CFP: British Archaeological Association sponsored panels at International Medieval Congress (Leeds 2021), deadline 21 September 2020

The British Archaeological Association are now welcoming paper proposals for BAA organised sessions at the 2021 International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (5 -8 July 2021).

The IMC’s research theme for 2021 is “Climates”, a topic which can be interpreted in numerous ways:

  • Medieval concepts of ‘climes’ and ‘climate’
  • Cosmologies, world views, natural or supernatural causation
  • Ecocriticism, critical race theory, indigenous knowledge, ecofeminism, queer ecology
  • Weather and weathering
  • Medieval enquiry into weather, seasons, monsoon patterns
  • Astronomical and astrological observations and predictions
  • Agriculture, pastoralism, modification of landscapes, exploitation of resources, inequality, colonialism
  • Environmental determinism, medieval histories of modern inequalities
  • Societal organisation, hierarchy, law- making, governance
  • Applying paradigms of adaption, resilience, and collapse
  • Ecosystems, entanglements, human and non-human agency
  • ‘Climates’ of opinion, thought, feeling
  • Disease, pathogens, and microbes
  • Relationships between climate change and human history
  • Interdisciplinarity and integration of historical climate and environmental data
  • ‘Provincialising Europe’: Writing history on the ‘planetary’ or biospheric scale
  • ’Climates’ and interregional connectivities, interdependencies and disconnections
  • Fluctuations in migration, mobility, trade, exchange, and transmission
  • Seas, oceans, rivers, monsoon, floods as dynamic spaces
  • Medievalists, politics, climate justice, pedagogy, and activism
  • Preservation of material remains amid growing climate and societal instability

A full list of suggested topics and more details can be found here:

It is hoped that we can organise several sessions once again, with similar papers grouped together (either methodologically or by subject).

Proposals should consist of a paper title, your affiliation, and a short abstract (50-100 words).

Please send paper proposals to Harriet Mahood ( by Monday 21st September 2020.

Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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