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.

Proposals are now closed; a call for papers for next year's theme, Borders and Margins, will be available after April 2. 


For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium


Seminar: Defining Nature

Kellie Robertson, Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland, will lead a seminar at the 2016 Colloquium on the topic, "Defining Nature." The seminar will allow scholars to work together to engage scientific, literary, historical, and visual ways of exploring the natural world. Medievalists from all fields are encouraged to apply. A full description appears after the jump. 

Dr. Robertson is currently completing Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Natural Philosophy (forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press). 

Read more