Truth and Fiction conference

Dear colleagues,

The International Medieval Society (IMS-Paris) invites interested scholars to submit proposals by November 24th 2017 for our annual symposium, which will be held in Paris on June 28th to June 30th 2018. This year’s topic is “Truth and Fiction,” and we are looking forward to what is sure to be a challenging and stimulating conference.

Please find the call for papers below, with information about the IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize. We hope that the members of your organization will be interested in this event.

Best regards,
The IMS-Paris Symposium Committee



Truth and Fiction
28-30 June 2018

In the wake of the US presidential election and the Brexit referendum, the Oxford English Dictionary chose the expression “post-truth” as its word of the year. This expression underlines the growing tendency to dismiss objective facts in favor of impulsive—and often prejudicial—feelings, frequently supported by “alternative facts.” The contentious relationship between the truth and lies, or truth and fiction, which is currently playing out in the public arena has, in fact, a long-standing legacy—one which can be traced back to the Middle Ages. For this reason, this year’s IMS conference seeks to investigate the variety of different approaches to truth and fiction that existed in the Middle Ages.

One possible avenue of inquiry concerns new ideas of Truth introduced by the Gregorian reforms. On a philosophical and doctrinal level, the idea of the infallibility of the Pope, the “Doctor of Truth,” was introduced by Gregory VII who, taking up the words of Christ, contended that he was the Truth (via, veritas, et vita). From a liturgical and sacramental point of view, on the other hand, we can study contemporary tenets of Eucharistic doctrine as a challenge to common sense as a mystery of human understanding—albeit articulated in rationalist terms. Papers thus might address the manner by which the Gregorian reforms placed the question of truth at the center of the demands of society: by constructing this “ideology of truth,” but also—and above all—by implementing mechanisms like preaching, which spread Truth to Christians, and confession, which introduced the obligation to speak the truth. We are particularly interested in the place and the role of Fictions in these devices (sermons, exempla, vita, etc.).

A second approach to this theme is through language, discourse and narrative forms that aimed to produce a supposed truth. We could examine the relationships between literature and history and their ambiguity with respect to the truth. For example, fictionalized historical narratives throughout the medieval period were frequently thought to be true because they provided a means of decrypting the social order. As John of Salisbury wrote, “even the lies of poets served the Truth.” Papers might explore relationships between truth and fiction through the lens of historical and literary genres (novels, epics, etc.) and the ‘truths’ they produced, placing special emphasis on the way that it was possible to believe the facts related in these works. The importance of these historico-literary fictions—what Paul Veyne called “doctrine in the face of facts”—might also be taken into account.

Law and rhetoric also construct notions of truth. Rhetoric permits the control of the relationship between the author and the audiences of a text and the establishment of the status of a text as veridic, among other things. It can even create direct links between music and words, using metaphor as a means of approaching the truth. Papers could consider, for instance, the virtuosity of the effects of Truth produced by the dictamen or even the quaestio scholastique as a method for establishing Truth with certitude, as well as the place of fiction within these new political languages.

Images throughout the medieval period play a fundamental role in the construction or undermining of truth(s). According to Augustine, the image is not truth, but rather a means of understanding Truth. For him, the work of art renders abstractions concrete using representations hat are both specific and individualized. What is the art object’s role in dispelling truth or decrying falsehoods? Through what formal and material means does it achieve either? Papers might consider the use and forms of medieval diagrams, the role of the art object in spiritual form, etc.

Finally, the conference aims to examine the origins and development of interrogative procedures in the medieval period, in that they illustrate relationships with the truth maintained by medieval societies. We are especially interested in the uses and status of fictive facts in inquisitorial trials, the manner that fictions were revealed during trials, or even how the participation of individuals in inquisitorial trials was viewed as an instrument of legitimization of power and as a way of acknowledging those individuals’ own truths and interpretations of facts.

This great diversity of themes opens participation to researchers working in a variety of different fields and coming from a variety of backgrounds: historians, art historians, musicologists, philosophers, literary scholars, specialists in auxiliary sciences (paleographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists)… While we focus on medieval France, compelling submissions focused on other geographical areas that also fit the conference theme are welcomed. In bringing together such diverse proposals, the IMS conference seeks to take a new look at the notion of Truth, its articulations, and its relationship with Fiction in the medieval world.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (in French or English) for a 20-minute paper should be sent to Each proposal should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment required for the presentation.

The deadline for abstracts is 24 November 2017.

Paper selections will be made by a scientific committee composed of Catherine Croizy-Naquet (Univ. Paris 3/CERAM), Marie Dejoux (Univ. Paris 1/LAMOP), Lindsey Hansen (IMS), Fanny Madeline (LAMOP/IMS), and Valerie Wilhite (Univ. of the Virgin Islands/IMS), as well as the members of the Board of Directors of the IMS. Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis.The selection committee will email applicants in mid-December to notify them of its decisions. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website thereafter.

Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fees (35€ per person, 20€ for students, free for members of LAMOP and CERAM; 10€ membership dues for all participants).The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For more than a decade, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and for past symposium programs, please visit our websites: and

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract

2) an outline of a current research project (PhD dissertation research)

3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350€ to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150€) will be paid at the symposium


Call for Papers: 12th Congress of the Association Internationale d’Etudes du Sud-Est Europeen

The 12th Congress of South-East European Studies Bucharest, 2-7 September 2019 Political, Social and Religious Dynamics in South East Europe Proposed Sessions

1. Religious Dynamics between the Pontos Euxeinos and the Aegean Sea in Antiquity
2. Urbanization in South East Europe in Roman times 3. The Religious Basis of Power in South East Europe
4. The Ottoman Conquest of the Balkans: Structural Change and Continuity
5. Networks in South East Europe: Politics, Trade, Culture (14th-17th Centuries) 6. The Black Sea and its Straits: a Permanency of South East European History
7. South East Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean 8. Devotion and Pious Donations to the Holy Places within the Ottoman Empire
9. Orthodoxy, from Empire to Church. Social Manifestations and Cultural Forms of Faith 10. Translations of Patristic Literature in South East Europe 11. Biblical Apocrypha in South East Europe. Variation and Transmission from Antiquity to Modern Times 12. The Printing Press in and for South East Europe 13. Between the Imperial Eye and the Local Gaze. Cartographies of South East Europe
14. Demetrius Cantemir’s South East Europe                                                                                                                                   15. South East Europe as Science. The Birth of a Scientific Discipline
16. Merchants in the Balkans: Family and Geographical Solidarities, Networks and Commercial Techniques
17. The Phanariote Literature
18. Between Czar, Kaiser and Sultan: New Approaches to the Age of Revolution in the Lower Danube and the Black Sea Area
19. On Rivers and Seas: Hydropolitical Conflict and Maritime Cooperation in South East Europe
20. The Formation of South-East European Nations and the National Unifications 21. The Migration. Human and Political Condition in South East Europe 22. From Ani to Romania: History, Tradition and Iconography 23. Georgia and South East Europe: Byzantine Heritage and Common Cultural Path 24. Religious Minorities in South East Europe 25. Experts, Technology, and State. Making the Modern Environment in South East Europe
26. New Perspectives on Balkan Linguistics 27. Exit from the Great War: South-East European Societies from 1918 to 1923
28. The Legacy of the Treaties of Paris (1919-1920), a Century after
29. Doctrines, Movements and Totalitarian Regimes in South East Europe in the 20th Century
30. Remigration and Transformation in Post-Socialist South-East Europe
31. The European Union, South-Eastern European State and Relations with Neighbours
32. Conserving the Cultural and Artistic Heritage in South East Europe
33. Perspectives on the Digitization of Documents in the South-East European Archives


The titles and abstracts of the papers are expected to be submitted before 20 December 2017, to the address: congress2019@aiesee. org . Please indicate the session of the congress in which you wish to participate.

Call for Papers: Renaissance Royal Weddings and Cultural Production

The conference ‘Renaissance Royal Weddings & Cultural Production’ seeks to reconsider cultural output for/about royal weddings which took place between c.1400 and c. 1600, as an important source for contemporary thought about monarchy and ruling families/dynasties. It will study the royal wedding as a nexus of ideas, texts, objects and performances about the Crown. It will ask how the Renaissance itself affected the culture of royal weddings, with its classicising, Italianate focus. The conference welcomes papers from scholars working in Renaissance and neo-Latin literature, art history, court studies, intellectual and political history. Papers on cultural production for royal weddings outside Latin Europe are also warmly welcomed.

Please submit 200-500 word abstracts of paper proposals to by 1st October, 2017. The Jagiellonians Project is able to cover reasonable travel and accommodation costs for all participants presenting a paper.

The conference is being organised under the auspices of the European Research Council funded project Jagiellonians: Dynasty, Memory & Identity led by Dr Natalia Nowakowska.

The full Call for Papers is available at Renaissance Royal Weddings and Cultural Production.

The Third Biennial Conference of the Medieval Central Europe Research Network

Between Three Seas: Borders, Migrations, Connections

The Third Biennial Conference of the Medieval Central Europe Research Network

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb (Croatia), 12–14 April 2018

Organized by

the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

in collaboration with

the Croatian Institute of History


Keynote lectures by

Neven Budak and Paul Knoll

In the summer of 2015 the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe were faced with a massive wave of refugees caused by the collapse of the established political order in the Near East. In the longue durée, this was not a new phenomenon. Throughout the Middle Ages the region of Central Europe, closed off by the Baltic, Black and Adriatic Seas, was on numerous times exposed to the large-scale movements of people, whether migrations or invasions, while its borders, as well as political and cultural landscapes were constantly shaped and reshaped anew. Yet during this entire period migrations were also taking place on a micro level. As various individuals, objects, and ideas circulated to and fro, political, economic and cultural connections emerged that transcended borders both within and beyond the region. The Third Biennial Conference of MECERN ( will focus on the impact of both mass and individual movements on the region, the permeability of borders, and the manifold connections that reached beyond purely local contexts. In other words, the conference will explore medieval Central Europe in flux. We welcome proposals from scholars researching all aspects of history, from political, social, cultural, economic, ecclesiastical, urban to art, literary, intellectual, and legal history. Both individual and panel submissions are welcomed, with papers expected to be twenty-minutes long. In addition, the call is open for poster presenters, as one poster session will also be organised with five-minute presentations.

Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2017

Please submit a 250-word abstract and one-page CV to

Planned registration fee: EUR 50

All accepted participants will be notified by 15 October 2017


Call for papers (for Hungarian speakers): Történeti táj – tájrégészet: eredmények és perspektívák a magyarországi tájrégészeti kutatásban



Konferencia felhívás


Történeti táj – tájrégészet: eredmények és perspektívák a magyarországi tájrégészeti kutatásban



2017 november 2-3.


MTA Humán Tudományok Kutatóháza

1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4.


A különböző korok közösségei sokféle módon alakították maguk körül a  tájat, különféle gazdasági, társadalmi, politikai vagy vallási szempontok szerint. Az egymást követő generációk tovább építették a „történeti tájat“, és e változások egymásra rétegződésével vált maga a táj is több korszak nyomát magán viselő, összetett régészeti jelenséggé.

Az elmúlt évtizedekben a magyar  kutatás gyakran fordult a régészeti jelenségek táji értelmezése felé, és járult hozzá  a tájrégészet hazai megerősödéséhez.  Mostanra időszerűvé vált az eddig elért eredmények összegzése és a kutatás jövőbeli feladatainak áttekintése egy széles együttműködésben megvalósuló konferencia keretein belül. A rendezvény kettős célt szolgál: egyrészt bemutatja a korábbi hazai kutatások legfontosabb tendenciáit, másrészt áfogó körképet nyújt a legfrissebb projektekről, eredményekről és célkitűzéseikről a hazai és nemzetközi kutatás keretei között. A konferencián sorra kerülő kerekasztal beszélgetések lehetőséget nyújtananak a tájrégészet különböző irányzataival foglalkozó szakemberek közti eszmecserére, és a szakterületek kérdésfeltevéseinek, módszereinek kölcsönös megismerésére is.

Az előadások hét témakör köré szerveződnek: Mi a tájrégészet? / Környezetrégészet – tájrégészet / Település és táj / Tájhasználat / Kommunikáció, hálózatok / Szimbolikus táj / A tájrégészet módszerei. Az egyes blokkokat egy-egy, a témakörök hazai kutatását áttekintő előadás vezeti fel. A szervezők elsősorban olyan, a fenti témakörökbe sorolható előadásokat várnak, melyek egy-egy konkrét kutatás bemutatásán túl általánosabb, problémafelvető, módszertani jellegű kérdésekkel jelentkeznek.

Jelentkezési határidő: 2017. augusztus 31.


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Történeti táj – tájrégészet:

eredmények és perspektívák a magyarországi tájrégészeti kutatásban


2017 november 2-3.

MTA Humán Tudományok Kutatóháza

1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4.



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