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CFP: Renewal in the Cults of Saints, 1050-1300 (Leeds 2015)

Call for Papers:
Renewal in the Cults of Saints, 1050-1300
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 6-9 July 2015
Deadline: 25 August 2014

We are seeking proposals for papers on the topic of renewal, reinvention and reinterpretation in the cults of saints in the period 1050-1300. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • The reinvention of saints across cultural, national, or linguistic borders
  • The impact of church reform on the cults of saints
  • Reinterpretation of a saint’s cult within cult practice, hagiography, liturgy and art
  • How a saint’s cult might be renewed or revitalised for a new audience

Papers dealing with renewal in the cults of Anglo-Saxon or British saints in this period will be particularly welcomed.
Proposals for papers of 15-20 minutes should be sent to steffenabhope@gmail.com or eleanor.parker@ell.ox.ac.uk by 25 August.

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Call for Papers/Sessions: International Medieval Congress “Reform and Renewal” (Leeds 2015)

Call for Papers/Call for Sessions:
Reform and Renewal
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 6-9 July 2015

Deadline for paper proposals: 31 August 2014
Deadline for session proposals: 30 September 2014


The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Papers and sessions on any topic or theme in the European Middle Ages are welcome. Each Congress has one particular special thematic strand on an area of interdisciplinary study in a wider context. However, this strand is not intended to be exclusive and submissions from all spheres of medieval research, in any major European language, are welcome.

The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a specific special thematic strand which – for 2015 – is ‘Reform and renewal’. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as its impact on many aspects of the human experience.

The changes brought about by deliberate individual and collective interventions demonstrate the impact of reform and renewal on the development of spirituality, ideologies, institutional and socio-economic realities, literary and artistic expression, and a sense of shared identity amongst communities. Change could be justified by referring rhetorically to a ‘restoration’ or ‘renewal’ of a perceived former reality. Monastic and ecclesiastical groups regarded spiritual and institutional reform as closely interconnected. Secular rulers invoked divine will and natural order to validate interventions in political and socio-economic structures. Innovators in literary and artistic spheres referred to a desire to return to a more ‘authentic’ or ‘original’ intellectual, spiritual, or aesthetic experience. In reality, reform and renewal could be profoundly radical but could also be more ambiguous, remaining virtually unnoticed by contemporaries. Medieval commentators’ tendency to append positive and negative connotations to accounts of reform and renewal continues to impact upon modern discussions of both phenomena and their rhetorical uses.

Areas of discussion could include:

  • Justifications for reform by ruling or dissident groups (e.g. oligarchies, heretics, parliaments)
  • Memories of reform: historiographical justifications
  • Changing evaluations of reform and renewal: medieval commentaries and modern scholarship
  • Relevance of reform and renewal as terms to describe change across different periods, regions, social layers, and landscapes
  • Renewal without reform: intentional change that was not presented as a reform
  • The individual as agent of reform/renewal: charismatic leaders, innovators, and bureaucratic reformers
  • Collectivities as agents of reform and renewal
  • Significance and/or impact of individual, social, political, and institutional reform/renewal as well as impact on individuals and societies
  • Religious and/or ideological renewal
  • Reform and renewal in literary and artistic production: genre and style reforms, reformist literature
  • Reform and renewal in manuscript production, translation, and dissemination
  • Medieval rhetorics of reform and renewal
  • Physical remains of reform or renewal: architecture, texts, iconography
  • Reform as renovation or continuity: maintaining continuation of structures, continuation of knowledge, or ‘Back to basics’
  • Reform in education / moral renewal

Proposals should be submitted online at www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2015_call.html
The online proposal form will be available from 1 May 2014. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2014; session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2014.

The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages. For further details please contact:

Axel E. W. Müller
International Medieval Congress
Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Parkinson Building 1.03, LEEDS  LS2 9JT  U.K.
Tel.: +44 (113) 343-3614  Fax: +44 (113) 343-3616
email: imc@leeds.ac.uk

Call for Session Proposals: Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Sponsored Session (IMC Leeds 2015)

Call for Session Proposals
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Sponsored Session
22 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2015
Deadline: 31 August 2014


Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 22nd International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 69, 2015. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.
The thematic strand for the 2015 IMC is “Reform and Renewal.” See the IMC Call for Papers (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2015_call.html) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals should be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site (http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/22nd-international-medieval-congress/). The deadline for submission is August 31, 2014. Proposals should include:

-100-word session abstract
-Session moderator and academic affiliation
-Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $500 maximum for EU residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.