Saturday, January 30, 2010

Palaeography at King's College

Many will already know this, but just in case there are some who don't yet. The endowed chair in Palaeography at King's College, London is in danger of being fact the current chair holder David Ganz has already been informed he will be without a position at the beginning of the term in Sept. This chair dedicated to palaeography is Britain's only such chair; in fact I know of no other such chair or position in the world solely dedicated to palaeography and related issues. The hue and cry has gone up and should. Scholars the world over, even those not directly involved in early medieval palaeography ought to be dismayed at this development--especially as it comes on the heals of a job announcement for 3 people to work on "text-related" humanities computing initiatives at KCL. Ok, granted those 3 positions are one year contracts, but nonetheless...nor am I against the growth of humanities computing...quite the opposite: I'm all for it. I'm just noting that it is odd to be announcing cuts, I believe I saw something about 21 faculty positions, while announcing new vacancies elsewhere--especially where those cuts are getting rid of an endowed chair that is at least unique in Britain, in the field of medieval studies, and even the world.

Many are trying to save the chair by writing emails and letters and I hope that we all can agree to do this. People on Facebook are facilitating a letter writer campaign. Addresses are:

The Principal
King’s College

copied to: Professor Jan Palmowski
Head of the School of Arts and Humanities
King’s College

The Facebook page is here:

Please write and/or share this information with others via any means possible.

Sunday, January 24, 2010



THIS NEW Masters course has been designed to provide students with
advanced knowledge, understanding and skills to carry out independent
research into the history and culture of late antiquity and
Byzantium, reflecting the rich expertise in late antique and
Byzantine history at Cardiff University.

In this course students will:

· Acquire essential skills for research, project design,
written and oral communication
· Improve their skills in handling literary and material
evidence from late antiquity and Byzantium
· Develop a deeper understanding both of late antique and
Byzantine history and culture and of approaches to studying the
· Study ancient and medieval texts in the original language,
selecting from a wide range (e.g. Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic)
· Choose from a range of specialised courses, or explore
subjects of their own choice with a Special Topic option

The MA is a combination of taught modules and individual research,
which can serve either as preparation for doctoral research, or as a
self-contained advanced qualification in its own right, allowing
students to pursue their interests in greater depth than is possible
at undergraduate level. It is suitable for students who have taken
undergraduate degrees in Ancient History, History, Religious Studies
or related fields. The course can be taken full-time in one year, or
part-time over two years. Applicants should normally possess a first
degree with first or upper second class honours in an appropriate

The taught element runs from October to May, and combines research
training modules, study of an ancient language, and a choice of
specialist thematic modules (listed below). Some are seminar-based
topics, others are taught on an individual basis, and these special
topic options also allow students to research a subject of their own
choice, under the guidance of a supervisor.

Compulsory research modules offer training in the skills which every
research student needs: research design, bibliographic and computer
skills, written and oral presentation and professional practice.
Students are also required to pursue credits in language at the level
appropriate to their experience. During the taught stage of the MA,
students lay the foundations for the second part of the course, which
is an individual research project, carried out between May and
September, leading up to a dissertation; the area of the research is
usually closely related to the specialised topics studied in the
taught modules. It is necessary to pass the taught stage before
progressing to the Dissertation. The Dissertation stage of the MA
takes place from May to September. The Dissertation should be of no
more than 20,000 words.

Dr Shaun Tougher
Senior Lecturer and Head of Ancient History
Cardiff School of History and Archaeology
Humanities Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff CF10 3EU

Tel. 02920876228
Fax 02920874929

Bible Reception and Interpretation in Orthodox Liturgy

Bible Reception and Interpretation in Orthodox Liturgy

The steering committee of the "Bible in Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions" of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) has chosen "Bible Reception and Interpretation in Orthodox Liturgy" as its unit's theme for the 2010 National SBL Conference. The conference will take place on November 20-23, 2010, in Atlanta, GA.

Scholars are invited to submit proposals for papers that examine the critical study of all the major aspects of incorporating the Bible in the liturgy of the various Orthodox churches. Among the various aspects we mention: the Biblical character of the liturgical year; the various interpretive methods used in Orthodox hymnology; the development of the liturgical theme through the various scriptural readings assigned; biblical practices as foundational elements in the liturgical _expressions, and other subjects related to the incorporation of the Bible in the Orthodox liturgy celebrated in Arabic, Armenian, Serbian, Romanian, Slavonic and all other languages used in the various churches within the Orthodox family.

Program Unit Chair (for further information and questions)
Rev. Dr. Vahan Hovhanessian (

Propose a paper:
Proposals for papers must be submitted online through the following link:

If you are an SBL member, you must login the website before you can propose a paper. Please login by entering your SBL member number on the left in the Login box.

For further information, join our group online:

Questions about SBL membership?

* Call 866-727-9955 toll-free in the US or Canada
* Call 404-727-9498 outside North America
* Fax us at 404-727-2419
* Email us at

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Early English Studies Journal

Early English Studies Journal is accepting articles that are concerned with
any aspect of medieval or early modern green/environmental topics for the
2010 issue, “Green Thoughts in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds.” We
welcome articles between 20 and 30 pages (including notes) that interrogate
ecological or environmental questions that arise in literary and historical
texts approximately between the years 1400 and 1700. We are looking for a
wide variety of theoretical and historical approaches to the idea of the
“green,” which could include but is not limited to investigations of
interior and exterior landscapes, the conception of the pastoral, gardens in
literature, the effects of pollution, literary celebration of country-house
poems, scientific writings and treatises, and journals that record weather
or other effects on the land and sea.

Early English Studies (EES) is an online journal under the auspices of the
University of Texas, Arlington English Department and is devoted to literary
and cultural topics of study in the medieval and early modern periods. EES
is published annually, peer-reviewed, and is open to general
submission. Please
include a brief bio and 200-word abstract with your electronic submission,
all in Word documents (.doc not .docx). Please visit the website at for more specific submission guidelines and
to read past issues.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2010

Send submissions to: Amy L. Tigner,

Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: ‘Kith and Kin.’

We would like to invite you all to this year's Cambridge Colloquium in
Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic: ‘Kith and Kin.’ It will take place in the
English Faculty in the University of Cambridge on Saturday the 27th of
February, with registration beginning at 9:30am. The colloquium will
conclude at 5:30pm, but for those of you who would care to join us there
will be a 3 course dinner held in the University Centre’s Riverside
Restaurant beginning at 7:00pm. You may find a registration form attached
and online at at which address
you can also find a link to a website that deals with local accommodation
should you require it.

The registration fee is £5 which includes lunch, and the dinner costs £24
with soft drinks or £30 with wine. If you wish to attend the dinner you
must register in advance. Advanced registration closes on the 17th of
February, and as there are only limited spaces available for dinner, a
prompt response is encouraged to secure your place.

You may find details of the programme and the dinner menu below and online.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at


The CCASNC 2010 Committee



9:30-10:00 – Registration

10:00-11:00 – Keynote speaker: Dr. Carolyne Larrington, Supernumerary
Fellow, St. John’s College, Oxford: Family Drama in the Heroic Poetry of the

11:00-11:30 – Tea Break

11:30-1:00 – Session 1

1) Stephanie Fishwick, Linacre College, Oxford: Unnatural Affections: The
Unusual Addition to the Family in the*Íslendingasögur*

2) Ronni Phillips, St. John’s College, Cambridge: Exile, Family and the
Medieval Irish Exilic Vocabulary

3) Joanne Shortt Butler, B.A., University of Cambridge: “Megi faðir sinn
ráða því, en helzt vili hann þó heima sitja”:Snorri Goði,
His Sons, and the
Weight of Expectation

1:00-2:00 – Lunch

2:00-3:30 – Session 2

1) Ed Carlsson Browne, M.A., University College London: Roger of Howden and
the Unknown Royalty of Twelfth-Century Norway

2) Erin Goeres, Lincoln College, Oxford: Constructing Kin(g)ship: Eyvindr
Skáldaspillir as Spokesman for the Earls of Hlaðir

3) Eric Denton, Trinity College, Cambridge: Caring for Kith and Kin in
Wulfstan Cantor's Narratio Metrica de Sancto Swithuno

3:30-4:00 – Tea Break

4:00-5:30 – Session 3

1) David Baker, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford: The End of the Affair? The *
Topos* of the Marriage of Óðinn and Jǫrð in Skaldic Verse Before and After
the Conversion

2) Helen F. Leslie, University of Bergen: Continuum of Tradition and the Men
of Hrafnista
3) Julie Mumby, King’s College London: Fathers or Uncles? A Problem in the
Old English Tract Known as Wergeld

7:00 – Dinner


Honey Roasted Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Crisps


Guinea Fowl with Chestnut Stuffing, Mashed Potato and a Casserole of Winter

(Veg: Potato and Roasted Vegetable Roulade with Bean Cassoulet and Black
Olive Biscuit)


Chocolate and Amaretto Cheesecake with Crème Fraiche


Tea and Coffee

Menu may be subject to change. Please note that there are alternative
options for those with food allergies – contact the committee at for more information.

Latinities in England , 894-1135Latinities in England , 894-1135 JAN 22

Latinities in England , 894-1135
a workshop in two parts

Friday, January 22


Morning Session (11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.)
Asser and Æthelweard

Afternoon Session (2 p.m.—3:30 p.m.)
Goscelin and William of Malmesbury


New York University
13-19 University Place , Room 229

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, New York University

Please note: the event is open to pre-registered participants only;
for pre-registration and recommended reading, please contact Gerald
Song (

New Directions in Textual Scholarship

This is just a short note to inform you that registration is now open[1] for the international conference “New Directions in Textual Scholarship”, to be held March 25 to 27 in Saitama and Tokyo, Japan. More information about the conference and the accepted speakers can be found on the website. We hope to see you all in Japan come March!

On behalf of the program committee and the organizing team,

Christian Wittern


Christian Wittern
Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University
47 Higashiogura-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8265, JAPAN

TEI Seminar on Manuscript Encoding

Call for participation: TEI seminar on manuscript encoding

Applications are invited for participation in an advanced TEI seminar on manuscript encoding, being held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, July 21-23, 2010, hosted by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

Application deadline is March 1, 2010. Participants will be notified by March 12.

This seminar assumes a basic familiarity with TEI, and provide an opportunity to explore manuscript encoding topics in more detail, in a collaborative workshop setting. We will focus on the detailed challenges of encoding manuscript materials, including editorial, transcriptional, and interpretive issues and the methods of representing these in TEI markup.

This seminar is part of a series funded by the NEH and conducted by the Brown University Women Writers Project. They are intended to provide a more in-depth look at specific encoding problems and topics for people who are already involved in a text encoding project or are in the process of planning one. Each event will include a mix of presentations, discussion, case studies using participants’ projects, hands-on practice, and individual consultation. The seminars will be strongly project-based: participants will present their projects to the group, discuss specific challenges and encoding strategies, develop encoding specifications and documentation, and create encoded sample documents and templates. We encourage project teams and collaborative groups to apply, although individuals are also welcome. A basic knowledge of the TEI Guidelines and some prior experience with text encoding will be assumed.

Travel funding is available of up to $500 per participant.

For more information and to apply, please visit
The rest of the seminar schedule is as follows:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Hosted by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities
July 21-23, 2010
Application deadline: March 1, 2010
This workshop will focus on the encoding of manuscript materials.

University at Buffalo
Hosted by the Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo
October 2010 (precise date TBA)
Application deadline: May 17, 2010
This workshop will focus on the encoding of manuscript materials.

University of Maryland
January 2011 (precise date TBA)
Application deadline: September 6, 2010
This workshop will focus on the encoding of contextual information.

Brown University
Hosted by the Center for Digital Scholarship
April 28-30, 2011
Application deadline: December 1, 2010
This workshop will focus on the encoding of contextual information.

Newsletter of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Newsletter of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Deadline for submissions: Friday 29 January 2010

The next edition of the newsletter is planned for uploading to the website by the end of January.

Please submit items for publication (society news, new book and journal announcements, conference, symposia and seminar reports, CFPs, personalia, photographs and general news items of interest to our readers) to me by Friday 29 January.

Kind regards and good wishes for 2010

Leonie Viljoen


Research Fellow

Department of English Studies

University of South Africa

Home/fax: 012 643 1492

Cell: 0829244733


Postnet Suite 396

Private Bag X1015





Online palaeography exercises - and a toolkit to create yours

To help students and amateur palaeographers learning how to read the
mediaeval handwriting in the Savoyard account rolls, the project decided to
propose some online palaeography interactive exercises. You can
access them from the main site, or directly at this URL: (4 exercises available now, more
to come soon)

For the creation of these exercises, I wanted a workflow that would
involve as few technical skills as possible (and possibly a total
independence from web designers for the palaeographers creating
exercises), while conforming to the main technical standards. So, I
created a "palaeography exercise" kit (an XSL + CSS + javascript kit)
to customize the excellent "Image Markup Tool", a free software.
This kit is now available online

(, on the
Image Markup Tool website, under "Paleography", with some
instructions on how to install and use. Like IMT, this kit is free,
and you can use it and adapt it to your needs.

Best regards,

-- Marjorie BURGHART
EHESS (pôle de Lyon) / UMR 5648
Histoire et Archéologie des Mondes Chrétiens et Musulmans Médiévaux
18 quai Claude Bernard
69007 Lyon - FRANCE

CFP: ERAS online postgraduate journal

Submissions Due: 31st March 2010

Eras is an online journal edited and produced by postgraduate students from the School of Historical Studies at Monash University. As a fully refereed journal with DEST status, Eras is intended as an international forum for current or recently completed Masters and PhD students to publish original research, comment and reviews in the following fields covered by the School's teaching and research: History, Archaeology and Ancient History, Religion and Theology and Jewish Civilisation.

We are seeking papers from postgraduate students working in any of the fields listed above. Papers are also strongly encouraged from students in other disciplines, such as Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Sociology and Politics, provided such manuscripts are relevant to the journal's primary fields of interest.

Papers of 5000 words and a short abstract should be submitted to by 31st March 2010. Detailed notes and editorial guidelines for individual contributors are available on the web site (listed below).

It is anticipated that the twelfth edition of Eras will appear in November 2010. Look for the eleventh edition online at:

Darren Dobson and Stephanie Rocke
Eras Journal
School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies
P.O.Box 11A, Monash University
Victoria, 3800

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies Special Call For Papers

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies Special Call For
Papers for 2009 Issue on Monsters and Monstrosities in the Middle Ages

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed
journal devoted to the literature and cultures of the medieval world.
Published electronically once a year, its mission is to present a forum in
which graduate students from around the globe may share their ideas. For
further information please visit our website at

Our upcoming issue will be devoted to representations and interpretations
of monsters and monstrosities in art, chronicles, letters, literature, and
music from the Middle Ages. We are also interested in book reviews on
foundational works that would be helpful for graduate students exploring
medieval monsters and monstrosities for the first time, such as Asa Sim
Mittman, Maps And Monsters In Medieval England, (2008) and Karin E. Olsen,
L. A. J. R. Houwen, eds., Monsters and the monstrous in medieval northwest
Europe (2001). Article submissions may address but are not limited to:

Bestiaries and manuscript illuminations of monstrosities;
Classical and Eastern transmissions and receptions of monsters;
Desires and sins of the flesh that degrade humans into monstrosities in
allegories, commentaries, exempla, hagiography, miracle collections, and
sermons;The Green Man, the Owl Man, the Wild Man and the Wild Woman;
Medical accounts of monstrous births and the 'monstrous' female,
intersexed, or male body; Monsters and monstrosities in epics,
exempla, fables,
lais, and romances; Monsters and monstrosities in chronicles and
travel literature;
Purgatorial and demonic monsters and monstrosities in Visionary literature;
The racial 'other' as a monstrosity; Saints as and/or versus monsters and
monstrosities in vitae and legends; Transformations of humans into animals
and vice versa;

The 2009 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval
Studies will be published in May of 2010. All graduate students are
welcome to submit their articles and book reviews or send their queries
via email to by March 1 2010.

Rethinking Medieval Liturgy - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Rethinking Medieval Liturgy: New Approaches across Disciplines

1819 June 2010, London

The study of medieval liturgy has undergone a remarkable
transformation in recent years. As the lines between various kinds of
cultural studies have become increasingly blurred, musicologists, art
historians, literary scholars, and historians have realised its
centrality and importance. Liturgy provides fundamental insights into
the experience of worship and devotion in the middle ages, as the
medium through which religious ideas were transmitted. There is now a
need, we believe, to find coherent expression and a voice for the
emerging generation of students of the liturgy, by breaking
institutional and disciplinary boundaries, and by bringing so-called
para-liturgical genres, such as drama, hagiography, and sermons, as
well as art and architecture, back into their liturgical contexts.

To this purpose, we are holding a two-day international workshop for
post-graduate students from a variety of disciplines on the subject
of medieval liturgy. It will include a training session in recent
developments of liturgical studies, led by acclaimed professor Susan
Boynton of the Department of Music at Columbia University. Proposals
are invited from researchers who are engaged in or have recently
finished their post-graduate studies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Theories of ritual and their application to medieval liturgy

- Musicology and music history

- Art and architecture as related to liturgy

- Worship and devotion as cultural phenomena

- Liturgy in the history of religious institutions

- Christianization and reform

- Liturgy and material culture

- The social role of liturgy

- Hagiography, sermons and drama in their liturgical contexts

- Manuscripts and the representation of liturgical texts

Papers will be 20 min. in length. Individual paper proposals (papers
and proposals should be in English) to a maximum of 300 words should
be sent by 1 March, 2010 to:

Kati Ihnat (Queen Mary, University of London):


Erik Niblaeus (Kings College London):

If you have other queries concerning the workshop, please do not
hesitate to contact either of the above.

The workshop will take place in London at the Lock-keepers Cottage,
Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS, from Friday June 18 (10am)
to Saturday June 19 (5pm) 2010. Application for AHRC funding pending.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Call for Papers Afterlives: Survival and Revival

Further Call for Papers

Afterlives: Survival and Revival

SASMARS 2010, Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2010


We are pleased to announce that the 20th Biennial Conference of the Southern
African Society of Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont
Fleur , Stellenbosch
, South
Africa , on 2-5
September 2010.

00/Sandy+Johnson.bmpKEYNOTE SPEAKER: Alexandra F. Johnston, Ph.D., FRSC,
Past President of the Academy of the Royal Society of Canada.

The theme of the Conference is "Afterlives: Survival and Revival". In an
effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we
encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing
this theme. The conference theme is designed to promote reflection on
appropriations, adaptations and continuities in cultural production. A
selection of the papers presented at the conference will be published in a
special issue of The Southern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance
Studies (accredited for South African research subsidy purposes).
Suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:
. new ways of looking at old texts
. textual appropriation and imitation
. textual transmission
. translation
. cross-currents in word and image
. ideological appropriation
. political myth creation
. archaeological recovery
. ethnicities
. retrospection
. life writing
. history of music/art/theatre

Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to Professor M
Bratchel, ( Department of History, University of
the Witwatersrand, JOHANNESBURG 2050, South Africa by 31 January 2010 .

Call for Papers 2010 Archeomatica, Cultural Heritage Technologies

Call for Papers 2010
Archeomatica, Cultural Heritage Technologies
Issues 1-2-3-4 / 2010

Archeomatica is a new, multidisciplinary journal, printed in Italy, devoted to the presentation and the dissemination of advanced methodologies, emerging technologies and techniques for the knowledge, documentation, safeguard, conservation and exploitation ofcultural heritage. The journal aims to publish papers of significant and lasting value written by scientists, conservators and archaeologists involved on this field with the diffusion of specific new methodologies and experimental results. Archeomatica will also emphasize fruitful discussion on the best up-to-date scientific applications and exchanging ideas and findings related to any aspect of the cultural heritage sector.

Archeomatica is intended also to be a primary source of multidisciplinary and divulgatia information for the sector of cultural heritage.

The journal is divided in three sections: Documentazione (Survey and documentation), Rivelazioni (Analysis, diagnostics and monitoring), Restauro (Materials and intervention techniques).

The issues are also published on-line at the website

Archeomatica invites submissions of high-quality papers and interdisciplinary works for the next issues in all areas related to science and technology in cultural heritage, particularly on recent developments. If you are interested please submit an original paper to The papers will be subject to review by the scientific board after which they are accepted or rejected in order to maintain quality. Applicants will be notified by email as to their acceptance. Topics and trends relevant to the Archeomatica Issues include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Methodologies and analytical techniques for the characterization and for the evaluation of the preservation state of historical masterpieces
* On-site and remotely sensed data collection
* Digital artefact capture, representation and manipulation
* Experiences in cultural heritage conservation
* Methods for data elaboration and cataloguing
* Setting of historical architectures
* Intelligent tools for digital reconstruction
* Augmentation of physical collections with digital presentations
* Applications in Education and Tourism
* Archaeological reconstruction
* Electronic corpora
* XML and databases and computational interpretation
* Three-dimensional computer modeling, Second Life and virtual worlds
* Image capture, processing, and interpretation
* 3-D laser scanning, synchrotron, or X-ray imaging and analysis Technology
* Metadata of material culture
* Optical 3D measurement
* Cultural heritage recording
* Terrestrial laser scanning
* Virtual reality data acquisition
* Photogrammetric processing
* Remote sensing
* Culture portals
* Advanced systems for digital culture in museums, archives and art institutions
* Digitalization of cultural property
* Web 2.0 and development of social networks on the top of cultural heritage portals
* Applications of mobile technologies for digital culture and cultural heritage
* Ubiquitous and pervasive computing
* Methodologies and approaches to digitization
* Augmented reality, virtual reality and digital culture
* Access to archives in Europe
* Books and electronic publishing
* 2/3/4D Data Capture and Processing in Cultural Heritage
* Web-based museum guides
* Applications of Semantic Web technologies in Cultural Heritage
* Non-Destructive analytical techniques for the study of the composition and decay of cultural heritage components
* Management of heritage knowledge and data Visualization for cultural heritage

Publication Frequency
The journal is published quarterly a year.

Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance withall of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Copyright Notice
Copyright for articles published in this journal is transferred by the authors to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this journal, articles can be reproduced or copied in whole or in part, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. Interested authors should download and read the Instructions to Authors Manual for all details of requirements, procedures, paper mechanics, referencing style, and the technical review process for submitted papers. Color diagrams, figures, and photographs are encouraged. Papers should be submitted in a plain text, single-spaced Word or RTF file. Formatting should be kept to an absolute minimum. Do not embed graphics, tables, figures, or photographs in the text, but supply them in separate files, along with captions. Papers, diagrams, tables, etc. should be emailed as attached files to the email address listed in the Instructions Manual.

CFP: The Computational Turn (with website)

9TH MARCH 2010

Keynote: N. Katherine Hayles (Professor of Literature at Duke University).
Keynote: Lev Manovich (Professor, Visual Arts Department, UCSD).

The application of new computational techniques and visualisation technologies in the Arts & Humanities are resulting in new approaches and methodologies for the study of traditional and new corpuses of Arts and Humanities materials. This new ‘computational turn’ takes the methods and techniques from computer science to create new ways of distant and close readings of texts (e.g. Moretti). This one-day workshop aims to discuss the implications and applications of what Lev Manovich has called ‘Cultural Analytics’ and the question of finding patterns using algorthmic techniques. Some of the most startling approaches transform understandings of texts by use of network analysis (e.g. graph theory), database/XML encodings (which flatten structures), or merely provide new quantitative techniques for looking at various media forms, such as media and film, and (re)presenting them visually, aurally or haptically. Within this field there are important deb ates about the contrast between narrative against database techniques, pattern-matching versus hermeneutic reading, and the statistical paradigm (using a sample) versus the data mining paradigm. Additionally, new forms of collaboration within the Arts and Humanities are emerging which use team-based approaches as opposed to the traditional lone-scholar. This requires the ability to create and manage modular Arts and Humanities research teams through the organisational structures provided by technology and digital communications (e.g. Big Humanities), together with techniques for collaborating in an interdisciplinary way with other disciplines such as computer science (e.g. hard interdisciplinarity versus soft interdisciplinarity).

Papers are encouraged in the following areas:

- Distant versus Close Reading
- Database Structure versus Argument
- Data mining/Text mining/Patterns
- Pattern as a new epistemological object
- Hermeneutics and the Data Stream
- Geospatial techniques
- Big Humanities
- Digital Humanities versus Traditional Humanities
- Tool Building
- Free Culture/Open Source Arts and Humanities
- Collaboration, Assemblages and Alliances
- Language and Code (software studies)
- Information visualization in the Humanities
- Philosophical and theoretical reflections on the computational turn

Participation Requirements

Workshop participants are requested to submit a position paper (approx. 2000-5000 words) about the computational turn in Arts and Humanities, philosophical/theoretical reflections on the computational turn, research focus or research questions related to computational approaches, proposals for academic practice with algorithmic/visualisation techniques, proposals for new research methods with regard to Arts and Humanities or specific case studies (if applicable) and findings to date. Position papers will be published in a workshop PDF and website for discussion and some of the participants will be invited to present their paper at the workshop.

Deadline for Position papers: February 10, 2010
Submit papers to:

Workshop funded by The Callaghan Centre for the Study of Conflict, Power, Empire, Swansea University. TheResearch Institute in the Arts and Humanities (RIAH) at Swansea University.

Organised by Dr David M. Berry, Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University.

Posted by: Roberto Rosselli Del Turco (rosselli at ling dot unipi dot it)


Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: A Symposium

Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care: A Symposium

A celebratory colloquium for Bella Millett organised by her friends
with papers by Vincent Gillespie, Beth Robertson, Josephine Koster,
Alexandra Barratt, Johnny Jakobsen, Anna Gottschall, Mishtooni Bose

Southampton University, 10th July 2010, 10 am- 5 pm, followed by a
wine reception

Hosted by English, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture,
and the University of Southampton, this one-day colloquium addresses
academic issues which have been at the heart of Bella Millett's own
distinguished academic career and of those specialists with whom she
has worked most closely. It is related to, but extends, the
cutting-edge scholarship in Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral
Care: Essays in Honour of Bella Millett, ed. by Cate Gunn and
Catherine Innes-Parker (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, in
association with the Boydell Press, 2009).

full details at
or email Prof. John McGavin

or email me for this information on an A4 poster (with picture!) or
with any questions you may have

Cate Gunn
Via Niamh Whitfield:

Sad news from Ireland.

In the small hours of Christmas Day morning St Mel's Cathedral, Longford (one of the first Catholic cathedrals to be built in Ireland after Catholic Emancipation), was engulfed by a terrible fire, which destroyed not only the neo-classical cathedral itself, but also the Ardagh and Clonmacnoise Diocesan Museum at the back of the cathedral.

The museum housed the 10th-century St Mel's Crozier; the 16th-century book-shrine of St Caillin; the Bell of Fenagh (perhaps originally a chalice/cup dating to the 12th century); an iron bell from Wheery, Co Offaly; an Irish Romanesque crucifix figure from Longford; and a Limoges crozier head (one of only two such finds from Ireland). It also housed a host of other things, including papel bullae, 'penal' crosses, and some good prehistoric bronzes and lithics. There is very little hope of any of these objects surviving intact. Also lost are the Harry Clarke windows within the cathedral.

In a recent email to colleagues, Cormac Bourke commented that this was the closest thing in Ireland to a cathedral treasury on Continental lines and its loss is second only to that of the Dublin Public Records Office in 1922. It is a catastrophe.

Subject: Centre for Medieval Studies - Half Day Conference

Subject: Centre for Medieval Studies - Half Day Conference

Approved: itenot

Centre for Medieval Studies

Half-Day Conference

Princess Eadgyth of Wessex and her World
Wednesday 20 January 2010, 14:00 - 17:00
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, 43 Woodland road

In 2008, the probable remains of the Saxon Princess Eadgyth were located in
a tomb at Magdeburg Cathedral, her bones wrapped in Byzantine silk. This
conference will be the first opportunity in the UK to hear about this
remarkable discovery and the scientific project that has been undertaken to
confirm the identification of the remains. It will also place the
discovery within the context of late ninth century Merica and Wessex, where
Eadgyth grew up, the role of the Church, and especially the cult of St
Oswald, that flourished in tenth-century southern Germany.


Harald Meller and Veit Dresely (Landesmusuem fuer Vorgeschichte,
Sachsen-Anhalt) 'The Editha -Project and its science'

Michael Hare 'The Hwicce Church in the ninth and tenth centuries'

Carolyn Heighway, 'The Minster of St Oswald's, Gloucester and his cult'

Mark Horton (University of Bristol) 'Berkeley Minster - a monastery at the
boundary between Wessex and Mercia'

Free Entrance (but to be sure of a ticket, please contact Professor Mark

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Dear Stacy,

A friend passed me details of this short conference in Bristol the other day, and I wondered if it was worth circulating them to the membership. I've seen no other publicity for it.

New Year's greetings,

Peter Jackson

Subject: Centre for Medieval Studies - Half Day Conference

Approved: itenot

Centre for Medieval Studies

Half-Day Conference

Princess Eadgyth of Wessex and her World
Wednesday 20 January 2010, 14:00 - 17:00
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, 43 Woodland road

In 2008, the probable remains of the Saxon Princess Eadgyth were located in
a tomb at Magdeburg Cathedral, her bones wrapped in Byzantine silk. This
conference will be the first opportunity in the UK to hear about this
remarkable discovery and the scientific project that has been undertaken to
confirm the identification of the remains. It will also place the
discovery within the context of late ninth century Merica and Wessex, where
Eadgyth grew up, the role of the Church, and especially the cult of St
Oswald, that flourished in tenth-century southern Germany.


Harald Meller and Veit Dresely (Landesmusuem fuer Vorgeschichte,
Sachsen-Anhalt) 'The Editha -Project and its science'

Michael Hare 'The Hwicce Church in the ninth and tenth centuries'

Carolyn Heighway, 'The Minster of St Oswald's, Gloucester and his cult'

Mark Horton (University of Bristol) 'Berkeley Minster - a monastery at the
boundary between Wessex and Mercia'

Free Entrance (but to be sure of a ticket, please contact Professor Mark

Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton University Ghosts: Ethereal and Material

Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton University
Ghosts: Ethereal and Material
10 April 2010
Call for Papers

The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invites
submissions for its seventeenth annual graduate conference. We are
pleased to announce this year's keynote speaker, Nancy Caciola,
Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San

This conference invites participants to consider the idea of ghosts
in its broadest sense. We encourage papers not only on ghosts as
'ethereal' beings, but also submissions that play with the metaphor
of ghosts as it relates to things like memory and the material
remains of the medieval past. Thus, one successful proposal might
deal with ghosts as they appear in monastic literature, while others
might make the "ghost" of the Middle Ages in contemporary film or the
'ghostly' ruins of Cistercian monasteries in France their subjects of

In keeping with the Program's aim to promote interdisciplinary
exchange among medievalists, we encourage proposals from a variety of
chronologies, geographies, and disciplines. Topics might include but
are not limited to:

- The Liturgy of the Dead
- Spirit possessions and exorcisms
- Medieval near death experiences and otherworldly journeys
- Ghosts in monastic literature and exempla
- Ghosts in vernacular literature (epic, romance, sagas, etc.)
- Saints' lives and hagiography
- Medieval modes of remembrance
- Ruins in Medieval Europe
- The "ghost" of the Middle Ages today

In order to support participation of speakers from outside the
northeastern United States, we are offering a limited number of
modest subsidies to help offset the cost of travel to Princeton.
Financial assistance may not be available for every participant;
funding priority goes to those who have the furthest to travel.
Every speaker will have the option of staying with a resident
graduate student as an alternative to paying for a hotel room.
Papers should take no more than twenty minutes to deliver. Please
submit a 250-word abstract of your project by 15 February 2010 to
Troy Tice ( or Andrew Lemons

The Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Inc. CFP

Call for Papers and Panels

The Australian and New Zealand Association


Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Inc.

Eighth Biennial International


2-5 February 2011

University of Otago


New Zealand

Keynote speakers:

Professor Alastair Minnis (Yale Unviersity)

Professor Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College)

Professor Frances E. Dolan (University of California at Davis)

Professor Dauvit Broun (Glasgow University)

We wish to invite proposals for papers and panels for ANZAMEMS 2011.



COMITATUS: A JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies. We prefer submissions in the form of e-mail attachments in Windows format; paper submissions are also accepted. Please include an e-mail address.


The editorial board will make its final selections by early May 2010.

Please send submissions to, or to Dr. Blair Sullivan, Publications Director, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 302 Royce Hall, Box 951485, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485.