Monday, December 22, 2008

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations: Concepts of Mobility and Exchange in the Long Middle Ages

Portals, Pathways, and Peregrinations: Concepts of Mobility and
Exchange in the Long Middle Ages

4th Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

March 27, 2009: CUNY Graduate Center, New York

Over several hundred years, the medieval world saw increased
movement, mobility, and exchange, as well as greater flexibility in
the way these concepts were conceived. From the late Roman Empire to
the eve of the Reformation, the fragmentation and consolidation of
empires and shifting role of religion led to new contacts between and
among people and institutions. Meanwhile, the expansion of networks
of trade led to growth of cities and the development of new social
classes. Saints’ cults, which emphasized specific towns or
monasteries as particular loci of power, contributed to this movement
and exchange by developing the concept of pilgrimage and facilitating
the collection and translation of relics.
The changing landscape of the medieval world led to an increasing
complexity in human relationships. Whether in the political and
economic conflicts between the entrenched nobility and the nouveau
riche, or in the religious conflicts resultant from the proliferation
of heterodoxical or heretical groups, the Middle Ages involved
constant attempts to renegotiate and redefine relationships among
people and power structures.
We invite papers from graduate students in all academic disciplines
that address the role of movement, mobility, and exchange from late
antiquity through the early modern period. How do these concepts
intersect? How did the changes in economics, politics, religion, and
society affect and relate to each other? In what ways did medieval
literature make sense of these shifts and probe interactions with the

Topics may include but are not limited to:
relics (invention, translation, and theft)
travel narratives
textual translation
vernacular languages

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by
January 31, 2008.

Professor Evelyn Birge Vitz of New York University will deliver our
keynote address.

Comitatus Annual CFP

COMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies. We prefer submissions in the form of e-mail attachments in Windows format; paper submissions are also accepted. Please include an e-mail address.


The editorial board will make its final selections by early May. Please send submissions to, or to Dr. Blair Sullivan, Publications Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,

302 Royce Hall, Box 951485, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485.

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

It is with great pleasure that we would like to draw your attention to the Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts. Hosted by UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Catalogue seeks to provide a technological solution to a simple and rather delightful "problem": the breathtaking increase in the number of medieval manuscripts available on the web in their entirety, but in a bewildering range of venues and formats.

Currently, almost one thousand manuscripts, digitized and available in their entirety on the web, have been entered into the Catalogue. Users can search the Catalogue on basic information about manuscripts, such as the location, language, or date of a codex, or browse through the complete Catalogue.

We welcome feedback on your experience using the website, and particularly welcome suggestions for sites not currently represented in the Catalogue.

The Catalogue can be accessed at:
More information about the project:, or by contacting Matthew Fisher at fisher[at]humnet[dot]ucla[dot]edu



The Alfredian project and its aftermath: rethinking the literary history
of the
ninth and tenth centuries

Professor Malcolm Godden
University of Oxford

Thursday, 15 January 2009
5.30pm - 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace,
London, SW1Y 5AH

Free Admittance

King Alfred’s preface on the state of learning in England quickly became
one of
the best-known Anglo-Saxon writings, and one of the key documents for writing
the cultural history of the period. But there is much that is doubtful
about the
programme of translation and book-production which has been deduced from the
preface, and the Alfredian initiative itself was possibly of limited scope
doubtful novelty. Instead, some of the texts traditionally associated with
king can be seen as part of a quite distinct and more ambitious initiative
engaging with more challenging ideas.

A poster for your notice board can be downloaded here:

Please visit our website for full details of our forthcoming events.
Telephone enquiries: 020 7969 5246 / Email:

Please note our ticketing and seating policy:

British Academy Lectures are freely open to the general public and
everyone is
welcome; there is no charge for admission, no tickets will be issued, and
cannot be reserved. The Lecture Room is opened at 5.00pm, and the first 100
audience members arriving at the Academy will be offered a seat in the
Room; the next 50 people to arrive will be offered a seat in the Overflow
which has a video and audio link to the Lecture Room. Lectures are
followed by a
reception at 6.30pm, to which members of the audience are invited.

This lecture was originally scheduled to take place on 2 October 2008 but had
to be postponed because of the lecturer's ill health.

The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH Tel: 020 7969
5200, Fax: 020 7969 5300, Web:

Marginalia CFP


“And gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche”



In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the University of Cambridge, the theme for the 2009 issue of the journal will be ‘education’. We invite submissions from graduates working in all areas of medieval studies. The theme may be addressed via topics including:

* courtesy books
* grammars
* debate poetry
* fables
* the seven liberal arts
* artes praedicandi
* ars poetica
* pastoralia
* visual learning
* medieval studies and the academy

We invite submissions in the form of long articles (approximately 5,000 words) and shorter Notes and Queries style articles (approximately 1,000 words), which must conform to the MHRA style guide (available online at Please see our Notes for Contributors for further details regarding style requirements.

Submissions should be sent via email no later than 31 January 2009 to the editors: We will be happy to see brief proposals and to answer queries before the deadline; please email proposals and queries to or

The editors of Marginalia are Cambridge graduate students, advised by a board of academics.

Friday, December 19, 2008


Announcing the first annual Praemium Ephemeridis Aetheriae Auctoribus awards (Award for Authors of Ethereal Diaries). Ok, I'm not that caffeined (rhymes with fiend) yet, so if you have a better name or acronym, write in. Anyway, here's the deal. Nominate the best medieval blog *entry* of the year that is not one written by you. So: medieval, an entry, written by someone other than the person nominating. Here are some categories I've thought of:

Award for Best Blog Entry of the Year

Award for Blog Entry that Fueled Research

Award for Blog That Best Serves the Medieval Community

Recognition for Best Electronic Article on a Medieval Topic

Award for Best Entry Making Fun of Ourselves

Write suggestions and nominations to larsprec AT gmail dot com

I'll collate and between the 25th and the 1st announce things that are gaining votes and announce those whom we wish to recognize after the first of the year.

The prize contains nothing other than the approbation of fellow medievalists.

Thursday, December 18, 2008



Dumbarton Oaks announces with great sadness the death of its former
director, Angeliki Laiou, on December 11 after a valiant struggle
against a rare and aggressive form of thyroid cancer. Angeliki, who
directed this institution from 1989-1998, was associated with
Dumbarton Oaks for over a quarter century, from the time of her
appointment as Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine History at
Harvard University in 1981. She served as a Senior Fellow from 1983-
1991 and from 1998-2008, and also acted as Director of Byzantine
Studies from 1989-1991 and from 1996-1997. She ensured institutional
support for several major scholarly projects, including the final
stage of production of The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (to which
she was an important contributor and member of the Adviusory Board),
the Byzantine Monastic Foundation Documents, vols. 4 and 5 of the
Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and
in the Whittemore Collection, the first three volumes of the
Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum
of Art, the Byzantine Saints' Lives in Translation series, and the on-
line Byzantine Hagiography Database Project.
A brilliant scholar of Byzantine economic and social history,
Angeliki maintained an active scholarly agenda during her tenure as
director, despite the burden of her administrative duties. During the
1990s she organized or co-organized a number of colloquia and
symposia at Dumbarton Oaks which resulted in significant
publications: the fiftieth-anniversary celebration of the founding of
the program in Byzantine studies at Dumbarton Oaks (Byzantium, A
World Civilization [1991, published 1992], with Henry Maguire),
Consent and Coercion to Sex and Marriage in Ancient and Medieval
Societies (1992, published 1993), Law and Society in Byzantium, Ninth-
Twelfth Centuries (1992, published 1994, with Dieter Simon), Studies
on the Internal Diaspora of the Byzantine Empire [1993, published
1998] with Hélène Ahrweiler, and The Crusades from the Perspective of
Byzantium and the Muslim World (1997, published 2001, with Roy
Mottahedeh). Angeliki also directed or co-directed two additional
symposia, whose papers were published in Dumbarton Oaks Papers 44
(1990) and 58 (2004) : "The Byzantine Family and Household" in 1989
and "Realities in the Arts of the Medieval Mediterranean, 800-1500"
in 2002.
Last but not least, it should be noted that while she was still
director of Dumbarton Oaks Angeliki embarked on preparation of The
Economic History of Byzantium from the Seventh through the Fifteenth
Century, for which she served as editor-in-chief. This monumental
multi-authored work, in three volumes, was published by Dumbarton
Oaks in 2002 and in a Greek translation in 2006.
The passing of Angeliki Laiou is a great loss for the field of
Byzantine studies, for Harvard University, and for the community of
Dumbarton Oaks. Expressions of condolence may be sent to her son,
Vassili Thomadakis, at 43 Upland Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. Funeral
and burial services will be held in Greece, and a memorial service is
scheduled at Harvard some time in the month of January.

Dumbarton Oaks summer program in Byzantine numismatics and sigillography

A reminder that the application deadline for the Dumbarton Oaks
summer program in Byzantine numismatics and sigillography is January
15, 2009.

July 7–31, 2009

In July of 2009 Dumbarton Oaks will again offer a summer program on
Byzantine numismatics and sigillography, drawing upon its extensive
holdings of coins and seals. The program will be under the direction
of Dr. Cécile Morrisson, Advisor for Byzantine Numismatics, and Dr.
John Nesbitt, Research Associate, Byzantine Sigillography. A limited
number of places will be available for graduate students of any
nationality who are pursuing a doctoral degree in some field of
Byzantine studies. Applications will also be accepted from junior
faculty members teaching at least one course in Byzantine Studies at
a college or university.
Admission requirements

Applicants must be a doctoral student or junior faculty member in
some area of Byzantine Studies. Candidates will be expected to have a
reading knowledge of French and German and to have completed two
years of college level Classical Greek (or its equivalent).
Course offerings

The seminars are intended as introductions to the study and uses of
the auxiliary disciplines of numismatics and sigillography.

Numismatics. The course will include several seminar meetings, each
session of two and one-half hours in duration. Among topics to be
discussed will be bibliography, the basics of the discipline, coin
hoards and the use of coins as evidence for Byzantine political,
economic and art history. In separate workshop sessions students will
be instructed how to read Byzantine coins, date them and write a
catalog entry. Students who choose to focus on numismatics will
present to the group a pre-determined research topic or a group of
coins which they will have transcribed and dated by their own
efforts. [Participants may discuss their own material: e.g.
excavation documentation in the form of casts or photographs or even
better the coins themselves].

Sigillography. The course will include several seminar meetings, each
meeting of two and one-half hours in duration. Members will be
introduced to bibliography and will be instructed in the reading,
dating and cataloging of Byzantine lead seals. Students who choose to
focus on sigillography will present to the group a pre-determined
research topic or a group of seals which they will have transcribed,
dated, and interpreted by their own efforts. A further purpose of the
seminars is to consider how the seals aid research in Byzantine
history, literature and art.

As part of regular course work or in informal meetings a variety of
special topics will be examined, such as digital imagery,
construction of maps, and electronic programs for statistical
Accommodation and expenses

Successful candidates will receive free housing (except for anyone
living in the greater Washington area) and breakfast at the Fellows
Building, in addition to lunch on weekdays. They will also be
entitled to unlimited reader passes to the library for the month of
July. They are, however, responsible for their own transportation

Faculty. Dr. Cécile Morrisson, C.N.R.S.-Collè ge de France; Dr. John
Nesbitt, Dumbarton Oaks.
Application procedure

Applicants must send a letter by January 15, 2009, to Dr. Alice-Mary
Talbot, Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (1703 32nd
St., NW, Washington, DC 20007), describing their academic background
and listing specific reasons for wishing to be included in the summer
program. All applicants should include a curriculum vitae; doctoral
candidates should arrange for the sending of a transcript of their
graduate school record. Two letters of recommendation should be sent
separately, at least one of them from a faculty member who has
instructed the candidate in an area of Byzantine studies. Selection
criteria will include (but not be limited to) a demonstrated need for
the seminar and the candidates' present and future research projects.
For further information, write Alice-Mary Talbot, John Nesbitt or
Cécile Morrisson.

Director of Byzantine Studies

Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd St., NW

Washington, DC 20007


Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

Saturday, 7 March 2009

"Hidden Depths"

Call for Papers

The Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of
Cambridge invites paper proposals for its annual interdisciplinary
conference, the theme of which is: "Hidden Depths."

We are pleased to announce that this year's keynote speaker shall be
Michael Winterbottom, Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of
Oxford. Professor Winterbottom will be discussing 'The Style of Bede's
Historia Ecclesiastica: How Simple is it?'

Papers should take no more than twenty minutes to deliver. Please submit
a 250-word abstract of your paper by 9 January 2009 to

Registration shall be £5

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts. Hosted by UCLA's
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Catalogue seeks to
provide a technological solution to a simple and rather delightful
"problem": the breathtaking increase in the number of medieval
manuscripts available on the web in their entirety, but in a
bewildering range of venues and formats.
> From the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at UCLA:

Currently, almost one thousand manuscripts, digitized and available
in their entirety on the web, have been entered into the Catalogue.
Users can search the Catalogue on basic information about
manuscripts, such as the location, language, or date of a codex, or
browse through the complete Catalogue.

We welcome feedback on your experience using the website, and
particularly welcome suggestions for sites not currently represented
in the Catalogue. The Catalogue can be accessed at: More information about the project:, or by contacting Matthew
Fisher at fisher[at]humnet[dot]ucla[dot]edu.

Alain Renoir, Professor Emeritus of English

Mark Amodio reports:

I am sorry to report that Alain Renoir, Professor Emeritus of English at
the University of California, Berkeley, passed away on December 12, 2008
following a short illness. He was 87.

Second Announcement: Marco Manuscript Workshop: “Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts”

Second Announcement:
Marco Manuscript Workshop: “Textual Trauma: Violence Against Texts”
February 6-7, 2009
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville will host a two-day workshop
on manuscript studies on February 6-7, 2009. The workshop is
sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies and organized by Professors Roy M. Liuzza (English) and
Maura K. Lafferty (Classics). As in previous years, the workshop is
intended to be more a class than a conference; participants will be
invited to share both their successes and frustrations, and work
together to develop better professional skills for textual and
paleographical work.

This year’s workshop will explore acts of violence, deliberate or
otherwise, against texts. Aside from damage through accident or
neglect, many manuscripts have erasures or corrections by
contemporary or later scribes; words are deleted, names erased, text
cancelled. Erasures and other deletions call attention to
themselves, reminding the reader to remember to forget what has been
altered or removed. Damage and defacement may reveal as much about
reading practices, ownership (of individual books and of the meaning
of the text itself), claims of authority, assertions of power, the
circulation of texts, and the interactions of textual communities as
more positive marks like glosses, annotations, and colophons. Some
books fall apart from overuse; others are dismembered for scrap;
equally severe damage can result from a modern curator’s efforts to
preserve or recover faded readings. Texts can also be violated in
less physically damaging ways: rewritings can fundamentally alter
the text's meaning, sections can be extracted and placed in new
contexts, contradictory texts can be bound together, commentary that
attacks or distorts the text can be copied alongside it, and so on.
Arguably, even modern printed critical editions imposes this sort of
violence on the texts they hope to preserve. How should we regard
these many forms of violent engagement with texts? Is an act of
textual violence always a violation, the destruction of a privileged
original, a gap that must be repaired? Or can editors and readers
learn to regard the violence itself as an element of the text's
identity as a cultural and social construct? How can we read such
violence to understand the later use, appropriation, or abuse of the
text, and its new role(s) in a changing world?

All workshop events are open to scholars and students at any level
who may be interested in learning more about textual scholarship
through this discussion of practical examples. The cost of the
workshop is $50 for faculty and $25 for students; this fee includes
lunches on Friday and Saturday, and a reception on Friday evening.
The workshop dinner on Friday evening is available for an additional
charge. A schedule of sessions and registration form (in .pdf
format) is available for download at

For more information, please contact Roy M. Liuzza at .

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

North & South, East & West

Call for Papers and Posters

Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference

North & South, East & West

Movements in the Medieval World

30-31 May 2009

Migration, travel and trade, the development of ideas and establishment of
organisations - the medieval world was shaped by physical and ideological

The University of Nottingham's Institute for Medieval Research invites you
to submit abstracts for papers and posters for a two-day conference on
these and other aspects of this world in motion. Under this year's theme
of North & South, East & West, we aim to bring together the wide
geographic area, vast range of disciplines, and variety of techniques
which the study of the medieval world encompasses to explore new and
collaborative approaches.

The conference will be held over two days and will include paper
presentations, a poster session and two plenary lectures.

Costs: Students £10 Staff £20

This includes coffee, tea, and lunch for both days, and an evening
reception with a guided tour of the university's archaeological museum.

There is a possibility that the conference will result in

an on-line publication of the proceedings

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) are to be sent to Dayanna Knight
( before 6th February 2009, stating clearly
whether you are offering a paper or poster.

If you have any queries, please contact Marjolein Stern


Symposium on Christian and Islamic Art

Here is some information on a Symposium on Christian and Islamic Art and Architecture which will take place THIS week in Leiden:

The symposium also serves as an introduction to the Summer Course “Christian and Islamic Art and Architecture – a heritage of religious interaction”, which will be given from 21 June – 16 July 2009 in the Netherlands Institute for Academic Studies in Damascus (NIASD), Syria. This course, open to BA and MA students with a relevant background (e.g. art history, archaeology, history, theology, Islamic studies, Arabic studies, etc.), offers in-depth classes and excursions focusing on Christian and Islamic art and architecture, with specific attention to the cultural interaction existing between these groups. Part of the papers presented during the symposium will be given by lecturers of the 2009 Summer Course. The symposium therefore offers an excellent introduction to students who are interested in participating in the 2009 course.

For more information on the 2009 Course contents, admission procedures, etc., see:

New Latin Online Reading Group on Bede

The notice below was posted to Classics-L and Mediev-L
by Sally Winchester (e-mail: bcuthill@US.NET ), and I
forward it here on her behalf. Please direct any
replies or questions to her address, remembering to put
"Bede" in your subject-line. For information about the
Latinstudy list, on which the group will be run, see

and to join go to


Salvete omnes,

As the year is ending, I noticed that the SaintC group
is getting moribund, to say the least. So I propose
that with the New Year almost upon us, that we drop
Saint C. and his wretched death predictions and turn to
something really fun in British Latin, viz. Bede's A
History of the English Church and People. This is a
terrific book that starts with the Romans in Britain
and goes up to Bede's own time (9th c.). It's not dry
chronology though but lots of interesting stories about
monastery life and the making of the British Church and

Anyone may join. British Latin is quite a bit easier
than Classical Latin so if you've finished Wheelock (or
an equivalent) or are close to finishing, you might
want to give us a looksee. I shall be taking our text
from that of the Latin Library, to be found at:

I also recommend the two volume Loeb Bede but it's not
required. There are lots of sites online about Bede,
one of the most interesting being Bede's World:

I propose that we do 15-20 lines a week, with
assignments going out each Sunday to be due the
following Saturday. I shall be using Kirk's wonderful
collation software to do each week's collation, so if
you haven't been in a Latinstudy group before not to
worry; instructions about formatting will be included
with assignments.

If anyone is interested in joining do let me know. Am
planning on sending out the first assignment on 11
January. That should give folks time to get books and
recover from the holidays. Any questions about the
group should be sent to me at the above address. As
there are many different study groups on the Latinstudy
list, we have a convention of using a tag in the
subject line of every post connected to the group. For
our group it will be 'Bede'. So whether writing to me
or to the list, be sure that Bede is in your subject
line. Anyone is welcome to join the group at anytime.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a
terrific new year and that there will be lots of folks
interested in joining the group. This is something I've
been wanting to do for a long time.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

What the Anglo-Saxons Ate

Princeton Society

Archaeological Institute of america

Lecture co-sponsored with

The Program in Medieval Studies, Princeton University

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Pamela Crabtree

5:30 p.m., McCormick Hall 106 New York University

What the Anglo-Saxons Ate

This talk will describe how archaeologists use animal bone remains and other artifacts to study Anglo-Saxon animal husbandry practices, hunting patterns, and diet. All are invited.

All lectures will be on the Princeton University Campus. A reception will follow each lecture. Admission is free and open to all.

For a map of the campus go to .

For parking, see .

Please join the Archaeological Institute of America. For information on membership categories, many at discounted rates, go to: .

Updates to this schedule will appear at . For further information, contact .


The London Rare Books School (LRBS) is a series of five-day,
intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects to be taught
in and around Senate House, which is the centre of the University of
London's federal system.

The courses will be taught by internationally renowned scholars
associated with the Institute's Centre for Manuscript and Print
Studies, using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London,
including the British Library, the British Museum, the Victoria and
Albert Museum, the University of London Research Library Services,
and many more. All courses will stress the materiality of the book so
you can expect to have close encounters with remarkable books and
other artefacts from some of the world's greatest collections. Each
class will be restricted to a maximum of twelve students in order to
ensure that everyone has plenty of opportunity to talk to the
teachers and to get very close to the books.

In 2009, the LRBS will run for two weeks: 20 July to 24 July and 27
July to 31 July. The courses planned are:

Week One: 20 - 24 July

1. The Book in the Ancient World

Course Lecturers: Dr Irving Finkel, Dr Matthew Nicholls, Dr Marigold
Norbye and Alan Cole, Curator of the Museum of Writing.

2. The Medieval Book

Course Tutor: Professor Michelle Brown.

3. The Printed Book in Europe 1450-2000

Course Tutor: Professor John Feather.

4. A History of Maps and Mapping

Course Tutors: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke.

5. An Introduction to Bibliography

Course Tutor: Professor Tony Edwards.

6. Children's Books

Course Tutor: Jill Shefrin.

Week Two: 27 - 31 July

1. Type and its Uses 1455-1830

Course tutor: Professor James Mosley

2. A History of Bookbinding

Course tutor: Professor Nicholas Pickwoad

3. Modern First Editions

Course tutor: Laurence Worms

4. Maps and Mapping in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries:
Society, Nation, Empire, War.

Course tutors: Dr Catherine Delano-Smith and Sarah Tyacke.

5. The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Book, c.600-1050 Course tutor:
Professor Michelle Brown

6. Publishing Today

Course Tutor: Professor Iain Stevenson

Each course will consist of thirteen seminars amounting in all to
twenty hours of teaching time spread between Monday afternoon and
Friday afternoon. There will be timetabled 'library time' that will
allow students to explore the rich resources of the University's
Senate House Library, one of the UK's major research libraries. There
will also be a full evening programme with an opening reception and
talk, a book history lecture, and receptions hosted by major London
antiquarian booksellers.

Postgraduate credit is available for these courses at the Institute,
which is one of the ten member-Institutes of the University of
London's School of Advanced Study. In order to achieve the award of
credit a student will have to complete and pass a 5,000 word essay
within two months of the course (an extra fee to cover marking and
other costs will be charged).

The fee will be in the region of £500 which will include the
provision of lunch, and coffee and tea throughout the week. It is
likely that a small number of bursaries will be available, details
will be provided later.

A range of different sorts of accommodation will be available
including cheap student housing (on a bed and breakfast basis) close
by Senate House; Senate House is next to the British Museum in the
heart of Bloomsbury.

Application forms will be available by early January but you are
invited to register your interest in a course or courses now (given
the likely demand you would be well-advised to list a second choice).
Those who register now will be the first to receive application
forms. You can register your interest in LRBS 2009 by emailing your
name and address (with an indication of preferred courses) to:

Further details can be found at

Thomas Northcote Toller Memorial Lecture

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies is pleased to announce that the
Thomas Northcote Toller Memorial Lecture on Monday 2 March 2009 will be
given by Professor Michelle Brown on 'Tha Anglo-Saxon
Contribution to the History of the Book'. It will be held in the
Historic Reading Room of the John Rylands Library, Deansgate,
Manchester at 6.30 p.m.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception to which all are
welcome and by a dinner for which advanced booking is necessary.

Further information from:

Wilfrid, Saint and Bishop: 709-2009

Wilfrid, Saint and Bishop: 709-2009

A conference to mark the thirteenth century of the death of Wilfrid will
be held at Manchester from 15-17 April 2009. Speakers will
include: Nicholas Brooks, Katy Cubitt, W.Trent Foley, Sarah Foot, Paul
Fouracre, Mark Laynesmith, Clare Stancliffe, Alan Thacker and Alex Woolf.

For details please contact

Kluge Prize Announcement: Medievalists!!!!

Historians Peter Brown, Romila Thapar Named Recipients of $1 Million 2008 Kluge Prize for Study of Humanity

Via ISAS net:: Congratulations to Martin Foys! MLA Price for a First Book

In Virtually Anglo-Saxon: Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies
in the Late Age of Print, Martin K. Foys offers a path-breaking
exploration of the relations between contemporary advances in
information technology and Anglo-Saxon studies. What does it mean to
remediate—to transform through a change in the medium of its
transmission—a cultural artifact? How has print technology shaped the
medieval past, and how might new media “adapt and transform the nature of
our work, the medieval past we produce, and eventually even
ourselves”? Moving from manuscripts to tapestries to maps to sculpted
crosses, Foys offers a provocative challenge to all scholars to rethink
what they know of and how they come to know the worlds and the objects
they study.

The MLA Prize for a First Book was established in 1993. It is awarded
annually for the first book-length publication of a member of the
association: a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an
important work, or a critical biography. The members of the selection
committee were Mary Baine Campbell (Brandeis Univ.); Jody Greene (Univ. of
California, Santa Cruz); Michael Lucey (Univ. of California,
Berkeley), chair; Priscilla Walton (Carleton Univ.); and Raymond L.
Williams (Univ. of California, Riverside).

(FYI: Martin also published an excerpt of his book in The Heroic Age here.

Ninth Century San Gallensis online

The Swiss e-codices project has now linked in a copy of Δ on-line.

Terms of Use:
Project Home Page:

In the Choose collection box: Select "St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek"
In the Quick Selection box: Select "Cod. San. 48"

(For pages in german, replace the 'en' with 'de' in the above URL's)

It's now possible to compare the San Gallensis with the Bormeranius
from the comfort of your own computer (the latter is available at )

NEH Seminar: Disease in the Middle Ages

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: "Disease in the
Middle Ages," 5 July to 8 August 2009

Monica Green (Arizona State University) and Walton O. Schalick, III
(University of Wisconsin) have received funding from the National Endowment
for the Humanities to run a Summer Seminar for College and University
Teachers in London this coming summer, July 5 - August 8, 2009. Based at the
Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College,
London, and the Wellcome Library, the seminar "Disease in the Middle Ages"
will gather scholars from across the disciplines interested in questions of
health, disease and disability in medieval Europe. A primary goal will be to
explore how the new scientific technologies of identifying pathogens
(particularly leprosy and plague) can inform traditional, humanistic methods
(historical, literary, art historical, and linguistic) of understanding
cultural responses to disease and disability.

Guest speakers will include Michael R. McVaugh, PhD (University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill), Emilie Savage Smith, PhD (Oxford University),
and Anne L. Grauer (Loyola University, Chicago). Meetings will be held at
the Wellcome Trust Centre in London, with trips to Bath, the Chelsea Physic
Garden, and the Human Bioarchaeology Centre, Museum of London. Special
emphasis will be placed on assisting participants with independent research
projects relating to the History of Medicine, especially, but not restricted
to, those based on unpublished primary sources.

Eligibility: We encourage applications from humanists, social
scientists, and basic scientists across the disciplines who are interested
in exploring issues of health, disease and disability in premodern
societies. Although the Seminar is focused on Europe and the Mediterranean
basin, scholars wishing to pursue cross-cultural comparisons are welcome. As
an NEH-sponsored event, the Seminar is open to U.S. citizens, permanent
residents, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States
or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the
application deadline. The Seminar is intended for college and university
faculty in U.S. institutions, though applications will be considered from
unaffiliated scholars and other academic professionals. The deadline for
applications is March 2, 2009. A stipend of $3800 is provided to all

For further information, contact the Arizona Center for Medieval and
Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), 4th Floor, Lattie F. Coor Hall, Arizona State
University, P.O. Box 874402, Tempe, AZ 85287-4402, Phone: (480) 965-4661,
Fax: (480) 965-1681,,

For further information on the NEH Seminars and Institutes program
in general, go to

Exciting News, via Celia Chazelle

Exciting news!

Two historians--Princeton's Peter Robert Lamont Brown and Romila
Thapar, emeritus professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University--will share
the Library of Congress's $1 million Kluge Prize. The award "honors
lifetime achievement in studies not covered by the Nobel, including
history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion,
criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics."

Brown, called among "the greatest historians of the last three
centuries," is best-known for his book The World of Late Antiquity
(Norton) and The Rise of Western Christendom (Wiley-Blackwell), while
Thapar's A History of India (Penguin) and Early India (U. of
California Press) "were breakthrough works, replacing a static view
of Indian traditions with one that featured the dynamic interplay of
political, economic, social, religious and other factors, the library

Mid America Medieval Association

A quick reminder; the deadline for abstract submissions for the Mid America Medieval Association’s annual conference is December 15th. If you have not already done so, please:

Send one-page abstracts:

Dr. Shona Kelly Wray, President

203 Cockefair Hall

Department of History

University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Email copies to or

fax (816) 235-5723

For more information visit our website at
This is to announce that for the first round of post-doctoral teaching
fellowships (in Byzantine art, architecture and/or archaeology), Dumbarton
Oaks will be partnering with The Catholic University of America, which
already has strong programs in Early Christian Studies and in Medieval and
Byzantine Studies. Since this is the first year that such a fellowship has
been offered, we have decided to extend the deadline for application to
January 1, 2009, in order to attract a wide range of applicants. If you
have any questions about this fellowship opportunity, please contact
Alice-Mary Talbot, Director for Byzantine Studies (

Global Middle Ages

I would like to bring your attention to an exciting new project: The
Global Middle Ages website:

This is the website of three ambitious initiatives: the Global Middle Ages
Project (GMAP, pronounced "g-map"), the Mappamundi cybernetic initiative,
and the Scholarly Community for the Globalization of the Middle Ages
(SCGMA, pronounced "sigma").

Each initiative brings together a cluster of scholars, universities,
institutes, and centers who are working toward the goal of transforming
how we see and understand the world across macrohistorical time: a
thousand years of history, literature, technology, cultural encounters and
crossings, ideas, movement, and change.

GMAP is our teaching and research initiative. Mappamundi is a digital
entity with a planetary reach that we will build online in stages, with
the help of supercomputing centers. SCGMA is the actively growing
community of scholars and technologists whose members are the driving
force of all the initiatives. SCGMA's people are drawn from many
disciplines, focus on all parts of the world, and teach, conduct research,
and work across numerous zones and chronologies. The three initiatives, of
course, share substantial overlap in energies, talents, ideas, and people.

We are conscious that collecting our initiatives under the name of any
kind of
"Middle Ages", even a global one, marks an imperfect choice. We welcome
the continued critical problematization of what the 21st century and
earlier eras understand the "Middle Ages" to be. A global Middle Ages,
nonetheless, signals an intent to study and teach a world without a
center, and without an assumption of privilege for any location on the

Our timeline of 1,000 years is flexible, and not meant to restrict. The
investigations we undertake often begin long before 500 c.e. and proceed
long past 1500 c.e. Also, since we are continually adding partners and
collaborators, the names you encounter on this site represent only our
most active contributors, the tip of a growing iceberg.

Welcome to the global middle ages.



The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes an
International Conference on Mediterranean Studies in Athens, Greece,
9-12 April 2009. The conference website is:

The registration fee is 250 euro, covering access to all sessions, two
lunches, coffee breaks, and conference material. Special arrangements will
be made with local hotels for a limited number of rooms at a special
conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be
organized: a Greek night of entertainment, a special one-day cruise in the
Greek islands and a half-day tour around the wider area of Athens

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars, researchers and
students from all areas of Mediterranean Studies, such as history, arts,
archaeology, philosophy, culture, sociology, politics, international
relations, economics, business, sports etc. Special sessions will be
devoted to Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean Countries. Panel
organizers are encouraged to submit their proposals by inviting other
scholars that do research in the area.

Please submit an abstract (using email only to: by
December 8th, 2008 to: Dr. Gregory A. Katsas, Head, Sociology Research
Unit, ATINER and Associate Professor, The American College of Greece-Deree
College, Greece. Abstracts should include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s),
Affiliation, Current Position, an email address and at least 3 keywords
that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached
within 4 weeks. If you want to participate without presenting a paper,
i.e. chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference
proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other
contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos,
( Director, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established
in 1995 as an independent academic organization with the mission to become
a forum, where academics and researchers, from all over the world, could
meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future
developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more
than 100 international conferences and has published over 80 books have
been published. Academically, the Institute is organized into four
research divisions and nineteen research units. Each research unit
organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and
large research projects.

list of Breton scribes from Pecia

A list of Breton scribes (XIV/XVe s.)

Call for Papers: Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture Aain

Call for Papers: Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture

Editors Brent Nelson (University of Saskatchewan) and Melissa Terras
(University College London) invite submissions for a collection of
essays on “Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture” to
be published in the New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance
Studies Series edited by Ray Siemens and William Bowen.

This collection of essays will build on the accomplishments of recent
scholarship on materiality by bringing together innovative research
on the theory and praxis of digitizing material cultures from roughly
500 A.D. to 1700 A.D. Scholars of the medieval and early modern
periods have begun to pay more attention to the material world not
only as a means of cultural experience, but also as a shaping
influence upon culture and society, looking at the world of material
objects as both an area of study and a rich source of evidence for
interpreting the past. Digital media enable new ways of evoking,
representing, recovering, and simulating these materials in
non-traditional, non-textual (or para-textual) ways and present new
possibilities for recuperating and accumulating material from across
vast distances and time, enabling both preservation and comparative
analysis that is otherwise impossible or impractical. Digital
mediation also poses practical and theoretical challenges, both
logistical (such as gaining access to materials) and intellectual
(for example, the relationship between text and object). This volume
of essays will promote the deployment of digital technologies to the
study of material culture by bringing together expertise garnered
from complete and current digital projects, while looking forward to
new possibilities for digital applications; it will both take stock
of the current state of theory and practice and advance new
developments in digitization of material culture. The editors welcome
submissions from all disciplines on any research that addresses the
use of digital means for representing and investigating material
culture as expressed in such diverse areas as:

• travelers’ accounts, navigational charts and cartography
• collections and inventories
• numismatics, antiquarianism and early archaeology
• theatre and staging (props, costumes, stages, theatres)
• the visual arts of drawing, painting, sculpture, print making, and
• model making
• paper making and book printing, production, and binding
• manuscripts, emblems, and illustrations
• palimpsests and three-dimensional writing
• instruments (magic, alchemical, and scientific)
• arts and crafts
• the anatomical and cultural body

We welcome approaches that are practical and/or theoretical, general
in application or particular and project-based. Submissions should
present fresh advances in methodologies and applications of digital
technologies, including but not limited to:

• XML and databases and computational interpretation
• three-dimensional computer modeling, Second Life and virtual worlds
• virtual research environments
• mapping technology
• image capture, processing, and interpretation
• 3-D laser scanning, synchrotron, or X-ray imaging and analysis
• artificial intelligence, process modeling, and knowledge representation

Papers might address such topics and issues as:

• the value of inter-disciplinarity (as between technical and
humanist experts)
• relationships between image and object; object and text; text and image
• the metadata of material culture
• curatorial and archival practice
• mediating the material object and its textual representations
• imaging and data gathering (databases and textbases)
• the relationship between the abstract and the material text
• haptic, visual, and auditory simulation
• tools and techniques for paleographic analysis

Enquiries and proposals should be sent to brent.nelson[at] by
10 January 2009. Complete essays of 5,000-6,000 words in length will
be due on 1 May 2009.

Correcteur Orthographique pour le Latin

via Wendy Hofnagle

COL (Correcteur Orthographique pour le Latin) est un outil gratuit
offrant une aide à la vérification de l'orthographe d'un texte
latin. Disponible pour MS Word, OpenOffice et AbiWord, il intègre un
dictionnaire d'environ 400 000 formes latines (latin classique et
médiéval). Pour correspondre au mieux aux différentes pratiques, COL
est paramétrable: l'utilisateur peut notamment choisir une graphie
particulière (comment représenter les diphtongues, ou les voyelles u
et i lorsqu'elles ont une valeur de consonne). Il fonctionne comme
les correcteurs orthographiques d'autres langues: lorsqu'un mot n'est
pas dans le dictionnaire, il est souligné en rouge. Ce correcteur
orthographique n'a bien évidemment pas la prétention d'être
exhaustif, ni de "normaliser" les graphies du latin. Il a été créé
essentiellement comme une aide pour faire gagner du temps et
faciliter le travail de tous ceux qui doivent saisir des textes
latins (pour la
transcription de manuscrits par exemple), ou corriger des textes
latins scannés et traités par OCR avec généralement de nombreuses

COL est le produit de la collaboration de deux personnes: Philippe
BASCIANO-LE GALL (développeur de la partie logicielle) et Marjorie
BURGHART (gestionnaire de la liste de formes latines).

Philippe BASCIANO-LE GALL (Association An Drouizig) :
Marjorie BURGHART (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales - UMR
5648) :

Gender and Medieval Studies

It is still possible to register for the 2009 Gender and Medieval Studies
Group conference which will be held at King's College London, January 8-10
2009, and follow the theme of 'Locating Gender'.

The conference will explore conceptions of location, temporality,
geography, belonging and association in relation to the study of medieval
genders and sexualities across the disciplines that make up medieval

Plenary lectures will be given by James A. Schultz (UCLA) and Diane Watt

Full programme is available at