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Organizational Announcements

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A Special Issue: The Biopic

The January 2000 issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly will explore the biopic.

Guest editor Glenn Man is looking for papers which address the theoretical, generic, historical, cultural, or technical aspects of representing or telling lives in film or video--from Hollywood spectaculars to indie films, from short subjects to A & E Biographies. Interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches are particularly welcome.

Manuscripts should be between 2,500 and 7,500 words, though shorter and longer essays will be considered. Please submit two copies of any manuscript. Since Biography has a double-blind submission policy, the author's name should not appear anywhere on either copy, but in the cover letter. Decisions about publication will be received within three months, and comments will be provided for all essays received. Consultation on manuscript ideas is welcomed. For more information, contact the general editor, Craig Howes, by email at biograph@hawaii.edu by telephone at (808) 956-3774 by fax at (808) 956-3774 or by mail at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822.

DEADLINE for submissions: August 1, 1999.

Announcement & Call For Papers

First Annual Conference of The British Association of Biological Anthropology & Osteoarchaeology.

10th-12th September 1999, The University Of Birmingham.

The association is aimed at all individuals interested or working in any related field at any level, be it funerary archaeology, osteoarchaeology, physical anthropology or human evolution. The assocaition aims to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, and to improve standards in all aspects of the study of the biology of past and present peoples within their cultural context.

Conference sessions are:

For conference details and booking contact:

Dr Megan Brickley
Department of Ancient History & Archaeology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

Tel: 0121 414 5497

For more information on the association and membership details contact:

Dr. Linda O'Connell
School of Conservation Sciences
University of Bournemoth
Dorset House, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow
Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB

Tel: 01202 595 178

Call for Papers

Gardens of Delight: The Pleasures of the Middle Ages--Tenth Annual Medieval Guild Conference, Columbia University

Saturday, October 23, 1999
Philosophy Hall, Columbia University

Keynote Address: Professor Louise Fradenburg, UC Santa Barbara

This conference will examine the topic of pleasure from a variety of angles. How did medieval people represent pleasure and theorize its uses and abuses? How do modern critical discourses of pleasure condition our responses to medieval texts and images? We will scrutinize the categories, terms, and purposes of pleasure in the Middle Ages, and we invite papers on material pleasures of all kinds and on vocabularies of secular love, mystical rapture, and other forms of enjoyment. We are equally interested in papers on how modern paradigms of pleasure inform our views of the period.

Graduate students and recent recipients of the Ph.D. in Art History and Architecture, Archeology, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, and all literature departments are invited to submit a 250-word abstract and cover letter indicating any audio-visual requirements by June 30, 1999:

Medieval Guild
Dept. of English and Comparative Literature
602 Philosophy Hall-MC 4927
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027-4927

For further information, please contact :

Mary Agnes Edsall
(212) 666-5394

Lisa H. Cooper
(212) 280-6451

Heather Blurton
(212) 316-6507

Fields of Conflict: Progress and Prospect in Battlefield Archaeology

A Conference

At Dept. of Archaeology, University of Glasgow 26th - 27th February 2000.

In Conjunction with Dept. of Archaeology, University of Liverpool and Scottish Centre for War Studies, University of Glasgow.

Over recent years there has been a growing interest in the archaeological potential of battlefields. This is partly due to the recognition that these sites represent an important part of our cultural heritage, and one which for a variety of reasons may be under threat. Prior to the involvement of archaeologists, the study of battlefields had been the preserve of historians working with documentary records, although the wider appeal of the subject also gave rise to a plethora of re-enactment groups, the growth of battlefield tourism and the mass of pouplar literature devoted to militaria. Initially, archaeologists generally limited themselves to the curation and basic recording of artefacts and other material remains related to military engagements, many of which were recovered as by-products of the investigation of unrelated sites which just happened to be on battlefields. However, recent work at a number of (historic) battlefields, notably in North America, has demonstrated what can be achieved through the combination of documentary analysis and the wide range of landscape survey techniques now associated with field archaeology. These more recent developments include the use of archaeological data as a means of testing and questioning documentary accounts and histories. One of the most challenging aspects battlefield archaeology is its potential to shed light on events which took place over very short periods of time; providing insight into the actions and movements of small groups and even individuals during their experience of combat.

In an attempt to encourage the development of this multi-disciplinary and research-driven approach to the study of battlefields, we are organising a conference which will draw together those working on various aspects of historic (ostensibly, but not exclusively, medieval onwards) battlefield archaeology. The meeting will be international in scope and aim to provide a forum for the presentation of the results of recent archaeo-historical work on battlefield sites while also considering future developments in the field. Although not intended to be theme- or period-specific, issues which may be covered, in addition to project reports, include: fieldwork methodology and applications, preservation and presentation of battlefields, the archaeology of related sites (field fortifications, cemeteries etc.), the treatment of human remains and artefact studies.

Subject to sufficient interest, further details about costs, sessions and other administrative arrangements will be forwarded. We also plan to publish the conference proceedings.

Expressions of interest, paper proposals and other queries should be forwarded to:

Dr. Tony Pollard
Dept. of Archaeology
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QQ

tel: 0141 - 330 - 5541
fax: 0141 - 330 - 3863


Dr. Philip Freeman
Dept. of Archaeology
William Hartley Building
University of Liverpool

tel: 0151 - 794 - 4390
fax: 0151 - 794 - 5057


Arthurnet is a moderated email list for those interested in Arthurian topics. It is supported by Memorial University of Newfoundland and sponsored by the journal Arthuriana.

Among our 700 or so subscribers are scholars professional and amateur and would-be, authors and fans of historical/fantasy novels with Arthurian characters, authors of works documenting the various prototypes of Arthur, Society for Creative Anachronism folks--and more, of course. We have had organized discussions, with a lot of scholarly input, on medieval literature; we also get alerts on the latest Star Trek-spinoff episode with an Arthurian theme, and of course heated discussions of movies like Excalibur and discoveries like the Artognou stone last year. To look at our discussions, try the archives at http://lists.mun.ca/archives/arthurnet.html.

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