Daily Archives: 4 September 2018

CFP: British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference 2019

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), University of Cambridge, will be hosting the annual British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference on 10-12 April, 2019.

Keynote speaker: Dr Sujit Sivasundaram
Deadline for paper abstracts: 9 November 2018

This event provides a friendly environment in which graduate students can present their research and meet peers from around the world.


Abstracts from graduate students working in any area of the history of science, medicine and technology, science and technology studies, and philosophy of science are welcome. We hope to reflect a diverse range of papers and approaches, shaped in the West, Asia, South America, and Africa, as per Cambridge’s commitment to global research. Students working in related fields, such as environmental and medical humanities, historical anthropology, and areas on the margins of the history of science are also encouraged to apply.

Presentations will be up to 20 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Joint submissions for three-person panels are also welcome. One application should be made, with a short overview of the contributed papers, followed by an abstract of up to 250 words from each panelist.

Please submit a 250-word abstract by midnight on 9 November 2018, along with your name, affiliation, and contact details to bshspg2019@gmail.com.
Successful presenters will be notified by mid-December.

Financial support

Members of the BSHS may apply for travel grants from the Butler-Eyles Fund. For more information, click here.

Further information

Please see the conference website at: http://www.bshs.org.uk/bshs-postgraduate-conference-2019-cfa and to read more about the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, please see here.

For further information, please email Laura Brassington, Jules Skotnes-Brown, Eoin Carter, and Emilie Skulberg at bshspg2019@gmail.com.

CFP: Vices and Virtues: Gender, Subversion, and Moralizing Discourses (ICMS Kalamazoo)

Abstracts are invited for a panel on Vices and Virtues: Gender, Subversion, and Moralizing Discourses at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 9-12 May, 2019.

Organizers: Jacob Doss, University of Texas at Austin; and Matthew Vanderpoel, University of Chicago

Significant watersheds in medieval Christianity have often entailed the reconceptualization of notions of vice and virtue and of gender. From the twelfth-century “renaissance” and “reformation,” amid the thirteenth-century “pastoral revolution,” and after the rediscovery of Aristotle, these two conceptual categories formed a mutually influential discourse. However, much of the scholarship on the development of discourses of vice and virtue has not incorporated gender as a central category of analysis, outside of specific case studies, if at all. Where gender has been addressed it has often been treated primarily as an egalitarian, gender-neutral discourse. Certainly, on one level, one’s susceptibility to vice or the development of virtue was not the domain of one or another gender, but this did not stop medieval people from creatively deploying them in gendered terms. Despite this seemingly ambivalent relationship to gender, medieval Christians wielded virtue and vice to organize social hierarchies, construct theoretical and practical anthropologies, and, as in telling cases such as Prudentius’ Psychomachia, to subvert gender binaries.

This panel will aim both to interrogate and theorize, broadly, the extent to which moralizing discourses concerning the vices and virtues incorporated notions of gender and vice versa. How does the gendering of specific personifications of vices and virtues reinforce and subvert medieval discourses about gender? How do normative commitments to gender roles and performances structure programmatic and didactic accounts of vice and virtue? To what extent does the intersection of vice and virtue with gendered language change between different religious or non-religious contexts, for example between monasteries, the universities, and popularizing works for the laity, or in the politics of the nobility? How may recent gender- and queer- theoretical thought equip us to interpret medieval writings on vice and virtue? Given these variegated questions, we seek an interdisciplinary panel and welcome proposals from scholars of religion, philosophy, literature, art history, and history.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words including your name title, and affiliation along with a completed Participant Information Form (available on the ICMS conference website) to the session organizers, Jacob Doss (jacobwdoss@utexas.edu ) or Matthew Vanderpoel (vanderpoelensis@uchicago.edu) by 15 September, 2018.

Abstracts not accepted will be forwarded to the Congress Committee to be considered for general sessions.