Friday, August 16, 2013

Calls for Papers - August 2013

16th-century printer's device from the Saint John's Rare Book collection.

Here is a fresh batch of Calls-for-Papers that may be of interest to members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest. Remember! If you have CfPs that you would like publicized, please send them to matt heintzelman at:

  • Mediality (New York University)
  • The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages (University of Notre Dame)
  • 45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)


Medieval and Renaissance Center
New York University
Annual Spring Conference

April 3-4, 2014


Opening speaker: Christian Kiening, Universität Zürich
Keynote speaker: Martina Stercken, Universität Zürich

Call for papers: New York University’s Medieval and Renaissance Center invites proposals for papers that address the topic of mediality with respect to any medieval or early modern cultural practice or practices.

The term mediality refers to a new approach in the discussion of media. While we ordinarily associate "media" with communication – writing, images, radio, TV, film — the approach captured by the term mediality shifts the focus to the ways and means of mediation. It accentuates the fundamental fact that access to history is conditioned by media. The goal is less to define what a medium is than to describe medial situations: moments of the in-between, in which something is assigned the function of a medium, and in which mediation occurs or effects of mediating become visible.

The concept of mediality can thus open up our understanding of any historical period and is particularly promising for study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, periods that are already marked by an intense interest in media, including the exploration of the possibilities of mediation and the development of new medial forms. The concept helps us to understand almost any object of study from these periods: from professional practices such as the law, to cultural practices such as ritual, to concrete material artifacts such as textiles, to the threshold between the age of manuscript and the era of print. Papers investigating the mediality--the specific “in-betweeness”--of any cultural phenomenon are welcome as well as those that investigate such matters as media awareness, media interference, cross mediality, media and the senses, media and power, and the uses and abuses of drawing attention to the conspicuous mediality of in any object, belief, or practice.

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, 2013.

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


The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages
2nd Annual Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium Conference

The students of the Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium (IMGC) are pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for the second annual IMGC conference, “The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages,” to take place on 28 Feb-1 Mar 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.

The transnational turn in the humanities over the last two decades has put increasing pressure on our ideas of nationhood and has provided us with a liberating awareness of the constructedness of the spaces we study. New methodologies have developed in response to this pressure as scholars turn to comparative approaches, borderland studies, histoire croisée, studies of empire, and oceanic models in order to accommodate the ambiguities of nationhood and of conceptions of space. Suggested by seminal transnational studies, such as Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, many critics now study “the flows of people, capital, profits and information.” Recently, David Wallace’s ambitious literary history of Europe has adopted a similarly fluid approach to culture, avoiding a study of “national blocks” of literature, organizing itself instead along transnational itineraries that stretch beyond the European sphere. The Middle Ages offer a particularly broad and rich era in which to encounter fluid notions of space, as any glance at a medieval map such as the famous Hereford mappa mundi (pictured here) invitingly suggests. We invite presentations from all fields to explore any aspect of the medieval “geographic imagination,” of conceptions of space, place, and nation: ideas of geography, cartography, transnational identities and networks, intercultural encounters, mercantile routes, travelogues, rural and urban spaces, religious places, and concepts of locality and local identities.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by December 15, 2013 on the conference website, Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter's name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. Any questions can be sent to Andrew Klein ( or Karrie Fuller (

Karrie Fuller
Department of English
356 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Call for Papers

Session title: “Poetic Music, Musical Poetry: Connections between Poetry and Music in German Literature”

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University
Session contact: Deva Kemmis, Georgetown University (

This panel will examine the links between poetic language and music in German literature and culture. The musicality of poetry and the poetry of music are dual points of departure for this panel
discussion. Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the musical nature of poetic language, theoretical frameworks that explore the inherent musicality and the effect of the musical on
poetic language, research intersections between musicology and literary studies, investigations into the mimetic function of poetry, insights from auditory biology into aesthetic investigations,
instrumental music and the role of the voice, the contributions of cognitive studies to the work of literary scholars, and recent scholarship within German Studies that focuses on the auditory realm.
Papers are invited on any aspect of the possible connections between poetry and music in German literature and culture. Papers that concentrate on Germanic poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries are especially encouraged, but abstracts that address any era of Germanic poetry and/or music are welcome.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

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 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: “the best book you’ll read this year.” NeMLA’s Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw’s plays at the Players Club in New York City.

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.

Deva F. Kemmis (

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