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Please submit your calls for papers, event postings, or inquiries to cmrs_gaa@osu.edu.

 

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September 2018 Deadlines

7th International Piers Plowman Society meeting
4–6 April 2019 at the University of Miami. Elizabeth Robertson and Nicholas Watson will deliver the plenary lectures.
Paper proposals are due by 7 September
 

 

Yale Medieval Studies is sponsoring the following Kalamazoo panels, May 9-12, 2019: “Constructing Sacred Space,” “Scripts, Ciphers, Shorthands,” and “Odyssean Figures in the Medieval World.” 

Abstracts of 250 words are due by September 8, 2018 and should be sent to icmsyalecfp2019@gmail.com.

 
Playing the Past: Race, Gender, and Heroism in Gaming (A Roundtable)
Video and PC gaming have come to play a substantial role in popular consciousness in the 21st century and the medium itself offers a uniquely immersive experience unfathomable in other facets of popular culture. In virtual “medieval” and fantasy worlds, a player gets the chance to live the story rather than being a passive observer, and in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, he or she can even relate to other players as that character, experiencing the world as priest or paladin existing in an expansive virtual space. However, the interactive nature of these games also raises important questions about how we conceptualize and create the past and the impact these imagined worlds can have on notions of the “medieval” for a non-academic audience.
 
 Often these games leave women behind in the role of damsels in distress, drawing from modern conceptions of “medieval” chivalric codes that do not make space for female adventurers and heroes. Moreover, race often refers to various humanoid creatures like trolls and goblins, and these fantasy “races” are often included in lieu of real racial and ethnic diversity on the grounds that fantasy creatures are somehow “more medieval.” When a developer chooses to include women or people of color in their “medieval” video game, alt-right gamer movements like Gamergate have resisted, claiming the game has become “ahistorical” by allowing anyone but white men into their pseudo-medieval fantasy. This roundtable will raise questions about how the past has been used in gaming to alienate non-white, non-male players, and the extent to which gaming developers have managed to resist medievalist tropes as held in popular consciousness.
 
 Each participant will give a 7-10-minute presentation, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Possible topics can include but are not limited to constructions of the past in video game medievalisms, problematic uses of race and gender in fantasy gaming, and the mobilization of faux medievalism against inclusivity by online movements like Gamergate. Please submit a 200 word abstract to Ali Frauman at afrauman@indiana.edu by September 15th, 2018 and direct any questions to the same address. Thank you!
 

Translating Back: Vernacular Sources and Prestige-Language Adaptations

Multilingual cultures develop complex practices—and theories—of translation. Since Rita Copeland theorized vernacular translation in the western Middle Ages as a means by which the authority of a Latin auctor could be at once appropriated and displaced, further important and explanatory frameworks have been proposed for understanding different aspects of medieval translation. Many account primarily for translation from Latin into a local vernacular and/or from (what has traditionally been understood as) a high-prestige vernacular into a lower-prestige vernacular. Though some recent scholarship has challenged such categorical distinctions, this is broadly the path that medieval translation appears most often to have taken—and that scholars have, accordingly, most often worked to understand.

This panel is interested in translation in the other direction: translations and other direct adaptations from any medieval vernacular, local language, or dialect into a lingua franca such as Latin, Arabic, or Greek, or (in later medieval England, for example) from English into French. What texts or kinds of texts were translated, to use Laura Saetveit Miles’s formulation, “upstream”? In what cultural contexts? If theories of translation often seem to subscribe implicitly to King Alfred’s philosophy that vernacular translation ensures continued possession (and perhaps even a kind of democratization) of knowledge, does translating “upstream” restrict knowledge, or does it grant works a broader readership? How do “upstream” or “back”- translations fit into, complicate, or nuance frameworks proposed thus far for understanding medieval translation?

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on these or related questions.

Please send proposals with an abstract of approximately 250 words and a Participant Information Form to marianhomansturnbull@berkeley.edu and alexandra.reider@yale.edu by September 15, 2018, or sooner if possible. Preliminary inquiries and expressions of interest are welcome.

 
Reading the Middle Ages, sponsored by Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at Stanford University:
 
This is the second panel in a two-part series entitled “Reading (in) the Middle Ages”: for more information, see CMEMS website.
 
Inspired by the upcoming tenth anniversary of Representations’ special issue, “The Way We Read Now”, this panel seeks to reflect on how the critical and technical innovations of the last ten years have shaped the way we read medieval texts. In their 2009 introduction to “The Way We Read Now”, Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best noted a declining enthusiasm among scholars in “text-based disciplines” for reading texts symptomatically in order to expose their underlying ideological priorities. They argued that literal readings should no longer be dismissed out of hand and called for renewed attention to the material and formal properties of texts, as well as to the cognitive processes of reading. As medievalists, the methodological challenges of critical reading are intensified, yet also clarified, by the inescapable temporal, cultural and linguistic estrangement from our objects of study. In the last decade, surface reading, distant reading, algorithmic text analysis, new formalism, new sociology and various kinds of phenomenological engagement have all been touted as superior ways of attending to the particularities of literary objects. How has the step-back from ideological demystification affected the kinds of claims we make, and the research we pursue? How have new technologies changed the possibilities for reading medieval sources? How has the fusion of book history into literary criticism affected the status of both disciplines? We invite submissions of proposals for fifteen-minute papers on scholars’ own experiences exploring and implementing critical modes of reading.
 
Please send enquiries and submissions to maelp@stanford.edu. Deadline: September 15th 2018.
 

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November 2018 Deadlines

Newberry Library: Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

The Fourteenth Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 1-2, 2019, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

For this year’s workshop, we invite papers on the theme “Bits and Pieces.” Some manuscripts have survived the centuries bright, pristine, majestic, and complete; most have suffered at least some minor damage or loss; some manuscripts, however, seem no more than ragged scraps. They lack beginnings, or endings, or middles; they tantalize with their incompleteness. These fragments still have much to tell us, though they make us work to learn it. The reader of incomplete manuscripts and fragments faces a broad array of problems – how to extrapolate missing text, how to fill the gaps in a page or a text, how to read a faded and worn leaf, how to combine dispersed fragments into a whole, how to represent the fragment in a modern edition in a way that renders it legible while still acknowledging its brokenness. Some fragments are already repaired, either bound into florilegia, rewritten by a well-meaning early reader, or patched and glued and restored in ways that sometimes obscure as much as they preserve; in such cases the modern reader may have to deconstruct an earlier reader’s traces before reconstructing the original text. The problems and rewards of studying manuscript fragments, large and small, are many; we welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

The deadline for applications is November 2, 2018. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact Roy Liuzza or the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edu for more information.


December 2018 Deadlines

Mediocrity in the Middle Ages: Finding the Middle Ground

11th Annual Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) Graduate Conference

February 22nd, 2019: University of Pennsylvania

Keynote: Sonja Drimmer (UMass Amherst, Art History)

What makes something “mediocre” in the Middle Ages? We often assume that if a manuscript, literary text, or work of visual or performance art has survived from the medieval period, it is exceptional in some way. Modern scholarship tends to enforce this assumption by either praising a work for its beauty and importance, or arguing for the centrality and exceptionality of something that past scholarship has ignored. But what of things that have survived that are just OK? How can clarifying the boundaries of what modern or medieval critics consider(ed) “good” and “bad” art still leave room for mediocrity? What can this middle ground teach us about form, aesthetics, language, and reception? Resisting the notion that any texts surviving from the Middle Ages are likely exceptional in some way, this conference seeks to examine unexceptional artistic productions in the Middle Ages, to consider what we can learn from medial texts and artifacts, and to critically assess the metrics by which we evaluate quality. We hope that this topic will challenge the spectrum endpoints of what has been labelled “good” or “bad” by searching for the middle ground. 

We invite 15-20 minute papers on this subject from any discipline, including History, Art History, Musicology,  Manuscript Studies, Literary Studies, Religious Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-deluxe manuscript codices and fragments
  • Artists and writers outside conventional canons
  • Medieval theories of artistic quality (or lack thereof)
  • Microhistories of “ordinary” medieval people
  • Average devotional practices; the religious lives of the unsaintly
  • Contemporary and historical reception and criticism
  • Differences in quality between text and image, or text and music
  • Unexceptional examples of common genres, such as romance
  • Translation, adaptation, and/or reproduction of medieval objects
  • Mediality of the “Middle” Ages

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words as attachments to pennmedieval@gmail.com by December 2, 2018. Submissions should include your name, paper title, email, and institutional and departmental affiliation. Papers will be due February 12, 2019 for distribution to faculty respondents.

 

 

Newberry Library: Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.


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The Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Durham University (IMEMS) is a sponsor of the Renaissance Society of America Conference which next year will be held on 17 – 20 March 2019 in Toronto. 

As an associate organisation of the RSA, IMEMS is eligible to submit up to 4 sponsored panels, which will automatically be accepted by the RSA.

We invite panel submissions by Monday 6 August 2018. These should be sent to admin.imems@durham.ac.uk and copied to toby.osborne@durham.ac.uk, who is coordinating the conference on behalf of the Institute.

 

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