Category Archives: Call for conference session papers

CFP: ‘Hurt and healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’ – 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies (University of Birmingham) (deadline 21st April 2018)

Hurt and Healing: people, texts, and material culture in the Eastern Mediterranean’.

The 19th Annual CBOMGS Postgraduate Colloquium

2nd June 2018

The Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 19th Postgraduate Colloquium of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK.

The concepts of hurt, trauma and healing cross between the different disciplines that deal with Eastern Mediterranean. The colloquium aims to explore transformations and multifarious dimensions of the notions of trauma and wreckage, and their opposition, healing, from the Late Antiquity to the Present.

Whilst serving as antitheses to one another they are also complementary. After destruction and breakage, comes the need for repair. However, when a broken textile’s ripped edges are joined again, the visible seam signifies the damage that has happened. Trauma and healing are key concepts in medicine, psychology, and sociology. However, political ideology has constantly used them in order to justify the rising and the existence of authoritarian regimes. In the past, medicine, saints, and magic offered different ways for healing the body and the soul. The current aim of restoration practices is to heal remnants of cultural heritage after damage and to prevent damage with appropriate conservation strategies.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Healing power of saints and healing people in society;
  • Medicine and magic;
  • Cultural heritage and material culture: restoration and preservation practices, as well as preventive actions for the preservation;
  • The individual aspects of trauma, especially in relation to the politics of gender, sexuality, class, race, and identity (sexual abuse, domestic violence, shame and fear, death and mourning or melancholia);
  • Collective experiences of trauma (war, genocide, terrorism, victims and perpetrators, practices of memory and oblivion);
  • Migration from the Late Antiquity to the current migration crisis and harrowing events in refugee camps;
  • Public health and medical, therapeutic approaches to illnesses and trauma;
  • Texts and images related to medical practices

Papers of approximately 20 minutes related to any of the fields covered by Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words no later than Saturday 21st April 2018 to  Applicants will be notified of selection by 28th April 2018.


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CFP: ‘Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages’ for Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference (deadline for abstracts 5th June 2018)

Yours, Mine, Ours: Multi-Use Spaces in the Middle Ages

Medieval buildings and spaces were not always used for a single purpose: very often they were used for multiple activities or by diverse stakeholders. Sometimes this sharing of space was successful and mutually beneficial. Alternatively, the use of a space in multiple ways or by different groups could be frustrating at best and deeply antagonistic at worst. This panel is dedicated to these mixed-use spaces, from the smallest vernacular dwellings to the largest castles and cathedrals.

The benefits and challenges of sharing space were perhaps most acute in smaller structures, such as parish churches or minor monasteries. For example, a monastic church might accommodate local laity if a convenient parish church was not available. Such sharing allowed lay and monastic worshipers to pool architectural and clerical resources in an economical fashion. Monumental buildings and complexes could also be called upon to serve the needs of the larger community, even as they maintained a daily routine for their primary constituents. For example, a castle precinct could serve both a residential population and members of the public—with clearly enforced rules of access. Shared space raises questions of power, privilege, diplomacy, and financial responsibility.

This session invites proposals which analyze the multiple uses of religious, civic, and / or private structures and spaces throughout medieval Europe. Particular consideration will be given to presentations which address the participation of non-elites in otherwise elite spaces; clues to their presence may be discovered in the textual record, landscape, or the building fabric itself. In acknowledging the participation of multiple communities within specific structures, we invite presenters to complicate accepted interpretations of the medieval built environment.

Session Chairs: Meg Bernstein, UCLA, and Dr. Catherine E. Hundley, Architectural Historian.

Deadline for Abstracts: 5th June 2018

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Society of Architectural Historians: 72nd Annual International Conference
April 24-28, 2019 | Providence, Rhode Island

The Society of Architectural Historians will host its 72nd Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 24-28, 2019. Architectural historians, art historians, architects, museum professionals, and preservationists from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment and explore the architecture and landscape of Providence and nearby areas. The conference will include 37 paper sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, architecture tours, workshops, networking receptions, special events, and more.

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Call for Paper: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (New York, 13-16 Feb 2019)

Call for Paper: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (New York, 13-16 Feb 2019)

CAA Conference, New York, February 13 – 16, 2019
Deadline: Apr 18, 2018

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Call for Panel Proposal
College Art Association
New York, 13-16 February 2019
The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women ( will sponsor one panel at the annual conference to be held in New York, 13-16 February 2019. We are soliciting proposals for panels that explore the relationships between women, gender, and artistic or material culture during the early modern period (c. 1300-1800). Cross-cultural or transnational panels are especially welcome.
CAA offers the SSEMW the opportunity to submit an already-formed panel or to participate in the association’s general call for participation. Panel proposals may therefore consist of a completed panel with pre-selected speakers or a call for participation that will be widely circulated. The format is similarly flexible, and might include three 20-minute papers, several “lightning” papers, a roundtable discussion, or other interactive format.

Panel proposals should be sent to Maria Maurer at no later than Wednesday April 18th with the following materials:

–    Abstract of 250-500 words describing the panel
–    Name(s) of panel organizers and, for complete panels only, the speakers. Include the institutional affiliation and email address for each participant.
–    One-page CV for organizers. For complete panels, a one-page CV is also required for speakers.
–    CAA Member ID of each participant – please note that CAA requires all participants to be active members through February 16, 2019.
–    For complete panels only: titles (max 15 words) and abstracts (max 250 words) of each paper.

Sponsorship by SSEMW signifies that the panel is pre-approved and automatically accepted by CAA.

CAA offers several travel grants to support participation by emerging scholars, women, and international scholars:

Participants do not need to be members of SSEMW at the time of submission, but should join the society before CAA meets in February 2019. A regular membership costs $25; students, independent scholars and contingent faculty may join for $15.

Call for Papers/Participation Interdisziplinärer Workshop: Verkörperte Konzepte – Personifikationen als Träger religiösen Wissens in Kunst und Literatur der Vormoderne 22-23/11/2018 Deadline 30/06/2018

Premodern Europe Conference
Abstrakten Begriffen durch Personifikation eine körperliche Gestalt und eine Stimme zu geben, ist ein seit der Antike bekanntes ästhetisches Verfahren in Kunst und Literatur. Dieses diente nicht nur der Verlebendigung und der Überzeugung des Hörers bzw. Betrachters, wie es in Rhetoriktraktaten von der Antike bis in die Frühe Neuzeit formuliert wird. Die Übertragung eines abstrakten Begriffs in eine konkrete körperliche Gestalt leistete auch eine Veranschaulichung und Ordnung des jeweiligen Konzepts und der damit verbundenen Wissensbestände. Dieses Verfahren konnte damit zugleich zur Aktualisierung, Erzeugung und Transformation von Wissen beitragen. Grundlage des Workshops ist demnach ein Personifikationsbegriff, der dieses ästhetische Verfahren nicht einfach als Wiederholung der immer gleichen Gestaltungsmittel und Attribute versteht, sondern ihm ein eigenes epistemisches Potential beimisst.

Call for Papers 4th Conference of the International Bridges Group in Regensburg (August 25 – 26, 2018) Deadline 28/02/2018


After three successful conferences in London, Prague and Salisbury, the International Bridges Group will meet next in Regensburg on August 25 & 26, 2018. This year, we will cooperate with the “Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung” (, the Chair of European History at Regensburg University and the Research Training Group KRITIS at Technische Universität Darmstadt. The conference willbring together historians, art historians, linguists and literary scholars, archaeologists and engineers in order to present and discuss new ideas on medieval bridges and the cities in which these bridges reside. Topics may include the construction and maintenance of medieval bridges, the evolution and growth of medieval cities with stone bridges, the iconography of statues on bridges, the functions (practical and symbolic) of stone bridges, and the types of institutions connected with medieval bridges. Bridges as a cultural heritage could be another topic: How are medieval bridges in cities today perceived, preserved, staged and marketed?

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Call For Papers/Participation INTERDISZIPLINÄRER DOKTORANDENWORKSHOP ZU MITTELALTERLICHEN SAKRALRÄUMEN 01.–08. August 2018 in Leifers / Südtirol Deadline 30/03/2018

Cologne-Cathedral Medieval Sacral Architecture

Wir freuen uns nach den vergangenen drei erfolgreichen Jahren im August 2018 zum 4. Interdisziplinären Doktorandenworkshop zu mittelalterlicher Sakralarchitektur einladen zu können. Im Zentrumdes Workshops sollen Fragen zu mittelalterlicher Sakralarchitektur, ihrer Entstehung, Gestaltung,Rezeption und Nutzung sowie der damit verbundenen ortsfesten und mobilen Ausstattung stehen. Im Fokus steht dabei ein interdisziplinärer Ansatz, der neue Blickwinkel auf Bauten des 9. bis 14. Jahrhunderts ermöglicht. Im Rahmen einer Klausurtagung erhalten 12 Teilnehmende die Möglichkeit,
ihre aktuellen Forschungsthemen vorzustellen und intensiv zu diskutieren.

Abseits von Tagungen etablierter Wissenschaftler bietet der institutionell unabhängige WorkshopNachwuchswissenschaftlern die Möglichkeit, sich unbefangen auszutauschen. Die Vielfalt der Fragestellungen unterschiedlicher Disziplinen und Wissenschaftskulturen ermöglicht einen Diskurs über aktuelle Problemstellungen der eigenen Forschungen, der von den individuellen Erfahrungen der Teilnehmenden profitiert. So wird der Blick nicht nur über den inhaltlichen, sondern auch über den
methodischen Tellerrand hinaus geweitet.

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CFP: SAH Annual Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 24-28 April 2019

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Deadline: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 5:00 pm CST

Conference Chair
: Victoria Young, University of St. Thomas
Local Co-Chairs: Dietrich Neumann, Brown University, and Itohan Osayimwese, Brown University

The Society of Architectural Historians will offer a total of 36 paper sessions at its 2019 Annual International Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. The Society invites its members, including graduate students and independent scholars, representatives of SAH chapters and partner organisations, to chair a session at the conference. As SAH membership is required to chair or present research at the annual conference, non-members who wish to chair a session will be required to join SAH next August 2018 when conference registration opens for Session Chairs and Speakers.

Since the principal purpose of the SAH annual conference is to inform attendees of the general state of research in architectural history and related disciplines, session proposals covering every time period and all aspects of the built environment, including landscape and urban history, are encouraged.

Sessions may be theoretical, methodological, thematic, interdisciplinary, pedagogical, revisionist or documentary in premise and ambition and have broadly conceived or more narrowly focused subjects. Sessions that embrace cross-cultural, transnational and/or non-Western topics are particularly welcome. In every case, the subject should be clearly defined in critical and historical terms.

Proposals will be selected on the basis of merit and the need to create a well-balanced program. Topics exploring the architecture of Providence and the greater region are encouraged.

Since late submissions cannot be considered, it is recommended that proposals be submitted well before the deadline. Last-minute submissions that fail posting in the online portal or are sent in error via email cannot be considered.

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