Calls for Papers

57th International Congress on Medieval Studies (VIRTUAL)

May 9-14, 2022

Medieval Congress Call for Papers Page:

Christine de Pizan and the Five Senses (Listed under “Sessions of Papers”)

Throughout Christine’s corpus, all five senses play strategically into the expression of her message. From the scent of spring flowers in lyric poetry, to the sounds of battle in her works on war, to detailed and even striking visual imagery, the experiences she depicts are often powerfully enhanced by sensorial elements. This topic builds upon current interest in the material culture surrounding Christine’s oeuvre and lends itself to interdisciplinary approaches.

Digital Humanities, Lyric Poetry, Textual Studies in Christine de Pizan: A Roundtable Festschrift in Honor of James Laidlaw (Listed under “Roundtables”)

James Laidlaw is one of the world’s most preeminent scholars of Christine de Pizan. He has published numerous seminal studies on the manuscript tradition and other aspects of Christine’s works, and is director of the far-reaching, innovative, and invaluable project, Christine de Pizan: The Making of the Queen’s Manuscript. This session will honor Professor Laidlaw with papers inspired by his extraordinary contribution to Christine studies.



55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 7-10, 2020

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan


Please submit abstracts to Benjamin Semple, semple[@], (remove the brackets) no later than September 15, 2020. Sessions are already filling.

Session Topics:

I.  Just and Unjust Political Power in Christine’s Time

Writing in a time of political turmoil, Christine de Pizan often reflects in her works on the nature of political power, how it functions within the structures of a state, how it is distributed, and how to exercise it.  She authored explicit political treatises such as The Book of the Body Politic and The Book of Peace, important texts in the “Mirror for Princes” genre; in other works, such as her biography of Charles V, she addresses political power more implicitly.  This session seeks to explore late medieval views of just versus unjust political power, not only in Christine de Pizan but also in the thought of her contemporaries.  The papers in this section may (but are by no means required to) draw parallels with contemporary notions of just and unjust political power.

II.  In Memory of Susan Groag Bell:  Christine’s Legacy in Material Objects

The independent scholar Susan Groag Bell, who passed away in 2015, was a forerunner of many of today’s medievalists who focus on the study of women’s writings and lives.  Of specific interest to Christine de Pizan scholars was her final book, The Lost Tapestries of the City of Ladies:  Christine de Pizan’s Renaissance Legacy, which explored the late medieval and Renaissance reception of Christine through tapestries owned by influential women (such as Elisabeth I, Queen of England, and Anne of Brittany, Queen of France).  Inspired by Groag Bell’s scholarship, this session is dedicated to the exploration of material objects – manuscripts, incunabula, tapestries, and so on – in which Christine de Pizan’s legacy persisted through the late medieval and into the early modern period.


10th International “Christine de Pizan” Conference   June 18-21, 2019

Paris, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France

Details, location, and cost: International Christine de Pizan Society, European Branch Website

We are happy to confirm that the 10th Christine de Pizan International Congress will be held in Paris, at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, from the 18th to the 21nd of June 2019.

As it has been announced in a previous circular, the theme of this meeting will be:

Genesis and Filiations

This meeting aims to examine the way in which Christine de Pizan evokes and inscribes the theme of filiation in her texts; first of all, her own filiation as a daughter and as a mother. Other filiations, literary and fictional, are added to biological filiation: from one work to another, new processes of genesis and generation are built or invented and, with them, new ‘fathers’ and ‘mothers’ emerge, as new alliances for the widow she is.

These filiations (real or imaginary, matrilineal or patrilineal), as well as their hierarchy, will be analysed. It could be interesting to explore how these relationships are preserved when they are no longer based on flesh, and what the ideological implications of this kinship are.

We will also address some of Christine de Pizan’s apparent contradictions, such as the promotion of virginity and chastity, frequently found in her works, and the importance given to lineage; the promotion of herself as an author and the failure to claim rights for the “daughters” she is addressing.

The concept of filiation is also central for the reflexion on texts and the way they were created and transmitted: papers can thus focus on the different versions, and the filiation between them and the late copies, reworkings, and translations.

They can also study the filiation between text and images in the different copies, or their relation with the images of the late manuscripts.

Last but not least, filiation may suggest new lines of research on language on different levels, especially the syntax (the genesis of sentences) and the lexicon of Christine de Pizan’s works (e.g., the creation of neologisms from Latin and Italian to French).

Languages of the presentations will be French, English and Italian.

Presenters are asked to respect a twenty-minute limit. Organised sessions (4 papers maximum) or round tables are also encouraged.

We invite you to submit your abstracts to
Abstracts should not exceed 500 words (exclusive of references), and should list 3 to 5 keywords. The deadline for submission is 15 September 2018. The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members of the Scientific Committee on the basis of the originality of the work, chosen methodology, writing quality and the overall contribution to the field of Christine de Pizan’s studies, and notification of acceptance will be sent out by the 15 December 2018.

Registration fee is €100 for established researchers, lecturers, and professors, €50 for students and independent researchers. The registration fee must be paid by 31 January 2019.

Organisation: Dominique Demartini, Claire Le Ninan, Gabriella Parussa, Andrea Valentini.

 Scientific Committe: Giovanna Angeli, Étienne Anheim, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Kevin Brownlee, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, James Laidlaw, Didier Lechat, Sylvie Lefèvre, Didier Lett, Anne Paupert, Sophie Prévost, Christine Reno, Anne Schoysman, Helen Swift, Michelle Szkilnik, Marie-Hélène Tesnière, Tania Van Hemelryck, Margarete Zimmermann.

International Christine de Pizan Society, European Branch Website

52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 10-13, 2018

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Please submit abstracts to Benjamin Semple,, no later than September 15, 2016.

Sponsor:  International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch

Session Title:  Christine and the Arts:  Aesthetics and Poetics in the Writings of Christine de Pizan

A trend in Christine de Pizan scholarship has been to emphasize her status as a writer of social commentary and as a moralist; this trend has a tendency to deemphasize the importance Christine attributes to art, beauty, and artistic creation.  This session of papers will offer a corrective by taking a broad approach to Christine de Pizan’s appreciation of the arts and to the principles of aesthetics, explicit or implicit, that emerge from her works.  The session will be open to explorations of the poetics that Christine evokes or implements as guiding principles of her literary creation, to examinations of Christine’s views on the visual and performing arts, and to papers that place her aesthetics and poetics within Classical, Medieval or modern theories of art and beauty.

Co-sponsors:  International Alain Chartier Society, International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch

Session Title:  1418, Springtime in Paris: Violence, Memory, Meaning

In the spring of 1418 the Burgundian faction in the French civil war took Paris from the control of the Armagnac faction, which had controlled the city for the previous five years. Because the Burgundians were allied with England, and the then-dauphin Charles (later crowned Charles VII and the eventual victor of the Hundred Years War) was allied with the Armagnac faction, many scholars have come to view this conflict in partisan terms, as a massacre followed by an occupation. This session of papers seeks to understand the complexity of this episode in the French civil war and the larger external war into which it was subsumed both on the part of those who experienced it, and on the part of those who later conferred meaning upon it. We welcome contributions from the fields of literature, history, music, art history, religion. Papers might speak to the experience of the violence, memories of the events of May-June 1418 in texts and works of art, the diplomatic and military implications of the Burgundian takeover, the place of these events in subsequent historiography, the particular trauma produced by civil conflict, or other. The session of papers will seek to situate the events of 1418 with respect to broader issues related to violence exercised within a community, the figure of the witness, the burden of survival, and the experience of exile.

Co-sponsors:  Jean Gerson Society, International Christine de Pizan Society, North American Branch

Session Title:  Theology and Vernacular Literary Culture in the Age of Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson

The late medieval expansion of devotional practice across western and central Europe—exemplified perhaps by the Modern Devotion and the Brethren of the Common Life—has often been linked to the use of the vernacular, which was growing in prominence in both religious and less religious genres. Scholars have noted the importance of this vernacular theology, both as a discourse outside of scholastic Christian theology and as inflected by the vernacular literary cultures of its participants. However, comparatively little attention has been paid to how the vernacular literary cultures influenced “traditional” modes of doing theology in Christian Europe. This panel seeks to address this lacuna by attending to two giants of the late medieval era: Christine de Pizan and Jean Gerson. These two writers, who engaged with each other in the notorious querelle over the Rose and joined in praising Jeanne d’Arc, stand as Middle French authors steeped in the contemporary literary currents of their day and also active theologians engaging with scholastic and philosophical-theological texts. This panel, a standard session of papers with time for questions, seeks papers that probe the relationship between theology and vernacular literary culture in late medieval Christianity, in the immediate context or Christine and Jean’s oeuvres or in other comparanda.


52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 11-14, 2017

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Society will sponsor two sessions. Session topics are:

  • Historiographical Perspectives on Christine de Pizan Scholarship
  • Christine and the Body

Please submit abstracts to Benjamin Semple,, no later than September 15, 2016.


The IXe International Christine de Pizan Colloquium, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

July 7-11 2015

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Please consult the University of Louvain-la-Neuve website for updates



51th International Congress on Medieval Studies

May 12-15, 2016

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Society will sponsor two sessions and co-sponsor one session with the Alain Chartier Society. Session topics are:

  • Christine and Moral Conduct
  • Christine and Feminism: A 21st Century Reassessment
  • The Multi-Lingual Fifteenth Century: Alain Chartier, Christine de Pizan, Charles d’Orleans, et autres (co-sponsored with the Alain Chartier Society)*

* This is a different title than the one discussed at Kalamazoo

Please submit abstracts to Benjamin Semple,, no later than September 15, 2016.

50th International Congress on Medieval Studies

(Annual Business Meeting for the NAB-ICPS will be held at 6:00 PM, East Ballroom, Bernhard Center)

The Society will sponsor one session and an art exhibit/reception at the International Medieval Congress at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 14-17, 2015

1:30-3:00 PM East Ballroom, Bernhard Center:

Une Image vaut bien mille mots: Dans la Cite des Dames, qui sont ces Trois Vertus? – Marie-Jose Marquis, U of Conn

Female Sanctity in Text and Image: Christine de Pizan, the Legende doree, and the Master of the Cite des Dames – Linda Burke, Elmhurst College

Christine de Pizan and Late Medieval Optics – Mary Gibbons Landor, Independent Scholar

Dinner in the City, Reclaiming the Female Half of History: Christine de Pizan’s Book of the City of Ladies and  Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party – Marsha Monroe Pippenger

Following the session be will be an Exhibit and a Reception, 3:30-6:00 PM:

Medieval Inspiration for Modern Art:

20 Collages by Marsha Pippenger

Inspired by Christine de Pizan’s Book of the City of Ladies and Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party

Beam of Light

Beam of Light

dinner-in-the-city Waking Dream

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2 thoughts on “Calls for Papers

  1. We hope to see many of you at the Art Exhibit in Kalamazoo! Session at 1:30 Thursday, May 14, 2015, East Ballroom, Bernhard Center, W Michigan U. Follow at 3:30- 5:00, same room, Art Exhibit with collage artist Marsha Monroe Pippenger. She will be displaying 20 of her 27 collages from the Dinner in the City Collection. (See three examples on this page.)

  2. Dear Julia,
    Could you please share the following:
    Just a friendly reminder that papers for the Fifteenth Triennial ICLS Congress may now be submitted online. Several people requested a deadline later than was announced on the initial Call for Papers. Submissions are welcome any time in December.
    Please go to our webpage to submit your abstract:
    You will be asked to set up a personal account (easy!) which will be used later to register.
    All future updates and information will be posted on this site.

    Once submissions have been received, planning can go forward in earnest. We expect to open the online registration process in February.

    To date, several distinguished emeriti and scholars from six different countries have indicated their intention to participate. ICLS 2016 promises to be an exciting Congress. Do consider joining us!

    Warmest regards,
    Prof. Gloria Allaire
    Assistant Professor of Italian
    University Faculty Senator
    Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures
    1055 Patterson Office Tower
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40506-0027 U.S.A.

    The 15th International Courtly Literature Society Congress,
    will be held 24–29 July 2016 in Lexington, KY USA.
    For information about the Society and its activities, see:

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