Conferences

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

Fifteenth Century Conference

Fifteenth Century Conference | University of Bristol, 3-5 September 2020

The theme of the conference is ‘Disruption’, a term that is gaining ground in management and leadership studies today, often as an expression of positive change. The concept seems particularly appropriate to the events of the fifteenth century, when Britain and Europe were struggling to contain militarism, social and cultural change, competing ideologies, and intellectual challenges. Then as now, disruption throws up important questions. How can leaders and thinkers process disruptive events? What impact do disruptive events have on communities and populations? Is disruption different from change? Can individuals trigger disruption or does it happen at institutional or social levels? What can be learned from disruptive events and their aftermath? Can disruption be a force for good?

We welcome abstracts, from any discipline, that explore aspects of disruption’, or any other topic relevant to fifteenth-century studies. Areas of interest can include, but are not limited to:

* politics * religion * military history * economics and commerce * cultural history * environment * institutions * science and medicine *literature & literary forms * intellectual history * literary criticism and theory * gender * space * law * language * materiality

Plenary speakers: Peter Crooks (TCD) and Helen Swift (Oxford)

Send abstracts and queries to: helen.fulton@bristol.ac.uk

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) may be for individual papers (20 minutes), roundtables (90 minutes), or sessions of three or four speakers (90 minutes) and should include contact details for all speakers. Proposals are welcome from academics at all career stages and from independent scholars.

Deadline: 17 July 2020

AMPHORAE XIV: Change and Continuity - Postponed

The call for papers is now out for the 14th Annual Meeting for Postgraduates in Hellenistic or Roman Antiquities and Egyptology (AMPHORAE), to be held online via Zoom from 23-25 September.  Abstracts are due by 30 June and should be sent to amphoraeconference@gmail.com. Please see the website for more information and to download the abstract cover sheet. The website will be updated with further information closer to the date.

All postgraduates are also invited to join the Australasian Postgraduate Students in Ancient World Studies Facebook group.

Adaptation in the Humanities: Reimagining the Past, Present and Future

Our knowledge of the world - imagined, experienced, or learned - is constantly in flux. As humans, we change, adapt and mould the environments around us, the knowledge systems we use and the items we create. Adaptation can be forced through the presentation of an obstacle, or it can occur symbiotically within a group.

In 2020 Limina: The Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group (PMRG) and Medieval and Early Modern Studies at The University of Western Australia are joining forces to provide a forum for the presentation of the myriad of ‘adaptations’ worlds, individuals, languages, ideas and peoples, real or otherwise, experience.

The conference will be held at The University of Western Australia from the 3–4 October 2020. It will consist of a masterclass, opening plenary address and reception on 2 October. The main conference will take place on 3–4 October 2020.

Full details and the call for papers are on the conference web site.

Conflicts and Catastrophes in Roman and Late Antique Thrace

Fourth International Conference “Roman and Late Antique Thrace” (RaLATh), 12–16 October 2020, Burgas, Bulgaria

Strategically located and rather vulnerable at the same time, ancient Thrace experienced a fairly large number of turbulent episodes throughout its existence. Several unsettling events, ranging from man-made conflicts to natural disasters, have disrupted the usual rhythm of civic life and have left their imprint on historical record. The Fourth RaLATh Conference seeks to explore these processes by inviting scholars from various academic backgrounds. Relevant contributions will focus on different aspects of conflicts and catastrophes in Thrace: emergence, duration, chronology, management, and mitigation of the aftermath. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • armed conflicts – invasions, battles, uprisings
  • diplomatic rifts and discords
  • economic crises
  • natural disasters – earthquakes, floods, fires etc.
  • epidemics

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Posters should be of A1 size (594 x 841 mm). Authors should be aware of copyright regulations and will be responsible for bringing and presenting their printed posters. Conference languages: English, German, French. Paper proposals of up to 300 words and poster proposals of up to 200 words should be sent to romanthraceconference@gmail.com and raycheva@naim.bg. Deadline: 29 February 2020. Candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision by 31 March 2020.

No fee is required from the participants and the attendees of the conference.

The event is organized by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – Sofia and Burgas Municipality, in partnership with Istanbul University and the Ephorates of Antiquities of Rhodope, Hebros and Xanthi.

Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel BSC 2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 46th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22–25, 2020. 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 March 2, 2020. Proposals should include:
—Proposed session title
—CV of session organiser
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organisers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organsier is proposed for the session, the co-organiser must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by March 6, 2020. The organiser of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 15, 2020. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers.

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

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

Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Fourteenth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical,
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)
23-24 October 2020, National Taiwan University, Taipei
Food: Sacrificial, Spiritual, and Secular

Food, whether secular or spiritual, physical or metaphysical, human or nonhuman, has been an important issue throughout the history of this planet. Human history is a long story of appetitive contest with nature and the environment, while consumption is an empowering practice that involves struggle and sacrifice. The matter of food may illuminate or complicate histories of labor, leisure, science, production, ethical considerations, religious discourse and practices, and environmental concerns.

To explore the important issues of food/drink/consumption, this conference welcomes papers from scholars working in all fields such as anthropology, geography, history, literature, art, politics, sociology, religion, and cultural studies from the pre-modern to the early modern periods. Topics for consideration might include (but are not limited to):

Art and Visualization of food/drink/consumption
Boundaries of the edible and nonedible
Critical explorations of food/drink/consumption
Culinary writings
Politics of food/drink/consumption
Religion, Heresy, or the Sacred Forms of food/drink/consumption
Food/drink/consumption and Fasting, Festivity, or Medicine
Food/drink/consumption and Emotions, Obsessions, or Language
Food/drink/consumption and Gender, Racial Identity, or Society
Food/drink/consumption and the Moralistic/Legislative
Food/drink/consumption and Ecology, Philosophy, or Theology
Food/drink/consumption and Medievalism or Technology

TACMRS warmly invites papers either in English or Chinese that reach beyond the traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies. This conference will comprise Paper sessions and a Roundtable discussion for pedagogy. Paper proposals and sponsored panel proposals (with individual paper abstracts) are welcomed. To ensure the quality of the papers presented, the presenters should submit drafts of full papers by the end of August 2020. Selected full papers will be peer-reviewed and published in a special issue of Ex-position.

Please submit proposals (250 words for English, 500 words for Chinese) along with a one-page CV to tacmrs.ntu@gmail.com by 6 January 2020. The Conference will take place on 23-24 October 2020 at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan. There is no registration fee for the conference. Please note, presenters should be members of TACMRS if they reside in Taiwan. Membership application forms can be downloaded from the TACMRS website or via email upon request. For more information, please visit the 2020 TACMRS Conference website and the TACMRS website.

Masculinities in the Premodern World

Proposals are invited for the conference "Masculinities in the Premodern World: Continuities, Change, and Contradictions" to be held 13-15 November 2020 at the University of Toronto, Canada.

The past twenty-five years have witnessed a burgeoning of studies on sexuality and gender in the premodern world. In particular, men and masculinities have received considerable attention. Building on the theoretical perspectives provided by feminism, Foucault, and cultural studies, the study of men and masculinities is increasingly theoretically inflected and sophisticated. Studies have encompassed questions pertaining to men of various social statuses, secular and ecclesiastical, as portrayed in historical, literary, philosophical, theological, and art historical sources among others.

This conference aims to locate the study of premodern men and masculinities in its current richness and complexity. Our plenary speakers will be two of the most important scholars in the area of medieval/early modern masculinities: Patricia Simons (University of Michigan) and Patricia Cullum (University of Huddersfield, UK).

Papers are invited on all areas of study across the premodern world (500 to 1650 CE), crossing Europe's religious and linguistic diversity, and encompassing its geographical breadth and beyond. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • concepts of virility
  • patriarchy, marriage, fatherhood and procreative masculinities
  • social and political perspectives
  • medical and biological perceptions
  • celibacy, chastity, continence
  • monastic and clerical masculinity
  • sexual function and dysfunction
  • queer and non-binary masculinities
  • typologies of premodern men
  • masculinity and physical prowess; sports and athletics
  • depictions of masculinity in literature and the arts

Proposals are invited for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and alternatives to traditional academic presentation models.

To submit a proposal, please include: speaker’s name and academic affiliation (or “independent scholar” as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150-word abstract; full contact information (mailing address, telephone, email); and a one-page CV. In the case of proposals for complete sessions, this information must be provided for each presenter and the chair (if proposed).

Proposals should be emailed in Word format to both conference organizers:
Professor Jacqueline Murray jacqueline.murray@uoguelph.ca
Professor Konrad Eisenbichler at konrad.eisenbichler@utoronto.ca

Deadline for submission: 15 November 2019

David Nichol Smith Seminar In Eighteenth-century Studies XVII

Proposals are invited for the David Nichol Smith Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Studies XVII 'Dark Enlightenments', to take place 2-4 December 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.

Keynotes

Associate Professor Kate Fullager (Macquarie)
Professor Sasha Handley (Manchester)
Associate Professor Eugenia Zuroski (McMaster)

The Australian and New Zealand Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ANZSECS), Flinders University, and the University of Adelaide invite you to the 17th David Nichol Smith (DNS) Seminar for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Inaugurated in 1966 by the National Library of Australia, the DNS is the leading forum for eighteenth-century studies in Australasia. It brings together scholars from across the region and internationally who work on the long eighteenth century in a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art and architectural history, philosophy, theology, the history of science, musicology, anthropology, archaeology and studies of material culture.

The theme for this conference is 'Dark Enlightenments'. We ask delegates to consider the dark, shadowy aspects of enlightenment processes of the eighteenth century. When broadly conceived, the theme is open to numerous up-to-the-minute, interdisciplinary possibilities, including (for example):

  • the dark side of the public sphere, such as expressed in satire and polemic
  • Empire and enlightenment
  • critiques of empathy and humanitarianism
  • negative emotions
  • crime, conflict and violence
  • the use and abuse of the past
  • progress and ethics (political, social, scientific)
  • war
  • romanticising death
  • the Gothic
  • the numinous eighteenth century
  • the transformation of night-time
  • developments in notions of privacy, secrecy and the hidden self
  • the “shady” moralities of libertinism
  • the aesthetics of darkness and light

This, we believe, is a particularly timely theme, partly owing to the nationalist turn in global politics, and the recent controversy stirred in Australia by the proposed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation. It offers both sides of the political spectrum the opportunity to interrogate and fully understand the costs, benefits, and legacies of eighteenth-century “progress.” It is also a theme designed to emphasise the Enlightenment in its moral complexity and richness, and the wide range of domains (from the everyday to philosophical thought) that contributed to its production.

We also welcome papers for subjects that fall outside the main conference theme.

Proposals for 20-minute papers should consist of a title, 250-word abstract, and short bio sent via email as a pdf attachment to DNS2020@flinders.edu.au.

We also accept proposals for panels of three papers, which should include all the above for each presenter, a panel title, and if possible, the name and short bio of the panel chair.

Deadlines for submissions

For early deliberation: 1 November 2019.
A first round of acceptances will be made shortly after this date to facilitate international attendance.

Final deadline: 1 March 2020

For further details, please consult the conference website.

Dealing with Disasters: Cultural Representations of Catastrophes, c. 1500-1900

Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 14-15 January 2021

Nowadays, we are constantly confronted with frantic reports on natural calamities. Major news outlets describe the potentially cataclysmic effects of the latest forest fires, floods, and storms – and due to the ongoing climate crisis, extreme weather events can be expected to have ever greater impacts on our lives. If we are left wondering how we should deal with these disasters, we should also acknowledge that natural calamities have always occurred and have affected human experience in myriad ways.

For many centuries, news about catastrophic events has been disseminated via media such as pamphlets, chronicles, poems, and prints. This conference seeks to address the cultural representations that reflected and shaped the ways in which people learned and thought about disasters that occurred either nearby or far away, both in time and space.

This conference welcomes contributions that engage with the cultural dimensions of disasters and reflect on representations of catastrophes in different media. In doing so, we offer a platform to scholars from various backgrounds to adopt multi- and interdisciplinary approaches to reconceptualising the broader socio-cultural consequences of disasters.

Themes that could be explored include, but are not limited to:

* representations of disasters in different media
* religious and ritual responses to disasters
* scientific understandings of disasters and technological innovation
* literary and artistic responses to catastrophes
* remembrance and memory culture surrounding disasters
* material culture of disasters, including disaster relics
* political and societal dimensions of representations of disasters
* human-nature relations in the context of disasters
* history of emotions in the context of disasters
* appropriation of disasters and (collective) identity formation
* solidarity and conflict in the wake of disasters

Proposal
Paper proposals (max. 300 words) should reach the conference committee by 1 June 2020 via email: dealingwithdisasters@let.ru.nl.
Please enclose a 100-word biographical note.

Full call for papers.

First Annual Meeting of the ‘Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community’ (Maarc)

28-30 January 2021 - The University Of Melbourne.

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the inaugural meeting of the ‘Mediterranean Archaeology Australasian Research Community’ (MAARC), hosted by the University of Melbourne on January 28-30, 2021. This network aims to encourage interaction, communication and collaboration between staff and students in universities in Australia and New Zealand that work on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean (in the broadest possible sense), with a yearly conference that rotates around the various institutions in the region.

Although we would have liked to kickstart the network with a face-to-face meeting, this unfortunately is not possible due to the current uncertainties around the coronavirus pandemic. We have therefore decided to hold the inaugural conference entirely online over the course of three days in the following format:

28th of January:

* two 2-hour sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), each containing four papers (20min each, with 10min for questions).

* in the late afternoon a 2-hour online social event, hosted by the University of Melbourne postgraduate society.

29th of January:

* in the morning, a 3-hour flash session, consisting of 15-minute contributions (10-minute presentation, 5 minutes for questions and discussions). These short papers are specifically intended to present current findings, test new ideas or discuss a specific problem related to your research.

* in the afternoon, a 2-hour ‘virtual poster session’, during which attendees can view posters online and engage with authors via individual discussion/chat channels.

30th of January:

* A series of small group discussions on particular topics/areas, proposed and hosted by an individual (or group of individuals), which can be used for fostering research collaborations; the preparation of grant proposals and/or publications; etc. Possible topics might include things like the Aegean Bronze Age, pottery studies, societal collapse, etc. We solicit themes/topics from individuals who wish to host the discussion.

Once a topic is accepted, we will advertise it, manage EOIs, and coordinate the digital space for the discussion.

We are currently inviting proposals for all aspects of this event, including the main paper sessions, contributions to the flash and poster sessions, as well as for the organization of discussion panels.

Proposals for papers and posters must include the following information:

* Title of the Paper/Poster

* Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)

* Mention of the session to which you are submitting

* A short abstract of not more than 200 words.

Proposals to organise discussion panels should include the following information:

* Title of the panel

* Name, affiliation, postal address and email of the proposer(s)

* A short description of the theme or subject area of the session of not than 250 words

Submissions should be sent by email to the organizing committee before the 30 November 2020 via mediterraneanarchaeology@gmail.com. The closing date for panel submissions is 6 weeks earlier, on  15 October 2020, so there is sufficient time to advertise them.

Attending the conference is free of charge, but registration (using the same email address) is required in order to be granted access to the online sessions.

We hope to welcome you in great numbers!

The Organizing Committee,

Gijs Tol, Maddi Harris-Schober, Emily Simons and Larissa Tittl

ASCS 42 (2021)

Due to COVID-19, ASCS 42 will be held online from 8–12 February 2021. The conference organisers are Bob Cowan, Elizabeth Minchin, David Rafferty, and Kathryn Welch.

Further information.

The call for papers is now open.

Form for submitting an individual abstract.

Form for submitting a panel proposal.

Shifting Frontiers XIV: Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity

Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, 24-27 March 2021.

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.

In order to be considered for participation in this conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by September 1, 2020 to shiftingfrontiersxiv@gmail.com.

Further information about the conference.

Kristina Sessa
Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies
Book Review Editor, Journal of Late Antiquity Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Enemies in the Early Modern World

Enemies in the Early Modern World 1453-1789: Conflict, Culture and Control, Live from the University of Edinburgh, 27-28 March 2021.

From Luther’s insistence that the Pope is the antichrist, to Cortes’s justification of the conquest of Mexico on the grounds of Aztec human sacrifice, from the expulsion of Jewish people from the Iberian peninsula following the Reconquista to the subjugation and enslavement of human lives to fuel the trans-Atlantic slave trade, from Dutch trials for homosexuality in the 1730s, to accusations of witchcraft during the British Civil Wars, the conflicts and exploitations of the Early Modern World were often fueled and ‘justified’ by a belief in an enemy. Such belief systems would inspire textual, visual and auditory polemic, and propel physical action, thereby ‘othering’ people of a different religion, ethnicity, culture, dynastic allegiance, gender and sexuality into imagined enemies, justifying the need to control and inflict violence upon them. This conference, open to researchers of history, literature, visual culture, politics, theology, philosophy and archaeology etc, will explore the processes by which individuals, communities, and countries were fashioned into the role of the enemy, as well as the dreadful consequences, such as war and persecution.

By moving from the local to the national, from the national to the global, and through an interdisciplinary vantage point, we aim to reconstruct the construction of enemies in the Early Modern World. We invite papers from researchers at every stage of their academic journeys, and PhD students and Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this conference will be completely online via a TBD conferencing platform.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to early.modern.enemies@gmail.com along with a brief bio of circa 100 words addressed to Thom Pritchard and Eleonora Calviello by 30 September 2020.

Further information.

Renaissance Society of America Dublin 2021

Conference website.

The Renaissance Society of America warmly invites submissions for its 67th Annual Meeting, to be held in Dublin, Ireland on 7–10 April 2021. The Convention Centre Dublin will serve as the site of our conference headquarters, with sessions also held at premier cultural and scholarly institutions such as the Chester Beatty, Marsh's Library , and the Royal Irish Academy. We are delighted to announce that the Dublin conference has been expanded to four days instead of three, to accommodate more presenters and allow plenty of time for special events and visits to the city's museums and archives. Rooms at a selection of hotels near the Convention Centre will be available. The options will be posted in early fall. The deadline for conference registration is 31 December 2020.

No matter what transpires over the next several months, the RSA will hold its Annual Meeting in 2021—either in Dublin or virtually. Our Society's board of directors and staff will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and related events, maintaining close contact with our collaborators in Ireland. If circumstances render it unsafe or impossible for a large group to meet in Dublin next spring, we will cancel the meeting no later than 1 February 2021 and convert it into a virtual conference. This virtual meeting would not be compressed into the exact same four days, so as to accommodate people located in different time zones.

Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting

“Women on the Move: Gender and Migration in the Early Modern Period”
Call for Papers – Panel at the 67th Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, April 7-10 2021

Although globalization is thought to be a recent phenomenon, the early modern period saw an intense uptick in global migration, specifically within the European continent and throughout the Atlantic World. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which women navigated this newly global system through structures of voluntary and forced migration for a variety of religious, social, and economic reasons. Women migrated as wives, laborers, missionaries, indentured servants, and enslaved persons. This panel especially seeks proposals that are committed to interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches that are historically sensitive and theoretically innovative. In analyzing the specific ways early modern women’s gender affected their experience of migration in the Atlantic world, this panel broadens the conversation of early modern globalization.

Paper topics might include but are not limited to:

-Women’s travel writings
-The intersection of religion, gender, and migration
-Gender, travel and migration in the early modern imagination
-The limits of women’s travel or migration
-Conceptions of travelling, gender, and “the Other” in the early modern world
-Migration and gender in the context of emerging settler colonial systems
-Migration as a mode of increased globalization
-Migration, colonialization, and the early modern economy

Please send a CV, a presentation title, and a 150-word abstract to the session organizer Kelly Douma Kaelin (ked17@psu.edu). In addition, please detail any A/V requirements that you expect to have.

All presenters must register for the 67th Annual Renaissance Society of America Meeting, be committed to attending the conference in Dublin, and make their own travel arrangements.

For more information about the RSA Annual Meeting, please see the conference website.

The deadline for the submission of materials for this panel is Saturday August 1 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.

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 socamr@gmail.com 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 socamr@gmail.com. The organisers of the conference are Sandra Blakely (Emory) and Amelia Brown (UQ).

Register for the conference and see schedules as they develop.

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.

International Arthurian Society 26th Congress

The 26th IAS Congress will be held in Catania on 26-31 July 2021. The main information is already available on the website.   More key details can be found below.

New submissions:

- proposals for individual papers / round tables / thematic sessions must be submitted from  September 1st to no later than 15 November 2020;

- please follow guidelines regarding the number of characters;

- the conference scientific committee will notify proposers by 31 December, 2020.

Confirmation of prior submissions:

- if you wish to confirm the same proposal (individual paper, round table, thematic session), simply tick the appropriate box on the form. Please note that nothing must be changed, neither the title nor the abstract;

- the Scientific Committee will not notify you, as your proposal will be automatically added to the program.

Important recommendation for Round Tables and Thematic Sessions: only the Organizer will have to fill out the form according to the instructions and send it.

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

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:

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

ANZAMEMS 2022

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:

  1. A title;
  2. An abstract (max. 200 words);
  3. A short biography (max. 50 words).

The conference committee welcomes themed panel or workshop session proposals for the conference. Proposals should consist of:

  1. Panel/Workshop Title;
  2. Proposed Chair (if available);
  3. 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: anzamems2021@gmail.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:

  1. 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);
  2. Your field/s of research;
  3. 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;
  4. Any accessibility requirements.

Please email Expressions of Interest for the ANZAMEMS Seminar (as a Word document attachment) to: anzamems2021@gmail.com (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:
* Historiography
* 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
* Regicide
* Royal touch
* Deformity and disability
* Royal Dress
* Sex and Scandal
* Gender
* Sexuality
* Race
* Medievalism and early-modernism
* Performance
* Audiences
* Popular culture
* Film and television
* Comics and graphic novels
* Fandom
* Celebrity

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:
mgerzic@gmail.com.

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 jane.vaughan@uwa.edu.au.

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 jane.vaughan@uwa.edu.au.