European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize 2016

The European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is designed to encourage interest in the field of European Studies by rewarding talented undergraduates who have conducted original research in the field. Thus, the European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize is given for the best advanced research paper written in English on any subject in European Studies as part of an undergraduate university degree program.

Two prizes will be awarded in 2016, one for a paper in the Humanities and one for a paper in the Social Sciences. A multi-disciplinary selection committee appointed by the Council’s Executive Committee will choose the winners. Each prize winner will receive a check for $500, along with public recognition in the European Studies Newsletter and on the Council’s social media sites. In addition, those prize winners who are interested in attending the CES conference may request one conference registration waiver for any conference in the three years following their award.

Each nominated article must meet the following criteria:

  • be a paper written by an undergraduate student in the field of European Studies;
  • be written in English;
  • be the work of one author only;
  • be authored by a student of an institution that is a member of the CES Academic Consortium.

Nominations may be submitted by the author, an admiring faculty member or fellow student, and must be accompanied by a nomination form and digital copy of the nominated paper.  (Papers should be directly attached to the nomination form.)  Paper submissions will not be accepted.




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Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 4th Forum Medieval Art

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 4th Forum Medieval Art, Berlin and Brandenburg, September 20–23, 2017. The biannual colloquium is organized by the Deutsche Verein für Kunstwissenschaft e.V.

The theme for the 4th Forum Medieval Art is 360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives. It will focus on research at the geographical and methodological boundaries of classical medieval studies. The various venues in Berlin and Brandenburg with their medieval heritage and their rich collections of Byzantine and Middle Eastern will be taken as a starting point. Accordingly, the conference will highlight the interaction of Central European medieval art and artistic production with other regions ranging from Eastern Europe, Byzantium, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Mediterranean to the British Isles and the Baltic region. Thus research areas such as Byzantine Studies or Islamic Art History will be brought into the focus and consciousness of medieval studies, particularly in the context of the endangered artistic and architectural monuments of the Middle East. Especially welcome are topics discussing phenomena such as migration, media transformation and changing cultural paradigms. By asking for culturally formative regions at the borders of “Europe” and transcultural contact zones, definitions of the Middle Ages can be put up for debate. As a counterpart to this panorama, research about the region of Brandenburg and Berlin will also be presented. This includes subjects of museum studies and the history of art of and in Berlin, where the development of areas of cultural exchange has a long tradition.

We invite session proposals that fit within the 360° – Places, Boundaries, Global Perspectives theme and are relevant to Byzantine studies. Additional information about the Forum Medieval Art at

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is May 9, 2016. Proposals should include:

*Session abstract (500 words)
*Proposed list of session participants (presenters and session chair)

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposal by May 16, 2016. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session proposal to the Forum by June 1, 2016.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair) up to $300 maximum for residents of Germany, up to $600 maximum for EU residents, and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

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Mary Jaharis Center Lecture Series: Worldliness in Byzantium and Beyond, May 4

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the final lecture in its 2015–2016 lecture series.

On May 4, 2016, at 6:15 pm at the Harvard Faculty Club, Cecily J. Hilsdale (McGill University) will present “Worldliness in Byzantium and Beyond: Manuscript Materiality and Byzantine Materialism.” Professor Hilsdale will consider the complicated history of the tale of Barlaam and Ioasaph.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Please join us for a reception following the lecture.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please visit or contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.

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Call for Papers – PREMODERN ECOLOGIES: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Human Interaction with the Natural World in Medieval and Early Modern Europe


An Interdisciplinary Conference on
Human Interaction with the Natural World
in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
(October 20-22, 2016)

This conference addresses one of the most pressing issues in the history of Western Civilization: how did past human beings interact with, exploit, control, represent, and understand their natural environment? The question is of paramount importance well beyond the study of the premodern world. The global environmental and resource crisis caused (as most people now believe) by the greed and mismanagment of modern polities has been front-page news for more than a decade.  The debate surrounding the renaming of our current historical epoch as the “anthropocene,” the era in which “geologically significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities,” has given the premodern European past a renewed relevance as the possible place of origin for the attitudes and behaviors that have resulted in modern political and economic instability.  This conference will illuminate with greater clarity many of these issues.  We invite proposals for 20-minute papers and welcome methodological approaches ranging from environmental history to eco-criticism of literature and the arts.  Please email your 250-word paper proposal to Professor Scott G. Bruce (  The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016.

The conference is hosted by the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CMEMS), with the support of the Center for Western Civilization (CWC), the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Departments of History and English.  Learn more about us at

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Call for Papers – Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy

Call for Papers
Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy

Original papers are sought to the volume Solomon Ibn Gabirol: Sources, Doctrines, and Influence on Medieval Philosophy to be published by the end of 2017. Papers must be approximately between 5,000 and 30,000 words in length. This volume aims at understanding Solomon Ibn Gabirol’s philosophical thought from a comprehensive perspective, dealing with the sources used by the author, his original reflection, and the impact his philosophy had on the history of medieval philosophy.

The volume will be articulated into three thematic sections:

  1. Ibn Gabirol’s Sources and «Meta-sources», including the overall philosophical framework of the authors and works used by Ibn Gabirol.
  2. Ibn Gabirol’s Philosophical Reflection. Although this volume focuses on Ibn Gabirol as a philosopher, studies about his poetry are also welcome. Moreover, historical studies about his context, if clearly linked to the author, will be welcomed too.
  3. History of the Effects of Gabirolian Philosophy, regarding its influences in both Jewish and Christian philosophical debates.

Please, submit to the editors by 30 June 2016:

  • an abstract (100-300 words) of your paper;
  • a short CV with your current institutional affiliation.

The language of the volume is English, although it is possible to include fragments in Hebrew, Arabic, Latin, Greek and/or Persian. When submitting the abstract, please specify the section you are willing to contribute with your paper. Contributors will be informed of the editors’ decision by September 2016. Final papers will be due on January 2017. In late Winter, the volume’s manuscript will be submitted to Brepols Publisher and will undergo a blind peer-review process.

For any further information, please contact to the editors of the volume: Nicola Polloni, University of Pavia/University of Durham (; Marienza Benedetto, University of Bari (; Lucas Oro, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina ( Only email submissions are accepted.

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Call for Papers – Midwest Medieval History Conference

Midwest Medieval History Conference
Call for Papers
October 21 and 22
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Keynote speaker: Thomas Burman, PhD.

The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages, particularly papers on this year’s topic, the Medieval Mediterranean. Graduate student papers are welcome for the Friday afternoon sessions, which are dedicated to graduate student research. We also invite papers on the scholarship of learning and on practical approaches to teaching.

Submission deadline: June 15.

Submit abstracts for paper proposals to Paula Rieder at

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Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organization of its first Summer School on Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy from July 4 to July 9, 2016 with the kind collaboration of the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian in Patmos.

The one-week intensive Summer School is an introductory course to Greek Palaeography and Byzantine Epigraphy aiming to provide students with basic skills that will enable them to approach manuscripts and written inscriptions. A unique feature of this Summer School is that students will be given the opportunity to learn and practice in the Monastery of Saint John, which is now home to more than 1200 manuscripts and a large number of icons and monumental paintings with inscriptions dating from the 12th to the 16th century.

The school is open to PhD candidates, postgraduate students and students in their final year of Classics, Philology, History, Theology and Byzantine & Medieval Studies.

Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website

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MAA Graduate Student Committee Mentoring Program

The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the Kalamazoo ICMS or Leeds IMC to participate in the Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Mentorship Program.

The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended. To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee (graduate students) please submit this online form.
At this year’s Kalamazoo ICMS, an Undergraduate Mentorship Program is also being piloted.  This program will connect graduate students with undergraduates considering further study.  To sign up for this pilot program as a mentor (graduate students) or as a mentee (undergraduate students), please submit this online form.

For the 2016 Kalamazoo ICMS, the deadline to sign up is Friday, April 29.
Please contact the Mentorship Program co-ordinators, Justin Barker and Timothy Nelson, for additional information.

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Call for Papers – Lives and Afterlives in the Middle Ages

The organizers of the annual New England Medieval Conference, to be hosted by Dart­ mouth College on November  19, 2016, invite papers that address the 2016 theme “Lives and Afterlives in the Middle Ages.” Whether one studies historical figures, relics, art, litera­ ture, theology, music or myriad other topics, the notion of “life and afterlife” serves as an almost universal conceit through which to interpret the Middle Ages. Some of the ques­ tions that might be addressed by speakers at the conference include: how did the aware­ ness of mortality condition medieval beings? How did time change the appearance, recep­ tion and meaning of events or artifacts?   Why and how did medieval works endure and remain relevant in cultural contexts far removed from that in which they first existed? The advantages to framing the Middle Ages in this fashion include the ability to ponder biogra­ phy and hagiography; the value of life and the matter of death; the promise of paradise

and the specter of damnation. Likewise, from the perspective of a cultural historian, this year’s theme encourages synchronic and diachronic approaches that might address the making and reception of cultural artifacts or other key moments in an artifact’s life-history.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Freedman, the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University.

Paper proposals of circa 400 words should be sent by June 15th to the attention of Morgan Swan and Nicola Camerlenghi at the following address: For more about the New En­ gland Medieval Conference, visit

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Call for Papers – LUCAS Graduate Conference ‘Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations’

On 26 and 27 January 2017, the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society will be hosting an international graduate conference entitled ‘Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations’. A selection of researchers and artists will be invited to participate in panels, in which their 20-minute papers and creative work will be discussed. Participants should currently be undertaking a PhD. When submitting a proposal for a paper presentation or a work of art, please make sure to include a short biography.

Participants are invited to critically explore and reflect on cultural artefacts and practices that project, trace, or confront these processes through the concept, genre, or medium of landscape. By seeking to gather an interdisciplinary and intercultural selection of academic papers and works of art, we aim to encourage an open dialogue among a unique mix of artists and researchers. Please find attached a more detailed conference description, or consult the website:

Two internationally renowned scholars, Professor W.J.T. Mitchell and Professor D.E. Nye will give keynote lectures during the conference.

Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) outlining a 20-minute paper along with a brief bio (max. 150 words) before 1 October, 2016 to will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 November, 2016. Should you have any question regarding the conference and/or the proposal, please do not hesitate to contact the organising committee at the same email address.

The LUCAS Graduate Conference welcomes papers from all disciplines within the humanities. A selection of papers will be published as conference proceedings in the Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference: For those who attend the conference, there will be a registration fee of €50 to cover the costs of lunches, coffee breaks, excursions and other conference materials. Unfortunately, we cannot offer financial support for travel or accommodation expenses.

The organising committee:

Praveen Sewgobind,  Lieke Smits, Tecia Vailati and Anna Volkmar

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