york_atlas_cover_1An illustrated atlas of the history of the remarkable city of York, concentrating on the growth and form of the settlement across two thousand years.

Important since Roman times, the city of York grew to become one of the most prosperous, densely settled and influential cities of England in the medieval period and beyond.  The atlas charts the development of the city up to the advent of the railway age.

The volume is edited by Dr Peter Addyman (formerly Director of the York Archaeological Trust) and written by a team of experts in the various phases of the development of this important city.

The atlas is part of the Historic Towns Trust and the British Historic Towns Atlas project, and several of their publications are available free.


MapFrance copyThis is not a new site, but it’s one we haven’t come across before. Mapping Gothic France has “conducted onsite documentation of every significant Gothic monument in France, and created a comprehensive database of more than twenty thousand original photographs and panoramas accompanied by contextual materials, including historical texts, timelines, interactive floor plans, and parametric data. Mapping Gothic France employs animated maps and timelines to correlate the architectural and geo-political dimensions of the emergence of the French nation state.

Through its active exploration of architectural pedagogy as well as its incomparable collection of images and panoramas, we hope Mapping Gothic France will become a vital education and research tool for students and scholars alike.

Funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”


Seafaring Conference

Department of English: Conferences

Seafaring: an early medieval conference on the islands of the North Atlantic – November 3-5, 2016

Seafaring: an early medieval conference on the islands of the North Atlantic is a three-day national conference that brings together scholars of early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia to imagine cooperative, interdisciplinary futures for the study of North Atlantic archipelagos during the early medieval period.  Seafaring invites proposals for two kinds of sessions, seminars and workshops/forums, that will help imagine more collective and cooperative futures for scholars of the so-called “British” archipelago and/or reinvigorate the interdisciplinary mandate of early medieval studies.

Designed less around traditional conference presentations than as a “workspace,” Seafaring: an early medieval conference on the islands of the North Atlantic invites proposals that will engage participants in mini-tutorials, masterclasses, writing workshops, and learning laboratories – all of which are designed to widen their linguistic competence, interdisciplinary methods, geographic familiarity, and temporal scope, within and beyond the early medieval period.

Proposals for Seminars:

The primary workspace for this conference will be an eight-to-twelve-person seminar.  Seminars will meet for two days of the conference in order to foster extended discussion.  Seminar organizers may wish to ask participants to read  their papers or summarize pre-circulated writing.  Either way, the emphasis of the seminar is on protracted, constructive discussion: of an individual’s paper, of connections between papers, and of the seminar topic.  As a format that takes up some but not all of the conference, the seminar allows each participant to be a full member of one seminar and to sample others during remaining time blocks.

While organizers welcome especially seminar topics that focus on the conference’s theme of “seafaring,” seminars could cover any number of topics such as:

  • cross-cultural or multi-linguistic relationships among peoples of the north Atlantic and beyond
  • a place, text, or topic related to the north Atlantic that invites interdisciplinary perspectives
  • trans- or multi-temporal connections between early medieval and contemporary places, spaces, concepts

Proposals for Workshop/Forums:

Fostering truly collaborative and interdisciplinary work across the early medieval North Atlantic often requires scholars to continuously expand already highly-developed expertise in methodology, languages, or discipline.  Such efforts are often time consuming and proceed in autodidactic isolation. A scholar of Old English, for example, may find herself wanting to work with medieval Welsh or Irish or gain facility with the language of archaeological reports. We thus seek proposals for one-to-two hour workshops and forums in which participants share and learn from one another’s expertise in order to broaden their awareness and understanding of other islands of the North Atlantic.

Workshops and forums should be designed to be participant driven and may engage in a wide variety of activities such as:

  • a collaborative close reading of a perennially difficult text
  • a masterclass on the pronunciation, phonology, and/or basic grammar of medieval Welsh, Old Norse, Old English, or Old Irish
  • introduction to a methodology, theory, or seminal text rarely used within or unfamiliar to early medieval scholarship
  • a workshop on the pharmacology of Old English plant medicine
  • a mini-tutorial on the landscape archaeology of Lejre, Denmark, or shifts from pagan to Christian burial practices in the Icelandic archaeological record

Call for Seminars:

Submit your seminar proposal to SeafaringConference2016@gmail.com, subject line: “Seminar Submission”

Please include 1) a seminar/workshop cover sheet, 2) brief (100-word) seminar abstract followed by 3) a one-page description that provides rationale for its broad appeal, timeliness, etc.  Seminar proposals are due December 15th, 2015.

NB: Seminar organizers will be notified regarding their proposals by January 15th, 2016, at which time seminar abstracts will be posted online.  Individuals who would like to participate in a seminar should submit one-page paper proposals directly to the seminar organizers by March 15th, 2016.

Call for Workshop/Forums:

Submit your proposal for masterclass, workshop, mini-tutorial, or other format for active learning to SeafaringConference2016@gmail.com, subject line: “Workshop Submission:

Please include 1) a seminar/workshop cover sheet, 2) brief (100-word) workshop abstract followed by 3) a one-page description that includes session length, format, texts (if applicable), and goals.  Workshop/Forum proposals are due March 15th, 2016.




Within the biological-ecological sciences from which the term Anthropocene emerged, “scale” has a longer history and broader usage than it does within the now-proliferating philosophical, critical, theoretical, and ethical discourses that address environmentalism, climate change, and the Anthropocene’s status as a sixth major extinction event. For the latter discourses, scale often refers to something “bigger” than we have ever previously encountered: climate change, for instance, as a crisis unprecedented in its scope and in the reorientation, or “reinvention,” of critical protocols that it is said to require. Given the unrelenting scale of such issues as climate change and of factors contributing to it, e.g., the shift from small-scale family farming to massive global-marketing industrial operations, must theory, too, as some suggest, undergo a transition from local and individual to global perspectives? In what might a global imaginary consist, and how might it relate to existing critiques of globalization as but a label for the hegemony of Western culture? Are broader understandings of scale available from within the ecological sciences and, if so, how might these serve as resources for the “greening of theory”?

Mosaic invites innovative interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on Scale in relation to ecocriticism, the Anthropocene, climate change, and environmental and animal ethics.

Submissions must be received by: March 18, 2016.Mosaic follows an electronic submission process. If you would like to contribute an essay for review, please visit our website for details. Email any submission questions to mosasub@umanitoba.ca. Submissions must be received by: March 18, 2016.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: We welcome submissions that conform to our mandate.
• Essays may be in English or French and must represent innovative thought (either in the form of extending or challenging current critical positions). Mosaic does not publish fiction, poetry, or book reviews.
Mosaic publishes only original work. We will not consider essays that are part of a thesis or dissertation, have been published previously, or are being considered for publication in another journal or medium.
• Preferred length of essays is 7,000 words, to a maximum of 7,500 words. Parenthetical citations and works cited must follow the conventions of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.) or MLA Handbook (7th ed.). Essays may feature illustrations.
Mosaic’s anonymous peer-review process requires that no identifying information appear on the electronic version of the essay itself. Submissions that meet our requirements are sent to specialists in the specific and general area that an essay addresses. Anonymous but complete transcripts of the readers’ reports are sent to the author.
Address inquiries by email to:
Dr. Dawne McCance
Editor, Mosaic
University of Manitoba, 208 Tier Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada
Tel: 204-474-8597, Fax: 204-474-7584
Email: mosasub@umanitoba.ca


Organizer: Katharina N. Piechocki, Harvard University

Contact the Seminar Organizers

This seminar intends to investigate comparative literature and cartography at the intersection of theory, poetics, and translation. Over the past twenty years the Humanities, and CompLit in particular, have manifested an unprecedented interest in cartography, a field of study generally associated and affiliated with geography, history and the human sciences. Taking up Harley’s call for a “humanistic turn in cartography,” this seminar asks how Comparative Literature, and the Humanities more broadly speaking, underpin and drive cartographic and spatial thinking across disciplines. Conversely, it asks how CompLit is redirected and reoriented by cartography and the “spatial turn.”

This seminar wishes to re-examine the manifold uses, guises, and ramifications of key words and concepts such as “mapping,” “location,” “space” and “place.” Reflecting upon the increasingly metaphorical use of a cartographic and spatial terminology in a time of limited interest in geography (recorded by the decreasing number of geography departments across the country), this seminar investigates cartography’s productivity and articulations from antiquity to the Renaissance, a period often termed the first age of globalization, to GIS and digital mapping in the Humanities.

How do continental theory (as well as analytical philosophy), poetics, and translation (theory) shape the way we understand cartographic and spatial thinking? Vice versa, how does cartography inform our understanding of literature, philology, and the field of translation studies? In which ways do we use cartographic material to map and define the world in the twenty-first century against the backdrop of pressing ecological, technical, medical and social transformations and challenges? And: in which different ways and to which extent do we who are in the Humanities, and in Comparative Literature more specifically, intervene in shaping, mapping, describing and visualizing these pressing questions?


51G-CETdt1L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_Cohen, Meredith and Fanny Madeline, eds. Space in the Medieval West: Places, Territories, and Imagined Geographies. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014.

For just over ten years, the International Medieval Society of Paris (IMS-Paris) has hosted scholars from Europe, North America and beyond at a series of annual conferences organised around a particular theme. The fruits of some of these conferences have now begun to appear as edited collections of essays–Difference and Identity in Francia and Medieval France(2010), Memory and Commemoration in Medieval Culture (2013), and now Space in the Medieval West. This volume is a very welcome addition to….

Read more at TMR.



The Medieval Association of Place and Space accepts one-page abstracts of papers and a completed Participant Information Form, for the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, May 12–15, 2016. The deadline for paper proposals is September 15, 2015. Please submit all abstracts and the form to Kathy Lavezzo, indicating in which panel you would be interested participating.

Scale I: Microspaces: This session examines medieval literary, cartographic and visual representations of small-scale, ordinary and quotidian locations such as a doorway, an alcove or a gutter. It interrogates the ambiguity such representations by asking how microspaces can produce identity, promote topophilia, and/or foster oppositional stances. In keeping with its interest in detailed attention to microspaces, the session welcomes papers that use space to rethink deep reading practices, e.g. close reading.

Scale II: Macrospaces: This session examines medieval literary, cartographic and visual representations of large-scale locations, such as the known and unknown oikeumene or world, and the premodern universe. In invites new approaches to mappaemundi or world maps as well as planetary and global chorographies. In keeping with its interest in large-scale perspectives, the session welcomes papers that use space to rethink recent work on surface reading practices and data mining.

Space, Race and Ethnicity: This session considers how visual and literary depictions of space intersect with the construction of racial and/or ethnic alterities during the middle ages. It asks how space alternately authorizes and/or undermines fantasies of difference. Possible paper topics include but are not limited to new perspectives on the depiction of Jews, Saracens and monstrous “races” in world maps, climatic treatises, architecture, visual art, encyclopedias, itineraries and other travel narratives. Papers examining how medieval Jewish and Muslem cartography, literature and art use space to construe a gentile or Christian other are also encouraged.



This is a reminder to send the Medieval Association of Place and Space announcements about conferences, publications, and other news. We encourage scholarly study of travel writing, cartography, medieval Others, and ideas about place and space.

You can see our past Association topics at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo on this site, including the very successful panel from this year. Suzanne Akbari presented on presentations of time in Lambert of St. Omer and Joachim of Fiore, Valerie Allen on how astrolabes present a plenitude of ways of representing time, and Sarah Stanbury discussed how objects and spaces are repurposed and open in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale. Thank you to Suzanne Akbari, Valerie Allen, Sarah Stanbury, and all who attended. Watch for the Association’s call for papers for future Congresses.

If you have ideas for other conferences or have suggestions for MAPS, please contact Mathew Boyd Goldie.











The Medieval Association of Place and Space
Friday, May 15, 3.30: Session 306
Schneider 1155

Space: Time
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, Univ. of Toronto: Time as Territory: Joachim of Fiore and Lambert of Saint-Omer’s Diagrams of History
Valerie Allen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY: Time, Space, and The Doctrine of Triangles
Sarah Stanbury, College of the Holy Cross: Disruptive Innovation in Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale: The Tools

Meeting and Reception
Friday, May 15, 5.15
Fetzer 2030
All welcome. We will briefly discuss ideas for next year’s session and MAPS-sponsored at other venues. Reception.

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The Interdisciplinarity of Pilgrimage Studies

An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by

the Institute for Pilgrimage Studies and

the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies

College of William & Mary

October 16-18, 2015

“Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make.”

Abraham Cowley (English Poet 1618-1667)

The Institute of Pilgrimage Studies in conjunction with the International Consortium for Pilgrimage Studies invites abstracts for the 4th annual Symposium October 16-18, 2015 at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.  Encouraged themes:

  • Pilgrimage in the College Curriculum
  • Pilgrimage and Popular Culture
  • Sociology of Pilgrimage
  • Jewish Pilgrimage
  • The Body & Pilgrimage
  • Tourism & Pilgrimage
  • Space, Place and Lived Experience of Pilgrimage

We encourage submission of papers involving research and creative activity on journeys to a sacred center or travel for transformation from a broad range of disciplines and perspectives including religious studies, anthropology, literature, art history, kinesiology, classical studies, history, sociology, theater and dance.  Faculty who design curricula to channel a pilgrimage trip into a fully mentored academic experience are especially welcome, including their student participants.  Individual presentations will last no more than 20 minutes, with time for discussion between papers.

Contributors who assemble three-to-four participants as an integrated session will receive com­ple­ment­ary registration for the Symposium if they attend as presider of that session.

Abstracts of 500 words from faculty, independent researchers, graduate and undergraduate students may be submitted on our website (http://www.wm.edu/sites/pilgrimage/annualsymposium/abstractsubmissionform2015/index.php) until May 1st, 2015.  Faculty and independent researchers should submit a short CV with their abstract; students should provide a recommendation from a faculty mentor.  Students may propose to either present papers or participate in a poster session.  Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15th, 2015.  Please check the website or contact Prof. Brennan Harris (mbharr@wm.edu) for further information.

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