CFP: Edited volume on disability and medieval saints

Volume title: Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints: Interdisciplinary and Intersectional Approaches
Editors: Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Leah Pope Parker, and Alicia Spencer-Hall

We invite abstract submissions for 7,500-word essays to be included in an edited volume on the topic of Disability and the Medieval Cults of Saints. Because saints’ cults in the Middle Ages centralized the body—those of the saints themselves, those of devotees, and the idea of the body on earth and in the afterlife—scholars of medieval disability frequently find that our best sources are those that also deal with saints and sanctity. This volume therefore seeks to foster and assemble a wide range of approaches to disability in the context of medieval saints’ cults. We seek contributions spanning a variety of fields, including history, literature, art history, archaeology, material culture, histories of science and medicine, religious history, etc. We especially encourage contributions that extend beyond Roman Christianity (including non-Christian concepts of sanctity) and that extend beyond Europe/the West.

For the purposes of this volume, we define “disability” as broadly including physical impairment, diversity of bodily forms, chronic illness, neurodiversity (mental illness, cognitive impairment, etc), sensory impairment, and any other variation in bodily form or ability that affected medieval individuals’ role and treatment in their communities. We are open to topics spanning the medieval period both temporally and geographically, but also inclusive of late antiquity and the early modern era. The editors envision essays falling into three units: saints with disabilities; saints interacting with disability; and theorizing sanctity/disability.

We welcome proposals on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Phenomenology of saints’ cults with respect to disability, e.g. pilgrimage, feast days, liturgy, etc;
  • Materiality of sanctity involved in reliquaries, shrines, and relics;
  • Doctrinal approaches to disability in relation to sanctity and holiness;
  • Sanctity and bodies in the archaeological record;
  • Intersections of disability and race/gender/sexuality/etc in hagiography, art, and material culture;
  • Healing miracles and disabling miraculous punishments;
  • Cross-cultural approaches to sanctity and disability;
  • Saints who wrote about disability;
  • Specific saints with connections to concepts of disability, e.g. Margaret of Antioch, Cosmas and Damian, Francis of Assisi, Dymphna, etc;
  • Theorizing sanctity in relation to disability; and
  • Saintly figures in non-hagiographic genres.


Oct. 1, 2018      Proposals due

Oct. 31, 2018    Replies sent to proposals

Nov. 30, 2018   Volume proposal submitted to press (contributors will provide short abstracts and bios)

May 31, 2019    Essays due from contributors

Aug. 30, 2019   Editors deliver extensive feedback to contributors

Jan. 15, 2020     Revised essays due from contributors

April 3, 2020    Full volume manuscript delivered to press

Please submit abstracts of 300–400 words, along with a short author bio and a description of any images you anticipate wanting to include in your essay, to the editors at by 1 October, 2018.


CFP: Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019

The Durham Early Modern Studies Conference 2019 will be held at Durham University, Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies on 22 July ­– 24 July 2019.

An interdisciplinary conference on the early modern period is well established at Durham, first as a biennial conference on The Seventeenth-Century, and more recently as a broader Early Modern event. The 2019 Durham Early Modern Studies Conference aims to build on this tradition, establishing an annual conference which will offer a broad and inclusive interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of the period c.1450 to c.1800.

We welcome proposals for panels, strands and seminars from scholars interested in any aspect of the early modern period.

Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2018.


Call for Panel Proposals

We welcome proposals both for Panels comprising three or four 20-minute papers.

Panel proposals should comprise:

  • A cover sheet, detailing the title of the panel, a short summary of its scope and purpose (no more than 200 words), the names of the participants, and the name and e-mail address of the panel organizer (who will be the contact with the conference committee)
  • A 200 word synopsis of each of the three/four papers
  • Short cvs (one page) of the 3/4 presenters, the panel chair and the commentator (the chair and commentator may be the same person)

The conference committee encourages panels which include papers from participants at a range of career stages. We are open to the submission of panel proposals including papers not in English, but encourage organisers to contact the Conference Committee first. Panel discussions will be in English.

Call for Strand Proposals

The Conference Committee encourages the submission of proposals of ‘strands’ of between three and six panels, which would then be scheduled to run through the conference.

Strand proposals should include a short rationale for the ‘strand’ and the name and contact details of the organiser, together with the panel proposals as detailed above.

Call for ‘Seminar’ Proposals

Seminars will be two-hour sessions, including anything from six to twelve ‘participants’. Each ‘participant’ will write a paper (3,000–3,500 words, excluding references), which will be circulated in advance. ‘Participants’ will be expected to read all the papers in advance. The first 1–1.5 hours of the seminar will then consist of a moderated discussion by the ‘participants’. The seminars will also be open to ‘auditors’ from the conference delegates, who will be able to ask questions and join in the discussion for the latter part of the seminar.

Outline Seminar proposals should comprise:

  • The names and brief cvs (one page) of the seminar organisers. There may be up to three organisers, one of whom should be identified as the point of contact for correspondence
  • The rationale for the seminar (maximum 300 words)
  • Titles, 200-word synopses and brief author cvs for a minimum of three papers to be presented at the seminar (conference organisers may present papers, but do not have to do so)

The chair and details of further papers/participants (a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve) can by supplied following notification of the acceptance of the seminar for the Conference Programme. The deadline for the submission of the full list of papers and participants will be 30 November. Between 30 September and 30 November details of all seminars accepted for the Conference will be posted on the Conference website, with an invitation to submit proposals for papers to the seminar organiser(s).


Proposals for panels, strands and seminars should be submitted by 30 September 2018 to

Replies to all submissions will be circulated by the middle of October 2018. Details of the process for the submission of full seminar proposals will be circulated at the same time.

Further information

Visit the dedicated conference page on

Academic enquiries to:

CFP: Wounds Visible and Invisible in Late Medieval Christianity at ICMS Kalamazoo, 2019

This session at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies examines the many valences of wounds in late medieval Christianity, focusing on themes surrounding wounds and wounding both visible (corporeal and/or material) and invisible (rhetorical and allegorical). The image of the wounded body held a central place in late medieval Christian practice and material culture; the wounds of the crucified Christ were tangible reminders of his Passion and served as foci of veneration, while stigmatic saints and maimed martyrs were marked as holy by means of bodily trauma. Papers may also consider the Christian response to physical injury, in the form of saintly intervention through healing miracles and medical intervention through the establishment of hospitals and provision of care by religious orders.

Moving beyond the ample possibilities for discussion stemming from the theme of “visible” wounds in medieval Christianity, this session also encourages a broad examination of “invisible” wounds within the late medieval Christian context. Examples might range from the accusations of metaphorical violence levied against the mendicant orders by antifraternal critics, to the conceptualization of the Western Schism as a wound to the Church. By exploring wounds both “visible” and “invisible,” this session elicits the perspectives of scholars of history, art history, literature, and theology and seeks to expand conceptions of wounds and injury within a late medieval Christian framework.

Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (currently available at to Hannah Wood at and Johanna Pollick at by 15 September 2018.

As per ICMS rules, any abstracts not accepted for our session will be forwarded for consideration for General Sessions.



CFP: Medieval Association of the Pacific/ACMRS Joint Conference, 6-9 Feb. 2019

The 2019 conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific will be held February 6-9, at the Phoenix-Scottdale Embassy Suites Hotel. This year’s meeting will be hosted jointly by MAP and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS).

The program committee welcomes submissions on any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. We particularly encourage proposals for papers or panels that focus on the conference theme: “Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis until November 1, 2018

Registration Information:

The registration fee is $200; the graduate student rate is $100. The first 20 graduate students to register with accepted paper proposals will have their registration fees waived. To be eligible, students must be current members of MAP.

Refunds for registration fees (less $20 handling charge) are made up until two weeks prior to the start date of the conference. No refunds are made after that date.

For more detailed information, see the ACMRS website ( or send an email inquiry to  

Pre-Conference Professionalization Workshop:

Speak with interdisciplinary experts about how to market yourself, make connections, and deliver a polished presentation at an upcoming conference or professional venue. We especially encourage graduate students, junior faculty, advanced undergraduates, and anyone interested in making a strong impression, networking, and presenting your work to attend and bring your most burning professionalization questions. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 6, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Registration is free.

Pre-Conference Manuscript Workshop:

ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Dr. Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 6, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

The Beowulf Project by Chris Vinsonhaler:

Professor Chris Vinsonhaler, City University of New York, presents Beowulf: the Grendel episode, a new translation which gives its audience a darkly comic experience that is both heroic and ironic.

Conference Publication:

Selected papers focused on “Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on November 1, 2018. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated. Full panel submissions are welcomed.

Selection Committee:

Ayanna Thompson, Director of ACMRS, Arizona State University
John Ott, President of MAP, Portland StateUniversity
Susan J. Dudash, Assistant Director of ACMRS, Arizona State University
Anthony Perron, Secretary of MAP, Loyola Marymount University
Ryan Kashanipour, Conference Volume Editor, Northern Arizona University

MAP Membership:

MAP members are encouraged to renew their memberships before attending the conference.Graduate students and independent scholars wishing to be eligible for registration subventions or MAP’s prizes must be currently registered members of the organization. Membership costs are $35 for regular members and $15 for students. In order to renew, please visit the MAP website: If you have questions about membership or would like to ask whether your dues have been paid, please contact the MAP treasurer, Edward Schoolman at

All of the spaces in which our professional meetings extend are expected to remain professional, and the values of respect, equity, and nondiscrimination are of paramount importance. We ask that
attendees conduct themselves in the conference rooms, over coffee, or over drinks in a professional manner. All attendees should aspire to treat each other as having an equally valuable contribution to make.

CFP Playing the Past: Race, Gender and Heroism in Gaming (ICMS Kalamazoo, 2019)

Proposals are invited for a roundtable on ‘Playing the Past: Race, Gender, and Heroism in Gaming’, to be convened at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 9-12 May, 2019.

Video and PC gaming have come to play a substantial role in popular consciousness in the 21st century and the medium itself offers a uniquely immersive experience unfathomable in other facets of popular culture. In virtual “medieval” and fantasy worlds, a player gets the chance to live the story rather than being a passive observer, and in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, he or she can even relate to other players as that character, experiencing the world as priest or paladin existing in an expansive virtual space. However, the interactive nature of these games also raises important questions about how we conceptualize and create the past and the impact these imagined worlds can have on notions of the “medieval” for a non-academic audience.

Often these games leave women behind in the role of damsels in distress, drawing from modern conceptions of “medieval” chivalric codes that do not make space for female adventurers and heroes. Moreover, race often refers to various humanoid creatures like trolls and goblins, and these fantasy “races” are often included in lieu of real racial and ethnic diversity on the grounds that fantasy creatures are somehow “more medieval.” When a developer chooses to include women or people of color in their “medieval” video game, alt-right gamer movements like Gamergate have resisted, claiming the game has become “ahistorical” by allowing anyone but white men into their pseudo-medieval fantasy. This roundtable will raise questions about how the past has been used in gaming to alienate non-white, non-male players, and the extent to which gaming developers have managed to resist medievalist tropes as held in popular consciousness.

Each participant will give a 7-10-minute presentation, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Possible topics can include but are not limited to constructions of the past in video game medievalisms, problematic uses of race and gender in fantasy gaming, and the mobilization of faux medievalism against inclusivity by online movements like Gamergate. 

Please submit a 200 word abstract to Ali Frauman by 15 September, 2018 and direct any questions to the same address.

Entries open: SMFS Graduate Student Essay Prize 2018

The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) Graduate Student Essay Competition is now open. This competition is open to all currently-enrolled graduate students, including those who will complete their degree in the current year.  Papers submitted for consideration should be polished, original scholarly work and may cover any aspect of medieval studies that focuses on issues of women, gender, and/or sexuality.   


  1. Papers should be no longer than 8000 words, not counting foot/endnotes and bibliography.
  2. Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents (.doc OR .docx), double-spaced with standard margins, and include a FULL citation apparatus—foot- or endnotes and bibliography, all in Chicago Manual of Style [preferable] or MLA format.

Papers that do not conform to these basic guidelines will be returned with a request to revise in accordance with required length and formatting.

The prize will be 5 years’ membership of SMFS and publication of the winning paper, subject to editing, in our journal Medieval Feminist Forum.

Deadline for submission of papers is 1 October 2018.  The winner will be announced around 1 February 2019.  There may be years when the prize will not be awarded, depending on submissions in that given year.

Send all submissions (via email attachment) and correspondence to Melissa Ridley Elmes,

CFP: Literature and Madness (Popular Culture Association 2019)

The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year’s annual PCA/ACA conference in Washington, D.C, scheduled for 17-20 April 2019.  The deadline for abstract submission is 1 October 2018.

Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of ‘literature’ and ‘madness’. For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, as codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods.  Likewise, literature can be viewed widely.  Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single-media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.

The Literature and Madness section accepts submissions from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars.  Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the undergraduate sessions offered during the conference.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted electronically on the PCA/ACA website, through the links and process detailed at  Prospective contributors who have questions about submitting an abstract or who encounter difficulty with the electronic links and process on the PCA/ACA website should contact the Area Chair for the section.

Contact Info: 

Russ Pottle
Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Worcester State University
Worcester, MA 01602

CFP: Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period (RSA 2019, Toronto)

Proposals are invited for a session on Fraud, Mockery, Jest, and Cony-Catching in the Early Modern Period, to be convened at RSA 2019 conference, Toronto, 17-19 March 2019.

To what extent is a jest also a lie? Are frauds funny? Taking a cue from “mockery” as mimic, sham, and spoof, this panel is interested in the ways fraud, imposture, and deceit function as ludic entertainment – whether intentionally or as byproduct.

This panel invites submissions that consider the jocularity of fraud, counterfeit, trickery, disguise, quackery, and cozenage. Papers are welcome to explore the theme in regards to:

  • Material culture including trick objects like blow books, mock almanacs, or fraudulent copies of famous works
  • Gendered experiences of deception or artifice
  • Jestbooks, ludic ballads, mock pamphlets
  • Mountebanks, street performers, gambling games, and pick-pockets
  • Medicine, especially the preoccupation with quack physicians
  • Natural philosophy and debates pushing back against charges of superstition
  • Magic, either through a focus on prestidigitation or representations and discussions of witchcraft
  • Satire
  • Parody
  • Religious debates including displays of anti-Catholic sentiment and fears as well as fetishizations of “Popery”
  • Theatre, stagecraft, and/or anti-theatrical sentiment

Proposals should be for 20-minute papers, and should include:

  • title for the paper
  • abstract of 150 words
  • 1-page CV
  • current contact information
  • A/V requirements

Submit proposals to by 10 August, 2018. Subject line: “RSA – Fraud and Mockery.”

CFP: Encountering Medieval Iconography in the Twenty-First Century (ICMS Kalamazoo, 2019)

Proposals are invited for a roundtable on ‘Encountering Medieval Iconography in the Twenty-First Century: Scholarship, Social Media, and Digital Methods’, to be convened at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 9-12 May, 2019.

Organizers: M. Alessia Rossi and Jessica Savage (Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)
Sponsored by the Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University

Stemming from the launch of the new database and enhancements of search technology and social media at the Index of Medieval Art, this roundtable addresses the many ways we encounter medieval iconography in the twenty-first century. We invite proposals from emerging scholars and a variety of professionals who are teaching with, blogging about, and cataloguing medieval iconography. This discussion will touch on the different ways we consume and create information with our research, shed light on original approaches, and discover common goals.

Participants in this roundtable will give short introductions (5-7 minutes) on issues relevant to their area of specialization and participate in a discussion on how they use online resources, such as image databases, to incorporate the study of medieval iconography into their teaching, research, and public outreach. Possible questions include: What makes an online collection “teaching-friendly” and accessible for student discovery? How does social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and blogging, make medieval image collections more visible? How do these platforms broaden interest in iconography and connect users to works of art? What are the aims and impact of organizations such as, the Index, the Getty, the INHA, the Warburg, and ICONCLASS, who are working with large stores of medieval art and architecture information? How can we envisage a wider network and discussion of professional practice within this specialized area?

Please send a 250-word abstract outlining your contribution to this roundtable and a completed Participant Information Form (available via the Congress Submissions website: by 15 September 2018 to M. Alessia Rossi ( and Jessica Savage (

More information about the Congress can be found here:


Call for editors: Journal of Women’s History

The Journal of Women’s History, founded in 1989 as the first journal devoted exclusively to the international field of women’s history, invites proposals for a new editorial home for a five-year term beginning 1 June, 2020.  Over the course of nearly three decades, the Journal has successfully bridged the divide between ‘women’s’ and ‘gender’ history by foregrounding women as active historical subjects in a multiplicity of places and times. In doing so, it has not just restored women to history, but has demonstrated the manifold ways in which women as gendered actors transform the historical landscape. Admirably, the journal has never advanced a specific feminist agenda, but has consistently aimed to make visible the variety of perspectives, both intellectual and methodological, which feminist historiography has generated over the last thirty years. Both by design and by virtue of the diverse research undertaken by scholars of women, gender and feminism, the journal itself constitutes a living archive of what women’s and gender history has been, as well as a testament to its indispensable place in the historical profession at large. Moreover, it sets the agenda for the plurality of feminist histories yet to be written.

We seek an editorial team that will continue to foster these traditions while also bringing new and innovative ideas to the Journal.  Interested parties should contact the Journal office as soon as possible to request a prospectus that outlines the current organization and funding of the Journal.

Proposals to edit the Journal should include:  

  1. A statement of editorial policy, including an analysis of the current place of the Journal in the historical profession and a potential agenda for the future
  2. An organizational plan for the editorial and administrative functions of the Journal
  3. A statement of commitment of institutional support
  4. Copies of curriculum vitae for the editor or editors.  Please note that available software for online article submission and review now make it possible to assemble an editorial team from more than one institution.

Proposals are due to Teresa Meade, President, Board of Trustees, Journal of Women’s History, Department of History, Union College, Schenectady, NY 12308 by 1 March, 2019.  The proposal can be sent via hard copy and/or email in a Word file to  

If you send only via email, please send a communication in advance so that we will know it is arriving.  You will receive a confirmation via email upon receipt of the full proposal.