Call for Papers
Sessions sponsored by AARHMS (American Academy of Research Historians of Medieval Spain) and SSPHS (Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies) at the 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2007.
Three sessions are sponsored by AARHMS and four by SSPHS.  To propose a twenty-minute paper, please send the organizer an abstract and a completed abstract cover sheet by September 15. Abstract cover sheets are available on-line:
Proposals which are not accepted will be forwarded to the Congress Committee to be considered for general sessions.

AARHMS no. 1 and 2:
Beyond Powerful: New Approaches to Iberian Monarchy in the Middle Ages I and II
These two sessions aim to take stock of the past several decades of research into medieval Iberian kings and queens.  Research into rulership has taken off in many directions, both disciplinary (art history, history, literature, political theory, feminist and gender studies, religious studies) and geographic (the Crown of Aragon,
Asturias, Castile, León, Navarre, Portugal), and the purpose of these sessions is to begin to integrate the study of kingship and queenship into a more coherent study of monarchy.  Papers may address a variety of issues - such as theory, methodology, sources, biography, historiography - and comparative studies are especially welcome.
Theresa Earenfight
Associate Professor of History
Chair, Medieval Studies Program
Seattle University
901-12th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98122

AARHMS no. 3:
Reading Medieval Charters
This session aim to consider medieval charters not only as documentary records of transactions and events, but as texts that attest to religious practices and beliefs, political ideologies, and social relationships.  We encourage proposals on the formulaic apparatus of charters (e.g., preambles, sanctions), their material form, the creative role of scribes, and issues of literacy and orality raised by the relationships among transactions, their public performance, and the written record. While the focus will be on medieval Iberia, we would be happy to consider strong papers that deal with charters from other regions of Europe.
Organizer: James D’Emilio, 5245 La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

SSPHS no. 1
The Papacy and Medieval Iberia
This session seeks proposals on the relationship between the papacy and the churches, communities, and kingdoms of medieval Iberia.  This relationship invites discussion of the particularity of the Iberian church, the sources and nature of reform, and the role of relationships with the papacy in tightening the cultural and political ties between the Iberian kingdoms and the rest of Europe.  Topics might include the adoption of Roman practices, diplomatic relationships with the papal curia, the uses of papal privileges, the role of papal legates, responses to papal policies towards Jews and Muslims, and Iberian involvement in the papal schism and the conciliar movement.
Organizer: James D’Emilio, 5245 La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

SSPHS no. 2
Peacemakers, Mediation and the Idea of Peace in Medieval Iberia
This session is broadly conceived to explore the idea and practice of peace in medieval Iberia. Papers might address theories and definitions of peace in theology and political thought; their practical application in treaties, truce negotiations, frontier relations, and the legal or social structures for conflict resolution; or literary and artistic representations of peace and peacemaking. Proposals focused on medieval Iberia or comparative studies involving medieval Iberia are welcome.
Organizer: Anne Marie Wolf, 1000 SW Vista Ave. #224, Portland, OR 97205

SSPHS no. 3
Mendicants in Spain: Religion and Reform
Description: With the appointment of Ximenes de Cisneros in the 1490s as lead reformer of both the Franciscans and the Spanish Church in general, the Catholic Kings gave official status to the internal reform of the Spanish Franciscans that had begun in the early fifteenth century.  Although one issue of the Archivo Ibero-Americano was devoted to the fifteenth century Franciscan reform, most scholars focus on the results of the official reform in the early sixteenth century after it became pan-peninsular. Likewise, scholars of reform or Franciscan spirituality have tended to ignore the presence and influence of the Dominican Order in the realms
governed by the Catholic Kings.  This session welcomes any proposals on the topic of the mendicants and religious reform in Spain, but we are especially interested in papers that explore either the grassroots stage of the Franciscan reform from new perspectives (such as art history, religious studies, history of interreligious dialogue), or the interconnections or confrontations between the Franciscans and Dominicans during the age of reform.
Jessica A. Boon
University Writing Program
Box 90025, Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0025

SSPHS no. 4 (This has been presented as a complete panel; proposals are not being accepted)
Women’s Religious Life in Late Medieval Portugal
Maria de Lurdes Rosa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

As the contact person for AARHMS and SSPHS, my name has been listed in the Call for Papers for the entire block of sessions, but it is preferable for presenters to send their proposals directly to the individual organizers. I will forward any submissions I receive to them.
Information on the Medieval Congress and the full Call for Papers are on the web at: