Friday, July 21, 2017

We are seeking submissions for the following session at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018. These sessions are sponsored by the  Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of York.

Session #1. Boundaries of Negotiations in Later Medieval Europe: political, cultural, economic
Recent research has demonstrated an increased interest in the various forms of negotiating in the Middle Ages. In late medieval Europe, in particular, amid political, social and religious conflicts, to negotiate is a prominent practice at different levels of society. A whole set of vocabulary in vernacular languages is used, for instance, to describe occurrences of transactions, diplomatic talks, social or even religious claims. This session welcomes papers using any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches  that consider aspects of negotiating that may take place in, but not limited to, political, cultural, or economical contexts in later medieval Europe, including papers that consider the role of emotion in a negotiation. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars from different fields in order to examine aspects of intercommunication during that time period. 

Session #2. Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches
In this session, we would like to address from an interdisciplinary standpoint questions regarding unfinished manuscripts in later medieval Europe. Were image programs planned and never finished? Was the text altered in a significant form? What can an informed understanding of the text/image relationship in a given case of an unfinished manuscript reveal? Are there extant sources of any unfinished manuscripts that might reveal how a later patron or artist/ script may envision adapting a work to suit his or her current needs? Why were specific manuscripts/versions of manuscripts never finished? This session will include visual elements such as images and marginalia, the physical layout of text and image, spaces for images that never got executed, and the codicological structure of the manuscripts themselves. 
Abstracts for papers of 15-20 minutes or any questions should be sent to Anne-Hélène Miller (ahm@utk.edu).  The deadline for submissions is September 15 2017. The submission guidelines and the required Participant Information Form are available at wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions.


The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
601 Greve Hall
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: 865-974-1859
Fax: 865-974-3655

Mailing Address:
915 Volunteer Blvd.
Dunford Hall, Sixth Floor
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

“Manuscripts in the Curriculum": New Perspectives on Using Medieval Manuscripts in the Undergraduate Classroom from Special Collection Librarians, Faculty, and Booksellers (A Roundtable)

Integrating medieval manuscripts into an undergraduate curriculum changes the game.  Students are transformed from passive learners to active scholars; observing objects and seeking to understand and interpret their context teaches critical thinking.  Implementing programs to give students this opportunity requires the cooperation of special collection librarians and faculty, two disciplines that speak slightly different languages. Inspired by Les Enluminures's new program Manuscripts in the Curriculum, this session will also introduce a third perspective and explore the practical issues of how to build collections for teaching. 

The session organizers wish to bring people together from these communities to share their experiences, to discuss successful results, to analyze problems, and to envision future directions.  We invite papers that explore efforts to bring manuscripts into the  classroom, and the challenges of implementing these programs at specific institutions from the perspectives of librarians, faculty, and booksellers.  The session will be structured as a roundtable with a series of short ten- and fifteen-minute papers (the number and duration to be determined depending on response), with ample time for discussion.

Please send abstracts of no more than a page, along with a current CV and the Participation Information Form (available on the Medieval Congress Submissions page: http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to lauralight@lesenluminures.com by September 10, and sooner if possible.

Please feel free to circulate and post this CFP.


Emily Runde
Text Manuscripts Specialist
Les Enluminures

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

 CALL FOR PAPERS:  Celtic Studies at Kalamazoo, May 2018
   On behalf of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, Professor Frederick Suppe is organizing two panels of papers for presentation at the annual International Medieval Studies Congress which will meet at Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA during May 10-13, 2018.  The general topics for these two panels are:
   "Interactions between Celtic and non-Celtic Societies: Juxtapositions, Connections, Confrontations, and Cross-Influences,"
   "New Work by Young Celtic Studies Scholars."
Paper proposals are welcome which treat any topic relevant to Celtic Studies and which are based on any relevant academic discipline(s).  Papers should be written for a presentation time of approximately 20 minutes.  Presenters are required to be members of CSANA at the time of the Congress and to present their papers in person.  (CSANA dues are very reasonable, especially for students.)  A proposal should include both a succinct one-page summary of the topic and methodology of the paper and a "Participant Information Form," which can be accessed via the website of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University (the academic host for the Congress) at:
http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress .  Paper proposals should be submitted to Professor Suppe before the deadline of Friday, September 15, 2017. They may be submitted as e-mail attachments to fsuppe@bsu.edu   or by FAX to (765) 285-5612  or by regular mail to:
      Professor Frederick Suppe
      History Department
      Ball State University
      Muncie, IN  47306
      USA.
Please circulate this Call for Papers to any scholars who may be potentially interested and feel free to post the CFP on other locations.

CFP: Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World

by Brad Hostetler

CFP: Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World
Sponsored by the Italian Art Society
53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 10-13, 2018, Western Michigan University
 
The Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium leading to the 2010 publication of San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice introduced new perspectives on Byzantine and Venetian visual and material culture that extended Otto Demus’s survey of Saint Mark’s basilica. The authors’ application of more recent approaches—such as the social function of spolia, the act of display, the construction of identity, and cultural hybridity—brought fresh analyses to a complex and richly decorated monument. This panel seeks to expand this methodological discourse by taking into account questions related to materials, materiality, and intermediality between Venice and Byzantium. The arrival of material culture from the Byzantine world to Venice as gifts, spoils, or ephemera during the centuries surrounding the Fourth Crusade allowed for both appropriation and conceptual transformation of material culture. In light of the renewal in interest of Venice’s Byzantine heritage, this panel seeks to reflect on the interaction of material culture between la Serenissima and the Byzantine world, especially during the eleventh through fifteenth centuries. Topics may be wide-ranging, including, but not limited to: issues of reception and cultural translation; changing concepts of preciousness; different valuation of materials between Venice and Byzantium; the fluctuating simulation of material visual effects; the transformation of Byzantine objects incorporated into Venetian frames; intermedial dialogue between Byzantine and Venetian art; and the process and technique of manufacture of works between Byzantium and Venice. Some points of departure may include: the building of San Marco itself; Byzantine objects in the Treasury; Byzantine manuscripts included as part of the Cardinal Bessarion gift to the Republic; the monuments on Torcello; or issues raised as a result of recent conservation projects. New cross-cultural methodologies from art historical, anthropological, or sociological fields are welcome.
 
Please submit a 300-word abstract and a completed Participant Information Form (http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) by September 15 to the session organizers:
Brad Hostetler, Kenyon College, hostetler1@kenyon.edu
Joseph Kopta, Pratt Institute, jkopta@pratt.edu
 
In addition to the travel awards available to all Congress participants (http://www.wmich.edu/medievalcongress/awards), the Italian Art Society offers competitive travel grants: http://italianartsociety.org/grants-opportunities/travel-grant-information/
1.       Anatomizing Melancholy and Reliving Depression (a roundtable)
This session will be open to a diverse range of approaches, but we will be particularly interested in medievalists’ open experiences of mood disorders and how their work on the Middle Ages has helped, hindered, or informed their experience of depression—and, naturally, if and how modern experiences of depression help us understand the experience of melancholia. By exploring these issues transhistorically, I hope that this roundtable will both further our understanding of medieval melancholia and contribute to efforts among contemporary medievalists to foreground mental health issues in the academy that are increasingly affecting our colleagues and students.

2.       Getting Down with Anglo-Saxons: Depression and Related Conditions before the Conquest
 The second session will be a panel of three or four papers that focuses on the phenomenology of “depressive states” in Anglo-Saxon England. Our goal will be to identify, if possible, commonalities between negative mental/emotional states in Anglo-Saxon society and culture that allow us to formulate and perhaps explain a pathology of mood disorders that is specific to this time and place, just as modern-day depression is thought to be a product of our social and cultural environments. Following on from the work of scholars like Leslie Lockett and Antonina Harbus, this session builds upon recent work in cognitive approaches to Anglo-Saxon culture, as well as tapping in to current trends in the burgeoning field of the “history of emotions.”

Please contact Chris Abram (cabram@nd.edu) with proposals or requests for further information.



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Associate Professor of EnglishUniversity of Notre Dame 
International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo 2018
CFP: Bede and Material Culture (I and II)
Sponsored by: BedeNet.com
 Organized by: Paul Hilliard, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Sharon M. Rowley, Christopher Newport University, Peter Darby, University of Nottingham,  Máirín MacCarron, University of Sheffield
 Fueled by recent discoveries and benefiting from over 70 years of meticulous labor, the study of insular material culture has become essential to any scholar seeking to understand the societies located in early medieval Britain and Ireland.  The relationship between Bede, the primary textual source, and that material record continues to be a source of dialogue and debate.  While both the study of insular material culture and the understanding of Bede have greatly developed over the past thirty years, these new perspectives have not always been brought together.  It seems fitting then to facilitate further dialogue and integration by focusing our two sessions on Bede and material culture.
 For these sessions the theme of Bede and material culture is broadly understood and may include the impact of material culture on Bede and the use of material culture for understanding the age of Bede.  Additionally, papers are also welcome which place Bede himself in a thick context of early Anglo-Saxon material culture and/or advance ways in which the study of material culture helps us to read better Bede’s own scholarly writings.  In short, these sessions are dedicated to explore what things have to tell us about Bede and his world. Please contact Paul Hilliard at philliard@usml.edu with questions and submissions. 


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Dr. Sharon M. Rowley
Professor
Department of English
Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23606
757.594.8874
fax 757.594.8870

Identifying Creative Impulses in Early Medieval Art and Culture

Special Sessions organized by Eric Ramírez-Weaver (emr6m@virginia.edu) and Lynley Anne Herbert (lherbert@thewalters.org)

I. Creative Modes of Activating the Early Medieval Manuscript
The way a manuscript behaves when used “in the flesh,” so to speak, can at times reveal layers of creativity built into them, which must be actively experienced rather than passively seen. Often as modern scholars we work from digitized images of individual folios, or at best openings, and “page flipping” technologies (such as the Walters’s “Ex Libris” platform or the British Library’s “Turning the Pages” program) provide a false sense that we are experiencing the physical book. Evidence of the performative qualities of a manuscript can at times be rediscovered, not just in the sense of how a reader might perform the text written in the book, but how the user activated the book as an object during use.  Does an image show through a page and become part of the visual experience on the other side, and was there intentionality there? Do images interact across an opening? Does imagery function together from recto to verso? How is the artist creating an experience for the user, or conversely, how did the user alter the book to create a personal experience? This session seeks papers that explore creative approaches that open up new possibilities regarding how early medieval manuscripts functioned as objects.

II. Creative Strategies of Intellectual Engagement with Tradition and the Auctores
Recent scholarship (consider Benjamin Anderson, Lynda Coon, Paul Edward Dutton, Rosamond McKitterick, Lawrence Nees, Eric Ramírez-Weaver, and Immo Warntjes), has increasingly emphasized the creative strategies for intervention and manufacture of meaning that were acutely linked to early medieval eastern and western engagements with various aspects of the liberal art traditions. From star pictures to poetic acrostics, devotion to erudition and pious personal reform transformed the possibilities for innovation that proliferated during the Carolingian period. Interlocking networks of artists, chroniclers, historians, and poets communicated their translations, textual redactions, and visual records of classical tradition and contemporary study with one another, engaged in debate or collaboration, but advancing science. This session seeks papers willing to reconsider methodologically apposite ways to reinterpret the various brands of early medieval creativity manifest in texts pertaining (as broadly as possible) to the seven liberal arts, including texts of astronomical, computistical, rhetorical, geometric, arithmetic, musical, lyrical, philosophical, diagrammatic, or historical significance.
  
Eric M. Ramírez-Weaver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of the Undergraduate Program (Office Hours: Fridays, 9am-1pm)
University of Virginia
McIntire Department of Art
Carl H. and Martha S. Lindner Center for Art History
303 Fayerweather Hall
P.O. BOX 400130
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130
[T] 434-924-7710
[F] 434-924-3647
[C] 434-227-2910

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sponsored by the Research Group of Manuscript Evidence

Abstracts to: Linde M. Brocato, linde.brocato AT gmail.com 

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Alfonso X, “the Wise,” of Castile was a polymath himself and sponsored many more across the various communities of Iberia.  His court was the political center of Castile, at least until the rethinking of law and politics he promulgated in the Siete Partidascombined with his (invited) Ghibelline bid for the Holy Roman Emperorship to provoke a civil war in his realms, led by his second son Sancho IV.  Iberia was also a crossroads of travelers – scholars, pilgrims, diplomats, merchants – from all over the world, with destinations like the courts of Castile and of the Crown of Aragon.  

Among the vast corpus of works he either directly or indirectly composed, Alfonso X’s book on games and gaming, the Libros de ajedrez, dados y tablas (also known as the Libro de los juegos), likely finished in the early to mid-1280s at the end of his life, seems to have reflected these intellectual and political dynamics, and recorded many such travelers and dwellers of his court.  In spite of a facsimile from the late 1980s, it has until recently garnered very little attention, particularly attention that considered it beyond the domains of chess and gaming, and art history.  

With Sonja Musser Golladay’s 2007 dissertation and Olivia Remie Constable’s article of the same year, however, and more recent studies, analysis of the book and its context have begun to contribute to our understanding of many other aspects of the 13th century, due to its incredibly rich representation of layers of information, ranging from the portraits in its miniatures to the intertextual networks of translation in multiple domains.  

In this era of “big data” and datamining, the Libro de los juegos offers a very interesting counter-case: one specific manuscript of only moderate length that provides insight into multiple domains.  It is “small data,” but data so rich that it produces big results when placed in productive tension across domains and disciplines.  It is a book that lends itself to interdisciplinary conversation, and to conversations that trace its contents and its effects over time, as part of a particular corpus and part of a concrete library. 

The purpose of this session is to encourage a lively interdisciplinary discussion of its texts, images, and the physical book from a variety of domains, perspectives, and methods in order to address a broad array of questions both related to and beyond its explicit topic, games and aristocratic leisure, and, as such, invites participants from all quarters interested in cross-disciplinary analysis and discussion of the Libro de los juegos.

A pdf of the CFP is also available on my academia.edu page:

Monday, July 17, 2017

CFP: “From Intolerance to Inclusion: Intersections between Teaching and Research of Persecution in the Middle Ages” (May 2018)

The panel, “From Intolerance to Inclusion: Intersections between Teaching and Research of Persecution in the Middle Ages,” proposes to look at the ways research and teaching of intolerance and persecution of marginalized groups in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean can promote a more inclusive vision of the Middle Ages. In recent years, public perceptions of medieval societies as culturally and racially homogeneous—explicitly antithetical and hostile to modern concepts of diversity—have gained a particularly problematic currency among conservative and right-wing groups. Many a critic has noticed that this interpretation casts the Middle Ages, with a sense of wistful nostalgia, as “the good old days”: racially pure, sexually normative past dominated by universal Christianity and patriarchy. It is up to medievalists—as educators, as well as scholars—to dispel this dangerous misinterpretation of the Middle Ages among our students and the public.

This panel’s organizers would like to suggest that medievalists have championed, researched, and taught a more inclusive vision of the Middle Ages for decades, especially in works of scholarship and courses that deal—perhaps surprisingly—with intolerance and persecution during this period. Studies of and courses on medieval heresies and inquisition, interreligious violence, suppression of non-normative manifestations of gender and sexuality demonstrate, first and foremost, that the Middle Ages were racially, culturally, religiously, and sexually diverse. This panel will invite its participants to discuss their experience with both studying and teaching persecutions of marginalized groups in the Middle Ages and to share their approaches to teaching a more inclusive and multicultural vision of this period to their students and the general public.

Key questions include, but are not limited to the following:
-          Strategies for promoting a balanced and inclusive understanding of the period in the classroom and beyond
-          How discussion of persecuted minorities in the Middle Ages can be usefully placed in modern context; what is gained or lost in the process?
-          How to emphasize medieval diversity in the classroom beyond mere “tokenism”
-          What scholars of the Middle Ages can do to counteract the “alt-right’s” attempts to claim the period as ultra-conservative utopia

We hope that the panel will initiate conversations and stimulate future scholarship.


Please send abstracts of up to 300 words, current CV, and the Participant Information Form (available on the Congress’ Submissions page, http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to esmelyan@uci.edu by September 10, or sooner if possible.
CFP: A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies
Special Sessions at the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies
10-13 May 2018
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies I: Interdisciplinary/Extramural

This session seeks papers focused on ways that a Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon studies can resonate inside and outside the university. Ideally, papers will combine traditional academic analysis of Anglo-Saxon artifact(s) (text, object, etc.) with reflection on ways that feminist analysis can or should function outside of traditional academia. We anticipate that some presenters will also grapple with the definition of the term “feminist” in 2017/2018, both in and out of the field.


A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies II:
Projects in Process (a roundtable)

Rather than the more usual roundtable of 6-8 short presentations, this roundtable seeks 5-6 scholars to describe feminist works-in-progress in the context of 2-3 specific questions about the state of the field and its future. Each panelist will take no more than 7 minutes, leaving time for substantial conversation after the initial, brief remarks. We plan to share these questions (over social media, listservs, etc.) before the Congress in order to give potential audience members and the presenters time to reflect on these issues and lay the groundwork for fruitful, substantive discussion that includes audience members as well as panelists. These questions could include: How does your current feminist project fit into your teaching? How does your current feminist project address the ongoing “crisis in the humanities”? How do you engage your non-medievalist colleagues in your feminist project? How do you convince your department head/dean/provost that your feminist project is worthwhile and thus worthy of institutional support? With input from digital communities, the organizers will finalize these centering questions in January of 2018.

Submit abstracts as PDF attachments to:
Mary Dockray-Miller
Humanities Dept.
Lesley University

Review of abstracts will be ongoing until the Congress deadline of 15 September 2017.


Friday, July 14, 2017

CFP: A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies
Special Sessions at the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies
10-13 May 2018
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies I: Interdisciplinary/Extramural

This session seeks papers focused on ways that a Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon studies can resonate inside and outside the university. Ideally, papers will combine traditional academic analysis of Anglo-Saxon artifact(s) (text, object, etc.) with reflection on ways that feminist analysis can or should function outside of traditional academia. We anticipate that some presenters will also grapple with the definition of the term “feminist” in 2017/2018, both in and out of the field.


A Feminist Renaissance in Anglo-Saxon Studies II:
Projects in Process (a roundtable)

Rather than the more usual roundtable of 6-8 short presentations, this roundtable seeks 5-6 scholars to describe feminist works-in-progress in the context of 2-3 specific questions about the state of the field and its future. Each panelist will take no more than 7 minutes, leaving time for substantial conversation after the initial, brief remarks. We plan to share these questions (over social media, listservs, etc.) before the Congress in order to give potential audience members and the presenters time to reflect on these issues and lay the groundwork for fruitful, substantive discussion that includes audience members as well as panelists. These questions could include: How does your current feminist project fit into your teaching? How does your current feminist project address the ongoing “crisis in the humanities”? How do you engage your non-medievalist colleagues in your feminist project? How do you convince your department head/dean/provost that your feminist project is worthwhile and thus worthy of institutional support? With input from digital communities, the organizers will finalize these centering questions in January of 2018.

Submit abstracts as PDF attachments to:
Mary Dockray-Miller
Humanities Dept.
Lesley University
mdockray@lesley.edumdockray@lesley.edu
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Review of abstracts will be ongoing until the Congress deadline of 15 September 2017.

https://mdockraymiller.hcommons.org/2017/07/14/cfp-a-feminist-renaissance-in-anglo-saxon-studies/

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On 17 November, 2017, a symposium will be held at Leiden University, entitled ‘Scholarly Correspondence on Medieval Germanic Language and Literature’. The symposium aims to bring together scholars who are working with the correspondence of prominent scholars of medieval Germanic language and literature before 1945.
 
Possible topics/themes include but are not limited to:
 
  • Editing scholarly correspondence
  • The role of scholarly correspondence in the study of the development of the academic study of (specific) medieval Germanic languages and literatures
  • Scholarly correspondence in relation to:
  • academic publications
  • scholarly collaboration
  • academic careers
  • the personal life of scholars
  • gossip and conflicts
  • academic integrity
  • archives
 
Subsequent to the symposium, we aim to publish the contributions as a special issue of the peer-reviewed journalAmsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik (published by Brill), with the goal of furthering interest in the topic.
 
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to Thijs Porck (Leiden University; m.h.porck@hum.leidenuniv.nlby 31 August, 2017. The language of presentation at the symposium is English.

Friday, July 7, 2017

 
38th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, New York City, March 17-18, 2018.  Abstracts due Sept. 15, 2017
 
Dress was a primary expression of identity in the Middle Ages, when individuals made strategic choices about clothing and bodily adornment (including hairstyle, jewelry, and other accessories) in order to communicate gender, ethnicity, status, occupation, and other personal and group identities. Because outward appearances were often interpreted as a reliable reflection of inner selves, medieval dress, in its material embodiment as well as in literary and artistic representations, carried extraordinary moral and social meaning, as well as offering seductive possibilities for self-presentation.
 
This conference aims to bring together recent research on the material culture and social meanings of dress in the Middle Ages to explore the following or related issues:
 
·       The implications of being able to study medieval dress only in representation
·       The strategies that were served by dress, either embodied or in representation
·       The effects of cultural economic factors, such as cross-cultural contact and trade, commerce, and/or technology on dress and its uses
·       The development of the so-called ‘Western fashion system’ and the cultural changes which it inspired or reflected
 
Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2017 to Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu, or by fax to 718-817-3987
 
Saturday March 17 –Sunday March 18, 2018
Fordham University, 
Lincoln Center Campus
113 W. 60th St., New York, NY 10023

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Institute of Classical Studies
Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Friday July 7, 2017 at 16:30 in room 234

*Collation Visualization*
*Helping Users to Explore Collated Manuscripts*

Elisa Nury (King’s College London)

The comparison of manuscripts and recording of variant readings is an essential, but challenging task towards the preparation of a scholarly edition. A large amount of detailed data is collected during collation, and needs to be analysed and visualized. In the recent years, the use of digital format has been increasingly incorporated within the collation workflow: from writing down variants in Word or Excel documents to adopting complex automated collation tools such as CollateX. This presentation will focus on a method to help scholars and readers visualize collation results of a Latin text in a digital format.

Seminar will be livecast at: https://youtu.be/1YB_mFJ9SlQ

Full abstract: http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2017-06en.html

ALL WELCOME