Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fragmentology: The Life and Afterlives of Otto F. Ege
International Congress on Medieval Studies (11-14 May 2017, Kalamazoo, MI)

While some manuscript fragments result from accidental damage, others are the result of purposeful destruction of a medieval book.The precise manner in which each manuscript fragment came to be is a fascinating tale, often stretching over decades or even centuries. Sometimes these histories cannot be fully reconstructed, but all manuscript fragments bear indelible marks that point to their many uses and reuses in codices, libraries, sales catalogues, and holding institutions. As such, fragments can be read as networks that help modern researchers to reconstruct the scribal, reader, and owner communities who used these manuscripts.

This session invites reflection on one particular community and its network of medieval manuscript fragments: the book-breakers of the early 20th century, for whom Otto F. Ege stands as the most notorious exemplum. As Ege's personal manuscript collection has just become available for study, this session hopes to bring new information about his work to light. Papers might discuss Ege's book-breaking and sales practices, new discoveries of Ege leaves and cuttings, the reconstitution of broken books, the market for medieval manuscripts, digital tools for the reconstruction of fragmented texts and manuscripts, and American fragment collections.

We welcome your abstracts for a 15-20 minute paper at by September 15. Please include a completed Participation Information Form with your paper proposal (

Liz Hebbard
on behalf of
DEMMR/F Organizing Committee
For the first time, the Anglo-Saxon Hagiography Society (ASHS) is sponsoring not one but two sessions at Kzoo in 2017. We’re still accepting abstracts for both sessions!

(1) Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Saints’ Lives

(2) Gender in Anonymous Anglo-Saxon Prose Saints’ Lives

Though we are always interested in the anonymous prose, notice that we have stripped our usual 'prose' distinction from the title of session #1, so any work on anonymous verse hagiography would be welcome as well.

Submit abstracts by September 15 to:
Johanna Kramer
Email: Kramerji AT

Meanwhile, feel free to contact either of us with questions.

Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri-Columbia
Robin Norris, Carleton University

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Register now for the 40th Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Medieval Association
SATURDAY, 17 September 2016

Plenary speaker: Richard Firth Green, Humanities Distinguished Professor,
The Ohio State University

Professor Green’s plenary address will be draw from his recent work on the world of faerie and his forthcoming book, The Bonny Road: Traffic with the Otherworld in the Middle Ages.
“Other Worlds” will encompass many other worlds indeed, spiritual, supernatural, imaginary or fanciful, social, physical, metaphysical, psychological, gendered, ethnic, geographical—with Paradise, Purgatory, Hell, the past, the future, the cloister, the college, the East, Islam, Judaism, social classes other than one’s own, lands other than one’s own, Camelot, Avalon, and faerie, itself, representing only a few of the possibilities.

Mel Storm
Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801
This is an invitation for participants in a round-table discussion on the topic of “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages,” at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017. I am looking for anyone with experienceteaching to and about diversity and inclusivity in courses on premodern topics. This panel discussion will address questions about how we can best serve all of our students in the classroom by responsibly including topics of study related to diverse populations in the premodern world. We will also ask how best to attract students from diverse backgrounds into courses on medieval topics, which have much to say on contemporary debates about marginalized groups and images of "the other." 

If you are interested in participating, please submit a short (200-word) proposal to me at, detailing in brief how you could contribute to this panel discussion.

Sarah Davis-Secord, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of History
MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Postmedieval is now accepting submissions for the Michael Camille Essay
Prize. The biennial prize is awarded for the best short essay (4,000-6,000
words) on the year's chosen topic submitted by an early career researcher,
including both graduate students and scholars who have received their PhD
in the past five years (as of August 31, 2016). The author of the winning
essay will receive: publication in postmedieval in early 2017, 250 US
dollars, and one year's free print and online subscription to the journal.
Runners-up, if selected, may receive one year's free print and online
subscription to the journal and may be considered for publication in the

Please see the link below:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CFP: Teaching the Edda and Sagas in the Undergraduate Classroom (Roundtable)

by Ilse Schweitzer
Call for presenters for roundtable session at International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI (May 11-14, 2017)
In this roundtable session, participants will share short papers detailing their most innovative strategies, approaches, and experiences incorporating the medieval Icelandic Edda and sagas into university-level curricula and coursework. The Poetic andProse Edda, among the most thorough and valuable textual sources for our understanding of Norse myth, are rich with possible teaching applications, from lessons in cosmogony to poetic structure and language. Likewise, the Old Norse sagas recount, in deceptively spare style, the history of the Scandinavian conquest of Iceland and beyond, the fragile creation of a new society, and the omnipresent threat of violence and feud, set against natural and supernatural dangers. While these texts can spur dynamic and memorable class discussions, medievalists in traditional academic departments may not have regular opportunities to incorporate the Icelandic material into our syllabi. Further, as more medievalists find ourselves teaching further afield from our areas of expertise, we may be responsible for creating and covering courses in rhetoric and composition, or introductory courses in literature, history, and humanities, without much opportunity to offer a specific course in Icelandic literature, history, or culture.
Presenters may address such topics as how they have used the Edda and/or sagas in “conventional” literature courses, special topics classes, and surveys of medieval literature (which texts they have chosen to teach, and why); how these texts can be used to teach rhetoric and composition; which texts might be incorporated into an Old Norse translation course; how much historical, cultural, and legal background may be necessary in order to properly contextualize a saga for an undergraduate audience; how we can help our students to navigate the challenging linguistic and stylistic aspects of these texts; how texts can be taught in a mythology, history, or sociological course to reflect how a society defines and understands itself; how these texts can be presented in various theoretical frameworks (gender and sexuality studies, environmental studies, postcolonial studies, etc.); how teaching the Edda and sagas offer opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and research; how instructors have brought pop culture incarnations of these texts into coursework. Participants are encouraged to share assignments, syllabi, reading lists, resources, and activities with the panel and with our audience. 
To propose a short paper, send an abstract of about 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form (available here) to by September 14, 2016. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions.