Tuesday, October 4, 2022

 Literary, religious and manuscript cultures of the German-speaking lands: a symposium in memory of Nigel F. Palmer (1946-2022)

When: 19/20 May 2023

Where: Oxford, Bodleian Library, Taylor Institution Library, St Edmund Hall

To celebrate the life and scholarship of Nigel F. Palmer, Professor of German Medieval Literary and Linguistic Studies at the University of Oxford, we invite expressions of interest from those who wish to honour his memory with an academic contribution to speak at a symposium in Oxford that is to take place 19-20 May 2023. Presentations of twenty minutes’ length are sought. They should speak to an aspect of the wide spectrum of Nigel’s intellectual interests, which ranged extensively within the broad scope of the literary and religious history of the German- and Dutch-speaking lands, treating Latin alongside the vernaculars, the early printed book alongside the manuscript, and the court and the city alongside the monastery and the convent. His primary intellectual contributions were methodological rather than theoretical, and he brought together a study of the book as a material object with the philological and linguistic discipline of the Germanophone academic tradition.

The first session planned for the afternoon of Friday 19 May will take place consequently in the Weston Library, and will consider the manuscript cultures of the German-speaking lands; presentations may take a workshop format, and may – though need not – focus upon one or more manuscripts in the Bodleian collections. The second and third sessions will take place on Saturday 20 May in the Taylorian Library, and will consider the religious and literary history of the German-speaking lands in relation to the questions, issues and working methods central to Nigel’s published scholarship.

We would request expressions of interest, of not more than one full page, to be received by 11 November 2022, to be sent to Stephen Mossman. We ask in advance for the understanding of all who submit that we anticipate receiving many more expressions of interest than we can accommodate within the schedule. A reception will be held at St Edmund Hall on the Saturday afternoon, to which all are cordially invited and welcome, followed by a dinner in College. Those planning to attend are advised to reserve accommodation in good time, e.g. via universityrooms. We hope to secure funding to support early career researchers in attending the symposium, but anticipate that participants will need to cover their travel and accommodation expenses. Details of the symposium and registration will be available through the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages web-site in early 2023.

For the organising committee: Racha Kirakosian, Henrike Lähnemann, Stephen Mossman, Almut Suerbaum

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 Call for Papers: Marco Manuscript Workshop 2023, “Writing the World”

February 3-4, 2023

Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

The eighteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Charles Sanft (History) and Roy M. Liuzza (English) and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

 

This year’s theme is, broadly, manuscripts in and of the world. We imagine two aspects to this theme. The first is manuscripts that travel: manuscripts always bear the marks of the time and place of their creation, and many remain rooted to their place of origin, but others range widely in the world as cargo, gifts, devotional or collectible objects, or simply baggage that can be left behind. How do some texts get from one place to another, and why? What evidence of their travels do they bear? The second aspect of our theme concerns texts that try to convey the world beyond their pages. How do they describe the world? How is it depicted? Where is the center? What lies at the margins? What ideas and doctrines exist in the broader world? Understandings about the size and shape of the world have changed considerably since the ancient world and vary greatly from one culture to another. How have texts adapted to new information and ideas? We invite participants to consider manuscripts that connect the reader to the world—descriptions, travelogues, maps, accounts of distant places, cosmologies, stories of other worlds—or that record or reflect encounters between people in different places. As always, we welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined. We are especially interested in presentations that address these questions from a non-European perspective.

 

The workshop is open to scholars and students in any field who are engaged in or interested in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each presentation and discussion; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

 

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2022. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

 

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please visit //marco.utk.edu/ms-workshop or contact the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edufor more information.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

 

European Society for Textual Scholarship

Annual Conference, 13-14 April 2023

University of Kent

‘‘Authorship, Identity, and Textual Scholarship”

CALL FOR PAPERS

To what extent does the identification of an author’s identity affect how we approach and edit their texts? Or, to pursue a contested poststructuralist line of thinking, why might it matter to an editor, or any reader, that they know who is speaking? Though the Barthesian idea of the ‘Death of the Author’ has been largely dismantled, theoretical questions about agency, intentionality, and reception still loom large in modern critical discourse. Given our present-day concerns with anonymity, fake news, misattributed quotations, and the spread of disinformation, this timely conference shines a light on the relationship between the identification of an author-figure and the transmission, mediation, and reception of their texts.

The organisers invite proposals for creative, critical, and analytical papers, panel sessions, roundtables, posters, and digital exhibitions that approach and analyse the overlap between studies in attribution, authorship, biography, and textual scholarship from antiquity to modern day.

We particularly encourage proposals which consider the range of identities that authors take and investigate how the imperative for diversity, relates or challenges conventional concepts of authorship The digital turn in literary studies has enlivened debates about authorship, reflecting a concurrent rising interest in textual issues related to co-authorship, revision, and adaptation. Traditional canons of literary and non-literary works have been challenged vigorously in recent years.

So, too, authorship has figured significantly in the detailed analyses of the lives and output of scribes and stationers (publishers, printers, booksellers) from the premodern to modern periods, producing rich new evidence about the transmission and circulation of text. Similarly, the material turn in literary scholarship has provided original insights into the material conditions of authorship, from the everyday experience of life as a practicing author to the tools used in producing the material book itself. The work that is produced and disseminated is now studied as a social as well as textual object.

Registration website:

https://bit.ly/ESTS2023

Contributions to the ESTS Conference may take the following forms:

Research Papers

Individual scholars are welcome to submit proposals for papers which may then be selected for panels. 20 minutes in length. Please supply an abstract of 150 words (max) + bio of 100 words (max).

Panel sessions

We also invite groups of scholars (3 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked research paper panels. 90 minutes in length (3 x 20 minute papers + q&a). Please supply 3 abstracts of 150 words (max) each + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker. The organisers will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field.

Roundtable

We also invite groups of scholars (up to 6 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked roundtable sessions. 90 minutes in length (10 mins per speaker + q&a). Please supply an overall abstract of 250 words (250 words) for the roundtable + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker. The organisers will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field.

Digital Projects Exhibition

We invite scholars working on DH projects related to authorship to showcase their work through a poster/exhibition session. A DH project session will be held during one of the days of the conference. Please supply abstract of 150 words (max) + bios of 100 words (max) for each presenter; if the project is live, please supply a link.

Poster Session

We invite scholars to submit an abstract for a poster presentation linking their research to the

themes of the conference. A poster session will be held during one of the days of the conference.

Please supply abstract of 150 words (max) + bios of 100 words (max) for each presenter. All proposals are due by 1st October 2022. Please send proposals to ESTS2023@gmail.com

If you have any queries about the submission process, please contact R.Loughnane@kent.ac.uk or any of the members of the Planning Committee.

ESTS 2023 Planning Committee: Rory Loughnane (Kent, Chair); Bashir Abu-Manneh (Kent); Anne Alwis (Kent); Claire Bartram (Canterbury Christ Church University); Jennie Batchelor (Kent); Karen Brayshaw (Kent); Helen Brooks (Kent); Robert Gallagher (Kent); Emily Guerry (Kent); Anna Jordanous (Kent); Ryan Perry (Kent); Catherine Richardson (Kent); David Rundle (Kent); Amy Sackville (Kent); Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University); Matthijs Wibier (Kent); and Cressida Williams (Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives). Postgraduate Advisors: Ségolène Gence (Kent; MEMS PG Ambassador); Samantha McCarthy (Kent); Jonathan Pinkerton (Kent Lille).

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

 

The Sources of Old English and Anglo-Latin Literary Culture project (SOEALLC) is happy to announce two sponsored sessions at the ICMS at Kalamazoo in May ’23:

Session 1: Augustine in Pre-Conquest England (Session of Papers)

This session will focus on Augustine of Hippo’s influence on Old English and Anglo-Latin literary culture. To that end, we invite papers that consider what quotations, references, translations, and manuscript circulation can tell us about how and why Augustine was being read in early England. As Augustine’s corpus is so large and varied, possibilities for papers are many: proposers might consider the influence of Augustinian themes on Old English poetry or homilies, how Augustinian the Alfredian Soliloquies truly is, or what manuscript evidence can tell us about the specifics of early English interest in Augustine. We invite contributions from scholars of all methodological bents, and, while we are focused on Augustine’s presence in pre-Conquest England, we welcome papers that cast a wider chronological net as well.

 

Session 2: “Source Study and Material Culture” (Roundtable)

 

While source criticism is usually considered to be a textual enterprise, this session will gather several scholars together in a roundtable format to discuss the ways in which material culture (archaeology, visual art, manuscript studies, etc.) can inform the source critic’s work. Participants might reflect on the way in which art can be a “source” for literature and vice versa, the uses of material culture to help us interpret source relationships, or the ways in which source study in a manuscript culture always requires attention to the material. In putting on this roundtable, we hope for a rich session that puts different methods in dialogue with one another. Source criticism is our principle focus, but we invite paleographers, archaeologists, art historians, and others whose distinctive methods can challenge source critics to refine their own approach. While our principle focus is pre-Conquest England, we welcome papers that reach beyond those geographical and temporal boundaries to consider source relationships more broadly.

 

Both sessions are virtual, so please feel free to apply even if you aren’t planning to attend the conference in person. All submissions are due September 15th, through the Congress’s Confex system (https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi).

 

Curious about what SOEALLC is doing? Visit us at https://soeallc.hcommons.org/.

 

All best wishes,

 

Ben Weber

 

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Dr. Benjamin D. Weber

 

Assistant Professor of English

 

Wheaton College

 

309 Blanchard Hall

 

benjamin.weber@wheaton.edu

Wednesday, September 7, 2022


Call for papers

The 2022 International Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association

Memory and Forgetting

Hosted Online from the University of Melbourne, Australia (throughout the world) 30 September-1 October 2022 

 

This conference invites papers on the theme of memory and forgetting. Memory is malleable. It is shaped by selection, by mediation, by transmission, by ideologies, by societies and, above all, by forgetting. In the words of Ann Rigney,

 

‘like water transported in a leaky bucket which slowly runs dry, [memories] are continuously being lost along the way’.

 

And yet, the archive contains a multiplicity of memories that have survived their journeys, that have been remade in their transmission, and continue to be remade as historians select those memories that speak to particular perspectives or narratives. What can we say about this selective approach to the archive? An approach that often masquerades as ʹmemoryʹ  in terms of presenting a distinct narrative  and ʹforgettingʹ  in terms of omission, whether deliberate or through ignorance or inattention. This conference examines the process of how early medieval societies created their pasts and, in turn, how those pasts have continued to be created in subsequent centuries.

This conference calls for papers that relate to this theme, or, in the spirit of the theme, that do not. Topics might include:


• Agendas and identities
• Biography and autobiography
• Individual and cultural memory
• Oral and textual histories
• Transmission and reimaginings
• Education and memoria
• Transnational and global memory
• Memory of conflict – forgetting of peace

 

Submissions may be in the form of individual papers of 20 minutes duration, themed panels of three 20minute papers, or Round Tables of up to six shorter papers (total of one hour). All sessions will include time for questions and general discussion.


Please send proposals (150–200 words per paper), along with author’s name, paper/panel/RT title, and academic affiliation (if any) to 
conference@aema.net.au by 9 September 2022.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

 Dear Late and Medieval Latinists,

 

Our Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Latin Roundtable on Translation and our Paper Session went very well at Kalamazoo in May 2022! Here, accordingly, is the DOML Medieval Latin Series' Call for Abstracts for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11–13, 2023). 

 


“Cookin' from scratch”: Good Things in Small Packages I–II
Sponsored by: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Cosponsored by: Platinum Latin
Contact: Danuta Shanzer
Modality: Virtual
Close reading matters. Likewise being puzzled when appropriate. Have you thought long and hard about, or worried at, a passage? Has your thinking made an interesting difference to the text’s constitution, meaning, and significance? If your paper can show an audience how to find, define, and tackle problems, and if it effectively connects something deep in a text with a bigger picture, please send us an abstract! We seek intriguing readings of Latin texts from Late Antiquity to the later Middle Ages. Detailed handouts and/or a Powerpoint presentation, please. We want to read and think with you.

 

We hope that you find The Call tantalizing and that you may want to present at these fully virtual sessions.

 

Your deadline for abstract submission is 15 September. We need to finalize our program by 15 October.

 

Nota bene: the official proposal can only be made and accepted through the Confex Proposal portal here:  https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi

 

If you have any questions, do write me at:  danuta.shanzer@univie.ac.at

 

With all kind regards,

 

Danuta Shanzer

 

Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Danuta Shanzer

Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein HP 252

Universität Wien

Universitätsring 1

A-1010 Wien

Österreich

Monday, September 5, 2022

 Call for Papers: “Late Antiquity I-II” (sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity): ICMS 58, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-13, 2023.

The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce its sponsorship of two in-person sessions at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-13, 2023, at Western Michigan University.  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics relating to the history, literature, religion, art, archaeology, culture, and society of Late Antiquity, that is, the European, North African, and Western Asian world, c. 250–750.

Paper Proposals should be submitted directly to the Congress by September 15th using this link: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions

For inquiries, please contact Jonathan Arnold (jon-arnold@utulsa.edu), co-organizer

Thursday, September 1, 2022

 Session 1:

The Future of Manuscript Studies: Honoring the Legacy of Angus J. Kennedy and Liliane Dulac (paper session, blended format)
Sponsored by: The International Christine de Pizan Society—North American Branch
This look toward the future of manuscript studies will emphasize the enduring impact of two of the most prolific, pioneering, and respected scholars in the field of Christine studies, both of whom were lost during a period of just under six months in 2021–2022. Areas of potential interest for this session include, among others, the digital humanities, new theoretical approaches, and interdisciplinary initiatives. We seek to explore new horizons in manuscript studies that will honor, in any number of ways, the pioneering work of Angus J. Kennedy and Liliane Dulac.
Please consider submitting a proposal! Our paper session and roundtable this past spring were robust and a true pleasure to attend—let’s keep up the tradition!
Questions: contact tinamarieranalli [at] gmail [dot] com

Friday, July 29, 2022

Call for Papers: Marco Manuscript Workshop 2023, “Writing the World”

February 3-4, 2023

Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

The eighteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Charles Sanft (History) and Roy M. Liuzza (English) and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.

 

This year’s theme is, broadly, manuscripts in and of the world. We imagine two aspects to this theme. The first is manuscripts that travel: manuscripts always bear the marks of the time and place of their creation, and many remain rooted to their place of origin, but others range widely in the world as cargo, gifts, devotional or collectible objects, or simply baggage that can be left behind. How do some texts get from one place to another, and why? What evidence of their travels do they bear? The second aspect of our theme concerns texts that try to convey the world beyond their pages. How do they describe the world? How is it depicted? Where is the center? What lies at the margins? What ideas and doctrines exist in the broader world? Understandings about the size and shape of the world have changed considerably since the ancient world and vary greatly from one culture to another. How have texts adapted to new information and ideas? We invite participants to consider manuscripts that connect the reader to the world—descriptions, travelogues, maps, accounts of distant places, cosmologies, stories of other worlds—or that record or reflect encounters between people in different places. As always, we welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined. We are especially interested in presentations that address these questions from a non-European perspective.

 

The workshop is open to scholars and students in any field who are engaged in or interested in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each presentation and discussion; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

 

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2022. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

 

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please visit //marco.utk.edu/ms-workshop or contact the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edufor more information.

 

Friday, June 24, 2022

 CALL FOR PAPERS

 

 

Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West

 

Online workshop | Tufts University & Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio | 9-10 February 2023

 

 

Organizers:

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Tufts University

Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, University of Vienna | Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio

 

Throughout the Middle Ages, artificial illumination was used to draw attention to and enhance the symbolism of certain areas, objects, and persons inside Christian sacred spaces. The strategies usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analyzed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, have received less scholarly attention. The uses of artificial light in churches were likely shaped by aspects such as inherited practices, the imitation of other societies, as well as by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters.

 

Following a similar workshop that focused on natural light, which showed how uses of sunlight reveal patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world throughout the Middle Ages, this workshop invites papers on the economy of artificial light in medieval churches across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea. Whether innovative or inspired by the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are to be examined in order to understand how artificial light was used in ecclesiastical spaces, and how it brought together the architecture, decoration, objects, and rituals.

 

Following the workshop, select papers will be revised and published in a volume that will complement the edited collection that resulted from the workshop on natural light, which is currently in print with Brill.

 

Proposals for 20-min. papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at alice.sullivan[at]tufts.edu and vladimir.ivanovici[at]usi.ch by 1 September 2022. Please include in the email subject line “Artificial Light Proposal.


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Thursday, June 23, 2022

 CALL FOR PAPERS


Casas Tomadas: Monsters and Metaphors
on the Periphery of Latin American Literature

Co-Chaired by Carlos Gonzalez and Caio Cesar Esteves de Souza (Harvard University)

Monsters have always played an important role in the literature of Latin America and have managed to persist in the national imaginations from which hispano- and lusophone writers draw their own source material. Dictators, strongmen, and organized crime roam the peripheries

of language and history side by side with monsters, specters, and creatures horrible to behold. This panel will draw together scholarship exploring the ways in which monsters, of the imagination and of history, persist in the literature, politics, language, and culture of Latin America, drawing from a wide array of sources and disciplines. It will also explore the role of literature in ensuring, processing, and reimagining the ongoing survival of the monstrous, with perhaps surprising results.

NeMLA invites submissions from graduate students and welcomes academic papers from across disciplines, regardless of field or time period, covering literature, translation, cinema, theater, cultural studies, art, graphic novels, music, etc. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes and can be given in English, Spanish, and/or Portuguese. Proposals of no more than 300 words may be submitted to by September 30, 2022.

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT PROPOSAL HERE by September 30, 2022!
bit.ly/CasasTomadas

Please include an author bio of 100–150 words with the abstract.

54th NeMLA ANNUAL CONVENTION

Keynote Speaker: Anne Enright
SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT PROPOSAL HERE by September 30, 2022! 
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
March 23-26, 2023
Location: Niagara Falls Convention Center
Hotel: Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sponsored by the University at Buffalo


Wednesday, June 22, 2022

 Call for papers 

Ghent University, Belgium 

May 31 to June 2, 2023

Deadline for proposals: 27 July 2022

Dear colleagues,

We are inviting papers discussing the role of letters in late antique Roman politics (4th to 6th century AD): how did various late antique actors and interest groups use letters to try and influence decision making processes on all levels

Letters played a prominent role in the functioning of social and political life in the late Roman Empire (3rd – 6th century AD). News and information were often communicated by letter, and imperial and ecclesiastical decisions were in many cases negotiated and communicated via letters, which could even carry the force of law. As a result, letters are an invaluable source for research on late antique politics, yielding insight not just into decisions, but also into decision making processes. From this point of view, letters disclose the functioning of late Roman politics as a dynamic practice of negotiation and diplomacy. The thousands of letters that have been preserved from these centuries show late antique correspondents using the genre of the letter for recommending, arguing, defining, ordering, requesting, debating, and lobbying, in an attempt to influence decision making processes to their own advantage, as well as for authoritatively communicating decisions and laws.

The aim of this workshop is to shed new light on the important but underinvestigated role of letters in late antique Roman politics: what was the role of letters in late antique elite networks, the imperial bureaucracy and ecclesiastical controversies? What were the functions of different letter types, including letters of recommendation, petitions to the Emperor and the imperial legislative letters? How was authority created through (authentic or forged) letters in the context of legal procedures and theological controversy? What was the role of letter carriers, the cursus publicus, and letter collections in this political use of letters? 

To examine these questions, we invite contributions that illuminate how various late antique actors and interest groups sought to exert influence on decision making processes on all levels through letter writingWhilst we focus on the political and diplomatic uses of letters, we hope to bring together a collection of papers that reflects the diversity of late antique letters: personal letter collections, inscriptions, papyri, law codes, and canonical collections.

Possible research questions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Letters in imperial decision-making 

- What role did correspondence play in the decision making processes of the imperial bureaucracy? 

To what extent were letters processed differently by the imperial administration than petitions 

- When, why and how did the Emperor write letters as a form of legislation?  

- How did imperial legislative letters differ from other imperial as well as from elite correspondence? 

- What role did letters play in the administrative practice of the imperial bureaucracy?

Lower level politics 

- Who wrote letters trying to influence political decisions in the late Roman Empire and why did they do this?  

- Who received letters and what kind of request did these letters entail?  

- What reactions did such letters elicit? 

Letters and authority 

- How did letters obtain (legislative) authority? 

- How did letters function as evidence (e.g. in court or during Church councils)?  

- What role did letters play in ecclesiastical decision-making processes?  

- How were late antique letters reused in later ecclesiastical or political disputes?

Elite networks 

- What was the function of letters within late antique social networks?  
- How did elite members use their correspondence networks for lobbying?  

- What was the role of rhetoric and self-presentation in letters? 

- Which political purposes were present in which letter types (e.g. letters of recommendation, intercession, petitions, legislative letters)?

Letters and letter collections as political instruments 

- How did the practicalities of correspondence (e.g. letter carriers and the cursus publicus) influence late antique decision making processes? 

- How did letters relate to oral communication and diplomacy?  

- How did the Roman elite cope with the forgery of letters in their decision making processes? 

- How were letters and letter collections in late Antiquity used for political purposes? 

- What functions did letters have in the context of their collections? 

If you are interested in contributing to our workshop and edited volume, please send an abstract (ca 300 words) and a brief academic bio (ca 100 words) to Marijke Kooijman (marijke.kooijman@ugent.be) or Matthijs Zoeter (matthijs.zoeter@ugent.bebefore July 27

Organizers: 

Prof. dr. Lieve Van Hoof 

Marijke Kooijman 

Matthijs Zoeter

Confirmed speakers: 

Prof. Dr Dr Dr Peter Riedlberger (keynote) 

Prof. Dr Klaas Bentein 

Prof. DPhilippe Blaudeau 

Dr Simon Corcoran 

Dr Elsemieke Daalder 

Prof. Dr Michael Grünbart 

Marijke Kooijman, MA LLB 

Prof. Dr Angela Pabst 

Dr Fabian Schulz 

Prof. Dr Lieve Van Hoof 

Dr Rens Tacoma 

Matthijs Zoeter, MA 

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