Calls for Papers

Mediocrity in the Middle Ages: Finding the Middle Ground

11th Annual Medievalists @ Penn (M@P)

Graduate Conference

February 22nd, 2019: University of Pennsylvania Keynote: ​Sonja Drimmer (UMass Amherst, Art History)

What makes something “mediocre” in the Middle Ages? We often assume that if a manuscript, literary text, or work of visual or performance art has survived from the medieval period, it is exceptional in some way. Modern scholarship tends to enforce this assumption by either praising a work for its beauty and importance, or arguing for the centrality and exceptionality of something that past...

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Reading Then, Reading Now

A Bloomfield Conference hosted by the Harvard University Department of English in April 2019, addressing reading practices of current concern and their pre-modern genealogies. Complete description and the CFP can be found here; paper proposals are due by 28 September 2018. Read more about Reading Then, Reading Now

Columbia Graduate Conference in Italian Studies

Great Incompletes: Italy’s Unfinished Endeavors

Location: Columbia University

Date: February 3-4, 2017

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Thomas Harrison (UCLA)


This conference will investigate the question of incompleteness in Italian cultural and social history through an array of theoretical perspectives and case studies. From the unfinished works of Dante to Puccini...

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