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Queen's University Belfast - Lecturer in Irish Medieval History

CFP: Medieval Studies on Television Screens

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2016
New Jersey, United States
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Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies
Medieval Studies on Television Screens
Proposals by 30 June 2016
Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
For the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 3-5 November 2016
Following the success of previous sessions at both the International Congress on Medieval Studies and meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for a sponsored session on the topic of Medieval Studies on Television Screens for inclusion under the Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Area at the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 3-5 November 2016.
The medieval is represented on television, as in other forms of medievalism, through four basic types of stories distinguished by their settings. Narratives might be set fully in medieval past, or the medieval may be reimagined in anachronistic settings, such as the pre-medieval past (a site of origins), post medieval eras (including science fictional futures) or secondary worlds.
In this session, we hope to continue the work begun in the recent studies like Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television(2013) by the late Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Legends on Film and Television (2000) by Bert Olton, Cinematic Re-Imaginings of Arthurian Literature(2015) edited by Tara Foster and Jon Sherman, Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (2015) edited by Jes Battis and Susan Johnston, The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays (2015) edited by Meriem Pagès and Karolyn Kinane, Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2016) by Carolyne Larrington, and Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance (2014) by Valerie Estelle Frankel and in the ongoing efforts of numerous bloggers, essayists, and thesis and dissertation writers working independent of dedicated publications on the medieval on screen.
Papers might address any of the following aspects of medievalism on television:
Animated or live-action series with medieval themes
Films made for television or television miniseries with medieval themes
Fantasy series or telefilms inspired by the medieval
Allusions to the medieval in otherwise non-medieval television productions
One-off episodes featuring appearances of the medieval
Commercials with medieval themes
Television documentaries and other educational television about the medieval past
Television adaptations into other media depicting the medieval
An ever-expanding list of potential works can be found at our website: https://medievalstudiesonscreen.blogspot.com/.
Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a brief biography to the organizer, Michael A. Torregrossa, atMedievalStudiesonScreen@gmail.com.

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Michael A Torregrossa
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

CFP: 2016 Midwest Medieval History Conference Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2016
Tennessee, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Midwest Medieval History Conference
October 21 and 22
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Keynote speaker: Thomas Burman, PhD.
The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages, particularly papers on this year’s topic, the Medieval Mediterranean. Graduate student papers are welcome for the Friday afternoon sessions, which are dedicated to graduate student research. We also invite papers on the scholarship of learning and on practical approaches to teaching.
Submission deadline: June 15.
Submit abstracts for paper proposals to Paula Rieder at paula.rieder@sru.edu
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Department of History
Slippery Rock University
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CFP: Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages

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August 1, 2016
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Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology


The Department of History and the “Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence” at the University of Münster announce a conference:

Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages
March 31-April 2, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge)
  Eric Palazzo (Université Poitiers)

Call for Papers:
The past few decades, and especially the past few years, have seen a significant rise in scholarship on medieval Christian liturgy. No longer the esoteric domain of liturgists alone, the rites of the church are increasingly treated by scholars from a broad range of disciplines—including history, religion, literature, anthropology, art history, musicology, and theology—as an indispensable source for the study of medieval society and culture. This conference aims to contribute to the growing discourse by bringing together an international group of scholars to discuss the connection between religious rituals and the writing of history in medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond.   

Historiography in the Middle Ages was normally a clerical practice. From Aachen to Kiev to Constantinople, generations of bishops and monks wrote and rewrote, copied and recopied, the political and sacred histories of their respective communities.  These same bishops and monks also devoted their lives to performing liturgical rites: day after day, morning, evening and night, they served and sang the holy rituals.  Medieval clerics, in other words, spent their lives praying sacred narratives about ancient communities: the Israelites, Christ and the Apostles, the emperor Constantine and empress Helena, to name only a few. The question the conference will explore is how these services and sacred myths influenced the construction of history in Christian centers throughout Europe and the Mediterranean world.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the relationship between church books and history books; liturgy and the making of a past; ritual and cultural memory; liturgy and mythmaking; politics and ritual; and liturgical manuscripts as a historical source.  

Digital humanists/historians and scholars working on similar themes in non-Christian traditions are also encouraged to apply.  The working language of the conference will be English.

Please send your proposals of 300-500 words, including a brief resume, to ritualandhistory@gmail.com. Any questions may be directed to Sean Griffin by email at sdgriffi@gmail.com.

Important Dates
August 1, 2016: Deadline for submission of proposals
September 1, 2016: Approval of proposals
March 1, 2017: Final deadline for submission of papers

Sean Griffin
VolkswagenStiftung Visiting Fellow, University of Münster
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth Society of Fellows

Funding for the conference has been generously provided by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hotel accommodations and some meals will be provided. Limited travel funds may also be available for junior scholars.  

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Workshop: Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Εarly Modern Mediterranean: paradigms of contexts and cross-cultural exchanges

Workshop organized under the aegis of the British School at Athens and hosted by the Museum of Islamic Art (Benaki)
Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Εarly Modern Mediterranean: paradigms of contexts and cross-cultural exchanges
Textiles offer a rich opportunity to explore the projection of identity, both within and between social and cultural groups.  A pertinent arena for such an exploration is the intercultural region of the Mediterranean.  This workshop will bring together a group of junior and senior scholars to investigate and elucidate the role of textiles in the cultures of the Medieval and early Modern Mediterranean, and its periphery, with a focus on specific case studies. Our investigation will analyze textiles as tools for projecting identity within specific contexts, whether cross-cultural or not. Institutionalized practices of textile use and reuse, written and unwritten rules governing ceremonial use, the departure from standard practices, the active reception of imports and their interpretation will form the major topics examined by the participating scholars. Our directed investigation will seek to identity parallels and points of contact between the use of textiles in various political entities, and among social groups and cultures.
3 June 2016
Venue: Museum of Islamic Art, 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipylou St., Athens
Welcoming remarks
9:30 John BennetBritish School at Athens
9:40 Mina MoraitouBenaki Museum
Opening remarks
9:50 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens
1. Medieval Islamic textiles in the Eastern Mediterranean
10:00 Alison Ohta, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland: Chair
10:10 Scott RedfordSOAS-University of London: ‘Seljuk silks, standards and emblems’
10:30 Marielle Martiniani-Reber, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève: ‘The relationship between Islamic and Byzantine textiles during the Middle Byzantine period’
10: 50 Maria SardiSOAS-University of London: ‘Towards a standardization of Mamluk aesthetic: influences and identity as reflected on textiles’
11:10 Discussion
11:30 Coffee break
2. Western Mediterranean cross-cultural encounters
11:40 Mina MoraitouBenaki Museum: Chair
11: 50 Ana CabreraMuseo Nacional de Artes Decorativas & Laura Rodríguez PeinadoUniversidad Complutense de Madrid:  ‘Medieval Textiles from the Iberian Peninsula: state of the art and new approaches of study’
12:20 Vera-Simone SchulzKunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz: ‘Entangled Identities: Textiles and the Art and Architecture of the Italian Peninsula in a Mediterranean Perspective’
12:40 Discussion
13:00 Lunch break
3. The multi-cultural Ottoman Empire
14:00 Nurhan Atasoy, Istanbul University (Emerita): Chair
14:10 Anna BallianBenaki Museum (Emerita): ‘Chios silks’
14:30 Amanda PhilipsUniversity of Virginia: ‘Interventions in technology and fashion: the case of Ottoman compound weaves’
14:50 Elena PapastavrouHellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports: ‘Greek-Orthodox cultural identity as reflected on Constantinopolitan Church Embroidery’
15:10 Discussion
15:30 Coffee break
4. Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christian textiles
15:40 Warren WoodfinNew York University: Chair
15:50 Dickran KouymjianCalifornia State University-Fresno (Emeritus): ‘Armenian Altar Curtains: Repository of Tradition and Innovation’
16:10 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens: ‘Animal motifs on Asian silks used by the Greek Church: an afterlife of Byzantine iconography?’
16: 30 Jacopo GnisciIndependent scholar: ‘Towards a History of Ecclesiastical Dress in Early Solomonic Ethiopia’
16:50 Discussion
General discussion and concluding remarks
17:10 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens
4 June 2016
Study day (attendance by invitation only)
10:00-13:00 Handling session (Benaki Museum Peiraios annex), hosted by Mina Moraitou
15:00 Museum visit (Benaki Museum main building), hosted by Anastasia Drandaki
The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600

11-12 April 2017 at the University of Huddersfield

Keynotes: Dr Nicolas Bell (Trinity College Cambridge, Library); Dr Glyn Davies (Victoria and Albert Museum, London); Professor Merry Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Conference organisers: Dr Sarah Bastow and Dr Katherine Lewis

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Church. From that date, religion in Europe experienced profound changes. One such change was how people viewed, interacted and created visual and material objects related to religious devotion. This conference aims to bring together medievalists and early modernists approaching religion on either side of the Reformation through a visual and/or material examination. We welcome offers of papers from scholars working in any relevant discipline.

By bringing together scholars from different disciplines, curators and heritage sector representatives it is hoped that a more holistic discussion of visual and material objects will come to light. Topics for papers may include but are certainly not restricted to:

*Commemoration of the dead
*Household or individual devotion
*Accessories of devotion (e.g. crucifixes, clothing, jewellery, books, etc.)
*Books, manuscripts and paintings as religious objects
*Religious space, architecture, landscape
*The destruction or salvage of religious iconography
*Change/continuity of religious objects
*Regional, national, or international comparisons of material culture through different disciplines: art history, archaeology, architecture, literature, history, etc.
*(Un)Gendered objects
*Intercessory objects (e.g. Books of Hours, Bibles, rosaries, relics, etc.)
*Religious objects from the New World; colonial territories; religious missions

Please send a short abstract (c. 200-300 words) to Audrey Thorstad (a.m.thorstad@hud.ac.uk) no later than 15 July 2016.






SATURDAY, 17 September 2016


Plenary speaker: Richard Firth Green, Humanities Distinguished Professor,
The Ohio State University

Papers are invited on any medieval topic, including, of course, those aligned with the conference theme. While Professor Green’s plenary address will be drawn from his recent work on the world of faerie and his forthcoming book,The Bonny Road: Traffic with the Otherworld in the Middle Ages, “Other Worlds” can be construed to encompass many other worlds indeed, spiritual, supernatural, imaginary or fanciful, social, physical, metaphysical, psychological, gendered, ethnic, geographical—with Paradise, Purgatory, Hell, the past, the future, the cloister, the college, the East, Islam, Judaism, social classes other than one’s own, lands other than one’s own, Camelot, Avalon, and faerie, itself, representing only a few of the possibilities.

Please send 250-word abstracts of papers on any medieval topic no later than 15 June 2016 to:

Mel Storm
Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801