Wednesday, December 4, 2013

St. Cloud State University CFP 22nd Annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature

On April 4-5, 2014, St. Cloud State University will host the twenty-second annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The organizers invite papers on literary-critical, theoretical, and pedagogical subjects concerning texts written in Britain from the Middle Ages through the early nineteenth century. This conference has traditionally served as a lively venue for encouraging collaboration and the sharing of works in progress. Professor Rebecca Krug of the University of Minnesota will give the keynote address.

If you are interested in attending (and we hope that you are!), please send a 250-word abstract for a twenty-minute paper to Glenn Davis (<>) by February 3, 2014. Panel proposals are also welcome.

We have reserved a block of rooms at the newly renovated Le St. Germain Suite Hotel ( that are available at a conference rate of $89/night. The hotel is in downtown St. Cloud and within easy walking distance of campus. We will post information about registration to our website ( as it becomes available, though we anticipate a fee of $80, which will include breakfast, lunch, and a banquet dinner on Friday; breakfast and lunch on Saturday; and coffee breaks throughout the conference.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

CFP: History of Women- just around the corner!

Call For Papers: Poster Session, 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Toronto, May 22-25, 2014 Proposals Due: November 29

We seek proposals for the Poster Session to be held at the 2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women at the University of Toronto. Submissions are welcome on any topic, from any discipline, following the broader theme of the conference, Histories on the Edge/Histoires sur la brèche.

The Poster Session aims to connect scholars from across fields and disciplines and provide them with a space to share and discuss current research as well as other presentations that cannot be easily accommodated in a regular panel session, such as work-in-progress, technology-bound projects, and table-sized exhibitions. Undergraduate students, graduate students, non-affiliated scholars, and those not already on the Conference program, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Presenters will be required to format and print their own poster, which should not exceed the limit of 36” x 48”. Further guidelines and information will be provided upon selection.

Submissions for the Poster Session should include the following:
- A completed application form (see below)
- A 250 word abstract
- A one-page CV that includes your name, affiliation, and contact information
- A simple mock-up of the display

Please send your submission and any questions to as one pdf document by November 29, 2013. Information is also available at

Please send this form, along with a 250-word abstract, CV, and poster
mock-up to by November 29, 2013.

Name: _____________________________________________

Please indicate the following professional status:

___ Undergraduate student
___ Graduate student
___ Post-Doctoral fellow
___ Non-affiliated scholar (adjunct instructor, sessional lecturer etc.)
___ Professor (assistant, associate, or full)

Are you presenting on a panel, roundtable or workshop at the 2014
Berkshire Conference?
___ Yes
___ No

The Poster Session follows the same themes as the Big Berks Conference.
Please indicate which theme your proposal best fits:

___ Borders, Encounters, Borderlands, Conflict Zones, and Memory
___ Empires, Nations, and the Commons
___ Law, Family Entanglements, Courts, Criminality, and Prisons
___ Bodies, Health, Medical Technologies, and Science
___ Indigenous Histories and Indigenous Worlds
___ Caribbean, Latin America, and Afro/Francophone Worlds
___ Asia, Transnational Circuits, and Global Diasporas
___ Economies, Environments, Labour, and Consumption
___ Sexualities, Genders/LGBTIQ2, and Intimacies
___ Politics, Religions/Beliefs, and Feminisms
___ Visual, Material, Media Cultures: Print, Image, Object, Sound,

Note: the themes are designed to be broad and your proposal does not have
to fit each keyword within the thematic track. Your choice of theme has no
bearing on acceptance; it is for organizational purposes only.

Poster Session Organizing Committee
2014 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women
University of Toronto

Caitlin Taylor Holton
PhD Candidate
GSC, Medieval Academy of America 2012-14
Centre for Scottish Studies

Department of History, University of Guelph

Monday, October 21, 2013

31st All Saints' Lecture at Brixworth Church

The 31st All Saints' Lecture at Brixworth Church, Northants will be held on
Saturday 2nd November at 5pm. The speaker this year is Prof. Leslie
Brubaker, professor of Byzantine Art at the University of Birmingham, who
will talk on 'Brixworth and Byzantium'. All are welcome.

Details of the 2013 lecture are here
<>  (with
information about past lectures and how to order
them) and on the poster below.

The starting point for this year's lecture is the much anticipated
publication of the Brixworth archaeological survey by David Parsons and
Diana Sutherland:
The Anglo-Saxon Church of All Saints, Brixworth, Northamptonshire: Survey,
Excavation and Analysis, 1972-2010 [Hardback] which was published by Oxbow
in June this year (and is on special offer
 at the moment).

This is a major publication of a major Anglo-Saxon building (comparable in
scale to Wulfred's early 9th C cathedral in Canterbury) and is a 'must have'
for all Anglo-Saxonists' libraries. Parsons and Sutherland's work has
established that this spectacular church was built c. 800, and recognises
firmly the European context in which it was built. At this time Western
Europe was dominated by Charlemagne's Frankish kingdom. To the  east lay the
Byzantine Empire centred on the imperial city of Constantinople. At the turn
of the ninth century, Byzantium was ruled by a woman, the Empress Irene
(797-802), who overturned the iconoclast policies of her predecessors,
restoring the veneration of icons to the eastern Church. Byzantine attitudes
towards images were known and had been discussed in the west since at least
the time of Bede (d. 735). Prof. Brubaker's lecture provides an opportunity
to reflect on how an Anglo-Saxon church like Brixworth would have been
decorated when it was built, c. 800, and what its priests and worshippers
would have thought about Byzantine concerns about depictions of Christ and
All Saints.

Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: Newsletter Number 2 for 2013
The time has come to assemble the second 2013 newsletter for posting on the website at I look forward to receiving items relating to Medieval and Renaissance Studies that would be of interest to our readers. This could include but is not limited to news about books, journals, calls for papers, and research opportunities.
The present newsletter on the website contains information and a first call for papers for our next conference at Stellenbosch from 28 to 31 August 2014 on the theme The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The keynote speaker will be Professor Henry Woudhuysen, Lincoln College, University of Oxford. Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2014.

Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association

46th Annual Conference of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association
"Peregrinatio pro amore Dei: Aspects of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages and Renaissance"
June 12-14, 2014
Denver, CO
Deadline for abstracts and session proposals: November 15, 2013
Pilgrimage to holy sites and shrines was a mainstay of European life throughout the medieval and Renaissance periods, and the journeys to places such as Canterbury, Santiago de Compostela, Assisi, Rome, Mecca, and Jerusalem informed a devotional tradition that encouraged participation from all social classes, evoked commentary by chroniclers, playwrights, and poets, and inspired artistic, iconographic, and literary expressions. Even when the faith-based culture of the Middle Ages began to transform into the more empirical (and experiential) centuries of the Renaissance and Protestant Reformations, pilgrimages were still very much on the minds of writers and geographers as a source of both inspiration and criticism (Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Bunyon, Hakluyt, and Raleigh). 
The RMMRA Program Committee welcomes individual paper and panel proposals that address the conference theme from disciplines within the late antique, medieval, Renaissance, and 
Reformation periods (c. 4th to 17th centuries).  
See the full CFP here: 

Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture

Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literary Culture
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
April 4-5, 2013

The literature and culture of the late medieval and early modern periods were profoundly affected by the expansion of new artisanal and scientific technologies-innovations and ideas that would lead to the production and consumption of new forms of knowledge. In both periods, knowledge was conceptualized across a range of intersecting disciplines, including natural philosophy, astrology, mathematics, medicine, art, mechanics, and cartography, among others. Literature embraced, criticized, or participated in these fields in diverse ways, often examining how these new forms or categories of knowledge influenced the locus and ontology of the individual and social self.
Collectively, we will investigate the ways in which medieval and early modern literature engages with scientific, technological and textual processes of making and disseminating knowledge. In addition, we are interested in discussing the creation and development of modern/postmodern technologies through and around medieval and early modern texts. As such, scholars studying medieval and early modern texts, performances, and art-or later reassessments thereof- are welcome.  
This conference is part of a three-year collaboration between King's College, London and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Previous conferences include "Shakespeare and the Natural World" at UNC and "Shakespeare, Memory, and Culture" at KCL. "Making Knowledge" aims to continue this collaboration and engage in critical discussion with graduate students from both institutions and from across the US. 
Dr. Pamela Smith, a cultural historian at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote titled "From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in early Modern Europe" on Saturday evening, April 5th. Dr. Smith's publications include Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern EuropeThe Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution, and Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400-1800. 
We invite papers on these and related topics. Abstracts of 300-400 words are due December 1st, 2013 
to Participants will be notified on January 25th. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Digital HEL!

So. I've thought for years I ought to do something about the History of English Language book choices out there, frustrating as they all are and far too expensive. But I haven't. Then after discussions earlier this year with Mary Kate Hurley and Nicole Discenza and others on this and related HEL matters, I really though I ought to do something about it. Finally, at SEMA last weekend during the HEL roundtable I volunteered. So under the auspices of the Heroic Age journal (because my co-editor has her own dedicated server), we're opening and developing an open source History of the English Language textbook and workbook. So if you have materials written, exercises composed, homepages constructed, links, etc and you are willing to share them with other HEL instructors, send them to me at and me and my minions will begin organizing and constructing an open source, web-accessible text book out of our collective materials.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Index of Christian Art Conference

The next conference organized by the Index of Christian Art will celebrate the publication of

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library (Two-Volume Set) by
Don C. Skemer
Contributions by Adelaide Bennett, Jean F. Preston, William P. Stoneman, and the Index of Christian Art

It will be held on October 25th and 26th and will include the following speakers–

Jonathan J. G. Alexander, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, Emeritus
Walter Cahn, Yale University, Emeritus
Marc Michael Epstein, Vassar College
Lucy Freeman Sandler, New York University, Emerita
Anthony Grafton, Princeton University
Henry Mayr-Harting, University of Oxford, Emeritus
Marilyn Lavin, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Michael Michael, Christie’s education, London
James Marrow, Princeton University, Emeritus (TBC)
Elizabeth Moodey, Vanderbilt University
Stella Panayatova, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Virginia Reinburg, Boston College
Richard and Mary Rouse, University of California, Los Angeles, Emeritus
Don C Skemer, Princeton University
Anne Rudloff Stanton, University of Missouri
Patricia Stirnemann, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris

Spaces are limited and registration is required. Admission is strictly upon numbers provided  at registration. There is no charge for the conference. To register please contact Fiona Barrett ( before September 30th 2013

The Book of Kells is now also free to view on-line:

The OE Paris Psalter is now available on-line from the BNF:

Monday, March 4, 2013

Please pass along to any and all interested parties and forgive duplications:

Hello all, I am pleased to off the two courses listed below this summer online. There are both undergraduate and graduate options. If you are not a Bemidji State University student, directions on admission can be found here: The ability to use basic software is required, and much will be delivered through D2L, a Blackboard like software that the student will be able to access once enrolled for the class. I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there!

 ENGL 3930/5930 Intensive Latin Online 2013
Dr. Larry Swain 
Bemidji State University 

 Course Description: This course is an intensive introduction to Latin, covering in nine weeks a full academic year’s worth of the language. This will require a lot of work and dedication on the part of both instructor and student. By the end, however, the student should be able to read Latin prose with the aid of a grammar and a good dictionary or lexicon. There will be a great deal of memorization. Via our online tools, discussion board, online office hours, recorded lectures, live lectures, exercise sharing and corrections, and Q&A sessions delivered via D2L, power point presentations, and other tools, we will go through the entire text and master basic Latin. The course will require a commitment from the student. A MINIMUM of 2 hours and preferably 4-6 hours a day will need to be spent working on the exercises, in class, interacting with the professor etc. Because delivery is online rather than in a traditional classroom, the need for each individual student to apply him- or herself diligently daily is even more important than in a face-to-face class.  We will meet virtually in an online classroom for each lesson to explain the grammar lesson, to do some in class exercises, to correct exercises, and so on, for approximately an hour, more if necessary or if student interest. The rest of your time will be spent working on exercises, translating sample passages of actual Latin, memorizing the forms. 

Texts: Intensive Latin by Floyd Moreland and Rita Fleischer 
Other materials as assigned
(I will have advice about students’ dictionaries, additional grammar aids in print and online and so on as well throughout the course). 
Highly Recommended: English Grammar for Students of Latin: The Study Guide for Those Learning Latin by Norma Goldman and Ladislas Szymanski 

This course is six credits; I think a full year of Latin deserves a full year of credit.  The above URL at the top is the Center for Extended Learning Admissions website.  This URL is for the tuition calculator:  

English 3390/5390: 
Intensive Old English Summer 2013
Dr. Larry J. Swain
 Bemidji State University 

This seminar is intended to accomplish three related objectives: 1) to learn to read Old English and translate texts in Old English with relative ease 2) to have an overview of Anglo-Saxon Literature and 3) to place the language and literature into the historical, cultural, theological, intellectual, and material contexts. That's a tall order. But like those we read who endure heroically, so shall we: we will be able to by semester's end read Old English literature in Old English, both prose and poetry. The approach is simple. This is an intensive course, a full 15 week course offered over 9 weeks in Summer via the Internet. We will cover approximately two chapters of the textbook each week, and during the last couple of weeks we will be working exclusively in translating Old English texts.
Textbooks: Reading Old English: An Introduction by Robert Hasenfratz and Thomas Jambeck
A History of Old English Literature by Michael Alexander 
Recommended: The Anglo-Saxons James Campbell 

Monday, February 25, 2013

FIRST BIENNIAL CONFERENCE Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West October 31/November 1-2, 2013 Brown University Providence, USA Building on the synergy of the bicoastal conference held at Rice and at Brown in 2011, David Bright, Scott McGill, and Joe Pucci founded the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) in early 2012 as a venue for sharing our collective work on later literary studies, east and west. 

We intend the category of "literature" to be capacious, encompassing Christian and secular texts, as well as traditionally high and low forms. As part of the process of s
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the organizing committee by August 1, 2013:,,

Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with ten minutes of questioning/discussion to follow. We hope for a program of around 20 papers. ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. ISLALS will provide refreshments during the conference (morning continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks). ISLALS will also host a closing banquet for all conference participants. All other meals as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. At the conclusion of the conference, we will hold a round-table discussion on the shape and governance of ISLALS and the dates, locations, and topics of future meetings. Please send queries about the conference to

Queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the organizing committee.haring our work, we envision a conference (at least) every other year and are happy now to announce the First Biennial Conference of ISLALS, to be held on the campus of Brown University on October 31/ November 1-2, 2013 (Thursday-Saturday, inclusive). The theme of the conference is “Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West." A rich body of literary texts survives from this seminal century that touches on nearly every genre. We invite explorations of these texts from multiple perspectives and especially seek papers that focus on the Greek east or that take cognizance of the interplay of east and west. Papers that consider the influence of sixth-century texts are also welcome.
Information on IMC 2013 can be found at:
As you may know, the International Medieval Congress (IMC), which is the largest annual gathering of medievalists in Europe, focusing upon all aspects of the Middle Ages (c. 300-1500). Last year the IMC was attended by a record 1751 participants from 40 countries worldwide, with over half coming from outside the UK. Participants at the IMC present research in all areas of Medieval Studies, ranging from Art and Literature to Science and Technology.
The twentieth annual IMC will take place 1-4 July 2013 in Leeds on the University of Leeds main campus and will focus on the special thematic strand, ‘Pleasure’. Registration is now open and our programme is now available online. For more information, please see There is also an exciting range of ticketed events, excursions, and concerts that are open to the public. These items can be booked by clicking on the following link to the University of Leeds Online Store:
A few of you have e-mailed to ask me about this year’s SEMA—the Southeastern Medieval Association—meeting.  Others of you may be awaiting the call for papers and or be interested in the conference, or know someone who may be and or to whom you could forward this e-mail and the cfp.  Others, just please forgive me for including you if you are not interested—or if I made an error in including you!

SEMA 2013 will take place Oct. 3-5, 2013 at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  I am attaching the call for papers sent to me by Mary Valente (because I was guilty of “bugging her” for it), one of the organizers, whom I have copied on this e-mail.  Proposals for sessions or abstracts (250 words or less) for papers are due to Mary Valante and Alison Gulley at  by June 14th, 2013.  I hope you will consider attending—and friending SEMA on Facebook!

For those of you unfamiliar with SEMA, the Association will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary as a conference for medievalists.  We have a journal, Medieval Perspectives, and yearly conferences—usually in October, but occasionally in September or November—at different host institutions.  Last year’s conference was hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi on the beautiful Gulf Coast and included a bonfire on the beach.  This year’s, as you can see, is at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC , at a beautiful time of the year.
CfP: Digital Diplomatics 2013: What is Diplomatics in the Digital Environment?
 Diplomatics has changed fundamentally in the last few decades due to dramatic developments in information technology. While consolidating itself as an autonomous science with its own centuries-old theory, methodology, analytical processes and tools, focused on research on medieval and early modern legal documents, it has also grown into an interdisciplinary field, expanding its area of inquiry to all kinds of textual traditions, documentary forms and creation processes through the use of sophisticated digital tools. "We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us", said Marshal McLuhan. 

Following the two conferences on Digital Diplomatics that took place in 2007 in Munich and 2011 in Naples, this conference, to be held in Paris, 14-16th november 2013, has the goal to further the scholarly reflection on the way in which diplomatics has developed as a result of both the opportunities offered by digital tools to study historical documents and the challenges presented by born digital documents and by the need to understand their structure and of the complex digital environments in which they reside.

You can find the full call for papers with all the necessary informations on how to send in your proposal at The deadline is set to 2013, March 15. We are looking forward to your proposals! in the name of the program committee: Georg Vogeler
The Belgian association for ancient and oriental languages, ABELAO, is pleased to announce its annual summer school at Louvain-la-Neuve (29th of July  to  the 9th of August) which includes courses in Syriac. Teaching is in French.
Details are enclosed and information is also available on
Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia 16th OHRID SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013 International Summer School “UNDERSTANDING BYZANTIUM IN THE BALKANS: WHERE THE EAST MET/PARTED FROM THE WEST” 15 - 24 August 2013, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia Call for Applications CONFIRMED LECTURERS: Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge, Great Britain Professor Florin Curta, University of Florida, United States COURSES OFFERED: Course title: The gravitational fields of East and West across the medieval Balkans Course title: The beginning of the Middle Ages in the Balkans The Summer School “Understanding Byzantium in the Balkans: Where the East met / parted from the West” will explore the fascinating phenomenon of Byzantium and its enduring impact on Medieval Balkans. The objective of the Summer School is to address the complex socio-economic, cultural and political processes that led to the transformation of the Roman world and emergence of Byzantium and the Balkans as gravitational zones between East and West. The leading international scholars in the field of Byzantine and medieval Balkan studies will present the latest insights in addressing the 
various questions concerning the re-evaluation of issues of group identity and ethnogenesis in the Balkans, the concept of making of the Slavs, the examination of Byzantium as Superpower and Soft Power and as an enduring appeal to external elite, along with development of the Balkans as highway and flashpoint between Latin West and Byzantine East. Through appliance of new approach in historical and archaeological research the Summer School will explore Byzantine and Balkan studies in the Western Europe and United States and put them in a dialogue with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. The main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking and to raise the understanding of Byzantium and the Balkans and their place in international history, grasping them not as a factor of East-West division but as a integrative component of the European cultural history. Deadline Early application deadline: 15 April Late application deadline: 15 May Director of the Summer School Professor Mitko B. Panov Euro-Balkan University Address: Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia Tel/Fax. ++ 389 2 30 75 570 Please send your application to: 
Ivana Krajcinovik - Coordinator of the Summer School e-mail:  

Toller Lecture


The Annual Toller Lecture

will be given by Leslie Webster

formerly of the British Museum on

'Anglo-Saxon Art: Tradition and Transformation'

at 6pm on Monday 4 March 2013

in the Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Library, Deansgate,

 Manchester, followed by a FREE wine reception

Doctoral studentship in Ancient North Arabian

Doctoral studentship in Ancient North Arabian

The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, invites applications for a studentship funded by a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA).

This is an AHRC Full Studentship Award covering the costs of tuition fees and providing a maintenance grant of £13,590 p.a. The award will be for three years (36 months) and will commence on 1st October 2013. The successful candidate will be admitted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and by Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

The subject of research will be Safaitic vocabulary in the light of the Bedouin dialects of Syria and northern Arabia (see Further Particulars). The successful candidate will have a first class or upper second B.A. Honours degree (or equivalent) in Arabic or in Arabic and other Semitic languages or Semitic linguistics, and normally will also hold, by the start of the award, a Master's degree in Arabic, Semitic languages or linguistics or another relevant subject, from a recognised research organisation. Candidates must also have a good ability to read French and German.

In order to be eligible for an AHRC Full Studentship Award, candidates must have a 'relevant connection' with the United Kingdom (for details, see Further Particulars).

Further particulars may be downloaded from <>

Candidates wishing to apply should, in the first instance, send a curriculum vitae and short letter explaining why they are interested in, and suited for, the studentship to Professor Jeremy Johns <>. The subject line of the email should read "OCIANA Studentship". Eligible candidates will be invited to apply before the deadline of Friday 8 March 2013.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) announces it's "Call for Papers" for the 6th Annual ASMEA Conference held in Washington, DC, November 21-23, 2013. This year's conference is titled: "Tides of Change: Looking Back and Forging Ahead in the Middle East & Africa."

Members from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to participate in the conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Abstracts on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline of the proposed subject to be presented. A recent C.V. and all contact data must also be included with name, e-mail, phone number, affiliation. The due date for proposals is Thursday, May 30, 2013.

In addition, ASMEA is offering the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to help cover costs of hotel, registration, and transportation.

Please visit our website to download an application for the travel grant and submit an online abstract submission form at

Inquiries can be directed to

The summer school schedule has been announced at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða (University Centre of the Westfjords) in Iceland and once again includes a summer course in August on Gísla saga. I recommend the course to anyone with an interest in the sagas, or in Viking-age topics. In addition to the classroom learning in the sagas, in Viking-age history, society, and culture, and in the classical Icelandic language, the course offers field excursions to saga sites and other historical sites, as well as numerous out-of-the-classroom activities. It is a unique opportunity. Full disclosure: I am one of the instructors, and I can't wait to teach it again. More information at: and information about other classes in the summer program is here:
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: invitation for contributions to Newsletter Number 1 for 2013 I am now preparing the first 2013 newsletter for posting on the website at <> By 15 March 2013, please send me information about . new books and journals, . conferences, meetings and gatherings, . research opportunities, . news items that may interest our readers, . personalia, e.g. awards, new appointments, retirements, etc. Since this is an illustrated medium in colour, logos, photographs, video clips, etc. are most welcome.

Deerhurst Lecture

The Deerhurst Lecture 2012 was originally scheduled to take place last September, but was postponed due to the illness of the lecturer, Professor Nicholas Brooks. Nicholas is now happily recovered and the rescheduled lecture will take place on Saturday 20th April 2013 at 7.30 pm at St Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. The lecture will commemorate the millennium of the martyrdom in 1012 of St Ælfheah (Alphege), who began his ecclesiastical career at Deerhurst. The lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Brooks of the University of Birmingham under the title of "St Ælfheah from Deerhurst to Martyrdom: Millennial Reflections". Tickets will be available at the door or visit

LEADER PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The James Randall Leader Prize is awarded each year by the IAS-NAB for an outstanding article on an Arthurian subject. Eligibility for the award in 2013 extends to 1) all articles published in Arthuriana in 2012, and 2) any other article on an Arthurian subject published by an IAS-NAB member in 2012 and submitted to the selection committee. In the case of an article not published in Arthuriana, the author or any other member of the IAS can nominate the essay by sending it electronically as an attachment (in a PDF file or a clearly scanned version of the article) to Rachel Kapelle at by March 22, 2013. (The award of the Leader Prize will be announced at the business meeting of the IAS-NAB at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May 2013.)

FAIR UNKNOWN AWARD: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Announcing the “Fair Unknown” award. This annual award is given for the best paper on an Arthurian topic presented by a graduate student at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo; the winner of the award will work with the editor of Arthuriana on refining and revising the paper into an article that will be published in the journal. Criteria: applicants must be IAS-NAB members and certify that they have presented the paper in person at the ICMS. Papers submitted MUST be identical in form and length to that presented at the Congress (no more than 10 pages) although correction of typographical errors, etc, is permitted. Papers presented at the 2013 Congress should be submitted electronically to Dorsey Armstrong: The deadline for submissions for papers presented at the 2013 Congress is May 17, 2013.


Call for Papers - Society of Biblical Literature 2013 annual meeting (Baltimore, MD: 11/23/2013-11/26/2013)

The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit welcomes paper proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourages papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. Every paper proposal will be considered.

The Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address:
1) "The Art of Pilgrimage in the Ancient World": For this session, we seek papers that address the practice and materiality of pilgrimage. The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Vikan will respond to the contributions presented in this session. Dr. Vikan recently stepped down from the Directorship of the Walters Art Museum, which he held since 1994 after serving as the museum's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art since 1985. Before coming to the Walters, Dr. Vikan was Senior Associate for Byzantine Art Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.

2) "Art and Religion at the Walters Museum, Baltimore MD (": For this session, we seek papers that address the Walters Museum's permanent collections (with a particularly strong collection of illuminated manuscripts) or visiting exhibits (Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series; Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum).

3) A third session will consist of invited papers to review The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World edited by Michele R. Salzman and William Adler.

All abstracts should be submitted through the SBL website ( The Art and Religions of Antiquity section will consider all proposals.

Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World

We are happy to announce that the conference Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World, 11-12 April 2013 at the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark, is now open for registration. More information (including programme and abstracts) at:

three-year doctoral fellowship

Could you please circulate information about a three-year doctoral fellowship announced at the University of Oslo in connection with the research project "Graphicacy and Authority in Early Europe (c. 300–1000)". The official call for this position is available at the following link: 
The application deadline is April 30, and the successful applicant will start his/her doctoral studies from 2013/14 academic year. The doctoral thesis at the university of Oslo can be written and defended in Norwegian or English.
It is important to notice that the doctoral positions in Norway are considered the first fixed-term academic jobs, and a prospective PhD candidate is expected to submit the doctoral dissertation for defense by the end of the three-year employment period. This means that potential applicants for this position will be applying with their own doctoral projects in the field of early medieval history and a clear plan of doctoral research. Therefore, the quality of a doctoral project, its achievability within three years, and its relevance to the announcement will directly affect the selection process and an applicant's suitability for the position announced. 
The prospective applicants who have questions regarding the suitability of their intended projects to this call are welcome to send their inquiries directly to me.  
With kind regards,
Ildar Garipzanov
Ildar H. Garipzanov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1019, Blindern
0315, Oslo
Phone: (47) 22841937

Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Call for Papers: deadline 1st March 2013
Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Pembroke College, Cambridge, 23rd-24th September 2013

Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers on any aspect of how war and violence were documented, depicted and narrated in the medieval and early modern periods, including:

-       the representation of conflict in chronicles, poetry,
correspondence, proclamations, pageantry;
-       the visual depiction/performance of war and violence;
-       questions of just war, holy war, necessary war, casus belli;
-       perspectives of victor and victim, chivalry and atrocity;
-       different interpretations of soldier and civilian, eyewitness and historian;
-       changing philosophies, codes, practices, technologies and accoutrements of war;
-       war as divine providence or human scourge;
-       intersections of art, literature, and propaganda.

Keynote speakers: Professor Daniel Weiss, Lafayette College; Professor Richard Kaeuper, University of Rochester; Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton

Other contributors: Laura Ashe, David Grummitt, Megan Leitch, Catherine Nall, Craig Taylor.

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to Joanna Bellis and Laura Slater, by 1st March 2013, at

This colloquium is generously sponsored by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, which promotes research on all aspects of the human propensity to violence and aggression; and by Pembroke College, Cambridge. It will be a forum to foster conversation between historians, art historians and literary critics.
Conference website:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FIEC Congress

Please note that the website of the next FIEC Congress (to be held in Bordeaux in 2014) is now accessible:
Please forward to anyone who may be interested.
For those who do not yet know, FIEC stands for “Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques / International federation of the societies of classical studies”.


Reminder! Abstracts are due next Thursday, December 6.

Call For Papers:
April 5-6
Indiana University, Bloomington
“Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo...” Thus begins the Vulgate rendition of Jeremiah’s Lamentations, a prophetic book in which memorializing lost political and religious wholeness takes the form of a complex temporality in which present lament for the past reaches forward even into the future. Laments—and their liturgical, poetic, and artistic relations—marked particularly crucial moments associated with ends and what’s left after things are over: death and apocalypses, survivors and remnants.
Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute announces its Spring Symposium, to be held April 4-6. On the topic of lamentation, the symposium would like to pose a broad range of possible questions: What social, political, ethical, or aesthetic purposes do laments or their figurations serve? Who—or what, for that matter—is allowed to lament? Where and when is lament appropriate? Who or what is one allowed to lament for? What places or people(s) have laments left out?
Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Laments over loss of cities, battles, or leaders
  • Religious laments and commentaries
  • Apocalyptic visions; utopian visions
  • The afterlife
  • Love complaints and their parodies
  • Melancholy; enjoying mourning
  • Tragic drama; performing lament; embodied affects
  • Illustrations of sorrow in funerary art and manuscript illumination
  • Ceremonial observances like funeral orations and eulogies
  • Survivor stories; captive narratives
  • The process of mourning and grief as understood in the Middle Ages
  • Penitence manuals
  • Non-human lament or sorrow
  • Lament, spatiality, and temporality; spaces reserved for lament, burial, or grief
Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from scholars across all fields relevant to the study of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. In keeping with the Medieval Studies Institute’s interdisciplinary mission, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to art history, history, language, literature, musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.
Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words by December 6, 2012 to: