Sunday, August 2, 2015



Edirom-Summer-School, which will take place 7–11 of September at the Heinz Nixdorf Institute at the University of Paderborn, Germany:

The Edirom-Summer-School 2015 is organized by the Virtual Research Group Edirom and the german eHumanities project DARIAH-DE.

Our courses and workshops follow three level tracks (most held in German):
-The "entrance" track will offer introductions to the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) as well as to our Edirom Tool Set for compiling and publishing digital (music) editions.

-The "advanced" track deals with general workflows and techniques when working with XML files and MEI metadata. We also offer an introduction to tool development with eXist-db.

Within the "workshop" track we will discuss different problems and questions about technical workflows and project organization as well as legal issues concerning different types of "data" in the context of digital research and edition projects.

Please find our full program at Registration is open until the end of July at

In case of any questions concerning the ESS2015, please feel free to contact the organization team at

Benjamin Bohl
The Virtual Research Group Edirom is based at the Musicology Seminar Detmold/Paderborn, which is a co-faculty of the University of Paderborn and the Hochschule für Musik Detmold.
DARIAH-DE is the German part of the EU eHumanities research project Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Please find further information at
The ESS2015 on the internet:
Follow us on Twitter: or #edirom2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Gender and Emotion

Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2016
The University of Hull
Gender and Emotion
6th – 8th January 2016
Call for Papers

The grief-stricken faces at Edward’s deathbed in the Bayeux Tapestry; the ambiguous ‘ofermod’ in The Battle of Maldon; the body-crumpling anguish of the Virgin witnessing the Man of Sorrows; the mirth of the Green Knight; the apoplectic anger of the mystery plays’ Herod and the visceral visionary experiences of Margery of Kempe all testify to the ways in which the medieval world sought to express, perform, idealise and understand emotion.
Yet while such expressions of emotion are frequently encountered by medievalists working across the disciplines, defining, quantifying and analysing the purposes of emotion and its relationship to gender often proves difficult.  Are personal items placed in early Anglo Saxon graves a means for the living to let go of, or perpetuate emotion, and how are these influenced by the body in the grave?  Do different literary and historical forms lend themselves to diverse ways of expressing men’s and women’s emotion?  How does a character expressing emotion on stage or in artwork use body, gender and articulation to communicate emotion to their viewer?  Moreover, is emotion viewed differently depending on the gendered identity of the body expressing it?  Is emotion and its reception used to construct, deconstruct, challenge or confirm gender identities?
This conference seeks to explore the manifestations, performances and functions of emotion in the early to late Middle Ages, and to examine the ways in which emotion is gendered and used to construct gender identities. 
Proposals are now being accepted for 20 minute papers.  Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:
·       Gender and emotional expression: representing and performing emotion
·       The emotional body
·       Philosophies of emotion: theory and morality
·       Emotional objects and vessels of emotion
·       Language and emotion and the languages of emotion
·       Preserving or perpetuating emotion
·       Emotions to be dealt with: repressing, curtailing, channelling, transforming
·       Forbidden emotion
·       Living through (someone else’s) emotion
·       The emotions of war and peace
·       The emotive ‘other’
·       Place and emotion
·       Queer emotion
We welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history, archaeology and drama.  A travel fund is available for postgraduate students who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Please email proposals of no more than 300 words to organiser Daisy Black at by the 7th September 2015.  All queries should also be directed to this address.  Please also include biographical information detailing your name, research area, institution and level of study (if applicable).
Further details will be available on the conference website:

New Approaches to Old English Biblical Poetry

Kalamazoo 2016 #Kzoo2016

Call for Papers:

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University
12-15 May 2016 in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Session Title: New Approaches to Old English Biblical Poetry
Session Organizer: Jill Fitzgerald
Session Sponsor: Dept. of English, United States Naval Academy

This session welcomes papers that examine fresh methodological and critical approaches to Old English poems recounting both Old and New Testament events. Biblical poems such as Genesis A, Genesis B, Exodus, Daniel, and Judith (to name a few) continue to invite scholarly attention because they reveal predominant Anglo-Saxon attitudes towards issues such as lordship, land, inheritance, exile, invasion, migration, corruption, warfare, rebellion, and conquest. Possible paper topics for this panel might include, but are certainly not limited to: those addressing sources (patristic, apocryphal, liturgical, iconographic), cultural and historical contexts, manuscript contexts, translation and the vernacular transmission of biblical concepts, how biblical poems offer insights into early medieval social groups, reforming communities, Christian identity and subjectivity, and how Anglo-Saxons understood their place within salvation history.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words and the Participant Information Form to Jill Fitzgerald at by September 15th. The Participant Information Form and additional information can be found at:

Friday, July 31, 2015

IMC Leeds 2016, taking place on 4-7 JULY at the University of Leeds.

Call for Papers: Leeds 2016

Call for papers for a strand of sessions to be heldat the IMC Leeds 2016, taking place on 4-7 JULY at the University of Leeds.
The overall topic will be ‘Mastering Knowledge and Power: Bishops, Schools and Political Engagement in Early Medieval Europe (650-1050)’
Giacomo Vignodelli (Università di Bologna/S.I.S.M.E.L.) and myself (University of Cambridge) will be co-ordinating the sessions. We’re hoping to propose about 2-3 sessions (maybe even more according to your response) and we hope to come up with a good mix of junior and more senior researchers.

Mastering Knowledge and Power: Bishops, Schools and Political Engagement in Early Medieval Europe (650-1050)
Standing at the top of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, bishops were the heads of large Christian communities placed under their responsibility. Leading their flock along the path to salvation was the first and foremost duty of their office, a task that a bishop of the calibre of Ambrose considered to fall under the overarching duty of teaching (De Officiis, Book I, ch. I). In order to provide effective guidance to the faithful, bishops had to rely on their own education, based upon their knowledge of holy scripture, their familiarity with the wider and multifaceted range of Church traditions (patristics, canon law, exegesis, etc.) and their mastery of the communicative skills necessary for delivering their pastoral and political discourse. The ecclesia committed to episcopal pastoral care encompassed all the layers of society from the humblest flock to kings and emperors. Bishops were a structural element in the medieval regna and in the empire: they cooperated with public officers - with whom they often took care of administrative and juridical affairs - as well as watched over the good morality, the doctrinal beliefs and, at a more general level, the righteousness of those under whose responsibility fell the earthly and heavenly well-being of the Christian people. As a result, the episcopal ministerium demanded that bishops uphold a constant dialogue with the elites, both at the local level (the diocese or the metropolitan region) and, in some cases (often the best documented ones), at the royal and imperial scale.
The connection between culture and political influence is the primary area of interest we would like to investigate in our sessions at the IMC 2016. Our attention will therefore focus on the schools and centres of learning where bishops acquired the knowledge and the tools necessary for the performance of their duties and the wielding of their authority. Bishops had often been teachers before taking up their office and “education” – both in a restricted and wider sense – often remained a primary area of interest after their episcopal election. The education bishops received before reaching the top of the church hierarchy, their personal involvement in teaching and the impact their learning and didactic experience had on their political actions are three intertwined aspects we shall like to explore.
The main question we would like to address is the following: how was the education and learning of bishops actualised in their writings – in the form of authorial works as well as commentaries, glosses and annotations in margin of other texts – and, more generally, in their pastoral and political discourse and activities? We therefore particularly welcome papers investigating the relation between written production and bishops’ scholastic and intellectual backgrounds as it can be assessed through the analysis of the books they had at their disposal (personal books, books belonging to local libraries and schools together with books obtained through scholarly exchange). We would also like to gauge the impact of a bishop’s knowledge on his political engagement through the investigation of the strategies of communication and persuasion put to use to address other office-holders and rulers. The analysis of the choices of literary genre and register, the uses of particular rhetorical devices, and borrowings from specific sources could all be taken into account to unveil, on the one hand, the individual education of bishops and, on the other, the intentions and purposes behind specific texts. The reference to holy scriptures and the resort to exegetical arguments, called in to enhance the authority of the author, are also constitutive elements of the episcopal discourse that we shall consider and discuss in the course of our sessions.
Bringing together scholars working on different areas and periods of the history of early medieval Europe, we also hope to address the question of whether homogeneous traditions of episcopal culture existed in specific regions or within networks connecting particular centres of learning and power. Furthermore, we wish to shed light on how scholastic and cultural networks interacted with political ones.
We equally welcome all proposals which fit the overall framework of the topic. Also don’t be alarmed if you see your paper does not address the IMC special thematic strand for 2016 (Food, Feast and Famine): with more than 600 sessions, the IMC makes room for many different topics and research approaches.

Practical issues
We ask those of you interested in giving a paper to send anemail by AUGUST 23, 2015, to
Giorgia Vocino ( or and Giacomo Vignodelli ( or )
You can propose individual papers, but we also encourage you to think about who you might collaborate with, or who could be interesting as a co-speaker, respondent or moderator in your session. And, of course, please forward this call for papers to any student or colleague who might be interested in participating in our strand!
At any rate, please include the following information:
1) paper title
2) a short abstract/brief description indicating what the paper will be about (max. 200 words)
3) your contact details and affiliation
4) Equipment needed? (Laptop, Beamer, etc.)

We will then think about how the papers (20 minutes each) fit together in sessions and let you know the results as soon as possible, certainly before the beginning of September to allow time for readjustment if necessary.
Please note that unfortunately we will not be able to cover travel, registration and accommodation expenses for our speakers. We thus encourage PhD students and independent scholars to consider the bursary application offered by the IMC (deadline 17 October) which you can find following this link:*context=IMC&*id=0&*formId=83&conference=2016&*servletURI=

For general information on the IMC, see

Romance Geographies and Geographic Literacies: Theoretical and Practical Concerns in Mapping Medieval Texts [Roundtable]

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Romance Geographies and Geographic Literacies: Theoretical and Practical Concerns in Mapping Medieval Texts [Roundtable]
51st International Congress in Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 12-15, 2016)

John A. Geck
Department of English
Memorial University

The related subjects of mapping and geocriticism in medieval studies have been growing in popularity, and mapping literary spaces has become an increasing area of interest for literary specialists. Place and space figure largely in much of medieval literature, and this is particularly true for medieval romance, wherein romance protagonists often undertake wide-ranging journeys across much of the known world.

However, in exploring the use of space and place in medieval texts, scholars engaged in small- or large-scale mapping projects find themselves facing a number of concerns. On the theoretical level, we must ask what these exotic place names mean, for instance, to a thirteenth-century English readership. Do “Lettow” or “Arabe” correspond in any useful way with the lands we now understand as “Lithuania” or “Arabia”? Can we map this medieval sense of place on or over our modern, Cartesian-derived, projection of the world? Do modern maps possess a more specifically-delineated scope and purpose (to reflect physical space) than their medieval counterparts? How do medieval maps represent conceptual units such as “nation”/people, city/citizenry, or Christendom/Christians?

These theoretical questions ought to be addressed before any researcher considers practical concerns, such as how this data should be presented. Is a single, static map sufficient, or is a more functional, but also more complex solution such as a Geographic Information System (GIS) application suitable? How transferable is this collected geographic data for other scholar's uses? Is the end result ultimately useful for publishable research or classroom pedagogy?

This session seeks presenters from the diverse but interrelated fields of Digital Humanities GIS and medieval literature to talk across disciplinary boundaries and arrive at some possible answers to both theoretical and practical issues in mapping projects.

Please submit abstracts of 300 words or less, and a Participation Information Form (available here: to John A. Geck (

Deadline: September 15th 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Technical Communications in the Middle Ages

Kalamazoo 2016 #Kzoo2016

CFP, ICMS ("Kalamazoo") 2016: Technical Communications in the Middle Ages
Scholars have long recognized Chaucer’s “Treatise on the Astrolabe” as an early technical document, yet few similar medieval texts have been discussed as specimens of technical communication. This session seeks to consider the traditions and conventions of medieval technical communication, as well as the connections between medieval and contemporary technical writing.
Possible texts for consideration might include (but are not limited to) penitential and conduct manuals, monastic rules, business correspondence, medical treatises, scientific and pseudo-scientific manuals (including alchemical and astrological ones), cookery books, law codes, and government and military documents. Papers should consider the texts as technical communication, but may focus either on any aspect, including writing, layout, design, etc.
Please send abstracts and participant information forms via e-mail to Wendy Hennequin ( by September 15.

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies May 12-15, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Kalamazoo 2016 #Kzoo2016

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 12-15, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Sessions Sponsored by the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies (HSMS)

1) Koineization and Standardization in Medieval Ibero-Romance languages

The focus of this session will be to discuss whether or not a common variety can be argued for Ibero-Romance medieval languages and if so, how each variety was configured, either by spontaneous koineization or by deliberate standardization processes, or perhaps both. Papers are invited to discuss issues such as what type of variation is present in Ibero-medieval texts and how modern scholars have come to the understanding of what features characterize and define such languages and varieties, how conventional linguistic varieties have been defined and what processes and ideologies made them reach such conclusions in the face of the immense variation present in medieval Ibero-Romance texts.
Please send abstract and Participant Information Form (available at to Gabriel Rei-Doval, by Sept. 15, 2015.

2) Medieval Iberian Languages: Linguistic Perspectives

This session seeks to bring together advances in our knowledge of medieval Iberian languages. Presentations adopting either on intrinsic linguistic features found on medieval textual evidence, or on extrinsic aspects of language change, such as the socio-cultural/historical context or the textual production milieu, will be considered. Please send abstract and Participant Information Form (available at to Sonia Kania, by Sept. 15, 2015.