Thursday, May 11, 2017

Eco Focused Sessions at Kalamazoo

Several sessions of potential interest to ecocritics and environmental historians have been convened for the International Congress on Medieval Studies starting this morning in at Western Michigan University. Many thanks to Ilse Schweitzer VanDonkelaar for compiling the list.

Thursday, 10:00 am

Natura in the Twelfth Century 
Sponsor: Divinity School, Univ. of Chicago 
Organizer: Robert J. Porwoll, Univ. of Chicago 
Presider: Bernard McGinn, Univ. of Chicago
Rupert of Deutz on Nature, Sin, and the Mutability of Creation in Genesis 1 to 3 
Wanda Zemler-Cizewski, Marquette Univ.
Where Nature Indulges Herself in Secret and Distant Freaks: Creation Viewed from the Edges of the Twelfth-Century Cosmos 
Daniel Yingst, Univ. of Chicago 
The Invention of Natura: Poetry, Ecology, and Ecolinguistics in Bernard Silvestris, Alan of Lille, and Johannes de Hauvilla 
David Allison Orsbon, Univ. of Chicago
Respondent: Willemien Otten, Univ. of Chicago

15 FETZER 2030 (#15)
Archaeology of the Countryside 
Sponsor: Medieval Association for Rural Studies (MARS) 
Organizer: Adam Franklin-Lyons, Marlboro College 
Presider: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar
Peasant Settlement and Agricultural Activities at Late Medieval Irish Tower House Castles 
Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State Univ.
Archaeological, Palaeo-Pathological, and Palaeo-Environmental Reflections of Food Crisis in the Early Fourteenth-Century British Isles 
Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent

29 BERNHARD 106 (#s29)
Nature versus Ecology (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
Organizer: Shannon Gayk, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Presider: Shannon Gayk
Why Not Nature? 
Kellie Robertson, Univ. of Maryland
Playing Nature on the Early English Stage 
Robert W. Barrett, Jr., Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign 
“Thus seyth the Bok of Kendys”: Ecological Thinking in the Castle of Perseverance 
Rebecca Davis, Univ. of California–Irvine
“Dwell” . . . “Magyk Natureel”: The Possibilities of Middle English Terminologies 
Emily Houlik-Ritchey, Rice Univ.
Spirited Ecology in the Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle 
Myra E. Wright, Bates College
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington Univ.

43 SANGREN 1730
Dwelling in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape I 
Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and 
Manuscript Research 
Organizer: Catherine E. Karkov, Univ. of Leeds 
Presider: Donald G. Scragg, Univ. of Manchester
Creating Kingdoms: Landscapes of the Living and the Dead in Anglo-Saxon England 
Sarah J. Semple, Durham Univ. 
Richard Rawlinson Center Congress Speaker
Last Writes: Death and Landscapes of Memory in Anglo-Saxon England 
Jill Hamilton Clements, Univ. of Alabama–Birmingham

Thursday, 1:30 pm

Gender and Species: Ecofeminist Intersections (A Roundtable) 
Organizer: Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College 
Presider: Lesley Kordecki, DePaul Univ.
Does It Have to Be about Women? Feminism Goes to the Dogs 
Carolynn Van Dyke
Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship between Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale 
Melissa Ridley Elmes, Lindenwood Univ. 
La Femme Bisclavret: Gender, Species, and Language 
Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
The Owl and the Nightingale: Belligerent Mothers and the Power of Feminine Speech 
Wendy A. Matlock, Kansas State Univ.
Flying, Hunting, Reading: Feminism and Falconry 
Sara Petrosillo, Univ. of California–Davis
Questioning Gynocentric Utopia: Nature as Addict in “Farewell to Cookeham” 
Liberty S. Stanavage, SUNY–Potsdam

Early Medieval Monasticisms, New Questions, New Approaches I: Monastic Landscapes 
Sponsor: Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism 
Organizer: Matthieu van der Meer, Syracuse Univ.; Albrecht Diem, Syracuse Univ. 
Presider: Albrecht Diem
Like a Fish Out of Water: Antony the Great and the Ascetic Landscape 
Daniel Lemeni, West Univ. of Timişoara
Consider the Cook, the Baker, and the Server: The Archaeology of Monastic Kitchens from Early Byzantine Monasteries in the Near East 
Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, Wittenberg Univ. 
Monastic Landscapes of the Mind: Pope Gregory’s Negotiation of Greek and Latin Psychology and Demonology 
Benjamin E. Heidgerken, St. Olaf College

Thursday, 3:30 pm 

116 SCHNEIDER 1330
Gower’s Animals 
Sponsor: John Gower Society 
Organizer: Brian Gastle, Western Carolina Univ. 
Presider: Gabrielle Parkin, Case Western Reserve Univ.
Fowl Play: Birds and Social Bonds in “Tereus, Procne, and Philomela”
Jeffery G. Stoyanoff, Spring Hill College
Animal Bodies, Social Critique, and Equine Medicine in John Gower’s “Tale of Rosiphelee”
Francine McGregor, Arizona State Univ. 
Animal Life and Men of Law in John Gower’s Mirour de l’omme and Vox clamantis
Natalie Grinnell, Wofford College
The Kinde Creatures: Fair Trade in the Tale of Adrian and Bardus
Roger Ladd, Univ. of North Carolina–Pembroke

135 SANGREN 1710
Medieval Ecocriticisms: Intersections (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Medieval Ecocriticisms 
Organizer: Heide Estes, Monmouth Univ. 
Presider: Heide Estes
Material Subjects, Vulnerable Bodies
Richard H. Godden, Loyola Univ. New Orleans
Queer Waste in Wynnere and Wastoure
Micah Goodrich, Univ. of Connecticut 
Environmental Diversity and the Cultural Terrain of a Temporal Monolith: 
Eosturmonath, Nisan, and the Paschal Table
Miriamne Ara Krummel, Univ. of Dayton
Reverberations from the Sibyl’s Cave: Tracking the Ecology, Materiality, and 
Authority of the Female Prophet across Medieval Europe
Alan S. Montroso, George Washington Univ.

Thursday, 7:30 pm

Wolves Outside, Inside, and at the Medieval Door 
Organizer: Laura D. Gelfand, Utah State Univ. 
Presider: Kathleen Ashley, Univ. of Southern Maine
Hagiography and Historical Encounters with Canis Lupus Lupus
Laura D. Gelfand
Saint Norbert and the Wolves of Prémontré
Ellen M. Shortell, Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
Wolf versus Lion: The Princely Avatars of Orleans and Burgundy
Elizabeth J. Moodey, Vanderbilt Univ.

Friday, 10:00

214 BERNHARD 210
Landscape Approaches to the Plague 
Sponsor: Contagions: Society for Historic Infectious Disease Studies 
Organizer: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar 
Presider: Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent
Plague in the Sixth-Century Bavarian Landscape
Michelle Ziegler
44.7%: New archaeological Evidence for the Impact of the Black Death in 
England and Its Implications for Future Research
Carenza Lewis, Univ. of Lincoln 
Heterogeneous Immunological Landscapes and Medieval Plague
Fabian Crespo, Univ. of Louisville

216 BERNHARD 212
Green Spenser 
Sponsor: Spenser at Kalamazoo 
Organizer: Sean Henry, Univ. of Victoria; Rachel E. Hile, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne; Susannah B. Monta, Univ. of Notre Dame 
Presider: Thomas Herron, East Carolina Univ.
Opening Remarks
David Lee Miller, Univ. of South Carolina–Columbia
“And straight they saw the raging surges reard”: Watery Wildernesses and Narratives of National Self in Spenser’s Book II of The Faerie Queene
Amber N. Slaven, Univ. of Louisiana–Lafayette 
Moving Metaphors: Spenser’s Clouds
Archie Cornish, Univ. of Oxford
“Seeking for Daunger and Aduentures” in Spenser’s Gardens
Christine Coch, College of the Holy Cross

Friday, 1:30

231 FETZER 1005
Sponsor: International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB) 
Organizer: Kevin S. Whetter, Acadia Univ. 
Presider: Nicole Clifton, Northern Illinois Univ.
Ruled by Counsel: Arthur, Justice, and the Influence of Merlin in Malory’s Morte Darthur
Russell L. Keck, Harding Univ.
Besieged Ladies: Thomas Malory’s Lyonesse and the Paston Letters
Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado 
Northern Justice: Morgause’s Sons, Arthur’s Nephews
Katharine Mudd, Northern Illinois Univ.
Environmental Justice in Arthurian Romance
Michael W. Twomey, Ithaca College

240 SCHNEIDER 1120
Materiality and Place in the Northern World I 
Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and 
Manuscript Research 
Organizer: Catherine E. Karkov, Univ. of Leeds 
Presider: Jill Frederick, Minnesota State Univ.–Moorhead
“The Gates of Paradise”: (Be)jeweled Borders, Precious Stones, and the Presentation of Paradise in the Early Church
Meg Boulton, Univ. of York
Water, Parchment, Place in Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Illumination
Tina Bawden, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Freie Univ. Berlin 
The Wolf of Winchester
Catherine E. Karkov

267 BERNHARD 158
Mappings II: Medieval Maps, Their Makers and Users 
Organizer: Dan Terkla, Illinois Wesleyan Univ. 
Presider: Rachel Dressler, Univ. at Albany
Seabirds to Starboard: Notes on Norse Navigational Technique
Gaetan Dupont, Cornell Univ.; Oren Falk, Cornell Univ.
The Geography of Devotion in the London Psalter Maps
LauraLee Brott, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison 
Russian “Old Drawing”: The Problem of Attribution
Alexey Frolov, Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences

272 BERNHARD 210
The Great Transition: Climate, Disease, and Society in the Late Medieval World (A Roundtable) 
Sponsor: Contagions: Society for Historic Infectious Disease Studies 
Organizer: Michelle Ziegler, Independent Scholar 
Presider: Michelle Ziegler
A roundtable discussion with Philip Slavin, Univ. of Kent; Wendy J. Turner, Augusta Univ. ; Carenza Lewis, Univ. of Lincoln; Boris Valentijn Schmid, Univ. i Oslo; 
Christopher P. Atwood, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Timur Khaydarov, Kazan National Research Univ.; and Hendrik Poinar, Ancient DNA Centre, McMaster Univ.

Saturday, 10:00

Exile and Arcadia: Space and Sovereignty 
Organizer: Will Eggers, Loomis Chaffee School 
Presider: John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State Univ.
Woods Free from Peril: Exile and Utopia in Shakespeare’s As You Like It
John Morrell, Loomis Chaffee School
Devil Dogs and Hobby Horses: Ritual and Community in The Witch of Edmonton
Jane Wanninger, Bard College at Simon’s Rock 
Early English Exclusion, Exile, and the Other
Will Eggers

Saturday, 1:30

417 SCHNEIDER 1220
Dwelling in the Anglo-Saxon Landscape II: Life, Death, and Wellbeing 
Sponsor: Dept. of Archaeology, Durham Univ. 
Organizer: Sarah J. Semple, Durham Univ. 
Presider: Helen Foxhall Forbes, Durham Univ.
Mortuary Topography and Landscape Perception in Early Medieval Southern England and the near Continent: A Multi-scalar Approach
Kate Mees, Durham Univ.
The Past and the Construction of Identity in the Landscape of Anglo-Saxon England
Adam Goodfellow, Durham Univ. 
“Her Own Place . . . Still Remembered”: Goscelin’s Saintly Architects and the Anglo-Saxon Landscape
Sarah Sutor, Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign

Saturday, 3:30

The Idea of the Garden in Medieval Literature 
Sponsor: Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Organizer: Shannon Gayk, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 
Presider: Shannon Gayk
Paradise Not Lost or Longed-For: The Phoenix’s Garden as Heaven’s Earth
Evelyn Reynolds, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
An Apology for Medicine in Walahfrid Strabo’s De cultura hortorum
Jared Johnson, Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Toronto 
On the Prettiness of Flowers, or, Ornamentation in the Medieval Garden
Isabel Stern, Rutgers Univ.
Response: Lynn Staley, Colgate Univ.

Sunday, 8:30

511 SCHNEIDER 1225
Settlement and Landscape I: Technological Approaches to the Medieval in the Modern 
Organizer: Vicky McAlister, Southeast Missouri State Univ.; Jennifer L. Immich, Metropolitan State Univ. of Denver 
Presider: Terry Barry, Trinity College Dublin, Univ. of Dublin
Socio-economic Changes in the Landscape of Early Medieval Ireland ca. 300–1000
John Tighe, Trinity College Dublin, Univ. of Dublin
Lordly Landscapes: Exploring Castle Siting in the Midlands of Ireland with GIS and Archaeological Survey
Jennifer L. Immich 
Lines in the Landscape? The Expansion and Contraction of the Mac Carthaigh Riabhach
Margaret Smith, St. Louis Univ.

Sunday, 10:30

540 FETZER 1010
Materia Medica: Plants, Animals, and Minerals in Healing 
Sponsor: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages 
Organizer: William H. York, Portland State Univ. 
Presider: Linda Ehrsam Voigts, Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City
Origins and Ingredients: A Comparison of Early Medieval Remedies
Claire Burridge, Univ. of Cambridge
The Use of the Mandrake in the Early Middle Ages for the Gout, for the Conception, and as an Anesthetic
Arsenio Ferraces-Rodríguez, Univ. da Coruña 
Memory and Materia Medica in Avicenna’s Canon of Medicine: An Attempt at the Reconstruction of the Inner Logic of Application
Shahrzad Irannejad, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz

551 SCHNEIDER 1255
Hunting for the Animal Subject in Anglo-Saxon England (A Roundtable) 
Organizer: Matthew E. Spears, Cornell Univ. 
Presider: Matthew E. Spears
A roundtable discussion with Benjamin Weber, Princeton Univ.; Heather M. Flowers, Minnesota State Univ.–Mankato; Danielle Ruether-Wu, Cornell Univ.; Kaitlin Griggs, Carleton Univ.; and Robert Stanton, Boston College.

Please comment, or tweet at Medieval Ecocritic (@medvlecocritic) if there's another paper or session that should be on this list. Thanks!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Teaching Environmental Issues (After the Election)

Three years ago, I designed Ecocriticism and Medieval England (syllabus here, if you're interested), a senior-level, interdisciplinary capstone course for all majors. This semester's section has been interesting, given the election results that dropped into the middle.

Rather than addressing Trump directly, I talked about the Republican party platform section on the environment and the environmental consequences.

The week before the election, I'd been talking about the monstrous figures in Africa and Asia on the Hereford Mappa Mundi and how they shaped Europeans' attitudes during later travel and colonization while trying to ignore the Trump sticker on the laptop of a student sitting front and center.

Wikipedia has a hi-res image of the whole map

The morning after the election, as I made my way to campus sleep-deprived and stunned, I knew I still had to teach that student, and others who didn't share my pretty far-left politics.

I decided  to be honest. I told the students I was deeply dismayed by the election results, that I'd been in tears a lot, but that I knew everyone didn't share my views. I said the classroom remained a place for respect for all, and for civil discourse.

There's a social work student who sits in the back, a little older than traditional students, and she gave me a nod, a look of compassion. The rest of the class breathed a little easier. 

A student who'd been mostly quiet asked, in a voice of anguish, what now? And I said, my own voice cracking with emotion, "keep fighting." I asked what she was going to do after graduation, she said she didn't know; I said: Go into politics. Make your voice heard.

One of the course assignments was for the students to take on a (small) environmental project for the duration of the semester. Some students bought reusable bottles or mugs for the water or coffee, one group car-pooled to school from their off-campus house, others turned off lights or committed to recycling more or unplugged things that drain power even when off.

Last night was the last class meeting. Here's some of what I said, more or less:
You all come from different majors, and you have different reasons for taking this course. Some of your are interested in environmental issues, some of you saw a course that fit your schedule, some of you saw a hybrid course that meets only once a week and thought it would be easy. It's a challenge bringing such a diverse group into conversation. It takes work on the part of the professor, but it also takes good will and cooperation on your part, as students, and you brought that to the classroom. Thank you for that.
I asked you to think about a lot of unfamiliar things: medieval history and literature, ecocriticism, environmental issues. I asked you to change your lives, albeit in a small way. These are not easy things to ask of students, but you engaged.
Teaching environmental criticism is not, in my mind, just an intellectual exercise. It is an explicit act of resistance and activism. In asking you to thinking about how the people of medieval England wrote about the natural world in literary and documentary texts, and their own relationships with animals and the environment, as well as with other human beings, I have also been asking you to think about contemporary ideas about the environment. 
Ecofeminists have observed that medieval writers wrote explicitly that women were more closely connected with nature than men, less rational, less capable; aristocratic women were often given by their fathers to their husbands in an economic arrangement, and their purpose (like Kate Middleton's) was to produce heirs. Their fecund bodies were a resource controlled by men.
Ecofeminists didn't go quite far enough, because they didn't recognize that the bodies of peasants, male and female, were also seen as resources controlled by the aristocracy as sources of labor and excess production. This enabled lords to evict peasants from farmland so they could graze sheep when wool became more valuable than food, rendering them homeless.
Thinking about the Middle Ages and the environment is valuable, in my mind, in two important ways.
Understanding medieval technologies can help us to better understand our own. It takes more than 700 hours to spin the thread needed to make enough fabric for a simple peasant dress. That contrast with the speed with which garment factories today can churn out fast fashion gives some perspective. Understanding something about what it takes to heat a house, or for that matter build it, to travel, to grow and harvest food, to create a manuscript -- the sheer amount of hours of labor required -- helps us to see contemporary farms and homes and books and cars in a different light.
The other issue is that our attitudes toward our "natural" surroundings have a very long history. They are deeply embedded in our culture. We need to understand those attitudes, and understand how they shape the way we build communities and organize transportation and commerce today, and understand how long-standing their hold on our culture has been, in order to get a sense of how we got here -- and how we might be able to make change and envision a better future.
We need to change. We need to make change happen, and we need to do it fast. We are already beyond 400 ppm, a threshold some climate scientists think portends disaster. Wildfires in Kentucky and California are a result of droughts caused by humans. Most of you directly experienced the flooding from Hurricane Sandy. 
You all need to go out into your communities and, like a pebble that drops into a pond, make a ripple. And if enough of you make that ripple, it can turn into a wave.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CFP: Medieval Ecocriticisms at Leeds

Medieval Ecocriticisms is seeking papers for a session to be held at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 3-6, 2017.

Each year, the Congress chooses a special thematic strand; this year, that strand is "Otherness." Medieval Ecocriticisms seeks papers or position statements that combine an environmental or ecological approach with a consideration of "otherness" in some area of Medieval Studies, construed as broadly as possible in terms of time, space, and discipline. The session might include three or four 15- to 20-minute papers, or five to seven position statements of eight to ten minutes, depending on how many people are interested in participating, as well as a respondent.

The IMC call for papers refers to "otherness" particularly in terms of human interactions with other human beings. This session seeks papers or position statements that also or instead consider relationships with or among animals, objects, dwellings, mountains, the sea, and/or other non-human others.

Please submit proposals Heide Estes ( by September 1. Include title, abstract of 250 words, academic affiliation, audio-visual needs, and information about any need for accommodations  Please let me know if you are flexible in regards to presenting a paper or position statement, or serving as a respondent, or if you would prefer one or another of the options.

More information about the International Medieval Congress:
Call for Papers
Guidelines for Submissions (with information about location and anticipated registration fee)

Please feel free to email with questions.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Environment and Ecocriticism at Kalamazoo

A list of Kalamazoo sessions of potential interest if you're trying to follow current work on environmental studies and/or ecocriticism in the field:


10:00 a.m.
37 Medieval Ecocriticisms: Why the Middle Ages Matter

1:30 p.m.
51 Wild and Tamed Spaces in Middle English Literature
86 Animal Languages

3:30 p.m.
110 Animals and Power: Human-Animal Interactions and the Representations of Social Order in Medieval Research and in Teaching the Middle Ages
130 Holy Landscapes and Sacred Space


10:00 a.m.
200 Romance Ecologies I: Tame Beasts/Wild Men
209 Urban Space and Urban Resources in Medieval Central Europe

1:30 p.m.
250 Warfare and Conflict Landscapes in Britain and Ireland, 1100-1250: New Approaches
260 Romance Ecologies II: Alien Terrain
264 Elemental Approaches I: Earth

3:30 p.m.
279 Romance Ecologies III: Decay
317 Elemental Approaches II: Fire


10:00 a.m.
376 Ecocritical Outlaws

1:30 p.m.
429 Elemental Approaches III: Water I

3:30 p.m.
442 Places and Spaces in the Pearl-Poems
482 Elemental Approaches IV: Water II

If I've missed any, please let me know in the comments and I'll edit them in.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Medieval Ecology at MLA

Medieval ecocritics: if you're attending the Modern Language Association meeting in Austin, you might want to check out this session:

594. Becoming Human: Medieval

Saturday, 9 January, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Lone Star C, JW Marriott
Presiding: Ruth Evans, Saint Louis Univ.

Speakers: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington Univ.; Holly Crocker, Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia; Rebecca Davis, Univ. of California, Irvine; Allan Mitchell, Univ. of Victoria; Myra Seaman, Coll. of Charleston

Session Description:

Medieval studies has long been invested in exploring the complex dynamics at stake in the themes of human/animal and human/machine and in the modes of becoming human. Panelists discuss the place and status of the human and medieval humanism in the context of the recent posthuman turn in literary studies.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mosaic Call for Submissions: Scale

Within the biological-ecological sciences from which the term Anthropocene emerged, “scale” has a longer history and broader usage than it does within the now-proliferating philosophical, critical, theoretical, and ethical discourses that address environmentalism, climate change, and the Anthropocene’s status as a sixth major extinction event. For the latter discourses, scale often refers to something “bigger” than we have ever previously encountered: climate change, for instance, as a crisis unprecedented in its scope and in the reorientation, or “reinvention,” of critical protocols that it is said to require. Given the unrelenting scale of such issues as climate change and of factors contributing to it, e.g., the shift from small-scale family farming to massive global-marketing industrial operations, must theory, too, as some suggest, undergo a transition from local and individual to global perspectives? In what might a global imaginary consist, and how might it relate to existing critiques of globalization as but a label for the hegemony of Western culture? Are broader understandings of scale available from within the ecological sciences and, if so, how might these serve as resources for the “greening of theory”?

Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal, invites innovative and interdisciplinary submissions for a special issue on Scale in relation to ecocriticism, the Anthropocene, climate change, and environmental and animal ethics.

Mosaic follows an electronic submission process. If you would like to contribute an essay for review, please visit the website for details. Email any submission questions to mosasub [@] Submissions must be received by March 18, 2016.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Mosaic welcomes submissions that conform to their mandate:

  • Essays may be in English or French and must represent innovative thought (either in the form of extending or challenging current critical positions). Mosaic does not publish fiction, poetry, or book reviews. 
  • Mosaic publishes only original work and  will not consider essays that are part of a thesis or dissertation, have been published previously, or are being considered for publication in another journal or medium. 
  • Preferred length of essays is 7,000 words, to a maximum of 7,500 words. Parenthetical citations and works cited must follow the conventions of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.) or MLA Handbook (7th ed.). Essays may feature illustrations. 
  • Mosaic’s anonymous peer-review process requires that no identifying information appear on the electronic version of the essay itself. Submissions that meet our requirements are sent to specialists in the specific and general area that an essay addresses. Anonymous but complete transcripts of the readers’ reports are sent to the author.  

Address inquiries by email to:
Dr. Dawne McCance
Editor, Mosaic
University of Manitoba, 208 Tier Building
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2 Canada
Tel: 204-474-8597, Fax: 204-474-7584

Submissions: Submit online at

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ecocriticism at Leeds: Food, Feast, Famine

Food, Feast and Famine: Medieval Ecocriticisms
International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 2016
Call for Papers

Medieval Ecocriticisms seeks papers and/or brief position statements for one or more sessions related to the 2016 Congress theme of “Food, Feast, and Famine.” Given sufficient interest, we will run a round-table session with five to six brief position statements as well as one or more tradition sessions with three twenty-minute papers.

These sessions ask the question, broadly construed: How can ecocritical perspectives illuminate medieval relationships with food, including feast and famine? Papers might consider the effects of weather and war on crop yields, medieval relationships with eating animals, literary constructions or documentary descriptions of any of these and / or other aspects of food in the Middle Ages.

This proposal seeks papers from various disciplines, including art, art history, history, literary studies, archaeology, the history of science, and more, addressing times and places across the medieval period.

Please submit 100-word abstracts with two to four index terms as well as your full name, title, affiliation, and postal and email addresses. The full call for papers, including a link to a list of index terms, is here:

For more information or to propose a paper, contact Heide Estes at