Thursday, August 30, 2007

Good Enough to Repeat

This came over the ISAS list courtesy of the Grand Poobah, Paul E. Szarmach. Great stuff:

Yes, we medievals do get around!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Parker Library Symposium

Parker Library Symposium
On 6 - 7 September 2007, the Parker Library ("one of the most important small collections of English medieval manuscripts ever assembled") is hosting a Symposium on the topics of preservation – digitisation – scholarship – public access.

The symposium will include papers within all three areas, at their widest interpretation, including library history, conservation, digitisation and its application, new discoveries and directions in medieval manuscript scholarship, and the benefits or problems of access to some of the most precious illuminated manuscripts in existence.

For more information, go here

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

CFP Illinois Medieval Association

Please see below the call for papers for the 25th Annual Conference
of the Illinois Medieval Association to be held at St. Xavier
University [Chicago, IL] in February of 2008. All proposals for
individual papers and complete sessions are welcome.

Call for Papers:

Pilgrimage in the Medieval World

25th Annual Conference of the

The Illinois Medieval Association

February 22-23, 2008

Saint Xavier University

Chicago, IL

Keynote Speaker:

A.C. Spearing

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English

University of Virginia

The Illinois Medieval Association invites abstracts from a variety of
disciplines that address the concept of pilgrimage in the medieval
world. Papers on any aspect of medieval pilgrimage are welcomed,
especially those that examine the issue from a non-European
perspective. Possible areas of investigation might include, but are
not limited to Christian, Jewish or Muslim concepts of pilgrimage,
the pilgrim in visual and literary art, socioeconomic aspects of
pilgrimage, and the articulation of pilgrimage in sermon studies,
liturgical practice, or travel narratives.

Proposals for individual papers and for complete sessions are welcome.

Please send abstracts [250 words maximum] by October 1st, 2007 to:

Prof. Christian Sheridan
Dept. Of English and Foreign Languages

Saint Xavier University

3700 West 103rd Street

Chicago, IL 60655


See for
more information.
Selected essays will be published in Essays in Medieval Studies

Thursday, August 2, 2007


CFP: Electronic Corpora of Ancient Languages
International Conference
Prague (Czech Republic), November 16-17th, 2007




Electronic corpora of ancient languages offer important information about the culture and history
of ancient civilizations, but at the same time they constitute a valuable source of linguistic
information. The scholarly community is increasingly aware of the importance of computer-aided
analysis of these corpora, and of the rewards it can bring. The construction of electronic corpora
for ancient languages is a complex task. Many more pieces of information have to be taken into
account than for living languages, e.g. the artefact bearing the text, lacunae, level of restoration,
etc. The electronic corpora can be enriched with links to images, annotations, and other secondary
sources. The annotations should deal with matters such as textual damage, possible variant
readings, etc., as well as with many features specific to ancient languages.

Recent years have witnessed a considerable increase in electronic corpus construction for ancient
languages, with the involvement of many institutions across the world. The time is ripe to see
whether the experiences of scholars working on such projects can profitably be shared.


We invite submissions on all aspects of the construction of corpora of ancient languages, as well
as on their use for different purposes. We especially welcome submissions on the linguistic use of
these corpora, and their linguistic annotation.


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished work on the topic of the conference.
Submission of an abstract is required first, for the review process. After presentation at the
conference, the papers will be published. They will be required in final form for publication in
January 2008.
Abstracts in PDF format should be sent to petr.zemanek AT not later than September 24th.


September 24th -- Submission deadline for abstracts
October 4th -- Notification of acceptance
November 16th-17th -- Conference held in Prague


Jost Gippert (Frankfurt)
Hans Ch. Luschuetzky (Vienna)
Petr Vavroušek (Prague)
Petr Zemánek (Prague)


Petr Zemánek (Prague)
Petr Vavroušek (Prague)