Monday, April 23, 2012

"Communities, Communications, and Conflict"

October 19-20, 2012
The 51st annual Midwest Medieval History Conference will be held on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, October 19-20, 2012. The conference will commence on Friday afternoon with six graduate student papers. Saturday's meeting will feature a plenary address, as well as presentations on a range of topics, including a special session on “Teaching & Learning Medieval History.” A banquet and the President's Reception will follow.

This year’s meeting is centered on the theme of “Communities, Communications, and Conflict.” Papers in all fields of medieval history are welcomed, but possible topics that connect with the theme of the conference include: communities of learning, communities of violence, cross-cultural communication, varieties of medieval communication, inter- and intra-communal conflict, and the limits of community. A special session will be organized on the theme of teaching medieval history, and proposals concerned with pedagogy and that emphasize student learning are warmly invited. Graduate students presenting will receive a $100 honorarium. Abstracts of 250-300 words in length may be sent via e-mail attachment to Prof. Alex Novikoff:, MMHC Program Chair. Questions about local arrangements should be directed to the host organizer: Prof. Leah Shopkow:

Plenary Speaker: Paul Freedman, Yale University
“Medieval Cookbooks and the International Communication of Gastronomic Knowledge”

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2012

Formulas in Medieval Culture (Nancy & Metz, France: June 7-9 2012)

Apologies for cross-posting.

This event may be of interest to some members:

Formulas in Medieval Culture - International & Interdisciplinary Conference (2nd ed.) 
Nancy-Metz (France), June 7-9 2012 

The Centre de Médiévistique Jean Schneider, the Centre de Recherches Universitaire Lorrain d’Histoire, Metz and the medievalists from IDEA are hosting the second edition of an international and interdisciplinary conference on Formulas in Medieval Culture.

Among the issues raised by the conference is that of the reception of formulas: does the repeated use of conventional formulas end up depriving them of their original meaning, turning them into pure discursive markers or does it enrich them with the added connotations of multiple contexts? One should also be careful to define the phenomenon precisely: what distinguishes a formula from a mere motif? from intertextuality?

The keynote speech will be given by Bruno Laurioux, Professor at the University of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, who will speak on Formulas in medieval cooking.
The programme and the registration form are available on our website:

ASSC: How Best to Study Old English Language and Literature (and Why)

The Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium is pleased to announce a Workshop, Co-sponsored by the Department of English, NYU:

How Best to Study Old English Language and Literature (and Why)

Fred C. Robinson (Yale University)
Peter Baker (University of Virginia)
Robert Hasenfratz (University of Connecticut)
Michael Matto (Adelphi University)
* * *

Discussants will include:
Martin L. Chase (Fordham, faculty), Heide Estes (Monmouth, faculty), Stacy Klein (Rutgers, faculty), Mo Pareles (NYU, Ph.D. candidate), Christine Venderbosch (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), Audrey Walton
(Columbia, Ph.D. candidate), Erica Weaver (Columbia, undergraduate), Eric Weiskott (Yale, Ph.D. candidate), E. Gordon Whatley (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, Faculty), Evan Wilson (NYU, undergraduate)

Friday, April 27
12:45—2:45 P.M.

13-19 University Place, Room 221
New York University
Reception to follow, in Room 229

ASSC Sponsored by: The Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University; Dean for the Humanities, New York University; The Department of English, University of Rhode Island; The Department of English, Rutgers University; King's College London; The Department of English, UC Berkeley.

CFP: Contaminating Bodies, Infectious Spectacles, Troubling Histories: Women on Performative Display (5/31/12; Nashville, 11/1-4/12)

Contaminating Bodies, Infectious Spectacles, Troubling Histories:
Women on Performative Display

Working Session for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) Conference
Nashville, 1-4 November 2012

How do female bodies in performance trouble historiographic processes of looking, spectating, recording, and (re)performing? In what ways does the liveness and/or presentness of female bodies in performance—especially bodies considered excessive or infectious—trouble how women are written into theatre histories and how affect circulates through those histories? Related to Joseph Roach’s notion of “deep skin,” how might historically situated ways of seeing and/or historiographic methods contaminate the record of female bodies on stage? How might theatre historians and artists overcome these obstacles in their own practices?

This session expands upon the work begun during our 2010 and 2011 “Contaminating Bodies” working sessions. There participants considered questions related to media, modes of circulation, and affective production in order to examine how performance cultures across time and space have perpetuated notions of the female body as infectious and contaminating. This 2012 session continues to interrogate that theme but with greater attention to historical processes and historiographic methodologies. Although we encourage members of our previous working sessions to submit proposals, we also invite new voices and perspectives into this conversation. We encourage work from a range of historical periods, geographies, and theoretical frameworks.

We will organize participants into smaller working groups that encourage dialogue across disciplinary, theoretical, and historical boundaries. Members of these smaller groups will share project ideas, challenges, and resources by email before the conference. By October 1st, participants will exchange short papers (8-10 pages) within these smaller groups. Each participant will prepare brief written feedback about the other members’ papers, which they will exchange and discuss at the beginning of the conference session. We will follow this small group work with a larger conversation about conclusions and connections that emerged from this discussion, and possibilities for further study.

Please submit a 200-word abstract and brief bio to both Jen-Scott Mobley ( and Jill Stevenson ( by Thursday, May 31st. Feel free to email Jill and Jen-Scott with questions about the session before that deadline. For more information about ASTR's conference, please visit:

Booking Open: Digital Humanities @ Oxford Summer School 2012

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOXSS) 2012 is now open for booking!

Booking is now open at: with a limited number of ‘early bird’ discounted places.

The DHOXSS is scheduled for the 2nd - 6th July 2012 at the University of Oxford. DHOXSS delegates will be introduced to a range of topics suitable for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, or publication of digital data in the humanities.

Delegates will follow one of our 5 day workshops on:

* An Introduction to XML and the Text Encoding Initiative
* Working with TEI Texts (Advanced)
* An Introduction to Digital Humanities Tools and Approaches
* A Humanities Web of Data: Publishing, Linking, Querying and
Visualisation on the Semantic Web

Each day will also contain plenary lectures:
Monday: "Crowdsourcing in the Humanities", Chris Lintott (Zooniverse)

Tuesday: "Humanities Research Data -- Rate me!", Wolfram Horstmann (Bodleian)

Wednesday: "Social Machines" Dave DeRoure (OeRC)

Thursday: "Linked Data in the Humanities: An Open-and-Shut Case?" Elton Barker (Open University) and Leif Isaksen (University of Southampton)

Friday: "Making the Digital Human: Anxieties, Possibilities, and Challenges" Andrew Prescott (King's College London)

And a free choice of afternoon parallel sessions:

Parallel Session 1: "Oxford adventures in crowdsourcing: models for engaging communities and enhancing digital collections" Kate Lindsay (OUCS) and David Tomkins (Bodleian) Parallel Session 2: "Creating Digital Data Resources: Issues to consider" David Robey (OeRC)

Parallel Session 3: "The other 99%: two approaches to project modelling" Pip Willcox (Bodleian)
Parallel Session 4: "Encoding Music Text and Text with Music" Raffaele Viglianti (King's College London)

Parallel Session 5: "Copyright and Open Licensing" Rowan Wilson (OUCS)Parallel Session 6: "Silos and Street-Literature: Digitising and Linking Cheap Print Collections and Traditions" Giles Bergel (Merton 
College and English Faculty)

Parallel Session 7: "Impact as a process: Understanding and enhancing the reach of digital resources" Eric Meyer (OII) and Kathryn Eccles (OII) Parallel Session 8: "Discoverability, Accessibility, and
Machine-Readability" Joseph Talbot (OUCS)

Parallel Session 9: "Digital Library Technologies and Best Practice" Neil Jefferies (Bodleian) and Christine Madsen (Bodleian) Parallel Session 10: "Panel: Running Digital Humanities Summer
Schools" James Cummings (OUCS), Sebastian Rahtz (OUCS), Ray Siemens (University of Victoria), Erin Snyder (OeRC), John Pybus (OeRC)

There will be morning surgery sessions for group discussions on project sustainability, encoding, and funding applications. In addition there are two drinks receptions (included) and a three course banquet (25 pounds). Accommodation is available at Merton College and can be booked with your registration.

The summer school is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between Oxford University Computing Services (OUCS), Oxford e-Research Centre (OERC), with the assistance of the Humanities Division, the Bodleian Libraries, the Oxford Internet Institute, and e-Research South. The DHOXSS is organized by James Cummings and Sebastian Rahtz at OUCS and Erin Snyder at OeRC.

The Summer School will be located at Merton College, the OUCS, and the OeRC, all situated in the centre of Oxford. For more information see:

Which includes a full programme, workshop descriptions, and registration fees.

Email questions to:

Call for papers -- An End to Unity? East and West in the Fourth Century

Call for Papers
An End to Unity? East and West in the Fourth Century (Nijmegen, 24th-26th October 2012)

The fourth century was a pivotal age in the history of the Roman Empire, an age of transition: New residencies of imperial power emerged in both West and East, with Constantinople as upcoming principal court and stage for imperial triumphs and celebrations. The attitude of the emperors towards
Christianity changed from proscription to prescription, though religious belief and practice, Christian as well as traditional, were still 
.... Our hope is that this meeting will prompt a dynamic interchange among scholars with a focus on ancient history, literature, archaeology, architecture, religion, law and philosophy, (but also on)
cultural memory and identity building. Comparisons of political, social or cultural phenomena in the Eastern and Western part of the Empire are as much appreciated as papers which discuss fourth century views on unity (or separation). With this conference, we hope to deepen our understanding of the complexities of unity and discord in the late Roman empire.

Organisation: drs. Roald Dijkstra and drs. Sanne van Poppel, Radboud University Nijmegen
Location: Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
Date: 24-26 October 2012
Papers are accepted in English, German or French (30 minutes length).

Abstract (500 words) should be sent in before 1 May 2012 to
15 May at the latest, you will be informed about your admission to the conference. For further questions, please mail to the address mentioned above.

* Confirmed speakers:
-Dr. Jan Willem Drijvers (University of Groningen) - tba
Prof. dr. Christian Gnilka em. (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) - "Die Reichsidee des Prudentius"
-Prof. dr. Mark Humphries (Swansea University) - "The Centre and the Centrifuge: Imperial Unity and Civil War in the Fourth Century"
-Prof. dr. Hervé Inglebert (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) - "Concordia, Romania et Ecclesia catholica : les discours de l'unité romaine au IVe siècle"
-Prof. dr. David Potter (University of Michigan) - "Can we measure the might of Rome?"
-Dr. Alexander Skinner (Cardiff University) - "Aristocrats and Imperial Service: Observations on an East-West Contrast"
-Prof. dr. Paul Stephenson (Radboud University Nijmegen) - tba

* Chairs:
-prof. dr. Sible de Blaauw (Radboud University Nijmegen)
-prof. dr. Bas ter Haar Romeny (Leiden University)
-dr. Daniëlle Slootjes (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Radboud University Nijmegen,
Drs. Roald Dijkstra
Drs. Sanne van Poppel

Girona Creation Tapestry

The Girona Creation "tapestry" (embroidery) has been restored and is on view again! See:

Writing Europe open registration

Dear Colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting.

We are delighted to open registration for 'Writing Europe before 1450: A Colloquium', University of Bergen, 3rd-5th June 2012. Programme and registration details are now available on the conference website <>, please use the side bar for navigation. Registration will close of 15 May.

Plenary speakers:  William Johnson (Duke University); Kathryn A. Lowe (University of Glasgow); Marilena Maniaci (Universita` di Cassino); David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania)

Writing Europe before 1450 is a collaboration between the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Bergen and the School of English at the University of Leicester, and is generously subsidised by the
Centre for Medieval Studies and by the School of English.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bergen,

With best wishes,

Aidan Conti, Orietta Da Rold and Philip Shaw

Dr Orietta Da Rold
Lecturer in Chaucer and Medieval Literature
School of English
University of Leicester
University Road

Tel. +44 (0)116 252 2778

Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220 Project:

Sarah Foot, "Writing the Life of Athelstan", 27 April, Winchester College

With apologies for cross-posting, I have been asked to circulate the following, which should be of interest to members of this list who live within striking distance of Winchester. Entry is free, and includes a
complimentary reception after the lecture, but as it is held at Winchester College you must get a ticket in advance from the Chairman of the Winchester HA, Eleanor Yates (details below).

Historical Association, Winchester Spring Lecture 27 April 2012 at 7.30pm in School, Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, SO23 9NA

A lecture by Dr Sarah Foot, Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Christ Church Oxford: ‘Writing the life of Athelstan.’

Tickets from Eleanor Yates, Chairman, Winchester Branch, Historical Association.  01962 852594 or University of Winchester, a private charitable company limited by
guarantee in England and Wales number 5969256. Registered Office: Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

CFP SELIM 24th International Conference

SELIM, the Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature, and the local organising committee invite members of the Society and all other scholars interested in the field to participate in the 24th International SELIM Conference, which will be hosted by the Department of English of the University of Salamanca from October 4th to October 6th 2012.

The following keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation in the conference:

 - Manfred Markus (University of Innsbruck): "The survival of Middle English in modern English   dialects: A reappraisal"

- Raymond Hickey (University of Essen): "The shift of the English sound system between Old and Middle English"

- Peter S. Baker (University of Virginia): "Of Queens and Angels: A new look at the "Peaceweaver" of Old English poetry"

 - Trinidad Guzman Gonzalez (University of Leon): (Title to be announced)

 - Mercedes Salvador Bello (University of Seville): "When the enigmata met the encyclopedia: An overview of the structural organization of Early Medieval Latin Riddle Collections and the Exeter Book Riddles"

The organisers welcome papers dealing with any aspect of mediaeval English language and literature and particularly encourage the submission of papers that offer new readings or perspectives on mediaeval English texts, as well as new approaches and analytical techniques.

Scholars interested in offering 20-minute papers (followed by a 10-minute discussion) must send a 200-250 word abstract in electronic format (MSWord or RTF) via e-mail to Abstracts should include name(s), institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s), as well as e-mail address and the technical support required for the presentation. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission has been extended to 1 June 2012. Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by 30 June.

Registration to the conference will be opened soon.

For further information (accommodation, etc), please visit our website:

Looking forward to welcoming you in Salamanca,

The Organising

Call For Papers -- The Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association

Call for Papers for the Medieval/Renaissance Area 
MAPACA 2012 
Pittsburgh, PA 
November 3-5 

Modern society – and pop culture in particular – seems enthralled with the new. We revel in the latest gadgets and gizmos, viewing last year’s phone or e-reader as obsolete and quickly relegating it to the trash heap. Paradoxically, however, the bygone eras of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance continue to fascinate and to exert their influence on our own period’s zeitgeist. This call for papers encourages essays that look at the ways in which the works, as well as the mores, of the medieval and early-modern eras continue to shape the modern landscape. 
Please send a 250-word proposal, including AV requests, by June 30, 2012 to: 

Diana Vecchio, Area Chair, 


Mary Behrman, Area Co-Chair, 

We also welcome panel proposals. 

Texts and Contexts

Texts and Contexts: A Manuscript Conference at The Ohio State
University, October 26-27, 2012.

The conference seeks to investigate the textual traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical Latin, mediaeval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the vernaculars. Preference will be
given to those abstracts which deal with newly discovered texts and their manuscript settings, or which present new perspectives on established textual traditions. We encourage graduate students and newly
established scholars to submit their work.  

Please send abstracts to Professor Frank Coulson, Director of Palaeography, 190 Pressey Hall,
1070 Carmack Road, Columbus, OH 43210 or by email to<>.

Virginia Brown Memorial Lecture: Craig Kallendorf, Texas A&M University

Professor Kallendorf's paper is titled, "Handwritten Marginalia in Early Printed Virgil Editions."

The conference will also host a special organized panel on Renaissance commentaries on the Classics.