Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CFP: Midwest Medieval History Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS

October 17-18, 2014
We are pleased to announce that after over thirty years we will be returning to the Chicago area. We will hold our 53rd annual Midwest Medieval History Conference at Dominican University, in River Forest, Illinois. The conference will be held on October 17-18, 2014. Conference attendees will be able to stay at the Carleton Hotel, in nearby Oak Park, IL.
Our keynote speaker is Barbara Rosenwein of Loyola University Chicago. We will organize one session on the history of emotions in honor of her outstanding contributions in that field. We invite historians to submit paper proposals for this session or any other field of medieval history related to your current research. We will also entertain proposals for presentations on the scholarship of teaching and learning as it relates to medieval history. We also welcome paper proposals from those who are pursuing graduate degrees in medieval history. Six graduate student presenters will be awarded stipends of $150 to help defray travel and conference costs.
Please complete the form found here to submit an abstract and short curriculum vitae to the organizers. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014. Selections will be announced by September 1.
If you have questions about the conference or local arrangements, please email John Lomax (jlomax@onu.edu) and David Perry (dperry@dom.edu).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

History of the Book Lecture - Newberry Library, Chicago



The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies presents:

Friday, April 4, 2014, 2:00 pm
History of the Book Lecture
Bruce T. Moran, University of Nevada, Reno
Preserving the Cutting Edge: Woodblocks, Visual Knowledge, and Practices of Botanical Illustration in Early Modern Europe
http://www.newberry.org/04042014-bruce-t-moran

A reception will follow the lecture.

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required by 10 am Thursday, April 3.

Please forward this message to others who may be interested. Download a printable PDF flyer to post and distribute.

Keep up with the Center for Renaissance Studies by following our blog: http://www.newberry.org/center-renaissance-studies-blog

Faculty and graduate students at member institutions of the Center for Renaissance Studies consortium may be eligible to apply for travel funding to attend this program (http://www.newberry.org/newberry-renaissance-consortium-grants).


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two "medieval" stories from American Libraries Direct



Vatican Library digitizes its archives
The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 and considered one of the world
s most important research libraries, is hoping by 2018 to digitally archive its entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts. The library announced March 20 that it will work with the Japanese NTT Data Corporation on the project. While the library has already begun to digitize some 6,000 manuscripts, the collaboration will employ special measures to improve long-term storage and safekeeping....
The Telegraph (UK), Mar. 20




Historiated initials
Jenny Weston writes:
Medieval initials come in all shapes and sizes. They also come with different kinds of decoration. While some feature twisty vines, flowers, and other abstract designs, others present more detailed and distinctive figures and scenes. Known as historiated initials, these portray figures or scenes that are clearly identifiablethey tell a story. The letter H (on the right), for example, depicts Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from heaven....
Medieval Fragments, Mar. 21