The links below are for two CFPs for two series of sessions which we’re planning to submit to the Organizing Committees of the IMC Leeds 2021 and the ICMS Kalamazoo 2021. You can find all the details in the attached PDFs. The deadline for submissions is 31 July. It is, of course, still difficult to say whether these will be digital or ‘in-person’ events. This year the IMC went online and the ICMS was cancelled. In case of any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Link 1 (Kalamazoo)
Link 2 (Leeds)
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Call for Papers. Online International Conference. Communicating Objects. Material, Literary and Iconographic Instances of Objects in a Human Universe in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. University of Bucharest (Department of Ancient History, Archaeology and History of Art, Faculty of History), November 27th-29th 2020/Appel à contributions. Conférence internationale en ligne. Objets en dialogue. Présences matérielles, littéraires et iconographiques des objets dans l’univers humain pendant l’Antiquité et au Moyen Âge. Université de Bucarest (Département d’Histoire Ancienne, Archéologie et Histoire de l’Art, Faculté d’Histoire), 27-29 novembre 2020.
Material culture occupies a special place in most research conducted on Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Interdisciplinary approaches have allowed for the enrichment of traditional paradigms used by archaeologists and historians, as a follow-up to the valorisation of the social life of things, or of the agency characterising objects in any given society. Objects which are deliberately associated are more susceptible of becoming expressive in the presence of humans. From this perspective, associating objects, and exploring potential reasons for their association and for their compatibility, opens up multiple possibilities for reflection.
Here are some suggested topics, meant to inspire, without limiting, the participants’ choice of subject matter:
– the place of associated objects in literary sources. Suggested lines of investigation: the place of associated objects in literary discourses, their role in the construction of characters or as vehicles used to advance the action, to create images or to emphasize key moments in the economy of the texts; the practices of writing about objects, ways of selecting and including them in texts, and the study of certain characteristics of objects judged as indispensable to the fulfillment of said objects’ narrative roles.
– the place of associated objects in constructing images, be they objects carrying images or objects being represented. Suggested lines of investigation: the manners of representing objects, the objects’ insertion in representations and their contributions to visually illustrated discourses.
– the intrinsic materiality of objects places the discussion in the field of archaeology. From this perspective and for the purpose of a better investigation of associated objects and their potential meanings, one (though by no means the only) possible line of enquiry would turn the researcher’s gaze towards funerary archaeology.
Beyond these suggestions, the synchronic and comparative approaches to various media where objects are placed in association (texts, materiality, images) are strongly encouraged, in order to better assess multiple perspectives and perceptions to which the objects could be subjected, as well as the ways in which objects, once put together in particular and deliberate ways, acquire the capacity of acting as agents.
Accepted languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish.
Deadline: September 15th 2020.
Abstracts: no more than 300 words to be submitted at the e-mail address email@example.com. The abstract should also contain the title of the presentation, the name of the author(s) and the home institution(s).
Duration of each presentation: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussions.
Announcement of accepted proposals: September 30th 2020.
Digital poster section: a poster gallery will also be available for researchers preferring to send their presentation in this form. The gallery will be open to the public for the whole duration of the conference. On demand, the posters may be accompanied by a recorded audio presentation, no more than 10 minutes in length. Technical details will be available shortly, on the dedicated page at http://www.daaia.ro/.
Host institution: University of Bucharest (online).
Deadline for papers to be published in a collective volume: January 15th 2021.
Organisers and contact: Ecaterina Lung (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Liţu (University of Bucharest), Alexandra Ţârlea (University of Bucharest) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers –
Ideas in Motion:
Arabia in Late Antiquity
Organisers: Leiden University and King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies
Date: August 26-27, 2020
Location: Leiden, the Netherlands
The Leiden University Late Antique and Medieval Studies Initiative in conjunction with the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies is hosting a two-day international conference on Ideas in Motion: Arabia in Late Antiquity. The conference will address key themes in religious, intellectual, and cultural history in Arabia in the period around 570-1000 AD. Central topics include:
· Transmission of ideas and texts
· Religious and philosophical doctrines and beliefs in Arabia
· Devotional piety and theology
· The Qurʾan, its history, and intellectual debates surrounding the text
· Early Islam and other religiosities and intellectual trends
· Holy men and holy places
· Apocalypticism and eschatology
We particularly welcome contributions from scholars working on the intersection between intellectual-cultural history and religious studies, and whose primary concern is the history of ideas and thought.
For consideration, please send a 300-word abstract in English to email@example.com by January 15, 2020. The language of the conference will be in English. Participants’ full travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the conference organisers.