Calls For Papers (assorted deadlines)

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[This post may be amended from time to time over the week, that is, from 6-13 September 2011. There will be more such posts, appearing more or less regularly, usually around about on Mondays.]


“Think Romance! Re-conceptualizing a Medieval Genre”
32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
March 31-April 1, 2012
Lincoln Center Campus, New York City

Speakers include: Joyce Coleman, Emma Dillon, Barbara Fuchs, Anne D. Hedeman, Sharon Kinoshita, Peggy McCracken, Nicola McDonald, Monkia Otter, Gina Psaki, Monika Schausten, James Simpson, Robert Stein, Elly Truitt.

For a descripton of this conference and guidelines for sending an abstract (due September 9, 2011), please see here.

For more information about the CMS, see our website at:


53rd Annual Conference of the Society for French Studies
2 – 4 July 2012
University of Exeter

Plenary Speakers:
Professor Mary Bryden (University of Reading); Dr Bill Burgwinkle (University of Cambridge); Professor Deborah Jenson (Duke University); Professor Bernard Stiegler (Centre Georges-Pompidou/Institut de recherche et d’innovation)

We are pleased to invite proposals for papers (in English or French; duration: 20 minutes) for panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Insanity
  • Technology and reading
  • Sound and silence
  • Gender and journeys/gendered journeys
  • Masks
  • Experimental literature
  • Humanity and animality
  • Fictional libraries
  • Disability and representation
  • Margins of Christianity

The suggested topics may be interpreted widely and are intended to encompass as broad an historical range as may be applicable. Please provide a short abstract (250-300 words per paper), outlining the argument of the proposed paper. Abstracts should be framed with a view to addressing an audience made up of both specialists and non-specialists and should include the contact details (electronic and regular mail) of the proposer.

The Society also encourages proposals for complete panels (of 3 or 4 speakers) on any area of French studies and it is hoped that approximately half of the sixteen parallel sessions at the conference will emerge from complete-panel proposals.  These should include the names, e-mail and postal addresses of all speakers, and those of the proposed session chair, who should not be one of the speakers. As well as a 250-300-word abstract for each speaker, proposals should contain a brief outline of the rationale and motivation of the proposed panel (no more than one printed page). One individual involved should be clearly designated as the proposer with overall responsibility for the proposed session.

Papers and panels are selected on the basis of peer review: you should know by late October 2011 whether it has been possible to include your paper/panel. NB No individual may present a paper at two successive annual conferences.

Please send abstracts (by e-mail) by 9 September 2011 to the Conference Officer, Dr Adam Watt. E-mail:

For further information on the Society for French Studies, please see our website


47th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 10-13, 2012
The Medieval Institute, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI

The call for papers is here.

More on the ICMS here.


Graduate students are encouraged (and faculty are encouraged to encourage their graduate students) to submit an essay to SMFS’ Graduate Student Essay prize competition, which is open to all graduate students, including those who will complete their degree in the current year. The paper should be under 25 pages and engage questions of gender and/or sexualtiy in the Middle Ages. Papers in all disciplines are encouraged. The prize will be 5 years’ membership in SMFS and publication of the winning paper, subject to editing, in the journal Medieval Feminist Forum.

There may be years when the prizes will not be given, depending on submissions in that given year. Please note that the deadline for submission in the 2011 competition is September 15, 2011. Please email your submission as a Word attachment to

MEDFEM-L is an unmoderated forum for the discussion of feminist approaches to medieval studies sponsored jointly by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). The List Manager is Monica Green, Professor of History, Arizona State University.

Visit SMFS at

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The eighteenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
8-10 March 2012
Sarasota, Florida.

The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome. The plenary speakers for the 2012 New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be Duane Osheim  (University of Virginia) and Jody Enders  (University of California at Santa Barbara).

The conference will be held on the campus of the New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, art and music. The average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

More information will be posted here on the website as it becomes available, including conference events and area attractions:

The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2011. Send inquiries and abstracts (email preferred, no attachments please) to: nmyhill[at]



The Hagiography Society seeks 20-minute papers for two sponsored sessions at Leeds in 2012 (9-12 July). See

Organizer: Anne Bailey. E-mail:
(This topic may be interpreted broadly and might include, for example, gender-transgressive saints, heretical or unorthodox cults, and texts which diverge from normal hagiographical convention.)

Organizer: Helen Birkett. E-mail:
(This session seeks to explore the wider literary and cultural context of hagiographical narratives. For example, how did saints’ lives interact with and influence other texts and genres? What do the manuscript contexts of these accounts tell us about the way they were read? How were the narratives of these texts transmitted to non-literate audiences?)

Please email abstract proposals of between 250-300 words to the relevant organizer by 16 September.


19th International Medieval Congress
9-12 July 2012
Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

All societies operate according to rules, both written and often unwritten. Medieval societies were no exception. Rules affected kingship and lordship; urban and rural communities; secular church and regular monastic life, as well as social groupings, aspects of economic, religious, legal and intellectual life, and even literature and the other arts. People made rules, lived by the rules, and broke rules. In view of the fundamental importance of this topic, the IMC has chosen as its special thematic focus in 2012:


Medieval rules were multifaceted. They might be written down or transmitted orally, configured as conventions, and composed as canons, or imposed by custom and usage, be transmitted by commands and laws, be defined by tradition and consensus or handed down by some higher authority. They might encompass an entire society or culture or be limited to one section of society or a single activity. They might have been associated with legal sanctions and/or with morality, and concepts of sin and virtue. They might become differentiated and varied over time, and they were transmitted from one area of life to another. Rules were frequently long-lasting but equally might sometimes lose their validity over time, or mutate into new forms.

Areas of discussion could include:

  • The role played by rules in differing forms of institutional life: in kingship and principalities, in territories, towns and villages, in craft guilds, sodalities and brotherhoods; in the Church, within dioceses, ecclesiastical synods, monasteries, and religious or professed knightly orders etc.
  • The social and intellectual frameworks of rules: social stratifications and hierarchies; sacred or profane spaces; religious axioms; traditions, myths, taboos, social exclusion
  • The legal framework of rules: divine commandments, or customs, statutes, resolutions, decrees, monastic rules, and charismatic decisions
  • The types and sources of rules within the fields of scholarship, economy, literature, technology, architecture, fine arts, and music: canons, genres, styles, practices and methods, exemplarity
  • The presentation and reflections of rules: as subjects of literature and art; as items of jurisprudence, economics, theology and philosophy, and as ritual and ceremonial figurations
  • Modalities of creating, adapting, legitimating, proclaiming, enforcing, transferring, transgressing, overriding and/or resisting rules

If you would like to submit a session or paper proposal for the IMC 2012 complete the [appropriate] IMC Online Proposal Form […]. Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the IMC 2011 Proposal Form. […] session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2011. Hard copies of the proposal forms are available on request after 16 July 2011.

The call for papers is here:

The IMC is here:


Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and Spaces
June 21-June 23, 2012
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Attending to Early Modern Women, which has been held seven times at the University of Maryland since 1990, is moving to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, thanks to the generous support of the College of Letters and Science at UWM. The conference will retain its innovative format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote dialogue, augmented by a keynote, and a plenary session on each of the four conference topics: communities, environments, exchanges, and pedagogies. It will be held at the UWM School of Continuing Education Conference Center in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, within easy walking distance of the lakeshore, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Amtrak station. Attendees will stay in the near-by and newly renovated Doubletree Hotel. The conference will run from Thursday June 21 through Saturday June 23, 2012, and attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a special pre-conference seminar on Wednesday June 20 at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found on the conference website:


Attending to Early Modern Women: Remapping Routes and SpacesHow did women situate themselves in the early modern world, and how did they move through it, in both real and imaginary locations? How did gender figure in understandings of spatial realms, from the inner space of the body to the outer spaces of the cosmos? How do new disciplinary and geographic connections shape the ways in which we think, write, and teach about the early modern world? Taking as our inspiration the move of Attending to Early Modern Women from Maryland to Milwaukee, we will consider these issues in relationship to the following topics:

  • Communities
    Women’s actions in neighborhoods, villages, cities, states, and empires; family and kinship networks; establishing and breaching boundaries in sexual and gender expression; religious communities; exclusions, exiles, and expulsions.
  • Environments
    Gendered landscapes and soundscapes; the body and its borders; built and invented realms and frontiers; cartographic spaces; gender and the new cosmology and anatomy
  • Exchanges
    Travel, migration, and displacement; imagined spatial crossings; new interdisciplinary connections; the circulation of manuscripts, books, objects, and ideas; consumerism and material culture; transnational and transoceanic links.
  • Pedagogies
    Traveling new routes in teaching; the virtual spaces of technology and teaching; early modern women in the realm of museums and galleries for adults and children; issues in academic institutions and in publishing.

Detailed instructions on submitting workshop proposals may be found on the conference website:

For further information, please contact: Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Chair of the Organizing Committee,

31 OCTOBER 2011

“Kings and Queens: Politics, Power, Patronage and Personalities in Medieval and Early Modern Monarchy”
April 19th &  20th, 2012
To be held at Corsham Court in conjunction with Bath Spa University

The institution of Monarchy was absolutely central to the political developments and events of the medieval and Early Modern world. This conference aims to celebrate monarchy in all of its various aspects, from examining the institution itself to assessing the impact of particular monarchs in their own realms and beyond. Historic Corsham Court, located just outside of Bath, is a beautiful and appropriate setting for this conference, with its origins as a summer palace for the Kings of Wessex.

We welcome papers and/or panels on any theme which connects to monarchs or monarchy in any way including (but not limited to):

  • Kingship/queenship/rulership
  • The relationship between monarchs and consorts
  • The relationship between monarchs and their subjects
  • The involvement of monarchs in politics, religion and war
  • The patronage and representation of monarchs
  • The monarch and their court

We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach including papers which draw on gender studies, art, military, political and/or cultural history. Graduate students and early career researchers are particularly invited to submit a proposal. We hope to produce a published volume of the papers generated by the conference.

Please submit a proposal of approximately 250 words for a paper OR a panel of three papers to the organizers at  by October 31, 2011.

For more information or any additional queries, please email the above address or


The sixth Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Saturday December 3, 2011
Moravian’s campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Medievalists and Early Modernists are typically interdisciplinary, so we sincerely welcome contributions from all departments. Proposals on all relevant topics are welcome, as long as there is some connection to the period between approx. 500 C.E. and 1800 C.E. Last year’s conference was attended by over 200 people and featured presentations and performances by 90 students from 25 schools.

Both registration and the submission of proposals will open Oct. 1 and will be handled via the conference website. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Nov. 7. Registration will again be free for both presenters and attendees.

For a brief preview of this year’s conference and for a look at past conferences, please visit our website at:

Highlights of this year’s conference will be a plenary presentation by Dr. Nicholas Paul, an historian from Fordham University who specializes in medieval nobility and the Crusades; a performance by the early music ensemble, Bells and Motley; and demonstrations and exhibits by artisans. We’ll be updating the website in the fall with further details for this year’s conference.

Bethlehem, in eastern Pennsylvania, is easily accessible from the Philadelphia area (about an hour and a half’s drive), the New York City area (about two hours’ drive), and other locations in the Northeast.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. Please feel free to email questions to or

16 JANUARY 2012

Plymouth State University 33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Friday and Saturday April 20-21, 2012
Call for Papers and Sessions: “Prophecy, Divination, Apocalypse”

We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how prophecy and divination functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms. How did ideas about the future impact the present?  Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music.

This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Michael A. Ryan, historian of Medieval and Early Modern Spain at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ryan, an award-winning teacher, has published widely on dreams, prophecy, the Antichrist, and the Apocalypse. His most recent book, “A Kingdom of Stargazers: Astrology, Divination, and Authority in the Late Medieval Crown of Aragon,” will be published by Cornell University Press in Fall 2011.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.  Undergraduate student sessions require faculty sponsorship. Abstracts may be submitted in English or Spanish.

For more information visit

Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director:

Abstract deadline: January 16, 2012

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2012

31 JANUARY 2012

SASMARS 2012 (21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
30 August to 2 September 2012
Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa

‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’

Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012

The 21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 30 August to 2 September 2012.

The theme of the conference is ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’. In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. A selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a special issue of the Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).

Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to Professor David Scott-Macnab by 31 January 2012.

Further information:

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