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


Session IV: Aglæca: What’s in a Word?

The term aglæca has received more than its share of critical attention, but there is still some disagreement on what it means in its many manifestations.  In Christ and Satan, GuthalcJulianaThe Phoenix, and The Whale its context in explicitly religious, but this is not necessarily the case in Beowulf (where it occurs most often).  Because the word refers to Sigemund, Beowulf, Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and the dragon, understanding its denotation and its connotation(s) has presented scholars with a number of difficulties.

This session invites presenters to (re)consider those difficulties—to consider a single word, aglæca, in new and different ways.  What are we to make of its use in the Old English corpus?  Are there new etymological or linguistic insights to help us find our way?  Do contemporary theories on monsters and/or gender shed light on these issues?  How much should its religious usage outside Beowulf affect our understanding of it in the poem itself?  A variety of approaches are possible: papers may focus on a specific text (not necessarily Beowulf) or on the word across the Old English corpus, they may be largely theoretical or pursue close readings of only a few lines.

Please send queries or abstracts (of no more than 250 words) to Marcus Hensel ( by 15 September 2011 for consideration.  Any papers not included in this session will be forwarded to the Congress Committee for possible inclusion in the General Sessions.


Goscelin of St. Bertin

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

Goscelin of St. Bertin was one of the most prolific and influential hagiographers to come out of the late 11th century, and certain of his works—most notably the Liber Confortatorius—have rightfully garnered much recent scholarly attention. In addition, several of Goscelin’s works, such as his hagiographic accounts of the female saints of Ely, have been given recent critical editions. Meanwhile some of his other works, such as his accounts of the early archbishops of Canterbury, are only now undergoing the process of editing and have not yet been printed in modern editions. This session welcomes papers from scholars who are working on Goscelin’s more familiar texts as well as those who are working on texts which have received little previous attention.  This session will also encourage a reconsideration of Goscelin’s place among late Anglo-Saxon writers and his influence on later Anglo-Latin writing.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words and a Participant Information Form (available here: to Melissa Mayus at no later than September 15th.  Any papers not included in this session will be forwarded to the Congress Committee for possible inclusion in the General Sessions.


INTERCESSORS BETWEEN THE WEALTHY AND THE DIVINEInternational Congress on Medieval Studies, 10-13 May 2012

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.

As an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationship between
merchants and their saintly protectors, this session will invite
papers examining evidence of specific relationships between merchants
and saints that might include consideration of merchant’s wills,
artistic patronage, manuscript collections, and pilgrimage, as well as
the religious practices of merchants’ confraternities and guilds.  The
session will welcome papers from all disciplines including, but not
limited to, history, art history, literature, religious studies, and

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words and a participant
information form to Emily Kelley ( no later than
September 15, 2011. The participant information forms are available
online at:

Emily Kelley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Art History
Art Department
Saginaw Valley State University

Call For Papers: Representations of the Secular in Medieval Art47th Internationcal Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10-13, 2012,
Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA)

Representations of the Secular in Medieval Art: The secular was as
prominent as the theological in art throughout the Middle Ages, from
architectural sculpture on Gothic cathedrals, to manuscript
illustrations of secular texts, to painted representations of secular
authority, to the decoration of secular buildings. Much has been
written on the prevalence of secular thought and secular material
culture (see Kleinhenz’s, “Secular Manuscript Illumination in France,”
Hamburger’s “The Mind’s Eye: Art and Theological Argument in the
Medieval West,” Walker and Luyster’s “Negotiating Secular and Sacred
in Medieval Art,” E.D. Maguire and H. Maguire’s “Art and Power in
Byzantine Secular Culture,” etc.), but these many works have barely
scratched the surface of the role of non-religious imagery and
representation in the medieval world. Secular imagery, iconography and
architecture all held important positions in medieval culture, whether
in the village parish, the bishop’s palace, or the jewelry box. Papers
selected for inclusion in this session may cover a variety of media
and styles, across Europe and throughout the entirety of the Middle
Ages. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words to Nicole E.
Ford at by 15 September 2011.

Nicole E. Ford,
Boston University

Seigneurie:the Group for the Study of the Nobility, Lordship, and Chivalry

invites submissions for it’s session at Kalamazoo 2012 on

The Nobility of Western France:  Anjou and its neighbors

Please send submissions to :

Sarah Delinger
4109 Oglethorpe Street, apt 101
Hyattsville, MD  20782
Ph: 301-403-0452


Donald Fleming
PO Box 209
Hiram, OH 44234
Ph: 330-569-5467

Call for Papers:

Sponsored Session: The Department of English Studies at Durham University invites submission of proposals for its session at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10-13, 2012.  The panel seeks proposals of 300-500 words with a working title and department affiliation by September 1, 2011. Participants will be contacted regardless of whether or not their proposal has been accepted. All proposals submitted but not accepted will be sent on to the general committee for consideration in one of the general sessions at Kalamazoo. The CfP is as follows:

Postcolonial England

Postcolonial theory has been applied to studies of the Middle Ages with increasing frequency over the past decade. Throughout the 2000s, medieval studies has seen a plethora of publications in this area, from ‘Postcolonial Middle Ages’ to ‘Empire of Magic.’ This theory in particular has become a more prominent niche within contemporary criticism. Additionally, though it has been applied in many areas of disciplinary study, there are still many categories which need further research. One area in which postcolonial theory is particularly applicable is the analysis of national identity. This subject has also been a hot topic in the past few years, especially in relation to England (Ashe, McDonald, Lavezzo, Fenton). These two discourses sometimes, but not always, work together–and both areas could benefit from further exploration, both independently and symbiotically. Medieval postcolonialism can have the tendency to be too broad in its analysis and application throughout Europe, whereas discussions of national identity through specific texts can be overly narrow. By focusing on postcolonial interpretations of national identity in England alone, it makes for a more precise, but still broad area for discussion. This session will aim for papers which apply postcolonial theory to English texts in an attempt to better understand English concepts of national identity, specifically looking at less obvious, rather than canonical, texts as many of these have already been explored. For example, much work has already been done on romances such as Bevis of Hampton, Guy of Warwick, Richard Cour de Lyon, and Havelok the Dane. There is still much to be researched however, and this session aims to encourage such endeavours. As Thomas Crofts and Robert Rouse recently said in their 2009 chapter in ‘A Companion to Medieval Popular Romance,’ the lesser-explored romances “present more complex challenges for the critic [and] continue to demand individual detailed attention, lest we be lulled by their familiar rhythm into the belief that they speak with one voice.” We have chosen to propose this session to provide a more focused exploration of medieval national identity and postcolonialism by focusing on England, and hope this session will provide a larger litmus test for these ideas through its focus on lesser-explored English texts.

Contact: Meghan Glass

47th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo)
May 10-13, 2012

Loving Relations: Familial Love in the Early Medieval World

Familial love was a social and cultural foundation, described by some medieval authors as the microcosm for wider social order and interaction. It was also a model used to portray the close bonds of religious relationships, such as the ties between monk and abbot, layperson and priest, or human and God. Descriptions of familial love have much to offer scholars interested in early medieval social and cultural history as well as scholars of gender, as expressions of love varied based on the gender, age, and relative power dynamic of the parties involved.

This session will seek to explore expressions of familial love in the early Middle Ages. We hope to discover how love was expressed or enacted between spouses, parents and children, and siblings in natal, adoptive or foster families. We also encourage explorations of how descriptions of familial love compared to expressions of love between friends, within secular political relationships, religious communities, and even the wider “community of man.” We seek to have an interdisciplinary panel that reflects the various ways that familial love is reflected in the textual and material culture of the early medieval world. The aim of the panel is to bring together scholars who wish to explore how expressions of love and family bonds can deepen our understanding of the literature and emotional, social, cultural, and political history of the early Middle Ages.

Please send proposals and a Participant Information Form (link below) to by September 15th.

The Participant Information Form can be downloaded in MS Word or pdf format from

Amber Handy, PhD
Assistant Professor of History
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College St MUW-1634
Columbus MS 39701

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