Diaries and Dialogues:Call for Submissions on Travel

lima love park
Lima, Peru 2015 photo by A. Jennings 

Coldnoon: Travel Poetics (International Journal of Travel Writing) invites writings (prose/nonfiction/research/opinions/poetry/travelogues) on travel. For April we are receiving submissions till the end of the month.

Selected writings, published in Diaries and Dialogues will qualify for publication in the journal, both online and print (EISSN 2278-9650; ISSN 2278-9642)

Submissions are invited in two categories:
Diaries: 500-1400 words (diaries.coldnoon@gmail.com)
Dialogues: 1500 words and above (dialogues.coldnoon@gmail.com)
Poems (which may be published singly in Diaries or as strings of poems in Dialogues) can be sent as single submissions or strings of poems (no limit).

Also send us a short bio note, and a recent photograph of yourself.

Submissions can be on—but need not be confined to—the following themes:

1. Culture/Ethnography/Food
2. Architecture and Travel
3. City Mapping/Derive/Flanerie
4. Cyberflanerie
5. Travel in Popular Culture/Cinema/Arts
6. Iconic Cities/Urban Geographies
7. Pastoral Travelling
8. Tourism/Ecotourism/Health Tourism, etc
9. Pitfalls of Tourism/The Tourist as the Dilettante
10. Heritage Travelling
11. Impressionism and Cities (Paris, London, New York, Calcutta, Delhi, etc.)


Poetry at the Post: Holy Dust and Liquids

Requiem Shark

I want
another look at the terrible
eye with its nictitating membrane,
those extravagant fins,
the ampullae of Lorenzini freckling its snout,

Virgin and Child (left wing of Diptych of Philip de Croÿ with The Virgin and Child), oil on panel, circa 1460, Huntington Library, San Marino. ((Public domain)

Re//Generate conference – A Call for papers

The University of St Andrews School of Art History in collaboration with the St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies (SAIMS) present Re/generate: Materiality and the Afterlives of Things in the Middle Ages, 500-1500, an interdisciplinary conference on reuse and recycling in medieval Europe taking place on 6-7th May 2016.

In recent years, the discipline of Art History has been grappling with the concept of materiality, the very thingness of art. The material of medieval art, be it parchment, precious metal, gem, bone or stone, has emerged as a spearheading topic. Unsurprisingly, this “material turn” has prompted intriguing questions. To what extent does an ivory figure of the Virgin and Child embody the divine, rather than merely represent it? What exactly did pilgrims do with the holy dust or liquid which they carried away from saints’ shrines in little ampullae? It is within this context that we wish to explore how recycling was part of the medieval (re)creative process.

This conference will investigate the different ways in which medieval people used and reused goods, materials, and other elements from existing forms to create (or recreate) new art and architecture. Why did medieval people preserve, conserve, and recycle art and materials from a different era? Did such appropriation go beyond mere economic practicality? Could the very materiality of an object have been the reason for its retention or reinvention? The two-day conference is aimed at postgraduates and early career academics from a range of disciplines including, but not limited to history, art history, museum studies, archaeology, book studies and literature.

We invite twenty-minute papers on the following range of topics and their relationship to the study of materiality, recycling and reuse in middle ages:

Second-hand materiality of medieval art and/or everyday objects;
The concept of refuse/garbage and its reuse;
The medieval and post-medieval afterlives of things;
Theoretical approaches to medieval materiality; Thing theory and Stuff theory;
Semiotics and anthropology of medieval recycling and recreation;
Issues of authorship, circulation and ownership of recycled art;
Genealogy of recycled materials: spoils, heirlooms, relics, ruins and remnants;
Conservation, preservation and restoration in medieval thought and practice.

Papers on other issues related to the study of materiality and reuse of materials in the Middle Ages or of medieval materials in post-medieval practice are also welcome. Please direct your submissions (250 word abstract) along with a short biography (100 word) to regenerate2016@st-andrews.ac.uk no later than 1st of February 2016.

Poetry at the Post: Mediated Phenomena and a Grapefruit Too!

Meditation on a Grapefruit
To wake when all is possible
before the agitations of the day
have gripped you


Call for Papers
The Virginia Graduate Colloquium in Theology, Ethics, and Culture

University of Virginia, May 6-8, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Talal Asad

The 2016 Virginia Graduate Colloquium invites creative submissions by graduate students on the conference theme: “Religion and Media.” We are honored to present as our keynote speaker renowned anthropologist Professor Talal Asad, whose transformative work on the genealogical mediations of religious and “secular” traditions has deeply influenced the study and practice of religion today.

Religion is often described as a “mediated” phenomenon, whether ritually, doctrinally, aesthetically, communally, politically, narratively, and/or violently. Potential topics could include: material histories of the Gutenberg press, oral epic traditions, Qur’anic calligraphy, televangelism, propaganda posters and wartime radio broadcasts, Mormon architecture, illuminated medieval manuscripts, and iconoclastic controversies. What, for example, is the significance of an online presence for religious authorities, like the Dalai Lama via Twitter? What is the function of “scientia media,” or middle knowledge, regarding divine omniscience in analytic philosophy? How is Christ depicted as “the Mediator” by Christian theologians? How is God both immediately and transcendently One within the Islamic intellectual tradition? What is the interpretation of Jehovah-rapha and covenantal remediation before and after the Holocaust? In short, the conference will initiate a dialogue about “media,” construed not only as a “mode of transmission” but also as a process of (re-)/mediation and repair, to open new lines of investigation for theological and religious studies.

We welcome a broad range of submissions including, but certainly not limited to:

Technology and Society

Race/Gender/Queer Studies

Scriptural Hermeneutics

Biomedical Ethics

American Religious History

Political & Material Cultures

Aesthetics & Literature

Digital Humanities/Media Theory

Philosophy of Religion

Religious Ethics

Interfaith/Inter-tradition Dialogue

Theology/Lived Theology

For more information, click here. 

Poetry at the Post: Sipping a Negroni in Sorrento

In the Grips of a Sickness Transmitted by Wolves

Sorrento, at night the long fingers of your orange lights
Prick me in the sizzling streets, where the pinnacles
Of other people ring tinny and papier-mâché…



I’ve been drooling this week over the reissue of a special edition by epicurious on the food and wine of Italy. Not only are there great photos. recipes and regional info, but there is a list of restaurants and cafes to try when traveling—including links to their websites, like the Fauno Bar in Sorrento which according to epicurious writers is a good place to sip on a Negroni as you wait for your ferry to Capri (and read a poem by Monica Ferrell.)


Poetry at the Post: Kevin Young, The Sachensenpiegel Picture-Books and SLU (there’s more too!)

from Book of Hours
The light here leaves you
lonely, fading

as does the dusk
that takes too long


43rd Annual Saint Louis Conference
on Manuscript Studies
Vatican Film Library
Saint Louis University
14-15 October 2016

Guest Speaker
Lowrie J. Daly, S.J., Memorial Lecture on Manuscript Studies:

Madeline H. Caviness
(Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University)
Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books
The Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies is the longest running annual conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. Organized by the Vatican Film Library in conjunction with its journal, Manuscripta, the two-day program each year offers a variety of sessions addressing the production, distribution, reception, and transmission of pre-modern manuscripts, including such topics as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, provenance, cataloguing, and others.


Paper or session proposals are invited for the 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 14–15 October 2016. The guest speaker will be Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University), speaking on Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books.

Proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Papers are twenty minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. Submissions of papers may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed. Submissions of original session themes are welcome from those who wish to be organizers.

Sessions Proposed

Patterns of Exchange: Manifestations of Cross-Cultural Practice and Production in Medieval and Renaissance Hebrew Manuscripts
Every year we try to have a panel that parallels the topic explored by the keynote speaker. To complement Madeline Caviness’s “Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books,” we welcome papers that will explore/discuss medieval and Renaissance Hebrew manuscripts that reflect cultural interactions between Christian and Jewish communities in diverse geographical locations.

Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps
This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions. They could constitute itineraries, guidebooks, narratives, surveys, chorographies, or practical maps such as city plans, local maps, or portolan charts. We invite papers that examine any of these aspects of manuscripts associated with travel, with particular attention to their production, illustration and decoration, use, transmission, or preservation.


Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
The names of famous manuscripts come quickly to mind, especially because of their association with wealthy and celebrated figures: the Bedford Hours; the Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry; the Bible of Borso d’Este, for example. Less well-known are their subsequent owners, who may have been equally notable but have been eclipsed by the aura surrounding the first. This panel seeks papers that examine the cumulative ownership history of extraordinary manuscripts, before they entered their present holding institutions.

Open Panel
Here is your chance to propose and assemble, or propose and contribute to a panel that speaks to a manuscript theme that you have long been wishing to see explored, or investigated from a particular standpoint. We are open to proposals on all manuscript genres, from any geographical locale, on all aspects of manuscript study: transmission and reception, codicology, local practices of production, collecting, library history, cultural influence, and scholarly use.
Please submit a paper or session title and an abstract of not more than 200 words by 15 March 2016 via our online submission form. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions. For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate Sr for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or vfl@slu.edu.


Poetry at the Post: November 11, 2015—Give Me Peace on Earth

November 11, 2015
In memory of all who have suffered and died in war~


Men jostle and climb to, meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear

Alvin Thomas Knost
Alvin Thomas Knost

This is a photo of my dad, Alvin (“Al”) Thomas Knost  sometime around 1972.

Al served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Three days after the D Day invasion, his unit was sent from England to Normandy Beach to pick up all the dead and wounded. They continued to follow the troops as they marched through France and into Germany where they encountered the survivors of the Holocaust.

After the war ended, dad returned to the states and resumed his life. He married, apprenticed to become a plumber and had three daughters. Dad died in 1985. While he was live he rarely spoke about his personal experiences in the war but the few times he did, he cried.

Give me love, give me peace on earth…no one says it better than George Harrison:

Poetry at the Post: The Llama Who Had No Pajama!

Peru 2015 Photo courtesy of John Mark Jennings
Peru 2015
Photo courtesy of John Mark Jennings

Did you know there is a Children’s Poet Laureate? Well, there is and has been since 2006. The inaugural Children’s Poet Laureate awarded by the Poetry Foundation was Jack Prelutsky and the current one is Jacqueline Woodson.

You can listen to former Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman reading from her book The Llama Who Had No Pajama here.