Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Medieval Game clue to monastery:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tactics for Teaching a Diverse Past

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Heroic Age Calls for Papers

New Approaches to the Age of Arthur: Britain and Gaul in the Fifth Century

Sponsor: The Heroic Age
Contact: Dr. Larry Swain,
The "dark" fifth century has continued to be a source of debate among scholars. During this century, Roman Gaul became Frankia, the Roman provinces of Britain transformed into small kingdoms, some of them Germanic in nature, others Romano-Celt. Wales, the last region colonized by Rome and the most difficult for them to conquer, at least in the south maintained an intellectual and cultural (and religious) tradition rooted in a Roman inheritance. If Gildas and Nennius are to be believed, it is during this period somewhere that the figure or figures that became the Arthur of the Matter of Britain moved.
The Heroic Age celebrates its twentieth year in 2019–2020. Our inaugural issue examined early traditions of Arthur. With this session, we wish to both look back at that first issue but also look forward to uncovering new studies in Late Antiquity. We invite interdisciplinary submissions that examine the tumultuous changes in the fifth century.

Becoming Roman/Becoming Barbarian: Cultural Assimilation and Resistance in Late Antiquity

Sponsor: The Heroic Age
Contact: Dr. Larry Swain,
From the reign of Diocletian ending in 306 CE until well into the so-called High Middle Ages, issues of identity in the West revolved around how one identified oneself: as a Roman, or a Gaul, or a Burgundian, and how even were those terms understood. Many of the early kingdoms issues new law codes, such as the Burgundian code, which included separate definitions and treatment if one were "Roman" or other in order to define identities, for example. The purpose of this session is to examine the adoption of an identity or the transitioning to a new identity in formerly Roman provinces during the Late Antique period. Whether Roman senatorial classes in Gaul following a Germanic overlord, a Germanic chieftain dressing and establishing a court in imitation of the Roman emperor, or any of another myriad issues of cultural, political, religious, or linguistic identification in the period, this session seeks to explore how people in former Roman provinces identified themselves, and if recoverable, why, as Romans, Barbarians, or other, or conversely, how they identified others.

Law, Literature, and Society in Medieval Ireland and Beyond

Co-sponsors: The Heroic AgeASIMS
Contact: Dr. Westley Follet,
Medieval Ireland possessed the oldest codified, vernacular legal system in Western Europe.  The earliest textual witnesses of this system consist of legal tracts produced by professional Irish jurists, heroic literature which preserves a surprising amount of legalistic material, and canonical and penitential tracts written in Latin and Old Irish.  The influences upon and the influence of the early Irish legal tradition cross literary genres and extended well beyond Ireland itself, to include the Roman legal tradition, the Anglo-Saxon and Frankish traditions, and, not least of all, the Church. This session seeks to explore the relationships among any of these legal traditions, between medieval law and literature, and what these relationships can teach us about the societies that produced them.

Please consider developing proposals for the other session sponsored by ASIMS as well:

Digital Castles: New Developments in Research and Teaching, A Roundtable

Sponsor: ASIMS
Contact: Dr. Westley Follet,
Participants will discuss how scholars and students can use digital technologies to achieve a more nuanced understanding of medieval culture. Castles are the perfect medium for pursuing this goal, because castle studies combine approaches from history, archaeology, art history and literature. This session will therefore provide a venue for an exciting interdisciplinary dialogue, framed within the digital humanities. This session will advance the historiography by showcasing the latest techniques, including 3D printing and virtual reality using 3-D models. New research agendas and teaching methods in digital castle studies in Ireland and elsewhere will also be discussed.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Interdisciplinarity in Digital Medieval Studies

Digital methodologies and tools are commonly used among medievalists
working in a variety of disciplines; less common, however, is the
application of these methodologies and tools to cross-disciplinary
scholarship. This session will consider 1) the role that digital
projects play in reaching across disciplinary boundaries in medieval
studies, 2) best practices for cross-disciplinary digital and
computational research, and 3) examples of the success and failure of
such research. For example, proposals may consider the use of
stylometrics in historical source criticism, the use of social network
analysis in literary studies, or probe manuscript datasets for
evidence in support of liturgical, literary, historical, and art
historical research. Our goal is to demonstrate how the development
and application of digital tools, methods, and formats can enable and
facilitate the interdisciplinary and collaborative research of experts
and specialists across their respective subdisciplines in order to
produce, provide, and openly share better insights and new knowledge
with scholars and the wider public alike.

Please send abstracts (ca. 250 words) and the ICMS Participant
Information Form* to Lynn Ransom at
>. Deadline is September 15,

*The ICMS Participant Information form will be available here in July:

Lynn Ransom, Ph.D.
Curator of Programs, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
Project Director, The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts
Co-Editor, Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute
for Manuscript Studies
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

Friday, August 3, 2018

Center for Hellenic Studies, from Podgorica (Montenegro) is happy to
announce the international conference on the topic "Hellenic Political
Philosophy and Contemporary Europe", to be held in Herceg Novi
(Montenegro), from 29 September to 04 October 2019.
The Conference is of an interdisciplinary character, and aims at
addressing different social and political issues from perspectives of
history, philosophy, economics, theology, history of ideas,
anthropology, political theory and other disciplines. Such conception
of the scholarly exchange does not fulfill only the purpose of an
historical investigation, but will provide a systematic treatment of
the topic, thus clarifying existing ideas and advancing new ones. We
welcome papers on topics like
   - The concept of the polis in antiquity and modernity
   - Freedom and democracy
   - Politics and economy
   - Democracy, liberalism, totalitarianism
   - The philosophy of the polis: Citizen, polis and cultural ideals
   - Autonomy and responsibility in politics
   - The philosophy of the cosmopolis
   - The polis and happiness
   - Ethics and politics
and other relevant themes. Please see the full call for papers at:
Abstracts of up to 200 words should be submitted by 1 March 2019, via
the registration form, or sent by email to
For more information please visit the website: which
will be constantly updated with new information.
Best regards, Filip Ivanovic