CfP - Medieval Women and the Arts. Literacy, Education, and Visual Culture

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Call for Papers
April 3, 2018 to April 4, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Intellectual History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies

Presentation and goals

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers for the interdisciplinary workshop «Medieval Women and the Arts. Literacy, Education, and Visual Culture» has been opened. This event is conceived as a place of discussion  and exchange for scholars, researchers, and postgraduate students who consecrate their work to the field of social, cultural, and intellectual history of women.

In order to avoid the historio-graphic borders that scar different periods, the chronologic frame for this workshop will encompass from the Low Middle Ages (12-13th centuries) until the Renaissance and the Early Modernity (16th c.).

The topic focuses on the cultural practices of production and reception within the feminine sphere: literacy, instruction, and visual culture. However, It should be stressed that, in this case, the concept of cultural practice goes beyond the customary meaning of these three notions. It will be rather considered as a vast variety of activities traditionally set aside from what have been granted as intellectual work. We are talking here about liturgical and paraliturgical habits, devotional practices, singing and music,  image, contemplation, exercises linked to meditation, memory, or introspection, and also the assorted forms of teaching and learning.

Young researchers who are interested in the study of  these notions within the field of Medieval and Modern Women Studies are welcome to send a proposal before February 26th, 2018.



The workshop will take place in Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona (Campus de Ciutadella) on April 3rd-4th 2018. 



This is not a conference, but a workshop. It means that the participant is engaged to prepare beforehand not only the presen-tation of his/her own research, but also a series of materials that are crucial for the proper functioning of the workshop. The workshop can only work if the participants achieve two basic tasks: sending the whole text of their presentation before March 20th 2018, and carefully reading all the documents that the organization will provide.

The meeting will be organized in four different sessions: talks, reading workshops, presentation of ongoing researches, and a seminar.

The talks and the seminar will be open events to a public audience, but the presentation of ongoing researches and the reading workshops will be spaces exclusively reserved for the participants: PhD students and invited researchers.




This event is open to all scholars and students from any discipline concerned by the topic. Applicants must send an abstract of their ongoing research (300 words) and a short bio before February 10th to the following email adresses: 


The positions for PhD students who are willing to present their ongoing researches are limited to 12. A scientific committee will evaluate the proposals and notify the decision to the candidates before March 3rd 2018.

The registration fee will be of 50€.

Important note: Spanish and English will be used for this workshop. At least a passive knowledge of both languages will be required.


Invited speakers



Sabrina Corbellini

University of Gröningen

Eva Schlotheuber

Universität Düsseldorf


Reading workshops

Sabrina Corbellini

University of Gröningen

Blanca Garí

Universitat de Barcelona

Mercedes Pérez-Vidal

Universität Düsseldorf

Eva Schlotheuber

Universität Düsseldorf



Pablo Acosta García

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Victoria Cirlot

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Ainamar Clariana

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Sergi Sancho Fibla

Aix-Marseille Université / CNRS

Contact Info: 
Sergi Sancho Fibla
Postdoctoral Researcher
Aix-Marseille Université / CNRS
Telemme, Labexmed

MMSH - 5, rue du Château de l'Horloge - BP 647
13094 Aix-en-Provence Cedex 2

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