Call for Papers

Over the last two decades, cartularies have been seen as an object of study in themselves, not only for the wealth of information they provide or for the problems of authenticity, but as organized 'deposits' of memory and of control of property. This meeting aims at creating an opportunity for all those involved in Medieval cartularies to discuss concrete experiences of studying and editing European cartularies from the 12th-13th centuries.
Without dismissing a global overview of this phenomenon, we aim at approaching the topic through specific case studies and by taking into account the different ways in which medieval institutions built their own memory. Therefore, it is also essential to pay attention to non-diplomatic texts copied in or written in close relation to the cartularies (e.g. hagiography or historiography), and to the codices in terms of paleography, codicology and decoration.

Researchers from different areas of knowledge are invited to present papers on topics focusing on the following themes:

1. Memory, archives and cartularies: models and aims in the organization of corpora.
2. From the archive to the codex: the selection, organization and use / re-use of documents;
3. Cartularies and non-diplomatic texts: hagiography, historiography, annals.
4. Visual Culture: decorations, seals and signa.
5. Analyzing and editing: experiences, projects, databases.

The conference will be organized in plenary sessions with keynote speakers and parallel sessions with papers.

• Working languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and Italian.
• Papers presentations: 20 minutes.

We welcome:

• individual proposals for a 20-minute paper (ca. 500 words);
• joint proposals for thematic panels consisting of 3 papers (ca. 350 words per paper).

Please include the following information with your proposal:

• the full title of your paper / of your panel and respective papers;
• an abstract (ca. 500 words per paper), eventually with a short list of bibliographical references;
• a short bio blurb (ca. 200 words).

Please note that:

• All paper proposals will be peer-reviewed;
• Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2015;
• Proposals should be submitted by e-mail in Microsoft Office Word or PDF format to, with the subject header: Abstract proposal.

On the occasion of the conference, the National Archive of Torre do Tombo will organize an exhibition of medieval cartularies from Portugal.