Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Early English Laws

A major new project entitled 'Early English Laws' has started at the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), University of London. The project aims to edit or re-edit, translate, introduce and comment on all 142 early legal codes, edicts, manuals and treatises composed in England before the issuing of Magna Carta in 1215, and to make these materials available online. For more information, please visit

Southeast Regional Late Antiquity Workshop

We are happy to announce the first annual Southeast Regional Late Antiquity Workshop on Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 2009, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is entitled "Roman Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity" and will feature seminars on current scholarship by William Adler (North Carolina State), James Francis (University of Kentucky, Lexington), Nicole Kelley (Florida State University), and Edward Watts (University of Indiana, Bloomington). We encourage all interested faculty and graduate students to join us. The events of the workshop are free to all registered participants (see attached schedule).

To register for this workshop, or if you have any questions (including about finding accommodations), please contact Tina Shepardson: .

The workshop is funded by the University of Tennessee's Humanities Initiative and the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Dr. Tina Shepardson, workshop coordinator

Assistant Professor

Department of Religious Studies

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Cognitive Theories of Medieval Performance

Cognitive Theories of Medieval Performance

Modern Language Association Convention

December 2009

Philadelphia, PA

Many theatre scholars are now employing cognitive theory to explore drama and performance. This research has supported long-held claims about theatre, while simultaneously complicating and challenging our assumptions about theatrical events and their cultural work. The large number of recent essay collections, articles, special journal issues, and conferences devoted to this interdisciplinary approach reflects its relevance and significance. See specifically, Performance and Cognition, eds. Bruce McConachie and F. Elizabeth Hart (New York: Routledge, 2006); Staging Philosophy: Intersections of Theater, Performance, and Philosophy, eds. David Krasner and David Z. Saltz (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006); the December 2007 issue of Theatre Journal dedicated to work on performance and cognition; and the Theatre and Cognitive Studies Symposium held at the University of Pittsburgh in February of 2009.

This panel seeks papers that use evidence and theory from cognitive science to analyze medieval drama, performance, and/or theatricality. Although papers that analyze dramatic texts are welcome, this session specifically invites work that employs cognitive theory to explore aspects of medieval performance events and theatrical culture. This panel's organizer hopes to include work from a range of medieval periods and geographic regions. One-page abstracts to Jill Stevenson ( by March 15th. This panel is sponsored by the Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society.

Roger Pearse at it again....

One of these is the "Commentary on the Nicene Creed" by al-Majdalus.
He may have been a Melkite priest of the 10th century. This one came
in last weekend, which is why I publicise it.

You can get the Arabic text, and English translation in Word
documents. A kind gentleman has combined the two in a PDF. These
three files are here:

I've also formatted the translation as HTML and included it in my
collection of patristic texts not otherwise online here:

All the texts on this page are public domain; do whatever you like
with them. If people want to upload copies to their own websites,
etc, I'd be most honoured.

If anyone would like to support the site by buying a CDROM of it,
that can be done from here:

Sales go towards hiring people willing to transcribe and/or translate
things for us all

Joseph Lynch, Obituary

Professor Joseph H. Lynch died unexpectedly on December 27, 2008 at
the age of 65. He held the Joe & Elizabeth Engle Chair in the
History of Christianity at The Ohio State University in Columbus
Ohio. He was a fellow of the Medieval Academy, past President of the
American Catholic Historical Association and was a long time member
of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society. Joe was a
graduate of Boston College and earned the Ph.D. from Harvard
University in 1971 under Giles Constable. His first book, published
in 1976 as a revised dissertation, was Simoniacal Entry into the
Religious Life from 1000 to 1260: A Social, Economic and Legal
Study. He also published Godparents and Kinship in Early Medieval
Europe (Princeton, 1986) and Christianizing Kinship: Ritual
Sponsorship in Anglo-Saxon England (Cornell, 1998). He is perhaps
best known for his book The Medieval Church: A Brief History
(Longmans, 1992) and only a few weeks ago Oxford released his Early
Christianity: A Brief History which Joe completed just before his
death. He was a dedicated servant to his department and university.
He was a model advisor and friend to many graduate students over the
years, including your scribe. He earned many teaching awards at Ohio
State and held numerous distinguished fellowships throughout his
career. Joe was also a devout Catholic and loving father,
grandfather and husband. He will be greatly missed. Requiescat in

Saturday, February 21, 2009

T.N. Toller Memorial Lecture for 2009

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies is pleased to announce:

The T.N. Toller Memorial Lecture for 2009 will be given by Professor Michelle Brown, formerly Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, on

‘Words to be Seen and Images to be Read: Aspects of the Anglo-Saxon Approach to Visual Literacy’

In the Historic Reading Room of the John Rylands Library, Deansgate

at 6.30 p.m. on Monday 2 March 2009.

All welcome. Wine reception to follow.

Parker Library Closure

Has it already been reported here that the Parker Library will be
closed to readers
between June 2009 and Easter 2010, in order to construct a new
reading room and
a secure vault?

There is a notice on the college website: It appears that some MSS will be available, but only with

UCLA's Manuscript Catalogue

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tuition Scholarships, 2009 Digital Humanities Summer Institute

Tuition Scholarships for the
2009 Digital Humanities Summer Institute
University of Victoria, June 8-12, 2009

We are pleased to announce that funding from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, and other partners, makes it possible
for us to offer of a limited number of tuition scholarship spots in the 2009
Summer Institute. The scholarships are open to everyone and are awarded on
the basis of need and merit; scholarships cover all tuition costs, with the
exception of a small administration fee.

The application form is available on line at The application deadline for this
year is March 15th, with news of scholarships returned no later than the end
of March. Please note that scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, to
expedite travel planning and other arrangements, and there are a limited
number of scholarship spots in each course. Please apply early!

* Additional ACH Travel Bursary

The Association for Computers and the Humanities ( is
again offering several bursaries to assist graduate students in defraying
travel and lodging costs. You may apply for this bursary at the same time as
for DHSI scholarships by indicating on the scholarship application form that
you are a graduate student member of the ACH and would like to be considered
for the ACH bursary.

* Mandate

The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an environment ideal to
discuss, to learn about, and to advance skills in new computing technologies
influencing the work of those in the Arts, Humanities and Library
communities. The institute takes place across a week of intensive
coursework, seminar participation, and lectures. It brings together faculty,
staff, and graduate student theorists, experimentalists, technologists, and
administrators from different areas of the Arts, Humanities, Library and
Archives communities and beyond to share ideas and methods, and to develop
expertise in applying advanced technologies to activities that impact
teaching, research, dissemination and preservation.

* Host and Sponsors

The institute is hosted by the University of Victoria's Faculty of
Humanities, its Humanities Computing and Media Centre, and its Electronic
Textual Cultures Lab, and has been sponsored by the University of Victoria
and its Library, University of British Columbia Library, Simon Fraser
University Library, Acadia University, the Society for Digital Humanities /
Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs, the Association for Computers
and the Humanities, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of
Canada's Image, Text, Sound and Technology Program, and others.

* Curriculum

Institute Lectures (to be confirmed):
Melissa Terras (University College London)
Dot Porter (Dublin, DHO)
Donald Bruce (Guelph)
Robert Blake (UC Davis)
Daniel O'Donnell (Lethbridge)

Introductory offerings:
[1] Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application
(instructed by Julia Flanders [Brown U] and Syd Bauman [Brown U])
[2] Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application
(instructed by Robin Davies [Vancouver Island U] and Michael Nixon
[Vancouver Island U])

Intermediate offerings:
[3] Transcribing and Describing Primary Sources using TEI-conformant XML
(instructed by Matthew Driscoll [Arnamagnaean Institute, Copenhagen])
[4] Expressing Physical Materiality in Digital Projects
(instructed by Dot Porter [Dublin, DHO])
[5] Multimedia: Design for Visual, Auditory, and Interactive Electronic
(instructed by Aimee Morrison [U Waterloo])
[6] Teaching and Learning with Technology in Applied Linguistics
(instructed by Catherine Caws [U Victoria] and Ulf Scheutze [U Victoria])
[7] Online Journal Publishing Using PKP's Open Journals System (OJS)
(instructed by PKP Staff [Alec Smecher and James MacGregor])

Advanced consultations:
[8] Issues in Large Project Planning and Management
(instructed by Lynne Siemens [U Victoria], with seminar speakers TBA.)
[9] Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities
(instructed by David Hoover [New York U])
[10] Digital Tools for Literary History
(instructed by Susan Brown [U Alberta, Guelph] and Stan Ruecker [U Alberta])

* Registration Fees ($ CDN)

Early registration fees for the institute are $950 for faculty and staff,
and $500 for students. Standard fees will apply as of April 1st.

* Website

For further details -- such as the list of speakers, a tentative schedule,
the registration form, and accommodation information – see the institute's
website, at this URL:

Gender and Loss CFP

Gender and Loss: Experiencing Widowhood in Britain and Continental Europe, c.1400-1900

Bath Spa University, Bath, UK

26-28 August 2009

Call for Papers:

Widowhood - even when it brought wealth and liberation rather than poverty and tribulation - posed a variety of challenges to men and women in Britain and on the Continent. This conference, sponsored by the Centre for the History of Gender and the Urban Experience at Bath Spa University, seeks proposals for papers from historians, literary scholars and postgraduate students with an interest in the historical experience of widows and widowers between 1400 and 1900. While the widow is a well-known figure of literary and historical analysis, much less academic attention has been paid to the widower, or to the gendered experience of widowhood over time and across boundaries. This conference aims to foster an international dialogue and create a network of scholars interested in exploring the ways that men and women coped with the loss of a spouse and how their experiences of widowhood were shaped by gender, place and space.

Send abstracts of papers and/or panel proposals (not more than three papers) of not more than 300 words to either Dr Elaine Chalus or Dr Roberta Anderson . Proposals from postgraduate students are particularly welcomed.

Deadline for proposals, Friday, 27 March 2009.

Programme and booking forms will be found on the Centre for the History of Gender and the Urban Experience webpage on the Bath Spa University website shortly after this date.

Via Linguist List: IPA Trainer

LINGUIST List issue

I have programmed the first version of a tool I call IPA Trainer. It is a
tool supposed to help students learn the IPA characters. I believe and have
experienced that it is very helpful. Any lecturer can register, and then
customise an IPA consonants chart containing only the IPA characters that
are relevant to his/her students and in the order he/she teaches them. A
link can then be distributed to the students, and they can go practice
these characters.

I believe you will also find this interesting, and I would be happy if you
would add a link to it on your site. Any feedback/bugs are also very
welcome. The system is in English.

The system can be found at:

An introduction page for lecturers can be found at:

A manual can be downloaded from:

I really hope the system can be of use!


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

EEF: Natural Language Processing for Ancient Languages

Second call for papers: "Natural Language Processing for Ancient

Guest editors: Joseph Denooz and Serge Rosmorduc

The TAL journal launches a call for papers for an special issue
of the journal on NLP for Ancient Languages.
« Ancient Languages » is here understood on a large basis: we
consider both dead languages (Akkadian, Ancient Egyptian, Latin...)
and old stages of modern languages (Old and Middle French...).

Proposals may deal with all aspect of computer storage and
processing of ancient languages, as for instance:
automated morphological or syntactic analysis of ancient languages;
text corpora (creation of a corpus, searches systems, etc.);
encoding of ancient languages (scripting system, text representation,
unicode and ISO 10646, etc.);
XML, TEI and ancient languages (use of XML to model ancient
documents, corpus representation, DTD or schemas for dictionaries) ;
text capture, OCR and ancient texts, links between pictures corpora
and structured representations;
NLP as a tool for the philologist (practical uses of NLP in the context
of philological or grammatical research).
uses of NLP in teaching ancient languages.
diachronic studies (models for language change, diachronic databases, etc.)

The Journal
TAL (Traitement Automatique des Langues / Natural Language
Processing) is a forty year old international journal published by
ATALA (French Association for Natural Language Processing)
with the support of CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research).
It has moved to an electronic mode of publication, with printing
on demand - see This affects in
no way its reviewing and selection process.

Practical issues
Contributions (25 pages maximum, PDF format) must be sent
by e-mail to the following address:
(rosmord _at_ iut dot univ-paris8 dot fr)
Style sheets are available for download on the Web site of
the journal:
Language: manuscripts may be submitted in English or French.
French-speaking authors are requested to submit in French.

Important dates
27/02/2009 Deadline for submission.
31/04/2009 Notification to authors.
03/06/2009 Deadline for submission of a revised version.
03/07/2009 Final decision.
October 2009 Parution

Invited editorial board
François Barthélémy, CEDRIC, Conservatoire National des
Arts et Métiers, France
Mahé Ben Hamed, Laboratoire Dynamique du langage,
CNRS - Université Lumière Lyon 2
Francesco Citti, Université de Bologne,
Joseph Denooz, LASLA, Université de Liège, Belgique
Gérard Huet, Équipe Sanscrit, INRIA, France
Wojciech Jaworski, Institute of Informatics, Warsaw University,
Bastien Kindt, Institut orientaliste, Université catholique de Louvain,
George Kiraz, Gorgias Press, USA
Christiane Marchello-Nizia, ICAR, ENS Lyon
Nicolas Mazziotta, , Université de Liège, Belgique
Sylvie Mellet, BCL, CNRS,
Remo Mugnaioni, Centre Sciences du Langage, EA 85,
Université de Provence
Mark-Jan Nederhof, University of St Andrews
Mark Olsen, ARTFL, Université de Chicago
Gerald Penn, Department of Computer Sciences, University
of Toronto, Canada
Serge Rosmorduc, Équipe Langues et littératures de l'Égypte
ancienne, EPHE Ivième section,
Wolfgang Schenkel, Université de Tügingen, RFA
Richard Sproat, University of Illinois, USA,
Achim Stein , Institut für Linguistik/Romanistik, Universität Stuttgart
Paul Tombeur, CTLO (Turnhout), Belgique
Laurence Tuerlinckx, Institut orientaliste, Université catholique de
Louvain, Belgique
Jerzy Tyszkiewicz, Institute of Informatics, Warsaw University,
Jean Winand, Service d'Égyptologie, Université de Liège, Belgique

This call for paper is available in various formats on

2009 Digital Humanities Summer Institute open for Registration

There are two offerings (both at the "Intermediate" level) that may be
of interest to medievalists:

[3] Transcribing and Describing Primary Sources using TEI-conformant XML
(instructed by Matthew Driscoll [Arnamagnaean Institute, Copenhagen])

[4] Expressing Physical Materiality in Digital Projects
(instructed by Dot Porter [Dublin, DHO])

If you are interested in attending either of these workshops but you
don't have any experience with the Text Encoding Initiative, be aware
that an Introduction to TEI workshop will be taught at Kalamazoo...
announcements to be distributed in the next week or so.

Call for papers: Handle with Care: Authority and Diplomacy from Dante to Spenser

Venue: Liverpool Hope University

Date: 4-5 July 2009

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be emailed to Dr Will
Rossiter ( by 1 May 2009.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Digital Classicist Work-in-Progress Seminars (London, 2009)

Digital Classicist Work-in-Progress Seminars (London, 2009)

Call for Presentations

The Digital Classicist will once more be running a series of
Work-in-Progress seminars in Summer 2009, on the subject of research
into the ancient world that has an innovative digital component. We are
especially interested in work that involves equal collaboration with a
computer scientist or that would be considered serious research in the
Computing field as well as Classics, Archaeology, and/or Ancient History.

The Work-in-Progress seminars run on Friday afternoons from June to
August in Senate House, London, and are sponsored by the Institute for
Classical Studies (UofL), the Centre for Computing in the Humanities
(KCL), the Centre for e-Research (KCL), and the British Library. In
previous years collected papers from the DC WiP seminars have been
published in a special issue of an online journal (2006), edited as a
printed volume (2007), and released as audio podcasts (2008); we
anticipate similar publication opportunities for future series.

Please send a 300-500 word abstract to by March
31st 2009. We shall announce the full programme in April.

PIMS Summer School in Paleography

This is to announce that the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval
Studies in Toronto will be offering a course on medieval Latin
paleography in the summer, 1-29 June. The course will be taught by
the Director of the Institute, Dr. Michele Mulchahey, and Associate
Fellow of the Institute, Dr. Greti Dinkova-Bruun. The costs are
very reasonable: $1000 Canadian for the tuition. Living costs in
residence halls at the University of Toronto will be additional but
also reasonable.
The deadline for registration is May 1, 2009.

Please find the full description of the course at the website:

The course is expected to run every summer from 2009 onwards.

If you have any questions about this that are not answered by the
website, please don't hesitate to write to me or to the directors

Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE)

the Institute for Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) is offering
a Spring School on methodological and technical basic skills in digital
editing taking place 30th of March to 3th of April 2009 at the
University of Cologne.

The Spring School applies to postgraduates, Ph. D. students and postdocs
with research interest in philology, philosophy and history.
All courses will be held in German, admission is free.
Registration deadline is 28th February 2009. Please send an email
including a short project description to Torsten Schassan (schassan [at]
hab [dot] de).

For more information please visit our website or go
directly to

Blood, Sex, Malory: An International Conference on the Morte Darthur

Dear colleagues (with apologies for cross-posting),

Registration is now open for the conference below (please click on the link
for more details, including the conference programme). Do please pass this
on to any colleagues or students who might be interested.

Blood, Sex, Malory: An International Conference on the Morte Darthur, its
sources and reception. University of Leicester, 24th-25th April 2009

Aramaic Studies 6.2 2008 Published by Brill

Aramaic Studies 6.2 (2008)

This is now a Brill journal. The table of contents of this issue:

The Division between Western and Eastern Manuscripts in the Peshitta Psalter: An Insurmountable Obstacle for a Critical Edition?

Carbajosa, Ignacio

Diathesis and Middle Voice in the Syriac Ancient Grammatical Tradition: The Translations and Adaptations of the Téchne Grammatiké and the Arabic Model

Farina, Margherita

Sin, Iniquity, Wickedness, and Rebellion in the Peshitta to Isaiah and Jeremiah

Greenberg, Gillian

The Authorial Spirit? Biblical Citations in Jacob of Edessa's Hexaemeron

Salvesen, Alison

New Medieval Books in Syriac Studies

The Character of the Syriac Version of Psalms: A Study of Psalms 90-150 in the Peshitta (MPIL 17)

Ignacio Carbajosa

This book investigates the character of the Peshitta in Psalms 90-150 in order to facilitate the proper use of this version in textual criticism. It identifies the Peshitta’s translation techniques and it discusses the version’s interpretation of difficult passages in the Hebrew text. The question of the Hebrew Vorlage behind the Peshitta Psalter is raised. Also investigated here is the relationship between the Peshitta Psalms and the LXX and Targum, and an assessment of the supposed influence of these versions on the Peshitta Psalter is offered. Inquiry is made into the theology of the translation, the identity of the translators, and the relationships among the manuscripts of the Peshitta Psalter. This text is designed as a tool for scholars who, when confronted by critical questions in the Psalter, seek to understand the readings preserved in the Peshitta.

Jacob of Edessa and the Syriac Culture of His Day (MPIL 18)

Edited by Bas ter Haar Romeny

Jacob of Edessa (c.640-708) is considered the most learned Christian of the early days of Islam. In all fifteen contributions to this volume, the interaction between Christianity, Judaism, and the new religion is an important issue. The articles discuss Jacob’s biography as well as his position in early Islamic Edessa, and give a full picture of the various aspects of Jacob of Edessa’s life and work as a scholar and clergyman. Attention is paid to his efforts in the fields of historiography, correspondence, canon law, text and interpretation of the Bible, language and translation, theology, philosophy, and science. The book, which marks the 1300th anniversary of Jacob’s death, also contains a bibliographical clavis.

Contributors are: William Adler, Jan J. van Ginkel, Robert G. Hoyland, Henri Hugonnard-Roche, Konrad D. Jenner, Dirk Kruisheer, Bas ter Haar Romeny, Richard J. Saley, Alison Salvesen, Herman Teule, Lucas Van Rompay, Baby Varghese, Marina Wilks, Witold Witakowski, and the late Rafi Talmon.

See for more details, including a full table of contents, Brill’s website:

Skepsi, Second Issue CFP

Call for papers: Skepsi, Second Issue

The editorial board of Skepsi is pleased to invite contributions for
the second issue of the Interdisciplinary Online Journal of European
Thought and Theory in Humanities and Social Sciences, based in the
University of Kent, to be released in Spring 2009.

Considerations of Audience
in Medieval & Early Modern Studies

Besechyng yow that ye audience therof not disdeigne
But consider the trew intent of my hert in euery veyne

The aim of this issue is to explore the nature and character of
audience to foster a greater understanding and utilisation of
strategies that can be employed to construct audience in relation to
Medieval and Early Modern studies. Ultimately audience is a topic
that unites rather than divides us.

Audience forms a vital consideration for all postgraduate students of
the Medieval and Early Modern Period embracing studies of literature,
history, art, architecture and artefacts. The evidence and sources
around which enquiries are centred, regardless of discipline, topic
or approach, be those sources, textual, visual or physical are
created with an intended audience in mind. This primary audience
forms a significant component that is inseparable from considerations
of form and function. There is also a second audience – that is the
actual audience. Yet inevitably both the intended audience, who often
are only a projection in the mind of the creator, and the actual
audience rarely leave us the information that we seek. Thus although
an appreciation of audience is encompassed in all relationships
between producer and recipient(s) this appreciation and anticipated
appreciation mostly has to be constructed afresh. Therefore, although
identifying the Medieval Audience secures the foundation of our
understanding of the period’s culture paradoxically this knowledge
and awareness of the audience is frequently assumed with the result
that neither the intended or actual audience is explored, clearly
identified, or even alluded to.

We invite proposals for articles which interpret the topic as widely
as possible. The following list, which is neither prescriptive nor
exhaustive, may serve as inspiration:

The difficulties in identifying audience
Does the audience emerge through specific methods of research?
Should we be focusing on audience?
To what extent can modern theories of audience be useful tools for
enquiry into the past? Can they be adapted or do alternate modes of
analysis need to be sought?
Ultimately all our endeavours are to be presented to an audience, do
we consider them as we write?

Contributions – including an article (3000/5000 words, written in
academic English), an abstract proposal (approximately 300 words,
with a short list of keywords) and a C.V. (with your name,
institution, stage of study and email address) – should be sent to
Skepsi editorial board via e-mail (, as Microsoft
Word attached documents. Skepsi uses a version of the MHRA Style
Guide. Please refer to the MHRA online guide.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 20 February 2009. Please
note that a postgraduate colloquium was held on the same topic in
December 2008 at the University of Kent. A selection of its papers
will be published in the Second Issue of Skepsi.

rman Historical Institute’s Medieval History Seminar Reminder

I am writing you on behalf of the conveners of the German Historical
Institute’s Medieval History Seminar to urge you to encourage your students
with some command of German to apply to participate in the sixth Medieval
History Seminar, to be held in London, from October 8 to 11, 2009.

The seminar is designed to bring together American, British and German Ph.D.
candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2007-2008) in medieval history
(broadly defined) for a weekend of scholarly discussion and collaboration.
Having been a part of this seminar since its inception, I can testify to how
useful the experience has been for both the Anglophone and Germanophone
students who have participated through the years. Students need not be
working on “German history,” and their German need not be perfect. However
the seminar provides a unique opportunity for students to encounter the
rising generation of young medievalists in Germany.

This year we have received some excellent applications, but we are frankly
disappointed with the number. Therefore the GHI has decided to extend the
deadline for applications to February 15, 2009. If you have any advanced
graduate students or recent PhDs who would like to receive positive feedback
on their work from their German contemporaries, as well as from Michael
Borgolte (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Frank Rexroth (Universität
Göttingen), Barbara H. Rosenwein (Loyola University Chicago), Dame Janet L.
Nelson (King’s College London), Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of
London), and myself, please encourage them to apply. Full information on the
program can be found on the GHI website:
id=260> &view=article&id=528&Itemid=260 .

Students may also email me for more information at or write
me at the Collegium Budapest, Szentháromság utca 2.
H-1014 Budapest,Hungary, where I will be until the end of March.

With all best wishes,
Patrick Geary

Professor Patrick J. Geary
Department of History
University of California Los Angeles
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles CA 90095-1473
Tel: 310 825-4389
Fax: 310 206-9630


Hortulus: The Online Community Website for Graduate Students in Medieval
Studies is now accepting applications for a new Online Community Editor.
Hortulus's online community works in conjunction with our online journal to
provide an open

forum for dialogue, information exchange, and resources for graduate

The duties of the Online Community Editor include:

* Overseeing and updating the Community Website Pages at least once a month

* Broadening our community outreach by bringing new contributors to the

* Proposing new and innovative ideas to make the Hortulus Online Community
Website more useful and engaging for graduate student in medieval studies.

Applicants should familiarize themselves with the Hortulus website at and submit a letter clarifying their qualifications and
ideas for the position along with a copy of their CV before February 7th to

Vagantes Reminder

MARCH 5, 6, AND 7,

Florida State University is proud to host Vagantes 2009!

Vagantes, an annual, traveling conference for graduate students studying any
aspect of the Middle Ages, was conceived with several goals in mind:
fostering a sense of community among junior medievalists, providing exposure
to an interdisciplinary forum, and showcasing the resources of the host
institutions -- all within a student budget.

This year's conference features 24 graduate student presenters from various
institutions across North America. Additionally, Vagantes is honored to
welcome keynote speakers Richard Emmerson (Florida State University) and
Helen Damico (University of New Mexico). During the evening of March 6, Dr.
Emmerson will present "John as Visionary Witness, Participant, and
Intermediary in Medieval Apocalypses". On March 7, Dr. Damico will present
"Beowulf and the Danes: From History to Vernacular Epic". Receptions will
follow each keynote presentation.

For further information regarding the conference program, registration,
receptions and banquet, and travel logistics, please visit the conference
website: .
If you have additional questions, please contact Carey Fee at

Registration for the conference is *FREE* for each and every attendee.
Everyone is more than welcome to attend some or all of the conference.
Vagantes, FSU, and the Conference Committee look forward to seeing you in

Best wishes,
Carey Fee

Vagantes 2009 Co-Chair
Ph.D. Student
Art History Department
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida


6th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris

Dates: 24-26 June 2009, Location: Université de Paris - I (Sorbonne), France

Deadline for Submissions: 1 February 2009
Keynote speakers: Dominique Iogna-Prat, Philippe Plagnieux, and Philippe

The International Medieval Society of Paris (IMS-Paris) is soliciting
abstracts for
individual papers and proposals for complete sessions for its 2009 Symposium

organized around the theme of space in medieval France.

Questions about ideas of space have recently invigorated the field of
studies, challenging prevailing Modernist views that the concept of space
existed from the Renaissance onward. The Sorbonne's collection Constructions
l'espace au Moyen Age: pratiques et représentations (2007) showcases recent
historical research on spatiality, particularly regarding geographical
and boundaries, as well as the role of space in social relations and
while Sarah Kay's Place of Thought (2007) re-evaluates the complexity of the

locus communis from a literary perspective. These publications
complement ongoing investigations by historians of visual culture into the
dynamic meanings, uses and phenomenologies of medieval space.

This symposium aims to generate an interdisciplinary forum on space in
medieval France between c. 500 and c. 1500 that will enrich these ongoing
debates and our knowledge of space in the Middle Ages by approaching the
from a variety of perspectives. Papers should address France, Francia or
Roman Gaul in some way, but they need not be exclusively limited to this
geographic area.

We encourage papers on the following topics, as well as papers for open
in all disciplines:
• Public and private space
• Walls, boundaries, limits
• The shape of space in medieval art, architecture, and music
• Space or place?
• Astronomy
• Sacred and profane space
• Commercial space
• Performance and the use of space
• Space and identity in the medieval city

Abstracts in French or English of 300 words or less for a 20-minute paper
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 deadline for abstract submission is 1 February 2009. The IMS will review

submissions and respond via e-mail by 15 February 2009. Titles of accepted
will be made available on the IMS website. Authors of accepted papers will
responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35
reduced for students).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary and bilingual (French/English)
founded to serve as a centre for medievalists who research, work, study, or
travel to France. For more information about the IMS and the schedule of
year's Symposium, please see our website:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

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