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27-29 September 2011. 'Guerra Santa y Cruzada en la Edad Media', the VI Seminario de Historia Medieval, to be held in Segovia. Este Seminario tiene como finalidad ofrecer una aproximación al siempre sugerente tema de la Cruzada y la Guerra Santa en la Edad Media, un tema que será abordado tanto desde la óptica cristiana como la musulmana, y desde muy diversas perspectivas, con el fin de ofrecer una panorámica lo más amplia posible. Para ello se contará con la presencia de algunos medievalistas españoles, que son reconocidos especialistas en los distintos ámbitos de estudio e investigación que serán abordados. El Seminario está abierto a cuantas personas estén interesadas en la temática de estudio, y de manera muy especial a los estudiantes de la Licenciatura en Historia y del Grado en Geografía e Historia de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Further information:

28-30 September 2011. II Simposio Internacional de Estudios Medievales, organised by Centro de Estudios Medievales de la Universidad Gabriela Mistral, Sanitago de Chile.El formulario de inscripción está a disposición en esta página. La temática del simposio es abierta , es decir, pueden presentarse trabajos de cualquier materia relativa a los estudios medievales. La selección de propuestas y el programa serán comunicados durante la última semana de mayo. Las ponencias no deberán superar en ningún caso los 20 minutos de exposición. Algunas de ellas serán seleccionadas para publicación en el anuario del Centro de Estudios Medievales. La invitación a participar como ponente está abierta exclusivamente a académicos, estudiantes de posgrado y tesistas , aunque es abierta a todo público para participar como asistente certificado. Further information:

29-30 September 2011. 'Book Design from the Middle Ages to the Future Traditions and Evolutions', a congress to be held at the University of Antwerp, in Antwerp, Belgium. The objective of this international congress is to explore traditions and innovations in book design and typography from the manuscript era to the age of the electronic book. The following questions will be addressed: How did the design of books evolve during the Middle Ages, the early modern period and beyond? Which traditions survived the successive transitions from manuscripts to hand press books in the early modern period, at the end of the eighteenth century (the period of mechanization and automatisation), and at the end of the twentieth century from the paper book to the electronic book? How did the changing conditions of production and use affect the appearance and content of books? Which elements endured and which ones were altered or disappeared? Further information: Dr Goran Proot,

29 September-1 October 2011. 'Digital Diplomatics: Tools for the Digital Diplomatist', an international conference to be held in Naples, Italy. Scholars of diplomatics never had a fundamental opposition on using modern technology to support their research. Nevertheless no technology since the introduction of photography had such an impact on questions and methods of diplomatics as the computer had: Digital imaging gives us cheap reproductions at high quality, so nowadays large copora of documents are to be found online. Digital imaging allows manipulations to make apparently invisible traces visible. Modern information technology gives us access to huge text corpora in which single words and phrases can be found thus helping to indicate relationsships, to retrieve parallel texts for comparision or plot geographical and temporal distributions. The conference aims at presenting projects which working to enlarge the digitised charter corpus on the one hand and on the other hand will put a particular focus on research applying information technology on medieval and early modern charters aiming at pure diplomatic questions as well as historic or philologic research. Call for papers deadline: 15 May 2011. Further information:;


7 October 2011. 'Women in Truth and Legend', an interdisciplinary international conference to be held at Cardiff University. The conference seeks to examine images and representations of medieval women. Our aim is to promote new scholarship and innovative approaches to the study of this figure within the wider context of literary and historical studies. Our purpose is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion of the ways in which the medieval female is depicted within myth, folklore, legend and historiography. Further information: Sarah Williams,; Nicole Thomas,; Facebook webpage - Shield Maidens and Sacred Mothers

7-9 October 2011. The 31st Annual Celtic Colloquium, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference covers topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.). Further information:;

13-15 October 2011. 'Aquinas and "the Arabs"', the Annual Fall Research Seminar Conference, hosted by the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City. With this call for papers we welcome submissions of proposals for the presentation of papers on issues related to the general ends of the Aquinas and 'the Arabs' Project. Papers may be on philosophy in the Arabic tradition
influential upon or relevant to the development of the medieval European tradition of theology and philosophy. Papers may also be on theology and / or philosophy in the European tradition in which the Arabic tradition in translation played a role. Call for papers deadline: 15 June 2011. Further information:;

13-16 October 2011. 'Medieval History Seminar', organised by German Historical Institute London & German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C..The German Historical Institutes in London and Washington are pleased to announce the sixth Medieval History Seminar, to be held in Washington, from October 13 to 16, 2011. The seminar is designed to bring together American, British and German Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2009-2010) in medieval history for a weekend of scholarly discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as to dis­tinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. The Medieval History Seminar welcomes proposals from all areas of medieval history. Par­ticipation is not limited to historians working on German history or German-speak­ing regions of Europe. Nor is a particular epoch or methodological approach prefer­red. Applications from neighboring disciplines are welcome if the projects have a distinct historical focus. Papers and discussions will be conducted both in German and English. Successful applicants must be prepared to submit a paper of approximately 5 000 words by September 1, 2011. They also are expected to act as commentator for other papers presented in the seminar. The GHI will cover the travel and lodging expenses of the participants. Applications should include: a curriculum vitae (including address and e-mail); a description of the proposed paper (4-5 pages, double-spaced); one letter of recommendation. Send applications via e-mail to: Call for papers deadline: February 1, 2011. Further information: Dr. Miriam Rürup, GHI Washington (; Dr. Jochen Schenk, GHI London, (

14-15 October 2011. Thirty-Eighth Annual Manuscripta conference at Staint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, annually host the Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies. The conference, known familiarly as the Manuscripta Conference, has no set theme and serves as a general forum for manuscript scholars to meet and discuss their work with colleagues.. Further information:

14-16 October 2011. 'Heavenly Discourses', an international conference to be held at the Unversity of Bristol. This conference will bring together scholars to examine the relationship between the heavens and culture through the arts, literature, religion and philosophy, both in history and the present. We have accepted proposals from 80 academics in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Topics include astronomy and music, literature, painting and the visual arts, architecture, religion, history and society. Further information:

15 October 2011. 'Yorkists and Lancastrians: In Honour and Blood', the Richard III society 2011 symposium, to be held at Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth. Further information: Joe Ann Ricca,;

17-18 October 2011. 'Jews in the Ecclesiastical, Roman-Barbarian and Byzantine Law (6th-11th Centuries): Changes, Ruptures, Adaptations', an international workshop to be held at the Abbey of Fontevraud, in Fontevraud L'Abbaye, France. This workshop will provide an opportunity for renewed reflection on the legal conditions of Jews in Latin Europe and Byzantium in the early middle ages. We will seek, for example, to make an aggiornamento of the thesis of Bernhard Blumenkranz (Juifs et chrétiens dans le monde occidental. 430-1096, Paris, 1960) concerning the personal status of Jews in Early Medieval Latin Europe. Blumenkranz rejected the notion that Jews, from the Early Middle Ages, were relegated to the status of foreigners in the barbarian kingdoms. But should we conclude with him that since the dissolution of the western part of the empire, Jews retained the personal status of 'Romans', when we know now that legal pluralism was applied only by the Franks? For Byzantium, the approach will be both diachronic and synchronic: an assessment of which Byzantine laws derived from Roman law and what is new or has been modified or adapted. One important source, for example, will be the Justinian Code's modifications of interpolations of the laws of the Theodosian Code. Moreover, it the nature and extent of the influence of Byzantine politics concerning Jews on the policies of western European kingdoms, for example in the case 1) of forced baptisms in Frankish and Visigothic lands, or 2) the Byzantine law in Italy as perceived through the extracts of the Justinian Code that circulated there. Further information:

20-22 October 2011. 'Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment', the 26th International Conference on Medievalism, at the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The organizers especially invite proposals addressing any or all of these concepts. They will also welcome proposals on any topic related to the invocation or representation of the Middle Ages in post-medieval periods. As an interdisciplinary organization, they also encourage proposals from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and beyond, particularly proposals that address interdisciplinary themes or employ interdisciplinary theories and methods. Post-medieval interest in Arthuriana has flourished unabatedly since the 19th-century medieval revival and is, for instance, reflected in the 2010 publication of Joerg O. Fichte's From Camelot to Obamalot: Essays on Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature. Further information: Anita Obermeier

20-23 October 2011. 'Thirty-Seventh Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC)', to be held at DePaul University, Chicago. The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. Papers in all disciplines of Byzantine Studies are welcome. We particularly invite abstracts the following topics: Orthodox-Catholic interactions and ecumenical dialogue; methodologies in Byzantine archaeology; papers in honor of Walter Kaegi; Byzantium and modernity; secular arts and culture; collections of Byzantine art; Byzantium and
Islam; Byzantine Italy and Sicily; Papyrology; Sinai; Coptic studies. It is also the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA). Call for papers deadline: 25 March, 2011. Further information:

21-22 October 2011. 'Medieval Miseries: Responses to Hard Times', the New England Medieval Conference, to be held at Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine. How do the pressures of adversity - economic, political, and medical - divert, distort, inspire, and otherwise transform cultural production and social, political, and religious structures and events? The 2011 New England Medieval Conference aims at 'crossing boundaries' and therefore we welcome papers from all disciplines on topics ranging from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages. Further information: Rebecca Corrie,;

22-23 October 2011. 'Cosmopolitanism and Culture: The Role of the Spa as an International Institution, Medieval to Modern', a two-day conference to be held at Bath Spa University. Natural waters have been used in healing for at least 2,500 years. The term �spa� was derived from the town in Belgium, where drinking the waters for health benefits had begun by at least the fourteenth century. However, its use as a generic term to describe the use of natural springs for medical treatments did not arise until the late sixteenth century. In Britain, spa towns began as health resorts but, from the late seventeenth century, began to develop as leisure towns for gentry and nobility. Visitors came not just for their health, but also for pleasure and entertainment. From the eighteenth century, spas proliferated in Europe, especially Britain, Germany and France. In the later century, with the spread of colonialism, spas were created in North America, the West Indies and beyond. The early nineteenth century saw the development of resort towns, providing the recreations associated with the spa, but without the medical aspects. In the twenty-first century, spa therapies are again fashionable, with commercial facilities being found from Bath to the Himalayas. Further information:

26 October 2011. 'Out of the Archives � Researching Herbal Medicine Then and Now', a one day seminar organised by the Herbal History Research Network, to be held at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath. The focus of this event is on sources available for study of  herbal medicine in historical context, and their use and interpretation for research and wider dissemination. This event will be of interest to herbal medicine researchers, historians of medicine, ethnobotanists, archivists, curators, librarians, medical herbalists, pharmacists and other academic and independent researchers. Further information: Anne Stobart,

28-29 October 2011. 'Reframing the Middle Ages: New Ideas and Conceptions of Geography, Chronology, Gender, and Ideology', the fiftieth annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval History Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Missouri, in Kansas City. Although traditional conceptions of the middle ages have been challenged in recent years, especially in regard to issues such as gender and religion, other areas have been untouched. This conference will reach beyond traditional definitions of the middle ages in a broad variety of areas, including geography, chronology, gender, and ideology to attempt to create a new way of conceptualizing what it means to be medieval. Further information: Christian Raffensperger,;

28-30 October 2011. 'Music in the Carolingian World: Witnesses to a Metadiscipline, a Conference in Honor of Charles M. Atkinson', a conference to be held at Thompson Library, Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Graeme M. Boone, Dept. of Music, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210.

31 October-2 November 2011. 'The Contribution of the Great Church of Christ, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, to Byzantine Musical Culture', the international meeting of the American Society of Byzantine Music and Hymnology (ASBMH), in Athens, Greece, in collaboration with the Byzantine Studies Initiative of the University of Pittsburgh and with the organisational collaboration and support of the European Arts Center (EUARCE). Further information:


4-6 November 2011. The Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on British Studies will be held at Indiana State University, in Terre Haute, Indiana. The plenary speaker will be Paula Backscheider, Phillpott-Stephens Eminent Scholar of English Literature at Auburn University, and author of Eighteen Century Women Poets and Their Poetry. Peter Bailey, Professor Emeritus at the University of Manitoba, and the author of Leisure and Class in Victorian England, will deliver the keynote address. The program will also include panels honoring the career of Hilda Smith, Professor at the University of Cincinnati, and author of All Men and Both Sexes. Call for papers: the MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's empire. We welcome scholars from the broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. Further information:

11-13 November 2011. 'Proverbia Septentrionalia: The Uses of the Proverb in the Medieval Cultures of Northern Europe', to be held at St Thomas More College in Sasaktoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. At this conference we will examine the uses of the proverb in the medieval cultures of northern Europe, in particular how such phrases are employed in literature and in non-fictional writings.  The discipline of paroemiology, or the study of proverbs, recognizes their origins as often preceding the literate stage of societies.  In fact, they must have made up a significant element in that formulaic framework by which knowledge and wisdom were fixed and transmitted generationally in the communities of pre-literate humanity.  The still unmapped syntactic structure of the paroemial form lent itself both to mnemonic efficiency and to rhetorical persuasion - even today, there are cultures in Africa where litigation and governmental advice are expressed proverbially, and the conduct of law in our own societies still employs proverbial material occasionally, just as do our politicians.  Papers are welcome at this conference on any aspect of proverbial material in north European medieval literature and culture. Call for papers deadline: 4 April, 2011. Further information: Michael Cichon,; Richard Harris,

16-18 November 2011. '711: El Arte entre la Hégira y el Califato Omeya de al-Andalus', the V Jornadas Complutenses de Arte Medieval. 1300 years after the arrival of the Muslims in Hispania, we intend to discuss how political changes did influence the creation and early development of Spanish Islamic art. This historiographical frontier will be analyzed from the point of
view of interdisciplinary issues (Art History, History, Archaeology, Philology), stretching all the Mediterranean context. Further information:

17-18 November 2011. 'Novel Approaches: From Academic History to Historical Fiction', a one-day conference to be held at Institute of Historical Research, London. The relationship between academic history and historical fiction is a subject of great interest to historians. This conference seeks to explore this, bringing together a wide range of speakers, including academic and public historians, authors and publishers. They will be examining such questions as: Why have historical novels become 'respectable', and why anecdotally are historians being encouraged to write them? What is the difference between historical fiction and academic history, and how rigid are the boundaries between the two? How good are readers at differentiating between 'fact' and 'fiction' and how much does it matter if they don't? Does the success of historical fiction benefit or threaten academic history, and what can literary authors and academics learn from each other? Further information: Dr Jane Winters;

18-20 November 2011. North American Conference on British Studies Annual Meeting, 2011, to be held at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, Colorado. The NACBS and its Western affiliate, the Western Conference on British Studies, seek participation by scholars in all areas of British Studies for the 2011 meeting.  We will convene in Denver, Colorado, from November 18-20. We solicit proposals for panels on Britain, the British Empire and the British world. Our interests range from the medieval to the modern. We welcome participation by scholars across the humanities and social sciences. Further information: Lara Kriegel,;

19-20 November, 2011. 'Princes and Paupers: Class, Money and (social and physical) Otherness in medieval and medievalist literature in English', the 10th Medieval English Studies Symposium, organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, to be held in Poznan. Mess 10th welcomes papers in both areas, literary and linguistic studies. The literary section concerns mostly class and wealth and their literary representations in the form of endorsements as well as admonitions. Princes and Paupers feature in secular literature of advice as well as in religious works on sins and transgressions, both types offering insight into the nature of medieval social life. We will welcome papers in these and all other areas of research connected with medieval English literature and language. Further information:;

26 November 2011. ' Power & the Sacred in the Medieval World', a postgraduate conference sponsored by the School of English, the School of Archaeology and Ancient History and the Medieval Research Centre at the University of Leicester. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the origins and development of the relationship between 'power' and 'sacred' in the Medieval World (5th to 15th centuries) addressing the possible transformations and transitions of these terms within a broad time frame, and how they were realized in people, places and objects, and in different faiths, for example Christianity, Judaism and Islam. 'Outsider' perceptions of the ways in which power and the sacred were constructed or reconstructed according to context are also significant: how and what were the interactions between sacred objects/people/places by peoples of different faiths? how would these have been perceived? how did movements such as the Crusades affect notions of sacred and power? how did gender affect interactions between sacred objects/people/power? The principal aim of this conference is to create a forum for debate by exposing researchers to developments in and around their fields, and by creating a space for new ideas between disciplines to emerge. Call for papers deadline: 15 August 2011. Further information: Shazia Jagot,


12-13 December 2011. 'Royal Manuscripts', an international conference at the British Library, London. In 1757 King George II presented around 2,000 manuscripts of the royal library to the newly founded British Museum. These manuscripts, collected by the kings and queens of England from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, form the unique collection held by the British Library known simply as 'Royal.' The Royal collection preserves the medieval and Renaissance libraries of the kings and queens of England, and includes within these illuminated manuscripts most of the surviving medieval paintings owned by them. From 11 November 2011 to 11 March 2012, approximately 150 royal manuscripts will be featured in a major exhibition at the British Library. The conference aims to encourage collaboration on these manuscripts and discussion of contextual issues of power, stylistic influence, political motivations and rivalries with Europe, public and private devotion, education and knowledge, and artistic production in a variety of media. Call for papers: Scholars from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers. We hope to have sessions on the historical context and formation of the royal collection, conservation and preservation issues, buildings and royal palaces, and inventories and medieval libraries, in addition to papers devoted to illuminated manuscripts in the Royal collection. Papers that treat renowned Royal manuscripts and those focusing on lesser known manuscripts are equally welcome. The conference proceedings will be published by British Library Publications. Further information: Kathleen Doyle,

Past Conferences


6-8 January 2011. 'Gender, Time and Memory', the Gender and Medieval Studies conference hosted by the centre for Medieval and early Modern research at Swansea University. This conference will examine how issues of gender impact on the ways in which time and memory were conceptualised in the Middle Ages, and will consider how memories were generated, recorded, and stored for posterity. Further information:

6-9 January 2011. 'History, Society, and the Sacred', the annual American Historical Association conference. The 2011 annual meeting convenes in Boston, a location redolent of numerous sacred sites and practices: churches of many denominations, patriotic landmarks, memories of witch trials. Our program's theme, 'History, Society, and the Sacred,' calls for papers that consider the many ways in which society and the sacred have converged and diverged and to trace those connections and disconnections over time. It invites presenters to consider the topic with all the interdisciplinary tools available to scholars today, to bring history, geography, archaeology, anthropology, literature, and many other fields into fruitful conversation. The term 'sacred' points to domains of life, spaces, thoughts, and practices that - in every time and place - have the charged meaning of the numinous. The word 'society' calls attention to the lived context in which the sacred takes on meaning - where it is fostered, contested, elaborated, and rejected, whether by specialists or 'laypeople.' 'History' reminds us that both the sacred and society change over time. It invites us to consider as well the historiography of the subject - how historians and other scholars have approached the social side of the sacred and the sacred side of the social. Further information:

27- 29 January 2011. ' Die Grenzen des Rituals' - Conference of the SFB 619 "Ritualdynamik", Teilprojekt B8 "Ritualisierung politischer Willensbildung im Mittelalter", Universität Heidelberg, in Heidelberg. Contact and registration: Paul Töbelmann | Andreas Schmidt, SFB 619 "Ritualdynamik"Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Historisches Seminar, Grabengasse 3-5, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany, E-Mail:,
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2-5 February 2011. The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Inc., 8th Biennial International Conference, to be held at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand. Further information:;

4 February 2011. Ecclesiastical History Society Postgraduate Colloquium on the History of Christianity, to be held at the University of Manchester. This has traditionally been an informal opportunity for students to get to know one another and to learn about each other's work, and the papers are at least as interesting as those at the main conference! We would welcome offers of twenty-minute papers (on any topic in the history of Christianity). This will be followed by ten minutes for questions and discussion. Call for papers deadline: 21 January 2011. Further information: Geordan Hammond,

4-5 February 2011. 'Why and How Gender Matters: The Concept(s) of Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern World', a conference to be held at the University of Helsinki. During the latest decades, the questions, problems and theoretizations of gender history have become more nuanced. It has become clear that special attention is needed for studying gender history of medieval and early modern world. The central focus of the symposium is to test and verify the methodology and use the concept of gender specifically applicable to the period of great change and transition, often failed to be seen by scholars as an independent item. Late medieval period (14th and 15th centuries) is often lost in the shadow of humanism and Renaissance coming while 17th century is observed as something in between Renaissance and the Age of Reason. Geography of change is quite important as well, as in different parts of the European continent changes happened within distinct cultural, social and political contexts. It is these contexts the organizers try to bring together to see whether one universal gender concept should and might be applied cross boundaries and times. The conference aims at dialogue between the scholars and researchers of different age/era, culture and discipline background. We especially encourage younger scholars to participate in our discussion. Further information: Ms. Kirsi Reyes,;

4-6 February 2011.'Burg und Kirche' - conference of the Wissenschaftlichen Beirat der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung e. V. and the Europäische Burgeninstitut, in Würzburg. Contact: Elise Peller, Europäisches Burgeninstitut, Schloss Philippsburg, Schloss-Straße 5, 56338 BRAUBACH, Germany, Tel.: +44-2627-974156, Fax: +44-2627-970394; E-Mail: ebi.sekretariat[at]

5 February 2011. 'The Medieval Copy', the 16th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium, to be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Copies, mass-production, emulation, and originality have been significant and problematic concepts for the reception of medieval art and architecture in both its academic study and popular understanding. They continue to exert their influence on perceptions and scholarship, particularly in functioning as commonplaces for periodization, and in privileging the 'original' and 'originality'. This colloquium aims to balance such tendencies, bringing together approaches from a broad chronological and geographic range of sources - Late Antique, Medieval, Byzantine, Islamic, and Renaissance - both to the idea of imitation and to the study of individual works that involve emulation, reproduction, and mass-production. Further information: Jessica Berenbeim;

7-8 February 2011. 'Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages', a conference to be held at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Otherness in medieval society could be defined in many ways, typically by outward signs of difference. In a society where animals were polysemous and good to think with, it is unsurprising to find them regularly deployed in constructions of otherness. This meeting of the Medieval Animal Data Network (MAD) aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the diverse use of animals in constructions of otherness. Further information: Monica A. Walker Vadillo,;

10-12 February 2011. 'Performance and Theatricality in the Middle Ages and Renaissance', the 17th Annual ACMRS Conference, at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. ACMRS welcomes papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and especially those that focus on this year's theme of performance and theatricality, both in literal and metaphorical manifestations. Selected papers related to the conference theme will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium). Further information:;

17-19 February 2011. 'Union in Separation - Trading Diasporas in the Eastern Mediterranean (1200-1700)', an international conference hosted by the Trading Diasporas research group at Heidelberg University. The conference focuses on transcultural diasporic communities in the medieval and early modern Mediterranean with specific respect to their role in trade between perceived separate cultural areas. The term "transculturality" tends to be used to designate the hybrid character of modern-day societies and to ultimately argue that separate cultural units (defined as the sum of elements that characterise the aggregate identity of a society) do not exist. However, regardless of whether it is possible to speak of separate 'cultures', the construct continues to persist in people's mind. These mindsets, their creation and their impact on societies is what historians are now investigating. The study of Mediterranean diasporas lends itself well to this endeavour, as it allows for an understanding of the construction and deconstruction of cultural differences as well as the potential integration into a host culture. In order to best analyse these processes, we suggest exploring commercial exchange and its legal framework as two interrelated phenomena. Medieval Mediterranean trading diasporas, such as Venetian merchants residing in Mamluk Alexandria, operated both within and outside of formal legal structures. However, their status as religious minorities often posed strong challenges to their business. For instance, far-reaching privileges granted by the Sultan to Christian merchants coexisted with, and were frequently challenged by, orthodox Islamic law and/or local legal practice. The conference will bring together academics from a wide variety of fields, including medieval studies, history (including economic, legal, art history), and cultural studies. Further information:;;;;;;

18 February 2011. 'Museums and the Future of UK Numismatics', a conference to mark the 150th anniversary of the British Museum's Department of Coins and Medals, to be held at the British Museum, London. This conference will use the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the British Museum's Department of Coins and Medals to highlight aspirations and ideas for the role museums can play in furthering numismatics over the coming years.  It will examine ways in which the potential of numismatic collections can be unlocked to the advantage of both specialists and the general public, thereby furthering our knowledge and understanding of the past - and, by extension, the present. Further information: Janet Larkin;

19 February 2011. 'Games and Sports', a London Medieval Society colloquium. Further information:

19 February 2011. 'Master of Arms: A Day Conference Celebrating the Life of Claude Blair', to be held at the Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London. Claude Blair was the world’s leading scholar of arms and armour for over fifty years. Known for his extraordinarily diverse interests and achievements, he was one of the foremost authorities on historic European metalwork generally, but with a special fascination for armour and weapons. As a startlingly prolific author, Claude was renowned for his intensely rigourous methodology and attention to detail. Typically, his first book, European Armour circa 1066 to circa 1700 (1958), remains the standard work on the subject. Further information:;

19 February 2011. 'Authors and Authority' One Day Seminar, to be held at the University of Northumberland's Medieval & Early Modern Group (CPD seminar room, Squires Building). Speakers include Edward Cooper (Queen Mary's, University of London), Hilary Elder (Durham University), Julia Pavón (University of Navarre), and Elizabeth Anderson (University of Newcastle). For further information contact Lesley Twomey at

19-20 February 2011. 'Modern Answers to Ancient Mysteries', a conference organised by the York Archaeological Trust, to be held at York St John University. To complement the opening of the new galleries at JORVIK in 2011 – investigating new ideas about some of the objects unearthed in the Coppergate excavations – this conference brings together speakers from across Europe to reveal their most recent archaeological research on an intriguing range of subjects, from prehistory to the 19th century. Further information:

21-25 February 2011. 'La esclavitud en las épocas Medieval y Moderna: Historia e implicaciones actuales', a conference organised by EURESCL (7 e PCRD - Sciences Socio-économiques et Humaines), École des hautes études hispaniques et ibériques (Casa de Velázquez, Madrid), Instituto Universitario de Historia Simancas (Valladolid).Este encuentro pretende realizar una amplia puntualización sobre la esclavitud en las épocas Medieval y Moderna y sobre las implicaciones actuales de los debates en torno a este tema. Está destinado a un público variado: investigadores, estudiantes de grado y postgrado, profesores de primaria y secundaria, responsables de asociaciones y a organismos de ayuda a las poblaciones migratorias... Los participantes repartirán su tiempo entre conferencias y talleres prácticos. Se abordarán tres temas: los ámbitos de la trata; las formas de explotación; los modelos jurídicos de la esclavitud. Más abajo desarrollamos el proyecto científico. La docencia se impartirá en castellano y en francés, ocasionalmente en inglés. Además, un ciclo de documentales y de debates permitirá reflexionar sobre las consecuencias de esta historia en nuestro presente, ya afecten a las relaciones internacionales, a la situación en Europa de las poblaciones procedentes de territorios antaño proveedores de esclavos o incluso a la representación que las las sociedades del Norte y del Sur tienen las unas de las otras. Further information:[news_uid]=182

25 February 2011. 'Mechanisms of Exchange: Transmission, Scale, and Interaction in the Arts and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean', a symposium to be held in Newberry Library, Center for Renaissance Studies. This symposium will bring together scholars working in art and architectural history to consider the mechanisms of cross-cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean world and specifically the question of how styles, motifs, and techniques were transmitted in the architecture and the monumental arts versus the portable arts. Speakers include specialists in western European, Islamic, and Byzantine art and architectural history. This symposium is free and open to the public; registration in advance is required. Further information: Alicia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis,;

25-26 February 2011. 'Shaping Narratives', the 17th annual postgraduate medieval studies conference, to be held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol. The University of Bristol hosts the longest-running international medieval postgraduate conference in the UK. Each year we offer medievalists the opportunity to present their research, discuss ideas, and foster links bridging disciplinary and geographical boundaries. Further information: or email Johnny McFadyen at

26 February 2011. 'Colliding Worlds', the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Further information: CCASNC Committee at the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge, Department of English, 9 West Road, CAMBRIDGE, CB3 9DP, UK; Doc6.doc; .


March 2011. 'La presse écrite: support, langue et forme au Moyen-Orient, dans les dernières décennies du XIXe siècle et les premières décennies du XXe siècle', Colloque organisé par l'Institut National des Langues et Civilisations, CERMOM et CERLOM. Durant le XIX e siècle la presse écrite de par le monde connut une effervescence sans précédent là où elle existait depuis déjà longtemps, mais pas seulement. En effet, la presse écrite du Moyen-Orient prit également son envol à la fin du XIX e siècle. Ceci se traduisit par une diversification rapide tout au long du vingtième siècle. Les premières décennies de cette période furent particulièrement décisives. La presse écrite prit alors de nouvelles formes génériques. Au Moyen-Orient, on note par exemple qu’après une naissance que l’on peut qualifier de tardive en comparaison à la presse en Occident, la presse écrite évolua très rapidement et donna naissance à une terminologie nouvelle et à une littérature périodique spécifique. Les revues et les journaux devinrent des vecteurs de la modernité et contribuèrent activement à la transformation des sociétés. Further information:;;

1 March 2011. 'Buchkulturen des deutschen Humanismus (1430-1530). Netzwerke und Kristallisationspunkte des Humanismus im deutschen Sprachraum'. Ziel der Tagung ist es, der Frage nachzugehen, inwiefern sich im Blick auf die Genese und Entfaltungsformen 'humanistischer Kulturen' von der Ausprägung eines spezifisch 'transalpinen Humanismus' im Heiligen Römischen Reich Deutscher Nation sprechen lässt. Was sind die charakteristischen Merkmale und Bedingungen, die es erlauben, die Etablierung eines 'deutschen Humanismus' im Verhältnis zu humanistischen Strömungen und Formationen im europäischen Kontext zu beschreiben? Welche geistes- und sozialgeschichtlichen Voraussetzungen bzw. welche politischen Faktoren sind in Anschlag zu bringen, um humanistische Entwicklungen im deutschen Sprachgebiet zu konturieren? Inwiefern ist es gerechtfertigt, einen 'deutschen Humanismus' als Gesamtphänomen oder eigenständig beschreibbares kulturelles Milieu auszuweisen? Further information: Katharina Richter, IZ "Mittelalter - Renaissance - Frühe Neuzeit", Habelschwerdter Allee 30, 14195 Berlin, Germany;;

1 March 2011. Eighth meeting of the Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG), to be held at the Universität Salzburg, FB Altertumswissenschaften. Further information: Felix Lang, University of Salzburg, Archaeology, Residenzplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg, Austria;;

2-4 March 2011. 'Erfahren, Erzählen, Erinnern: Narrative Konstruktionen von Gedächtnis und Generation in Antike und Mittelalter' - Conference at the Universität Bamberg. E-Mail and registration: Further information at

4-5 March 2011. 'Between Constantine: Representations and manifestations of an empire', the International Graduate Conference 2011 sponsored by the Oxford Byzantine Society,  to be held at the History Faculty, Oxford University, England. As the title suggests, the temporal scope of the conference is envisaged to stretch from the rise of Constantine to the fall of Constantinople. Within this rough time frame, we encourage papers dealing with the Byzantine world as well as those surrounding regions which had direct interactions with it, including the Near and Middle East, the Mediterranean, the Balkans and Eastern Europe, the Eurasian Steppe and Transcaucasia. Further information:

5 March 2011. 'Reading Medieval Landscapes', the 28th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference, at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. The 28th Annual New England Medieval Studies Consortium Graduate Student Conference is requesting submissions for its annual conference which will take place at Brown University. By bringing together scholars with varied interests, the conference encourages dialogue across and between disciplines. This year's conference will engage with issues of reading medieval landscapes, both visually and textually, from Late Antiquity through the Late Middle Ages.  Contributors are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to: Depictions and descriptions of built and unbuilt environments or cultivated and wild landscapes; Medieval urban topography; Landscapes and the past: medieval interpretations of ancient monuments; Spiritual landscapes: such as New Jerusalem and the theological underpinnings for medieval understandings of urban space; Borders between communities; Segregated communities and marginalized populations; territories and the frontier; Movement through landscapes: travel, pilgrimage, and crusades; Monasteries and landscapes: imprints through settlements, domains and interactions of cloistered communities with rural and urban centers; Medieval textual communities or intellectual networks; Critical approaches, interpretations, or readings of medieval topics. Further information: Alice Klima,;

7-8 March 2011.'Before Man and God: Confessing sins in the Middle Ages c. 597-c. 1215', the Sixth Annual Postgraduate Conference of MANCASS. In Anglo-Saxon England, the priest was expected to teach both from the Bible and his Scriftboc (handbook of penance). He was to educate his flock in matters of sin, make judgements on the size of tariffs for penance, and show the sinenr how to atone for his misdeeds. Sinners were urged to confess with humility all their sins, whatever their nature. Further information:

7-12 March 2011. 'Gender and Legal Culture in Historical Perspective', a conference organised by the Departments of Medieval Studies, Gender Studies, History and Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest. In recent international scholarly research comparative and transdisciplinary approaches covering different fields of the humanities have been flowering. This is particularly true concerning Historical, Legal and Gender Studies, as many aspects of Gender History are closely connected with law and domains of legal culture. This has led to the application of new methodologies and to a sometimes necessary new reading of (often well-known) sources. Problems concerning differences, e ncounters and conflicts, transfers and interactions are equally dealt with as questions regarding discrimination vs. preferential treatment. Thereby, the research into historical aspects of legal culture under a gender determined sight also offers new perspectives to develop interdisciplinary programs and courses in various fields of studies and in different educational programs. Further information:

9 March 2011. Society for Medieval Archaeology Careers Day, to be held at the University of Leicester. Following on from the success of the Careers Question Time session at the SMA Post Grad Colloquium in February 2010, the Society decided to organise a day that will specifically discuss careers in the heritage sector during this difficult time. During the session in February, students raised concerns about several key issues that are troubling them, namely a lack of job opportunities and poor wages. Lively discussion about the situation ensued, and advice was offered by the panellists, who represented a wide cross-section of careers from the archaeological and historic profession. Further information:

10-12 March 2011. 'Gardens, Real and Imagined', the 9th Annual Marco Symposium, at the University of Tenessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. How did the idea of the garden function in the medieval and early modern imaginations?  How do the horticultural advances made during the period reflect on the wider culture?  What purposes did built gardens serve, both those designed primarily as ornamental spaces and those designed for practical purposes?  What visual effects were the designers pursuing?  What symbolic values were given to these designed landscapes?  How were they represented in literary texts and in art? Further information: Vera Pantanizopoulos-Broux,

12 March 2011. 'Medieval Shakespeare: The Cultural Politics of Periodisation', a seminar to be held at the University of Birkbeck. Birkbeck Medieval Seminar will host a one-day conference exploring the relationships and faultlines, contrasts and continuities, between 'medieval' and 'early modern' English culture. Further information: Dr Anthony Bale,;

12 March 2011. Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History (AMPAH), to be held at University College, London. We are continuing to invite abstracts from postgraduate students who would like to present a paper at AMPAH 2011. AMPAH provides a friendly environment in which students are able to talk about their research, discuss their paper, and develop social and academic networks, with their peers and academics. Students should be prepared to speak for 20 minutes on any aspect of the ancient world from the fourth millennium BC to the end of the seventh century AD, or on the reception of antiquity, or the history of scholarship. The geographical scope of the conference will extend from Britain and the Iberian peninsula in the north and west to India in the south and east. Further information: Professor Hans van Wees (;

March 2011. 'La presse écrite: support, langue et forme au Moyen-Orient, dans les dernières décennies du XIXe siècle et les premières décennies du XXe siècle', Colloque organisé par l'Institut National des Langues et Civilisations, CERMOM et CERLOM. Durant le XIX e siècle la presse écrite de par le monde connut une effervescence sans précédent là où elle existait depuis déjà longtemps, mais pas seulement. En effet, la presse écrite du Moyen-Orient prit également son envol à la fin du XIX e siècle. Ceci se traduisit par une diversification rapide tout au long du vingtième siècle. Les premières décennies de cette période furent particulièrement décisives. La presse écrite prit alors de nouvelles formes génériques. Au Moyen-Orient, on note par exemple qu’après une naissance que l’on peut qualifier de tardive en comparaison à la presse en Occident, la presse écrite évolua très rapidement et donna naissance à une terminologie nouvelle et à une littérature périodique spécifique. Les revues et les journaux devinrent des vecteurs de la modernité et contribuèrent activement à la transformation des sociétés. Further information:;;

15-16 March 2011. 'Quand l'image relit le texte', a coloquium organized in collaboration between Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle (CEMA - EA 173) and Université Paris 4 Sorbonne (Sens, texte et histoire - EA 4089), in Paris. Ce colloque a pour vocation d'approfondir, en s'appuyant sur des exemples précis et argumentés, l'étude des liens qui peuvent se tisser entre le texte et son iconographie dans les manuscrits médiévaux. Les conférenciers sont invités à montrer comment ils ont été amenés, à partir de l'illustration, à s'interroger sur la compréhension d'un texte ou même à la remettre en question, quel que soit le genre auquel ce texte appartient (romanesque, lyrique, dramatique, historique, scientifique, etc.). Further information: &

17-19 March 2011. 'Iconoclasm: The Breaking and Making of Images', the 22nd annual conference of the Centre for Comparative Literature will be held at the University of Toronto, Canada. The word 'iconoclasm' is weighted with a long history of religious significance, from the Byzantine war on religious icons of the 8th- and 9th-centuries and the Protestant reformation in the 16th century, to the Taliban's destruction of the Buddhas of Bamyan in the 21st century. But the idea of destroying or defacing images, especially images that convey aspects of cultural dominance or, conversely, pose a threat to that dominance, is as often political as religious: think of the Chinese Cultural Revolution or graffiti moustaches. We wish to examine a wide range of iconoclastic moments in order to understand the political, ethical, and aesthetic stakes involved in challenging the signifying power of the iconic image. Is there a tradition of iconoclasm or is the modern icon and thus modern iconoclasm something new? Is iconoclasm even possible, or does it always participate in the forces of iconicity, creating, in effect, iconoclastic icons? Further information:;

17-19 March 2011. 'Colonising, Decolonising and Postcolonising the Viking Age', to be held at the University of Leeds. This conference seeks to revisit the Vikings through the lens of postcolonial theory, in order to open the period to new research questions on such topics as Viking-age aesthetics, the role of art in cultural translation and identity formation, cultural hybridity in the Viking age, gender, history and the landscape of memory, the work and preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, the Vikings and historical/national consciousness. Papers are invited from all fields on any aspect of these or related topics. Submissions from graduate students are particularly welcome, and we do have a limited number of bursaries to support both UK and international students. Two days of the conference will be devoted to scholarly papers, with the third day reserved for general discussion and workshops centred on enhancing both funding and postgraduate resources. Call for papers deadline: 31 January 2011. Further information: Catherine Karkov, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, Old Mining Building, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK;

18 March 2011. 'Children at Home Conference', the third annual SSN (Histories of Home Subject Specialist Network) conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum in London. While childhood itself has been the subject of scholarly interest, relatively little has been written on the place of children within the home, their position within the household and their lived experience of home. This conference therefore aims to bring together historical and contemporary research examining children's senses of home and belonging, their familial/household relationships and their use of space within the home, as well as their material culture. In keeping with the ethos of the SSN, the conference will consider children's experiences at home from an interdisciplinary perspective and we are keen to encourage submissions from academics and museum practitioners alike. Further information: Krisztina Lackoi, Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA;;

21-22 March 2011. 'Politics, Order, Law', the Fourth Cambridge Graduate Conference in Political Thought and Intellectual History. The theme of the 2011 conference will be 'Politics, Order, Law', and papers dealing with any period and tradition in the history of political thought from antiquity to the present will be considered. Papers which bring an historical perspective to bear on problems of contemporary political theory are welcome. The conference theme should be interpreted broadly, to cover the various senses of 'law' - including civil, natural and scientific - as well as differing conceptions of order in politics. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for outstanding graduate students to present and discuss their work in a collegial and supportive atmosphere. Further information: Paul Sagar;

23-27 March 2011. XXXI. Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag (Würzburg, Universität Würzburg). - Sektion Früh- und hochmittelalterliche Buchmalerei: Würzburg war seit Gründung des Bistums im 8. Jahrhundert ein wichtiges Zentrum der Buchmalerei, wie illuminierte Handschriften des 8. und 9. Jahrhunderts belegen; bekannt sind illuminierte Handschriften aus Würzburg ebenso aus ottonischer Zeit wie aus dem 13. Jahrhundert. Der Tagungsort lädt zur Frage ein, welche Bedeutung Kathedrale und Klöstern bei der Buchproduktion von der ottonischen Zeit bis ins ausgehende 12. Jahrhundert zukam und welche Anregungen dabei berücksichtigt wurden. Neben den Problemen von Stil und Ikonographie rückten in den letzten Jahren in der Forschung zur Buchmalerei vermehrt auch Fragen zur Funktion des Buchschmucks und zur Organisation und Arbeitsweise von Ateliers in den Blick. Neue Fallbeispiele können die vielfach ungeklärten Entstehungsbedingungen von Handschriften im Hoch- und Spätmittelalter weiter erhellen. Welche Rolle spielen laikale, nicht bei geistlichen Gemeinschaften angesiedelte Buchmalerateliers in den Städten? Inwieweit kam es zu Herstellung und Buchschmuck unter Bedingungen von Arbeitsteiligkeit und Spezialisierung? Welche Verbindungen - Beziehungen, Abhängigkeiten, Differenzen - gibt es in dieser Zeit zwischen Buchmalerei und Wandmalerei?. Further information:

24 March 2011. 'Retailing and Institutions, c. 1400-2000', a one-day workshop organised by the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD). The term 'institutions' is to be interpreted widely, and includes both institutions established by retailers and institutions that sought to influence, control, limit, or to do business with retailers. All methodological and disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Papers based on any geographical areas are also welcome.  Topics of interest include - but are not limited to: Guilds and urban control; Retailers and the armed services; Central and local government; Retailers, charities and pressure groups; Trade, professional and consumer associations; Retailers and political associations; Retailers and the church; Trade unions and employees' associations; Retailers, banks and insurance societies. Further information: Laura Ugolini, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications MC Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY;;

24-26 March 2011. 'Chevaux, chiens, faucons : l'art vétérinaire antique et médiéval à travers les sources écrites, archaeologiques et iconographiques', a colloquium organised by the Centre-Institut orientaliste de Louvain, the Centre d’études du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance and the Centre d’étude d’histoire de la pharmacie et du médicament. L'étude des textes vétérinaires et cynégétiques anciens a connu ces dernières années un regain d'activité : en témoigne l'abondance des publications et notamment d'éditions de textes en grec, en latin ou en langues vernaculaires ; l'attestent aussi plusieurs colloques, sur l'histoire de l'art vétérinaire, en 2004 à Brest et en 2007 à Catane, et sur les chasses antiques et médiévales à Lausanne en 2000, à Tordesillas en 2000 et en 2002, et à Rennes en 2006. A priori, l'art vétérinaire et celui de la chasse paraissent avoir des finalités diamétralement opposées : ne s'agit-il pas de soigner dans un cas, et de capturer, voire de tuer dans l'autre ? Les deux arts présentent pourtant d'indubitables convergences, dans la mesure où les chasseurs ont à c�ur d'entretenir le mieux possible les indispensables auxiliaires que sont les chiens et, pour les fauconniers, les oiseaux rapaces. Les traités de chasse incluent donc souvent une large partie thérapeutique, qui réserve une grande place à la pharmacopée. Le propos de ce colloque axé sur l'art vétérinaire ancien, et qui associera philologues, historiens et vétérinaires, est d'ouvrir le champ et d'envisager non seulement les sources à proprement parler vétérinaires, mais aussi les sources cynégétiques dans leurs aspects vétérinaires. Further information:

25-27 March 2011. 'Reading the Middle Ages', a graduate student conference at the University of California, Berkeley. Keynote address to be given by Professor Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania). Our knowledge of late antique and medieval culture derives primarily from the way in which we read today the manuscripts, images, and artifacts that were created and read in the past. This conference will take up the variety of reading practices at play in the Middle Ages as the cornerstone to an exploration of medieval culture. However, proposals are encouraged to push our modern conceptions of reading into new territory, finding medieval reading practiced in ways we would not expect, challenging the way in which we read now, and asking questions of our relationship to medieval texts. Further information:;

26 March 2011. 'The Wars of the Roses: Society at War in the 15th Century', a conference to be held at the Tower of London. An inter-disciplinary one-day conference where the speakers will examine the causes of the wars, the role of the nobility and gentry, the experiences of towns, the nature of chivalry, types of arms and armour, the impact of gunpowder weaponry, the practicalities of supply and logistics, the commemoration of battlefields, and the role of the Tower of London. Further information: Jon Copley, Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT, ;;

26-27 March 2011. 'The Metaphysics of Aquinas and its Modern Interpreters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives', 31st Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, to be held at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. University's Center for Medieval Studies invites scholars from different disciplines and scholarly methodologies to explore Aquinas's metaphysics and how it relates to various aspects of his philosophy and theology and/or to modern retrievals of his thought. The Conference seeks to capitalize on the pluralism of Thomistic studies by inviting papers from a wide range of areas within the disciplines of philosophy and theology. The Conference will include a special strand of sessions on what many regard as one of the central problems in the contemporary retrieval of Aquinas's thought, namely, how to account for the mind's knowledge of being qua being, or as this issue is often referred to, the discovery of the being of metaphysics. Further information:

27-31 March 2011. 'Gottes Werk und Adams Beitrag. Formen der Interaktion zwischen Mensch und Gott im Mittelalter', 14. Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes in Jena. Contact: Prof. Dr. Thomas Honegger, Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, 07743 Jena, Germany, E-Mail: Further information:

29-30 March 2011. 'The Long Twelfth-Century View of the Anglo-Saxon Past', a conference to be held at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. The problems in understanding the impact of the Norman Conquest are well known. Scholars of the Anglo-Saxon period have wrestled with the extent to which later sources can be used for studying pre-Conquest conditions, while later historians have sought to approach the self-understanding of twelfth-century writers in England through their use of the Anglo-Saxon past. Our conference will bring together scholars working either side of the Conquest to assess our current understanding of how those living in twelfth-century England perceived, exploited and refashioned their Anglo-Saxon past. It is clear that later writers invoked ancient rights (real or imagined) to vindicate their claims to lands and rights, usually involving a complex process of distorting or simply inventing narrative and muniment. Our conference will examine this process throughout the twelfth century, and the ways in which the Anglo-Saxon past continued to be of importance and interest. We will be scrutinising a broad range of the surviving historical, linguistic, legal, artistic, palaeographical and cultic evidence. Further information:

31 March - 1 April 2011. 'Leisure, Pleasure and the Urban Spectacle', the Urban History Group Annual Conference, to be held at Robinson College, University of Cambridge, UK. This conference theme broadly explores the pursuit of "pleasure" in the context of the history of towns and cities. The conference organisers are interested in investigating the significance of specifically urban forms of pleasure and leisure for understanding the historical dynamics of social, economic and cultural relationships. Towns and cities have historically offered an array of pleasures to cater for ever larger concentrations of people. The types of leisure activities available to urban populations have never remained static; indeed, changing social and economic conditions have transformed popular leisure patterns over time as well as across urban space. The pursuit of pleasure, both licit and illicit, has adapted with the changing relationship between work and leisure. As working hours became increasingly rigid during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, so too did leisure time. The lack of free time was further exacerbated by growing pressures on land use. Thus, the pursuit of pleasure was increasingly set aside for specific buildings (inns, brothels, theatres, music halls and, more recently, fitness centres) or clearly delineated spaces (botanical gardens, public parks, public walks, gated communities and even the internet) where access could, in theory, be carefully managed. Cities, seaside towns and holiday resorts were also developed to specifically cater for a variety of tastes and pleasures. Once it was recognised that there was money to be made out of the pursuit of pleasure, cities became intertwined with the business of leisure and began to market themselves as centres of tourism, heritage and culture. Further information: Dr Shane Ewen, School of Cultural Studies, Leeds Metropolitan University, Broadcasting Place, Woodhouse Lane , LEEDS, LS2 9EN UK;;


1 April 2011. 'Why Allegory now?', a one-day interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of Manchester, and organised by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester. The conference asks: What is allegory and why is it relevant today? Can allegory be best understood as a genre, a technique, a mode, a rhetorical device or a trope? Is allegory the practice of writing, interpreting or representing? Can allegory only be understood in relation to its history? Is all allegory ideological? Is all language allegorical? From early Greek examples, such as Plato's Allegory of the Cave, through to Renaissance poetry, Orwell's Animal Farm and The Matrix trilogy, allegories have been used by philosophers, theologians, artists and authors to express complex ideas in simplified and universal terms. Despite Maureen Quilligan's suggestion that 'the status of allegory has been low since the early nineteenth century' (Quilligan, 1992), it underpins many aspects of modern life, as Brenda Machosky points out: 'embedded in museum displays, providing structure for scientific thought, underlying the legal system, evading the hegemony of the idea, allegory is thriving in the twenty-first century' (Machosky, ed., 2010). This event will consider allegory in fictional and non-fictional literature, film, art, history, religion and cultural theory. We warmly invite proposals for twenty minute papers from postgraduates and early career researchers from any branch of arts and humanities. Key topics may include (but are not limited to): Myths and fables from Ancient Greece to modern film; National allegories in colonial and postcolonial contexts; Medieval and Renaissance secular or religious allegories; Allegorical concepts of history; Theories of allegory and allegoresis; Sign, symbol, emblem and allegory. Further information: Jade Munslow Ong and Matthew Whittle,

1-2 April 2011. 'Knights, Pilgrims, Scholars, and Dreamers: Wandering in the Middle Ages', the 23rd Annual Symposium of the Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. From the traveling tales of the Canterbury pilgrims to Mohammad's night journey, to itinerant jongleurs, to Lancelot's descent into madness and Dante's descent into Hell, physical and spiritual wandering was an important motif in the Middle Ages. We interpret the idea of wandering broadly to encompass voyage, crusade, pilgrimage, religious instruction, translation, travel narratives (including travel to the "other world"), quests for wisdom and wanderings into foolishness, diaspora and migration, expulsion, and scientific exploration, development and discovery. Further information: ;

1-2 April 2011. 'Dark Knights and Dingy Castles', the Fifth Annual Meeting in the Middle Undergraduate Research Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia. This year's conference explores the culture and concepts of actual and literary knighthood, and the construction and destruction of castles and fortifications. But we welcome papers on a diverse range of medieval and early-modern subjects. Further information:Dr. Larissa "Kat" Tracy, Longwood University; +1 (434) 395-2907;

2 April 2011. 'The Nonhuman, the Subhuman, and the Superhuman: Exploring Nature(s) in the Middle East', a graduate student conference of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. This conference is open to different ways of constructing nature - material, representational, or metaphysical. Papers may be from any academic discipline or approach, and all papers relating to things found in nature, broadly construed, are welcome, including criticisms of how the boundaries of 'nature' are constructed. Papers may consider, for example, rain in Arabic or Persian poetry, real and imaginary creatures, ingredients in alchemy and medicine, metallurgy, paper-making, medieval or modern dietary restrictions, slaughter, markets, fountains and the use of water in human environments, medieval philosophers on nature, cleanliness and pollution, representations of natural space, the economic history of agriculture or mining, physical geography, the political economy of oil, desertification, etc. Further information: James Ryan, Middle East Center, FB 228, 3340 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104;;

7 April 2011.'Distribution: Historical Perspectives, c.1400-2000', a workshop organised by CHORD. The workshop devoted to the exploration of commercial networks and distribution, from approximately 1400 to the present. All methodological and disciplinary perspectives are welcome. Papers based on any geographical areas are also welcome. Topics of interest include - but are not limited to: Wholesaling; Commodity chains; Disruption, breakdowns and complaints; Transport and communication; Informal and 'non-commercial' distribution; Supply networks; Corruption and fraud in distribution; The relationship between retailers and suppliers. Further information: Laura Ugolini, School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications MC Building, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, WV1 1LY;;

7-8 April 2011. 'Chaucer and Celebrity', the Third London Chaucer Conference will take place in London. Further information: Isabel Davis,

7-9 April 2011. 'Uncertain Knowledge in the Middle Ages', a workshop to be held at King's College, Cambridge, England. What are the forms in which later medieval thinkers articulate epistemological scepticism, relativism and doubt? Is it possible to voice different forms of uncertainty in different institutional contexts and languages? This interdisciplinary conference brings into dialogue historians of philosophy, theology, history and literature. The result will be a long-overdue reassessment of institutionally-produced philosophy in Latin, itself polyvocal and often conflict-ridden, in its relations with other discourses, such as extramurally produced literary texts in the vernacular. We will address fundamental questions about the conceptual and institutional frameworks within which philosophy, much of it secular in orientation, was practised. Much of what we call medieval philosophy was practised by vocational 'philosophers' within educational institutions, subject to various kinds of ecclesiastical support and control. Did this delimit its terms? To what extent could intellectual practice accommodate some forms of uncertainty, and what were the traces, both institutional and intellectual, of such accommodation? What was the relation between institutional philosophy and the intellectual work performed in texts written outside the schools, including writings in the various vernaculars? If it was liberating for medieval thinkers to perform such intellectual work at varying degrees of distance from educational institutions, have modern intellectual historians been slow to recognise this? These are the kinds of question that we will be asking participants to address from the perspective of their own expertise, and we hope that in due course this will also encourage them to examine and reassess the intellectual and methodological assumptions of that expertise. Further information:Mrs Heidi Hume, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP;;

7-11 April 2011. 'Faith and Doubt in the Middle Ages and Renaissance', the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association conference, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Further information: Kimberly Johnson (, Ginger Smoak (, or Michael Walton (

7-11 April 2011. 'Images and Words in Exile: Avignon and Italy in the first half of the 14th Century (1310-1352)', an international conference in Florence, Italy. At the start of the fourteenth century, far-reaching political events rapidly changed the set-up of the Mediterranean basin and together distorted the 'Ordo universalis' through which the material and symbolic space of 'Christianitas' had, for centuries, been understood.
While the 'topos' of the Avignon papacy, or "Babylonian Captivity", progressively took hold and Rome was increasingly portrayed as the new abandoned Jerusalem, the court of Avignon offered the opportunity for a political, cultural and artistic experimentation. The increasing use of the political tool of banishment, the proliferation of accusations of heresy, the bitterly contested 'quaestio de paupertate' and, from a mystic-theological perspective, the 'quaestio de visione beatifica', are ones of the ways in which the new Christianity attempted, on different scales, to redefine its identity though exclusion practices. Further information:

8 April 2011. 'History and the Public', an AHRC-funded Postgraduate Conference to be held at National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.  This event will explore ways in which historical research and academic learning can be applied to, and made accessible for, non-academic audiences. Postgraduates will be able to share ideas of how their specialist research can be communicated to audiences who have no professional background in historical research. Another key theme will be to identify the range of media available for the dissemination of historical research. History postgraduates from across the United Kingdom are welcome to attend. All parties that wish to attend should register their interest by 1 March 2011. Further information: Simon John, Department of History and Classics, School of Arts and Humanities, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP;;

8-9 April 2011. The Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature (NPCEBL) will hold its nineteenth annual conference, hosted by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, nestled in the bluffs along the Mississippi river in Winona, Minnesota. The Northern Plains Conference attracts advanced scholars, graduate students, and select undergraduates from the upper Midwest (and farther) to discuss literary-critical, theoretical, and pedagogical issues concerning the early literatures of the British Isles. Further information: John Kerr,

8-9 April 2011. 'Voice, Gesture, Memory, and Performance in Medieval Texts, Culture, and Art', the 38th Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Further information: Dr Susan Ridyard, Dept of History, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN 37383;;

8-10 April 2011. 'Experiencing Byzantium', the Forty-Fourth Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, at Newcastle University in Newcastle, England. The conference is intended to facilitate a dialogue that will encourage engagement with the affective and emotive aspects of life in Byzantium. Further information:

12-13 April 2011. 'Leprosy, Language and Identity in the Medieval World', an international workshop to be held at King's College, Cambridge. This workshop aims tobring together leading scholars, early career researchers and postgraduate students in medieval history, archaeology, palaeopathology, literature and art history. The issues of language and identity are central to numerous questions about lepers, leprosy and leper hospitals in the Middle Ages, and to broader issues relating to disease and disability from ancient to modern times. Although recent historians have challenged the predominant earlier view that lepers were excluded and stigmatized, much work remains to be conducted about the understanding of leprosy and responses to the leprous in the Middle Ages. In the light of exciting research currently in progress, ranging from archival work to archaeological studies, it is timely to host a new gathering of scholars working on medieval leprosy. Call for papers deadline: 28 February 2011. Further information: Dr Elma Brenner,;

12-14 April 2011. Social History Society annual conference, to be held at the University of Manchester. The Society's conference has no single theme. It is organised in six strands: *Deviance, Inclusion and Exclusion*Life-cycles and Life-styles* Markets, Culture and Society *Political Cultures, Policy and Citizenship *Narratives, Emotions and the Self *Spaces and Places. Further information:

13-15 April 2011. The thirteenth international seminar on the Care and Conservation of Manuscripts, will be held at the Faculty of Humanities and the Royal Library at the University of Copenhagen. The practical arrangements are in the hands of M. J. Driscoll and Ragnheiður Mósesdóttir of the Arnamagnæan Institute and Ivan Boserup and Marie Vest of the Royal Library. Further information:

14-16 April 2011. The 86th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy will be held at Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. We shall try to develop sessions that (1) address subjects of interest to a wide range of medievalists and (2) invite scholars from different disciplines and periods into dialogue with one another. We seek proposals for innovative papers and sessions and hope to see, wherever possible, cross-disciplinary participation in a broad range of topics and of periods. Call for papers deadline: 15 May 2010. Further information: Committee Chair, Robert E. Bjork, Director, ACMRS, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402;

14-17 April 2011. The Fifth International Piers Plowman Society Conference will be held at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford. Further information: Helen Barr ( and Simon Horobin (

15-17 April 2011. 'Houses and Communities in Wales', a conference to be held at Aberystwyth University. Further information:;;

16 April 2011. 'Book Destruction', a conference to be held at the Institute of Historical Research, London. Much attention has been given in recent years to the book as a material, historical object and its possible technological obsolescence in the era of digitization. Such reflections have tended to concentrate on the production and cultural circulation of books, their significance and their power to shape knowledge and subjectivities. But there is another aspect to our interactions with the book which remains relatively unexplored: the history of book destruction. In certain circumstances books are treated not with reverence but instead with violence or disregard. This conference invites reflections on this alternative history of the book, and we welcome papers from a range of historical periods and disciplinary backgrounds. Further information: Dr Adam Smyth;

16 April 2011. 'Contextualizing Miracles in the Christian West, 1100-1500: New Historical Approaches', a conference to be held at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Between 1100 and 1500, medieval scribes produced a plethora of texts that recorded the miracles of saints. The value of this material was established by scholars in the 1970s and 80s; their extensive analyses of a vast number of miracle accounts shed light upon medieval conceptions of sainthood, the process and formalization of canonization, and the broader social and cultural attitudes towards saints' cults and pilgrimage. In the last twenty years, however, those studying miracle accounts have moved away from quantitative methods. Instead, there is more of a focus on individual miracle collections or manuscripts, reflecting an interest in situating such texts within their institutional and local contexts, as well as exploring the literary or constructed nature of hagiographical texts. Recent scholars have also explored the political and economic functions of miracle narratives within the saint's own community, and investigated the influence of models of piety on men and women, and of particular social groups. Others have examined the social and medical experiences of pilgrims, along with the cultural and symbolic meanings attached to individual ailments.Further information: Ms Louise Wilson;

26-27 April 2011. Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels to be held on the 26th and 27th of April 2011 at the University of Westminster, London. The workshop aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary discussion on the gloss, on such topics as:
1) The relationship between the Old English gloss and the Latin text
2) The similarities and differences between the Aldredian gloss and Rushworth 2
3) The linguistic features of the Old English gloss (spelling/phonology, morphology, morphosyntax and lexis)
4) The historical, religious, literary and intellectual context of the gloss
5) The Lindisfarne gloss in the context of Old English glossography.
Further information: Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz

28 April-1 May 2011. The 84th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, to be held in Philadelphia. The Association invites submissions in any area of medical history - the history of health and healing; history of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and histories of illness, disease, and public health. Submissions from all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Further information: Program Committee Chair, Susan E. Lederer, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1300 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706 (608-262-4195;;


2-6 May 2011. 'Medieval Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age', AHRC-funded course in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, the Warburg Institute, and King’s College London. The course is open to arts and humanities doctoral students registered at UK institutions. It involves five days of intensive training on the analysis, description and editing of medieval manuscripts in the digital age to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. Participants will receive a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats. Further information: Peter Stokes (;

3 May 2011. 'Peripheral Regions and Centres in Pre-Modern Europe c.1100-1700', a one-day conference on peripheries, to be held at Manchester Metropolitan University. Further information: Dr Kathryn Hurlock,

3-6 May 2011. 'Arabes in patria Asturiensium. Cristianos y musulmanes en el Noroeste hispano durante la Edad Media'. Asturiensis Regis Territorium organiza, con ocasión del MCCC Aniversario de la llegada de los árabes a la Península Ibérica, el Congreso titulado Arabes in patria Asturiensium. Cristianos y musulmanes en el Noroeste hispano durante la Edad Media. Una revisión en el 1300 aniversario de la invasión musulmana que se celebrará en la Universidad de Oviedo.Este Congreso tiene como objetivo analizar el choque y el crisol del legado cultural occidental y del mundo árabe en los reinos hispanocristianos del noroeste de la Península Ibérica a partir de la invasión musulmana del 711. Han sido encargadas diversas ponencias a relevantes especialistas sobre diversos temas, que se indicarán en próximas circulares. Further information:;

12-15 May 2011. The 46th International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Further information: International Congress on Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo MI 49008-5432;;

13-14 May 2011. 'Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day', the Biennial of Public Space, to be held at the Italian National Institute for Urban Planners, in Rome. The conference is an integral part of the three-day Biennial of Public Space organized by the Italian National Institute for Urban Planners (INU). It wishes to bring together various perspectives on public space in the city of Rome pertaining to any historical period. The aim of the conference is to open debate on the notion of public space across time, interpreted as a fluid concept having architectural, institutional, political, social, religious, phenomenological, and artistic relevance. These suggestions are by no means exhaustive, and wish simply to establish a point of departure for the ways public space is used as a cultural concept. The uniting feature of the conference is its focus on the city of Rome through the ages. Further information:;

13-14 May 2011. 3rd Austrian Conference on Archaeometrics (Tertius conventus Austriacus archaeometriae scientiae naturalis ad historiam hominis antiqui investigandam). Further information:

17 May 2011. 'Last Orders? The Art and Architecture of Religious Orders in England, c.1350-1540', a symposium to be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. In contrast to the arts of the so-called 'golden age' of English religious life during the High Middle Ages, the visual culture of subsequent generations of monks, nuns, and canons has received little attention. Recent scholarship, however, has challenged the long-held consensus that the Late Middle Ages was a period of decline for the monastic and religious orders in England and elsewhere in Europe. Many historians now argue that monasticism adjusted adeptly to changing social, devotional, and economic practices and several important studies have recently devoted to this period of monastic patronage. Nevertheless, many aspects of monastic art and architecture remain largely unexplored.  These include the role of continuity within orders, the expression of particular institutional and confessional identities, and the importance of innovation. The Last Orders symposium seeks to generate discussion on these questions and others, and we welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of monastic art and architecture in late medieval England. Call for papers deadline: 1 November 2010. Further information:;

20-21 May 2011. 'Material Culture, Craft & Community: Negotiating Objects Across Time & Place', an interdisciplinary conference to be held at University of Alberta Edmonton. This interdisciplinary conference will explore the varied expressions of craft - material, cultural, social - in past and present societies.  Craft practice has a rich history and remains vibrant today, sustaining communities while negotiating cultures. Craft-made goods were, and are, created for domestic or institutional use, for local or international markets. They express gender roles and cultural aspirations, sustain economies, and express aesthetic values and skills of making. Craft practice has long defined communities and groups, and continues to do so in the midst of global trade networks. Moreover, the flow of ideas, goods, and peoples animate the making, circulation, and meaning of craft goods. These and other issues will be addressed over the course of the conference. Further information:;

25-27 May 2011. 'Sovereignty and Iconography of Political Power and Representation', the Fifth International Conference of Iconographic Stuies, in Rijeka, Croatia. The conference will explore representations of rulership in the European Middle Ages. Further information: Marina Vicelja ( or Petra Borovac (

27 May 2011. 'Revealing Records III (2011)', the annual Revealing Records postgraduate conference for medievalists to be held at King's College London. Now in its third year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research. Revealing Records III will be divided into two thematically related panels.  Each panel will include a keynote talk by a leading medieval historian and five student presentations. Further information:;

27-28 May 2011. 'SPECULUM VULPIS: Journées d'étude consacrées à Renart le Contrefait', to be held at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. La journée d'étude projetée a pour objectif de contribuer à mieux cerner l'originalité de l'oeuvre et sa place dans le paysage intellectuel du premier XIVe siècle. Les participants sont encouragés à l'explorer sous tous ses aspects, littéraires, linguistiques, philologiques et historiques. Le travail de compilation est sans doute l'un des angles d'approche les plus évidents de l'oeuvre. Quelles sont les différentes sources auxquelles puise l'auteur? Comment les retravaille-t-il et dans quel but? Quels rapports s'instaurent entre ces différentes strates textuelles et quelle est leur place dans l'ensemble de l'oeuvre? Le personnage de Renart mérite aussi de retenir l'attention, car non seulement l'auteur modifie le caractère du vieux goupil en lui attribuant des aventures nouvelles, mais encore la voix du narrateur se confond parfois avec celle de son personnage, au risque de miner le discours moral qu'il tient. Further information:

4 June 2011. 'Book Production in the Byzantine World', a colloquium organised by Lukas A. Schachner and Georgi R. Parpulov, at Oxford University. The colloquium is intended to pave the way for an interdisciplinary history of the book in Byzantium. Over the past decade, significant advances have been made in this field by identifying groups of interconnected manuscripts. These discoveries now need to be fitted into a larger framework; the patronage and production of books have to be discussed in a broader, diachronic perspective. The colloquium will bring together palaeographers, philologists and art historians with the aim of surveying the current state and future directions of research. Its proceedings, including summaries of the question-and-answer sessions, will be promptly published in electronic format. Further information:

6-7 June 2011. 'Education and Ignorance: The Use of Knowledge in the Medieval World c.550-1550', a postgraduate conference to be held at John Rylands Library, Deansgate, organised by the University of Manchester. Modern historiography has often depicted the Middle Ages as a period of ignorance, dogma and superstition– a period in which knowledge stagnated and education was both restricted to a privileged minority. From the Carolingian Renaissance and the rise of the medieval universi-ties to the condemnations of heretical teachings and the intellectual and spiritual ferment of the Reformation, the reality about education and the use, and transmission of knowledge in the medieval world is undoubtedly far more complex, contested and dynamic than this picture suggests. It is the aim of this two day conference to explore that reality through a diverse range of disciplines and approaches and across the full historical span of the period. Adopting an interdisciplinary and diachronic perspective, we aim to address the questions – How was education theorised, institutionalised and practiced throughout the middle ages? How was knowledge conceptualised, controlled and transformed, and to what uses was it put? Further information: Daisy Black,;

17 June 2011. 'Medievalism Transformed: Texts & Territories in the Middle Ages', a conference to be held at Bangor University. We would like to invite all postgraduate and early career students interested in the Middle Ages to � Medievalism Transformed',  an interdisciplinary medievalists' conference. The conference will be held on 17 th June 2011 in Bangor University. This conference welcomes delegates from all arts disciplines, including languages, history, literature, art, archaeology, palaeography and philosophy. Papers should focus on the Middle Ages or on the impact of medieval thinking in the modern period. Any topic within this scope will be considered, including (but not limited to): from country to state: political ideas of land and the creation of nations; writing journeys: pilgrimages, crusades, travel writing, romances; visualizing the narratives: maps and illuminations; national origins: creating identity through myth, chronicles, genealogies; representations of the landscape or nationality in art and music; beyond the Middle Ages: the influence of medieval concepts of territory on modern thought. Further information:;

17-18 June 2011. 'Medieval Urban Life: Facts and Fictions', a conference to be hosted by the College of Arts and Humanaties, Swansea University, drawing together traditional documentary historians and literary historians of the Middle Ages who focus on northern Europe and southern Europe (with an emphasis on Italy). The aims of this conference are to encourage both the interdisciplinary crosspollination of research by traditional and literary historians, and to relate conceptions of northern and southern European urban life. Further information: Matthew F. Stevens

17-19 June 2011. 'Law, Violence and Social Bonds, c. 900-1250', a conference to be hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Each of the conference's themes has received ample scholarly treatment individually, but not collectively. Considering attitudes towards lawful and unlawful violence in relation to social bonds - be they familial, seignorial or spiritual - and bringing together a number of distinct conceptual approaches, such as anthropology, sociology and prosopography, this conference will offer new avenues of research and discussion. Scholars from Britain, Europe and North America will come together and explore these issues in a wide range of geographical and cultural contexts. Further information:;

20-23 June 2011. 'Nuns ' Literacies in Medieval Europe', a conference to take place at the University of Hull, England. It is designed to bring together specialists working on diverse geographical areas to create a dialogue about the Latin and vernacular texts nuns read, wrote, and exchanged, primarily from the late eighth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. To date, there has been significant research in this field but little in the way of cross-cultural study. For this reason twenty-five international experts (from Belgium, Denmark, England, Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, the United States, and Wales) will address these issues in Hull. The resulting papers from this conference will form the chapters of a published volume. Further information: Dr Veronica O'Mara, University of Hull (, Dr Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City (, and Dr Patricia Stoop, University of Antwerp (;

22-26 June 2011. 'Imagining the Supernatural North', ICASS VII, to be held in Akureyri, Iceland. Imagining the Supernatural North" intends contribute to the ongoing discussion on "perceptions of Northernness" in the humanities and social sciences. In the course of the oft-quoted "spatial turn", the increased awareness of spatiality and its implications, scholars have devoted considerable attention to the cultural meaning of northernness. Which stereotypes, symbolisms and ideological connotations have been ascribed to the North in different historical periods, by different actors and in different discourse genres? How have the North and its inhabitants been imagined, constructed and described? As a contribution to this debate, the panel will explore the notion of the North as a realm of the supernatural. From antiquity to the present, the North has been associated with sorcerous inhabitants, mythical tribes, metaphysical forces of good and evil and all kinds of supernatural qualities and occurrences. Such an approach, however, needs to bear in mind that the border between the natural and the supernatural has been viewed differently in different discursive traditions, and that a sharp delineation is often impossible. Further information: Stefan Donecker, Working Group Arctic and Subarctic (A.A.S.), Vienna,;

23-25 June 2011. 'The language of maps - communicating through cartography during the middle ages and renaissance', a conference to be held at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Historic maps have broad appeal in contemporary cultures around the world. One reason for this - it might be thought - is because the 'language of maps' is universal and straightforward, but is it? How do maps communicate to us? How do they work? This Colloquium seeks to explore these important questions by bringing together scholars whose interest lies in the visual and textual 'languages' of manuscript and printed maps from the medieval and Renaissance periods of European history. Original paper contributions on the theme of 'communicating through cartography' are sought that will help further our understanding and appreciation of the complexity of medieval and Renaissance maps and map-making. Papers may be theoretical, empirical or methodological in orientation, as long as they address 'how maps work'. The Colloquium is intentionally multidisciplinary, so contributions will be welcomed from art, linguistic and literary historians, geographers and archaeologists, as well as cartographers and historians of cartography. The emphasis will be on the artistic, linguistic and palaeographical aspects of historic maps and processes of their production and consumption across medieval and Renaissance Europe. We aim to draw connections between cartographic representations of all kinds, whether manuscript or printed maps, including those of regions, countries or local landscapes. The technologies of map-production - including surveying and draughting - will be under scrutiny too, for the scientific and artistic expertise involved in making maps in the past was integral to communicating through cartography, as indeed it still is today. Further information:;

23-26 June 2011. 'Politics in Late Antiquity, ca. 200-700', the Ninth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, organized by the Society for Late Antiquity, at Penn State University. Along with the cultural and religious transformations of the late Roman and post-Roman eras, the political culture of the empire was transformed, from the aristocratic and senatorial monarchy of the early empire to the equestrian and military government of the third and fourth centuries to the emerging Christian monarchy of the Theodosian empire and beyond. Each of these traditions had a long afterlife in the post-Roman West and Byzantine East. The Program Committee seeks contributions that address any aspect of the political life of late antiquity, with particular emphasis on 1) the functioning of Roman and post-Roman government and the tensions between center and periphery, 2) the gap between rhetoric and reality in the practice of politics, and 3) the material expressions of politics and government, as reflected in art, architecture, and archaeological evidence. As in the past, the conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for ancient historians, philologists, art historians, archaeologists, and specialists in the early Christian, Jewish and Muslim worlds to discuss a wide range of European, Middle-Eastern and African evidence for cultural transformation in late antiquity. Proposals should be clearly related to the conference theme, stating both the problem to be discussed and the nature of the presenter's conclusions. Further information: Professor Michael Kulikowski; c/o Tiffany Mayhew, 108 Weaver Building, Dept of History, Penn State, University Park, PA 16802;

24-25 June 2011. 'The Umayyads: History, Art and Culture in the First Century of Islam', a conference held at the University of Edinburgh. For more details, see

28 June-1 July 2011. International Medieval Meeting Lleida. The city of Lleida will be the world capital of research and business in medieval history. There will be specialists from a wide range of fields of study of the Middle Ages and professionals from varied branches of popularisation. Outstanding researchers will take part in 6 congresses specialised in various leading aspects of medieval history, art history, archaeology, literature and language. Others will present sessions, papers and posters about the most varied aspects of research and popularisation of the Middle Ages. There will also be professionals dedicated to promoting and managing research, the application of the new technologies in humanities and the promotion of historical heritage. Furthermore, there will important presentations and offers about the publication and spread of research into medieval history. Further information:

30 June-2 July 2011. 'Ordo', the 8th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society - Paris, to be held in Paris. The International Medieval Society in Paris (IMS-Paris) is soliciting abstracts for individual papers and proposals for complete sessions for its 2011 Symposium organized around the theme of ordo in medieval France. In the Middle Ages the Latin term, ordo, designated all kind of concepts for classifying realities or ideas. Divine order as well as various human ordines created a certain stability which had to be reaffirmed time and again in order to retain its validity. Social, ideal, iconographic and other orders were established, maintained, and sometimes overturned, but even then the order had to be invoked. What are these orders, these ways of thinking and ordering? Particular emphasis will be placed on the question of knowing how this medieval knowledge was ordered and classified. We welcome papers on the following topics, and others: ordering, arranging, classifying; organisation and reorganisation of knowledge; envisioning an ordo and visual/pictorial strategies; divine ordo and human ordines; liturgical ordo and secular order; musical ordo. Papers should focus on France, Francia, or post-Roman Gaul, but are not limited exclusively to this geographical area. We encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, anthropology, history, urban history, history of science and medicine, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, religious sciences, and theology. Abstracts in French or English of 300 words or less for a 20-minute paper, with full contact information, a CV and a tentative assessment of any audiovisual equipment required for your presentation should be emailed to the organisers. Further information:;


1-3 July 2011. Fourth Annual Aberystwyth Postgraduate History Colloquium. The colloquium does not have a single overarching theme, and provides an ideal friendly environment for students to present work in progress, and includes a number of guest speakers attached to Aberystwyth University, who in the past have shared their knowledge and experience of such things as interdisciplinary work, collaborations between universities and other research institutions, successful applications and interview techniques for academic posts, and guidance on how to get your work published. Further information: Kimberley Cosgrove, Dept. of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BY.

3-7 July 2011. 'Out of Bounds: Mobility, Movement and Use of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550', the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the Early Book Society, in collaboration with the Twelfth York Manuscripts Conference in honour of Professor Toshiyuki Takamiya, to be held at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, England. Further information: Linne R. Mooney, Professor in Medieval English Palaeography, University of York, King's Manor, York  YO1 7EP, U.K.; +44 (1904) 433-909;

4-5 July 2011. 'Female Monasticism in Medieval Europe', a 2-day conference to be held near Lleida, Spain. This 2-day conference seeks to bring together scholars from across Europe and the United States working on aspects of Female Monasticism in the medieval period. The emphasis of the event is on a comparative international and interdisciplinary approach to a topic, the religious life of medieval women, which has too long been overshadowed by a focus on male monasteries, monks and canons, their achievements and interaction. The wide-ranging programme includes papers by historians, art-historians, archaeologists and theologians from the British Isles, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Transylvania and the US. Held in the former Premonstratensian monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes in Catalonia (within easy reach of Barcelona), this event offers two days of academic papers and discussion about monastic matters in an appropriately unique and scholarly environment. Further information: Dr Karen Stöber,; monacat_femeni_programa.doc

4-6 July 2011. 'Cultures, Communities and Conflicts in the Medieval Mediterranean', the biannual conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterraneanto be held at the University of Southampton. This three-day conference will bring together scholars to explore the interaction of the various peoples, societies, faiths and cultures of the medieval Mediterranean, a region which had been commonly represented as divided by significant religious and cultural differences. The objective of the conference is to highlight the extent to which the medieval Mediterranean was not just an area of conflict but also a highly permeable frontier across which people, goods and ideas crossed and influenced neighbouring cultures and societies. We invite papers, together with abstracts, in the fields of archaeology, art and architecture, ethnography, history (including the history of science and medicine), languages, literature, music, philosophy and religion, and specifically on the following topics: Activities of missionary orders; Artistic, literary and musical exchange; Byzantine and Muslim navies; Captives and slaves; Cargoes, galleys and warships; Cartography; Costume and vestments; Diplomacy; Judaism and Jewish; Material Culture; Minority Populations in the Christian and Islamic Worlds; Mirrors for Princes; Music, sacred and secular; Port towns/city states; Relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims; Religious practices: saints, cults and heretics; Scientific exchange, including astronomy, medicine and mathematics; Seafaring, seamanship and shipbuilding; Sufis & Sufi Orders in North Africa and the Levant; Sultans, kings and other rulers; Trade and Pilgrimage; Travel writing; Warfare: mercenaries and crusaders. Further information: Dr Francois Soyer,; Rebecca Bridgman,

4-8 July 2011. 'Dwarfs or Giants?: Appropriation and Creation in the Middle Ages', an international conference organised by the Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale, in Poitiers. The conference theme fully reflects the tradition of interdisciplinary study promoted by the CESCM in fields as varied as the history of ideas, architectural forms and techniques, representations, literary or otherwise, and social practices. The general intention is to analyse the processes inherent in the formation of medieval civilisation by assessing the tensions between tradition and innovation, appropriation and creation. The often-stilted image of the Middle Ages as a period in which what exists is merely borrowed and reused is susceptible to re-examination through an analysis of the nature, content, modalities and aims of such appropriations, thus allowing for the emergence of more complex phenomena such as recomposition or innovation fuelled by conscious choice in areas of reference, allusion and influence. Such developments, whether passive or deliberate, individual or collective, fleeting or sustainable, ought to be seen in terms of new points of departure, witnesses to the vitality of the Middle Ages and its ability to refashion and nourish a cultural landscape in constant evolution. Further information: Stephen Morrison,;

6-7 July 2011. 'Shadow cities: realities and representations', a conference to be held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London. More than a billion people live in improvised dwellings or shanty towns in the early twenty-first century. Whether in inner cities or on the outskirts of a metropolis, these settlements have been dubbed 'Shadow Cities' by Robert Neuwirth. Neuwirth takes a relatively positive view of the economic and cultural creativity of such places. In contrast Mike Davis has a more apocalyptic vision of a fast developing 'Planet of Slums'. For Davis such habitations offer little hope and potentially cataclysmic danger in a post-industrial and neo-liberal world. What light can historical investigation shed on what have often been Manichean representations of the shanty town as either a place of hope or a site of irredeemable misery? Most research and writing on this phenomenon has focused on contemporary developments. The aim of this conference is to investigate and explain the historical existence of Shadow Cities, their varying nature in different historical and geographical circumstances --  such as medieval Europe, nineteenth century North America or the twentieth century global South - the living conditions and experiences of their inhabitants, and the perceptions or representations of such settlements. Further information: Olwen Myhill or Professor Vivian Bickford-Smith; Shadow_Cities_CFP.pdf.

8 July 2011. 'Conquest and Expansionism', the 5th Annual Conference of the York History Research Society, to be held at the University of York. Conquest and expansionism are themes that pervade all historical eras. Individuals and societies have always sought to advance themselves, be it politically, socially or economically. Such ambition can manifest itself in peaceful endeavours, but it can also engender conflict. This important topic will be the subject of the 5th Annual Conference of the York History Research Society. We hope to bring together postgraduates from all aspects of history to join us in a stimulating debate on these issues. This is a postgraduate-run conference which aims to foster collaborative engagement between research students. The event, including lunch, refreshments and a drinks reception, will be free of charge. All are welcome. Further information: Laura Chesworth,

8-9 July 2011. 'The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium: An Interdisciplinary Workshop and Conference', organised by The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East; The German Historical Institute; The Institute of Historical Research, London; The London Centre for Crusader Studies. This is a conference aimed at those in the latter stages of their PhD, those engaged in post-doctoral research, or early career academics. It is intended to bring together people from across these three subject areas to generate scholarly contacts and to give an insight into the workings and approaches of these fields; it will also provide participants with an opportunity to have their work analysed by contemporaries and a panel of distinguished commentators. The conference will also feature full-length lectures by leading scholars. Those who wish to listen and comment on the papers, rather than presenting their own work, are very welcome to attend. Further information: Professor Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London); Dr Jochen Schenk (German Historical Institute, London); Dr William Purkis (University of Birmingham),;

8-9 July 2011. 'Interdisziplinarität als Chance vom Studium bis zur Forschungspraxis', kolloquium des ArchaeoBioCenters der LMU, to be held at Institut für Ägyptologie, München. Further information:

8-11 July 2011. 'Annual Meeting of the Society for Social History of Medicine', to be held in Newcastle and Durham. Programme now available online here -

11-14 July 2011. 'Poor...Rich', the 18th International Medieval Congress (IMC), to be held at the University of Leeds, in Leeds.Contact: Axel E. W. Müller, International Medieval Congress, Parkinson Bldg. 1.03, Univ. of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, U.K. (+44-113-343-3614; fax: +44-113-343-3616;;

14-15 July 2011.'Celebrating France / Célébrer la France', the Society for the Study of French History 25th Annual Conference. Proposals are invited for thirty-minute papers (in either English or French) on any aspect of French history from the late medieval to the modern period. Proposals for panels of two or three papers are also invited. Our theme is not exclusive as to subject. Panel-paper contributions can properly reflect the broad diversity of the discipline of French History. However, we would be particularly interested in receiving proposals in and around the following subjects: Memory, nation and identity in French history; History of cultural festivals, fêtes and celebratory events; Considerations on key personages of French history; The construction of a national history or narrative; Conflicting views about the past; Theoretical and methodological approaches to the topics of celebrations, memory and the creation of national discourses. Further information: Dr Isabel DiVanna (;

14-16 July 2011. 'Gossip, gospel, and governance: Orality in Europe 1400-1700', a conference organised by the University of Northumbria, to be held in London. Individual themes to be discussed include:  Street life (orality in any European urban context 1400-1700); Reading aloud (using the lectern for dissemination of written text in convents and monasteries, public proclamation of misdemeanour and laws, 1400-1700); Teaching and learning in University schools 1400-1700; Declamation and discourse in Parliament Incantation and magic; Performance (theatre, court poetry, poetry competitions); Preaching (history of the preaching orders, biographies of preachers; Parley and discourse of war; Women's speech. Further information: or;

15-16 July 2011. 'Constructing Memory in Medieval Spain', organised by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York. This two-day international conference brings together scholars of medieval Spain to discuss how memories of the sacred and secular past could be articulated, constructed and revised in words, objects and performances. Spain is here understood in its broadest sense to include all confessional communities from the Iberian peninsula and dependent islands, and the theme of memory encompasses both attitudes to the past and also the arts of memory. In drawing on scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds the conference aims to investigate common strategies or alternative practices in the construction of memory in different forms and media, and the extent to which these may depend on contemporary theories of memory. Further information: Tom Nickson; Department of History of Art, Vanbrugh College, University of York, Heslington, YORK YO10 5DD, UK.

15-18 July 2011. 'Monsters, Marvels, and Minstrels: The Rise of Modern Medievalism', Mythcon 42, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of both C.S. Lewis' publication of The Allegory of Love and J.R.R. Tolkien's lecture 'Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics.' Spanning the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian heroic legacies and late Continental French-inspired romance traditions, these authoritative works of scholarship dramatically changed academic discussion on their medieval subjects. In addition, their literary reinterpretations laid the groundwork for the modern medieval ism that now informs so much modern fantasy literature, Inkling or otherwise. To commemorate these important anniversaries, Mythcon 42 will invite reflection on the impact of these critical works and how they offer new ways to view the fantastic in earlier texts as well as how they initiated many of the approaches modern fantasy applies to its reading of the medieval . While legacies inherited from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, Biblical, and Classical cultures will be obvious subjects, papers and panels that explore mythological and fantastic works from other early traditions (such as Native American, Asian, and Middle-eastern) are also welcome. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. Further information: Janet Brennan Croft, Paper Coordinator, Head of Access Services, University Libraries, University of Oklahoma;,;

18-21 July 2011. 'John Gower in Iberia: Six Hundred Years', the Second International Congress of the John Gower Society, in Valladolid, Spain. Spain has been chosen as a site for Congress II in recognition of Gower's unique transnational presence. The Confessio Amantis was the first English work Ever translated into Continental languages-first Portuguese, and then Castilian, both in the fifteenth century. Biographical aspects; Manuscripts; French works; Latin works; English works; Antiquity and classics; French influence and contemporary French authors; Chaucer; Linguistics, literary language and dialects; Influence in later authors; Influence in Iberian authors; English politics and usurpation; Iberian (historical) context; Literary theory and critical approaches; Narratology; Women and gender; Multilingualism; Cinema and theatre; Animals; London; Aesthetics; Law; Philosophy and theology; Gower and the Mediterranean; Gower and the Other; Gower and the material. Further information:;;

18-22 July 2011.'Making Histories', an International Insular Art Conference, at the University of York, England, organized by the Department of History of Art. The art of the insular world has been the focus of specific study through the International Insular Art Conference meetings for over 25 years. The result has been a body of scholarship that has advanced our understanding of the material on many fronts. The forthcoming Conference aims to continue this trend, by addressing the various ways in which the art, in all media, can be understood, as well as the ways in which that understanding itself has been constructed. Further information: Dr Jane Hawkes, Department of History of Art, University of York, York YO10 5DD UK; +44 (1904) 434-620; ; )

19-21 July 2011. 'Print Networks Conference 2011 on Religion and the Book Trade', the Twenty-Ninth Print Networks Conference on the history of the British book trade, to be held at the National Library of Wales. 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible, and so "Religion and the Book Trade" has been chosen as the theme for the conference.  The theme is broadly defined, and any papers relating to the production, distribution and reception of religious texts and images from the Middle Ages to the modern era will be considered. Call for papers deadline: 31st January 2011. Further information: Timothy Cutts, Head of Rare Books Unit, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth  SY23 3BU;

19-22 July 2011. 'The Yorkist Age', the Harlaxton Medieval Symposium 2011, to be held at Harlaxton Manor, Grantham. The 2011 Harlaxton Symposium will take at its theme �The Yorkist Age' to mark the round anniversaries of the birth of Richard Plantagenet, duke of York, and of the accession of King Edward IV. While the politics of the age were marked by upheaval and civil war, trade and literature, art and architecture, music and manufacturing saw important developments. For the purposes of the symposium, which � as ever � will  bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, the �Yorkist age' has been broadly defined, to take in the period from the birth of the duke of York to the execution of his granddaughter Margaret, countess of Salisbury, in 1541, although the focus of the conference will naturally lie in the second half of the 15th century. Further information: Christian Steer,;

21-23 July 2011. 'The Allegory of Guillaume de Digulleville (Deguileville) in Europe: Circulation, Reception and Influence', a conference to be held at the Université de Lausanne, in Switzerland. The fourteenth-century allegorical trilogy composed by the Cistercian monk, Guillaume de Digulleville (or Deguileville) - the Pèlerinage de la vie humaine [Pilgrimage of Human Life], Pèlerinage de l'âme [Pilgrimage of the Soul], and Pèlerinage de Jhesucrist [Pilgrimage of Jesus Christ] - travelled widely across the medieval and early modern world. Digulleville's pilgrimage allegories, and their wider context, are attracting increasing attention in current scholarship, in the fields of literature, history, art history, religious studies, linguistics, the history of science, and historical geography. We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of the influence, circulation and reception of Digulleville's allegories during the period 1330 to 1700. Papers might discuss subjects such as one of the many translations of Digulleville's allegories, an aspect of the trilogy's manuscript distribution, the adaptation of the trilogy texts into prose or printed versions, the trilogy's influence on the visual arts, drama and literature of subsequent generations or the trilogy's wider impact on the mentalities of the period concerned. Interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged, as are studies of hitherto overlooked materials and new contexts for the reception of the work of Digulleville. Further information:;;

22-26 July 2011. 'Natio Scotica', the Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and Literature, to be hosted by the Università degli Studi di Padova, in Padua, Italy. The definition of a literary canon in medieval and early modern Scotland is closely connected with the definition of the Scottish nation. Attempting an assessment of medieval and early modern Scottish literature means above all dealing with a definition of this literature within a strongly defined national context: literature and nation grow together, and each contributes to the other's definition. Further information: Dr Alessandra Petrina, Dipartimento di Lingue e Lett., Anglo-Germaniche e Slave, Via Beato Pellegrino, 26 35100 Padova, Italy.

23-29 July 2011. The 34th Latin and Palaeography Summer School at Keele University (UK), with week-long courses in reading and transcribing medieval documents (from English archives) in Latin and also Anglo-Norman; for beginners and more advanced students, and particularly suitable for post-graduates and those training as archivists, but also attended by a wide range of local and national historians. Further information: Dr Nigel Tringham,; website at

25-26 July 2011. 'Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies', the Second International Scientific Conference sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Linguistics, the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, the University of London School of Advanced Study and Institute of English Studies, at Senate House, University of London. The following research fields will be considered: English and Russian Studies- Lexicography, English Studies, Russian Studies; Theoretical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; English and Russian Literature; Language Teaching; Medieval Studies; The History of the Book: the Present and the Past; Society Studies.Call for papers deadline: 15 January 2011. Further information:;

25-30 July 2011. The 23rd Triennial Congress of the International Arthurian Society, to be held at the University of Bristol. The conference themes are as follows:

  1. Arthurian ideals and identities.
  2. Late Arthurian romance.
  3. Narrative techniques and styles.
  4. Arthurian manuscripts and early printed editions.
  5. Arthurian images and iconography.
  6. The supernatural and spirituality in the Arthurian world.

Further information:

26-29 July 2011. ' People of the Sea in the Atlantic City in the Middle Ages', the 8th International Meeting of the Middle Ages. These Academic Meetings seek to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of medieval studies. Each Congress has one particular special thematic strand on an area of interdisciplinary study in a wider context. Next  summer the town council of Nájera will once again host the International Meetings of the Middle Ages, organised by the University of Cantabria and supported by the Autonomous Government of La Rioja with co-organizers from Spain, U.K, France, Netherlands, Italy, Argentina, Poland and Portugal. The international conference will take place in Nájera (Spain), from July 26-29. The topic of this year is about People of the Sea in the Atlantic city in the Middle Ages. We will study every kind of maritime societies, guilds, confraternities, economic activity, craftsmen, trade, workers in relation to the sea (masters, sailors, fishermen, merchants, craftsmen, cobblers, caulkers, butchers, farmers, innkeepers), foreign people, social organization, social unrest, social networks and daily life. Further information: Jesus Angel Solorzano Telechea,;


1-4 August 2011. 'XXV Seminario sobre historia del Monacato: Monasterios y monarcas: fundación, presencia y memoria regia en los monasterios hispanos medievales', a conference to be held at the Monasterio de Santa María la Real, Aguilar de Campo, Palencia. Los monasterios, especialmente durante la edad románica, al margen de su condición de sede de una comunidad de monjes y de cabeza de su respectivo señorío o abadengo, jugaron un papel social de primera magnitud. En ese ejercicio, la figura de los reyes tuvo especial protagonismo. Con frecuencia, la fundación y, más a menudo, la dotación generosa de un monasterio fue decisión de un monarca. Muchas veces, éste hacía de un determinado cenobio el centro de su poder económico y social a la vez que los edificios monacales proclamaban la riqueza y el prestigio de su fundador y bienhechor. A cambio de esa generosidad regia, los monasterios sirvieron frecuentemente en las estrategias sociales y políticas de los monarcas. Éstos, a menudo, instalaron su residencia en ellos, utilizándolos como símbolo permanente de su devoción, incluso de su sensibilidad reformadora, pero también de la soberbia del linaje real. Further information: Secretaría de Cursos;

1-5 August 2011. XXII Semana de Estudios Medievales Programa, to be held in Nájera (La Rioja). Further information:

5-7 August 2011. ' Mobiliario y ajuar litúrgico en las iglesias románicas', the XII Curso sobre las Claves del Románico, to be held at Centro Cultural "La Compasión", Aguilar de Campoo (Palencia). La vida del hombre medieval estuvo marcada por una liturgia sacramental que tenía como escenario el interior de las iglesias. La celebración de la misa, el bautismo, la confesión, el matrimonio o los funerales, fueron algunas manifestaciones que obligatoriamente se llevaban a cabo en el marco de la iglesia románica. La realización de esas y otras ceremonias requería de una puesta en escena para la que eran imprescindibles una serie de elementos que formaban lo que llamamos el mobiliario litúrgico. Cada uno de estos muebles tenía una ubicación concreta y una función marcada por el ritual. Además, para el desarrollo del culto eran necesarios unos objetos y utensilios que en muchas ocasiones se fabricaban con los materiales más ricos, contribuyendo así a resaltar el esplendor del espacio sagrado. Cálices, patenas, píxides, incensarios o relicarios constituían verdaderas joyas que destacaban por la suntuosidad con que fueron concebidas. Son obras excepcionales, trabajadas en materiales nobles como la plata, el oro, el esmalte o el marfil. Algunas formaron parte del mobiliario habitual de los templos, mientras que otras posiblemente sólo se utilizaron para celebraciones muy especiales a las que había que dotar de cierta solemnidad. Con el paso del tiempo algunas de estas piezas cayeron en desuso, lo que motivó que se perdieran o pasaran al comercio de antigüedades, ingresando muchas de ellas en colecciones museísticas. Further information: Secretaría de Cursos;

6-7 August 2011. 'The Tower and the Household', a conference to be held at the University of Dundee. The great tower was one of the most potent cultural symbols of lordship in medieval and renaissance Europe. Whereas the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries thought them the primitive expression of impoverished and lawless societies, current research has revealed sophistication and ambition. With its focus upon the household and living patterns, this conference will present new findings that reveal facets of that sophistication and ambition:  from the stage-management of public display to how they functioned simultaneously as ceremonial centres and practical residences. Changing social patterns required an increasing complexity of design, plan and furnishing; and, over time, their function changed in relation to the other structures of the castle court.  This conference, the second in the Towers series, shares new research from throughout northern Europe, and addresses both the most fundamental and the most neglected aspect of towers - namely how were they used and how did that change? Further information: Katherine Buchanan,;

10-12 August 2011. 'La Edad Media imaginada', a conference to be held at the University of Huelva, Cortegana. El curso que aquí presentamos constituye la VII edición del Foro Medieval de Cortegana, que ha venido celebrándose ininterrumpidamente todos los meses de agosto desde el año 2005. Es por tanto una de las citas habituales del calendario de cursos de verano de la Universidad de Huelva y de la programación cultural del verano onubense. El Foro se vincula a las Jornadas Medievales de Cortegana, que proporcionan un marco idóneo, con múltiples actividades complementarias de carácter lúdico y cultural. Este año el Foro se dedica a analizar la recreación del Medievo a través de medios como la literatura de ficción, la publicidad, el cine y los videojuegos, aunque sin olvidar la tradición y el imaginario popular. La Edad Media se presenta así como una época que, durante los últimos siglos, ha excitado la imaginación de los autores y del público, ya sea lector, visitante o espectador. Sin duda, esa percepción condiciona aún hoy la imagen que de aquel tiempo tenemos en la actualidad. Further information:

23-25 August 2011. 'From Ancient Manuscripts to the Digital Era: Readings and Literacies', organized by the Swiss Institute of Biblical Sciences (IRSB), University of Lausanne, Switzerland. This international conference is proposed by a interdisciplinary team of researchers. It seeks to demonstrate the major impact of the Digital Era on knowledge, by studying the history of cultural technologies. The present evolution of the ancient manuscript allows one to detect this turning-point, notably with the digital editions of Homer and the New Testament. The notions of authorship and critical edition are questionned : modern history and contemporary analysis have to be enrooted in ancient memory to reflect upon the digital turn. A public evening will conclude the conference on the 25th August with posters, editors' booths, artistic animations and a round table discussion, bringing together publishers and scholars: 'What Will Come after the Book?'. Further information:

24-26 August 2011. X Jornadas Lit. Española Medieval UCA, to be held in Buenos Aires. Further information:


5 September 2011. 'Digital Resources for Palaeography,' a one-day symposium at King's College London. The 'Digital Resource and Database of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic' (DigiPal) at the Centre for Computing in Humanities at King's College London is pleased to announce a one-day symposium on digital resources for palaeography. In recent years, scholars have begun to develop and employ new technologies and computer-based methods for palaeographic research. The aim of the symposium is to present developments in the field, explore the limits of digital and computational-based approaches, and share methodologies across projects which overlap or complement each other. Topics may include: project reports and/or demonstrations; palaeographical method; 'Digital' and 'Analogue' palaeography; quantitative and qualitative approaches; 'scientific' methods, 'objectivity' and the role of evidence in manuscript studies; visualisation of manuscript evidence and data; iInterface design and querying of palaeographical material. Further information:

6-7 September 2011. ' Landscapes and Mindscapes. Geo-oriented Approaches and the Poetics of Space in a Comparative Perspective', a two-day graduate conference to be held in Naples. The goal of the conference is to foster debate on issues relating to geo-oriented critical approaches and literary investigations of space as a privileged field of interaction between literary criticism and the social sciences. Both have witnessed a growing interest in the definition of space and in its relationships with imagination, perception, literary history, fictionality, postmodernity as well as with geography, topography, cartography, geophilosophy, cultural politics, etc. We welcome papers investigating different critical methodologies (geocriticism, ecocriticism, geopoetics, etc.) and different approaches to the relationship between word and space. Graduate students, recent
Ph.D.s, and junior scholars from different fields focusing on any cultural and literary tradition are encouraged to apply. Call for papers deadline: 15 June. Further information:

8-9 September 2011. 'Archives of the Body: Medieval to Early Modern', a workshop to be held at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge. What are the archives of the body? Can the body serve as an archive itself? What sources tell us the most about the body? This workshop, sponsored by the Académie Nationale de Médecine, Paris, aims to bring together historians, literary scholars, art historians and archaeologists to explore multiple types of evidence about human bodies in the medieval and early modern periods, in Europe, the New World and the Muslim and Jewish worlds. The sources examined might include: the archives of hospitals, universities and medical academies; civic, monastic, ecclesiastical and judicial records; iconographic sources, medical treatises and archaeological data. A keynote paper, �The Body in Pain and Tales of Election and Damnation during the French Wars of Religion', will be presented by Dr Luc Racaut (School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle). Further information: Dr Elma Brenner,; Dr Elena Taddia,;

8-9 September 2011. 'The Prelate in Late Medieval and Reformation England', a conference to be held at the University of Liverpool. This two-day conference will explore the role of late medieval and early sixteenth-century English bishops and monastic superiors, in an interdisciplinary and comparative context, investigating themes such as their political and governmental activity, spiritual and intellectual life, patronage, household and display, and the contemporary reputation and portrayal of the prelate. Further information: Dr Martin Heale;

12-14 September 2011. 'Working across Disciplines', the Second Medieval Song Network Workshop. The Medieval Song Network, established in 2009 as a forum for the study of the medieval lyric in England, aims to bring together researchers and performers who often work in isolation, to pool knowledge and share ideas, and to generate new research initiatives that will enable research in medieval song to be carried out in richer, more efficient, interdisciplinary collaborations. Supported by the AHRC Research Networking Scheme, two linked workshops are being held in successive years, the first of which was held in September 2010. The second workshop will include a performance workshop and research-led public concert by leading professional early music ensemble, The Orlando Consort. This second workshop will build on the first, taking forward specific project ideas that were generated last September, and developing the many opportunities for sharing existing knowledge across disciplines and creating future research initiatives that were highlighted by the participants. We are particularly excited by the potential of the performance workshop to be a means of creating a close link between the academic discussions and the concerns of professional singers reaching out to the wider public. This second workshop is organised around two central principles that also informed the first: (i) the need to identify and further develop some of the most important research tools that would benefit the study of medieval lyrics, and (ii) the intellectual questions and issues that are central to this research. Both of these principles are underpinned by a third, which is to encourage dialogue across disciplinary specialisms. Further information: Helen Deeming,; Ardis Butterfield,

13-14 September 2011. 'Political Legitimacy in the Islamic West', a workshop by the Department of Middle East Studies, University of Cambridge, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust. Call for papers deadline: 4 February 2011. The workshop will investigate the strategies of legitimation used by Muslim rulers in Islamic Spain and the western Maghrib during the medieval and early modern periods to analyse how they justified and presented their rule to their subjects and to visitors from the Islamic east and Christian Europe.  It aims to explore issues of religio-political identity and regional unities and divisions of both historical and contemporary relevance to shed light on an understudied period of this crucial Mediterranean regions' history.  The chronological focus of the workshop will be on the 13th to 15th centuries CE, but the organisers also welcome contributions that make comparisons with earlier and later periods. Further information:

14-16 September 2011. XII Simposio Internacional de Mudejarismo, to be held in Teruel. Further information:

14-16 September 2011. ' Forms of Corruption in History and in Contemporary Society', the annual CORHICS International Conference, to be held at University Paris 1 Sorbonne. We are seeking contributions on different forms of corruption and on special aspects of corruption in different cultures, historical times, and juridical systems. The major questions which will be discussed during this international conference are: Do phenomena of corruption evolve over time, or remain as primitive as in their first manifestations? What is the impact of these phenomena on forging the identity of certain individuals, communities or nations? Is the ideal that corruption disappear one day utopian? Possible topics (only indicative list) include: corruption and the writing of history, corrupted laws, corrupted political or religious figures, corruption in political systems, totalitarianism and corruption, 'false' cases of corruption, iconic corrupted figures, the 'angels' and 'demons' of corruptions, positions of secret societies in history on corruption, specific laws on corruption and their different effects in different historical times, race and corruption, corruption during wars, sexual scandals, the theatre and/or the literature of corruption, implementation of state policies and corruption, the psychology or philosophy of corruption, corruption during revolutions, corruption and economy, manipulation, brain washing techniques, 'enhanced' interrogation techniques, medication and side effects, religious fundamentalism, censorship, millenarian politics, utopian politics and corruption, postcolonial society and corruption, representations of corruption in art, translations and corruption, film depictions of corruption cases, rhetorics of corruption, etc.Call for papers deadline: 1 August 2011. Further information: Silvia Stoica, Ionut Untea, Teodora Rogozea;

14-17 September 2011. 'Pharmacy and Books', the 40th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, to be held in Berlin, Germany. With the topic 'Pharmacy and Books', the 40th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy has chosen a central theme, showing that books are one of the most important sources of the historiography of pharmacy. The focus of the lectures to be held can be on books which have a special significance in pharmacy such as pharmacopoeia, medication lists, taxes, books on receipes, education, herbs and flora as well as handbooks and dictionaries. Books on pharmaceutical history will be looked on especially. A special emphasis on books about the history of the pharmaceutical industry respectively of works published by pharmaceutical producers and wholesalers. Last, but not least, apothecaries as authors of technical literature as well as other literary works shall be introduced in lectures, as well as the role of pharmacies and apothecaries in poetry and fiction. Within the lectures, the genesis of these books will be discussed, an analysis of the contents will be given along with the comparison of different works as well as decoration and configuration, illustration and didactic aspects. Further information: Prof. Dr. Christoph Friedrich, Institut für Geschichte der Pharmazie, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Roter Graben 10, D-35032 Marburg, Germany; +49 (6421) 282-2829;

15-16 September 2011. 'Early Medieval Law in Context', a two-day conference to be held at the Carlsberg Academy in Copenhagen. This conference will be exploring laws, law-making and legal interpretation in Western Europe in the early Middle Ages. The conference, organised with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Early English Laws project, is a collaboration with the Nordic Medieval Laws Project and will draw speakers from Britain, Europe and North America. Professors Bruce O'Brien (IHR, London/University of Mary Washington), Stefan Brink (Aberdeen), Ditlev Tamm (Copenhagen) and John Hines (Cardiff) will be among the speakers. Further information: Jenny Benham;

17 September 2011. 'Domesday Now: New Perspectives in Domesday Studies', a one-day conference to be held at The National Archives, Kew. Domesday Book is the oldest and most precious of the public records in England. However, although it has been freely available for study for over 200 years, it remains a controversial and often mysterious source. This day conference explores recent discoveries about the making of Domesday Book and examines radical new interpretations of its data. Further information: David Roffe,;

21-23 September 2011. 'Penser les métissages: pratiques, acteurs, concepts/Métissages or cross-cultural hybridities: practices, people, concepts', a conference to be held at Université de PARIS 13. The following five perspectives will be taken into consideration: words and etymology, the history of concepts, epistemology and historiography; hybrid bodies; cultural dynamics and experiences; identities, the law and power; territories, borders, opportunities. Further information: M. Devrim Boy,

22-25 September 2011. 'Ordines militares: Military Orders in War and Peace', a conference to be held in Torun, Poland.

23 September 2011. 'InterTexts', a one-day conference on interdisciplinarity at Durham University. The tradition of working across disciplinary boundaries has a long history: literature and visual arts, literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, all feature prominently in the field of literary studies. At present, when humanities face escalating  funding challenges and a constant requirement to justify and validate the research carried out, literary scholars increasingly look at other disciplines, expanding their  field of inquiry and contributing to a proliferation of research in areas such as literature and law, literature and science, literature and medicine, literature and ecology. This conference aims to give postgraduate and early career researchers working on interdisciplinary projects an opportunity to present their work and contribute to the discussion on the developments of interdisciplinary research within literary studies. Alongside traditional panels, we will be offering workshops that deal with practical issues, resources and challenges of conducting interdisciplinary research within one of the five interdisciplinary fields at the core of the conference (Literature and Law, Literature and Science, Medical Humanities, Literature and Visual Arts and Literature and Music). Further information: :;

23 September 2011. 'The Court and the Hunt', a conference to be held at Ranger's House, Greenwich Park, London. For many years the traditional pastime of kings and queens, the hunt, perhaps more than any other royal activity, connected the court to its surroundings. This conference, spanning from the medieval period to the last years of the Royal Buckhounds up to 1901, will bring together a team of experts concerned with a range of aspects of hunting, from its role in royal image making and diplomacy to its impact on the landscape. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between royal women and the hunt and to developments in the practice and techniques of hunting. Further information: Janet Dickinson,;

23-24 September 2011. 'The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment', a conference to take place at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The dating of Beowulf is one of the most controversial and pressing issues in Anglo-Saxon studies. It has animated and continues to animate a great deal of scholarship on Beowulf , often with ramifications for the study of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture as a whole. Scholars had once agreed with near unanimity that Beowulf was one of the earliest extant Old English poems, yet the University of Toronto's 1980 conference on the dating of Beowulf �presenting arguments for ninth, tenth, and early eleventh century composition�threw open the question again. Despite the uncertainty ushered in by the conference and the subsequent collection of essays, many scholars have made important contributions to our efforts to date Beowulf over the last thirty years, and strong arguments have emerged on paleographical, linguistic, metrical, cultural, and historical grounds, among others. Further information: