Call for Papers – TEMA 2019


Texas State University is pleased to invite papers and sessions on all topics in medieval studies for TEMA 2019.  Both abstracts for individual papers and sets of abstracts for full panels are welcome. We especially invite papers and sessions contributing to the 2019 conference theme: –tongues – and all related words that serve as a conduit for the transmission of knowledge, culture, and art in verbal, written, oral, and visual forms.  Those who wish to connect to the conference theme may seek terms of their area of interest with topics of language, communication, dialogue, expression, terminology, thought:

Papers may be submitted in either English or Spanish. For presentations in French or Spanish, please specify this. Send title and abstract (in English) of approximately 200 words to Yasmine Beale-Rivaya ( or David Navarro ( no later than September 1, 2019. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on June 1, 2019, and space may become limited after this date. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student. For more information, visit

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Call for Papers -The Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature

The Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature, and the local Organising Committee, cordially invite members of the Society and all scholars interested in the field to send their contributions for its 31st International Conference, which will be held at the University of Valladolid, Spain, on 19-21 September 2019.

The organisers welcome individual paper proposals dealing with any aspect of

+ Old and Middle English language and literature,
+ the medieval history the British Isles,
+ the transmission of their cultural legacy, and
+ the theories and methods to address them.

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation in the conference:

+ Prof Susan Irvine (University College London)
+ Prof Richard Sharpe (University of Oxford)
+ Prof María José López-Couso (U of Santiago de Compostela)
+ Prof Eva von Contzen (University of Freiburg)

Send your proposals via e-mail to, following the
submisison guidelines at the conference website
( The final deadline is Tuesday 30 April 2019.

For further information and updates, please visit our website or keep in touch through @SELIMconf2019.

Address your enquiries to the Conference Organising Committee at

We truly look forward to welcoming you to Valladolid.
The Organising Committee of SELIM 31

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Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 45th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Madison, Wisconsin, October 17–20, 2019. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is February 10, 2019. Proposals should include:
—Proposed session title
—CV of session organizer
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by February 15, 2019. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 25, 2019. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); 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 – Premodern Food Cultures Conference

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities,

October 17-19, 2019

We welcome proposals for panels or papers related to premodern food studies for the Premodern Food Cultures Conference at the University of Minnesota, October 17-19, 2019, organized by the Center for Medieval Studies, the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine and the James Ford Bell Library and co-sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America.

Plenary speakers include:

  • Paul Freedman
    (professor of History, Yale University) author of Food, The History of Taste, Ten Restaurants that Changed America, Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination and
  • Theresa McCulla, brewing historian at the National Museum of American History, and author of Consumable City: Food and Race in New Orleans.

In addition to traditional panels, in which experts present 15-20 minute papers on their research, we welcome proposals (at for other forms of scholarly engagement and presentation, including workshops on teaching and outreach on food history, converting historical recipes, and other innovative formats (as taken from the MLA):

  • Creative Conversations: These sessions may be roundtables or special sessions that feature free-form dialogues or forums between published authors or other artists and an interviewer. This might include sessions that consider single works, classics, emerging formats, films, plays, artwork, and such.
  • Electronic Roundtables: These digital-demonstration sessions reconfigure the familiar poster session, allowing participants to identify and exchange findings on topics such as incorporating digital media technologies into teaching, scholarship, and administration; to use digital media to explore a particular issue such as community engagement, student research, or textual editing.
  • Ignite Talks: This session format includes brief, timed presentations, such as those in the PechaKucha style. In that format, twenty images are shown for twenty seconds each, and panelists talk along with their images.
  • Case-Study-Themed Sessions: These sessions can be organized around any single topic ranging from workshops on members’ syllabi to conversations on new approaches to organized learning.
  • Master Classes: Such sessions center on widely held member interests and might feature accomplished scholars or teachers leading how-to sessions in different presentational styles or structures (workshops, roundtables, panels).

If you are interested in anything other than presenting a traditional paper, the complete session with all members must be included in your submission. You also may put together a complete panel for traditional papers, but we welcome traditional paper proposals from individuals. Please submit proposals via our online Google form:

  • If you are proposing a panel or roundtable, please provide an abstract of the proposed panel, session or roundtable. Include the format, names, institutional affiliation and contact information for all participants. 500 word maximum.
  • If you are submitting a proposal for a standard conference paper, submit title, abstract (300 word max) as well as c.v. by Febuary 15, 2019.

Questions should be directed to Michelle M. Hamilton, Director of the Center for Medieval Studies ( or Marguerite Ragnow, Curator of the James Ford Bell Library (

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2019 MAA Publication Prizes Winners

The Medieval Academy of America congratulates the winners of the 2019 MAA Publication Prizes:

Haskins Medal: Philip L. Reynolds, How Marriage Became One of the Sacraments. The Sacramental Theology of Marriage from Its Medieval Origins to the Council of Trent (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Karen Gould Prize in Art History: Ivan Drpić, Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize: John Wyatt Greenlee, The Mapping Mandeville Project (

John Nicholas Brown Prize: Anna Zayaruznaya, The Monstrous New Art: Divided Forms in the Late Medieval Motet (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize: Alice Isabella Sullivan, “Visions of Byzantium: The Siege of Constantinople in Sixteenth-Century Moldavia,” The Art Bulletin 99 (2017), 31-68; and Adam Woodhouse, “‘Who Owns the Money?’ Currency, Property, and Popular Sovereignty in Nicole Oresme’s De moneta,” Speculum 92:1 (2017), 85-116.

Please join us for the publication prize ceremony on Saturday, 9 March, at 10:45 AM in Meyerson Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting.

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Call for Papers – Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages

13-14 September 2019 at the University of St Andrews

The School of Art History, SAIMS and Special Collections Division at the University of St Andrews are pleased to announce an upcoming two-day conference on the archive in medieval art and thought.

The word archive suggests the acts of taxonomy and conservation, but also interpretation and regulation. Its etymology traces back to the Greek arkheion, thus highlighting the political nature of the physical archive and the act of archiving itself. The medieval world maintained this sense of privileged access. Isidore of Seville connected the Latin word archivium with arca, strongbox, and arcanum, mystery. But the term was malleable, referring to collections of various goods and treasures, not just of parchment records and registers. And yet, Michael Clanchy has argued that the medieval mind did not always distinguish between the library and the archive, as we do today.

The organisers therefore invite proposals on the theme of the expanded medieval archive, as it relates to art and material culture. What can medieval collections, compilations, and assemblages of material things tell us about the accumulation of knowledge and the preservation of memory? How is the archive manipulated to fit political or social agendas, and by whom? What are the limits of the medieval archive? Paper topics and themes may include, though are not limited to:

  • Records or inventories of collections, secular, civic, and ecclesiastical;
  • The archive as a physical object or visual record, including books and manuscripts, buildings, reliquaries, etc.;
  • The accretive nature of written testimony in the form of: chronicles, herbals, visitations, necrologies, inscriptions and tituli;
  • Time, writing history through the material, and collapsing temporalities;
  • The creation and perpetuation of memory, identity, and authority;
  • The accumulation and transmission of cultural or familial knowledge via material culture;
  • The politics of preservation, documentation, and display in the medieval world, and of the medieval in the modern world.

Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages will take place 13–14 September 2019 in St Andrews, Scotland. Professor Erik Inglis (Oberlin College) will deliver the keynote. The organisers intend to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume.

All papers must be no more than 30 minutes maxmimum. Please submit a 250 word abstract and title by 15 February 2019. Prof Julian Luxford, Prof Kathryn Rudy, and Dr Emily Savage, along with Senior Archivist Rachel Hart, warmly welcome all submissions and queries at

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Call for Papers – Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.

The submission deadline for Volume 50 (2019) is February 1, 2019. The editorial board will make its final selections by May 2019.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments to

Dr. Heather Sottong, Publications Manager
UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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Medieval Academy of America Fellows Class of 2019

I am very pleased to introduce the Medieval Academy of America Fellows Class of 2019:


Celia Martin Chazelle (The College of New Jersey)
Sara Lipton (State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook)
Susan Mosher Stuard (Haverford College, Emerita)

Corresponding Fellows:

Vera von Falkenhausen (Univ. of Rome, Emerita)
Linne Mooney (Univ. of York, Emerita)
Jacques Verger (Univ. of Paris, Emeritus)
Chris Wickham (Univ. of Oxford, Emeritus)

Our congratulations to these scholars, all of whom have made notable lifelong contributions to the field through their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and service. For more information about the Fellows and the Fellows election, please see the Fellows section of the Medieval Academy website:

The induction of new Fellows will take place during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy in Philadelphia, during the Fellows Session on Saturday, 9 March, at 3:45 PM in Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania. The ceremony will be immediately followed by the Fellows plenary lecture, to be delivered by Father Columba Stewart, OSB. More information about the 2019 Annual Meeting is available here:

I hope to see you in Philadelphia.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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2019 Annual Meeting: GSC Mentoring Program

The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the 2019 Annual Meeting (Philadelphia, 7-9 March 2019) to participate in the GSC Mentoring Program.

The GSC Mentoring Program facilitates networking between graduate students or early career scholars and established scholars by pairing student and scholar according to discipline.

Mentorship exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this 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, librarians, curators, independent scholars) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked here, by 15 February 2019.

More information about the mentoring program is available here.

On behalf of the committee, thank you and our best,

Theodore Chelis & Austin Powell
2019 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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2019 CARA Meeting

Please join us on Sunday morning 10 March for the annual CARA Meeting, after the conclusion of the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

CARA (the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) is the Medieval Academy’s forum for those who are concerned with the administration of institutes, graduate centers, undergraduate programs and committees, and research libraries; with the organization of regional and local groups of medievalists; and with teaching. CARA assists institutions and individual medievalists in meeting the challenges that face medieval studies in the classroom, the library, and other institutional settings locally and nationally. It supports those who work to develop special projects and programs of instruction, local and regional networks of medievalists, and centers of research and institutions in medieval studies. It is concerned with pedagogy at all levels. Institutions and individuals who wish to support and enhance medieval studies are invited to join CARA and participate in its meetings and programs.

You may register for the CARA Meeting when you register online for the MAA Annual Meeting. Please note that pre-registration is required. The $50 registration fee covers the cost of breakfast and lunch. If you have already registered for the MAA Annual Meeting, please contact Lisa Fagin Davis to add the CARA Meeting to your registration.

Chair, Anne E. Lester (Johns Hopkins University)

Kislak Center
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
University of Pennsylvania
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Taking Up the Global Challenge: Expanding the Purview of Medieval Studies — Questions, Solutions, Innovations

In recent years medieval scholarship and programming has become increasingly global in its orientation. Courses and books on the Silk Road, the Indian Ocean, the Medieval Atlantic, Viking Exploration, and Medieval Africa, for example, have made it abundantly clear that the medieval world was a complex and connected place. The revisioning of ‘medieval’ to extend far beyond the traditional bounds of Europe has offered exciting and expansive, and vitally urgent, calls to likewise expand and revision Medieval Studies Programs and Programming coordinated by Medieval Studies Centers and Regional Associations. This year’s CARA meeting convenes to discuss taking up the global challenge. We have asked this year’s speakers to address how they have implemented changes in programming, in structuring their centers and curricula, for example to become more global in vision and scope. Conceiving of the Middle Ages in a global context also has vital public outreach potential especially when it draws on the resources and missions of Museum collections to do so. Speakers will discuss their own institutional and research experiences, frames for outreach, intellectual goals and implications, and the potentials for the future in taking up the medieval global challenge.

8:30-9:00 AM: Light breakfast & Registration

9:00-9:15 AM: Welcome and Introductions

9:15-11:15 AM: CARA Session: Taking Up the Global Challenge: Expanding the Purview of Medieval Studies — Questions, Solutions, Innovations

Sarah McNamer (English, Georgetown University)
Afrodesia McCannon (English, NYU)
Bryan Keene (Getty Museum)
Elina Gertsman (Art History, Case Western Reserve) and Sonya Mace (The Cleveland Museum of Art)

Questions and Discussion

11:15-11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM-12:15 PM: Business Meeting
Reports from CARA Affiliates and Members

12:15-1:00 PM: Lunch and Continued Discussion

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