Monday, August 24, 2020

 > Acknowledging Loss and Building Anew: The Meanings of Medieval 

> Mourning (A Roundtable)
> This panel explores medieval conceptions of grief and expressions of 
> mourning through interdisciplinary methods, entailing an array of 
> historical, literary, artistic, musical or related approaches, and 
> investigations of sources from a variety of cultural registers. 
> Drawing on relevant scholarly dialogues, and acknowledging our 
> current climate of pandemic and loss, we investigate meanings of 
> mourning—as public performance, private contemplation, secular 
> remembrance, or religious devotion. For example, in the ubi sunt 
> tradition, mourning could contemplate the transitory nature of life, 
> process liminal experiences, and commemorate lost peoples, places, 
> or cultures. Further, mourning was often understood as gendered, 
> especially tied to feminized motifs of abandoned women and the Mater 
> Dolorosa.
> Please submit abstracts through the ICMS Confex system by September 15.
> Thank you!
> Mary Dzon

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

 Rome Global Gateway*

*Digital Palaeography Workshop*

January 18-22, 2021


*Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis*

Department of Classics, Princeton University

*David Jenkins*

Firestone Library, Princeton University

            This tuition-free online Greek Palaeography workshop is being
offered as part of Princeton University's participation in the Rome-based
graduate seminars jointly sponsored with the universities of Notre Dame and
Stanford, and supported by funding from Princeton's Humanities Council. It
is intended to provide graduate students from various fields, including
Mediaeval and Early Modern Literature and History, Classics, Religion, and
Art & Archaeology with an intensive initiation to Greek palaeography while
also  exploring the potential for original scholarship in digitized
manuscript libraries. The workshop will simultaneously examine how the
constraints of remote research may prove consonant with the digital
resources increasingly at our disposal and the expanded possibilities for
what used to be privileged access to otherwise rarefied historical sources.

*Course Description*

The workshop will pivot mainly from the Vatican Library's Greek manuscript
collection and cover the gamut of palaeographical skills and analyses
required to conduct research on various aspects of mediaeval books and
literature. We will survey the main mediaeval Greek scripts and the
characteristics which enable us to date codices; we will review the online
(and print) tools for doing Greek manuscript research and how to make
efficient use of them for a variety of research aims.


 In addition to daily transcription assignments designed to instill
proficiency in the various Byzantine Greek scripts, students will draw up a
palaeographical profile of a topic of their choice using the growing number
of online materials and platforms.


The workshop will run from January 18 to 22, 2021. It will meet online for
two hours per day, from *10am–12pm (EST)*, with an anticipated 2-3 hours of
work each day outside of class.


We welcome applications from qualified graduate students who can
demonstrate a level of Classical/Mediaeval Greek commensurate with the
demands of reading a broad range of mostly higher register texts (in most
cases that means at least 2-3 years of university-level Greek). As all
meetings will be held live online and make use of high-resolution images,
participation will require a stable high-speed internet connection.

*How to Apply*

Students should send PDFs of the following to *

– a short letter describing your interest in Greek palaeography and its
bearing on your current doctoral work or future research,

– a one-page CV detailing your studies thus far,

– a letter of reference from a faculty member familiar with your work

*Application Deadline: October 15, 2020**

** *We expect to notify all applicants by November 2, 2020.

 For all inquires about the course or the requirements, please write
to  *