Monday, February 25, 2013

FIRST BIENNIAL CONFERENCE Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West October 31/November 1-2, 2013 Brown University Providence, USA Building on the synergy of the bicoastal conference held at Rice and at Brown in 2011, David Bright, Scott McGill, and Joe Pucci founded the International Society for Late Antique Literary Studies (ISLALS) in early 2012 as a venue for sharing our collective work on later literary studies, east and west. 

We intend the category of "literature" to be capacious, encompassing Christian and secular texts, as well as traditionally high and low forms. As part of the process of s
If you would like to participate, please send an abstract of your paper via email attachment to the organizing committee by August 1, 2013:,,

Papers will be twenty minutes in length, with ten minutes of questioning/discussion to follow. We hope for a program of around 20 papers. ISLALS requires no dues and there is no registration fee for the conference. ISLALS will provide refreshments during the conference (morning continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks). ISLALS will also host a closing banquet for all conference participants. All other meals as well as lodging and travel will be the responsibility of participants. At the conclusion of the conference, we will hold a round-table discussion on the shape and governance of ISLALS and the dates, locations, and topics of future meetings. Please send queries about the conference to

Queries about ISLALS may be sent to any member of the organizing committee.haring our work, we envision a conference (at least) every other year and are happy now to announce the First Biennial Conference of ISLALS, to be held on the campus of Brown University on October 31/ November 1-2, 2013 (Thursday-Saturday, inclusive). The theme of the conference is “Late Literature in the Sixth Century, East and West." A rich body of literary texts survives from this seminal century that touches on nearly every genre. We invite explorations of these texts from multiple perspectives and especially seek papers that focus on the Greek east or that take cognizance of the interplay of east and west. Papers that consider the influence of sixth-century texts are also welcome.
Information on IMC 2013 can be found at:
As you may know, the International Medieval Congress (IMC), which is the largest annual gathering of medievalists in Europe, focusing upon all aspects of the Middle Ages (c. 300-1500). Last year the IMC was attended by a record 1751 participants from 40 countries worldwide, with over half coming from outside the UK. Participants at the IMC present research in all areas of Medieval Studies, ranging from Art and Literature to Science and Technology.
The twentieth annual IMC will take place 1-4 July 2013 in Leeds on the University of Leeds main campus and will focus on the special thematic strand, ‘Pleasure’. Registration is now open and our programme is now available online. For more information, please see There is also an exciting range of ticketed events, excursions, and concerts that are open to the public. These items can be booked by clicking on the following link to the University of Leeds Online Store:
A few of you have e-mailed to ask me about this year’s SEMA—the Southeastern Medieval Association—meeting.  Others of you may be awaiting the call for papers and or be interested in the conference, or know someone who may be and or to whom you could forward this e-mail and the cfp.  Others, just please forgive me for including you if you are not interested—or if I made an error in including you!

SEMA 2013 will take place Oct. 3-5, 2013 at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.  I am attaching the call for papers sent to me by Mary Valente (because I was guilty of “bugging her” for it), one of the organizers, whom I have copied on this e-mail.  Proposals for sessions or abstracts (250 words or less) for papers are due to Mary Valante and Alison Gulley at  by June 14th, 2013.  I hope you will consider attending—and friending SEMA on Facebook!

For those of you unfamiliar with SEMA, the Association will soon celebrate its 40th anniversary as a conference for medievalists.  We have a journal, Medieval Perspectives, and yearly conferences—usually in October, but occasionally in September or November—at different host institutions.  Last year’s conference was hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi on the beautiful Gulf Coast and included a bonfire on the beach.  This year’s, as you can see, is at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC , at a beautiful time of the year.
CfP: Digital Diplomatics 2013: What is Diplomatics in the Digital Environment?
 Diplomatics has changed fundamentally in the last few decades due to dramatic developments in information technology. While consolidating itself as an autonomous science with its own centuries-old theory, methodology, analytical processes and tools, focused on research on medieval and early modern legal documents, it has also grown into an interdisciplinary field, expanding its area of inquiry to all kinds of textual traditions, documentary forms and creation processes through the use of sophisticated digital tools. "We shape our tools, and then our tools shape us", said Marshal McLuhan. 

Following the two conferences on Digital Diplomatics that took place in 2007 in Munich and 2011 in Naples, this conference, to be held in Paris, 14-16th november 2013, has the goal to further the scholarly reflection on the way in which diplomatics has developed as a result of both the opportunities offered by digital tools to study historical documents and the challenges presented by born digital documents and by the need to understand their structure and of the complex digital environments in which they reside.

You can find the full call for papers with all the necessary informations on how to send in your proposal at The deadline is set to 2013, March 15. We are looking forward to your proposals! in the name of the program committee: Georg Vogeler
The Belgian association for ancient and oriental languages, ABELAO, is pleased to announce its annual summer school at Louvain-la-Neuve (29th of July  to  the 9th of August) which includes courses in Syriac. Teaching is in French.
Details are enclosed and information is also available on
Euro-Balkan University, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia 16th OHRID SUMMER UNIVERSITY 2013 International Summer School “UNDERSTANDING BYZANTIUM IN THE BALKANS: WHERE THE EAST MET/PARTED FROM THE WEST” 15 - 24 August 2013, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia Call for Applications CONFIRMED LECTURERS: Professor Jonathan Shepard, University of Cambridge, Great Britain Professor Florin Curta, University of Florida, United States COURSES OFFERED: Course title: The gravitational fields of East and West across the medieval Balkans Course title: The beginning of the Middle Ages in the Balkans The Summer School “Understanding Byzantium in the Balkans: Where the East met / parted from the West” will explore the fascinating phenomenon of Byzantium and its enduring impact on Medieval Balkans. The objective of the Summer School is to address the complex socio-economic, cultural and political processes that led to the transformation of the Roman world and emergence of Byzantium and the Balkans as gravitational zones between East and West. The leading international scholars in the field of Byzantine and medieval Balkan studies will present the latest insights in addressing the 
various questions concerning the re-evaluation of issues of group identity and ethnogenesis in the Balkans, the concept of making of the Slavs, the examination of Byzantium as Superpower and Soft Power and as an enduring appeal to external elite, along with development of the Balkans as highway and flashpoint between Latin West and Byzantine East. Through appliance of new approach in historical and archaeological research the Summer School will explore Byzantine and Balkan studies in the Western Europe and United States and put them in a dialogue with those taking place in Southeastern Europe. The main goal is to stimulate the critical thinking and to raise the understanding of Byzantium and the Balkans and their place in international history, grasping them not as a factor of East-West division but as a integrative component of the European cultural history. Deadline Early application deadline: 15 April Late application deadline: 15 May Director of the Summer School Professor Mitko B. Panov Euro-Balkan University Address: Blvd. Partizanski Odredi 63, 1000, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia Tel/Fax. ++ 389 2 30 75 570 Please send your application to: 
Ivana Krajcinovik - Coordinator of the Summer School e-mail:  

Toller Lecture


The Annual Toller Lecture

will be given by Leslie Webster

formerly of the British Museum on

'Anglo-Saxon Art: Tradition and Transformation'

at 6pm on Monday 4 March 2013

in the Historic Reading Room, John Rylands Library, Deansgate,

 Manchester, followed by a FREE wine reception

Doctoral studentship in Ancient North Arabian

Doctoral studentship in Ancient North Arabian

The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, invites applications for a studentship funded by a research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for the Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia (OCIANA).

This is an AHRC Full Studentship Award covering the costs of tuition fees and providing a maintenance grant of £13,590 p.a. The award will be for three years (36 months) and will commence on 1st October 2013. The successful candidate will be admitted by the Faculty of Oriental Studies and by Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

The subject of research will be Safaitic vocabulary in the light of the Bedouin dialects of Syria and northern Arabia (see Further Particulars). The successful candidate will have a first class or upper second B.A. Honours degree (or equivalent) in Arabic or in Arabic and other Semitic languages or Semitic linguistics, and normally will also hold, by the start of the award, a Master's degree in Arabic, Semitic languages or linguistics or another relevant subject, from a recognised research organisation. Candidates must also have a good ability to read French and German.

In order to be eligible for an AHRC Full Studentship Award, candidates must have a 'relevant connection' with the United Kingdom (for details, see Further Particulars).

Further particulars may be downloaded from <>

Candidates wishing to apply should, in the first instance, send a curriculum vitae and short letter explaining why they are interested in, and suited for, the studentship to Professor Jeremy Johns <>. The subject line of the email should read "OCIANA Studentship". Eligible candidates will be invited to apply before the deadline of Friday 8 March 2013.

Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA)

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) announces it's "Call for Papers" for the 6th Annual ASMEA Conference held in Washington, DC, November 21-23, 2013. This year's conference is titled: "Tides of Change: Looking Back and Forging Ahead in the Middle East & Africa."

Members from any discipline, tenured or nontenured faculty or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to participate in the conference. Unique proposals from senior graduate students (ABD) will also be considered. Abstracts on topics related to the Middle East and Africa should consist of a one-page outline of the proposed subject to be presented. A recent C.V. and all contact data must also be included with name, e-mail, phone number, affiliation. The due date for proposals is Thursday, May 30, 2013.

In addition, ASMEA is offering the opportunity to apply for a travel grant to help cover costs of hotel, registration, and transportation.

Please visit our website to download an application for the travel grant and submit an online abstract submission form at

Inquiries can be directed to

The summer school schedule has been announced at Háskólasetur Vestfjarða (University Centre of the Westfjords) in Iceland and once again includes a summer course in August on Gísla saga. I recommend the course to anyone with an interest in the sagas, or in Viking-age topics. In addition to the classroom learning in the sagas, in Viking-age history, society, and culture, and in the classical Icelandic language, the course offers field excursions to saga sites and other historical sites, as well as numerous out-of-the-classroom activities. It is a unique opportunity. Full disclosure: I am one of the instructors, and I can't wait to teach it again. More information at: and information about other classes in the summer program is here:
Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies: invitation for contributions to Newsletter Number 1 for 2013 I am now preparing the first 2013 newsletter for posting on the website at <> By 15 March 2013, please send me information about . new books and journals, . conferences, meetings and gatherings, . research opportunities, . news items that may interest our readers, . personalia, e.g. awards, new appointments, retirements, etc. Since this is an illustrated medium in colour, logos, photographs, video clips, etc. are most welcome.

Deerhurst Lecture

The Deerhurst Lecture 2012 was originally scheduled to take place last September, but was postponed due to the illness of the lecturer, Professor Nicholas Brooks. Nicholas is now happily recovered and the rescheduled lecture will take place on Saturday 20th April 2013 at 7.30 pm at St Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire. The lecture will commemorate the millennium of the martyrdom in 1012 of St Ælfheah (Alphege), who began his ecclesiastical career at Deerhurst. The lecture will be given by Professor Nicholas Brooks of the University of Birmingham under the title of "St Ælfheah from Deerhurst to Martyrdom: Millennial Reflections". Tickets will be available at the door or visit

LEADER PRIZE: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: The James Randall Leader Prize is awarded each year by the IAS-NAB for an outstanding article on an Arthurian subject. Eligibility for the award in 2013 extends to 1) all articles published in Arthuriana in 2012, and 2) any other article on an Arthurian subject published by an IAS-NAB member in 2012 and submitted to the selection committee. In the case of an article not published in Arthuriana, the author or any other member of the IAS can nominate the essay by sending it electronically as an attachment (in a PDF file or a clearly scanned version of the article) to Rachel Kapelle at by March 22, 2013. (The award of the Leader Prize will be announced at the business meeting of the IAS-NAB at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May 2013.)

FAIR UNKNOWN AWARD: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Announcing the “Fair Unknown” award. This annual award is given for the best paper on an Arthurian topic presented by a graduate student at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo; the winner of the award will work with the editor of Arthuriana on refining and revising the paper into an article that will be published in the journal. Criteria: applicants must be IAS-NAB members and certify that they have presented the paper in person at the ICMS. Papers submitted MUST be identical in form and length to that presented at the Congress (no more than 10 pages) although correction of typographical errors, etc, is permitted. Papers presented at the 2013 Congress should be submitted electronically to Dorsey Armstrong: The deadline for submissions for papers presented at the 2013 Congress is May 17, 2013.


Call for Papers - Society of Biblical Literature 2013 annual meeting (Baltimore, MD: 11/23/2013-11/26/2013)

The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit welcomes paper proposals on the art and material culture of any ancient religious tradition and encourages papers that address the use of art and material culture in service of religion. Every paper proposal will be considered.

The Art and Religions of Antiquity section especially seeks paper proposals that address:
1) "The Art of Pilgrimage in the Ancient World": For this session, we seek papers that address the practice and materiality of pilgrimage. The Art and Religions in Antiquity program unit is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary Vikan will respond to the contributions presented in this session. Dr. Vikan recently stepped down from the Directorship of the Walters Art Museum, which he held since 1994 after serving as the museum's Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art since 1985. Before coming to the Walters, Dr. Vikan was Senior Associate for Byzantine Art Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.

2) "Art and Religion at the Walters Museum, Baltimore MD (": For this session, we seek papers that address the Walters Museum's permanent collections (with a particularly strong collection of illuminated manuscripts) or visiting exhibits (Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series; Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum).

3) A third session will consist of invited papers to review The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World edited by Michele R. Salzman and William Adler.

All abstracts should be submitted through the SBL website ( The Art and Religions of Antiquity section will consider all proposals.

Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World

We are happy to announce that the conference Maritime Networks and Urbanism in the Early Medieval World, 11-12 April 2013 at the Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark, is now open for registration. More information (including programme and abstracts) at:

three-year doctoral fellowship

Could you please circulate information about a three-year doctoral fellowship announced at the University of Oslo in connection with the research project "Graphicacy and Authority in Early Europe (c. 300–1000)". The official call for this position is available at the following link: 
The application deadline is April 30, and the successful applicant will start his/her doctoral studies from 2013/14 academic year. The doctoral thesis at the university of Oslo can be written and defended in Norwegian or English.
It is important to notice that the doctoral positions in Norway are considered the first fixed-term academic jobs, and a prospective PhD candidate is expected to submit the doctoral dissertation for defense by the end of the three-year employment period. This means that potential applicants for this position will be applying with their own doctoral projects in the field of early medieval history and a clear plan of doctoral research. Therefore, the quality of a doctoral project, its achievability within three years, and its relevance to the announcement will directly affect the selection process and an applicant's suitability for the position announced. 
The prospective applicants who have questions regarding the suitability of their intended projects to this call are welcome to send their inquiries directly to me.  
With kind regards,
Ildar Garipzanov
Ildar H. Garipzanov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
University of Oslo
P.O. Box 1019, Blindern
0315, Oslo
Phone: (47) 22841937

Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Call for Papers: deadline 1st March 2013
Representing War and Violence in the Pre-Modern World

Pembroke College, Cambridge, 23rd-24th September 2013

Proposals are sought for 20-minute papers on any aspect of how war and violence were documented, depicted and narrated in the medieval and early modern periods, including:

-       the representation of conflict in chronicles, poetry,
correspondence, proclamations, pageantry;
-       the visual depiction/performance of war and violence;
-       questions of just war, holy war, necessary war, casus belli;
-       perspectives of victor and victim, chivalry and atrocity;
-       different interpretations of soldier and civilian, eyewitness and historian;
-       changing philosophies, codes, practices, technologies and accoutrements of war;
-       war as divine providence or human scourge;
-       intersections of art, literature, and propaganda.

Keynote speakers: Professor Daniel Weiss, Lafayette College; Professor Richard Kaeuper, University of Rochester; Professor Anne Curry, University of Southampton

Other contributors: Laura Ashe, David Grummitt, Megan Leitch, Catherine Nall, Craig Taylor.

Please send 250-word abstracts for 20-minute papers to Joanna Bellis and Laura Slater, by 1st March 2013, at

This colloquium is generously sponsored by the Harry F. Guggenheim Foundation, which promotes research on all aspects of the human propensity to violence and aggression; and by Pembroke College, Cambridge. It will be a forum to foster conversation between historians, art historians and literary critics.
Conference website:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

FIEC Congress

Please note that the website of the next FIEC Congress (to be held in Bordeaux in 2014) is now accessible:
Please forward to anyone who may be interested.
For those who do not yet know, FIEC stands for “Fédération internationale des associations d’études classiques / International federation of the societies of classical studies”.


Reminder! Abstracts are due next Thursday, December 6.

Call For Papers:
April 5-6
Indiana University, Bloomington
“Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo...” Thus begins the Vulgate rendition of Jeremiah’s Lamentations, a prophetic book in which memorializing lost political and religious wholeness takes the form of a complex temporality in which present lament for the past reaches forward even into the future. Laments—and their liturgical, poetic, and artistic relations—marked particularly crucial moments associated with ends and what’s left after things are over: death and apocalypses, survivors and remnants.
Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute announces its Spring Symposium, to be held April 4-6. On the topic of lamentation, the symposium would like to pose a broad range of possible questions: What social, political, ethical, or aesthetic purposes do laments or their figurations serve? Who—or what, for that matter—is allowed to lament? Where and when is lament appropriate? Who or what is one allowed to lament for? What places or people(s) have laments left out?
Potential paper topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Laments over loss of cities, battles, or leaders
  • Religious laments and commentaries
  • Apocalyptic visions; utopian visions
  • The afterlife
  • Love complaints and their parodies
  • Melancholy; enjoying mourning
  • Tragic drama; performing lament; embodied affects
  • Illustrations of sorrow in funerary art and manuscript illumination
  • Ceremonial observances like funeral orations and eulogies
  • Survivor stories; captive narratives
  • The process of mourning and grief as understood in the Middle Ages
  • Penitence manuals
  • Non-human lament or sorrow
  • Lament, spatiality, and temporality; spaces reserved for lament, burial, or grief
Abstracts for twenty-minute papers are welcome from scholars across all fields relevant to the study of the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. In keeping with the Medieval Studies Institute’s interdisciplinary mission, we invite submissions in areas including but not limited to art history, history, language, literature, musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.
Please email an abstract of no more than 300 words by December 6, 2012 to:

52nd Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference

52nd  Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference
18-19 October 2013
Hosted by Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

“The Medieval World in the Modern Classroom” – Call for Papers
The theme of the 52nd annual meeting of the Midwest Medieval History Conference - “Masters, Means & Methods: The (Liberal) Arts in the Medieval World” - concerns the transmission of knowledge, from masters to students, from practitioners to audience.  In addition to papers on a variety of medieval topics, the conference will also organize a special roundtable discussion “The Medieval World in the Modern Classroom.”  We welcome proposals for all types of papers/presentations that discuss teaching the Middle Ages (whether it be history, art, literature, theology, etc.) in modern colleges and universities.  Scholars from all regions of the United States are encouraged to submit abstracts for this roundtable.  For more information, please visit:
Please submit abstracts and contact information to:
Amy K. Bosworth
History Department
Muskingum University
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762

Abstracts due: Monday, 1 April 2013

Manuscripts Online

he launch of Manuscripts Online is not far away now and your help with testing
the search engine would be invaluable. If you have a little time to spare over
the Christmas holidays please try it out at the test site below and send
feedback to:

The URL is:

This is principally a call for testing on the search functions - the additional
user features (workspace, user accounts, background information, etc) are not
yet properly functional. But more general comments will also be welcome. 

We're very keen to get different perspectives and reactions based on individual
areas of interest and expertise. Any feedback you can provide will be greatly

Please do bear in mind that this is a development site and is subject to change
from day to day (and it might occasionally fall over). If you have colleagues
who you think would also be interested in providing feedback, you're welcome to
pass this email on to them, but please don't broadcast the URL publicly at this
stage, as it's not designed for large numbers of visitors.

We're holding a conference in Leicester to launch the project on 11 January
2013 - there should still be places available if you'd like to attend:

Conference and School on Records, Archives and Memory Studies

*Conference and School on Records, Archives and Memory Studies*

*Zadar, Croatia, 6 to 10 May, 2013*


* *

* * On behalf of the Department of Library and Information Sciences of the
University of Zadar, Croatia and co-organizers we are pleased to invite you
to the third in the series of schools that the Department organizes around
the cultural heritage topics. The first two topics dealt with in the school
were old books and historical manuscripts, while this one is focused on

The main goal of this *Conference and School on Records, Archives and
Memory Studies *is to acquaint participants with the latest developments
and new concepts in the field of archival studies with the aim of providing
them with an overview of the landscape of contemporary approach to archival
studies. The lecture on archival and recordkeeping ideas and theories:
past, present and future will give an introduction to the school which will
cover the following topics: memory and cultural studies, reading the
document from historian, paleographer, local scholar etc. point of view,
archival research design and methods, archival theory and models, archives
in society, and pedagogy.

The school is targeted primarily at doctoral students in library and
information sciences and cultural heritage studies in general, and
archival studies, preservation and conservation studies in particular.
It is also targeted at those students in the final years of their
graduate studies, as well as practitioners in the fields. We encourage
post-doctoral students and faculty members to take part in the school

The form of the school will allow primarily students, but also other
participants to actively participate in discussions after the lectures,
choose a topic of interest among lectures presented during sessions, and
elaborate it with the lecturer within afternoon workshop sessions. During
the PhD Forum a couple of doctoral students’ research proposals will
bereviewed by a panel of professors.

The Conference and School on Records, Archives and Memory Studies is
organized as part of the Department of Library and Information Sciences of
the University of Zadar’s PhD Programme *Knowledge Society and Information

PhD Forum will be organized by *Ph.D. PROGRAMME Knowledge Society and
Information Transfer***

Director of the PhD Programme Professor Tatjana Aparac Jelušić, PhD

*Questions should be directed to:*
* *

* Secretary to the Conference and School *
* *

*Research Assistant Marijana Tomić,




Director of the Conference and School Professor *Mirna Willer*, PhD

 with co-organizers:

INFORMATION STUDIES*** Director, Center for Information as Evidence Professor
*Anne J. Gilliland*, PhD

*Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, Austria*

*Vestigia – Manuscript Research Centre*

Director of Vestigia Professor *Erich Renhart*, PhD

* *
*Thomas Aigner*, MAS, President

* *


Director of the PhD Programme Medieval Studies Professor *Neven Budak*, PhD


Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to proudly announce the launch of Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology and Religion. As publicity assistant to the Editorial Board at Marginalia, I would be grateful if you could pass along this notification to your institution’s press department and / or mailing list, as it will doubtless be of immense interest to students and academics across the disciplines of history, theology and religion. I also attach our latest press release.
Marginalia is an international review of academic literature from a range of disciplines along the nexus of history, theology and religion, providing timely, open-access reviews of the highest scholarly calibre. We hope to raise the standard of the academic book review, publishing only the most incisive and thoughtful reviews. Reviewers should expect their reviews in Marginalia to be easily discoverable by Google and other search engines, and so to have more visibility and accessibility than in some traditional print-based journals.  We encourage reviewers to give careful thought not only to the content but also to the presentation of the review, and hope to see the academic review in theology and religion move closer to the standard of the Times Literary Supplement or the New York Review of Books.
Since Marginalia is a wholly devoted to the review of academic literature, we would also like to make a call for future contributions, the guidelines for which can be found here.
Finally, a walk-through of the website and introductions to our fine editorial board can be found on our Youtube channel.

Eighth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism

The booking form is now available for the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament, which will take place in Birmingham on 5-6 March 2013.

Please download a copy from here: 

The provisional programme, along with abstracts, can be downloaded from: 
There is a preferential rate for bookings received and paid in full by 15th February.

We hope to welcome you to Birmingham in March.

Crossing the Languages of Medieval Europe

Crossing the Languages of Medieval Europe:
 Historical, Linguistic and Literary Approaches
3-8 June 2013
The Belgian Academy, Rome
Medieval Europe was marked by far-ranging linguistic diversity.  Religion, ethnicity, conquest, gender, profession, socio-economic position, and literary form, among many factors, all shaped and were shaped by language choices and intercultural exchanges. From Iceland to the Eastern Mediterranean, these factors combined in varying ways across the sacred and secular languages of a Europe already engaged beyond its permeable and never clearly defined borders.
This summer school seeks to open-up and conceptualize this linguistic diversity in order to challenge the established paradigms within which the disciplines of history, linguistics and literature study and teach the medieval past.  Students, tutors and lecturers will be drawn from different disciplinary, chronological and geographical specialisms. The aim of the summer school is to go beyond individual specialisms in order to bring different expertises into a productive and creative dialogue.  Interdisciplinary collaboration will enable new questions of wider significance to be asked and explored. These new questions will, in turn, enrich each student’s own specialist research and help him or her to establish an international network as an early career researcher.
Possible themes include international languages, relationships of secular and sacred languages, readership and reading, linguistic borders, writing of vernacular languages, what constitutes a vernacular language, language and literary canonization, communication (scholarly, diplomatic, ecclesiastical, merchant and court, for examples), intellectual and literary consequences of multilingualism, impact of modern nationalisms, the EU and globalization on study of medieval languages.
The summer school will be organized around lectures, discussion groups and time for informal talk.  In the mornings, lectures, all of which will be followed by a seminar of the whole group, will address large themes.  In the afternoon, smaller seminar groups, each led by a tutor, will work together over the course of the summer school on a series of case studies. There will be substantial reading in advance. Lunches and two dinners will be in common. There will be an excursion on Wednesday (there is no cost for the excursion).

Tutors are Jeroen Deploige (University of Ghent), Christian Høgel (University of Southern Denmark), Lars Boje Mortensen (University of Southern Denmark), Elizabeth Tyler (University of York), and Wim Verbaal (University of Ghent).
The morning lectures will be delivered by Panagiotis Agapitos (University of Cyprus), Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews), Karla Mallette (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania).
Applications should be sent before the 15th February 2013 to
The summer school is open to PhD students of medieval European history, linguistics and literature. In addition to working in their research with texts in at least two medieval languages, students will be expected to read English and either French and/or German.  Lectures and seminars will be held in English.  Applications should include an abstract of your current research (no more than one side of A4, single spaced) and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain from participating (no more than one side of A4, single spaced). One referee who will be willing to write in support of the application has to be named.  Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.
There is no cost for attending the Summer School.
Five bursaries (500€) and free shared accommodation in the Belgian Academy are available. Please address your application to before the 15th of February 2013, precising your travel costs and financial need.
Accommodation and transport
Participants need to provide for their own lodging and transport. There is a limited number of free shared rooms available in the Belgian Academy which will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.
Useful information can be found on the following websites:
Belgian Academy:
Youth Hostels:

Lunches and two dinners will be provided by the organizers. The participants will take care of the other meals.
This project is organized by the Centre for Medieval Literature and the H. Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies



*Scholarly Codicological*

*Research, Information & Palaeographical Tools*

*Paul Lehmann Graduate Fellowship*


The SCRIPTO graduate programme at Friedrich-Alexander-University
Erlangen-Nuremberg aims to provide a systematic, research-oriented
introduction to the study of medieval and early modern books and their
interpretation. It combines research and instruction within the
framework of a uniquely innovative course, at the end of which each
candidate will be awarded a diploma from Friedrich-Alexander-University.

SCRIPTO is made up of a broad spectrum of subjects and offers the
following *courses*:

History and principles of cataloguing; text typology (philosophical and
theological texts; literary texts; liturgy; music; law; medicine;
medieval Latin; Book illumination (technology; stylistic history;
illustrational typology; iconography); palaeography, codicology,
incunabula studies;

SCRIPTO digital (Informatics as use and construction of databanks for
the interpretation, drawing up and administration of information about
manuscripts and preparation of printed catalogues; new: digitizing
medieval manuscripts, held at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich).

SCRIPTO VI offers additional research seminars by *Prof. E. Kwakkel*
(Leiden) (Measuring the immeasurable: Script development in the long
twelfth century), and *Prof. A. Stieldorf* (Bamberg) (Urkunden in
Handschriften. Zur Funktion mittelalterlicher Chartulare), a practical
training course in medieval bookbinding by *M. Strebel* (Hunzenschwil,
CH), the new Franconian Seminar by *Dr A. Fleischer* (Heidelberg)and
*Prof. M. C. Ferrari* (Erlangen) on Cistercian book culture as well as
an expected study trip to Sweden.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work on a common research

The German Manuscript Centres in Berlin,Frankfurt, Leipzig,
Munich,Stuttgart and Wolfenbüttel are supportive of the SCRIPTO

Sessions will take place in Erlangen (Universitaetsbibliothek), Munich
(Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), Nuremberg (Stadtbibliothek) and
Wolfenbuettel (Herzog August Bibliothek) at a fee of 1280 Euros per
participant (which includes travel and accommodations for seminars
outside of Erlangen). It is possible to take part in chosen modules
instead of taking part in the complete programme (in this case, the fee
will be reduced). Further information may be obtained online:


Note also:


SCRIPTO VI will run from 22 April 2013 until 29 June

2013. Applicants should write enclosing a full CV to:

Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari


Mittellatein und Neulatein

Kochstr. 4/3

D-91054 Erlangen (Germany)
> *The application deadline is 1 March 2013*. The language of instruction is German (foreign participants, however, will be able to take German language courses at Friedrich-Alexander University if they so wish; they have to mention this in their application).Those applicants accepted for the course will be charged 1280 Euros and will receive a document stating the terms of agreement and detailed information about the course, including the timetable. In 2013 again, the *Paul Lehmann Graduate Fellowship* (1500 Euros plus the course fee) will be awarded to a young scholar who wishes to apply for SCRIPTO VI.

Study Tour: Ancient Cities of South-West Turkey

*Study Tour: Ancient Cities of South-West Turkey*
*Centre for Late Antique Archaeology, University of Kent*

Dr Luke Lavan is organising a study tour of the Ancient Cities of South-West Turkey for 6 days from the 15th to 20th April 2013. We will consider all periods of classical urban history, but have a special focus on late antiquity.

We will be visiting the following archaeological sites (subject to contingency): Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon, Patara, Arykanda, Myra (Saint Nicholas), Andriake, Chimaera (Olympos), Perge, Sagalassos, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Ephesos, Priene, Herakleia.

The cost of the trip (which is offered at cost price) will be approximately 500 GBP (depending on the exchange rate) and will include the flights from London Gatwick (we travel on the same flights), hotel (shared rooms, no singles), transport in Turkey, site tickets, and some meals.

A slide show of some of the sites we will visit is available at

You should be a third year undergraduate or post-graduate student, with an established interest in classical antiquity or the early medieval period, interested in continuing your studies. This trip is open to students at any university in the UK or abroad.

To secure a place please write to Jo Stoner ** before Monday 18th of February outlining your interest in the subject and enclosing a CV.

The Vassiliadis Chair and the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego present: Freedom of Speech and Self-Censorship in Late Antiquity

The Vassiliadis Chair and the Department of History at the University of California, San Diego present:

Freedom of Speech and Self-Censorship in Late Antiquity

February 8, 2013

9:30-4:30, UCSD Faculty Club, Rooms 1-2

9:30: Introductory Remarks

Edward Watts, UCSD

9:45 “The Perils of Authorship in Late Antiquity: Dangerous Speech, Self-Censorship, and the
Policing of Opinion”

Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State

10:30 “(Self-)Censorship or (Self-)Fashioning? Gaps in Libanius' Letter Collection”

Lieve Van Hoof, K. U. Leuven


11:15 “Pagans and Christians in Constantine's Rome”

Michele Salzman,
University of California, Riverside 

12:00-1:30 Lunch 


1:30 “Persecution and the Art of Writing Between the Lines”

Elizabeth Digeser, UCSB


2:15 ““Epistolary satire in the Variae of Cassiodorus”

Shane Bjornlie, Claremont-McKenna

3:00 “Performing parrhesia. Hierarchy and Morality in Late Antiquity”

Peter Van Nuffelen, Ghent


3:45: Concluding Discussion


Because space is limited, please contact Edward Watts ( if you are interested in attending.

Edward Watts

Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair and Professor of History

University of California, San Diego

Department of History, Mail Code 0104

Humanities and Social Science Building, Room 4005

9500 Gilman Drive

La Jolla, CA 92093-0104

Phone: (858) 534-2733

colloquium on Rhetoric.

I have an immense amount of pleasure in presenting the abstracts from our speakers for the forthcoming colloquium on Rhetoric.
Might I ask you to advertise and distribute this to all your postgraduates and colleagues who might be interested in hearing Mary Carruthers, Rita Copeland, Ian Wei, Gwilym Dodd and Jonathan Morton? I should be most grateful for your support. I would ask that members and prospective members book via please. If you have any problems doing so, I am happy to book a place for you, please email me. Our treasurer, Tom Smith, will be on hand on Saturday to accept annual subscriptions by cash or cheque. A transport update will be sent nearer the time but I have been asked to mention to new members that it is best to bring your own lunch as there are not many eating places close to Queen Mary, University of London open on a Saturday. Do please join us for a reception following the Colloquium.
This looks to be a fascinating and engaging Colloquium, I do hope you will be able to join us.
With best wishes

Diane Heath
Colloquium Secretary, The London Medieval Society <>
Next Colloquia Dates:
23rd February, 2013: 'Rhetoric'
27th April, 2013: 'Postgraduates Present'
17th November, 2013: 5th Chaucer Biennial

SHARP Peter Isaac Essay Prize

In honour of our founder, the late Professor Peter Isaac, Print
Networks announces the foundation of a biennial essay prize for the
best essay in the field of the History of the Book Trade in the
Anglophone world.

The Rules
1. The essay can be on any aspect of the History of the Book Trade in
the Anglophone world during the manuscript or print eras. Papers
drawing on research in primary sources and critical, methodological or
theoretical essays are welcome.
2. Any student registered for a postgraduate degree (master’s or
doctoral) is eligible to enter the competition. Early career scholars
within three years of completion of their PhD are also eligible, as
are independent scholars without a formal affiliation.
3. The text of the essay (exclusive of references and bibliography)
must be between 6000 and 8000 words.
4. The essay must be submitted in English.
5. The essay must not have been published elsewhere.
6. An electronic copy of the essay (in Word format) must be submitted
as an email attachment to Dr Catherine Armstrong convenor of Print
Networks by 30 March 2013.

The Decision
1. The essays submitted will be assessed by at least three members of
the ‘Print Networks' committee (all of whom are active researchers in
the field).
2. Submissions will be judged in terms of their originality, depth,
scope and rigour and the extent to which they make a new contribution
to historical understanding, as well as qualities of style and
3. The Print Networks committee reserves the right not to award a
prize in any particular year.
4. The prize will be announced in early July via email, on the Print
Networks website and will be awarded publically at the Print Networks
5. The prize will be £150 plus free entry (including food, drink and
overnight accommodation) to the annual conference in Chichester from
23-25th July 2013.

‘Print Networks’ website:

Posted by John Hinks on behalf of the 'Print Networks' committee. All
enquiries to

Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America

The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the 2013 Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, April 4-6, to participate in the MAA graduate student mentorship program. The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. 

The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts from whom they can receive career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended.

To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee (current graduate students), please submit the online form by Friday, February 22. Enquiries may be directed to Caitlin Holton (

Training school in codicology

Training school in codicology
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 29 April – 3 May 2013
A five-day intensive training school in codicology organised under the auspices of COST Action IS 1005, ‘Medioevo Europeo: Medieval Studies and Technological Resources’.
Codicology, the study of manuscript books as material objects, is an important discipline within manuscript studies. Topics covered will include writing materials, formats and layout, with particular focus on presenting a typology of medieval manuscripts, illustrated by Bibles, manuscripts of the Latin classics and literary and legal manuscripts in the vernacular. A significant component of the school will be instruction in the use of TEI-conformant XML to record and analyse codicological data. There will also be a presentation of Manuscripta mediaevalia, a joint online venture of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München and the Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, which gives access to the manuscript collections of hundreds of libraries in Europe and the United States.
The language of instruction will be English.

M. J. Driscoll, Curator, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen (XML)
Robert Giel, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Manuscripta Mediaevalia)
J. P. Gumbert, Prof. em., Universiteit Leiden (Manuscript miscellanies)
Silvia Hufnagel, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Copenhagen (XML)
Eef Overgaauw, Leiter, Handschriftenabteilung, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Bibles and Latin classics)
Elena Pierazzo, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London (XML)
Lena Rohrbach, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Medieval and post-medieval Scandinavian legal manuscripts)

The school is open to doctoral- and post-doctoral-level students with a background in medieval studies and at least some experience of working with manuscripts; previous experience with XML, while an advantage, is not required. Places are limited to a maximum of twenty students. There is no fee for the course itself, but participants will be expected to arrange their own accommodation and travel. Ten bursaries of € 800 each will be available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Only students registered at institutions in countries participating in this COST Action are eligible for bursaries (for a list of participating countries see
Please send applications, including a full CV, to the school’s organisers, Eef Overgaauw ( and M. J. Driscoll (, at the latest by the end of February.

peaking in Tongues: Language, Communication and Power in the Middle Ages

Communication in the Middle Ages could take place within a wide spectrum of languages, dialects, and tongues. Speaking in Tongues: Language, Communication and Power in the Middle Ages (14 June 2013) will explore how the use and manipulation of language can contribute to our understanding of ‘real-world’ medieval cultural interaction, and investigate how complex ideas and societal mores were communicated and translated between languages.
This interdisciplinary conference, bringing together the linguistic, cultural, and historical, will be held at the IHR in central London. It will comprise of four broad thematic strands, interspersed with refreshments, a catered lunch, and a keynote lecture, delivered by Dr Alan V. Murray (University of Leeds):
-          Cultural and political interaction in central and eastern Europe.
-          Ecclesiastical administration and theory.
-          Byzantium and the gateway to Europe.
-          The Latin East, crusader states, and knightly orders.
Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes, fitting broadly within one of the above thematic strands, are welcomed both from early career scholars, and from postgraduate students, before the 22nd of March 2013.
Further enquiries and proposals for papers should be sent to the organisers, Simon Parsons and Mark Whelan, at
Attendance at the conference is free but registration is necessary. To register please email the organisers.  In order that candidates from outside London are able to attend, we hope to be able to provide limited travel expenses to speakers from outside London. Postgraduates should therefore make their status and their institution clear when submitting their proposal to achieve the best use of funds.