Tuesday, January 31, 2023


CfP EAA 2023 Belfast, #361: Weaving Big Data for the Digital Middle Ages

by Maria Vargha

Apologies for cross-posting!

Dear colleagues,

We welcome submissions to our session, #361: ‘Weaving Big Data for the Digital Middle Ages’ at the next meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Belfast (20th August – 2nd September 2023), organised by Stefan Eichert (Natural History Museum, Vienna), Petar Parvanov (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia), Nina Richards (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) and Mária Vargha (Charles University, Prague). Our session is a follow-up to a very successful meeting last year, aiming to bring together archaeologists and medievalists showcasing diverse digital approaches to the research of the Medieval era.

The session is interested in case studies enhancing the narrative value of the traditional foundation of our discipline like artifacts, ecofacts, and built features. The digital tools allow fascinating and thought-provoking reconstruction of their original context and the often-invisible networks connecting disparate source types. Further, the digital approach intertwines with multiple themes highlighted on this year’s event through its sustainability, accessibility, and expanding relevance in the contemporary world.

The session welcomes papers focusing on the Middle Ages, within the following topics:

-Digital collection of archaeological sites

-Digital collection and analysis with burial archaeology

-Digital analysis of large-scale archaeological data

-Digital analysis of Medieval processes by archaeological data

-Digital collections and analysis of Medieval material culture

Abstracts can be submitted via https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2023/ until the 9th of February. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the session. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

On behalf of the organisers,

Mária Vargha

Thursday, January 19, 2023

 CFP of a session, “The Materiality of Lived Religion on the Atlantic Edge,” at Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 2023 in Belfast.


Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. The deadline to apply is February 9.


For further information about the event, visit https://eaa.klinkhamergroup.com/eaa2023/


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

 Dear colleagues,


Thanks to the generous support of Wallace Johnson and the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, I am delighted to announce the Call for Proposals for the fourth 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 Saturday, April 15th, 2023.


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

• A 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/research/johnson-program. If you have any questions, please do feel free to contact me (andrew.rabin@louisville.edu) or Robert Berkhofer (robert.berkhofer@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 fourth year.


All best regards,





Andrew Rabin

Professor and Vice Chair

Department of English

University of Louisville 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

 43rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:  

Touch and Affect in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance  

Keene State College  

Keene, NH, USA 

Friday and Saturday April 14-15, 2023 


Call for Papers and Sessions 

We are delighted to announce that the 43rd Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place in person on Friday, April 14 and Saturday April 15, 2023 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. The theme of this year’s conference, our fifth dedicated to the five senses, is Touch and Affect in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, focusing on the sense of touch, the sensory, and affect. As always, we also welcome papers on any and every topic related to the Middle Ages or the Renaissance as well as papers on medievalism.   


While we plan to hold the 43rd 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) from faculty, students, and independent scholars. Please include in your proposal: 1. a title for your paper, 2. your status (faculty, graduate, undergraduate, or independent scholar), 3. your affiliation (if relevant), and 4. full contact information, including email address. If you are an undergraduate student we ask that you 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, 2023. The winner of the South Wind Graduate Student Paper Award will win $100 to be used for registration and/or travel expenses to the 44th 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 14, 2023.  


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


This year’s keynote speaker is Lauren Mancia, Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College, who will speak on “(Reach Out and) Touch Medieval Monastic Devotion.”  


Dr. Mancia focuses her research on the devotional and material culture of medieval European monasteries in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. More recently, Professor Mancia has turned to the field of performance studies both to better understand medieval European monastic devotion and to innovate ways to perform that understanding for contemporary audiences. Professor Mancia’s first book, Emotional Monasticism: Affective Piety in the Eleventh-Century Monastery of John of Fécamp (2019/paper 2021), sheds light on medieval monastic practices of affective piety. Her second book, Meditation and Prayer in the Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Monastery: Struggling Toward God is forthcoming in Spring 2023 from ARC Humanities/Amsterdam University Press. 

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2023 


Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2023 


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

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

 The Society for Late Antiquity (SLA) invites abstracts for a panel on "Animal-Human Interactions in Late Antiquity" to be held at the SCS (Society for Classical Studies) conference in Chicago in January, 2024. Full information at the following URL

Friday, January 6, 2023

 Call for papers

Conference: International Society of Neoplatonic Studies
Panel: Theandrites: Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453)
Date of Conference: 13-18 June 2023
Venue: Catania, Sicily, Italy
Conference website

Deadline: 16th January 2023
One page abstract to be sent to Sarah Wear (swear@franciscan.edu) and Frederick Lauritzen (frederick.lauritzen@scuolagrandesanmarco.it).
Papers presented in Athens will be considered for publication in the series Theandrites: Studies in Byzantine Philosophy and Christian Platonism (284-1453) (after peer review)

This panel focuses on the reception of Platonism in the Christian philosophy of the Byzantine era (4th-15th centuries), an era marking the creation of a unique dialogue between Hellenic Platonism and the theology of the Church Fathers and Byzantine Christians.  The panel is open to all issues relating to Byzantine Platonism.  This includes: Christians in the Greek-speaking East and their relationship to the Latin tradition in the West, as well as the Christian Platonism found in contemporary church fathers, the Greek-speaking Christians in late antique Gaza, Athens, and Alexandria; the philosophical theology of Pseudo-Dionysius, Maximus, and John Damascene; the later reception of Platonic theories on the soul, time, and eternity, and metaphysics, as well as ritual among Greek Christians and Hellenes.  We welcome papers that trace Platonic ideas, terminology, and methodology as they move throughout the Eastern Roman Empire and the Byzantine Orthodox world.