Friday, November 10, 2017

Center for Iconographic Studies invites you to submit proposals for the Twelfth International Conference of Iconographic Studies ICONOGRAPHY OF PAIN that will be held in Rijeka, Croatia 31 May-1 June 2018 – dead-line for proposals is 20 January 2018.
Please find attached the Call for the Conference.
We would be grateful if you could disseminate the information to your colleagues and through your mailing list.

We're looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Best wishes,

Center for Iconographic Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Sveucilisna avenija 4
51000 Rijeka

Thursday, November 2, 2017

10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 2-4, 2017

Intertwined Worlds

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.
Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This year’s theme, “Intertwined Worlds,” will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world's manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.
This year’s symposium features a keynote address by Phyllis Granoff, Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University, on “The Mystery of Mistakes: Reflections on Indian Illustrated Manuscripts,” to be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia at 6pm,on November 2, 2017 (reception beginning at 5pm).
The exhibition Intertwined Worlds, curated by co-organizer Benjamin J. Fleming, will be on view in the Goldstein Family Gallery throughout the symposium. All registered symposium attendees are invited to attend the closing dinner reception for a special viewing of the exhibition.
For more information and to register, please go to: .

Call for Papers and Posters
PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity 

University of Reading
4-5th May 2018

Keynote speech: Dr. Chiara O. Tommasi (University of Pisa): Esotericism in Classical and Late Antiquity

Late Antiquity was once regarded as an age of decadence and barbarisation as well as a ‘marginal’ field of study. Those days are over. Late Antiquity has now its own  place in academia and is considered a hot topic by both Classicists and historians of the Early Middle Ages, as well as scholars of religious studies, archaeology, art and philosophy in a fruitful exchange among disciplines.

The study of Late Antiquity involves a wide variety of disciplines. Our PhD Colloquium on Late Antiquity will take place at the University of Reading in May 4-5, 2018. The aim of our Colloquium is to make the most of such diversification by bringing together  and achieving synergy among PhD Students from across the UK and abroad working on Late Antiquity. 

Each paper (15 min) will be followed by a personalised response from a senior scholar (10 min) assigned by the organisers and a plenary discussion. Each delegate will circulate  his or her paper a week in advance to his or her respondent. 

Additionally, we will also host a poster session, with a £50 voucher prize for the best poster.

Lastly, the Colloquium will include a visit to the Ure Museum of Classical Archaeology of the University of Reading. 

We welcome submissions of papers and/or posters from disciplines including (but not limited to) Greek and Latin Literature, History, Archaeology, Art, Philosophy and Theology: 

Option A: papers (15  min)
Send an abstract of your paper (400 words) to by 10  November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.

Option B: posters
Send a brief abstract (200 words) or outline of your poster to by 15  November 2017. Please also specify your affiliation.  

Please note that, as the event is specifically aimed at PhD students, we can only accept submissions from PhD students. However, Masters students and early career researchers  are warmly invited to attend and participate in the debates.

 For further enquiries, please contact Lorenzo Livorsi (,  Ilaria Scarponi ( or Fiona McMeekin (

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1. NUME, Research Group on the Latin Middle Ages, organizes the IV Cycle of Medieval Studies, June 2018.


2. The goal is to offer a broad overview of the current situation of Italian and international medievalist studies. Issues which are related to many different aspects of the medieval period (V-XV century) can be addressed: history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies and so on;


2.1 Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;

2.2 Contributions will be structured in specific panels.


3. The conference will be held from 3rd to 7th June 2018 at the Auditorium Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, via Folco Portinari, 5 (Florence, Italy).


4. Participation proposals must have abstract format, in Italian or English, not exceeding 300 words. They will have to be sent, along with a CV, by January 15, 2018 at the following e-mail address:


5. Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.


6. The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by February 1, 2018.


7. The selected speakers will be asked to prepare an oral intervention, accompanied by any images or videos, not exceeding 15 minutes (+5’ discussion time). Contextually, they will be asked to send a paper of their contribution for the Conference Proceedings by April 1, 2018.


8. Speakers will be required a participation fee of 100€, which, in addition to supporting the activities of the NUME Research Group, will entitle to 2 free copies of the Conference Proceedings.


9. The Conference program will be published by April 30, 2018.


10. The deadlines set out in this notice must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.

Further information at:

Centre for Printing History & Culture

Script, print and letterforms in global contexts:
the visual and the material

28-29 June 2018
Birmingham City University

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2017

In this conference, we seek to explore the plurality of engagements with, and interpretations of the printed and written word in various writing systems and artefacts; whether handwritten, lithographed, typographically printed, or digitally conjured. We invite both scholars and practitioners, broadly in the areas of design, printing, publishing, typography, print culture and book history, to bring critical perspectives and present fresh approaches to the study and discussion of the visual and material aspects of print in the diverse linguistic contexts of the world.
 The global history of text-based communication constitutes a particularly exciting facet of material culture, given the myriad ways in which its production, transmission, and consumption has been (and continues to be) accomplished across cultural and political boundaries. However, a critical engagement with script and print outside the western world has remained relatively limited despite a burgeoning interest in the interrelated areas of printing, publishing, design, and type history. Studies of the ‘global’ and ‘regional’ cultures of print have tended to accommodate summary accounts and generalisations in relation to the material production of text in different languages and scripts, most commonly grouped under the term ‘non-Latin’. The time is long overdue for these narratives to expand, and address the rich variation and particularity of global practices.
Possible themes for the conference include, but are not limited to:
        ●  Print, manuscript, and material culture from around the world;
        ●  Global and transnational histories of printing, publishing, technology, typography and type design;
        ●  Cultural and political dynamics in the visual/material representation of scripts and languages;
        ●  Social, political, and economic aspects shaping printing and publishing practices;
        ●  Networks and exchanges between or within print and manuscript communities: Including but not limited to business, cultural, educational, and literary aspects;
        ●  Connections and interactions between various actors and entities: Including but not limited to, artists, designers, linguists, manufacturers, readers, scholars, technologists, users, assembly/production-line workers;
        ●  Perspectives on technological change in the history of design, printing, technology, and typography: Including but not limited to innovation, adaptation, resistance, and use;
        ●  Forms, formats, and usage of documents and publications composed in global scripts: Including substrates besides paper; letters on stones, wood, fabric, ceramics, or digital media.
 PAPERS of twenty-minutes in duration are invited for this international conference from independent researchers, established scholars and postgraduate students, as well as artists, designers and practitioners working in the fields of history, book history, printing history, type design, typographic history and design, and print, manuscript, and material culture.

TO APPLY please send a suggested title, synopsis (300-word abstracts) and biographical details (up to 150 words) via a PDF or Word attachment to by12-noon GMT, 15 November, 2017.
 VENUEFaculty of Arts, Design & Media, Birmingham City University, UK.
 DATES Thursday 28 – Friday 29 June 2018.

MORE INFORMATIONand a downloadable call for papers .
 PUBLICATIONAll papers will be considered for publication in Printing History and Culture a new CPHC book series published by Peter Lang Ltd.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The History and Classics Graduate Student Association at McGill University is excited to announce that the 15th annual McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, will be taking place in Montreal on March 1-3, 2018. The theme of this year’s conference, “Violence and the Mind”, provides a platform for graduate students to situate these problems as they continue to explore violence historically by foregrounding the interior lives of historical subjects. We welcome emerging scholars from across the disciplines to present research that questions how violence is produced, elaborated, interpreted and experienced by the mind. For more on this year’s theme, please refer to the attached PDF. To learn more about the McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, please visit

This year’s keynote speaker is Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her book, Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

We encourage proposals that present historiographical, theoretical, and comparative approaches to such forms of violence across a variety of regions and time periods. Hopeful participants should propose 15-20 minute presentations that speak to the following questions and themes: How are the interior lives of human beings shaped, historically, by violence? What distinguishes violence committed against bodies from violence committed against minds? How can historians study the relationship between violence and subjective experience? What is distinct (and what is similar) about violence produced or directed towards the mental realm? To what extent can the various subfields of history, which explicitly study violence, be approached together when inner experiences are taken as the point of departure? How can the notion of structural violence contend with individual psychologies?

Potential areas of enquiry may include (but are not limited to):

  • The history of ideology
  • The history of psychoanalysis
  • The history of medicine, including psychology and psychiatry
  • Colonialism
  • Slavery
  • Racism and Critical Race Theory
  • Military history, including trauma
  • Queer theory and the history of sexuality and gender
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Disability Studies
  • History of emotions

Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words as well as a brief academic biography in Word or PDF format to by 8 December 2017.
ymposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 18-20, 2018
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session at the NeMLA's 49th Convention that will take place April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA:

Ancient Myth and National Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

In this current age of resurgent nationalism, questions of national origin and legitimation take on a new importance. This panel, which welcomes submissions from scholars working within or across different national literary traditions, will explore the use of ancient myth in justifications of territorial conquests and the defense and legitimation of national spaces.

Issues that papers may address include (but are not limited to):

Ancient and pseudo-ancient foundation myths

Dynastic myths and claims of descent from classical figures

Medieval and early modern evocations of mythical conflicts

The Latin/vernacular divide and questions of elite/popular readerships

Word and image in the transmission of national myths

Session chairs:
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (University of Pittsburgh)
James Coleman (University of Pittsburgh)

Please submit abstracts (of up to 300 words) through the NeMLA site ( by September 30.

Any questions about this session can be emailed to

James K. Coleman
Assistant Professor of Italian
Department of French and Italian
University of Pittsburgh

Friday, October 13, 2017

The thirteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 2-3, 2018, 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 that explore the idea of “Transmission.” Few texts are preserved in their author’s own hand; most surviving manuscripts are copies of copies, each hand-made, and each differing to a greater or lesser degree, by design or accident, from the copy before it. The more successful or important or popular a work, the more copies were produced, and the more difference and variation exists among the surviving copies; but even a work that survives in only one copy may represent the end of a series, potentially a long one, of moments of textual reproduction. Texts may travel in groups or be tucked into solitary margins; they may gather in closely-knit families or diverge in significant and sometimes strange ways. Whatever hidden chances may have led to their survival, every manuscript has a story to tell about its origins, its readers, and its place as a link in the chain of transmission. How do we reconstruct these stories? Do the traditional tools of textual criticism reflect the reality of textual transmissions? What can a text tell us about its own history? 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.

How to Apply:
The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.
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.

Additional Info:
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 for more information.
Copies of this CFP are attached in pdf and png form if you would like to circulate them. See also

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: 865-974-1859

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017