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Remote Middle English 1

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
MLA Middle English Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Middle English Forum Roundtable CFP for MLA National Convention 2022, to be held in Washington, D.C., January 6-9, 2022

 

This roundtable session invites papers that analyze perceptions, representations, and implications of the remote in the Middle English period and its immediate premodern afterworlds, whether geographic, linguistic, literary, cultural, political, emotional, or other, c.1200-1700. What does Middle English remoteness signify? How does such remoteness signify?

 

MLA 2022: Remote Middle English 2: Present Negotiations with the Past

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 11:07am
MLA Middle English Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Sequestered away from our institutions, colleagues, and students, and yet continuing to seek connections with them, many medievalists have no doubt registered the uncanny resemblance between the newly remote experiences of our work and the already pervasive perceptions of that work as remote, both within and without academe. On the one hand, we find ourselves suddenly at a mandated remove from the special collections and archives that our work often requires, even while immersing ourselves in the twenty-first media technology that, we hope, will convey to students at a distance the excitement of texts originally hand copied on parchment.

Omission

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:51am
Patrick Gill, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, March 12, 2021

Omission as the purposeful withholding of a component from a text or other work of art, is an aesthetic practice looking back on a long history. From the simple statement to the effect that a particular idea cannot be adequately expressed, via the deliberate practice of choosing which scenes not to represent on stage, to the sudden collapse of a text into an unexpected silence, omission can be a powerful aesthetic strategy. Be it through deliberate incompletion, through the absence of language or characters, or through a dearth of contextual information leaving an abundance of interpretive gaps, such instances of omission are based on three main ideas:

Diglossia, Heteroglossia, and Raciolinguistics

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:44am
MLA 2022 - CLCS-Medieval Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

People form new grammars and dialects through creative languaging: creolization, code-switching, etc. The results carry markers of intercultural relations and historical tensions. How do raciolinguistics manifest in Medieval literature, Medieval reiterations, and historiography?Languages have a deep capacity to coexist, disrupt, and change, and they survive each cultural encounter either strengthened or weakened, but certainly transmogrified. Language’s abilities to form new grammars and dialects through creative formations is apparent in both Medieval texts and in Medieval reiterations.

Resilience, Resistance and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:44am
UCLA Medieval and Early Modern Graduate Student Association (MEMSA)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 1, 2021

The global medieval and early modern world (broadly considered, c. 900-1750) underwent myriad profound changes, from devastating famines, plagues, and wars to an increased entanglement of the continents, economic transformations, and technological and scientific developments. These changes were often accompanied by calls for the reshaping of the institutions and structures – political, religious, intellectual, etc. – which undergirded societies’ approach to these challenges, encompassing such responses as resistance, resilience, and renewal. 

The White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference: Self & Selves

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:43am
Centre for Medieval Studies at York and the Institute for the Medieval Studies at Leeds
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference: Self & Selves

The Centre for Medieval Studies at York and the Institute for the Medieval Studies at Leeds have sponsored a new postgraduate conference: the White Rose Medieval Graduate Conference! Our theme for the 2021 virtual conference is Self & Selves.

Anti-Racist Comparison: What is Comparison after Eurocentrism?

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:43am
MLA 2022 : CLCS-Medieval Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

The discipline of Comparative Literature has already been through its “age of multiculturalism” (1995) and its “age of globalization” (2006), in the effort to displace European/Eurocentric hierarchies of value with more nuanced goals for literary study. As Comparative Literature has diversified, however, medieval studies has often been aligned with the old Eurocentrisms. What can medieval studies contribute to the next phase of the discipline, the “age of anti-racism”?Please send 250 word abstracts to Michelle Warren (michelle.r.warren@dartmouth.edu) by March 15th.

City and Cities in the Epic Imagination

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Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:42am
Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention, Washington, DC, January 6-9, 2021

Session sponsored by the Société Rencesvals pour l'étude des épopées romanes (American-Canadian Branch)

 

City and Cities in the Epic Imagination

 

What is a city? How are urban spaces constructed in the epic text? What types of characters inhabit this space? How and why do they enter or leave the city? How do they relate to one another within the urban space as opposed to other spaces? How do they inhabit the city? How do they relate to the city as space?  What activities take place in the city and around the city in the epic narratives?

 

PCA: Medievalism in Popular Culture, VIRTUAL

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Monday, February 8, 2021 - 12:59pm
Popular Culture Association
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, February 28, 2021

CFP: Medievalism in Popular Culture

PCA/ACA 2021 National Conference

Jun 2nd – 5th – VIRTUAL

 

The Medievalism in Popular Culture Area (including Early to Later Middle Ages, Robin Hood, Arthurian, Chaucer, Norse, and other materials connected to medieval studies) accepts papers on all topics that explore either popular culture during the Middle Ages or transcribe some aspect of the Middle Ages into the popular culture of later periods. These representations can occur in any genre, including film, television, novels, graphic novels, gaming, advertising, art, etc. For this year’s conference, I would like to encourage submissions on some of the following topics:

 

Premodern Affect (MLA, Guaranteed Sponsored Session)

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:48pm
Andreea Marculescu, LLC Medieval French
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

The recent “affective turn” derives from a Spinozist interpretation and complication of the dualist mind-body binary. The mind’s power to think is intimately entangled with and correlated to the body’s power to act. Affect refers to the body’s capacity to affect and be affected, to its sensitivity and connection to other bodies. Recent interpretations of affect link it to everyday modes of production, circulation, and consumption as well. For example, for Sara Ahmed affects, just like emotions, “stick” as they circulate between bodies and thus produce subjectivities that disrupt or reconfigure a status quo.

The Uses of Anachronism and Anachrony (MLA Guaranteed Session)

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:48pm
Noah Guynn (LLC Medieval French)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Anachronism has long been the third rail of medieval studies—or, to quote Lucien Febvre, “the worst of all sins, the sin that cannot be forgiven.” Medievalists want to get our period “right,” which has often meant understanding it in relation to “euchronic” evidence. The intolerance of anachronism is, however, in conflict with medieval literary aesthetics, which often troubles differences between past and present. It is also at odds with recent developments in adjacent fields.

Racial Capitalism and the Middle Ages (MLA Sponsored Session)

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Friday, February 5, 2021 - 3:48pm
Noah Guynn (LLC Medieval French), Shirin Khanmohamadi (CLCS Medieval)
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, March 15, 2021

Coined by Cedric J. Robinson in his magnum opus Black Marxism (1983), the term “racial capitalism” refers to the simultaneous and interdependent rise of global capitalism and racial classification and stratification. Robinson’s principal goal is to identify a tradition of radical thought and practice among Black intellectuals and activists in sites of colonial exploitation. He therefore decenters Marxist history by shifting our attention away from metropolitan Europe as a site of political radicalization. Black Marxism begins, however, in the European Middle Ages, which in Robinson’s view gave rise both to modern myths of whiteness and to the racialization of the proletariat.

“Book Groups: Scholarship, Study, and Reading in and about Medieval England” MMLA 2021 Permanent Session Old and Middle English Language and Literature

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 1:57pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, April 5, 2021

The general conference theme “cultures of collectivity” presents some very current and relevant possibilities for the study of late antique and medieval English languages and literatures.  Any proposal that considers this theme in general will be welcome, but two foci will be of particular interest.

First, the study of book culture and literacy has been a growing field in recent years both in terms of groups of readers and groups of texts. This approach might address ideas concerning reading communities, literacy and education, book sharing, book production and combining of texts as complete or excerpted works, and use and re-use of books or texts over time.

On Going: figuring journey, position and place

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 1:03pm
Christian Literary Studies Group, Oxford
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 31, 2021

Day conference
Corpus Christi College, Oxford, UK, Saturday 6 November 2021 
We are looking for papers which consider journeying, place and the way as tropes in ancient or modern texts, and we look especially for associations with Christian and Biblical themes.

Papers normally have a reading time of about 20 minutes, and are followed by a few minutes of discussion. They are offered for publication in The Glass and subsequently on the CLSG website.

The deadline for offering a paper is 31 May 2021. Send a provisional title and a few lines on how you will tackle your topic. Email Dr Roger Kojecký, secretary@clsg.org

Interpretations, Appropriations, and Rewritings of Giovanni Boccaccio

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Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 11:50am
11th International Montevideana Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Department of European Literature at the University of the Republic (Uruguay) announces its 11th International Montevideana Conference, to be held virtually.

 

It is tempting to think of Boccaccio's most important work in relation to our current times, given that in recent months the Decameron has become a virtual meeting place through rewrites, seminars, and group readings dedicated to the text. The superposition of his pandemic with ours has become, in more than one sense, a paradoxical kind of locus amoenus, adding a new layer to the varied investigations and artistic appropriations that this Italian text has motivated in its 700 years of existence.

Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference CFP: Drama and Society (Nov. 11-14 2021)

updated: 
Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:58pm
Kimberly Jew, University of Utah
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021

 

PAMLA 2021 LAS VEGAS: "CITY OF GOD, CITY OF DESTRUCTION" (Thursday, November 11 - Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Sahara Las Vegas Hotel, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

 

Session: Drama and Society

Contacts: Kimberly Jew, University of Utah (kimberly.jew@utah.edu) & Judith Saunders (judith.saunders1@gmail.com)

Corporeal Creations: Bodily Figurations of Creativity (Online Workshop)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 2:43pm
University of Tübingen (CRC 1391)
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021

From John Gower’s account of Robert Grosseteste’s construction of a talking head to George Herbert’s depiction of the heart as a place for divine encounters; from Ben Jonson’s pride in his literary offspring to Victor Frankenstein’s horrified reaction to the physical reality of his own creation, creativity has long been thought of in bodily terms. Imagery centered on the human body – and, frequently, on its procreative propensities – serves to configure the relationship between creator and creation or to describe interpersonal exchange and mutual dependence; bodily metaphors are useful both in celebrating human achievements and castigating Promethean pride and solipsistic self-involvement.

Scent and Fragrance: Medieval and Renaissance Form 2021 CFP

updated: 
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 - 1:08pm
Medieval and Renaissance Forum
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum: VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Keene State College
Friday and Saturday April 16-17, 2021

We are delighted to announce that the 41st Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place virtually on Friday, April 16 and Saturday April 17, 2021.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Queer Gower edited collection

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:34pm
Will Rogers/ULM
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

Co-editors: Natalie Grinnell, Reeves Family Professor in the Humanities (Wofford College) and Will Rogers (University of Louisiana-Monroe)

 

New Chaucer Studies: Pedagogy and Profession

updated: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 11:29pm
Katie Little
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, April 1, 2021

 

Call for Papers

 

New Chaucer Studies:  Pedagogy and Profession

Movement: 2021 Medieval Studies Student Colloquium

updated: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 1:20pm
Medieval Studies Student Colloquium at Cornell
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirty-first annual graduate student colloquium (MSSC). The conference will take place on the 26th and the 27th of March, to be held virtually over Zoom.

This year’s colloquium focuses on the theme of movement. Movement denotes the movement of peoples, cultures, thoughts and goods, the migration of plants and of animals. What happens to movement when it is frozen in stone (the swoop of hair across a person’s face in a marble statue)? How does an idea change when it is translated from one language to another? We are interested in movement defined broadly and represented across a range of disciplines.

OA Journal Translat Library is Accepting Submissions

updated: 
Monday, October 19, 2020 - 10:00am
Translat Library - University of Massachusetts Amherst
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 1, 2021

Call for Papers -- Translat Library is accepting submissions.

Translat Library is a new open access journal devoted to the literary culture of Europe (1200-1600), with an emphasis on vernacular translations, the Romance letters, and the Latin tradition. Translat Library publishes short rigorous essays contributing new documentation and editions of unpublished texts.

Premodern New Materialisms

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Friday, October 16, 2020 - 11:12am
Adin Lears and Tekla Bude
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, January 15, 2021

      In recent decades, critical theory and scholarship have taken up the category of matter and the material in order to renew interrogations of categories such as the “self” and the “human.” But whereas mid-twentieth century scholarship’s Marxist-historicist turn focused on material circumstances of reading and its social and political effects, these more recent theoretical endeavors – loosely aggregated under the framework of “new materialism” – explore and expand the notion of matter itself: what, after all, is matter, and how does it affect society and its discursive practices? How does it have agency or force, and how does it relate to life, broadly understood?

Call for book reviewers

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 5:23pm
Religion and the Arts, Boston College
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, February 1, 2021

Religion and the Arts, a peer-reviewed journal edited at Boston College and published by Brill of the Netherlands, is looking for writers with professional experience and an advanced degree to write individual book reviews and combined review-essays in the fields of religion and literature, poetry, music, dance, architecture, film, and art history. Our reviewers are academics, independent scholars, writers, poets, artists, teachers, and clergy. 

 

Please send a short bio and vita to relarts@bc.edu describing your education, publications, and current interests: as well as any recent books (2019 forward) you might like to review. 

Questionning the Crime of Witchcraft: Definitions, Receptions and Realities (14th-16th Centuries)

updated: 
Monday, October 12, 2020 - 2:11pm
Maxime Gelly-Perbellini / EHESS, Paris, France
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, November 30, 2020

In the last decades, the multiplications of works in the field of Witchcraft Studies made it possible to profoundly renew the approaches and the study designs of the repression of witchcraft in the late Middle Ages and in the beginning of the Early Modern Era. Consequently, research has substantially specified the methods and configurations (ideological, political and doctrinal) that contribute to the genesis of the “witch-hunt”. Research also uncovered that the repression of witchcraft could take a number of different forms depending on the contexts, the spaces studied, the sources and the aims they seem to pursue. It underlines the extreme plasticity of the accusation of witchcraft and the categories of such a crime.

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