Appel à contribution – Visionary and Contemplative Practice in the Medieval World

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Laura Saetveit Miles

Guest Editor

Department of Foreign Languages, University of Bergen, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Interests: medieval religious culture; Middle English; mystical and visionary literature; contemplative literature; monastic studies; Marian Studies; book history; female authors; feminism and gender studies; queer studies

Dr. Katherine Zieman

Guest Editor

Centre d’études supérieures de civilisation médiévale, University of Poitiers, 24, Rue de la Chaîne – TSA 81118, CEDEX, 86073 Poitiers, France
Interests: late medieval literature and culture; devotional practice; attention; liturgy; Chaucer; Langland; reading practices; media studies; gender and sexuality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The past few decades have seen important developments in research on visions and visionaries, and on contemplation and contemplatives, in the Middle Ages both inside and outside of Europe. This Special Issue seeks to develop established as well as new connections between medieval visionary practice and medieval contemplative practice. While both focus on interior perception and reception of the divine, they present quite different modes of individual agency, and different relationships to other forms of spiritual practice such as reading, prayer, meditation, liturgy, etc. How might we better understand medieval religious culture and spirituality by better mapping the relationship between visionary and contemplative practice? How does this relationship vary chronologically and geographically? Scholars working on medieval sources in a wide range of humanities fields are invited to submit abstracts that consider these questions in religions including but not limited to Christianity, across the medieval world, defined broadly.

We request that, prior to submitting a manuscript, interested authors initially submit a proposed title and an abstract of 400-600 words summarizing their intended contribution. Please send it to the Guest Editors ( and or to the Religions editorial office ( Abstracts will be reviewed by the Guest Editors for the purposes of ensuring proper fit within the scope of the Special Issue. Full manuscripts will undergo double-blind peer-review.

Time schedule:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 1 September 2022
  • Full manuscript deadline: 1 March 2023

Prof. Dr. Laura Saetveit Miles
Dr. Katherine Zieman
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • divine visions
  • visionary literature
  • contemplation
  • contemplative literature
  • medieval religious cultures
  • medieval spirituality

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

Source : Religions

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