Category Archives: Call for papers

Cfp Congres “Ad Brudgias Portum” (Brugge, 24-26/10/2018)

Ad Brudgias Portum. Bruges’ medieval port system as a maritime cultural landscape

In October 2018, Ghent University and Raakvlak organise an international conference that centres around medieval harbour hubs as gateways for goods, people and thoughts. Bruges’ maritime cultural landscape will be the guideline for these three days of medieval maritime connectivity

Scope of the conference

With this international symposium the organisers wish to present recent research on the medieval harbour landscape of Bruges to a wider scientific audience, but foremost they aim to frame the Bruges’ project into a wider, international maritime context of interdisciplinary research on maritime cultural port-landscapes.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Prof. dr. Christer Westerdahl (Norway)
Prof. dr. Ben Jervis (United Kingdom)
Dr. Adrie De Kraker (The Netherlands)
Bieke Hillewaert (Belgium)

Save the date: 24-26/10/2018

The conference will start on wednesday the 24th of october in the morning, and will end friday the 26th around midday.

Your port of call: Bruges

The conference will be held in the centre of Bruges. Day two includes an excursion into the medieval harbour area, a stopover in Damme and an afternoon session in the Zwin Nature Reserve.

Call for papers

We call for papers that focus on:

Tidal river trade hubs
Medieval harbour infrastructure
Material culture of harbour societies
International networks
Commodity flows

Abstracts (max. 250 words) can be submitted to

More information and a conference website will follow soon!

Important dates & deadlines

1st of July 2018 Deadline abstracts

1st of August 2018 Final programme & Start inscriptions

21st of September 2018 Deadline inscriptions

24th – 26th of October Conference

Cfp “The Medieval Literary Canon in the Digital Age” UGent, 17–18 September 2018

Submissions of abstracts for the international conference “The Medieval Literary Canon in the Digital Age,” to be held at Ghent University from 17-18 September 2018.

An often repeated promise of the digital humanities, in the wake of the “computational turn,” is that the wide availability and accessibility of historical texts would enable scholars to breach the restrictions of a literary canon. The present international conference wishes to explore how exactly the digital humanities can provide such insights for medieval studies, in which such a promise raises critical questions.

(1) In spite of the computational turn, much of the digital scholarship for the Middle Ages still seems to hinge on well-conserved and therefore well-known theological and literary authorities, whose texts have been reproduced continuously in subsequent editions and translations. To what extent does today’s computational research manage to escape the straitjacket of the traditional canon?

(2) Considering that in the past decades, medieval scholars have become increasingly sensitive to the materiality of textual transmission in the Middle Ages, the virtual, normative and reductive character of a digital environment are not always compatible to their research interests.


As the emancipation of the digital humanities from their merely supportive role is proclaimed increasingly, and as the tools for digital medieval studies proliferate (e.g. digital scholarly editing, computational stylistics, digital palaeography, digital stemmatology, …), this conference welcomes papers —based on either case studies or broader research questions— that both problematize the specialized character of medieval literary production and demonstrate the potential for computational criticism to “breach” or “widen” the medieval canon through digital tools.

Full details on the topic and discussion of the conference are available on the conference website:​.


The conference, to which we will accept 8 scholars in addition to the confirmed speakers (cfr. infra) will consist exclusively of plenary sessions, with ample time for discussion. The conference committee encourages proposal submissions by both established and junior researchers. Please send abstracts (ca. 300 words) and a five line biography via email to Jeroen De Gussem ( by the ​10th of May. Participants will receive a notification concerning the acceptance of their application by the end of May.

We expect from our applicants that they have the ability of covering their own travel costs. Accepted speakers are offered lunches and an invitation to our conference dinner. Accepted speakers from abroad (any country other than Belgium) will also be offered up to 3 hotel nights in Ghent.

The following invited speakers have confirmed their participation: Godfried Croenen (University of Liverpool) / Maciej Eder (Pedagogical University of Kraków) / Julie Orlemanski (University of Chicago) / Peter Robinson (University of Saskatchewan) / Karina van Dalen-Oskam (University of Amsterdam) / David J. Wrisley (New York University Abu Dhabi

Call for papers ‘Mary of Guelders – Her life and prayer book’, 23–24 november 2018 (Nijmegen)

Het gebedenboek van Maria van Gelre (Berlijn SBB-PK Ms Germ qu 42 / Wenen ÖNB Cod. 1908), geschreven door Helmich die Lewe en in 1415 voltooid, en heel rijk verlucht, is om diverse redenen uitzonderlijk: de omvang van oorsponkelijk meer dan 600 folia, de rijke verluchting, de keuze voor de Nederrijnse volkstaal, en de bijzondere compilatie van gebeden en getijden. De afgelopen jaren heeft het boek centraal gestaan in een project waarin de Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin en de Radboud Universiteit hebben samengewerkt in het onderzoek, en dat geleid heeft tot een tentoonstelling die van 13 oktober 2018 – 6 januari 2019 plaatsvindt Museum Het Valkhof te Nijmegen. Het onderzoek heeft veel aan het licht gebracht over het omvangrijke en complexe gebedenboek, over het leven van Maria, hertogin van Gulik en Gelre, en over de cultuur in de hertogdommen Gelre, Gulik en Berg.

Ter gelegenheid van de tentoonstelling ‘Ik, Maria van Gelre. De hertogin en haar uitzonderlijke gebedenboek’ (13 oktober 2018 – 6 januari 2019 in Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen) organiseert de Radboud Universiteit in samenwerking met Museum Het Valkhof en de Staatsbibliotheek in Berlijn een tweedaags symposium te Nijmegen. We nodigen u uit een voorstel in te dienen voor een presenatie tijdens deze conferentie. Meer informatie vindt u in de call for papers, te dowloaden via deze link: Call for papers – Mary of Guelders.

CfP Les manuscrits hagiographiques du nord de la France et de la Belgique actuelle à la fin du Moyen Âge (XIVe-XVIe siècles) : fabrication, fonctions et usages

Op  30 november 2018 (Université de Lille),  21 maart 2019 (UNamur) en 22 mars 2019 (UCL) wordt  het internationale congres “Les manuscrits hagiographiques du nord de la France et de la Belgique actuelle à la fin du
Moyen Âge (XIVe-XVIe siècles) : fabrication, fonctions et usages” georganiseerd. Er is nu een call gelanceerd voor presentaties:  meer details zijn te vinden in het Cfp flyer.

Voorstellen (maximum 500 worden, in het Frans of in het Engels), kunnen tot 1 Juni 2018 bezorgd worden aan


CfP “New Directions in Medieval Religious history” Dartmouth College, USA, May 29-June 2, 2018

Applications are invited for the second annual Dartmouth Summer History Institute on “New Directions in Medieval Religious History.”  The aim of the Summer History Institute is to bring together the most promising young scholars working on medieval religious history to read and workshop pieces of their historical writing, as they embark on the transition from dissertation to book, in order to take stock of emerging considerations and approaches across the field.  We are interested in all aspects of religious history, including its links to political, social, cultural, and intellectual history.  Applicants should be in the process of completing their Ph.D. dissertation or in the early stages of revising the Ph.D. for publication as a book.  (Students finishing their Ph.D. dissertation in spring or summer of 2018 are encouraged to apply.)  Prior to the workshop, each participant will furnish a draft article or working dissertation/book chapter central to or exemplary of their larger historical intervention, which participants will discuss at the Institute in the company of invited senior scholars.  In addition to these workshop sessions on individual pieces of writing, the Institute will include a variety of fora (receptions, dinners, and lectures) to discuss theoretical and methodological issues.

Selected participants in the Institute will receive room and board as well as a subvention for travel up to $1000.  Submitted pieces should be in English (preferred), French, or German.  Participants should have a good command of spoken English.

To apply, send a CV and letter of application with an abstract of 1-2 paragraphs describing your project and the piece you intend to workshop, by March 1, 2018, to Professors Cecilia Gaposchkin and Walter Simons (Dartmouth College, Department of History) at

All inquiries and correspondence may be directed to the same address:

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League university located in Hanover, New Hampshire.  It can be easily reached by bus from Boston, Massachusetts (about 2 hours); bus service from and to New York, NY, takes about 5 hours.  For an overview of events at the 2017 inaugural Dartmouth Summer Institute, on the theme of modern European Intellectual History, please visit

The complete flyer of the Call for papers can be downloaded here.

CfP “Objets politiques quotidiens du Moyen Âge à nos jours” (Lille, 14-16 november 2018)

Van 14 tot 16 november 2018 wordt aan het Institut de Recherches Historiques du Septentrion (CNRS / Université de Lille) het internationale congres “Objets politiques quotidiens du Moyen Âge à nos jours” georganiseerd. Er is nu een call gelanceerd voor presentaties:  meer details zijn te vinden in het Call for Papers Flyer.

Voorstellen (maximum een half pagina, in het Frans of in het Engels), kunnen tot 30 Maart 2018 bezorgd worden aan

CfP “Walking With Saints: Protection, Devotion and Civic Identity” Rome, May 24–26 2018

Van 24 tot 26 mei 2018 zal in Rome het internationale congres ‘Walking With Saints: Protection, Devotion and Civic Identity. The role of the landscape’ doorgaan. Er is nu een call gelanceerd voor presentaties: meer details zijn te vinden in het WalkingWithSaintsConference2018-flyer of op de website

Call for Papers, Exclusion and social discipline in the medieval city in Europe, Najera, 8-10 November 2017

Op 8-10 November 2017 vindt de 14e editie van de International Meetings of the Middle Ages in Najera (Spanje) plaats. Het thema van deze interdisciplinaire bijeenkomst is dit jaar “Exclusion and social discipline in the Medieval City in Europe”. De organisatoren doen een oproep voor papers, die kunnen handelen over tal van onderwerpen, zoals instrumenten van exclusie, armoede en sociale marginalisatie,religie en exclusie, gender en exclusie etc. Deadline voor voorstellen, die maximum 500 woorden mogen tellen, is 15 september 2017.

Meer informatie kan je vinden in dit document.

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.


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: