CFP Scientiae: Early Modern Knowledge

Scientiae is the interdisciplinary conference on intellectual culture, 1400-1800. It is centred on, but not limited to, developments in the early modern natural sciences. Philosophers, historians, literary scholars and others are invited to share their perspectives on this vital period. The eighth annual meeting will be held at Queen’s University, Belfast on 12 – 15 June 2019.

Plenary addresses by:

Ingrid Rowland (Notre Dame/Rome) and Rob Iliffe (Oxford)

and plenary panels led by:

Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) and Marco Sgarbi, Pietro Daniel Omodeo, and Craig Martin (Venice).

The steering committee seeks proposals for:

  • Individual (20-minute) papers: Please submit a descriptive title, 250-word abstract, and one-page CV.
  • Complete panels: Same as above for each paper, plus 150-word rationale for the panel. Maximum four panellists, plus chair (and/or respondent).
  • Workshops: One-page CV for each workshop leader, plus 250-word plan for the session: topic, techniques, hands-on resources, etc.
  • Seminars: One-page CV for each seminar leader, plus 250-word rationale for the session: its topic, and its suitability for treatment in seminar format.

Proposals should be sent to pertransibunt@gmail.com by 30 December, 2018. The committee will respond by the end of January. For more information, and the conference poster, see http://scientiae.co.uk.

CFP Gender, Memory and Documentary Culture, 900-1200

The John Rylands Research Institute Annual Conference 2019, ‘Gender, Memory and Documentary Culture 900-1200’, co-sponsored by the Haskins Society, will be held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK 28-29 June, 2019.

This conference brings together aspects of gender and documentary culture between the tenth and the twelfth centuries that we believe inform and engage each other, but are often studied in isolation. Although the field of medieval gender studies is an active and well-populated one, less attention is given to the role gender played in the commissioning, use and preservation of documents, whether manuscript books or other types of documentary materials. Did medieval men and women interact with documentary culture in the same way? The texture of the relationship between gender and documentary cultures has yet to be teased out, and it is hoped that this conference will provide an ideal forum to advance this field.

Paper proposals on the following broad themes are invited:

  • Lay and ecclesiastical manuscript cultures
  • Rhetorical agency
  • Documentary genre and gender
  • Manuscript and cartulary production and dissemination
  • Gendered use of manuscripts (including commissioning, production and dissemination of women’s secular and monastic writing)
  • The gendering of memory
  • Documentary artifacts as material culture.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers:

  • Constance B. Bouchard (University of Akron)
  • Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University)

Paper submissions that utilize resources held at the John Rylands Library (http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/manuscripts-and-archives/ ) are especially welcome, as are submissions from Early Career Researchers.

To offer a paper, please send an abstract of 250 words to one of the organisers by 1 December 2018:
Laura Gathagan laura.gathagan@cortland.edu or
Charles Insley charles.insley@manchester.ac.uk

The cost of the conference will be £65, with reduced fees for postgraduate students and Haskins Society members.

Latin and Greek summer schools

LATIN SUMMER SCHOOL, 14-18 January 2019, Hobart

This is the twenty-fifth annual Hobart Latin Summer School. The emphasis is on reading Medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin, including patristics and poetry, both religious and secular.  Some prior experience highly recommended.  

GREEK SUMMER SCHOOL, 21-25 January 2019, Hobart

Continuing the work of the past two summers, we shall read excerpts from one of the Gospels and one of the Epistles. Beginners willing to work hard on basic grammar between now and January could join the course.

LATIN INTENSIVE RESIDENTIAL WORKSHOP, 7-20 July 2019, Rome, Italy

Both a ‘boot camp’ for beginners and a rich reading party for the more advanced, but with free interchange between the two streams. The goal is to examine two millennia of Roman and Italian culture – art as well as literature – through the medium of the Latin Language which is common to the whole tradition. We shall reads pieces by the major writers of the Classical Canon and by their successors in Medieval and Renaissance times. Genres will include Epic Poetry, Oratory, Philosophy and History.

For more details including costs, see http://www.dawsoncentre.org/news/ or please contact David Daintree dccdain@gmail.com.

Dr David Daintree
Director, Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies

CFP French Journal of Medieval English Studies

The French Journal of Medieval English Studies Etudes Médiévales Anglaises is seeking submissions for its 94th issue, focusing on the notion of “space”. The papers, written in French or English, should be submitted by 30 May, 2019 (see more information below). Authors who wish to submit a paper are advised to get in touch and submit a title with a brief description of content as soon as convenient.

Though space is by no means a medieval concept (in fourteenth-century use, the word referred primarily to time, or to an interval between two objects, rather than to the abstract idea of an extended area that can be filled or crossed), the concept in its complexity has over the last decades gained considerable critical importance in medieval studies. Medievalists have always paid attention to spatial questions, namely in the shape of inquiries into the location of national or religious communities, into medieval practices of pilgrimages, processions and travels, or into the symbolic associations of various places (the forest, the garden, the castle…). However, “critical reflection on spatial concepts and categories” has developed more recently with the rise of cultural geography in the 1970s (Weiss & Salih, 2012, xv), and subsequent postmodern explorations of the ideological assumptions which defined and produced medieval urban and rural spaces, places of power and sites of piety and fashioned social and gendered spaces within these wider areas.

In this context, scholars set out to explore the “heterogeneity and flux of medieval spatial paradigms” (Cohen & Madeline, 2014, 7). Interdisciplinary approaches flourished, as scholars were drawing together geographical, literary and cultural studies. A renewed awareness of the importance of networks which extend beyond “national” identities led to a re-appraisal of the formation of Europe (Wallace, 2016), while readings drawing on post-colonial theory also re-examined medieval discourses on the other, whether inside or outside Europe (Conklin-Akbari, 2009). Interest in spatial studies also fostered analyses of “topographies of power” (de Jong & Theuws, 2001) and of the organization of sacred and secular spaces, in particular in relation to medieval assumptions about social and gender divisions (Gilchrist, 1994). In more recent years, ecocriticism has helped diversify the perspective on space by opening critical discourse to preoccupations with nature (Cohen, 2015).

A pervasive, multifaceted concept in medieval studies, space offers insight into countless aspects of medieval society, from political institutions and the staging of power to rising attempts at defining individuality, from archaeological studies of social spaces to literary approaches of imaginary cartographies.

Etudes Médiévales Anglaises invites papers from all disciplinary backgrounds on medieval conceptions and practices of space in the British Isles, including:

  • Conceptualising space
    • Medieval astronomical conceptions of the world.
    • The British contribution to the rise of geography and cartography.
    • What is a kingdom? Attempts at defining kingdoms, namely in the context of shifting territorial extension.
    • Forming a sense of community (Christendom, national identity) in the Middle Ages.
  • Fashioning space
    • Bordering territory in the British Isles in the Middle Ages: techniques, theories and practices.
    • Urban, rural, architectural ways of fashioning space; their social, political, religious and cultural implications.
    • The rise of the individual and the advent of intimacy.
    • Economic networks, insular and European; their influences on daily life in diverse contexts.
    • Religious and cultural networks.
  • Medieval practices of space
    • Social and religious practices: processions, pilgrimages and travels, either real or imagined.
    • Gendered practices of public and private space in the British Middle Ages.
    • Space and war: how did British knights envisage the necessary military engagement with space?
    • The sea: medieval practices and representation of seafaring in the context of medieval conceptions of the sea, real or imagined.
    • The forest and the “wilderness”: places outside social order, which are often fraught with danger and / or prove the loci for spiritual experience (hermitages) or adventure (namely in the case of encounters with fairy and other supernatural beings)

Submission information

The papers, written in English or in French, must be sent before 30 May, 2019 to Fanny Moghaddassi f.moghaddassi@unistra.fr . Etudes Médiévales Anglaises uses double-blind peer review. The stylesheet to be used may be found on our website: https://amaes.jimdo.com/submit-a-paper/

References:

COHEN Jeffrey J., Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

COHEN Meredith and MADELINE Fanny, eds, Space in the Medieval West. Places, Territories and Imagined Geographies, Routledge, 2014.

CONKLIN AKBARI, Suzanne, Idols in the East, European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450, Cornell University Press, 2009.

Construction de l’espace au Moyen Âge : Pratiques et représentations, Colloque de la SHMESP (Mulhouse, 2006), Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, 2007.

DE JONG Mayke and THEUWS Frans, eds., Topographies of Power in the Early Middle Ages, Brill, Transformation of the Roman World, 6, 2001.

GAUTIER DALCHE Patrick, L’Espace géographique au Moyen Âge¸ Sismel Edizioni del Galluzo, Micrologus’ Library, 57, 2013.

GILCHRIST Roberta, Gender and Material Culture, The Archaelogy of Religious Women, Routledge, 1994.

HANAWALT Barbara A. & KOLBIALKA Michal, Medieval Practices of Space, University of Minessota Press, 2000.

Uomo e spazio nell alto medioevo, Settimane Di Studio Del Centro Italiano di Studi Sull’ Alto Medioevo, Presso La Sede dell Centro, 2002.

WALLACE David, ed., Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418, Oxford University Press, 2 vol., 2016.

WEISS Julian and SALIH Sarah, eds., Locating the Middle Ages, The Spaces and Places of Medieval Culture, Boydell & Brewer, King’s College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, 2012.

ZUMTHOR Paul, La Mesure du monde, Représentation de l’espace au Moyen Âge, Seuil, 1993.

Member research profile: Dr Julie Davies, Science in an Enchanted World

In a new feature, the ANZAMEMS newsletter is taking the opportunity to highlight the research of some of our members. Dr Julie Davies recently published her book Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill (Routledge, 2018). She tells us more about her book and what she is working on now…

Dr Julie Davies - photo

Dr Julie Davies

I work primarily on the intellectual history of medieval and early modern Europe. I am motivated by an interest in cosmologies: the way societies have understood how the world works and the role humankind has within in the universe. My research interests include demonology, witchcraft, science and experimental philosophy, theology, metaphysics, mythology and the supernatural. I received my doctorate from the University of Melbourne and am currently research assistant to Charles Zika at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. I am also the announcements editor for the International Society for Intellectual History.

Glanvill is well known in the history of both witchcraft and the Royal Society of London. He was, after all, friends with notable figures like Henry More, Robert Boyle and Richard Baxter. However, few scholars have attempted a comprehensive investigation into Glanvill’s eclectic body of work. Science in an Enchanted World: Philosophy and Witchcraft in the Work of Joseph Glanvill is an exploration of the relationship between Glanvill’s work on witchcraft, the Saducismus triumphatus, and the ideas he presented in his well-regarded works on the experimental method of the Royal Society, metaphysics, theology and pastoral care. The result is a multidisciplinary work that offers a unifying perspective on Glanvill’s diverse works and a resource to help future scholars navigate through the multiple editions and versions of Glanvill’s complex corpus.

In current research I am looking at remedies for melancholy and am heading to the Herzog August Bibliothek in early 2019 to compare the work and motivations of some early English and German female botanists. This kicks off my next big project on the place of horticulture, herbalism and botany in the lives of European women. I’m also particularly interested in when scientific and religious practices were recommended as paths towards emotional well-being.

My other recent publications include a collection edited with Michael Pickering A World Enchanted: Magic and the Margins (2014), “Botanizing at Badminton House: The Botanical Pursuits of Mary Somerset, First Duchess of Beaufort” in Domesticity in the Making of Modern Science, edited by Donald Opitz, Brigitte van Tiggelen and Staffan Bergwik (2015) and “German Receptions of the Works of Joseph Glanvill: Philosophical Transmissions from England to Germany in the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Century” in Intellectual History Review (2016).

You can find Julie on Twitter @JulieD1680 and on Academia.edu at https://unimelb.academia.edu/JulieDavies

ANZAMEMS members who would like to profile their recent book-length publications via the newsletter should contact the editor, amanda.mcvitty@gmail.com. We particularly encourage early career scholars and those with first books to get in touch.

 

Parergon call for proposals: Special themed issues

The ANZAMEMS’ journal Parergon (https://parergon.org/) produces one open issue and one themed issue annually. We now call for proposals for future themed issues, specifically for 2021 (38.2)

Recent themed issues include: 

  • 2016, 33.2 Approaches to Early Modern Nostalgia, guest-edited by Kristine Johanson
  • 2017, 34.2 Exile and Imprisonment in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, guest-edited by Lisa Di Crescenzo and Sally Fisher
  • 2018, 35.2 Translating Medieval Cultures Across Time and Place: A Global Perspective, guest-edited by Saher Amer, Esther S. Klein, and Hélène Sirantoine

Parergon publishes articles on all aspects of medieval and early modern studies, from early medieval through to the eighteenth century, and including the reception and influence of medieval and early modern culture in the modern world. We are particularly interested in research that takes new approaches and crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Parergon asks its authors to achieve international standards of excellence. The article should be substantially original, advance research in the field, and have the potential to make a significant contribution to the critical debate.

Parergon is available in electronic form as part of Project Muse, Australian Public Affairs – Full Text (from 1994), and Humanities Full Text (from 2008). Parergon is included in the Clarivate Analytics Master Journal List of refereed journals and in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH), and is indexed for nine major database services, including ABELL, IMB and Scopus. 

Themed issues contain up to ten essays, plus the usual reviews section. The guest editor is responsible for setting the theme and drawing up the criteria for the essays. 

Time line 

Proposals for the 2021 issue (38.2) should be submitted to the Editor susan.broomhall@uwa.edu.au by Friday 1 February 2019.

Proposals should contain the following: 

  1. A draft title for the issue.
  2. A statement outlining the rationale for the issue.
  3. Titles and abstracts of all the essays.
  4. A short biographical paragraph for the guest editor(s) and for each contributor.

Proposals will be considered by a selection panel drawn from the Parergon International Editorial Board who will be asked to assess and rank the proposals according to the following criteria:

  1. Suitability for the journal
  2. Originality of contribution to the chosen field
  3. Significance/importance of the proposed theme
  4. Potential for advancing scholarship in a new and exciting way
  5. Range and quality of authors

Guest editors will be notified of the result of their application by the beginning of April 2019. 

The editorial process 

Once a proposal has been accepted: 

  1. The guest editor will commission and pre-select the essays before submitting them to the Parergon Editor by the agreed date (for issue 38.2, 1 June 2020).
  2. The Parergon Editor will arrange for independent and anonymous peer-review in accordance with the journal’s established criteria.
  3. Occasionally a commissioned essay will be judged not suitable for publication in Parergon. This decision will be taken by the Parergon Editor, based on the anonymous expert reviews.
  4. Essays that have already been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for inclusion in the journal.

Please send enquiries and proposals to the Editor, Susan Broomhall, at susan.broomhall@uwa.edu.au

Download (PDF, 214KB)

 

CFP The Epoch of Space. State and New Perspectives

The International Congress ‘The epoch of space. State and new perspectives’ will be held in
Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, Spain 8-9 April 2019.

For centuries, the study of time was one of the main academic interests in the field of Humanities. However, in the second half of the 20thcentury, most scholars and philosophers shifted their focus to the question of space. This, termed “spatial turn” by Soja in 1989, encouraged the foundation of new approaches and perspectives whose main goal was to elucidate the “spatiality” (Tally, 2013) of beings as a result of their interaction with their physical surroundings.

Even though this new “era of space” was explicitly acknowledged and labelled as such (“l’époque de l’espace”) by Foucault in 1967, Gaston Bachelard’s La Poétique de l’espace, published in 1958, proved to be a turning point in the development of this perspective. In this work, Bachelard explores the experiences that result from human interactions with architecture through what the author termed “topoanalysis”: a method that uses psychology as a research tool for the study of the spaces and places that we inhabit.

The interest in studying this in the field of the arts has increased significantly in recent years, and is especially noticeable in the case of literary creations. Scholars today –particularly comparatists– are paying more attention to the rediscovered relevance and symbolic value of the geographic connections present in literary works. Likewise, the links between human beings and their physical surroundings stand out as a significant matter of study in the field. They have, indeed, been approached from a variety of perspectives, such as Ecologism and Marxism, mainly via the analysis of cultural creations and the impact of human communities in the territory.

The popularity of this kind of approaches has varied throughout history, and not all disciplines have been equally receptive to the notions underpinning them. While Ecocriticism and Geocriticism are well respected and established in literary studies, research fields like those of medieval studies, history, history of art, and classical studies seem to be rather detached from these perspectives.

The growing influence of Ecocriticism and Geocriticism is especially noticeable in digital humanities. The bridges recently built between these fields are already proving to be productive, as they have led to the development of new tools, approaches, and methodologies, such as deep mapping techniques and the spatial humanities. In the same way, the technical progress encouraged by the advancement of the internet and computer science has fostered the emergence of new habitats that suggest the need for a reinterpretation of the Bachelardian theories and the way we construct our identities in space.

Soja, Rueckert, Foucault and Bachelard’s iconic works will be 30, 40, 50, and 60 years old in 2018 and 2019. The time seems to be just right for reflecting on our task as researchers in the Era of Space – how have the disciplines evolved in recent years? Do we need to redefine the key concepts regarding space and place? Has our relationship with territory changed? Have we produced new ways of inhabiting space? It is our opinion that not only we need to rethink our answers to these questions, maybe even articulate new ones, but also we believe it necessarily needs to be done from the unavoidable perspective of the place from which we call on you: Galiza.

Among the guest speakers will be Robert T. Tally Jr. (Texas State University), Marilar Aleixandre (USC), Federico López Silvestre (USC) and the members of the project Eco-Fictions. Nevertheless, other scholars will be confirmed soon.

Call for papers

Proposals must include an abstract of 250-300 words and a brief biographical note, and should be linked to the research line that relates to your subject the most. Your proposal will then be reviewed by the scientific committee.

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Every intervention will be followed by a Q&A session. Accepted languages include Galiza, Portuguese, Spanish, Catalan and English.

Deadline: 1 December 2018.

We are looking for presentations which, from different disciplines or perspectives, approach the question of space. Below you will find a number of suggested topics (these are non-exclusive, and you might suggest other related topics):

  • Reviews or contemporary readings of consolidated works or authors, like Gaston Bachelard or Edward Soja.
  • Reflections on the current state of research perspectives, such as Ecocriticism or Geocriticism.
  • Space and new technologies: how the digital humanities have influenced research methodologies (spatial humanities or digital environmental humanities), virtual reality, new habitats, etc.
  • The reception of the spatial turn beyond literary studies: theoretical perspectives or analyses related with history of art, anthropology, architecture or philosophy.
  • ‘Diachronic’ readings: space in other time periods or cultures, such as Antiquity or Middle Ages.
  • Non-anthropocentric conceptions: bodyless spaces, animality or sacred geographies.
  • The relations between human beings and the territory.

CFP Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies (PCCBS) will meet at UC Merced, California, from 22 to 24 March, 2019. 

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies — broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain’s imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars (including doctoral candidates working on their thesis) in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as pedagogies and technologies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is 1 December 2018

Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a biography for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a brief biography for the panel chair as well as for its commentator (if any). Proposals will be submitted by google forms. As we will use the data entered for the program, please be careful with spelling of names, institutions and paper titles.

More information can be found here.

Individual paper proposals should be submitted here.

Panel proposals should be submitted here.

Call for applications: Beinecke Fellowship Program

The Beinecke Library (Yale Unviersity) offers fellowships to support research in a wide range of fields, from literary and cultural studies to the history of science, music, theater, and art; the history of the book, of photography, graphic design, and architecture; as well as social, intellectual, and political history.

The collections are particularly strong in Medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth-century Europe; American literature; Western Americana; nineteenth-century imperialism; African American culture; British literature; gay, lesbian, and transgender studies; transatlantic Modernism; postwar counterculture; contemporary American poetry.

Applications are currently open for Visiting Research Scholar Fellowships. For further information and to apply, see https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/programs-events/fellowship-program/visiting-postdoctoral-scholar-fellowships

Deadline: 15 December 2018

The Beinecke Fellowship Program has a strong track record of supporting scholars who have published significant contributions in their fields, and it also helps sustain the atmosphere of scholarly exploration and convivial intellectual exchange for which the Library is known. Beinecke Fellows at all levels are encouraged to take part in the life of this community while taking advantage of one of the richest and fastest growing collections of rare books and manuscripts of its kind in the world.

CFP Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics

The organisers invite submissions of abstracts for 20-minute papers to be presented at the two-day conference, Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics, to be held at Fischer Hall, the University of Notre Dame’s London campus, on 5 and 6 April, 2019.

 

The conference aims to unite an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation about the uses of the “medieval” period across time. Particularly, we ask how the concept of a “cultural memory” of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, audiences, and other users have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. We ask participants to interrogate the linguistic, material, and social networks that have been created by medieval things over time.

Papers considering the intersections of medievalisms, cultural memory, and concepts of identity are particularly welcome. Potential topic areas might include, but are not limited to: discourses of race or ethno-nationalism; medievalisms that remember a multiple and complex Middle Ages; antiquarian scholarship; visual and performance art; translation theory; heritage discourses; global remembrances of the European Middle Ages; assemblages of the European and non-European in medievalist projects; cultural memory of the Middle Ages; the politics of medievalism; periodization; intersections between nativist dialogues and medievalism; right-wing and/ or left-wing medievalisms; medievalisms that disrupt stereotypes.

We encourage researchers at all career stages to apply. Please submit 300-word abstracts and a short bio to mensley@nd.edu and francesca.allfrey@kcl.ac.uk by 7 January, 2019.