The 44th Annual New England Medieval Conference will take place at MIT in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The conference theme is Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire. The keynote speaker will be Simon MacLean of the University of St. Andrews, speaking on “What Was Post-Carolingian about Post-Carolingian Europe?”
The doctoral students in The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invite abstracts for the 24th Graduate Conference on “Vulnerability in the Middle Ages,” which will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara) will deliver the keynote lecture this year and will join Eleanor Johnson (Columbia) in conversation on vulnerabilities in medieval scholarship.
The New England Medieval Studies Consortium will hold its annual conference at the University of Connecticut on Friday, April 14, 2017. Our theme for this year’s conference is “Medieval Boredom and Tedium.” Since the Middle Ages spanned so many years, roughly from 500-1500, it is difficult to organize and conceptualize the passage of time. Often as we work through medieval history, we collapse or expand time in ways that bring together or separate moments that occur in chronologically disparate contexts. For this reason scholarship frequently focuses on the way that medieval individuals filled their time with reading, writing, laboring, praying, etc.
However, little attention is given to those spaces of “emptiness” when medieval individuals and communities are between activities. This conference seeks to address depictions of boredom in broad contexts, ranging from historical, material, textual, and linguistic perspectives. Through these discussions, we hope to create a more holistic picture of medieval life and how medieval individuals interacted with and conceptualized ideas of time and temporality.