Call for Papers: Following the Rules or Not in Preaching

9-12 July 2012, International Medieval Congress (IMC) - Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

European Medieval culture was based largely on oral transmission and preaching was one of the most important vehicles of teaching and learning. Numerous preachers across Europe condemned vices and praised virtues in order to instruct and exhort both lay and religious people in regard to faith and morals. Considering the role sermons played in religious life, preachers were exhorted to act following rules established by Artes praedicandi, manuals on formal composition, so to find the best way to convey the religious message. These treatises (which depicted different models of sermon) provided preachers with directives regarding sermon contents, structure, rhetoric; nonetheless they also listed a lot of rules preachers were expected to follow in their daily activity and in their habits. As it is clear, Artes Praedicandi defined the theory of sermon, still preaching was a lively event, subjected to the context in which it took place, continually changing for the differences both of the preachers and of audiences. This session of the IMC, which is sponsored by the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, seeks to decline the theme of Leeds 2012 (“Rules to follow... or not”) addressing three constitutive elements of preaching: sermons, preachers, audiences.

See the Call for Papers for more information. 

Call for Papers (18th Symposium)

Dear members - please find here our call for papers for the upcoming 18th Symposium, to be held in Brescia, 20-24 July 2012.

Call for Papers: Preaching on the Jews, for the Jews and by the Jews

The Institutum Romanum Finlandiae and the Centro Romano di studi sull’Ebraismo are jointly organising conference on the theme:

"Preaching on the Jews, for the Jews and by the Jews."

The conference will take place on 11 – 12 February 2011. The conference venue will be The Finnish Roman Institute Villa Lante (Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10, 00165 Roma, Italia).

We are inviting those who would like to be present at this event and give a paper to send us the title of their paper and a short abstract (no more than 300 words) to the address below. The proposals should be sent to the organisers no later than 31 May 2010. The organizers will evaluate paper proposals before the end of July and send invitations to the speakers. See the Call for Papers for details.