Monday, March 19, 2018

Call for papers

XXV Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity:
Tvärminne, Finland, 26.-27.10.2018

The 25th multidisciplinary Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on 26-27 October 2018. The symposium will bring together scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines (philology, archaeology, history, theology, religious studies, art history etc.). The theme of this year’s symposium is Seafaring, Mobility, and the Mediterranean in Late Antiquity (ca. 150-700 CE), which will be approached from a wide perspective, including social, economic, cultural, religious, ideological, and literary aspects; the symposium will be divided into thematic sessions broadly structured around archaeological, literary, and historical frames of inquiry.

We welcome papers discussing Late Antique seafaring, mobility, and the Mediterranean from any viewpoints, but encourage especially the following themes:
1.      Networks of Communication and Commodification in the Late Antique Mediterranean
2.      Sea as a Metaphor in Late Ancient Literature
3.      The Mediterranean as ‘Mare Nostrum’

Please send a short abstract of 250–300 words words, with your name, affiliation, e-mail and paper title, by 7th of May 2018 to Dr Ville Vuolanto: ville.vuolanto(at) Applicants will be informed by the beginning of June 2018 at the latest whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 20 minutes for each presentation, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

The symposium will be organized at the zoological research station of the University of Helsinki at Tvärminne, on the southern coast of Finland ( – a suitably maritime venue. The symposium will have a participation fee (20€ from students, 60€ from others), which will include accommodation (one night) at the symposium venue, as well as meals for two days. We offer also the transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and the return journey. Registration for the symposium will start on 20 August and will close on 28 September 2018.

There are three invited keynote lectures in the symposium:

Professor Greg Woolf, director of the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London:
Changes in Traffic Volume across Mediterranean Maritime Networks in the first millennium CE.

Professor Rebecca Sweetman, University of St Andrews
Sailing the Wine Dark Sea: Communication, Complexity and Christianization in the Aegean

Professor Arja Karivieri, director of the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Rome
The Ways to Control Mobility in Ostia and Portus

The symposium is organized by Raimo Hakola (, Antti Lampinen ( and Ville Vuolanto ( and funded by the following research projects: Reason and Religious Recognition (The Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki; headed by Risto Saarinen); Segregated or Integrated? – Living and Dying in the Harbour City of Ostia, 300 BCE – 700 CE (The Academy of Finland research project, University of Tampere; headed by Arja Karivieri); Law, Governance and Space: Questioning the Foundations of the Republican Tradition (European Research Council, Consolidator Grant, Kaius Tuori).

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On behalf of the organizing committee,

Ville Vuolanto

Ville Vuolanto
PhD, Lecturer in History
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Tampere, Finland

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Sacral and the Secular: Early Medieval Political Theology
Churchill College, Cambridge, UK
28 June 2018
The study of early medieval political theology has seen a resurgence in recent years, with scholars overturning the assumptions of previous generations about sacral kingship and turning to new sources such as biblical exegesis. This one-day conference will explore the latest thinking on the subject, with particular attention to the idea of the secular during the early Middle Ages.
Robert Markus influentially argued that the beginning of the Middle Ages in Europe witnessed a progressive ‘de-secularization’ but recent work has questioned this analysis. As confidence in the progressive secularization of the contemporary world has faltered in the past generation, now seems an appropriate time to explore how concepts of the secular and de-secularization can shed light on the early Middle Ages.
This conference brings together scholars working on different aspects of early medieval political theology to examine the question of the secular in law, administration, historiography and gender, among other areas. The aim is to stimulate further research and collaboration in a fruitful field of early medieval history.
For more information, including the programme and registration details, visit:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Metaphor of the Monster

Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22, 2018

Deadline for abstract submission: Tuesday, July 1st, 2018

Mermaids, giants, gorgons, harpies, dragons, cyclopes, hermaphrodites, cannibals, amazons, crackens, were-wolves, barbarians, savages, zombies, vampires, angels, demons… all of them inhabit and represent our deepest fears of attack and hybridization, but also our deepest desires of transgression. Frequently described in antithetical terms, monsters were frequently read in the past as holy inscriptions and proofs of the variety and beauty of the world created by God, or as threats to civilization and order. These opposing views on the monster show the radically different values that have been assigned to monsters since they started to permeate the human imagination in manuscripts, maps, and books.
Their hybridity challenges natural order and escapes taxonomy, thus problematizing our epistemological certainties. Inhabiting the margins of society, monsters also police social laws and show the consequences of transgressions on their own deformed bodies. Moreover, they are pervasive in nature and metamorphose into something else in different historical periods in order to embody the fears of that age, never to disappear from our imagination.
The 2018 Classical & Modern Languages and Literatures Symposium focuses on the concept of monstrosity as a cultural construct in literature, science, and art, and the ways in which the monster has been shaped, used, and interpreted as metaphor by scientists, writers, and artists in order to depict otherness, hybridization, threat to hegemonic order, and transgression.
We accept submissions in English that explore monstrosity from various disciplinary or interdisciplinary angles. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
  • Representation in literature/art of different forms of monstrosity
  • Gendered- or queer-focused studies of monstrosity
  • The depiction of the Other as monster, and the depiction of marginalized communities
  • Hybridity, miscegenation, and the problem of categorizing
  • Cartography, margins of civilization
  • Books as monsters
  • Transgressive subjects as monsters
  • The medicalization of the monster: monstrosity in medical discourse; monsters within: parasites, viruses, and illness
  • Ecocritical approaches to the topic: humans as "parasites" and "predators"
  • Dystopian depictions of the urban space as a monstrosity
  • The monster as spectacle, freak shows
  • Deconstructing monstrosity through inclusion
  • Teaching monstrosity
To submit an Individual Proposal, fill an application through our website:
All proposals are due on July 1st, 2018.
  • Paper title
  • Name, institutional affiliation, position or title and contact information of the presenter including e-mail address and phone number.
  • Abstract for an individual paper: up to 300 words for a single paper
  • Brief (2-4 sentence) scholarly or professional biography of the presenter.
  • Indication of any audiovisual needs or special accommodations.
To submit a Panel Proposal, each presenter must submit an Individual Proposal, and note the name of the Panel Chair on the appropriate box of the application.

Publication of Peer-Reviewed Selected Proceedings

After the conference, all presenters will be eligible to submit their papers for publication consideration.

Registration fees

Early registration by July 1st:
  • $100.00 U.S. academics (faculty)
  • $75.00 foreign academics and U.S. graduate students
Late registration fee (after July 1st):
  • $125.00 U.S. academics (faculty)
  • $100.00 foreign academics and U.S. graduate students
If you have any questions please contact Silvia Arroyo at

Ana Grinberg, Ph.D.
Secretary-Bibliographer, Bulletin Bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch

CfA: Summer School Books and Culture: Religious Manuscripts, Hand Press Books and Prints (15th-19th centuries): Ephemer

by Ana Laura Inclán Velázquez
Intensive 5-day programme on book production, dissemination and consumption from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The summer school will take place in the Ruusbroec Institute Library, some sessions will take place at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Plantin-Moretus Museum.
2 - 6 July 2018
Master students, PhD students and postdocs intending to integrate book historical approaches into their research (history, literary history, art history, religious and church history...).
External Partners
Plantin-Moretus Museum (Antwerp) and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Antwerp)
Course description
In this summer school, expert speakers will explain the traditional techniques of manuscript, book and print production (printing, lay-out, illustration). This year special attention will be devoted to the production and function of ephemera in all its manifestations. Introductory presentations will familiarise the students with the crucial role Antwerp played as a printing center. Most lectures are conceived as workshops and hands-on sessions zooming in on different kinds of text media and the place of ephemera within them. Lecturers will use the holdings of the Ruusbroec Institute Library and select materials that can be handled by the students. In line with this setup, admission to the Summer School will be limited to 14 Master students, PhD students and postdocs. The presence of staff and lecturers during the course should stimulate the interaction and spark questions and discussions.
Most sessions will take place at the Ruusbroec Institute’s library of the University of Antwerp. Guided tours will take participants to the Plantin-Moretus Museum for a presentation of sixteenth-century printing techniques, to the stylish Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library, and to the Special Collections Department of the University Library.
An unforgettable experience for every researcher who wants to learn more about manuscripts, hand-press books, and prints, and the role they played in Western European culture.
Participants who want to acquire official ECTS credits can be awarded 3 ECTS credits upon writing an academic paper related to one of the summer school’s topics.
Registration fee
€ 500
The fee includes course material, coffee breaks, lunches and the summer school dinner and a farewell reception. It does not include accommodation.
Application details
Online through Mobility Online. The application deadline is 19 April 2018. Selection will depend upon the applicants’ research profile and the date of their application. All applicants will be notified about their selection before 1 May 2018.
More Information

CfA: Summer School Europe: Diversity and Migration

by Ana Laura Inclán Velázquez
An intersciplinary programme studying Europe related diversity and migration issues through a mixture of theoretical, practical and empirical insights.
Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium
25 June – 6 July 2018
Master students and final year Bachelor students who are interested in deepening their knowledge about Europe related diversity and migration issues. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
External partners
Chair in European Values and Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence ACTORE
Course description
Europe’s demography in terms of ethno-cultural composition is rapidly diversifying in an unprecedented way. The majority group in urban areas is morphing into a minority amidst other minorities. This topic has become a priority issue for policymakers at the national and EU-level. There is a great concern at all walks of life and from different ideological perspectives on how to deal adequately with superdiversity as it affects all realms of society. The second edition of the Summer School ‘Europe: Diversity and Migration’ addresses these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and in doing so, provides participants with insights, practices and skills to understand the current transformation of Europe.

The summer school provides participants with concrete insights, information and tools based on theoretical perspectives, empirical case studies and field visits. In doing so it reveals the interrelations between the micro-, meso- and macro-level processes concerned allowing for fine-grained and in-depth understandings of the complex relationships between migration and integration processes.
4-6 ECTS credits can be awarded upon successful completion of the programme.
Registration fee
Fee includes course material, coffee breaks, farewell dinner, several excursion and social activities. Does not include lunch or accommodation.
Application details
Online through Mobility Online before 16 April 2018.
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Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Conference Dates: October 4-6
Little America
Cheyenne, Wyoming
This is call for papers for 2018
Deadline for Abstracts: Extended to March 15, 2018

I am looking for paper on topics in Old English language or literature. Please send me your abstracts by March 1, 2018 at the email below.

Elizabeth Howard
Department of English
Institute for Bibliography and Editing
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

Monday, February 26, 2018

The Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions CFP for 2019 SCS Meeting in San Diego
Epic Gods, Imperial City: Religion and Ritual in Latin Epic from Beginnings to Late Antiquity
How did Roman writers of epic reflect on the ritual realities of the imperial city? In this panel we invite scholars working on Latin epic in all its instantiations to explore how the genre in its Italian setting offers frameworks for approaching ritual practice, including prophecy, ruler cult and conceptions of the gods; the relationship between religion and philosophy; insights offered through material culture, including iconography and sanctuaries; the forging of memory and the tools of persuasion; and epic reflections on the establishment and expansion of the sacralized landscape. We encourage submissions connected with epic authors from the earliest to the latest examples, Livius through Lucretius, Vergil to Valerius; papers which offer interdisciplinary and comparative approaches are especially welcome.
Abstracts should be submitted by email attachment as .doc or .docx files to and should be from 500-600 words in length for a paper to last between 15 to 20 minutes. Abstracts should contain a title and a word count, but should not have any information regarding the identity of the submitter. For further information about abstract format, please see the SCS Program Guide. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday, March 1, 2018, and all abstracts for papers will be reviewed anonymously. Please direct all queries to SAMR at