Thursday, October 27, 2016

nimals in the Archives
October 27–28, 2016
University of Pennsylvania


This two-day symposium brings leading figures in animal history together with Philadelphia-based archivists to theorize the historical traces that animals leave behind. The symposium focuses on how animals come to be represented textually, visually, and materially in historical archives—both dead (as in leather bindings, parchment made from animal skins, iron-gall inks, hide and bone glues, and taxidermy specimens) and very much alive (as in bookworms, silverfish, mice, and other archival “pests” that eat the bindings, adhesives, and other substances in library and archival collections).

By thinking through the stakes of nonhuman animal representation in archives, the symposium addresses both the history of human-animal relationships across time and the theory and practice of history and archival classification. It aims to provide a broader view of the human past and to reconsider the anthropocentric biases of conventional historical practice, while also exploring methodological questions about the possibility of history beyond the human.

More information here:


Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 6:00–8:00pm
Rainey Auditorium, Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Screening of the documentary film “Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness” (1931).

In the late 1920s, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, inventor and former corporate magnate, developed a relationship with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology that would indirectly result in pioneering work in film technology history. In 1930, Captain Vladimir Perfilieff, a Russian-born artist and adventurer, and John S. Clarke, friend and former classmate of Johnson, asked him to fund a zoological and ethnographic expedition to be undertaken and filmed in the Mato Grosso plateau of Brazil. “Matto Grosso” is the result of this joint expedition, which documents the people, animals, and environment of the region. Penn Museum archivists will introduce and contextualize the film.

The 49-minute screening will be followed by a roundtable from 7:00 to 8:00pm on the topic of animals and film.

For more information, see:

Friday, October 28, 2016 | 10:00am–5:00pm
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

A series of talks will further explore the theme of “Animals in the Archives.” In the morning and the afternoon there will be presentations by five speakers: Bruce Holsinger (University of Virginia), Iris Montero (Brown University), Rebecca Woods (University of Toronto), Nigel Rothfels (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and Neel Ahuja (University of California, Santa Cruz). At 1:00pm we will hold a roundtable on “The Materiality of Animal Archives” featuring scholars and Philadelphia-based archivists.

The symposium will be followed by a public reception at 5:30pm.


Organized by Etienne Benson, Carolyn Fornoff, and Zeb Tortorici.

Sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Penn Humanities Forum, Penn Year of Media, South Asia Center, Department of English, Department of History and Sociology of Science, and Department of History.
Dear all

With apologies for cross-posting, please find attached a Call for Papers for a conference to be held in Bochum on 17th and 18th June 2017, titled “Strangers at the Gate! The (un)welcome movement of people and ideas in the medieval world”.

Papers in English from all disciplines and geographical areas are warmly welcomed, as are submissions from graduate students and early career researchers.

All best

Dr S. C. Thomson

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Lehrstuhl für Mediävistik und Sprachwissenschaften
Englisches Seminar der Ruhr-Universität Bochum

FNO 02 / 79
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the second workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium II workshop series:

Friday, November 18, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Which Nubia and Which Byzantium?
A workshop for students on medieval Nubia and its place in Byzantine society and the larger Mediterranean world. Led by Giovanni R. Ruffini, Fairfield University

RSVP required. Registration closes November 16. Additional information and registration at

East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.
Symposium: Liturgical and Paraliturgical Hymnology in East and West, November 11, 2016

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross is pleased to announce an upcoming symposium “Liturgical and Paraliturgical Hymnology in East and West” to be held a Hellenic College Holy Cross, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, on November 11, 2016, from 9:30am–1:30pm.

In this symposium, liturgical scholars and musical practitioners present papers discussing themes of poetry and song in the medieval and contemporary religious and musical traditions of Judaism and Christianity.

A full schedule of papers and abstracts are available at

The event is open to the public.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Monasteries in the digital humanities
Kraków-Tyniec, Benedictine Abbey, 13–16 September 2017
The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, Branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, Institute of History, University of Opole, and the Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec
1. Presentation of the history of monasteries and religious orders on the internet (monasticons, portals and blogs, websites, databases, maps etc.)
2. Digital reconstruction of former monasteries, virtual monastery libraries, utility rooms in monasteries etc.
3. Digitisation of the written legacy of monasteries
4. Creation of platforms providing information and bringing together scholars researching monasteries
5. Dissemination of knowledge of monasteries and religious orders online
6. Possibilities of creating an online monasticon encompassing monasteries located both in Europe (including Poland) and other parts of the world
7. Digital tools and resources in humanities research. Problems – solutions – proposals.
Please send us the proposed titles of your full papers (up to 20 min.) and short communication papers (up to 10 min.) before 15 November 2016.
The languages of the conference will be generally international conference languages. However, we may organise separate sections devoted to Polish topics.
We plan to publish a volume of conference proceedings.
The conference fee is PLN 200 (EUR 50).
We will provide full board and accommodation for participants from outside Poland and will reimburse their travel expenses.
Polish participants will cover the cost of accommodation, but will receive fees for preparing their papers (approx. PLN 500).
At the end of the conference, on 16 September, we will organise a tour of Kraków monasteries.

Yours sincerely,
Prof dr hab. Marek Derwich
Monika Michalska

Thursday, October 20, 2016

everyone interested in medieval charters is invited to participate at the next MOMathon, 15th November 2016.
The MOMathon is an online event concerned with the Monasterium portal – Europe’s virtual charters archive. Everyone interested in improving access to historical documents is given the opportunity to collectively enhance the world´s largest database of medieval and early modern charters:
More details on how to participate and the prize awaiting the winner can be found here:
The 34th Brixworth Lecture will be given by Prof Katy Cubitt, University of York, on Saturday 29th October at 5pm in the Anglo-Saxon church of All Saints at Brixworth, Northamptonshire (built c. 800). 
Katy’s lecture will be on the topic of ‘Reform and Renewal of Religious Life in Anglo-Saxon England’.
All welcome! 

Joanna Story
Professor of Early Medieval History
Director of the Medieval Research Centre & Director of Research (History)

School of History, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
T: +44 (0)116 252 2761