Ceræ Volume 8 Call For Papers

Exile, Isolation, and Quarantine

2020 has been a year when exile, isolation, and quarantine have been inescapable. As we try to deal with and make sense of an uncertain present, we look to the past for precedent: research as well as think pieces on disease outbreaks of the past have abounded in the past
year, and how isolation and quarantine looked differently then than it does now or even how it appears to have been surprisingly similar. The pandemic has affected all of us, but in widely varying ways; likewise, in the medieval and Early Modern periods exile, isolation, and quarantine would have meant very different things depending on time and place. This volume reflects on the themes of exile, isolation, and quarantine, both as something present (e.g. the imposition of a quarantine) and as something absent ( e.g. the lack of ability to
travel).

Ceræ invites article submissions related to the following topics for Volume 8:

Quarantine/isolation of the individual, in a monastic, ascetic or eremitic lifestyle, in penal terms, or as a means of disease control

Comparison of disease control strategies across regions (i.e. not just the Black Death in Europe)

Political or religious exile

Becoming stranded or isolated while abroad

The material culture of quarantine

Volume 8 invites submissions encompassing all aspects of the late classical, medieval, and early modern world. There are no geographical restrictions. As an interdisciplinary journal, Ceræ encourages submissions from archaeology, art history, historical ecology, literature, linguistics, intellectual history, musicology, politics, social studies, and beyond. Full length articles should be approximately 5000-8000 words, excluding footnotes, appendices, and references. Ceræ also accepts short notices of up to 3000 words. Ceræ particularly encourages submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers. The deadline for themed submissions is April 30th, 2021. Non-themed submissions are welcome at any point throughout the year.

Essay prize

Ceræ is pleased to offer a prize of $200 (AUD), which will be awarded to the best article published in Volume 8 by a PGR or ECR. Visit our essay prize page for further details.

Please visit our submissions page for author guidelines and our style sheet.

Further enquiries are most welcome to editorcerae@gmail.com

Featured Image: Giacomo Borlone de Burchis, “The Triumph of Death.” 15th century fresco as seen at Oratorio dei Disciplini, Clusone, Italy.