Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA)is delighted to
release the Call for Papers for the following panels at the International
Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University (7-10
May 2020).

IMANA-sponsored panels always invite graduate student submissions, as well
as scholars at all levels of experience and from the breadth of disciplines
that touch on medieval Iberia, literary, historical, and beyond.

Please join our conversation at the ICMS by submitting a proposal for a
paper, attending any of our panels during the Congress, and joining us for
the IMANA Banquet!


PANELS

-1-
Race and Its Historiography in Medieval Iberian Studies (panel discussion)

Organizer: Isidro Rivera (ijrivera@ku.edu)

The present political and cultural moment is intensely focused on issues of
race, diversity, and inclusion. This panel seeks to address the lack of
engagement with race and diversity in Medieval Iberian Studies, and
therefore connect our field with other areas of medieval studies. The panel
discussion will open between the panelists and the audience a discussion
about the ways in which topics such as racial(ized) and ethnic minorities,
the whitening of Iberia, the Middle Ages, and disciplinary marginalization
have shaped Hispano-Medieval Studies.

Keywords: race; medieval Iberia; historiography

-2-
The Canon Walks into a Bar: Humor in Medieval Iberian Literature (session
of papers)

Organizer: Paul Larson (Paul_Larson@baylor.edu)

Making learning fun (and funny) is hardly new: it has a deep history, often
expressed as docere delectando or delectare et docere.  How do "serious"
canonical works of the Iberian Middle Ages delight while they teach? How
can a text be serious and funny all at the same time? This panel shifts
attention to the hybridity of canonical texts in deploying low humor, often
scabrous, for high purposes. This panel seeks papers on texts in any
Iberian language(s) and their use of humor, to put them into dialogue
across Iberian textual and scholarly traditions.

Keywords: humor; Iberian literature; the canon

-3-
Iberomedieval Studies: Taking Stock, Moving Forward (roundtable)
Organizer: Linde M. Brocato (linde.brocato@miami.edu)

The relevance of medieval studies in general to the present has become both
more evident and at the same fraught, and Iberomedieval studies must assess
how the discipline works within this shifting context.  This is happening
as the organization of IMANA itself is shifting to take on greater
collective governance and responsibility, which also merits broader
consideration within the context of the social and disciplinary shifts in
medieval studies.  This roundtable will consist of a conversation among
practitioners across all domains, generations, and positions of
Iberomedieval studies, to take stock of how the field is structured, how we
constitute our community through conversations, work, and organizations
like IMANA, and how we can move into the future integral to the larger
academic and intellectual work of our time.

Keywords: the disciplines; Iberomedieval studies; academia

-4-
Literature, Language, and Identity during the House of Aviz (session of
papers)

Organizers: Ross Karlan (rmk65@georgetown.edu) and Michael Ferreira (
mjf62@georgetown.edu)

This panel offers an interdisciplinary approach to the diversity and
different identities on the Iberian Peninsula at a time when the Trast√°mara
Dynasty often takes center stage. Focusing on the House of Aviz
(1385-1580), this panel will highlight lusophone and related materials at a
time of great change surrounding the Portuguese crown, including imperial
expansion, diverse ethnic contact, and the attempt to form a unique
Portuguese identity in relation to other parts of Iberia. Given the broad
scope of the crown's sphere of influence, texts may touch on geographic
diversity both within the Iberian Peninsula and beyond, including Africa,
India, China, and the Americas.

Keywords: Medieval Portugal; book history; identity; Aviz

-5-
Questioning Mysticism (session of papers)
Co-Sponsor: ASPHS, Jes Boon (jboon@unc.edu)
Organizer: Erik Alder (erik_alder@byu.edu); Amy Austin (amaustin@uta.edu)

Mysticism and the mystic continue to constitute one of the most commonly
discussed subjects at the ICMS during recent years. Despite this, entire
sessions specifically dedicated to mysticism itself are few and far
between. Accordingly, this session invites papers that seek to mine the
depths and significations of mysticism, particularly in light of recent
theoretical models: to what extent does the body and the eye inform the
mystic? To what extent does mysticism defy and subdue the body? To what
extent can mysticism serve as a backdoor for power and resistance, inasmuch
as it allows the individual to work both within and outside of accepted
structures of power? How does mysticism subvert or conform to existing
epistemologies and ontologies? As sponsored by IMANA, this session will
take special interest in Spanish mysticism, but will of course be
interested in contributions across disciplines.

Keywords: mysticism; embodiment; epistemology; ontology


Draft IMANA Mission Statement
The Iberomedieval Association of North America is an international
community of those who study the Iberian Middle Ages, conceived broadly,
and including all of the disciplines concerned with areas of study
characterized by languages, literatures, religions, cultures, societies,
and politics in medieval Iberia.  As such, we work as a community in
intensely and uniquely interdisciplinary and interstitial ways, dealing
with the rich and fascinating artifacts and dynamics of medieval Iberia, a
zone of intense cultural, intellectual, and religious contact.
Iberomedieval Studies is therefore uniquely positioned – and poised – to
also turn the legacy of racist and antisemitic violence and oppression into
a transformative understanding of those dynamics.  As a community, we value
and foster rigor, respect, inclusion, diversity, and support for all
scholars at all levels of endeavor.

--


Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Papers sought on any aspect of
teaching medieval literature in translation
for a panel at the 22nd biennial
New College Conference
on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
March 12-14, 2020,
in Sarasota, FL.

Should this panel be accepted by the conference organizers,
the session will be sponsored by TEAMS, the Teaching Association for
Medieval Studies,
and essays will be considered for publication in the
Once and Future Classroom, TEAMS' on-line, peer-reviewed journal in
article format.
See https://once-and-future-classroom.org/cfp/
for a detailed list of suggested essay topics.

Please send abstracts to Deborah Sinnreich-Levi,
dsinnrei@stevens.edudsinnrei@stevens.edu
> by August 30, 2019.

https://teams-medieval.org/
http://www.newcollegeconference.org/


Prof. Deborah M. Sinnreich-Levi
Stevens Institute of Technology
Email:  dsinnrei@stevens.edudsinnrei@stevens.edu>
Office Hrs:  T W TH 8-9:15 and by appt. in M327
Tel:  201.216.5403  Fax:  201.216.8245
*http://www.stevens.edu/cal/faculty-profile?id=912

Thursday, June 27, 2019

*SCRIPTO Workshop S.t Petersburg (SWSSP)*

*The Legacy of German and Western Manuscripts in the Russian National *

*Library*

*St. Petersburg, 30 September – 5 October 2019*



The Russian National Library in Saint Petersburg possesses a rich
collection of medieval manuscripts dating from the early to the late Middle
Ages. The SCRIPTO workshop „The Legacy of German and Western Manuscripts in
the Russian National Library“ offers young scholars the possibility of
studying outstanding pieces from this significant collection under expert
direction. We envisage several working sessions in which original
manuscripts will be examined and discussed. The course is aimed at advanced
young scholars who have completed their studies (usually, an M.A.) or a PhD
and who can show an established interest in the manuscript traditions of
the Middle Ages.

Application Documents and Deadline

Applicants should submit the following documents to Prof. Dr. Michele C.
Ferrari by post or by email by 14 July 2019:

-a statement of interest

-two letters of reference (to be sent by the applicant)

-a curriculum vitae indicating year of birth, academic career and position,
and a valid postal address.

Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität

Mittellatein und Neulatein

Kochstr. 4/3

D-91054 Erlangen

Michele.ferrari@fau.de

What we provide

A fee of 350 euros includes accommodations in St. Petersburg (in a double
or multiple occupancy room; individual rooms are unfortunately not
possible), as well as all costs, like entrances fees, that are directly
connected to the SCRIPTO seminar. Travel costs are not covered.

We would like to emphasize that visa applications for travel to Russia are
to be undertaken individually.

After acceptance into the seminar, you will receive a message asking you to
confirm your participation by 17 July 2019. Afterwards you will receive an
agreement form and a request for the payment of the course fee through FAU.
Payment by bank transfer must take place before the start of the trip by
the deadline indicated in the agreement form.

Important

Please note: when you are accepted into the course and agree to
participate, we expect that you will not later withdraw. Cancellation after
the payment of fee has been made is only possible for documented and grave
reasons.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Marco Manuscript Workshop 2020
“The Ends of Manuscripts”
January 31-February 1, 2020
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


The fifteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday,
January 31, and Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K.
Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.


For this year’s workshop, as a tribute to the 2020 McClung Museum
exhibition “Visions of the End 1000-1600” (opening January 23), we
propose the theme “The Ends of Manuscripts.” We encourage everyone to
take this theme in the broadest possible sense; we invite submissions
that consider the “ends” of manuscripts – whether their physical
boundaries (colophons and explicits, incomplete texts, extrapolated
texts, lost or added leaves, booklets and bindings), their purposes
(texts written for particular patrons or communities, texts written
for devotional or polemical ends, texts written as responses to other
texts, texts prepared for or directed at someone or something), their
fates (where texts have ended up, in libraries or private collections,
in bindings or trash bins, framed on walls or preserved in digital
repositories), or their early coexistence with and gradual replacement
by printed books. Like detectives at a crime scene, we often must work
backward from the “ends” of a manuscript to its life and origins; in
these origins there may even lie some intimations of the manuscript’s
future demise. We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic,
broadly imagined.


The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field
who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy.
Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project;
participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context,
discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange
ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years,
the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference;
participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished
work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both
practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together
towards developing better professional skills for textual and
codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works
in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and
new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript
texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their
participation.



The deadline for applications is November 2, 2019. Applicants are
asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their
project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to
rliuzza@utk.edurliuzza@utk.edu
>, or by mail to the Department
of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN
37996-0430.



The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do
not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a
lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies.
Further details will be available later in the year; please contact
Roy Liuzza or the Marco Institute at
marco@utk.edumarco@utk.edu> for more information. See also
https://marco.utk.edu/ms-workshop/.
Attachments area

Friday, June 14, 2019

The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is pleased to announce its 9th International Conference, Crusading Encounters, at Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June – 3 July 2020.

Applications for sessions of three 20-minute papers each on the theme ‘Crusading Encounters’, or for individual papers, are welcome. Themes could include, but are not limited to:


  • Interactions (real or imagined) between crusaders and indigenous peoples
  • Crusading archaeology
  • Impact of crusading on the environment or natural world
  • Intellectual influences of crusading on medicine, science, culture, language/literature
  • Intermarriage, travel and/or communication between peoples, borders, languages
  • Encounters with the crusading past

Please note that there will be a maximum of three sessions in any one strand.

All applications for sessions and papers must be received at sscle2020@gmail.com by 1 November 2019.



Thursday, June 13, 2019

*Adornment as expression of everyday identity in ancient and medieval life *

Rome, 12-13 September 2019

The conference is intended to be a multi-period and multi-regional
discussion of the ways in which personal adornment can be used to better
understand various aspects of identity. A central concept of the conference
is to encourage collaborative dialogue within the study of the archaeology
of adornment, identity and the body in both the ancient and medieval
worlds. This approach will allow for a greater understanding of how
adornment and identity have been successfully approached by other scholars
in these different periods.

All too often jewellery and items of personal adornment are classed simply
as luxury goods; however, these objects were also a part of everyday life
for both men and women. By looking at the role of these objects in the
context of daily life, the conference aims to provide a new understanding
of the role of personal adornment in the performance and construction of
aspects of individual and social identities. In particular, the conference
hopes to address the following questions: how was adornment used to create
and/or display different aspects of identity? How can we use these objects
to uncover more information about the lifestyle and identity of the
individuals who wore them? How did adornment change throughout an
individual's lifecourse? What was the role of heirloom or inherited
adornment? Were there crossovers and/or differences in style and material
used for male and female adornment and/or for religious and secular
adornment? And, did the less-wealthy use similar forms of adornment to the
wealthy but in less expensive materials or was material more important than
form?

The conference covers the Roman, Late Antique and Medieval periods, so it
should provide an interesting opportunity for scholars studying different
periods to hear new approaches to jewellery and what it can tell us about
aspects of daily life and identity. Overall, the conference aims to
demonstrate the value of this approach by drawing upon a wider range of
relevant case studies from different time periods and geographical areas.
By looking at a diverse range of case studies, the conference also aims to
reflect on current challenges and future trends in the study of adornment.

We would hereby like to invite contributions to the conference, *Adornment
as expression of everyday identity in ancient and medieval life*. Papers
should be 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The conference
language is English.

The conference will take place at the Norwegian Institute in Rome,
September 12-13, 2019. Paper submissions should include:
• The speaker’s name and title
• Affiliation
• Contact email
• An abstract of 200 – 250 words

 Paper proposers will be informed of the organiser’s decision as soon as
possible after the July 15th deadline.

All submissions should be sent by email to the conference organiser,
Courtney Ward, at courtney.ward@roma.uio.no

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Adornment as expression of everyday identity in ancient and medieval life 

Rome, 12-13 September 2019
The conference is intended to be a multi-period and multi-regional discussion of the ways in which personal adornment can be used to better understand various aspects of identity. A central concept of the conference is to encourage collaborative dialogue within the study of the archaeology of adornment, identity and the body in both the ancient and medieval worlds. This approach will allow for a greater understanding of how adornment and identity have been successfully approached by other scholars in these different periods. 

All too often jewellery and items of personal adornment are classed simply as luxury goods; however, these objects were also a part of everyday life for both men and women. By looking at the role of these objects in the context of daily life, the conference aims to provide a new understanding of the role of personal adornment in the performance and construction of aspects of individual and social identities. In particular, the conference hopes to address the following questions: how was adornment used to create and/or display different aspects of identity? How can we use these objects to uncover more information about the lifestyle and identity of the individuals who wore them? How did adornment change throughout an individual's lifecourse? What was the role of heirloom or inherited adornment? Were there crossovers and/or differences in style and material used for male and female adornment and/or for religious and secular adornment? And, did the less-wealthy use similar forms of adornment to the wealthy but in less expensive materials or was material more important than form? 

The conference covers the Roman, Late Antique and Medieval periods, so it should provide an interesting opportunity for scholars studying different periods to hear new approaches to jewellery and what it can tell us about aspects of daily life and identity. Overall, the conference aims to demonstrate the value of this approach by drawing upon a wider range of relevant case studies from different time periods and geographical areas. By looking at a diverse range of case studies, the conference also aims to reflect on current challenges and future trends in the study of adornment. 

We would hereby like to invite contributions to the conference, Adornment as expression of everyday identity in ancient and medieval life. Papers should be 25 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The conference language is English. 

The conference will take place at the Norwegian Institute in Rome, September 12-13, 2019. Paper submissions should include: 
• The speaker’s name and title 
• Affiliation 
• Contact email 
• An abstract of 200 – 250 words

 Paper proposers will be informed of the organiser’s decision as soon as possible after the July 15th deadline. 

All submissions should be sent by email to the conference organiser, Courtney Ward, at courtney.ward@roma.uio.no