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11/22/19: CFP: 41st Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

Scent and Fragrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Keene, NH
17-18 April 2020

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss smell and fragrance in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Papers and sessions, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

This year’s keynote speaker is Deirdre Larkin, Managing Horticulturist at The Cloisters Museum and Gardens from 2007 to 2013, who will speak on “Every Fragrant Herb: The Medieval Garden and the Gardens of The Cloisters.”

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information (including email address) on your proposal. We welcome undergraduate sessions, but ask that students obtain a faculty member’s approval and sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director, at sullivan@german.umass.edu by 15 January 2020.

6/20/19: Details of this year’s conference are now available.

11/21/18: Next year’s NEMC conference is to be hosted by Brown University.

9/24/18: Registration for the 2018 NEMC conference, to be held in Durham, NH, is now open.

10/15/17: New England Medieval Consortium statement on harassment of colleagues

The New England Medieval Consortium, an interdisciplinary regional organization for scholars of the Middle Ages, stands with junior colleagues and medievalists of color. We affirm our colleagues’ right to free expression of ideas, but, equally, we endorse the efforts of colleagues working to make our scholarly community more inclusive and more just. Thus, we condemn online harassment, doxxing (the online publication of personal information to facilitate harassment), and other tactics of intimidation, particularly when these amplify existing racial and institutional disparities in medieval studies. Such behavior is not in accord with the values of the NEMC.

We join the Medieval Academy of America, the International Piers Plowman Society, the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, the New Chaucer Society, and other organizations in embracing the need to reflect upon historical and present connections between white supremacy and medieval studies and to oppose racist appropriations of the Middle Ages. Ongoing controversies in our field and in US political discourse suggest to us that the work of reflection and opposition is far from complete, and we commit our organization to facilitating a conversation based on civil exchange and sound scholarship.