Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Last Call for MAM 2012 in Cincinnati!

Final Reminder to MAM members
  

Call for Papers
(deadline extended)
28th Annual Conference Medieval Association of the Midwest


Knowing in the Middle Ages

September 27-29, 2012
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

The Medieval Association of the Midwest welcomes paper and panel proposals that address the theme of “Knowing in the Middle Ages” or any aspect of the Middle Ages. In keeping with MAM’s philosophy of inclusiveness, we encourage the submission of proposals from all branches of medieval studies, including but not limited to archeology, art, bibliography, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Presentations on medievalism are also welcome.

Rush hour is never this bad in Cincinnati!

Proposals/abstracts from individual papers of no more than 20 minutes should be approximately 250 words long and should include the presenter’s contact information and any requests for necessary A/V equipment. Offers to serve as a panel moderator are also appreciated. Proposals for full panels should contain no more than three papers and one session moderator, as well as the titles of all the individual papers, contact information for each presenter, and the organizer’s contact information.


Presenters may feel welcome to submit papers for consideration for Enarratio, the organization’s journal.

Proposals and abstracts should be received by August 1, 2012. Participants must be members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest by the time of the conference.

Send abstracts and inquiries to:

Dr. Stephen Yandell, MAM conference office (513) 745-3598
Xavier University fax (513) 745-3065
3800 Victory Parkway yandell@xavier.edu
Cincinnati, OH 45207-4446


Xavier University, in Cincinnati, OH, is serviced by CVG International Airport in Northern Kentucky. Lodging for the conference is available at Marriott’s Springhill Suites Cincinnati Midtown (513) 381-8300.



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Additional note on Kalamazoo 2013!

MAM will be co-sponsoring a session with Mens and Mensa:


Playing with Food:
Exploring Medieval Food-Ways in Classroom and Popular Culture [co-sponsored with the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)];
Contact: admin@mensetmensa.org


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The complete 2013 Kalamazoo Call for Papers is now available online at:



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Call for Papers:  Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond

An interdisciplinary conference to be held at Boston University (USA) 
February 28-March 2, 2013 

Contributions are invited for an interdisciplinary conference examining the practices and values attached to the human voice in medieval cultures.  An edited volume is planned. 

The question of “voice and voicelessness” engages with several important trends in medieval studies today, including issues of law and representation; theology and embodiment; historicist models of subjectivity; the poetics and esthetics of marginality; and the linguistic dynamics of intercultural encounter. The first goal of the project is to examine the axis proposed by the conference title as approached by scholars working on medieval literatures, theology, law, art history, history, philosophy, and musicology. The project’s second, methodological goal is to seek a common ground of interdisciplinary engagement by examining how distinct areas of scholarly endeavor approach a problem of universal resonance but elusive definition.  This pursuit will be further enriched by the conference’s international composition, so that disciplinary, methodological, and national habits of thought and argument will be brought into dialogue.  The topic of voice and voicelessness engages with questions related to the expression of self and respect for an other, and so lends itself particularly well to this multi-level encounter. Contributions that are transnational or transdisciplinary in nature, or which interrogate the relations between contemporary and medieval thought will be especially appreciated.

Prospective contributors are invited to send 500-word abstracts to kleiman@bu.edu no later than July 20, 2012, using the keyword “Voice” in the message title.  Please include a recent CV with your submission. Papers as delivered should be 30 minutes in length. The language of the conference and publication is English.  Participants will be notified shortly thereafter.





Friday, July 13, 2012

MAM at Kalamazoo 2013!


Remnant of a mural in the church of San Benedetto a Piscincula.

  • Call for Papers: MAM at Kalamazoo 2013
  • Call for Papers: Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages (Univ. of Chicago; May 3-4, 2013)
  • Interesting Map Discovery in Munich, Germany
  • Call for Papers: Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond (Boston University, Feb. 28-March 2, 2013)
  • Spanish police recover 12th-century codex
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The Medieval Association of the Midwest is seeking submissions to the following sessions for the 2013 International Medieval Congress.  Proposals of approximately 250 words (accompanied by the Participant Information Form, available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) should be sent to the organizer for each specific session no later than Sept. 15.
 
 
The Formation of Identity in Middle English Arthurian Romance



 

This session will explore issues of identity formation in Middle English Arthurian Romance through the lens of gender, class, and/or nationality. Although abstracts dealing with Malory and/or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight will be considered, I am particularly interested in abstracts that consider less frequently discussed texts such as Awntyrs off Arthur, Gologras and Gawain, Ywain and Gawain, Libeaus Desconus, et cetera. How are the massive political and cultural changes that define the later Middle Ages in Britain reflected, explored, and/or critiqued in Middle English Arthurian romance? Possible topics may include the contested space between subject/object, material culture's participation in identity formation, knightly masculinity/femininity, spiritual/religious identity, geographical (or environmental) impacts on identity formation, transmission of characters from French romances to Middle English romances, boundaries between the human and the monstrous, et cetera.
 
Organizer: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo (Kristin.BovairdAbbo@UNCO.EDU)
 
Justice, Law, and Literature in the Middle Ages




How are medieval justice and law treated in philosophical, theological, legal, historical, and literary texts, as well as in the arts?  This question invites an interdisciplinary approach that examines how competing and/or complementary texts, genres, discourses, and values contributed to the formation of medieval concepts of law and justice, such as legal identity, citizenship, sovereignty, polity, fairness, legitimacy, criminality, contracts, international relations, and individual and social welfare. Interdisciplinary papers and new approaches from a global perspective are especially welcome.  
 
Organizer: Toy Fung-Tung (ttung@jjay.cuny.edu)
 
Medievalists Reading and Teaching Shakespeare



 
Scholars of the more recent periods often go back to teach and critique Shakespeare, but those of us from the Classical and medieval periods do so less often.  This session will aim to explore whether scholars of the earlier periods may bring a particularly useful set of knowledge and skills to the teaching and study of Shakespeare's work--perhaps, in some case, even more so than do Renaissance specialists. We invite papers on all aspects of Shakespeare studies that include elements of medieval literature, philosophy, religion, art, and history, as well as linguistics and philology.
 
Organizer: Edward Risden (edward.risden@snc.edu)
 
Lydgate without Chaucer



 
John Lydgate was undeniably influenced by the work of Geoffrey Chaucer.  Explicit references to Chaucer, usage of words coined by Chaucer, and an attitude of self-deprecation all mark the close relationship between these two poets.  This relationship, however, often leaves Lydgate unable to escape from Chaucer’s shadow and maligned for simply not being his self-professed master. There is much more to Lydgate’s work.  Possible angles include:
  
-Lydgate’s fifteenth-century service to the Lancastrian court, a time period that Chaucer
did not live to see
-Lydgate as civic poet to the burgesses of England
-Lydgate as early playwright, writer of mummings
-Lydgate as visual poet, crafting poems to accompany wall murals
-Lydgate as religious poet, a substantial portion of his corpus that has received far less
attention than his secular works
            -Lydgate as monk and abbey-poet, an agent of Bury St. Edmunds abbey, an institution
whose influence he was born and died under
  
What happens when we discuss Lydgate apart from Chaucer?  Pursuing such angles may shed light on distinctly Lydgatean concerns that will humanize the man and alter our perception of his poetry.
 
Organizer: Timothy Jordan (tjordan1@kent.edu)
 
(Un)true confessions: love's affairs, adventures and consolations in the Iberian Middle Ages



 

MAM’s Hispano-Medievalists are anxious to share the love once again in Kalamazoo. On this occasion, love, as revealed through confessionary events and representations, is pressed into service. This shared erudition is certain to prove stimulating and invigorating for all those researching the discourse, economics, and culture of love.
 
Organizer: Carlos Hawley (carlos.hawley@ndsu.edu)
 



Medieval Business:  Commerce, Economics, and Trade  
 
This interdisciplinary session is related to commerce and economics of various countries and cultures during the Middle Ages.  The focus will be on the practice of “business” (to use a modern term) at this time with an emphasis on processes, material culture, and how the life of the average individual was affected, enhanced, and altered.  This session will pull together several topic-focused papers across disciplines in an effort to not only identify emergent themes in medieval trade, but also to understand the pervasive aspect of “business” during this timeframe.
  
Old Norse and Beowulf: Exploring the Great Divide



 

This session proposes to move beyond the sources/analogues quagmire into a critical/analytical consideration of the themes, narrative patterns and tones that Old Norse texts like Grettis Saga and Hrolf Saga Kraki have in common with Beowulf.
 
Organizer: Nikolas Haydock (nikolas.haydock@upr.edu)
 
 
  
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Nature and the Natural in the Middle Ages

May 3-4, 2013

University of Chicago

In the Middle Ages, as now, people appealed to the idea of nature and the natural as an authorizing, legitimizing force, though their conceptions of what nature was and how it worked varied considerably.  Nature was frequently aligned with God, with Creation, with right order and the good, and was evoked to support a range of projects, political programs, and ideas.  The created world provided an object of endless study and of visual representation.  Bestiaries, gemologies, cosmologies, and encyclopedias sought to order, describe, and understand the natural world that, in turn, was depicted in the borders of manuscripts, tapestries, statuary and carvings.  An accurate and comprehensive understanding of the created world was necessary, as patristic writers such as Augustine and Origen affirmed, in order to arrive at a correct interpretation of Scripture.  Since the created world was God’s work, the concepts of nature and the natural had significant normative and explanatory authority.  The presumed nature of women, for instance, was used to delimit their sphere of action in the world.  Nature appears as a literary character in the works of Bernard Silvestris, Alain de Lille, Jean de Meun, and others, where she is associated with divine principles of creation. The natural world can be ordered in literal, textual, or visual terms, while the disorder of nature can signal moral turpitude.  The vernacular is the natural language of people, a distinction with implications for both poetics and politics. Political authority is itself naturalized, as legitimate kings, unlike tyrants, are ‘natural’.

Such disparate meanings and uses of nature in the Middle Ages have most often been considered within the framework of specific disciplines. This conference will bring together specialists from a range of disciplinary perspectives in order to consider in broad terms medieval representations and understandings of nature and the natural world in its many guises – theological, legal, linguistic, poetic, artistic, scientific, political, and sexual.  We aim to provide a space for productive dialogue across disciplinary boundaries in order to explore how the practices of one field may illuminate work being done in other areas, and to generate discussion across fields, but within the framework of medieval studies, understood in broad terms that include non-Western and non-Christian areas.

This conference will be open to the public.

Those interested in presenting are invited to send a 250-word abstract to Daisy Delogu (ddelogu@uchicago.edu) by September 1, 2012.   

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Mural in the monastery of St. Scholastica, Subiaco, Italy

Interesting Map Discovery in Munich, Germany

Submitted to the ExLibris Listserv by Falk Eisermann (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke / Inkunabelsammlung):


"A hitherto unknown copy of the Waldseemüller map (with variants) was found in Munich University Library a couple of days ago and is already available online; see below (English text available at http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2012/spotlight/tdw_ub_fund.html)."
Additional information (in German) at: http://www.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/news/2012/tdw_ub_fund.html .
Digitized version of the map at "Open Access LMU": http://epub.ub.uni-muenchen.de/13138/ .

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Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond
An interdisciplinary conference to be held at Boston University (USA) 
February 28-March 2, 2013 

Contributions are invited for an interdisciplinary conference examining the practices and values attached to the human voice in medieval cultures.  An edited volume is planned. 

The question of “voice and voicelessness” engages with several important trends in medieval studies today, including issues of law and representation; theology and embodiment; historicist models of subjectivity; the poetics and esthetics of marginality; and the linguistic dynamics of intercultural encounter. The first goal of the project is to examine the axis proposed by the conference title as approached by scholars working on medieval literatures, theology, law, art history, history, philosophy, and musicology. The project’s second, methodological goal is to seek a common ground of interdisciplinary engagement by examining how distinct areas of scholarly endeavor approach a problem of universal resonance but elusive definition.  This pursuit will be further enriched by the conference’s international composition, so that disciplinary, methodological, and national habits of thought and argument will be brought into dialogue.  The topic of voice and voicelessness engages with questions related to the expression of self and respect for an other, and so lends itself particularly well to this multi-level encounter. Contributions that are transnational or transdisciplinary in nature, or which interrogate the relations between contemporary and medieval thought will be especially appreciated.

Prospective contributors are invited to send 500-word abstracts to kleiman@bu.edu no later than July 20, 2012, using the keyword “Voice” in the message title.  Please include a recent CV with your submission. Papers as delivered should be 30 minutes in length. The language of the conference and publication is English.  Participants will be notified shortly thereafter.

-- 
Irit Kleiman
Assistant Professor of French
Department of Romance Studies
Boston University
718 Commonwealth Ave, #301D
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-358-4653
Fax: 617-353-6246
kleiman@bu.edu
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Spanish police recover 12th-century codex
The Codex Calixtinus, an illuminated 12th-century manuscript that is considered the world’s first guidebook, was recovered July 4 by Spanish police a year after it was stolen from the library of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The presumed thief, Manuel Fernández Castiñeiras, a disgruntled former employee of the cathedral, housed the priceless manuscript in a garbage bag in his garage along with a variety of other stolen books from the cathedral’s library and €1.2 million (US$1.5 million) in cash. Susan Boynton writes about the importance of this codex. More about the robbery (in Spanish) here....
Fine Books Blog, July 6; OUPblog, July 6; Hechos de Hoy, July 6

Mural in the Sacro Speco in Subiaco, Italy.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summertime, and the living is hot ... at least in the Midwest

From Giovanni Boccaccio's Genealogia Deorum (Venice, 1494).
Summer activities have diverted me from updating the membership in the past month. SO, here are some calls for papers/events that may interest MAM members!

  • Call for Papers: MAM in Cincinnati (Sept. 27-29, 2012)
  • Call for Papers: Charisma (Medieval and Renaissance Center, New York Univ.; March 29, 2013)
  • Call for Papers: Putting England in its Place (Fordham Univ.; March 9-10 2013)
  • Preliminary Call for Papers: The Middle Ages in the Modern World (Univ. of St. Andrews; June 25-28, 2013)
  • Call for Papers: 44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
  • Call for Papers: Dynamics of a Medieval Manuscript (Utrecht; April 25-28, 2013)
  • Call for Papers: Translatio Conference (Ohio State; October 5-6, 2012)
  • Call for Papers: Between the Written and Oral: Medieval and Early Modern Women and Their Texts (Roundtable at NeMLA)
  • Call for Papers: "Travel, Contact, Exchange" (Plymouth State University; April 19-20, 2013)


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Call for Papers
(deadline extended)

28th Annual Conference Medieval Association of the Midwest


Knowing in the Middle Ages

 
September 27-29, 2012

Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

 
The Medieval Association of the Midwest welcomes paper and panel proposals that address the theme of “Knowing in the Middle Ages” or any aspect of the Middle Ages. In keeping with MAM’s philosophy of inclusiveness, we encourage the submission of proposals from all branches of medieval studies, including but not limited to archeology, art, bibliography, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Presentations on medievalism are also welcome.

Proposals/abstracts from individual papers of no more than 20 minutes should be approximately 250 words long and should include the presenter’s contact information and any requests for necessary A/V equipment.  Offers to serve as a panel moderator are also appreciated.  Proposals for full panels should contain no more than three papers and one session moderator, as well as the titles of all the individual papers, contact information for each presenter, and the organizer’s contact information.

Presenters may feel welcome to submit papers for consideration for Enarratio, the organization’s journal.

Proposals and abstracts should be received by August 1, 2012.  Participants must be members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest by the time of the conference.

Send abstracts and inquiries to:

Dr. Stephen Yandell, MAM conference             office (513) 745-3598
Xavier University                                                fax (513) 745-3065
3800 Victory Parkway                                        yandell@xavier.edu
Cincinnati, OH 45207-4446

Xavier University, in Cincinnati, OH, is serviced by CVG International Airport in Northern Kentucky.  Lodging for the conference is available at Marriott’s Springhill Suites Cincinnati Midtown (513) 381-8300.


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Medieval and Renaissance Center
New York University

Annual Spring Conference
March 29, 2013

Charisma

Keynote speaker: Professor C. Stephen Jaeger, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Pre-conference address: Professor Paul Binski, Cambridge University

Call for papers: New York University’s Medieval and Renaissance Center invites proposals for papers that address the topic of charisma in any of its multiple forms and cultural sites: from an attribute of an individual person--whether a god-given grace or personally cultivated aura--to a feature of a work of art that affords it the power to uplift or dazzle a beholder; and from the elite productions and practices of church and state--such as Gothic cathedrals and royal regalia and processions--to such cult objects of religion and secular art as icons, relics, stones, pilgrimage shrines, weapons, and portraits; and to such quasi-historical and literary characters as Lancelot of the Lake, Don Quixote, Mephistopheles, and Helen of Troy. In approaching the topic of charisma, papers might touch on such phenomena as charm, enchantment, adoration, favor, grace, aura, enthusiasm, inspiration, magic of body and speech, fame, notoriety, fascination, glorification, elegance, divinity, embodiment, post-embodiment, sensuality, beauty, glamour, the elite, the heroic, and the supernatural. While recent conferences and publications on the topic of charisma have focused on charismatic preaching and religious institutions, this conference aims to explore charisma as a quality or force that charms, persuades, enchants, and transforms, a force that may appear as a magical quality not only of human personalities but also of works of art, of animals, and even of objects: in short, charisma no longer strictly in the sense of Max Weber’s studies of charismatic leadership, but in addition, charisma as it asserts itself in aesthetics, psychology, and anthropology.

Papers from every sub-discipline of Medieval and Renaissance Studies are welcome. Please send abstracts (250 words maximum) to Martha Rust (at martha.rust@nyu.edu) by September 15, 2012.

The Medieval and Renaissance Center will be able to offer assistance with travel and accommodation to conference participants living outside New York City.

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Call For Papers



Putting England in Its Place:
Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages
33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, Manhattan
March 9-10 2013
Speakers Include:
Oliver Creighton, Julia Crick, Robert W. Hanning, Sarah Rees Jones, Elizabeth Tyler, Carol Symes, Paul R. Hyams, Kathryn A. Smith
The Deadline for Submissions is September 5, 2012
Please send an abstract and cover letter with contact information to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu or by fax to (718) 817-3987.
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Preliminary Call for Papers

The Middle Ages in the Modern World
University of St Andrews, UK, 25-28 June, 2013

A multidisciplinary conference on the uses and abuses of the Middle Ages from the Renaissance to the 21st century

Provisional Keynotes

  • Carolyn Dinshaw (New York University): The Green Man and the Modern World
  • Patrick Geary (Princeton): European ethnicity: Does Europe have too much past
  • Seamus Heaney (Nobel Prize-winning Poet): Translating medieval poetry
  • Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia): The politics of medievalism
  • Felicitas Hoppe (Author and Translator): Adapting medieval romance
  • Terry Jones (Author and Broadcaster): Columbus, America and the flat earth

Medievalism – the reception and adaptation of the politics, history, art and literature of the Middle Ages – has burgeoned over the past decade, and is now coming of age as a subject of serious academic enquiry. This conference aims to take stock and develop directions for the future. We hope to address questions such as:

- Why and how do the Middle Ages continue to shape the world we inhabit?
- Did the Middle Ages ever end?
- Did the Middle Ages ever happen?
- Is there a difference between medievalism and medieval studies?
- Does the medieval past hold the key to understanding modern nations?
- What does “medieval” mean to non-medievalists?
- How has medievalism developed over the past 600 years?

Medievalists and modernists in all areas of the sciences and humanities, librarians, artists, curators are invited to submit proposals for papers, panels, public talks, exhibits, posters, concerts etc. The conference will be held during the climactic period of the University of St Andrews’s 600th anniversary celebrations.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- the reception of the Middle Ages in literature, art, architecture, music, film, politics, economics, theology, popular culture, universities, sciences;
- periodization and the invention of the Middle Ages;
- modern misconceptions of the Middle Ages;
- the politicization of the Middle Ages and neo-medievalism;
- twenty-first century medievalisms;
- revivalism and re-enactment;
- medievalism, science fiction, fantasy and cyberspace;
- translating medieval texts;
- the legacy and influence of the University of St Andrews and other medieval institutions
- a special celebratory 600th anniversary session on the reception and representation of St Andrew himself.

Early bird proposals are welcome now to mamo@st-andrews.ac.uk to assist planning, anytime before 31 August 2012.

Organisers: Dr Chris Jones, School of English and Dr Bettina Bildhauer, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews.

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Call for Papers


The Nibelungenlied in the 21st Century

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution:  Tufts University

The Nibelungenlied received renewed popular interest in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 2002 saw the opening of the Nibelungenfestspiele in Worms which attracted more than 200,000 people in the last 9 years and the material found its way into several TV movie productions. How far are these new productions attempts to give new meaning to the medieval story with regard to a new millennium and a post-modern audience?

Please send 250-300 word abstracts to Bernhard Martin, bernhard.martin@tufts.edu

Deadline:  September 30, 2011

Please include with your abstract:
  • Name and Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)
The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.  http://www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

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Call for Papers:

The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript is a cross-European research project which studies the textual, structural and social dynamics of late-medieval multi-text manuscripts (13th-15th centuries), focusing on the highly mobile short verse narratives they contain. A conference devoted to this topic will take place in Utrecht, 25-28 April, 2013. The organizing committee cordially invites proposals for papers (twenty minutes) on late-medieval multi-text codices from across Western Europe.

Possible research questions include:

  • Which principles of organization govern miscellanies?
  • How does the power of authorization (naming of authors, author attribution) function in the transmission and reception of collections, and how do (re)contextualization and textual transmission create an author?
  • What is the importance of multilingual collections for the formation and analysis of culture?
  • How do the different types of book production (workshops, fascicular production) impact on the creation of (and changes in) meaning?
  • How do the different contexts in which short verse narratives find themselves impact upon their contemporary reception and challenge our view of medieval generic categories?
A volume of Conference Proceedings is anticipated.

Proposals for papers (200 words, in English, French or German) should reach the committee by 1 August, 2012, by e-mail addressed to Ms. Vera Westra: s.v.westra@uu.nl.

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Call for Papers:
Translatio - Conference CFP
Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association, The Ohio State University

Contact email:
mrgsaosu@gmail.com

October 5-6, 2012 (Date subject to slight chance according to the schedule of the keynote speaker.)

The Medieval and Renaissance Graduate Student Association at The Ohio State University is currently accepting abstracts for the first year of our annual conference, Translatio. Prospective papers should discuss the religious life, broadly conceived, in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We welcome submissions on topics that range from monasticism to popular religion, and the way that the Church orthodoxy translates into the life of the laity. We also encourage papers that expand the discussion beyond Christianity and the West.

Possible topics may include:
--Monastic rule and reform
--Lay religious figures (mystics, etc.)
--Vernacular writings and sermons
--Church liturgy
--Heterodoxy and orthodoxy
--Folk belief
--Church constitutions, rulings, bulls
--Early Islam
--And many more...

Abstracts from any field of Medieval or Renaissance Studies (history, literature, linguistics, art history, etc) will be considered.

To submit an abstract or request further information, contact MRGSA at  mrgsaosu@gmail.com. Further information is available at our website:
http://mrgsa.org.ohio-state.edu/

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Call for Papers:

Between the Written and Oral: Medieval and Early Modern Women and Their Texts (Roundtable)

The written word and the spoken word were viewed as legitimate yet gendered forms of communication in medieval and early modern society. As texts by/for/about medieval and early modern women assert their authority, they reveal moments of tension and negotiation between the written and oral. This roundtable seeks presentations on how texts by/for/about medieval and early modern women maneuver within these gendered notions of communication. Submit abstracts to Lyn Blanchfield (lyn.blanchfield@oswego.edu) or Rala Diakite (rdiakite@fitchburgstate.edu). DEADLINE is 30 September 2012.

44th Annual Convention 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts

The 44th Annual Convention will feature approximately 350 sessions, as well as dynamic speakers and cultural events. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Abstract Deadline: September 30, 2012

Please include with your abstract:
  • Name and Affiliation
  • Email address
  • A/V requirements ($10 handling fee with registration per person; two person per panel minimum for Media Projector)
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Call for Papers and Sessions

34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013

“Travel, Contact, Exchange”

Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College

We invite abstracts in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.
● How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
● What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
● What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
● How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?

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.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome.
Undergraduate student papers or sessions require faculty sponsorship.

This year’s keynote speaker is David L. Simon. He is Jetté Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has received the Basset Award for excellence in teaching. He holds graduate degrees from Boston University and the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. Among his publications are the catalogue of Spanish and southern French Romanesque sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters and studies on Romanesque architecture and sculpture in Aragon and Navarra, Spain. He is coauthor
of recent editions of Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition and Janson’s Basic History of Western Art. Since 2007 he has co-directed an annual summer course and conference on Romanesque art for the University of Zaragoza, Spain.

For more information visit 
www.plymouth.edu/medieval

Please submit abstracts and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director: 
PSUForum@gmail.com.

Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013
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Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
MSC 40
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264
www.plymouth.edu/medieval
603-535-2402
PSUForum@gmail.com


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Later inscription in a 15th-century manuscript.