CFP: Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submis­sion of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines. We prefer submissions in the form of e-mail attachments in Windows format; please include an e-mail address.



The editorial board will make its final selections by 1 May 2011.

Please send submissions to

or to

Blair Sullivan, Managing Editor, Comitatus

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

302 Royce Hall

Box 951485

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

First Workshop of the Year: Prof. Michael Allen (Classics)

Please join us for our first workshop of the year! 

Prof. Michael Allen (Department of Classics, University of Chicago)

“The Letter-Book of Lupus of Ferrières”

12:00-1:30pm on Friday October 8th in Wieboldt 207

Lupus of Ferrières (ca. 805-862) was one of the great Classical Scholars of the Carolingian Renaissance.  His activities as teacher, book-borrower, abbot, and scribe affected the shape and survival of major works we still read.  A collection of his letters assembled near the time of his death provides a unique window into that activity over thirty turbulent, but fruitful years.  For their style and content, the letters have counted as classics.  Fresh study shows what more they have to tell about Lupus, his times, and his readers.

Coffee and tea will be provided, and we invite you to bring your lunch.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Torsten Edstam at

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance, please contact Torsten Edstam in advance at

A full schedule of the year’s workshop presentations may be found under the program tab.

CFP: K’zoo sessions (2011)

The Medieval Studies Workshop is sponsoring two sessions at Kalamazoo this year. Please consider submitting an abstract!

Session Descriptions:

1.) Images of Medieval Kingship

This session will explore different approaches to the depiction of kings and
kingship in the Middle Ages. The figures of kings appeared in a range of
European contexts, both visual and textual, including legal documents,
chronicles, architecture, seals, and a wide range of works of art. Representations
of kings and kingship still have much to tell us about the cultural and social
priorities of medieval Europe. This session hopes to examine textual and visual
representations of kings from a range of contexts, asking what these historical
sources might tell us about medieval notions of kingship. We invite papers that
take up the question of how particular representations define kingship, of how
they relate to historical ideals and realities, of how the representation of the
medieval king may have changed over time, and/or how representations of
kings and kingship interacted with other contemporary notions of rulership.

2.) Devotion and Reform in the Middle Ages

This session is geared towards scholars interested in the relationship between
devotion and reform. Medieval reform movements invariably involved changes in
devotional practices as the men and women associated with them tried to
revivify Christian religious life. Although reformers generally sought a return to
earlier traditions, these movements often resulted in devotional innovation as
older notions of religiosity were confronted with new ideas of what it meant to
live as a pious Christian. In this session, we hope to explore how the pursuit of
reform produced changes in devotional practice and, in turn, how the practice of
devotion inflected, and even reinflected reformist ideals and ambitions. We
welcome papers that explore the intersection of devotion and reform in the
Middle Ages, including but not limited to developments in prayer and liturgy,
reading and meditative practices, the visual arts, music, and literary production,
considered from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

If you are interested in presenting at one of these sessions, please send your abstract to along with the Participant Information Form available on the Kalamazoo Congress website ( by WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15.
Requests for further information may also be directed to

Welcome to a new year of the Medieval Studies Workshop!

Welcome medievalists!

We’ve launched a new web-presence for the Medieval Studies Workshop (MSW) which will allow us to keep you posted on upcoming MSW presentations, events and other goings-on in the Medieval Studies community at the U of C, and beyond. Please bookmark this blog and check it often!

We have an exciting program of workshop presentations planned for 2010-11, featuring new work by our graduate student medievalists as well as talks by U of C faculty and distinguished visitors. After a year’s hiatus we’re excited to renew our regular alternate Friday meetings from 12:00-1:30pm in Wieboldt 207. Our first meeting will be October 8th.

For details of this year’s schedule of MSW speakers please click on the “2010-11 Program” tab above. You can also consult find individual presentations by clicking on the calendar posted in the sidebar.

We’re hoping to make this blog a ‘first stop’ in your search for medieval-focused lectures and events: please consider contributing a notice of a relevant event by contacting the blog administrators. Click on the “Contact” tab above for information about how to reach us.

Clicking on the “Directory tab above will take you to a listing of faculty & graduate student medievalists at the U of C and in the region. Please do check to be sure we have you listed in the directory and that your listing is up to date: corrections & new listing entries are most welcome.

We’ll be adding more content and features to the MSW blog over the course of the year. If you have suggestions about content or functionality that you’d like to see incorporated in the blog, please let us know.

Finally, you’ll find that many posts are open for comments. Please feel free to leave a comment: in good medieval fashion, we welcome your marginalia!