41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance - Friday and Saturday 16-17 April 2021.
Call for Papers and Sessions
We are delighted to announce that the 41st Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place virtually on Friday, April 16 and Saturday April 17, 2021.
We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.
This year’s keynote speaker is Deirdre Larkin, Managing Horticulturist at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens from 2007 to 2013,who will speak on “Every Fragrant Herb: The Medieval Garden and the Gardens of The Cloisters.”
Deirdre Larkin is a horticulturist and historian of plants and gardens. She holds an MA in the history of religions from Princeton University and received her horticultural training at the New York Botanical Garden. She was associated with the Gardens of The Cloisters for more than twenty years and was responsible for all aspects of their development, design, and interpretation. Ms. Larkin was the originator of and principal contributor to the Medieval Garden Enclosed blog, published on the MMA website from 2008 through 2013. Ms. Larkin lectures frequently for museums, historical societies, and horticultural organizations. In 2017, she was a Mellon Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden, where she researched the fortunes and reputations of medieval European plants now naturalized in North America. Her gardens in upstate New York serve as a laboratory for further investigations in the field.
Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information (including email address) on your proposal.
Graduate students will be eligible for consideration for the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award. More information about this new award will be available soon.
We welcome undergraduate sessions but ask that students obtain a faculty member’s approval and sponsorship.
Please submit abstracts and full contact information on the google form.
Abstract deadline: 15 January 2020
Presenters and early registration: 15 March 2020
56th International Congress on Medieval Studies
The 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place 13-16 May 2021 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.
Women, Wealth and Power in the Roman Republic
CFP for Zoom Conference in May 2021.
Conference convenors: Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) and Lewis Webb (University of Gothenburg)
Wealth constituted power and status in the Roman Republic. Despite elite claims to frugality, acquiring, accumulating, and transmitting various forms of capital lay at the heart of elite practices in Italy and drove elite expansionist moves throughout the Mediterranean. Elite families and networks in Italy, Roman and non-Roman, were united par le capital et pour le capital. An influx of wealth from agriculture, trade, and warfare from the fourth through second centuries BCE radically transformed Roman society and fuelled intense status competitions among the elite. In Rome itself, wealth was a prerequisite for seeking and obtaining the public offices that granted elite Roman men political power and conferred enhanced status on themselves and their families; in the pursuit of these, elite families mobilised, displayed, and expended capital throughout Italy and beyond. The interconnections between wealth and power for Roman men in the Republic have been well explored, but Roman women remain either absent or marginal in key studies from Israël Shatzman’s Senatorial Wealth and Roman Politics (1975)onwards. At the same time, studies examining elite Roman women—from Friedrich Münzer’s foundational Römische Adelsparteien und Adelsfamilien (1920) onwards to Francesca Rohr Vio’s more recent Le custodi del potere: Donne e politica alla fine della repubblica Romana (2019) and Susan Treggiari’s Servilia and her family (2019)—have long recognised the breadth of their wealth, their conspicuous display thereof, and their various public roles. Mindful of these latter studies, our conference seeks out the various relationships between women, wealth, and power in the Roman Republic, as well as the changes and continuities among them. Some possible lines of enquiry include the intersections between Roman women and:
- Forms of wealth (e.g., capital, money, property, resources) and power (informal and formal).
- Wealth and politics (informal and formal).
- Wealth and status (e.g., informal and formal status, status groups, prestige).
- Wealth and social networks.
- Wealth and social mobility (e.g., marital alliances, exogamy, endogamy, nouitas, nobilitas).
- Wealth and regulation (e.g., property rights, legislation, court cases).
- Wealth and visibility (e.g. conspicuous displays).
- Wealth and power in crisis (e.g., during external wars, internal conflicts, financial crises, proscriptions).
- The census.
- Benefactions (to individuals, groups, the state, and the gods).
- Inheritance strategies (planning, execution) and the transmission of wealth.
- Spatial aspects of wealth and power (physical property, monuments, processions etc.).
- Wealth and power in Rome, Italy, and beyond (e.g. provinces).
Potential contributors are welcome to propose papers in these or other adjacent areas.
The conference will take place digitally via Zoom in late May 2021. There will be no registration fee.
Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words and a bio of 100 words to the conference convenors Catherine.Steel@glasgow.ac.uk and firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30 2020 at the latest.
Confirmed speakers include Christian Hjorth Bagger (Aalborg Universitet), Lea Beness (Macquarie University), Tom Hillard (Macquarie University), Bronwyn Hopwood (University of New England), Christiane Kunst (Universität Osnabrück), Carsten Hjort Lange (Aalborg Universitet), Aglaia McClintock (Università degli Studi del Sannio di Benevento), Kit Morrell (University of Queensland), Alessandra Valentini (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), Francesca Rohr Vio (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia), and Kathryn Welch (University of Sydney).
Shifting Frontiers XIV: Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity
3-5 June 2021, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
This event will take place virtually via Zoom.
For the Fourteenth Meeting of the Society for Late Antiquity, we invite papers that investigate scale, which can be defined as a graduated range of values or measurements, whether, for example, of time, space, social organization, cosmology, or agency. Participants are encouraged to explore scale either as a methodological framework used by modern historians to interpret the past and/or as a type of late Roman analytic category, developed and employed by late ancient persons for their own heuristic purposes. Questions papers might ask include: To what extent does the world of Late Antiquity look different if we approach its events, institutions, and processes (whether political, economic, social, or religious) from a micro scale rather than a macro scale, and vice versa? How can we better understand the late Roman Empire through the examination of macro- and micro-scalar environmental phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions and mutating plague DNA, which were only partially (if at all) perceptible to the late Romans themselves? Alternatively, what graduated categories of measurement and values did late ancient thinkers deploy in their philosophical, scientific (including astrological), and religious works to make sense of metaphysical, ethical, or even physical quandaries? And what did scale mean to individuals on an everyday level, for agriculturalists or merchants whose livelihoods were embedded within multi-scalar economic, environmental, legal, social, and religious networks? Other papers might consider the fractal replication of structures and relationships across the Empire, for example in conciliar operations (Senate, local curia, church councils), patterns of deference across the social scale, or in the provincial extensions of imperial authority. Comparativists are encouraged to consider how problems of scale inflect transhistorical arguments that encompass both late antiquity and other periods of history.
Featured Keynote Speakers
C. Michael Chin, Department of Classics, UC Davis
Ann Marie Yasin, Department of Art History and Classics, University of Southern California
Special Directions for Virtual Format
The program committee recognizes that online conferencing opens opportunities for scholarly presentations and discussions that deviate from the traditional model of “present a paper and then take questions.” The past few months have been a time of experimentation for all of us. Rather than define (and thereby limit) those alternative modes in advance, we encourage you to propose them to us, and so our task will be to decide not only which papers will be included, but which formats too. Options include thematically linked papers that are posted before the conference so that attendees can read them before their authors hold a panel discussion at the conference; or scholars who wish to pre-post textual, visual, video, or audio material and then take only five minutes to present their argument, leaving more time for discussion. Each submission will still need to have a regular abstract, but please indicate whether you would like to experiment with an alternative mode of presentation.
To apply to present at Shifting Frontiers XIV, please fill out the application/abstract form . Please provide all the requested information, but do not include your name anywhere on the form. All completed application/abstract forms should be emailed to email@example.com. Applications must be received by 4 December 2020 in order to be considered for participation at the conference.
Sailing with the Gods: Religion and Maritime Mobility in the Ancient World
Sponsored by: The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Location: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Floriana, Malta
Dates: June 16-20, 2021
Ritual practices dedicated to maritime success appear across a wide span of human cultural history, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, Southeast Asia across the Pacific to the west coast of the Americas. Culturally-constructed seafaring rituals could be seen as spiritual or superstitious, and respond to the combination of risk and profit endemic in even short voyages by water. Maritime religion infuses all water-borne contact across cultural boundaries; the crafts of those who build rafts, canoes, and sailing vessels; navigational skills which may reach back to ancestors who have faded into cultural legend; and myriad mnemonic and naming strategies extending to littoral markers and celestial patterns. Mythic and ritual responses are accordingly complex, ranging from apotropaia to the divine authorisation of civic structures, shipboard shrines and functional epithets which could link divinities, heroes and nearly-deified rulers to the control of the waves and winds.
Studies of religion and maritime mobility are often framed within individual cultural contexts, but this international conference seeks to bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines and historical periods, from prehistoric to the seventh century CE, to address critical questions in method and theory relevant to religion in the context of maritime mobility. Among these questions are:
Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .docx files to firstname.lastname@example.org and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 25 to 30 minutes. Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter. All abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously. Please direct all queries to SAMR at email@example.com. The organisers of the conference are Sandra Blakely (Emory) and Amelia Brown (UQ).
International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England
Flinders University, Adelaide, 21 June 2021
The twelfth biennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England will be held in four different locations in June 2021: Winchester, UK; Montreal, Canada; Leiden, Netherlands; and Adelaide, Australia. The conference will take place either in a hybrid fashion (online and in-situ) or fully online. This means that it will always be possible for you to attend and/or deliver your paper online; if circumstances allow it, you will be able to attend one (or more) days on location.
The Flinders hub in Adelaide particularly welcomes papers that fall under the following four themes:
1. Interpretation, transmission, adaptation and reception
3. Trade, travel, maritime power and the sea
4. Science and Medicine
AMPHORAE XV: Hindsight is 2020
The call for papers is now open for Amphorae XV, which will be hosted over Zoom by the University of Otago from Wednesday 30 June to Friday 2 July.
The theme for this conference is “Hindsight is 2020”:
Things have progressed dramatically since classical antiquity, but there are often surprising parallels with the past to be found in modern societies. Indeed, many of the fundamental problems tackled by societies and individuals have not changed in the intervening centuries (diseases, social unrest and the human condition to name but a few). This year's theme invites papers to consider the ways in which individuals and cultures addressed problems in antiquity and where they shed light on our own methods and motivations.
We invite postgraduate students in ancient world studies from Honours to PhD level to submit abstracts for presentations, panels or archaeological reports. Papers will be 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of question time. Abstracts that do not align with the theme will also be considered.
Relevant details and registration forms can be found at our website.
2021 World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore, 19-23 July 2021
Every five years, the World Shakespeare Congress regenerates understandings of Shakespeare across the world, bringing together scholars whose geo-cultural vantage points for working with Shakespeare both overlap and differ. A historical nodal point in global economies for Shakespeare, Singapore will form a digital meeting point for the international aims of the first online Congress.
The 11th World Shakespeare Congress will be held online from the National University of Singapore, 18-24 July 2021. The Congress theme 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. The theme is particularly suited to the online medium of the Congress, that gathers together such passages of Shakespeare’s work not by the movements of persons between places, but by creatively connecting and expanding our circuits in multimedia and live conversations.
For more information see the conference website.
Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 6th Forum Medieval Art
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 6th Forum Medieval Art, Kunstgeschichtlichen Instituts, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, September 29–October 2, 2021. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.
The theme for the 6th Forum Medieval Art is Senses. The arts and the senses have always been reciprocally related to one another. In the Middle Ages, sensual encounters with art and architecture offered a variety of ways to perceive, comprehend and structure the world. Pledging to relics enclosed in precious reliquaries, incorporating color from Byzantine icons, distinguishing the holy space by swinging golden polished censers, wearing inwardly decorated jewelry on the body or ringing the church bells to make audible the presence of God – such actions leave no doubts about the significance of the senses in the Middle Ages, and furthermore bring to light the role of art within such operations.
Although the senses and their interplay are well defined in theoretical treatises, theories are of limited use when it comes to understanding the sensual perception of images, objects, and spaces. While, for instance, the knowledge of God is described as a dematerialized act, the senses were nevertheless used to obtain and mediate spiritual insight. Since antiquity, seeing has been the dominant sense, as the works of authors such as Aristotle, Plato, Augustine and Isidore of Seville suggest. This privileged position was further ascribed by cultural and art historical research over a long period of time. Nevertheless, in recent years, studies on materiality have argued that the dominance of this one singular sense misrepresents the multisensory nature of medieval art. The ‘close-up’ senses such as tasting and touching are as essential for the understanding of artefacts as the ‘distant’ senses of seeing, hearing and smelling. In particular, liturgical and courtly ceremonies offer convincing evidence that processes of production and reception are related to multisensory experiences. The role of the senses in the architecture and decoration of sacred space has been revaluated not only within Latin Europe and the Byzantine Empire, but also within Islamic dominated regions. Furthermore, in order to comprehend the codex, one of the leading media throughout the Middle Ages, questions of sensual perception through tasting and sometimes kissing of its different elements such as parchment and paper, as well as textiles, leather, metal and ivory have also proved to be essential.
For the 6th Forum Kunst des Mittelalters, the organizers anticipate discussions on the role of sensual perception and the interplay of senses in medieval image and object cultures as well as in architecture, including topics from interreligious and cross-cultural perspectives. Studies on individual senses and the ways in which they played, guided, deceived and disturbed sensual perception are welcome, as well as proposals which privilege a multisensory and synesthetic approach. Proposals that discuss the methodological challenges that arise from these perspectives are encouraged. Furthermore, which possibilities do digital methods offer for understanding historical contexts of perception, e.g. through virtual reality or the reconstruction of auditive and oratorical spaces? This includes studies on the increasing popularity of multimedia concepts in exhibitions that question how the historicity of sensual approaches could be represented and, beyond that, how it could help to reveal new interpretative frameworks.
The Mary Jaharis Center invites session proposals that fit within the Senses 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 10, 2020. Proposals should include:
**Session abstract (500 words)
**Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)
Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 22, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 1, 2020.
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 Germany, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies conference committee seeks proposals for its 2021 conference on the theme ‘Reception and Emotion’, to be held in Perth, Australia at The University of Western Australia on 7-11 February 2022.
The committee welcomes all approaches to topics related to ‘reception and emotion’ broadly conceived (and conceived either together or separately: i.e., on reception and emotion, or on either reception or emotion), including but not limited to: trans-cultural, trans-temporal, trans-disciplinary, translation, global studies, creative misreadings, theatrical and literary revivals, forgeries, homages, cultural counter-strikes, regimes of periodisation, etc. We welcome proposals considering the usefulness or otherwise of reception history as a methodology: is ‘transformation’ more helpful than ‘reception’, for example, for appreciating the active role of the audience of a text, play, or idea?
Work on emotions can be similarly broad, covering, e.g., what’s evidenced from the ‘receivers’ and from the ‘received’ (thinking of work, for example, on how Indigenous people have received missionaries and their doctrines; how medievalists have reacted and acted in relation to the worrying associations of their discipline; even how humanities scholars feel about their reception in contemporary political circles; Jan Plamper’s suggestion that historians should keep ‘field diaries’ about their personal response to work in the archives; are there ‘objective’ studies?). What’s been the value and downside of the ‘emotional turn’ in humanities studies? How do we as scholars of the past deal with presentist notions of ‘relevance’, and need we consider past scholarship as ‘outdated? How can we marry approaches from humanities and life sciences in ‘emotions history’?
The conference committee invites proposals for 20-minute papers, 90-minute themed panels (of no more than 4 speakers) or workshops. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
- The reception of ideas about emotion in medieval/early modern texts;
- Reception and transformation of ideologies across time and space;
- The emotions of an audience in the reception of a play or sermon;
- The emotional impact of a text on a reader;
- Rituals and practices of receiving guests and dignitaries (and their emotional effects?);
- The reception of the past: medievalism and early-modernism;
- The reception of bodies / emotions and bodies / embodiment;
- Reception / emotion and sexuality;
- Reception / emotion and race;
- Reception / emotion and gender;
- Reception / emotion and music / art.
Submitting a Proposal
Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:
- A title;
- An abstract (max. 200 words);
- A short biography (max. 50 words).
The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:
- Panel/Workshop Title;
- Proposed Chair (if available);
- Details of each presenter and paper as described above.
NB: Workshops will be allotted 90 minutes, 30 of which should be reserved for general discussion. We suggest a maximum of 6 speakers.
Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) by 31 July 2021 to: email@example.com.
NB: Should you require early acceptance of your proposal please highlight this in your email and the committee will do our best to accommodate your request.
The conference will be preceded by an ANZAMEMS seminar. An invitation for expressions of interest will follow in a separate email.
For more information please see the conference website.
ANZAMEMS Seminar: ‘Vectors of Emotion’
The committee of ANZAMEMS 2021 is delighted to Call for Expressions of Interest in the ANZAMEMS Seminar ‘Vectors of Emotion’, which will precede the conference in February 2022 from 11am–4pm (lunch and afternoon tea will be included).
Seminar Leader: Assoc. Prof Kathryn Prince (The University of Western Australia)
About the Seminar
Drama relies on the palpable circulation of emotions onstage and in the audience, which is one reason for its reliable function as a vector of emotion between the moment of its creation and of its performance. Working with medieval and early modern scripts, participants in this Seminar will apply various History of Emotions approaches to the performance of selected scenes in order to develop an understanding of the emotional practices within plays of various genres, styles, and periods from the medieval to the early modern. No performance skills are required or expected, and the workshop is designed to engage anyone with an interest not only in theatre but also in cultural and intellectual history, scholarly editing, music, art, and literature. Participants will gain an understanding of the relationship between theories of emotions and their practice, both in performance and more broadly. Because this Seminar will involve various kinds of active participation, applicants should advise the organiser of any accessibility requirements, which will be quietly and cheerfully accommodated.
How to Apply
Expressions of Interest should consist of:
- Your name, institutional affiliation, and year of HDR candidacy (MA, MRes, PhD) or ECR status (with priority to those who have not yet found permanent employment);
- Your field/s of research;
- A 250-word statement explaining your interest in participating in the Seminar and how you believe participation will assist your research and/or career development;
- Any accessibility requirements.
Please email Expressions of Interest for the ANZAMEMS Seminar (as a Word document attachment) to: firstname.lastname@example.org (with the email title 'Vectors of Emotions Seminar Application').
Reception, Emotion and the Royal Body: Panel at ANZAMEMS 2022
This panel will convene at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (#anza21), to be held at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, February 2022.
The idea of the ‘king’s two bodies’, a duality predicated on the idea that a monarch possessed two bodies, a body natural and a body politic – the former mortal, the latter an embodiment of both the nation and the authority of sovereignty – has long been of interest to scholars of medieval and early modern monarchies.
The body of a monarch remains a contest site, with the life, health, fertility, and sexuality of kings or queens continuing to be an important part of politics. Royal scandal graces the covers of newspapers and magazines and trends on social media, and royal weddings, births, and deaths continue to capture the public’s imagination and interest.
We seek papers that examine the significance of the royal body, in particular, the reception of the royal body across time periods, cultures, and media and how royal bodies both convey and elicit emotions:
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Iconography and representation
* Drama and literature
* Political theory
* Divine bodies
* Rituals and ceremony
* Effigies and monuments
* Age, health and pregnancy
* Fertility, chastity, virility
* Royal births and deaths
* Christenings, coronations, weddings and funerals
* Royal touch
* Deformity and disability
* Royal Dress
* Sex and Scandal
* Medievalism and early-modernism
* Popular culture
* Film and television
* Comics and graphic novels
Proposals for 20-minute conference papers should consist of:
1. A title
2. An abstract (max. 200 words)
3. A short biography (max. 50 words)
Submissions should be emailed (as a Word document attachment) to:
Aesthetics in Early Modern Poetry
We invite scholarly proposals for papers on aesthetics in medieval and early modern poetry (c. 400 to 1800), as part of a panel or panels being established at ANZAMEMS 2022.
The panel(s) will examine the influence of aesthetic styles, movements, rhetorical and aesthetic techniques and theories on the development of poetry, or the work of specified poet(s) at any time during the relevant periods in Europe and Britain. Papers should be set within the broader topic of the overall conference, and deal with questions of reception and/or emotion. Papers might consider:
* The role of emotions in medieval or early modern aesthetic theories;
* Models of embodiment in aesthetic theories during the period;
* Theories of affect, ‘affectus’ and/or feelings;
* The impact of theological and biblical sources (for example, by Augustine and Aquinas);
* The impact of philosophy of mind, body, morality and ethics (such as Platonic and Aristotelian);
* Formal theories of poetics and rhetoric, including the role of style in poetic and rhetorical figures and tropes;
* The impact of artistic movements (such as Neoplatonist, Neoclassical, Baroque) and the reciprocal influence of visual arts on poetry (eg ut pictura poesis);
* Public and private models of ‘taste’, audience and reception;
* The role of pleasure, the imagination and sensuous and vivid imagery;
* Techniques for the aestheticization of the sacred (such as the poetics of enigma);
* Theories of the sublime and the beautiful;
* Participatory versus objectivist aesthetics;
* Materialist, or transcendental and idealist models;
* Poststructural or psychoanalytic approaches; or
* The role and value of historicist and/or modern theory.
We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. If you are interested in presenting your work, please send the title, a 200 word abstract and a 50 word biography, at the first instance to Dr Jane Vaughan at email@example.com.
The panel(s) will be held as part of the biennial conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, at the School of Humanities, The University of Western Australia, Perth, February, 2022.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr Jane Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org.