Call for Papers

The nineteenth biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 6–8 March 2014 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are welcome; please see our new guidelines below.

Plenary speakers for the 2014 conference will be Thomas F. X. Noble, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, and Ruth Evans, Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English at St. Louis University. 

In memory of the conference’s founder Lee Daniel Snyder (1933–2012), we are pleased to announce the establishment of the Snyder Prize, which will be awarded for the first time in 2014. The prize carries an honorarium of $400 and will be given to the best paper presented at the conference by a junior scholar. Please click "Snyder Prize" in the sidebar at left for further information.

The conference will be held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

More information will be posted here on the conference website (http://www.newcollegeconference.org) as it becomes available, including submission guidelines, prize details, plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions.

The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2013. Send abstracts to:



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New Guidelines for the 2014 Conference:

Those considering submitting an abstract or session proposal may wish to be aware of a number of policies we are adopting for the 2014 conference:

1) So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. This does not include chairing a session or participating in a roundtable, but no one should commit to more than two of the three activities. Organizing sessions does not count in these calculations, but session organizers are subject to them along with everyone else (i.e. you may organize as many sessions as you like, but you may only present one paper, and chair a separate session).

2) Session chairs should not also present in the panel they are chairing. Session organizers may either chair or present in a panel that they have arranged, but not both. If you are organizing a planned session, you may either arrange for a chair and include him/her in your proposal, or submit your panel without a chair and conference organizers will assign one. (The acceptance of your panel will not depend on whether or not your planned session already has a chair.)

3) Those organizing planned sessions should also know that the organizing committee strongly prefers sessions that include participants from more than one institution.

Please email info@newcollegeconference.org with any questions.