Saturday, April 12, 2014

University of St. Thomas English and Art History graduate programs will hold an interdisciplinary conference

Call for Papers
University of St. Thomas
English Graduate Conference
Friday, April 25, 2014

Please forward this message to your graduate students – a CFP poster is attached. Thank you,

The University of St. Thomas English and Art History graduate programs will hold an interdisciplinary conference on Friday, April 25, 2014.
While papers addressing any aspect of literature, visual arts, and culture will be considered, we particularly welcome proposals for papers exploring the topic of Visualizing the Past/Imagining the Future.
·         How do conceptions of the past or future inform and/or constrain the process of literary or artistic production?
·         How have artists and writers imagined the future in utopian or dystopian terms?
·         In what ways have literary or historical eras (e.g., the “dark ages” or Romanticism) been idealized or demonized by writers or artists of later eras?
·         In what ways is the practice of literary or art history promoted and/or constrained by conceptions of “truthiness” or other aspects of postmodern culture?
·         How are historic conceptions of time (e.g., apocalypse, millennialism, geologic time, periodization) created and/or expressed in literary and artistic texts?
·         How might non-human and manufactured environments of the future construct or be constructed by literary and visual texts?
·         In what ways does the narrative of memory affect the construction of language, communities, societies, and cultures?
·         How do digital technologies [re]shape conceptions of the past and/or the future?
·         How may literature and the visual arts mold the future concept of the human in the wake of social, cultural, and technological transformations?

We encourage analyses of literary, artistic, architectural, cultural, cinematic, digital, and/or other textualities.
Email two-page (maximum) proposals for individual presentations or for panels of three to all members of the conference program committee:
Alexis Easley,,
Heather Shirey,,
and Marty Warren,,
by March 15, 2014. Final papers should take 15 minutes (20 minutes maximum) to present.

28th Irish Conference of Medievalists

held in UCD, Dublin 
between 1 - 3 July 2014. We welcome papers about all aspects of medieval 
history. Please visit our website at 
to find out more information. This year, for the first time, we are 
awarding a prize for the best graduate paper delivered at the

If you have any queries email And, of course, pass on 
the word!

Elva Johnston

Dr Elva Johnston
UCD School of History and Archives
UCD Dublin

The Carolingian frontier and its neighbours

University of Cambridge, 4-6 July, 2014

While recent scholarship has done much to illuminate early medieval 
frontiers, the relationship between the Carolingian frontier and its 
neighbouring societies has yet to be the focus of sustained, comparative 
discussion.  This conference aims to initiate a dialogue between 
scholars of the Carolingian frontier and those of the societies it 
bordered, and in so doing to reach a better understanding of the nature 
and extent of contacts in frontier regions and the various manners in 
which these contacts – not to mention frontier regions themselves – were 
conceptualized.  Moreover, it will explore the interplay between various 
types of contact – whether military, political, economic, social, or 
religious – and the various ways in which these contacts could underpin, 
or undermine, existing relationships, both between the local societies 
themselves and between political centres.

By bringing together an international group of established and 
postgraduate scholars whose work lies both inside and outside the 
Carolingian empire, this conference seeks not only to open up 
comparative perspectives, but also to place the Carolingian empire 
within its global historical context.  Topics may include, but are not 
limited to: cross-border socio-political influence; religious contacts 
and ideological exchange; trade and material culture; the influence of 
political centres at the frontier; frontier fortifications; and local 
and central conceptualizations of frontiers within the period c. 750 – 
c. 950.  Participants are also welcome to consider different Carolingian 
frontiers in comparative perspective and the role of modern scholarship 
in the ‘creation’ of the Carolingian frontier.

Confirmed speakers for this conference include Dr. Caroline Brett 
(Cambridge), Professor Wojciech Fałkowski (Warsaw), Professor Joachim 
Henning (Frankfurt), Dr. Jonathan Jarrett (Birmingham), Professor 
Eduardo Manzano Moreno (Madrid), and Dr. Ivo Štefan (Prague).  Alongside 
invited papers, proposals are welcomed from postgraduate and 
postdoctoral students whose work focuses on the Carolingian frontier, 
and particularly from scholars of the societies which the Carolingians 

This conference will take place over three days at the University of 
Cambridge.  Interested parties should send a 350 word abstract for a 
twenty-minute paper to  The deadline 
for proposals is 11 April 2014.

This conference is generously supported by the George Macaulay Trevelyan 
Fund and by the Society for the Study of French History.

With all best wishes,
Ingrid Rembold
Fraser McNair
Sam Ottewill-Soulsby

You are invited to attend a regional English workshop at Rochester Community and Technical College

on FridayApril 25, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The theme of this year’s workshop will be “Integrating Reading and Writing for Developmental Students.” Dr. Jeanine Williams of the Community College of Baltimore County will be the keynote speaker and workshop leader.

The conference is free to MnSCU faculty and staff; $25 for non-MnSCU employees.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  For payment information, please contact me. 

If you plan to attend, please let us know by Friday, April 11. Please respond to this email with your name, school, and any dietary accommodations requested, including if you prefer a vegetarian option.  

Further information, including a specific schedule of conference events and directions to campus (and buildings and rooms), will be made available in a forthcoming email.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me.


Jennifer Nisbit
Office and Administrative Specialist Intermediate – Dean, Faculty, and Athletics
Focus on the Children Conference Coordinator
Rochester Community and Technical College

Colloquium Inaugurating the Network for the Study of Caroline Minuscule

Call for papers: Colloquium Inaugurating the Network for the Study of 
Caroline Minuscule

23 May 2014, Cambridge University Library, UK
Welcome: Professor Rosamond McKitterick, University of Cambridge
Confirmed speakers: David Ganz, Mary Garrison, Erik Kwakkel, Susan 
Rankin, Mariken Teeuwen

As publication approaches for the final volume of Bernhard Bischoff’s 
‘Katalog der festländischen Handschriften des neunten Jahrhunderts’, 
early medieval historians and palaeographers must consider the 
significance of this work as well as the research that it enables on the 
origins, development, and varieties of Caroline minuscule. In 
recognition of this landmark publication and in hopes of building upon 
it, we are co-ordinating a project on the study of Caroline minuscule 
that aims to add to the great advances of the past generation of 

Our first major event is a colloquium to be held on 23 May in Cambridge. 
It will address the current state of research on Caroline minuscule from 
the late eighth to the tenth centuries and explore questions related to 
studying the script today, including but not limited to:

-the emergence and development of Caroline minuscule and its varieties
-peculiar features of script or style in certain manuscripts or groups 
of manuscripts
-comparisons between different codices, regions, scriptoria or scribes
-proposals for new palaeographical tools, methods or terminology
-the means and challenges of dating and localising manuscripts written 
in Caroline minuscule
-opportunities for the palaeography of Caroline minuscule in the digital 
-useful but neglected aspects of Bischoff’s research

Paper proposals should be sent to Anna Dorofeeva ( or 
Zachary Guiliano ( as pdfs of c. 500 words, together 
with a brief CV (one A4 page). The deadline is 31 March but early 
submission is strongly encouraged. Small bursaries may be available for 
travel and accommodation expenses, and responses from postgraduates and 
in languages other than English are especially welcome. For further 
information, and to join the Network, please visit

With best wishes,

Anna Dorofeeva and Zachary Guiliano

SAVE THE DATE notice for a Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology conference

Saturday 27 September 2014, 9.30-5.30. University of Winchester, King Alfred Campus
Lives and Landscapes in Early Medieval Wessex: A Conference in Honour of Professor Barbara Yorke, Professor Emerita of Early Medieval History, University of Winchester
Speakers confirmed: Professor Martin Biddle, Dr Robert Higham, Professor David Hinton, Professor Dame Jinty Nelson, Professor Andrew Reynolds
Please contact to register interest.
Registration details to be circulated soon, at

The Corpus of Spanish Biblical Texts

Dear Friends,
It is a pleasure to announce the fifth corpus of the Digital Library of
Spanish Texts project: Spanish Biblical Texts (

The Corpus of Spanish Biblical Texts is a free online resource developed
the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies ( in
collaboration with the Biblia Medieval project (
main goal is to facilitate the study and dissemination of a unique
of the medieval Hispanic language and culture: the translations of the
Bible into Castilian undertaken during the Middle Ages.

This new research integrates in a common interface the texts, indices
(alphabetic, frequency, reverse alphabetic) and KWIC concordances of 19
biblical translations into medieval Spanish, almost 5 million words,
allowing for seamless queries in all of its components. A complete
of all the texts is included at the end of this message.

This corpus will be a significant source of information for historical
linguists, lexicographers, and any other researcher interested in the
medieval Castilian biblical translations. They will be able to access
search the contents of the texts for a wide variety of research tasks
connected with the diachronic developments of medieval Spanish, allowing
them to examine the shift, continuities and patterns of variation that
occurred over several centuries.

The other four corpora included in the Digital Library of Old Spanish
* Prose Works of Alfonso X el sabio (20 texts / 3,255,914 tokens) (
* Spanish Medical Texts (55 texts / 2,642,403 tokens) (
* Navarro-Aragonese Texts (36 texts / 3,336,942 tokens) (
* Spanish Legal Texts (49 texts / 2,804,358 tokens) (

With this new corpus, the Digital Library of Old Spanish Texts now
free online access to 179 texts and close to 17,000,000 tokens.


Queridos amigos:
Es un placer anunciaros la quinta entrega de la Biblioteca Digital de
Textos del Español Antiguo: Textos bíblicos españoles (

El Corpus de textos bíblicos españoles es un recurso electrónico de uso
libre en la red desarrollado por el Hispanic Seminary of Medieval
Studies ( en colaboración con el proyecto Biblia
Medieval ( Con este recurso se pretende facilitar el
estudio y
la difusión de un aspecto singular de la lengua y cultura medievales
hispánicas: las traducciones de la Biblia al castellano llevadas a cabo
durante la Edad Media.

Esta nueva herramienta de investigación integra en una única interfaz
textos, índices (alfabético, de frecuencia, inverso) y concordancias
de los 19 romanceamientos bíblicos en castellano, cerca de 5 millones de
palabras, permitiendo consultas en todos sus componentes. Al final de
mensaje se ofrece el listado de los textos incluidos.

Este corpus textual será una importante fuente de información para
lingüistas históricos, lexicógrafos y todos aquellos investigadores
interesados en las diferentes versiones bíblicas medievales en
quienes podrán examinar los contenidos de los textos para desarrollar
gran variedad de estudios conectados con el desarrollo del español
medieval, permitiéndoles rastrear los cambios, continuidades y patrones
variación ocurridos a lo largo de varios siglos.

Los otros cuatro corpus disponibles en la Biblioteca Digital de Textos
Español Antiguo son:
* Obra en prosa de Alfonso X el sabio (20 textos / 3.255.914 tokens) (
* Textos médicos españoles (55 textos / 2.642.403 tokens) (
* Textos navarro-aragoneses (36 textos / 3.336.942 tokens) (
* Textos legales españoles (49 textos / 2.804.358 tokens) (

Con esta nueva entrega, la Biblioteca Digital de Textos del Español
ofrece acceso gratuito en línea a 179 textos y cerca de 17.000.000

Francisco Gago



1- La Fazienda de Ultramar (Salamanca: Biblioteca Universitaria, ms.
2- Biblia romanceada E6 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.6)
3- Biblia romanceada E8 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.8)
4- Biblia romanceada E8 (Escorial: Monasterio I.Y.6)
5- General Estoria: Alfonso X (1252-1284)
    a. GE1 (Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional, ms. 816)
    b. GE2 (Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional, ms. 10.237, Évora: Biblioteca
Pública, ms. CXXV/2-3 y Escorial: Monasterio O-I-11)
    c. GE3 (Évora: Biblioteca Pública, ms. CXXV/2-3 y Escorial:
    d. GE4 (Vaticano: Biblioteca Urb. Lat. 539 y Escorial: Monasterio
    e. GE5 (Escorial: Monasterio I.I.2)
6- Biblia romanceada E3 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.3)
7- Biblia de Ajuda (Lisboa: Biblioteca de Ajuda, ms. 52-XIII-1)
8- Biblia romanceada E19 (Escorial: Monasterio J.ii.19)
9- Biblia romanceada E7 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.7)
10- Biblia romanceada E5 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.5)
11- Biblia romanceada de Évora (Évora: Biblioteca Pública, ms.
12- Biblia romanceada E4 (Escorial: Monasterio I.i.4)
13- Biblia romanceada de Oxford (Oxford: Bodleian, Canon. Ital. 177)
14- Biblia romanceada de la BNM (Madrid: Nacional, ms 10288)
15- Biblia romanceada de la RAH (Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia,
16- Biblia de Arragel (Madrid: Palacio de Liria)
17- Libro de Job (Madrid: Biblioteca Nacional, ms. 10138)
18- Libro de Ester (Salamanca: Universitaria, ms. 2015)
19- Evangelios y epístolas paulinas (Madrid: Nacional, 9556)

Francisco Gago-Jover
Dean, Class of 2016
Professor of Spanish

Smith Hall 224
P.O. Box Class Dean
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395

phone: (508) 793-2530
fax: (508) 793-3051

Greetings from Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

 This summer Rare Book School is excited to offer four courses designed specifically to advance the research of scholars in medieval and renaissance studies. 
Introduction to Paleography, 800–1500 introduces students to the book-based scripts and the text typologies of the western European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, from Caroline minuscule through early print. Taught by Consuelo Dutschke, Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at Columbia University, this course will provide students with the basic tools for working with medieval codices and enable them to read the texts and to recognize categories of script. This course will be taught in Charlottesville June 9–13. See the course website for a complete description. 

During the same week, June 9-13, RBS will offer a course in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on The Medieval Manuscript in the 21st Century. Taught by Will Noel, Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Dot Porter, Curator of Digital Research Services at the Schoenberg Institute, this course guides students of both the digital humanities and manuscript studies through the concepts and realities of working with medieval manuscripts in the twenty-first century. By considering critical issues relating to using medieval manuscripts in a digital world, students will engage the idea of "digital surrogacy" and explore the implications of representing physical objects in digital forms. See the course website for a complete description. 
Students interested in manuscript studies may also consider Introduction to Western Codicology, taught by Albert Derolez, Emeritus Professor at the Free Universities of Brussels and author of The Palaeography of Gothic Manuscript Books from the Twelfth to the Early Sixteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2006). This course surveys the development of the physical features of manuscript books. By teaching students to examine manuscript materials, structure, and layout, among other elements, this course goes beyond traditional research on the study of script and illumination and introduces students to alternate methods of uncovering information in a codex. To give students the widest possible exposure to a variety of manuscripts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the course will take a field trip to libraries in Washington, DC. This course will be taught in Charlottesville 16–20 June.See the course website for a complete description. 

For students familiar with basic skills in paleography, codicology, and the history of the hand-produced book, RBS is offering Advanced Seminar: Medieval Manuscript Studies, taught by Barbara A. Shailor, Deputy Provost for the Arts at Yale University and former Director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale. Students will spend the week analyzing and discussing fragments and codices at the Beinecke Library. In addition to transcribing difficult scripts, students will have the opportunity to attend workshops by Yale conservators on topics such as inks and pigments, parchment, paper, watermark identification, and collation. This course will be taught in New Haven, Connecticut during the week of July 28–August 1. See the coursewebsite for a complete description. 
Rare Book School is currently receiving applications for this course--and all other--courses. To apply, please visit please myRBS to set up your account and submit your application materials. For general information on the application process, visit the RBS Application & Admissions page.  

Please write to if you have any questions about either course or the application process. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

David Grant Smith
Program Assistant | Rare Book School 

Texts and Contexts CFP

CALL FOR PAPERS: Texts and Contexts, A Manuscript Conference at the Ohio State University, November 14-15, 2014, sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies. Submission deadline: August 15, 2014.
Texts and Contexts is an annual conference held on the campus of the Ohio State University devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages. The conference solicits papers particularly in the general discipline of manuscript studies, including palaeography, codicology, reception and text history. In addition to the general papers (of roughly 20 minutes), the conference also hosts the Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture, established in memory of the late Virginia Brown, who taught paleography at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for some 40 years. We also welcome proposals for sessions of two to three papers which might treat a more focused topic. 
The Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture speaker for 2014 is Francis Newton, Professor Emeritus at Duke University. This year’s Texts and Contexts will also celebrate the centenary of the publication of E.A. Lowe's The Beneventan Script. There will be several panels devoted to Beneventan script and its use in the transmission of texts. In addition, Hope Mayo, the Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts at the Houghton Library, Harvard University, will speak on her recent work on E.A. Lowe.