Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bruce Mitchell Obits

The new Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of the new Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. Since early November, a new search interface has been available in beta version for testing. Thanks to feedback from users, we have been able to revise and upgrade search functionality to offer users a more flexible, powerful, and accurate search.

The revised Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts is now available through the Penn Libraries' Digital Library Architecture. The new search interface features:

* Faceted searching on over 25 fields
* Greater search flexibility with multi-field keyword and numeric range advanced searching
* Comprehensive browse lists for sellers, collections, catalogues, authors, titles, provenance, and more
* Revised transaction and bibliographic data for auction, sales, and institutional catalogues
* Plus, the same commitment to providing the most accurate available data on manuscripts produced before 1600

To access the website, click on the link above or go to: . Please send comments or questions to Lynn Ransom (

The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts makes available data on medieval manuscript books of five or more folios produced before 1600 in order to facilitate research for scholars, collectors, and others interested in manuscript studies and the provenance of these unique books. Drawn from auction and sales catalogues, inventories, catalogues from institutional and private collections, and other sources that document sales and locations of manuscript books, the records assist in locating and identifying particular manuscripts, establishing provenance, and aggregating descriptive information about specific classes or types of manuscripts. It was begun in 1997 by Penn Libraries Overseer Lawrence J. Schoenberg (C'53, WG'56). In 2007, he entrusted the Penn Libraries with its maintenance and development. The database now contains over 160,000 searchable records and continues to grow on a daily basis.


Extended Deadline: 14th of April 2010


DRHA 2010 Conference: Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts

Sunday 5th September – Wednesday 8th September 2010

Brunel University, West London

CONFERENCE THEME: Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity

The conferences overall theme will be the exploration of the collaborative relationship between the body and sensual/sensing technologies across various disciplines. In this respect it will offer an interrogation of practices that are indebted to the innovative exchange between the sensual, visceral and new technologies.

At the same time, the aim is to look to new approaches offered by various emerging fields and practices that incorporate new and existing technologies. Specific examples of areas for discussion could include:

Delineation of new collaborative practices and the interchange of knowledge

Collaborative interdisciplinary practices of embodiment and technology

Integration/deployment of digital resources in new contexts

Connections and tensions that exist between the Arts, Humanities and Science

Notions of the solitary and the collaborative across the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

eScience in the Arts and Humanities

Use of digital resources in collaborative creative work, teaching, learning and scholarship

Open source and second generation Web infrastructure

Digital media in time and space

Music and technology: composition and performance

Dance and interactive technologies

Taking inspiration from SET: imaging, GPS and mobile technologies

Evaluating the experience among providers and users / performers and audiences

Interface Design and HCI

Performative Practices in SecondLife or other virtual platforms

New critical paradigms for the conferences theme

The DRHA (Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts) conference is held annually at various academic venues throughout the UK. This years conference is hosted by Brunel University, West London. It will take place from Sunday 5th September to Wednesday 8th September 2010. It will be held across various innovative spaces, including the newly expanded Boiler House laboratory facilities, housed in the Antonin Artaud Building, and state of the art conference facilities plus high standard accommodation.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

- Richard Coyne – Professor of Architectural Computing at the University of Edinburgh.

- Christopher Pressler: Director of Research and Learning Resources and Director of the Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham.

- Thecla Schiphorst: Media Artist/Designer and Faculty Member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

- STELARC, Chair in Performance Art at Brunel University and Senior Research, Fellow in the MARCS Labs at the University of Western Sydney.

We invite original papers, panels, installations, performances, workshop sessions and other events that address the conference theme, with particular attention to the Sensual Technologies focus. We encourage proposals for innovative and non-traditional session formats.

DRHA 2010 will include a SecondLife roundtable/discussion event, led by performance artist Stelarc, which will enable international participants to present performative work via Second Life. For this event, we particular encourage submission of Machinima works that can be screened as part of this panel.

Short presentations, for example work-in-progress, are invited for poster presentations.

Anyone wishing to submit a performance or installation should visit for information about the spaces and technical equipment and support available.

All proposals – whether papers, performance or other – should reflect the critical engagement at the heart of DRHA 2010.

The deadline for submissions will now be: 14 April 2010.

At this stage, only abstracts are due and these should be between 600 – 1000 words.

Full papers can be submitted after the conference for peer-review to specifically themed issues of the Body Space and Technology Journal (Brunel University), as well as to the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, (Intellect Publishing).

Letters of acceptance will be sent by mid/late May 2010.

Please see more information and a link for online submission.

Franziska Schroeder

DRHA 2010 Programme Chair

Cotton Nero A.x. Project

We have just posted an updated version of the Cotton Nero A.x. Project
bibliography on our Web page.

British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x. is the famous manuscript containing
the unique extant copies of Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, and Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight.

The bibliography covers items published about the manuscript itself or any
of the four poems during a fifteen year period from 1994 to 2008. It is
currently a working handlist for the project team, but we intend to expand
it into an full annotated bibliography with features similar to those
provided by the Blanch and Andrew bibliographies. Although we've done our
best to find entries, we have been dependent so far to some extent on
other published bibliographies, especially the MLA Bibliography and the
International Medieval Bibliography.

We are asking for the help of the Pearl-poet community in identifying
items we may have missed and if possible in locating copies of the few
items we have been unable to obtain (asterisked in the bibliography).

Users who notice errors or omissions would be helping us considerably if
they brought them to our attention.

A PDF of the bibliography can be found at The project’s main Web page
( contains further information on the project and
we would be more than willing to answer any additional questions you may

Thank you in advance for your help,
The Cotton Nero A.x. Project Team

Ligatus Summer School 2010

Ligatus Summer School 2010
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel (Germany)
2-6 and 9-13 August 2010.

The 5th Ligatus Summer School, following the success of the courses
in Volos, Patmos and Thessaloniki, is to be held this year in
collaboration with the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel,
near Braunschweig, in northern Germany. This is an exciting new
venture for us, and the opportunity to use books from this
magnificent collection in our courses, will make this year’s summer
school a memorable experience.

About the course:
The contribution that bindings can make to our understanding of the
history and culture of the book is often neglected, but they can
offer insights into the study of readership, the booktrade, and the
provenance of books which are often not available elsewhere. In order
to realise this potential, it is important to understand not only the
history of the craft but also to learn how to record what is seen in
a consistent and organised way. Librarians, cataloguers,
conservators, book historians and all scholars who work with early
books, need therefore to understand the structure and materials of
the bindings they encounter in order to be able to record and
describe them. Such descriptions of bindings are not only valuable
for the management of library collections, pursuing academic research
and making informed decisions about conservation, but are also
important for digitisation projects as they can radically enrich the
potential of image and text metadata. It is our belief that bindings
should be seen as an integral part of the book, without which, our
understanding of the history and use of books is often greatly

The purpose of the summer school is to uncover the possibilities
latent in the detailed study of bookbinding and it mainly focuses on
books which have been bound between the fifteenth and the early
nineteenth century. While both courses concentrate in particular on
the structure and materials of bookbindings, each of the two courses
offered in this summer school looks at bindings from different
geographical areas and with a different approach. The first course
looks at the history of bookbinding as it was carried out in Europe
in the period of the hand press (1450-1830), with the opportunity to
look at examples from the collection during the afternoons, while the
second course looks at the development of bookbinding in the eastern
Mediterranean and gives hands-on training in how to observe and
record bindings, again working with examples from the collection.
Part of this course will include the construction of an XML data
structure (schema) for recording bookbindings.

The courses are taught in English and each is open to 12
participants. Although the courses can be attended individually,
participants are encouraged to attend both courses in order to get a
more complete understanding of the issues discussed, through the
comparison of the wide range of bookbindings considered in each week.
Since these are not beginner-level courses, the participants are
expected to be familiar with bookbinding terminology and have a basic
knowledge of the history of book production in the periods under
discussion. A basic understanding of the use of databases is also
desirable for those who will attend the course in the second week.

Description of courses:

Week 1, European Bookbinding 1450-1830
Tutor: Professor N. Pickwoad
This course will follow European bookbinding from the end of the
Middle Ages to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, using the
bindings themselves to illustrate the aims and intentions of the
binding trade. A large part of the course will be devoted to the
identification of both broad and detailed distinctions within the
larger groups of plain commercial bindings and the possibilities of
identifying the work of different countries, cities, even workshops
without reference to finishing tools. The identification and
significance of the different materials used in bookbinding will be
examined, as well as the classification of bookbindings by structural
type, and how these types developed through the three centuries
covered by the course. The development of binding decoration will be
touched on, but will not form a major part of the discussion.

The course consists of ten 90-minute sessions with slide-show
presentations (over 800 images will be shown). Actual examples of
bindings will be shown in the first four afternoon sessions while the
final afternoon will look at bookbinding terminology and offer the
opportunity for the discussion of questions and issues raised during
the week.

Week 2, Identifying and recording Byzantine bookbinding structures
for conservation and cataloguing.
Tutors: Dr. G. Boudalis and Dr. A. Velios
This five-day course will be divided in two interconnected sessions.
The first session, run by Dr. Georgios Boudalis, will focus upon the
major structural and decorative features of the Byzantine and
post-Byzantine bookbindings and their evolution in time and space.
The relation of these bindings with the early bindings of the Coptic
and other Eastern Mediterranean cultures will be discussed, during
lectures, slide-shows and hands-on sessions. This session will centre
the influences and comparisons of these different bookbindings. It
will consist of eight 90-minute computer presentations supplemented
by hands-on sessions.
The second session will be run by Dr. Athanasios Velios and will deal
with the data management and storage of bookbinding descriptions.
Alongside a brief reference to the relational databases this session
will mainly involve discussions on a) the semantic web and XML, b)
schemas and terminologies for bookbinding descriptions, c) commercial
and open source software options for XML data and d) methodologies
and workflows for collection surveys. A large part of this session
will be devoted to the actual development and use of an XML schema
for recording binding structures. This session will consist of two
90-minutes presentations and eight 90-minutes hands-on workshops.
Basic knowledge of database use is desirable for this course.

The courses are supported by Ligatus and the University of the Arts,
London, with generous help from the Herzog August Bibliothek. We have
therefore been able to reduce the cost of the course for this year to
£320 per week, excluding travel, meals and accommodation.
A number of accommodation options will be provided to the
participants. A detailed schedule of the courses can be sent upon
request. Applications, including a short CV can be submitted online
( For information about
registration please email Ewelina Warner
( and mark the message subject with:
'Ligatus Summer School'. A reading list will be sent to those who
will attend the courses in advance. Deadline for applications is the
11th of June. The participants will be contacted by the end of June.

About the library:
Wolfenbüttel is a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany, located on
the Oker river about 13 kilometres south of Brunswick (Braunschweig),
at the edge of the Hartz Mountains. It became the residence of the
dukes of Brunswick in 1432 but the first known library in
Wolfenbüttel was that of the Duke Julius (1528-1529), the first
protestant ruler of the duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg. This library
was transferred in 1618, on the orders of his grandson, Friedrich
Ulrich (1591-1634), to the university of Helmstedt, founded in 1576.
The Herzog August Bibliothek in its present form started its life as
the private library of the Duke August (1579-1666), and by the time
of his death, the library was one of the greatest collections in
Europe, containing 135,000 painstakingly catalogued printed books and
3000 manuscripts.

The library continued to grow under his immediate descendants in
later seventeenth and the eighteenth centuries, with both Gottfried
Wilhelm Liebnitz and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing serving as librarians,
and was then housed in a splendid circular building, finished in
1713, built by the Duke Anton Ulrich, which was the first
free-standing secular library building in Europe. In 1810 the library
of the University of Helmstedt was returned to Wolfenbüttel, and
other notable collections, both from later generations of the ducal
family and other aristocratic families, were added to the Biblioteca
Augusta, as the Duke August’s own collection is known.

The current library building was opened in 1887, and new reading
rooms, exhibition spaces and other facilities have been added in
nearby buildings in more recent times. In 1983, the library was
established as an independent research centre by the State of Lower
Saxony, with an active programme which allows approximately 150
scholars to work in the library each year and the addition of a large
reference collection to support the study of the early books. In
addition, since that time there has been an active programme of
acquisitions of both printed books and manuscripts of all ages,
building on the strengths of the collection and embarking in new
directions. The library is now designated as the national repository
for printed books of the seventeenth century. It is remarkable in
having maintained its collection virtually intact since the
seventeenth century.

A good introduction to the library and its collections can be found
in A Treasure House of Books: the library of the Duke August of
Brunwick-Wolfenbüttel, Wolfenbüttel, 1998.

Ligatus is a research unit of the University of the Arts London with
particular interest in the history bookbinding, book conservation,
archiving and the application of digital technology to these fields.
Ligatus’s main research projects currently include the conservation
of the books in the library of St Catherine’s Monastery on Mount
Sinai and the development of a multi-lingual glossary of bookbinding


Listserv forward from Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania

Second Circular (with price revisions and tentative schedule)


An International Workshop for Graduate Students in Byzantine Studies

27 June – 12 July 2010
Director: Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)
Asst. Director: Tolga Uyar (Onassis Foundation Fellow/Ph.D.
Candidate, University of Paris I)
Lecturers: Scott Redford (Research Center for Anatolian Civilization,
Koç University, Istanbul)
Evangelia Balta (National Hellenic Foundation for Scientific Research, Athens)

All instruction will be in English; reading skill in French recommended.

Goals: The workshop will explore ways of contextualizing the rich
artistic and cultural heritage of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine
Cappadocia. Because of the extensive survival of rock-cut features
from the Byzantine period, the region is unrivaled in terms of
material culture, preserving more than 700 rock-cut churches and
chapels (more than one-third of which preserve significant elements
of their painted decoration), as well as monasteries, houses,
villages, towns, and fortresses. Lacking a written history, however,
the monuments of Cappadocia remain poorly known to most Byzantinists.
Through a program that combines lectures, guided site visits,
thematic explorations, and seminar presentations, the workshop will
explore ways to “read” the landscape and its monuments, as well
as ways to write a regional history based on the close analysis of
sites and monuments.
Setting: Gül Konakları (Rose Mansions) in Sinasos (Mustafapaşa).

Participants will be housed in shared double rooms, with all meals
and wireless internet service provided.
Tuition: $1600 USD (includes room and board, local transportation
within Cappadocia, site entrances, and guide fees). Airfares are not
included. Participants must arrange their own transportation to and
from Cappadocia (pickups will be arranged for the Nevşehir airport
and the Göreme bus station).
Registration should be completed no later than 5 April 2010.
Participation will be confirmed by 8 April 2010; full payment of
tuition due 20 April 2010. Contact ousterob@sas. for more
Notes: [1] The workshop is timed to take place shortly after the
Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Symposium in Istanbul (21-24 June 2010). [2]
Cappadocia has a rugged landscape; participants should be prepared to
walk or hike several kilometers each day. [3] Participants should
bring their own digital cameras and laptop computers for preparing
seminar presentations. [4] Fellowships may be available for Turkish
Tentative Schedule:
Daily site visits will alternate between short and long (the latter
by bus to western Cappadocia), with lectures, seminars, and
discussions taking place at the pension immediately before and after
dinner. Bag lunches will be provided for site visits.
27 June: (Sunday): arrival airport/bus station pickups arranged
Late afternoon orientation meeting (Ousterhout)
Visit to Sarica Kilise before dinner.
28 June: Morning: visit Göreme National Park (with discussions in
Karanlık Kilise and Tokalı Kilise)
Afternoon lecture: Byzantine architecture (Ousterhout)
Evening lecture: Painting I: Problems of Chronology (Uyar)
29 June: Day long: Ağzıkarahan, Selime, Çanlı Kilise
Evening roundtable: The Myth of Cappadocia: Monasteries vs. Settlements
30 June: Morning: Çavuşin, Güllü Dere, Kızılçukur.
Late afternoon lecture: Painting II: Early and “Archaic”
Byzantine Painting (Uyar)
Evening lecture: Liturgy and burial practices (Ousterhout)
1 July: Day long: Day long: Derinkuyu, Nar Gölü, Gelveri
(Güzelyurt), Sivrihisar
Evening lecture: The Presence of the Rum Orthodox Population in
Cappadocia during the Ottoman period (Balta)
2 July: Morning: Zelve, Paşabağı, Sinassos
Lunch at Rose Pensions
Afternoon: student team reports: reading the landscape
Evening lecture: “Bourgeois” landscape in Rum Cappadocia (mid of
the 19th century-1924) (Balta)
3 July: Free Day (Saturday)
4 July: Day long: Ihlara-Belisı rma Valley
Evening: roundtable discussion: painted programs in context
5 July: Morning: Göreme again, outside the park
Late afternoon discussion: interpreting functional space
Evening lecture: Painting III: Middle Byzantine (Uyar)
6 July: Day: Soğanlı Dere area
Late afternoon/evening seminar with team reports: settings for
burials, painted programs for burials
7 July: Morning: Cemil Archangelos Monastery, Güzelöz, Başköy
Late afternoon lecture: masonry architecture (Ousterhout)
8 July: Morning: Timios Stavros area, Pancarlık Kilise, Ortahisar
Late afternoon discussion: Iconoclasm in Cappadocia
9 July: Free Day (Saturday)
10 July: Day: Açık Saray, Karşı Kilise, Tatlarin
Late afternoon lecture: Painting IV: Painting in the 13th century (Uyar)
Evening lecture: The arrival of the Seljuks in Cappadocia:
Caravansarays, Konya & Kayseri (Redford)
11 July: Morning: Taşkınpaşa, Tağar, Ürgüp (Kapıkaya)
Late afternoon lecture: Cultural and Social Complexity in 13th-c.
Cappadocia (Redford)
Evening roundtable: Medieval Cappadocia between East and West
12 July: (Monday) depart
An International Workshop for Graduate Students in Byzantine Studies
27 June – 12 July 2010
Please provide the following information:
Email address:
Graduate university:
Undergraduate university:
Major area(s) of study:
Current year of graduate study:
Graduate GPA:
Language skills:
Name of adviser:
Please include a short statement (no more than 100 words) explaining
how the Cappadocia workshop would contribute to your graduate
Please ask your adviser for a letter of reference, emailed to
Before final acceptance, participants must supply proof of travel
insurance and sign a waiver of responsibility.
Application deadline: 5 April 2010; emailed to ousterob@sas.

Encounter the Mysteries of Byzantium at the Princeton University Art Museum

Encounter the Mysteries of Byzantium at the Princeton University Art Museum

*Princeton, N.J. — *This spring the Princeton University Art Museum
is proud to present the major international loan exhibition
/Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture
in Byzantine Art/. The first of its kind, this exhibition explores
the visual splendor, the rich subtleties, and the spirituality of
Byzantine art and argues for a new way of understanding icons through
its representation of space in a pre-Renaissance world view.
Co-organized with the European Center for Byzantine and
Post-Byzantine Monuments in Thessaloniki, Greece, /Architecture as
Icon/ is the culmination of many years of research by guest curator
Slobodan Ćurčić, professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton
University. The exhibition travels to Princeton following its premier
showing in Thessaloniki and will be open to the public from March 6
through June 6, 2010. Supplementing objects from the Princeton
collections will be nearly seventy works including icons,
manuscripts, ivories, metal sculptures, stone models, and gold,
silver, and bronze works. Many of these extraordinary works come
from seldom-seen public and private collections across seven
countries including: the State History Museum in Erevan, Armenia; the
Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece; the State Hermitage Museum in St.
Petersburg, Russia; the Procuratoria della Basilica di San Marco in
Venice, Italy; and the National Museum of Art in Bucharest, Romania.

“The variety of works exhibited illustrates the richness and scope
of artistic output of a cultural tradition that spans over 1500
years,” notes Ćurčić, “and the variation among the objects on
view underscores one of the main tenets of the exhibition—that the
meaning of symbols is not affected by their medium or physical
size.” Objects range in size from small coins and delicate rings to
immense paintings such as a large /proskynetarion /or monumental icon
of the Holy Land, from the National Museum in Warsaw.

In addition to presenting beautiful and spiritual works, the
exhibition is devoted to new scholarship on the important but
previously unexplored topic of Byzantine architectural
representation. /Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation
of Architecture in Byzantine Art/ challenges long-held assumptions in
Western art history and provides new ways of understanding Byzantine
art and architecture from A.D. 300 to the early nineteenth century.

“Teaching Byzantine art at Princeton has given me many
opportunities to reflect on how little is broadly known about the
ways in which great Byzantine icons work visually and the absence of
any serious consideration of the representation of architecture in
Byzantine art,” says Ćurčić. “This exhibition aims to
demonstrate that architecture was not merely background ‘wall
paper,’ but an active symbolic ingredient of the scenes in which it
is depicted.” Supported by illustrative materials and explanatory
texts, the works on view reveal the spirituality that marks Byzantine
art and architecture; the richness in its interpretation of
architectural forms and space; and the emphasis on the imagination in
two-dimensional depictions of reality. The exhibition encompasses art
from the entire Byzantine world, including Greece and lands that were
once part of the Byzantine Empire as well as Armenia, Romania, and

“The original planning for /Architecture as Icon/ dates back many
years,” notes Museum director James Steward. “In its fresh
scholarship, its proposal of a new way of thinking about great art of
the past, its presentation of visually compelling works of art rarely
seen in this country, and its internationalism, it is a brilliant
incarnation of what we feel a great university-based museum should be

Accompanying the exhibition is a major scholarly catalogue published
in English and Greek editions and featuring essays by Greek and
American scholars taking a probing look at the questions raised by
the exhibition. Individual object entries, full-color illustrations,
and comparative works of art make this volume a significant addition
to the canon on Byzantine art. A keynote lecture to be presented in
Princeton on March 6, 2010 by Professor Ćurčić—who retires from
Princeton University in June—will further illuminate this new way
of looking at Byzantine art by focusing on the representations of
architecture in context. Additionally, a series of public programs,
including a performance by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, will
speak to the implications of art and architecture for Byzantine life
and culture.

*About the Museum*

Founded in 1882, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the
finest art museums in the country. Its collection features 72,000
works ranging from ancient to contemporary art, and concentrating
geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China,
the United States, and Latin America, with particular strengths in
Chinese painting and calligraphy, art of the ancient Americas, and
pictorial photography. The Museum is committed to serving the local
community, the region, and beyond through innovative and dynamic
programming, original research and new scholarship, an active loan
program, and the organization of touring exhibitions of its works. By
collaborating with faculty, students, and staff, and through direct
and sustained access to original works of art, the Museum contributes
to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at
Princeton University.

The Princeton University Art Museum is located at the center of the
Princeton University campus, a short walk from Princeton’s Nassau
Street. Museum admission is free and open to the public. Hours are
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.;
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Free highlights tours of the collection are given every Saturday and
Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.
For information, please call (609) 258-3788 or visit the Museum’s
website at

Directory of software tools for humanists

Directory of software tools for humanists

Software is a key component that supports research in the humanities. Humanists use a diverse range of tools, from word processors and XML editors to more specialised bespoke tools, at every stage of the research lifecycle.

To enable humanists to locate software tools of relevance to their
research, the tools sections of has been
extended to describe a large number of software tools, drawn from the experiences of several hundred arts & humanities research projects with digital components catalogued on

We welcome feedback, and would encourage you to post comments about tools listed on the site. We will continue to add new tool descriptions over the coming months: please contact us if you would like to suggest a tool for inclusion in the collection (

CFP: Fall and Rise of the Roman World c. 200-700 CE, XIX Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity, Tvärminne, Finland, 15-16 October, 2010

The XIX Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity will be organized on October 15-16, 2010. The aim of the symposium is to bring together students and scholars with an interest in Late Antiquity from a variety of universities and disciplines. This year, we explore the aspects of depression, recovery and renaissance related to the every-day life, but suggestions for papers dealing with other topics will also be considered. Our main aim is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between philology, archaeology, history, theology and other disciplines that deal with Late Antiquity. Geographically, the focus of the symposium is on the Mediterranean world.

This year's symposium features three invited speakers : Chris Wickham (Oxford): Rural realities: Spain and Sicily aound 600 ; Leslie Brubaker (Birmingham): Embedding sacred images in everyday life: representation and transformation of culture in Byzantium; Kate Cooper (Manchester): The transformation of the Roman Household at the end of antiquity.

If you wish to deliver a paper, please send a short abstract (of less than 300 words) by June 15th, to Dr. Ville Vuolanto ( Applicants will be informed by July whether they have been accepted. We have reserved 30 minutes for each presentation, including discussion following the paper. Therefore, we recommend limiting the papers to 15 minutes. For each paper, we aim at finding a commentator for a first response.

The symposium will be organized in the premises of a zoological research station operated by the University of Helsinki at a beautiful location at Tvärminne on the southern coast of Finland ( Its organizers are the Department of World Cultures of the University of Helsinki together with an interdisciplinary organizing committee (Maijastina Kahlos, PhD, Classical Philology, University of Helsinki ; Ville Vuolanto, PhD, History, University of Tampere ; Päivi Vähäkangas, MA, Biblical Studies, University of Helsinki). The seminar fee of 50 euros will cover transportation from Helsinki to Tvärminne and back, as well as accommodation, meals, coffee and sauna at Tvärminne. However, we are not able to cover the costs for travelling to Helsinki, or accommodation there. For the PhD students it is possible to apply for a reduced conference fee of 25 euros. Registration for the conference will start August 30th.

The Finnish Symposium on Late Antiquity is organized annually since 1992. In keeping with the symposium's traditions, we encourage not only senior, but also junior scholars and postgraduate students to participate.

On behalf of the organizing committee,

Ville Vuolanto
PhD, Lecturer
Department of History and Philosophy
33014 University of Tampere, Finland

Call for Participation - Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan

Call for Participation - Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic
Manuscripts at Michigan


The University of Michigan Library is pleased to invite your
participation in our ongoing CLIR-funded project, "Collaboration in
Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan," by way of our newly
launched project website:

The project website is at the center of an approach that provides
access to bibliographic records and digital surrogates for the
Islamic manuscripts; facilitates the gathering of informative and
insightful commentary from scholars on campus, across the country,
and around the world; and exposes in real time the dynamic
enrichment of bibliographic information as project staff, scholars,
and other contributors interact with the system. By involving the
widest possible scholarly community in the iterative enrichment of
manuscript descriptions, our project makes the best possible use of
an aggregate of expertise that is uniquely positioned to help us
overcome the challenges inherent in traditional manuscript

The Islamic Manuscripts Collection at the University of Michigan
contains approximately 1,100 manuscript volumes mainly in Arabic,
Persian, and Turkish and dating from roughly the 8th to the 20th
century CE. A limited amount of descriptive information for the
manuscripts has already been gathered and converted to preliminary
records in our online library catalogue. Likewise, the manuscripts
are being digitized with their digital versions appearing in the
Hathi Trust Digital Library. The existing descriptive information is
currently being enhanced as the project cataloguer and staff
examine the manuscripts (both physically and in the digital
environment) and use a research approach to assemble as rich and
analytical a description as possible for each manuscript.

We invite you to join us in the examination and description of the
manuscripts and to submit the results of your analysis as comments
via our project website. Your contributions will be reviewed by the
project cataloguer and refashioned for incorporation into the
cataloguing records for the manuscripts you examine. Additionally,
your contribution will be recognized both on the site and in the
record for the manuscript that appears in our library catalogue.

We look forward to seeing your comments posted to the project site
and thank you in advance for your valuable contribution to this

Further information on the project is available here:

You may browse records of all the Islamic manuscripts in our catalogue at:

Please forward any questions, comments, and/or suggestions to project
staff at

Southeast Regional Workshop: "Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity

Southeast Regional Workshop: "Religion and Culture in Late Antiquity"
April 30-May 1, 2010
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This regional workshop is funded by the American Academy of Religion, the Marco Institute (UT), the Department of Religious Studies (UT), and the Humanities Initiative (UT), and will be a chance for all scholars of religion and scholars of late antiquity to discuss the work in progress of four prominent faculty from our region. We are pleased that Elizabeth Alexander (University of Virginia), David Hunter (University of Kentucky), Robin Jensen (Vanderbilt University), and Jeremy Schott (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) have agreed to present their work for discussion. We welcome and encourage all interested faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students to attend. Papers will be circulated ahead of time to everyone who expresses interest in at tending.

For more information, please visit, or email

N.B.: If you plan to attend the workshop, please email me, Tina Shepardson: More details will be forthcoming.

very best,

Dr. Tina Shepardson
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996

Vatican Library Digitation

Vatican City, march 24, 2010
Newsletter 5/2010

Dear friends and readers,
The Osservatore Romano dated March 24 has published the following story which we felt certain would be of interest to you.
I am sending it as an “extraordinary Newsletter”, to which I add my very best wishes for a blessed Easter.

Msgr. Cesare Pasini

An initiative of the Vatican Library Digital manuscripts

Cesare Pasini

The digitization of 80,000 manuscripts of the Vatican Library, it should be realized, is not a light-hearted project. Even with only a rough calculation one can foresee the need to reproduce 40 million pages with a mountain of computer data, to the order of 45 petabytes (that is, 45 million billion bytes). This obviously means pages variously written and illustrated or annotated, to be photographed with the highest definition, to include the greatest amount of data and avoid having to repeat the immense undertaking in the future.

And these are delicate manuscripts, to be treated with care, without causing them damage of any kind. A great undertaking for the benefit of culture and in particular for the preservation and conservation of the patrimony entrusted to the Apostolic Library, in the tradition of a cultural service that the Holy See continues to express and develop through the centuries, adapting its commitment and energy to the possibilities offered by new technologies.

The technological project of digitization with its various aspects is now ready. In the past two years, a technical feasibility study has been prepared with the contribution of the best experts, internal, external and also international. This resulted in a project of a great and innovative value from various points of view: the realization of the photography, the electronic formats for conservation, the guaranteed stability of photographs over time, the maintenance and management of the archives, and so forth.

This project may be achieved over a span of 10 years divided into three phases, with possible intervals between them. In a preliminary phase the involvement of 60 people is planned, including photographers and conservator-verifiers, in the second and third phases at least 120. Before being able to initiate an undertaking of this kind, which is causing some anxiety to those in charge of the library (and not only to them!), naturally it will be necessary to find the funds. Moves have already been made in this direction with some positive results.

The second announcement is that some weeks ago the “test bed” was set up; in other words the “bench test” that will make it possible to try out and examine the whole structure of the important project that has been studied and formulated so as to guarantee that it will function properly when undertaken in its full breadth.

The work of reproduction uses two different machines, depending on the different types of material to be reproduced: one is a Metis Systems scanner, kindly lent to us free of charge by the manufacturers, and a 50 megapixel Hasselblad digital camera. Digitized images will be converted to the Flexible Image Transport System (FITS), a non-proprietary format, is extremely simple, was developed a few decades ago by NASA. It has been used for more than 40 years for the conservation of data concerning spatial missions and, in the past decade, in astrophysics and nuclear medicine. It permits the conservation of images with neither technical nor financial problems in the future, since it is systematically updated by the international scientific community.

In addition to the servers that collect the images in FITS format accumulated by the two machines mentioned, another two servers have been installed to process the data to make it possible to search for images both by the shelf mark and the manuscript's descriptive elements, and also and above all by a graphic pattern, that is, by looking for similar images (graphic or figurative) in the entire digital memory.

The latter instrument, truly innovative and certainly interesting for all who intend to undertake research on the Vatican's manuscripts – only think of when it will be possible to do such research on the entire patrimony of manuscripts in the Library! – was developed from the technology of the Autonomy Systems company, a leading English firm in the field of computer science, to which, moreover, we owe the entire funding of the “test bed”.

For this “bench test”, set up in these weeks, 23 manuscripts are being used for a total of 7,500 digitized and indexed pages, with a mountain of computer data of about 5 terabytes (about 5,000 billion bytes).

The image of the mustard seed springs to mind: the “text bed” is not much more in comparison with the immensity of the overall project. But we know well that this seed contains an immense energy that will enable it to grow, to become far larger than the other plants and to give hospitality to the birds of the air. In accepting the promise guaranteed in the parable, let us also give hope of it to those who await the results of this project's realization.

Past and Present in the Middle Ages CFP

Past and Present in the Middle Ages
A Post-graduate course – Call for Papers
Bergen, August 2010
One of the most persistent links between past and present is the way
in which every age invents histories to suit conceptions of itself. As
Brian Stock influentially observed: "the Renaissance invented the
Middle Ages in order to define itself; the Enlightenment perpetuated
them in order to admire itself; and the Romantics revived them in
order to escape from themselves. In their widest ramifications 'the
Middle Ages' thus constitute one of the most prevalent cultural myths
of the modern world." Yet, much as we perpetuate myths of the Middle
Ages, medieval societies constructed conceptions of themselves in
relation to their pasts. As Jürgen Habermas notes, people "considered
themselves as 'modern' in the age of Charlemagne, in the twelfth
century, and in the Enlightenment – in short whenever the
consciousness of a new era developed in Europe through a renewed
relationship to classical antiquity."
In light of these observations, the Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies
(NCMS) invites doctoral students from all fields related to medieval
studies to participate in an interdisciplinary summer school course in
Bergen (9-13 August 2010). The course will give participating students
the opportunity to present their on-going research to an audience of
peers and established scholars. Confirmed speakers, who will also
serve as instructors, include Professor Patrick J. Geary (UCLA),
Professor Emeritus John Gillingham (London School of Economics),
Professor Marianne Kalinke (U of Illinois-Urbana Champagne), Professor
Emeritus Lars Lönnroth (Göteborg Universitet) and Professor Lars Boje
Mortensen (Syddansk Universitet). In addition, Professor Sverre Bagge
and Professor Else Mundal (both UiB) will participate in the majority
of the sessions.
Broadly speaking, the theme explores the following questions. To what
extent are the Middle Ages a myth of modernity used to distinguish the
present from an anterior past? How do
regional differences throughout the period disrupt or support our
understanding of the medieval world as a discrete historical and
cultural system? If viewed as a historical system, are the
institutional frameworks and constraints of the Middle Ages limited to
Europe, 500-1500, or does this system find parallels in other periods
and geographies? How did the medieval world define its present
circumstances, distinguish itself from the past and/ or incorporate
the past into contemporary self-definitions? We also welcome
submissions from other areas of inquiry as part of our effort to bring
together doctoral students from different fields and perspectives.
To apply, please send a one-page abstract no later than 1 April 2010
to the course co-ordinator, Sigbjørn Sønnesyn
( Successful applicants will be notified
by the end of April 2010. For further details, please see below

Further details:
Participants, the number of which will be limited, will receive a
bursary covering the course fee, accommodation and activities. In
addition, a limited number of travel bursaries will be
made available upon application. Interested applicants should contact
Sigbjørn Sønnesyn ( Accepted participants
will present their research (approximately 15 pages) and will receive
comments from instructors and peers during the course of the
programme. Participants will also be expected to engage and comment on
the work of their peers.
Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be awarded
5 ECTS points. This course is hosted by CMS, Bergen and organized
within the Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies comprising medievalists
from the Universities of Gothenberg, Helsinki, Southern Denmark and
the Finnish Literature Society.
More information can be found at and or by contacting Sigbjørn Sønnesyn
( phone +4755583045)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Reviews of Online Resources: Call for DM 6

This is a call for contributions for the next issue of the Digital Medievalist journal ( As we all know, there are now many scholarly resources which have been published online as websites but which have never been reviewed as scholarly publications. This is a problem both for us as practitioners and for the discipline in general, not least because it can imply that these publications are somehow less scholarly. Furthermore, the career of academics and research departments often depends on having reviewed publications, as a result of which many online publications are inadmissible for tenure, research assessment and the like.

This problem is being addressed by bodies such as the MLA, but still there are relatively few reviews being written. To help encourage this process, the editors at DM have decided to take action and will include as many of these reviews as we can manage in our next issue (and thereafter). We therefore ask (a) for suggestions of resources that should be reviewed, and (b) offers from reviewers. Of course the ideal is to offer both a resource and a review.
As usual, reviews should be approximately 1,500 words and should consider the publication both from the ‘digital’ and ‘medieval/humanities’ standpoints. We are interested primarily in projects on medieval topics, but as always we are open to anything of interest to medievalists. See the journal’s Submission Guidelines for further details (

Please note also that we are thinking specifically of freely available online publications, not printed books, CD-ROM publications or subscription-only resources (although we will of course still consider reviews of these as usual). In particular, this means that we cannot promise reviewers copies of the publication being reviewed, or access to subscription-only sites.

Thanks, and we look forward to your suggestions,

The Editors, Digital Medievalist

Digital Medievalist is an international web-based Community of Practice for medievalists working with digital media ( Our on-line, refereed Journal accepts work of original research and scholarship, notes on technological topics (markup and stylesheets, tools and software, etc.), commentary pieces discussing developments in the field, bibliographic and review articles, and project reports.

CFP: "Graduate Students and Academic Freedom," MLA 2011

CFP: "Graduate Students and Academic Freedom," MLA 2011

A Panel of the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional
Rights and Responsibilities and the MLA Graduate Student Caucus

The Graduate Student Caucus, an allied organization of the MLA, seeks
current graduate students to participate in a roundtable discussion
on “Graduate Students and Academic Freedom” at the 2011 MLA
annual meeting from January 6 through January 9 in Los Angeles.

We are organizing and proposing this guaranteed session jointly with
the MLA Committee on Academic Freedom and Professional Rights and
Responsibilities. It will include 3-4 experts on academic freedom and
3-4 graduate students with experience and/or interest in the ways
issues of academic freedom impact graduate students as learners and
as laborers.

In a period of economic turmoil and significant changes to graduate
and undergraduate education, issues of academic freedom can affect
graduate students in many forms. It is an issue as we look ahead, as
we face a collapsing job market, the erosion of tenure, and the
uncertain outlook of our profession, all of which might have
consequences for our futures as scholars and teachers. It is also,
however, an issue for our present: a concern with how we can confront
the difficulties of negotiating the corporate university as
proto-professionals and as a largely powerless labor force. At
present, the panel’s topic is broadly defined: graduate students
and academic freedom. We seek graduate students with fresh and varied
perspectives to express their interest and to help shape the

We invite graduate students with relevant experience or significant
interest to submit a CV, a brief narrative of your relationship to
the panel’s topic, and a 300-word proposal on how you might
approach graduate student academic freedom for this session.
Materials should be submitted by March 23 to
with “MLA Academic Freedom” in the subject heading.

For further information please contact:

Dan Colson
Department of English
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Graduate Student Caucus (GSC) is an allied organization of the
Modern Language Association (MLA). We provide organized
representation for graduate students and other academic workers
within the MLA and act to facilitate communication between the MLA
and its graduate student membership. We are committed to garnering
broad-based support and participation from all graduate students in
the modern languages and literatures

News to Me: Medieval Music on the 'Net

....via Edwin Duncan:

Internet radio station that
plays non-stop commercial-free medieval and renaissance music:

The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity 300-700

The Mediterranean in Late Antiquity 300-700

Colloquium at Wolfson College, Oxford
Saturday 15 May 2010, 9.30am–5pm

Participants will include:
Peregrine Horden, Peter Heather, Chris Kelly – States and Societies
Robert Hoyland, Nicola Clarke, Philip Wood – the Islamic World
Averil Cameron, Eileen Rubery, Peter Bell – Greek and Latin Culture
with Michael Maas and Bryan Ward-Perkins

Join fellow Ancient Historians, Byzantinists, Islamicists, Medievalists,
Classicists and Art Historians in discussing the social and cultural
dynamics of the Mediterranean, East and West.

Register NOW (no charge, except for an optional light lunch) at:

Organiser: Peter Bell

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Postcolonising the Medieval Image

Postgraduate Workshop

Postcolonising the Medieval Image

University of Leeds, 8-9 July 2010

As part of the Research Network “Postcolonising the Medieval Image”,
supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we now invite
postgraduate participants to join us for 2 days of keynote lecture,
presentations, seminars, discussions, and lectures.

MA students, Ph.D. students and postdocs are invited to informally
present their research projects for discussion. Any project that may
be relevant to the use of postcolonial questions in relation to
medieval art or medievalism will be welcome. For information
regarding our research agenda and further details as they are
announced see our

* We have Student Bursaries available for this event. Please contact
Dr Hannay, our administrator, if
you are interested.

Other upcoming events organised by the network:

15-17 Apr 2010

Association of Art Historians Annual Conference in Glasgow: Session
“Medieval Art/Postcolonial questions”.

13-16 May 2010

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo (Western
Michigan University): session on “Postcolonizing the medieval image:
time and translation in medieval art”.

14 July 2010

International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds 12-15 July 2010:
Roundtable “How other is the Other, and where is the Other?” with
Ananya Kabir, Marcia Kupfer and Catherine Karkov

Check our website for regular updates:

Call for Papers: Icons & Iconoclasm

Call for Papers: Icons & Iconoclasm

Icons & Iconoclasm

The Jefferson Scholars' Foundation and the Jefferson Graduate Fellows
at the University of Virginia present the second biannual Forum for
Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Sept. 17 and 18, 2010. The Forum is an
interdisciplinary conference for students, faculty, and community
members from around the globe. The theme for 2010 is "Icons and
Iconoclasm," and we are pleased to have W. J. T. Mitchell, Professor of
English and Art History at the University of Chicago and editor of
Critical Inquiry, giving the keynote address.

Abstracts of 250 words or less will be accepted until 01 April 2010
through our online submission (see website).
Some topics may include:
.. iconic ideas (scholarly theories, religious beliefs and practices,
... mechanics of icons (construction, transmission, perception, and
.. iconic images (scientific models, branding, maps, artwork)
.. iconic figures (historical, religious, literary, political)

Oi...I had no idea a debate was going on.....

This kind of news we don't need!:

Monday, March 15, 2010

TEI meeting 2010: Call for pre-conference workshop and tutorial proposals

TEI Applied: Digital Texts and Language Resources
2010 Annual Meeting of the TEI Consortium

* Meeting dates: Thu 11 November to Sun 14 November, 2010
* Workshop dates: Mon 08 November to Wed 10 November, 2010
* Workshop proposals due Wed 31 March 2010

Traditionally, the TEI Conference and Members’ Meeting has been preceded by educational or research workshops. The goal of these workshops is to give members of the TEI community an opportunity to learn more about the use of the TEI markup under the guidance of experienced instructors and practitioners. In the past such workshops have ranged from a basic introduction to the use of TEI markup to more specialized sessions on specific aspects of the TEI or its use in specific domains. They have ranged in length from a single morning or afternoon to a maximum of two days. Workshops are run on a cost-recovery basis: a separate fee is charged of participants that is intended to cover the costs of running the workshop.

We are now soliciting proposals for workshops for the 2010 Conference and Members’ Meeting, to be held November 8-14 at University of Zadar, Croatia. Workshops are distinct from other conference activities, such as papers, sessions, and Special Interest Group meetings and we have tentatively reserved three days for them. These workshops should be educational in focus or involve hands-on work with a research problem. They should propose topics that are likely to be of interest to recognizable segments of the TEI community. Possible topics include:

* An Introduction to TEI
* TEI and libraries
* Editorial practice and the TEI
* Extending and customizing the TEI
* Introduction to the ODD system
* Using the TEI with other standards and markup languages
* Images and the TEI
* Use and development of tools and processes

Proposals addressing other topics are welcome and encouraged. If you are interested in proposing a workshop for the 2010 Members Meeting and Conference, please email by 31 March 2010. _Expressions of interest should include as much as possible of the following information (the committee is willing to work with proposers in developing their proposals):

* A proposed topic
* A rationale explaining why this topic is likely to be of interest to the TEI community
* A proposed instructor or slate of instructors including brief discussion of relevant experience
* Method of instruction
* Preferred length for the workshop
* A preliminary budget of your anticipated costs (if any).

Organisational and infrastructure costs (e.g. coffee breaks and the like) will be determined later in conjunction with the local organising committee.

Proposals will be evaluated by the program committee primarily on the basis of their likely appeal to the TEI community, the quality of the proposed instructors and method of instruction, and cost. The committee will work with selected organizers after this date to refine the details of their workshops.

InterFace 2010: Humanities and Technologies

InterFace 2010: Humanities and Technologies
2nd International Symposium for Humanities and Technology
July 15th-16th 2010, International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick, UK.
Paper Deadline: 10th May. 1000 Word abstract.

InterFace is a new type of annual non-profit event. Based on the format of last year’s successful forum at the University of Southampton, this year follows in the same footsteps: part conference, part forum, part networking opportunity. The conference aims to bring PhD students, early postdocs and other early researchers together from the fields of Technologies and the Humanities in order to foster cutting-edge collaboration. Delegates can also expect to receive illuminating talks from experts, presentations on successful interdisciplinary projects and on how to succeed as academics.

Paper Submissions
If you are interested in attending, please submit an original paper of 1000 words or less, describing an idea or concept you wish to present. Following acceptance of your submission you will need to give a three-minute presentation of your paper at the conference. Papers should focus on potential, realistic areas for collaboration between the Technologies and Humanities sectors, either by addressing particular problems, new developments or both. As such, the scope is extremely broad but topics might include:

Agent Based Modelling, Computer Graphics & Visualization, Internet Technologies, Natural Language Processing, Online Collaboration, Pervasive Technologies, Sensor Networks, Semantic Web, Web Science

Applied Sociodynamics & Social Network Analysis, Archaeological Reconstruction, Dynamic Logics, Electronic Corpora, History & Art History, Information Ethics, Linguistics New Media, Spatial Cognition, Text Editing and Analysis, Teaching Methodologies

For further information, please visit the conference website:, or e-mail the committee:

Kind Regards,
InterFace 2010 Committee

Interdisciplinary Conference: "From Iberian Kingdoms to Atlantic Empires: Spain, Portugal, and the New World, 1250-1700"

Please see our website at

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies announces an interdisciplinary, international conference on the history and literature of the Iberian empires from the High Middle Ages through the conquest of the New World. Although many scholars have acknowledged similarities between late-medieval Iberia and its colonies in the New World, few have offered precise answers to the questions that arise from these similarities. What is the relationship, for example, between “inquisition” in a medieval context and in the New World? Is it meaningful to compare minority Muslim communities in fifteenth-century Spain to indigenous peoples in the New World? How were the legal and political instruments of late medieval kings foundational for early modern Europe and Latin America? This conference encourages new ways of approaching the topic, based on the conviction that medievalists, early modernists, and Latin Americanists can make meaningful contributions to each other’s fields.

Panels will likely include the following topics:

* Medieval and early modern Inquisition
* Global exploration and conquest
* Law, politics, and administration
* Language, literature, and translation
* Race, minority populations, and identity
* Evangelization, “Christianization,” and conversion

The conference will take place at McKenna Hall at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, 2010. Papers from history and literature departments are welcome. Contributions from graduate students are especially welcomed and a prize of $200 will be awarded to the best graduate student paper as determined by a faculty panel. The authors of all accepted papers will be fully compensated for one night’s lodging and will be provided with a travel subvention of up to $100. All contributions should be sent to John Moscatiello, Chair of the Conference Committee, at by May 1, 2010 and include an abstract of 250 words (for a twenty-minute presentation), a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae.

On Friday, September 17, the Medieval Institute will host a dinner and reception in honor of Jocelyn Hillgarth, Professor Emeritus of History, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of Toronto in celebration of the acquisition of his personal collection by the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

"The Church of the East Along the Silk Roads of Central Asia"

"The Church of the East Along the Silk Roads of Central Asia"
Christoph Baumer
President of the Society for the Exploration of EurAsia

Tuesday, March 23, 5:15-7 pm
[Harvard] Center for the Study of World Religions (42 Francis Ave)

A lecture by Christoph Baumer, president of the Society for the Exploration
of EurAsia. The Society conducts archaeological excavations in Uzbekistan,
Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tuva (Russia). Baumer is an explorer
and author working in Central Asia who has made significant archaeological
discoveries in the Takalamakan Desert in Xinjiang and in Tibet, both in
northwestern China. The illustrated lecture will focus on the cultural and
archaeological relics of the Church of the East between Merv in present
Turkmenistan and Dunhuang in Gansu. It will also show new, unpublished finds
from excavations in Uzbekistan. Among them, the excavation of the monastery
of Warkuda and its double-naved church complex, located south of Samarkand,
is the most important archaeological discovery concerning the Church of the
East since the excavation in the late 1990s of the church of Suyab, present
Ak Beshim in Kyrgystan. Hosted by Charles Stang, Assistant Professor of
Early Christian Thought, Harvard Divinity School. An event supported by the
CSWR Faculty Grant program.

2nd International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds

> 2nd International Conference of Mediterranean Worlds:
> The Mediterranean of the Myths, the Myths of the Mediterranean
> Istanbul, Turkey, June 3-6, 2010
> An international conference organized by the Department of History of the
> Eastern Mediterranean University & Department of Historical and Social
> Sciences of the University of Salerno & Department of History of Istanbul
> Sehir University.
> The idea, and the ideal, of 'Mediterranean' have always been hotly debated.
> From the Pirennian disruption of Mohammed (vis-à-vis Charlemagne) , via the
> Braudelian concept of unity in the long durèe, to the more recent ecological
> and geographical approaches of Horden and Purcell, 'Mediterraneanism' (the
> peculiar characteristics that the cultures living around the Mediterranean
> had, and still have, in common), has stimulated and perplexed the scholarly
> mind. Historians in particular are often on the lookout for unity,
> distinctiveness and connectivity binding together peoples, cultures and
> imaginaries, inhabiting its coastlines. The 'Mediterranean world' therefore,
> traversing different historical periods, has given rise to an impressive
> volume of extraordinary interpretations, life-world strategies, and symbolic
> constructions. Such activity manifests itself in the remarkable literature,
> art, philosophies, religions, archaeological readings, political theories
> and economic practices, of the region.
> The conference organisers seek thought-provoking papers exploring the
> mythological, symbolic and ideational peculiarities of the 'Mediterranean
> world' across these different historical periods. We invite participation in
> an interdisciplinary conference, revolving around the following themes:
> * Byzantium and the Mediterranean: Myth or reality?
> * The Mediterranean as the “Ottoman Territorial Sea”: Myth or Reality?
> * The Ottomans in the Mediterranean: Violent Encounters vs. Peaceful
> Interactions
> * The Contestation of Identities: Gender, ethnic, regional
> * Memory and Dream: Writing, reading, imaging, tuning the
> Mediterranean Myth
> * Mapping the Mediterranean: Soft centres and shifting borders
> * Archaeological readings: Urban and suburban Legends within the
> Mediterranean 'Poliad' vocation
> * Childhood Memories
> Additional Notes
> * The official languages of the conference are English and Turkish.
> * All participants are responsible for their own travel and
> accommodation expenses and schedules.
> * The participants will NOT be charged with any registration fee.
> * The conference venue will be in Istanbul.
> Deadlines
> Abstract submissions
> 20 March 2010
> Notification of acceptance
> 1 April 2010
> Full paper submissions
> 20 May 2010
> Organising Committee
> * Assist. Prof. Dr. Ozlem Caykent,
> Department of History, Eastern Mediterranean University
> * Assist Prof.Dr. Luca Zavagno,
> Department of History, Eastern Mediterranean University
> * Prof. Dr. Claudio Azzara,
> Department of Historical and Social Sciences, University of Salerno
> * Dr. Giuseppe D'Angelo,
> Department of Historical and Social Sciences, University of Salerno
> * Assoc. Prof. Dr. Cengiz Kallek,
> Department of History, Istanbul Sehir University
> * Assist. Prof. Abdulhamit Kirmizi,
> Department of History, Istanbul Sehir University
> Contacts
> history@sehir.
> luca.zavagno@
> ........
> Kind Regards,
> Yunus Ugur
> Department of History
> Istanbul Sehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
> (Lecturer)
> Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey (Ph.D.
> Candidate)
> You can also send your e-mails to
> yugur@binghamton. edu

Symposium on TEI and Scholarly Publishing

Symposium on TEI and Scholarly Publishing

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The TEI Council and the Digital Humanities Observatory, a project of the Royal Irish Academy, invite you to participate in a one-day Symposium on TEI and Scholarly Publishing, to be held 28 April 2010 in conjunction with a meeting of the TEI Council. Invited speakers from universities, publishing organizations, and private industry will identify current difficulties in making publication systems interoperable and identify priority actions for the TEI to intervene in this arena.

During the presentations, there will be simultaneous discussion in the backchannel #teipublishing and in a publicly readable and editable Google Docs file for collaborative identification of priority actions for the TEI. To avoid infestation by spambots, we will not include the actual URL in announcements. Please type “” into your browser and then paste the following after it:


We encourage participation on the backchannel and in this collaborative writing exercise by all, even those unable to attend in person.

Registration to attend in person is free but required. For further information, please see


> 16-18 April 2010, University of New England
> Reminder: Call for Papers Closes April 1
> The Australian Association for Byzantine Studies call for papers for its
> XVIth Biennial Conference closes on April 1. \
> Plenary speakers: Dr Tom Brown, Reader, School of History, Classics
> and Archaeology, The
> University of Edinburgh
> Professor John Melville-Jones, Classics and Ancient History, University of
> Western Australia
> The conference is being held in honour of Professor John Melville-Jones.
> Gender and class were key social indicators in Byzantine society, as in many
> others. However, masculine and feminine roles were not always clearly
> defined, while eunuchs made up a 'third gender'. Social status was also in a
> state of flux, as much linked to patronage networks as to wealth, as the
> Empire came under a series of external and internal pressures. This fluidity
> applied in ecclesiastical as much as in secular spheres. We welcome papers
> on all aspects of the theme of gender and/or class from the 4th to the 15th
> centuries, from the Greek East to the westernmost reaches of the Byzantine
> Empire. Contributors are invited to interpret the theme broadly and
> we welcome
> submissions from all fields. Both scholars with academic affiliation and
> working independently, as well as postgraduate students, are encouraged to
> apply.
> Registration is open. The Conference will be held 16-18 April 2010
> at the University of New
> England in Armidale, New South Wales, Australia. Full details
> including are available on the conference web site.
> Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words in length to: Associate
> Professor Lynda Garland
> School of Humanities University of New England
> Armidale New South Wales 2351 tel +61 2 6773 3236
> fax +61 2 6773 3520

CFP: Hugoye

Announcement from Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute

We are now accepting paper submissions for Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, volume 15 (2012). Please send submissions to editor George A. Kiraz at Only serious scholarly papers are considered.

CSSS Public Lecture Thursday March 25, 2010

Please find attached the flyer of the Winter Public Lecture organized by the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies. Here are also the essential details:

Dr. Christoph Baumer
The Church of the East Along the Silk Road in Central Asia (Illustrated)
Thursday March 25, 2010 @ 8 pm
Koffler Institute of Pharmacy Management Room 108
569 Spadina Avenue

Those of you who had paid the Membership dues for 2008-2009 will receive a copy of the Journal of the CSSS 9 (2009)--your copy will be mailed to you if you won't be able to attend. You will be able to renew your Membership at the door.

See you hopefully in three weeks.

Summer Course in Iceland on sagas: history, culture, language, and more

A two-week summer course has been announced by Háskólasetur
Vestfjarða (University Center of the Westfjords) in Iceland. The
course is an intensive introduction to the sagas and medieval
literature of the north, using Gísla saga as the example. Language,
history, society, and material culture will be covered by an
international group of instructors.

In addition to the classroom experiences, the course also includes
day trips and evening events, including film, theater, as well as
guided visits to the sites where important events took place in Gísla
saga, and a sail on the replica Viking ship Vésteinn.

More information about the course, including fees and applications, is here:
I am just writing to remind you of the symposium to be held at Southampton University on 10 July, immediately before the Leeds IMC to celebrate the work of Bella Millett and as a response to her festschrift, Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care.
full details at
or email Prof. John McGavin
or me (address below)

If you are hoping to attend, please register as soon as possible, and bring the symposium to the attention of anyone you know who may be interested.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bursaries for editors of medieval legal texts

Bursaries for editors of medieval legal texts

Early English Laws (EEL), a collaboration between the Institute of Historical Research and King's College London, is offering 20 bursaries worth £2,000 each. They are designed to support scholars in the preparation of editions of early English legal texts for publication as part of the AHRC-funded EEL project. Eligible expenses include travel, accommodation, and reproduction and permission fees. Guidelines for proposals, together with a list of possible texts, are available on the Early English Laws website. If you have any enquiries, please contact the Project Officer:

30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University

*30th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham
*/New Directions in Medieval Scandinavian Studies/*

*March 27th-28th, 2010*
*Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus*

*For the full program, abstracts of all the papers, and online
registration, see the conference website at

*62 papers featuring speakers from 14 countries. Plenary lectures include:*

*/The Composition of /Hávamál—/Oral or Written?/*
Vésteinn Ólason, University of Iceland

*/Tristan in Iceland: The Continuing Saga/*
Matthew Driscoll, University of Copenhagen

*/Slow Fade, No Credits: How Norse Greenland Slipped from Late Medieval
Kirsten Seaver, Stanford University

*/What the Face Reveals. An Analysis of the Sagas and Tales of Icelanders/*
Kirsten Wolf, University of Wisconsin* *

*/Diaspora and Identity in the Viking Age/*
Lesley Abrams, Oxford University

*For more information, contact:
Center for Medieval Studies* *
Fordham University* *
(718) 817-4655* **

Calling All Canadians

This is a repeat announcement and reminder.

If you are a landed immigrant to Canada, or a Canadian citizen, and
have published a book on any medieval topic (early to late) during
2009, you may be eligible to be nominated for the Margaret Wade
Labarge Prize in Medieval Studies, offered annually by the Candian
Society of Medievalists. Editions and translations are eligible as
well as book-length studies. It is not necessary to be living in
Canada to be eligible.

All you need to do is have your publisher send THREE copies of your
book to me at the address below. The deadline is March 15, 2010.

Bill Schipper
Department of English
Memorial University
230 Elizabeth Ave.
St. John's, NL, A1C 5S7

For further information on the prize, go to the CSM website: or contact me at

RIP Klaus Zechiel-Eckes

Forwarded from the EMF list:

Dear all -
A message from Abigail Firey; Mayke de Jong sent me this sad news as well:

From Abigail:

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Klaus Zechiel-Eckes.
Here is the notice from Novellae: News of Medieval Canon Law
(available on the website of ICMAC, Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi

Klaus Zechiel-Eckes passed away on 23 February 2010 at 50 years of
age. He was a professor of history at the University of Cologne and
an expert on early medieval canon law. He revolutionized the study of
Pseudo-Isidore when he discovered notes obviously made by the forger
in the margins of some manuscripts from the Corbie library and he had
begun a project to re-edit Pseudo-Isidore’s texts to-gether with
Karl-Georg Schon. The Historisches Seminar announced his passing on
its website ( )

He was truly a scholarly giant.

MEDIOEVO ADRIATICO 4, 2010 (Essay collection)

Call For Papers/Submissions:

MEDIOEVO ADRIATICO 4, 2010 (Essay collection)

The topics for _Medioevo Adriatico_ are history and culture of the Adriatic
in the Middle Ages (V-XV century).

Contributor guidelines:

1. Abstract of paper (100-400 words).
2. Brief CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2010.
4. Submission deadline for final papers: September 15, 2010.
5. Manuscripts may be sent to

Scholars at all stages of their careers are equally welcome.

For application instructions and further information about Medioevo
Adriatico, please contact:

SISAEM - Società Internazionale per lo Studio dell'Adriatico nell'Età
International Society for the Study of the Adriatic in the Middle Ages
Dr. Roberta Fidanzia (Ph.D)
Viale Oscar Sinigaglia, 48
I-00143 Rome, Italy
Tel. +39.06.916501181

Libraries in the Syriac Tradition

Libraries in the Syriac Tradition

May 20, 2010 at the
Beth Mardutho Research Library, Piscataway, N.J.

Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute will hold its First Hugoye Symposium on May 20, 2010 to celebrate the opening of the Beth Mardutho Research Library in Piscataway, NJ. The Symposium papers will focus on libraries in the Syriac tradition, and will be published in Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies.

The speakers are:

Keynote Address: Sebastian P. Brock (University of Oxford): Kthobe Mphasqe: Some Examples, Ancient and Modern, from the Libraries of St Catherine's Monastery Sinai and Dayr al-Suryan.

David Taylor (University of Oxford): Syriac Printing in the 19th and early 20th-Century Middle East: Tool of Western Propaganda or Local Resistance?

Andreas Juckel (Münster University): A Guide to Syriac New Testament Manuscripts and Editions.

Muriel Debie (CNRS, Paris): Cataloging a Syriac MS collection in the Middle East: the Case Study of Charfet.

Kristian Heal (Brigham Young University): Corpora, eLibraries and databases: Locating Syriac Studies in the 21st Century.

George A. Kiraz (Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute): The Beth Mardutho Research Library: A Modest Beginning.

The Symposium will begin at 10 AM and end at 5 PM. A dinner will follow at a local restaurant (for which there will be a fee for those who choose to participate).

Those who would like to attend the symposium are requested to register with (please have the subject line read “Hugoye Symposium Registration”). Please provide your name, affiliation, contact information, whether you request parking, and whether you would like to attend the dinner. Registration is free (donations to Beth Mardutho to support the library are appreciated). Deadline for registration is April 15th, 2010.

Those attending from afar are expected to arrange for their own accommodation. Information can be found at

Journal of Literary Onomastics

Journal of
Literary Onomastics

The Journal of Literary Onomastics, to be published annually by the State University of New York at Brockport, will be the only scholarly periodical concerned with the linguistic and philological aspects of proper names in dramatic, narrative and verse texts. In order to be considered for publication, all submissions must at a minimum demonstrate that they are substantially informed by current scholarly literature on onomastics and mindful of its characteristic methods. Given the expertise of the editor and editorial advisory board, studies dealing with literatures in Old, Middle and Modern English as well as other West European languages will be particularly welcome, though occasional issues under guest editorship dealing with other literary traditions may appear as well. All submissions must be in English and citations must conform to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The journal will publish both article-length submissions and notes; reviews will be commissioned.

The journal is currently seeking submissions for its inaugural issue, to be published in May of 2011.

Submitted articles should be sent to the editor’s email address ( as attached files in MS Word; these should not contain any references that reveal the identity of the author. After an initial evaluation by the editor, all submissions will be reviewed by one or more anonymous referees for a period not to exceed 3-4 months.

Stefan Jurasinski, State University of New York, Brockport

Editorial Advisory Board
Michael Adams, Indiana University, Bloomington
Andrew Breeze, University of Navarre
Richard Coates, University of the West of England
R. D. Fulk, Indiana University, Bloomington
Carole Hough, University of Glasgow
John Insley, University of Heidelberg
Wilhelm Nicolaisen, University of Aberdeen

Call for papers: Spiritual Temporalities in Late-Medieval Europe

Call for papers: Spiritual Temporalities in Late-Medieval Europe

We would like to offer an open invitation to prospective contributors to an
interdisciplinary collection of essays on the relationship between medieval
perceptions of time and medieval Christianity in Late-Medieval Europe
(broadly defined as ca.1100-1600).

The focus of this volume is on the ways in which the physical experience of
time influences religious belief and ritual and on how the experiences of
religious belief and ritual in turn influence perceptions of time. We
welcome topics such as: how beliefs changed in medieval Europe over time;
how the seasons or number of years after Christ influenced medieval thought
and behavior; the relationship between Church doctrine and secular
experiences over time; artistic representations of Biblical events as
moments in history; and changing interpretations of and attitudes to major
doctrines or theologians.

Although almost all contributors to the volume have already written and
revised their chapters, we still have space for one or maybe two
contributions. Most of our contributors are in the fields of art history,
history, or literary studies. We would especially encourage contributions on
a French or Low Countries topic. A publisher has been secured and we hope
that the book will go to press by the end of 2010.

If you are interested, please send an abstract of any length and timeline
for completing the chapter to Michael Foster at

Friday, March 5, 2010

MLA 2011 Division of Old English Language and Literature

Please note that the Division of Old English Language and Literature
has a call for papers.

I. Anglo-Saxon Pedagogies. Anglo-Saxon pedagogical theories or
practices. How did Anglo-Saxons teach, and how did they theorize
teaching? How do we teach Anglo-Saxon literature today? Abstracts for
5-10 minute papers due by 2 March 2010; Shari L. Horner

2. Editing from Medieval Manuscripts: Current Challenges and Debates.
1-paragraph proposals for roundtable by 15 March 2010. Shari L.
Horner and John Niles

3. Open Session of the Division of Old English Language and
Literature. Any aspect of Anglo-Saxon language, litertature or
culture. Abstracts for 15-minute papers by 2 March 2010. Shari L.

4. Examining representations of cognition, emotion, or perception --
intellectual or sensory--in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture.
Abstracts for 15-mnute papers by 2 March 2010; Shari L. Horner
Dear Colleague,
Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) is a large-scale collaborative research project in the digital humanities directed by Dr. Ray Siemens, Department of English, University of Victoria, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Our research team is examining the complex processes of human engagement with information that is available digitally. Specifically, we are interested in identifying and understanding the ways in which social sciences and humanities readers engage with forms such as the electronic scholarly edition, the academic monograph, scholarly journal and essay collections, and electronic literature.

With this letter, we are inviting you to complete a short survey about how you experience and use digital resources in the context of your research. The findings of this survey will be used to improve existing digital tools and to derive requirements for prospective tools and resources that we hope will be of benefit to you and other researchers.

The questionnaire should take approximately twenty minutes to complete. If you are willing to participate, you will find it online at . Your identity will be kept confidential. All documents and participants will be identified only by code number. Digital data records will be kept on password-protected hard drives and on disks stored in locked filing cabinets. Only the principal investigator and the co-investigators will have access to the data. If you have any concerns about your treatment or rights as a research participant, you may contact the Research Subject Information Line in the UBC Office of Research Services at 604-822-8598. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw from the study at any time. Your completion and submission of the survey will indicate your consent to participate.
In consideration of your time, you may enter a draw for a $150.00 gift certificate from an online bookstore upon completion of the questionnaire.

We look forward to the prospect of your participation in this study. Please feel free to contact the INKE Graduate Research Assistant, Karen Taylor, at any time if you have questions about this research: 604-737-2873 (British Columbia, Canada) or

Best regards,

Dr. Teresa Dobson for the INKE Team
Associate Professor
Director, Digital Literacy Centre
University of British Columbia
c/o Department of Language & Literacy
2125 Main Mall,
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4