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Call for Papers: Kalamazoo 2019

Posted On August 16, 2018 | 10:11 am | by lainw | Permalink
Paper abstracts are due September 15 for 3 sponsored sessions

Dumbarton Oaks welcomes submissions for three sponsored panels at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, which takes place on the campus of Western Michigan University on May 9 to 12, 2019. Please submit a paper abstract and Participant Information Form to Nicole Eddy at by September 15.

Topics in Byzantine Numismatics (cosponsored by Princeton University Numismatic Collection)

Byzantine numismatics is one of the oldest disciplines of Byzantine studies, one that has contributed not only to economic but also social, religious, commercial, and institutional history. Byzantine numismatics is a flourishing subset of the wider discipline which compliments and extends other areas of inquiry, and is of relevance not only to Byzantinists, but all those who study the medieval world. The proposed session is open to papers that study coins from a material perspective, as well as to those whose argument is based primarily on evidence from coins. In addition to numismatists and Byzantinists, we hope that these sessions will draw other medievalists, who may learn more about these fascinating artifacts of Byzantine material culture, and who may provide insight into comparable approaches in medieval studies.

Personal Piety and Devotional Inscriptions in Byzantium

In addition to written sources like letters, inscribed objects provide evidence for personal piety in monumental and miniature forms. The expressions of piety on these objects—including coins, seals, textiles, and reliquaries, as well as on architecture and art objects—inform patterns of individual and collective devotion. Used, worn, commissioned, and donated, these objects provide a window on the ways in which individuals at all social levels understood and presented their own piety. Although focusing on objects from Byzantium, this panel welcomes speakers working on materials from a comparative perspective.

Hagiography South and North, East and West: The Movement of Saints’ Lives across Cultures

The literary expression of cults of saints is among the oldest genres in Christianity. Despite the tug of tradition, hagiographers adapted the narratives to suit new audiences, sometimes with dramatic results. This session explores adaptations across cultures, historical periods, and languages, but proposals concerning hagiographic mobility in its broadest sense are welcome.