CFP for American Cusanus Society and Jean Gerson Society for the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-12, 2019 - Deadline: Aug. 24, 2018

American Cusanus Society & Jean Gerson Society

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

54th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

May 9-12, 2019

 

We invite proposals for papers on the theme:

Spirituality, Reform, and Humanism in Medieval Universities

 

In light of the massive historiographical attention paid in 2017 to the 500th commemoration of Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses, much new scholarship has focused on Luther not so much as a modern man but a medieval monk.  Scholars of theology, history, art history, philosophy, spirituality, manuscript studies, educational curricula, and humanism have taken a renewed look at the medieval ethos out of which Luther—and several generations of reformers after him—emerged, especially from the setting of medieval universities across Europe.  Those universities, in turn, had benefitted from the increased contact with Islamic, Jewish, and eastern Greek thought after the Crusades and through attempts to unite the papacy within Roman Catholicism as well as with the estranged Greek east.  We envision three panels of three papers each that explore this renewed context particularly by linking together aspects of medieval reform that are typically separated:  spirituality, institutional reform, and humanistic studies in form and content.

Proposals must include the following:  the paper’s title, an abstract (150 words), the speaker’s name and complete contact information. Note that the Congress permits each person to submit only one paper proposal.

Send proposals to Donald Duclow donduclow@gmail.com – no later than August 24.

2018 American Cusanus Society Banquet at Martell's Restaurant, Kalamazoo, MI, Friday, May 12, 6:30 PM

Dear Friends,

We cordially invite you to attend the annual banquet of the American Cusanus Society at Martell’s Restaurant in Kalamazoo on Friday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. (the address is 3501 Greenleaf Blvd; Kalamazoo, MI 49008 -- see map below).

As in years past, we expect to enjoy good food and lively conversation. We look forward to seeing you.

The after-dinner talk will be given by our good friend and the Society’s Treasurer, Tom Izbicki.  He will present his laborious, original research on “Cusanus’ Legation to Japan”. 

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Please purchase banquet tickets using the link to the right before April 20 (note: if you will be purchasing more than one ticket you should add them to your shopping cart one at a time so that you can select the entrée for each dinner). Dinner includes coffee/tea and dessert.  Like last year, we shall have a cash bar.

Sincerely,

Don Duclow, ACS Vice President

(Click here for a description of ACS events at the 53rd International Medieval Congress.)

 

 

CFP - ACS Panels at RSA Conference, New Orleans, March 22-24, 2018

The American Cusanus Society (ACS) will sponsor up to three panels at the 2018 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in New Orleans, March 22nd-24th, 2018. We welcome interested scholars to propose papers on any theme relevant to Cusanus studies. This year we are considering the following possible themes:

  • Any theme relevant to the life, work, and times of Nicholas of Cusa
  • Dialogue and Dialogical Thought in Renaissance Platonism
  • The Reception of Cusanus in Early Modern Christianity
  • Neoplatonism and the Schools in the Renaissance

In addition, ACS is very pleased to be co-sponsoring panels with the John Donne Society on the theme: Nicholas of Cusa and John Donne: Dialogues of Possibility. Accordingly, this year we especially invite proposals that relate the life, work, and reception of Cusanus and Donne as they intersect in various ways. The following are meant only as illustrative themes; other suggestions are most welcome:

  • The reception of Nicholas of Cusa’s work in early modern England, through translations or mediated through other authors
  • Metaphysical poetry as a coincidentia oppositorum
  • Intersections between visionary and artistic expression (especially De visione dei)
  • Speculations on infinity
  • Early modern star-gazing
  • The theology and poetry of the Microcosm
  • The poetry of geometrical forms
  • Dialogues of the soul or about the soul

To propose a paper, submit a paper title, paper abstract (150 words), and CV to David Albertson (dalberts@usc.edu) by Monday, May 22nd. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length and should be delivered in English. Per RSA guidelines, all presenters must either (1) have a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree; or (2) if an advanced doctoral candidate, present on their current dissertation research.

Members of the ACS Executive Committee will organize up to three panels based on submitted proposals, but may not be able to accommodate every submission. Note that in order to present a paper at RSA one must pay for an RSA membership for the conference year in question. Contributors to ACS panels at the RSA are also asked to become members of the American Cusanus Society for the year in question (see here for further information).

Please circulate this CFP widely to other individuals and groups that might be interested.

CFP: American Cusanus Society sessions at 2017 Renaissance Society of America Conference, Chicago, March 30-April 1

The American Cusanus Society (ACS) will sponsor several panels at the 2017 annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Chicago, March 30-April 1. We welcome interested scholars to propose papers on any theme relevant to Cusanus studies. This year we are also considering the following  possible themes:

  • Any theme relevant to the life, work, and times of Nicholas of Cusa
  • The Language of Reform (possibly in coordination with Andrew Fleck and Mark Rankin, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto)
  • Dialogue and Dialogical Thought in Renaissance Platonism
  • The Reception of Cusanus in Early Modern Christianity
  • What is the Point? The Punctum in Renaissance Thought
  • Neoplatonism and the Schools in the Renaissance

To propose a paper, please submit a paper title, paper abstract (150 words), and CV to David Albertson (dalberts@usc.edu) by Wednesday May 18th.

Papers will be limited to 20 minutes in length and should be delivered in English. Per RSA guidelines, all  presenters must either (1) have a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree; or (2) if an advanced doctoral candidate, present on their current dissertation research. Members of the ACS Executive Committee will organize two or more panels based on the submitted proposals, but may not be able to accommodate every submission. Note that in order to present a paper at RSA one must pay for an RSA membership for the conference year in question. Contributors to ACS panels at the RSA are also asked to  become members of the American Cusanus Society for the year in question (see http://www.americancusanussociety.org/membership/).

Please circulate this CFP widely to other individuals and groups that might be interested.

CFPs for Sponsored Sessions of the American Cusanus Society at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 12-15, 2016

The American Cusanus Society will sponsor two sessions at Western Michigan University’s 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016.  We welcome proposals for the sessions below.  Please send the title of your proposed paper and a brief abstract to Donald Duclow (donduclow@earthlink.net) no later than Saturday, August  15, 2015.

 

1. Apocalypticism in the Age of Cusanus: In Memory of Louis B. Pascoe, S.J.

The fifteenth century was an era of rampant apocalyptic speculation in medieval Europe: from papal schism to Muslim invasion to efforts at ecumenical reconciliation, many events were taken as signs of the End Times, and many earlier apocalyptic schemes revised to fit current situations.  Nicholas of Cusa found time amidst philosophy, humanism, comparative religion, and church reform to pen a brief tract, Conjecture about the Last Days, in which he strove to read contemporary history through the narrative of Christ’s life on earth. This session is open to explorations of Cusanus’ eschatology and its relationship to his better-known intellectual endeavors, but we also welcome new perspectives on other apocalyptic thinkers of the fifteenth century. This panel is dedicated to Louis B. Pascoe, S.J., our friend and colleague who died April 27, 2015.

 

2. Nicholas of Cusa’s Theology of the Word

Cusanus's idea of verbum has elements that draw from Neoplatonism, Aristotelianism, Rhineland mysticism (including Eckhart), and from the new philology of Renaissance humanism. It is at once a philosophy of language and a theological conception of the Verbum creans. Besides attempting his own synthesis of these varied strands, Cusanus sought to grasp the meaning of the proclaimed Word both in his philosophical speculations as well as in several of the sermons that deal explicitly with the exegetical and theological problem of communicating a divine word to a mixed human audience. This session will focus on the multi-facetted concept of verbum in Cusanus, a topic that has a particularly lively history of reception in European, U.S., and Latin American philosophy and theology from the middle of the twentieth century to the present.