Saturday, 29 October 2011

Thursday 3rd of November: Jennifer Norris

Tuesday, 25 October 2011


Wow! What a week! Three Calls for Papers in a row! And every new CFP is even more interesting than the preceeding one!

This time is the IVth international congress of SEMYR (Seminario de Estudios Medievales y Renacentistas) which is looking for papers. It will take place from the 5th to the 8th of September in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain). The topic of this session is El texto infinito: reescritura y tradición en la Edad Media y el Renacimiento and papers have to deal with the rewriting of texts in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Deadline for submissions is on 6th of January, so that there is still plenty of time to start thinking about an interesting topic.

More information available in the first circular and the SEMYR website.

CFP: Escritura y disidencia: textos literarios hispánicos en busca de la libertad

I3MS is happy to announce the Call for Papers for the IXth Congress of the Association ALEPH (Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de la Literatura Hispánica). This edition's topic is Escritura y disidencia: textos literarios hispánicos en busca de la libertad and the congress will take place the days 10th-13th April, in Cádiz (Spain). All proposals have to be made before the 30th of November, so that you have still one month to think about your proposal.

More information at the association's official website of the congress and in the first circular.


Although oxonian graduates of the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages have been informed of this call for papers by e-mail, the I3MS is certain that people from other faculties and universities follow our blog. We are happy to see that graduate initiatives are flourishing at the University of Oxford and this is one of them.
Making mistakes is an essential part of any creative and interpretive activity: reading, writing, translating and engaging with texts in their different variations. As Victor Shklovskii's influential book The Energy of Delusion (1981) demonstrated, being wrong in literature is not always wrong. On the contrary, misinterpreting the author's intent and following the deceptive lead of the narrative has been surprisingly productive in many representative cases across various disciplines. Eliminating and analysing mistakes in literary texts, historical narratives and objects of art provides an insight into the phenomenology of creativity, as well as political, ideological and philosophical contexts of the works in question.
The seminar welcomes papers from across a wide range of periods, subjects and regions. Submissions from graduate students are most welcome. Please send your proposals of no more than 250 words (20-minute papers) to or by the 4th of December 2011 (papers to be presented in Hilary term) or the 12th of March 2012 (papers to be presented in Trinity term). If you would like to give a paper in Michaelmas term, please contact us asap. Chaired by Professor Andrei Zorin and organized by Maria M. Pasholok (Magdalen College), Margarita Vaysman (Wadham College).
This series of seminars is supported by the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford.
We hope to see there some medievalists and familiar faces! For the official poster of the seminar, please click here.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Next week, Thursday 20th of October: Amaranta Saguar García

Sunday, 9 October 2011

New term... NEW ROOM!

Welcome back to all the medievalists, hispanists and italianists that follow I3MS!

The long vacation has passed and now it is time to come back and to take up again the I3MS sessions. The format of the seminar has not changed, but we have a few surprises for you, starting with a new venue.

During Michaelmas, the I3MS sessions will take place at the Taylor Institution, room 10b. Time and date remain the same (Thursday of even weeks, 13:00-14:00)

Distance will not be an excuse anymore! Just a minute from the library!

For those who do not know what we are talking about, the I3MS is a lunch-time seminar devoted to medieval Italy and Spain, organised by graduate students for other graduates. Students meet and can have lunch while discussing a topic of Iberian-Italian interest, no discipline excluded. However, the best way to understand what the I3MS is and offers is to experience one of our sessions in first person, so... what are you waiting for? The first session of this term is programmed for Thursday 20th of October.

We would like to remind you that the I3MS is open to papers by graduate students working on the Iberian or Italian Middle-Ages (or both), independently of their academic background. If you would like to participate actively and be one of our speakers, please send an email with your proposal to and we will arrange a date as soon as possible.
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