Call for Papers – 2015 Medieval Academy Annual Meeting






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MARCH 12-14, 2015

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2013 or 2014; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Location: The Medieval Institute has one of the preeminent library collections for medieval studies in North America, and the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art will showcase an exhibit on the reconstruction of a 15th-century Breton Book of Hours by the Library’s Department of Special Collections. The campus Digital Visualization Theater will be used for a 360-degree visual and aural presentation on the cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen, while the University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, with five venues for film, theater, and music, will offer meeting attendees the chance to enjoy a variety of performing arts activities. Notre Dame is located about two hours’ drive from Chicago, with commuter train service available. Scholars may wish to extend their visit and take advantage of the opportunity for research or sightseeing.

Theme: “Medieval Studies across the Disciplines” will provide a conceptual focus for the meeting. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines and organizers is available here.

Please contact the Program Committee at with any questions.


1. Dante’s Intellectual Formation
2. Lateran IV
3. Magna Carta
4. The Battle of Agincourt
5. The Council of Constance and the Great Western Schism
6. Jan Hus and the Council of Constance

The Cosmos and the Globe
7. Hildegard of Bingen’s Cosmic Egg
8. Configuring the Cosmos, Diagramming the World
9. Eco-Criticism
10. Representing and Reacting to Landscapes
11. The Medieval Globe
12. Global Exchange in the Middle Ages
13. New Light on the Stars: Medieval Cosmology


14. Theology in the University: Illustrations from the 13th to 15th Centuries
15. Artes and Philosophy in the University:Illustrations from the 13th to 15th Centuries
16. Gender and the Medieval University
17. Medieval Biblical Exegesis
18. Mystical Theology 75 Years after Gilson

The North Sea
19. North Sea Currents: Latin and Vernacular
20. Reading the Icelandic Sagas Differently
21. Insular Monasticism
22. North Sea Currents: Travelers and Travelers’ Tales
23. Anglo-Saxon Ecologies
24. Danelaw Cultures
25. Archaeology
26. Architecture

Language and Regional Identity
27. Continuity of English in the Multilingual Middle Ages
28. Insularity and Language: Case Studies (e.g., Sicily, Bohemia, Iberia, Northern England)
29. Performance and Embodiment of Medieval German Literature

Medieval Latin Literature
30. Rhetoric in the Middle Ages
31. Dictionary of Latin from Regional English Sources
32. Songs with Latin Texts
33. Chronicles
34. Prose Genres

Manuscript Studies
35. English Manuscript Studies
36. Women in the Scriptorium
37. The New Philology at Twenty-Five
38. The Interdisciplinary Codex
39. Margins/Marginalia
40. The Future of the Critical Edition
41. The Middle Ages Meets Digital Humanities: Text Editing

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