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CFP: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 15-20 July 2018, Bristol

screenshotCall for Papers: Medieval Monks, Nuns and Monastic Life, 21st Biennial Symposium of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society (IMSSS), 15-20 July 2018, Bristol
Deadline: 30 September 2017
Organizer:
Professor Carolyn Muessig, Head of the University of Bristol’s Department of Religion and Theology and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE CLAUDIA RAPP (AUSTRIA) AND BRIAN PATRICK McGUIRE (DENMARK)
The 2018 IMSSS symposium will explore the breadth and depth of sermon literature and preaching activity relating to monks, nuns, and monastic life, and serve as a microcosm of the religious and cultural landscape of the Middle Ages.
The symposium will be based in the beautiful grounds of the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall, and will include a workshop at historic Downside Abbey, with its medieval manuscripts, incunables, and Centre for Monastic Heritage.
We will also visit Wells Cathedral, as well as the medieval sites of Bristol.
Celebrate 2018—the first-ever European Year of Cultural Heritage—by delivering a paper or presenting a poster dealing with an aspect of one of the bedrocks of European culture: monasticism
Topics for posters and papers may include:
-the form or content that could distinguish a monastic sermon from others
-monks, nuns, and monasticism in Byzantine or other forms of medieval Eastern and African Christianity
-the Rule of Benedict and preaching
-preaching in monastic churches and chapter houses
-monastic figures preaching in public forums (churches, crusades)
-monastic preaching in or regarding schools and universities
-preaching by and about nuns
de sanctis sermons on holy monks and nuns
-monasticism as treated in sermons
-sermons and the reformed monastic life (e.g., Camaldolese, Carthusian, Celestinian, Cistercian, Cluniac,et alii)
-preaching by and about hermits
-monastic rules in and about preaching
-monastic communities in conflict or in harmony
-monastic rejection/appropriation of mendicant sermons/preaching/identity
-monks as characters in sermons, exempla and religious literature
-gender in monastic preaching
-monks/nuns in ad status sermon literature
-monastic preaching in art
-monks, nuns, and monasticism in pre-modern sermons of religious traditions other than Christianity (e.g. , Islam, Buddhism, Taoism)
-the influence of Christian monks, nuns, & monastic sermons on preaching in other religions
-and more!
How to apply: send your abstracts for papers and posters (150 words) before 30 September 2017 (and any queries) to: imsss-2018@bristol.ac.uk

CFP: Dialogue and Difference in the Middle Ages (University of Bristol, February 25-6, 2016)

sageandfool-283pxDialogue and Difference is an interdisciplinary conference bringing together scholars from all fields to explore the ways in which cultural, social, political, religious, scientific and intellectual exchange and interaction unfolded throughout the Middle Ages. Dialogues took place both across borderlines and within the heart of medieval societies, in monasteries, universities, courts and market places as well as on battlefields and high-roads. How did these dialogues shape the societies of the Middle Ages, and how did new ideas, people and cultures interact with old? Did difference lead to conflict, or to coexistence?

This conference aims to explore these issues across societies from medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond, and spanning from Late Antiquity to the 16th century.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • societies built on cultural, political and religious borders
  • inter-religious dialogue and polemic
  • the emergence of the university
  • conquest and colonisation
  • heresy and reform
  • inter and intra-textual dialogues
  • gender and the body
  • technological or scientific developments
  • conversion and assimilation
  • material histories and the dialogue of artefacts

Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to submit abstracts of 200-300 words for 20 minute papers

We are also accepting abstracts of 100 words for 10 minute flash papers, or 100 words for poster presentations

All abstracts are to be submitted by Wednesday 25th November 2015 to Sophie and Teresa, at: sophie.burton@bristol.ac.uk and teresa.witcombe@bristol.ac.uk

For all additional information, please contact:sophie.burton@bristol.ac.uk and teresa.witcombe@bristol.ac.uk

Medieval Romance in Britain

Registration for the fourteenth biennial Medieval Romance in Britain Conference (11-13 April, Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol) is now open.

For details of the programme and to access the on-line registration form, please visit the conference website at http://www.bris.ac.uk/arts/birtha/events/medievalromance/

This is the 14th biennial conference on medieval romance in Britain. The conference is devoted to the study of medieval romance in all the languages of medieval Britain (French, English, Latin, and the Celtic languages).

The conference marks the conclusion of an AHRC-sponsored research project on the Verse Forms of Middle English Romance.