Call for Papers: A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages (Brill’s Companions to Medieval Sources)

battle-seal[1]Decoding Medieval Sources (Brill’s Companions to Medieval Sources)
A Companion to Seals in the Middle Ages

Medieval seals were material and visual statements of identity, power, agency, and legitimacy that could operate locally or traverse great geographic expanses to assert individual or corporate authority. The importance of the seal in medieval culture cannot be underestimated. This inter-disciplinary, edited volume seeks essays analyzing seal design, production, meaning, usage and reception in the Middle Ages. As a whole, the volume will critically engage with the historiography of seals as well as highlight new approaches to understanding seals across time and space with emphasis on Europe, the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and Byzantium c. 1100-1500. Essays therefore must include historiographical, regional and thematic explorations of medieval seals. Scholars from a range of disciplines, such as but not limited to History, Art History,Numismatics, Archaeology, Cultural and Visual Studies, are invited to contribute new and innovative examinations of select seals or seal types in context. Essays should appeal to the specialist as well as students of medieval history. Submissions are especially welcome from scholars whose work locates seals within broader developments in medieval social codes and visual or material culture.

Topics of Interest:
The Production of Seals
Ownership, Access and Usage
Authority, Ritual and the Practice of Sealing
Seals and their Documents
Sign Theory and Seals
Heraldry and Seals
The Body and the Seal
Gendering the Seal
Identity (individual or corporate) and the Seal
Seals and Foundations or Networks
Place and the Seal
The Seal and Visual Culture

Please submit a 250-word abstract for an article-length study and a CV to Laura Whatley (
and Charlotte Bauer ( by October 31, 2014. The essays in the volume will be in
English, but Brill can fund some translations of contributions from continental scholars.


Published by James Alexander Cameron

I am an art historian working primarily on medieval parish church architecture. I completed my doctorate on sedilia in medieval England in 2015 at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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