Call for Papers – Brut Narratives, Lawman’s Brut, and the Conception of Britain

The International Lawman’s Brut Society and Brigham Young University invites scholars of all ranks who specialize or have interest in Lawman, Brut narratives, and Britain’s legendary history, to come together for a conference in the mountains of the American West. Presentations of scholarly work on any aspect of Lawman’s vibrant and compelling early Middle English verse chronicle are welcome. But especially encouraged are paper proposals that address comparatively the way that Lawman, Wace, Geoffrey of Monmouth, and/or any other relevant or illuminating Brut narrative, imagine the conception of Britain. For our purposes in this conference “conception” can mean origins, beginnings, and genealogies; the concepts and conceits Lawman and other writers turn to in order to constitute Britain as a distinct political, ethnic, and cultural entity; and finally how Lawman and other writers conceptualize Britain as meaningful and significant—indeed, as an historical and literary place of special meaning and significance in the world.

Proposals of 300 words or less should be submitted by Oct. 15, 2016 to:

Joseph Parry
Undergraduate Education
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

We ask that conference presentations not exceed 20 minutes (10–11 double-spaced pages read at a comfortable pace). For further information or specific inquiries please feel free to contact Professor Parry (Joe) directly at We look forward to being with you where the conversation and the place itself will be highly elevated (6570 feet/2002 meters above sea level).

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Internship in Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts

Thanks to external funding, the British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a post-graduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or other relevant subject:

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Call for Papers – 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. 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.

The title of the conference, “Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations,” has been chosen in order to explore landscape in the broadest sense. When analysed as a theoretical concept, landscape evokes strong spatial connotations and vivid imagery by means of our perceptions of the world. However, as the world undergoes impactful developments – often discussed with buzzwords such as industrialisation, globalisation and digitisation – the very notion of what is, arranges, informs, and changes a landscape has altered in accordance with these dynamic processes. Our conference will interrogate ways in which to analyse shifts in conception and approach throughout history. 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.

Presentations should reflect one, or more, of the following themes:

1) Landscape aesthetics:

Throughout time, humans have laboriously and effectively incorporated, appropriated, and envisaged material and immaterial concepts of landscape in order to express aesthetic modes and practices. This includes, for example, the symbolic language of the European Middle Ages where landscape was an expression of divine order and human humility, and also the current debate on environmental pollution, which has arguably generated a whole new eco-aesthetics of landscape. This subtheme of the LUCAS Conference invites participants to explore the realm of aesthetics with regard to landscapes by posing two key questions: A) How have landscape representations figured in the arts as ways of knowing, engaging, communicating with, and finally, appropriating the world through perception? B) Which affective and performative processes and objects have been borne out of, and operate because of these figurations?

  • The onset, developments, and limitations of landscape as an aesthetic concept
  • The aesthetics of pollution
  • Land art and landscaping
  • Landscapes between reality and fiction
  • The affective registers of landscape
  • Landscape aesthetics in the Anthropocene
  • Corporeal engagements with landscape
  • Exchanges between the sciences, the arts, and landscape

2) Landscape and identities:

As an expression of the complicated entanglement between ourselves and our environments, landscapes inform and shape many perceptions and relations within the world. Over time, the way we have perceived our physical environment has undergone immense changes. The second subtheme, therefore, seeks to reflect on the idea of landscape as a projection screen for power and identity in different times and places. Papers and presentations should be centred around modes of transition, mediality, and experiencing of landscapes, and the ways they hamper, perpetuate, or stimulate human interaction within and with the environment.

  • Landscape and embodiment
  • Landscape and subjectivity
  • Landscape and knowledge
  • Landscape and power
  • Identities and territories (human and non-human)
  • Hybrid landscapes
  • Ekphrasis

3) Mnemonic and digital realms of landscape: 

The third subtheme of the LUCAS Conference aims to provide a platform for discussion of the wide spectrum of landscapes, from souvenirs to cyberspace. Cyberscapes and memoryscapes have an expanding influence on knowledge production, circulation, and consumption. For instance, over the last decade, video games have increasingly gained visibility as interactive spaces which stage and negotiate fantasy narratives through aesthetic registers of digital landscapes. Increasingly complex landscapes mapped with Web 2.0, for example, and advances in memory technologies introduce new conversations and new approaches towards the very concept of landscape.

  • Digital and virtual landscapes
  • Landscapes in games
  • Memoryscapes
  • Landscape objects: the mnemonic function of souvenirs/photographs, for example in the contexts of tourism or pilgrimage
  • Digital research tools for mapping spatial relations

Ultimately, the LUCAS Graduate Conference aims to reflect the institute’s interdisciplinary and international character. As such, the two-day conference will provide a platform for PhD students in the humanities, from Leiden as well as other universities in the Netherlands and abroad, to present and exchange their ideas.


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

Prof. W.J.T. Mitchell is Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago, where he also served as Chair of the English Department from 1988 to 1991. He has been the editor of Critical Inquiry since 1978 and contributes to the journal October. His books include the influential works Iconology (Chicago, 1986), Picture Theory (Chicago, 1994), Landscape and Power (Chicago, 1994) and What Do Pictures Want? (Chicago, 2005) for which he received the MLA’s 2006 James Russell Lowell Prize in Language and Literature. His latest book is Image Science: Iconology, Media Aesthetics, and Visual Culture (Chicago, 2015).

Prof. D.E. Nye is Professor of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. He is the only person who has won all three of the highest awards given by the Society for the History of Technology: The Dexter Book Prize (1993), The Sally Hacker Book Prize (2009), and the Leonard da Vinci Medal (2005). His works include American Technological Sublime (MIT Press, 1994), Narratives and Spaces (New York, 1997), Technologies of Landscape: Reaping to Recycling (Massachusetts, 2000) and The Anti-Landscape (Amsterdam, 2014). He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice.


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 conference website can be found here:

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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Call for Papers – Prints in Books: The Materiality, Art History and Collection of Illustrations

2017 Association of Art Historians annual conference
Loughborough University, 6-8 April 2017

Call for papers for all-day session

Prints in Books: The Materiality, Art History and Collection of Illustrations
Convenor: Elizabeth Savage, Cambridge University,

Deadline: 7 Nov 2016

Book illustrations, especially from the hand-press period (1450-1830), are an essential but traditionally overlooked source of art historical information. Although the hierarchies of fine art over popular art are dissolving and modern disciplinary distinctions between text and image (or art and book) are giving way to cross-disciplinary and holistic approaches to printed material, printed images that happen to be inside books often fall outside the remits of art historical, literary, bibliographical and material research.

One reason is that practical and academic barriers impede access to the art historical information that book illustrations can provide. Due to incompatible cataloguing standards adopted by libraries and art museums, researchers can struggle to identify book illustrations across collections. Cataloguing protocols may reduce hundreds of significant woodcuts in a book to the single word ‘illustrated’; some world-leading graphic art digitisation initiatives exclude book illustrations. As the global digitised corpus expands, will book illustrations be more represented in print scholarship or will they continue to fall into the gap between art and book? As material objects and visual resources, should they be considered bibliographical, art historical or iconographical material? And how do such classifications influence their interpretation?

This interdisciplinary, all-day session seeks to establish a platform for discussion about the position of printed book illustrations in graphic art scholarship. Theoretical and object-based papers related to any aspect of collecting, cataloguing and interpreting printed book illustrations, broadly defined, are welcome, as are papers that explore the materiality, iconography, historiography or art history of pictures printed inside books.

Please email 250-word paper proposals, including your name, affiliation and email, to the convenor by 7 Nov 2017. Full proposal guidelines at

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Call for Papers – Medieval Studies on Television Screens

Call for Papers
Medieval Studies on Television Screens
Proposals by 30 June 2016

Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

For the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 3-5 November 2016

Following the success of previous sessions at both the International Congress on Medieval Studies and meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for a sponsored session on the topic of Medieval Studies on Television Screens for inclusion under the Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Area at the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 3-5 November 2016.

The medieval is represented on television, as in other forms of medievalism, through four basic types of stories distinguished by their settings. Narratives might be set fully in medieval past, or the medieval may be reimagined in anachronistic settings, such as the pre-medieval past (a site of origins), post medieval eras (including science fictional futures) or secondary worlds.

In this session, we hope to continue the work begun in the recent studies like Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television (2013) by the late Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Legends on Film and Television (2000) by Bert Olton, Cinematic Re-Imaginings of Arthurian Literature (2015) edited by Tara Foster and Jon Sherman, Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (2015) edited by Jes Battis and Susan Johnston, The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays (2015) edited by Meriem Pagès and Karolyn Kinane, Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2016) by Carolyne Larrington, and Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance (2014) by Valerie Estelle Frankel and in the ongoing efforts of numerous bloggers, essayists, and thesis and dissertation writers working independent of dedicated publications on the medieval on screen.

Papers might address any of the following aspects of medievalism on television:

Animated or live-action series with medieval themes
Films made for television or television miniseries with medieval themes
Fantasy series or telefilms inspired by the medieval
Allusions to the medieval in otherwise non-medieval television productions
One-off episodes featuring appearances of the medieval
Commercials with medieval themes
Television documentaries and other educational television about the medieval past
Television adaptations into other media depicting the medieval

An ever-expanding list of potential works can be found at our website:

Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a brief biography to the organizer, Michael A. Torregrossa, at

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2017-2018 Residential Fellowships at the National Humanities Center

Residential Fellowships 2017-18

The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residencies. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career as well as senior scholars from all areas of the humanities are welcome; emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows have private studies; the library service delivers all research materials. Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; a stipend and travel expenses are provided. The deadline for applications is October 18, 2016.

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

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MAA News – MAA Centennial Committee

maa100Dear MAA Members:

At our February 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, the Council of the MAA, in anticipation of the upcoming centenary of the founding of the Academy in 1925, voted to constitute a long-range planning committee to review our role in medieval studies as we move forward into our second century. I was charged with the constitution of that committee. I write to inform you that this Centennial Planning Committee is now in place as follows:

Richard Unger (Univ. of British Columbia), Chair
Patrick Geary (Institute for Advanced Study)
Anne Lester, CARA Chair (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)
Eugene Lyman, MAA Treasurer
Elizabeth Morrison (The Getty Museum)
Kathryn Reyerson (Univ. of Minnesota)
Barbara Shailor (Yale Univ.)
Jerry Singerman (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
Nicholas Watson (Harvard Univ.)
Lisa Fagin Davis (Ex-officio, Medieval Academy of America)

I am most grateful to all the members of the Centennial Planning Committee for their willingness to serve for the three-year duration of the Committee, and especially to Richard Unger, a very active member and former President of the MAA, for taking on the additional burden of chairing it. Richard is already developing strategies to reach out to the entire MAA community as the committee works to discern its tasks; you will hear from him directly within the next few weeks.

With best wishes for a restful and productive summer,

Carmela Vircillo Franklin, President, Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Speculum Editorial Postdoc Appointed

SaraTorresSara V. Torres (2014 Ph.D. UCLA) has been awarded the 2016-17 editorial postdoctoral fellowship at Speculum. Sara was selected from a pool of more than forty applicants. She will join the Speculum team in July and work as a full-time editorial assistant for one year. During this time she will oversee the book review process and contribute to the editing and production of the entire journal.

Dr. Torres is currently a Lecturer in English at the University of California, Los Angeles, with interests in global and comparative medieval studies and history of the book. Her research focuses on the cultural exchange between England and Iberia during the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries and traces the movement of dynastic narratives over political borders.

Sara brings to the postdoctoral fellowship strong editorial experience, having served as assistant editor of the University of California Press quarterly Boom; freelance copyeditor; editorial research assistant for Prof. Barbara Fuchs; cataloguer of a collection of 17th- and 18th-century British religious pamphlets, including late medieval and colonial American legal documents; and member of the editorial board of Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

In addition to receiving a Medieval Academy Shallek Award in 2010, Sara has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including a travel grant from the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents and a scholarship from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

We are thrilled to welcome her to the staff and look forward to working with her.

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MAA News – Kalamazoo Report

kzooAs always, the Medieval Academy of America had a strong presence at Kalamazoo. The Medieval Academy plenary lecture delivered by Jane Chance (Rice Univ.) was well-attended and -received, generating much discussion and comment about Tolkien and his take on female characters in Anglo-Saxon literature. The two associated sessions on “How We Read” were very well-attended as well.

The two roundtables sponsored by CARA addressed important topics and sparked lively discussions: “Writing the Middle Ages for Multiple Audiences” and “Addressing Career Diversity for Medievalists.” The annual CARA Luncheon followed the same model as last year. Each of the more than forty attendees was assigned to a table at which facilitated discussions of various topics took place. Participants shared issues of concern and helped each other brainstorm solutions and strategies. Some discussions have continued by email as participants follow-up on ideas and suggestions. Finally, the Graduate Student Committee hosted its own roundtable, “The Modern Grail: Insider Tips from Search Committees to Land That Academic Job,” followed by a reception.

Even though the wine hours had been relocated from Valley III to Bernhard, our staffed table in the exhibit hall served as a lively homebase, with many Congress attendees stopping by to conduct business, ask questions, or just say hello. We want to send a warm welcome to the fifty new MAA members who received free one-year memberships. We look forward to working with you all in the coming year.

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MAA News – MAA@Leeds

If you’re going to be at Leeds this year, please join us Tuesday evening (5 July) at 7 PM for the MAA Annual Lecture, to be presented by Elaine Treharne (Stanford Univ.), “Manuscript Edges, Marginal Time: Why Medieval Matters.” Afterwards, join Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis and Speculum Editor Sarah Spence for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a roundtable on Monday (4 July) at 7 PM titled “More Famine than Feast?: Preparing for the Academic Job Search,” followed by a reception.

We hope to see you there!

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