Boethius in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Sponsored by the International Boethius Society

This call for papers especially seeks abstracts which follow this line of inquiry, the reception of Boethius into the Middle Ages or Renaissance, although papers which look at the Consolation itself or later periods are also welcome. Stephen Blackwood's recent study, The Consolation of Philosophy as Poetic Liturgy, has proven yet again that despite the excellent attention Boethius's final work has received by modern scholars, there is always something fresh to say about it. And as scholars such as Blackwood, Morschini, Donato, and others delve more deeply into the question of how to read The Consolation, they also shed more light for investigation into the reception of Boethius into the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Whether in literature, philosophy, theology, or other fields, time and again Boethius's Consolation proves to be a fresh spring to follow for insight into the many writers who drew upon his thought for their own impressive labors.

Scholars working in history, theology, literature, philosophy, music or art history are all encouraged to submit, and topics may range from genres such as medieval romance and allegory to major authors such as Chaucer and Elizabeth I, philosophical issues such as the problem of evil or the good life, or questions of the liberal arts such as the Consolation as a pedagogical tool in the classroom or the Consolation as an object of translation studies. Work on Boethius's extended corpus and its influence, such as his theological tracts or logical treatises, is also invited.

Abstracts for this session should be 300-350 words.

Please direct all proposals and inquiries to Anthony G. Cirilla at by 20 December 2017.