Category Archives: Conferences/CFPs

CFP: Medieval Sexualities (10 May)

Medieval Sexualities: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Institute of Archaeology, UCL
11-12 June 2016

The Northern/Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series is pleased to invite proposals for papers on medieval sexualities. This interdisciplinary event will explore how different forms and concepts of sexuality are represented and produced in the medieval context though textual, material, archaeological, visual and musical sources. For example, how are sexualities communicated though medieval art and writing? How are material objects used to create, encode and communicate particular identities? Whether absent or present, sexuality in medieval texts is equally telling. From the Anglo-Saxon Wife’s lament to the lamenting lover of 12th and 13th century troubadours, the taboos and editing of Apollonius of Tyre, Aelfric’s virgin martyrs, the sexualized devotion of Margery Kempe and the clever ruse of the Anglo-Saxon Judith, the power of sexuality is ubiquitous. Manuscript illustrations abound with scenes of eroticism, as do the carvings on later medieval churches. Sexuality in the Middle Ages is a topic that has steadily started to receive more serious attention from scholars. This conference will explore the significance of these varied (re)presentations of sexualities in literature and visual art looking at agency and voice, power and satire.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes each on any aspect of sexuality, from researchers in any discipline, and considering any medieval culture.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Sex and gender relations in medieval literature/music/material culture
  • Perceptions and self/representation of sexuality in the Middle Ages
  • Tropes of sexuality in medieval cultures
  • The role of sexuality in material objects, graves and other areas of archaeological interest
  • Gradual change of expression in sexualities throughout the medieval period
  • Sexuality and medieval gender identity
  • The absence or presence of sexuality: sexuality as an absent presence
  • Social norms and boundaries of individuals and cultural groups such as monastics, musicians and others
  • Seductions, taboos and transgressions
  • Sex, devotion and the body in medieval mysticism
  • The landscape and medieval sexualities
  • Papers exploring the treatment of medieval sexualities and gender in modern contexts and media, such as games, films and graphic novels, are also welcome.

Abstracts of 250 words are invited for submission by 10 May 2016. Please email abstracts to the conference committee at

CFP: Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth (1 Jun)

Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250

21-23rd September 2016
Hatfield College, Durham University

Abstracts are invited for a conference entitled ‘Treasure in heaven, treasures on Earth: the secular world and material consumption in Western European monasticism c.1050 – c. 1250’ to be held 21-23rdSeptember 2016 at the University of Durham. All are encouraged to submit, from graduate students to established staff, and from all disciplines.

This conference will explore ideas of monastic practice and rhetoric towards the social and material world, both within and outside the cloister. Both individual monks and their communities engaged with the secular world, whether driven by necessity or by their own impetus, despite the perceived dangers of interactions with lay society and their values. This period saw the unprecedented amassing of material wealth by monastic communities, closer interaction with lay society alongside increasing divisions in the interpretation of St. Benedict’s Rule, especially in the sphere of wealth and its appropriate use. How monks endeavoured to maintain their adherence to monastic expectations in this new atmosphere is the chief concern of this conference. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Monastic dealings with money, offering, usury and communal wealth.
  • Monks as landlords and secular lords.
  • The rule of St. Benedict and the practicalities of life in the medieval monastery.
  • Monks as builders and patrons of construction.
  • Monks and their relationships with women and the secular social hierarchy.
  • Monks and earthly goods.
  • Monastic theological approaches to the relationship between the monk and the world.

Transcending disciplinary boundaries, this conference aims to bring together scholars working on all aspects of monastic life and thought in order to examine the various ways that monks in Western Europe from the mid-eleventh to the mid-thirteenth century approached and interacted with the world around them. Papers are encouraged which deal with all areas of medieval western Europe, including Scandinavia.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of 200-300 words. Submissions should include name, affiliation, and contact details. The deadline for submissions is: 1st June 2016. Subsidies will be available for postgraduate delegates. For more information about the conference, to join the conference mailing list or to submit an abstract, please email the committee at:

Organizing committee: Stephanie Britton and Rosalind Green.

This conference is kindly funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development, all Durham University.

CFP: Medieval Romance Conference (22 Apr)

Medieval Romance Conference, 14-15 September, 2016
University of Cambridge

With a plenary lecture by Professor Helen Cooper.


This two-day conference, conceived as an alternative for those who cannot attend the biennial romance conference in Vancouver this August, is open to any medievalist working on romance in Britain. As with the regular romance conference, we encourage proposals on any aspect of romance and its contexts in medieval Britain, excluding Chaucer and Arthurian romance (which have their own specialist conferences this year).

Proposals for 20-minute papers or for 90-minute roundtable sessions can be sent to James Wade ( Proposals should include: name, affiliation, email address, title of paper or roundtable, and an abstract of no more than 250 words. If you are proposing a roundtable, please include names, affiliations, and email addresses for all participants. The deadline for proposals is 22 April 2016.

We anticipate the conference will begin around 11am on Wednesday 14 September and run until approximately 4pm on Thursday 15 September. It will be held in the English Faculty at Cambridge. There will be accommodation (with optional breakfast) available at nearby Newnham College, and we plan to hold a conference dinner at Newnham on the evening of Wednesday 14th.

The conference fee will be £25 (£15 student/unwaged). We will also have a buffet lunch available in the Faculty on both days. The cost for lunch will be £12 per day.

Please circulate this message to any colleagues who may be interested.
If you have any questions at this point, please feel free to email James Wade (

The organisers are James Wade (Cambridge) and Elizabeth Archibald (Durham).

CFP: Pastoralia in the Late Middle Ages – Teaching, Translation, Transmission (18 March)

Pastoralia–the corpora of catechetical, homiletic and pastoral texts designed to aid in teaching the tenets of Christianity to the laity –flourished in the wake of the Fourth Lateran Council’s plea for the clergy to take their pastoral duties more seriously, and the subsequent ecclesiastical legislation enacted to implement this. In England, Pecham’s Lambeth Constitutions (1281) outlined the pastoral syllabus that was to be taught in the province of Canterbury, whilst similar legislation was enacted to cover the province of York. In recent years, a great deal of scholarly attention has begun to focus on the surviving texts that were composed to help the clergy carry out these pastoral duties. This conference seeks to investigate the utility and efficacy of pastoralia, and the ways in which the laity responded to these developments. Papers might consider:

  •   Evidence of manuscript transmission: production, acquisition, and circulation; individuals, institutions, and networks.
  •   The transmission of ideas: from the university to the parish, the cloister to the tavern.
  •   Translatio and its many interpretations: contemporary translations of Latin texts into the vernacular, and vice versa; modern principles of translating and editing texts.
  •   Teaching: the efficacy of pastoralia as a catechetical tool; how pastoral discourse was controlled, appropriated, and contested.Keynote papers by Prof. Ralph Hanna and Prof. John Arnold Deadline for Abstracts: 18 March 2016. Contact:

CFP: After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443 to 1517 (12 Aug)

After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443 to 1517

St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 28-30 June 2017

An international conference organised by the Faculty of English, University
of Oxford, this event builds on the success of the 2009 Oxford conference, After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England, which resulted in a book of essays (ed. by Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh) that vigorously interrogated the nature of religious and intellectual culture in England in the long fifteenth century. After Chichele adopts a similar investigative and interdisciplinary approach. The period has been chosen precisely because the inner workings of English intellectual and religious life during these years have proved challengingly resistant to the formation of grand critical narratives. What are the chief currents driving the intellectual and cultural life of the church in England during this period? What happened to intellectual questioning during the period, and where did the Church’s cultural life express itself most vividly? What significant parochial, regional, national and international influences were brought to bear on English literate practices? In order to address these questions, the conference will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, inviting contributions from historians, literary scholars, and scholars working on the theology, ecclesiastical history, music and art of the period, and it is expected that a wide range of literary and cultural artefacts will be considered, from single-authored works to manuscript compilations, from translations to original works, and from liturgy to art and architecture, with no constraints as to the conference’s likely outcomes and conclusions. It is intended that the conference should generate a volume of essays similar to After Arundel in scope, ambition and quality.

Plenary speakers: David Carlson, Mary Erler, Sheila Lindenbaum, Julian Luxford, David Rundle, Cathy Shrank.

Possible topics for discussion:
Religious writing and the English Church; the emergence of humanism and the fate of scholasticism; literature and the law; cultural and ecclesiastical patronage; developments in art and  architecture; the liturgical life of the Church; the impact of the international book trade and of print; palaeography and codicology; the Church’s role in education, colleges and chantries; the impact of travel and pilgrimage.

Please send 500 word abstracts (for proposed 20-minute papers) by Friday, 12th August 2016 to Vincent Gillespie, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford OX2 6QA (

CFP: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages (12 Feb)

The Institute for Medieval Studies at St Andrews University are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its eighth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have two keynote presentations by Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Humfress (University of St Andrews). Other speakers include Dr Huw Grange, Dr Rachel Moss and Dr Liana Saif.

They invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. This year, the conference will prioritise comparative approaches to the themes of gender and transgression across different time periods and, in particular, different regions. Thus, they strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. We also welcome proposals which contain a strong comparative element.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • –  Emotional history
  • –  Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making
  • –  Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism
  • –  Moral transgression
  • –  Homosexuality and sexual deviancy
  • –  Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and theirapplication within current historiography
  • –  New approaches and theories: social network theory, use of the digital humanitiesThose wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to by 12 February 2016. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

    Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 28 April. Further details can be found at as they become available.

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Call for Applications: Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies

THE CAMBRIDGE POSTGRADUATE WORKSHOP IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN SLAVONIC STUDIES, presented by Cambridge Ukrainian Studies, a programme of the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, will take place on FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2016, 11.00 – 14.00 in King’s College, Cambridge.

Led by DR OLEKSIY TOLOCHKO, Director of the Center for Kyivan Rus’
Studies at the Institute of Ukrainian History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the workshop will explore the fundamental premise of medieval Slavonic Studies that the Kyivan polity emerged and initially developed in competition and in confrontation with the Khazar Khanate.  Only one source supports this thesis – the _Primary Chronicl_e; no other source documents any significant contact between the Rus’ of Kyiv and the Khazars. Using contemporaneous sources, the workshop will deliberate the nature of the Rus’-Khazar relationship and the root of the historiographical myth of Khazar domination of the Rus’ put forth in the _Primary Chronicle_.

* The workshop will be led in English and all interested postgraduate students and scholars in medieval history and culture are welcome to apply. To apply, please send a brief CV and statement of interest to Miss Olga Płócienniczak, Department of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge, at [1] by WEDNESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2016.

For accepted workshop participants, costs for domestic economy train/coach travel to and from Cambridge will be reimbursed, and coffee and lunch provided. Refreshments and a sandwich lunch will be served during the workshop. Please retain your travel receipts so that Miss Olga Płócienniczak can process your travel reimbursement.

For further information, reading list and directions, please see here: Cambridge Postgraduate Workshop in Medieval and Early Modern Slavonic Studies further info.

(CFP) Discipline and Excess: A Graduate And Early Career Conference, Cambridge

A Graduate and Early Career Conference
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Friday, April 15, 2016

We invite paper proposals for Discipline and Excess, a conference which seeks to consider questions relating to boundaries and their transgression until 1750. The theme invites diverse interpretations of “discipline”—moral, religious, cultural, aesthetic, generic, geographic—in papers which explore the realms of penance and perfection, challenge the orderliness implicit in systems of knowledge, or examine the nature of punishment and retribution.

The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students from a range of academic fields. Discipline and Excess is organized by the M.Phil programs in Medieval, Renaissance, and 18th-Century Literature at the Faculty of English. Our external respondent will be Dr. Helen Barr, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford.

Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments) by 1st February 2016 to

Possible topics may include:

Crime and Punishment
Bounds of the Mind
Feast and Fast
Disciplining the Body
Exceeding the Page
Sin, Play, Transgression
Rhetorical Limits
Disciplinary Boundaries

CFP: Medieval Art & Architecture in East Anglia (31 Jan)

UEA Camb medieval symposium call for papersA one day event hosted by the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge
Saturday 7th May 2016 Norwich

Offers of papers are welcomed from new and established students and scholars on topics concerned with aspects of the production, reception, nature and after-lives of medieval art (visual and textual) and architecture in East Anglia.

It is anticipated that papers will be either 15 or 30 minutes in duration, including 5 minutes for questions. Please indicate which length of paper you are offering.

Please submit an abstract of approx. 300 words as a Word file to: or
no later than 31 January 2016

UEA Camb medieval symposium call for papers

CFP: Science at Court, 1285-1450 (15 Jan, 2016)

Science at Court, 1285-1450
An interdisciplinary conference at Newnham College, Cambridge
3-4 June, 2016

From the anonymous Middle English Court of Sapience to Nicole Oresme’s Livre du ciel et du monde to the lavishly illustrated copies of Pliny’s Natural History produced for the Visconti family, medieval scientific discourse was often inflected by – and constructed around – literary, musical, and artistic forms present at court.  This conference invites abstracts on what it means to “do science at court” in the late medieval period, particularly in the context of literature, music, and the arts.

How do tradition, law, and power dictate the boundaries of science? How do ethics or political science affect natural philosophy? How do didactic poems or works of counsel, conduct, and governance blur the boundaries between science and mimesis?  What is the relationship between empiricism and narrative or visual forms? How does music do mathematical and political work?

Science at Court welcomes proposals on any aspect of art at court in the context of late medieval science.

Due to the generous support of Newnham College, travel subsidies will be available for attendees who may have difficulty obtaining funds.

Please send abstracts to Dr. Tekla Bude (  by 15 January, 2016.

You can follow updates on the conference here: