Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University invites proposals for its 30th Annual Medieval Studies Symposium, April 6-7, 2018, in Bloomington, Indiana

Iron maidens, the Inquisition, the Crusades, witch burnings: these images of violence, both fact and fiction, are profoundly connected to the Middle Ages. Yet if in many popular conceptions, the medieval world is associated with brutality and suffering, the period also offers unique formulations of mercy, compassion, and the power of resistance. In exploring both medieval violence or nonviolence, this symposium seeks to examine specific structures of power and brutality but also to complicate the narrative of the violent Middle Ages.
We invite papers on any medieval discipline or region that engage issues of medieval violence and nonviolence: What functions did violence serve in the Middle Ages? How might acts of physical and rhetorical violence against othered groups (gendered, religious, cultural, racial, nonhuman) reflect larger concerns or anxieties within medieval culture? Is there a medieval aesthetic of violence? How does medieval music, art, theology, and literature glorify or critique brutality and/or suffering? How do medieval texts understand the uses and effects of verbal violence? How might medieval violence operate in a metaphorical sense, as violence done to texts or to the material past? What does nonviolence look like in the Middle Ages? Given the functions and pervasiveness of violence, what are some ways in which it is resisted and negotiated? What alternatives do medieval people or institutions offer to violence? How might medieval understandings of mercy or love act as a counter to violence? We also encourage papers on modern representations of the Middle Ages that consider to what extent and to what ends these medievalisms employ violence and nonviolence.

Please submit 200 word abstracts or complete sessions proposals to bNovember 1st, 2017.

Meagan S. Allen
History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Indiana University
Ballantine Hall 644

Religious Violence in Antiquity:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

As the strand coordinator for all Music sessions and all Liturgy sessions at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds, I’d like to draw your attention to the upcoming deadline for Session Proposals (Sept. 30, 2017).

This year marks the 25th Anniversary Congress, which will meet from 2-5 July 2018 at the University of Leeds. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, but the conference is especially interested in boosting the number of music and liturgy sessions at the Congress.

This year’s conference theme is “Memory” and sessions and papers intersecting with memory are especially encouraged, but sessions and papers on any topic in Medieval music or liturgy are welcome.

More information and proposals may be submitted using this link:

A few closing notes:

Though the deadline for individual papers has passed (Aug. 30), the Congress makes every effort to place individual papers that come in after the deadline. Individual papers may be submitted using the same link above.

For those of you wishing to attend Med-Ren Maynooth (5-8 July 2018),fortunately there is only one day overlap between the two conferences this summer and transportation between the two sites is not terribly complicated or costly.

Finally since this is the 25th Anniversary Congress, if anyone wishes to make a proposal for a musical performance at the Congress please be in touch with me directly at the email address below.

Best wishes,

Dan DiCenso
ddicenso -at-
Call for Papers, International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2018
Sessions: Bede and Material Culture (I and II)
Sponsored by:
Organizers: S. Rowley, M. MacCarron, P. Hilliard

Fueled by recent discoveries and benefiting from over 70 years of
meticulous labor, the study of insular material culture has become
essential to any scholar seeking to understand the societies located in
early medieval Britain and Ireland.  The relationship between Bede, the
primary textual source, and that material record continues to be a source
of dialogue and debate.  While both the study of insular material culture
and the understanding of Bede have greatly developed over the past thirty
years, these new perspectives have not always been brought together.  It
seems fitting then to facilitate further dialogue and integration by
focusing our two sessions on Bede and material culture.

For these sessions the theme of Bede and material culture is broadly
understood and may include the impact of material culture on Bede and the
use of material culture for understanding the age of Bede.  Additionally,
papers are also welcome which place Bede himself in a thick context of
early anglo-saxon material cutlure and/or advance ways in which the study
of material culture helps us to read better Bede’s own scholarly writings.
 In short, these sessions are dedicated to explore what things have to
tell us about Bede and his world. Please contact Paul Hilliard at with questions and submissions.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University are pleased to announce the program for the 2017 meeting of ReLACS (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast), a regional workshop on Late Antiquity to be held October 19-20, 2017.

The workshop is free and open to all interested scholars.

Highlights of the program ( include:
Keynote Lecture—October 19: “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria,” Stephen J. Davis, Yale University

Professional Seminar—October 20: “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza,” Phillip I. Lieberman, Vanderbilt University

Works in Progress Workshop—October 20:
On Friday, the workshop will feature 6 presentations of work in progress by regional scholars of Late Antiquity.
“The Western Delta in Late Antiquity: Archaeology and History,” Ariel Lopez, Rhodes College
“The Flesh that Wasn’t: Ascetic Assemblages and the Becoming of Angels,” Katie Kleinkopf, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“Using Digital Humanities to Solve Early Christian Mysteries: A Re-Examination of the ‘Ascension’ Panel on the Doors of Santa Sabina, Rome,” Lee M. Jefferson, Centre College
“Ravaging Warfare and Martial Rape from Late Antiquity to Modernity,” Kathy L. Gaca, Vanderbilt University
“Quoting in the Courtroom: Cyril’s Use of Philosophical Testimony in the Contra Julianum," Aaron P. Johnson, Lee University
“Peter Beyond Rome: Achilleus of Spoleto, Neon of Ravenna, and the Epigramma Longum,” Dennis Trout, University of Missouri
A full program and registration information can be found at: 
The Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages is requesting submission for three sessions at Kalamazoo, in May 2018.
Please contact Dr. James Matenaer ( ) to submit proposals and abstracts, by September 15.
The Psalms. The SSBMA has traditionally sponsored a session dedicated to discussing the interpretation of a particular book, or books, of the Bible. This session invites papers on current research being done on the interpretation and uses of the Psalms in medieval Europe. The Book of the Psalms was integral to the Christian devotion of medieval Europe as witnessed by its liturgical function in the saying of the divine office and its popularity among scripture commentators at medieval universities. This session is of interest to at least one member of the society, who has already communicated his interest in presenting his research as part of the session.
Illuminating Jesus (A Roundtable). The SSBMA would like to sponsor a roundtable discussion on the theme of "Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages." Jesus is a central, influential figure in the medieval period who is of intellectual, interdisciplinary interest to many medievalists. The critical impact of recent books by Mary Dzon and Sarah McNamer demonstrates this. Several of our members are doing new work on the reception history of Jesus in the Middle Ages, including our intended presider, Jane Beal, who is editing a volume for Brill on this subject, and one of our planned presenters, Sara Andyshak, who is completing a dissertation on illuminations of Jesus in the French/Spanish Bible moralise√© tradition. This session will provide networking and discussion opportunities for SSBMA members as well as other scholars interested in this theme. It also will serve as a bridge into a conference being planned by Steven Partridge on the "life of Christ" at the University of British Columbia for 2019.
Presentations of the Bible in the Middle Ages. With this session the SSBMA hopes to stimulate thought and discussion on the various guises in which the text of the Bible was communicated in the Middle Ages. From early medieval pandects to multivolume Bibles, both in Latin and the vernacular, and even to the imagery that has sometimes been referred to as “the people’s Bible,” biblical prose and poetry permeated the culture of Western Europe in the Middle Ages in a myriad of different forms and countless vehicles. This session is of interest to a number of our members, one of whom has already communicated his desire to present on the topic.
Frans van Liere

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Final Call for these two sessions!  (and with apologies for cross-posting)

We have not finalized the panels, so last-minute abstracts are still welcome! Thanks!

The Anglo-Saxon Hagiography Society (ASHS) is once again sponsoring two sessions at the Kalamazoo International Congress in 2018. The panels for these sessions have not been prearranged, and we are still actively accepting abstracts for both sessions! We are looking for submissions on these broad topics:

(1) Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Saints’ Lives

(2) Gender in Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Prose Saints’ Lives

The ASHS sessions have by now become an established platform for sustained conversation about and exploration of anonymous hagiography, in both the vernacular and Latin, of Anglo-Saxon England. With last year’s congress, we have also begun a more focused conversation on aspects of gender specifically in anonymous prose saint’s lives and look forward to continuing that this year. We invite scholars at any stage in their career to share their work on anonymous hagiography.

Submit abstracts by September 15 to:
Robin Norris (RobinNorris AT
Johanna Kramer (Kramerji AT

Meanwhile, feel free to contact either of us with questions.

The co-organizers,
Robin Norris, Carleton University
Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri-Columbia