Call for Papers

42nd International Conference of the Haskins Society

3-5 November 2023

University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)

The Haskins Society is delighted to announce our ongoing return to in-person, annual conferences for our second year at the University of Richmond, Virginia on 3-5 November, 2023. We invite 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.


In order to make our conference as accessible as possible, we will again offer options for virtual attendance and presentation of papers this year (at appropriately reduced registration fees).


The featured speakers in 2023 will be:


•          Courtney Luckhardt (University of Southern Mississippi)

•          Sharon Farmer (UC- Santa Barbara)

•          Louise Wilkinson (University of Lincoln)


    For individual paper submissions, please send a 250-word abstract and c.v. to


    For full panels (usually 3 papers), provide a one-page rationale for the panel in addition to the information for each paper. Panel organizers are encouraged to contact the conference organizers in advance of their submission.


    Papers presented at the Haskins Conference by graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell Prize competition when submitted as full essays.

    The deadline for all proposals is 30 July


    The conference does accept submissions for remote online presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for remote presentation, please state this clearly in the abstract.


    We also invite submissions for two alternative forms of presentation and participation:


    The New Research Forum

    On Friday morning, the conference will host an online New Research Forum to highlight and discuss new research or work in progress. Modeled on “flash sessions,” presenters will have five minutes to explain their projects as a prelude to in-depth small group discussions. Presenters will be listed in the program and should send a one paragraph abstract and c.v. to and include the word “Forum” in the address line.



    The deadline for all proposals is 30 July



    Bursaries for Graduate Students

    The Society and the University of Richmond are making available a number of bursaries to graduate students to facilitate participation in the conference. Four bursaries worth approximately $550 each will be available to graduate students.


    In order to apply, please so indicate when submitting your proposal to give a paper or to take part in the New Research Forum. Please also include a statement, 300-400 words in length, that situates your proposal within your wider research trajectory and explains how participation in the Haskins Society conference will aid both your academic and career-development goals.


    Support for Graduate Students

    In order to encourage and support rising scholars, graduate student members of the Society are eligible to receive support from the Thomas Keefe memorial fund to cover the costs of registration.


    We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Richmond, Virginia!

    -Joanna Drell, Laura Gathagan and Steven Isaac


    Accommodation information and links will be available in late August

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