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

54TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

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

ROUNDTABLE AT ICMS KALAMAZOO ON FATHER CHAUCER AND THE CRITICS

CFP for session Roundtable at Kalamazoo/International Congress on Medieval Studies, 9-12 May 2019, Western Michigan University: Father Chaucer and the Critics: The Problems of Chaucerian Biography in the 21st Century.

Organisers: Sarah Baechle and Carissa Harris

Please send a one-page abstract to sebaechl@olemiss.edu and carissa.harris@temple.edu by 15 September 2018.

The 1380 document, enrolled in the Chancery by Cecily Chaumpaigne and releasing Geoffrey Chaucer from all charges “de raptu meo” [relating to my rape], has long been a thorn in the side of Chaucer scholars looking for ways to explain Chaucer’s actions. Chaucer has been imagined to have perpetrated various lesser offenses, including the termination of a love affair, an ill-advised youthful seduction, or an attempt to remedy “the heat of passion or exasperation [in which] he may indeed have raped her” (Howard, Chaucer: His Life, His Work, His World 319). Chaucer’s oeuvre poses similar challenges: scholarship on the Reeve’s Tale seeks ways to understand the clerks John and Aleyn’s actions toward the Miller’s wife and daughter outside the rubric of sexual violence, while the antisemitism of the Prioress’ Tale is varyingly blamed on other figures—The Prioress, Chaucer’s fictional pilgrim self—rather than the author, or even removed from conversation altogether as anachronism (Blurton and Johnson, The Critics and the Prioress 4).

This roundtable seeks to interrogate the ways in which current scholarship responds to ethical difficulties in Chaucer’s life records and in his literature. We invite short five-to-seven-minute talks investigating the areas in which Chaucer scholarship continues to fear to (metaphorically) tread.  Panelists might consider new or unexpected biographical details or Chaucerian attitudes which scholars continue to excuse; they can explore the rhetorical strategies that scholarship uses to deflect unsavory interpretations of Chaucer and his life records; or they might read Chaucer’s biographical shortcomings alongside the complexities of his controversial texts. We particularly welcome talks which address the assumptions about Chaucer, the canon, and authorship that attempt to reinscribe the poet as a figure above reproach; talks considering what modern readers imagine to be at stake in calling Chaucer a rapist, a racist, or an anti-Semite; and talks which take intersectional approaches, considering the problems of Chaucerian racism and rape as they inform one another.

In exploring Chaucerian scholarship’s discomfort with the Chaumpaigne release and the Prioress’ Tale’s antisemitism, this panel extends the work of scholars like Susan Morrison, Heather Blurton, and Hannah Johnson. We seek to respond to and advance their efforts to suggest new interventions in Chaucer criticism that accommodate a more complex picture of the poet and his work.

MARY JAHARIS CENTER SPONSORED PANEL, 54TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES

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, 9-12 May 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:
**Title
**Session abstract (300 words)
**Intellectual justification for the proposed session (300 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session presider)
**CV

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.

SMFS PANELS AT ICMS KALAMAZOO

The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) is (co-)sponsoring six panels at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 9-12 May 2019. Details of individual panels and organisers follow.

1. Complicit: White Women and the Project of Empire

Women in medieval texts are often read as oppressed, powerless, and without agency. This panel asks how our readings of women, such as Constance in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale or the Princess of Tars from The King of Tars, change when we view these women as not simply acted upon, but as complicit in the scenes of conversion and imperial power that dominate these narratives. This panel seeks papers that move beyond reading women in narratives of imperial dominance as solely victims of patriarchal structures of power, and asks what it means to recognize complicity with the project of empire alongside patriarchal oppression. The goal of this panel is to offer intersectional analyses of the project of patriarchy alongside the project of empire through a reexamination of how we define and understand women’s agency.

Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to Shyama Rajendran (shyama.rajendran@gmail.com).

2. Dysphoric Pedagogies: Teaching About Transgender and Intersex in the Middle Ages (co-sponsored by The Teaching Association for Medieval Studies (TEAMS))

Students have long seemed curious about the non-binary and non-cisgender lives that appear in courses on pre-modern periods. This panel will offer a range of pedagogy techniques, lesson plans, assignments, reading lists, and anecdotes for those interested in enhancing how they teach about transgender and intersex in the Middle Ages. The concept of “Dysphoric Pedagogies” is drawn from the DSM-5 diagnostic language that describes the experience where one’s identified or expressed gender conflicts with the gender assigned by society. Scholars will share their experiences teaching dysphoria within the art, history, and literature in an era before the DSM-5 and its various diagnoses, or the coinage of the words “transgender” or “intersex.”  How have these moments of gender diversity and conflict provoked conversations about self and society, expression and audience, nature and nurture, gender norms and non-conformity, past and present?

Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to Gabrielle M.W. Bychowski (Gabrielle.Bychowski@case.edu)

3. Critical Approaches to Medieval Men and Masculinities

In recent decades, there has been increasing engagement in medieval studies with questions of gender, space and identity as they relate to medieval men and masculinities. From the hypermasculine heroes of romance to Abelard’s eunuch body, performative medieval masculinities both uphold and challenge the structural frameworks that define medieval culture and society. As such, an understanding of medieval masculinities and their role in shaping culture and society is vital to a full reading of masculinities in the twenty-first century. This panel invites papers which contribute to and extend scholarship on medieval men and masculinities, particularly those which explore queer and intersectional masculinities.

Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to Amy Burge (dramyburge@gmail.com).

4. Girls to Women, Boys to Men: Gender in Medieval Education and Socialization

Regardless of access to formal education, children learned how to become adults in medieval society from a variety of sources. Ruth Mazo Karras’s From Boys to Men: Formations of Masculinity in Late Medieval Europe traces some of the influences and ideologies surrounding the ways medieval boys were socialized to become men, contributing to critical masculinity studies by examining the formation in addition to the manifestation of masculinity. The manifestation of medieval concepts of femininity has been extensively studied, but more attention needs to be paid to the ways in which girls were socialized to become women. This panel will expand discussions about children and childhood, gender, and education. Questions that might be raised include: How were girls trained to become women? How were girls taught to view themselves? How were they taught to view men? How were men taught to view women? What ideologies and structures played a role in the ways girls were trained or taught? How do texts reinforce or defy the dominant models of feminine training and socialization?

Organizer: Dainy Bernstein. Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to dainybernstein@gmail.com.

5. #MEditerraneanTOO (co-sponsored by the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies)

Neither rape culture nor women’s collective activism against sexual harassment and gender-based violence are 21st century phenomena, nor are they exclusive to the US. As a collaboration between the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies and the Society of Medieval Feminist Scholarship, this panel seeks papers that examine these topics transregionally, specifically around the multi-religious environment of the medieval Mediterranean. A range of methodologies is welcome – literary assessments of the querelle des femmes, court cases on the definition of rape, archival work on sex workers and violence, laws on forced concubinage between religious traditions, analysis of hagiographic tropes of forced marriage, etc.

Organizer: Jessica Boon. Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to jboon@email.unc.edu.

6. Nasty Women: Villains, Witches, Rebels in the Middle Ages (co-sponsored by the Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages (SSHMA))

Recent debates in modern discourse have centered around appropriate boundaries of feminine behavior. “Nastiness” has become a by-word for a specific type of womanhood, one that pushes the boundaries of acceptable sexual agency, political power, and social hierarchies. This panel will explore the various ways in “nastiness” existed in the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on gender and sexuality. How did contemporary authors, philosophers, or courts depict or deal with subversive women? How did women conceive of their own power in terms of sexual acts, gender expression, and other forms of socially-rebellious behavior? The papers in this session will address these issues through several lenses, providing new insight in the critical discourses of queer and feminist medieval scholarship.

Send abstracts, Participant Information Form, and other inquiries to Graham Drake (drake@geneseo.edu).

WOUNDS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE IN LATE MEDIEVAL CHRISTIANITY AT ICMS KALAMAZOO

This session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies 9-12 May 2019 examines the many valences of wounds in late medieval Christianity, focusing on themes surrounding wounds and wounding both visible (corporeal and/or material) and invisible (rhetorical and allegorical). The image of the wounded body held a central place in late medieval Christian practice and material culture; the wounds of the crucified Christ were tangible reminders of his Passion and served as foci of veneration, while stigmatic saints and maimed martyrs were marked as holy by means of bodily trauma. Papers may also consider the Christian response to physical injury, in the form of saintly intervention through healing miracles and medical intervention through the establishment of hospitals and provision of care by religious orders.

Moving beyond the ample possibilities for discussion stemming from the theme of “visible” wounds in medieval Christianity, this session also encourages a broad examination of “invisible” wounds within the late medieval Christian context. Examples might range from the accusations of metaphorical violence levied against the mendicant orders by antifraternal critics, to the conceptualization of the Western Schism as a wound to the Church. By exploring wounds both “visible” and “invisible,” this session elicits the perspectives of scholars of history, art history, literature, and theology and seeks to expand conceptions of wounds and injury within a late medieval Christian framework.

Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (currently available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to Hannah Wood at Hannah.wood@mail.utoronto.ca and Johanna Pollick at j.pollick.1@research.gla.ac.uk by 15 September 2018.

As per ICMS rules, any abstracts not accepted for our session will be forwarded for consideration for General Sessions.

MATERIAL COLLECTIVE ROUNDTABLE AT ICMS KALAMAZOO

The Material Collective is sponsoring a roundtable at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2019 (Western Michigan University, 9-12 May 2019) on 'The Middle Ages: What Does it Have to Do with Me?'

What does medieval art, culture and history have to do with my life; what is the point of knowing this stuff? Immersed in the study of the Middle Ages as we are, we may lose sight of the fact that for many people the material to which we are passionately devoted holds little to no interest. It is our hope that this roundtable discussion can produce some strategies for countering this disengagement.

As we consider how to expand access to and engagement with the field, we invite consideration of the roles identity can play in both academic and popular engagement with Medieval Studies. From its antiquarian origins to today, the field has been shaped by nationalist identities, impulses, and agendas. In more recent decades, scholarly attention to gender, racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities has expanded and re-shaped the field and created opportunities for multiple identifications with the past. We also wish to question this paradigm: must engagement be structured by identity?

We welcome contributions treating all aspects of fostering access to and engagement with Medieval Studies both in the classroom and beyond. This includes consideration of the way we as scholars talk about Medieval Studies—where our voices are heard and what we can be heard to say. With humanities fields under constant threat, we may also wish to consider the various publics with whom we might profitably engage. Beyond undergraduate students are the parents, administrators, and legislators whose voices sway what does and does not get taught at colleges and universities; there are also the primary and secondary school students who may enter our classrooms someday in the future.

A discussion of public engagement is also an opportunity to reconsider the way we conceive of our field. Ongoing efforts to decolonize Medieval Studies are essential to the mission of making the field accessible to a more diverse public. This includes engaging colleagues to recognize the need for change as well as the need to support medievalists marginalized by race, LGBTQ identity, or employment status.

Topics for consideration may include but not be limited to:

  • Engaging students
  • Engaging the public beyond the classroom
  • Medieval Studies and modern identities
  • Medieval Studies in the neoliberal academy
  • Promoting access to Medieval Studies
  • Role of public scholarship within the academy

Please submit abstracts of 300 words by 15 September 2018 to Rachel Dressler (dressler@albany.edu) and Maeve Doyle (DOYLEMAE@EASTERNCT.EDU).

DE RE MILITARI SESSIONS AT ICMS KALAMAZOO

De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History is seeking proposals for five sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2019 (Western Michigan University, 9-12 May 2019).

De Re Militari is interested in papers on all aspects of warfare, broadly defined. Papers from the Kalamazoo sessions may be considered for publication in the Journal of Medieval Military History.

The five sessions are:

  1. Annual Journal of Medieval Military History Lecture
  2. War and Chivalry
  3. Early and High Medieval Military History
  4. Late Medieval Military History
  5. Medieval Military Technology

Proposal deadline is 15 September 2018. Proposals should be sent to Dr Valerie Eads, Department of Humanities and Sciences, School of Visual Arts, New York: veads@sva.edu.

ENCOUNTERING MEDIEVAL ICONOGRAPHY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (ICMS KALAMAZOO, 2019)

Proposals are invited for a roundtable on ‘Encountering Medieval Iconography in the Twenty-First Century: Scholarship, Social Media, and Digital Methods’, to be convened at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 9-12 May, 2019.

Organizers: M. Alessia Rossi and Jessica Savage (Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)
Sponsored by the Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University

Stemming from the launch of the new database and enhancements of search technology and social media at the Index of Medieval Art, this roundtable addresses the many ways we encounter medieval iconography in the twenty-first century. We invite proposals from emerging scholars and a variety of professionals who are teaching with, blogging about, and cataloguing medieval iconography. This discussion will touch on the different ways we consume and create information with our research, shed light on original approaches, and discover common goals.

Participants in this roundtable will give short introductions (5-7 minutes) on issues relevant to their area of specialization and participate in a discussion on how they use online resources, such as image databases, to incorporate the study of medieval iconography into their teaching, research, and public outreach. Possible questions include: What makes an online collection “teaching-friendly” and accessible for student discovery? How does social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and blogging, make medieval image collections more visible? How do these platforms broaden interest in iconography and connect users to works of art? What are the aims and impact of organizations such as, the Index, the Getty, the INHA, the Warburg, and ICONCLASS, who are working with large stores of medieval art and architecture information? How can we envisage a wider network and discussion of professional practice within this specialized area?

Please send a 250-word abstract outlining your contribution to this roundtable and a completed Participant Information Form (available via the Congress Submissions website) by 15 September 2018 to M. Alessia Rossi (marossi@princeton.edu) and Jessica Savage (jlsavage@princeton.edu).

More information about the Congress.

VICES AND VIRTUES: GENDER, SUBVERSION AND MORALIZING DISCOURSES (ICMS KALAMAZOO)

Abstracts are invited for a panel on Vices and Virtues: Gender, Subversion and Moralizing Discourses at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 9-12 May, 2019.

Organizers: Jacob Doss, University of Texas at Austin; and Matthew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago.

Significant watersheds in medieval Christianity have often entailed the reconceptualization of notions of vice and virtue and of gender. From the twelfth-century “renaissance” and “reformation,” amid the thirteenth-century “pastoral revolution,” and after the rediscovery of Aristotle, these two conceptual categories formed a mutually influential discourse. However, much of the scholarship on the development of discourses of vice and virtue has not incorporated gender as a central category of analysis, outside of specific case studies, if at all. Where gender has been addressed it has often been treated primarily as an egalitarian, gender-neutral discourse. Certainly, on one level, one’s susceptibility to vice or the development of virtue was not the domain of one or another gender, but this did not stop medieval people from creatively deploying them in gendered terms. Despite this seemingly ambivalent relationship to gender, medieval Christians wielded virtue and vice to organize social hierarchies, construct theoretical and practical anthropologies, and, as in telling cases such as Prudentius’ Psychomachia, to subvert gender binaries.

This panel will aim both to interrogate and theorize, broadly, the extent to which moralizing discourses concerning the vices and virtues incorporated notions of gender and vice versa. How does the gendering of specific personifications of vices and virtues reinforce and subvert medieval discourses about gender? How do normative commitments to gender roles and performances structure programmatic and didactic accounts of vice and virtue? To what extent does the intersection of vice and virtue with gendered language change between different religious or non-religious contexts, for example between monasteries, the universities, and popularizing works for the laity, or in the politics of the nobility? How may recent gender- and queer- theoretical thought equip us to interpret medieval writings on vice and virtue? Given these variegated questions, we seek an interdisciplinary panel and welcome proposals from scholars of religion, philosophy, literature, art history, and history.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words including your name title, and affiliation along with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the ICMS conference website) to the session organizers, Jacob Doss (jacobwdoss@utexas.edu ) or Matthew Vanderpoel (vanderpoelensis@uchicago.edu) by 15 September, 2018.

Abstracts not accepted will be forwarded to the Congress Committee to be considered for general sessions.

FOURTH POWER OF THE BISHOP CONFERENCE

The fourth Power of the  Bishop conference will be held at Sarum College, Salisbury, May 30-31, 2019.  This time, the Power of the Bishop team are joining with the Episcopus Society for the 2019 conference, exploring the theme of Episcopal Patronage from Late Antiquity to c.1500. We want to put together thematic panels that compare and contrast uses,  abuses and outcomes of bishops as patrons across time and geographical  boundaries

We are looking for papers that explore, but are not limited to:

* Art and architecture

* Music and Liturgy

* Manuscripts and Literary Culture

* Saint Cults and Pilgrimage Routes

* Education and Social Advancement

* Socio-political networks, the advancement of families and individuals

* When episcopal patronage goes wrong – the failures and abuses of episcopal patronage and its results

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words.

This year we are accepting abstracts in English, Italian and French.

**If selected then papers and book chapters must be in English**

Email abstracts to: powerofthebishop@gmail.com with the subject line ABSTRACT POB4 by no later than 1 February 2019.

More information and registration.

CANADIAN SOCIETY OF MEDIEVALISTS ANNUAL MEETING

The 2019 Congress of the Canadian Society of Medievalists will be convened 3-5 June 2019 in Vancouver, B.C. The special theme for this year’s Congress is “Circles of Conversation,” but papers for the CSM Annual Meeting can address any topic on medieval studies. Proposals for sessions of three papers are also invited. Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes’ reading time. Proposals for complete sessions should include this information in addition to a title and a brief explanation of the session and its format. Please indicate if the proposed session would be suitable as a joint session with another learned society.

Please submit proposals for individual papers by 15 December 2018 and proposals for sessions by 15 January 2019 by email to Kathy Cawsey (kathy.cawsey@dal.ca) or via our website https://www.canadianmedievalists.org/. You must be a member of the CSM by the time of your presentation.

AMPHORAE XIII – FUTURE DIRECTIONS

9-11 June 2019

We invite all submissions of abstracts for the 13th Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Hellenic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE) to be held at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia from 9-11 June 2019.

The theme for Amphorae XIII is Future Directions. As postgraduate students in ancient world studies, our research represents the leading edge of study in our respective fields. We also live in exciting times, with rapid social and technological changes impacting the way we approach the ancient world. Indeed, change and consideration of the future was undoubtedly a concern for the peoples and cultures of our research.

Amphorae invites you to submit an abstract relevant to the theme of Future Directions to present in June, 2019.

Abstract guidelines – due 31 March:

Abstract submissions for papers and poster presentations should include the following:

  1. Presenter’s name
  2. Presenter’s university, department and position (postgrad or honours student)
  3. Paper title
  4. Abstract of about 200-300 words, giving a clear idea of what you intend to argue
  5. Type of presentation (paper, brief communication, or poster)
  6. Send all abstracts to: amphorae2019@gmail.com
  7. Please use the abstract cover sheet, provided on the website.

Information for Presenters:

  • Presentation Formats
    • 20 minute paper presentation with 10 minutes of discussion
    • 10 minute brief communication with 5 minutes of discussion
      • Please make every effort to stick to the 20 minute limit so there can be a solid period for questions and comments.
    • Poster presentation (see below for more details)
  • Technological facilities: all the standard facilities (data projector, Powerpoint, internet connection, etc) will be available in the presentation rooms. If you have a Powerpoint, please bring it on a USB stick and arrive a few minutes before the start of your session so it can be set up in advance. We also recommend having an easily accessible copy saved online in case your USB is lost or does not work.
  • Timeslot requests: Unfortunately, due to the expected volume of papers we cannot generally take requests. However, if there is absolutely no possible way for you to make it to the conference on a particular day, please let us know as early as possible and we will see what we can do.

Poster Presentations:

We will be running a poster session during AMPHORAE to provide another option for delegates, particularly honours students, who may not have the time to prepare a full paper. To take part, you will need to put together an A1 or A2 sized poster that displays your research. You will not need to give a formal presentation with your poster, but should be prepared to talk about your research during the session, which will run as a casual get-together. Please indicate on the registration form if you will be presenting a poster, and submit an abstract in accordance with the guidelines above.

To Register:

Information for abstract submissions and conference registration (for non-presenters) can be found on the conference website.

SCIENTIAE: EARLY MODERN KNOWLEDGE

Scientiae is the interdisciplinary conference on intellectual culture, 1400-1800. It is centred on, but not limited to, developments in the early modern natural sciences. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others are invited to share their perspectives on this vital period. The eighth annual meeting will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast on 12–15 June 2019.

Plenary addresses by:

Ingrid Rowland (Notre Dame/Rome) and Rob Iliffe (Oxford)

and plenary panels led by:

Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) and Marco Sgarbi, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, and Craig Martin (Venice).

The steering committee seeks proposals for:

  • Individual (20-minute) papers: Please submit a descriptive title, 250-word abstract, and one-page CV.
  • Complete panels: Same as above for each paper, plus 150-word rationale for the panel. Maximum four panellists, plus chair (and/or respondent).
  • Workshops: One-page CV for each workshop leader, plus 250-word plan for the session: topic, techniques, hands-on resources, etc.
  • Seminars: One-page CV for each seminar leader, plus 250-word rationale for the session: its topic, and its suitability for treatment in seminar format.

Proposals should be sent to pertransibunt@gmail.com by 30 December, 2018. The committee will respond by the end of January.

More information and the conference poster.

HISTORIES, THEORIES AND USES OF WASTE PAPER IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

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.

SPEAKING INTERNATIONALLY: WOMEN’S LITERARY CULTURE AND THE CANON IN THE GLOBAL MIDDLE AGES

Paper proposals are invited for this international conference to be held at Bangor University, North Wales, 26-28 June 2019. This conference is the latest event in association with the International Research Network, Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon.

Keynote Speakers:

Jonathan Hsy, The George Washington University
Shazia Jagot, The University of Surrey
Elaine Treharne, Stanford University

Our last conference, held at Bergen in 2017, encouraged lively conversations that focused predominantly on European texts and authors. At Bangor we aim to extend this dialogue by speaking internationally, and examining how our understanding of medieval European women writers and the canon might be enhanced by taking a more global perspective. What new light is shed by adopting a global perspective on medieval women’s literary modes and practices? What evidence exists for social and intellectual connectivity between European women’s textual culture and that of women living in the lands that border the Mediterranean and beyond? How do medieval women represent the global in their works and to what purposes?

The conference will be full of conversation: a series of ‘In conversation with’ network members, poster presentations, panel discussions, and twenty-minute papers. We welcome individual and collaborative papers that speak internationally on topics that might include the following:

  • Women as authors
  • Women as patrons
  • Book ownership and use in the household
  • Genre and gender
  • Literary reception
  • Women as translators
  • Women readers
  • Book ownership in women’s religious communities
  • Manuscript production
  • Literary influence
  • Textual transmission
  • Collaboration
  • Women, Literature and Location: place, travel, pilgrimage
  • Women, Literature and Life-course
  • Literature and Trade

Paper abstracts of no more than 250 words, plus a short biography, should be sent to Dr Sue Niebrzydowski at s.niebrzydowski@bangor.ac.uk and Professor Liz Herbert McAvoy at e.mcavoy@swansea.ac.uk no later than 31 October 2018. Successful speakers will be notified shortly thereafter, and online registration will open in late November 2018.

SONG, LAMENT, LOVE: HARKING BACK TO THE SOUNDS OF ELEGY

12th Celtic Conference in Classics – University of Coimbra, 26-29 June 2019

Submission deadline: 28 February 2019

Panel coordinators:

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides (Macquarie University, NSW) Email: Eva.Anagnostou-Laoutides@mq.edu.au
Bill Gladhill (McGill University) Email: charles.gladhill@mcgill.ca
Micah Myers (Kenyon College) Email: myersm1@kenyon.edu

The nature of archaic Greek elegy and its performative culture, its interface with other Greek literary genres as well as its Hellenistic and Roman adaptation(s) have already commanded an impressive amount of scholarship.  Despite, however, appreciating that the functions of elegy were hugely diversified early on (Nagy 2010; Barbantani 2018), despite overcoming the simplistic classification of elegies to subjective and objective (Cairns 1979; Murray 2010; Miller 2012), and even despite doubting Quintilian’s criticism of Propertius as an obscure poet (Inst.Or.10.1.93), foundational questions on the origins, nature, and meaning(s) of Elegy remain unanswered.  Elegy, one of the oldest Greek poetic genres, remains the most elusive.

Drawing on Karen Weisman’s definition of post-classical elegy as “the framing of loss” (2010: 1) and on Horace’s appreciation of elegy in connection with mourning and the Greek elegos (AP 75-8), a connection reflected on the lost genre of Roman female poetry called the nenia, the panel aims to reorient research and debates on elegy by focusing on its sounds – mimicked, described, or alluded to – and the emotions they evoke.  This alternative perspective on elegy goes beyond generic and metric definitions, seeking instead to uncover the basic sounds (sighing, sobbing, groaning, muttering, etc.) which the Greeks and the Romans identified with elegiac concepts (e.g. love, death, loss) and to reflect on the cultural processes associated with them, especially memorialization and ritualization.  By placing elegy in its original context, that of the lived but unrecorded Greek and later Roman song culture (Habinek 2005; Sbardella 2018), we can reassess its association with Greco-Roman literary genres, all of whom place special emphasis on the sounds of love and death, as well as epigrams, funerary inscriptions and rhetoric.  Furthermore, by shifting the methodological focus we can revisit elegy’s connection with issues of gender, including the role and social ramifications of ancient female experience(s).  The panel welcomes papers dealing with (but not limited to):

  • How did lived, oral song culture influence Greek and/or Roman elegy?
  • What methodologies can be used to retrieve oral song cultures from written texts, including elegy?
  • Which sounds define the Greek/Roman elegiac experience and how are they represented in other genres?
  • What are the emotional and psychological implications of the elegiac experience as the Greeks/Romans conceptualized it?
  • What is the connection between Greek/Roman elegy and spirituality?
  • How elegiac is Greek/Roman elegy?
  • Is there a connection between Greek elegy and Near Eastern song cultures?
  • How Roman is the Roman elegiac experience?

The panel hopes to broaden the discussion on elegy by situating it within the wider social and cultural contexts in which it developed. We invite papers on all aspects of Greek and Roman auditory culture as it pertains to expressing sentiments about love, death, loss, life and the afterlife in ancient literature and inscriptions. The central question this panel aims to address is the connection between ancient sound culture and the deeper psycho-social implications of elegy.

Each paper (25 minutes) will be followed by a 10-minute discussion.  Abstracts must not exceed 300 words.  The submission deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2019. Please include a short biography and specify your affiliation.

Submissions are to be sent to: hsonglamentlove@gmail.com
Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 March 2019.

GENDER, MEMORY AND DOCUMENTARY CULTURE, 900-1200

The John Rylands Research Institute Annual Conference 2019, ‘Gender, Memory and Documentary Culture 900-1200’, co-sponsored by the Haskins Society, will be held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK 28-29 June 2019.

This conference brings together aspects of gender and documentary culture between the tenth and the twelfth centuries that we believe inform and engage each other, but are often studied in isolation. Although the field of medieval gender studies is an active and well-populated one, less attention is given to the role gender played in the commissioning, use and preservation of documents, whether manuscript books or other types of documentary materials. Did medieval men and women interact with documentary culture in the same way? The texture of the relationship between gender and documentary cultures has yet to be teased out, and it is hoped that this conference will provide an ideal forum to advance this field.

Paper proposals on the following broad themes are invited:

  • Lay and ecclesiastical manuscript cultures
  • Rhetorical agency
  • Documentary genre and gender
  • Manuscript and cartulary production and dissemination
  • Gendered use of manuscripts (including commissioning, production and dissemination of women’s secular and monastic writing)
  • The gendering of memory
  • Documentary artifacts as material culture.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers:

  • Constance B. Bouchard (University of Akron)
  • Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)

Paper submissions that utilize resources held at the John Rylands Library are especially welcome, as are submissions from Early Career Researchers.

To offer a paper, please send an abstract of 250 words to one of the organisers by 1 December 2018: Laura Gathagan laura.gathagan@cortland.edu or Charles Insley charles.insley@manchester.ac.uk.

The cost of the conference will be £65, with reduced fees for postgraduate students and Haskins Society members.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL CONGRESS 2019

Conference Website

The twenty-sixth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds from 1-4 July 2019.

THE BODY AND THE TEXT AT IMC LEEDS

Proposals are invited for sessions on The Body and the Text: Medical Humanities and Medieval Literature, c. 1150 – 1550, to be convened at the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 1-4 July 2019.

Recent years have witnessed a surge in scholarship in the field of the Medical Humanities. In considering medicine in its cultural and social contexts, the Medical Humanities has symbolised a ‘paradigm shift away from what might be called medical reductionism to medical holism, where patients are not reduced to diseases and bodies but rather are seen as whole persons in contexts and in relations’ (Cole et al, 2015:8). In seeking to merge disciplines and foster interactive dialogues, this area of research is inherently inclusive, dynamic, and elastic. Furthermore, since the topics of science, medicine, physiology, religion, astrology, and magic were often discussed within the same medieval texts and contexts, the multidisciplinarity of the Medical Humanities is particularly apt for Medieval Studies.

We therefore seek to put together a session or sessions on Medieval Literature and the Medical Humanities. Our focus is global and will include proposals from two complementary directions: how are medicine, health and wellbeing represented in medieval and early modern literature? How may literary texts from this period contribute to training and practice in the Medical Humanities?

Proposals may include but are not confined to the following:
  • Representations of health and sickness in literary texts;
  • Depictions of medical knowledge, practice and practitioners in literary texts;
  • Representations of the senses and / or emotions;
  • The relationship between medicine and religion in the Middle Ages;
  • Engagement with texts (reading and listening) as a therapeutic practice in the Middle Ages;
  • A consideration of how medieval literature might contribute to training and practice in the Medical Humanities;
  • Defining the Medical Humanities in a medieval context.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the session organisers DrAlison Williams (a.j.williams@swansea.ac.uk) and Dr Laura Kalas Williams (l.e.williams@swansea.ac.uk) by 31 August 2018.

MATERIALITIES OF ANTIPODAL MEDIEVALISM: DISPLACED MATERIALITY AND CULTURAL CONSUMPTION OF THE NORTHERN MIDDLE AGES FOR THE PERIPHERAL MEDIEVALIST

Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA) panel at IMC Leeds, 1-4 July 2019.

Antipodes are periphery to the European core, and recent developments in decolonization and the Global Middle Ages have contributed to understanding the inherent nature ofthe core/periphery dialectic that subsists in medieval studies. Access for antipodal scholars (however defined) to the materialities (the products, the evidence) of medieval cultures of the northern hemisphere is heavily mediated, through hegemonic and competing mechanisms of scholarship (such as the academy) as well as through non-formal means, including popular and social media.

This panel will explore the challenges arising from the study of medieval cultures and societies when the scholar is peripherally located (academically, physically, culturally, theoretically, psychologically), what this might mean for the old hegemonies of medieval studies in Northern Europe and how we even define and do ‘medieval’ into the future. Papers will consider the varied materialities that impinge on antipodal/peripheral scholars, from any relevant discipline, looking at theoretical implications and/or exemplar case studies/analyses of relevant texts/objects/institutions.

Submissions may address one or more of the following sub-themes:
(i) the nature and impact of skewed or constrained access to the materials of medieval studies due to peripheral/antipodal location.
(ii) regimes of circulation and consumption and the links, networks, and systems that underpin or undermine material access for the antipodal/peripheral scholar.
(iii) power, hegemony and post-colonial perspectives on global scholarship.
(iv) the impact of materialities on memory, and how selective, skewed or constrained access to these shape/skew an antipodal/peripheral view of the past.
(v) the impact of antipodal/peripheral displacement on textual scholarship, considered in itself or in comparison with other types of medieval materialities.

Please send submissions to Roderick McDonald mcdrod@gmail.com by Monday 10 September 2018.

AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE 2019

The 38th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, ‘Local Communities, Global Networks’, will be held 8-12 July 2019, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba.

How have the local and the global intersected, inspired and transformed experiences within and from Australia’s history? How do the histories of Indigenous, imperial, migrant and the myriad of other communities and networks inform, contest and shape knowledge about Australia today? The conference theme speaks to the centrality of History for engaging with community and family networks. Constructing livelihoods within an empire and a nation that have had a global reach, local communities have responded in diverse ways. The varieties of historical enquiry into this past enrich our understanding of Australian and world history.

We welcome paper and panel proposals on any geographical area, time period, or field of history, on the conference theme ‘Local Communities, Global Networks’.

Abstracts due 28 February 2019. For further information and to submit an abstract, see the conference website.

SHAKESPEARE AND EUROPEAN GEOGRAPHIES: CENTRALITIES AND ELSEWHERES

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)

ROMAN MEMORY: PACIFIC RIM ROMAN LITERATURE SEMINAR 33

The thirty-third meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Newcastle from 10 to 12 July 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference will be Roman Memory.

We are inviting papers on Roman literature on the subject of memory. This might include: representations of Roman history in subsequent periods, the ways in which Latin authors rewrite earlier Roman literature, the use of the Muses as repositories of cultural memory, commemorations of the dead, the methods by which Roman writers position themselves in the literary tradition, the reception of Latin literature in both antiquity and later eras, the loss and recovery of historical memory, the processes of collective memory, the art of forgetting, and resistance to official efforts to erase memory through damnatio memoriae.

The theme may be interpreted broadly and papers on other topics will also be considered.

Papers should be 30 minutes in length (with fifteen minutes of discussion time). The Pacific Rim Seminar does not run parallel sessions; participants may attend any or all papers. Abstract proposals of 200-300 words should be sent to Marguerite Johnson (marguerite.johnson@newcastle.edu.au) and/or Peter Davis (peter.davis@adelaide.edu.au). Submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers are welcome. Please submit abstracts by 28 February 2019. Earlier submissions are of course welcome.

We expect that conference will be held in a venue in the city of Newcastle. A conference website will be built in due course.

DISSIDENCE AND PERSECUTION IN BYZANTIUM

The 20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, July 19-21 2019

Conference website.

Keynote speakers:

Professor David Olster (University of Kentucky)
Title: The Idolatry of the Jews and the Anti-Judaizing Roots of Seventh- and Early Eighth-Century Iconoclasm

Associate Professor Jitse Dijkstra (University of Ottawa)

Call for Papers

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society.  The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times.  In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?  Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day?  The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium. Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted on the following or related themes:

  • The rhetoric of persecution in hagiography and historiography
  • Monastic dissidence and dissidents
  • The persecution of minorities
  • Dissension in the military
  • Imperial usurpation and sedition
  • Discourses of violence and tyranny in literature
  • Popular uprisings and civil disobedience
  • Satire and literary subversion
  • Laws relating to prosecution and capital punishment
  • Depictions of persecution in Byzantine art
  • Slavery and manumission
  • The forced baptism of Jews and others
  • Heresy and the imposition of religious orthodoxy
  • The suppression and oppression of women
  • Persecution of philosophers and other intellectuals
  • Anti-pagan policies
  • Forced migrations and resettlements – Manichaeans and Paulicians
  • The liturgical celebration of martyrdom

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: conference@aabs.org.au by the due date of 15 February 2019.

Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson.  Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.

DURHAM EARLY MODERN STUDIES CONFERENCE

The Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019 will be held at Durham University, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies on 22-24 July 2019.

An interdisciplinary conference on the early modern period is well established at Durham, first as a biennial conference on The Seventeenth-Century, and more recently as a broader Early Modern event. The 2019 Durham Early Modern Studies Conference aims to build on this tradition, establishing an annual conference which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800.

We welcome proposals for panels, strands and seminars from scholars interested in any aspect of the early modern period.

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2018.

PROPOSAL CRITERIA/FURTHER INFORMATION

Call for Panel Proposals:

We welcome proposals both for Panels comprising three or four 20-minute papers.

Panel proposals should comprise:

  • A cover sheet, detailing the title of the panel, a short summary of its scope and purpose (no more than 200 words), the names of the participants, and the name and e-mail address of the panel organizer (who will be the contact with the conference committee)
  • A 200 word synopsis of each of the three/four papers
  • Short cvs (one page) of the 3/4 presenters, the panel chair and the commentator (the chair and commentator may be the same person)

The conference committee encourages panels which include papers from participants at a range of career stages. We are open to the submission of panel proposals including papers not in English, but encourage organisers to contact the Conference Committee first. Panel discussions will be in English.

Call for Strand Proposals:

The Conference Committee encourages the submission of proposals of ‘strands’ of between three and six panels, which would then be scheduled to run through the conference.

Strand proposals should include a short rationale for the ‘strand’ and the name and contact details of the organiser, together with the panel proposals as detailed above.

Call for ‘Seminar’ Proposals:

Seminars will be two-hour sessions, including anything from six to twelve ‘participants’. Each ‘participant’ will write a paper (3,000–3,500 words, excluding references), which will be circulated in advance. ‘Participants’ will be expected to read all the papers in advance. The first 1–1.5 hours of the seminar will then consist of a moderated discussion by the ‘participants’. The seminars will also be open to ‘auditors’ from the conference delegates, who will be able to ask questions and join in the discussion for the latter part of the seminar.

Outline Seminar proposals should comprise:

  • The names and brief cvs (one page) of the seminar organisers. There may be up to three organisers, one of whom should be identified as the point of contact for correspondence
  • The rationale for the seminar (maximum 300 words)
  • Titles, 200-word synopses and brief author cvs for a minimum of three papers to be presented at the seminar (conference organisers may present papers, but do not have to do so)

The chair and details of further papers/participants (a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve) can by supplied following notification of the acceptance of the seminar for the Conference Programme. The deadline for the submission of the full list of papers and participants will be 30 November. Between 30 September and 30 November details of all seminars accepted for the Conference will be posted on the Conference website, with an invitation to submit proposals for papers to the seminar organiser(s).

Deadlines:

Proposals for panels, strands and seminars should be submitted by 30 September 2018 to early.modern@durham.ac.uk.

Replies to all submissions will be circulated by the middle of October 2018. Details of the process for the submission of full seminar proposals will be circulated at the same time.

Further Information:

Visit the dedicated conference page.

Academic enquiries to: early.modern@durham.ac.uk/

2019 MLA INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

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.

MALORY AT 550: OLD AND NEW

Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, Canada, 8-10 August 2019

Conference website.

Depending on precisely when in that infamous ninth year of Edward’s reign Sir Thomas Malory completed his work, 2019 marks perhaps the 550th anniversary of Le Morte Darthur. Accordingly, we mark the occasion with a special conference, and are pleased to invite proposals on any aspect of Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur: text(s), contexts, old or new critical approaches.

Send proposals of 250 words, along with contact details, to Cory James Rushton and Kevin S. Whetter: crushton@stfx.ca and kevin.whetter@acadiau.ca.

Proposals are due no later than 3 January 2019.

ANNIVERSARIES, CELEBRATIONS AND COMMEMORATIONS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD AND THEIR RECEPTION

20th annual UNISA Classics Colloquium

We are pleased to announce the first call for papers for the annual UNISA Classics Colloquium, to be held in Pretoria from 15 to 18 August 2019.

The conference aims to explore issues marking celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries of all kinds around the ancient world (up to the 7th century CE, but including its reception in later periods).  Topics enlarging on the literary, social and political significance of such events in the building of not only civic identities but also individual legacies, as well as the appropriation of these occasions in later contexts, will be welcomed.

Paper proposals (approximately 300 words) are invited for papers of 30 minutes debating current issues and problems on any aspect of the above theme.  Abstracts and titles should include your name and university affiliation, and should be submitted to either:

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2019

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

We look forward to hearing from you, and please do not hesitate to contact us at the addresses provided above if you have any queries.

EXPERIENCES OF DIS/ABILITY FROM THE LATE MIDDLE AGES TO THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY

Finland, 22-23 August 2019.

Conference website.

This conference aims to concentrate on the experiences of those with physical or mental impairments and chronic illnesses, with special reference to the period between the late Middle Ages and the mid-twentieth century. How were various dis/abilities lived and experienced, how did communities shape these experiences, and what similarities and changes can we detect over the course of time? An important viewpoint is also that of methodology: how can a modern scholar approach the experience of those living in the past?

The conference aims to promote dialogue between disability historians across national and chronological borders and we welcome papers presenting new research and work in progress.

Abstracts due: 15 February 2019.

MID-AMERICA MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

Abstracts are invited for the 43rd Mid-America Medieval Association (MAMA) conference, “What Lies Beneath: Uncovering Structures, Subtexts, Skeletons”. The conference will take place on 14 September 2019 at the University of Missouri—Kansas City.

Plenary Speaker, Professor Kathryn Ann Smith, New York University

Papers on any aspect of medieval culture, medieval studies, and medievalism will be considered, but presentations that consider and/or (re)evaluate what lies beneath the surface of the discipline will be particularly welcome. Potential topics could include but are not limited to:

  • discussing excavating bodies in medieval graveyards
  • the structures of medieval books
  • the subtexts of medieval legal treatises
  • the underlying assumptions about race, sex, and gender found in both medieval sources and the scholarly work of medievalists
  • the underlying influences on medieval poetry
  • the foundations of the medieval motet
  • the materials used in producing goods
  • what “lies beneath” the profession of medieval studies

Proposals for either papers (abstracts limited to 250 words) or sessions (abstracts limited to 250 words along with a list of titles and presenters) should be sent via email attachment (MS Word preferred) to Linda Mitchell: mitchellli@umkc.edu

Deadline for proposals is 25 June 2019.

MARY JAHARIS CENTER SPONSORED PANEL, 5TH FORUM MEDIEVAL ART

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:

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

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.

LEGITIMACY – AEMA 14

2019 Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association

3–5 October 2019  Monash University, Clayton, Australia

This conference invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy.  In a modern world dominated by deeply polemical counter narratives not afraid to adjust facts to claim dominance and, thereby, legitimacy, we look at the ways in which modern forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages.  Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

In the context of the early medieval period, who legitimated?  What were their reasons for doing so?  Conversely, what was set aside in the process of illegitimisation?  And what do these dominant and counter narratives mean for the presentation of history?  Legitimacy implies dominant views on authority, cultural legitimacy, status and control of the means to ensure dominance, such as publication.  It can create hidden communities and counter-narratives.  Even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by innovations in both the practice and pursuit of legitimacy, innovations which still resonate to this day. This conference aims to challenge the perception that the modern world is particularly modern in the way it contests legitimacy.

We invite submissions on the following topics:

  • Politics and Culture
  • Individuals and Institutions
  • Law and Justice
  • Status and Inheritance
  • Authenticity and Fraud
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy
  • Truth and Propaganda
  • Dominant and Counter Narratives
  • Objects and Spaces
  • Modern (re)interpretations of the Early Medieval

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme.

We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers.  Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to conference@aema.net.au by 5 April 2019.

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance.

BATHS AND SPA WATERS IN THE CULTURE AND LITERATURE OF EARLY MODERN ENGLAND

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

Keynotes:

  • 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.

PERTH MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE GROUP CONFERENCE

This year’s conference of the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group and the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies will take place on 19 October, 2019. The conference theme is Mental Health in the Medieval and Early Modern World.

Modern stereotypes abound regarding how mental health was perceived during the medieval and early modern period ranging from mental illness being caused by sin to the idea that the attainment of mental well-being could only be achieved through the balancing of the bodily humours. But mental health was a more complex and expansive subject of discourse throughout the period that was widely explored in medical treatises, religious tracts and sermons, and prominent in art and literature, which speaks to a more subtle understanding of the human mental state.

This conference aims to look at both the changing and continuing perceptions of mental health throughout the medieval and early modern period. We welcome papers from the fields of book culture and manuscript studies, history, material culture, medicine, art, and literature, but not limited to, the following broad headings:

  • Suicide
  • Marginal lives
  • Melancholy / Depression
  • Insanity / Mental disorder
  • Rapture / Ecstasy
  • Bodily humours
  • Addiction
  • Anguish
  • Therapies
  • Meditation / Mindfulness / Well-being
  • Imagination
  • Dreams / Visions / Memory
  • Criminality
  • Self-harm
  • Solitude
  • Natural / Kind / Unnatural

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 2019.

For further information, see the conference flyer posted below and visit the conference website.

HOMES & HOMECOMINGS

33rd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa, Stellenbosch 7-10 November 2019.

The Classical Association of South Africa (CASA) invites proposals for papers for its 33rd Biennial Conference, to be hosted by the Department of Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch.

We invite submissions that focus on the conference theme “Homes & Homecomings” as well as individual proposals on other aspects of the classical world and its reception. Panels are strongly encouraged and should consist of 3 to 8 related papers put together by the panel chair. We also welcome postgraduate students currently busy with Master’s or Doctoral programmes to submit papers for a “work-in-progress” parallel session.

Please submit a paper title, an abstract (approximately 300 words), and author affiliation to Annemarie de Villiers at amdev@sun.ac.za. The deadline for proposals is 31 May 2019.

Further information on conference fees and accommodation to follow in due course.

Society for Late Antiquity sponsored session for the Society for Classical Studies meeting January 2–5, 2020.  Organizer: Colin Whiting, American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

ROMANTIC STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALASIA 2019 CONFERENCE

Proposals are invited for the the fifth biennial RSAA conference in Canberra, Australia, 21-23 November 2019. The conference theme is ‘Embodying Romanticism’.

Although the body has preoccupied literary scholarship for some time, there has been a renewed attention in Romantic studies to the complex ways in which literature encodes and reproduces our awareness of embodied experience. Challenging views of Romanticism as bounded by visionary and idealist expression, such work reflects a reorientation of criticism around the materiality of Romantic culture, whether configured as part of the age of sensibility or in relation to the era’s natural and social sciences. The Romantic period was, moreover, a time when control of the body emerged as a key political issue in workshops, homes, battlefields and colonies, when bodies were subject to rapidly evolving ideas of gender, class and race, while new bodies of knowledge and corporate political bodies emerged to regulate the affairs of nations and empires. This was a period when bodies were subject to ever more intensive modes of analysis and management, at the same time that bodies imposed their transgressive physicality through new understandings of environments, vitalism, trauma, slavery, disease and taste. Attentive to such developments, Romantic studies in turn dovetails with a broader materialist emphasis that explores how bodies are shaped in relation to affect, biopolitics, speculative realism, post-humanism and eco-criticism. Alain Badiou has recently proposed that our modern, liberal ideology can today only perceive two objects: bodies and language. Aligning itself at the conjuncture of these two terms, this conference invites papers that broadly consider how embodiment was evoked, challenged and understood in Romantic cultural life.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspects of Romanticism and embodiment. Proposals may be for individual papers or for panels of 3-4 papers.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words are due by 30 June 2019. Please send abstracts to the conference convenor, Neil Ramsey, at n.ramsey@unsw.edu.au

Postgraduate bursaries are available. See the conference website.

LATE ANTIQUE TEXTUALITIES

In Latin, textus can mean a piece of weaving. Late antiquity is well thought of as a text or a collocation of texts in which many strands are woven together— strands of the old (the Classical past, old genres, persisting aspects of material culture) and strands of the new (Christianity, new or hybridized written genres, new or hybridized elements in material culture or the built environment). At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C., January 2–5, 2020, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session on the various textualities in late antiquity.

We are looking for papers on textuality in either written texts or material culture. Papers can consider issues of textuality in late-ancient written texts, e.g., language, intertextuality with prior written texts (pagan or Christian), or even genre. Potential panelists could also propose papers that consider textuality in material culture or the built environment, e.g., aesthetics, building styles, or methods that weave together old and new. We also encourage prospective panelists to construe the term textuality broadly and propose papers that transcend and/or question the options enumerated here.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 23, 2019 by email attachment to Colin Whiting at cwhiting@ascsa.org. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission and must include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts. The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2020 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Washington, D.C.

ASCS 41 (2020)

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) will hold its 41st Annual Meeting and Conference at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 28-31 January 2020. We welcome abstracts on all aspects of the classical world, its reception, and traditions.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Wednesday 31st July 2019.

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

The conference convenor is Dr Daniel Osland, with abundant support from his colleagues at Otago. Please direct enquiries related to ASCS 41 (2020) to Daniel Osland at ASCS2020@otago.ac.nz.

The 41st ASCS Annual Conference Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Cam Grey, Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

EXCHANGING IDEAS: TRADE, TECHNOLOGY AND CONNECTIVITY IN PRE-ROMAN ITALY

3-5 February 2020, University of Auckland, New Zealand

This conference will explore models for the transmission of objects, ideas, production techniques, artistic styles, and other technologies in pre-Roman Italy, from the early Iron Age through the fourth century BCE. Through the presentation of innovative and dynamic approaches to trade, exchange, and connectivity, this event will emphasize both the agency of individuals in that exchange as well as the complex network of communication visible in the archaeology and history of Italy during this period.

We therefore invite proposals for papers (30min, followed by 10min for questions and discussion) on various aspects of connectivity, trade, communication, and technology in Italy from c. 900 to c. 300 BCE.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to)…

-          Networks of exchange and communication

-          The spread and/or diffusion of technology and/or artistic style

-          Control and administration of trade, technology, and communication

-          Connections and relationships between craft sites and communities, industries and workshops, artisans and elites

-          Women, families, and production

-          Movement of artisans and traders, and the role of general mobility in trade and technology

-          Local markets and international networks

Proposals should include a title and an abstract of not more than 250 words. We welcome proposals from scholars working on these issues at all stages of their careers, including graduate students and early career scholars.

Proposals should be sent to exchangingideas2020@gmail.com by 1 June 2019.

Confirmed speakers include:

Hilary Becker (Binghamton)

Seth Bernard (Toronto)

John Hopkins (NYU)

Cristiano Iaia (Newcastle/La Sapienza)

Charlotte Potts (Oxford)

Christopher Smith (St Andrews)

Marleen Termeer (Amsterdam)

Nicola Terrenato (Michigan)

Gijs Tol (Melbourne)

There will be a small registration fee to help cover catering and other costs. If you would like to attend, but not offer a paper, please also note your interest via the conference email address (exchangingideas2020@gmail.com) by 1 June 2019 and you will be sent registration information once that is available.

The conference organizers would also like to highlight that the week before this event, the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ, will be hosting the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Conference (27-31 January 2020). Any participants interested in attending this event, particularly if coming from the northern hemisphere, may also wish to attend the other. For more information on the ASCS conference, please contact Dr. Dan Osland (dan.osland@otago.ac.nz).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the conference organizers: Jeremy Armstrong (js.armstrong@auckland.ac.nz), Sheira Cohen (sheiraco@umich.edu), and Aaron Rhodes-Schroder (aaron.rhodes-schroder@auckland.ac.nz).

FRANCE AND BEYOND: THE GLOBAL WORLD OF ‘NGĀTI WĪWĪ’

Joint George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Auckland, 7-10 July 2020.

(Tribe ‘Oui Oui’ was the local name for the French in New Zealand.) This first ever Joint George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland, hosted by the Universities of Auckland and Massey. Co-presidents Tracy Adams (French) and Kirsty Carpenter, and Treasurer Joe Zizek invite colleagues in History and the Humanities to engage with the themes and the visitors that the conference will bring to New Zealand.  Leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe will be keynote guests, and many American and international colleagues have already signalled their intention to attend.

The conference invites panels and papers on any aspect of French History, Medieval to Contemporary (a detailed call for papers will be circulated soon). Areas of traditional French historical research will be featured alongside popular themes: Citizenship in the Medieval and Early Modern European world; the Revolutionary period and its environmental impact in the wider Atlantic world; and changing approaches to French or Franco-British History in the NZ/Australasian and Pacific region – in what the French call Océanie.

Contacts for information:

Tracy Adams t.adams@auckland.ac.nz

Kirsty Carpenter K.Carpenter@massey.ac.nz

Joe Zizek j.zizek@auckland.ac.nz

SHAKESPEARE CIRCUITS

2021 World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore, 19-23 July 2021

The Programme Committee of the 2021 World Shakespeare Congress welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, seminars, and workshops responding to the conference theme ‘Shakespeare Circuits’.

The trope of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Renaissance circuits: socio-cultural economies, ecologies, and performance practices
  • Transmissions: textual transfer, translation, intermediaries
  • Colonial and postcolonial Shakespeares and their intertwining
  • Shakespeare in virtual networks, computing, and the digital humanities
  • Intercultural, transnational, diasporic engagements
  • Media, intermedial and cross-platform circulations
  • Relationships among performances and texts over four centuries of afterlives
  • Tracking and tracing: quotation, allusion, echo, revision, reference
  • Circulations of identity and difference within or between plays and their appropriations
  • Failures, distortions and blockages in transmission
  • Nodal points and their relations: festivals, centres, exhibitions, venues, and archives
  • Relations conducted via Shakespeare among broader historical events, eras, or period

Submission of proposals.

The deadline for all proposals is 1 July 2019.

Please see the guidelines at WSC 2021 Programme_Proposals (downloadable PDF) for full details on submitting programme proposals.

BYZANTIUM – BRIDGE BETWEEN WORLDS

24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Istanbul, 23-28 August 2021

Due to its remarkably long duration, territorial expanse, geographical situation and complex cultural traditions, Byzantium acted as a temporal and spatial bridge connecting different periods, geographical areas, and cultures.  Byzantium acted as a transition between ancient, medieval and early modern worlds around the Mediterranean basin, Eurasia and the Near East through reception, appropriation, and innovation. It connected different geographical and cultural spaces through political, economic, material, and cultural networks in many of which it constituted an important node.  Centering on the key theme of “Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds,” the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies aims to explore this connecting and mediatory role of Byzantium.  It also hopes to initiate proposals on bridging interdisciplinary gaps within Byzantine studies and strengthening dialogue with other relevant fields.

Important Dates

Conference Date: 23-28 August 2021
Announcement of the Plenary Session Participants: 15 April 2019
Announcement of the Round Tables: 15 April 2019
Announcement of the Thematic Free Communication Sessions and Participants: 15 April 2019
Call for Free Communications and Poster/VR Sessions: 15 April 2019
Period for Plenary Session Paper Submission: 15 April 2019 - 15 July 2020
Period for Round Table Abstract Submission: 15 April 2019 - 15 July 2020
Period for submitting Free Communication and Poster/VR Abstracts: 15 April 2019 - 15 April 2020