CFP: Religious Men in the Middle Ages, University of Huddersfield, 6 – 8 Jul 2012

Closing date for proposals: 30th September 2011

Religious Men in the Middle Ages
University of Huddersfield
6 July 2012 – 8 July 2012

This conference seeks to explore and re-evaluate medieval men’s relationship with religion, both professed religious men and laymen of any faith. Despite their centrality to ‘traditional’ histories of the Middle Ages, many aspects of the lives and representation of medieval men remain relatively unexplored. Only recently have scholars begun to consider what religion, belief and devotion meant to men as men and how these informed and intersected with other aspects of their identity (social status, gender, occupation, ethnicity, age, location, etc). Papers are invited which consider the experiences, self-perception or depiction of individuals or groups from any faith, religious tradition, monotheistic, pagan, or heretical, or could focus on men who rejected faith and religion altogether. Proposals are encouraged from scholars working in any relevant field: history, literature and language, art history, musicology, archaeology, etc, and from any Medieval period (c. 500 – early 1500s) or geographical setting. A volume of essays based on a selection of the papers delivered at the conference may be published.

Plenary speakers:

Professor Michael L Satlow, Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic studies Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.  ‘Antique and Early Medieval Rabbinic thought on constructions of masculinity and religiosity, with particular reference to Torah study’

Dr Jennifer Thibodeaux, Associate Professor in Women’s Studies and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  ‘The disciplining of the Norman clergy and the engagement with celibacy as a defining feature of clerical identity in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries’

Dr James Clark, Reader in Late Medieval History, University of Bristol.  ‘The attractions of the monastic life for English men between the Black Death and the Reformation’

The conference will be held at the University of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK. It has been timed for the weekend before the Leeds IMC to allow international visitors to attend both. Leeds is a 20 minute train journey from Huddersfield. Huddersfield has good train connections to Manchester Airport which lies less than an hour away.



Dr Pat Cullum and Dr Katherine Lewis

Event Location:University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

Call for papers deadline: 30 September 2011

Please email brief abstracts to

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Dr Pat Cullum:

Dr Katherine Lewis:

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