2017: 14th International Symposium on Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Topic: “On the Road Again . . . .”: Time, Space, and Identity in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age



To be held at

The University of Arizona, Tucson

May 4-7, 2017 (actual symposium: May 5-6)

This symposium wants to bring together scholars in the field of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (up to ca. 1800) working on concepts such as: travel and space, local and global identity, transculturality, transnationality, geographic concepts, scientific explorations of the earth, conditions of travel, etc.


Organizer and Chair:

Dr. Albrecht Classen

University Distinguished Professor

Dept. of German Studies, 301 LSB, The University of Arizona

520 621-1395; aclassen@u.arizona.edu; aclassen.faculty.arizona.edu


Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2017 (maximum participants: 25). But please contact me if you have an interesting paper; I might still have a slot for you.




Fri, May 5, Optics 821

Sat., May 6, Saguaro 101




This is a self-sustaining academic symposium. Participants are expected to secure travel funds and other resources to cover their costs (housing, registration) from their home institution.

Registration: $100. This will covernot only the conference fees and all meals, but also provide you with a free copy of the subsequent volume, for which I will do intensive research together with all contributors.

Receipt for Registration

Selected papers will be accepted for publication in a planned volume (de Gruyter; see my webpage on Fundamentals, under “Middle Ages,” right hand side navigation bar). Each contributor to the volume will receive a free copy and can negotiate with the publisher reduced prices for any of the volumes in our series.

For anyone interested in joining the symposium as part of the audience, please contact the organizer. Student participation will be most welcome.

Languages accepted at the symposium: English, French, German, and in exceptional cases Spanish. Non-English papers must be accompanied by a good English summary available as a hand-out. Abstracts of all papers will be posted well ahead of the symposium.

Hotel Accommodations: I have made a special arrangement with Riverpark Inn,  $74 plus tax = $86.92.  Price subject to change. Within the USA, call: 1-800 551-1466, refer to “Dept. of German Studies/”On the Road Again . . . ” in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time,” or to my name (Classen).  Local number: 520 239-2300. Transportation to and from the symposium (at the University of Arizona), will be provided by means of the new streetcar ($4./day, covered by the registration).  For international guests, please fax your reservations to: 011- 520-239-2329.

The hotel can pick you up for free from the airport if you make a reservation ahead of time and if the van is available. Email your itinerary to Jill Ward, Manager.

For a downtown map, click on map

For a campus map, click on campus


Alternative transportation from the airport: There are three additional (common) options:

1. Bus no. 25 to downtown ($1.75), 6th Ave. and Pennington St. right next to Ronstadt Bus Depot, from there you walk west on Congress to Granada, turn left (south) to the I-10, through the tunnel, and the hotel is right there (this is by now all a pleasant walk, with good sidewalks, traffic lights, etc, so really safe). Or you can call the hotel at 239-2300 (but they might not have the van available). Alternatively, you can walk down Congress West to the I-10, pass under it, then turn left (South) and walk along Frontage Road to the Hotel (max. 15 minutes), also good sidewalks, traffic lights, etc. But now there is the better option: Buy a transfer ticket (same price) for the bus, and when you get to Ronstead, go to Congress, which runs east-west parallel to it, and hop on the street car, the ticket is still valid, and the street car will stop right next to the hotel.

For bus no. 25 (really easy and very cheap, just $1.50), see their schedule). Once you have reached Ronstadt downtown (Pennington St/6th Ave.), follow the instructions outlined above.

For a map downtown: https://www.google.com/maps/@32.2228412,-110.9643665,15z


2. Take the airport shuttle (one way: ca. $28; round trip: ca. $45), Stagecoach (https://www.azstagecoach.com). Subject to change

Reservation Information 520-889-1000 • reservations@azstagecoach.com.

3.regular taxi (ca. $25-$35, one way).

All prices subject to change.


We gratefully acknowledge the support by the Departments of English, Spanish and Portuguese, Religious Studies, and German Studies.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 31, 2017, but feel free to send an inquiry even after that date, to aclassen@email.arizona.edu



Financial support comes from the Department of German Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of French and Italian, the Dean’s Office of the College of Humanities, the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Culture (SILLC), and from UAMARRC (all University of Arizona), for which we are all very grateful. I am also grateful for the support from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University. 

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