Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On behalf of the Society for Textual Scholarship and SAMLA, I wish to draw your attention again to the following call for papers. Please note that the deadline has been extended to 15 June 2008.

Call for papers

Society for Textual Scholarship affiliated session, SAMLA, Louisville Hyatt Regency, Kentucky; 7-9 November 2008

Interpretation and the scene of editing:

This session welcomes proposals on the scholarly editing of literary texts, broadly conceived. Possible topics include editing as interpretation; textual instability and problems in textual construction; the editing of Selected Works or Collected Works; material textuality; the interpretation and reproduction of bibliographic codes; electronic editing; radiant textuality; the uses of electronic archives. Please send 200-word abstract by 15 June 2008 to Jonathan Allison by email at jalliso@uky.edu or at the Department of English, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027.

Nicholas Brooks Festschrift

Please note the publication of this fascinating new book, a festschrift in
honor of Nicholas Brooks, who is a long-standing member of ISAS.

Julia Barrow and Andrew Wareham (ed.), "Myth, Rulership, Church and
Charters: Essays in Honour of Nicholas Brooks" (Ashgate, May 2008, ISBN
978-0-7546-5120-8, £55)

Salary: Open
Type: Full Time - Entry Level

The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, seeks an energetic and innovative
assistant/associate curator for the department of medieval art, a
collection of more than 1,400 works of sculpture, ivory, metalwork, and
painting from Western Europe and the eastern Mediterranean regions of the
Byzantine Empire. Expertise in Byzantine art is required, since this is
one of the core strengths of the Walters' collection. Secondary
specialization and/or knowledge of post-Byzantine and/or Islamic art
desired. Candidates must be team players and sensitive to diverse
audiences, possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and
value the collection's public role. Responsibilities include research,
interpretation, installation and publication of the collection;
development of exhibition projects; recommendation of
acquisitions/deaccessions and solicitation of gifts; participation in the
museum's education and public programs and in all curatorial-related
activities (loan/acquisitions committee work, exhibition reviews, grant
writing); active contribution to scholarship in field of expertise. Funded
with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this position will
remain an entry to mid-level appointment reporting to the Curator of
Medieval Art. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and
research/travel support. Please send letter of interest, resume including
names and contact information of three references and copies of selected
publications to: Ms. Brenda Jackson, Department of Human Resources,
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 21201.
Application deadline date: June 6, 2008. An EOE/A drug and alcohol free

Requirements: Candidates must have museum experience and a Ph.D. in art
history and/or related field, including a record of research and
publication and exhibition organization. Required Education: Doctorate
NOTES: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and
research/travel support.

Apply online at http://museumcareers.aam-us.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=2888582.32
Roundtable: Approaches to Religion and Theatre Pedagogy

The Religion and Theatre Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is organizing a roundtable as part of its 2008 pre-conference. The pre-conference is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30 and the morning of Thursday, July 31, and will take place in Denver, Colorado.

We are seeking panelists who can speak about their experiences teaching courses on religion and theatre topics, or about how their work on religious and/or spiritual performance has influenced their pedagogy. Ideally, the panelists will reflect a range of interests and specialties within Theatre and Performance Studies so that a diversity of experiences and approaches are represented. We encourage practitioners, as well as scholars, to participate. We hope that this roundtable will serve as a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and provide an opportunity for productive discussion amongst panelists and attendees.

If you are interested in participating as a formal panelist, please email a brief description of your relevant experiences, along with your name, contact information, and affiliation to Jill Stevenson at jstevenson@mmm.edu no later than June 10th. Feel free to email Jill with questions about the roundtable as well.

For more detailed information about the Religion and Theatre pre-conference, please visit: http://www.athe.org/rt/confinfo2008.html
Feminist Approaches to Medieval Art and Visual Culture: Past, Present, Future
We invite submissions for a special issue of the Medieval Feminist
Forum (volume 44 number 2) to address the past, present, and future
of feminist approaches to medieval art and visual culture. Some
contributors may wish to highlight the ways in which feminist
perspectives have enriched the understanding of medieval art or to
identify the contributions that studies of visual materials have made
to feminist work in medieval studies. Others may prefer to identify
dead ends to which feminism has led medieval art history or to
critique ways in which feminist scholarship on medieval visual
culture has been co-opted in a post-feminist age. We also welcome
essays on current research that utilize feminist approaches and
essays that seek to chart a path forward for feminist work on
medieval art. Inquiries from potential contributors may be addressed
to either or both of the co-editors of the issue:

Marian Bleeke, Assistant Professor of Art History
Department of Art, Cleveland State University

Felice Lifshitz, Professor of History
Department of History, Florida International University

The deadline for completed submissions, which should be sent via
email to Felice Lifshitz, is August 15, 2008. Style guidelines and
other contributor information for MFF are available on the website of
the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Neglected Contributions of Female Scholars
We invite submissions for a special issue of the Medieval Feminist
Forum (volume 45 number 1) to recover and highlight important
contributions by female scholars to any area of Medieval Studies. We
are particularly interested in original contributions that have been,
for one reason or another, underappreciated, neglected, or even
misattributed to (or falsely claimed by) male authors. It is expected
that the majority or even the totality of the examples will date from
several decades ago or more, but essays on important cases of more
recent vintage are also welcome. Inquiries from potential
contributors (including proposals for articles on other topics) may
be addressed to the editor:

Felice Lifshitz, Professor of History
Florida International University

The deadline for completed submissions, which should be sent via
email to Felice Lifshitz, is February 15, 2009. Style guidelines and
other contributor information for MFF are available on the website of
the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship

About Time

nglo-Saxon Futures 2:
About Time

The Second International Workshop of the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium
King's College London

May 23 & 24, 2008

Council Room, Strand
At King's College London

A 2 day international workshop of seminars and roundtables on the
languages of Old English and Anglo-Saxon Studies now: times,
translations, temporalities. For all interested postgraduates and
staff, co-sponsored by King’s College London and the Anglo-Saxon
Studies Colloquium (Columbia University, New York University,
Princeton University and Rutgers University)

For program and registration, please click here, or see attachment:

For more information, please contact Clare Lees (clare.lees@kcl.ac.uk)

For a map, and directions to campus:


Conference Program:
Friday May 23 (Council Room, Strand)

2:15-2:45 pm Coffee and Registration

2:45 Welcome (Clare Lees, King’s College London)

3:00-4:30 Current Times
Kathleen Davis (Princeton), ‘Time, Poetry, and the Stillness of Speech’
Patricia Dailey (Columbia), ‘He is ure heafod. and we sind his lima:
How Ælfric Times the Body’
Sharon M. Rowley (Christopher Newport University), ‘Who Read
Æthelbert’s Letter? Translation, Mediation and Authority in the OE

4:30-5:00 Tea

5:00 –6:30 Translating Old English Poetry: The Ruin and Durham
Workshop led by Marijane Osborn (UC-Davis).
Discussants: Aaron Hostetter ( Princeton ) and Matt Kohl (NYU).
Respondent: Chris Jones (University of St Andrews)

6:30-7:30 Reception

Saturday May 24 (Council Room, Strand)

10:30-12:00 Queer Futures
Lisa Weston (California State, Fresno), ‘Desire and the Anglo-Saxon
School Girl’
Eileen A. Joy (Southern Illinois, Edwardsville), `Queer Times, Queer
Bodies, and the Erotics of a Nomadic Anglo-Saxon Studies’
Gillian Overing (Wake Forest), ‘Beowulf on Gender’

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 2:30 Disciplines through Time

Hal Momma (NYU) and Josh Davies (King’s College London), ‘Past
Presents: Temporality Collaboration’
Diane Watt (Aberystwyth) and Clare Lees (King’s College London),
‘GenderQueer Collaboration’

2:30-3:00 Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 The Old English Life of Mary of Egypt
Roundtable discussion: Brigit McGuire (Columbia), Stacy Klein
(Rutgers), Carrie Ho (Rutgers), Laura S. Bailey (King’s College

5:30-6:30 Reception


To join our e-mail list, please send a message to:


For further updates and future talks, please check our website:


ASSC Sponsored by: The Department of English and Comparative
Literature, Columbia University; Dean for the Humanities, New York
University; The Department of English, Princeton University; The
Medieval Studies Program, Princeton University; The Department of
English, Rutgers University.

New Book

Irmeli Valtonen, The North in the Old English Orosius. A Geographical
Narrative in Context. Mémoires de la Société Néophilologique de
Helsinki LXXIII. Helsinki 2008. xvi + 672 pp., 148 x 210 mm.
ISBN 978-951-9040-29-5. ISSN 0335-0192. €55.

Post-Doc Opportunity: Swansea

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
Swansea University
AHRC-funded project

'Mapping Medieval Chester: Place and Identity in an English Borderland
City c.1200-1500'

School of Arts (Dept of English)
Post Reference: 4815
Salary scale: £25135 per annum
Closing Date: 05 Jun 2008

Swansea University seeks to appoint a Research Assistant to work on the
AHRC-funded research project 'Mapping Medieval Chester: place and identity
in an English borderland city c. 1200-1500'. The project will investigate
how a sense of place-identity and belonging were produced through local
engagements with the landscapes of an English medieval city and its
environs between c.1200 and 1500. The project is a collaborative
enterprise between teams in the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern
Research / English Department, Swansea University (lead institution), the
Department of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University
Belfast and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College,
London, and will draw on interdisciplinary approaches to connect and
analyse cartographic and textual 'mappings' of medieval Chester. The
project will produce a set of online resources interlinking an interactive
digital map of Chester's urban landscape c.1500 with new editions and
translations of key texts (or textual extracts) and interpretative
apparatus. Other outputs include research papers and two dissemination
events: a public workshop in Chester and an academic colloquium at
Swansea. The researcher will be based at Swansea (though there are
possibilities for remote or e-working), working closely with the Project
Director, Dr Catherine A M Clarke.

The Research Assistant is required to produce an edition and translation
of passages from the twelfth-century Latin text De Laude Cestrie (In
Praise of Chester) for the project website. The Research Associate will
also contribute to wider project research, analysis and development, and
will have particular responsibility for organising the final academic

We seek to attract a researcher with excellent skills in Latin translation
and textual criticism, who holds a PhD (or is close to completion) in a
relevant area (e.g. Medieval Latin, Classical Latin, Medieval Studies).
The researcher should be able to work as part of a collaborative research
team and engage with interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.

The position is fixed term for a period of 12 months, from 01 September,

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to the Project
Director, Dr Catherine A. M. Clarke at C.A.Clarke@Swansea.ac.uk
(01792 295926).

We are an equal opportunity employer aiming for diversity in our

Dr Catherine A M Clarke
Lecturer in English
Associate Director, Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research
Swansea University

English Department

Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research


Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Salary: £34,793-£44,074 pa
Limit of Tenure applies* This post is open to post-doctorial candidates
showing excellent promise in this field, or more established scholars with
a significant publications record. The appointee will be expected to teach
and examine in both parts of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Tripos, to
supervise and examine postgraduate work, to undertake research, to publish
in their specialist field, and to contribute actively to the Department's
research profile. The person appointed will be a member of the
Departmental Committee and the Graduate Sub-Committee. He/she will be
expected to contribute to the work of various Faculty committees, and to
take on administrative roles. Applications (6 copies) consisting of a
detailed curriculum vitae, list of publications and form PD18, including
the names of three referees only should be sent to the Secretary of the
Appointments Committee, Faculty of English, 9 West Road, Cambridge, CB3
9DP, by the closing date. Referees should be asked to write directly to
the Secretary to reach the Faculty by the closing date. Further
particulars, including the application form, may be obtained by emailing
the Secretary (e-mail: vlm32@cam.ac.uk) or from the Department's website
(http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk). Enquiries about the post may be made to the
Head of Department, Dr Judy Quinn (jeq20@cam.ac.uk). * The funds for this
post are available for 4 years in the first instance but it is hoped the
post will be a continuing one if funding permits. Closing Date: 6 June
Interview Date: 30 June 2008

Call for Papers: Medieval and Early Modern sessions at the IVG Kongreß 2010 in Warsaw

Internationale Vereinigung für Germanistik / International Association for
Germanic Studies

Kongress 2010: in Warschau (PL), 30. Juli - 7. August 2010

=== Please send abstracts for papers, or complete sessions (3 abstracts plus
a session description) to the Coordinators listed below ===

28. Disparitäten und Spannungen im Mittelalter zwischen Laien-
und Klerikerkultur
Leitung: Kiening, Christian (Zürich, Schweiz; ckiening@ds.uzh.ch)
Ko-Leitung: Kugler, Hartmut (Erlangen, Deutschland); Kellner, Beate (Zürich,

Lange herrschte das Bild des mittelalterlichen Universalismus vor, der
irgendwann beim Übergang zur Neuzeit zerbrochen sei. Dem gegenüber lassen
sich seit den ersten Missionierungsbemühungen in der Germania
Spannungsverhältnisse zwischen lateinisch-klerikaler Gelehrtenkultur und
volkssprachig-feudaler Adelskultur beobachten, die immer neu verhandelt
werden müssen: angefangen von den frühmittelalterlichen Versuchen, die
Botschaft des Evangeliums in die Sprache einer archaischen
Kriegergesellschaft zu gießen, über die Harmonisierungsversuche der sog.
höfischen Literatur bis zum dissonanten Schrifttum des Spätmittelalters.
‚Laien' bzw. ‚Kleriker' sind dabei nur heuristische Größen, da vielfältige
Interrelationen zwischen beiden Gruppen bestehen und die Denk- und
Wertmuster der einen immer auch auf die andere ausstrahlen. Die Sektion ist
für Mittelalterexperten gedacht, die am Spannungsgefüge der
mittelalterlichen Kultur interessiert sind. Sie soll Texte des 8. bis 15.
Jahrhunderts behandeln, wobei vor allem Texte von Interesse sind, die das
Spannungsverhältnis ausagieren. Willkürlich herausgegriffene Beispiele sind
da die frühe Bibeldichtung, die Auseinandersetzungen zwischen höfischer
Minne und Gottesliebe, sog. Alterslieder mittelhochdeutscher Dichter,
religiöse Kritik am Hof usw.

40. Pluralisierungsprozesse in der Frühen Neuzeit
Leitung: Müller, Jan-Dirk (München, Deutschland;
Ko-Leitung: Watanabe-O'Kelly, Shinji (Oxford, Großbritannien)

Die moderne Gesellschaft versteht sich als pluralistische. Die Ursprünge des
modernen Pluralismus werden im allgemeinen in der Frühen Neuzeit gesucht, in
der die konfessionelle Einheit Europas zerbrach, die aufstrebenden
Nationalstaaten sich endgültig an die Stelle der alten universalen Mächte
setzten, neue Welten neben der alten Welt entdeckt wurden, technische
Erfindungen wie der Buchdruck das verfügbare Wissen explosionsartig
vermehrten und neue Instanzen autoritativer Traditionssicherung sich erst
noch ausbilden mussten. Dies Bild ist insofern einseitig, als in vieler
Hinsicht (z.B. rechtlicher, brauchtumsmäßiger, sozialer usw.) das
Mittelalter bei weitem pluraler war als die standardisierte Neuzeit.
Pluralisierungsprozesse werden nämlich seit 1500 immer wieder durch Prozesse
der Autorisierung durchkreuzt, die die Vielheit zur Einheit zurückzuführen
sich bemühen. Ein bevorzugtes Feld der Auseinandersetzung ist die Literatur.
Die Sektion soll Texte vorstellen, in denen sich hergebrachte Ordnungen
zersetzen, in denen etablierte Autoritäten in Frage gestellt oder neue
Autoritäten propagiert werden und die die Vervielfältigung des Wißbaren und
der Tradition reflektieren, oder in denen umgekehrt die gefährliche
Infragestellung alter Autoritäten angeprangert, neue Ordnungen entworfen,
neue Systematiken durchgesetzt und die beginnende Pluralisierung gezähmt
wird. Solche Texte finden sich ebenso in der konfessionellen Debatte wie in
den frühneuzeitlichen Schwanksammlungen oder dem breiten didaktischen
Schrifttum. Die Sektion könnte deshalb alle an der frühen Neuzeit
interessierten Literaturwissenschaftler unter einer einheitlichen
Perspektive vereinigen.

49. Kontakt und Transfer in der Sprach- und Literaturgeschichte des
Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit
Leitung: Schwarz, Alexander (Lausanne, Schweiz; Alexander.Schwarz@unil.ch)
Ko-Leitung: Seelbach, Sabine (Opole/Oppeln, Polen); Scholz Williams, Gerhild
(St. Louis, USA)

Die neueren literatur- und sprachwissenschaftlichen Paradigmen erkunden und
überwinden auf vielfältige Weise die Grenzen zwischen Text und Kontext. So
öffnen sie den Text zu Vorgängern (Intertextualität) und Nachfolgern
(Varianz), spüren sie dem materiellen und körperlichen Ausdruckspotential
(Performativität) und dessen Aktualisierungen (Performanz) in verschiedenen
Epochen nach, setzen sie die aktuelle oder zudem konzeptuelle
Schriftlichkeit des handschriftlichen oder gedruckten Textes in Beziehung zu
den Medien Stimme, Geste/Handlung und Bild. Sie suchen ferner nach Spuren
seiner sozialen Konstruktion, Transmission, Rezeption und Transformation
(offener und geschlossener Text, Autorstatus, Autorisierung und Zensur,
Netzwerke, Genese einer Öffentlichkeit). Damit stellen sie dem individualen
Kontaktbegriff der traditionellen Transferlinguistik (der mehrsprachige
Mensch als Ort des Sprachkontaktes, die Rolle des Übersetzens) einen
dialogischen gegenüber, wie er neueren literaturwissenschaftlichen Konzepten
von Kultur (sowie von Inter- und Transkulturalität) und linguistischen des
Transfers (in der bis heute primär gegenwartsorientierten
Transferwissenschaft) entgegenkommt.

Wir planen diese Möglichkeit einer gemeinsamen methodologischen Basis
zukünftiger Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft zu sichten und auf ihre
Tragfähigkeit hin zu erproben. Das soll in der Sektion durch die Verknüpfung
von Theorie- und Korpusarbeit geleistet werden. Die Textkorpora können
synchron oder diachron angelegt sein, sollten aber in jedem Fall im
zeitlichen Rahmen von Mediävistik und Frühneuzeitforschung angesiedelt sein.


Call for Papers -- Digitizing Early Material Culture: from Antiquity to Modernity (revised)

A Seminar to be held in conjunction with CaSTA (the Canadian Symposium on
Text Analysis) 2008: New Directions in Text Analysis
A Joint Humanities Computing, Computer Science Seminar and Conference at
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, 16-18 October 2008

A “Digitizing Early Material Culture: from Antiquity to Modernity” seminar
will be held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon 16 October 2008
and will feature guest speakers:
* Meg Twycross, Professor Emeritus of English, Lancaster University, and
Executive Editor of Medieval English Theatre (new speaker, replacing Melissa
* Lisa Snyder, Associate Director of the Experiential Technologies Centre,
University of California Los Angeles

It will be held in conjunction with CaSTA 2008, 17-18 August, featuring
guest speakers:
* David Hoover, Professor of English at New York University (keynote)
* Hoyt Duggan, Professor Emeritus in English at University of Virginia
* Geoffrey Rockwell, Associate Professor in Humanities Computing and
Multimedia at University of Alberta
* Cara Leitch, PhD candidate in English at University of Victoria


The organizing committee invites proposals (approx. 500-700 words) from
Canadian and international scholars and practitioners working on the
application of digital technology to the study of material culture up to
c.1700 (computer science, archaeology, anthropology, geography, history,
literature, etc.) for a pre-conference seminar on “Digitizing Early Material
Culture: from Antiquity to Modernity.” Final submissions should aim to be
2,500-5,000 words in length and may address digital projects, programs of
research, digital tools and practices, or theory related to the digitization
of material culture to the end of the seventeenth century. Complete papers
will be circulated in advance of the conference and participants (presenters
and non-presenters) will sign up for and participate in two to three
sessions on Thursday, 16 October, having read the complete papers (2-3 per
session) in advance. Each session will comprise short introductory
summaries by presenters (5-10 minutes) followed by extensive discussion of
the circulated texts. Participants can expect to receive concrete and
expert advice from other participants as they pool expertise (together with
our invited speakers) to consider how the project, tool, or theory can be
further developed toward publication or implementation

All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which
will be available subsequently through the conference Web-site. Complete
papers will be published on the conference Web-site prior to the conference.
Contributors to the seminar will also be invited to submit papers for a
collection on “Digitizing Early Material Culture, from Antiquity to 1700,”
to be edited by Brent Nelson (University of Saskatchewan) and Melissa Terras
(University College London) for the New Technologies in Medieval and
Renaissance Studies series at MRTS (series editors Ray Siemens and William

Proposal abstracts should be sent electronically as a MS Word, WordPerfect,
or pdf file to:
Brent Nelson, conference committee chair, brent.nelson@usask.ca. In
consideration of our change in speakers, the deadline for proposal
submissions is now 15 June 2008, and complete papers will be due 15
September 2008


The organizing committee of CaSTA 2008 also invites proposals from Canadian
and international scholars and practitioners working in any area of
technical or textual studies addressing the conference theme, “New
Directions in Text Analysis.” This will be the sixth annual CaSTA
conference, held in association with TAPoR (the Text Analysis Portal). The
two days of the conference (17-18 October) will feature keynote and plenary
addresses, papers, panels, and posters on a wide range of topics related to
the future of digital text analysis. Presentations might address such
topics as• changing notions of what constitutes a text
- the relationship of the material text (its physical manifestation) to the
ideal text (the text as an abstraction of words in a particular combination)
- editing and publishing digital texts for a changing readership
- new media and digital textual scholarship
- new tools and methodologies for text analysis
- digital texts and analysis in the scholarly mainstream
- working with graduate students and research teams

Abstracts of 500-700 words should propose presentations in one of three forms:
- Single papers (max of 3,000 words)
- Panels (three to five papers on a common theme)
- Posters (max of 750 words), either hard copy (approximately two square
metres of board space) or digital with terminal access provided. Posters
will remain on display throughout the conference and there will be a
designated session time for presenters to discuss their work.
Abstract proposals should include the following information: title of paper,
author's name(s); complete mailing address, including e-mail; institutional
affiliation and rank, if any, of the author; statement of need for
audio-visual equipment. Abstracts of papers should clearly indicate the
paper's thesis, methodology and conclusion.

CaSTA 2008 especially wants to encourage the participation of graduate
students, whose work is even now incubating many of the new directions that
this conference will begin to explore. Cara Leitch (PhD candidate,
University of Victoria) will conduct sessions of particular interest to
graduate students and to projects that involve significant student training
and participation. Travel grants will be available to students who travel to
attend the conference.

All accepted papers and posters will be published in the conference
proceedings, which will be available subsequently through the conference
Web-site. Abstracts will also be published on the conference Web-site prior
to the conference. Selected papers from the conference will be included in
a special issue of the peer reviewed journal, Text Technology.

Proposal abstracts should be sent electronically as a MS Word, WordPerfect,
or pdf file to:
Brent Nelson, conference committee chair, brent.nelson@usask.ca
In consideration of our change in speakers, the deadline for proposal
submissions is now 15 June 2008

Please see the conference website for further developments:
http://ocs.usask.ca/casta08Call for Papers -- Digitizing Early Material Culture: from Antiquity to Modernity (revised)

Oxford Summer Schools on TEI, XML and more

Join us at OUCS this summer for two workshops organized by the
Research Technologies Service. During the week July 21st to 25th, the
TEI team at Oxford is once again offering special training in text
encoding principles and techniques. This year we have two workshops:

* XML, TEI, and beyond: July 21st-23rd 2008

This three-day course combines in-depth coverage of the latest version
of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Recommendations for the encoding
of digital text with hands-on practical exercises in their
application. If you are a project manager, research assistant, or
encoder working on any kind of project concerned with the creation or
management of large amounts of digital text, this course is for you.

* XML processing using XSLT: July 24th-25th 2008

This is a two-day technical course is a practical guide to the use of
XSLT to do more than simply render your XML documents. Aimed at
project research assistants, encoders, and programmers, it provides
in-depth coverage of the principles and practice of the W3C's
extensible Stylesheet language, focussing on its use as a general
purpose text manipulation and processing language.

Interested? Please register as soon as possible, as places are
limited. The two workshops are independent of each other, but we're
pleased to announce a 20% discount is available if you register for

For further information and booking, please visit

Romanesque, Art & Thought in the Twelfth Century

Just published!

Romanesque, Art & Thought in the Twelfth Century, Essays in Honor of
Walter Cahn (Occasional Papers from the Index of Christian Art, Vol.

Articles by: Walter Cahn, Elizabeth Sears, Willibald Sauerlander,
Madeline Caviness, Patricia Stirnemann, Bruno Reudenbach, Herbert
Kessler, Neil Stratford, Ilene Forsyth, Eliane Vergnolle, Dorothy
Glass, John Williams, Lucy Freeman Sander, T. A. Heslop, Mary B.

Available from Penn State University Press or The Index of Christian Art

Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Little Help and Discussion......

Over on another blog, in response to a list of journals in various fields by the AHRC, an early medievalist commented about not knowing where to publish: "EME (Early Medieval Europe)" was given an "A", but all else was "B" or less in that author's estimation.

As anyone reading this blog knows, it is attached and part of The Heroic Age journal. Our desire is not to "B" or less. So I'd like to open a discussion of what makes a journal an "A". Board members and readers? Quality articles? Publishing in Paper? Institutional support? How can we make HA a better journal for the early medieval community to publish in?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Carnivalesque XXXIX

The Ancient/Medieval Carnivalesque is up over at A Corner of Tenth Century Europe. A job well done too!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

News of the Week

The biggest news in Medieval related things is that the International Congress on Medieval Studies starts on Thursday and goes to Sunday. Since I'll be in attendance, there will be no news update next week, but all news I can gather or that is sent in will appear the week after.

Scientists discover drops of truth in the first flush of medieval

Japanese Royal Tomb Opened to Scholars for First Time

Carpet of stone: medieval mosaic pavement revealed

Monday, May 5, 2008


Writing, re-use, recording: the social practice of writing through
the medieval documentation of Burgundy

International Conference

24th -25th September 2009

Auxerre – Abbaye Saint-Germain

Organisation: UMR 5594 ARTeHIS [Archéologie, Terre, Histoire, Sociétés]

Sponsored by the Centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre and the CBMA
programs (Chartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi)


Call for Papers

The medieval documentation of Burgundy, all types of media taken into
account, will be the starting point of a broader thinking, over an
extended period, on the customs and practices of writing, mainly
through documentary genetics and its transformations. This
documentation will form the subject of a comprehensive study
encompassing both internal and external aspects of the sources.
Consequently, we will look into the contexts and writing techniques,
principles and structures involved, in registering, assembling and
transmission whilst analysing how the works were used and re-used
over the years.

Within that perspective, these issues – the examination of
manuscripts and epigraphic inscriptions, the use and handling of
texts, graphic signs, correlation with representations…- will be
dealt with as well in the Middle Ages as in modern and contemporary,
historiographical and editorial works: history books and anthologies
of the 16th-18th centuries, scholarly editions of the 19th-20th
centuries, digitization projects of the 20th-21st centuries.

In bringing these various approaches together, from the abundant
documentation of Burgundy and the adjoining areas[2], and from the
comparison with other geographical areas, this conference aims to
take the recent medievalistic debates and questioning further, in the
field of literacy, in the archaeology of sources, and in the
epistemology of the historian’s work. The study of a “regional”
documentation is thus to lead to a reflection on medieval society.


International call for paper and selection of twelve proposals by a
scientific committee composed of French and foreign medievalists,
from outside the field of the studies of Burgundy.

Articles taken from submitted proposals which have not been selected
may be published in the conference’s proceedings.

Posters may also be displayed during the whole time of the conference.

Papers Submission:

Please send a one-page proposal with the title and a 330-word
abstract, along with your name, institution and contact details
(e-mail and address) by 25 July 2008 at the latest to the following
e-mail address: colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com. Papers may be given in
German, English, Spanish, French or Italian.

12 proposals will be selected along three criteria: scientific
interest, suitability with the conference’s topics and general
harmony of the meeting. The results will be sent by e-mail around
September 15th, 2008. In order to prepare the discussions, the texts
of the selected papers will have to be sent before September 1st,

Accommodation and food costs for the speakers will be borne by the
conference organisation. Travelling expenses may be partly borne for
the speakers who will make the request, as far as the obtained
financing will permit.

Posters Submission:

Please send a half-page poster proposal with the title and a 170-word
abstract, along with your name and contact details (e-mail and
address) by 25 July 2008 at the latest by e-mail to the following
address: colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com. Posters may be done in
German, English, Spanish, French or Italian.

Proposals will be selected along three criteria: scientific interest,
suitability with the conference’s topics and general harmony of the
meeting. The results will be sent by e-mail around September 15th,
2008. The selected posters will have to be made in the format A1 (594
mm × 841 mm) and sent before September 17th, 2009. The organising
team will ensure their exhibition during the conference. For those
who wish it, these posters can be afterwards published on the online
documentary platform of the CBMA (Chartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi),
under a PDF file format.

Organising Team

Eliana Magnani

Marie-José Gasse-Grandjean

Chantal Palluet

Laetitia Bassereau

Scientific Committee

Marta Madero (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina)

Pascual Martinez Sopena (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain)

Joseph Morsel (Université de Paris I, France)

E-mail : colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com

Deadline for Papers and Posters Submission: July 25th, 2008

Eliana Magnani

Chargée de recherche au CNRS

UMR 5594 – ARTeHIS – Centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre

3, place du Coche d’eau

89000 – Auxerre – France

Tel. +33 (0)3 86 72 06 60 – Fax +33 (0)3 86 52 06 45


Visit the CBMA page on the ARTeHIS web site

Productions, remplois, mises en registre : la pratique sociale de
l’écrit à travers la documentation médiévale bourguignonne

Colloque international

24 et 25 septembre 2009

Auxerre – Abbaye Saint-Germain

Organisation : UMR 5594 ARTeHIS – Archéologie, Terre, Histoire, Sociétés

Avec le soutien du Centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre et du
programme des CBMA (Chartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi)


Appel à communication

Le propos de ce colloque est de considérer la documentation
bourguignonne médiévale, tout support et forme confondus, comme
élément de départ d’une réflexion élargie et dans la longue durée sur
les pratiques et les usages de l’écrit, en prenant comme fil
conducteur la génétique documentaire et ses transformations. Il
s’agira ainsi de considérer cette documentation comme un objet, ou
des objets, d’étude globale, à l’intersection des contenus et des
matérialités tangibles. Dès lors, on s’intéressera aux contextes et
aux techniques de production, aux principes et aux structures de mise
en registre, d’assemblage et de transmission, et aux enjeux des
traitements et des remplois dans le temps.

Dans cette perspective, il sera question de traiter aussi bien de ces
problèmes dans les siècles du Moyen Âge – examen des manuscrits et
des inscriptions épigraphiques, usage et manipulation des textes, des
signes graphiques, corrélation avec les figurations… – que dans les
entreprises modernes et contemporaines, historiographiques et
éditoriales : histoires et recueils des XVIe-XVIIIe siècles, éditions
érudites des XIXe-XXe siècles, entreprises de numérisation des
XXe-XXIe siècles.

En faisant converger ces différentes approches à partir de la riche
documentation de la Bourgogne et de ses marges [1], et de la
comparaison avec d’autres aires géographiques, cette rencontre vise à
contribuer à l’approfondissement des débats et des interrogations
récentes de la médiévistique dans le domaine de la scripturalité, de
l’archéologie des sources et de l’épistémologie du travail de
l’historien des sociétés. L’enjeu étant de prendre l’étude d’une
documentation « régionale » comme point de départ d’une réflexion
générale sur la société médiévale.

Organisation :

Appel à communication international et sélection de douze
propositions par un comité scientifique composé de médiévistes
français et étrangers, extérieurs aux études bourguignonnes.

Possibilité de publication, dans les actes du colloque, d’articles
issus des propositions reçues, mais non sélectionnées pour

Possibilité d’affichage de posters pendant la durée du colloque.

Soumission des propositions de communication :

Les propositions de communication doivent être envoyées
impérativement avant le 25 juillet 2008, par courrier électronique à
l’adresse colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com. Elles doivent contenir en
une page le titre, l’exposé résumé du propos (environ 2000 signes ou
330 mots) et les coordonnées du proposant (courriel et adresse
postale). Les communications pourront être faits en allemand,
anglais, espagnol, français ou italien.

12 propositions seront sélectionnées selon trois critères : intérêt
scientifique, adéquation aux problématiques du colloque, équilibre
général de la rencontre. Les résultats seront communiqués par voie
électronique autour du 15 septembre 2008.

Pour préparer les discussions, les textes des communications
sélectionnées devront être transmis avant le 1er septembre 2009.

Les frais d’hébergement et les repas des communicants seront pris en
charge par l’organisation du colloque. Une aide aux frais de
transport pourra être accordée aux communicants qui en feront la
demande, dans la mesure des financements obtenus.

Soumission de propositions de poster :

Les propositions de poster doivent être envoyées impérativement avant
le 25 juillet 2008 par courrier électronique à l’adresse
colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com. Elles doivent contenir en une
demi-page le titre, l’exposé résumé du propos (environ 1000 signes ou
170 mots) et les coordonnées du proposant (courriel et adresse
postale). Les posters pourront être réalisés en allemand, anglais,
espagnol, français ou italien.

Les propositions seront sélectionnées selon trois critères : intérêt
scientifique, adéquation aux problématiques du colloque, équilibre
général de l’exposition. Les résultats seront communiqués par voie
électronique autour du 15 septembre 2008.

Les proposants sélectionnés se chargeront de la réalisation et de
l’envoi du poster dans le format A1 (594 mm × 841 mm) avant le 17
septembre 2009, et l’organisation assurera leur affichage pendant la
durée du colloque. Pour ceux qui le souhaitent, ces posters pourront
être ensuite publiés en ligne dans la plateforme documentaire des
CBMA (Chartae Burgundiae Medii Aevi), sous le format d’un fichier PDF.

Équipe d’organisation

Eliana Magnani

Marie-José Gasse-Grandjean

Chantal Palluet

Laetitia Bassereau

Comité scientifique

Marta Madero (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentine)

Pascual Martinez Sopena (Universidad de Valladolid, Espagne)

Joseph Morsel (Université de Paris I, France)

E-mail : colloqueauxerre2009@gmail.com

Date limite de soumission des propositions: 25 juillet 2008

Eliana Magnani

Chargée de recherche au CNRS

UMR 5594 – ARTeHIS – Centre d’études médiévales d’Auxerre

3, place du Coche d’eau - 89000 – Auxerre – France

Tel. +33 (0)3 86 72 06 60 – Fax +33 (0)3 86 52 06 45


Visitez les pages CBMA sur le site d’ARTeHIS


[1] Nous considérons ici l’espace géographique qui correspond aux
diocèses médiévaux d’Auxerre, Autun, Chalon, Nevers, Mâcon et
Langres, Besançon et Sens.

[2] We are referring here to the geographical area corresponding to
the medieval dioceses of Auxerre, Autun, Chalon, Nevers, Mâcon and
Langres, Besançon and Sens.

Thomas Institute

The Thomas Institute, University of Cologne, invites applications for a
two-year fixed-term contract position of a

Postdoctoral Researcher (TVL-E 13)

in conjunction with the Theophilus project. The project aims to take a
new approach to the treatise on mediaeval handcrafts of Theophilus
Presbyter and will present a digital scholarly edition, based on a
comprehensive documentation of the variant manuscript traditions.

The Position:
-- Research on manuscript witnesses and sources
-- Transcription and critical annotation of the variant text versions
-- Digitisation of existing editions and translations
-- Creation of a comprehensive digital edition
-- Cooperation with IT-specialists and art historians and with similar
edition projects
-- Presentation of results and assistance in the organisation of an
exhibition on medieval arts and crafts

-- PhD in a relevant mediaeval discipline
-- Very good knowledge of Latin language, palaeography and codicology
-- Experiences in the creation of scholarly editions
-- Good awareness of similar digital humanities ventures / willingness to
undergo intensive training

An extensive description of the project is provided at the homepage of
the Thomas Institute: www.thomasinstitut.uni-koeln.de

For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Andreas Speer (email:
andreas.speer@unikoeln.de; phone: +49 221 470 2309).

Complete Applications must be submitted before 31st May 2008 to the
Thomas Institute, University of Cologne, Universit=E4tsstrasse 22, 50923
K=F6ln, Germany.


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Torsten Schassan
Herzog August Bibliothek, Postfach 1364, D-38299 Wolfenbuettel
Tel.: +49-5331-808-130, schassan {at} hab.de
http://www.hab.de; http://www.hab.de/forschung/projekte/weiss64.htm
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Digital Classicist Works in Progress

**Digital Classicist Work-in-Progress seminars**
Institute of Classical Studies

Fridays at 16:30 in NG16, Senate House, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HU
(June 20th, July 4th-18th seminars in room B3, Stewart House)
(June 27th seminar room 218, Chadwick Bdg, UCL, Gower Street)


6 June (NG16)
Elaine Matthews and Sebastian Rahtz (Oxford), The Lexicon of Greek
Personal Names and classical web services

13 June (NG16)
Brent Seales (University of Kentucky), EDUCE: Non-invasive scanning
for classical materials

20 June (STB3)
Dot Porter (University of Kentucky), The Son of Suda On Line: a next
generation collaborative editing tool

27 June (UCL Chadwick 218)
Bruce Fraser (Cambridge), The value and price of information:
reflections on e-publishing in the humanities

4 July (STB3)
Andrew Bevan (UCL), Computational Approaches to Human and Animal
Movement in the Archaeological Record

11 July (STB3)
Frances Foster (KCL), A digital presentation of the text of Servius

18 July (STB3)
Ryan Bauman (University of Kentucky), Towards the Digital Squeeze:
3-D imaging of inscriptions and curse tablets

25 July (NG16)
Charlotte Tupman (KCL), Markup of the epigraphy and archaeology of
Roman Libya

1 Aug (NG16)
Juan Garcés (British Library), Digitizing the oldest complete Greek
Bible: The Codex Sinaiticus project

8 Aug (NG16)
Charlotte Roueché (KCL), From Stone to Byte

15 Aug (NG16)
Ioannis Doukas (KCL), Towards a digital publication for the Homeric
Catalogue of Ships

22 Aug (NG16)
Peter Heslin (Durham), Diogenes: Past development and future plans


We are inviting both students and established researchers involved in
the application of the digital humanities to the study of the ancient
world to come and introduce their work. The focus of this seminar series
is the interdisciplinary and collaborative work that results at the
interface of expertise in Classics or Archaeology and Computer Science.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

(Sponsored by the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London,
and the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London.)

Trinity College Dublin research posts

Students/ former students/ acquaintances might be interested in the following research posts which are currently being advertised by the Department of History of Art and Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin:

* Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Irish Art Research Centre
* IRCHSS 'Reconstructions of the Gothic Past', doctoral scholarship
* IRCHSS 'Reconstructions of the Gothic Past', Research Assistant
* White Post-graduate Fellowship in Irish art/ architectural history 2008
The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is
seeking a full time TEI encoder to work on in-house text encoding
projects as well as a collaboration with the National Gallery in
Washington DC on a new digital archive under development: "The History
of the Accademia di San Luca, 1589-1635: Documents from the Archivio
di Stato, Rome." The successful candidate will have experience with
humanities encoding projects and knowledge of TEI (preferably P5).
Experience with transforming TEI via XSL and DOM manipulations is

MITH is the University of Maryland's primary intellectual hub for
scholars and practitioners of digital humanities, electronic
literature, and cyberculture, as well as the home of the Electronic
Literature Organization, the most prominent international group
devoted to the writing, publishing, and reading of electronic
literature. MITH functions as an applied think tank for the digital
humanities in its symposia and weekly seminar series; in its
furthering the excellence of MITH Fellows' research; and in its
cultivation of an innovative in-house research agenda that currently
clusters around digital tools, text mining and visualization, and the
creation and preservation of electronic literature, digital games, and
virtual worlds. MITH and the University of Maryland will host the
international Digital Humanities 2009 conference.

Salary range: $40,000 to $50,000 plus benefits. We will begin
accepting applications immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to MITH's
assistant director, Doug Reside (dreside At umd dot edu).

Doug Reside, Assistant Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
b0131 McKeldin Library
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-5897

Thursday, May 1, 2008


Call for papers for a conference on Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy,
organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Durham
Univeristy, UK and the Canterbury Centre for Medieval and Early Modern
Studies. The Conference will take place at Canterbury, April 22nd-25th, 2009.
Full details are available at:

The conference organisers welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of
Anselm's life and thought, as well as their subsequent investigation and

For more information please contact Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University,
at: g.e.m.gasper@dur.ac.uk