Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Big Dating: Using Big Data to Date Medieval Texts

Applicants are sought for a fully-funded four-year Provost’s Project Award
PhD doctoral award at Trinity College Dublin on the Big Dating project to
start in September 2020 (or later, if Covid-19 does not permit it). The
award comprises the student’s full tuition fees (EU or non-EU) and an
annual stipend of €16,000. These doctoral awards are generously funded
through alumni donations and Trinity’s Commercial Revenue Unit.

The Big Dating project explores quantitative and/or computational
approaches to the language of medieval texts, particularly those from
England in the long twelfth century, which evade the periodisation of
English into ‘Old’ and ‘early Middle’. The successful applicant will be
expected to devote up to 24 hours per month of work to this project, as
well as complete a PhD thesis.

The topic of the student’s PhD thesis is not prescribed, but will be
developed between the student and the supervisor. Possible approaches
include (but are by no means limited to):

   - Computer-assisted philological analyses of particular texts or groups
   of texts
   - Cluster analysis of text languages to identify potential dating
   - Work towards developing an automated parser and/or lemmatiser for late
   Old English and early Middle English
   - Bottom-up periodisations of Old and Middle English

Students interested in the doctoral award are invited to email the
Principal Investigator, Dr Mark Faulkner ( with expressions
of interest by 22 May 2020. They may subsequently be invited to submit a
CV, academic transcripts, a sample of written work and the names of two
academic referees and asked to take part in a Skype interview. The final
stage of the application process will involve the submission of a formal
PhD proposal to Trinity.

The following may be considered the essential and desirable qualifications
for the award:


   - A Master’s (completed or in progress) in linguistics or Medieval
   - A first-class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a relevant
   - Demonstrable communicative competence in English


   - Good working knowledge of Old and Middle English
   - Experience using major medieval corpora and electronic resources (e.
   g. Dictionary of Old English Corpus, Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle
   English, Penn Parsed Corpus of Middle English Prose)
   - Familarity with the techniques of quantitative and/or computational

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

CFP: Inducing a Passion for the Medieval: Student-led Activities with
Manuscripts, A Roundtable
by Vicky McAlister
Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, Spartanburg SC, 5-7 November
2020 [1]

We invite proposals for c. 10 minute presentations for this proposed
roundtable for SEMA 2020. Submissions are invited from all disciplines.
Topics might include, but are not limited to: using manuscripts in the
classroom, using digitized manuscripts, experiential activities influenced by
manuscripts, and how teaching with manuscripts can be done remotely in the
Covid-19 era. We are especially keen to hear from participants based in
libraries, archives, and museums.

Please email a proposal of 100-200 words length and a short bio to Vicky
McAlister [2] and Roxanne Dunn [3] before
Friday 22 May. We will submit accepted proposals to SEMA for their
consideration by the 5 June deadline.

Read more or reply:

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Led by Prof. Michele Tomasi, the Art History Department of the
University of Lausanne is hosting an international conference titled
"Within and without the manuscript: interactions between illumination
and the other arts" on October 22nd-23rd, 2020.

The call for papers is open until May 15th, and we would like to
explore this question with papers from a broad geographical and
chronological range, including the Early Middle Ages, too often set
aside in such methodological approaches.

Could you please forward this call for paper to the EMF list?

Thank you very much in advance.

Kind regards,

Sabine Utz

Head Curator

Musée cantonal d'archéologie et d'histoire


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Friday, April 3, 2020

Society for the History of Discoveries Student Essay Prize
by Lydia Towns

*SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  15 May of each year*

Areas of eligible research include:  voyages of exploration, travel
narratives, biography relevant to the history of discoveries and exploration,
history, cartography, the technologies of travel, impact of travel and
cultural exchange, and other aspects of geographic discovery and exploration.

*Who is Eligible:*  Students from any part of the globe currently enrolled
in a college or university degree program and who will not have received a
doctoral degree prior to *15 May *of the submission year. *Note:  Graduating
high school or college students accepted into a program but who do not begin
classes until fall  of the submission year are NOT eligible. *
*The Research Paper:*  An eligible research paper shall be original and
unpublished, written in English, between 3,000 and 8,000 words, plus
footnotes or endnotes.  Papers written for college or university class
assignments are encouraged, but students may write specifically for this
prize.  A reasonable amount of illustrative and tabular material will be
welcome, but is not required.

The awardee will receive a prize of $500.00 (US) and will be invited to
present a version of the paper at the annual meeting of the Society for the
History of Discoveries.  Information about participation in the conference
will be provided to the awardee upon notification of the award, including
details concerning costs and travel funding.  Acceptance of the prize is not
contingent upon your ability to attend the conference.  Additionally, the
awardee will be invited to submit the winning paper to the society’s peer
reviewed journal, Terrae Incognitae, for which it will undergo the usual
review process prior to formal acceptance for publication, of which there is
no guarantee.

 For more information and formatting instructions visit [1]


*Submission Deadline:*  *15 May*
Electronic submissions only to:
Dr. Anne Good, committee chair [2]
Subject line:  SHD Student Prize
*Questions?*  Contact Dr. Good, committee chair [3]



Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear medievalists,

your are interested in persons? The ACDH-CH at Austrian Academy of
Science invites you to participate in a Summer School on Digital
Prosopography. It will take place in Vienna, 06-10. July 2020 and
include courses on data creation, modelling with CIDOC-CRM, network
analysis, linked open data, text encoding in the work with historical
persons. Interested people should sent a CV (max. 1 page) and a brief
description of their prosopographical project (max. 500 words) to, which will help us to decide on
eligibility. Places on the summer school will be allocated on a
first-come-first-serve basis. The participation at the summer school is
free of charge. Please find details on the event at

Looking forward to your application!


Prof. Dr. Georg Vogeler, M.A.

Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften | Austrian Academy of Sciences
Sonnenfelsgasse 19, 1010 Wien, Österreich | Vienna, Austria
T: +43 1 51581-2200

Chair for Digital Humanities at Zentrum für Informationsmodellierung,
University of Graz

Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik <>
ICARus <>
Digital Medivalist <>
Data for History <>


Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A reminder that abstracts are due on March 20.

Translation and the limits of Greek-Latin bilingualism in Late
Antiquity (ca. 300-600 CE)

Panel at the 13th Celtic Conference in Classics

Lyon, France

July 15-18, 2020

Abstract submission deadline: March 20, 2020

Confirmed speakers:

Eleanor Dickey (University of Reading)

Adam Gitner (Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

Bruno Rochette (Université de Liège)

Alison John (Universiteit Gent)

Alan Ross (Columbia University)

Bilingualism between Latin and Greek sits at odds with the major
scholarly re-evaluations of Late Antiquity that characterize this
period as an age of cultural, political and religious transformations,
as opposed to an era of decline and fall. Being expert utraque lingua
‘in both languages [i.e. Latin and Greek]’, had been an integral part
of Roman intellectual culture and identity since the late Republic;
but, according to conventional interpretation, by the end of the
fourth century CE, the decline of Greek education in the west
(evidenced by the rise in Latin translations of Greek texts,
especially by Christians), and the relegation of Latin to the language
of law and the bureaucracy in the East, were inescapable signs of
cultural decline. By the fifth century, a linguistic divide reinforced
the political division of the empire between east and west, Greek and
Latin (Millar, 2006; Riché, 1976; Jones, 1964; Marrou, 1948). When
bilingualism in Late Antiquity has recently been studied more
positively, it has been often been from a multilingual perspective,
between Latin or Greek and other languages of the Mediterranean world,
Coptic, Syriac, or Punic (Rigolio 2019; Mullen and James, 2012; Adams,
Janse, and Swain, 2002).

In the absence of any sustained study of Greek-Latin bilingualism and
translation practice in the late antique period, this panel seeks to
examine the function and prevalence of Greek-Latin bilingualism and to
explore the connections between language communities and intellectual
cultures across the empire from the Tetrarchy to the reign of
Justinian. Particularly it wishes to question the assumed negative
correlation between a decline in bilingualism and a rise in
translation, and to do so from the perspective both of Latin in a
Greek context and Greek in Latin.

Proposals are sought for papers that approach the topic from a wide
range of perspectives: not just linguistic but literary,
codicological, legal, political or historical. Papers that address one
or more of the following questions would be especially welcome:

· How regionalized or uniform were changes in educational practices in
Greek and Latin language-learning? How did these change between the
fourth and sixth centuries?

· What counts as ‘being bilingual’ in Late Antiquity?

· What effect did the increase in the imperial bureaucracy in the
fourth century have upon the extent of the knowledge and use of Latin
in the east?

· As bilingualism became rarer, to what extent did it become a
sought-after skill? Did any new opportunities present themselves for
someone expert utraque lingua? How did such opportunities affect
normal power relations, e.g. between a monolingual emperor or governor
and a bilingual advisor?

· What were the motivations for translation, and why were certain
works deemed necessary for translation and others not?

· How were newly translated texts received by other (monolingual)
authors, and to what extent did they inspire subsequent compositions?

· To what extent did linguistic translation also entail cultural
translation between Greek and Latin, east and west, or vice versa (cf.
Jerome’s statement that in translating Eusebius’ Chronicle he also
added western events omitted by the eastern Eusebius)?

· How closely implicated was a decline in bilingualism with societal
problems, e.g. doctrinal conflicts between Christians, or problems of
legal interpretation and practice?

· How do Greek texts composed in the West, or Latin texts composed in
the East affect our picture of changing levels of bilingualism or
expectations of their initial audiences’ linguistic skills?

· How was scribal practice affected by changes in bilingualism?

· To what extent does evidence for bilingualism or translation in the
epigraphic and material record align with that of literary texts?

We welcome proposals for papers of 35 minutes. Please submit an
abstract of approximately 400 words and a proposed title by March 20,
2020. Paper may be in either English or French. Please include your
institutional affiliation in your email.

Submissions and questions can be directed to either Alison John
>) or Alan Ross

For more information about the Celtic Conference in Classics:<>.

The panel convenors,

Alison John (Universiteit Gent)

Alan Ross (Columbia University, New York)


Dr Alison John
Postdoctoral Researcher (Leverhulme Trust)
Ghent University - Department of History
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
9000 Ghent- Belgium

Sunday, March 8, 2020

44th Mid-America Medieval Association Conference:

Memory and Materiality

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Missouri Western State University
*Abstracts due June 29, 2020

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anne D. Hedeman

Judith Harris Murphy Distinguished Professor of Art History,
University of Kansas

“History and Visual Memory in the Library of King Charles V of France”

Papers on any aspect of medieval culture, medieval studies, and
medievalism will be considered, but presentations that consider and/or
(re)evaluate the conference theme “Memory and Materiality” will be
particularly welcome.

Potential topics could include (this is NOT an exhaustive list):

  *       Historiographies
  *       Literature, trauma, and memory
  *       Memory construction
  *       Museums, libraries, and archives
  *       Borders and borderlines
  *       Collective space, place, and memory
  *       Ethics of preservation
  *       Memory, Memoria, and Rhetoric
  *       Remembrances, and shaping identity
  *       Teaching the medieval era: pedagogy
  *       Music, Art, Literature
  *       Pop culture
  *       Food culture

Proposals for either papers (250 word abstracts)
or sessions (250 word abstracts + list of title and
presenters) should be sent via email attachment to:>m

Jim Falls Paper Prize

Graduate students whose papers have been accepted may submit them for
the Jim Falls Prize. Click
or select the "Jim Falls Paper Prize" link from the site menu.

"Baptism of Charles VI"