Thursday, December 10, 2009

Upcoming Medieval Conferences and Journal CFPs

1. Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies,

Our upcoming issue will be devoted to representations and interpretations of monsters and monstrosities in art, chronicles, letters, literature, and music from the Middle Ages. We are also interested in book reviews on foundational works that would be helpful for graduate students exploring medieval monsters and monstrosities. Article submissions may address but are not limited to:

-Bestiaries and manuscript illuminations of monstrosities
-Classical and Eastern transmissions and receptions of monsters
-Desires and sins of the flesh that degrade humans into monstrosities in allegories, exempla, and
-The Green Man, the Owl Man, the Wild Man and the Wild Woman
-Medical accounts of monstrous births and the ‘monstrous’ female, intersexed, or male body
-Monsters and monstrosities in epics, exempla, fables, lais, and romances
-Monsters and monstrosities in chronicles and travel literature
-Purgatorial and demonic monsters and monstrosities in visionary literature
-The racial ‘other’ as a monstrosity
-Saints as and/or versus monsters and monstrosities in vitae and legends
-Transformations of humans into animals and vice versa

The 2009 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies will be published in May of 2010. All graduate students are welcome to submit their articles and book reviews to by February 15, 2010.



A multi-disciplinary conference on Geoffrey Chaucer will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland on 19th-20th May 2010. Proposals for papers on any aspect of Chaucer’s work, life, milieu, influence, etc. are welcome. Individual sessions will be framed around the themes that emerge from the call for papers.

Key-note papers will be given by

Professor Alastair Minnis of Yale University
Professor Helen Phillips, Cardiff University
Professor John Thompson, Queen’s University, Belfast

Please send a 200-word proposal by 25th January 2010 to:

Dr. ClĂ­odhna Carney
Dr. Catherine LaFarge
Dr. Frances McCormack
Ms. Marina Ansaldo

3. 24th Annual Irish Conference of Medievalists: NUI, Galway, 25–27 June 2010,

Since its establishment in 1987, the Irish Conference of Medievalists (ICM) has always displayed in its programme an eclectic selection of papers, aiming not only at representing the current state of Medieval Studies in Ireland and abroad, but also at informing the audience on the latest achievements and the future directions of this scholarly area.

The twenty-fourth ICM, which will be held in the National University of Ireland, Galway, 25–27 June 2010, will continue the conference’s inter-disciplinary approach, considering proposals for papers in medieval archaeology, art, history, linguistics, literature and philology.

The conference will also host plenary sessions that will provide our audience with an opportunity to benefit from the work of some of the most eminent scholars in the field. Prof. Thomas Charles-Edwards (Professor of Celtic in Jesus College, Oxford) will open the conference. Two other plenary sessions will focus on specific themes of wide interest in the area of Medieval Studies: one will deal with the famous Old Irish text known as Amrae Coluimb Chille, while the other will concern research undertaken by the Dublin-based Discovery Programme.

Call for papers (9 Dec 2009)

Proposals should include a title and short abstract (200 words), as well as the speaker’s name, postal and e-mail addresses. The deadline for submission is 28 February 2009. Please send proposals to:

Dr Jacopo Bisagni
Department of Classics
National University of Ireland, Galway
Galway, Ireland
or by e-mail to:

Registration fee: full €40; students €25 (includes all tea breaks and Saturday lunch).
Conference dinner (Saturday evening): €50.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Imbas 2009 conference schedule

The conference schedule is now available at

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Plenary Speaker 13 November 2009


Prof. Wood's talk, 'Debating the Barbarian Settlement: The Origins of a Historical Problem' will take place on Friday 13 November at 5.30; the reception will begin at 5.

Our plenary speaker has been confirmed as Ian Wood, Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds. Prof. Woods will be speaking about his new book, which deals with the historiography of the Fall of the Roman Empire. The work addresses both the formation of the barbarian kingdoms, and why they are described in the way that they are, covering polices of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The speech will take place in the Moore Institute, Arts Concourse, NUIG; time to be confirmed. A cheese and wine reception will be provided beforehand.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Registration and Travel Bursaries Forms

Registration forms for both delegates and non-speakers as well as applications for the travel bursaries are available to download at All forms should be returned to by 16 October.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Imbas Journal

A selection of papers will be published in our new established peer-reviewed journal, Imbas: The Journal of the National University of Ireland, Galway Postgraduate Medieval Studies Conference. This journal will be made available via our website and open-access journal databases. All panels will be recorded and made available as podcasts.

Preliminary Publishing Guidelines
• Deadline for journal submissions will be 14 February 2010. Papers submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.
• Submitted papers must not exceed 5000 words in length (not including the bibliography) and must be formatted in the MHRA style with footnotes
• Papers will be selected through a competitive peer-reviewed selection. An initial selection will be made by the conference committee. Successful papers will then be assessed by an external committee consisting of six lecturers of various disciplines from various Irish universities.
• The members of the external editing committee for 2009 are: Dr. Ken Rooney (Dpt. of English, University College Cork), Dr. Catherine Swift (Irish Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick), Dr Christina Haywood (Dpt. Head, School of Classics, University College Dublin), Dr Mark Gardiner (Senior Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology, Queens University Belfast), Dr. Ian Robinson (Dpt. of History, Trinity College Dublin) and Dr Muireann Ni Bhrolchain (Dpt. of Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth).
• Selected papers will be subject to two rounds of editing before being made available on the Imbas website as well as open-access journal databases
• The number of published papers will depend upon submissions. It is likely that approximately five papers will be published.
• Authors will retain copyrights over the published material and will be free to publish the material elsewhere
• A paper publication of these chosen articles will be made obtainable through a self-publication website (, through which the journal will be available for order on demand

Monday, May 11, 2009

2008 Conference Papers

A selection of the conference papers from the 2008 event are now available to download at

Monday, March 30, 2009

Email contact

The new email address for the conference is Our new website is