Monday, November 24, 2014

Call for papers: late antique hagiography as literature

Colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Texts about Œholy¹ women and men grew to be a defining feature of the
culture of Late Antiquity. There is currently an increasing interest
scholars from different disciplines (history, theology, languages, and
literature) in these hagiographical writings. But more can be done to
ways to systematise our understanding of the literary affiliations,
strategies and goals of these extraordinarily varied texts, which range
the prosaic and anonymous narrations of the martyr passions to the
Classicising poems of Paulinus of Nola and the rhetorically accomplished
sermons of John Chrysostom.

This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars
on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to
consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique
biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities,
well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas
continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in
form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately
literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the
significance of these works should not be ignored.

We understand Œhagiography¹ in the non-technical sense of Œwritings
(the lives of) saints¹. The concept of Œsaints¹, likewise, is here taken
a broad way to mean remarkable and exemplary Christian figures (whether
or fictional); the field is not restricted to those who at some point
officially canonised by the Church. This colloquium is seeking to
issues like the following:

* The definition of sainthood, e.g. through comparisons with texts about
non-Christian saint-like figures (the Œpagan martyrs¹, Apollonius of

* The portrayal of a saint in different texts; how are saints portrayed
their own writings compared to those of other authors about them?

* Characterisation, e.g. individuality and stereotyping: to what extent
a reader empathise or identify with a saint?

* Life imitating hagiography and resulting problems.

* What can hagiography tell us about non-elite Œpopular¹ literary

* How have different genres given shape to hagiographical texts (from
Damasus¹ epigrams to the epic poems of Fortunatus and Paulinus of
as well as texts resisting generic categorisation? E.g. is the so called
Life of Malchus a vita or a diegesis?

* Intertextuality as an aesthetic and ideological strategy.

* The emergence of stable hagiographical conventions, whose influence
so powerful that it is often difficult to distinguish one saint from

* What, if anything, can hagiography learn from panegyric?

* Literary approaches to un-saintly behaviour (trickery, committing
etc.) of saints. 

* To what extent does a text¹s rhetorical purpose undermine the author¹s
credibility as an honest record-keeper?

* Assessing the historicity of hagiographical texts.

* Transmission and textual problems of hagiographical texts.

* Reception and changes in the perception of authority (e.g. saints who
wrote about saints, such as John Chrysostom and Augustine).

Proposals for 25-minute papers, in the form of abstracts between 200 and
words in length, should be submitted to Thomas Tsartsidis
January 2015. 

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute to this

FINAL CFP: Masculinities in the British Landscape

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please find below and attached the FINAL CALL for papers for a
conference on Masculinities in the British Landscape, co-organized by Dr
Edward Bujak and myself, to be held at Harlaxton Manor on 14-17 May
2015. Because of the nature of the topic, we are seeking paper proposals
from a wide range of disciplines, covering multiple periods.

The deadline for proposals is 1 December 2014. We welcome abstracts from
academics at any stage, including postgraduate and early career
researchers. Competitive postgraduate bursaries are also available
thanks to the support of the Economic History Society.

Details about the conference, including the postgraduate application
bursary and information, can be found at

Feel free to send this CFP widely amongst your interested friends and

With all best,

Masculinities in the British Landscape:
A multi-disciplinary, multi-period conference at Harlaxton College, the
British Campus of the University of Evansville, outside of Grantham,
Keynote Speaker: Professor Howard Williams (Chester):
‘From Stonehenge to the National Memorial Arboretum:
Megaliths and Martial Masculinity in the British Landscape’
This conference seeks to explore current and historical concepts of
masculinities in the British landscapes. From depictions of masculine
control to landscapes of masculine employment, the conference wishes to
explore the ways masculinity has been marked on the landscape and
expressed in landscape terms.
Proposals will be accepted from all eras from the prehistoric to the
contemporary. The geographic area covered will be not only England,
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but also the historic scope of
‘Britishness,’ including former British Empire states in their colonial
and post-colonial periods. Proposals are encouraged from any discipline,
including (but not limited to) archaeology, art history, criminology,
folklore studies, history, literature, philosophy, sociology and
theology. Topics might include:

·         The naval seascape

·         Sculpted and symbolic landscapes

·         Agricultural landscapes

·         Ritualized landscapes

·         Gender, crime and urban topography

·         Employment and land

·         Geographic concepts of masculinity

·         Masculinity, empire and the landscape

·         Religious masculinity and the monastic landscape

·         Landscapes of masculinity through war, rebellion and protest

·         Textual depictions of masculinities and landscapes

·         Sport, gender and land
Please send 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers or 600-word
proposals for 3-paper panels to
December 2015. Informal queries can be made to Dr Edward Bujak at
Weikert at
The conference website can be found at
The Conference is generously supported by the Economic History Society.

Dr Katherine Weikert
Lecturer in Classical and Medieval Studies

Departments of History and Archaeology


Just a reminder, we are still seeking abstracts and proposals for MAMA XXXIX, which will take place on 28 February 2015. Two important changes:
1. Keynote will now be provided by Dr. Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland.
2. Deadline has been extended to 15 December 2014.

Send 250-word abstracts to Dr. Virginia Blanton:
For more information see the MAMA website:

PDF available at

Dr. Kathy M. Krause
Professor of French
Dept of Foreign Languages & Literatures
Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

2015 Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Panel on Literature Adaptations: Remixing and Upcycling

Dear early modern scholars,

In conjunction with fellow graduate student Tara Chambers from the University of Saskatchewan, I am organizing a panel on adaptations of Medieval and Renaissance literature to be presented at the Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in June 2015.

For the past two years, the SMRS has hosted panels and roundtables on topics in a variety of disciplines. There have been tours of the St. Louis Art Museum and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and the university's extensive library collections have also been made available to conference participants for research.  The website for the symposium can be found at

Our panel seeks submissions that discuss adaptations, "remixes," or "upcycles" of Medieval and Early Modern literature on stage, in film, or in text, and how such adaptations reinvent, refashion, and/or reform the source material for twentieth- and twenty-first-century audiences. 

Questions and submissions should be directed to myself at and Tara Chambers at by December 15.

Please see the attached .pdf for more information.


Kristina Sutherland

Medieval Studies in the Digital Age Seminar and Workshop Series at Leeds

We are delighted to announce a new seminar and workshop series to take place from November 2014 to May 2015 at the University of Leeds: Medieval Studies in the Digital Age.

Designed as a forum for medievalists from various disciplines who are interested in the digital humanities, our aim is to critically discuss the role of digital technologies in the field of medieval studies as well as providing insights into current practices and ways of using digital tools in scholarship through a series of seminars and workshops.

We will be launching the Medieval Studies in the Digital Age Seminar and Workshop Series at Leeds with Professor Ralph W. Mathisen’s seminar entitled ‘ “Garbage In Garbage Out”: The Unfulfilled Promise of Prosopographical Databases’ on 18 November 2014, Tuesday. 

Professor Mathisen is Professor of History, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA, and he will be talking about how prosopographical databases can be created and thus help us to understand how people interacted with each other in the past. He will then speculate about why the great promise of prosopographical databases never has come to fruition. You can read more about Professor Mathisen’s seminar on our website. We have also provided links to two previously published articles by Professor Mathisen on the topic that are openly accessible online on our Blog.

The seminar will take place at the Le Patourel Room, 4.06, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds and start with tea and coffee at 5:30 pm. Everyone is welcome but spaces will be limited so we kindly ask you to register via Eventbrite.

All events are free of charge and open to everyone. Please feel free to contact us at and visit our website for the full programme of events and further details.

With kind regards,

N. Kivilcim Yavuz, Institute for Medieval Studies
Victoria Cooper, School of English

Elizabeth Stainforth, School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

Digital Latin Library CFP

The Digital Latin Library, a joint project of the Society for Classical Studies, the Medieval Academy of America, and the Renaissance Society of America, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announces a seminar on Latin textual criticism in the digital age. The seminar will take place on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the DLL's host institution, on June 25–26, 2015.
We welcome proposals for papers on all subjects related to the intersection of modern technology with traditional methods for editing Latin texts of all eras. Suggested topics:
  • Keeping the "critical" in digital critical editions
  • The scholarly value of editing texts to be read by humans and machines
  • Extending the usability of critical editions beyond a scholarly audience
  • Visualizing the critical apparatus: moving beyond a print-optimized format
  • Encoding different critical approaches to a text
  • Interoperability between critical editions and other digital resources
  • Dreaming big: a wishlist of features for the optimal digital editing environment
Of particular interest are proposals that examine the scholarly element of preparing a digital edition.
The seminar will be limited to ten participants. Participants will receive a stipend, and all travel and related expenses will be paid by the DLL.

Please send proposals of no more than 650 words to Samuel J. Huskey at by December 1, 2014. Notification of proposal status will be sent in early January.

CFP Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium

Call for papers
34. Tværfaglige Vikingesymposium    34th Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium
8 May 2015

The symposium theme is “Vikings in the Baltic”, focussing on the less explored parts of Viking activities, namely those in the Baltic region. The theme encompasses all aspects of life, whether mundane or glamorous, covering activities such as, sea-faring, raiding, trading, settlement farming and craftsmanship, as well as government and administration, religion and devotional practices, art and leisure. The theme is a broad one by design to accommodate not only archaeological and historical investigations, but also explorations of the language, literature and place-names of the period. Papers on open topics may also be considered.
The 34th Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium will be held on Friday, 8 May 2015 at University of Copenhagen, in auditorium 23.0.50.
Proposals must be submitted as titles and abstracts. Upon submittal, proposals will be evaluated “blind” by members of the Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium Board. Decisions regarding which proposals are accepted will be announced by December 2014.
Three specially invited guests will be presenting the latest Viking-Age discoveries in keynote presentations of 30 minutes.
Presentations are 20 minutes in length, and will be grouped into 3-paper sessions of one hour. Please leave 2-3 minutes for time for questions and discussion. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Papers are accepted in English, German or one of the Scandinavian languages. Presentations will be published in peer-reviewed format through Interdisciplinary Viking Symposium’s publications. It should be noted that submissions for publication are subject to a strict deadline.
All presentations will be held in a room that is fully equipped with audio-visual and computer equipment.
Abstracts can be submitted until the 1 December 2014 by e-mail to the organisers at: Please note that the deadline of 1 December is necessary to allow time for the reviewing process, and will not be extended.

Questions or problems relating to the submission of proposals may be directed to the organisers via: