Notice Board

Below are links to information submitted by medievalist colleagues outside the Notre Dame community. These are provided as a general service and not as as a comprehensive list. Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully.

Fellowship/Job Announcements

Calls for Papers (Conferences)

Calls for Submissions (Journals)

Conference Announcements

Miscellaneous Announcements


Fellowship/Job Announcements

 

The Newberry is Now Accepting Fellowship Applications for the 2019-20 Academic Year

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2018 (For Long-Term Fellowships)
The deadline to apply is December 15, 2018 (For Short-Term Fellowships)

The Newberry Library's long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library's collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

The Newberry invites interested individuals who wish to utilize the its collection to apply for their many fellowship opportunities.

Many of the Newberry's fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website.

Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

Announcement of Stanford Humanities Center 2019-20 Faculty Fellowships

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM PT on October 1, 2018.

The Stanford Humanities Center invites applications for the external faculty fellowship program.  Up to 10 fellowships will be awarded to non-Stanford scholars for academic year 2019-20.  

The Humanities Center is a world-renowned hub for advanced research, inspiring the work of innovative scholars and students at all stages in their academic careers. Each year the Center welcomes nearly 50 fellows and international visitors, hosts over 100 research workshops, and presents over 50 public events as part of an on-going project to investigate some of the most important questions facing humanity today.

This residential research program 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 benefiting from a variety of campus resources.  

External fellowships are intended primarily for individuals currently teaching in or affiliated with an academic institution, but independent scholars may apply. Faculty fellowships are awarded across the spectrum of academic ranks (assistant, associate, and full professor) and one goal of the selection process is to create a diverse community of scholars. Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research. 

The fellowship term is for the academic year (September 2019 - June 2020). Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship year. 

The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM PT on October 1, 2018.  

For full eligibility and application requirements, details about the stipend, and a link to the online application, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

Please direct inquiries to shc-fellowships@stanford.edu.

Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa Street
Stanford, CA 94305-4015

4 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Princeton Society of Fellows for 2019-22

The Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary group of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and selected natural sciences, invites applications for the 2019-22 fellowship competition. Four fellowships will be awarded:

  • Two Open Fellowships in any discipline represented in the Society One Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
  • One Fellowship in LGBT Studies

Full announcement

University of Verona

Opening for an IT Associate Professor position at the University of Verona within the Excellence Project of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Full announcement

The Newberry Library

The Newberry is pleased to announce its Long-Term and Short-Term Fellowship awards for 2018-19. We will support 12 long-term and 46 short-term fellows, with funds coming from Newberry endowments, grants, gifts, and consortia, as well as partnerships with other institutions and scholarly organizations. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15th; the deadline for short-term fellowships is December 15th. 

Full details


Calls for Papers (Conferences)

 

UPenn 11th Annual Medievalist Graduate Conference: "Mediocrity in the Middle Ages: Finding the Middle Ground"

DEADLINE: December 2, 2018

Full Announcement

Sewanee Medieval Colloquium: Sanctifying Violence

DEADLINE: October 26, 2018

Organizers: Elizabeth Maffetone and Joseph Morgan (Indiana University, Bloomington)

This panel invites papers exploring accounts of the lives, deaths, and afterlives of medieval holy figures, with particular attention to the complex relationship between violence and sanctity. In what ways is violence employed to test or reify sanctity? To what extent is such violence inflected by gender? Papers might, for instance, elucidate the sanctifying violence against bodies found in narratives ranging from hagiography to exempla; explore the temporal inversions of the martyr tale, where the validating starting point is, in many ways, the end of the tale; or seek to clarify the vexed relationship between the martyr’s voice of protest, dissent, and authority.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words may be submitted here.

CFP: 2019 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

DEADLINE: Monday, October 15, by 11:59:59 PM CST

Newberry Library

The Center for Renaissance Studies is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2019 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, to be held at the Newberry January 24-26, 2019. We invite abstracts for 20-minute papers from master's or PhD students from any discipline on any medieval, Renaissance, or early modern topic in Europe, the Americas, or the Mediterranean world. The 2019 conference schedule will include workshops and sessions with rare books in addition to traditional conference sessions. Submissions will be accepted online only.

 

For more information and the submission webform, visit the conference webpage:

https://www.newberry.org/01242019-2019-multidisciplinary-graduate-student-workshop-nlgrad19

CFP Leeds IMC, July 1-4 2019: “‘Law and Legal Culture in Anglo-Saxon England’: Old English law and its developments/reflections from the 7th century through the Conquest”

Full announcement

KAZOO 2019: Early Medieval Education

DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

Scenes of instruction and learning fill early medieval literature and art&emdash;Boethius at Philosophia’s knees, Alcuin and Charlemagne discussing rhetoric, Lioba recalling Eadburga’s poetic instruction. Education, as Irina Dumitrescu pointed out in her monograph, Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature (2018), is the common factor shared by the scribes, authors, and other producers of the medieval texts remaining to us. What was early medieval education and how did those students and teachers experience, remember, and act on their learning? This panel will explore the role of early medieval education as a driving force behind literary, intellectual, and cultural production and exchange. This panel welcomes scholarship from across medieval studies disciplines and geographical foci. It aims to engage global, theoretical, and material methodologies, to discover both broad and localized instances and impacts of early medieval education. Diverse approaches, including historical, art historical, archaeological, literary, and musicological, are welcome. The following are some examples of topics that papers in this session might address:

  • Early medieval pedagogies: the evidence in art, glosses, correspondence, and material remains
  • Methods of scriptural interpretation: how was exegesis learned and taught?
  • Learning and materiality: the intellectual alongside the embodied
  • Learning communities and networks across time and place
  • Teacher-student relationships and early medieval classrooms

Organizers: Sophia D’Ignazio (Cornell University) and Ryan Lawrence (Cornell University)
Please send any queries and proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers to Sophia D’Ignazio, sd769@cornell.edu, by September 15, 2018.

KAZOO 2019: Imperialism and Colonialism in the Late Middle Ages

DEADLINE: September 15, 2018

54th International Conference on Medieval Studies
Session sponsored by the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame

The history of Empires on a global scale has been generally regarded as a topic that belongs to Early Modern studies. Spanish colonialism in the Americas specifically and imperialism in the Atlantic in general have been commonly regarded as the first occurrences of global imperialism, so much so that many global historians and theoreticians of decolonization have argued that 1492, the date of the “discovery” of the New World and the beginning of Atlantic imperialism, marks the beginning of what can be properly called global history. However, such an approach to the history of imperialism and colonialism neglects not only the precedents of imperialism in the Iberian peninsula, but also the numerous cases of Late Medieval “great powers” in Europe (e.g. Byzantium, the Republic of Venice, the Second Bulgarian Empire, the Crowns of Aragon and Castile), Asia (e.g. the Mongols, the Ottomans, the Tang dynasty), and Africa (e.g. the Mali and Songhai Empires), that, either through violence or political consolidation, created not only conditions of subjugation and exploitation of the conquered through the occupation of their territories, but also the existence of multi-ethnic states that, in some cases, contributed positively to the cultural development of many societies on a scale that, at least in the case of the Mongol Empire, had never been seen before. Thus, an Empire-focused global history should take into account the origin, development and downfall of the diverse Empires that developed during the traditional time frame of the Middle Ages, not only in Europe, but also in the Middle and Far East, Northern and Sub-Saharan Africa.

This session will receive papers by scholars who study Empire-building states with a focus on global history and multiculturalism in any of the aforementioned geographical locations, especially within the traditional time limits of the Late Middle Ages (1250-1500), but we can be flexible. No preference will be given to any particular geographical area, and we will try to accommodate a diversity of topics in the session.

Please send and abstract of 250-300 words with your name, title of the paper and your institutional affiliation in a .pdf or .docx file, along with a completed Participation Information form, to Carlos Diego Arenas Pacheco (carenasp@nd.edu) by September 15th. Papers that are not accepted for this session will be forwarded to be considered for the general sessions.

44th Annual Cleveland Symposium
 


Calls for Submissions (Journals)

 

Deadline Extended for Rutgers Art Review

Deadline: September 29, 2018

Rutgers Art Review, a journal of graduate research in art history, hereby invites all current graduate students, as well as professionals who have completed their doctoral degree within the past year, to submit papers for its 36th edition.

 

Papers may address all topics and historical periods within the history of art and architecture, visual and material culture, art theory and criticism, aesthetics, film, and photography. Interdisciplinary studies concerning art and architecture written by students in other fields are also welcome. To be considered for publication, submissions must present original contributions to existing scholarship and conform to our submission guidelines. We encourage authors to ask a faculty member to review their paper before submission.

 

We also invite authors to submit digital humanities projects for consideration. We seek submissions that address important art historical questions with the help of digital tools. Of particular interest are digital projects that use computational methods, mapping, networking, and/or 3D modeling to analyze and interpret art historical materials. Authors of digital humanities projects must include an additional paragraph in their abstract detailing the functionality of their digital resource and its impact on their paper’s claims.

 

For more information, including submission guidelines, please visit: 

http://rar.rutgers.edu

 

Estudios de Historia de España
Instituto de Historia de España of Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina

Estudios de Historia de España, biannual online magazine of the Instituto de Historia de España of Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, calls to the academic community to submit their articles, monographics and book reviews.

The proposals, adapted to the publication rules attached will be topic and subject free, and may refer to the Spanish history and culture in their various eras and from all disciplines and perspectives; accepted languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.

For more information, see here.

Symposia: The Journal of Religion

University of Toronto's Symposia: The Journal of Religion is issuing an open call for papers for the special 10th anniversary edition of the journal. Articles from all disciplines addressing religion and religious studies are welcome. We also invite book reviews and op-eds related topics in religious studies. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process and this edition of the journal is set to be published in autumn of 2018. 

Please contact us with any questions regarding the journal or your submission, and consult our website for submission details and formatting requirements: http://symposia.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/symposia/about

New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age

Call for Papers for The Heroic Age special issue (2018)
Guest Editors: Melissa Ridley Elmes (Lindenwood University) and Mary Kate Hurley (Ohio University)

The Heroic Age, a digital peer-reviewed journal, seeks submissions for a special issue on “New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age” which will run from 1 January 2018 through 31 December 2018.

We are accepting submissions from graduate students, postdoctoral, and junior or early-stage scholars (pre-tenure or equivalent NTT faculty experience) working in any discipline with a focus on Northwestern Europe in the period covered by the journal, c. 300-1200 CE.; we will also consider comparative approaches that examine a Northwestern European topic against another geographical area. We welcome articles of 7,000 words (inclusive of bibliography and endnotes) and essays of 3,000 words. Submissions do not necessarily have to focus on feminist issues, although they should demonstrate a feminist approach (women’s studies, gender/ queer studies, & etc.) to the question(s) being addressed.

Submission guidelines and style requirements for The Heroic Age can be found here.The Heroic Age operates on a rolling submissions basis, and the submissions period for 2018 is now open. Queries are welcome if you are unsure as to whether your project is suitable for this issue, and queries, article, and essay submissions should be sent to the guest editors: MElmes@lindenwood.edu and hurleym1@ohio.edu.

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

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.

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

Arcanum Special Issue

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

An invitation has been extended for manuscripts for a special issue of the journal Arcanum with the title, Hidden Esoteric Motifs and Spirituality in the Literature of the Middle Ages.

The goal of the special issue is to make a case for a renewed interest in scholarly research and a reappraisal of traditional interpretations of the literary works in the period.

See this page for more information.

Rutgers Art Review

Deadline: September 15, 2018

Rutgers Art Review, a journal of graduate research in art history, hereby invites all current graduate students, as well as professionals who have completed their doctoral degree within the past year, to submit papers for its 36th edition. 

Papers may address all topics and historical periods within the history of art and architecture, visual and material culture, art theory and criticism, aesthetics, film, and photography. Interdisciplinary studies concerning art and architecture written by students in other fields are also welcome. To be considered for publication, submissions must present original contributions to existing scholarship and conform to our submission guidelines. We encourage authors to ask a faculty member to review their paper before submission. 

We also invite authors to submit digital humanities projects for consideration. We seek submissions that address important art historical questions with the help of digital tools. Of particular interest are digital projects that use computational methods, mapping, networking, and/or 3D modeling to analyze and interpret art historical materials. Authors of digital humanities projects must include an additional paragraph in their abstract detailing the functionality of their digital resource and its impact on their paper’s claims. 

For more information, including submission guidelines, please visit: http://rar.rutgers.edu.

Please submit all required materials in a single PDF file by the deadline of SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 to Brigid Boyle, Franchesca Fee, and Virginia McBride, Editors, Rutgers Art Review, rutgersartreview@gmail.com


Conference Announcements   

 

 

 


Miscellaneous Announcements

 

2018-2019 Newberry Premodern Studies Seminar

Newberry Library

The Newberry Library has announced the schedule for the inaugural year of its Premodern Studies Seminar. This seminar will provide a forum for new approaches to medieval and early modern studies. Scholars from a range of disciplines will share work-in-progress on the inaugural theme of "what is the premodern?" The aim is to explore how presumptions of a rupture between the past and the present have shaped scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, and to consider how the interests and characteristics of premodern cultures reflect on, or even connect to, our own.

 

The following meetings will take place over the 2018-2019 academic year:

 

Saturday, December 1, 2018, 2-4 pm

Stuart McManus, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"Slavery, Race and Renaissance Humanism in Early Modern Portuguese India"

 

Friday, Feburary 22, 2019, 2-4 pm

Tiffany Jo Werth, University of California-Davis

"Once Upon A Time: Were We Ever Premodern?"

 

Friday, April 26, 2019, 2-4 pm

Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri-Columbia

"European Christianity in the Age of Paper"

 

The seminar meetings will consist of a discussion of a precirculated paper and a collection presentation guided by the presenter. The seminar is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, send an email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org for the seminar meeting(s) you are interested in attending. You will receive the paper about two weeks before the meeting.

 

Attendees from Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium Institutions may be eligible for funding to defray the costs of attending the seminar. Consult with your consortium representative for further details.

 

If you have any questions about the seminar, please send an email to fletcherc@newberry.org.

Heckman Research Stipends

Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota

Heckman Stipends, made possible by the A.A. Heckman Endowed Fund, are awarded semi-annually. Up to 10 stipends in amounts up to $2,000 are available each year. Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Stipend may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML Stipend or Fellowship. Holders of the Stipend must wait at least two years before applying again. 

The program 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.

Applications: 
Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

Applicants are asked to provide:

  • a letter of application with current contact information, the title of the project, length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates, and the amount requested (up to $2,000)
  • a description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to its successful completion of the project; applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed (maximum length: 1,000 words)
  • an updated curriculum vitae
  • a confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by an advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of the applicant's work

Please send all materials as email attachments to: fellowships@hmml.org, with “Heckman Stipend” in the subject line. Questions about the Stipends may be sent to the same address.

California Rare Book School: History of the Book, Live Online

The History of the Book, a freely available course book based materials in UCLA’s Special Collections is now live online: http://hob.gseis.ucla.edu

The project is meant to be a pedagogical resource—serving as an introductory overview, but also, as an ongoing project of classes taught in the Information Studies Department. Students will be invited to contribute to the project over time, building an extensive resource for study in this field as well as aggregation of resources for research. Chapters can be printed as pdf or read online. Exhibits exist only online.

The History of the Book is a networked resource focused on the production and reception of materials related to the history of the book and literacy technologies, broadly conceived. This ongoing project is being developed by Professor Johanna Drucker, working with staff and students based at UCLA to provide an online environment for research and learning. The project is pedagogical in its aims, but also, in its method. Some of the exhibit materials were developed by students in the MLIS program in Information Studies at UCLA, and some by faculty or research scholars. We have partners in other institutions, and welcome queries and contributions to the development of this site ahead. In this beta version, we are introducing three exhibits and an outline for what will be a coursebook for an introductory series of lessons. We have made every effort to proof and check the content, but if you find errors of fact or judgment, we would very much appreciate your contacting us with suggestions for correction.

Manuscripts on my Mind

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University is pleased to report that the latest issue of Manuscripts on My Mind, no. 23, January 2018, is now available to be accessed on the journal's website. See back issues here.

California Rare Book School

UCLA Department of Information Studies
Los Angeles, CA
July 31 – August 4, August 7-11, August 14-18, 2018

In addition to the long-standing offerings of the CalRBS, two courses are taking place the week of August 14-18 in the San Francisco Bay Area: "Printing at the Margins: A History of Women Printers" (Mills College, Oakland) taught by Kathleen Walkup and "History of Maps" (Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley) by Julie Sweetkind-Singer. A limited number of scholarships are available.

See their website for a full listing of their upcoming courses. Visit their admissions page in order to apply.

Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought (c. 1220-45)
Grant Agreement 714427-INNOVATION
January 1, 2017- December 31, 2021

‘Authority and Innovation in Early Franciscan Thought (c. 1220-45)’ (short-titled ‘INNOVATION’) is a 5-year research project that is funded by the European Research Council, the research funding body of the European Union. The director (‘Principal Investigator’) of the project is Dr Lydia Schumacher, who is based in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College London. Her research staff includes Dr. Dominique Poirel and Dr Ana Irimescu, who are based at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France.

The research team welcomes inquiries from those with interests in the early Franciscan intellectual tradition or any matter related to it. There are a variety of options for getting involved with the project or keeping updated on the team’s research.

For the schedule of workshops and full announcement, see the PDF flyer.  Contact Lydia Schumacher with any questions.

Publication Announcement 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 further 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.

Medieval Clothing and Textiles 12

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.

Les Enluminures Blog

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

Information:
sandrahindman@lesenluminures.com
lauralight@lesenluminures.com

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.

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.

Digitisation

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 Virgin 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 childhood 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 journey 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:
http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/angl
https://www.degruyter.com/view/serial/36292

Medieval Academy Newsletter

News items can be read on the MAA blog.

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: http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/content/greek

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, 129.1, 2017) 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. 

https://paleography.library.utoronto.ca/ 

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