“INTERRUPTIONS & DISRUPTIONS IN THE MEDIEVAL MEDITERRANEAN, 400–1500”
In response to the abrupt and largely unforeseen way in which the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown our world and everyday life into uncertainty since early 2020, the theme of the 7th International Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean (SMM) is Interruptions and Disruptions. Scholars are invited to explore and challenge meanings and experiences of interruptions and to reflect upon whether and to what extent interruptions prompted change or acted as ‘turning points’ in the medieval Mediterranean.
We invite papers that examine the theme of interruptions from different disciplinary perspectives, including History, Archaeology, Literature, Linguistics, Art History, Religious Studies/Theology, and any other disciplines focusing on the medieval Mediterranean. We welcome research papers that, through the analysis of diverse types of sources, apply innovative approaches and stimulate debates to reflect upon individual and collective perceptions and experiences of interruptions.
The following list of possible topics of discussion is indicative and by no means exclusive:
- Crisis and recovery
- Epidemics and natural catastrophes
- War, invasion, conquest
- Dynastic change
- Social unrest and rebellion
- Disruption of social, religious and/or cultural systems
- Political interruptions
- Material evidence of interruptions
- Integration and segregation
- Geographical interruptions: insularity, land and sea, mountain and plain
- Displacement and mobility
- Lived experience of interruptions
- Interruptions and historiography
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals for panels of three 20-minute papers each for 1.5 hour sessions, and should nominate a chair. We will do our best to accommodate applications for individual papers but panels will be prioritised.
Language: papers must be delivered in English. However, questions and discussion may take place in other language, provided they are made accessible (e.g. by the session chair) in the conference language, English.
Deadline: Proposals, in the form of a session title, session abstract (150–200 words), and 3 paper titles with short abstracts (100–150 words) as well as the name of a nominated chair where there is a preference should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 November 2021.
Registration and Fees
- Early Bird Registration: until April 15 2022 (23:59 GMT +2): €160
- Early Bird Registration for SMM members: until April 15 2022 (23:59 GMT +2): €128
- Regular Registration: April 16 – May 31 2022 (23:59 GMT +2): €190
- Regular Registration for SMM members: April 16 – May 31 2022 (23:59 GMT +2): €152
Accepted speakers will have until April 1 2022 to register. After that date, others will be offered their places and will be required to register before April 15 2022.
Registration fee will include: coffee breaks and lunches; reception at the conference venue on Monday 11th July; hotel reduced prices.
Postgraduate student bursaries:
The SMM will offer up to 15 bursaries for PhD students who wish to present their research at the conference. The bursaries will cover the costs of both registration fees and the conference dinner. Application form will be uploaded here shortly.