Writing Britain: 500-1500
University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, 30 June - 2 July 2014
Under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts
Writing Britain is a biennial event which aims to draw on a range of approaches and perspectives to exchange ideas about manuscript studies, material culture, multilingualism in texts and books, book history, readers, audience and scribes across the medieval period. The 2014 iteration of the Writing Britain Conference will take place in the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts. Some of the topics which we are keen to explore are literary and non-literary agencies and their significance and/or relevance in the medieval period across British medieval written culture in English, French, Latin, Norse and the Celtic languages. More broadly, we are interested in other questions such as: How did local writers, compilers and readers use writing to inscribe regional identity within broader conventions or, on the other hand, impress 'universal' practices and constructs on local populations? What were the different markets for books? Can we characterize their developments and differences? What new or existing methodologies can be employed to localise texts and books across Britain? What is the role of the Digital Humanities in the study of medieval book culture?
Plenary speakers: Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa), Richard Beadle (University of Cambridge) and Simon Horobin (University of Oxford)
We welcome proposals from scholars working on any aspects of British medieval written culture up to 1500. Please visit our conference web site in order to submit an abstract (300 words or fewer) for a twenty-minute paper. Please send your abstract by 20 February 2014. Abstracts from postgraduate students are welcome and graduate rates will be provided. For further information please visit the website where contact details of the organisers will also be available.
Dr Orietta Da Rold
University Lecturer in Literature and the Material Text: 1100 to 1500
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge
9 West Road
Please find attached the Call for Papers for the upcoming 20th Annual ACMRS Conference entitled, CATASTROPHES AND THE APOCALYPTIC IN THE MIDDLE AGES being held on February 6 – 8, 2014 at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale Hotel in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona.
o Our keynote speaker this year is the renowned Professor Jaime Lara, Research Professor, ACMRS and the Hispanic Research Center (HRC), Arizona State University; previously Chair, Program in Religion and the Arts, Yale University.
o The popular Manuscript Workshop with Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico is again being offered.
o New this year is the Documentary Editing Workshop, a professional workshop for graduate students, with Professor Richard Dutton, Ohio State University.
Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. The deadline for proposals/abstracts is midnight, MST on 6 December 2013. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests. ACMRS website: http://acmrs.org/conferences/annual-acmrs-conference
The information is also listed below for ease in emailing to anyone you feel may be interested in submitting a proposal/abstract for consideration.
If you have any questions, please contact the conference coordinator at email@example.com or 480-965-5900.
Thank you and we look forward to receiving your submission.
ACMRS Conference Committee
Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity
A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University
February 21, 2014
We invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to take place at Brown University on February 21, 2014, hosted by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the M. Woods Fine Art Lectureship, the Department of French Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Department of History. Our theme will be "Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity." Professor Adam Kosto (History, Columbia University), author of Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2012), will serve as the keynote speaker.
If, following the thought of Michel Foucault and others, the prison is an essentially modern invention, how can we best conceptualize captivity in the time beforehand? Historical records of the medieval and early modern period (roughly 400-1800 AD) offer countless examples of human bondage, including the capture and detention of prisoners of war and the voluntary submission of hostages, as well as evolving forms of punitive incarceration. During the same time, art and literature are replete with depictions of imprisonment, often employed as a master metaphor for concepts like erotic love or mankind's enslavement to the Devil and the body. Being held against their will even seems to have been something of a rite of passage for numerous medieval and early modern authors (such as Marco Polo, François Villon, Charles d'Orléans, Thomas Malory, and Cervantes) who found in various forms of captivity the time and inspiration necessary to create some of the most enduring works of western literature.
Submissions are sought from graduate students, faculty members, and other scholars in fields including—but not limited to—history, literature, languages, philosophy, religious studies, art and architectural history, and music. Particularly welcome are submissions which offer new methodological or theoretical approaches to issues of medieval and early modern captivity, or which examine the relationship of captivity to cultural production and/or intercultural exchange. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length and should be in English. Please send a 250-word abstract, along with brief contact information, to John Moreau, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in French Studies and Comparative Literature, at John_Moreau@Brown.edu. The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.
Dear Medievalist and Early Modernist Colleagues:
We’re writing to remind you that the eighth Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies will be held on Saturday December 7, 2013 on Moravian’s campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. We’d be delighted if – as you are finishing final plans for fall courses and beginning your classes – you’d bring the conference to the attention of your students and colleagues and consider bringing students to deliver and enjoy presentations and performances at the conference. Medievalists and Early Modernists are typically interdisciplinary, so we sincerely welcome contributions from all departments. Proposals on all relevant topics are welcome, as long as there is some connection to the period between approx. 500 C.E. and 1800 C.E. Last year’s conference was attended by over 200 people and featured presentations and performances by approx. 100 students from 30 schools.
Both registration and the submission of proposals will open October 1 and will be handled via the conference website. The deadline for the submission of proposals is November 8. Registration will again be free for both presenters and attendees. For a brief preview of this year’s conference and for a look at past conferences, please visit our website at: http://www.moravian.edu/medieval/ Highlights of this year’s conference will be a joint plenary presentation by Dr. Tracey-Anne Cooper (History Dept., St. John's University) and Dr. Christine Senecal (History Dept., Shippensburg University); a performance of early music ensemble by Ronn McFarlane and Mindy Rosenfeld (http://fluteandlute.com<http://fluteandlute.com/>), founding members of The Baltimore Consort; and demonstrations and exhibits by artisans. We’ll be updating the website in the fall with further details for this year’s conference.
Bethlehem, in eastern Pennsylvania, is easily accessible from the Philadelphia area (about an hour and a half’s drive), the New York City area (about two hours’ drive), and other locations in the Northeast.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the conference. Please feel free to email questions or requests for a cfp/flyer to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> . All the best for the start of the new semester!
John Black, English Department
Sandy Bardsley, History Department
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018
A message from D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois) about an exciting new NEH film series:
As part of the Muslim Bookshelf portion of its Bridging Cultures initiative, the NEH asked me to make a series of 7 short films on Islamic calligraphy, illustrated manuscripts, textiles, ornament, mosques, architecture of travel, and gardens. They are now available on line, gratis, and are designed for students and teachers in fields outside of Islamic art history. For a classroom in medieval art, where Islam may get only a lecture or two, they may be a good resource. See NEH Islamic Art Spots at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys.