Call for Papers

CFP: Bishops’ Identities, Careers and Networks, University of Aberdeen, 26 May and 27 May 2017

cropped-welwick-crosierCall for Papers: Conference: Bishops’ Identities, Careers and Networks
Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
26 May and 27 May 2017

Bishops were powerful individuals who had considerable spiritual, economic and political power. To be a bishop was to be a leader who might crown kings or foment rebellion. So who became bishops? What were their family backgrounds, educational attainment, social networks? What was the impact of international Church events such as the Great Schism or the Council of Basle on the types of bishop appointed in individual dioceses?

The aim of this two-day conference, funded by an AHRC Early Career Research Grant, is to stimulate discussion on how individuals achieved a bishopric in Europe, including Scandinavia and the British Isles. An edited volume is the planned outcome for the conference.

Topics for the conference include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Family origins
  • Education
  • Pre-episcopal careers
  • Social networks
  • Spiritual networks
  • Political networks
  • the centralisation of the Papacy
  • international Church events
  • Diocesan patrons
  • Election of bishops

We invite proposals between 250-300 words for individual 20 minute papers relating to the conference theme. Please send abstracts to

Please send abstracts by Friday 27th January 2017.

Please direct any queries to Sarah Thomas and Michael Frost at



Call for Papers Call for Participants

Call for Papers: The Fifteenth Century Conference (Aberdeen 2014)

Preliminary Announcement and Call for Papers:
The Fifteenth Century Conference (Open Theme)
University of Aberdeen, 4-6 September 2014
Deadline: 1 March 2014

aberdeen_logoThe annual gathering known as the Fifteenth Century Conference was first held in Cardiff, 1970. In 2014 the conference will meet at the University of Aberdeen. It is expected that there will be plenary sessions, parallel panel sessions of 20-30 minute papers, and opportunity to showcase collaborative projects. The theme is open and, as is customary, the chronological boundaries of c.1400 and c.1500 will be interpreted generously. Professor Christine Carpenter will offer the keynote lecture. It is hoped to offer some reduction in fee for current and recent research students giving a paper.

Aberdeen is unusually well-served for travel, with regular direct flights from most UK cities, and from Dublin, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. There is a frequent rail service, including overnight sleeper options from London. For further details see:

Those wishing to offer papers are invited to send details by e-mail to or to Dr Jackson Armstrong, History, Crombie Annexe, Meston Walk, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX, setting out:

  • Title of proposed paper; Abstract (c. 200 words)
  • Full name and professional title (Professor, Dr, Ms, …)
  • Postal address and e-mail
  • Institutional affiliation and relevant status (permanent, fellowship, research student, …)
  • Anticipated availability (e.g. if only one day is feasible)

Closing date 1 March 2014Please circulate this announcement widely. For further information please contact Dr Jackson Armstrong.