Call for Papers

39th International (Virtual) Conference of the Haskins Society

31 October - 1 November 2020

Because of the extreme uncertainty and significant travel restrictions resulting from Covid-19, the Council of the Haskins Society decided to host this year's annual conference online. This new format has led us to concentrate the conference on two days rather than our usual three, and to host conference activities in a narrower range of time during each day so that members in a variety of different time zones may participate.  While we will miss the opportunities to meet and discuss in person, we are also excited to explore the possibilities of this online context. We look forward to the intellectual exchange and opportunities to meet and support young scholars.


The Haskins Society invites proposals for presentations on any topic related to the history and cultures of peoples in northwest Europe in the early and central middle ages, and their encounters with societies in the Mediterranean, the Baltic and the larger medieval world. The Society has a longstanding tradition of encouraging interdisciplinary exchange, and so papers from all disciplines are encouraged.


We welcome submissions of two kinds:

  • 15 minute papers to be presented in a traditional panel format. We will also consider submissions of complete panels (usually 3 papers and a chair);
  • 5-minute flash presentations concerning new research questions and projects. This forum the focus will be on maximizing feedback, discussion, and scholarly connections.


In addition to these sessions, the Society is pleased to announce that our meeting will feature:

  •    A plenary address by Carl Watkins (University of Cambridge)
  •    A workshop on medieval manuscripts led by Lisa Fagin Davis (Medieval Academy of America)
  •    Professional development events
  •    An opportunity to connect with Haskins members and friends around the world


For all presentations, please submit a 250 word abstract and and indicate whether your submission is for a 15-minute paper or for a 5-minute new research presentation. If you are proposing a full panel, please include these materials with a cover sheet indicating the title of the panel, participants, and a brief rationale for its composition.



The deadline for all submissions is Tuesday, 25 August 2020.


Registration information and links will be available in August/September

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