Call for Session Proposals

51st annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
May 12-15, 2016

AVISTA has historically sponsored 3-5 sessions at Kalamazoo, with 3-4 20-minute papers each. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see AVISTA sponsor, please submit a title, brief topic description, and an intellectual justification of the topic (250 words or so), making sure to indicate whether your idea is for a traditional session with papers or a roundtable, panel discussion, workshop, etc. If you already have potential papers or contributors in mind, please let us know, and specify whether you would be available to organize or preside over the session. Topics allowing for interdisciplinary participation are especially welcome.

Examples of recent topics include Art and Technology in the Cloister and Castle; sessions dedicated to the memory of Carl F. Barnes, Jr.; Stone: New Research Concerning Masons and Sculptors; New Studies of the North Transept of Reims; Metals in Architecture; New Approaches to Chartres; and Technologies of the Book.

Proposal ideas will be discussed at the AVISTA annual meeting at this year’s Kalamazoo Congress, but you do not have to be present to make a proposal. If you will not be present at the meeting, please send your proposal to Sarah Thompson ( by May 14th, 2015. Selected session proposals will be turned in by June 1, 2015. Well-received sessions have been transformed into edited volumes for AVISTA’s Ashgate series.


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