CFP: New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies

We are delighted to announce that planning has begun for the 2022 New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, to be held 3–5 March 2022 here in Sarasota. The 2022 CFP and abstract submission guidelines can be accessed here.

We hope that you will consider presenting the work previously accepted for the 2020 Conference this coming March, and wanted you to be the first to know about our rollover policy regarding panels and presentations:

  • Papers and full pre-arranged sessions previously accepted for the 2020 Conference will be automatically accepted for the 2022 Conference as long as presenters notify the Program Committee of their intent to present by the 15 September deadline using the standard abstract submission form.
  • Those whose papers or sessions were accepted for 2020 but who wish to change the topic of their presentations substantially—as well as organizers of pre-arranged sessions who wish to change topics and/or presenters—should submit new proposals. While acceptance cannot be guaranteed given the logistics of rearranging the Conference schedule, these proposals will receive priority consideration by the Program Committee.

We are, of course, also accepting new proposals as usual; please distribute the CFP link ( widely.

One final note: if you have not already done so, please sign up for our new mailing list.

We hope to see you in Sarasota next March!
Carrie & Nova

New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies

Carrie Beneš & Nova Myhill, Co-Chairs

New College of Florida

5800 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

United States

CFP: Constructing Historical Narrative in Early Modern Europe

Call for Proposals

We are seeking proposals for chapter contributions to an edited volume currently in progress:

At the intersection of reflections on historiographical theory and writing practices, the construction of historical narratives during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries helped make sense of a wide array of human experiences. The process of constructing historical narratives aimed to reinforce the coherence of these human experiences by contextualizing historical ideas within what became deliberately configured, accepted, but also debated and conflictual representations of the past. This collective volume analyzes the strategies that historians of all kinds used and the tactics that historical actors relied on when thinking about their place in early modern societies, in a period marked by religious upheaval, political conflict, changes in the sites of knowledge production, and expanding geographies.
Each contribution will focus on individuals, groups, and sources involved in the construction of historical narratives. Collectively, the volume investigates how social and political relations were reinforced and/or criticized on the local and global levels; how groups of historians formed, communicated, and came to shared definitions of appropriate materials; and, most generally, how historical thinking influenced the deployment of knowledge across time and space. Contributors will collectively analyze four genres of historical narratives that experienced unprecedented booms during the 16th and 17th centuries:

1. Family Histories: This section aims to uncover how family narratives, genealogical texts, and/or images provided ways of establishing personal and small group identities and to examine how familial memory overlapped with larger socio-political concerns. This section also seeks to understand how local knowledge communities of various kinds came to negotiate and define familial identities and genealogical connections, and how other historiographical actors adopted and put these connections to use in an attempt to elaborate broader historical narratives.
2. Community Histories: The second emphasis of the volume examines how localized communities, whether urban, religious, or professional, developed narratives about their pasts, both ancient and recent. It further asks how such narratives interacted and influenced each other, as they were read in parallel and recombined, and what stakes were set in doing so. Ultimately, this section asks to what extent early modern historians were seeking to recompose the general history of Europe from the local and fragmented histories of its cities, corporations, religious bodies, and institutions.
3. Migration Histories: The third part of the volume will study how individual and group migrations, forced or not, fostered the writing of narratives across connected cultural spaces within Europe or beyond. It asks whether these narratives provided a wide array of historical writers with a tool with which to communicate about human socio-political connections across jurisdictional borders and geographical frontiers on a transcultural scale.
4. Readings of Natural and Sacred Environments: The last focus of the volume seeks to reflect on how writing and visualizing the Past–recent or ancient–complemented the aforementioned family, community, and migration narratives by applying historical approaches to non-human sites and subjects, particularly the natural environment, sacralized spaces, and collections.

The volume will be edited by Megan Armstrong, McMaster University; Hilary Bernstein, UC Santa Barbara; and Fabien Montcher, Saint Louis University. We are currently in conversation with an editor about publication.

Each chapter contribution to this volume must address some of the questions raised in at least one of the emphases outlined above and must be in English and no more than 10,000 words, including all notes and images. Contributions will be due by July 1, 2022.

To participate, please send a proposal, in English, of no more than 600 words and a brief c.v. to Megan Armstrong at by September 1, 2021. You will hear by October 15, 2021 if your proposal to contribute a chapter to the volume has been accepted. We will accept proposals from authors at any stage from advanced graduate students to senior scholars.

For questions, please feel free to send an email to any of the editors, at; or

International Conference: Local Communities and Way of St. James. Alliances and threats

Congresso Internacional Comunidades Locais e Caminho de Santiago. Alianças e Ameaças
(in Portuguese, please find CfP in English below)

Faculdade de Filologia – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
27-30 outubro 2021

A partir da década de 80 do século passado, os Caminhos de Santiago experimentam uma nova visibilidade internacional de causalidade multifacetada. O interesse das entidades públicas da Galiza por promover o turismo e a imagem do território, a redinamização da construção (também identitária) europeia (da hoje União Europeia) ou, ainda no quadro da Guerra Fria, a ativa intervenção de promoção da Igreja católica, fizeram com que – com data emblemática no evento Xacobeo de 1993 – os Caminhos de Santiago passaram a se converter numa realidade muito presente em numerosos territórios peninsulares e europeus atravessados pelos diferentes itinerários.

No *Congresso Internacional Comunidades Locais e Caminhos de Santiago. Ameaças e alianças* pretende-se colocar a debate e avançar no conhecimento acerca das relações que se estabelecem entre as comunidades locais e o fenómeno jacobeu, assunto porventura menos estudado. Assim, colocam-se questões como as seguintes:

– O que pensam as comunidades locais dos Caminhos?
– O fluxo de pessoas peregrinas aumenta a autoestima e reforça a identidade própria das comunidades ou é perturbador?
– Mudou o seu modo de vida? Melhorou ou piorou?
– É um incentivo para a economia e a produção local?
– Qual é a oferta gastronómica; artesã; cultural?
– Qual é a imagem de quem visita sobre o visitado? E vice-versa?

Estas e muitas outras perguntas pretendem ser objeto de análise num momento crucial, pela dinâmica gerada pelos Caminhos nos últimos trinta anos e pola situação pandémica e pós-pandémica. A visita, a peregrinação são uma aliança ou uma ameaça para as comunidades locais?

Linhas temáticas:

– Turismo sustentável e turismo responsável
– Turismo e comunidades locais
– Caminho e comunidades locais
– Impactos económicos, ambientais, culturais nas comunidades locais
– Produção local e regional e visitantes
– Políticas culturais e turísticas locais
– Tecnologias aplicadas à análise da interação entre caminho, turismo e comunidades locais
– Outros itinerários e comunidades locais

*Data*: 27-30 outubro 2021
*Local do evento*: Faculdade de Filologia – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
*Modalidade*: presencial
*Submissão de propostas*: até 3 setembro 2021

Pode descarregar a chamada em PDF (português) de

(in English)

International Conference: Local Communities and Way of St. James. Alliances and threats

1st circular

The *International Conference Local Communities and Way of St. James. Alliances and threats* will take place in Santiago de Compostela, at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Santiago de Compostela, from the 27th to the 30th of October 2021, as an on-site event.

The Organizing Commission invites interested researchers to send their proposals regarding communications, panels, project presentations or any other academic items (books, documentaries, etc.) in relation with the following thematic lines:

– Sustainable tourism and responsible tourism.
– Tourism and local communities.
– The Way and local communities.
– Economic, environmental and cultural impacts in local communities.
– Local and regional production and visitors.
– Cultural and touristic local policies.
– Applied technologies for the analysis of the interaction between the The Way, tourism and local communities.
– Other itineraries and local communities.

*Dates*: October 27-30, 2021
*Venue*: Faculdade de Filologia – Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
*Format*: on-site
*Proposals due to*: September 3, 2021

All the information is available at

Please find the CfP in PDF (English) at

Meadows Museum Fellowships

Applications Open for Meadows Museum Fellowships (Dallas, Texas)

The Meadows Museum in Dallas, TX is now accepting applications for two graduate fellowships at the museum: the Mellon Curatorial Fellowship and the Center for Spain in America (CSA) Curatorial Fellowship. The former is a two-year, postdoctoral position for candidates who have earned their PhDs within the last five years; the latter is a one-year pre-doctoral position for candidates who have completed their coursework and have advanced to the writing stage for their PhDs. Applications for both opportunities consist of a CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation, and all materials are due on February 15, 2021.

These fellowships support research into all periods of Spanish art and offer scholars unique opportunities to examine art of the Hispanic world, both here in Dallas with our world-renowned collection of Spanish art that spans the tenth through the twenty-first centuries and with partner institutions around the globe. Candidates seeking a museum career will gain valuable professional skills as a part of our curatorial team, working directly with exhibitions, programming, and acquisitions.

More detailed information about the positions can be found on our website (, which includes links to a virtual information session over Zoom in January and a digital yearbook that highlights the activities of past fellows. It’s my hope that you’ll share this information with your staff and colleagues so that any interested candidates can apply and obtain letters of recommendation before the deadline of February 15, 2021. If you need further information, feel free to contact our Director of Education, Anne Kindseth at akindseth[at]

CFP: Historia del arte y la estética de las Américas

Les compartimos esta convocatoria para el Grupo Temático “Historia del arte y la estética de las Américas: global y local”.5 7 edición del Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (ICA 2021) 19 al 23 de julio de 2021 (en la ciudad brasileña de Foz de Iguazú (parte de región de frontera con Argentina y Paraguay).

Plazo para envío de trabajos (resúmenes): 20 de abril al 30 de septiembre de 2020.
Eje Temático: Arte y Patrimonio Cultural
Grupo Temático: Historia del arte y la estética de las Américas: global y local – 00121
Coordinador e Co-coordinador:
Tatiane de Oliveira Elias –
Fernando Scherer –

Este GT explora las intersecciones entre los campos del arte, la historia, la política y la filosofía en las Américas, abordando cuestiones relacionadas con la creación de identidad y la formación cultural y artística en el continente americano. La identidad cultural de los países americanos es un tema crucial que debe analizarse a través de los cambios en el contexto de este continente.
La intención es investigar hasta qué punto estas reuniones disciplinarias pueden conducir al enriquecimiento mutuo, así como discutir las implicaciones y consecuencias de la formación de escenas culturales, artísticas, teóricas y filosóficas en las Américas. Además, se propone estudiar cómo dilucidan las condiciones materiales y culturales a partir de las cuales se producen y experimentan las artes visuales. Las trayectorias de investigación pueden incluir exploraciones teóricas, críticas y empíricas. Este GT reunirá a historiadores y críticos de arte, teóricos, investigadores y abordará la cultura visual vinculada al arte y la filosofía de las Américas en sus contextos globales y regionales. Las propuestas abarcan las fronteras del arte y la estética de las Américas en los más amplios términos visuales, históricos, conceptuales y políticos. El GT abordará el arte en las dictaduras de las Américas, la Guerra Fría y las artes indagando sobre transculturalismo, inmigración, modernismo, decolonialismo, filosofía, performance, videoarte, activismo, arte y género, feminismo, arte indígena, arte de afrodescendientes, diáspora, museos, exposiciones, crítica de arte, arte contemporáneo y otros temas relevantes para el estudio de las Américas.

Palabras clave
• Historia del arte
• Estética
• Artes
• Américas

Las propuestas deben ser enviadas antes del 30 de septiembre de 2020. Para ello deben registrarse en el ICA 2021 (lo cual no implica por ahora el pago de la inscripción), directamente en la página del grupo que encontrarán en este link. Es el cuarto grupo de la lista “Arte y Patrimonio Cultural “:
Máximo 2000 caracteres, con espacios.
Presentaciones directas en el sitio web del congreso.
Resúmenes aceptados en portugués, español e inglés.
Contamos con su participación.
¡No duden en difundir, por favor!

Call for Papers – Viator journal

Amidst this unique and shared journey, we at Viator continue to believe that looking to the past is an opportunity to shape our present and future. As the journal fills its 50th volume, changes are afoot. Allison McCann is the new publication manager for UCLA’s Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Viator’s landmark volume 50 will contain the last issues assembled under the towering editorship of Henry Ansgar Kelly. Matthew Fisher will take over as the journal’s new editor.

Viator offers a space for renewed attention to the global long Middle Ages, viewed broadly as the period from late antiquity into early modernity, while continuing its long-standing tradition of publishing articles of distinction in the established fields of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In keeping with its title, ‘traveler,’ the journal gives special consideration to articles that cross frontiers, focusing on meetings between cultures, pursuing an idea through the centuries, or employing methods of different disciplines simultaneously, while remaining accessible to the non-specialist reader. We particularly welcome articles that look beyond Western Eurasia and North Africa and consider the history, literature, art, and thought of the medieval and Renaissance periods from a global perspective.

With a revised and forward-looking mission statement, we are currently seeking articles of 8,000 – 13,000 words. Viator is also interested in featuring edited clusters of shorter articles (2000–3,500 words each). We eagerly look forward to publishing our first cluster, “Looking Ahead: Global Encounters in the North Atlantic, ca. 350–1300,” edited by Nahir Otaño Gracia, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, and Erica Weaver, and featuring urgent interventions by early-career scholars.

To submit an article to Viator or to propose a cluster, please contact Allison McCann ( Submissions guidelines can be found in

CFP: Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

The Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies (BSPHS) is the peer reviewed journal of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies. The journal embraces a cross-disciplinary approach, accepting works of historical content and/or historical relevance belonging to disciplines outside the field of History such as Literary Studies, Historical Sociology, Historical Anthropology, and Art History, among others.

For our December 2020 issue, we will accept both general submissions on any topic within the field and contributions destined for a subsection featuring conversations about Doing Iberian History in and about Times of Crisis.

All general submissions should adhere to the journal’s submission rules and formatting requirements.

Forum submission can be submitted following the journal’s established guidelines, or contributors can work with the BSPHS editorial team to explore the affordances of our new publishing platform as we begin to develop guidelines and procedures for supporting innovative multi-modal oriented work.

The submission deadline for full manuscripts is August 1st, 2020. Please view our submission guidelines for information about submitting to BSPHS. This issue is slated for publication in December 2020.

Questions and inquires can be sent to the General Editor, Andrea Davis, at

CFP: Fascism and the Radical Right

“Fascism and the Radical Right: Comparison and Entanglements,” Online Convention, Central European University PU, Vienna, 25-27 September 2020

Third Convention of the International Association for Comparative Fascist Studies (ComFas)

Ever since their emergence on the political scene, fascism and the radical right had an intricate tangled relationship, marked by close cooperation but also conflict. Yet, despite the ideological affinities and socio-political ties between fascist and radical right movements and parties, a majority of works in the field approach these phenomena in isolation, ignoring their multifaceted historical interactions. The ComFas Convention aims at stimulating synchronic and diachronic comparative perspectives on fascism and the radical right at the level of ideology and political practice in order to contribute to a better understanding of both phenomena. Participants are encouraged to reflect on the historical trajectory and political metamorphoses of these political phenomena, on their similarities and differences, and on their multiple interactions and entanglements.

We invite comparative as well as single case-study contributions to the study of fascism and the radical right, coming from various social science disciplines including history, political science, sociology, international relations, anthropology, etc. Conference papers should preferably (but not exclusively) address the following topics:

History of fascism and the radical right from the 1920s to the present
Fascism and the contemporary populist radical right
Continuities and breaks between interwar and postwar fascisms
Populism in the radical right and Fascist ideology
Fascism, the radical right, and media representations
Fascism, the radical right and the internet / social media
Gender in fascist and radical right movements
Right Wing Political violence and Terrorism
Fascist and radical right transnational networks
Fascism, the radical right, and the history of emotions
Fascism and the radical right beyond Europe and North America
Cultures of fascism and the radical right (music, sport, clothing, etc.)
The construction of the Other in fascism and the radical right (e.g antisemitism and anti-Muslim attitudes)
Metapolitics of post-1945 fascism and the radical right
The political language of post-1945 fascisms and the radical right
Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, COMFAS has taken the decision to hold this year’s conference as a virtual/online event. This is not the format we had originally anticipated but it is one that we think offers new and exciting opportunities for broader participation and dialogue.

Scholars interested in attending or contributing to the conference should send a mail with an abstract (max. 250 words), short bio and contact information to no later than 31 May 2020. We welcome individual papers as well as panel proposals. Acceptance decisions will be communicated on 15 June 2020.

ASPHS is now formally registered as a 501c3 non-profit organization

We’re pleased to announce that ASPHS is now formally registered as a 501c3 non-profit organizations, and all donations are tax-deductible. An online donation option will be available soon.

Vernon Press: Call for Proposals

Vernon Press invites original book proposals and translation proposals for previously published books (from English to Spanish or Spanish to English) for as part of our Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS) initiative. We welcome proposals for both edited volumes and single-author books in a range of disciplines.  For more information: