Tuesday, September 20, 2022

 Call for Papers: Marco Manuscript Workshop 2023, “Writing the World”

February 3-4, 2023

Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


The eighteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Charles Sanft (History) and Roy M. Liuzza (English) and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies.


This year’s theme is, broadly, manuscripts in and of the world. We imagine two aspects to this theme. The first is manuscripts that travel: manuscripts always bear the marks of the time and place of their creation, and many remain rooted to their place of origin, but others range widely in the world as cargo, gifts, devotional or collectible objects, or simply baggage that can be left behind. How do some texts get from one place to another, and why? What evidence of their travels do they bear? The second aspect of our theme concerns texts that try to convey the world beyond their pages. How do they describe the world? How is it depicted? Where is the center? What lies at the margins? What ideas and doctrines exist in the broader world? Understandings about the size and shape of the world have changed considerably since the ancient world and vary greatly from one culture to another. How have texts adapted to new information and ideas? We invite participants to consider manuscripts that connect the reader to the world—descriptions, travelogues, maps, accounts of distant places, cosmologies, stories of other worlds—or that record or reflect encounters between people in different places. As always, we welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined. We are especially interested in presentations that address these questions from a non-European perspective.


The workshop is open to scholars and students in any field who are engaged in or interested in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each presentation and discussion; 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 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 15, 2022. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.


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 visit //marco.utk.edu/ms-workshop or contact the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edufor more information.

Thursday, September 15, 2022


European Society for Textual Scholarship

Annual Conference, 13-14 April 2023

University of Kent

‘‘Authorship, Identity, and Textual Scholarship”


To what extent does the identification of an author’s identity affect how we approach and edit their texts? Or, to pursue a contested poststructuralist line of thinking, why might it matter to an editor, or any reader, that they know who is speaking? Though the Barthesian idea of the ‘Death of the Author’ has been largely dismantled, theoretical questions about agency, intentionality, and reception still loom large in modern critical discourse. Given our present-day concerns with anonymity, fake news, misattributed quotations, and the spread of disinformation, this timely conference shines a light on the relationship between the identification of an author-figure and the transmission, mediation, and reception of their texts.

The organisers invite proposals for creative, critical, and analytical papers, panel sessions, roundtables, posters, and digital exhibitions that approach and analyse the overlap between studies in attribution, authorship, biography, and textual scholarship from antiquity to modern day.

We particularly encourage proposals which consider the range of identities that authors take and investigate how the imperative for diversity, relates or challenges conventional concepts of authorship The digital turn in literary studies has enlivened debates about authorship, reflecting a concurrent rising interest in textual issues related to co-authorship, revision, and adaptation. Traditional canons of literary and non-literary works have been challenged vigorously in recent years.

So, too, authorship has figured significantly in the detailed analyses of the lives and output of scribes and stationers (publishers, printers, booksellers) from the premodern to modern periods, producing rich new evidence about the transmission and circulation of text. Similarly, the material turn in literary scholarship has provided original insights into the material conditions of authorship, from the everyday experience of life as a practicing author to the tools used in producing the material book itself. The work that is produced and disseminated is now studied as a social as well as textual object.

Registration website:


Contributions to the ESTS Conference may take the following forms:

Research Papers

Individual scholars are welcome to submit proposals for papers which may then be selected for panels. 20 minutes in length. Please supply an abstract of 150 words (max) + bio of 100 words (max).

Panel sessions

We also invite groups of scholars (3 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked research paper panels. 90 minutes in length (3 x 20 minute papers + q&a). Please supply 3 abstracts of 150 words (max) each + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker. The organisers will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field.


We also invite groups of scholars (up to 6 speakers) to submit proposals for thematically linked roundtable sessions. 90 minutes in length (10 mins per speaker + q&a). Please supply an overall abstract of 250 words (250 words) for the roundtable + bios of 100 words (max) for each speaker. The organisers will give preference to panels that reflect the diversity of our field.

Digital Projects Exhibition

We invite scholars working on DH projects related to authorship to showcase their work through a poster/exhibition session. A DH project session will be held during one of the days of the conference. Please supply abstract of 150 words (max) + bios of 100 words (max) for each presenter; if the project is live, please supply a link.

Poster Session

We invite scholars to submit an abstract for a poster presentation linking their research to the

themes of the conference. A poster session will be held during one of the days of the conference.

Please supply abstract of 150 words (max) + bios of 100 words (max) for each presenter. All proposals are due by 1st October 2022. Please send proposals to ESTS2023@gmail.com

If you have any queries about the submission process, please contact R.Loughnane@kent.ac.uk or any of the members of the Planning Committee.

ESTS 2023 Planning Committee: Rory Loughnane (Kent, Chair); Bashir Abu-Manneh (Kent); Anne Alwis (Kent); Claire Bartram (Canterbury Christ Church University); Jennie Batchelor (Kent); Karen Brayshaw (Kent); Helen Brooks (Kent); Robert Gallagher (Kent); Emily Guerry (Kent); Anna Jordanous (Kent); Ryan Perry (Kent); Catherine Richardson (Kent); David Rundle (Kent); Amy Sackville (Kent); Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University); Matthijs Wibier (Kent); and Cressida Williams (Canterbury Cathedral Library and Archives). Postgraduate Advisors: Ségolène Gence (Kent; MEMS PG Ambassador); Samantha McCarthy (Kent); Jonathan Pinkerton (Kent Lille).

Tuesday, September 13, 2022


The Sources of Old English and Anglo-Latin Literary Culture project (SOEALLC) is happy to announce two sponsored sessions at the ICMS at Kalamazoo in May ’23:

Session 1: Augustine in Pre-Conquest England (Session of Papers)

This session will focus on Augustine of Hippo’s influence on Old English and Anglo-Latin literary culture. To that end, we invite papers that consider what quotations, references, translations, and manuscript circulation can tell us about how and why Augustine was being read in early England. As Augustine’s corpus is so large and varied, possibilities for papers are many: proposers might consider the influence of Augustinian themes on Old English poetry or homilies, how Augustinian the Alfredian Soliloquies truly is, or what manuscript evidence can tell us about the specifics of early English interest in Augustine. We invite contributions from scholars of all methodological bents, and, while we are focused on Augustine’s presence in pre-Conquest England, we welcome papers that cast a wider chronological net as well.


Session 2: “Source Study and Material Culture” (Roundtable)


While source criticism is usually considered to be a textual enterprise, this session will gather several scholars together in a roundtable format to discuss the ways in which material culture (archaeology, visual art, manuscript studies, etc.) can inform the source critic’s work. Participants might reflect on the way in which art can be a “source” for literature and vice versa, the uses of material culture to help us interpret source relationships, or the ways in which source study in a manuscript culture always requires attention to the material. In putting on this roundtable, we hope for a rich session that puts different methods in dialogue with one another. Source criticism is our principle focus, but we invite paleographers, archaeologists, art historians, and others whose distinctive methods can challenge source critics to refine their own approach. While our principle focus is pre-Conquest England, we welcome papers that reach beyond those geographical and temporal boundaries to consider source relationships more broadly.


Both sessions are virtual, so please feel free to apply even if you aren’t planning to attend the conference in person. All submissions are due September 15th, through the Congress’s Confex system (https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi).


Curious about what SOEALLC is doing? Visit us at https://soeallc.hcommons.org/.


All best wishes,


Ben Weber




Dr. Benjamin D. Weber


Assistant Professor of English


Wheaton College


309 Blanchard Hall



Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Call for papers

The 2022 International Conference of the Australian Early Medieval Association

Memory and Forgetting

Hosted Online from the University of Melbourne, Australia (throughout the world) 30 September-1 October 2022 


This conference invites papers on the theme of memory and forgetting. Memory is malleable. It is shaped by selection, by mediation, by transmission, by ideologies, by societies and, above all, by forgetting. In the words of Ann Rigney,


‘like water transported in a leaky bucket which slowly runs dry, [memories] are continuously being lost along the way’.


And yet, the archive contains a multiplicity of memories that have survived their journeys, that have been remade in their transmission, and continue to be remade as historians select those memories that speak to particular perspectives or narratives. What can we say about this selective approach to the archive? An approach that often masquerades as ʹmemoryʹ  in terms of presenting a distinct narrative  and ʹforgettingʹ  in terms of omission, whether deliberate or through ignorance or inattention. This conference examines the process of how early medieval societies created their pasts and, in turn, how those pasts have continued to be created in subsequent centuries.

This conference calls for papers that relate to this theme, or, in the spirit of the theme, that do not. Topics might include:

• Agendas and identities
• Biography and autobiography
• Individual and cultural memory
• Oral and textual histories
• Transmission and reimaginings
• Education and memoria
• Transnational and global memory
• Memory of conflict – forgetting of peace


Submissions may be in the form of individual papers of 20 minutes duration, themed panels of three 20minute papers, or Round Tables of up to six shorter papers (total of one hour). All sessions will include time for questions and general discussion.

Please send proposals (150–200 words per paper), along with author’s name, paper/panel/RT title, and academic affiliation (if any) to 
conference@aema.net.au by 9 September 2022.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

 Dear Late and Medieval Latinists,


Our Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Latin Roundtable on Translation and our Paper Session went very well at Kalamazoo in May 2022! Here, accordingly, is the DOML Medieval Latin Series' Call for Abstracts for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11–13, 2023). 


“Cookin' from scratch”: Good Things in Small Packages I–II
Sponsored by: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Cosponsored by: Platinum Latin
Contact: Danuta Shanzer
Modality: Virtual
Close reading matters. Likewise being puzzled when appropriate. Have you thought long and hard about, or worried at, a passage? Has your thinking made an interesting difference to the text’s constitution, meaning, and significance? If your paper can show an audience how to find, define, and tackle problems, and if it effectively connects something deep in a text with a bigger picture, please send us an abstract! We seek intriguing readings of Latin texts from Late Antiquity to the later Middle Ages. Detailed handouts and/or a Powerpoint presentation, please. We want to read and think with you.


We hope that you find The Call tantalizing and that you may want to present at these fully virtual sessions.


Your deadline for abstract submission is 15 September. We need to finalize our program by 15 October.


Nota bene: the official proposal can only be made and accepted through the Confex Proposal portal here:  https://icms.confex.com/icms/2023/cfp.cgi


If you have any questions, do write me at:  danuta.shanzer@univie.ac.at


With all kind regards,


Danuta Shanzer


Univ.-Prof. i. R. Dr. Danuta Shanzer

Institut für Klassische Philologie, Mittel- und Neulatein HP 252

Universität Wien

Universitätsring 1

A-1010 Wien


Monday, September 5, 2022

 Call for Papers: “Late Antiquity I-II” (sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity): ICMS 58, Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-13, 2023.

The Society for Late Antiquity is pleased to announce its sponsorship of two in-person sessions at the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-13, 2023, at Western Michigan University.  These sessions are intentionally broad in scope, allowing for an extensive range of topics relating to the history, literature, religion, art, archaeology, culture, and society of Late Antiquity, that is, the European, North African, and Western Asian world, c. 250–750.

Paper Proposals should be submitted directly to the Congress by September 15th using this link: https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions

For inquiries, please contact Jonathan Arnold (jon-arnold@utulsa.edu), co-organizer

Thursday, September 1, 2022

 Session 1:

The Future of Manuscript Studies: Honoring the Legacy of Angus J. Kennedy and Liliane Dulac (paper session, blended format)
Sponsored by: The International Christine de Pizan Society—North American Branch
This look toward the future of manuscript studies will emphasize the enduring impact of two of the most prolific, pioneering, and respected scholars in the field of Christine studies, both of whom were lost during a period of just under six months in 2021–2022. Areas of potential interest for this session include, among others, the digital humanities, new theoretical approaches, and interdisciplinary initiatives. We seek to explore new horizons in manuscript studies that will honor, in any number of ways, the pioneering work of Angus J. Kennedy and Liliane Dulac.
Please consider submitting a proposal! Our paper session and roundtable this past spring were robust and a true pleasure to attend—let’s keep up the tradition!
Questions: contact tinamarieranalli [at] gmail [dot] com