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Study of the Crusades 
and the Latin East 


  • 14 Mar 2022 12:29 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    Community & Identity, Unity & Diversity in Medieval Europe (c.700-1300)

    29 June-1 July 2022

    Deadline: 21 March 2022: aberystwythmedievalists@gmail.com

    Students of medieval identity have long been preoccupied with questions about how communities were brought together. The strategies deployed by medieval writers when devising a history for their communities, or when distinguishing them from others, can reveal much about their visions of identity.

    The fifth Aberystwyth Medieval Conference will explore strategies for uniting and dividing medieval communities, how those writing about the past helped to construct – or to overcome – borders between communities, and how their visions of communal identities may have shaped, and may in turn have been shaped by, the construction of medieval polities.

    The workshop will take place from 29th June to 1st July 2022. We anticipate that it will take place in-person. We warmly welcome proposals for 20-minute papers from postgraduates, early career & established scholars working on any aspect of the high medieval past (c.700-1300). Perspectives from any discipline are welcome, including but not limited to history, literary studies, art history, philosophy, archaeology, and palaeography.

    Keynote speakers:

    Michal Biran (Jerusalem)

    Gerd Lubich (Bochum)

    Hugh M. Thomas (Miami)

    Alex Woolf (St Andrews)

    Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

    Borders and identity

    The construction of networks

    Relations between the “centre” and “periphery”

    Disputing/dispute settlement

    Belonging and exclusion.

    Divisions between lay and spiritual

    Ideas of “the other”

    aberystwythmedievalists@gmail.com


  • 11 Mar 2022 1:25 AM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East
    Book Awards


    The SSCLE is pleased to announce the launch of two book awards, Best First Book, and Best Book, to run on alternate years. The winners will each receive a sum of £250.

    We are opening nominations now for the Ronnie Ellenblum Best First Book with the aim of making the award at the summer conference, 27 June - 1 July 2022. 


    With that in mind, we are asking that entries be submitted by 30 April 2022 to
    sscle123@gmail.com

    The Best First Book Prize is named in memory of Professor Ronnie Ellenblum (1952-2021), a recognition of his immensely innovative academic work and his boundless support of young scholars.

    In the first instance, eligible languages will reflect those of the SSCLE's journal Crusades: English, French, Italian, Spanish and German. Each entry must be accompanied by a nomination of up to 300 words indicating why the book stands as an important contribution to the field. The author or publisher must be in a position to send the committee a PDF of the published text by the closing date. In this first award of the prize, nominations can come from either the author, the publisher, or another researcher. Books with a publication date of 2019, 2020, 2021 are eligible. 

     

    Cecilia Gaposchkin (Dartmouth College) has kindly agreed to chair the 5-person judging panel consisting of herself, Jessalynn Bird (Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Christoph Maier (University of Zürich) and Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, University of London). A different panel, chaired by Cecilia Gaposchkin, will decide the Best Book award.


  • 6 Mar 2022 2:34 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the 10th International Medieval Meeting Lleida will take place online from 27th to 30th June 2022. 

    The Organizing Team of IMMLleida invites you to participate in this new edition. There you will find 19 strands focused in leading aspects of Medieval Studies and 2 special strands: "Suffering power in the Middle Ages" and the "1st Congress Toponomasticon Hispaniae: Interterritoriality and interdisciplinary".

    The International Medieval Meeting Lleida (IMMLleida) is organised and administered by the Consolidated Medieval Studies Research Group. It takes place in Lleida during the last week in June. The participants can present sessions and individual papers on different aspects of research in the history of the Middle Ages or sessions dedicated to the promotion and management of research, the application of new technologies in the Humanities and the promotion of historical heritage. Furthermore, there will be important presentations concerning the publication and dissemination of research in medieval history. These events will take place on the Blackboard Collaborate.

    Submit your Paper, Session or Business proposal until 3rd April 2022.

    Please, visit http://www.internationalmedievalmeetinglleida.udl.cat/en/ to more information and to send your proposals on any aspect of the Middle Ages.

    For any doubt, contact us at immlleida@historia.udl.cat


  • 2 Mar 2022 5:22 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    The theme for the 2023 American Society of Church History annual meeting is Experimentation. The Program Committee seeks proposals that think creatively about experimentation and its significance throughout the history of Christianity. As experiments have often occurred at the boundaries, physical and social, of imperial spaces, we especially encourage panels that explore experimentation as understood and undertaken among oppressed, disadvantaged, or otherwise marginal communities. We especially welcome submissions from scholars of the ancient and medieval world. 

    We solicit four types of proposals: regular panels, roundtables, experimental sessions, and individual papers. Proposals from the following periods and categories, inter alia, are welcomed:

    1)   Early Christianity and Patristics

    2)   Medieval and Byzantine Period

    3)   Reformation and Early Modern Atlantic World

    4)   Africa and the African Diaspora

    5)   American: Colonial to 20th Century

    6)   Latinx and Latin American

    7)   World Christianities

    8)   Religious Philadelphia


    The regular ASCH deadline for proposals is March 15, 2022. Proposals seeking joint sponsorship between ASCH and the American Catholic Historical Association should indicate this desire during the submission process by checking the appropriate box. We will not be co-sponsoring any panels with the American Historical Association this year.

    You can also find the call for papers, along with submission information, at: Annual Meeting 2023 - American Society of Church History



  • 28 Feb 2022 2:03 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    Claiming a place at the dawn of eternity is not a physical, tangible will, but rather a manifest intention to keep something alive, even after death itself. A death that is not real, but figurative, in a process of transformation to something different and new, a change in matter and not in essence. With this V International Congress "The Medievalist's Way: ad aeternum", we intend to achieve the definitive consolidation of this meeting. As always, it will be open to all young researchers from the Middle Ages who wish to participate. If five years ago the first stone of this forum was laid, today we are standing on a consolidated structure. And we express our desire to try to preserve it ad aeternum, something that has been confirmed by the complete renewal of the organizing committee, and which we hope will be the first of many to ensure its continuity. At the same time, with this reference to eternity, we do not intend only to point to the foundations of this building of ours, but to everything that is intrinsic to it. The tower we helped build represents the need to build new structures from the ruins of others. We are all part of the tower, but we are not the tower. And it's what's around you that matters, going beyond the congress itself: it's the variety of encounters, ideas and friendships that develop within you and that, of course, go far beyond these days. And it is in all this infinite tide of possibilities that our essence is truly found.

    After the changes and adaptations that 2020 and 2021 entailed, this year we intend to fully recover the face-to-face format for all participants. Now that the storm has calmed down, we are trying to return the river to its original course. Aware that this may not be, physically, the same as it was three or four years ago, it will certainly be the same in spirit.

    We have created a meeting open to all disciplines and aspects of medieval studies (history, art, literature, archeology, philosophy, etc.), spread over seven non-exclusive lines , as any other topic will be welcome:

    1. History: power, society, economy and culture.
    2. Art and iconography.
    3. Language and Literature.
    4. Written culture and archives.
    5. Historiography, innovation and digital humanities.
    6. Philosophy and thought.
    7. Archeology.

    Doctoral students and PhDs who have defended their thesis after January 1, 2018 may apply .

    Communication proposals:

    They must be sent by filling in the form available on the web page elcaminodelmedievalista.wordpress.com . They must contain an abstract between 250 and 500 words written in Spanish, Galician, English, French, Portuguese or Italian; and a small curriculum vitae et studiorum . All information must be sent to the email: elcaminodelmedievalista@gmail.com .

    Deadline for delivery : Until February 13, 2022.

    Reply date: March 20, 2022.

     

    Each communication will have a maximum duration of 15 minutes and can be made in any of the languages ​​mentioned above. The sessions will take place at the Paraninfo of the Faculty of Geography and History at USC.

    Another modality will be the round tables . In this case, the minimum requirement of three people is required and the presentation of a specific topic, for which they will have a total of 45 minutes, between exposition and debate.

    The resulting texts will be the subject of a specific publication in the form of an electronic book, after having passed the corresponding process of scientific arbitration ( double-blind peer review ).

    The price for communicators will be 30€ .

     

    Chairman of the organizing committee:

    • Israel Sanmartín Barros

    Organizers:

    • Emilio Sanjurjo Durán,

    • Almudena María Méndez Sánchez,

    • Rúben Filipe Teixeira da Conceição,

    • Malena Correa Freitas


    https://plataforma9.com/congressos/v-congresso-internacional-o-camino-do-medievalista-ad-aeternum.htm;jsessionid=93D5B2BC4C5ABF15856A6A4DE6245D2B


  • 26 Feb 2022 2:03 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    The 54th annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association will take place in person in Salt Lake City, June 16-18, 2022. 

    The conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Utah, with remote options available for those who cannot travel. In addition to regular sessions and a keynote address, events will include a plenary session highlighting some of the Marriott Library's rare books and manuscripts. We are excited to host a variety of events this year ranging from works-in-progress workshops and pedagogy panels to research presentations.

    Roger L. Martínez-Dávila, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, will present the keynote address on his exciting work in the field of digital global history, and his design of immersive virtual reality worlds in order to recreate vanished medieval environments.

    The RMMRA is seeking proposals on any topic relating to the period 400-1700CE in a variety of formats that address some aspect of medieval and early modern studies. We encourage proposals that are both within and across traditional disciplines, including (but not limited to) history, art, literature, architecture, art history, religious studies, history of science, politics, languages, and digital humanities. We also encourage proposals that move across or outside of the traditional academy, including (but not limited to) archival work, k-12 teaching, popular history, and other venues.

    All are welcome to submit proposals by March 1.
    Participants are encouraged to propose any of the following:
    - a paper to be read in a typical panel;
    - a full panel of papers linked by theme or approach;
    - a work-in-progress for detailed workshop feedback;
    - a moderated discussion panel.

    All participants are also welcome to volunteer as readers for works-in-progress seminars, which will involve pre-reading submitted papers and offering critical feedback during the conference.

    The RMMRA is dedicated to creating an inclusive scholarly community.  We encourage papers from scholars regardless of race, national origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, political views, military status, (dis)ability, and career paths. Our organization is committed to providing a safe, accessible, harassment-free, and collegial conference experience for all attendees. The RMMRA recognizes and supports the inclusion of diverse scholars from across the academy.

    https://www.memberplanet.com/s/rmmra/rmmra2022application?fbclid=IwAR1CwO0HPnzfeFT7Qltsl3a_ZmA1wbthcrv4CcsaowwEbO6o3COm8Pu_BVE

  • 26 Feb 2022 1:58 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    By the Late Middle Ages, the liturgy has become the most important and elaborate ceremonial of Christianity in an already highly ritualised society. Indeed, rituals dominated the everyday life of the faithful, from the Divine Office and the Mass to the individual reading of the Hours; and they accompanied the life of people from their birth to their last breath. Besides, liturgy called for collective involvement and aimed at engaging the faithful by stimulating their senses, in order to trigger emotional and spiritual responses.

    Over the past century, much has been said about the liturgy in the Middle Ages. Starting from the historical contribution of Mario Righetti (1946), in the last decades scholars have explored fresh research paths, incorporating notions and tools established by diverse disciplines. Philippe Buc (1997) and Eric Palazzo (2000) have opened up new research opportunities by assimilating sociological concepts, exploring the role of rituals as agents in shaping society and fostering social cohesion. More recently, this field has been fuelled with contributions from numerous disciplines that have started to engage in the study of the past, including neurosciences, performance studies, anthropology (Bull & Mitchell, 2016) and sensory studies (Palazzo, 2014; Neri & Caseau, 2021).

    The scientific relevance of these contributions in generating adventurous approaches and opening up new panoramas is unquestionable. Following these fresh pathways, the first conference of the series 'Experiencing the Sacred', established by the SenSArt ERC project, aims to develop the topic further by triangulating the liturgy (broadly intended), the experience of the faithful (understood both as an individual and as social groups) and the sensoria (i.e. the diverse sensory systems that existed in the Middle Ages). In so doing, it aims at showing that the experience of the sacred was not homogeneous and static. On the contrary, it was a multimodal and multisensorial activity, one that bore complex and overlapping layers of meaning, and which was perceived in different ways by the diverse groups and individuals involved.

    In order to reach this objective, the conference will consider both the material and the immaterial aspects of the liturgy and will emphasise the wide range of its sensorial appeal. Images, objects, odours, words, flavours, movement, and sounds all formed part of the liturgical performance that permeated the life of medieval people. And yet, they were exploited and perceived in different terms by the diverse groups involved, such as the religious and lay community, men and women, members of the aristocracy and of the lower social groups.

    The meeting will bring together a multi- and interdisciplinary community of scholars with a broad interest in the religious rituals of the late Middle Ages (ca. 1200 to ca. 1500), with particular respect to Art History, History, Musicology and Liturgy, in order to cross-fertilise these perspectives.

    Paper topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

    Rituals beyond the Mass such as vestments, consecrations, or monastic professions.

    Civic rituals mediated by the Church, such as coronations.

    Individual liturgical practices: how the rituals enter the everyday.

    The materiality of liturgy: the role of objects within different liturgical ceremonies (books, altarpieces, sculptures, paintings, metalworks, vestments, relics).

    Regulations and norms: how was the liturgy orchestrated? How did the church regulate the rituals?

    ‘Unofficial’ liturgy and subversive rituals: irregularities, contaminations and hybridisations between popular traditions and the Church regulations. Collective practices: how did different social groups interact with the sacred during the rituals? How were the rituals received and perceived by the faithful, from the clergy to the peasants?

    Scholars may address the topic with a broad approach but always considering the role of the sensorium in the performance and reception of the rites. This conference will focus specifically on Christian liturgies without geographical restrictions.

    Please send a title and abstract of no longer than 300 words, together with a short CV and personal data (max. 300 words), to the following emails:

    zuleika.murat@unipd.it; valentina.baradel@unipd.it; sara.carreno@unipd.it

    The language of the conference is English.

    Deadline: April 15th, 2022

    This conference is organised by the ERC research project SenSArt – The Sensous Appeal of the Holy. Sensory Agency of Sacred Art and Somatised Spiritual Experiences in Medieval Europe (12th-15th century), Grant Agreement ID: 950248, ERC H-2020, PI Zuleika Murat, Università degli Studi di Padova.

    https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/950248 


    Organising Committee:

    Zuleika Murat (Associate Professor, Università degli Studi di Padova)

    Valentina Baradel (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Università degli Studi di Padova)

    Sara Carreño (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Università degli Studi di Padova)


    Scientific Committee:

    Valentina Baradel (Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali - Università degli Studi di Padova)

    Sara Carreño (Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali - Università degli Studi di Padova)

    Matteo Cesarotto (Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance - Université de Tours)

    João Luís Inglês Fontes (Instituto de Estudos Medievais - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

    Zuleika Murat (Dipartimento dei Beni Culturali - Università degli Studi di Padova)

    Salvador Ryan (St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth)


  • 25 Feb 2022 12:46 AM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    This conference, organized by IS-LE COST Action (CA18129) Islamic Legacy: Narratives East, West, South, North of the Mediterranean (1350-1750), aims to bring together scholars who work on the perception of Islam in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe. 


    The image of Islam in Europe was usually studied from a Christian-Western point of view, and without a longue durée approach. The aim of this workshop is to create a methodological framework for studying this topic, comparing different case studies through time and space, from the Middle Ages to the end of the Early Modern period, from Iberia to the Balkans, from the Christian and non-Christian point of view. We would like to map this game of perceptions between image and self-image, between identity and representation, breaking with the stereotypes and preestablished ideas and proposing new paths of analysis.


    Scholars who have been working on these topics and have material related to them are invited to submit a proposal for consideration.

    The themes may include, but are not limited to:
    – The Muslim as a literary and historical character.
    – Race, religion, and cultural stereotypes. Methodological considerations. 
    – Images and self-images of Islam at odds. 
    – Key moments and key places of the construction of the image of Islam in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

    Deadline and details:
    This call for papers is now open for those researchers who are interested to participate in the conference. They are invited to submit their proposals with a title, an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a brief bio (maximum of 15 lines) before March 10, 2022 to: Borja FRANCO LLOPIS (bfranco@geo.uned.es).

    Reimbursement of expenses:
    Due to budgetary reasons, the number of reimbursed participants will be limited. CA1829 might be able to reimburse travel and accommodation expenses to a limited number of researchers not yet affiliated to the Action. Applications should be submitted along with the proposals.

    More information: please, see https://is-le.eu/
    Working Group: 1
    Scientific Coordinators: Youssef El Alaoui (youssef.elalaoui@univ-rouen.fr) and Luis Bernabé (Luis.Bernabe@ua.es)


  • 24 Feb 2022 9:47 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    The History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University would like to announce the existence of its Jaroslav Folda Archive. The Folda Archive, housed in the department, is a collection of slides, photographs, books, and object files from the private library of Jaroslav Folda (Professor Emeritus, UNC, Chapel Hill). These materials relate to the study of the medieval world, with a particular emphasis on the Latin Kingdom and its affiliated states. Archive images and books will eventually be searchable online.

    In the meantime, please contact Prof. Lisa Mahoney at FoldaArchive@depaul.edu for image and object file requests. The archive does not lend its materials, but they are available for in-person consultation to both DePaul faculty and students and to outside researchers.

    Desks will open for this purpose in July of 2022, provided COVID protocols allow for it.



  • 24 Feb 2022 9:44 PM | Kyle Lincoln (Administrator)

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    The Hungary in Medieval Europe Research Group at the Department of History, University of Debrecen, the Centre for the History of Society and Culture (CHSC) of the University of Coimbra and the Histoire et Cultures de l’Antiquité et du Moyen Âge (HiscAnt-MA) Laboratoire of the University of Lorraine, Nancy are pleased to announce that the interdisciplinary conference on Mercenaries and Crusaders (1202-1480s) will take place 22–24 June 2022, at the University of Debrecen, Hungary.

    Crusades and mercenaries were inextricably intertwined throughout the Middle Ages. Mercenaries were employed in and against crusading armies in all major theatres of war from the Middle East to Poland, particularly between 1202 (the siege of Zara/Zadar) and the 1480s (King Matthias Corvinus’ anti-Ottoman ventures). The history of crusades coincides with that of medieval mercenaries. Medieval mercenaries were the only soldiers for and against whom crusades were organised and conducted in the name of the Lord. To bring forward just a few examples, several popes from Innocent VI to Gregory XII tried to find a way out of the predicament caused by the mercenaries in France and Italy. Captains like Sir John Hawkwood or Arnaud de Cervole were often either excommunicated or recruited in the crusading enterprises in the 1360s. Amadeus VI, the Green Count of Savoy employed mercenaries in his crusade of Gallipoli. The Teutonic order recruited mercenaries from Bohemia, Silesia, and even from the West.

    The organisers encourage thematic panels, but individual papers may also be submitted. Each paper – in a panel or independently – will be of a duration of 20 minutes. Panels preferably consisting of three to four papers should ideally include a brief 5-minute introductory presentation of their theme and rationale. All sessions will be followed by a brief discussion.

    The conference does not have a specific theme, however, the organisers welcome panels and individual papers that fall under the following topics:

    • Mercenaries in the Hundred Years’ War
    • Mercenaries in the Holy Land
    • Mercenaries in the Baltic Crusades
    • Mercenaries in the Iberian Peninsula
    • Mercenaries and the Papal State
    • Condottieri in Italy
    • Crusades against Mercenaries in the Hundred Years’ War
    • Mercenaries in Central Europe
    • Mercenaries in Byzantine Armies
    • Mercenaries in the Crusades against the Ottomans
    • Crusades in the Holy Land, the Baltics, the Iberian Peninsula; against the Ottomans
    • Crusades against Christians
    • Crusades, Crusaders and the Holy See
    • Crusades and Crusaders in the Eastern Frontiers of Christendom
    • Recruitment
    • Ideology and Faith
    • Tactics and Strategy
    • Supply, Logistics, Equipment
    • Impact of Crusaders and Mercenaries` Armies on Non-Combatants
    • Artillery and Engineers
    • Siege Warfare and Fortifications
    • Perception of Mercenaries in Narrative Literature

    We are, however, open to any variations of the general theme.

    All interested lecturers, researchers, independent scholars and PhD-students are invited to submit an abstract via the contact form below.

    Abstracts for individual papers should not exceed 400 words, while abstracts for papers that are part of a panel should be up to 300 words each. Additionally, panel proposals should also be accompanied by an abstract of up to 400 words on the general theme of the panel, explaining how the papers are interconnected and how they contribute to the theme. The latter is to be submitted by the panel leader only, i.e. the person taking the initiative to organise the panel.

    The working languages of the conference are English, French and German.

    The extended deadline for submission of proposals is 31 January 2022..

    All panel and individual paper proposals will be examined by an international advisory board that will be appointed by the three institutions (Debrecen, Nancy, and Coimbra). The selection process is double blind, following the established academic practice for peer review. The Organising Committee will announce the results of the selection process by 28 February 2022.

    The organisers will provide accommodation, light lunch and coffee breaks between the conference sessions.

     

    The Organising Committee

     Prof. Attila Bárány (Debrecen)

    Prof. José Pedro Paiva (Coimbra)

    Prof. Guy Vottéro (Nancy)

     Tamás Ölbei (Nancy-Debrecen)

     Joao Nisa (Coimbra)


    https://mercenariesandcrusaders.com/?page_id=51



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