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Call for submissions for Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies.

Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments in Word format.


The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2017.

Please send submissions to Dr. Blair Sullivan, sullivan@humnet.ucla.edu.

CFP: CEMS International Graduate Conference (Budapest, 1-3 Jun 17)

mediterraneanBudapest, Central European University, June 1 – 03, 2017
Deadline: Jan 31, 2017

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) at Central European
University and its junior members are proud to announce the forthcoming
Fifth International Graduate Conference on Building, Bending, and
Breaking Boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean World.


This three-day conference invites graduate students of Late Antique, Islamic, Jewish,
Byzantine, Medieval, Ottoman studies, and related disciplines, to present their research on the manifold and complex processes of constructing, negotiating, transgressing, and subverting social, political, cultural, or confessional boundaries in the eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity to the Early Modern period.

Conference Description

What is a border? What are the sites and strategies of
boundary-construction and who are its agents? Boundaries shape and
forge categories by enforcement and reinforcement of power ingrained
within a built environment, conceptual or physical. Thus, they do not
necessarily indicate territorial margins, but can also embrace
theoretical, temporal, and metaphorical borders. They can be natural or
artificial, sharp or blurry; they can be understood in positive and/or
negative terms as means of protection or as instruments of exclusion;
and they can mark conceptual territories, such as “the human,” “the
holy,” “the family,” or “the natural world.” Triggered by new waves of
immigration, the meaningfulness of state borders and the necessity of
their control have been subject to debate, alongside questions
concerning the boundaries surrounding identities, cultures or
religions. Moving beyond the border of nation-states and the “clash of
civilizations” paradigm, the main objective of this conference is to
explore the historically contingent, fluid, and dynamic nature of
borders by shedding light on the intricate mechanisms through which
boundaries were erected, maintained, crossed, and transgressed
throughout the eastern Mediterranean world.

Possible paper topics might include, but are not limited to:

Border ontologies and epistemologies
Negotiating, contesting, and appropriating spaces – sites of cultural,
religious, social, political, economic, artistic encounters,
transformations, and exchange
The dynamics of borders and identities – the role of different sensory
mechanisms in (re)articulating communal boundaries and identities,
multiple identities and cultural mobility
Practices of representation – multisensory engagement with various
aspects of daily life, the anthropology of smells and sounds, sumptuary
restrictions on food
Bordering the body – the politicization of bodily images and the
genderization of conflicts
Geopolitics, power practices, sovereignty
Politics of translation as means of enforcement, representation, and/or
Please submit by January 31, 2017 a short paper proposal (no more than
250 words, together with a brief biography and contact information) to
the following address: cemsconference@ceu.edu

Keynote Speakers

Verena Krebs (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

David Thomas (University of Birmingham)

Greg Woolf (Institute of Classical Studies, London)

Accommodation and Travel Grants

All participants will be offered accommodation for the full duration of
the conference (3 nights) at the CEU Residence Center. In order to
encourage the participation of individuals with limited institutional
support a small number of partial travel grants will be available to
cover travel expenses. Those who wish to be considered for the grant
should include an additional justification alongside their paper
proposals. Please note that there is no conference fee. For further
information, do not hesitate to contact the organizers at
cemsconference@ceu.edu .

CFP: Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

E070014_for_TwitterCOMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies.




The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2017. Please send submissions as email attachments to Dr. Blair Sullivan, sullivan@humnet.ucla.edu.

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies



Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest)

Saint_Matthew2CEU provides a variety of merit-based SCHOLARSHIPS AND VARIOUS OTHER TYPES OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT available to students from any country (tuition waiver, stipend, housing awards, health insurance coverage).
Please visit: http://www.ceu.edu/financialaid [1].

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS who are interested in our programs, CEU organizes an INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE IN AUGUST 2017 at which undergraduate students are more than welcome to participate. For more information please visit http://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/events [2]. For the video about the previous undergraduate conference “Faith and Power”
held on August 4-7, 2016, please see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjo6eDmfZEo [3].

CEU attend a number of graduate fairs throughout the year to meet prospective students around the globe, the fairs are listed here:
https://www.ceu.edu/admissions/find-out-more/meet-with-us [4].

You and your students can find further details about our programs at http://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/ [5] and we would be glad to give you more information. It is also possible to like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ceu.med.stud/?fref=ts [6] and to LEARN ABOUT EVENTS, NEWS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES inside and outside CEU Medieval Studies.

An OPEN HOUSE event is held in Budapest on NOVEMBER 18, 2016 where candidates can talk to students, staff and faculty members. Prospective students may visit classes and enjoy the international atmosphere of our university during the Open Week (date to be announced).

Funding Opportunity: 5-8 doctoral positions, MIMESIS, Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts, LMU Munich

cover170x170Funding Opportunity: 5-8 doctoral positions (E13 TV-L, 66%), MIMESIS, Munich Doctoral Program for Literature and the Arts at LMU Munich funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria, starting 1 April 2017
 Deadline for application: 1 November 2016.
The International Doctoral Program (IDP) MIMESIS is dedicated to innovative doctoral research in the fields of literature and the arts, with special emphasis on historical, theoretical and transdisciplinary perspectives. It will enable cooperation between research projects in literature, theatre, performance, music, film studies, architecture and the visual arts, offering both a forum and a framework in which interests drawn from any one of these areas enter into a dialogue with other areas in the wider spectrum of creative engagements. Its research program is framed by the term mimesis, a key concept throughout the history of the arts, right up to the most recent developments in critical and cultural theory. MIMESIS offers a structured program of doctoral study combining seminars, workshops, lecture series and master classes. In addition internships with leading cultural institutions and at partner universities will be integrated into the study program.
How to Apply: The applicants should hold an excellent/above average master’s degree or equivalent in literature, art history, theatre or film studies or related subjects. The outline of the research project should show an explicit connection to the research profile of the program (i.e. mimesis).
Please use the application tool on this website:
For further information please contact:

Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Programme: IHR European history 1150-1550 Seminar, 2016–2017

Fortnightly Thursdays 17:30, IHR Wolfson II unless noted; free, all welcome

Winter Term
29th September ** Senate House South Block Room 349 (3rd Floor)**
Chris Wickham (Oxford): Jiangnan style: Doing global economic history in the medieval period

13th October
Giorgio Lizzul (KCL): The republic, commerce, and public debt in the forged orations of Doge Tommaso Mocenigo

Kenneth Duggan (KCL): The limits of strong government: Attempts to control criminality in thirteenth-century England

27th October (jointly with History of Liturgy seminar)
Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth & UCL): Liturgy and devotion in the aftermath of the FourthCrusade: Nivelon of Soissons, the relics of 1204, and the cathedral of Soissons

10th November
Andrew Jotischky (Royal Holloway): The image of the Greek: Western views of orthodox monks and monasteries, c.1000-1500

24th November
Nikolas Jaspert (Heidelberg): Military expatriation to Muslim lands: Aragonese Christian mercenaries as trans-imperial subjects in the Late Middle Ages

8th December (** Senate House Room 246 **)
Justine Firnhaber-Baker (St Andrews): Who were the Jacques and what did they want? Social networks and community mobilization in the Jacquerie of 1358

Spring Term 2017

18th January (jointly with Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, **time & venue to be confirmed**)
Roundtable discussion of Cathars in Question ed. Antonio Sennis (Boydell & Brewer, 2016)

19th January (** Senate House, The Court Room**)
Sylvain Piron (EHESS): An individual institutionalization: Opicino de Canestris (1296– c.1354)

2nd February
Nicholas Vincent (UEA): Henry II’s Irish colony: Truth and fiction

16th February
Dominique Iogna-Prat (CNRS/EHESS): A stone church? Visibility, monumentality and spatiality of the Medieval Church (500-1500)

2nd March
Ella Kilgallon (QMUL): Visualising castitas in the Franciscan tradition: An analysis of three frescoes from central Italy

Ella Williams (UCL): History and prophecy in Naples: The Faits des Romains at the court of KingRobert ‘the Wise’

16th March
Jonathan Lyon (Chicago): Offices, officials and bureaucracy in late medieval Europe: The view from Germany

Convenors: David Carpenter (KCL), Matthew Champion (Birkbeck), Johanna Dale (UCL), David d’Avray (UCL), Serena Ferente (KCL), Andrew Jotischky (RHUL), Patrick Lantschner (UCL), Cornelia Linde (German Historical Institute), Sophie Page (UCL), Eyal Poleg (QMUL), Miri Rubin (QMUL), John Sabapathy (UCL), Alex Sapoznik (KCL), Alice Taylor (KCL); IHR page http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/114.

Contact: John Sabapathy & Alice Taylor (j.sabapathy@ucl.ac.uk & alice.taylor@kcl.ac.uk).

25th Colloquium of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar

Conference image 24 and 25 June


The Colloquium of the MHRS takes place biennially (annually in previous years) usually on the last Thursday and Friday of June. Having first taken place in 1989, it brings together scholars from the United Kingdom and further afield working on any aspect of the art, culture, language, literature, and history of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages.


10.30–11.15 Registration, tea and coffee (The Shield 2, Dawson Hall)

11.15–11.30 Welcome (Rotblat G.05)

11.30–12.30 Plenary session (Rotblat G.05)
MARÍA MORRÁS, Queen Mary, University of London & Universitat
Pompeu Fabra
La querelle des femmes en su contexto histórico (Península Ibérica,

13.45–15.30 Parallel sessions
Session 1a (Rotblat G.05)
JOSEP LLUÍS MARTOS, Universitat d’Alacant
La rima en Joan Rois de Corella
ANTONIO CHAS AGUIÓN, Universidade de Vigo
Linaje, armas y letras en los orígenes de la rama cordobesa de los
Guzmán: Juan [Alfonso] de Guzmán ‘el Póstumo’
Gómez Manrique’s Planto for Santillana: More Than Just an Elegy?

Session 1b (Rotblat G.07)
FRANCISCO A. MARCOS-MARÍN, University of Texas at San Antonio
Romania submersa and the origins of Iberoromance
NICOLÁS ASENSIO JIMÉNEZ, Fundación Ramón Menéndez Pidal
El Romancero del Cid, una labor aun pendiente
MARTA MARFANY, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Jordi de Sant Jordi y Ausiàs March en castellano: traducciones
modernas de clásicos medievales catalanes

16.00–17.45 Parallel sessions
Session 2a (Rotblat G.05)
AINOA CASTRO CORREA, King’s College London
Dating and placing Visigothic script manuscripts
MARÍA TERESA CHICOTE, Warburg Institute & ÁNGEL FUENTES, Universidad
Complutense de Madrid
El Rey Confirma: el valor de la imagen en el privilegio castellano
ESTHER DORADO LADERA, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Arabic Epigraphy in Mudéjar Religious Architecture of Aragon: The
Church-fortresses on the Castilian Frontier

Session 2b (Rotblat G.07)
SILVIA C. MILLÁN GONZÁLEZ, Universitat de València
La amazona Pantasilea en el Silves de la Selva de Pedro de Luján: mito,
norma, desafío e integración
Caballero, magia y sermón: pespuntes culturales en el prólogo del
DANIEL GUTIÉRREZ TRÁPAGA, University of Cambridge
El fracaso de Montalvo: la transformación de Esplandián en el ciclo de


9.30–10.40 Session 3
MARGARITA DEL ROSARIO ANGLERÓ, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
La ‘fabliella’ juanmanuelina y el deleite literario
RUTH MARTÍNEZ ALCORLO, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
‘Remedios para ferida tan entrañable’: literatura consolatoria para
Isabel, primogénita de los Reyes Católicos

11.15–12.25 Session 4
DANIELA SANTONOCITO, Universidad de Zaragoza
La difusión del Conde Lucanor en Reino Unido: la relación entre la
princeps y sus traducciones inglesas
Un gran momento histórico en un pequeño texto narrativo: Perkin
Warbeck en los milagros de Guadalupe

13.45–15.00 Session 5
MARINE ANSQUER, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
La Tragedia fantástica de la gitana Celestina de Alfonso Sastre (1978):
una desacralización del mito literario celestinesco
DOROTHY SEVERIN, University of Liverpool
Cruel Fathers, Weak Mothers in the Fifteenth-Century Castilian
Sentimental Romance, and Role Reversal in Celestina

15.00 Close

For more information, see the Colloquium website.