II International Conference on the Middle Ages, under the theme “Space and Power in medieval urban Europe”.

From October, 5-7, 2017, the Institute for Medieval Studies (IEM | NOVAFCSH, Lisbon)
and the municipality of Castelo de Vide (Portugal) are organizing the II International
Conference on the Middle Ages, under the theme “Space and Power in medieval urban
We invite researchers from any scientific area interested in the subject of the medieval
cities to submit session, paper or poster proposals within the range of the following
thematic panels:
1 – The intervention of powers over the urban space: strategies and tensions
2 – Places of power within the city: an archaeological perspective
3 – Places of power within the city: constructions, rituals, pathways and symbols
4 – Representing urban spaces of power: literature and iconography
5 – Materialities: archaeological markers for urban powers
6 – Space and power in medieval Castelo de Vide: multidisciplinary approaches to a
borderland area.
The meeting will have three plenary conferences carried out by researchers invited by the
organization and thematic sessions. Each session will integrate three paper presentations
and will be 60 minutes long. Interested researchers can submit organized sessions or
individual papers which will be gathered by the organizing committee in coherent panels.
It will also be possible to submit poster proposals within the conference’s thematic panels.
The meeting will also have a sociocultural program with a guided tour to Castelo de
Vide’s historical centre, the Conference Dinner and also a tour to Marvão and Ammaia at
the end of the scientific program. It will also be launched the book which resulted from
de 1st edition of the International Conference on the Middle Ages (Castelo de Vide,
October 2016).
The conference languages are Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.
Scientific committee:
Antonio Collantes de Terán (Universidade de Sevilha);
Antonio Malpica Cuello (Universidade de Granada);
Beatriz Arizaga Bolumburu (Universidade de Cantábria-Santander);
Denis Menjot (Universidade Lyon 2);
Iria Gonçalves (Universidade Nova de Lisboa);
Isabel del Val Valdivieso (Universidade de Valladolid);
Jean-Luc Fray (Universidade Balise Pascal – Clermont II);
Jesús Solórzano Telechea (Universidade de Cantábria-Santander);
José Avelino Gutiérrez González (Univesidade de Oviedo);
María Asenjo González (Universidade Complutense de Madrid);
Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho (Universidade de Coimbra);
Mário Barroca (Universidade do Porto);
Michel Bochaca (Universidade de La Rochelle)
Peter Clark (U.Helsínquia)
Organizing Committee:
Amélia Aguiar Andrade (NOVA-FCSH | IEM)
Catarina Tente (NOVA-FCSH | IEM)
Patrícia Martins (C.M.C.V.)
Sara Prata (NOVA-FCSH | IEM)
Deadline for session, paper and poster proposals: July 15th
Announcement of accepted sessions, papers and posters: July 30th
Final program launch: September 10th
Conference fees
Speakers (general): 40 €
University students (undergraduates, MA and PhD): 30 €
IEM integrated researchers and students at FCSH: 20 €
The basic registration back for speakers includes lunch during conference days, guided
tour to Castelo de Vide and Conference Dinner.
Saturday’s visit to Marvão and the roman town of Ammaia (lunch included): 15 €
Enrolment: http://www.castelodevide.pt/idade-media/en_GB/

Escuela de Otoño 2017: Espacios y poderes en la Europa urbana medieval

El Instituto de Estudos Medievais de la FCSH/NOVA promueve, con el apoyo de la
Câmara Municipal de Castelo de Vide, una Escuela de Otoño destinada a alumnos de
máster y doctorado en Edad Media, que se desarrollará entre los días 2 e 3 de octubre.
Se pretende que los estudiantes puedan aumentar conocimientos y competencias en un
ambiente de debate e intercambio de experiencias con especialistas de renombre,
procedentes de prestigiosas universidades, en un ambiente que pretende estimular una
visión interdisciplinar de la temática escogida.
El modelo de escuela de Otoño se estructura entorno a sesiones teóricas seguidas de
debate y en talleres de investigación, con carácter eminentemente práctico. Está también
prevista una sesión para la presentación y discusión de posters sobre los temas de
investigación de los participantes, además de visitas de estudio.
Los idiomas de la escuela son el portugués y el español.
Organización: Amélia Aguiar Andrade (NOVA-FCSH | IEM), Catarina Tente (NOVAFCSH
| IEM)
Secretariado: Sara Prata (NOVA-FCSH | IEM)
Equipo docente de la Edición 2017:
Antonio Malpica Cuello (Universidad de Granada);
Beatriz Arizaga Bolumburu (Universidad de Cantabria-Santander);
Denis Menjot (Universidad Lyon 2);
Luísa Trindade (FLUC)
María Asenjo González (Universidad Complutense de Madrid);
Michel Bochaca (Universidad de La Rochelle).
1º Día
1º Aula: Antonio Malpica Cuello (UG) | Título por definir
2º Aula: María Asenjo González (Universidade Complutense de Madrid) | Localizaciones
y dinámicas en el uso político del espacio urbano. Ciudades de la Castilla bajomedieval.
Taller de investigación I: Luísa Trindade (FLUC e CES) | A cidade como objecto de
estudo: o desenho como ferramenta de investigação e comunicação.
2º Día
3ª Aula: Michel Bochaca (U.La Rochelle) – Medir y representar la influencia territorial
de una capital provincial : Burdeos a finales de la Edad media
4º Aula: Denis Menjot (U. Lyon 2) | La “fabrica” de la ciudad: enfoques heurísticos y
metodológicos sobre la construcción de los espacios urbanos.
Taller de investigación II: Beatriz Arízaga Bolumburu (UNICAN) | Fuentes de
Información para el Estudio del Espacio Urbano.
La inscripción en la Escuela de Otoño incluye almuerzos, coffee-breaks, materiales,
diploma de participación y transporte Lisboa/Castelo de Vide /Lisboa.
Límite de participantes: 20
Precio: 50 €
Fecha límite de inscripción: 1 de septiembre (1ª Fase) y 15 de septiembre (2ª Fase)
Becas atribuidas por el IEM: El Instituto de Estudos Medievais atribuirá 8 becas que
cubren el precio de la inscripción. Los alumnos interesados en optar a una de estas becas
deberán presentar su candidatura en la 1ª Fase.
Inscripciones: imcv@fcsh.unl.pt
Más informaciones: www.castelodevide.pt/escola-medieval

Visitorships, Institute for Advanced Study

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Princeton. Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019.  The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.   Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required.  Further information can be found in the announcement on the web athttps://www.hs.ias.edu/mem_announcement, or on the School’s web site, www.hs.ias.edu.  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu).  Deadline: November 1 2017.

CFP: New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.  

RSA 2018 – New Orleans

The Cervantes Society of America and the RSA Division in Hispanic Literature invite proposals for the following panels at the 2018 meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans (22-24 March 2018):

Early Modern Drama in the Americas
The Brothers Valdés
The Poetic Gloss
The Classics in New World Verse: Balbuena and Sor Juana
Cervantes’s Critical Readings
Cervantine Dialogue

See the attached call for papers for details. The deadline for submissions is 29 May 2017.

Special Journal Issue, “The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)”


The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1665-1700)

Special Journal Issue—The Court Historian: The International Journal of Court Studies

Despite a growing body of revisionist literature on the reign of Carlos II (1665-1700), his court remains one of the lesser known of the Habsburg period. Carlos II’s court, however, holds major allure for scholars. The court’s organization and its ceremonies were adapted to the needs of a child-king thus becoming a testing ground for existing etiquette traditions and institutional development. The presence of three queens—Carlos’s mother and regent during his minority, Mariana of Austria (1634-1696), and his two consorts, Marie Louise of Orleans (r. 1679-1689) and Mariana of Neuburg (r. 1690-1700)—stimulated the production of art, festivals, royal entries, theater, literature, and music. Several important administrative measures associated with the reign and its political circumstances are of particular interest for court studies specialists. For example, women—queens, aristocrats, ambassadresses, and nuns—played a preeminent role in court politics. Most importantly, the court of Carlos II became a hub of international diplomacy during his minority and the rest of the reign, particularly in the waning decades of the seventeenth century when the question of the Spanish succession dominated European affairs.

This special journal issue will showcase research on the court of Carlos II from cultural, gender, political, and diplomatic perspectives in order to further advance revisionist scholarship of the reign and deepen understandings of the Spanish Habsburg court from longue durée perspectives. Topics for articles may include:

1. Royal entries, festivities, travels, and processions during Carlos II’s reign
2. Literary and performing arts
3. Scientific and mathematical knowledge
4. The function of satellite courts and other centers of influence
5. Practice and representations of kingship in ceremonies, festivals, or royal portraiture
6. The politics of court fashion
7. The roles of women at court
8. Diplomatic practices at court

For essays (8,000 words maximum) to be considered for publication please submit by December 15, 2017.

Contributors are encouraged to contact the editors prior to submitting full articles. For this and additional queries, contact Jonathan Spangler, general editor, J.Spangler@mmu.ac.uk, and Silvia Z. Mitchell, guest editor, mitch131@purdue.edu

Summer School “Discovering the End of the World. Portugal as a Central Periphery”

Summer School in Medieval Studies

Discovering the End of the World- Portugal as a Central Periphery- hosted by the Institute of Medieval Studies (FCSH- Nova University of Lisbon)
July 17-21, 2017, Monastery of Batalha (Portugal)
It will include five modules of classes and study visits to some of the most relevant medieval places and sites of Portugal:
1. The sacred periphery: places of the distant earth (Visiting Santiago de Guarda)
2. Dangerous Liaisons? Portugal between the Atlantic and Mediterranean (Visiting Batalha)
3. Before Globalisation: War and Peace in the Iberian Peninsula (Visiting Aljubarrota)
4. The Social Network (Visiting Leiria)
5. Places of the Middle Earth: Portuguese art and culture (Visiting Alcobaça)

Registration open until June 15, 2017

For further details:

CFP – The Middle Ages. A Global Context?

4th Edition of the International Conference “Medieval Europe in Motion”
Lisbon, December 13-15, 2017

This conference aims at bringing together scholars from around the world in order to discuss and reassess the question whether or not it is possible to speak of a Global Middle Ages.
The Conference will seek to provide a forum for scholars from all disciplines who are willing to examine this topic. We invite participation from graduate students, early-career researchers and senior scholars.
Papers are warmly welcome whether in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French or Italian.
The three sections of the Conference will be:
1. Debating the Global Middle Ages: Theoretical and Historiographical Approaches;
2. Texts, Images and Representations;
3. Territories and Powers: a “Glocal” Perspective.
Possible topics may include, but are by no means restricted to, the following:
• approaches to sub-global, semi-global and pan-global concepts and the discussion of contact,
exchange, interaction, circulation, integration and exclusion;
• analysis of concepts and case studies concerning diffusion, outreach, dispersal and expansion;
• approaches to concepts of impact, reception, acceptance, transformation and reform.
Proposals for either 3-paper sessions or individual papers will be equally welcome.
Individual papers should be 20 minutes in length.
Please submit an abstract of no more that 250 words and a brief CV to mem2017@fcsh.unl.pt by 15 June 2017.

CFP: Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies

The Association will hold its 39th Conference, organised jointly by the University of East Anglia, University of Cambridge and University of Nottingham, from 4 to 6 September 2017. The conference will take place at the University of East Anglia.

You are cordially invited to offer a paper, panel, or workshop presentation. Proposals for individual papers as well as panels on specific themes (max. four papers per panel) are encouraged. Any proposed panel should be organised by one convenor who will be responsible for inviting the speakers and chairing the session.

See the ACIS website for more information.