Call for Papers

Brut conquers Britain and builds New Troy (London).

London, British Library, MS Harley 1808, fol. 30v. © British Library.


This conference is made possible by generous support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

Submission Guidelines

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on the Brut tradition from all disciplines, including medieval and early modern languages and literatures, and art, book, cultural, intellectual, political, religious, or any other kind of history. We would especially welcome submissions from scholars and graduate students who explore the multilingual, multi-national, and/or cross-period nature of Brut chronicles and related texts, including early medieval histories of Britain, and who take comparative or multi-disciplinary approaches to their research. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The present and the renovation of the past in Brut texts
  • The role of the city in Brut texts
  • Ideas of 'Britain': nation, religion, geography, and history
  • Travel and migration in Brut texts and by its manuscripts
  • Multilingualism and the languages of the Brut tradition (Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, Latin, Norse, Scots, Spanish, Welsh . . . )
  • Bruts across borders (political, theological, temporal, physical, linguistic, generic. . .)
  • Medieval and post-medieval authorship, reception, and transmission of Brut texts and manuscripts
  • Bruts and technologies old and new (manuscript, print, digital media)

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, with full contact information and specification of audiovisual needs, to Julia Marvin and Jaclyn Rajsic at The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2019.

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