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Interdisciplinary Conference on Iberian Manuscripts

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH)

Lisbon, October 19-21, 2017

The Interdisciplinary Conference on Iberian Manuscripts brings together scholars with a long-standing record of research on Iberian manuscripts, and experts from institutions such as libraries, archives and museums where the manuscripts are currently kept and their preservation, conservation and eventual restoration usually take place. The Conference’s main goal is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on Iberian manuscripts among experts from areas such as Art History, Musicology, History, Historiographical Sciences and Techniques (Archival, Paleography, Diplomatics, Epigraphy and related sciences), Literary Studies, Philosophy, Chemistry, Physics, Conservation and Restoration, and Computer Science.

We are interested in manuscripts produced in the Iberian Peninsula, with a special focus on, but not limited to, medieval sources. Topics to be discussed at the conference include: manuscripts’ patrons and promoters (institutions, communities, and minorities); production process (materials and techniques); formal and stylistic features; contents and use (musical and liturgical); circulation of manuscripts across the Iberian Peninsula and beyond; manuscripts’ conservation and preservation along time.

The Conference will tackle Iberian manuscripts from both a global perspective and an in-depth perspective. We hope that the exchange of ideas will spark new interest in Iberian manuscripts and prove the importance of considering the bigger picture of manuscripts’ history and production in addition to their specific contents.

One of the main goals of the Conference is to discuss synergies and channels to spread scientific knowledge on Iberian manuscripts to the general public, and raise awareness within society of their importance as key witnesses of Iberian history and, consequently, the importance of their conservation.

Official languages are English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian.

SMRP Panel

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Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy:
Prophecy and the Political

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy seeks submissions for a panel on political philosophy in Renaissance and Medieval authors for the 2018 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association in San Diego (3/28/18-4/1/18). We are especially interested in topics that explore the intersection of prophecy and the political but will consider any themes in political philosophy. To submit a proposal please send an abstract (up to 150 words), paper title, and brief CV to Sean Erwin ( by September 25th 2017.

Latín Medieval Hispánico 

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 II Congreso Internacional de Latín Medieval Hispánico 

Universidad de Salamanca, 18-21 de octubre de 2017 

Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 15.28.24En el marco de los actos conmemorativos organizados para celebrar el VIII Centenariode la Fundación de la Universidad de Salamanca, el equipo de investigación en Filología Latina Tardoantigua y Altomedieval del Dpto. de Filología clásica e Indoeuropeo de la Universidad de Salamanca organiza el VII Congreso Internacional de Latín Medieval Hispánico. 

(Atención: Plazos actualizados. Admisión de propuestas de Comunicación hasta el 2 de octubre inclusive) 

1) Formalización de la matrícula en 

2) Plazos y tasas 

El Segundo plazo de matrícula con comunicación se ha ampliado hasta el 02 de octubre de 2017. Las matrículas sin comunicación se aceptarán hasta el 15 de octubre. 

Matrícula ordinaria sin comunicación: 90 € 

Matrícula ordinaria con comunicación: 110 € 

Matrícula reducida sin comunicación: 80 € 

Matrícula reducida con comunicación: 100 € 

*Matrícula reducida: estudiantes, miembros de la SEEC, la SELat, Alumni, desempleados. La posibilidad de tener matrícula reducida deberá ser justificada documentalmente. 

3) Comunicaciones 

Se deberán enviar las propuestas al correo electrónico (nombre completo y adscripción, título y resumen –máximo 200 palabras–). Duración prevista: 20’, seguidos de discusión de 10’. 

El comité científico encargado de evaluarlas enviará la resolución de los organizadores del Congreso a los autores en un plazo máximo de dos días tras la recepción de las mismas. 

Idiomas admitidos: español, francés, inglés, italiano, portugués. 

Ponentes y participantes en mesas redondas que han confirmado su asistencia (Actualizado) 

Paulo F. Alberto, Renaud Alexandre, Marcello Barbato, Carmen Cardelle de Hartmann, Carmen Codoñer, François Dolbeau, Jacques Elfassi, Mirella Ferrari, Juan Gil Fernández, Ana Gómez Rabal, Rossana E. Guglielmetti, Patrick Henriet, Rosa Mª. Herrera, Helena Leithe-Jasper, José Martínez Gázquez, Juan Francisco Mesa Sanz, Marcello Moscone, Maurilio Pérez González, Estrella Pérez Rodríguez, Pedro Sánchez-Prieto Borja, Barry Taylor, e Isabel Velázquez. 

Comité organizador 

Carmen Codoñer, María Adelaida Andrés Sanz, José Carlos Martín-Iglesias y David Paniagua. 

Leeds 2018

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International Medieval Congress 2018

Call for Papers

The twenty-fifth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, from 2-5 July 2018.

Please read the guidelines carefully before completing the IMC 2018 Proposal Form.

Session Proposal 

Paper Proposal 

Round Table Proposal

If you would like to apply for an IMC bursary for the IMC 2018, to help with the cost of the Registration and Programming Fee, accommodation and meals at the IMC, please complete the online Bursary Application Form below. You should submit your Bursary application at the same time as your paper or session proposal.

Bursary Application Form

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Call for Papers/Sessions – International Medieval Congress 2018

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus. In 2018 – the year of the 25th IMC – this is ‘Memory’.

There are many kinds of memory – personal and social, natural and artificial, political and cultural. Along the lines of this general taxonomy, memory operates in many diverse modes: as a mechanism, process, instrument, and cognitive framework relating to, and concerning recreations of, the past – the social past, the institutional past as well as the past of an individual. Central in the process of storing, retrieving, and (re)constructing the past, memory is by no means a stable entity; it is always undergoing transformation.

In recent decades, memory has become a very fashionable research topic. In Medieval Studies, the concept of memory has been studied as permeating history, literature, language, religion, science, philosophy, and other fields. In addition to treating the processes of storing and retrieving information, the study of memory now naturally also encompasses personal and communal identity and self-fashioning, conceptualization of the world, perception of time and space, intellectual cognition and emotional reactions, established patterns and creativity, continuity and discontinuity, memorization and forgetting – to name but a few conceptual domains under scrutiny. This, however, also means that the study of memory has gradually become very complex and even somewhat elusive. In this sense, this special thematic strand offers a unique opportunity for a fresh and vigorous treatment of the field of memory in its astonishing breadth and variety.

The IMC welcomes proposals in all areas of memory. Themes to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal memory, self-fashioning, and identity
  • Social, political, and religious memory
  • The art of memory, mnemonics
  • Memory: orality and literacy
  • Knowledge and education – and its dissemination
  • Metaphors for memory
  • The media, mechanisms, and methods of memory – visual, verbal, and material memory
  • Memory and beauty: aesthetic relevance and impact of memorization and remembering
  • Objects of memory
  • Lieux de memoire – communities and identity
  • Construction and reconstruction of the past
  • Memory: order and disorder
  • Memory: sense and sensibility
  • Commemoration and re-enactment
  • Memory and immortality
  • The arcane and daily life
  • Memory and virtue
  • Performance/drama/music – memory and playfulness
  • Memory: habit and improvisation
  • Forgetting and oblivion: natural processes vs. damnatio memoriae
  • Forbidden memory
  • Manipulative memory
  • Categorization in language (analogy vs. anomaly, etc.)
  • Etymologizing (including folk etymology)
  • Formulas and catalogues
  • Remembering the Middle Ages

The Special Thematic Strand ‘Memory‘ will be co-ordinated by will Lucie Doležalová (Institute of Greek & Latin Studies, Univerzita Karlova, Praha) and Jan Cermák (Department of English, Univerzita Karlova, Praha).

All proposals should be submitted online. Paper proposals must be submitted by 31 August 2017. Session proposals must be submitted by 30 September 2017. The IMC welcomes session and paper proposals submitted in all major European languages.

Symposium on Jesuit Studies

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Francisco Suárez (1548–1617): Jesuits and Complexities of Modernity

June 1–2, 2018
Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Seville

Co-organized by the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College and the Departamento de Humanidades y Filosofía de la Universidad Loyola Andalucía

Francisco Suárez, S.J. (1548–1617) is recognized as a philosopher, theologian, and jurist who had a significant cultural impact in the development of modernity. Commemorating the 400th anniversary of his death, our symposium will study the work of Suárez and other Jesuits of his time in the context of diverse traditions that came together in Europe between the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance and early modernity.
Can the work of the Jesuits be seen not only as a forerunner of philosophical, political, or legal modernity, but also as an expression of an alternative modernity? What is the relationship between the Ignatian and Jesuit tradition and the development of the work of Suárez and his contemporaries? What elements of the work of Suárez and other Jesuits may today be relevant to face the crisis of modernity?

Francisco Suárez,  S.J. (1548–1617) es reconocido como un filósofo, teólogo y jurista que tuvo un alto impacto cultural en los inicios y desarrollos de la modernidad. Celebrando el 400 aniversario de su muerte, en nuestro symposium estudiaremos la obra de Suárez y de otros jesuitas de su época en el contexto de las diversas tradiciones que confluyeron en Europa entre el tardo medioevo y el Renacimiento y la primera modernidad.
¿La obra de los jesuitas puede ser vista no solo como precursora de la modernidad filosófica, política o jurídica, sino también como expresión de una modernidad alternativa?
¿Cuál es la relación entre la tradición ignaciana y jesuita y el desarrollo de la obra de Suárez y sus contemporáneos? ¿Qué elementos de la obra de Suárez y otros jesuitas pueden ser hoy relevantes para enfrentar la crisis de la modernidad?

These are just a few of many issues we would like to discuss. To participate in this discussion, email a short (200–250 word) abstract of a proposed paper in Spanish or in English to both Professors Juan Antonio Senent de Frutos (<>) and Robert Aleksander Maryks (<>) before September 30, 2017, and if accepted, the full paper (8–10,000 words) before December 31, 2017. Selected papers will be published after the symposium either in a dedicated volume (Boston College Symposia on Jesuit Studies Series at Brill) or in the Journal of Jesuit Studies.

NNRS Conference

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Fourth NNRS Conference 

House of Science and Letters, Helsinki, 26-28 September 2018 

Renaissance Libraries and the Organisation of Information 

Libraries are an important factor in preserving and transmitting knowledge, thus contributing to historical continuity. The availability of different texts transmitting possibly contradictory ideas, however, implies a great potential for engaging readers in new ways of thinking, thus promoting change. In addition to transmitting texts, historical libraries would often also be perceived as objects of material and spiritual value enhancing the prestige of their owner, e.g. contributing to the image-building of the political entities ruled by emperors, kings and princes. The Renaissance (c. 1300-1600) is a period of intense mediatic (transition from the handwritten to the printed book), cultural, religious (exasperation of confessional conflicts) and political change (emergence and consolidation of the Early Modern State) in Western Europe. In order to cope with the multiple challenges of the period, libraries not only had to be protected from destruction (e.g. repairs to old volumes) and renewed (production and acquisition of new volumes; construction of new buildings), but also organising information through thematic cataloguing systems. In this period, in addition to the traditional monastic, university and princely libraries, new scholarly libraries of academies and learned societies are established. Furthermore, from the fifteenth century onwards, there is an increasing amount of libraries of a public character (e.g. the library housed at S. Marco in Florence, the Vatican Library and the Bodleian), catering for an unprecedented diversification and multiplication of readers. Last but not least, by the end of the fifteenth century printing revolutionises the processes of book production, making it considerably cheaper to build up book collections. 

Societal and cultural changes (such as easier access to knowledge for a broader public through printing, the availability of more Greek literature in the West, the Lutheran Reformation) are also reflected in the way knowledge and information is organised in other contexts. Collections of other material objects than books are arranged to inform the viewer and facilitate study; commentaries on Classical authors become vehicles for the transmission of encyclopedic knowledge; books must be made to adapt materially an culturally to changing technological and market trends; and visual representations convey to the onlooker political ideology and religious stances. 

The Fourth NNRS Conference will be organised by the Association for Classical Philology of Finland with the collaboration of the Academy of Finland and University of Jyväskylä project Late Medieval and Early Modern Libraries as Knowledge Repositories, Guardians of Tradition and Catalyst of Change (LaMeMoLi, 2017-2021) and with the financial support of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The organising committee invites scholars of all fields of Renaissance studies to contributions on the role of Renaissance libraries in the organisation of information, not only as regards the information contained in the volumes but also as regards 

information about the library as an institution projected by the books and the library setting. At least one, preferably several, of the following aspects should be considered. 

1) Library premises: organisation of space serving organisation of information; contribution of the architecture to the prestige of the owner 

2) Cataloguing systems 

3) Material books: in manuscripts, strategies serving the organisation of information, such as indices; in printed books, in addition to printed indices and lists of contents, hand-written annotations serving the organisation of information; material characteristics of books, such as binding and decoration, contributing to the prestige of the owner 

In addition to sessions on this general theme, a few specific sessions with papers on other aspects of the organisation of information in the Renaissance are welcome. Furthermore, young Renaissance scholars are invited to present their research on Renaissance subjects in a poster session. 

The three keynote speakers of the conference are Kristian Jensen (British Library), Angela Quatrocchi (University of Reggio Calabria) and Bernd Roling (Free University Berlin). 

Please send in your proposal of max 350 words in a separate Word file (NO pdf), containing your name and affiliation, by 31 October 2017, to Outi Merisalo ( 

Further details, including instructions for registration and a provisional programme, will be posted on the NNRS conference website in September 2017: 

More information: 

Outi Merisalo ( 

chair of the organising committee 

University of Jyväskylä/LaMeMoLi 


Call for papers

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[In]fidelitas: entre pasado y presente 

Génova, 19-21 de Septiembre de 2017
Aula Magna, via Balbi 2 

La sección filosófica del DAFIST (Dipartimento di Antichità, Filosofia e Storia) promueve un Congreso que tiene como objetivo investigar el binomio infidelitas-fidelitas, analizándolo desde un punto de vista filosófico, teológico, político, jurídico y económico. Se examinará cómo estas categorías conceptuales –que corresponden al ámbito estrictamente ético de los vicios y de las virtudes– pueden actuar en los diferentes contextos sociales según una modalidad de inclusión o de exclusión “del otro de sí”. 

Después de haber echado una mirada retrospectiva a las diversas figuras de infidelitas-fidelitas vigentes en la Europa medieval, la atención se concentrará en los modelos en uso posteriormente a la Reforma luterana para analizar cómo las diversas perspectivas filosófico-teológica-jurídicas pueden haber tenido recaídas diferentes en el ámbito práctico. 

Además de aclarar el estado de la cuestión en relación con las categorías teóricas analizadas, se pondrá de relieve su relevancia en el día de hoy. La atención se centrará así en la actualidad, tratando de distinguir cuál de estas figuras son los modelos a seguir para los ámbitos filosóficos, religiosos, políticos. 

Especialmente será interesante ver cómo esas categorías son utilizadas en el mundo islámico en su relación con Occidente. Catalogados y analizados los principales modelos de infidelitas-fidelitas plasmados en la cultura europea, se comprobará por lo tanto si y cuáles de estos modelos se transmutaron en el abigarrado contexto islámico. 


infidelitasfidelitas en los ámbitos filosófico, teológico, jurídico y económico. 

infidelitasfidelitas en relación con Dios, el hombre y consigo mismo. 

infidelitasfidelitas como vicios y virtudes. 

infidelitas y herejía. 

infidelitasfidelitas en relación con el príncipe y el soberano. 

infidelitasfidelitas en el mundo protestante. 

infidelitasfidelitas en el mundo islámico. 

infidelitasfidelitas en el debate actual sobre las religiones. 

Conferenciantes confirmados 

Ana Benito Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne 

Paolo Branca Università Cattolica di Milano 

Angelo Campodonico, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Pablo García Castillo Universidad de Salamanca 

Simona Langella, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Letterio Mauro, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Raffaella Santi Università di Urbino 

Maria Silvia Vaccarezza, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Quienes estén interesados en proponer una ponencia o comunicación deberán enviar un resumen de no más de quinientas palabras (bibliografía incluida) y un currículum abreviado a antes del 15 de julio de 2017. La admisión se dará a conocer entre el 30 de julio 2017. 

Comité Organizador del Congreso 

Prof. Angelo Campodonico, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Prof.ssa Simona Langella, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Prof. Letterio Mauro, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Dott.ssa Maria Silvia Vaccarezza, Università degli Studi di Genova 

Università degli Studi di Genova 

DAFIST (Dipartimento di Antichità, Filosofia e Storia) 

Via Balbi 4, 1° piano 

16126 Genova 

tel. +39-010-209-9775 

tel. +39-010-209-5509