Call for Papers, Women’s Strategies of Memory: Representations in Literature and Art, Leeds, 2-5 juli 2018

Voor het International Medieval Congress in Leeds in juli 2018 gaat een Call for Papers uit over “Women’s Strategies of Memory: Representations in Literature and Art”. Meer informatie vinden jullie hieronder.

Philomela reflects on her metamorphosis. Eleanor of Castile constructs her future image with her tomb effigy. Chaucer’s Custance pretends to forget her origins. From the Iliad’s Hecuba to the Brut’s Tonwenne, women re-narrate their children’s infancy on the political stage. In wills, letters and literary commissions, women represent themselves in relation to the past. How straightforward are these acts of memory?

Memory, in the Middle Ages as now, was widely accessible to women as means of personal and political influence. Scholarship on medieval memory has principally explored men’s practices. But women, too, used and created strategic representations of the past to serve their own present or future purposes. We invite papers from any discipline, region and medieval period, which consider any aspect of the representation of women’s memory, including but not limited to the topics above.

Proposals might consider:

  • women who perform remembering, forgetting, or recounting past events as a means of achieving power
  • women who (re)construct histories and identities
  • women who present denials or disruptions of known narratives
  • women who manipulate the memories of other characters.
  • women who use memory and forgetting to compartmentalise traumatic emotions
  • women who are accused of errors of memory, such as omissions, ignorance or misrepresentation of the record.

Please contact Dr Lucy Allen ( and Dr Emma Bérat ( with an abstract of approximately 100 words and a brief biography by 31 July 2017.


Vacature PhD student, “Ecclesiastical Assemblies and the Transformation of Post-Carolingian Society”, KU Leuven

Job offer in English, see below.

De onderzoeksgroep Middeleeuwen van de KU Leuven is op zoek naar een doctoraatsstudent voor het onderzoeksproject “Kerkbijeenkomsten en de transformatie van de Post-Karolingische samenleving. Concilies en synodes als een forum voor onderhandelingen tussen koningen, kerkleiders en seculiere magnaten (Francia,ca. 875-ca. 1050)” (promotor prof. dr. Brigitte Meijns). Kandidaten behaalden een diploma Master in de Geschiedenis met uitstekende studieresultaten, hebben een aantoonbare expertise op het gebied van de geschiedenis van de middeleeuwen en een gedegen kennis van het (middeleeuws) Latijn. Solliciteren kan tot en met 23 juli 2017.

Meer informatie over deze vacature vind je in dit document, of op deze website.

For more information, see this document.

Vacature wetenschappelijk medewerker communicatie VLIZ, Oostende

Het Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, een coördinatie- en informatieplatform dat het zeewetenschappelijk onderzoek in Vlaanderen ondersteunt, is op zoek naar een wetenschappelijke medewerker communicatie (100%, contract onbepaalde duur). De kandidaat heeft een academische master en minstens drie jaar werkervaring in (mariene) onderzoeksprojecten, ondersteuning van wetenschappelijke onderzoek en/of samenwerking in de (mariene) onderzoekssfeer. Solliciteren kan tot en met 20 juni 2017.

Meer informatie over deze vacature kan je hier vinden.

Workshop PhD students “Transition(s): concept, methods and case studies (14th-17th centuries), Luik, 31-31 januari 2018

De onderzoekseenheid “Transitions. Middle Ages and First Modernity” van de Université de Liège, de onderzoeksgroep “TRAME (Texts, Representations, Archaeology and Memory from Antiquity to the Renaissance) van de Université de Picardie Jules Verne en het Centre for Advanced Studies in the Renaissance van de Université François Rabelais in Tours organiseren een reeks van workshops waarin doctoraatsstudenten en jonge onderzoekers in discussie treden met meer ervaren collega’s. Een eerste van deze workshops zal plaatsvinden op 30-31 januari 2018 in Luik rond het thema “Transition(s): concept, methods and case studies (14th-17th centuries). De organisatoren zijn op zoek naar papers vanuit verschillende disciplines, waarin onderzoekers vanuit hun eigen specialisme reflecteren over het concept transitie.

Meer informatie kan je in dit document vinden.

Call for Papers “Gambling and the City”, Rome, 29 augustus – 1 september 2018

CfP Session SS04. Gambling and the City: From Rome’s Chariot Races to the Baccarat Tables of Macau (1st – 21st centuries), 14th International Conference of the European Association for Urban History (EAUH)

Rome, 29 August – 1 September 2018

Several cities in the world are immediately associated with leisure, entertainment, games and gambling: Las Vegas, for instance. But this ‘Sin City’ is currently surpassed in terms of turnover by another city: Macau. As an autonomous territory within China, Macau’s legal system has fostered the strong rise of an urban economy strongly dependent on gambling and tourism. In the past, other cities have given rise to similar gambling cultures that privilege leisure and entertainment. Indeed, cities, as argued by urban historian Peter Clark among others, were crucial in the development of new types of leisurely activities.

Our session will focus on gambling as a form of entertainment. The appeal of certain cities to draw in tourists and citizens alike rests on the promises of its gaming tables and wagering opportunities. One can wager on the outcome of any event – whether mundane such as the role of the dice, lotteries or football matches to high politics, such as papal elections or battles. These gambling cultures have their own evolution and histories.

City authorities displayed an ambivalent and ever-changing attitude towards gambling within their walls: while it did bring in travelers and revenue through taxation, gambling could be illegal in certain legal systems and often carried a negative moral connotation. Conflicts, violence, drunkenness, criminality and prostitution often went hand in hand with gambling, which has prompted city governments to forbid the practice outright (and by doing so pushing gambling underground), they could construct a legal framework and infrastructure which allowed for monitoring and transparency for the players, or gambling could be limited in time and space.

Papers on the urban history of gambling should focus on one or more of the following elements:

  • Sociability of gambling: who played and gambled, what was their gender, their social identity? Were particular types of gambling restricted to particular social groups? How did different players and organizers socially interact with each other? Did different gambling institutions compete with one another?
  • Dynamics of tolerance and repression: why and when did urban authorities either allow and even encourage the development of the gambling industry or repress it? What role did transparency and publicity play? Which events or ideas triggered reversals in previous urban regulation of gambling? How does the relation between city and state affect the policing of gambling?
  • Locations of gambling within cities and towns: betting could be done in taverns, in underground venues and in specialized buildings such as gambling offices and casino’s. In which neighborhoods were gambling venues located? What does this tell us about the profile of the industry? The type of venue matters as well. Was gambling advertised and if so, how?

We welcome papers from all periods and regions and are particularly interested in comparative work or long-term case studies.

Keywords: gambling; sociability; leisure

Session Coordinators:  Jean-Dominique Delle Luche ( ), John Hunt ( ), Jeroen Puttevils (

Session webpage:–from-rome-s-chariot-races-to-the-baccarat-tables-of-macau

Please submit your paper proposals of up to 450 words online to the EAUH2018 website (prior registration is required)

Deadline for paper proposals submission: October 5, 2017

Notification of paper acceptance: December 1, 2017

Further information about the conference:

Workshop “Rethinking Reform 900-1150: The Narratives of Reform”, Leuven, 14-15 september 2017

On Thursday 14 September and Friday 15 September 2017, Prof. Brigitte Meijns (KU Leuven, Department of History, Research Unit Middle Ages) will host the second workshop exploring Narratives of Reform within the framework of the Leverhulme Trust International Network Rethinking Reform 900-1150: Conceptualising Change in Medieval Religious Institutions. This project is coordinated by the University of Leeds, UK with partners from 6 universities from across Northern Europe. Central to the project is the consideration of the question: How should we conceptualise the programma of institutional changes which swept the Western Church 900-1150?

For more information about the program, see attached Flyer or contact

For more information about the project, please visit the website:

Vacature doctoraatsbursaal (100%), Vakgroep Geschiedenis, Ugent

Binnen de Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte van de Universiteit Gent is men op zoek naar een doctoraatsbursaal in het kader van het project
“Imitatie of differentiatie? Documentaire schriftpraktijken in dienst van lekenbesturen in Vlaanderen en aangrenzende gebieden tijdens de ‘pragmatische omwenteling’ van de late twaalfde en dertiende eeuw” (promotor: Prof. Els De Paermentier, co-promotor: Prof. Jeroen Deploige).

De kandidaat is houder van een diploma van master in de Geschiedenis of een gelijkwaardig diploma, en zal onderzoek verrichten in het domein van de middeleeuwse geschiedenis. De kandidaat heeft in zijn/haar masterscriptie bij voorkeur onderzoek verricht binnen het domein van de middeleeuwse geschiedenis en is in staat bronnen te analyseren die zowel in het Latijn als in de middeleeuwse volkstalen zijn opgesteld.

Deadline voor het indienen van kandidaturen is 15 augustus 2017. 

Meer informatie over deze vacature kan je in dit document vinden.

Fellowship (6-12 maand), developer, digital humanities, Florence

The Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation ( has established two fellowships, each of them for six or twelve months, to support the development of the MIRABILE project ( maintained by SISMEL (International Society for the Study of Medieval Latin).
The grant will allow to a backend developer, specialising in information retrieval, to spend a period at the seat of the SISMEL in Florence (Via Montebello 7, I-50123 Florence: following the development agenda of the MIRABILE project, with a monthly stipend of 2,500 Swiss francs (CHF).
This position would particularly benefit a developer with an interest in humanities research and in solving real-world problems with an international community of users.
Applications should be submitted (with curriculum vitae and motivation letter) by July 15, 2017, via email to: Prof. Jean-Yves Tilliette (
Applications will then be submitted to the MIRABILE Fellowship Scientific Committee for evaluation. The results of the evaluation procedure will be published by August 31, 2017.
Winners will be given the opportunity to start the fellowship from the beginning of October 1st, 2017.


For more information, see this document.

Vacature (100%) Wetenschappelijk Medewerker, KBR

Aan de Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België is men op zoek naar een wetenschappelijk medewerker (100%, Franstalig) voor het opzetten van een museum rond de Librije van de Bourgondische hertogen. De medewerker zal de conservator op verschillende vlakken bijstaan in het uitdenken van het permanente museum en de tijdelijke tentoonstellingen. Hij/zij zal ook instaan voor het uitwerken van de catalogus. Kandidaten beschikken over een masterdiploma in de geschiedenis of in de kunstgeschiedenis, hebben een goede kennis van het latijn en zijn vertrouwd met middeleeuwse manuscripten en literatuur. De tewerkstelling geldt voor één jaar vanaf 1 september 2017, maar is mogelijk verlengbaar. Kandideren kan tot en met 11 juni 2017.

Meer informatie is te vinden in dit document.