Calls for Papers


This page includes postings of calls for papers that are sent to the School and that may be of special interest to our Faculty and Members.

MATERIA: New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World
MATERIA: New Approaches to Material Text in the Roman World is a series of workshops presenting new research on books and other media in antiquity, bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplines—history, literature, epigraphy, papyrology, archeology, manuscript studies, etc. The first two MATERIA meetings, held in 2016 (Columbia University) and 2017 (MIT), pursued a more traditional focus on the book and the literary in order to advance a broader understanding of the history of the book in the Roman world. With MATERIA III, hosted by NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, we hope to extend this discussion further. We invite proposals for papers that consider material text in Greco-Roman antiquity and other ancient civilizations between 500 BCE and 500 CE in terms of, but also beyond, the category of “the book.” What objects would ancient readers and users of text have encountered that looked like books, but weren’t?  What practices did ancients engage in at the periphery of “books”? What media did they use that partook of similar (or different) affordances? Speakers will draw from evidence across the methodological spectrum of ancient studies and related fields to explore the wider world of literate activity, not by way of “literacy” or “the literary,” but by way of practice, technology, and ideology. We are equally interested in new readings of well-known evidence and discussions of evidence that has been neglected, as well as papers that engage in comparative studies of similar practices or problems between different periods or cultures. Our hope is to foster discussion between scholars who work on disparate aspects of ancient material text, reading and writing, in different cultural traditions and who are interested in sharing their expertise with others who approach the topic from different perspectives.  We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words for papers of 30-40 minutes. Abstracts should be submitted to by Dec. 20. Organized by Stephanie Ann Frampton (Associate Professor of Literature, MIT), Joseph A. Howley (Associate Professor of Classics, Columbia University), and David M. Ratzan (Head, ISAW Library).


Transregional Academy, "Spaces of Art. Concepts and Impacts In and Outside Latin America", Mexico City, October 26-November 3, 2019
Together with the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris (German Centre for Art History) and in cooperation with the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) we invite applications from doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the field of art history and neighboring disciplines to participate in a Transregional Academy on the theme Spaces of Art. Concepts and Impacts In and Outside Latin America to be held from October 26 till November 3, 2019 at UNAM in Mexico City. The Academies are designed to support innovative research. They offer an opportunity for scholars to build scholarly networks and to discuss their ongoing research projects with peers from different countries and disciplines. Participants will receive grants that cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Please find the announcement below as well as in a PDF format. The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2019. The Academy is part of the strategic cooperation between the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland, and is funded by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research). Deadline: January 31, 2019.


14th Century Society / Kalamazoo 2019 (May 9–12)
Calls for papers for:

  • Urban and Rural Economies in the Fourteenth Century
  • Iberia in the Fourteenth Century [co-sponsored with American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain (AARHMS)]
  • Bureaucracy and Document Culture in the Fourteenth Century

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