Sunday, May 29, 2016

New News of the Week!

The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Europe, Founded 1998, ISSN 1526-1867

Angel Mosaic in Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem-absolutely gorgeous

More on Polish archaeologists discover a medieval hermitage in Egypt

563rd Conquest of Istanbul Prayer Fest

That Study on the impact of the Black Death Back in the News

History of Wales in 12 Maps

Rare Shakespeare Edition Sold

Medieval Monks and Revenging Rabbits

Offa Coin Discovered

Cross Donated to Durham

Digitizing Monastic Chants

Mongols Didn't Like Europe's Wet Weather

Codroy Valley Norse Settlement (i. e. Canada people!)

OKIE DOKIE....Not only no Dark Ages, but Charlemagne's a Fiction!


> Conference: "The Material World of the Early Middle Ages"
> Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
> October 7 - 9, 2016

> Keynote Speakers:

> Paul Edward Dutton
> Simon Fraser University

> Robin Fleming
> Boston College

> Thomas F.X. Noble
> University of Notre Dame (Emeritus)

> Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, we invite early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization to a conference meant to examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. We seek to explore the whole world of the early Middle Ages by including papers that discuss the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material. By “material,” we include objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. We welcome a range of papers that will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.

> Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Valerie Garver ( or Lynda Coon ( via email attachment. On your abstract please provide name, institution, and the title of your proposal.

> Abstracts are due June 1, 2016.

> Dr. Martha Rampton
> Professor of History
> Director-Center for Gender Equity
> Pacific University
> 2043 College Way
> Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
> Phone: 503 352 2772
> Fax: 503 352 3195
> CGE site:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CFP for special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum: Women’s Arts of the Body
Edited by Irina Dumitrescu (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universit├Ąt Bonn)
Email: irinaalexandradumitrescu (at)
At the beginning of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Philosophy arrives to drive out the Muses from Boethius’ cell. It is often said that the Philosophy is female because Latin philosophia is a feminine noun, and, indeed, the dialogue that follows continues a masculine tradition of inquiry and authorship. And yet, woven into this scene are not only female figures, but traces of women’s craft. Philosophy is a cloth-maker, having woven her own clothes, the Muses are described as actresses and whores, and both Muses and Philosophy aim to cure the sick Boethius with their healing arts. Although the dialogue that follows aims to teach the ailing man how to distance himself from worldly things, it begins with feminine craft and arts of the body.
For a special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum, contributions are invited that reflect on arts of the body associated in with women at any given point or place in the Middle Ages (with some flexibility towards the Renaissance). Such “arts of the body” might include: spinning and weaving; needlework, knitting, sewing, quiltingcooking, baking, confectionerybrewing, distillingpotterycosmetics, hair-dressingdancing, singing, actingmedicine, home-remedies, first aidmaking perfumes and poisonsbirth control, abortion, midwiferysex-work.
Some questions you might consider include:
          Which arts of the body are associated with women or men, and when?
-           In what cases do arts or crafts that had belonged to women become the purview of men, or vice versa?
          How do women’s arts of the body intersect with race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability?
-           How are women’s arts of the body appropriated as metaphors for men’s work?
-           When does women’s work count as work? When does women’s art count as art?  
-           What biases do we find against feminine arts of the body, and how are they expressed in texts?
-           Under what historical circumstances do feminine “arts of the body” make it onto the books? When are they institutionally recognized, inscribed, recorded, or even just mentioned?
-           What effects do we notice due to the lack of a historical record? What kind of reconstruction or myth-making fills the archival gap?
-           How have women’s arts of the body been taught or passed down? What can be recovered about women’s teaching practices?
          What kinds of gendered spaces are created or used for women’s arts of the body?
-           What interpretative or historical tools can be used to recover and/or reconstruct lost arts of the body?
Full-length scholarly essays are welcomed from any discipline, and will undergo peer review. Also welcome for this issue are shorter creative or experimental pieces addressing the issue topic. Please submit an abstract or proposal (250 words maximum) for either kind of work by August 1, 2016 to irinaalexandradumitrescu (at) .
Please feel free to get in touch via email if you have any questions about the topic or the feasibility of a particular approach or format.
Working timeline:
August 1, 2016 – Abstract deadline
September 1, 2016 – Essay solicited
January 1, 2017 – Drafts of solicited essays due
May 1, 2017 – Final drafts of accepted essays due
Fall 2017 – Projected publication date

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I'm gonna be famous!!

I appeared on Prof. Awesome's Show!!!  See it hear and have a good laugh:

H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report for H-Announce: 16 May - 23 May

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Queen's University Belfast - Lecturer in Irish Medieval History

CFP: Medieval Studies on Television Screens

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies
Medieval Studies on Television Screens
Proposals by 30 June 2016
Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
For the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 3-5 November 2016
Following the success of previous sessions at both the International Congress on Medieval Studies and meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for a sponsored session on the topic of Medieval Studies on Television Screens for inclusion under the Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Area at the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 3-5 November 2016.
The medieval is represented on television, as in other forms of medievalism, through four basic types of stories distinguished by their settings. Narratives might be set fully in medieval past, or the medieval may be reimagined in anachronistic settings, such as the pre-medieval past (a site of origins), post medieval eras (including science fictional futures) or secondary worlds.
In this session, we hope to continue the work begun in the recent studies like Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television(2013) by the late Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Legends on Film and Television (2000) by Bert Olton, Cinematic Re-Imaginings of Arthurian Literature(2015) edited by Tara Foster and Jon Sherman, Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (2015) edited by Jes Battis and Susan Johnston, The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays (2015) edited by Meriem Pag├Ęs and Karolyn Kinane, Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2016) by Carolyne Larrington, and Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance (2014) by Valerie Estelle Frankel and in the ongoing efforts of numerous bloggers, essayists, and thesis and dissertation writers working independent of dedicated publications on the medieval on screen.
Papers might address any of the following aspects of medievalism on television:
Animated or live-action series with medieval themes
Films made for television or television miniseries with medieval themes
Fantasy series or telefilms inspired by the medieval
Allusions to the medieval in otherwise non-medieval television productions
One-off episodes featuring appearances of the medieval
Commercials with medieval themes
Television documentaries and other educational television about the medieval past
Television adaptations into other media depicting the medieval
An ever-expanding list of potential works can be found at our website:
Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a brief biography to the organizer, Michael A. Torregrossa,

Contact Info: 
Michael A Torregrossa
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

CFP: 2016 Midwest Medieval History Conference Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2016
Tennessee, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Midwest Medieval History Conference
October 21 and 22
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Keynote speaker: Thomas Burman, PhD.
The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages, particularly papers on this year’s topic, the Medieval Mediterranean. Graduate student papers are welcome for the Friday afternoon sessions, which are dedicated to graduate student research. We also invite papers on the scholarship of learning and on practical approaches to teaching.
Submission deadline: June 15.
Submit abstracts for paper proposals to Paula Rieder at
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Dr. Paula Rieder
Department of History
Slippery Rock University
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