CFP Saturday (Depending on time zone)

Clearly I should have done a post on avoiding Fresher’s Flu, but on the other hand I’m clearly not very good at it. Most of the last week went by in a blur of Kleenex and Lemsip. (And I was JUST SICK. Life is unfair.) Anyway, here are this week’s CFPs.

1. Re:Form, Graduated Medievalists at Berkeley
Dates: 15-16 Feb, 2013
Deadline: 11 Nov, 2012

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB) invites submissions for the interdisciplinary graduate student conference “Re:form,” to be held 15-16 February 2013 at the University of California, Berkeley.

In recent years, many scholars have sought to escape the kind of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological strictures that force a choice of allegiance between attention to historical context and attention to formal structure. This turn has taken a particular interest in the simultaneous necessity for historicist and formalist
approaches to the study of reform movements, a necessity that results from reformers’ own defining engagements with both history and form. Almost all medieval reformers deployed the past–whether immediate or distant–through narratives of origin, degeneration, and nostalgia in order to justify their programs of correction and renewal; they
discovered the “materia” for these narratives not only in events but also in earlier forms of artistic and cultural production, ritual, government, social life, economy, and education. Indeed, it was these very forms that reformers sought to correct, revise, or resurrect. Despite the broad extent of reformers’ own attention to form, historicist scholarship’s return to questions of the relationship between form and reform has tended to focus almost solely on literary movements and on “literariness.” This conference seeks to open that discussion to emerging scholars of the Middle Ages across the disciplines, both to explore these historical moments of change (or perceived change) and to revisit the critical trends that shape our understanding of these moments.

We invite proposals for papers that explore the ways medieval reform movements–a term we understand broadly–categorized, appropriated, used, critiqued, and transformed the forms they inherited. We welcome papers from all disciplines, including literature, linguistics, philosophy, history, art history, classics, musicology, and film.
Topics may include but are not limited to:

*Literature (Poetic Meter/Genre/Narrative)
*Canonicity (The Form of the Bible/Patristics)
*Manuscript Production/Paleography/Codicology
*Forms of Government
*Education (Trivium-Quadrivium/Universities/Education of the Laity)
*Forms of Social Life, especially Monasticism and Apostolic Living
*Periodization (Antique-Medieval/Medieval-Modern)
*Economy (Trade/Guilds/Numismatics/Material Culture)

Please submit a 250-word abstract for a 20-minute paper by 11 November 2012 to Jacob Hobson ( and kindly include your academic affiliation, email address, street address,
phone number, and any audio-visual requirements. We very much look forward to inviting you to campus, and we are excited about the rich discussion that will ensue.

Organized by Erik Born, Kenneth Fockele, Marcos Garcia, Jacob Hobson, and Jennifer Lorden.

Sponsored by the UC Berkeley Department of English, UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies, and Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley.

2. Marco Manuscript Workshop: TEXTS AT WORK
Dates: 1-2 Feb, 2013
Deadline: 15 Oct, 2012

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Eighth Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 2013, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English).

For this year’s workshop we invite presentations that focus on manuscripts as tools. Modern book dealers and collectors rank books by the degree to which they approach the ideal of the pristine new copy; notes and signs of use are considered defects and reduce a book’s value. This was clearly not the attitude of most makers and users of books in the Middle Ages, for whom books were the working tools needed to perform the liturgy, for public reading, for public teaching and private study, for contemplation, for organizing the practical and theoretical knowledge of medicine and law, for preserving and making accessible legal documents, for understanding the nature of the past, the natural world and the divine, for private prayer, for self-improvement. Most manuscripts show signs of use. Sometimes these are the uses for which the manuscript was intended (such as stress accents in books used for public reading or vernacular glosses in Latin texts); in other cases they try to imp!
rove the usability of the book (corrections, interpolations, glosses, chapter titles, running heads, indices, tables of contents, and so forth). And in many other cases the generous margins or blank leaves of a manuscript invited other kinds of use: records of significant events, transactions important to an ecclesiastical foundation, ancillary texts on related topics, recipes and prayers, records and commonplaces, memorabilia and scribbles. How do these additions relate to the manuscript’s main texts? How do we read a manuscript as a living text with a busy life? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank and in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts.

Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2012. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact Roy Liuzza for more information.

3. Renaissance Men in the Middle Temple
Dates: 1-2 Feb, 2013
Deadline: 12 Oct, 2012

Middle Temple Hall and Birkbeck College, London

Organisers: Darren Royston and Jackie Watson

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Jessica Winston (Idaho State University), Dr Sarah Knight (Leicester University) and Dr Lucy Munro (Keele University)

Call for papers

The four Inns of Court were, according to Ben Jonson, ‘the noblest nurseries of humanity’. All highly influential in terms of their members’ legal, political and artistic roles, the Middle Temple proved a particularly fertile context. At the end of Elizabeth’s reign especially, the Middle Temple saw many of its members involved in the creation, reception and development of literature and performance. Most importantly, perhaps, the Inn was a training ground for men who came to transgress and challenge societal norms, and whose future careers were to influence disparate areas of life, before, during and after the Civil War: from Sir John Davies’ work on dance, John Marston’s contribution to drama or Robert Cotton’s influence as an antiquarian to, in later years, the political impact of Henry Ireton or Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon.

The early modern Inns of Court have been the subjects of much recent academic work. Last year’s publications of The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, edited by Archer, Goldring and Knight, and a History of the Middle Temple, edited by Richard Havery, as well as the 2010 appearance of the Inns of Court REED volume, edited by Alan Nelson, have significantly added to our understanding of the Inns and their interactions with many aspects of early modern culture.

As new volumes open up areas for future academic research, this conference gives the opportunity for established scholars, early career researchers, and post-graduate students, whose interests centre on this area, to contribute current work which focuses on the role of the Inns more broadly or more particularly on the Middle Temple. Papers which look at their subject in an inter-disciplinary way will be very welcome.

We plan a combination of academic conference and performance over the two days (involving reconstruction of drama, dance and music) and we invite submissions for a 20-minute paper or a workshop, on an aspect of the Inns of Court between 1580 and 1670. While topics which draw on the wider Inns are welcome, preference will be given to those which focus on the Middle Temple. Subjects might include, but are not limited to, the following:

-The work and influence of individual members of the Inns (Middle Templars, as well as those named above, might be Elias Ashmole, John Ford, John Webster, Edward Sharpham, Richard Martin, John Hoskins, Henry Wotton, Thomas Overbury, Benjamin Rudyerd, Charles Best, John Manningham, Bulstrode Whitelocke…)

-Inns of Court men as playgoers and readers
-Dramatic work written by Innsmen and/or staged at the Inns
-Innsmen and performance, including music and dance
-Revels, humour and satire
-The Inns’ impact on contemporary politics and in Parliament
-Legal education and the impact of an Inns training, including aspects of rhetoric and eloquence
-The Inns of Court and courtiership
-Aspects of the physical space and location of the Inns
-Homosociality at the Inns and/or members’ roles in contemporary convivial societies

Please send an abstract (250-300 words) and a brief biographical paragraph (up to 150 words) to Jackie Watson, Birkbeck College, at by Friday 12th October. We would also welcome joint submissions of 2-3 abstracts that could form a panel.

Conference hosted by the London Renaissance Seminar at Middle Temple Hall and Birkbeck College, London


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