The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist: Succeeding in Academic Life at Smaller Colleges and Universities
International Congress on Medieval Studies (2015)
Once again, MassMedieval is organizing a roundtable for the International Congress. For the 2015 Congress, our topic is “The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist: Succeeding in Academic Life at Smaller Colleges and Universities.”
For many medievalists who are fortunate to find jobs in academe, the professional reality is that we’re unlikely to be surrounded by colleagues who share our areas of expertise and interest. In most cases, a department will hire only a single medieval specialist–and may be hard-pressed to convince administrations or hiring committees to approve even that one. While the advent of digital technologies has brought us the possibility of closer contact and greater collaboration with our fellow medievalists, our resource access, teaching opportunities, tenure cases, and other facets of our professional lives can be affected by our lack of numbers and by questions about the nature and value of what we do. This roundtable, as the title suggests, will address success strategies for professional engagement, curriculum planning, and reappointment & tenure cases as the “lone medievalist” in a department or institution.
We have a couple of seats on the roundtable still available–if you’d like to take part in this important conversation, please e-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15.
Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway. The conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and to discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary setting. The 2014 Imbas committee is delighted to announce the call for papers for the 2014 conference. The theme of the conference is ‘East – West and the Middle Ages’, and it will run from the 28th to 30th November at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway.
Imbas accepts papers from all disciplines, with a focus on any topic from Late Antiquity to the end of the medieval period. Interested postgraduates are invited to submit a title and abstract of 250-300 words, for a research paper of 20 minutes, to the Imbas committee at email@example.com by 15th September, 2014. For more information see http://www.nuigalway.ie/imbas/
Selected proceedings from the conference will be published in our peer-reviewed journal.
Hagiography Society Sessions for IMC Leeds, 2015
1. Approaches to Miracle Collections II: Miracles and Medicine
The Hagiography Society wishes to sponsor several sessions on miracle collections for next year’s IMC at Leeds, and is looking for papers for the session entitled, ‘Miracles and Medicine’. We invite 250-word abstracts from scholars researching any aspect of sickness, disability or healing in Christian miracle accounts from late antiquity to c1500. Papers giving consideration to how miracle stories have shaped perceptions (both modern and medieval) of sickness and health in the Middle Ages are especially welcome. Please send abstracts to Anne Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org) on or before Monday 15 September 2014.
2. Holy Heroes of Reform: Saints and their Roles in Medieval Reformation Movements, from Late Antiquity to the Protestant Reformation
Whether involved in local reformations of monastic houses, larger-scale regional reformations such as the Anglo-Saxon Benedictine Reform and the Cistercian movement, or the global Protestant Reformation, throughout the medieval period saints played a variety of roles as monastic and ecclesiastical institutions cleaned house. This session seeks papers that will explore the myriad ways in which saints – including ex- and would-be saints – might be implicated in the many reform movements of the Middle Ages. Papers from a wide array of disciplines, including art history, music history, literary studies, economic history, etc will be considered, and researchers taking an interdisciplinary or cross-cultural approach will be particularly welcome. Papers should be 20 minutes in length, delivered in English. Proposals including abstracts of about 250 words and a CV should be sent by 15 September to Kathryn Gerry; email is preferred: email@example.com but hard copy proposals will also be accepted: Kathryn Gerry, Assistant Professor of Art History, Memphis College of Art, Gibson Hall, 1930 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38104, USA; informal enquiries are also welcome.
3. Reform and Renewal in Medieval Theology of Sanctity
Sanctity was an integral part of social, religious, cultural, and theological understanding of the medieval world. Scholarship across disciplines in recent decades has taught us much of social history by examining hagiographic sources – we have expanded our understanding of gender, family, authorship, literature, food, disability, economy, urban life, lay piety, etc. These social roles intersected, sometimes quite uncomfortably, with doctrinal positions on saints.
This interdisciplinary panel seeks to explore the theology of sanctity, particularly how it was renewed and reformed during the Middle Ages. How did medieval theologians conceptualize the intercessory powers or didactic roles of the saints? How was the theology on saints and sanctity reformed or renewed during the medieval era? Did these notions change in response to the needs of the Church or the faithful laity? How did the laity understand the theology of saints? Can we discover the theology of sanctity in hagiographical materials such as saints’ Lives, liturgy, exempla, and miracle collections? Was the theology of sanctity present in other sources, such as Books of Hours or manuals of confession? What might have changed in how the theology of sanctity was presented to the laity, clergy, or monastic orders? Papers are welcome from all disciplines within medieval studies.
Papers should be 20 minutes in length, to be delivered preferably in English. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Informal inquiries are welcome. Deadline for abstracts: Monday, September 15th, 2014
Second Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies
The Call for Papers for the Second Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies is now open, deadline 15 November 2014. Proposals are warmly invited for papers or panels that relate to any aspect of Iranian studies. Comparative themes and interdisciplinary approaches are also very welcome.
Postgraduate students (currently enrolled or graduating in 2014); PhD students at any stage of their degree; and post-docs (subject to graduation within the last three years) from any discipline are welcome to apply.
We are pleased following our inaugural conference at the University of St Andrews in 2013 to be hosted by the University of Cambridge at Downing College next spring. For a virtual tour and more information, see our website. To get updates directly to your newsfeed, join us at http://symposia-iranica.com/cfp/ | Facebook.com/SymposiaIranica
Eat, Play, Teach: Using Medieval Food and Foodways in the Classroom
International Congress on Medieval Studies (2015)
Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages, an association of scholars of medieval intellectual, literary and social history that encourages cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural scholarship on the ideas, practices and artifacts concerning food, seeks papers for one panel, co-sponsored with TEAMS: The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages, at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 14-17, 2015.
Eat, Play, Teach: Using Medieval Food and Foodways in the Classroom (co-sponsored with TEAMS: The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages)
Food and foodways are simultaneously familiar and novel. The getting, preparation, and consumption of food are universal cultural practices, and so are familiar to the student, while their specific cultural expression (including symbolic, ritual and ascetic practices) can be novel and engaging. For this session Mens et Mensa and TEAMS seek papers presenting examples of how instructors have used medieval food and foodways (including literature, trade, cuisine, and religious thought) to engage students and illuminate the culture of the Middle Ages.
Submit an abstract, CV and the completed Congress Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF)
by September 15, 2014, to:
John A. Bollweg
314 W. Traube Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
The Medieval Tournament as Spectacle
International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2015
The period from the thirteenth to the sixteenth centuries witnessed a rapid development of the tournament. Alongside the original tourney, a mass battle fought between opposing armies of knights with minimal and rudimentary regulation, new forms of chivalric military contests emerged, in which representation and entertainment figured just as much as the necessity of practice for warfare. The joust featured individual combats, with increasingly elaborate rules and variations in form and accompanying pageantry, while the passage of arms placed tournaments within theatrical and allegorical formats. Such events, particularly at the courts of France, Burgundy, England and the German principalities, were increasingly integrated in wider festivities, ceremonies and diplomatic negotiations.
The rich and varied evidence for the diversity of tournament forms in the period after c. 1200 remains to be fully exploited. The aim of these sessions is to explore and understand the role of tournaments as spectacles and forms of royal and aristocratic representation, as well as to give attention to the wider contexts in which they took place. Subjects which might be explored include: the diversity of tournament forms; rules, regulations and challenges; weapons, armour and other equipment; different ‘national’ forms and traditions; heralds and heraldry; allegorical frameworks and role-playing; the roles of patrons, spectators, judges and heralds; sources, including the portrayal of tournaments in art and literature.
Papers should be of 20 minutes length. Presenters are encouraged to make use of visual materials wherever possible.
The organisers intend to publish a volume of essays based on the sessions.
Proposals should include: paper title, abstract, personal and contact details including academic affiliations, and A-V requirements, and should be sent by 15 September to:
Dr Alan Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds