Category Archives: Call for Papers

CFP: NUME Research Group on Latin Middle Ages Florence, Italy (June 3-4, 2019)

1. NUME, Research Group on Latin Middle Ages, organizes the V Cycle of Medieval Studies, June 2019.

2. The goal is to offer a broad overview of the current situation of Italian and international medievalist studies. Issues which are related to many different aspects of the medieval period (V-XV century) can be addressed: history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies and so on;

2.1 Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;
2.2 Contributions already structured in panels and leaded by 1 coordinator are accepted;
2.3 All contributions will be structured in specific panels.

3. The conference will be held from 3rd to 4th June 2019 at the ex Convento Il Fuligno, Florence, via Faenza 48n.

4. Participation proposals must have abstract format, written on a single pdf file in english, not exceeding 300 words. Furthermore, 5 keywords identifying the topic will have to be reported in the same file. Proposals must be accompanied by a short CV (no more than 1000 words), and sent by October 1st, 2018 to the e-mail address:

4.1 In the case of panels, the proposal must include a general title with a general presentation not exceeding 300 words, followed by abstracts of all the interventions (presented as in point 4.)

5. Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.

6. The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by November 15th, 2018. The previous membership of the NUME Association does not necessarily imply the convocation.

7. The selected speakers will be asked to prepare an oral intervention, accompanied by any images or videos, not exceeding 15 minutes (+5’ discussion time). Contextually, they will be asked to send a paper of their contribution for the Conference Proceedings by February 1st, 2019.

8. The selected speakers will be required a registration fee as follows:

– NUME members (enrolled before June 29th, 2018): 80 EURO each
– Other speakers: 100 EURO (+20 EURO of membership) each

The participation will entitle to 1 free copy of the Conference Proceedings.

9. The Conference program will be published by April 30th, 2019.

10. The deadlines set out in this call must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.


CFP: Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean

Call for Chapters              

Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean


Despite the excellent work done in the fields of Mediterranean history and studies, the Medieval period remains an area of less attention. Contributors are sought for an edited collection, under contract with publishers Taylor and Francis, that illuminates the many worlds of the Medieval Mediterranean, from 470 to 1350, as a space both geographically unified around a single body of water, while simultaneously one of great cultural, political, economic, religious, and linguistic diversity. The volume, resting on a foundation of scholarly essays, is intended to provide both students, undergraduate and first year graduate, and faculty with resources to consider the complexities and dynamism of the Medieval Mediterranean. Each chapter will consist of several essays as follows:


  1. A narrative portion between 2000 and 3000 words
  2. Accompanying primary source materials, written and/or visual, illustrative of the author’s argument and meant to engage students more deeply into the topic.

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CFP: Teaching Race in the Renaissance

An African Slave Woman, attributed to Annibale CarracciDeadline: Aug 1, 2018

Call for Contributors: A Volume on Teaching Race in the Renaissance

Edited by Anna Wainwright, University of New Hampshire
Matthieu Chapman, University of Houston

Race is a hot button issue all over the globe. From Black Lives Matter and immigration policies in the US, to Germany announcing that multiculturalism has “failed,” to Meghan Markle radically changing the face of the British monarchy and challenging England’s longstanding obsession with the “Blood Royal” by becoming the first black member of the royal family, many nations are struggling to address the ways in which race, and the conflicts surrounding race, affect both people and society. Often, these countries seek to address race as a purely contemporary issue that exists in an ahistorical vacuum without addressing the historical foundations, processes, and structures that led to these current situations. Although race is often viewed as a contemporary issue, many of the ideas, notions, and constructs of race that affect our world today exist within a continuum that began in the Renaissance.
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CFP: Ruling an Empire in a Changing World. Studies on Origin, Impact, and Reception of the Notitia Dignitatum

In the late 4th and the first half of the 5th century, administrative lists were compiled, which have become known under the name of Notitia Dignitatum. This collection of lists offers us nowadays a unique insight in the administrative and military structures of the Roman Empire, in both its Western and its Eastern part. The number and quality of the illustrations in particular, as the whole composition and character of the document, point towards the assumption that the original version was no traditional administration manual. In research, the analysis of the transmission history has been of the same fundamental importance as the use of the Notitia Dignitatum as a historical source. The extant manuscripts are all tracked back to a Carolingian parchment codex from the library of the diocesan chapter of Speyer; a codex that was last mentioned in 1566 and is assumedly lost. Since more than 100 years, the mysteries of the lacunary transmission history and the variations in the manuscripts from the Late Medieval/Early Modern times have been fundamental for every scientific approach to this document. Due to these factors, the Notitia Dignitatum has remained until today an important, but at the same time very controversial part of numerous historical and archaeological studies.

Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Dr. Peter Brennan (University of Sydney);
Prof. Bernhard Palme (University of Vienna);
Dr. Jeroen W. P. Wijnendaele (Ghent University)

One of the aims of this international conference is to reflect, for the first time since the 1974 Oxford colloquium organised by R. Goodburn and Ph. Bartholomew, upon the considerable increase in knowledge about the Notitia Dignitatum which has occurred over the last decades. This has largely been due to new possibilities, for example offered by the digitalisation of the extant manuscripts. Furthermore, there remain older theories to be discussed at the conference, and space for new approaches shall be created equally. Until a few years ago, practically everyone conducting research on the Notitia Dignitatum was working with those manuscripts or older editions which were the most easily accessible. By now, however, digitalisation of all known manuscripts and fragments allows easy and unrestricted access so crucial for detailed studies based on source criticism. The Notitia Dignitatum demands, as hardly another antique source does, interdisciplinary approaches and collaboration between different historical and archaeological disciplines in order to address properly all the various aspects of this multi-faceted document. Consequently, colleagues from all the disciplines in question, Ancient History, Epigraphy, Papyrology, Provincial Roman Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Art History, Medieval Studies, Palaeography, and related fields are invited to submit abstracts.

Applications in German, English, or French should include information about the following points:

Title of the presentation, abstract (250 words max), name, institution, postal address, mail address, short biography (150 words max). Presentations should not last longer than 20 min and will be followed by a discussion of 10 min. The successful applicants will be informed via mail by 30th November 2018.
We are planning to cover the travel costs for the participants. However, this cannot yet be confirmed as we are awaiting the outcome of funding applications for this conference.


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CFP: Animals: Theory, Practice, Representation (Leiden, 4-5 Apr 19)

Kulturkoncept, birdsLeiden, Netherlands, April 4 – 05, 2019
Deadline: Oct 1, 2018

Call for Papers
Animals: Theory, Practice, Representation

The field of human-animal studies has become a lively domain where diverse disciplines examine the divergences and convergences between humans and animals, their evolutions, demarcations, and entanglements. Not only do we conceptualize, historicize, and embody animals in our lives, but also produce, preserve, and consume them, pushing some to the verge of extinction and creating others through genetic modification. The fact that animals play a significant part in most aspects of our lives, thus invites us to reflect on our relationships with them. On April 4th and 5th, 2019, Leiden University Centre for Arts in Society (LUCAS) will be hosting a conference called, Animals: Theory, Practice, and Representation. This graduate conference is an international and interdisciplinary platform where PhD and master students can present, exchange, and discuss research results and innovative theoretical insights with participants from diverse backgrounds.

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CFP: Permeable Bodies in Medieval and Early Modern (London, 5-6 Oct 18)

University College London, October 5 – 06, 2018
Deadline: Jul 23, 2018

Permeable Bodies in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture

In recent years, the human body has gained a prominent position in discussions of medieval and early modern cultures. The troublesome contingency of the human body encompassed critical boundaries between inside and outside, and became a central concern in religious, political, and economical developments. Medieval bodies were permeable microcosms, not only sites containment but also of revelatory experiences. In the early modern period, body and identity were indistinct, interdependent categories, inseparable from the natural and cultural space that they inhabited. This logic of perpetual fluidity both generated a disquieting sense of impending doom, but also allowed for the propagation of multiple possibilities of understanding, which materialised into a rich visual and material culture.

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CFP: Fieri Fecit. Patronage in Rome and in the Campagna Romana from 1050–1300

Last Judgement» (Vatican Museums«…FIERI FECIT» –– is the established wording, with which commissioners usually memorized their donations. Partly these cut deeply into the body and shape of a sacred space, as for example in S. Lorenzo fuori le mura, where Cencius Camerarius, treasurer of the Holy Chair, transformed the crypt over the martyr’s grave of Saint Lawrence. Far more common are donations of liturgical furnishings, such as the ciborium in S. Eustachio, possibly donated by Otto II, Count of Tusculum, around 1200. Apart from liturgical objects, panel or mural painting formed the preferred genre for the patrons, i.e. the famous «Last Judgement» (Vatican Museums), commissioned by two female commissioners of S. Maria di Campo Marzio around 1050.
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