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 Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully. 


Fragmentarium Fellowship 2016
Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen

Deadline: February 28th, 2016

The grant will allow a scholar (postdoctoral candidate) to spend a period of minimum two to three months in St. Gallen, with the goal of carrying out a case study on the biblical fragments preserved at the Stiftsbibliothek St. Gallen.

Fragmentarium Fellowship details


Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies
American School of Classical Studies at Athens
Deadline: March 1, 2016

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens seeks an established scholar with extensive experience in Greece for the position of the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Classical Studies.

Position description - Mellon Professor (ASCSA)


ARCS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Competition 
The submission deadline for applications is March 20, 2016.

ARCS Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Flyer


ARCS Residential Fellowship for Southeast European Scholars
The submission deadline for applications is March 20, 2016

ARCS Residential Fellowship - Flyer


Merton College, Oxford -- Stipendiary Lecturer in English

Application deadline January 20, 2016.


Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Application deadline February 1, 2016

Toronto Postdoc Fellowships - Application Information


Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies

Information for Applicants
The CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Medieval Studies is an expansion of the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Academic Libraries. These five, fully-funded fellowships will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for Medieval Studies. Through this program, CLIR seeks to raise awareness and build capacity for sound data management practice throughout the academy.

Each fellowship is a two-year appointment, with a commensurate salary, plus benefits, and a yearly travel and research stipend.

Who May Apply
Recent Ph.D.s from any discipline with relevant expertise in Medieval Studies are encouraged to apply, so long as they meet the eligibility criteria for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Fellows for 2016-2018 will be placed at the following research institutions in the United States:
Columbia University
Library of Congress -  Preservation Research and Testing Division (PRTD)
North Carolina State University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Questions about the application process or the program should be directed to postdoc@clir.org.


Visiting Fellowships at Oxford

Medievalists wishing to work on materials in Oxford libraries might be interested in these advertisements for Visiting Fellowships in Oxford:


Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship

Awarded by the Fulda Faculty of Theology Promotion Society

The philosopher and medievalist Gangolf Schrimpf (1935-2001) set up the research project Bibliotheca Fuldensis in 1981. His aim was to foster investigation into the medieval library of the monastery of Fulda, dispersed during the Thirty Years’ War. Since the project took off, the Fulda Faculty of Theology Promotion Society (Förderkreis der Theologischen Fakultät Fulda) has facilitated a collection of high quality reproductions featuring extant manuscripts and major fragments.

The Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship will be awarded to a junior or senior scholar with a well-defined research project within the field of medieval studies (e.g. History, Theology, Philosophy, Literature – preferably considering Fulda manuscripts) who wants to spend at least one month, and up to three months, at the Institute Bibliotheca Fuldensis, at any time during the year 2016 (preferably from April to May or from October to February). The fellowship is non-stipendiary. Applicants must hold an academic degree and have their own financial resources.

Fellows will receive the following benefits:

  • a working place in the Library of the Episcopal Seminary (Main Library of the Fulda Faculty of Theology) or in the Institute Bibliotheca Fuldensis
  • the possibility to attend lectures, classes, seminars, and, if applicable, congresses at the Fulda Faculty of Theology
  • the possibility to publish an article on their research done at Fulda 
  • the opportunity to cooperate in teaching (if possible)
  • the possibility to attend the meetings of the Bibliotheca Fuldensis  working group

The Fellow may choose between free ccommodation and breakfast in the Episcopal Seminary of Fulda (adjacent to the Institute Bibliotheca Fuldensis  and the Fulda Faculty of Theology) for the duration of the fellowship, and a housing allowance. She or he will also receive a travel allowance.

The obligations of the Fellow are:

  • to live in Fulda or its surroundings during the whole period of the fellowship
  • to hold a public lecture on the research project
  • to submit a concise report not later than three months after the fellowship has ended.

Applications, containing a CV with a list of publications, a brief description of the research to be undertaken while at Fulda, and a letter mentioning the intended period of stay, must be received by February 29, 2016, and ought to be addressed to the

Vorsitzender des Förderkreises
der Theologischen Fakultät Fulda e.V.
Herrn Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd Willmes
Eduard-Schick-Platz 2
36037 Fulda, Germany.

(This English version is for information purposes only. The German version of the call for applications will be legally relevant.)



2016 Art History Graduate Symposium, "Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute"
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
April 1, 2016

Keynote address by Dr. Mónica Domínguez Torres, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art focusing on the Hispanic World at the University of Delaware.
Abstracts, at a maximum of 300 words, should be mailed to rutgersarthistorygradsymposium@gmail.com, along with a current CV, by February 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of our decision by the end of February 2016. Please contact the aforementioned e-mail address with any questions or concerns. 

CFP: Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute

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:



Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association Conference 
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
June 16-18, 2016

This year’s theme is “The Past, Present, and Future of Medieval and Renaissance Texts,” featuring plenary speakers Sian Echard and Adam Zucker. Proposals are due by February 15.



20th-22nd June 2016


Enrolment open for papers and sessions from 1st December 2015 until 18th March 2016
Enrolment open for attendees from 1st December 2015 until 27th May 2016



Horizontal Learning within High Medieval Religious Communities
Brussels, September 1st and 2nd, 2016

This conference will center on the medieval practices of learning within a community, understood as a body of people who practice communal living and share an understanding of what binds them together, even though this understanding is constantly being renegotiated.[...]Contributions will investigate the way in which inter-personal exchanges of knowledge between peers concretely functioned, and what this teaches us about medieval learning within the context of a community.

The organizers invite proposals for both case studies and theoretical reflections on the subject. Proposals should be submitted to horizontal.learning@UGent.be by February 1st, 2016, and should consist of a title, a 400-word abstract and a CV.

CFP: Horizontal Learning


8th Annual Medievalists @ Penn Graduate Conference: Performance
March 18, 2016

We invite abstracts for 15-­20 minute papers that explore and expand the definition of “medieval performance.” Please submit abstracts as attachments to pennmedieval@gmail.com by February 15, 2016​. Submissions should include yourname, paper title, email, and institutional and departmental affiliation. The deadline for full paper submission, not to exceed 10 pages, is March 6, 2016​. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at pennmedieval@gmail.com.

CFP: Medieval Performance



"From Oikonomia to Occupy: Intersections of the Religious and Economic"
Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
April 21 & 22, 2016

With Keynote Lectures by:
Professor Daniel Vaca, Brown University 
Professor Simon Colemon, University of Toronto

We are extending the deadline for this year’s Graduate Student Symposium. The aim of the symposium is to address the intersection of religions and economies, and to explore the ways in which the religious and the economic overlap and co-constitute social and political worlds. The attached call for papers has more details about the symposium. Please submit a 150-200 word abstract before January 29th to be considered. Further questions can be directed to 2016symposium@gmail.com.

CFP: Religion and economy



Beyond Borders: Mutual Imaginings of Europe and the Middle East (800-1700)
Barnard College's 25th Biannual Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Recent scholarship is challenging the stark border between Europe and the Middle East during the long period between 800-1700.  Rather than thinking of these areas in isolation, scholars are revealing the depth of their mutual influence. Trade, war, migration, and scholarly exchange connected Europe and the Middle East in ways both cooperative and adversarial. The distant world was not only an object of aggression, but also, inextricably, of fantasy and longing. Jewish, Muslim, and Christian thinkers looked to each other to understand their own cultural histories and to imagine their futures.  Bringing together art historians, literary scholars, historians, scholars of the history of science, and scholars of religious thought, this interdisciplinary conference will explore the real and imaginary cultural interchanges between Europe and the Middle East during their formative periods. The conference will feature plenary lectures by Professors Nancy Bisaha of Vassar College, and Nabil Matar of the University of Minnesota.

This conference is being organized by Professors Rachel Eisendrath, Najam Haider, and Laurie Postlewate of Barnard College.

Please send an abstract (with title) of approximately 200 words and CV to lpostlew@barnard.edu. Presentations should be 20 minutes. Deadline: April 10, 2016.


"Marian Iconography East and West"
The Tenth International Conference of Iconographic Studies
June 2-4, 2016
University of Rijeka, Croatia

CFP - "Marian Iconography"


"The Ouroboros Effect"
Graduate Student Conference
April 22nd-23rd, 2016
Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley

The department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley will be hosting a graduate student conference, on April 22nd-23rd, 2016, entitled "The Ouroboros Effect."  We are pleased to welcome Professor Stathis Gourgouris of Columbia University as our keynote lecturer.  

Our topic was inspired by the platonic concept of the universe as a serpent consuming its own tail, and submissions both academic and creative, concerning anything related to cyclicality, regeneration, solipsism (etc) will be quite welcome.  The submission deadline will be January 29th, 2016.  Please send all submissions to ucbouroboros@gmail.com.

For further details, see the CFP below, or our conference website at https://ouroboroseffect.wordpress.com/

Ouroboros CFP


"Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute"
Graduate Symposium
April 1, 2016
The Alexander Library in Rutgers University

The Art History Graduate Student Organization of Rutgers University invites you to please distribute the attached call for papers to any and all graduate students in the fields of the history of art, architecture, and archeology, as well as material and visual culture. Our 2016 graduate symposium, "Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute", will take place on April 1, 2016, at the Alexander Library in Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ, a short distance from New York, Newark, and Philadelphia. It will feature a keynote address by Dr. Mónica Domínguez Torres, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Baroque Art focusing on the Hispanic World at the University of Delaware. We ask that all abstracts, at a maximum of 300 words, be mailed to rutgersarthistorygradsymposium@gmail.com, along with a current CV, by February 10, 2016. Applicants will be notified of our decision by the end of February 2016. Please contact the aforementioned e-mail address with any questions or concerns.

Rutgers Flyer


WORDS - Medieval Textuality and its Material Display
Paris, June 30th - July 2nd 2016

Keynote Speakers: 
Eric Palazzo (Université de Poitiers)
Geoffrey Koziol (University of California, Berkeley)

For its 13th Annual Symposium to be held in Paris, the International Medieval Society invites abstracts on the theme of Words in the Middle Ages. The digital humanities, while altering the landscape of Medieval Studies as a whole, have most importantly overhauled the concept, appearance, and analysis of words and texts. Between the increasing use of paperless media forms and the rise in the number of digital collections, medievalists are seeking to adapt to these new means of producing knowledge about the Middle Ages. At the same time, scholars in this field are also trying to outline the methodological and historical issues that affect the study of words, which now simultaneously exist in the form of primary sources, codices, rolls, charters and inscriptions, digitally reproduced images, and the statistical and lexicographical data made possible by storage platforms and analytical tools.

In parallel with the digital humanities, the 13th Annual IMS Symposium on WORDS aims to return to words themselves and to probe the intellectual, technical and aesthetic principles that underpin their use and social function in medieval graphical practices. By analysing the material and symbolic properties of a particular medium; the conditions in which texts become signs; and scribal expertise, this symposium will address questions that initially seem simple yet which define the very foundations of medieval written culture. What is a word? What are its components? How does it appear in a given medium? What is the relationship between word and text, word and letter, word and medium, word and reader? In a Middle Ages forever torn between economic and extravagant language, what is the status of the word and what kind of elements – visual or acoustic, linguistic or extralinguistic – does it contain?

This IMS Symposium will thus explore (but is not limited to) four broad themes with a particular focus on medieval France, Francia and post-Roman Gaul:

1)    Words and wording: medieval discourse on texts and writing; texts that reflect upon the act of writing (the poetic arts, prologues, colophons and signatures); the relationship between the writer (scribe, copyist, notary, stonecutter) and words, between copy and creation.

2)    Words in and of themselves: the word between alphabetical symbol/grapheme and other symbols; images and sounds of words (nomina sacra, punctuation, poetic features); musical notation (naming/interpretation of neumes, litterae significativae); variations of meaning e.g. between mots and paroles; hierarchies of writing and of content.

3)    Words and matter: the word and its format; the concept of the pagina, its definition, margins and limits, from manuscripts to inscriptions; the material turn and palaeography; writing and object, from book to amulet; the word beyond the text (images, heraldry, emblems, numismatics); impressions and the first printed texts, beyond the act of writing.

4)    Beyond words: content-less words (pseudo-writing, pseudo-alphabets, pseudo-texts); word, name and identity; etymologies; word games and wordplay; the middle-ground between word and text (calligrams, anagrams, epigrams); the relationship between words and music (verse, prose etc. as expressed in melodies).

Through these broad themes, we aim to encourage the participation of researchers with varying backgrounds and fields of expertise: historians, specialists in the auxiliary sciences (palaeographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists) art historians, musicologists, philologists, literary specialists...By bringing together a wide variety of papers that both survey and explore this field, the IMS Symposium intends to bring a fresh perspective to the word in medieval culture.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com by 30th January 2016. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment that you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis. The selection committee will email applicants in February to notify them of its decision. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organisation that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and past symposia programmes, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org.

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:
The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract/proposal
2) an outline of a current research project (PhD. dissertation research)
3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.


43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies (14-15 October 2016)
Proposals due by March 15, 2016

Paper or session proposals are invited for the 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, organized by the Vatican Film Library and to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 14–15 October 2016. The guest speaker will be Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University), speaking on "Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books."

Proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Papers are twenty minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. Submissions of papers may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed. Submissions of original session themes are welcome from those who wish to be organizers.


Patterns of Exchange: Manifestations of Cross-Cultural Practice and Production in Medieval and Renaissance Hebrew Manuscripts

Every year we try to have a panel that parallels the topic explored by the keynote speaker. To complement Madeline Caviness’s “Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books,” we welcome papers that will explore/discuss medieval and Renaissance Hebrew manuscripts that reflect cultural interactions between Christian and Jewish communities in diverse geographical locations.

Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps

This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions. They could constitute itineraries, guidebooks, narratives, surveys, chorographies, or practical maps such as city plans, local maps, or portolan charts. We invite papers that examine any of these aspects of manuscripts associated with travel, with particular attention to their production, illustration and decoration, use, transmission, or preservation.

Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners

The names of famous manuscripts come quickly to mind, especially because of their association with wealthy and celebrated figures: the Bedford Hours; the Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry; the Bible of Borso d’Este, for example. Less well-known are their subsequent owners, who may have been equally notable but have been eclipsed by the aura surrounding the first. This panel seeks papers that examine the cumulative ownership history of extraordinary manuscripts, before they entered their present holding institutions.

Open Panel

Here is your chance to propose and assemble, or propose and contribute to a panel that speaks to a manuscript theme that you have long been wishing to see explored, or investigated from a particular standpoint. We are open to proposals on all manuscript genres, from any geographical locale, on all aspects of manuscript study: transmission and reception, codicology, local practices of production, collecting, library history, cultural influence, and scholarly use.

Please submit a paper or session title and an abstract of not more than 200 words by 15 March 2016 via our online submission form. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions. For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate Sr for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or vfl@slu.edu . Conference information is posted at http://lib.slu.edu/special-collections/programs/conference.


Sixth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society
23-24 March 2016
The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. , USA
Proposal Deadline: 23 February 2016

CFP - Religion & Spirituality


Equinoxes, the annual graduate student conference of the Brown University Department of French Studies. This year’s conference will be held April 8-9, 2016. The EXTENDED deadline for submitting abstracts is January 20, 2016.

CFP - Equinoxes


Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal​

Extended Deadline: February 5, 2016


SEQUITUR, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related fields to submit content for the Spring 2016 issue, titled LOL. This issue’s theme is humor, play and amusement and we are seeking submissions that explore the ways in which art, architecture and the built environment reflect and provoke these notions. In many ways creativity lies at the core of the fun and funny and we invite scholarship that highlights this intersection. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, the following: internet culture, toys, games, video games, memes, wordplay, satire, parody, modes of mass communication, design, the performative, structures and environments used for play and/or entertainment.

We encourage submissions that take advantage of the online format of the journal. 

Please visit www.bu.edu/sequitur/submissions/cfp/ for more information and for full submission guidelines. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEQUITUR editors at sequitur@bu.edu



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



Timothy B. Noone Lecture
"St. Bonaventure on Education, Philosophy, and the Sciences"
Thursday, February 4, 4:30pm
Classics 110, Lumen Christi Institute

This lecture will situate Bonaventure's thought on education, philosophy, and the sciences into the context of the thirteenth century's controversies regarding the place of philosophy in the universities and human life generally.  While Bonaventure accepts the essential and irreplaceable role of philosophy and science in the progress of human knowledge and endorses the claim that they both perfect the human intellect, he insists that science and philosophy are in a hierarchy of knowledge that transcends them, culminating in the study of Sacred Scripture, theology, and mystical vision.



Manuscript as Medium
March 5-6, 2016
Fordham University Lincoln Center




Rome: Beyond the Discourse of Renewal
Annual Marco Spring Symposium
March 4-5, 2016
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The list of speakers is included below. For now, I wish to direct your attention to a special opportunity for graduate students from other institutions who may apply to receive reimbursement for up to $400 in travel expenses incurred to attend the symposium. The number of awards is limited, and the application process is outlined below.

Travel subsidies for graduate students: Travel stipends of up to $400 are available for graduate students who apply in advance,and reimbursements will cover some of the travel costs incurred while attending the symposium.  To apply, send a one-page proposal outlining the academic interests pertinent to the symposium and also include a preliminary budget together with acurriculum vitae.  Applications are due on January 29, 2016, and should be sent to Gregor Kalas (gkalas@utk.edu).

Schedule of Events:

Friday, March 4

*All talks except for the keynote address will take place in the Great Room on the lower level of the International House on the University of Tennessee Campus, 1623 Melrose Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee.

9:30-11:00 AM

  • Erik Thunø (Rutgers University), "Rome after Antiquity: New Conceptions of Time and Place"
  • Dennis Trout (University of Missouri), "Honorius I, the Church of S. Agnese, and the Papal Poetry of Late Ancient Rome"

11:30-1:00 PM  

  • John Osborne (Carleton University, Ottawa), “The Re-invention of Rome in the Early Middle Ages”
  • Kristina Sessa (The Ohio State University), "Rome at War: The Effects of Crisis on Church and Community in Late Antiquity"

2:30-4:00 PM             

  • Jacob Latham (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), “Adventus Romam and the Christianization of the City from Constantine to Charlemagne”
  • Luisa Nardini (University of Texas at Austin), "In the Shadow of St Peter: Images, Liturgy, and Biblical Exegesis”

5:30-7:00 PM

Keynote Address (**in Lindsay YoungAuditorium, First Floor, Hodges Library**)
Kate Cooper (University of Manchester)
"City of Martyrs: Rome at the End of Antiquity”


Saturday, March 5 


  • Dale Kinney (Bryn Mawr College), "Beyond Renewal is the Reform: Art in the Twelfth Century"
  • William North (Carleton College), “Making the Word Flesh: Exegesis, Clerical Culture and the Making of a Discursive Community in Gregorian Rome”

1:30-3:00 PM

  •  Jessica Maier (Mount Holyoke College), “Taking New Measurements: Mapping Early Modern Rome”
  • Laurie Nussdorfer (Wesleyan University), “Early Modern Rome: City of Men”

3:15-4:30 PM 

Conclusions: Roundtable Discussion


22nd Annual ACMRS Conference
Interdisciplinary Conference in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Thursday, February 4, 2016 to Saturday, February 6, 2016

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, 4415 E Paradise Village Pkwy S, Phoenix, AZ 85032


The Promise of the Vatican Library
May 8-10, 2016
University of Notre Dame





Jointly sponsored by the University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Library.

Includes sessions on the Christian east, graphic arts, Greek and Byzantine manuscripts, the history of science, Latin manuscripts, Latin philosophy and theology, music, numismatics, Renaissance humanism and philosophy, and the urban history of Rome. Also featuring an exhibit of materials from the Vatican Library and a concert of sacred music.

Generous support is available for junior scholars. Transportation to the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, will be available.

For additional information, please contact Chuck Lamphier at lamphier.1@nd.edu or 574-631-1728.



Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.


Marco Manuscript Workshop: Performing Texts
February 5-6, 2016
The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Eleventh Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday, February 5, and Saturday, February 6, 2016, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the workshop is organized by Professors Roy M. Liuzza (English) and Maura Lafferty (Classics). Please contact Roy Liuzza for more information.


"Accessibility in the Medieval World"
Cornell University--Medieval Studies Student Colloquium
Saturday, February 20, 2016

The graduate students of Cornell’s Medieval Studies Program are pleased to announce their twenty-sixth annual Student Colloquium, which will take place on Saturday, February 20th at the A.D. White House. This year’s colloquium will be focused around the concept of ‘accessibility,’ its connotations, and consequences in the medieval world. The Middle Ages are conventionally seen as static and hierarchical, marked by impermeability of social, geographic, and cultural boundaries. This conference seeks to foreground the dynamism and fluidity of the Middle Ages by focusing upon the points of access by which these borders were negotiated and blurred.

We very much look forward to welcoming Professor Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University, as our keynote speaker whose talk will explore how digital media enable new modes of crafting disability history. 


Sixth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society
23-24 March 2016
The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. , USA
Proposal Deadline: 23 February 2016

CFP - Religion & Spirituality


Rome and the Jubilee, 1300-2015: An International Summer Seminar
Notre Dame's Rome Global Gateway, June 9-24, 2016

Italian Studies at Notre Dame invites junior faculty and advanced graduate students to apply for the sixth annual Rome Seminar, hosted by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, which brings together 30 scholars and students from diverse fields across the globe to reflect, discuss and train on a topic related to Italian studies.

Eligibility: Junior faculty and advanced graduate students are invited to apply. Knowledge of Italian or Latin, while helpful, is not required.

Application deadline: January 15, 2016.

How to apply: instructions may be found on the application page



2016 Mellon Summer Institute in Italian Paleography at the Newberry Library 
Monday, June 27-Friday, July 15, 2016 
Application deadline: March 1
Apply online: https://www.newberry.org/06272016-2016-mellon-summer-institute-italian-paleography 

9 am to noon, Mondays through Fridays, plus three mandatory afternoon sessions (to be announced). No meeting on July 4. 

Directed by Maddalena Signorini, Università degli Studi di Roma 

This three-week institute will offer intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of handwritten Italian vernacular texts from the late medieval though the early modern periods. The instruction is intended to enable scholars in various fields of specialization to acquire the skills to work with primary sources. While the major emphasis is on paleographical skills, the course offers an introduction to materials and techniques, and considers the history of scripts within the larger historical, literary, intellectual, and social contexts of Italy. Participants receive an introduction to a wide range of types of writing and documents from literary to legal, notarial, official, ecclesiastical, business, and family documents. The course offers an overview of the system of Italian archives-public, ecclesiastical, and private. Participants also have the opportunity to work with original texts, using manuscripts and documents in the collections of the Newberry Library. 

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. 

Prerequisite: This graduate-level course is taught entirely in Italian; advanced language skills are required. 

Award: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $950; non-local participants will receive an additional $2,500 to help defray the costs of travel, housing, and food. There are no fees associated with the institute. 

Notification: We will notify all applicants by April 1 whether they have been accepted as a participant, placed on an alternate list, or declined. Invited participants will have until April 15 to confirm whether or not they will attend. 


SCRIPTO Summer School St. Gallen (Switzerland)
July 4-9, 2016

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall and the Chair for Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg organize their first Summer School Medieval Writing Culture (V to XV century), which will be held from 4 till 9 July 2016. This SCRIPTO Summer School Saint Gall (SSSS) offers an introduction in history, morphology and cultural impact of western script. Sessions will take place in Saint Gall. Guest lecturer in 2016 will be Prof. Dr. Marilena Maniaci (Università degli Studi Cassino Cassino). The number of participants is limited to 10. The application deadline is 1 March 2016. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged 475€/500CHF (Accommodation and field trip included). Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online: www.scripto.mittellatein.phil.fau.de.


SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel
June 13-17, 2016
The SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel offers an introduction to XML, TEI-P5 and application software, and provides both knowledge and skills in order to describe medieval and early modern manuscripts in TEI and MXM. Moreover, participants will be informed about the management and publication of manuscript descriptions in databases and printed catalogues. The next course will be hold from 13th to 17th June 2016 and sessions will take place in the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. The application deadline is 1st April 2016. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged €290 (accommodation included). The course is jointly organized by the Chair for Medieval and Renaissance Latin at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Prof. Dr. Michele C. Ferrari) within the SCRIPTO Graduate Program, and by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (Thorsten Schaßan, Dept. Handschriften und Sondersammlungen). Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online: www.scripto.mittellatein.phil.fau.de


MAA Grants:

MAA Dissertation Grants (deadline 15 February):
The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses.  Click here for more information.

Schallek Awards (deadline 15 February):The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses.  Click here for more information.

 MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building and Professionalization (deadline 15 February): MAA/GSC Grants will be awarded to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities among graduate student medievalists. Click here for more information.

Olivia Remie Constable Award (deadline 15 February): Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct, or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel.  Click here for more information.

Applicants for these and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.


Oxford Bibliographical Society Grants 2016

The Oxford Bibliographical Society is offering an annual series of grants to help in defraying the costs of holding conferences, exhibitions and workshops; to support small projects such as the web-publication of unpublished catalogues of manuscripts and printed books; and to provide assistance to scholars in obtaining reproductions or undertaking essential travel as part of projects whose aims are in line with those of the Oxford Bibliographical Society (www.oxbibsoc.org.uk/about).

Applications should comprise: a brief outline of the project, conference or work (no more than 200 words); its overall cost with a break-down of how the grant would be used; the name, address and e-mail address of one referee; and the applicant’s contact details (including a postal address). Applications should be submitted to the Secretary (secretary@oxbibsoc.org.uk) by 31 March in each year and will be evaluated by Council at its Spring meeting. Applications received after 31 March will be considered in the following year’s round of grants. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the spring meeting. The results will be announced at the Society’s AGM and on its website.

The applicant does not have to be a member of the Society. If the applicant is a Council member, he/she will of course be excluded from the decision-making process. Applications need not relate to Oxford, however Oxford-based or Oxford-related submissions may be prioritised. Funding levels may vary from year to year, but it is anticipated that Council will make awards of not more than £1,500 in total in each year. Successful applicants will be required to mention the contribution of the Society in any written, printed, on-line or other visual material relating to the event, work or research, and to submit for Council and for publication via the website and other appropriate means a brief report (300–500 words) on the use to which the grant was put (reports may be edited for publication).


Erasmus Academy Summer Language Program 2016


The Erasmus Academy offers intensive, online language courses designed specifically for graduate students preparing for the language proficiency exams in master and doctoral programs.  The focus is on reading and translation.  We regularly offer: French, German, Spanish, Latin, Classical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, NT Greek and this year, we are adding Sanskrit and TOEFL Prep to the courses. This is our 21st year of offering classical and modern language courses to graduate students and our success rate is 90%. 
These “rapid reading,” intensive, 8-week online courses cover a year of college language instruction. They are designed for graduate or college students, or other adults desiring to conduct research in the language in order to advance in their studies, or to prepare for the proficiency exams.  The classes are taught in real time, that is, students attend all scheduled sessions, where they interact directly with the Instructor and their classmates.
From February through April, many of our instructors will be giving free sample lessons, in the form of webinars. Students or others may find the dates, times, and the links to these sample lessons online by going to our website: www.erasmusacademy.com, and clicking on the “Free Sample Lessons” tab. Joining one of these lessons will give your students an idea of what taking a language course online in real time is like, and an opportunity to meet one of our instructors. In addition, we have an Early Bird Registration option: with full payment by April 8, 2016, the total fee is $850, instead of the normal $950.

Erasmus SLP flyer
Erasmus SLP enrollment form
Erasmus SLP in Latin flyer


Marco Institute Events at University of Tennessee

Free events at the Marco Institute.

Marco Institute Newletter--January 2016.



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. 



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

The latest issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, no. 17, January 2016, is on the SLU website: http://lib.slu.edu/special-collections/publications/manuscripts-on-my-mind


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


The January 2016 newsletter of the Medieval Academy of America is now available!

MAA Jan 2016 Newsletter


The Fall 2015 issue of Hortulus, the Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies, is now live and available for download on the site! Articles by Pul Brazinski and Thari Weers, medieval digital humanities interview with Dorothy Kim of Vassar College, book reviews by Nadia Van Pelt, Jenny Bledsoe, Jacob Doss and Geneviève Pigeon.


Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students 
"The Turn to Religion: Women and Writing in Early Modern England" 
Led by Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University, and Paula McQuade, DePaul University 
Saturday, March 12, 9 am to 5 pm 

A small number of spots have opened up for this workshop, so the application deadline has been extended until January 30. 

Apply online: https://www.newberry.org/2016-turn-to-religion 

In an influential article from 2004, Ken Jackson and Arthur Marotti heralded the turn to religion in early modern studies, a movement that has largely involved reading early modern literature through the lens of Continental philosophy. Yet well before this development, scholarship on early modern Englishwomen's writing had already undergone its own turn to religion. After Margaret Ezell's ground-breaking monograph Writing Women's Literary History (1993) critiqued the protofeminist model that governed the initial recovery of women writers, scholars sought to de-center gender and counteract ahistoricism by situating women within specific cultural contexts. 

As critics have explored and debated the ways that women's devotional texts participated in the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, a dynamic subfield has taken shape that studies early modern women's religious writing. Besides introducing students to seminal scholarship on this subject, this workshop will provide an overview of key methodologies for advanced research on religious writings by and for early modern Englishwomen. The Newberry is an ideal setting for a workshop on this topic due to its collection's remarkable strength in early modern religious texts, both print and manuscript. 

Eligibility: This workshop is open to graduate students in a terminal master's program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program, at Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions. We encourage students to apply from disciplines as varied as the literatures of English and other languages, Religious Studies, Medieval or Renaissance Studies, Art History, and History, among others. No language prerequisites. 


San Gemini Preservation Studies Program
Summer Field School

We are now accepting applications for our summer 2016 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 18th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. 

Session One (May 30 – June 24)

Building Restoration – Touching the Stones*
Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings

Archaeological Ceramics Restoration
Analysis of Archaeological Ceramics in Italy
Restoration of Archaeological Ceramics

Book Bindings Restoration 
The Craft of Making and Restoration Book Bindings
Introduction to the History and Craft of Book Bindings

Session Two (July 11 - August 5)

Paper Restoration 
Restoration and Conservation of Paper Media
Paper Restoration Workshop

Traditional Painting Restoration
Traditional Materials, Methods of Painting and Art Restoration Issues
Traditional Painting Workshop
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy 
Restoration Theory, Ethics and Issues 

*Field Projects:
Restoration of the façade of the church of San Carlo (13th century)
Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Intersession Programs (June 25 – July 8):

Intersession Field Trip – Italy (June 26 – July 5)

A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.

Intersession Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 - check-out Friday, July 8)

A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city led by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

Intersession Program – The History of Food in Italy (June 27 – July 8)

A two week course giving an overview of the evolution of the food system in Italy. The course will include morning lec­tures and an experimental cooking workshop.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.


2015 Graduate Summer Seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
The Lumen Christi Institute

2016 Summer Seminars -- more information


Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

December 2015 Newsletter


Hesperia 84.4 now available 

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the publication of Hesperia 84.4. Topics in this issue include a consideration of the imagery on the Tanagran larnakes, a discussion concerning the influence of the nonelite on Athenian democracy, a new look at a fragmentary Panathenaic victor list, a reevaluation of whether Pausanias ever referred to the Archaic Agora, and an archaeological examination of the building that was constructed as a mosque within the fortress of Anavarin-i cedid.

Subscribers can read the issue online at JSTOR, which now hosts all current issues of Hesperia as well as an archive of past volumes.

Full announcement and contents


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


Medieval Institute Publications (Western Michigan University) Fall 2015 newsletter available online


Mélanges de l'École française de Rome, Vol. 20, no. 1 (2015)

Now available online


Medieval and Renaissance Latin America Book Series - Call for manuscript proposals


Contact Jaime Lara via e-mail


Donations are being accepted for the Virginia Brown Endowed Chair

The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, The Ohio State University



The Utrecht Psalter Online



Calendar of Events

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies



Mirabile Dictu

The monthly newsletter and event calendar of the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Boulder, Colorado (CMEMS) is available.  You are invited to subscribe.

CMEMS Boulder Newsletter

CMEMS Boulder Event Calendar


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