Saturday, November 29, 2014

Call for Papers – Koç University Archaeology & History of Art Graduate Research Symposium

 **Application Deadline: January 23, 2015**

“Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and the Near East”

Koç University’s department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is pleased to announce “Disasters & Catastrophes: Navigating Periods of Crisis and Transition in Anatolia, the Mediterranean and Near East,” its third annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, on April 25, 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

As archaeologists, historians, and cultural heritage scholars, we look to historical moments of catastrophe as signifiers of radical change, with periods of transition marking the complicated and intersecting evolution of cultural, political, religious and environmental influence over time.  Such events shape current topographies, mould collective memories and in some cases inform regional and national identities. In these pivotal periods of instability, exigency, and crisis followed by aftermath and recovery, we can learn much about the dynamics of societies and the range of historical factors underpinning them.

This symposium seeks to encourage a diverse range of perspectives and disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research as they relate to the topic of disaster and crisis, both natural and human-instigated. 

Students of archaeology, art history, history, cultural heritage, and museum studies may present research related to Anatolia and its neighboring regions, including the Mediterranean, Aegean, the Levant and the Ancient Near East, from the earliest prehistory through Bronze and Iron Ages, Classical, Byzantine, Ottoman periods and into the contemporary. 

Subjects could include (but are not limited to): climate change, civilization collapse, war, drought/famine, natural disasters like earthquakes & volcano eruptions, fire, urban crises or transformations, political upheaval, civil unrest, disaster preparedness in heritage, etc., as well as periods of transition and recovery. 

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including:
Masters students
PhD students at any stage

Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 23rd, 2015 to

For other questions contact or visit

Medieval Art & Architecture Events calendar

Dear List Member,

In the week that saw the publication of the Royal Irish Academy’s monumental five-volume ‘Art and Architecture of Ireland’, the medieval volume’s reach across 400–1600CE reminds us that a ‘medieval events list’ like ours must inevitably overlap its margins – Late Antiquity/Iron Age influencing what would follow, and Early Modern/Renaissance integral to what went before.

With best wishes,
Michael Brennan, Laura Cleaver,
Trinity College Dublin.
CFP/CFS = Call for Papers/Call for Sessions. 
New events appear first, highlighted.

-------November 2014-------

30 November CFP deadline
Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)
Easter Conference 2015
Manhood in Anglo-Saxon England


5 December
University of York Centre for Medieval Studies
Medieval Autographs, Holographs and Contemporary Copies
The Courtauld Institute of Art
Religion, Art and Conflict: disputes, destruction and creation
Société Internationale des Médiévistes, Paris
The Evolution of the Cult of St. Ursula
Kristin Hoefener, Universität Würzburg

-------January 2015-------

7–9 January
Gender and Medieval Studies
Gender, Dirt and Taboo 
Bangor University, Wales

19 January–16 February, Mondays only
The Paul Mellon Lecture Series 2015
Sculpture on the Threshold: An enquiry into the underlying forms of sculpture
Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain

25 JanuaryCFP deadline
Eleventh Annual Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference 2015, with
Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature
29 January 
Bangor University School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology
Archaeology Seminar Series
Urban development in Late Iron Age Europe: Oppida and Open Agglomerations
Manuel Fernandez-Götz, University of Edinburgh

31 January CFP deadline
University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Nordic Studies, with Uppsala Runic Forum
Ninth full-day runic colloquium (+ day tour)
Rune Rede

27 February CFP deadline
Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium 
EMASS 2015
23–25 April. University of Oxford


12–14 March 
Medieval Academy of America
Annual Meeting  
Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame
(CFP deadline past). Threads and sessions at:


24–26 April 
Lyminge Archaeological Project
Early Medieval Monasticism in the North Sea Zone: New Research and Fresh Perspectives

19 May
Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)
How to do Things with Fur: Medieval Art and the Matter of ‘The Animal’
Robert Mills, University College London

20–22 May 
Association of Interdisciplinary Research and Diffusion of Medieval Cultures (ARDIT),
2nd ARDIT International Congress of Predoctoral Medievalists
Senses and Sensuality in the Middle Ages
Trinity College Dublin
History Books in the Anglo-Norman World


-------November 2014-------

24 November 
Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Secrets of the Stave Churches: The Archaeology of Sacred Space and the Economy of Salvation in the High Middle Ages

25 November
Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford
Centre-periphery in early Islamic art and architecture
Jeremy Johns, Khalili Research Centre

24  November
Cambridge University History of Art Department
Magic and Healing: Images of Charms in Late Medieval English Medical Manuscripts,

26 November  
Institute of Historical Research
Investigating the chest burial rite in northern England c. A.D.650-900: an archaeological, osteological and historical approach
Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, University of Sheffield

26 November
Warburg Institute seminar
From Istanbul to Bologna: Islamic art in Italy in the sixteenth century
Federica Gigante, SOAS, University of London

26 November  
Institute of Historical Research
Investigating the chest burial rite in northern England c. A.D.650-900: an archaeological, osteological and historical approach
Elizabeth Craig-Atkins, University of Sheffield

27 November
Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum
Solve Calceamentum de Pedibus Tuis: Locus Enim, in Quo Stas, Terra Sancta Est’ (exod. 3: 5): Liturgical, Theological, Architectural, and Art Historical Perspectives on the Ethiopian Church

28 November
CFP deadline
Monastic Europe Landscape & Settlement project
International Conference

28–30 November 
East–West and the Middle Ages

29 November
Oxford University Department of Continuing Education
Medieval Christian Iconography for Art Historians

-------December ------

1 December 
Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections (AMARC)
Conference on 14th-century illuminated manuscripts, in honour of Lucy Freeman Sandler
1 December  CFP deadline
Mid-America Medieval Association 2015 Annual Conference
Collectivity & Exchange
28 Febuary. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City

3 December
Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow
The Fourteenth-Century Tring Tiles and the Jewishness of Jesus in Late Medieval English Art
Debra Strickland, University of Glasgow

4 December
Cardiff Archaeological Society
Return to Llanbedrgoch - Viking Anglesey reconsidered

5 December   CFP deadline
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
21st Annual ACMRS Conference:
Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
5–7 February 2015. Scottsdale, Arizona

9 December
University College London Institute of Historical Research Early Middle Ages Seminar 
Glass vessels in middle and late Anglo-Saxon England
Rose Broadley, UCL Inst. of Archaeology

10 December   CFP deadline
Medieval Art Research, Courtauld Institute of Art
Sister Act: Female Monasticism and the Arts across Europe ca. 1250 – 1550 

10 December  CFP deadline
The 47th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies
Whose Mediterranean is it anyway? cross-cultural interaction between Byzantium and the west 1204–1669
28–30 March 2015.  The Open University, Milton Keynes

10 December
Warburg Institute, Work in Progress Seminar
The Norman Conquest of Puglia in Southern Italy and its Impact on the Visual Arts
Clare Vernon, Cambridge University, History of Art,

11 December
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Rethinking Crannogs: the Drumclay Factor
Nora Bermingham, TVAS Ireland
7.30pm, 63 Merrion Sq., Dublin
(website under  construction)

11 December
Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University College London
Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy
The first murder: The iconography of Cain and Abel in fifteenth-century Florence and Bologna
Scott Nethersole, Courtauld Institute

12–14 December 
Archaeological Research Unit, University of Cyprus,
The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571)

31 December
CFP/CFS deadline
Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
15–17 June 2015. Saint Louis University

------- January  2015-------

12 January CFP deadline
University of Reading Graduate School for Medieval Studies
On the Edge
21 March 2015. University of Reading

31 January    CFP deadline
Othello's Island  / UK–USA academic convenor group
3rd Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature
20–22 March 2015.

------- February 2015-------

7 February
Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum
20th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium
Movement in Medieval Art and Architecture
University College Cork evening lecture
Combs in the community: a Viking artefact biography
Steve Ashby, University of York

10 February 
University College Cork, lunchtime seminar
Antlerworking, towns, and the start of the Viking Age
Steve Ashby, University of York

10 February
UCL Institute of Archaeology/British Museum Medieval Seminar Series
Of Chrismals and Reliquaries: Sacral Matter and Insular House-shaped Shrines
11–14 February 
New York
College Art Association 103rd Annual Conference
Sessions include:
   * Blurring the Boundaries: Allusion, Evocation, and Imitation in Ancient and Medieval Surface Decoration
   * Biblical Archetypes in the Middle Ages;
   * The Market for Medieval Art in America
   * International Center of Medieval Art: Moving Women, Moving Objects (300–1500)
   * The Material Imagination: Critical Inquiry into Performance and Display of Medieval Art
Full schedule/sessions/papers at:

19 February 
University College London, Institute of Historical Research
Documents as Art: England, France and Iberia, c.1200-1450 
Jessica Berenbeim, Magdalen College, Oxford

19–21 February 
University of Florida
Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference.
Deadline for Papers and for International Travel Grants: 3 November 2014.

20–21 February

University of California Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies
Interdisciplinary graduate student conference
Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics: The Good and the Beautiful?

20–21 February 
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference
Medieval Narratives

------- March-------

19–20 March
 Aarhus University
Interdisciplinary Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects

20–22 March
University of Pennsylvania
Against Gravity: Building Practices in the Pre-Industrial World

24 March 
Cardiff University
Centre for the Study of  Medieval Society and Culture
“A Different Kind of People”? Exploring the Archaeology of the Medieval Small Town
Ben Jervis, Archaeology, Cardiff University

24–28 March 
3rd Congress of German Art Historians
Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz 

-------April -------

8-10 April
Keltologie,  Philipps-Universität Marburg
Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages, c. 900-1500
10–12 April 
Queens University Belfast
Borderlines XIX
Translating the Past: Appropriating the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds
15–19 April  
Society of Architectural Historians
SAH 68th Annual Conference
GCMS, University of Reading / History Books in the Anglo-Norman World Project, Trinity College Dublin
Reading, Scholarship and the Art of the Book at Reading Abbey, 1121-1539
Catholic University of Angers (Faculty of Humanities), and University of Lausanne (Department of History of Art)
The Transept and its Upper Levels in the High Medieval Church
University of Lausanne
Proposals for papers, and cv to  and to

25 April 
Centre for the Study of the Viking Age
The eleventh annual Midlands Viking Symposium. 
University of Leicester
Details to follow.

5 May 
Durham University Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)
Seminar Series
Mapping the Ends of the Earth in European and Islamic Traditions

8 May
University of Copenhagen
34. Tværfaglige Vikingesymposium  –  34th Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium:
Vikings in the Baltic
CFP in .docx form available from courtesy of

29–31 May
Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, l’Institut national d’histoire de l’art et le Château de Fontainebleau
5e Festival d’histoire de l’art

IMS Paris

More information and CFPs are below.

Chers collègues et membres du IMS,

La Société internationale des médiévistes (IMS-Paris) vous fait part de son appel à communications (échéance 30 janvier 2015) pour son symposium annuel qui se tiendra du 25 au 27 juin 2015 sur le thème « Villes » dans la France médiévale.

Nous joignons l'appel à communications ci-dessous et en fichier joint. Vous y trouverez également à l'intention des doctorants une description du Prix de l'IMS-Paris.

Les organisateurs du symposium IMS-Paris

Dear collegues and IMS members,

please find here the Call for papers (deadline for abstracts January 30, 2015) for our annual symposium which will take place from 25 to 27 of June 2015 on the theme of “Cities” in medieval France.

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student (see CFP).

Best wishes,
the organizers of the symposium IMS-Paris


12ème Symposium annuel de la Société Internationale des Médiévistes (IMS-Paris) 
Dates: 25 -27 juin 2015, Paris, France 
Date limite d’envoi des propositions: 30 janvier 2015 
Invités d’honneur: Emma Dillon (King’s College, Londres), Carol Symes (Université d’Illinois), et Boris Bove (université Paris VIII). 
La Société Internationale des Médiévistes de Paris (IMS-Paris) sollicite l’envoi de communications et de thèmes de sessions complètes pour son colloque 2015 portant sur le thème de la ville dans la France médiévale. Après le déclin de la cité antique au cours des Ve-VIe siècles, un renouveau des villes s’amorce au cours du XIe siècle. Ce phénomène, qui a transformé en profondeur les dynamiques de l’Occident jusqu’à nos jours, constitue un objet de recherche qui n’a cessé d’être approfondi à mesure que se sont multipliées les découvertes archéologiques et que de nouvelles technologies ont offert de nouvelles perspectives d’approches. Le colloque interrogera donc les nouveaux champs d’investigation qui ont permis de renouveler la connaissance des villes au Moyen Âge (XIe-XVe siècle), dans leur dimension cartographique, monumentale, mais aussi politique et culturelle. 
Ainsi, la question de la construction de l’espace urbain pourra ainsi être interrogée de différentes manières : 
 à travers sa dimension matérielle, qu’il s’agisse des différentes formes de morphologies urbaines, de son urbanisme, de son architecture. 
 ainsi qu’au travers des pratiques de l’espace et de leur fonction performative. On pourra ainsi mettre en avant le rôle des rituels et des processions urbaines, de la musique et du théâtre dans la ville qui contribuent à forger l’espace urbain, dans ses pratiques et ses représentations. 

Il s’agira également d’interroger la culture urbaine, qu’il s’agisse de la culture matérielle, intellectuelle ou spirituelle. 
 On prendra ainsi en compte le rôle de l’écrit à travers l’essor d’une culture lettrée et marchande, et de nouveaux modes de gouvernement 
 mais aussi tout ce qui nous permet de retracer le quotidien des urbains : leurs modes de vie, leur consommation, leurs goûts culinaires, etc. 
 ainsi que le développement de pratiques liées à l’apparition d’institutions intellectuelles (écoles, universités, mécénat, mendiants, etc.). 

Enfin, nous poserons également la question des représentations visuelles de la ville et dans la ville : 
 Comment se représentait-on la ville au Moyen Âge et comment peut-on aujourd’hui se la représenter ? 
 Quels étaient les modèles de cités et le rôle des cités imaginaires dans la construction urbaine ? 

Les contributions devront porter sur la France entre le XIe et le XVe siècle, sans être exclusivement limitées à cette période et à cette aire géographique. Nous encourageons les propositions de communications provenant de disciplines variées comme l’anthropologie, l’archéologie, l’histoire, l’histoire économique et sociale, l’histoire de l’art, les « gender studies », les études littéraires, la musicologie, la philosophie… 
Les résumés de 300 mots maximum (en français ou en anglais) pour une communication de 20 minutes devront être adressés par courriel à au plus tard le 30 janvier 2015
Veuillez inclure également vos coordonnées complètes, un CV, et une liste indicative de tout équipement audiovisuel nécessaire pour votre présentation. 
Le processus de sélection des propositions est très compétitif et s'effectue en préservant l'anonymat des propositions. L’IMS-Paris fera connaître sa réponse par courriel en février. Les titres des communications retenues seront disponibles sur le site internet de l’IMS. Les auteurs dont les communications auront été retenues prendront en charge leurs dépenses personnelles de voyage et leurs frais d’inscription au colloque (35 € par personne, tarif réduit pour les étudiants, gratuit pour les membres de l’IMS). 
L’IMS-Paris est une association interdisciplinaire et bilingue (français-anglais) créée pour favoriser les échanges entre les médiévistes qui effectuent des recherches, travaillent ou étudient en France. Pour plus d’informations sur l’IMS et le calendrier des colloques des années passées, merci de consulter notre site internet: 
IMS-Paris Prix pour doctorants 
La Société Internationale des Médiévistes propose un prix qui sera décerné pour la meilleure proposition de communication de la part d'un(e) doctorant(e). 
Le dossier de candidature comprendra : 
1) la proposition de communication, 
2) une esquisse du projet de recherche actuel (thèse de doctorat), 
3) les noms et coordonnées de deux références universitaires. 
Le lauréat sera choisi par le bureau de l'IMS-Paris et un comité de membres honoraires ; il en sera informé dès l’acceptation de sa proposition. Une prime de 150 euros pour défrayer une partie des coûts d’hébergement et de transport à Paris depuis la France (350 euros depuis l’étranger) lui sera versée lors du Symposium 

12th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris 
Dates: 25 -27 June 2015, Paris, France 
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015 
Keynote Speakers: Emma Dillon (King’s College, London), Carol Symes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Boris Bove (Université Paris VIII). 
The International Medieval Society, Paris (IMS-Paris) invites abstracts and session proposals for our 2015 symposium on the theme of cities in Medieval France. After the decline of late-antique cities in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, a revival of cities began in the course of the eleventh century. This phenomenon, which profoundly transformed the dynamics of the West to our day, is a field of research that has been enriched in pace with archeological discoveries and by new technologies that offer original perspectives and approaches. This symposium will approach new lines of investigation that will deepen our knowledge of medieval cities (11th – 15th centuries) not only in their cartographic and monumental dimensions, but also political and cultural ones. 
The question of the construction of urban space could be explored in a variety of ways: 
 Through its material dimensions, consisting of different forms of cityscapes, its urbanism, and its architecture. 
 Through uses of space and their performative function. For instance, the role of rituals and urban processions, how music and theater contribute to the establishment of urban space in its practical use and representations. 

We also wish to explore urban culture, which consists of material, intellectual, or spiritual culture, including: 
 The role of writing in the development of a literate, mercantile culture, and new modes of government 
 The daily lives of city dwellers: their lifestyles and patterns of consumption, their culinary tastes, etc. 
 The development of practices related to the rise of intellectual institutions (schools, universities, patronage, mendicants, etc.) 

Finally, we wish to explore the question of visual representations of the city and in the city, notably: 
 The ways in which cities were represented in the Middle Ages, and how medieval cities are represented now 
 Models for cities and the role of imaginary cities in the construction of urban spaces 

Proposals should focus on France between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, but do not need to be exclusively limited to this period and geographical area. We encourage proposals and papers from all areas of medieval studies, such as anthropology, archeology, history, economic and social history, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, etc. 
Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to no later than 30 January 2015. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require. 
Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014. 
Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS- Paris members). 
The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, please visit our website: 
IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize: 
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of: 
1) symposium paper abstract/proposal 
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research) 
3) names and contact information of two academic references 
The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium 

Potenza, Italy International Congress

Dear colleagues,

please find below the information about the International Congress "The Image of Alphonse the Magnanimous in the literature and the historiography, between the Crown of Aragon and Italy", which will be held at Potenza (Italy) on 4-5 December 2014.

The event is organized by the Dipartimento di Scienze Umane of the Univesità degli Studi della Basilicata and the Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes of the Universitat de Girona. 

Best wishes,
Sadurní Martí
Departament de Filologia i Comunicació
Universitat de Girona
Plaça Ferrater Mora, 1
17071 GIRONA
Tel. +34 972 418958
Fax. +34 972 418230

Monday, November 24, 2014

Call for papers: late antique hagiography as literature

Colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Texts about Œholy¹ women and men grew to be a defining feature of the
culture of Late Antiquity. There is currently an increasing interest
scholars from different disciplines (history, theology, languages, and
literature) in these hagiographical writings. But more can be done to
ways to systematise our understanding of the literary affiliations,
strategies and goals of these extraordinarily varied texts, which range
the prosaic and anonymous narrations of the martyr passions to the
Classicising poems of Paulinus of Nola and the rhetorically accomplished
sermons of John Chrysostom.

This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars
on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to
consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique
biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities,
well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas
continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in
form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately
literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the
significance of these works should not be ignored.

We understand Œhagiography¹ in the non-technical sense of Œwritings
(the lives of) saints¹. The concept of Œsaints¹, likewise, is here taken
a broad way to mean remarkable and exemplary Christian figures (whether
or fictional); the field is not restricted to those who at some point
officially canonised by the Church. This colloquium is seeking to
issues like the following:

* The definition of sainthood, e.g. through comparisons with texts about
non-Christian saint-like figures (the Œpagan martyrs¹, Apollonius of

* The portrayal of a saint in different texts; how are saints portrayed
their own writings compared to those of other authors about them?

* Characterisation, e.g. individuality and stereotyping: to what extent
a reader empathise or identify with a saint?

* Life imitating hagiography and resulting problems.

* What can hagiography tell us about non-elite Œpopular¹ literary

* How have different genres given shape to hagiographical texts (from
Damasus¹ epigrams to the epic poems of Fortunatus and Paulinus of
as well as texts resisting generic categorisation? E.g. is the so called
Life of Malchus a vita or a diegesis?

* Intertextuality as an aesthetic and ideological strategy.

* The emergence of stable hagiographical conventions, whose influence
so powerful that it is often difficult to distinguish one saint from

* What, if anything, can hagiography learn from panegyric?

* Literary approaches to un-saintly behaviour (trickery, committing
etc.) of saints. 

* To what extent does a text¹s rhetorical purpose undermine the author¹s
credibility as an honest record-keeper?

* Assessing the historicity of hagiographical texts.

* Transmission and textual problems of hagiographical texts.

* Reception and changes in the perception of authority (e.g. saints who
wrote about saints, such as John Chrysostom and Augustine).

Proposals for 25-minute papers, in the form of abstracts between 200 and
words in length, should be submitted to Thomas Tsartsidis
January 2015. 

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute to this

FINAL CFP: Masculinities in the British Landscape

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please find below and attached the FINAL CALL for papers for a
conference on Masculinities in the British Landscape, co-organized by Dr
Edward Bujak and myself, to be held at Harlaxton Manor on 14-17 May
2015. Because of the nature of the topic, we are seeking paper proposals
from a wide range of disciplines, covering multiple periods.

The deadline for proposals is 1 December 2014. We welcome abstracts from
academics at any stage, including postgraduate and early career
researchers. Competitive postgraduate bursaries are also available
thanks to the support of the Economic History Society.

Details about the conference, including the postgraduate application
bursary and information, can be found at

Feel free to send this CFP widely amongst your interested friends and

With all best,

Masculinities in the British Landscape:
A multi-disciplinary, multi-period conference at Harlaxton College, the
British Campus of the University of Evansville, outside of Grantham,
Keynote Speaker: Professor Howard Williams (Chester):
‘From Stonehenge to the National Memorial Arboretum:
Megaliths and Martial Masculinity in the British Landscape’
This conference seeks to explore current and historical concepts of
masculinities in the British landscapes. From depictions of masculine
control to landscapes of masculine employment, the conference wishes to
explore the ways masculinity has been marked on the landscape and
expressed in landscape terms.
Proposals will be accepted from all eras from the prehistoric to the
contemporary. The geographic area covered will be not only England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also the historic scope of
‘Britishness,’ including former British Empire states in their colonial
and post-colonial periods. Proposals are encouraged from any discipline,
including (but not limited to) archaeology, art history, criminology,
folklore studies, history, literature, philosophy, sociology and
theology. Topics might include:

·         The naval seascape

·         Sculpted and symbolic landscapes

·         Agricultural landscapes

·         Ritualized landscapes

·         Gender, crime and urban topography

·         Employment and land

·         Geographic concepts of masculinity

·         Masculinity, empire and the landscape

·         Religious masculinity and the monastic landscape

·         Landscapes of masculinity through war, rebellion and protest

·         Textual depictions of masculinities and landscapes

·         Sport, gender and land
Please send 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers or 600-word
proposals for 3-paper panels to
December 2015. Informal queries can be made to Dr Edward Bujak at
Weikert at
The conference website can be found at
The Conference is generously supported by the Economic History Society.

Dr Katherine Weikert
Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies

Departments of History and Archaeology


Just a reminder, we are still seeking abstracts and proposals for MAMA XXXIX, which will take place on 28 February 2015. Two important changes:
1. Keynote will now be provided by Dr. Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland.
2. Deadline has been extended to 15 December 2014.

Send 250-word abstracts to Dr. Virginia Blanton:
For more information see the MAMA website:

PDF available at

Dr. Kathy M. Krause
Professor of French
Dept of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

2015 Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Panel on Literature Adaptations: Remixing and Upcycling

Dear early modern scholars,

In conjunction with fellow graduate student Tara Chambers from the University of Saskatchewan, I am organizing a panel on adaptations of Medieval and Renaissance literature to be presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in June 2015.

For the past two years, the SMRS has hosted panels and roundtables on topics in a variety of disciplines. There have been tours of the St. Louis Art Museum and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and the university's extensive library collections have also been made available to conference participants for research.  The website for the symposium can be found at

Our panel seeks submissions that discuss adaptations, "remixes," or "upcycles" of Medieval and Early Modern literature on stage, in film, or in text, and how such adaptations reinvent, refashion, and/or reform the source material for twentieth- and twenty-first-century audiences. 

Questions and submissions should be directed to myself at and Tara Chambers at by December 15.

Please see the attached .pdf for more information.


Kristina Sutherland

Medieval Studies in the Digital Age Seminar and Workshop Series at Leeds

We are delighted to announce a new seminar and workshop series to take place from November 2014 to May 2015 at the University of Leeds: Medieval Studies in the Digital Age.

Designed as a forum for medievalists from various disciplines who are interested in the digital humanities, our aim is to critically discuss the role of digital technologies in the field of medieval studies as well as providing insights into current practices and ways of using digital tools in scholarship through a series of seminars and workshops.

We will be launching the Medieval Studies in the Digital Age Seminar and Workshop Series at Leeds with Professor Ralph W. Mathisen’s seminar entitled ‘ “Garbage In Garbage Out”: The Unfulfilled Promise of Prosopographical Databases’ on 18 November 2014, Tuesday. 

Professor Mathisen is Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and he will be talking about how prosopographical databases can be created and thus help us to understand how people interacted with each other in the past. He will then speculate about why the great promise of prosopographical databases never has come to fruition. You can read more about Professor Mathisen’s seminar on our website. We have also provided links to two previously published articles by Professor Mathisen on the topic that are openly accessible online on our Blog.

The seminar will take place at the Le Patourel Room, 4.06, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds and start with tea and coffee at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome but spaces will be limited so we kindly ask you to register via Eventbrite.

All events are free of charge and open to everyone. Please feel free to contact us at and visit our website for the full programme of events and further details.

With kind regards,

N. Kivilcim Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies
Victoria Cooper, School of English

Elizabeth Stainforth, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Digital Latin Library CFP

The Digital Latin Library, a joint project of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announces a seminar on Latin textual criticism in the digital age. The seminar will take place on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the DLL's host institution, on June 25–26, 2015.
We welcome proposals for papers on all subjects related to the intersection of modern technology with traditional methods for editing Latin texts of all eras. Suggested topics:
  • Keeping the "critical" in digital critical editions
  • The scholarly value of editing texts to be read by humans and machines
  • Extending the usability of critical editions beyond a scholarly audience
  • Visualizing the critical apparatus: moving beyond a print-optimized format
  • Encoding different critical approaches to a text
  • Interoperability between critical editions and other digital resources
  • Dreaming big: a wishlist of features for the optimal digital editing environment
Of particular interest are proposals that examine the scholarly element of preparing a digital edition.
The seminar will be limited to ten participants. Participants will receive a stipend, and all travel and related expenses will be paid by the DLL.

Please send proposals of no more than 650 words to Samuel J. Huskey at by December 1, 2014. Notification of proposal status will be sent in early January.

CFP Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium

Call for papers
34. Tværfaglige Vikingesymposium    34th Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium
8 May 2015

The symposium theme is “Vikings in the Baltic”, focussing on the less explored parts of Viking activities, namely those in the Baltic region. The theme encompasses all aspects of life, whether mundane or glamorous, covering activities such as, sea-faring, raiding, trading, settlement farming and craftsmanship, as well as government and administration, religion and devotional practices, art and leisure. The theme is a broad one by design to accommodate not only archaeological and historical investigations, but also explorations of the language, literature and place-names of the period. Papers on open topics may also be considered.
The 34th Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium will be held on Friday, 8 May 2015 at University of Copenhagen, in auditorium 23.0.50.
Proposals must be submitted as titles and abstracts. Upon submittal, proposals will be evaluated “blind” by members of the Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium Board. Decisions regarding which proposals are accepted will be announced by December 2014.
Three specially invited guests will be presenting the latest Viking-Age discoveries in keynote presentations of 30 minutes.
Presentations are 20 minutes in length, and will be grouped into 3-paper sessions of one hour. Please leave 2-3 minutes for time for questions and discussion. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Papers are accepted in English, German or one of the Scandinavian languages. Presentations will be published in peer-reviewed format through Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium’s publications. It should be noted that submissions for publication are subject to a strict deadline.
All presentations will be held in a room that is fully equipped with audio-visual and computer equipment.
Abstracts can be submitted until the 1 December 2014 by e-mail to the organisers at: Please note that the deadline of 1 December is necessary to allow time for the reviewing process, and will not be extended.

Questions or problems relating to the submission of proposals may be directed to the organisers via: