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San Apollinaris in Classe, Ravenna
San Apollinaris in Classe, Ravenna
(Photograph: Andrew Stephenson)


National University of Ireland, Galway, 21-22 June 2018

Glossing, the practice of annotating manuscripts between the lines and/or in the margins, was a widespread cultural practice wherever books were being read, studied and taught. As an indication of this, the Network for the Study of Glossing currently has 75 members with research interests in glossed manuscripts written in Arabic, Breton, Chinese, German, Greek, Egyptian, English, French, Hebrew, Hittite, Irish, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Sanskrit, Turkish, and Welsh.

This two-day conference aims to bring together specialists from a variety of fields to discuss aspects of glossing—in all its forms—from a comparative perspective. A particular focus will be on how glosses engage with and reflect the dynamics of contemporary cultural change, rather than acting merely as passive repositories of inherited tradition. Specific aspects of glossing could include any of the following:

1) Glossing as a revealer of reading practices: eg considering the relationship between Classical/cosmopolitan written languages and spoken vernaculars; or different approaches to reading/performing sacred and secular texts.

2) Glossing as a method of interpretation: both linguistic (translation) and cultural (eg mediating remote cultures and ideas).

3) Glossing as an instrument of textual authority: mandating how texts should be read and understood; creating and re-shaping canons.

4) Glossing as a vehicle for education: organisation of knowledge; delivery of a particular curriculum.

5) Glossing as an intellectual effort: scholarship for its own sake; the creation of new knowledge.

Papers should last 20 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for discussion.
(Direct comparison between traditions is not expected. This will be facilitated during the event.)

This event follows on from another held at the University of Frankfurt on 2–3 December 2016. We aim to publish a selection of papers from both conferences together in a single volume.

Please send a title and abstract (300 words max) to Pádraic Moran
(padraic.moran@nuigalway.ie) by 23 February 2018.

Some limited financial assistance will be available.


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, eg 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.


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: eg 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 (eg 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: eg 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 (eg 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 (eg 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.


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 the ISHLL website.

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.


Conference Website

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


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


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


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.


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!


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.


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 for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. 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.


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 graduates 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.


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.

CFP deadline: Wednesday 28 February 2018.


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.


Constructions and Transgressions

University of Auckland, 4-6 July 2018

We invite submission of abstracts for the 12th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic Or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE), to be held in Auckland from 4–6 July 2018. The conference is open to postgraduate students from Honours to PhD level, and aims to create a friendly, inclusive environment to present your research and interact with other postgraduates. Postgraduate students who are between degrees are also welcome.

The theme for 2018 is ‘Constructions and Transgressions’, and we hope to bring together speakers on a wide range of topics and subject areas. We invite papers on any ancient topic, including Egyptian, Greek and Roman history (up to and including late antiquity), the ancient Near East, archaeology, ancient literature and language, ancient art, and reception studies. We also welcome panel submissions.

Papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length and will be followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Thanks to the generous support of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, we will be able to offer a number of student travel subsidies to assist with the cost of attending the conference. Preference will be given to postgraduates in Australasia who have joined ASCS. Please send a completed Travel Subsidy Application Form (available on the conference website) to abstracts@amphorae2018.co.nz by 1 June if you would like to be considered for a travel subsidy.

For more information, please see the conference website.

To submit an abstract, please email abstracts@amphorae2018.co.nz with a completed cover sheet (available on the website ) and abstract of 150-250 words by 5pm NZ time, 30 April 2018. Earlier submissions are welcome and will be addressed as they arrive.


Australian National University 4-7 July 2018

George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation web page.


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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.


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:
Email: julieanne.lamond@anu.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 6125 4786

ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
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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.


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.

Current proposal submission deadline: 3 July, 2017.


9-12 July 2019, Roma Tre University

Convenors: Professor Maria Del Sapio Garbero and Professor Maddalena Pennacchia

ESRA 2019 will have a special focus on processes of remapping, with consequences for early modern discourses on borders, nations, territories, the world. It will prompt discussions of the place held by such processes in the culture of the period, but it will also foreground the various ways in which they are relevant for current preoccupations and concerns.

As we know, early modern European geography was shattered by a series of disruptive events which resulted not just in a remapping of borders, nations, and world, but had a bearing in problematizing the very notion of space and the place human beings held in a changing order of the universe. Discoveries of new lands and new perimeters, originating from a thirst for knowledge, political ambition, wars, not to mention wars of religion and the reshuffled and transversal geographies designed by faith in post-Reformation Europe, were such as to redefine the sense of belonging, physically as well as mentally, and spiritually.

Questions related to this topic are at the core of Shakespeare’s figurations of multifaceted physical and mental landscapes. And the geographical turn of the past few decades has made us aware of the wide range of thematic, ideological, and theoretical issues related to it.

Our European contemporary geography, constantly redefined by new walls as well as the trespassing movement of massive flows of migrant human beings, invites us to interrogate anew the heuristic and ethical potential of that turn; it also encourages us to bring to the fore and reassess the pervasiveness and problematics of the experience of exile, displacement and dispossession in Shakespearean drama. Thus the topic should be found engaging and compelling by the ESRA community, now that our geopolitics and sense of belonging are being challenged and readjusted, daily, by the crises of human mobility.

All in all the chosen topic should provide ample scope for epistemological approaches as well as for discovering new proximities with the Souths of the world and between Northern and Mediterranean seas, daily crossed and redesigned by thousands of stories of outcasts and shipwrecks.

The topic should also be useful for discovering new contiguities between past and present. Ancient Rome, with its expanded geography, looms large on Shakespeare’s imagination. Rome was a world-wide stage on which to projectthe performances of the Elizabethans’ growing imperial ambitions, in a logic oftranslatio imperii, or of “cultural mobility” in the terms it is being re-conceptualized nowadays.But Rome was also a global stage on which to address issues as crucial as centre, periphery, edges, borders, landmarks, elsewheres, otherness, hybridity, cross-cultural encounters and dynamics.

Thus the topic suits productively the variety of Shakespeare’s geographies as well as the chosen Roman venue.

Potential topics to be addressed may include (but are not limited to):

  1. Geographies of exclusion: centre and peripheries
  2. Narratives of migration and exile
  3. Cartographies of gender and race
  4. Vagrancy and hospitality
  5. Walls and border-crossings
  6. Europe and global Souths
  7. Wilderness, exoticism and liminal places
  8. Translation as geography
  9. Translating and re-translating Shakespeare
  10. Shakespearean migrations across media
  11. Displacing performance
  12. Conflicting geographies of the soul
  13. Geographies of the sacred
  14. Explorations and geographies of the self
  15. Wars of religions and reconfigured geographies
  16. Digital remappings of Shakespeare
  17. Mobile Shakespeare across genres
  18. Circulating books and translation
  19. Universal libraries and local libraries
  20. Translatio Imperii and Cultural Mobility
  21. World and National Shakespeares
  22. Sea-routes and cultural encounters
  23. Shipwrecked identities
  24. Local Shakespeare in performance in the digital space

Members of ESRA are invited to propose a panel and/or a seminar that they would be interested in convening. Proposals of 350-400 words (stating topic, relevance and approach) should be submitted by a panel convenor with the names of the participants (no more than four speakers); as for the seminars, we expect proposals of 250-300 words by 2 or 3 potential convenors from different countries for each seminar.

Please submit proposals by 31 May 2018 via the dedicated platform on the website of the Conference. Address available from the first week of February.

The conference organisers and the Board of ESRA will confirm their final choice of panels and seminars by the first week of July 2018. All convenors will be personally informed of the choices made and the list of seminars will be made available on the ESRA and the Conference websites.

Organising and advisory committee, ESRA 2019

Professor Maria Del Sapio Garbero (convenor) (Roma Tre University)
Professor Maddalena Pennacchia (convenor) (Roma Tre University)
Professor Maurizio Calbi (University of Palermo)
Dr Lisanna Calvi (conference secretary) (University of Verona)


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


  • 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


  • 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 graduate 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.


9-13 July 2018, Montpellier, France

Summer School website

You’re invited to join us for a unique literary summer school experience in Montpellier, in the south of France, exploring the work of Shakespeare and his world.  Sessions will include lectures from an international group of scholars on various aspects of Shakespeare and the early modern world and on Shakespeare on screen, together with play readings from our focus plays Henry IV Part 1 and Henry V. A detailed programme will be provided closer to the time.

No prior experience is necessary; students, general readers, scholars all welcome!


Dr Victoria Bladen (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Professor Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin (University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3)
in partnership with the
Institut de Recherche sur la Renaissance, l’âge Classique et les Lumières (IRCL)

Information about the convenors

Enquiries: victoria.bladen@uqconnect.edu.au or  nvienneguerrin@orange.fr


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.


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.


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, eg 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
  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.


In 2018 the 57th Summer Conference will be held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on 24-26 July, on the theme of The Church and the Law. As ever, the intention is to attract a broad spectrum of papers from across the history of Christianity.

Please be aware of the final deadline of 31 March.

Postgraduate students should also be aware that the EHS offers a number of generous bursaries which cover the FULL COST of attending the conference and half bursaries for those who already have some funding from other sources. Please note that in a change to previous practice, bursary applications should now be made alongside your paper proposal, the deadline now being the same: 31 March.

The relevant forms and a poster can be downloaded from the website.


July 26-27 2018, Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Room 480, Level 4, Madsen Building, University of Sydney

Plato claimed that poets of tragic drama ‘drag states into tyranny and democracy’. The word order is very deliberate: he goes on to say that tragic poets are honoured ‘especially by the tyrants, and secondly by the democracies’ (Republic 568c). For more than forty years scholars have explored the political, ideological, structural and economic links between democracy and theatre in ancient Greece. By contrast, the links between autocracy and theatre are virtually ignored, despite the fact that in the first 200 years of its existence more than a third of all theatre-states were autocratic. For the next 600 years, theatre flourished exclusively in autocratic regimes. The conference brings together experts in ancient theatre to undertake the first systematic study of the patterns of use made of the theatre by tyrants, regents, kings and emperors. For two generations theatre has, as an instrument of mass communication, been characterised as ancient democracy’s supreme cultural artefact. Our conference will explore the historical circumstances and means by which autocrats turned a medium of mass communication into an instrument of mass control.

For More information contact Billy Kennedy william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.


Lucia Athanassaki (University of Crete), Ewen Bowie (Oxford University), Bob Cowan (University of Sydney), Eric Csapo (University of Sydney), Anne Duncan (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Simon Goldhill (Cambridge University), Hans Goette (German Archaeological Institute and University of Giessen), Chris Kraus (Yale University), Brigitte Le Guen (University of Paris 8), Chris de L’Isle (Oxford University), Nino Luraghi (Princeton University), Elodie Paillard (Universities of Basel and Sydney), Simon Perris (University of Wellington), Jelle Stoop (University of Sydney), Paul Touyz (Princeton University), Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)

Student Travel Bursaries

A number of travel bursaries are available to doctoral students who wish to attend the conference. Please register your interest before March 15, 2018, by sending (as a single pdf file) a short letter of application, stating how the theme of the conference relates to the topic of your PhD, a CV (with list of publications) and a short reference letter from your supervisor to Billy Kennedy at william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.

Conference Organisers

Eric Csapo (University of Sydney), J. R. Green (University of Sydney), Brigitte Le Guen (University of Paris 8), Elodie Paillard (Universities of Basel and Sydney) Jelle Stoop (University of Sydney), Peter Wilson (University of Sydney)


Registration and attendance is free.  Please confirm your place by emailing Billy Kennedy by July 2 2018 at william.kennedy@sydney.edu.au.

Sponsored By

  • Australian Research Council
  • Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia
  • Ian Potter Foundation
  • Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney
  • School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney


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.


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.

Professor Arthur Pomeroy
Dr James McNamara

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


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.

For more information please see the British Archaeological Association Annual Conferences web page.

Abstracts due: 1 February 2018.


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 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.


20-21 September 2018 King’s College London

The surfaces of natural things invite observation, manipulation, measurement, and reconfiguration, with the promise to unveil the knowledge of depths. In early modern Europe, artisans of all kind used their hands to work on, and with, the surfaces of human and non-human matter. They captured the attention of everyday and learned contemporary commentators, but traditionally, historians have failed to consider them when establishing the ways in which knowledge was produced in that period. But in recent decades, historians have placed new emphasis on artisanal knowledge procedures and on what has been termed ‘vernacular science’. Today, the Scientific Revolution is characterised by an exchange between humanist erudition and a passion for practice, or between ‘high’ and ‘low’ arts. Much work has been done to show how in the seventeenth century the so-called ‘mixed mathematics’ (military sciences, engineering, navigation sciences, etc.) contributed to the development of the fields of mathematics, astronomy, and geometry. Equally, alchemical procedures and metallurgy informed the theories of contemporary canonical heroes.

In the same spirit, this workshop focuses on the practices of artisans such as tailors, barbers, cooks, cheesemakers, gardeners, and agronomists, and on their relationships with the fields of meteorology, botany, natural history, medicine, earth sciences, and veterinary medicine. All these artisans and artisanal practices shared a set of skills on how to observe and manipulate human and non-human surfaces – from skin to bark, from rinds to animal flesh, from the surface of a landscape to dyes, or from cloth to hair. We are interested in exploring how, and if, practical knowledge about the surface of things and bodies (and their storage and preservation in relation to specific environmental conditions) led to the concept of nature and matter as composed of layers, and how such a framework contributed to the demise of traditional Galenic and Aristotelian views on nature.

This workshop also aims at moving beyond the dichotomies between quantitative and qualitative knowledge and between natural philosophy and the arts, and so we intend to broaden the focus to include a set of artisans who have traditionally remained invisible from accounts of this ‘age of the new’. We will explore the many different ways in which ‘modern science’ emerged, the relationships between social and cognitive practices, and the contribution that non-mathematical sciences gave to the mental habits of observing, collecting, experimenting with, and manipulating natural matter.

Confirmed speakers are Emanuele Lugli (York) on tailors, Elaine Leong (MPIWG, Berlin) on domestic health practices, Bradford Bouley (UC Santa Barbara) on butchers, Maria Conforti (La Sapienza) on the surface of the earth, and Carolin Schmiz (EUI) on barber-surgeons. Sandra Cavallo (Royal Holloway) will offer final remarks.

We welcome proposals that complement these topics, in particular those that address the relationships between gardening, natural history, and medicine; cooking and knowledge; work on animal skin; leatherwork; or veterinary medicine. Presentations will be followed by ample time for discussion and reflection, and so we are happy for works in progress.

Proposals (up to 250 words) for 20-minute papers should be sent to Paolo Savoia at renaissanceskin@kcl.ac.uk by 8 June 2018.

We may be able to provide speakers with reasonable accommodation and travel costs. Please indicate when you apply if you will require assistance with expenses.

The two-day workshop is organised as part of the Renaissance Skin project. For more information visit the website or follow us on Twitter @RenSkinKCL and use #surfaceartisans


Ghent University (Belgium), 20-22 September 2018

Confirmed keynote speakers: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) - Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) - Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

“Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is die Nachahmung der Alten.” Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, … Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.

Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.

This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:

  • What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?
  • What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?
  • How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?
  • What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?

Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as

  • the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
  • the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque, medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
  • literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
  • classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism,…)
  • literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to relics@ugent.be by 15 April 2018.

Organisation: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.


42nd Annual Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 22 September 2018

Plenary: Dr Andrew Beresford, University of Durham: “Dermal Identities in the Legend of St Bartholomew”

We construe the notion of skin, or skins, as having multiple meanings, contexts, and sites of enquiry; it could pertain to humans or animals; as a covering or a disguise, revealing or concealing identity, a marker of difference and similarity, race, class, and gender; the mutilated witness to heroic and saintly deeds, or the epitome of idealized beauty; it can be sacred or profane; it may also evoke science, medicine, and the body; skin as writing surface and manuscript; as palimpsest, the scraping away of layers of meaning; it may allude to blank spaces and lacunae; skin as the polychrome surface of a statue, or a fresco; architectural skins and façades; it could relate to surfaces, spaces, and landscapes; to the veneers of civilization and society.

We invite papers that engage these topics, or any related to the field of medieval studies.

Please send proposals of 250 words by 1 June to Caroline Jewers at cjewers@ku.edu.


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.

Conference call for papers


The Second ASA International Conference in Yerevan, Armenia, 27-30 September 2018.

Dedicated to the 130th anniversary of legendary actor Vahram Papazian (1888-1968).

The Armenian Shakespeare Association (ASA) is delighted to invite Shakespearean scholars, translators, theatre critics, directors, actors and research students across the world to its second international conference in Armenia’s capital Yerevan.

The conference is organised in partnership with the American University in Armenia (AUA) and the National Museum of Theatre and Literature (NMTL), where seminar discussions will take place. At the same time, conference guests will be able to attend HIFEST, an annual International Theatre Festival in the capital of Armenia since 2003. ASA will also arrange sightseeing tours and evening entertainment each day during the conference.

Expenses covered: the transport between Yerevan International airport and the hotel, lunches and breaks, daily sightseeing tours and visits to museums with multi-lingual guides as well as evening entertainment. Flights to and from Armenia, accommodation and evening meals are not covered. No visa required for EU and USA citizens for travelling to Armenia.  Visas for other countries.

The registration form and the conference fee of £80 must be sent via our website as soon as possible. Abstracts of around 300 words should be submitted via email before 30 April 2018. International scholars are encouraged to propose their own panel, please register your interest before 30 March. The conference proposes the following panel discussions, however other suggestions are welcome:

· 2018 spotlight on Othello: global/local variations and their significance in adoptive countries

· Reviewing Shakespearean performances: dramatic, cinematic, musical and ballet adaptations

· Translating Shakespeare: linguistic, geographic and poetic challenges (translators particularly welcome)

· Shakespearean collections across the world: public and private libraries, research centres and digital collections (libraries, professional and amateur collectors welcome)

· Round table: why teach Shakespeare, how to engage the new generation in Shakespearean studies

For all inquiries contact: asassociation400@gmail.com

Download the application form.


Split, Croatia, 28-30 September 2018

Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies & Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split

The field of Byzantine Studies has recently gained impetus in Croatia from the establishment of the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies, which aspires to become a cross-disciplinary research hub for experts in manifold disciplines related to Byzantine Studies not only in Croatia but in the region as well. Following the auspicious first steps of bringing Byzantine Studies into the focus of Croatian academia and the research community, the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies now aims to attract internationally acclaimed researchers of diverse disciplinary backgrounds to a forum that will offer an opportunity to discuss a plethora of research topics and questions bearing on the presence of Byzantium in the Adriatic, and specifically to analyze the profile, genesis and transformation of the region in response to the Byzantine world system. The aim is to present and examine old as well as fresh ideas in an innovative way to provide a more complete and in-depth picture of the political, socio-economic, religious, legal, cultural aspects of Byzantine influence, both direct and indirect, detectable in the Adriatic, and particularly the eastern Adriatic coastal area, with a chronological span from the Age of Justinian I to the final disappearance of all vestiges of Byzantine authority and political sway in the region in the twelfth century.

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in an international conference ‘Byzantium In The Adriatic From The Sixth To Twelfth Centuries’, organized by the Croatian Society for Byzantine Studies in close cooperation with the Department of History, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Split. The conference will take place on September 28-30 in Split, to coincide with the opening of the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic at the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split.

The conference’s special thematic strands include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • defining ‘Byzantium’ and its influence in the Adriatic context
  • (dis)continuity of the Byzantine presence in the Adriatic region
  • Adriobyzantinism, Latin Byzantinism, Slavic Byzantinism
  • overlapping zones of influences: problems of centre, periphery and province
  • comparative studies: Ravenna, Pentapolis, Roman Duchy, Venice, Istria, Greece, Sicily, Sardinia, Apulia, Calabria, Benevento, Marche, etc.
  • Byzantium’s influence on the ethnogeneses in the Adriatic coastal area
  • transmission of texts
  • conversion, Christianization and the Church (the interference of jurisdictional and liturgical influences from Constantinople, Rome, Aquileia/Grado; the network of bishoprics; the Cyrillo-Methodian Mission)
  • Byzantine legal traditions
  • Byzantine traditions in diplomatics, language, anthroponymy, toponymy, hagiography
  • Byzantine traditions in social structures (urban elites, aristocracy, family and society)
  • manifestations of Byzantine authority: public institutions, administrative structures, circulation of Byzantine money, seals
  • Byzantine cultural circles in the Adriatic (Justinianic Age, Macedonian dynasty, etc.)
  • settlements, towns, urban history, spatial organization
  • material culture with Byzantine characteristics and provenance in the Adriatic (archaeology, cemeteries, jewellery, weapons, tools, costumes)
  • the so-called Byzantine limes marittimus in the Adriatic (forts, castra, defence systems)

The conference encourages a broad interdisciplinary approach open to specialists and researchers of various profiles: historians, archaeologists, art historians, liturgists, epigraphists, linguists, classical philologists, etc.

Paper Submission

Deadline for submitting the letter of intent for participation: 25 April 2018. First Deadline for submitting the abstracts of the papers: 25 June 2018.
Presentation of the papers will be limited to 20 minutes.
Working Language: English.

All participants are required to pay the participation fee in amount of 50€. The participation fee includes accommodation during the Conference and a gala dinner. A visit to the exhibition Byzantium on the East Adriatic is free of charge for all participants.

To participate in the conference you should send a title and a short abstract in English to the following email address: hdbs@ffzg.hr. The proposals will be considered and selected by the organizing committee.

Organisation Committee

Ivan Basić (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split)
Hrvoje Gračanin (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
Marko Petrak (Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb)
Trpimir Vedriš (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)


Submission online by: February 15, 2018, Thursday, 11:59 EST
Notification email by: March 15, 2018, Thursday

The Forty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held in San Antonio, Texas, October 4-7 2018.

For information on BSANA, please consult the BSANA website, http://www.bsana.net; for details on the conference, please consult the 2018 BSC website, which will be further updated as new information becomes available.

The Local Arrangements Chair for 2018 is Dr. Annie Labatt of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The BSC is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA), conducted by its officers:
President: Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Literature (Princeton University, NJ) (ebourbou@Princeton.EDU)
Vice President: Jennifer Ball, Art History (City University of New York, NY) (jennball312@gmail.com)
Secretary: Marica Cassis, Archaeology (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada) (bsanasec@yahoo.com)
Treasurer: Betsy Williams, Dumbarton Oaks (bsana.treasurer@gmail.com)

We welcome proposals on any aspect of Byzantine studies. Call for papers.


As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, October 4–7 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/44th-annual-annual-byzantine-studies-conference). The deadline for submission is February 5, 2018. Proposals should include:

  • Proposed session title
  • CV of session organizer
  • 300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
  • Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session
  • Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing

Session organizers may present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by February 9, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

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


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.


Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group/UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies Annual Conference
13 October 2018
The University of Western Australia

Conference Website

Keynote Speaker: Dr Lisa Beaven (La Trobe University), ‘Skin and Stone: Metamorphosis and the Villa Culture of Seventeenth-Century Rome’.

Skin as a material served a vital role in premodern economies. It was an essential ingredient in clothing and tools, and it formed the primary material for the manuscripts on which knowledge and ideas were recorded and preserved. Beyond the many uses for the skins of animals, the idea of skin interested artists, scholars, and theologians. As a boundary or surface, skin presented a range of symbolic possibilities. Images of skin, such as its piercing, often acted as metaphors for the uncovering of secrets or the interpretation of allegory. Premodern observers, likewise, often believed that the appearance and colour of an individual’s skin indicated truths about their inner nature. Diseases of the skin, such as leprosy, attracted legislation and intellectual speculation, drawing together the immaterial world of ideas regarding skin and the treatment of actual human skins.

We are interested in papers that address the many premodern uses of skin, as well representations of and ideas about skin. This conference is multidisciplinary and wide-ranging; we welcome papers from the fields of book culture and manuscript studies, history, material culture, medicine, disability studies, race studies, crime and punishment, art, literature, and theology.

The conference organisers invite proposals for 20-minute papers.

Please send a paper title, 250-word abstract, and a short (no more than 100-word) biography to pmrg.cmems.conference@gmail.com by 31 May 2018.


One $500 travel bursary is available on a competitive basis for an ECR (no more than 5 years from the award of their PhD) who does not have substantive academic employment and whose conference paper is accepted. The bursary will be awarded on the basis of merit and the paper’s relevance to the symposium topic. Should you wish to apply for the travel bursary, please send a short CV (no more than 1 page), along with your paper title, abstract, and biography by 31 May 2018.


Deadline for submissions: February 15 2018

University of Milan, Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, Chair of History of Medieval Art, 16-18 October 2018.

Contact email: oldtestament2018@gmail.com

The Chair of History of Medieval Art, Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment, University of Milan, organises an International Conference concerning the Old Testament narrative in medieval wall painting. Four thematic sessions are scheduled, calling for 20 minutes papers to be presented in Italian/English/French.

1st session: Early Christian Pictorial Tradition and Early Middle Ages

The aim is to bring into focus the relationship between the monumental pictorial tradition set up in the early Christian Rome and its reworking in the early Middle Ages. To what extent did the paradigm of Santa Maria Maggiore, Old St. Peter’s and San Paolo fuori le Mura expressed its leading role in Old Testament sequences like those in Santa Maria Antiqua and Santa Maria in via Lata in Rome, in the Crypt of the Original Sin in Matera, or in St. John in Müstair? On the other hand, what was the impact of different models (also Byzantine), of patronage and liturgical space in setting the iconographic programme?

2nd session: The Thematic and Narrative Development in the Romanesque Period

The widespread revival of early Christian iconography in the Romanesque period is reflected by the Old Testament narrative, which regains room in church decorations, especially dealing with the first part of the Genesis: mainly in the Roman area (Santa Maria in Ceri, San Tommaso in Anagni, San Paolo inter vineas in Spoleto, Castro dei Volsci, Ferentillo, San Giovanni a Porta Latina), but also in the South (Sant’Angelo in Formis, Santa Maria d’Anglona), in the northern Italy (Galliano, Agliate, Carugo, Muralto, Acquanegra), north of the Alps (Saint-Savin and Château-Gontier in France; Idensen, Brauweiler and Berghausen in Germany; Gurk and Matrei in Austria), and in the Iberian Peninsula (Bagüés, Sigena). The session will offer the opportunity to compare subjects, themes and solutions on a European scale, highlighting continuity, recurrences, peculiarities, deviations and anomalies.

3rd session: Old Testament Cycles and Multi-layered Meaning

Universal chronicles remind us that an Old Testament cycle was primarily a historical and chronological depiction of the humankind on the path to salvation: the ‘visual device’ in the nave of Acquanegra is a clear example. Still, the events before the Incarnation shall be understood in a figurative sense, what is depicted in Agliate lining up the Creation of Adam and Eve precisely above the Annunciation and the Nativity. This does not preclude a manipulation driven by political claims, as seems to be expressed in the cycle of Joseph in San Marco in Venice. Therefore, a full account of the visual relationships within the liturgical space is required.

4th session: The Role of Patriarchs, Judges, Prophets and Kings

Since at least the mid 5th century, with the mosaic panels in the nave of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, the Hebrew Scripture has also been illustrated through the stories of its protagonists: Patriarchs (Moses and Joshua in San Calocero in Civate), Judges (Samson in Galliano and Civate, Gideon in Civate and Sant’Angelo in Formis), Prophets (Ezekiel and Daniel in Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome), Kings (David in Müstair and Malles), involving a wide range of meanings, relationships and implications, which are still waiting to be figured out.


Proposals should cover a wide range of aspects concerning each session, giving priority to the iconographic approach, to the relationships with the liturgical space and to the historical-institutional frame. Topics dealing with the monumental contexts mentioned above are especially welcome.

Proposals will be evaluated by the conference scientific committee.

Submissions for a 20 minutes paper (in Italian/English/French) should include: paper title, abstract of around 300 words, a short CV including current affliation and full contact details. All documents should be merged into a single PDF file.
Proposals and enquiries should be sent to: oldtestament2018@gmail.com


Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2018.
Notification to the applicants: by 31 March 2018.
Final programme: by September 2018.
It is expected to publish in a double-blind Peer review Series.
Speakers will be asked to provide a final paper by 30 June 2019.

Practical Information

There is no registration fee for participation or attendance.
Coffee breaks, lunches, and dinners will be provided to all speakers. Travel and accommodation expenses cannot be covered, but every effort will be made to secure special hotel rates.

Conference Director
Fabio Scirea
PhD, Lecturer in History of Medieval Art

Conference Scientific Committee
Mauro della Valle, Stella Ferrari, Paolo Piva, Fabio Scirea, Andrea Torno Ginnasi
History of Medieval Art, University of Milan


Providence, Rhode Island, October 25-28, 2018

Deadline: 30 March 2018

The NACBS and its affiliate, the Northeast Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2018 meeting. We will meet in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 25-28, 2018. We solicit proposals for presentations on Britain, the British Empire, and the British world, including topics relating to component parts of Britain and on British influence (or vice versa) in Ireland, the Commonwealth, and former colonies in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean (etc.) Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars from across the humanities and social sciences, from all parts of the globe (not just North America), and from all career stages and backgrounds. We reaffirm our commitment to British Studies broadly conceived, and welcome proposals that reflect the diversity of scholars and scholarship in the field.

We invite panel proposals that address selected themes, methodology, and pedagogy, as well as roundtable discussions of topical and thematic interest, including conversations among authors of recent books, reflections on landmark scholarship, and discussions about professional practice.  We are particularly interested in submissions that have a broad chronological focus and/or interdisciplinary breadth.  Standard panels typically include three presenters speaking for 20 minutes each, a commentator, and a chair, while roundtables typically include four presenters speaking for 15 minutes each and a chair. We are open to other formats, though; please feel free to consult with the program committee chair.

We hope to secure as broad a range of participation as possible and will thus consider individual paper proposals in addition to the standard full panel proposals. Our preference is for panels that include both emerging and established scholars; we welcome the participation of junior scholars and Ph.D. candidates beyond the qualifying stage. To foster intellectual interchange, we ask applicants to compose panels that feature participation from multiple institutions. In an effort to allow a broader range of participants, no participant will be permitted to take part in more than one session in a substantial role. (That is, someone presenting or commenting on one panel cannot also present or comment on another, though individuals presenting or commenting on one panel may serve as chairs for other panels, if need be.) Submissions are welcome from participants in last year’s conference, though if the number of strong submissions exceeds the number of available spaces, selection decisions may take into account recent participation.

As complete panels are more likely to be accepted, we recommend that interested participants issue calls on H-Albion or social media (e.g., @TheNACBS on Twitter or on the NACBS Facebook page) to arrange a panel. If a full panel cannot be arranged by the deadline, however, please do submit the individual proposal and the program committee will try to build submissions into full panels as appropriate.

In addition to the panels, we will be sponsoring a poster session. The posters will be exhibited throughout the conference, and there will be a scheduled time when presenters will be with their posters to allow for further discussion.

The submission website is now open - submissions will close as of March 30 2018.

All submissions are electronic, and need to be completed in one sitting.   Before you start your submission, you should have the following information:

Names, affiliations and email addresses for all panel participants. PLEASE NOTE: We create the program from the submission, so be sure that names, institutional titles, and paper titles are provided as they should appear on the program.  
A note whether data projection is necessary, desired, or unnecessary.
A brief summary CV for each participant, indicating education, current affiliations, and major publications. (750 words maximum per CV.)
Title and Abstract for each paper or presentation. Roundtables do not need titles for each presentation, but if you have them, that is fine. If there is no title, there should still be an abstract - ie “X will speak about this subject through the lens of this period/approach/region etc.”
POSTERS: Those proposing posters should enter organizer information and first presenter information only.
All communication will be through the panel organizer, who will be responsible for ensuring that members of the panel receive the information they need.

All program presenters must be current members of the NACBS by September 28, one month before the conference, or risk being removed from the program.

Some financial assistance will become available for graduate students (up to $500) and for a limited number of under/unemployed members within ten years of their terminal degree ($300). Details of these travel grants and how to apply will be posted to the NACBS website and emailed to members after the program for the 2018 meeting is prepared.


The Haskins Society is an international scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history of the early and central Middle Ages, with special emphases on Viking, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman and early Angevin history as well as the many other fields encompassed by the scholarly interests of the American medievalist, Charles Homer Haskins (1870-1937). These traditional fields of interest have expanded over the years via the scholarship of our members and the Society welcomes new contributions in all related fields.

The call for papers is now open for the 37th International Conference of the Haskins Society.

26–28 October 2018
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Featured speakers:

William Chester Jordan (Princeton University)
Alice Rio (King’s College London)
Theodore Evergates (McDaniel College)
Katherine Smith (Puget Sound) (25 October)

For paper proposals, please send a 250 word abstract and c.v. to haskinsconference@gmail.com by 10 July 2018.

Further information.


Symposium website.

University of Pittsburgh’s History of Art and Architecture 2018 Graduate Symposium, 2-3 November 2018.  We’re especially interested in the function of monuments and monumentality in the premodern world.  Abstracts for a 20 minute presentation are due midnight 30 March 2018 at pittgradsymposium@gmail.com.  Feel free to use Facebook or twitter to contact us or follow us for updates @pitthaagradsymp


Administrative Accountability in the Later Middle Ages: Records, Procedures and their Societal Impact, Bucharest, 16-17 November 2018

The emergence of new types of financial records, the creation of institutional procedures, and the birth of a bureaucratic corps in a society in which accountability had been largely social and moral represent key developments in the history of the later Middle Ages. The colloquium will explore the multifaceted reality of administrative accountability in Western Europe, c. 1200-1450. Because the renewed interest in the subject makes methodological exchanges all the more timely, the colloquium will provide a venue for testing new approaches to the sources. Special attention will be given to underexplored archival documents, such as the castellany accounts (computi) of late-medieval Savoy, and to topics that have hitherto received less attention, such as the social impact of institutional consolidation. Comparisons with better-known texts, such as the English pipe rolls, are also encouraged.

The colloquium is organised in the frame of the European Research Council Starting Grant no. 638436, ‘Record-keeping, fiscal reform, and the rise of institutional accountability in late-medieval Savoy: a source-oriented approach’ (University of Bucharest)

Proposals for 30-minute papers are invited on topics including:

  • the institutional dialogue between the central and local administration
  • the impact of administrative and fiscal reform on local communities
  • accounting practices and the auditing of financial records
  • the cultural underpinnings of medieval accountability
  • prosopography: background and career of administrators, from auditing clerks to castellans
  • methodological advances, from manuscript studies to sociological frameworks
  • the transfer of administrative models across medieval Europe

The colloquium papers, which will collected in an edited volume published with an international academic press, should reflect original, unpublished research. The authors will be given the opportunity to revise their contributions for publication.

Papers can be presented in English or French; if delivered in French, it is the author’s responsibility to have the paper translated into English for publication.

For inquiries, contact Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici (ionut.epurescu-pascovici@icub.unibuc.ro) or Roberto Biolzi (roberto.biolzi@unil.ch).

Proposals of circa 300 words, outlining the source material, methodology, and anticipated findings, should be emailed to ionut.epurescu-pascovici@icub.unibuc.ro by 30 March 2018.

The organisers will provide three nights hotel accommodation and help defray travel expenses.

Administrative accountability in the later Middle Ages website


Conference website

The Middle Ages in the Modern World is a biennial conference about the ways in which the Middle Ages have been received, imagined, invoked, relived, used, abused and refashioned in the modern and contemporary worlds.

Hosted by John Cabot University and the Ecole française de Rome, MAMO 2018 will take place for the first time outside of Great Britain, in the historic center of Rome, on 21–24 November 2018.

Proposals for twenty-minute papers pertinent to medievalism in all parts of the world are warmly welcome, as are planned panels of three twenty-minute papers each. Proposals and papers may be presented in English, Italian or French.

Paper and panel proposals are especially welcome in the following areas:


  • Medievalism in contemporary public discourse
  • Southern Europe and the Mediterranean
  • North South East West
  • Comparative periodization
  • Early Modern medievalism
  • Non-European perspectives


  • Medievalism in modern and contemporary arts: visual, musical, architectural, theatrical
  • Experimental archaeology
  • Public history
  • Festivals and re-enactments
  • Re-inhabiting medieval spaces
  • Medievalism and tourism
  • Medieval material heritage: loss,restoration, adaptation
  • How science and technology are transforming modern perceptions of the medieval world

For individual papers, please send abstracts of 250 words to: themamoconference@gmail.com.

Panel proposals should include abstracts, names, and contact details of presenters and a short (c. 200 word) description of the panel itself and the organiser’s contact details.


The University of Adelaide, 23 November 2018

Symposium Website

Keynote: Professor Thomas A. Fudge (University of New England)

In the medieval and early modern world, religious belief and practices were expressed with passionate commitment out of an emotional attachment to the divine. Institutional religion cultivated and prescribed certain emotions and emotional styles, through media such as literature, sermons, rituals and art. At the same time, the individual’s own relationship with both God and the Church was underpinned by emotion, in ways that could either, in the words of John Corrigan, ‘confirm or challenge the authority of [this] religious emotionology’. This one-day symposium seeks to explore the emotional dimensions of both institutional and individual religious belief, experience and practice, as well as the relationships between them. It aims to bring together scholars already working on emotions, and those interested in exploring how a focus on emotion may enhance their research on medieval and early modern religion, broadly conceived.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from any discipline dealing with religion and emotion within a European context between 1100 and 1800. We particularly encourage proposals from postgraduates and ECRs. Papers may wish to explore, but are not limited to:

  • Rituals, practices and performance
  • The language of religious emotions
  • How religious imagery, objects and music conveyed or embodied emotional messages
  • Comparisons between different institutions or denominations
  • Links between religion, emotion and morality
  • The emotional dynamics of religious vocations and communities
  • The emotional dynamics of lay religion
  • The role of gender

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, and a short biography, should be emailed to both Stephanie Thomson (stephanie.thomson@adelaide.edu.au) and Jessica McCandless (jessica.mccandless@adelaide.edu.au). Questions or queries can also be addressed to the above.

Deadline for proposals: 31 July 2018
Notification of acceptance: 15 August 2018
Registration deadline: 2 November 2018
Opening public lecture: 22 November 2018
Symposium and dinner (dinner at own expense): 23 November 2018


1 December 2018

The 26th Biennial Conference of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program of Barnard College

Plenary Speakers

Lorna Hutson (University of Oxford)
Dyan Elliott (Northwestern University)

The capacity of language both to communicate truth and to manipulate perceptions of it was as vexed a problem for the Middle Ages and Renaissance as it is today. From Augustine to Erasmus, enthusiasm for the study of rhetoric was accompanied by profound concern about its capacity to mask the difference between authenticity and deceit, revelation and heresy, truth and truthiness. Even the claim of authenticity or transparency could become, some thinkers argued, a deliberate form of manipulation or “spin.” In our current era when public figures aim to create effects of immediacy and authenticity, this conference looks at the history of debates about rhetoric and, more generally, about the presentation of transparency and truthfulness. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this conference considers the role of the verbal arts in the history of literature, law, politics, theology, and historiography, but also broadens the scope of rhetoric to include such topics as the rhetoric of the visual arts and the language of the new science to produce effects of objective access to “things themselves.”

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words and a 2-page CV by April 30 2018 to Rachel Eisendrath, reisendr@barnard.edu


Paris, Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, 10-12 January 2019

Conference website

In the title of a book published in 1973, Terence Hawkes spoke of “Shakespeare’s talking animals”. Language and communication are not, by far the only features which, for the playwright, served to differentiate men from animals. As the son of a Stratford glover, who, in his young days, must have attended the slaughter and suffering of beasts while being made an apprentice in the treatment of their skins, Shakespeare developed a personal sensibility and a particular attention to animals.

Animals occupy a prominent place in the canon, both by their presence on stage (one may here think of Crab, Lance’s dog in The Two Gentlemen of Verona or the bear in The Winter’s Tale) and in the reminiscence of the medieval world of heraldry and of the bestiaries, of hunting and sacrificial rites. In the historiae animalium of Aristotle, Pliny the Elder, Conrad Gesner or Edward Topsell, but also in the contemporary emblem books, Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights found many examples for his animal imagery as well as for various proverbs and ironical fables. Ovid’s Metamorphoses were another important source for the ass Bottom, the wolf Shylock, Orsino comparing himself to Acteon, Macbeth’s currish murderers, Lear’s ‘pelican daughters’ as well as Caliban, the fish-man of The Tempest. Desdemona and Othello, according to Iago, “are making the beast with two backs” and their “unnatural” love threatens Venice with a whole generation of monsters. But through its masks and many disguises, theatre encourages such metamorphoses, for laughs, but also in order to frighten the spectators or to give them food for thought, as in the case of De Flores’s dog face (in Middleton’s The Changeling) or the animal-coded names of the characters in Ben Jonson’s Volpone.

Is man “the paragon of animals” as Hamlet says to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in a fit of bitter irony? Beyond feelings of real compassion for the suffering, sentient beast which serve to illustrate melancholy or taedium vitae, animals are presented as possible models for man. In Henry V, the archbishop of Canterbury claims that honey-bees “teach / The act of order to a peopled kingdom”, while, for Cleopatra, the beauty and bounty of Antony is encapsulated in the image of the dolphin showing “his back above / The element”.

The word “beast”, which has 75 occurrences in the canon, differs from the word “animal” (only 8 occurrences) which etymologically refers to the breath of life (anima) responsible for motion. This raises the issue of taming and domestication, and thus that of the opposition between socialised and savage creatures. In The Taming of the Shrew, the Lord, who returns from a hunting party, takes loving care of his dogs while feeling nauseated by the sight of the drunken beggar Christopher Sly: “O monstrous beast, how like a swine he lies!” Shakespeare proves attentive to the singularity and diversity of individuals more than to the species or category to which they are supposed to belong, so that his animal kingdom leads to a dizzying multiplication of appellations as well as to great linguistic virtuosity. This world, for him, illustrates the idea of hierarchy and symbolises law and order as much as such subversive ends as Hamlet’s referring to the worm, “the only emperor for diet”, which, through the fish which it serves to catch, allows the beggar to eat of the flesh of the king.

The very same animals that are presented onstage as scenic objects or instruments at the service of living performances are also at the origin of the production of tools and objects of daily life. The drum, for instance, over which skins of goats, lambs, cows, fishes or reptiles had been stretched since early antiquity, retained in its emblems the characteristics of the animal used for its manufacturing. Contrary to this warlike instrument, the lute materialises the celestial power of harmony which elevates the soul and takes it closer to God. But with its strings made with animal guts and its tortoise-shaped sound-box, the instrument also connoted suspicious animal qualities, poles apart from the supernatural virtues attached to it.

This conference invites a vast range and variety of proposals on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The following list, which by no means claims to be exhaustive, may serve to suggest possible topics and fields of investigation:

  • The role of animal heraldry;
  • The tradition of the fable and its subversion;
  • The hunt, its rites, vocabulary and imagery;
  • Domestication and savagery; domestic animals and wild beasts;
  • The function of metamorphosis; animals in the world of imagination, of the dream or of the unconscious; hybrids and fantastic beasts; esoteric lore and its chimeras;
  • Animal images of madness, possession and witchcraft;
  • The animal kingdom as related to climate and the environment;
  • The animalisation of man (and woman) and the humanisation of the animal;
  • Puns, terminology, insults, lexical and linguistic combinations in the field of the animal kingdom;
  • Meat consumption, slaughter and butchery; cruelty against vs. love of and pity for animals;
  • Animals in sports, games and festivities; animal imagery in popular riots, carnivals and the world upside down;
  • Animals as providing models or counter-models for social and political organisation; the animal kingdom as a mirror of law and order vs. the animal kingdom as image of chaos;
  • Classifications, inventories and hierarchies: from the king of animals to pest, from nobility to the ignoble, from the admirable to the frightening or the revolting;
  • Animality, bestiality, sexuality;
  • Objects related to the animal world: pelts, furs, objects made out of horn, fetishes, weapons, musical instruments;
  • Animals and music;
  • Animals on stage and on screen.

Submission Procedure

Please send your proposals to contact@societefrancaiseshakespeare.org by 10 May 2018, with a title, an abstract (between 500 and 800 words) and a brief biographical notice. A few words in the abstract should explain in what way(s) your paper intends to address the topic of the conference.


Shakespeare FuturEd is an international conference exploring the nexus of Shakespeare Studies and Education to be held at the University of Sydney on Friday 1–Saturday 2 February 2019.

We are seeking proposals for papers, panels and workshops that interrogate and experiment with new directions in Shakespeare pedagogy in theory and practice. We welcome proposals from primary and secondary teachers, tertiary educators, researchers, theatre practitioners, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare and education.

Please send 250 word proposals (and a short biography) to: claire.hansen3@jcu.edu.au. CFP closes 31 October 2018.

For more information and a list of confirmed keynotes, please visit the website.

ASCS 40 (2019)

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) will hold its 40th Annual Meeting and Conference at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia, ‪from 4-7 February 2019.  We welcome abstracts on all aspects of the classical world, its reception, and traditions.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is ‪Tuesday 31 July 2018.

The abstract coversheet, instructions for submitting abstracts, and guidelines for papers and panels can be found on the ASCS website.

The conference convenors are Drs Graeme Bourke, Bronwyn Hopwood and Clemens Koehn.  Please direct enquiries prior to ‪31st July to Bronwyn Hopwood (bhopwood@une.edu.au), or to all three convenors thereafter.

2019 will be an auspicious year. It marks the 40th Annual Conference of ASCS, the 50th Anniversary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and 60th Anniversary of the UNE Museum of Antiquities.  We are delighted, therefore, to announce four special events as part of ASCS 40 (2019):

The 40th ASCS Annual Conference Keynote Lecture will be delivered by the 2019 ASCS Keynote Speaker, Professor Theresa Morgan (Oriel College, Oxford).

The 21st A. D. Trendall Lecture of the Australian Academy of the Humanities will be delivered jointly by Dr Lea Beness and Associate Professor Thomas Hillard (Macquarie University).

The 23rd Maurice Kelly Lecture of the University of New England Museum of Antiquities (UNEMA), will be delivered by Dr Julie Anderson, Assistant Keeper (Curator), Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan (The British Museum).

UNEMA will also unveil the UNEMA 60th Anniversary Commemorative Artefact.

A conference website, including detailed information about the conference venue, transport, accommodation and registration will be available shortly and linked from the ASCS page.


Conference website.

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS) and the organising committee invite proposals for presentations at the Association’s 12th Biennial Conference to be hosted at the University of Sydney from 5-8 February 2019.

The theme for ANZAMEMS 2019 is Categories, Boundaries, Horizons. Categories and boundaries help us to define our fields of knowledge and subjects of inquiry, but can also contain and limit our perspectives. The concept of category emerges etymologically from the experience of speaking in an assembly, a dialogic forum in which new ways of explaining can emerge. Boundaries and horizons are intertwined in their meanings, pointing to the limits of subjectivity, and inviting investigation beyond current understanding into new ways of connecting experience and knowledge. Papers, panels, and streams are invited to explore all aspects of this theme, including, but not limited to:

  • the limitations of inherited categorization and definition
  • race, gender, class, and dis/ability boundaries and categories
  • encounters across boundaries, through material, cultural, and social exchange
  • the categorization of the human and animal
  • national and religious boundaries and categorization
  • the role of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
  • temporal boundaries and categories, including questions of periodization

Proposals for papers on all aspects of the medieval and early modern are also welcome.


Please send proposals to anzamems2019@gmail.com

Submissions close on 31 August 2018.

You may submit a proposal for a paper (20 minutes), a session (normally three 20 minute papers) or a strand of sessions (normally limited to four sessions). Individual paper abstracts will be anonymised for peer review.

When submitting a proposal, you will need to include the following information:

*    Name
*    Affiliation (if any)
*    Preferred email
*    Is this a proposal for a paper/session/strand?
*    Is there a day(s) of the conference on which you will NOT be able to give your paper? (The committee will work to accommodate your request.)
*    Do you have any audiovisual requirements?
*    Paper/Session/Strand Title
*    Abstract (up to 300 words)

Abstracts submitted for strands or sessions should indicate the name of the strand or session proposed. Proposals for strands should indicate the number of sessions required.

Strand and session organisers are encouraged to be mindful of the ANZAMEMS Equity and Diversity guidelines which state that “ANZAMEMS’ preference is for diversity among the speakers in an individual session or panel”. More information on Equity and Diversity at ANZAMEMS.


A PATS will precede the conference on February 4-5 2019 at the University of Sydney. Details will follow in a separate email inviting expressions of interest from postgraduates and early career researchers.


To keep up to date with full information on the conference including keynote speakers, venue, and registration details please visit the website.


Call for papers: due 3 August 2018

Scandinavian migration and settlement in the British Isles and Ireland in the early Viking Age effected significant cultural and social change among communities as cultures interacted, assimilated and, at times, rejected one-another. For scholars, categorising the resultant cultural groups has proved contentious, with a proliferation of overlapping terms such as ‘Anglo-Dane,’ ‘Anglo-Scandinavian', ‘Hiberno-Norse,’ ‘viking,’ ‘Norse,’ and ‘Dane,’ used interchangeably as ethnic identifiers. Contemporary sources, in contrast, do not clearly ascribe identity to ethnicity, but rather by cultural origin or religion. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, for example, primarily refers to those of a Scandinavian cultural identity simply as Dene [Dane] or, at times when interactions were hostile, as hæðene [heathen]. Which gives rise to the question: how was cultural identity perceived in the Early Medieval Anglo-Scandinavian world and to what degree was self-identity associated with ethnicity, religion, or language?

Proposals are invited for 20 minute papers on any aspect of Anglo-Scandinavian cultural identity
including, but not limited to:

  • Migration and the inter-cultural exchange of ideas
  • Religious identity and Christianisation
  • Linguistic identity and cross-cultural communication
  • Characterisations of the foreign in saga literature
  • The utility of modern categories of cultural identification

Please note that depending on the number of papers received and breadth of topics there may be the opportunity for a second panel: Religious Identity in the Anglo-Scandinavian World.

Please email your completed proposal to Matthew Firth (firt0021@flinders.edu.au) by 3 August 2018.

Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation (independent scholars welcome)
  • Email
  • Day or days of the conference on which you will NOT be able to give your paper?
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Abstract (up to 300 words)

This panel will convene at the ANZAMEMS conference on 5-8 February 2019 at the University of Sydney, Australia. Please visit the conference website for any further conference information and for the ANZAMEMS Equity and Diversity guidelines.


Deadline: April 15 2018

Proposals are invited for a two-day international symposium coinciding with the launch of the digital platform “Early Modern Songscapes” to be held 8-9 February 2019 at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies in Toronto, Canada.

We invite contributions from scholars of music, literature, theater, and digital humanities interested in “intermedia” approaches to sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English song and its performance—that is, methodologies that foreground points of connection between music, lyric, and performance, and their presentations and transformations across different media. Proposals could outline new ways of conceiving of song’s media and performance history, discuss formats or methodologies for curating song, reflect upon book history and media studies as they pertain to song, or consider the role of the digital humanities in scholarship on early modern song. The conference will incorporate a range of formats, including traditional paper sessions, roundtable discussions, and digital media presentations.Featured keynote speakers include Patricia Fumerton (Professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara), Whitney Trettien (Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania), and Amanda Eubanks Winkler (Associate Professor of Music History and Cultures at Syracuse University).

Formal presentations will be limited to 20 minutes each, and digital salon or poster session pieces may be on display for a longer period. Please indicate the desired format of your proposal and include a clear statement of its originality and significance. Proposals should not exceed 300 words and should include the following information: contributor’s full name and contact information, institutional affiliation, academic status, nationality, and any audio/visual requests.

Proposals should be sent via email in Word format by midnight EST on 15 April 2018 to the Program Committee at earlymodernsongscapes@gmail.com with the subject header “Early Modern Songscapes Proposal.”

Program Committee: Katherine Larson, University of Toronto; Scott Trudell, University of Maryland; and Sarah F. Williams, University of South Carolina.

The online platform “Early Modern Songscapes,” which will be launched at the conference in beta form, is co-developed by the University of Toronto Scarborough Library’s Digital Scholarship Unit and the University of Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. It aims 1) to provide insight into song’s versatility in diverse textual and performance contexts; 2) to produce Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) editions of a selected corpus of early modern songs, together with audio and video recordings of those songs in performance; 3) to animate the acoustic and visual facets of early modern English song culture; and 4) to generate an interdisciplinary and collaborative hub for work on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English songs.


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7-9 March 2019

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University.

The Global Turn in Medieval Studies

Medievalists across various disciplines are taking a more geographically and methodologically global approach to the study of the Middle Ages. While the Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies, this year’s conference spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies. To this end, we encourage session and paper proposals that treat the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon, encompassing the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and beyond.  We also invite proposals that explore departures from traditional teleological discourses rooted in national interests, ones that apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods to study a broad array of subjects.

We especially encourage proposals that provoke explorations of the following “big questions”:

1) Periodization and the drawing of geographic borders in medieval studies can be helpful, but can also limit our ability to make connections, see patterns, or entertain dialogue among specialists in individual sub-fields. What do we mean when we speak of the “Middle Ages” in geographic, temporal, or disciplinary terms? What do we mean when we use contemporary geographical concepts, such as Europe or Asia? What do we mean when we say “Global Middle Ages”? What is in and what is out?

2) If we are to turn away from national models, what is an alternative?  For instance, how can methodologies that highlight networks further our understanding of the “Global Middle Ages”? How might they contribute, for example, to understanding mechanisms of knowledge sharing and the development and use of religious, economic, and political systems?

3) Across all cultures in the medieval world, philosophers, theologians, scholars, healers, poets, artists, and musicians sought to understand the natural world and to apply that understanding to concrete ends. How do we make sense of their efforts? How might traditional paradigms of what we call “science,” philosophical inquiry, literary, and artistic practice be challenged?

4) Medieval studies has been at the forefront of the “digital turn” over the past few decades. How have digital approaches to scholarship altered the landscape for better or worse? In a global context, have new technologies broken barriers or created new ones? How do we create and evaluate digital scholarship in medieval studies vis à vis traditional methods?

Within the framework of these “big questions”, the organizing committee proposes the following threads:

  • Uses of the Medieval
  • Expanding Geographies of the Medieval
  • Re-thinking Periodization: Beyond Eurocentrism and Postcolonialism
  • Medieval Foundations of Contemporary Politics
  • Alexander the Great and World Thinking
  • Medieval Cosmologies
  • The Trojan Myth and Genealogies
  • What is Medieval/European/Literature?
  • Transmission and Technologies of Knowledge
  • Doing Science at Court
  • The Locations of Learning
  • Myths and Legends of Languages and Letters
  • Dante, Local and Global: Towards 2021
  • Deconstructing “National” Legal Traditions
  • Gender Matters
  • Ars/Arts: Intersections Across Disciplines and Borders
  • Global Manuscript Markets and Movements
  • Digitizing the Global Middle Ages: Practices, Sustainability, and Ethics
  • Approaches to Historiography
  • Interfaith Encounters, Real and Imagined
  • Religious and Cultural Ethics across Cultures: Conversation or Confrontation?
  • Saints and Sages
  • Words and Music


Individuals may propose a:

  • single paper for a listed thread
  • full session on a listed thread
  • single paper not designated for a specific thread
  • full session on a topic outside the listed threads
  • poster, paper, full session, or workshop that explores the role and uses of digital technologies

Sessions are 90 minutes long, and typically consist of three 20-minute papers. Proposals should be geared to that length. The committee is interested in other formats as well: poster sessions, roundtables, workshops, etc. The Program Committee may suggest a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not traditionally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.
In order to be considered, proposals must be complete and include the following:

(1) A cover sheet containing the proposer’s name, statement of Medieval Academy membership (or statement that the individual’s specialty would not traditionally involve membership in the Academy), professional status, email address, postal address, home or cell and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), and paper title;

(2) A second sheet containing the proposer’s name, session for which the proposal should be considered, title, 250-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements.

(3) Additional sheets as necessary containing all of the above information, plus a session abstract, when a full panel for a session is being proposed.

Submissions: Proposals should be submitted as attached PDFs to the MAA Program Committee by email to MAA2019@TheMedievalAcademy.org

The deadline is 15 June 2018.

Please do not send proposals directly to the Organizing Committee members.

Selection Procedure: Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality and for the significance and relevance of their topics. The Organizing Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2018 and the Committee will inform all successful and unsuccessful proposers by 10 September 2018.

Organizing Committee Members

  • Lynn Ransom & Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania (co-chairs)
  • Daud Ali, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chris Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mary Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania
  • Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania
  • Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
  • Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College
  • Talya Fishman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, Villanova University
  • Scott Francis, University of Pennsylvania
  • Nicholas Herman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tom Izbicki, Rutgers University & Delaware Valley Medieval Association
  • Ada Kuskowski, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Maud McInerney, Haverford College
  • Paul Patterson, St. Joseph’s University
  • Montserrat Piera, Temple University
  • Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jerry Singerman, University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Eva del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania
  • Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
  • David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania (ex officio as MAA president)


The Renaissance Society of America Meeting in 2019, which will take place in Toronto, 17-19 March 2019, is launching new seminar sessions.  Seminars will be a discussion of 3-6 pre-circulated papers (approx. 4000 words) dealing with the period 1300-1700 from any discipline.  Seminars are open to attendees although the assumption is that everyone will read the papers in advance.

Please see below for the seminar description that Janine Peterson (History) and Patricia Ferrer-Medina (Spanish) are convening on “Sex, Gender, and Race in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds: A Comparative View”. For further information, please contact  Janine.Peterson@marist.edu

This seminar will explore how Europeans constructed the identities of non-European and non-Christian peoples in the early modern Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds.  We invite papers that examine how Europeans racialized, sexualized, or in any way “othered” Jews and Muslims in Southern Europe, the indigenous peoples of the Americas, and the peoples of North/West Africa that they encountered in Africa in addition to those encountered as slaves when traveling to the Caribbean and Central America.  Renaissance and early modern European views of different peoples was closely connected to, and constructed by, prevailing ideas about gender and sexuality as well as notions of civilization and nature.  This panel aims to explore these conceptions comparatively by fusing European Renaissance studies to date with new Atlantic world and transatlantic scholarship.  We welcome papers that bridge the geographical and disciplinary divisions inherent in much of the literature to date of the period from 1300-1700.

Any RSA member may submit an abstract for consideration for a seminar through the standard submissions website (opening 1 July 2018). These abstracts will count as the one allotted paper submission per member for the annual conference cycle, and will be vetted by the seminar organizers. Any abstract not selected for a seminar will then be rolled over for consideration by the conference program committee, during its review of regular submissions.  The deadline for submission is 15 August.  You will be notified about acceptance by 31 August. If not accepted, your submission will be sent to general submission pool with notification about possible inclusion on another panel in September.


29-31 March 2019

Macquarie University, Sydney

The conference seeks to bring together historians, archaeologists, epigraphists and other scholars interested in the cultural ideologies that shaped the character of Seleucid rulership from its foundation to its end. The renewed interest in Seleucid studies in the past two decades, anticipated by Andreas Mehl and his Seleukos Nikator und sein Reich (1986), has certainly restored its early obscure scholarly profile as a dynasty that spiraled into decline soon after the death of its founder (E.R. Bevan, 1902, The House of Seleucus, 1.76). More recently, the appreciation and sensitivity of the Seleucids to the cultural symbols and traditions of the regions they ruled has attracted significant scholarly attention (for example, see D. Ogden, The Legend of Seleucus, 2017; K. Erickson, “Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander,” in Every Inch a King, 2013 and id. “Apollo-Nabû: the Babylonian Policy of Antiochus I,” in Seleucid Dissolution, 2011; N. Wright, Divine Kings and Sacred Spaces, 2012; P.A. Beaulieu, “Nabû and Apollo: the Two Faces of Seleucid Religious Policy,” in Orient und Okzident in hellenistischer Zeit, 2014; P.J. Kosmin, “Seeing Double in Seleucid Babylonia,” in Patterns of the Past, 2014).

Equally, Seleucid archaeology has made huge strides, not only in the Levant, Turkey and Central Asia, but also in Syria and Mesopotamia; as the 2018 SCS “New Directions in Seleucid Archaeology” panel showcased, “Numerous surveys and excavations that have been initiated in the last 5-10 years in Iraq and the Gulf are producing great quantities of material of Seleucid date.”

We now think it is time to enrich the scholarly debate on the Seleucids by inviting voices from all disciplines studying the Seleucid phenomenon to contribute to it. Confirmed speakers (in alphabetical order) include:

Paul-Alain Beaulieu (Toronto)
Andreas Mehl (Halle-Wittenberg)
Rachel Mairs (Reading)
Daniel Ogden (Exeter)
Stefan Pfeiffer (Halle-Wittenberg)

Our aim is to initiate an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in the Hellenistic successors and their regimes so that this conference can be repeated every two years in universities across the world and pave new lines of communication and new research agendas across disciplines. The Seleucids were proud of their mixed cultural background and therefore, to be able to appreciate them we need to expand our lenses of studying them.

Individual abstracts or thematic panels are invited to submit their abstracts to Eva.Anagnostou-Laoutides@mq.edu.au by July 29 2018.


Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada,  April 11-13 2019

IONA: Seafaring is a three-day international conference on the islands of the North Atlantic that brings together scholars of early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia to imagine cooperative, interdisciplinary futures for the study of North Atlantic archipelagos during the early medieval period. The conference will be held at Simon Fraser University at the downtown campus in Vancouver, BC, April 11-13, 2019.

Designed less around traditional conference presentations and more as a “workspace,” IONA: Seafaring is designed to provide time and space for nascent and developing work, intellectual risk-taking, collaboration and cooperation. In addition to workshops, seminars and labs, three plenary themes with speakers and workshops will shape the conference; our tentatively slated plenary speakers are indigenous studies/medieval studies with Abraham Anghik Ruben, an artist whose work fuses Inuit story and Old Norse myth; Nicola Griffiths, award-winning novelist of Hild (2013), set in seventh-century Britain; and Elaine Treharne, the Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis whose work is in book history, text technologies and early English and Welsh literature. With its non-traditional formats and inclusive experimental approaches, IONA: Seafaring aims to forge reciprocal connections between artists and scholars in contemporary art and poetics, indigenous studies, and new media, broadening, complicating, and enriching those fields in counterpoint to academic work in early medieval North Atlantic studies. These kinds of networks between early medievalists, and between early medieval studies and other disciplines can give scholars foundations to build robust and productive new knowledge in the field and reshape its role in the contemporary academy, society, and politics.

We invite proposals for (at least) three kinds of sessions: seminars, labs, and workshops (not paper proposals at this stage). These sessions will meet for two days of the conference in order to foster extended discussion. These sessions will be designed to develop competencies and skills, enrich interdisciplinary and comparative methods, and widen geographic and temporal scope for early medievalists.

  • Seminars will take up a specific focus on an issue, question, methodology, or problem and consist of a group of around 8 to 12 scholars, sharing work on the seminar’s focus. Organizers will circulate their own CFP for their seminar (but we at IONA will help!), and choose their own participants
  • Labs will put scholars into conversation to test out new theoretical engagements, methods, or approaches. An organizer might want to assign an instrumental text beforehand or ask participants to take on a particular kind of methodological or theoretical angle to produce a collaborative learning experience and opportunities for discovery. Organizer of a lab may want to select or solicit participants with a CFP of their own
  • Workshops will be run by an expert in a particular competency - eg early medieval palaeography or critical race theory or Old Norse as a kind of bootcamp for scholars in the field. These could include active learning, a tutorial on a subject, or a masterclass in a particular skill

For all three, organizers will have complete autonomy in organizing their session, from soliciting proposals to running the seminars. For all three of these kinds of sessions, organizers may wish to ask participants to pre-circulate materials. The conference is open to other types of session proposals as well.

To propose a seminar, workshop or lab, please send a 250-word proposal to Matt Hussey (mhussey@sfu.ca) by March 15, 2018.

The conference is subject to several grant applications, but the current plan is to make funding available to session organizers.


IONA: Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic - transformative networks, skills, theories and methods for the future of the field.

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 11-13 April 2019

Seminar organisers: Dr Pamela O'Neill and Associate Professor Jay Johnston (University of Sydney)

This seminar will draw together academics and practitioners to investigate how we experience, represent and ultimately construct history. It will consider the creative processes that are triggered when the subject is physically immersed in the landscape: archaeologists who seek to authentically reproduce artefacts and sites, historians and toponymists who travel hypothesised early routeways, folklorists who seek to replicate encounters with the otherworld, artists who create through physical immersion in landscape, religious practitioners who (re)enact pilgrimage, heritage bodies who curate historic sites, writers who publish or blog their travel experiences. This seminar aims to explore multiple questions regarding the relationship between discursive academic and creative modes of enquiry including:

* In what ways do we create historical, artistic and other narratives in response to immersion in landscape?

* In what ways do such narratives differ from those created in a disengaged, physically separate context traditionally espoused by scholarship?

* Of what value are such narratives to historians and other scholars working in the traditional mode?

* What does a close physical experience of landscape add to scholarly understanding?

* What could be the ultimate effect of a physically immersive model of scholarship being integrated into the academic endeavour?

* How do these modalities of research and exploration relate to Critical Practice (practice-based methodology)?

* What could such scholarship contribute to the understandings and experiences of the general public?

We invite expressions of interest from all who are keen to take part. Please include:

* a very short biographical statement (100 words),

* a brief explanation of your interest in the seminar

* and a suggestion for a presentation you could contribute (200 words).

Please send expressions of interest to pamaladh@gmail.com AND jay.johnston@sydney.edu.au by 31 July 2018.


The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, University of the South in Sewanee, TN, 12-13 April 2019

Conference Website

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites proposals for panel themes engaging with the lives and afterlives of medieval cultures for its 2019 meeting. These sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Possibilities might include the theologies of heaven, medieval ecologies, everyday life in the Middle Ages, the production of reliquaries, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through the website by October 26, 2018) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session.

Panel theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters), and the CVs of the organizers, all submitted via e-mail to medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu. Panel proposals are due 27 July 2018. Commenters are generally established figures in the field with a significant record of publication; participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium also invites proposals for individual papers engaging with any aspect of our 2019 theme, ‘Lives and Afterlives.’ Possibilities might include the theologies of heaven, medieval ecologies, everyday life in the Middle Ages, the production of reliquaries, ordering of public space, and popular medievalism. 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 2018. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Completed papers, including notes, will be due to commenters no later than 12 March 2019.

You may also propose a complete panel of either two or three papers; please submit all abstracts together, and attach all relevant CVs. Complete panel proposals will be due at the same time as our general call, 26 October 2018.


McGill University, April 13-15 2019

Conference website

“Angelical Conjunction” was the term coined by the seventeenth-century New England Puritan Cotton Mather to denote the mutual affinity of medicine and religion. Indeed, medical and spiritual practices have a long history of coexistence in many religious traditions. This connection took many forms, from the pious provision of health care (in person or through endowed charity), to the archetypal figure of the healing prophet. Yet despite decades of specialized research, a coherent and analytical history of the “angelical conjunction” itself remains elusive. This conference therefore aims to explore the connection between medicine and religion across the time-span of the late medieval and early modern eras, and& from an intercultural perspective. Taking as our focus the Mediterranean, the Islamic World and Europe, and the various Christianities, Islams and Judaisms that flourished there, we aim to develop methodological and theoretical perspectives on the “angelical conjunction(s)” of these two spheres. How did the entanglement of religion and medicine shape epistemologies in both of these spheres? What are the conceptions of the body and its relationship to the soul that these entanglements assumed or envisioned? What were the limits to coexistence? How did the “conjunction” change over time?

We invite papers on a range of themes that include, but are not limited to:

  • The relationship between spiritual charisma and medical practice
  • The involvement of medical practitioners in theological debates
  • Medicine and “fringe” religious traditions (eg Hermetic, heretical, “occult”…)
  • Representations of the healer-prophet or healer-saint in art
  • Debates on body and soul informed by medical and theological knowledge
  • Spiritualization of physical illness
  • Devotion as therapy, and (the provision of) therapy as devotion

Accommodation and meals will be provided. We are seeking grant support to subsidize travel.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a CV to Dr Aslıhan Gürbüzel at angelicalconjunctions@gmail.com by January 10, 2018.



The 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 9-12 May 2019 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.


To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9–12, 2019. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 27, 2018. Proposals should include:
**Session abstract (300 words)
**Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)

Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2018, if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

The session organizer may act as the presider or present a paper. The session organizer will be responsible for writing the Call for Papers. The CFP must be approved by the Mary Jaharis Center. Session participants will be chosen by the session organizer and the Mary Jaharis Center.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse up to 5 session participants (presenters and presider) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming abroad. Session organizers and co-organizers should plan to participate in the panel as either a participant or a presider. 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.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions. Further information about the International Congress on Medieval Studies.


Balliol College, University of Oxford, 15 June 2019

This one-day multidisciplinary conference will explore the manifold afterlives of waste paper in early modern England. Manuscript and printed sheets were frequently reused to wrap later volumes, to stiffen spines and cover the inside of bindings, to line boxes, to serve as notepaper, or (in the words of the poet Henry Fitzgeffrey) ‘to wrap Drugg’s’, ‘dry Tobacco in’, and package ‘Pippin-pyes.’ While this cycle of use has long been understood as destructive, it also speaks to a distinctly pre-modern sense of how texts might endure beyond their initial form and function. The archive of waste can help us think about the shifting fate of books across time and within distinct institutional settings, exposing a partially hidden record of the past. How should literary and textual histories incorporate these materials that were cast aside in their own moment?

We seek 15-minute papers that consider the origins, functions, and legacies of waste paper, as well as related practices of textual use, destruction, and care. Multidisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome, as are both archival and theoretical presentations.

Possible topics might include:

  • the archival discovery of waste paper;
  • the thick and multitemporal histories of waste objects;
  • the juxtaposition of waste and host texts;
  • ways in which waste unsettles linear narratives of periodization and national boundaries;
  • best practices for cataloguing and conserving fragmentary texts;
  • waste paper and the literary imagination.

With plenary papers from Kate Bennett (University of Oxford) and Whitney Trettien (University of Pennsylvania).

This conference is being organized by Megan Heffernan (DePaul University), Anna Reynolds (University of York), and Adam Smyth (University of Oxford).

Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and a brief CV to megan.heffernan@depaul.edu, by 1 October 2018. Papers will be 15 minutes.


Lisbon, 23-25 July 2019

The (re)emergence of populism(s), the increase in hate speech, and the resurgence of ethnic and religious violence and xenophobia—in what Pankaj Mishra has called “the age of anger”—all evince a complex web of relations and gestures toward the Other, which call the project of modernity into question.

In the face of this resurgent social, political, and religious instability, as well as the impending threat of ecological catastrophes, it seems urgent to recuperate the “lost voices” of humanity. These lost voices belong to two different groups: those that have been buried or forgotten throughout time and those that have been marginalized or othered on the grounds of their perceived foreignness. All these voices contribute to a culture of debate and dissension against and within emerging paradigms centered on intolerance and conformity, oftentimes propelled by technological developments that elide difference and naturalize absolutist ideas about the uses and misuses of power.

Re-membering (in both senses of recalling and assembling) lost voices is a way of acknowledging and bringing them to the forefront of cultural discussions as an act of resistance and as a creative impulse. In the words of the poet Tolentino Mendonça, it entails the opportunity to be filled with awe.

Inspired by Proust’s search in À la recherche du temps perdu, and with the goal of re-membering marginal voices, the 2019 MLA International Symposium calls for paper and session proposals that place the humanities at the center of world affairs and encourage debate about the circumstances and potentialities of being in awe of the other that inhabits the self and others. This “being in awe” may produce new forms of conviviality in a world devastated by hatred, poverty, bigotry, and environmental dead ends.

Thus, in the hope that a new version of George Steiner’s “humane literacy” can come into existence, we invite humanities scholars to search for “lost voices.”

Proposals may address diverse historical periods, disciplines, texts, and practices that represent, interact with, and interrogate a wide range of models of thought.

The conference will feature the following formats:

  • panel sessions and discussions
  • paper sessions composed of 3–5 individual papers
  • roundtable conversations including 3–6 participants

We invite proposals for any of the above formats. Sessions will be ninety minutes long, including time for discussion. The conference languages will be English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish.

Paper proposals should include the paper title, a brief abstract, and the speaker’s institutional affiliation (if any).

Proposals for panels and roundtables should contain the above items as well as a session chair, abstract, and title.

Please use the MLA International Symposium’s submissions portal to submit your paper, session, or roundtable proposal(s). All submissions must be received by 21 September 2018, and participants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 3 December 2018.

Further information.


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 5th Forum Medieval Art, Bern, September 18–21, 2019. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

The theme for the 5th Forum Medieval Art is 'Peaks, Ponti & Passages'. Bern—looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building—embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Many mountain regions, and especially the Alps, have a long history as sites of transfers and interferences. Today, mountains and glaciers are the locations revealing most rapidly the consequences of climate change. They raise our awareness of similar changes in the past. Mountain regions were and are traversed by several ecological networks, connecting cities, regions, and countries, as well as different cultures, languages, and artistic traditions. Mountains, with their difficult passages and bridges, structured the ways through which materials and people were in touch. Bridges were strategic targets in conduct of war, evidence of applied knowledge, expression of civic representation, and custom points—both blockades and gates to the world.

Peaks in the historiography of Art History mark moments of radical change within artistic developments, the pinnacles of artistic careers, and high moments in the encounters of different traditions. Since the unfinished project of Walter Benjamin, who obtained his PhD in Bern, the passage has also been introduced as a figure of thought in historiography. The passage describes historical layers as spatial constellations, in which works of art, everyday culture, religious ideas, definitions of periods and theories of history encounter.

We invite session proposals that fit within the Peaks, Ponti & Passages theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2018. Proposals should include:

Session abstract (500 words)
Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by June 1, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 8, 2018.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse will reimburse a maximum of 5 session participants (presenters and session chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Switzerland, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. In order to receive funding, session organizers and co-organizers must participate in the panel as either a participant or the session chair. 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.

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


Université Clermont Auvergne (UCA), France, 11-13 October 2019

Organizers: Professor Sophie Chiari and Dr Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme

Under the aegis of the French Shakespeare Society


  • Dr. Richard Kerridge (Bath Spa University)
  • Dr. Amanda Herbert (Folger Institute and Amherst College)
  • Pr. Tiffany Stern (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Dr. Tiffany J. Werth (UC Davis, University of California)

Water has been used for recreational or therapeutic purposes, shaping landscapes, cleansing bodies and spirits alike throughout the centuries. Cities such as Bath in England, Spa in Belgium, and Vichy in France, have prospered because of their spa activities. While balneology has frequently been studied in connection with classical Antiquity or with more recent times (in particular the nineteenth century, often seen as the Golden Age of spa activities), much work remains to be done regarding its significance in the early modern period. This conference will highlight the various uses of water in sixteenth-, seventeenth-, and eighteenth-century England, while exploring the tensions between those people who praised the curative virtues of waters and those who rejected them for their supposedly harmful effects.

During the Middle Ages, steam baths, whose purpose was more recreational than regenerative, flourished in many Christian cities. Yet the bad reputation of stews (dry or moist heated baths) was early established: over time they were increasingly regarded as places that facilitated prostitution and promiscuity. No wonder that, in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Vincentio describes how corruption will ‘boil and bubble / Till it o’er-run the stew’. After his ascension to the throne, Henry VIII came to regard public baths as places of debauchery in which infections and contaminations easily spread. When he developed syphilis, he ordered that the baths be closed down. As a result, in the Tudor era, they became synonymous with forbidden practices. Turkish baths, famed for their exoticism, were seen as privileged places for female eroticism, as is suggested in Thomas Washington’s translation of The Navigations, Peregrinations, and Travels Made in Turkey (1585). In the seventeenth century, many people feared that hot water could infuse their bodies with dangerous humours; they turned, domestically, to waterless grooming achieved by rubbing or wiping the skin. The habit of bathing became general relatively late, when public baths reopened in London at the end of the century, and only in the mid-1750s did bathing come back into fashion as a medical resource. Cold water was favoured since it was thought to be invigorating and to regulate blood circulation.

The early modern period marked a parallel shift in spa activities. What healing waters were thought to be differed according to faith: Catholics understood them ritualistically and superstitiously, Protestants pragmatically. The medical treatises of the period, meanwhile, no longer systematically described water as a sacred or sacramental element, examining instead its curative properties. Dr William Turner, a pioneer of spa medicine in England, drafted the first English-language treatise on hot springs called A Book of the Natures and Properties of the Baths in England and other baths in Germany and Italy. Published in 1562, the volume recorded the healing properties of spa waters for nearly a hundred diseases, compared Bath with spa towns on the continent, and pleaded for improvements to be undertaken in the English city. A few decades later, in 1626, Elizabeth Farrow discovered a spring in Scarborough. The publication in 1660 of Scarborough Spaw or A description of the Nature and Virtues of the Spaw at Scarbrough in Yorkshire by Dr Robert Wittie made Scarborough one of the most important spa resorts of the time. Wittie’s observations were extended in the second edition of the book (1667) in which he provides a description of the benefits of water on nerves and lungs as well as on mental health. According to him, water could even cure ‘hypochondriack melancholly and windiness’. While Bath, Bristol, and Harrogate were recognized as established spa towns, Scarborough’s reputation soared when spa treatments developed there and when sea water baths were introduced in addition to spring water ones.

Beyond their medical dimension, the social and cultural life of spa towns, frequently described in the literary productions of the early modern period, need examination. For example, at the beginning of the eighteenth century, Bath became a fashionable holiday destination for the English aristocracy and the upper middle classes. Queen Anne’s visit in 1702 and the arrival there of Richard ‘Beau’ Nash in 1704 turned Bath into the most elegant resort in Georgian England. Not only did people go to Bath for spa treatments, but also for entertainment: concerts, dances, card games and gambling thrived in this ‘curative’ city. The international ‘Baths and Spa Waters’ conference will be held in Vichy which, along with Bath and nine other European spa towns, has submitted a joint nomination for inclusion in a UNESCO World Heritage List of ‘Great Spas of Europe’. The symposium will take stock of current research on the connections between literature, culture, baths, and hydrotherapy in early modern England. We welcome a diversity of approaches and a wide variety of sources, such as pamphlets, poems and plays extolling, condemning or deriding baths, travel narratives that depict baths, and scientific treatises that either praise or criticize the curative use of water. Contributors are also invited to examine sources of information such as travel guides and conduct manuals that became popular in the eighteenth century, as well as newspapers and gazettes describing the activities and daily life in spa towns.

Please send your 500-word abstract along with a short biographical note to Sophie Chiari (sophie.chiari_lasserre@uca.fr) and Samuel Cuisinier-Delorme (samuel.cuisinier-elorme@uca.fr) by 15 September 2018.

Participants will be notified in November 2018.