Kalamazoo Sessions seeking papers…

Posted: August 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

So, we’re getting to that time of year again, when proposals are due for the big medieval congresses next year…This also means the semester is beginning soon, too. There are several sessions for the ‘Zoo next year seeking paper proposals (including my own). More will probably follow:

Dana Cushing is looking for papers for a session about “Maritime History of the Early Crusades (before 1204)” to be presented at the next Kalamazoo conference (May 13-16, 2010).

This is an emerging field, so he would like especially to encourage graduate students and non-medievalists (such as art historians, archaeologists, professional seamen, etc.) to participate.

Please send a one-page Abstract before 25 September 2009 to:
Dana Cushing
PO Box 187
Grand Island, NY 14072

The conference website: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html

2. (from Anne Romine) Seigneurie, a group for the study of lordship, the nobility, and chivalry, invites paper proposals for a session at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, May 13-16, 2010.

The Contestation of Chivalry

The scholarship of recent years makes it ever more clear that the values of chivalry were under constant tension, as clerics, kings, and knights themselves worked to revive, reform, or otherwise influence them. Bernard of Clairvaux held up the newly founded Order of the Temple as a model, calling knights to greater efforts in the service of the church and the Holy Land. Edward III of England, founding the Order of the Garter in 1348, sought to reinforce the links between chivalric prowess and loyalty to the crown. Ramon Llull’s Book of the Order of Chivalry urges self-policing within the knightly ranks, so that robber and traitor knights should not be permitted to tarnish the praiseworthy name of knighthood. In 1394, Philippe de Mézières predicted darkly that the upcoming crusade to Hungary (which would end in disaster at the battle of Nicopolis) could not succeed unless the knights involved were to repent and reform their lives. As scholars continue to debate just how meaningful chivalry was in practice, we must take into account the many examples of contemporaries who attempted, by invoking chivalric ideals, to influence the priorities and the behavior of knights. Papers might explore such topics as:

· Ecclesiastical and literary critiques of chivalry, the knightly class, or specific activities like tournaments

· Disputes with the nobility itself as to what constituted proper chivalric behavior

· The relative importance placed by writers of chivalric manuals on different elements of the concept

· Institutions, like orders of knighthood, which attempted to promote specific interpretations of correct chivalric behavior

Please submit one-page abstracts for a 20-minute paper and contact information (name, email, and affiliation) to Anne Romine of St. Louis University via email (aromine@slu.edu) before September 15, 2009.

For more information about Seigneurie, or for correspondence by post rather than electronic mail, please contact Donald Fleming, History Department, Hiram College, Hiram OH 44234 (Flemingdf@Hiram.edu).

Daniel Franke, University of Rochester, is seeking paper proposals for a session entitled “Warfare in Staufen Germany: New Directions and Perspectives,” which he is organizing for the next Kalamazoo conference (May 13-16, 2010). The term “Staufen Germany” is broadly construed to include all aspects of warfare in the German imperium from roughly 1120 to 1300. Medieval German warfare has slowly been receiving increased attention in the last decade, and this session seeks to highlight advances and new contributions to this under-appreciated topic; thus it welcomes proposals on diverse topics from a variety of fields, such as military, technology, or art history.

Interested participants should send 1-page paper proposals, with the Congress cover letter, no later than September 15 to the following paper or email address:

Daniel Franke
Department of History
364 Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Fax: 585-756-4425

Congress paper submissions page: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html


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