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 Periodically, outdated postings will be deleted, but readers are encouraged to check deadline information carefully.
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: email@example.com, with “Heckman Stipend” in the subject line. Questions about the Stipends may be sent to the same address.
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.
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
• Full Name
• Institution/Affiliation (if any)
• Email address
• Postal address
• Any specific requirements for your presentation
Call for Papers can be found 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) or Aylin Malcolm (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Structuring Nature: An Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Summer School
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants who plan on applying for external funding should specify that on their applications.
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s online vHMML Museum goes live
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.
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.
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):
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
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.
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