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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, sullivan@humnet.ucla.edu. The editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2014.

Charlemagne after Charlemagne
11th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society (IMS-Paris)
Location: Paris, France
Dates: Thursday June 26th - Saturday June 28th 2014
Keynote speaker: Dominique Boutet
Deadline for submissions: February 10th 2014

The International Medieval Society Paris (IMS-Paris) invites paper proposals and session themes for its upcoming symposium centered on “Charlemagne after Charlemagne.” A looming presence during the Middle Ages and beyond, this Frankish king and emperor, who died in 814, had a cultural afterlife that far exceeded any other medieval historical figure. The symposium for 2014 seeks to examine the medieval reception (and representation) of Charlemagne on the 1200th anniversary of his death, as he became a model sovereign, a literary personage, and a saint. The holy emperor was venerated in a complex though limited manner, resulting in the elaboration of a distinct hagiographical discourse and the composition of a liturgical office.

The literary fortunes of Charlemagne, highlighted as early as 1865 by Gaston Paris, experienced multiple permutations. Latin and vernacular literature (French, Italian, German, English, etc.), produced divergent associations and separate developments, from historical works to chansons de geste. These literary representations went hand in hand with visual portrayals in manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, and architecture. Charlemagne was also conjured as a figure of pilgrimage and a founder (real or imagined) of monasteries, cities, and universities, attached to these institutions through stories and forged documents to which his name was affixed. The figure of Charlemagne served to construct and define an ideal, which was shaped and reshaped by different eras according to their respective needs.

For its 2014 symposium, the International Medieval Society seeks to mark this anniversary through a reevaluation of Charlemagne’s legacy during the medieval period. Although the geographic area of France will be given priority, comparisons with other regional ‘Charlemagnes’ are certainly possible. We invite papers that deal with material from after Charlemagne’s death in 814 to the end of the Middle Ages.

Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to ims.paris.2014@gmail.com no later than February 10th 2014. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require. Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the programme of last year’s symposium, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best graduate student paper proposal.
Applications should consist of:
1) symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)
3) names and contact information of two academic references

The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

The Leverhulme Network 'Cartography between Europe and the Islamic World'
aims to promote comparative, cross-disciplinary scholarship on Islamic and European cartography by bringing together experts in these two fields for a two-day symposium to be held at Queen Mary, University of London, on September 8-9, 2014. Participants are invited to explore moments of contact between traditions (e.g. twelfth-century Spain; the court of Roger II of Sicily; fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Italian cartography; Piri Reis and post-Columban cartography of the early sixteenth century) as well as differences and divergences. Reflections on the methodology of the comparative study of maps are also welcome.

Papers may wish to address some of the following topics, but need not be restricted to them:
- the contexts - material, political, spiritual, artistic - of mapmaking in Europe and the Islamic world
- audiences for maps; 'cartographic literacy'
- interactions between European and Islamic mapmaking: exchange, influence, borrowing
- reception of classical texts, e.g. Ptolemy's Geographia/Jugrafiya
- patronage
- the cartography of al-Idrisi
- nautical mapmaking in the Mediterranean
- cartography in the Ottoman empire (up to c. 1600)
- comparative histories of cartography

Please send proposals consisting of an abstract of c. 300-500 words for 20-minute papers to Matthew Champion (m.s.champion@qmul.ac.uk) by February 21, 2014. Proposals are encouraged from doctoral students, early-career and established scholars, and travel and accommodation for speakers will be funded.

Dealing With The Dead: Mortality and Community in the Middle Ages
Call for abstracts for chapters to be included in an upcoming volume on Death in Medieval and Early Modern art, history, and culture.

For people of all classes in medieval and early modern England death was a constant, visible presence. It was part of everyday life and there were reminders everywhere of its inevitability: injury and accidents, illness and disease, public executions, and the tragedies of death in childbirth and infant mortality. Yet, the acknowledgement of the fact of death, despite its undeniable reality, did not necessarily amount to an acceptance of its finality. Whether they were commoners, clergy, aristocrats, or kings, the dead continued to function literally as integrated members of their communities long after they lay in their graves.

From stories of revenants bringing pleas from Purgatory to the living, to the practical uses of the charnel house; from the remains of the executed on public display, to the proclamation of an aristocratic dynasty’s authority over the living via its dead, we are looking for papers that discuss how communities dealt with their dead as continual, albeit non-living members. We are interested in interdisciplinary studies that illustrate unexpected situations and under-researched persons, periods, and events in art, literature, archaeology, and history. We are also interested in papers that argue against stereotypical or outdated presumptions about the relationships between the premodern dead and their fellow community members above ground. How do 21st century scholars deal with the medieval and early modern dead?

Papers are open to any discipline of the humanities and also to the disciplines of paleography and archaeology. Papers are also open medieval and early modern cultures outside Europe. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Thea Cervone, University of Southern California at theacervone@outlook.com by 1 March 2014.

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.

Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton University
There and Back Again: Travel, Itinerancy, and Adventure in the Middle Ages
25 April 2014
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 31, 2014

The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invites submissions for its twenty-first annual graduate conference in Princeton, New Jersey. Keynote Speaker: Prof. Paul Freedman, Yale University

Journeys and Travels: Throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, people undertook journeys and traveled around Eurasia and Africa. The reasons for this were as diverse as they are today. Men and women traveled alone or in groups, in an organized method, or more spontaneously. Some armies marched out on long-distance campaigns, while others raided locally by land or sea. Individuals attempted perilous pilgrimages, searched for new fortunes elsewhere, or perhaps even journeyed just for the sake of traveling. Many others heard, thought about, and were conscious of the inherent physical, mental and financial challenges such travels included. Travel accounts, real or imagined, proliferated among medieval communities and lived in the memories and libraries of those who stayed at home, acting as catalysts for later generations. How did medieval people approach, conceive of, and prepare for their journeys? What was their experience on the road, alone or with others? How did they imagine distance and prepare for its scope? What took them away from home, and under what circumstances did the road become a permanent or temporary home? How did perceived boundaries, frontiers, or other obstacles circumscribe travel, and how were these obstacles overcome? How did travelers relate to people back home?

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:
*Living on the road: While some lived on the roads only temporarily, others, from merchants and entertainers to highwaymen and exiles, had perpetually itinerant lifestyles. Why and how did traveling become a way of life? How was itinerancy sustained and under what circumstances did it end?
*Human interaction and camaraderie on the road: Ranging from the Odyssey through the fable of the Good Samaritan, and up to The Canterbury Tales, human interactions on the road have always intrigued travelers and listeners. Lone travelers could find protection with a group of fellow travelers, or be duped by them. Similarly, travelers might find joy in finding kindred spirits, or encounter an unfamiliar culture, society, religion or language. How did traveling reinforce, expand, or corrode social groups?
*Imaginary travels: Fantastic journeys played an important role in legend, myth, epic, romance, and historiography. What was their relation to reality, their role in narrative structure, and their effect on other accounts and people’s ideas of “the road”? What was the role of the divine and miraculous in legendary quests, travels, and odysseys?
*Visual representations of travels: How did artists, often not travelers themselves, depict these journeys in iconography, manuscript illuminations, stained glass and other visual arts? Which types of traveling did they convey to their audiences, and how did they do it?
*Conceptions of travel: How were spatial concepts and models formed? How did maps, itineraries, and former travel accounts serve as guides?
*Pilgrimage: What were the unique characteristics of pilgrimage? How did the ideal differ from actual practice, and group pilgrimages differ from individual penitential journeys?
*The Crusades: What had to be done to prepare for such large-scale movements? What was their effect upon the communities through which they passed, and those they left at home?
*Trade, campaigning and logistics: How was long-distance and\or frequent traveling made routine? What was the role played by local advisors, guides, written plans, and reports?
*Administration and governance: How did local lords and royal administrations express power and authority over long distances? Under what circumstances did kings, lords and peasants need to travel, sometimes long distances, to obtain or administer justice, aid, or counsel?
*There and Back Again: How did journeys transform the traveler and what impact did these changes have when a traveler returned home? Did they experience changes in social position, intellectual or spiritual horizons, economic fortunes, or charitable activities?

In order to support participation by speakers from outside the northeastern Unites States, we are offering limited subsidies to help offset the cost of travel to Princeton. Financial assistance may not be available for every participant; funding priority goes to those who have the farthest to travel. Every speaker will have the option of staying with a resident graduate student as an alternative to paying for a hotel room. Interested graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Brianna Gustafson, Randall Pippenger and Lee Mordechai (thereandbackagain2014@gmail.com) by January 31, 2014. All applicants will be notified by February 15, 2014. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.

The Mediterranean Seminar/UCMRP seeks proposals for papers for a panel on Medieval Iberia and the Mediterranean to be proposed for the 45th Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, that will take place 26-29 June 2014 at the University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

Papers in any of the conference languages and from any relevant disciplines are welcome; graduate students are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals should either situate Iberian historical phenomena in a Mediterranean or extra-peninsular frame, address the influence or movement of people, institutions, cultural trends, or engage in a inter-regional comparative analysis.

Please send a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV, to mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org with the subject heading “ASHPS” no later than 15 January 2014. Please indicate if you will require audio-visual support. University of California faculty and graduate students may apply for travel assistance through the Mediterranean Seminar. The deadline for general proposals to the conference has been extended to 31 January 2014.

The Œcologies Project, along with the Committee for Medieval Studies at the University of British Columbia, solicits contributors for the 42nd annual UBC workshop, to be held from 7-9 November 2014 at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Medieval and Renaissance Œcologies seeks to interrogate premodern understandings of the natural world and ecological thinking. A prevailing attitude within modern Western culture has imagined the natural world as “out there,” a distinct realm upon which humans import subjective meaning. More recently, ecocritics and theorists of the new materialism(s) have challenged this conception of nature. This workshop takes up these challenges by investigating the idea of “œcology,” an older and defamiliarizing spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” The spelling is retained in an effort to rethink “ecology” through the study of premodern natural history, taxonomy, hierarchy, and categorization, and to ask what conceptual or metaphorical resources might help us – as located moderns – reorient our perceptions about the premodern past and our present and future moments. In an effort to define complex terms such as “environment,” “landscape,” and “ecology,” we ask where do these terms come from? What came before them? What do they mean here and now? What did conceptions of Nature and “œcology” look like in the Medieval and Renaissance periods and how did different discourse communities define their meanings?

We welcome papers from any discipline, and especially encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Please send paper proposals, questions, and / or expressions of interest to: Vin Nardizzi or Robert Rouse by 1 February 2014.

This conference is part of the ongoing multi-year research project Œcologies (oecologies.com), supported by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.


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 emwjournal@umd.edu.

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