Tuesday, September 29, 2020

 The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of

Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 13th Annual
(Virtual) Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital

Manuscript Studies in the Digital Covid-19 Age
November 18-20, 2020

In the early spring of 2020, as the world shut down, scholarship and
teaching were thrown into a virtual, online world. In the hands-on
world of manuscripts studies, students, teachers, researchers,
librarians, and curators lost physical access to the very objects upon
which their work centered. But we were ready. Thanks to world-wide
digitization efforts over the past twenty years, scholars at all
levels and around the world have, by all counts, virtual access to
more manuscripts and manuscript-related metadata than even a
generation ago and are benefited by a broad array of digital tools,
technologies, and resources that allow them to locate, gather,
analyze, and interrogate digitized manuscripts and related metadata.

But in a Covid-19 Age, have these resources and tools been enough to
continue manuscript research and study? Has scholarship and teaching
been supported by these resources and tools in the ways that those who
created them intended? Has access to these artifacts of our shared
intellectual heritage become more open and equitable or are there
still hurdles for scholarship around the world to overcome?  Has a
forced reckoning with digital tools, technologies, and resources
spurred new questions or avenues of research or thrown up barriers? As
creators and users of digital tools, technologies, and resources, have
we learned anything since March about the success or failure of such
projects? We will consider these questions and the opportunities and
limitations offered by digital images and manuscript-related metadata
as well as the digital and conceptual interfaces that come between the
data and us as users. Our goal is to offer a (virtual) space to
discuss lessons learned since March and how those lessons can push us
to better practice and development of strategies in the future.

The symposium will take Wednesday, November 18 to Friday, November 20.
Each day will consist of a 90-minute session with papers in the
morning, followed by a 90-minute panel discussion led by invited
moderators in the afternoon.  All sessions will be recorded and made
available after each session.

Two events will be held conjunction with the symposium:

  *   Scholarly Editing Covid`19-Style: Laura Morreale will lead a
3-day crowd-sourcing effort to transcribe, edit, and submit for
publication an edition of Le Pelerinage de Damoiselle Sapience, from
UPenn MS Codex 660<https://colenda.library.upenn.edu/catalog/81431-p3cr5nc34>
(f. 86r-95v).

  *   Virtual Lightning Round: Pre-recorded 5-minute lightning round
talks featuring digital projects at all stages of development, from
ideas to implementation. Want to feature your digital project? Submit
your proposal here<https://forms.gle/aW4eRSr8fKtU6kPq8> by Friday,
October 28, to be considered.

For program information and to register, go to:
Registration is free and open to the public but required. A Zoom link
for all three days will be provided upon registration.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 "It Spread Without Stop": New Insights on Plagues and Epidemics in the

Medieval and Early Modern Eras

February 19-21, 2021

This conference will bring together academics and researchers from around
the world to present current research on all aspects of epidemics in the
Medieval and Early Modern periods (ca. 500-1800 C.E.) including:

   - Identification of historical epidemics
   - Contemporary and historical medical approaches
   - Effects of epidemics on historical populations
   - Social and cultural reactions to disease

Titles and abstracts for 20-minute presentations or posters due by October
15, 2020 to avianello@usf.edu

Monday, September 21, 2020

 Marco Manuscript Workshop 2021: “Immaterial Culture”

February 5-6, 2021
Remotely from the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Details at http://marco.utk.edu/ms-workshop/

The sixteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday,
February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2021. Sessions will meet
virtually via an online platform. The workshop is led by Professors
Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is
hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,
the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This year’s workshop will consider some of the recent challenges that
researchers have faced with the suspension of travel, the closing of
libraries and universities, and the quarantine restrictions that have
kept so many of us in our homes. How can our field, which has always
emphasized the importance of physical place and tactile artifacts,
work successfully in isolation and at a distance? What does it mean
for us when our work takes place in an incorporeal world of light and
numbers rather than ink and flesh, in matrices of data rather than
dusty rooms? We propose to explore the advantages and disadvantages of
this “immaterial culture,” and to think about how our work is shaped
by access or lack of access to manuscripts, texts, catalogues, and
objects. We would like to hear about experiences working remotely,
discoveries made using virtual archives or catalogues, or advice on
how to study manuscripts without visiting archives or how to teach
codicology without a library. We welcome stories of scholars who have
been productive in constrained circumstances. We would also like to
learn from the experience of those for whom archives have been
inaccessible for other reasons – scholars who are homebound, visually
impaired, or otherwise physically challenged, or those whose access to
libraries and collections has been restricted or denied. How have
these constraints shaped your work? What can these experiences tell us
about our discipline? 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.
This year’s workshop will be virtual, but we hope to retain as much of
the format and the flavor of our in-person meetings as possible.
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. We will prepare an
online repository where presenters can place abstracts, presentations,
or supporting material for access by all attendees. 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 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 problems, practical difficulties, and new or
experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts.
Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

The deadline for applications is October 9, 2020. Applicants are asked
to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy
M. Liuzza, preferably via email to

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. In
order to keep the virtual sessions manageable, preregistration will be
required and spaces will be limited. Further details will be available
later in the year; please contact the Marco Institute at
marco@utk.edu<mailto:marco@utk.edu> for more information.

Friday, September 18, 2020


*ASCSA National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships Deadline: October
31, 2020*

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)
is a premier resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of
Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art,
from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research
libraries: the Blegen, with over 113,000 volumes dedicated to the
ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes
and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and,
more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also
provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics
at the Athenian Agora and Corinth excavations, and at the Malcolm H. Wiener
Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences. By agreement with the Greek
government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic
Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars
for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities
(NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by
supporting projects for 60 scholars with distinguished research and
teaching careers in the humanities.

*Eligibility: * Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in all fields
relevant to the mission of the ASCSA who are US citizens, or foreign
nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately
preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their
Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral
of the degree, by the application deadline.

*Terms: * Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9
months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a
total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference
for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the
American School's academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2021-beginning of June
2022; 4 months, Sept. - Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June.
School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five
days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence
permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due
at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all
publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA
will be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow
is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of
articles directly to the NEH.

*NEH Fellows should use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens
as their primary research base, but research may be carried out throughout

*Application: *Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship”
Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to

The following items should be included in the application submitted online
on the ASCSA web site:
1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced),
including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals,
a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies
involved (where applicable), and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
3.   Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa
status /date of residence.
4.   Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with
applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions,
and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit
letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your
recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These
letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and
the applicant's ability to carry it out successfully.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when
considering applications.
1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are
not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the

*Web site: *www.ascsa.edu.gr or

*E-mail:* application@ascsa.org

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to
accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later
than March 1.

*The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate
on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic
origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership
or application for employment.*


Thursday, September 17, 2020

 Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical

Bibliography (SoFCB) invites applications for its 2021–23 cohort of
junior fellows. The deadline is Monday, 2 November 2020.

Continuing the work of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical
Bibliography (2012–17), this scholarly society works to advance the
study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects through
capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship—and to enrich humanistic
inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training
promising early-career scholars. Junior Fellows will be encouraged and
supported in integrating the methods of critical bibliography into
their teaching and research, fostering collegial conversations about
historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and
sharing their knowledge with broader publics.

The fellowship includes tuition waivers for two Rare Book School
courses, as well as funding for Junior Fellows to participate in the
Society’s annual meeting and orientation. Additional funds are
available for fellows to organize symposia at their home institutions,
and fellows will have the option of attending a bibliographical field
school to visit libraries, archives, and collections in a major
metropolitan area. After completing two years in good standing as
Junior Fellows, program participants will have the option to become
Senior Fellows in the Society.

The Society is committed to supporting diversity and to advancing the
scholarship of outstanding persons of every race, gender, sexual
orientation, creed, and socioeconomic background, and to enhancing the
diversity of the professions and academic disciplines it represents,
including those of the professoriate, museums, libraries, archives,
public humanities, and digital humanities. We warmly encourage
prospective applicants from a wide range of disciplines, institutions,
and areas of expertise.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

For more information about diversity and the SoFCB, please visit the
SoFCB Diversity & Outreach Committee’s Welcome Letter:

Inquiries about the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program can be directed to
Sonia Hazard, SoFCB Selection Committee Chair, at
shazard@fsu.edu<mailto:shazard@fsu.edu>, or Donna Sy, SoFCB
Administrative Director, at

We would be most grateful if you would pass along this call for
applications to anyone you know who might be interested in applying,
or to those who might advise early-career scholars with an interest in
the study of material objects.

With many thanks, and apologies for cross-posting,

Donna A. C. Sy
Administrative Director, Andrew W. Mellon
  Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography
(434) 243-4296 direct line

Rare Book School
at the University of Virginia
(434) 924-8851 main office
(434) 924-8824 fax

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

 The *American Research Institute in Turkey* (*ARIT*)

<http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/> is pleased to announce 2021-2022
fellowship programs for students and scholars based in the U.S. and Canada:

*ARIT / National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Fellowships for
Research in Turkey* <http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/NEHFellowships.html> cover
all fields of the humanities, including prehistory, history, art,
archaeology, literature, and linguistics as well as interdisciplinary
aspects of cultural history.  The fellowships support applicants who have
completed their academic training.  The fellowships may be held for terms
ranging from four months to a full year.  Stipend per month is $4,200.

*ARIT Fellowships for Research in Turkey*
<http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITFellowships.html>are offered for
research in ancient, medieval, or modern times, in any field of the
humanities and social sciences.  Post-doctoral and advanced doctoral
fellowships may be held for various terms, for terms from one month up to
one academic year.  Stipends range from $2,500 to $15,500.

Applications for ARIT and ARIT-NEH fellowships must be submitted to
ARIT by *November
1, 2020*.  The fellowship committee will notify applicants in late January

*ARIT Summer Fellowships for Advanced Turkish Language*
<http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/ARIT/ARITSummerLanguageProgram.html> in Istanbul
offers intensive advanced study of Turkish at Bogazici University for
summer 2021.  Participants must have two years of Turkish language study or
the equivalent.  The application deadline will be in early February 2021.  The
fellowships cover round-trip airfare to Istanbul, application and tuition
fees, and a maintenance stipend.

Friday, September 11, 2020

 Call for Papers: “The Lost Latin Historiography of Late Antiquity” **at

the Leeds International Medieval Congress, 5-8 July 2021*

*Sponsor:* National Science Centre Poland project “The Missing Link. The
Lost Latin Historiography of the Later Roman Empire (3rd - 5th century)”

*Organizers:* Paweł Janiszewski and Aleksander Paradziński

            “The Missing Link. The Lost Latin Historiography of the Later
Roman Empire (3rd-5th century)” project, funded by the National Science
Centre Poland, aims to collect and study cases of lost or fragmentarily
preserved history works composed in Latin in the Later Roman Empire in
accordance with Classical historiographic models, such as political
narratives, chronicles, annals and biographies. In line with this goal we
invite scholars at all career stages to submit proposals for twenty-minute
papers relating to the subject of “The Lost Latin Historiography of Late

            Suggested topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

   - Identity and biographies of authors of lost history works
   - Reception of Classical historiographic models in Late Antiquity
   - Transmission of fragments
   - Regional idiosyncrasies of history writing in the Roman Empire
   - Audiences and author’s networks– composing history as a social activity
   - Defining history – categories and boundaries of form and content of
   historical genres in Late Antiquity
   - History writing in the post-Roman West – continuity or a break?
   - History of the scholarship on the lost and fragmentarily preserved
   Latin historiography

Please send paper proposals in English of no more than 300 words to
Aleksander Paradziński (a.k.paradzinski@uw.edu.pl) by 18 September 2020.
Please note that conveners are, regrettably, unable to cover the congress
registration fee and travel expenses.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Call for Papers: Ovid in the Middle Ages

The Societas Ovidiana welcomes abstracts for three sessions of
20-minute papers to be held at the 56th International Congress on
Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, 13-15 May 2021). Those
interested should submit their proposals through the ICMS Confex
system by September 15th, 2020

1) Ovid's Transformations in the Middle Ages
This session aims to attract papers that deal with the knowledge and
use of Ovid's Metamorphoses in medieval literature, thought, art, and
education.  While the influence of the Metamorphoses, especially in
the later Middle Ages, is widely acknowledged, the research done on
its reception is often siloed on the basis of discipline and language.
This session intends to help remedy the situation by soliciting papers
from classicists, Neo-Latinists, art historians, and scholars of the
various vernacular literary traditions alike in order, through a
diversity of perspectives, to come to a better overall understanding
of the presence of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages.

2) Medieval Commentaries on Ovid
Commentaries on classical authors constitute a relatively neglected
source for medieval literary culture owing to their protean nature and
the special difficulties often involved in consulting and working with
them.  Recent work has, however, increasingly recognized the role that
such commentaries played in the common intellectual armature of the
Middle Ages.  This session will seek to explore both the Latin
commentaries on Ovid themselves and the ways in which those
commentaries mediated medieval readers' understanding of classical
literature and so influenced medieval Latin and vernacular literary

3) Ovid and his Heirs at Court (co-sponsored with the International
Courtly Literature Society, North American Branch)
This proposed session, which is co-sponsored by the International
Courtly Literature Society and the Societas Ovidiana, will examine the
way the Ovidian amatory discourse of the Amores, Ars Amatoria,
Heroides, and Metamorphoses, as well as poems by imitators of Ovid,
influence courtly literature. Besides the influence of Ovid on courtly
poetry, session papers could also consider the way that moralizing
Ovid commentaries and poems, such as Pierre Bersuire’s Ovidius
moralizatus and the anonymous Ovide moralisé, relate to courtly
literature. This session will build on the dialogue begun in the “What
is Courtly Love?” session sponsored by the ICLS-NAB at the 2018
Medieval Congress, which, among other themes, discussed Ovid’s
influence on the ideas of Andreas Capellanus and other medieval
writers on love.

Nota bene for the panel on “Ovid and his Heirs at Court”: Those who
are not currently members of the International Courtly Literature
Society are welcome to submit to sessions sponsored by the ICLS, but
are expected to become members upon acceptance.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Race and the Middle Ages," a Virtual Conference on December 3, 2020


46th Annual New England Medieval Conference, Virtual Meeting

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Keynote Speaker:

Geraldine Heng, The University of Texas at Austin

 “The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages”

With the world-wide resurgence of anti-racist activism following the
killing of George Floyd, we as medievalists feel compelled to
reexamine notions of race in the pre-modern period. Can speaking of
“race” in the Middle Ages help us today? How was race conceived in the
Middle Ages? Did race already dictate the lives of men and women in
medieval Europe? To what extent did race and religion overlap in the
Middle Ages? We invite medievalists of all disciplines and
specializations to explore these and other questions relating to the
topic of race. We welcome papers that deal with the origins and
development of race from a variety of different perspectives. We are
likewise very interested in essays focusing on the treatment of race
without medieval Western Europe.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a recent CV to Meriem Pagès
(mpages@keene.edu<mailto:mpages@keene.edu>). Please make sure to
provide your name and full professional affiliation (institution and
level of study) in your proposal. Abstracts are due October 15, 2020.