Thursday, May 28, 2015

Journal of Literary Onomastics 5 (2016)

Call for Submissions: Journal of Literary Onomastics 5 (2016)
(a special issue on place and place-names in the early Insular world)
The deeply rooted importance of landscape, place, and place-names is a shared characteristic throughout the Insular cultures of the early Middle Ages, ranging from the material to the literary. From examinations of the early Irish dindshenchas tradition to recent archaeological investigations into the role of landscape in socio-political structures, the study of place has begun to receive more critical attention. We seek papers that treat the issue of landscape in the early Insular world from a variety of methodologies and approaches for a volume that will appear as a special issue of the Journal of Literary Onomastics (peer-reviewed).
Abstracts of 250 to 500 words should be sent to either Bryan Carella ( or Joey McMullen (mcmull@fas.harvard.eduno later than July 7, 2015
Accepted articles should be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words in length (including notes) and must be received no later than January 4, 2016.

Textual Communities Workshop, KU Leuven 11 and 12 June 2015

Museumzaal (MSI 02.08, Erasmusplein 2, 3000 Leuven)

This workshop will serve three overlapping purposes.

First, it will introduce the Textual Communities system for creating scholarly editions in digital form. Textual Communities allows scholars and scholarly groups to make highest-quality editions in digital form, with minimal specialist computing knowledge and support.  It is particularly suited to the making of editions which do not fit the pattern of “digital documentary editions”: that is, editions of works in many manuscripts or versions, or editions of non-authorial manuscripts. Accordingly, Textual Communities includes tools for handling images, page-by-page transcription, collation of multiple versions, project management, and more. See the draft article describing Textual Communities at

Second, it will offer training to transcribers joining the Canterbury Tales project, and to scholars leading transcription teams within the project.  The project is undertaking the transcription of all 30,000 pages of the 88 pre-1500 witnesses of the Tales (18000 pages already transcribed but requiring checking; 12000 needing new transcription). Participants will be given accounts within the Textual Communities implementation of the Canterbury Tales project, introduced to the transcription system, and undertake their first transcriptions of pages from the Tales.  See

Third, it will offer an introduction to the principles of manuscript transcription for digital editions to any scholars or students considering undertaking a digital edition project based on a manuscript. The materials of the Canterbury Tales project will be used as a starting point for discussion of transcription, supplemented by reference to other textual traditions on which the workshop leaders have worked (including Dante, medieval Spanish and New Testament Greek).

This workshop will be useful to scholars undertaking a wide range of digital edition projects, especially of works existing in multiple witnesses.  Because both the architect of Textual Communities (Robinson) and its chief programmer (Xiaohan Zhang) will be present, it will be useful also for technical consultants who plan to work with the Textual Communities API. And, of course, it will be useful for transcribers joining the Canterbury Tales project.

There is no charge for this workshop, but places will be limited.  Please contact Barbara Bordalejo or Peter Robinson to confirm attendance. For accommodation, see

Digital Medievalist --
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Humanités numériques et Antiquité/ Digital Humanities and Antiquity DHANT

Researchers in ancient literature, text editors, historians, archaeologists, have long been the use of digital techniques. The need was felt to compare different uses of digital technology in these fields, to circulate knowledge to allow new uses, to consider possible developments.

The conference focuses on four main themes: publishing text and scholia, prosopography, epigraphy and ancient geography and archeology. It will be held in Grenoble (France) on 3 and 4 September 2015, and will be preceded by a day of workshops and a visit to FabLab MSTIC LIG Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and accompanied by a poster session. It will conclude with a panel discussion Friday, September 4th. The conference is supported by the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme-Alpes , universities Grenoble 2 and 3 Grenoble , the National Network of Houses of Human Sciences , Grenoble -alpes Métropole , the LIG , research teams HISOMA(UMR 5189), Litt & Arts-Translatio (EA 7355), GERCI . (EA 611) The registration   is compulsory but no charge for workshops and communications and must specify:
  • The workshops and visit fablab MSTIC which we want to participate: the number of participants is limited to 20 for each workshop and to visit
  • The day (s) of attendance at symposium
Late submissions for posters are now being accepted. Please send proposals to and before June 10th, 2015.

London International Palaeography Summer School

The Ecology of Meter: Meter and Language – Meter and Literature – Meter’s Past, Present and Future A Special Issue of RMN Newsletter (February 2016)

The Ecology of Meter
Call for Papers

Metrics is sometimes described as discipline run by people who spend their lives counting syllables. Nothing could be farther from truth – poetic meters do not exist in a mathematical vacuum, and knowing the number of syllables, feet etc. per line rarely equals knowing what a given meter is and how it works. Meter is a creative tool that shapes, and is shaped by, language (John Miles Foley used to talk about “trademark symbiosis between metre and language”), tradition, textual and social environments, as well as other co-existing meters and ultimately the people who use, abuse and transmit texts composed in it. The combined action of these factors, seemingly extra-metrical, constitutes in fact what we would like to call the ecologly of meter. Meter is a living thing of  language(s) and literature(s) that depends on this ecology as much as the poetry itself; the two, consequently, can (and should) be approached from a variety of angles and studied by a variety of methods that touch upon and connect different aspects of a meter’s ecology. 

41st Annual Conference Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA)

Forty-First Annual Conference
Southeastern Medieval Association
Little Rock, AR October 22-24, 2015

"Heaven, Hell, and Little Rock" 
Call for Papers 

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2015 meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association. This year’s meeting will take place at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Thursday, October 22, 2015 through Saturday, October 24, 2015, and is sponsored by the University of Central Arkansas.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “Heaven, Hell, and Little Rock,” in celebration of a host of anniversaries celebrated this year (the Fourth Lateran Council, the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth, the burning of Jan Hus, the signing of the Magna Carta). We welcome submissions and encourage panels related to these anniversaries or on other medieval topics. Further, in acknowledgment of the pivotal role that Little Rock, this year’s conference location, played in the American civil rights movement. In the spirit of this significant step in; the civil rights movement, we would like to encourage for this conference an emphasis on the “Other” Middle Ages, and encourage panels on East Asia, South Asia, and Islam at the time of the European Middle Ages, as well as panels on the “Other” within medieval Christendom (e.g., Jews and other non-Christians, Norse encounters with “Skraelingas,” or the treatment of the disabled, diseased, sexually “deviant,” or “mad” in Christian society).

In addition, this year’s meeting will include several sessions devoted to undergraduate research. Please encourage students who have done especially good work to submit abstracts.

Please submit proposals for sessions and individual papers using the link at no later than July 1, 2015.

Plenary Speakers:
Dr. Peter S. Hawkins of the Yale Divinity School (author of Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination and Dante: A Brief History among others) will give a plenary address called "Dante's 'Other': Thinking outside the Christian Box."

Dr. Thomas A. Fudge of the University of New England (author of Heresy and Hussites in Late Medieval Europe and The Trial of Jan Hus: Medieval Heresy and Criminal Procedure, among others) will give a plenary address on Hus and his martyrdom.

Dr. Stephen Owen of Harvard University (author of The Late Tang: Chinese Poetry of the Mid-Ninth Century (827-860) and The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetryamong others) will give a plenary address on Tang poetry and culture.