CSM Annual Meeting/ SCM Rencontre annuelle

Call for Papers, 2023

Canadian Society of Medievalists, Annual Conference

May 27-29, 2023, York University, Toronto, Canada


The Canadian Society of Medievalists / Société canadienne des médiévistes is a scholarly and professional association dedicated to promoting Medieval Studies at Canadian colleges and universities and to improving knowledge of the Middle Ages among the Canadian general public.

The CSM / SCM Annual Conference will be held as part of the 2023 Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, a larger gathering of Canadian learned societies at York University in Toronto. Participants in the CSM/SCM’s annual meeting must register through the Congress website: https://www.federationhss.ca/en/congress/about-congress .

The CSM / SCM Annual Conference will return to an in-person format for 2023.  The Annual General meeting, plenary lecture, and a maximum of two sessions will be presented in a hybrid format, but due to cost and limited AV-allocations, the majority of the conference will not be accessible for remote participants.  For further information on the format for the 2023 meeting, see below. 

A. General Call for Presentations 2023:

The CSM / SCM welcomes presentations that concern any topic within Medieval Studies broadly defined.

B. Special Theme for Congress 2023: Reckonings and Re-Imaginings.

The CSM/SCM also welcomes presentations and sessions that apply the Congress theme, Reckonings and Re-imaginings, to Medieval Studies. Congress describes this theme thus: “Drawing on the lessons of Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Congress 2023 will focus on new reckonings for how to live in non-hierarchical relationships that respect our human differences, while protecting the environment we depend on. Under the theme Reckonings and Re-Imaginings, Congress will honour Black and Indigenous knowledges and cultures, and centre the diverse voices and ideas of scholars, graduate students, policymakers and community members to vital conversations about the most pressing issues facing our world.” (Read the full description of the theme here: https://www.federationhss.ca/en/congress-2023-reckonings-and-re-imaginings).

C. Formats for Presentations:

Individual papers should be no more than 20 minutes in length. Sessions consist of three 20-minute papers and up to 30 minutes for questions (that is, 90 minutes in total). Round-tables, workshops, or sessions in an alternative format should be no more than 90 minutes in length, including a question period.

Proposals for individual papers, panels, or alternative format sessions are all welcome.

D. Proposals:

Paper proposals must include a document giving the title plus a one-page abstract (without identifying the author), and indicate if the proposal is for the general call or the special theme. A separate document should consist of a one-page curriculum vitae which includes the paper’s title at the top.

Proposals for complete sessions, workshops, or roundtables should include the above information, in addition to identifying the session’s chair, the session’s title, and a brief explanation of the session and its format.

Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

If there may any doubt as to the proposal’s relevance to Medieval Studies, please include an explanation in the abstract.

E.  Conference format. 

LIMITED REMOTE PRESENTATION OPTION: The CSM’s 2023 Annual Conference will be held in person; but we have the capacity for a very small number of hybrid sessions on Day 2 of the meeting which will permit off-site presenters and attendees to participate remotely for that day. The capacity for remote streaming of sessions to off-site audiences is limited due to costs and A/V allocations from Congress organizers. If you or your panel can only present if the format is remote, please indicate this on the abstract(s) and Please keep the following in mind:

  • Only a very small number of remote presentations will be possible so your chances of being included in the program are less likely should you choose the option only to participate virtually
  • CSM can only afford a live-streamed room for 1 day of our meetings. This means that remote attendees and presenters can only attend remotely for 1 of the 3 days of the meeting and can only attend sessions in the livestreaming room.
  • All remote and in-person attendees are required to pay the Congress Registration Fee, the bulk of which is paid to the FHSS / FSH (Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences / Fédération des Sciences Humaines), which organizes Congress and is livestreaming all the Career Corner and Big Thinking events for all registered participants. The FHSS / FSH does not offer a lower registration fee to remote attendees and so their portion of the registration fee must be paid in full by all attendees (it ranges from 0$ for Black and Indigenous Student Members to $190 for Regular Members). The CSM/SCM will reduce its association-specific portion of the registration fees for remote participants, but the bulk of the Registration Fees are the FHSS portion, and these must be paid in full by all participants


Please submit proposals by email by January 15, 2023 to President Siobhain Bly Calkin (siobhain.calkin [at] carleton.ca ) for review by the Conference Planning Committee. Scholars need not be members to submit proposals, but must be members in good standing to participate in the Annual Meeting. 

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