Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that applications for the next edition of the
Arnamagnæan Summer School in Manuscript Studies is now open.

The Summer School is a collaboration between the Arnamagnæan Institute,
Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the University of
Copenhagen, the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies at the
University of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland.

The 2019 edition will take place at the University of Copenhagen on August
12-23, 2019. The language of instruction is English.

Deadline for applications is April 1, 2019.

PhD students registered at any university are exempt from course fees.

More information on the summer school including application instructions
may be found here:

Please circulate widely.

With kind regards,


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

CFP: Medieval manuscripts and their biographies (Kiel, 26.07.2019)

Internationaler PostDoc-Workshop

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Bei der wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit mittelalterlichen
Handschriften ist eine objektbiografische Methodik, die nicht nur die
Entstehung des Codex und dessen ursprünglich intendierte Funktion
betrachtet, sondern auch dessen Provenienzgeschichte, materielle Genese
und Rezeption über den gesamten Zeitraum seiner Existenz hinweg in den
Blick nimmt, sowohl in der Kunstgeschichte wie auch in der Germanistik
lange vernachlässigt worden.
In den Kunstwissenschaften wird dieser Ansatz derzeit aber im Zuge von
Forschungen zur diachronen Bedeutungsverschiebung und Umcodierung von
Kunstwerken neu ausgelotet und ist somit in höchstem Maße aktuell.
Ähnlich in der mediävistischen Germanistik, wo eine artefaktzentrierte
Betrachtung von Handschriften im Zuge des ‚material turn’ an Bedeutung
gewonnen hat und die Frage nach der Korrelation von Schriftträger und
den darauf bezogenen kulturellen Praktiken erhebliche Signifikanz besitzt.
Bei dem Workshop werden Wissenschaftler*innen der Kunstgeschichte und
der Germanistik die Objektbiographien verschiedener mittelalterlicher
Handschriften im interdisziplinären Dialog der Fächer vorstellen. Im
Vordergrund stehen neben praxeologischen Fragestellungen auch die
materiellen und textuellen Veränderungen von Handschriften. In der
diachronen Perspektivierung der materiellen Gestaltung und Verwendung
des Codex können die veränderten Bedeutungszuschreibungen im
Spannungsfeld von Objekt- und Literaturwissenschaften diskutiert werden.

Der Workshop ‚Medieval manuscripts and their biographies‘ richtet sich
an promovierte Wissenschaftler*innen, die objektbiographische
Untersuchungen zu Handschriften aus sakralen und profanen Kontexten in
einem 30-minütigen Vortrag in deutscher oder englischer Sprache
präsentieren möchten. Er findet am 26.07.2019 an der
Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) zu Kiel statt. Da die Finanzierung
des Workshops aus den Mitteln des Internationalisierungsfonds der CAU
erfolgt, können nur Reise- und Übernachtungskosten für
Wissenschaftler*innen übernommen werden, die zurzeit nicht in
Deutschland tätig sind.

Beitragsvorschläge in Form eines Abstracts (max. 300 Wörter) nebst
kurzem CV können bis zum 15.04.2019 an folgende Adressen gesandt werden:

Dr. Margit Dahm-Kruse
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germanistisches Seminar
Leibnizstraße 8
24118 Kiel

Dr. Julia von Ditfurth
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Olshausenstraße 40
24118 Kiel

Eine Auswahl der Beiträge erfolgt bis zum 30.04.2019.


CFP: Medieval manuscripts and their biographies (Kiel, July 26, 2019)

International PostDoc-Workshop

Within the scholarly discussion of medieval manuscripts, an
object-biographical approach that not only focuses on the origin and the
originally intended function of the codex, but also on its history of
ownership, material changes and reception during the whole period of its
existence was long neglected by art history as well as by German studies.
In art history, this approach is currently becoming particularly
important. Diachronic studies on the re-encoding and the shifts in
meaning of artworks have led to a new perspective on written artifacts.
A similar trend is also becoming apparent in German studies, where an
artifact-related perspective on manuscripts has gained increasing
significance in the context of the ‘material turn’. Accordingly, more
importance is attached to examinations of the correlations between the
manuscript and the cultural practices linked to it.
The workshop aims to create an interdisciplinary dialogue between
postdoctoral scholars from art history and German studies who will
present the object biographies of different medieval manuscripts.
Special emphasis is given to praxeological questions as well as to the
material and textual modifications of manuscripts. By putting the
material conception and the usage of the codex in a diachronic
perspective, the modified attributions of meaning can be discussed and
considered within the area of tension between the study of texts and the
study of objects.

The workshop ‘Medieval manuscripts and their biographies’ is directed at
researchers with a doctoral degree who wish to present their
object-biographical studies about religious as well as secular
manuscripts in a 30-min. talk (German or English). It takes place on
July 26, 2019 at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (CAU). As
the workshop is funded by the International Center of the CAU, travel
and accommodation expenses will be covered only for researchers who are
not currently located in Germany.

Please send an abstract (max. 300 words) and a short CV by April 15,
2019 to:

Dr. Margit Dahm-Kruse
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germanistisches Seminar
Leibnizstraße 8
24118 Kiel

Dr. Julia von Ditfurth
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Kunsthistorisches Institut
Olshausenstraße 40
24118 Kiel

Accepted participants will receive a notification by April 30, 2019.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The British Archaeological Association will hold the sixth in its series of
biennial International Romanesque conferences in association with the
Dommuseum in Hildesheim on 14-16 April, 2020. The theme is Romanesque and
the Year 1000, and the aim is to examine transformation in art and
architecture in the years to either side of the millennium.
Despite the complex political situation in late-10th-century Europe, a
period marked by chaos in some areas and effective authority in others, the
last quarter of the century saw an apparent upsurge in artistic production
in the Empire, southern Britain, Lombardy and the Mediterranean. The
decades after the millennium have left a larger residue of work, notably in
France, but were the 1020s artistically more dynamic than the 980s? How
might we describe the cultural climate of the Latin West between c.970 and
c.1030? Proposals for papers concerned with the above are welcome, as are
those that review individual patrons, particularly in establishing
workshops and developing expertise. The period sees remarkable developments
in iconography and stylistic expression. It sees portable monumental and
devotional statues come into being, along with the application of novel, or
at least re-understood, architectural forms. Does the interest in
architectural ‘articulation’ initiate a new understanding of the expressive
potential of architecture? How good is the evidence for monumental wall
painting, what is the state of knowledge on scriptoria as centres of
artistic production c.1000, what conditions gave rise to the proliferation
of ‘First Romanesque’ architecture, how important was Rome, what was the
impact of objects from the Carolingian past or Byzantine present, and what
are we to make of the apparent disparities between artistically ‘active’
areas and artistically ‘inactive’ areas? The period also sees a boom in the
production of three-dimensional objects, with the revival of
bronze-casting, the re-emergence of architectural relief sculpture and he
production of monumental sculpture. The conference is geographically
international, though the date brackets of c.970-c.1030 will be strictly

The Conference will take place at the Dommuseum in Hildesheim from 14-16
April. There will also be an opportunity to stay on for two days of visits
to buildings in the surrounding area on the 17 and 18 April.

Proposals for papers of up to 30 minutes in length should be sent to the
convenors, John McNeill and Gerhard Lutz, on by
15 May, 2019. Papers should be in English. Decisions on acceptance will be
made by 31 May.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Jun-2019 

Meeting Description:

After the two successful conferences in 2015 and 2017, we are pleased to invite scholars interested in the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with different ideologies in different times once more to Georgia. 

200 years ago, in 1819, Rasmus Rask after his well-known work “Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language” (1818), traveled to St. Petersburg and Tbilisi (1819). 
During this travel he wrote a paper in German on the Languages and Literatures of Norway, Iceland Sweden and Finland (1819). After that Rasmus Rask travelled in Persia, India and Ceylon. He wrote very important works on the authenticity of the Zend language and on the method of expressing the sounds of the Indian Languages in European characters. These works of Rasmus Rask created the strong basis for the historical-comparative linguistics. Due to this reason our conference is dedicated to Rasmus Rask and 200 years history of comparative and areal linguistics. 

Conference Organizers: 

Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics 
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University 
Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters 
St. Petersburg State University 

The conference will be held on 12-14 September, 2019 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia).

Call for Papers: 

Papers relating to any aspect of the history of linguistic ideas developed alongside with ideologies are invited, focusing on diverse topic areas from individual case studies to methodological considerations. Especially the papers on the history of comparative and areal linguistics are very welcome. 

Keynote speakers: 

Hans Basbøll (University of Southern Denmark) 
Frans Gregersen (University of Copenhagen) 
Leonid S. Chekin (AIRO-XXI Research Centre, Moscow) 

Proposals for papers should be submitted in the form of abstracts of 400 words as Word.doc, accompanied by the affiliation, email address and short bio of the participant and mailed to: 

The official languages of the conference are Georgian and English. 

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 20, 2019. The conference editorial board will select the papers to be presented at the conference. Final selection will be made by June 30, 2019; notification of acceptance will be sent before July 5, 2019. 

For further information please contact the local members of the executive board by using 

Editorial Board of the Conference: 

George Sharvashidze (Rector of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Thomas Gamkrelidze (Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, 
Georgian National Academy of Sciences) 
Hans Basbøll (University of Southern Denmark) 
Frans Gregersen (University of Copenhagen) 
Camiel Hamans (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań, Poland) 
Ivane Lezhava (Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Nana Machavariani (Arn. Chikobava Institue of Linguistics; Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University) 
Yuri Kleiner (St. Petersburg State University) 
Aleksey Andronov (St. Petersburg State University) 
Elena Krasnova (St. Petersburg State University) 
Tinatin Bolkvadze (Head of the conference, Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 

Executive Board of the Conference: 
Ekaterine Navrozashvili (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University)
Maka Tetradze (Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 
Nino Abesadze (Giorgi Akhvlediani Society for the History of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University) 

Important Dates: 

Deadline for Receipt of Abstracts: June 20, 2019 
Notification of Acceptance: July 5, 2019 
Program Announcement: July 10, 2019 

Conference Fee: € 130 

The Organizing Committee cannot financially support the conference participants. All fees and expenses must be met by the participants and/or their organizations.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Call for manuscripts: Court Cultures of the Middle Ages and
Renaissance (ed. Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey)
by Philip  Dunshea
Peter Lang are seeking proposals for the series Court Cultures of the Middle
Ages and Renaissance [1], edited by Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey (Trinity College

This is a peer-reviewed series focused on the inter- and multi-disciplinary
cultural output of medieval and Renaissance court culture on an international
scale. The series invites proposals for single- and multi-authored
monographs, edited collections and editions of early works relating to the
Prospective authors are encouraged to submit proposals which highlight the
central importance of the court to medieval and Renaissance culture,
including projects that explore the life and/or works of writers, artists,
historiographers, soldiers, composers, diplomats and courtiers, in the East
as well as the West. Other areas of particular interest are courtly ritual
(e.g. chivalric code, ceremonies, spectacle) and literary and artistic
representations of the court. The series will also explore the role of the
court in shaping national, religious and political identities, as well as its
function as an interface between different cultures.
Each proposal will be vetted by the specialists on the series editorial board
and will undergo a comprehensive peer-review process.

Upcoming volumes include Paolo Alei and Max Grossman’s /Building Family
Identity: //The Orsini Castle of Bracciano from Fiefdom to Duchy

Please contact commissioning editor Philip Dunshea (
[2]) if you would like more information on the series, or if you would like
to discuss a proposal.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

CFP: “Late Antique Textualities”
January 2–5, 2020
Society for Classical Studies
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Organizer: Colin Whiting, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

In Latin, textus can mean a piece of weaving. Late antiquity is well
thought of as a text or a collocation of texts in which many strands
are woven together— strands of the old (the Classical past, old
genres, persisting aspects of material culture) and strands of the new
(Christianity, new or hybridized written genres, new or hybridized
elements in material culture or the built environment). At the meeting
of the Society for Classical Studies in Washington, D.C., January 2–5,
2020, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session on the
various textualities in late antiquity.

We are looking for papers on textuality in either written texts or
material culture. Papers can consider issues of textuality in
late-ancient written texts, e.g., language, intertextuality with prior
written texts (pagan or Christian), or even genre. Potential panelists
could also propose papers that consider textuality in material culture
or the built environment, e.g., aesthetics, building styles, or
methods that weave together old and new. We also encourage prospective
panelists to construe the term textuality broadly and propose papers
that transcend and/or question the options enumerated here.

Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of 20 minutes to deliver
should be sent no later than February 23, 2019 by email attachment to
Colin Whiting at>. All
submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective
panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of
submission and must include their membership number in the cover
letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s
instructions for the format of individual abstracts:
The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the
2020 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read
in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to
Washington, D.C.