Notice Board

Below are links to information submitted by medievalist colleagues both in and 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 Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully.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

Open Position, Bates College: Faculty Position: Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies

Location

Lewiston, Maine

Open Date

Sep 4, 2019

Application Review begins December 1, 2019

Description:

The Program in Classical and Medieval Studies, Bates College in Lewiston Maine, invites applications for an approved Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies (300-1500 CE) to begin August 1, 2020. We are particularly interested in candidates with significant interdisciplinary training who can teach a broad range of topics, such as the history and culture of Late Antiquity and medieval societies and/or the interactions of Western European, Byzantine and Islamic cultures. The candidate will also be expected to teach introductory medieval and/or classical Latin, although we do not assume prior classroom experience in teaching language.  Candidates with demonstrated success in teaching marginalized and underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply. Research and teaching areas are open, but we welcome scholars who interrogate existing methodological and theoretical orientations of Medieval Studies to examine issues of equality, power, difference, and identity; who work in Digital Humanities; or who consider links between the past and the contemporary world.


A new Faculty Diversity and Renewal grant from the Mellon Foundation has made it possible for the College to offer a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to qualified candidates.  This would mean that the successful applicant would teach a two-course load during the first year (one course per semester), which would then segue into the tenure track assistant professorship in year two


Those eligible candidates who have already applied, and who wish to be considered for this additional opportunity, may indicate their interest by email to dohiggin@bates.edu.  They do not need to submit a second application.

Qualifications

Candidates should have a Ph.D. completed, or nearly complete.

To find more information and full application instructions here or to apply, click here.

Questions about the position and our process may be directed to search committee chair Laurie O’Higgins at dohiggin@bates.edu.

NEH FELLOWSHIPS                                                                                                                                             

Deadline: October 31, 2019

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in all fields relevant to the mission of the ASCSA who are US citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School's academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2020-beginning of June 2021; 4 months, Sept. - Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA will be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.

NEH Fellows should use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as their primary research base, but research may be carried out throughout Greece. 

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to application: 
https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115299/associate-membership-with-fellowship-application    
 

Read the full details here.

Newberry Fellowship for the 2020-21 Academic Year

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.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry's collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 9 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 1.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry's collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

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.

Heckman Research Stipends

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota

DEADLINE: March 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or October 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.

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(up to $250). 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.

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.

AUIA Summer School Teaching Opportunity

AUIA International Summer School is an international summer school program platform working with many distinguished universities in the world and providing credit-granted summer school programs to students worldwide.

Since its establishment in 2011, AUIA has cooperated with many great universities in different countries and has invited a lot of distinguished professors from the United States of America to teach summer courses in our different campus.

AUIA is currently working with:

China(Shanghai):          6/1 - 6/26      4-week       Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

China(Taipei):    7/6-8/7   5-week  National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

South Korea(Seoul): 7/6-8/7   5-week  Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

China(Beijing):   6/29 - 7/24  4-week    Beijing Jiaotong University

Japan(Tokyo):      6/22-7/17  4-week  National Taiwan University of Science and Technology oversea campus in Tokyo

Now, we have professor vacancy on following courses (with syllabus sample):

5 courses of Introduction to Art History from Prehistoric to Medieval, English Literature: Romantic Poetry, Introduction to Film and Film Theory, Renaissance to Modern Art in West and advance college writing in 2020 Shanghai program from 6/1-6/28.

5 courses in English Literature, History of Art-Prehistory to Postmodernism , Introduction to Film and Film Studies, Public Speaking, Renaissance to Modern Art in West in 2020 Taipei program from 7/6-8/7.

For more information:

Shanghai program :https://www.auiaschool.com/en/campus/shanghai

Taipei program: https://www.auiaschool.com/en/campus/taiwan

Original courses can be proposed at https://jinshuju.net/f/7Tg9C2. Send the syllabus for proposed courses to be reviewed for approval.

About the compensation:

1) The compensation for teaching depends on the number of courses and sessions you per course taught. For example, if you choose teach 3-4 courses, the compensation would be USD$12,000-USD$20,000.

2) AUIA will cover the round-trip economy flight tickets from the United States to campus location.

3) AUIA will provide our faculty with an apartment or hotel room for 35 nights during the whole program. The accommodation will be fully equipped, air-conditioned, clean and tidy as well as convenient for transportation and living.

4) AUIA will provide a Teaching Assistant to help handle daily teaching.

5) AUIA will also organize some activities for professors such as one-day tour around the city.

If you are interested in taking this chance to teach and to experience a different culture in Asia or Europe, please do not hesitate to Helana Song at helana@auiaschool.com

If you have any further questions or concerns, please visit our website at www.auiaschool.com or send me an email with your questions or concerns.

4 Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Princeton Society of Fellows for 2020-23

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. The deadline is August 6, 2019. 

Full announcement

 


Calls for Papers (Conferences)

 

CfP: The Medieval at Home: Domesticity in the Middle Ages

The Medieval Studies Program at Cornell University is pleased to announce its thirtieth annual graduate student colloquium, which will take place on the 15th of February 2020 at the A.D. White House on Cornell’s Ithaca, NY campus.

This year's colloquium focuses on medieval domesticity. The domestic sphere includes the political, everyday, spiritual, and economic dimensions of medieval life. From the subterranean rock houses of Cappadocia to the family dynamics represented in Konrad von Würzburg’s Herzmäre, from Late Antique religious values of the household to late medieval visual representations of everyday household tasks, such as bread-making, feasting, farming, and weaving, domestic spaces and activities were driving forces in conceptualizing religion, gender, politics, sexuality, race, and family life. We also welcome papers that critique modern nationalist fantasies of a medieval “homeland.” 

We invite 20 minute papers that investigate domestic space in the Middle Ages from all disciplines and perspectives. Possible topics may include: 

  • Household archaeology
  • Spatial politics 
  • Communal spaces
  • Domestic labor 
  • Displacement from the home
  • Hospitality 
  • Home as a literary motif
  • Gendering the household
  • Regulating domestic activities
  • Public and private spaces
  • Religious/spiritual homes
  • Othering of space/Othering of people
  • Political rhetoric of the household
  • Everydayness

Furthermore, we welcome submissions that expand these themes and categories of inquiry beyond Christian, Western European contexts. We invite submissions in all disciplines allied to Medieval Studies, including literature, history, the history of art, archaeology, philosophy, classics, theology, Near Eastern Studies, Asian Studies, and others. Abstracts on all topics will be considered, though priority will be given to those which address our thematic strand. 

Please send 300-word abstracts by December 7th to Ryan Lawrence at rwl224@cornell.edu. See the full call for papers here.

CfP: 47th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, March 19-21, 2020

The 47th Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society, March 19-21, 2020 will be in Houston. Sessions will be held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Keynote Speaker will be Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art & Director of the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The conference hotel is the Magnolia Hotel Houston. Click here to reserve your room now! Please note: The rate of $139 per night is available at the Magnolia Hotel only until February 17, 2020. After Feb. 17, if there is any availability, the rates will likely increase. Check back in the coming months for more 2020 Conference news. Thematic and open sessions are listed in the full call for papers. Conference presentations are expected to be under twenty minutes long. Proposals of no more than 200 words and a two-page CV should be emailed to the chairs of individual sessions. If you submit a proposal to more than one session you must alert each session chair to that effect.

Deadline for submissions: Friday, December 20, 2019.

CfP: Technique & Technology in the Middle Ages

12th-Annual Medievalists @ Penn (M@P) Graduate Conference

Date: April 17, 2020

Keynote: Elly Truitt (Bryn Mawr College), author of Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art (2015)

We invite papers of 15-20 minutes (8-10 pages) on this subject from any discipline, including History; Art
History; History of Science and/or Medicine; Musicology; Manuscript Studies; Literary Studies; Religious
Studies; Critical Race Studies; Gender, Sexuality, & Trans Studies; and more. We also welcome papers on
technologies that emerged outside of the Western world/definition of “medieval.” Topics may include, but
are not limited to:
- Adaptation and Development of Artes Mechanicae
- Restricted and/or Dangerous Technologies (Alchemy, Magic, Silk Production, etc.)
- Theatre and Stage Craft
- Region-specific Artistic Techniques (Opus anglicanum, Opus lemovicense, etc.)
- Medieval Codes, “De-coding” Medieval Objects
- Robots and Invention
- Surgery and Medicine
- Innovations in Palaeography, Codicology, and/or Connoisseurship
- New projects using 21st-century technology to study the Middle Ages, especially those underrepresented in the
MAA’s Medieval Digital Resources database.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words as attachments to pennmedieval@gmail.com by
January 15, 2020
. Submissions should include your name, paper title, email, and institutional and
departmental affiliation. Papers will be due April 3, 2020 for distribution to faculty respondents. Limited,
need-based travel grants may be available for accepted speakers.

Read the full CfP here.

CfP: What Ever Happened to Baby Cain? Ambiguous Childhood in Medieval Literature

International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI
May 7-10, 2020

The deadline for abstracts is Friday 20th September.

Growing up is a perennial feature of human societies. While anxieties surrounding
childhood are universal, the manifestations of these concerns vary between cultures. This
series of sessions proposes to shed light upon the nexus of ambiguity surrounding the
medieval child, as depicted in contemporaneous literature. We invite abstracts for papers
that will explore the representation of childhood in texts of any language, genre, and period
within the Middle Ages. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Historical notions of education, child-rearing, and ‘good behaviour’.
• Non-human and/or monstrous children.
• Infantilised adults and inescapable childhood.
• Environments and spaces that are (un)suitable for children.
• Theological and medical approaches to conception, pregnancy, birth, and infancy.
• Pedagogy and didacticism in texts for and about children.
• The abject and uncanny child.
• Engagement with sensory experiences of growing up.
• Interactions between children and non-human animals.
• Depictions of the divine and demonic child.
• Children with adult roles: kings, saints, knights, etc.
• Crimes against and committed by children.
We welcome submissions from scholars of any level and particularly encourage applications
from PGRs, ECRs, and independent scholars. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long. Please
send abstracts of no more than 250 words and a short biography of around 100 words to
A.V.C.Claridge@liverpool.ac.uk. Please also include the following information in your
submission:
• Full Name
• Institution/Affiliation (if any)
• Email address
• Postal address
• Any specific requirements for your presentation

Call for Papers can be found here.

CfP: Aristotle à rebours: Unconventional Aristotelianism in Medieval Italy and Beyond

ICMS Kalamazoo 2020, May 7-10

Deadline for abstract submissions is 30 September 2019

Aristotle’s transformation from heretical source to intellectual authority testifies to the fact
that his scholastic assimilation was uneven and often controversial, and it is the aim of this
panel to explore those figures whose Aristotelianism has been perceived, by either their
contemporaries or their scholars, as historically peculiar or unorthodox.
Engaging Aristotle's askance medieval reception, this panel invites papers that re-examine
fundamental questions for the schoolmen and poets alike. To what extent did allegiance to
Aristotle and/or his commentators allow for novel, even undogmatic, ways of thinking
through foundational questions, such as the nature of the soul and body, the relation
between the intellect and desire, or the meaning of virtue and nobility? It is this panel’s
wager that medieval Italy provides a testing ground for exploring how an “unconventional”
Aristotle emerges in the overlaps between faith, philosophy, and poetry. At the same time,
this panel welcomes papers that span medieval Europe, its borders, and beyond—
especially those whose investigations illuminate the complexity of the linguistic, cultural
and political factors tied to Aristotelian reception in the Middle Ages, and the Italian Middle
Ages in particular.

Papers should be 15-20 minutes long.

Please send abstracts of c. 250 words and a brief bio to Joseph Romano
(jr3850@columbia.edu) and Kristen Hook (kristen.hook@berkeley.edu)

Call for papers here.

CFP: Past Forward: New Ways of Seeing Old Things


MEST Symposium, Indiana University Bloomington
March 6-7, 2020

Keynote: Dr. Michelle Warren (Dartmouth College)

The digital age is presenting us with new technologies for data mining, data management, and forensic analysis of material culture, while interdisciplinary methodologies and modern theories help us imagine new ways of posing questions about the past and enable us to set new boundaries for framing “the bigger picture.” Together, contemporary theories and modern technologies promise new perspectives on the past.

This symposium invites papers that consider new ways of seeing old things. We are interested in asking: How might applying new, potentially anachronistic, theory to medieval art and literature strengthen or challenge our understanding of the past? What do digital surrogates/avatars/reproductions do for/with/to medieval objects? How can (or should) we use Digital Humanities in the classroom and in our research? What can we learn from medieval technologies as we continue to develop and refine our own?

How do modern theories and technologies help us better understand the Middle Ages while drawing it into our present?

Proposals for 20-minute papers should be submitted to iumestsymposium@gmail.com by October 4, 2019. CFP Here..

 

CFP: Medieval Futures

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2019

Please find attached a CFP for a conference being organized for February 2020 at Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, on the theme of Medieval Futures, with plenary speakers Bernard McGinn and Dot Porter.  For those interested in giving papers, an abstract is due by September 15, 2019.

 

CFP: Middle Grounds: The Politics and Aesthetics of Medieval Mediocrity 

Medievalists @ Penn Sponsored Session
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI
May 7-10, 2020

What can we learn from unexceptional texts and artifacts in the Middle Ages? How can we critically assess the metrics by which we evaluate quality? How can medieval studies reconcile, or recover from, the history of Orientalism in its estimation of non-European medieval traditions? This panel builds on conversations during the 2019 Medievalists @ Penn Conference on Mediocrity (middling-ages.tumblr.com), which we seek to carry in more explicitly transcultural directions. By revisiting definitions of “middleness,” we hope to foster a rigorous approach to challenging the literary and artistic canons of the Western Middle Ages, to explore organic connections between politics and art within and across European and non-European traditions, and to consider how developing an aesthetics of mediocrity invites new discussions about the ethics of criticism. 

We invite 15- to 20-minute papers on this subject from any discipline, and particularly encourage comparative methodologies, as well as research that challenges regional divisions by using global/universal/planetary models of medieval studies. We believe that mediocrity is a useful framework for thinking cross-culturally as well as analyzing the limitations of global approaches, allowing us to explore different aesthetic models and to expose the processes of canon formation within academic institutions. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Unexceptional examples of common genres, such as romance
  • Translation, adaptation, and/or reproduction of medieval objects
  • Mediality of the Middle Ages
  • Orientalism and the mediality of Middle East/East/non-European traditions
  • Non-deluxe manuscripts, mundane objects, ordinary subjects
  • Artists and writers outside conventional canons
  • Medieval theories of artistic quality
  • Quotidian devotional practices; the religious lives of the unsaintly
  • Contemporary and historical reception and criticism
  • Differences in quality between text and image, or text and music

Please send queries or abstracts (200-300 words), along with the Participant Information Form (available at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions), to Rawad Wehbe (rzwehbe@sas.upenn.edu) or Aylin Malcolm (malcolma@sas.upenn.edu) by September 15th, 2019

 

CFP: Visualizing Sound & Silence in Art & Architecture

45th Annual Cleveland Symposium
Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Friday, October 25, 2019

When we examine images, we often concentrate solely on the sense of sight. In reality, art and architecture have a long history of incorporating and engaging with aural elements that foreground the sense of hearing. Whether audible or silent, art, in any form, is not a “mute” medium. The questions of who speaks, who is silent, and who is listening echo within the chambers of power in any society.

How do artists throughout history visualize sound and silence? How does performance alter the experience of an object or space? How does the ephemeral nature of a melody or of a cacophony change our experiences of art and architecture over time?

The Art History Department at Case Western Reserve University invites graduate students to submit abstracts for its 2019 Annual Symposium Visualizing Sound & Silence in Art & Architecture. The Cleveland Symposium is one of the longest-running annual art history graduate symposia in the United States, organized by graduate students in the joint Department of Art History at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

We welcome innovative research papers that explore acoustics, music, sounds, and silence in and around visual imagery. Submissions may explore aspects of this theme as manifested in any medium as well as in any historical period and geographical location. Different methodological perspectives are welcomed.

Current and recent graduate students in art history, musicology, and related disciplines are invited to submit a 350-word abstract and a CV to clevelandsymposium@gmail.com by June 28, 2019. Selected participants will be notified by the end of July. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length. Three papers will be awarded prizes.

Please direct all questions to Reed O’Mara and Rebecca Woodruff at clevelandsymposium@gmail.com. For more information see here.

 

Inaugural Residential Research Library Conference
Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities: Britain, Ireland and the European Context, c.110-c.1900

DEADLINE: Unspecified, Event date: Tuesday September 10-Friday September 13, 2019

Durham University, in collaboration with Ushaw College and Durham Cathedral Library, is in the process of establishing a Residential Research Library, which will provide opportunities for visiting scholars to come to Durham to work on the rich collections of these three institutions. The formal launch of the RRL will take place in the autumn of 2019 and to celebrate the event Durham University and Ushaw College are hosting a conference on the theme of Libraries, Learning and Religious Identities.  The conference organizers are currently seeking panel and paper proposals for this inaugural conference.

Cfp Inaugural Residential Research Library Conference 2019

 


Calls for Submissions (Journals)

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

 

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.

 


Conference Announcements   

Structuring Nature: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Summer School

Berlin
28 July – 3 August 2019

Graduate and undergraduate students are welcomed to apply. Interested students must submit an updated CV and a short cover letter describing their research, methods, and aims by 15 May 2019 at the following email address: structuring.nature@yahoo.com. Applicants who plan on applying for external funding should specify that on their applications.

See here for more information, or visit structuringnature.wordpress.com.

 


Miscellaneous Announcements

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s online vHMML Museum goes live

Full announcement

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.

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.

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.

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

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