Call for Papers

The 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies will take place from Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, 2024.

You are cordially invited to propose participation in a session sponsored by the Société Guilhem IX at the
2024 International Congress on Medieval Studies
Deadline for Proposals: 15 September 2023
Please submit a proposal via the Congress website 

Session 1: Lyric Networks: New Approaches to Occitan and Galician-Troubadour Poetics (A session of papers)

From scholars of the literatures of the Iberian peninsula, we know that Occitan lyric had an important influence on the Galician-Portuguese poetry that flourished throughout medieval Iberia. However, there remains much we do not know about the modalities and the extent of this influence. While we have evidence that Occitan troubadours such as Marcabru, Alegret, Giraut de Bornelh, Peire Vidal, Elias Carel, and Guilhem Ademar visited the court of Léon, we are not always able to gauge the extent of the impact they had on the development of Galician-Portuguese poetry. However, we know that Uc de Saint-Circ entered into relation with members of the de Sousa family, who were in exile from Portugal at the court of Léon. While there, we know that the Galician-Portuguese troubadour Dom Fernam Garcia (known as Esgaravunha) wrote a series of poems closely related to a group of poems composed by Uc de Saint-Circ, who was present in Léon at the same time. Scholars such as Guida and Fernandez Pereiro have even argued that Uc provided the same linguistic and poetic instruction “ad dandam doctrinam provincialis” for the court of Léon that he later performed in Northern Italy. For this panel, we encourage further enquiry into dynamic relationships existing between Occitan and Galician-Portuguese troubadours. Moving beyond unidirectional rubrics of influence and genealogy, how might we see Occitan and Galician-Portuguese poetics as the expression of a network of linguistic, cultural, and poetic exchange? 

Session 2: Spotlight on Raimbaut d’Aurenga (A Roundtable)

In the third installment of our spotlight series, we focus on Raimbaut d’Aurenga. One of the most formally and thematically innovative troubadours, Raimbaut played with the limits of rhyme in his famous poem “Ar resplan la flors enversa” and verse itself in his devinalh “Escotatz, mas no say que s’es” by integrating prose codas into his poetry. He is also one of the most prolific troubadours: he has more than 40 poems attributed to him. Yet, there has not been an updated critical edition of his complete poems since 1952. For this roundtable, we invite contributions that adopt new approaches to Raimbaut’s rich and diverse corpus.

The Société Guilhem IX is pleased to offer:

  • A complimentary one-year membership in the Société (currently $15.00 US), including a subscription to the journal TENSO, to any graduate student, regardless of country of residence, whose abstract is accepted for inclusion in either of the sessions sponsored in 2024 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX;
  • Payment of the registration fee (in 2023, $95.00 US [students]; ca. $165.00 US [non-students]) for the International Congress on Medieval Studies to any individual not residing in North America whose abstract is accepted for inclusion in either of the sessions sponsored in 2024 at Kalamazoo by the Société Guilhem IX. The same individual(s) will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Société ($15.00), including a subscription to the journal TENSO.


Those interested in presenting a paper in Session 1, and those who would like to participate in the Roundtable, should, by 15 September 2023, complete the proposal submission via the Congress website. Please send inquiries to the Vice-President of the Société, Courtney Wells, at