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CFP Southeastern Medieval Association 2019, UNC-Greensboro

The Southeastern Medieval Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its 2019 Conference to be held 14-16 November at UNC-Greensboro, co-sponsored by UNCG, North Carolina Wesleyan College and Wake Forest University.

We invite proposals for individual papers, whole sessions, or round tables on the conference theme of “medieval gateways.” Papers might consider the notion of transforming places and identities within medieval history, literature, and culture; the role of liminality in literary and cultural productions; diaspora and migration in the medieval period; instances of ideological reform; transitions from the medieval to the modern; the rise of the vernacular, or iconoclasm.

The organisers are extremely proud that Greensboro was one of the earliest sites of the “sit-in” lunch counter protests that sparked the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. Our downtown is home to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, which is located in the Woolworth Building and houses the original lunch counter where non-violent protesters sat in early 1960. In honor of this important aspect of our area’s history, the conference organizers also propose a secondary thematic thread for the conference on “Resistance.” Papers on this sub-topic might consider the various means of transgressing the physical, religious, social, political, legal, and economic boundaries imposed during the Middle Ages and beyond.

Proposals for individual papers should be limited to 300 words. Session proposals or roundtables should include abstracts for the three papers for a session, or 5-6 abstracts for a roundtable, as well as the contact information for all presenters.

Abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome, but we will give preference to submissions related to the conference theme. Please submit proposals to semagso2019@gmail.com no later than 3 June, 2019

CFP George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference, Auckland

On 7-10 July 2020 to a theme of ‘France and Beyond’, the first ever joint meeting of the George Rudé Seminar and the Society for French Historical Studies Conference will be held in Auckland on the two campuses of the University of Auckland and Massey University, Albany. This special conference marks a departure from the norms of both societies while preserving and promoting the atmosphere and the intimacy of intellectual exchange nurtured and valued by both. It brings closer together chercheurs and scholars of French History, and welcomes those members of the wider global fraternity of French Historians to ally themselves to their colleagues in Auckland. Leading scholars from the US, UK and Europe will be keynote guests, and many American and international colleagues have already signalled their intention to attend.

The organisers invite the submission of panels, roundtables, and individual papers (papers should be 15-to-20 minutes) on any aspect of French History, Medieval to Contemporary. Areas of traditional French historical research will be featured alongside popular themes: Citizenship in the Medieval and Early Modern European world; the Revolutionary period and its environmental impact in the wider Atlantic world; and changing approaches to French or Franco-British History in the NZ/Australasian and Pacific region – in Océanie.

Please submit proposals of 300 words per speaker and a biographical profile of 100 words. Panels will of course be welcome if the panellists are all committed to coming to NZ, but due to the distance involved, it is expected that submissions will be mainly made up of individual papers (which the organisers will assemble into panels by subject or theme). Comment will be by the audience, and we would welcome volunteers who would be willing and able to chair sessions. This is a preliminary call for papers preparing scholars for this meeting, and to give those who will need to travel, time to organise their projects and papers for Auckland next year. There will be a further official call for papers in May 2019 and the deadline for proposals is 1 October 2019.

Please allow us to remind you that participants from North America must be members in good standing of the Society for French Historical Studies. Other scholars are warmly invited to join the Society, as well, although there is no obligation to do so.

For any other questions, information on travel and accommodation (that will continue to appear across 2019), please consult the website, France and Beyond or contact one of:

Tracy Adams, Co-President t.adams@auckland.ac.nz
Kirsty Carpenter, Co-President K.Carpenter@massey.ac.nz
Joe Zizek, Treasurer j.zizek@auckland.ac.nz

CFP The Surrounding Forest: Trees in the Medieval Imaginary

Proposals are invited for a symposium hosted by Medieval Ecocriticisms and N/EMICS, 22 June 2019, Birkbeck College, University of London.

In the Shanameh written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi at around the turn of the Christian millennium, the conqueror Sekandar (aka Alexander the Great) encounters a speaking tree that foretells his doom, saying:

Few days remain;
You must prepare your final baggage train.
Neither your mother, nor your family,
Nor the veiled women of your land will see
Your face again.

Like the tree of the Dream of the Rood, which speaks for itself, or the dream tree of Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel, which portends the Babylonian king’s own fall, the speaking tree faced by Sekandar is a being that possesses knowledge and understanding of the world that far exceeds his own. There is something magnificent about trees, a majesty to their towering figures that singles them out as more than just a part of our natural surroundings. Rooted in the soil, they emerge from below and aim high: forever branching never-ending fractals. Exhaling, we relax and sink into their repeating patterns. Why do we recognize them as objects of beauty? How is this loveliness captured in medieval imagery? Is the method different across cultures? Why? Are arboreal images particularly well-suited to certain types of knowledge communication? What might they be? We are interested in how humans use these images drawn from nature to communicate effectively.

This one-day symposium aims to explore the image of the tree as a conduit for the exploration of human engagements with environment in the global middle ages, broadly defined, and seeks to encourage cross-cultural, trans-national, and interdisciplinary understanding of the role of trees, woodland, and other vegetation in various contexts. We want to better understand human responses to nature. What is it about ‘arboreal beauty’ that connects it with the divine? Recognized across cultures as axis mundi, the tree shoots upwards, its trunk and branches stretching, reaching, growing towards the light as it seeks to bridge the in-between space that divides earth from the heavens. The liminal quality of foliage, trees, and forests is recognized by artists and weavers of images across the world.

Papers may include, but are not limited to, consideration of trees:

– as central and marginal images

– as symbol and metaphor for systems of kinship/networks/communities

– as a material for craft/manufacture that acknowledges/utilizes arboreal materiality

– and geographical/regional variation in their symbolic, religious, and cultural significance

– and forests as persons, and the emotional/sensory life of trees

– pre-/post-Industrial age

– as means of expressing human emotion

– as a means of considering Deep Time, timelessness, eternity, and temporality

– and their connection with ‘folk’ customs and practices

– as a symbol for negotiation across cultures, religions, and cultural traditions

– as an image of salvation, with life-giving properties, for the body and/or soul

– as underlying diagrammatic structures in mapping and communicating knowledge

Anyone interested in participating should send a paper title and brief abstract (max 250 words) for 20-minute papers to the organizers, Mike Bintley (michael.bintley@bbk.ac.uk) and Pippa Salonius (pippa.salonius@monash.edu), by 1 March, 2019.

Please include your full contact details, including institutional affiliation and professional status.


CFP Jesuit Studies: Sixteenth Century Society and Conference

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) invites proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2019 annual conference. Under the presidency of Walter Melion (Emory), the conference will take place from 17–20 October 2019 at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch Hotel in St Louis, Missouri.

The SCSC was founded to promote academic scholarship on the early modern era (c. 1450 – c. 1660).  The Journal of Jesuit Studies sponsors panels related to early modern global Jesuit studies: history, theology, art, architecture, music, and literature.  We accept proposals for individual papers, poster sessions, workshops, or panels.

Because the JJS has a global focus, we emphasize that we have an interest in scholarship which covers the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, as well as Europe. Please note that, with the exception of small stipends available for graduate students, the SCSC can offer no travel support.

Please submit abstracts (up to 250 words in the length), along with a brief CV, to Kathleen Comerford at kcomerfo@georgiasouthern.edu, by 1 April, 2019.

More information is available at www.sixteenthcentury.org, but please note that the website is currently being redesigned to improve the submission process.

For information on the SCSC, please contact: Andrew Spicer, SCSC Vice President and Program Chair, at conference@sixteenthcentury.org.

CFP Interdisciplinary Material Cultures in the Medical Humanities

We warmly invite participants to a two-day conference on 24-25 July 2019 at Lancaster University that focuses on the value of material methodologies in the Medical Humanities. The event aims to connect postgraduate and ECR researchers working in a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, History, Sociology, English Literature and Language, Archaeology, Art, and Medicine.

‘Material culture’ encompasses medical items and objects not ordinarily associated with medical knowledge, including objects of non-medical care and everyday objects which undergo transformations in clinical or care-giving settings.

Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Agency
  • Consumer and self-help cultures
  • The doctor/patient relationship
  • Domestic medicine
  • Medical institutions
  • Medical technologies and equipment
  • Medicine formulation and manufacture
  • Medical packaging
  • Architecture
  • Art therapies

Keynote address given by: Dr Jennifer Wallis, Imperial College London.

This conference will include a training session on working with heritage groups and partners delivered by Christine Chadwick, a heritage consultant with extensive experience in working with medical heritage groups.

To apply, send an abstract of 250 words for a 20-minute paper and a short biographical statement to pgmedhumsnorthwest@gmail.comby 15 May 2019.

A limited number of postgraduate travel bursaries are available; please state if you wish to be considered when you submit your abstract.

For more information, see https://medicalhumanitieshub.wordpress.com/

CFP deadline extended: Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference

The deadline for proposals for the 20th Australasian Association for Byzantine Studies Conference, with the theme of Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium, has been extended to 15 February. The conference will take place at Macquarie University, Sydney, July 19-21 2019.

Keynote speakers:
Professor David Olster (University of Kentucky)
Title: The Idolatry of the Jews and the Anti-Judaizing Roots of Seventh- and Early Eighth-Century Iconoclasm
Associate Professor Jitse Dijkstra (University of Ottawa
Title: The Avenging Sword?  Imperial Legislation Against Temples in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society.  The mechanisms by which the authorities controlled civil disorder and dissent, as well as discouraging criticism of imperial policies, could be brutal at times.  In what sense was it possible, if at all, to enjoy freedom of speech and action in Byzantium?  Was the law upheld or ignored when vested interests were at stake?  How vulnerable did minorities feel and how conformist was religious belief at the end of the day?  The theme of the conference aims to encourage discussion on a number fronts relating to the use and abuse of power within the history of Byzantium.  Individual papers of 20 mins or panels (3 papers) will be accepted on the following or related themes:

. The rhetoric of persecution in hagiography and historiography

·         Monastic dissidence and dissidents

·         The persecution of minorities

·         Dissension in the military

·         Imperial usurpation and sedition

·         Discourses of violence and tyranny in literature

·         Popular uprisings and civil disobedience

·         Satire and literary subversion

·         Laws relating to prosecution and capital punishment

·         Depictions of persecution in Byzantine art

·         Slavery and manumission

·         The forced baptism of Jews and others

·         Heresy and the imposition of religious orthodoxy

·         The suppression and oppression of women

·         Persecution of philosophers and other intellectuals

·         Anti-pagan policies

·         Forced migrations and resettlements – Manichaeans and Paulicians

·         The liturgical celebration of martyrdom

Abstracts of 500 words should be emailed to the President of AABS, Dr Ken Parry: conference@aabs.org.au by the due date of 15 February 2019.

Panel convenors should outline briefly their theme (100 words), and (a) add all three abstracts to their application, or (b) list the three speakers on their panel with their own abstract, plus (c) nominate a chairperson.  Panelists should indicate clearly the title of their proposed panel if submitting their abstracts individually.

See the conference website for further information.

CPF 2021World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore

The Programme Committee of the 2021 World Shakespeare Congress welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, seminars, and workshops responding to the conference theme ‘Shakespeare Circuits’.

The trope of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. Topics may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Renaissance circuits: socio-cultural economies, ecologies, and performance practices
  • Transmissions: textual transfer, translation, intermediaries
  • Colonial and postcolonial Shakespeares and their intertwining
  • Shakespeare in virtual networks, computing, and the digital humanities
  • Intercultural, transnational, diasporic engagements
  • Media, intermedial and cross-platform circulations
  • Relationships among performances and texts over four centuries of afterlives
  • Tracking and tracing: quotation, allusion, echo, revision, reference
  • Circulations of identity and difference within or between plays and their appropriations
  • Failures, distortions and blockages in transmission
  • Nodal points and their relations: festivals, centres, exhibitions, venues, and archives
  • Relations conducted via Shakespeare among broader historical events, eras, or period

All proposals must be submitted to http://wsc2021.org
The deadline for all proposals is 1 July 2019.

Please see the guidelines (downloadable PDF) for full details on submitting programme proposals.

CFP Limina conference, UWA July 2019

The call for papers is now open for the 14th annual Limina conference, which will be held at the University of Western Australia on 18-19 July 2019. The theme of this interdisciplinary conference is ‘HUMANIFESTO: Dissecting the Human Experience’. We invite submissions for 20 minute presentations for any topic relating to the intersection of the physical body and the expression of humanity. 

Topics may include (but are not limited to):

– performing bodies / body as spectacle / body art

– social / cultural / political expectations

– identity: race, religion, gender, age, sexuality

– augmented reality / artificial intelligence / genetic manipulation

– rights and rituals / funerary practices

– dysmorphia / alienation

– unembodiment / ghosts / haunting / manifestations

– dehumanisation / othering / objectification

– medicine / public health

– sport / human achievement

Please send submissions with the subject line ‘Humanifesto 2019’ to liminajournal@gmail.com, including a title, abstract (200 words), and short biography (50 words) in a single document.

Deadline for submission is 31 March, 2019.

CFP AEMA 14 – Legitimacy and Illegitimacy

This conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy. In a modern world dominated by deeply polemical counter narratives not afraid to adjust facts to claim dominance and, thereby, legitimacy, we look at the ways in which modern forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages. Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity, and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

In the context of the early medieval period, who legitimated? What was their reasons for doing so? Conversely, what was set aside in the process of illegitimisation? And what do these dominant and counter narratives mean for the presentation of history? 

Legitimacy implies dominant views on authority, cultural legitimacy, status, and control of the means to ensure dominance, such as publication. It can create hidden communities and counter-narratives. Even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by innovations in both the practice and pursuit of legitimacy, innovations which still resonate to this day. This conference aims to challenge the perception that the modern world is particularly modern in the way it contests legitimacy. 

We invite submissions on the following topics: 

·        Politics and Culture

·        Individuals and Institutions

·        Law and Justice 

·        Status and Inheritance

·        Authenticity and Fraud

·        Orthodoxy and Heresy

·        Truth and Propaganda 

·        Dominant and Counter Narratives

·        Objects and Spaces

·        Modern (re)interpretations of the Early Medieval 

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme. We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers.

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email to conference@aema.net.au by 5 April 2019.

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance – please direct all enquiries the conference committee.

CFP for Cerae Volume 6 on ‘Landscapes’

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is calling for submissions for Volume Six on the theme of ‘Landscapes’. ‘Landscapes’ are composed of complementary and contradictory aspects that interact with, influence and impact upon one another: the natural environment – encompassing plants, animals, and underlying earth itself in all parts of the world – and the imprint of human society on the environment in both physical and intellectual capacities. We can refer to a defined geographic area that is associated with a specific historic event, person, or culture, as well as to the ways in which people interact with their environment throughout time and space. How individuals and societies have interacted with their natural environment, have been limited by it, have tried to shape it, control it, and ultimately have changed it over many centuries of interaction.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • investigations on urban and/or rural landscapes
  • relationships with the natural world
  • visual, textual and material representations of landscapes
  • non-visual sensory perceptions of the natural world
  • land-forming, land reclamation, and land loss
  • landscape as metaphor
  • landscape aesthetics
  • ecocriticism
  • cultural landscapes
  • linguistic landscapes
  • mythic landscapes
  • spiritual landscapes
  • the landscapes of conversion, faith and holiness
  • the impact of climate change on medieval and early modern landscapes
  • archaeological landscapes of the past within the present
  • industrial vs agricultural cultural landscapes

Cerae invites submissions encompassing all aspects of the late classical, medieval and early modern world. There are no geographical restrictions. As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions across the fields of archaeology, art history, historical ecology, literature, intellectual history, musicology, politics, social studies and beyond.

Articles should be approximately 5000-7000 words. Ceræ particularly encourages submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers. Further details regarding submission and author guidelines including the journal style sheet can be found online at: http://openjournals.arts.uwa.edu.au/index.php/cerae/about/submissions. Non-themed submissions are welcome at any point throughout the year.
The deadline for themed submissions will be 28 February 2019.

Essay Prizes

Ceræ is pleased to offer a prize of $200 (AUD), which will be awarded to the best article in volume 6 on the theme of ‘Landscapes’ by a post-graduate student or early-career researcher.

All further enquiries are most welcome and can be directed to the editor at editorcerae@gmail.com.