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Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies / March 20-21, 2015; Deadline: 15 December 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 10:44pm
Department of English, Valparaiso University

Call for Papers

The Midwest Conference on Utopian Studies at Valparaiso University is a regional conference dedicated to exploring the rich tradition of utopianism in all its forms. We invite papers on topics related to the utopian tradition, from the ancient to the present day, from diverse fields, such as: utopian and dystopian literature, political theory, music, art, architecture, media and popular culture, intentional communities, urban/rural planning.

CFP: Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages at Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:27pm
Societas Ovidiana

The Societas Ovidiana is soliciting abstracts for 15-20 minute papers to be presented at the 50th International Congress for Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI from May 14-17, 2015. This year we are sponsoring two sessions on the single theme "Visualizing Ovid in the Middle Ages."


Monday, August 25, 2014 - 1:50pm
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 5-7, 2015 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on: "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance".

Selected papers focused on "Trades, Talents, Guilds, and Specialists: Getting Things Done in the Middle Ages and Renaissance" will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).

The Uses of Magic in Middle English Literature (Kalamazoo 2015)

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 12:21pm
Tara Williams

The Uses of Magic in Middle English Literature
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
May 14-17, 2015

This session provides a forum for new work being done on representations of magic in the various genres of Middle English literature. Literary texts depict magic and its uses in a variety of ways, opening up new possibilities for categorizing magic (beyond the classic natural/demonic model) and understanding its effects (both within and outside of texts).

UPDATE: Reminder CFP: Merchants and Saints at Kalamazoo 2015

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 11:21am
Emily Kelley

There is still space available in this session organized for the next Kalamazoo medieval conference. Please note proposal deadline of September 15:

Call for Papers: Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine. International Congress on Medieval Studies, 14-17 May 2015

Piers Plowman in Seattle 23-26 July 2015

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:50am
International Piers Plowman Society

The International Piers Plowman Society announces the Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference, to be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, 23-26 July 2015. All presenters must be members of the Society (see PayPal link on home page to sign up.)

Please send abstracts of ca. 250 words or panel proposals by 1 October 2014 to . Panel proposals should include a brief explanation of the topic and brief abstracts of the papers to be considered.

Languages on Trial: Translation and the Law, NeMLA, 30 April - 3 May, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 2:11pm
Oisín Keohane (University of Toronto) and Ian Fleishman (University of Pennsylvania)

In appealing to the law, one must appeal to language. This raises the question of what kind of appeal to language can be made before the law, and in what ways the law depends on language. Consider Socrates in Plato's "Apology" for instance, pleading to his fellow Athenians to treat him as a stranger, to act as if he were a foreigner, an outsider, one ignorant of the 'native tongue' spoken in Athens. One might highlight how this Socratic 'as if' introduces narrativity and fiction into the very core of legal thought, a narrativity and fiction that the law is both troubled by and which it nevertheless frequently utilizes.

CFP Reminder: The New Materialisms - Issue 19, FORUM Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:42am
FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & the Arts

The role of matter has often been marginalised in much of philosophical thought. Rapid scientific and technological advances in the twentieth century, however, have since heightened the awareness of our place in the world as embodied human beings. This has revealed a pressing urgency to confront the ethical and political implications of our material practices within the dynamic terrain of contemporary times. As such, recognising the importance of material factors has led to an emergence of ways in which our prevailing understandings of material reality can be transformed.

Kalamazoo Special Session-"Copia Verborum" and "Catalogus Verborum"

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 3:17pm
Monika Otter/ Dartmouth College; Yun Ni/ Harvard University

"Copia Verborum: Synonymy, Amplification, Lists and Logorrhea"

"Catalogus Verborum: Catalogue, List and the Spilling-over of Learning"

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015

The word "copia" oscillates semantically between senses of "abundance, richness" and senses of "mastery, competence." Richness of expression, treasuries of words, mastery of vocabulary, amplification and ornamentation are fundamental concepts in rhetoric and poetics from late antiquity until the renaissance. Treatises on synonymy and word lists such as the ps.-Ciceronian "De Synonymis" were frequently copied.

Eating Otherwise: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Food and Culture. 28th February - 1st March 2015

Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 8:23am
Lancaster University (UK), Department of English and Creative Writing

We are pleased to invite 250 word abstract proposals for papers or panels for the two-day interdisciplinary symposium on food and culture titled 'Eating Otherwise'. The conference will be held at Lancaster University, Department of English & Creative Writing on the 28th of February and 1st of March 2015.

Kalamazoo 2015 - The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:06am
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies Special Session

The Secret Life of Medieval Plants

Sprouting from the roots of popular science writers such as Michael Pollan and cultivated by philosophers of vegetal life such as Michael Marder and Matthew Hall, ecocriticism's recent turn toward plant studies expands on developments in animal studies and posthumanisms. Plant studies engages with current conversations on bioethics, food security, genetic engineering, and the moral authority of "Nature." As medievalists such as Gillian Rudd, Peggy McCracken, and Robert W. Barrett have recently shown, medieval studies is poised to make significant contributions to this fertile field of study through analyses of the symbolic, cultural, economic, ecological, and religious role plants played in history.

Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:34pm
Alexandra Garner/Bowling Green State University

Call for Papers

Conference: 50th Annual International Congress for Medieval Studies
Location/Date: Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17 2015
Session: "Modernizing the Medieval for a New Generation: Medievalism in Young Adult and Children's Literature"
Organizer: Alexandra Garner, Bowling Green State University

UPDATED: Medieval Drama: Expanding the Canon--Period, Performance, and Pedagogy

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)

Because of the resurgence of medieval drama scholarship, 2015 is a fitting point at which to reassess our notions of a "medieval drama canon." Recent work has shown that medieval drama, like medieval literature in general, traverses multiple genres and historical periods. We also know that individual and communal audiences witnessed the drama in several sites, public and private. Moreover, the recent publications of several new "classroom" texts—in the forms of stand-alone editions and anthologies—show that instructors are moving beyond the traditional teaching texts, such as Mankind and the Towneley Second Shepherds Play, of the last several decades.