Posts Tagged ‘Kalamazoo’

My Rochester colleagues Kristi Castleberry and Kara L. McShane are looking for another paper or two to fill out what promises to be a really great session on Arthurian animals. Here’s the description:

From dragon-laced dreams to lion companions to warhorses, animals play a vital role in a wide range of Arthurian materials. Kara and I invite proposals engaging with the varying roles of animals within the realms of Arthurian literature, art, film, etc. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the relationships between humans and animals in Arthuriana (for example, a knight and his horse), the historical place of animals in the tradition, the distinction (or lack thereof) between humans and animals, figures who can not be easily categorized as human or animal, animals symbolism and heraldry, prophetic animals, the adaptation of animals for contemporary Arthurian media, and more.
Please send 250-300 word abstracts to by September 15th.
For a great image of the Questing Beast, see the original post at Kristi’s and my former colleague Kate’s blog,

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.