Government and Governance from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: Representation and Reality

deadline for submissions: 
July 21, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
New England Medieval Consortium
contact email: 

Keynote Speakers:

Amy Appleford, of Boston University, “Governing Bodies in Late Medieval London”


Jonathan Lyon, of the University of Chicago, “Was there a Difference Between Lordship and Governance in Late Medieval Germany?”


The New England Medieval Consortium seeks abstracts for papers that consider questions and problems inherent in organizing sophisticated societies from late antiquity through the Renaissance. Submissions are welcome from all fields of scholarly study including but not limited to history, literature, philosophy, theology, numismatics, art history, and manuscript studies. Government and governance are understood for the purposes of this conference to include all aspects of human organization from neighborhood associations and guilds to kingdoms and empires, and from parishes and priories to the papacy. Possible areas of inquiry include corruption, patronage, ethics, reform, institutional structures, bureaucracy, propaganda, jurisdiction, rights, and obligations.


Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to David Bachrach ( via email attachment. On your abstract please provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address. Abstracts are due by July 21, 2018.