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Medieval Academy Annual Meeting 2020

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 95th ANNUAL MEETING
OF THE

MEDIEVAL ACADEMY
OF AMERICA

University of California, Berkeley, California

March 26-28, 2020


The 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific.

The Program 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 or session proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Exceptions may be made for individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy. Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.

Location: Berkeley is a diverse and multicultural city in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. It has its own vibrant culinary, arts, and music communities but is also connected via the BART mass-transit system with the cultural offerings of nearby Oakland and San Francisco. The meetings will take place on the University of California, Berkeley campus. Registration, book exhibits, and other events will be in the Martin Luther King Jr. Building on Sproul Plaza, a short half-mile walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART stop, and sessions will be in historic Wheeler Hall just inside the Sather Gate. Information on accommodations, as well as MAA student bursaries and travel grants, will be made available next fall.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2020 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 “themes.” The list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive; innovative proposals not related to the themes below are also welcome.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the themes below, a full panel of papers and speakers, a full panel of papers and speakers for a theme they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific theme. 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 experiences, etc.). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

Proposal Submission Process:

The deadline is 1 June 2019.

Please do not send proposals directly to Program Committee members.


Selection Procedure: Paper and panel proposals will be reviewed for their quality and the significance and relevance of their topics and approaches. The Program Committee will be conducting blind review of all proposals, and to facilitate that process submission will be via a web portal opening on 1 March 2019. Detailed instructions for submitting proposals and the links to our Oxford Abstracts portal are below (scroll down past the list of themes).

The Program Committee will evaluate proposals during the summer of 2019 and inform all successful and unsuccessful proposers of results by 10 September 2019.

Important Regarding Evaluation: Since all submitted proposals will undergo blind review, any identifying information inadvertently left in proposals will be removed before the review process begins. Please help us by ensuring that your abstract is free of all references to your name, your institution, and your publications.

Information Needed for Proposal Submission:
Information before the || symbol will be suppressed during review so that evaluators consider only titles and abstracts.

For individual paper submissions, the following information is requested: the presenter's name (in form for program publication), institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone number, email address, a brief biography/CV (max. 200 words), whether the individual is a member of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) and/or the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP); || the paper title, paper abstract (max. 300 words), and A/V requirements (see information below on available A/V resources).

For standard session proposal submissions, the following information is requested for all participants: name (in form for program publication), institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone number, email address, a brief biography/CV (max. 200 words), whether the individual is a member of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) and/or the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP). || Also necessary are the session title, session abstract (max. 500 words), titles and abstracts (max. 300 words) for each paper, and A/V requirements (see information below on available A/V resources).

For alternative format session proposal submissions, the following information is requested for all participants: name (in form for program publication), institutional affiliation (if any), mailing address, phone number, email address, a brief biography/CV (max. 200 words), whether the individual is a member of the Medieval Academy of America (MAA) and/or the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP). || Also necessary are a description of the alternative format (max. 300 words), the session title, session abstract (max. 500 words), and A/V requirements (see information below on available A/V resources).

Audio-Visual Requests: Session rooms are generally equipped with a ceiling mounted Data/Video Projector linked to a black box with a control panel, computer input, VGA+audio cable with Mac and HDMI adaptors, auxiliary video input, and a DVD/VCR combo deck. Some are "high definition" rooms providing high resolution data/video projection (16:9 - Native display resolution 1920x1200) and a Blu-ray DVD deck. NO COMPUTERS ARE PROVIDED. THOSE WISHING TO USE A/V EQUIPMENT MUST BRING THEIR OWN LAPTOPS.

Themes:

1. Acculturation, Appropriation, or Influence? Conceptualizing Jewish Embeddedness in Medieval Europe
2. Canticles of Living Things: Nature and Animals in the Visual Arts in Italy Before and After Giotto
3. The Codex across Centuries: Materials, Techniques, Uses
4. The Creation of Medieval Lay Orders
5. Fictionality
6. From Anatolia to India: Medieval Persianate Literatures and Cultures
7. Gender and Power in Late Medieval Iberia
8. Law and Sovereignty in the Medieval State
9. Lay Piety in the Early Middle Ages
10. Medieval Aesthetics
11. Medieval Health and Medicine
12. Medieval Islamic Bodies
13. Medieval Philosophy
14. Medieval Temporalities
15. Migration Myths
16. Multilingualism, Multiculturalism, Multiconfessionalism in the Medieval Mediterranean
17. Music and/as Language
18. Narratives of the Dead
19. Old Archives, New Sources and Approaches
20. Pan-Mediterranean Dialogues: Classical Culture
21. Pan-Mediterranean Dialogues: Natural Sciences
22. Philosophies of the Arts
23. Sensory Perception in Medieval Prose and Verse
24. Translation and Literary/Textual Transmission across Religio-Cultural Spheres
25. Travel and Transculturation
26. Walls and Portals: Borders and Limits in Architecture, Law, and the Visual Arts

Proposal Submission Instructions and Links: To facilitate proposal review we have partnered with Oxford Abstracts in the UK which has a powerful online system to assist conference organizers in tracking proposal submissions and communicating with those having submitted proposals. While they have customized their program to suit our needs, their terminology differs at points from US conventions. Their "abstract" is, in our terms, a paper proposal; their "symposium" is what we call a session. Keep this in mind as you input your proposal following the instructions below. Before you follow the links to submit, make sure to assemble all the pieces of information listed in the section above on information needed for proposal submission, and read the step-by-step instructions below.

Instructions for submitting a paper ("abstract") proposal:
- go to submit a paper proposal
- enter your email address and create an account
- on the form, fill in the
     - title of your paper
     - the abstract of your paper
     - your "author"/presenter details
     - under "Categories" select an appropriate CFP theme or "Other"
     - check the "Permission to publish" box
     - under "Presentation" choose "oral"
     - enter any special AV requirements
     - push "Submit"

You will receive an email acknowledging your submission.

Instructions for submitting a session proposal:
In the Oxford Abstracts system, this is a two-step process: first you will create the session ("symposium") with the session title, session abstract etc. [see below] and then you "attach" the papers ("abstracts") to it. Here are step-by-step instructions for both processes:

- go to submit a session proposal
- enter your email address and create an account
- you will then arrive at a page asking you to "Choose a submission type"; select the bottom option: "Submit a symposium - you can attach an abstract later"
- on the first form, enter
      - the title of the "symposium"/session,
      - the chair with her/his information,
      - the commentator with her/his information (if none, enter "none" in the box fields & USA for country),
      - under "categories" select an appropriate CFP theme or "other"
      - IGNORE the "Symposium invitees" field (if you see one); DO NOT ENTER ANY ADDRESSES HERE
      - push "Submit"
- on the next screen, look for the bright orange button labeled "+ New Abstract Submission" and select it
-on the new form that comes up, enter the details for the first paper in your session:
      - title
      - abstract
      - the "author"/presenter information
      - under "categories" select the appropriate CFP theme or "other" - check the "Permission to publish" box
      - under "Presentation" choose "oral"
      - enter any AV requirements
      - click "Submit"
- on the next screen you will see the title of your session: click "Attach" to add the paper/"abstract" to your "symposium"/session
- repeat the "+ New Abstract Submission" steps to add each of the papers in your session to the "symposium"/session

You will receive emails acknowledging your submission of the session/"symposium" and each of the papers/"abstracts."

Instructions for submitting an alternative form session:
In the Oxford Abstracts system, this is a two-step process: first you will create the session ("symposium") with the session title, session abstract etc. [see below] and then you "attach" the papers ("abstracts") to it. Here are step-by-step instructions for both processes:
- go to submit a session proposal
- enter your email address and create an account
- you will then arrive at a page asking you to "Choose a submission type"; select the bottom option: "Submit a symposium
- you can attach an abstract later"
- on the first form, enter
      - the title of the "symposium"/session,
      - the chair or moderator with her/his information,
      - the commentator with her/his information (if none, enter "none" in the box fields & USA for country),
      - under "categories" select an appropriate CFP theme or "other"
      - IGNORE the "Symposium invitees" field (if you see one); DO NOT ENTER ANY ADDRESSES HERE
      - push "Submit"
- on the next screen, look for the bright orange button labeled "+ New Abstract Submission" and select it. Create an "Abstract" for each participant in your session. If, for example, you are proposing a roundtable, create an "Abstract" for each member of the panel. You will need to concoct descriptive "titles" (e.g. "The perspective of a textile conservator" or "A contribution from Anglo-Saxon studies") and brief "abstracts" for each participant.

Contact us at maa2020@themedievalacademy.org if you have questions about how to input your alternative form session.
- enter the details for the first participant or contributor to your session:
      - title
      - abstract
      - the "author"/presenter information
      - under "categories" select the appropriate CFP theme or "other"
      - check the "Permission to publish" box
      - under "Presentation" choose "oral"
      - enter any AV requirements
      - click "Submit"
- on the next screen you will see the title of your session: click "Attach" to add the participant or contributor to your "symposium"/session
- repeat the "+ New Abstract Submission" steps to add each of the participants in your session to the alternative form "symposium"/session

Thank you for submitting your proposal!

Program Committee Members:
Maureen C. Miller & Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, University of California, Berkeley (co-chairs)
Sabrina Agarwal, University of California, Berkeley
Asad Ahmed, University of California, Berkeley
Diliana Angelova, University of California, Berkeley
Frank Bezner, University of California, Berkeley
Mary Harvey Doyno, Sacramento State University
John Efron, University of California, Berkeley
Fiona Griffith, Stanford University
Marian Homans-Turnbull, University of California, Berkeley
Eleanor Johnson, Columbia University (Alumni/ae Representative)
Ruth Mazo Karras (ex officio as MAA president)
Shirin Khanmohamadi, San Francisco State University
Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz (Alumnae/i Representative)
Geoff Koziol, University of California, Berkeley
Henrike C. Lange, University of California, Berkeley
Niklaus Largier, University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Maria Mavroudi, University of California, Berkeley
Laurent Mayali, University of California, Berkeley
Nasser Meerkhan, University of California, Berkeley
Dan Melia, University of California, Berkeley
Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley
John Ott, Portland State University (ex officio as MAP president)
Elaine Tennant, University of California, Berkeley
Jonas Wellendorf, University of California, Berkeley
Emily Zazulia, University of California, Berkeley
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