CFP: ‘Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages’, International Congress on Medieval Studies 2022, deadline 15 September 2021

Panel 1: Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages I: Synaesthesia and Multisensory Perception

Contact: Aistė Kiltinavičiūtė (, University of Cambridge

This session invites papers examining the representation of experiences that blur the boundaries between sensory modalities that the modern West usually prefers to keep distinct, namely, colour, light, movement, texture, smell, taste, and hearing. We welcome contributions analysing medieval visual, literary, and theoretical works that embrace the possibilities of sensory-cognitive integration, challenge scholarly paradigms that rely on the Cartesian mind-body dualism, and/or reflect on how art might produce multisensory impressions in the people experiencing it.

Panel 2: Senses and Affects in the Middle Ages II: Emotions and Affective Experience

Contact: Jack Ford (, University College London

This session invites papers examining the blurred boundaries between perceptive and affective experience in the medieval Latin West. As such, we seek contributions that explore how psychological categories such as ‘mind’, ‘rationality’, ‘imagination’, ‘perception’, ‘affection’, and ‘affectivity’ were understood as interconnected aspects of medieval experience. Papers may include (but are not limited to) studies of medieval literary, theoretical, medical, or visual works in addition to material culture (writ large). Papers should seek to engage with ongoing research in the fields of emotion, sensation, affect and the sciences and/or engage with current debates on medieval affective experience.

Abstracts of 200-300 words should be submitted to the ICMS 2022 Confex page by Wednesday, 15 September.

Submission link:

Researchers of all career stages can apply. ECRs and Ph.D. students are particularly encouraged to participate.


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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