24th Annual ACMRS Conference, Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance (2018)

Thursday, February 8, 2018 to Saturday, February 10, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona
Online submission date(s): 
Thursday, June 1, 2017 to Friday, December 15, 2017

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The ​​​24th ​​​Annual ​​​ACMRS ​​​Interdisciplinary ​​​Conference ​​​is ​​​an ​​​annual ​​​gathering ​​​of ​​​scholars, ​​​students, ​​​retirees ​​​and ​​​members ​​​of ​​​the ​​​general ​​​public ​​​interested ​​​in ​​​medieval and Renaissance ​​​studies. The ​​​conference ​​​features ​​​selected ​​​papers ​​​focused ​​​on ​​​the ​​​theme ​​​“Reading ​​​the ​​​Natural ​​​World: ​​​Perceptions ​​​of ​​​the ​​​Environment ​​​and ​​​Ecology ​​​in ​​​the ​​​Global ​​​Middle ​​​Ages ​​​and ​​​Renaissance”, ​​​roundtables, ​​​panel ​​​discussions and ​​​a ​​​performance ​​​from ​​​Les ​​​Enfan ​​​Sans ​​​Abri. ​​​The ​​​conference ​​​lasts ​​​three ​​​days, ​​​from ​​​Thursday, ​​​February ​​​8, ​​​with ​​​sessions ​​​beginning ​​​at ​​​1 ​​​p.m., ​​​until ​​​Saturday, ​​​February ​​​10 ​​​at ​​​9:00 ​​​p.m. ​​​ ​​ ​
Standard ​registration ​fee ​$200​.

The registration 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. Please ​see the registration ​list ​for ​discounted ​options.

Email acmrs@acmrs.org with any questions.
Location Embassy Suites Phoenix - Scottsdale

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Michael Bintley, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Inhabiting Medieval Landscapes
Dr. Bintley is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a councilor of the Viking Society for Northern Research, and Associate Editor of Cogent Humanities journal. He is also the editor of the book series Nature and Environment in the Middle Ages for Boydell and Brewer.

KEYNOTE FILM:

A screening and discussion of the documentary The Devil’s Country. Produced by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, this film examines how early European settlers and explorers understood the natural landscape of Australia in terms of the medieval demonic and the gothic while posing questions about colonialism and the effacement of the Indigenous that are entailed in telling European medieval stories in colonial contexts.

LES ENFANS SANS ABRI:

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.

CONFERENCE PUBLICATION:

Selected papers focused on “Reading the Natural World: Perceptions of the Environment and Ecology 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).

DEADLINES:

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on December 15, 2017. 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.

For the past several years, the Renaissance Knowledge Network (http://rekn.itercommunity.org) has sponsored sessions at the ACMRS annual conference exploring the intersection of computational methods and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For the 2018 gathering, we invite paper proposals that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and its intersection with the Digital Humanities, including and beyond those aligned with the general theme of the conference. Please send paper proposals including a title, one paragraph abstract, and brief biographical statement by 15 November 2017 to acmrsDH@gmail.com.

Information for Presenters
All sessions are 90 minutes long. In a session of papers, 60 minutes should be taken up by the papers themselves, and 30 minutes by introductions, distribution of handouts, final AV preparations, and discussion.
• In a session of 3 papers, each paper should be limited to 20 minutes.
• In a session of 4 papers, each paper should be limited to 15 minutes.
• In a session of 2 papers, speakers may be allowed 30 minutes for their papers

REFUNDS

Refunds for registration fees (less $20 handling charge) are made up until two weeks prior to the start date of the conference. No refunds are made after that date.

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