Posts Tagged ‘International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo’

Well, it’s been a long time.  There are decent, if not good, explanations for this, which I’ll get into later. Right now, it’s important to get back to blogging, and to get out a bunch of Kalamazoo calls for papers before the September 15 deadline. So, please read away–lots of good stuff below.


The Medieval Romance Society is still soliciting submissions for all three of its sponsored sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan this May 9-12, 2013. Titles and descriptions of the three sessions are listed below. For full information on the Congress and to fill out the Congress’s Participant Information Form, which must accompany all abstract submissions, please visit the Congress website at Submissions are due September 15th.

The MRS encourages broad interpretations of its calls for papers, and especially invites interdisciplinary work. It is also a graduate student-friendly organization, and generally attempts to include a graduate student in each of its sessions. Submissions may be made electronically to me at this email address ( and to Lucy Allen at let me know if you have any questions.


Subject: Reminder: CFP International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2013
Call for Papers: Mighty Protectors for the Merchant Class: Saints as Intercessors between the Wealthy and the Divine. International Congress on Medieval Studies, 9-12 May 2013

By the late medieval period, merchants formed an integral part of urban society; among their activities, they facilitated trade between city centers, participated in the governing of cities, and were patrons of churches and monasteries.  At the same time, the wealth that they amassed and their sometimes morally dubious activities, such as money lending, often left merchants fearful of what the afterlife would bring, causing them to appeal directly to specific saints for intercession.  This session seeks to explore the religious lives of these elite members of urban society, specifically considering the individual saints to whom merchants appealed for their earthly protection and heavenly salvation as well as the manner in which they made these appeals.

I have been getting a lot of CFPs from Kalamazoo sessions recently, so here they are below. Good luck in preparing for another year of medieval fun and scholarship!


“In a Word, Philology: Etymology, Lexicography, Semantics, and More in

ICMS 2013, Kalamazoo

Now in its fourth year, this session will continue to draw on the full
spectrum of Germanic philological and linguistic studies, including
but not limited to Old and Middle High German, Old and Middle English,
Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Old Frisian, Old Norse-Icelandic, Gothic,
Runic, comparative studies, Proto-Germanic, and Germanic within
Indo-European. Literary studies with a strong focus on language,
Editionswissenschaft, and/or linguistics will also be considered.

I suppose most folks are by now aware that the program to this year’s International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, Michigan, is now available from the Congress web page.  This will be my last ‘Zoo as a grad student, and I hope to make the most of it. At the rate I’m going now, I’ll be in that stage where I’m between turning in the diss and defending it, so I’ll literally have “nothing to do” (yeah right, reality check…).   With that in mind, here’s a run down of what caught my eye in this year’s schedule, and a fair blue print of sessions to which I’ll be going (the ones in italics being my main priority).  Can’t wait for May…As Chaucer and Malory can tell you, May is when all the fun starts.


Thursday at 10:00

Session 32 (mine).  Yup, I’m among those lucky ones ‘opening’ the conference.  Yipee.  My paper is “Crusade and Imperium in Staufer Germany, 1170-1200.”  Thanks, David, for letting me participate!


The deadline for paper proposals to the Kalamazoo congress is TOMORROW!!  So, here’s the last round of CFPs that have been piling up in my inbox, just in case you should read and feel inspired to throw together a paper topic in the 36 hours. Happy conferencing.


CFP Kalamazoo 2012: Reading Legal Sources

Please forward to all interested parties.

There is still space available for the following session:

Call for Papers: “Reading Legal Sources”

47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 10-13, 2012

Reading Legal Sources will provide an opportunity for medievalists working on any of the wide variety of medieval legal sources to come together to discuss their research. Although  medieval legal documents may originate in different times and places, there are enough similarities among these sources that scholars working with them often find it useful to discuss their work with colleagues whose work also utilizes legal material. They may often utilize similar strategies, encounter similar difficulties, or arrive at similar conclusions, and this session will provide them with a way to share these experiences and explore the similarities and differences between a diversity of legal sources.

Send abstracts of approximately 300 words along with the Congress Participant Information Form no later than September 15

David DiTucci

History Department

Western Michigan University


Oregon Medieval English Literature Society Session for the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

May 10-13, 2012