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Call for Paper: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (New York, 13-16 Feb 2019)

Call for Paper: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (New York, 13-16 Feb 2019)

CAA Conference, New York, February 13 – 16, 2019
Deadline: Apr 18, 2018

Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
Call for Panel Proposal
College Art Association
New York, 13-16 February 2019
The Society for the Study of Early Modern Women ( will sponsor one panel at the annual conference to be held in New York, 13-16 February 2019. We are soliciting proposals for panels that explore the relationships between women, gender, and artistic or material culture during the early modern period (c. 1300-1800). Cross-cultural or transnational panels are especially welcome.
CAA offers the SSEMW the opportunity to submit an already-formed panel or to participate in the association’s general call for participation. Panel proposals may therefore consist of a completed panel with pre-selected speakers or a call for participation that will be widely circulated. The format is similarly flexible, and might include three 20-minute papers, several “lightning” papers, a roundtable discussion, or other interactive format.

Panel proposals should be sent to Maria Maurer at no later than Wednesday April 18th with the following materials:

–    Abstract of 250-500 words describing the panel
–    Name(s) of panel organizers and, for complete panels only, the speakers. Include the institutional affiliation and email address for each participant.
–    One-page CV for organizers. For complete panels, a one-page CV is also required for speakers.
–    CAA Member ID of each participant – please note that CAA requires all participants to be active members through February 16, 2019.
–    For complete panels only: titles (max 15 words) and abstracts (max 250 words) of each paper.

Sponsorship by SSEMW signifies that the panel is pre-approved and automatically accepted by CAA.

CAA offers several travel grants to support participation by emerging scholars, women, and international scholars:

Participants do not need to be members of SSEMW at the time of submission, but should join the society before CAA meets in February 2019. A regular membership costs $25; students, independent scholars and contingent faculty may join for $15.

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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 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 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,

For information on the publication, please contact or see Trivent Publishing’s website here:

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Call for Papers: Moving Women, Moving Objects 300-1500 (Kalamazoo 2015)

Call for Papers:
Moving Women, Moving Objects 300-1500 
ICMA-sponsored session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May 2015
Deadline: 15 September 2014

As we examine medieval works of art like manuscripts, reliquaries, and jewels, today anchored and spotlighted in their museum vitrines, it is easy to imagine these sumptuous objects at rest in the hands of their original owners. But, in truth, they were in constant motion, and women were especially responsible for the movement of these works of art.
Isabeau_de_Baviere3This panel seeks to enrich the discussion of women and their relationships with their objects that, in the area of non-book arts, remains relatively unexplored. Luscious objects were gifts that traveled lesser and greater distances, some imported in brides’ nuptial coffers and many more commissioned and used to unite women separated by their politically advantageous marriages. Sisters and mothers, grandmothers and aunts, daughters and cousins, as well as friends and allies, all exchanged works of art with shared stories and iconographies. These pieces were the tokens that served as tribute, the centerpieces of rituals and ceremonies, the precious keepsakes enjoyed in intimate places, and the markers of architectural spaces often also founded or endowed by these women.

Theories of feminism, anthropology, sociology, and geography, among others, can all aid in the interpretation of the movement of works of art by women. New technologies such as GIS mapping and digital modeling enable us to visualize the international trajectories of works of art, as well as the movement and placement of them within architectural space. Proposals for this panel could include papers concerning women living between 300-1500. While proposals discussing European examples are anticipated, those analyzing any culture are encouraged. Papers might discuss women moving their objects in ritual space; the international, cross-cultural fertilization of the arts resulting from women’s gifts; the mapping of women’s identity through placement of objects; or class and women’s movement of their objects.

Please email the session chairs a one-page abstract of your paper, with images of the works of art you will discuss, and the Participant Information Form (available at

Contact: Tracy Chapman Hamilton, Sweet Briar College,; Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, California State University, Long Beach,

Proposals due: September 15, 2014

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New Publication: Special Issue of Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies on ‘Women’s Creativity’



New Publication:
Special Issue of Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies (vol. 6, no.  1, 2014)

Julie A. Harris (ed)
Women’s Creativity and the Three Faiths of Iberia / Reassessing the Roles of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture



Julie A. Harris
Finding a place for women’s creativity in medieval Iberia and modern scholarship

Glaire Anderson
Sign of the Cross: contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de la Cogolla

Sarah Ifft Decker
Conversion, marriage, and creative manipulation of law in thirteenth-century responsa literature

Jeffrey A. Bowman
Countesses in court: elite women, creativity, and power in northern Iberia, 900–1200

Anna Rich Abad
Able and available: Jewish women in medieval Barcelona and their economic activities

Sharon Koren
The symbol of Rebekah in the Zohar

Noelia Silva Santa-Cruz
Ivory gifts for women in caliphal Córdoba: marriage, maternity and sensuality