Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CFP: To Die Would be an Awfully Big Adventure

“To Die Would be an Awfully Big Adventure”: The Glory and the Gore of Death and Horror Through the Ages

10th Annual Medievalism Transformed Conference
Friday 6 June 2014
University of Wales, Bangor

Dance of Death in the German printed edition, folio CCLXI recto from Hartman Schedel's Chronicle of the World (Nuremberg, 1493)
Abstracts are now being invited for the 10th annual Medievalism Transformed conference at the University of Wales, Bangor, a one-day interdisciplinary event sponsored by the School of English Literature. We will be convening to explore the medieval world and its sustained impact on subsequent culture and thought.
Papers are welcome from all disciplines related to medieval studies as well as modern expressions of medievalism. All topics within the general scope of the conference will be considered, including:
  • Preparing for death
  • Dying well
  • Limbo / Purgatory
  • Underworld
  • Disease / Black Death / Medicine
  • Ghosts
  • The Occult / Cults
  • The grotesque
  • Apocalypse
  • Saints / Martyrdom
  • Theme of horror in medieval literature
Your proposal for a 20-minute paper should be no longer than 300 words. Please make submissions electronically by 11 April. Proposals should be accompanied by your name, institutional affiliation, email address, and contact information. Please also specify any audio/ visual requirements.
Letters of acceptance will be sent via email unless a hard copy is requested.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ASIMS Barry Prize and the Adams Prize

Please help me get the word out about the Barry Prize and the Adams Prize!

I must immediately mail out the call for nominations for the two prizes that ASIMS curates. Could you please send me the names of people, places, departments, publications, organisations, etc. who you think should be informed?

As a reminder, the two prizes are as follows:

• The Barry Prize is an annual prize awarded for the best conference paper (at ANY conference) on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies delivered by a graduate student.
• The Adams Prize is awarded for the best peer-reviewed essay/article in Irish Medieval Studies published in a book or journal during the previous calendar year.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

El’Manuscript-2014 international conference

Submission deadline : 1 April 2014
Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2014
Conference dates: 15-20 September 2014
Venue: Varna, Bulgaria
Call for papers :
We are pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for the El’Manuscript-2014 international conference on the creation and development of information systems for storage, processing, description, analysis, and publication of medieval and early modern hand-written and printed texts and documentary records. Any person involved in the creation or analysis of these resources is welcome to participate.
El’Manucsript-2014 is the fifth in a series of biennial international conferences entitled “Textual Heritage and Information Technologies” ( The programme of the conference traditionally includes tutorials, lectures, and computer classes for young scholars and students. The working languages of the 2014 conference are English, Bulgarian and Russian, and papers presented at the Conference will be published in a volume of proceedings and on the website. Selected papers in English will be published in a special issue of the Digital Medievalist Journal ( and, if written in Bulgarian, English or Russian, Palaeobulgarica.
The fifth conference is a joint event of the Textual Heritage and Digital Medievalist scholarly communities. It is co-organized by Izhevsk State Technical University (Russia) and the Cyrillo-Methodian Research Centre at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and supported by the Sustainable Development of Bulgaria Foundation.
For more information, please visit the conference website:
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Do you want to take part in the Swaledale Big Dig?

from our friends at
Archaeology enthusiasts in Swaledale are finalising plans for their biggest challenge to date – a two-year community project to help dales folk search for clues to medieval and ancient history in their own back yards.
Swaledale - Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The lottery-backed Swaledale Big Dig is being organised by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) and will be launched with two free events in Reeth, the first being a presentation by TV archaeologist and ‘Time Team’ expert Dr Carenza Lewis, of Cambridge University.
Residents in and around Reeth and the neighbouring communities of Fremington and Grinton who want to get involved in the project will be able to register their interest at the launch presentation or at a follow-up Heritage Day exhibition. They will also be able to enrol for any of a range of short educational courses being organised as part of the project’s commitment to stimulate wider interest and engagement in archaeology.
Project manager Alan Mills, from SWAAG, said: “The Big Dig is primarily about archaeologists working with residents to dig test pits on their own and public land. The pits will be a metre square and up to a metre deep, and will help us to see snapshots of what lies beneath our feet over a wide area of the landscape.
“Hopefully we will have lots of pits so that collectively they will help us to formulate views about the ages and development of settlement areas and to gain a better and broader understanding of our local history. For the project to have value it has to be very carefully organised and managed, which is why we are especially keen for interested people to come to the launch events when Dr Lewis and others will explain the significance of the project and show how it will work.”

Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA) 28 April – 2 May 2014, Cambridge and London

With apologies for cross-posting, we are very pleased to announce the fifth year of this course, funded by the Digital Scholarly Editions Initial Training Network (DiXiT), and run by DiXiT with the Institute of English Studies (London), the University of Cambridge, the Warburg Institute, and King’s College London. For the first time, the course will run in two parallel strands: one on medieval and the other on modern manuscripts.
The course is open to any arts and humanities doctoral students working with manuscripts. It involves five days of intensive training on the analysis, description and editing of medieval or modern manuscripts to be held jointly in Cambridge and London. Participants will receive a solid theoretical foundation and hands-on experience in cataloguing and editing manuscripts for both print and digital formats.
The first half of the course involves morning classes and then afternoon visits to libraries in Cambridge and London. Participants will view original manuscripts and gain practical experience in applying the morning’s themes to concrete examples. In the second half we will address the cataloguing and description of manuscripts in a digital format with particular emphasis on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). These sessions will also combine theoretical principles and practical experience and include supervised work on computers.
The course is free of charge but is open only to doctoral students (PhD or equivalent). It is aimed at those writing dissertations relating to medieval or modern manuscripts, especially those working on literature, art or history. Some bursaries will be available for travel and accommodation. There are eighteen vacancies across the medieval and modern strands, and preference will be given to those considered by the selection panel likely to benefit most from the course. Applications close on 14 February 2014 but early registration is strongly recommended.
For further details see dixit-mmsda.
- Please circulate widely! -
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Please see the attached poster announcing the symposium "Christians and Muslims: Early Encounters," to be held at Brown University on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies XVIIITH Biennial Conference

Apologies for cross posting.

Byzantine Culture in Translation

Australian Association for Byzantine Studies XVIIITH Biennial
28-30 November 2014, University of Queensland

Byzantine culture emanated from Constantinople throughout the Middle
eastwards into Muslim lands and central Asia, north into Russian,
and Scandinavian territories, south across the Mediterranean into Egypt
North Africa and westwards to Italy, Sicily and the other remnants of
western Roman Empire. Byzantine culture was translated, transported and
transmitted into all these areas through slow or sudden processes of
permeation, osmosis and interaction throughout the life of the Empire,
the fourth century to the fifteenth and far beyond. Various literary
of Byzantine culture that were literally translated from Greek into the
local and scholarly languages of the Medieval West and Muslim Middle
include dreambooks, novels, medical and scientifica texts and works of
Ancient Greek literature. Yet translation was a phenomenon that
far beyond texts, into the areas of clothing and fashion, the visual
(especially icons) and architecture, military organisations, imperial
ceremonial, liturgical music and mechanical devices. This conference
celebrates all aspects of literary, spiritual or material culture that
transported across the breadth of the Empire and exported from it.
are welcome on all aspects of Byzantine culture that exerted some
- whether lasting or fleeting - and were translated into
lands, from the early Byzantine period to the present day.

Confirmed speaker: Maria Mavroudi, University of California - Berkeley

Convenor: Dr Amelia Brown, The School of History, Philosophy, Religion
Classics, University of Queensland

Papers of 20 minutes are now sought on any of the topics mentioned
Please send a title and abstract of 200 words along with your own email
address, affiliation and title to the convenor at

Closing date for submissions: 31 August.


Two bursaries of $500 each will be offered to postgraduate students or
postdoctoral fellows who present papers and are not residents of
Applications may be sent with abstract and CV to Bronwen Neil, President
AABS, at  Please supply your residential address
a short (150 words max.) explanation of your financial circumstances,
reached in your studies and any other relevant information.  Membership
AABS is required for successful applicants; please see the web site at for membership subscriptions.  Deadline
bursary applications is 31 August.

Full details on the new AABS web site at

Friday, January 17, 2014

CFP Grief & Gender in the Middle Ages

CALL FOR PAPERS: Essay Collection on Grief and Gender in the Middle Ages
This proposed collection seeks to explore the intersections of grief and gender in the Middle Ages across a variety of texts and disciplines, including literature, history, medicine, law, art, and religion.
Perhaps the most commonly held assumption about the expression of grief by men and women in the Middle Ages is that men express their grief through violence or stoicism, while women grieve in a much more emotional manner, namely, through the shedding of tears. While these two representations of gendered grief reflect, to a certain degree, well-established gender norms, they are too reductive of the human experience of loss and its attendant grief. The expression of grief in the Middle Ages, as one would expect, assumed a variety of forms, some of which conformed to established gender norms and some of which did not. This collection will examine the question of how grief relates to gender identity in the Middle Ages and how men and women perform this grief within the seemingly rigid gender framework constructed by medieval culture. Of interest are papers that explore not only how men and women grieve in medieval texts, but also how this grief affects their gender identity.
Among the questions the collection will address include but are not limited to: How is grief represented in the literature; art; medical, historical, and legal documents; and religious writing of the Middle Ages? How are these representations informed and/or constrained by gender? What role does gender play in public and private displays of grief? How do representations of grief reveal dissonances, contradictions, and anxieties surrounding culturally sanctioned gender norms?
While the primary focus of the collection will be on the Middle Ages (1000-1500), a few essays investigating these concerns within the context of the early modern period will be considered.
Please submit a proposal of approximately 300 words, as a Word attachment, by Friday, March 14, 2014 to:
Lee Templeton, Ph.D.
North Carolina Wesleyan College Email: 

CFP: Irish Conference of Medievalists

Call for papers
The 28th Irish Conference of Medievalists will take place in University College Dublin, 1--3 July 2014
The Irish Conference of Medievalists is an interdisciplinary forum that welcomes papers on all aspects of Irish and European medieval culture, including archaeology, history, art history, folklore, language and literature. We also welcome papers that explore Ireland in its wider international context. This year we encourage submission of themed panels, consisting of three papers and a nominated chair.
Visit our website, at:
Dr Roy Flechner
Lecturer in Early Medieval History
School of History and Archives
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

MA Funding for University of York

Dear Colleagues
Please draw these scholarships to the attention of undergraduates considering pursuing a Masters degree.
With all good wishes
Elizabeth Tyler
The Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) is pleased to announce two fee waivers at the University of York at the Home/EU rate (£6,200). These scholarships are open to students applying for the MA in Medieval Literature (Department of English and Related Literature) and the MA in Medieval Studies (Centre for Medieval Studies) at the University of York.
The Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. It is jointly based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU in Odense) and the University of York (UK).
Students applying for the MA scholarships should be particularly interested in medieval texts,whether studied from the discipline of literature or from the discipline of history, and be planning tocontinue on to study for a PhD in the areas of medieval literature, medieval history or medieval studies. The scholarships are competitive and a candidates should have an excellent undergraduate record.
    For further details:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Phillip J. Pirages Catalogue 65

Dear Colleagues,
Please find below a link which will take you to a view of our newest catalogue 65. Please feel free to place your order on our website or send us an email to  You can also leave us a voicemail at 800-962-6666 or 503-472-0476.   If you would prefer to receive a printed catalogue in the mail please let us know.
Many thanks and Happy Holidays,
Tammy Opheim
Phillip Pirages Fine Books

Mélanges de l’École française de Rome – Antiquite,

Dear colleagues,

Subscribers to this list may be interested to learn of the publication,
as a themed fascicule (125.2) of the Mélanges de l’École française de
Rome – Antiquite, of the proceedings of a “table ronde” held at the
l’École française de Rome on 30 June-1 July 2009 on « Codifications et
réformes dans l’Empire tardif et les royaumes barbares », edited by
Oliver Huck.

This is available freely online at .

Dr R. W. Benet Salway

Department of History
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

News from DigiPal

Dear all,

A lot of exciting developments have been happening behind the scenes on
DigiPal in the last few 
weeks. These include the ability for users to create their own
annotations, group them, and share 
a persistent URL with others; a very swishy lightbox and workspace where
images can be resized, 
rotated, their colours and opacities changed, and again the results can
be saved and shared; and the 
facility to gather your favourite letters and manuscripts into
collections that you can save, arrange, 
and share. More about all of that soon. 

In the meanwhile, in addition to all the other manuscripts, we now have
c. 350 images from the British 
Library. There are mostly new photos, which hitherto have only been seen
in the original manuscripts  -- 
or by those who follow me on Twitter ;-)

So, if you're interested in Old English (or even Anglo-Saxon!!)
manuscripts, take a look at

For a list of BL mss, see:


Mid America Medieval Association, Columbia, Missouri, 22 February 2014

We have received many great proposals but still have room about about half a dozen more (or two full sessions).
Please note that we will entertain proposals on any area of medieval studies, including medievalism(s).

Call for Papers

Mid America Medieval Association (MAMA) 38 The Global Middle Ages

Where: The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri

When: February 22, 2014

Theme: The Global Middle Ages

Plenary Address: Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney³Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective²

This year¹s MAMA Conference will focus on the study of the medieval period in a global context.

The rise of world history in the Academy, as well as the increasingly interconnected world in which we live in the 21st century, has not left medievalists unaffected. Paper and session proposals in any area of medieval studies will be welcome, but we hope to pay particular attention to the following topics:

the transferability of the concept of a "middle age" to non-European societies and economies post-colonial and/or comparative studies focusing on exchanges between Europe, Asia, and Africa book arts, preservation, calligraphy, paleography and codicology of non-western manuscripts the interdependency of pre-modern cultures travel accounts, maps, and other evidence of historical or imaginative cultural exchange global trade and representations of luxury goods such as ivory, spices, silks, ceramics, and jewels the influence of global cultures on European science, medicine, fashion, food, and art medieval European perceptions of African and Asian peoples and civilizations papers or sessions dedicated to the non-European locations (e.g. cities like Jerusalem or  Timbuktu, or ³medieval² eras such as the Sui or Tang dynasties in China, the Heian/Kamakura eras in Japan, Moghul India, Fatamid/Abassid/Mamluk

pedagogical approaches to teaching the Middle Ages as part of World History/ Literature/Religion Programs Submissions should be in the form of abstracts (300 word limit) for both individual papers and sessions, and should include all contact information.

Presenters in session proposals must be listed, with all contact information. Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals:
Monday, 30 December 2013

Send all submissions via email to:

Graduate Students whose papers have been accepted and may submit them for the Jim Falls Prize <>.

The Deadline for full paper submission, which must be limited to 10 pages and must contain footnotes/endnotes and bibliography, is January 10, 2014. Send submissions to Professor Linda Mitchell, chair, via

Dictionary of Old English plea

Dear ISAS Members,
I hope this all finds you well, surviving the collective end of terms and semesters, and looking forward to what I am sure are well-deserved breaks.
As Roberta Frank recently reminded me, The Dictionary of Old English is in urgent need of funds (before 1 April) to match a major foundation grant;  you can read more about this initiative here:
If you are inclined to help, this might also be a timely moment to thank Antonette diPaolo Healey for her extraordinary contribution to theDictionary and our field over the past three decades and more (n.b. I have temporarily removed her from the ISAS list-serv so she will not see this email!). 
Contributions to the project sent with the message -- "In honour of Antonette diPaolo Healey" -- would be listed under her name in the 2014 annual report.
All good wishes for a happy 2014,

2 x fully-funded PhD studentships in either Medieval Literature or Medieval Studies Department of English and Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York

Closing date for applications:  27 January 2014 
Applications are invited for two PhD studentships, available from October 2014. Studentships are funded by the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML).
CML is funded by the Danish National Research Foundation until 2022. It is jointly based at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU in Odense) and the University of York (UK). CML takes an integrated European approach to medieval literature from Scandinavia to the Middle East.  Research is organised into three areas: languages, fictionality, and canon formation.  The work of CML is interdisciplinary (literature and history) in studying texts as embedded within social relationships. We also attend to modern receptions of medieval literature.
Successful candidates for studentships will be committed to 1) collaboration which unites scholarship across disciplines and languages; 2) creating a shared research environment across SDU and York; 3) situating the work of their PhD within a wider European framework. CML research programme and organisation:
PhDs based at York will work with Professor Elizabeth Tyler ( Topics can be single or co-supervised at York or across York and SDU. Co-supervision with any of the participants in the CML ( or member of the Centre for Medieval Studies ( or the Department of English ( is encouraged. You will be expected to spend at least a term in Odense.
The studentship will cover EU/Home tuition fees and stipend (£13,726 per annum), tenable for three years and two months.
This opportunity is for studentships at York, those at SDU will be announced later.  Students may apply to both York and SDU.


University of Tampere, Finland
6. - 8. August, 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline September 15th 2014)

The sixth international Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages
conference will focus on social approaches to travelling, mobility,
pilgrimages, and cultural exchange. Interaction between society and
space has been a key interest of scholars after the 'Spatial Turn'.
Nevertheless, larger comparisons between eras and cultures are mainly

The archetypal journey of Odysseys served as a metaphor and model for
later narrations of travelling. In both Ancient and medieval worlds,
religious reasons were significant motivations for travelling; these
travels confront the traditional idea of these periods as eras of
immobility. However, the challenges of setting out for a journey, as
well as the dangers of the road, were not dependent on the incentive
but rather on distance and other geographical settings, social status
of the traveller, and political climate.

The conference aims at concentrating on social and cultural
interaction before, during and after travelling. What kinds of
motivations were there for ancient and medieval people to get on the
road and what kind of negotiations and networks were inherent in
travelling? We welcome papers, which have a sensitive approach to
social differences: gender, age, health, and status. Actors,
experiences and various levels of negotiations are of main interest,
and our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life, on the
differences and similarities between elite and popular culture, and on
the expectations linked to gender and life cycle stage, visible in the
practices and policies of travelling. We encourage proposals that
integrate the theme of travelling into wider larger social and
cultural contexts.

We aim at a broad coverage not only chronologically but also
geographically and disciplinarily (all branches of Classical,
Byzantine and Medieval Studies). Most preferable are contributions
that have themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary viewpoint
or focusing on a longue durée perspective.


If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words (setting out
thesis and conclusions) for a twenty-minute paper together with your
contact details (with academic affiliation, address and e-mail) by
e-mail attachment to the conference secretary, The
deadline for abstracts is September 15th 2014, and the notification of
paper acceptance will be made in November 2014.

Conference papers may also be presented in French, German or Italian,
however, supplied with an English summary (as a hand-out) or
translation if the language of presentation is not English. The
sessions are formed on the basis of thematic coherence of the papers
and comparisons between Antiquity and the Middle Ages, thus session
proposals focusing on one period only will not be accepted.

The registration fee is 100 EUR (doctoral students: 50 EUR). For further
information, please visit or
contact the organizers by sending an e-mail to The
registration opens in November 2014 at

Vanderbilt University invites you to participate in a summer seminar for humanities scholars working with XML documents (such as TEI, EAD, or MODS).

Vanderbilt University invites you to participate in a summer seminar for humanities scholars working with XML documents (such as TEI, EAD, or MODS).
The XQuery Summer Institute is designed for scholars with basic experience marking up texts who would like to acquire advanced skills in how to query and computationally analyze XML documents.
We welcome applications from archivists, faculty members, librarians, alt-ac professionals, and advanced graduate students. Over the course of two weeks, we will teach you how to program in XQuery, a language designed for querying and manipulating XML documents. You will leave the Institute knowing how to maximize the value of your XML encoding.
The Institute will take place from Monday, June 9 to Friday, June 20 in 2014 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will be led by six instructors with experience in the digital humanities (see, including Jonathan Robie, Lead Editor of the XQuery and XPath specifications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
There are no registration costs to the Institute thanks to generous support from the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (see the announcement of Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities ... -july-2013). We will also provide subventions for participants’ travel, lodging, and meals. Participation is limited to twelve. Applications are due by February 14, 2014.
Please join us! Take your XML skills to the next level in Nashville this summer. For information about the Institute and the application process, see Questions? Please email Clifford Anderson, Director for Scholarly Communications, at Vanderbilt

Summer Intensive Course - Luminosus Limes: Geographical, Ethnic, Social and Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity

Central European University, Budapest, July 7-12, 2014

What is a frontier? Does it serve to separate or to link countries, 
peoples, classes, ideas?   Frontiers have become increasingly 
significant in the study of Late Antiquity, the fastest growing 
historical discipline, as scholars recognized the fundamental importance 
of shifting barriers in the process of transformation that led from the 
classical to the post-classical world. People living in the Roman world 
between the second and the sixth century tore down many walls 
demarcating cultures, religions, ethnicities. Frontiers once firmly 
separating empires, ethnic groups, religions, friends and even the sexes 
have been intensely crossed in late antiquity – a phenomenon comparable 
only to the recent transition from modernity to post-modernity -- a 
comparison that we intend to exploit in our methodology.

The “Bright Frontier” summer course explores the dynamic transformation 
of classical frontiers between the second and the sixth century from a 
multidisciplinary perspective: archaeology, medieval studies, social and 
cultural history, art, theology, and literature. Offering a 
groundbreaking approach to the field of border studies including social, 
gender, ethnic and religious categories with the participation of 
outstanding scholars in the field, this course will provide students 
with a solid knowledge of up-to-date international scholarship on 
frontiers: a strong theoretical background as well as hands-on 
acquaintance with physical borders and material artifacts excavated 
along the Danube River (the ripa Pannonica) as well as in the late 
antique cemetery of Pécs in Hungary.

Course Director(s):
Marianne Saghy
Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, 
Noel Lenski
Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Rita Lizzi Testa
Department of Roman History, University of Perugia, Italy

Course Faculty:
Claudia-Maria Behling
Department of Classical Archeology, University of Vienna, Austria
Maijastina Kahlos
Finnish Academy of Science, Finland
Levente Nagy
Department of Contemporary History, University of Pecs, Hungary
Anna Toth
Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary
Zsolt Visy
Department of Archaeology, University of Pecs, Hungary

Guest Speaker(s):
Sylvia Palagyi
Museum Directorate of Veszprém County, Roman Villa Complex, Hungary
Adam Szabo
Archaeology, Hungarian National Museum, Hungary
Paula Zsidi
Budapest Historic Museum, Aquincum, Hungary

CFP Charlemagne after Charlemagne. 11th Annual Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris

The International Medieval Society Paris (IMS-Paris) invites paper proposals and session themes for its upcoming symposium centered on "Charlemagne after Charlemagne".

A looming presence during the Middle Ages and beyond, this Frankish king and emperor, who died in 814, had a cultural afterlife that far exceeded any other medieval historical figure. The symposium for 2014 seeks to examine the medieval reception (and representation) of Charlemagne on the 1200th anniversary of his death, as he became a model sovereign, a literary personage, and a saint. This holy emperor was venerated in a complex though limited manner, resulting in the elaboration of a distinct hagiographical discourse and the composition of a liturgical office.

The literary fortunes of Charlemagne, highlighted as early as 1865 by Gaston Paris, experienced multiple permutations. Latin and vernacular literature (French, Italian, German, English, etc.), produced divergent associations and separate developments, from historical works to chansons de geste. These literary representations went hand in hand with visual portrayals in manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, and architecture. Charlemagne was also conjured as a figure of pilgrimage and a founder (real or imagined) of monasteries, cities, and universities, attached to these institutions through stories and forged documents to which his name was affixed. The figure of Charlemagne served to construct and define an ideal, which was shaped and reshaped by different eras according to their respective needs.
For its 2014 symposium, the International Medieval Society seeks to mark this anniversary through a reevaluation of Charlemagne’s legacy during the medieval period. Although the geographic area of France will be given priority, comparisons with other regional ‘Charlemagnes’ are certainly possible. We invite papers that deal with material from after Charlemagne’s death in 814 to the end of the Middle Ages.
Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to no later than February 10th 2014. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.
Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.
Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).
The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the programme of last year’s symposium, please visit our website:
IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best graduate student paper proposal.
Applications should consist of:
1) symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) current research project (Ph.D. dissertation research)
3) names and contact information of two academic references
The prizewinner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodations (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

DIXIT ITIN: Early Stage Researchers

Apologies for cross-posting. I just would like to remind everybody that the DIXIT ITN deadline is rapidly approaching: your applications should be sent by the 10th of December to the respective host institution and to the central coordinator institution (University of Cologne).
DIXIT ITN is offering 12 fellowships for Early Stage Researchers. Please notice the following criteria for eligibility which it seems they were somehow not so clearly expressed before:
- Candidates should not have already a PhD: the fellowship is meant to support the successful candidate to obtain one.
- Candidates should not have more than 4 years full time research experience 
- Candidates should NOT having spent more than 12 months in the host country during the past 3 years. 
Application for one Experienced Researcher is also out which has the following eligibility criteria:
- Candidates should have already a PhD or an equivalent research achievement.
- Candidates should not have more than 5 years full time research experience and not less than 4.
- Candidate should NOT having spent more than 12 months in the host country during the past 3 years. 
Please find here the references to all open positions:
Two of the Early Career Researchers will be based at King's College London (see please get in touch with me if you are interested either in documentary editing or social editing. 

Sharing Ancient Wisdoms Project

We are delighted to announce the completion of the Sharing Ancient
Wisdoms project: see 

Please ask your librarian to add any or all of the following items to
your library catalogue: 

Kekaumenos, Consilia et Narrationes 
SAWS edition, 2013
Greek text, English translation and commentary by Charlotte Roueché,
with further translations by H.G. Beck, J. Signes Codoner, G.G.
Litavrin, M.D. Spadaro
ISBN 978-1-897747-29-2
Available at

Apophthegmata et gnomae secundum alphabetum 
SAWS edition, 2013
Annotated edition of Greek Gnomologia by Denis Searby, Måns Bylund,
Pontus Österdahl, with English translation by Denis Searby
ISBN 978-1-897747-26-1
Available at

Gnomological Material in Arabic and in Arabic-Spanish transmission\
SAWS edition, 2013
Texts established by Ines Dallaji, Lorenz Nigst, Christoph Storz, Elvira
ISBN 978-1-897747-27-8
Available at

Arabic Philosophical Compendia and Excerpts of Arabic and Latin
Philosophical Texts
SAWS edition, 2013
Texts established by Christoph Storz and Elvira Wakelnig
ISBN 978-1-897747-28-5
Available at

CFP: Writing Britain: 500-1500

Writing Britain: 500-1500 
University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, 30 June - 2 July 2014
Under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts
Writing Britain is a biennial event which aims to draw on a range of approaches and perspectives to exchange ideas about manuscript studies, material culture, multilingualism in texts and books, book history, readers, audience and scribes across the medieval period. The 2014 iteration of the Writing Britain Conference will take place in the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts. Some of the topics which we are keen to explore are literary and non-literary agencies and their significance and/or relevance in the medieval period across British medieval written culture in English, French, Latin, Norse and the Celtic languages. More broadly, we are interested in other questions such as: How did local writers, compilers and readers use writing to inscribe regional identity within broader conventions or, on the other hand, impress 'universal' practices and constructs on local populations? What were the different markets for books? Can we characterize their developments and differences? What new or existing methodologies can be employed to localise texts and books across Britain? What is the role of the Digital Humanities in the study of medieval book culture?
Plenary speakers: Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa), Richard Beadle (University of Cambridge) and Simon Horobin (University of Oxford)
We welcome proposals from scholars working on any aspects of British medieval written culture up to 1500. Please visit our conference web site in order to submit an abstract (300 words or fewer) for a twenty-minute paper. Please send your abstract by 20 February 2014. Abstracts from postgraduate students are welcome and graduate rates will be provided. For further information please visit the website where contact details of the organisers will also be available. 
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