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January 2009

7-9 January 2009. 'British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference', to be held at the University of Manchester. This annual event gives postgraduates an opportunity to meet, to share ideas and experiences, and to give papers in a friendly and supportive environment. In 2009, the conference will be hosted by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester. We welcome papers from both UK and international postgraduates who carry out research in any areas of the history of science, technology and medicine. Please submit a brief abstract of up to 300 words with your institutional affiliation and year of study to the email address below by Friday 7th November 2008. Papers should be 15 minutes in duration, with a further 5 minutes for questions. Further details:;;

8-10 January 2009. 'BANEA 2009', the British Association for Near Eastern Archaeology annual conference, hosted by the Department of Archaeology, Durham University. The theme, Networks of Movement in SW Asia, is intended to unite widely disparate areas of the greater Near East, and necessarily will encompass a region extending from South Asia to Egypt. Networks of movement have been fundamental to the development of society and economy in the region throughout the past 10,000 years and include systems of movement, trade, maritime and overland routes, population diasporas, and material culture. We therefore invite session and lecture titles that approximate to this theme. Further information: Matt Whincop,;

16-17 January 2009. 'The Relevance of Laughter in Pre-Modernity (1250-1750)', an interdisciplinary workshopto be held at the Center of Medieval Studies of the Otto-Friedrich-Universitaet Bamberg (ZEMAS). Laughter is involved in a wide variety of historical phenomena such as laughing kings in medieval chronicles, carnevalistic feasts, literary parody or defamatory libels. Historians have frequently highlighted the general relevance of laughter to the history of political cultures. Resonance in historiography seems limited to the study of the 19th and 20th centuries, while laughter in the era from the late Middle Ages to the French Revolu-tion has been considerably less studied. One of the main reasons for this is the predominance of theories with broader claims, such as that of Mikhail Bachtin's ‘theory of carnivalesque'. Although this inspiring the-ory was criticized for its lack of empirical foundation, impulses towards a fundamental reevaluation of the field remain rare. Further information: Center for Medieval Studies (ZEMAS), “Laughter”, Am Kranen 10, 96047 Bamberg;; Stefan Biessenecker,; or Dr. Christian Kuhn,;

February 2009

11 February 2009. 'The Hidden and the Revealed in Medieval and Early Modern Culture', sponsored by Rider University and the Delaware Valley Medieval Association, at Rider University, in New Jersey. Further information:

19-20 February 2009. 'Comparative Mysticism of the Middle Ages: Textual Traditions, 1000-1600', the Third Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium. The Special Collections Department of the Tampa Library, University of South Florida seeks papers from graduate students and recent M.A. or Ph.D. recipients. We encourage topics on mystical expressions in the medieval world comparing religions, cultures and / or gender. Subjects for proposals may include, but are not limited to: poetry and lyric; cross-cultural and religious influences; manuscript illumination; Spain, Iberia and beyond; mystical forms of dissent and their repression; the role of mystic in society. Call for papers: Deadline: 14 November, 2008. Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Dr. Jane Marie Pinzino, Symposium Coordinator. Please include the title of your paper, name, affiliation and email address. Further details: Jane Pinzino, University of South Florida/Tampa Library, Department of Special Collections, 4202 E Fowler Ave, LIB 122, Tampa, FL 33620-5400 USA; +1 (813) 974-2731; ;;

20-21 February 2009. 'Tradition and Renewal', the 15th Annual Postgraduate Medieval Conference, to be held at Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol. In recognition of the University of Bristol's Centenary we are pleased to invite papers from postgraduate medievalists of any discipline on the theme of "Tradition and Renewal". Call for Papers: Deadline: 31 December 2008. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Family, community, and national traditions in the Middle Ages; Memory and medieval perceptions of the past, present and future; Challenges to tradition such as heresy, technology, design, social conflict; Scientific, intellectual and political developments; Religious attitudes towards tradition and renewal; Conformity and non-conformity; Reception of verbal and visual authorities; Ideas of Renaissance, renewal and preservation; Traditions associated with particular spaces or dates; Architectural traditions: restoration or redevelopment; New methods of interpreting and representing the history of the Middle Ages. Papers should be 20 minutes long. Abstracts of up to 400 words and further information: David Harry,; Kirsteen Harvey,; Edwina Thorn,; University of Bristol, Arts Graduate Centre, 7 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB, UK.

21 February 2009. London Medieval Society Spring Colloquium. Further information:

March 2009

2-5 March 2009. 'Farbiges Mittelalter?! 13. Symposion des Mediävistenverbandes e.V.', Tagung an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. Further information: Prof. Dr. Ingrid Bennewitz, Lehrstuhl für deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Universität Bamberg, D-96045 Bamberg, Germany; Tel. +49 (951) 863-2125; Fax: +49 (951) 863-2126;

5-7 March 2009. The 2009 Vagantes conference, to be held at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Further information:

13 March 2009. 'Archaeology in the Hatay: Stones, Bones, and Clay', one of the Mini-Symposia at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University. Further information: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istiklal Cad. Nuru Ziya Sok. No.5 34433 Beyoðlu, P.O.B. 260; +90 (212) 393-6000; +90 (212) 245-1761;;

13-14 March 2009. 'Nature in International History', the Ninth Annual Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History. Nature, as a concept, as a category of analysis, as a scientific and intellectual object of study, cannot be circumscribed by political demarcations. Instead, the historical study of nature is best served by an international and interdisciplinary framework. Nature underlies events, evolutions, and transformations that have an impact that goes far beyond traditional national and temporal borders. Yet our understanding of the interconnections between nature and international affairs remains under-explored. ConIH aims to promote the serious treatment of nature in international history while encouraging specialists in environmental studies, the history of science and medicine, and diverse other fields to take further account of transnational and comparative topics. Further details:;

16-17 March 2009. 'Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West', an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Oxford. This conference explores the role of the imagination in the production and use of medieval maps and views of Jerusalem. Papers will discuss the representation of the city and its buildings in manuscripts and early printed books from the Jewish and Christian traditions, with an emphasis on city maps and ground plans of the Temple and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Further information: Lucy Donkin, ;

19-22 March 2009. 'Scotism through the Centuries.' This is Conference 4 of 'The Quadruple Congress: An International Commemoration of the 700th Anniversary of the Death of John Duns Scotus', in Strasbourg. Contact Mechthild Dreyer:

19-22 March 2009. 'Mythos Burg - Burg und Herrschaft', Tagung des Germanischen Nationalmuseums und d. Deutschen Historischen Museums in Zusammenarbeit mit der Wartburg-Gesellschaft, auf der Wartburg in Eisenach. Further information: Dr. Birgit Friedel, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, Kartäusergasse 1, 90402 Nürnberg, Germany; +49 (911) 1331-152;

19-23 March 2009. 'Female _vita religiosa_ between Late Antiquity and High Middle Ages: Structures, Norms and Developments', Tagung der Forschungsstelle für Vergleichende Ordensgeschichte in Eichstätt (FOVOG), in Eichstätt. This workshop will focus on the forms of female religious life between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. Significant themes like the relations between spiritual ideas and norms, between forms of organisation and the application of rules, economic foundations and social relations as well as aspects relating to charismatic leadership and the ability to master reform efforts will be investigated in a diachronic approach, based on the study of significant phenomena and examples. Further information: Katholische Universität Eichstätt, 85071 Eichstätt;

20-22 March 2009. '‘Wonderful Things': Byzantium through its Art.' Kings College London and The Courtauld Institute of Art. Reviews of the Royal Academy's exhibition Byzantium have invariably stressed the splendour and quality of the objects displayed while complaining about the relative lack of contextual material explaining the history of Byzantium. In this symposium, we take the issue of defining Byzantium through its art as a starting point and explore some of the ways in which this has raised, and still raises, issues and conflicts. Further information:

21 March 2009. 'Kloster, Wirtschaft und Stadt im Spätmittelalter', Tagung in Tübingen. Further information: Historisches Seminar der Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Abt. für Mittelalterliche Geschichte Wilhelmstraße 36, D-72074 Tübingen, Germany; Tel.: +49 (7071) 297-2385; Fax: +49 (7071) 295-905; Sekretariat, Frau Jäger:

23-25 March 2009. 'Times and Places of Jewish Gerona', a symposium to be held at Institut d'Estudis Nahmànides, Girona. In 1998 the municipality of Girona published the two volumes edited by Dr. David Romano named "Per a una història de la Girona jueva” (For a history of the Jewish Girona), a compilation of the main texts written on the Jewish subject in our city, up to that moment. Throughout the last twenty years, from different universities and national and international centers of studies, research has remarkably advanced as well as the study and the knowledge of the Jewish community from Girona. The Patronat Call de Girona, with this symposium, wants to make all the people accessible the last lines of research, the most recent discoveries and the historical advances that allow a study in depth of this important part of our past. Further information:; +34 (972) 216-761.

25-28 March 2009. 'Language and Cultural Mediation in the Mediterranean, 1200-1800', 10th Mediterranean Research Meeting, to be held in Florence & Montecatini Terme (Italy). In recent years, the role of language in cultural mediation and boundary-making in medieval and early modern societies has attracted significant scholarly attention. Recent volumes have centered on "cultural translation" and "translation and travel" to point to the close relationship between practices of translation and emerging consciousness of sociocultural and political boundaries. A growing literature now exists on the role of language ideologies, institutions, and experts in colonial expansion in Northern Europe, the Atlantic, and the Pacific. In studies of the Mediterranean, however, the role of language in defining regions and people as well as their inter-relations (like the concept of Lingua Franca), while often acknowledged as essential to the constitution of sociocultural boundaries, has not yet come into focus. This workshop thus aims to address processes of cultural mediation in the Mediterranean by attending to the ways in which language served as a central site for the elaboration and contestation of sociocultural boundaries in the period from roughly 1200 to 1800. Call for papers: Deadline: 1 September 2008. The organizers seek empirically-grounded papers from scholars in all pertinent disciplines (history, literature, linguistics, performance studies, historical anthropology, etc.) whose focus falls within the medieval and early modern Mediterranean (Iberia, North Africa, the Middle East, the Balkans, Italy and France). Proposals should be up to 500 words, and completed papers of 15 to 30 pages will be due no later than 15 January 2009. Further information:;;;

25-29 March 2009. '30. Deutscher Kunsthistorikertag', Tagung des Verbandes Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V. und dem Kunstgeschichtlichen Institut der Universität Marburg, in Marburg. Further information: Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V. , Geschäftsstelle, c/o Abteilung für Kunstgeschichte der Universität Bonn, Regina-Pacis-Weg 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany;;

26-27 March 2009. 'Clergy, Church and Society in England and Wales c.1200-1800,' a two-day colloquium at the Institute of Historical Research , to share the results of three major research projects: The Records of Government Taxation in England and Wales : Clerical Taxes 1173-1664 ( University of York , funded by the AHRC); The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540 to 1835 (King's College, University of London , Universities of Kent and Reading , funded by the AHRC); and Cause Papers in the Diocesan Courts of the Archbishopric of York 1300-1858: a database project ( University of York , funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation). Further information: Dr Rosemary Hayes, 18 Murrayfield Drive , Edinburgh, UK, EH12 6EB;;

27 March 2009. 'Artistic Communications in the Byzantine World: the Metropolis and the Provinces', one of the Mini-Symposia at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University. Further information: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istiklal Cad. Nuru Ziya Sok. No.5 34433 Beyoðlu, P.O.B. 260; +90 (212) 393-6000; +90 (212) 245-1761;;

28-29 March 2009. 'Living in the Past: Living Conditions Through Time and Space', the Graduate Archaeology Oxford Conference 2009, to be held at the University of Oxford. Further information: or;

April 2009

2-4 April 2009. 'AAH Conference 2009', the 35th AAH conference, to be held at the Manchester Metropolitan University. It will focus on the intersections (connections, linkages, overlaps) of art history with different disciplinary, methodological, political and historical spaces. Three areas of intersection might be identified: between areas of convention and innovation within the discipline; between art history and its adjacent fields of inquiry, display and production; and between the subjects and objects of interpretative and historical practice. In this light, intersections can be understood as the convergence, however temporary or in-process, of art history's divergent values and practices. Further information:

2-5 April 2009. 'Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity', the Eighth Biennial Conference of the Society for Late Antiquity, to be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The organizers define the period under discussion as ca. 200–700 AD. Beneath the familiar political and religious narrative of late antiquity lies a cultural history both more complicated and more fascinating. Late antiquity was a time of intense cultural negotiation in which new religious communities and new populations sifted through existing modes of cultural expression, adopting many elements for themselves and turning others aside. This conference seeks to understand how cultural transformation occurred amidst the political and religious disruption that can seem characteristic of late antiquity. Call for papers: Deadline: 15 October 2008. We seek contributions that explore three distinct areas of late antique cultural history: 1) the interaction of "high" and "low" culture, 2) the impact of changing and collapsing political centers on their peripheries, and 3) the emergence of hybrid literary, artistic, and religious modes of expression. Proposals should be clearly related to the conference theme, with abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute presentations. Proposals should state both the problem being discussed and the nature of the new insights or conclusions that will be presented. Further information: Prof. Edward Watts, Dept. of History, Indiana Univ., Ballantine Hall, Rm. 828, 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47405-7103, USA;;

3 April 2009. 'Scottish Democracy: History, Myth and Reality', a conference to be held at School of History, University of St Andrews. This conference will question the existence, mutation and utility of a radical democratic tradition in Scottish political thought, action and culture. Evidence for these claims has come from a chain of defining icons and texts in Scottish history, from the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320, through the Reformation and revolutions of early modern Scotland to socialist and nationalist activism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The conference will seek to interrogate these foundation myths of modern Scottish identity through examining themes such as kingship, parliamentary culture, and Protestantism. Further information: Caroline Erskine, School of History University of St Andrews St Katharine's Lodge The Scores St Andrews KY16 9AH; +44 (1334) 462-905; fax. (1334) 462-927;;

3-4 April 2009. 'The City in Medieval Life and Culture', the 36th annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, to be held at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Plenary lecturers are John Najemy (Cornell University) and Pamela King (University of Bristol). Call for papers: Deadline: 1 October 2008. Proposals are invited for papers or sessions relating to any aspect of the theme. Please submit abstract (maximum 250 words) and brief curriculum vitae. If you would like to propose a session, please include abstracts and vitae from all participants. Further information:;

3-4 April 2009. 'Play: Aspects and Approaches', the Fifth Medieval Aspects and Approaches Conference, to be held at the University of Oxford, by Medium Ævum. This conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students. A volume of proceedings comprising selected papers will appear in the Medium Ævum Monographs Series. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas. Call for Papers: Deadline: 15th February 2009. Papers will be 20 minutes or less. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please). Further details:;

4 April 2009. 'New Perspectives on Urban Entertainment in the Middle Ages', the 29th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, to be held at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan. Further information:;

6-8 April 2009. 'The Early Modern Parish Church', a conference of the AHRC project 'The Early Modern Parish Church and the Religious Landscape', to be held at Worcester College, Oxford. Further information: Andrew Spicer;

16-18 April 2009. 'After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England', an international conference organised by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, in association with the Bodleian Library, marking the 600th anniversary of the publication of Arundel's Constitutions. Call for papers: Deadline: 1 May 2008. Further information:

17 April 2009. 'Ottoman Civilization and its Discontents', one of the Mini-Symposia at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University. Further information: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istiklal Cad. Nuru Ziya Sok. No.5 34433 Beyoðlu, P.O.B. 260; +90 (212) 393-6000; +90 (212) 245-1761;;

22-25 April 2009. 'Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy', a conference organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Durham Univeristy, UK and the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The conference organisers welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of Anselm's life and thought, as well as their subsequent investigation and interpretation. The Conference will take place at Canterbury. Further information: Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University, 43 North Bailey, Durham, UK, DH1 3EX;;

24-25 April 2009. 'Dreams, Imagination, Fantasy', the 30th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, to be held at Plymouth State University. Call for Papers: Deadline: 15 January 2009. What was the role of the imagination in medieval and Early Modern culture? Was 'fantasy' distinguishable from 'reality'? How did people talk about and experience dreams? Papers need not be confined to the theme, but may cover many aspects of Medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music. Further information: Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Dir., Medieval Studies, Dept. of English MSC 40, Plymouth State Univ., Plymouth, NH 03263, USA; +1 (603) 535-2402;;

25 April 2009. 'Within Reach: European Peripheries in the Middle Ages', a one day postgraduate symposium, organised by the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, to be held in the LHRI, University of Leeds. This symposium is aimed primarily at postgraduates who wish to share and discuss their recent research in an informal interdisciplinary environment. Keynote speakers: Dr Nora Berend, University of Cambridge and Dr Marianne O'Doherty, University of Southampton. Where was the edge of Europe in the Middle Ages? Where are the religious, linguistic and cultural faultlines? Are there any common features in intercultural contact zones? How and why did medieval people cross geographical, political and cultural frontiers? The causes and effects of the medieval expansion of Christian Europe have long been a focus of attention for scholars in all fields. Turning away from the more traditional concepts of 'conqueror-conquered' interaction, this symposium will concentrate on a more complex model of movement in the peripheries; one that emphasises settlement, contact and travel. The symposium is supported by the Royal Historical Society and the Faculty of Arts Graduate School at the University of Leeds. Further information: Zsuzsa Papp and Liz Mylod, Institute for Medieval Studies, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT, UK;;

25 April 2009. 'Postgraduates Present', London Medieval Society postgraduate symposium. Further information:

30 April-3 May 2009. The Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) will meet for its 40th anniversary conference at the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California. Special events will recognize the forty year history of WAWH. The WAWH program committee welcomes proposals for panels or single papers on any historical subject, time period, or region. Papers do not need to emphasize women's or gender history. All periods of history are welcome as well as non-U.S. subjects. Panels, workshops, or roundtables on issues in the historical profession are also encouraged. Call for papers: Deadline: Postmarked by October 15, 2008. Further information:

May 2009

1-2 May 2009. 'Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages', 2nd Annual Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages conference, to be held at St John's House, St Andrews University. This postgraduate conference seeks to bring together medievalists working on themes within these broad subject areas. The aim of this day and a half conference is to encourage inter-disciplinary discussion, and create an informal atmosphere to allow Masters' and PhD students to present their research. Call for papers: Deadline:30 March 2009. Further information: Kimberley-Joy Knight, Angela Kay,;;

2 May 2009. 'Henry VIII: the Clothing and Textiles of a Renaissance Monarch?', a conference at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. 2009 marks the 500 th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. The Medieval Dress and Textile Society is hosting an international conference to celebrate the textiles and dress of King Henry VIII and his court. Further information: Karen Watts, Senior Curator of Armour and Art, Royal Armouries, Armouries Drive, Leeds, LS10 1LT;;

7-10 May, 2009. The 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

11 May 2009. 'The Renaissance of Marko Marulic (Split, 1450–1524)', a symposium to be held at the British Library. Marko Marulic (Marcus Marulus), European Humanist writer, regarded as the father of Croatian literature; he is best known for his works of moral theology De institutione and Euangelistarium, and a Biblical epic Judita written in the vernacular. Specialists and bibliographers from Croatia and Britain will gather to offer valuable background and new perspectives on Marulic’s life, time and his works. Further information: Tel/Fax +44 (20) 7387-3276;;

16-17 May 2009. 'Histfest', a posstgraduate conference to be held at the Department of History, Lancaster University. Histfest is the ideal forum for presenting work in progress to a welcoming and constructive audience. Our aim is to bring together a wide range of postgraduate students working on any aspect of history. We are particularly interested in hearing from students studying in related disciplines. The conference does not have an over-arching theme but we would especially welcome proposals which fall within one of the following areas of study:gender, conflict and commemoration boundaries; war and religion; class, nation and community. Call for Papers: Deadline: 12 March 2009. Proposals of c.250 words (for papers between 15-20 minutes) should be submitted. Further information: Histfest, c/o Marcus Morris, Department of History, Furness College, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, LA1 4YG;

21-23 May 2009. Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival. Further information:

22 May 2009. 'Continuity and Change in the Late Ottoman World', one of the Mini-Symposia at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University. Further information: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Istiklal Cad. Nuru Ziya Sok. No.5 34433 Beyoðlu, P.O.B. 260; +90 (212) 393-6000; +90 (212) 245-1761;;

27-30 May 2009. 'Convivencia: representations, knowledge and identities, 500 - 1600 a.d.', to be held in Madrid. Further information and programme:;

28-30 May 2009. 'Convivencia: Representations, Knowledge and Identities (500 AD-1600 AD)', organised by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient-EDficas (CSIC) and Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Wissenschaften be held in Madrid, Spain. Convivencia is traditionally the term for designing the cooperative and conflictual coexistence of Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities in the medieval Iberian Peninsula. The conference will study this phenomenon with regard to the interacting dimensions of representations, knowledge and identities. Representation stands for all forms of cultural production in art, religion, literature, science and law. Knowledge includes not only science but also forms of practical, social as well as other forms of knowledge. The concept ofidentity refers to the individual and collective imaging of the self and the other. The aim of the conference is to address a formative period of Europe with its cultural and religious heterogeneity from a multidisciplinary perspective. The encounters and exchanges between Jewish, Christian and Islamic communities and elites constitute a historical laboratory of great significance for understanding interaction and transformation processes of cultures in the millennium between the decline of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the early modern period. Aspects of these processes have been studied by single disciplines in an isolated manner. The challenge of the conference is to overcome such division and focus instead on overarching questions which create an intense dialogue and collaboration between the disciplines themselves.Call for papers: Deadline:10 September 2008. Abstracts, not exceeding 400 words, should be submitted to the conference organizers. Further information:

30-31 May 2009. 'North & South, East & West', an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference at the University of Nottingham. Migration, travel and trade, the development of ideas and establishment of organisations - the medieval world was shaped by physical and ideological movements. Call for Papers: Deadline: 6 February. The University of Nottingham's Institute for Medieval Research invites you to submit abstracts for papers and posters for a two-day conference on these and other aspects of this world in motion. Under this year's theme of North & South, East & West, we aim to bring together the wide geographic area, vast range of disciplines, and variety of techniques which the study of the medieval world encompasses to explore new and collaborative approaches. Further information: Dayanna Knight (; Marjolein Stern (

June 2009

June to August 2009. 'Thirteenth-Century Paris', an exhibition to be held at Musée nationale du Moyen-Age, Thermes de Cluny in Paris. Further details to follow.

2-5 June 2009. 'The Letter before the Spirit: The Importance of Text Editions for the Study of the Reception of Aristotle'. This congress is organized by the Huygens Instituut-KNAW for scholarly editing and the history of science, in collaboration with the Aristoteles Semitico-Latinus project (UAI-KNAW). It aims to stress the importance of scientific, reliable and modern critical text editions for the study of the history of philosophy and science, more specifically for the study of the reception of Aristotle E2 80 99s works. Moreover it will focus on new possibilities of electronic editing. Since this kind of complicated text edition often involves the use of several alphabets and the combination of left-to-right and right-to-left text, many digital stumbling blocks have to be eliminated before these texts can be searched and/or edited electronically. Participants are invited to share their experience and problems in this field. Further information: Dr. Aafke van Oppenraay, Huygens Instituut, PB 90754, 2509 LT Den Haag;

8-9 June 2009. 'Religion, Belief, Superstition: c.400-1550', a postgraduate conference to be held at the University of Manchester. What were the roles of religion, belief and superstition in medieval cultures? This conference seeks to explore the boundaries of these categories, examining the diverse and often ambiguous ways in which religions, beliefs and superstitions become central to the ways in which peoples define and understand themselves and their communities. Moreover, what methodological presuppositions do twenty-first century medieval scholars bring to the study of religions and beliefs? What do we stand to learn from each other? The conference committee invites proposals from postgraduate students and recent post-doctoral researchers in all disciplines working on any aspect of medieval cultures. Further information: Kate Ash,;

8-13 June 2009. 'Struktur und Orientierung. Wissensvermittlung und Erkenntnissteuerung in mittelalterlichen Texten, Bildern und Handschriften', 4. Graduiertenkurs des Mediävistischen Instituts / 4e Cours de formation doctorale 'Structurer et orienter' in Freiburg. Further information: Prof. Dr. Christoph Flüeler,; Dr. Nida Surber,;

12-14 June 2009. 'Power and History', the 29th Irish Conference of Historians, to be held at the University of Limerick. Call for Papers: Deadline: 15 January 2009. We invite proposals for papers and panels explring aspects of the theme 'power' in all its historical manifestations. There is no restriction on the nature of power, its chronology or location. In particular we are keen to attract international scholars offering comparative studies and papers examining historiographical debates and/or contestations of power in relation to warare and the state, racial, religious, gendered, class, linguistic and cultural hegemony, symbols and rituals, and visual and architectural expressions of power. Further information:;;

12-14 June 2009. 'Beyond 50 years of Ars Nova Studies at Certaldo', Internationale Tagung in Certaldo. Further information: www.certaldo/

12-14 June 2009. 'Charity and Community', a conference to be held at Roehampton University London. This innovative conference will bring together postgraduate students and early career historians with professionals from the charity and policy-making sectors to discuss and debate the themes of charity and community within both historical and contemporary contexts. Call for papers: Deadline: 1 April 2009. Approaches will include: how do and how have communities responded to social, political, economic and cultural initiatives aimed at tackling poverty or providing charity; what can be learned from history in terms of the successes and failures of such initiatives and their effects upon communities; and how does knowledge of the relationship between such initiatives and communities make us better able to respond to contemporary and future challenges? This two-day conference aims to take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to the themes of charity and community in Britain across the medieval, modern and contemporary periods. Proposals are invited from postgraduates and early career historians for papers of c. twenty minutes. Wide ranging and imaginative approaches to the two main themes are welcomed. Further information: John Price, School of Arts, Roehampton University, London, SW15 5PH; +44 (20) 8392-3731;

13 June 2009. '"Looking Before and After": Cultural Exchange and the Inheritance of Ideas c.1200-c.1700', a conference to be held at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Aiming to encourage interdisciplinary studies in the medieval and early modern periods, this conference examines the creative cross-fertilisation between different times, media and genres, such as written and oral narratives, images and texts, and the visual arts. We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on any aspect of cultural or intellectual inheritance. Possible topics include: the processes by which ideas are inherited; the reworking of sources in the light of contemporary discourses; the construction of literary and cultural memory. Further information: c/o Freyja Cox Jensen, Christ Church, Oxford. OX1 1DP;

13-14 June 2009. 'Battle and Bloodshed: Representations of War in the Middle Ages', an interdisciplinary postgraduate and early career researcher Medieval Studies conference, to be held at the University of Sheffield. Further information: Battle Conference c/o Department of French SOMLAL Jessop West 1 Upper Hanover Street Sheffield S3 7RA UK; +441142224896;;

18-19 June 2009. 'The history of men and masculinities', a conference to be held at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et sciences humaines, Lyon, France. This conference is both transperiodic and international. Its aim is to create a context for comparative perspectives drawing together scholars who have pursued the theme of masculinity in relative isolation. This is an inaugural conference which we hope will be followed by more specialised conferences on narrower periods and themes. Its contributions and conclusions will be presented in the form of an edited history of men and masculinities. The proceedings will be grouped in five themes: Men, masculinities, virilities; Words, concepts, usages; Signs and markers; Proving and Testing masculinity; and Hierarchies of men and masculinities. Further information: Prof. Anne-Marie Sohn, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et sciences humaines, Lyon, France;;

19-20 June 2009. 'Studies in the Exeter Book', a London Old and Middle English Research Seminar ( LOMERS ), to be held in London. Call for Papers: Deadline: 30 November 2008. Proposals (200-300 words) to Ruth Kennedy Further information: Ruth Kennedy

23-27 June 2009. 'Coexistence and Cooperation in The Middle Ages', IV.e Congrès Européen d'Études Médiévales, to be held in Palermo. The participation in the Congress is open to individual and institutional members of Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Études Médiévales (FIDEM) and to former students of FIDEM's 'Diplôme Européen d'Etudes Médiévales'. Download the provisional program and information: Online application until 31.01.2009: Further information:

25-26 June 2009. 'IHR/History Lab Postgraduate Conference: Spaces and Places', a postgraduate conference to be held at the Institute of Historical Research, London. The annual History Lab postgraduate conference, to be held at the Institute of Historical Research on 25 and 26 June 2009, will take 'Spaces and Places' as its theme. The conference will act both as a forum to discuss these themes throughout history, and a chance to explore and debate the ways in which historians can usefully capture and comprehend spaces and places in their work. Papers or panel proposals are welcomed from postgraduates at any stage of their research in history or related disciplines. Further information: Institute of Historical Research University of London Senate House Malet St London WC1E 7HU;;

25-28 June 2009. 'Why fighting ends: a history of surrender', a conference to be held at the University of Leeds. The conference will analyze surrender from the times of Ancient Greece to the present, asking: 1. How do battles end? 2. When, and why, do soldiers stop fighting before they die? 3. Is it possible to find an answer to this question for the different levels of combat, namely those of the individual soldier, of the military commander and of the parent society? 4. Is it possible to compare the circumstances and motivations of surrender in different wars, epochs and cultures and to find some common patterns which allow us to make broader conclusions about the nature of warfare? Further information:;;

25-28 June 2009. 'Merchants and Missionaries: Trade and Religion in World History', the 18th Annual Conference of the World History Association, to be held in Salem, Massachusetts. Further information:

29-30 June 2009. 'Divers Manuscripts both Antient & Curious': Treasures from the Harley Collection', a conference to be held at the British Library Conference Centre, London. The Harley manuscript collection was formed by Robert Harley (d. 1724) and his son, Edward (d. 1741), 1st and 2nd earls of Oxford. In 1753 it became one of the foundation collections of the British Museum, (subsequently the British Library). Out of about 7,660 manuscripts, around 2,000 contain significant decoration. Reflecting the broad and eclectic taste and very considerable wealth of its two founders, it is one of the most important intact privately-formed collection of illuminated manuscripts in the world. Showcasing new research on manuscripts in the Harley collection, the conference will be of particular interest to art historians, artists, manuscript scholars, palaeographers, and historians of medieval and Renaissance studies, material culture, and libraries. Further information: Gareth Burfoot,;

30 June-2 July 2009. 'Material Evidence and Narrative Sources: Interdisciplinary Studies of the History of Islamic Societies', the 14th Annual Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The 14th Annual Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev aspires to bring together historians, art historians and archaeologists, whose work is based on the combined research of narrative and material sources. It stems from the conviction that the study of many aspects of the history of Islamic societies, pre-modern and modern, is enriched by methodologies that integrate textual and non-textual sources, such as archeological sites, architecture, and artifacts of sorts (coins, relics, talismans, arms and armor, funerary steles, war memorials, works of art, items for mass consumption, and many more). Relevant topics, to name but a few, include the study of migration and settlement, urbanization, Islamization, courtly culture, trade, religious life, daily life, commemoration and nationalism. Call for papers: Deadline: 15 January 2009. Further information (and proposals): Daniella Talmon-Heller,; Katia Cytryn-Silverman,

July 2009

6-9 July 2009. 'Neo-Aramaic Dialects', the Twenty-Seventh International Conference of ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, to be held at the Oriental Institute (University of Oxford). Further information: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, UK; +44 (1865) 514-041; Fax +44 (1865) 516-824;

8-10 July 2009. 'Monasteries and Secular Authorities in the pre-Millenial Medieval World', a conference to be held at University of St. Andrews. This conference will explore the types of relationships that developed between monasteries and secular authorities prior to the year 1000. It is designed to express the diversity of these relationships and the involvement of monasteries in political, economic and cultural concerns across a geographical range that includes the British Isles, Ireland, Europe and Byzantium. By considering monasteries as institutions, but also their members as individual actors, the conference will help to define the various settings in which they operated within the political landscape, as well as in reference to one another where relationships could involve either conflict or co-operation. In association with EMERGE. Further information: Christian Harding and Melanie C. Maddox, ,;

9-11 July 2009. 'The Mandaeans', the 27th International Conference of ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, to be held at the Oriental Institute (University of Oxford). The conference aims to study Manadaeism and its relationshionship to Near Eastern religions and Gnostic movements. Each speaker's paper is limited to 30 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. If you wish to participate in the conference, please answer our letter before mid-February 2009. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the Aram periodical, subject to editorial review.
Further information: ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford OX1 2LE, UK; +44 (1865) 514-041; Fax +44 (1865) 516-824;

9-11 July 2009. 'Cultural Histories of Sociability, Spaces and Mobility', a conference to be held at National Railway Museum, York, UK. This conference aims to explore how, from the mediaeval period and earlier through to (post)modern times, what it means to be fully social has evolved in relation to spatial movement, whether of an everyday or an exceptional character. We welcome proposals for papers from any perspective in relation to the historical connections between human sociability and mobility. Further information: Colin Divall, Institute of Railway Studies & Transport History National Railway Museum Leeman Road York YO26 4XJ, UK; +44 (1904) 686-229 or 432990;;

9 July-12 July 2009. 'Merchants, Mercenaries and Missionaries: The Society and Culture of the Medieval Mediterranean, c. 500-1500', the annual conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, to be held at the Institute of Arab & Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (Streatham Campus). The doyen of Mediterranean History, Fernand Braudel, has described the Mediterranean as "the greatest document of its past existence". The Medieval Mediterranean has been perceived as a crossroads to which many peoples, in particular missionaries, merchants and mercenaries have flocked. The land divides, the sea unites; or, to paraphrase Braudel, the sea represents not only the greatest feature of the Mediterranean, but also its unity and coherence. This three-day conference will explore the activities of such people and show that the Medieval Mediterranean was very much one world despite the religious and cultural differences commonly supposed to have divided the region. Our conference will seek to highlight these differences and similarities in a true illustration of diversity within a unity. We invite papers, together with abstracts, in the fields of archaeology, art and architecture, ethnography, history (including the history of science), languages, literature, music, philosophy and religion. Further information: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4ND, UK; +44 (1392) 264-036; Fax: +44 (1392) 264-035; Laura Scrivens,; Alun Williams,;

10-18 July 2009. 'Lifelines: an exploration of the universal themes of life and death', York Early Music Festival. Guest artists include: The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, All Francesca and The Sixteen. Evelyn Tubb will be acting as the master of ceremonies for the 2009 for the York Early Music Internation Young Artists Competition. Further information:

13-16 July 2009. International Medieval Congress, 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;;

16-19 July 2009. 'Material and Spiritual of the Northern Russ', a seminar organised by the Institute of the Archeology and Old History of the Northern Left Bank of the Dniper of Chernihiv Shevchenko State Pedagogical University together with the Institute of the Archeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, to be held in in Chernihiv and Shestovitsa. Further information: doc. Kovalenko V.P., Chernihiv Shevchenko State Pedagogical University, Hetmana Polubotka str., 53, 14013. Chernihiv , Ukraine; (04622) 77-42-96; 3-20-09; (04622) 3-36-10;

17-18 July 2009. 'Medieval Skin Conference', a conference to be held at Englisches Seminar, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Recent scholarship has begun to address the multifarious meanings, uses and representations of skin in medieval contexts in stimulating ways; this conference brings together scholars from across the disciplines to invite new readings of and reflections upon early medieval through to early modern skin. A keynote address will be given by Dr Robert Mills 'Havelok's Bare Life and the Significance of Skin'. For Conference Programme, Registration and payment details see the website or contact Katie Walter. Further information: Katie Walter,;

17-19 July 2009. 'Robert Grosseteste, his thought and its impact', a conference to be held at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln. This will be an interdisciplinary conference which will bring together those interested in the work and influence of Robert Grosseteste (d. 1253), Bishop of Lincoln and one of the great scholars of his age. A polymath, Grosseteste's written output embraced theology, philosophy, pastoral care, scriptural commentary, Greek translation, science and literature, and exerted a correspondingly wide influence on subsequent writers. Papers on any aspect of Grosseteste's life, works or influence are welcome as are papers dealing with his peers, correspondents and pupils or the milieu they shared. Call for papers: Deadline: 1 November 2008. Proposals should be 300-400 words in length and should include your name, contact address or email and academic affiliation (if any). Further information: Jack Cunningham, Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln LN1 3DY, UK;;

20-22 July 2009. 'England's Wars, 1272-1399', a conference from the 'The Soldier in Later Medieval England' AHRC Research project, to be held at the University of Reading. Announcing an international conference: England's Wars, 1272-1399 Organised by 'The Soldier in Later Medieval England' project team Distinguished speakers include: Professor Michael Prestwich, Professor Philippe Contamine, Dr Andrew Ayton, Professor Anne Curry, Professor Kelly DeVries, Professor M.C.E. Jones, and Professor Clifford Rogers. Details: The conference is intended to be 'cutting edge' in terms of its contribution to military history, and will highlight new archival research. The conference has a good spread across the various geographical and chronological areas, and will consider England's enemies as well as England itself. Further information:

20-21 July 2009. 'Virtue, Vice, & Virility: High Status Men in the Middle Ages', to be held at Newcastle University. High status men (both lay and clerical) were long the focus of 'traditional' histories of the Middle Ages but, nonetheless, many aspects of their lives, experiences and identities have remained unexplored by scholars. This interdisciplinary conference therefore invites abstracts for papers examining these hegemonic figures in the light of more recent methodologies and of changing understandings of the nature of medieval society and medieval sources. Examples of possible topics include: fatherhood and family relations, violence and warfare, religion and devotion, gender and sexuality, death and commemoration, power and patronage, nation and ethnicity, education, lifecycle, friendship, self-expression. We would welcome proposals from scholars working in any relevant field: history, literature and language, archaeology, art history, musicology etc, relating to any Medieval period and setting. Further information:

21-22 July 2009. 'Moving Forward,' the Sixth Annual College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, to be held at the University of Aberdeen. Quite unique in its scope and content, Moving Forward is a conference designed by and for the postgraduate population. It aims to bring postgraduate students together from different departments, disciplines and universities, and in doing so, to help foster a sense of collective identity and create a forum for the discussion and debate of common issues. The conference also provides an annual opportunity for students to establish and maintain academic networks and to present past, current and proposed work in a supportive yet professional atmosphere. Further information:

22-25 July 2009. Ecclesiastical History Society Summer Conference 2009. Further information:

24-26 July 2009. Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference, to be held at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge, UK. It will be hosted by the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the Centre of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge. The Association invites submissions of papers for its annual conference on topics related to the care, management, and study of Islamic manuscripts. In 2009, the Conference will specifically address the issue of access to manuscripts. Improving access to manuscripts through digitisation and electronic ordering and delivery systems whilst ensuring their proper long-term preservation is fundamental to the successful future study of the Islamic heritage. Presently, technologies are available that have the potential to transform the way manuscripts are studied; however, the access these technologies can allow is counterbalanced by collection holders’ concerns regarding their legal rights and the financial sustainability of their organisations. During the Fifth Islamic Manuscript Conference these vital issues will be discussed by our invited speakers and selected paper presenters. Call for Papers: Deadline: 13 February 2009. The Conference will be bilingual in Arabic and English and submissions will be accepted in both languages. The title of your paper must be included in your submission.The duration of each conference paper is 30 minutes inclusive of ten minutes of questions and answers. Further information: Executive Committee,; Fax: +44 (0)1223 302218, The Islamic Manuscript Association, 33 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY, United Kingdom.

26-31 July 2009. International Society of Anglo-Saxonists' Conference 2009, to be held at Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. It seems fitting that, in a conference being held in Newfoundland and Labrador, a place indelibly connected to the sea, we celebrate the maritime world of the Anglo- Saxons. We recognize that the sea can be protector or destroyer, the giver of new opportunities, and the taker of life. The maritime environment of the Anglo Saxons is visible in their imagination and tangible culture—but this is not as well-known as one might expect. The conference will therefore focus on the Anglo-Saxon understanding and use of their maritime environment as reflected in their textual and material culture. We will be looking for topics that address travel and adventure; trade and maritime networks; the fishery; flora and fauna of the maritime and littoral regions; the sea and the imagination; the littoral as liminal space; and the symbolism of the sea. Call for Papers: Deadline: 15 September 2008. Abstracts (maximum length 500 words), on the special theme or a general topics, should be submitted electronically at . (Please contact Bill Schipper at if electronic submission poses a problem.) You must be a member to submit an abstract. For details on how to become a member, see , or contact Stacy S. Klein, Executive Director of ISAS at . Further information:; Further information:;

28-31 July 2009. 'Nájera. 6th International Meetings of the Middle Ages 2009: Building the City in the Middle Ages ', Further information: This summer the town of Nájera will once again host the International Meetings of the Middle Ages, organised by the University of Cantabria and the Local Government with co-organizers from Spain, England, France and Italy. The international conference will take place in Nájera (Spain). The topic of this year is about building the city in the Middle Ages. First, we will study every kind of constructions, infrastructures and facilities in medieval towns, such as civic buildings, castles and palaces, common houses, churches, cathedrals and monastics houses, town halls, buildings for storage, streets, bridges, dockyards, wharves, town walls, towers and gate constructions, market squares, water infrastructures, sewage, fountains… Secondly, the construction processes involved a lot of people, so we want study the world of the workers: carpenters, labourer, painters, carters, quarrymen, master masons, smiths… Finally, we will study the building techniques.

30-31 July 2009. 'Mapping the Medieval City: Space, Place and Identity', an interdisciplinary colloquium at Swansea University. This colloquium, held to mark the completion of the AHRC-funded research project‘Mapping Medieval Chester’, will launch the digital materials produced by the project and provide a forum for wider discussion of place and identity in the medieval city,as well as concepts of ‘mapping’in the Middle Ages and today. The colloquium will feature papers on medieval Chester,but we are also seeking inter-disciplinary contributions relating to the medieval city more generally. The‘Mapping Medieval Chester’project has brought together scholars working in the disciplines of literary studies, geography, archaeology and history to explore how material and imagined urban landscapes construct and convey a sense of place-identity. The focus of the research project itself is the city of Chester and the identities that its inhabitants formed between c.1200 and 1500. A key aspect of the project is to integrate geographical and literary mappings of the medieval city using cartographic and textual sources and using these to understand more how urban landscapes in the Middle Ages were interpreted and navigated by local inhabitants. We hope the colloquium will use our research on Chester as the basis for broader discussions centering on the project’s themes, methods and theoretical preoccupations. Call for papers: Deadline: 23 February 2009. We therefore invite 20-minute paper proposals (abstracts of around 300 words) on any subject relating to the project’s broad themes of place and identity in the medieval European city. Further information:;

August 2009

5-7 August 2009. 'El pasado eterno: La experiencia de la Antigüedad en la Edad Media', the VII Foro Medieval de Cortegana, to be held in Cortegana, Huelva.El legado de la Antigüedad Clásica conforma uno de los grandes pilares sobre los que se asienta la civilización occidental. El hombre del Renacimiento fijó la idea de que este legado debía rescatarse del olvido en que se vio sumido durante la Edad Media. Hoy, sin embargo, aceptamos que, antes de que el Renacimiento le diera
un impulso definitivo, el hombre medieval había rendido tributo a un tiempo del que se sentía heredero. Further information:;;

8-10 August 2009. 'England in the Age of the Black Death', a conference to be held at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, to mark the retirement of John Hatcher in 2009. Further information: Steve Rigby,

11-14 August 2009. 'VIII Encuentro Internacional de Estudios Medievales', an international conference to be held in Vitória (Brasil). Further information:

13-15 August 2009. 'I Congreso sobre historia de las órdenes y congregaciones religiosas', a conference to be held at Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino, Tucumán. Further information:;

15 August 2009. 'Medieval Feasting, Gift-Giving and Hospitality', a conference to be held in Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. In recent years medievalists across all disciplines have been paying increasing attention to the importance of ritual and non-verbal elements of political communication in the Middle Ages. This conference will focus on diverse aspects of ritual culture associated with the expression of hospitality, feasting and the giving of gifts. The breadth of this conference aims to trace traditions of generosity over a wide chronological period reaching throughout medieval Europe and beyond. We will also recreate something of the extravagances of medieval hospitality, concluding the proceedings with an authentic feast cooked by the award-winning kitchen of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Further information: Hannah Meyer

20-22 August 2009. 'Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, IV: Religion, Society and Participation,' a conference organised by Trivium Centre for Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies , Department of History and Philosophy , University of Tampere in collaboration with the Finnish Historical Society and the Classical Association of Finland . The fourth international Passages conference focuses on religion in its social context. Religion is seen as an active, ongoing process involving society and community. Important themes in the conference are the differences and similarities between elite culture and popular religion in Classical and Medieval society. The conference aims at broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical and Medieval Studies), concentrating on the following themes: Religious rituals in everyday life; Writing and reading religion vs. oral religious culture; Devotional groups and their functions in society; Official and nonofficial religious practices and practitioners; Gendered participation; Forms of devoted life: e.g. living as a devoted child/man/woman/couple; Sacrifice and self sacrifice. Further information:

23-27 August 2009. 14th International Conference of Historical Geographers, to be held in Kyoto, Japan. Call for papers: Deadline: 31 January 2009. Further details:

24-26 August 2009. 'Medieval Manuscript Miscellanies: Composition, Authorship, Use', a workshop at the Department of Greek and Latin Studies, Philosophical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. The term 'miscellany' is a wide one and can refer to a number of concepts. On the one hand, medieval catalogues of manuscripts often use the term miscellanea for the 'leftovers' impossible to classify in a simple way. Many of the miscellaneous codices might have originated in this way - by binding together various 'remaining' texts. On the other hand, a miscellany can be a very carefully designed codex with a clear idea behind and serving a particular purpose. Clearly, the most frequent cases are those inbetween, that is, miscellanies which may be interpreted as designed but whose origin might have also included the aspect of the random. Thus, analysing miscellanies, one encounters also the problems of interpretability. Further information: Lucie Dolezalová

25-29 August 2009. 'The Musical Heritage of the Jagiellonian Era in Central and Eastern European Countries', to be held in the National Library, Warsaw. Chronologically this conference includes the period 1386-1574, while geographically the territories in question include Poland, Lithuania, the Duchy of Prussia, the Czech Lands and Hungary. Like the Prague conference, the forthcoming conference will be devoted to the musical culture of Central Europe, but it will also be open to examining the musical culture of Eastern Europe, taking account of the territories covered by today's Ukraine and Belarus. We intend to explore the significance of the Jagiellonian rule as an integrating factor in what, at its peak, was an enormous area, extremely diverse in terms of ethnicity, language and religion. We also welcome papers relating to the wider cultural context of this region: thus, the dynastic and cultural links of the Jagiellons direct us towards the Habsburg lands, towards Italy and Sweden, and a continuation of these links can still be traced in musical culture as late as the early seventeenth century. Further information: Elzbieta Wojnowska, Biblioteka Narodowa, Zakład Zbiorów Muzycznych, al. Niepodległości 213, 02-086 Warszawa;;;

26-28 August 2009. 'Gender and Loss: Experiencing Widowhood in Britain and Continental Europe, c.1400-1900'. This conference, sponsored by the Centre for the History of Gender and the Urban Experience at Bath Spa University, seeks proposals for papers from historians, literary scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in the historical experience of widows and widowers between 1400 and 1900. The conference aims to foster an international dialogue and create a network of scholars interested in exploring the ways that men and women coped with the loss of a spouse and how their experiences of widowhood were shaped by gender, place and space. Further information: Dr. Elaine Chalus, Bath Spa University Newton Park Newton St. Loe BATH BA2 9BN; ;

27-29 August 2009. 'Konrad von Megenberg (1309-1374): Ein spätmittelalterlicher ‚Enzyklopädist' im europäischen Kontext', a conference organised by Lehrstuhl für ältere deutsche Literatur, Universität Regensburg. Further information: Sekretariat am Lehrstuhl für ältere deutsche Literatur, Institut für Germanistik der Universität Regensburg, D – 93040 Regensburg; +49 (941) 943-3452;;

27-29 August 2009. III Congreso Internacional de Estudios Medievales 'Las mentalidades medievales y sus perspectivas', to be held at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (Argentina). Further information:;;

28-30 August 2009. 'The Language and Style of Chaucer and Chaucerians, in Relation to the History of English', the 3rd international conference of the Society of Historical English Language and Linguistics (SHELL) will be held in Hiroshima University. Further information:

29 August 2009. 'Mapping Medieval Chester Festival', The Mapping Medieval Chester Project has been developed by Swansea University, Queen's University Belfast and King's College London and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It explores how the landscape and urban layout produced a sense of identity for medieval inhabitants of the City, using literature, geography, archaeology and history. The project has produced a web-site featuring a multi-layered map of Chester at the end of the Middle Ages, linked to medieval texts which also map the city. To celebrate its launch there will be a series of events around Chester. Further information:

29-30 August 2009. 'Amicitia: un valore del monachesimo medievale', XXXI Convegno del Centro Studi Avellaniti, to be held in Serra Sant'Abbondio. Further information: Centro Studi Avellaniti, Monastero di Fonte Avellana, 61040 Serra Sant'Abbondio; +39 (721) 730-261;;

September 2009

1-5 September 2009. 'Nel cuore dell'Europa: Storia religiosa di Francia, Germania e Italia'. Conference organised by Fondazione Ambrosiana Paolo VI,
Università Cattolica de Sacro Cuore Further information: Fondazione Ambrosiana Paolo VI, Villa Cagnola, 21045 Gazzada (VA); +39 (332) 462-104, fax +39 (332) 463-463;;;

2-4 September 2009. 'Épigraphie médiévale et culture manuscrite,' 3ème Congrès International d'épigraphie Médiévale, organised by the Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale at Université de Poitiers. Further information: Claude Arrignon ou Manon Durier; +33 (5) 4945-4572;;

2-4 September 2009. 'Staufisches Kaisertum im 12. Jahrhundert. Konzepte- Netzwerke - Politische Praxis', a conference organised by the Kulturelles Erbe Rheinland-Pfalz, der Curt-Engelhorn-Stiftung für die Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim, der Stadt Ingelheim and der Kaiserpfalz-Forschungsstelle. Further information: Frau E. Güngör, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, 56077 Koblenz; +49 (261) 6675-4149; Fax. +49 (261) 6675-4145;

2-6 September 2009. 'IXè Colloque International Latin vulgaire - Latin tardif', a conference to be held in Lyon. Colloque organisé dans le cadre de la Faculté LESLA (Lettres, Sciences du Langage et Arts) de l'université Lumière Lyon 2 et du laboratoire « Histoire et Sources des Mondes Antiques » (HiSoMA, UMR 5189 du CNRS) de la Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée (MOM). Avec la participation de l'ENS-LSH, de l'Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, du CEROR et du CIHAM. Further information: Frédérique Biville,

3-5 September 2009. 'War and Medieval Communities: Postgraduate Conference and Workshops'. This AHRC-sponsored three day conference, jointly organised by postgraduates from the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, aims to showcase a range of postgraduate research on wartime communities, and in doing so, initiate a constructive dialogue between military and non-military researchers. Call for papers: Deadline: 27 March 2009. Proposals for papers are welcome from PhD students on any pertinent topic, including but not limited to: communities on home/war fronts; preparation and reconstruction; religious, warrior, female, ethnically diverse and non-interventionist communities and conflict; textual presentation of war. To submit a paper, please send an abstract of 200 words to the contact email below. Papers should last for 20 minutes. There are no registration costs and accommodation and a conference meal are provided free of charge for presenters. Further information: Katy Dutton and Andrew Smith, Department of History University of Glasgow 9 University Gardens Glasgow G12 8QQ;;

3-5 September 2009. 'The Fifteenth Century Conference 2009', a conference to be held at the University of St Andrews. The annual Fifteenth Century Conference will be held from 3-5 September 2009 at the University of St Andrews. Plenary speakers include Prof. Christine Carpenter (Cambridge), Dr Ian Forrest (Oxford), Dr Christian Liddy (Durham, Dr Steve Boardman (Edinburgh), and Dr Cordelia Beattie (Edinburgh). Further information: Katie Stevenson, School of History University of St Andrews St Katharine's Lodge The Scores St Andrews KY16 9AL; +44 (1334) 462-908;;

3-6 September 2009. 'The Military Orders: Politics and Power', the fifth military orders conference, to be held in Cardiff University. It will follow a similar pattern to the previous meetings held at St John's Gate, with three plenary sessions, and parallel sessions for communications. Call for papers: If you wish to offer a communication of 20 minutes at this conference, please contact the administrator. Further information: Mrs Claire Rees, Cardiff School of History & Archaeology, Cardiff University, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EU, Wales, UK;

3-8 September 2009. 'Economie e paesaggi della montagna nell'Europa medievale e moderna', the 12th Laboratorio Internazionale di Storia Agraria laboratorio prevede sette sessioni di carattere seminariale, dedicate alla presentazione e discussione di temi storiografici e alla lettura critica di documenti, e
un’escursione di carattere didattico in Val d’orcia. Further information: Alfio Cortonesi, Facoltà di Conservazione dei Beni Culturali, Università della Tuscia, largo dell'Università, 01100 Viterbo; +39 (340) 678-2505;

4-5 September 2009. 'Riotous Assemblies', a conference to be held in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Mary Immaculate will host a conference on the history of riots and public disorder in Ireland. This conference will offer a platform to interested academics from all disciplines to explore the history of public collective violence and disorder in Ireland and in Irish communities abroad. The proceedings will be published by Mercier Press. Further information: Dr. William Sheehan, Dept of History, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, South Circular Road, Limerick;

5 September 2009. 'Locality and Community: Cheshire Sculpture in Context', a one-day workshop at The Grosvenor Museum, Chester. Hosted by the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture in partnership with the Victoria County History, the Department of History and Archaeology, University of Chester and the Chester Archaeological Society. This day conference brings together a range of key specialists in the field of sculpture studies and scholars researching in related and interdisciplinary fields of study. The focus is the remarkable corpus of surviving Anglo-Saxon sculpture from Cheshire, due for publication by Richard Bailey in 2009, and representing the next seminal contribution of the acclaimed CASSS series, published by The British Academy. The forthcoming publication of this volume provides the stimulus for the day, which will both celebrate the arrival of the new monograph and explore the value of sculpture as a resource for understanding the development of localities and regions in the early medieval period and in particular the developing and changing nature of early medieval Cheshire and its hinterlands. Further information: Dr Sarah Semple, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE;

6-9 September 2009. 'Städtische Freiheiten und bürgerliche Partizipation vom Mittelalter bis heute', a conference to be held at the Universität Luxemburg. Further information: Martin Uhrmacher, Université du Luxembourg, Campus Walferdange, Laboratoire d'Histoire, Bâtiment X, bureau 1.19, route de Diekirch (B.P.2), L-7201 Walferdange; +352 (46) 6644-6656;

7-10 September 2009. 'V Congreso Internacional de Latín Medieval Hispánico', a congress to be held in Barcelona. The content of the V International Congress of Medieval Hispanic Latin, considering its wide thematic and chronological criteria, offers scholars a frame to display their works to the scientific community. The Programming Committee welcomes all the medieval Hispania researchers to present the updated condition of the studies they carry out. It is also the Programming Committee's intention to boost the presentation of the investigation Projects in progress and the presence of juniors who prepare their doctorate theses displaying their projects in separate sections. On the other hand, we would like to support the presence of foreign researchers engaged in the Hispanic subjects. Further information: Oscar de la Cruz Palma, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras - Edificio B, Departamento de Ciencias de la Antigüedad y de la Edad Media, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra - Cerdanyola (Barcelona);;

7-12 September 2009. 'Ruralia', the Jean-Marie Pesez conference series on medieval rural archaeology will present its eighth international conference in Lorca, Murcia, Spain on the theme of Food in the medieval rural environment - Processing, Storage, Distribution. Further information: Dr. Jorge Eiroa Rodríguez,

8-10 September 2009. 'Paläographie und Philologie der juristischen Texte des lateinischen Mittelalters', a study day organised by Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte to be held in Frankfurt am Main. Further information: Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Hausener Weg 120, 60489 Frankfurt am Main; +49 (69) 789-780; fax. +49 (69) 7897-8169;;

8-10 September 2009. 'La paroisse urbaine, du Moyen Âge à l'époque contemporaine', a colloquium organised by Société d'histoire religieuse de la France,
Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille 3. Further information: Martine Aubry, Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion, Université Lille 3, BP 60 149, F-59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex; +33 (3) 2041-6287;;

9-11 September 2009. 'Religiosità e civiltà: Identità delle forme religiose (secoli X-XIV)', a conference to be held in Brescia. L’identità si tradusse in precise
determinazioni giuridiche e s’innervò nell’ordinamento sociale sia attraverso l’individuazione di gruppi funzionali come gli ordines e la perimetrazione della loro specificità, sia mediante un fitto processo di osmosi tra forme religiose e forme di vita sociale. La storia religiosa presenta infatti un vasto campionario di esperienze tese alla creazione di nuove identità collettive oppure alla trasformazione di identità preesistenti, come dimostra l’inesausta opera di fondazione di ordini e famiglie religiose sempre in bilico tra l’esigenza di ricorrere ai meccanismi “classici” della stabilizzazione istituzionale e la necessità di marcare la novità della propria proposta
cristiana rispetto alla tradizione. Le avventure dell’identità saranno esaminate anche tenendo presenti sia il mancato riconoscimento di un autonomo statuto identitario, come avvenne per esempio per i laici, sia la costruzione di contro-identità come quelle degli eretici e degli Ebrei. L’analisi dei meccanismi di inclusione e di esclusione
gioverà a chiarire come la civiltà medievale attinse proprio alla religiosità, alle sue pratiche, ai suoi linguaggi e alle sue risorse simboliche per definire e rappresentare se stessa, dando origine a una sintesi assolutamente originale. Further information: Università cattolica del sacro Cuore, Servizio Formazione Permanente, contrada Santa croce 17, 25122 Brescia; +39 (30) 240-6501; fax. +39 (30) 240-6505;;

9-12 September 2009. 'Thirteenth-Century England XIII: England and France', a conference to be held at Universite de Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV France. The Thirteenth-Century England conferences are the foremost international forum for all aspects of the history, art history, literature and culture of the Plantagenet domains (including Britain, Ireland, and the European mainland) and its neighbours in the long thirteenth century (c.1180-c.1330). Further information: Dr Frederique Lachaud,;

9-12 September 2009. 'St Wilfrid 1300th Anniversary', a conference to be held in St William's College, beside York Minster. A group of historians, art historians and archaeologists will present and discuss the life and legacy of Wilfrid, Bishop of York and Abbot of Ripon and Hexham. There will be a visit to Wilfrid's foundations at Ripon and Hexham on 12 September 2009, and a public lecture by Professor Richard Bailey, Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Saxon Civilistion, University of Newcastle on 9 September 2009. Further information: Dr Richard Hall at Director of Archaeology, York Archaeological Trust, for Excavation and Research Limited, 47 Aldwark, York YO1 7BX; +44 (1904) 663-005;;

10-11 September 2009. 'Medieval colours: between beauty and meaning', an interdisciplinary conference on the study of colour in medieval manuscripts to be held at the New University of Lisbon, Lisbon and Caparica Campus. The conference will focus on all issues of medieval colour, namely the technical studies and the history of manuscript illuminations. An optional workshop on the practice of medieval illumination will be organized (9 September). The topics presented will be of interest to conservators, curators, art-historians and scientists. Contributions to the conference should be related to the colour of medieval illuminations, specially from the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Papers of an interdisciplinary nature that apply technical findings and analytical evidence to art historical and conservation problems are particularly encouraged. Wider discussions of documentary sources, painting practice and the materials and technology of medieval illuminations are also welcome. Technical papers in other aspects of medieval art will also be considered for inclusion in the conference programme. Call for Papers: Deadline: 3 May 2009. Further information: or; and

11 September 2009. 'Authorship and Authority: Barking Abbey and its Texts', a conference to be held at the City University of New York. Further information:

11-13 September 2009. 'Farmsteads and landscapes in the High Weald', Historic Farm Buildings Group conference held at Ashburnham Place, Battle, East Sussex . Summarising the results of new and ground-breaking research, led by the High Weald AONB Unit in collaboration with English Heritage, into the inherited patterns of farmsteads and their landscapes in one the most ancient and densely-populated areas of England, and how this understanding can inform the options for future change. Further information: Jeremy Lake, 32 College Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7HX;

14-17 September 2009. 'Religion in the History of European Culture', a conference to be held in Messina. The chosen theme, Religion in the History of European Culture, aims to encourage debate on the role played by the religious phenomenon in the long and diversified cultural history of Europe. At the same time – in line with the aims of the EASR – the intention is to emphasise how the formation and development of the history of religions has been specifically influenced by its “European identity”. In terms of comparative methodology and its definition of the subject “religion”, the discipline is in fact the result of academic movements which arose and
developed within the environment of European culture in the 17th century, although with significant forerunners in previous centuries and in the Greek and Roman world. Further information: Comitato organizzativo; +39 (90) 350-3212;;

14-18 September 2009. 'Histoire et archives: Parcours de recherches en histoire médiévale (12e-15e siècles)', atelier doctoral en histoire médiévale, to be held in Bologna. Further information: Grazia Perrino, Ecole française de Rome, Piazza Farnese 67, I-00187 Roma; +39 (6) 6866-01248;;

15-16 September 2009. 'Memoria macht den Herrscher', a conference of the DFG-Netzwerks "Vormoderne monarchische Herrschaftsformen im transkulturellen Vergleich", in Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Historischer Bibelsaal. Further information: Gerald Schwedler, Historisches Seminar Universität Zürich;;

16-18 September 2009. 'Forests and Landscapes', the 10th International Conference of Groupe d'Histoire des Forêts Françaises, to be held in in Besançon, France. Please visit the website at for further details. Proposals may be sent to the Organizing Committee before September 15, 2008. Please send all enquiries and proposals at

16-18 September 2009. 'La ciudad medieval: de la casa principal al palacio urbano', a conference to be held in Toledo. Dirigido a: Estudiantes de Arqueología, Humanidades, Historia e Historia del Arte. Igualmente a todos aquellos interesados en el fenómeno urbano medieval. Objetivos: Analizar la génesis de los palacios que surgieron en las ciudades medievales, defi niendo la estructura de los mismos, así como el análisis de su tipología, su estructura interna, sus elementos ecorativos, los aportes de la arqueología, etc. Further information:

17 September 2009. 'Postcolonizing the Medieval Image', a postgraduate study day to be held at the School of Fine Art, University of Leeds. The keynote lecture will be followed by workshops for MA and PhD students on topics such as periodization and temporality, geographies, borders and border crossing, translation subversion and appropriation, especially as they apply to visual culture. Further information:;

17 September 2009. 'Women in the Later Medieval Economy (and related social issues)'. The Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, will be hosting a one day workshop on women in the later medieval economy, and related social issues. Proposals (of no more than 150 words) for papers of twenty to thirty minutes are invited from graduate students and academics alike, to be received no later than Sunday 21 June 2009. Selected speakers will have their UK travel costs reimbursed. Confirmed contributors include Caroline Barron (London), Jeremy Goldberg (York), Llinos Smith (Aberystwyth), and Matthew Stevens (CMH, London). Further information: Centre for Metropolitan History Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU; +44 (20) 7862-8746;

18-19 September 2009. 'Consecrated Women: Crossing Boundaries', a conference to be held at Bar Convent, York. The Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland (H-WRBI) invite both individual and panel proposals on the history of women religious of Britain and Ireland. The overarching theme of the conference is Crossing Boundaries. Papers are invited for the following conference strands: o Internationalism o Gendered spaces o The specificity of place o Relationships between the centre and peripheries. H-WRBI encourages papers on consecrated women from all historical periods (medieval, early modern and modern) and from different religious traditions within the history of Britain and Ireland. Further information: Dr Carmen M. Mangion,;

18-19 September 2009. 'Sweden and Poland-Lithuania - Contact and Comparison from the Middle Ages to the Eve of the 20th Century', a conference to be held at Institute of History, Jagiellonian University. The organizers invite proposals for papers for a conference devoted to the discussion of connections and influences as well as comparisons between the kingdom of Sweden and the kingdom and the Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, as well as lands of partitioned Poland in the 19th century. Contributors should consider exploring contacts between the two parts of northern Europe down to the brink of the First World War. The regions of the greatest geographical extent of all the constituent parts of both states are included in the scope of the conference. Further information: Jakub Basista, Institute of History, Jagiellonian University Golebia 13, 31-007 Kraków Poland;

18-19 September 2009. 'La vengeance en Europe, 1200-1800', a conference to be held in Porquerolles. Le programme de recherche sur la vengeance a été programmé sur trois rencontres. Celle de Paris (mai 2007) a essayé de dégager les mots qui désignent la vengeance ; celle de Pescia (septembre 2008) s'est interrogée sur l'existence d'un rituel de la vengeance, ce qui a posé le problème des liens qu'elle entretient avec l'honneur, mais aussi avec la haine et avec l'argent. Cette étude a été à la fois descriptive, mais elle a commencé d'esquisser une évolution en posant les rapports que la vengeance entretient avec la justice. Further information: Prof. Andrea Zorzi, Dipartimento di Studi Storici e Geografici, Via S. Gallo 10, 50129 Firenze; +39 (55) 275-7911;

19 September 2009. 'San Francesco e la città di Amelia: I francescani lungo l'itinerario della via Romea, del corridoio Bizantino e della via Amerina'. Further information: Fondazione "Cammino della luce"; + 39 (6) 8689-1990;;

19 September 2009. 'Livres d'heures manuscrits et imprimés : entre rupture et continuité', a conference to be held in Paris. This colloquium will explore different aspects of French book production during the Age of Gutenberg between about 1485 and 1575. Between 1480 and 1600 there were some 1,775 different Horae editions printed. Then, in the middle of the sixteenth century the Catholic Church made several critical decisions, in the context of reforms following the Council of Trent, which caused the immediate decline of the Book of Hours. Two sessions explore (1) the participation of illuminators, including the Master of Anne of Brittany and Jean Pichore, in the design of woodcuts for printed Books of Hours in Paris around 1500; and (2) the legacy of early Parisian printed Books of Hours in Lyons and Rouen after mid-century. Further information: ; +33 (1) 4260-1558; Sandra Hindman,; +33 (6) 0968-4543;

21-23 September 2009. 'Monasticum regnum: Religione e politica nelle pratiche di leggitimazione e di governo tra Medioevo ed Età moderna', an international colloquium at Torino. Interscambi e interferenze tra religione e politica connotarono ovunque, in Europa, i processi di formazione dello stato tra Medioevo e prima Età moderna. Ad esserne coinvolti i non furono solo i vocabolari della comunicazione simbolica, ma anche gli strumenti e le pratiche del governo politico, le strategie di istituzionalizzazione, le norme e i valori funzionali alla legittimazione e al consolidamento dei nuovi assetti istituzionali. Further information:

22-24 September 2009. 'Vers l'Orient et vers l'Occident: Regards croisés sur les contacts et les dynamiques culturelles à l'âge viking', a international conference to be held in Caen, and organised by Centre Michel de Boüard, Université de Caen and Institut pour l'histoire de la culture matérielle de l'Académie des Sciences de Russie. Cette rencontre s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un programme CNRS/Académie des Sciences de Russie sur le thème « Deux « Normandies » : études comparatistes interdisciplinaires sur les fondations scandinaves et leurs destinées historiques en France (Normandie) et en Russie (région de Novgorod) ». L'objectif de cet échange est de favoriser une connaissance commune et une confrontation des recherches entreprises dans les deux pays sur l'acculturation des Scandinaves en s'interrogeant sur les particularités des processus d'assimilation dans les milieux locaux (franc, slave et finnois) ; la transformation mutuelle, à la faveur de contacts culturels et politiques, des fondations scandinaves et des sociétés locales ; l'apport des fondations scandinaves aux histoires nationales et aux cultures locales ; la signification de la mémoire historique relative à la présence scandinave dans le passé régional et l'influence de cette mémoire sur la formation de l'identité régionale et l'historiographie médiévale. Further information: Centre Michel de Boüard, Université de Caen; +33 (231) 565-917;;

23-25 September 2009. 'Genealogisches Bewusstsein als Legitimation: Inter- und intragenerationelle Auseinandersetzungen sowie die Bedeutung von Verwandtschaft bei Amtswechseln' a conference of the DFG-Graduiertenkollegs "Generationen-bewusstsein und Generationenkonflikte in Antike und Mittelalter" , to be held in Bamberg. Further information: Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, DFG-Graduiertenkolleg "Genreationenbewusstsein und Generationenkonflikte in Antike und Mittelalter", Fischstr. 5-7, 96045 Bamberg; +49 (951) 863-2347; Katrin Köhler, katrin.koehler[at]; Ulrike Siewert,

23-26 September 2009. 'Arts of the Mamluks', a conference to be held in SOAS, University of London. This conference will focus on the visual arts of Egypt and Syria during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), including connections between Mamluks and contemporary cultures of east and west, and the legacy of Mamluk art beyond 1517. Since the last major conference on Mamluk art in Washington on 1981, new historical sources have been brought to light and archaeological discoveries and research on Mamluk art and architecture have added considerably to our understanding of the Mamluk sultanate. But whereas in recent years a number of collective publications and exhibition catalogues have been dedicated to the art and architecture of various parts of the Muslim world, those of the Arab world have received less scholarly attention. Further information:

24-25 September 2009. 'Writing, re-use, recording: The social practice of writing through the medieval documentation of Burgundy', an international conference to be held in Auxerre and organised by Archéologie, Terre, Histoire, Sociétés" - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Further information: ;

24-26 September 2009. ' La rumeur au Moyen Âge: Construction, usages, diffusion', a conference to be held at Centre d'études supérieures de civilisation médiévale (Université de Poitiers/CNRS).Encore trop souvent abordée comme la simple expression d'un « irrationnel collectif », une forme de pathologie du corps social et liée à l'existence d'une opinion publique vaste, la rumeur au Moyen Âge mérite d'être revisitée afin de mettre en lumière la variété et la richesse de ses usages, des circonstances propices à sa diffusion et des liens qu'elle peut créer. C'est dans cette optique que nous nous proposons d'étudier, au cours de ces journées, la rumeur comme moyen d'appréhension d'un groupe social à l'échelle du Moyen Âge tout entier et en suivant quatre axes principaux : la rumeur et la construction de la mémoire, la rumeur et l'historiographie, la rumeur et la haine, la rumeur et la construction ou l'entretien de réseaux. Further information: Myriam Soria, CESCM (Université de Poitiers/CNRS), Université de Poitiers, BP 603, 24 rue de la Chaîne, 86022 POITIER;;

24-26 September 2009. 'Konfliktbewältigung vor 1000 Jahren - Die Zerstörung der Grabeskirche in Jerusalem im Jahre 2009', a conference of the Akademienvorhaben "Prosopographie der mittelbyzantinischen Zeit" der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin. Further information: Elke Senne,;

24-26 September 2009. 'Das Mittelalter zwischen Vorstellung und Wirklichkeit: Neue Wege der Mittelalter-Didaktik', a symposium organised by Abteilung Geschichte, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg. Further information: Prof. Dr. Thomas Martin Buck, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Abteilung für Geschichte, Kunzenweg 21, 79117 Freiburg; +49 (761) 682-405;;

24-26 September 2009. Medieval-Renaissance Conference XXIII, to be held at University of Virginia's College at Wise. The conference welcomes proposals on all aspects of Medieval and Renaissance literature, language, history, philosophy, science, pedagogy and arts. Further information:

24-26 September 2009. 'History of Astronomy in Portugal: Theories, Institutions and Practices', a conference organised by Museu de Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa. Further information: Paula Gualdrapa,;

25-26 September 2009. Midwest Medieval History Conference, to be held at the University of Notre Dame. Paper proposals are welcome on any area of medieval history. Further information:;

25-26 September 2009. 'Le XIIIe siècle entre Provence et Dauphiné', a conference organised by Association «Le Luminaïre», to be held in Lachau. Further information:

25-27 September 2009. 'Ordines Militares', the fifteenth international conference in Torun/Polen. Further information:

25-27 September 2009. 'Romans and the Romanesque' a conference organised by the Society for Church Archaeology in Lincoln and Lincolnshire. Further information:

25-27 September 2009. 'Châteaux, voyages et voyageurs ', a conference organised by Rencontres d'archéologie et d'histoire en Périgord - Association Loi 1901, to be held in Périgueux. À la différence des thèmes des précédents colloques des Rencontres d'archéologie et d'histoire en Périgord, le sujet proposé pour 2009 entend mettre l'accent sur le regard extérieur que portent sur le château des individus, des groupes de composition diverse ou encore des personnages importants. Tous sont amenés à en faire la découverte, soit par hasard, soit au cours de voyages dont ils peuvent constituer une étape ou qui en sont la destination, voire le point de départ lorsque le maître du château prend des dispositions avant une absence. Dans cette perspective, le château est à la fois le support du voyage, le havre du voyageur et le lieu prédéterminé d'une activité – diplomatique, artisanale, commerciale, artistique ou religieuse – mais peut également être le cadre d'une visite rendue à un hôte de marque. Further information: Dominique Picco, UFR d'histoire, Université Bordeaux 3, Domaine universitaire, 33607 Pessac cedex;;

25 September- 2 October 2009. 'Cosmologia e astronomia tra medioevo ed età moderna' a conference organised by Biblioteca Leonardiana,
Università degli Studi di Firenze, to be held in Vinci. La quarta edizione della Scuola Estiva di Vinci, in occasione dell'Anno galileiano, si propone di orire un bilancio aggiornato degli studi storici sul fondamentale passaggio tra la cosmologia antica e medievale e le concezioni cosmologiche che inaugurano l'età moderna. Further information: Eleonora Gargiulo; +39 (571) 933-244;;

26 September 2009. 'San Bonaventura, Itinerarium mentis in Deum: La ricezione nel secolo XX', i incontro di studio in occasione del 750° anniversario dell'Itinerarium (1259-2009), organised by Santuario La Verna - Provincia Toscana dei Frati Minori, Facoltà di Filosofia e Teologia - Pontificia Università Antonianum, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali e Francescani, and to be held in Chiusi della Verna. Further information: ;

26 September 2009. 'Sensory Perceptions in Medieval Society AD 450-1600', organised by the Durham Medieval Archaeologists. Further information:

28-30 September 2009. 'La produzione scritta tecnica e scientifica nel Medioevo: Libro e documento tra scuole e professioni', a colloquium organised by the Associazione Italiana Paleografi e Diplomatisti.

28 September 2009-1 October 2009. 'Tot sacramenta quot uerba: Symposion zur Kommentierung der Apokalypse des Johannes vom Beginn bis ins 12. Jhdt.', a conference to be held at the Institut für Christliche Philosophie, Universität Innsbruck. Further information: Rainer Klotz, Universität Innsbruck, Institut für Christliche Philosophie;;

29 September- 3 October 2009. 'Autour de saint Maurice: Politique, société et construction identitaire', an international colloquium organised by Fondation des Archives historiques de l'Abbaye de Saint-Maurice, to be held in Besançon - Saint-Maurice d'Agaune. Le culte de saint Maurice a connu très précocement au Moyen Age une large diffusion dans un espace qui s'étend de la mer du Nord à l'Italie. La vénération de ses reliques - comme celle de ses compagnons - s'observe certes le long de la vallée du Rhin et de la vallée du Rhône, dans le Piémont, mais également en de nombreux lieux d'Allemagne, de France, d'Italie et de Suisse. Ce constat vaut tant dans l'art, l'architecture que dans des topographies sacrales spécifiques. Maurice est porteur d'une idéologie communautaire et unificatrice, polarisant la conscience politique depuis la période du Royaume de Bourgogne jusqu'à la principauté de Savoie, en passant par l'Empire germanique. Son culte s'est même poursuivi jusqu'à l'époque contemporaine comme le montrent des monuments aux morts de la guerre de 1914-18. Further information:;

30 September 2009. 'Bad Behaviour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe', a postgraduate conference to be held at the University of Kent, Canterbury. This is an AHRC funded, inter-disciplinary postgraduate colloquium, which considers the broad spectrum of bad behaviour: from mischief and misdemeanours to transgression, criminality and violence. We invite proposals for papers which will look beyond the received notion of good versus evil as circumscribed by the Christian tradition. This will be an opportunity to look at bad behaviour in all in its varied forms and situations. Rather than consider how transgression was dealt with and controlled by society, the colloquium will seek to make bad behaviour per se central to discussions. Further information:;

30 September- 2 October 2009. 'Herausforderung durch Religion? Begegnungen der Philosophie mit Religionen in Mittelalter und Renaissance', a conference of the Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance in Trier. Further information: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Krieger, Lehrstuhl für Philosophie I, Theologische Fakultät Trier, Universitätsring 19, D – 54296 Trier;;

30 September- 3 October 2009. 'Urban Spaces in the West Mediterranean, 6th – 8th centuries', an international congress to be held in Toledo.The twelve invited speakers will expound their theories and their scientific studies on the gestation and evolution of large cities between the 6th and the 8th centuries in the whole of the Mediterranean basin, including North Africa . The speeches will enlighten us from the point of view of the landscape and the ideological and political development, together with that of the shaping of the cities as places for everyday coexistence and development centres for their surrounding areas. Further information:

October 2009

1-2 October 2009. 'Herausforderung durch Religion?: Begegnungen der Philosophie mit Religionen in Mittelalter und Renaissance', a conference organised by Gesellschaft für Philosophie des Mittelalters und der Renaissance, to be held in Trier. Further information: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Krieger, Lehrstuhl für Philosophie I, Theologische Fakultät Trier, D - 54296 Trier;;

1-2 October 2009. 'L'Immaculée Conception de la Vierge: Histoire et représentations figurées du Moyen Âge à la Contre-Réforme', a symposium to be held at Institut national d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris. Croyance diffusée en Europe occidentale dès le XIIe siècle mais définie et proclamée comme dogme par la Papauté en 1854 seulement, l'Immaculée Conception de la Vierge constitue une question passionnante mais encore peu étudiée par les historiens médiévistes et modernistes. La parution de l'ouvrage de Marielle Lamy en 2000 , synthèse de l'évolution du débat pendant le Moyen Âge central, a ouvert la voie dans ce domaine et fournit désormais des jalons historiques indispensables. Néanmoins, pour l'historien et l'historien d'art qui s'intéressent aux représentations figurées de cette croyance avant le XVIIe siècle, les travaux disponibles sont rares, pour la plupart datés et souvent peu au fait des réalités historiques et théologiques complexes de cette croyance. Le colloque, qui se tiendra les 1er et 2 octobre 2009 à l'INHA, tentera de combler cette lacune historiographique en réunissant historiens et historiens d'art de l'époque médiévale et moderne sur ce sujet. Si le cœur de ces deux journées de réflexion portera surtout sur la genèse médiévale des images de l'Immaculée Conception, des allocutions traitant de la représentation figurée de l'Immaculée Conception de la Vierge pendant la Contre-Réforme, ainsi que celles abordant l'évolution historique ou théologique de la croyance du Moyen Âge au XIXe siècle ou encore la liturgie de la fête, prendront également place dans la réflexion interdisciplinaire que l'on entend mener au cours de ce colloque. Further information: Séverine Lepape,; Eléonore Fournié,

1-4 October 2009. 'Hugues de Semur, Paray-le-Monial et l'Europe clunisienne'. A l'occasion du neuvième centenaire de la mort d'Hugues de Semur, sixième abbé de Cluny, et dans le cadre de Cluny 2010, les Amis de la Basilique romane de Paray-le-Monial, avec le soutien de la Ville de Paray-le-Monial, de l'UMR 5138 du CNRS et de l'Institut Universitaire de France, organisent un colloque international sur Hugues de Semur, Paray-le-Monial et l'Europe Clunisienne. Further information:;

2-3 October 2009. The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy's Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA), at Ohio State University, in Columbus. Further information: Sheryl Mullane-Corvi, Medieval Academy, 104 Mt. Auburn St., 5th Fl., Cambridge, MA;;

2-3 October 2009. 'Emperor Maximilian I: Perception, Transfer, Comparison', organised by The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta. Further information: Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, Suite 300, Arts Building, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E6;

3 October 2009. 'Medieval life in the Eden Valley', Appleby Archaeology Group one-day autumn conference, held at Appleby Grammar School. Further information: Phyllis Rouston, Appleby Archaeology Group, White House, Brampton, Appleby, Cumbria CA16 6JS;;

3 October 2009. 'Richard III: A Man and His Times', the 2009 Richard III Foundation conference, to be held at the Dixie Grammar Junior School , Temple Hall, Bosworth Road , Wellsborough, Leicestershire. Further information: The Richard III Foundation, Inc., Half Moon House, 32 Church Lane , Ryde. Isle of Wight PO33 2NB;;

5-6 October 2009. 'Nachwuchstagung der Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung (GSU)', a conference in München. Further information: Prof. Dr. Martin Baumeister, Historisches Seminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Pl. 1, D-80539 München;

5-6 October 2009. 'Seelenheil - Gemeinwohl - Ansehen. Stifter und Stiftungen im Rheinland vom Mittelalter bis in die Gegenwart', a conference of the Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft der Universität Bonn. Further information: Prof. Dr. Manfred Groten / Dr. Andreas Rutz; Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft der Universität Bonn, Abt. für Rheinische Landesgeschichte, Am Hofgarten 22, 53113 Bonn;;;

5-7 October 2009. 'Los espacios de sociabilidad en el mundo medieval', a conference organised by Grupo de Investigación "Agua, espacio y sociedad en la Edad Media", Universidad de Valladolid, to be held in Valldolid. Further;

5-9 October 2009. 'Cultural encounters during the Crusades', a conference to be held at the Danish Institute in Damascus. Further information:

6-9 October 2009. 'Stadtgründung und Stadtwerdung: Beiträge von Archäologie und Stadtgeschichtsforschung', organised by Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für Stadtgeschichtsforschung Wien, Österreichischer Arbeitskreis für Stadtgeschichtsforschung, Schweizerischer Arbeitskreis für Stadtgeschichte, to be held in Wien. Further information: +43 (1) 4000-84815; fax. +43 (1) 4000-84809;

7-8 October 2009. 'Les Arméniens dans le Bilâd al-Shâm : entre intégration et marginalisation (Xe-XVe siècles)', a colloquium to be held in Aleppo.L'Ifpo organise en collaboration avec l'Institut des études orientales de l'académie des sciences d'Arménie, l'Université d'Alep et l'Université Paul Valery - Montpellier III un colloque intitulé « Les Arméniens dans le Bilâd al-Shâm : entre intégration et marginalisation (Xe-XVe siècle) ». Il se tiendra à Alep, les 7 et 8 octobre 2009. Ce colloque international accueillera des chercheurs confirmés, tout en permettant à de jeunes doctorants spécialistes des études arméniennes et/ou arabes d'exposer et de confronter leurs points de vue et leurs analyses sur l'histoire du peuplement arménien dans le Proche-Orient, et plus particulièrement en Syrie, à l'époque médiévale. Pour la première fois, une manifestation scientifique de cette importance consacrée à l'histoire des Arméniens à l'époque médiévale se tiendra en Syrie. Further information: Julien Gilet, Boursier d'Aide à la Recherche, Institut français du Proche-Orient, UMIFRE 6, CNRS-MAE, USR 3135, Doctorant EPHE/Montpellier III,;

7-9 October 2009. 'Flows of Images and Media', to be held at Heidelberg. As you might know, the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a
Global Context. Shifting Asymmetries in Cultural Flows” ( is up and running since more than one year. Many projects have already been started, four professors have been appointed, and the Karl Jaspers Centre has opened at a beautiful location right in the city centre. It is the principal aim of this year's conference to discuss the challenges of studying “visuality” and “mediality” in a transcultural context. Among the conference speakers are scholars such as Sarat Maharaj, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Monica Juneja, Patricia Uberoi, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Catherine Yeh or Timon Screech, and others. A detailed programme will be issued and hosted on our website in due course. Further information:;

8-10 October 2009. 'L'historiographie médiévale normande et ses sources antiques', an international colloquium to be held in Cerisy-la-Salle - Avranches and organised by Centre Michel de Boüard - Université de Caen. Further information: Centre Michel de Boüard, Université de Caen; +33 (231) 565-917;;

8-10 October 2009. 'Lehr- und Lernformen des Mittelalters: Theorien - Institutionen - Medien', an international conference in Kiel. Further information:;

8-10 October 2009. 'La Regola dei frati Minori', 37th convegno internazionale di studi, to be held at Assisi. Further infofmation:;

8-11 October 2009. 'Medieval History Seminar', Sixth Medieval History Seminar, to be held at the German Historical Institute London. Conveners: Michael Borgolte (Humboldt- Universität zu Berlin), Frank Rexroth (Universität Göttingen), Patrick J. Geary (University of California, Los Angeles), Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago), Dame Janet L. Nelson (King's College London) and Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London). Further information: Jochen Schenk, German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ;

9-10 October 2009. 'Didaktisches Erzählen. Spielarten literarischer Belehrung im Orient und Okzident', Interdisziplinäre Tagung in Berlin. Further information: Prof. Dr. Regula Forster; Juniorprofessorin für Arabistik, Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik, Freie Universität Berlin, Altensteinstr. 34, D-14195 Berlin;; Priv.-Doz. Dr. Romy Günthart,;

9-10 October 2009. 'Apocalissi: Eschatological Imagination in Italian Culture, from Dante to the Present', a conference organised by CRASSH to be held at the University of Cambridge. Further information:

9-10 October 2009. 'Träger der Renaissance. Transferprozesse in der Kunst zwischen 1400 und 1600', a conference of the programme Pro*Doc "Kunst als Kulturtransfer seit der Renaissance 1400 - 1600", Universität Basel / Universität Bern / ETH Zürich, to be held in Zürich. Further information:

9-10 October 2009.'Kölner Bortenweberei im Mittelalter', a conference of the Forschungsprojektes "Corpus Kölner Borten" des Instituts für Textilwissenschaft der Universität zu Köln und des Instituts für historische Textilien Köln in Zusammenarbeit mit den Kölner Museen. Further information: Prof. Dr. Marita Bombek, Universität zu Köln, Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Kunst und Kunsttheorie, Abteilung Texilwissenschaften, Gronewaldstraße 2, 50931 Köln;

9-10 October 2009.'L'hérétique au village Les minorités religieuses dans les campagnes européennes (XIIe-XIXe siècles)', a conference to be held at Abbaye de Flaran, Valence-sur-Baïse. Les journées d'histoire de Flaran de 2009 s'attacheront à reprendre et développer le thème de la place de la pluralité religieuse dans le monde rural. Le thème de ces rencontres sera abordé dans la longue durée XIIe-XIXe siècles et, tout en étant centré géographiquement sur l'espace méridional français, prendra en compte à titre comparatif les situations que l'on peut retrouver en Angleterre, dans le monde germanique, en Espagne et en Italie. Further information: Jean-Loup Abbé,;

9-11 October 2009. The Twenty-Ninth Annual Celtic Colloquium, organized by the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Further information:

10 October 2009. 'Magic Touch', tThe last in a series of interlinked workshops hosted by Durham Medieval Archaeologists on the Sensory Perceptions in Medieval Society. Held at Department of Archaeology, Durham University. This interdisciplinary session will analyse the use, exploitation and manipulation of different materials, encompassing the spectrum of tactile experience from the pleasant and luxurious to the painful. It will explore how materials were used to create identity and how the transmission of power through physical contact was an important concept in the medieval world. Further information: Gwendoline 'Gwen' Dales, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE; .

10-12 October 2009. 'Städte – Räume – Symbole: Initiation eines interdisziplinären Nachwuchsnetzwerks zur vormodernen Städteforschung', organised by Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, Universität Münster and Forum Mittelalter, Universität Regensburg, to be held in Münster. Further information: Christine D. Schmidt, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte - IStG - gGmbH; +49 (0251) 832-7527);;

10-14 October 2009. 'Todi nel medioevo', a conference organised by Centro Italiano di Studi sul Basso Medioevo - Accademia Tudertina. Further information:

12-16 October 2009. 'I Longobardi in Italia: Storia - Arte - Cultura', organised by Dipartimento di Studi classici e cristiani, Università degli Studi di Bari and Centro di Studi Micaelici e Garganici, Monte Sant'Angelo, to be held in Monte San'Angelo. Further information: Dipartimento di Studi classici e cristiani, Università di Bari, Strada Torretta (Città vecchia), 70122 Bari; +39 (080) 571-7903;

13-16 October 2009. 'Simbologias, Influências e Continuidades: Cultura e Poder', organised by Universidade Estadual do Maranhão and Universidade Federal do Maranhão. Further;

14-16 October 2009. 'Diversität und Rhetorik in Mittelalter und Renaissance', to be organised by Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Renaissancestudien, Universität München, Exzellenzcluster "Religion und Politik", Universität Münster and Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom. Further information: Georg Strack,;

14-16 October 2009. 'Ciutat i hospital a l'Occident europeu (segles XIII-XVII)', a international symposium organised by Institut d'Estudis Llerdencs, to be held in Lleida, Spain. Further information: Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs, Plaça Catedral s/n, 25002 Lleida; +34 (973) 271-500;

15-16 October 2009. 'El estrecho de Gibraltar, 700 años después (1309-2009)' a conference organised by Universidad de Sevilla and Real Academia Sevillana de Buenas Letras, to be held in Seville. Further information:;

15-17 October 2009. 'De la mer du Nord à la mer Baltique: Contacts, communications, commerce au Moyen Âge', an international symposium and the third meeting of the group 'Gentes trans Albiam – l'Europe à l'est de l'Elbe au Moyen Âge', to be held at Boulogne-sur-Mer. La rencontre a pour objectif un approfondissement du dialogue interdisciplinaire entre historiens et archéologues, de même que des échanges internationaux entre chercheurs de divers horizons. La période étudiée couvre tout le Moyen Âge (Ve-XVe siècle), ce qui permettra des comparaisons entre le haut Moyen Âge, qui vit se développer le commerce des Frisons et Anglo-Saxons tout comme les raids vikings, et le bas Moyen Âge au cours duquel se formèrent des réseaux d'échanges qui, à terme, allaient mener au commerce de la Hanse: on sait par exemple l'importance du commerce de la laine dans les relations entre Flandre et Angleterre à partir du XIIe siècle. Further information: Alban Gautier, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Centre universitaire du Musée, 34, Grande Rue, BP 751, 62321 Boulogne-sur-Mer Cedex;;

15-17 October 2009. 'Le bois dans l'architecture et l'aménagement de la tombe: Quelles approches?' a conference organised by "Archéologie, Terre, Histoire, Sociétés" - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at Auxerre. Further information: Fabrice Henrion, Centre d'études médiévales, UMR 5594 ARTeHIS, 3, Place du Coche d'Eau, 89000 Auxerre; +33 (3) 8672-0663);;

15-17 October 2009. 'Controversias filosóficas, científicas y teológicas en el pensamiento tardo-antiguo y medieval', III Jornadas de Filosofía Patrística y Medieval, to be held in Rosario. La temática convocante en esta ocasión intenta la exposición y discusión de cuestiones relativas al pensamiento filosófico, científico y teológico que hayan sido particularmente controvertidas durante el período tardo-antiguo y medieval o que, con posterioridad, hayan suscitado importantes discusiones entre los estudiosos dedicados a ese período del pensamiento. De este modo se intenta mostrar el carácter plurifacético, inacabado y extremadamente rico de esa etapa de la historia del pensar que, durante largo tiempo, ha sido considerado como un bloque casi homogéneo, acrítico y sin demasiada trascendencia para el conjunto de la filosofía. Creemos contribuir así a la presentación de una imagen más viva y realista de un período largamente denostado, cuya importancia comienza a ser ya generalmente indiscutida aún en los ámbitos no especializados. Further information:

15-17 October 2009. 'Knowing and Unknowing', the annual meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA), at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. Further information: Dept. of French and Italian, Vanderbilt Univ., VU Station B #356312, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-6312;

16 October 2009. 'London, the Thames and Water: New Historical Perspectives', a one-day conference at which historians, archaeologists and geographers will present the results of recent and ongoing research into the inter-twined histories of London and its river, the archaeology of the Thames foreshore and milling, and into the role of water in metropolitan history as both a resource and a flood hazard. Further information: Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU; +44 (20) 7862-8790; +44 (20) 7862-8793; Jim Galloway; Olwen Myhill

16-17 October 2009. The Thirty-Sixth Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies to be held at the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University. The conference theme will be book production. Further information: Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University, 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108-3302;;

17 October 2009. 'Women's Voices: The power of words in Medieval and Early Modern Europe' , a conference to be held at the University of East Anglia. This conference aims to bring together historians with a shared interest in gender, change and continuity in pre-modern England and Wales. Its aim is to recover women's voices from historic records in order to better understand their changing roles across the medieval and early modern period; to reconstruct women's real lived experiences away from the restrictions of prescriptive literature and dominant narratives and finally, to highlight the problems of recovering women's voices from the written record and creatively explore and suggest new approaches and methods by which this can be achieved. Further information: Fiona Williamson, School of History, UEA, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ; ;

19 October 2009. 'Entre réalité politique et construction culturelle: Les frontières politiques en Europe au bas Moyen Âge: naissance et intensification – représentations symboliques – réflexions théoriques', a colloquium organised by Sonderforschungsbereich 496 "Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme vom Mittelalter bis zur Französischen Revolution" - Universität Münster, and Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris. Further information: Georg Jostkleigrewe, SFB 496/A9, Salzstraße 41, D-48143 Münster (Westfalen);;

19-20 October 2009. 'El Humanismo y su pervivencia', a conference organised by Instituto de Humanismo y Tradición Clásica - Universidad de León. Further information: Dolores Campos Sánchez-Bordona, Departamento de Historia, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de León, Campus de Vegazana s/n 24071 León; +34 (987) 291-067;

19-21 October 2009. 'Représentations et conceptions de l'espace dans la culture médiévale', a conference organised by Mediävistisches Institut, Institut d'Études Médiévales, Medieval Institute, Université de Fribourg and Univesität Freiburg. Further information: Institut d'Études Médiévales, Université de Fribourg, Miséricorde, CH–1700 Fribourg; +41 (26) 300-7915;;

21-23 October 2009. 'Élites et ordres militaires au Moyen Âge', a colloquium to be held in Lyon. Rencontre en l'honneur d'Alain Demurger qui a le plus contribué à l'étude des ordres militaires, et ses principaux travaux, traduits en de nombreuses langues, ont profondément influencé tous ceux qui en Europe voire au-delà se sont attachés au passé médiéval de ces institutions. En présence des membres de l'équipe éditoriale du Dictionnaire européen des ordres militaires au Moyen Âge dont il fait partie. La rencontre sera consacrée aux relations des Templiers et de leurs pairs avec les élites de leur temps : élites sociales, nobles mais également citadines, élites de pouvoir et de gouvernement, élites des ordres eux-mêmes, qui seront analysées dans leur identité et dans leurs relations, depuis la péninsule Ibérique jusqu'à la Baltique et à l'Orient méditerranéen, du XIIe au XVe siècle. Further information: Nicole Bériou, CIHAM UMR 5648, univ. Lumière Lyon 2, 18, quai Claude Bernard - 69365 Lyon cédex 07;;

20-22 October 2009. 'The Vernacularization of Knowledge and the Shaping of European Linguistic Identities in the Age of Llull and Eiximenis Barcelona', the ICREA Conference on Science and Society in the Crown of Aragon, to be held in Barcelona. During the last two decades, historians of science and philosophy as well as philologists have pointed out the enormous wealth and variety of scientific and philosophical texts written in the European vernacular languages throughout the Low Middle Ages. Philosophy, the health sciences, astronomy/astrology, etc. were no longer an exclusive patrimony of the learned language which dominated the academic discussions at the Universities, i.e. Latin, but became subject to the creation of technical treatises in vulgar tongues embracing all fields of knowledge from rhetoric to music, from medicine to arithmetic. While many of these new texts in vernacular were translations –mostly, though not solely from Latin– this development also gave rise to a large number of compositions ex novo of texts in vulgar tongues. Further information:

22-24 October 2009. 'Enfermements: Le cloître et la prison du Ve au XVIIIe siècle', organised by Associatione "Renaissance de l'abbaye de Clairvaux",
Centre d'Études et de Recherche en Histoire Culturelle, to be held at Troyes, Clairvaux et Bar-sur-Aube. Further information: Isabelle Heullant-Donat +33 (326) 913-678;;

22-24 October 2009. 'Scotland's Global Impact - how one small nation changed the world!' a three-day international conference in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. At a time when the population of the Highlands of Scotland is rising for the first time in centuries, this gathering brings together prominent academics, historians and other experts from around the world to throw new light on movement to and from Scotland. Further information: UHI Millennium Institute Executive Office Ness Walk Inverness IV3 5SQ;;

22-24 October 2009. 'Rogier van der Weyden in Context: Symposium SVII for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting', a colloquium organised by the K.U. Leuven (Art History Department), Illuminare (the K.U. Leuven Centre for the Study of the Illuminated Manuscript) and Artes.Leuven, in conjunction with the UCL (Louvain-la-Neuve, Laboratoire d'étude des oeuvres d'art par les méthodes scientifiques) and the KIK-IRPA (Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, Belgium). The colloquium will explore the following four themes concerning Rogier van der Weyden (1400-1464): Technical studies concerning paintings, drawings, sculptures, miniature paintings and other works of art by Rogier van der Weyden and his followers; Studies of underdrawings in Rogier's paintings, his painting practice, materials and technique; Documentary sources, archival and historiographical research; Research on iconography and iconology in the paintings of Rogier van der Weyden. Further information: Lieve Watteeuw, Faculty of Arts K.U.Leuven, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium;

22-25 October 2009. 'Robin Hood: Media Creature', the seventh biennial conference of the International Association for Robin Hood Studies, to be held at the University of Rochester. Further information:;

23-24 October 2009. ' Authors, Authority, and Authorship', the 19th Annual Meeting of the Texas Medieval Association, to be held at the University of Texas, Austin. Further information: L J Andrew Villalon,; Donald J Kagay,

23-24 October 2009. 'Texte et contexte: Littérature et histoire de l'Europe médiévale', a colloquium organised by Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée. Further information: Marie-Françoise Alamichel,;

24 October 2009.' Editing the Medieval Laws of England'. The Institute of Historical Research, London, will be hosting a free one-day workshop which will bring together established academics and postgraduate students with an interest in early English laws. The workshop will facilitate discussion about editing the various legal codes, edicts, manuals and treatises composed in England before the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215. It aims to provide participants with an opportunity to share and discuss their ideas about methodology and issues such as digitisation and linguistics in a friendly, informal atmosphere. This event will offer project presentations and demonstrations as well as practical sessions on editing and presenting the laws in the digital age. Further information: Institute of Historical Research University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU;

24 October 2009. Annual meeting of 'Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland', to be held at the University of St Andrews. Further information:

26-28 October 2009. 'Lores te metras en la voie...: Mobilité et littérature au Moyen Âge. Formes, enjeux et significations', a international colloquium organised by Centre d'Étude sur l'Imaginaire Littéraire. Further information: Carlos F. Clamote Carreto, Universidade Aberta, Departamento de Ciências Humanas e Sociais (Section d'Études Françaises), Rua da Escola Politécnica 147, 1269-001 Lisboa;;

26-28 October 2009. 'Late Antique Glass in Anatolia (4-8 centuries)' an international workshop to be held at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Dokuz Eylul University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. Both the excavated finds as well as museum pieces are the subject of this workshop that is offering a firm base for the support of future research in Turkey concerning ancient glass studies. Therefore glass experts as well as museum curators from Turkey and neighbouring countries are kindly welcome. Further information: Doc. Dr. Ergun LAFLI, Dokuz Eylul Universitesi, Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi, Arkeoloji Bolumu, Oda No: A 418, Tinaztepe/Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, Buca, TR-35160 Izmir, TURKEY;

27 October 2009. 'San Bonaventura, Itinerarium mentis in Deum: La ricezione nel secolo XX', organised by Santuario La Verna - Provincia Toscana dei Frati Minori, Facoltà di Filosofia e Teologia - Pontificia Università Antonianum, Scuola Superiore di Studi Medievali e Francescani, to be held in Rome. Further information: .

29-31 October 2009. 'The Monstrous Middle Ages and the Wretched Renaissance', the first annual MART (Medieval and Renaissance Teaching) Conference, will be held at the Carson Springs Convention Center in Newport, Tennessee. Further information: Mary Baldridge,; Kip Wheeler

30-31 October 2009. 'Time and Space', the 2009 International Conference of MEMESAK, held at Yonsei University, in Seoul, Korea. The expression 'Time and Space' is so familiar a one that we rarely stop to reflect on the full significance of the words for ages before our own. The great French medievalist Jacques Le Goff began his book The Medieval Imagination (1992) by claiming that, for the historian of the Middle Ages, 'space and time provide a conceptual framework for viewing both the 'real' and the imaginary' and outlining the different kinds of space (constructed, natural or supernatural) within which the people of times past saw themselves living, and the different rhythms of time (natural, mechanical, eschatological) governing their lives. It is impossible for us today to forget the unimaginable immensities of intergalactic space soaring above our heads, and the unthinkable eons that have passed since the 'Big Bang'. For the people of the Middle Ages and the early modern period, space was largely measured by the distance a horse could travel in daylight, and time was measured by fragile memory. For them, we may think, concepts both space and time were dominated by the invisible but nearby realities of Heaven, Purgatory and Hell, of the Last Things, death and Doomsday. Further information:

30 October-1 November 2009. 'Law and Justice in the Middle Ages', organized by the New England Medieval Conference and sponsored by Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University. Further information: Nadia Marx, Harvard University;;

November 2009

4-6 November 2009. 'Gesellschaftliche Randgruppen in Ost- und Mitteleuropa seit dem Mittelalter', a conference of the Institut für Germanistik der Adam-Mickiewicz-Universität Poznan, des Historischen Instituts der Adam-Mickiewicz-Universität Poznan, und des Herder-Instituts e.V. Marburg, in Poznan. Further information: Heidi Hein-Kircher, Herder-Institut e.V. Gisonenweg 5-7 353037 Marburg; +49 (6421) 184-110; +49 (6421) 184-139;;

5-7 November 2009. 'Oswald von Wolkenstein, Bilanz und Perspektiven der Forschung', a conference organised by the Oswald von Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft. Further information:

5-7 November 2009. 'Selektion, Initiation und Repräsentation: Die Ahnenprobe in der Vormoderne', a conference of the Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität and Sonderforschungsbereich 496 "Symbolische Kommunikation und gesellschaftliche Wertesysteme", Münster. Further information: Elizabeth Harding/ Michael Hecht, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Historisches Seminar, Domplatz 20-22, 48143 Münster; michael.hecht[at]

6 November 2009. 'Les effectifs des serviteurs princiers et royaux à la fin du Moyen Âge de l'Europe du Nord à la péninsule Ibérique', a study day to be held at the Université de Limoges. Cette journée d'étude envisage la part du « quantitatif » dans la constitution des organes domestiques et gouvernementaux et dans la composition des entourages princiers et royaux de la fin du Moyen Âge. Il s'agit de nourrir une réflexion sur l'éventuelle pensée et gestion comptable de l'ampleur des services et institutions œuvrant au confort du prince, à l'exercice quotidien et au rayonnement de son pouvoir. Further information: Danièle BIERNE Service Recherche - Colloques, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Université de Limoges, 39E rue Camille Guérin, 87036 Limoges;;

6-7 November 2009. 'Imaging Dogma, Picturing Belief: Late-Medieval Mural Painting in Parish Churches across Europe', a conference to be held at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2. Call for Papers: Deadline: 15 April 2009. This conference will explore mural paintings from the period ca.1215-1500 in parish churches in urban and rural locations across Europe by addressing two contrasting historical perspectives: the late-medieval parish church as a space where people sought the protection of God and the saints by sometimes unorthodox means, and where the boundary between the local clergy and the laity in terms of beliefs and social practices is difficult to define; and the late-medieval parish church as an outpost in the campaign undertaken by Church reformers to promulgate dogma among rural populations prone to heresy and superstition. We welcome papers which address themes including, but not limited to: patronage; biblical and hagiographical scenes; devotional and didactic subjects; so-called ‘votive paintings'; yhe notion of ‘popular religion'; cult of saints and pilgrimage;   liturgy; local cults and traditions; and panel paintings, sculptures, furnishings and architectural features that throw further light on these issues. Proposals are maximum 300 words. Further information: Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN; +44 (207) 848-2909;;

6-7 November 2009. 'Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference', to be held at Ohio State University, and sponsored by The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies. The conference seeks to investigate the textual traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical Latin, mediaeval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the vernaculars. Preference will be given to those abstracts which deal with newly discovered texts and their manuscript settings, or which present new perspectives on established textual traditions. Further information: E-mail; Frank T. Coulson, Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, 190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210;

6-8 November 2009. 'Ortsbefestigungen im Mittelalter', a conference of the Freundeskreises Bleidenberg e.V. und der Ortsgemeinde Oberfell, Oberfell ander Mosel. Further information: Olaf Wagener,; +49 (6221) 868-0498; +49 (151) 5604-5995;

6-8 November 2009. The 28th International Conference of the Charles Homer Haskins Society will be held at Boston College, in Boston. The Society welcomes all paper proposals in fields and periods of medieval history to which Charles Homer Haskins contributed, including but not limited to: Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman, and Angevin history as well as early and high medieval cultural history. Further information: Robin Fleming,;

11-13 November 2009. 'King Alphonse VI and the Art of His Time', an International Congress (las III Jornadas Complutenses de Arte Medieval) sponsored by the Faculty of Geography and History of the Complutense University of Madrid, in Spain. Further information: Profesor Aranguren,;

12-14 November 2009. 'The Qur'an: Text, History & Culture', the Sixth Biennial Conference on the Qur'an to be held at SOAS, University of London. Call for papers: Deadline: 1 June 2009. The Conference aims to bring together papers representing a diverse range of areas and approaches within Qur'anic studies. While the conference will remain committed to the textual study of both the Qur'an itself and the history of the religious, intellectual and artistic activity that developed around it and drew on it, attention will also be given to non-textual cultural, sociological and anthropological studies relating to the Qur'an. Our objective is to stimulate discussion, debate and research on all aspects of Qur'anic studies. Further information: Conference, Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG; +44 (20) 7898-4379;;

12-14 November 2009. 'Städtische Kulte im Mittelalter', the medieval forum of;

12-14 November 2009. 'Congrés Internacional Francesc Eiximenis, sis-cents anys (1409-2009)', a conference organised by the Universitat de Girona. El Congrés Internacional Francesc Eiximenis, sis-cents anys (1409-2009) és la primera reunió científica internacional dedicada monogràficament a l'estudi de la vida i de l'obra de l'escriptor franciscà Francesc Eiximenis (Girona, c. 1330-Perpinyà, 1409). El pensament polític, les observacions sociològiques, les anotacions profètiques, els continguts teològics i enciclopèdics, la riquesa de la llengua o la magnitud de la transmissió manuscrita i impresa converteixen Eiximenis en un autor del màxim interès per a tots els camps del saber històric sobre l'Edat mitjana. Aquest congrés pretén aprofitar el sisè centenari de la mort d'Eiximenis per estudiar tots aquests, i d'altres, aspectes de la seva figura. Further information:;

13-14 November 2009. 'Writing the World: Representation of the Cultural, Political and Natural World in Medieval and Renaissance Europe', the 38th Annual Medieval Studies Workshop at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. Geography is, literally, the writing of the earth. Texts—literary, historical, visual, musical and others—construct the world and its inhabitants for their audiences, permitting vicarious experience of places and spaces both known and unknown. From the Hereford Map to Shakespeare's "fair Verona," such representations are never neutral, never uninflected by cultural discourse. Rather they articulate worlds awash in ideological discourse, resplendent in the wonder of difference. From the accounts of real-world travellers to imaginary fictions of distant lands, European literature, art and historical discourse engages with the perpetual production of people and places both near and far, quotidian and exotic. Further information: Robert Rouse,;

13-15 November 2009. 'Woodlands, Trees, and Timber in the Anglo-Saxon World', a conference to be held at University College London. Further information:;

13-15 November 2009. 'Imbas: The National University of Ireland, Galway, Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Medieval Conference', a postgraduate conference to be held in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. This conference welcomes delegates at all stages of their research from all areas of medieval studies including language, history literature, art, archaeology and philosophy. The theme for 2009 is Alliances. Delegates are encouraged to view the theme as a broad suggestion rather than in any way restrictive. Papers might deal with but are not limited to such topics as: • Religious, political and military alliances • Relationships between cultural institutions. Call for papers: Deadline: 9 October 2009 Further information: Imbas/ Grace Windsor, Dpt. of English, National University of Ireland, Galway, College Rd, Galway, Ireland;;

18 November 2009. 'Arqueologia funerària al nord-est peninsular, ss. VI-XIII: Problemes de cronologia', a conference to be held in Barcelona. El debat obert entorn la cronologia de les tombes antropomorfes va quedar tancat quan Alberto del Castillo les va situar a l'alta edat mitjana. Amb la perspectiva que donen
aquest 40 anys transcorreguts, els 25 anys de la publicació de l'Annex d'Acta Mediaevalia dedicat a les necròpolis medievals i amb l'aportació de les intervencions
arqueològiques sistemàtiques dutes a terme des d'aleshores, és probablement un bon moment per a obrir de nou la problemàtica cronològica entorn a l'arqueologia funerària tardoantiga i altmedieval. Further information:;

19-20 November 2009. 'La sanction judiciaire dans l'espace belge, du XIIIe siècle au XXIe siècle', to be held at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Depuis une trentaine d'années, dans le sillage de travaux sur l'histoire de la criminalité puis de la justice pénale, les peines ont fait l'objet d'études renouvelées. Les différentes sanctions (de la remontrance à la peine de mort) ont intéressé aussi bien les historiens médiévistes (Gauvard, Gonthier), les modernistes (Spierenburg, Gatrell, Porret, Bastien), les contemporanéistes (Evans) que les historiens du droit (Van Caenegem). Les discours critiques de la fin du XVIIIe siècle (Beccaria, Dei Delitti e de Pene) comme les innovations pénales qu'ils engendrent (transformation de la peine de mort, extinction des châtiments corporels, développement de la prison) ont fait l'objet de multiples recherches (Emsley et Rousseaux). Suite à cette accumulation première de matériaux, le temps semble venu pour un essai de structuration et de comparaison sur le temps long. Further information:;

19-20 November 2009. 'Frédéric II de Hohenstaufen de la Sicile à l'Alsace (1194-1250)', a colloquium to be held in Kaysersberg. Further information: Fouad Alzouheir, APCEM, Espace associations, 6 place Robert Schuman, F-67500 Haguenau;

20-21 November 2009. 'Interpreting St Francis and St Clare in a Multi-Religious Society: From the Middle Ages to the Present', a conference celebrating the 800th anniverary of the founding of the Franciscan movement, presented by the Yarra Theological Union, Melbourne College of Divinity and the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, and Monash University. The conference will take place at St. Mary's College, Parkville. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) is perhaps the most charismatic saint of Christian tradition. In 1209, Francis first gathered a group of followers around him, to live a life committed the Gospel and evangelical poverty. Not only did he establish in 1209 a community of friars minor or "little brothers," but he also attracted the attention of Clare of Assisi (1194–1253), daughter of a prominent noble famly. In 1212, Clare escaped from a marriage planned by her parents, to join Francis and the community that he sought to establish. This conference explores the many different ways in which both women and men have sought to interpret the message of Francis of Assisi, within a society marked by diversity of interpretations of religious life, within and outside of Christianity. Further information: Constant Mews,;

21 November 2009. 'Jerusalem', the London Medieval Society Autumn Colloquium. Further information:

23-28 November 2009. '9ème Congrès sur la Céramique Médiévale en Méditerranée Occidentale'. As in the case of previous Congresses some themes have been established to group the proposals for paper. Their function is also to give consistent reference parameters that could identify meaningful subjects for the history of ceramic studies. Themes: Evolution and techniques' transmission; Pottery and trade; New discoveries; Venice and hinterland; Pottery and social contexts; Architectural pottery; Of name, use and space. Further information:;

4-5 December 2009. 'Historiographie royale léonaise, castillane et navarraise du XIIe siècle: Le Liber regum', a conference to be held at l'Université Paris-Sorbonne. Navarrais, le Liber regum défend les intérêts des dynastes issus de la restauration, en 1134, d'une royauté brutalement abolie en 1076. Ses sources, émanant d'horizons territoriaux et culturels très divers, la simplicité et la vigueur de sa construction, l'importance des enjeux qui la sous-tendent, la langue vernaculaire, enfin, dans laquelle on l'a écrite font de cette généalogie des royautés péninsulaires un carrefour majeur de l'historiographie royale hispanique du Moyen Âge. Further information: Georges Martin, 41, rue Auguste-Comte, 69002 LYON;;

10-12 December 2009. 'Tropics of Travel in Arabic Writings: Part III Utopias and Dystopias', an International Conference jointly sponsored by School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris, and Universit de Liége, Liége. The Conference is part of a wider project that will take the form of four international symposia. The first two on Departures and Encounters were already held in Venice (2007) and Paris (2008). The fourth on Homes will be held in Liége (2010). Travel is arguably a central metaphor of man=92s search for the right place in the world that has grounding in and impact on reality. Accounts of travel, fantastic or real, at home or abroad, are a familiar subject in cultures and literatures worldwide. Travel has been a staple narrative motif in Arabic writings. Tropics of Travel will examine travel not simply as a process, but as a central trope, a figurative matrix that drives quest for knowledge, geographical discovery, historical narratives, religious accounts of pilgrimage, spiritual journeys of transcendence, official records of diplomatic missions, literary journeys of transformation, and cross-cultural dialogues. Further information: Wen-chin Ouyang,

10-12 December 2009.'Städte - Räume - Symbole', a conference to be held at Universität Regensburg, Münster, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte
Further information: Christine D. Schmidt, Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte - IStG - gGmbH; +49 (251) 832-7527; cdschmidt[at];;

10-12 December 2009. 'Catherine's world: Devotion, demons and daily life in the 15th century', a conference organised by the Department of Art History (Radboud University Nijmegen) and Museum het Valkhof. Further information: Christel Theunissen,; 024-3612623;

11 December 2009. 'Les renaissances et réminiscences des droits et des modèles politiques et juridiques antiques', a study day in Besançon. Le programme des interventions repose sur une exploration chronologique des moments-clefs de renaissance des droits et corpus antiques, depuis le Haut Moyen Âge jusqu'à nos jours. Ces étapes correspondent à des révolutions de la pensée juridique et politique, dont il ne s'agit pas ici de proposer un traitement systématique exhaustif, mais d'offrir un aperçu, aux fins de présenter les méthodes de l'histoire du droit et des institutions et l'utilité de ses ressources au service des autres disciplines de sciences humaines et sociales. Further information: Yann-Arzel Durelle-Marc, Université de Franche-Comté, UFR SJEPG, 45d avenue de l'Observatoire, 25030 Besançon Cedex, 0662.89.70.70 /;;

11 December 2009.'LIGHT', a Christmas Symposium to be held at the Research Beehive, Newcastle University. Further information: Dr Sam Turner,

12-13 December 2009. 'Foreign Influences on Medieval English', a conference organised by the School of English, Academy of Management, which will be held in Warsaw. The aim of the conference is to bring together specialists in the areas of medieval English linguistics, particularly interested in language contact in Old and Middle English. Call for Papers: Deadline: 30 June 2009. 500 word abstracts to be submitted to the contact address. Further information:;;;

17-19 December 2009. 'Noli me tangere in Interdisciplinary Perspective', an International Conference, at K.U.Leuven, Belgium. The conference aims at an international conference of researchers on one specific biblical verse, namely John 20:17: "Jesus said to her, 'Do not touch me (or: do not touch me, Greek: mê mou haptou), because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God'," the verse that some have labelled the most difficult verse of the fourth gospel. The disciplines of exegesis, literature study, philosophy, art history and practical theology will collaborate in this conference to investigate the meaning, reception history and present-day relevance of "mê mou haptou" in John 20:17. The element of continuity in this multidisciplinary study of John 20:17 is the theme of touching/holding/letting go. The conference will mark the completion of an interdisciplinary research project, sponsored by the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (2005-2009) "Mary Magdalene and the Touching of Jesus. An Intra- and Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Interpretation of John 20:17 in Exegesis, Iconography and Pastoral Care". It is a collaboration of researchers of the Faculty of Theology and the Faculty of Arts of the K.U.Leuven and of Saint Paul University Ottawa. Further information:;

17-19 December 2009. 'TAG UK 2009', the 31st annual Theoretical Archaeology Group (UK) conference will be held at Archaeology Department, Durham University DH1 3LE. Further;