Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The British Archaeological Association will hold the sixth in its series of
biennial International Romanesque conferences in association with the
Dommuseum in Hildesheim on 14-16 April, 2020. The theme is Romanesque and
the Year 1000, and the aim is to examine transformation in art and
architecture in the years to either side of the millennium.
Despite the complex political situation in late-10th-century Europe, a
period marked by chaos in some areas and effective authority in others, the
last quarter of the century saw an apparent upsurge in artistic production
in the Empire, southern Britain, Lombardy and the Mediterranean. The
decades after the millennium have left a larger residue of work, notably in
France, but were the 1020s artistically more dynamic than the 980s? How
might we describe the cultural climate of the Latin West between c.970 and
c.1030? Proposals for papers concerned with the above are welcome, as are
those that review individual patrons, particularly in establishing
workshops and developing expertise. The period sees remarkable developments
in iconography and stylistic expression. It sees portable monumental and
devotional statues come into being, along with the application of novel, or
at least re-understood, architectural forms. Does the interest in
architectural ‘articulation’ initiate a new understanding of the expressive
potential of architecture? How good is the evidence for monumental wall
painting, what is the state of knowledge on scriptoria as centres of
artistic production c.1000, what conditions gave rise to the proliferation
of ‘First Romanesque’ architecture, how important was Rome, what was the
impact of objects from the Carolingian past or Byzantine present, and what
are we to make of the apparent disparities between artistically ‘active’
areas and artistically ‘inactive’ areas? The period also sees a boom in the
production of three-dimensional objects, with the revival of
bronze-casting, the re-emergence of architectural relief sculpture and he
production of monumental sculpture. The conference is geographically
international, though the date brackets of c.970-c.1030 will be strictly

The Conference will take place at the Dommuseum in Hildesheim from 14-16
April. There will also be an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits
to buildings in the surrounding area on the 17 and 18 April.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the
convenors, John McNeill and Gerhard Lutz, on by
15 May, 2019. Papers should be in English. Decisions on acceptance will be
made by 31 May.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jun-2019 

Meeting Description:

After the two successful conferences in 2015 and 2017, we are pleased to invite scholars interested in the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with different ideologies in different times once more to Georgia. 

200 years ago, in 1819, Rasmus Rask after his well-known work “Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language” (1818), traveled to St. Petersburg and Tbilisi (1819). 
During this travel he wrote a paper in German on the Languages and Literatures of Norway, Iceland Sweden and Finland (1819). After that Rasmus Rask travelled in Persia, India and Ceylon. He wrote very important works on the authenticity of the Zend language and on the method of expressing the sounds of the Indian Languages in European characters. These works of Rasmus Rask created the strong basis for the historical-comparative linguistics. Due to this reason our conference is dedicated to Rasmus Rask and 200 years history of comparative and areal linguistics. 

Conference Organizers: 

Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics 
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 
St. Petersburg State University 

The conference will be held on 12-14 September, 2019 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia).

Call for Papers: 

Papers relating to any aspect of the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with ideologies are invited, focusing on diverse topic areas from individual case studies to methodological considerations. Especially the papers on the history of comparative and areal linguistics are very welcome. 

Keynote speakers: 

Hans Basbøll (University of Southern Denmark) 
Frans Gregersen (University of Copenhagen) 
Leonid S. Chekin (AIRO-XXI Research Centre, Moscow) 

Proposals for papers should be submitted in the form of abstracts of 400 words as Word.doc, accompanied by the affiliation, email address and short bio of the participant and mailed to: 

The official languages of the conference are Georgian and English. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 20, 2019. The conference editorial board will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Final selection will be made by June 30, 2019; notification of acceptance will be sent before July 5, 2019. 

For further information please contact the local members of the executive board by using 

Editorial Board of the Conference: 

George Sharvashidze (Rector of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Thomas Gamkrelidze (Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, 
Georgian National Academy of Sciences) 
Hans Basbøll (University of Southern Denmark) 
Frans Gregersen (University of Copenhagen) 
Camiel Hamans (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland) 
Ivane Lezhava (Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Nana Machavariani (Arn. Chikobava Institue of Linguistics; Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Yuri Kleiner (St. Petersburg State University) 
Aleksey Andronov (St. Petersburg State University) 
Elena Krasnova (St. Petersburg State University) 
Tinatin Bolkvadze (Head of the conference, Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 

Executive Board of the Conference: 
Ekaterine Navrozashvili (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)
Maka Tetradze (Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 
Nino Abesadze (Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: June 20, 2019 
Notification of Acceptance: July 5, 2019 
Program Announcement: July 10, 2019 

Conference Fee: € 130 

The Organizing Committee cannot financially support the conference participants. All fees and expenses must be met by the participants and/or their organizations.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Call for manuscripts: Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and
Renaissance (ed. Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey)
by Philip  Dunshea
Peter Lang are seeking proposals for the series Court Cultures of the Middle
Ages and Renaissance [1], edited by Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey (Trinity College

This is a peer-reviewed series focused on the inter- and multi-disciplinary
cultural output of medieval and Renaissance court culture on an international
scale. The series invites proposals for single- and multi-authored
monographs, edited collections and editions of early works relating to the
Prospective authors are encouraged to submit proposals which highlight the
central importance of the court to medieval and Renaissance culture,
including projects that explore the life and/or works of writers, artists,
historiographers, soldiers, composers, diplomats and courtiers, in the East
as well as the West. Other areas of particular interest are courtly ritual
(e.g. chivalric code, ceremonies, spectacle) and literary and artistic
representations of the court. The series will also explore the role of the
court in shaping national, religious and political identities, as well as its
function as an interface between different cultures.
Each proposal will be vetted by the specialists on the series editorial board
and will undergo a comprehensive peer-review process.

Upcoming volumes include Paolo Alei and Max Grossman’s /Building Family
Identity: //The Orsini Castle of Bracciano from Fiefdom to Duchy

Please contact commissioning editor Philip Dunshea (
[2]) if you would like more information on the series, or if you would like
to discuss a proposal.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

CFP: “Late Antique Textualities”
January 2–5, 2020
Society for Classical Studies
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer: Colin Whiting, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Seventh Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 17-19, 2019
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri


We hope that everyone has an excellent start to the second semester. While the initial deadline for the Symposium has passed, we are continuing to accept submissions. I also want to reiterate the invitation to check out our new website. Also, details about our Lodging Registration portal, which is now open, will be in a follow-up email.

I have copied below the details of our Symposium:

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome.

The plenary speakers for this year will be John J. Contreni, of Purdue University, and Maureen C. Miller, of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.

During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Erica Lauriello ( by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library's regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.

For more information or to submit your proposal online, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact us at this email address:

Friday, January 25, 2019

CFP, CML Symposium. Moving Forms: The Transformations and
Translocations of Medieval Literature (Athens, Sep 11-13, 2019)
by Kristin Bourassa
.... Call for Papers. Moving Forms: The Transformations and Translocations of
     Medieval Literature.

The movement of people and books across space and time - mobility and
portability – were driving forces of medieval European literary and
intellectual culture. Men and women, clerical and secular, constructed
extensive social networks and communities through travel, written
communication, and the exchange of texts. Shared literary practices and forms
occurred at the regional and transregional levels, defining local identities
and forging links between people separated by distance and time. Around the
North Sea and Baltic littorals, legends from the Norse sagas, for instance,
were taken up by writers. On a larger scale, people from north-western Europe
to China exchanged stories of Barlaam and Josephat, while tales of Alexander
are found from India to Ireland; in both cases, transmission was facilitated
by the movement of people along the Silk Road. Rather than a full picture,
often we are left with a set of trails, traces and clues that challenge us to
create narratives out of the fragments.

*This symposium aims to contribute to the understanding of medieval
literature through the development of methodologies which examine the
intersection of social networks and communities with literary forms.* We
welcome papers that attend to the agency of people (men and women), genres
(literary, scientific, philosophical, legal etc.), modes (verse, poetry,
prose), styles, texts and manuscripts (book types, layouts, images) in
creating literary links across space and time. Building on the practices of
both comparative literature and entangled history, the symposium will open up
connections between literary cultures often considered to be separate. At the
same time, and of equal importance, it will be alert to the absence of
connections, to discontinuities, exposing the diversities and ruptures of
medieval literature, as well as the commonalities.

By following the movement of forms and tracing social connections from
Antiquity to the Renaissance, we will interrogate both geographies and
chronologies of medieval European literature. Always keeping the intersection
of the social and the formal in view, the symposium will move back and forth
between small and large scales of time and place: the local, the
transregional, the European, and the Afro-Eurasian. Issues of morphology,
scale and periodization will be central to discussion, enabling conversations
across a wide range of material to gain traction. The symposium will bring
together methodological and theoretical contributions, addressing the
intersection of people and forms; we welcome papers that work on large scale
typological models as well as papers that address broader issues though
closely-worked case studies.

Questions to consider include:

 * How do we move from specific examples to writing/formulating larger
   narratives, from the micro to the macro, from the close up to the
   panoramic, without falling into generalizations?
 * What are the advantages and disadvantages of existing methodologies that
   account for the movement of objects, texts and people through space (e.g.
   histoire croisée, actor network theory, global history, etc.)?
 * How does medieval Europe fit into a wider Afro-Eurasian space? How does
   Europe divide into and participate in regional geographies?
 * How conscious were medieval people of new forms as a dimension of cultural
 * What role does the modern historical imagination have to play in
   recreating social networks and formal encounters?
 * How do medieval theories of cultural movement (e.g./ translatio imperii
   et studii/, spoliation, etc.) enable us to explain the transmission of
   literary forms?

.... Format

The symposium will meet over three days, with each day including 3 panels
with three speakers. Papers will last 20 minutes and be followed by 45
minutes of discussion per panel. Since the substantial discussion following
the papers is as important as the papers themselves, papers will not be
allowed to overrun. Each session will have a respondent/moderator who will
read papers in advance of the session and launch the discussion of their
session through a short reflective invitation. For this reason, we ask that
all papers be given in English. Speakers are asked to frame their research in
ways which are simultaneously sophisticated /and/ inviting of exchange with
colleagues working across the literatures of medieval Europe (including
Byzantium, and Islamic Spain and Sicily) and its neighbours. We welcome
proposal for individual papers and for panels.

There will be a modest amount of preparatory theoretical reading in advance
of the symposium.

.... Publication

We anticipate publishing extended versions of a selection of papers from the
workshop in a special issue of /Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European

.... Venue

The symposium will take place in the Danish Institute at Athens, conveniently
located in the Plaka. There are many tavernas, cafes and restaurants nearby.

.... Cost

There will be no charge to attend the symposium. There will be a charge to
cover the cost of the symposium dinner. Delegates are responsible for
covering the cost of their travel and accommodation. A small number of
bursaries will be available for PhD students and early career scholars, for
further information contact Kristin Bourassa ( [4]).

.... Abstracts

*Please send short abstracts (250 words) and a brief CV (1/2 page) to George
Younge ( [5]) by 1st March 2019. Panel proposals
should include overview (100 words) and abstracts and CVs (as above) for all

Thursday, January 24, 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts March 29-31 Colloquium "New
Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange"
by Eva Kuras

*“New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange”*


*** PLEASE NOTE:* We are well-funded and are happy to contribute to
transporation and accommodation costs.

We invite abstract submissions for a colloquium to be held at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

*Date and Time:* March 29-31, 2019 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

*Venue:* Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801

*Keynote Speakers: *

Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota (Music)

           Instrumental Journeys in Premodern Eurasia

Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma (English)

            Aspects of the Culture of Modernism: The Discipline of
Economics and the Rise

            of Corporate Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth Century

The colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary
faculty-graduate student research cluster sponsored by IPRH: the Illinois
Program for Research in the Humanities. Participants in “Transmission,
Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange” have been exploring
the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and
exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is
intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty
who can bring their current research projects, share and receive feedback
from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields.

We are interested in 20-minute presentations that address key questions: How
can we define “cultural contact and exchange?” What forces are at work in
the transmission and reception of “cultural artifacts”? How have
geopolitics and economics influenced the movement of stories, music, sports,
and myriad other forms of cultural production over time? How do the
conflicting influences of nationalism, global networks, and changing
technologies act to impede and/or facilitate cultural exchange? What kinds of
institutions (formal and informal) have had the most impact in fostering
cultural exchange? What kinds of evidence can we use to prove that cultural
transmission has occurred?

We especially encourage abstracts from scholars working on cultural contact
and exchange in premodern eras, as well as non-humanities fields.


 * Cultural contact and exchange via text, orality, music, dance, art, sport,
   digital media, and beyond
 * Geopolitics and the economics of cultural exchange
 * Historical perspectives on dynamics of cultural exchange
 * Legal perspectives (copyright, ownership of cultural artifacts, etc.)
 * Media of transmission
 * Memory and myth-making
 * Regional and global networks of cultural transmission
 * Technological modes (textual, material, digital, oral, etc.) of cultural
 * Translation, migration, and/or nationalism in cultural contact and

The colloquium will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
provided and the organizers will assist in finding affordable lodging for
out-of-town presenters. Please submit a 300-word abstract by January 27, 2018
to [1] .

*Questions?* Contact Eva Kuras or JiHyea Hwang at [2]

Organizing Committee:

Professor Robert Markley (English)

Professor Carol Symes (History)

Professor Robert Tierney (Comparative and World Literature, East Asian
Languages and Cultures)

JiHyea Hwang (PhD Candidate, Comparative and World Literature)

Eva Kuras (PhD Student, Comparative and World Literature)