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  • 26 Oct 2017 9:23 AM | Kristin Bourassa

    Call for Papers

    Fear and Loathing in the Earthly City –

    Negative Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern Period c. 1100-1700 

    1-2 November 2018, University of Southern Denmark

    Keynote speakers
    Malcolm Gaskill, University of East Anglia and Craig Taylor, University of York 

    The exploration, control and canalization of negative emotions played a crucial role in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period. The fundamental negative emotions were conceptually expressed in the Seven Deadly Sins and mirrored in The Seven Virtues. While the virtues were what humans should strive for in order to be good Christians, it was often their negative counterparts that appear most poignantly in the sources (written, pictorial or musical), because they were firmly embedded into the terrestrial life as ubiquitous obstacles to be overcome or coped with in order to gain salvation. This preoccupation with negative emotions and the sinfulness of man was strong in the Middle Ages and continued unabated during the reformations of the sixteenth century and beyond. Nevertheless, the perception of negative emotions was highly depended on the affective context, and they might not be perceived as unequivocally bad and negative. Anti-social emotions of fear, hatred, and envy which on the outset would be perceived of as negative, could depending on the exigencies of the situation be construed of as constructive and indeed even beneficial to man, society and ultimately God. The interpretation of emotions and their categorization as positive or negative was thus flexible in accordance with the demands of context and situation.

    With this conference we seek to investigate cultures of negative emotions from an interdisciplinary angle and in all walks of life be they religious, rural, civic, aristocratic etc. We thus invite papers that explore the role of emotions expressing negativity such as fear, envy, hatred, but also melancholy and sadness in culture, society and the conception of the individual in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, c.1100 to 1700.

    Please send an abstract (200 words) of your proposed paper and a short biography before 1 April 2018 to Louise Nyholm Kallestrup

    Possible topics may include:

    • When is the seemingly anti-social, negative and/or bad emotions and potentially and sometimes even immediately understood as necessary and beneficial? How can we study that paradox?

    • Continuity and change: How and why did perceptions of negative emotions change?

    • What was the relationship between negative emotions and institutions of power (e.g. state, church etc.)?

    • What are negative emotions in a historical perspective? When, where and why are negative emotions considered appropriate?

    • How are negative emotions gendered?

    • How and when are negative emotion embodied?

    • How are negative emotions inherited in space and place?

      The conference is organized by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SDU, and the National Museum of Denmark.

      Conference venue: University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, DK-5230-Odense M

      Conference conveners: Thomas Heebøll-Holm, SDU

      Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen, National Museum of Denmark

      Louise Nyholm Kallestrup, SDU 

  • 3 Oct 2017 7:16 AM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    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.

    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:


  • 31 Aug 2017 8:48 AM | CSM Webmaster (Administrator)

    Call for Papers - Leeds International Medieval Congress 2018
    2-5 July, Leeds, UK
    Sponsor: MEARCSTAPA
    Monstrous Medievalism: Toxic Appropriations of the Middle Ages in Modern Popular Culture and Thought
    MEARCSTAPA seeks papers to compose a session of 3 or 4 papers to the 2018 International Medieval Congress at Leeds. The Congress theme is “Memory.” Our hope is that this session will run as a twin-session to our proposed panel for Kalamazoo 2018 on Monstrous Medievalisms.
    The medieval period continues to be misidentified both as a primitive and savage ‘dark ages’ and as an idealized utopian golden age of racial and religious homogeny. In both cases, aspects of medieval culture—stories, motifs, and themes—are appropriated and reimagined (that is, remembered and reconstructed) in ways that celebrate and promote the othering of certain racial and ethnic groups or cultures. Medievalists should be made uncomfortable by the realization that we share some interests with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and other groups dedicated to the oppression, segregation, and even elimination of racial and ethnic groups or cultures. Medievalists should feel even more uncomfortable when this othering—intentional or otherwise—becomes common in the presentation of the Middle Ages in various popular cultural media.
    These medievalisms use the Middle Ages—our Middle Ages—to advance their racist agendas, which have frequently resulted in malicious acts against individuals and groups. In short, the Middle Ages are often put to monstrous work in modern popular thought and culture, frequently used by one community to attack another. The Middle Ages thus become othered and estranged from the scholars who study and teach from positions of acceptance and inclusion. These monstrous medievalisms use the period to foster some of the most pernicious ideologies of the present day and distort our understanding of the past. We ask, whose Middle Ages are they? And in so doing, we seek to confront these monstrous medievalisms, to unravel and make sense of them in order to dismantle the negative work they do.
    Papers for this panel might address topics such as:
    Appropriations of the medieval image and narrative in Nazi propaganda
    Contemporary White Pride/White Nationalist appropriations of the medieval symbols and signs (tattoos, banners, album covers, banners)
    Racist responses to inclusion in “Medieval” film
    The medieval fantasies of white identity in the Anglo-Saxon enthusiasm of the founding fathers
    Racialized Monsters in the contemporary medieval fantasy
    Race War as trope in Ancient and Medieval period films, video games, and/or books
    "Unintentional" rehearsals of racist ideologies in popular media
    We invite papers from all disciplines and national traditions. Additionally, MEARCSTAPA will provide an award of $500 to the best graduate student submission to this or any of its sessions to help offset the costs of travel and lodging for the IMC.
    Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a brief bio to session organizer Renée Ward ( by 9 September 2017. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts will be vetted by the MEARCSTAPA board and the full session will be submitted to the Congress mid-September 2017.

    Canadian Society of Medievalists

  • 25 May 2017 11:07 PM | Andrew Klein

    The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida.

    The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome.

    The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to

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