Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) Joint Conference: Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance (2019)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to Saturday, February 9, 2019
Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Online submission date(s): 
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Saturday, November 10, 2018

Program Final Draft Now Available:

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Note: Program Final Draft includes only those scheduled to appear. An updated version will be published after the conference to confirm attendance of presenters for archival purposes.

The ACMRS and MAP Joint Conference: Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance (2019) ​​​is ​​​an ​​​annual ​​​gathering ​​​of ​​​scholars, ​​​students, ​​​retirees ​​​and ​​​members ​​​of ​​​the ​​​general ​​​public ​​​interested ​​​in ​​​medieval and Renaissance ​​​studies. ACMRS is proud to announce that its 2019 conference will be held jointly with the Medieval Association of the Pacific. 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 ​​​“Magic, Religion, and Science ​​​in ​​​the ​​​Global ​​​Middle ​​​Ages ​​​and ​​​Renaissance.” The ​​​conference ​​​lasts ​​​four ​​​days, ​​​from ​​​Wednesday, ​​​February ​6​, ​​​with ​​​sessions ​​​beginning ​​​at ​​​1 ​​​p.m., ​​​until ​​​Saturday, ​​​February ​​​9 ​​​at ​​​9 ​​​p.m. ​​​ ​​ ​
Standard ​registration ​fee ​$200.

The registration fee includes 2 evening receptions, all conference sessions, round table discussions, 2 plenary lectures, 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 [email protected] with any questions.
Location Embassy Suites Phoenix - Scottsdale
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Graduate Student Scholarship Information

The first twenty (20) graduate students who wish to register with an accepted paper proposal will have their conference registration fee waived - less a $15 fee for each reception they wish to attend. Once your proposal has been accepted, please contact the ACMRS Outreach Coordinator use subject line: Graduate Scholarship, for more information and registration options. *Please note: ten (10) scholarships will be held for general students and ten (10) will be held for registered MAP students.

Keynote Speakers:

Bruce Janacek, Professor of History, North Central College. Bruce Janacek is Professor of History at North Central College and Executive Director of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. He is the author of Alchemical Belief: Occultism in the Religious Culture of Early Modern England and has been a Fellow of The Huntington Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently completing his second monograph, “Elias Ashmole: A Virtuoso in a Culture of Virtuosity”.

Nancy Caciola, Professor of History, University of California San Diego. Nancy Mandeville Caciola was educated at Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan. Her research agenda concerns the intersection of spiritual and material realities in the Middle Ages. Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages (Cornell, 2003) approached this theme through the lens of spirit possession and discernment. Her most recent monograph, Afterlives: The Return of the Dead in the Middle Ages (Cornell 2015) explores why and how human bodies and spirits were believed to return to life in the medieval period. Professor Caciola teaches History at the University of California, San Diego.

Pre-Conference Professionalization Workshop:

Speak with interdisciplinary experts about how to market yourself, make connections, and deliver a polished presentation at an upcoming conference or professional venue. We especially encourage graduate students, junior faculty, advanced undergraduates, and anyone interested in making a strong impression, networking, and presenting your work to attend and bring your most burning professionalization questions. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 6, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. Registration is free

Pre-Conference Manuscript Workshop:

ACMRS will host a workshop on manuscript studies led by Dr. Timothy Graham, Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 6, and participation will be limited to the first 25 individuals to register. The cost of the workshop is $50 ($25 for students) and is in addition to the regular conference registration fee.

Conference Publication:

ACMRS ASMAR Conference Volume
ACMRS is pleased to invite submissions to its annual ASMAR (Arizona Studies in in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance) volume, published by Brepols Publishers, Belgium. Scholars who are presenting their research at the joint conference of ACMRS and MAP (Medieval Association of the Pacific) in February 2019 and wish to have their work considered for publication should plan to submit the following no later than May 15, 2019 to the volume editor, Ryan A. Kashanipour at [email protected] :
1. an abstract of no more than 150 words;
2. their revised contribution of approximately 25–30 pages in length, including footnotes; and
3. a current curriculum vitae.

Submissions should focus on the general theme of Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance, conform to the latest (17th) edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, and use footnotes rather than end notes. Authors whose work has been accepted for publication will be provided with ACMRS’ current Style Guide.
Each volume undergoes rigorous peer review, including final approval by the Editorial Board of ACMRS Publications.

Please contact this year’s volume editor, Dr. Ryan A. Kashanipour, at [email protected] For general queries between volume years, please contact Dr. Susan J. Dudash at [email protected]

Chairing a panel or hear a great presentation at this year’s conference? ACMRS welcomes your input and invites you to recommend outstanding papers for possible inclusion in the annual volume. Please contact the volume editor for more details.


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on November 10, 2018. Responses will be given within a week of submission. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to [email protected]. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

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

Selection Committee:

Ayanna Thompson, Director of ACMRS, Arizona State University
John Ott, Director of MAP, Portland State
Susan J. Dudash, Assistant Director of ACMRS, Arizona State University
Anthony Perron, Secretary of MAP, Loyola Marymount University
Ryan Kashanipour, Conference Volume Editor, Northern Arizona University


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 [email protected]

All of the spaces in which our professional meetings extend are expected to remain professional, and the values of respect, equity, and nondiscrimination are of paramount importance. We ask that attendees conduct themselves in the conference rooms, over coffee, or over drinks in a professional manner. All attendees should aspire to treat each other as having an equally valuable contribution to make.