Bulletin Board Postings

Included below are links to information submitted by medievalist colleagues outside the Notre Dame community. They include:

Fellowship/Job Announcements

Calls for Papers (Conferences)

Calls for Submissions (Journals)

Conference Announcements

Miscellaneous Announcements

These off-campus opportunities have come “over the transom” and our list does not represent any comprehensive attempt at inclusivity. These postings are provided as a general service, per the request of the issuing entities to circulate this information. Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully. 


Fellowship with Trinity College Dublin's Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Trinity College Dublin's Arts and Humanities Research Institute, the Trinity Long Room Hub, will launch a new visiting research fellowship program co-funded by the European Commission's Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions from 2017 to 2020. We will offer successful applicants a 12 month salaried fellowship in Trinity College Dublin. The main stipulation is that applicants are required to develop a research proposal aligned to one of Trinity's five arts and humanities led research themes. It is open to applicants from all over the world.

Please visit the website or see the PDF announcement for more information.

The call for 2017-18 applications will open formally between September 5-October 31, 2016 and full details and an FAQ section will be available on our website then.


Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Princeton Society of Fellows for 2017-2020

The fields are: Open; Humanistic Studies; LGBT Studies; Race and/or Ethnicity Studies.  

Princeton University seeks a diverse and international pool of applicants and especially welcomes candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. Graduate students are encouraged to apply—those now finishing their Ph.D. and those who received their degree after January 1, 2015.         

Postmark Application Deadline: September 15, 2016. 

Please see the PDF flyer for more information.


A funded PhD studentship on the Anglo-Saxon place-names of Berwickshire (Scotland) is now being advertised.

The studentship will be based at the University of Glasgow, and it forms part of the Leverhulme-funded REELS project (“Recovering the Earliest English Language in Scotland: evidence from place-names”).

For more information on the studentship, please visit the FindAPhD page.

For more  information on the REELS project, please visit the webpage.


American School of Classical Studies at Athens seeks a Director of the ASCSA Corinth Excavations.

Deadline October 31, 2016Full job posting here.


Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow

The Newberry Mellon Major Projects Fellow will participate in diverse aspects of planning and preparation for the library's major scholarly initiative focused on Religious Change in Europe, 1450-1700. The initiative will include gallery and online exhibitions and additional digital resources, as well as programs for scholars, students, and the public. These programs will take the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses as a starting point for a multidisciplinary examination of the Reformation and its immediate aftermath. The majority of the public programs will take place during the 2017-18 academic year. The fellow will report to the Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects. 


For gallery and digital exhibitions: collaborate with members of the project team (comprising Newberry staff members and outside scholars) in framing and refining exhibition categories; identify preliminary selections and research specific items in the collection for inclusion; translate titles and short texts into English; assist with label writing, planning, and administration

For related digital resources: collaborate with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and other members of the project team in conceptualizing, designing and implementing the digital humanities components of the project, which may include blog posts, podcasts, videos, interactive timelines and maps, outreach through social media, and crowd-sourced programs; identify preliminary selections, research specific items in the collection for inclusion, and assist with translation of and writing textual components and scripts and with planning and administration

Assist project team in conceptualizing and planning public and scholarly programs

Carry out other assignments as needed to achieve departmental goals

Provide assistance to other Newberry Library departments and initiatives, including but not limited to Collections and Library Services, Research and Academic Programs, Development, and Communications projects

PhD in a humanities field, with a research focus on the history of religion in early modern Europe. Reading fluency in modern and early modern German required; reading competency in two other European languages, such as Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish, highly desirable. Experience in digital humanities and using primary source materials in research preferred. Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, Omeka, and project management software preferred. Demonstrated excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to interact and collaborate with diverse constituencies required. 

SCHEDULE: Full-time, 35 hours/week, Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekends for special events. One-year, grant-funded, exempt position. 

TERM: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin May 1, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. 

Send application materials to The Office of Human Resources at hr@newberry.org. Include a cover letter, CV, short writing sample (30 pages or less), and contact information for three references. Please indicate your start date availability in the cover letter. 


British Library -- New Digitisation Project and Positions in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Section

See this link for more information.



The Medieval Brain Workshop
University of York
March 10-11, 2017

Deadline is Friday, October 21, 2016

As we research aspects of the medieval brain, we encounter complications generated by medieval thought and twenty-first century medicine and neurology alike. Our understanding of modern-day neurology, psychiatry, disability studies, and psychology rests on shifting sands. Not only do we struggle with medieval terminology concerning the brain, but we have to connect it with a constantly-moving target of modern understanding. Though we strive to avoid interpreting the past using presentist terms, it is difficult – or impossible – to work independently of the framework of our own modern understanding. This makes research into the medieval brain and ways of thinking both challenging and exciting. As we strive to know more about specifically medieval experiences, while simultaneously widening our understanding of the brain today, we much negotiate a great deal of complexity.

In this two-day workshop, to be held at the University of York on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th March 2017 under the auspices of the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders, we will explore the topic of ‘the medieval brain’ in the widest possible sense. The ultimate aim is to provide a forum for discussion, stimulating new collaborations from a multitude of voices on, and approaches to, the theme.

This call is for papers to comprise a series of themed sessions of papers and/or roundtables that approach the subject from a range of different, or an interweaving of, disciplines. Potential topics of discussion might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Mental health
  • Neurology
  • The history of emotions
  • Disability and impairment
  • Terminology and the brain
  • Ageing and thinking
  • Retrospective diagnosis and the Middle Ages
  • Interdisciplinary practice and the brain
  • The care of the sick
  • Herbals and medieval medical texts


Research that grapples with terminology, combines unconventional disciplinary approaches, and/or sparks debates around the themes is particularly welcome. We will be encouraging diversity, and welcome speakers from all backgrounds, including those from outside of traditional academia. All efforts will be made to ensure that the conference is made accessible to those who are not able to attend through live-tweeting and through this blog.


Please send abstracts of up to 250 words for independent papers, or expressions of interest for roundtable topics/themed paper panels, by Friday 21st October, to Deborah Thorpe.


The End of the Book
University of Bristol
November 18, 2016

Call for papers available online. Deadline is September 5, 2016. 


5th Annual Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, April 2017
Nicosia, Cyprus

The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2016. The full CFP is available online


Irina Dumitrescu (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Univ. Bonn), Hilary Fox (Wayne State Univ.), and Emily Butler (John Carroll Univ.) are delighted to issue a CFP for Anglo-Saxon Women: A Florilegium. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016. The full CFP is available online. Contact anglosaxonwomen@gmail.com with any questions. 


For the second year, the Harvard English Medieval Colloquium is sponsoring two open panels at Kalamazoo: "With Patricia Dailey: Affective Transformations" and "With Jessica Brantley: Devotional Luxury, Literary Necessity" (full CFPs below). Patricia Dailey and Jessica Brantley have both agreed to present, but a committee will select the other papers by a process of double blind review of all submitted abstracts. These panels are truly open to all, and we particularly welcome submissions from graduate students and junior faculty. All questions, abstract submissions, and required information should be sent to Helen Cushman and Erica Weaver by the congress deadline (September 15).

With Patricia Dailey: Affective Transformations

This panel focuses on the idea of affective transformation in the largest sense of the term: conversion, pedagogy, metamorphosis, waning of passions, spiritual awakening, reading, etc. What can we learn from how Old English and Anglo-Latin literatures represent, incite, model, or even demean affective alteration? How might transformation be structured through a poem (in form or grammar)? How, for example, might change be spoken of and manifest in a saint’s life (visually, behaviorally, ethically) and what might this suggest about the role of affect?  What strategies do texts use for locating and engaging affective or emotional involvement  — and what kind of involvement is even desirable? Moreover, what happens when texts resist our emotional categories, or when they favor understatement over expression? In short, submissions are welcome to locate and question the role of “affective transformation” in the broadest sense possible.

Nota bene: This is a blind review panel. Patricia Dailey has agreed to present a paper, but a committee will select the other papers by a process of double blind review of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts from graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged.

With Jessica Brantley: Devotional Luxury, Literary Necessity

When we call a text “literary,” we often identify its literariness as a kind of “excess.” The literary exceeds necessity—it is a kind of luxury meant to be enjoyed for its own sake. Devotional texts, in contrast, are often considered “devotional” because of their intended use—they are objects used for religious worship. In short, unlike a literary text, a devotional text is a means to an end rather than an end in itself. What do we mean, then, when we call devotional books—such as books of hours—“luxury” items? Do “devotional” texts cease to be merely devotional when they exceed necessity or functionality in form, in performance, or in material presentation? Or is luxury an end—or a condition—for devotional reading? How do we describe the “excesses” of devotional books and, by the same token, how do we describe what we might call the “necessities” of the literary? This panel invites new research about luxury and necessity as they relate to literary and devotional reading culture. We welcome submissions that consider these questions as they relate to any topic including manuscript culture, poetic and musical form, and performance studies.

Nota bene: This is a blind review panel. Jessica Brantley has agreed to present a paper, but a committee will select the other papers by a process of double blind review of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts from graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged.


Call for Papers for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2016: Alfredian Texts and Contexts

Alfred and his circle continue to generate both academic and popular interest, and this session brings together papers covering a variety of facets of the king, his times, and his later influence. This session welcomes proposals from all disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches. Papers at past "Alfredian Texts and Contexts" sessions have treated manuscript studies, prose and poetic texts, military strategy, political and cultural history, religious studies, science and medicine, and Continental connections.

The organizer is still seeking abstracts for this session. She will forward any that she does not accept to the Congress for consideration for General Sessions, so please send abstract AND Participant Information Form to ndiscenza@usf.edu.

NOTE: “Alfredian Texts and Contexts” is NOT the same as the SASLC session on “Alfred and His Circle.” Alfred sessions are like queens in the kingdom of heaven: “The mo the myryer, so God me blesse!” (*Pearl* 850)


The SASLC project is excited to announce its session, “Alfred and His Circle,” at the 2017 ICMS in Kalamazoo. This panel will explore the textual sources and cultural contexts of Alfred and his court in anticipation of new work in the Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture project. Alfred is without doubt one of the most important Anglo-Saxon writers and thinkers, and his many works—along with those of his intellectual circle including Asser, Grimbald, John the Saxon, and Werferth—had a profound and lasting impact on the intellectual cultures of the early Middle Ages. Moreover, recent work on Alfred has illustrated the profound debts Alfred and his circle owed to their Latin sources, debts which have in many cases gone unrecognized. The SASLC session on 'Alfred and his Circle' invites papers shedding new light on the important roles sources played in Alfred’s intellectual milieu as well as how the works of Alfred’s circle (such as Asser’s Vita Alfredi) became sources for later Anglo-Saxon authors like Byrhtferth or the compiler of the Annals of St. Neots. Papers can be focused on literary or documentary evidence, but we also welcome interdisciplinary projects from fields outside of history and literature, as well as papers that consider Alfredian influence on other cultures such as Carolingian Europe.

Please submit abstracts and completed participiation information forms to Ben Weber (bweber@princeton.edu) by the conference deadline of 9/15. 


Call for Papers: International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo, May 2017
Special Session: *Manuscript Context for Early Anglo-Saxon, Caroline, and Germanic Verse* [4th year in a row]

This session seeks papers considering the manuscript context and all associated matters of palaeography and codicology for the earliest poetic texts recorded in Old English, Anglo-Latin, Caroline Latin, Old Saxon, and Old High German. Roughly: How did the earliest recorded verse (pre-925) get written down? What possible axes of influence were there between Continent and Britain? Study of unusual and/or difficult manuscript context is especially appreciated: acrostics, variant layout with a single poem or collection, punctuation, spacing, lineation, etc. 

Organizer: Bruce Gilchrist, Dept. of English, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
Email: bruce.gilchrist@johnabbott.qc.ca
Submit abstracts by September 15, 2016



These sessions form part of the on-going reevaluation of the present state of the study of Anglo-Saxon law. Recognizing the extent to which our understanding of early law has changed over the last century, the purpose of these sessions is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines to discuss new ways of understanding pre-Conquest legal culture. We invite papers that examine the many ways in which law was made, understood, practiced, promulgated, and transcribed in the Anglo-Saxon world.   We are eager to receive submissions representing a variety of perspectives, methodologies,  and disciplines. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): royal legislation, legal manuscripts, law in/and literature, legal procedure, charters and diplomatics, writs and wills, dispute resolution, theories of law and justice, perceptions of early law in later periods, law in/and art. We welcome traditional philological and historicist approaches, as well as those informed by modern critical theory. The last few years have witnessed the most extensive reconsideration of Old English law since Felix Liebermann himself, and these sessions offers an important opportunity to discuss the progress and publicize the research taking place in this field.

If you have questions or wish to submit an abstract, please contact andrew.rabin@louisville.edu.


Call For Papers for two sponsored sessions on "Women in the Age of Bede (I and II)," at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI

Sharon M. Rowley, Paul C. Hilliard, and Máirín MacCarron

In the last half century, feminist studies have sparked a tremendous amount of work by a wide range of scholars on the topic of women and women’s intellectual history in early Anglo-Saxon England. As Virginia Blanton and Helene Scheck have noted recently, however, “more work needs to be done” regarding female religious communities and education “before we can specify the nature and degree of women’s learning in any one community, let alone for an entire period or region.”* Bedan studies have also changed significantly over the last half century, with the exploration of the intellectual and theological implications of Bede’s own exegetical, computistical and homiletic writings shedding new light on his community and his work, especially the Historia Ecclesiastica. However, along with these Bede-on-Bede reconsiderations, feminist studies have also contributed dramatically to the transformation of Bede studies in recent decades. 

In the spirit of recent calls for greater inclusivity in Anglo-Saxons Studies, BedeNet and CNU’s program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies are sponsoring two sessions on “Women in the Age of Bede,” to highlight and foster this ongoing dialogue. Papers on any aspect of women's studies in early Anglo-Saxon England, are welcome, as are papers on Bede’s interactions with and impact on women’s intellectual history, education and writing. 

Contact Sharon Rowley at srowley@cnu.edu with questions and submissions.


"Le XIXe siècle en lumière : redécouverte et revalorisation de l’enluminure médiévale en France au temps du livre industriel" (Rennes)
October 5, 2016
University of Rennes

Read the CFP


“Gower, His Contemporaries, and Their Legacy in MSS and Early Printed Books, 1350-1550”
University of Durham, UK
July 9-15, 2017

The Early Book Society, conjointly with the John Gower Society, is pleased to announce that the fifteenth biennial conference of the Early Book Society and the IV International Congress of the John Gower Society will be hosted Elizabeth Archibald and Corinne Saunders, with co-chairs Martha Driver and Bob Yeager.

Abstracts (of 250 words maximum) may address any topic reflecting the Congress theme, which may be interpreted broadly or narrowly. The Congress welcomes proposals that discuss the work of Gower or related authors. Special consideration will be given to proposals that address related issues of manuscript and/or print: MS sources and exemplars for the writing of Gower and his contemporaries more generally (or works that may have been influential upon or created a context for the writings of these authors); ideas of the author as conveyed in manuscripts and printed books (and perhaps beyond as in theatrical production); and the ways in which later translators, editors, scribes and/or printers made sense of the work of Gower and other writers of his time. Please include your name, the title of your proposed talk, your address and your computer requirements on the proposal.

Please send all papers electronically to gowerebs2017@gmail.com by November 1, 2016.

Please mail paper copies of each abstract or panel proposal to Martha Driver, Departments of English and WGS, Pace University, 41 Park Row, NY, New York 10038.

Proposals organizing complete sessions of three or four papers are welcome, and should be submitted as noted above.  Please contact both organizers (mdriver@pace.edu; rfyeager@hotmail.com) with questions, and please also remember to email your proposal with a/v requirements directly to the conference site.


"Time, Space & Narrative in Medieval Icelandic Literature"
University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
March 17-18, 2017

The organising committee of the conference ‘Time, Space and Narrative in Medieval Icelandic Literature’ invites scholars working on research related to the conference theme to submit proposals for papers.

We would like to welcome between seven and ten speakers to Reykjavík to take part in the programme. The accommodation costs of these speakers will be covered for the duration of the conference. Funding does not extend to covering travel costs, however, which will need to be arranged by speakers. The programme will also comprise presentations by project members. 

The conference is the closing event of the 3-year Rannís-funded research project ‘Tími, r.mi, frásögn og Íslendingasögur’ (‘Time, space, narrative and Íslendingasögur’). The project has been led by Professor Torfi Tulinius with co-proposers Professor Gísli Sigur.sson and Dr Emily Lethbridge, doctoral students Anna Katharina Heiniger and Martina Ceolin, and with Professor Jürg Glauser (Universities of Basel and Zürich) and Associate Professor Pernille Hermann (University of Aarhus) as external project advisors. The project has investigated aspects of the treatment of time and space in the Íslendingasögur. While it is anticipated that the focus of the conference will be on the Íslendingasögur, papers on other genres of medieval Icelandic literature are also most welcome. 

Topics might include: the narrative treatment or presentation of time and space in medieval Icelandic literature; considerations of aspects of the textual transmission of medieval Icelandic literature with regard to time and space; sources for (or the nature of) knowledge pertaining to space and time in medieval Iceland; the influence of the ‘spatial turn’ (and application of digital technologies) in the humanities on approaches to medieval Icelandic literature and where this trend in scholarship may be heading. 

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: October 1, 2016

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. Paper proposals should be no more than 500 words in length and should include information about the applicant’s current academic affiliation. Applicants will be informed of the final decision with regard to paper proposals in late October. Selected papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume of conference proceedings. 

There will be no conference fee. Others who wish to attend the conference are very welcome but will need to arrange travel and accommodation themselves, and to register in the autumn, once the programme has been finalized. 

Paper proposals and other enquiries should be emailed to tht@hi.is

An electronic version and PDF announcement of this Call for Papers are available.


"Medieval Form and Medieval Knowledge," International Congress on Medieval Studies, 2017
Organized by the Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley (GMB)

How do formal elements of medieval texts—elements such as style, genre, and structure—determine how we locate these texts in medieval intellectual culture and understand their context? This question has surfaced in a number of different ways in scholarship, including in reactions of amusement, wonderment, or frustration, or even in a sense of being deceived. For instance, our notions of “fictional” and “nonfictional” genres may be stymied by medieval romances that claim to be historical or medieval histories that offer the stuff of romance or folklore; setting serious works of history, theology, or science in verse, as many medieval authors did, would be seen today as the height of eccentricity. 

This panel explores and questions borders of several kinds: between genres; between disciplines of knowledge or categories of truth and fiction; between source-texts and texts of translation; and between medieval and non-medieval genres or disciplines. As such, we hope to create a conversation across far-flung areas of medieval studies. Key questions include:

-How does the form of medieval texts affect the way that those texts are classified, whether by genre or by discipline?

-What are the limits of medieval genres, and how are they constructed?

-What kinds of knowledge, truth-values, and discourses do medieval texts construct or presuppose?

-How does the translation of medieval texts negotiate between multiple genres or discourses?

-Finally, how has the study of medieval texts been shaped by either medieval or modern disciplines?

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words to Evan Wilson by September 15, or sooner if possible.


New Voices at the Leeds IMC in 2017
July 3-6, 2017

The International Society of Anglo-Saxonists invites submissions for its ‘New Voices in Anglo-Saxon Studies’ sessions at the 2017 International Medieval Congress in Leeds. The New Voices sessions are intended for all scholars new to the field of Anglo-Saxon Studies, including research students, newly-appointed lecturers and anyone who has only recently begun to work in this area. Papers can be on any aspect of the Anglo-Saxon period and submissions are particularly welcome on the IMC’s 2017 theme which is ‘Otherness’.

All submissions for New Voices are reviewed by the Advisory Board members of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), who determine the ultimate selection of papers through a process of blind peer review. Submissions should include paper title, an abstract outlining the subject of the paper of no more than 250 words, and details of your institutional affiliation and contact addresses.

DeadlineSeptember 9, 2016

Please send your paper by email attachment to Peter Darby.


“Traversing Peripheries and Centers: Confluence, Empowerment and Innovation”
November 17-19, 2016

The International and Interdisciplinary meeting of the Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology (AHLiST) will be hosted by Canary Island University (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain).

Amongst many other topics, there are tracks about Digital Humanities (7), Palaeography and pattern recognition, or digitizing projects and document image analysis.

BoF (Birds of a Feather) dates: November 21-22, 2016

Proposals must be send to ahlist1@gmail.com.

Please visit the AHLiST website for more information.


Biennial London Chaucer Conference 2017--'Chaucer and the Law'
Institute of English Studies, University of London
June 30-July 1, 2017

Deadline: September 30, 2016

Please see the PDF announcement for more information.


Second International Conference 'Parchment, Paper and Pixels. Medieval Writing and Modern Technology'
Maastricht, The Netherlands
February 2-3, 2017

This conference is organized by the working group ‘Writing and Writing Practices in the Medieval Low Countries’, 
(Schrift en Schriftdragers in de Nederlanden in the Middeleeuwen – SSNM) in collaboration with Huygens ING and
Regionaal Historisch Centrum Limburg

Deadline: October 1, 2016

Please visit the website or the PDF announcement for more information.


Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents
Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Sponsored Session at the 52st International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
May 11-14, 2017

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can affect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and Participant Information Form to Lynn Ransom.


Apices Session at the XXth Colloquium of the CIPL
"Scribes and the Presentation of Texts”

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
September 6-8, 2017

The Bureau of the CIPL has entrusted Apices, as in Ljubljana, Sankt Gallen and Berlin, with the organization of a “current research” session, in which recently started or ongoing projects, as well as first results of scientific undertakings shall be presented by young scholars.

Interested scholars are kindly requested to contact the secretariat of Apices, providing the required information for applying.

The proposals for papers should be written in one of the CIPL’s official languages (French, English, Italian, Spanish, or German) and contain the following information:

  • author’s name and affiliation (if applicable);
  • a short curriculum vitae (max. 1000 signs);
  • title;
  • summary (max. 2,500 signs), giving enough indications on the context, methods and results of the presented research

Deadline: September 30, 2016

The selected papers will be announced by October 15, 2016. The complete texts of the papers must be sent by April 25, 2017 to the Moderamen, which may then give some suggestions to the authors for the definitive version of their work.

The selected speakers will be granted a 600 € funding for their travel expenses.

Previous speakers of the Apices Sessions at the last CIPL-Colloquiums were:Gaia Elisabetta Unfer Verre, Ellen Bošnjak, Irene Checcherini, Tommaso Gramigni, Ma Luisa Domínguez Guerrero (Ljubljana, 2010) ; Diego Belmonte Fernández, Dagmar Bronner & Nathanael Busch, Katharina Kaska, Daniela Mairhofer, Rosa Marulo (St-Gallen, 2013) ; Colleen Curran, Renáta Modráková, Elisabetta Sciarra, Matilde Scilla Sgarbi, Marco Antonio Siciliani (Berlin, 2015). Their talks have been published in the corresponding volumes of proceedings.

For further information please contact Sébastien Barret, secretary of APICES.


The LUCAS Graduate Conference "Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations"
Leiden University January 26-27, 2017


Please see either the short or full call for papers PDF announcement, or visit the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society conference webpage for more information.

Deadline: October 1, 2016


The call for papers for the 2017 ISAS "Global Perspectives & Comparative Approaches to Anglo-Saxon Studies" Hawai'i conference is now available.

Please visit the ISAS Conference webpage for the call for papers (and project reports and panel sessions), step-by-step instructions for submitting abstracts, and a description of the pre-conference Graduate Workshop.

For more information regarding the Graduate workshop as details are finalized, please visit the ISAS Graduate Student webpage.

Deadline:  October 15, 2016


Leeds International Medieval Congress sessions ‘Anglo-Saxon Life Cycles’
IMC Leeds, July 3-6, 2017


In these sessions, we hope to bring together papers that deal with the human life cycle in Anglo-Saxon England and show how this complex concept (with all of its biological, social and cultural aspects) influenced the lives, writings and art work of the inhabitants of early medieval England. Paper proposals are welcome from all disciplines, including literary studies, art history, history, archaeology and lexicography.

Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:

- Definitions, concepts, and constructions of the life cycle

- The life course in art and literature

- Age and alterity (Ageism and the ageist Other)

- Age and gender

- Intergenerational relations and/or conflicts

- The life cycle and the Anglo-Saxon Church

- Saints in various stages of life

- Care for the young, care for the elderly

- Semantic field studies of (the various stages of) the human life course

Subsequent to the sessions we hope to publish the contributions as a volume of essays, with the goal of furthering interest in the topic.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University; m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nl) or Hattie Soper (Cambridge University; hcs56@cam.ac.uk)

See the PDF announcement for more information.

Deadline: August 20, 2016


The research project "Innovation und Tradition. Objekte und Eliten in Hildesheim, 1130-1250" is now accepting papers.

While interdisciplinary research on medieval art has been increasingly moving into the center in recent decades, it often fails because of distinct questions, priorities and approaches of each discipline. This project, which is funded by the German “Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF“, and a collaboration of the Dommuseum Hildesheim with the universities of Bonn, Kiel, Osnabrück and Potsdam, is addressing this desideratum. By taking Hildesheim as an example the project explores how culture, ideas and theology of the 12th and 13th centuries are visually reflected in artistic objects. Works of art are seen in relation to social configurations, as exponents of material culture with a defined position within religious practices and aesthetic ideas of the high middle ages.

This conference in collaboration with the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich would like to discuss these topics based on the project and set them into a larger European context: Thus proposals on 12th and 13th century art which explore the ecclesiastical, monastic, civic, material and technical context with regard to commissioning, production, and liturgical use are particularly welcome.

Papers could explore the leading classes of artistic donors, or the intended target audiences. What were the relations between objects and educational standards? How did the intellectual reorientation in the field of education and schools of this period lead to a new artistic quality? And how was artistic tradition transformed under the influence of new theological and liturgical trends of the time.

A publication of the papers is intended.

Please send your proposal of max. one page with your CV to info@objekte-und-eliten.de.

Deadline: August 15, 2016


The Call for Papers for the forthcoming 20th CIPL Colloquium (Yale University September 6-8, 2017) has just been posted.

Deadline: July 31, 2016.


LUCAS Graduate Conference
‘Landscape: Interpretations, Relations, and Representations
26-27 January 2017

Organised  by the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Details at:



After Chichele: Intellectual and Cultural Dynamics of the English Church, 1443 to 1517
St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 28-30 June 2017

Plenary speakers: David Carlson, Mary Erler, Sheila Lindenbaum, Julian Luxford, David Rundle, Cathy Shrank. 

Possible topics for discussion: 

Religious writing and the English Church; the emergence of humanism and the fate of scholasticism; literature and the law; cultural and ecclesiastical patronage; developments in art and  architecture; the liturgical life of the Church; the impact of the international book trade and of print; palaeography and codicology; the Church’s role in education, colleges and chantries; the impact of travel and pilgrimage. 

Please send 500 word abstracts (for proposed 20-minute papers) by Friday, August 12, 2016, to Vincent Gillespie, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford OX2 6QA (vincent.gillespie@ell.ox.ac.uk).

CFP:After Chichele


2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions
University of La Rioja
October 26-28, 2016

The Nerthus Project Research Group (Department of Modern Languages, University of La Rioja) invites the submission of papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research to the 2016 International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions, which will be held on October 26-28, 2016 at the University of La Rioja. The topics of interest for submission can be grouped under three headings: constructional approaches to grammar, projectionist approaches to grammar and diachrony. Papers dealing with the category of the verb and historical languages are most welcome.

Abstracts should be sent both in anonymized and unanonymized forms (with author(s) and affiliation) to: vccsymposium2016@gmail.com.

Key dates

• Abstract submission: February 1- September 15, 2016.

• Notification of reviewers’ decision: Approximately 2 weeks after submission.

• Registration: March 1 – October 28, 2016.

Further information:




Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
Call for Journal Submissions--Fall 2017

Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies aims to bring together scholarship from around the world and across disciplines related to the study of pre-modern manuscript books and documents. This peer-reviewed journal is open to contributions that rely on both traditional methodologies of manuscript study and those that explore the potential of new ones. We publish articles that engage in a larger conversation on manuscript culture and its continued relevance in today’s world and highlight the value of manuscript evidence in understanding our shared cultural and intellectual heritage. Studies that incorporate digital methodologies to further understanding of the physical and conceptual structures of the manuscript book are encouraged. A separate section, entitled Annotations, features research in progress and digital project reports.

The editors are now accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 issue. To submit, please send a cover page with your name and contact info, the title of the submission and a short abstract along with your submission to sims-mss@pobox.upenn.edu.

For more information and to subscribe, please visit the Manuscript Studies webpage of the University of Pennsylvania.

We are delighted to announce that the first issue is out and available online through Project Muse.

The Fall 2016 issue will be devoted to histories of collecting and provenance studies, featuring the following contributions:

  • Megan L. Cook, Joseph Holland and the Idea of the Chaucerian Book
  • Anne-Marie Eze, “Safe from Destruction by Fire”: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Venetian Manuscripts
  • Julia Verkholantsev From Sinai to California: The Trajectory of Greek NT Codex 712 from the UCLA Young Research Library’s Special Collections (170/347)
  • Eric Johnson, “The Butcher’s Bill”: Using the Schoenberg Database to Reverse-Engineer Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Books from Constituent Fragments
  • William P. Stoneman, The Linked Collections of William Bragge (1823–1884) of Birmingham and Dr. Thomas Shadford Walker (1834–1885) of Liverpool
  • Peter Kidd, Medieval Origins Revealed by Modern Provenance: The Case of the Bywater Missal
  • Lisa Fagin Davis, Canons, Huguenots, Movie Stars, and Missionaries: A Breviary’s Journey from Le Mans to Reno
  • Toby Burrows, Manuscripts of Sir Thomas Phillipps in North American Institutions
  • Hanno Wijsman, The Bibale Database at the IRHT: A Digital Tool for Researching Manuscript Provenance
  • Debra Taylor Cashion, Broken Books

The Spring 2017 issue, guest-edited by Justin McDaniel, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will be devoted to a survey of major Thai manuscript collections around the world.

If you are interested in proposing a special issue for 2018 and beyond, please contact Lynn Ransom, Managing Editor.


Arcanum Special Issue: Hidden Esoteric Motifs and Spirituality in the Literature of the Middle Ages.

More information


Symposia: The Journal of Religion

The editorial team of Symposia: The Journal of Religion announces that we have moved to an open call for papers. We will accept paper submission on a rolling basis, and will publish issues bi-annually.Please submit your papers when they are ready!

Symposia is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal for the academic study of religion. The theme for Volume 8 is “Rites of Passage.”  Articles with a maximum of 25 pages will be considered in both French and English. Submissions are made online: http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca

CFP: Symposia Vol.8



Envisioning Knowledge
Marco Manuscript Workshop 2017
February 3-4, 2017
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Deadline is November 4, 2016.

The Twelfth Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, February 3-4, 2017, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English).

For this year’s workshop we invite papers that explore the idea of "Envisioning Knowledge." Some manuscripts contain sacred texts, brilliantly illuminated; some preserve literary treasures, adorned with elaborately decorated initials. Other manuscripts have a more practical function, from recording transactions of land or service, to collecting medical recipes or geographical lore, to marking days and years, to charting the scope of the earth or the course of the heavens. These manuscripts may have a more utilitarian appearance, but they often supplement their textual content with diagrams and illustrations, charts and maps, tables and lists. Such manuscripts preserve the beginnings of modern science, and they are important to the development of the visual display of information and the transmission of both practical and speculative knowledge. The makers of these books were inventing ways to use the visual space of the page to represent, in one way or another, some truth about the world and their understanding of it. We welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any rank and in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual manuscript problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation.

The deadline for applications is November 4, 2016. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page letter describing their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact Roy Liuzza for more information.


The Unbelievable Past
September 14-16, 2016
University of Agder

Full information available online.


Textual Heritage and Information Technologies
Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania)
August 22-28, 2016

Conference program available online


Illuminated Charters - from the Margins of Two Disciplines to the Core of Digital Humanities, September 12-14, 2016
Vienna, Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv, Minoritenplatz 1, Dachfoyer

Archivists, art historians, medievalists, digital humanists, friends of pattern recognition, media studies, and of objects hidden for centuries: all these (and many more) are the target audience of our meeting.

We proudly present speakers from Tampa (Florida), England, France and Italy as well as Estonia and Georgia. We are honoured that Olivier Guyotjeannin (Paris), Elizabeth Danbury (London), Alison Stones (Pittsburgh: Public Lecture, 12 September, 7pm), Irmgard Fees (Munich) and Francesca Manzari (Rome) have accepted our invitation to present papers (programme and abstracts).

Much more important, though, is the quality and variety of topics: discussions about data-modelling, best-practice examples of combined presentations of image and metadata are highlights of the digital part. Surveys of regional characteristics (England, Lombardy, Venice, Rome, Latvia and Lithuania, Georgia) and in depth-studies of single objects are - very intentionally - combined as necessary methodological contrast. Studies focusing on archival holdings in specific regions lead to papers dealing with chanceries and special types of charters, which are regularly decorated with artistic means. These means range from graphic signs developing in private charters in St Gall during the 8th century to signs characteristic of specific types of charters and highly refined artefacts made for famous late medieval collectors, and finally
to (printed) charters which are equally perfect advertising media.

The organizing team (Gabi Bartz, Martina Bürgermeister, Markus Gneiss, Martin Roland, Georg Vogeler, Andreas Zajic) is pleased to invite you to this conference. Due to the limited space available at the "Dachfoyer" of the "Haus-, Hof- und Staatsarchiv", we kindly ask you to register in time or send an email.


43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, October 14-15, 2016
Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri

Organized annually since 1974 by the Vatican Film Library, part of the Saint Louis University Libraries Department of Special Collections, this two-day conference features papers on a wide variety of topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies — paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, texts and transmission, library history, and more.

2016 Guest Speaker:
Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University)
- "Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books"

2016 Conference Sessions:
- All Things Visible and Invisible: Illuminating Working Practices in Manuscript Making
- Creating Memory, Creating Identity
- Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
- Illuminating Metalwork: Representations of Precious-Metal Objects in Medieval Manuscript Illumination
- Revelations of Codicology
- Manuscripts for Travelers
- Beyond Arbiters of Lay Piety and Ambassadors of Culture: Revisiting Bell’s Medieval Women Book Owners

Conference Program and Registration Information 
Visit the conference website, or for more information contact vfl@slu.edu, 314-977-3090.

The Vatican Film Library is a research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds on microfilm about 40,000 manuscripts, principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In addition to its annual conference, the library also publishes twice yearly Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, the monographic series Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research, and offers fellowships for research in its collections. It is part of Special Collections in the Saint Louis University Libraries. Keep in touch with us through our blog, Special Collections Currents or Twitter.


Fifteenth Century Conference
Royal Holloway, University of London
September 1-3, 2016

To book, please visit Royal Holloway’s online store.

Prices for the individual options will show up when you tick the relevant circles; we hope that many of you will want to attend the entire event, but should you wish to book several individual days, you will need to add them to your basket separately.

For more information, please visit the conference website or program.

Please contact Hannes Kleineke or Catherine Nall with any questions.


'Renaissance College: Corpus Christi College, Oxford in Context, c.1450-c.1600'
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
September 6-9, 2017

Corpus Christi College, Oxford was founded, on humanistic principles, in 1517.  Its fellows included specially-appointed lecturers in Latin literature, Greek and Theology and its new trilingual library featured works in Latin, Greek and Hebrew.  Throughout the sixteenth century, Corpus was a major centre of learning and religion: it played host to the Spanish humanist, Juan Luis Vives and the German astronomer and mathematician, Nicholas Kratzer; its fellows included the Catholic reformer Reginald Pole and the Protestant thinkers John Jewel and Richard Hooker.  In the College’s 500thanniversary year, we shall be holding a conference to discuss the wider context and implications of this remarkable foundation, exploring the inter-connected worlds of learning and education, prelacy and public service, charity and communal life, religion, literature and the arts, in Oxford and beyond, during a hundred-and-fifty year period of Renaissance and Reformation.

There will be papers from Susan Brigden, Clive Burgess, Jeremy Catto, Paul Cavill, Alex Gajda, Anthony Grafton, Lucy Kaufman, Nicholas Hardy, Pamela King, Julian Reid, Richard Rex, Miri Rubin, David Rundle, Christopher Stray, Joanna Weinberg, Magnus Williamson, and William Whyte.  A round table of Mordechai Feingold, Felicity Heal and Diarmaid MacCulloch, chaired by Keith Thomas, will bring proceedings to a close.

More details will become available over the next few months, but if you would like to make a provisional booking now, please contact Sara Watson; or, for more information about the academic aims and content of the conference, please contact John Watts.


2016 Deerhurst Lecture
St. Mary's Church, Deerhurst, Gloucestershire
September 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s lecture will commemorate the millennium of the peace-meeting at the island of Olney by Deerhurst between Kings Edmund Ironside and Cnut in the autumn of 1016 following the many battles in the course of the year. The lecture will be given by Dr. Matthew Townend of the University of York under the title "The Road to Deerhurst: 1016 in English and Norse Sources". 

Tickets will be available at the door, or please visit the website.


Three-day workshop "Code and Collation: Training Textual Scholars"
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
November 2-4, 2016 

The event is part of the DiXiT network and is hosted by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. It brings together a group of international experts from the fields of textual scholarship and computer science.

The workshop engages with the theory and practice of semi-automated collation and provides an intense training in the open source collation program CollateX. Participants will learn how to prepare source materials, how to perform semi-automated collation using CollateX, and how to inspect and modify the results; they will acquire or improve computational skills relevant to textual criticism and in particular to the production of scholarly editions.

Registration is now open and free of charge. Early registration is recommended since there are limited places available. Detailed information can be found at the website. For all questions, please contact dixitcollation@gmail.com.

On behalve of the organising committee,
Elli Bleeker
University of Antwerp
Centre for Manuscript Genetics


9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Reactions: Medieval/Modern
November 17-19, 2016

Save the Date! Registration opens at the end of the summer.

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's theme, "Reactions: Medieval/Modern," gives us space to explore the many and varied ways that people have reacted to, and acted upon, manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to today. Reactions take many forms. They include the manipulation of physical objects through, for example, the marking up of texts, addition of illustrations, the disbinding of books or rebinding of fragments, as well as the manipulation of digital objects, thanks to new technologies involved in digitization, ink and parchment analysis, virtual reconstruction, among many other processes. This symposium will also tackle how popular culture has reacted to manuscripts over time as witnessed by their use and appearance in books, games, and films. Our keynote speaker will be Michelle P. Brown, Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and former Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library.

For more information and a list of speakers, visit the website: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium9.html.



Medieval Clothing and Textiles 12, edited by Robin Netherton and Gale R. Owen-Crocker, is now available for order

The best new research on medieval clothing and textiles, drawing from a range of disciplines. 

The studies collected here range through art, artifacts, documentary text, and poetry, addressing both real and symbolic functions of dress and textiles. John Block Friedman breaks new ground with his article on clothing for pets and other animals, while Grzegorz Pac compares depictions of sacred and royal female dress and evaluates attempts to link them together. Jonathan C. Cooper describes the clothing of scholars in Scotland's three pre-Reformation universities and the effects of the Reformation upon it. Camilla Luise Dahl examines references to women's garments in probates and what they reveal about early modern fashions. Megan Cavell focuses on the treatment of textiles associated with the Holy of Holies in Old English biblical poetry. Frances Pritchard examines the iconography, heraldry, and inscriptions on a worn and repaired set of embroidered fifteenth-century orphreys to determine their origin. Finally, Thomas M. Izbicki summarizes evidence for the choice of white linen for the altar and the responsibilities of priests for keeping it clean and in good repair.


The Fitzwilliam Museum's bicentenary exhibition, COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, is now open and runs until December 30, 2016. It will be accompanied by an international conference (December 8-10).

Details about the exhibition, catalogue and conference are available at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/colour. There you'll also find links to two new electronic resources which we created to support teaching and inspire further research:

1. ILLUMINATED: Manuscripts in the Making

2. Under the Covers


10-Week Graduate Seminar: Gender, Bodies, and the Body Politic in Medieval Europe

Thursdays, September 29 - December 8 (Thanksgiving excluded), 2 to 5 pm 
Led by Tanya Stabler Miller, Loyola University Chicago 

A couple of spaces have opened up in our fall 2016 seminar, so we are again accepting applications to participate. 

Application deadline: September 1 
Details and online application: http://www.newberry.org/09292016-gender-bodies-and-body-politic-medieval-europe 


Scriptorium no. 9 is now available, published by the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina.


Les Enluminures is pleased to announce its Blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts. We are known for our complete scholarly descriptions of all the manuscripts on our text manuscripts site (www.textmanuscripts.com), but often we have even more to say, and our new blog gives us a place to say it.  We explore what these books can tell us about who made them and used them.  We delve into their fascinating and unusual contents.  Some of our discoveries are quite significant, some merely amusing, and some bizarre.   Bring your curiosity; we think you'll find the posts instructive (and lots of fun).  Do you want to read about Books of Hours? Then turn to “Medieval Must-Haves,” “Reading the Hours,” and “Bringing the Past Alive.”  “Dead Men in the Margins” investigates marginal drawings, “When Coats of Arms Wore Many Hats” is a look at medieval heraldry, and “Dreaming the Middle Ages,” the nineteenth-century neo-Gothic.  Manuscripts intersect with modern enjoyment (“Beer is made by men, wine by God” reveals some medieval wine regulations that might surprise you) and fears (“Deluge of Doom” contemplates a weather catastrophe and the panic it inspired).  Authors of the blogs include Emily Runde, Laura Light, Sandra Hindman, and Christopher de Hamel. 

Our manuscripts go to homes near and far, and we love to hear about the stories they inspire in their new homes.  Guest posts are welcome (a current post discusses an acquisition by the University of Sydney and a future one features a manuscript at the University of California at Los Angeles).  Follow our Blog on Medieval Text Manuscripts


Les Enluminures is a global business devoted to the buying and selling of medieval manuscripts.  It maintains locations in New York, Paris, and Chicago, and representation as well in Boston and London.


EXHIBIT: A Medieval Medley: Celebrating 25 Years of Les Enluminures
On View: June 2 -- Sept. 10, 2016

Over the past 25 years, Les Enluminures has worked with some of the masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art. The gallery’s collection spans over 500 years mostly from Western Europe and ranges from finely illuminated Books of Hours to dazzling rings and captivating miniatures. Highlights will include a manuscript by the Venetian illuminator Cristoforo Cortese, long separated from its other portion in the Houghton Library at Harvard University, and a colorful Spanish sculpture of St. Jerome perhaps modelled after a portrait of a Spanish ecclesiastic. We look forward to welcoming you to our New York gallery as we celebrate this very special anniversary.

For more information please visit the Les Enluminures website.


EXHIBIT: Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books
On View: Sept. 22, 2016 -- Jan. 16, 2017

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is excited to announce the Beyond Words: Italian Renaissance Books exhibit that will be on display this fall!!  The exhibition will showcase Boston’s hidden Renaissance transcripts.


SISMEL Training Course
Sept 26-Oct 1, 2016

SISMEL announces its third training course on manuscripts and cataloguing, in collaboration with the National Central Library of Florence. Read more. 


The catalogue of the Greek manuscripts in the Codex Bodmer collection (to be distinguished from the Papyrus Bodmer), has been just published.

This catalogue provides a detailed description of the 10 codex of this collection, besides a few fragments, according to the cataloguing methodology already used for the catalogue of the Greek manuscripts in the Burgerbibliothek Bern (published in 2008).


The Project Team: Writing Culture in Southern German Women's Convents

'Writing Culture in Southern German Women's Convents' was the focus of a project funded from September 2008 until May 2012 by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of its action plan on 'Libraries and Archives in Cooperation with Research'. This programmatic new approach made possible the cataloguing, digitisation and academic study of medieval manuscripts and early printed books as well as of pragmatic documents and archival records from five selected southern German women's convents.

Jointly organised by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich and the Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv, the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster / Heinrich-Heine-Universität in Düsseldorf, the project studied the medieval books of these Bavarian convents and their archival holdings (until 1550) and now presents them embedded in their historical context. The manuscripts, archival records and incunables created or formerly owned by the Dominican sisters of Altenhohenau, the Bridgettines of Altomünster, the Poor Clares (St. Jakob am Anger) and Franciscan Tertiaries (Pütrichhaus) of Munich and the Benedictines of Neuburg an der Donau allowed systematic insights into the convent libraries, economic management and the particular roles of office holders. More broadly the project offered new perspectives on the education, internal organisation and the self-conception of these religious communities.

After the dissolution of these houses the historical records were divided up and as a result, books and documents are today preserved in libraries as well as in archives. It was therefore crucial to bring them back together under an overall perspective. Through a synthesis of the source material, the rich heritage of these often highly-educated women and their engagement with literature can be assessed and presented in an unprecedented way, within the wider context of these politically and economically influential communities.

When the project expired, the project partner provided in-house effort for the publication of the results. The documents have been recently made accessible online as well as in a printed catalogue.

A thematic research archive hosted by the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online offers introductory texts and an overview of the mediaeval holdings,structured by subject groups based on mediaeval ways of organising libraries and knowledge, to allow comparisons, despite the different quantity of sourcematerial from each convent. Links provide direct access to the digitised manuscripts, early printed books, documents and archival records. Manuscript descriptions are available online.

The printed catalogue contains introductory material and detailed descriptions of the manuscripts from two of the convents as well as an overview of the printed material:
Katalog der lateinischen Handschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Die Handschriften aus den Klöstern Altenhohenau und Altomünster: Clm 2901-2966 sowie Streubestände gleicher Provenienz, Anja Freckmann, Juliane Trede and Elisabeth Wunderle, eds, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2016.

Melanie Hömberg's study of the economic practices of the female communities, 'Economic Book Keeping in Context', is available on the homepage through a link. Almut Breitenbach's publications are listed in the bibliography.


California Rare Book School--Upcoming Lectures and Summer Courses

Please visit the website for more information about the upcoming lectures.

If you are interested in the summer courses beginning in August, please send in an application today.


Medieval Institute Publications July Newsletter Online


Marco Institute Newsletter

The June 2016 Marco Institute newsletter is now available.


Manuscripts on My Mind Newsletter Announcement from Dr. Susan L'Engle

This extra newsletter snippet is to supplement the May 2016 issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, from which a few items were mistakenly omitted and other newsworthy information appeared shortly after it was circulated. Let me take this opportunity to make a request: if you have submitted news and information to me previous to my emails soliciting contributions, please remind me of this or re-submit when the soliciting email circulates. This will keep me on track in case I have mislaid your original message through disorganization or a mental lapse.

Please note some new publications:

Just out, the second volume of Autografi di italiani illustri - Autographs of Learned Italian Men, edited by Giovanna Murano:

Autographa I.2—Giuristi, giudici e notai (sec. XII-XV), a cura di Giovanna Murano. Introduzione di Andrea Padovani. Schede a cura di A. Bartocci, E. Cortese, S. Gavinelli, M. Giansante, E. Giazzi, L. Loschiavo, G. Mazzanti, M. Mordini, G. Morelli, G. Murano, A. Padovani, T. Woelki, (Imola, La Mandragora, 2016). ISBN 9788875864781

Another recent publication by Giovanna is dedicated to the memory of Frank Soetermeer: Giovanna Murano, “Excerpta fideliter ab eius originalibus. La raccolta di consiliae quaestiones di Dino del Mugello († 1298),” La Bibliofilia 118 (2016): 3–29

Michael Johnston and Michael Van Dussen inform the manuscript community of a new publication that should be of great interest to all: The Medieval Manuscript Book: Cultural Approaches, ed. Michael Johnston and Michael Van Dussen (Cambridge and New York, 2015). A description of this collection:

“Traditional scholarship on manuscripts has tended to focus on issues concerning their production and has shown comparatively little interest in the cultural contexts of the manuscript book. The Medieval Manuscript Book redresses this by focusing on aspects of the medieval book in its cultural situations. Written by experts in the study of the handmade book before print, this volume combines bibliographical expertise with broader insights into the theory and praxis of manuscript study in areas from bibliography to social context, linguistics to location, and archaeology to conservation. The focus of the contributions ranges widely, from authorship to miscellaneity, and from vernacularity to digital facsimiles of manuscripts. Taken as a whole, these essays make the case that to understand the manuscript book it must be analyzed in all its cultural complexity, from production to transmission to its continued adaptation.”

The essays comprise:

1. Michael Johnston and Michael Van Dussen, “Introduction: manuscripts and cultural history”

2. Seth Lerer, “Bibliographical theory and the textuality of the codex: towards a history of the pre-modern book”

3. Stephen G. Nichols, “What is a manuscript culture? Technologies of the manuscript matrix”

4. Erik Kwakkel, “Decoding the material book: cultural residue in medieval manuscripts”

5. Jeffrey Todd Knight, “Organizing manuscript and print: from Compilatio to compilation”

6. Siân Echard, “Containing the book: the institutional afterlives of medieval manuscripts”

7. Martin K. Foys, “Medieval manuscripts: media archaeology and the digital incunable”

8. Pascale Bourgain, “The circulation of texts in manuscript culture”

9. Lucie Doležalová, “Multilingualism and late medieval manuscript culture”

10. Arthur Bahr, “Miscellaneity and variance in the medieval book”

11. Andrew Taylor, “Vernacular authorship and the control of manuscript production”

12. Keith Busby and Christopher Kleinhenz, “Medieval French and Italian literature: towards a manuscript history”

13. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, “Afterword: social history of the book and beyond”

Please contact Michael Johnston or Michael Van Dussen with any questions about the volume.

Given the central role that law and fashion play in our lives, it is no surprise that they have an impact on one another. Over the centuries, jurists have visually demonstrated their expertise through fashion, and law has served to circumscribe how fashion has been created, distributed, and consumed. The exhibit was curated by HLS research library staff Mindy Kent, Meg Kribble, and Carli Spina (now of Boston College). It is on view in the Caspersen Room, fourth floor of Langdell Hall, daily 9 to 5 through August 12, 2016. If you are in the Boston area, we hope you will come by to see the exhibit. If a visit to Cambridge is not in your plans, please visit the online exhibit.


Medieval Academy Newsletter

News items for the month of June can be read on the MAA blog.


Three 8-9th C. Irish manuscripts have recently been digitised and the images provided free online. The work is part of the Early Irish Manuscripts Project at Trinity College Dublin. 

At the end of the first paragraph in each of the following descriptive webpages, there is a link to the digitized manuscript images:

1.   Garland of Howth (TCD MS 56):

2.   Book of Mulling (TCD MS 60): 

3.   Book of Dimma (TCD MS 59):

The Early Irish MS Project is currently digitising the Codex Usserianus Primus (TCD MS 55). You can read more about that here.


Now available: Colleen E. Donnelly, The Marys of Medieval Drama. The Middle English Digby and N-town in Translation (Sidestone, June 2016). 

Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary continue to intrigue and fascinate us to this day. Their appearances in the Bible are brief, piquing our curiosity and compelling speculation about the unknown years of their lives. This volume contains modern translations of plays performed during the late Middle Ages in England about the lives of the Virign Mary and Mary. These plays provide a link between canonical Scripture, apocryphal and gnostic materials from the first centuries of Christianity that survived secreted or in oral tradition, legendary materials that developed over the ensuing centuries, and contemporary medieval religious belief and practices.

Materials from the N-Town Mary and other plays contain episodes about the childhoold of the Virgin, her betrothal and marriage to Joseph, and her time after the death of Christ. The Digby Mary Magdalene begins with an account of the death of Mary Magdalene’s father’s death, her subsequent fall into promiscuity, her redemption, her jouney to convert Marseille and thus christianize France, her later years as a hermit and her death. These plays illustrate one way in which Biblical materials were available to lay people before the printing of the Bible. Reading these plays of the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene from the late Middle Ages increases our understanding of the history of the Marian and Magdalene traditions practiced in earlier centuries, as well as our understanding of what these women have come to represent today, shedding light on how their images have shaped the roles for women in the Church.


Now available: Stephen Harris, Bede and Aethelthryth: An Introduction to Christian Latin Poetics (West Virginia University Press, April 2016). Bede and Aethelthryth asks why Christians in Britain around the year 700 enjoyed Latin poetry. What did they see in it? What did they get from it? This book attempts to reconstruct the horizon of expectation of a highly learned, Latin-speaking nun as she encounters a fifty-line poem by the Venerable Bede, the Hymn to AethelthrythRead more on the publisher's website. 


Now available as volume 51 of the Anglia Book Series is The Old English Gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels: Language, Author and Context (ed. Julia Fernández Cuesta and Sara M. Pons-Sanz). It is a multifaceted collection of articles on the interlinear gloss to the Lindisfarne Gospels by leading experts in their fields, namely Christine Bolze, Stewart Brookes, Michelle P. Brown, Paul Cavill, Marcelle Cole, Julia Fernández Cuesta, Luisa García García, Karen Jolly, Tadashi Kotake, Mª Nieves Rodríguez Ledesma, Patrizia Lendinara, Robert McColl Millar, Sara M. Pons-Sanz, Jane Roberts, Philip G. Rusche and George Walkden (for details, see the List of Contents). For members of ISAS, De Gruyter offers a 20% discount. 

For more on the Anglia /Anglia Book Series, see:


The Digital Vatican Library has a new interface


Manuscripts on my Mind (MOMM), published by St. Louis University, is now available online.

The high-resolution version of the May 2016 issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, no. 18, is now available for your perusal on the SLU website


New Issue of SEQUITUR Available Online

The editorial board of SEQUITUR, the Boston University History of Art & Architecture graduate student online journal, is delighted to announce the official publication of Volume 2, Issue 2, available now. This installment of SEQUITUR is entitled "LOL," and it explores crossovers between the realms of the creative and the comedic in a variety of ways. Our contributors, who consist of students of fine arts as well as students of the history of art and architecture, explore a range of topics from the random amusements of internet culture to the grotesque humor of fifteenth and sixteenth-century print culture. This issue includes two featured essays, four exhibition reviews, a reflection on "Serious Fun," the 2016 Boston University Graduate Student Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture, and two visual essays.

We invite you to take a few moments during this busy time of the semester to look through the current issue of SEQUITUR. We welcome any feedback you have and encourage you to forward this email to anyone you feel might be interested. We especially welcome your contemplation and your laughter!


Medieval Academy Newsletter

News items can be read on the MAA blog.


Medieval Institute Publications May Newsletter Online


Second Beta Version of the Digital Vercelli Book Now Available

Full announcement here:http://vbd.humnet.unipi.it/?p=2067.

The new URL is http://vbd.humnet.unipi.it/beta2/
Visit this page to start with The Dream of the Rood.

There are many new items to check in this version: *all of the
manuscript images* are now online, *four more texts* were added to the
edition (Homilies I, II and III, and the Soul and Body poem), there now
is a *search engine*, complete with a virtual keyboard for special Old
English characters, and several other improvements to the whole edition.

Any comments, suggestions or bug reports will be more than welcome.


New Themed Issue in Internet Archaeology on Romano-British Pottery in the Fifth Century 
edited by James Gerrard

The articles in this issue offer important new insights into the use of Roman pottery during the 5th century, addressing themes such as
 - Was 'Romano-British' pottery produced during the 5th century? 

 - If 'Romano-British-pottery' was produced during the 5th century how can its production be demonstrated? 

 - Was 'Romano-British' pottery used during the 5th century? If it was, then were the vessels carefully curated heirlooms or fragmentary sherds imbued with some social significance?

This issue strikes at the heart of our perceptions of the ‘end’ of Roman Britain and provide a single location where current thinking is brought together. This open access publication was generously funded by the Marc Fitch Fund and CIAS at Newcastle University.


Introduction. Romano-British Pottery in the Fifth Century by James Gerrard

Fifth Century Pottery in Devon and North East Cornwall by Paul Bidwell

Two Important Stamp Motifs in Roman Britain and Thereafter by Diana C. Briscoe

Ceramic Imports to Britain and the Atlantic Seaboard in the Fifth Century and Beyond by Maria Duggan

Defining Fifth-century Ceramics in North Hertfordshire by Keith J. Fitzpatrick-Matthews

The Black Burnished Type 18 Bowl and the Fifth Century by James Gerrard

Odd Goings-on at Mucking: interpreting the latest Romano-British pottery horizon by Sam Lucy

The end of Roman Pottery Production in Southern Britain by Malcolm Lyne

Coinage and Collapse? The contribution of numismatic data to understanding the end of Roman Britain by Philippa Walton and Sam Moorhead


Facsimile of Moore Bede Released

ISAS colleagues will be pleased to know that Cambridge University Library has released a full digital facsimile of the Moore Bede (CUL Kk.5.16) which is — almost certainly — the earliest copy of Bede's Historia Ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum made not so very long after Bede's death in 735. 

The direct link to the facsimile is here: http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-KK-00005-00016/1 


Lambeth Palace Library Greek MS Descriptive Catalogue is now freely accessible online:



Journal Issue Online

The open access version of the medieval journal published by the French School in Rome (Mélanges de l’École française de Rome. Moyen Âge, 128.1, 2016), that is mainly dedicated to „The Rise of Humanist Rhetoric : Networks, Models and Vectors“, is now available online : http://mefrm.revues.org/


Digitization project: Codex Eyckensis and a 10th century Gospel Book digitized by the Museums Department of Maaseik in Belgium
Press Release: Codex Eyckensis


The Sciola Grant for Research in Italy

Sponsored by the Diana M. Sciola Endowment for Excellence to support research on Catholic Tradition and Italian Artistic Culture

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) invites those undergraduates and graduate students in all Arts and Letters disciplines whose research interests address the impact of Catholic traditions upon Italian artistic culture to submit proposals to the Sciola Grant Program.  In order to be eligible for funding, research must take place in Italy. The Sciola Family Endowment supports projects that study the various ways in which the Catholic tradition has influenced the visual arts, theatre, architecture, fashion, music, cinema, literature, design, culinary arts and photography throughout the ages. 

A double-spaced, 3-page proposal, budget, and a letter of recommendation are required of both undergraduates and graduates. Proposals should make clear the connection between Catholic tradition and the artistic expression under study.

For details concerning the submission of applications as well as post-grant requirements, see UROP Proposal Requirements for Academic Year & Summer Submissions. Undergraduates must upload their application materials to UrApply  (including health form and parental consent); graduate students should email their completed applications, along with a Sciola Grant Proposal Cover Sheet, to Therese Blacketor

See Grant Post-Award Requirements for the required final report guidelines.

Maximum award $2,500. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.


Loveden Hill Urn 3D model now online

Colleagues with research and teaching interests in early Old English, runeology, material culture, archaeology, or digital humanities, may be interested in a small project on the Loveden Hill cremation urn which has just been completed by colleagues in Leicester and Nottingham (Martin Findell), with Dominic Powlesland (The Landscape Research Centre) and the generous support of the Trustees of the British Museum and the Museum's Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory. 

Using digital photogrammetry, Dominic has created a dynamic 3D model of this 6th C cremation urn, which carries one of the earliest examples of written Old English, in runic script. The module is hosted on the British Museum's Sketchfab site and is free and accessible to all. You can view it at 3 resolutions, (LD, SD, HD – low, standard, high), and the files are small enough for you to view it in HD on your mobile phone (something to impress even your high-tech students). Annotations have been provided, but you can switch these off using the tools in the lower right hand corner of the screen.

The short URL to the site is here: https://skfb.ly/IYCq 

The model allows you to rotate the pot, as if you were holding it – which is what you need to do to read the inscription, and – indeed – to have written it in the first place. The model should therefore enable a more sophisticated contextual analysis of the inscription than hitherto possible, alongside the linguistic and graphic analysis of the runes (indeed, this will form part of Martin Findell's forthcoming book, arising from his Impact of Diasporas project). The potential of this type of technology for creating and sharing research and teaching tools is plain to see.   

Dominic, Martin and I have written a blog for those of you interested in the methods used to create the model, and for more information about the pot and the inscription. This can be found on the LRC website: http://www.landscaperesearchcentre.org/wp/?p=92 . Here you can also download two PDF files. These contain scaleable, dynamic versions of the model, so that you can measure it, create cross sections, and use the model off-line.


Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources now freely available online

The project is delighted to announce that the text of the DMLBS has been made available under license to the Logeion project hosted by the University of Chicago and is now accessible via the Logeion interface at http://logeion.uchicago.edu/.

The Logeion interface, which does not require a subscription of any kind, allows searching of all its many dictionaries by headword. (More advanced forms of searching across the DMLBS text are available via the subscription-based Brepolis.net platform.) We very much hope that this new way of accessing the dictionary will be appreciated by medieval scholars across the world. We would, of course, encourage users nevertheless to buy a copy of the printed dictionary as well!


Newberry Library French Renaissance Paleography Project now online. 

A self-help tool that provides integrated access to an archive of historically significant, visually captivating manuscripts held in the collection of the Newberry Library and other North American repositories. Via interactive maps, faceted browsing, and keyword searches, users can explore more than 100 French manuscript documents written between 1300 and 1700, page through a dozen historical calligraphy books, view a half-dozen historical maps, practice transcribing the documents, and more. 



British Library Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Digitisation Master List (1429 items) now online : http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/files/bl-amem-digitised-manuscripts-master-list.pdf


St. Stephen's Project

Ever wondered how a medieval palace chapel was built? St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster (constructed 1292-1363) was one of the most influential buildings of its age, and extensive records of its creation survive in the National Archives, London. From 21st November 2015, we will be using Twitter to post a live feed of a whole year of the chapel's building accounts (1323-24) in real time. It will be updated twice weekly, showing details of materials, workmen and techniques which give a unique glimpse into the world of medieval building.

Follow us at https://twitter.com/SSC_Live.

This Twitter feed forms part of the Virtual St Stephen's Project based at the University of York, a facet of the wider AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project St Stephen's Chapel, Westminster: Visual & Political Culture 1292-1941. The accounts we are using are being transcribed and translated for publication as a critical edition by Dr Maureen Jurkowski and Prof. Tim Ayers. This project is generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust.



Yours sincerely,
The Virtual St Stephen's Team
The University of York

Partner institutions:
Arts & Humanities Research Council
Houses of Parliament
The Institute of Historical Research
The History of Parliament


The Utrecht Psalter Online



The Gothic Ivories Project, the Courtauld Institute

The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame has recently contributed works to the collection of Gothic ivories assembled by the Courtauld Institute.

The entire project can be viewed here: Gothic Ivories Project, Courtauld

The Snite’s contributions can be viewed here: Snite Gothic Ivories


Calendar of Saints in Byzantine Manuscripts and Frescoes

The Index of Christian Art, Princeton University

This is a new resource taken from the work of Lois Drewer, published posthumously.  For more information, see the project’s website.


The British Library: Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

The British Library has put many of its online manuscript images into the public domain.

Welcome to the Digital Catalogue