Sunday, November 13, 2011

new date: Saints and Sinners: Teaching the Blessed and the Blasphemous

> Due to irreconcilable scheduling conflicts, the Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference has been rescheduled for the spring of 2012. Details regarding registration for the conference will be forthcoming. Here is a revised call for papers: > > > Revised Call for Papers > "Saints and Sinners: Teaching the Blessed and the Blasphemous" > > [cid:3401708447_74287676] > > Second MART (Medieval and Renaissance Teaching) Conference > March 16-17, 2012 > > > The Medieval and Renaissance Teaching Conference invites your participation in its second bi-annual meeting from March 16-17 in Dandridge, TN. Come join us in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, in the midst of the beautiful spring flowers! > > [cid:3401708447_74325152] > > > > Submissions of abstracts are welcome in any discipline involved in the teaching of the Middle Ages or Renaissance. > > In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we are especially interested in papers dealing with the teaching of saints and/or sinners! Any proposals on the topic are welcome, but papers with a pedagogical focus will be given preference. > > Papers should be limited to no more than 20 minutes (roughly eight double-spaced pages). > > > SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS > > Anyone interested in reading an original paper or proposing an organized panel should submit a one-page abstract for consideration. All abstracts will be submitted electronically. Email your abstract as a MS Word or PDF attachment to Mary Baldridge ( or Kip Wheeler ( The deadline for submission of abstracts is December 1, 2011. Participants will be notified of acceptance by January 15, 2012. >

Medieval Anti-Judaism in the Crucible of Modern Thought

the following colloquium, to be held at the University of Pittsburgh in April 2012, may be of great interest to some of you [I should add, too, that Nina Caputo and Hannah Johnson are co-editing a special issue of "postmedieval" on this topic, to be published in 2014]: The Holocaust and the Middle Ages: Medieval Anti-Judaism in the Crucible of Modern Thought >From medieval pogroms to modern racial science, Jewish history in Europe has come to stand as a test case for thinking about problems of historical continuity and change, embodied most clearly in the tension between narratives emphasizing a timeless antisemitism and arguments for the distinctive mentalities associated with discrete historical periods. Our colloquium, “The Holocaust and the Middle Ages,” seeks to reexamine Jewish history as a multi-layered problem of narrative and conceptualization, in which deeply interested anti-Jewish narratives from the premodern world form points of explosive contact with modern literary and historical modes of analysis. Part of our work is to examine how later historical lenses, such as the interests of post-Reformation history and the consuming project of Holocaust history, have substantially dictated the terms of modern understanding of Jewish-Christian relations, often with distorting effects. At the same time, medieval paradigms of religious conflict continue to operate as the unacknowledged foundations for contemporary efforts to think about problems of political conflict rooted in religious difference. Our objective is to bring together a small group of scholars and encourage significant interdisciplinary dialogue between medievalists and specialists in later fields, including particularly Reformation history and Holocaust studies. In doing so, we hope to move beyond generalities about the evolution of Western patterns of religious conflict to gain critical purchase on the ways in which our narratives for thinking about these problems are deeply imbricated in the assumptions, needs, and theories at work within discrete moments of historical thought. We invite proposals from specialists across the disciplines to participate in a small gathering of scholars at the University of Pittsburgh on April 22, 2012. Abstracts of not more than 500 words should be sent to the co-organizers, Hannah Johnson and Nina Caputo, at no later than December 12, 2011. Participants will be contacted via email by mid-January.


INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON LONDON RARE BOOKS SCHOOL 25 - 29 June & 2 - 6 July 2012 A series of five-day intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London. LONDON PALAEOGRAPHY SUMMER SCHOOL 18 June - 22 June 2012 A series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic. Courses range from a half to two days' duration and are given by experts in the London palaeography teachers' group. NEW COURSES IN PALAEOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT STUDIES The Institute is pleased to announce that it will co-ordinate two new courses on behalf of the School of Advanced Study: Palaeography and Codicology of the Latin West c.100-1500, which will run as part of the London Rare Books School 2012 and a ten-week course on Palaeography and Diplomatic for Historians, commencing January 2012. All the courses listed are suitable for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD students and are also open to professional and other participants.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages

CALL FOR PAPERS: Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 4th - 5th May 2012 We are pleased to announce a call for papers to Gender and Transgression 2012, a two-day interdisciplinary conference for postgraduate students and early career researchers hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Now in its fourth year, the conference aims to create a lively and welcoming forum for students and academic staff to build contacts, present research, and participate in creative discussion on the topics of gender and transgression in the Middle Ages. We hope to explore further how these concepts can be used to formulate new approaches to source material, drawing out fresh perspectives on both the familiar and unfamiliar. We invite staff and students from departments of History, Modern and Mediaeval Languages, Theology, English, and Art History, in addition to scholars working in any other relevant subject area, to submit abstracts for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression in the mediaeval period. This year’s keynote speaker will be Professor Elizabeth van Houts (Honorary Professor of Medieval European History, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge), who will speak on gender and marriage in the Middle Ages, with special reference to the Anglo-Norman period. Possible topics for papers might include, but are by no means limited to: -How may the terms “gender” and/or “transgression” be used as categories of analysis for the study of the Middle Ages, and how might they have been significant in mediaeval legal, literary or historical contexts? -Can transgression be seen as a constructive force in the Middle Ages? -How do gender and transgression participate in mediaeval conceptions of union? -“Speaking up”: transgressing in the written and spoken word -How are gender and transgression relevant categories for historians working in traditional economic, political, or legal fields of history? All delegates are invited to attend an evening meal after the first day’s sessions, the cost of which will be covered for conference speakers. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided for all delegates during the second day, which will conclude with an informal roundtable discussion and wine reception. Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words to the organising committee at The deadline for submission is Friday 23rd December 2011, followed by the registration deadline of Monday 2nd April 2012. Conference registration may be completed closer to the time of the conference through the St Andrews University online shop at Registration fees are £10 for academic staff and £5 for students and unwaged. For further information, please refer to the conference webpages, soon to go live at With best wishes - Gender and Transgression 2012 Organising Committee Eilidh Harris Justine Trombley Jamie Page Miriam Buncombe Roberta Cimino

Summer Programs in Medieval Studies From:

INSTITUTE OF ENGLISH STUDIES SCHOOL OF ADVANCED STUDY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON LONDON RARE BOOKS SCHOOL 25 - 29 June & 2 - 6 July 2012 A series of five-day intensive courses on a variety of book-related subjects taught by internationally renowned scholars using the unrivalled library and museum resources of London. LONDON PALAEOGRAPHY SUMMER SCHOOL 18 June - 22 June 2012 A series of intensive courses in Palaeography and Diplomatic. Courses range from a half to two days' duration and are given by experts in the London palaeography teachers' group. NEW COURSES IN PALAEOGRAPHY AND MANUSCRIPT STUDIES The Institute is pleased to announce that it will co-ordinate two new courses on behalf of the School of Advanced Study: Palaeography and Codicology of the Latin West c.100-1500, which will run as part of the London Rare Books School 2012 and a ten-week course on Palaeography and Diplomatic for Historians, commencing January 2012. All the courses listed are suitable for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD students and are also open to professional and other participants. For enquiries, registration and programme information: | Tel: +44 (0)20 7862-8680 E-mail:

Call for Papers: ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Further Call for Papers: ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’ Deadline for abstracts: 31 January 2012 The 21st Biennial Conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies will be held at Mont Fleur, Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 30 August-2 September 2012. The theme of the conference is ‘Mortality and Imagination: The Life of the Dead in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance’. In an effort to facilitate a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary conversation, we encourage scholars working in any discipline to submit abstracts addressing this theme. We also invite scholars working on any related aspect of the Middle Ages or Renaissance to submit abstracts for consideration. We are proud to announce that Helen Fulton, BA (Sydney), Dip. Celt (Oxon.), Ph.D. (Sydney) has agreed to be the keynote speaker at the conference. Please send proposals (250-300 words) for 20-minute papers to Professor David Scott-Macnab by 31 January 2012. More information:

International Medieval Society in Paris, France,

The International Medieval Society in Paris, France, is seeking paper and/or session proposals for its symposium to be held on 28-30 June 2012 on the theme of "Human/Animal". Proposals are due on 15 January 2012. Kindly note that the IMS-Paris offers a prize for the best proposal by a doctoral student. Please scroll down for additional information in English (rendez-vous sur pour consulter l'appel à communications en français).

First Year Grad Research Skills Workshop Newberry Library

If you are a first year graduate student or a faculty member with a first year graduate student to recommend, then you may be interested in the One-Day Research Skills Workshop for First-Year Graduate Students taking place at the Newberry Library from 9-5 on Friday, February 3. The workshop will be taught by Prof. Michael Kuczynski of Tulane University, and will be organized around the Penitential Psalms. For more information, click here to read a letter from Prof. Kuczynski with more detail about the program. There is also information and a form to register for the workshop on the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies page here: Enrollment is currently limited to Master's and PhD students in their first year of graduate study. ----

Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium

call for papers advertisement for the third biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS), which will take place at the University of Oxford on 5 - 7 July 2012. We would be very grateful if you would circulate the attached call for papers, and the message below, to your Faculty members and graduate students. Thank you very much for all your time and assistance. With all best wishes, The OCICS 2012 Organizing Committee. ************************* The 3rd Biennial Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) 5-7 July 2012 University of Oxford The Oxford/Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium (OCICS) is a biennial conference devoted to the interdisciplinary study of chronicles in the medieval and Early Modern periods. It provides a forum for discussions of historical and related texts written across a range of languages, periods and places. It seeks to strengthen the network of chronicle studies worldwide, and aims to encourage collaboration between researchers working in a variety of disciplines from around the globe. The theme for the 2012 conference, which will take place at the University of Oxford from the 5-7 July, is 'Bonds, Links, and Ties in Medieval and Renaissance Chronicles'. Keynote addresses will be given by Prof Pauline Stafford (Liverpool), Dr Elizabeth van Houts (Cambridge), and Dr James Howard-Johnston (Oxford). The conference will take place at Oxford's Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. Registration is £60 (full) or £50 (reduced). This includes lunch and refreshments on all three days. A limited number of bursaries will be available to assist graduate students with travel costs. Call for Papers Abstracts of no more than 300 words for papers of 20 minutes must be submitted to the organizers via e-mail (at by 31 January 2012. Topics may include, but are not limited to: « genealogies (real or imagined) « family bonds « textual links « breaks and discontinuities « links between past, present, and future « ties of religion and faith « law, order, and disruption « oaths, promises, and betrayals « local, regional, and national identities Please visit our website for more information: We look forward to receiving your submission! Yours faithfully, The OCICS 2012 Organizing Committee.

British Library's Digitised Manuscripts site

The British Library's Digitised Manuscripts site was launched in September 2010, and currently attracts more than 24,000 page views each month. Our first upload comprised 284 Greek manuscripts, and we have periodically added more content, including the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Old English Hexateuch and autograph manuscripts of William Blake and JSBach. Another 74 Greek manuscripts have now been added to this list, containing approximately 25,000 images. The British Library is privileged to house such a significant collection of manuscripts written in the Greek language, ranging in date from the 3rd century B.C. to the present, and constituting arguably the largest and most important resource outside Greece for the study of Hellenic culture. The digitisation of our Greek manuscripts has been generously funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The most recent upload features items ranging in date from the 11th to the 18th century, and includes a 14th-century Psalter, works of St Basil of Caesarea copied in the 14th century, a 15th-century copy of Homer's Odyssey, a collection of divinations and writings on magic, and a Greek-Latin dictionary copied in about 1420. Here is a listing of all the Greek manuscripts recently added to the British Library's Digitised Manuscripts. Harley 1675 Copies of Greek and Latin texts with notes by Toussaint Berchet (d. 1607), after 1590 Harley 1771 Homer, Iliad, 15th century Harley 1814 Dionysius Periegetes, Orbis descriptio, 15th century Harley 1868 Cassianus Bassus, Geoponica, 14th century Harley 3100 Suda, 15th century Harley 3329 In Sacra Biblia Graeca ex versione LXX, 17th century Harley 3382 Selections from Claudius Aelian, De animalium natura libri xvii, 17th century Harley 3521 Collection of notes and extracts, 17th century Harley 4767 Lycophron, Alexandra, 17th century Harley 5534 Psalter, 14th century Harley 5539 Works of Agapetus diaconus and Basil I 'the Macedonian', 15th century Harley 5549 Life of Hartmann Beyer (1516-1577), by Philipp Reinhart, ?1580 Harley 5554 Nomocanon of Manuel Malaxos, 1675 Harley 5556 Gerasimus, Patriarch of Alexandria, On Communion, etc., 1714 Harley 5560 Sindbad (Syntipas) the philosopher, Tale of the king, his son, and the 7 sages, 1667 Harley 5561 Euchologion, with readings from the Epistles and Gospels, 13th-15th century Harley 5564 Epiphanius of Salamis, De duodecim gemmis, 16th century Harley 5570 Psalms and Odes etc., 16th century Harley 5574 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 17th century Harley 5575 Euthymius Zigabenus, Ps.-Nonnus, Nicholas of Andida etc., 1281 Harley 5576 Works of St Basil of Caesarea etc., 14th century Harley 5577 Works of Dionysius Periegetes and Eustathius of Thessalonica, 15th century Harley 5581 Menaion, 14th century Harley 5588 New Testament, 13th century Harley 5590 Eusebius of Caesarea, Commentary on the Psalms, 16th century Harley 5592 Photius, Bibliotheca, 16th century Harley 5593 Works of Photius, Aristides, Philip of Side etc., 1555 Harley 5596 Divinations, magic, etc., 15th century Harley 5599 Aristotle, 15th century Harley 5602 St John Chrysostom, Homiliae 1-55 in Acta Apostolorum, 12th century Harley 5603 Metaphrastan Menologion for October, 11th century Harley 5607 Hilarion Cigalas, Archbishop of Cyprus, Synodikon in hexameters, 17th century Harley 5608 Missal of Dominican use, 15th century Harley 5609 Works of St Basil of Caesarea and Isocrates, 15th century Harley 5610 Epistolographi Graeci, 14th century Harley 5619 St John Damascenus, Barlaam and Josaphat, c.1590 Harley 5623 Liturgica, 13th-17th century Harley 5626 Medical writings of Aetius and Hippocrates, 16th century Harley 5630 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 16th century Harley 5637 Collations of Polyainos, Strategemata, 17th century Harley 5645 Themistius, 17th century Harley 5663 Collection of fragments, 16th century Harley 5666 Commentary on St Gregory, In laudem S. Basilii Magni, etc., 16th century Harley 5672 Homer, Iliad, 15th century Harley 5675 Canon Law, 16th century Harley 5678 Dionysius the Ps.-Areopagite, 15th century Harley 5679 Dioscorides, 15th century Harley 5685 Nemesius and Proclus, 12th century Harley 5691 Works of Manuel Bryennios, etc., 15th-16th century Harley 5692 Plutarch, Vitae Parallelae, 14th century Harley 5697 Ιoannes Chortasmenos, Metropolites of Selymbria, 15th century Harley 5727 Scholia on Homer, Iliad I-XIX, 15th-16th century Harley 5734 Theological miscellany, 16th century Harley 5782 Synaxarion (Lives of Saints), 1362-63 Harley 5783 Symeon, Archbishop of Thessalonica, 1601 Harley 5784 Four Gospels, 15th century Harley 5790 Four Gospels, 1478 Harley 5795 Iamblichus, 16th century Harley 6302 Formulary for letters to ecclesiastics, etc., 17th century Harley 6304 Nomocanon, 1713 Harley 6307 Aristophanes, Plutus, Nubes and Ranae, 15th century Harley 6309 Mechanica, 17th century Harley 6310 Collection of fragments, 16th century Harley 6311A Demosthenes, De corona, 15th century Harley 6313 Greek-Latin dictionary, circa 1420 Harley 6316 Ecclesiastical History, 16th century Harley 6317 Military treatises by Athenaeus, Biton and Leo VI, ?1563 Harley 6322 Demosthenes, Aeschines, Synesius, 15th century Harley 6325 Homer, Odyssey, 15th century Harley 6462 Greek grammar in Latin, before 1715 Harley 6478 Epigrams from the Palatine Anthology, before 1713 Harley 6874 Aristotle, 15th century Harley 6876 Geoponica, c. 1700-1703 Harley 7576 Miscellany, 1588-1724

“Imperial Self-presentation and the Byzantine Oikoumene”

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture presents a Public Lecture by Professor Ioli Kalavrezou “Imperial Self-presentation and the Byzantine Oikoumene” Thursday, December 1, 2011 At 4:00 p.m. All are welcome The lecture will be held in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library & Learning Resource Center at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology located at 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445 Free Parking available on campus For more information, please contact the Director of the MJCBAC, Dr. Maria Kouroumali,

Call for Sessions: BABEL's 2nd Biennial Meeting

The time draws near -- December 15th, to be exact -- for session proposals for the 2nd biennial meeting of the BABEL Working Group, "cruising in the ruins: the question of disciplinarity in the post/medieval university," to be held in Boston from 20-23 September 2012, and co-hosted by Northeastern University, Boston College, and M.I.T. If you are interested in submitting only an individual paper, don't worry -- shortly after we have assembled all of the finalized sessions, we will issue another call for individual papers, to be submitted to organized sessions or just as individual papers [the next deadline for submissions will likely be in mid- to late March]. We've gathered an exciting line-up of featured speakers -- Jane Bennett, Jeffrey Cohen, Carolyn Dinshaw, David Kaiser, Marget Long, Lindy Elkins-Tanton and Sans façon -- who cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields, from medieval studies to physics to planetary geology to political philosophy to architecture to public art to photography, and who have been asked to consider the possibility of new friendships (intellectual and otherwise) across and within local knowledges. We are hoping for a raucous and felicitous convergence of bodies of knowledge and singular voices to help us consider: what happens both deep within, but also, beyond and after disciplines? What happens when we re-sound our disciplinary wells, while also, inevitably, bumping into each other and occasionally hooking up, like Democritus’s atoms, with our disciplinary Others? We're hoping to consider (and dream) together what the “uni-” in “university” and “universe” might mean; what the “after” in “after inter-disciplinarity” might portend; what misfit heterotopias might be possible in a new multiversity; what the “cruising” in “cruising in the ruins” might invite. For more details about the meeting, and where to send session proposals, go here: For a glance at the program, with asbtracts, from our first biennial meeting, go here: Best, Eileen -- Eileen A. Joy, Assoc. Professor Dept. of English Language and Literature Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Peck Hall, Room 3206 Edwardsville, IL 62026-1431 (618) 650-3971 Lead Ingenitor, The BABEL Working Group

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

18th Annual ACMRS Conference

18th Annual ACMRS Conference Erotica and the Erotic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance Online Site here.

Index of Christian Art

The Index of Christian Art has just launched three new resources for the medievalist which contain over 25,000 images. The first of these is a database of some six thousand images of medieval-mainly Romanesque art which were taken by a Swiss couple who wish to remain anonymous. The collection of digitized slides covers France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Cursory cataloguing accompanies these images which are more fully analyzed in the Index database proper. The url is The second resource is The Lois Drewer Database. When she died some five months ago she left the Index of Christian Art a large and unsorted collection of slides which covered many countries she visited throughout her lifetime. Her wide interest in art and architecture is reflected in this collection which spans landscape and garden design to archaeological sites in the Near East, to Romanesque and Gothic architecture to a considerable focus on Renaissance architecture. Her travels brought her to Austria, Crete, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Libya, the Netherlands, Spain, Syria, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. It is slightly ironical that some of the weakest areas to be represented in this collection are the medieval and Byzantine worlds! Again, cursory cataloguing accompanies these images which are low resolution jpg files. The url for this site is The third resource is the first installment of images from a collaborative venture the Index entered into with the Bibliotheque Gabriel Millet in the Sorbonne, Paris. This is to catalogue the entire archive of Byzantine art that was first started in 1903. As it presently stands, the database contains nearly all of the slides (approximately 15,000) in the archive. It is hoped that these will be extended over time with the addition of the glass plate negatives and prints. Enquiries regarding this database should be addressed to Catherine Jolivet-Lévy at Images from this resources are not available from the Index. The url for this resource is

Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels From:

You may recall that the Workshop on the Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels, which was due to take place in April this year, had to be postponed due to unforseen circumstances. We would like to inform you that it has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th of April 2012. The workshop will still take place at the University of Westminster, London. The workshop aims to provide a forum for multidisciplinary discussion on the gloss. You are welcome to present a paper on topics such as: 1) The relationship between the Old English gloss and the Latin text 2) The similarities and differences between the Aldredian gloss and Rushworth 2 3) The linguistic features of the Old English gloss (spelling/phonology, morphology, morphosyntax and lexis) 4) The historical, religious, literary and intellectual context of the gloss 5) The Lindisfarne gloss in the context of Old English glossography Prof. Michelle Brown, Prof. Jane Roberts and Dr Robert McColl Millar have already confirmed their participation as key-note speakers. If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract (approx. 500 words) before the 10th of January 2012 to Dr Pons-Sanz ( We very much look forward to seeing you in London next April. With best wishes, Dr Sara M. Pons-Sanz & Dr Julia Fernandez Cuesta

Inter Ambo Maria: Northern Barbarians from Scandinavia towards the Black Sea.²

Dear Colleagues! We invite you to participate in conference ³Inter Ambo Maria: Northern Barbarians from Scandinavia towards the Black Sea.² The conference will take place on 3 ­ 7 October 2012 in the Crimea. The Organizing Committee will cover your stay in the Crimea (accommodation, food, and excursions). But you have to cover your travel expenses to Simferopol airport or railway station and back by yourself. Please confirm your participation before 1 March 2012 by sending an application to the e-mail address: or Organizers of the Conference: ‹ Vest Agder County Council (Kristiansand, Norway); ‹ National Taurida University (Simferopol, Ukraine); ‹ ³Heritage of Millennia² non-profitable foundation for history and archeology (Simferopol, Ukraine).


FLORILEGIA FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE RENAISSANCE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AUTHORITY INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN 1-2 DECEMBER 2011 From Antiquity onwards, florilegia have played an important role in the preservation and reception of the work of influential authors. For various reasons, extracts from their work have been selected, rearranged and assembled to form new entities. These, in turn, were often disseminated widely, for instance through translations. As a consequence, florilegia are crucial in the process of the transmission of knowledge. Because the florilegium as a genre is inherently connected with value judgements, it also has close ties with the issue of authority. Florilegia exert an influence on the canonization of texts and authors, while their perceived importance is itself often based on the authority of their compilers. Conversely, the work itself regularly acquires a certain status that can reflect on the compiler, witness the many ‘pseudo’-florilegia. Not only are florilegia sometimes strategically or erroneously attributed to an authority, the same can be observed with regard to the texts that have been included in them. However, the different instances of authority that can be related to florilegia do not necessarily lead to a completely stable text. Indeed, this genre is – even more than others – characterized by an intriguing openness: it is not only impossible to strictly distinguish the genre from related forms; the variability of the text is to a large degree also due to the fact that parts of it can easily be added, moved or omitted during transmission. This process of selection and (re)arrangement is obviously a typical feature of florilegia both at the time of their creation and during various stages of their transmission. During this two-day workshop we will study the constants and evolutions with regard to the creation, function, public and context of a large range of florilegia from Antiquity to the Renaissance, from the Byzantine, Latin and vernacular traditions. The contributions will combine various disciplines: philology, history, codicology, philosophy, literary studies, etc. Specific case studies will be combined with broader surveys, with the issue of authority functioning as a shared focal point. Participation is free, but registration (before 21 November) is required: Location Pauscollege, Conferentiezaal Hogeschoolplein 3, 3000 Leuven The workshop is organized by the Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (IMRS) and LECTIO. Organizing committee Rita Beyers, Reinhart Ceulemans, Pieter De Leemans, Kristoffel Demoen, An Faems, Jan Papy, Peter Van Deun, Gerd Van Riel Scientific committee Rita Beyers, Kristoffel Demoen, Russell Friedman, Jacqueline Hamesse, Johan Leemans, Glenn Most, Antonio Rigo With the generous support of - FWO-Vlaanderen - vzw Graecitas Christiana - Leuven International Doctoral School for the Humanities and Social Sciences - the research committee of the Faculty of Arts (K.U.Leuven)

CFP: Creation and Destruction in the Long Middle Ages

CFP: Creation and Destruction in the Long Middle Ages The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study announces its seventh annual Graduate Student Conference at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday, February 24, 2012. This year's theme, Creation and Destruction, is designed to address a number of methodological, historical, and theoretical issues within the diverse fields of medieval studies ranging from late antiquity to the early modern period. The cycle of beginnings and endings has a number of manifestations that are unique to the medieval period. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following: concepts of time and history, iconoclasm, imperial mythology, hagiography, invention and translation of relics, scientific discoveries, literary themes, burial practices, archaeological sites, and theological developments. Please send 200-word abstracts to by December 20, 2011.

International Congress of Middle Ages for Predoctoral Researchers. Almeria (Spain), June 18-22, 2012.

International Congress of Middle Ages for Predoctoral Researchers. Almeria (Spain), June 18-22, 2012. The purpose of the congress is twofold: 1. The creation of an international meeting and debate forum to promote the exchange of ideas among predoctoral researchers on the Middle Ages, be it History, Art History, or Archaeology. 2. To report the different research lines being developed, with an emphasis on: -The subject of thesis projects -Research methodology -Computer assisted data processing -Field work The call for papers is open to any researcher working on a doctoral thesis in History, Art History or Mediaeval Archaeology. Besides, proposals will be accepted from researchers expected to defend their doctoral theses on after 1 March, 2012. Proposals of papers can be sent to the Organizing Committe until November 11 -included- ( After evaluation, the acceptance of proposals will be communicated until November 25. For further information, please go to Call for Papers Spanish/English available.

CFP: Between Families and Institutions: Towards a Comparative History of Urban Communities, 1350-1600

CFP: Between Families and Institutions: Towards a Comparative History of Urban Communities, 1350-1600 The social organisation of medieval and early modern urban communities has long been debated, particularly the significance of norms, networks and institutions for advancing social integration and cohesion. Pre-modern urban life is sometimes thought to have rested on a lost form of association rooted in kinship, friendship and neighbourhood. Others argue that these relations were particular and primordial: genuine trust and solidarity based on reciprocity are then regarded as properties of modern society. More recently, the emergence of corporation-based institutions (guilds, fraternities, neighbourhoods, etc.) in medieval cities and towns has drawn much attention. These voluntary associations, by generating social capital, gave rise to political stability, fostered economic growth and strengthened societal cohesiveness; and, as such, they shaped urban civil society. The last conclusion has met with general acceptance, even though we still do not know how voluntary associations contributed to the well-being of both townsmen and urban society as a whole. This workshop, therefore, addresses the question as to how membership of trade and craft guilds and religious fraternities benefited individuals and how these organisations strengthened the cohesiveness of medieval and early modern European urban communities. It aims to scrutinise the social texture of these corporations and how their various roles in urban society developed over time, thereby challenging participants to re-examine existing data and re-evaluate current theories. The comparative perspective of the workshop should also be instructive in determining the factors that explain variations in the role of voluntary associations as integrative forces in urban society, particularly between southern and north-western Europe. The call for papers, therefore, aims to attract contributions on the following themes: 1) Structure and membership: Under what conditions did guilds and fraternities emerge as the collective consequence of cooperation between individuals? How did the growth and institutionalisation of these voluntary associations affect their internal organisation and members’ participation? Which segments of urban society had access to guilds and fraternities, i.e. how did mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion operate? And, to what extent were these multi-layered voluntary associations shaped by kinship ties or ingrained in neighbourhoods? 2) Functions and beneficiaries: How did the secondary political, social or cultural functions of guilds and fraternities relate to their core economic or religious purposes? Were secondary functions – for example social assistance – important motives for joining voluntary associations? Did benefits of membership also extend to the families of members? And, to what extent and how did these organisations produce public goods that benefited the urban community as a whole? 3) Institutional contexts: What kind of linkages and interactions (particularly through overlapping social networks) existed between guilds and fraternities and urban religious and secular institutions? To what degree was their organisation and functioning determined by variations in the wider urban institutional framework? And, to what extent did differences in family structures and household formation patterns affect the social role of guilds and fraternities in urban society? 4) Ideology and culture: Did ideological, religious and cultural norms and beliefs emerge that strengthened cooperation within guilds and fraternities? Were the religious and cultural activities of voluntary associations interwoven with urban festivities, and to what extent did they fit into an overarching urban ideology? And, did these activities contribute to or harm the social cohesiveness of urban communities? Early career researchers and researchers working on southern Europe are particularly encouraged to participate. Please send abstracts of around 250 words for 20-minute papers to the organiser, Dr Arie van Steensel ( Deadline for abstracts is 5 December 2011. The workshop will take place on Friday, 27 April 2012, at the European University Institute (EUI), Department of History and Civilization, Florence, Italy. Selected paper participants will receive reimbursement for accommodation expenses. Funding is provided by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme as part of the Marie Curie Actions IEF-project ‘Constructing Solidarities. Kinship Ties and Social Networks in the Urban Communities of Italy and the Low Countries, 1250-1550’, and by the European University Institute.

Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography 13-18 August 2012

Lincoln College Summer School of Greek Palaeography 13-18 August 2012 Purpose: The school is intended for students of Classical, Biblical, Patristic and medieval Greek literature, for historians of Byzantine art and culture, and for custodians of manuscripts and rare books. Its aim is to introduce them to research work with medieval Greek manuscripts. Structure: Over the course of five days, students will have ten reading classes, participate in four manuscript viewing sessions in Oxford libraries, and attend ten lectures (listed below). Tutors: Ilse de Vos (M.A., Ghent; Ph.D., Leuven); Charalambos Dendrinos (M.A., Ph.D., London); Dimitrios Skrekas (M.St., D.Phil., Oxford); Georgi Parpulov (M.A., Sofia; Ph.D., Chicago); Nigel Wilson, F.B.A. Lecture speakers: Andrew Honey (Care and Conservation of Byzantine Manuscripts), Nigel Wilson (Cataloguing Greek Manuscripts; Editing Classical Texts), Ilse de Vos (Editing Patristic Texts), Marc Lauxtermann (Editing Byzantine Poetry), Elizabeth Jeffreys (Editing Byzantine Prose), Michael Jeffreys (Editing Vernacular Texts; Early Printing in Greek), Alexander Lingas (Greek Liturgical Manuscripts), Maja Kominko (Byzantine Manuscript Illumination) Fees: £ 200 Accommodation: Accommodation will be available at Lincoln College at the cost of £ 263 (prices current as of December 2011), but students may choose to make their own living arrangements in Oxford. Financial assistance: Bursaries of £ 463 will cover the fees and accommodation expenses of at least five students. At least two more students will be able to attend the school without paying a £ 200 fee. Active efforts are being made to raise funds for further bursaries. Applications are due on or before 8 January 2012 and are to be submitted by e-mail to . Please, explain in detail your reasons for wishing to attend the school and attach your current CV. Indicate whether you would like to be considered for financial assistance. Arrange for one letter of reference from an established academic to be sent to the same e-mail address by 8 January 2012. Successful applicants will be notified on 20 January 2012. ________________________________________


LECTIO, the Leuven Centre for the study of the transmission of texts and ideas in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (, is organizing a series of round tables in the framework of a "Laboratory for critical text editing". The first one is entitled ‘Digital or critical/Digital and critical?’. Speakers are Franz Fischer (Cologne Center for eHumanities), Karina van Dalen-Oskam (Huygens ING) and Tara Andrews (K.U.Leuven/LECTIO). The meeting will take place on Monday November 21, 2-5 pm, in Leuven, Faculty of Arts (, Room: MSI 02.08. You are most welcome to attend, but, please register by sending an email to An Faems:

27th International Conference on Medievali

Call for Papers 27th International Conference on Medievalism Hosted by Kent State University Regional Campuses (October 18-20, 2012) THEME: Medievalism(s) & Diversity Deadline: June 1, 2012 Conference Theme: Is there diversity in medievalism? How has medievalism represented diversity of religion, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, gender,...? How have medievalist works supported issues concerning equity and inclusion? How have medievalist works oppressed and suppressed? Are there elements of bigotry and discrimination? What about human rights as a medieval concept, as a contemporary concept? Media to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: novels, plays, films, art works, the Internet, television, historical works, political works, comics, video games. Angles to consider might include (but are not limited to) any of the following: race, gender, sexuality, disability/ability, religion, corporation and/or class, nationality, human rights, political correctness, marginalization, anti-marginalization tactics, rewritten codes, rewritten ideologies, re-affirmed codes, re-affirmed ideologies. Conference Location: Nestled on 200 beautiful acres, yet only minutes from the hustle and bustle of The Strip and Westfield Belden Village Mall, Kent State University at Stark provides a quiet, serene and picturesque setting for students and the community to enjoy. With rolling hills, a pond, walking trail, and a Campus Center and Food Emporium, it is located in Jackson Township, just five minutes from the Akron-Canton Airport and easily accessible from Interstate-77. Publication Opportunities: Selected papers related to the conference theme will be published in The Year’s Work in Medievalism. Deadline: June 1, 2012 Please send paper and/or session proposals to either: Carol L. Robinson, Conference Chair International Conference on Medievalism Kent State University Trumbull 4314 Mahoning Avenue, NW Warren, Ohio 44483 EMAIL: FAX: 330-437-0490 or Elizabeth Williamsen, Conference Assist. Chair International Conference on Medievalism Kent State University Stark 6000 Frank Avenue, NW North Canton, Ohio 44720 EMAIL: FAX: 330-437-0490
Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures Call for Submissions, 2013 Open Issue Digital Philology is a new peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of medieval vernacular texts and cultures. Founded by Stephen G. Nichols and Nadia R. Altschul, the journal aims to foster scholarship that crosses disciplines upsetting traditional fields of study, national boundaries and periodizations. Digital Philology also encourages both applied and theoretical research that engages with the digital humanities and shows why and how digital resources require new questions, new approaches, and yield radical results. Beginning in 2012 Digital Philology will have two issues per year, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. One of the issues will be open to all submissions, while the other one will be guest-edited and revolve around a thematic axis. Contributions may take the form of a scholarly essay or focus on the study of a particular manuscript. Articles must be written in English, follow the 3rd edition (2008) of the MLA style manual, and be between 5,000 and 7,000 words in length, including footnotes and list of works cited. Quotations in the main text in languages other than English should appear along with their English translation. Digital Philology is welcoming submissions for its 2013 open issue. Inquiries and submissions (as a Word document attachment) should be sent to, addressed to the Managing Editor (Albert Lloret). Digital Philology will also publish manuscript studies and reviews of books and digital projects. Correspondence regarding manuscript studies may be addressed to Jeanette Patterson at Correspondence regarding digital projects and publications for review may be addressed to Timothy Stinson at Editors and Editorial Board Albert Lloret, Managing Editor University of Massachusetts Amherst Jeanette Patterson, Manuscript Studies Editor Johns Hopkins University Timothy Stinson, Review Editor North Carolina State University Nadia R. Altschul, Executive Editor Johns Hopkins University Stephen G. Nichols and Nadia R. Altschul, Founding Editors Johns Hopkins University Editorial Board Tracy Adams, Auckland University Benjamin Albritton, Stanford University Nadia R. Altschul, Johns Hopkins University R. Howard Bloch, Yale University Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, University of Paris, Sorbonne - Paris IV Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto Lucie Dolezalova, Charles University, Prague Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto Jeffrey Hamburger, Harvard University Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz Joachim Küpper, Free University of Berlin Deborah McGrady, University of Virginia Christine McWebb, University of Waterloo Stephen G. Nichols, Johns Hopkins University Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University