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. The deadline for Volume 45 (2014) is February 1, 2014. Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments to Blair Sullivan, firstname.lastname@example.org. The editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2014.
Celtic Studies Association of North America
Annual Conference 2014
The CSANA Annual Conference will be hosted by Virginia Tech at the Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, Virginia, March 6–8, 2014.
• Edel Bhreathnach, The Discovery Programme, Ireland
• Thomas Charles-Edwards, University of Oxford
• Peter Schrijver, University of Utrecht
Twenty-minute papers are invited on all aspects of Celtic Studies. Abstracts should be sent by November 20, 2013 to Charlene Eska at email@example.com with the subject line ‘CSANA 2014’.
Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity
AInterdisciplinary 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your idea or already written piece and we will be happy to discuss your submission.
Classical Philosophers in Seventeenth Century English Thought
28 May 2014, CREMS, University of York
Keynote speakers: Prof Jessica Wolfe (North Carolina) and Prof Sarah Hutton (Aberystwyth)
This one day symposium will look at the reception of classical philosophers in seventeenth century English thought and culture, in philosophy, religion, natural philosophy, poetry and literature, the university, or other areas of early modern intellectual life. The focus will be on England, but not on English, and we encourage papers on the Latin reception of classical philosophy.
We will take the term ‘classical philosophy’ broadly speaking, and with a generic latitude, so that Homer or Hesiod might be considered, as they certainly were in the early modern period, as contributors to the philosophical outlook of the ancients, and so that while Aristotle, Plato, Epicurus, Seneca or Cicero are central and protean in their seventeenth century reception, so too Virgil, Ovid and Lucretius were seen as containing an important philosophical core. Of interest also might be the collations and compendia of classical thought that served as a digest of ancient ideas, whether those of the ancients themselves, such as Diogenes Laertius, or of the early modern writers, such as Thomas Stanley’s History of Philosophy. How did early modern writers accommodate, transpose or circumvent the pagan elements in ancient philosophy? How concerned were early modern thinkers with the systematic and with completeness in their use of classical philosophers? How was the pagan religion transposed to a Christian era?
Call for Papers: Abstracts by 15th December (c. 250 words)
Contact: Kevin Killeen, email@example.com
This symposium is part of a diffuse and ongoing Thomas Browne Seminar that has digressed quite far: http://www.york.ac.uk/english/news-events/browne/
March 20-22, 2014 at the University of Texas at Austin
Vagantes is the largest conference in North America for graduate students
studying the Middle Ages. Vagantes aims to provide an open dialogue among junior scholars from all fields of Medieval Studies. The conference features two
faculty keynote speakers and professional development workshops, but its main
focus is the presentation of original research by junior scholars. Vagantes
emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship; each year, presenters from backgrounds
as varied as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, Languages and
Literatures, Manuscript Studies, Musicology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies
come together to exchange ideas. In this manner, Vagantes fosters a sense of
community for young medievalists of diverse backgrounds, and because the conference does not have a registration fee, this community can flourish within the
margins of a graduate student budget.
Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from graduate students on
all topics considering the Middle Ages. We are pleased to have Dr. Bonnie Effros
of the University of Florida as one of our two keynote speakers this year.
Please email a brief vita, along with an abstract of no more than 300 words
by Monday, November 18, 2013 to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Celentano email@example.com .
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.
Fons Luminis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Medieval Studies
We are pleased to announce the launch of Fons Luminis, a semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal for Medieval Studies. We are seeking submissions of articles from all areas, especially those with an interdisciplinary emphasis. Junior faculty and graduate students are particularly encouraged to submit.
The deadline for submissions for the Autumn issue is 15 July; the deadline for the Spring issue is 15 January. Articles should be around 8000 words, and should follow the Speculum stylesheet. Electronic submissions are preferred. For more information, please see our website at http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/fonsluminis/index.php.
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.