Tuesday, October 8, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS
Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15-17, 2020
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance
Studies<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> (June 15-17, 2020) is a convenient
summer venue in North America for scholars 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 David Abulafia, of
Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University,
Chicago.

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 also available, although there is 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.

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance
Studies<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> 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, 2019. 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:
https://www.smrs-slu.org/


Thomas P. Morin
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Saint Louis University
thomas.morin@slu.eduthomas.morin@slu.edu
>

Monday, October 7, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the conference keynote presentations for the
2020 Global DH Symposium! We look forward to welcoming *Carrie Heitman*
<https://www.unl.edu/anthropology/carrie-heitman>, whose work includes
the Chaco
Research Archive <http://www.chacoarchive.org/cra/> and work on digital
indigeneity; and *Miguel Escobar Varela* <http://miguelescobar.com/>, whose
work includes digital theatre projects as well as biometric study of
Javanese dance <https://villaorlado.github.io/dance/html/index.html>.


Please consider applying to present at this symposium, which includes work
from across disciplines and timeframes.


Best,

Kristen



*Global Digital Humanities Symposium*

March 26-27, 2020

Michigan State University

msuglobaldh.org



*Call for Proposals*

Deadline: November 1

Proposal form <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/submit-a-proposal/>



Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its
symposium series on Global DH (msuglobaldh.org <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/>)
into its fifth year, on *March 26-27, 2020*. Digital humanities scholarship
continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct
disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to
cultural materials. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of MSU's Cultural
Heritage Informatics Program <http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu/>, we
particularly encourage proposals along that theme, but as always we strive
to showcase DH work in all its forms.



Alongside the expansion of digital humanities in under-resourced and
underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including,
among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation,
digital rights, endangered data <http://endangereddataweek.org/>, and the
digital divide. DH communities have raised and responded to these issues,
pushing the field forward. This symposium is an opportunity to broaden the
conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with
foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is
especially welcome. Additionally, we define the term “humanities” rather
broadly to incorporate the discussion of issues that encourage
interdisciplinary understanding of the
humanities.



Focused on these issues of social justice, we invite work at the
intersections of critical DH; race and ethnicity; feminism,
intersectionality, and gender; and anti-colonial and postcolonial
frameworks to participate.



This symposium, which will include a mixture of presentation types,
welcomes 300-word proposals related to any of these issues, and
particularly on the following themes and topics by *Friday, November 1,
midnight in your timezone:*

   - Critical cultural studies and analytics
   - Cultural heritage in a range of contexts, particularly non-Western
   - DH as socially engaged humanities and/or as a social movement
   - Open data, open access, and data preservation as resistance,
   especially in a postcolonial context
   - How identity categories, and their intersections, shape digital
   humanities work
   - Global research dialogues and collaborations within the digital
   humanities community
   - Indigeneity – anywhere in the world – and the digital
   - Digital humanities, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism
   - Global digital pedagogies
   - Borders, migration, and/or diaspora and their connection to the digital
   - Digital and global languages and literatures
   - Digital humanities, the environment, and climate change
   - Innovative and emergent technologies across institutions, languages,
   and economies
   - Scholarly communication and knowledge production in a global context
   - Surveillance and/or data privacy issues in a global context
   - Productive failure



*Presentation Formats:*

   - 5-minute lightning talk
   - 15-minute presentation
   - 90-minute workshop
   - 90-minute panel
   - Poster presentation
   - There will be a limited number of slots available for 15-minute
   virtual presentations



Please note that we conduct a double-blind review process, so please
refrain from identifying your institution or identity in your proposal.



*Submit a proposal here <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/submit-a-proposal/>*



*Notifications of acceptance will be given by December 9, 2019*

Kristen Mapes
Assistant Director of Digital Humanities
College of Arts and Letters
Michigan State University
kristenmapes.com
kmapes@msu.edu
kmapes86@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 2, 2019



Marco Manuscript Workshop 2020 – “The Ends of Manuscripts”

January 31-February 1, 2020
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The fifteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday,
January 31, and Saturday, February 1, 2020, 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, as a tribute to the 2020 McClung Museum
exhibition “Visions of the End 1000-1600” (opening January 23), we
propose the theme “The Ends of Manuscripts.” We encourage everyone to
take this theme in the broadest possible sense; we invite submissions
that consider the “ends” of manuscripts – whether their physical
boundaries (colophons and explicits, incomplete texts, extrapolated
texts, lost or added leaves, booklets and bindings), their purposes
(texts written for particular patrons or communities, texts written
for devotional or polemical ends, texts written as responses to other
texts, texts prepared for or directed at someone or something), their
fates (where texts have ended up, in libraries or private collections,
in bindings or trash bins, framed on walls or preserved in digital
repositories), or their early coexistence with and gradual replacement
by printed books. Like detectives at a crime scene, we often must work
backward from the “ends” of a manuscript to its life and origins; in
these origins there may even lie some intimations of the manuscript’s
future demise. 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, 2019. Applicants are
asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their
project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to
rliuzza@utk.edurliuzza@utk.edu
>, 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
marco@utk.edumarco@utk.edu> for more information.

Monday, September 30, 2019


CALL FOR PAPERS / PECIA 22 (2020)

The medieval manuscript: text, object and tool of transmission
The next volume (22/2020) of PECIA. Le livre et l’écrit (Brepols)
opens itself very broadly to the medieval manuscript, whether as
object (of work or study, of luxury and ceremony, or for codicological
purposes) or as medium for the transmission of ideas (in the
manuscript tradition or as textual edition). All contributions
addressing the manuscript in its diversity, from the High Middle Ages
to the start of the Renaissance, are welcome.
Send a summary and CV before October 30 to: jldeuffic@gmail.com
http://blog.pecia.fr/
Jean-Luc Deuffic

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Center for Iconographic Studies invites you kindly to submit proposals for
the Fourteenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies that will
be held in Rijeka, Croatia May 28-29 2019.

Please find attached the Call for the Conference. The dead-line for
submitting proposals is January 15th 2020.

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,

Antonia Zurga





Center for Iconographic Studies

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Rijeka

Sveucilisna avenija 4

51000 Rijeka

Croatia

+385 51 265776

http://ikon.ffri.hr

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

*CALL FOR PAPERS Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance
Studies June 15-17, 2020 *Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri


The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> (June 15-17, 2020) is a convenient summer venue
in North America for scholars 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 *David Abulafia*, of Cambridge
University, and *Barbara Rosenwein*, of Loyola University, Chicago.

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 also available, although there is 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.

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> 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, 2019*. 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:
https://www.smrs-slu.org/
<https://www.smrs-slu.org/>
Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies <https://www.smrs-slu.org/>
www.smrs-slu.org

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.

Monday, August 26, 2019

The Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA) is delighted to
again announce the Call for Papers for panels at the International Congress
on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Western Michigan University (7-10 May 2020).
A full call has gone out in a separate email.



IMANA-sponsored panels always invite graduate student submissions, as well
as scholars at all levels of experience and from the breadth of disciplines
that touch on medieval Iberia, literary, historical, and beyond.  If you
wonder about your discipline, the answer is YES, whatever it is.  If you
wonder about your affiliation or lack thereof, the answer is also YES,
whatever it is.  We are particularly interested in provoking the widest
cross-disciplinary conversations from the widest variety of subject
positions.



Please join our conversation at the ICMS by submitting a proposal for a
paper, attending any of our panels during the Congress, and joining us for
the IMANA Banquet announced on MEDIBER in the Spring!



Proposals should include an abstract, your contact information, and the
ICMS Participant Information form available here:
https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions



The final deadline for submissions is 15 September 2019, so generally a
slightly earlier submission date is A Good Thing.



I invite position statements of up to 3 pages for the following roundtable:



*Proposal: Iberomedieval Studies: Taking Stock, Moving Forward (roundtable)*



*Official description:*

The relevance of medieval studies in general to the present has become both
more evident and at the same time fraught, and Iberomedieval studies must
assess how the discipline works within this shifting context.  This is
happening as the organization of IMANA itself is shifting to take on
greater collective governance and responsibility, which also merits broader
consideration within the context of the social and disciplinary shifts in
medieval studies.  This roundtable will consist of a conversation among
practitioners across all domains, generations, and positions of
Iberomedieval studies, to take stock of how the field is structured, how we
constitute our community through conversations, work, and organizations
like IMANA, and how we can move into the future integral to the larger
academic and intellectual work of our time.



*Further thoughts*:

As our community is reorganizing IMANA, it seems to me that we should
engage in some conversations to move toward clarity and consensus as part
of the process.  Our broader field of medieval studies is also in the
process of taking stock in many areas, with which Iberomedieval Studies
must also contend.



I am therefore asking anyone interested in participating in a roundtable
discussion next year at the ICMS at Kalamazoo to submit a >>position
statement<< formulated in personal/professional response to the following
two texts: the roundtable proposal, and the draft mission statement for
IMANA.



Possibilities: What kinds of paths do you see within and between the
disciplines with/in which we work?  What are the issues of culture,
identity, ethics, and commitments that arise as you make your way in
Iberomedieval studies?  What dimensions and dynamics shape your work?  How
do you frame the texts and questions that move you?  What speaks to you,
and in what language(s), with what music?  As an Iberomedievalist, how do
you play, where's your bliss, what dances? How does that fit, if it fits,
in the institutional structures that we both inherit and shape?  How do we
make the most satisfying shape of the world of our work?



Heterodoxy is invited.



(2) Draft IMANA Mission Statement (developed by the IMANA Inaugural Board,
on the basis of Brocato's initial draft)



The Iberomedieval Association of North America is an international
community of those who study the Iberian Middle Ages, conceived broadly,
and including all of the areas of study that touch on medieval Iberia and
its context, but not limited to, languages, literatures, religions,
cultures, societies, and politics.  As such, we work as a community in
intensely and uniquely interdisciplinary and interstitial ways, dealing
with the rich and fascinating artifacts and dynamics of medieval Iberia, a
zone of intense cultural, intellectual, and religious contact.
Iberomedieval Studies is therefore uniquely positioned – and poised – to
also turn the legacy of (racist and antisemitic) violence and oppression
into a transformative understanding of those dynamics.  As a community, we
value and foster rigor, respect, inclusion, diversity, and support for all
scholars at all levels of endeavor.



Please send your position statement either by replying to this email, or to
linde.brocato@miami.edu.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Full calls for sub-themes for the 2020 Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, *Privilege
and Position*, are now available on our website:
https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedievalcolloquium.sewanee.edu%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csema%40list.vanderbilt.edu%7C1cb1d3da32ea4892e3b308d723560a50%7Cba5a7f39e3be4ab3b45067fa80faecad%7C0%7C0%7C637016724763499550&sdata=8cXVVgO357BwvChYTNMQrOtveF4UboRz2nbaDhpg7vs%3D&reserved=0

We invite papers engaging with privilege and position in global medieval
cultures. The Colloquium meets *April 17-18, 2020* in Sewanee, TN; our
plenary speakers will be Seeta Chaganti (University of California, Davis)
and William Chester Jordan (Princeton). Financial aid is available, at
https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fmedievalcolloquium.sewanee.edu%2Fconference%2Ffinancialaid%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csema%40list.vanderbilt.edu%7C1cb1d3da32ea4892e3b308d723560a50%7Cba5a7f39e3be4ab3b45067fa80faecad%7C0%7C0%7C637016724763499550&sdata=bqmV3q7aCzTNIe%2FiqGLSbkiNfTFU%2FPt5hoQHz6kDeiI%3D&reserved=0.
Sub-themes

include



   - Gender and Genre in Medieval Literature
   - Interested Gifts: Generosity, Power, and Privilege
   - Manuscript Privileges
   - Mysticism and Hierarchy
   - Peasants and Privilege
   - Peripheral Medieval Studies
   - Private Law in Theory and Practice
   - Privilege and Position in Pedagogies Medieval and Modern
   - Privilege and Position in *Piers Plowman *(sponsored by the *Piers
   Plowman *Society)
   - The Privileged Afterlives of Early Medieval Saints
   - Privileging Gower (sponsored by the John Gower Society)
   - Querying Privilege in Medieval Drama Scholarship: Performance vs. Texts



Submissions are due *November 1, 2019*, through our website or via e-mail
at medievalcolloquium@sewanee.edu. Any submission to a sub-theme that is
not accepted will be automatically placed in our general call (so there are
two chances for your paper to be accepted if you apply to a sub-theme).
Thank you to the organizers of these sub-themes, and we look forward to
your submissions!



Yours,


Matthew Irvin

Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

Pronouns: he/him






Monday, August 19, 2019

The Centre for the Digital Research of Religion at Masaryk University and
the “Dissident Networks Project” (DISSINET, https://dissinet.cz/) hosted at
this research centre are pleased to invite proposals for short presentations
(5 min.) of various digital tools for historical research (e.g.: software,
environments for the annotation of texts and digitized manuscripts, the
adaptation of general-purpose digital tools to historical research, etc.)
to be presented at a roundtable session on "Digital Tools for Historical
Research" at the International Medieval Congress 2020 in Leeds, UK (6-9
July 2020).

Each speaker should briefly present a tool and be prepared to answer
questions from the audience on its use and application. The speakers may be
connected with the developers of the tool, but this is in no way a
requirement. They need only know it well enough to be able to present it to
the audience and answer questions. Overall, the roundtable and subsequent
discussions are intended to create a space for networking between users and
potential users of such tools (and in some cases their developers).

The participants in any session of the congress, including this roundtable,
are expected to register for the congress and pay the registration fee and
their travel costs.

Please send brief informal proposals to David Zbíral at
david.zbiral@mail.muni.cz by September 15th at the latest. Any proposal
should contain the name of the tool or environment to be discussed, a short
description of the tool, information about its availability (licence), and
the address of a website where more information about the tool is available
(if applicable). A formal abstract is not required.

We look forward to your proposals!

All the best,

David.


Dr. David Zbíral
Associate Professor


*Masaryk University | Faculty of Arts*
Department for the Study of Religions | Centre for the Digital Research of
Religion
A: Arna Nováka 1 | 624 00 Brno | Czech Republic
T: +420 549 495 372 <+420549495372>
E: david.zbiral@mail.muni.cz | W: https://religionistika.phil.muni.cz/en


Sunday, August 18, 2019

CFP The Digital Middle
Ages in Ireland and Beyond (A Roundtable), ICMS Kalamazoo 2020 by Vicky
McAlister CFP The Digital Middle Ages in Ireland and Beyond (A
Roundtable), ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, May 2020, Western Michigan University

Sponsored by the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS)

This session will discuss how scholars and students can use digital
technologies to achieve a more nuanced understanding of medieval
culture. At ICMS “Kalamazoo” in 2019 ASIMS sponsored the very successful
Digital Castles roundtable. Particularly enlightening discussion during
this session centered on the ways we can use the digital humanities to
engage students in our work as scholars. Consequently, we would like to
broaden the scope and appeal of a digital humanities session proposed
for Kalamazoo 2020. While the geographic focus is on Ireland, we
particularly welcome proposals that discuss medieval Ireland’s
connections with the wider world. This panel considers innovative
approaches towards better understanding, through digital means, the
material culture of medieval Ireland. As so many of 2019’s attendees (as
well as the majority of ASIMS members) are based at teaching focused
institutions, we plan to particularly emphasize how digital projects can
be accomplished on a budget and at a distance from the geographic area
of study. Presentations will be of less than ten minutes’ duration, with
ample time for audience participation and discussion. Another benefit of
the session’s approach is its multidisciplinarity, reflecting approaches
from history, manuscript studies, archaeology, art history and
literature. This session will therefore provide a venue for an exciting
interdisciplinary dialogue, framed within the digital humanities.

Please send your abstract to Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State
University, vmcalister@semo.edu  by *Friday, September 6th, 2019.*

More information available at https://asims.org/kalamazoo/ 



Friday, August 16, 2019

CFP Leeds 2020: Beyond ‘Virgin’ Lands: Interdisciplinary Approaches to
Gendered Landscapes
by Emma O'Loughlin Bérat
Leeds IMC 2020 Call for Papers



*Beyond ‘Virgin’ Lands: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gendered
Landscapes*

Organised by

Dr. Emma O’Loughlin Bérat (Independent/ Bonn Universität)

and Dr. Karen Dempsey (University of Reading)

Also see CFP
here: https://www.academia.edu/40073818/Leeds_IMC_2020_CFP_Beyond_Virgin_Lands_Interdisciplinary_Approaches_to_Gendered_Landscapes
[1]

Interactions with the medieval landscape often appear as innately masculine.
 From Brutus’ foundation of the eponymous Britain to patrilineages derived
from castle names to metaphorically feminine (virginal and untamed) lands
awaiting male domination. Yet, as recent research shows, the apparent
prevalence of these ‘fantasies’ in medieval sources is due in part to
modern assumptions. In fact, historical women built castles and were patrons
of monasteries, the legendary Syrian princess Albina gave her name to Albion
before Brutus ever landed, female saints impressed their footprints
permanently into rock and the menstrual blood of Queen Medh carved furrows
into the Irish landscape. In symbolic, nominal, architectural, horticultural
and legal ways, to name a few, medieval women shaped, curated and cared for
the medieval landscape. Then as now, the landscape is a cultural construct:
the ways we understand it have much to do with the gendered preconceptions
and approaches we bring to our study and the sources and interactions we
privilege.

Our interdisciplinary panel(s) will explore the ways women, other gendered
identities and non-human agents, both historical and representational, took
control of and shaped geographical landscapes at a variety of scales. We are
particularly interested in papers that move beyond artificial borders between
male/female, nature/culture, domestic/political and other oppositional
understandings.

Questions may include but are not limited to:

 * How did women’s political, communal and private interests influence the
   ways medieval people understood their contemporary landscapes? To what
   extent did legends and landmarks left by women shape future notions of the
   land’s identity?
 * In what ways did women's devotional practices draw on landscapes at both
   micro and macro levels? What haptic, emotional, affective experiences can
   we understand from today?
 * What impact do masculine and paternalistic narratives have within the
   current discourses on medieval landscapes, particularly in heritage
   studies?
 * What can we as scholars do to understand the diversity of class, gender,
   religious, racial and cultural positions always at play within the
   medieval landscape? How does eco-criticism and new materialism help in
   this study?

We hope these will be truly interdisciplinary discussions and welcome papers
from all fields, including anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies,
history, art history, literature and religion on any medieval period and
geographical region.

Please submit an abstract of 150-200 words to Emma Bérat
(emmaberat84@gmail.com [2]) and Karen Dempsey (k.dempsey@reading.ac.uk [3])
by 15 September 2019.


[1] https://www.academia.edu/40073818/Leeds_IMC_2020_CFP_Beyond_Virgin_Lands_Interdisciplinary_Approaches_to_Gendered_Landscapes
[2] mailto:emmaberat84@gmail.com
[3] mailto:k.dempsey@reading.ac.uk

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

Leeds International Medieval Conference, 6-9 July 2020

“Mike Clover and the World of Late Antiquity”

Sponsored by the Mike Clover Memorial Consortium.

Following the untimely death of Mike Clover, a much beloved and
admired scholar of Late Antiquity in general and the Vandals in
particular, his students, colleagues, and friends are proposing a
series of conference sessions in his honor for the Leeds International
Medieval Conference, 6-9 July 2020. Given Mike’s interests, the theme
for next year’s conference, “Borders,” makes this initiative even more
appropriate. We would welcome submissions on the kinds of topics that
Mike liked to work on, things like barbarians/Vandals, prosopography,
the Historia augusta, Ammianus, hagiography, coinage, and late Roman
history in general.

Submissions (title and brief abstract) can be sent to Ralph Mathisen,
ralphwm@illinois.eduralphwm@illinois.edu
>. The deadline for
submissions in September 21. Subsequently, the wheels at the IMC will
grind slow but fine, and the IMC states, “we anticipate being able to
notify paper/session proposers whether their proposal has been
accepted into the programme by the December prior to the IMC.”

Ralph W. Mathisen
Professor, History, Classics, and Medieval Studies
Founding Editor and Editor Emeritus, Journal of Late Antiquity
Editor, Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity
Director, Biographical Database for Late Antiquity
Dept. of History -- MC-466
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801 USA
ralphwm@uiuc.edururicius@msn.com

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

CFP: "Medieval Responses to the Sounds of Animals" 

Children today enjoy learning the sounds made by different animals, which are often captured by onomatopoetic words. Medieval scholars similarly seem to have been fascinated by the sounds of animals, which they apparently took delight in capturing and impersonating in Latin and the vernaculars and also in music. Further, some medieval thinkers expressed curiosity about whether animal sounds, like their bodily movements, signified emotions and desires, intentionally or not, and constituted a language that could be directed at humans and even the Creator, not just at other animals. Building upon recent work by Alison Langdon and Elizabeth Leach, this session seeks to explore the representation and interpretation of animal sounds within various fields of medieval culture, such as music, literature, religious life, and philosophy, and possibly also art.

A session sponsored by the Marco Institute, University of Tennessee. Please send abstracts to Mary Dzon (mdzon@utk.edu) by Sept. 1.

Monday, August 12, 2019


Reproduction and Control in Medieval Abrahamic Traditions: Contraception, Fertility, Abortion
This panel seeks to examine cross-confessional cultural attitudes to the control of human fertility.
 In an effort to supplement recent studies that survey medical, theological, and legal discussions of generation 
and abortion, we encourage scholars to move beyond authoritative or prescriptive texts, drawing on under-utilized 
sources for this subject, such as literary texts, aesthetic productions, and hagiographic materials. By anchoring 
our discussions in a broad array of sources on contraception, abortion, and the maintenance of regular menstruation,
this panel aims to provide nuance and a comparative frame in the scholarly perception of the control of fertility
 in the Middle Ages.




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Sara Ritchey

Associate Professor of History
Affiliated Faculty in Religious Studies
Steering Cmte: Women, Gender, Sexuality
She/Her/Hers

University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Friday, August 9, 2019

Erasure in Late Antiquity: Call for Papers

*Leeds International Medieval Congress, 6th to 9th July 2020*

*The Postgraduate and Early Career Late Antiquity Network *



Various forms of erasure have attracted significant interest in recent
scholarship. Whether reassessments of *damnatio memoriae*, temple
desecration and redecoration, or the deliberate denial of links to
preceding movements during processes of cultural and religious change,
these concerns are particularly relevant to the late antique world.
Censorship, the manipulation and alteration of space, and concepts of
absence in theology and philosophy are also closely connected to notions of
erasure, as well as more sudden processes of replacement and change. Yet
there have been few attempts to consider erasure as a more general
phenomenon in late antiquity. What were the means by which inclusion and
exclusion took place? Were there commonalities in erasing processes? How
can scholars recover the traces of what has been erased, and how can the
academic community identify and assess its own erasures?



We invite postgraduate and early career researchers from a variety of
backgrounds to present and discuss erasure across the field of late
antiquity in a series of panels. The Late Antiquity Network was founded in
2012 to provide a unified platform for junior researchers working on a
broad range of geographical and disciplinary areas within the period. We
hold workshops and organise panels at larger conferences to provide
opportunities for junior researchers to build connections with others in
the field, present their research in a constructive environment, and
discuss key current trends and issues. Participants in these panels are
encouraged to interpret ‘erasure’ in a broad sense, thinking about how the
theme intersects with their own research interests. Applications from
masters students, those early in their PhDs, and individuals without
current institutional affiliation are particularly encouraged. Papers
should be no more than 20 minutes, leaving 10 minutes for discussion.



Some suggested topics for discussion, which we invite participants to read
in relation to their own themes or bodies of evidence:



- ‘Remembering to forget’ and self-conscious erasure

- Narrative exclusion and literary erasure

- Physical and spatial erasure

- Erasure and the dynamics of censorship

- Erasure of boundaries (epistemological, ethnic, etc)
- Erasure and changes in religion and culture
- Partial erasure, deliberate or accidental

- Erasure in manuscripts and papyri

- The removal and replacement of individuals

- Erasure and power dynamics

- Concepts of absence and erasure in philosophy and theology

- Sculptural, pictorial and visual inclusion and exclusion generally

- Erasure and the problems of sources’ representation

- Erasure in or by contemporary scholarship



The deadline for abstracts (300 words) is midnight on Friday, September
6th. Please include a brief bio noting your career stage.



Abstracts and queries can be sent to: lateantiquenetwork@gmail.com



*Rebecca Usherwood (Trinity College Dublin), Becca Grose (Reading), and the
Network Committee.*