Category Archives: Call for Papers

Call for papers: International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 3-6 July, 2023: Social Agency of Secular Goldsmiths’ Work in the Late Middle Ages

Wrought for a vast range of mundane practices and contexts, in an abundance of forms, styles, and techniques, European late medieval secular goldsmiths’ work remains an elusive category of artistic production. Perhaps deterred by this overwhelming variety, the study of late medieval secular goldsmiths’ work has been eclipsed by scholarship on liturgical metalware. However, publications by R. W. Lightbown and others, as well as archaeological discoveries such as those of Jewish hoards, have opened a new window onto the world of secular goldsmithery and everyday life, and shed new light on how secular objects circulated and operated outside ecclesiastical environments.
This session seeks to explore the arena of secular goldsmiths’ work in the later Middle Ages and its manifestations in different contexts such as domestic, civic, courtly, juridical, academic, diplomatic, etc. Acknowledging the centrality of secular goldsmiths’ work objects in the rituals of various social frameworks, we wish to explore these objects’ roles in shaping relationships, defining hierarchies, and constructing identities.

Please submit a 250-word abstract for a 20-minute paper, and a short CV, including email and current affiliation as PDF or Word.doc, by 12 September 2022, to the following:
Hila Manor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
Masha Goldin, University of Basel;

CFP: Special Issue Arts “Medieval Finger Rings from Christian, Jewish and Islamic Contexts”

Finger rings are one of the most important types of jewelry, and they have been present in various cultures since the Stone Age. In the Middle Ages, they were made from simple materials such as wood or bone, but also from glass, ivory, or metal. In the case of metal rings, the spectrum ranges from iron or bronze and brass to silver and gold. As often beautiful and precious pieces of jewelry, rings mostly served the self-presentation of the wearer. In addition, however, they could have certain functions: Signet rings functioned to authenticate documents, rings with special symbolism distinguished holders of office or dignity, while other rings played an important role in special ceremonies, such as marriage. Since antiquity, rings have been given and worn as a sign of love and loyalty, and since the late Middle Ages, they have also been used as memorial and mourning rings in memory of the deceased. Amulet rings, meanwhile, were intended to protect or heal the wearer through special inscriptions or materials used. This Special Issue focuses on the wide range of different medieval ring types with different symbolism, function, and religious backgrounds.

CFP: Conference: Book Ornament and Luxury Critique, Zurich 15.9.-17.9.2022

The research group “Textures of Sacred Scripture. Materials and Semantics of Sacred Book Ornament” ( invites paper proposals for a three-day international conference on “Book Ornament and Luxury Critique”. The conference, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is scheduled to take place at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich from 15 to 17 September 2022.

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Hybrid EABS Annual Meeting: “Medicine, Sciences & Knowledge in Biblical & Talmudic Traditions” and “Food Symbolism and Extra-Biblical Perspective”

The European Association of Biblical Studies’ annual meeting focuses on a programmes about “Medicine, Sciences & Knowledge in Biblical & Talmudic Traditions” and “Food Symbolism and Extra-Biblical Perspective” this time. It will be held in Toulouse, 4–7 July 2022.

Deadline is today: 20 February 2022.

“Intersecting Identities in the Mediterranean of the Long Middle Ages” (AHA – 5–8 January Philadelphia, 2023)

The Mediterranean Seminar seeks papers for a panel or panel(2) on theme of “Intersecting Identities in the Mediterranean of the Long Middle Ages” to be proposed for the in-person meeting of the American Historical Association in Philadelphia, 5–8 January 2023.

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CFP: The 19th Early Modern Workshop (August 15-16, 2022): Jewish Mobility Reconsidered

The Early Modern Workshop invites proposals to participate in this summer’s meeting on the theme of “Jewish Mobility Reconsidered: People, Objects, and Information in Motion in the Early Modern Period” to be held via zoom. Now approaching its twentieth year, the Early Modern Workshop (EMW) brings together scholars from every level of their academic careers, from advanced graduate students to senior scholars, to examine pertinent historical questions based on the analysis of primary sources from the early modern period (approx. 1450-1800).

Deadline: March 4, 2022

CFP: The German Quarterly Special Issue on “Premodern German Studies”

The German Quarterly invites proposals (400-word abstracts) for articles to appear in a special issue devoted to Premodern German Studies, edited by CJ Jones (University of Notre Dame) and Annegret Oehme (University of Washington).  

We welcome research on any aspect of the German-speaking world before 1700, including European border regions, German speakers outside of Europe, and exchanges between German-speaking communities and speakers of other languages. The editors aim to bring together a set of articles that showcases a broad array of different time periods, scholarly approaches, and source types, especially interdisciplinary approaches, new theories and methodologies, and/or non-canonical and understudied sources. We also welcome submissions that focus on pedagogical questions.

Deadline: February 28, 2022