Tuesday, October 27, 2020


Via Milan Vukašinović, Uppsala University:

*Medieval literature** across languages**: a multi-lingual summer school*

*Online Summer School*

*17–28 May 2021*

*Second Revised Call*


This online summer school seeks to provide PhD students with a first
immersion into

the study of medieval literature across languages. Language training, with
the aim of inviting PhD students to become acquainted with new medieval
languages, will here be combined with lectures on case studies, addressing
various methodological issues and approaches. The summer school focuses on
five medieval languages: *Georgian, Arabic, Greek, Latin, and French*.

*Note: The programme has been changed to a completely online format to
address the ongoing barriers to travel. All instruction will take place
online between 14:00-17:00 (CEST, Danish local time).*

The online summer school will be organized around language teaching and
tutoring, lectures and presentations, and an introduction to TEI encoding.
Substantial work will be required of students in advance of the summer
school (learning of new alphabets, initial reading and encoding exercises).

*Language Teaching*

Beginning each day at 14:00 (CEST) language teaching will be followed by
language tutoring, in which PhD students assist each other as tutors and
will themselves receive help from others.

*Lectures and Presentations*

On alternating days, invited speakers will deliver lectures on a range of
topics related to the study of medieval literatures across languages; on
other days, students will be expected to deliver short presentations on
their findings.

*TEI Encoding*

Students will receive an introduction to encoding texts using a TEI
compliant architecture of XML tagging. Prior to the summer school, students
will be provided with preliminary orientation materials; during the summer
school, they will receive hands-on experience encoding a short section of
the Barlaam and Josaphat text in their chosen target language.


Applications should be sent before *15 December 2020* to hogel@sdu.dk.
We encourage applications from PhD students from any field in medieval
studies. Applicants are asked to specify one language they wish to study,
and at least one language they can offer tutoring in (please indicate level
of proficiency).

Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Your application should
include an abstract of your current research and a statement addressing the
contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain
from participating (together no more than a single A4 page, single spaced).
You must also name one referee who will be willing to write in support of
your application. Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted
directly by the organizers of the summer school.

There is no cost for attending the Summer School.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


*RACE AND THE MIDDLE AGES *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). 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*.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Shifting Frontiers

 *This event will take place virtually via Zoom.

For the Fourteenth Meeting of the Society for Late Antiquity, we
invite papers that investigate scale, which can be defined as a
graduated range of values or measurements, whether, for example, of
time, space, social organization, cosmology, or agency. Participants
are encouraged to explore scale either as a methodological framework
used by modern historians to interpret the past and/or as a type of
late Roman analytic category, developed and employed by late ancient
persons for their own heuristic purposes. Questions papers might ask
include: To what extent does the world of Late Antiquity look
different if we approach its events, institutions, and processes
(whether political, economic, social, or religious) from a micro scale
rather than a macro scale, and vice versa? How can we better
understand the late Roman Empire through the examination of macro- and
micro-scalar environmental phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions and
mutating plague DNA, which were only partially (if at all) perceptible
to the late Romans themselves? Alternatively, what graduated
categories of measurement and values did late ancient thinkers deploy
in their philosophical, scientific (including astrological), and
religious works to make sense of metaphysical, ethical, or even
physical quandaries? And what did scale mean to individuals on an
everyday level, for agriculturalists or merchants whose livelihoods
were embedded within multi-scalar economic, environmental, legal,
social, and religious networks? Other papers might consider the
fractal replication of structures and relationships across the Empire,
for example in conciliar operations (Senate, local curia, church
councils), patterns of deference across the social scale, or in the
provincial extensions of imperial authority. Comparativists are
encouraged to consider how problems of scale inflect transhistorical
arguments that encompass both late antiquity and other periods of

Featured Keynote Speakers:

C. Michael Chin, Department of Classics, UC Davis
Ann Marie Yasin, Department of Art History and Classics, University of
Southern California

Special Directions for Virtual Format

The program committee recognizes that online conferencing opens
opportunities for scholarly presentations and discussions that deviate
from the traditional model of “present a paper and then take
questions.” The past few months have been a time of experimentation
for all of us. Rather than define (and thereby limit) those
alternative modes in advance, we encourage you to propose them to us,
and so our task will be to decide not only which papers will be
included, but which formats too. Options include thematically linked
papers that are posted before the conference so that attendees can
read them before their authors hold a panel discussion at the
conference; or scholars who wish to pre-post textual, visual, video,
or audio material and then take only five minutes to present their
argument, leaving more time for discussion. Each submission will still
need to have a regular abstract, but please indicate whether you would
like to experiment with an alternative mode of presentation.

To apply to present at Shifting Frontiers XIV, please fill out the
application/abstract form
. Please provide all the requested information, but do not include
your name anywhere on the form.  All completed application/abstract
forms should be emailed to
Applications must be received by December 4, 2020 in order to be
considered for participation at the conference.

Friday, October 9, 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 Age:

*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 digit al 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

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

Two events will be held conjunction with the symposium:

   - *Scholarly Editing Covid19-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*, fr om UPenn MS Codex
   660 <https://colenda.library.upenn.edu/catalog/81431-p3cr5nc34> (f.

   - *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/aW4eRSr8fK%0D%20tU6kPq8> by Friday,
   October 28, to be considered**.*

*For program information and to register, go
to: https://www.library.upenn.edu/about/exhibits-events/ljs-symposium13
Registration is free and open to the public but required. *A Zoom link for
all three days will be provided upon regi stration.