The 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, which will take place at the University of Toronto from March 20th-23rd, 2019, is seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages.
Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies in Toronto will feature thirty graduate-student papers and two keynote speakers. On March 20th, we will also offer an intensive manuscript workshop that will use the collections of the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies Library and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. There will be a separate registration process for the workshop that will be circulated at a later time.
Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit an abstract of 300 words on any medieval topic. Please also include the paper title and a 1-2 page CV in your submission. Your abstract will be blind-reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of graduate students, and it should provide a clear summary of your proposed paper with language that is accessible to non-specialists. Since Vagantes is an interdisciplinary conference, your audience might not know the history of the Carolingian Empire, the corpus of Geoffrey Chaucer, or the theology of Peter Comestor. Please make your abstract concise and accessible. Both your abstract and CV should be submitted in a Word document to Lane Springer at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Out of consideration for graduate students’ budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 9th, 2018. Some travel bursaries will be available for presenters. In your submission, please indicate if you would be interested in applying for one.