Conferences and CFPs

  • 3 May 2019 8:35 PM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

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    Canadian Society of Medievalists


    La Société Canadienne des Médiévistes


    Congress/Congrès 2019






    Nous remercions les Musqueam de nous accueillir sur leur territoire. Nous travaillerons avec diligence pour assumer notre responsabilité collective d’honorer et de respecter leurs protocoles et leur patrie.



    We recognise that the land on which we gather is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam People, and we strive to live up to the responsibility of care for the land and people that this acknowledgment bestows upon us.




    June 3 Juin


    Session/Séance 1: The Arras Witch Project: New Insights, New Queries - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: Andrew Gow

    Jessica Roussanov, “Vauderie d’Arras: Financing a Crusade for Statehood”

    François Pageau, “From Hussites to Waldensians: A prosopographical study of a group of demonologists”

    Robert B. Desjardins, “A Twist on the Swerve? Epicurean Ideas in Two Demonological Treatises”


    Session/Séance 2: Conversations over time: Politics and the prosecution of crime and disorder in England, 1200-1700 – BUCH A103

    Chair/Président: Simon Devereaux

    Kenneth Duggan, “Community and Crime in Thirteenth-Century England”

    Shannon McSheffrey, “The Politics of Prosecution: Handling the Evil May Day Rioters in 1517”

    Andrea McKenzie, ““Fire and Fake News: Arson Prosecutions and Oppositional Politics during the Popish Plot, 1678-81”




    Plenary/Plénière 1 - BUCH A103

    Welcome: Kathy Cawsey

    Chair/Président: Jacqueline Murray


    Paul Dutton, “Rectangles of Conversation: The Bayeux Tapestry.”





    Session/Séance 3: Circling in on Medieval Romances - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: Christa Canitz

    Richard Firth Green, “How ‘Courtly’ are the Poems of MS Cotton Nero A.x?”

    Geoff Rector, “The Reader as Lover: Enclosure, Identity, and Community in the Sociocultural Dynamics of Romance Reading (1150-1300)”

    Robert Rouse, “From Shields to Sheeldes: Changing Views of Romance Geography.”


    Session/Séance 4: Masculinities and Manuscripts - BUCH A103

    Chair/Président: TBA

    Jacqueline Murray, “Monks and Men: Masculinity and Religion in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries”

    Alison More, ““Masculinity and Corporeality the Vitae of Thirteenth-Century Conversi”

    Dominic Marner, “Touching the Word of God in the Floreffe Bible (BL Add MS 17738)”




    Roundtable/Discussion: Racism and Diversity in Medieval Studies - BUCH A103

    Chair/Président: Donna Trembinski

    Andrew Gow, “Beyond Pogroms and Persecution: Nationalist Historiographies and the Elision of Jewish and other Minority Realities in Representations of the Middle Ages”

    Michael Kent, “Opening those other medieval books: Reflections of a Judaica Librarian towards inclusive research”

    Dana Wessell-Lightfoot, “Intersectionality in the Classroom: Teaching Medieval Spain”

    Kathy Cawsey, “Discovering a White Supremacist in my class”

    Douglas Hayes, “Teaching the Middle Ages: Racism and Resistance”

    Amy Kaufman, “Alternative Narratives”

    June 4 Juin


    Session/Séance 5: Gender and Agency in Medieval Europe - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: Meredith Bacola

    Joanne Findon, “Female Desire and Agency in Táin Bó Froích and Aislinge Óenguso”

    David Hay, “Finding the Female Combatant in Late Medieval Military Literature”

    Donna Trembinski, “Francis’ Disappearing Infirmities: Disability and the Expectations of Masculine Sanctity in the Thirteenth Century”


    Session/Séance 6: Medical Texts in Conversation - BUCH A201

    Chair/Président: Erik Kwakkel

    Nora Thorburn, “Pro myrrae troclidite: The influence of materia medica substitution lists”

    Jacob Goldowitz, ““Medical Innovation in Early Medieval Europe: Dynamidia Texts in Conversation”

    Vajra Regan, “The Poet, the Philosopher, and the Physician”




    Plenary/Plénière 2 - BUCH A201

    Chair/Président: Dominic Marner


    Marcus Milwright, “Architecture, Ornament and the early Qur’an Fragments from the Great Mosque of San‘a’ in Yemen​”





    AGM/AGA (Lunch provided) - BUCH B213




    Session/Séance 7: Constructing Medieval Worlds: Building Sustainable Medieval Studies via Immersive Environmental Spaces - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: TBA

    Colin Gibbings, “Wrætlic is þes Performance Work: Differing Interpretations in Performance of 'The Ruin'”

    Michael Lazar, “Materiality and Spatiality in the Saga of Erik the Red: a methodology for historical literary engagement”

    Kenna Olsen and Elias Fahssi, “ Means and Methods: Ecologies of Sustainability for Medieval Texts”


    Session/Séance 8: Afterlives of Medieval Texts - BUCH A201

    Chair/Président: TBA

    Tristan Major, “Richard Retchford, a Forgotten Seventeenth-Century Anglo-Saxonist”

    Jes Battis, “The Medievalist Marketplace:  Convention Culture and Young Adult Fantasy”

    David Watt, “George R. R. Martin’s 15th century allusions”




    Session/Séance 9: Medieval Books and Documents in UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: Stephen Partridge

    Siân Echard, "Good Luck and Good Design: Building a Medieval Teaching Collection.”

    Erik Kwakkel, “UBC’s “1460” Catholicon fragment: watermark and type arrangement”

    Noelle Phillips, ““Discovering the Bulwer Family’s Fourteenth-century Charters in British Columbia”


    Séance/Session 10: Cercles de Conversations en France - BUCH A201

    Président/Chair: TBA

    Éduardo Fabbro, “The Aftermath of Fontenoy (841): Divine agency, violence, and the response to traumatic events in Carolingian Europe.”

    Stephanie Plante, “Une sociabilité littéraire. Le réseau manuscrit du compte de Flandre Gui de Dampierre”

    Christine McWebb, “Christine de Pizan ‘in Conversation’ with Dante Alighieri”


    Banquet/Banquette: Nuba - 3116 W Broadway, Kitsilano


    June 5 Juin


    Session/Séance 11: Holes and Wholes, Pieces and Seams: Physical and Political Connections and Ruptures - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: TBA

    Sarah-Nelle Jackson, “Sovereignty on the Rocks: Eorthe, Land, and Resistance in the Peterborough Chronicle

    Kari North, “Rebellious Vassal Rulers: Commonalties Across the Mediterranean”

    Stephanie Lahey, “Patchwork Physic: British Library Sloane MS 783B”




    Session/Séance 12: Topical Texts and their Afterlives in the Later Middle Ages - BUCH B213

    Chair/Président: TBA

    Robert Shaw, “Church Reform, monastic reform and the legacy of Pierre Pocquet”

    Brandon Alakas, “Syon's fruytful orcherd: Textual Consumption and Spiritual Identity in Birgittine Devotional Literature”

    Geoffrey Dipple, “The Curious Afterlife of a Radical Text”

    Kristin Bourassa, “The Manuscript Afterlives of Political Texts: Jacques d’Armagnac and the Songe du viel pelerin” (co-author Justin Sturgeon)




    UBC Rare Books Workshop

    Leaders: Siân Echard and Erik Kwakkel


    Photo: Don Erhardt


    A hands-on session with medieval manuscripts and documents and early printed books from UBC's Rare Books and special Collections.


    REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Email kathy.cawsey @ to sign up



    President’s Reception/Réception du Président


  • 14 Mar 2019 12:59 PM | CSM Treasurer (Administrator)


    Are you looking to learn some new DH skills? Would you be glad to refresh some old ones?  If you are attending the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver, join us for Digital Humanities Summer Institute @ Congress.   We invite Congress attendees to register for any and all workshops that engage their interest. At $25 each, the workshops are modular and no previous Digital Humanities experience is required. Participants must be registered with a association or society that is meeting at Congress.

    9:00-10:15 Opening plenary: Decolonial DH?: Maker Ethics Across Indigenous Studies and the Digital Humanities (David Gaertner)

    10:30-1:00 Session 1
      - CWRCshop (Susan Brown)
      - DH Pedagogy (Laura Estill and Diane Jakacki)
    1:00-2:30 Lunch
      - Special Graduate Student lunch event for registered students 
    "What I Wish I Knew as a Grad Student/New Scholar in the Digital Humanities" (Kim Martin and Chelsea Miya)

    2:30-5:00 Session 2 
      - Introduction to the Command Line (Megan Meredith-Lobay)
      - Best Practices for Data Visualization (Alison Hedley)

    Registration details and workshop descriptions are up at (click “read more")
  • 4 Mar 2019 10:59 AM | CSM Treasurer (Administrator)

    The University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg invite you to the 40th edition of the Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians /Colloque canadien des historiens d’art medieval.

    "From Medieval to Medievalism: Medieval Art and Architecture and its Modern Canadian Transformations" Friday, 22 March University of Manitoba, Artlab Building, Room 368 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 23 March University of Winnipeg, Duckworth Centre, Room 3D01 8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Conference programme and poster:

    No conference fee; all are welcome

    For more information, contact or

  • 19 Feb 2019 6:04 AM | Sébastien Rossignol

    The annual conference of the Atlantic Mediaeval Association will take place on 18-19 October 2019 at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The deadline for submitting paper proposals (in English or French) is 31 March.

    Le colloque annuel de la Atlantic Mediaeval Association aura lieu les 18 et 19 octobre 2019 sur le campus de Memorial University à St-Jean, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. La date de tombée pour la soumission de propositions de communications (en français ou en anglais) est le 31 mars.

    More information here / de plus amples informations ici:

  • 29 Jan 2019 12:48 PM | CSM Treasurer (Administrator)

    Call for Papers: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages

    due 15 February 2019

    The School of Art History, SAIMS and Special Collections Division at the University of St Andrews are pleased to announce an upcoming two-day conference on the archive in medieval art and thought.

    The word archive suggests the acts of taxonomy and conservation, but also interpretation and regulation. Its etymology traces back to the Greek arkheion, thus highlighting the political nature of the physical archive and the act of archiving itself. The medieval world maintained this sense of privileged access. Isidore of Seville connected the Latin word archivium with arca, strongbox, and arcanum, mystery. But the term was malleable, referring to collections of various goods and treasures, not just of parchment records and registers. And yet, Michael Clanchy has argued that the medieval mind did not always distinguish between the library and the archive, as we do today.

    The organisers therefore invite proposals on the theme of the expanded medieval archive, as it relates to art and material culture. What can medieval collections, compilations, and assemblages of material things tell us about the accumulation of knowledge and the preservation of memory? How is the archive manipulated to fit political or social agendas, and by whom? What are the limits of the medieval archive? Paper topics and themes may include, though are not limited to:

    Records or inventories of collections, secular, civic, and ecclesiastical;
    The archive as a physical object or visual record, including books and manuscripts, buildings, reliquaries, etc.;
    The accretive nature of written testimony in the form of: chronicles, herbals, visitations, necrologies, inscriptions and tituli;
    Time, writing history through the material, and collapsing temporalities;
    The creation and perpetuation of memory, identity, and authority;
    The accumulation and transmission of cultural or familial knowledge via material culture;
    The politics of preservation, documentation, and display in the medieval world, and of the medieval in the modern world.

    Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages will take place 13–14 September 2019 in St Andrews, Scotland. Professor Erik Inglis (Oberlin College) will deliver the keynote. The organisers intend to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume.

    All papers must be no more than 30 minutes maxmimum. Please submit a 250 word abstract and title by 15 February 2019. Prof Julian Luxford, Prof Kathryn Rudy, and Dr Emily Savage, along with Senior Archivist Rachel Hart, warmly welcome all submissions and queries at

  • 23 Jan 2019 11:08 AM | Brandon Alakas

    The Medieval Students Undergraduate Society at the University of Toronto is hosting its annual conference this weekend.

    Hosted by the University of Toronto’s Medieval Studies Undergraduate Society, the 3rd Annual Medieval Studies Undergraduate Conference will take place at St. Michael’s on the weekend of January 26 and 27. USMC President David Sylvester will deliver the keynote address in Charbonnel Lounge at 6 p.m. to open the conference on Saturday, Jan. 26, and a reception will follow in the Shook Common Room. The conference will then continue on Sunday, Jan. 27 in the Shook Common Room, beginning with a light breakfast at 9 a.m. U of T students and recent grads will present papers until the conclusion of the conference around 3 p.m. More information about the conference can be found on the MSUS - Medieval Studies Undergraduate Society Facebook Page (

  • 23 Jan 2019 11:04 AM | Brandon Alakas

    Myth and Dream / The Dreaming of Myth

    A two-day conference (23 and 24 May 2019) in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, at the University of Bologna

    Immemorially, myths and dreams have been closely associated as wellsprings for fantasy and the imagination. The pairing of myth and dream reaches far back into antiquity, to the story of Gilgamesh in the Middle East, to the epics of Homer and Virgil in Europe, and to the Dream Time of Australian aborigines. In the modern era, psychoanalytic theories have drawn freely upon mythic accounts and archetypal images in interpreting dreams and plumbing the depths of the unconscious mind, while artists of the surreal and symbolist painters have revelled in the transformations and displacements that recourse to the world of myth and dream affords. Jane Harrison encapsulated the association between the two when at the beginning of the twentieth century she wrote that ‘myth is the dream-thinking of a people, just as the dream is the myth of the individual’.

    The conference invites proposals addressing diverse approaches to the combination of myth and dream – literary, artistic, scientific or theological – that enjoy attention in the contemporary world. 

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Biblical accounts
    Celestial realms
    Divine phenomena
    Dreamer as hero(ine)
    Dreams of other worlds
    Gates of ivory and horn
    Gods of dreaming
    Monads and dyads
    Mythical realism
    Shamanic possession
    Soul sleep
    Succubus and incubus
    Time and timelessness
    Wishes and desires
    Yin and yang

    The languages of the conference will be Italian and English.      

    Papers should be 20 minutes long. Please send proposals of 250 words (in Italian or English) to  by 1 February 2019.

  • 16 Jan 2019 10:19 AM | CSM Treasurer (Administrator)

    Medieval Devotional Texts: Technologies Old and New

    Devotional texts, texts that are intended to encourage prayer, spiritual reflection or contemplation, dwell at the intersections between the literary, the historical and the theological. As one example, a prayer can be a lyric, an essential component of liturgy, or a personal text expressing the reader’s specific hopes and fears. It can stand alone or form part of competing networks of intertextuality, accommodating a wide range of different readings and significant contexts. While devotional texts may appear formulaic in that they are often characterised by formal qualities and constrained by the expectations of genre, the distinctive features of these texts also allow them to remain recognisable even as they are adapted to the demands of new reading communities and new media.

    We welcome papers addressing early and late medieval devotional genres or texts alongside the technologies employed in their creation, transmission and use. Correspondingly, we are also interested in papers discussing digital approaches to studying the production and reception of these texts.

    Abstracts are invited from researchers working in literary and related fields addressing any of the following topics:

    manuscript studies

    textual transmission

    devotional texts and material culture

    the place of devotional texts in miscellanies

    confessional practice

    prayer collections and compilations

    digital approaches to devotional texts in medieval literature

    Please send a 300-word abstract for a 25-minute paper to Sheri Smith at by 1st February 2019. We will be confirming participation by February 7th. We particularly welcome papers from graduate students and early career scholars and will cover the cost of one night of accommodation at our conference venue Schloss Mickeln for all speakers.

  • 21 Dec 2018 9:08 AM | Kristin Bourassa

    Topical Texts and their Afterlives in the Late Middle Ages

    This session (Canadian Society of Medievalists, Congress 2019, June 3-5, Vancouver) examines the ‘afterlives’ – that is, the later reception – of late medieval written works addressing topical matters. The explosion of manuscript production and copying in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries not only encouraged the literate to use written communication to spread their thoughts on current affairs, it also promoted the continued reception of the resultant texts in a wider variety of contexts and over longer periods. However popular or niche at the time of writing, such topical texts could more readily find new audiences and new meanings in the late medieval environment. The creative editing, extraction, and compiling of texts helped in the process of shifting and even transforming meaning across different places and times, rendering texts that were once topical more universal, or indeed pointedly relevant to later affairs and concerns. Seen from another aspect such processes also expanded the afterlives of issues that had been long been set aside, with answers to new problems being shaped by those derived in very different contexts.

    Kristin Bourassa and Justin Sturgeon will explore the fifteenth-century manuscript afterlife of Philippe de Mézières’ Songe du viel pelerin, a political allegory completed in 1389 for King Charles VI of France and offering topical advice on contemporary political concerns such as the king’s recent coming of age and declaration of personal rule, the Great Western Schism, and the late fourteenth-century crusading movement. The Songe was later copied for members of the secular and religious elite, in manuscripts adapted both textually and visually for their owners and for their new historical context. Eight of the nine surviving manuscripts date to the mid- to late-fifteenth century, demonstrating revived interest in a book whose understandings of authority, power, and counsel were deeply embedded in the historical context of its original production. This interdisciplinary paper (drawing on the perspectives of art history, history and literature) explores how political texts were adapted for later audiences through a case study of the manuscript owned by Louis de Crussol, a royal counsellor active during the reigns of Charles VII and Louis XI.

    Robert Shaw will explore the afterlife of the Orationarium in vita Christi et de suffragiis sanctorum, a work written in the 1380s by Pierre Pocquet, a French Celestine monk and strident activist for Observant reform. An unedited text that is little know by modern readers, this expansive vita Christi was written not only against the background of the author’s efforts to enhance French Celestine observance, but also in the midst of the Great Western Schism, a matter which thoroughly exercised the author and greatly shaped his reflections on morality and reform. While it reached some very influential readers in Pocquet’s own lifetime, including among the laity, it arguably found its peak of popularity among monastic reformers of other orders in the mid to late fifteenth century, with audiences in monasteries as far away as Italy and Bohemia. Through a close reading of the manuscript evidence, this paper will explore how later reformers received reflections that were steeped in the context of the late fourteenth century, and through this, how the atmosphere of the Schism, so critical to the formation of Observant energies, could continue to influence ideas regarding monastic life a century after the fact.

    To complete this session, we seek one further paper addressing similar themes. We are open to papers looking at the ongoing reception of topical texts written at any time in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and in any part of Europe. Please contact Kristin Bourassa at by January 14, 2019. 

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