Call for Papers: ‘Interruptions & Disruptions in the Medieval Mediterranean, 400-1500’, SMM Seventh Biennial Conference, University of Crete, 11th-15th July 2022 (Deadline 30th November 2021)

In response to the abrupt and largely unforeseen way in which the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown our world and everyday life into uncertainty since early 2020, the theme of the 7th International Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (SMM) is Interruptions and Disruptions. Scholars are invited to explore and challenge meanings and experiences of interruptions and to reflect upon whether and to what extent interruptions prompted change or acted as ‘turning points’ in the medieval Mediterranean.

The conference invites papers that examine the theme of interruptions from different disciplinary perspectives, including History, Archaeology, Literature, Linguistics, Art History, Religious Studies/Theology, and any other disciplines focusing on the medieval Mediterranean. We welcome research papers that, through the analysis of diverse types of sources, apply innovative approaches and stimulate debates to reflect upon individual and collective perceptions and experiences of interruptions.

The following list of possible topics of discussion is indicative and by no means exclusive:

  • Crisis and recovery
  • Epidemics and natural catastrophes
  • War, invasion, conquest
  • Dynastic change
  • Social unrest and rebellion
  • Disruption of social, religious and/or cultural systems
  • Political interruptions
  • Material evidence of interruptions
  • Integration and segregation
  • Geographical interruptions: insularity, land and sea, mountain and plain
  • Displacement and mobility
  • Lived experience of interruptions
  • Interruptions and historiography
  • Apocalypticism

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels of three 20-minute papers each for 1.5 hour sessions, and should nominate a chair. We will do our best to accommodate applications for individual papers but panels will be prioritised.

Papers must be delivered in English. 

Proposals, in the form of a session title, session abstract (150–200 words), and 3 paper titles with short abstracts (100–150 words) as well as the name of a nominated chair where there is a preference should be submitted to by 30 November 2021.


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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