CONFERENCE INFORMATION

Our conference is set to take place on 22–24 June 2017. Non-speakers are particularly welcome and encouraged to attend!

We have 28 speakers on a variety of interesting subjects related to culture and war in the Middle Ages. We will also have keynote presentations by Dr Matthew Bennett (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst) and Professor João Gouveia Monteiro (Universidade de Coimbra).

The (provisional) conference programme is available here: academia.edu/33291160/Lisbon_Medieval_Culture_and_War_Conference_Programme

The conference will be held in Amphitheater IV, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa. On Saturday the 24th there will be a visit to a museum with a medieval military collection (to be finalised).

 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask: lisboncultureandwar@gmail.com

 

Lisbon Organisation Committee
Inês Meira Araújo
António Martins Costa

Leeds Organisation Committee
Sophie Harwood
Trevor Russell Smith
Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

Coordinator
José Varandas

CALL FOR PAPERS

Medieval Culture and War:
Spaces, Images, Mentalities

Lisbon Medieval War Conference

22–24 June 2017

Keynote Speakers
Dr Matthew Bennett (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
Professor João Gouveia Monteiro (Universidade de Coimbra)

War shaped the medieval world. It configured all kinds of social models and human processes, including political and economic systems, religious doctrines, cultural transformations, and changes of mindsets.

Following a previous meeting held at the University of Leeds in 2016 (Leeds Medieval Culture and War: Ideals, Representations, Realities), this conference, organised by the Centre of History of the University of Lisbon, will pursue the development of new approaches to medieval warfare by discussing spaces, images, and mentalities in interdisciplinary perspectives.

We warmly welcome papers that draw on several theoretical backgrounds (e.g. archaeological, art historical, historical, literary, or sociological methodologies). Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Theory and doctrine of war
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Organisation, command, and logistics
  • Fortifications and weaponry
  • Communication, intelligence, and counterintelligence
  • Bellatores in medieval societies
  • Non-combatants and prisoners of war
  • Literature, art, and war
  • Warfare and religion
  • Body and soul
  • Superstitions, devotions, fears, and behaviours
  • War at sea

The conference will be held at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras de Universidade de Lisboa). On the third day participants are invited to join us for a visit to a museum with a medieval military collection. There will be a registration fee of €25.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a paper of 20–25 minutes along with a short biographical note of about 150 words, or a joint proposal fora  thematic panel of 3 papers, to lisboncultureandwar@gmail.com by 3 March 2017. The papers will be selected by an independent Scientific Committee, through a blind review. Contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers are especial encouraged.

The working language is English.

The organisers plan to publish selected papers presented during the conference in a peer-reviewed edited collection.

Lisbon Organisation Committee: Inês Meira Araújo and António Martins Costa

Leeds Organisation Committee: Sophie Harwood, Trevor Russell Smith, and Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

Coordinator: José Varandas

The CFP is available as a PDF here: https://www.academia.edu/30889715/CFP_Lisbon_Medieval_Culture_and_War_Spaces_Images_Mentalities

Travel Bursaries

We particularly welcome the attendance of postgraduate students and early career researchers at this conference and have a fund specifically set aside for subsidising the travel of those based outside of Leeds who would otherwise be unable to attend. This fund was made possible through the generosity of Medium Ævum.

Postgraduates and early career researchers whose own universities or other grant-awarding bodies are unable to help them are eligible to apply for this funding. This includes those who wish to attend the conference but who are not giving papers.

Funding cannot be paid in advance but we will reimburse applicants as soon as possible after the conference. Bursaries are limited to a maximum of £50 per person. Due to the high cost of bank charges, we can only pay expenses in GBP.

To apply, please send a supporting statement (approx. 300 words) along with a copy of any receipts for travel expenses already incurred to culture.and.war@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2016.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Medieval Culture and War:
Ideals, Representations, Realities

Annual Leeds Medieval War Conference

5–7 May 2016, University of Leeds

Keynote Speakers
Dr Matthew Bennett (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst)
Dr Karen Watts (Royal Armouries)

War was a constant in the Middle Ages and affected every aspect of life. In recent years studies have moved away from looking at war on its own, but rather in relation to its greater medieval context. These novel approaches have shed light on new and interesting aspects of war. This conference aims to pursue this further by exploring the interaction between culture and war in the Middle Ages, as manifested in ideals, representations, and realities. The intersections of these three fields of research allow for advances in our understanding of the period. We welcome, but are not limited to, papers on such subjects as:

  • Theoretical aspects and ideology
  • Didactic literature
  • Conceptualisation of war
  • Representation in art and literature
  • Gender and war
  • Chivalry, martial display, and symbolism
  • Non-combatants
  • Injury and death
  • The place of war in society
  • Weapons and armour

The conference will be held over two days at the University of Leeds, along with a unique hands-on session at the Leeds Royal Armouries on the third day. Interdisciplinary approaches from any theoretical background (e.g. archaeological, art historical, historical, literary, or sociological perspectives) are invited. Attendance will be free and a publication of selected proceedings is planned.

Please send abstracts of 250–300 words for 20 minute papers, or proposals for sessions of three papers or debates, along with a short biography, to culture.and.war@gmail.com by 29 February 2016. Contributions from postgraduates and early career researchers are encouraged.

Organisation Committee: Sophie Harwood, Trevor Russell Smith, and Iason-Eleftherios Tzouriadis

The CFP is available as a pdf here: https://www.academia.edu/19353001/CFP_Medieval_Culture_and_War_Ideals_Representations_Realities

 

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