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 Export to Your Calendar 4/6/2017 to 4/8/2017
When: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
United States
Contact: MAA Program Committee

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The Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2015 or 2016; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Location: Toronto is a diverse and multicultural city, with a vibrant arts and music community. The meeting will take place downtown, on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Receptions will take place at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Aga Khan Museum, with an optional excursion to the oldest European settlement in Ontario (1615), the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie-Among-the-Hurons, and the Shrine of the Canadian Martyrs in Midland, Ontario.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2017 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Organizing Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session. Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital media, book presentations, etc.). The OrganizIng Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

In order to be considered, proposals must be complete and include the following:

(1) A cover sheet containing the proposer’s name, statement of Medieval Academy membership (or statement that the individual’s specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy), professional status, email address, postal address, home or cell and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), and paper title;

(2) A second sheet containing the proposer’s name, session for which the paper should be considered, paper title, 250-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements.

(3) Additional sheets as necessary containing all of the above information when a full panel for a session is being proposed.

Submissions: Proposals should be submitted as attached PDFs to the MAA Program Committee by email to

The deadline is 15 June 2016.

Please do not send proposals directly to the Organizing Committee members.

Selection Procedure: Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality, the significance of their topics, and their relevance to the conference threads. The Organizing Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2016 and the Committee will inform all successful and unsuccessful proposers and announce the program by 30 September 2016.



“Visual and Material Cultures”

“Language and Literature”



“In Honor of Antonette diPaolo Healey: Foremothers of Old English Studies”

“Multilingual Anglo-Saxon England”



“In Honor of A.G. Rigg: Anglo-Latin Studies”

“The Latin Epic”



“In Memory of Fr. Leonard Boyle, OP”

“Diagrams and Schematics”

“Manuscripts in a Digital Age”



“Art and Architecture”

“Transregional Histories”

“Language and Literature”



“In Memory of Étienne Gilson”

“Eccentric Exegesis: Theological Tools of Interpretation in Literary or Visual Contexts”



“Continental Vernaculars”

“Vernacular Languages in Contact”



“Drama and Performance in Urban Centers”

“Cultural Diversity in the Urban Center”



“Music and Liturgy”

“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sound and Space”


“Monasticism: Lives on the Borders of the Enclosure”

“Economic History: In Memory of John Munro”

“Medicine and Health”


“Medieval Chronicles: Texts, History, and Legends”

“Medieval Studies beyond ‘Europe’: Connectivity, Regionalism, and Territory”

“Norman Sicily”

“Glossing and Commentary”

“The Medieval and the Museum” (sponsored session, Aga Khan Museum)

“Publication and Open Access: The Changing Landscape”


Organizing Committee Members:

Chair: Suzanne Conklin Akbari (Toronto)
Richard Alway (PIMS)
Alexander Andrée (Toronto)
Elisa Brilli (Toronto)
Jill Caskey (Toronto)
Isabelle Cochelin (Toronto)
Adam S. Cohen (Toronto)
Nick Everett (Toronto)
Kara Gaston (Toronto)
Alexandra Gillespie (Toronto)
James Ginther (University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto)
Ann Hutchison (PIMS)
Dorothea Kullmann (Toronto)
Jeannie Miller (Toronto)
M. Michèle Mulchahey (PIMS)
Stephen Pelle (Toronto)
William Robins (Victoria University in the University of Toronto)
Jill Ross (Toronto)
Matthew Sergi (Toronto)
Markus Stock (Toronto)
Audrey Walton (Toronto)

The University of Toronto
The Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies

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