Call for Papers

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are invited for submission by Friday 7th March 2014. Please email abstracts to Simon Thomson at


The Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series is pleased to invite proposals for papers on ‘Sensory Perception in the Medieval World’. This interdisciplinary event intends to consider how sight and other senses are represented and invited by early medieval productions across Europe, and how sight and other senses are used by different disciplines to construct our ideas of the medieval.

Attention is being increasingly brought to the ways in which we understand and interpret written, printed, and physical materials from the early medieval period. This is enhanced by the growing availability of digital resources which enhance the potential for visual perception while reducing the opportunity to use other senses for interpretation.

At the same time, scholarship is becoming more conscious of ways in which artefacts and documents were perceived and used in the period: of how the design of objects, including books and manuscripts, controlled their reception.

We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on any aspect of sensory perception, and from researchers in any discipline. Papers are particularly welcome from PhD students and early career researchers.  The conference will take place over the weekend of 12th and 13th April at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology.

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

• how objects and documents invite and exploit sensory perception;
• different sensory experiences of the medieval;
• the impact of using resources, such as digital editions, on sensory experience;
• how the senses are represented and explored in early medieval sources;
• experiences of sensory loss, such as blindness and deafness in the early medieval world.

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