Call for Papers

CfP: Bodies in flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art, and Culture 1000-1450, University of Warwick, 20th May 2017,

bodies-in-fluxDeadline for abstract submission: 15th December 2016


Keynote Speakers: Dr Miranda Griffin (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), Dr Robert Mills (UCL), Dr Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)

 What is it to have a body? And to experience change and transformation through that body?

This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for the conception of bodies of different kinds: human, nonhuman, animal, material, divine, and how the representation of these changes in different media reflects on and inflects the boundaries conventionally associated with the body. We are inviting abstracts from graduate students and early career researchers from all disciplines. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

 metamorphosis – boundaries between species – boundaries between materials – volatile matter – changing forms – spiritual bodies – transubstantiation – transforming saints – vulnerable bodies – death, illness, injury – medical transformations – bodily miracles – translating bodies – bodies in text and image – allegory and symbolism – transforming meaning

 Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 15th December 2016. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Call for Papers

CFP: Mediterranean Cities in Transition (7-11 June 2017: Glasgow)

Med+Seminar+SealProposals are being sought for “Mediterranean Cities in Transition,” a session at the  Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Conference to be held in Glasgow, on 7-11 June  2017.

Co-chairs:  D. Fairchild Juggles, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Landscape Architecture, Champaign, IL 61820

Nikolai Bakirtzis, The Cyprus Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus

Mediterranean cities with long histories preserve the physical evidence of their role as economic and cultural hubs. The historic complexity of their contemporary state reveals their transition through time, with the medieval and early modern period setting the foundations for subsequent growth and development. As cities change through time, visible historic layers emerge (sometimes exposed by excavation) that reveal reforms made for new social needs. The layered architectural heritage is an integral part of the urban fabric of many modern cities, shaping the character and lived experience of the city. But a building’s value today is often very different from how it was valued at the time it was built. The material object connects past and present in a deeply meaningful way, but it does so on new terms. Therefore, making connections between past and present can pose challenges as contemporary residents try to determine the role of the historic fabric in contemporary rapidly growing cities.

We invite papers that will consider the city as a heritage field:

1) How and why does medieval fabric survive to the present?

2) How does this fabric of monuments, architectural tissue (walls and gates), urban spaces, and services (water supply and sewage) serve as a resource for the present? Is the value utilitarian, in the sense of a usable palimpsest, or is it valued because of how it is interpreted?

3) Does medieval architecture guide the subsequent character of the city? If so, does the old footprint pose a limit to growth, its narrow streets and enclosure walls impeding the city’s entry into modernity, or in contrast, does heritage fabric enrich a city’s sense of identity, cultural vigor, and connection to its own place?

4) What is the role of medieval architectural heritage in the context of contested and divided urban space?

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Please submit your 300-word abstract for a paper by 3:00pm on June 7, using the SAH conference portal:

Note that only papers submitted through this portal will be accepted. We will not read nor can we accept papers sent directly to the co-chairs.


Lecture series

UCL IMARS Seminar: 6:15pm, Monday, 18th January 2016. Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt: ‘Les rythmes au Moyen Âge (Rhythms in the Middle Ages)’

IMARS JC Schmitt posterWe are delighted to announce the next UCL IMARS Seminar of 2015-16. The seminar will be held on Monday, 18th January 2016 with Professor Jean-Claude Schmitt – Doyen of the modern Annales School – speaking. He will be presenting his latest book:

‘Les rythmes au Moyen Âge (Rhythms in the Middle Ages)’

As usual the seminar begins at 6:15pm, but in a break from tradition, it will be in the Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL in the Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL. It will, of course, be followed by a wine reception.

The programme for the first two terms of this year is online at:

We hope to see many of you at this year’s seminars.

Best Regards,

The IMARS team

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Call for Papers: Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology (London, 10-12 July 2015)

Call for Papers:
Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology
London, Senate House, Institute of English Studies, 10-12 July 2015
Deadline: 1 September 2014

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Papers are sought on all aspects of ‘Science, Magic and Technology’ in late medieval literature and culture and particularly within Chaucer studies. Approaches might include:

  • The presentation of scientific ideas in myth and poetry
  • Observation and naturalism in literature and art
  • Experiment and experience in science and literature
  • The occult sciences (astrology, magic, alchemy) and their relationship to literature
  • Technology as magic, magic as a technology
  • Scientific literatures and the literariness of science
  • Epistemology and taxonomy in late medieval writing
  • Technologies of writing, parchment making and codicology
  • Concepts of the material and immaterial worlds, the environment, astrology, astronomy and cosmology
  • Cartography; deep-sea and space exploration
  • The science of the senses, optics, sound or scent
  • The representation of medicine in literature or the literary modes of medical writing
  • Trade technologies in literature
  • Science, magic and technology in medievalism

Papers are welcomed on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer or, more broadly, on late medieval writing and culture.

Please send 250 word abstracts to Dr Isabel Davis; Birkbeck, University of London. by 1st September 2014.