Call for Sessions and Papers

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern worlds.

We invite proposals for papers, sessions, and roundtables on all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies. The deadline for proposals submissions is December 31, 2014.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Kenneth Pennington, of Catholic University of America, and Ingrid Rowland, of the University of Notre Dame.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

All sessions take place in state-of-the-art classrooms and auditoriums with complete audiovisual facilities. All sessions, events, meals, and housing are located within easy walking distance of each other. A rich variety of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues are also only a short walk away.

During their stay, participants are welcome to utilize the Vatican Film Library as well as the rare book and manuscript collections of the nearby Pius XII Library. Those interested in using the Vatican Film library, should contact Susan L'Engle ( by email or phone at 314-977-3090. Participants may also use the library's regular collections, which are especially strong in medieval and early modern studies.

All sessions are 90 minutes long. A variety of session formats are welcome.

Have an idea for a session, but lack the participants? Fill out the form below and it will appear on our Sessions Seeking Participants page in a few weeks.

Special topics requesting papers: (please submit papers to session organizers)

Croatian Renaissance Literature -- Slavica Stanislava Stojan (
Decoding Landscape in Medieval Renaissance Art and Literature -- Kyunghee Pyun (
Disability and Manuscript Studies: New Directions? -- William Youngman (
Literary Adaptations: Remixing and Upcycling -- Tara Chambers ( and Kristina Sutherland (
Medieval Eastern Christianity: Byzantium and Beyond -- Ashley Purpura (
Millennialism and Messianism in Medieval Iberia -- Linde Brocato (
Perspectives on Libro del Caballero Zifar -- Janice North & Ana M. Montero (

Propose a Session in Need of Papers