Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Call for Papers

A Tale of Two Traditions. Roman Culture and Ancient Greek Narratives
under the Principate.

International workshop at Ghent University, Thursday 28th – Friday
29th May 2020.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 29/02/2020.

Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Romain Brethes (Paris, AnHiMa); Dr.
Casper de Jonge (Leiden); Dr. Daniel Jolowicz (King’s College London).

Ancient imperial Greek narrative literature, in a wide variety of
genres (fables, novels, epic poetry, historiography, biography, etc.),
has been shown to be a product of its rhetorical, philosophical, and
linguistic environments. It also is in dialogue with other genres
(such as New Comedy, elegy and epigrams, to name just a few), and is
impacted by complex processes not only of intercultural connections
and education, but also of literary self-awareness and representations
of otherness. While many studies have concentrated on the way Greek
imperial narrative absorbs preceding Greek and eastern traditions,
less systematic attention has been paid to how it uses, addresses or
confronts preceding Latin traditions.

This conference sets out to explore ways in which Greek narrative
responds to or engages with Latin literature and culture at large. By
studying cases of Latin interactions within ancient Greek narrative
under the Principate, the conference seeks not only to improve our
understanding of Greek-Latin overlaps in general, but also to find new
ways of conceptualising this corpus in particular. More specifically,
we aim 1. to discussing new methodological tools concerning reception;
2. to situate Greek works in their intellectual, bilingual and
multicultural environment; 3. to account for the conspicuous absences
of Rome from certain Greek productions under the Principate and
investigate the notion of cultural identity. We invite abstracts that
address these topics.

If you are interested in contributing to this conference, please send
an abstract (ca 200 words) in either English or French together with a
short CV stating your affiliation and current occupation to>, no later
than 29/02/2020. We will send out confirmations about acceptance by

For any queries, please contact>.

Thursday, November 21, 2019


*Matilda of Canossa and Tuscany International   Association*


 Call for Papers

*Matilda of Canossa and Her Times*

     AMI-MIA (Associazione Matildica Internazionale – Matilda of Canossa
and Tuscany International Association) is seeking papers for a panel
on *Matilda
of Canossa and Her Times* to be presented at the 8th Annual Symposium on
Medieval & Renaissance Studies, St. Louis Univ (St. Louis, MO USA), June
15-17, 2020.

     The topic is broadly defined.  Papers on related topics (e.g. female
lordship or military history) will be considered as long as the connection
to the topic is established.

     Send proposals/abstracts, 250 words, to Valerie Eads - -
by December 15.

[Deadline for panel submission to SMRS is December 31.]

Monday, November 11, 2019

A Call for Papers:
"Writing Ancient and Medieval Same-Sex Desire: Goals, Methods, Challenges"
June 30-July 2, 2020
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,-methods,-challenges

This call for papers is for a conference to take place June 30-July 2,
2020 at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, on the topic
of writing about same-sex desire in ancient and medieval societies.

Derek Krueger (UNC Greensboro), Mark Masterson (Victoria University of
Wellington), Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton College), and Shaun Tougher
(Cardiff University) will be providing  plenary addresses.


For several decades now, scholars have devoted attention to same-sex
desire in both ancient times and the centuries that followed. Not
surprisingly, there have been vigorous debates over how to go about
it. These debates have been framed in various ways. Here are some

  *   essentialism VERSUS constructivism;
  *   Foucauldian discourse analysis VERSUS approaches inspired by
  *   (the impossibility of) objective history VERSUS (overly)
subjective history;
  *   perception of commonalities across time VERSUS rigorously
historicizing insistence on the past's alterity;
  *   positivism VERSUS imaginative reconstruction of contemporaneous

These dichotomies, which are both reductive and don't exhaust the
possibilities, continue to crackle with contention. They also continue
to undergird and even disturb current scholarly endeavours.

We are looking for papers (30 minutes in length) in which scholars not
only speak about primary source material but also reflect explicitly
on the theoretical orientation of their work (see the dichotomies
above for examples) and the purpose(s) of (their) scholarship on
same-sex desire. An additional objective of this conference will be an
edited volume of papers that will aim to showcase a variety of
approaches to this important topic.

Please send proposals (c. 500 words) to Mark Masterson
by 1 December 2019. If you have any questions, please send them to him
at this address also.

In your proposal include

  1.  the primary source material/historical milieu to be discussed, and
  2.  the general theoretical basis of the work

This conference is underwritten by the Marsden Fund/Te Pūtea Rangahau
A Marsden of the Royal Society/Te Apārangi of New Zealand

Friday, November 8, 2019

Please find below a call for papers for a special dossier in *Viator*,
abstracts due December 2.

*Looking Ahead: Global Encounters in the North Atlantic, ca. 350–1300*

A special dossier in *Viator*

Co-edited by Nahir Otaño Gracia, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, and Erica Weaver

In the last few years, several urgent interventions have begun to reshape
medieval studies as a more capacious and inclusive field. Scholars such as
Geraldine Heng, Monica Green, and Michael Gomez have expanded our
understanding of the multifaceted interactions between and among Africa,
Asia, Europe, and elsewhere, while Adam Miyashiro and Mary Rambaran-Olm
have urged us to reassess the North Atlantic in particular.
Traditionally, scholars
have tended to work within national borders or to focus on how North
Atlantic cultures changed the rest of the globe rather than how they were
themselves changed by global interactions, with drastic consequences for
our field––especially for our earliest periods.

In order to continue these important conversations and to expand what our
scholarship can look like going forward, this special essay cluster seeks
to provide a platform for early-career scholars to propose new critical
directions for the study of the early medieval North Atlantic, broadly
encompassing ca. 350–1300. We thus invite short, rigorous interventions
(2000–3500 words each), in the model of the popular conference genre of
“lightning talks.” In particular, we seek imaginative new work that expands
the contours of early medieval studies and challenges, or transgresses, its
standard disciplinary, temporal, and linguistic boundaries. Following the
example set by the IONA
<>: Islands of the
North Atlantic conferences, we reject the unproductive disciplinary divides
that have separated the study of England, Wales, Ireland, Francia,
Scandinavia, the Iberian Peninsula, Africa, and even the Mediterranean both
from each other and from points further afield along the Atlantic rim and
beyond. We also aim to break down the divisions that have artificially
separated Late Antiquity and the early and high Middle Ages. We are
intentionally leaving this call for papers very broad, because we come from
the perspective that the global does not exclude the local, and vice-versa.
Moreover, the insular can be archipelagic. We welcome essays that bring
together North Atlantic and Mediterranean Studies, or that read what has
been seen as national literature from a transnational perspective.

In the spirit of emerging from our own linguistic silos and in *Viator*’s
usual practice, we thus welcome work from scholars writing in English,
Spanish, and French. Additionally, we particularly invite work from
graduate students, postdocs, independent scholars, and members of the
precariat as well as contributions that are explicitly feminist, queer,
anti-racist, and decolonial. We would like to be as inclusive as possible,
so please contact us if you have any questions.

Short abstracts of around 200 words are due by *December 2 *to, with essays to be submitted by* January 15*.
Attachments area