CFP: Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference

The Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference (PMR)
at Villanova University invites you to participate in its
44th International PMR Conference
October 18-20, 2019

As always, the PMR makes an OPEN CALL to scholars, institutions, and societies to propose Papers, Panels, or Sponsored Sessions in all areas and topics in LATE ANTIQUITY/PATRISTICS, BYZANTINE STUDIES, MEDIEVAL STUDIES, ISLAMIC STUDIES, JEWISH STUDIES, and RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION STUDIES.

The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme:

Faith in History:
Time, Narrative, History, Apocalypse


Gillian Clark
Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow
University of Bristol
Author of Christianity in Roman Society


Cyril O’Regan
Huisking Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame
Author of An Anatomy of Misremembering

“And these are the generations…” Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are saturated from their origins with a sense of time and history, but making sense of time and history is difficult. Similarly, as scholars of pre-modern culture, whatever our field or focus, we face the difficulties of telling the story of the diverse and complex interactions of faiths and cultures across Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation eras. PMR 2019 will focus in its plenary theme on questions both of history and historiography – how does faith appear in history? How does faith name history? And can we have faith in history?

While, as is our custom, the call for papers will be open, scholars are encouraged to propose papers and panels on the premodern Mediterranean and European cultures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, on their own sense of history and time, on the apocalyptic sensibility, the theology and philosophy of history, on their narrative forms of discourse. In addition, scholars are encouraged to propose papers or panels on the historiography of Late Antiquity, Medieval Studies, and the Early Modern period – can we still tell a compelling story of these periods, even as our understanding grows ever more complex? Is there room for faithful retrieval? Creative fidelity?

Deadline for submissions: June 21, 2019
Notice of acceptance will be made by July 19, 2019

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