22nd Annual ACMRS Conference (2016)

Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance

Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Saturday, February 6, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona
Online submission date(s): 
Monday, June 1, 2015 to Friday, December 4, 2015

ACMRS invites session and paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary conference to be held February 4-6, 2016 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Scottsdale. We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of “Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance.”

In 2016 we would like to open up our conference to students and members of the general public who may be interested in attending. We are offering a discounted registration rate of $100 for the full conference or $50 for a one-day pass to attendees who are not presenting a paper. The $100 fee includes 2 evening receptions, all conference sessions, a plenary lecture and performance, and all coffee-snack breaks. The one-day pass includes access to all events taking place that day. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with any questions.


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Selected papers focused on “Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance” will be considered for publication in the conference volume of the Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance series, published by Brepols Publishers (Belgium).


Frederick de Armas, Andrew Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago. Frederick A. de Armas focuses on the literature of the Spanish Golden Age (Cervantes, Calderón, Claramonte, Lope de Vega), often from a comparative perspective. His interests include the politics of astrology; magic and the Hermetic tradition; ekphrasis; the relations between the verbal and the visual particularly between Spanish literature and Italian art; and the interconnections between myth and empire during the rule of the Habsburgs.


ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Professor Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, February 4, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Email acmrs@acmrs.org with “Pre-Conference Workshop” in the subject line to be added to the list. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.


“Globalization and the Fourth Centennial of the Inca Garcilaso, Cervantes, Shakespeare 2016” will meet Thursday, February 4, 2016 with keynote speaker Frederick de Armas, Andrew Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago. www.emitsociety.com


The 2016 gathering will also feature workshops sponsored by the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) and Renaissance Knowledge Network (ReKN), working in conjunction with the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC). Both MESA and ReKN are also sponsoring a small number of panels during the gathering, and ReKN will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, February 3-4, 2016. To have your work considered for presentation on the MESA and ReKN conference panels, please send your proposals to Daniel Powell (ReKN: daniel.j.powell@kcl.ac.uk) and Dot Porter (MESA: dorp@upenn.edu).


Since 1989, the ad hoc medieval/Renaissance drama troupe Les enfans sans abri (LESA) has been performing comedies all over the country and even in Europe. To learn more about Les enfans sans abri, visit their website at: www.lesenfanssansabri.com.


"Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Painting" - September 5, 2015 - March 6, 2016
This landmark exhibition features a selection of remarkable paintings as well as a grouping of retablos (small-scale paintings on copper or tin) recently acquired by the Phoenix Art Museum as part of the Gerry S. Culpepper Bequest. http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/colonialmasters


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on December 4, 2015. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Questions? Call 480-965-5900 or email acmrs@acmrs.org.