Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 15-17, 2020
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance
Studies<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> (June 15-17, 2020) is a convenient
summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize
sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary
discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly
investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and
early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of
Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University,

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of
Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable,
air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel.
Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth
of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance
of campus.

While attending the Symposium, participants are free to use the
Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and
the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial

The Eighth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance
Studies<https://www.smrs-slu.org/> invites proposals for papers,
complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly
investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome.
Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for
ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to
sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2019. Decisions will
be made in January and the final program will be published in

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

Thomas P. Morin
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Saint Louis University

Monday, October 7, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the conference keynote presentations for the
2020 Global DH Symposium! We look forward to welcoming *Carrie Heitman*
<https://www.unl.edu/anthropology/carrie-heitman>, whose work includes
the Chaco
Research Archive <http://www.chacoarchive.org/cra/> and work on digital
indigeneity; and *Miguel Escobar Varela* <http://miguelescobar.com/>, whose
work includes digital theatre projects as well as biometric study of
Javanese dance <https://villaorlado.github.io/dance/html/index.html>.

Please consider applying to present at this symposium, which includes work
from across disciplines and timeframes.



*Global Digital Humanities Symposium*

March 26-27, 2020

Michigan State University


*Call for Proposals*

Deadline: November 1

Proposal form <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/submit-a-proposal/>

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its
symposium series on Global DH (msuglobaldh.org <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/>)
into its fifth year, on *March 26-27, 2020*. Digital humanities scholarship
continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct
disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to
cultural materials. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of MSU's Cultural
Heritage Informatics Program <http://chi.anthropology.msu.edu/>, we
particularly encourage proposals along that theme, but as always we strive
to showcase DH work in all its forms.

Alongside the expansion of digital humanities in under-resourced and
underrepresented areas, a number of complex issues surface, including,
among others, questions of ownership, cultural theft, virtual exploitation,
digital rights, endangered data <http://endangereddataweek.org/>, and the
digital divide. DH communities have raised and responded to these issues,
pushing the field forward. This symposium is an opportunity to broaden the
conversation about these issues. Scholarship that works across borders with
foci on transnational partnerships and globally accessible data is
especially welcome. Additionally, we define the term “humanities” rather
broadly to incorporate the discussion of issues that encourage
interdisciplinary understanding of the

Focused on these issues of social justice, we invite work at the
intersections of critical DH; race and ethnicity; feminism,
intersectionality, and gender; and anti-colonial and postcolonial
frameworks to participate.

This symposium, which will include a mixture of presentation types,
welcomes 300-word proposals related to any of these issues, and
particularly on the following themes and topics by *Friday, November 1,
midnight in your timezone:*

   - Critical cultural studies and analytics
   - Cultural heritage in a range of contexts, particularly non-Western
   - DH as socially engaged humanities and/or as a social movement
   - Open data, open access, and data preservation as resistance,
   especially in a postcolonial context
   - How identity categories, and their intersections, shape digital
   humanities work
   - Global research dialogues and collaborations within the digital
   humanities community
   - Indigeneity – anywhere in the world – and the digital
   - Digital humanities, postcolonialism, and neocolonialism
   - Global digital pedagogies
   - Borders, migration, and/or diaspora and their connection to the digital
   - Digital and global languages and literatures
   - Digital humanities, the environment, and climate change
   - Innovative and emergent technologies across institutions, languages,
   and economies
   - Scholarly communication and knowledge production in a global context
   - Surveillance and/or data privacy issues in a global context
   - Productive failure

*Presentation Formats:*

   - 5-minute lightning talk
   - 15-minute presentation
   - 90-minute workshop
   - 90-minute panel
   - Poster presentation
   - There will be a limited number of slots available for 15-minute
   virtual presentations

Please note that we conduct a double-blind review process, so please
refrain from identifying your institution or identity in your proposal.

*Submit a proposal here <http://www.msuglobaldh.org/submit-a-proposal/>*

*Notifications of acceptance will be given by December 9, 2019*

Kristen Mapes
Assistant Director of Digital Humanities
College of Arts and Letters
Michigan State University

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Marco Manuscript Workshop 2020 – “The Ends of Manuscripts”

January 31-February 1, 2020
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The fifteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday,
January 31, and Saturday, February 1, 2020, at the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K.
Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

For this year’s workshop, as a tribute to the 2020 McClung Museum
exhibition “Visions of the End 1000-1600” (opening January 23), we
propose the theme “The Ends of Manuscripts.” We encourage everyone to
take this theme in the broadest possible sense; we invite submissions
that consider the “ends” of manuscripts – whether their physical
boundaries (colophons and explicits, incomplete texts, extrapolated
texts, lost or added leaves, booklets and bindings), their purposes
(texts written for particular patrons or communities, texts written
for devotional or polemical ends, texts written as responses to other
texts, texts prepared for or directed at someone or something), their
fates (where texts have ended up, in libraries or private collections,
in bindings or trash bins, framed on walls or preserved in digital
repositories), or their early coexistence with and gradual replacement
by printed books. Like detectives at a crime scene, we often must work
backward from the “ends” of a manuscript to its life and origins; in
these origins there may even lie some intimations of the manuscript’s
future demise. We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic,
broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field
who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy.
Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project;
participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context,
discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange
ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years,
the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference;
participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished
work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both
practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together
towards developing better professional skills for textual and
codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works
in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and
new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript
texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their

The deadline for applications is November 2, 2019. Applicants are
asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their
project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to
>, or by mail to the Department
of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do
not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a
lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies.
Further details will be available later in the year; please contact
Roy Liuzza or the Marco Institute at
marco@utk.edumarco@utk.edu> for more information.