Tuesday, December 28, 2021

 42nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:  

The Sense of Taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  

Keene State College  

Keene, NH, USA 

Friday and Saturday April 29-30, 2022 

  

Call for Papers and Sessions 

We are delighted to announce that the 42nd Medieval and Renaissance Forum: The Sense of Taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday April 30, 2022 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The fourth in a series of five annual conferences dedicated to the five senses, the 42nd Medieval and Renaissance Forum will focus on all culinary and savory experiences in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. While we plan to hold the 42nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum in person with a limited number of virtual presentations, the entire event may have to be moved online should the safety of our participants require it. 

 

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  

 

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 Martha Carlin, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  

Professor’s Carlin research focuses on medieval London and Southwark and on everyday life in medieval England, including food, work, shopping, letters, household technologies, and inns. In recent years, Professor Carlin has turned up new evidence concerning the lives of John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William Shakespeare. Currently, she is working on a book on the rise of inns in medieval England, and a sourcebook of translations from the Manières de langage (French language manuals written in England). She is the author of Food and Eating in Medieval Europe, Lost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250, London and Southwark Inventories, 1316-1650: A Handlist of Extents for Debts, and, amongst many other articles and essays, “Why Stay at the Tabard? Public Inns and Their Amenities, c. 1400,” “The Bard at the Tabard,” and “The Senses in the Marketplace: Markets, Shops, and Shopping in Medieval Towns.”  

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.   

 

Graduate students are eligible for consideration for the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award upon submission of their essays by April 1, 2022. The winner of the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award will win $100 to be used for registration and/or travel expenses to the 43rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum (travel expenses including but not limited to transportation to and from the conference and accommodations while in Keene). The winner of the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award will be announced at lunch on Friday, April 29, 2022.  

 

Please submit abstracts and full contact information on the google form available at:  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KsPQAYIEz2QRSEiD0GMiAAduVm_gppiUslbHx1EHyc4/edit?ts=6158d368. 

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2022 

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2022 

 

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


Thursday, December 23, 2021

 

Call for Papers: Reimagining the Medieval Double Monastery in Interdisciplinary Perspective


To be held at the Monastery of Admont in Steiermark, Austria, 14-16 October 2022.

The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with broad interest in dual-sex monasticism in the Middle Ages. The conference aims to put research on double monasteries on a new footing and to provide new perspectives in this not yet fully explored world.

The conference will be organized thematically, and we welcome abstracts for papers that focus on:

  • Theoretical Discourses and Ideological Justifications for Dual-Sex Monasticism: Theology, History, and Literature
  • Interaction, Interference, and Reciprocal Influence between the Sexes: Customaries, Rules, Liturgy, and Music
  • Coexistence, Collaboration, and Challenges between the Sexes: Archaeology, Architecture, and Art

The conference will mark the twentieth anniversary of Admont I — Manuscripts and Monastic Culture: Admont and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance (2002). Like Admont I, Admont II will emphasize collegiality and the informal exchange of ideas among colleagues of various disciplines, ranks, and career paths.

Participants are welcome to present in English or German. Each session will comprise two thirty-minute presentations, comments from an invited respondent, and an informal discussion.

Organizers: Alison I. Beach (University of St Andrews), Cristina Andenna (University of Graz), Father Prior Maximilian Schiefermüller (Librarian and Archivist, Stift Admont), and Karin Schamberger (Assistant Librarian, Stift Admont)

Submissions should include a brief abstract (max. 300 words) and a curriculum vitae.  Please use the following link to upload this material by March 31, 2022: https://form.jotform.com/213412914963355

Monday, December 20, 2021

 Thanks to the generous support of Wallace Johnson and the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, I am delighted to announce the Call for Proposal for the third year of the Wallace Johnson First Book Mentoring Program. The program provides support and mentorship to early career scholars working towards the publication of their first book on the law and legal culture of the early middle ages. In conversation with peers and with the advice of senior scholars, participants will develop and revise book proposals and sample chapters, and they will meet with guest editors to learn about approaching and working with publishers.


The program has been developed specifically to aid pre-tenure and untenured scholars, as well as those in non-tenurable positions (including adjuncts and full-time term faculty) and is not limited to a specific discipline, region field, or methodology. For the purposes of this program, "law" is broadly defined and need not be limited to legislation, legal documentation, or specific forms of legal process. Although applicants’ research must concern law, they need not self-identify as legal scholars. Applications are due by Monday, February 14th, 2022

The program includes:
• a series of online workshops on the writing and publication process during which participants meet with
senior scholars and have the opportunity to discuss their projects with commissioning editors
• pairing with a senior scholar as a mentor who, over the course of a year, will help the participant pursue book
contracts and shape their projects for publication
• periodic web "meet ups," both one-on-one with mentors and as a group, that will enable participants to
workshop chapters and proposals
 An small stipend to support research-related expenses

As the Johnson Program is intended to cast a wide net, please do forward this announcement to other ListServs, post it on social media, and pass it along to anyone who might be interested. More information, especially concerning application procedures and the 2020 selection committee, can be found at https://wmich.edu/medieval/johnson-program. If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me (andrew.rabin@louisville.edu) or Jana Schulman (jana.schulman@wmich.edu).

At a time when the field of medieval studies is seeking new ways to support younger scholars, this program offers a wonderful opportunity to aid those at the beginning of their careers, advance research on early medieval law and legal culture, and to develop connections across disciplines. I’m very excited by the Johnson Program’s accomplishments so far and I look forward to seeing what it will look like as we move into our third year.

All best regards,
Andrew



Andrew Rabin
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of English
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Thursday, December 16, 2021

                 Historiography and Life Writing in the Late Antique World


Call for Papers


 

Proposals for papers are sought for a hybrid conference (participation possible both in person and online) on June 16th–17th 2022 exploring the writing of historiography in context of the developments in biographical literature during late antiquity.


The relationship between historiography and biography in antiquity has always been an uneasy one. Despite their mutual interest in strong characters, the writing of history and the writing of lives were regarded by ancient authors as two distinct genres. This separation proved influential too among modern scholars, but there have long existed voices suggesting that the boundaries between the two were much more blurred in practice (Momigliano 1971; Geiger 1985; Kraus 2010). Such considerations are particularly important for the later period because of the dynamic literary transformations it catalysed. The changing literary landscape from the fourth century on, in East and West, was shaped not only by the rise of new genres but also by the shift, redefinition, and even breakdown of established generic boundaries (Greatrex/Elton 2015).  

 

Recent scholarship has shown the fruitful interrelationships with contemporary literature of both later historiography (Blaudeau/van Nuffelen 2015; van Nuffelen 2019; Conterno/Mazzola 2020) and biography (Urbano 2013, Hägg/Rousseau 2000). But the link between the two remains largely unexplored. With the emergence of new biographical sub-genres – like hagiography or heresiology – and the blossoming of old ones – such as panegyric or philosophical biography – historians could draw on a hitherto unmatched spectrum of different models when incorporating the lives and deeds of individual characters into their historical narratives. This conference aims to investigate how historians adjusted to this increasing diversity of life-writing and what impact this development had on the evolution of historiography. 

 

We invite scholars of varied specialisms and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the history and literature of the late antique world to submit 500-word abstracts for 30-minute papers. Papers might treat, for example: 

 

  • the factors that influenced historians’ choice of a particular model of biographical presentation over another; 
  • the incorporation and adaptation of biographical source material (including translations) into historiography; 
  • how historians played with their readers’ expectations by both alluding to and breaking the generic conventions of different types of biographical literature; 
  • the differences in the presentation of lives across the historiographical traditions of alternative writing cultures, like Syriac or Coptic; 
  • how imagined audiences determined the stylistic and compositional choices of historians narrating the life of a historical character.

We are happy to announce Peter van Nuffelen (Ghent University) and Anne Alwis (University of Kent) as confirmed keynote speakers of the conference.

 

Applications from all scholars, including postgraduate students, are welcome. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to karl.dahm@kcl.ac.uk by 5.00pm on 14th January 2022.



Very best to all,

 

James Corke-Webster

Karl Heiner Dahm

---------------

Dr. James Corke-Webster

Senior Lecturer in Roman History


Department of Classics

King's College London

B3, North Wing, Strand

London

WC2R 2LS

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Consuming the Middle Ages: 2022 Medieval Studies Student Colloquium 

  

The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirty-second annual graduate student colloquium (MSSC), which will focus on the theme of ‘Consuming the Middle Ages’. The conference will take place on the 23rd of April, to be held virtually over Zoom. The colloquium will be preceded by a small lecture series. 

  

We invite 20-minute papers that investigate consuming the Middle Ages as defined within a range of different disciplines and perspectives. Consuming can denote both physical consumption as well as the act of consuming and making sense of the medieval past through scholarly productions, creative media, and cultural phenomena and practices. How were medieval feasts organized and what socio-cultural function did food and the act of consuming it serve? What are possible connections between the life cycle stages of consumed goods (e.g., from cultivation to processing, to consuming, to disposal, etc.) and climate, migration, economics, etc.? What material and immaterial substances were subject to consumption and what religious or cultural roles did they play? How do postmedieval writers and thinkers configure the medieval? What are the ramifications of consuming the past and is this the nature of periodization? How are the traces, artifacts, or influences from the medieval past consumed by later or contemporary individuals, communities, and cultures? Papers may respond to (but are not limited to) one of these questions. 

  

Preference will be given to papers from underrepresented backgrounds and disciplines. We strongly encourage submissions that expand these themes and categories of inquiry beyond Christian, Western European contexts. We invite submissions in all disciplines allied to Medieval Studies, including Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, Near Eastern Studies, literature, history, the history of art, archaeology, philosophy, classics, theology, and others. Abstracts on all topics will be considered, though priority will be given to those which address our thematic strand. 

  

Please send abstracts by January 30, 2021, to Sarah LaVoy at sfl39@cornell.edu. 

Friday, December 10, 2021

 ENEMIES WITHIN: The struggle against internal division in the Middle Ages and Renaissance


The 28th Biennial Conference of the Middle Ages and Renaissance Studies Program at Barnard College
Saturday, December 3, 2022


PLENARY SPEAKERS:
Kristina Richardson (CUNY)
Mitchell B. Merback (Johns Hopkins)


2022 marks a dubious anniversary: exactly one thousand years ago, in 1022, 13 Cathars were burned at Orléans—the first recorded instance of such punishment of Christian heretics. Exactly five hundred years later, a new sign of internal dissension erupted: In 1522, Martin Luther published his German translation of the New Testament, and in the same year, the Diet of Nuremberg staged an ultimately unsuccessful papal effort to suppress Luther, who had been declared a heretic in the 1521 Edict of Worms. Europe was far from unique in such efforts to suppress internal divisions, which also had a long history in the Middle East, where, for example, during the Mihna in the ninth century CE, the Abbasid caliph had similarly attempted to enforce a theological orthodoxy through centralized or systematized forms of persecuting heresy—attempts that, as in Europe, ultimately failed.

 In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as now, cultures often negotiated their identities by protecting their boundaries against external threats, but equally by marking, and often trying to suppress, enemies within. This conference will focus on cultural anxieties generated by internal challenges, both within the boundaries of a polis and within the boundaries of an individual, exploring how binaries like internal/external, enemy/ally, and related terms, become unstable or unpredictable vectors across periods of time. We invite paper proposals that speak to this issue in its most capacious sense, not only in the religious sphere but equally in the arts, literature, history, and history of science.

Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words and a 2-page CV by March 30, 2022 to Rachel Eisendrath, reisendr@barnard.edu.

PLEASE NOTE THAT, IF THE PANDEMIC ALLOWS, THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN PERSON AT BARNARD COLLEGE in NYC. We will announce by the end of summer 2022 if instead we have to hold the conference on Zoom.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

42nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:  

The Sense of Taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  

Keene State College  

Keene, NH, USA 

Friday and Saturday April 29-30, 2022 

  

Call for Papers and Sessions 

We are delighted to announce that the 42nd Medieval and Renaissance Forum: The Sense of Taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place on Friday, April 29 and Saturday April 30, 2022 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The fourth in a series of five annual conferences dedicated to the five senses, the 42nd Medieval and Renaissance Forum will focus on all culinary and savory experiences in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. While we plan to hold the 42nd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum in person with a limited number of virtual presentations, the entire event may have to be moved online should the safety of our participants require it. 

 

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss taste in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  

 

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 Martha Carlin, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.  

Professor’s Carlin research focuses on medieval London and Southwark and on everyday life in medieval England, including food, work, shopping, letters, household technologies, and inns. In recent years, Professor Carlin has turned up new evidence concerning the lives of John Gower, Geoffrey Chaucer, and William Shakespeare. Currently, she is working on a book on the rise of inns in medieval England, and a sourcebook of translations from the Manières de langage (French language manuals written in England). She is the author of Food and Eating in Medieval EuropeLost Letters of Medieval Life: English Society, 1200-1250London and Southwark Inventories, 1316-1650: A Handlist of Extents for Debtsand, amongst many other articles and essays, “Why Stay at the Tabard? Public Inns and Their Amenities, c. 1400,” “The Bard at the Tabard,” and “The Senses in the Marketplace: Markets, Shops, and Shopping in Medieval Towns.”  

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.   

 

Graduate students are eligible for consideration for the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award upon submission of their essays by April 1, 2022. The winner of the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award will win $100 to be used for registration and/or travel expenses to the 43rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum (travel expenses including but not limited to transportation to and from the conference and accommodations while in Keene). The winner of the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award will be announced at lunch on Friday, April 29, 2022.  

 

Please submit abstracts and full contact information on the google form available at 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KsPQAYIEz2QRSEiD0GMiAAduVm_gppiUslbHx1EHyc4/edit?ts=6158d368. 

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2022 

 

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2022 

 

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


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

 The editors of Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries are pleased to make the following announcements:

  • The Fall 2021 issue is out! Abstracts are available here: https://mss.pennpress.org/about/current-issue-abstracts/
  • We are seeking submissions for the Spring 2023 issue and beyond. Peer-reviewed articles for possible publication in the Spring 2023 issue should be submitted no later than June 30, 2022. Non-peer reviewed Annotations featuring recent discoveries, project reports, etc. (ca. 3000 words) can be submitted up to February 28, 2022 for the Fall 2022 issue.  Articles and Annotations can be submitted here: https://manuscriptstudies.scholasticahq.com/for-authors
  • Thanks to a generous agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Press, all Articles and Annotations in Manuscript Studies are made available on an open access basis after one year from the date of publication. Articles and Annotations from Vol. 5:2 (Fall 2020) are now available for downloading and sharing on Penn’s Scholarly Commons repository. To access the pdfs, go to: http://repository.upenn.edu/mss_sims/

Manuscript Studies brings together scholarship from around the world and across disciplines related to the study of pre-modern manuscript books and documents. This peer-reviewed journal is open to contributions that rely on both traditional methodologies of manuscript study and those that explore the potential of new ones. We publish articles that engage in a larger conversation on manuscript culture and its continued relevance in today’s world and highlight the value of manuscript evidence in understanding our shared cultural and intellectual heritage. Studies that incorporate digital methodologies to further understanding of the physical and conceptual structures of the manuscript book are encouraged. A separate section, entitled Annotations, features research in progress and digital project reports.

For more information and to subscribe, go to http://mss.pennpress.org. For direct inquiries, please don't hesitate to contact the editors at sims-mss@pobox.upenn.edu.

 

Lynn Ransom, Ph.D.

Director, Digital Medievalist (2020-2022)

Curator of Programs, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

Project Director, Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

Co- Editor, Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries

3420 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

215.898.7851

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Monday, December 6, 2021

 Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VIII

Experiencing Space

Tampere, August 17-19, 2022

The focus of the Passages conference series lies on society and the history of everyday life. This time we are concentrating on the social construction and experiences of space, aiming to understand how it affected social frameworks, built communities and shaped individual lives. The “Spatial Turn” has directed scholars’ interest towards the interconnection between communities, individuals and space, but larger comparisons between eras and cultures are still mainly missing. We aim to approach space as an analytical tool, “experience” offering a novel conceptual method for the study in this field.

We are interested in everyday interactions within and between communities, groups and individuals and their relations with the environment. How did people negotiate the borders between built and “wild” environments, urban and rural space, the public and the private, the secular and the sacred? How were ideas, ideologies and identities reflected in the built environment and how were they shaped by space and perceptions of it? How did bodily practices and emotions create spaces, and how did space shape rituals and produce emotions? What was the role of sensory perceptions when living in and moving through space? How was space imagined and how did spaces, landscapes, buildings and monuments occupy a place in the private and public imagination? How were space and memories/narrations interconnected: how were spatial experiences inscribed in the preserved sources? In which ways did the political and legal, but equally religious spheres play a role in the formation of social spaces? We invite papers that focus on social topography, the lived experience of space, the normative and legal construction of space, the sensory perceptions of spatiality, and participation in constructing and regulating spaces.

We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical, Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are those contributions that have a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint or focusing on a longue durée perspective. We particularly welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, status, health, and ethnicity.

***

If interested, please submit an abstract of 300-400 words (setting out thesis and conclusions) and a short biography (50-100 words) for a twenty-minute paper together with your contact details (with academic affiliation, address and e-mail) via https://www.lyyti.fi/reg/passages2021cfpThe deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2022 and the notification of paper acceptance will be made in March 2022. Conference papers may be presented in major scientific languages, together with an English summary or translation, if the language of the presentation is not English. The sessions are formed on thematic coherence of the papers and on comparison between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, thus session proposals focusing on one period only will not be accepted. If the Covid-19 situation so requires, the conference has the option of participation via Zoom.

The registration fee is 130 € (post-graduate students: 60 €), online participation for presenters 50 €. For further information, please contact conference secretary saku.pihko@tuni.fi. The registration opens in April 2022.

The conference is organized by Trivium - Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences/Tampere University) in collaboration with the ERC project Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition (SpaceLaw.fi, University of Helsinki). This conference has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 771874).

Friday, December 3, 2021

 Lived Spaces in Late Antiquity

Conference, 8 – 10 December, 2021

This international conference will approach the world of Late Antiquity from the perspective of space, how it was perceived, defined, and constructed through social, political, and cultural interactions. Space is the fundamental dimension of social life, the arena where it unfolds and the stage where social values and hierarchies are represented; analysis of space allows us to understand history through different means of shaping, occupying, controlling space. Space-oriented approaches have had a remarkable impact on late antique scholarship, leading to exciting new evaluations of changes in architecture and topography As such, traditional debates over the nature and dimension of urban and rural settlements are being left aside in favour of a more organic perspective that combines historical and archaeological analyses to show how elements of continuity and change were articulated in new and creative ways in different parts of the Mediterranean. This conference brings together specialists from different disciplines to look at space as a lived entity, as how it was used and how it gave shape to social life at a time of unprecedented historical change. Topics to be examined include the fate of Classical structures; the development of funerary spaces; the conceptual redefinition of space; and how religious and secular foundations redefined social life.

This will be an online event that will be transmitted via Microsoft Teams. To register, please e-mail classcon@st-andrews.ac.uk by Monday 6 December.

This conference is generously sponsored by the School of Classics at St Andrews, the Classical Association, and the Institute of Classical Studies.


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Landscape, Nature, and Sacred Site...

CONF: Landscape, Nature, and Sacred Site

Synergies across the Global Middle Ages

The goal of this 2-day interdisciplinary conference is to explore the dynamics between landscape, nature, and sacred sites across the medieval world. Building on Mircea Eliade’s pioneering work, recent focus on landscape and nature as agents of sacred power and religious symbolism, and on sacred topography as determined and shaped by the physical environment, has opened up new ways of investigating religious sites in their natural but far from neutral settings. How do mountains, rivers, wilderness, rocks or caves capture the imagination, evoke and anchor myths? In which ways do they mediate and participate in the sacred? Which spatial and visual strategies were used to engage and capitalize on the ‘natural’ in the creation of sanctuaries and other sacred buildings? How did religious communities and pilgrims respond to the land and its features? Through these and related questions, this conference aims to bring together scholars who are willing to address traditional divides between the sciences and the humanities, ‘nature’ and ‘culture,’ as well as between westerneastern, and indigenous ways of relating to the natural world and the place of humans within it.

Papers should be of 30 min. length. Confirmed keynote speakers are Tamara Sears (Rutgers University) and Michele Bacci (University of Fribourg). The conference will take place on 12. and 13. May in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Travel, accommodation and meals related to the conference will be covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Conference papers are expected to be published in a peer-reviewed anthology. Paper proposals (1 page), accompanied by a brief CV (2 pages), should be sent to Nicoletta Isar (isar@hum.ku.dk) and/or Erik Thunø (thuno@hum.ku.dk) before 20. December 2021.


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

 

The 42nd Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be co-hosted by University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Visual Studies and the Art Gallery of Ontario on March 25-26, 2022. We are planning to meet in person. Papers are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture, and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals. Papers in English or French. Please submit a short abstract (250 words) and one-page c.v. to ccmah2022@gmail.com by December 17, 2021. Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

Le département de Visual Studies de l’University of Toronto Mississauga et l’Art Gallery of Ontario accueilleront conjointement le 42e colloque canadien des historiens de l’art médiéval qui se tiendra à Toronto les 25 et 26 mars 2022. Nous prévoyons de nous rencontrer en personne. Les communications portant sur tout sujet relatif à l’art, à l’architecture et à la culture visuelle/matérielle du Moyen Âge ou à ses renaissances postmédiévales seront bienvenues. Les interventions peuvent être faites soit en anglais ou en français. Veuillez soumettre un court résumé de votre communication (250 mots) ainsi qu’un bref C.V. d’ une page d’ici le 17 décembre 2021 à ccmah2022@gmail.com. Les chercheurs/chercheures qui sont à différentes étapes de leur carrière académique sont encouragé(e)s à participer.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

 Historiography and Life Writing in the Late Antique World

Call for Papers

Proposals for papers are sought for a hybrid conference (participation possible both in person and online) on June 16th–17th 2022 exploring the writing of historiography in context of the developments in biographical literature during late antiquity.

The relationship between historiography and biography in antiquity has always been an uneasy one. Despite their mutual interest in strong characters, the writing of history and the writing of lives were regarded by ancient authors as two distinct genres. This separation proved influential too among modern scholars, but there have long existed voices suggesting that the boundaries between the two were much more blurred in practice (Momigliano 1971; Geiger 1985; Kraus 2010). Such considerations are particularly important for the later period because of the dynamic literary transformations it catalysed. The changing literary landscape from the fourth century on, in East and West, was shaped not only by the rise of new genres but also by the shift, redefinition, and even breakdown of established generic boundaries (Greatrex/Elton 2015).  

Recent scholarship has shown the fruitful interrelationships with contemporary literature of both later historiography (Blaudeau/van Nuffelen 2015; van Nuffelen 2019; Conterno/Mazzola 2020) and biography (Urbano 2013, Hägg/Rousseau 2000). But the link between the two remains largely unexplored. With the emergence of new biographical sub-genres – like hagiography or heresiology – and the blossoming of old ones – such as panegyric or philosophical biography – historians could draw on a hitherto unmatched spectrum of different models when incorporating the lives and deeds of individual characters into their historical narratives. This conference aims to investigate how historians adjusted to this increasing diversity of life-writing and what impact this development had on the evolution of historiography. 

We invite scholars of varied specialisms and disciplinary backgrounds interested in the history and literature of the late antique world to submit 500-word abstracts for 30-minute papers. Papers might treat, for example: 

  • the factors that influenced historians’ choice of a particular model of biographical presentation over another; 
  • the incorporation and adaptation of biographical source material (including translations) into historiography; 
  • how historians played with their readers’ expectations by both alluding to and breaking the generic conventions of different types of biographical literature; 
  • the differences in the presentation of lives across the historiographical traditions of alternative writing cultures, like Syriac or Coptic; 
  • how imagined audiences determined the stylistic and compositional choices of historians narrating the life of a historical character.
We are happy to announce Peter van Nuffelen (Ghent University) and Anne Alwis (University of Kent) as confirmed keynote speakers of the conference.

Applications from all scholars, including postgraduate students, are welcome. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to karl.dahm@kcl.ac.uk by 5.00pm on 14th January 2022.

Very best to all,

James Corke-Webster
Karl Heiner Dahm

Monday, November 29, 2021

 


The 54th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies: Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond – 18-20 March 2022, Corpus Christus College & All Souls College, Oxford (deadline 10th December)

The 54th Annual Spring Symposium in Byzantine Studies will be held in Oxford on the theme of Material Religion in Byzantium and Beyond. The Symposium brings together Byzantine studies with a series of innovative approaches to the material nature and realities of religion – foregrounding the methodological, historical and archaeological problems of studying religion through visual and material culture. Taking a broad geographical and chronological view of the Byzantine world, the Symposium will range across Afro-Eurasia and from Antiquity to the period after the fall of Constantinople. Panels will be arranged around the themes of ‘Objects in motion’, ‘Religion in 3D’, ‘Religious landscapes’, ‘Things without context’, ‘Things and their context’ and ‘Spatial approaches to religion’. 

In addition to the customary panel papers, an inaugural lecture and a closing lecture for a wider public, we now invite Communications of 10 minutes in duration on current research in fields linked to the theme of the Symposium. Please send your abstract (of not more than 300 words) to Ine Jacobs (Ine.Jacobs@univ.ox.ac.uk) by 10 December 2021. 

Friday, November 26, 2021

Soc for Late Antiquity

 


Call for Papers: Institutions and Institutionality in Late Antiquity  

Conference at Göttingen University, Germany, 22-24 March 2023 

 

Adolf von Harnack famously termed institutions “the skeleton of history.” While for many decades institutions continued to play some role in the writing of the history of the church, in recent decades they seem to have taken a back seat. While this is an understandable corrective to the enduring focus on “illustrious men” and prominent institutions in the study of early Christianity, this conference once again takes up the question of the value and meaning of institutions in late antiquity. However, it also operates with a wider notion of institutionality which comprises not only the church as an organization with buildings and bishops but also more fluid forms of institutionality, for example, circles of philosophers or ascetics, monastic communities, or literate networks. In the light of larger trends in the humanities and social sciences, we seek more robust theorizing about late antique institutions. 

 

Though centering on late antique Christianity, this conference intentionally adopts a wider purview—a “long” late antiquity which is geographically, socio-politically, and religiously diverse. Therefore, we solicit papers across the Mediterranean, Europe, North Africa, and the Near/Middle East, as well as papers which address the topic of institutionality in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (and their interactions/overlaps), as well as on institutions of traditional/indigenous (“pagan”) religions and philosophical “religion”—as well as on “secular” institutions. We understand that many of these terms require methodological and theoretical reflection—and in large part this is the purpose of the conference, even while exploring such questions in relation to more localized case studies. 

 

At this conference, we hope to address a broad range of questions, including but not limited to the following: 

  • What is the historiographical value of thinking with institutions? 
  • How do institutions help us to map thought and/or practice? 
  • What social-political power do institutions hold? 
  • What exactly constitutes an institution (or should constitute an institution)—for example, are churches institutions, and how would such substantial institutions relate to much smaller, localized institutions such as libraries, schools, or monasteries? 
  • How would (and did) institutions, which overlapped with one another, relate to one another? To what extent was there competition among contemporary institutions? 

 

In order to bring together leading scholars in the field with junior researchers, we invite papers which touch directly on the conference theme, particularly case studies, and we strongly encourage submissions from early career researchers. The papers should take up one or more of the above-mentioned questions and thus contribute to the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas which is the aim of the conference. The costs of travel and accommodation will be fully covered. We plan to publish the papers from the conference as a sort of compendium to late antique institutions. 

 

We are pleased to announce that among our confirmed speakers are Maria Doerfler, Catherine Hezser, Christian Hornung, Conrad Leyser, Christoph Markschies, and Jens Scheiner. 

 

To be considered for the conference, pleased send an abstract of ca. 200 words (for a 30-minute paper) and a short CV, both in English, to Robert Edwards at robert.edwards@theologie.uni-goettingen.de by 18 December 2021. Please also direct any questions to the same. 

 

Peter Gemeinhardt and Robert Edwards


Monday, November 22, 2021

Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages"

 Via Carol Anderson, Assistant Editor, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies


Speculum Themed Issue: “Race, Race-Thinking, and Identity in the Global Middle Ages” Call for Papers 

Editors:

François-Xavier Fauvelle, Collège de France

Nahir Otaño Gracia, University of New Mexico

Cord J. Whitaker, Wellesley College

For far too long, scholarly consensus held that race and racism were mainly Enlightenment innovations, datable to no earlier than the seventeenth century. As long ago as the early twentieth century, some scholars pushed race’s origins to the sixteenth or even fifteenth centuries, but these scholars were few and far between. The Middle Ages and, with them, medieval studies were set off as a time and discipline innocent of race and racism. This remained generally true until the advent of critical medieval race studies in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in 2021, special issues in major journals and no less than six full-length scholarly monographs have treated the imbrications of race with medieval art, literature, religion, and even the periodizing concept of the Middle Ages itself. Many more studies in medieval literature, history, art, religion, and culture have been conceptually informed by race, as have many studies in the modern perceptions and deployments of the Middle Ages. Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies calls for proposals for a themed issue, to be published as one of Speculum’s four quarterly issues, to recognize the intellectual value of the study of race to a comprehensive understanding of the Middle Ages.

We invite proposals for full-length essays (8,000-11,000 words) that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages. For example, essays might consider the roles of race-making and racialization in the Islamic world; how race and identity, together with religion, was negotiated and navigated in border regions such as al-Andalus, Sicily or the Levant (between Latin Christendom and Islam), the Sahara and the Sahel region (between the Islamic world and Subsaharan Africa); how the dynamics of race-thinking informed relations between Latin and Greek Christendom and Islam or the Mongol Empire, or between the Muslim/Islamicate world and Christian, Jewish, Hinduist, and traditional-religious societies within it or beyond its reaches; how race intersected with the dynamics of trade and connectivity, religious affiliation and conversion, slavery and emancipation, peace and war. Essays may also take on the roles of race, race-thinking, and identity in the geography and periodization of the Middle Ages: Are historical moments that are quintessential to the history of race also relevant to medieval-and-modern periodizations? Essays may also consider how and why race, race-thinking, and identity have shaped modern concepts, uses, and scholarship of the Middle Ages.

The editors are open to essays that interrogate race, race-thinking, and identity in the Middle Ages by asking these and other deeply probing questions. Additionally, we are especially interested in essays that consider the globality of the medieval world: those that examine the networked interrelations and interdependences of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. In addition to scholarship in history and literature, we invite proposals using the tools and methods of anthropology, archaeology, art history, book history, historical linguistics, religious studies, sociology, and other fields germane to the studies of race, identity, and the Middle Ages.

The themed issue on race, race-thinking, and identity and the articles selected for it will be in keeping with Speculum’s purview as stated in the Guidelines for Submission: “preference is ordinarily given to articles of interest to readers in more than one discipline and beyond the specialty in question. Articles taking a more global approach to medieval studies are also welcomed, particularly when the topic engages with one or more of the core areas of study outlined above. Submissions with appeal to a broad cross-section of medievalists are highly encouraged.”

Proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should be submitted by email to cord.whitaker@wellesley.edu with SPECULUM PROPOSAL in the subject line by 31 January 2022. The authors of selected proposals will be notified by 28 February 2022. Completed essays will be expected by 1 December 2022.