Call for Papers: Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean:
“Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean I: Books” and “Networks of Books and Readers in the Medieval Mediterranean II: Readers”
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 11-14 May 2017
Organized by Núria Silleras-Fernandez (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Colorado at Boulder) and sponsored by the CU Mediterranean Studies Group and the Mediterranean Seminar.
These sessions address the study of networks of books and readers in the Medieval Mediterranean. How did texts and ideas circulate in a Mediterranean context? What types of motifs, topics, and ideas travelled? What books were translated and why? Were there Mediterranean networks of readers who circulated particular texts? These two panels, one focusing on books and the other on readers, seek papers of a comparative, interdisciplinary and/or methodologically innovative nature that focus on how members of various faith and ethnic communities circulated texts and ideas in the broader Mediterranean.
Contact Núria Silleras-Fernandez (email@example.com) for further information or to submit a proposal (300-word abstract, one-page CV, and media equipment request by 15 September 2016).
Professor Jeffrey H. Hamburger (Harvard University) is the holder of the 2014 LECTIO Chair. Aside his public lecture on Tuesday 27 May entitled “The Autonomy of Images: The Prayer Book of Ursula Begerin and Late Medieval Picture Books”, he will give on 28 May a Doctoral Seminar “Latinate Nuns and Liturgical Commentary: The Graduals from Paradies bei Soest, ca. 1360-1425”.
On the occasion of this seminar, a selection of early-stage scholars (PhD students and postdocs) are given the opportunity to present their research during a paper session and to discuss it with the chair holder, the scientific committee and other colleagues.
Three domains have been selected: (1) ‘Hearing as viewing, viewing as sensing’. The medieval book and manuscript as synesthetic medium; (2) ‘Nuns as artists’ revisited after the material turn; and (3) ‘Word & Image’. Methodological challenges for interdisciplinary studies.
We invite early-stage researchers to submit proposals for papers in one of the aforementioned domains. We especially welcome interdisciplinary and innovative scholarly case studies that document these topics, from fields as diverse as philosophy, history, history of art, theology and religion, musicology, manuscript studies, gender studies, and hagiography. Selected researchers are expected to give a brief 10-minutes presentation in English.
A single page description of the proposed poster and a short CV should be submitted no later than 21 April 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholars who want to attend the seminar without presenting a poster are also asked to express their interest before that date.