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Call for papers: International Congress on Medieval Studies – Kalamazoo, 2018

Church in the City. Ecclesiastical Power and Urban Government in Medieval Italy (10th-13th c.)

In Italian historiography, history of the Church and history of the Communes, and even urban history in a broader sense, have been completely partitioned for long. A s a consequence, the question of the relations between Church and urban secular institutions of government have little been studied. True, from the 1960’s on, scholars started to pay attention to some aspects of this question, starting with the specific problem of the relations between the bishop and the city, and more specifically between the bishop and the emerging Commune. The main purpose of the numerous studies produced on the subject, was to understand how bishops, who were at the head of urban government in the 10th century, could have bit by bit given way to communal authorities in the following centuries, and how they dealt with it.

 It is now a trite to say that in the central Middle Ages, civil and religious spheres were as closely intertwined and even inseparable as they were in the former period and that in terms of political organization of the city, this resulted in what Giovanni Tabacco has defined as the “institutional synthesis of the bishop and the city” – a reality that persisted in the early communal era. However, what was fundamentally at stake in this debate was the birth of the Communes and how bishops had acted as a driving force in the process or, on the contrary, resisted to it. So that the bishop was seen as a central but isolated figure, embodying all by himself the Church, whose other members and manifestations were not taken into account in the discussion.

In the 90’s, the question of the relationships between Church and City was approached from a different angle, that of the “civic religion”, or as André Vauchez defined it, how urban powers appropriated “ values of the religious life (…) for the purposes of legitimation, celebration and public well-being”. The main figure here was not the bishop but the patron saint(-s), and the Church it was about essentially the cathedral, whose bell-tower served as the fulcrum of urban identity. More recently, studies dedicated to the employment of secular clerics and monks in communal administrations has shown that the issue of the relationships between secular and religious institutions could be addressed in a renewed perspective and was still widely to investigate.

The session will thus examine the multiple and complex links between the Church and urban civil authorities, in order to determine how Church took part in the government of the city after the bishop had lost the better part of his prerogatives in that matter. More broadly, the aim would be to address the problem of the cooperation or rivalry between those two institutionnal entities. In this perspective, the Church will be apprehended as a whole, in its different manifestations : its staff (not only the bishop, but also his closest associates, the canons of the cathedral, and beyond, the other secular or regular clerics and monks present in the city), its institutions (not only the cathedral, but also the other urban churches and monasteries), its rights, properties and jurisdictions, etc. Several aspects and topics could be investigated : the transfer of “personnel”, normative models or administrative practices from one sphere to another ; jurisdictional issues (who judges what and where ?) ; rivalry or disputes relating to the control of certain areas or over certain institutions (hospitals for example), etc.

Le Goff depicted medieval Italy as an “exception” respected to the rest of Europe in the central Middle Ages. In full line with this reflection, one of the goals of the session would be to highlight some of the specificities of the history of the Peninsula between the 10th and the 13th century ; but also, in the meantime, to stress certain original developments in terms of political or institutionnal organisation, which tend to be hidden by the great traditionnal narrative of the history of the Communes.

This session of papers is co-organised by Arnaud Fossier, Associate Professor at the University of Bourgogne (France) and Émilie Kurdziel, Associate Professor at the University of Poitiers (France).

Please send proposals (title + 250 words outline of your paper + your current affiliation) by 15 September to:

Émilie Kurdziel


IMC 2018: Call for paper ‘Memory and Community’

IMC 2018: Call for paper ‘Memory and Community’

One of the way in which the medieval societies have been explored has been though the concept of community. Often very well-delineated such as monastic community, that of specific settlement, location, religious group, minority or one connected by other type of bonds. The ‘production’ of community, its evolution, inclusion and exclusion are important approaches to examine social dynamics.

In a series of interlinked sessions at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds between 2 and 5 July 2018, the CESCM Poitiers and IMS Leeds, who have just began formal cooperation, would like to explore some of the central problems of the intersection of the community and memory. In particular we welcome contributions focusing on 1000-1550 from any part of the broadly understood medieval Europe – focusing on any type of community within Christian, Jewish or Islamic context. Comparative perspectives are particularly encouraged as well as explicitly methodological reflections.

We want to invite participants from different stages of academic career (not restricted to the CESCM or IMS members). We particularly seek papers that explore one of the following issues:

  • Memorialization of communities in textual and visual forms.
  • Dynamics of memorialization.
  • Erasing, forgetting and excluding within the communal context
  • Community and contested memories


Please send us proposals (title + 250 words outline of your paper + your current affiliation) by 15 September to us e-mail:

Estelle INGRAND-VARENNE (Poitiers)

Martin AURELL (Poitiers)

Emilia JAMROZIAK (Leeds)

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Sessions CESCM-IMS à Kalamazoo en 2018 – Memory: Public Display and Material Evidences

Pour la deuxième année consécutive, le CESCM, en association avec l’IMS-Paris, organise des sessions au Congrès international des médiévistes de Kalamazoo qui se tiendra dans le Michigan (USA) du 10 au 13 mai 2018. Les sessions porteront sur les moyens de la mémoire au Moyen Âge, sur les manifestations publiques de la commémoration et sur les objets et monuments produits dans cette perspective.

Les propositions de communication (300 mots) peuvent être adressés à Vincent Debiais ( avant le 10 septembre 2017, en français ou en anglais. On trouvera ci-dessous le texte de l’appel à communication et dans ce lien l’appel à communications général du prochain Congrès de Kalamazoo.

Memory – Public Display and Material Evidences I & II

The two sessions cosponsored by the IMS-Paris and the CESCM-Poitiers aim to explore how medieval men and women used material devices, artefacts, and inscriptions to stage the memory of people and facts in public spaces.

In the perspective of Oexle’s seminal work, participants are invited to elaborate on the meaning and shape of public monuments erected for individual or institutional commemorations, and on the effect of such devices in the collective construction of past. Commemorative inscriptions, statues, fountains, columns translate memory into material signs, footprints of the past in medieval landscapes. In the other hand, public ceremonies, processions and liturgical celebrations need provisional constructions and displays to perform the public and demonstrative side of memory. Thus, the sessions would like to explore how daily practices and permanent installations of commemoration give shape to medieval understanding of time and space.

In order to go beyond the state of art, and to nuance the boundaries between private and public spaces, religious and political ceremonies, individual and collective memory, these sessions aim to gather specialists from different disciplines: history, art history, epigraphy, literature, liturgy, musicology… At the crossroad of visual studies and social history, the sessions would like to echo the new research trends on the complex notion of “memory” by articulating within a single approach historical facts and the material way they have been understood and commemorated by medieval groups and individuals.

Participants are invited to submit papers on the following topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Civic memory and public ceremonies,
  • Epigraphic programs for private and public commemorations,
  • Monuments and artefacts of memory,
  • Liturgical and para-liturgical aspects of commemorations,
  • Permanent vs. provisional in commemoration,
  • Feasts, celebrations, ceremonies in urban contexts,
  • Signs and devices for commemoration.

The International Medieval Society-Paris is a non-profit association that welcomes international scholars of the Middle Ages in France and promotes international exchange with French colleagues. It organizes an annual symposium in Paris at the end of June and several meetings with senior scholars and graduate students all along the academic year (

The Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale in Poitiers is one of the main research institution in Europe for teaching and research in the field of medieval studies. Founded at the end of the 1950’s, it gathers scholars in different disciplines (history, art history, literature, archeology, musicology) and hosts several publications, among which is the journal Cahiers de civilisation médiévale (

Pour tout renseignement, contacter Vincent Debiais (

Histories, things, and anthropological approaches – materiality and gender in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies – Call for contribution

Workshop: Histories, things, and anthropological approaches –

materiality and gender in the Medieval and Early Modern Studies

April 19.–20.2017 – CESCM

For a decade now, medieval and early modern studies have been influenced by the so-called anthropological turn. This has revived the long tradition in the Medieval studies of researching the Middle Ages as ‘another culture’, distant from our own, but also prompted new attentiveness to material things, giving agency to them as objects not only used by people, but actually working together with people. A renewed concern with the presence and efficacy of crafted things falls onto the ontology of images and challenges such oppositions as object-subject or animate-inanimate. Gender historical approach, in turn, invites the scholars to think about men and women as agents, or how men and women or feminine and masculine were presented in the medieval times.

The workshop aims to look at different phenomena across Medieval and Early modern Europe from the perspective of how anthropology has affected the research, and how both the concepts of materiality and gender have been intertwined to this – where has this ‘turn’ placed us? How could different approaches have fruitful discussion over the disciplinary discourses? We wish in particular to encourage a discussion of methods and means of analysing gender and material culture within multiple research materials carried on by various disciplines. By emphasizing active dialogues between history, archaeology, anthropology, art history, theology and other close disciplines we seek to minimize the gap between the approaches in use. What problems we face with multidisciplinary analyses? How to get them done in the first place? What methods pertaining to natural sciences are we in need of?

We invite proposals for presentations (ca. 300 words). The deadline for proposals is February 28th and they should be sent to Meals are covered by the workshop and travel expenses are covered for members of the GeM project.

Material culture, gender and multidisciplinary analyses in medieval studies (GeM) is a series of workshops funded by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Finnish Cultural Fund). The aim is to bring  together scholars on various phases of their careers who are interested in developing gender perspective and issues related to material culture and to medieval and early modern studies. Project is connected to the Medieval Gender History Network, a Nordic network aiming to enhance co-operation between scholars interested in gender and the Middle Ages in the North of Europe (see the theme issue in the web journal Mirator). The project is led by prof. Anu Lahtinen (University of Helsinki) with co-organizers, assistant prof. Visa Immonen and senior lecturer Elina Räsänen (University of Helsinki).

The first workshop in Copenhagen (June 15–17, 2016) was organized together with Louise Berglund (University of Örebro) and Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen (National Museum, Copenhagen). This workshop aimed to inspire discussion of how ecclesiastical spaces were constructed and used by women as well as men, and how the various artefacts expressed and mediated the participation and agency of the medieval users.

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Le CESCM à Kalamazoo en 2017 – Appel à communication

Le Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale et l’International Medieval Society-Paris lancent un appel à communication pour une session de communications organisée dans le cadre de l’International Congress on Medieval Studies qui se déroulera à Kalamazoo (USA) du 11  au 14 mai 2017 et qui réunit tous les ans dans le Michigan plus de 3000 médiévistes venus du monde entier. Cet appel conjoint est l’occasion pour le CESCM d’organiser pour la première fois un événement scientifique lors de l’ICMS,  sur le thème de l’altérité (sociale, religieuse, politique, linguistique) et ses implications dans le domaine du visuel.

Les propositions de communication (CV et résumé) sont à adresser à Vincent Debiais avant le 15 septembre 2016 ; merci aussi de renseigner la fiche d’inscription de l’ICMS. Pour tout renseignement, contacter Vincent Debiais :

Signs of Identity, Marks of Otherness: New Approaches to Visual Culture

This session will explore new avenues of research on visual signs marking the identity of social, religious, and political groups in different spaces (real or imaginary), and the ways in which these groups distinguished themselves.  Recent advances in the auxiliary sciences, which take into account social phenomena in the origin, creation and usage of systems of signs, permit  to revisit questions posed by emblems, armor, inscriptions, and images that mark the landscape and establish hierarchical spaces, both separate and connected.  In the dialectic of inclusion/exclusion, signs become references of identity included, integrated, claimed or rejected in reaction to historical circumstances and power relations.  This session brings together specialists from different disciplines to explore how visual signs work in real spaces, such as cities, monasteries, and castles; and literary spaces where such signs appear frequently in motifs and narratives.

This session welcomes interdisciplinary submissions.  Scholars working on original approaches to signs of identity through social history, visual culture, and the auxiliary sciences are encouraged to submit abstracts.  In this way, the session will have very broad appeal to participants at Kalamazoo.  Possible themes are: disputes, divisions, and heraldic claims; banners, standards, and flags; epigraphic marking and destruction; the role of written culture/visual culture in the strength of social groups.