Well, it’s been a long time. There are decent, if not good, explanations for this, which I’ll get into later. Right now, it’s important to get back to blogging, and to get out a bunch of Kalamazoo calls for papers before the September 15 deadline. So, please read away–lots of good stuff below.
The MRS encourages broad interpretations of its calls for papers, and especially invites interdisciplinary work. It is also a graduate student-friendly organization, and generally attempts to include a graduate student in each of its sessions. Submissions may be made electronically to me at this email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Lucy Allen at email@example.com. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Subject: Reminder: CFP International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2013
Call for Papers: Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine. International Congress on Medieval Studies, 9-12 May 2013
By the late medieval period, merchants formed an integral part of urban society; among their activities, they facilitated trade between city centers, participated in the governing of cities, and were patrons of churches and monasteries. At the same time, the wealth that they amassed and their sometimes morally dubious activities, such as money lending, often left merchants fearful of what the afterlife would bring, causing them to appeal directly to specific saints for intercession. This session seeks to explore the religious lives of these elite members of urban society, specifically considering the individual saints to whom merchants appealed for their earthly protection and heavenly salvation as well as the manner in which they made these appeals.
As an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationship between merchants and their saintly protectors, this session will invite papers examining evidence of specific relationships between merchants and saints that might include consideration of merchant?s wills, artistic patronage, manuscript collections, and pilgrimage, as well as the religious practices of merchants? confraternities and guilds. The session will welcome papers from all disciplines including, but not limited to, history, art history, literature, religious studies, and music.
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a participant information form to Emily Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than September 15, 2012. The participant information forms are available online at:http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF
Critical Remediation: Intersections of Medieval Studies and Media Theory
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9-12, 2013
Over the past few years, medievalists’ interest in new media has overwhelmingly focused on the remediation of medieval works and data:the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, the Mapping Medieval Chester project, and animated game-like spaces such as Kapi Regnum exemplify only a few of the innovative applications of new media to our study of the medieval world. Shared amongst these projects’ use of digital tools is their emphasis on remediation: that is, they take data in one form and transform it into another form of media; the process as well as the end results of this remediation open fresh avenues through which to explore medieval cultures. Yet the digital media making these projects possible is itself subject to study, analysis, and critique, and works like Martin Foys’ Virtually Anglo-Saxon, Andrew Higl’s Playing the Canterbury Tales, and Seeta Chaganti’s analysis of danse macabre and virtual space make it clear that new media studies, criticism, and theory can be as pr!
ovocative and productive for our understanding of the Middle Ages as the digital tools that have generated so much interest. Such is the project of this proposal, which solicits papers that explore new critical approaches to the analysis of medieval culture inspired by or based on digital media studies—critical remediation, so to speak.
Papers might address such questions as: What insights might media theory allow in our study of medieval texts, architecture, music,manuscripts, and art? How do metaphors of mediation facilitate understanding of the medieval approach to artistic, scientific,religious, or technological creation and knowledge? What kinds of multimedia objects or events existed in the medieval period, and how might we as modern scholars still have access to them? What are the consequences of considering medieval manuscripts as multimedia works? How might we understand medieval affective piety—mystic and otherwise—in terms of media?
This panel has been sponsored by Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Columbia University, and we welcome one-page proposals (250-300 words) from scholars of all levels. They may be sent along with a completed participant information form (found athttp://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html) to Heather Blatt (Florida International University) and Mary Kate Hurley (Columbia University) email@example.com by September 15, 2012.
Feel welcome to contact us with questions about the session. For general information about the 2013 Medieval Congress, visit:http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/.
Department of English
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Temporalities and Medieval Drama
This panel in interested in the ways medieval drama helps us think about temporalities within its own period and across others. How does medieval drama incorporate contemporary political, social, spiritual, and gendered concerns within or through temporal disruptions or cross-temporal dynamics? Papers might explore these questions through audience orientations to temporalities, temporalities within dramatic texts, and performance contexts and interactions. Papers might also trouble distinctions between drama in the medieval and early modern, interrogating how temporal relations within and among these literary and historical periods helps us understand them together.
Department of English
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
This panel aims to contribute to a growing body of work that explores medievalism through the medieval period’s own eyes. Rather than understanding medievalism solely through later periods’ constructions of the medieval, most commonly those of the 19th century, this panel is interested in the way the medieval participated in its own self-conscious creation. Questions explored might include: How did the medieval think about itself? How did it shape, comment on, or contribute to our present senses of the medieval? How might the medieval’s self-consciousness influence later instantiations of medievalism? How did the medieval parody itself? How did nostalgia function in the medieval period? This panel is interested not only in medieval English literature, but also continental literatures and literatures across languages and geographies.
Societas Daemonetica – Call For Papers – ICMS 2013 – Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Call For Papers: Encountering Evil in the Medieval World
The Societas Daemonetica is seeking papers for the session
“Encountering Evil in the Medieval World”, which will take place at
the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-12, 2013,
in Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA).
In a world that has seen, and continues to see, so much human
violence, it is a curious reminder of our origins to look back at
where our ancestors drew distinctions between natural and supernatural
sources of evil. How did medieval cultures negotiate between the
perceived necessity of worldly violence and the perception of evil as
a force in the world? What worldly events were accounted evil, and how
were the encounters with that evil understood? What place did evil
occupy in the events of the medieval life, and what protections were
afforded to those who dealt with it? In seeking to answer these
questions, we hope to create a better picture of the interior lives of
those living in the Middle Ages, of the way they lived and interacted
with the world as they saw it.
We at the Societas Daemonetica believe that the study of “things
diabolical” provides an excellent stage for new, interesting, and
interdisciplinary research. As such, we are looking for papers from
any discipline (or disciplines) that broadly address this year’s topic
of “evil in the medieval world”.
Please send polite proposals of no more than 300 words to Richard
Burley at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2011.
Call for Papers: Representations of the Secular in Medieval Art
International Congress on Medieval Studies (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/)
Organizer: Nicole Ford, Boston University
Though perhaps less recognized, the secular was as prominent as the theological in medieval art, from architectural sculpture adorning cathedrals, to manuscript illustrations of secular treatises, to painted documentation of secular authority, to the decoration of secular structures. Much has been written on the prevalence of secular thought and secular material culture, but such work has barely scratched the surface of the role of non-religious imagery and representation in the medieval world. Secular imagery, iconography and architecture all held important positions in medieval culture, whether in the village parish, the bishop’s palace, or the jewelry box.
The session welcomes papers on any medieval art with secular connections or interpretations, from any geographic region and time period. Previous sessions have included papers on sculpture and wall paintings on both religious and secular structures, bestiaries, misericords, etc.
Please submit abstracts and the completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) to Nicole Ford (email@example.com) by 27 September.
At the 2012 Kalamazoo Exemplaria roundtable (“Literature, Theory, and the Future
of Medieval Studies: Middle English and its Others”), the panelists raised a number
of urgent questions about the current state of the long-standing relationship between
medievalism and inter-disciplinarity, which has recently been threatened on several
fronts. How can scholarship intervene in the crisis that endangers the survival of so-
called “minority” departments and fields like French, Italian, German and Anglo-Saxon?
What have been the most successful strategies for resisting, complicating and reversing
the English colonization of Beowulf, Marie de France, and Continental theory? How
might pedagogical and scholarly inter-disciplinary strategies be implemented in research
and scholarship? How have digital tools been used, and how might they be used in the
future, to continue the project of decentering canonical texts from their nationalist origin
myths and resituating them in the context of the global or transnational Middle Ages?
Other avenues of inquiry may include, but are not limited to, explorations of novel
(and promiscuous) applications for fresh philological, inter-textual, and collaborative
scholarly methods, particularly those that arise from “minority” disciplines. We welcome
experimental methods of cross-fertilization (collaboration across disciplines or periods,
use of digital tools/media, and flirtation outside the bounds of fluency or departmental
affiliation). We invite disciplines across the academy, including History and Art History,
as well as the more recent scholarship of the Medieval Mediterranean and the Digital
Humanities, to engage with this ongoing conversation. As Zrinka Stahuljak has argued,
“our research cannot continue to privilege only contact between texts, but must add
the dimension of contact between people(s), facilitated by ‘fixers’—interpreters, local
informants, guides, or negotiators.” This is a call for fixers.
Please send 200 word abstracts to Ellie Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 28th.
48th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 9-13, 2013
Sponsor: Department of History, University of Southern California
Organizer: Justin Haar, University of Southern California
“The Sciences and Medieval Studies: New Approaches, New Questions”: Medieval scholars have always been, to a large extent, interdisciplinary: art history, history, literary studies, archaeology, anthropology, and other disciplines have informed medieval historiography for decades. There have been times, however, when the breadth of our questions have outstripped the possibilities of our skills. In recent years, pathbreaking work has begun to overcome these limitations by uniting traditional historical methods with tools from the natural sciences–dendrochronology, isotope identification, DNA and chemical analyses, among others–which have allowed scholars to make unprecedented breakthroughs and ask entirely new sets of questions.
This panel invites scholars working across these disciplinary boundaries to share their work, either in calls for new directions in medieval scholarship or in demonstrations of the possibilities or pitfalls of incorporating natural sciences into the study of the medieval past. Participants interested in contributing a fifteen-minute paper should send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a completed participant form (available at the Congress’s website) to Justin Haar at email@example.com by September 15th.
International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 9-12, 2013 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Sponsor: International Center of Medieval Art
Organizers: Melanie Garcia Sympson, University of Michigan, and Trevor Martin Verrot, Yale University
Like an image, a medium has the capacity to speak, and different media speak their own language. This panel seeks to focus attention on the media of medieval image-making, whether wood, stone, ivory, glass, parchment or paper, or pigment itself. Medium refers both to the material substratum of a given work, with its array of connotations, and to a capacity to realize and disseminate form and information. It is clear that the medium itself often conveys meaning, and that different media gained significance in relation to one another, whether in composite works or through transferred effects. A discussion of media implies a consideration of change and transformation; new media and new artistic processes affected the production and reception of images and the development of new iconographies. The analysis of media in the medieval period offers an opportunity to examine the connotations of material, and to bring home the point that significance rested not only on the ostensible content of an image but also on its status as an object in a medium.
With this in mind, we invite papers that explore multiple points of departure relating to media. Consider hierarchies among media, for example: While an image may have a life independent of its medium, images rendered in various media seem to have varying worth. Was it a matter of material value alone? Alternatively, to what extent did “accidental” properties of particular media inflect the representation of a single iconography? How did workshop practices, or considerations of labor and artisanry, limit (or stimulate) stylistic change and the development of new iconographies? Relatedly, how were displays of effort and skill registered as value? Could transfers of effect from one medium to another –simulated effects– add value? And finally, perhaps most fundamentally, is the term media itself still useful in light of recent work within the conceptual framework of materiality?
To propose a paper, please send an abstract and a completed Congress Participant Information Form, available on the Congress website, to one of the organizers. Proposals should be emailed no later than September 15th.
International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
May 9-12, 2013
Special Session: Remapping Pre-National Literary Spaces: The French of Italy, England and Outremer (A Roundtable Discussion)
Recent sessions at Kalamazoo have begun to explore the numerous ways in which French literary traditions were propagated and cultivated beyond the borders of modern-day France. This session continues these discussions by proposing an investigation into the eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century reception and interpretation of French literary production on the medieval Italian peninsula or elsewhere. During these centuries, numerous French scholars traveled to international archives in search of ‘national treasures’ in an attempt to recuperate and reconstruct the French literary history. In an attempt to understand how residual traces of this foundational work factor into contemporary scholarly inquiry, this series of papers will culminate in a discussion about canonization, marginalization, and the palimpsest of national borders upon textual spaces. This roundtable will feature specifically the Franco-Italian epic of northern Italy, but will also welcome papers investigating the broader context of medieval and Renaissance francophone communities including the French of England and the French of Outremer. Topics might include Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch in the nineteenth-century nation-building project; the nineteenth-century reading of medieval exile; the Italian epic tradition and the Enlightenment quarrel of ancients and moderns; inquiries into the work of numerous founding scholars and philologists (Sainte-Palaye, Paul Lacroix, Pio Rajna, Léon Gautier, Gaston Paris, Giulio Bertoni, Paul Meyer).
Please submit the following to Stephen McCormick firstname.lastname@example.org by September 9: a 250-word description of your paper, a short biography, and a completed participation form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF)
Lateran IV: Before and AfterAs the 800th anniversary of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) fast approaches, it is important to consider both the forces that led Innocent III to convene the council and the wide-ranging consequences of its canons. From transubstantiation to confession, from the Albigensian Crusades to the founding of the Dominican Order, from distinctions between Christians and Jews, Saracens, and others to condemnations of heresy, the canons of the council were far-reaching, with enormous impact on (to name just a few areas) ecclesiastical organization, clerical behavior, the sacraments, the relations of Christians to non-Christians, inquisitions, crusades, etc. The aim of these two interdisciplinary sessions, therefore, is to bring together scholars who approach Lateran IV from a variety of perspectives, including history, theology, art and architecture, literature, etc., with the aim of developing a more complete understanding of this historic assembly.For more information on the conference and the general call for papers, see: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/files/call-for-papers-2013.pdf Deadline for submission of abstracts to these two sessions is September 15, 2012. Please send them directly to me, at the email address below.Sylvia TomaschProfessorDepartment of EnglishHunter College (CUNY)695 Park AvenueNew York, NY 10065fax: (212) 772-5411
Trade, Travel and Transmission in the Medieval MediterraneanThird Biennial Conference of the Society for the Medieval MediterraneanChurchill College, University of Cambridge (UK), 8-10 July 2013Abstract deadline: 1st December 2012Contact: Dr Rebecca Bridgman (University of Cambridge, Vice-President of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean), email@example.com
“Diet, Dining, and Everyday Life: The Uses of Ceramics in the Late
Antique and Medieval World”
Potsherds are the most ubiquitous archaeological evidence present from
the Late Antique and early medieval periods. From the complete amphora,
preserved intact through the passing centuries, to the smallest
fragments of a cooking pot’s rim, nearly unidentifiable to all but the
trained eye, pottery has provided generations of historians and
archaeologists with information about the date of a site, the trade
networks on which it relied, and the economic status of its people.
The focus of this session is on a different aspect of what ceramics are
capable of illuminating: the culture of a site’s inhabitants. Pottery
was among the most prevalent man-made item in the lives of most people,
and the meals cooked and eaten with pottery were among the most
important aspects of day-to-day existence. The common medium for
transactions of processed agricultural goods, pottery also speaks to the
range of individual economic exchanges and social structures that
underpinned relations between buyers and sellers. As the scholarship of
Paul Arthur, Nicholas Hudson, and Joanita Vroom has shown, these
ceramics are essential for the study of what is usually the most
inaccessible part of the lives of the ancients: the quotidian, ordinary
activities that make up such an important part of culture, economy, and
identity. These scholars use ceramics to explain, respectively, the
relationship between diet and cultural boundaries, the impact of
Christianity on dining practice, and cultural change over the longue
durée in Boeotia.
Building on the success of last year’s session, we have expanded the
geographic and chronological focus of this session. We invite scholars
working on ceramics in Europe and the Near East from Late Antiquity to
the High Middle Ages to come together to discuss the various ways
pottery can be used to enhance modern understanding of the cultures
which produced it, particularly the everyday aspects of daily life which
are often unmentioned in textual sources.
Please send abstracts to Andrew Donnelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with a
participant information form (available here:
September 15, 2012. Any papers not included in this session will be
forwarded to the Congress Committee for possible inclusion in the
Subject: U. Chicago Medieval Studies Workshop CFP – Kalamazoo 2013
The Medieval Studies Workshop at the University of Chicago invites submissions for the sponsored session “Behind the Throne: Counselors, Courtiers, and Favorites” to be held at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 9-12, 2013.
Behind the Throne: Counselors, Courtiers, and Favorites, 500-1500
Medieval royal advisors and administrators are present in countless works of literature and art, in political treatises and in documentary evidence, but they nevertheless remain shadowy figures, largely subsumed by broader discussions of queen- and kingship in contemporary scholarship. The purpose of this session is to encourage deeper consideration of the individual bureaucrats, counselors, favorites, and hangers-on – both men and women – whose unique personalities and relationships to the royal office made trade, cultural production, and governance throughout the Middle Ages possible, even as their closeness to the seats of power often drew suspicion and allegations of corruption. Papers from all disciplines are welcome, particularly those which demonstrate the continuities and discontinuities between advisory models existing in the Latin West, Byzantium, and the Islamic World.
or to the following address:
5034 S. Woodlawn Ave, 2W
Chicago, IL 60615
**Session sponsored by The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts**
“The Greatest Sport”: Histories of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts
This session will focus on the collectors and collecting of medieval manuscripts and documents and the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which they have been pursued across the centuries. At the heart of this session lies the belief that studying provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on the histories of production, circulation and reception of their texts. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript conservation and preservation, how a manuscript’s provenance history can effect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.
Send abstracts by September 15, 2012, to Alexander Devine at email@example.com
Kalamazoo 2013 CFP: Editing Ælfric: Problems, solutions, and ideas for a new Lives of Saints (roundtable)
(Apologies for cross posting.)
Most scholars who work with Ælfric’s Lives of Saints agree that it is time for a new scholarly edition. The current one, edited by W.W. Skeat, is inadequate for a number of reasons. At our session at ICMS 2012, a number of scholars expressed interest in having a new edition that was based on modern editing standards and made use of contemporary tools. It is clear that such an edition will be a collaborative effort. in that vein, this session will bring together interested parties to present concrete problems, solutions, and ideas with regard to editing and building a new Lives of Saints.
Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words describing your proposed involvement in this roundtable to Grant Simpson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 15th. Keep in mind that we’d like it to be a working session in the sense that we’d like to get to the bottom of what needs to be done and how we should go about accomplishing it.
Ok, that’s about it. Good luck in paper proposals.