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Call for Contributions: Set Me as a Seal upon Thy Heart: Constructions of Female Sanctity in the Middle Ages (edited volume)

screen-shot-2017-01-20-at-9-19-20-amHoly women were represented on a variety of media, starting with manuscript illuminations, ending with frescoes, or textually-constructed and re-constructed in order to fit religious and/or political purposes, according to time and space(s). They imprinted their imagery on the social-cultural milieu of the Middle Ages as brides of Christ, virgin martyrs, or penitents, suggesting that medieval female sanctity is a multifaceted phenomenon. This volume intends to develop these concepts further in order to reconsider and redefine female holiness from a transdisciplinary perspective.

We welcome papers for the volume to be titled “Set Me as a Seal Upon Thy Heart.” Constructions of Female Sanctity in the Middle Ages.
Aiming to reflect recent research on the construction(s) of female holiness, we call for original manuscripts focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Textual sources; text circulation and manipulation
  • Image-text relationship
  • Arts/visual culture and architecture
  • Thematic connections
  • Donors and audience
  • Cultural/religious constructions

Submission Guidelines:

Papers should be written following the template and guidelines found at http://www.trivent-publishing.eu and should have between minimum 7 and maximum 20 pages.

Dates and deadlines
Manuscript Submission March 20, 2017
Decision Notification May 8, 2017
Final Manuscript Submission June 12, 2017
Estimated Publication Date September 2017

* We kindly ask all prospective authors to send their intent of submitting a paper for this volume to publishing@trivent-publishing.eu by February 1st, 2017

The volume will be published open access. It will be listed in CEEOL, Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources, SSOAR, DOI, and will be sent for evaluation in the Book Citation Index of Thomson Reuters.

For information and queries on the scientific content of the volume, please contact the editor of the volume, Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, znorovszky_a@auca.kg

For information on the publication, please contact publishing@trivent-publishing.eu or see Trivent Publishing’s website here: http://www.trivent-publishing.eu

Call for Chapter Proposals: Singing Death (edited book volume)

Call for Chapter Proposals:
Singing Death (edited volume)
Deadline: 30 September (submission of abstracts)

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume entitled ‘Singing Death’. The editors are in preliminary negotiations with Ashgate Press for a collection of essays provisionally entitled ‘Singing Death’ and we would like to invite chapter proposals for this project. ‘Singing Death’ arises out of a day-long symposium and concert combined, generously supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. This took place at the University of Melbourne, 17th August, 2013: http://www.historyofemotions.org.au/media/89722/singing-death_poster_web.pdf  

The program alRequiem Mass Initialternated academic papers on the music, art and literature of death with performances of some of the music associated with it. The editors would like to extend the work of the symposium with a collection of essays focussing on death and music. We want to offer readers an encounter with music as a distinct discourse of death, another way of speaking death; the collection will be accompanied by a recording of the music involved with each of its chapters. We aim, most of all, to bring into focus how death figures through music for the living and the dying, how it taps into the experience of all those for whom death comes close.

Death is an unanswerable question for humanity, literally the question that always remains unanswered (although so many answers are offered). It is ‘the question of questions’ as Federico García Lorca put it, since it lies beyond human experience. The music of death represents one of the most profound ways in which, nevertheless, we struggle to accommodate death within the scope of the living by giving a voice to death and the dead. We want the book to engage with the profound disturbance that death presents to the living and how music expresses and/or responds to that disturbance.

The field of enquiry is very broad. We welcome proposals from any intellectual discipline that can engage with the nexus of music and death. Musicological expertise is not essential. Music, like poetry, operates in a different way from ordinary discourse; it acts as well as speaks and it can have profound and complex effects for listeners. We want our collection to address the difference that music, vocal and instrumental, makes to all those confronted with death. We also welcome proposals from those practically involved with the question, for instance music therapists involved in palliative care or grief counselling, or those who organise or perform music associated with death in some way.

Below are some possible topics for research. The list is far from exhaustive, nor is it intended to be exclusive. Each topic could also be subdivided many times:

  • music and suicide (some songs have been blamed for causing suicide, some songs commemorate a death by suicide)
  • music and murder
  • music and the dying
  • music and mourning
  • music and spiritualism (some people believe that the dead are communicating with them through music)
  • music and the afterlife
  • music, death and religion
  • music, death and the law
  • music and the revenant (ghosts, vampires, zombies, etc.)
  • death in various musical genres, for instance opera, death metal, folk music.
  • music in palliative care

Proposals should include:

  1. An abstract no longer than 500 words
  2. 3-10 keywords
  3. short CV, no more than 10 lines which can include a link to a website

Please indicate to the editors what music you wish to accompany your contribution and whether you can provide it. Recordings can be of live music or of pre-recorded music (permissions will be required when chapter is submitted). Please send to Helen Dell and Helen Hickey. See email addresses below.

Important dates:

  • 30th September—submission of abstracts
  • 30th October—notification of acceptance or otherwise
  • 30th January—deadline for submission of paper
  • 30th May—notification of acceptance of paper
  • 30th June—submission of revised version

Editors: Dr. Helen Dell and Dr. Helen Hickey, University of Melbourne, Australia, 3052. Y6h


Helen Dell:
Helen Dell’s research is in the fields of music and literature, especially when joined together as song. Her PhD thesis, on desire in French medieval song was published in 2008 as Desire by Gender and Genre in Trouvère Song, by Boydell and Brewer. Since then Helen has been conducting research into recent receptions and inventions of medieval music. She has now finished a second book, for Cambria Press, entitled: Music and the Medievalism of Nostalgia: Fantasies of Medieval Music in the English-speaking World, 1945 to 2010. Recent research has centred on the music of death, from which last year’s symposium, ‘Singing Death’ and the current planned collection have sprung. More on Helen’s research can be seen at her website: http://www.helendell.com
Email: helendell@internode.on.net

Helen Hickey:
Helen Hickey completed her PhD thesis on the Everyday in early fifteenth-century English literature. She is interested in the ways history and literature intersect with medicine and materiality. Her most recent publication is an article in an edited collection, Theorising Legal Personhood in Pre-modern England (Brill) on the Inquisitions of Insanity and medieval literature. She is a member of the International Health Humanities Network.
Email: helenhickey@bigpond.com