Thursday, November 22, 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS & SESSIONS on Medieval Italy (submissions due 31 Dec. 2018)
by Matthew Parker
7th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
17-19 June 2019 at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri

We are looking for additional papers and sessions on topics relating to
medieval Italy. Current session proposals in need of additional papers

- Foundations of Venice in the Early Modern Middle Ages
- Byzantine Influence in Southern Italy (or Exarchate of Ravenna)
- Conflict and Commerce in Northern Italy
- The Communes of Medieval Italy
- Italy in the Medieval Mediterranean

Proposals for papers or sessions beyond those mentioned above are also
encouraged. The submission deadline for both sessions proposals and
individual papers is December 31.

For more information on the conference and submission instructions, see the
conference website at: [1]

For questions specifically related to papers and sessions on Medieval Italy,
please contact Philip Mazero ( [2]) or Matthew E.
Parker ( [3])

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the scholarship, teaching, and presentation of American history,
encourages wide discussion of historical questions , and advocates
for the equitable treatment of all practitioners of history. The OAH
publishes the /Journal of American History/ [1] and /The American
Historian/ [2], hosts an annual conference [3], and sponsors numerous
awards, prizes, fellowships, and grants [4].


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

CFP: The Life Course in Early Medieval England (Cambridge, 23 March
2019 – deadline CFP: 31 December 2018)

We are pleased to announce a one-day conference devoted to the theme
of the life course in early medieval England with a keynote lecture by
Prof. Gale Owen-Crocker (University of Manchester)

We hope to bring together papers that deal with how the complex
concept of the life course (with all of its biological, social and
cultural aspects) influenced the lives, writings and art of the
inhabitants of early medieval England. Paper proposals are welcome
from all disciplines, including literary studies, art history,
history, archaeology and lexicography.

Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:

- Definitions, concepts, and constructions of the life cycle
- The life course in art and literature
- The life course of things, humans and texts
- Intergenerational relations and/or conflicts, including care for the
young and the elderly
- Kings, queens, saints and warriors in various stages of life
- Semantic field studies

Subsequent to the sessions we hope to publish selected contributions
as a volume of essays, with the goal of furthering interest in the

Please send your abstracts to the organisers before 31 December, 2018:

Thijs Porck (Leiden University)>

Harriet Soper (University of Cambridge)>

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CfP for the Panel: European Cultural Heritage, Bruges, Belgium, 25 – 26 January 2019

by Dorian Isone

Call for Papers for the Panel:
European Cultural Heritage – Celebrating Diversity

As part of the 7th Euroacademia International Conference
‘The European Union and the Politicization of Europe’
Bruges, Belgium, 25 - 26 January 2019

Deadline: 10th of December 2018
European Cultural Heritage – Celebrating Diversity

Panel Description:
In 2017 the European Council and the European Parliament representatives took the decision of establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage. 2018 was expected to be the year to fulfill for the first time the celebratory idea of a European Cultural heritage. The concept of European cultural heritage encompasses a variety of references to the European heritage in its most diverse dimensions. These include monuments, sites, traditions, transmitted knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by museums, libraries and archives. The reference to the European cultural heritage is an opportunity to indicate the European unity in diversity but also the actual diversity in diversity. Since the European patrimonial inheritance is immense and intense, it is also fragmented in a mosaic that in its diversity stands for the authentic European cultural history. The European culture substantively precedes the European Union and it’s a precondition of its existence. This panel looks at the advancement of the European Year of Cultural Heritage as an opportunity for exchange and analysis of a common magmatic European patrimony celebrated in its diversity.
The 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage was declared to be conceived as an occasion to `highlight the importance of European culture`. An importance that is however acknowledged in its grandeur and that needs constant deepening and re-visitation/interpretation. The European Year of Cultural Heritage is a bottom-up approach on the participatory governance of cultural heritage aimed to foster awareness of European cultural history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. However, the patrimonial European identity goes in terms of temporal and geographical extensions well beyond the EU as political arrangements. This panel aims also to address cultural heritage appropriations in political projects inside the EU in asserting the intrinsic value of European cultural heritage for a European unity. The politicization of culture in the process of inventing a European identity is co-substantial to the EU as an institution and brings also about inclusion/exclusion nexuses and cultural recognition inside the EU. The panel also addresses the impact assessment of the 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage.
This panel welcomes the most diverse and multi-disciplinary approaches to the European cultural heritage in holistic terms and/or details.
Selected topics to be non-exclusively considered for the panel are:
  • Intellectual History and Cultural Heritage
  • European Culture as Shared Patrimony
  • Heritage and Diversity in Europe
  • European Heritage and European Identity
  • Art History and European Artistic Heritage
  • Monuments, Museums, Galleries and Exhibition
  • Projects Promoting a European Dimension of Cultural Heritage
  • History and Heritage: Sites of Conflict as European Heritage
  • European Cultural Heritage and the Pre-National/National and Post-National  Moments
  • Local/National/European/Global Dimensions of Cultural Heritage in Europe
  • Cultural Production, Mobility, Exchange and Cultural Heritage in Europe
  • Architecture and European Heritage
  • Urban Cultural Heritage
  • Rural Cultural Heritage
  • Industrial Heritage
  • Cultural Tourism in Europe
  • Forgotten or Ignored Sites of Memorialization
  • Non-Monuments and Counter-Monuments in Europe
  • European Cultural Policy
  • European Cultural Diplomacy
  • European Cultural Dialogue and Exchange with Non-European Cultures
  • Creative Societies and Cultural Production
  • Assessments of Cultural Funding in the EU
  • A European Culture to Protect: Sustainable Development and Preservation
  • European Cultural Heritage, Eurocentrism and Multiculturalism
  • Arts and Intercultural dialogue
  • Cultural Institutes and the Promotion of Cultural Heritage
  • Lived Cultural Patrimony: Quotidian Sites of Culture
  • Preservation, Conservation, Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Mnemonic Loci
  • Participatory Governance and Cultural Heritage
  • Cultural Production, Markets and Globalization’s Impact on European Cultural Heritage

For complete information before applying see full details of the conference at:

You can apply on-line by completing the Application Form on the conference website or by sending 300 words titled abstract together with the details of contact and affiliation until 10th of December 2018 at

Thursday, November 15, 2018

This is a reminder of the Call for Papers for the Workshop on Scholarly
Digital Editions, Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web Technologies.
Submissions are now open!

Best wishes,
the Organization Committee

*Workshop on Scholarly Digital Editions, Graph Data-Models and Semantic Web
Université de Lausanne, 3-4 June 2019
*Call for Papers*
Digital texts processed by machines are linear strings of characters, but
in most research activities in the Humanities (philology, linguistics,
corpus-based analysis, cultural heritage, etc.) we store them in
*databases* and
we add *markup* to the text, that is a kind of intelligence made computable
thanks to the use of widespread data-models, formats and standards.
In the last decades, the popularity of *graph* data-models has increased,
in accordance with the *semantic web* proposition and the development of
standards such as RDF and OWL. Graph databases, in the form of triple
stores (such as Graph-DB) or of labeled-property-graphs (Neo4j), are
regarded as powerful and flexible solutions by research and cultural
institutions, and private companies alike.
The workshop is held to explore possible interactions between *digital
texts*, the *graph* data-model, *scholarly editions* and the *semantic web*.
The combinations of these objects/concepts, pursued in the last decades,
remains experimental to date, and it represents one of the possible
development for the field of *digital scholarly editing*.
Contributions on one or more of the following topics are particularly

   - the conceptualization of *text as graph*;
   - the use of *graph-databases* for digital editions;
   - the* semantic web resources* for building digital scholarly editions;
   - the *interoperability* among digital texts through Linked Data
   - the *integration* of graph flavoured data into xml documents.

We welcome contributions from those involved in the development of *tailor-made
solutions* for small scale projects as well as of large-scale
*infrastructure*, focused on the *theory* and/or on the *practice* of this
happy or unhappy combination.
The workshop includes *presentations* and a *working group* session.
Please note that the word 'workshop' means here a place for sharing ongoing
research and not a hands-on training.
*Invited speakers*

   - Ronald Haentjens Dekker (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences – Humanities
   - Samuel Müller (University of Basel - National Infrustructure for
   - Michele Pasin (Springer Nature)
   - Tobias Schweizer, Sepideh Alassi (University of Basel – Digital
   Humanities Lab)
   - Georg Vogeler (University of Graz)

*Scientific committee*

   - Gioele Barabucci (University of Cologne)
   - Fabio Ciotti (University of Rome Tor Vergata)
   - Claire Clivaz (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics)
   - DASCH (University of Lausanne)
   - Simon Gabay (University of Neuchâtel)
   - Frederike Neuber (Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanties)
   - Elena Pierazzo (University of Grenoble-Alpes)
   - Michael Piotrowski (University of Lausanne)
   - Matteo Romanello (EPFL)
   - Elena Spadini (University of Lausanne)
   - Francesca Tomasi (University of Bologna)
   - Aris Xanthos (University of Lausanne)

*Important dates*
*9 December 2018*. Deadline for the submission of abstracts
*14 January 2018*. Notification of acceptance
*15 April 2019*. Camera-ready version of the papers
*3-4 June 2019*. Workshop

Monday, November 12, 2018

An international conference: "France and England: medieval manuscripts
between 700 and 1200"
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France (auditorium Colbert, INHA), 21-23
November 2018

(Free entrance, but, for security reasons, registration required:

Thanks to the patronage of The Polonsky Foundation, the Bibliothèque
nationale de France and the British Library have established an
unprecedented partnership in the field of medieval manuscripts. The
Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the
British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200
concerns 800 manuscripts, half of them held by the BnF, and the other half
by the British Library. They were selected because of their importance for
the history of French and English relations in the Middle Ages, as well as
for their artistic, historical or literary value. Written between the 8th
and the 12th centuries, they represent the variety and spread of the
intellectual production of the early Middle Ages and the Romanesque era.
The international conference marks the launch of the two websites created
by the joint project. France-Angleterre : manuscrits médié- vaux entre 700
et 1200, created by the BnF, presents together all the 800 manuscripts in
a format compatible with the International Image Interoperability
Framework (IIIF). A website developed by the British Library, Medieval
England and France, 700-1200, will present a choice of manuscripts in
detail and explore their significance through articles written by
specialists. The conference shines a new light upon the rich heritage made
available online thanks to The Polonsky Foundation, and upon the
historical, literary and artistic relationships between medieval England
and France.
The 21st November showcase the new resources created by the joint project,
and will consist of a dialogue between the project collaborators. They
will present the achievements and the lessons of this partnership that for
the first time brings together the medieval collections of both
institutions. A special focus will be placed on the opportunities created
by the development of digital humanities and by image interoperability,
which are transforming research practices. The 22nd and 23rd November will
be devoted to the manuscripts, their illumination, their texts and their
dissemination. Specialists from various fields will gather together for
interdisciplinary presentations and discussion.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

“Does Intellectual History need Digital Humanities?” on 11.-12.12.2018.

We are happy to announce a workshop on the perennial question: “Does
Intellectual History need Digital Humanities?” on 11.-12.12.2018.

This workshop is the second symposium on Computational Approaches to
Intellectual History and the History of Philosophy organised by Helsinki
Computational History Group. In the Spring 2017, the Never Mine the
Mind? -seminar focused on demonstrating exploratory work necessary for
an understanding of how methods of data and text mining can be useful in
the study of intellectual history and the history of philosophy.

For the programme of the December 2018 workshop, see:

Sign up using this form by 4.12.2018:

Hope to see you at the workshop,
Mikko Tolonen & Helsinki Computational History Group

Jouni Tuominen, Coordinating researcher
Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities (HELDIG)
University of Helsinki and Aalto University
HELDIG: Room A130, Metsätalo, Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki
Aalto: Room B126, Computer Science Building, Konemiehentie 2, Espoo
+358 50 556 0402

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CFP - International Congress 'The epoch of space. State and new perspectives'
by Manuel Magan
International Congress 'The epoch of space. State and new perspectives'
Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, Spain. 8-9 April 2019

For centuries, the study of time was one of the main academic interests in
the field of Humanities. However, in the second half of the 20thcentury, most
scholars and philosophers shifted their focus to the question of space. This,
termed “spatial turn” by Soja in 1989, encouraged the foundation of new
approaches and perspectives whose main goal was to elucidate the
“spatiality” (Tally, 2013) of beings as a result of their interaction
with their physical surroundings.

Even though this new “era of space” was explicitly acknowledged and
labelled as such (“l’époque de l’espace”) by Foucault in 1967,
Gaston Bachelard’s /La Poétique de l’espace/, published in 1958, proved
to be a turning point in the development of this perspective. In this work,
Bachelard explores the experiences that result from human interactions with
architecture through what the author termed “topoanalysis”: a method that
uses psychology as a research tool for the study of the spaces and places
that we inhabit.

The interest in studying this in the field of the arts has increased
significantly in recent years, and is especially noticeable in the case of
literary creations. Scholars today –particularly comparatists– are paying
more attention to the rediscovered relevance and symbolic value of the
geographic connections present in literary works. Likewise, the links between
human beings and their physical surroundings stand out as a significant
matter of study in the field. They have, indeed, been approached from a
variety of perspectives, such as Ecologism and Marxism, mainly via the
analysis of cultural creations and the impact of human communities in the

The popularity of this kind of approaches has varied throughout history, and
not all disciplines have been equally receptive to the notions underpinning
them. While Ecocriticism and Geocriticism are well respected and established
in literary studies, research fields like those of medieval studies, history,
history of art, and classical studies seem to be rather detached from these

The growing influence of Ecocriticism and Geocriticism is especially
noticeable in digital humanities. The bridges recently built between these
fields are already proving to be productive, as they have led to the
development of new tools, approaches, and methodologies, such as deep mapping
techniques and the spatial humanities. In the same way, the technical
progress encouraged by the advancement of the internet and computer science
has fostered the emergence of new habitats that suggest the need for a
reinterpretation of the Bachelardian theories and the way we construct our
identities in space.

Soja, Rueckert, Foucault and Bachelard’s iconic works will be 30, 40, 50,
and 60 years old in 2018 and 2019. The time seems to be just right for
reflecting on our task as researchers in the Era of Space – how have the
disciplines evolved in recent years? Do we need to redefine the key concepts
regarding space and place? Has our relationship with territory changed? Have
we produced new ways of inhabiting space? It is our opinion that not only we
need to rethink our answers to these questions, maybe even articulate new
ones, but also we believe it necessarily needs to be done from the
unavoidable perspective of the place from which we call on you: Galiza.

Among the guest speakers will be Robert T. Tally Jr. (Texas State
University), Marilar Aleixandre (USC), Federico López Silvestre (USC) and
the members of the project Eco-Fictions. Nevertheless, other scholars will be
confirmed soon.

.... Call for papers

Proposals must include an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief biographical
note, and should be linked to the research line that relates to your subject
the most. Your proposal will then be reviewed by the scientific committee.

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Every intervention will be
followed by a Q&A session. Accepted languages include Galiza, Portuguese,
Spanish, Catalan and English.

*Deadline: 1 December 2018*.

We are looking for presentations which, from different disciplines or
perspectives, approach the question of space. Below you will find a number of
suggested topics and a recommended bibliography (these are non-exclusive, and
you might suggest other related topics):

 * Reviews or contemporary readings of consolidated works or authors, like
   Gaston Bachelard or Edward Soja.

 * Reflections on the current state of research perspectives, such as
   Ecocriticism or Geocriticism.

 * Space and new technologies: how the digital humanities have influenced
   research methodologies (spatial humanities or digital environmental
   humanities), virtual reality, new habitats, etc.

 * The reception of the spatial turn beyond literary studies: theoretical
   perspectives or analyses related with history of art, anthropology,
   architecture or philosophy.

 * 'Diachronic' readings: space in other time periods or cultures, such as
   Antiquity or Middle Ages.

 * Non-anthropocentric conceptions: bodyless spaces, animality or sacred

 * The relations between human beings and the territory.

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