Call for Papers volume 6

It’s a week of exciting developments here at Cerae, as we’re now accepting submissions for volume 6. Please email editorcerae@gmail.com with papers on the fascinating theme of Landscapes and everything that that can mean!

Submission guidelines can be found here.

Cerae CFP Volume 6

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Calls for Papers

Limina Annual Conference – ‘Fear and Loathing’ (Reminder)
The Ninth Annual Conference of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies
Friday 20 June 2014
University of Western Australia
The Limina Editorial Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences which engage with the theme of ‘Fear and Loathing’. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted before Thursday 1 May 2014. For more information, see the Limina website.

 

Herakles Inside and Outside the Church: From the First Apologists to the End of the Quattrocento
An International, Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
23-26 June, 2015
For individual papers please send an abstract of 300 words with tentative title by June 15 2014 to both Arlene Allan (arlene.allan[at]otago[dot]ac[dot]nz) and Evangelina Anagnostou-Laoutides (eva.anagnostoulaoutides[at]monash[dot]edu).
For panels proposals we would request that the panel leader first collect the 300-word abstracts and then submit them as a group with a proposed panel name to the above email addresses by 30 June 2014.

 

Events

Concert
The Jerusalem Project – La Capella Reial de Catalunya, directed by Jordi Savall 
Sunday 20 April 2014, Sydney Opera House
Tuesday 22 April 2014, Melbourne Recital Centre
Wednesday 23 April 2014, Melbourne Recital Centre

 

Free Concert
Early Music @ The Potter: Neighbourhood Night at the Museum
Wednesday 7 May 2014, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne
More information here.

 

Masterclass (UWA IAS/CMEMS)
Chivalry – Dr Craig Taylor
Thursday 26 June 2014
University of Western Australia
Venue and time to be confirmed. Keep an eye on the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Website.

 

Public Lecture
The Trials of Joan of Arc – Dr Craig Taylor

Thursday 26 June 2014
University of Western Australia
This public lecture will precede the In Form of War symposium. Venus and time to be confirmed. Refer back to the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Website or the Centre for the History of Emotions Website.

 

Symposium (Centre for the History of Emotions, Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group)
In Form of War: Emotions and Warfare in Writing, 1100 – 1820
27-28 June 2014
Webb Lecture Theatre, Geography and Geology Building, University of Western Australia
More information on the Centre for the History of Emotions Website and the Perth Medieval and Renaissance Group Website.

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Calls for Papers

Conference (Reminder)
Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions

19-21 June, 2014
Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University.
The deadline for submission of abstracts (c. 200 words) is March 30, 2014. For more information, see the Conference website. 

Limina Annual Conference – ‘Fear and Loathing’
The Ninth Annual Conference of Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies
Friday 20 June 2014
University of Western Australia
The Limina Editorial Collective is calling for conference submissions from postgraduate and early career researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences which engage with the theme of ‘Fear and Loathing’. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted before Thursday 1 May 2014. For more information, see the Limina website.

Events

Public Lecture
The Question of Truth in Literature : Die poetische Auffassung der Welt – Professor Richard Eldridge

Thursday 3 April 2014, 6 pm
Gentilli Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Geography Building, University of Western Australia
More information and RSVP on the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Page.

Masterclass
Research Writing for the Social Sciences – A Masterclass with Jonathan Rigg, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore and 2014 IAS Professor-at-Large
Tuesday 27 May 2014
Old Senate Room, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia
More information and RSVP on the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Page.

Workshop
The Anthroposcene: Artists and Writers in Critical Dialogue with Nature and Ecosystems

17-18 June, 2014
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University
Please submit an overview of your work, reasons for attending and equipment needed to participate (c 200 words) to anthroposcene[at]collinsandgoto[dot]com by March 30 2014. For more information, see the CHE Events page.

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Calls for Papers

Literature and Affect AAL Conference 
Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Literature in Conjunction with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
2-4 July 2014
University of Melbourne
Abstract submissions due Friday 14 March 2014. For more information and to register, see the AAL website. 

The Neglected Pillar: Comedy in Literature and Culture 
4th International Conference on Literary and Cultural Studies
28-29 November 2014
Department of English, National Taipei University of Technology, Taiwan
Abstract submissions due 15 August 2014. For more information, see the Call for Papers.

Events

Reminder: Conference
Digital Humanities Australasia 2014: Expanding Horizons
The biennial conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH).
18-21 March 2014
University of Western Australia
Registration now open. See the conference website for details.

Study Day
Relics and Emotions

Friday 21 March 2014, 9.00am – 5.00pm
University College, University of Melbourne, 40 College Crescent, Parkville
A study day convened by Dr Sarah Randles and Professor Charles Zika. Please register online (free) by Monday 17 March. More information available here.

Seminar
‘O, that this too, too pixelated flesh would melt’: The Decade in Digital Shakespeare Studies – Brett Hirsch
Thursday 22 May 2014
Old Senate Room, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia
More information and RSVP details here.

Lecture
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge: a case study in the evolution of the art museum
Wednesday 26 May 2014
Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building, University of Melbourne
More information here.

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Calls for Papers

Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions
The Fifth Bienial Conference of the Assosication for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand
19-21 June 2014
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra
An Environmental Humanities collaboratory with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and Minding Animals International convened by Dr Tom Bristow, ANU Research Fellow (June 2014). Abstract submissions due 30 March 2014.

Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (JAEMA) Volume 10
JAEMA is seeking submissions of articles between 6000-12000 words on any topic of early medieval studies. Submissions are due 1 May 2014. See AEMA website for more details.

Philament Issue 20 – Humour
University of Sydney Journal of the Arts
Philament invites submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers of academic papers up to 8000 words, reviews and creative works. Submissions close 31 March 2014. For more information, see the Call for Papers.

Events

Symposium
Changing Hearts Symposium: Performing Jesuit Emotions Between Europe, Asia and The Americas

7-8 March 2014
Trinity College, Cambridge
More information on the Centre for the History of Emotions website.

Study Day (Save the Date)
Relics and Emotions Study Day (Centre for the History of Emotions)
Friday 21 March 2014, time TBA
Melbourne (exact location TBA)
Keep an eye on the Centre for the History of Emotions website for more details.

Public Lecture
The Sack of Rome – Dr Peter Brennan

5 April 2014, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
More information here.

Michelle Brown, Public Lecture: ‘The Luttrell Psalter: Imaging England on the Eve of the Black Death’

by KELLY MIDGLEY

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On the evening of Thursday November 28th, after an intensive day and a half of inspiring around thirty postgraduates and early career researchers in the Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar, ‘Understanding and Using Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts’, Professor Michelle Brown opened the CMEMS/PMRG conference with an informative and thoroughly entertaining public lecture: ‘The Luttrell Psalter: Imaging England on the Eve of the Black Death’.

The centrepiece of this lecture was the Luttrell Psalter, an exquisite manuscript that immortalises the name and history of Geoffrey Luttrell and his family, who were members of the rural gentry in Lincolnshire during the fourteenth century. This psalter was initially commissioned by Geoffrey in the 1330s, but most of the final third of the book remains incomplete, apart from a couple of pages ostensibly illuminated by Geoffrey’s heir, Andrew, who was overall not particularly interested in having the manuscript completed after the death of his predecessor in 1345. Indeed, it is estimated that the Luttrell Psalter would have costed about 22 pounds to commission – about half of Geoffrey’s annual turnover from his inherited estates!

Over the course of the lecture, Professor Brown provided an extensive tour of this remarkable object, the margins of which revealed many amusing and occasionally shocking anecdotes about scandals which would have otherwise been long-forgotten. For a time, we were able to gain some insight into the life and world-views of Geoffrey Luttrell, a devoutly religious old soldier, who was profoundly anxious about the future of his soul after death. There were also references to contemporary political events, such as the image of a saint being beheaded by a sword labelled ‘Lancaster’, an allusion to the gruesome beheading of Thomas of Lancaster, the cousin of Edward II, whom Geoffrey helped to establish as a sanctified figure.

The central third of the manuscript, possibly illustrated by a close advisor of Geoffrey’s, uses a quirky Italianate style to give a closer insight into the fortunes of the Luttrell family. One such example refers to the story of the young heiress, Elizabeth, who, upon being dispatched to the Duke of Worcester’s household for betrothal, elopes. In a scenario reminiscent of a certain Jane Austen novel, Elizabeth is retrieved, at no small cost to her family, and the marriage goes ahead. The rest of Elizabeth’s life is hinted at throughout subsequent margins, including her widowhood, where her promiscuity and agency are implied through the surrounding iconography.

By the end of the lecture, we had only explored a small portion of the Luttrell Psalter, but had a far richer understanding of the lives, fortunes, and worldviews of this one family that lived during a politically and socially turbulent time. Although various records of the Luttrell family survive, it is through the survival of this remarkable manuscript that we can still access these more nuanced details and anecdotes that often do not survive more than a generation or two. Perhaps the most profound point that can be taken from this lecture is that through being able to understand these marginal images, at least to some extent, the name of Geoffrey Luttrell, and that of his family, will survive in perpetuity.

And now for something completely different…

Compiled by ALANA BENNETT

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The Ceræ committee in Western Australia is busily preparing for the CMEMS/PMRG Conference to be held later this week so today’s (decidedly less formal) post is especially for those who need something amusing to distract themselves from unfinished papers, towers of marking or impending due dates…

Got Medieval
Amusing marginal illustrations, commentary on (poor) representations of the Middle Ages, almost Pratchettian footnotes (is that even a word? Let’s make that a word…), what more is there to want? This is your go-to blog for medieval humour and bizarre marginal art – you might even learn something while you’re at it!
Here’s a post about the monkey apocalypse and a marvellously snarky review of the 2007 Beowulf film to get you started.

Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog
Written in Middle English, this blog is a must for medievalists. It is laugh-out-loud funny as well as educational, with links to useful resources about Chaucer and Middle English. Take, for example, this post, which begins with Chaucer and Richard III going spelunking and somehow morphs into a poem about Star Wars… Or this post in which Chaucer is distracted from writing the Canterbury Tales by his son’s ‘Exboxe CCCLX’.
For extra amusement, Chaucer also has a twitter account.

Discarding Images
A collection of amusing and often perplexing pictures and marginal illustrations. Marvel at this snail stag, gawk at the many-armed Fortuna in a stripey candy-pink kirtle of doom, be amazed by this cat playing a hurdy gurdy! Look! …a hedgehog in a tree! Regularly updated and perfect for ‘on-topic’ procrastination. Have a look at the Tumblr page and the Facebook page.

Hark! A vagrant
A webcomic by Kate Beaton, often with historical or literary content. Not always medieval but always funny. Did you know that Elizabeth I is secretly part-albatross?  Or just how hard it is to make a medieval film? Or wondered about courtly love? See also this glorious piece on Macbeth.

Made of Ƿ
A new addition to my list of favourite medievalist blogs. This blog covers a variety of topics, from commentaries on misuses of the word ‘medieval’ to reviews of medievalist movies, scholarly resources and the author’s continual search for a patron. Among the best posts, in my opinion, are the memes. For example, Beowulf: You’re Doing It Wrong (complete with notes on the Old English).

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