Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel at Leeds 2020

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 27th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 6–9, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2029 IMC is “Borders.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 3, 2019. Proposals should include:
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European 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.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Call for Papers – 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 7-10, 2020

Sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies at Yale University

Session 1: Violating Sacred Space

Sacred space is, in part, defined by its possible violation, examples of which abound in the Middle Ages. The martyrdom of Saint Nicaise, killed in his church by Vandals, is preserved in narrative and art. In Bokenham’s “Life of Saint Margaret,” the saint complains that her relics have been abandoned in churches destroyed by conflict and neglect. Legal sources also betray anxiety about the instability of sacred space: several sources note that damaging church property was an excommunicable sin, while Gratian’s decretals dictate the reconsecration of churches desecrated by bodily fluids.

In this paper panel, we invite papers that explore violations of sacred space from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Potential topics include the defacement of sacred art, the destruction and rebuilding of churches, literary narratives of violation, archaeological evidence thereof, secular and ecclesiastical legal records, and theoretical explorations of the nature of space and ritual.

Session 2: Medieval Representations of Scholarly Labor

From the Codex Amiatinus’s depiction of Ezra writing in a book to that of Hildegard of Bingen receiving and dictating her supernatural visions in the frontispiece to the Scivias, interest in representing the labors of scholars spanned the length of the Middle Ages. Not only do depictions of scholarly labor such as these, whether visual or textual, shed light onto the material culture and historical practices of medieval scholarship, but they also reveal the ways in which medieval artists and writers sought to convey ideas about the work that they themselves performed and the functions they served in society.

We encourage papers from all relevant disciplines that focus on visual, literary or historiographical portrayals of scholars laboring at their craft. Suggested topics might include depictions of divine interventions in acts of scholarly labor, postures of scholars or displays of the intensity of effort, the relationship of scholars to their work (whether positive or negative) and the milieu of their labor, or representations of scholars sharing their work, such as in public readings, to list but a few possibilities.

Session 3: Migration, Exile, and Displacement: A Roundtable

Medieval refugees’ stories can be difficult to access, but our own encounters with contemporary refugee crises may hint at the disruption that accompanied mass displacement in the Middle Ages. As millions across the globe continue to be uprooted, what can we learn about the experience of displacement in the medieval world? Persecution, war, plague, poverty, and other factors all contributed to forced migration and exile, as seen in the expulsions of Jews from England and France; the expulsion of Andalusi Muslims during Spain’s Reconquista; displacements caused by the Mongol invasions; and in the migration of peoples escaping the Black Death. Some medieval sources, like those that reimagine the Flight from Egypt, portray exile as an injustice, while others, like Bede, understand it as divine punishment. On the other hand, authorities who created such crises are often silent about their motives.

In this roundtable, we invite papers that explore experiences of forced migration or displacement from multiple perspectives and disciplines. Potential topics include literary narratives and visual representations of exile and migration; native responses to large-scale migration; criminal, political and legendary exiles; legal practices of sanctuary and exile; theological and typological explanations of migration; modern reclamations and appropriations of medieval narratives; and theoretical explorations of the effect of displacement upon identity formation.

For any of the three sessions, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and the participant information form to by September 10th. Thank you!

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Call for Papers – “Faith/Fashion/Forward: `Dress’ and the Sacred”

Call for Papers

“Faith/Fashion/Forward: `Dress’ and the Sacred”

A Special Issue of Religion and the Arts

Guest Editor: Frederick S. Roden

Religion and the Arts solicits essays for a special issue on the intersectionality of fashion and holiness.  In the wake of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2018 exhibition concerning couture and Catholicism, we aim to query how material objects and decorative arts of the body do more than reveal and conceal unseen meaning.  Fashion defines collective and individual corporeality in shaping the spiritual and embodied self.  Resisting a “sacred versus profane” dichotomy, we plan to foster discussion on multivalent categories of identity a wearer/bearer may inhabit, residing with or displaced from religion and objectification.

We seek articles and reviews comparative and particular; on western and nonwestern topics; and engaging various subjects such as gender, sexuality, cosmopolitanism/provincialism, traditionalism/innovation, ritual, and embodiment.  We welcome studies grounded in specific moments as well as the transhistorical.  “Fashion” should be broadly conceived to include items used for religious practice or life-cycle events; decorative objects definitive of creed or belonging (including jewelry); and materials worn in public, ceremonial performances of liturgy/worship as well as private, vernacular markers of devotion.

Essays should be 5000-10,000 words in length and must be submitted by February 1, 2020 for consideration.  Please direct queries to  Religion and the Artsfollows MLA style.   Authors should send any image files in color or black/white as 300 dpi for photography/600 for linework at the size the images are to be reproduced.  Authors must arrange for world rights and are responsible for the costs (the print run is 250).  For further information on Religion and the Arts, edited by James Najarian, consult

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Call for Papers -Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15-17, 2020
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 15-17, 2020) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium, participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2019. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

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Call for Papers – Othello’s Island 2020

The 8th Annual Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies

6 to 9 April 2020 – Centre for Visual Arts and Research, Nicosia, Cyprus

In association with the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus

Held annually since 2012, Othello’s Island is a multi-disciplinary conference that looks at Medieval, Renaissance and early modern history, literature, art and other culture. It brings together a wide range of academics and research students from all over the world, to discuss their work in a multi-disciplinary event.

The event is organised by academics from City and Guilds of London Art School, CVAR, Imperial College London, Sheffield Hallam University, USC Dornsife, the University of Bristol, the University of Cyprus and the University of Sheffield.

We are a multi-disciplinary conference and so all aspects of the medieval (c. AD 500 to c. 1500) and early modern (c.1400 to c.1700) worlds are of interest to us, including non-Western subjects. However, for 2020 we are particularly keen on papers relating to:

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and the Mediterranean

• Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Material History

• The Joy of Text? Teaching Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama Today

• All aspects of Early Modern Women Writers (c.1400 to c.1700)

• Medieval Travel and Tales of Travel

• The Byzantine Image in the West.

The confirmed keynote/plenary speakers for 2020 are Professor Sarah Ross (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) who will be speaking on “The Renaissance Complaint in Literature” and Professor John Watkins (University of Minnesota, USA) speaking on “Dynastic Marriages in the Mediterranean during the mediaeval and early modern periods”.

The conference will also include a site visit to the medieval city of Famagusta with its French Gothic cathedral and other sites.

Papers will be a maximum of 20 minutes and must be presented in person and in English. The deadline for proposed papers is 31 December 2019.

For full details visit

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Call for Papers – When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on Paratextuality of Medieval Literature

Organizers: Friederike Richter (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/University of Zurich) and Lukas Rösli (University of Zurich)

Sponsor: SNSF Ambizione project “Gedächtniskultur im Paratext – Textränder altnordischer Prosahandschriften”, University of Zurich

The aim is to focus attention on features of medieval literature that are often understood not as part of the text but beyond the borders of the concept of text. According to Gérard Genette,In accordance with the specific theme of the International Medieval Congress (IMC) 2020, Borders, and within the proposed sub-section Paratexts and Borders, we are seeking papers for a series of sessions on “When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on Paratextuality of Medieval Literature”.

“[…] the paratext is what enables a text to become a book and to be offered as such to its readers and, more generally, to the public. More than a boundary or a sealed border, the paratext is, rather, a threshold, […] a ‘vestibule’ that offers the world at large the possibility of either stepping inside or turning back.” (Genette. 1997. Paratexts, p. 1-2)

Genette’s theoretical reflections on paratext are mainly based on analyses of literary texts published in serial form after the invention of printing. We would like to use the sessions proposed here to apply the concept of paratexts to pre-modern, medieval text production and its different and diverse understanding of literature. Some of these paratextual features – such as colophons or titles – have been included in studies, but have not necessarily received theoretical reflection on how these features interact with or alter our perception of the text. Many of these features have often been either modified, eliminated or added later to the form in which the texts are studied, i.e. the form of editions. These characteristics have strongly influenced our perception of medieval literature, although in the form studied they are often based on modern text production. The inclusion of paratextual characteristics of medieval and pre-modern text carriers into studies and the reflection of their mouvance as well as their change can stimulate highly productive reflections on the definition of medieval text concepts and their limits. The aim of these sessions is to challenge Genette’s paratext theory through medieval books and, if necessary, to adapt it to the concepts of pre-modern text cultures and their specific methodological requirements.

In this context, we invite proposals with a decided theoretical and methodological focus on Paratextuality of Medieval Literature for a series of sessions of 20-minute papers to be held at the International Medieval Congress, 6-9 July 2020, at the University of Leeds. We encourage theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches and invite papers exploring but not limited to the following topics:

  • Paratexts as thresholds or borders in medieval books
  • The relation between a text and its paratexts
  • The specifics of medieval paratextuality
  • Paratexts and textual memory in medieval literature
  • Multimedia paratexts in medieval literature (such as: image/text-relations, miniatures/illuminations and script, text and diagrams, text and musical notation, etc.)
  • Medieval paratexts and their afterlife in post-medieval literature

We invite abstracts of 300 words to be sent to and by August 31, 2019, with a view to confirming participants in the sessions by mid-September. Please direct any questions regarding this call for papers to one of the email addresses mentioned above.

To learn more about the SNSF Ambizione project “Gedächtniskultur im Paratext – Textränder altnordischer Prosahandschriften”, please visit the homepage:

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Call for Papers – Romance and the Animal Turn at ICMS 2020

The animal turn has become hugely influential in medieval scholarship over the last decade. However, the contributions of ecofeminism and queer ecology have often been side-lined. Nevertheless, scholars are increasingly finding these modes of analysis to offer useful ways of exploring the role of the animal in medieval romance texts.

The Medieval Romance Society is hosting three sessions on romance and the animal turn at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2020, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. All papers must be presented in English; however, we welcome submissions on romances from any region in the Middle Ages. We invite papers that respond to ecofeminist and queer ecological literary criticism; papers that respond to posthumanist and related philosophical theories; and papers which do not take a theoretical approach.

Session I: Romance and the Animal Turn I: Romance and Ecofeminism

This session welcomes papers looking at representations of gender, masculinity and/or femininity in relation to animals and nature in romance texts. Example topics could include: the role of the horse in chivalric masculinity, animal foster-mothers for human children, or gendered discourses of meat-eating. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary ecofeminist theory, although this is not required.

Session II: Romance and the Animal Turn II: Romance and Queer Ecology

This session invites papers looking at representations of sex and sexuality and/or queer identity in relation to discourses of animals and nature in romance texts. Papers might explore the role of animals in the construction of heteronormative ideologies, queer animals in romance narratives, and species panic. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary theories of queer ecology, although this is not required.

Session III: Romance and the Animal Turn III: Romance and Posthumanism

This session welcomes papers that explore discourses of human and animal identity in romance texts. Example topics could include: the role of the animal in ideologies of race, interspecies hybridity, and animal subjectivity in romance. We particularly encourage papers that respond to contemporary posthumanist theory, although this is not required.

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Tim Wingard ( by 1st September 2019. For more info, visit:

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Call for Papers – New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The twenty-second biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 12–14 March 2020 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2019; please see the submission guidelines on the conference website.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Please see the “Snyder Prize” section of the conference website for further information.

More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including information about plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to

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Call for Papers for Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable)

Call for Papers for Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable)

51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 5-8 March 2020

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2019

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

The Arthurian legend is now over a millennium and a half old and continues to inspire new creative works each year. However, texts with widespread distribution and/or lasting impact are rare. Consequently, the Matter of Britain now often seems very distant from our daily lives. The purpose of this session is to explore the reasons for this separation of the stories of Arthur from the popular consciousness.

In conceiving this session, we are interested in exploring the answers to several questions. First, why has the Matter of Britain—once an important part of what J. R. R. Tolkien has termed “the cauldron of story”—now become something that is sampled by few artists with the means to promote their work to the larger segment of the global population that once devoured such stories with enthusiasm? Continuing with this idea, do these works, when noticed, not receive acclaim simply because of their creators’ failure to overcome what Norris J. Lacy has termed the “tyranny of tradition” and produce something that is both recognizable and innovative, or has the legend truly become a niche brand, a fascination to a few cognoscenti but something totally off the radar of most individuals? Similarly, when versions of the legend are produced by individuals with the means to create something that transcends the financial and distributive restrictions that hold back other works (and that might thus have the potential to shape how the current generation perceives the Arthurian story), why do they so often not succeed? Have these creators also simply failed to negotiate the tyranny of tradition, or are audiences at large just not interested in Arthur and all that he represents anymore? Lastly, if the legend no longer appeals, what is the future of Arthurian Studies (and Arthurian scholars) in the remainder of the twenty-first century? Should we entrench ourselves and hope for the best, or can we fight for our field and the glory that was Camelot?

This session is a roundtable, in which 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.

The direct link for this session is Please contact the organizers at with any questions or concerns.


Abstract submissions must be made through NeMLA’s official site. Applicants will need to login or create an account at Submissions must begin with a paper title of not more than 100 characters (including spaces) and adhering to the following: capitalize titles by MLA formatting rules unless the title is in a language other than English; do not use quotation marks in the session title or abstract title itself but please use only single quotation marks around titles of short stories, poems, and similar short works; italicize the titles of long works mentioned in the paper title; and do not place a period at the end of the title. Submissions should also include an academic biography (usually transferred from your NeMLA profile) and a paper abstract of not more than 300 words; be sure to italicize or use quotation marks around titles according to MLA guidelines.

Please be aware that NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but it is required to present at the convention. In addition, note that it is permissible to present on (1) a panel (or seminar) and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels or two roundtables (because both would be the same type). Further information on these and other policies can be accessed at

Chairs will confirm the acceptance of abstracts before 15 October 2019. At that time, applicants must confirm the panel on which they wish to participate. Convention registration/membership for 2019-2020 must be paid by 1 December 2019.

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Warburg Library Travel Grants 2019-2020

The Warburg Library is a research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community. Short-Term Library Fellowships are available to scholars at all levels and all nationalities, including PhD candidates. The stipend will be a fixed sum of £1,000.

About the Library

A research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community, the Library is open-access and consists of around 370,000 volumes. The collection, arranged thematically in a unique subject-order designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research, makes it an essential resource for Renaissance studies and the history of the classical tradition, particularly in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern periods.

There are four main divisions:

Action: social and political history
Orientation: religion, history of science and philosophy
Word: literature, books, libraries and education
Image: history of art including classical art and archaeology

Sub-divisions include for example the history of festivals and pageantry, the idea of Empire, historiography; the history of cosmology and astrology and their pictorial expression; ritual and myth, papacy, liturgy and religious orders; Platonic and Aristotelian traditions and Islamic and Judaic philosophy; theory of language and literature, emblematics, medieval Greek and Latin and neo-Latin literature, the reception of classical literature, classical and medieval themes in literature; Greek and Roman art and post-classical art to c. 1800, with special emphasis on iconography and the survival of ancient art; early Christian and Byzantine art. There are c. 2,500 runs of periodicals, about half of them current. The electronic resources are currently expanding.

Warburg Library Travel Grants 

Short-Term Library Fellowships are available to scholars at all levels and all nationalities, including PhD candidates. The stipend will be a fixed sum of £1,000. 

Recipients will be required to attend the Library daily (Monday to Friday) for the duration of their award; to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay; and to focus their research on the Library’s collections. Fellows will also have access to resources available in the University of London, including the Senate House Library, the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Classical Studies libraries.

Please note Persons living in London or nearby (less than 70 miles) will not be considered for the award of a Fellowship. 

Method of application

Applications will be reviewed by the Warburg Librarian, members of the Warburg Library staff and the Warburg Institute Deputy Director. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 30 August and will have up to one year to use their award, between 1 September 2019 and 1 September 2020. They must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following in one document:

·         A personal statement describing how the Library’s collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)

·         Current curriculum vitae

·         If you are a student, please also submit a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor (should you wish for this to be confidential, please ask your referee to send to with subject ‘Reference for CANDIDATE NAME 001438 (Warburg Library Travel Grant)’. 

·         Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

The closing date for this role is midnight on Monday, 5 August 2019.  If you have any queries, please contact the Recruitment team on

Note: Successful candidates will not be employees of the University of London but will receive the stipend of £1000 to cover travel and expenses. 

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