Memory and Remembrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2017
Nevada, United States
Subject Fields: 
Early Modern History and Period Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Music and Music History, Religious Studies and Theology

The Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association and the Medieval Association of the Pacific invite paper and panel proposals for its 2018 conference, to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 12-15, 2018. The conference theme is “Memory and Remembrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance,” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the RMMRA. The program organizers invite proposals that consider the idea of memory and remembrance, broadly conceived, during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Proposals may consider remembrance in all areas: religious, ceremonial, familial and personal, and political during the medieval and Renaissance periods but may also investigate memory with regard to the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association itself in honor of celebrating fifty years of the association.  The Program Committee encourages proposals from scholars and students working in all relevant fields, including but not limited to history, literature, music, theatre, theology, and the visual arts. We welcome paper proposals from scholars of any gender identification, ethnicity, race, religion, and subject field, and are happy to work with scholars in need of accommodation or accessibility modifications.  As always, while paper and panel proposals addressing the conference theme will receive special consideration for inclusion, proposals in any area of medieval and Renaissance studies are welcome.

Graduate student presenters are eligible to compete for the Michael T. and Phyllis J. Walton Graduate Travel Award to help defray expenses associated with travel to and presentation at the annual conference. The RMMRA also awards two annual paper prizes: the Allen DuPont Breck Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a junior scholar, and the Delno C. West Award for the best paper at the conference presented by a senior scholar (at the rank of Associate Professor or higher). For additional information on the RMMRA, please visit

Graduate student and new scholars who present at the conference are also eligible to compete for the MAP Founders' Prizes.  In addition, the John F. Benton Awards provides travel funds for all members of the Medieval Association of the Pacific—independent medievalists and graduate students in particular—who might not otherwise receive support from institutions.  For further information on its grants, including application deadlines, please see

Sessions usually consist of three 20-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length. The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.  Session organizers may wish to propose different formats for their sessions, subject to Program Committee approval. Those interested in participating in roundtable discussions should plan to speak for no more than 8 minutes.  The Program Committee will form the roundtables and put participants in contact with one another. To facilitate scholarly interchange, roundtable participants will be expected to pre-circulate their proposed comments among the group prior to the conference.

Paper and panel proposals should be directed to the RMMRA Program Committee via email to both Sarah Davis-Secord at and to MAP Secretary Anne Laskaya at

Proposals are due by November 15, 2017 for full consideration. A proposal must include:

  • Name of presenter
  • Participant category (faculty/graduate student/independent scholar) and institutional affiliation
  • One-page CV (in case of panel proposal, include one for each participant)
  • Preferred mailing and email address (in case of panel proposal, indicate a panel contact person)
  • An abstract of the proposed paper/panel (250 words) or proposed round table (100 words)
  • Audiovisual requirements and any other specific requests

The Program Committee will notify participants if their proposals have been accepted by December 15, 2017.

Please note that all presenters at the conference must be current members of MAP or RMMRA. To join or renew your MAP membership, please go to To join or renew your RMMRA membership, please see

The conference website, which will include further details about MAP/RMMRA 2018, is currently under construction and will be available in the fall.  In the meantime, please direct any questions to Prof. Margaret Harp, Dept. of World Languages and Cultures, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Kristin M.S. Bezio is Associate Professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Her background is in technical theater and early modern drama with a PhD in literature from Boston University. Publications include Staging Power in Tudor and Stuart English History Plays: History, Political Thought, and the Redefinition of Sovereignty (2015) with Ashgate Press, “From Rome to Tyre to London: Shakespeare’s Pericles, Leadership, Anti-Absolutism, & English Exceptionalism” in Leadership, “The Filial Dagger: The Case of Hal and Henry IV in 1 & 2 Henry IV and The Famovs Victories,” Journal of the Wooden O Symposium, “Subject, Servant, & Sovereign: Servant Leadership and Elizabethan Government in Shakespeare’s King John” in Leadership and Elizabethan Culture, and “Staged Magic: Performing Witchcraft in Macbeth” in a volume of essays on Macbeth.

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