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Call for Papers 2014

Fons Luminis Call for Papers

Using and Creating Digital Medievalia

Fons Luminis, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal edited and produced annually by graduate students at the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto provides a forum in which to address, challenge, and explore the content and methodologies of our various home disciplines. We invite current graduate students to submit papers relating in some way to the 2015 journal theme, “Using and Creating Digital Medievalia.”

Since the mid-twentieth century, computing has been and continues to be a major factor in the medievalist’s research. From Father Busa’s creation of the Index Thomasticus in the 1940’s to current library and archival digitization projects, computational methods are essential aspects of the medievalist’s occupation. Papers are encouraged to address: medievalist use of digitally stored information; social scientists and librarians as creators and/or curators of knowledge about the Middle Ages; future directions of digital humanities; the importance of digital humanities to work in paleography, codicology, diplomatics, and text editing.

Articles may also focus on topics including (but not limited to) mapping and space, the impact of digitization on concepts of the archive, and digital tools in teaching.

Contributions may take the form of a scholarly essay or focus on the study of a particular manuscript. Articles must be written in English, follow the 16th edition (2010) of The Chicago Manual of Style, and be at least 4,000 words in length, including footnotes. Quotations in the main text in languages other than English should appear along with their English translation.

As usual, we continue to accept other submissions on any aspect of medieval studies and welcome longer review articles (approximately 1,500 words) on recent or seminal works in medieval studies.Submissions must be received by July 1, 2014 in order to be considered for publication.Inquiries and submissions (as a Word document attachment) should be sent to and

Issue Two (2012)

A Formal Signature: Reclaiming the “privileged sphere of individuality” in Thomas Wyatt’s “Whoso list to hount” Melissa J. Rack
Queer Histories: The Legacy of New Historicism for Medieval Studies Anna Wilson
Source Material, Mirabilia, and the Bestiary Genre in Gerald of Wales’s Topographia Hibernica Georgia Henley
Aidan’s discretio: A Discerning Irishman in Bede’s Historia ecclesiastia gentis Anglorum Sarah McCann
Bede’s Monk-Kings Christopher M. Kegerreis

Fons Luminis Call For Papers

Fons Luminis, an annual peer-reviewed journal of the Centre for Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto, is seeking submissions from current graduate students. Articles should be at least 4,000 words; we particularly encourage submissions with a strong interdisciplinary emphasis.

Fons Luminis is also still accepting submissions focusing on the special theme of its forthcoming issue—“Reassessing the New Historicism”—particularly those examining topics drawn from the late Middle Ages, New Historicism being mainly employed in the literary and historiographical analysis of late medieval and early modern texts. Submissions discussing and/or employing any other methodologies in literary criticism and historiography are welcome as well.

In lieu of book reviews, Fons Luminis now publishes longer review articles, which situate a recent and/or seminal book in the context of relevant scholarship. Submissions in this category should be at least 1,500 words.

Deadline for submissions: 10 February 2011. Submissions or enquiries may be sent electronically to Electronic submissions are preferred.

CFP: Reassessing the New Historicism

“The new historicism erodes the firm ground of both criticism and literature. It tends to ask questions about its own methodological assumptions and those of others.” –Stephen Greenblatt

Certain features of the New Historicist school—particularly its awareness of the historical contexts of both authorship and readership—have become commonplace in modern scholarship.  Other aspects of the New Historicist approach are more problematic, particularly within the field of Medieval Studies.  For this issue of Fons Luminis, we would like to solicit short articles (approximately 4000 words) from graduate students on the general topic of New Historicism. Does Greenblatt’s seminal work, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, speak compellingly to pre-Renaissance scholarship? Is the methodology still relevant to current research, or is its theory already a little dated?  Is New Historicism merely a pet theory of North American academia? What about the British analogue, cultural materialism, and/or the French analogue in the works of Michel Foucault?  Are these still helpful to us? What is the relationship between New Historicism and the more recent New Formalism? How can New Historicism, primarily a literary movement, be of use to historians and historiographers?  Articles addressing any such questions, and/or employing New Historicist principles or methodology, are welcome.

Fons Luminis has adopted a new format, soliciting articles exclusively from graduate students, while still including a keynote essay from an established scholar, as well as review articles of seminal and recent books relevant to the theme.  Our articles are peer-reviewed first by our graduate staff and then by professorial reviewers.  The new shorter article format, allowing for more submissions, facilitates discussion and provides a place for graduate students to expound upon their own ideas and respond to those of other young scholars.

Submissions or enquiries may be sent electronically to Submissions for this issue should be received by 15 July 2010.

Issue One (2008)

Why Fons Luminis? The Editors

Étienne Gilson: Art, Literature, and Philosophy Brian Stock

Between Death and Survival: Norfolk Cattle, c. 1280–1370 Philip Slavin

The Sources of the Earliest Latin Descriptions of Canada and First Nations by the Jesuits Haijo Jan Westra and Milo Nikolic, with Alison Mercer

Time and Understanding in Inferno X: Augustine’s Distentio Animi Jenna Sunkenberg