So okay, I’m back from Leeds and have been for more than a month obviously, and people are asking me (no, they really are) if there will be a Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Diplomatic there session next year, as there has been for would-you-believe five years now. Now, people, I beg indulgence of you. I am currently trying to finish a paper and the index for the book, three other books at work though those at least aren’t mine, to assemble the next Carnivalesque, to look for a new dwelling and various other things connected with that, I am massively behind with e-mail and in no way someone who should be allowed to try and organise a conference session. So, yes there will be a session and yes obviously I am organising, I just have no idea how I’m going to manage it. At least the deadline is next month not this one… Oh well! Without further ado, here is a Call for Papers, the which please feel free to circulate, repost and pass on to your charter-studying friends and contacts if such you have. Thankyou!
Call for Papers: Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Diplomatic
We invite contributions to a proposed strand at the 2011 International Medieval Congress, to be held at the University of Leeds 11-14 July, entitled “Problems and Possibilities of Early Medieval Diplomatic”. This successful strand will be entering its sixth year of continuous sessions and is open to all working on charter evidence with a view towards wider historical questions. We especially welcome paper proposals that will query the source material itself, its production and preservation, as well as those that use charters to tackle early medieval historical questions more usually addressed from other evidence; we also have a long-standing interest in new technology for the analysis of charter material. If you work with charter material from the early Middle Ages, generously defined, and have innovative approaches, unfamiliar issues or intriguing complexities, or just a critical story to tell, and you can form them into a twenty-minute paper, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Dr Jonathan Jarrett in the first instance, either in comments to this post on his blog (http://wp.me/p2z5o-1jk) or by e-mail using the address on this page.
At the time of writing I think we already have four people signed up, so add yourself and let’s see if we can beat the previous record of three sessions…