CfP (for undergraduates): “Ab Urbe Recondita” at the University of Tennessee

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce its Second Annual Undergraduate Conference:  Ab Urbe Recondita: the Reception of the Roman Classics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  The conference will take place on March 30, 2012 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  We are currently calling for abstracts from interested undergraduates.

In 1274, the Paduan proto-humanist Lovato de Lovati was called upon to identify a marble arch housing a coffin.  Lovato excitedly decreed that this was the tomb of Antenor, the mythic founder of Padua and a Trojan exile.  There was no sound evidence to support this conjecture; however, the scholar’s desire to accredit the tomb to a figure prominent in the pages of Vergil’s Aeneid was a sign of a new awareness of the past.  This tendency to fall back upon the past displays the draw of the ancient world on the people of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.  Indeed, the influence of the classical world extended well beyond its own lifespan, appearing prominently throughout the medieval period and into the early modern era.  This conference will focus on the reception of the classics in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

We welcome submissions from all disciplines of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, including archaeology, architecture, art, history, literature, music, philology, philosophy, and theatre.  Possible topics may include (but are by no means limited to): the place of classical literature and literary allusions in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; the continuance and adaptation of Roman traditions, institutions, technologies, and ideologies; the use and expansion of Roman architectural and artistic trends; classical themes in art; the prominence of the artes liberales in the education process; the role of the classical world in defining the humanist movement; and the evolution of Latin and the development of the European vernacular languages.

While the primary focus of this conference will be classical Roman influences, we also invite submissions centering on Greek influences in medieval and Renaissance Europe.  All submitters should send an abstract of no more than 250 words, including their name and their college affiliation (if applicable), to Tyler A. Denton, Dept. of Classics, at  Abstracts should be sent by no later than January 16, 2012.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 17.  We look forward to your submissions!

CfP: Marco Manuscript Workshop

Marco Manuscript Workshop


February 3–4, 2012

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Seventh Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English).

For this year’s workshop we invite presentations that focus on evidence for reading, interpretation, and use in manuscripts. The relationship between a text and its readers is often reciprocal – the text speaks to readers, readers in turn talk back to the text, and meaning emerges through this series of encounters between readers and texts and negotiations among different readers. In addition to creating new texts – literary practices such as quotation, reference, or commentary – readers leave their marks on texts in material ways: physical wear and tear, written annotations and corrections, scribal interpolations and excisions, glosses and marginalia, the purposeful grouping or arrangement of texts in a codex or books in a library. How is such evidence recognized and understood? How is it presented to modern readers? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank and in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact Roy Liuzza for information.

CFP: Italian Art & the Confluence of Cultures (Kalamazoo)

Italian Art Society CFP:

Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures, I–IV

Kalamazoo 2012

The membership of the Italian Art Society seeks papers for the 47th International Congress of Medieval Studies, to be held May 10–13, 2012, at the University of Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.  Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures, I–IV comprises four linked sessions dedicated to the study of the rich cultural exchanges that lie at the foundation of Italy’s medieval art.  Building upon ideas that emerged during the IAS’s 2011 series Italian Art, a Reassessment of the Discipline, the IAS’s 2012 sessions will seek to direct attention to areas and periods so far neglected by American scholarship and at the same time to challenge received notions about periodization and geographic taxonomies.  Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures encompasses a broad range of topics and materials, divided across the following sessions:


  • Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures I. Early Medieval Art in Italy.  This session seeks papers that deal with the rich cultural exchange across the Alps and across the seas during the early centuries of the Middle Ages.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to: Brescia during the Longobard reign, Pavia as a Carolingian capital, and Milan as a center of Ottonian artistic production.
    Chair: Eliza Garrison, Middlebury College.


  • Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures II. “Latin” and “Greek” Visual Cultures in the Italian Peninsula.  Byzantine art has often been invoked in regard to Italian art as an energizing foreign influence.  The session welcomes papers that explore the inextricable links between the two cultures on Italian soil: from early Christian icons to the maniera Graeca, from mosaics to cave paintings.
    Chair: Linda Safran, University of Toronto.


  • Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures III. The Art of Islands and Islets.  The artistic panorama of islands presents peculiarities of exchange that set them apart from developments on the mainland. This session seeks papers that explore the artistic production of the Italian islands as microcosms of cultural exchanges: from Sardinia to Sicily, Elba to the Tremiti.  Chair: Cathleen Fleck, Saint Louis University.


  • Italian Art and the Confluence of Cultures IV. Cross-Cultural Exchanges Within and Beyond the Peninsula.  For centuries, Italy’s geographic position has favored productive exchange with countries bordering the Mediterranean basin.  This session seeks papers that explore the impact on Italian art of the circulation of objects, models, and artists from across the Mediterranean as well as the influence of Italian art in other countries.  Chair: Lisa Mahoney, De Paul University.


For submissions and inquiries, please contact Martina Bagnoli, the IAS’s Vice President for Program Coordination, at  Submission forms and instructions are available on the conference website,  The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2011.

Alison L. Perchuk

Visiting Assistant Professor


Art History & Visual Arts

Occidental College

Los Angeles CA 90041


323 259 2757 (t)

323 259 2930 (f)


CFP: Byzantium/Modernism Conference [Due: 9/1/11]

CALL FOR PAPERS (Due: 1 September 2011)


Byzantium/Modernism: Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Avant-Gardes
20-22 April 2012, Yale University


Keynote Speakers: Marie-Jose Mondzain (CNRS) and Robert S. Nelson (Yale University)


The Byzantine Empire cultivated a thriving community of theologians and philosophers that debated the ontological, phenomenological, and broader epistemic foundations of the image, upon which the Empire and the Church grounded their physical and metaphysical rule.  Since the nineteenth century, artists, critics, and scholars have utilized the Byzantine as a manner of articulating the development of modernity and its image-world.  For example, in 1958, Clement Greenberg famously remarked on the formal homologies between
Byzantine art and contemporary abstraction.  Before him, Roger Fry coined the term “Proto-Byzantines” to describe the Post-Impressionists, and Alfred Barr described Byzantine art and its iconic heritage as fundamental to modern art. The connection between Byzantium and modernity, however, is usually relegated to passing references or mere formal parallels, lacking a sustained consideration and archaeology of its conceptual grounding.


What does modern art have to gain from Byzantium?  How can Byzantine philosophy enrich our understanding of the modern and contemporary image? The goal of this conference is twofold: First, to investigate the prolific interest in Byzantine art at the turn of the century and its effects on the historical Avant-Gardes in art, architecture, archaeology, and visual culture to the present; second, to articulate how Byzantine art and image philosophy can contribute to modern and contemporary visual culture. The intention is to produce an intellectual history of art from the nineteenth century to the present that uses Byzantium/Modernism as a paradigmatic fissure for the co-identification of said terms.


The core of this analysis is a shared visual heritage with a complex social life, layered with political, economic, social, religious, and ethnic turmoil that indexes the complex processes of orientalization and modernization in America, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.  Papers are encouraged from all relevant disciplines, which further the investigation of modern and contemporary visual worlds through the question of the Byzantine.


Please send a 500-word abstract and CV to by 1 September

CfP: Illinois Medieval Association Conference

29th Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference

Re-Making the Classical:

Appropriation and Transformation


Northern Illinois University, February 17-18, 2012


We invite abstracts from a variety of disciplines that examine both material and intellectual aspects of the medieval re-interpretation of ideas, texts, images, and objects from the ancient world.


From Anglo-Saxon poetic views of Roman ruins to Italian artists’ classically-inspired subjects, the Middle Ages regularly recycled both textual and physical elements of the ancient world.  But the ruins were supposed to be those of giants, the classical image might be infused with Gothic perspective, and heroes such as Alexander the Great used armor and equipment familiar to medieval writers and illustrators. When the “classical heritage” undergoes such changes, how classical is it, and what are its real effects on medieval Europe?


Proposals for individual papers and for complete sessions are welcome.  Sessions will typically be scheduled for 90 minutes, with 20 minutes for each of three papers plus time for discussion.  Proposals should include a short abstract (250 words or so) of the proposed paper(s) and/or complete session as well as contact information for the individual submitting the proposal.

Please submit proposals by October 15, 2011.

Nicole Clifton,

or: Northern Illinois University

Attn: Nicole Clifton

Department of English

De Kalb, IL 60115


Selected essays will be published in Essays in Medieval Studies.  For more information on EMS, go to