Saturday, December 15, 2012

CFP: Postgraduate Late Antiquity Workshop
23 March 2013
London, Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House.

The Postgraduate Late Antiquity Network would like to invite papers for the inaugural Late Antiquity Workshop.

The Workshop is designed to give Postgraduates and Early Career Scholars studying Late Antiquity the opportunity to present works-in-progress to peers for review and dialogue. Papers, which will be organised into panel sessions, should be no longer than 20 minutes, and will be followed by questions and discussion. Papers may be collected, with the speaker’s permission, and published online on the Proceedings page of the London Work-In-Progress website ( Themes can span the width of Late Antique disciplines, from archaeology and epigraphy, to patristics, reception and history.

The workshop will conclude with an informal round table discussion, for which we are inviting chairs and proposals, about new challenges and new approaches for students of Late Antiquity. Themes for this roundtable are open but should be relevant to all disciplines.

Students of Late Antiquity from any background and discipline are invited to submit papers, panel sessions or roundtable proposals of 250 words to by 4 Feb 2013. Inquiries may be directed to the same address.

University of London School of Advanced Study

Crossing boundaries in late antiquity

Organisers: Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (KCL) and Benet Salway (UCL) ;

Location: either room G22/26 or 349 (Painted Ceiling room)
South block, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

17 Jan. Michael Crawford (UCL): Between laissez-faire and dirigisme in the late Roman economy. Room G22/26

24 Jan. Benet Salway (UCL): Divide and rule: boundaries and jurisdictions in late antiquity. Room G22/26

31 Jan. Philip Wood (Aga Khan University, ISMC): Sasanian Christian perspectives on the reign of Khusrau II. Room 349 (Painted Ceiling room)

7 Feb. Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe (KCL): The devil in disguise: diabolical dressing-up games in late antiquity. Room 349 (Painted Ceiling room)

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28 Feb. Averil Cameron (Oxford): Culture wars: history and literature in late antiquity. Room 349 (Painted Ceiling room)

7 Mar. Yannis Papagodiannakis (KCL): title to be confirmed. Room 349 Room G22/26

14. Mar. Eva-Maria Kuhn (MPIR, Frankfurt): Getting justice at the martyr's tomb. Room 349 (Painted Ceiling room)

21 Mar. Tim Barnes (Edinburgh): Roman Emperors and Bishops of Constantinople, 324-428. Room 349 (Painted Ceiling room)


- workshop "Hebrew Manuscripts Studies: An Introduction", Berlin,
15-19 July 2013, registration by 15 January 2013 (participants' number
is limited to 25 persons), for details and application modalities see

- Islamic Codicology Course, Stanford, 26-30 August 2013, for details
and to apply visit

- 10 postdoctorate fellowships for the research program "Europe in the
Middle East - The Middle East in Europe" (Berlin, deadline 15 January
2013), for details and application modalities see

Their Literary, Cultural, Artistic and Psychological Significance in the German-Speaking Territories from the Middle Ages to the Present
An interdisciplinary conference at the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
University of London
Thursday, 4 – Friday, 5 July 2013
‘[…] und aus dem Fenster eines kleines Kabinetts übersieht er mit einem Blick das ganze Panorama […]’
E.T.A. Hoffmann, “Des Vetters Eckfenster”
Windows: those thinner patches in the external skins of buildings that function as a barrier or channel between the individual and the outside world, shielding us from noise, the environment, weather, potential threat and intrusion; allowing entry to light, images, sounds, sun. They structure the façades of buildings, thereby helping to construct their identity, to locate them in time and space and, in the process, to construct our everyday environment, signalling to us when we are elsewhere. Windows frame our view and reception of the outside world and its inhabitants if we look out; of interiors and their inhabitants if we look in; we, in our turn, are framed by them as we move through space. They reflect us and our surroundings back at us, locating us in two dimensions at once; far from static, they allow us to see landscapes and cityscapes move by through windows of trains, cars, planes, marking our location on a journey. Shop windows display and entice, advertising cultural values and concerns; indeed, memory itself has been compared by Proust to a shop window. Window furniture – curtains, blinds – also influences our view of the world, revealing and obscuring, denying or granting fuller vision. Windows signal new departures (Bauhaus); they have even changed European history (Prager Fenstersturz (1618)).
Windows also allow us ingress into the symbolic: the Virgin Mary is the translucent pane of glass through which the Light, Christ, entered this world; the jewelled colours of mediaeval stained glass recall the heavenly Jerusalem. They also allow us ingress into ourselves: in the Bible, eyes are described as windows to the heart (Mark 7:20-23); for the Classical and Middle Ages they were the windows to the soul (an idea that has resurfaced in recent medical research: In film, literature and art, windows function to introduce, structure and direct narrative: setting the scene (Adolph Menzel: View from a Window in the Marienstrasse); introducing characters Das Nibelungenlied; Adolph Menzel: The Artist’s Bedroom in the Ritterstrasse); furthering the plot; allowing alternative viewpoints onto the narrative world or onto alternative worlds within the narrative (Iwein; “Des Vetters Eckfenster”); condensing the narrative (Carl Spitzweg, The Intercepted Love Letter) or hinting at events undepicted; signalling containment, threat or liberation (Wolfram’s Tagelieder; Caspar David Friedrich, Frau am Fenster); anchoring the reader / viewer in this world or opening a passage into the next. The Avant-Garde introduced the window as a metaphor of mediality (cf. Gerhard Rühm, Oswald Wiener “fenster” (1958)). In music the Hollies exhorted us to “Look Through Any Window” (1966); myths provide windows into the past that simultaneously illuminate the present, providing models for its understanding; mystical writing opens windows onto the divine; whilst psychoanalysis opens windows into the individual or collective psyche. Museums, libraries, archives, literature itself are windows onto culture and society past and present; books have been described as “windows on the world” (Schopenhauer); computer interface systems claim similar opportunities and insights . . .
However, for all their resonance, the literary, cultural, artistic and psychological significance of windows has yet to be investigated in any systematic way. Thus the organizers invite the submission of abstracts of c. 300 words on any aspect of “Windows” in the literature, art, thought, science, technology, architecture, film, politics, history and music of the German-speaking territories from the Middle Ages to the present.
Date of submission: Monday 7th January 2013
Submit to: Anne Simon and Heide Kunzelmann
Jane Lewin
Institute Administrator/Consortium Publications Manager
Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies
University of London School of Advanced Study
Room ST 277a (new), Senate House
Malet Street, GB- London WC1E 7HU
Telephone 0044 (0)20 7862 8966
Please note that, owing to building work in Stewart House, access to
IGRS events and offices is through Senate House only
The IGRS is part of the IGRS/IMR/IP Administrative Consortium

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Call for Papers
Mid-America Medieval Association [MAMA] 2013 Conference
22-23 February 2013
University of Missouri—Kansas City
Remembering and Honoring Shona Kelly Wray
Plenary Address:  Professor Stanley Chojnacki (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill): “Wives and Goods in the Venetian Palazzo”

This year’s MAMA Conference will focus on the intellectual and scholarly legacy of Shona Kelly Wray (1963-2012), our beloved colleague, friend, and mentor.  Paper and session proposals in any area of medieval studies will be welcome, but we hope to pay particular attention to the following topics:
Women, gender, families
Interdisciplinary studies
Italian history, literature, culture
Legal history and analysis
Paleography, manuscript studies, diplomatics, codicology
The medieval university
The Black Death, medicine, disease
In addition, the organizers will be hosting a roundtable discussion, “Teaching with Shona” that will focus on pedagogical issues such as using technology in the classroom, interdisciplinary teaching, and teaching interpretation of varied sources.

Submissions should be in the form of abstracts (300 word limit) for both individual papers and sessions, and should include all contact information.  Presenters in session proposals must be listed, with all contact information.

Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals:  Friday, 7 December 2012  Saturday, 15 December 2012
Send all submissions via email to:
Linda E. Mitchell

Graduate Students whose papers have been accepted and who wish to submit them for the Jim Falls Prize must send their papers (no more than 10 pages, and including full citations) NO LATER THAN 1 FEBRUARY to Linda Mitchell at the same email address.

Registration and Program information, including hotel info, will be sent out in mid-January.

Canada Chaucer Seminar

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Call for Papers

The fifth annual Canada Chaucer Seminar will be held at the University of
Toronto on Saturday, April 27th, 2013. The aim of the seminar is to provide
a one-day forum that will bring together scholars, from Canada and
elsewhere, working on Chaucer and on late medieval literature and culture.

The 2013 gathering will include plenary papers by Ardis Butterfield (Yale)
and James Weldon (Wilfrid Laurier), several sessions of conference papers,
and a concluding roundtable.

Proposals are invited for 20-minute conference papers on any aspect late
medieval English literary culture. Submit one-page abstracts by 15 January
2013 to:


William Robins
Associate Professor of English and Medieval Studies
University of Toronto

Dr. Giselle Gos
Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of English
Harvard University

34 th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 
Plymouth State University 
Plymouth, NH, USA 
Friday and Saturday April 19 -20, 2013 

Call for Papers and Sessions 
“Travel, Contact, Exchange” 
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College 

We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms. 

    * How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen? 
    * What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade? 
    * What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact? 
    * How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today ? 

Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music. 

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. 
Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship. 

This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is co-author of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain. 

For more information visit 

Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or 
Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director: . 

Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013 
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013 -- 
Growth and Decay
The Dynamics of Early Medieval Europe
Sunday 10 to Monday 11 February 2013
Monash University, Caulfield Campus

Early medieval Europe (c. 400­–1100) was a dynamic era in which the nexus of power shifted away from the Mediterranean-centred Roman Empire to the former ‘barbarians’ of the north. It saw the triumph of Christianity over diverse traditional religions and the growth of a powerful Church supported by nascent secular states. Technological advances in agriculture, ship-building and warfare opened up new trade routes and settlements, sometimes to the detriment of existing populations, but in places also to their lasting benefit. This is the era of expanding urban growth beyond the Roman Empire. With the burgeoning of urban trade-based settlements this became a period of change in the domestic sphere. Migrations brought mixed populations and new family relationships, and new ways of living. This was also a period of linguistic change, with dominant cultures achieving some degree of linguistic hegemony while minority languages produced some outstanding literature. And yet those dominant cultures in places took on local qualities from the minority cultures.
This conference invites papers which address aspects of this theme and which reflect on the linkage of growth and decay. Can growth be achieved without decay? Does decay take place with no compensating growth? Can decay by one standard be considered growth by another? And by what standards or values can such matters really be judged?
Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers are now sought from interested participants. Panel proposals (3 x 20-minute papers) are also welcome. All submissions should be sent to: by 20 December 2012.
Enquiries should be directed to the conference convenors, Carol Williams and J
52nd  Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference
18-19 October 2013
Hosted by Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

Call for Papers: “Masters, Means & Methods: The (Liberal) Arts in the Medieval World”
The theme of this year’s conference concerns the transmission of knowledge, from masters to students, from practitioners to audience. It includes the liberal arts, the fine arts, and even the practical arts. Topics might include monastic as well as university education; the trivium and quadrivium; the history of theology, science, music, mathematics, and dialectic; art history, especially the training of artists; the education of women; and professional training in guilds.
Scholars from all disciplines of medieval studies and from all regions of the United States encouraged to submit abstracts.
For more information visit:
Please submit abstracts and contact information to:
Amy K. Bosworth
History Department
Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762

Abstracts due: Monday, 1 April 2013

*Manuscripts Online 1000 to 1500: Exploring Early Written Culture in the Digital Age*

Manuscripts Online: 1000 to 1500

 Manuscripts Online 1000 to 1500:

Exploring Early Written Culture in the Digital Age

11th January 2013

University of Leicester

Gartree and Rutland Room 
Fourth Floor, Charles Wilson Building 
Manuscripts Online: Written Culture 1000 to 1500 was funded by JISC, in November 2011, with the aim to study the written culture of medieval Britain between 1000 and 1500 by pulling together and providing access to written and early printed primary sources in this period. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Sheffield, Queen's University Belfast and York.  Manuscripts Online will provide access to a wealth of data which are central to the study of English language, literature and history during the middle ages, ranging from small, AHRC-funded editions to large cataloguing projects and including resources which are freely available to the public, available via subscription as well as those currently unavailable. On our blog we have already published a list of resources that we plan to include in the first launch of Manuscripts Online at the end of January 2013. 
'Manuscripts Online 1000 to 1500: Exploring Early Written Culture in the Digital Age' is the final project conference and you are cordially invited to join us in celebrating the conclusion of the project. Papers will explore the significance of our approach to data mining and federated searching to manuscript studies and early written culture. Speakers will also talk about the value and benefit of the project for teaching and researching early written cultures, and discuss how the resource, which is created by the project, is an opportunity to explore different techniques and approaches across disciplines. We are aiming to build in plenty of space for participation/discussion.

Plenary speakers

  • Andrew Prescott (King's College,London)
  • William Noel (University of Pennsylvania)


Registration, lunch and refreshments are free, but please register using the online form by 3 January 2013. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.


'Exploring Early Written Culture in the Digital Age' is generously sponsored by JISC.
Organising Committee: Orietta Da Rold, convenor (Leicester),  the Manuscripts Online team, with the assistance of Freya Brooks (Leicester).

Call For Papers: "Lamentations"

The deadline for abstracts has been extended until Wednesday, December 19!

Call For Papers:
April 5-6
Indiana University, Bloomington
“Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo...” Thus begins the Vulgate rendition of Jeremiah’s Lamentations, a prophetic book in which memorializing lost political and religious wholeness takes the form of a complex temporality in which present lament for the past reaches forward even into the future. Laments—and their liturgical, poetic, and artistic relations—marked particularly crucial moments associated with ends and what’s left after things are over: death and apocalypses, survivors and remnants.
Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute announces its Spring Symposium, to be held April 4-6. On the topic of lamentation, the symposium would like to pose a broad range of possible questions: What social, political, ethical, or aesthetic purposes do laments or their figurations serve? Who—or what, for that matter—is allowed to lament? Where and when is lament appropriate? Who or what is one allowed to lament for? What places or people(s) have laments left out?
Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Laments over loss of cities, battles, or leaders
  • Religious laments and commentaries
  • Apocalyptic visions; utopian visions
  • The afterlife
  • Love complaints and their parodies
  • Melancholy; enjoying mourning
  • Tragic drama; performing lament; embodied affects
  • Illustrations of sorrow in funerary art and manuscript illumination
  • Ceremonial observances like funeral orations and eulogies
  • Survivor stories; captive narratives
  • The process of mourning and grief as understood in the Middle Ages
  • Penitence manuals
  • Non-human lament or sorrow
  • Lament, spatiality, and temporality; spaces reserved for lament, burial, or grief
Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from scholars across all fields relevant to the study of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. In keeping with the Medieval Studies Institute’s interdisciplinary mission, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to art history, history, language, literature, musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.
Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words by December 19, 2012 to:

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Diane Fruchtman
Special Projects Assistant
Medieval Studies Institute
Indiana University
(812) 855-8201