New Board of Directors Members

Vagantes welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors during the International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2017. Board members are elected by participants at the Vagantes conference and represent a range of institutions and disciplines.

Catherine Albers (English, Univ. of Mississippi) will serve as Social Media Coordinator, Timothy Nelson (English, Univ. of Arkansas) will be our Mentorship Coordinator, and Geneviève Young (French, Univ. of Minnesota) was named a Current Host Representative. Our continuing members are Marjorie Housley (English, Notre Dame), Matthew King (History, Univ. of Minnesota), Aylin Malcolm (English, Univ. of Pennsylvania), Scott Miller (Art History, Northwestern), and Alice Isabella Sullivan (Art History, Univ. of Michigan). Thanks to outgoing members Kyle Sweeney and Helen Davies for their service on the board.

2017 Call for Papers—Deadline EXTENDED!

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March 9–11, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.

CFP deadline has been extended to Thursday, 10 November. Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 16th annual meeting at the University, of Notre Dame, March 9–11.

Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features approximately thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.

The 2017 conference will feature a variety of exciting keynote speakers and events. Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor of French & Italian at the University of Minnesota, will present on her current research. David Gura, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts in Special Collections at the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Library, will speak about his recent work on Arnulf of Orléans’ commentary on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. In addition, the conference will feature tours of Special Collections, the Basilica, and the Snite Museum of Art, and workshops on a variety of topics. Attendees will also be encouraged to avail themselves of the University’s world-renowned Medieval Institute Library.

Conference presenters residing outside the Michiana area who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions are eligible to apply for a travel honorarium to be issued as a reimbursement. See the Vagantes website for further details: www.vagantesconference.org/travel-awards/ .

Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit a paper title and abstract of no more than 300 words on any medieval topic along with a 1-2 page C.V. to organizers@vagantesconference.org. The deadline has been extended: submit required materials by Thursday November 10, 2016.

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New members begin terms on Vagantes Board of Directors

Vagantes welcomed four new members to the Board of Directors during the International Congress on Medieval Studies. Aylin Malcolm (English, Univ. of Pennsylvania) will serve as webmaster. Scott D. Miller (Art History, Northwestern) joins the Board as Public Outreach Coordinator. Alice Isabella Sullivan (Art History, Univ. of Michigan) will fulfill the role of Historian. Matthew King (History, Univ. of Minnesota, not pictured) joins the Board as Future Host Representative. Continuing members include Kyle G. Sweeney (Art History, Rice), Helen Davies (English, Univ. of Mississippi), Marjorie Housley (English, Univ. of Notre Dame), and Jan Volek (History, Univ. of Minnesota). We thank outgoing Board members Andrew Welton, Roland Black, Meg Gregory, Miriam Poole, and Carolyn Van Wingerden for their leadership.

 

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Announcing: 2016 Call for Papers

Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies

February 18-20, 2016 at Rice University

Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 15th annual meeting at Rice University, February 18-20.

Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.

The 2016 conference will feature exciting keynote speakers. Dr. Diane Wolfthal, David and Caroline Minter Chair in Humanities and Professor of Art History at Rice University, will present a talk entitled “Images of Servants: The Late Medieval Aristocratic Ideal and its Alternatives” while Dr. Amy Mulligan, Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, will present on her current research. In addition, Dr. Annemarie Weyl Carr, University Distinguished Professor of Art History Emerita at Southern Methodist University, will present Byzantine icons from the Menil Collection‘s holdings and take conference participants on a tour of the collection. The conference will also feature an exhibition of medieval illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and facsimiles presented by the Woodson Research Center at Rice University.

All successful applicants residing outside metropolitan Houston who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions are eligible to apply for a travel honorarium to be issued as a reimbursement. See the Vagantes website for further details: www.vagantesconference.org/travel-awards/ .

Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit a paper title and abstract of no more than 300 words on any medieval topic along with a 1-2 page C.V. to organizers@vagantesconference.org by November 2, 2015.

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Announcing: 2015 Call for Papers!

Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference

February 19-21, 2015 at the University of Florida

Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, is seeking submissions for its 2015 meeting at the University of Florida, February 19-21.

Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.

The 2015 conference will feature exciting keynotes. Dr. Linda Neagley, of Rice University, will open the conference with: ‘Architectural counterpoint: Juxtaposition & opposition as a visual strategy in the Late Middle Ages.’ Dr. Nina Caputo of the University of Florida will close with a discussion of the unique challenge of transforming medieval history into a graphic novel. The conference will also feature an exhibition of medieval bestiaries: ‘The Beast in the Book,’ presented by Dr. Rebecca Jefferson of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and a roundtable session with University of Florida faculty on teaching the middle ages from a global perspective.

Several travel awards will be granted to the best papers in Jewish, Byzantine, and women’s studies. See the Vagantes website for further details: www.vagantesconference.org/travel-awards/ .

Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit a 300-word abstract on any medieval topic along with a 1-2 page C.V. to organizers@vagantesconference.org by November 3, 2014.

Vagantes welcomes Rice University as 2016 host!

The Vagantes Board of Directors is excited to announce that Rice University will host Vagantes in 2016!

We received very strong proposals this year, and the decision was difficult. We anticipate an excellent conference from Rice, and hope our other applicants will apply again for 2017.

In the meantime, preparations for the 2015 conference at the University of Florida are heating up, and we look forward to seeing you there in February!