Thursday, May 18, 2017

English/ Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton

The Department of English and Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture at Southampton are pleased to host the Medium Aevum Day Conference on the theme of 'Neighbours and Strangers', on Saturday 21 October 2017.
The conference asks: how did medieval individuals and communities engage with those around them, both locally and further afield? In what ways did textual, performative and interpretative practices serve to police, challenge or re-negotiate these relationships? And where were distinctions between neighbours and strangers unstable, ambiguous or malleable?
In 2017, at a moment when relationships between international neighbours are the focus of intense political attention, and fraught conversations continue about how we might construct ‘neighbours’ and ‘strangers’ within our communities, this one-day conference will turn these charged, timely questions of identity and interaction back to the Middle Ages. Those presenting will include Joanna Bellis, Aisling Byrne, Clare Egan, Helen Fulton, Ryan Lavelle, John McGavin, Mark Ormrod.
All are welcome to attend. Discounted rates are available for students, retired, unwaged, and members for the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature. For more information and to book your place, please visit the dedicated conference website at https://neighboursstrangers.wordpress.com/

Dr Marianne O'Doherty
Associate Professor in English
University of Southampton
Room 2005, Avenue Campus,
Highfield, Southampton,
SO17 1BF

+44 (0)2380 594534; m.o'doherty@soton.ac.ukdoherty@soton.ac.uk
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CFP: Medieval Academy 2018: Beyond East and West: Global Encounters and Transformations in the Long 14th Century

by Daniel Franke
Beyond East and West: Global Encounters and Transformations in the Long 14th Century  
DEADLINE: Friday, May 19!
Medieval Academy Session Proposal, 2018  Call for Papers  
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1 – 3, 2018   
From the later decades of the 13th century to the middle decades of the 15th century profound changes occurred across the entire land mass of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Although the story in the United States is still mostly told from the perspective of western Europe (and often from northwest Europe in particular), this situation is gradually changing, and the theme of the “Long 14th Century” is ideally suited to bring together topics with diverse geographic orientations to consider large issues of global encounter and exchange.
Following the Medieval Academy of America’s extension of  its CFP deadline till Friday, May 19, for proposals to the 93rd Annual Meeting, I am seeking presentations of up to 25 minutes in length on encounters among Afro-Eurasian peoples. These encounters could be cultural, political, religious, economic in nature, and can span from Portugal and the Maghreb in the west to Mongolia and China in the east. I am particularly interested in paper topics that explore encounters around a) the transformation of the global system around 1350, b) the Ottoman and Timurid empires, c)  later European crusades, d) the Yuan/Ming dynasty transition, and e) the Maghreb states and Mali Empire.
The full Medieval Academy call for papers can be found here.
If interested, please send the following information  to Daniel Franke at dfranke@rbc.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, May 19:
Participant’s name, statement of Medieval Academy membership (or statement that the individual’s specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy), professional status, email address, postal address, home or cell and office telephone numbers, fax number (if available), 500-word abstract, and audio-visual equipment requirements;
Inquiries should be sent to Daniel Franke, Assistant Professor of History, Richard Bland College of William and Mary, at dfranke@rbc.edu.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Centre for Advanced Studies “Migration and Mobility in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages” at the University of Tübingen, Germany, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), invites applications for resident fellowships starting in the year 2018. The fellowships are available for a duration between one and twelve months.
The Centre for Advanced Studies brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines working on migration and mobility in Europe and the Mediterranean between 250 and 900 CE. The overall aim of the Centre is to explore new approaches to migration and mobility in this period and to set the scholarly debate in the field on a new footing. For more details on the program, see http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/93696
Fellowships are available for scholars at all stages of their academic career who have completed their doctoral degree and established an independent research profile. Applicants should be engaged in a research project in any relevant discipline that is related to the Centre’s interests in migration and mobility in the period and area in question. The Centre also welcomes applications from scholars working on migration and mobility in the contemporary world whose research has a strong focus on theoretical and methodological issues. 
Fellows are required to reside in Tübingen, where they pursue their own research project while also participating in the colloquia held at the Centre and in its annual conference in July 2018. For the duration of their stay fellows receive a salary or a stipend covering  accommodation, travel, and/or living expenses in accordance with their needs and the pertinent regulations of Tübingen University and the DFG.
Applications should include a CV, a research proposal for the project pursued at Tübingen (2000 words), and an indication of the months the applicant wants to spend at the Centre and the kind of financial support they require. All materials should be sent in a single pdf document to julia.hagenlocher@uni-tuebingen.de by June 15, 2017.
Should you have any questions pertaining to the details of the fellowship program or the application, please contact the organizers: Mischa Meier (mischa.meier@unituebingen.de), Steffen Patzold (steffen.patzold@uni-tuebingen.de), and Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner (sebastian.schmidt-hofner@uni-tuebingen.de).
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Schmidt-Hofner
Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Fachbereich Geschichtswissenschaft
Seminar für Alte Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen
Phon ++49 / 07071/ 29-78501 oder -76078
Fax ++49 / 07071/ 29-5532

Friday, May 5, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS
Late Medieval Towns in Transition to Early Modernity
2nd Interdisciplinary Workshop for postgraduates and postdocs by TZM (Trier Centre for Medieval Studies)
Trier University and City Library Trier
9-10 November 2017
Researching (late medieval) towns is a topic of genuine interdisciplinarity. The classic, but questionable incision of the year 1500 as a border between the Middle Ages and the Modern Era cannot be applied to the history of towns. With these preliminary thoughts in mind, our (post)doctoral workshop reflects the ways towns and their citizens react to the multiple factors (e.g. innovation of moveable type book printing, reactions to the Protestant Reformation) they are confronted with in the transition from the medieval to the modern world.
We are calling for papers that deal with relevant aspects like paradigm shift or persistency, change or continuity from different perspectives and establish connections to other disciplines in the humanities area. Topics of interest are a. o. questions about medial change, diversity, (re)construction of town knowledge, history of emotions or communication scenarios. Case studies, but also more general and theoretical papers are welcome.
This workshop is particularly dedicated to doctoral candidates and postdocs of different disciplines. Talks and discussions will be documented on a new blog at http://hypotheses.org/. Speakers will be expected to participate in this format in order to present at the conference. Björn Gebert of the ‘Mittelalter-Blog’ at hypotheses.org will give an introduction to scientific blogging at the conference. Travel expenses and accommodation will be reimbursed by TZM for invited speakers within the limited overall budget.
Conference languages are English and German. Prospective speakers are invited to submit abstracts of about 300 words to klaes@uni-trier.de by 15 May 2017.
Organisation/contact
Prof Dr Claudine Moulin (Trier University, German Historical Linguistics) moulin@uni-trier.de
Dr Falko Klaes (Trier University, German Historical Linguistics): klaes@uni-trier.de
Prof Dr Michael Embach (Library Director of City Library Trier (Stadtbibliothek Weberbach), Trier University, Medieval Literature: Michael.Embach@trier.de
Contact Info: 
Dr. Falko Klaes
Universität Trier
FB II - Ältere deutsche Philologie
54286 Trier
Tel.: +49-651-201-2322

 
Contact Email: 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Call for Papers – Deadline for abstracts, May 20, 2017

The Mid-America Medieval Association’s 41st annual meeting
Saturday, September 16, 2017
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Conference Theme: Networks
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, Distinguished Professor of French, University of California-Santa Barbara
Plenary title: “Paratextual Cues in Late Medieval Books: Detecting Family Female Networks”

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on the conference theme or on any medieval topic.  Panels of 3-4 papers are also welcome. The conference theme of “Networks” might include topics such as: family networks; monastic and other religious networks; intellectual, artistic, professional, or political networks; networks of texts, of manuscripts, of artworks, etc.

Dr. Brown’s most recent monograph, The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany1477-1514 (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) examines book production for late medieval elite women in France, including Anne of Britany’s contemporaries (including Louise de Savoy and Margaret of Austria) and successors, most notably her daughter Claude.  As a recent review puts it, Dr. Brown mobilizes “a truly interdisciplinary range of critical tools to analyze these books’ texts and paratexts, she makes a rigorous and deeply contextualized case for the complex negotiations and political stakes at play in the verbal and visual representation of such women.”  Dr. Brown’s plenary talk is drawn from her newest project which extends her examination of networks of female book owners beyond French borders to the city states of Italy.

Abstracts or panel proposals (with abstracts) to Dr. Kathy M. Krause (krausek@umkc.edu) by Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Graduate students are invited to submit their paper for the Jim Falls Paper Prize.  Full conference papers should be sent to mama@umkc.edu by September 1, 2017.  More information will be available shortly on the MAMA website: http://info.umkc.edu/mama/

-- 
Kathy M. Krause
Professor of French
Director of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
UMKC
Krausek@umkc.edu
Call for Papers – Deadline for abstracts, May 20, 2017

The Mid-America Medieval Association’s 41st annual meeting
Saturday, September 16, 2017
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Conference Theme: Networks
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Cynthia J. Brown, Distinguished Professor of French, University of California-Santa Barbara
Plenary title: “Paratextual Cues in Late Medieval Books: Detecting Family Female Networks”

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers on the conference theme or on any medieval topic.  Panels of 3-4 papers are also welcome. The conference theme of “Networks” might include topics such as: family networks; monastic and other religious networks; intellectual, artistic, professional, or political networks; networks of texts, of manuscripts, of artworks, etc.

Dr. Brown’s most recent monograph, The Queen's Library: Image-Making at the Court of Anne of Brittany1477-1514 (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) examines book production for late medieval elite women in France, including Anne of Britany’s contemporaries (including Louise de Savoy and Margaret of Austria) and successors, most notably her daughter Claude.  As a recent review puts it, Dr. Brown mobilizes “a truly interdisciplinary range of critical tools to analyze these books’ texts and paratexts, she makes a rigorous and deeply contextualized case for the complex negotiations and political stakes at play in the verbal and visual representation of such women.”  Dr. Brown’s plenary talk is drawn from her newest project which extends her examination of networks of female book owners beyond French borders to the city states of Italy.

Abstracts or panel proposals (with abstracts) to Dr. Kathy M. Krause (krausek@umkc.edu) by Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Graduate students are invited to submit their paper for the Jim Falls Paper Prize.  Full conference papers should be sent to mama@umkc.edu by September 1, 2017.  More information will be available shortly on the MAMA website: http://info.umkc.edu/mama/

-- 
Kathy M. Krause
Professor of French
Director of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures
UMKC
Krausek@umkc.edu
Dear Marco Friends and Colleagues,

Registration is still open for the Marco Institute’s 2017 Summer Latin Programheld at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The beginner/review course will run from May 16-July 7; the intermediate and advanced readings classes will meet May 30-July 7. Full details of the schedule and course descriptions can be found here: http://marco.utk.edu/summer-latin/.

We particularly encourage graduate students to participate in the program. Thanks to the generous backing of our donors, the program is free for Marco students. The cost for non-UT participants is $400.

To sign up, please complete the attached registration form (also available online) and return it to our Program Coordinator, Katie Hodges-Kluck, at kthomp41@vols.utk.edu or marco@utk.edu, by May 8.


The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
601 Greve Hall
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: 865-974-1859
Fax: 865-974-3655

Mailing Address:
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Dunford Hall, Sixth Floor
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Issue 17

On behalf of the Heroic Age board and my co-editor, I would like to announce the first parts of Issue 17!!  That will be further explained below. We are very happy to release these well-deserving materials out to our readers.

The forgoing also means the completion of Issue 16 of the journal. Truth be told, this issue has been done for some time, and I am just getting around to announcing it.  We have two articles in the general section and two related to Alcuin along with a translation of Alcuin’s De Virtutibus et Vitiis. The issue is rounded out with two columns and book reviews.

There have been a number of changes here at HA. Brad Eden who was our book editor, and has been since the beginning of The Heroic Age, has moved on to other projects. He does so with our very great and deep thanks for all the service he has done for the journal. For a time, Thjis Porck acted as our book review editor, but he too has moved on to other projects. So we now welcome Krista Murchison of Leiden University.

In addition to book review editor, columnist John Soderberg is now an associate editor as is Heather Flowers. Melissa Ridley Elmes and Richard Scott Nokes join our editorial board.  In addition we have new columnists!  Mary Kate Hurley joins us taking over and rethinking the Babel column. Richard Ford Burley takes over the Electronic Medievalia column from Dan O’Donnell who also has moved on to other projects though remains a stalwart board member.

Looking ahead, the editorial team has decided to change our release policy. Whereas since our inception we have released whole issues as the issue has been completed, we are now moving to a model that, at least in my view, is more consistent with our open source, internet environment. Now, we will release each column, article, or review as it completes our process and is ready, called a “rolling release.” Each issue will be a calendar year. And as fortune would have it, the current issue number coincides with the century’s year: 17.  So that’s all good!

We have growing pains. We have issues with not enough hands to do the work. Both co-editors teach 4/4 loads at their respective institutions plus carry on their own research and service requirements. Some who help are graduate students trying to finish dissertations. Some are undergraduates. Some are senior scholars lending a hand.  In short, HA is an all-volunteer organization and receives no support from any institution: neither in the form of graduate assistants nor in release time for the editorial team. So any help is appreciated.

The above paragraph outlines some of the issues we have in producing the journal. We welcome any new volunteers who would like to lend a hand. We need social media people, copy editors, section editors, coders, and of course authors! Both Deanna and I are working hard to ensure that the journal begins to appear more regularly, but that depends largely on how many capable hands we have assisting us.

Throughout the rest of this calendar year, additional articles, columns, and reviews will appear under the “current issue” tab, and I will try to make announcements as each is added. We are already in the planning stages for Issue 18, so if you have something you would like to submit for that issue, now is the time to send it in.


Thank you all for your support and patronage of The Heroic Age through the years. Believe it or not, our first issue was in 1999! I would like to especially thank my longsuffering co-editor Deanna Forsman, our associate editors, Heather Flowers and John Soderberg, my production assistant, Sarah Sprouse, and one of my former students, Nicole Mentges who provided copy editing services. And thank you for reading!

Friday, April 21, 2017

CFP: Women's Strategies of Memory: Representations in Literature and Art

by Emma O'Loughlin Bérat
Women's Strategies of Memory: Representations in Literature and Art
Call for Papers for panel(s) proposal at Leeds IMC 2018, 2-5 July
Memory, in the middle ages as now, was widely accessible to women as means of personal and political influence. Scholarship on the strategic and technical employment of memory in the middle ages has principally explored men’s practices. This panel focuses on representations of medieval women’s deliberate and strategic uses of memory in literature, art, and historical narrative.
We invite papers from any discipline, region and medieval period, which consider any aspect of the representation of women’s memory. We are particularly interested in women who perform remembering, forgetting, or recounting past events as a means of public or political power; and who manipulate histories or identities to construct or reconstruct the past, or to influence the memories of other characters. We also hope to explore women’s less conscious strategies of memory, such as forgetting as a way of compartmentalising traumatic emotions. Reexaminations of women who are accused (by other characters or the narrator) of errors of memory, such as forgetting, deliberate ignorance or manipulation of record, are also welcome.

Please contact Lucy Allen (lucyallen505@gmail.com) and Emma Bérat (eoloughl@uni-bonn.de) with an abstract of approximately 100 words and a brief biography by 30 July 2017.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
and
Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies

Work in Progress
Remaking the Saint:
Antonius’ Life of Symeon the Elder
and the Cult of Symeon the Younger

Dina Boero
Hellenic Studies Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Supported by Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity
Respondent: John Haldon, History and Hellenic Studies

The cults of Symeon the Elder (d. 459 CE) and Symeon the Younger (d. 592) were linked in the minds of many late antique Christians. People, objects, and stories moved fluidly between the two communities. This presentation explores connections between Antonius’ Life of Symeon the Stylite the Elder and the anonymous Life of Symeon the Stylite the Younger. It argues that Antonius made use of the Life of the younger stylite as well as other textual and archaeological material pertaining to Symeon the Younger’s cult. Whereas previous studies of Symeon the Younger have examined the influence of the elder stylite on the younger, this presentation shows that influence was not unidirectional. Symeon the Elders’s cult-keepers reshaped the saint and devotion to him in light of growing veneration to his successor. By examining these two cults from the perspective of collaboration rather than competition, this paper illuminates the multifaceted symbolic world of devotion to saints.

Dina Boero holds a B.A. in Religion from the University of California: San Diego and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Southern California. Her current book project, The Anatomy of a Cult, traces the history of Symeon the Stylite the Elder’s (d. 459) cult in the fifth and sixth centuries. In fall of 2017, she will take up the post of Assistant Professor of History at The College of New Jersey.


Thursday, April 27, 2017
4:30 p.m.
Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact the department hosting the event. Two weeks advanced notice will allow us to provide seamless access. If you would like to be removed from this list, please email moniquej@princeton.edu. The request must be sent from the email account you wish to have removed from the listserv. Thank you. If you would like to be removed from this list, please email hellenic@princeton.edu. Thank you.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Registration is now available for the Marco Institute’s 2017 Summer Latin Programheld at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The beginner/review course will run from May 16-July 7; the intermediate and advanced readings classes will meet May 30-July 7. Full details of the schedule and course descriptions can be found here: http://marco.utk.edu/summer-latin/.

We particularly encourage graduate students to participate in the program. Thanks to the generous backing of our donors, the program is free for people at UTK. The cost for non-UTK participants is $400.

To sign up, please complete the attached registration form (also available online) and return it to our Program Coordinator, Katie Hodges-Kluck, at kthomp41@vols.utk.edu or marco@utk.edu, by May 5.


The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
601 Greve Hall
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: 865-974-1859
Fax: 865-974-3655

Mailing Address:
915 Volunteer Blvd.
Dunford Hall, Sixth Floor
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065

Web: marco.utk.edu
Facebook/Twitter: marcoinstitute
Join the Friends of Marco Listserv: http://eepurl.com/ck1L0z

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I invite you to register for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship, the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). We are excited to welcome our keynote speakers, Harsha Walia, a South Asian activist formally trained in the law and the author of the award-winning book Undoing Border Imperialism and, Lisa Sloniowski, Associate Librarian at York University and co-investigator on the SSHRC-funded Feminist Porn Archive and Research Project.
Registration for the conference is now open and available at the following link: http://congress2017.ca/register. Note that Congress fees are cheaper if you register before March 31st.
Please visit our website for further information and updates. The conference program will be released in the coming weeks.http://conference.capalibrarians.org/home/
Also, connect with other conference goers by following us on Twitter at #CAPAL17
 Best,
Colleen Burgess, Communications Chair 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Call for Papers - 2017 Midwest Medieval History Conference

by Amy Bosworth
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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
April 11, 2017 to June 1, 2017
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, Islamic History / Studies, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Sexuality Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies
Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference
September 29-30, 2017
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Keynote speaker: Ruth Mazo Karras,
The University of Minnesota Twin-Cities
"Thou Art The Man: King David and Medieval Masculinites."

The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. Papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages are welcome, however those addressing gender and women, the medieval environment and material culture, and digital humanities are particularly encouraged. In addition to traditional conference panels focusing on research, the MMHC also invites proposals on medieval history in the classroom or on public engagement. Friday afternoon sessions are dedicated to Graduate student research papers and submissions from Graduate students are encouraged
Submission deadline: June 1, 2017. Submit abstracts for papers or presentations to Amy Livingstone at alivingstone@wittenberg.edu
Contact Info: 
Amy Livingstone - Wittenberg University

Contact Email: 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Schaffen und Nachahmen
Kreative Prozesse im Mittelalter
Symposium des Mediävistenverbandes in Tübingen, 17.-20.3.2019


In der Gegenwart wird das Verhältnis von Schaffen und Nachahmen und deren Bedeutung für kreative Prozesse neu ausgehandelt: Die Postmoderne hat das Subjekt dezentriert und intensiv über den Tod des Autors diskutiert. Die Möglichkeiten, die erst die Informationstechnologie und das Internet eröffnet haben, generieren neuartige Debatten über die Grenzen von Urheberschaft und das Verhältnis von Original und Kopie, Zitat und Plagiat. Im Internet ist ein Urheberrecht kaum zu behaupten, „Copy and Paste“ sind längst Praxis. Hier werden Seiten gespiegelt, Aussagen, Bilder und Filme anderer Seiten kompiliert, Zitate nicht mehr angeführt, sondern verlinkt. Symptome dieses Wandels kreativer Prozesse sind etwa die Diskussionen über Helene Hegemanns Roman „Axolotl Roadkill“ (2010) und das Kompilieren als künstlerisches Verfahren oder auch die – durchaus politischen – Debatten über die Grenzen des Plagiats in der Wissenschaft.
Für das Tübinger Symposium möchten wir diese aktuellen  Veränderungen zum Anlass nehmen, nach dem Spannungsverhältnis von Schaffen und Nachahmen im Mittelalter zu fragen und uns so der Frage der Kreativität im Mittelalter zuzuwenden. Wir gehen davon aus, dass die Manuskript- und Objektkulturen dieser Epoche Vorstellungen, Diskurse und Praktiken hervorgebracht haben, die es in dieser Hinsicht zu analysieren lohnt. Zu diskutieren wäre auch, inwiefern die historischen Phänomene dabei gegenwärtigen Entwicklungen nicht sogar näher stehen als jenen der westlichen Moderne mit ihren spezifischen Konzepten von Autorschaft, Urheberrecht, Originalität, Plagiat. Damit ist selbstverständlich keine Rückkehr ins Mittelalter behauptet – sehr wohl aber die Frage aufgeworfen, ob sich das Verhältnis unserer eigenen Kultur zu den Kulturen des  Mittelalters noch ohne weiteres über dieselben dichotomischen Modelle der Alterität von Mittelalter und Moderne beschreiben lässt, wie es spätestens seit den 1980er Jahren vielfach üblich gewesen ist.
Der Spannung von Schaffen und Nachahmen bei kreativen Prozessen in dem weiten Zeitraum vom 6. bis zum 15. Jahrhundert wollen wir interdisziplinär besonders in drei Feldern nachgehen: Original – Kopie, Urbild – Abbild, Entkontextualisierung – Neukontextualisierung.
1. Original – Kopie: Die Unterscheidung von Original und Kopie ist seit jeher Teil historischer Kritik und deshalb in verschiedensten mediävistischen Fächern – von der Kunstgeschichte bis zu historischen Grundwissenschaften wie der Diplomatik – von zentraler Bedeutung. Die Übergänge zwischen Original, Kopie, Rezension, réécriture, Überarbeitung und neuem Text waren dabei aber in den Manuskriptkulturen des Mittelalters oft genug fließend. Daraus entspringen Phänomene, die aktuell nicht zuletzt für Editionen mittelalterlicher Texte diskutiert werden: Interessanterweise eröffnen gerade das Internet und elektronische Editionen Möglichkeiten, ein Charakteristikum mittelalterlicher Überlieferung und Textualität neu und präziser abzubilden und wissenschaftlich zu erschließen.
Zugleich hat die Forschung aber auch herausgestellt, dass das Verständnis der beiden Kategorien „Original“ und „Kopie“ wie auch deren Bewertung kulturell bedingt und historisch wandelbar sind: Zeitgenossen des Mittelalters konnten beispielsweise Kopien der Grabeskirche in Jerusalem auch dort noch sehen, wo ein heutiger Betrachter kaum eine Gemeinsamkeit zu erkennen vermag. Originalität konnte gerade in der neuen Zusammenstellung und Ordnung alten Wissens gesehen werden – oder sogar als problematisch eingestuft werden.
2. Urbild – Abbild: Die Zuordnung von Urbild und Abbild gehört zu den grundlegenden Konzepten neuplatonischer Philosophie und Theologie – in ihr drückt sich die Differenz wie die Zusammengehörigkeit zugleich aus; Abbildhaftigkeit ist so auch ein Partizipationsvorgang, in dem die Kreativität des Menschen als Nachahmung des göttlichen Schaffens verstanden wird. Ihre Bedeutung reicht aber weit über diese Bereiche hinaus: Übersetzungsprozesse etwa der hochmittelalterlichen Epik wissen gleichfalls um das komplexe Verhältnis zwischen einem nachahmenden Abbild und einem vorgeprägten Urbild. Kunststile entwickeln sich vielfach durch Nachahmung, so wie auch ganze Stadtensemble – Rom oder Jerusalem – in anderen architektonischen Kontexten abgebildet werden und Anteil an ihrem Urbild geben. Theologisch wird das Verhältnis grundlegend in der Frage der Gottebenbildlichkeit behandelt, aber auch im Blick auf liturgische Fragen wie im byzantinischen Bilderstreit oder im Eucharistiestreit im Frankenreich des 9. Jahrhunderts. Literarisch und rechtshistorisch ist zu fragen, in welcher Weise in früher einfach als „Fälschungen“ eingeordneten Nachahmungsvorgängen – etwa bei Pseudo-Isidor, Benedictus Levita oder Pseudo-Dionysios – im Abbildcharakter auch die Partizipation am Urbild mitschwingt.
3. Entkontextualisierung – Neukontextualisierung: Die beschriebenen Prozesse betreffen nicht nur Objekte als Ganze, sondern auch ihre Teile: Vielfach werden Einzelstücke aus ihrem originalen Kontext in einen neuen Kontext gesetzt. Zitate gewinnen einen neuen Charakter, wenn sie in einen anderen literarischen Kontext gesetzt werden, Spolien lassen das Original noch erkennen und dienen doch einem ganz andern Zusammenhang und werden mit neuer Bedeutung aufgeladen. Eklektizismus bedient sich mannigfacher Stücke aus anderen Zusammenhängen, um sie zu einem neuen Ganzen zusammenzusetzen. Durch Vorgänge der Zitation oder des Reframings erfolgt eine mannigfache Umsemantisierung. So entstehen vielfach Werke, die leicht als nachahmende Kompilation abgewertet werden können, in denen aber die Persistenz des Vorgegebenen und die schöpferische Kraft der Neukonstitution eine anregende Spannung eingehen: Vorgegebenes wird bewahrt, neu zum Sprechen gebracht oder kreativ weiterentwickelt.

Das Thema eignet sich für mediävistische Fachvorträge der im Verband vertretenen Disziplinen. Es bietet darüber hinaus die Möglichkeit, eine Podiumsdiskussion über Urheberschaft und Plagiat im Zeitalter des Internets zu veranstalten, in der in produktiver Weise mediävistische Forschung mit gegenwärtigen Debatten vernetzt werden könnte. Außerdem ist das Thema geeignet, Schülersektionen zu veranstalten – und auf diese Weise die Epoche des Mittelalters noch weiter in der schulischen Praxis sichtbar zu machen.

Zu den genannten drei Themenfeldern werden Vorschläge für Sektions- oder Einzelbeiträge sowie interaktive workshops erbeten:
Dauer einer Sektion: in der Regel 1½ Stunden mit drei Vorträgen (inkl. Diskussion).
Vortragsdauer: nicht länger als 20 Minuten.
Bei von Teams selbstständig gestalteten Sektionen oder interaktiven workshops mit drei oder vier Vorträgen ist darauf zu achten, dass die Rede- und Diskussionszeit die vorgegebene Sektionsdauer von 1½ Stunden nicht überschreiten. Ferner sollen – im Sinne der interdisziplinären Ausrichtung des Verbandes – bei drei Vortragenden mindestens zwei, bei vier Vortragenden mindestens drei verschiedene Fächer beteiligt sein.

Die Veranstalter sind Ihnen dankbar, wenn die Exposés folgendem Aufbau folgen:
· Nummer des Themenblocks (s. o., 1-3)
· Ihre Adresse (inkl. E-mail); bei Sektionsvorschlägen die Adresse des/der Verantwortlichen
· Exposé von maximal 7000 Zeichen (Sektionsvorschlag) bzw. 1500 Zeichen (Einzelvorschlag, workshop)

Die Veranstalter bitten darum, die zu Sektionen gehörigen Exposés nicht auch einzeln einzureichen. Es wird ausdrücklich begrüßt, wenn in den Teams auch Nachwuchswissenschaftler/innen zu Wort kommen.

Bitte richten Sie Ihre Vorschläge, vorzugsweise per E-Mail mit Attachment, bis zum 28. Februar 2018 an folgende Adresse:


Prof. Dr. Volker Leppin
Evg.-Theol. Fakultät
Institut für Spätmittelalter und Reformation
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Liebermeisterstr. 12
D-72070 Tübingen