Category Archives: CFPs

Call for Papers: IMFS @ ICMS 2020 (Kalamazoo)

The International Marie de France Society is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring three sessions for the International Congress on Medieval Studies to be held at Western Michigan University from May 7-10.

Abstracts and queries should be sent to Dr. Simonetta Cochis,, no later than September 15, 2019.

Food and Furnishings: The Domestic in Marie de France (papers)

Twelfth-century author Marie de France is renowned for female-focused courtly narratives, but her fictional worlds are not limited to courtly settings: they also present an intimate look at the quotidian domestic elements of the realms her characters inhabit. Domesticity links to issues of appetite and consumption, the physical presence and limitations of spaces and objects, the formation of sex, gender, and sexual identities, privacy and agency, among others, illustrating the domestic’s significance as more than merely backdrop.  Papers may address any of the known works by Marie de France (Lais, Fables, Espurgatoire seint Patriz, La vie Seinte Audree) or the anonymous lays. Comparative and interdisciplinary analyses are welcome.

Translating Marie de France: Challenges and Opportunities (A Roundtable)

This session focuses on the issues that affect the translation of the works of Marie de France. Four to seven presenters may address two broad areas: accurately rendering the substance of Marie’s texts or intentionally departing from their meanings, and the formal characteristics of the resulting translations. In the case of translations of Marie’s Old French into verse, this may include emulating the formal characteristics of Marie’s original or conforming to other formal characteristics. The objective is to generate discussion among roundtable presenters and participants regarding matters such as variations in word choice and syllable count, the use of rhyme, sentence length, and the use or avoidance of enjambment and sentence fragments. Participants will read excerpts from a variety of translations to demonstrate the impact on the modern reader.

Performances of Marie de France: Chaitivel

In this performance session, three to five performers will present the lai of Marie de France entitled Chaitivel. As in years past, the panel invites performers who revive the lai by using period music, new translations, and dramatic performances in the original language. As Evelyn Birge Vitz and others argue, hearing a text read aloud or watching its performance mirrors the way the work was received in the Middle Ages and enhances our modern understanding. Attendees regularly report that their perception of the work changes over the course of the session. The objective is to generate discussion about the use of voice, gesture, and music in the embodiment of the text – and how its performance reveals nuances of meaning that may be lost in silent reading.

Call for Papers: New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

From the New College Conference organizers:

The twenty-second biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 12-14 March 2020 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2019; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Further details are available at the conference website.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for
its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to