Monday, October 19, 2015

Law | Book | Culture in the Early and High Middle Ages

Call for Submissions
for an edited collection

Law | Book | Culture in the Early and High Middle Ages

Edited by Thomas Gobbitt, PhD,
Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Vienna, Austria

Article submissions are invited for an edited collection focusing on the cultural contexts of medieval manuscripts containing laws and related texts. The moments when laws and related texts were first written have often been prioritised over the subsequent dissemination, emendation, transmission and reception of their later copies. However, rather than relegating later textual witnesses as passive and often flawed copies, modern scholarship has turned to seeing each manuscript witness of a text within the contexts of its production, and as an active, equally authoritative expression of the agency of the scribes and readers in the community for which the book was produced.

We are particularly interested in contributions addressing scribal strategies and the production and use of legal documents and books of medieval law. Contributors may focus on a wide range of medieval legal texts, such as ‘barbarian’ and royal law-codes, capitularies, Canon, Roman, Civil or Common Law, treaties, formularies, charters and cartularies, as well as related works of medieval legal scholarship such as commentaries and sample pleas.

We are especially interested in interdisciplinary and transcultural medieval studies, as well as those that incorporate the disciplines of history of the law, history of the book, codicology, palaeography, diplomatics, literature, linguistics, law, legal history, history, sociology, archaeology, folklore, theology, art history, and material culture. 

Abstracts of 250-500 words for proposed articles of 7,000 to 10,000 words, including references, should be sent to for consideration by 31 Dec. 2015. This volume is under consideration for the series Explorations in Medieval Culture (Brill).

The Technical Details of Everyday Life

2016 Medieval Graduate Symposium

“The Technical Details of Everyday Life” 
Keynote: Nicola Coldstream- “Behind the Scenes at the Medieval Entertainment”

Call For Papers: Topics from any discipline, any time-Late Antique to Early Renaissance 

Preference given to those that address the conference theme 

300 word abstracts are due December 1, 2016, submitted via email to

Conference Dates: March 3rd and 4th, 2016 
Available Awards: $200 AVISTA Prize 
Location: University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Sponsored by AVISTA

Tamara Bentley Caudill

Department of French and Italian
Tulane University
311 Newcomb Hall | 1229 Broadway
New Orleans, LA 70118

Call for Papers: Death, Art and Anatomy Conference

Call for Papers: Death, Art and Anatomy Conference

Dear List Subscribers, 
3-6 June 2016, University of Winchester
The intersection between death, art and anatomy is a largely marginalised area of study, but one this conference hopes to explore.
A major strand of the conference will be addressing a core problem in medical history, that is the growing awareness of human anatomy in Britain between the medieval and early modern periods (c.1350-1560). This will be explored through the study and analysis of extant late-medieval carved cadaver sculptures which largely pre-date Vesalian knowledge of anatomy and suggest sculptors may have had an opportunity to study and recreate, emaciated (and eviscerated) human corpses.  This raises the question of what religious and ethical considerations surrounded the creation of such pieces, and how their creators may have gained access to the emaciated dead and/or dying. As such, central to the conference will be the presentation of a newly-commissioned carved cadaver sculpture inspired by historical counterparts, with reflections by the artist, world-leading anatomical sculptor, Eleanor Crook.  
Allied subjects such as medieval hospitals, visual culture and death, the inspiration of the dead in medical art, physicality and poetry, and death and medieval theology will also be explored by invited speaker.
Papers are invited that broadly address the theme of death, art and anatomy in the following areas:
  • Death and art
  • Anatomy and death
  • Anatomy and art
  • History of anatomy
  • History of death
  • Religion and anatomy
  • Religion and death
  • Medieval and early modern death beliefs and practices
Presentations should be in English, and will be allocated 20 minutes each, plus 10 minutes for discussion. Prospective participants are invited to submit abstracts of 200-250 words in Word. Proposals must include name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), a short bio (no more than 100 words) and an e-mail address. Proposals for panel discussions (organised by the participants) will be considered.
Deadline for receipt of abstracts is Friday 11th December 2015
For enquires please contact
It is proposed that a selection of papers will be published.

he Abbey Library of Saint Gall and the Chair for Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin at Friedrich-Alexander-University

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall and the Chair for Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg organize their first Summer SchoolMedieval Writing Culture (V to XV century), which will be hold from 4 till 9 July 2016.
This SCRIPTO Summer School Saint Gall (SSSS) offers an introduction in history, models and cultural impact of western script. Sessions will take place in Saint Gall.
The number of participants is limited to 10.
The application deadline is 1 March 2016. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged 475€/500CHF.

Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online: 

Call for Papers - The Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference: Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture

Call for Papers - The Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference: Sufism and Islamic Manuscript Culture
13-15 September 2016, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Dear Colleagues,
The Islamic Manuscript Association—in cooperation with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge—invites the submission of abstracts for the Eleventh Islamic Manuscript Conference, to be held from 13 to 15 September 2016 at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. 
The theme of the conference is Sufism and Islamic manuscript culture. Sufis have written litanies, panegyrics, didactic works in verse and prose, hagiographies, discourses, exegetical works, and metaphysical treatises made into manuscripts both humble and lavish. Sufi lodges have housed libraries and manuscript ateliers, and Sufi networks have disseminated manuscripts across the Muslim World. This conference seeks to present current international research trends on the relationship between Sufism and Islamic manuscript culture and generate discussion and study in this field. Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:
Apotropaic uses of Sufi and non-Sufi manuscripts by Sufis
The arts of the book and Sufi artists and patrons
Bibliophilia and bibliophobia in Sufism
Cataloguing manuscripts on Sufism
Collection care programmes for collections of Sufi manuscripts
Conservation treatments on Sufi manuscripts
Diagrams and illustrations in manuscripts on Sufism
Digital humanities and the study of manuscripts on Sufism
The effects of recent conflicts in the Muslim World on collections of Sufi manuscripts
The history of Sufi libraries
Paratexts in manuscripts on Sufism
Preparing printed and digital editions of manuscripts on Sufism
The production of manuscripts by Sufi lodge ateliers
Publication programmes or series of editions or facsimiles of manuscripts on Sufism
Dissemination of texts and manuscripts through Sufi networks
The use of manuscripts in Sufi rituals
This invitation is open to members and non-members of the Association. The languages of the Conference will be Arabic and English, and submissions will be accepted in both languages. The duration of each conference paper will be 20 minutes followed by ten minutes of questions and answers. The Association will pay for round-trip economy-class travel to Cambridge, accommodation in Magdalene College, and College-based meals for authors whose papers are accepted. 
Papers should not have been presented or published previously. Selected papers will be considered for publication in the Association’s peer-reviewed Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, and speakers are expected to give the Journal the right of first refusal.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 10.00 GMT on Monday, 23 November 2015. Please submit the cover sheet (downloadable here), an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a biographical statement (a personal statement of no more than 200 words detailing your current work, education, research interests, and previous publications or research projects in third-person prose form), to the email, fax, or postal address below. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.