Call for Papers: 6th Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 18-20, 2018
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 18-20, 2018) is a convenient summer venue for scholars from around the world to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Geoffrey Parker of The Ohio State University, and Carole Hillenbrand of the University of St Andrews.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are available, and there is also a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Sixth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2018

Abstracts for the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo are due September 15.
ICLS-NAB will sponsor two panels:
(1) What is Courtly Love? (A Roundtable)
Organizer: Susanne Hafner,
(2) Performing Courtly Love
Organizer: Chris Callahan,
President: Susann Samples
Mount Saint Mary’s Univ.
Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd.
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: 410-807-0895
Fax: 301-447-5806

Kalamazoo 2017

This year ICLS-NAB is sponsoring the following sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo:

Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Fetzer 1060
Place, Space, and/or Travel in Courtly Context
Sponsor: International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS), North American Branch
Organizer: Patricia Price, California State Univ.–San Marcos
Presider: Kenneth Salzberg, Hamline Univ.

  • Spatiality and the Rendering of Order in Troilus and Criseyde and The Knight’s Tale
    Matthew Smith, Univ. of Alabama
  • Welsh Bardic Travel and Cultural Interchange in the Late Middle Ages
    Patricia Price
  • Regional Identity between Courts in the Romance Mediterranean
    Valerie M. Wilhite, Univ. of the Virgin Islands

Thursday, 7:30 p.m., Fetzer 1060
Performance in and of Courtly Literature
Sponsor: International Courtly Literature Society (ICLS), North American Branch
Organizer and Presider: Tamara Bentley Caudill, Tulane Univ.

  • A chantar in Performance
    Laura Zoll, Independent Scholar
  • The Performance of Awe in Courtly Romance
    Evelyn Birge Vitz, New York Univ.
  • Shifting Our Horizons of Expectation: Love Service in the Devotional Contrafacta of Jacques de Cambrai
    Christopher Callahan, Illinois Wesleyan Univ.
  • “Þe forme to be fynisment foldez ful selden”: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Dynamics of Performance
    Gerard Lavin, Univ. of New Mexico
    Univ. of New Mexico Graduate Student Prize Winner

Our business meeting with reception and open bar is on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. in Fetzer 1030.