Saturday, January 29, 2011



St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies


The St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies invites applications for the Donald Bullough Fellowship in Mediaeval History, to be taken up during either semester of the academic year 2011-12.

The Fellowship is open to any academic in a permanent university post with research interests in mediaeval history. It covers the cost of return travel to St Andrews from the holder’s normal place of work, together with a substantial subsidy towards accommodation while the holder is resident in St Andrews. Previous Fellows have included Dr Christina Pössel, Professor Cynthia Neville and Dr Ross Balzaretti

The Fellowship carries with it no teaching duties, though the Fellow is expected to take part in the normal seminar life of the mediaeval historians during their stay in St Andrews. Weekly seminars, held on a Monday evening, run from September – December, and February – May. You will also be invited to lead a workshop on your chosen research theme during your stay. Fellows are provided with computing facilities and an office alongside the mediaeval historians in the Institute. The university library has an excellent collection for mediaeval historians.

You should send a letter of application by the advertised closing date, together with a scheme of research for the project on which you will be engaged during your time in St Andrews. You should also enclose a CV, together with the names of two academic referees, who should be asked to write by the closing date. All correspondence should be addressed to The Director, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews, 71 South St, St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9QW. Please mark the envelope ‘Donald Bullough Mediaeval Fellowship’.

The closing date for applications is 25 March 2011.

Further enquiries may be addressed to the Director, Dr Alex Woolf ( or to colleagues in the Institute, whose contact details may be found on

Seventh Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference: Crises in Categorization

The University of Toronto in conjunction with the Anglo-Saxon Studies
Colloquium is pleased to invite people to register to attend the Seventh
Annual ASSC Graduate Student Conference: Crises in Categorization. The
conference will be held on Saturday 12 February 2011 at the University of
Toronto. More information, including registration information and the
program, is available at the conference website: Registration forms
should be returned by e-mail to by 1 February 201

summer school on medieval codicology and palaeography

I would like to advertise a summer school on medieval codicology and palaeography taking place at the Central European University in Budapest from the 18th to 23rd of July 2011.
It is a one-week summer course on Latin and/or Greek palaeography including classes developing practical reading skills, lecture seminars by renounced scholars in the field and visit to libraries in Budapest where the participants will have the chance to examine manuscripts and charts in situ. There is the possibility of receiving financial aid if needed.

For more information on the summer school visit
I would much appreciate if you could spread the information about the summer school to those who you think might be interested in attending it.
The organisers of the Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels, Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz (U. of Westminster) and Dr Julia Fernandez Cuesta (U. of Seville), would like to inform those interested in taking part that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the workshop will be postponed until April 2012 (the workshop will still take place at the University of Westminster, London). Information concerning the exact dates of the workshop will be sent out later on this year.

Due to this change, the organisers will accept abstracts until the 10th of January 2012. Abstracts should be approx. 500 words long and should be sent to Dr Pons-Sanz (

The organisers wholeheartedly hope that this change in circumstances does not cause participants any problems, and look forward to seeing you in London in 2012.

Comitatus CFP: Deadline LOOMS

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. Submissions should be sent as e-mail attachments in Windows


The Comitatus editorial board will make its final selections by early
May 2011. Please send submissions to Dr. Blair

Conference: The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment

Conference: The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment
Location: Harvard University
Date: September 23-24, 2011

The dating of Beowulf is one of the most controversial and pressing issues in Anglo-Saxon studies. It has animated and continues to animate a great deal of scholarship on Beowulf, often with ramifications for the study of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture as a whole. Scholars had once agreed with near unanimity that Beowulf was one of the earliest extant Old English poems, yet the University of Toronto’s 1980 conference on the dating of Beowulf – presenting arguments for ninth, tenth, and early eleventh century composition – threw open the question again. Despite the uncertainty ushered in by the conference and the subsequent collection of essays, many scholars have made important contributions to our efforts to date Beowulf over the last thirty years, and strong arguments have emerged on paleographical, linguistic, metrical, cultural, and historical grounds, among others.

Harvard University’s English Department, with support from the Morton Bloomfield Trust and the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, will be hosting a conference entitled “The Dating of Beowulf: A Reassessment” on September 23 – 24, 2011. We are pleased to announce that R.D. Fulk, Class of 1964 Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University, will be giving the conference’s plenary address.

We invite scholars to supplement, evaluate, or interrogate the scholarship on the dating of Beowulf that has emerged over the last three decades. We welcome both highly specific investigations as well as holistic attempts to integrate the findings of various approaches.

Presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. There will be a short discussion period after each paper. Potential presenters should send an abstract of approximately 250 words by e-mail to Abstracts are due by March 31, 2011.

Reichenau Codices online

Vetus Latina Iohannes Electronic Edition

The Vetus Latina Iohannes Electronic Edition has been updated today to version 1.7. This now includes images for VL 9A and VL 23. Codex Sarzanensis is now divided into its two constituent manuscripts, VL 22 and VL 22A.”

Joint Family Systems in the Ancient World

Joint Family Systems in the Ancient World
The editors of a new volume of collected essays focussing on the
extended family, multigenerational households and familial
obligations beyond the nuclear family in the ancient world invite
English language submissions from interested scholars worldwide.
Submitted abstracts will be anonymously refereed.

The volume seeks to shift the traditional focus from the nuclear to
the extended family and thereby correct a perceived imbalance in the
study of the ancient family. Saller and Shaw in their ground-breaking
study of tombstones from the Roman West argued that “the linguistic
and legal material alone might lead us to downgrade the significance
of the nuclear family.” Even though they were careful in drawing
conclusions about actual household composition from the relationships
mentioned in these funerary texts, they raised the “reasonable
hypothesis that the … nuclear family …was characteristic of many
regions of western Europe as early as the Roman Empire.” (Saller, R.
P. and B. D. Shaw (1984), ‘Tombstones and Roman Family Relations in
the Principate: Civilians, Soldiers and Slaves’, JRS 74: 124-56: see
145-6). Although several scholars have subsequently raised doubts
about their conclusions, their theory has served as basis and
reference point in virtually all publications o!
n the Western Roman family since the publication of their article
25 years ago.

The themes considered in the proposed volume will centre on the
exploration of the complexity and variety of kin structures in the
ancient world. How important and significant were extended kin
relations? How were they configured or understood? Did the nuclear
family household represent the norm in Antiquity or did more
complexextended and multi-family households have a greater
prevalence? How much did regional, social and temporal variation
affect these issues?

The editors encourage a wide range of submissions, chronologically,
geographically, and in terms of methodology and subject matter. Any
period of antiquity, from 3500 BCE to 641 CE is actively sought;
cultures from the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome and the
broader Mediterranean region are welcomed. Possible topics may
include, but are certainly not limited to:

•Household composition and family structure in the ancient world

•The epistemology and anthropology of extended family

•Multi-family households

•Nuclear vs. extended families

•Family beyond the household

•The archaeology of extended kin

•The idealisation of extended family

Final submissions should be between 4000 to 6000 words in length.
Please send expressions of interest, along with abstracts (not
exceeding 500 words) to Sabine Huebner:; or to
Geoffrey Nathan:
by 31 January 2011.