EPISCOPUS is sponsoring three sessions at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo and invites paper proposal submissions.

Location: International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI (USA)
Submission Deadline: 25 aug 2016

The Secular Clergy and Laity I: Clerical and Lay Relations, Conflict
The Secular Clergy and Laity II: Clerical and Lay Relations, Cooperation

    Clergy and laity needed each other. Clergy needed lay support and laity at the least needed the sacraments. Yet these groups were often in conflict: consider, just as a start, conflict over tithes, heresy, control of ecclesiastical appointments, and, in some cases, exercise of lay lordship by ecclesiastics and ecclesiastical corporations. These sessions will explore the tensions between cooperation and conflict.

The Secular Clergy and Laity III: Becoming a Bishop

    This session will narrow the focus of the first two sessions in this thread. The importance of bishoprics to lay power meant that lay authority often, perhaps usually, had a role in making a bishop a bishop. But there were other factors, including family connections and ecclesiastical institutions. How these forces played out may be an index of larger medieval developments.

Paper proposals containing 250-word abstracts should be submitted by 25 Aug 2016 at http://goo.gl/forms/PHztLgxLQe. If you submitted a proposal in our early call for 2017 sessions, you need not submit again. Authors of accepted papers will be contacted by Sept 10 with full session submission instructions.

Episcopus is working on a panel to sponsor for the 2016 meeting of the Haskins Society.  Although the Haskins Society was at one time concerned almost entirely with later Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, and Angevin history, and French history in these periods, it has considerably expanded its geographical and chronological scope.  The meeting will be November 4-6, 2016 in Northfield, Minnesota.  It is small and intimate, with a high caliber of papers.  There are no concurrent sessions, so everyone hears everything.  You can find out more about the society here:  http://haskinssociety.org/
Episcopus is exploring the possibility of a panel on Episcopal Diasporas:  a session on episcopal transplantation from native home to another or on bishops on the move, e.g, as pilgrims, scholars, diplomats or warriors.
If you are interested in giving a paper on this topic, please send an abstract of no more that 250 words as well as a vita to mburger1@aum.edu by February 1, 2016!

Location: International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI (USA)
Submission Deadline: 15 sept 2015

Sponsored by the Italian Art Society, www.italianartsociety.org
Organizers: Marius B. Hauknes, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University

Alison Locke Perchuk, Assistant Professor of Art History, California State University Channel Islands

Call for Papers
Digital, environmental, material, Mediterranean, sensory, spatial: these are among the recent “turns” taken by the medieval humanities, including art history. The new perspectives on the past opened by these approaches, many of which are informed by interdisciplinary research and contemporary cultural interests in the natural and built world, are fundamentally reshaping how we conceive of and study medieval art and architecture. In the field of medieval art, the city of Rome has traditionally been a key site for the formulation of innovative avenues of approach, but what are its current status and its potential in relation to the discipline’s new discourses? These two linked sessions seek to assess the impact of recent methodological developments on the study of the art, architecture, and urban forms of Rome during the long middle ages, ca. 300–1500. We invite papers that offer new research on, and new ways of thinking about, the visual and material culture of medieval Rome.

Please direct inquiries/submissions to the organizers at mhaukne1@jhu.edu and alison.perchuk@csuci.edu. Information about the conference, including proposal submission forms, may be found athttp://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html.

« l’image négative de l’évêque »

Luxembourg 26-28 novembre 2015

Introduction : Steffen Patzold (Universität Tübingen)

L’épiscopat en Lotharingie entre pape et empereur (XIe – XIIe s.) au temps de la Réforme

  • Pieter Byttebier (Universiteit Gent): Concourir pour l’image de l’évêque: la communication performative des opposants aux modèles pastoraux au milieu du XIesiècle.
  • Nicolas Ruffini Ronzani (Université de Namur): Penser l’épiscopat en temps de crise grégorienne (ca 1100) : autour de la définition des modèles épiscopaux à Arras-Cambrai
  • Anne Wagner (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon) : Les gesta de Toul et la redefinition de l’image de l’évêque après la querelle des investitures : entre idéal et condamnation.

L’essor de la principauté territoriale ecclésiastique face aux pouvoirs régionaux (abbayes et villes) et au pouvoir central (XIe – XIIIe s.)

  • Esther Dehoux (Université Lille 3): « Attrahe per primum, medio rege, punge per imum» : l’affirmation du pasteur (XIeXIIIesiècle)
  • Michel Margue (Université du Luxembourg): Dossier sur Renaud de Bar, évêque de Metz (1302-1316)

L’épiscopat entre Eglise gallicane et Eglise impériale (XIVe – XVe s.) ou L’épiscopat, entre modèle impérial et modèle pastoral (XIVe-XVe s.)”

  • Christine Barralis (Université de Lorraine, Metz) Le modèle du prince-évêque est-il soluble dans la réforme de l’Eglise au XVe siècle ? L’exemple des archevêques de Trèves.
  • Emilie Rosenblieh (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon): La figure de l’évêque indigne dans le procès épiscopal d’Utrecht (années 1420-1440)“.

L’épiscopat entre Réforme protestante et Contre-réforme catholique (XVIe-XVIIe s.)

  • Frédéric Meyer (Université de Savoie-Mont-Blanc, Chambéry): L’impopularité de l’évêque réformateur au XVIIe siècle était-elle inévitable ?
  •  Julien Léonard (Université de Lorraine, Nancy): Samuel Des Marets, un pasteur de Maastricht contre le prince-évêque de Liège (1635).
  • Claudia de Filippo (Université de Milan): sur image de l’évêque dans les territoires helvétiques et des Grisons du diocèse de Milan (1560-1620)
  •  Federico Zuliani (Université de Milan):Saint Charles Borromeo speaks Romansch as well: the Image of the Bishop, the Gray Leagues, and their Role in His Process of Canonisation (1590s-1630s)‘.


Conclusions : Rolf Grosse (Institut historique allemand, Paris)


Location: University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K.

Deadline: 23 Aug 2015

For The International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds (4-7 July 2016), EPISCOPUS would like to propose a strand of panels focused on “Bishops and the Secular Clergy in Residence and on the Move.” The strand would consist of three sessions:

  1. Bishops’ domestic spaces (can be residences but also outdoor spaces, such as deer parks)
  2. Secular clerics’ domestic spaces
  3. Episcopal itineration

These sessions present various possibilities. They can take EPISCOPUS into the material turn that seems to be developing in medieval studies. They can highlight some exciting work regarding episcopal households. Moreover the strand relates to the Special Focus of the 2016 Congress: “Food, Feast, and Famine.” (One can consider for example, feasting in the household, and, in the words of the IMC call for papers, standards of living, as well as other matters, such as food supply and logistics–hence itineration.)

To propose a paper, please send an abstract of 250 words or less, with a paper title and your name and affiliation to Michael Burger (mburger1@aum.edu) by August 23. Please also state whether you’ll need any kind of audiovisual support (e.g., Powerpoint support).

Location: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Deadline: 1 Sept 2015

EPISCOPUS will be sponsoring three panels at the International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University (May 12-15, 2016). We encourage submissions of abstracts (250 words or less) for these sessions by September 1, 2015. Please include your name and institutional affiliation and state whether you will need audiovisual support (including Powerpoint):

Session 1: The Secular Clergy and Education. Outside of the fields of medicine and civil law, the medieval clergy dominated the ranks of formal educators and educated. This session seeks to explore the role of the secular clergy within educational and educated milieux: papers considering such facets as the secular clergy’s involvement in the development of cathedral schools and universities; the educational level of parish clergy; whether and how far education led to career advancement; non-school venues of teaching, such as apprenticeship to the parish priest, or lectures and sermons by archdeacons and bishops; clergy pursuing worldly subjects of study and thought; and clergy as educators of the laity. Interest in this session has been significant enough already to prompt one scholar to volunteer a paper. Please send abstracts to Michael Burger (mburger1@aum.edu).

Session 2: Episcopal and Clerical Charity. This session will explore the charitable practices of medieval bishops and the secular clergy as well as their ideas about charity. The clergy often played a vital role in formulating and disseminating the standards for proper almsgiving and charitable behavior. In addition to what bishops and the clergy had to say about normative charity, however, there is also a need to study the clergy’s own charity, whether by studying their testaments, hagiographical accounts of their performance of the works of mercy, or their role in the institutionalization of charity, for instance in the foundation of hospitals, which were often connected to an episcopal palace or cathedral chapter. What was the nature of clerical charity, and how did it compare to monastic or lay charity? How did charity (and charitable institutions) function as a site of ecclesiastical (and episcopal) reform? How did the practice of charity provoke jurisdictional conflicts involving the secular clergy? Interest in this session has been significant enough already to prompt one scholar to volunteer a paper. Please send abstracts to Michael Burger (mburger1@aum.edu).

Session 3: In Memory of Thomas Head (co-sponsored by the Hagiography Society and Medieval Club of New York). This session seeks submissions from scholars whose work extends the exemplary work of Thomas Head. Please send abstracts to John Ott (ott@pdx.edu).

Location: University of Texas–El Paso, El Paso, TX

Deadline: 20 June 2015

The conference focuses on 13th- and 14th-century clerical literature and culture of the Iberian Peninsula. Within the poetry of this literature and milieu, there are many works of hagiography, including the vitae of San Millán de la Cogolla, Santo Domingo de Silos, Santa Oria, and Saint Mary of Egypt. There are many other works that have hagiographical elements, including the Castilian versions of the Apollonius of Tyre narrative. Finally, the Libro de Buen Amor (The Book of Good Love in English), that darling of 14th-century Peninsular literature, lampoons the hagiographic genre in many sections.

For more information, view the conference PDF or “Learn More” button that will take you to a video about the topic on the conference Web site.

Please join us for EPISCOPUS sessions and events at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, between 14 and 17 May, 2015

  • Business Meeting, Friday, 12:00-1:30 – Bernhard Faculty Lounge (cost per attendee varies but is usually around $10-12; catered Asian buffet will be served)
  • Bishops and their Towns: Aspects of Episcopal Influence within Urban Environments (Session 269, Friday 1:30-3:00, Bernhard 106)
    • Michael Heil, “The Bishop as Judge and Litigant in the Towns of Early Medieval Italy”
    • Theo Riches, “Urban Danger, Urban Sanctity: Ecclesiastical Reform and the City in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries”
    • Carrie E. Benes, “Civic Advice from an Archbishop: Jacopo da Varagine’s History of Genoa”
  • Lateran IV and the English Secular Clergy (Session 324, Friday, 3:30-5:00, Bernhard 106)
    • Andrew Reeves, “Lusignans, Curiales, and Assorted Non-Saints: Must a Good Bishop be a Bad Man?”
    • William H. Campbell, “Lateran Reform in the Diocese of Exeter: The Fragmentary Statutes of Bishop William Brewer (ca. 1226)”
    • James Richardson, “Developing a Diocese: Bishops and Reform in Hereford and Winchester Dioceses, 1282-1317″
This international conference and series of public lectures explores bishops’ and popes’ palaces across Britain and Europe with a particular focus on The Auckland Project to research and restore this 900-year old residence of the Bishop of Durham.  Themes include how bishops’ palaces and houses differed from the palaces and houses of secular magnates; the relationship between bishops’ palaces and houses and their political and cultural context; their relationship to the landscapes and towns in which they were set; and the architectural forms of bishops’ palaces and houses across England, Wales, Scotland, and continental Europe.
For a detailed program and registration information, please visit,

Cardiff University is pleased to announce the up-coming symposium on the episcopal office in the Middle Ages, to be held 10-12 June 2015.

There is a tendency in modern historiography to approach the episcopal office, its associated duties, and episcopal power and authority abstractedly, detaching the office from the personalities which brought it to life. The conference aims to cast light on the extent to which the personalities of the men appointed to bishoprics shaped the episcopal office as it developed in Europe between c.1000 and c.1300. How was personality expressed through the episcopal office and its associated duties? Bishops were not divorced from the social context and political milieu in which they lived and operated. How did the personal relationships of an individual bishop with kings, princes, archbishops or popes, or the position of a bishop in an extended kin network, affect not only the development of the office, its functions and its societal status, but also the practice of episcopal duties? Can a personality be reconstructed in the first place – if so, then how accurately, and where might we begin? To answer such questions, we must draw on expertise from across the disciplines, and we are confident that many more issues will be raised as the conference progresses.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Episcopal personalities and the restoration of the secular church;
  • The impact of monastic personalities on the episcopal office;
  • Episcopal personalities and the development of monasticism or communities of secular canons;
  • The relationship between the topography of a city and an episcopal personality;
  • Ecclesiastical architecture as reflections of episcopal personalities;
  • Episcopal personalities and friendship networks;
  • The influence of episcopal personalities over secular rulers;
  • Episcopal personalities as causes of conflict or tools of peace-making.

Papers set in the context of the Eastern Church are particularly welcome for comparative purposes. Deadline March 8th 2015. Contact: powerofthebishop@gmail.com