Category: Call for Contributors

The Medieval Islamicate World

Arc-Medieval Press announces a new series The Medieval Islamicate World.

During the medieval period, the Islamicate world encompassed a great arc stretching from al-Andalus to China. Within this arc, Muslims, Jews, and Christians, along with other diverse cultures and belief systems, established  sophisticated and cosmopolitan communities, creating an environment that fostered intellectual, political and social interaction and cultural exchanges. Such connections were key to the vibrancy, achievements, and innovations of this period, resulting in a social reality that was as complex as it was subtle.

This series seeks to explore the intersections among the cultures that comprised the medieval Islamicate world, as well as the impact of specific communities, texts, and events on the development of Islamicate cultures. By considering these relationships and exchanges, we seek to trace the connections that gave rise to the variety and sophistication so characteristic of this era.

Topics and themes that the series intends to consider include
Identity, Religion, and Law; Dress and Social Discourse; Gender and Social Roles; Trade and Cultural Exchange; Art and Architecture; Patrons, Clients, and Slaves; Social Networks and hierarchies; Spaces and Borders; European Encounters with the Islamicate world; Islamicate encounters with the Occidental world; Material cultures; Music, Music Theory and Philosophies of Music; Literature and Poetry; Translation and Linguistics; Sexualities.

Geographical Scope
From al-Andalus, across the Mediterranean and Middle East, to the Punjab and beyond into China and Mongolia

Chronological Scope
7th-15th centuries CE (1st-9th centuries AH)

Call for Contributions
The Medieval Islamicate World is currently seeking academic monographs, including those based on doctoral research, and contributions for forthcoming edited volumes gender, sexuality, and identity as produced in various genres of medieval Islamicate texts.

Editorial Contact
E. T. Dailey

Source: H-Mideast-Medieval

Acta Ad Archaeologiam Et Artium Historiam Pertinentia

The Norwegian Institute in Rome (University of Oslo) invites scholars in the disciplines of archaeology and art history to submit contributions to the 2015 volume of Acta Ad Archaeologiam Et Artium Historiam Pertinentia (ISSN 0065-0900). In existence since 1962, the journal Acta is a forum for Norwegian and international scholarship on Rome’s material and cultural heritage. Acta is indexed in bibliographies, and all articles go through a rigorous peer review process before publication.

Contribution topics should preferably consider Rome and its broad cultural sphere from antiquity to the high middle ages. Other related subjects (e.g., Byzantium, etc.) crossing disciplinary boundaries are also welcome. Contributions can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Italian, French, or German.

Initial 200-word abstracts due February 15, 2015

Dialogue and Disputation in the Medieval Mediterranean

Scholarly articles of between 5,000 and 8,000 words are being solicited to complete a prospective special issue of Medieval Encounters, to be edited by Alex Novikoff (Fordham University) and Brian Catlos (University of Colorado Boulder/University of California Santa Cruz). Submissions should deal with some aspect of inter-communal or intra-communal debate among Christians, Muslims, or Jews and engage with the Mediterranean as a category of analysis, preferably between 600 CE and 1500 CE. All aspect of intellectual dialogue and religious disputation are welcome, and submissions need not necessarily address multiple religious populations (for instance inter-communal debates among Muslims or between Christians), but the framing of the concepts should be clear and an effort to connect the project to ongoing discussions of the Mediterranean is expected.

Expressions of interest by January 10, 2015; final submissions by February 15, 2015

Brill Series: Maps, Spaces, Cultures

Edited by Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University) and Asa Simon Mittman (California State University, Chico)

Editorial board: Michiel van Groesen (University of Amsterdam), Ricardo Padrón (University of Virginia), Ayesha Ramachandran (Yale University) and Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University)

This innovative series seeks monographs and essay collections that investigate how notions of space, geography, and mapping shaped medieval and early modern cultures. While the history of cartography has traditionally focused on internal developments in European mapping conventions and technologies,  pre-modern scribes, illuminators, and printers of maps tended to work in multiple genres. Spatial thinking informed and was informed by multiple epistemologies and perceptions of the order of nature.

Maps, Spaces, Cultures  therefore integrates the study of cartography and geography within cultural history. It  puts genres that reflected and constituted spatial thinking into dialogue with the cultures that produced and consumed them, as well as with those they represented. The editors welcome submissions from scholars of the histories of art, material culture, colonialism, exploration, ethnography (including that of peoples described as monsters), encounters, literature,  philosophy, religion, science and knowledge, as well as of the history of cartography and related disciplines. They encourage interdisciplinary submissions that cross traditional historical, geographical, or methodological boundaries, that include works from outside Western Europe and outside the Christian tradition, and that develop new analytical approaches to pre-modern spatial thinking, cartography, and the geographical imagination.

Authors are cordially invited to write to either of the series editors, Surekha Davies and Asa Simon Mittman, or to the publisher at Brill, Arjan van Dijk, to discuss the submission of proposals and/or full manuscripts.

Brill’s peer review process. Brill’s Open Access options.

Source: Medieval Art Research

Perseus Open Publication Series

Initial Call for Contributions:
Greek and Latin Editions
Modern Language Translations
Contributions to the Ancient Greek and Latin Dependency Treebanks

The Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University and the Open Philology Project at the University of Leipzig announce plans for the Perseus Open Publication Series (POPS), a new venue for open access and open data publications in any format and in any language that the Perseus Digital Library can support. The Perseus Digitary Library attracted 390,000 visitors in August 2014 while its contents are now prominent digital collections for two universities, one in Germany and one in the United States, each of which maintains its own repository. The Perseus Open Publication Series thus provides a visible, non-exclusive publication medium for those who wish their content to reach the widest possible audience and to be preserved as a part of the Perseus Digital Library.

Development of POPS will take place in stages and will ultimately include content in any format and on any subject within the Perseus Digital Library. This initial call is aimed at those who are producing, wish to produce, or who have already produced, well-understood forms of publication such as editions, commentaries, modern language translations, as well as the Greek and Latin Dependency Treebanks, and other resources that shed light upon sources in Greek and Latin and where the content can be reviewed with fairly traditional editorial processes. If you have published a digitized Greek or Latin edition or a new translation on a website or as a PDF file, and if you want to see this work also published as a part of the Perseus Digital Library, please let us know. You can continue to keep making your material available on your website and giving it to others to publish.

We expect the range of materials that we accept to expand in the coming years. We particularly encourage translations, both in English and in other languages — the ability to identify qualified reviewers provides the critical limiting factor on how much material we can assess. We encourage authors to produce their own TEI XML, using materials already in the Perseus Digital Library as templates and we will offer training for the most committed potential contributors and editors in producing EpiDoc TEI XML and/or creating morphological and syntactic annotations of Greek and Latin. This training can take place either at Leipzig or in other countries. We currently support training in Croatian, English, French, German, and Italian, with plans to expand to other languages. Where particularly important material already exists in HTML, Word, PDF or some other format, we will consider helping with the conversion into XML.

New contributions will be published initially as part of a new repository for Greek and Latin textual materials and accompanying annotations, based upon the Canonical Text Services Architecture. The CTS architecture will provide the backend for the next generation of the Perseus Digital Library website.

Our strategy to make the system itself is based upon making all content available under an appropriate Creative Commons license via the web site, while charging for services that make that content more convenient (e.g., a subscription that provides constantly updated versions of the Perseus texts in e-book format). All content and software that we produce will be open and others will be able — as they are already — to create their own versions and services based upon the Creative Commons licenses that authors select. Authors will be free to publish their materials in as many other venues as they choose (e.g., PDF representations of their materials might appear in or ResarchGate) and store their materials in additional repositories.

Those interested in contributing send inquiries should contact the Perseus Open Publication Series.

Call for Contributions: The Center of Byzantine Material Arts

From January 1st to March 6th 2015, Trinity House Cafe in Leesburg, Virginia will host an exhibition of icons made in mosaic, enamel, fresco, manuscript, carved wood and stone (two-dimensional), tile and encaustic.  Any traditional Byzantine Ecclesiastical medium (excluding Icons painted with egg tempera and acrylic) for The Center of Byzantine Material Arts. If you would like to participate, contact Colette Kalvesmaki.


Religion, Architecture and Visual Culture

Co-editors Professor Victoria Young and Dr Ayla Lepine are delighted to announce a new book series with Pickering & Chatto Publishers entitled Religion, Architecture and Visual Culture.

Exploring religious practices and sacred traditions can lead to new ways of interpreting identities, the exchange of ideas and objects and systems of power, politics and patronage. This series addresses a growing need for publications that focus on new methodologies in relation to theology and art history. Titles will engage directly with a range of traditions including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Visual culture and architecture will be discussed alongside religious traditions to assess cultural beliefs, social relations and creative practices in global contexts.

The series will be of value to those studying art and architectural history, heritage and conservation, gender and sexuality.

We are currently welcoming proposals from authors at any stage of their academic career whose research fits with the series theme. We are interested in hearing from authors to discuss potential projects or who are ready to submit a proposal.


Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures

Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures reveals alternative modes of contact for medieval scholars, librarians, and archivists specializing in medieval studies and medieval texts, made possible by the emergence of digital resources and by engagement with the digital humanities. The journal's global and interdisciplinary perspective pushes traditional national and temporal boundaries as the first such publication linking peer-reviewed research and scholarship with digital libraries of medieval manuscripts. Digital Philology includes scholarly essays, manuscript studies, and reviews of relevant resources such as websites, digital projects, and books.

Digital Philology is welcoming submissions. Inquiries and articles may be sent to the attention of the Managing Editor. Correspondence regarding manuscript studies may be addressed to Jeanette Patterson. For reviews of digital projects and publications, please contact Timothy Stinson.

Source: The Medieval Academy Blog

Material Culture of Magic

Dr. Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie (Johannes Gutenberg University) and Dr. Leo Ruickbie invite contributors to their forthcoming volume, The Material Culture of Magic.

Magic is a wide field of research comprising what we might call the occult, paranormal events, anomalous experience, spirituality and other phenomena throughout human history. However, research has often been focused more narrowly on the historical analysis of written sources, or the anthropology and occasionally sociology of practitioners and their communities, for example. What is often overlooked are the physical artefacts of magic themselves.

In all areas of research, ‘material culture’ is becoming increasingly important – the ‘material turn’ as it has been labelled. This is particularly the case for disciplines that traditionally have not focused on object studies but on theory such as historical or social sciences. However, it is self-evident that the objects emerging from a culture provide valuable information on societies and their history. This is also and particularly the case for magic and related phenomena. Magic, especially, became divorced from its concrete expressions as academic study focused on problems of rationality and functionalist explanation.

When studying magic it is crucial to look at the objects that have been produced and what purpose they had, who made them and in what period, whether they represent only a certain historical period or are a long-lasting phenomenon, etc. This volume hence aims to ‘re-materialise’ magic, to re-anchor it in the physical things that constitute ‘magic’ and recover the social lives, even biographies, of these things.

The envisaged academic book aims to cover a wide range of subjects, periods, geographical areas, as well as methods: firstly, because an interdisciplinary approach is essential to adequately encompass the subject; secondly, to investigate whether similar objects were used in different cultures in parallel or over a long period; and thirdly, to serve as a starting point for future research. This will be the first book on the material culture of magic and consequently has the potential to become a foundational text.

Therefore, we invite contributors from different disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, ethnology, folklore, parapsychology, religious studies, sociology and others. Subjects could be, for example, case studies focusing on particular objects, museum collections, or mass market items labelled as magical; analysis of classes of embodied magical functions, such as charms, amulets, talismans, magical jewellery, icons, relics, poppets (Voodoo dolls), etc.; consideration of classes of materials, such as bone, wood, metal, precious and semi-precious stones, etc. In addition, it is important to understand people-object relations, spatial-temporal aspects of magical objects, the dialectics of transference (projection and introjection), the role of narratives and social performance, cultural trajectories, and the processes of commodification and fetishisation (reification). These can be addressed in a variety of contexts from traditional religion to popular culture, and historically situated anywhere from prehistory to the present day.

Any physical representation of magical ideation or anything imbued with supernatural meanings by its creator, such as found objects, animal/human parts, and man-made artefacts, can be considered in this context. What matters is a central focus on the physicality of the magical object; its material existence.

The volume will present an overview of current research in this field. It will comprise approximately 20 of the best and most relevant contributions on this subject. Contributors will be asked to submit a finished chapter of around 6,000 words (inc. references) with publication planned for 2015.

Encyclopedia of Religious History

The editors of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Religious History, Andrew Holt (Florida State College) and Florian Curta (University of Florida), have issued a call for contributors.

The Encyclopedia of Religious History is a three-volume, multi-disciplinary encyclopedia that considers pivotal events in religious history. Contributors are needed for short essays covering over 700 entries. Entries cover the span of human history and consider many religious traditions.

Entry lengths range: 750 or 1500 words; 3000 words for major topics. Each entry should include a brief bibliography (3–4 items) of key scholarly works on the topics.

Expressions of interest and questions about the project should be sent to Andrew Holt.

Source: BSANA listserv

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