Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Call for Papers -- Gerald of Wales Conference 2015

Here is the call for papers for the Gerald of Wales Conference which will be held at Harvard University 10-11 April 2015:

"New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts

Harvard University, 10-11 April 2015

Gerald of Wales, also known as Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald de
Barri, is one of the most widely referenced authors of the twelfth
century, and an important source of information for life in the
insular medieval world. Much of his work, however, remains
understudied, with scholarly focus usually limited to his works on
Ireland and Wales, while his religious and other writings remain
almost untouched. Recent scholarship on the complete manuscripts of
his works by Catherine Rooney at the University of Cambridge,
however, as well as recent studies on his ethnographic writings and
the vernacular transmission of his work, has opened up new
possibilities and renewed interest in his life and writings,
including several forthcoming new editions. This conference seeks to
bring together scholars of Gerald of Wales from around the world,
considering this remarkable writer in his own right, both in the
context of the twelfth century and throughout the later Middle Ages,
stimulating new dialogue and allowing a platform for new work in the
    This conference invites papers on any aspect of Gerald’s writing,
    especially welcoming new approaches to his religious writings; the
    transmission of his work in manuscript, including the construction of
    stemma; his relationship to other writers of the twelfth century,
    whether scholastic, historical or otherwise; his relationship with
    the Angevins; and the legacy of his reception in vernacular
    The conference will be hosted by Harvard University’s Department of
    Celtic Languages and Literatures and the Standing Committee on
    Medieval Studies. We are pleased to announce that our plenary
    addresses will be given by Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews)
    and Huw Pryce (Bangor University). Potential presenters should submit
    an abstract of no more than 250 words to harvardgerald[at]gmail.com by
    31 October 2014. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in
    For future announcements, see harvardgerald.wordpress.com."

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