The CFP for the 14th International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS) with the theme ‘Food: Sacrificial, Spiritual, and Secular’ to be held at the National Taiwan University, Taipei, on 23-24 October 2020, has been extended until February 10. The updated CFP can be downloaded below.
A reminder that registration for the ANZAMEMS symposium ‘Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century’, held 20-21 February 2020 at the University of Adelaide, is open until 14 February. A provisional programme is now available here.
The Fourteenth International Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical,
Medieval and Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)
23-24 October 2020, National Taiwan University, Taipei
Food: Sacrificial, Spiritual, and Secular
Food, whether secular or spiritual, physical or metaphysical, human or nonhuman, has
been an important issue throughout the history of this planet. Human history is a long
story of appetitive contest with nature and the environment, while consumption is an
empowering practice that involves struggle and sacrifice. The matter of food may
illuminate or complicate histories of labor, leisure, science, production, ethical
considerations, religious discourse and practices, and environmental concerns.
To explore the important issues of food/drink/consumption, this conference welcomes
papers from scholars working in all fields such as anthropology, geography, history,
literature, art, politics, sociology, religion, and cultural studies from the pre-modern to
the early modern periods. Topics for consideration might include (but are not limited
Art and Visualization of food/drink/consumption
Boundaries of the edible and nonedible
Critical explorations of food/drink/consumption
Politics of food/drink/consumption
Religion, Heresy, or the Sacred Forms of food/drink/consumption
Food/drink/consumption and Fasting, Festivity, or Medicine
Food/drink/consumption and Emotions, Obsessions, or Language
Food/drink/consumption and Gender, Racial Identity, or Society
Food/drink/consumption and the Moralistic/Legislative
Food/drink/consumption and Ecology, Philosophy, or Theology
Food/drink/consumption and Medievalism or Technology
TACMRS warmly invites papers either in English or Chinese that reach beyond the
traditional chronological and disciplinary borders of Classical, Medieval, and Early
Modern Studies. This conference will comprise Paper sessions and a Roundtable
discussion for pedagogy. Paper proposals and sponsored panel proposals (with
individual paper abstracts) are welcomed. To ensure the quality of the papers
presented, the presenters should submit drafts of full papers by the end of August
2020. Selected full papers will be peer-reviewed and published in a special issue of
Please submit proposals (250 words for English, 500 words for Chinese) along
with a one-page CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 January 2020. The
Conference will take place on 23-24 October 2020 at National Taiwan University
in Taipei, Taiwan. There is no registration fee for the conference. Please note,
presenters should be members of TACMRS if they reside in Taiwan. Membership
application forms can be downloaded from the TACMRS website or via email upon
request. For more information, please visit the 2020 TACMRS Conference website at
https://2020tacmrs.wordpress.com/ and the TACMRS website at
For more details see the attached CFP:
Call for Panel Proposals: NonfictioNOW, 3-5 December 2020, Wellington, New Zealand
Please note NonfictioNOW is different from other conferences in that it seeks collective panel proposals rather than individual papers. Please read through the entire CFP – this adds a layer of complexity but results in a very rewarding outcome.
We invite you to join us in New Zealand in 2020 to celebrate the return of NonfictioNOW to the Asia Pacific region. We are now seeking panel proposals for the conference, proudly hosted by Massey University and held at the Te Papa Tongarewa, the stunning harbour-side Museum of New Zealand. We warmly welcome participants and audiences from all over the globe to engage with and bring new ideas to our conversations. We are excited to have Ngahuia Te Awekotuku and Mary Cappello confirmed as keynote speakers, with more announcements to come.
This celebrated bi-annual international event is unique: this isn’t a conventional academic conference nor a writers’ festival, but a lively conversation among peers. NonfictioNOW brings together well-established writers and those just starting out. We are especially interested in proposals for sessions that defy the expectations and/or subvert the format of the traditional conference or festival panel, as well as those that include a diverse group of participants, reflecting the inclusive and international nature of this gathering.
Many NonfictioNOW panels are lively, discursive, playful, and interactive events, as opposed to the reading of a succession of individual papers. We are enthusiastic about the great energy and range present in all of nonfiction’s many forms, including literary and political essays; memoir and journalism; digital media, graphic memoirs, and hybrid essays; performance-based work; ecological writing; podcasts; and other areas of the field. We hope to receive great proposals exploring the many different shapes of nonfiction, with variety and diversity serving to enlarge both the conversation and the nonfiction community.
Submissions are due March 31, 2020. All submissions must include a panel description (150 words or less, written as it should appear in the program, if accepted), a statement of merit (150 words or less), and the complete contact information for a minimum of three, and up to five, contacted and pre-selected panel participants, including a program-ready bio of 50 words or less for each participant.
Generosity and Avarice in Medieval Europe: University of Nottingham, 23-24 April 2020
From the depictions of generosity and avarice in art and literature, to the interactions amongst neighbours within local communities, to the diplomatic work undertaken within and between polities, the relationship between these distinct but intertwined themes have been grappled with by medieval contemporaries and modern scholars alike. This conference aims to bring together medievalists of all fields and disciplines interested in the understanding and practice of generosity, avarice, and the relationship between the two in Europe between c. 400 and c. 1550. The committee welcomes suggestions for sessions beyond those outlined here and encourages as broad an interpretation of the theme as possible. Topics to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:
· Ideas of social responsibility
· Gender roles
· Economy and finance
· Diplomatic relations
· Family roles
· Visual and literary depictions of generosity and avarice
We welcome contributions from scholars at any stage of study or career. For individual papers of twenty minutes in length, please submit a proposal of c. 250-words. If you plan to submit a panel proposal, please include no more than three speakers and submit a c. 300-word overview of the panel with proposed speakers/respondents (and chair, if applicable) and provisional paper titles.
Please submit all proposals via email to email@example.com by Friday 13th December 2019.
41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum:
Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 17-18, 2020
Call for Papers and Sessions
We are delighted to announce that the 41st Medieval and Renaissance Forum: Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday April 18, 2020 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.
We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance 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 Deirdre Larkin, Managing Horticulturist at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens from 2007 to 2013, who will speak on “Every Fragrant Herb: The Medieval Garden and the Gardens of The Cloisters.”
Deirdre Larkin is a horticulturist and historian of plants and gardens. She holds an MA in the history of religions from Princeton University and received her horticultural training at the New York Botanical Garden. She was associated with the Gardens of The Cloisters for more than twenty years and was responsible for all aspects of their development, design, and interpretation. Ms. Larkin was the originator of and principal contributor to the Medieval Garden Enclosed blog, published on the MMA website from 2008 through 2013. Ms. Larkin lectures frequently for museums, historical societies, and horticultural organizations. In 2017, she was a Mellon Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Institute of the New York Botanical Garden, where she researched the fortunes and reputations of medieval European plants now naturalized in North America. Her gardens in upstate New York serve as a laboratory for further investigations in the field.
Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information (including email address) on your proposal.
We welcome undergraduate sessions, but ask that students obtain a faculty member’s approval and sponsorship.
Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abstract deadline: January 15, 2020
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2020
As always, we look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!
Registration is now open for ‘Western Civilisation in the Twenty-First Century’, to be held on 20-21 February 2020 at the University of Adelaide.
This symposium provides a moment to reflect on the concept of Western Civilisation today, not just as a topic of historical interest but an idea that continues to hold a significant political function. What role do the histories that we write and teach play in the production of discourses of ‘western civilisation’ or resistance to it? What role do historians have in shaping ideas about the past in the present? And what responsibility do we have towards ‘western civilisation’ as a discourse? What is the future of ‘Western Civilisation’, both as taught in universities and in the public sphere?
This event is being supported by ANZAMEMS. Registration is free and ANZAMEMS is funding travel bursaries to facilitate attendance for postgraduates, early career scholars and those without institutional support.
To register, please follow the registration link from the conference homepage: https://westernciv2020.wordpress.com/
For further information on bursaries and to apply, see https://westernciv2020.wordpress.com/bursaries/
For information on the conference venue and nearby accommodation, see https://westernciv2020.wordpress.com/location/
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold and as part of the AHRC funded Network “Henry VIII on Tour: Tudor Palaces and Royal Progresses”, Historic Royal Palaces will be hosting a two-day conference on 29-30 June 2020 at Hampton Court Palace.
Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Simon Thurley
• Mary Hill Cole, Mary Baldwin University
• Glenn Richardson, St Mary’s University
• Tracy Borman, Historic Royal Palaces (Introduction)
We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes reflecting the conference theme. In particular, we encourage papers that examine not only that most spectacular of royal progresses, the 1520 Field of Cloth of Gold expedition itself, but the phenomenon of royal progresses more generally, including the logistics of royal travel and the politics of progress. We would also like to explore broader aspects of the Tudor court on progress, including the social, religious, chivalric and cultural implications of royal progresses (e.g. the hunting, jousting, music, drama, art and architecture associated with the royal palaces and other progress venues). Papers addressing a comparative European or international aspect of the theme are welcomed as, too, are contributions that consider the theme from the point of view of heritage management, heritage science and curatorial practice. We encourage proposals from scholars at all stages of their career, including early career researchers and PhD students (for whom a discounted registration rate will be available).
Please send abstracts of 250 words to Dr Laura Tompkins, Research Manager, HRP (Laura.Tompkins@hrp.org.uk) by 12 January 2020.
This information is also available on the HRP website.
Organising Committee: Anthony Musson (HRP), Tom Betteridge (Brunel), John Cooper (York), Suzannah Lipscomb (Roehampton), Alden Gregory (HRP)
The organisers and the Programme Committee invite proposals for the 2020 Medieval and Renaissance Music Conference to be held in Edinburgh on 1-4 July 2020.
Proposals on all topics relating to Medieval and Renaissance Music, broadly construed, are welcomed, but we are particularly interested in the following areas: Music in Britain; Chant; Gender and music; Music and medievalism; Music and the environment; Music outside of continental Europe; Early Music and Digital Technologies; The state of the discipline
Conference languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Possible formats of presentations include, but are not limited to:
• individual papers of 20 minutes
• paired papers
• themed sessions
• round tables
• workshops/ lecture-recitals
The conference will include a dedicated poster session.
Please send proposals to email@example.com by 31 December. Notification of acceptance will be given by February 14th. Proposals should include:
· Title of paper
· A proposal of c.250 words
For themed sessions:
• title of paper
• chair (if known)
• names of all participants
• total required duration (blocks of 90 minutes are preferred)
• short description of contents
Registration will go live on February 1 2020 at the following address: https://www.efdelegates.ed.ac.uk/MedRen2020
• James Cook
• Marianne Gillion
• Thomas Schmidt
• Adam Whittaker
• Miriam Wendling
• Raquel Rojo Carillo,
• Tess Knighton,
• Elisabeth Giselbrecht
• Victori Coelho
• Catherine Bradly
• Antonio Chemotti
Consumption, Performance, and Early Theatre, University of Wolverhampton・Saturday, 4 April 2020
Consumption involves the using up of a resource, whether through acts of imbibing or intake and acts of expenditure or through decaying or wasting away. Early performance relies on consumption, whether this takes the form of Eucharistic consumption accompanying liturgy; Eve’s sinful act of consumption that provided pretext and plot for urban biblical pageants; the use of performance to sell goods and medicines; the material goods required to create dramatic spectacle; the consumption of drink, ideas and time by spectators and performers; or the Tudor feasts that produced space for dramatic interludes. The Records of Early English Drama, with their lists of goods, payments and services, provide an archive of evidence for consumption practice. Yet acts of consumption in early drama are often fraught. Consumption is as often used to articulate doubt or mark characters and performance makers as morally dubious as it is to ensnare the senses of audiences. In a climate both preoccupied with material consumption at a global level and in which we, as researchers, theatre practitioners and teachers are frequently reminded that our labour is also consumer material, this conference seeks to examine how consumption is manifested, managed and questioned in early performance. Topics might include but are not limited to:
• The consumption of raw materials and/ or material culture in the production and performance of early drama
• Food or fasting in early performance; the morality, ethics and/or theology of consumption
• Economies of consumption in early performance
• Ritual performance and faith; inclusion and community
• Subversive consumption, over-consumption and/or consumption as a source of ‘othering’
• Consumption, spectacle and the senses
• The consumption of play manuscripts and texts
• Critical reflections on the role of consumption within modern performances and broadcasts of early drama
• Critical reflections on the role of consumption in early drama pedagogy and/or research
We invite 300-word proposals from scholars at any stage of study or career, for 20 minute papers or roundtable sessions; please submit your proposals by 1 December 2019 to Daisy Black firstname.lastname@example.org
On the day before the conference (Friday, 3 April 2020) there will be a Postgraduate and Early Career Symposium organised with the Early English Drama & Performance Network; more information about this will be posted soon.
Further details and registration information will be posted soon at Medieval English Theatre.