Sunday, October 25, 2009

Newberry Library Fellowships


The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in our
collections. We promise wide-ranging and rich collections; a lively
interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on
your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an
array of scholarly and public programs.


These awards support research and writing by scholars with a doctorate.
Their purpose is to help fellows develop or complete larger-scale
studies that draw on our collections, and to foster intellectual
exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms
range from six to eleven months with stipends of up to $50,400.

Long-term applications are due January 11, 2010

Major long-term fellowship funding is provided by the National Endowment
for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Dr. Audrey


Ph.D. candidates and scholars with a doctorate are eligible for
short-term travel-to-collections fellowships. Their purpose is to help
researchers study specific materials at the Newberry that are not
readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually
awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who
live and work outside the Chicago area. Stipends are $1600 per month.

NEW: We invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or
three scholars who plan to collaborate intensively on a single,
substantive project. The individual scholars on a team awarded a
fellowship will each receive a full stipend of $1600 per month. Teams
should submit a single application, including cover sheets and CVs from
each member.

Short-term applications are due March 1, 2010.

We also offer exchange fellowships with British, French and German
institutions, a fellowship for American Indian women pursuing any
post-graduate education, and a fellowship for published independent

For more information or to download application materials, visit our
website at:

Or contact:

Research and Education
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
-- Research and Education
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
T: 312.255.3666
F: 312.255.3680

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Medieval Academy of the Pacific

This is a reminder of the upcoming deadline for the submission of abstracts for the Medieval Academy of the Pacific conference (March 5-6, 2010, Tacoma).

The CFP is available at the MAP website (http://www.csun. edu/english/ map09/); the deadline is October 15, '09.

Please note: MAP membership is required for the submission of an abstract. The standard membership fee is $25, while student membership fee is $15. You can register as a member online on the MAP website and you can also submit your abstract online. For further information, please see the attached CFP.

Keynote speakers will be Sharon Farmer, University of California, Santa Barbara and Jeffrey Hamburger from Harvard University.

On behalf of the local organizing committee, Kriszta Kotsis

Kriszta Kotsis
Assistant Professor
Art Department
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416-1072

eath, Disasters, Downturn. The Archaeology of Crises CFP

Graduate Archaeology at Oxford and the School of Archaeology at the
University of Oxford invite the submission of proposals for papers
and posters to an interdisciplinary conference titled "Death,
Disasters, Downturn. The Archaeology of Crises." Oxford, 24-25 April

"From plagues to economic collapses, natural disasters to the deaths
of loved ones, crisis, in its social, economic, psychological,
biological, and ecological manifestations has indelibly shaped human
existence. Since it is often in the breakdown of societies that the
structures which composed them become clearest, crises provide an
especially good window onto how groups have functioned historically.
It can affect entire communities or single individuals; it can be
confined to a singular time and space or it can reoccur episodically.
As some of the most fascinating moments in human history, isolated
cases or forms of crisis have been much-discussed among scholars
within single fields. Rarely, however, have such debates crossed the
boundaries of specific disciplines to be studied in a wider,
over-arching context."

The goal of this conference is to start a discussion about the
archaeological study of crises from across disciplines: sciences,
archaeology, anthropology, ancient history. The questions we will
raise are manifold: what constitutes a crisis? Which groups in the
past have been most affected by crises? How can the archaeological
record shed light on crises of various magnitudes? Most importantly,
how can the archaeology of crisis be used to shed light on societies
past and present?

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words in length and should be sent as
attachments (in PDF format) to:
Deadline for abstract submission: Sunday, 6 December 2009.
Selected papers will be published in a volume, as part of the GAO
monograph series.

For further information visit: the GAO website (

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Francesc Eiximenis Conference

on occasion of the six-hundred anniversary of the death of the Franciscan
Francesc Eiximenis (c1330-1409), the Institut de Llengua i Cultura Catalanes
of the Universitat de Girona (Span), see of the "Francesc Eiximenis Complete
Works" editorial board, organizes an International Conference entirely
dedicated to this figure, on November 12th-14th 2009.

The conference webpage provides updated information about the event's
details (programme, plenary sessions, papers, registration etc):

Texas Medieval Association to be held October 23-24

The complete program, online registration form, conference hotel
information, and other details are now available for the 19th Annual
Meeting of the Texas Medieval Association to be held October 23-24 at
the University of Texas in Austin:

Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium: Light, surface, spirit: phenomenology and aesthetics in Byzantine art

Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium: Light, surface, spirit: phenomenology and
aesthetics in Byzantine art

12-13 November 2009
organized by Ioli Kalavrezou and Bissera Pentcheva.

Registration is required and will be limited to the first 50 persons
to submit their registration forms. The DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS
OCTOBER 31, 2009.

The registration form is available along with the program on our
website: http://www.doaks. org/research/ byzantine/ doaks_byz_
colloquium_ 2009_11_12. html

Call for Papers for the Digital Humanities 2010

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Digital Humanities 2010 Conference.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Digital Humanities 2010
Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: Oct. 31, 2009

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the system which will be available at the conference web site from October 8th. Presentations may be any of the following:

‧ Single papers (abstract max of 1500 words)
‧ Multiple paper sessions (overview max of 500 words)
‧ Posters (abstract max of 1500 words)

Call for Papers Announcement

The International Programme Committee invites submissions of abstracts of between 750 and 1500 words on any aspect of humanities computing, broadly defined to encompass the common ground between information technology and problems in humanities research and teaching. We welcome submissions in all areas of the humanities, particularly interdisciplinary work. We especially encourage submissions on the current state of the art in humanities computing, and on recent developments.

Suitable subjects for proposals include, for example,

* text analysis, corpora, language processing, language learning

* IT in librarianship and documentation

* computer-based research in cultural and historical studies

* computing applications for the arts, architecture and music

* research issues such as: information design and modelling; the cultural impact of the new media

* the role of digital humanities in academic curricula

The special theme of the 2010 conference is cultural heritage old and new.

The range of topics covered is reflected in the journals of the associations: Literary and Linguistic Computing (LLC), Oxford University Press, and the Digital Humanities Quarterly,

The deadline for submitting paper, session and poster proposals to the Programme Committee is Oct. 31th, 2009. All submissions will be refereed. Presenters will be notified of acceptance February 24, 2010.
The electronic submission form will be available at the conference site from October 8th, 2009 (which will be linked from

Anyone who has previously used the ConfTool system to submit proposals or reviews or to register for a Digital Humanities conference should use their existing account rather than setting up a new one.

If anyone has forgotten their user name and/or password please contact dh2010 at

See below for full details on submitting proposals.

Proposals for (non-refereed, or vendor) demos and for pre-conference tutorials and workshops should be made to the local conference organizer as early as possible.

For more information on the conference in general please visit the DH2010 web site.

Types of Proposals

Proposals to the Programme Committee may be of three types: (1) papers, (2) poster presentations and/or software demonstrations, and (3) sessions (either three-paper or panel sessions). The type of submission must be specified in the proposal.

Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

1) Papers
Proposals for papers (750-1500 words) should describe original, unpublished work: preferably completed research with substantial results, but also the development of significant new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical or critical discussions. Individual papers have 20 min. for presentation and 10 for questions.

Proposals concerning new computing methodologies should show how the methodologies are applied to humanities research, and should critically assess the application. Those concerning a particular application should compare earlier traditional and computational approaches and should also assess the new methodologies. References are naturally required. Those describing the creation or use of digital resources should follow these guidelines as far as possible.

2) Poster Presentations and Software Demonstrations
Poster sessions showcase some of the most important and innovative work being done in humanities computing. Poster presentations may include technology and project demonstrations. Hence the term poster/demo to refer to different possible combinations of printed and computer based presentations. There should be no difference in quality between poster/demo presentations and papers, and the format for proposals is the same for both. The same academic standards also apply, but posters/demos may be more suitable way for late-breaking work, or work in progress. Both will be submitted to the same refereeing process. The choice between the two modes of presentation (poster/demo or paper) should depend on the most effective and informative way of communicating the scientific content of the proposal.

Poster presentations are less formal and more interactive than talks. Poster presenters can present their work and exchange ideas one-on-one and in detail with those most deeply interested. Presenters will have about two square meters of board space for display and may also wish to provide handouts. Posters remain on display throughout the conference, and are the sole focus of separate dedicated poster sessions. Additional times may be available for software or project

As an acknowledgement of the special contribution of the posters to the conference, the Programme Committee will award a prize for the best poster.

3) Sessions
Sessions (90 minutes) take the form of either:

Three papers. The proposal should include a 500-word statement describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750-1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session. All speakers are required to register for the conference and to participate in the session. Focused sessions should have added value when compared to the set of the individual papers.


A panel of four to six speakers. The proposal is an abstract of 750-1500 words describing the panel topic, how discussion will be organized, the names and affiliations of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session. All speakers are required to register for the conference and to participate in the session.

International Programme Committee

Elisabeth Burr
Richard Cunningham
Jan-Christoph Meister
Elli Mylonas
Brent Nelson
John Nerbonne (Chair)
Bethany Noviskie
Jan Rybicki
John Walsh

Digital Humanities 2010

Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions CFP

The steering committee of the "Bible in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions" is happy to announce the "Call for Papers" for its session in the International Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), 2010. The meeting will take place in Tartu, Estonia, July 25-29, 2010.

The theme chosen for the 2010 International Conference is: "The Antiochian School of Biblical Exegesis." Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers to explore the various aspects of Biblical exegesis and hermeneutics developed and promoted in the churches of the Antiochian Patrimony. The steering committee of the unit especially encourages the submission of proposals for papers that explore and discuss the insights into contemporary biblical exegesis and scholarship that the distinct tradition of biblical interpretation of the school of Antioch may provide. Papers that explore the influence of the Antiochian school on later and other traditions of biblical exegesis will also be considered.

To submit a proposal please visit the following link on the Society's website:

As in the previous conferences, the papers presented at this conference will be published in a proceedings volume. We are happy to announce the puiblication of the proceedings of our first conference in San Diego (2007) titled, Exegesis and Hermeneuticsa in the Church of the East (New York: Peter Lang, 2008). The proceedings of the conference in Boston (2008), The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East has been submitted for publication, and should be available by November, 2009.

Underpinnings: The Evolution of Underwear from the Middle Ages through Early Modernity

> Undergraduate Conference Saturday, April 24, 2010
> Underpinnings:
> The Evolution of Underwear from the Middle Ages through Early Modernity
> A conference organized by the undergraduate students of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY) in conjunction with Troubadours and Trebuchets, The Medieval Studies Club
> From the trailing sleeves and towering headdresses of the High Middle Ages to the ornate, jewel-encrusted ensembles of Elizabethan England and the elaborate turbans of the Mamluk and Ottoman empires, clothing and headgear have captured the imagination of historians for decades. Few, however, have given thought to what lies beneath, which, even while having a functional role, comprises a system of sartorial signs that tell much with respect to social mores and shifting views of the body. This conference aims to explore the evolution of undergarments from the Middle Ages through the early modern era in a variety of contexts, from the material forms of the garments themselves to their symbolic associations and latent meaning. Geographic and temporal reach: global, 500-1750.
> Possible topics of discussion include:
> - Differences and similarities in men's and women's undergarments according to class, social status, age, and distinctions between the laity and religious
> - Changing notions of modesty, comfort, and hygiene and their effects on the under-covering of bodies
> - The materiality of undergarments
> - The decorative range of undergarments, from the utilitarian to the elaborate, including the use of lace and embroidery
> - Underwear as outerwear (the exposure of undergarments through sleeves, necklines, and cutaway skirts; the display of underwear in private spaces; the role of underwear in the public stripping of the body)
> - Shaping the body: the use of undergarments to achieve desired silhouettes
> - The effects of sumptuary laws on undergarments
> - The rise of certain industries related to the production of undergarments, including the whaling trade in relation to the rise of the whalebone corset
> - The erotics of underwear
> - The myths and realities of the chastity belt
> - The representation of underwear in painting, poetry, and song
> Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 500 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current CV if graduate level and a resume if undergraduate, to (Re: Undergarment Conference). Those wishing to submit hard copies of the proposal and CV should forward them to: CEMERS (ATTN: Undergarment Conference), Binghamton University, P.O. Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Panel organizers should describe the theme of the panel and send abstracts with names and affiliations of all participants along with current CVs. A panel should consist of no more than three papers, each twenty minutes in length. Deadline for submissions is December 5th, 2009.
> Barbara Dahulich Knighton
> Secretary, Center for
> Medieval & Renaissance Studies
> Binghamton University
> LN1129
> phone 607-777-2730
> fax 607-777-3110


An Dara Comhdháil Idirnáisiúnta ar Logainmníocht Luathmheánaoiseach
na hÉireann agus na hAlban
An Dàrna Co-labhairt Eadar-nàiseanta mu Ainmean-Àite na h-Èirinn is
na h-Alba aig toiseach nam Meadhan Aoisean
12th / 13th / 14th November 2009
School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts,
Drama and Film Centre, Auditorium 2,
20 University Square, Belfast
Organised by Paul Tempan (QUB), Kelly Kilpatrick (Oxford),
Liam Ó hAisibéil (NUIG), Peter McNiven (Glasgow) & Judyta Szacillo (QUB)
and the School of Languages, Literatures and Performing Arts,
Queen’s University, Belfast
09.30-10.10 Nollaig Ó Muraíle: Keynote paper, ‘The Earliest Irish
Place-names — Status Quaestionis’
10.15-10.55 Catherine Swift: ‘Church names and their significance
for the cult of Patrick’
11.00-11.20 BREAK: Tea and coffee
11.20-12.00 Short Reports on Current Onomastic Research: Ireland
12.05-12.45 Kelly Kilpatrick: ‘Place-names in a Hagiographic
Tradition of St Brigit of Kildare: Analysis of Vita Prima and Bethu
12.45-14.00 LUNCH
14.00-14.40 Thomas Owen Clancy: Keynote paper, ‘The Place-Names
of the Earliest Scottish Records’
14.45-15.25 Jacob King: ‘A Lost Aber- Name in Speyside’
15.30-15.50 BREAK: Tea and coffee
15.50-16.30 Peter McNiven: ‘P-Celtic place-names in Menteith:
British or Pictish?’
16.35-17.15 Guto Rhys: ‘Towards a phonology of “Pictish”’
20:00 Public Lecture
Venue: PFC G06 Nollaig Ó Muraíle: ‘John O Donovan — “most able
and judicious Irish scholar and topographer”’
09.30-10.10 Richard Coates: ‘Men from the East, names in the
West: an approach to some problematic island-names of Ireland and
10.15-10.55 Short Reports on Current Onomastic Research: Scotland
11.00-11.20 BREAK: Tea and coffee
11.20-12.00 Aengus Finnegan: ‘The Placenames of Bruidhean Da
Choga, some possible identifications’
12.05-12.45 Paul Tempan: ‘Carbad in Irish place-names: chariot or
12.50-13.30 Stephen Digney: ‘Iudeu and Stirling: a possible example

of place name change’
13.30-14.30 LUNCH
14.30-15.10 Richard Warner: ‘Ptolemy's Ireland - observations
from an archaeologist’
15.15-15.55 Grigory Bondarenko: ‘Goidelic hydronyms in Ptolemy’s
Geography: Myth behind the name’
16.00-16.20 BREAK: Tea and coffee
16.20-17.00 Emma Nic Cárthaigh: ‘Difficulties determining early
medieval Irish tribal boundaries: Dál, Dealbhna, Déise’
17.05-17.45 Liam Ó hAisibéil: ‘The Boldly Odd Hills of Northern Roscommon’
17.50-18.20 CLOSURE
Time TBC Conference Dinner
9.30 Meet at DFC for excursion to Emain Macha / Navan Fort and
Armagh City (with optional extension to visit royal site of Clogher
after lunch). Guided by Kay Muhr and Richard Warner. Returning to
Belfast at 15:30, or 18:00 for those continuing to Clogher.

For further information, contact Paul Tempan, (028) 90973890, or Clare Marks, Secretary, Irish and Celtic
Studies, (028) 90975366,

Liminal Spaces: A Symposium in Honor of Pamela Sheingorn

We would like to remind you that Liminal Spaces: A Symposium in Honor of Pamela Sheingorn will be held at Princeton University on October 30. The symposium will feature the kind of interdisciplinary, theoretically engaged scholarship that has been a hallmark of Professor Sheingorn's work. Papers will highlight work that explores spaces "in-between" -- between text/image/reader/viewer, performance/spectator, medieval/modern.

This event, organized by Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson, is hosted by the Index of Christian Art. It was made possible by the generosity of the ICA and the City University of New York.

Participants include Jonathan J. G. Alexander (NYU); Adelaide Bennett (Princeton); Glenn Burger (CUNY); Madeline H. Caviness (Tufts); Robert L. Clark (KSU); Susannah Crowder (CUNY); Marilynn Desmond (Binghamton); Rachel Dressler (Albany); Rick Emmerson (Manhattan College); Colum Hourihane (Princeton); Lucy Freeman Sandler (NYU); and Kathryn Smith (NYU). Full program is available on the ICA's webiste (

Please note the change of venue: the conference will take place in McCormick Hall, room 101 (not in the Frist Campus Center as initially announced).

Spaces are limited and registration is required. There is no charge for the symposium. To register please contact Robin Dunham ( before 20 October 2009.

Please e-mail us at or if you have any questions.

Digitisation of the Goussen Library

the Goussen library collection is a specialist library for oriental
church history. It contains printed books in Western classical and
modern languages, but predominantly printed books in oriental languages
such as Syrian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Arabic, Armenian and Georgian
languages from the 16th to the 20th century (the focus is on the 18th
and the 19th century). The former owner Heinrich Goussen (1863 – 1927)
collected nearly every printed book within the language groups that had
ever been published about the subject. The collection contains numerous
rare or valuable oriental printed books. There could hardly a collection
be put together as completely as here, not even from the holdings of
large European libraries.

In 2007 the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Bonn digitised approx.
850 printed books of the Goussen library collection under a programme of
the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to preserve its holdings. It
includes all titles published in Europe until 1800, all publications in
the original language as well as all publications that were published
outside Europe. For copyright reasons the year 1900 was chosen as the
last year of publication to be included in the digitisation project. The
digitisation was generally conducted by means of a microfilm, which was
produced first. Books with special features (book(s or items) printed in
red and black ink, items with illustrations, interleaved copies as well
as most of the printed books published until 1800) were digitised in

You can find the images right here:

If you have any questions or comments regarding our project please don´t
hesitate to contact us.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dante?s Volume from Alpha to Omega: a Graduate Symposium on the Poet?s Universe

Dante?s Volume from Alpha to Omega: a Graduate Symposium on the Poet?s
Yale University, March 26-27, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Giuseppe Mazzotta (Yale University)

Call for Papers

On behalf of the Department of Italian Language and Literature, we are pleased
to announce a Graduate Student Symposium on Dante, to be held on March 26-27,
2010 at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dante?s Divine Comedy is a totalizing vision?a work emanating from and
culminating in the poet?s glimpse of a universe ?bound with love in a
single volume.? In the 21st century, the goals of universal digitization and
constant accessibility that mark our information age might seem far removed
from Dante?s vatic rendering of the cosmos, and yet our technological models
of thought might equally be understood as the current form of an encyclopedic
impulse that stretches back to (and well beyond) the 14th century. Dante?s
Volume from Alpha to Omega will explore how the encyclopedism of today can
enrich, inform, or obscure our understanding of Dante?s universe and its
poetic representation.

In the interests of interdisciplinarity, paper topics may consider,
but are not
limited to the following:

-Receptions of Dante: commentary, exegesis, and philology
-Representations of Dante: the visual, acoustic, and cinematic arts
-Dante and the place of language
-Dante and the sciences
-Poetry as knowledge and self-knowledge
-In the shadow of the Comedy: the ?minor? works
-Nature, necessity, and freedom in the Comedy
-The world outside the secretissima camera: social/institutional history in
Dante?s time
-Justice earthly and divine
-Dante and the lyric tradition
-Theology, history, and the politics of exile
-Classical and medieval theories of love
-Ethics and psychology
-Style and rhetoric
-Theological and philosophical debates in the thirteenth century

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes (approximately 9-10 pages of
double-spaced text) and may be in Italian or in English.

Please submit an anonymous abstract (no longer than 250 words) and, on a
separate page, a cover sheet with the title of your paper, your name,
affiliation, and contact information (including telephone and e-mail address).
Kindly send this information as Microsoft Word file attachment to by November 15, 2009. Further
information will be
available on the events webpage of the Yale Italian Department as the symposium draws nearer.

Call for Papers: International Symposium on Rabbula of Edessa

Call for Papers: International Symposium on Rabbula of Edessa
1600 Anniversary of his Enthronement
Theme: Rabbula and the Peshitta
(1)Rabbula is credited by some with the origin of the Peshitta. F. Burkitt argued for this position while A. Voobus contended that the origins of the Peshitta were prior to Rabbula. In defence of Burkitt, M. Black challenged Voobus by questioning the dating of his pre-Rabbula evidence such as the dating of the Syriac Acts of John. Black conceeded that Voobus had a point in that Rabbula toward the end of his life quoted the Old Syriac rather than the Peshitta in his translation of Cyril's De recta fide but countered that the Peshitta was not a stable text. The development of the Peshitta centers around the life and writings of Bishop Rabbula. It is ground zero for the understanding of Syriac biblical manuscript history.
(2)Several senior scholars have been invited to present papers and lead forums
(3)Call for Papers: We invite scholars and interested parties, especially graduate students, to submit papers for peer review and if accepted will be published under the imprint of New Sinai Press June 2011. Papers in English, French, and Spanish are welcome. Papers shall be read by their authors or representatives at the Universitidad Autonoma de Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, January 2-4. Target date for submission is June 2010.
(4)Housing: Hacienda Lifestyles Resort
(5)Grants are available to underwrite travel, food, and housing for the three day conference.
(6)Direct inquires to : the Rev. Fr. Dale A. Johnson at, 1 (809) 257-7246 or write to St. Ephrem Syriac Mission, Calle Jose del Carmen Ariza, Puerto Plata, Republica Dominicana.
(7)Follow conference developments and access information about the Dominican Republic and a Conference in Paradise at

Five 10th century Arabic Christian treatises

Five 10th century Arabic Christian treatises originally published by Paul Sbath in "Vingt traités philosophiques et theologiques" (Cairo, 1929) are now online here:

These new English translations are followed by a transcription of the Arabic. All are public domain; use them as you like.

15. Yahya ibn Adi - On the Truth of the Gospel by Way of Reasoning from Proofs
16. Yahya ibn Adi - On the Differences in the _Expressions in the Gospels and their Meanings
17. Yahya ibn Adi - On our saying "and became incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary"
18. Abu al-Khayr ibn al-Tayyib - Refutation of the Muslims who accuse the Christians of Believing in Three Gods
19. Abu al-Faraj `Abdallah ibn al-Tayyib - On Knowledge and Miracles

Numbers 15-17 are by Yahya ibn `Adi. From Graf II 233-249: He was a Jacobite, born in 893 at Tikrit, went to Baghdad and studied in the philosophical school there. Died 13 August 974. A voluminous writer. Sbath pp. 168-171 contains a treatise on the truth of the Gospel, using syllogisms. p. 171f is another similar treatise; p. 172-175 on the credal statement, "He became flesh by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary."

Number 18. Abu al-Khayr ibn al-Tayyib (Graf II 344-348) A Copt, writing between 1204 and 1245. Sbath p. 176-178 prints an extract only of his book "The medicine of understanding", 24 chapters against the attacks of Moslem polemicists.

Number 19. Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Tayyib (Graf II 160-176) An Iraqi Nestorian, philosopher, physician, monk and priest in the first half of the 11th century. Another voluminous writer, including massive biblical commentaries on the Psalms and Gospels. Sbath prints p.179f, a work on miracles and philosophy.

The site contains a large collection of public domain English translations of patristic literature, available here:

If you would like to support the work of the site, a CDROM is also available for sale here:

Digital Middle Ages conference June 16-17 2010

Digital Middle Ages conference June 16-17 2010

Call for papers:

JUNE 16-17, 2010

Note that the proposed subjects include in particular:
- Digital palaeography
- Encoding of medieval manuscripts


Resp. de la section “Paléographie latine”
Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (CNRS) 40, av. d’Iéna, F-75116 Paris

[See for more details.]


Quadrivium V, 2009/10

Quadrivium V, 2009/10, will be held at the University of Leicester,
4-5 November 2009.

For those of you who are new to the PhD, the Quadrivium Programme
offers a lectures, workshops and networking events over a two-day
period. The programme is a collaborative training event run by
medievalists at Birmingham, Queen's Belfast, Oxford, York, Leicester,
Glasgow, and St Andrews.

This year Quadrivium is being hosted in the School of English at the
University of Leicester in collaboration with the University of
Birmingham. Quadrivium’s ‘generic skills’ approach will be of value to
research students at various stages of their doctoral careers. It is
open to all PhD students in Medieval English registered in the UK.

Quadrivium V is generously subsidised by The University of Leicester,
Graduate School, The University of Birmingham and The English
Association, as such lunches and the conference dinner will be free.
We are also pleased to offer some financial support. For a limited
number of students coming from a distance, up to £60 will be made
available on receipt of your registration form (on a first-come
first-served basis) to cover accommodation and travel expenses (on
production of receipts).

Numbers for Quadrivium are limited. There is a Registration fee of £10.

The deadline for the receipt of registration forms is 24 October 2009.

For further information please contact Miss Hollie Morgan,

Conference web site:


Object, Artifact and Script: digital approaches to inscribed surfaces:

We should like to let you know about a two-day seminar, 'Object,
Artifact and Script: digital approaches to inscribed surfaces', to be
held at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh on (Thursday and Friday)
8-9 October, 2009. (Programme will be posted at .)

The event description follows:

The text upon an object is both evidence for and part of its form and
therefore its function; just as the construction and purpose of an
object gives context to and aids in the interpretation of text. Indeed,
the form of an object effects the placement and design of text and
decoration upon it. Non-verbal decorations drawn or painted on an object
fall somewhere between (2-D) text and (3-D) physical object: like the
text they are added by the scribe or artist, they have semantic (if not
verbal) connotation, and are often taken out of the material context of
the object; like the object, however, they are considered as artistic
and visual content, and are hard to digitize meaningfully. Nevertheless
they sometimes come closest to crossing the artificial boundary and may
be studied by both philologists and archaeologists. Text may also be
constrained by the placement of decoration on a surface, or vice versa.

This conference will bring together scholars from a variety of fields
who study objects and texts side by side to discuss the ways in which
advanced computer science methods can enhance both their own work and
the nature of their collaborations with other researchers working on the
same objects.

Methods to be considered will include (but need not be restricted to):

* Linking/connecting text and images of objects within digital
editions/projects, or making object description an intrinsic part of a
text edition;
* Advanced imaging (3D surface scanning, multi-spectral imaging,
non-invasive volumetric scanning, stereographic/photogrammetric imaging)
to bring lost or damaged text/engraving out of objects;
* Automated text/character analysis; identification of text
* Reconstruction and visualization of damaged, unclear or complex
text-bearing objects;
* Digital placing of objects in historical and archaeological contexts
to highlight textual/non-textual features.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register on the
eSI website, and confirmation will be sent you as soon as possible.



30-31, 2009

Lex scripta:
The Manuscript as Witness to the History of Law

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free
Library of Philadelphia and the Biddle Law Library of the University of
Pennsylvania, Penn Libraries are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual
Lawrence J.
Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. The
symposium brings together scholars
from around the world and across disciplines to present research
related to the
study of manuscript books and documents produced before the age of
printing and
to discuss the role of digital technologies in advancing manuscript research.
Whether relying on traditional methods of scholarship or exploring the
potential of new technologies, the research presented here will highlight the
value of the manuscript book or document in understanding our intellectual
heritage. This year's symposium is dedicated to the history of
handwritten law and legal documents in Western Europe and the Middle
East up to
the early modern period in honor of the 100th anniversary of the
death of Henry
Charles Lea, whose library containing a significant collection of works on
ecclesiastical legal history was conveyed to the University in 1926.

Nine speakers will present papers on various topics relating
to the history of handwritten law and legal documents. The symposium will
conclude with a panel of digital humanities scholars who will discuss
specific projects and issues related to the digitization of legal
manuscripts and documents.

The symposium will be held in Philadelphia at the University
of Pennsylvania and the Central Branch of the Free Library of
Philadelphia. For
more information, program details, and registration, go to:

Participants include:

E. Brockopp, Penn State UniversityHugh
Cayless, New York UniversitySimon Corcoran, Projet
Volterra, University College LondonGero Dolezalek, University of
AberdeenAbigail Firey, University of
KentuckyJessica Goldberg, University of
PennsylvaniaKathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State
University-BrandywineSusan L'Engle, Vatican Film
Library, St. Louis UniversityKenneth Pennington, Catholic
UniversityEdward Peters, University of
PennsylvaniaTimothy Stinson, North Carolina
State University Georg Vogeler,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, MunichAnders
Winroth, Yale University



Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to announce that the Compass
Interdisciplinary Virtual Conference will be taking place October

• Keynote speakers include Roger Griffin, David Crystal, Roy
Baumeister, Roy Ludlow, Eileen Joy and Mark Macklin.
• Interdisciplinary papers will be presented on the themes of
paradigms, borders, the environment/energy, communication and
justice/human rights.
• A host of other conference events including publishing workshops, a
book exhibit, Q&A sessions and even a Second Life conference cocktail

The conference is free and open to all. All delegates who register
will receive a Virtual Delegate Pack and 20% off Wiley-Blackwell
books which are part of the book exhibit.

Register for FREE at!

Tionól 2009

Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh / Tionól / 2009
Tionól 2009


Note: Not final; subject to change
Dé hAoine, an 20 Samhain 2009
Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh, 10 Bóthar Burlington

* 9.15 – 9.50 Sìm Innes Local piety in medieval Highland Perthshire
* 9.50 – 10.25 Caoimhín Breatnach A poem on the fifteen signs before
Doomsday ascribed to Donnchadh Mór Ó Dálaigh
* 10.25 – 11.00 Richard Glyn Roberts The genealogy of orality
* 11.00 – 11.35 Tea
* 11.35 – 12.10 Gerald Manning TCD MS E.3.3. (now no. 1432) and Uraicecht Becc
* 12.10 – 12.45 Michael Clarke The pseudohistorical preface to the
late Middle Irish Togail Troí Recension III
* 12.45 – 2.00 Lunch
* 2.00 – 2.35 Roisin McLaughlin Cédaín in Braith: a Latin homily in
the Leabhar Breac
* 2.35 – 3.10 Aidan Breen Jonas and the library of seventh-century Bobbio
* 3.10 – 3.45 David Howlett Gematria among the Irish
* 3.45 – 4.30 Tea
* 4.30 – 5.05 Jürgen Uhlich On the transmission of the Cambrai Homily
* 5.05 – 5.40 David Stifter Lexicon Leponticum

Léacht Reachtúil: Coláiste na Tríonóide

* 8.00 – 9.00 Fergus Kelly Women's rights and duties in early Irish
law, with special reference to marriage

Dé Sathairn, an 21 Samhain 2009
Scoil an Léinn Cheiltigh, 10 Bóthar Burlington

* 9.15 – 9.50 Ciarán Ó Coigligh Graiméar Rudolf Thurneysen: Foinse
eolais ar chanúintí na Nua-Ghaeilge
* 9.50 – 10.25 Diarmuid Ó Sé The colour terms of Irish
* 10.25 – 11.00 Dónall Ó Baoill Mantfhocail i nGaeilge Iarthuaisceart
Thír Chonaill
* 11.00 – 11.35 Tea
* 11.35 – 12.10 Jacopo Bisagni The origins of the preterite of the
Old Irish copula and substantive verb
* 12.10 – 12.45 Aaron Griffith The etymology of Old Irish ocus ‘and’
* 12.45 – 2.00 Lunch
* 2.00 – 2.35 Iwan Wmffre The so-called ‘diphthongs’ in Gaelic
* 2.35 – 3.10 Lisa Fraser A new etymology for Hamlet? The names
Admlithi, Amlethus, and Amlóði
* 3.10 – 3.45 Deborah Hayden Natural and artificial language in
Auraicept na nÉces, revisited
* 3.45 – 4.30 Tea
* 4.30 – 5.05 Mícheál Ó Mainnín Ráith Arda Macha: The topography and
toponymy of the medieval settlement of Armagh
* 5.05 – 5.40 Ruairí Ó hUiginn The Gamanrad


The organizers of the 12th conference of ISSEI, to be held at Çankaya
University, Ankara, Turkey ( invite
scholars from various disciplines such as History, Politics,
Literature, Art,
Philosophy, Science, and Religion, to re-examine, redefine and
reassess the scope of interdisciplinary dialogue in the past and
The conference is divided into five sections:
1. History, Geography, Science
2. Politics, Economics, Law
3. Education, Sociology, Women’s Studies
4. Literature, Art, Music, Theatre, Culture
5. Religion, Philosophy, Anthropology, Psychology, Language

Workshop on the Divine Omnipotence in Medieval European Thought
Chair: Filip Ivanovic
One of the questions that presented itself with the rise and development of
the Christian faith was the problem of divine omnipotence. By resolving the
problem of divine power, it became possible to explain many focal problems
of mankind and the world, including, for example, the problem of the
existence of evil, or of suffering.
Usually, the eleventh-century theologian Peter Damiani is pointed to as a
pioneer and originator of the discussion of divine powers. St. Isidor
Pelusiot’s considerations were developed five centuries before Damiani wrote
his famous treatise De divina omnipotentia. The debate in Scholasticism
emerged as a long and lively discussion of different ways of defining the
problem. The distinction of potentia absoluta and potentia ordinata
contributed greatly to debating the general question of divine omnipotence.
However, although it was useful in the theological-philosophical sense, this
distinction later on provoked political solutions which sometimes served the
interest of only one man (for example, the authority of the pope and the
request of Henry VIII regarding the annulment of his marriage).
The aim of this workshop is to reconsider the attribute of the divine power
as elaborated during the Middle Ages, in both Western and Byzantine cultural
spheres, in theological, philosophical, literary works (papers that deal
with Byzantine tradition are particularly encouraged). Papers that point out
the contemporary significance of the problem are especially welcome.
The themes suitable for the workshop could include, but are not
limited to, the following questions:
1) The divine omnipotence in the West and in Byzantium
2) The anthropological issues – human will, divine will, the
problem of will in Christ
3) The problem of evil in relation to the divine power
4) Political issues – popes, kings, emperors, State-Church
5) The creation – relationships creator-creature, divine
nature-divine will
6) Ockham on divine omnipotence
7) Contingency of the world
8) The relationship between ancient religion/philosophy/literature and
medieval religion/philosophy/literature
9) Divine power in medieval and contemporary perspectives (for example
traditional theology vs. process theology)

Abstracts of ca. 300 words should be sent by e-mail to:
Filip Ivanovic