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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>
  • Gendered networks/li>
  • Gender disparities in sciences/li>
  • Language, communication, and gender/li>
  • Feminist epistemology/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.


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:

  • literature
  • the history of art and architecture
  • music history
  • philosophy
  • theology
  • politics
  • scientific technologies

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 northernrenaissance@gmail.com.

The deadline is 1 January 2015.

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.

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.

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 ancient@sas.upenn.edu 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, sullivan@humnet.ucla.edu.

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: jblasina@fas.harvard.edu and chantal.phan@ubc.ca 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 (emma.campbell@warwick.ac.uk) by Friday 19th December 2014.

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 florilegium@unb.ca.

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 hortulus@hortulus-journal.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 emwjournal@umd.edu.

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