Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gender and Medieval Studies conference

The 2009 Gender and Medieval Studies conference will be held at King's College London, January 9-10 2009, and follow the theme of 'Locating Gender'.

This conference aims to explore conceptions of location, temporality, geography, belonging and association in relation to the study of medieval genders and sexualities, and we invite proposals (max. 250 words) for twenty-minute papers from all disciplines and inter-disciplines within Medieval Studies. Plenary lectures will be given by James A. Schultz (UCLA) and Diane Watt (Aberystwyth).

GMS welcomes proposals for Locating Gender from all medievalists, including postgraduate students and early career researchers. Some financial support for postgraduates’ travel costs is available through the Kate Westoby fund: if funds permit, applications for support will also be considered from unwaged independent scholars. Please forward abstracts to by 1 September 2008.

Further information can be found at

Digital Classicist/Institute of Classical Studeies Work in Progress

Digital Classicist/Institute of Classical Studeies Work in Progress
Seminar, Summer 2008

Friday 27th June at 16:30, in room 218, Chadwick Building, UCL
**Note the new venue, for today only**

Bruce Fraser (Cambridge)
'The value and price of information: reflections on e-publishing in the


The paper attempts a change of focus from the single project to a
broader range of e-publishing, considered by content and by target
audience. The discussion covers both complex html-publications and
scholarly papers. Potential fragilities are noted in the infrastructures
which support each type, and consideration is given to current
developments in archiving which aim to rectify them.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information please contact or, or see the seminar website at

Dr Gabriel BODARD
(Epigrapher & Digital Classicist)

Centre for Computing in the Humanities
King's College London
26-29 Drury Lane
London WC2B 5RL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1388
Fax: +44 (0)20 7848 2980



The Symposium commemorating the 1300th anniversary of the passing away of Mor Jacob of Edessa, the prominent Syrian polymath was held in Aleppo, Syria, June 9 – 12th, 2008.

The Participants who came from Austria, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States as well as Lebanon and Syria enjoyed the papers presented at the Symposium, included contributions from scholars and specialists in Syriac studies. The se contributions, which included twelve papers that were delivered in five sessions, discussed the writings of the celebrated scholar Mor Jacob of Edessa as a chronicler, man of letters, grammarian, exegete, theologian, and as a major contributor to church liturgy and canon law.

The proceedings of the Symposium also included an opening session in which a welcoming address was delivered by Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, Metropolitan of Aleppo and a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock, as well as a final session.

The Symposium programme included visits to a number of archaeological locations of Syrian monasteries that for centuries were beacons of knowledge. These included the Monastery of Tell’Ada, where Mor Jacob lived the last ten years of his celebrated life, and where he died and was buried on June 5th, 708; the Monastery of St. Simeon the Stylite, a major fifth century cathedral that was named after St. Simeon the Stylite, the founder of the Stylite Monastic practice; the recently uncovered Monastery of Qenneshrin, which was founded by Yohanna Bar Aphtonia in 538 and which remained active up to the thirteenth century; and the town of Mabug, the birth place of Theodora, the Syrian Queen, and the seat of Mor Philoxenus of Mabug ( + 523).

In its final session, the Symposium resolved the following:

1. The proceedings of the Symposium will be published in English by Gorgias Press and in Arabic by Mardin Publishing House. The full texts of the papers should be submitted to Gorgias Press by October 1st, 2008 and the Arabic translation of the texts to be completed by March 1st, 2009.

2. Encouraged by the immense success of the Symposium and in order to promote continuity in the study of the Syriac literary heritage, and in recognition of Aleppo’s special place in this heritage, it was decided to hold a series of colloquia, each under the title Aleppo Syriac Colloquium (A.S.C.), every two years. Each colloquium will be devoted to one theme or studying the works of one renowned historic Syriac Scholar. The subject of the colloquium will be defined one year in advance and expert scholars will be invited to participate. In this respect it was resolved to hold the next colloquium during the second half of June, 2010 in Aleppo and will address the work of the outstanding Syrian polymath Mor Gregorios Yohanna Abu al-Faraj Barhebraeus (+1286).

3. The participants expressed their profound appreciation and thanks to the host of the Symposium, Mor Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, for his initiative to hold the Symposium, for his tireless efforts, which ensured its complete success, and for the generous hospitality. As a token of this a ppreciation, the participants presented His Eminence with a book authored by George Kiraz that included on its initial pages hand written notes that expressed their appreciation. The participants also expressed their deep thanks to the secretariat of the Symposium, to the monks and deacons and members of the different working groups of the Aleppo Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese, particularly the board of trustees of St George Church in Hay Al-Syrian, which accommodated the venue of the Symposium.


1. Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (Syria)
2. Prof. Dr. Malphono Sebastian Brock (UK)
3. Fr. Dr. Abdo Badwi (Lebanon)
4. Prof. Dr. Khalid Dinno (Canada)
5. Prof. Dr. Theresia Hainthaler (Germany)
6. Prof. Dr. Amir Harrak (Canada)
7. Dr. Andrea Juckle (Germany)
8. Dr. George Kiraz (USA)
9. Rev. Dr. Richard Price (UK)
10. Prof. Dr. Alison Salvesen (UK)
11. Dr. Aho Shemunkasho (Austria)
12. Rev. Dr. Columba Stewart (USA)
13. Jack Tannous (USA)

Saturday, June 28, 2008



Session Title: Taking it to the Streets: The Theatre of Public Piety
Chair: Prof. Tina Waldeier Bizzarro, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
ATSAH Affiated

Roadside shrines of saints and other members of the heavenly Christian
community punctuate Italy’s streets and alleyways. Anchored and vigilant just above the pedestrian’s eye-level, these effigies are often graced with fresh flowers and ex-votos, as they guard and protect their neighboring communities. Even today, prophylactic effigies housed in edicole throughout Sicily become the dramatis personae of the sacred drama during weeks of festa or celebrations of the lives of saints and the Holy Family. Specially dressed and accoutered for these events—much like their neighbors within local churches—the statues descend from their niches, awakening to participate in and celebrate the feasts of their birth and death as well as those parts of the liturgical year which commemorate the Christian foundation mythology of their communities. Their passage is signaled by a panoply of ritualized events that submerge the participants in sacred time.

These street shrines lie at an interesting juncture of portrait and iconic art, popular culture, and the faith ritual of pilgrimage, conversion, and renewal, springing from ideas regarding the inherent power of the effigy and its link to the bearer via verisimilitude. This session proposes to explore the performative role of popular shrines and images, constituting their own officially sanctioned but liminal sacred space, in the multi-layered and ritually-centered faith system of civic life, in which festa and pilgrimage are central. This session welcomes papers which explore church ritual which spills out from the walls of the church into the democratized and popular spaces of the square and street, e.g. festa, procession, pilgrimage, from the eleventh through the eighteenth centuries. While concentrating on Western European phenomena, studies of Latin American ritual are also welcome.

Pls send proposals to:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Must

Timothy Graham's lecture on The Book of Kells, Tim is one of the best, I miss learning from him.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

CFP: Law and the End of Empire

Projet Volterra II: Law and the End of Empire
Workshop on the afterlife of Roman law 2
Monday-Tuesday 15-16 September 2008
History Department
University College London

Projet Volterra II, an AHRC-funded project based in the History
Department of UCL, is examining the post-imperial afterlife of Roman
law (initially to the Carolingian period). Over the two days of 15 to
16 September 2008, we are hosting a small colloquium-cum-workshop,
organised loosely around the themes 'Authorities and Subjects' and
'Manuals and Jurisprudence'. For an introduction to the project and
its aims, see .

Confirmed speakers include Professors Santiago Castellanos, Michael
Crawford, Gero Dolezalek, Wolfgang Kaiser, Dario Mantovani, and Drs
Simon Corcoran, Magnus Ryan, and Benet Salway but we welcome offers
of other papers. Preference will be given to those related to our
themes but contributions outside the themes but still relating to the
survival/reception of Roman law in the early medieval period are also
most welcome.

The colloquium is supported by the AHRC and we will be able to
contribute towards speakers' travel and accommodation expenses.

Those interested in offering a paper should contact Dr Benet Salway
by Friday 1 August 2008.

-- Dr Simon Corcoran
Senior Research Fellow
"Projet Volterra"
Department of History
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Michael Hendy, Byzantinist, obituary

The Times carried an obituary on 12 June 2008 for our late Fellow Michael
Hendy (1942–2008), economic historian and expert on the coinage of
Byzantium, who died of a heart attack on 13 May 2008, aged 66, from which
the following extracts are taken.

‘Michael Hendy was a precocious scholar who reshaped our entire
understanding of the economy of medieval Byzantium and made a lasting
contribution to the history of coinage and monetary studies. Born in
Newhaven, East Sussex, in 1942, the son of a merchant sea captain, Michael
Hendy graduated from Oxford in 1964. As an undergraduate at The Queen’s
College, he once went to Cambridge to look at Byzantine coins in the
Fitzwilliam Museum and expressed such an unusual interest in those minted
by the Comnenian and Palaeologan emperors that the great numismatist and
historian Philip Grierson, FSA, kept in touch with him, even inviting him
to a feast at his college, a privilege generally reserved for
distinguished academics.

‘More importantly, Grierson also recommended him for a two-year fellowship
at the Dumbarton Oaks Centre for Byzantine Studies, Washington, and a
five-year assistant curatorship at the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1967–72. In
1964–5 a British Council scholarship had enabled Hendy to study coin finds
in Bulgaria, which proved to be the starting point for the large volume,
Coinage and Money in the Byzantine Empire (1081–1261), published by
Dumbarton Oaks in 1969, when he was only twenty-seven.

‘This pathbreaking and revolutionary study brought order to the previously
misunderstood coinage of this period. Where the British Museum catalogue
saw a chaotic series of debased coins of varying intrinsic value, Hendy
identified a decisive monetary reform that replaced the debased issues of
the late eleventh century with a new system of denominations, including a
restored pure gold coin, the hyperpyron, at the top. He solved the mystery
of the elusive coinage of the Latin Empire of Constantinople (1204–61) by
identifying and dating, on the basis of coin finds, small bronze pieces
that imitated, more or less faithfully, twelfth-century Byzantine types
that had previously been confused with Comnenian issues.

‘Such discoveries went far beyond the “internalities” for which Hendy
later blamed numismatists; they allowed a reassessment of the economy of
Byzantium in the first stages of the so-called “commercial revolution”
that opened up the Mediterranean market. Hendy argued rightly that the
economy was expanding and not in decline. This proved a turning point in
Byzantine historiography.

‘In 1972 he moved to Birmingham where he became curator of the important
Byzantine coin collection in the Barber Institute. From 1978 until 1987 he
was lecturer in Numismatics in the University’s Department of Medieval
History. During that period he often travelled to and from Dumbarton Oaks,
as visiting Fellow in 1976 and as associate adviser for Byzantine
Numismatics in 1980–1 and 1982–4; his second great book was researched on
both sides of the Atlantic.

‘This other magnum opus, Studies in the Byzantine Monetary Economy c
1300–1450 (Cambridge University Press, 1985), was not only a detailed
history of Byzantine money, its production, circulation and the
administration of mints but also an economic assessment of the role of
money in the economy. Twenty-five years later it remains an often-cited
reference work. Under the influence of the “Cambridge school”, notably of
Hugo Jones, Moses Finley and Philip Grierson, to all of whom he
acknowledged his scholarly and intellectual debt, Hendy systematically
downgraded the role of cash and exchanges and the level of monetisation of
Byzantium, although that is now believed to have been relatively high for
the period and one of the great strengths of the empire.

‘With these credentials, enhanced by the publication of a volume of
collected studies that included several unpublished chapters (The Economy,
Fiscal Administration and Coinage of Byzantium, Ashgate, 1989) and his
important fieldwork on the coin finds from the excavations at Aphrodisias,
Saraçhane (Saint Polyeuktos) and Kalenderhane in Istanbul, and Kourion in
Cyprus, he might have been expected to start a new career after his
voluntary severance from Birmingham. In 1987 he moved to Princeton and
then joined his partner and future wife, Professor Meg Alexiou, in Harvard
in 1989.

‘But perhaps as the unhappy consequence of an unusual personality, his
aversion to the demands of daily professional responsibilities and
general contrariness, which contrasted with his culinary skills and
generous hospitality, he never received the high academic recognition
he deserved.
He felt unappreciated. The scientific loss that his death brings to the
field of Byzantine studies is irreparable.’

Byzantine job opening

The Institute for Byzantine Archaeology and Art History at the Center for
Studies of the Ancient World, University of Heidelberg, invites
applications for a Full Professorship (W 3) in Byzantine Archaeology and
Art History
to begin in March 2009. According to § 47, clause (2) LHG (University Law
of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg) the requirements are either a
Habilitation (venia legendi), the successful evaluation of a junior
professorship or a qualification that is equivalent to one of these two.
The holder of the position is expected to cover the entire range of
Byzantine Archaeology and Art History in research and teaching. An active
participation in the BA/MA-programmes is expected.

The position (formerly “C 3”) is permanent. The professorship will
participate in the resources available in the Center for Studies of the
Ancient World and is particularly suitable for highly qualified junior

The University of Heidelberg seeks to increase the number of qualified
women in teaching and research positions and strongly encourages
applications of women. Handicapped persons with equivalent qualifications
will be given preference.

Closing date is July 24th 2008. Applications should be sent to the
following address: Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät, Universität
Heidelberg, Voßstraße 2, Gebäude 37, D-69115 Heidelberg.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Request for Proposals

Request for Proposal (RFP) for qualifying scholarships

DFG (German Research Foundation) Research training group “Cultural
Orientations and Institutional Order in Southeastern Europe” at the
Friedrich Schiller University Jena (in cooperation with the Erfurt

Deadline for applications: July the 20th, 2008

The research training group “Cultural Orientations and Institutional Order
in Southeastern Europe” (DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1412), which is financed by
the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), invites
applications for

four qualifying scholarships for graduates in the arts and social sciences
from South East Europe.

Applicants should have graduated or should be about to graduate. At the
time of entrance into the research training group applicants are expected
to have graduated.

Duration: one year, from October the 1st 2008 to September the 30th 2009
The funding provides the applicant with 737,00 € per month.

The qualifying scholarship serves as a preparation for a doctoral thesis
(PhD thesis), respectively the application for a doctoral thesis at the
research training group. It shall provide the improvement or consolidation
of the applicant’s knowledge in German. It is also possible to visit
university courses in order to comply with the requirements for an
application later on.

The applicant should fit the profile of the research training group.
The central focus of the research training group lies in the conflict
between cultural foundations of Southeast European societies and Western
concepts of politics, culture, religion and society as well as their
institutional acquirement. Particular emphasis lies on the question on the
relatedness of collectivity and individuality in the overall cultural
concepts and patterns of behaviour, the basis and structures of
interdenominational, interreligious and interethnic forms of cohabitate as
well as the transfer and adaptation of institutions.
The scholarship implies the regular participation in the research training
group programme. It is expected that the stipendiary has his/her place of
residence in Jena or Erfurt by the time the scholarship starts.

Applications should include:

- Curriculum Vitae
- either the university degree or a provisional degree together with a
letter of reference
- letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)

and should be send at the latest on July 20th 2008 to:

Prof. Dr. Joachim von Puttkamer
Historisches Institut der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Fürstengraben 13
D-07743 Jena

The Son of Suda On Line: a next generation collaborative editing tool (seminar)

Digital Classicist/Institute of Classical Studies Work-in-Progress
Seminar, Summer 2008

Friday 20th June at 16:30, in B3, Stewart House, Senate House, Malet
Street, London

**please note - this is a different room. Stewart House is the
building on the Russell Square side of Senate House.**

*Dot Porter (University of Kentucky)*
‘The Son of Suda On Line: a next generation collaborative editing tool’


I shall discuss the Son of Suda On Line (SoSOL), a proposed
web-based, fully audited, version-controlled editing environment
being built for the papyrological community but designed for
applicability to other editing communities. It will enable the
collaborative editing of texts in a framework of rigorous and
transparent peer-review and credit mechanisms and strong editorial

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

Thor Ewing New Book

I’d like you to know that my new book Gods and Worshippers is now available.

In this book, I have tried to take a fresh look at pre-Christian Scandinavia and the wider Germanic world. I wanted to give an overview of the machinery and the material culture of religion, and more importantly, I wanted to take a broad view of religion and society, trying to establish how the pre-Christian world actually worked.

I believe my conclusions have far-reaching implications for our understanding of pre-Christian society and religion.

Please take time to

CFP: SMGS Sessions at K'zoo '09 (9/5/08; ICMS, 05/07/09-05/10/09)

The Society
for Medieval German Studies is offering four sessions on New Research in
Medieval German Literature at the 44th International Congress on
Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan,May 7-10, 2009.

The deadline for session theme proposal
is August 1st and the deadline for paper submissions is Friday,
September 5th,2008. Currently we have three themed

Emotion in Middle
High German Literature
Stephen Jaeger’s “The Origins of Courtliness” 25 years later
Germanisch-deutsches Fruehmittelalter
Der Deutsche Orden

Session titles do not suggest that
papers must be in a given language. SMGS presents papers in both English and

Also the inaugural issue of the SMGS Yearbook
will appear in Spring 2009. Papers presented in the SMGS Sessions at Kalamazoo
2009 will get first consideration for publication in the 2010 yearbook. Papers
may be in German or English.

You may submit an abstracts by post,
fax, or email by September 5th at the latest because all of the
paper work must be submitted to ICMS by September 15th.

Please send abstracts and session ideas to:

Stephen Mark
Carey, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of German
Georgia State University
Department of Modern & Classical
P. O. Box 3970
Atlanta, GA 30302-3970
tel.: 404 - 413 - 6591
fax: 404 -413 - 5892

Yearbook of the Society of Medieval German Studies - Spring 2009

The Society for Medieval German Studies invites
submissions in German or English for the Inaugural issue of the Yearbook of
Medieval German Studies to appear in Spring 2009.

The deadline for paper submissions is Friday,
September 26th, 2008,
presenters from the 2008 SMGS sessions are Kalamazoo are particularly
encouraged to submit.

submitted for publication should be typewritten, double-spaced
according to MLA
Style. Please address manuscripts as follows: Editors, SMGS Yearbook, Georgia
State University, Department of Modern & Classical Language, P. O. Box
3970, Atlanta, GA 30302-3970.

Papers may also be submitted per email to:
Stephen Mark Carey, Ph.D

Modern Medieval's Blog Forum on "What does the Medieval and Medievalism Have to Offer to our modern World?"

I'm a bit late posting it here, but over at Modern Medieval, the Blog Forum is up and running, with two posts already. I hope folk will go read, comment, and participate.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Roger Pearse has added more to his site

The remaining 5 chapters of the 6th century History of John of
Epiphania have been translated into English by Scott Kennedy, who has
sent them to me and kindly made it public domain. It's here:

Likewise Andrew Smith of has translated the
whole of book 1 of Eusebius of Caesarea's "Chronicon" and made it
public domain, and allowed me to place a copy in my collection:

The whole collection of translations of the Fathers not otherwise
online is here:

A CDROM of the collection is available, if anyone would like to
support the work of the site (although in these two cases, I didn't
have to do much!). Order it from here:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008





AEMA's fifth annual conference will be held from 1-3 October 2008 at
the Sebel Conference Suites, Charlotte Street, Brisbane, hosted by
the Australian Catholic University.

Registration is now open and the registration form is available on
the web site, together with details of the invited speakers and
abstracts received to date.

The period from late antiquity to the early middle ages was one of
great social movement, of both individuals and people groups. How
did people respond to demands made upon them for hospitality and
charity by pilgrims, casualties of war, refugees, orphans, widows,
those of other religions, the sick, the poor, itinerant monks and
nuns, travelling traders and others?

Invited speakers:
Dr Anna Silvas, University of New England
Dr Wendy Mayer, Washington DC

Papers are invited on a broad range of topics related to the theme of
'Welcoming the Stranger', tapping various sources, including
literature, archaeology, epigraphy and the arts. A title and a 250
word abstract should be sent by 30 June 2008 to the Conference
Convenors. Please include affiliation and contact details with your

Presenters will be invited to publish their papers in the refereed
Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association.

Download the call for papers:

Conference convenors:
Dr Bronwen Neil

Dr Geoffrey Dunn

Centre for Early Christian Studies
Australian Catholic University
PO Box 456
Queensland 4014

Medieval News of the Week

Expert unveils 'pre-history' of emoticons

Scientists measure mercury level in human bones from medieval times

The sleepy port of Dunwich is about to yield its secrets

Contest saved by the Silver Bell

New Research Refutes Myth Of Pure Scandinavian Race


A Kings Manor Found in Greenland?

Monday, June 16, 2008

Thursday, June 12, 2008



SCRIPTO (Scholarly Codicological Research, Information &
Paleographical Tools) at Friedrich Alexander University
Erlangen-Nuremberg aims to provide a systematic, research-oriented
introduction to the study of medieval and early modern manuscripts
and to methods of describing them. SCRIPTO is a sort of bridge
between research and practical work, and combines research and
instruction within the framework of a uniquely innovative course, at
the end of which each candidate will be awarded a certificate by
Friedrich Alexander University.

The new program is from 20 October 2008 till 31 January 2009. It
covers a broad spectrum of subjects and consists of six modules:

- History and principles of cataloguing
- Text typology (philosophical and theological Latin texts; literary
Latin; liturgy, music and computistics; law; medicine; vernacular
languages; medieval Latin)
- Book illumination (technique, history of styles, typology of
images, iconography); palaeography
- Codicology, studies of incunables
- Computing skills (use and development of databases in order to
collect, describe and administer manuscripts; production of printed
catalogues out of pre-presses)

The timetable for SCRIPTO II has already been set, and copies of it
will be sent to the accepted applicants (the workload amounts to 60
ECTS). The team of academics, consisting of specialists well known in
their fields (for both research and teachings), is as follows:
Christiane Fritze (Brandenburg Academy Berlin), Dr. Christine
Jakobi-Mirwald (Weiler, History of Art), Dr. Tino Licht (Heidelberg,
Medieval Latin), Dr. Christine Sauer (Nuremberg, History of Art),
Thorsten Schassan (Herzog-August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel,
EDV/Computing), Dr. Bettina Wagner (Munich, German Language and
Literature /Medieval Latin) and Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Winkler (Frankfurt
on the Main, Musicology).

The following special courses are scheduled in SCRIPTO II:

Marco Mostert (Utrecht)
Schrift-Schriftkultur-Schriftlichkeit: Über mittelalterliche
Paläographie und Kommunikationsgeschichte
Erlangen, 5 November 2008

Marilena Maniaci (Rom/Cassino)
Das Buch in Byzanz
Erlangen, 16 December 2008

Michele C. Ferrari / Eef Overgaauw (Berlin)
Autographe im Mittelalter
Bamberg, 17 December 2008

Requirements for admission
Participants should have a Bachelor s or higher degree. Each course
will be attended by no more than 12 participants, all of whom are
required to have a basic knowledge of Latin and of palaeography. Two
academics of SCRIPTO will determine, on the basis of the received
applications, which candidates are to be admitted to the courses. The
language of instruction is German. Foreign participants, however,
will be able to take German language courses at Friedrich Alexander
University if they so wish.
The admission fee will be 750 Euro per participant, including travel
expenses for external sessions (Bamberg, Munich, Nuremberg,

Application deadline
The application deadline is 31 August 2008. Applicants should send a
letter enclosing a full curriculum vitae and a picture to the
following address:

Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari
Friedrich Alexander Universität
Mittellatein und Neulatein
Kochstr. 4/3
91056 Erlangen (Germany)

You are advised to apply as early as possible. Applications will be
dealt with in order of their arrival.

SCRIPTO on the internet (in
German and English)

New Book on the Picts

New Book Announcement, by one of Heroic Age's board members:

The Picts: A History, by Tim Clarkson (published by The History Press, March 2008)
available so far at Amazon UK:


40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts

Session: “Rescue Me Not: Backward Premodern, Queer Negativities”

In her recent book, Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer
History, Heather Love reacts against the need of one dominant strand of
queer studies “to turn the difficulties of gay, lesbian, and transgender
history to good political use in the present” (104). Love contends that the
faith in the power of Foucauldian reverse discourse, best exemplified in the
ideology of gay pride that transforms sexual shame into social affirmation,
has resulted in a critical blind spot; too many critics have promised “to
rescue the past when in fact they dream of being rescued themselves” (33).
Resisting the idealization of cross-historical intimacies, Love postulates a
queer critical practice rooted in a “backward future” that both insists on a
rigorous embrace of the past and cleaves to negative affects that seem
especially “bad” for political agency.

This session takes up the challenge of how far Love’s historiographic
practice of backward feeling may be extended beyond High Modernism to the
“premodern” past. How do premodern subjects construct their negative
affectivity, backwardness, and/or futurity? What are the forms of their
resistance to (post)modern rescues? And how does one engage with premodern
subjects, both real and fictive, who have refused to behave themselves as
redeemable (queer) subjects for (queer) critics? 300-word abstracts by 15
Sept; Wan-Chuan Kao (

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation,
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number

Gender and Medieval Studies Conference

The 2009 Gender and Medieval Studies conference will be held at King's
College London, January 9-10 2009, and follow the theme of 'Locating

This conference aims to explore conceptions of location, temporality,
geography, belonging, and association in relation to the study of
medieval genders and sexualities, and we invite proposals (max. 250
words) for twenty-minute papers from all disciplines and
inter-disciplines within Medieval Studies.

GMS welcomes proposals for Locating Gender from all medievalists,
including postgraduate students and early career researchers. Some
financial support for postgraduates? travel costs is available through
the Kate Westoby fund: if funds permit, applications for support will
also be considered from unwaged independent scholars. Please forward
abstracts to by 1 September 2008.

Further information can be found at

Wednesday, June 11, 2008




Directed by

Michael Gervers, PhD

University of Toronto

For several decades, the DEEDS Project has had as its major research objective the development of a computer program to provide chronological context for undated English private charters issued after the Norman Conquest in 1066 and before the reign of Edward II in 1307. During this period, approximately 95% of these documents were promulgated without dates. Only after the start of the 14th century was internal dating regularly applied to conveyances. The program which has been developed, and is now available on line, produces a date based on the comparison of word-strings in the test document with similar word-strings in a database of 10,000 dated charters.

We would like to invite you to test this program using Latin texts from the period. You will find the site at:

Once at the home page, click on "Go" at the bottom centre. Paste your document to be dated in the empty rectangle and click on "next". If you wish, edit your text. This entails exchanging personal or place name with the letter "P" (& note also what appears under "DOCUM" on the home page). Continue to click "next" and finally "Date it". The result will appear in Roman numerals in the upper left of your screen, and in Arabic numerals at the lower right.

Generally speaking, these machine-generated dates provide accuracy within ± 10 years about 65% of the time. To bring the remaining 35% in line, we will need to develop additional algorithms.

The statistical background for the program was developed by Professor Andrey Feuerverger of the Department of Statistics, and his PhD student, Gelila Tilahun. The dating program, and the website, were created by Rodolfo Fiallos of the DEEDS Project.

Based on tests using the dated documents in the DEEDS corpus, the program can provide reasonable accuracy from about 1160; before that time there are very few dated documents available to serve as comparative material. We are always looking for documents to add to the database, especially for the period 1066 to 1200, and would welcome examples from sources other than those we have already searched (about
190 printed sources up to this point). In fact, our efforts would benefit greatly from the collaboration of interested colleagues, both in providing us with the texts of transcribed documents on the one hand, and in testing the dating program with them on the other.

We also have a search engine which provides access to the content of the 10,000 documents in the manner of a concordance. By this means, the database is fully searchable, and each column can be arranged in alphabetical or numeric order by clicking at the top of the column:

Click on Medieval Latin Charters > Search

Place a word or word-string into the "Query" box. Click on the bullet "Context". Enter the no. of words you would like to find at either end of your chosen string. Click on "Execute".

This is a beta program. We have worked long and hard to develop it, while at the same time knowing that there is always room for greater accuracy and improvement. We hope you will find it useful and that you will send us your reactions.

Michael Gervers

Rodolfo Fiallos

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Texas Medieva.

Eighteenth Annual Conference

of the


hosted by

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

October 2-4, 2008

Plenary Speakers:

Thomas F.X. Noble
"Charlemania: Writing Charlemagne 828-2008"
Professor of History, Director of the Medieval Institute,
University of Notre Dame

Jane Chance
"Teaching the New Medievalism"
Professor, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in English
Rice University

W. Michael Mathes
"Medieval Castile on the Llano Estacado: The Vázquez de Coronado
Expedition, 1540-1541"
Professor Emeritus of History, University of San Francisco
Library Director, El Colegio de Jalisco

Conference Themes: "Medieval Imagination"/ "Medieval Southwest"

Papers are welcomed on all aspects of medieval history and culture,
including medieval art, medieval languages, history, Neo-Latin,
connections between the Old and New Worlds, the Coronado expedition,
medievalisms, music

Early submissions are greatly welcomed, but please try to send in all
session proposals and paper abstracts (150-300 words) no later than
September 1


Prof. John Howe
Department of History
Texas Tech University
Box 41013
Lubbock TX 79409-1013

or to

Don Kagay
2812-A Westgate
Albany, GA 31721

SAMLA CFP: Dedaline June 26

On behalf of the Southeastern Medieval Association's Old English
session at the upcoming South-Atlantic MLA conference, we invite
papers for a session on cultural intersections in Anglo-Saxon
England. We invite papers addressing the integration of cultural
influences in various forms of Anglo-Saxon expression. The session
will be held Louisville, Kentucky, Nov. 7-9 2008. Please send
abstracts to complete with name, proposed paper title, institutional
affiliation, and contact information by email attachment to Karmen
Lenz at by June 20, 2008. Accepted papers
will be notified by June 26, 2008. Those accepted are required to
join SAMLA before attending the conference.

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Positions at Oxford

Please see below for information about two positions in Late Antique and
Byzantine Art and Archaeology at Oxford University. Copies of the postings
are also attached to this message.




Salary Scale: £27,466 - £33,780

Applications are invited for a three-year, fixed-term Departmental
Lecturership in Byzantine archaeology and art, tenable from 1 October
2008. The appointment is for a limited term during the reorganisation of
teaching in this area, and is non-renewable. Applications are welcome from
those with active research interests in Byzantine archaeology and art,
with a preference for the period before 1200.

The appointee will expected to provide a minimum of 36 lectures and
classes annually, primarily for Masters courses in Late Antique and
Byzantine Studies, together with contributions to undergraduate teaching
in History, History of Art, and Archaeology; supervise graduate students;
contribute to the administration of courses in Late Antique and Byzantine
Studies; undertake University examining duties; and engage in advanced and
original research in the field of Byzantine archaeology and art.

This post is one of two designed together to address the university’s
teaching needs and research interests in the material and visual culture
of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. The other post, centered on
the archaeology and art of Late Antiquity, will be shared between the
School of Archaeology and the Faculty of Classics. Both posts are intended
to focus on both archaeology and art and on the east Roman world.

Further particulars may be viewed at or are available from
the Administrator, History Faculty, Old Boys’ High School, George Street,
Oxford OX1 2RL (telephone: 01865 615007);. The closing date for
applications and the last date for receipt of references direct from
referees is 5.00pm Friday 13th June 2008.

The University of Oxford is an equal opportunities employer



Salary Scale: £27,466 - £33,780

Applications are invited for a three-year, fixed-term Departmental
Lectureship in The Archaeology and Art of Late Antiquity, AD300 - 650,
tenable from 1 October 2008. The appointment is for a limited term during
the reorganisation of teaching in this area, and is non-renewable. Unless
terminated earlier by notice, the appointment will expire on 30 September
2011. It is hoped that a college association will be arranged in
conjunction with this post.

Consideration will be given to candidates with teaching experience and a
research interest in any aspects of the material and visual culture of the
east Roman world from Diocletian and the Tetrarchy to Heraclius and the
urban collapse of the seventh century. A proven high standard of research
ability and the ability to provide graduate supervision are necessary
conditions for this appointment.

The appointee will expected to provide a minimum of 36 lectures and
classes annually, primarily for Masters courses in Classical Archaeology
and in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, together with contributions to
undergraduate teaching in Classics, History of Art, and Archaeology;
supervise graduate students; contribute to the administration of courses
in Classical Archaeology and in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies;
undertake University examining duties; and engage in advanced and original
research in the field of Late Antique archaeology and art.

This post is one of two designed together to address the university’s
teaching needs and research interests in the material and visual culture
of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. The other post, centered on
the middle and later Byzantine periods, will be shared between the School
of Archaeology and the Faculty of History. Both posts are intended to
focus on both archaeology and art and on the east Roman world.

Further particulars may be viewed at or are available from
Mrs Anne Smith, Administrator, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine
Studies, 66 St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LU (telephone: +44 (0)1865 615007).
The closing date for applications, and the last date for receipt of
references direct from referees, is 5.00pm Friday 13th June 2008. It is
expected that interviews will take place week commencing 30th June 2008.

The University of Oxford is an equal opportunities employer


CaSTA (the Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis) 2008
New Directions in Text Analysis

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Michelle Brown's New Book

I bought this one:

Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age
By Michelle P Brown

This beautifully illustrated new book by renowned manuscripts expert
Michelle Brown provides an authoritative introduction to Manuscripts from
the Anglo-Saxon Age, aided by over 140 colour images from the finest
antiquarian manuscripts. It is published by the British Library on 12
December 2007.

Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age offers a fascinating insight into the
art of book production in the Anglo-Saxon period and a historical overview
of the era by examining its book culture. The publication is lavishly
illustrated with 140 colour images reproduced from the finest Anglo-Saxon
books in the British Library and other major collections.

The Anglo-Saxons first appeared on the historical scene as Germanic pagan
pirates and mercenaries, moving into the declining Roman Empire in the 5th
century AD and forging a series of kingdoms which became 'England'. By the
time of the Norman Conquest in 1066, Anglo-Saxon England was one of the
most sophisticated states in the medieval West, renowned for its
ecclesiastical and cultural achievements.

In Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age, Michelle Brown demonstrates that
the written word was of tremendous importance in this transformation and
that within a century of the introduction of Christianity and literacy,
the book had become a central element of Anglo-Saxon society and a rich
vehicle for cultural and artistic expression.

For further information, images or review copies, contact Ruth Howlett at
the British Library Press Office: +44 (0)20 7412 7112 or

Notes for Editors
Manuscripts from the Anglo-Saxon Age by Michelle P Brown, is published in
hardback by the British Library, 12 December 2007, price £25.00 (176
pages, 255 x 186mm, 140 colour illustrations, ISBN 978 0 0680 5).
Available from the British Library Shop (tel: 020 7412 7735 / e-mail: and online at as well as other bookshops
throughout the UK.

Michelle P Brown is an internationally renowned manuscripts specialist.
She has published extensively on Anglo-Saxon and medieval history and
manuscripts. Her most important recent publication relating to Anglo-Saxon
England is The Lindisfarne Gospels: Society, Spirituality and the Scribe
(British Library, 2003).

New Book

Ben Withers, _Illustrated Old English Hexateuch, Cotton Ms. Claudius B.iv:
The Frontier of Seeing and Reading in Anglo-Saxon England_

Goettingen Position

University of Goettingen, Faculty of the Humanities, Department of
English, W2 professorship (tenure) for the History of the English
Language and Medieval English Literature

Deadline for applications: 12 July 2008

Date for the appointment: as soon as possible

The University of Goettingen advertises a W2 professorship for
'Englische Philologie (Englische Sprache und Literatur des
Mittelalters)', located in the English Department of the Faculty of the
Humanities. Applicants for the post should have published and taught in
the fields of English historical linguistics (history of the English
language) and medieval English literature and culture. They should have
an interest in interdisciplinary approaches and be willing to cooperate
with the Goettingen Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, as well
as with the historical and descriptive linguists in other departments of
the Humanities Faculty. The professorship should also contribute to a
projected research profile 'Grammatical Interfaces' (for further
information on this, consult:, 'Grammtische Schnittstellen').

Applicants should have a 'Habilitation' or a corresponding academic
qualification, and teaching experience. Experience in fund raising,
project planning, and participation in international scholarly networks
are welcome. Applicants are also expected to participate in
administration ('akademische Selbstverwaltung') and to teach graduates as
well as undergraduates in the bachelors' and masters' curricula recently
introduced. Applications from abroad are highly welcome.

Your application (including your curriculum vitae, your academic and
teaching record, and your publication list) should be sent (by
registered mail) by 12 July 2008: An den Dekan der Philosophischen
Fakultaet der Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen, Humboldtallee 17,
D-37073 Goettingen, Germany.


In der Philosophischen Fakultaet der Georg-August-Universitaet
Goettingen ist am Seminar fuer Englische Philologie eine W2 - Professur
fuer "Englische Philologie (Englische Sprache und Literatur des
Mittelalters)" zum naechstmoeglichen Zeitpunkt wieder zu besetzen.

Die Stelleninhaberin/der Stelleninhaber soll nach Moeglichkeit die
historische Sprachwissenschaft und die mediaevistische Literatur- und
Kulturwissenschaft in angemessener Breite in Forschung und Lehre
In der Lehre beteiligt sich die neue Stelleninhaberin/der Stelleninhaber
an den gestuften Studiengaengen (Bachelor/Master) der Philosophischen

Gesucht wird eine interdisziplinaer orientierte Persoenlichkeit, die sich
nach Moeglichkeit aktiv am Goettinger Zentrum für Mittelalter- und
Fruehneuzeitforschung engagiert und mit den Sprachwissenschaften der
Fakultaet kooperiert. Die Professur soll zu einem fakultaeren
Forschungsprofil „Grammatische Schnittstellen“ beitragen. Informationen
darueber finden Sie unter
Voraussetzung fuer die Bewerbung sind Habilitation oder gleichwertige
Qualifikationen sowie Erfahrung in der Lehre. Erwuenscht sind Erfahrung
mit Drittmitteleinwerbung und Vertrautheit mit Forschungsplanung sowie
internationale Vernetzung in der Forschung. Von der kuenftigen
Stelleninhaberin/dem kuenftigen Stelleninhaber wird Engagement in der
universitaeren Selbstverwaltung erwartet.

Die weiteren Einstellungsvoraussetzungen für Professorinnen und
Professoren ergeben sich aus § 25 des Niedersaechsischen
Hochschulgesetzes (NHG). Die Stiftungsuniversitaet Goettingen besitzt das
Berufungsrecht. Einzelheiten werden auf Anfrage erlaeutert.
Bewerbungen von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus dem Ausland
sind ausdruecklich erwuenscht. Die Universitaet Goettingen strebt in den
Bereichen, in denen Frauen unterrepraesentiert sind, die Erhoehung des
Frauenanteils an und fordert daher qualifizierte Frauen ausdruecklich zur
Bewerbung auf.
Teilzeitbeschaeftigung kann unter Umstaenden ermoeglicht werden.
Bei gleicher Eignung werden bei der Auswahl schwerbehinderte Menschen

Bewerbungen mit einem Lebenslauf, einer Darstellung des
wissenschaftlichen Werdegangs einschl. der Lehrtaetigkeit und einem
Schriftenverzeichnis werden bis zum 12.07.2008 an den Dekan der
Philosophischen Fakultaet der Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen,
Humboldtallee 17, 37073 Goettingen, erbeten.

The Politics of Communication, 800-1600

The California State University, Long Beach, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Inaugural Graduate Student Conference: The Politics of Communication, 800-1600


The Politics of Communication, 800-1600

November 15, 2008

California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California

Organizers: Shawn Moore ( and William Hager (

We are seeking paper abstracts and panel proposals from all disciplines for CSULB's inaugural Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference from graduate students and advanced undergraduate students. Abstracts should be 250 words or less for papers of approximately 15-20 minutes in length, allowing for discussion and questions following the presentation.

This conference will examine the politicizing of communication in its myriad forms during the period of time between the ninth and the seventeenth centuries. The word "communication" is an extremely generalized term for a very complex concept (one that should not be limited exclusively to the use of spoken or written language). Implicit within notions of communication are ideas of power, authorship, audience, performance, and censorship. Possible questions to address include:

· What is communication's role in the dominant orthodoxy's _expression of power over its subjects? How does communication challenge notions of authority inherent in political systems? To what extent does communication act to subvert that authority?

· How do non-written forms of communication (i.e., art, architecture, etc.) convey political or religious authority?

· How does written communication differ from the oral tradition?

· What is the relationship between authorship and communication? Between representation and communication?

The deadline for abstracts is Monday, June 30, 2008. Confirmation of accepted papers will be sent by July 14, 2008. We require that abstracts be submitted electronically in the body of an e-mail sent to and Please use the subject heading: Politics of Communication. Additional information will be forthcoming at

CFP: Issue 14, The Heroic Age

Just a reminder that we are still accepting submissions for the special
issue of the Heroic Age on medieval law and legal culture. The cfp is
copied below.

Andrew Rabin

The Heroic Age, Issue 14: Law and Legal Culture in the Early Middle
Guest Editor: Andrew Rabin, University of Louisville

The Heroic Age invites submissions for a special issue on law and legal
culture in the early middle ages. We construe the subject of this issue
broadly, and we are eager to receive submissions representing a variety
of perspectives, methodologies, national or ethnic cultures, and
disciplines. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): royal
legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and literature, legal procedure,
charters and diplomatics, writs and wills, dispute resolution, theories
of law and justice, canon law, editing medieval law, law and philosophy,
perceptions of medieval law in later periods, law in/and art,
international law, and intersections between medieval Asian and European
legal traditions. We welcome traditional philological and historicist
approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical theory.
Prospective contributors should feel free to contact Andrew Rabin
( if they have any questions.

Articles should be 7000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and
conform to The Heroic Age’s in-house style. Instructions may be found
at All submissions will be
reviewed by two readers according to a double-blind policy. All
submissions should be sent to The deadline for
submission is July 1st, 2008.

The Heroic Age is an on-line, peer-reviewed academic journal hosted by
the Memorial University of Newfoundland. It focuses on Northwestern
Europe during the early medieval period (from the late 4th through 11th
centuries). We seek to foster dialogue between all scholars of this
period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including-but not
limited to-history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the

Andrew Rabin
Assistant Professor
Department of English
The University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Bingham Humanities 336B
Just a quick reminder that the call for papers deadline for the 33rd
annual PMR conference, "The Angel and the Muse: Inspiration, Revelation,
Prophecy," is rapidly approaching. See the conference web site for more

We have already received many interesting paper and panel proposals,
and we look forward to many more in the next few days. It's not too
late to consider sending a proposal, and we hope to see you at this
year's PMR conference!

All good wishes for a peaceful and productive summer,

*Kevin L. Hughes*
*Director, Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies Conference*

*Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies*

*Villanova University*

*800 Lancaster Avenue*

*Villanova, PA 19085*

we have extended the deadline for paper and session proposals for the 34th
Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association [to be held in Saint
Louis from 2-4 October 2008] to JUNE 15. More details can be found here:

"Medievalists Read the Antiquary: Essays on the Ghost Stories of M. R. James"

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (edited collection; deadline extended to 30 June 2008)

"Medievalists Read the Antiquary: Essays on the Ghost Stories of M. R. James"

We are currently soliciting essay proposals for an edited collection
on the fiction of M. R. James. In particular, we are interested in
proposals which engage the influence of James's academic medieval
studies on his ghost stories, and therefore especially invite
proposals by academic specialists in medieval literary or textual

We would be pleased to see this collection become comparable in
breadth and quality to the "Legacy of M. R. James" volume edited by
Lynda Dennison (Shaun Tyas Press, 2001). That volume, which gathers
responses and continuations of James's lifetime of work on
manuscripts and early printed books by insightful medieval
specialists, is a model for the collection we envision.

The project will be co-edited by Patrick Murphy (Miami U) and Fred
Porcheddu (Denison U). Please send abstracts of 500 words or less
(for proposed 5,000 to 7,000-word chapters) with a brief professional
c.v., by 30 June 2008, to . Once abstracts
have been accepted, a firm proposal will be sent to publishers for
consideration; it is hoped that an agreement will be signed and
chapters commissioned by autumn 2008, for a potential publication
date in early 2009.

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Grim discovery under streets of Reepham

St Ninian’s Isle conference

Thousand-year-old Lombard warrior skeleton discovered buried with horse
in Italy

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Medicinal mercury in Medieval bones