Sunday, December 15, 2019

Subject: ESSE: CFP & Medieval English Studies Network

Dear colleagues,

We are inviting proposals for a session on relations between England and the Continent in the Middle Ages at the next European Society for the Study of English Conference (Lyon 2020, August 31-September 4).

Abstracts of 200/250 words (for 15-to-20-minute presentations) should be sent to us by January 15, 2020. We will let you know if your paper was selected in mid-February. Final confirmation of acceptance will be given a month later, after validation by the ESSE organizing committee.

The ESSE conference is open to everyone, whether they are members or not.

We would like to use this opportunity to set up a network of medievalists within ESSE. If you do not intend to attend Lyon 2020 but would like to be kept informed of this initiative, do get in touch with us.

Kind Regards,

Judith Kaup, Elise Louviot & Annina Seiler

S20: “Man utanbordes wisdom ond lare hieder on lond sohte” – Relations between England and the Continent in the Middle Ages 
This seminar will bring together papers exploring various aspects of contact and interchange between England and the Continent in the medieval period. We welcome all approaches and especially encourage contributions that move beyond disciplinary and period boundaries. Hostile, amicable and ambiguous encounters both real and imagined will be discussed. Topics may include the shaping of the English language, culture and politics through settlement, conquest, missions and the circulation of texts; the role of religion, language, ancestry, and place of birth in creating English versus Continental identities; fears of insular marginality versus pride in insular exclusiveness. 

* Judith Kaup (Universität zu Köln, Germany), judithkaup[at-sign] 
* Elise Louviot (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France), elise.louviot[at-sign] 
* Annina Seiler (Universität Zürich, Switzerland), annina.seiler[at-sign]

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Call for Papers: The 8th Annual Koç University Archaeology and History
of Art Graduate Research Symposium - Performance: Actors, Objects,
by Alev Berberoglu
*Performance: Actors, Objects, Spaces*
*Call for Papers - The 8th Annual Koç University Archaeology and History of
Art Graduate Research Symposium *

*Application Deadline:* 31 December 2019, Tuesday

Koç University’s Department of Archaeology and History of Art (ARHA) is
pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium, which
will be held on 26 March 2020 at Koç University’s Research Center for
Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), located in Beyoğlu, Istanbul.

The symposium titled* Performance: Actors, Objects, Spaces *aims to
investigate various manifestations of artistic and cultural acts revolving
around performance in order to discuss their enduring prevalence and trace
their nuances in different spatial, temporal, social, and personal contexts.
Outcomes of performances as employed in building identity, constructing
gender, expressing self, and defining community will be analyzed.* *Our
definition of performance is broad: it embraces the sacred and the secular,
the social and the personal, and the spectacular and the quotidian. Moreover,
performativity, or the interdependent relationship between words and actions,
emerges as a topic of interest in this framework, owing to its reflections in
the arts.

This symposium seeks to bring together a diverse range of perspectives and
disciplines concerned with a span of subjects, areas and periods of research
converging around the theme of performance in the arts and culture. Paper
topics may include, but are not limited to:

 * Depictions of performance
 * Performance and space
 * Performance, architecture, and urban planning
 * State power, theatricality, ceremonies, and processions
 * Imperial and military performances
 * Sacred performances, rites, and rituals
 * Performing identities
 * Performing culture
 * Performativity in arts
 * Gender as performance
 * Performing arts, theatre, dance, spectacles
 * Performing music, musicians, musical instruments
 * Memory and performance
 * Documenting performances
 * Staging and restaging performances
 * Self-expression through performance
 * Intangible cultural heritage and performance
 * Performativity in museum studies

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

All graduate students are encouraged to apply, including M.A. and Ph.D.
students at any stage of their studies. The conference will be held in
English, but we are open to accepting presentations and posters in both
English and Turkish. Applicants should submit a 250-word abstract by 31
December 2019 to [1]. Applicants will be notified of
their acceptance by the middle of January. For other questions, please
contact [2] or visit [3] and [4].

Read more or reply:

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

*REMINDER: CALL FOR PAPERS Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and
Renaissance Studies June 15-17, 2020*

*Proposal Deadline: December 31, 2019 *Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

This is a reminder that the deadline for proposal submissions for the Eighth
Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
<> (June 15-17, 2020) is fast approaching, so get
your abstracts ready! We invite proposals for papers, complete sessions,
and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the
medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty
minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly
organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete
sessions. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly
investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early
modern studies. The Symposium is also host to the 47th Annual Saint Louis
Conference on Manuscript Studies
the longest-running annual conference in North America. Opportunities for
undergraduate submissions are also available via the *Tirones Mediaevales*
sessions – see the website <> for more

The *plenary speakers* for this year will be *David Abulafia*, of Cambridge
University, and *Barbara Rosenwein*, of Loyola University, Chicago.

The deadline for all submissions is *December 31, 2019*. *Late submissions
will be considered if space is available.* Decisions will be made in
January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to *submit your proposal online* go to:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

16-17 April, 2020
Utrecht University

In the ancient, late antique, and the early medieval worlds, city walls
both projected strength and indicated insecurity. These impressive and
prominent constructions dominated the urban landscape and oriented the
movement of citizens. Likewise, these enclosures sought to delineate those
who did and did not belong, physically marking the inclusion of its
citizens as well as signifying the exclusion of whoever and whatever
threatened to harm the physical, symbolic, and ritual integrity of the
city. City walls were visible from afar, drawing visitors in and
advertising the city’s status from a distance. At the same time, the wall’s
overlapping layers of legal, ritual, and symbolic significance structured
narrative and normative texts across these epochs.

This international workshop seeks to bring together an international and
interdisciplinary group of scholars to work on these interrelated aspects
of ancient and early medieval walls in the Mediterranean and northwestern
Europe throughout the first millennium CE. Our keynote address will be
given by Hendrik Dey, and our confirmed speakers include Rachele Dubbini,
Penelope Goodman and Nicholas Purcell. We invite proposals for 20 minute
papers from specialists working in various disciplines, including
archaeology, history, literary studies, and art history. This workshop will
examine the commonalities and discrepancies across these disciplines, both
in terms of their methodological and theoretical approach as well as
querying the extent to which city walls functioned in a variety of
different contexts present throughout the ancient and medieval world.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, plus a short
bibliography to the organizers Saskia Stevens, Megan Welton, and Kay Boers
at by January 31st, 2020.

*Muros et Moenia* is generously supported by the NWO-VICI Project
“Citizenship Discourses in the Early Middle Ages, 400-1100,” the Utrecht
Center for Medieval Studies, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation at
Utrecht University, and OIKOS - the Dutch National Research School in