Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Early Medieval mount found in Yorkshire should stay in the UK, says
Culture Minister

Medievalist among the Carnegie Scholars:

Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Title: Medieval Violence and Modern Tolerance

Hussein Anwar Fancy, a medieval historian, will offer a novel
perspective on religious violence in the Middle Ages that challenges and
redirects contemporary debates about tolerance. His research will center
on a virtually unknown history of the Crusades in which thousands of
Muslim and Christian soldiers were traded to serve in kingdoms of the
other faith: Christian soldiers in service of North African sultans and
Muslim soldiers in service of Catalan kings. These curious exchanges
paradoxically reinforced religious violence, rather than acting to
diminish them. Fancy argues that the language of tolerance, grounded in
assumptions about medieval religion, has impeded both the understanding
of the historical past and the mitigation of conflict. His work will
examine unpublished archival material from the 13th century in an effort
to bring to light rules and limits to the use of violence in the context
of the Crusades and jihad across the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.
In the resulting articles and books, aimed at audiences in the United
States and abroad, the University of Michigan historian will offer a
revised understanding of violence and religion in order to re-focus
debates on values such as justice and equality, notions that have long
been obscured by the language of tolerance and intolerance.

Five new sites proposed for Unesco heritage list

Secrets of castle to be unlocked

New search to find ancient tower at castle site

Harbour site excavated at castle

Raping, pillaging Vikings were progressive

Archaeological artifacts found in Iraq

Mosaic Painting Discovered in Idleb

China finds another 1,000 miles of the Great Wall

Viking Legacy On English: What Language Tells Us About Immigration And

(This last is not exactly news, but, it made the news.)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Call for Papers. Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers. Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) at Villanova University invites you to participate in its 34th International PMR Conference. October 16-18, 2009.

The PMR committee this year makes a special invitation to scholars from all disciplines in these fields to address our plenary theme : Ora et Labora. Pray and Work.

As always, the PMR makes an open call to scholars, institutions, and societies to propose Papers, Panels, or Sponsored Sessions in all areas and topics in Late Antiquity / Patristics, Byzantine Studies, Medieval Studies, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, and Renaissance & Reformation Studies.

From the Christian liturgy of the hours to Jewish daily liturgy and the Muslim call to prayer, the cultures of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages marked the movement of the day's work with prayer. The day's frame was set by spiritual exercises of many sorts, and thus the fruits of one's labor, one's work, bore within it something of the fruits of the spirit. What is the relationship between the many forms of work - intellectual, manual, cultural, artistic, social, political, economic - and prayer ? Are there points of tension ? Resistance ? From lectio divina and sacred theology, to scholastic philosophy and canon law ; from the Divine Comedy and liturgical plays, to sacred architecture and iconography, from the Holy Roman Empire and educational foundations, to Byzantine schools and monasteries, to Jewish chevruta and Islamic madrasas, this year's thematic "conference within a conference" will explore these questions and more, opening up a fresh, new perspective on perennial questions of matter and spirit, reason and faith, politics and religion.

Deadline for submissions : May 29, 2009.
Notice of acceptance will be made by June 30, 2009.
Abstract submissions.

Postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies Launched

Today marks the *official* announcement of the joint venture between the BABEL
Working Group and Palgrave Macmillan, "postmedieval: a journal of medieval
cultural studies" [Eileen Joy and Myra Seaman, Editors and Holly Crocker, Book
Reviews Editor]. The journal will be published three times a year [in
print and
online], beginning in 2010, with issue nos. 1 and 3 [April and
November] devoted
to special themes and topics, and issue no. 2 each year [July] set aside as an
open-topic issue. More details concerning that can be found here:

The plans for our inaugural issue, "When Did We Become Post/human?" [co-edited
by Eileen Joy and Craig Dionne] are well under way, and more details
about this
issue and everyone involved in it thus far can be found here:

The full prospectus for the journal, including its background &
history, vision
statement, Editorial Board, and plans for future issues, can be found here:

The official Palgrave website for the journal, through which potential
contributors can access guidelines for submissions [and which will
also include
details about ordering the journal, specific issues, etc.], will be up
and running by May 1, I am told, and this is the address:

If you are going to be at the Kalamazoo Congress this coming May,
BABEL will be
hosting a party Thursday evening [May 7th], from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am
at Cityscape
[Kalamazoo City Centre] @ 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Rm. 103 [just 1
block from the
Radisson Hotel].



Ul. F. Tuđmana 24 i

23000 Zadar


SOCIETY AND INFORMATION TRANSFER Director of the Ph.D. Programme Professor
Tatjana Aparac Jelušić, Ph.D.



Zadar, Croatia, 28 September to 2 October 2009
Director of the Summer School Associate Professor Mirna Willer, Ph.D.

The main goal of the Summer School in the Study of Old Books is to acquaint
participants with the most recent developments and newly emerged concepts in
the fields of: historical method and epistemology, old book research and
bibliography, bibliographic information organization and its relation to the
archival context, conservation and preservation; and to provide practical
introduction to old books collection management with contemporary approaches
to digitization. The Summer School also aims to provide participants with
insight into current research of old books and manuscripts, and to raise
their awareness of rich and technologically advanced research information
sources such as European Hand Press Book Database, and the Portal for
cross-searching catalogues of European manuscript materials.

The Summer School in the Study of Old Books targets doctoral students and
recent doctoral graduates studying in the fields of: history of book,
library and information sciences, archival studies, and cultural heritage
studies. It also targets the university faculty, researchers and
practitioners working in memory institutions in the fields related to the
topics of the School.

The Summer School in the Study of Old Books is planned to cover 16 lectures,
1 presentation, 2 workshops and group work sessions in 5 days.

Proceedings of the School will publish delivered lectures and accepted
student essays.

Registration fee: doctoral students 100 ?; others 200 ?

The closing date for application is 14 May 2009.

Should you require any further information please contact Marijana Tomić at .

Best regards

Marijana Tomić, resarch assistent

University of Zadar

Departement of Library and Information Science

Ulica dr. Franje Tuđmana 24i

23000 Zadar


tel. +38523/345-011

Performance Theory and Medieval Texts

I am currently soliciting paper proposals for a session on "Performance
and Medieval Texts" at the meeting of the Medieval Academy to be held in New
Haven on 18-21 March 2010. I am looking for inventive and rigorous
of contemporary performance theory to medieval texts (broadly conceived), as
well as thoughtful critical considerations of the possibilities,
and potential shortcomings of performance studies approaches in a medieval

Papers should be no longer than 30 minutes, and all members of the Medieval
Academy who did not present papers at the 2008 and 2009 annual meetings are
eligible. Proposals should be sent to Anders Winroth
or on paper, in two copies, to Anders Winroth, Department of History, P.O.

208324, New Haven CT 06520-8324.

Details of submission are available in the general call for papers:

The conference also has a Facebook page:

I would be happy to answer any questions about the session on "Performance
Theory and Medieval Texts" directed to

Irina Dumitrescu

Medieval History Journal CFP

Call for papers for a special issue of the Medieval History Journal edited by Sumit Guha,

Literary cultures at the frontiers: literature and identity in the early modern world

In a special issue of Public Culture published in 2000, several leading scholars proposed that ‘the nature of late-twentieth-century nationalism, multiculturalism, and the globalization of late liberalism has created a historical context for reconsidering the concepts of cosmopolitanism.’ They also drew our attention to diverse ways in which cosmopolitan languages (Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Persian, classical Chinese and others) had related to the vernaculars. These were the languages that early developed a self-conscious literary cultures, marked by the distinctions of genre, style, lexical and grammatical correctness. Their cultural power extended beyond regional or imperial frontiers. In the modern era, however the study of literary cultures has all too often succumbed to the self-validating assumptions of national territorial frameworks, with scholars devoting themselves to the identification of the roots of modern languages and ignoring the multicultural and multilingual milieus in which they had functioned. Modern states and education systems did succeed in generating a certain monolingualism world-wide.

Globalization - especially in recent decades - has radically ruptured that fragile homogeneity and created people who perforce partake of many cultures simultaneously. Historically viewed these processes are not altogether new; rather they are variations on themes that have always been present in cities and regions where diverse peoples met in past time. Powerful rulers drew on a wide range of literati skills to run their kingdoms and give luster to their courts. A comparative study of literary production and scholarly culture in such settings will tell us much about cultural coexistence and cross-fertilization in past time and enable us to better understand the irredeemably hybrid modern present. The planned special issue of MHJ is seen as a contribution to this project. We therefore welcome contributions from every part of the world where literary cultures met and mingled in the broadly defined ‘medieval’ period.

English-language papers submitted for this special issue should not exceed 10,000 words in length. They should be original, unpublished work not under consideration by any other journal or book.
Translations of articles that have appeared or will appear in other languages will be considered but preference will be given to original submissions. All submissions will be refereed. If possible, editorial assistance will be offered to contributors who do not usually write in English.
Brief abstracts due by September 30, 2009.
Authors whose articles are approved will be informed by October 31, 2009.
Complete papers formatted in conformity with the Journal's style-sheet will be due by April, 2010
Refereeing will be completed by June 30, 2010. The finished versions of papers must be submitted by October 31, 2010.
The complete issue will go to press on December 1, 2010 and appear as Volum

Early Middle English Society

The Early Middle English Society, which seeks to promote the study and
scholarly discussion of English literary and cultural production from the
late twelfth century to the mid-fourteenth century, is sponsoring two
sessions at the seventeenth International Medieval Congress in Leeds,
12-15 July 2010.

Session one: Travel and Exploration in Early Middle English Texts

Abstracts are invited for papers dealing with descriptions of travel,
exploration, migration and/or conquest in Early Middle English texts, and
with relations between such texts and travel accounts in other texts.

Possible subjects may include, but are not limited to:
• Descriptions of travel, origins, discovery, conquest
• Relations between texts and maps
• Relations between narrative texts and travel accounts
• Geography and ethnography
• Utopian and/or dystopian narrative
• Texts written by travellers or migrants
• Texts as sources of information for travellers
• Awareness of linguistic consequences of travel

Session two: The Travelling Manuscript in Early Middle English

Abstracts are invited for papers dealing with the idea of travel in
relation to the study of manuscripts of the Early Middle English period.

Possible subjects may include, but are not limited to:
• Manuscripts which bring together texts with an interest in travel,
geography, ethnography and/or conquest
• Texts which "travel together", appearing as a corpus in various
manuscript contexts
• Travel (e.g., geographically, socially) of manuscripts
• Travel (e.g., geographically, socially) of individual texts in the
manuscript tradition
• Conversely, manuscripts which in their presentation of texts preclude
the possibility of a text's travel between different environments
• Diachronic travel of texts: OE texts into the Early Middle English
period, and Early Middle English texts after ca. 1350
• Multilingual contexts of the reception of Early Middle English, and the
exploration of linguistic differences

We particularly, but by no means exclusively, welcome papers with
interdisciplinary and/or diachronic approaches, papers that deal with
several texts in relation to each other, and papers that reach beyond the
conventional chronological, linguistic and geographical borders of Early
Middle English studies.

Please send proposals for twenty-minute papers (title and an abstract of
about 250-300 words, with a short bibliography) by e-mail to Sjoerd Levelt
(s.levelt {at} by September 6, 2009. Inquiries are welcome.



* 10 April - 17 May, 2009: Catalyst Collaborative@MIT and Underground
Railway Theater proudly present: "The Life of Galileo" by Bertolt
Brecht - Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue. Translated
as Galileo,
with an ensemble of actors and puppets. The Life of Galileo is among the
Brecht's most complex and well-known plays. The play focuses on the
latter period of the life of Galileo Galilei, the 17th-century Italian
mathematician, physicist and astronomer that championed and furthered
Copernicanism. Though today Galileo is crowned "the father of modern
observational astronomy," in his lifetime he was persecuted by the
Roman Catholic Church for the promulgation of his scientific
discoveries. The play embraces such themes as the conflict between
dogmatism and scientific evidence, as well as interrogating the values
of constancy in the face of oppression. This production works from
David Hare's new translation that has so far best preserved the
original German version's spirits. For further details about the
On performance nights we also offer Pre-Performance Symposia and
Post-Performance Talk Backs, free with price of admission to the
performance. Discussion leaders include Sara Schechner, Hidde Ploegh,
Ian Hutchinson, Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, Alan Guth, Owen
Gingerich, Marcia Bartusiak, Steve Shapin, Nobel Laureate Jerome
Friedman, and David Kaiser. The topics range from the battle between
science and religion to the social responsibilities of scientists to
Brecht's theatrical theories. For information on specific guests, dates
and topics:
Prices - Adults: $32, Seniors (65+): $22, Students: $12 (can reserve in
advance) by using HOI12 for online or telephone reservation, Staff /
Faculty: $25 by using HOI25 for online or telephone reservation. For
Tickets - 866.811.4111 or Group Sales
(10+) are also available ($20 for adults, $12 for students) by calling
617-576-9278 x213.

Monday, 20 April, 4:15 p.m.: (PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE) Rina Avner (Israel
Antiquities Authority; 2008-09 Dumbarton Oaks Fellow) - "The Kathisma
Church on
the Road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem" The Annual Dumbarton Oaks Lecture,
sponsored by the Committee on Medieval Studies. Humanities Center Medieval
Studies Seminar, Harvard University. Harvard University, Barker Center, Room
133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. Humanities Center Medieval Studies

* Thursday, 23 Thursday, 5:30 pm. Virginie Greene (Harvard University),
"L'amitié courtoise et l'amitié vertueuse des philosophes."
A lecture in French at BOSTON COLLEGE, 101 Devlin Hall.

* Thursday, 30 April, 8:00 p.m. BOSTON AREA PATRISTICS GROUP, Braun Room,
Andover Hall, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Mass. Euthimio Souloyannis (The
Academy of Athens), "The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All
Africa." This lecture is sponsored by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit
Foundation (USA). Patristica Bostoniensia is a colloquium of the BOSTON
THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, an association of nine theological schools in the
Greater Boston area. For more information, please, contact Annewies van den
Hoek, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA
02138, or visit
the website at

* Tuesday, 5 May, 6:00 p.m.: Caroline Bynum (Professor of Western European
Middle Ages, Institute of Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies,
Princeton University) - The 2008-09 Robert and Maurine Rothschild Lecture in
History of Science - "Explaining Transformation: Material Miracles and Their
Theorists in the Later Middle Ages." Harvard University, Science Center,
Lecture Hall D.

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


of Medieval Studies, is looking to publish your papers! Papers of any
length on
any topic within the 600-1500 time period are accepted to undergo a blind,
rolling submissions process. Midterm and final papers from this semester, or
papers from any other semester are equally welcome from undergraduates. If
you've written it and you're proud of it, we want to see it. Selected papers
will be initially published online at, and a
selection will be published in a spring paper edition. However only
papers that
previously have been published online by us will be considered for the paper
journal, so get them in now! All papers and/or questions should be
submitted to .

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 .

* 17 - 18 April, 2009: "Comparative Early Modernities: 1100-1800" - Featuring
conversations among twelve leading scholars of early modern Asia, Europe, and
South America, this interdisciplinary conference will showcase novel
comparative perspectives in the fields of literary, social, art, and economic
history and re-examine the theoretical and methodological premises of
comparative historical studies. Seating at this event will be limited and
pre-registration is strongly recommended. UM Faculty and Students - Send an
email to to register. Visitors - Register online at: - For further details about this
event, including information on hotels and transportation, please visit, email, or call 734-647-4893.
This conference is sponsored by the College of Literature, Science, and the
Arts and the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. (Hussey
Room, Michigan League, University of Michigan) - SPEAKERS: Gregory Blue
(University of Victoria), "The Rise and Fall of Enlightenment Sinophilia: Did
Political Economy Lead the Way?", Claudia Brosseder (University of
"Magic in Comparative Perspective: Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin
America", Katherine Carlitz (University of Pittsburgh), "Pornography,
and 'Early Modernity' in China, England, and France", Luke Clossey (Simon
Fraser University), "Did Aurangzeb Write Tom Jones? Eurocentrism and Writing
the Early Modern World", Walter Cohen (Cornell University), "Out of India:
Global Early Modernity", Jack Goldstone (George Mason University), "Cultural
Trajectories: The Power of the Traditional within the Early Modern",
Su Fang Ng
(University of Oklahoma), "Dutch Wars, Global Trade, and the Heroic Poem:
Dryden's 'Annus Mirabilis' (1666) and Amin's 'Syair Perang Mengkasar' (1670)",
Kenneth Pomeranz (UC Irvine), "Areas, Networks, and the Search for 'Early
Modern' East Asia", Ayesha Ramachandran (SUNY Stony Brook), "A War of Worlds:
Becoming 'Early Modern' and the Challenge of Comparison", Richard Vinograd
(Stanford University), "Accommodating Incompatibilities in Early Visual
Modernity", Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota), "Comparing Family Histories
in the Early Modern Period: The View from China", R. Bin Wong (UC Los
"Did China's Late Empire have an Early Modern Era?"

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. Full details are
available at: For more
information, please contact Dr Giles Gasper, Durham University, at:

24-25 April 2009: In Vino Veritas: A Symposium on Wine and the Influence
of Bacchus from Classical Antiquity through the Eighteenth Century, Binghamton
University, NY. By the time of Pliny the Elder, in vino veritas ("in wine,
truth") had already attained the status of aphorism, having made its earliest
appearance in the writings of the Greek poet Alcaeus. Beyond the
reaches of the
Greco-Roman world, wine has also had a long history. Its fortunes may
be traced
around the globe through the medieval and early modern periods when trade in
wine increasingly linked diverse cultures, the social uses and symbolic
associations of wine proliferated, and Bacchus made his appearance on numerous
stages, in images, and in a wide range of other texts and contexts. The Center
for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) at Binghamton
University presents
a symposium to be held on the Binghamton University campus, April 24-25, 2009.
For additional information please contact the Director's office (607-777-2730
or or visit our website (

* Saturday, 25 April 2009, 5:30 p.m: Climate Change and the Fall of the
Roman Empire: Tracing the Human Impact of Climate Change at the
Crossroads of Science and History. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and
Collection: Public lecture, Michael McCormick (Harvard University). A
report from the Dumbarton Oaks Workshop on Climate Change and the Fall
of Rome, convened by Michael McCormick (Harvard) with Mark Cane
(Columbia), Edward Cook (Columbia), J. Kyle Harper (Oklahoma), Joachim
Henning (Frankfurt), Peter Huybers (Harvard), Thomas Litt (Bonn), Sturt
Manning (Cornell), Paul Mayewski (Maine), Kurt Nicolussi (Innsbruck),
Willy Tegel (Frankfurt). PLEASE RSVP 202-339-6940 or .
The Music Room at Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St NW, Washington DC.

7-10 May 2009: The 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western
Michigan University, Kalamazoo. The Congress is an annual gathering of over
3,000 scholars interested in Medieval Studies. It features over 600
sessions of
papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are
also some 90 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies,
associations, and institutions. The exhibit hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors,
including publishers, used book dealers, and purveyors of medieval sundries.
The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday
morning until
Sunday at noon. For information, see .

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 session 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

12-13 June 2009: Intermixti spiritus oris: The interface between rhetoric and
poetry in Late Antiquity: Conference at the Koninklijke Academie voor
Nederlandse, Ghent. The period between the reigns of Diocletian and Honorius
was an important watershed both in the political and cultural evolution of the
Roman Empire. In many ways this was a very dynamic period, full of creativity
and vigour. One cultural domain that remained very vital indeed is
the study of
rhetoric, as is evidenced by the amount of theoretical reflection,
and practical
precepts, that has survived from the fourth century and its preceding and
succeeding decades. The aim of this conference is to examine in what ways this
major force within the literary field can help us to enhance our understanding
of the literary and more specifically, the poetical production of this long
century. Quite a bit of poetry was written but, some notable exceptions like
Ausonius, Prudentius, Gregory Nazianzen or Claudian left aside, for the most
part it remains a rarely studied, little understood and enigmatic
body of work.
We feel that the exploration of the poetical production of this
period is often
hampered by a priori conceptions that are seldom questioned, and by the fact
that it is frequently studied exclusively as a part of social or religious
history, using frameworks imported from other disciplines. Such approaches
bring about various methodological difficulties. The aim of the conference is
to investigate whether the interface between rhetoric and literary production
might not prove to be a more promising and fruitful strategy. This approach,
however, calls for reflection upon the function of rhetoric within
the cultural
field and the nature of its relation to literature and poetry. The main
objective of this conference is to explore in depth this particular area. This
conference is organised by the Department of Latin and Greek of Ghent
University, and is hosted by Koninklijke Acadmie voor Nederlanse Taal -en
letterkunde in Ghent. Its purpose is to bring together both invited
and younger researchers in order to approach the central theme of the
from different angles. By using the format of a round-table
conference, we hope
to encourage mutual discussion. For more information, please visit .

13-27 June 2009: Erasmus Summer Seminars for Undergraduates,
University of Notre
Dame. The Erasmus Summer Seminars will continue in 2009. Two seminars
directed to upper-level undergraduates will be offered on the campus of the
University of Notre Dame. Both seminars are of two-weeks' duration
and comprised
of not more than 12 students, led by a member of the Notre Dame
faculty. The seminars are designed for undergraduates who are considering
graduate school and an academic vocation. Catholic Intellectual Traditions is
directed to students who seek to deepen their knowledge of
Catholicism, both as
a faith and a culture. Humanities and Social Sciences is designed to introduce
its participants to major contemporary trends in disciplines in both the
humanities and social sciences. There are no tuition fees. Housing will be
provided, as well as daily lunch and dinner. Transportation costs will be
covered, and each participant will be given a $500 stipend. Applicants should
submit a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, a current
unofficial transcript, and a personal statement of no more than two
double-spaced pages explaining the reasons for applying to the seminar of
choice. All application materials, including letters of
recommendation, must be
received by February 27, 2009. Materials should be sent to: Erasmus Summer
Seminars, University of Notre Dame, 300 L Main Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
For further information and application materials,

22-25 June 2009: DIGITAL HUMANITIES 2009 - the annual joint meeting of the
Association for Computers and the Humanities, the Association for Literary and
Linguistic Computing, and the Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour
l'étude des médias interactifs, will be hosted by the Maryland Institute for
Technology in the Humanities (MITH) at the University of Maryland in College
Park, USA. For more information visit

* 22-26 June 2009: The London Palaeography Summer School (University of
London) is a series of intensive day- or half-day classes in Palaeography and
Diplomatic given by experts in their respective fields from a wide range of
institutions. Subject areas include medieval musical notation, Latin
palaeography, German palaeography, Papal diplomatic, tools and materials of
manuscript makers, Books of Hours and more. The Summer School is hosted by the
Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies with the co-operation of the British
Library, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, the Institute of
Historical Research , Senate House Library, the Warburg Institute, University
College , King's College London and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Further
information and application forms are available at

24-26 June 2009: Space in Medieval France: 6th Annual Symposium of the
International Medieval Society, Paris. Universite de Paris - I (Sorbonne),
France - CALL FOR PAPERS. Deadline for Submissions: 1 February 2009; Keynote
speakers: Dominique Iogna-Prat and Philippe Plagnieux. The International
Medieval Society of Paris (IMS-Paris) is soliciting abstracts for individual
papers and proposals for complete sessions for its 2009 Symposium. The
Symposium aims to generate an interdiscplinary forum on space in medieval
France between c. 500 and c. 1500 that will enrich ongoing debates and our
knowledge of space in the Middle Ages by approaching the subject from
a variety
of perspectives. Papers should address France, Francia or post-Roman Gaul in
some way, but they need not be exclusively limited to this geographic area.
Abstracts in French or English of 300 words or less for a 20-minute paper
should be e-mailed to no later than 1 February 2009. In
addition to the abstract, please submit full contact information, a CV and a
tentative assessment of any audiovisual equipment required for your
presentation. The IMS will review submissions and respond via e-mail by 15
February 2009. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS web
site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own
travel costs
and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students). The
is an interdisciplinary and bilingual (French/English) organization founded to
serve as a centre for medievalists who research, work, study, or travel to
France. For more information, please see

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 can be found on the WHA website,

* 25 June - 3 July 2009: Graduate Summer School 2009 in Avignon -
Writing Practices in the South of France (12th to 18th century).
Starting in 2009, the Laboratory of History of the University of
Avignon is organizing a Graduate Summer School devoted each year to
writing practices in Southern France and adjacent lands (Catalonia,
Languedoc, Provence, Liguria and papal lands), from the twelfth to the
eighteenth century. It seeks to shed light on the uses of writing in
the Mediterranean area. The goal of the Graduate Summer School is to
provide high-level technical training in the history of the various
writing practices of chanceries, clerical offices, notarial offices,
scriptoria, writing and decoration workshops, etc.) as well as on the
social dimensions of the written word in the Northern Mediterranean
crescent from Valencia to Bologna and over a long period of time, which
will afford many opportunities to put peculiarities and innovations
into perspective. One area, that of the papal lands, is particularly
interesting: the papal offices seem to have adapted the various written
forms without ever yielding to fashionable trends and could have
influenced the surrounding administrations and judicial courts.
Lectures at the Graduate Summer School will be conducted by guest
specialists in the fields of medieval and modern history. Candidates
should be able to read and communicate in French. (For the 2009
session, all courses are given in French; starting in 2010, courses
will be given in English and in other languages). Application
Procedure: Registration for the Graduate Summer School 2009 session
will begin on March 15, 2009. The deadline for applications is April
15, 2009. For the preparation of application materials please visit (all application materials must
be filled out in French). Ten candidates will be selected to participate
in the 2009 session. Foreign applicants are especially encouraged to
apply. The successful candidates accommodation on campus (and travel
expenses for European Union students) is provided. No tuition is
charged. Eligibility: Candidates must be Ph.D. students or graduate
students in
their final year (or the equivalent for foreign students) in medieval
or modern history. Applications from all countries are welcome. For
further information please visit the site of the Graduate Summer School or send an e-mail to

23-27 July 2009: CALL FOR PAPERS - Medieval Translator 2010: In principio
fuit interpres - The Cardiff Conference on the Theory and Practice of
Translation in the Middle Ages. To be hosted by the Università degli Studi
di Padova (Padua, Italy). Linguistic and literary traditions include
in their myth of origin; thus the linguistic and scholar Gianfranco Folena
proposed to substitute the motto In principio fuit poëta with the humbler In
principio fuit interpres. Following his suggestion, we welcome papers
addressing translation in the Middle Ages, marking the relationship between
classical, Middle Eastern and vernacular languages, and studying
translation as
the representation of ideas and texts in different media. Plenary speakers:
Roger Ellis, Domenico Pezzini, David Wallace. Papers may be given in English,
French, or Italian, and should be twenty minutes long. Please send a 500-word
abstract and brief curriculum vitae by 31 August 2009 to: Alessandra Petrina
and Monica Santini, Dipartimento di Lingue e Lett. Anglo-Germaniche e Slave,
Via Beato Pellegrino 26, 35100 Padova, Italy - Or as an email attachment to
both these e-mail addresses:
Further information about the conference will be available in Spring 2009.
Following previous practice, it is planned to publish a book of
selected papers
in the peer-reviewed Medieval Translator series (Brepols) following the

15 August 2009: CALL FOR PAPERS: Medieval Feasting, Gift-Giving and
- Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge. The University of
Central Medieval Graduate Workshop, in conjunction with the Faculty
of History,
is delighted to send out a call for papers for a one-day conference
on medieval
feasting, gift-giving and hospitality to be held on 15 August 2009. In recent
years medievalists across all disciplines have been paying increasing
to the importance of ritual and non-verbal elements of political communication
in the Middle Ages. This conference will focus on various diverse aspects of
ritual culture, exploring rituals associated with the expression of
hospitality and generosity, feasting and the giving of gifts. The ideal
of the generous lord was fed by various traditions, Christian as well as
old-Germanic, and was found everywhere from the monasteries of England to the
court of the Mongol Khan. The breadth of this conference aims to trace
traditions of generosity over a wide chronological period, from late Antiquity
to the later Middle Ages, reaching throughout medieval Europe and beyond. We
delighted to announce three key-note speakers, Professor Chris Woolgar
(University of Southampton) who will be speaking about gifts of food in late
medieval England; Dr Julie Kerr (University of Sheffield) on
hospitality in the
English monasteries and Stephen Pollington, who will be speaking from
his recent
publication The Mead Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon
England. It is
expected that the proceedings of this conference will be published by
a leading
academic publisher. We welcome submissions from both graduate students and
established academics proposing papers dealing with all aspects of the culture
of feasting, hospitality and gift in the medieval period. Inspired by the work
of social-anthropologists, we feel that there is no better way to explore a
culture than by experiencing it oneself. This has normally been a joy denied
the medievalist. At this conference, however, we will aim to recreate
of the extravagances of medieval hospitality, as we shall conclude the
proceedings with an authentic feast cooked by the multiple award-winning
kitchen of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Please send proposals for
papers, composed of your title, academic affiliation and 300 word abstract, to
the conference email address: by 15 May
2009. Registration is now open and will cost £5 for speakers and delegates
prior to 15 May 2009, after which it will increase to £10. Please e-mail for more details. Further information
concerning the feast, including cost, will be sent upon registration.

8-11 October 2009: CFP - Medieval History Seminar: German Historical
Institute London & German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C.
The German Historical Institutes in London and Washington are pleased to
announce the sixth Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London. The seminar
is designed to bring together American, British, and German PhD candidates and
recent PhD recipients (2007-2008) in medieval history for a weekend
of scholarly
discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present
their work to their peers as well as to distinguished scholars from both
sides of the Atlantic. Conveners for the 2009 seminar will be
professor Michael
Borgolte (Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin), Frank Rexroth (Universitat
Gottingen), Patrick J. Geary (University of California, Los Angeles), Barbara
Rosenwein (Loyola University, Chicago), Dame Janet L. Nelson (King's
College London) and Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London).
The Medieval
Seminar welcomes proposals from all areas of medieval history.
Participation is
not limited to historians working on German history or German-speaking
regions of Europe. Nor is a particular epoch or methodological approach
preferred. Applications from neighboring disciplines are welcome if the
have a distinct historical focus. Papers and discussions will be conducted in
both German and English. Successful applicants must be prepared to submit a
paper of approximately 5,000 words by September 1, 2009, and are also expected
to act as commentator for other papers presented in the seminar. The GHI will
cover travel and lodging expenses of participants. Applications should
include: a curriculum vitae (including address and e-mail); a
description of the
proposed paper (4-5 pages, double-spaced); one letter of recommendation. Send
applications to Anita Bellamy, German Historical
Institute, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2NJ (UK); Telephone: 0044 (0)20
7309 2023; Fax: 0044 (0)20 7309 2073. Deadline for submission is December 31,
2008. For further information, please contact Dr. Carola Dietze, GHI
Washington:, or Dr. Jochen Schenk, GHI London:

* 9-11 October, 2009: 29th Annual Celtic Colloquium, Harvard
University. The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals
for papers on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic
languages and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social
science topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.). Papers concerning
interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are also invited. Attendance
is free. Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will
be a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the Colloquium
may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial committee for
publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.
Potential presenters should send a 200-250 word abstract, plus a brief
biographical sketch. We encourage online responses, but submissions may
also be sent by e-mail to, faxed, or posted to the
departmental address. Further information and online submission form available
at our Website: Closing date for proposals:
May 15, 2009.

* 26-28 October 2009: International Workshop: Late Antique Glass in Anatolia
(A.D. 4th to 8th Cent.). First Circular - Call for Papers. We are glad to
inform you that an international conference on the glass from Anatolia dating
to the Late Antique period (A.D. 4th to 8th cent.) will take place on October
26th-28th, 2009 at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Dokuz Eylul
University (DEU) in Izmir, Turkey. We warmly invite contributions by scholars
and graduate students from a variety of disciplines related to this subject.
Both the excavated finds as well as museum pieces are the subject of this
workshop that is offering a firm base for the support of future research in
Turkey concerning ancient glass studies. Therefore glass experts as well as
museum curators from Turkey and neighbouring countries are kindly
welcome. This
two-day workshop with a one-day excursion will contain both lectures
of 20 min.
as well as poster presentations. The aim of this meeting is to report on the
state of research concerning the Late Antique glass from Anatolia between the
4th and 8th centuries A.D., or thereabouts. The geographical areas concerned
are Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, the rest of
the Near East and the Black Sea countries. The focus is, however, Asia Minor.
The quantities of Late Roman/Early Byzantine glass which have come to light on
numerous sites, as well as recent research on the various collections from the
geographical area concerned, now permit us to make significant
additions to the
archaeological evidence, thanks to recent progress in glass research
in western
Europe. Concentrating on unpublished finds or collections from
Anatolia and the
Eastern Mediterranean, the colloquium aims to tackle a series of
questions which
can be grouped as four principal interlinked and overlapping themes:
trade-distribution, function and chronology. The glass groups under
consideration are as follows: vessels, lamps, window panes, slags, glass
tesserae and other items. Also historical, philological and epigraphic papers
dealing with glass will be considered in this workshop. All approaches and
methods likely to enhance our knowledge on these themes and questions are of
course very welcome: archaeology, archaeometry, history of art, philology,
cultural anthropology, industrial history etc. Most welcome are papers from
excavations in Asia Minor and the rest of the Eastern Mediterranean producing
glass and other stratified finds (pottery, small finds, coins etc.) that will
help us to build up a more precise chronology. Papers and oral presentations
can be given in English, French, German, Italian, Greek or Turkish,
but English
will be the preferred language for oral presentations. We would be
delighted if
you could consider contributing to this conference. If you wish to
please fill out the form below and send it to one of the organizers.
Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words together with
the attached
registration form before June 1, 2009 by e-mail (if possible) to:
, or by fax to: +90.232.453 41 88. Entry to the
workshop is free of charge for all; accommodation and travel expenses will be
payed by the participants, who should also arrange their own accommodation as
necessary. The organizing committee will make a shuttle service available for
participants to take them from the city centre to DEU-Campus in Buca and back
every morning and evening. A post-conference excursion on October 28
is planned
to three glass collections in Izmir. The proceedings of the workshop
is planned
to be published in 2011. Along with the workshop an exhibition of current
Turkish and international archaeological literature from various publishers
will be displayed at the Hall of Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Also another
exhibition with original Late Antique glass finds from Hadrianoupolis
(Paphlagonia) is planned. The organizers seek to widen participation at this
conference, and would like to encourage colleagues from all parts of the world
to attend. The conference committee kindly requests that you alert any persons
within your research community who would be interested in
participating at this
conference, either by forwarding our e-mail, or by printing this circular and
displaying it in your institution. We hope that you will be able to join us at
Dokuz Eylul University, and look forward to seeing you in Izmir!
Contact Addresses for the Workshop:
Doc. Dr. Ergun LAFLI
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi
Fen-Edebiyat Fakultesi
Arkeoloji Bolumu
Oda No: A 418
Tinaztepe/Kaynaklar Yerleskesi, Buca
TR-35160 Izmir, TURKEY.
Fax : +90.232.453 41 88.
E-mail: .

Augusta Raurica
Giebenacherstrasse 17
CH-4302 Augst, SCHWEIZ.
Fax: +41.61.816 22 61.
E-mail: .

30 October - 1 November 2009: The 2009 New England Medieval Conference
- "Law and Justice in the Middle Ages" - Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sponsored by
Harvard University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University. For more
information, please contact Nadia Marx, Harvard University, or visit the NEMC website:

* 6-7 November 2009: Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript 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: Scott Gwara, University
of South Carolina: America's Orphan Manuscripts. 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, 2009.

* 11-13 November, 2009: CALL FOR PAPERS - International Congress on
King Alphonse VI and the art of his time. Complutense University of
Madrid (Spain). Submissions are due 10 September 2009. For more
information see:

20-22 May 2010: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the
Twenty-First Century: A Conference Organised by The Early English Text
Society, Oxford, UK - CALL FOR PAPERS. Plenary speakers: H. Leith
Spencer (Oxford): "The History of EETS and the History of Editing";
Katherine O'Brien O'Keefe, "Editing Old English Texts"; Thorlac
Turville-Petre: "Electronic Editing". Panels will address topics such
as: Brut Chronicles; From Script to Print to HTML: Electronic Editions;
Palaeography, Dialectology and the Editorial Process; Editing British
Texts in Latin, Anglo-Norman, Celtic and Scots; In Praise of the
Variant. Why Edit Critically?; Desiderata: What Still Needs Doing? What
is the future for editing medieval texts? Come and be part of the
conversation. Send 300 word abstracts to
by 31 May 2009.

Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference at The Ohio State University

Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference at The Ohio State University

*November 6-7, 2009

Sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies

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: Scott Gwara, University of South Carolina,
/America's Orphan Manuscripts/.

Memorial session for Joseph Lynch with guest speakers, Roger
Reynolds, Barbara Hanawalt, and James Bennett.

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2009

Email abstract to or send to Professor Frank T. Coulson,
Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, 190 Pressey
Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

Medieval Academy of America's Committee on Electronic Resources

The Medieval Academy of America's Committee on Electronic Resources is
pleased to announce two workshops to be held at the International
Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, in May 2009. Both
workshops will be on Thursday, May 7 (sessions 54 and 166; see for complete
conference schedule).

Workshop registration online at

1) Metadata for Medievalists I: Introduction to Metadata Formats
Session 54, Thursday 7 May, 10am

This workshop offers an introduction to best practices for digital
led by Sheila Bair, Western Michigan University's Metadata Librarian.
Instruction includes an introduction to the concept of metadata, an
overview of metadata types of interest to medievalists working in a
variety of textual and image formats, and an overview of methods for
metadata implementations (database, encoded data, printed copy, etc.).
Assignments will be completed during the following clinic.

2) Metadata for Medievalists II: Introduction to the Text-Encoding Initiative
Session 166, Thursday 7 May, 3:30pm

This workshop offers an introduction to best practices for digital
taught by a medievalist, Dot Porter, specifically for medievalists.
includes introductory-level XML and structural encoding, as well as TEI P5
standards and guidelines, markup concerns for medieval transcription, and
a brief consideration of XML Editors. Assignments will be completed during the
following clinic.

Sheila Bair is the Metadata Librarian at Western Michigan University and holds
an MS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dot Porter
is the Metadata Manager at the Digital Humanities Observatory, Royal Irish
Academy, in Dublin, Ireland. She has an MA in Medieval Studies from Western
Michigan University and an MS in Library Science from UNC Chapel Hill, and
extensive experience in text encoding in the medieval studies and classics.

Both workshops are limited to 35 participants, and registration is required.

The pre-registration fee per workshop for students is $40/$55
(Medieval Academy members/nonmembers), for non-students is $50/$65.

To register, complete the online form at
Questions about registration should be directed to James W. Brodman at
Questions about the workshops should be directed to Dot Porter at

The Week's News

Race to save medieval artefact for the nation

Medieval Ballads and Folk-Rock Win for Melnitsa

Washington's National Gallery displays rare medieval manuscript

Saxon cellars are uncovered at brewery site

Franciscan remains discovered during excavations at Marischal College

Shroud of Turin hidden by Knights Templar

Monday, April 13, 2009

Getting Medieval on TV CFP

Essays are still being accepted for the following : Getting Medieval on TV : Televisual Representations of Medieval Themes from Roar to The Tudors, organized by The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages.

Television, like feature films, has a long history of representing medieval themes, yet, unlike film, these televisual medievalisms remain largely unexplored by medievalists. The intent of this collection is to expand knowledge of these ephemeral examples of the medieval, and we invite proposals that explore the corpus from the late antiquity of FOX-TV's Roar to the Late Middle Ages of Showcase's The Tudors. We are especially interested in discussions of productions created outside of North America.

Please submit proposals by 15 July 2009 ; we anticipate that completed papers will be due by December 2009 / January 2010. By 15 July 2009, please submit full contact information (name, address, phone / cell, and email), titles, c.v., and abstracts of 300 - 500 words to the organizers. Address all inquiries and proposals to the organizers at the following address :

Michael A. Torregrossa
Co-founder, The Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
34 2nd Street Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

Sunday, April 12, 2009

New MA programme in Digital Asset Management

New MA programme in Digital Asset Management

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) in collaboration
with the Centre for e-Research both at King’s College London has just
launched its new Masters Programme in Digital Asset Management. This
complements CCH’s existing graduate programmes: MA Digital
Humanities, MA Digital Culture and Technology, PhD (Digital

There is a promotional flyer with full details at:

All details about graduate study at CCH are at:

29th Annual Celtic Colloquium

The Harvard Celtic Department cordially invites proposals for papers
on topics which relate directly to Celtic studies (Celtic languages
and literatures in any phase; cultural, historical or social science
topics; theoretical perspectives, etc.) for their 29th Annual Celtic
Colloquium, to take place at Harvard University, October 9-11, 2009.
Papers concerning interdisciplinary research with a Celtic focus are
also invited. Attendance is free.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be
a short discussion period after each paper. Papers given at the
Colloquium may later be submitted for consideration by the editorial
committee for publication in the Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic

Potential presenters should send a 200-250 word abstract, plus a
brief biographical sketch. We encourage online responses, but
submissions may also be sent by e-mail to, faxed,
or posted to the departmental address.

Further information and online submission form available at our

Closing date for proposals: May 15, 2009.
This could be of interest to many subscribers of this list (those
working from home for instance),

Vol. 20 of CELTICA is now available in electronic format (PDF),
alongside vols. 21-25, at



Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Collegeville, Minnesota 56321

PURPOSE : For research at the Library

ELIGIBILITY : Graduate students or scholars who are within three
years of completing a terminal master’s or doctoral degree.

DURATION : Two weeks to six months.

AMOUNTS : Variable up to $2,000.

DEADLINES : Twice a year. April 15 for research conducted from July
1-December 31. November 15 for research conducted from January 1-June

APPLICATION : Submit a letter of application, c.v ., a one-page
description of the research project including proposed length of
stay, an explanation of how the Library’s resources will enable you
to advance your project, and a confidential letter of recommendation
from your advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of
postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of your work.

SEND : All inquiries and materials to The Committee on Research,
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Box 7300, Saint John’s University,
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300 or directed to , or fax
(320) 363-3222.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library houses extensive resources for
the study of manuscripts and archives. Almost 100,000 manuscripts are
available on microfilm and in digital format. HMML has microfilmed
extensively in Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and
Ethiopia, and is currently digitizing manuscripts in Lebanon, India,
Syria and elsewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean. Consult the
Library’s website for further information, including a partial
electronic inventory of its collections and a growing database of
manuscript and book images (Vivarium).

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321-7300
Phone: 320-363-2217
Fax: 320-363-3222


Deadline for abstracts: Friday, April 20, 2009

The 35th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at Florida State University's Sarasota campus, including the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art from Thursday evening, November 5, through Sunday lunch, November 8.

The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status.

We welcome proposals on all aspects of Byzantine studies; in addition, we particularly welcome abstracts on these topics: Byzantine Lay Religion; Political Theory; Military Religion; Texts related to Physical Objects; the Byzantine military; Byzantium and its Classical Heritage; Evil in Byzantium; Late Antiquity: Transformation or Decline?, Ammianus and Procopius; Byzantium and the Renaissance; Byzantium and the early Islamic caliphate; Memory in Byzantium; Archaeology and Our Knowledge of the Past; Art and Ritual; Recent Developments: Collecting and Exhibiting Byzantine Art; Use of Technology in Byzantine Studies; also sessions in honor of Prof. Angeliki Laiou: Late Antique and Byzantine women, The Crusades/The Fourth Crusade, Byzantine Market and Economy.

The meeting also will be the occasion of the annual meeting of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) (; those whose papers are accepted must be members of BSANA: ($20 for faculty, $10 for students, retired, and independent scholars).

Two copies of abstracts of no more than 500 words, accompanied by a separate cover sheet with the title and your contact information and formatted according to the instructions at, should be sent to BSANA Vice President Adam Schor at by April 20. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Byzantine Studies Conferences annual Abstracts of Papers.

Questions can be directed to Linda Jones Hall, Program Chair, St. Mary's College of Maryland, at,

Mapping the Medieval City

Mapping the Medieval City: space, place and identity
An International Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Swansea University, 30-31 July 2009

- Participants include Ralph Hanna (Oxford), Robert W. Barrett Jr.
(Illinois), Keith Lilley (Belfast), Helen Fulton (Swansea) and Jane

- Sessions include:
- Mappings: personal, political religious
- The Fabric of the Medieval City
- Literature, Performance and Civic Identity
- Space, Memory and Gender
- Identity and Belonging: citizens, migrants and outsiders
- The City and the World: locating centres
- Recovering the Medieval City: sources and analysis
- Digital Humanities Forum

- A roundtable / Q&A session discussing medieval studies and new media, as
well as projects in the digital humanities more widely. Experts in
Humanities Computing will be available to answer questions and offer

- Launch of Mapping Medieval Chester website

For further information and a registration form, see the project website

), or contact Mark Faulkner (

Gender and Class in Byzantine Society

Gender and Class in Byzantine Society: XVIth Biennial Conference of
the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies *

*Call for Papers*

The Australian Association for Byzantine Studies would like to
formally announce a call for papers for its XVIth Biennial
Conference. The conference is being held in honour of Professor John
Melville-Jones and the theme will be 'Gender and Class in Byzantine
Society'. Contributors are invited to interpret this theme broadly
and we welcome submissions from all fields. Both scholars with
academic affiliation and working independently, as well as
postgraduate students, are encouraged to apply.

The Conference will be held 16-18 April 2010 at the University of New
England in Armidale, Australia ( Please
submit abstracts of up to 500 words in length to:

Associate Professor Lynda Garland
School of Humanities
University of New England
New South Wales 2351
tel +61 2 6773 3236
fax +61 2 6773 3520

Haskins Society CFP

6-8 November 2009
> Boston College
> Featured Speakers
> Paul Freedman, Yale University
> Wendy Davies, University College London
> Martin Carver, University of York
> The Society welcomes all paper proposals
> in fields and periods of medieval history to which Charles
> Homer Haskins contributed, including but not limited to:
> Anglo-Saxon, Viking, Norman, and Angevin history as well as
> early and high medieval cultural history. Proposals
> for complete sessions (three papers) and for individual
> papers will all be considered.
> Please send a one-page abstract and c.v.
> to the Program Director, John Cotts, by email (
> or snail mail (Whitman College, Department of History, Maxey
> Hall, Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083). The deadline for
> receipt of proposals is June 1, 2009. For general
> questions about the conference, please contact the
> Conference Director, Robin Fleming, at
> Papers by graduate students, untenured faculty and
> independent scholars are eligible for the Denis Bethell
> Prize. For details, please see
> http:/

Art and Sound in the Premodern Era

Art and Sound in the Premodern Era

CAA 98th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois, February 10­13, 2010

Diane J. Reilly, Indiana University, Hope School of Fine Art, 1201 East 7th
Street, Room 132, Bloomington, IN 47405-5501; and Sheri F. Shaneyfelt,
Vanderbilt University Department of History of Art, VU Station B #351801,
2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37235-1801

Although the aural is probably the most difficult component of an
artwork¹s context to reconstruct, it is also the most constant,
whether planned or unplanned, instrumental, vocal, or ambient.
Premodern art has most often been extracted from its audible
ambience, denying us the opportunity to experience fully the way
it would have been perceived. We seek papers that explore the
now-missing intersection between American, European, African,
or Asian art of premodern eras and sound. We particularly encourage speakers
who go beyond the simple use of lyrics to
explain a given iconography. Speakers should aim instead to
reconstruct aural components of an artwork¹s environment,
recover contingent vocal or musical expression, or shed light on
affiliations and resemblances between historical art and sound.

Institute of Byzantine Studies

We are organizing an International Graduate Day at the Institute of
> Byzantine Studies at Queen’s University in Belfast 6-7 May 2009.
> This event will be a good opportunity for students to present their
> work and to share their experiences.
> During this day there will be the possibility for graduate researchers
> to highlight their work, to share opinions and build international
> networks.
> Professor emeritus Robin Cormack, the curator of the recent exhibition
> “Byzantium 330-1453” at the Royal Academy London, will also be present
> in the Institute and available for students to discuss the exhibition
> with him.
> If you are interested in participating in this event you can write to
> us at this email byz.studies@
> or to my address nbergamo01@qub.
> (Nicola -male name- Bergamo)
> All graduate students may present their current research briefly at
> the meeting in the morning: we also invite 20-minute papers for the
> afternoon.
> Thursday 7 May 2009
> 10-12 Discussion of the current research and research directions
> 12-2 Question and answer with Robin Cormack
> 3-5 Presentation of papers (20 minutes presentation)
> We warmly invite you to attend the International Graduate Day hosted
> by QUB. The deadline will be 15 April 2009.
> Nicola Bergamo Christophe Marin Pia Felicitas Rawle

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mapping the Medieval City: space, place and ide

Mapping the Medieval City: space, place and identity
An International Interdisciplinary Colloquium
Swansea University, 30-31 July 2009

- Participants include Ralph Hanna (Oxford), Robert W. Barrett Jr. (Illinois), Keith Lilley (Belfast), Helen Fulton (Swansea) and Jane Laughton

- Sessions include:
- Mappings: personal, political religious
- The Fabric of the Medieval City
- Literature, Performance and Civic Identity
- Space, Memory and Gender
- Identity and Belonging: citizens, migrants and outsiders
- The City and the World: locating centres
- Recovering the Medieval City: sources and analysis
- Digital Humanities Forum

- A roundtable / Q&A session discussing medieval studies and new media, as well as projects in the digital humanities more widely. Experts in Humanities Computing will be available to answer questions and offer advice

- Launch of Mapping Medieval Chester website

For further information and a registration form, see the project website (, or contact Mark Faulkner (

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Sorry for the delay, I missed most of the week before last, so a couple of these are old, and not much happened in medieval related news last week. Most by now have heard and seen coverage of the earthquake in Italy, so I'll not include links here. In days to come medieval related assessments of the damage will be more specific and I'll include those in next week's update.

1,000-year-old fishing trap found on Google Earth

New find reveals Vikings may have worn horned helmets after all

Abbey reveals city's aancient secrets

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Sunday, April 5, 2009


I am pleased to announce that MAMA XXXIV will be held February 27, 2010, at Conception Abbey, Missouri, which is located in NW Missouri near Maryville. Our President and host will be Brother Thomas Sullivan, OSB. The theme of the conference will be "Monastic and Religious Life". More later about deadlines for papers, etc. Our thanks to Brother Thomas and the abbey.

Call for papers: *Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference at The Ohio State University

Call for papers:

*Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference at The Ohio State University

*November 6-7, 2009

Sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies

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: Scott Gwara, University of South Carolina,
/America's Orphan Manuscripts/.

Memorial session for Joseph Lynch with guest speakers, Roger
Reynolds, Barbara Hanawalt, and James Bennett.

Deadline for submission: August 15, 2009

Email abstract to or send to Professor Frank T. Coulson,
Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, 190 Pressey
Hall, 1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

Newsletter of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The first Newsletter of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies for 2009 has been posted at

To whet your appetite, I’ve copied a summary of its contents below.

The sidebar of the website contains further news about the Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Renaissance Society of America, to which SASMARS is affiliated, books, conferences, and personalia. It offers an extensive list of useful links to resources for medieval and renaissance studies and news of a scholarship opportunity for registered students.

Newsletter Number 1, 2009


• CFP: SASMARS 20th Biennial Conference, 2010
• Introducing Our Corresponding Fellows
• Books Published by Our Members
• Announcements: Conferences, Symposia, Seminars

· The Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa

· British Shakespeare Association

· Medieval Academy of America

· The European Society for Textual Scholarship

· Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's "Chaucer and Related

· CFP Mid Atlantic Popular/American Cultural Association Nov 5-7, 2009

· Other International Conferences in 2009 and 2010

Kind regards

Leonie Viljoen

Professor Leonie Viljoen

Research Fellow

Department of English Studies

University of South Africa

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Cell: 0829244733


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Within Reach: European Peripheries in the Middle Ages

'Within Reach: European Peripheries in the Middle Ages', a postgraduate
symposium organised by the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of
The symposium will be held at the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, on
the 25 April 2009.

Where was the edge of Europe in the Middle Ages? Where are the religious,
linguistic and cultural faultlines?
Are there any common features in intercultural contact zones? How and why
did medieval people cross
geographical, political, and cultural frontiers?

The causes and effects of the medieval expansion of Christian Europe have
long been a focus of attention for scholars
in all fields. Turning away from the more traditional concepts of
$B!F(Bconqueror-conquered$B!G(B interaction, this symposium will
concentrate on a more complex model of movement in the peripheries; one
that emphasises settlement, contact, and

Central themes include:
.. travel into and around the periphery
.. perceptions of peoples and places on frontiers
.. intercultural contact zones
.. cross-cultural experience
.. pilgrimage, crusade, mission
.. expansion
.. colonialism, post-colonialism

This one-day symposium is aimed primarily at postgraduates who wish to
share and discuss their recent research in
an informal interdisciplinary environment. Our keynote speakers are:

Dr Nora Berend, University of Cambridge, who will be speaking on 'The
Frontiers of Christendom: Rhetoric
and Reality in the Iberian Peninsula, Hungary, and Poland'
Dr Marianne O'Doherty, University of Southampton, Postcards from the Edge:
Perspectives from the Oceanic Periphery.

The symposium will provide a forum for interaction, discussion, and the
exchange of ideas, and includes the session
Within Reach: Academic Careers. This professional development workshop
aims to broaden perceptions of careers in
the field, with the aid of the participating academics, students, and
qualified career advisors.

For further information on attendance and registration, a copy of the
programme, or if you would like to provide a poster presentation for the
symposium, please contact Zsuzsa Papp, Katie Neville, or Liz Mylod,
Institute for Medieval Studies, Room 4.05,
Parkinson Building, University of Leeds, LEEDS, LS2 9JT, UK;

Within Reach: European Peripheries in the Middle Ages' is supported by the
Royal Historical Society and by
the Faculty of Arts Graduate School, University of Leeds.


2009 Spring series lecture

Galen Brokaw
(University at Buffalo)

"Indigenous American Polygraphy and the Dialogic Model of Media"

Thursday, 9 April
5 p.m.
Alexander Library, Pane Room

Indigenous American societies pose serious problems for traditional
theories of orality, literacy, writing, and semiosis in general. Based on
our understanding-albeit incomplete-of American media, this presentation
attempts to deconstruct the orality-literacy dichotomy that characterizes
anthropological thought (whether it be by anthropologists, historians,
literary critics, or others). Using indigenous American media such as the
Inca and Wari khipu, Moche fine-line painting, and Mesoamerican
iconography as a starting and ending point, it proposes a dialogic model
of literacy and subsequently a dialogic model of media that constitutes a
revision of the traditional anthropological and historical theory relating
to the role of writing/media, its relationship to the development of
socio-economic and political complexity, as well as its cognitive effects.

directions at:

For their support for the 2009 lecture series, the Rutgers Seminar in the
History of the Book would like to thank the following programs and units
at Rutgers:

American Studies | Center for Cultural Analysis | Departments of English /
French / Library and Information Science / Spanish & Portuguese | The
Graduate Program in Comparative Literature | Rutgers University Libraries
| School of Communication, Information & Library Studies | The
Transliteratures Project
Marija Dalbello, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
SHARP De Long Book Prize Jury
School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
4 Huntington Street
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1071
Voice: 732.932.7500 / 8215
FAX: 732.932.6916

Kristeller Lecture

Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 6:00 p.m.

Cristina Dondi, "The Venetian Book-Trade in the 15th Century: Material
Evidence for the Economic and Social History of the Renaissance"

The 2009 Paul Oskar Kristeller Lecture

Early provenance of thousands of surviving 15th-century books will serve to
assess the extent of the booktrade and how this factor of social history
contributed to the economic history of the time. Specifically, initial
research conducted on the 5606 Venetian incunables now in the Bodleian
Library allows us to identify the percentage of production which went to
England, Germany, and to the rest of Italy; we can see which kind of texts
were exported to which countries, and which types of purchasers and readers
acquired them?lay or religious, private or institutional, male or female.

Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street
A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Please RSVP to

Dr. Cristina Dondi is with the Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian
Library, University of Oxford.

The Kristeller Occasional Lectures in Western Cultural History before 1800
are made possible by a bequest from the late Professor Kristeller to the
Columbia University Libraries.


A new listserv is available now for anyone interested in medieval medical
history: MEDMED-L. Although this has been created primarily with the
interests of scholars working on Europe and the Mediterranean world in mind,
if people working in other areas of the world but in similar timeframes
would like to participate, they are most certainly welcome as are all
working in traditions that draw on humoral theory, etc.

At the bottom of this message is a link to a webpage where you can go to
request to be enrolled in MEDMED-L. Under "Options," click on the "Join or
Leave MEDMED-L" link. That will take you to a page where you can fill in
your name and email address. I recommend you leave all the other settings
in their default positions, except for "Acknowledgements". There, I
recommend you choose "Receive copy of own postings" so you'll have
confirmation that any messages you send have in fact gotten through to the
list. Click on "Join MEDMED-L". Once you send that request, it comes to me
and I approve it. You'll then receive a confirmation notice in your email
account acknowledging that you've been added to the list; this is an
automated, computer-generated message. You will also receive a "Welcome"
message with basic info on managing your subscription. You should keep both
messages in your "listserv folder" in your email account, in case you need
to refer to them later. You should also add to your "safe
senders" list in your e-mail address book to make sure that incoming
messages don't end up in the junk mail pile.

And that's it! From then on, you can "post" to the list any time you want
by simply sending an e-mail to The one hard and fast
restriction of this system is that you MUST post from the e-mail account you
used when you subscribed. Thus, if you subscribed from your university
e-mail account but then try to post from your gmail (Google mail) account,
your message will be rejected. (The simple way around this is to subscribe
from both addresses you use; you will then be able to post from either one.
You will, however, get two copies of all postings.)

I am setting up MEDMED-L as an "unmoderated" listserv. That means that I,
as listserv manager, do not exercise any editorial functions in screening
messages. Once you post a message, it goes out immediately to all
subscribers with no filtering. (Which means, of course, that you should
double-check before you hit the "SEND" button!) Subscribers are on their
honor to keep messages civil and "on topic" in relation to the theme of the
list. I would like to see subscribers post in whatever language they feel
most comfortable, with people who reply doing the same. I would very much
like to see this serve as a forum in which the whole international scholarly
community feels welcome.

The one special request I would make of all subscribers: when you enroll,
please send a short bio to the list introducing yourself, giving some
information on your training in the field (novices are welcome), and
providing a brief summary of your research interests. When you do this,
please head your message "Bio: [your name]". That way, people can quickly
look up all the bios in our archives whenever they want to know who has
expertise in a certain field.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you enroll and decide the
list is not for you, you simply go to the same webpage where you initially
enrolled and ask for your name to be removed from the list of subscribers.
(You can also set your mail on "hold" if you know you'll be away for a while
and don't want messages piling up in your inbox.)

I envision this listserv functioning as a forum to announce conferences, new
publications, etc., but also as a casual forum where we can ask research
questions of each other. Medieval medical history is a thriving field, but
still in a relatively adolescent stage of development. We all have a
tremendous amount to gain from sharing--as we have always done in a field
defined (in my opinion) by its generosity as much as by its excellence.

ON behalf of Monica Green

This may seem an unorthodox request, but here goes. Last year, Oxford
University Press published my book, Making Women¹s Medicine Masculine: The
Rise of Male Authority in Pre-Modern Gynaecology. As is customary practice
(I take it), the press priced the book without consulting me: it costs a
whopping $120/£66. Even I wouldn¹t shell out this kind of money! Needless
to say, sales seem to be mostly going to libraries, and with the global
economy in its present state, I doubt any future sales are likely. They¹ve
done next to no marketing.

What¹s more surprising, however, is that so few people seem to have taken
advantage of the FREE (yes, you read that right) downloadable copy of the
complete Conclusion to the book available at Oxford¹s U.K. website: (It is only available at
the U.K. website, not the U.S.‹don¹t know why. I get no royalties from
downloads, so I¹m not trying to generate income.) The Conclusion is
actually quite substantial, and summarizes the wide-ranging implications of
my findings for post-medieval history. In short, it¹s potentially of
relevance to medievalists and non-medievalists alike. (Cf. Joan Scott¹s
recent call for historicizing the category of ³women²‹a point just repeated
in a recent posting here on MEDFEM-L.)

I would greatly appreciate it if you could alert students and colleagues to
the availability of this portion of my work. Should web traffic increase,
that might finally signal to OUP that there is a market for this book and
that it would be worth considering a paperback (i.e., affordable!) edition.

Thanks for your help!

Monica Green
Professor of History
Arizona State University
MEDFEM-L is an unmoderated forum for the discussion of feminist approaches
to medieval studies sponsored jointly by the Society for Medieval Feminist
Scholarship (SMFS) and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies (ACMRS).

Visit SMFS at

Visit ACMRS at Phone: (480) 965-5900 Fax: (480)

Genetic Editions in a Digital Framework

You are very welcome to participate in a workshop on "Genetic
Editions in a Digital Framework" to be held at ITEM
( in Paris, 14/15 May 2009. The purpose of
this workshop is, as mentioned in a previous posting, to prepare an
encoding model for genetic editions/criticism.

The meeting will start on Thursday, 2pm (sharp), and we will finish
on Friday by 3:30pm. The first day will include presentations by
invited speakers on genetic editions from a research but not
necessarily digital point of view, while the second day has a
workshop character and is devoted to the encoding itself.

Participation is open to everyone but the number of places is
limited, so pre-registration is essential. In order to register for
the event, please send an email (with name, affiliation) to as soon as possible but not later than 17
April, as it will be a first-in-first-serve basis. Please register
also for lunch (must be paid by yourself) on Friday if you wish so.

List of invited speakers (partly subject to confirmation):

Dr. Anne Bohnenkamp Goethe Museum, Frankfurt (Germany)
Dr. John Bryant Hofstra University (USA)
Aurèle Crasson, CNRS ITEM (France)
Jean-Daniel Fekete INRIA (France)
Dr. Daniel Ferrer CNRS ITEM (France)
Prof. Dr. Hans Walter Gabler Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Axel Gellhaus Rheinsch-Westfälische Technische
Hochschule Aachen (Germany)
Dr. Almuth Grésillon, CNRS ITEM (France)
Prof. Dr. Claus Huitfeldt University of Bergen (Norway)
Dr. Dirk van Hulle University of Antwerp (Belgium)
Dr. Jean-Louis Lebrave, CNRS ITEM (France)
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lukas Wuppertal, (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Kenneth M. Price University of Nebraska-Lincoln (USA)
Prof. Kathryn Sutherland University of Oxford (UK)
Edward Vanhoutte Centre for Scholarly Editing and Document Studies
- Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (Belgium)

ade for King Alfred the Great? The Alfred Jewel and Recent Discoveries"

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
would like to announce an upcoming lecture:

David Hinton (University of Southamptom)

"Made for King Alfred the Great? The Alfred Jewel and Recent Discoveries"

Monday, April 6, 5:00 p.m.
Classroom 2 in the Museum This lecture is free and open to the
public. Prof. Hinton is Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the
University of Southampton, a former editor of the UK journal,
Medieval Archaeology, and has published on a monograph on the Alfred
Jewel, as well as best-selling books on Alfred's Kingdom (1979), and
Pots and Pins (2005). He has excavated widely in southern England
including at Wareham (Dorset) with Richard Hodges, Williams Director
of the Penn Museum.

For further information, please contact: Margaret R. Spencer
Executive Assistant to the Williams Director
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324
215-573-9369 (fax)