Call for Papers: ‘Performing Death I & II’, ICMS Kalamazoo, 9-14 May 2022, Deadline 15 September 2021

Papers are sought for two sessions:
Performing Death I: Grief and Emotion in the Medieval Mediterranean, and
Performing Death II: Ritual and Remembrance in the Medieval Mediterranean

to be proposed for the  57th International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo ONLINE: May 9–14, 2022)

Sponsor: CU Mediterranean Studies Group/Mediterranean Seminar

Dying is inevitable; and, thus, caring for the dead became a defining characteristic of humanity – even predating the emergence of homo sapiens as a species. Yet, there appear to be significant differences across cultures as to how mourning is expressed and ritualized both in terms of physical and symbolic death. The medieval Mediterranean provides an opportunity to analyze such ritualization as expressed in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam within the same broad historical and regional context. Examining various Mediterranean traditions of mourning will help us better understand grief in the Medieval West and today.

Papers are sought that examine the emotional, social, gendered, and cultural contexts of mourning among Christians, Muslims, and Jews across the medieval Mediterranean. The aim is to better understand grief, both in the past and today. How was death understood and ritualized from an emotional point of view? What was the role of religion in establishing appropriate models and rituals? How was the expression of grief, whether in history, literature, or art, shaped by social norms, and expectations and by the emotional communities’ individuals belonged to? Was there an emotional Mediterranean culture of “lamenting” that transcended ethno-religious divisions?

Those interested in submitting a paper proposal to any of the two sessions (Performing Death I and II), please do so before September 15, 2021, using the conference portal:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the organizer: Nuria Silleras-Fernandez at 


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

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