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September 2017 Deadlines


October 2017 Deadlines

CFP: Ohio Medieval Colloquium Meeting

Nov. 4, 2017


The Fall meeting will take place on November 4, 2017 from 10:30-4:30. Many thanks to our host, Kent State University, Tuscarawas.

We welcome papers and works in progress related to this Fall’s theme, “Race and Otherness.” Please feel free to construe the theme broadly: we welcome your work in a diversity of disciplinary perspectives, time periods, and regions of the medieval world. Also welcome are papers considering the debates about race and inclusion within the classroom and the field itself.

Please email paper proposals and equipment needs to one of the OMC co-chairs:

Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve University:

Bonnie Erwin, Wilmington College:


November 2017 Deadlines

CFP: “Vagantes” (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) 

(March 22 - March 24)

Deadline: November 3


The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies is currently seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages.The conference will take place from March 22nd-24th, 2018 at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will feature thirty graduate-student papers and three distinguished keynote speakers. Out of consideration for graduate students' budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration feeThe organizers of Vagantes believe that a diverse and inclusive view of the medieval period is essential. As such, graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit paper abstracts of no more than 300 words on any topic relating to the Middle Ages.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 3rd, 2017. More information about the conference can be found on the attached PDF. The online CFP is live and accessible here -



Beyond Words: The Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity

Friday 1st June 2018,

CREMS, University of York

This conference will explore the parameters of the Unknowable and the Unutterable in early modernity. It will range across the theological, the literary and the scientific, to attend to what early modern thinkers deemed beyond what they could find words for. If this apophatic inheritance – the language of what can’t be said - was a theological-mystical mode of thinking, what happened to it in the post-reformation climate of thought? Did natural philosophy understand the knowable limits of nature in the manner of the apophatic? How did emergent science negotiate the edges of what could be thought? What uses did early modern writers find for the apophatic traditions, Dionysius, Cusa, or John Scotus Eriugena? How did early modern poetry attend to the ineffable and that which was beyond words? The conference invites papers on the unknowable, the unutterable, the unthinkable and the unsayable, all broadly considered, in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, whether English or European.

Keynote speaker: William Franke (Vanderbildt)

Author of ‘On What Cannot be Said’ and ‘A Philosophy of the Unsayable’ (among others).

Please send abstracts (c. 250 words) to Kevin Killeen (, by Friday 10th November (or send expressions of interest).

This symposium is part of the lax and diffuse Thomas Browne Seminar series


CFP: Newberry Long- and Short-Term Fellowships 


Deadline: November 15 (Long-Term) and December 15 (Short-Term)


The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.


We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

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 15.


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.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to




Short-Term Fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center, 2018–2019


As the new(ish) Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts at the Harry Ransom Center, I would like to invite you to apply for one of our short-term research fellowships.

At the moment, we are accepting applications for the 2018–2019 year. The submission deadline is November 15, 2017 at 5:00pm CST. For details and application instructions, visit:

We will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

With the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, all applicants must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement.

The fellowship itself is quite flexible, with terms ranging from one to three months, with stipends of $3,500 per month (domestic) or $4,000 per month (international). Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships provide stipends of $2,000 (domestic) or $2,500 (international). Fellowship residencies may be scheduled between June 1, 2018, and August 31, 2019. During the fellowship, scholars will work on-site at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. Since the fellowship program's inauguration in 1990, the Ransom Center has supported the research of more than 1,000 scholars from around the world.

Questions about the fellowship program or application procedures should be directed to If you have questions about how the Ransom Center’s collections might support your research, I would encourage you to email our great reference team:


December 2017 Deadlines


Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 18-20, 2018
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri
The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:


January 2018 Deadlines


February 2018 Deadlines

Notre Dame - A. W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies

The Medieval Institute offers a fellowship for a junior faculty scholar in Medieval Studies, made possible through the generous response of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to a challenge grant awarded to Notre Dame by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a United States university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame's famed Medieval Institute during the academic year. The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure.

Notre Dame Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the aquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas.

The application deadline for both of these is Feb. 1st. See here for details.

March 2018 Deadlines

Introduction to the digital cataloguing of manuscripts

The SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW) offers an introduction to XML, TEI-P5 and application software, and provides both knowledge and skills in order to describe medieval and early modern manuscripts in TEI and MXM. Moreover, participants will be informed about the management and publication of manuscript descriptions in databases and printed catalogues. The next course will be held from 25th to 29th June 2018, sessions will take place in the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. The application deadline is 1st March 2018. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged €350 (accommodation included). Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online:


Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

The Spring meeting will be held at Queens College – 19, 20 & 21 March.
Abstract Submission Deadline – 5 March.
Early Registration Deadline – 14 February.
Future Symposia Dates
30 July to 1 August – Oxford.
December 5 – 7 December – at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church, Oxford.
The meetings will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary.  Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.
The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr Mountford is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.
You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The symposium is interdisciplinary and has a broad-based theme.

Consult the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies website for registration deadlines and publication information.


San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

Now in its 20th year, with alumni from over 170 colleges and universities worldwide, SGPS is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage. We offer students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy where they acquire hands-on experience in preservation and restoration.
Session One (May 28 – June 22)
Building Restoration – Touching the Stones
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings and Sketching & Analyzing Historic Buildings
(Program includes lectures and restoration field projects*)
Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
Analysis and Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy
(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)
Book Bindings Restoration
The Craft of Making and Restoring Book Bindings
Introduction to the Conservation of Books and Bindings
(Program includes lectures and practical workshop)
Session Two (July 9 - August 3)
Paper Restoration
Restoration and Conservation of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
(Program includes lectures and restoration workshop)
Traditional Painting Techniques
Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
(Program includes lectures and painting workshop)
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 
Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues
(Program includes lectures and discussion)
NEW RESEARCH PROJECT: Carsulae Roman Baths Excavation Project
Architectural & Structural Survey of the Site
(Program includes research and surveying field work*)
*Field Projects:
Restoration of the façade of the medieval church of San Carlo (13th century)
Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city
Architectural and structural survey of the baths in the ancient Roman city of Carsulae
Short Inter-Session Program
Preservation Field Trip – Italy (June 24 – July 3)
A ten-day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.
Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.


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CFP: Texts and Contexts ( Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)

(October 26-27, 2018)
Deadline: TBA

Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years.  We also welcome proposals for sessions of two to three papers which might treat a more focused topic. Please send abstracts to  Deadline for abstracts: TBA.