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CFP: Episcopus sessions for ICMS/Kalamazoo 2019

Proposal deadline: 15 Sept 2018 for ICMS/Kalamazoo (May 2019)

Episcopus' theme at ICMS/Kalamazoo 2019 is Episcopal Things & Ecclesiastical Spaces

Session I: Clerics and Codices: Bishops, Secular Clergy and Their Books.

From the labor of book making, to the use of books by bishops, priests, and deacons at the altar, to the addenda included in their margins, this session will explore the ways that books both articulate and delimit the work of bishops and the secular clergy. Papers will focus on the varieties of work manifest in ecclesiastical books as well as the networks this work reveals. We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Session II: Old Clerics, New Tricks​:​ Bishops, Secular Clergy, and New Methodology.

This session will seek papers that demonstrate the integration of new methodologies and approaches to the study of medieval bishops and the secular clergy. Submissions to this panel would include new (or new to you) methodologies that encourage a different perspective on a person, a place, or on ecclesiastical things. These new approaches might include GIS or other digitally driven approaches that model the work of bishops and the secular clergy across time and space; they might also be structured around traditional approaches to new collections that cross the traditional boundaries of geography, period, or genre. We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Session III: Brevia on Bishops and the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages.

For the second year in a row, we propose a lightning-round panel that gives up to 10 scholars ca. 3 minutes each--strictly enforced!--to present informally a current research idea. The audience and session participants will then respond with suggestions about where to take the ideas. This panel, modeled initially on similar successful sessions at the American Historical Association and with one successful ICMS 2018 iteration, aims to foster research in its very early stages and to generate paper proposals for the International Congress in 2020. We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Please send abstracts (before 15 Sept) to Evan A. Gatti (egatti@elon.edu​)

CFP: Episcopus sessions at IMC/Leeds 2019

Proposal deadline: 15 Sept 2018 for International Medieval Congress (University of Leeds, UK, 1-4 July 2019)

Session 1: The Things They Carried: Bishops and their Objects.

Organizers invite paper proposals that examine any aspect of the role of objects as bearers of meaning for the medieval episcopacy and secular clergy. Portable items writ large, such as rings, staffs, gems, combs, manuscripts, garments, shoes, reliquaries, documents, and gifts were essential to the performance of one’s clerical identity. How did these “tools of the trade” become emblematic of, challenge, and embody the individuals that owned or bestowed them? In what ways did the intersection of clerical arts with the contexts of late antique, Orthodox, or Roman religious practice forge meaning? Recent methodological perspectives and submissions that address the topic from geographically and culturally broad outlooks are welcome! We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Please send abstracts to Diane Reilly (dreilly@indiana.edu) and Sigrid Danielson (​danielsi@gvsu.edu​)

Session II: Gender, Identity & the Medieval Bishop/Secular Clergy

This panel will invite for papers that engage with any aspect of gender, identity, and the medieval bishop or secular clergy. Where do we see issues or incidences where gender or identity impact the roles of bishops/secular clergy? How did gender or identity affect their ideas, their positions within the Church, or how they related to the world around them? Possible avenues of inquiry might include (but are not limited to) gendered roles in the Church vis-a-vis bishops; interactions between bishops and lay people with gendered significance; bishops/secular clergy as embodiments of gendered behaviors; power relationships; or episcopal identities. We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Please send abstracts to Aneilya Barnes (abarnes@coastal.edu) and Laura Wangerin (laura.wangerin@shu.edu)

Session III: Brevia on Bishops & the Secular Clergy in the Middle Ages.

We propose a lightning-round panel that gives up to 10 scholars ca. 3 minutes each--strictly enforced!--to present informally a current research idea. The audience and session participants will then respond with suggestions about where to take the ideas. This panel, modeled initially on similar successful sessions at the American Historical Association, aims to foster research in its very early stages and to generate paper proposals for the IMC in 2020. We welcome papers ranging from late antiquity to late medieval.

Please send abstracts to Evan A. Gatti (egatti@elon.edu)