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BAA Aberdeen Conference: Student Scholarship Deadline this Friday!

The British Archaeological Association offers generous scholarships for students who wish to attend its annual conference, which this year will be held in Aberdeen. All students with an interest in medieval art and architecture are warmly encouraged to apply.

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The British Archaeological Association’s annual conference for 2014 will be held at Old Aberdeen (19 – 23 Jul 2014). The conference will be based in the medieval surroundings of Aberdeen University with extended trips throughout Aberdeenshire and Moray. Aberdeen University was founded in 1495 by Bishop Elphinstone and 2014 is the 500th anniversary of his death. Papers and tours will cover aspects of his architectural patronage. Highlights will include visits to Elgin Cathedral (the ‘Lantern of the North’) and Pluscarden Abbey, the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. Secular architecture will feature 13th-century Kildrummy Castle, the innovative tower house at Huntly, and lavish Fyvie Castle. Aberdeen offers the well-preserved St Machar’s Cathedral with its castellated towers and heraldic ceiling, and King’s College Chapel, the only complete medieval church interior surviving in Scotland. Historical overviews will be provided, particularly tackling the moderate Aberdeenshire response to the Reformation which allowed the middle ages to linger into the seventeenth century.

The scholarships will cover the entire conference fee, which includes lectures, site visits, sandwich lunches, teas and coffees and dinners, maps and plans. Applicants who live beyond commuting distance from Aberdeen may also apply for accommodation at Hillhead. Depending on demand, some support for travel money may also be available.

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Call for Participation: Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, University of North Texas

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8th Annual Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, University of North Texas, October 2, 2014

“Interdiciplinarity in the era of ‘Relevance:’ Graduate Research across the Disciplines and Beyond.”

Details can be found on the UNT symposium website:

http://art.unt.edu/medieval-symposium/

http://art.unt.edu/medieval-symposium/cfp.php?year=2014

This year the symposium will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association, October 3-4, 2014. All symposium participants are invited to attend TEMA’s meeting free of charge.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University, Chicago: “Jean Gerson’s Interdisciplinary Theory of Emotions”

While we will entertain papers on any topic, from any discipline of Medieval Studies—Art History, Religion, Philosophy, English, History, Foreign Languages, Music, we particularly welcome those that engage the multifaceted topic of “Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance.” We encourage submission of papers that have been submitted and/or delivered elsewhere.

Many of us in the academy, even those amongst us who are preparing for a career in the academy, are confronted with the constant refrain of “relevance.” The state of the academy and its public rhetoric profess among its highest goals an emphasis on community engagement, tangible solutions to “real” world problems, and quantifiable results that produce change and progress.  Highlighting the value of stem research, and stressing the potential for expansive pools of external funding, we in the Humanities are asked to consider the creative potential and lucrative benefits of interdisciplinary research clusters and cross-campus collaborative partnerships.   The underlying suggestion in this none-to-subtle rhetoric is, of course,  that the humanities in general, and Medieval Studies in particular,  are less-relevant in our current era because we do not on the surface contribute to this over-arching public mission.

Beginning however, with the understanding that all the various disciplines comprising Medieval Studies—English, History, Music/Liturgy, Philosophy/Religion, Archaeology, Art History, Language Studies—are inherently interdisciplinary and in some sense inseparable, we seek papers that explore or exploit  the difference between “Interdisciplinary,” “Intra-disciplinary,” Extra-disciplinary,” and even “Super-disciplinary” studies.  We are interested in examples of those who are engaging technology in their studies and/or have incorporated a theoretical stance in line with the hard sciences, or perhaps seek to turn the notion of “Relevance” on its head.  We ask: What role do Medievalists play in this new age?  Where do we see ourselves and our projects in the world of “real solutions?”

Travel subvention of $300 will be awarded to the best paper.

Deadline for submission of a 300 word abstract is June 1, 2014. Selected full papers will be due September 15th, 2014.

Paper Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to:  Mickey.Abel@unt.edu

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Call for Papers: The Fifteenth Century Conference (Aberdeen 2014)

Preliminary Announcement and Call for Papers:
The Fifteenth Century Conference (Open Theme)
University of Aberdeen, 4-6 September 2014
Deadline: 1 March 2014

aberdeen_logoThe annual gathering known as the Fifteenth Century Conference was first held in Cardiff, 1970. In 2014 the conference will meet at the University of Aberdeen. It is expected that there will be plenary sessions, parallel panel sessions of 20-30 minute papers, and opportunity to showcase collaborative projects. The theme is open and, as is customary, the chronological boundaries of c.1400 and c.1500 will be interpreted generously. Professor Christine Carpenter will offer the keynote lecture. It is hoped to offer some reduction in fee for current and recent research students giving a paper.

Aberdeen is unusually well-served for travel, with regular direct flights from most UK cities, and from Dublin, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. There is a frequent rail service, including overnight sleeper options from London. For further details see: www.abdn.ac.uk/maps/travel.php

Those wishing to offer papers are invited to send details by e-mail to j.armstrong@abdn.ac.uk or to Dr Jackson Armstrong, History, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, setting out:

  • Title of proposed paper; Abstract (c. 200 words)
  • Full name and professional title (Professor, Dr, Ms, …)
  • Postal address and e-mail
  • Institutional affiliation and relevant status (permanent, fellowship, research student, …)
  • Anticipated availability (e.g. if only one day is feasible)

Closing date 1 March 2014Please circulate this announcement widely. For further information please contact Dr Jackson Armstrong.

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Call For Participants: Liturgy in History Study Day

Call For Participants: Liturgy in History Study Day 

msoulsQueen Mary’s Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies have announced a call for participants for ‘Liturgy in History’, an international study day for graduate students and early career researchers.

When: Tuesday 19th November, 9:30 – 17:00 (lunch provided)
Where: Queen Mary, Mile End Campus, room tbc

Three speakers – Professor Nils Holger Petersen (University of Copenhagen), Professor Emma Dillon (King’s College London) and Dr Beth Williamson (University of Bristol) – will guideparticipants through the structure and formulae of liturgical sources. The musical, visual, architectural and performative aspects of the liturgy will all be carefully considered and approaches to liturgy re-interrogated. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion with Professor Miri Rubin (QMUL) and Professor Sara Lipton (SUNY).

The day will culminate in a trip to a nearby renaissance church which will help situate them in their context. We would be delighted to welcome international participants and students from diverse disciplines, to reflect the multidisciplinary focus of the day itself.

If you would like to join us please email Hetta Howes (h.howes@qmul.ac.uk)  Attendance will be free of charge, but places are limited to ensure discussion and participation, so it is essential that you book your place.

You will find more information and a provisional schedule here.