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.

The European Society for Central Asian Society (ESCAS): ESCAS 2019 Exeter: The Globality of Central Asia
The European Society for Central Asian Society (ESCAS) began in 1985 with a small conference at Utrecht University and has continued since with biennial conferences in a dozen European cities and more recently, in Central Asia too.  Its focus is on building scholarly links and support between Europe and Central Asia. ESCAS seeks to support the study of Central Asia — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and adjacent regions of the Caucasus, Russia, China, Afghanistan and Iran.  We encourage papers that offer cross-regional or comparative analyses of the Central Asia with its neighboring regions of Asia and Eurasia. Held at the University of Exeter (UK), the theme for the 16th conference is The Globality of Central Asia.  We invite proposals for papers, panels, round-tables and sessions in non-traditional formats covering all aspects of Central Asian Studies across the humanities and social sciences. We particularly encourage proposals which link Central Asia to its global context, historically and contemporaneously. We encourage studies of this geography which engage both territory, space and place. These may include the studies of Central Asia’s migrations and diaspora, its ethnic minority populations, its offshore and extraterritorial spaces, and its place in global and imperial histories. This globality may be visible in archaeologies, cultural studies and pre-modern histories, as well as in modern social, economic and political patterns across borders. Our conference will assess globalizations from below as well as those from above; we therefore invite papers addressing the interpellation of localities and globalities: How are the individuals and communities of Central Asia related to global processes? The committee members can be contacted through the local Conference Administrator, Chee Wong, at October 2018: Deadline for Proposals.

77th annual Midwest Political Science Association conference, April 4-7, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL USA. 
The MPSA Conference Program ­Chairs and section heads invite you to submit proposals that reflect the best thinking in the discipline, informed by theory, research and practical application. Papers, roundtables, and complete panel proposals are due October 5, 2018. Subfield and working group proposals are due December 7, 2018. Conference presentations are organized by topic in more than 80 sections based on different subfields or areas of study. Many of these are interdisciplinary and draw scholars from 50+ countries and a multitude of fields, providing a variety of perspectives. The MPSA conference has the research collaboration opportunities you seek and the networking opportunities and professional development sessions to account for scholars at every career stage. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Full instructions for doing so can be found on our Submission Guidelines page. Program participants are not required to be MPSA members, though all participating presenters are required to register for the conference and MPSA members receive significant registration discounts. All MPSA conference events will be held at Chicago’s historic Palmer House Hilton. Hotel rooms will be available at various price points at the Palmer House and at multiple nearby hotels.

Transregional Academy 2019, University of California, Berkeley: "Histories of Migrant Knowledges in and across the Transpacific. Agencies, Scales, Translations"
The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland in cooperation with the German Historical Institute Washington DC invite applications from doctoral and postdoctoral scholars of the humanities and social sciences to participate in the Transregional Academy on the theme "Histories of Migrant Knowledges in and across the Transpacific. Agencies, Scales, Translations" to be held from May 28th to June 4th, 2019 at the University of California, Berkeley. The Academy aims to provide a forum for scholars from different disciplines who are interested in discussing and exchanging on the histories of transpacific migrations and the plural ways of knowing and transforming the transpacific worlds, politics, and environments while being on the move (18th to 21st centuries). The Academy is designed to support innovative research, scholarly networks and contribute to closer ties among research activities. Participants will receive grants that cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Please find the announcement attached in a PDF format. The deadline for applications is October 25th, 2018. We would be grateful if you could post the announcement at your institution and circulate it among interested scholars.

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

Contact: Maya Soifer Irish, Rice Univ, History Dept, 6100 Main MS-42, Houston TX 77005-1827. Phone: (713) 582-3575. Email:

ICMS 2019: Early Medieval Education
Scenes of instruction and learning fill early medieval literature and art--Boethius at Philosophia’s knees, Alcuin and Charlemagne discussing rhetoric, Lioba recalling Eadburga’s poetic instruction. Education, as Irina Dumitrescu pointed out in her monograph, Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature (2018), is the common factor shared by the scribes, authors, and other producers of the medieval texts remaining to us. What was early medieval education and how did those students and teachers experience, remember, and act on their learning? This panel will explore the role of early medieval education as a driving force behind literary, intellectual, and cultural production and exchange. This panel welcomes scholarship from across medieval studies disciplines and geographical foci. It aims to engage global, theoretical, and material methodologies, to discover both broad and localized instances and impacts of early medieval education. Diverse approaches, including historical, art historical, archaeological, literary, and musicological, are welcome. The following are some examples of topics that papers in this session might address: Early medieval pedagogies: the evidence in art, glosses, correspondence, and material remains; Methods of scriptural interpretation: how was exegesis learned and taught?; Learning and materiality: the intellectual alongside the embodied; Learning communities and networks across time and place; Teacher-student relationships and early medieval classrooms. Organizers: Sophia D’Ignazio (Cornell University) and Ryan Lawrence (Cornell University). Please send any queries and proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers to: Sophia D’Ignazio,, by September 15, 2018.

Beyond the Battlefield: Medieval Literature in Wartime
ICMS 2019: Special Session organized by Daniel Davies (University of Pennsylvania) and Max Ashton (Stanford University). How does medieval war resonate beyond the battlefield? This roundtable session invites papers that consider the relationship between medieval literature and wartime. War punctuates our understanding of the Middle Ages, providing us with frameworks for comprehending and interpreting the events of history, and the corpus of literature created in response to these conditions is equally broad. In its most literal sense, wartime literature is the narration or memorialization of events on the battlefield, from the Battle of Maldon to the work of Jordan Fantosme and the poetry attributed to Laurence Minot. Wartime, however, is less a temporal or veridical marker than a loaded conceptual term. What counts as wartime? When does it begin and end? Is the ‘wartime’ of combatants and noncombatants, the homefront and the field, the same? Despite assumptions that ‘wartime’ is a modern phenomenon, the OED traces it back to John Trevisa’s fourteenth-century translation of Ranulf Higden’s Polychronicon. Our panel seeks to explore two related problems of medieval wartime literature: what are the temporalities of medieval wartime, and how are they discerned, described, and created through literary texts? Participants could approach this topic through discussion of a specific text, manuscript, or historical case-study, and we are keen to include papers that reflect the chronological and geographic breadth of the Middle Ages, from late antiquity to the early modern. We particularly welcome contributions that treat wartime as a crucible for race and racialization, the impact of war on gendered bodies, and the influence of later wartimes (such as the Second World War) on our engagement with medieval texts. Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (available here: to by September 15th.

Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts. Istanbul Medeniyet University, 15-16 November 2018
The history of Iberia, as both an originator and a product of global colonization, constitutes a field of study for interrogating fundamental concepts of contemporary liberal-democratic societies. The ‘Iberianate venture’ embraces the ‘Al-Andalus’ syndrome (Islamic Andalusia as a model of tolerant co-existence between Christians, Muslims and Jews), the Iberian ‘Black legend’ (repressive Inquisitorial Catholicism, imperial brutality, economic backwardness), and Sefarad (an ambiguous place of home and exile for Iberian Jews). Within the framework of the ‘Traveling Concepts’ strand of the Language Acts & Worldmaking project, this conference will focus on the many ways in which Al-Andalus becomes a figure of thought, a means by which societies, minority groups, and individuals past and present represent and critically engage with questions of religious pluralism, intercultural contact and national identity. Proposals for papers are invited from across the disciplines with a focus on the cross-cultural circulation of Andalusian and Sephardic ideas and concepts across geographies and histories. Submissions are welcome on any topic related to Al-Andalus and its afterlives including, but not limited to: The languages, cultures, literatures and music of Al-Andalus and its diasporas; Memory and identity in the Andalusi and Sephardic diasporas and its diverse contexts of settlement; The trajectory of an ideological fascination with Muslim Spain/Al-Andalus as a hybrid space, a porous frontier between East and West, Islam and Christendom; Sephardic and Andalusi heritage industry and cultural tourism; Alhambrismo and the Moorish style in architecture and the decorative arts; material culture, Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism; Language encounters between Al-Andalus, Iberia and Sefarad: oralities, scripts, texts, translations; The circulation of ideas and representations of Al-Andalus from early modern days to the present, in Europe, Latin America, Turkey, and the broader Islamicate world, and their cultural, ideological and political uses; Al-Andalus in fantasy and worldbuilding games and virtual reality; The cultural and political traction of the chronotopes of Al-Andalus in the Christian, Muslim and Sephardic worlds; Travel and travellers in Al-Andalus/Sefarad/Iberia across time and space; Moros y cristianos festivals, Al-Andalus fairs, public history and historical re-enactment; Al-Andalus as a combat concept in War-on-Terror times. Abstracts of 250-400 words on these or similar topics should be submitted using the online application form at Important Dates:  Abstract Submission-August 31, 2018; Confirmation of acceptance-September 10, 2018; Final program-September 30, 2018; Conference Dates-November 15-16, 2018. Contact: İlmi Etudler Derneği; Aziz Mahmut Hüdayi Mh. Türbe Kapısı Sk. No: 13 Üsküdar İstanbul Turkey; +902163104318.

Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity XII, March 14-17, 2019: “Communal Responses to Local Disaster: Economic, Environmental, Political, Religious”
Abstracts Due October 1, 2018. The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce the thirteenth biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, to be held at Claremont McKenna College, in Claremont, California. Specialists in art and archaeology, literature and philology, history and religious studies, working on topics from the 3rd to the 8th century CE, are invited to submit paper proposals. Scholars with any related interest are invited to attend. The 2019 meeting will examine the impact of disasters on late-antique communities, including their susceptibility to disaster, the means by which they coped, and factors that increased resilience and facilitated recovery from disasters. In order to foster the thematic breadth and interdisciplinary perspective for which Shifting Frontiers is known, we invite papers concerned with the full range of traumatic events, and also long-term processes, that could distress communities: economic, environmental, political and religious. The aim of this conference is to move beyond the descriptive and stimulate analytical and theoretical approaches to understanding how distressed communities and individuals behaved in the short and long term. Local communities developed daily and seasonal rhythms to mitigate vulnerabilities and fragility. The dread of disaster shaped the late-antique psyche and, in some ways, the cultural landscape of communities. And disasters of various kinds had a wide range of impacts, depending upon severity and the nature of communal resilience. We encourage papers to consider the extent to which the economic, cultural, political or religious resources (or their lack) determined levels of susceptibility, impact, response or resilience. To what extent do late-antique sources acknowledge vulnerability and fragility? What mechanisms created durability and resilience? What were the emotional and intellectual responses to disaster? Does an awareness of the psychological impact of fragility and disaster alter our interpretation of various forms of evidence in Late Antiquity? Proposals for 20-minute presentations should clearly explain the relationship of the paper to the conference theme, describe the evidence to be examined and offer tentative conclusions. Abstracts of no more than 500 words (not including optional bibliography) should be submitted by October 1, 2018. Please submit abstracts as a Word document attached to an email to both Shane Bjornlie ( and Michelle Berenfeld ( Please do not embed proposals in the text of the email. The conference steering committee will review all proposals, starting October 1, with accepted papers receiving notification by November 15. Due to budgetary constraints, bursaries for expenses will not be available, although conference registration fees will be waived for participants presenting papers and for the chairs of sessions. Registration for all other participants will be $100 US. Potential topics include: Economic trauma and its impact (fiscal, commercial, etc.); Environmental distress and disaster relief (volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc.); Attitudes toward the environment owing to fragility and the potential for disaster; Alimentary and agricultural disasters (famine, drought, interrupted shipping); Urban disasters (fires, rioting, siege); Military disasters on the battlefield; Philosophical and ethical notions of mortality, inevitability and causation connected to disaster; Rhetorical exploitation and literary responses to, or explorations of disaster; Philological footprints in language and idiom related to disaster; Representations of, and psychological responses to disaster in art; Archaeological and architectural evidence of disasters; Religious explanations of disaster and liturgical and cultic responses; Differentiation between sudden, cataclysmic and long-term, slow moving disasters; The memory of specific events. Conference schedule: Initial call for papers: March 1, 2018; Second call for papers: September 1, 2018; Abstracts due: October 1, 2018; Notification of participants: November 15, 2018; Program published on website with conference instructions and open registration for participants not presenting papers: December 1, 2018; Conference convenes: March 14, 2019. Principal conference organizer: Shane Bjornlie (Claremont McKenna College). Conference steering committee: Michelle Berenfeld (Pitzer College), Cavan Concannon (University of Southern California), Beth Digeser (UC Santa Barbara), Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University), Michele Salzman (UC Riverside), Edward Watts (UC San Diego) and Ken Wolf (Pomona College). Conference details may be found at If you would like to be removed from this list, please email and reference CSLA_Announcements. The request must be sent from the email account you wish to have removed from the listserv. Thank you.


54th International Congress on Medieval Studies titled “Playing the Past: Race, Gender, and Heroism in Gaming”
Video and PC gaming have come to play a substantial role in popular consciousness in the 21st century and the medium itself offers a uniquely immersive experience unfathomable in other facets of popular culture. In virtual “medieval” and fantasy worlds, a player gets the chance to live the story rather than being a passive observer, and in MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, he or she can even relate to other players as that character, experiencing the world as priest or paladin existing in an expansive virtual space. However, the interactive nature of these games also raises important questions about how we conceptualize and create the past and the impact these imagined worlds can have on notions of the “medieval” for a non-academic audience. Often these games leave women behind in the role of damsels in distress, drawing from modern conceptions of “medieval” chivalric codes that do not make space for female adventurers and heroes. Moreover, race often refers to various humanoid creatures like trolls and goblins, and these fantasy “races” are often included in lieu of real racial and ethnic diversity on the grounds that fantasy creatures are somehow “more medieval.” When a developer chooses to include women or people of color in their “medieval” video game, alt-right gamer movements like Gamergate have resisted, claiming the game has become “ahistorical” by allowing anyone but white men into their pseudo-medieval fantasy. This roundtable will raise questions about how the past has been used in gaming to alienate non-white, non-male players, and the extent to which gaming developers have managed to resist medievalist tropes as held in popular consciousness. Each participant will give a 7-10-minute presentation, which will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Possible topics can include but are not limited to constructions of the past in video game medievalisms, problematic uses of race and gender in fantasy gaming, and the mobilization of faux medievalism against inclusivity by online movements like Gamergate. Please submit a 200 word abstract to Ali Frauman at by September 15th, 2018 and direct any questions to the same address.


Fordham's Center for Medieval Studies 2019 Annual Conference 
Ritual and Religion in the Medieval World. March 30-31. Proposals due September 15, 2018.


Leeds International Medieval Congress, 1-4 July 2019
The twenty-sixth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, from 1-4 July 2019Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the IMC 2019 Proposal Form. The online proposals system will be available by 31 May 2018. If you would like to apply for an IMC bursary for the IMC 2019, to help with the cost of the Registration and Programming Fee, accommodation and meals at the IMC, please complete the online Bursary Application Form when it becomes available by 31 May 2018. You should submit your Bursary application at the same time as your paper or session proposal. Please visit site for more information. Deadline 30 September 2018.