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 Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully. 



Heckman Research Stipends
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, Minnesota  56321

The semi-annual stipend (up to $2,000) is specifically intended to help scholars who have not yet established themselves professionally and whose research cannot progress satisfactorily without consulting materials to be found in the collections of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

For more information, visit their webpage.

The deadline is November 15, 2016 for residencies between January and June of the following year, or April 15, 2017 for residencies between July and December of the same year.


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens
NEH Fellowships

The fellowship is for postdoctoral scholars and professionals.
For the full annoucement, see the PDF flyer.

The deadline is October 31, 2016


The Warburg Institute – University of London, School of Advanced Studies
Short term research fellowships in cultural and intellectual history

For further information, see this page.

The deadline is November 25, 2016.


Medieval Academy of America – Digital Humanities Prize

We are very pleased to announce that, beginning in 2017, the Medieval Academy of America will add a Digital Humanities Prize to its suite of publication honors, to be awarded alongside the Haskins Medal, the Brown Prize, and the Elliott Prize. The annual Medieval Academy of America Digital Humanities Prize will be awarded to an outstanding digital research project in Medieval Studies created and launched within the last five years. The Prize - an award of $1,000 - will be presented at the Medieval Academy of America's Annual Meeting.

The Digital Initiatives Advisory Board (DIAB) of the Medieval Academy of America will select the award-winning project based on DIAB's established criteria for high-quality digital medievalist projects, considering the following criteria, among others: quality of research and contributions to Medieval Studies; goals and methodologies of the project; design, presentation, and accessibility of the project; sustainability of the project and compatibility of its metadata.

More information about the MAA Digital Humanities Prize may be found on this page.

Nominations are now being accepted online and must be submitted by midnight on October 15, 2016.


Medieval Academy of America – Grants and Prizes for 2017

For students of late-medieval Britain:

Schallek Fellowship
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

The deadline is October 15, 2016.

For part-time or unaffiliated scholars:

Travel Grants
The Medieval Academy provides a limited number of travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2016 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2017)

Nominations for the annual CARA awards:

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies
The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy.

The deadline is November 15, 2016

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching
The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

The deadline is November 15, 2016

Please see the MAA website for other grants and prizes offered by the Academy.


Department of Humanistic Studies (Assistant Professor)
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN

The Department of Humanistic Studies at Saint Mary’s College, an interdisciplinary program focused on European history, literature, and culture, invites applications for an entry-level tenure-track Assistant Professor of Humanistic Studies beginning in August 2017. Applicants should have a specialization in Medieval history or Medieval Studies with a history concentration. They should be broadly trained and competent to teach a range of courses using primary documents with a record of excellence in teaching discussion-based classes. Preferred candidates will also have experience in Classical civilization or Renaissance history, and in interdisciplinary studies, art history, or the cultural, religious, and racial exchange between Europe, Asia, Africa, or the Americas. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand by job start. Teaching load 3-2 in the first year, 3-3 thereafter.

For the full posting, see their webpage.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


External Faculty Fellowships
Stanford University

The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.

Fellowship term: September 2017 – June 2018

For detailed instructions, full eligibility requirements, and a link to the online application, see their website. Send inquiries via email.

The deadline is October 5, 2016


The Newberry Fellowships

Please, see the Newberry website for more information.

The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15, 2016.
The deadline for short-term fellowships is December 15, 2016.


Postdoctoral Editorial Fellow at Speculum

Please, see the Medieva Academy website for more information.

Deadline: October 15, 2016.


Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professors at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Please, see the PDF flyer for more information.


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.


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.



Dindsenchas Érenn Conference
School of Celtic Studies
Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
March 24-25, 2017

Papers are invited for the first conference on Dindsenchas Érenn to be held at the School of Celtic Studies. Papers will be 30 minutes in duration and should be related to an aspect of the Dindsenchas. Papers can be given in either English or Irish. Abstracts between 150-250 words should be sent as an attachment to conference@celt.dias.ie. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 

Celtic Web


Recent Directions and Results of Research on Latin Manuscripts: "Scribes and the Presentation of Texts"
The XXth Colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - Yale University
New Haven, CT
Sept 6-8, 2017

The XXth Colloquium of the Comité international de palégraphie latine (CIPL), “Scribes and the Presentation of Texts” will take place in New Haven, CT, USA (Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) on the 6th-8th September 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 (secretariat.apices@cnrs-orleans.fr), providing the required informationfor applying.

The session organized by APICES will be thematically independent from the Colloquium. It will host 4 papers of 20 minutes each, followed by a 10-minute discussion. The papers, the topic of which can be freely chosen by the speakers, will have to conform to a few formalia. These aim at providing an efficient communication of their content, and should contribute to shape ‘good practices’ in the oral presentation of palaeographical and codicological research. These formalia mainly concern the structure of the papers, the quality, consistency and organization of the illustrations and the preparation of a bilingual abstract and (if required) of handouts.

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 presented research

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

For further information please contact Sébastien Barret, secretary of APICES (secretariat.apices@cnrs-orleans.fr).

The selected papers will be announced by the 15.10.16. The complete texts of the papers must be sent by the April 25, 2017 to the Moderamen, which may then give some suggestions to the authors for the definitive version of their work.

The deadline is TODAY Sept. 30, 2016.


Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies
University of Notre Dame
March 9–11, 2017

Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit a paper title and abstract of no more than 300 words on any medieval topic along with a 1-2 page C.V. via email.

For more information, see their webpage.

The deadline is November 2, 2016.


Evil in the Middle Ages and IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize
The International Medieval Society
Paris, France
June 29 - July 1, 2017

The International Medieval Society (IMS-Paris) invites scholars interested in medieval French and medieval France to submit proposals. This Symposium will explore (but is not limited to) three broad themes: concepts of evil; embodied evil/being evil/evil beings; and responses to evil.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be sent via e-mail. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment that you require.

The IMS-Paris is also pleased to offer a 350-150€ prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of: a symposium paper abstract; an outline of a current research project (PhD. dissertation research); the names and contact information of two academic referees.

For more information about the IMS-Paris and past symposia programmes, please visit our website: www.ims-paris.org. For more information on this conference, see this document.

The deadline is November 5, 2016.


Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies
2017 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
January 26-28, 2017

Eligibility: Proposals are accepted only from students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium, who may be eligible to apply for reimbursement for travel expenses to attend.

For more information, and the PDF flyer, see this page.

The deadline is Midnight (CDT) Sunday, October 16, 2016.


A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies I–II 
52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University
Kalamzaoo, MI

Allegations of misogyny and sexual harassment against prominent members of our field in January 2016 caused a firestorm on social media and came as a shock to many Anglo-Saxonists. Under the leadership of ISAS and the Old English Division of the MLA, as well as grassroots efforts, such as a new mentoring program for Anglo-Saxonists, by Kalamazoo 2016 what had been a demoralizing time has been transformed into a watershed moment. Our positive, productive contribution to this ongoing conversation has been to propose a new volume of essays that takes feminist approaches to Anglo-Saxon culture, with both of those terms as broadly defined as possible. Alongside the volume, we are building a community that is both network of support for contributors and editors and a network of mentorship for junior scholars. It is in this vein of creating a space for feminist voices to be heard and mentored that we are releasing a call for papers for 2 sessions at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies. We welcome papers on any subject that provides a feminist contribution to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England.

Submit abstracts to Rebecca Stephenson.


Exchange and Entanglement I: Early Medieval Objects and the Insular World, Session 6a
Forth Forum Kunst des Mittelalters / Forum Medieval Art 360° – Verortung, Entgrenzung, Globalisierung
Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany
September 20-23, 2017

The deadline for proposals in English or German is October 31, 2016.

For further information, see this page and here in English.


Act of the Scribe: Interfaces between Scribal Work and Language Use. A Workshop
Athenai, The Finnish Institute at Athens
April 6-7, 2017

More information may be found here. One-page abstracts may be submitted via email.

The deadline is October 31, 2016.


Architectural Representation in the Middle Ages
University College, Oxford
April 7-8, 2017

The architectural remnants of the Middle Ages—from castles and cathedrals to village churches—provide many people’s first point of contact with the medieval period and its culture. Such concrete survivals provide a direct link to the material experience of medieval people. At the same time, exploring the ways in which architecture was conceptualized and depicted can contribute to our understanding of the ideological and imaginative worldview of the period. This two-day conference is intended to facilitate discussion and collaboration on all aspects of architectural representation, understood broadly to encompass actual, symbolic, or imaginary architectural features, whether still standing today, observable in the archaeological record, or surviving only through depiction in literature or art. The conference is interdisciplinary in outlook, and we hope to welcome papers from across the spectrum of academic disciplines, including literature, history, art, theology, and archaeology.

We invite proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes in length focusing upon the signification, purpose, and impact of architectural representation throughout the European Middle Ages. Possible topics for investigation include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectural metaphors and imagery
  • The social and symbolic value of buildings or building programmes
  • Visual representation of architecture in manuscripts, metalwork, or sculpture
  • Architectural representations of other worlds and/or the heaven and hell
  • Architecture and the liturgy
  • Placed deposits
  • Imaginary and mnemonic architecture
  • The lifecycle(s) of buildings and other architectural features
  • Literary depictions of architecture of architectural spaces
  • Decorative schemes, architectural styles and techniques
  • Architecture and narrative
  • Architecture in the landscape

Please submit a title and a 200-word abstract via email.

The deadline is January 7, 2017.


Qu'est-ce qu'un corpus?
Paris, Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes (IRHT)
November 7, 2016

More information may be found here. Supplementary information may be found here.

The deadline is September 30, 2016.


Medieval Texts in Transit: Continuities and Shared Spaces
Free University Berlin
July 21-22, 2017

An international conference in collaboration with the Sonderforschungsbereich 980, ‘Episteme in Bewegung’, Berlin, and the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark (Odense)/University of York.

Do we overestimate the impact that the transient socio-political and formal linguistic borders of Western Europe had on the literary culture of the pre-nation state era?

While most current scholarship acknowledges the porous borders of medieval Europe, we continue to think in the context of linguistic and political borders when considering the circulation of texts, using national language categories and political ‘landmarks’ as fixed points by which to structure our understanding of how medieval texts were disseminated. This conference invites scholars to re-examine such discourses of separation, and consider the case for continuity in the language, content or imagery of medieval texts and stories that were adapted and refashioned in different regions.

Papers may engage with any of the following issues and questions:

  • the creation of meta-regional reading communities or literary spaces shared by courts and other cultural hubs such as scriptoria and monasteries, which illustrate the ways in which the concept of reading communities can be detached from assumptions about shared linguistic or regional origins.
  • examples of story transmission, such as lost manuscript versions and orally transmitted tales, that function outside the chronologically and geographically localized benchmarks of extant manuscript contexts.
  • theoretical and/or comparative approaches to the circulation of stories that question the notions of separation and difference behind conventional distinctions such as core/periphery and source/derivation.
  • can the notion of ‘proximity’ be extended beyond geographical proximity, to include cultural and linguistic similarity (such as dialects that are mutually intelligible, or texts written in a lingua franca), as well as the sharing and reading of the same texts in similar ways in geographically disparate places?
  • how might evidence from material culture (e.g. caskets, frescoes, sculpture) prompt a reassessment of traditional text-centric approaches to the circulation of stories and ideas?

Please, send an abstract of no more than 250 words for a 20–30 minute paper to Dr. Miriam Edlich-Muth (Free University Berlin) and Dr. Alastair Matthews (University of Southern Denmark) via email.

We hope to be able to contribute to travel and accommodation costs for speakers without access to other financial support. Publication of papers in an open-access volume is planned.

The deadline is September 30, 2016.


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.


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.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016. The full CFP is available online. Contact anglosaxonwomen@gmail.com with any questions. 


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)



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)
University of Rennes
May 18-19, 2017

The deadline is October 4, 2016

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.

The conference is intended to be as capacious and inclusive as always, including all themes on MSS and early printed books that EBS members wish to discuss. John Gower lived a long time, from 1330 to 1408, and his contemporaries are legion, both famous and anonymous.  As noted in the CFP(copied below in full), EBS papers do not, in other words, have to focus on Gower. 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.


“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.



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


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:http://hum.leiden.edu/lucas/lucasconference2017/news/call-for-papers-2017.html


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:





CERAE: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
2017 volume: "Influence and Appropriation"

CERAE: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is seeking contributions for its upcoming volume on the theme of “Influence and Appropriation”, to be published in 2017. We are, additionally, delighted to announce a prize of $200 for the best article published in this volume by a graduate student or early career researcher (details below).We are, additionally, delighted to announce a prize of $200 for the best article published in this volume by a graduate student or early career researcher (details below).

Contributors to this issue may consider some of the following areas:

  • How writers adapt received ideas and novel conceptual frameworks or adapt to them
  • How entire cultural groupings (national, vocational, socio-economic, religious, and so on) may be influenced by contact and exchange
  • The mentorship and authority of ideas and people
  • The use and abuse of old concepts for new polemics
  • The shifting influence of canonical texts across time
  • The way received ideas influence behaviours in specific situations
  • How medieval and early modern ideas are reshaped for use in modern situations

The full announcment may be found on this page and through their main page.

The deadline is Friday, November 18, 2016.


Rutgers Art Review - Volume 34

See the the pfd flyer or this page for further details.

The deadline is October 7, 2016


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



John V. Kelleher Memorial Lecture and Thirty-Sixth Annual Harvard Celtic Colloquium
Harvard University
October 6, and October 7-9, 2016

For more information on the John V. Kelleher Memorial Lecture and the Colloquium itself, see this page.


Embodying Life and Death: The Body in Anglo-Saxon England
Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University
October 22, 2016

Keynote speaker: Prof. Catherine Karkov (University of Leeds)

Full information available here. Registration is now available online. Tea, coffee, biscuits, and lunch are included.

The deadline for registration is October 9, 2016.


Medieval Irish Masterpieces in Modern Reproduction 
Spurlock Museum of World Cultures
University of Illinois
600 S. Gregory St.
Urbana, IL 61801

Symposium: October 1, 2016, 8:30 am to 5:15 pm
Exhibition: September 13- April 2, 2017 [formal opening on September 23, 2016, 7:30-9:00 pm]
Film Screening: 1916: A Terrible Beauty, dir. Keith Farrell. October 2, 1:30pm-3:30pm

All events are free and open to the public.

For the schedule, see this page. For information on the location and parking, see this page.


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.


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

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.

The full program may be found on the conference webpage.


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.



The Lumen Christi Institute presents two lectures with Francis Oakley (Williams College): 

Kingship: The Politics of Enchantment. Thursday, October 6, 4:30PM, Classics 110. 

The Conciliar Heritage: the Politics of Oblivion. Friday, October 7, 3:30PM, Swift Common Room. 


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.

We are pleased to announce that the online catalogue for Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections is now live at http://BeyondWords2016.org.

Hover over "Catalog" and select "Online" to access the database.

The online catalogue allows for searching by keyword and catalogue number as well as upper and lower date limits, and provides browse lists for illuminator, scribe, and place of production. Each of the 249 object records includes at least one image and two-thirds of the records link to a full-facsimile Mirador manifest or an institutional record. The database will be updated as more images become available to us, and full-text descriptions will be uploaded for many of the manuscripts in the coming months.

To access the catalogue and learn more about Beyond Words, please visit our website. There you will find information about each of the three exhibition venues, registration, and a preliminary program for the Beyond Words symposium (Nov. 3-5), a calendar of public programming, and more. On Twitter, find us @BeyondWords2016.


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

The high-resolution version of the September 2016 issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, no. 19, is now available for your perusal on the SLU website


Medieval Academy Newsletter

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


Call for Fellows Nominations
Medieval Academy of America

Members of the Medieval Academy must submit nominations by December 5, 2016.

More information may be found on this page.


The Unskilled Scribe. Elementary Hands and Their Place in the History of Handwriting
Oxford, Bodleian Library (Weston Library)
September 30, 2016

The Bodleian Library will host (with the generous support of APICES and Lincoln College Oxford) the ninth seminar of the series "Écritures cursives". These are open and informal seminars started in Paris in 2006 and hosted every year by different institutions throughout Europe.

The theme of the Oxford seminar is elementary handwriting. Five speakers will discuss this topic from different aspects and periods of the history of handwriting: humanistic script (Teresa De Robertis), inscriptions (Marc Smith), graffiti (Carlo Tedeschi), Spanish charters (Carmen del Carmino), Anglo-Norman charters (Teresa Webber).

All those interested in cursive scripts and the theme of the seminar are invited to participate and contribute to the discussion.

See the PDF flyer for more information. To attend the seminar, free of charge, please write to Irene Ceccherini.

The registration deadline is September 22, 2016


Publication Announcemnt from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is thrilled to announce the publication of Mapping English Metaphor Through Time. Edited by Wendy Anderson, Ellen Bramwell, and Carole Hough, all in English Language & Linguistics at the University of Glasgow, the volume is one of the main outputs of the AHRC-funded project Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus. The volume contains case studies of the development of metaphor in selected semantic domains, from the earliest stages of English to the present day. It includes contributions by Old English specialists such as Carole Biggam, Toni Healey, Carole Hough, Daria Izdebska, Christian Kay, Andrew Prescott and Jane Roberts.

For futher description and contents, visit this page.

Enter promotional code AAFLYG6 for a 30% discount on online orders at OUP.com.

As of August 25, the publication is available in the UK and Europe; it should be available in the US in late October.


New Summer Programs by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens

1) Greek Sculpture Up Close (June 2017)
2) Myth on Site (July 2017)

Please see the PDF flyer for more information.

The application deadline is October 15, 2016


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


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.


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, What (Not) to Wear: Fashion and the Law, 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