Category Archives: Call for Papers

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” (https://textures-of-scripture.ch) 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

Merchants’ Manuscript Culture in the Premodern World. Merchants and Their Agents in a Comparative Perspective

This call for papers for a conference in Hamburg (Cluster of Excellence: Understanding Written Artefacts) on 8/9 July 2022 has relevance for Jewish Studies as well.

Deadline: 20 February 2022

Agents of merchants were (and still are) a common feature of trade all around the globe. They can be found everywhere and every time trade reached a certain level of complexity. In premodern times, Italian and French merchants sent their agents to outposts all across the Mediterranean, the Maghribi (or “Geniza”) merchants used representatives to manage trade in the Near-East, Spanish and Portuguese merchants were represented across the Atlantic, important trading hubs such as Ayutthaya and Malacca for trade in South-East Asia or Antwerp for trade in Central Europe were buzzing with merchants’ agents.

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CFP: 2022 Annual German Studies Conference, Israel: “Language, Culture, Society”

We invite scholars in fields related to German studies, including the humanities, social sciences, the arts, and Jewish studies to submit proposals for talks, panels, and workshops at the annual German Studies conference, which will be held on 9 June 2022. The venue is to be announced, contingent on COVID-19 conditions and regulations. Proposals for research related to contemporary or historical aspects of the German-speaking world, including from a comparative perspective, are welcome.

Deadline: 28 February 2022