Conferences and CFPs

  • 31 Jan 2020 12:41 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    St. Andrew's Institute of Medieval Studies (UK) invites entries for its annual Medieval Studies Essay Competition for graduate students and early career researchers. The prize is £500, with a proxime prize of £100. The winning entry will also be considered for publication in The Mediaeval Journal.

    Full terms and conditions can be found here The template cover page can be found here. The deadline for entries this year is 19 March 2020.

  • 9 Dec 2019 2:58 PM | Brandon Alakas

    Canadian Society of Medievalists (CSM) Annual Meeting
    Congress 2020, University of Western Ontario, June1-3, 2020

     Knowledge Mobilization? Medieval Studies Research and Outreach

    Both SSHRC* requirements and increasingly problematic uses of the medieval in the world outside the academy demand that medievalists find new ways to communicate their knowledge of the period’s complexities and entanglements to the broader public. Some of this we do in our classrooms and some of this we do in various forms of public outreach. This session seeks to compare notes on how medievalists work to communicate and connect their research and knowledge to the wider world. What forms of outreach might we practise both inside and outside the university classroom? What has worked well for you, or where would you like to start with such outreach? How do you reach out to the broader public of a multicultural, diverse country like Canada? What have been successful or failed attempts to do this in your geographical area? This session seeks proposals for short presentations (5-7 minutes) in which speakers will outline tools, strategies, experiences, and/or resources for communicating and connecting their research and knowledge of the medieval period’s complexities to multicultural Canada. Presentations may include but are not limited to: descriptions of outreach educational activities inside and outside the university, descriptions of projects (such as online teaching tools either for university or for K-12 teachers or for learning in retirement), discussions of effective lesson plans or public lecture topics, and/or the proposal of new methodologies or pedagogies. By keeping presentations to 5-7 minutes, this session hopes to hear from a wide range of medievalists in Canada and to allow time for a lively discussion with the audience.

    We are seeking paper proposals from individuals in order to propose our session to the CSM conference organizers by their deadline of January 15, 2020. To that end, please send individual proposals (a one-page abstract and a one-page cv) to Siobhain Bly Calkin ( by January 10, 2020. Presenters must be members of the CSM by the time of the Congress.

    *Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • 4 Dec 2019 9:30 AM | Fabienne Michelet

    We are pleased to announce the 2020 Toronto Old English Colloquium hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Each year, the colloquium brings together graduate students and seasoned scholars for a day dedicated to Old English scholarship. We invite proposals from graduate students for papers on any area of interest related to Old English, and are seeking a broad range of topics including - but not limited to - literature, law, history, art history, medicine, science, lexicography, palaeography, and any other relevant areas. The length of a paper presentation should be 20 minutes. We may be able to provide some funding to support accommodation and/or student travel. 

    Deadline: January 6th, 2020 

    Proposals should include a 300-word abstract, a one-page CV, and full contact information. Please submit queries or proposals for papers to Professor Fabienne Michelet ( and Shirley Kinney (

  • 18 Nov 2019 2:16 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Paul Brown aptly described Thomas Becket as a tripartite figure: historical, legendary, and literary. 2020 marks the triple jubilee of Thomas Becket: 900-year anniversary of his birth, 850-years since his murder, and 800-years since his translation. We invite proposals for papers on all things Becket related for the panel “Commemorating Thomas Becket.” I will be submitting a proposal for a session at the beginning of January for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Medievalists conference held at the 2020 Congress in London, Ontario, at the University of Western Ontario, June 3-5. Proposals which address the political, religious, literary, or cultural aspects of his life, death, or legacy are invited for submission. Participants may be from any field or subfield of Medieval or Renaissance studies. Interdisciplinary papers or
    collaborative papers are encouraged and welcome. An abstract of 200-300 words with a title and contact information, along with a one-page C.V., should be sent to Tristan B. Taylor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan, via email at by January 10th,

  • 7 Oct 2019 2:56 PM | Brandon Alakas

    "Investigating Art/Architecture: Medieval/Medievalism" 

    The 41st Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be hosted by the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph, ON, on March 13-14, 2020. Papers are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals. Papers may be in English or French. Please submit a short abstract (250 words) and brief (one-page) C.V. by 15 December 2019 to Dominic Marner ( Scholars at every stage of their careers are encouraged to submit proposals.

     Le 41e colloque canadien des historiens de l’art medieval est qui se tiendra à l’Université du Guelph, ON les 13 et 14 mars 2020. Les communications portant sur tout sujet relatif à l’art, à l’architecture et à la culture visuelle/matérielle du Moyen Âge ou à ses renaissances postmédiévales seront bienvenues. Les interventions peuvent être faites soit en anglais ou en français. Veuillez soumettre un court résumé de votre communication (250 mots) ainsi qu’un bref C.V. (une page) d’ici le 15 décembre 2019 à Dominic Marner ( Les chercheurs/chercheures qui sont à différentes étapes de leur carrière académique sont encouragé(e)s à participer.


     Guelph, ON March/Mars 13-14, 2020

  • 28 Aug 2019 5:55 PM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    Canadian Society of Medievalists Annual Meeting

    Congress 2020

    Rencontre annuelle de la Société canadienne des médiévistes

    Congrès 2020

    June 1 to 3, 2020 / 1er au 3 juin 2020

    University of Western Ontario, London, ON

    Papers for the CSM Annual Meeting can address any topic on medieval studies. Proposals for sessions of three papers are also invited. Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

    Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes' reading time. Proposals for complete sessions should include this information in addition to a title and a brief explanation of the session and its format. Please indicate if the proposed session would be suitable as a joint session with another learned society. The theme for this year's Congress is "Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism." See

    Please submit proposals for individual papers by December 15, 2019 and proposals for sessions by January 15, 2020 by email to Kathy Cawsey, either by regular email ( or via our website’s email system ( You must be a member of the CSM by the time of your presentation.

    Les communications à ce congrès annuel de la SCM peuvent traiter de tout sujet relatif aux études médiévales.  L'invitation est également lancée pour des propositions de sessions comprenant trois communications. Les communications peuvent être données en français ou en anglais. Les sessions bilingues sont particulièrement bienvenues.

    Les propositions de communications devront inclure un résumé et un curriculum vitae d'une page chacun. La durée de lecture maximale des communications devra être de 20 minutes. Les propositions de sessions devront inclure, outre les informations ci-dessus, un titre et une courte explication du contenu de la session et de son format. Veuillez indiquer si la session proposée pourrait être organisée conjointement avec une autre société savante. Congrès 2020 a retenu le thème « Bâtir des passerelles : combattre le colonialisme et le racisme anti-Noirs ». ( 

    Veuillez soumettre vos propositions au plus tard le 15 décembre 2019 pour des communications individuelles et le 15 janvier 2020 pour des sessions, par courriel à Kathy Cawsey ( ou par le formulaire de contact de notre site, Vous devrez être un membre en règle de la SCM au moment de votre communication.

  • 8 Aug 2019 8:17 AM | Marc Cels (Administrator)

    “Masculinities in the Premodern World:
    Continuities, Change, and Contradictions”
    13-15 November 2020 University of Toronto
    Toronto, Canada
    The past twenty-five years have witnessed a bourgeoning of studies on sexuality and gender in the pre-modern world. In particular, men and masculinities have received considerable attention. Building on the theoretical perspectives provided by feminism, Foucault, and cultural studies, the study of men and masculinities is increasingly theoretically inflected and sophisticated. Studies have encompassed questions pertaining to men of various social statuses, secular and ecclesiastical, as portrayed in historical, literary, philosophical, theological, and art historical sources among others.
    This conference aims to locate the study of premodern men and masculinities in its current richness and complexity. Our plenary speakers will be two of the most important scholars in the area of medieval/early modern masculinities: Patricia Simons (University of Michigan) and Patricia Cullum (University of Huddersfield, UK).
    Papers are invited on all areas of study across the premodern world (500 to 1650 CE), crossing Europe’s religious and linguistic diversity, and encompassing its geographical breadth and beyond. Topics might include:
    concepts of virility,
    patriarchy, marriage, fatherhood and procreative masculinities,
    social and political perspectives,
    medical and biological perceptions,
    celibacy, chastity, continence,
    monastic and clerical masculinity,
    sexual function and dysfunction,
    queer and non-binary masculinities,
    typologies of premodern men,
    masculinity and physical prowess; sports and athletics
    depictions of masculinity in literature and the arts,
    Proposals are invited for individual papers, panels, roundtables, and alternatives to traditional academic presentation models.
    To submit a proposal, please include: speaker’s name and academic affiliation (or “independent scholar” as applicable); the title of the presentation; a 150-word abstract; full contact information (mailing address, telephone, email); and a one-page CV. In the case of proposals for complete sessions, this information must be provided for each presenter and the chair (if proposed).
    Proposals should be emailed in Word format to both conference organizers: Prof. Jacqueline Murray at Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler at
    Deadline for submission: 15 November 2019

  • 10 Jul 2019 12:50 AM | Brandon Alakas

    Vernacular Devotional Cultures Group

    ICMS 2020

    Session #1: The Fruits of the Orchard

    Session #2: Anchoritic Ideals in Vernacular Devotional Texts (Co-Sponsored with the International Anchoritic Society)

    Session #3: Vernacular Exchanges

    The Vernacular Devotional Cultures Group is organizing three special sessions at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in May 2020. The VDCG sponsors sessions on medieval mystics and mysticism and showcases recent scholarship on vernacular spiritual traditions in medieval Western Europe. 

    Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form to the session organizers listed below for each session. The deadline for submissions is 15 September 2019. Electronic submissions are preferred.

    Session #1: The Fruits of the Orchard

    Session Organizer: Barbara Zimbalist

    This roundtable brings together respondents to Jennifer Brown’s important new work, Fruit of the Orchard: Reading Catherine of Siena in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (University of Toronto Press, 2018). As a study focused on the translation, transmission, and reading cultures inspired by one of the most important holy women of medieval Italy in late medieval and early modern England,  Brown’s exciting study invites consideration of how vernacular devotion travels, grows, shifts, changes, and circulates across language, time, and distance.

    This panel invites responses to Brown’s project and to her theoretical and methodological models more broadly. What new directions are currently emerging from new work on Catherine, and other holy women whose texts circulated as vernacular devotion? What other figures and texts traveled in similar ways, and toward what devotional ends? And perhaps most broadly, but most suggestively: how does the study of vernacular devotional cultures invite reflection on our own critical habits, methods, and commitments—and the types of work they enable, engender, or even prohibit or discourage?

    Contact Information:

    Dr Barbara Zimbalist
    Department of English
    The University of Texas at El Paso
    500 W. University Ave.
    El Paso, TX 79968


    Session #2: Anchoritic Ideals in Vernacular Devotional Texts

    Session Organizers: C. Annette Grisé and Stephanie Amsel

    Co-sponsored with the International Anchoritic Society, we emphasize crossing boundaries of class, language, and genre. This session explores the ways religious texts adapt and borrow from each other by focussing on anchoritic literature (in both Latin and the vernacular) and lay vernacular devotional traditions. By considering both elite religious and popular lay cultures, it highlights the intersections between these groups rather than maintaining rigid class and genre hierarchies. We are interested in examining how and why anchorites, anchoresses, their ideas, and their spaces are translated into lay contexts, that is, for readers who are adapting anchoritic concepts to their secular context. What happens when elite religious culture becomes popularized?

    This session values diversity in thinking and discourse, bringing a variety of texts and forms into the discussion. We will not seek to predetermine methodological perspectives (apart from expecting strong contextual frameworks and a focus on primary sources as well as relevant critical approaches) but we encourage new and innovative points of view on the topics.

    Contact Information:

    Dr. Catherine Annette Grisé
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of English and Cultural Studies
    McMaster University
    Hamilton, ON L8S 4L9


    Dr. Stephanie Amsel
    Department of English
    Southern Methodist University
    Clements Hall, G02AB


    Session #3: Vernacular Exchanges

    Organizer: Brandon Alakas

    The transmission and circulation of religious writing is never neutral. The production and circulation of vernacular theology in particular calls attention, as Barbara Newman has noted, to just who could read theology and, of course, who could write theology. Was the mere love of God sufficient or was Latin literacy and clerical ordination prerequisite? Over the last two decades scholars have explored the ways in which the writing of female visionaries such as Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, and Birgitta of Sweden have created space for women to explore new theological possibilities and renegotiate the gendering of power within theological discourse. This panel on vernacular exchange considers the topic of transmission broadly to include the circulation of works across linguistic and national boundaries, and aims to explore the circulation of manuscript and printed text as indices both for particular tastes and for needs of individual readers and collective reading communities.  In taking this broad approach, this session also intends to further discussion of specific issues and networks of readers that facilitated the movement of texts among diverse communities.  

    Contact Information:

    Dr Brandon Alakas
    Department of Fine Arts and Humanities
    University of Alberta, Augustana
    4901 - 46 Avenue
    Camrose, AB T4V 2R3


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

    2019 Programme PDF

    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


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