Thursday, March 24, 2011

New PhD Studentship: Digital Resource of Palaeography

New PhD Studentship: Digital Resource of Palaeography
With apologies for cross-posting. Please note that this is *not* the post-doctoral position which was announced in December but is a new PhD studentship on the same project.

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King’s College London, is pleased to announce a PhD studentship in digital methods in palaeography funded by a European Research Council project, the ‘Digital Resource of Palaeography, Manuscripts and Diplomatic’. The studentship is to be held in CCH as part of a PhD in Digital Humanities.


The aim of Digital Resource of Palaeography is to bringing the methods and resources of digital humanities to bear on palaeographical exploration, citation and teaching of late Anglo-Saxon script. It involves a web resource which will allow scholars to rapidly retrieve digital images, verbal descriptions, and detailed characterisations of the writing, as well as the text in which it is found and the content and structure of the manuscript or charter. It will incorporate different ways of searching, using images, maps, timelines and image-processing as well as conventional text-based browsing and searching. The palaeographical content will focus on a case-study of vernacular English script from the eleventh century, but the project will allow scholars to test and apply new general developments in palaeographical method which have been discussed in theory but which have hitherto proven difficult or impossible to implement in practice. Some further details of the project are av!

ailable on the KCL news pages.

The studentship

Applicants should propose a research project which can benefit from and contribute to the Digital Resource in Palaeography project but which remains distinct from it. Possibilities may include the detailed study of a particular manuscript or small group of manuscripts. A comparative study could apply the research methodologies of the ERC project to a different corpus, perhaps focusing on the products of a single scriptorium or scribe, looking at variance and variation in script; or focusing on a corpus (such as manuscript fragments) that has proven difficult to manage with conventional approaches. Another possibility may be more methodological, focusing on the possibilities and limits of Digital Humanities in palaeographical scholarship.

The student will be based at King’s College London, in the Centre for Computing in Humanities and will benefit from the CCH PhD Seminar. A second supervisor will be assigned according to the requirements of the project. It is also expected that the student will maintain contact with other departments in King’s, such as History or English. The student will also have access to resources and seminars across the University of London more widely, including Senate House Library and its Palaeography Room, the Institute of Historical Research’s seminars and library, and seminars and expertise at the Institute of English Studies.


For the three years of the studentship (starting no later than October 2011) the grant is c. £14,000 per annum. Students liable to pay fees at the overseas rate are welcome to apply, but should make sure that they can cover the difference between the award and the full overseas fee. The studentship must be held full-time.

Eligibility, Timetable & Application Process

Applicants for these awards are expected to begin PhD study on 1 October 2011. Applicants should hold (or have nearly completed) a Master’s degree or equivalent in Old English, Anglo-Saxon/early Anglo-Norman history, or another relevant area of medieval studies. A good knowledge of the language(s) of the manuscripts under study is required (Old/Middle English and/or Latin), and a background or demonstrable interest in manuscript studies is highly desirable.

Applicants must submit the following documentation by the deadline of 1 March 2011:

1. An Admissions Application form & all supporting documents – submitted to the Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA) via the online admissions portal at
2. A one page statement of interest including a description of the proposed research, submitted to
3. A one-page statement of your research training, background and suitability to the project, submitted to
4. A sample of written work (3000-5000 words), submitted to

An interview will be arranged with shortlisted applicants, either face to face or by teleconference, after the closing date.


Please email Dr Peter Stokes at or telephone him on +44 (0)20 7848 2813 in the first instance with any queries about this studentship.

Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar Program

Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Scholar Program

The Morton W. Bloomfield Fund at Harvard University, in conjunction with
the Medieval Doctoral Conference of the Department of English, invites
applications to the Bloomfield Visiting Scholar Program. The program is
intended to assist scholars wishing to conduct research at Harvard over
approximately a four-week period during the regular academic year, in any
of the fields associated with Morton W. Bloomfield: particularly Old and
Middle English, the history of English, the history of Christian thought,
and medieval Jewish studies. We can offer $3000 in travel and
accommodation subsidy for one or more selected scholars in these fields;
we may be able to offer a further travel subsidy for fellows traveling
from outside North America. Bloomfield fellows will give a presentation of
their work at the Medieval Doctoral Conference and might also be asked to
meet with graduate students or attend a student seminar as a temporary
member of our community. Although applications are open to anyone,
preference will be given to younger scholars who may benefit from access
to Harvard’s resources. To apply, please send a brief curriculum vitae,
the title of a possible talk, a one-page project description, and a
covering note detailing your proposed travel plans (offering alternative
sets of dates if possible) to Daniel Donoghue, Department of English,
Harvard University, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A. by April
15, 2010.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment

Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment

Call for Papers

The conference committee for Studies in Medievalism is pleased to invite paper and session proposals for its 26th Annual International Conference on Medievalism, to be held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, on October 20–22, 2011.

The theme of this year's conference is “Medievalism, Arthuriana, and Landscapes of Enchantment.” We therefore especially invite proposals addressing any or all of these concepts. We will also welcome proposals on any topic related to the invocation or representation of the Middle Ages in post-medieval periods. As an interdisciplinary organization, we also encourage proposals from all areas of the humanities, social sciences, and beyond, particularly proposals that address interdisciplinary themes or employ interdisciplinary theories and methods. Post-medieval interest in Arthuriana has flourished unabatedly since the 19th-century medieval revival and is, for instance, reflected in the 2010 publication of Joerg O. Fichte’s From Camelot to Obamalot: Essays on Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature.

Subthemes for the conference might include, but are not limited to:

Re-imaginings of important Arthurian figures (King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, Gawain, Morgan le Fay, Perceval, Lady of the Lake, etc.)

Representations of Arthuriana in art

Women and questions of gender in Arthuriana

Arthurian themes in music

Roles of landscapes in modern Arthurian works

Arthuriana and enchantment in modern historical novels (including mysteries)

Connections between magical enchantments and landscapes

Arthuriana and enchantment on the contemporary stage

Arthuriana in Shakespeare

Tolkien, Arthuriana, and enchantment

Enchantment in contemporary Arthurian works

Arthuriana portrayed on film, television, and/or the radio

Arthuriana and enchantment on the Internet

Arthuriana and enchantment in electronic and/or non-electronic games

Publication Opportunities:

Selected papers related to the conference theme will be published in The Year’s Work in Medievalism.

Submission Deadline: April 18, 2011

Please send 250-word abstracts for individual papers and session proposals as an email attachment in Word or pdf formats to:

Anita Obermeier, Conference Chair

International Conference on Medievalism

Institute for Medieval Studies

University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque, in the Land of Enchantment.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anatolian Society: a joint conference, July 11-12, 2011

Anatolian Society: a joint conference, July 11-12, 2011

The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and Monumenta Asia Minoris
Antiqua projects
are holding a joint conference at the Ioannou School (66 St Giles) in Oxford
on July 11-12 2011.
The theme on July 11 will be Naming in Anatolia and on July 12 Roman Phrygia.

Papers on Naming will be given by Mustafa Adak (Antalya), Alexandru
Avram (Le Mans),
Claude Brixhe (Nancy), Angelos Chaniotis (Princeton/Oxford), Jaime
Curbera (Berlin),
Hans Eichner (Vienna), Christian Marek (Zürich), Craig Melchert (UCLA),
Christof Schuler (Munich), and Riet van Bremen (London)

Papers on Roman Phrygia will be given by Claude Brixhe, Thomas
Corsten (Vienna),
Edouard Chiricat (Oxford), Charles Crowther (Oxford), Georgy Kantor (Oxford),
Barbara Levick (Oxford), Stephen Mitchell (Exeter), Philipp Niewöhner
Marijana Ricl (Belgrade),Charlotte Roueché (London), Peter Thonemann (Oxford).

A conference webpage on which titles of papers will be posted as they
are confirmed will be set up during the coming month on the MAMA
website (
Anyone interested is most welcome to attend; nearer the time we will
ask to know who will be coming as a control on numbers.
There will be no registration fee.
For accommodation we refer you to and thence the
trail Visitors & Friends - Visiting Oxford – Accomodation in Oxford,
where the first two options are Accommodation at the University and
Bed and Breakfast in Colleges.
Some graduate bursaries for travel and accommodation will be offered:
details of how to apply will be posted and circulated in May.
The Lexicon of Greek Personal Names and Monumenta Asia Minoris
Antiqua projects are supported by the AHRC.