Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Seventh Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 17-19, 2019
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri


We hope that everyone has an excellent start to the second semester. While the initial deadline for the Symposium has passed, we are continuing to accept submissions. I also want to reiterate the invitation to check out our new website. Also, details about our Lodging Registration portal, which is now open, will be in a follow-up email.

I have copied below the details of our Symposium:

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. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. Proposals from learned societies and scholarly associations are particularly welcome.

The plenary speakers for this year will be John J. Contreni, of Purdue University, and Maureen C. Miller, of the University of California, Berkeley.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.

During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Erica Lauriello (erica.lauriello@slu.edu) by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library's regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome. Preference will be given to organized sessions that involve participants from multiple institutions.

For more information or to submit your proposal online, go to: https://www.smrs-slu.org

If you have any questions, please contact us at this email address: smrs@slu.edu.

Friday, January 25, 2019

CFP, CML Symposium. Moving Forms: The Transformations and
Translocations of Medieval Literature (Athens, Sep 11-13, 2019)
by Kristin Bourassa
.... Call for Papers. Moving Forms: The Transformations and Translocations of
     Medieval Literature.

The movement of people and books across space and time - mobility and
portability – were driving forces of medieval European literary and
intellectual culture. Men and women, clerical and secular, constructed
extensive social networks and communities through travel, written
communication, and the exchange of texts. Shared literary practices and forms
occurred at the regional and transregional levels, defining local identities
and forging links between people separated by distance and time. Around the
North Sea and Baltic littorals, legends from the Norse sagas, for instance,
were taken up by writers. On a larger scale, people from north-western Europe
to China exchanged stories of Barlaam and Josephat, while tales of Alexander
are found from India to Ireland; in both cases, transmission was facilitated
by the movement of people along the Silk Road. Rather than a full picture,
often we are left with a set of trails, traces and clues that challenge us to
create narratives out of the fragments.

*This symposium aims to contribute to the understanding of medieval
literature through the development of methodologies which examine the
intersection of social networks and communities with literary forms.* We
welcome papers that attend to the agency of people (men and women), genres
(literary, scientific, philosophical, legal etc.), modes (verse, poetry,
prose), styles, texts and manuscripts (book types, layouts, images) in
creating literary links across space and time. Building on the practices of
both comparative literature and entangled history, the symposium will open up
connections between literary cultures often considered to be separate. At the
same time, and of equal importance, it will be alert to the absence of
connections, to discontinuities, exposing the diversities and ruptures of
medieval literature, as well as the commonalities.

By following the movement of forms and tracing social connections from
Antiquity to the Renaissance, we will interrogate both geographies and
chronologies of medieval European literature. Always keeping the intersection
of the social and the formal in view, the symposium will move back and forth
between small and large scales of time and place: the local, the
transregional, the European, and the Afro-Eurasian. Issues of morphology,
scale and periodization will be central to discussion, enabling conversations
across a wide range of material to gain traction. The symposium will bring
together methodological and theoretical contributions, addressing the
intersection of people and forms; we welcome papers that work on large scale
typological models as well as papers that address broader issues though
closely-worked case studies.

Questions to consider include:

 * How do we move from specific examples to writing/formulating larger
   narratives, from the micro to the macro, from the close up to the
   panoramic, without falling into generalizations?
 * What are the advantages and disadvantages of existing methodologies that
   account for the movement of objects, texts and people through space (e.g.
   histoire croisée, actor network theory, global history, etc.)?
 * How does medieval Europe fit into a wider Afro-Eurasian space? How does
   Europe divide into and participate in regional geographies?
 * How conscious were medieval people of new forms as a dimension of cultural
 * What role does the modern historical imagination have to play in
   recreating social networks and formal encounters?
 * How do medieval theories of cultural movement (e.g./ translatio imperii
   et studii/, spoliation, etc.) enable us to explain the transmission of
   literary forms?

.... Format

The symposium will meet over three days, with each day including 3 panels
with three speakers. Papers will last 20 minutes and be followed by 45
minutes of discussion per panel. Since the substantial discussion following
the papers is as important as the papers themselves, papers will not be
allowed to overrun. Each session will have a respondent/moderator who will
read papers in advance of the session and launch the discussion of their
session through a short reflective invitation. For this reason, we ask that
all papers be given in English. Speakers are asked to frame their research in
ways which are simultaneously sophisticated /and/ inviting of exchange with
colleagues working across the literatures of medieval Europe (including
Byzantium, and Islamic Spain and Sicily) and its neighbours. We welcome
proposal for individual papers and for panels.

There will be a modest amount of preparatory theoretical reading in advance
of the symposium.

.... Publication

We anticipate publishing extended versions of a selection of papers from the
workshop in a special issue of /Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European

.... Venue

The symposium will take place in the Danish Institute at Athens, conveniently
located in the Plaka. There are many tavernas, cafes and restaurants nearby.

.... Cost

There will be no charge to attend the symposium. There will be a charge to
cover the cost of the symposium dinner. Delegates are responsible for
covering the cost of their travel and accommodation. A small number of
bursaries will be available for PhD students and early career scholars, for
further information contact Kristin Bourassa (kristin@sdu.dk [4]).

.... Abstracts

*Please send short abstracts (250 words) and a brief CV (1/2 page) to George
Younge (george.younge@york.ac.uk [5]) by 1st March 2019. Panel proposals
should include overview (100 words) and abstracts and CVs (as above) for all

Thursday, January 24, 2019

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts March 29-31 Colloquium "New
Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange"
by Eva Kuras

*“New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange”*


*** PLEASE NOTE:* We are well-funded and are happy to contribute to
transporation and accommodation costs.

We invite abstract submissions for a colloquium to be held at the University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

*Date and Time:* March 29-31, 2019 (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)

*Venue:* Levis Faculty Center, 919 W Illinois St, Urbana, IL 61801

*Keynote Speakers: *

Gabriela Currie, University of Minnesota (Music)

           Instrumental Journeys in Premodern Eurasia

Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma (English)

            Aspects of the Culture of Modernism: The Discipline of
Economics and the Rise

            of Corporate Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth Century

The colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary
faculty-graduate student research cluster sponsored by IPRH: the Illinois
Program for Research in the Humanities. Participants in “Transmission,
Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange” have been exploring
the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and
exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is
intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty
who can bring their current research projects, share and receive feedback
from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields.

We are interested in 20-minute presentations that address key questions: How
can we define “cultural contact and exchange?” What forces are at work in
the transmission and reception of “cultural artifacts”? How have
geopolitics and economics influenced the movement of stories, music, sports,
and myriad other forms of cultural production over time? How do the
conflicting influences of nationalism, global networks, and changing
technologies act to impede and/or facilitate cultural exchange? What kinds of
institutions (formal and informal) have had the most impact in fostering
cultural exchange? What kinds of evidence can we use to prove that cultural
transmission has occurred?

We especially encourage abstracts from scholars working on cultural contact
and exchange in premodern eras, as well as non-humanities fields.


 * Cultural contact and exchange via text, orality, music, dance, art, sport,
   digital media, and beyond
 * Geopolitics and the economics of cultural exchange
 * Historical perspectives on dynamics of cultural exchange
 * Legal perspectives (copyright, ownership of cultural artifacts, etc.)
 * Media of transmission
 * Memory and myth-making
 * Regional and global networks of cultural transmission
 * Technological modes (textual, material, digital, oral, etc.) of cultural
 * Translation, migration, and/or nationalism in cultural contact and

The colloquium will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be
provided and the organizers will assist in finding affordable lodging for
out-of-town presenters. Please submit a 300-word abstract by January 27, 2018
to culture.iprh@gmail.com [1] .

*Questions?* Contact Eva Kuras or JiHyea Hwang at culture.iprh@gmail.com [2]

Organizing Committee:

Professor Robert Markley (English)

Professor Carol Symes (History)

Professor Robert Tierney (Comparative and World Literature, East Asian
Languages and Cultures)

JiHyea Hwang (PhD Candidate, Comparative and World Literature)

Eva Kuras (PhD Student, Comparative and World Literature)

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Call for Papers: HIERONYMUS NOSTER : International Symposium on the 1600th Anniversary of Jerome's Death
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 24-26 October 2019

The International Symposium on the 1600th Anniversary of Jerome’s Death, Hieronymus noster, will take place in Ljubljana, on October 24th–26th, 2019, at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. It is being organised by the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts; the Universities of Ljubljana, Zagreb, Graz, and Warsaw; Central European University (CEU); International Network of Excellence “Europa Renascens”; DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille); and the Institut des Sources chrétiennes.

Call for Papers

Hieronyme, veni foras, “Jerome, come out,” Jerome himself wrote in his letter to a friend (Ep. 4), stating a personal desire addressed to God. His own call will provide the starting point of the international scholarly symposium in 2019, commemorating the 1600th anniversary of Jerome’s death. The encounter will highlight recent research trends related to Jerome’s life, to his opus, and to the reception of this ancient ascetic, Biblical scholar, biographer, traveller, epistolographer, theologian, exegete, satirist, and controversialist. The meeting will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, among the archaeological sites of Roman Emona from his letters (Ep. 11–12), whose genius loci remains influenced by the proximity of Jerome’s birthplace, Stridon. While the exact whereabouts of Stridon remain unknown, an excursion will be offered by symposium’s organizers in order to discuss some of its potential locations. The conference will be interdisciplinary and will present Jerome in the light of the latest discoveries; its particular focus will be the archaeological finds of Christian Emona from 2018. The papers invited will consider – but will not be limited to – researching Jerome within the framework of historical context, archaeology, biblical exegesis, patristics, classical philology, and theology.

To Offer a Paper

Please email simpozij.hieronim@teof.uni-lj.si. Provide a title and an abstract in 200 words for a twenty‐minute paper, to be followed by a five‐minute discussion, in English, German, French, or Italian, until March 31st, 2019. Please make sure the title is concise and reflects the contents of the paper. There will be some funds available for food and accommodation.

A separate session will be dedicated to graduate students; their applications are particularly encouraged.

The Committee will reply by April 30th, 2019. Papers will be published in Bogoslovni vestnik: Theological Quarterly – Ephemerides theologicae, and in Keria: Studia Latina et Graeca.

Organizing Committee

- Pablo Argárate, Institute of Ecumenical Theology, Eastern Orthodox Church and Patrology, Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Karl‐Franzens‐University Graz

- Ivan Bodrožić, Department of the History of Christian Literature and Christian Teaching, Catholic Faculty of Theology Zagreb

- Jan Dominik Bogataj OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Ljubljana, secretary

- Rajko Bratož, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

- Alenka Cedilnik, History Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

- Antonio Dávila Pérez, Department of Classical Philology, University of Cádiz – International Network Europa Renascens

- Laurence Mellerin, Institut des Sources chrétiennes (HISOMA‐UMR 5189 research centre)

- Dominic Moreau, DANUBIUS Project (Université de Lille/HALMA‐UMR 8164 research centre)

- David Movrin, Department of Classical Philology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

- Elżbieta M. Olechowska, Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw

- Katalin Szende, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University in Vienna

- Miran Špelič OFM, Patristic Institute Victorinianum, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana, president of the committee

- Rafko Valenčič, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana
Message sent by : Dominic Moreau
- Associate Professor/Permanent Lecturer in Late Antiquity, University of Lille
- Joint head of the research axis « Powers, religions and representations », HALMA–UMR 8164 research unit
- Director of the DANUBIUS Project
Faculté des Sciences historiques, artistiques et politiques
Université de Lille
Domaine universitaire du "Pont de bois"
Rue du Barreau, BP 60149
59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex

DANUBIUS Project : https://danubius.huma-num.fr

Friday, January 11, 2019

HHU Düsseldorf, 7-8 March 2019. Graduate students and early career researchers are warmly invited to apply.


Medieval Devotional Texts: Technologies Old and New
Devotional texts, texts that are intended to encourage prayer, spiritual reflection or contemplation, dwell at the intersections between the literary, the historical and the theological. As one example, a prayer can be a lyric, an essential component of liturgy, or a personal text expressing the reader’s specific hopes and fears. It can stand alone or form part of competing networks of intertextuality, accommodating a wide range of different readings and significant contexts. While devotional texts may appear formulaic in that they are often characterised by formal qualities and constrained by the expectations of genre, the distinctive features of these texts also allow them to remain recognisable even as they are adapted to the demands of new reading communities and new media.
We welcome papers addressing early and late medieval devotional genres or texts alongside the technologies employed in their creation, transmission and use. Correspondingly, we are also interested in papers discussing digital approaches to studying the production and reception of these texts.
Abstracts are invited from researchers working in literary and related fields addressing any of the following topics:
  • manuscript studies
  • textual transmission
  • devotional texts and material culture
  • the place of devotional texts in miscellanies
  • confessional practice
  • prayer collections and compilations
  • digital approaches to devotional texts in medieval literature
Please send a 300-word abstract for a 25-minute paper to Sheri Smith at smiths@uni-duesseldorf.de by 1st February 2019. We will be confirming participation by February 7th. We particularly welcome papers from graduate students and early career scholars and will cover the cost of one night of accommodation at our conference venue Schloss Mickeln for all speakers.

S. C. Thomson

Office hour: Thursday 14.30–16.00

Senior Lecturer

Anglistik I / Medieval English Studies
Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Universitätsstr. 1/Geb.
40225 Düsseldorf

Tel. +49 (0) 211 81-13832

Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Post: Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for Resource-Scarce Literatures
24-25 April 2019
University of Miami, FL

Call for Papers
This two-day symposium aims to bring together scholars and researchers
working with computational approaches to texts. The event targets a
broad audience interested in the application of digital text analysis
technology, as text mining, topic modeling, authorship detection,
writing style analysis, text reuse, or more generally tasks performed
through Natural Language Processing (NLP). These techniques have
significant potential not only for the study of literature but also for
the study of texts and language in general. The symposium aims to create
an open forum for showcasing these techniques.

The event is also grounded in the idea that computational text analysis
should be integrated not only in the academic research by faculty and
their PhD students, but also in a pedagogical environment. The use of
computational analysis opens up new questions in literary studies, and
exposes students to many different ways of thinking about literature today.

Computer-aided literary studies still thus tend to be focused on
literatures written in modern languages. NLP tools are quite developed
for modern languages, especially for the modern English language. For
medieval and premodern languages, due to their instability of
orthographic forms, attempts to conduct computer-aided (thus, to a
degree, systematic) research face many challenges to normalize and
standardize their linguistic forms. Therefore, the symposium also aims
to explore the use and challenge of using NLP tools for studying
literatures written in underrepresented and historical languages, such
as the medieval and premodern variants and precursors of Spanish,
French, Latin, and Dutch. Therefore, a special focus will be on the
preprocessing  routines available for these texts, such as
lemmatization, by which we collect inflected forms under a single item
or lemma, as well as challenges faced normalizing orthographic variation
of historical texts and other languages with unstable orthographies.
Among the international and national speakers we will have several
experts on the topic.

Our envisioned program for the symposium is as follows: On the first
day, there will be several workshops, including one devoted to
integrating computer-assisted analysis in the classroom, which will
offer an introduction to stylometry, visualization, and text-reuse. On
the second day, there will be talks (30 min) that present ongoing
research projects, methodologies, and challenges. The subject languages
are preferably, but not limited to underrepresented and historical

We are specifically interested in receiving proposals for contributions
on one or more of the following topics:

Stylometry for authorship studies

Stylometry as an approach to literary study

Natural Language Processing and linguistic annotation

Lemmatizers for underrepresented modern languages and old languages
Text reuse detection


Distributional semantics

Network analysis

Text visualization

We especially welcome contributions from those working with any type of
textual corpora, preferably those conceived for a specific research and/
from a diachronic perspective. We conceive this symposium as an
opportunity to share (best)-practices and broaden conversation, thus
proposals can be on ongoing and experimental methodologies.

Confirmed Speakers:
Greta Franzini (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Francisco Gago Jover (College of the Holly Cross)

Mike Kestemont (University of Antwerp)

Enrique Manjavacas  (University of Antwerp)

Marco Passarotti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Dennis Tenen (Columbia University)

Organization committee
Susanna Allés Torrent
Lindsay Thomas

Scientific committee
Susanna Allés Torrent
Alberto Cairo
Mitsunori Ogihara
Allison Schifani

Important dates
15 January 2018. Deadline for the submission of abstracts
30 January 2019. Notification of acceptance

24-25 April. Symposium

  Abstract submissions and format

We invite researchers to submit 500-word proposals (including footnotes
but excluding the bibliography) in one single page related to any of the
topics mentioned above. The format of the contributions will be 20 mins
presentations followed by 10 min Q&A. Title, name(s) and affiliation
should appear and the prefered formats are .txt, .docx, .odt and pdf.

Submissions must be sent to susanna_alles@miami.edu and they will be
reviewed by the scientific committee.

The official language of the symposium is English, but it is possible to
submit a proposal also in Spanish, French, or Italian.

The symposium will be held with support from:
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami

College of Arts and Sciences
SEED You Choose Program
Center for the Humanities

In collaboration with:
University of Antwerp

The Digital Humanities Flanders (DHuF) research community, sponsored by
the FWO

Monday, January 7, 2019

40th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:

Listening and Learning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Keene State College

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 12-13, 2019

Call for Papers and Sessions

We are delighted to announce that the 40th Medieval and Renaissance
Forum: Listening and Learning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
will take place on Friday, April 12 and Saturday April 13, 2019 at
Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that
discuss music and other aural experiences in the Middle Ages and the

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

This year’s keynote speaker is Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh
Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre

Dr. Fassler is a music historian who gives the liturgy and its
performance primary emphasis in her scholarly publications and her
teaching. Her scholarship profoundly elucidates the connections
between texts and music. Her 2014 book, Music in the Medieval West and
its accompanying anthology (Norton) are now standard introductions to
medieval music. Fassler's many books, edited volumes, and articles
focus on the Latin Middle Ages from around 800-1300, but she also has
strong interests in contemporary sacred music and ritual, and in
American song, singers, and song collections. She is currently writing
a book on Hildegard of Bingen. Fassler is also a documentary filmmaker
focusing on communities of song. She recently finished (with Christian
Jara) the short documentary Where the Hudson Meets the Nile: Coptic
Chant in Jersey City.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please
indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty),
affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information, including
email address on your proposal.

We welcome undergraduate sessions, but ask that students obtain a
faculty member's approval and sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact
information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2019

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2019

As always, we look forward to greeting returning and first-time
participants to Keene in April!