Friday, October 19, 2018

New extended deadline: 12/11/18. We continue to welcome all submissions,
but are particularly interested in those dealing with Late Antiquity and
the early Middle Ages/Byzantine world, and/or non-European regions.

*CfP: Keeping it in the Family? Exploring familial tension and rupture in
the ancient & early-medieval Mediterranean (Postgraduate and ECR

*24-25th April 2019, University of Reading*confirmed keynotes: Prof. Edith
Hall (KCL) & Prof. Kate Cooper (RHUL)

Family is a significant aspect of human interaction in the ancient world,
shaping both public and private spheres. As a social unit the family is
often taken for granted; but the boundaries, duties and expectations of
familial relationships are not always clear, constant or consistent.  These
boundaries are often best understood through the moments when the family
comes under pressure; when someone does not behave as expected or there is
a break in the family line. Through examining these moments of crisis, we
can analyse the underlying expectations that society had of the family in
these eras.

Family studies has attracted attention from a broad range of disciplines
and we want to build on this by inviting scholars with an interest in the
ancient and early-medieval Mediterranean to join us and explore ways of
approaching and interpreting tensions inside and on the edges of the family.

Suggested themes:

   - Interaction between familial structures and social and political
   - Tension between familial and social relations (enslaved parents,
   children, partners; citizens and non-citizens within the family; etc)
   - In and out: tension at the boundaries of familial structures and
   relationships (adoption, disownment, marriage, divorce, concubinage)
   - Taboos, intermarriage and the construction of good and bad interaction
   within the family
   - Contesting and constructing legitimacy and illegitimacy
   - Succession, heirship and inheritance
   - Family law, disputes and legislation as plot devices in literature
   - Visual and material representations of familial association or

We want this conference to bring together postgraduates and early-career
researchers from a broad range of geographical, chronological and
disciplinary areas. Accordingly, the suggestions above are not binding and
we welcome any paper that addresses the titular theme.

We will endeavour to ensure this conference is as accessible and
representative as possible. If you have any access concerns, or would
require any further additional support to present, then please include this
information in a separate attachment and we will contact you in confidence
if your abstract is selected in anonymous review.

Abstracts of 300-350 words for a 20-minute paper should be sent as a PDF to
readingancientfamily2019@gmail.comby *12/11/2018*. Please include your
name, university affiliation, programme and year of study (if applicable)
in the body of your email and not in the abstract.  To ensure that all
papers can be understood by as many participants as possible, we request
that abstracts and papers are in English.

Becca Grose, Doukissa Kamini, Rebecca Rusk (PhD students at the University
of Reading)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

International Medievalisms Conference
Maynooth University, Ireland, 27th-29th June 2019

Organiser: Mary Boyle, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow
The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council.

Proposals are invited for papers for a conference on International Medievalisms in June 2019.

Plenary Speakers: Dr Nadia Altschul (Glasgow) and Dr Andrew Elliott (Lincoln)
In 2014, Louise D’Arcens and Andrew Lynch defined international medievalism as ‘a domain of cultural practice in which geographical, cultural, and temporal demarcations are brought into question’. The aim of this conference is to take a broad chronological view of medievalism as a cross-cultural and transnational practice, from its earliest stages during the Reformation to recent online ‘banal medievalism’ (Andrew Elliott, 2017). It will explore the ways in which members of (imagined) communities and cultural groupings have made use and mis-use of apparently medieval texts, images, and ideas which are associated, or perceived to be associated, with the pasts of other communities, regions, or nations. The conference aims to chart and debate international medievalisms from a variety of methodological and disciplinary perspectives including literature, languages, architecture, and the visual arts.

 Proposals are encouraged from early career researchers (postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers), and a limited number of travel bursaries are available.

 Topics could include, but are not limited to:
Methodologies and approaches·      is medieval reception inherently cross-cultural?
·      popular and/or scholarly international medievalisms
·      religious and cultural approaches to international medievalisms
·      medievalisms and postcolonial theory
·      international architectural medievalisms

Does place matter?·      global medievalisms
·      international (mis)use of medieval imagery
·      temporal and geographical alterity
·      the impact of Eurocentric medievalisms
·      country-specific approaches

From chapbooks to the internet·      cyclical medievalisms
·      early international medievalisms
·      Reformation medievalism
·      period-specific approaches
·      international medievalisms and the contemporary world
·      international medievalisms in the visual arts

Papers should be 30 minutes in duration. Proposals should include nameaffiliationand contact details (including email address) for all authors, as well as a brief (max. 200 words) abstract and paper title. Please send all proposals to by 15th December 2018. All general enquiries should be sent to the same address.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Macquarie University, Sydney, July 19-21 2019 Keynote speakers:
Professor David Olster (University of Kentucky) Associate Professor Jitse
Dijkstra (University of Ottawa)

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its
long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its
borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its
political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.
This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from
various quarters of society.  The mechanisms by which the authorities
controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of
imperial policies, could be brutal at times.  In what sense was it
possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?
Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How
vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at
the end of the day?  The theme of the conference aims to encourage
discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within
the history of Byzantium.  Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3
papers) will be accepted. See full call for papers at

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken
Parry: by the due date of 7 January 2019.  Panel
convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all
three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on
their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson.
Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if
submitting their abstracts individually.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

La Société internationale des médiévistes (French and English CFP, English Follows)

La Société internationale des médiévistes (IMS-Paris) vous fait part de son
appel à communications (échéance le *30 novembre 2018*) pour son symposium
annuel qui se tiendra du 8 au 10 juillet 2019 sur le thème Time/Les
temps au moyen âge.

Nous joignons l'appel à communications ci-dessous. Vous y trouverez
également à l'intention des doctorants une description du Prix de


Les organisateurs du symposium IMS-Paris

*Time/ Le temps*

*Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris*

Paris, 8–10 July /juillet 2019

*Appel à Communications :*

« Qu’est-ce donc que le temps » demandait saint Augustin. « Qui pourra,
pour en parler convenablement, le saisir même par la pensée ? Cependant
quel sujet plus connu, plus familier de nos conversations que le temps ? »

De l’estimation des dates historiques au calcul de la date de Pâques et à
l’élaboration du calendrier liturgique, les savants du Moyen Âge ont compté
le temps. Le mouvement des corps dans le ciel nocturne permettait aux
observateurs de calculer l’heure, de même que les instruments tels que le
cadran solaire, l’horloge à eau, la bougie et éventuellement l’horloge
mécanique. Architectes, sculpteurs, enlumineurs et artisans ont tous aspiré
à représenter visuellement le temps à travers différents media, et des
programmes iconographiques complexes ont employé les relations allégoriques
ou anagogiques afin d’entrecroiser les histoires. Les romanciers ont
expérimenté différentes manières de représenter le passage du temps et
d’organiser l’action narrative, tandis que les poètes lyriques ont employé
la répétition de motifs pour retourner le temps sur lui-même. Dans le
domaine de la notation musicale, les théoriciens du Bas Moyen Âge ont
développé différents procédés pour indiquer le rythme, phénomène dont
l’absence dans la notation des siècles précédents, comme dans le chant
monophonique en langue vernaculaire, a donné lieu à des débats parmi les
érudits modernes.

Pour le monachisme médiéval, le temps consistait en l’emboîtement de cycles
qui déterminaient la pratique quotidienne, mensuelle et annuelle en
établissant des associations concrètes entre temps et types de travail,
lecture, et repas. En cela, le temps ne correspondait pas seulement à –
mais était le moyen d’ – un monde matériel qui pouvait être transcendé par
la contemplation. Les réflexions des philosophes et théologiens, de leur
côté, portaient sur les points d’articulation entre les différentes
temporalités : le temps linéaire et fini de la vie humaine, le temps
cyclique de la liturgie et le temps eschatologique du Salut.

Aujourd’hui, les historiens se demandent, avec Jacques Le Goff : « Faut-il
vraiment découper l’histoire en tranches ? », et interrogent tant les
marqueurs traditionnels des périodes historiques qui séparent l’Antiquité
du Moyen Âge et le Moyen Âge de la Renaissance, que les effets de cette
périodisation sur la manière de penser l’objet historique.

Dès lors, comment faire avancer la réflexion sur la durée, l’événement, le
moment ? Comment réfléchir à l’expérience de la dilatation du temps ou de
sa profondeur ?

Pour la 16e édition de son colloque annuel, l’International Medieval
Society Paris lance un appel à contribution sur tous les aspects du temps
au Moyen Âge. Les propositions pourront traiter de l’expérience ou de
l’exploitation du temps, de son calcul et de sa mesure, de son inscription,
sa théorisation, ou de la question de savoir comment, pourquoi ou s’il faut
délimiter le « Moyen Âge ». Les communications portant sur un matériel
historique ou culturel de la France médiévale ou de la Gaule dans
l’Antiquité tardive, ou sur des textes en Français ou en Occitan médiéval,
sont particulièrement encouragés, mais les propositions convaincantes
portant sur d’autres matières seront bien sûr aussi prises en compte.

Le colloque annuel de l’International Medieval Society Paris est une
rencontre internationale et bilingue, rassemblant professeurs, chercheurs
et doctorants. Les propositions pourront être en français ou en anglais, et
toucher des domaines d’expertises aussi divers que l’histoire de l’art, la
musicologie, l’étude des rituels et de la liturgie, l’histoire de la danse,
la littérature, la philosophie, l’anthropologie, l’histoire, l’histoire des
sciences et techniques, ou encore l’archéologie.

Un résumé de 300 mots maximum (en français ou en anglais) pour une
communication de 20 minutes, accompagné d’un CV, pourra être envoyé à avant le 30 novembre 2018. Les résumés
seront d’abord expertisés de manière anonyme avant la sélection finale ;
ils devront donner une idée claire du sujet abordé et de l’argumentation
développée pour la communication. La sélection des papiers sera connue par
retour de mail dans le courant du mois de janvier 2019.

*IMS-Paris Prix pour doctorants*

La Société Internationale des Médiévistes propose un prix qui sera décerné
pour la meilleure proposition de communication de la part d'un(e)
doctorant(e). Le dossier de candidature qui sera envoyé à avant le 30 novembre 2018 comprendra :

1) la proposition de communication,

2) une esquisse du projet de recherche actuel (thèse de doctorat),

3) les noms et coordonnées de deux références universitaires.

Le lauréat sera choisi par le bureau de l'IMS-Paris et un comité de membres
honoraires ; il en sera informé dès l’acceptation de sa proposition. Une
prime de 150 € pour défrayer une partie des coûts d’hébergement et de
transport à Paris depuis la France (350 € depuis l’étranger) lui sera
versée lors du Congrès.


*Time/ Le temps*

*Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris*

Paris, 8–10 July /juillet 2019

*Call for Papers:*

“What is time?” asked St. Augustine. “Who can comprehend this even in
thought so as to articulate the answer in words? Yet what do we speak of,
in our familiar everyday conversation, more than of time?”

From the diverse reckoning of historical dates to the calculation of the
date of Easter and the elaboration of the liturgical calendar, medieval
scholars counted time. The movement of the bodies in the night sky allowed
medieval viewers to calculate the hour, and so did such instruments as the
sundial, the water clock, the candle clock, and eventually the mechanical
clock. Architects, sculptors, illuminators, and artisans strove to
represent time iconographically in different media, and complex programs of
images employed allegorical or anagogical relations in order to interweave
narratives. Narrative writers experimented with ways to represent the
passage of time and organize narrative action, while lyric poets used
patterned repetition to turn time back on itself. In the domain of musical
notation, late medieval theorists developed different ways of indicating
rhythm, a phenomenon whose absence from earlier notation, such as that of
vernacular monophony, has inspired debates among modern scholars.

In the medieval monastic context, time consisted of nested cycles that
determined daily, monthly, and annual practice by building concrete
associations between time and types of labor, reading, and eating. In this,
time not only corresponded to, but was a feature of, a material world that
could be transcended through contemplation. For their part, philosophers
and theologians reflected on the points of articulation between different
temporalities: the linear and finite time of human life, the cyclical time
of the liturgy, the eschatological time of Salvation.

Today, historians ask with Jacques Le Goff, “Must we chop up history into
slices?,” and some question the traditional period markers that separate
Antiquity from the Middle Ages and the Middle Ages from the Renaissance, as
well as the effects of that periodization for conceptualizing the
historical object.

How, therefore, can we best reflect on duration, on the event, on the
moment? How can we reflect on the experience of time’s dilation, or of its

For its 16th annual symposium, the International Medieval Society Paris
invites scholarly papers on any aspect of time in the Middle Ages. Papers
may deal with the experience or exploitation of time, its reckoning or
measuring, its inscription, its theorization, or the question of how or why
or whether we should demarcate the “Middle Ages.” Papers focusing on
historical or cultural material from medieval France or post-Roman Gaul, or
on texts written in medieval French or Occitan, are particularly
encouraged, but compelling papers on other material will also be considered.

The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris is an
interdisciplinary, international, bilingual meeting of faculty,
researchers, and advanced graduate students. We welcome submissions in
French or English from art history, musicology, studies of ritual or
liturgy, history of dance, literature, linguistics, philosophy, theology,
anthropology, history, history of science and technology, or archaeology.

An abstract of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a paper of
20 minutes should be sent, along with a CV, to by 30 November 2018. Abstracts will receive a preliminary blind
review before the final selection and should give a clear idea of the topic
and anticipated argument of the paper. Presenters will be notified of their
selection in January 2019.

*IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize*:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by
a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract

2) an outline of a current research project (PhD dissertation research)

3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary
members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of
350€ to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150€)
will be paid at the symposium.

Friday, October 12, 2018


Marco Manuscript Workshop 2019: “Bits and Pieces”
February 1-2, 2019

Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Fourteenth Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and
Saturday, February 1-2, 2019, 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, we invite papers on the theme “Bits and Pieces.”
Some manuscripts have survived the centuries bright, pristine, majestic,
and complete; most have suffered at least some minor damage or loss; some
manuscripts, however, seem no more than ragged scraps. They lack
beginnings, or endings, or middles; they tantalize with their
incompleteness. These fragments still have much to tell us, though they
make us work to learn it. The reader of incomplete manuscripts and
fragments faces a broad array of problems – how to extrapolate
missing text, how to fill the gaps in a page or a text, how to read a faded
and worn leaf, how to combine dispersed fragments into a whole, how to
represent the fragment in a modern edition in a way that renders it legible
while still acknowledging its brokenness. Some fragments are already
repaired, either bound into florilegia, rewritten by a well-meaning early
reader, or patched and glued and restored in ways that sometimes obscure as
much as they preserve; in such cases the modern reader may have to
deconstruct an earlier reader’s traces before reconstructing the original
text. The problems and rewards of studying manuscript fragments, large and
small, are many; 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, 2018. Applicants are asked to
submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy
M. Liuzza, preferably via email to, 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 for more information.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Call for Papers at AUP Press:

Monsters and Marvels

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

We are very happy to announce that manuSciences ’19 is now open for

ManuSciences is a week-long intensive course in manuscript studies
which combines history, philology, palaeography, and codicology with
material sciences, digital humanities and computer science.
Participants will have lectures from experts on topics such as the
making and analysis of papyrus, parchment and paper, DNA and C14
analysis, and TEI for Palaeography and Codicology. They will also have
hands-on sessions in which they will make their own inks and writing
samples and then analyse these samples or other images with techniques
and equipment including multispectral imaging, X-Ray Fluorescence
(XRF) Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, and computational manuscript

The summer school will take place at the Côte d'Azur on 10-15 March,
2019 and is open to young researchers (loosely defined), from master
and PhD students to researchers and university lecturers.

It is jointly organized by the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und
-Prüfung (BAM), Berlin, the Center for the Study of Manuscript
Cultures (SFB 950), Hamburg and the École Pratique des Hautes Études –
Université Paris Sciences et Lettres.

Applications are due by 15 November 2018

For further information please visit the manuSciences websites

Best wishes,


Peter Stokes
Directeur d’études
École Pratique des Hautes Études - Université PSL
Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques
Savoirs et Pratiques du Moyen Âge au XIXe siècle (EA 4116)
Patios Saint-Jacques
4-14, rue Ferrus - 75014 Paris