We are pleased to announce the plenary speakers for Medieval Natures, our 2016 meeting:

Brinley Rhys Memorial Lecture: Caroline Walker Bynum (Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Columbia University) 

Edward King Plenary Lecture: Carolyn Dinshaw (New York University)  

Coming Soon: A New Look for the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium!

In the coming months, the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium will be redesigning our website. We will be adding a regular blog about our future meeting, including pieces by guest bloggers, as well as an "Ask a Medievalist" column - which seems to be in demand, according to this piece about director Matthew Irvin's viral letter to advice columnist Dan Savage. In the coming months we hope to make the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium website into a place where the conversation that defines our yearly meeting can take place year round.

We would also like to announce major news for the Colloquium: a $100,000 gift will make possible one of our long-time dreams: to help graduate students and young professors with the cost of attending. We will be able to almost eliminate registration fees for graduate students, and assist considerably with travel and accommodations. The Colloquium Committee wants to thank our anonymous donor for helping us to open our doors to even more people. We hope to have more information on how to apply for travel assistance available soon. In the meanwhile, below is our CFP for 2016 - we hope to see you there!

Call for Papers

The Forty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Medieval Natures

April 1-2, 2016
The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

This colloquium will explore the varied concepts of nature in the medieval period. Papers might, for instance, approach nature as a philosophical category, an object of mimesis, an archive for scientific investigation, or consider nature through eco-criticism, race and ethnicity, animal studies, or the history of science. Papers are encouraged from all fields, and possible topics could include allegories of nature in literature or sculpture, theological arguments over the nature of divinity, alchemy, the history of agriculture, medieval perceptions of the natural world, depictions of animals, or astronomy. We welcome papers considering medieval European, Asian, and African, and cross-cultural perspectives.

We invite 20-minute papers from all disciplines on any aspect of medieval nature.  We also welcome proposals for 3-paper sessions on particular topics related to the theme. Proposals for panel topics and threads are due August 31, 2015. Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., electronically if possible, no later than October 30, 2015. If you wish to propose a complete session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented; completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than March 1, 2016.

We are also pleased to announce the Susan J. Ridyard Prize ($500), to be awarded to a paper that is especially exceptional in its response to the year’s theme. Prize papers are nominated by respondents. The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Graduate Prize ($250) will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student or recent PhD recipient (degree awarded since July 2013).

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium