It’s been a LONG time since I’ve blogged, and an even LONGER time since I did a CFP round up.  But, what will you. The art of blogging is sometimes the art of the possible, as well as the art of finding just the right short subject on which to write.   Put those two together, and that pretty much explains the lack of action in the last six-seven weeks.

Anyway, here’s a list of various CFPs that have come across my inbox in the last few weeks.


Fortieth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
Medieval Emotions
April 4-5, 2014
Abstracts are due October 18 for the Fortieth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. This year’s theme is “Medieval Emotions,” and the plenary speakers will be Dr. William Reddy of Duke University, author of The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia and Japan, 900-1200 CE, and Dr. Miri Rubin, author of numerous books on late medieval religious culture, including Emotion and Devotion: The Meaning of Mary in Medieval Religious Cultures. The conference will also feature a roundtable discussion on “Scholastic Emotions” led by Dr. Mark Jordan, author of The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology and Rewritten Theology: Aquinas After his Readers. The Colloquium will take place at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, April 4-5, 2014.
The conference committee invites 20-minute papers from all disciplines on any aspect of medieval emotions, feelings, or affects.  They also welcome proposals for 3-paper sessions on particular topics related to the theme.  Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., electronically if possible, no later than 18 October 2013. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented; completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 5 March 2014.
The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student or recent PhD recipient (degree awarded since July 2010).
For more information, contact:
Dr. Matthew W. Irvin, Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
Or visit the conference website:
Special CFP for Undergraduate Panel at Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
The conference committee invites 15-minute papers for an undergraduate panel from all disciplines on any medieval topic, though papers focusing on medieval emotions, feelings, or affects are particularly encouraged. Participants must be undergraduates currently enrolled in a college or university. Students should submit an abstract (approx. 150 words), electronically if possible, no later than 2 December 2013. Completed papers will be due no later than 26 February 2014. For more information, visit the conference website.


The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages

2nd Annual Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium Conference

Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Professor Geraldine Heng
Perceval Fellow and Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, with a joint appointment in Middle Eastern studies and Women’s studies at the University of Texas at Austin

The students of the Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium (IMGC) are pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for the second annual IMGC conference, ‘The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages’, to take place on 28 Feb-1 Mar 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.

The transnational turn in the humanities over the last two decades has put increasing pressure on our ideas of nationhood and has provided us with a liberating awareness of the constructedness of the spaces we study. New methodologies have developed in response to this pressure as scholars turn to comparative approaches, borderland studies, histoire croisée, studies of empire, and oceanic models in order to accommodate the ambiguities of nationhood and of conceptions of space. Suggested by seminal transnational studies, such as Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, many critics now study “the flows of people, capital, profits and information.” Recently, David Wallace’s ambitious literary history of Europe has adopted a similarly fluid approach to culture, avoiding a study of “national blocks” of literature, organizing itself instead along transnational itineraries that stretch beyond the European sphere. The Middle Ages offer a particularly broad and rich era in which to encounter fluid notions of space, as any glance at a medieval map such as the famous Hereford mappa mundi invitingly suggests. We invite presentations from all fields to explore any aspect of the medieval “geographic imagination,” of conceptions of space, place, and nation: ideas of geography, cartography, transnational identities and networks, intercultural encounters, mercantile routes, travelogues, rural and urban spaces, religious places, and concepts of locality and local identities.

The IMGC is delighted to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Dr Geraldine Heng, well known to many of us for her exhaustive and provocative study of medieval romance, Empire of Magic, and her subsequent work on race in the Middle Ages.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by 15 Dec, 2013 on the conference website. Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests.

This conference is generously sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The Nanovic Institute is committed to enriching the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.



Call for Papers

Humanities Education and Research Association

Annual Conference, February 27- March 1, 2014

Washington D.C.

Humane, Inhumane, Human

In keeping with HERA’s mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Classics, Communication Studies, Composition, Cultural Studies, Dance, Design, Digital Technology, Education, Environmental Issues, Ethics, Ethnic Studies, Family, Film Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Globalization, History, Languages, Literature, Media, Museum Studies, Music, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sexuality, Sociology, Theater and all sciences relevant to the topic.

Creative presentations, readings, and exhibitions are also welcomed. Submissions are encouraged from educators at all levels (including advanced graduate students) as well as all those with an interest in the arts and humanities.

Proposals for papers, panels, or workshops must be submitted through the conference web portal on the HERA website at

Questions may be directed to the conference organizers, Marcia Green (, Sarita Cannon (, and Erin McCoy (

Presentation time for individual papers is limited to 15-20 minutes.

Deadline for submission: no later than October 24, 2013.

The Fairfax Hotel Embassy Row (Starwood Luxury Collection) is the host of HERA’s 2014 conference.  The guest room rate is $139 plus tax.  The hotel is a short walk from the Dupont Circle Metro stop.


46th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association
Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance”
June 12-14, 2014
Denver, CO
Deadline for abstracts and session proposals: November 15, 2013
Pilgrimage to holy sites and shrines was a mainstay of European life throughout the medieval and Renaissance periods, and the journeys to places such as Canterbury, Santiago de Compostela, Assisi, Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem informed a devotional tradition that encouraged participation from all social classes, evoked commentary by chroniclers, playwrights, and poets, and inspired artistic, iconographic, and literary expressions. Even when the faith-based culture of the Middle Ages began to transform into the more empirical (and experiential) centuries of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformations, pilgrimages were still very much on the minds of writers and geographers as a source of both inspiration and criticism (Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyon, Hakluyt, and Raleigh).
The RMMRA Program Committee welcomes individual paper and panel proposals that address the conference theme from disciplines within the late antique, medieval, Renaissance, and
Reformation periods (c. 4th to 17th centuries).
See the full CFP here:
Heckman Research Stipends
Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, Minnesota 56321
Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again.
The program is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.
Applications must be submitted by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.
Applicants are asked to provide:
  • a letter of application with current contact information, the title of the project, length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates, and the amount requested (up to $2,000)
  • a description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to its successful completion of the project; applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed (maximum length: 1,000 words)
  • an updated curriculum vitae
  • a confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by an advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of the applicant’s work

Please send all materials as email attachments to:, with “Heckman Stipend” in the subject line. Questions about the stipends may be sent to the same address.


Call for Papers

Mid America Medieval Association (MAMA) 38 “The Global Middle Ages”

Where: The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri

When: February 22, 2014

Theme: The Global Middle Ages

Plenary Address: Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney

“Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective”

This year’s MAMA Conference will focus on the study of the medieval period in a global context. The rise of world history in the Academy, as well as the increasingly interconnected world in which we live in the 21st century, has not left medievalists unaffected. Paper and session proposals in any area of medieval studies will be welcome, but we hope to pay particular attention to the following topics:

vthe transferability of the concept of a “middle age” to non-European societies and economies

vpost-colonial and/or comparative studies focusing on exchanges between Europe, Asia, and Africa

vbook arts, preservation, calligraphy, paleography and codicology of non-western manuscripts

vthe interdependency of pre-modern cultures

vtravel accounts, maps, and other evidence of historical or imaginative cultural exchange

vglobal trade and representations of luxury goods such as ivory, spices, silks, ceramics, and jewels

vthe influence of global cultures on European science, medicine, fashion, food, and art

vmedieval European perceptions of African and Asian peoples and civilizations

vpapers or sessions dedicated to the non-European locations (e.g. cities like Jerusalem or  Timbuktu, or “medieval” eras such as the Sui or Tang dynasties in China, the Heian/Kamakura eras in Japan, Moghul India, Fatamid/Abassid/Mamluk periods)

vpedagogical approaches to teaching the Middle Ages as part of World History/ Literature/Religion Programs

Submissions should be in the form of abstracts (300 word limit) for both individual papers and sessions, and should include all contact information.

Presenters in session proposals must be listed, with all contact information. Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals:  Friday, 15 December 2013

Send all submissions via email to:

Graduate Students whose papers have been accepted and may submit them for the Jim Falls Prize.  The Deadline for full paper submission, which must be limited to 10 pages and must contain footnotes/endnotes and bibliography, is January 10, 2014.  Send submissions to Professor Linda Mitchell, chair, via email:


Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2014 Multidisciplinary Graduate
Student Conference

Call for Papers:
Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2013
Conference: January 23 – 25, 2014, at the Newberry Library, Chicago
Downloadable PDF flyer—please post and circulate:

We invite abstracts for 15-minute papers from master’s or PhD students
from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in
Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. The 2014 conference will
be expanded to accommodate more students, with eighteen sessions and a
total of seventy-two presenters.

Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the
Center for Renaissance Studies consortium

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for
Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding
to attend this program


A. W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar 2014-2015/Carnegie Mellon University

Call for Papers for Sawyer Seminar: The Ghetto: Concept, Conditions, and
Connections in Transnational Historical Perspective, from the 11th Century
to the Present.

Organizers: Professors Wendy Goldman and Joe Trotter, Department of
History, Carnegie Mellon University

Deadline for proposal: February 1, 2014
Seminar: Fall 2014-Spring 2015

During the academic year Fall 2014-Spring 2015, the Department of History
of Carnegie Mellon University will host a Sawyer Seminar dedicated to the
theme, The Ghetto: Concept, Conditions, and Connections in Transnational
Historical Perspective, from the 11th Century to the Present.  The concept
of the “ghetto,” or of the enforced spatial segregation of part of an urban
or national population into a closed, demarcated space for habitation,
work, and life, has a long and painful history.  Indeed, as a political and
social practice, it has persisted for almost a millennium, surviving great
transformations in economy, government, and nation. Few modes of control
have been applied to so many different purposes and groups, from the walled
areas of medieval Europe to apartheid South Africa to the Nazi killing
depots to the segregated slums of the United States.  Deployed in different
ways and invested with varied meanings, the concept has proved useful in
maintaining social, religious, and racial hierarchies throughout centuries.

The aim of this Sawyer Seminar is to explore the remarkable tenacity of the
“ghetto,” its uses for those in power, the lived experience of those locked
within its physical and economic confines, the unique cultures it created,
and theresistance it spawned.  The word itself has featured prominently in
discourses of power and of resistance, as a descriptor of concrete policy
and as an abstract signifier of repression. In tracing state policy, lived
experience, and conceptual discourses of the ghetto, the Seminar will bring
together a diverse interdisciplinary, international community of scholars
to examine the ghetto through an approach that spans centuries and nations.
The Seminar will focus on four case studies of the ghetto:
* as a place for confining the Jewish population of Europe, originating in
1500 and ending in the 1870s.
* as a key element of the spatial segregation established by colonial
policy in the apartheid state of South Africa from the late nineteenth to
the twentieth century
* as part of the Nazi policy of genocide against the Jews of Europe and the
former Soviet Union
* as a cornerstone of the racial segregation of African Americans in the
cities of the United States

We invite scholars from the U.S. and abroad, working in any of
these four areas, to present a paper at the Seminar.  Selected scholars
will send a written paper of approximately 30-35 pages to the Seminar in
advance for discussion.  Scholars selected will receive travel expenses,
accommodation, and an honorarium of $1,600.  Email proposals to CAUSE
Program Coordinator, Hikari Aday (hikarik(at) by February,
2014.  Proposals should include: a one-page abstract of your paper
including a paragraph on sources and your background/expertise in the
topic, and a brief one-two page c.v.


History of the Religions: Part II
Columbia University Department of Religion
Graduate Conference
March 28, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Michael Lambek, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Chair of Anthropology, University of Toronto

The “History of Religions” as a paradigm for religious studies seems to have long fallen out of favor in the academic world. But the historically informed study of religion remains critical for the field across disciplinary approaches. Intellectual historians, for example, who have been generally affiliated with the study of political theory and philosophy, are paying greater attention to the religious dimension of ideas across temporal and geographical boundaries. Anthropologists and ethnographers, for their part, are investigating religious traditions themselves as sources of alternative forms of history and historiography. This conference invites new constructive explorations into the intersection of history and religion, grounded in explicit reflection on the centrality of historical methodologies to and concepts of history in religious studies. We encourage submissions which may address but are not limited to the following topics:
  • The encoding of history into rituals and practices
  • Methods of historiography and their application to religious studies
  • Intellectual history as a method for religious studies
  • Alternative visions of history in religious traditions
  • The application and applicability of history and historical method to non-Euro-American pasts
  • Religion as a factor in systems of historical periodization
  • Historical concepts in religious traditions, e.g., apocalypticism, futurity, the “end” of history
  • Reception history of religious texts
Applicants are welcome to submit papers that reflect on relevant theoretical questions and demonstrate methodological innovation in original research. Proposals should include a 300-word abstract explaining the topic, main argument, and methodology of the project. Please direct proposal submissions with your name, institution, specialization, and year of study to by December 1, 2013. (Participants will be notified of their acceptance to the conference by January 1, 2014).
Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
April 4-5, 2013
The literature and culture of the late medieval and early modern periods were profoundly affected by the expansion of new artisanal and scientific technologies-innovations and ideas that would lead to the production and consumption of new forms of knowledge. In both periods, knowledge was conceptualized across a range of intersecting disciplines, including natural philosophy, astrology, mathematics, medicine, art, mechanics, and cartography, among others. Literature embraced, criticized, or participated in these fields in diverse ways, often examining how these new forms or categories of knowledge influenced the locus and ontology of the individual and social self.
Collectively, we will investigate the ways in which medieval and early modern literature engages with scientific, technological and textual processes of making and disseminating knowledge. In addition, we are interested in discussing the creation and development of modern/postmodern technologies through and around medieval and early modern texts. As such, scholars studying medieval and early modern texts, performances, and art-or later reassessments thereof- are welcome.
This conference is part of a three-year collaboration between King’s College, London and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Previous conferences include “Shakespeare and the Natural World” at UNC and “Shakespeare, Memory, and Culture” at KCL. “Making Knowledge” aims to continue this collaboration and engage in critical discussion with graduate students from both institutions and from across the US.
Dr. Pamela Smith, a cultural historian at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote titled “From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in early Modern Europe” on Saturday evening, April 5th. Dr. Smith’s publications include Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern EuropeThe Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution, and Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800.
We invite papers on these and related topics. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due December 1st, 2013 
to Participants will be notified on January 25th.

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