Thursday, March 31, 2016

London a thousand years ago: a lively port, the centre of trade, cross-roads for armies going north and south, seat of political government and dispute, all against the backdrop of a war between Kings Æthelred II and Cnut with its culmination in the Siege of 1016.

Come and join us for a conference on this! Æthelred II and Cnut the Great: Millennial Conference to Commemorate the Siege of London in 1016 will be held Wednesday 6 through Saturday 9 July this summer, in UCL for the first three days and in the University of Winchester for the Saturday:

Here and also attached is our provisional programme, which aims to encompass Anglo-Saxon history and literature, the archaeology of England, London and Denmark during this period, as well as the history and literature of eastern Scandinavia and the Baltic.  There will be other Cnutonica for this year (‘The Viking World 2016: Diversity and Change’ in Nottingham, 27 June – 2 July; ‘Conquest 1016, 1066’, in Oxford, 20-23 July) but none other in the city where the war came to an end. Our conference on Kings Æthelred and Cnut will begin with a welcome on the morning of Wednesday 6 July 2016. There will be four plenaries, by
1.      Prof Simon Keynes of the University of Cambridge on the final days of Æthelred;
2.      Prof Andrew Reynolds of the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, on the archaeology of London relating to the Vikings and the siege of 1016;
3.      Prof Andy Orchard of the University of Oxford, on the contemporary Beowulf manuscript, BL MS Cotton Vitellius A.XV; and
 4.      Prof Roberta Frank of Yaleon Skaldic art at Cnut’s court;
The day excursion to Winchester, whose university is co-host with UCL with its own lectures and tours, is included in the price of the ticket (£80 standard; £60 for students). Attendance at the conference banquet, on Friday evening, is included within a separate package (£120 standard; £90 for students).
To register, please click on hotels local to UCL and at a range of affordable prices are bookable through
All the best
Richard North

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Northern Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series (N/EMICS) is delighted to announce open registration for its conference, ‘Interrogating the Germanic: A Category and its Use in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages’, to be held on May 13th-15th.

The conference has an fantastic array of speakers, with keynote lectures from Prof. Michael Kulikowski of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Philipp von Rummel of the German Archaeological Institute and we hope that you will join us in York for this exciting research event, which is generously funded by the University of York, the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literatures, and the Royal Historical Society.

Registration include tea and coffee, lunch on the saturday and sunday and wine receptions on the friday and saturday.

We look forward to seeing you in York.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Digital editions: representation, interoperability, text analysis and 

 Fifth AIUCD Annual Conference
 7-9 settembre 2016
 Aula Magna S. Trentin, Ca’ Dolfin, Dorsoduro 3825/e - 30123 Venezia

                       CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

[Full announcement available on: (work in progress)]

The AIUCD 2016 conference is devoted to the representation and study of 
the text under different points of view (resources, analysis, 
infrastructures), in order to bring together philologists, historians, 
digital humanists, computational linguists, logicians, computer 
scientists and software engineers and discuss about the text.

It is time for research infrastructures to be able to guarantee 
interoperability and integration between the instruments for 
philological studies and the instruments for the analysis of large 
textual corpora, breaking down the rigid barriers between digital and 
computational philology on the one hand, and corpus linguistics on the 
other hand.

As a consequence, without ruling out other possible topics belonging to 
the Digital Humanities area, we solicit your contributions (talks and 
posters) on these topics:

_Representation and Interoperability_

  * Which digital representation models prove most effective for 
overcoming the dichotomy between diplomatic and critical editions?
  * How to integrate multimedia products (such as 2D images, 3D models, 
audio, video) in the digital edition?
  * How to apply the methods of digital philology to multimedia products 
(such as film quotations, restored versions, musical variations, etc.)?
  * How to build a constructive dialogue between traditional 
philologists and digital philologists?

_Text Analysis and Digital Objects Processing_

  * Which extensions are needed, in order to apply the methods of 
computational linguistics to the study of variants?
  * How to create linguistic and textual analysis chains starting from 
texts that present variants?
  * How can computational linguistic tools be used to bring out regions 
of interest in large amounts of text on which to focus the attention?
  * What is the state of art for the analysis of digital objects?
  * How to assess the quality of analyses produce by means of the 
crowdsourcing method?


What can research infrastructures offer for the management of digital 
How to conduct a study of requirements for infrastructures so that they 
are increasingly accessible to both digital humanists and traditional 
How can Digital humanities scholars be put in contact with the community 
of traditional scholars?

_Communities and Collaboration_

  * Which benefits do the interaction and the involvement of teachers, 
high school and university students in digital editions projects bring 
to research activities?
  * How can digital libraries collaborate to create, access, share and 
reuse digital resources?
  * How may teachers and students get interested in the dissemination of 
research results?
  * How do digital libraries contribute to the dissemination of research 
  * How to prepare a shared syllabus, in order to train digital 
humanists to become aware of aware of the problems and potentialities of 
digital editions?
  * Which are the best practices to enroll a broader audience in the use 
of digital editions?

*Abstract submission*

The contributions (talks and posters), to be proposed in the form of an 
abstract of 1000 words maximum, in PDF format, must be loaded through 
the EasyChair Web site at this URL: Abstracts will be 
accepted in Italian or in English.

The deadline for submission of abstracts to the Programme Committee is 
scheduled for midnight on May 31, 2016. Information on the acceptance 
will be communicated to the authors by June 30, 2016.

*Abstract preparation and evaluation*

The abstract should describe the objectives of the contribution, a brief 
reference to the state of the art, the methodology adopted, and - if 
possible - the results achieved or expected. It should also contain a 

The call for papers welcome three types of contributions: (1) full 
paper, mainly to discuss innovative methodologies; (2) short paper, 
mainly to present accomplished research outputs; (3) poster, mainly to 
present early and innovative work in progress.

The conference proposals will be selected through peer-reviewing by at 
least two Italian and/or foreign scholars expert in the fields of 
(Digital) Humanities and/or Computer Science.

At the end of the evaluation process, the Scientific Committee may 
decide to move an accepted proposal to a different category.

*Instructions for talks*

Full papers will last 30 minutes (20-25 min + 5-10 min for questions). 
Short papers will last 20 minutes (15 min + 5 min for questions). The 
conference room is equipped with a computer, a projector, and internet 

*Instructions for posters*

Poster will be accepted in Italian or in English:

  * The best configuration of your poster is A1 vertical (841mm x 594mm).
  * Posters will be displayed in a dedicated space at the Conference 
venue. Display panels will be provided. Please bring your printed poster 
as we are unable to provide printing service.
  * Display panels for posters will be ready by Wednesday, 7th September 
2016 at 10:00 am and all posters should be put up before 2:00 pm.
  * Personal laptop computers may be used at the poster display area. 
Should your presentation include a laptop, please inform the organizing 
committee on acceptance of your proposal.
  * Specific sessions will be scheduled in the conference programme for 
authors to provide the audience with a quick intro (max 2 minutes) to 
their poster.

Further information will be progressively published on the conference 


-- Roberto Rosselli Del Turco roberto.rossellidelturco at Dipartimento di Studi roberto.rossellidelturco at Umanistici Then spoke the thunder DA Universita' di Torino Datta: what have we given? (TSE) Hige sceal the heardra, heorte the cenre, mod sceal the mare, the ure maegen litlath. (Maldon 312-3)

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Border States:
Marginalia in North American Manuscripts and Incunables

Call for Papers

for a Special Session
Sponsored by the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
and Organized by Justin Hastings
(Department of English, Loyola University College, Chicago)

at the Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association (M-MLA)
to be held 10-13 November 2016 at St. Louis, Missouri

The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence, in keeping with the M-MLA conference’s theme of “Border States,” is sponsoring a panel on the marginalia present in manuscripts and incunables currently housed within libraries and collections within North America.
The session invites all approaches, including textual, art historical, codicological, and paleographical.
Interested panelists should send brief abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 5 April 2016.
Justin Hastings for
The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence
Department of English
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60626
Details here:
The Tenth International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 10) will be hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages at the University of Stavanger (Norway), 31 May – 2 June 2017.

ICOME 10 continues the series of ICOME conferences held at Rydzyna (1994), Helsinki (1997), Dublin (1999), Vienna (2002), Naples (2005), Cambridge (2008), Lviv (2011), Murcia (2013) and Wroclaw (2015). It will cover different aspects of Middle English language and texts, including papers on historical linguistic, philological-textual and literary topics.

The following plenary speakers have kindly confirmed their participation:

Richard Dance (University of Cambridge, UK)
Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto, Canada)
Gabriella Mazzon (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
Matti Peikola (University of Turku, Finland)

Participants are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minute discussion) on any aspect touching on the areas of interest of  ICOME: Middle English language, linguistic variation, textual studies, manuscript studies and literature. Abstracts (between 250 and 500 words excluding references), should be submitted by 1 November 2016 

Please send your abstract by email to as a .docx, .rtf or .odt file. If at all possible, please include a .pdf copy as well. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in January 2017 and registration will open in February.

There will be a pre-conference workshop organized by the Stavanger team, presenting the Corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD). The conference itself will include a workshop on Middle English administrative texts. If you would like your paper to be considered for the workshop, please indicate this in the abstract. 
Proposals for other workshops are welcome and should reach us by 1 August 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Stavanger!

Merja Stenroos (for the organizing committee)

Organizing committee:

Geir Bergstrøm
Anastasia Khanukaeva
Martti Mäkinen
Delia Schipor
Jeremy J. Smith
Merja Stenroos
Kjetil V. Thengs

Programme committee:

Juan Camilo Conde Silvestre (University of Murcia)
Kathryn Kerby-Fulton (University of Notre Dame)
Tim Machan (University of Notre Dame)
Donka Minkova (UCLA)
Joanna Nykiel (University of Silesia)
Janne Skaffari (University of Turku)
Irma Taavitsainen (University of Helsinki)
Jacob Thaisen (University of Oslo)
Laura Wright (University of Cambridge)

Sado-Masochism in Medieval Europe

Editor, Christopher T. Vaccaro

Call For Papers
Deadline: September 1st 2016

This interdisciplinary collection brings together essays that engage rigorously with the evidence of sadistic and masochistic impulses in medieval culture. Papers should take advantage of medieval and/or modern theories on sexuality and of the pre-modern evidence available.

Relevant topics include but are not limited the following:

Expressions of Sado-Masochistic sex and/or love
Penitence and Penitentials
Power dynamic role play

Please submit abstracts (250-500 words) or complete essays (15-30 pages) to Christopher T. Vaccaro at

Taking abstracts until September 1st 2016. Complete essays will be due no later than September 1st 2017. The manuscript should be ready to send off to publishers by December 1st 2017 with a publishing date in 2018. If there are questions, feel free to contact the editor by email or in person at the IMC, Kalamazoo in May.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

On behalf of the conference organizing committee, I am pleased to present the preliminary program for CAPAL16: Beyond the Library: Agency, Practice, and Society, the third annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL). The program can be viewed in full online at: 
In keeping with the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2016 theme, Energizing Communities, CAPAL16 seeks to look “Beyond the Library” to rethink how academic librarians engage with their communities within which our institutions are situated or those with whom we share disciplinary concerns or approaches. Such communities may be physical, epistemic, academic, or imagined communities, communities of identity, or those communities around us and to which we contribute. 
We are honored to welcome keynote speakers Leroy Little Bear, Ry Moran, and Dr. Bonnie Stewart. Long-time advocate for First Nations education, Leroy Little Bear served as Director of the Harvard University Native American Program, and helped to design the Bachelor of Management in First Nations Governance at the University of Lethbridge. Dr. Bonnie Stewart serves as the Coordinator for Adult Teaching for the University of Prince Edward Island, where she directs and develops professional education and career development initiatives for a suite of adult education programs. Ry Moran is Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) at the University of Manitoba, which is tasked with preserving, protecting and providing access to all materials, statements and documents collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). A Metis and graduate of the University of Victoria where he studied political science and history, Moran worked in traditional language preservation with a focus on Michif. In 2008, he received a National Aboriginal Role-Model Award, which led an invitation to Rideau Hall and his involvement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as Director of Statement Gathering, and eventually Directorship of the National Research Centre.
Registration for the conference is now open and available at the following link: 
Note that Congress fees are cheaper if you register before March 31st.
Please visit our website for further information and updates:
The CAPAL Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to offer a CAPAL 2016 Preconference Workshop at the University of Calgary on May 28, 2016. For further information and updates, see the pre-conference workshop webpage:               
Also, follow us on Twitter at #CAPAL16 and join our Facebook page at to connect with others attending.

*Prière de faire circuler à vos réseaux* *S-v-p excusez les envois multiples*
Chères/chers collègues,

Au nom du comité organisateur du congrès, je suis heureuse de vous présenter le programme préliminaire de ACBAP16 : Au-delà de la Bibliothèque: action, pratique et société, la troisième conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP). Le programme complet peut être consulté en ligne à l’adresse suivante:

En continuité avec le thème du Congrès 2016, L’énergie des communautés, ACBAP16 vise à aller « Au-delà de la bibliothèque » afin de repenser les interactions des bibliothécaires académiques avec les collectivités soutenues par nos institutions ou avec celles qui partagent nos préoccupations et approches disciplinaires. Il peut s’agir de communautés physiques, épistémiques, universitaires ou imaginées, ainsi que de collectivités auxquelles nous contribuons autour de nous.

Nous sommes honorés d'accueillir les conférenciers Leroy Little Bear, Ry Moran, et Dre Bonnie Stewart. Militant depuis longtemps pour l'éducation des Premières Nations, Leroy Little Bear a été directeur du programme « Native American » de l’Université Harvard et il a contribué à la conception du baccalauréat « Management in First Nations Governance » à l'Université de Lethbridge. Dre Bonnie Stewart est coordinatrice à l’enseignement des adultes à l’Université de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard. Elle dirige et développe des initiatives d'éducation et de développement de carrière professionnelle pour plusieurs programmes d'éducation des adultes. Elle donne des cours dans les domaines des technologies, des communications, des pédagogies numériques et de l'éducation des adultes. Ry Moran est le directeur du Centre national pour la vérité et réconciliation (CNVR), à l’Université du Manitoba, qui a pour mandat de préserver, de protéger et de donner accès à tout le matériel, déclarations et documents rassemblés par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation du Canada (CVR). Membre de la Nation Métisse et diplômé de l’Université de Victoria où il a étudié la science politique et l’histoire, Ry Moran a travaillé à la préservation des langues traditionnelles et s’est intéressé plus particulièrement au michif. En 2008, il a reçu un prix national des modèles autochtones, qui l’a conduit à être invité à Rideau Hall ainsi qu’à son implication auprès de la Commission de vérité et réconciliation en tant que directeur de la consignation des témoignages et éventuellement à son rôle de directeur du Centre national de recherche.

L'inscription à la conférence peut se faire dès maintenant à l'adresse suivante :

Veuillez noter que les frais d’inscription au congrès sont moins élevés si vous vous inscrivez avant le 31 mars.

Visitez notre site Web pour de l’information supplémentaire et des mises à jour :

Le comité de la recherche et des bourses de l'ACBAP est heureux de présenter un atelier préconférence à l'Université de Calgary le 28 mai 2016:        

Suivez-nous sur Twitter (#CAPAL16) et rejoignez notre page Facebook au pour vous joindre aux autres conférencier(e)s.

Meilleures salutations,

Harriet Sonne de Torrens

We would welcome everyone who is interested in the reception of "Late Antiquity" in Slavonic Apocrypha to join us this summer in Leuven (17-20 July 2016).

Slavonic Apocrypha
EABS Annual Meeting 2016, Leuven 
17-20 July, 2016

This workshop provides a forum for discussion of all aspects of the scholarship on Slavonic Apocrypha. It is an intentionally broad workshop. Besides the traditionally understood Slavonic Apocrypha as Slavonic translations of Hellenistic pseudepigrapha, it also includes diverse sacred literature in Slavonic that accompanied the canonical biblical texts. As theological discourses, historiographies, hagiographies, epic poems, liturgical texts, and folk tales, they are intertwined with biblical texts in both Slavonic manuscripts and religious practice.
As a broad outline, the workshop will focus on the study of Slavonic Apocrypha as biblical reception history. The mechanism of intertextuality in Slavic religious literature was more powerful and longstanding than the assessment of marginality and the differentiation of the texts according to canonical/non-canonical. The study of the appropriation of the biblical canon in Slavonic sacred Christian texts may help the ongoing discussion among biblical scholars in finding a comprehensive term for apocalyptic, pseudepigraphical, and apocryphal literature,
This workshop addresses the pressing need for a platform where European scholars of Slavonic Apocrypha can express their concerns, discuss solutions, and set mutual goals in studying these texts in their own right. It will promote the publication of critical editions of Slavonic Apocrypha and discuss the concerns over the digitization project of Slavonic manuscripts.

Call for Papers

Papers that address any aspect of the scholarship on Slavonic Apocrypha are welcome. We will especially welcome the engagement of the study of Slavonic Apocrypha as biblical reception history, among the Slavs as well as before their translation into Slavonic. Special attention will be paid to the apocryphal material preserved within the Slavonic versions of some biblical and other books.
Current studies of Slavonic Apocrypha, as well as the future of the field itself, will be also discussed. It includes the interaction with scholars of Hellenistic Jewish texts on the matter of comprehensive terminology for apocryphal, apocalyptic, and pseudepigraphical literature. The proposals that set realistic and innovative goals to the study of the Slavonic religious literature will be favorably considered.
Among the open call for papers the chairs envision one session of invited papers that address the current status and the future of the scholarship of Slavonic Apocrypha.
Ljubica Jovanovic, Vanderbilt University, APUS
Basil Lourié

Please send your proposals to
Abstracts may be submitted via the EABS website ( Non-EABS members will need to join EABS to present a paper. 
Abstract submissions for all EABS research units are managed through a submission system for which a free account is needed. The submission system can be found here:

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

As part of the competitions organized for the 15th International Conference on Frontiers in Handwriting Recognition, we organise a competition focussed on (Latin) Medieval Scripts, as described here: ICFHR2016 Competition on the Classification of Medieval Handwritings in Latin Script | Écriture médiévale & numérique

The challenge for Computer Scientists is to identify correctly the main script types (e.g. uncial, caroline, textualis, humanistic), having two aims in mind: 1) automated cataloguing in large digital libraries, not only for whole volumes, but even at a page level; 2) preparing text recognition. As many of you, we are well aware that the given categories are far from representing the complexity and the dynamics, but it is a first step. 

Best regards, 
Dominique Stutzmann, Marlène Helias-Baron, Florence Cloppet, Véronique Eglin, Nicole Vincent

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

5th - 12th August 2016University of Iceland
An 8-day intensive course in medieval and early-modern Scandinavian manuscript studies.

The course, which will comprise both lectures and practical sessions, is intended chiefly for graduate students (MA/PhD-level) but may also be of interest to more established scholars hoping to improve their manuscript reading and editorial skills. A sound background in Old Norse-Icelandic and/or Old Danish is essential. Familiarity with one or more of the modern Scandinavian languages, while a distinct advantage, is not required, as all teaching will be in English.

As in previous years there will be both a basic group, focusing on palaeography, codicology, manuscript description and transcription, and an advanced group, focusing on editorial technique and the theory and practice of textual criticism; to qualify for the latter one must normally have successfully completed the former.

There will also be a Master class for those who have completed the basic and advanced groups and want to try their hand at preparing an edition of a previously unedited text.

The deadline for registration for this year's summer school is 31 March 2016.

For further information contact <>

Leslie Lockett (Ohio State University):

Talking to himself? Demystifying Augustine's Soliloquies in the Early Middle Ages

Tuesday March 8, 5pm, 300 Wheeler, UC Berkeley

Reception to follow.

Prof. Lockett's first book, Anglo-Saxon Psychologies in the Vernacular and Latin Traditions (Toronto, 2012), received the Medieval Academy's John Nicholas Brown Prize in 2015 and the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize from the British Academy in 2013. She is currently editing the Old English version of Augustine's Soliloquies for the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, and will be speaking about the reception of the Latin text in England.

Presented by the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium, and sponsored by the Department of English, Program in Medieval Studies, and the Clyde and Evelyn Slusser Chair in English.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Texts and Contexts, October 21-22, 2016, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
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. Please send abstracts to  Deadline for abstracts: August 15, 2016.
Call For Papers
Internet forum & e-book
The topics for _Medieval Politics_ are history of political science in the Middle Ages (V-XV century).
(eg. Medieval Christianity, St. Thomas Aquinas, Islamic political philosophy, Medieval Europe, European Renaissance, Machiavelli etc.)
a) Short papers: 1000-3000 words.
b) Long papers: 3001-10000 words.
Languages: English, Italiano, Deutsch, Español, Português, Français, Polski, Nederlands.

Contributor guidelines:

1. Abstract (100-300 words).
2. Brief CV or resume for each author and co-author.
3. Submission deadline for abstracts: May 15, 2016.
4. Submission deadline for final papers: July 1, 2016.
5. Manuscripts may be sent to: segreteria (AT)

Scholars at all stages of their careers are equally welcome.
Please email abstracts with a brief CV to: segreteria at

All papers will be published in "Filosofia e Politica" E-Journal (

For application instructions and further information about Medieval Politics, contact us:
SISAEM – Società Internazionale per lo Studio dell’Adriatico nell’Età Medievale
Dr. Roberta Fidanzia (Ph.D)
Viale Oscar Sinigaglia, 48
I-00143 Roma, Italy
E-mail: segreteria (at)
Tel. +39.06.916501181
Fax +39.06.62277258