Sunday, May 30, 2010

Symposium on medieval collections at the Walters Art Museum, 21 May

You are cordially invited to attend the symposium “A New Look at Old
Things: Revisiting the Medieval Collections at the Walters,” to be
held at the Walters Art Museum on Friday, May 21, 2010, from 10 to
5:30. This daylong event will feature a group of young scholars
familiar with the Walters’ collections who will offer new
perspectives on little-published manuscripts and objects.
Participants include Beatrice Radden Keefe (Princeton Index of
Christian Art), Richard Leson (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee),
Lisa Mahoney (Northwestern University), Jessica Richardson (CASVA),
Christine Sciacca (The J. Paul Getty Museum), Audrey Scanlan-Teller
(South Mountain Masterworks), and Benjamin Tilghman (The Walters Art
Museum). A full program will be sent out shortly.

We would appreciate if you could circulate this announcement to any
persons or organizations that might be interested in attending.

HIAA SYMPOSIUM, 21-23 October 2010

he Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) is pleased to
announce that its Second Biennial Symposium will be held at the Freer
and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C., 21-23 October 2010. The
overall symposium theme is "Objects, Collections and Cultures," and
the program features an opening address by Julian Raby, director of
the Freer and Sackler Galleries; a round-table discussion on the role
of objects in the study of Islamic art and culture; six seminar-style
workshops on works of art in the Freer and Sackler collections; and
seven thematic panels with formal presentations. The symposium is
open to the scholarly community and the general public. The full
program and registration form are now available on the HIAA website:

In addition to the renowned collection of Islamic art on view in the
Freer Gallery of Art, symposium participants will have the
opportunity to enjoy a special exhibition, organized by Massumeh
Farhad, in celebration of the millennium of Firdausi's /Shahnama
/(Book of Kings) at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oi, Updates

Updates have been few and far between of late, I apologize. I have an inbox of stuff to go through and see what is and what is not still pertinent to share. As I do that, let me first remind everyone that 3 important conferences have deadlines coming up very soon:

The International Congress on Medieval Studies (aka Kalamazoo or "Congress") session proposals are due June 1:

Southeastern Medieval Association's(SEMA) proposals are due June 1 as well:, or directly to the CFP for this year's conference:

Finally, a reminder that the International Medieval Congress (aka Leeds) is already planning for 2011. Proposals are due 31 August. Go to:

Monday, May 3, 2010

Relaunch of Preternature

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 2010 re-launch of a
peer-reviewed print journal devoted to magic, miracle, monstrophy,
the demonic, and the preternatural more broadly: /Preternature:
Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural/.

Since I fear the pdf Call for Papers might not come through as an
attachment via this list, I have also included a text version below.
I hope you will join me in passing this on to other individuals or
academic lists, as you think might be of interest.

Please see the beta version of the website for further details
(, or contact Peter Dendle (,
Kirsten C. Uszkalo (, and Richard Raiswell

Thank you for your attention,
Peter Dendle
Pennsylvania State University
Via Wieland Wilker:

An article by H.A.G. Houghton identifying the eighth-century Insular Gospels held in the National Library of Russia, St Petersburg, as a witness to an Old Latin version of the Gospels has been published in the current issue of the Journal of Theological Studies. The manuscript has been given the siglum VL9A by the Vetus Latina-Institut in Beuron. A full transcription of the text of John in this manuscript is included in the latest update to the Vetus Latina Iohannes Electronic Edition.
ESF-COST Conference on 'Networked Humanities: Art History in the Web'

Call for applications/papers

ESF-COST Conference on
Networked Humanities: Art History in the Web
Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy, 9-14 October 2010

Chair: Hubertus Kohle – Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Deutsches Historisches Institut, DE
Programme Committee: Claudine Moulin – Trier University, DE & Lea Rojola – University of Turku, FI

Since the earliest times, new technologies have contributed to profound scientific advances and have transformed the ways we can do research. It is claimed today that the World Wide Web offers revolutionary models of scientific cooperation, which promise to
instantiate a utopian democracy of knowledge. This claim has repeatedly been associated with the development and introduction of a collaborative Web, commonly referred to as Web 2.0 as well as its offspring, a semantically enriched Web 3.0 still in the making The aim of this conference is to bring together art historians and other researchers (including digital humanists) in order to investigate the intersection between the web and collaborative research processes, via an examination of electronic media-based cooperative models in the history of art and beyond.
The conference will not only be an occasion to exchange ideas and present relevant projects in the field,
but, with contributions spanning from art history (and digital art) to philosophy and cultural studies,
from psychology and sociology of knowledge to computer graphics, from semiotics to curatorial practices
it will offer a unique forum for the representation of both diversified and complementary approaches to the topic of Networked humanities.

Conference format:
* lectures by invited high level speakers
* short talks by young & early stage researchers
* poster sessions, round table and open discussion periods
* forward look panel discussion about future developments

Invited Speakers will include:
* Patrick Danowski, CERN Geneva, CH
* Matteo d’Alfonso, Universitdi Bologna, IT
* Francesca Gallo, University of Rome La Sapienza, IT
* Charlie Gere, University of Lancaster, UK
* Gudrun Gersmann, German Historical Institute Paris, FR
* Guenther Goerz, University of Erlangen, Institute of Computer Science, DE * Halina Gottlieb, Interactive Institute, Kista, SE
* Gerhard Nauta, University of Leiden, NL
* Robert Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Arts, US
(List to be completed)

A good number of grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s)
in the paragraph Grant application of the application form (

Full conference programme and application form are accessible online from

ESF-COST Contact for further information: Zuzana Vercinska –

Closing date for applications: 18 July 2010

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with COST European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

Posted by: Corinne Wininger (


Hugoye New Issue

Announcement: Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 13, No. 1, Winter, 2010)

Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies

PISCATAWAY, NJ, April 6, 2010—Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute ( published a new issue of its peer-reviewed academic periodical Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies (Vol. 13, No. 1). The issue can be found a

Subscription Information to the PRINTED EDITION: The Printed Edition of Hugoye is published by Gorgias Press. Issues can be ordered from For further subscription information, write to Gorgias Press, 180 Centennial Ave., Suite 3, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA. Tel. +1 732-699-0343. Fax +1 732-699-0342. E-mail:

The new issue contains the following:

Special Volume: Philoxenos of Mabbug
Volume 13 Number 1 (Winter 2010)

Introduction to the Double Issue on Philoxenos of Mabbug.
David A. Michelson, University of Alabama

New Evidence on the Philoxenian Version of the New Testament and Nicene Creed.
Daniel King, Cardiff University

La Vierge Mère de Dieu dans la pensée de Philoxène de Mabboug.
P. Roger-Youssef Akhrass, Seminaire De Theologie De St. Ephrem, Maarat Saydnaya

The Lust of the Belly is the Beginning of All Sin. Practical Theology of Asceticism in the Discourses of Philoxenos of Mabbug.
Robert A. Kitchen, Knox-Metropolitan United Church

Philoxène de Mabboug. Homélies. Introduction, traduction et notes par Eugène Lemoine.
Robert A. Kitchen, Knox-Metropolitan United Church
Conference Reports

Reconsidering Philoxenos of Mabbug, Princeton, Saturday, May 3, 2008

Report on SBL 2009 Annual Meeting: International Syriac Language Project sessions.

The Letter of Mara Bar Serapion in Context, Utrecht University, 10–12 December 2009.
Book Reviews

J.W. Childers and D.C. Parker, Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-critical and Exegetical Studies.
Craig E. Morrison, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

Christine Shephardson, Anti-Judaism and Christian Orthodoxy. Ephrem’s Hymns in Fourth-Century Syria.
J. W. Childers, Abilene Christian University

W.Th. van Peursen, Language and Interpretation in the Syriac Text of Ben Sira: A Comparative Linguistic and Literary Study.
Paul S. Stevenson, Catholic University of America

Recent Books on Syriac Topics.
Sebastian P. Brock, Oxford University

Annotated Bibliography of Syriac Studies in Russian, 2009.
Nikolai N. Seleznyov, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

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About Beth Mardutho and Hugoye

Established in 1992, Beth Mardutho seeks to promote the study and preservation of the Syriac heritage and language, and to facilitate opportunities for people to pursue the study of this ancient legacy globally. Published semiannually since 1988, Hugoye is a peer-reviewed academic journal that is dedicated entirely to the Syriac tradition. []