Medieval Conferences 2019

Medieval Conferences 2019 lists major events – check out the dates for CfP and see what is happening around the Medieval World

JULY

Yersinia Pestis source of early medieval Justinian plagueThe “Long” Black Death: New perspectives
Society for Medieval Archaeology 2019 Annual Conference
King’s Manor, University of York (UK)
05.07.2019 – 06.07.2019
Deadline for CfP: 30.01.2019 to clewis@lincoln.ac.uk

A recent upsurge in scholarly interest in the Black Death – its origins, spread and impact on medieval society – has been driven by methodological advances across a range of disciplines. New techniques have allowed the causal agent of the 14th-century pandemic – Yersinia Pestis – to be confirmed, and identified in ways which are throwing new light on the origins and spread of the Black Death. Meanwhile, expanding datasets from disciplines as diverse as climatology, genetics and history are enabling the complexities of the relationship between pandemic, society and environment to be explored in new detail. As the profundity of the impact of the Black Death, in the short, medium and long term, becomes increasingly evident, interest is growing in the role of plague across the world in other periods. This is given added urgency by the knowledge that microbial resistance to antibiotics now used to treat plague is growing, thus the interest in plague pandemics may not for much longer be confined to the past. Offers of papers are now invited from researchers in any fields exploring aspects of the Black Death.

MAY

Medieval Studies and the Far RightMarine le Pen and Jeanne D'Arc. Source: public Medievalist
Humanities Division, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Humanities,
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
11.05.2019Deadline for CfP: 12.02.2019

This interdisciplinary conference due to be held on 11 May 2019 invites speakers to explore the relationship, past and present, between the medieval and far-right ideologies. Key areas for focus are: examining racisms in the medieval, unpicking the history of medieval studies, and confronting contemporary far right medievalism. The conference will look at the construction and operation of racial categories in medieval culture and its products. It will challenge the historiography of Medieval Studies, focussing on links to 19th-century cultural nationalism and 20th-century fascism. Lastly, it will consider whether Medievalists have a responsibility towards the representation and cultural construction of the Middle Ages in public discourse, and how medievalists can develop effective responses to the present-day instrumentalisation of aspects of the medieval by racist and far-right groups. Please send abstracts to organisers Charlie Powell and Alyssa Steiner at msfcon.ox@gmail.com by 12 February 2019.

APRIL

Medieval Theatre - nativityPeople and Places: Networks, Communities, and Early Theatre
Medieval English Theatre Conference 2019
Université de Fribourg
12.04.2019 – 13.04.2019
CfP: 01.12.2018 to elisabeth.dutton@unifr.ch
Details for CfP

Theatre is inevitably collaborative, as actors, with the help of designers and creators of costumes, props, sets, present script-writers’ words to a generally willing and cooperative audience. In order to understand Early Theatre, it is often necessary to consider very particular types of collaboration, seeing plays as the distinctive products of specific communities, considering the importance of specific performance sites to a play’s interpretation, exploring the significance of certain social groups or networks — religious, professional, academic — as creators and audiences of individual productions….

Renaissance Cuple playing the LuteListening and Learning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
40th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:
Keene State College, Keene, NH, USA
12.04.2019 – 13.04.209
CfP: Deadline 15.01.2019. Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at sullivan@german.umass.edu.

We are delighted to announce that the 40th Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Listening and Learning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2019, at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss music and other aural experiences in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. This year’s keynote speaker is Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Fassler is a music historian who gives the liturgy and its performance primary emphasis in her scholarly publications and her teaching. Her scholarship profoundly elucidates the connections between texts and music. Her 2014 book, Music in the Medieval West and its accompanying anthology (Norton) are now standard introductions to medieval music.

MARCH

Feast from - Livre des conquêtes et faits d’AlexandreTransnationalism at Court. The third Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures project workshop
Université de Liège (Salle des professeurs)
21.03.2019–22.03.2019

The MALMECC project seeks to question some of the methods of medieval historiography, particularly with regard to the role played by music in politics, religion, and the arts in courtly spaces. One model which the project seeks to engage with is that of the nation-state, a framework which can encourage historians to consider as peripheral those areas which at one time had a significant cultural role, but which have since disappeared with the formation of modern geopolitical entities. These areas, like the former principality of Liège, today “divided” between Belgium and the Netherlands, or the regions governed by the Luxembourg dynasty in the years 1250-1450, (including parts of France, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg) will be the focus of this study day, which will examine pre-national and transnational exchanges in the area surrounding the Netherlands in comparison with the wider European context.

Medieval World Map. From manuscript 1020 - 1050, Kitab Gharaib al-Funun Wa-Mulah Al-Uyun BodleianThe Global Turn in Medieval Studies
94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
07.03.2019 – 10.03.2019

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University. 
This year’s meeting spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies, treating the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon that encompasses the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

JANUARY

Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies), text composed by Zhang Hua Gender and Aliens
Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2019
Durham University
07.01.2019 – 10.01.2019

The Gender & Medieval Studies (GMS) Group is a UK-based organization devoted to furthering gender-focused medieval scholarship. Since the late 1980s, it has run an annual conference to showcase and support the work of postgraduate students, early-career researchers and established scholars. This year’s Conference is ‘Gender and Aliens’.

Contact gmsconference2019@gmail.com. for more information about this event.