News and events


    2020 Call for Papers for Bangor University’s 16th Annual Medievalism Transformed Conference to be held online at Bangor University, North Wales on 18 September 2020. This conference is re-scheduled from the original date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that only virtual proposals are being accepted for this conference.

    Medievalism Transformed is an annual event hosted by Bangor University, School of English Literature that aims to explore the medieval world and its sustained impact on subsequent culture and thought. It brings together postgraduates and early career researchers from across the United Kingdom and worldwide. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Movement through Arthurian Legend’. We invite papers relating to movement through Arthurian legend crossing all periods, borders, and historical and literary disciplines including but not limited to:

    ·     Travel, migration, and pilgrimage

    ·     Familial bonding

    ·     Life and death

    ·     Dreams versus reality

    ·     History of Emotions

    ·     Translation between languages and mediums (ekphrasis, illustration, music)

    ·     Movement of ideas through time, place, and space

    ·     Re-readings of the Arthurian legend through time

    We welcome individual proposals for twenty-minute papers (max. 200 words). We also encourage three-person panel proposals (max. 300 words). Submissions should include a title as well as five keywords. Please send all submissions (as PDF attachments) to

     We welcome applications from graduate students at any university. We also welcome graduate students and others interested in the medieval period who wish to listen but not take part in the conference.

    We are extremely excited to announce that our 2020 keynote speaker will be Dr Aisling Byrne from the University of Reading.

     Proposals due 30 June 2020

     Follow us on Twitter @BangorMTC2020 and like our Facebook page “Bangor English Medievalism Transformed 2020”.

  • From Text to Bronze: Rodin’s Visualization of Dante’s Inferno by Professor Ernesto Virgulti

    The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies proudly presents
    Professor Ernesto Virgulti, Brock University, MLLC
    “From Text to Bronze: Rodin’s Visualization of Dante’s Inferno
    Friday January 31, 2020
    3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Victoria University Common Room, 89 Charles Street West, Victoria College
    For event poster, click here
  • MARS Guest Lecture – “I am Named the Truth-Speaking Advocate of Ladies”: Defending Women in Manuscript and Print

  • All welcome to attend the MARS Open House (featuring Beechwood Donuts!)

  • Call for Papers – The Comedy of Death: Living and Dying in the Renaissance


    6th Annual Conference by the Association of Renaissance Students
    20 March 2020
    Victoria College
    U of T

    The Association of Renaissance Students at the University of Toronto invites students of all disciplines to participate in the Sixth Annual Renaissance Studies Undergraduate Conference on March 20, 2020. The theme of the conference is “The Comedy of Death: Living and Dying in the Renaissance”. The purpose of this colloquium is to provide a platform for undergraduate students interested in the Renaissance and Reformation periods to present their work and engage in a discussion of all things Early Modern.

    We invite students to submit papers that explore topics relating to the theme, including but not limited to:
    • Art & architecture
    • Bibliographical Historiography
    • Material and Print culture
    • Women and Queer History
    • Oral Culture
    • The Digital Humanities

    The objective of this event is to generate a positive space for students of all disciplines in the Faculty of Arts & Science to explore and challenge their fields of interest.

    Deadline for Proposals: 10 January 2020 @ 11:59pm

    Submission Guidelines:
    We welcome all undergraduate students, regardless of year or major and encourage students from institutions outside the University Toronto to apply! Submissions are to be made via this Google Form Submissions are to be made via this Google Form: . You will be asked a series of questions, this is also where you must submit your 150-300 word abstract.

    Contact for more information –

    Click here for CFP Document

  • Holiday Wishes from all of us in MARS

  • Ever wanted to delve into the world of Dante? Here’s your chance!

  • Call for Papers – Medieval Studies in Canada

    Papers for the CSM Annual Meeting can address any topic on medieval studies. Proposals for sessions of three papers are also invited. Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

    Proposals should include a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes’ reading time. Proposals for complete sessions should include this information in addition to a title and a brief explanation of the session and its format. Please indicate if the proposed session would be suitable as a joint session with another learned society. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism.” See
    Please submit proposals for individual papers by December 15, 2019 and proposals for sessions by January 15, 2020 by email to Kathy Cawsey, either by regular email ( or via our website’s email system ( You must be a member of the CSM by the time of your presentation.

    Canadian Society of Medievalists Annual Meeting will be held during Congress 2020 being held at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario from June 1 to 3, 2020.





  • Professor McDonald’s book shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2019

    Professor Andrew McDonald’s book The Sea Kings: The Late Norse Kingdoms of Man and the Isles, c. 1066-1275, published by John Donald earlier this year, has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Scottish History Book of the Year 2019.  These awards are Scotland’s national literary awards and are very prestigious.  The award ceremony is on November 30 (St. Andrew’s Day) in Edinburgh.

    Click here for the Brock News story.



  • Transgressive Vikings: Gender boundaries in the Viking Age

    The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Speaker Series presents

    Professor Angus Somerville

    Transgressive Vikings: Gender boundaries in the Viking Age

    October 24, 2019  3-4 p.m. in GLNA164

    Light refreshments served – come try some Scandinavian goodies!

    All welcome

    Click here for event poster