Here are some recent H-Net conference and contribution announcements, which I received from H-Grad yesterday or thereabouts.  These are CFPs which I find interesting, or offering some potential for papers and conference opportunities…As I’m a little grumpy and feeling pressed for time (trans: woke up late and am having trouble being productive today), I’m just copying and pasting from the H-Net announcements.  Nothing fancy here…

1.European History Section/SHA meeting in Baltimore Oct. 27-30, 2011 –CALL FOR PAPERS

Location: Maryland, United States Call for Papers Date: 2010-09-15 Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 Announcement ID: 177590

Call for papers for EHS/SHA annual meeting in Baltimore, Oct. 27-30, 2011 extended to: 15 Sept. 2010.

Papers on any aspect of European history are welcome.
Panels should consist of two or three papers, a commentator, and a chair. Graduate students, as well as faculty members and independent scholars are welcome to submit individual papers or panels.

Submissions should include a one-page description of each paper and a short (1-2 page) c.v. of each panelist. In the case of panels, please include the title of the panel and a short description of the topic and its rationale as a panel and indicate the name of the panel organizer. Proposals must be received by September 15, 2010.

Rebecca Boehling
1000 Hilltop Circle
Fax 410-4551045
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2. Gazing on the Medieval: Postmodern Theory and the Middle Ages (edited collection)

Publication Date: 2010-08-20 (in 30 days)
Date Submitted: 2010-07-16
Announcement ID: 177561

Contributions are currently being solicited for an peer-reviewed collection, tentatively titled Gazing on the Medieval: Postmodern Theory and the Middle Ages. The essays in this interdisciplinary volume will all engage postmodern theory (feminist, theological, political, psychoanalytical, post-structural, etc.) in the interpretation of medieval texts.

The overall reach of the volume is intentionally broad. Given that the idea of what is postmodern – or even what is theory – is entirely slippery, the intention is to let the collection grow organically as participants contemplate the distance between our own age and the Medieval. The volume is intended to be more than just an inquiry on how we might use 20th century theory to examine the Middle Ages, but a contemplation on both medieval and postmodern thought as they are refracted through each other.

Interested participants should send a detailed abstract of 300-500 words and a brief C.V. to Gretchen Busl at by August 20th, 2010. Full articles of 5-10,000 words will be due by April 1, 2011.

Gretchen Busl
University of Notre Dame

3. 3rd Annual Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Call for Papers Date: 2010-08-20 (in 30 days)
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15
Announcement ID: 177540

Call for Papers
3rd Annual Conference of the Atlantic Medieval Association
September 24th-25th, 2010
Dalhousie University and King’s College
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The third annual Atlantic Medieval Association conference encourages proposals in any relevant discipline, including history, theology, philosophy, literature in all vernacular languages and Latin, and the reception and use of the Middle Ages in later cultures; we especially encourage papers examining the regions which border the North Atlantic. This year’s conference will be held on September 24th-25th at Dalhousie University and King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The keynote speaker will be Prof. Stephen Gersh (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame), entitled “Hellenism in 15th Century Philosophy: Two Case-Studies (Nicholas of Cusa and Marsilio Ficino).” The newly conceived Atlantic Medieval Association is dedicated to fostering scholarly conversations and connections amongst medievalists living and working in the North Atlantic region, particularly Atlantic Canada and New England.

Paper proposals of approximately 300 words are invited in any discipline and any topic in the area of medieval studies. Graduate students are more than welcome to submit proposals and to attend. Please submit 300 word abstracts by August 20th, 2010, to Michael Fournier at Dalhousie University:

Michael Fournier
Department of Classics
Dalhousie University
(902) 494-2518

And this for kicks, if you’re interested in going to Spain…

4. Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages

Location: Spain
Call for Papers Date: 2010-09-30
Date Submitted: 2010-07-15
Announcement ID: 177537

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
7th -8th of February 2011.

Otherness in medieval society could be defined in many ways, typically by outward signs of difference. In a society where animals were polysemous and good to think with, it is unsurprising to find them regularly deployed in constructions of otherness. This meeting of the Medieval Animal Data Network (MAD) aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the diverse use of animals in constructions of otherness. It encompasses not only conceptualised difference, but also physical societal differences expressed in the varied treatment of real and imagined animals. The meeting also encompasses the use of animals to emphasise contrast more broadly, such as the juxtaposition between good and evil, or positive and negative features. Key topics include, but are not restricted to:
• Animals as paradigms for the known and unknown.
• Animals used to define the normative and the forbidden/deviant.
• Animals used in defining alternative world views.
• Breaching and enforcing societal boundaries through specific forms of animal exploitation (e.g. the consumption of horses and dogs in Christian contexts; the consumption of pork in Jewish and Muslim contexts).
• Animals as symbols of oppressors and the persecuted. Data and approaches may come from analyses of medieval art, material culture (zooarchaeology) and texts. The aim of the conference is to create an interesting cross-discipline forum for exploring a fundamental dimension of medieval European society.

Please email proposed paper titles and abstracts of 200 words, with accompanying name and institution details, to either Mónica A. Walker Vadillo ( or Alice Choyke (

Monica A. Walker Vadillo
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Avda. Profesor Aranguren s/n, Facultad de Geografía e Historia, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, 28040
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  1. Peter Sposato says:

    I might submit something for the AMA or EHS since the Zoo panels were so bad…

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