Call for Papers: Special thematic strand: ‘Otherness,’ International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 3–6 July 2017
Deadline for paper proposals: 31 August 2016.
Deadline for session proposals: 30 September 2016.
The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome.
However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2017 – is ‘Otherness’. This focus has been chosen for its wide application across all centuries and regions and its impact on all disciplines devoted to this epoch.
‘Others’ can be found everywhere: outside one’s own community (from foreigners to non-human monsters) and inside it (for example, religious and social minorities, or individual newcomers in towns, villages, or at court).
One could encounter the ‘Others’ while travelling, in writing, reading and thinking about them, by assessing and judging them, by ‘feelings’ ranging from curiosity to contempt, and behaviour towards them which, in turn, can lead to integration or exclusion, friendship or hostility, and support or persecution.
The demarcation of the ‘Self’ from ‘Others’ applies to all areas of life, to concepts of thinking and mentalité as well as to social ‘reality’, social intercourse and transmission of knowledge and opinions. Forms and concepts of the ‘Other’, and attitudes towards ‘Others’, imply and reveal concepts of ‘Self’, self-awareness and identity, whether expressed explicitly or implicitly. There is no ‘Other’ without ‘Self’. A classification as ‘Others’ results from a comparison with oneself and one’s own identity groups.
Thus, attitudes towards ‘Others’ oscillate between admiring and detesting, and invite questioning into when the ‘Other’ becomes the ‘Strange’.
The aim of the IMC is to cover the entire spectrum of ‘Otherness’ through multi-disciplinary approaches, on a geographical, ethnic, political, social, legal, intellectual and even personal level, to analyse sources from all genres, areas, and regions.
Possible entities to research for ‘Otherness’ could include (but are not limited to):
• Peoples, kingdoms, languages, towns, villages, migrants, refugees, bishoprics, trades, guilds, or seigneurial systems
- Faiths and religions, religious groups (including deviation from the ‘true’ faith) and religious orders
• Different social classes, minorities, or marginal groups
• The spectrum from ‘Strange’ to ‘Familiar’.
• Individuals or ‘strangers’ of any kind, newcomers as well as people exhibiting strange behaviour
• Otherness related to art, musics, liturgical practices, or forms of worship
• Any further specific determinations of ‘alterity’
Methodologies and Approaches to ‘Otherness’ (not necessarily distinct, but overlapping) could include:
• Definitions, concepts, and constructions of ‘Otherness’
• Indicators of, criteria and reasons for demarcation
• Relation(s) between ‘Otherness’ and concepts of ‘Self’
• Communication, encounters, and social intercourse with ‘Others’ (in embassies, travels, writings, quarrels, conflicts, and persecution)
- Knowledge, perception, and assessment of the ‘Others’
• Attitudes and behaviour towards ‘Others’
• Deviation from any ‘norms’ of life and thought (from the superficial to the fundamental)
• Gender and transgender perspectives
• Co-existence and segregation
• Methodological problems when inquiring into ‘Otherness’
• The Middle Ages as the ‘Other’ compared with contemporary times (‘Othering’ the Middle Ages).
How to Submit: The IMC online proposal form is now available.
Proposals should be submitted online at: www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2017_call.html
The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages.
Kalamazoo, May 11 – 14, 2017
Deadline: Apr 15, 2016
The 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies takes place May
Each year, the Italian Art Society (http://www.italianartsociety.org) sponsors three linked sessions at the annual meeting of the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS). The Congress is an annual gathering of more than 3,000 scholars interested in medieval studies, broadly defined. The IAS seeks session proposals that cover Italian art from the fourth through the fifteenth centuries. The annual deadline is April 15. See our submission guidelines
(http://italianartsociety.org/conferences-lectures/ias-conference-submission-guidelines/) for eligibility requirements to propose a session for IAS at Kalamazoo.
Please send abstracts of 250 words together with a 1 page cv to email@example.com.
The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Summer Festival, to be held at the University of Kent at Canterbury, is a two-day celebration of all research in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including the study of religion, politics, history, art, drama, literature, and everyday culture of different nations.
The festival is designed to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, academic schools and institutions in order to foster conversations, build a greater sense of community, and develop a research network for all masters and PhD postgraduate students and academic staff within the South-East of England.
As a discipline, medieval and early modern studies is inherently interdisciplinary. It encompasses such a length of time and breadth of subjects that scholars and students often find themselves dispersed, situated in different departments and lacking a cohesive identity or space in which to interact. The festival therefore allows many students and staff that may never otherwise encounter one another to share their research and ideas. This event is essential to the building of a strong and supportive postgraduate environment for current and prospective students across the universities.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Kent, the Consortium for the Humanities of the Arts South-East England, and the Eastern Arc Research Consortium.
The London venue celebrates the European ‘roots’ of the study of the arts that fall under the cultural umbrella of Islam, and the formation of the important early collections and exhibitions that launched its scholarship. Those early, mostly connoisseurial categories of regional types and styles – the “Moresque”, Persian painting, Turkish tiles, Indian decorative arts – formed the foundations from which universalizing narratives of “Islamic” arts emerged, especially in the period after the Second World War. Some fifty years later, we are witnessing a resurgence of the study of regional specificities, augmented with deeper research into the diverse facets of any given locality or artistic form, and a greater commitment to the linguistic and cultural particularities that shaped the arts, architecture and archaeology in a specific locale. Rigorous application of trans-disciplinary research strategies have contributed to the deepening of our understanding of the arts of Islam in local terms, and have allowed us to embrace broader historical trajectories to include the modern and contemporary in our field.
Call for Papers
The annual Fifteenth Century Conference has been the UK’s premier academic conference for late medieval historians for more than forty years. Submissions for papers are now invited for the 2015 Conference which will be held at the University of Kent. Papers concerned with any aspect of fifteenth-century studies are welcome, but those that relate to England’s relationship (diplomatic, military and cultural) with continental Europe and those that take a multi-disciplinary approach (exploring the literary, cultural and material history of the fifteenth century) are especially welcome.
Proposals for both 40-minute and 20-minute papers are welcome, as are proposals for themed sessions of three papers. Proposals should reach the conference organisers by 1 February 2015. Please contact Dr David Grummitt (D.I.Grummitt@kent.ac.uk), Dr Phil
Slavin (P.Slavin@kent.ac.uk) or Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further
Proposals for papers (including an abstract of 100-200 words) should be
submitted to email@example.com by 1 February 2015.
Call for Papers:
Eighteenth Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies
University of Athens, 27-30 May 2015)
1 February 2015
The Eighteenth Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association will be held on May 27-30, 2015, at the School of Theology, University of Athens, in Athens, Greece. Proposals are now being solicited for individual paper presentations, panel discussions, and complete sessions on all subjects related to the Mediterranean region and Mediterranean cultures around the world from all historical periods. The official languages of the Congress are English and Greek. But complete sessions in any Mediterranean language are welcome.
Following an optional walking tour of Athens, the Congress will open with a plenary session and reception on the evening of Wednesday, May 27. Over the next three days, 150-200 scholarly papers will be delivered before an international audience of scholars, academics, and experts in a wide range of fields. A number of special events are being planned for Congress participants that will highlight the unique cultural aspects of Athens.
Sponsors of the congress include the Mediterranean Studies Association, the University of Athens, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Kansas, Utah State University, and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, Korea.
Guidelines for Submission of Proposals
1. You may submit a proposal for an individual paper presentation, a complete session, or a round table panel on any Mediterranean topic and theme. The typical session will include 3 or 4 papers, each lasting twenty minutes, a chair, and (optionally) a commentator. (For examples of paper, roundtable panels, and session topics, and the range of subjects, see the programs from previous congresses.)
2. Submit a 150-word abstract in English for each paper, and a one-page CV for each participant, including chairs and commentators, as well as each participant’s name, email, regular address, and phone number. Proposals for complete sessions or roundtables need to include the chair’s name. Only ONE paper proposal per person will be accepted.
3. Deadline: The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015. We will, however, continue to accept late submissions on a case by case basis after this deadline.
4. If you are giving your paper in a language other than English, please let us know and give us the title of your paper in that language as well as in English.
5. The MSA does not allow papers to be read in absentia.
6. Proposals for papers and/or sessions must be submitted through the MSA website: https://www.mediterraneanstudies.org/
Membership and Congress Registration: All accepted participants must be 2015 members of the MSA as well as register for the Congress no later than February 1, 2015. Late registrations will be available until March 31, 2015. Please be advised that those who have not registered by April 1, 2015, will be removed from the program.
Publications: After the congress, you are encouraged to submit your revised, expanded paper for consideration for publication in the Association’s double-blind, peer-reviewed journal, Mediterranean Studies, published by Penn State University Press.