Thursday, September 25, 2008

Upcoming Events In and Around Boston


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Monday, 29 September, 4:15 p.m.: Margot Fassler (Yale Divinity School):
"Haec est Regina: The Virgin of Chartres and West Facade." Harvard
University, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge,
MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 29 September, 5:30-7:00 p.m.: Medieval Studies Fall Reception,
Harvard University. The Committee on Medieval Studies cordially invites
all medievalists to its time-honored Fall Reception. Undergraduates,
graduate students, faculty, Visiting Scholars and Alumni(ae) convene at
the beginning of each term to renew old acquaintances, make new ones,
and find out about the marvelous community of Boston-area scholars
working on and interested in the Middle Ages in its broadest sense, from
the Roman empire to the early modern age, East, West and In Between.
Come enjoy good cheer, light fare and excellent company in the lovely
surroundings of the Thompson Room. (The reception will follow the first
Medieval Studies Seminar of the term, at 4:15 p.m., in the Thompson
Room.) Harvard University, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy
Street, Cambridge, MA.

Thursday, 9 October, 5:00 p.m.: Professor Damian McManus (School of
Irish & Celtic Languages, Trinity College, Dublin): Good-Looking and
Irresistible: The Irish Hero from Early Saga to Classical Poetry.
Harvard University, Faculty Club Library, 20 Quincy St., Cambridge,
Massachusetts. The John V. Kelleher Lecture, presented by the Harvard
Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures.

Friday - Sunday, 10-12 October: Twenty-eighth Annual Harvard Celtic
Colloquium, Harvard University. For further details, see below under

* Thursdays, 16, 23 and 30 October: Professor Carlo Ginzburg (Scuola
Normale di Pisa and Lauro de Bosis Visiting Lecturer at Harvard) will
lecture on Dante. Harvard University, Humanities Center, Room 133.

Friday - Saturday, 17-18 October, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:30
p.m. Saturday. The Boston Crucifix from the Fuld Collection: A Two-Day
Colloquium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. More information is
available at; RSVP by October 5 to

* Thursday, 28 October, 5:30 p.m.: Jeffrey Hamburger (Harvard
University, History of Art and Architecture): "Openings" - Boston
University School of Management, Room 406, 595 Commonwealth Ave. For
description of the lecture see

Monday, 27 October, 4:15 p.m.: Bernhard Jussen (Johan Wolfgang
Goethe-University of Frankfurt): "Between Lexicometrics and
Hermeneutics, or: was there a Carolingian State?" Harvard University,
Barker Center, Room 114, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Humanities
Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 10 November, 4:15 p.m.: Aviad Kleinberg (Tel Aviv University):
"Useful Trespasses" Harvard University, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12
Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies
Seminar, in collaboration with Harvard University Press.

* Friday, 21 November, 4:00 p.m.: Professor M. Michelle Mulchahey
(Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies): "Introducing Peter Lombard
to Dominican Students in University Classrooms and in the Order's
Schools" - Boston College, Cushing Auditorium, Cushing 001 Lower Level,
Chestnut Hill, MA. Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
lecture. Dinner and discussion to follow lecture in McElroy Faculty
Dining Room. Contact: Stephen F. Brown, email:, phone:

Monday, 24 November, 4:15 p.m.: Baber Johansen (Professor of Islamic
Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School): Harvard University, Barker
Center, Room 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center
Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 8 December, 4:15 p.m.: Vincent Pollina (Tufts University)
Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 114, 12 Quincy Street,
Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

* Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 3:30 p.m.: Nicholas Watson (Harvard
University, 2008–2009 Radcliffe Institute fellow): Radcliffe Institute
Fellows’ Presentation Series, "In Praise of Mediocrity: The Defense of
Imperfection in Late Medieval England" - Radcliffe Institute for
Advanced Study at Harvard University, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden
Street, Radcliffe Yard, phone 617-495-8212.

** Monday, 15 December, 4:15 p.m.: Emily Wood (Department of History,
Harvard University): "Partnerships in Papal Judicial Delegation: The
case of Peter of Celle and Dean Fulk of Reims, 1168-1176" - Harvard
University, Barker Center, Room 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA.
Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 2 February 2009, 4:15 p.m.: Chrisopher de Hamel (Corpus Cristi
College, Cambridge, UK): Harvard University, Lamont Library, Lamont
Room, Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar, in
collaboration with the Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Monday, 23 February 2009, 4:15 p.m.: Bernd Nicolai (University of Bern,
Switzerland): Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 114, 12 Quincy
Street, Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 9 March 2009, 4:15 p.m.: Mary A. and Richard H. Rouse (UCLA):
Harvard University, Barker Center, Thompson Room, 12 Quincy Street,
Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Monday, 20 April 2009, 4:15 p.m.: Amy Hollwood (Harvard Divinity
School): Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 114, 12 Quincy Street,
Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies Seminar.

Thursday - Sunday, 25-28 June, 2009: Merchants and Missionaries: Trade
and Religion in World History. 18th annual World History Association
conference: Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts. For further
details, see below under "CONFERENCES AND CALLS FOR PAPERS."


**For a listing of upcoming "convocatorias" and other gatherings of
interest to medievalists (most are located in Spain or Latin America
and/or are Spanish-language proceedings), visit

23 and 25 September 2008: Jonathan Riley-Smith (Dixie Professor Emeritus
of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge): "The Templars and
the Hospitallers as Professed Religious in the Holy Land, 1120-1291":
The 2008 Conway Lectures, Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame,
Notre Dame, Indiana. September 23, 5:00 p.m.: "Community"; September 25,
5:00 p.m.: "Governance". All lectures will be held at the Eck Visitors
Center Auditorium. Prof. Jonathan Riley-Smith is one of the world's most
influential Crusades historians. He has written about the political and
constitutional history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the theory of
crusading, the role of popes as preachers, and the responses of lay men
and women to ideas of crusading. Recently, he has returned to his first
focus of study, the history of the military orders. Prof. Riley-Smith is
a founding member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades in the
Latin East and served as its president from 1987 to 1995. He also is the
author of the popular classroom texbook on the crusades titled, The
Crusades: A History. His scholarly publications include The Knights of
St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus (1967), The Feudal Nobility and the
Kingdom of Jerusalem (1973), The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading
(1986), and The First Crusaders (1997). For more information, call
574-631-8304; e-mail:

8-10 October 2008: Philosophy and Theology in the Studia of the
Religious Orders and at the Papal Court: XVth Colloquium of the Société
Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale: Medieval
Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. The
Colloquium, organized by Kent Emery, Jr. (Notre Dame) assisted by
William J. Courtenay (Madison, Wisconsin), will focus on the
particularities of the teaching of philosophy and theology in the studia
of the mendicant (Augustinian, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan) and
monastic (Benedictine, Cistercian) orders and at the theological schools
at the Papal Court (notably at Avignon) as distinct from instruction in
the faculties of the university proper. Marking the 50th anniversary of
the founding of the Society, the Colloquium is generously supported by
an Annual Henkels Lecture grant from the Institute for Scholarship in
the Liberal Arts of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of
Notre Dame. Immediately following the conference, on Saturday, October
11, the governing Bureau of the SIEPM will hold its annual business
meeting. For the program and registration details, go to Address other
questions to: Roberta Baranowski at

10-12 October 2008: The 28th Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium. Harvard
University, Barker Center, Room 110, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge,
Massachusetts. The Colloquium features presentations on topics which
relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages and literatures in
any phase; cultural, historical or social science topics; theoretical
perspectives, etc.) or to interdisciplinary research with a Celtic
focus. Attendance is free. There will be a short discussion period after
each paper. Preceding the conference on the evening of October 9th, at
5:00, is the John V. Kelleher Lecture (Harvard Faculty Club Library)
presented by the Harvard Celtic Department, by Professor Damian McManus
of the School of Irish & Celtic Languages, Trinity College, Dublin,
speaking on "Good-Looking and Irresistible: The Irish Hero from Early
Saga to Classical Poetry." Further information available at

10-12 October 2008: Meister Eckhart and Modern Thought: The Eckhart
Society Twenty-First Annual Conference. All Saints Pastoral Centre,
London Colney, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Speakers: Stephen Bullivant
(Christ Church, Oxford); Nancy Hawkins IHM (St. Bernard's School of
Theology & Ministry, Rochester, NY); Professor Markus Vinzent
(University of Birmingham); Dr. Maire Aine Ni Mhainnin (National
University of Ireland, Galway). Arrivals from 4 pm Friday, 10 October.
Workshops and Society AGM the afternoon of Saturday, 11 October. In the
evening there will be a concert. The conference will end Sunday
afternoon. Full Residential fee £250; Non-Residential fee (includes
meals) £155. A deposit of £50 is payable in advance and the balance is
due before 10 October 2008. For further information and a Registration
Form contact: The Treasurer, The Eckhart Society, Holly Tree Cottage, 2
New Road, Cookham, Maidenhead, Bucks SL6 9HB. Telephone: +44 (0) 1628
810240. E mail: Web site:

* 16 October 2008: Arts of the East: Byzantine Studies in Princeton.
One-day conference. For further information see

17-18 October 2008: The Boston Crucifix from the Fuld Collection: A
Two-Day Colloquium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
More information is available at;
registration is required - RSVP by October 5 to

28-29 October 2008: Translating the Middle Ages: An International
Conference sponsored by the Programs in Medieval Studies and Center for
Translation Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Papers
will address the
theory and practice of translation in the Middle Ages, including textual
and visual translation. Who translates what, how and why, and to what
effect? The scope is interpreted broadly to include Europe, Iceland,
Byzantium and the
Islamic Mediterranean. Featured speakers include Christopher Kleinhenz,
Brian Merrilees, Rita Copeland, Jeanette Beer, Lars Boje Mortensen,
Catherine Batt, and Aden Kumler. An evening event will focus on
translations of medieval texts and culture by two renowned contemporary
authors who will read from and discuss their work: W.S. Merwin, poet and
translator of Dante's Purgatorio, and former U.S. poet laureate Robert
Pinsky, translator of Dante's Inferno. Send inquiries to: Karen Fresco,
Director, Program in Medieval Studies,

31 October-1 November 2008: Texts and Contexts: A conference at the Ohio
State University, sponsored by The Center for Epigraphical and
Palaeographical Studies. Call for Papers. The conference seeks to
investigate the textual
traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical
Latin, mediaeval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the
vernaculars. Preference will be given to those abstracts which deal with
newly discovered texts and their manuscript settings, or which present
new perspectives on established textual traditions. We encourage
graduate students and newly established scholars to submit their work.
Plenary speaker: Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Please
send abstracts to Professor Frank T. Coulson, Director of Palaeography,
190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210 or by email at Deadline for submission: August 15, 2008.

* 7-9 November 2008: 27th Annual Charles Homer Haskins Society
Conference for Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman, Angevin and Viking History.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. The featured speakers will be
Paul Hyams (Cornell University), Mark Gardiner (Queens University of
Belfast) and Uta-Renate Blumenthal (Catholic University of America).
Further information and registration forms are available at , or you can contact the
conference director, Jennifer Paxton, and

14-15 November 2008: Global Encounters: Legacies of Exchange and
Conflict (1000-1700). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The new
Program in MEMS (Medieval and Early Modern Studies) at UNC, Chapel Hill,
will host an interdisciplinary conference on topics of cultural
mediation, interchange, and conflict in the premodern world. Areas of
geographical concentration will include Europe, the Atlantic world, the
Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Key-note addresses
will be offered by Professor Karen Ordahl Kupperman (Silver Professor of
History, New York University), and by Professor Alfred J. Andrea
(Professor Emeritus of History, University of Vermont). For further
information visit, or direct
further questions to Professor Brett Whalen (
This conference is supported by: the College of Arts and Sciences; the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the Program in Medieval and Early Modern
Studies at UNC; Associate Provost for International Affairs, UNC Chapel
Hill; the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University.

19-21 November 2008: "La creación de la imagen en la Edad Media: de la
herencia a la renovación" ["The creation of the image in the Middle
Ages: from heritage to renewal"]. Universidad Complutense de Madrid,
Spain. For more information, please visit

9-12 January 2009: 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts &
Humanities: Call for Papers/Abstracts/Submissions. Sponsored by:
University of Louisville, Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods;
The Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance. The 7th Annual Hawaii
International Conference on Arts & Humanities will be held at the Hilton
Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference
will provide many opportunities for academicians and professionals from
arts and humanities related fields to interact with members inside and
outside their own particular disciplines. For more information: Email address:

* 6-7 February 2009: “Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts.” Annual
Manuscript Workshop of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. The
deadline for applications to present is October 1, 2008. For more
information, please visit

* 6-7 February 2009: "Per Speculum in Mediaevum: Discourses of Mirroring
in the Middle Ages." Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) invites submissions for
the graduate conference in Medieval Studies at the University of
Pennsylvania. Keynote Speaker: Marina Brownlee. All abstract submissions
(max. 250-300 words) must be received by November 14th, 2008. All
submissions to The figure captured in the Latin
word speculum, meaning both 'mirror' and 'encyclopedia,' is central to
medieval culture. From St. Paul's foundational "per speculum in
aenigmate" to Ovid's version of the Narcissus myth to Jean de Meun's
re-titling of the Romance of the Rose as Le Miroer aus Amoreus, the
problematic of reflection cuts across medieval regional and discursive
boundaries. This traveling topos pervades medieval cultural expression,
from religious thought to the production of visual and textual artwork
to music and philosophy. The implicit or explicit articulation of this
fascinating figure nevertheless differs as it enters (or is re-evaluated
within) varying discourses. This conference invites submissions
concerning one or more formations of the 'mirror.' We seek to encourage
a plurality of perspectives from medievalists of all disciplines in
recognition of the profound 'interdisciplinarity' of our common object
of study: the Middle Ages. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
encyclopedias and summae, advice for princes and conduct manuals,
scientific treatises and astrology, (Ciceronian) friendship,
reproduction and repetition, twins and doubling, vanity and the
Narcissus myth, reflection and replication, representation and mimesis,
specularity and visuality, recognition and self-consciousness, the
mirror of the soul and mysticism, mirror as distorted image, figura, and

* 19-20 February 2009: "Comparative Mysticism of the Middle Ages:
Textual Traditions, 1000-1600" - Third Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate
Symposium, University of South Florida, Tampa Library, Tampa, FL.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor,
University of Chicago. 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 Third Annual Sacred Leaves
Graduate Symposium. We encourage topics on mystical expressions in the
medieval world comparing religions, cultures and/or gender. Subjects for
proposals may include, but are not limited to: Poetry and lyric,
Cross-cultural and religious influences, Manuscript illumination, Spain,
Iberia and beyond, Mystical forms of dissent and their repression, The
role of mystic in society. Please email an abstract of no more than 250
words to Dr. Jane Marie Pinzino, Symposium Coordinator at by November 14, 2008. Notification of acceptances
will be emailed by November 28, 2008. Please include the title of your
paper, name, affiliation and email address. Each paper selected will be
allotted 20 minutes for presentation.

2-5 April 2009: Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity [ca. 200 -
700 AD]: Eighth Biennial Conference on Shifting Frontiers in Late
Antiquity. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The confirmed
plenary speakers are Professors Jas Elsner (Corpus Christi, Oxford) and
Seth Schwartz (Jewish Theological Seminary). Call for papers: Beneath
the familiar political and religious narrative of late antiquity lies a
cultural history both more complicated and more fascinating. Late
antiquity was a time of intense cultural negotiation in which new
religious communities and new populations sifted through existing modes
of cultural expression, adopting many elements for themselves and
turning others aside. This conference seeks to understand how cultural
transformation occurred amidst the political and religious disruption
that can seem characteristic of late antiquity. To this end, we seek
contributions that explore three distinct areas of late antique cultural
history: 1) the interaction of "high" and "low" culture, 2) the impact
of changing and collapsing political centers on their peripheries, and
3) the emergence of hybrid literary, artistic, and religious modes of
expression. Possible contributions to these areas may highlight the
permeable division between elite and vernacular culture, the ease with
which cultural memes were transmitted across geographic and linguistic
boundaries, the adaptability of established cultures to new political
and social realities, and the degree to which newcomers were integrated
into existing cultural communities. As in the past, the conference will
provide an interdisciplinary forum for ancient historians, philologists,
Orientalists, art historians, archeologists, and specialists in the
early Christian, Jewish, and Muslim worlds to discuss a wide range of
European, Middle-Eastern, and African evidence for cultural
transformation in late antiquity. Proposals should be clearly related to
the conference theme. They should state both the problem being discussed
and the nature of the new insights or conclusions that will be
presented. Abstracts of not more than 500 words for 20-minute
presentations may be submitted via e-mail to Prof. Edward Watts, (Department of History, Indiana
University, Ballantine Hall, Rm. 828, 1020 East Kirkwood Avenue,
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103, USA). The deadline for submission of
abstracts is October 15, 2008. The submission of an abstract carries
with it a commitment to attend the conference should the abstract be
accepted. For further information see

3-4 April 2009: "The City in Medieval Life and Culture" is the theme of
the 2009 (36th Annual) Sewanee Medieval Colloquium. The University of
the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Call for papers: proposals are invited
for individual papers or sessions. The program will include 20-minute
papers from any discipline; papers may be related to the theme in any
way. Lecturers include John Najemy (Cornell University) and Pamela King
(University of Bristol). Please send abstract(s) of approx. 250 words
with brief c.v.(s) to no later than 1 October 2008.
Earlier submissions are encouraged. Papers accepted for the Colloquium
must be received in their final form no later than 27 Feb. 2009, in
order to reach their commentators in good time. For further details of
the Colloquium and the SMC Prize for best paper by a graduate student or
junior scholar, please see

22-25 April 2009: Saint Anselm of Canterbury and His Legacy: An
International Conference to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the
death of Saint Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109). University of Kent,
Canterbury, UK. Organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies, Durham University, UK and the Canterbury Centre for Medieval
and Early Modern Studies. Call for papers: The conference organisers
welcome proposals for papers on all aspects of Anselm's life and
thought, as well as their subsequent investigation and interpretation.
Proposed paper titles and abstract of 300 words are due in mid-October
2008. Full details are available at: For more information,
please contact Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University, at:

* 7-10 May 2009: Transmission and Reception of Saints Lives’: English
and Continental Contexts:Special Session, 44th annual International
Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Lindsay Craig of
the University of Minnesota has issued a call for papers for this
special session. The study of saints' lives is central to scholarly
understanding of medieval piety and devotional practice. This sessions
inquires how authors, translators, and audiences understand
and react to vitae sanctarum et sanctorum's negotiations of
institutional anxieties about orthodoxy and of social discourses of
holiness. Our interests include retellings of saints' lives, from brief
exempla to long catalogs of lives like the Legenda Aurea, and their
rehabilitation or deprecation of earlier vitae; the ways in which
hagiographic impulses inflect other genres; reworkings of contemplative
texts in later literature; the intersections and conflations of
spiritual and secular literary transmission; and contested spaces of
transmission. We welcome studies spanning broad chronological and
geographical spectra. The session subtitles "English Contexts" and
"Continental Contexts" do not exclude cross-channel studies, but rather
provide us with a way to group papers on a topic with wide-ranging
relevance according to main interest area. Please submit abstracts and
cover materials to Lindsay Craig at by September 15th for
full consideration.

*12-13 June 2009: Intermixti spiritus oris: the interface between
rhetoric and poetry in Late Antiquity (from the age of Diocletian until
Arcadius): University of Ghent, the Netherlands. Please visit for more information about
the call for papers and the topic.

25-28 June 2009: Merchants and Missionaries: Trade and Religion in World
History: 18th annual World History Association conference: Salem State
College, Salem, Massachusetts. In honor of Salem's rich history of
overseas involvement, the conference's theme will be "Merchants and
Missionaries: Trade and Religion in World History." Proposals on all
aspects of trade, religion, and related issues in world history are
invited. Further information concerning the 2009 conference, including
proposal submission forms, accommodations and registration will be
posted on the WHA website,, later this summer.


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Harvard University