Sunday, November 13, 2011
> Due to irreconcilable scheduling conflicts, the Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference has been rescheduled for the spring of 2012. Details regarding registration for the conference will be forthcoming. Here is a revised call for papers: > > > Revised Call for Papers > "Saints and Sinners: Teaching the Blessed and the Blasphemous" > > [cid:3401708447_74287676] > > Second MART (Medieval and Renaissance Teaching) Conference > March 16-17, 2012 > > > The Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference invites your participation in its second bi-annual meeting from March 16-17 in Dandridge, TN. Come join us in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, in the midst of the beautiful spring flowers! > > [cid:3401708447_74325152] > > > > Submissions of abstracts are welcome in any discipline involved in the teaching of the Middle Ages or Renaissance. > > In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we are especially interested in papers dealing with the teaching of saints and/or sinners! Any proposals on the topic are welcome, but papers with a pedagogical focus will be given preference. > > Papers should be limited to no more than 20 minutes (roughly eight double-spaced pages). > > > SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS > > Anyone interested in reading an original paper or proposing an organized panel should submit a one-page abstract for consideration. All abstracts will be submitted electronically. Email your abstract as a MS Word or PDF attachment to Mary Baldridge (email@example.com) or Kip Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2011. Participants will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2012. >
the following colloquium, to be held at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2012, may be of great interest to some of you [I should add, too, that Nina Caputo and Hannah Johnson are co-editing a special issue of "postmedieval" on this topic, to be published in 2014]: The Holocaust and the Middle Ages: Medieval Anti-Judaism in the Crucible of Modern Thought >From medieval pogroms to modern racial science, Jewish history in Europe has come to stand as a test case for thinking about problems of historical continuity and change, embodied most clearly in the tension between narratives emphasizing a timeless antisemitism and arguments for the distinctive mentalities associated with discrete historical periods. Our colloquium, “The Holocaust and the Middle Ages,” seeks to reexamine Jewish history as a multi-layered problem of narrative and conceptualization, in which deeply interested anti-Jewish narratives from the premodern world form points of explosive contact with modern literary and historical modes of analysis. Part of our work is to examine how later historical lenses, such as the interests of post-Reformation history and the consuming project of Holocaust history, have substantially dictated the terms of modern understanding of Jewish-Christian relations, often with distorting effects. At the same time, medieval paradigms of religious conflict continue to operate as the unacknowledged foundations for contemporary efforts to think about problems of political conflict rooted in religious difference. Our objective is to bring together a small group of scholars and encourage significant interdisciplinary dialogue between medievalists and specialists in later fields, including particularly Reformation history and Holocaust studies. In doing so, we hope to move beyond generalities about the evolution of Western patterns of religious conflict to gain critical purchase on the ways in which our narratives for thinking about these problems are deeply imbricated in the assumptions, needs, and theories at work within discrete moments of historical thought. We invite proposals from specialists across the disciplines to participate in a small gathering of scholars at the University of Pittsburgh on April 22, 2012. Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to the co-organizers, Hannah Johnson and Nina Caputo, at email@example.com no later than December 12, 2011. Participants will be contacted via email by mid-January.
INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON LONDON RARE BOOKS SCHOOL 25 - 29 June & 2 - 6 July 2012 A series of five-day intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London. LONDON PALAEOGRAPHY SUMMER SCHOOL 18 June - 22 June 2012 A series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic. Courses range from a half to two days' duration and are given by experts in the London palaeography teachers' group. NEW COURSES IN PALAEOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT STUDIES The Institute is pleased to announce that it will co-ordinate two new courses on behalf of the School of Advanced Study: Palaeography and Codicology of the Latin West c.100-1500, which will run as part of the London Rare Books School 2012 and a ten-week course on Palaeography and Diplomatic for Historians, commencing January 2012. All the courses listed are suitable for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD students and are also open to professional and other participants.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 4th - 5th May 2012 We are pleased to announce a call for papers to Gender and Transgression 2012, a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Now in its fourth year, the conference aims to create a lively and welcoming forum for students and academic staff to build contacts, present research, and participate in creative discussion on the topics of gender and transgression in the Middle Ages. We hope to explore further how these concepts can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar. We invite staff and students from departments of History, Modern and Mediaeval Languages, Theology, English, and Art History, in addition to scholars working in any other relevant subject area, to submit abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression in the mediaeval period. This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Elizabeth van Houts (Honorary Professor of Medieval European History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge), who will speak on gender and marriage in the Middle Ages, with special reference to the Anglo-Norman period. Possible topics for papers might include, but are by no means limited to: -How may the terms “gender” and/or “transgression” be used as categories of analysis for the study of the Middle Ages, and how might they have been significant in mediaeval legal, literary or historical contexts? -Can transgression be seen as a constructive force in the Middle Ages? -How do gender and transgression participate in mediaeval conceptions of union? -“Speaking up”: transgressing in the written and spoken word -How are gender and transgression relevant categories for historians working in traditional economic, political, or legal fields of history? All delegates are invited to attend an evening meal after the first day’s sessions, the cost of which will be covered for conference speakers. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided for all delegates during the second day, which will conclude with an informal roundtable discussion and wine reception. Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to the organising committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Friday 23rd December 2011, followed by the registration deadline of Monday 2nd April 2012. Conference registration may be completed closer to the time of the conference through the St Andrews University online shop at https://onlineshop.st- andrews.ac.uk/. Registration fees are £10 for academic staff and £5 for students and unwaged. For further information, please refer to the conference webpages, soon to go live at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/saims/conferences.htm. With best wishes - Gender and Transgression 2012 Organising Committee Eilidh Harris Justine Trombley Jamie Page Miriam Buncombe Roberta Cimino
INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON LONDON RARE BOOKS SCHOOL 25 - 29 June & 2 - 6 July 2012 A series of five-day intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London. LONDON PALAEOGRAPHY SUMMER SCHOOL 18 June - 22 June 2012 A series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic. Courses range from a half to two days' duration and are given by experts in the London palaeography teachers' group. NEW COURSES IN PALAEOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT STUDIES The Institute is pleased to announce that it will co-ordinate two new courses on behalf of the School of Advanced Study: Palaeography and Codicology of the Latin West c.100-1500, which will run as part of the London Rare Books School 2012 and a ten-week course on Palaeography and Diplomatic for Historians, commencing January 2012. All the courses listed are suitable for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD students and are also open to professional and other participants. For enquiries, registration and programme information: http://ies.sas.ac.uk | Tel: +44 (0)20 7862-8680 E-mail: email@example.com
Call for Papers: ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Further Call for Papers: ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’ Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012 The 21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 30 August-2 September 2012. The theme of the conference is ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’. In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. We also invite scholars working on any related aspect of the Middle Ages or Renaissance to submit abstracts for consideration. We are proud to announce that Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference. Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to Professor David Scott-Macnab by 31 January 2012. More information: http://sasmars2012.blogspot.com/.
The International Medieval Society in Paris, France, is seeking paper and/or session proposals for its symposium to be held on 28-30 June 2012 on the theme of "Human/Animal". Proposals are due on 15 January 2012. Kindly note that the IMS-Paris offers a prize for the best proposal by a doctoral student. Please scroll down for additional information in English (rendez-vous sur www.ims-paris.org pour consulter l'appel à communications en français).
If you are a first year graduate student or a faculty member with a first year graduate student to recommend, then you may be interested in the One-Day Research Skills Workshop for First-Year Graduate Students taking place at the Newberry Library from 9-5 on Friday, February 3. The workshop will be taught by Prof. Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University, and will be organized around the Penitential Psalms. For more information, click herehttp://dev.newberry.org/sites/default/files/KuczynskiNewberryLetter2_2.pdf
to read a letter from Prof. Kuczynski with more detail about the program. There is also information and a form to register for the workshop on the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies page here:http://www.newberry.org/02242012-one-day-research-skills-workshop-first-year-graduate-students-psalms-public-and-private
Enrollment is currently limited to Master's and PhD students in their first year of graduate study.
call for papers advertisement for the third biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS), which will take place at the University of Oxford on 5 - 7 July 2012. We would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached call for papers, and the message below, to your Faculty members and graduate students. Thank you very much for all your time and assistance. With all best wishes, The OCICS 2012 Organizing Committee. ************************* The 3rd Biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) 5-7 July 2012 University of Oxford The Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) is a biennial conference devoted to the interdisciplinary study of chronicles in the medieval and Early Modern periods. It provides a forum for discussions of historical and related texts written across a range of languages, periods and places. It seeks to strengthen the network of chronicle studies worldwide, and aims to encourage collaboration between researchers working in a variety of disciplines from around the globe. The theme for the 2012 conference, which will take place at the University of Oxford from the 5-7 July, is 'Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles'. Keynote addresses will be given by Prof Pauline Stafford (Liverpool), Dr Elizabeth van Houts (Cambridge), and Dr James Howard-Johnston (Oxford). The conference will take place at Oxford's Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Registration is £60 (full) or £50 (reduced). This includes lunch and refreshments on all three days. A limited number of bursaries will be available to assist graduate students with travel costs. Call for Papers Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes must be submitted to the organizers via e-mail (at firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 January 2012. Topics may include, but are not limited to: « genealogies (real or imagined) « family bonds « textual links « breaks and discontinuities « links between past, present, and future « ties of religion and faith « law, order, and disruption « oaths, promises, and betrayals « local, regional, and national identities Please visit our website for more information: www.ocics.co.uk We look forward to receiving your submission! Yours faithfully, The OCICS 2012 Organizing Committee. email@example.com
The British Library's Digitised Manuscripts site was launched in September 2010, and currently attracts more than 24,000 page views each month. Our first upload comprised 284 Greek manuscripts, and we have periodically added more content, including the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Old English Hexateuch and autograph manuscripts of William Blake and JSBach. Another 74 Greek manuscripts have now been added to this list, containing approximately 25,000 images. The British Library is privileged to house such a significant collection of manuscripts written in the Greek language, ranging in date from the 3rd century B.C. to the present, and constituting arguably the largest and most important resource outside Greece for the study of Hellenic culture. The digitisation of our Greek manuscripts has been generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The most recent upload features items ranging in date from the 11th to the 18th century, and includes a 14th-century Psalter, works of St Basil of Caesarea copied in the 14th century, a 15th-century copy of Homer's Odyssey, a collection of divinations and writings on magic, and a Greek-Latin dictionary copied in about 1420. Here is a listing of all the Greek manuscripts recently added to the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts. Harley 1675 Copies of Greek and Latin texts with notes by Toussaint Berchet (d. 1607), after 1590 Harley 1771 Homer, Iliad, 15th century Harley 1814 Dionysius Periegetes, Orbis descriptio, 15th century Harley 1868 Cassianus Bassus, Geoponica, 14th century Harley 3100 Suda, 15th century Harley 3329 In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX, 17th century Harley 3382 Selections from Claudius Aelian, De animalium natura libri xvii, 17th century Harley 3521 Collection of notes and extracts, 17th century Harley 4767 Lycophron, Alexandra, 17th century Harley 5534 Psalter, 14th century Harley 5539 Works of Agapetus diaconus and Basil I 'the Macedonian', 15th century Harley 5549 Life of Hartmann Beyer (1516-1577), by Philipp Reinhart, ?1580 Harley 5554 Nomocanon of Manuel Malaxos, 1675 Harley 5556 Gerasimus, Patriarch of Alexandria, On Communion, etc., 1714 Harley 5560 Sindbad (Syntipas) the philosopher, Tale of the king, his son, and the 7 sages, 1667 Harley 5561 Euchologion, with readings from the Epistles and Gospels, 13th-15th century Harley 5564 Epiphanius of Salamis, De duodecim gemmis, 16th century Harley 5570 Psalms and Odes etc., 16th century Harley 5574 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 17th century Harley 5575 Euthymius Zigabenus, Ps.-Nonnus, Nicholas of Andida etc., 1281 Harley 5576 Works of St Basil of Caesarea etc., 14th century Harley 5577 Works of Dionysius Periegetes and Eustathius of Thessalonica, 15th century Harley 5581 Menaion, 14th century Harley 5588 New Testament, 13th century Harley 5590 Eusebius of Caesarea, Commentary on the Psalms, 16th century Harley 5592 Photius, Bibliotheca, 16th century Harley 5593 Works of Photius, Aristides, Philip of Side etc., 1555 Harley 5596 Divinations, magic, etc., 15th century Harley 5599 Aristotle, 15th century Harley 5602 St John Chrysostom, Homiliae 1-55 in Acta Apostolorum, 12th century Harley 5603 Metaphrastan Menologion for October, 11th century Harley 5607 Hilarion Cigalas, Archbishop of Cyprus, Synodikon in hexameters, 17th century Harley 5608 Missal of Dominican use, 15th century Harley 5609 Works of St Basil of Caesarea and Isocrates, 15th century Harley 5610 Epistolographi Graeci, 14th century Harley 5619 St John Damascenus, Barlaam and Josaphat, c.1590 Harley 5623 Liturgica, 13th-17th century Harley 5626 Medical writings of Aetius and Hippocrates, 16th century Harley 5630 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 16th century Harley 5637 Collations of Polyainos, Strategemata, 17th century Harley 5645 Themistius, 17th century Harley 5663 Collection of fragments, 16th century Harley 5666 Commentary on St Gregory, In laudem S. Basilii Magni, etc., 16th century Harley 5672 Homer, Iliad, 15th century Harley 5675 Canon Law, 16th century Harley 5678 Dionysius the Ps.-Areopagite, 15th century Harley 5679 Dioscorides, 15th century Harley 5685 Nemesius and Proclus, 12th century Harley 5691 Works of Manuel Bryennios, etc., 15th-16th century Harley 5692 Plutarch, Vitae Parallelae, 14th century Harley 5697 Ιoannes Chortasmenos, Metropolites of Selymbria, 15th century Harley 5727 Scholia on Homer, Iliad I-XIX, 15th-16th century Harley 5734 Theological miscellany, 16th century Harley 5782 Synaxarion (Lives of Saints), 1362-63 Harley 5783 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 1601 Harley 5784 Four Gospels, 15th century Harley 5790 Four Gospels, 1478 Harley 5795 Iamblichus, 16th century Harley 6302 Formulary for letters to ecclesiastics, etc., 17th century Harley 6304 Nomocanon, 1713 Harley 6307 Aristophanes, Plutus, Nubes and Ranae, 15th century Harley 6309 Mechanica, 17th century Harley 6310 Collection of fragments, 16th century Harley 6311A Demosthenes, De corona, 15th century Harley 6313 Greek-Latin dictionary, circa 1420 Harley 6316 Ecclesiastical History, 16th century Harley 6317 Military treatises by Athenaeus, Biton and Leo VI, ?1563 Harley 6322 Demosthenes, Aeschines, Synesius, 15th century Harley 6325 Homer, Odyssey, 15th century Harley 6462 Greek grammar in Latin, before 1715 Harley 6478 Epigrams from the Palatine Anthology, before 1713 Harley 6874 Aristotle, 15th century Harley 6876 Geoponica, c. 1700-1703 Harley 7576 Miscellany, 1588-1724
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture presents a Public Lecture by Professor Ioli Kalavrezou “Imperial Self-presentation and the Byzantine Oikoumene” Thursday, December 1, 2011 At 4:00 p.m. All are welcome The lecture will be held in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library & Learning Resource Center at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology located at 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445 Free Parking available on campus For more information, please contact the Director of the MJCBAC, Dr. Maria Kouroumali, firstname.lastname@example.org
The time draws near -- December 15th, to be exact -- for session proposals for the 2nd biennial meeting of the BABEL Working Group, "cruising in the ruins: the question of disciplinarity in the post/medieval university," to be held in Boston from 20-23 September 2012, and co-hosted by Northeastern University, Boston College, and M.I.T. If you are interested in submitting only an individual paper, don't worry -- shortly after we have assembled all of the finalized sessions, we will issue another call for individual papers, to be submitted to organized sessions or just as individual papers [the next deadline for submissions will likely be in mid- to late March]. We've gathered an exciting line-up of featured speakers -- Jane Bennett, Jeffrey Cohen, Carolyn Dinshaw, David Kaiser, Marget Long, Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Sans façon -- who cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields, from medieval studies to physics to planetary geology to political philosophy to architecture to public art to photography, and who have been asked to consider the possibility of new friendships (intellectual and otherwise) across and within local knowledges. We are hoping for a raucous and felicitous convergence of bodies of knowledge and singular voices to help us consider: what happens both deep within, but also, beyond and after disciplines? What happens when we re-sound our disciplinary wells, while also, inevitably, bumping into each other and occasionally hooking up, like Democrituss atoms, with our disciplinary Others? We're hoping to consider (and dream) together what the uni- in university and universe might mean; what the after in after inter-disciplinarity might portend; what misfit heterotopias might be possible in a new multiversity; what the cruising in cruising in the ruins might invite. For more details about the meeting, and where to send session proposals, go here: http://blogs.cofc.edu/babelworkinggroup/2011/07/03/the-second-biennial-babel-conference-20-23-september-2012-boston/ For a glance at the program, with asbtracts, from our first biennial meeting, go here: http://www.siue.edu/babel/BABELAustinConference_Program.htm Best, Eileen -- Eileen A. Joy, Assoc. Professor Dept. of English Language and Literature Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Peck Hall, Room 3206 Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431 (618) 650-3971 http://www.siue.edu/~ejoy Lead Ingenitor, The BABEL Working Group http://www.babelworkinggroup.org/
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Index of Christian Art has just launched three new resources for the medievalist which contain over 25,000 images. The first of these is a database of some six thousand images of medieval-mainly Romanesque art which were taken by a Swiss couple who wish to remain anonymous. The collection of digitized slides covers France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Cursory cataloguing accompanies these images which are more fully analyzed in the Index database proper. The url is http://ica.princeton.edu/romanesque/index.php The second resource is The Lois Drewer Database. When she died some five months ago she left the Index of Christian Art a large and unsorted collection of slides which covered many countries she visited throughout her lifetime. Her wide interest in art and architecture is reflected in this collection which spans landscape and garden design to archaeological sites in the Near East, to Romanesque and Gothic architecture to a considerable focus on Renaissance architecture. Her travels brought her to Austria, Crete, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, the Netherlands, Spain, Syria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. It is slightly ironical that some of the weakest areas to be represented in this collection are the medieval and Byzantine worlds! Again, cursory cataloguing accompanies these images which are low resolution jpg files. The url for this site is http://ica.princeton.edu/drewer/index.php The third resource is the first installment of images from a collaborative venture the Index entered into with the Bibliotheque Gabriel Millet in the Sorbonne, Paris. This is to catalogue the entire archive of Byzantine art that was first started in 1903. As it presently stands, the database contains nearly all of the slides (approximately 15,000) in the archive. It is hoped that these will be extended over time with the addition of the glass plate negatives and prints. Enquiries regarding this database should be addressed to Catherine Jolivet-Lévy at email@example.com. Images from this resources are not available from the Index. The url for this resource is http://ica.princeton.edu/millet/index.php
You may recall that the Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels, which was due to take place in April this year, had to be postponed due to unforseen circumstances. We would like to inform you that it has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th of April 2012. The workshop will still take place at the University of Westminster, London. The workshop aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary discussion on the gloss. You are welcome to present a paper on topics such as: 1) The relationship between the Old English gloss and the Latin text 2) The similarities and differences between the Aldredian gloss and Rushworth 2 3) The linguistic features of the Old English gloss (spelling/phonology, morphology, morphosyntax and lexis) 4) The historical, religious, literary and intellectual context of the gloss 5) The Lindisfarne gloss in the context of Old English glossography Prof. Michelle Brown, Prof. Jane Roberts and Dr Robert McColl Millar have already confirmed their participation as key-note speakers. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract (approx. 500 words) before the 10th of January 2012 to Dr Pons-Sanz (firstname.lastname@example.org). We very much look forward to seeing you in London next April. With best wishes, Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz & Dr Julia Fernandez Cuesta
Dear Colleagues! We invite you to participate in conference ³Inter Ambo Maria: Northern Barbarians from Scandinavia towards the Black Sea.² The conference will take place on 3 7 October 2012 in the Crimea. The Organizing Committee will cover your stay in the Crimea (accommodation, food, and excursions). But you have to cover your travel expenses to Simferopol airport or railway station and back by yourself. Please confirm your participation before 1 March 2012 by sending an application to the e-mail address: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizers of the Conference: Vest Agder County Council (Kristiansand, Norway); National Taurida University (Simferopol, Ukraine); ³Heritage of Millennia² non-profitable foundation for history and archeology (Simferopol, Ukraine).
FLORILEGIA FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE RENAISSANCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AUTHORITY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN 1-2 DECEMBER 2011 From Antiquity onwards, florilegia have played an important role in the preservation and reception of the work of influential authors. For various reasons, extracts from their work have been selected, rearranged and assembled to form new entities. These, in turn, were often disseminated widely, for instance through translations. As a consequence, florilegia are crucial in the process of the transmission of knowledge. Because the florilegium as a genre is inherently connected with value judgements, it also has close ties with the issue of authority. Florilegia exert an influence on the canonization of texts and authors, while their perceived importance is itself often based on the authority of their compilers. Conversely, the work itself regularly acquires a certain status that can reflect on the compiler, witness the many ‘pseudo’-florilegia. Not only are florilegia sometimes strategically or erroneously attributed to an authority, the same can be observed with regard to the texts that have been included in them. However, the different instances of authority that can be related to florilegia do not necessarily lead to a completely stable text. Indeed, this genre is – even more than others – characterized by an intriguing openness: it is not only impossible to strictly distinguish the genre from related forms; the variability of the text is to a large degree also due to the fact that parts of it can easily be added, moved or omitted during transmission. This process of selection and (re)arrangement is obviously a typical feature of florilegia both at the time of their creation and during various stages of their transmission. During this two-day workshop we will study the constants and evolutions with regard to the creation, function, public and context of a large range of florilegia from Antiquity to the Renaissance, from the Byzantine, Latin and vernacular traditions. The contributions will combine various disciplines: philology, history, codicology, philosophy, literary studies, etc. Specific case studies will be combined with broader surveys, with the issue of authority functioning as a shared focal point. Participation is free, but registration (before 21 November) is required: email@example.com Location Pauscollege, Conferentiezaal Hogeschoolplein 3, 3000 Leuven The workshop is organized by the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS) and LECTIO. Organizing committee Rita Beyers, Reinhart Ceulemans, Pieter De Leemans, Kristoffel Demoen, An Faems, Jan Papy, Peter Van Deun, Gerd Van Riel Scientific committee Rita Beyers, Kristoffel Demoen, Russell Friedman, Jacqueline Hamesse, Johan Leemans, Glenn Most, Antonio Rigo With the generous support of - FWO-Vlaanderen - vzw Graecitas Christiana - Leuven International Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences - the research committee of the Faculty of Arts (K.U.Leuven) http://ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio/
CFP: Creation and Destruction in the Long Middle Ages The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study announces its seventh annual Graduate Student Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, February 24, 2012. This year's theme, Creation and Destruction, is designed to address a number of methodological, historical, and theoretical issues within the diverse fields of medieval studies ranging from late antiquity to the early modern period. The cycle of beginnings and endings has a number of manifestations that are unique to the medieval period. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: concepts of time and history, iconoclasm, imperial mythology, hagiography, invention and translation of relics, scientific discoveries, literary themes, burial practices, archaeological sites, and theological developments. Please send 200-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20, 2011.
International Congress of Middle Ages for Predoctoral Researchers. Almeria (Spain), June 18-22, 2012.
International Congress of Middle Ages for Predoctoral Researchers. Almeria (Spain), June 18-22, 2012. The purpose of the congress is twofold: 1. The creation of an international meeting and debate forum to promote the exchange of ideas among predoctoral researchers on the Middle Ages, be it History, Art History, or Archaeology. 2. To report the different research lines being developed, with an emphasis on: -The subject of thesis projects -Research methodology -Computer assisted data processing -Field work The call for papers is open to any researcher working on a doctoral thesis in History, Art History or Mediaeval Archaeology. Besides, proposals will be accepted from researchers expected to defend their doctoral theses on after 1 March, 2012. Proposals of papers can be sent to the Organizing Committe until November 11 -included- (I.CIIP.EM@hotmail.com) After evaluation, the acceptance of proposals will be communicated until November 25. For further information, please go to http://i-ciip-em.blogspot.com/ Call for Papers Spanish/English available.
CFP: Between Families and Institutions: Towards a Comparative History of Urban Communities, 1350-1600
CFP: Between Families and Institutions: Towards a Comparative History of Urban Communities, 1350-1600 The social organisation of medieval and early modern urban communities has long been debated, particularly the significance of norms, networks and institutions for advancing social integration and cohesion. Pre-modern urban life is sometimes thought to have rested on a lost form of association rooted in kinship, friendship and neighbourhood. Others argue that these relations were particular and primordial: genuine trust and solidarity based on reciprocity are then regarded as properties of modern society. More recently, the emergence of corporation-based institutions (guilds, fraternities, neighbourhoods, etc.) in medieval cities and towns has drawn much attention. These voluntary associations, by generating social capital, gave rise to political stability, fostered economic growth and strengthened societal cohesiveness; and, as such, they shaped urban civil society. The last conclusion has met with general acceptance, even though we still do not know how voluntary associations contributed to the well-being of both townsmen and urban society as a whole. This workshop, therefore, addresses the question as to how membership of trade and craft guilds and religious fraternities benefited individuals and how these organisations strengthened the cohesiveness of medieval and early modern European urban communities. It aims to scrutinise the social texture of these corporations and how their various roles in urban society developed over time, thereby challenging participants to re-examine existing data and re-evaluate current theories. The comparative perspective of the workshop should also be instructive in determining the factors that explain variations in the role of voluntary associations as integrative forces in urban society, particularly between southern and north-western Europe. The call for papers, therefore, aims to attract contributions on the following themes: 1) Structure and membership: Under what conditions did guilds and fraternities emerge as the collective consequence of cooperation between individuals? How did the growth and institutionalisation of these voluntary associations affect their internal organisation and members’ participation? Which segments of urban society had access to guilds and fraternities, i.e. how did mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion operate? And, to what extent were these multi-layered voluntary associations shaped by kinship ties or ingrained in neighbourhoods? 2) Functions and beneficiaries: How did the secondary political, social or cultural functions of guilds and fraternities relate to their core economic or religious purposes? Were secondary functions – for example social assistance – important motives for joining voluntary associations? Did benefits of membership also extend to the families of members? And, to what extent and how did these organisations produce public goods that benefited the urban community as a whole? 3) Institutional contexts: What kind of linkages and interactions (particularly through overlapping social networks) existed between guilds and fraternities and urban religious and secular institutions? To what degree was their organisation and functioning determined by variations in the wider urban institutional framework? And, to what extent did differences in family structures and household formation patterns affect the social role of guilds and fraternities in urban society? 4) Ideology and culture: Did ideological, religious and cultural norms and beliefs emerge that strengthened cooperation within guilds and fraternities? Were the religious and cultural activities of voluntary associations interwoven with urban festivities, and to what extent did they fit into an overarching urban ideology? And, did these activities contribute to or harm the social cohesiveness of urban communities? Early career researchers and researchers working on southern Europe are particularly encouraged to participate. Please send abstracts of around 250 words for 20-minute papers to the organiser, Dr Arie van Steensel (email@example.com). Deadline for abstracts is 5 December 2011. The workshop will take place on Friday, 27 April 2012, at the European University Institute (EUI), Department of History and Civilization, Florence, Italy. Selected paper participants will receive reimbursement for accommodation expenses. Funding is provided by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme as part of the Marie Curie Actions IEF-project ‘Constructing Solidarities. Kinship Ties and Social Networks in the Urban Communities of Italy and the Low Countries, 1250-1550’, and by the European University Institute.
Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography 13-18 August 2012 Purpose: The school is intended for students of Classical, Biblical, Patristic and medieval Greek literature, for historians of Byzantine art and culture, and for custodians of manuscripts and rare books. Its aim is to introduce them to research work with medieval Greek manuscripts. Structure: Over the course of five days, students will have ten reading classes, participate in four manuscript viewing sessions in Oxford libraries, and attend ten lectures (listed below). Tutors: Ilse de Vos (M.A., Ghent; Ph.D., Leuven); Charalambos Dendrinos (M.A., Ph.D., London); Dimitrios Skrekas (M.St., D.Phil., Oxford); Georgi Parpulov (M.A., Sofia; Ph.D., Chicago); Nigel Wilson, F.B.A. Lecture speakers: Andrew Honey (Care and Conservation of Byzantine Manuscripts), Nigel Wilson (Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts; Editing Classical Texts), Ilse de Vos (Editing Patristic Texts), Marc Lauxtermann (Editing Byzantine Poetry), Elizabeth Jeffreys (Editing Byzantine Prose), Michael Jeffreys (Editing Vernacular Texts; Early Printing in Greek), Alexander Lingas (Greek Liturgical Manuscripts), Maja Kominko (Byzantine Manuscript Illumination) Fees: £ 200 Accommodation: Accommodation will be available at Lincoln College at the cost of £ 263 (prices current as of December 2011), but students may choose to make their own living arrangements in Oxford. Financial assistance: Bursaries of £ 463 will cover the fees and accommodation expenses of at least five students. At least two more students will be able to attend the school without paying a £ 200 fee. Active efforts are being made to raise funds for further bursaries. Applications are due on or before 8 January 2012 and are to be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please, explain in detail your reasons for wishing to attend the school and attach your current CV. Indicate whether you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Arrange for one letter of reference from an established academic to be sent to the same e-mail address by 8 January 2012. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 January 2012.
LECTIO, the Leuven Centre for the study of the transmission of texts and ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (http://ghum.kuleuven.be/lectio), is organizing a series of round tables in the framework of a "Laboratory for critical text editing". The first one is entitled ‘Digital or critical/Digital and critical?’. Speakers are Franz Fischer (Cologne Center for eHumanities), Karina van Dalen-Oskam (Huygens ING) and Tara Andrews (K.U.Leuven/LECTIO). The meeting will take place on Monday November 21, 2-5 pm, in Leuven, Faculty of Arts (http://www2.arts.kuleuven.be/situering), Room: MSI 02.08. You are most welcome to attend, but, please register by sending an email to An Faems: email@example.com.
Call for Papers 27th International Conference on Medievalism Hosted by Kent State University Regional Campuses (October 18-20, 2012) THEME: Medievalism(s) & Diversity Deadline: June 1, 2012 Conference Theme: Is there diversity in medievalism? How has medievalism represented diversity of religion, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, gender,...? How have medievalist works supported issues concerning equity and inclusion? How have medievalist works oppressed and suppressed? Are there elements of bigotry and discrimination? What about human rights as a medieval concept, as a contemporary concept? Media to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: novels, plays, films, art works, the Internet, television, historical works, political works, comics, video games. Angles to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: race, gender, sexuality, disability/ability, religion, corporation and/or class, nationality, human rights, political correctness, marginalization, anti-marginalization tactics, rewritten codes, rewritten ideologies, re-affirmed codes, re-affirmed ideologies. Conference Location: Nestled on 200 beautiful acres, yet only minutes from the hustle and bustle of The Strip and Westfield Belden Village Mall, Kent State University at Stark provides a quiet, serene and picturesque setting for students and the community to enjoy. With rolling hills, a pond, walking trail, and a Campus Center and Food Emporium, it is located in Jackson Township, just five minutes from the Akron-Canton Airport and easily accessible from Interstate-77. Publication Opportunities: Selected papers related to the conference theme will be published in The Year’s Work in Medievalism. Deadline: June 1, 2012 Please send paper and/or session proposals to either: Carol L. Robinson, Conference Chair International Conference on Medievalism Kent State University Trumbull 4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW Warren, Ohio 44483 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: 330-437-0490 or Elizabeth Williamsen, Conference Assist. Chair International Conference on Medievalism Kent State University Stark 6000 Frank Avenue, NW North Canton, Ohio 44720 EMAIL: email@example.com FAX: 330-437-0490
Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures Call for Submissions, 2013 Open Issue Digital Philology is a new peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of medieval vernacular texts and cultures. Founded by Stephen G. Nichols and Nadia R. Altschul, the journal aims to foster scholarship that crosses disciplines upsetting traditional fields of study, national boundaries and periodizations. Digital Philology also encourages both applied and theoretical research that engages with the digital humanities and shows why and how digital resources require new questions, new approaches, and yield radical results. Beginning in 2012 Digital Philology will have two issues per year, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. One of the issues will be open to all submissions, while the other one will be guest-edited and revolve around a thematic axis. Contributions may take the form of a scholarly essay or focus on the study of a particular manuscript. Articles must be written in English, follow the 3rd edition (2008) of the MLA style manual, and be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, including footnotes and list of works cited. Quotations in the main text in languages other than English should appear along with their English translation. Digital Philology is welcoming submissions for its 2013 open issue. Inquiries and submissions (as a Word document attachment) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to the Managing Editor (Albert Lloret). Digital Philology will also publish manuscript studies and reviews of books and digital projects. Correspondence regarding manuscript studies may be addressed to Jeanette Patterson at email@example.com. Correspondence regarding digital projects and publications for review may be addressed to Timothy Stinson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editors and Editorial Board Albert Lloret, Managing Editor University of Massachusetts Amherst Jeanette Patterson, Manuscript Studies Editor Johns Hopkins University Timothy Stinson, Review Editor North Carolina State University Nadia R. Altschul, Executive Editor Johns Hopkins University Stephen G. Nichols and Nadia R. Altschul, Founding Editors Johns Hopkins University Editorial Board Tracy Adams, Auckland University Benjamin Albritton, Stanford University Nadia R. Altschul, Johns Hopkins University R. Howard Bloch, Yale University Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, University of Paris, Sorbonne - Paris IV Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto Lucie Dolezalova, Charles University, Prague Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz Joachim Küpper, Free University of Berlin Deborah McGrady, University of Virginia Christine McWebb, University of Waterloo Stephen G. Nichols, Johns Hopkins University Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Selected objects from the Staffordshire Hoard, entitled 'Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England's Dark Ages' will go on show at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC (1145 17th Street NW), from October 29, 2011 - March 6, 2012. Further details, including opening times and how to book tickets, are on the Staffordshire Hoard website - http://www.staffordshirehoard.org.uk/?post_type=event&p=1696
The international Program Committee for the Digital Humanities 2012 conference (to be held at Hamburg, Germany) announces its last call for all proposals--proposals for posters, short papers, long papers, panels and pre-conference tutorials and workshops. The deadline is now just **two weeks away** on Tuesday, 1 Nov 2011, at 12 midnight GMT. Just a reminder that this is a firm deadline - please check your time zone in relation to GMT and leave plenty of time before the deadline for your submission. Submissions should be made through the DH 2012 conference ConfTool submission portal at https://secure.digitalhumanities.org. If you have previously used ConfTool to submit a paper, review papers, or register for Digital Humanities conference and cannot remember your user name, please contact us at dh2012 at digitalhumanities.org. If you cannot remember your password, the system will generate a new password for you. The full Call for Papers for both the main conference and pre-conference are available on the conference website at http://www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/
The 2012 Cleveland Symposium invites graduate submissions exploring the theme of fragmentation in the visual arts. This trope has manifested itself in a variety of ways in response to political, social, ideological, or aesthetic trends of a particular epoch. Students are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly, through avenues such as iconoclasm, revolution, political upheaval, physical fragmentation of materials, or particular aesthetic movements. We welcome submissions from graduate students in all stages of their studies and from all fields and geographic regions, ranging from ancient through contemporary art. We will also consider papers from a wide range of methodologies and approaches. A monetary prize will be awarded to the speaker who presents the most innovative research in the most successfully delivered paper. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words for papers of no longer than 20 minutes, along with a curriculum vitae or résumé, email@example.com by December 15, 2011. Please include “Cleveland Symposium Submission” in the subject line of your email. Selected presenters will be notified by January 1,2012
Power and place in Later Roman and early medieval Europe: interdisciplinary perspectives on governance and civil organization*
Power and place in Later Roman and early medieval Europe: interdisciplinary perspectives on governance and civil organization* *UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. 10-12 November 2011* This conference will explore the background, origins, development and practice of later Roman and early medieval social and political institutions from a European comparative perspective. It will address questions of political participation, governance, and authority from the 3rd to the 11th centuries in England, Europe and the western Mediterranean, focussing especially on the chronology and landscape setting of political practices. In particular, the conference will explore continuities, contrasts and parallels between governance and civil organization in Roman and post-Roman contexts. Confirmed speakers include: Isabel Alfonso; John Baker; Keith Briggs; Stuart Brookes; Alexandra Chavaria; Adriana Ciesielska; Wendy Davies; Christine Delaplace; Stephen Driscoll; Werner Eck; Julio Escalona; Caroline Goodson; Helena Hamerow; John Hudson; Frode Iverson; Lars Jorgenson; Marie Ødegaard; Sue Oosthuizen; Levi Roach; Chris Scull; Heiki Valk The full programme can be viewed here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/assembly/ConferenceProgramme There will also be a free public lecture on the topic of "Beheading, drowning and hanging: the archaeology of judicial killing in Anglo-Saxon England", given by Prof Andrew Reynolds, in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre, UCL, on the evening of 11 Nov 2011. Posters are invited which address the following themes: · The development and chronology of civil organization and authority in Europe from the 3rd to the 11th centuries AD. · Places, political landscapes and human experience. · Identifying and Defining Political Landscapes: methods and problems. If you would like to present a poster, please provide a brief outline (200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send you poster by 1 Oct 2011 to Dr Stuart Brookes, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-4 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY Attendance costs £95 (£50 concessions) which includes tea, coffee and lunch for three days; day rate £40 (£20). Further details, as well as registration forms, can be found on the conference website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/assembly/events Any enquiries can be sent to email@example.com. *UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. 10-12 November 2011* This conference will explore the background, origins, development and practice of later Roman and early medieval social and political institutions from a European comparative perspective. It will address questions of political participation, governance, and authority from the 3rd to the 11th centuries in England, Europe and the western Mediterranean, focussing especially on the chronology and landscape setting of political practices. In particular, the conference will explore continuities, contrasts and parallels between governance and civil organization in Roman and post-Roman contexts. Confirmed speakers include: Isabel Alfonso; John Baker; Keith Briggs; Stuart Brookes; Alexandra Chavaria; Adriana Ciesielska; Wendy Davies; Christine Delaplace; Stephen Driscoll; Werner Eck; Julio Escalona; Caroline Goodson; Helena Hamerow; John Hudson; Frode Iverson; Lars Jorgenson; Marie Ødegaard; Sue Oosthuizen; Levi Roach; Chris Scull; Heiki Valk The full programme can be viewed here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/assembly/ConferenceProgramme There will also be a free public lecture on the topic of "Beheading, drowning and hanging: the archaeology of judicial killing in Anglo-Saxon England", given by Prof Andrew Reynolds, in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre, UCL, on the evening of 11 Nov 2011. Posters are invited which address the following themes: · The development and chronology of civil organization and authority in Europe from the 3rd to the 11th centuries AD. · Places, political landscapes and human experience. · Identifying and Defining Political Landscapes: methods and problems. If you would like to present a poster, please provide a brief outline (200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org, or send you poster by 1 Oct 2011 to Dr Stuart Brookes, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-4 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY Attendance costs £95 (£50 concessions) which includes tea, coffee and lunch for three days; day rate £40 (£20). Further details, as well as registration forms, can be found on the conference website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/assembly/events Any enquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
Subject: Hortulus Journal CFP: Space and Place in the Medieval Imagination From: "Hortulus"
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Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies
Special Call For Papers for Issue on Medieval Space and Place
SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR VOLUME 7, Issue 1: 1 March 2012
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed
journal devoted to the literature, history, and culture of the medieval
world. Published electronically twice a year, its mission is to present a
forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their
ideas. Article submissions on the selected theme are welcome in any
discipline and period of Medieval Studies. We are also interested in book
reviews on recent works: interested reviewers should send a query,
indicating the book they would like to review.
Our upcoming issue will be devoted to representations and interpretations
of spatial order, and place as a socially constructed category, in the
art, chronicles, letters, literature, and music of the Middle Ages. Place
and space theories have manifested themselves in Medieval Studies recently
in a number of ways, from analysis of specific spaces and places, such as
gardens, forests, cities, and the court, to spatially theorized topics
such as travel narratives, nationalism, and the open- or closedness of
specific medieval cultural areas. Over an array of subjects, the spatial
turn challenges scholars to re-think how humans create the world around
them, through both physical and mental processes. Articles should explore
the meaning of space/place in the past by situating it in its precise
Possible article topics include, but are not limited to:
Medieval representations of spatial order
The sense of place in the construction of social identities
Mapping and spatial imagination
Topographies of meaningful places
Beyond the binary of center/periphery
Spatial policies of separation: ethnicity, religion, or gender
Travel and the sense of place
The idea of place in medieval religious culture
Intimate space, public place
Liminality and proximity as social categories
The 2011 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval
Studies will be published in May of 2012. All graduate students are
welcome to submit their articles and book reviews or send their queries
via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before March 1, 2012.
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies,www.hortulus.net
10th Annual Comitatus Conference on Medieval Studies: "North Atlantic Connections: Texts and Interpretations of the Medieval North"
10th Annual Comitatus Conference on Medieval Studies: "North Atlantic Connections: Texts and Interpretations of the Medieval North" Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Feb. 24–25, 2012 Keynote Speaker: Marianne E. Kalinke CAS Professor Emerita of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of _The Arthur of the North: Arthurian Literature in the Norse and Rus' Realms_ Call for Papers: We invite submissions of abstracts for papers on any topic that addresses cultural transmission and interaction in the medieval North Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Scandinavia, from Iceland to Normandy. Presenters are welcome to discuss any period of the Middle Ages. Possible themes include: · North Atlantic political interactions. · Medieval Irish and Viking activity in North America. · Influence of intercultural violence on urban architecture. · Impact of cultural cross-pollination on daily life. · Literature, music, drama, and the visual arts. · Cultural interaction as a catalyst for social change. · Insular monastic evangelism. · The Viking role in the emergence of nationalism. · Spread of the British Arthur across the North. · Legal ramifications of North Atlantic cultural interaction. · The legacy of such medieval interactions on later eras. Please submit an abstract of approximately 200 words to Erin Kissick (email@example.com) by December 15, 2011.
Symposium on Sortilege in Late Antiquity November 12-13, 2011 at Princeton University Sortilege, the practice of making decisions or foretelling the future by casting lots, was both widely practiced and at the same time highly contested in the Mediterranean world of Late Antiquity. While secular and ecclesiastical leaders often expressly prohibited such practices, lot divination proved resilient and even remained vibrant throughout the centuries. The symposium’s participants will analyze lot texts in their larger social-historical and religious contexts, especially against the backdrop of the classical Greek and Latin canon and the formation of the major book religions in the Mediterranean basin as well as their evolving bodies of sacred scriptures. Registration is free. Conference website: http://www.princeton.edu/~sortes/ William E. Klingshirn Professor and Chair of Greek and Latin The Catholic University of America
Call for Papers Vagantes 2012 March 29-31 Indiana University, Bloomington Vagantes is the largest conference in North America for graduate students studying the Middle Ages, and aims to provide an open dialogue among junior scholars from all fields of medieval studies. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Shannon Gayk (Professor of English, Indiana University) and Professor Jordan L. Zweck (Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison). They will be joined by at least twenty-four student presenters and an audience of approximately 100 people. Vagantes emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship; each year, presenters from backgrounds as varied as Comparative Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Anthropology, English, Philosophy, Manuscript Studies, Musicology, and Religious Studies come together to exchange ideas. In this manner, Vagantes fosters a sense of community for junior medievalists of diverse backgrounds, and because the conference does not have a registration fee, this community can flourish within the margins of a graduate student budget. Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from graduate students on all topics considering the Middle Ages. In keeping with the mission of Vagantes to advance interdisciplinary studies, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to history, literature, art history, philosophy, religious studies, and musicology. Vagantes is sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America. Please email a brief vitae and abstract of no more than 300 words by October 25, 2011 to: Diane Fruchtman firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, find us on the web at www.vagantesconference.org. Download our flyer at: www.vagantesconference.org/VagantesCFP.pdf Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Vagantes2012
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Call for Papers Vagantes 2012 March 29-31 Indiana University, Bloomington Vagantes is the largest conference in North America for graduate students studying the Middle Ages, and aims to provide an open dialogue among junior scholars from all fields of medieval studies. This year’s conference will feature keynote speakers Shannon Gayk (Associate Professor of English, Indiana University) and Professor Jordan L. Zweck (Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison). They will be joined by at least twenty-four student presenters and an audience of approximately 100 people. Vagantes emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship; each year, presenters from backgrounds as varied as Comparative Literature, Archaeology, Art History, Classics, History, Anthropology, English, Philosophy, Manuscript Studies, Musicology, and Religious Studies come together to exchange ideas. In this manner, Vagantes fosters a sense of community for junior medievalists of diverse backgrounds, and because the conference does not have a registration fee, this community can flourish within the margins of a graduate student budget. Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from graduate students on all topics considering the Middle Ages. In keeping with the mission of Vagantes to advance interdisciplinary studies, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to history, literature, art history, philosophy, religious studies, and musicology. Vagantes is sponsored by the Medieval Academy of America. Please email a brief vitae and abstract of no more than 300 words by October 25, 2011 to: Diane Fruchtman email@example.com For more information, find us on the web at www.vagantesconference.org. Download our flyer at: www.vagantesconference.org/VagantesCFP.pdf Find us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/Vagantes2012
Please see below forthcoming seminars run by the Centre for e-Research. All take place in the Anatomy Theatre & Museum, King's College London (for directions see http://atm.kcl.ac.uk/location) and are followed by drinks. All welcome. Wednesday 5 October 18:00 'Digital Humanities Centers and the New Humanities' Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/fraistat.aspx Tuesday 11 October 18:15 'Webometric Analyses of Social Web Texts: Case Studies Twitter and YouTube' Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/seminars/webometrics.aspx Tuesday 25 October 18:15 'BBC Genome Project' Andy O’Dwyer, BBC Research http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/seminars/bbcgenome.aspx Tuesday 8 November 18:15 'Watching the Detectives: Using digital forensic techniques to investigate the digital persona' Gareth Knight, King’s College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/seminars/digforensics.aspx Tuesday 22 November 18:15 'Documenting and Exploring Material Surface Features with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)' Kathryn Piquette, UCL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/seminars/materialsurface.aspx Tuesday 6 December, 18:15 'The Ocropodium Project: Evaluating open-source tools for historical OCR' Mike Bryant, King’s College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/cerch/events/seminars/ocropodium.aspx ___ Anna Ashton Communications Manager Centre for e-Research King's College London 26-29 Drury Lane London, WC2B 5RL Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 020 7848 2689 Fax: 020 7848 1989
2012 Center for Ancient Studies Symposium MASONS AT WORK Architecture and Construction in the Pre-Modern World at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) 30 March-1 April 2012 The symposium aims to assemble specialists in various fields to examine building practices in the pre-modern world, with an emphasis on aspects of construction and structure in ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, and early-to-middle period Islamic architecture. While some technologies and built forms may be shared across pre-modern cultures (such as vault construction or the use of centering), other may be specific to a single period or region (such as the use of concrete or structural ribs in vaulting). In addition to a panel of invited speakers, we are soliciting 20-minute papers that examine the problems pre-modern masons commonly encountered – and the solutions they developed – in the process of design and construction. Evidence may be drawn from a variety of sources, including written evidence and the archaeological record, but for the purpose of the symposium we encourage studies based on the analysis of standing buildings. Keynote Address: Lynne Lancaster (Ohio University) Commentator: Kostis Kourelis (Franklin and Marshall University) Organizing committee: Lothar Haselberger, Renata Holod, Robert Ousterhout Call for papers: Those wishing to speak at the symposium should submit by email a letter to the organizing committee, including name, title, institutional affiliation, paper title, plus a summary of 200 words or fewer. Graduate students should include a note of support from their adviser. Deadline: 30 November 2011; the final program will be announced by the end of November. Submit proposals to email@example.com with “Masons at Work” in the subject line. Note: There is no registration fee; receptions and meals are provided to all speakers. However, speakers must arrange their own transportation and hotel accommodation. Philadelphia has a major international airport and is easily accessible by train. A conference hotel rate will be available at the Club Quarters in downtown Philadelphia, a short bus ride or walk from the campus. Those wishing to attend but not speak should register in advance to guarantee space is available. More information will be available in the second circular.
The twenty-ninth annual Brixworth Lecture is organised by The Friends of All Saints' Brixworth in conjunction with the University of Leicester. This year's lecture, on Saturday 29 October 2011 at 5.00pm, will be given by: Leslie Webster: "Wall-paintings to altar cloths: furnishing the Anglo-Saxon Church" Full details are here and a poster is attached: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/mrc/events/the-brixworth-lecture Colleagues may also like to know that Richard Gem's 2009 Brixworth Lecture is now published (with a new colour phase plan of the AS church): "Architecture, Liturgy and 'Romanitas' at All Saints' Church, Brixworth". Copies can be purchased direct from the Friends of All Saints', Brixworth (firstname.lastname@example.org
or by contacting Jo Story at Leicester.
School of Historical Studies
University of Leicester
Leicester LE1 7RH
W: SHS http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/historical
W: Medieval Research Centre: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/mrc
Marco Manuscript Workshop: READERS February 3–4, 2012 The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of Tennessee, Knoxville The Seventh Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, 2012, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English). For this year’s workshop we invite presentations that focus on the reading, interpretation, and use of manuscripts. The relationship between a text and its readers is reciprocal – the text speaks to readers, readers in turn talk back to the text, and meaning emerges through this series of encounters between readers and texts and negotiations among different readers. Readers sometimes create new texts to answer the ones they read – literary practices such as commentary, quotation, or reference. But they also leave traces of their reading in material ways: physical wear and tear, annotations and corrections, interpolations and excisions, glosses and marginalia, the purposeful grouping or arrangement of texts in a codex or books in a library. How is such evidence recognized and understood? How is it presented to modern readers? What does it tell us about the history of the text? We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined. The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank and in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2011. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to email@example.com, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430. The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact Roy Liuzza for more information.
CFP: The Fourth British Patristics Conference (Exeter University) Please note the following conference and call for papers, which may be of interest to colleagues. (Sent on behalf of Dr Morwenna Ludlow). The Fourth British Patristics Conference will be held at Exeter University (St. Luke's Campus) 5th - 7th September, 2012. Conference website: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/research/conferences/patristics/ The aim of the conference is to foster the study of early Christianity broadly considered in its social, historical and theological context and to cultivate a community of scholars of the subject in Britain. We particularly welcome participation by and applications for papers from current graduate students studying at British Universities. We are delighted to announce that two plenary speakers have already been confirmed: * Sebastian Brock, formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford * Alastair Logan, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter. The conference will begin after lunch on Wednesday 5th September and will close after lunch on Friday 7th September. Call for papers:- The call for papers is now open. Please submit your proposal for a short paper (15-20 minutes long) to Morwenna Ludlow by 31st January 2012: * preferably by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(please do not reply to the address from which this email was sent)
* or by post: Dr. Morwenna Ludlow, Department of Theology and Religion,
University of Exeter,
Amory Building, Rennes Drive,
Exeter, Devon. EX4 4RJ.
The conference committee will select proposals and inform all applicants in mid-February.
Attendance is not formally restricted to those studying or working in the British Isles, although the committee will take the above aim of the conference into account when selecting papers from submitted proposals. Please send queries about conference papers and proposals to Morwenna Ludlow at email@example.com .
We look forward to receiving your proposal and to welcoming you to Exeter,
With best wishes on behalf of the Conference committee,
Call for proposals: Pre-conference Workshops and Tutorials Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Digital Humanities 2012
Call for proposals: Pre-conference Workshops and Tutorials Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Digital Humanities 2012 Hosted by University of Hamburg 16-22 July 2012 http://www.dh2012.uni-hamburg.de/ Proposal deadline: November 1, 2011 (Midnight GMT) I. General Information The International Program Committee invites submissions of proposals of no more than 1500 words for pre-conferences or specialized Tutorials and Workshops on any aspect of digital humanities, from information technology to problems in humanities research and teaching. Tutorials are typically a half day to a full day; workshops and pre-conferences may be one day or more. We particularly welcome submissions relating to interdisciplinary work and on new developments in the field, and we encourage submissions relating in some way to the theme of the 2012 conference, 'Digital Diversity: Cultures, languages and methods'
Proposals might, for example, relate to the following aspects of digital humanities:
- computer-based research and computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
- the digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, and related areas;
- research issues, including data mining, information design and modelling, software studies, and humanities research enabled through the digital medium.
- digital humanities and diversity
- libraries, archives, and the creation, delivery, management, and preservation of humanities digital resources
- text analysis, corpora, corpus linguistics, language processing, language learning, and endangered languages
- the role of digital humanities in academic curricula
The range of topics covered by digital humanities can also be consulted in the journal of the associations: Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press.
Participants in Workshops or Tutorials will be expected to register for the full conference as well, paying the regular registration fee. There will be additional fees of roughly 40-50 Euros per half-day for participants in tutorials and workshops, with a minimum attendance of approximately 10 participants each, in order to ensure that these events cover their own costs.
The deadline for submitting proposals to the Program Committee is November 1, 2011. All submissions will be refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by December 15, 2011. See below for full details on submitting proposals.
Proposals for non-refereed or vendor demonstrations should be discussed directly with the local conference organizers (please email firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
For more information on the conference in general, please visit the conference web site, .
II. Pre-Conference Tutorials
Proposals for Tutorials should provide the following information:
1. A title and brief description of the tutorial content and its relevance to the DH community (not more than 1500 words).
2. A brief outline of the tutorial structure showing that the tutorial's core content can be covered in a half-day tutorial (approximately 3 hours, plus breaks). In exceptional cases, full-day tutorials may be supported as well.
3. The names, postal addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the tutorial instructors, including a one-paragraph statement of their research interests and areas of expertise.
4. A list of previous venues and approximate audience sizes, if the same or a similar tutorial has been given elsewhere; otherwise an estimate of the audience size. (DH Tutorials are expected to be self-financing.)
5. Special requirements for technical support.
Proposals will be submitted via the DH2012 conference registration application, ConfTool, at the address https://secure.digitalhumanities.org/ no later than November 1, 2011.
TUTORIAL SPEAKER RESPONSIBILITIES
Accepted tutorial speakers will be notified by December 15, 2011, and must then provide final draft abstracts of their tutorials for inclusion in the conference registration material by February 1, 2011. The description should be in two formats: an ASCII version that can be included in email announcements and published on the conference web site, and a Word or ODT (not PDF) version for inclusion in the electronic proceedings (detailed instructions to follow).
III. Pre-Conference Workshops
Proposals for workshops should provide the following information:
1. A title and brief description (of not more than 1500 words) of the workshop topic and its motivation (i.e., its relevance to DH).
2. A description of target audience and expected number of participants.
3. The intended length and format of the workshop (minimum half-day; maximum one and a half days).
4. A budget proposal (DH Workshops are expected to be self-financing.)
5. Dates for submission deadline (if there is to be a CfP) and notification of acceptances.
6. A list of individuals who have agreed to be part of the workshop program committee if the workshop proposal is accepted.
7. Full postal address, phone number, e-mail and fax of the workshop contact person.
8. Special requirements (e.g. computer infrastructure or audio equipment).
Proposals will be submitted via the DH2012 conference registration application, ConfTool, at the address https://secure.digitalhumanities.org/ no later than November 1, 2011. You will be notified about the decision to accept or reject the proposal by December 15, 2011.
IV. Format of the Proposals
All proposals must be submitted electronically using the online submission form in the ConfTool system no later than November 1, 2011. Anyone who has previously used the ConfTool system to submit proposal or reviews should use their existing account rather than setting up a new one. Information for new users is available at the ConfTool site. If anyone has forgotten their user name or password, please contact .
V. Information about the conference venue
Hamburg on the river Elbe has about 1.8 million inhabitants within the city limits, making the old Hanseatic merchant city Germany's second largest metropolis. Hamburg is characterized by its port, its international orientation and a cosmopolitan flair.
The University of Hamburg was founded in 1919. Today the Faculty of the Humanities is home to over 10,000 students. Since its inception Hamburg University has maintained a strong focus on foreign languages and cultures. To foster and to explore such diversity is a key task of the Humanities - and to provide theories, methods and tools to this end poses a particularly interesting challenge to the Digital Humanities. We hope you will join in the discussion on "Digital Diversity" at the DH2012 and look forward to seeing you in Hamburg!
VI. International Program Committee
Susan Brown (SDH-SEMI - Vice Chair)
Arianna Ciula (ALLC)
Tanya Clement (ACH)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (SDH-SEMI)
Dot Porter (ACH)
Jan Rybicki (ALLC)
Jon Saklofske (SDH-SEMI)
Paul Spence (ALLC - Chair)
Tomoji Tabata (ALLC)
Katherine Walter (ACH)
Jan Christoph Meister (ex officio, Local Host)
The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study offers two types of fellowship: Residential fellowships for faculty and scholars in all disciplines — including the arts, engineering, the humanities, and the social, life, and physical sciences — with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. The Institute also welcomes those who are beginning their careers with promise and have appropriate projects. Graduate student fellowships for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May). As with residential fellowships for faculty and other scholars, artists, and scientists, the Institute encourages graduate student fellows to address ultimate questions and questions of value while a member of the Institute’s academic community. DEADLINE for applications is the 1st of NOVEMBER 2011. See http://ndias.nd.edu/fellowships/ for further details. Messages to the list are archived at http://listserv.liv.ac.uk/archives/classicists.html
Apologies for Cross Posting BYZANTIUM, ITS NEIGHBOURS AND ITS CULTURES: DIVERSITY AND INTERACTION AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR BYZANTINE STUDIES XVIITH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE http://home.vicnet.net.au/~byzaus/conferences/17th2012/ 20-22 July 2012, Macquarie University, New South Wales, Australia Our understanding of Byzantium's external and internal interactions has shifted significantly as a result of recent scholarship. The significance of this state to a millennium of developments throughout Eurasia has been examined; more importantly, the nature of contacts between Byzantium and its Eurasian neighbours has been reconceived. Models for understanding Byzantium's interactions with its neighbours have moved from imperial centre and periphery, to 'commonwealth', to 'overlapping circles', to parallel and mutual developments in political and cultural identity. The Byzantine millennium now seems more connected, by commerce, diplomacy and common cultural heritage, than before. Artefacts and ideologies were acquired, appropriated or mediated amongst Byzantium and its neighbours in the Latin West, southeastern and central Europe, Iran and Dar al-Islam; even prolonged conflict did not preclude exchanges and indeed sometimes sprang from shared developments. At the same time, what we think of as the distinctively Byzantine milieu of Constantinople also interacted with regional cultures that at various times formed part of its empire. Coptic and Syriac cultures in Late Antiquity, Latin and Arabic regions in later periods, displayed both ambivalence and engagement with the culture of Constantinople and with its imperial and ecclesiastical leaders. As with Byzantium's external connections, 'centre and periphery' models of internal interactions are giving way to more dynamic models seeing metropolis and regions as parts of broader, common developments. The conference aims to explore these developments. Keynote Speaker: Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge, former Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge, Fellow of Selwyn College and of Peterhouse; his major publications include inter alia: Jonathan Shepard and Simon Franklin, 'The Emergence of Rus, 750-1200' (1996), Jonathan Shepard and Simon Franklin (eds), 'Byzantine Diplomacy' (1992), Jonathan Shepard, 'Byzantium's Overlapping Circles', Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies (2006), Jonathan Shepard (ed.), 'The Expansion of Orthodox Europe: Byzantium, the Balkans and Russia' (2007), Jonathan Shepard (ed.), 'The Cambridge History of the Byzantine Empire c. 500-1492' (2008). The Biennial General Meeting of the Association will be held during the conference. CALL FOR PAPERS Papers exploring any aspect of cultural and political interactions between Byzantium and its neighbours, or within regions of the Byzantine empire, are invited. Abstracts of up to 300 words for papers of 20 minutes' duration should be sent by 31 March to AABS2012@mq.edu.au. Postgraduate and Post-doctoral Conference Bursaries The AABS committee will give a limited number of bursaries of $500 each to postgraduate and postdoctoral members of AABS from outside Sydney who wish to present a paper. Please send an application letter with details of your circumstances along with your abstract to AABS2012@mq.edu.au. Conference Organisers Andrew Gillett Danijel Dzino Ken Parry Email: AABS2012@mq.edu.au This conference is sponsored by the Macquarie University Ancient Cultures Research Centre. _
The Cambridge Late Antiquity Network Seminar has a great and diverse programme of speakers planned for this year, under the aegis of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Our first seminar is 11 October, featuring Dr. Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi, Oxford) speaking on Byzantium and the Feudal Revolution. The rest of the program is detailed below. More details are at http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/page/219/late-antiquity-network-clans.htm. All our Michaelmas seminars will be held at the CRASSH building, 17 Mill Lane, at 2.30 alternate Tuesdays, and followed by tea, biscuits, and vigorous discussion. But in the new year, we have a big change upcoming: CRASSH will be moving buildings in the new year, and so will we! Seminars will then be held at 5pm in the new Alison Richard Building, on the Sidgwick Site. Everyone interested in Late Antique, Byzantine & Early Medieval Studies is, as always, most welcome to join us. Please pass on this message to any new members in your department in the next while who might be interested. To be added to the mailing list, send an email to Margaret (mjm97), Mike (mtgh2) or Robin (rew47). Michaelmas Term 2011: All seminars will take place Tuesdays at 2.30 at the CRASSH building, 17 Mill Lane. 11 October: Mark Whittow (Corpus Christi, Oxford) Byzantium and the Feudal Revolution 25 October: Claire Sotinel (Université Paris-Est, Créteil Val de Marne) The defence of Rome in Gothic Italy: Pope Symmachus and the Sylloge of Cambridge 8 November: Marios Costambeys (Liverpool) Anglo-Saxons, Rome, and the coronation of Charlemagne 22 November: Alex Woolf (St. Andrews) Barbarians and pseudo-Barbarians in Late Antiquity Lent and Easter Terms 2012: CRASSH is moving! All seminars will be held Tuesdays at 5pm in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, on the Sidgwick Site. 24 January: Charles West (Sheffield) Kings, Franks, and Pseudo-Isidore: Problems of lordship in late ninth-century Frankia 7 February: Luke Lavan (Kent) The Late Antique City: Models of Change 21 February: Roger Collins (Edinburgh) Oh, let us never, never doubt: The Churches of Early Medieval Spain before, during, and after the Arab Conquest 1 May: Simon Corcoran (UCL) Roman Law for Dummies: the Summa Perusina and legal learning in early medieval Italy 15 May: Stephen Mitchell (Exeter) Towards a History of Asia Minor in Late Antiquity
MAKING RACE MATTER IN THE MIDDLE AGES Editor: Cord J. Whitaker, University of New Hampshire (email@example.com) Issue Description: Only in the past fifteen years have medievalists considered with any regularity the question of whether race mattered in the Middle Ages. In that time, medievalists’ interest in racial alterity has grown significantly, witnessing the release of such works as Geraldine Heng’s Empire of Magic: Medieval Romance and the Politics of Cultural Fantasy (2003) and Suzanne Conklin Akbari’s Idols in the East: European Representations of Islam and the Orient, 1100-1450 (2009). These studies and others like them take into account the similarities between medieval forms of cultural differentiation and modern racial ideology. On the contrary, other studies have maintained that race is indeed an early modern invention, arguing that to look for signs of race in the Middle Ages is at best wrongheaded and at worst irresponsible. Still others have addressed at length and without decisive conclusion the question of whether modern racial discourse can be profitably and responsibly deployed in medieval studies. postmedieval’s mission to develop a “present-minded medieval studies” makes it the perfect forum in which scholars might proceed from the standpoint that the benefits of locating the pre-history of race in the Middle Ages outweigh the potential pitfalls. The editor invites scholars of literature, history, art history, and related fields to focus on how race can best be examined through medieval cultural materials. For instance, contributors may examine medieval representations of bodies and cultures that purport to be different from one another. More often than not, borderlines between bodies or cultures become most interesting when they are transgressed; there is much to be learned from instances when borders are (or are not) reestablished. Articles may also investigate the relational dynamics between the individual body and communal identity in the medieval construction of race. In addition, articles may address the role of spiritual conditions and religious doctrines in the development of race. This special issue will explore in-depth medieval articulations of racial difference even while it asserts the place of race in medieval studies and the place of medieval studies in the study of race. The issue as a whole seeks to ask, how did the Middle Ages make race matter? (“Matter” can be taken as a verb, meaning become important, or the second term in a compound noun, meaning material pertaining to race.) And how can we best illuminate the ways race matters to the study of the Middle Ages and vice versa?
The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium announces its Fall 2011 Schedule: Andrew Rabin (University of Louisville) "Holy Bodies, Legal Matters: Theorizing Law and Gender in an Early Medieval Saint's Life" Tuesday, October 25th 6:00 pm at Rutgers University Murray Hall 302 Co-Sponsored by the Rutgers Medieval Studies Program, the Medieval-Renaissance Colloquium, and the GSA ***** Carol Braun Pasternack (University of California, Santa Barbara) lecture Monday, November 7th 4.30 pm reception to follow at Columbia University location tba Co-Sponsored by the Medieval Guild *** workshop Tuesday, November 8th at Rutgers University location tba
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Not an endorsement: Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror [Hardcover] Tracy Borman (Author) Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Jonathan Cape (1 Sep 2011) Book Description: The first English biography of the thrilling, tempestuous life of the 'first' Queen of England Product Description: Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror, was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England and formally recognised as such by her subjects. Beyond this, though, little is known of her life. No contemporary images of her remain, and in a period where all evidence is fragmentary and questionable, the chroniclers of the age left us only the faintest clues as to her life. So who was this spectral queen? In this first major biography, Tracy Borman elegantly sifts through the shards of evidence to uncover an extraordinary story. In a dangerous, brutal world of conquest and rebellion, fragile alliances and bitter familial rivalries, Matilda possessed all the attributes required for a woman to thrive. She was born of impeccable lineage, and possessed of a loving and pious nature, she was a paragon of fidelity and motherhood. But strength, intelligence and ambition were also prerequisites to survive in such an environment. This side of her character, coupled with a fiercely independent nature, made Matilda essential to William's rule, giving her unparalleled influence over the king. While this would provide an inspiring template for future indomitable queens, it led eventually to treachery, revolt and the fracturing of a dynasty. Characterised by Tracy Borman's graceful storytelling, Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror takes us from the courts of Flanders and Normandy to the opulence of royal life in England. Alive with intrigue, rumour and betrayal, it illuminates for the first time the life of an exceptional, brave and complex queen pivotal to the history of England.
A workshop of team 1 (codicology) of the European Science Foundation Program dedicated to Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies (COMSt, 2009-2014, http://www.esf.org/index.php?id=6247) will take place in Nice, South of France, on the 14th and 15th of October. Participation is free but persons interested are requested to registrate before 20th of September by sending me a message.
The Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies (HSMS) is still accepting abstracts for its two sessions at the Congress next May. 1. Historia social de las lenguas ibéricas: Acercamientos socio-históricos al cambio lingüístico en la Península Ibérica (Abstracts to Sonia Kania, firstname.lastname@example.org) 2. Digital Advances for the Study of Medieval Iberia (Abstracts to Francisco Gago Jover, email@example.com) If you are interested in submitting an abstract for either of those two sessions, please include a Participant Information Form (available at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html) with your abstract by September 15.
The Anglo Saxon Studies Colloquium announces the CFP for The Eighth Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference "Philology" University of California, Berkeley Saturday, 25 February 2012 Deadline for Abstracts: 26 September 2011 The University of California, Berkeley, in partnership with the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium, invites submissions for the Eighth Annual Graduate Conference of the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium on “Philology,” to be held on 25 February 2012 at UC Berkeley. More than twenty years ago, in response to tectonic shifts in the academic landscape, Speculum and Comparative Literary Studies almost simultaneously published special issues asking the same question: “What is Philology?” Since that watershed moment, scholars have continued to debate which methodologies deserve the title “Philology” (whether “old” or “new”). Meanwhile, these very methodologies have undergone significant theoretical and practical revisions. Bearing in mind that “Philology” lies at the historical, institutional, and intellectual core of Anglo-Saxon Studies, this conference seeks to consider not only “What is philology now?” but also “How and why does philology matter, particularly to emerging scholars?” We invite proposals for papers that reflect on the idea of “Philology” at a theoretical, methodological, or institutional level, as well as papers that demonstrate philological practices, particularly from an interdisciplinary perspective, or that address the relationship between philology and contemporary critical concerns, such as historicism(s), aesthetics, cognitive studies, manuscript studies, textual criticism, intellectual history, and the digital humanities. Please submit 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers by September 26, 2011 and kindly include your academic affiliation, e-mail address, street address, phone number, and any audio-visual requirements. Abstracts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our campus, and we are excited about the rich discussion that will ensue. Organized by: Marcos Garcia, Jacob Hobson, Jennifer Lorden, R. D. Perry, Benjamin A. Saltzman Sponsored by: the UC Berkeley Department of English, UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies, Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley, and Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium For other ASSC events, please visit the main ASSC website at www.columbia.edu/cu/assc. To join the ASSC mailing list, please e-mail ASSC@columbia.edu. For conference updates and ASSC events at UC Berkeley please visit: http://graduatemedievalists.org/assc.html
Second Call for Papers: First Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) Conference, 15-16 December 2011
Second Call for Papers: First Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) Conference, 15-16 December 2011 Senate House Malet Place London WC1E 7HU We are now accepting abstracts for the first Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Reception of the Ancient World, a two-day postgraduate conference which will take place on the 15th and 16th of December 2011. AMPRAW aims to establish an international postgraduate community for those researching the reception of the ancient world, focused around an annual conference dedicated to the discussion of the evolving nature of reception studies and their place within the study of the Ancient World. Reception of the ancient world is concerned with the way it has been interpreted, used, constructed and perceived, both within antiquity itself and since, by various cultures. It includes not only a wide range of different media and modes of reception but also how these different modes and media intersect and impact one another. We welcome submissions on all topics concerning the reception of the ancient world, including 'work-in-progress' papers as well as presentations of completed research. Papers might discuss the reception of the ancient world in art, literature, visual and material culture, theatre, film and popular culture, museology, politics and the discipline of Classics. Possible focuses might include (but are not limited to) the nature and direction of reception studies, reader response, deconstruction, postcolonialism, gender studies, transmission, translation or on specific theorists. Postgraduate students from the UK and abroad are invited to participate in the conference, and to submit proposals for papers 20-30 minutes in length. Please send a title and an abstract of 300-500 words to
AMPRAW2011@gmail.com with 'Abstract' as the subject by 15 SEPTEMBER 2011. Please include your name, level of study and academic institution. We welcome postgraduates from departments outside of Classics who work on reception topics.
To register for attendance, e-mail AMPRAW2011@gmail.com with 'Registration' in the subject and your name, level of study and academic institution in the body. Registration for this event is free.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
New book announcement: THE OLD ENGLISH VERSION OF BEDE’S HISTORIA ECCLESIASTICA SHARON M. ROWLEY The Old English version of Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis anglorum is one of the earliest and most substantial surviving works of Old English prose. Translated anonymously around the end of the ninth or beginning of the tenth century, the text, which is substantially shorter than Bede’s original, was well known and actively used in medieval England, and was highly influential. However, despite its importance, it has been little studied. In this first book on the subject, the author places the work in its manuscript context, arguing that the text was an independent, ecclesiastical translation, thoughtfully revised for its new audience. Rather than looking back on the age of Bede from the perspective of a king centralizing power and building a community by recalling a glorious English past, the Old English version of Bede’s Historia transforms its source to focus on local history, key Anglo-Saxon saints, and their miracles. The author argues that its reading reflects an ecclesiastical setting more than a political one, with uses more hagiographical than royal; and that rather than being used as a class-book or crib, it functioned as a resource for vernacular preaching, as a corpus of vernacular saints’ lives, for oral performance, and episcopal authority. UK: Boydell & Brewer, PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 3DF. Tel. 01394 610 600 Fax. 01394 610 316 Email email@example.com When ordering please quote this reference: 11283 US: Boydell & Brewer Inc, 668 Mount Hope Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. USA Tel. 558 275 0419 Fax. 585 571 8778 Email firstname.lastname@example.org When ordering, please remember to mention this promotion code: $11201 List Price: £60.00/$99.00 September 2011 ISBN: 9781843842736 7 b/w & 2 line illustrations; 272 pp., cloth Anglo-Saxon Studies Series