Medieval Conferences, symposia, and colloquies 2018

Check the updated list of Medieval Conferences for 2018 – and don’t forget to write to us if we are missing yours!

We aim to mention all major conferences, symposia, workshops with an international focus and covering several days. Don’t hesitate to send us notice about upcoming conferences organised by special societies or associations. However, do note:  we don’t post the CfP’s for specific sessions, study days or local conferences for graduate students etc.

JUNE

Between Heaven and Everyday World. Knowledge and Community from the High Middle Ages to the Early Modern Era

medieval communityStiftungssaal K.0.0.1, University of Klagenfurt/Austria
07.06.2018 – 08.07.2018

Life in a community shapes the cultural expressions of the Middle Ages inmanifold ways, be these in literature and the arts, in the religious context, or in the realm of science.

References to knowledge and frequent adaptations of knowledge horizons play a significant role in this; they can support community and can also be of existential relevance when salvation itself is at stake. Consequently, communities rely on coherent stocks of knowledge, on authorities and on tried and tested interpretation models. They are prone to a didactically governed form of controlling knowledge and passing it on, both in the highly abstract sphere of theoretical knowledge and in instances of application-oriented knowledge.

The conference aims to examine the diverse medieval communities – these being urban, political, social, and religious – and their knowledge management, their modes of transferring knowledge, as well as their educational ideals and their systematizing discourses.

Attention will be focused on 1) the arts and sciences, 2) the social and cultural aspects of knowledge (e.g. religious orders, elites), 3) the contemporary methodology and the processes of knowledge organisation, 4) the reflection upon knowledge, 5) transfer activities.

APRIL

Pleasure and Leisure: Toys, Games, and Entertainment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age

Altarpiece of the Porters Followship of St. Gertrude. C. 1509: Circle of Hening van der Heide. Lübeck. © Medieval HistoriesPleasure and Leisure: Toys, Games, and Entertainment in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age
15th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies
The University of Arizona, Tucson
29.04.2018 – 01.05.2018
Deadline for CfP: 31.01.2018

This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs (housing, registration) from their home institution. Registration: $100. This will not only cover the conference, but also provide you with a free copy of the subsequent volume, for which I will do intensive research together with all contributors. Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume (de Gruyte). Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series. Organizer and Chair: Dr. Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor
aclassen@u.arizona.edu; aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu

MARCH

Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages

Dress and Identity: The devil's minion tempts a bishop with clothing choices. From the Decretals of Gregory IX, London, British Library MS Royal 10 E IV, fol. 167v.38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, New York
24.03.2018 – 25.03.2018
Deadline for CfP: 15.09.2017

Dress was a primary expression of identity in the European middle ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation. This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages. Please read more at the website and submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu

FEBRUARY

Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance

Der Naturen Bloeme - Elephant - fol 53 r kb-nlReading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance
24th Annual ACMRS Conference (2018)
08.02.2018 -10.02.2018
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Deadline for CfP: 01.12.2017

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 8-10, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.” In 2018 we would like to open up our conference to students and members of the general public who may be interested in attending. We are offering a discounted registration rate of $100 for the full conference or $50 for a one-day pass to attendees who are not presenting a paper. The $100 fee includes 2 evening receptions, all conference sessions, a plenary lecture and performance, and all coffee-snack breaks. The one-day pass includes access to all events taking place that day. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with any questions.

 

 

 

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