UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Thinking Gender 2015
25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference
Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices
How have feminist approaches altered the existing understanding of scientific knowledge and practices? Celebrating the 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Thinking Gender 2015 invites submissions for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and posters on topics that focus on the participation and/or contribution of marginalized individuals or groups who have been historically excluded from knowledge production. We welcome papers and posters—across all disciplines and historical periods—that engage with the concept of the body as a contested site intersecting with gender, race, sexuality, and identity and how it is related to certain agencies in particular contexts. We invite scholarship engaging the following topics or others related to the conference theme of “Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices”:
The bodies of medicine
Gender movement in contested spaces
Construction and representations of bodies in the arts/li>
Faith and feminism
Gender in conflict zones/li>
Technology and power/li>
Gender, cultures, and environmental crisis/li>
Consumerism in reproduction and maternal identities/li>
Gender disparities in sciences/li>
Language, communication, and gender/li>
CSW accepts submissions from graduate students who are registered at US or international colleges or universities. Please note that we do not accept submissions from papers presented at previous Thinking Gender conferences. No previously published material is eligible.
Students proposing individual papers and posters are to submit an abstract (250 words), a proposal (5 double-spaced pages maximum), a CV (2 pages maximum), and a Works Cited (1 page maximum). All components are to be submitted to the website at https://uclacsw.submittable.com, according to the submission guidelines. For pre-constituted panels, a 250-word description of the panel topic is required, in addition to the materials that must be provided for individual paper submissions. Submission guidelines at http://www.csw.ucla.edu/conferences/thinking-gender/thinking-gender-2015.
Send submissions to: https://uclacsw.submittable.com. Deadline for submissions: Monday, December 15, 2014. Conference will be held April 23 and 24, 2015, at UCLA Covell Commons. Event is free and open to the public. There will be a $50 registration fee for each presenter.
Revised schedule for submission of chapter abstracts for edited volume of original scholarship on comparative medieval (ca. 500CE- 1500CE) angelology in art, literature and religious writings. Chapters that address angelology in medieval Judaism and/ or medieval Islam as well as eastern religious traditions are especially encouraged. Essays may address medieval angelology within a religious tradition or comaratively between/ among medieval traditions. All themes or perspectives on medieval angelology will be considered.
Abstracts must be no less than 500 words and include a working title. Those whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified by October 1, 2014: the publisher of the volume has asked that complete essays in final form be submitted by May 1, 2015 in order to send out chapters for peer ed publication date of December 2015.
Final essays should not exceed 9,000 words and must inlcude bibliography and follow Chicago style format. Authors are responsible for securing permission for use of images and illustrations.
June-Ann Greeley, PhD
Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies,
Sacred Heart University
The Society for the Medieval Mediterranean is pleased to announce that the fourth biennial conference of the Society will take place at the University of Lincoln from Monday 13th July to Wednesday 15th July 2015. The theme of the conference is “Law, Custom and Ritual in the Medieval Mediterranean” and the keynotes will be delivered by Professor Maribel Fierro (CSIC, Madrid: "Obedience to the ruler in the Medieval Islamic West: legal and historical perspectives") and Dr Andrew Marsham (University of Edinburgh: “Rituals of accession in early Islam: a comparative perspective”).
Those who are interested in presenting at the conference might consider the following sub- themes when putting together their abstracts (but are by no means limited to them):
Roman, Canon and municipal law in the medieval Mediterranean
Lawyers: their identities, status and practice
Disputes, dispute settlement
Legal agreements (e.g. charters, treaties)
Law codes and codification
Manuscripts of law codes, charters, etc.
Legal training in the medieval Mediterranean
Ritual sites and ritual objects
Law, treaties and rituals in visual and material culture
Trading and other contractual agreements
Oath-making and oath-breaking
Outlaws, criminals and rebels
Scribal practices and legal record-keeping
We are also interested in papers that propose to take a more openly theoretical look at law, ritual and custom in our period, digital humanities approaches to the topic, and would also consider proposals that discuss the (contemporary) teaching of law, ritual and custom in the medieval Mediterranean.
Abstract: We invite 200-300 word abstracts for individual 20 minute papers relating to the conference theme. Participants are also encouraged to submit proposals for sessions of 3 papers – in this case, the session proposer should collate the three abstracts and submit them together, indicating clearly in a covering letter/ email the rationale behind the planned session. Please, fill in the appropriate form, available at http://www.societymedievalmediterranean.com/conference-2015.php.
Deadline: Abstracts for individual papers and proposals for sessions should be emailed to the conference email address (email@example.com) by the end of the day on Saturday 18th October 2014.
Postgraduate student bursaries: We will offer up to 10 bursaries for MA and PhD students who are interested in presenting at the Conference. The bursaries, which will cover the Conference fees, will be assigned to those proposals which best fit the theme of the Conference.
Publication: Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication in the Society’s journal, Al Masaq: Journal of the Medieval Mediterranean (http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/calm20/current#.U9TZnONdXng), published by Taylor and Francis. Previous conferences have resulted in the publication of special issues of the journal as well as individual articles.
Queries: Specific questions about the conference can be directed to the conference organisers, Dr Antonella Liuzzo Scorpo and Dr Jamie Wood at the conference email address (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Journal of the Northern Renaissance northernrenaissance.org would like to repeat its call for submissions for our open-themed seventh issue on any aspect of the cultural practice of Northern Europe in the period circa 1430-1650, including but not limited to:
the history of art and architecture
The Journal of the Northern Renaissance(JNR) is a peer-reviewed, open-access online journal dedicated to the study of early modern Northern European cultural production. We are particularly interested in studies exploring alternative cultural geographies, challenging existing conceptualizations and periodizations of the Renaissance in the North, and/or establishing continuities and ruptures with earlier and later epochs. Part of our intention, however, in having an open, unthemed issue, is to gauge where the most interesting work is being done and what questions are being asked by scholars working on Northern Renaissance culture across a wide range of disciplines.
Potential contributors are advised to consult the Information page of our website for details of the submissions procedure and style guidelines. We also welcome initial enquiries regarding possible contributions, which can be sent to us at email@example.com.
The deadline is 1 January 2015.
Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference,
February 19-21, 2015 at the University of Florida
Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 2015 meeting at the University of Florida, February 19-21.
Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students' limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.
The 2015 conference will feature exciting keynotes. Dr. Linda Neagley, of Rice University, will open the conference with: 'Architectural counterpoint: Juxtaposition & opposition as a visual strategy in the Late Middle Ages.' Dr. Nina Caputo of the University of Florida will close with a discussion of the unique challenge of transforming medieval history into a graphic novel. The conference will also feature an exhibition of medieval bestiaries: ‘The Beast in the Book,’ presented by Dr. Rebecca Jefferson of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and a roundtable session with University of Florida faculty on teaching the middle ages from a global perspective.
ACMRS (The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) is embarking upon a new and long-awaited addition to the study of the global Medieval and Renaissance periods with the launch of a series on Medieval and Renaissance Latin America. This series greatly expands the traditional reach of both of those periods beyond the confines of Europe, to include important civilizations that have been heretofore marginalized, or at worst excluded, from that study.
The so-called New World was a repository of medieval hopes and mythologies, and also a product of advances in Early Modern European cartography. But Native American civilizations were not simply waiting to be discovered. The peoples of the Americas, and those of Africa who were brought to the Americas, were impacted by European exploration and colonization. They had their own historical trajectories, and both alternately adapted to, and were transformed by, the Old World. The Old World, in its turn, was impacted no less profoundly by the Americas. Western thought, economy, and art continue to be transformed due to their interaction with the indigenous and transplanted African cultures of what became known as Spanish and Portuguese America.This new book series on Medieval and Renaissance Latin America focuses on that area as a source of creation, syncretism, historical confrontation and interchange. The late Medieval/Early Modern period in Latin America saw the rise of new nations, heterogeneous in every sense of the word. That intellectual, religious, and artistic fusion embodied a new and vibrant category within the field of what is referred to as “Medieval and Renaissance Studies.” It is that category that the ACMRS will explore through its new series on Latin America. If you have a book manuscript in this area of inquiry or a proposal for one, please contact Professor Jaime Lara at Jaime.R.Lara@asu.edu.
Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea
The Catholic University of America & the National Museum of Women in the Arts
Washington, DC March 20-21, 2015
The Catholic University of America’s School of Arts and Sciences, School of Theology and Religious Studies, and the University Honors Program invites paper proposals for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to explore the influence of the Virgin Mary and her image through time. The conference seeks to attract papers that draw on various approaches to the subject, including art history, history, music, literature, theater, and theology. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. Participants will be asked to limit their presentations to a maximum of 20 minutes, so as to leave ample time for discussion.
A limited number of competitive travel grants will be available to successful applicants, and registration for the conference is free of charge.
The opening day of the conference will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and will feature a keynote address by renowned medieval historian Dr. Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at the University of London. The second day of the conference will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America.
Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words, your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and academic standing. Completed proposals should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 31, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by November 26, 2014. For further information, please contact: Vanessa Corcoran at email@example.com.
The 2015 conference of the Celtic Studies Association of North America and the 37th California Celtic Conference will take place jointly March 5-8, 2015, on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
This joint conference welcomes scholarly presentations on any area of Celtic studies - e.g., Celtic languages, literatures, history, linguistics, folklore, archeology, and art.
Abstracts should be sent by November 20, 2014, to Professor Eve Sweetser, sweetserATberkeley.edu.
New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts
Harvard University, 10-11 April 2015
Gerald of Wales, also known as Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald de Barri, is one of the most widely referenced authors of the twelfth century, and an important source of information for life in the insular medieval world. Much of his work, however, remains understudied, with scholarly focus usually limited to his works on Ireland and Wales, while his religious and other writings remain almost untouched. Recent scholarship on the complete manuscripts of his works by Catherine Rooney at the University of Cambridge, however, as well as recent studies on his ethnographic writings and the vernacular transmission of his work, has opened up new possibilities and renewed interest in his life and writings, including several forthcoming new editions. This conference seeks to bring together scholars of Gerald of Wales from around the world, considering this remarkable writer in his own right, both in the context of the twelfth century and throughout the later Middle Ages, stimulating new dialogue and allowing a platform for new work in the future.
This conference invites papers on any aspect of Gerald’s writing, especially welcoming new approaches to his religious writings; the transmission of his work in manuscript, including the construction of stemma; his relationship to other writers of the twelfth century, whether scholastic, historical or otherwise; his relationship with the Angevins; and the legacy of his reception in vernacular languages.
The conference will be hosted by Harvard University’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures and the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. We are pleased to announce that our plenary addresses will be given by Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews) and Huw Pryce (Bangor University). Potential presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org 31 October 2014. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length.
For future announcements, see harvardgerald.wordpress.com.
Following on the success of “Masons at Work”(held in spring 2012, and published as http://www.sas.upenn.edu/ancient/publications.html), the symposium, to be held March 20-22 at the University of Pennsylvania, aims to assemble specialists to examine building practices in the pre-industrial world, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and pre-modern Islamic architecture. In addition to invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems which pre-modern masons commonly encountered - and the solutions they developed - in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, but we encourage studies based on the analysis of well-preserved buildings.
Those wishing to speak should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 15 November 2014. The final program will be announced immediately thereafter. Submit proposals to email@example.com with “Against Gravity” in the subject line.
Organizing Committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout
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. Submit to Volume 46 (2015) by February 1, 2015. The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2015. Please send submissions as email attachments to Dr. Blair Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia's Medieval Studies Committee invite paper and session proposals for THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference: Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500) taking place at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on October 9-11, 2015.
This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semiliturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours' satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).
Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines. Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by December 31, 2014, addressed to James Blasina and Chantal Phan 2015 GIC/UBCMW and sent by email to: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail or fax to: Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604- 822-6675.
Reassessing Courtliness in Medieval Literature
International Courtly Literature Society, British Branch
14th – 15th April 2015,
University of Warwick
What are the boundaries of the courtly in the Middle Ages? How useful is ‘courtliness’ as a category for thinking about medieval texts of different kinds, including those not conventionally considered to be courtly? To what extent is courtliness a notion that translates between or among texts written in different languages or associated with particular cultural and historical contexts? How far is the idea of courtliness historically, linguistically, or culturally embedded?
Taking these questions as its starting point, this conference will critically assess the value of ‘courtliness’ for contemporary approaches to medieval literature.
Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers addressing the following issues:
What different kinds of medieval source – including visual material, and literary, historiographical, religious and other texts – can tell us about what the courtly includes or excludes;
The extent to which courtliness is connected to the court (as a real or imagined space);
What engagements with courtliness in literature not conventionally defined as ‘courtly literature’ reveal about medieval perceptions of it (e.g. in religious literature, comic texts, epic);
What the limits of courtliness may be and the extent to which these limits map onto or transgress medieval political, linguistic, or cultural boundaries
How far notions of the courtly presume particular kinds of gendered behaviour or forms of sexual desire;
To what extent ideas of courtliness translate – or fail to translate – between or among texts, languages, and cultures;
To what extent the notion of the courtly cuts across – or provides a way of rethinking – genre in medieval literature.
Proposals on other topics relevant to the conference theme are also welcome. Papers may be on any area of medieval literature and culture.
To propose a paper, please send an abstract of 200-300 words to Dr Emma Campbell (email@example.com) by Friday 19th December 2014.
Fiction is a way of pushing back against history, a counter-representation of the world in which one can (even more) freely apply ideologies and perspectives. The Romance often is astride between "real" chronicle and "invented" story. How did medieval authors approach the problem of fictionality? How did they navigate the demands of fictional and non-fictional literary genres? How do the chronicle and the romance exert mutual influence on one another? What are the ideological and rhetorical uses of chronicle and romance?
Please submit a 250-word abstract by Oct 1, 2014 to Prof. David Wacks firstname.lastname@example.org
Rutgers Art Review, a journal of graduate research in art history invites
all current graduate students, as well as pre-professionals who have
completed their doctoral degrees within the past year, to submit papers for
its 32nd edition.
Papers may address the full range of topics and historical periods within the
history of art and architecture, material culture, art theory and criticism,
aesthetics, film, and photography. Interdisciplinary studies concerning art and
architecture written by students in other fields are also welcome. To be
considered for publication, submissions must represent original contributions to
existing scholarship. We encourage submitters to ask their advisors or other
faculty members to review the paper before submission. Submissions must be sent via e-mail to: email@example.com by
September 30, 2014.
Please observe the following requirements:
An abstract of 250 words or fewer must accompany all submissions.
Papers must conform to style guidelines established by a standard
resource such as the Chicago Manual of Style.
Papers must include full citations and bibliography, as well as necessary
or appropriate illustrations. Please keep the image selection to fewer than
Information identifying the author or institution should not appear on the
document. Please submit in the body of the e-mail the author’s name,
institutional affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.
Paper text should be approximately 15 to 25 typed, double-spaced pages
in length, with 1 ¼” margins – and must not exceed 25 pages, without
Chapters of dissertations are acceptable only if sufficiently edited – every
submission must read as an independent paper.
Please send the abstract, text, bibliography, and images in a single PDF file to:
Stephen Mack, Kimiko Matsumura, Hannah Shaw, editors
Rutgers Art Review
Mediaeval and Renaissance studies multidisciplinary conference Othello's Island,
Severis Foundation in Nicosia, Cyprus in March 2015.
Now in its third year, this annual conference brings together speakers from a wide variety of disciplines and from all over the world to discuss not only Levantine history, culture and society in the Mediaeval and Renaissance periods, but wider apects of this period in history including its enduring legacy. This might include looking at medieval travelogues and Shakespeare's poetry and plays, as well as art and architectural history of the Byzantine, Western Medieval and muslim worlds, religious and social relations and much much more. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2015. Further information about submitting a paper at www.othellosisland.org .
Florilegium invites submissions (written in English or French) on any topic pertaining to Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Additional submissions for the upcoming special issue on Medieval Translation: Theory and Practice are especially welcome and will be considered until the volume is complete. Submissions are refereed in a double-blind review process by international specialists and must therefore not contain any self-references or other details identifying the author. Papers must not be published or submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 8,000-8,500 words (including footnotes and final bibliography) and should be formatted according to Chicago style. Footnotes should be kept as spare as possible. All submissions are acknowledged. Please include both email and postal addresses. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hortulus is looking for entries for our new General Interest section, to be published on our website at regular intervals throughout the year.
The General Interest section of Hortulus is devoted to non-peer reviewed (but edited) columns on topics which relate to medieval studies but are not academic books. Examples of such columns could include: reflections on a museum exhibit, a discussion of a medieval-focused TV show, some ideas on how to teach medieval studies in the classroom, a review of a recent play or musical event related to medieval studies, a recap of a recent conference, etc. Such entries can be reviews or they can be general reflections, but they should always maintain a casual, informative tone, helping inform other students about medieval media and events around the world.
To get a sense of what the General Interest section is all about, you can find our first entry--a review of Roger Wieck's 'Illuminating Faith' exhibit at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York--here. Please note that entries may range between about 500-1000 words.
If you are interested in submitting a column for this section, please email email@example.com with your idea or already written piece and we will be happy to discuss your submission.
The Review of English Studies engages in the historical study of English Literature and the English Language, encouraging fresh interpretations and the comparative study of historical texts. It is the leading scholarly journal of English literature and the English language from the earliest period to the present. Submission of papers focusing on the literature and language of the medieval period are especially welcome.
For information about submitting your paper go to our website.
Early Modern Women: an Interdisciplinary Journal (http://www.emwjournal.umd.edu) is now accepting submissions for Volume 2. We will accept submissions of essays related to women and gender covering the years 1400 to 1700. We especially encourage submissions that appeal to readers across disciplinary boundaries. Essays may consider art history, cultural studies, history, history of philosophy, history of science, literature, music, politics, religion, theater, and any global region. Newer and interdisciplinary approaches are especially welcome.
Five paper copies and one electronic copy of each manuscript should be sent to: Editors
Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Center for Renaissance & Baroque Studies
0139 Taliaferro Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7727
All manuscripts must be printed double-spaced (including documentation) on one side of letter-size paper, and should not exceed 35 pages (8750 words) including notes. Documentation should appear as endnotes, and MUST follow Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (2003), chs. 16 and 17 (NOT author-date style). All manuscripts are subject to editorial modification with authorial approval. Editors will accept submissions on a continuous basis. Queries and electronic copies may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magic and Intellectual History
Thursday 5th March 2015 - CREMS, University of York
A day symposium – Keynote speaker: Dr Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck)
This symposium will explore the place of magic in the intellectual culture of early modern England and Europe. It will focus on how magic was perceived and understood in philosophical, religious and scientific thought, and the ambivalence that surrounded it as topics of scholarship. Papers might attend to the following:
How did early modern thought accommodate magic into its disciplines?
Why was magic the object of so much elite scientific and philosophical thought?