Thursday, December 20, 2007


The Index of Christian Art, Princeton University
Presents a two day art historical and historical conference

Looking Beyond:
Visions, Dreams and Insights in Medieval Art and History

Friday and Saturday March 14th and 15th 2008

Speakers will include:

Alison Beach,
Lisa Bitel,
Hans Belting,
William Christian Jr.,
Luis Corteguera,
Richard Emmerson,
Georgia Frank,
Peter Jeffery,
Jacqueline Jung,
Peter Klein,
David Morgan,
Eric Palazzo,
Glenn Peers,
Pamela Sheingorn,
Anne Marie Yasin,
Nino Zchomelidse

The full program is available on the Index website

There is no conference fee but all intending delegates are requested
to register before March 7th 2008. Admission is by registration only
and attendance is limited. To register please write, or email Robin
Dunham, Index of Christian Art, A8 McCormick Hall, Princeton
University, Princeton, NJ 08544 (email – rdunham@Princeton.Edu)
giving name(s), institutional affiliation if any and contact
telephone numbers and day(s) of attendance.

Summer Course

From Holy War to Peaceful Co-habitation. Diversity of Crusading and the
Military Orders / July 14 - 25, 2008

New WVU book

The WVU Press is proud to announce that “Cædmon’s Hymn” and Material
Culture in the World of Bede, edited by Allen J. Frantzen and John
Hines, has appeared and is available to be ordered from our website at
) or by calling 1-866-WVU-PRES. This is volume ten in our Medieval
European Studies Series.

In addition to a 13-page preface by the editors, the book contains the
following essays (plus bibliography and index):

Daniel P. O'Donnell, "Convention, Context, and Transformation: Sources,
and Parallels for Cædmon's Hymn and Story

Scott DeGregorio, "Literary Contexts: Cædmon’s Hymn as a Center of
Bede’s World"

Faith Wallis, "Cædmon's Created World and the Monastic Encyclopedia"

Allen J. Frantzen, "All Created Things: Material Contexts for Bede's
Story of Cædmon"

Christopher Loveluck, "Cædmon’s World: Secular and Monastic Lifestyles
and Estate Organization in Northern England, A.D. 650-900"

John Hines, "Bede’s World: Changes, Exchanges, and Cædmon’s"

Like other books in our Medieval European Studies series, this book is
priced at $45.00.

Cross and Culture in Anglo Saxon England: Studies in Honor of George
Hardin Brown, edited by Karen Louise Jolly, Catherine E. Karkov, and
Sarah Larratt Keefer, is in its final production phase and will be
available in the next few weeks. It may be pre-ordered now at , or to go directly to its webpage,
) This book is volume nine in the aforementioned series

--Pat Conner
--Director/Editor, West Virginia University Press.
anuary 8-10, 2008
Archaeology and the Cities in Asia Minor in Late Antiquity
University of Michigan,
Hussey Room, Michigan League
Preliminary Program

Tuesday, January 8

3:30 – 3:45 PM
Prof. Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan)
PD Dr. Ortwin Dally (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Session 1: Opening Session
3:45 - 4:30 PM
PD Dr. Ortwin Dally (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Pagan Sculptures in Late Antique Asia Minor: Between Destruction and
4:30 – 5:15 PM
Prof. C. Brian Rose (University of Pennsylvania; President,
Archaeological Institute of America)
Troy and the Granicus River Basin
Reception and Public lecture
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Public lecture
Prof. Marcus Rautman (University of Missouri)
Sardis in Late Antiquity

Wednesday, January 9
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

Session 2: Constantinople

8:30 - 9:15 AM
Prof. Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)
Constantinople in Transition
9:15 - 10:00 AM
Prof. Sarah Bassett (Wayne State University)
Sculpture and the Rhetorical Imagination in Late Antique Constantinople
10:00 – 10:45 AM
Ms. Örgü Dalgýç (New York University)
Mosaics of Constantinople: Paving the Way to the Great Palace
10:45 - 11:00 PM Coffee Break
Session 3: Miletus
11:00 – 11:45 AM
Dr. Martin Maischberger (Collection of Classical Antiquities, National
Museums of Berlin)
Faustina Baths and Market Gate. The Town Center of Miletus from Roman
Imperial Times to Late Antiquity
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Dr. Philipp Niewöhner (German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul)
The Riddle of the Market Gate. Miletus and the Character and Date of
the Earlier Byzantine Fortifications of Anatolia
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch
Session 4: Central Anatolia
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Dr. Axel Filges (University of Frankfurt am Main)
Walls and People at the Lydo-Phrygian Border Town of Blaundos
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Prof. Elaine Gazda (University of Michigan)
Pisidian Antioch Revisited: Continuities and Transformations in
Imperial and Christian Topographies
3:00 – 3:45 PM
Dr. Christopher Lightfoot (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Amorium in the Dark Ages
3:45 – 4:00 PM Coffee Break
Session 5: Historical Perspectives
4:00 – 4 :45 PM
Prof. Ray Van Dam (University of Michigan)
Latin Inscriptions in Fourth-Century Asia Minor
4:45 – 5:30 PM
Prof. David Potter (University of Michigan)
Urban Spectacles in Late Antiquity

Thursday, January 10
8:00 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

Session 6: Ephesus – History, Architecture, and Sculpture

8:30 – 9 :15 AM
Dr. Maria Aurenhammer (Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna)
Roman Imperial Portrait Statuary in Late Antique Ephesus
9:15 – 10:00 AM
PD Dr. Sabine Ladstätter (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Trade and Consumption in Late Antique Ephesus
10:15 – 10:45 AM
Dr. Johanna Auinger (Austrian Archaeological Institute, Vienna)
Sculptural Decoration of Ephesian Bath Buildings in Late Antiquity
10:45 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
Session 7: Town and Country
11:00 – 11:45 PM
Prof. Christopher Ratté (University of Michigan)
The Countryside of Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity
11:45 – 12:30 PM
Ms. Günder Varýnlýoðlu (University of Pennsylvania)
Town and Countryside in Southeastern Isauria
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch
Session 8: Eastern Asia Minor - I
1:30 – 2:15 PM
Prof. James Russell (University of British Columbia)
2:15 – 3:00 PM
Dr.-Ing. Ulrike Wulf-Rheidt (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Akören: Two Late Antique Villages in Cicilia
3:00 – 3:15 PM Coffee Break
Session 9: Eastern Asia Minor - II
3:15 – 4:00 PM
Dr. Richard Posamentir (German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul)
Anazarbos in Late Antiquity
4:00 – 4:45 PM
Dr. Peter Baumeister (German Archaeological Institute, Berlin)
Aspects of the Development of Osrhoene in Early Christian and Late
AntiquityFor further information, please contact:Christopher Ratté at or Leah Long at

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Catherine Conybeare is organizing a panel under the aegis of the
Medieval Latin Studies Group at the 2009 meetings of
the American Philological Association in

The title of the panel is _Lusus et Ludibria_: Late
Latin Laughter. The description is below.

If you are interested in presenting, please send an
abstract (500-800 words) by *February 1, 2008*, to
Andrew Cain, MLSG Secretary-Treasurer,
Dept. of Classics, 248 UCB, University of Colorado,
Boulder, CO 80309 USA, or via email to

If not, but you know others who might be, please
circulate this announcement as widely as you like!

Panel description: Lusus et Ludibria: Late Latin

A recent efflorescence of works explores emotion,
gesture, and performance. But what of an elusive
phenomenon that betrays emotion, that must be
performed, but which falls into no easy category?
Fundamentally involuntary and unpredictable, laughter
may challenge or confirm the possibilities of
communication. It is heard in the triumph of the
tyrant and the resistance of the martyr. Restrained
hilaritas is saintly; rampant risus is devilish. What
people may laugh at, and why, offers a vivid and
unconventional glimpse of an age or a moment.

We welcome submissions for this panel across a wide
textual and methodological range, engaging genres that
provoke laughter, laughter textually embedded,
typologies of laughter, and more theoretical
discussions of the conceptual parameters that laughter
simultaneously proposes and undermines.

-- Catherine Conybeare Associate Professor of Classics Director of
the Graduate Group Senior Editor, BMCR Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr PA
19010 +1 610 526 5036

mancass conference

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies

Easter Conference

26�28 March 2008


Leaders of the Anglo-Saxon church

This residential conference will focus on the individual and collective contribution of particular bishops, abbots and abbesses (e.g. Hild, �thelthryth, Aldhelm, Mildthryth, Eorcenweald, W�rferth, �thelwold, Dunstan, Oswold, �lfric, Wulfstan, �lfheah, Stigand) to the achievement of the Anglo-Saxon church from the seventh to the eleventh centuries.�

Speakers include Joyce Hill, Nicholas Brooks, Debby Banham, David Hill, Alex Burghart, Francisco Alvarez Lopez, Stephen Matthews, Christopher Grocock and Allan McKinley. The programme is not yet completely full however and further papers of� 30 minutes are invited on any aspect of this topic, including the role of individuals in the establishment, government, scholarship, architecture and art of the church and in furthering (or harming) the reputation and power of specific communities within it.

Abstracts (500 words) should be sent without delay to

Dr Alexander Rumble,
Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies,
School of Arts Histories and Cultures,
The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
or by email to

For further information and bookings contact:

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Historian: First English Bible Fueled First Fundamentalists

Medieval Justice Not So Medieval

French jails to be converted into swish hotels to cut State’s debts

Church takes first step to redundancy

Medieval pendant found in village

Germans Take Pride in the Wurst

Ancient Roman road map linking Spain to India unveiled

Obituary of Richard Hogg, from The Independent on 10 Dec 2007

Professor Richard Hogg: Historian of the English language
Published: 10 December 2007

Richard Milne Hogg, historian of the English language: born Edinburgh 20 May
1944; Lecturer in English Language, University of Amsterdam 1969-73;
Lecturer in English Language, Lancaster University 1973-80; Smith Professor
of English Language and Medieval Literature, Manchester University
1980-2007; General Editor, Cambridge History of the English Language
1992-2001; FBA 1994; married 1969 Margaret White (two sons); died Manchester
6 September 2007.

Richard Hogg, a world-renowned specialist in the linguistic history of
English, died suddenly midway through the sabbatical year which should have
allowed him to bring important projects on dialectology and on Old English
to completion. His best-known achievement is the six-volume Cambridge
History of the English Language (CHEL, 1992-2001), of which he was General

Hogg's roots were in Edinburgh, where he was born, in 1944, grew up and
studied. After nearly 40 years away, he was still wholly a Scot in speech
and sympathies. His postgraduate career in Edinburgh had begun with two
contrasting academic preoccupations: the Chomskyan analysis of present-day
English syntax on the one hand (his PhD topic), and Middle English dialects
on the other (his research post). In their very different ways, both
represented state-of-the-art linguistics of the time.

At 26 he took up a lectureship in Amsterdam, and four years later he moved
to Lancaster University. In 1980 he arrived at Manchester University as the
surprisingly young Smith Professor of English Language and Medieval
Literature. Not that I recall him ever teaching literature: it was rarely
possible to get him to do anything that he didn't want to.

His early publications are mostly on the syntax of words like "both" and
"none", including the book (English Quantifier Systems, 1977) derived from
his PhD. Increasingly he started to focus on the sounds and forms of
historical English, especially Old English, the period up to about 1100, on
which he became an authority. He tackled linguistic change generally, and an
interest in analogy led to one paper called simply "Snuck" ­ an explanation
for that common variant of "sneaked". He also worked in phonological theory,
publishing the influential textbook Metrical Phonology (1987) with his
colleague and former student, Chris McCully.

The historical strand led to the multi-author Cambridge History of the
English Language (CHEL), a big project which took many years of planning and
good management to bring to successful completion. It has become a standard
work in the field. Hogg himself edited the first volume on the earliest
period of English and wrote the chapter on phonology and morphology. Last
year, we jointly edited a new one-volume History of the English Language,
and Hogg was still working on his own Grammar of Old English (volume 1
published in 1992, volume 2 nearly complete at his death).

He ranged widely. Interests included English dialectology ­ both the facts
of variation in historical and present-day English and the ways in which
scholars have approached these facts. Likewise he followed the history of
English grammar writing and attitudes to language. His main current project,
three-quarters finished, was a history of English dialectology that combined
those themes of language variation and of intellectual and cultural history.
He was planning a joint monograph with his newest colleague, Nuria
Yáñez-Bouza, on the history of prescriptivism in England.

In the mid-1990s Hogg became one of the founding editors (together with Bas
Aarts and me) of a new academic journal published by Cambridge University
Press, English Language and Linguistics. It would look for the best in
English language scholarship, but with a constant eye to its relation with
linguistic theory. In addition to his scholarly expertise, Richard Hogg
brought to the project a shrewd understanding of the academic world and of
academic publishing. Throughout his career he strongly promoted the
importance of English Language studies. Philologists pay close attention to
textual evidence; linguists build theories. Hogg did both.

Although he wore it lightly, Hogg was always a thinker, and time and again
his judgement was proved sound. He came up with imaginative, often
ingenious, suggestions both as a theorist and as an organiser. In meetings
he could talk his way through the twists and turns of a complicated sequence
of ideas with a body language to match. He had acted as Dean of the Faculty
of Arts in Manchester (1990-93), and was influential nationally and
internationally, often called on as adviser or consultant. In 1994 he was
elected a Fellow of the British Academy, and a decade later of the Royal
Society of Edinburgh.

Hogg was fun to have around, always ready for conversation and gossip. His
enthusiasm for the English language was infectious, and in breaks he could
chat with students about football, film or country music. Indeed, the
lectures themselves were often studded with anecdotes. He started a blog in
2006 in an "attempt to expose some of the many fallacies about English".
Church takes first step to redundancy

Monday, December 10, 2007

Patristics Carnival VI

I missed this being up last week. But here it is:

Patristics Carnival VI

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Carnivalesque XXXiii

Carnivalesque XXXiii is up at Blogenspiel--Ancient/Medieval this time.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Temp Lecturer in Belfast

Queens University Belfast

Temporary Lecturer in Byzantine Studies

Institute of Byzantine Studies (School of History and Anthropology)

Ref: (07/100171)

This post is available for 10 months and the post holder will participate
fully in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and in the
Institute’s vigorous research culture. Informal enquiries may be made to
Dr. Anthony Hirst, email:

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on week beginning 17
December 2007.

Salary scale: £30,012 - £44,074 per annum (including contribution points)

Closing date: 4.00pm, Friday 30 November 2007

Please visit our website for further information and to apply online at or alternatively contact the Personnel Department,
Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN. Telephone (028) 90973044 or (028)
90973854 (answering machine). Fax: (028) 90971040 or e-mail on

The University is committed to equal opportunities and to selection on
merit. It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first
instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent
subject to availability of funding.

Residential Fellowships

Residential Fellowships, Koc University Research Center for Anatolian
Civilizations, Istanbul

Koc University is accepting applications for junior and senior
residential fellowships for the 2008-2009 academic year at its Research
Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul. Koc University invites
applications from junior and senior scholars specializing in the
archaeology, art, history, and applied disciplines of Anatolia (and
Istanbul) during the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman eras.
The deadline for applications is December 15, 2007. For an on-line
application form and information about the residential fellowship program
and the RCAC,
please visit

Alessandra Ricci
Associate Director
RCAC - Research Center fo Anatolian Civilizations
Koc University
Istiklal Caddesi - Nur-i Ziya Sok. 5
Istanbul - Beyoglu

Objects in motion Conference

You are invited to a one-day colloquium entitled:


Date: Friday, 2nd May 2008, from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Location: The Bard Graduate Center for Studies
in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
38 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024
Tel.: 212.501.3000 Website:

Confirmed Speakers: Matthew Canepa, Anthony Cutler, Georgia Frank,
Henry Maguire, Hallie Meredith, Patricia Cox Miller, and
Ann Marie Yasin

Further details will be circulated in January 2008.

Hallie Meredith
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street
New York NY 10024

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Anglo-Saxon Conference

he Anglo-Saxon Church in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries

A one-day research symposium at the University of Leeds

hosted by the School of English and the Institute for Medieval Studies

10 January 2008

10.00 a.m. coffee

Programme begins at 10.30 a.m

1.00-2.00 p.m. lunch

Programme ends no later than 4.30 p.m.

Organiser: Professor Joyce Hill

Venue: Leeds Humanities Research Institute, 29-31 Clarendon Place (on main campus)

Approaches to the campus by all routes and forms of transport can be found by following the links on

Following on from the symposia held during last academic year, and at the request of those who contributed to these two lively and informative events, I have put together a further one-day programme on aspects of the Anglo-Saxon Church in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries. The subject in January 2007 was What do we mean by the Benedictine Reform? and in March 2007 it was The Secular Church in Eleventh Century England. This third symposium will embrace the monastic and the secular church across the tenth and eleventh centuries.

The speakers are Julia Barrow (Nottingham), Jesse Billett (Cambridge), Richard Gameson (Durham), Catherine Karkov (Leeds), and Tom Pickles (Oxford).

There will be opportunity for some questions after each paper, and there will be a round-table discussion at the end of the day.

Postgraduate students are most welcome.

Anyone who wishes to attend is requested to complete the registration form below, and return it to Professor Hill, at the School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT by 14 December 2007.

Please circulate this information and the accompanying form to colleagues and students.


10 April 2008 at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute

Propaganda, Piety and Polemic: Hagiography in Anglo-Saxon England

Information about this one-day research symposium will be circulated early in 2008

The Anglo-Saxon Church in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries University of Leeds, 10 January 2008



University affiliation________________________________________________________

Status (please delete as appropriate):
member of staff at a university/registered postgraduate student

Email address______________________________________________________________

Limited accommodation will be available with colleagues for those otherwise unable to attend.
Overnight accommodation needed (please indicate which night)___________________

Special requirements________________________________________________________

Registration and lunch charges

· If you are registering as a postgraduate student and wish to have lunch, there is a charge of £8. Alternatively, there are snack bars and sandwich shops nearby where you can easily buy something inexpensive.

· For postgraduates who choose not to have the symposium lunch, there is no charge, although you are still asked to send in the registration form.

· If you are a speaker or are chairing a session, the charge for lunch is £8.

· For all other participants, the registration fee, including lunch, is £16.
Tea and coffee will be available to all participants, in the morning, at lunchtime, and in the afternoon.

Amount and method of payment
If paying by credit card, please note that the University levies a 2% charge

Card type (Visa/Mastercard/Access)__________________________________

Name of card holder ______________________________________________

Card number___________________________ Expiry date____________________

Security Number (last three digits on signature strip)________________________________

Signature_____________________________________ Date_______________________

Please arrange for payment of £_____________________________________________

If paying by cheque, please make it payable to The University of Leeds. Amount: £________

Please send the completed form (with cheque if this is the chosen method of payment), to Professor Joyce Hill, School of English, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT.

Postgraduates should register for the symposium by sending in the form, even if they have no payment to make. In this case, registration can be by email to


Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton

Coming Together: Taverns, Leisure, and Public
Gathering in the Middle Ages

5 April 2008

Call for Papers

The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton
University invites graduate students to submit paper
proposals for its annual graduate conference: "Coming
Together: Taverns, Leisure and Public Gathering in the
Middle Ages." We are pleased to announce this year's
keynote speaker, Margot Fassler, Robert Tangeman
Professor of Music History and Liturgy at Yale

Opening with an address by Professor Fassler on the
Gamblers' Mass and liturgical parody in the Carmina
Burana collection, the conference invites students to
re-think the concepts of work and play and to study
the different ways in which public gatherings were
woven into the social fabric of the Middle Ages. In
keeping with the Program's aim to promote
interdisciplinary exchange among medievalists, we
encourage proposals from a variety of chronologies,
geographies, and disciplines. Topics could include,
but are of course not limited to:

•taverns and inns
•harvest boons
•social and performative aspects of folklore or
courtly poetry
•compositional play in literary, musical, or visual
•liturgical drama
•holy days
•eating and feasting
•games and sports
•rustic mirth

In order to encourage participation of speakers from
outside the northeastern United States, we are
offering a limited number of modest subsidies to help
offset the cost of travel to Princeton. Please note
that financial assistance is not available for every
participant; a committee will assign subsidies to
students who have the farthest distance to travel.
Every speaker will have the option of staying with a
resident graduate student as an alternative to paying
for a hotel room.

Papers should take no more than twenty minutes to
deliver. Please submit a 250-word abstract of your
project by 7 January 2008 to Jamie Kreiner
( or Chris Kurpiewski

Tuesday, November 13, 2007





The 32nd annual MAMA (Mid-America Medieval Association)

conference will take place Saturday, February 23, 2008,

at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, MO.

To give a paper or organize a panel, please send a one

page abstract on any medieval topic to

Telephone: 660-831-4231; fax: 660-831-4039. The deadline

is December 14, 2007. Your host is Professor Mark Adderley.

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Daniel C. Scavone, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Indiana-Evansville.

Graduate students do not forget to submit your paper for the Jim Falls Paper Prize. See MAMA webcite for details.

For hotels, information about Missouri Valley, and directions, please check our webcite:

Rood and Ruthwell Back


I finally have my "Rood and Ruthwell: The Poem and the Cross" on-line
here at my new academic home. It took some time to update the internal
links and all--I'm sure there are some shortcuts to formatting out
there, and maybe one day I'll learn them. Anyway, if you visit the site,
please let me know of any broken links, etc.

So here it is:



Alexander M. Bruce, Ph.D.
Professor of English and
Chair, Department of English and Foreign Languages
Comer Hall, Station 6420
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115
Phone: (205) 665-6420
Fax: (205) 665-6422

Monday, November 12, 2007


Really didn't find anything this week:

EU funds Fountains Abbey project

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Visiting Prof wanted

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anglo-Saxon Literature

One-year Visiting Assistant Professor position in Anglo-Saxon
literature. 9-month contract, beginning August 15, 2008. PhD and
college-level teaching experience required. Teaching duties include
undergraduate and graduate courses in Anglo-Saxon literature, Old
English, Beowulf, and early Medieval Literature and Culture, as well
as survey classes in British and Irish Literature and composition.
3/3 course load.

Our 40+ member department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in a
nationally ranked teaching and research urban university of 17,000
students. Send letter, official transcripts, cv., and three recent
letters of recommendation by December 1 to Peter J. Bellis, Chair,
Department of English, 217 Humanities Building, University of Alabama
at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-1260. UAB is an EO/AA employer
and actively seeks applications from women and minority candidates.

New Book

A Viking Slave’s Saga (Jan Fridegård's Trilogy of Novels about the Viking Age)

Translated by Robert E. Bjork

Winner of the 1987 Translation Prize of the American-Scandinavian Foundation

This trilogy centers on a 9th-century thrall named Holme, his wife, Ausi, and their daughter, Tora, and chronicles Holme's struggle against his Viking enemies, initially as a relatively helpless blacksmith slave who witnesses his chieftain order Holme's newborn baby put out in the forest to die. It also relates the beginning of the clash, which becomes more and more violent as the trilogy proceeds, between paganism and Christianity in Sweden. A missionary enters Holme’s world in the first novel, tries but gradually fails to convert the recalcitrant Swedes, and is finally offered as a bloody sacrifice to Odinn, Thor, and Freyr. Other Christian missionaries, modelled on Ansgar, the archbishop of Hamburg, and his companion, Witmar, who conducted the first recorded mission to Sweden in c. 830 AD, arrive in the second novel, which likewise pits Holme and the slaves he represents against the freemen and Christians. The last novel finishes the story of the increasingly oppressive and ruthless incursion of Christianity into the North and ends in predicable tragedy for the protagonist.

Reprint in one volume of:
Land of Wooden Gods (Trägudars land, 1940),
People of the Dawn (Gryningsfolket, 1944), and
Sacrificial Smoke (Offerrök, 1949).
All three published by the University of Nebraska Press in 1989, 1990, 1991.

2007 / 368 pages / ISBN: 978-0-86698-375-4 / ACMRS Occasional Series Volume 4 / $43, £30

How to order A Viking Slave’s Saga

Available in North America through
Cornell University Press Services
PO Box 6525
Ithaca, NY 14851
FAX: (800) 688-2877 (U.S. only)
PH: (800) 666-2211; (607) 277-2211

Available outside North America through
NBN International
Plymbridge House
Estover Road
Devon, PL6 7PY UK
Tel: +44 (0) 1752 202301
Fax: +44 (0) 1752 202333

Monday, November 5, 2007

New Book

The first book from the project `Storehouses of Wholesome Learning:
Accumulation and Dissemination of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early
Middle Ages' ( has come out. The title is:

Foundations of Learning: The Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the
Early Middle Ages, ed. Rolf H. Bremmer Jr and Kees Dekker, Mediaevalia
Groningana n.s. 9. Louvain: Peeters, 2007. For further details, see

Patristics Carnival

The Patristics Carnival is up at: The God Fearin' Forum


Call for Papers: 'Manuscripts and Miscellaneity, c. 1450-1720'

University of Cambridge, UK, 3-4 July 2008

An international conference organized by Scriptorium: Medieval and
Early Modern Manuscripts Online.

Speakers to include: Barbara Benedict, Julia Boffey, Victoria Burke,
Margaret Connolly, Alexandra Gillespie, Earle Havens, Arthur Marotti,
Steven May, Marcy North, Fred Schurink, John Thompson

Commonplace books, collections, miscellanies; collections of lyric
verse, extracts from authors, sacred and profane, topographical,
heraldic and legal information, estate and household accounts and
recipes. How do we describe or classify manuscripts with such
miscellaneous contents? What importance did such objects, frequently
used for several different purposes over the course of their lives,
have in the manuscript culture of the late medieval and early modern
periods? And in what ways can recent critical interests in the
material history of the book and of the history of reading practices
help us to understand them?

In addressing these questions, this conference will bring together
literary scholars and cultural historians, codicologists and
historians of the book. It will foster discussion of manuscript
miscellanies written or compiled between the mid-fifteenth and
early-eighteenth centuries: their contents, their material forms, how
they were written and read, the ways in which their contents were
arranged and disposed (within single books or across sequences of
books), who owned them and how they used them, and the places that
they might have had in the schoolroom or university, home or library.

It will also question the very concept of miscellaneity, in relation
to other kinds of compilation and collection, and to other methods of
book-classification - is miscellaneity a helpful critical,
methodological or bibliographical term? And how do we view the
miscellany differently in this age of digital facsimiles and

We have limited space for further papers at the conference, and would
like to invite proposals in the following or related areas, though by
no means restricted to them:

•Concepts of miscellaneity (as collection, variety, multiplicity)

•The categorizing / classification of miscellaneous manuscripts (within
libraries or criticism)

•Manuscript and printed miscellanies and their relation

•Commonplace books

•Poetic miscellanies

•Household miscellanies (and the miscellany in the home)

•Religious miscellanies

•The ownership and circulation of miscellanies

•Female writers and miscellanies

•Education (miscellanies in the school, university, educational theory)

•The materiality of the miscellaneous manuscript (layout or arrangement of
books, their material structures and construction)

•Contemporary editing or printing of miscellanies

•The manuscript miscellany in the digital age

Please send proposals, or enquiries, to Dr Christopher Burlinson,
Faculty of English, University of Cambridge ( by 31
January 2008.

We hope to be able to arrange accommodation in Cambridge for our
speakers and attendees, but cannot guarantee the availability of
accommodation to those who register for the conference after 31
January 2008. In order to register for the conference, please contact
Dr Christopher Burlinson ( as soon as possible.

-- Dr Christopher Burlinson
Fellow and Director of Studies for Part II English
Emmanuel College

Senior Research Associate
Scriptorium: Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Online
Faculty of English
9 West Road

Tel.: 01223 331970 (college) / 767310 (faculty)

Art and Archaeology at Princeton

The Department of Art and Archaeology
of Princeton University


The Kurt Weitzmann Memorial Lecture

Herbert L. Kessler, Johns Hopkins University

“Competing Faces in Early Christian Art and the
Monopoly on Christ’s Likeness”

Monday November 12
4:30 pm

101 McCormick Hall
Princeton University

What is Masculinity? How useful is it as a Historical Categpry?

What is Masculinity? How useful is it as a Historical

Birkbeck College, University of London, 14th, 15th &
16th May 2008.

Conference weblink:

In recent years, there has been an explosion in
scholarship that questions masculinity in history. This
vibrant new approach has incorporated many different
theoretical and empirical considerations in historical
scholarship. This conference, held at Birkbeck College,
University of London on 14th, 15th & 16th May 2008,
fosters discussion across fields and time period
specialism. We have groundbreaking papers in
contemporary and modern, early modern, medieval,
Classical, Ancient and non-western history, from
historians throughout the world who are working in the
general field of masculinity studies. The conference
will provide discussion of the latest thinking, debates
and contention in this field, that it will serve as a
review of ‘where we are now’ in terms of scholarship in
the field of masculinity studies. There will be three
plenary lectures, by John Tosh (Modern), Alexandra
Shepard (Early Modern) and Ruth Mazo Karras (Medieval),
and a Round Table discussion with Harry Brod
(Philosophy), Thomas Hubbard (Classics) and the three
plenary speakers.

Belgium Archaeology

From Celia Chazelle and the EMF list:
A notice that Bailey Young, History Department, Eastern Illinois
University sent my way:

He is now recruiting students for the eighth season of the Summer
Archaeology in Belgium Program and would appreciate help in bringing
it to the attention of interested students. The dates are June
29-August 2, 2008, and the program centers on the excavation of
Walhain Castle, near Louvain-la-Neuve, the partner in this project.

Students earn four credits awarded as they prefer in either History
or Earth Sciences (Honors students have special Honors credit). The
course is open to all students in good standing*; there are no
prerequisites, and no previous background in archaeology is required.
While the site is located in Wallonia, and students with some
background in French will have ample opportunity to use it (the
co-director on site is a Belgian archaeologist, and there are often
Belgian students also working on the dig) all work is done in
English, and no language background is required.

*Teams are typically made up of students from a variety of
institutions, who enroll as guest students at EIU through the School
of Continuing Education; credits are transferable.

The cost of the program, which includes tuition and fees, board and
lodging --but not overseas airfare-- is estimated at around $5000.

For further information, please contact:
Bailey K. Young
History Department
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston IL 61920

BSANA at Congress

BSC Listserve FWD from Linda Safran, BSC President

To the Membership of the BSANA:

The Governing Board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America,
Inc., invites members of the organization to submit proposals for
BSANA-sponsored sessions on any theme relating to Byzantine studies to be
given at the Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, MI, May 7-10,
2009. The proposal should include the call for papers (approximately one
page in length) and cite suggested speakers.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Linda Safran, BSANA President:

by December 15, 2007. The proposals will be reviewed by members of the
Governing Board, and the organizer(s) of the selected panel(s) will be
notified in January.

For details about Kalamazoo, sponsored sessions, and deadlines for the
conference, please see:

Please note: final proposals for the BSANA-sponsored sessions(s) must be
submitted to the Kalamazoo organizers by May 15, 2008, for the 2009

Only proposals from BSANA members in good standing—-those who have paid
their 2007 dues--will be considered. To pay 2007 dues in order to be
eligible for consideration, download the dues form from the BSC/BSANA
website and submit it with your check in US dollars to the BSANA Treasurer


Linda Safran
President, BSANA, Inc.

Gorgias Press Book Sale

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The Week's News

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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Gorgias Press

Book Announcement

Gorgias Press would like to announce the following book:

Web link:

* Title: Hieronymi Quaestiones Hebraicae in Libro Geneseos
* Subtitle:
* Author: Paul de Lagarde
* Series: Analecta Gorgiana
* Series Volume: 72
* ISBN: 978-1-59333-964-7
* Price: $37.7
* Format: Paperback, 6 x 9, 1 vol(s), viii + 72 pp.
* Availability: Forthcoming

Book Description

Written in the scholarly Latin of his day, Lagarde considers in this brief study the questions Jerome raises on the Hebrew of the book of Genesis. In an abridged commentary form, Lagarde follows the questions in the order in which the book of Genesis presents the material. Beginning with the creation, Lagarde skips along to the phrases of Jerome’s text that raise questions and provides his insights about them. Presuming that the reader of the Vulgate will understand the Latin of the original, the comments on the material are likewise written in Latin. In such a brief treatment, naturally the entire book of Genesis cannot be explicated, but a sufficient amount of material is addressed to reward the effort of the exegete who works through Lagarde’s observations. As useful now as when it was initially published, Lagarde’s understanding of the Latin of Genesis is worth the exploration.

Paul Anton de Lagarde (1827-1891) was a biblical scholar and student of ancient languages. Having studied at Berlin, Halle, London, and Paris, he had a wide exposure to international thought. He eventually taught at Göttingen. Despite his participation in the anti-Semitism of his day, he was a gifted student of Semitic languages. His voluminous linguistic works are still recognized for their insights into oriental languages. He made important contributions to the study of Syriac, Aramaic, Arabic, Hebrew, and Coptic, as well as Greek and Latin.

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Call for Submissions

Gorgias Press is interested to hear from scholars who are writing new monographs, text books, or reference works on the various subject areas that Gorgias Press publishes in. Gorgias Press also publishes revised doctoral dissertations in monograph form. To discuss a project proposal, write to

Thursday, November 1, 2007

MARCO Manuscript Conference CFP

all for Proposals
Marco Manuscript Workshop: "Texts in Motion"
February 8-9, 2008
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

There is still time to submit a proposal for the University of
Tennessee in Knoxville's two-day workshop on manuscript studies, to
be held in February of 2008 and sponsored by the Marco Institute for
Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The workshop, organized by
Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English),
is intended to be more a class than a conference; participants will
be invited to share both their successes and frustrations, and to
work together towards developing better professional skills for
textual and paleographical work in Medieval Studies.

Last year's workshop focused on how the non-textual aspects of
manuscript presentation influence the way texts are read; this year's
workshop, "Texts in Motion," will consider the effect of time on
texts. Virtually all manuscript texts vary to some degree from one
copy to another; some texts underwent more radical expansion,
continuation, or revision, by their authors or others, and
significantly different versions of the same text circulated
alongside one another. These multiform texts raise a number of
challenging questions for a modern editor: what is the relationship,
both textual and contextual, between the different versions of the
text? Which version should form the basis for an edited text? How
can the range of textual differences be represented? How much of
this material ought to be presented? Is it possible, finally, to
capture the spirit of a medieval text in motion? We invite proposals
for presentations by anyone working on texts that have undergone
significant changes through time—abbreviation, expansion,
continuation, excerpting, quotation in other texts, dramatic changes
in format or context, even glosses and translations. The theme is
meant to be understood as broadly as possible, and we welcome
proposals that expand our definition of "text" to material objects
besides manuscripts, such as images, inscriptions, relics, or

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank. Individual
90-minute sessions will be devoted to each presentation; participants
will introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to
working with this material, and exchange ideas and information with
other participants. We particularly invite proposals describing works
in progress, unusual textual problems, practical difficulties, and
new or experimental models for studying or representing texts.
Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2007. Applicants are
asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their
project to Roy M. Liuzza, Department of English, U of Tennessee, 301
McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430, or (preferably) via email to

The workshop is also open to scholars and students who do not wish to
present their work but may be interested in learning more about
manuscript studies. Non-presenters will not receive a stipend, but
are encouraged to participate fully in discussions and other
activities. Those wishing to attend should visit
for more

Latest OEN Online

New issue of the Old English Newsletter:

Vol. 40 no. 3 of the _Old English Newsletter_ is now online. This
issue features

- a survey of Old English studies in France by André Crépin and Leo
- a classroom edition of Ælfric's _Letter to Brother Edward_ by Mary Clayton
- a review of recent Old English grammars and readers by Andrew Scheil
- a heartfelt tribute to Stephen Glosecki by Jill Frederick,
Marijane Osborn, and Elaine Treharne
- new reports, conference abstracts, publications, and announcements

Please visit the online _OEN_ at <>.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

New Book

Frederick M. Biggs, ed., _The Apocrypha_, Instrumenta Anglistica Medievalia 1
(Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007). xx, 117 pp. ISBN
978-1-58044-119-3. $12 (softcover).

This volume brings up to date the entries on Apocrypha first published in
_Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: A Trial Version_, ed. Frederick M.
Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, and Paul E. Szarmach (Binghamton, N.Y., 1990), which
were themselves intended to correct and amplify the entries on Apocrypha first
assembled by J. D. A. Ogilvy in his _Books Known to the English, 597–1066_
(Cambridge, Mass., 1967). The book provides complete coverage of the
and transmission of almost eighty apocryphal texts in Anglo-Saxon England,
supported by a bibliography of over 500 titles. This is the first publication
in a new series, Instrumenta Anglistica Medievalia, which is intended to serve
as a forum for interim and subsidiary publications related to the Sources of
Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture project. Copies can be ordered through the MIP
online bookstore (

New Beowulf Book

An Illustrated Edition

Translated by Seamus Heaney

Illustrations edited by John D. Niles

“This illustrated edition is the next best thing to being in the mead hall at Heorot, watching the action, with Heaney chanting it beside you.” ¾Neil Gaiman

Over fifteen centuries after the events the poem describes take place; ten centuries after the unique manuscript version was written down; almost 200 years after the poem was first published in a modern edition; seven years after the initial publication of Seamus Heaney’s best-selling translation; and coinciding with a Hollywood film adaptation written by Neil Gaiman and starring Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, and Angelina Jolie, the epic Anglo-Saxon tale of Beowulf is more popular, and relevant, than ever before. Yet, whether approached in translation or in the original language, the poem’s action has always seemed to take place in a realm of fantasy rather than in the very real world of Iron Age Scandinavia where it is set. Now, Heaney’s outstanding translation is coupled with over 120 images that document the artifacts mentioned in the poem and evoke its atmosphere and physical setting. BEOWULF: An Illustrated Edition (W.W. Norton; November 5, 2007; $24.95; paper), translated by Seamus Heaney with illustrations edited by John D. Niles, brings the visual world of this touchstone of Western literature vividly to life for the first time.

The story of Beowulf’s triumphs over Grendel and Grendel’s mother and his tragic victory over the dragon—a story charged with the power of fate, the thrills of heroism and its attendant fame, and the complexities of the eternal struggle of good against evil—has never before received the visual celebration it deserves. What sort of buildings did Beowulf and the other characters inhabit? How did the poet envision their ships and horses? What kind of arms and armor did they use? What sort of beasts flourished in their imagination? And what sort of riches awaited those heroes who were triumphant?

Heaney’s translation alone “does something other than bring [Beowulf] up into our time. It transports us to his and lets us wander there; after which home will never seem entirely the same” (The New York Times). This illustrated edition not only transports us to the poem’s milieu but also guides us on our journey. A different image faces almost every page of verse, offering a visual counterpart to the poem’s events or scenes and, sometimes, suggesting answers to questions that have been on the minds of generations of Beowulf readers.

Beautiful photographs of artifacts give us a window into Iron Age Europe, with its helmets, swords, and jewelry. Drawings and photos of reconstructed Viking Age ships are juxtaposed with the sea-voyages to and from Denmark, while photographs of a third-century chain mail shirt and an ancient dagger accompany Beowulf’s escape from the clutches of Grendel’s mother. Dragon-shaped ornaments forged by master smiths punctuate the poem’s dragon episode, while photographs of prehistoric barrows in Denmark and Sweden help readers imagine what the dragon’s lair or the hero’s final resting place might have looked like. The reader is also invited to look inside a reconstruction of a Danish hall, admire goblets of the kind that kings and queens of this period might have passed to their guests, and contemplate woodcuts that evoke the bleak mood of the poem’s closing scenes.

More than simply providing a backdrop for the poem, BEOWULF: An Illustrated Edition offers a crash course in the material culture of northern Europe during the first millennium. The book’s captions, together with a substantial afterword by Niles on “Visualizing Beowulf,” complement these photographs and drawings with much information relating to the archaeology of the period. This is an edition that long-time fans of Beowulf will cherish for its new perspective, that will entice new readers to the poem, and that will appeal to educators who wish to explore new ways of understanding the story.

About the Translator and Editor

Seamus Heaney received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He teaches regularly at Harvard University and lives in Dublin.

John D. Niles is the Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a specialist in Beowulf studies.

Title: BEOWULF: An Illustrated Edition
Translator: Seamus Heaney
Publication Date: November 5, 2007
Illustrations: 80 color, 41 black-and-white
ISBN: 978-0-393-33010-6
Price: $24.95; paperback

Sad News Last Week: The Passing of Stephen Tranter

From the ISAS list, Winfrid Rudolf reported:

I am sorry to have to report the passing away of my teacher and good friend Stephen Tranter, who died quietly in Trier (Germany) on October 12th after almost nine years of being in a coma. I am not sure whether Stephen's wife Doris has contacted you already, but I am sure she would give her ok to have the sad news spread via ISASnet. Stephen will be known to many colleagues in the field from his work on the sagas and metrical tracts. A product of ASNAC and student of Ray Page and Peter Clemoes, he later studied with Heinz Klingenberg and Hildegard Tristram at Freiburg University. He was a charismatic teacher of Old English, Old Norse and Irish, a keen musician and glorious supporter of Derby County FC. He has more than revived English Medieval Studies at Jena University when he took the refounded professorship in 1996, after an eclipse of this post for 38 years, caused by GDR university politics. He was very much aware of the tradition of English Medieval Studies at Jena (Ettmüller, Sievers, Kluge, Schücking etc.) and was striving for a holistic and colourful way of teaching our subject to students of a mainly atheist background. Thanks to his work, Jena can now pride itself in having a good library of Old and Middle English scholarship again, and a prospering community of graduate students in our field. Stephen has taught me the basic skills of our craft in a very dialogical and open way, and has been a steady companion in my thoughts for the last nine years. It is hard to describe how much he is responsible for what I have become, both as a scholar and human being. He was a lovely man, and I am sure his memory will live on in every good hour of teaching our subject and every bit of humour we gain from working together as Anglo-Saxonists.

Religions of the Book CFP


"Religions of the Book: Manuscript Traditions in
Judaism, Christianity and Islam, 1000-1500"

Second Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium
February 21-22, 2008
University of South Florida, Tampa Library, Tampa, FL

Keynote Speaker: Thomas E. Burman, Lindsay Young
Associate Professor Department of History, University
of Tennessee, author of *Reading the Qur'an in Latin
Christendom, 1140-1560*

Keynote Address: Thursday, February 21, 2008, 7:00
p.m., Traditions Hall

The Special Collections Department of the Tampa
Library, University of South Florida seeks papers from
graduate students and recent M.A. or Ph.D. recipients
for its Second Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate
Symposium. This year's theme is "Religions of the
Book: Manuscript Traditions in Judaism, Christianity
and Islam, 1000-1500."

We encourage interdisciplinary topics with comparative
emphases on monotheistic religions in the medieval

Subjects for proposals may include, but are not
limited to:

* sacred myth and narrative
* interreligious dialogue
* scriptural exegesis
* modes of representation
* traditions of illumination
* methods of manuscript production

Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to
Dr. Jane Marie Pinzino, Symposium Coordinator at

Notification of acceptances will be emailed by January
4, 2008.

Please include the title of your paper, name,
affiliation and email address. Each paper selected
will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation.


The Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Student Symposium is
organized by the Special Collections Department and
the Humanities Institute, University of South Florida,
Tampa, FL.

Jane Marie Pinzino, Ph.D.
Special Collections Department
University of South Florida, Tampa Library
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620-5400
813.974-2731 voice
813.396-9006 fax

CFP The Devil In Society

*The Devil in Society in the Pre-modern World*

17 and 18 October 2008
Toronto, Ontario

An international, interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Centre
for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College in the
University of Toronto

Keynote speakers include Richard Kieckhefer and Audrey L. Meaney.

This multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine the broad
trajectory of devil beliefs in the period prior to 1650 in order to
help explain what might be termed the general diabolisation of
European thought as it is refracted through society and culture
arguably from the middle of the fifteenth century. By surveying the
variety in form and function of diabolical and demonic discourses and
their social expression both at a series of particular historical
moments, and over the /longue durée/, the conference aims to advance
our understanding of the changing role of the devil in popular and
elite culture and aetiology from late antiquity to its height in the
early modern period.

The conference organisers invite submissions for individual 20-minute
papers, for panels (generally consisting of three papers), and
workshops or round-tables dealing with any aspect of demonism and its
manifestation in the classical, medieval, and Early Modern
traditions. Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Antichrist and the End of the World
Clerical and popular demonism
Constructions of the Sabbat
Demonic magic
Demonic possession
Demonologists—medieval and early modern
Demonology and witchcraft
Demons and heresy
Demons and sceptics
Demons in literature and on the stage
Devil in art
Devil in folklore
Demons in hagiography and /exempla/
Demonisation of the “Other”
Exorcism, lay and clerical
Incubi and succubi
Mysticism and diabology
New World demons
Protestant vs. Catholic demons
Women as healers, mystics, and witches

Abstracts of no more than 150 words should be submitted by 15
December 2007, together with a one-page (max) c.v. to Richard
Raiswell (Univ. of Prince Edward Island) and Peter Dendle (Penn State
Univ.) at:

World's largest collection of incunabula will be digitized!

World's largest collection of incunabula will be digitized!

Dear colleagues,

the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München (BSB) holds the largest
collection of incunabula world wide, which currently comprises 9708
editions in nearly 20.000 copies. The collection is described in a
printed catalogue (BSB-Ink) which is freely accessible online:

It is a great pleasure for me to let you know that the Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft has granted funding for a complete
digitization of the collection.

Over the coming years, one copy of each 15th-century edition held in
the BSB will be digitzed. It is intended to start digitization with
the ca. 1150 incunabula in German and the ca. 680 editions of which
the BSB holds the sole surviving copy in a German library. After
that, books printed in the German-speaking countried in the 15th
century and books printed abroad will be digitized. Illustrations
(mainly woodcuts) will be indexed with an iconographic classification

The digital reproductions will be made accessible through the
electronic catalogue BSB-Ink and other databases (e.g. OPAC, union
catalogues). Currently, BSB-Ink online already provides access to
digital reproductions of nearly 700 incunabula, of which ca. 540 are
broadsides. A list of digitized incunabula (by shelfmark only) is
accessible via the Index Search:
- Exemplare mit Scans
- mit Anfangsbuchstaben "Alle"
- Anzeigen

Best regards,
Bettina Wagner


Dr. Bettina Wagner
Abteilung für Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstr. 16
D-80539 Muenchen
Tel. +89 / 28638-2982
Fax. +89 / 28638-12982 oder 2266
postbox: D-80328 Muenchen

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Mellon Post-Doc at Notre Dame

Please take note of a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship
opportunity at the
Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame,
and alert possible

Thank you,

Roberta Baranowski
Assistant Director, Medieval Institute

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval
The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame
offers a
Postdoctoral Fellowship for a junior scholar in
Medieval Studies, made
possible through the generosity of the Andrew W.
Mellon Foundation. The
fellowship will permit an outstanding young scholar in
any field of
medieval studies to continue his or her research while
in residence at
Notre Dame's Medieval Institute during the academic
year 2008-2009.

The Mellon Fellow's principal obligation will be to
pursue his or her
research. Though the Fellowship carries no teaching
responsibilities, it
is expected that the Fellow will take advantage of the
opportunity to
participate in the intellectual life of the Institute
and the
multidisiciplinary activities that it sponsors for the
community at Notre Dame. The Fellow will be provided
with an office in
the Medieval Institute, full library and computer
privileges, and access
to the Institute's research tools. The Fellow will be
expected to reside
in South Bend.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a regular
appointment at a U.S.
institution and plan to return to their institution
following their
fellowship year. They must have the Ph.D. in hand as
of the application
date and must not be more than five years beyond the

Stipend: $40,000.

Application deadline: January 15, 2008.

Application procedure: There is no special application
form. Rather,
applicants should submit a narrative of no more than
five pages
describing their proposed research, indicating how it
builds on existing
scholarship, and suggesting how it will benefit from
interdisciplinary studies. Applicants should also
submit a current
curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of
reference to be sent
to the Medieval Institute by the January 15 deadline.
Announcement of
the selection will be made in mid-February 2008.

Please send applications to the address below:
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Application
Medieval Institute
715 Hesburgh Library
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556
FAX (574) 631-8644.
For further information, contact: Roberta Baranowski,
(574) 631-8304,

-- Roberta A. Baranowski Assistant Director, Medieval Institute
University of Notre Dame 715 Hesburgh Library Notre Dame, IN 46556
574-631-8304 (telephone) 574-631-8644 (fax)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A new Journal of Interest

Cardiff Univeristy's Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture
(CLARC) is launching a new journal for inter-disciplinary research
into the post-classical and late antique period.

The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC)is a full
text, open access online Journal edited by members and associates of
CLARC and published by Cardiff University.

Contributions are welcome for a wide range of topics in the research
area as defined on the homepage of the centre.

ISSN: 1754-517X

Further information, including details of the editorial board, may be
found at:

The launch of the journal is planned for the end of November 2007.

ISSN: 1754-517X

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Landscapes of Defence in the Viking Age

Warfare and power play an important role in the formation of
institutions and their manifestation in material culture. The
conference aims to bring together experts from various disciplines to
discuss key issues in the defence of territories during the period of
Viking incursions of the later eighth to eleventh centuries.
Important themes to be addressed include the landscape context of
civil defence structures, communication and logistics, and the social
and political impact of military organisation, in England and in

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Nicholas Brooks, Barbara Yorke, Richard
Abels, Andrew Reynolds, Stuart Brookes, John Baker, Gareth Williams,
Dorn van Dommelen, Peter Ettel, Dries Tys, Johnny De Meulemeester,
Stefan Brink, Julio Escalona, Juan Antonio Quiros Castillo, Lena
Holmquist-Olausson, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, David Hill.

The conference will take place on 9th and 10th November at the
Institute of Archaeology, UCL. Full details, including the programme
and registration details, are available at
For further enquiries, please contact Dr John Baker, Institute of
Name Studies, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham,
University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD or email

-- Dr Stuart Brookes
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-4 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
Tel: 020 7679 4723

Richard Hogg obituary

The unfortunate and sad passing of Richard Hogg:,,2172759,00.html



*AEMA's fifth annual conference will be held from 1-3 October 2008 at
the Sebel Conference Suites, Charlotte Street, Brisbane, hosted by
the Australian Catholic University.*

*The period from late antiquity to the early middle ages was one of
great social movement, of both individuals and people groups. How
did people respond to demands made upon them for hospitality and
charity by pilgrims, casualties of war, refugees, orphans, widows,
those of other religions, the sick, the poor, itinerant monks and
nuns, travelling traders and others?*

*Invited speakers:*
*Dr Anna Silvas, University of New England*
*Dr Wendy Mayer, Washington DC*

*Papers are now invited on a broad range of topics related to the
theme of 'Welcoming the Stranger', tapping various sources, including
literature, archaeology, epigraphy and the arts. A title and a 250
word abstract should be sent by 30 June 2008 to the Conference
Convenor. Please include affiliation and contact details with your

*Download the call for papers
*Conference convenor:*
*Dr Bronwen Neil*
*Centre for Early Christian Studies*
*Australian Catholic University*
*PO Box 456*
*Queensland 4014*

Heroic Age Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Heroic Age, Issue 14: Law and Legal Culture in the Early Middle


Guest Editor: Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville

The Heroic Age invites submissions for a special issue on law and
legal culture in the early middle ages. We construe the subject of
this issue broadly, and we are eager to receive submissions
representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies, national or
ethnic cultures, and disciplines. Possible topics include (but are
not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and
literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and
wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, canon law,
editing medieval law, law and philosophy, perceptions of medieval law
in later periods, law in/and art, international law, and intersections
between medieval Asian and European legal traditions. We welcome
traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those
informed by modern critical theory.

Prospective contributors should feel free to contact Andrew Rabin
( if they have any questions.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and
conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style. Instructions may be found
at All submissions will be
reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All
submissions should be sent to The deadline for
submission is July 1st, 2008.

The Heroic Age is an on-line, peer-reviewed academic journal hosted by
the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It focuses on Northwestern
Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through
11th centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of
this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including-but
not limited to-history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the

CFP: AS Sts Colloquium, Grad. Student Conf.

The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
is pleased to announce a call for papers:

Pleasure in Anglo-Saxon England

The 4th annual Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, February 16th 2008

Yale University

Yale University, in partnership with the Anglo-Saxon
Studies Colloquium (Columbia, Rutgers, Princeton,
NYU), invites submissions for the fourth annual
graduate student conference sponsored by the
Colloquium. The theme of this year’s conference is “Pleasure in
Anglo-Saxon England.” We invite submissions addressing
any and all manifestations of pleasure in Old English
or Anglo-Latin texts, Anglo-Saxon history, art,
religion, or archaeology. We welcome a variety of
methodologies, being equally pleased by the
philological delight of a word study as by a
wide-ranging treatment of emotions in Anglo-Saxon
society. We also invite papers on the particular
pleasures that the Anglo-Saxon world offers
post-medieval scholars, artists, and armchair
antiquarians. In the tradition of the Colloquium, we
will be having respondents for the paper
presentations, which should be no longer than ten
minutes. Possible topics include:

- emotions in Anglo-Saxon England
- pleasure and religion
- word-play and language play
- the joy of objects
- Anglo-Saxon recreation
- food and feasting
- Anglo-Saxon music
- reception of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture
- Anglo-Saxon aesthetics
- pleasure of the exotic
- personal relationships
- depictions of heaven
- definition of the good
- luxury goods
- desire and appetite
- the senses
- the regulation of pleasure
- dreams Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by
November 26, 2007. Include your contact information,
including active email address, street address, and
phone number, and any requests for audio-visual
equipment. You may submit abstracts via email to, or send paper submissions
to P.O. Box 208302, New Haven, CT 06520. (Paper
submissions should arrive by the deadline.) Conference organizers:
Irina Dumitrescu, Denis
Ferhatovic, Jordan Zweck.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Authority, Authorship, and Audience in the Middle Ages

The sixth annual Conference for Medieval Studies, a graduate student
conference sponsored by Comitatus, the Purdue Medieval Studies
student organization, will be held at Purdue University, West
Lafayette, Indiana from February 15-16, 2008. The theme for this
year’s conference will be "Authority, Authorship, and Audience in the
Middle Ages." Eve Salisbury, Associate Professor of English at
Western Michigan University will be the plenary speaker for this
year’s conference. Our theme looks at the concept of authorship in
the Middle Ages. Because our modern understanding of authorship is
quite different from the Middle Ages, the idea of how to define
authorship and who should be called an author are questions well
worth pursuing. Wrapped into the questions about authorship are
questions of authority and audience. We are inviting 250-word
abstracts for papers as well as panel proposals from graduate
students and advanced undergraduates. Individual papers should be 15-
20 minutes in length to allow time for discussion. All facets of
authorship, particularly those submissions that engage the concept of
authorship through art, architecture, gender, historical
documentation, manuscript creation, or literature are particularly
welcome. Possible topics might include but are not limited to the
following: - How has a particular author(s) used source material to
establish another meaning for the text? - How is authorship defined
when looking at an artifact that is not text-based? - How does gender
affect both author and authority? Does gender affect the power
structures of a work? - Who had the authority to write about
religious topics? What happened when someone outside those bounds
wrote "authoritatively" about religion? - What political agendas
might an author/artist/designer have? - How does knowing the
authorship (and potential bias) of a writer of a historical chronicle
affect the reading of that chronicle? Due Date for Abstracts: October
15, 2007 Please send all abstracts to: Karen Robinson (preferred) Purdue University Department of
English 500 Oval Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038
-- Emily E. Redman Ph.D. Candidate Purdue University Heavilon Hall
500 Oval Drive West Lafayette, IN 47907-2038 Phone: 765-379-2353

Celtic Conference in Classics


The next Celtic Conference in Classics, the fifth, will be at University College Cork, 9-12 July 2008 (Wednesday-Saturday). All are welcome.

The panels (provisionally) are to be:

` "Aristocracy" and Social Mobility in Antiquity'
Chairs: Nick Fisher (Cardiff) and Hans van Wees (London)

`New Approaches to Greek Comedy'
Chair: Keith Sidwell (Cork)

`Les femmes et la religion dans le monde gre/co-romain'
Pre/sidants: Pierre Brule/ (Rennes II), Ve/ronique Mehl (Lorient)

‘Authority and Authenticity in Ancient Narrative’ - a KYKNOS panel.
Chairs: John Morgan (Swansea), Mirjam Plantinga (Lampeter), Ian Repath (Swansea)

`Vision and Power: The Theory, Practice and Representation of Viewing in Ancient Greece'
Chairs: Sue Blundell (London), Douglas Cairns (Edinburgh), Nancy Rabinowitz (Hamilton College)

`Medieval Ireland and the Classical Past'
Chair: David Woods (Cork)

`Herodotos and Sparta' and `Thucydides and Sparta'
Chairs: Stephen Hodkinson (Nottingham), Ellen Millender (Reed), Anton Powell (UWICAH)
The Celtic Conference aims to develop collective projects in a setting which is hospitable intellectually and socially. The timetable is designed to encourage members to move between panels as they wish.

Friday, October 5, 2007

New Book

Frederick M. Biggs, ed., _The Apocrypha_, Instrumenta Anglistica Medievalia 1
(Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2007). xx, 117 pp. ISBN
978-1-58044-119-3. $12 (softcover).

This volume brings up to date the entries on Apocrypha first published in
_Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: A Trial Version_, ed. Frederick M.
Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, and Paul E. Szarmach (Binghamton, N.Y., 1990), which
were themselves intended to correct and amplify the entries on Apocrypha first
assembled by J. D. A. Ogilvy in his _Books Known to the English, 597–1066_
(Cambridge, Mass., 1967). The book provides complete coverage of the
and transmission of almost eighty apocryphal texts in Anglo-Saxon England,
supported by a bibliography of over 500 titles. This is the first publication
in a new series, Instrumenta Anglistica Medievalia, which is intended to serve
as a forum for interim and subsidiary publications related to the Sources of
Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture project. Copies can be ordered through the MIP
online bookstore (


he Society for Late Antiquity solicits proposals for a panel to be held at the annual meeting of the American Philological Association on 8-11 January 2009 in Philadelphia, PA (USA). There are no funds available to subsidize travel, and panelists must be members of the APA in order to present.

The Third Sophistic: New Approaches to Rhetoric in Late Antiquity

Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity. Organized by Paul Kimball, Bilkent University.

It is a well-known paradox of Greco-Roman culture that well after the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the state under Constantine the art of rhetoric successfully maintained its privileged place in the articulation of political, pedagogical, religious, philosophical, and literary power. Late antiquity witnessed a remarkable surge in rhetorical output in both Greek (Libanius, Himerius, Themistius, Julian, Procopius of Gaza, Choricius) and Latin (the Panegyrici Latini, Symmachus, Ausonius, Marius Victorinus). Moreover, under the new establishment the rapprochement between traditional "pagan" rhetoric and Judaeo-Christian modes of _expression already evident in Christian apologetic writings of the second and third centuries gained momentum, culminating in the fourth and fifth-century "Golden Age" of Christian rhetoric as represented by the works of Eusebius of Caesarea, the Cappadocian Fathers, and John Chrysostom (in Greek), and Lactantius, Ambrose, and Augustine (in Latin). Before the end of the sixth century the corpus of Hermogenes would achieve canonical status, and in 426 CE Augustine's De Doctrina Christiana fused once and for all Cicero's rhetorical theory with the Christian project of evangelism and exegesis.

In light of the wealth of available source material and its parallels to the much more extensively studied Second Sophistic, European scholarship over the past two decades has increasingly come to identify this period as the "Third Sophistic." While this formulation stresses synchronic linkages at the expense of diachronic perspectives, it is nonetheless worthwhile to examine this phase in the cultural history of the late empire as a unity. The Society for Late Antiquity thus invites proposals for a panel featuring innovative approaches to the study of rhetoric in late antiquity. These might address such issues as the relationship of rhetoric to poetry, philosophy, and historiography; performance and self-presentation; reception and audience; rhetoric, law, and political authority; rhetoric and homiletics; ekphrasis and the rhetorical construction of space. These are only suggestions and proposals which investigate other lines of research are welcome.

Abstracts of papers (ca. 500 words) requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver should be sent via email attachment no later than February 1, 2008 to Paul Kimball ( ), or by surface mail (Dr. Paul Kimball, Program in Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas, Bilkent University, 06800 Bilkent, Ankara, TURKEY). Please follow the instructions for the format of individual abstracts in the APA Program Guide. All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees.

Dr. Paul E. Kimball
Program in Cultures, Civilizations, and Ideas
Bilkent University
06800 Bilkent
Ankara, TURKEY
office: (+90) 312 290 1034
fax: (+90) 312 266 4606

Theorizing the Early Middle Ages


Theorizing the Early Middle Ages, March 27-30 2008, Pacific University,

Theorizing the Early Middle Ages is an interdisciplinary conference
designed to foster and even invent cross-disciplinary, theoretical
discussion and exchange concerning the sex/gender system, concepts of
space, ritual, and other aspects of early medieval studies (c. 500-1000)
that lend themselves to theoretical analysis within its various
historical, material, liturgical, and literary contexts. The conference
planners ideally seek contributions from literary scholars, queer
theorists, architectural historians, art historians, paleographers,
medical historians, political historians, social historians, church
historians, and economic historians interested in the application of
theoretical analysis of “Dark Age” cultural, sex/gender, and class
systems. Equally, the organizers are looking for theoretically
adventurous submissions, ones arguing for the full inclusion of the
early medieval era within broader works on sexed, medical, and
architectural bodies, spaces, images, and behaviors. Proposals that
focus on “Dark Age” clerical and warrior bodies, wealthy and servile
bodies, and male and female bodies would be especially welcome.
Plenary Speakers:
Theorizing the Early Middle Ages will showcase two plenary speakers:
• Professor and Loyola Faculty Scholar, Allen J. Frantzen (Loyola
University Chicago). Professor Frantzen’s research interests include
Old and Middle English literature, literary history, history of
sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, literary theory and criticism,
textual criticism, gender and domestic space. Notable publications:
Before the Closet: Same-Sex Love from Beowulf to Angels in America
(Chicago, 1998); Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and World War I
(Chicago, 2004); the electronic edition of the Anglo-Saxon penitentials
available at; and a collection of essays co-edited
with archaeologist John Hines, Caedmon’s Hymn and Material Culture in
the World of Bede (West Virginia, 2007).

• Professor Dame Janet (aka ‘Jinty’) Nelson (King’s College,
University of London). Professor Nelson’s research interests include
women and gender, gendering the Carolingian court, sexuality and gender
trouble among the Carolingian nobility and royalty, and competitive
corporeal styles between monks and knights. Notable publications:
Politics and Ritual in Early Medieval Europe (London, 1986); The
Frankish World (London, 1996); and Rulers and Ruling Families in Earlier
Medieval Europe (London, 1999).

The Venue:
Pacific University is a forward-thinking, private institution known for
providing comprehensive liberal arts and professional education.
Pacific's main campus is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, a distinctive
location that offers the best of many worlds. It combines the vibrant
metropolitan life of nearby Portland, the charm and serenity of the
fertile Tualatin Valley, and the stark beauty of the Oregon Coast. As
part of the conference activities, the organizers will host an opening
reception at McMenamins (a local brewery), and arrange a dinner at a
local vineyard, a second dinner at Pittock Mansion in downtown Portland,
and a trip to the Oregon Coast. Paper Abstracts:
If you would like to read a paper at Theorizing the Early Middle Ages,
please send a two-hundred word abstract along with a current CV to:

Lynda Coon
Department of History
Old Main 416
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Or by e-mail:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: November 1, 2007. The organizers
will have a complete schedule for the conference by late January 2008.
Please contact us if you have any questions or need additional

Conference Organizers:
Lynda Coon (History, University of Arkansas,

Beth Hudson (Willamette University,

Martha Rampton (History, Pacific University and Director, Center for
Women and Gender Equity, Pacific University

Kim Sexton (Architecture, University of Arkansas,

Conference Sponsor:
History Department
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
Phone: 503 352 2772

Fax: 503 352 3195

Postdoctoral Research Associate post in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

The 'English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220' AHRC-funded research project, co-directed by Elaine Treharne and Mary Swan, is advertising for a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Leicester. Full details can be found at and also at

Please circulate this note to any colleagues or recent PhD graduates who might be interested in applying.

Oral Tradition

For those who missed it:

We are very pleased to notify you that all 22 years of our journal Oral Tradition are now available online and free of charge at

This site now contains nearly 500 articles and 10,000 pages, with all of the contents downloadable as pdf files that you can read online or print out as you wish. The entire electronic archive of Oral Tradition is also searchable by keyword or author name, with phrase-based and Boolean searches possible as well.

In return, may we ask you to forward this e-mail announcement to at least five colleagues in your field? It would be especially helpful if you selected colleagues whom you feel might not be aware of Oral Tradition’s migration to an internet-based, open-access format, or who might not already know that the entire run of the journal is now available gratis.

There are also several other ways to assist us with the process of notifying colleagues, and we would greatly appreciate your assistance: electronic links to the site in (1) personal blogs and (2) professional websites, as well as (3) announcements in journals and newsletters in your field. Any or all of these strategies would certainly help to get the news to colleagues on a broad scale.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help inform our community and share a resource that was created for the common good.

The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at the University of Missouri ( is gratified to be able to offer Oral Tradition to anyone worldwide with an internet connection and a browser. We hope that the online, open-access format will enlarge and diversify the journal’s readership, and particularly that it will offer everyone interested in the world’s oral traditions – regardless of their location and academic context – an equal opportunity to contribute actively to the discussion. Our shared field will prosper most readily if it operates as an academic democracy without financial or distributional barriers.

As for future contents, the next issue of Oral Tradition (volume 22, number 2) will be a special collection devoted to Basque traditions, and will include descriptive and analytical articles, interviews with oral poets, and an eCompanion with photographic, audio, and video support. Beyond that issue we will be publishing articles on Albanian oral law, Native American storytelling, modern Greek oral poetry, Welsh saints’ lives, modern Balinese epic, and many other topics across the international spectrum.

We welcome your comments and especially your submissions for publication.