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)

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                              
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.


Medieval and Renaissance Center
New York University

Annual Spring Conference
March 29, 2013


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 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.


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 or by fax to (718) 817-3987.
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 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.


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,

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.


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:


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

Contact email:

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 Further information is available at our website:

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 ( or Rala Diakite ( 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)
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

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

Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2013
Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
MSC 40
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264

Later inscription in a 15th-century manuscript.

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