2022 Call for Papers


The twenty-second biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (version 2.0) will take place 3–5 March 2022 in Sarasota, Florida, with plenary presentations by Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, London). 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 also welcome. Given the uncertainties of the current pandemic, we have extended the deadline for all abstracts to 1 November 2021. We anticipate informing all those who have submitted papers or planned sessions by the middle of November.

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 conference, we are implementing the following rollover policy:

  • Papers and full pre-arranged sessions previously accepted for the 2020 Conference will be automatically accepted for the 2022 Conference as long as presenters notify the Program Committee of their intent to present by the 15 September deadline using the standard abstract submission form.

  • Those whose papers or sessions were accepted for 2020 but who wish to change the topic of their presentations substantially—as well as organizers of pre-arranged sessions who wish to change topics and/or presenters—should submit new proposals. While acceptance cannot be guaranteed given the logistics of rearranging the Conference schedule, these proposals will receive priority consideration by the Program Committee.

  • On the assumption that not all 2020 participants will wish to present in 2022, the Program Committee also welcomes new proposals.

While it is presently impossible to predict what the global health situation will be next March, the Program Committee affirms its commitment to community health and safety and encourages everyone to do what they feel is necessary to keep themselves safe. Likewise, while the 2022 Conference will primarily be an in-person event, the Program Committee is also committed to equitable access for those who would like to participate but are unable to travel to Sarasota. Presenters who would require remote access should note this on the abstract submission form; in the meantime, we are working on updating our technological capabilities to enable live-streaming of sessions and plenaries.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400.

The Conference is 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. 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 as it becomes available, including information about conference events and area attractions.


Send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.


If you are considering submitting an abstract or session proposal, please be aware of the following:

  • So that we can accommodate as many scholars as possible, no one may present a paper in more than one session of the conference. Furthermore, no one should commit to more than two out of the following three activities: 1) presenting a paper; 2) chairing a session; and 3) participating in a roundtable. 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).

  • 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.)

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