Sunday, May 29, 2016

New News of the Week!

The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Europe, Founded 1998, ISSN 1526-1867

Angel Mosaic in Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem-absolutely gorgeous

More on Polish archaeologists discover a medieval hermitage in Egypt

563rd Conquest of Istanbul Prayer Fest

That Study on the impact of the Black Death Back in the News

History of Wales in 12 Maps

Rare Shakespeare Edition Sold

Medieval Monks and Revenging Rabbits

Offa Coin Discovered

Cross Donated to Durham

Digitizing Monastic Chants

Mongols Didn't Like Europe's Wet Weather

Codroy Valley Norse Settlement (i. e. Canada people!)

OKIE DOKIE....Not only no Dark Ages, but Charlemagne's a Fiction!


> Conference: "The Material World of the Early Middle Ages"
> Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
> October 7 - 9, 2016

> Keynote Speakers:

> Paul Edward Dutton
> Simon Fraser University

> Robin Fleming
> Boston College

> Thomas F.X. Noble
> University of Notre Dame (Emeritus)

> Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, we invite early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization to a conference meant to examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. We seek to explore the whole world of the early Middle Ages by including papers that discuss the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material. By “material,” we include objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. We welcome a range of papers that will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.

> Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Valerie Garver ( or Lynda Coon ( via email attachment. On your abstract please provide name, institution, and the title of your proposal.

> Abstracts are due June 1, 2016.

> Dr. Martha Rampton
> Professor of History
> Director-Center for Gender Equity
> Pacific University
> 2043 College Way
> Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
> Phone: 503 352 2772
> Fax: 503 352 3195
> CGE site:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

CFP for special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum: Women’s Arts of the Body
Edited by Irina Dumitrescu (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
Email: irinaalexandradumitrescu (at)
At the beginning of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy, Philosophy arrives to drive out the Muses from Boethius’ cell. It is often said that the Philosophy is female because Latin philosophia is a feminine noun, and, indeed, the dialogue that follows continues a masculine tradition of inquiry and authorship. And yet, woven into this scene are not only female figures, but traces of women’s craft. Philosophy is a cloth-maker, having woven her own clothes, the Muses are described as actresses and whores, and both Muses and Philosophy aim to cure the sick Boethius with their healing arts. Although the dialogue that follows aims to teach the ailing man how to distance himself from worldly things, it begins with feminine craft and arts of the body.
For a special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum, contributions are invited that reflect on arts of the body associated in with women at any given point or place in the Middle Ages (with some flexibility towards the Renaissance). Such “arts of the body” might include: spinning and weaving; needlework, knitting, sewing, quiltingcooking, baking, confectionerybrewing, distillingpotterycosmetics, hair-dressingdancing, singing, actingmedicine, home-remedies, first aidmaking perfumes and poisonsbirth control, abortion, midwiferysex-work.
Some questions you might consider include:
          Which arts of the body are associated with women or men, and when?
-           In what cases do arts or crafts that had belonged to women become the purview of men, or vice versa?
          How do women’s arts of the body intersect with race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability?
-           How are women’s arts of the body appropriated as metaphors for men’s work?
-           When does women’s work count as work? When does women’s art count as art?  
-           What biases do we find against feminine arts of the body, and how are they expressed in texts?
-           Under what historical circumstances do feminine “arts of the body” make it onto the books? When are they institutionally recognized, inscribed, recorded, or even just mentioned?
-           What effects do we notice due to the lack of a historical record? What kind of reconstruction or myth-making fills the archival gap?
-           How have women’s arts of the body been taught or passed down? What can be recovered about women’s teaching practices?
          What kinds of gendered spaces are created or used for women’s arts of the body?
-           What interpretative or historical tools can be used to recover and/or reconstruct lost arts of the body?
Full-length scholarly essays are welcomed from any discipline, and will undergo peer review. Also welcome for this issue are shorter creative or experimental pieces addressing the issue topic. Please submit an abstract or proposal (250 words maximum) for either kind of work by August 1, 2016 to irinaalexandradumitrescu (at) .
Please feel free to get in touch via email if you have any questions about the topic or the feasibility of a particular approach or format.
Working timeline:
August 1, 2016 – Abstract deadline
September 1, 2016 – Essay solicited
January 1, 2017 – Drafts of solicited essays due
May 1, 2017 – Final drafts of accepted essays due
Fall 2017 – Projected publication date

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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I appeared on Prof. Awesome's Show!!!  See it hear and have a good laugh:

H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report for H-Announce: 16 May - 23 May

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Queen's University Belfast - Lecturer in Irish Medieval History

CFP: Medieval Studies on Television Screens

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Call for Papers
June 30, 2016
New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Film and Film History, Early Modern History and Period Studies, European History / Studies
Medieval Studies on Television Screens
Proposals by 30 June 2016
Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
For the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 3-5 November 2016
Following the success of previous sessions at both the International Congress on Medieval Studies and meetings of the Popular Culture Association, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for a sponsored session on the topic of Medieval Studies on Television Screens for inclusion under the Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Area at the 27th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from 3-5 November 2016.
The medieval is represented on television, as in other forms of medievalism, through four basic types of stories distinguished by their settings. Narratives might be set fully in medieval past, or the medieval may be reimagined in anachronistic settings, such as the pre-medieval past (a site of origins), post medieval eras (including science fictional futures) or secondary worlds.
In this session, we hope to continue the work begun in the recent studies like Arthurian Animation: A Study of Cartoon Camelots on Film and Television(2013) by the late Michael N. Salda, Arthurian Legends on Film and Television (2000) by Bert Olton, Cinematic Re-Imaginings of Arthurian Literature(2015) edited by Tara Foster and Jon Sherman, Mastering the Game of Thrones: Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (2015) edited by Jes Battis and Susan Johnston, The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays (2015) edited by Meriem Pagès and Karolyn Kinane, Winter is Coming: The Medieval World of Game of Thrones (2016) by Carolyne Larrington, and Women in Game of Thrones: Power, Conformity and Resistance (2014) by Valerie Estelle Frankel and in the ongoing efforts of numerous bloggers, essayists, and thesis and dissertation writers working independent of dedicated publications on the medieval on screen.
Papers might address any of the following aspects of medievalism on television:
Animated or live-action series with medieval themes
Films made for television or television miniseries with medieval themes
Fantasy series or telefilms inspired by the medieval
Allusions to the medieval in otherwise non-medieval television productions
One-off episodes featuring appearances of the medieval
Commercials with medieval themes
Television documentaries and other educational television about the medieval past
Television adaptations into other media depicting the medieval
An ever-expanding list of potential works can be found at our website:
Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words and a brief biography to the organizer, Michael A. Torregrossa,

Contact Info: 
Michael A Torregrossa
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture

CFP: 2016 Midwest Medieval History Conference Call for Papers

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2016
Tennessee, United States
Subject Fields: 
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies
Midwest Medieval History Conference
October 21 and 22
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Keynote speaker: Thomas Burman, PhD.
The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. We welcome papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages, particularly papers on this year’s topic, the Medieval Mediterranean. Graduate student papers are welcome for the Friday afternoon sessions, which are dedicated to graduate student research. We also invite papers on the scholarship of learning and on practical approaches to teaching.
Submission deadline: June 15.
Submit abstracts for paper proposals to Paula Rieder at
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Dr. Paula Rieder
Department of History
Slippery Rock University
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CFP: Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages

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Call for Papers
August 1, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology


The Department of History and the “Religion and Politics Cluster of Excellence” at the University of Münster announce a conference:

Ritual and Historiography in the Middle Ages
March 31-April 2, 2017
Keynote Speakers: Rosamond McKitterick (University of Cambridge)
  Eric Palazzo (Université Poitiers)

Call for Papers:
The past few decades, and especially the past few years, have seen a significant rise in scholarship on medieval Christian liturgy. No longer the esoteric domain of liturgists alone, the rites of the church are increasingly treated by scholars from a broad range of disciplines—including history, religion, literature, anthropology, art history, musicology, and theology—as an indispensable source for the study of medieval society and culture. This conference aims to contribute to the growing discourse by bringing together an international group of scholars to discuss the connection between religious rituals and the writing of history in medieval Europe, Byzantium, the Near East and beyond.   

Historiography in the Middle Ages was normally a clerical practice. From Aachen to Kiev to Constantinople, generations of bishops and monks wrote and rewrote, copied and recopied, the political and sacred histories of their respective communities.  These same bishops and monks also devoted their lives to performing liturgical rites: day after day, morning, evening and night, they served and sang the holy rituals.  Medieval clerics, in other words, spent their lives praying sacred narratives about ancient communities: the Israelites, Christ and the Apostles, the emperor Constantine and empress Helena, to name only a few. The question the conference will explore is how these services and sacred myths influenced the construction of history in Christian centers throughout Europe and the Mediterranean world.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the relationship between church books and history books; liturgy and the making of a past; ritual and cultural memory; liturgy and mythmaking; politics and ritual; and liturgical manuscripts as a historical source.  

Digital humanists/historians and scholars working on similar themes in non-Christian traditions are also encouraged to apply.  The working language of the conference will be English.

Please send your proposals of 300-500 words, including a brief resume, to Any questions may be directed to Sean Griffin by email at

Important Dates
August 1, 2016: Deadline for submission of proposals
September 1, 2016: Approval of proposals
March 1, 2017: Final deadline for submission of papers

Sean Griffin
VolkswagenStiftung Visiting Fellow, University of Münster
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dartmouth Society of Fellows

Funding for the conference has been generously provided by the VolkswagenStiftung and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Hotel accommodations and some meals will be provided. Limited travel funds may also be available for junior scholars.  

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Sean Griffin
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Workshop: Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Εarly Modern Mediterranean: paradigms of contexts and cross-cultural exchanges

Workshop organized under the aegis of the British School at Athens and hosted by the Museum of Islamic Art (Benaki)
Textiles & Identity in the Medieval and Εarly Modern Mediterranean: paradigms of contexts and cross-cultural exchanges
Textiles offer a rich opportunity to explore the projection of identity, both within and between social and cultural groups.  A pertinent arena for such an exploration is the intercultural region of the Mediterranean.  This workshop will bring together a group of junior and senior scholars to investigate and elucidate the role of textiles in the cultures of the Medieval and early Modern Mediterranean, and its periphery, with a focus on specific case studies. Our investigation will analyze textiles as tools for projecting identity within specific contexts, whether cross-cultural or not. Institutionalized practices of textile use and reuse, written and unwritten rules governing ceremonial use, the departure from standard practices, the active reception of imports and their interpretation will form the major topics examined by the participating scholars. Our directed investigation will seek to identity parallels and points of contact between the use of textiles in various political entities, and among social groups and cultures.
3 June 2016
Venue: Museum of Islamic Art, 22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipylou St., Athens
Welcoming remarks
9:30 John BennetBritish School at Athens
9:40 Mina MoraitouBenaki Museum
Opening remarks
9:50 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens
1. Medieval Islamic textiles in the Eastern Mediterranean
10:00 Alison Ohta, Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland: Chair
10:10 Scott RedfordSOAS-University of London: ‘Seljuk silks, standards and emblems’
10:30 Marielle Martiniani-Reber, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève: ‘The relationship between Islamic and Byzantine textiles during the Middle Byzantine period’
10: 50 Maria SardiSOAS-University of London: ‘Towards a standardization of Mamluk aesthetic: influences and identity as reflected on textiles’
11:10 Discussion
11:30 Coffee break
2. Western Mediterranean cross-cultural encounters
11:40 Mina MoraitouBenaki Museum: Chair
11: 50 Ana CabreraMuseo Nacional de Artes Decorativas & Laura Rodríguez PeinadoUniversidad Complutense de Madrid:  ‘Medieval Textiles from the Iberian Peninsula: state of the art and new approaches of study’
12:20 Vera-Simone SchulzKunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz: ‘Entangled Identities: Textiles and the Art and Architecture of the Italian Peninsula in a Mediterranean Perspective’
12:40 Discussion
13:00 Lunch break
3. The multi-cultural Ottoman Empire
14:00 Nurhan Atasoy, Istanbul University (Emerita): Chair
14:10 Anna BallianBenaki Museum (Emerita): ‘Chios silks’
14:30 Amanda PhilipsUniversity of Virginia: ‘Interventions in technology and fashion: the case of Ottoman compound weaves’
14:50 Elena PapastavrouHellenic Ministry of Culture & Sports: ‘Greek-Orthodox cultural identity as reflected on Constantinopolitan Church Embroidery’
15:10 Discussion
15:30 Coffee break
4. Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christian textiles
15:40 Warren WoodfinNew York University: Chair
15:50 Dickran KouymjianCalifornia State University-Fresno (Emeritus): ‘Armenian Altar Curtains: Repository of Tradition and Innovation’
16:10 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens: ‘Animal motifs on Asian silks used by the Greek Church: an afterlife of Byzantine iconography?’
16: 30 Jacopo GnisciIndependent scholar: ‘Towards a History of Ecclesiastical Dress in Early Solomonic Ethiopia’
16:50 Discussion
General discussion and concluding remarks
17:10 Nikolaos VryzidisBritish School at Athens
4 June 2016
Study day (attendance by invitation only)
10:00-13:00 Handling session (Benaki Museum Peiraios annex), hosted by Mina Moraitou
15:00 Museum visit (Benaki Museum main building), hosted by Anastasia Drandaki