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



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 – no later than August 24.