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Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture aims to explore how the complexities of being in time find visual form. Crucial to this undertaking is accounting for how, from prehistory to the present, cultures around the world conceive of and construct their present and the concept of presentness visually. Through scholarly writings from a number of academic disciplines in the humanities, together with contributions from artists and filmmakers, Contemporaneity maps the diverse ways in which cultures use visual means to record, define, and interrogate their historical context and presence in time.

For our forthcoming issue, we seek submissions from scholars, artists, and filmmakers, especially work that considers issues of contemporaneity in pre-modern contexts. Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The concept of the present across time and cultures
  • The persistence of the past in the present
  • Cultural exchange, temporal disjunction, historical coincidence
  • The simultaneity of conflicting kinds of time
  • Messianic time, circular time, the eternal return, the event, everyday life, historical time, timelessness
  • Teleology, apocalypse, the end of time, the end of art, the end of history
  • Tradition, decadence, renaissance, restoration, avant-garde, modernization
  • Phenomenology of time
  • Nostalgia, melancholy, boredom
  • Chronophobia and chronomania
  • Making time visible, representing time through images and texts, narrating
  • The life of images and reception history
  • Methodological problems concerning the writing of art history or film history
  • Periodization

Proposals for book and exhibition reviews, interviews or scholarly discussions will also be considered. We encourage submissions from artists and filmmakers, recognizing that these submissions may take many forms. Proposals can be directed to the editors at contemporaneity@mail.pitt.edu

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2014. Manuscripts should be no more than 6,000 words in length and should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. To submit go to contemporaneity.pitt.edu for more information.

Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture is a scholarly, peer-reviewed online publication edited by graduate students in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. It is hosted by the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh as part of its D‐Scribe Digital Publishing Program.

Comparative Medieval Angelology

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 program committee for Musicology at Kalamazoo (Anna Kathryn Grau, Cathy Ann Elias, Daniel DiCenso) invites abstracts for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 14-17, 2015. The topics include: Chant & Liturgy, Music & Polyphonic Practice, Music & Context, Music & Text, and The Materiality of Music.

We hope these topics can foster dialogue between musicologists and scholars in other areas, so we encourage specialists in fields other than Music to submit proposals. Please keep in mind that we intend these session titles mostly as "hooks," rather than limitations, on which a multitude of proposals can be placed, so send us your best work.

Abstracts should be submitted by 15 September. Electronic submissions are strongly encouraged. Please send submissions musicology.kzoo@gmail.com, and write in the subject part of the e-mail the following: KZOO 2015.

If you use US mail, send material to:
Anna Kathryn Grau | 5430 S. Drexel Ave., Apt. 3N | Chicago, IL 60615

You'll also need to complete and submit the “Participant Information Form”
from the conference website, available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF. This is very important, not only because it is your only chance to make A-V requests, but because it is required by the Medieval Institute. It is available as either a Word or PDF document. If you have any questions, please contact the committee at musicology.kzoo@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you in Kalamazoo next May.


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 Hagiography Society will be sponsoring four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 14-17 May 2015, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

1) MULTIDISCIPLINARY ST. BRIDGET: IN HONOR OF SYON ABBEY’S 600TH ANNIVERSARY (co-sponsored with Syon Abbey Society) This multidisciplinary panel is devoted to Saint Birgitta of Sweden (c. 1303-1373), or Saint Bridget as she was known in England. The only British Bridgettine house, Syon Abbey, was founded in 1415 and flourished alongside the growing devotional cult surrounding Bridget and her texts in England. Syon Abbey is now recognized as one of the most vibrant literary and cultural monastic centers of late medieval England, and this panel will be one of several events in the US and UK to mark the sexcentenary of its foundation. We invite abstracts for papers exploring any aspect of Saint Bridget and her cult in England or the Continent. Papers addressing connections to Syon’s sisters, brothers, texts, history, or influence are welcome but not required. We hope to form a panel that reflects a variety of disciplinary standpoints: e.g., music, liturgy, art, iconography, architecture, theology, textuality, manuscripts, textual transmission, early print, monasticism, gender issues, socio-politico-economic contexts. Please email short abstracts to Laura Saetveit Miles, University of Bergen laura.miles@gmail.com by September 15.

2) GLOBAL SANCTITY: DEMONS AND THE DEMONIC The category of the demonic inflects virtue in many of the world traditions. We invite papers that explore the demonic from the cosmological to the psychoanalytic, addressing the presence of demons in texts and images, in rural and urban places, in experiences of vision and miracle, in acts of divine madness and carnal folly. By examining the demons lurking in different religious traditions, we hope to grasp the shared work performed by the category of the demonic, and to appreciate distinctions in the construction of this category. Please submit a 300-word abstract to organizer Jenny Cathryn Bledsoe, Emory University jenny.cathryn.bledsoe@emory.edu by September 15.

3) SAINTS, HERETICS, AND CANON LAW: RE-THINKING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE FOURTH LATERAN COUNCIL (Co-sponsored with the ICMAC) The Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 was a definitive moment in the conciliar history of the Western Church, addressing itself to a wide range of ecclesiastical business, setting out explicitly (for the first time) the sacramental requirements for the laity whilst also making normative rulings for the expansion of the Church, the conservation of Church property and rights, as well as its relations with/position on non-Catholics. Some of these rulings reiterated centuries-old provisions whilst others addressed issues that were of the products of relatively recent and more pressing concerns. On the 800th anniversary of Lateran IV, this session invites papers that address in particular the significance of the canons on heresy and saintly relics, their legal context and implications as well as broader reconsiderations of the importance of Lateran IV in the Western legal tradition. This session is co-sponsored by the International Society of Medieval Canon Law/ Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio. Please submit a 200-word abstract to organizer Kathleen G. Cushing, Keele University k.g.cushing@keele.ac.uk by September 15.




Cornell University Sponsored Session: ICMS, Kalamazoo 2015
All the World’s a Stage:  Performance and Performativity in Medieval England

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Anglo-Saxon England says that the Visitatio Sepulchri from the Regularis Concordia “marks the beginning of liturgical drama in England.”  This panel recognizes, however, that there are other moments of dramatic narrative or performative force in early English literature.  We are interested in questions that these dramatic moments raise, such as: how is performance used to construct identity, both individually and communally?  What classical or broader European traditions do these dramatic moments draw upon or stem from?  What social or religious bonds are created or enforced by these moments? And how are these moments of drama or performance devotionally productive for both readers and listeners? We welcome papers on any of the following topics and related subjects;

  • Drama and pseudo drama 
  • Liturgy 
  • Secular ritual
  • Oaths 
  • Speeches 
  • Dialogues 
  • ekphrasis 
  • Preaching 
  • Processions 
  • Public prayer 
  • Public penance

We hope that this panel offers an interdisciplinary way for scholars to bridge sometimes separate interests—from performance and speech act theory to the history of drama and liturgy. We also hope that this panel will provide a space in which speakers can situate new thoughts on performance within contemporary theory. Please submit your abstract of no more than 300 words by September 15, 2014 to Rae Grabowski (reg223@cornell.edu) or Kaylin Myers (kam448@cornell.edu). Please include your name and affiliation.  Papers should be 20 minutes in length.  

The Malta Study Center of the Hill Monastic Library will be sponsoring a session entitled "Slavery and the Slave Trade in Medieval Mediterranean Society" at the The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies to take place on May 14-17, 2015. This session will focus on the role slavery as an economic force linking disparate religious and ethnic communities across religions and kingdoms, where the role of unpaid, forced labor provided a common economic and cultural relationship between Muslim and Christian communities controlling the Mediterranean Sea. Please send 200 word abstract and C.V. by September 15 for a 20 minute paper to Daniel K. Gullo (dgullo@csbsju.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.

East–West and the Middle Ages
Imbas, NUI Galway

Imbas is an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference hosted annually by NUI Galway postgraduate students. The conference gives postgraduate students the opportunity to present ongoing work and to discuss their research with peers in an informal, interdisciplinary, and international setting. The 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 – 30th November at 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 words, for a research paper of 20 minutes, to the Imbas committee atimbasnuig@gmail.com by 15th September, 2014. For more information on Imbas in general see http://www.nuigalway.ie/imbas/

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: rutgersartreview@gmail.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 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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