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3-6 January 2013. 'Latin Translation in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages'. A panel on the translation of texts into Latin in the post-Classical period to be held at the 2013 annual meeting of the APA in Seattle, Washington. In recent years, the study of translation has emerged as a vital area of scholarly and critical inquiry across different disciplines. In our field, translation has come to be recognized not only as an important component of the study and reception of Latin literature, but also as an essential and continuing characteristic of Latin literature itself. For this panel submissions on translators from late antiquity or the medieval period and on any Latin text from this period that is a translation, whether broadly or narrowly defined are welcomed. Both close analyses of translated texts (for example, a reading of the Latin translation of a Greek epigram that illuminates the translational technique of a particular author) and more theoretically-inclined explorations of ancient translators and of modes of translation (for example, the strategies of translation for non-elite audiences) are encouraged. For more information, please contact the panel organiser, Bret Mulligan, at .

3-6 January 2013. 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association. The 127th annual meeting of the Association will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton New Orleans. With 272 sessions, the program is one of the largest ever assembled by the Program Committee. The AHA has previously met in New Orleans two times, in 1903 and in 1972. More than 1,500 scholars will participate in AHA sessions, and four dozen specialized societies will meet in conjunction with the AHA. At the same event, the AHA's book prizes, the Awards for Scholarly Distinction, and other awards will be announced. Many of the profession's most distinguished members will be present to deliver papers and more than 1,500 scholars will participate. In addition, more than four dozen specialized affiliated societies will meet in conjunction with the AHA. For more information see their website at:

4-6 January 2013. 'Gender in Material Culture.' Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2013. School of Humanities and Cultural Industries at Bath Spa University. This meeting hopes to attract papers that explore the gendered nature of objects and the material environment in the Middle Ages. The Conference will consider the social, religious and economic uses of 'things', attending to the way that objects and material culture were produced, consumed and displayed. Papers will address questions of gender from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, embracing literature, history, art history, and archaeology. For more information please visit:

24-25 January 2013. 'Death: The Cultural Meaning of the End of Life'. Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS), Leiden, Netherlands. Death is a defining factor in the explorations of our subjectivity, art, history, politics, and many other aspects of our social interactions and perceptions of the world. In the modern age, conceptions of death have continued to shift and evolve, yet our perceptions are still fueled by an instinctive fear of the end of life. In recent decades, we have rebelled against the threat of death by inventing new technologies and medicines that have drastically increased our life expectancy; diseases and disabilities are gradually disappearing. Some believe that one day we will completely conquer the aging process, and ultimately death. Life can now be seen as a new form of commodity, a material object that we can trade, sell, or buy. Despite our attempts to shut-out death or overcome its inevitability, the end of life has remained a visible and unavoidable aspect of our society. From antiquity to the present day, perceptions of death have been represented through various different mediums: visual culture, art, literature, music, historical writing, cinema, religious symbols, national anniversaries, and public expressions of mourning. This conference aims to explore how death has been represented and conceptualized, from classical antiquity to the modern age, and the extent to which our perceptions and understandings of death have changed (or remained the same) over time. The organizers welcome papers from all disciplines within the humanities. Proposals may address the concept of death from a cultural, historical, classical, artistic, literary, cinematic, political, economic, or social viewpoint. Please send your proposal (max. 300 words) to present a 20-minute paper to You will be notified whether or not your paper has been selected by 1 December, 2012. For more information visit:


2 February 2013. 'Dialogues Between Life and Death'. The 18th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.  This colloquium will address how communication and interactions between the living and the dead are depicted in art by focusing on the liminality, or the thresholds where these interactions take place. Papers should explore art objects or architectural structures that demonstrate the ways in which the living approached or experienced death and the afterlife, especially how such depictions reflected cross-cultural or geographical differences. For many in the Middle Ages, this issue would have involved how perceptions of Heaven, Hell and the Last Judgment were envisioned in art and the audience's reception of such images. For others, it would have encompassed myths, magic and mysticism, and how they were used in communicating with those in the post-mortem world or to reconcile the very idea of death. Such perceptions and behaviours generated artworks involving Apocalyptic images; legends like that of the Three Living and the Three Dead; visions and apparitions of saints, both in the afterlife and revisiting the living; the use of relics to communicate with saints; and legacies as dialogues between the dead and their descendants via objects such as coats of arms, wills and bequests, and badges and inscriptions. Papers could discuss liminal beings such as angels, demons, or other supernatural entities which cross the boundaries between the living and the dead; liminal spaces such as funerary chapels or tomb monuments; liminal experiences such as visions and visionary experiences; and the liminality of once-living materials (e.g. ivory and parchment) given an afterlife by the artisans who re-purposed them into art objects. The Medieval Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels to present their research and receive feedback in a friendly and constructive environment.  Please send proposals of 200 to 300 words, for papers of 15 to 20 minutes, by 01 December, to Rachel Hapoienu at For more information visit:

7-9 February 2013. 'Secularization, Mysticism and Religious Hybridities in the Mediterranean'. University of Malta Valletta Campus, Malta. An International Conference being organized by The Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta and The Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea. The aim of this International Conference is to bring leading international experts from diverse humanistic and social sciences to discuss both the historical and the contemporary aspects of religion in the Mediterranean. The theme of Secularization, Mysticism and Hybridities  will be explored through the continuous interplay and/or influence that exists between Religion and Society in Mediterranean Cultures. For more information visit:

15 February 2013. 'Navigating Place and Power'. Graduate Conference at Duke University, Chapel Hills, NC. The Graduate Students of the Duke University Department of History are pleased to invite graduate students in the humanities and social sciences to submit papers for Navigating Place and Power, an annual one-day conference at Duke University on Friday. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Laqueur, professor of history at University of California, Berkeley. This interdisciplinary conference will seek to promote dialogue between scholars of various disciplines in order to explore how individuals and groups negotiate systems of power. Papers may engage with various scales of power and explore dimensions of place, from broad transnational networks to the politics of everyday life. Topics of relevance for the conference might include (though are not restricted to): human rights, legal frameworks, environments, markets, communities, identity and racial formation, citizenship, and gender and sexuality. The organizers would like to specifically encourage scholars with works in progress or at an early stage in their research, including pre-dissertation graduate students, to apply. The conference will consist of panels organized around specific questions/topics with a commenter. There will also be both lunch and Dr. Laqueur's keynote talk.

12-16 February 2013. ANZAMEMS - The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Inc. Ninth Biennial Conference 'Cultures in Translation', to be held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne, Australia. The conference seeks to explore the many varieties of translation at work in medieval and early modern studies, inviting papers which deal with diversity and change in areas such as language, culture, religion, space. The conference seeks to explore both how medieval and early modern cultures understood translation, and how modern scholars make disciplinary, linguistic and social translations in their work. For more information visit: or e-mail: or:

21-23 February 2013. 'Achronicity/Anachronism (1000-1700)'. An Interdisciplinary Conference to take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This conference will provide a select group of scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplinary fields in the humanities an opportunity to investigate together the creative potential of anachronism and/or achronicity. It addresses the ways in which temporality was conceptualized, experienced, strategically exploited, aesthetically constructed and ideologically challenged in the medieval and early modern periods. Some of the questions driving this conference are: How can anachronism/achronicity be strategically deployed to highlight problematic aspects of temporality? How can anachronism/achronicity be used to signify competing temporal frames? How does anachronism/achronicity contribute to expressing complex schemes of history, e.g. by linking the eschatological to everyday experience? How does anachronism/achronicity point to the materiality of the historical object itself? For more information e-mail:

22-23 February 2013. 'Striding towards Salvation: Medieval and Renaissance Pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean'. Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan. This conference invites papers exploring Christian, Islamic, or Jewish pilgrimage in Europe and/or the Mediterranean between approximately 300 and 1600 CE. We welcome papers from all disciplines, including art history, history, literature, music, Near Eastern studies, religious studies, and others. For more information visit:

23-24 February 2013.'Scriptorium Oratorium Omnium'. Fifth Annual Student Conference, Medieval & Renaissance Student Association and The Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, California State University Long Beach. The Medieval and Renaissance Students' Association (MaRSA) at CSULB is seeking proposals for individual papers and group panels from graduate and exceptional undergraduate students in all disciplines for its Fifth Annual Student Conference. Proposals should be sent as presentation abstracts of 250 words or less, by January 4, 2013, to Presentations should be approximately 15-20 minutes in length, allowing an additional 5-10 minutes for discussion and questions. MaRSA welcomes proposals from all disciplines and levels of study, but submissions should be limited to topics ranging from the Medieval through Early Modern periods. Modern topics relevant to this period, such as anachronism or medievalism, as well as proposals pertaining to regions outside of Europe, are also welcome. For more information please see:

26-27 February 2013. 'Masterclass: 'Fredegar' with Roger Collins and Paul Fouracre'. Sponsored by Networks and Neighbours, Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, UK. A two-day masterclass on the Chronicles of the so-called 'Fredegar', led by two of the world's leading experts on Fredegar and in Medieval History more generally, Roger Collins and Paul Fouracre. The class will run over the course of two evenings in the Special Collections of the University of Leeds.  On Tuesday the 26th Professor Fouracre will discuss the relationship of Fredegar to events in Italy, to its early medieval histioriography and notably Paul the Deacon, while the specific topic of the following evening by Professor Collins is yet to be finalised though may be manuscript-oriented. The class is co-organised, and will be well attended, by other leading professors in the field, as well as postgraduate researchers with expertise on and interests in Fredegar across a wide-array of historical discourses and methodologies. We hope to develop a novel, engaging and emergent discourse on the complexities of the Chronicles and their supposed author(s) Fredegar, in particular amongst postgraduates and young scholars.  The masterclass is open to all, but space is limited so please book in advance at If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at

28 February - 2 March 2013. 'Voice and Voicelessness in Medieval Europe and Beyond' an interdisciplinary conference to be held at Boston University (USA). Contributions from prospective participants are invited for an interdisciplinary conference examining the practices and values attached to the human voice in medieval cultures. An edited volume is planned. The question of 'voice and voicelessness' engages with several important trends in medieval studies today, including issues of law and representation; theology and embodiment; historicist models of subjectivity; the poetics and esthetics of marginality; and the linguistic dynamics of intercultural encounter. The first goal of the project is to examine the axis proposed by the conference title as approached by scholars working on medieval literatures, theology, law, art history, history, philosophy, and musicology. The project's second, methodological goal is to seek a common ground of interdisciplinary engagement by examining how distinct areas of scholarly endeavor approach a problem of universal resonance but elusive definition. This pursuit will be further enriched by the conference's international composition, so that disciplinary, methodological, and national habits of thought and argument will be brought into dialogue. The topic of voice and voicelessness engages with questions related to the expression of self and respect for an other, and so lends itself particularly well to this multi-level encounter.


2 March 2013. 'Experiences of Governance: Navigating Jurisdictional Spheres in the Later Middle Ages'. Birkbeck College, University of London, Room 101, Clore Mngmt Ctr., London, UK. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from Britain and the Continent who are interested in exploring the ways in which late medieval people navigated the law, legal institutions, and jurisdictions.  Rather than focusing on the formal rules according to which legal and governing institutions operated, this conference highlights the practical experience of consumers of the law in later medieval Europe.  In line with the ‘new legal history’, it hopes to encourage an approach that considers legal processes in the later middle ages as a product of wider society and culture, and, in particular, to examine popular ideas of justice and order which informed litigants’ use of the legal mechanisms at their disposal. We invite postgraduate students and early career academics to present twenty-minute papers. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the contrasting experiences of local, seigneurial, royal, and ecclesiastical jurisdictions: the way that consumers of the law negotiated jurisdictions, and how they formulated jurisdictional differences for their own purposes: popular constructions and contestations of law and legal norms: formal and informal mechanisms for social control, and the relationship between such mechanisms: the construction and negotiation of legal and jurisdictional boundaries.

3-6 March 2013. 'Abraham's Heir: Competition, Conflict and Coexistence in the Middle Ages'. The 15th Symposium of the Society of Medievalists/Symposium des Mediavistenverbandes, Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat, Heidelberg, Germany. For more information visit:

7-10 March 2013. 'Pagans and Christians in the Late Roman Empire: New Evidence, New Approaches (4th-6th centuries). Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. After a successful conference that focused on the city of Rome in September 2012 ('Pagans and Christians in Late Antique Rome'), we invite papers for a second conference devoted to examining pagan-Christian interactions across the Roman Empire.   This conference seeks to consider new evidence and new approaches to the material and textual remains that bear on the value of these categories in the Roman Empire between the fourth and the sixth centuries.  Did these labels, pagans and Christians, matter in the daily lives of late Romans?  Or are they only relevant in moments of conflict or for historians? To what degree does geography make a difference in assessing the nature of pagan-Christian relations?  And, how does the presence of other religious groups, Jews and heretics, Manichees and schismatics, effect our understanding of pagan-Christian interactions  in different times and places across the Empire? To facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline - history, archaeology, art history, religious studies, classical studies - to submit abstracts for papers that address the issue of pagan-Christian relation across the Empire. The organizers are particularly interested in papers that focus on new material evidence, new interpretations of texts or new interpretive paradigms with which to approach relations between pagans and Christians in the fourth - sixth centuries of the Roman Empire. The proceedings of the conference will be published. Participants whose papers are accepted for presentation will be offered accommodation in Budapest and a field trip along the Danube limes to Pécs, with a visit to the late fourth-century Roman cemetery. We cannot, however, underwrite travel expenses.

9-10 March 2013. 'Putting England in its Place: Cultural Productions and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages'. The 33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Bronx, New York. This interdisciplinary conference aims to look in a fresh and integrated way at cultural production and cultural relations within England and between England and other locales in order to explore what kind of place England as a region, a changing political entity, and a culture or set of cultures might occupy in our accounts of the High Middle Ages. Presentations will deal with England's cultures (local, regional, general) in themselves and in their many connections (diplomatic, economic, artistic etc...) with further areas of the British Isles and other medieval regions. There may also be 'flash' presentations on "Canterbury in the High Middle Ages" and on "Space and Place, Real and Imagined," i.e. on a particular kind of space (i.e. marketplace, church, castle), place (a specific locale or region), or the representation of such sites from the High Middle Ages. For more information visit:

14 March 2013. 'Renaissance Reincarnations in the Theatre'. Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York. This event will comprise a public rehearsal of scenes from Peter Whelan's The School of Night and culminating in an interview with the playwright David Edgar about his critically-acclaimed drama 'Written on the Heart'. There will be an accompanying exhibition based around materials from the Peter Whelan archive owned by the University of York. This event takes place as part of a wider ongoing research in which we work with writers, directors and actors to gain a fuller understanding of the practical process whereby early modern afterlives are created in modern culture, and we would be delighted if you are able to join us for what promises to be an exciting afternoon and evening.

15 March 2013. 'Dominance and Deviance'. Postgraduate conference, hosted by the Humanities Graduate School Student Network, University of Southhampton, UK. The dynamic interplay between dominant and deviant ideas, identities and individuals is of chief concern to many scholars across the Humanities disciplines. However, such relationships are clearly more complex and nuanced. The narrative of dominance and deviation is thus an ever-present and ever-changing topic in a vast array of relationships whether they be archaeological, musical, linguistic, historical, cinematic, literary or philosophical. This one-day conference looks to bring together scholars across the Humanities to uncover the destructive and constructive interactions between dominant and deviant discourse.

15-16 March 2013. 'The World of Caesarius of Arles'. A short conference organised by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK. The starting point for this conference is the lively and controversial figure of Caesarius, bishop of Arles from 502-542AD. Both Caesarius and the time in which he lived have been seen as emblematic of the cusp between the ancient and medieval eras. This conference brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds in order to throw light on this fascinating figure, an eventful period of late antique history, and the rich material culture of southern Gaul. The keynote speaker will be Professor William Klingshirn from the Catholic University of America. There will be a registration fee of £20 (£15 for students), to include a wine reception (Friday), morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea (Saturday). To register for the conference please e-mail or write to the conference organiser, Lucy Grig, and send a check made out to ‘The University of Edinburgh’. Please also contact her for additional information or if you wish to join the speakers for the conference dinner:

15-16 March 2013. 'Temple and Tomb: Reimagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem'. Research Forum, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK. God and humankind had been at one in paradise. The sanctuary of Jerusalem’s Temple, whose decoration recalled Eden, was in Jewish thought the navel of the world, the intersection of heaven and earth. The Temple was destroyed in 70 CE. The Christian Melito was already writing of Golgotha as the world’s centre by 160 CE. Many more of the Temple’s mythologies – and supposedly of its Solomonic and later artefacts – would be transferred to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built by Constantine and completed in the construction of its Rotunda. Justinian and his panegyrists spoke in their turn of Hagia Sophia as the new Temple. The Dome of the Rock was probably designed to counter and surpass the Holy Sepulchre of the ‘Christian polytheists’. The Crusaders spoke of Al-Aqsa Mosque as the Temple or Palace of Solomon, and the Dome of the Rock as the Temple of the Lord in which the infant Jesus had been presented to God. The sanctity and significance of Jerusalem were recreated throughout Christendom in centrally planned churches and architectural motifs, in liturgical forms and in civic myths. In this Forum we study the expressions of the Temple and the Sepulchre in Christian architecture, and medieval devotion – both Christian and Muslim – to the holy places. The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Temple Church are coming together for their second joint-conference in March 2013. We will again spend time in the Temple’s Round Church, itself one of the grandest recreations of Jerusalem to survive in the West. To book a place: £26 (£16 students, Courtauld staff/students and concessions) at, or send a check made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator, Research Forum, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, stating the event title ‘Temple and Tomb’. For further information, email or call: 07834 521471.

15-17 March 2013. 'The Middle Ages in Britain: a student conference'. Alexander-von-Humboldt-Haus der Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Rathenaustr, Giessen, Germany. The conference, designed as a meeting space for students of Medieval Britain from across the Humanities, is the second in a series after Prague 2011. Papers will be given on all aspects of medieval literature, language and culture, from undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. The papers are grouped into six different panels which have been titled as follows: Mystery and Morality Plays: Medieval and Modern Performances; (Re-)imagining Medieval Saints; Variation and Change in Medieval English; Constructing, Comparing and Criticizing Kings; Aspects of Middle English Classics; Variation across Medieval Nativity Plays. For more information please see:

16 March 2013. 'Medieval Marriage'. Interdisciplinary and Postgraduate and Early Career Conference. The Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies of the University of Reading is hosting this conference and workshop to be held in Reading on the theme of Medieval Marriage, on the Whiteknights campus of the University. Papers relating to all aspects of marriage in the Medieval and Early Modern periods are welcome, including literary, historical, theological or archaeological approaches. Provisional titles include: ‘Marriage in the Middle Welsh Chwedleu Seith Doethon Rufein’; ‘Unequal marriages in twelfth century France: the case of the Vermandois girls’; ‘The Cathars and marriage’. Plenary speaker: Dr Neil Cartlidge (University of Durham), ‘Courtly love vs. marriage’. We look forward to a lively and stimulating event. Further details relating to inscription fees and detailed provisional programme will be released in January. For further information, please email Charlotte Pickard or Carys Gadsden, at:

16 March 2013. 'In the Beginning: Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry'. Spring meeting for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry, Richard Eden Room, Gillian Beer House, Clare Hall (West Court site), Herschel Road, Cambridge, UK. The early sources of alchemy, chemistry and chemical technology - influential antique and early medieval works, composed in Greek, Syriac, Arabic, and Hebrew - remain relatively little known, and present unique challenges to scholarship. This meeting showcases the most up-to-date work on these intriguing sources: both shedding new light on early ideas, practices and authorities, and evaluating their impact on the development of western alchemy, chemistry and chemical medicine. The meeting celebrates the completion of the first volume of a new series, 'Sources of Alchemy and Chemistry'. The series will provide monograph-length critical editions and English translations of influential works of early alchemy and chemistry, to be included in subscriptions to the Society's journal, Ambix. For more information see:

20 March 2013. 'How does Gender Mean: Debates and Applications in Modern Britain?'. University of Manchester, UK. This conference aims to bring together scholars and researchers from across the arts and humanities to survey the current climate of gender studies and to open up new avenues of discussion in relation to gender. Specific areas of inquiry that will be considered include everyday life and social change, sexuality and identity, and the environment in order to understand how gender is theorised, given meaning and applied. This conference is funded by ArtsMethods@Manchester.     

27-30 March 2013. 'Medievalism in Popular Culture'. National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference, Washington, D.C. Call for submissions to the following paper sessions and round table panels: Arthurian Aesthetics; Medievalism in Politics; Popular Culture in the Middle Ages; The Medieval Frontier; and, Men of the North. For more information visit:

29-30 March 2013. 'Crusade and Preaching and Propaganda, a Workshop on Primary Sources'. University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. When the crusades became institutionalised by the end of the 12th century, so did the promoting of the crusades. Preachers and Papal legates were sent out and manuscripts as well as works of art were commissioned and spread throughout Europe, all in order to achieve the ultimate goal: the recapture of Jerusalem. A workshop at Canterbury and two series of sessions at the Kalamazoo and Leeds International Congresses will be addressing crusade preaching and propaganda in the 13th century, as well as drawing comparisons with earlier and later periods, between different European regions, and between East and West. For more information see:


4-5 April 2013. Ninth Annual Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference. The event is sponsored by the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature and will be held at the Ioannou Centre, St. Giles, Oxford. The conference is aimed at early career scholars and graduate students working in medieval and early modern studies. Contributions are welcomed from diverse fields of research such as history of art and architecture, history, theology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and history of ideas. Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes. Please email 250-word abstracts (text only, no attachments please) to For more information please visit:

4-6 April 2013. 'Regions and Regional Identity in the Middle Ages'. Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, hosted by the University of Tennesse-Knoxville. Because of our location in Appalachia, one of the nation's most distinctive regional cultures, we have selected as our theme for the MAA meeting, "Regions and Regional Identity in the Middle Ages." Sessions will address a variety of topics, many of them well outside the conference theme, but we hope to stress the importance of a sense of place, family, and locality in as many presentations as possible. We are seeking, therefore, innovative proposals for papers and sessions, and we hope to see significant cross-disciplinary participation as well. For both the commissioned and the open sessions, we are looking for the broadest possible range of proposals of topics and of time periods, within and across all the disciplines. For more information visit:

9-11 April 2013. 'Orderic Vitalis: New Perspectives on the Historian and His World', St John's College, University of Durham. This event, funded by the Durham University IMRS, will provide a forum for the dissemination of new research into the life and works of the monastic scholar, Orderic Vitalis. With plans already in place to publish a 'companion' volume on Orderic, this conference will aim to re-invigorate existing work and open new lines of research around a figure whose legacy has proven vital to scholars of the Anglo-Norman world. While the conference welcomes papers on a wide scope of topics, abstracts for papers relating to the following areas are partiularly invited: The manuscript history of Orderic's Historia ecclesiastica. Orderic's scholarly and scribal career away from the Historia ecclesiastica. Orderic's travels, administrative activities, and studies away from Saint-Évroul. Orderic's world view and his networks of knowledge-exchange and transfer. The 'rediscovery' of the Historia ecclesiastica by early modern audiences, and Orderic's subsequent influence on the development of Anglo-Norman studies. For more information visit:

10-11 April 2013. 'Connecting Ideas and Circulating Texts Inside the Dynamics of Philosophy and Literature in the Rhineland and the Low Countries (ca. 1300-1550)'. Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts (MITT), Freiburg, Germany. The MITT project is a cooperation of five European universities: the Università di Salerno, the Universiteit Antwerpen, the University of Oxford, the UNI Freiburg and the Universiteit Leiden. MITT and the Philosophy Department of the University of Freiburg present the results of an international research project dedicated to the late-medieval dynamics of intellectual, religious and literary life in the Rhineland and the Low Countries. The MITT project brings together five expert teams to provide substantive and methodological training on late medieval intellectual history, philosophy and literature to a cohort of early-stage researchers. MITT focuses on the medieval dynamics of intellectual life and literature in the Rhineland and the Low Countries, nowadays divided over five countries (Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands) but one cultural region in the later Middle Ages. The project seeks to develop a new perspective on late medieval textual culture in the Low Countries and the Rhineland by looking at the readership, appropriation and circulation of religious and intellectual literature. For more information see:

9-14 April 2013. 'Chiese Locali e Chiese Regionali Nell'Alto Medioevo'. Sessantunesima Settimana di Studio, Spoleto, Italy. This is a week-long conference, or study-week, on local and regional churches in the middle ages. For more information see their website at:

11-13 April 2013. 'Late Antiquity Made New'. The Center for Late Antique Studies, Duke Univeristy, Durham, NC. Late Antiquity Made New brings together more than fifty internationally recognized scholars of Late Ancient and Early Christian Studies and their related disciplines.  The conference has two projects: documenting the emergence of “Late Antiquity” as a discipline within and beyond the Study of Religion during the past four decades, and exploring directions for contemporary and future research in the field. For further information, please contact Tammy Thorton at the Duke Religion Department ( and see

13 April 2013. 'Vikings in the North-West'. Manchester Centre for Viking Studies Conference, Manchester University. For further details please contact Dr Charles Insley, Department of History, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL;, or see

13-14 April 2013. 'Stasis in the Medieval World'. Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Continuing the discussion begun by the University of York’s ‘Transition in the Medieval World’ conferences in 2012, the Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series (EMICS) is pleased to present ‘Stasis in the Medieval World’. The Middle Ages are popularly represented as an age of repetition and stagnation in terms of their political, religious, and artistic culture. Medieval Studies bear the burden of popular conceptions of the ‘Dark Age’, before the flowerings of the Renaissance ushered a return to the progressive wisdom of the Classical era. The reality familiar to scholars and students of the Middle Ages – that theirs was a time of immense transition and transformation – requires no rehearsal. But is there an extent to which medievalism’s reaction to this marginalization has generated a desire to emphasize the period as one of change and development? Might there be equal value in reexamining those things which, conversely, remained static? This conference approaches the theme of stasis in the broadest possible terms, from the early Anglo-Saxon period to the late medieval. Papers will seek to establish what really did remain static in the medieval period, and how the political and cultural upheavals generated stasis in the form of deadlock or preservation of traditions. The validity of the terms ‘stasis’ and ‘transition’ will be discussed, as well as current perceptions of medieval studies as themselves ‘static’, and the effects of disciplinary constraints. Registration is required. Attendance for both days is £20, £15 for unwaged. For registration and inquires please contact Victoria Symons (, Mary Wellesley ( or Martin David Locker (

18-19 April 2013. 'Easy Tools for Difficult Texts: Manuscripts and Textual Tradition'. The Huygens Institute in The Hague, Netherlands. The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the COST Action IS1005 “Medieval Europe” are organizing a two-day workshop that seeks to gather a number of experts in methodologies and tool creation around the complex issue of transferring medieval manuscripts to a digital medium. The workshop will create an overview of the state of the art of tool development, and of the difficulties and extreme requirements medieval manuscript poses to digital methods and techniques. The first day will consist of introductions and demonstrations, as well as thorough methodological reflection on a number of tools highly visible in the field of digital textual scholarship. The second day will consist of theoretical and methodological focused papers and the creation of an inventory of common difficulties and unsupported features essential to digital philology of medieval manuscripts. For more information see:

19-20 April 2013. 'Transformative Literacies'. Medieval and Early Modern Studies Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Maryland, College Park, MD. This two-day interdisciplinary conference aims to foster insightful and vigorous conversation on this topic through an innovative format that includes paper panels, roundtables, and plenary sessions (TBA). The Committee seeks submissions that explore the ways in which written and visual materials transformed the medieval and early modern world. Suggestions for related topics include but are not limited to: the creation, collection, and use of illuminated manuscripts; the history of the book; the history of the printing press and various printing techniques; technological advances related to literacy; the role of the print, both as a textual illustration and as a work of art; collecting practices for books and printed materials; the role and legacy of works of medieval and early modern literature; the influence of classical literary sources; access to literary and visual sources; the impact of theatrical performances; the role of literary institutions, including universities, libraries, and monasteries; the significance of written and visual materials in matters of religion and politics; textual and visual sources as propaganda; literacies in the non-Western world; myths about literacy; and the relationship between gender and literacies. We invite participants from all disciplines who specialize in the medieval and early modern periods, and we especially encourage submissions from scholars in non-Western fields and those who engage the concept of literacy in new and creative ways. For more information see:

20 April 2013. 'Beyond the Western Mediterranean: Trade and Exchange of Materials, Techniques and Artistic Production, 650-1500. The Courtald Institute of Art, London, UK. This one-day workshop at the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum takes as its topic the broader sphere of influence of the Western Mediterranean. Focusing primarily on inter-connections in the Western Mediterranean basin, from the Maghreb to Italy, from Ifriqiya to Iberia, we will also investigate how this north-south axis extended well beyond the littoral regions to encompass sub-Saharan kingdoms, the Atlantic Ocean, and even the British Isles. The day's proceedings are primarily intended to implicate art historians in this discussion about a global middle ages, and we will draw from interdisciplinary discoveries in recent years, especially the wealth of archaeological work accomplished by colleagues around London. The material culture of these regions, including such luxurious materials as ivory, gold, ceramics, pigments and textiles, augments the limited offerings of historical texts in delineating the complex interactions across geographical boundaries. In this way we hope to probe the foundations of a world artistic culture not only through shared materials and techniques, but also through the yearnings and desires such interactions engendered. For more information visit:

20 April 2013. 'LIES 2013: Saints and Sinners: Postmodernism, Feminism and Medievalism in Literature in English'. Hosted by the Department of English Literature and Literary Linguistics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. The organizers welcome papers about topics related to postmodern rewriting of history and culture as well as the feminist standpoint on both contemporary and earlier literature in English. For more information visit:

20 April 2013. St. Aelfheah from Deerhurst to Martyrdom: Millennial Reflections, by Professor Nicholas Brooks (University of Birmingham). Friends of Deerhurst Church 29th annual lecture, 7:30 pm. Tickets are £5, concessions at £3. For more information please see their website at:

22 April 2013. 'Demons and Illness: Theory and Practice from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period'. Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, Colechester, UK. In many near eastern traditions, demons appear as a cause of illness, most famously in the stories of possessed people cured by Christ. These traditions influenced perceptions of illness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in later centuries but the ways in which these cultures viewed demons and illness have received comparatively little attention. For example, who were these demons? How did they cause illness? Why did they want to? How did demons fit into other explanations for illness? How could demonic illnesses be cured and how did this relate to other kinds of cure? How far did medical or philosophical theory affect how people responded to demonic illnesses in practice? This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide geographical and chronological sweep but confining itself to this relatively specific set of questions. Because Jewish, Christian and Islamic ideas about demons and illness drew on a similar heritage of ancient religious texts from New Testament times to the early modern period, there is real scope to draw meaningful comparisons between the different periods and cultures. What were the common assumptions made by different societies? When and why did they differ? What was the relationship between theory and practice? We would welcome papers which address these issues for any period between antiquity and the early modern period, and which discuss Christian, Jewish or Islamic traditions. For more information please contact Catherine Rider at

25-28 April 2013. 'The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript', Utrecht University, Utrecht, Germany. The Dynamics of the Medieval Manuscript is a cross-European research project which studies the textual, structural and social dynamics of late-medieval multi-text manuscripts (13th-15th centuries), focusing on the highly mobile short verse narratives they contain. A conference devoted to this topic will take place in Utrecht, 25-28 April, 2013. The organizing committee cordially invites proposals for papers (twenty minutes) on late-medieval multi-text codices from across Western Europe. For more information please visit:

26 April 2013. 'Food and Hospitals: an Historical Perspective'. One-day conference, by the International Network for the History of Hospitals, Brussels, Belgium. While contemporary grumblings about hospital food have become the quintessential hospital complaint, it is undeniable that a clean, warm bed, rest and the provision of food and drink, rather than medicines and therapies have always greatly increased hospital patients’ chances of recovery.  Indeed diet has from the time of Galen been a central part of medical therapy. However, even if central to the day-to-day routine of hospitals, workhouses and asylums, food and drink continue to be overlooked in historical accounts of hospitalization. This conference aims to foreground the role of food and drink in health care institutions in the past. For more information see:

26-27 April 2013. 'Boccaccio at 700: Medieval Contexts and Global Intertexts'. Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, State University of New York-Binghamton. In honor of the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, the 2013 CEMERS conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum in which to rethink all aspects of this last (but not necessarily least) of Italy's three crowning writers, in order to re-contextualize and revitalize his place in history, as well as in the literary pantheon. Scholars who work in the wide variety of fields relating to the biography and texts of Boccaccio, as well as the history of late Medieval Europe, are invited to submit papers or session proposals on his life and his literary career, as well as on his texts and their reception in medieval, early modern, and modern culture. For more information see:

27 April 2013. 'The fifth annual Canada Chaucer Seminar'. Centre for Medieval Studies, Toronto, Canada. The aim of the seminar is to provide a one-day forum that will bring together scholars, from Canada and elsewhere, working on Chaucer and on late medieval literature and culture. The 2013 gathering will include plenary papers by Ardis Butterfield (Yale) and James Weldon (Wilfrid Laurier), several sessions of conference papers, and a concluding roundtable.

27 April 2013. 'Landscape and Belief: Birkbeck Medieval Seminar'. Birkbeck College, London. The conferencde will focus on the connections between landscape and belief as well as the methodologies for analyzing those connections. It will do so through presentations from four outstanding scholars working in different disciplines. This event is free, and all are welcome. However, space is limited, so please contact us ( to reserve your place. For more information see:


03 May 2013. 'Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music and Sound'. A Conference of the University Seminar of Medieval Studies, Faculty House, Columbia University, NY, NY. Although sound is probably the most difficult component of the past to reconstruct, it was also the most pervasive, whether planned or unplanned, instrumental or vocal, occasional or ambient. This conference brings together specialists in several fields to explore the now-missing intersection of visual and aural in the experience of medieval environments and objects. The conference is free of charge and open to the public. There will be a buffet lunch ($16.50) and dinner ($25), both in Faculty House, both payable by check (made out to Columbia University) on the day of the conference. To register, please send an email to indicating whether you want to sign up for one or both of the meals. Space at the meals is limited, so please make sure to reserve your place as early as possible. For information please see:

2-4 May 2013. 'Gender and Transgression'. Institute of Medieval Studies, University of St. Andrews, Fife, UK. Now celebrating its fifth year, the conference aims to create a lively and welcoming forum for students and academic staff to build contacts, present research, and participate in creative discussion on the topics of gender and transgression in the Middle Ages. We hope to explore further how these concepts can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar. To mark the launch of St Andrews Centre for Mediaeval and Early Modern Law and Literature (CMEMLL) we shall be holding a session on medieval law and literature within the broader conference theme of gender and transgression and therefore particularly welcome papers within this field. For more information visit:

9-10 May 2013. 'Renaissance Conflict and Rivalries: Cultural Polemics in Europe, 1300-1650'. University of Warwick, UK. This is the first colloquium of a series of colloquia that spring from a Leverhulme International Network seeking to explore the relationship between the cultural renewal that many contemporaries saw taking place in art, literature, scholarship, and science and the simultaneous prevalence of opposition, confrontation, and rivalry, well captured by the German term  Streitkultur.   For further details on the Network and its aims, see The first colloquium will be devoted to the topic of 'Forms'. Questions to be explored will include: to what extent were conflict and rivalries in the Renaissance expressed through differing media (e.g., verbal/visual), languages (e.g., Latin/vernacular), and genres (invectives, pasquinades, rival translations of the classics, works of scholarship, sculpture/painting, religious/secular art or literature)? What processes determined these differing forms and whether or not it was acceptable to express notions of conflict and rivalries through them? The organizers wish to alert colleagues that several bursaries covering accommodation and/or travel within the UK and Europe are available, particularly for postgraduates and early career researchers.  Details, along with the provisional program, are available at The deadline for applying will be  Tuesday, 16 April. Inquiries about logistics and bursaries should be directed to Ms. Jayne Brown ( ) secretary of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance.

9-12 May 2013. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. For more information visit:

11 May 2013. 'Focus on Drama'. Irish Renaissance Seminar, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. For more information see:

15-16 May 2013. 'Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective: Engaging Outside Academia'. Religious Studies Department, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. What is the relevance of research on historical and contemporary religion for today? How might such research inform current debates on religion, and the practice and self-understanding of religious groups and practitioners? What might historical perspective bring to research on contemporary religion? This conference will address such issues under the broad theme of ‘contemporary religion and historical perspective’. There will be two parallel streams. The first is ‘engaging with the past to inform the present’ and the relevance of religious history for the contemporary context. The second is ‘the public value of research on contemporary religion’. The backdrop for this conference is the growing acknowledgement that Religious Studies and other disciplines must engage with the wider society. Public ‘engagement’ takes many forms - from extensive projects to ad hoc engagement and involving diverse activities such as media work, lectures, workshops and online engagement. This conference will include practitioner perspectives on different themes, and reflect also on the ways in which academic research on religion might engage with communities of interest and place and private; interact with public and third sector institutions and organisations; and influence public discourse and the social, cultural and environmental well-being of society.

15-17 May 2013. 'Declines and Falls: Perspectives in European History and Historiography'. An Anniversary Conference, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. The organizers have in mind a conference that historicizes the current experience and discussion of 'decline' in each of these senses. While there is scope for addressing 'real' processes in the economic, social and political realm, we are more interested in the conditions under which the perception of 'decline', 'crisis', 'decay', 'disintegration', etc. has tended to become prominent in public discourse; more generally, in the ways in which such perceptions have shaped mentalities and cultural-intellectual responses of Europeans over the past three millennia. For more information contact László Kontler, Professor of History and Pro-Rector for Hungarian and EU Affairs, Central European University,

15-17 May 2013. 'Workshop: XML-TEI for Ancient and Medieval Lexicographical Works'. The Glossarium Mediae Latinitatis Cataloniae project, Barcelona, Spain. The overall aims of the workshop are both to analyse the different typology of the structures (semantic and typographical) of Latin Medieval glossaries and to discuss the faithfulness of the encoding to the original and print versions (if they exist). Moreover, we wish to explore the advantages of sharing the same vocabulary (e.g. XML/TEI), in order to deepen our knowledge of structuring lexicographical works, while sharing best encoding practices. For more information see:

17-18 May 2013. 'Second Annual Leeds Monasticism Conference: Monasticism and Lordship'. University of Leeds, UK. Each year this conference concentrates on a different aspect of the religious enterprise, inviting fresh perspectives on how those in consecrated life conducted their professed mission(s). The focus chosen for the upcoming event is ‘Monasticism and Lordship’, which considers the crucial issue of how those who attempted to remain apart from the world integrated themselves into its socio-political structures while maintaining their spiritual identity. The title provides an opportunity to investigate two factors which have done much to characterise popular perceptions of the medieval period (c. 400-c. 1500): the role of monasteries, whose prominence has bolstered the view of the period as being the “Age of Faith”, and the nature of lordship in society, which prompted labels such as the “Age of Feudal Society”. The aim of the conference, then, is not to assess two subjects operating in parallel, but rather to see where they lead into one another – intersecting, combining, diverging or even whether a conscious separation was maintained. For more information please see:

17-18 May 2013. “Says who? Contested Spaces, Voices, and Texts”. Annual Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara. Since Henri Lefebvre's 1958 The Social Production of Space, medieval scholars have increasingly been interested in the interplay between the political, the economic, and the cultural with the concept of physical space. How is space constructed by social forces, and how is society influenced by either physical or ideological spaces? More specifically among these social forces, our conference focuses on the concept of authority: who gets to say how political, cultural, and economic processes take place within a specific space, and how they are spoken of, written of, and remembered? Conversely, how might speaking itself be a form of resistance against authority? We encourage interdisciplinary discourse around the theme of authority in any aspect(s) of law, culture, and society in the Middle Ages. For example, how do kings maintain authority over their subjects, and how is this authority constructed or contested? How do writers establish the authority of their texts, and why do they even need to? How was God's authority sometimes challenged or undermined? Or was it? Possible topics include but are not limited to: war as a means of contesting spaces or territories; winners and losers: who gets to tell the story?; public versus private space: who controls and defines these spaces and how?; God as the ultimate authority: religious discourses and conflicts; establishing authorship, auctoritas, and differing roles in the creation of oral; narratives, manuscripts, or printed editions; alteration of texts (by scribes, commentators, or translators, for example) as a means of contesting authority and asserting one's power; linguistics: code-switching or language use as contesting authority or asserting one's power or independence; process and performance of speech as constructing or resisting authority (such as in court culture, pageantry, or parliament); use of heraldic motifs (how were they used or changed?) in books; patronage as a form of contestation or affirmation of one's power; gendered spaces and voices: women patrons, women's vs. men's roles; the creation, use, and transformation of urban spaces. The conference is open to graduate students studying the Middle Ages (300-1500) in all disciplines, geographical regions, and stages of research.

17-18 May 2013. 'St. Brendan International Conference'. Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland. One of the principal aims of The Gathering 2013 is to celebrate the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. St Brendan (484-577AD), one of Ireland's most famous historic figures, is strongly associated with the modern county of Kerry. He still carries an international focus, both of academic research and popular interest. This conference, which forms part of a programme of events relating to Brendan, involves leading speakers from Australia, America, Britain, France and Ireland. It will explore various themes, including early Christianity, the landscapes of Brendan, the Brendan voyage, and the Brendan cult.  The conference forms part of the St. Brendan Week Celebrations, May 14th-18th, centring on Ardfert, Fenit, Dingle and Tralee. The St Brendan International Conference is a Gathering 2013 Event jointly organised by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and the Department of Archaeology, University College Cork and is supported by Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council under the IPB Community Gathering Fund.Booking is essential, see website for details:

20 May 2013. 'Frontiers'. Eighth Annual Southeast-Hub Postgraduate Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. The South-East Hub gives humanities postgraduates from across the South-East a forum to present and share their research with peers outside of their own universities. There is no conference fee and we will subsidise your travel expenses. As such it is an ideal environment for PhD students to test their ideas beyond their specialised field and for Masters students to give a first paper. This year for the first time, we are also inviting contributions from academic staff and post-doctoral researchers to give papers or offer commentary on the panels that present. We welcome proposals in any field of historical research across any time period that links either explicitly or implicitly to the central concept of 'frontiers'. We seek contributions of either individual papers, or complete panels on similarly thematic topics. Panels should include up to three speakers and a chair. (Example themes include: Art, Gender, Technology, etc.). Topics for papers could address, but are by no means limited to: frontiers viewed in the chronological, environmental, methodological, or social sense among many others. Your work may cross frontiers thematically, physically or nominally or stay focused entirely within a single area. If you have any inquiries please contact the organizers at:

20-22 May 2013. 'EMASS: 7th annual Early Medieval Archaeological Student Symposium'. University of Chester, Cheshire, UK. EMASS is a popular, friendly and innovative arena for postgraduate researchers specialising in archaeological and interdisciplinary approaches to the early medieval period in Europe and further afield. It is an interactive forum run for and by graduate research students. EMASS aims to provide a constructive and interdisciplinary forum to facilitate discussion and debate between researchers from different institutions and specialities. This year the University of Chester will host EMASS. There will be two days of papers and posters with the keynote lecture delivered by Honorary Professor Stewart Ainsworth in the historic church of St. John the Baptist. On the final day an optional fieldtrip to Cheshire and North Wales will explore some of the region's most important sites. To find out more please see their website

22-25 May 2013. 'Gender in the European Town: Medieval to Modern'. University of Southern Denmark, Odense. As places which fostered and disseminated key social, economic, political and cultural developments, historically towns have been central to the creation of gendered identities and the transmission of ideas across local, national and transnational boundaries. The conference will be organised in three main strands. The organizers encourage papers that address one of the strands, or proposals that cross the theme boundaries; they should also explore what influence gender has on the shape of towns themselves, as a force for change. The organizers welcome local studies as well as more comparative approaches and encourage historiographical, theoretical and empirical considerations. The Gender in the European Town Network invites proposals for papers of 20 minutes, completed panels (3 papers, chair and commentator), and poster sessions. For more information visit:

23-24 May 2013. 'In the hands of God's Servants: the Power of the Bishop in Western Europe, 1000-1300'. School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. Cardiff University is pleased to host this major international conference on the power of the bishop in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. Bishops occupied a prominent place in the hierarchy of the medieval Church, but they were also able to exercise power in a secular context as judges, warriors, advisors to princes and as lords who exploited a broad range of rights over land and people. Although the careers of the most famous of their number have attracted much interest in modern historiography, the nature, extent and significance of episcopal power at a local level, which formed the basis for the bishop’s pre-eminence in medieval society, has not been fully considered. The aim of this conference is to gain a clearer understanding of the construction, enhancement and expression of episcopal power at a local level in Western Europe. Since a bishop’s local power was intimately connected to the episcopal office and the duties it entailed, the conference will be focused in particular on these activities, such as a bishop’s pastoral responsibilities and his role in the liturgy, and their role in the formation and development of episcopal power. However, the effect on episcopal power of other aspects of a bishop’s role in local society will also be considered, such as his relationship with aristocratic families. For more information see:

23-24 May 2013. 'Birth, Sex and and Death Rites of Passage in the Medieval and Early Modern World'. The EMREM Postgraduate Forum Annual Symposium, University of Birmingham. This year's theme focuses on birth, sex and death as rites of passage. How were life stages demarcated in medieval and early modern societies and how were transitions between them negotiated? In what ways were the defining acts of birth, sex and death understood and represented in records, rituals, art and literature? What social and religious factors determined how they were celebrated and regulated, and how were these norms challenged or changed over time? How closely related were the concepts and imagery of birth, sex and death? Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send proposals of approximately 300 words by Friday 22nd March 2013 to Limited funding is available to help cover external speakers' travel and accommodation expenses. Refreshments and numerous networking opportunities provided.

23-31 May 2013. 'Iconology Old and New: Transregional Conference on the Move, Croatia and Hungary 2013'. This is a three-part Conference series that runs for nine days across three campuses. The first part from 23-24 May will be held at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, on the topic 'Iconology at the Crossroads. The following part from 27-29 May will be held at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, on the topic 'Current Theoretical Interfaces: Iconicity, Semiotics, Historicity'. The final three days of the conference series will be held at the University of Szeged, Hungary, and cover the subject 'European Iconology East & West 5: Cultural Imageries of Body and Soul, Intermedial'. For more information please see:

26-29 May 2013. 'Sixth Annual Conference on Mediterranean Studies'. Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and students from all areas of Mediterranean Studies, such as history, arts, archaeology, philosophy, culture, sociology, politics, international relations, economics, business, sports, environment and ecology, etc. The registration fee is €300, covering access to all sessions, two lunches, the official dinner of the conference (Greek Night), coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of social events will be organized: a Greek night of entertainment with dinner (the official dinner of the conference), an archaeological tour (urban walk) of Athens, a special one-day cruise in the Greek islands, and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at For more information and documentation please see:

28-29 May 2013. 'The Seventh Century: Continuity or Discontinuity'. The Edinburgh University Seventh Century Colloquium. The colloquium is a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers.  The colloquium brings together scholars from different disciplines studying the seventh century in order to promote discussion and the cross-fertilisation of ideas.  We will explore how wider perspectives can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar. Our general theme will be an examination of whether the seventh century can be studied as a unit across regions or whether the period represents a break in the longue durée .  What was the level of discontinuity between the 'long sixth' and 'long eighth' centuries?  We invite those working in archaeology, art history, history, literature, numismatics, and religion, as well as in fields including Byzantine, Celtic, Classics, Islamic, and Late Antique studies to submit abstracts for papers of approximately 15 to 20 minutes that engage with all aspects of the long seventh century. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to the organising committee at For more information visit:

31 May 2013. 'Text and Image in the City'. Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester. This is a Book History Research Network Study Day on Print and Manuscript Culture in British and European Towns and Cities. Papers are invited for this interdisciplinary Study Day from postgraduates, independent researchers and established scholars working on medieval to modern Britain or Europe. Topics might include but are not limited to: Intersections between urban cultural history and the history of books/prints/manuscripts/images; how the culture of text or image has contributed to – and/or been shaped by – its primarily urban setting; urban texts and images: their creation, production, distribution and consumption/reception; popular print culture and ‘street literature’ (ballads, chapbooks, broadsides etc.); how texts and images disseminated urban ideas and culture into rural hinterlands; reading the ‘word city’ through newspapers, maps, posters, timetables and ephemeral texts/images; representations of urban space or modernity in text or image; urban ‘renaissance(s)’; innovative, radical and subversive uses of urban texts and images. The day will include a talk and display of prints by Sarah Kirby, Artist in Residence, Centre for Urban History. A PDF version of the CFP can be found at:

31 May- 1 June 2013. 'The Place of Hell: Topographies, Structures, Geneologies', an international conference held at King's College London and The Warburg Institute.A belief in Hell has been a staple of Christian thought from the earliest period of this religion. The depiction of Hell and its denizens -- the devil, demons and the punished sinners -- has an equally long history going back to at least the sixth century. From the eleventh century onwards, images of Hell become proliferate and more detailed in their presentation of the damned and their torments -- in parallel to such texts as the popular Apocalypse of the Virgin. Artists come up with different solutions in picturing the various torments inflicted upon the sinners as well as the places where these torments take place. In the art of the late Byzantine period and the late medieval west, the various figures of the damned are presented with inscriptions detailing the crimes and sins for which they are being punished. In western Europe, literary texts add detail to the vision of Hell as well, starting with the 11th-century Vision of Tondal and culminating in Dante's Divine Comedy. The images as well as the texts that we assume they are illustrating offer a rich field for research. Questions of iconography as well as the exploration of social meanings attached to these powerful representations present themselves. The exploration of developments within the body of texts on and depictions of Hell can be particularly fruitful. The aim of this conference is to explore the place Hell occupied within society and art as well as the way Hell was envisaged as a physical place. The conference is organized as part of the Leverhulme Trust International Network project Damned in Hell in the Frescoes of Venetian-dominated Crete (13th-17th centuries). The island of Crete was governed by the Venetians from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries. During this period, the interplay of the religion and culture of the colonizers (Roman Catholic and Italian) and the majority of the population (Byzantine and Greek Orthodox) created tangible tensions. We are therefore particularly interested in material from the historical era covered by the project, approaches that involve comparisons between east  and west, and presentations with a particular focus on Crete. Did depictions of Hell on the island's churches follow theological debates and trends? Was their primary function the edification of the Orthodox congregations, or are other readings possible? Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to: Texts about Hell and punishments for sinners in the Greek Orthodox world and/or the Latin west(13th-17th centuries); Images of Hell, with particular emphasis on its layout and topography as well as the layout of its pictorial representation; Comparative papers on the interaction between Orthodox and Catholic notions and representations of Hell in the late medieval and early modern eastern Mediterranean; The origins -- both textual and pictorial -- of  perceptions and representations of the Afterlife and Hell in particular within the Christian tradition; The use of Hell and punishment for sinners within contexts of social control (especially in rural communities) and afterlife management strategies.


5-8 June 2013. 'Religious and Ethnic Identities in the Process of Expulsion and Diaspora formation from Late Antiquity to the Seventeenth Century'. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. This workshop will study the causes and consequences of expulsion of religiously or ethnically-defined groups in the context of late antique, medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean from Hadrian's banishment of the Jews from Jerusalem to the seventeenth-century expulsions of the Spanish Moriscos and French Protestants. On the one hand, we seek to situate each of these expulsions in their specific social, political and cultural contexts in order better to understand their causes and their repercussions. We will be sensitive to the changing religious and political ideologies and inquire into the differences in the processes of expulsion. Some of the expulsions in the period under study were transitory (those expelled returned within a few months or years), others permanent. On the other hand, we will study the migration and settlement patterns of those expelled, the ways in which they came together in diaspora communities, the ways they interacted with their host society, their polity of origin and among each other. To what extent did these diaspora communities preserve distinct group identities (based on language, culture, rite, or other factors)? How was the memory of the home country and its loss conserved and mythified as a vector of group identity? We invite you to propose a 30-minute paper on some aspect of this subject. The conference organizers intend to pay full expenses for those who are giving papers (coach airfare or train to Budapest, hotel and meals). Could you please let us know soon (by 15 October) if you are interested in participating in this conference? We would then ask you to send us a title and a 250-word abstract of your paper by 15 November. We will then establish the program and send it to you by December. For more information see:

7 June 2013. 'Pedagogical Approaches to Medieval and Early Modern Studies'. UCLA Memsa Graduate Studies Conference, Los Angeles, CA. The last two decades have seen radical revisions to curricula at universities and colleges around the world.  But have curricular changes been accompanied by pedagogical developments? When it comes to teaching, graduate students often learn by doing. By virtue of their experiments and their proximity to the undergraduate curriculum, they are among the most innovative educators on their campuses. The Medieval and Early Modern Students Association at UCLA invites graduate students to share their experience at a conference on that deals with teaching Medieval and Early Modern material in the undergraduate classroom.

7-8 June 2013. 'The Five Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Cultures: Literature and Language'. University of Bern, Switzerland. The study of the historical and cultural formation of the senses has attracted increasing scholarly interest in recent years. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from medievalists and early modernists (in English literary and cultural studies or in linguistics). Topics may include but are not limited to: sensory environments; sensory metaphors; sensory hierarchies; sense impairments; and gender and the senses. Papers might explore: how sensory experiences are expressed and ordered by language; how literature grows out of and evokes sensory experiences; how sensations were interpreted in the late medieval and early modern period; how the meanings of sensory terms have changed with time; how the knowledge of sense perception was transmitted. To maximise the interaction among the conference participants, there will be no parallel sessions. The concluding session of the conference will include a panel discussion of the outstanding problems in the fields and the trends for future research.

7-9 June 2013. 'The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning in the mid-twelfth-century'. The University of St. Andrew's, Fife, UK. This conference aims to provide a platform for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate on the intellectual activity taking place in mid-twelfth-century Europe.  This has traditionally been viewed as a time of introspection in the fields of literature and learning.  In particular from an English perspective, this has in the past been viewed as a period of anarchy, and little attention has been paid to development in intellectual life. We wish to create the opportunity to explore a number of themes, including, but not limited to, the development of the use of the vernacular; historical writings and their audience, for example chronicles, short histories and poetry; the expansion of law; provision of education in the Schools; peregrinations of scholars and therefore the dissemination of knowledge and ideas across Europe; and the changing cultural climate in the years c.1120 to 1189. We hope the conference will provide the opportunity to create a nexus of scholars and enable the sharing of ideas.  By encouraging attendance of postgraduates, early career academics and established academics from Britain, Europe and further afield, we hope to re-evaluate the traditional view of the period. For more information email the organizers: Jane Edwards and Maxine Esser at

8 June 2013. 'Ravenna - Its Significance in European Culture'. Sponsodred by the British Academy and Centre for Hellenic Studies, KCL, hosted by IHR, London. The aim of this workshop is to analyze the role of Ravenna as a meeting point of eastern influence from the Byzantine capital of Constantinople and local, western political pressures. It also plans to identify the specificity of a well-defined set of artefacts, in terms of innovative re-uses of the past, and responses to and exploitation of dramatic changes in the political and social landscape between the sixth century and the tenth. With Ravenna's varied monuments as a focus, disciplinary methodologies will be brought into dialogue by a wide range of experts to consider the problems, as well as the benefits, of juxtaposing artefactual and textual evidence, for instance in the vexed question of the city's major palace, and to investigate strategies of distinction deployed by local secular and ecclesiastical elites and more distant powers based north of the Alps. To register please contact making the subject line, 'Ravenna'.  There will be no charge for the first 50 registrants.

8 - 12 June 2013. 'The Medieval Translator 2013: Translation and Authority - Authorities in Translation'. KU Leuven, Belgium. Among the questions that can be addressed are the following: To what extent does the authority of the text to be translated affect translational choices? To what extent does the translation method itself become authoritative?; Is there a difference between a source text and a translation in terms of authority, and if so, how does this difference show itself in terms of translation method, reception, ...?; How does a translation become authoritative? How does a translator impose authority on his text?; Are medieval translations bound by authority, that is to say by a canon of translation?; What are the differences between Latin and vernacular translations when it comes to authority? Moreover, we welcome papers on any topic related to the theory and practices of translation in the Middle Ages. This includes not only contributions about translation into any of the European vernacular languages but also into Latin (and other learned languages). Keynote lectures will be delivered by Charles Burnett, Rita Copeland, Joëlle Ducos and Paul Wackers; Alastair Minnis will deliver the concluding lecture. Papers may be given in English or French and should be twenty minutes long. Following previous practice, it is planned to publish a book of selected papers in the peer-reviewed Medieval Translator series (Brepols). For more information please see:

10 June 2013. 'The Comparative History of Archives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy', Birkbeck College, London. The history of archives reveals the evolving priorities of the institutions that assembled them; their shifting organization reflects changes in wider worldviews; and the conditions of their use point to developments not just in political but also in social and cultural history. A new project led by Filippo de Vivo at Birkbeck, University of London, studies the history of archives and of the chanceries that oversaw their production, storage and organization in late medieval and early modern Italy. After workshops about recent tendencies in the history of archives, and about the role of archives in provincial communities, this conference investigates the relations between politics and archives. Why did governments invest so much energy in the preservation of astonishing amounts of records? How were the chanceries of republics different from those of principalities, and how did archives evolve following regime changes? When and where did secular institutions start relying on their own authority rather than utilising the services of imperial- or papal- notaries? And how Italy compare with other European cases? Places are limited. There is no fee. Tea and coffee will be provided, but no lunch. If you would like to participate, please write to Dr Alessandro Silvestri at For information see :

10-11 June 2013. 'Chapels in the North Conference' Centre for Scandinavian Studies, Aberdeen, UK. The rationale for the Conference is the ongoing research at the Centre for Scandinavian Studies on the function, legal and ecclesiastical status and use of chapels in medieval Scotland, Norway and England. The conference aims to bring together some of the leading experts on chapels and medieval religious practices from the British Isles and Scandinavia in order to discuss what was a medieval chapel. The papers will range from the archaeology of early medieval chapels, the function and role of later medieval chapels and the legal status of chapels If you wish to attend the conference, please contact Dr Sarah Thomas at by 3rd June 2013 to confirm attendance.

11 June 2013. 'Looking for Anglo-Saxon Deira (the search for early Yorkshire)'. Northallerton and District Local History Society, 7pm, Sacred Heart Church Hall, Thirsk Road, Northallerton, UK. The Northallerton and District Local History Society invites the public to a lecture by Dr. David Petts of Durham University of the search for Anglo-Saxon heritage in Yorkshire.

12 June 2013. 'Reuter Masterclass: Aristocracies of Europe, 11th-17th centuries'. University of Southampton. The convenors invite applications from final year PhD students and recent postdocs to take part in the Reuter Masterclass, which will take place during the day on 12 June, and which will be led by Professor Nick Vincent. This year’s theme will be aristocracy, to tie in with Professor Vincent’s lecture, but papers may relate to any discipline and any time period from the eleventh to the seventeenth century. A prize will be given, and papers will be eligible for consideration by the Journal of Medieval History. For more information see:

14 June 2013. 'Speaking in Tongues: Language, Communication and Power in the Middle Ages'. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK. Communication in the Middle Ages could take place within a wide spectrum of languages, dialects, and tongues. This conference will explore how the use and manipulation of language can contribute to our understanding of ‘real-world’ medieval cultural interaction, and investigate how complex ideas and societal mores were communicated and translated between languages. How did people overcome the governmental and administrative challenges in multilingual environments, such as diplomatic missions to the Mongols, knightly organizations, courts, and trading entrepôts? How were concepts and theories transmitted through cultures, across borders, or within the peripheries of Christendom, even within large institutions such as the Church or multi-ethnic polities, such as the Holy Roman or Byzantine empires? What kind of problems presented themselves in the realms of East-West relations, synods, and church councils, where complex doctrine and beliefs were discussed, debated and translated? This interdisciplinary conference, bringing together the linguistic, cultural, and historical, will be held at the IHR in central London. It will comprise four broad thematic strands, interspersed with refreshments, a catered lunch, and a keynote lecture, delivered by Dr Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds). Attendance at the conference is free but registration is necessary. To register please contact the organisers, Simon Parsons and Mark Whelan, at

14-15 June 2013. 'Twenty Years of Medieval Studies at Central European University'. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. For more information contact Annabella Pál at

13-16 June 2013. 'The Trojan Wars and the Making of the Modern World: Classical Reception after Antiquity'. Department of Linguistics and Philology, Uppsala University, Sweden. In the climactic moment of The Iliad, Hector perceives the inevitability of his death and, drawing his sword, makes one final charge at Achilles, that he might do “some great deed, that men to come shall know of it.” Some 3,0 00 years after the earliest accounts of his fatal charge, Homer – and Hector – would no doubt be amazed to learn that not only do the men to come still know of it, it has become one of the most widely depicted deeds in world literature, and the war of which it is a part has been depicted in more genres and media in more countries and languages than ever before. From antiquity to the present, in the Old World and the New, poets, historians, playwrights, painters and sculptors and, more recently, cinematographers, novelists and graphic artists have told and retold the foundational myth of the secular world, making it new for every generation. In fact, more accounts of the Trojan War are being produced now and in more different media than in any other period. The aim of the conference is to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners working in a variety of periods, places, languages and media to better understand the global tradition of representation and to demonstrate how, while each of these works draws from the preceding tradition, each work is also the unique product of its artistic, political, cultural and aesthetic context and the vision of its creator. Though inventive and original papers on any aspect of Trojan War reception in theory or practice are welcome, those with a comparative element (i.e. comparing works in different media, languages, genres and periods) which speak to the interplay and allusiveness among works in the tradition of Trojan War representation, as well as those discussing less canonical and neglected versions, are particularly desirable. 250-300 word abstracts should be sent to Adam Goldwyn at by December 1, 2012.

15-16 June 2013. 'Unofficial Histories: examining how society produces, presents and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past.' To be held at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Unofficial  Histories  is a public conference to discuss how society produces, presents, and consumes history beyond official and elite versions of the past. The conference seeks to bring together those who wish to consider the value and purpose of historical engagements and understandings that take place within, on the edges of, or outside 'official' sites that produce and transmit historical knowledge and ideas. For more information see:

15-16 June 2013. 'Defining Decades: key moments in History'. Dundee University, Dundee, UK. Historical Perspectives is a history society established and run by postgraduates for postgraduates, and our annual conference has now been running for ten years. To celebrate its anniversary, this year's conference theme will be 'Defining Decades: Key Moments in History'. This conference will build on the success of our previous conferences, which have included 'Real and Imagined Communities'; 'Conflict and Conformity'; 'Interpreting Relationships of Power'; and most recently 'Fresh Perspectives on the Past'. Our conferences provide postgraduates from various universities and disciplines with an opportunity to present their research in a supportive and mutual environment, developing the skills needed to complete a successful doctoral career. The conferences also feature a keynote speaker and our unique 'Employability Panel'. The theme for 2013, 'Defining Decades: Key Moments in History', is intended to encourage participation by postgraduates working in a range of disciplines in Arts and Social Sciences. For more information please write Julie Daskin

17-21 June 2013. London Palaeography Summer School. School of Advanced Study, Institute of English Studies, University of London. The London Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic. Courses range from a half to two days' duration and are given by experts in their respective fields from a wide range of institutions. Subject areas include Latin palaeography, English, German and Greek palaeography, history of scripts, illuminated manuscripts, vernacular editing and liturgical and devotional manuscripts. For more information please see:

20 June 2013. 'Power Manifest: Structures and Concepts of Ecclesiastic Authority, 1100-1500'. Senate Room, IHR, London. This one-day conference, with keynote speeches by Malcolm Vale, David d'Avray and Brenda Bolton, will investigate ecclesiastical authority in diverse permutations in the period c.1100-c.1500. Its explicit aim is to interpose classic institutional scholarship and work on cultural history, liturgy, theology, and history of thought, providing a forum to discuss and contribute to the new directions being taken in ecclesiastical history. For more information please see their blog at:

21 June 2013. 'Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800'. Religion has always been characterised as much by embodied experience as by abstract theological dispute. From the sounds of the adhan (the Islamic call to prayer), to the smell of incense in the Hindu Puja (a ritual offering to the deities), the visual emblem of the cross in the Christian tradition, and the ascetic practices of Theravada Buddhism, sensation is integral to a range of devotional practices. At the same time, the history of many faiths is characterised by an intense suspicion of the senses and the pleasures they offer. This international, interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars working on the role played by the senses in the experience and expression of religion and faith in the pre-modern world. The burgeoning field of sensory history offers a fertile ground for reconsideration of religious studies across disciplinary boundaries. We welcome papers from anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, historians, literary scholars, musicologists, philosophers, theologians, and any other interested parties. For more information please see:

24-27 June 2013. 'Third International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium'. Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koc University, Instanbul, Turkey.  The symposium is open to the public and simultaneous English-Turkish translation will be provided. For more information including symposium registration and program see there site with subsequent links at:

25-28 June 2013. 'The Middle Ages in the Modern World', a multidisciplinary conference on medievalism in the post-Middle Ages, University of St Andrews. Other presentations selected from over 100 proposals by academics, writers, curators and musicians from 14 countries include: Spenser and the legacy of the later Middle Ages; North American High Crosses; Remembering Thomas Becket in Normandy; William Wright's work for the Palaeographical Society; A Byzantine methodology for pop culture; The Middle Ages of World War I; Hermaphrodites, history, and the politics of intersex; How the 19th century still haunts the Middle Ages; Assisi's May festival and its Fascist founder; The origins of the medieval commercial revolution in 20th-century war, exile, and genocide; The state and place of medieval studies in the university; The medieval imaginary in popular Brazilian literature; 19th- century replicas and the generation of visions of early medieval peoples; The 800th anniversary of the Studium generale of Palencia; Terrorism and the Medieval; Representing the Middle Ages in historical grand strategy computer games; Korean translation of Beowulf; The creation of medieval Scottish music history in the 18th and early 19th centuries; The comic medievalism of the internet meme; Antiquarian furniture and the 'Modern Gothic' in eighteenth-century Britain; Medievalism and "Touristic Capital"; What medieval sacramental theology has to say about marriage today; Alliteration in contemporary poetry; History by contact; Present uses (and abuses) of the term "Spain" related to the Middle Ages; Christianity, Islam and the persistence of mythmaking. Medievalism studies, the study of the post-medieval reception and adaptation of medieval politics, history, art and literature, both inside and outside the academy, has come of age as an area of serious academic enquiry, and the second generation of medievalism scholars has begun publishing. Contact:, Organisers: Claire Pascolini-Campbell, with Chris Jones (School of English) and Bettina Bildhauer (School of Modern Languages), University of St Andrews. For more information see

26-28 June 2013. 'Space, Power and Culture'. The Annual International Medieval Meeting Lleida, Spain. Some of the leading medievalists from across the globe will take part in four congresses which will focus on various key aspects of medieval history, art history, archaeology, literature and language. Specialists in a wide range of aspects of Medieval Studies will introduce their research at this meeting, while others will present sessions, individual papers and posters on different aspects of research in the history of the Middle Ages. There will also be sessions dedicated to the promotion and management of research, the application of new technologies in the Humanities and the promotion of historical heritage. Furthermore, there will be important presentations concerning the publication and dissemination of research in medieval history. We invite paper submissions on a rolling-basis. Papers may be presented in any language and should be no of more than15-minutes. When submitting, please indicate the thematic strand that best fits your paper. Once your proposal has been received, the conference committee will evaluate it and let you know by mail in less than ten days whether it has been accepted. For more information and instructions on how to submit a proposal, please see their website at:

27-28 June 2013. 'Networks and Neighbours: A Symposium on Early Medieval Correlations.' University of Leeds. This symposium will be the first major event of a new international project titled 'Networks and Neighbours', which also will publish an associated journal to begin in 2013. Building upon the excellent work and successes of series such as the 'Transformation of the Roman World', HERA 'Cultural Memory and the Resources of the Past' and 'Texts and Identities', we hope to forge novel methodologies and critically informed histories of Early Medieval Europe. As part of this, we set out with the view that if texts present directed meaning because they are sets of signifiers and our minds are developed so as to expect, anticipate and subsequently comprehend complex information through sets, or networks, of ideas, then we can argue that it is the respective, local topology of a past situation, or rather of its functional and malleable discourses, that can provide the modern 'reader', or historian, with the framework through which s/he can write a story of the past. The event will consist of five sessions over the two days. Papers of no more than 3,000 words will be submitted one month in advance (31 May 2013) and circulated to all participants. This system of early submission will encourage a more in depth and meaningful discussion on the day. Moreover, the format of the symposium will promote the sharing of scholarship within the network of selected scholars.  Each individual session will have either an established academic or an early career scholar provide a 10-15 minute response to the three papers, including a brief summary and critical analysis of all three papers, always bearing in the mind the general topic of the session. After the response the floor will be opened up to general questions concerning either the overall theme of the event, or the session in which it is part of. Possible session topics include: Letters, sermons, poems and other personal communication; Manuscripts as nodal points within networks; Exchange of gifts as demonstrations of 'neighbourliness'; Webs of authority and legitimacy; Networks and Neighbours. Please send titles and abstracts of 250-300 words, along with a short bio, to the organising committee at: For more information please see:

27-29 June 2013. 'Color' in Medieval France'.10th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris, France. Long before Vasari's famous distinction between colore and disegno, medieval artists and musicians had recognized the great aesthetic, semiotic, and rhetorical potential of color. From a musical and rhetorical standpoint, the concept of color and the quality of ornatus both signified embellishment. In many ways such embellishments resulted in devices in musical notation that were intended as visualizations of the aural experience. These visualizations were derived from the definition of categories distinguished by aural cues, such as the symbolism and classification of church modes, whose qualities of were meant to be readily recognized by listeners. As cultural references, colors, and the terms that described them, were subject to variations in meaning. In their material form of colorings and pigments, they were a commodity and a social signifier. The exoticism of these valuable substances could denote luxury and prestige down through the Middle Ages, from the purple pages of precious manuscripts to the dyes of clothing regulated by sumptuary laws. Yet color could also stigmatize or exclude, for medieval people classified, categorized, and imparted meaning by associating certain colors with specific minority groups and social hierarchies. This 'semiotizing' activity was crystallized in heraldry. Nevertheless, categories were not consistently mapped to colors. The variability of 'color coding' in medieval romance, the visual arts, or from one region to the next tests the limits of schematic, rigid views of color symbolism. Meditations on color in literature, as in philosophy and theology, point to the agency of color, so that color is not solely a thing seen, but a potential to make things happen. The theology of light, through its attendant emphasis on color, intersected with the later reintroduction of the study of optics into the West via Latin translations of Arabic works that built upon ancient authors, giving rise to the development of theories of perspective, light, and color. This symposium welcomes papers about color from all disciplines. In addition to approaches to color and light in medieval science and art (including the techniques for making colorings; the use of silver, gold, lapis lazuli and gemstones; grisaille and the absence of color), we invite analyses of the economics of color, the lexis of color, the symbolics and meaning(s) of color(s) in social history and literature, and approaches to color in philosophy, theology, and music (notation, embellishment, use of mode). The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars.  For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the programme of last year's symposium, please visit our website:

30 June - 2 July 2013. 'Solidarities, Entanglement and Conflict in French Society'. The Society for the Study of French History, 27th Annual Conference, University of Cardiff. The conference theme is to be interpreted widely. Its purpose is to explore entanglements, solidarities and conflicts in the most inclusive sense: transnational, global, local, diplomatic, military, class, gender, religious, status, cultural, imperial, colonial, producer, consumer, chronological, and more. Participants may choose to ask how French people reconciled or failed to reconcile involvement in networks that were smaller than the nation (personal, family, regional, professional...) with transnational exchanges and crossings (churches, commercial exchanges, ideologies...). They may ask how transnational history looks if we bring conflict into the equation. Another potential area of interest is the role of social movements in French history, the potentially conflicting motivations and objectives of the people who participated in them. Also welcomed are papers that ask how historiographical disputes are entangled with conflicts among the subjects of that historiography. Confirmed keynote speakers: Todd Shepard (John Hopkins University), Jinty Nelson (King's College, London) and Fanny Cosandey (EHESS). Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers (in either English or French) on any aspect of French history from the early medieval to the contemporary period. Proposals for panels of two or three papers that cross chronological and/or geographic boundaries are particularly welcome. Please note that our theme is not exclusive as to subject and we also welcome contributions that reflect the broad diversity of the discipline of French History. Proposals should consist of a one-page CV and an abstract of not more than 300 words, in a single document, preferably in pdf format. For more information see their website at:

30 June - 3 July 2013. 'John Gower: Language, Cognition and Performance'. III John Gower Congress, University of Rochester, NY. The Congress defines a wide focus: “Language”, in all its many aspects, and languages, translations, specialized discourses, dialects, idiolects, and influences, as well as manuscript printed, and digital texts—and Digital Humanities, generally, with application to Gower; “Cognition,” including medieval memory and ideational theory, cognitive science, mental (and physical) health and models of therapy, general modes of perception and more specialized (e.g., Gower and suffering, political, salvific and emotive discourses—“Gower and the non- / supra-human world”); and “Performance,” anticipating sessions on performance and performance theory, on the staging of ideas, on philosophy (people/characters “staged” by deeds and choices, etc.), narrativity. Plenary speakers will include Derek Pearsall, Gurney Professor of English Literature emeritus, Harvard University; Russell A. Peck, John Hall Deane Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Rochester; and Ardis Butterfield, Senior Research Scholar, Yale University. Those who would like to present papers or participate on panels at the Congress should send a one-paragraph abstract (150 words max.) by 1 July 2013 to the organizer(s) at the following email addresses: R.F. Yeager ( and Russell Peck (


1 July 2013. 'Agriculture and Industry: the Development of Rural England, 1200-1700'. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK. This colloquium will explore the role of agriculture and industry in the rural economic development of England from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. With the aim of celebrating the works of Tawney and Postan, notably The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century and The Medieval Economy and Society, it will explore the themes of early modernity, political economy and the rise of capitalism. Postan and Tawney were early pioneers exploring the development of agrarian capitalism; the increasing commercialization of agriculture; the strength of property rights and the frequency of land transfers; and increasing industrial activities; but did so from two different sides of the medieval and early-modern divide. Their work also differed in the importance they placed on the mechanisms of change in rural society, with the latter arguing that expropriating landowners were the driving force of change in sixteenth-century England, whilst the former argued that demographic changes were the key dynamic in creating change in fifteenth-century England. Both Postan and Tawney have thus cast long shadows over the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries respectively, but it is through combining their work on demography, the significance of lordship and serfdom, the link between manorial and village organisations and central government, and the nature of customary law, that this colloquium will re-evaluate the dual importance of agriculture and industry in the transformation of rural society in England. Further enquires and proposals for papers should be sent to James Bowen at ( ) or Alex Brown ( ) by 1 May 2013.

1-4 July 2013. The 20th International Medieval Congress (IMC) will be held at the University of Leeds, in Leeds, UK. Further information:

2-3 July 2013. 'Power, Prayer and Public Archaeology'. Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland (Knightsbrook Hotel). A conference in celebration of 750 years since the foundation of the Black Friary. The conference aims to explore the archaeology and material culture of Religious Houses in late medieval Europe, through innovative approaches to new stories. Through interdisciplinary approaches, we want to address how the introduction of Continental monastic orders impacted locally on social order, material culture, economy, burial practice, and the role of men, women and children. Themes will include European-wide research, Ireland-focused studies, architectural style and technologies and a focus on the Black Friary Dominican site in Trim Co. Meath as a case study. The latter will include papers on community and public archaeology, an integral part of the Black Friary Archaeology Project. Papers are invited from established researchers, specialists and students on any subjects that may inform the themes of the conference. All sessions will include a short-paper section to allow students and recent graduates to showcase new or on-going research. The conference will be held in the medieval town of Trim, Co. Meath, home to the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, and situated on the banks of the River Boyne. For more information please see:

6 July 2013. 'Border Society: States, Governance and People, 1150-1300'. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. A conference in association with the AHRC-project The Breaking of Britain: Cross-Border Society and Scottish Independence, 1216-1314 , co-sponsored by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, Friends of Cumbria Archives, and the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne. The conference focuses on how the English and Scottish monarchies asserted their respective authority in 'Middle Britain', the different styles of royal rule, and the varying experiences of local communities within the Border region in terms of crown power and its demands. The conference will also introduce a new online database of translated English royal records for the counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Northumberland. Speakers include: Prof. Dauvit Broun (University of Glasgow), 'In England in the kingdom of the Scots': becoming Scottish, 1157-1286 ; Prof. Keith Stringer (Lancaster University), Governance and Society in Northern England and Southern Scotland, c.1150-1300 ; Prof. David Carpenter (King's College London), The King's Government in Northern England in the Thirteenth Century ; Dr Beth Hartland (University of Glasgow), The People of Northern England: Cumberland, Westmorland and Northumberland, 1216-1286. The conference is funded by the AHRC. There is no conference fee; lunch and refreshments are free of charge; and a warm welcome is guaranteed to all. Registration deadline: 1 June 2013. How to register: please send your name, address and the number of places you are booking, preferably via email to or else by post to: Christine Wilkinson, Centre for North-West Regional Studies, Fylde College, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YF. For more information see their website at:

6 July - 21 August 2013. 'Family and Local History: Live it, Love it'. Your Fair Laides, West Leeds Scouts HQ, The Lanes, Pudsey, UK. This series of lectures and specialist courses run by established scholars and academics includes general lectures on history as well as more detailed events on medieval paleography. If interested, please contact Chris Pomery at and or see their website at

8-9 July 2013. 'Making Connections: Alliances, Networks, Correspondence and Comparisons'. University of Winchester, Hampshire, UK. Registration is now open for Kings & Queens 2: Making Connections. A key facet of rulership was the creation of connections: military and matrimonial alliances, leveraging dynastic or kinship networks, fostering religious and trading links and using the power of the pen to build relationships through correspondence. Our chosen theme aims to shed light on the importance of these connections between monarchs and encourage fruitful comparisons of rulers from the medieval to the modern periods. We are delighted with the number of excellent paper and panel proposals received which highlight our theme across a wide geographical and temporal context. We anticipate that the conference will generate stimulating discussion, new insights into the study of monarchy and another strong volume of conference proceedings. For more information, please see their website at:

8-9 July 2013. 'Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870-1000'. Conference hosted by the Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St. Andrew's, Fife, UK. In recent years, there has been substantial re-evaluation of traditional methodological approaches to all kinds of early medieval texts, from narrative histories to documentary sources. Historians have increasingly taken stock of the interdependence of textual aspects such as audience, reception, dissemination, authorial agenda and the relationships between cultural and political elites. This reappraisal has inspired renewed interest in earlier Carolingian political history. However, the so-called 'post-Carolingian' world of the tenth century has yet to be thoroughly investigated on the same terms. How did texts produced in the late ninth- and tenth-century political climate differ from those of the preceding century? Is it possible to refashion the traditional political narrative of late Carolingian fragmentation and decline by reassessing the foundations on which this very narrative has been constructed? Our intention is to draw together recent work on the theme of political discourse in the written sources of this period. We hope to provide an international forum for established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students working on political culture and the functions of texts in the late Carolingian world. Eight invited academics will offer papers on the conference themes. We invite proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars for 20-minute papers on any topic related to the interaction between politics and texts in this period. The conference will include lunches, refreshments, wine reception, and an optional conference meal. We expect to be able to contribute towards speakers' accommodation and travel expenses. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to either of the conference organisers, Roberta Cimino ( or Ed Roberts ( For more information see:

8-10 July 2013. 'Saints and the City: Urban Sacred in the pre-modern'. Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. The holy city has for centuries dominated in many ways the life of western urban centers. How, though, was the urban sacred made manifest in the pre-modern West? Which media were elicited? How did urban sanctity develop and what influence did it exert on the political, social and cultural discourse if its participants and represtatives? Were there any equivalents in the Middle and Far East? The conference aims to pursue these issues in an interdisciplinary manner. It is aimed at young researchers (PhD students and those under 35) who are willing to put the results of their research in a wider context to the discussion. Prof. Dr. Albert Dietl (art history, Regensburg) will give an evening lecture entitled 'patron saints in medieval Italy' (In collaboration with the Art History Institute of the Friedrich-Alexander-University). The Erlanger Interdisciplinary Centre for European Medieval and Renaissance Studies IZEMIR ( ) and the DFG research group 'sacred and sanctifying in the Middle Ages and early modern times. Intercultural Perspectives in Europe and Asia' ( write five scholarships of €250 from the travel and subsistence expenses of the speakers. For more information see:

8-10 July 2013. 'Trade, Travel and Transmission in the Medieval Mediterranean'. Churchill College, University of Cambridge, UK. The Society for the Medieval Mediterranean is proud to announce its forthcoming third biennial conference, with the theme of �Trade, Travel and Transmission'. This three day interdisciplinary conference will bring scholars together to explore the interaction of the various peoples, societies, faiths and cultures of the medieval Mediterranean, a region which had been commonly represented as divided by significant religious and cultural differences. The objective of the conference is to highlight the extent to which the medieval Mediterranean was not just an area of conflict but also a highly permeable frontier across which people, goods and ideas crossed and influenced neighbouring cultures and societies.

8-11 July 2013. 'Migration'. Triennial Conference of the British Comparative Literature Association, held at the University of Essex. The BCLA invites conference papers on the theme of migration, understood as the migration of texts, stories, and myths across cultures and time, media, genres and species, as well as the migrations of peoples across lands, seas, and worlds. Please send proposals, no longer than 250 words, and a brief biographical statement to:

9-12 July 2013. 'Plantations Amidst Savagery'. University of Sterling, UK. In 1113 David youngest son of St Margaret of Scotland founded a colony from St Bernard of Abbeville's abbey of Thiron-Gardais at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. This community was the first of any of the reformed Benedictine or Augustinian monastic orders to be founded in the British Isles. The arrival of these continental monks heralded an era of profound religious, political, cultural, social and economic transformation in the lands along the northern rim of Christendom from Scotland and Ireland in the west, through England, Scandinavia and north Germany, to Poland and Estonia in the east. To celebrate the 900th anniversary of this event, the University of Stirling, supported by Historic Scotland, is hosting a multi-disciplinary conference which will bring together scholars from across Europe and North America to explore the monastic impact on the culture and society of northern Europe from the 12th to 16th centuries and its modern legacies. For more information see:

11-12 July 2013. 'Locating Boccaccio in 2013' to be held at The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. For more information visit:

13-14 July 2013. 'St. Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins'. University of Wales Trinity St. David Carmathan Campus. Proposal for papers are invited on the different Latin and vernacular versions of the Life of St Ursula and the 11,000 Virgins of Cologne, as well as all aspects of their medieval cult including: the cult of relics, reliquaries and reliquary busts, visual representations, comparative studies of the different Lives, detailed analysis of their popularity in particular regions and countries, the early development of the cult and its transmission, Elizabeth of Schönau, Hermann Joseph, revelations, calendars, hymns, traditions asscociated with the other virgins and male companions, Ursula’s association with the military orders, guilds and students, church dedications, the political, social and economic implications of the cult, the founding of the Ursuline Order.

16 July 2013. 'Ritual, State and Lordship in Medieval England, c. 900-1300'. New College of the Humanities, London. In 1970, Richard Southern wrote that in England it was during the central Middle Ages that ‘government by ritual came to an end, and government by administration began’. Yet the last decade of research has shown that rituals and administrative government did not stand apart, but continued to co-exist under both the strong Anglo-Saxon state and its central medieval successor. The purpose of this conference is to explore the relationship between ritualised communication, the lordship of kings and magnates, and government in the context of the comparatively powerful structure of the English state. Key topics for discussion will be both how inspiration from early medieval and continental studies of rituals can advance studies of the English Middle Ages, and how study of the rituals of medieval England, with its rich source materials and particular social and political conditions, can contribute to the wider debate about ritualised communication in the medieval period. Registration cost is £5 for students/£10 for salaried attendees, to be paid on the day. In order to register please email the organisers at no later than 7 July.

15-17 July 2013. 'Psalm Culture and the Politics of Translation'. Charterhouse Square, Queen Mary, University of London. We invite paper and session proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on English responses to the Psalms, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Civil War. The Psalms have been at the centre of English religious life, language and identity since the Augustinian mission. This conference aims to bring together scholars working in different periods and disciplines to open up new avenues of discussion and debate. We are interested in all aspects of the English Psalm tradition, from the conversion to the Civil War. For more information please visit:

15-20 July 2013. 'SUN Course: Medieval Codicology and Palaeography'. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. The aim of the one-week course is to provide practical training in the basic skills of Latin and Greek palaeography, combined with lectures on selected issues in codicology and diplomatic based on a new approach toward manuscript studies and the latest trends in research. The course includes visits to manuscript holding libraries and archives. For more information see:

20 July 2013. 'Coin Hoards and Treasure Finds'. Yorkshire Numismatics Society, York Racecourse, York. The Yorkshire Numismatic Society is pleased to be hosting the 2013 joint meeting of the Royal Numismatic and the British Numismatic Societies. Traditionally this joint meeting is held in July in different parts of the country to allow non-London based members easier access to meetings. Further information on this year's event can be found here or by following the link under 'events' in the right-hand toolbar. The meeting is being held at the same venue as the York Stamp and Coin Fair so there will be plenty of opportunities to acquire some new coins for your collections at the same time. The event is open to all and free! There will be opportunities to join one or all of the societies on the day and there will also be a book sale in the room with a great selection of new and fine used numismatic reference works. Please come along - we have put together a great programme and York is a fine place to spend a few days. Registration in advance would be appreciated as we have to manage accommodation, seating and other logistical issues. Please register by email to Tony Abramson:

21-23 July 2013. 'Muslim and Jewish Contributions to the Arab Renaissance'. 42nd International Conference, The ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies, Oriental Institute, Oxford University. All papers will be 35 minutes with ten minutes for discussion and will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM periodical. If you wish to participate ARAM please asks that you send an inquiry either by mail to the ARAM Society, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford, OX1 2LE, by phone at 0186-551-4014 or by email to

22-24 July 2013. 'Making Sense of Play'. Mansfield Collge, University of Oxford. This interdisciplinary project seeks to examine the various meanings of 'play', elucidate their inter-relationships and trace the origins of the patterns of play and their place in the human condition. Variations in cultural conditions naturally impact on play, its meanings and its forms, as do, often in a different way, economic inequalities both within and between different cultures. Our deliberations will necessarily take this into account. In many languages, as in English, throughout its etymological history 'play' has been closely connected to the world of children and make-believe. Academic study of play, too, deals predominantly with various aspects of children's play and its importance in development. There is, in fact, a lack of balance between the study of play in relation to children and childhood on one hand, and 'play' more generally, as outlined above, on the other. For this reason our project explicitly emphasizes the comparatively under-explored aspects of play in linguistic, literary, philosophical, historical, psychological and evolutionary frames of reference. The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. Please send submissions to both: Wendy Turgeon (Project Leader) at and Rob Fisher at For more information visit:

23 July - 10 August 2013. 'Working with Text in a Digital age'. Tufts University, Medfor, MA. A NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. This institute will focus on linguistic sources that shed light upon the human record. While collections in Greek, Latin, Arabic, German, and English will be prominent, participants with many different linguistic interests are encouraged to apply. Students of the humanities will be introduced to established digital humanities technologies such as TEI XML markup as well as new methods from fields such as corpus and computational linguistics, information retrieval, and data visualization. Participants will have the opportunity not only to acquire new skills but also to transform the way in which they conceive of their research and teaching. We particularly encourage graduate students and library professionals as well as faculty to apply as individuals or as small groups or as representatives of established collaborations. While the institute will provide extensive training in advanced technologies, such technologies are presented as a means to advance the larger goals of the humanities. These goals include not only the transformation of research in the humanities but expanding the impact of humanities research within and beyond the academy. Instruction will include case studies where advanced technology has not only transformed research agendas but, for example, 1) enabled significant contributions and meaningful research by undergraduates, 2) stimulated new collaborations with colleagues long-separated by barriers of space, language, and/or culture, and 3) offered the general public access to, and participation in, scholarly interpretation of the past. We particularly encourage applications that explain how they wish to use their experience at the Institute to advance one or more of these goals in their own work. The institute will begin with a week of formal training that will include both presentations and hands on exploration providing participants with a shared set of methods. Topics include an introduction to TEI XML and to corpus and computational linguistics, with an emphasis on applied structural markup and standoff linguistic annotation; exercises in representing written sources in digital form; morpho-syntactic analysis and markup, discourse structures and other categories of linguistic annotation; named entities, textual quotation, paraphrase, allusion, citations; the reinvention of existing reference works (such as lexica, grammars, and editions) and the rise of born-digital knowledge bases (such as treebanks). For more information please see:

29 July - 2 August 2013. 'International Society of Anglo-Saxonists 2013 Conference' will be held in Dublin, hosted jointly by University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. The theme of ISAS 2013 is Insular Cultures, interpreted very broadly. The focus will be on relations between Anglo-Saxon England and Ireland in the early Middle Ages but papers on relations between the Anglo-Saxons and their other Celtic neighbours will also be welcome. Related topics, such as continental influence on insular cultures and relations with Iceland, will also be included. For more information visit:


5-9 August 2013. 'Historically Informed Summer School'. University of Hull, Scarborough Campus, Scarborough, UK. A residential summer school for singers & players of wind, string & plucked instruments (folk, period & modern), open to all student, amateur and young & early career professional musicians from the early, classical and folk traditions. The course explores the common ground & connections between early music and folk & traditional music. If you like either, you will be able to join those who enjoyed the flexibility, informality and the opportunity to explore and learn a wide range of music from highly expert tutors in an encouraging and supportive environment. For 2013 under a broad “sacred & profane” theme, repertoire will be explored from court & village green and chapel & tavern perspectives, including use of dance tunes. With more tutors, there will be a wider range of instrument or voice options (more viols, Baroque & modern strings are especially welcome); both folk & choral singers will have more options; classes are flagged for the level of reading & improvisation skills required; more support sessions, e.g. coping with a score for non-readers, listening & theory, how to improvise over a ground or arrange a folk tune, more Alexander Technique. Free time in the afternoon is for rest, ad hoc music making, practice or sightseeing. A third session after tea offers more
ensemble and repertoire choices, including coaching for small instrumental or vocal (1 to a part) groups. Popular “Shorties” – 15 min presentations given by course members add to the rich variety on offer. Evenings include full course rehearsals and sectionals. Informal tunes sessions and a drink in the bar ends the day. The course concludes with an open final performance by all on Friday afternoon. Repertoire for all course members: Praetorius polychoral Polyhymnia Panegyrica (1619). Other repertoire includes: Dowland and Campian lute & consort music; Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (14c pilgrim songs); Hildegard of Bingen; Playford’s Divisions; Renaissance & Baroque dance music. What the organizers expect of you: bring a music stand (essential); sight-read straightforward music (at least slowly); master easy tunes by ear /read notation in common keys; bring a portable recording device (optional, but useful!). For more information see their website at:

6-9 August 2013. 'Chant and Culture'. The Gregorian Institute of Canada, Vancouver, University of British Columbia. The Gregorian Institute of Canada has focused from its inception on performance, providing a unique opportunity for scholars and performers from Canada and around the world to share and discuss their ideas, research, and experience. This year's theme 'Chant and Culture' is inspired by an essay currently found in William Mahrt's book, The Musical Shape of the Liturgy, and which also originally appeared as 'Gregorian Chant as a Fundamentum of Western Musical Culture', in Sacred Music 102.1 (Spring 1975): 3�21. William Mahrt, Professor Emeritus of Music at Stanford University, will be giving this year's keynote address. In addition to academic papers, there will be workshops in chant performance. Vancouver Early Music Program & Festival will have concerts on campus at the same time, including one on the medieval Carmina Burana by Benjamin Bagby and the ensemble 'Sequentia'. For more information see:

15-24 August 2013. 'Understanding Byzantium in the Balkans: Where the East met/parted from the West'. 16th Ohrid Summer University, Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Macedonia. The Summer School will explore the fascinating phenomenon of Byzantium and its enduring impact on the Medieval Balkans. The objective of the Summer School is to address the complex socio-economic, cultural and political processes that led to the transformation of the Roman world and emergence of Byzantium and the Balkans as gravitational zones between East and West. The leading international scholars in the field of Byzantine and medieval Balkan studies will present the latest insights in addressing the various questions concerning the re-evaluation of issues of group identity and ethnogenesis in the Balkans, the concept of making of the Slavs, the examination of Byzantium as Superpower and Soft Power and as an enduring appeal to external elite, along with development of the Balkans as highway and flashpoint between Latin West and Byzantine East. Through appliance of new approach in historical and archaeological research the Summer School will explore Byzantine and Balkan studies in the Western Europe and United States and put them in a dialogue with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. The main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking and to raise the understanding of Byzantium and the Balkans and their place in international history, grasping them not as a factor of East-West division but as a integrative component of the European cultural history. For more information please see:

28-30 August 2013. 'Ruling Bishops and Ruling Eunichs, c. 400-1800, The Gender of Authority: Celibate and Childless Men in Power'. University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. From antiquity to modernity, pre-modern ruling systems in different parts of the world often shared a common feature: the participation of men who were either physically unable or normatively forbidden to father children. One the one hand, there were the childless eunuchs who fulfilled a variety of functions at courts in the Middle East, Byzantium and China; they were much more than simply guardians of the harem. Due to their specific “gender”, the eunuchs formed an integral part of the different ruling systems; indeed, they held a central position in court politics, and their loyalty towards the reigning dynasty was not conditional on nepotism or favouritism towards their family, since they were childless. On the other hand, we have the ruling priests: the celibate bishops both in the Byzantine Empire and Latin Europe. Whereas the Eastern Church tolerated eunuchs as priests, the Western Church demanded that a priest was not castrated, and that instead he needed to have the willpower and resolve to remain celibate. Bishops, who formed an integral part of the ruling elites in both the Western and Eastern were subject to the same rules surrounding celibacy, and were prevented in theory from fathering legitimate children. Without aiming at a strict comparison between the two groups, this conference wants to take the phenomenon of pre-modern ruling systems that incorporate celibate or childless men, as a starting point. Registration, which will be free, will begin at 2.30pm on Wednesday. Other questions and queries can be directed to Matthew Mesley, University of Zurich, (

29-31 August 2013. 'Gender and Political Culture 1400-1800'. Plymouth University, U.K. A Joint Conference organized by History and the Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts (HuMPA) at Plymouth University and Umeå Group for Pre-modern Studies. This conference investigates gender and political culture during the period 1400 to 1800, and the organizers welcome proposals for papers on topics related to the conference theme. The conference aims to create possibilities for comparative research and is therefore looking to attract a broad variety of studies across periods, disciplines and geographical regions. The conference organizers wish to attract both senior scholars and doctoral students. During the conference there will be sessions where participants present papers, and a workshop where participants may present work in progress or project ideas. There are also a small number of conference bursaries available for junior scholars, which will cover conference fee and accommodation for three nights. If you are interested in being considered for one of the bursaries, please send a CV, brief covering letter and letter of recommendation along with your title and abstract to: Professor James Daybell (, Plymouth University or Professor Svante Norrhem (


2-5 September 2013. 'Authority and Resistance in the Age of Magna Carta'. Department of History and Welsh History, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. This conference is part of the prestigious series of conferences on Thirteenth-Century England, which for the last ten years has been convened by Aberystwyth and Lampeter. The 'Thirteenth-Century England' conferences are the foremost international forum for new and recent work on British history in the long thirteenth century (roughly between the death of Thomas Becket and the beginning of the Hundred Years War). Speakers from Germany, New Zealand, the U. K. and the U. S. will consider ideas, concepts and practices of resistance, treating the world of high politics as well as disputes in monastic or clerical settings, historical writings or vernacular poetry. For more information and the program please see their website at:

4 September 2013. 'Enhancing Impact, Inspiring Excellence: collaborative approaches between archives and universities'. Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, U.K. This conference will bring together archivists, academics, students, and funders to discuss the ways in which archives and universities can work together, strengthen existing partnerships, and identify those for the future. The conference will take the format of a series of practice-led case studies examining ways in which academics, archives, and universities are already working together and how these relationships can be developed and shared. It will highlight the important role archives can play in supporting universities in teaching and research, the means of developing joint initiatives, and areas of future collaboration. The conference will conclude with a series of workshops that will identify tangible steps through which partnerships can be increased and new opportunities for cross-working identified. In addition to the planned sessions a 'market place' will be held over lunch for archives, publishers, and academic bodies to promote their services and for the sale of merchandise. Tours will also be offered of the Cadbury Research Library. For more information about the conference please see:

5-7 September 2013. 'Translating Myth'. An international conference organized by the Centre for Myth Studies at the University of Essex, supported by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies and the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K. The organisers would particularly welcome interdisciplinary contributions, especially ones that bridge the domains of literature and psychoanalysis, but we encourage submissions on all aspects of myth that involve the idea of translation. 'Translating myth' is to be taken in a broad sense as encompassing any topic that addresses the process of conversion or transfer of cultural sources construed as mythic. For more information please visit:

9-11 September 2013. 'Line Colour: Perceiving the Mediterranean. Conflicting Narratives and Ritual Dynamics'. 5th International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds, Bern, Switzerland. The theme of this interdisciplinary conference will focus on three issues: 1. The light, the colour, the horizon line are parameters for the perception of the Mediterranean. A statement such as 'the colour of the Mediterranean is only turquoise in the indirect light of Capri's Blue Grotto' is an example of the utopian metaphors that have shaped the image of this region. From classical times to today, the subjective image of the Mediterranean has moved so close to its object that it is perceived to have substantially converged with it. The subjective image has altered the history of its object, its linguistic, sectarian and social structures, giving rise to incomprehension or even rejection between 'Occident' and 'Orient'. At the same time, however, it has also set a process of cultural osmosis in motion. Is there a valid image, a correlative or interactive visualization of the Mediterranean and its inhabitants? 2. Using narrative forms of representation, literary, filmic and photographic media require modes of perceiving the Mediterranean that in comparison with perceived reality reveal, on both sides, fractures and contradictions, conflicting narratives. Pictorial and textual narratives are attempts to perceive a region, a space, or a utopia which have their origin in and reflect the oral tradition of their inhabitants in the ports, trading posts and caravanserais. For this purpose the oral tradition has used predominant narratives and counter-narrati ves, heroes and anti-heroes, realities and utopias. How has this dialectic form of oral tradition been represented in pictorial and textual media from ancient times to the present day? 3. The title colour line is deliberately ambivalent, touching in equal measure on both the history of perception, epistemology, social anthropology and the political history of the Mediterranean. Thus, the Mediterranean is not only Europe's most lethal border, located between three continents, three religions and ethnicities, but also the ' transmission belt' of an osmotic network that defines the dynamic development of the whole region. An important factor for this osmosis is the exchange, interdependence and transformation of ritual practices: linguistic, religious and political ceremonials. Accordingly, the aim of the symposium is to show that ritual dynamics have functions that integrate as well as exclude. Could ritual dynamics in fact constitute the mainspring for a mental affinity between the various Mediterranean cultures, for a mutual sense of cultural curiosity that traditional Mediterraneanism has sought to elucidate through the concepts of the cultural unity (Braudel) or connectivity (Horden-Purcell) of the Mediterranean? For more information see:

12 September 2013. 'History, Postcolonialism and Tradition'. Postcolonial Studies Association Annual Conference, Kingston University, London, U.K. This year's theme is designed to facilitate the opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue, particularly (but not exclusively) between the spheres of literature, cultural studies, anthropology, the visual arts, the performative arts, folklore, history, politics, and the social sciences. Issues of history and tradition remain sites of significant contestation for postcolonial studies. Whilst postcolonial studies focuses increasingly on 'future-thinking' this is in tension with, and reliant upon, a continued need to negotiate the postcolonial cultures' relationship to often violent histories and the marginalisation of indigenous traditions. Equally, global and diasporic cultures are the sites of complex interplays of productively competing traditions and forms of remembrance. Issues include but are not limited to: the difference between history and memory in postcolonial cultures; theoretical approaches to postcolonial history (new historicism, cultural materialism); gendered histories and traditions; myth, folklore and oral tradition; postcolonial historiographies; negotiations of history and tradition in literature, creative writing and the visual arts; history and/or tradition as source of/barrier to political and social change; transformations of history and tradition in the context of global and diasporic identities. Confirmed keynote speakers include Robert Irwin (author of The Arabian Nights: A Companion and For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their Enemies) and Sadhana Naithani (author of In Quest of Indian Tradition and The Story-Time of the British Empire: Colonial and Postcolonial Folkloristics). For more information see their ad at:

13 September 2013. 'The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland - the Making of Myth'. The Inaugural 'Medieval Ireland' Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. The Geraldines (or Fitzgeralds, descendants of Gerald of Windsor, constable of Pembroke, fl .1100) were perhaps the most important of the dynasties established in Ireland at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion of the late 1160s. The family gave Ireland two of its most famous noble houses, the earls of Desmond and Kildare, as well as a host of later historical personalities. From the earliest moments of their involvement in Ireland the Geraldines became shrouded in myths, often of their own creation, and these were consciously cultivated by the family in the later Middle Ages to enhance its prestige and power. This fund of mythology was later appropriated for political and polemical uses by writers across the post-medieval centuries from the Elizabethan age to the early decades of the Irish Free State, most famously in the nationalist verse of Thomas Davis (d.1845): 'Ye Geraldines! Ye Geraldines! How royally ye reigned, O'er Desmond broad and rich Kildare, and English arts disdained'. The symposium examines the 'myth of the Geraldines' in these two senses: first the literary and historical evidence from the Middle Ages and its reception from the sixteenth century onwards; and second the myths and misconceptions that have encrusted around aspects of the family's history in the professional historical scholarship up to the present day. The keynote address (which takes place appropriately in the Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, TCD) by Professor Steven Ellis of NUI Galway will examine the career of the Great Earl of Kildare, once dubbed by a twentieth-century historian the 'all-but king of Ireland'. Collectively the papers will offer a fresh assessment of the significance of the Geraldines in medieval Irish history from the twelfth century to the early sixteenth. 

13-15 September 2013. 'The Christian Mystery. Early Christianity and the Pagan Mystery Cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarhip'. University of Ghent, Belgium. The conference aims at uniting specialists of historiography of religion, whose contributions will together cover various methodological and geographical traditions, so as to come to a broad overview of this issue within the early 20th century history of science. The theme of this international conference is the way Cumont and his contemporaries conceived the relationship of Early Christianity to the pagan mystery cults. We will also include predecessors and more recent scholarship on this topic. Cumont was a pioneer of the scientific study of the oriental religions. Many of his publications (e.g. The Mysteries of Mithras, 1900) fueled the early 20th century debates about Christianity’s dependence on the pagan cults through the similarities they suggested between these religious traditions. Cumont expressed his opinion only indirectly and ambiguously, but other scholars have been more explicit in demonstrating or denying such influences. This conference serves multiple purposes. The first set of aims is to reconstruct, evaluate and contextualize Cumont’s views on this much debated topic in early 20th century history of religions, through the reconstruction of his ideas, as well as of those of his contemporaries. In particularl is thought Cumont’s long time friend and correspondent Alfred Loisy, but also of comparative historians of religions, belonging to Cumont’s network, like Eugène Goblet d’Alviella, Raffaele Pettazzoni, Nicolà Turchi, James George Frazer, Arthur Darby Nock, Salomon Reinach, Prosper Alfaric, Hermann Usener, Richard Reitzenstein, Carl Clemen, etc. The organizers hope that the conference will also include and discuss the different scientific, social, religious and ideological backgrounds of these scholars, so as to create a nuanced synthesis of the factors which could have influenced the different positions in this discussion. The languages of the conference will be English, French, and German. Publication of Acts is intended. For more information see:

26-27 September 2013. 'International Workshop: Oral and Literary, Latin & Vernacular Culture'. House of Science and Letters, Helsinki, Finland. The Medieval and Early Modern periods in Northern Europe (ca. 600–1600), defined broadly to include both Scandinavia, the Baltic, the British Isles and the Hanseatic areas of the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, were characterized by the simultaneous existence of oral and literary as well as Latin and vernacular cultures. Worldviews, ideas, beliefs, customs and norms were neither purely Christian nor purely pagan. Instead, the surviving sources show traces of various cultural layers as a result of cultural blending; sometimes the different elements are easily discernible, but sometimes they are so intermingled that they cannot be distinguished. The syncretism applies to both religious and secular texts; the coexistence of Latin and vernacular sometimes appears literally in manuscripts that combined both Latin and vernacular content or used different vernacular languages in parallel. Moreover, some texts (defined in the broad sense of the word) were never written but remained oral, manifesting themselves in later folklore. The workshop Indigenous Ideas and Foreign Influences will offer an arena for discussion of the interaction between oral and literary and the Latin and vernacular cultures in Medieval and Early Modern Northern Europe. More information regarding the seminar, social program, travel and accommodation in Helsinki will be posted soon at

27-28 September 2013. 'Genre in Medieval Celtic Literature'. School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, Ireland.
The aim of this colloquium is to open up the field to discussion of the concept of genre in medieval literature and in particular in the Celtic vernaculars. While recent years have seen a gradual increase in publications on this topic, the potential of the discussion of genre and generic analysis for the Celtic literatures has not yet been fully explored. This colloquium aims to bring together current research on the subject, with a view to exploring the role genre plays in modern scholarship as well as in the medieval understanding of reading and writing. Proposals for papers of approximately thirty minutes are invited on all topics relevant to genre in medieval Celtic literature (not limited to the vernaculars) including: taxonomy and typology (medieval and modern); methodology of generic analysis; cyclification; medieval reading practices; artes liberales and medieval writing; individual genres. For more information see:

27-28 September 2013. 'Roman Law: Fourth International Meeting of Young Historians of Law'. The Law Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The conference will examine the application of Roman law in Greek in the Roman, Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods. As suggested by the title of the meeting, proposals are preferred from researchers (PhD students or teachers at least) under 40 years of age. Accepted languages ​​are English, French, German and Italian


30 September - 2 October. 'Future of the Mediterranean. Mediterranean Futures'. The Center for Mediterranean Studies of the University Bochum, Germany. The future is terra incognita which can provide the surface onto which we project our dreams and yearnings or our nightmares. Today the Mediterranean region is commonly associated with conflict and crisis: the Middle East conflict has continued to smoulder for decades, the economic crisis has shaken countries on the northern and southern shores to their foundations, while responses to pressing environmental issues and dwindling resources have yet to be found. Despite all this, the upheaval in the countries of the Arab world shows that the dream of a better life can still move people to turn against existing power structures and stakeholders or even lead to rebellion. Thus the vision of a better future has become a resource which is driving societal, political and social changes in spite of all resistance. Political, social, economic or cultural transformations provide a forum for a variety of notionsof what constitutes 'progress' or 'modern'. The future becomes a contested and controversial resource and may be construed according to religious beliefs, social class or prevailing perception of history, may be romanticised or may be discarded completely as a concept: Thus depictions of the future are always statements on a society's 'reality'. We at the Center for Mediterranean Studies are now seeking contributors from all disciplines, who would be prepared to present their work or research results at the conference in one of the categories listed below. Thus we are looking for contributions which deal with historical and current visions of the future, from the oracle of Delphi to modern rating agencies. Furthermore we wish to examine the stakeholders and the structures which define, influence or manipulate visions of the future and the changes in and dynamics of local visions of the future, which contrast with those visions of nations, superpowers and dynasties.

2 October 2013. British Archaeological Association Lecture Series: Dr Michael Carter, '"It would have pitied any heart to see": destruction and survival at Cistercian monasteries in northern England at the Suppression'. Lecture starts at 5pm at Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. For further information see:

10-13 October 2013. 'International Congress on Lusitanian Amphorae: Production and Diffusion'. Troiaresort and the Centre of Archaeological Studies of the Universities of Coimbra and Oporto, Tróia, Portugal. Amphora kilns have been identified since the 19th c. in Algarve and in the Sado valley, and at Peniche and in the Tagus valley in the 20th c. The excavation of Roman sites in Lusitania has shown that these amphorae, carrying mostly salted fish and fish sauces, had an important role supplying the different regions of this province. And it is known, since the 1970's, that these amphorae reached Ostia and Rome. A meeting in 1988 exclusively dedicated to Lusitanian amphorae, at Conimbriga, and the increase of the study of Hispanic amphorae in the last decades through excavations, ceramic studies and scientific meetings developed the study and the discussion about these amphorae and the Lusitanian foodstuffs trade they represent. But for the time being the circumstances of production are better known than the spread out of these amphorae and respective products in the Roman world, even though their presence in shipwrecks and in various regions of the ancient Empire has been registered. The fish-salting production centre of Tróia, with its numerous fish-salting workshops and a large production capacity, is a good example of an exporting site from where amphorae by the thousands departed every year. Where are these amphorae? Were they really so few that they deserve to remain unnoticed in the contexts in which they appear throughout the Empire? Or is it the difficulty of recognizing them that has been minimizing their diffusion? Looking for some answers to these questions, this second scientific meeting dedicated to Lusitanian amphorae will have two main folds: production and diffusion. The first intends to offer a better knowledge of the Lusitanian amphora productions. The presentation of the basic data on the excavated production centres will be complemented by a workshop with the presentation of samples of these materials. This session will allow the observation and handing of the amphorae and the comparison of different productions. The second fold will focus on the diffusion of these amphorae, documenting not only their presence in Lusitania and neighboring regions but in more distant provinces. In any of these folds all those who are willing to share their discoveries and data about the subject are invited to make presentations. And if the focus of the congress privileges the production and the diffusion, all questions related to Lusitanian amphorae, either archaeometric, typological, epigraphic or dealing with content aspects will be on the table and will be very welcome. For more information see their site at:

11-13 October 2013. 'Impact of Rome on the British countryside'. Conference of the Royal Archaeological Institute, University of Chester, Riverside Campus, Chester, UK. Leading British archaeologists will present the results of their work over the last decade. One focus will be on the recent geophysical surveys which have taken place in both southern and northern England allied to selective excavations, while the contribution of finds in rural contexts will also be examined. Registration fees are £95 plus an additional £20 for local guided tours. For more information see:

11-13 October 2013. 'An International Conference on Ancient and Medieval Philosophy'. Fordham University, Lincoln Centre, NY, NY. The 31st annual joint meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy (SAGP) with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy (SSIPS)SAGP and SSIPS invite the submission of abstracts for conference papers to be presented at their annual meeting at Fordham University.  We invite paper, panel, and roundtable submissions from faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars, although all speakers on panels sponsored by SAGP must be dues-paying members of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy.  We especially encourage panel and roundtable proposals. 

12 October 2013. 'White Rose: Scottish Thistle - The Legacy of King Richard III and King James IV'. The Richard III Foundation Annual Conference, Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth, UK. For information about speakers and topics see:

18 October 2013. 'Intimacy, Power and Authority in European Perspectives'. Not strictly medieval but may be of interest. This symposium will approach the concept of intimacy and closeness from a range of neglected perspectives, addressing several fundamental themes in European history. Current strands in the history of emotions dwell on singular feelings, their production, and the influence of pathological and medical discourse on their expression. Few historians have sought meaning in the theoretical advances of Lauren Berlant and Kosofsky Sedgwick, whose work has profound implications for the way in which social and political relations are understood. The symposium will approach intimacy variously through sessions that explore the following themes: political cultures, (official, popular and subaltern); legal norms; ethnic and religious difference; and desire.  The relation between interior and public modes of intimacy will be explored, through consideration of the 'advent of intimacy as a public mode of identification and self-development' (Berlant). A second key theme will be the concept of 'intimate publics' in pre-modern and modern Europe. In a similar vein, the seminal work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick has offered new perspectives on the way in which intimacy operates in tandem with looking, sexuality and bodily contact. Invited contributors will present on: gendered intimacy and personal authority in nineteenth-century England; the subversion of political intimacies in early modern intelligence networks; and the influence of medieval ecclesiasts on the policing of intimacy in local communities; the politics of sympathy; intimacy and power in early medieval Europe. Attendance is free, as the event is sponsored by the Royal Historical Society and Bath Spa University. For registration and programme see:

19 October 2013. 'West Yorkshire Archaeology Day School'. Royal Armories, Leeds, U.K. There will reports on the range of recent archaeological work undertaken in West Yorkshire, from small finds and excavation to standing buildings. There will also be a presentation on the 'My Place' Community Heritage Project by the Joint Services Education Team and Archaeological Services (WYAS) and exhibits from local societies and organisations. Tickets cost £15.00 per person. To book contact Marianne James before September 14th 0113 3939824 e-mail For more information see their site at:

25-26 October 2013. 'Passions for Learning: Forms of Knowledge, Forms of Acquisition' International Conference is sponsored and administered by the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS), at National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan. The TACMRS conference seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of classical, medieval, and Renaissance studies. Paper and panel proposals on any topic related to the studies are welcome. However, every year, the TACMRS Conference Committee chooses a specific special thematic strand which for 2013 is Passions for Learning: Forms of Knowledge, Forms of Acquisition. Aside from sessions of paper presentation, there will be a roundtable discussion on the teaching of western classical, medieval, and Renaissance studies in Taiwan and a special panel on Chinese-Western cultural exchanges before 1800. The Organizing Committee will conduct a blind review process; hence please avoid indicating any personal identity or institutional affiliation in the abstract. Presenters are encouraged to submit papers to NCUE Journal of Humanities for consideration for publication after the conference in accordance with the Journal's editorial policy. For international presenters: in addition to courtesy lodging at a hostel near NCUE, the Organizing Committee will provide a cultural tour to those interested in visiting Taipei National Palace Museum and the Sun Moon Lake in Central Taiwan. For more information about possible international travel grant (postgraduates and junior scholars welcome; Asian and Arabic scholars welcome), please contact Dean Roger Perng (the Conference Director) or his assistants Janice Li and Elaine Tseng at For more information see:

26 October 2013. 'From Castle to Country House: Elite Residences in Yorkshire before 1830'. Archaeology and History Day School, University of Bradford, UK. This day school will explore the design of elite residences and the emergence of the country house together with the landscapes that surrounded them.  The focus will be mostly on houses in Yorkshire.  Subjects to be covered will include country houses before and after 1700, what Palladianism really is, the classic Georgian country house and also its landscape setting.  A final session will deal with how these houses fared in the 19th and 20th centuries.  The day will be conducted at a relaxed pace with breaks for tea and coffee. For booking places and for more information see:


31 October - 3 November 2013. 'Thirty-ninth annual Byzantine Studies Conference'. Yale University, New Haven, CT. Proposals are invited for a session at the BSC to be sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA) at the upcoming conference. Thanks to the generosity of the Kress Foundation, the ICMA is able to provide travel and hotel funds for the speakers at such a session up to a maximum of $500 for US residents, and up to $1000 for speakers coming from abroad. Every speaker must be an ICMA member at the time of application. To be properly considered, the proposed session should relate to both art history and Byzantine studies. The BSC warmly welcomes the participation of western and Islamic art historians. The proposed session will need to pass two hurdles. The procedure is the following: submit a proposal for an organized session, with a title, an abstract, a CV of the organizer and the names of 4-5 speakers, to the Programs and Lectures Committee of the ICMA for its approval; the ICMA committee will decide whether to sponsor the proposed session. It will notify the organizer, who will then submit the approved proposal to the Program Committee of the BSC, which will make the final decision.

6 November 2013. British Archaeological Association Lecture Series: Dr Stefania Gerevini, 'Set in stone: inscribing civic memory and artistic identity in the cathedral of San Lorenzo in Genoa'. Lecture starts at 5pm at Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. For further information see:

7-8 November 2013. 'European Courts in a Globalized World 1400-1700'. Centro de História de Além-Mar, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. For information see:

7-8 November 2013. 'Medieval merchants and money: a conference in celebration of the work of Professor James L. Bolton'. Centre for Metropolitan History, Institute of Historical Research, London. For more than forty years Jim Bolton has been based at Queen Mary, University of London, where he is currently Professorial Research Fellow, directing the Boromei Bank Research Project. His published work includes important and influential contributions to the economic and social history of the middle ages, and in particular to our understanding of the money supply and the operation of credit, international banking, the impact of the Black Death, the impact of Italians and other alien groups in London, and relations between the city of London and the Crown. He was for many years one of the convenors of the IHR's Late Medieval Seminar. The conference will present current research by more than twenty scholars working on a range of themes connected with Jim's work, including keynote lectures by Professor Caroline Barron (RHUL) and Professor Phillipp Schofield (Aberwystwyth). For further information and to book a place, see:

12 November 2013. British Academy Annual Raleigh Lecture on History. Dame Jinty Nelson, 'Charlemagne and Europe'. In this year's Raleigh lecture, Medievalist Professor Dame Jinty Nelson examines the long association between Charlemagne (Charles the Great) King of the Franks and Christian emperor of the West, and Europe. She will explore and explain the variegated forms, meanings and functions that this association has acquired, been invested with and performed. She will also look behind the myth and historiography, asking how and why Charlemagne and some of his contemporaries might have understood Europe as an imagine community. For further information see:

13-15 November 2013. 'Conditioned Identities. Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities.' Fourth International Congress, University of Lleida, Spain. Papers may be presented in any language and should be no of more than15-minute duration. Please indicate the thematic strand that best fits your paper: Literature and Identity; Symbolic Representations of Reality; Identity Construction on Multi-Lingual Learning and Use; solidarity and Identity Groups throughout History; Spelling and Linguistic Codifications; or Curriculum and National Identity. Once your proposal has been received, the conference committee will evaluate it and let you know by mail in less than ten days whether it has been accepted. Once accepted, you can enrol via this same web page. You will also be able to opt to have your paper published in the book of conference proceedings of your thematic strand. Proposals are accepted throughout September. Please see their website for contacts and information:

13-15 November 2013. 'Splendor. Sumptuary Arts in the Hispanic Middle Ages'. Department of Art History I (Medieval), Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. In recent years, exhibitions of international significance, scientific meetings, innovative projects, and museological initiatives have placed medieval sumptuary arts in a privileged place within the current art-historical debates. Moreover, the application of new technologies to their study has resulted in an instrumental and methodological renewal in the approach to alternative research lines for analysis. Collecting these contributions, this conference will focus on the sumptuary arts of the Hispanic Middle Ages from multiple perspectives. For more information see:

15 November 2013. 'Resurrecting the Book'. The Library of Birmingham, Europe's largest public library, Birmingham, U.K. With e-book downloads outstripping the purchase of hard copies, with libraries closing and discarding books and with the value of the book as physical object being increasingly questioned, this interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics, librarians, artists, creators, designers, and users of books to explore a wide variety of issues pertaining to the creation, design, construction, use, reuse, preservation, loss, and recovery of the material book, electronic and digitized books, and of collections and libraries. The Conference will include panels on Books as Material Objects, Collections and Libraries, the Artists' Book and the E-Book. For more information see:

15-16 November 2013. 'Tionól: a conference on Celtic Studies'. School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies Research, Ireland. The papers of this year's Tionól will relate to any aspect of Celtic Studies, and will be 30 minutes in duration. Please submit details of the following: proposed title of paper; abstract of paper (in writing or as an e-mail attachment); and notice of any lecturing aids (overhead projectors, etc.) that may be required. The program for the Tionól will be finalised in the Autumn, and will then be circulated and appear on the website.

15-17 November 2013. 'Spreading the Light: Mapping the Vernacular Elucidarium in Medieval England'. University of Kent, U.K. The conference will take place at the Cathedral Lodge, based in the Cathedral close at Canterbury, Kent. It forms the concluding event of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Spreading the Light: Mapping the Vernacular Elucidarium in Medieval England’ . The project as a whole seeks to understand how this important text of basic theology was produced and disseminated in England across the Middle Ages, and to place it within the broader context of late medieval concerns for pastoral care and the consequent production of vernacular theology. Our research focuses on manuscripts of the text in both Middle English and medieval French, and among its outputs is a web-based descriptive catalogue of all extant manuscripts, which will be previewed during the conference. Proposals for papers are now invited. The organizers are interested in receiving papers which relate closely to the themes of the research, but also those which address the issues of the production and transmission of theological texts more broadly. For more information please see:

16 November 2013. 'Fifth London Chaucer Biennial'. London Medieval Society, Joseph Rotblat Centre, Queen Mary University of London, UK. Colloquium to discuss new research on Chaucer. Guest speakers include Paul Strohm, Caroline Barron, Peter Brown and Joanna Bellis with a roundtable discussion chaired by Alfred Hiatt. For more information see:

21-22 November 2013. 'Féminité et masculinité altérée: transgression et inversion des genres au Moyen Âge'. Université de Lausanne, Switzerland. Symposium organised by Eva Pibiri and Fanny Abbott, CEMEP. This two-day conference will present papers on the subject of the reversal of traditional gender roles in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. Note, all papers are in French. For more information see:

21-22 November 2013. 'Thinking Outside the Codex'. 6th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania and Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, USA. This year's symposium will encourage participants to "think outside the codex" and turn the tables on traditional approaches to manuscript study. We will explore such topics as how format shapes and limits interpretation, use, and production of manuscripts and how technologies have changed and challenged traditional methods of scholarship. We are especially considering instances of and responses to failure in the history of manuscript production and scholarship. In doing so, we hope to provoke new questions and forge new approaches to the study of the pre-modern book. For more information see:

22-23 November 2013. 'Meeting the Gentes - Crossing Boundaries: Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe'. Institute für Mittelalterforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences. In the Early Middle Ages Europe's political landscape was significantly shaped by the emergence of new fundamental modes of identification, both ethnic and religious. These processes created new forms of social cohesion and conflict. The world into which the Irish ascetic exile and monastic founder Columbanus (d. 615) entered when he left Ireland in 590 was a world of gentes. As an outsider, how did Columbanus and his communities interact with these people? How did they negotiate difference and what emerged from these encounters? This international conference aims to explore the strands of this contact. Speakers include Herwig Wolfram, Clare Stancliffe and Leeds' own Ian Wood. For further details contact Dr Alexander O'Hara:


4 December 2013. British Archaeological Association Lecture Series: Professor Eric Fernie, 'Arguments, or an assessment of some differences of opinion in the study of medieval architectural history'. Lecture starts at 5pm at Society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE. For further information see:

5-6 December 2013. 'Conservation et réception des documents pontificaux par les ordres religieux'. A colloquium organized by the Centre de Médiévistique Jean Schneider, Nancy, France. In research on medieval writing practices from the past and in religious orders, a special place occupied by papal acts. However, the different logics that led to the conservation , the development, collection or recovery of these documents in the religious charters of the medieval West need to be confronted. Analyses often focus on the documentation of an institution without allowing comparison of different attitudes adopted for archival practice, as well as making and writing cartularies ex novo acts. This is why the interventions concern the attitudes of a religious order and/or a plurality of institutions. It will concretely define possible specific characters in the diplomatic and archival sensitivity of different levels/religious institutions studying how they have received and retained the papal letters and privileges. A special place will be reserved at the colloquium for new orders (Cistercians, Premonstratensian and military orders), and papers should run approximately 25 minutes, and may be written in French, German, English or Italian. For more information email Jean-Baptiste Renault, jean-baptiste.renault @ or Timothy Salemme, timothy.salemme @ or see:

5-6 December 2013. 'Shaping Authority: How did a person become an authority in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?'. KU Leuven, Belgium. The cultural and religious history from Antiquity through the Renaissance may be read through the lens of the rise and demise of auctoritates. Throughout this long period of two millenia, many historical persons have been considered as exceptionally authoritative. Obviously, this authority derived from their personal achievements. But one does not become an authority on one's own. In many cases, the way an authority's achievements were received and disseminated by their contemporaries and later generations, was the determining factor in the construction of their authority. We will focus on the latter aspect: what are the mechanisms and strategies by which participants in intellectual life at large have shaped the authority of historical persons? On what basis, why and how were some persons singled out above their peers as exceptional auctoritates and which processes did this continue (or discontinue) over time? What imposed geographical or other limits on the development of a person's auctoritas? Which circumstances led to the disintegration of the authority of persons previously considered to be authoritative? For more information see:

12-14 December 2013. 'Latin in Medieval Britain: sources, language and lexicography'. University of Oxford, UK. 2013 is the centenary of the  proposal for a new dictionary of Medieval Latin that led to the start of many dictionary projects across Europe. It also sees the completion of the final fascicule of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources. To mark these events, the DMLBS will be holding a conference to provide a forum for the consideration of British Medieval Latin in its historical, intellectual, and linguistic context, examining the diversity of sources and genres, and looking at relevant issues in lexicography and linguistics. Our distinguished list of speakers includes Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute), Mary Garrison (York), Andy Orchard (Toronto), and Richard Sharpe (Oxford), as well as the longest-serving editor of the DMLBS, David Howlett. Booking for the conference opened on 4th April 2013. If you would to book or find more information please go to:

13 December 2013. 'The Comparative History of Archives in Late Medieval and Early Modern Italy: The Organisation of Archives'. Birbeck, University of London, UK. The history of archives reveals the evolving priorities of the institutions that assembled them; their shifting organization reflects changes in wider worldviews; and the conditions of their use point to developments in political, social and cultural history. This conference will be devoted to the pre-modern organization of archives. How were the documents divided and arranged? How did chancery methods for the organization and retrieval of documents change? How did they compare to the finding tools of libraries and in printed books? And how far did they reflect changing political conceptions or ideas about knowledge itself? As in previous occasions, we will compare different Italian case studies both with one another and with other countries. For more information see: