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

Grants and awards: Australian Academy of the Humanities

Nominations for Australian Academy of the Humanities grants and awards will open on Thursday 28 February 2019.

This year, in celebrating the 50th anniversary, Academy will be offering the Humanities Travelling Fellowships, the David Philips Travelling Fellowship, the Publication Subsidy Scheme, the McCredie Musicological Award and the Crawford Medal. Stay tuned for the announcement of a new Award that honours the remarkable service to the Academy and contribution to Australian life of Professor John Mulvaney AO CMG FBA FSA FRAI FAHA.

Details of all the grants and awards are available on the Australian Academy of the Humanities website.

Folger Institute Short-term Fellowships

The application deadline for 2019-2020 Short-term Fellowships with the Folger Institute in Washington, D.C. is fast approaching, with applications due 1 March, 2019.

Each year, the Folger awards approximately forty-five short-term fellowships. Fellowships support scholars in residence for one to three months at US$2,500 per month for up to US$7,500.

The Folger supports research on all aspects of British and European literary, cultural, political, religious, theatrical, and social history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries, and on British and American performance and theatre studies from the fifteenth century through to the present day. In addition to its well-known Shakespeare collections, other highlights of the Folger’s holdings include: a nineteenth-century costume collection; seventeenth-century French political pamphlets; early modern works on political philosophy; rare books and manuscripts on the “new worlds” of the early Americas; eighteenth-century lampoons and satires; an early modern manuscript recipe collection; twentieth-century promptbooks and theatre ephemera; and rare books and manuscripts on the early modern histories of science, technology, and medicine.

Fellowships fund a range of projects. Folger fellows join together to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of scholars, who come from different fields but who share cognate interests in literature and history, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics. We welcome applications from artists, archivists, curators, independent scholars, and librarians, as well as faculty of any status, as long as they hold the terminal degree in their field.

For further information and to apply, see https://www.folger.edu/fellowships

Deadline for Short-term Fellowships is 1 March, 2019.

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.


ANZAMEMS Prize Winners, 2019

Congratulations to all the recipients of ANZAMEMS biennial conference awards and publication prizes, announced last week at the ANZAMEMS 2019 conference.

2018 Philippa Maddern Early Career Researcher Publication Prize
Kirk Essary, for his article “Clear as Mud: Metaphor, Emotion and Meaning in Early Modern England”, English Studies, July 2017.

The Philippa Maddern ECR Publication Prize is awarded to an Early Career Researcher (ECR) for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

2018 Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize
Amy Brown, for her article “Female Homosociality and the Marriage Plot: Women and Marriage Negotiation in Cligés and Le Chevalier au Lion“, Parergon, 33.1 (2016).

The Patricia Crawford Postgraduate Publication Prize is awarded to a postgraduate student for the best article-length scholarly work in any discipline/topic falling within the scope of medieval and early modern studies, published within the previous two years.

2019 George Yule Prize
Jennifer E. Nicholson (University of Sydney) “’Pronouncing…some [un]doubtful phrase’: Speech, Agency, and Editing Hamlet via Montaigne’s Essais”

The George Yule Prize is awarded to the best essay written by a postgraduate. It is awarded biennially, at each ANZAMEMS conference.

2019 Kim Walker Postgraduate Travel Bursary
Jane Bitomsky (postgraduate enrolled at University of Queensland and currently based in New Zealand) 

In 2003, ANZAMEMS established a bursary to honour the life and work of Dr Kim Walker, lecturer in English (with specialties in renaissance studies and Shakespeare) at Victoria University of Wellington. The prize winner is selected from among the applicants for conference bursaries.

For further information on ANZAMEMS prizes and awards, please see the Bursaries and Prizes section on the ANZAMEMS website.

Postdoc opportunity, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

The DISSINET project (“Dissident Religious Cultures in Medieval Europe from the Perspective of Social Network Analysis and Geographic Information Systems”), based at Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department for the Study of Religions and funded by a “Projects of Excellence” grant from the Czech Science Foundation for the period between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2023, is searching for a postdoctoral researcher to join its recently established team. The position is full-time, fixed-term, for 24 months with a very likely extension (based on the quality of collaboration) to the end of the project (31 December 2023). The expected start date is 1 April 2019 (negotiable). The deadline for applications is 20 February 23:59 CET (UTC+1).

Qualifications:

· Ph.D. or equivalent in history, medieval studies, the study of religions, or another field related to the project’s focus

· Specialization in either (a) religious dissent and/or inquisitorial or other trial records in medieval or early modern Europe, or (b) historical research informed by computational, network-analytical, or quantitative methods

· Secure command of Latin and English

· Computer-friendly mindset (tables, digital tools)

· Academic writing skills in English

· Team spirit, moral integrity, reliability

We offer:

· Full-time research position in a committed interdisciplinary team working on an exciting frontier research project

· Competitive salary above the average for similar positions in the Czech Republic (good ratio between salary and local living costs)

· Individual research budget for participating in conferences and workshops, buying books, etc. (ca. 3,000 € each year)

· Training and growth in interdisciplinary digital research (social network analysis, geographic information systems, databases)

· Participation in writing high-profile publications in history, social network analysis, and the digital humanities

· Friendly and informal working environment

The position requires physical presence in Brno, the Czech Republic.

The selection procedure has two rounds: the first is based on the submitted attachments, the second (for short-listed applicants) is based on written exchange and interview through Skype or personally in Brno.

The candidate’s doctoral degree does not need to be recent for this postdoctoral position. Career breaks do not pose any problem. Applications from female candidates are particularly encouraged.

More information about this position and link to the e-application:

https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/44430 .

Please feel free to contact the project’s PI, Dr. David Zbíral, at david.zbiral@mail.muni.cz if you have any questions.

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.