Tuesday, November 24, 2020

On January 13–15, 2022, the Index of Medieval Art (Princeton University), the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum (New York), and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University will host a conference to accompany the exhibition, “Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800–1500,” presented at the Morgan Library from October 15, 2021 to January 23, 2022. The conference will include two days of papers as well as a study day at the Morgan Library. For each paper, 30 minutes of speaking time, followed by 15 minutes of discussion, will be allotted. In addition to a viewing of the exhibition, the study day will include an opportunity to view other, unexhibited materials in the Morgan’s collections.


Despite its scope, the exhibition cannot comprehend all the relevant material in American collections. Nor can the accompanying book treat all the exhibited items in depth. With this in mind, we solicit proposals for papers. Pending the usual peer-review process, the contributions will be published.


Paper proposals, no more than one page in length, should fall into one of the following categories or address one of the following topics:


– in-depth monographic discussion of a single manuscript in an American collection, whether or not it is included in the exhibition. Please contact Joshua O'Driscoll (jodriscoll@themorgan.org) for a list of objects that will be discussed in the book accompanying the exhibition (many but not all of which will be exhibited) and a list of all relevant materials in the Morgan Library’s collections. More information on many of these manuscripts, also those in other American collections, can be found at Digital Scriptorium: https://digital-scriptorium.org/.


– thematic treatment of one of a number of broader issues relevant to the exhibition’s concerns; these include but are by no means limited to the following:


Art & the politics of empire

Art & reform/Reformation

Borders of empire

Cosmopolitan contacts and exchanges

Geographic foci (e.g., Helmarshausen, Prague, Salzburg, Weingarten)

Humanism in Central Europe

Imperial patronage

Monastic networks

Manuscript illumination and the other arts

Paper, parchment & pen-drawing/production techniques

Patrician patronage in imperial cities

Panel painting


Reception/collecting of German medieval art in the United States

Urbanism & the art of the book

Visualization & the vernacular


Proposals should be submitted to Prof. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Harvard University (jhamburg@fas.harvard.edu) by

February 1, 2021. A response indicating whether or not any given proposal has been accepted will be forthcoming

by April 1, 2021. Finalized abstracts, which will be circulated to all participants, would then be due by 

August 1, 2021. The organizers will do their best to accommodate all relevant proposals within the confines of the

program, the scope and format of which will be determined by the funding available and the current public health

situation. In the event that an in-person meeting is feasible, speakers' costs for travel and accommodation in 

Princeton and New York will be covered. Colleagues submitting proposals are asked to indicate their interest in 

presenting a paper by video call, should travel not be possible.

Friday, November 20, 2020

 The Italian Society for the History of Religions invites papers, posters, and workshops proposals for the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), which will take place at the University of Pisa, 30 August – 3 September 2021. 

Though hoping to be able to run an IRL conference, the organizers are ready for the conference to be held in a hybrid form and streamed on a dedicated platform. 

This year's theme is resilient religion. The submission deadline for papers, posters, and session proposals is 31 January 2021. For additional information, please visit https://www.easr2021.org/.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

 Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to encourage you all to send in your abstracts for the next meeting of Shifting Frontiers in June of 2021.  The CFP is attached.  Deadline for submissions is December 4, 2020.

The theme of the conference is "Scale and the Study of Late Antiquity."  We are pleased to announce that M.C. Chin and Ann Marie Yasin will be the featured keynote speakers.  This will be an all virtual meeting.

The website for the conference is: https://u.osu.edu/shiftingfrontiersxiv/

Please let me know if you have questions!

Best, Tina

Kristina Sessa
Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies
Book Review Editor, Journal of Late Antiquity
Department of History
The Ohio State University
230 Annie and John Glenn Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210