Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join Journal of English and Germanic Philology (JEGP) at Kalamazoo2018! Proposals are due September 15.

The Language of Race in Medieval English Literature

Organizers: Robert J. Meyer-Lee and Renée R. Trilling, for the Journal of English and Germanic Philology
As much recent work has shown (e.g., Geraldine Heng in Literature Compass 2011), the category of race has a long continuous history that reaches back through the Middle Ages and beyond. Nonetheless, like all such fuzzy social concepts of long duration, precisely how that category functioned in social practice (that is, what it meant) has shifted along the vectors of time and place, making the relation between the category as we understand it now and how it was understood in the texts that we study an important area of research. The very volatility of the category in the present, and especially the abusive misappropriation of medieval ideas about race in some quarters, make this area of research especially urgent.

As the principal evidence we have for medieval ideas of race is of course linguistic, this session is interested in new work on the words and phrases in specific medieval literary texts that establish the category of race: among other things, the session is interested in the network of relations to other categories (e.g., social, ethical, religious, biological, political) that those words and phrases convey; the particular literary function of the words and phrases in their local textual contexts; and in synchronic and diachronic considerations of the relation of the words and phrases to their historical and linguistic contexts. We hope to receive submissions that individually or as a group span the Old English / Middle English divide, so that as a whole the session may examine the continuities and changes in the language of race in English across the medieval period.

The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (JEGP), from the University of Illinois Press, has been publishing studies of medieval English, Germanic, and Scandinavian languages and literatures for over a hundred years. Since 2004 the medieval period has been the journal’s primary focus. Its published mission statement is the following:

JEGP focuses on Northern European cultures of the Middle Ages, covering Medieval English, Germanic, and Celtic Studies. The word "medieval" potentially encompasses the earliest documentary and archeological evidence for Germanic and Celtic languages and cultures; the literatures and cultures of the early and high Middle Ages in Britain, Ireland, Germany, and Scandinavia; and any continuities and transitions linking the medieval and post-medieval eras, including modern "medievalisms" and the history of Medieval Studies.

JEGP’s current editors are: Robert J. Meyer-Lee (Agnes Scott College), Renée R. Trilling (University of Illinois), and Kirsten Wolf (University of Wisconsin).

Renée R. Trilling
Associate Professor of English, Medieval Studies, and Critical Theory
Associate Editor, JEGP
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801

Call for Papers for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May, 2018

Alfredian Texts and Contexts

Alfred and his circle continue to generate both academic and popular interest, and this session brings together papers covering a variety of facets of the king, his times, and his later influence. This session welcomes proposals from all disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. Papers at past "Alfredian Texts and Contexts" sessions have treated manuscript studies, prose and poetic texts, military strategy, political and cultural history, religious studies, science and medicine, and Continental connections.

I am still seeking abstracts for this session; I do not set up sessions in advance but choose from the submissions I've received through September 15. I will forward any that I do not accept to the Congress for consideration for General Sessions, so please send abstract AND Participant Information Form: to>.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CFP: The Medieval Horse

by Anastasija Ropa
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Call for Papers
September 1, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Archaeology, Environmental History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Military History, Sport History & Studies

Palfreys and rounceys, hackneys and packhorses, warhorses and coursers, not to mention the mysterious ‘dung mare’ – they were all part of everyday life in the Middle Ages. Every cleric and monk, no matter how immersed in his devotional routine and books he would be, every nun, no matter how reclusive her life, every peasant, no matter how poor his household, would have some experience of horses. To the medieval people, horses were as habitual as cars in the modern times. Besides, there was the daily co-existence with horses to which many representatives of the gentry and nobility – both male and female – were exposed, which far exceeds the experience of most amateur riders today. We cannot reconstruct or re-experience the familiar and casual communication between humans and equids of the Middle Ages – or can we? At our sessions on the Medieval Horse, we will try to deduce, describe and debate the place of the horse in medieval society.
We welcome submissions on any aspect of medieval equestrianism and engagement with horses and similar beasts of burdens, whether in military, civilian, industrial or agricultural context, from a variety of disciplines as well as papers that approach the subject using experimental and reconstruction methodologies.
In particular, we would be interested in contributions on the following themes:
  • Archaeological approaches to horse equipment and harness
  • Osteological research into remains of equids from medieval contexts
  • Equids and other ridden animals in medieval society and thought (including donkeys and mules, as well as camels, elephants and other exotic ridden animals, and even fantastic creatures – the unicorn, the centaur, the hybrids and grotesques in the marginalia, etc.)
  • Horses in the oriental culture
  • Medieval veterinary and hippiatric care and farriery
  • Employment of the horses for hunting, parade, travelling and agricultural activity
  • Military horses and their typology
  • Horses in literature and art
  • Post-medieval representation of the medieval horse
We have already hosted a number of sessions on medieval equestrianism and the horse at IMC 2016 and 2017, which generated considerable response both from researchers and from the audience attending the sessions.
At IMC 2018, we intend to open the scope of the discussion by organising a Round Table on the theme “Reconstructing the Medieval Horse”, in line with the Congress theme for the next year – Memory. We invite contributions to the Round Table, commenting on the reconstruction of the medieval horse from any perspective: whether as practitioners, consultants, participants in medieval themed equestrian events. More generally, we would like to discuss the extent to which the medieval horse can be reconstructed – if at all – and ways in which aspects of medieval equestrian culture and lore (chivalric, veterinary, breeding, training, horse care, etc.) can be applied in the modern world.
If you are interested in contributing to either the sessions or the Round Table (or both), please send the following to the organisers, Dr. Timothy Dawson ( and Dr. Anastasija Ropa (
  1. For the thematic sessions: Short bio (70-100 words, including name, surname, affiliation, research interests and any other relevant information), proposed paper title and abstract (250-300 words). The duration of the paper is 15-20 minutes, followed by questions.
  2. For the Round TableShort bio (70-100 words, including name, surname, affiliation, research interests and any other relevant information), proposed theme and description (150-200 words)
The deadline for submitting a proposal is 1 September 2017.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 20 September 2017.
NB: An individual can present only one paper at the IMC and act as a speaker at the Round Table.
If you have any enquiries or want to discuss your proposed contribution, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Contact Info: 
Anastasija Ropa
Contact Email: 
Please circulate widely these two calls for participants in Kalamazoo 2018 roundtables, sponsored by CARA.
1. CFP, Kalamazoo 2018, roundtable: “The 21st-century Medievalist: Digital Methods, Career Diversity, and Beyond.” What does it mean to be, or to train our students to be, medievalists in the 21st century? With the competing demands of learning new digital methods, training for a job market that reaches far beyond the academy, and worrying about widespread attacks on the humanities, it can sometimes feel like a difficult time to be or to train students to become scholars of the premodern world. And yet, other perspectives might suggest that this is the best time of all to be a medievalist – with new technologies opening up new questions and approaches to sources, a focus on global history that broadens our medieval horizons, new media outlets that increase audiences for our work, and the growing openness about the various career paths medievalists can follow, this panel will discuss ways to productively approach these new norms with optimism. This panel will feature four or five panelists discussing how we can work, teach, and train students within this new world while studying and teaching a very old world.
Contact: Sarah Davis-Secord (

2. CFP, Kalamazoo 2018, roundtable: “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages.” Diversity and inclusivity are major topics of recent conversation both within and outside the community of medievalists, and medievalists have much to offer in combatting racist appropriations of the past. This roundtable will address the question of how we can best include topics of study related to diverse populations in the premodern world in order to teach students about the wide variety of cultures and peoples therein. We will also ask how to attract students from all backgrounds into courses on medieval topics, how we can best serve all of our students in the classroom, and how we can enhance inclusivity in the classroom. We will have between three and five panelists who have experience teaching to and about a diverse and inclusive classroom to provide brief remarks and to participate in the roundtable discussion.Contact: Sarah Davis-Secord (

Friday, August 11, 2017


“Social Justice” is generally understood as the quest for empowerment, equality, and equity in all matters of civics, law, and labor, and extending as well to nature and the environment. Many universities are focusing their curricula on 21st century themes of social justice due to the rising demand placed on academia to help make sense of the rapid pace of social change in the modern world. Following on recent Kalamazoo panels, of the last three years in particular, that have looked to medieval literature as a site to explore issues of contemporary urgency such as rape culture, misogyny, and ableism, this panel investigates how the great 14th-century poem Piers Plowman both treats issues of social justice in its own time and invites, in pedagogy, dynamic engagement with issues relevant to today' world. One particular site inviting such engagement between the medieval and the modern is labor.  Piers Plowman asks questions about sustainability, gainful employment, disability as it relates to labor and access, the role of government and charity as it pertains to work, the integrity of labor, and a host of other issues. The session also welcomes  broader constructions of Langland and social justice issues that mediate the medieval and the modern, such as: the rhetorics of patient poverty; the visibility of disability, reimagining class distinctions; the ethics of animal-human labor; and the ongoing relation between humankind and the natural world.

Michael Calabrese (
Department of English
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Elizaveta Strakhov
Assistant Professor of English
Marquette University
Marquette Hall 242
PO Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
Kalamazoo 2018​
Monsters I: Immigration and Migration
Organizer: Asa Simon Mittman
What happens when the monster—the outsider, the “othered” figure from not-here—arrives, settles, or is already here? When the supposed monsters appear on the shore and move into the house next door? Medieval groups grappled with this concern on a regular basis, as demonized groups were often on the move from one region to another. Sometimes, the groups in question were seen as arriving from distant locales: Jews in England, Muslims in Italy, and both in Spain; Mongols in Eastern Europe. Recent arrivals were often demonized by locals who themselves were rarely indigenous peoples: invaders pushed native populations out beyond their borders and were in turn pushed back by waves of new invaders. Each successive wave of immigrants, once settled, found ways to dehumanize the previous inhabitants – often depicted as autochthonous giants – and the next wave, making monsters out of migrants. Immigrants were viewed with suspicion and derision from populations fraught with their own anxieties of identity. The medieval world marginalized migrants and immigrants – foreign populations and native – because of what they feared in themselves. Rulers prop up their authority and consolidate their power by building walls of rhetoric to protect their own cultural identity from perceived threats and incursions, but what are the costs to those on each side? What can we learn from medieval moments of immigration and migration? Can we identify both errors to be avoided and exemplars of inclusivity to be emulated?
We invite papers from all disciplines and national traditions. Additionally, MEARCSTAPA will provide an award of $500 to the best graduate student submission to this or any of its sessions to help offset the costs of travel and lodging for the ICMS.
Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form (available here: to session organizer Asa Simon Mittman ( by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Dear Colleagues,
We invite you to register for the 56th Midwest Medieval History Conference. You will find the link to the conference page and online registration below, which provides information on the program, registration, hotel, meals, venue, and so on. (See We at Western Michigan have always sought to promote open and friendly scholarly dialogue and we hope that this meeting will reflect that spirit. We particularly wish to thank Amy Livingstone, our program chair, for assembling an exciting program of diverse scholarship on medieval history. We look forward to seeing you on September 29th and 30th in Kalamazoo.
Yours Sincerely,
Robert Berkhofer and Jana Schulman, co-hosts MMHC 2017
Contact Info: 
Amy Bosworth
Department of History
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Contact Email: 
Second call for papers
K'zoo 2018 -- Eustache Deschamps -- Deadline, Sept. 10, 2017

Eustache Deschamps -- Gourmet, Bailiff, Courtier, and Social Critic: 
A Fourteenth-Century Gentleman Looks at Life
Organizer:  Deborah Sinnreich-Levi (Stevens Institute of Technology)

The work of Eustache Deschamps (1340-1406) survives principally in one immense, complete manuscript (BNF ff 840).  Contained therein are some 1500 poems offering insights into the life the poet who served generations of nobility.  Although the poet fulfilled his societal obligations to his royal masters, his main delights stemmed from capturing in verse the foibles and fashions of those around him, great and small.  The food of Paris, Brie and Champagne was beyond reproach:  that of Germanic lands, beyond contempt; the manners of courtly diners, atrocious; people’s grimaces, amusing; and ladies’ under garments, torture devices.  His own appearance was such that he styled himself the King of the Ugly.  Diseases and their cures; the study of the seven liberal arts; the practical jokes of Oton de Grandson and the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer and Guillaume de Machaut; and the life styles and deaths of the rich and famous – all fascinated Deschamps, and all have been preserved in his poems.  His Livre de memoire does not survive, but hundreds of shorter poems attest the focus that Deschamps had on his contemporaries and the peculiarities of life at court in the fourteenth century.  The reigns of Charles V and Charles VI, the battle of Nicopolis, the Hundred Years’ War; outbreaks of the plague; the death of Bertrand du Guesclin – all these are chronicled by the poet alongside cheeses and wines; meals of fish and fowl; condiments and convicts; arms and armor; seduction and satiety; fevers and fat waistlines.

Papers on any aspect of Deschamps’ take on medieval life are welcome.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CFP: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2018

by Brandie Ratliff
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 25th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2–5, 2018. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2018 IMC is “Memory.” See the IMC Call for Papers for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.
Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center websiteThe deadline for submission is September 1, 2017.Proposals should include:
  • Title
  • 100-word session abstract
  • Session moderator and academic affiliation
  • Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
  • CV
Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.
If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.
The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.
Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.
These sessions form part of the on-going reevaluation of the present state of the study of Anglo-Saxon law which began with the celebration of the centenary of Felix Liebermann's Gesetze der Angelsachsen.  Recognizing the extent to which our understanding of early law has changed over the last century, the purpose of these sessions is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss new ways of understanding pre-Conquest legal culture.   We invite papers that examine the many ways in which law was made, understood, practiced, promulgated, and transcribed in the Anglo-Saxon world.   We are eager to receive submissions representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, and disciplines.  Possible topics include (but are not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, perceptions of early law in later periods, law in/and art,  We welcome traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical theory. The last few years have witnessed the most extensive reconsideration of Old English law since Liebermann himself, and this session offers an important opportunity to discuss the progress and publicize the research taking place in this field.
The purpose of this session is to reevaluate the legacy of one of the most important authors of the later Anglo-Saxon period.  We invite papers covering all aspects of Archbishop Wulfstan's career as "homilist and statesman," to borrow Dorothy Whitelock's famous formulation. We are eager to receive submissions representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, and disciplines.  We welcome traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical theory. Archbishop Wulfstan is perhaps the most important and influential political thinker of the later Anglo-Saxon period, and this session offers a valuable opportunity to reassess his legacy.
Andrew Rabin
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of English
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Sunday, August 6, 2017

all for Papers: “Barbarians and Barbarians Kingdoms I-II”: ICMS 53, Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2018.
Debate remains lively concerning the barbarians of late antiquity, their impact on late Roman civilization (and its impact on them), and the manifold continuities and discontinuities within their early medieval kingdoms. Scholars of all levels are thus invited to submit an abstract for one of two sessions at ICMS 53 that will focus on “Barbarians and Barbarian Kingdoms.” These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics that might focus on a specific region, time, or development; comment on a vast array of written and/or material sources; or treat a particular theme, person, or event. What they will all have in common is barbarians and/or barbarian kingdoms, c. 250-700.
Inquiries or Abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (here: should be submitted to Jonathan Arnold ( by the congress deadline of September 15

Jonathan Arnold
Associate Professor of History

University of Tulsa

Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript: Rolls and Fragments (DEMMR/F)
Sponsored Sessions at Kalamazoo, May 10-13 2018

1. Form, Text, and the Medieval Manuscript Roll

The medieval manuscript roll was remarkably versatile. Playing host to a variety of genres, the roll format was an omnipresent feature of the textual landscape throughout the Middle Ages. Though its popularity is often attributed to its portability or economical construction, scholars have also noted relationships between its form and the genres it contains. For example, the inverted images of Exultet rolls were visible to onlookers as the texts were read, while the continuous length of a roll could emphasise the continuous history of a chronicle or genealogy. At the same time, however, rolls contain many texts not obviously connected to their format: poetry, recipes, devotional texts, charms, poetry, and even chiromancy. Likewise, there are numerous examples of chronicles and other texts, like Peter of Poitier’s Historiae in genealogia Christi and further examples of devotional poetry, that circulate in both rolls and codices, complicating simple notions of the relationship between text and form. The form of the roll even served as an imaginative substrate, as in the decorative architectural scrollwork in the church at Long Melford, Suffolk where Lydgate’s poetry can be seen unfurled on the wall. Drawing on these varied examples, this panel seeks to initiate new conversations that discuss these and other complicated relationships between form and substrate.

Responding to growing interest in the roll form, this panel invites papers that explore, interrogate,  and illuminate our understanding of the complex relationship between text and form in the medieval manuscript roll and in texts which move between roll and codex.  Please submit a 250-word proposal for a 15- to 20-minute paper as well as a Participant Information Form to digitalmanuscriptrolls by September 15, 2017.

2. Methods and Tools for Reuniting Manuscript Fragments (A Roundtable)

The proposed roundtable invites papers on both the techniques and technologies that scholars use to virtually reunite disparate fragments from the same original codex, as well as the scholarly and pedagogical value in creating these virtual, restored objects. This roundtable offers participants the opportunity to reflect on a number of exciting developments in "fragmentology" from individuals and institutions around the world who have recently turned their attention to the specific challenges and rewards of working with medieval manuscript fragments.  Panelists are invited to speak about specific projects, as well as broader concepts involved in fragment studies and digital humanities, such as IIIF, academic crowd sourcing, the publication and publicization of digital projects, and new digital tools and methods for working with manuscript fragments.

Please submit a 200-word proposal as well as a completed Participant Information Form to by September 15, 2017.

De re militari: The Society for Medieval Military History is sponsoring
or co-sponsoring five sessions.  In addition, Medica has a related
session.  Please direct queries, abstracts and/or PIFs to the listed
organizer.  Also, please disseminate.

And thank you!

Val Eads

De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History
-Annual Journal of Medieval Military History Lecture;
-War and Chivalry;
-Medieval Military History;
-Medieval Military Technology
Contact: Valerie Eads
School of Visual Arts
Dept. of Humanities and Sciences

Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and  Religion, Cardiff Univ.; De
Re Militari: Society for Medieval Military History
(1 ):
-Generalship: In the Field and from the Armchair
Contact: Helen J. Nicholson
Cardiff Univ.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion,

Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages
-Military Medicine: Wounds and Disease in Warfare;
-Medicine in Cities: Public Health and Medical Professions
Contact: William H. York
Portland State Univ. University Honors College

Kazoo CFP:

Friday, August 4, 2017

CFP: Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches

by Kristin Bourassa
We are seeking submissions for the following session at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018. This session is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of York.
Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches
In this session, we would like to address from an interdisciplinary standpoint questions regarding unfinished manuscripts in later medieval Europe. Were image programs planned and never finished? Was the text altered in a significant form? What can an informed understanding of the text/image relationship in a given case of an unfinished manuscript reveal? Are there extant sources of any unfinished manuscripts that might reveal how a later patron or artist/ script may envision adapting a work to suit his or her current needs? Why were specific manuscripts/versions of manuscripts never finished? This session will include visual elements such as images and marginalia, the physical layout of text and image, spaces for images that never got executed, and the codicological structure of the manuscripts themselves.
Abstracts for papers of 15-20 minutes or any questions should be sent to Anne-Hélène Miller (  The deadline for submissions is September 15 2017. The submission guidelines and the required Participant Information Form are available at

CFP: Boundaries of Negotiations in Later Medieval Europe: political, cultural, economic

by Kristin Bourassa
We are seeking submissions for the following session at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018. This session is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of York.
Boundaries of Negotiations in Later Medieval Europe: political, cultural, economic
Recent research has demonstrated an increased interest in the various forms of negotiating in the Middle Ages. In late medieval Europe, in particular, amid political, social and religious conflicts, to negotiate is a prominent practice at different levels of society. A whole set of vocabulary in vernacular languages is used, for instance, to describe occurrences of transactions, diplomatic talks, social or even religious claims. This session welcomes papers using any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches  that consider aspects of negotiating that may take place in, but not limited to, political, cultural, or economical contexts in later medieval Europe, including papers that consider the role of emotion in a negotiation. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars from different fields in order to examine aspects of intercommunication during that time period.
Abstracts for papers of 15-20 minutes or any questions should be sent to Anne-Hélène Miller (  The deadline for submissions is September 15 2017. The submission guidelines and the required Participant Information Form are available at

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CFP: Spolia in the Global Middle Ages

by Mikael Muehlbauer
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Call for Papers
September 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies
CFP: Spolia in the Global Middle Ages
            The reuse and reception of antique remains is one of the most pervasive traits in the art and architecture of the Middle Ages. From Roman cameos embedded in reliquaries, to the use of Pharaonic ashlar in Fatimid fortifications, panel will seek papers that help elucidate what reuse meant during the Middle Ages. Given the “material turn” in Medieval Art History, and the plethora of recent publications on spolia, this panel seeks to expand these discussions beyond the Medieval West. Panelists are invited (but not limited) to touch upon the following questions: In what context was spolia representative of “spoils” or “booty” from wartime? In what contexts is spolia merely an opportunistic reuse to lower construction costs? How did uses of spolia differ from culture to culture? In what religious and secular contexts did the meanings of spolia change? How can we understand represented spolia in other media, such as in manuscript illuminations or wall paintings?
            This panel seeks participants to present on artistic reuse of past objects, real or represented, with special attention given for papers dealing with uses of spolia that fall outside canonical definitions of the Middle Ages such as the Islamic World, Byzantium and the Indian Ocean.
Contact Info: 
Please submit a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant
Information Form ( by
September 15 to the session organizer:
Mikael Muehlbauer, Columbia University,

CFP: Nature and the Unnatural in the Middle Ages: New Perspectives

by Melissa Horn
Sponsored by the Medieval Studies Workshop at the University of Chicago
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2018, Kalamazoo, MI
Scholarship on the Middle Ages has long turned to medieval conceptions of nature and the unnatural as a deep cultural logic underlying a broad range medieval social and cultural practices. This panel seeks new work on nature and the unnatural in the middle ages, inviting new perspectives on how notions of nature/unnature shaped medieval definitions and interpretations of their world. Medieval people variously theorized the fluid boundary between nature and the unnatural: it described the liminal space between the celestial and infernal worlds, the miraculous and decaying body, sexual propriety and deviance, and mystical visions, among a whole host of other phenomena. Similarly, notions of nature and the unnatural undergird a variety of medieval textual and material survivals, including scholastic texts on perspectiva, Gothic architectural ornament, saints’ lives, surveying manuals, monastic rules, mappae mundi, and liturgical objects. How can new scholarly perspectives refresh our understanding of what, and how, nature and unnature meant during the Middle Ages? How might these new perspectives help uncover medieval theorizations of nature and the unnatural in places and sources we haven’t yet looked? In short: what else was nature and the unnatural during the Middle Ages? These are but a few questions this panel seeks to explore.
We look forward to abstracts from every discipline, and welcome papers representing a diverse range of temporal and geographical specializations.
The session will take the form of a panel featuring 15-20 minute papers. Please send a short abstract to Melissa Horn at no later than September 15.

More information on the conference can be found here:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CFP: ‘Memories of the Anglo-Saxon Mission’ (IMC Leeds, 2-5 July 2018)
(Deadline CFP: 1 September 2017)

These sessions at IMC hope to bring together papers that deal with the memories of the Anglo-Saxon mission. Paper proposals are welcome from all disciplines, including literary studies, art history, history, religion studies and archaeology.

Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:

     -          Constructions and representations of the Anglo-Saxon mission in medieval and modern historiography.
     -  The representations of missionaries in art history
     -  Hagiography on individual missionaries
     -  The development of cults of individual missionaries
     -  The Anglo-Saxon mission and gender (e.g., the representation of male and female missionaries)
-       Remembering the Anglo-Saxon mission in England and on the Continent

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University;>) by September 1, 2017.

(for full CfP please see attached)

Dr. M.H. (Thijs) Porck

Assistant Professor Medieval English
Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)
Department of English
P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 101a
PO Box 9515, 2300 RA  Leiden, The Netherlands
Personal website:
Institutional website