Saturday, March 14, 2015

ENGL 4183 Intensive Latin Online 2015
Dr. Larry Swain 
Bemidji State University 

 Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Latin, covering in nine weeks a full academic year’s worth of the language. This will require a lot of work and dedication on the part of both instructor and student. By the end, however, the student should be able to read Latin prose with the aid of a grammar and a good dictionary or lexicon. There will be a great deal of memorization. Via our online tools, discussion board, online office hours, recorded lectures, live lectures, exercise sharing and corrections, and Q&A sessions delivered via D2L, power point presentations, and other tools, we will go through the entire text and master basic Latin. The course will require a commitment from the student. A MINIMUM of 2 hours and preferably 4-6 hours a day will need to be spent working on the exercises, in class, interacting with the professor etc. Because delivery is online rather than in a traditional classroom, the need for each individual student to apply him- or herself diligently daily is even more important than in a face-to-face class.  We will meet virtually in an online classroom for each lesson to explain the grammar lesson, to do some in class exercises, to correct exercises, and so on, for approximately an hour, more if necessary or if student interest. The rest of your time will be spent working on exercises, translating sample passages of actual Latin, memorizing the forms. 

Texts: Intensive Latin by Floyd Moreland and Rita Fleischer 
Other materials as assigned
(I will have advice about students’ dictionaries, additional grammar aids in print and online and so on as well throughout the course). 
Highly Recommended: English Grammar for Students of Latin: The Study Guide for Those Learning Latin by Norma Goldman and Ladislas Szymanski 

This course is six credits; I think a full year of Latin deserves a full year of credit.  The above URL at the top is the Center for Extended Learning Admissions website.  This URL is for the tuition calculator:  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Funded PhD and MA fellowships in scholarly editing, medieval/early modern culture and digital humanities

PhD and MA fellowships in medieval/early modern culture and digital humanities: the Canterbury Tales, Medieval Codes, and Textual Communities projects
Following funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities and Research Council of Canada and the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan is inviting applications for four-year PhD and one/two year MA scholarships to work on the following research projects:
•The Textual Communities Project (
•The Medieval Codes Project (
Applicants should propose a MA or PhD topic related to some aspect of these projects. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
•The manuscripts, incunables, and textual tradition of the Canterbury Tales
•Analysis of large manuscript traditions, including use of mathematical/statistical/phylogenetic methods
•Theory and practice of scholarly editing in the digital age
•The effect of the digital revolution on our models of the humanities, archives and the community
•Digital humanities and scholarly editing/archival collections
•Information structures and features in medieval documents
•Medieval manuscript layout and navigation
Successful candidates will join one of the Canterbury Tales, Textual Communities, or Medieval Codes projects, commencing in September 2015.
Facility with Latin or a modern European language and skills in computing will be particularly valuable, but not essential. We welcome applicants from anywhere in the world. With support from SSHRC and the university, we are able to offer funding towards research travel and training, with scholarship and other support for subsistence during study to qualified students. You will be joining a small but vibrant international cohort, currently including students from Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Mexico.
Please follow the Department of English guidelines for application, which can be found at In your cover letter, please specify that you are applying for this position and provide a substantial description of your research interests as they relate to the projects named above.

For more information about these research opportunities, please contact Peter Robinson at, or Yin Liu at Complete applications should be lodged by 8 February, 2015; late applications may be considered if funding is still available.

Late Antique and Medieval CFP

Connections, Networks, & Contexts 
17 April 2015 
Run by the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh 

The Late Antique and Postgraduate Society (LAMPS) at the University of Edinburgh is holding a one day conference on the theme of Connections, Networks, and Contexts within the time period of Late Antique to Medieval. While interdisciplinary approaches to academic research may have been less common just a few years ago, there has recently been an increased interest in working across disciplinary boundaries. For the last five years, the Late Antique and Medieval Postgraduate Society from the University of Edinburgh has worked under a similar ethos, organising seminars for postgraduate students to present their work and exchange ideas across academic disciplines. 

We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers and A3 posters from any relevant department, including Archaeology, History, Classics, History of Art, Literature, Language Studies, and Islamic Studies among others. Early career scholars and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for papers, and 200 words for posters, to To be considered, proposals must be received by 2 March 2015. Confirmations of acceptance will be sent at least one month in advance. This conference is being put on with the support of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. 

Bemidji State University Graduate Students Mini Grant Deadline

Please inform all graduate students of the following opportunity:

The College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Health Sciences & Human Ecology; the Center for Extended Learning, Library & Library Services; the Office of Student Development & Enrollment; and the School of Graduate Studies have joined hands to offer the following opportunity for graduate students.
Awards of up to $400 each are available to graduate students who are in good standing, are fully matriculated (see mini-grant cover sheet), and are ready to pursue research (if conducting research for their thesis/research paper).
For complete guidelines and application materials, please go to the BSU School of Graduate Studies website at

Please note: The deadline for submission of the mini grant proposal is Friday, February 27, 2015.

Thank you!

BSU Graduate Committee

Joan Miller, Director
School of Graduate Studies #48
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-755-2258 (FAX)

Please note: the School of Graduate Studies has relocated to Deputy Hall 111.

42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 16–17 October 2015 Vatican Film Library

Conference information is posted at  

CfP: Heroic Narratives and the Reshaping of History, University of Copenhagen, 11th-12th June 2015

Please consult the website for further information:

(apologies for cross-posting)

Call for Papers -- 2015 Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 16–17 October 2015
Vatican Film Library—Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections
St. Louis, MO

The Vatican Film Library invites paper submissions or session proposals for the 42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 16–17 October 2015. The conference is organized annually by the Vatican Film Library and its journal, Manuscripta, and is the longest running conference in North America devoted exclusively to medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies. The two-day program each year offers sessions on a variety of themes relating to medieval book production, distribution, reception, and transmission in such areas as paleography, codicology, illumination, textual transmission, library history, cataloguing, and more. 

Guest Speaker for 2015:
Stella Panayotova (Keeper, Department of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

Papers or session proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Submissions may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed (see below). Papers are 20 minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. If you are interested in organizing one of these sessions, or wish to suggest a paper or session of your own, please contact us as soon as possible.

Proposed Sessions
Submissions are welcome for any of the following sessions already proposed.
  • Old Book, New Book: Refurbished Manuscripts in the Middle Ages
  • Even when they were tailored to the taste of specific patrons, it was understood that manuscripts would outlast their owners: they were future family heirlooms, to be circulated in networks of gift exchange, inheritance, and resale. In what ways did the patrons and producers of manuscripts anticipate the inevitable change of hands? Under what circumstances did new owners expand or alter legacy manuscripts, and how did they respond to the taste of previous owners? This session calls for papers that examine the social, political, and intellectual import of secondhand medieval books.
  • Gravity vs. Levity
  • “Man is a rational, moral animal, capable of laughter.” (Notker Labeo, d. 1022). While this may be considered a truism by some, the question of the role played by humor in medieval manuscripts remains somewhat indistinct. Is a joke in a manuscript ever just a joke? Subversive, witty, parodic, didactic, and broadly entertaining imagery is the focus of this session.  What role did humor play in society and how is that displayed in a concrete fashion within the pages of books? 
  • A Good Read: The Production of Vernacular Texts in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Italy and their Public 
  • While there is a great deal of documentary evidence for the production and readership of vernacular texts in Italy in the fifteenth century, we know relatively little about their thirteenth- and fourteenth-century patronage and the process of their production. Nonetheless, a considerable number of prose and verse manuscripts written in French, Franco-Italian, or Franco-Venetian survives, often resplendently illustrated and obviously produced for wealthy patrons. See the Fordham University website created to explore this topic: This panel seeks papers that consider the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century production and circulation of these manuscripts in Italy, discuss their patrons and readers; and examine the organization of their production by individuals or workshops based in urban, court, or private milieus. At this time university textbooks were being produced under university supervision for quality control; what evidence can we find for the regulation of quality in this manuscript genre?
Please send a title and an abstract of not more than 200 words to Susan L’Engle ( by 1 March 2015. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions.

For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or Conference information is posted at

Mary Jaharis Center Grants Competition

Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Grants

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 grant competition. Our grants reflect the Mary Jaharis Center’s commitment to fostering the field of Byzantine studies through the support of graduate students and early career researchers and faculty.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Development Grants target graduate students who have completed all coursework, language requirements, and exams necessary to advance to Ph.D. candidacy. Grants are meant to assist with the costs of travel associated with the development of a dissertation proposal in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived, e.g., travel to potential research sites, museum collections, research and special collections libraries. The goal of these grants is to assist students in refining their initial ideas into a feasible, interesting, and fundable doctoral project.

Mary Jaharis Center Dissertation Grants are awarded to advanced graduate students working on Ph.D. dissertations in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. These grants are meant to help defray the costs of research-related expenses, e.g., travel, photography/digital images, microfilm.

Mary Jaharis Center Publication Grants support book-length publications in the field of Byzantine studies broadly conceived. Grants are aimed at early career academics. Preference will be given to postdocs and assistant professors, though applications from non-tenure track faculty and associate and full professors will be considered. We encourage the submission of first-book projects.

The application deadline for all grants is February 15, 2015. For further information, please see