of vast encyclopaedic projects, constituted an important part of monastic, mendicant and university education. By the fifteenth century the tree had become the most common method for mapping knowledge in medieval Europe.

Tree diagrams are not static in time, but reach across it. Not only do they present knowledge, they encourage its future development and generation. Neither were they geographically confined. Trees flourished in the imaginary of many cultures as memory stimulators and storage. The world trees in pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, Yggdrasil in Norse mythology, Māori purakau (stemming from rakau, the root word for tree), tales told for didactic purposes, represent but a few examples. We seek to identify and explore both the similarities and differences in this nexus between trees, lineage and memory across cultures. In the interest of establishing an interdisciplinary global platform, we encourage proposals that examine arboreal frameworks of lineage and memory across medieval cultures, throughout Christendom and beyond, to include the indigenous cultures of America, Asia and the Pacific. ‘Arboreal’ and ‘imagery’ are used in the broadest sense of the terms in order to encourage interdisciplinary enquiry into both visual motifs and arboreal images conjured up by words, movement and/or sound.

Possible topics and perspectives include but are not limited to:

* Metaphors of knowledge: Seeds, trees and ideas.

* Links between human ancestry and botany: Arbor consanguinitatis, Arbor affinitatis?

* Arboreal imagery as a pedagogical device.

* Songlines: Arboreal frameworks for memory and mapping.

* Medieval Music and the Tree.

* Sacred Trees and Human History.

* The transitory nature of death in the Middle Ages: The tree as intermediary between the world of the living and that of the dead.

* Trees in Juridical Thought: Authority, Jurisdiction, Prohibition. * Arboreal imagery in architecture: columns and pilasters, decoration and structure.

* Trees and the art of memory. Tree diagrams.

* Trees and world order.

* Materiality: The meaning of wood, bark and foliage in (ceremonial) dress and gifts.

* The Tree at the centre.

* The Tree of Life (‘Gunungan’ in Javanese shadow puppet plays, in the Jewish/Christian Tradition, etc.)

* Family Trees.

Submission Guidelines: Please note that individual contributors must send their abstracts to us, as we have to submit them together as a session. (Do not submit your abstracts directly to the Leeds IMC). We aim to present multiple sessions at Leeds so that we might then consider them for publication.

1. Submission deadline: 20 September 2017.

2. Abstracts must be circa 100 words.

3. A title must be provided.

4. Please specify your surname, your forename(s), your academic title and affiliation.

5. Please specify your full address (including post code, city and country), telephone and email.

6. All IMC sessions come with a PC/laptop, data projector (‘beamer’), and internet access as standard. Please list any additional equipment required for your presentation.

7. Please submit a brief author biography of around 100 words with your abstract to Pippa Salonius, p.salonius@gmail.com and/or Naïs Virenque, nais.virenque@univtours. fr NB. Only one abstract per conference by author or co-author may be submitted.

COMMEMORATING SAINTS AND MARTYRS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE

Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2-5 July 2018

In line with the IMC focus of Memory for 2018, which has also been named as the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the newly-launched MARTRAE network is organizing sessions on ‘Commemorating Saints and Martyrs in Medieval Europe’. The focus of these sessions is to explore the multifaceted ways in which saints and martyrs are remembered and how forms of commemoration functioned in creating, perpetuating or transforming collective cultural heritage. Papers may focus on tangible as well as intangible forms of commemoration, including (but not limited to): devotional and liturgical practices; material aspects of commemoration in the form of relics, devotional objects and manuscripts; the conceptualisation of martyrdom and sainthood; the legacy and function of medieval forms of commemoration in the modern world; harmony and disharmony in remembering; landscapes as vehicles or anchors for commemoration; and the role of martyrdom in shaping or manipulating identities.

Please send abstracts of ca. 250 words to Nicole Volmering at volmern@tcd.ie or Ann Buckley at buckleai@tcd.ie by September 20.

NEW PERSPECTIVES ON WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL ROMANCE LITERATURE

Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2-5 July 2018.

From ecocriticism to the global Middle Ages, queer theory to the medical humanities, contemporary fields of scholarly interest provide a plethora of ways through which to reinterpret women in medieval romance literature. With this series of panel sessions proposed for Leeds International Medieval Congress, we seek to examine women in romance afresh, considering the new themes and issues brought into view by contemporary methodologies.

The panel title is deliberately broad and we are open to a variety of approaches. Themes you may wish to consider include, but are not limited to:

* Non-white and/or non-Christian women’s roles in romance
* Ecocritical and ecofeminist approaches to women in romance
* Queer approaches to women in romance
* Virginity, sex, and sexuality 
* Same-sex desire 
* Women and healing 
* Women and trauma
* Sexual violence and rape in romance literature
* Women’s political roles in medieval romance
* Women and disability 
* Motherhood and family relations 
* Remembering and/or forgetting women in romance literature
* Women’s memories in romance literature
* Minor and/or non-aristocratic women in romance
* Groups of women in medieval romance 
* Women as patrons and readers of romance
* The material culture and objects of women in romance 
* Women in early modern romance
* Medieval romance and medievalis

We particularly welcome papers given by scholars from under-represented backgrounds, as well as papers by PhD students and early career researchers. Papers taking a feminist approach, and those which interrogate questions of race and diversity, are particularly sought.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes long. Please send abstracts of 100 words, along with a short biography, to hannah.e.piercy@durham.ac.uk by Friday 8 September 2017. Any queries are also welcome, please send these to the same address.

We look forward to hearing from you!

MONSTROUS MEDIEVALISM: TOXIC APPROPRIATIONS OF THE MIDDLE AGES IN MODERN POPULAR CULTURE AND THOUGHT

Leeds International Medieval Congress, 2-5 July 2018. Sponsor: MEARCSTAPA

MEARCSTAPA seeks papers to compose a session of 3 or 4 papers to the 2018 International Medieval Congress at Leeds. The Congress theme is “Memory.” Our hope is that this session will run as a twin-session to our proposed panel for Kalamazoo 2018 on Monstrous Medievalisms.

The medieval period continues to be misidentified both as a primitive and savage ‘dark ages’ and as an idealized utopian golden age of racial and religious homogeny. In both cases, aspects of medieval culture—stories, motifs, and themes—are appropriated and reimagined (that is, remembered and reconstructed) in ways that celebrate and promote the othering of certain racial and ethnic groups or cultures. Medievalists should be made uncomfortable by the realization that we share some interests with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other groups dedicated to the oppression, segregation, and even elimination of racial and ethnic groups or cultures. Medievalists should feel even more uncomfortable when this othering—intentional or otherwise—becomes common in the presentation of the Middle Ages in various popular cultural media.

These medievalisms use the Middle Ages—our Middle Ages—to advance their racist agendas, which have frequently resulted in malicious acts against individuals and groups. In short, the Middle Ages are often put to monstrous work in modern popular thought and culture, frequently used by one community to attack another. The Middle Ages thus become othered and estranged from the scholars who study and teach from positions of acceptance and inclusion. These monstrous medievalisms use the period to foster some of the most pernicious ideologies of the present day and distort our understanding of the past. We ask, whose Middle Ages are they? And in so doing, we seek to confront these monstrous medievalisms, to unravel and make sense of them in order to dismantle the negative work they do.

Papers for this panel might address topics such as:
Appropriations of the medieval image and narrative in Nazi propaganda
Contemporary White Pride/White Nationalist appropriations of the medieval symbols and signs (tattoos, banners, album covers, banners)
Racist responses to inclusion in “Medieval” film
The medieval fantasies of white identity in the Anglo-Saxon enthusiasm of the founding fathers
Racialized Monsters in the contemporary medieval fantasy
Race War as trope in Ancient and Medieval period films, video games, and/or books
“Unintentional” rehearsals of racist ideologies in popular media

We invite papers from all disciplines and national traditions. Additionally, MEARCSTAPA will provide an award of $500 to the best graduate student submission to this or any of its sessions to help offset the costs of travel and lodging for the IMC.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a brief bio to session organizer Renée Ward (rward@lincoln.ac.uk) by 10 September 2017. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts will be vetted by the MEARCSTAPA board and the full session will be submitted to the Congress mid-September 2017.

MARY JAHARIS CENTER SESSION AT INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2018_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/25th-imc). The deadline for submission is September 1, 2017. Proposals should include:
**Title
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
**CV

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edumjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

MEMORIES OF EMPIRE

International Medieval Congress 2018 session.

Cerae is sourcing submissions to participate in a panel focused on ‘Memories of Empire’ for the IMC Conference at the University of Leeds (2-5 July 2018). The focus of our panel is on the ways in which individuals or collectives used, or were influenced by, recollections and remnants of the Roman Empire.

Medieval ideas about education and civic duty were heavily influenced by Roman authors, for example, while Roman ruins were continuously used in Medieval buildings. Medieval theologians constantly grappled with the legacy of their ancient pagan forebears, while poets and playwrights sought to establish authority and prestige by placing themselves in the classical tradition through emulation and imitation. In Medieval memories and imaginations, the Roman Empire served as not only a past point of reference, but as an aspirational destination. In our panel, we would like to explore the relationship between memory, imagination and destiny. Submissions might focus on – but are not limited to:

  • studies in the visual, literary and material culture of the Carolingian empire
  • the birth of Renaissance humanism with its focus on classical notions of civic duty
  • religious appropriations of the imperial claim to political supremacy
  • medieval romance and epic as genres innovating on classical styles and themes
  • the imperialist legacy in early colonial propaganda

Cerae is aiming to gather together panellists with varied disciplinary approaches, and submissions from scholars working in art history, literature, politics, intellectual history, social studies and beyond are encouraged.

Submissions by participants willing to write up their paper as an article for review and publication in 2018 as part of Cerae Volume 5 (of the same theme) will be prioritised. We can offer bursaries of $100 towards travel costs for postgraduates and ECRs travelling from Australia and New Zealand.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract along with a brief biography/publication list to  ceraejournal@gmail.com by 31 August 2017.

AHA2018: THE SCALE OF HISTORY

Historians make choices about the scale of their inquiry. They set parameters for their projects – temporal, geographical, social, archival – which shape their research strategies, their potential audiences, and their interpretations and arguments. Do you write history on a grand or intimate scale? Or both? We welcome paper and panel proposals on any geographical area, time period, or field of history, especially those relating to the theme of scale.

The Australian Historical Association 2018 Conference will be held Monday 2–Friday 6 July 2018 at The Australian National University, Canberra.

The full call for papers and a pdf file of it for print purposes is available on the conference website: aha2018.anu.edu.au

CFP deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018.

SENSORY CULTURES AND THE COMMUNICATION OF BELIEF

Religious History Association, Canberra, 3 July 2018 (in association with the Australian Historical Association Conference 2-6 July 2018)

The Religious History Association invites presentations that explore the material and sensory dimensions of the communication of belief.

Our knowledge of devotional practices and rituals, and of beliefs and attitudes, can be enriched by exploring the material and sensory heritage through which religions are interpreted, expressed and understood. We are especially interested in how the material aspects of religion, such as music, movement, architecture, objects, foodways, and clothing, as well as sensory responses to these material forms, express and translate religious commitment.

We welcome papers that look particularly at how material and sensory practices shape and express the dynamics of religious belief across geographical areas, eras of history or between distinct communities; that explore cross-cultural and interfaith exchanges, including the re-interpretation of religious texts, art or artefact in missionary encounters; and in diverse social and cultural contexts. Papers may also examine how objects or devotional practices are the products of encounter between diverse religious cultures and exchanges.

Proposals for 20 minute individual papers, panels (3 x 15 minute papers with chair and respondent), and roundtables (90 minute conversation by several scholars on an issue, book or object) are welcome.

Proposals should be submitted through the Australian Historical Association conference site: aha2018.anu.edu.au, indicating RHA Stream.

CFP Deadline: 28 February 2018 Participants will be invited to submit papers to the Journal of Religious History.

GEORGE RUDÉ SEMINAR IN FRENCH HISTORY AND CIVILISATION

Australian National University 4-7 July 2018

http://hrc.anu.edu.au/events/george-rude-seminar

GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au

(Version française ci-dessous)

We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.

The Rudé Seminar welcomes twenty-minute papers, in English or in French, on all aspects of French and Francophone history, from the Middle Ages to the present, for inclusion in the general program. Proposals for both individual papers and group panels will be accepted.

As the capital city of Australia, Canberra is home to many cultural and research institutions. The region is also known for its vineyards, bushwalking, and close proximity to the ski resorts of the Australian alps.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the 21st George Rudé Seminar include:

Alice Conklin (Professor of History, Ohio State University), author of In the Museum of Man: Race, Anthropology and Empire in France, 1850-1950 (Cornell, 2013) and A Mission to Civilize: The Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa, 1895-1930 (Stanford University Press, 1997).

Mary D. Lewis (Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History at Harvard University), author of Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938 (University of California Press, 2013) and The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Antoine Lilti (Director of Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), author of The Invention of Celebrity: 1750-1850 (Polity Press, 2017) and The World of the Salons: Sociability and Worldliness in Eighteenth-century Paris (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Pierre Serna (Director of the Institut d’Histoire de la Révolution Française, Professeur d’histoire de la Révolution française et de l’Empire à l’Université de Paris 1 Panthéon- Sorbonne), author of La Révolution des animaux 1760-1820 (Fayard, 2016) and La République des Girouettes – 1795-1815 et au delà. Une anomalie politique : la France de l’extrême centre (Champ Vallon, 2005).

Abstracts of up to 300 words per presenter should be sent to GeorgeRudeSeminar2018@anu.edu.au together with a 100-word profile of each speaker giving name, professional title and affiliation, by Friday 1 December 2017. General inquiries can be made to the same address.

THE LITERARY INTERFACE

2018 Literary Studies Convention, July 4-7 2018, Australian National University, Canberra

The Australian National University (ANU) is proud to host the 2018 Literary Studies Convention. The convention will be held on the ANU campus in Canberra between Wednesday, July 4 and Saturday, July 7.

An interface describes a surface or plane that lies between or joins two points in space, but it also refers to ‘a means or place of interaction between two systems’ and ‘an apparatus designed to connect two scientific instruments so that they can be operated jointly’ (OED).

This convention will bring together scholars working across the broad field of literary studies to discuss the literary as an interface between different forms of knowledge and processes of knowledge formation, looking at questions of how and through what means the literary is communicated, represented, negotiated, and remade. By placing the concept of the literary centre-stage while at the same time interrogating its role as an interface, we wish to open up for discussion questions about the role, dynamism, and value of the literary in a time of institutional change and ongoing disciplinary formation. We would also like to debate the role of the literary text – and literary studies as a discipline – as a site of encounter between diverse languages and potentially alien modes of reading and writing.

Invoking the possibility of melding, soldering, and/or merging different elements, the literary interface suggests the resilience as well as the suppleness of disciplinary boundaries. It conjures the possibility of new meeting points; zones of contact and interaction but also sites of contention and disruption that might challenge received platitudes yet help us to bring to the surface new meanings.

Confirmed keynotes include Johanna Drucker, Lauren Goodlad and Brigitta Olubas.

We invite papers and panel proposals, including but not limited to the following topics: 

Mediation, remediation, and transmediation  
Literary Formalism – its past, present and/or future  
Multimedia forms as interfaces  
The relationship between forms, networks, and hierarchies  
Encounters between readers and modes of reading  
Translation  
The relationship between literary studies and other disciplines, e.g., environmental studies, maths, ethnography, science  
The interface between academic and public critical cultures  
Spaces of reading (online and otherwise)  
The negotiation of literary value  
The classroom as literary interface  
Literary objects as interfaces: circulation, reception, paratexts  
The stage and other spaces of performance as interface between temporalities, bodies, performers, writers and audiences  
Cultural interfaces  
Languages of colonialists/postcoloniality  
Transnationalism and minor transnationalism.

Jointly held by the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, the Australasian Association for Literature, the Australasian Universities Languages and Literature Association, and the Australian University Heads of English.

Follow us on Twitter @LitInterface and Facebook @Literaryinterface2018

Convention Registration
For further information please contact the Conference Convenor, Dr Julieanne Lamond:
E: julieanne.lamond@anu.edu.au
Tel: +61 2 6125 4786

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
A.D. Hope Building 14
The Australian National University
Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

SIXTEENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE HUMANITIES

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 5–7 July 2018

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Sixteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, held 5–7 July 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA.

First held at the University of the Aegean on the island of Rhodes in Greece in 2003, the conference has moved its location each year to different countries and continents, each offering its own perspectives on the human condition and the current state of studies of the human. This research network is brought together by a shared commitment to the humanities and a concern for their future.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

  1. Theme 1: Critical Cultural Studies
  2. Theme 2: Communications and Linguistics Studies
  3. Theme 3: Literary Humanities
  4. Theme 4: Civic, Political, and Community Studies
  5. Theme 5: Humanities Education

Proposal submission deadline: 30 June, 2017.

For more information regarding the conference, please visit the conference website: http://thehumanities.com/2018-conference.

16TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BOOKS, PUBLISHING & LIBRARIES

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, 7 July 2018

Founded in 2003, the International Conference on Books, Publishing & Libraries brings together scholars and practitioners around a common shared interest in exploring the histories, traditions, and futures of books, publishing, and libraries.

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, and colloquia. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

  • Theme 1: Publishing Practices: Past, Present, and Future
  • Theme 2: Reading, Writing, Literacy, and Learning
  • Theme 3: Books and Libraries

For more information regarding the conference, and to submit an abstract please visit our conference website: http://booksandpublishing.com/2018-conference

Current proposal submission deadline: 3 July, 2017.

RULING SEXUALITIES: SEXUALITY, GENDER AND THE CROWN

The Kings & Queens conference series will be hosted by Historic Royal Palaces and the University of Winchester for its seventh edition on 9-12 July 2018. The first day will be held at Hampton Court Palace with the remaining days at the University of Winchester.

We aim to connect scholars across the world whose research focuses on topics related to royal history, diplomacy, art history, political history, biographical studies or any other issues included in the scope of royal studies. This edition of the Kings and Queens conference will have a particular focus on gender and sexuality as central themes. We are especially interested in studies relating to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer (LGBTQ) identities and the role of sexuality and gender to royal histories.

We look to gain an understanding of the perceptions, practices and legacies of gender and sexual identities relating to monarchs, royals and their courts, realising that these may have been very different in historic periods to our contemporary understandings. All topics related to these issues will be welcomed, from diverse chronological periods and parts of the world. We hope that interpretation of these topics for the public in heritage contexts will form a particular focus of the day at Hampton Court Palace.

We also welcome papers which are unrelated to our central theme and subtopics but contribute more widely to the field of royal studies.

The following list includes potential topics for papers, panels or posters, which are suggested as inspiration. Proposers should not feel limited by these topics and we welcome a broad range of ideas and interpretations.

Perceptions and Performance

* The self-representation of monarchs, royals and courtiers

* Royal and court fashion, including cross-dressing

* The construction and definition of royal sexual and gender identities, including LGBTQ identities, heterosexuality and straight identities

* Asexuality and virgin monarchs

Practices

* The lives and roles of companions and influencers, including concubines, mistresses and same-sex favourites

* The biographies of LGBTQ monarchs, royals and courtiers

* Propaganda around sexuality and gender identity, whether positive or negative

* Concealed, illicit or hidden royal relationships

* Close same-sex friendships

Legacies

* The posthumous perception and representation of royal sexuality and gender identity, and how this defines legacy and dynasty

* The changing historiography and perception of royal sexuality, gender identity and LGBTQ histories

* The interpretation of royal gender and sexuality in museum and heritage contexts

The conference will include both paper sessions and a poster session at Hampton Court Palace to highlight the developing research of students and early career scholars. Please note that postgraduate students and early career scholars are welcome to give either posters at the Hampton Court session or papers in the general sessions at Winchester, depending on their preference.

Individual proposals should indicate whether it is for a poster or paper and include a title, institutional affiliation, an abstract of 250-300 words and a short, one page CV or biography. For panels, the proposal should include a maximum of four different papers accompanied by the same information required for individual proposals and a short rationale of approximately 100 words for the panel. If the panel has an institutional or societal sponsor, please include this with the panel proposal.

All proposals should be submitted by 31 December 2017, to kq7winchester@gmail.com and any queries about the conference can also be directed to this address

THE MARLOWE SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Wittenberg, Germany,  10-13 July 2018

Hosted by MSA President Kirk Melnikoff, the conference will feature keynote presentations by Lukas Erne (University of Geneva), Kristen Poole (University of Delaware), and Holger Syme (University of Toronto). Tours of the Luther House, the Melanchthon House, the Castle Church, and Cranach Studios will complement special events, workshops, screenings, and productions designed specially for conference attendees. We hope you will join us—and participate.

Papers should be no more than fifteen minutes in length and present original research on any topic concerning the works of Christopher Marlowe. We welcome proposals for individual papers and complete panels. Please send the following by email to the conference Program Chair, Lucy Munro, University of London, King’s College: lucy.munro@kcl.ac.uk.

For individual papers, an abstract of 300–500 words;

For complete panels, an overview of the panel and abstracts of the individual papers, totalling 1200–1500 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, July 28, 2017.

PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP IN LATE ANTIQUITY

The 2nd Annual Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity conference will be held at the University of Auckland from July 11-13 2018. Proposals can be for papers in any area of late antique, early medieval or Byzantine studies and the conference is intended to provide a venue for scholars in these fields around the Pacific Rim.

Submissions close on 1 October and should be sent to Lisa Bailey: lk.bailey@auckland.ac.nz.

For further information please contact Lisa or visit the Centre for Hellenic Studies website (http://helleniccenter.ucsd.edu/news-events/index.html).

MOVABLE GOODS AND IMMOVABLE PROPERTY: GENDER, LAW AND MATERIAL CULTURE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE (1450‒1850)

9th Conference of the European network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures”, German Historical Institute, London, 19-21 July 2018

Conveners: Annette Cremer (Gießen), Hannes Ziegler (London)

The history of material cultures offers important new ways of studying the significance of gender differences in the history of legal cultures by exploring new relationships between gender, law and material culture. Material and immaterial possession informs the self-image of individuals and societies, dynasties and families. A threefold scheme of legal distinction differentiates between usufruct (1), possession (2), and property (3). Yet these relationships between individuals and objects are not only relevant to civil law, but correspond to political regimes. While usufruct, possession and property thus correspond to different forms of authority and society, they also have a bearing on gender relations on different levels of society. Usually, these gendered aspects of material culture are the products of traditional proximities between certain areas of activity and related groups of objects. Communities in early modern Europe can thus be said to have a gendered and often legally sanctioned relationship to the material world and the world of objects.

Our assumption is that this situation led to social rivalries and gender-informed conflicts between individual members of societies regarding usufruct, possession, and property. The action of taking possession of something is thus more than just a way of achieving material security, but a form of social practice and a way of self-assertion: in order to gain social status, as a way of accumulating social capital or broadening one’s personal or dynastic room for manoeuvre. In this respect, the single most important event is the distribution of goods in generational succession. Despite their chronologically wide applicability, we would like to explore these questions with respect to early modern history.

The starting point for our conference is objects and groups of objects, that is to say, mobile and immobile resources, and their relationships with gender, structures of power, estate orders, customs and legal norms. Perspectives from social and legal sciences will thus be combined with approaches from material culture studies. Our basic assumption is that ways and forms of usufruct, possession and property regarding certain objects inform the self-image and the prospects of individuals and families. What changes and dynamics can be observed in relation to the correlations between gender and objects? What differences occur between different forms of societies?

The network “Gender Differences in the History of European Legal Cultures” operates in a diachronic and comparative way. We are therefore looking for papers engaging with the relationships between objects, gendered self-images and rights of ownership on the basis of textual, pictorial and material sources in Europe between 1450 and 1850. Despite this emphasis on early modern history, we also encourage proposals that highlight transitions from the Middle Ages. Papers should engage with one or more of the following themes and questions:

  1. How can the distinction between movables and immovables be explained? On what experiences and everyday considerations is it based?
  2. When does the category of movables become relevant? Is the understanding of the house as immovable based on its material aspects, e.g. fabrics?
  3. Does the gendered coding of movables and immovables exist in different legal areas? How is the attribution of gendered codes argued for?
  4. What are the consequences of gendered attributions of objects and resources? Does the distribution of resources lead to specific hazards or profits?
  5. What objects are especially disputed? We are looking for examples of individuals trying to take possession of mobile and immobile, material and immaterial resources.
  6. Can tensions be discerned between the aims and interests of households and family units and the superior interests of the manorial system, the economies of cities and states, or the public weal?
  7. Does the distinction between mobiles and immobiles extend beyond legal norms? How is it handled in Common or Roman Law?
  8. What are the strategies of testators for distributing their property? How binding were marriage contracts and last wills in the case of succession?
  9. What institutions are resorted to in case of conflicts?
  10. How is the value of mobiles and immobiles assessed? How relevant are market values,
    auctions and valuers?
  11. What is the role of gender, marital status, age, social standing, and religious
    confession for pursuing one’s interest and the chances of success in the case of judicial
    conflicts?
  12. What is the influence of the distribution of wealth on power relations within the
    family?
  13. And finally: what is the shape of households that have been reorganised by gavelkind,
    single heir rule and other mechanisms of distribution? In other words: how is the redistribution of goods handled within households?

Keynotes will be presented by:

  • Amy Erickson (Cambridge) and Margareth Lanzinger (Wien)

Please send your proposals for papers (appr. 1 page/300 words) together with a short academic CV by 15 October 2017 to: annette.cremer@geschichte.uni-giessen.de and ziegler@ghil.ac.uk.

SOUTHERN AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE

23–26 August 2018

We are pleased to announce that the 24th biennial conference of SASMARS will be held at Mont Fleur in Stellenbosch, South Africa from Thursday the 23rd to Sunday the 26th of August 2018.

“Ancestry and Memory in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge

Medieval and early modern societies weathered various socio-cultural changes, including religious, economic, and political transformations, across a range of different geographies and in both urban and rural spaces. We seek papers from any applicable discipline that explore ancestry and memory within a variety of geographic locales in the medieval and/or early modern eras. We shall welcome broad and imaginative interpretations of “ancestry” and “memory”.

Deadline: Please send a conference proposal and a short biography to Retha Knoetze: knoetr@unisa.ac.za by 18 February 2018. Any inquiries can be directed to the same email address.

TACITUS' WONDERS

Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, 27-29 August 2018.

First call for papers.

Readers have been attracted to the remarkable and wondrous, the admirable and the uncanny in Tacitus. But in order to appreciate what is mirum or novum, we also need to understand the apparently mundane material between the monstra. Tacitus famously derides the praises of new public buildings as a topic more worthy of the daily gazette than illustres annales (A. 13.31.1); his own criteria for selection, however, and his own judgments on what is worthy of note, have often differed in interesting ways from the preoccupations of his readers.

Abstracts (250 words) are invited on the topic of Tacitus’ wonders.

Submissions on comparative material are very much welcome.

Reflection is invited on the consequences of different methods of dividing or reconciling historical events and historiographical representation, e.g. Woodman (1993), O’Gorman (2001), Haynes (2003), and Sailor (2008). In preparing abstracts, it will be helpful to consider the challenge extended by Dench (in Feldherr, 2009), the ‘awkward question’ of whether the much admired Tacitean text ‘represents anything other than itself’. Papers treating the Classical tradition, reception and history of scholarship are welcome.

Please send abstracts to James McNamara at Victoria University of Wellington (james.mcnamara@vuw.ac.nz) by Friday 26 January 2018.

Prof. Arthur Pomeroy
Dr. James McNamara

Classics Programme
School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand

CAMBRIDGE: COLLEGE, CHURCH AND CITY

British Archaeological Association Annual Conference 2018, Cambridge, UK, 1-5 September 2018

The Association holds an annual conference at a centre of established importance in the medieval period, usually in the British Isles and occasionally in mainland Europe.

The annual conferences focus on the medieval art, architecture and archaeology of one location, and visit all the city’s or areas most important medieval sites, including some not usually accessible to the public.

All our conferences welcome professional scholars and amateur enthusiasts alike who are members of the association.

More information: http://thebaa.org/meetings-events/conferences/annual-conferences.

Abstracts Due: 1 February 2018.

TRACES ARBORESCENTES

Sacred Science: Learning from the Tree

European Society for the History of Science Biennial Conference September 14-17 2018

We are pleased to announce that Trames Arborescentes is preparing a symposium for the European Society for the History of Science’s conference (http:// www.eshs.org/?lang=en) that will take place in London on September 2018.

«Unity and Disunity» has been chosen as the main theme for the aforementioned meeting. Within this framework, Trames Arborescentes has decided to participate by proposing a commented panel that will gather four speakers around the subject «Sacred Science: Learning from the Tree».

Proposals containing personal information (including academic affiliation), an abstract and a short bio are welcome for this panel. The document may be submitted to our email address tramesarborescentes@gmail.com before December 12.

Symposium abstract:

Sacred Science: Learning from the Tree

This panel traces the arboreal motif through time, using it as a means to reflect on unity and disunity of interaction between science, art and the sacred. Indeed, the figure of the tree has been used as a visualization tool to structure knowledge since Antiquity. However, it turns out that the tree of the Arts and Sciences is a deciduous tree. Its holy leaves, metaphorical expressions of unseen secrets, have been shed as science gradually broke away from the sacred. The apparent unity of its branches, the Arts and the Sciences, became exposed and fractured. What was the role of the arboreal structure in this process?

Three points will stand in our proposal. Firstly, we will question how the treediagram was used to articulate the conjunction of the Arts, the Sciences and the Sacred. During the Middle Ages, tree diagrams were commonly used in the arts degree as tools to study arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music theory, grammar, logic and rhetoric. These frameworks of learning in the universities were infused with the sacred, they sprang from the sacred. Gradually though, the Arts and Sciences began to be distinguished, subjects changed categories. But even as Darwin was developing his theory of life, the sacred continued to play a role in scientific discovery and communication. How was this distinction nuanced in every period?

The second point will focus on the loss of the sacred and the sacralization of knowledge. In effect, step by step, the distinction between the arts and sciences gradually became a divide and the concept of sacred changed in this learning context. The sacred was given less space in the hierarchies of knowledge, it no longer penetrated every aspect of learning. At some point knowledge itself became sacred. When and how did this happen? What rapport did the sacred have in this dramatic change in our perception of knowledge? Was this new knowledge disruptive? Did it bring about unity or disunity? Is the current dissociation between the Arts and Sciences a consequence of divorcing knowledge from the sacred?

Thirdly, we will examine arboreal motifs in our contemporary era, when encyclopedic knowledge and three-dimensional mind maps, once again seek to chart the infinite, the unknown, what is not seen by the naked eye. Are these new worlds in new dimensions still shown shaped in a tree-form? If so, what knowledge does the tree convey? Why is the arboreal structure effective? How is the sacred expressed (if at all) in this structure?

The dialectic relationship between unity and disunity seems perfectly tailored to the branching of the tree-diagram, which also allows expression of a hierarchical combination ad infinitum. The centrality and unity – concepts in which the trunk of these diagrams was firmly rooted, has been shifted for new multifocal tree-figures, which grant us plenty of new possibilities that adapt well to current models of information visualization. This panel uses arboreal constructs as a means to look into the sacred/knowledge relationship in order to question the forthcoming cognitive patterns of unity and disunity that will shape our near future.

MEDIEVALISM, PUBLIC HISTORY AND ACADEMIA: THE RE-CREATION OF EARLY MEDIEVAL EUROPE C. 400–1000

Conference Date: 26-28 September 2018
Malmö University, Sweden
The deadline for paper proposals is 15 December 2017.
Proposals with an abstract of maximum 100 words to Sara Ellis Nilsson.

https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalender/Conference-Call-for-Papers–Medievalism-Public-History-and-Academia-the-Re-creation-of-Early-Medieval-Europe-c-400-1000/

ISSM 2018 BOUNDARY CROSSINGS

October 12-13 2018, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada

St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, the location of Brock University, is just 19 kilometres from the Niagara River, the boundary between Canada and the United States of America. In this location, then, it seems appropriate to think about medievalism and boundary crossing. Plenary sessions will cross disciplinary boundaries by investigating similarities in concerns, methods, and themes between the fields of (neo)medievalism(s) and the Neo-Victorian. For regular conference sessions, proposals are invited on the conference theme. Papers might address the ways in which medievalism crosses the boundaries of, or is used to interrogate the boundaries of

* genres/subgenres
* national designations
* temporal periods
* academic disciplines
* the academic and the popular
* gender
* sexuality
* class
* race
* human / non-human

Please send one-page proposals to Dr. Ann F. Howey, Associate Professor at Brock University (ahowey@brocku.ca), by March 26, 2018.

St Catharines, in the Niagara Peninsula, is located midway between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Buffalo, New York, USA; both cities have international airports, and airport shuttles service the Niagara region from both airports. St Catharines is located in the heart of Niagara’s wine producing region and is also close to tourist attractions such as Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, with its famous Shaw Festival theatre productions.