Sunday, May 1, 2016

See You in Duluth! MAM 2016 at the College of St. Scholastica

“Materiality and Performance”
Medieval Association of the Midwest
32nd Annual Conference

October 6-8, 2016
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, Minnesota

This year’s conference will coincide with the Folger Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Attendees will be able to take in the exhibit as well as other related events marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The conference theme emphasizes performance and material culture. Organizers, however, will also welcome paper and session proposals on any topic related to medieval and early modern history, literature, and culture.

Paper/Session Proposals Deadline: Friday, July 22, 2016

Please send proposals or inquiries via email or regular post:

William Hodapp
The College of St. Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811-4199

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

MAM 2016 Conference - Preliminary Announcement with Dates

From the library stacks at the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, Minnesota).

Medieval Association of the Midwest
32nd Annual Conference
October 6-8, 2016
Theme: “Materiality and Performance”
The College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, Minnesota

This year’s conference will coincide with the Folger Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Attendees will be able to take in the exhibit as well as other events related to this exhibit marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A call for papers will be forthcoming prior to this year’s International Congress on Medieval Studies in May.

Contact: William Hodapp, 218-723-5947,

 Other enrichment opportunities will be available! 

And, of course, Duluth is a pretty cool place (even when it's not January or February)!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Visiting Research Fellowships

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) Visiting Research Fellowship program seeks applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS aims to bring manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage. Part of the Penn Libraries, SIMS oversees an extensive collection of pre-modern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections. SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the pre-modern manuscript collections at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection. Affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, located near other manuscript-rich research collections (the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

Applicants can apply to spend 1, 2, or 3 months at SIMS. Project proposals should demonstrate that the Libraries’ pre-modern manuscript resources are integral to proposed research topics. Recipients will be expected to work on-site at Penn Libraries for the duration of their fellowship, excluding possible short research trips in support of the proposed project to nearby institutions. Proposals with a digital component are encouraged though not required. A total of $15,000 per year will be divided among up to 3 fellows in increments of $5,000 per month. Awards must be used between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Applications are due May 15, 2016. For more information on eligibility and the application process, go to:

For more information on SIMS, go to For more information on the Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, go to On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture

(Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp - personal photo from Matt Heintzelman)

Announcement from the Antwerp University Summer School:

Antwerp University Summer School: Book and Culture 2016
27 June – 1 July 2016
Organized by the Ruusbroec Institute
in cooperation with the University of Antwerp Library

The Summer School 2016 offers an interactive English-spoken training for 12 PhD students and postdocs who intensively use religious texts and visual media as source material for their research.

The Summer School focuses on:

(1) the materiality of manuscripts, hand press books and prints;
(2) the way these sources have been gathered to build collections, and
(3) various methodologies which may be used to analyze these sources

The training will focus on the relationship between the physical object and its metadata, and on "big data analysis" and on other techniques used in the Digital Humanities. Through hands-on sessions in the unique Ruusbroec Institute Library, and visits to three other important Antwerp historic, religious collections, participants will familiarize with religious collections and specific documents.

Lectures by:
Erik Kwakkel (Leiden)
David McKitterick (Cambridge)
Falk Eisermann (Berlin)
Evelyne Verheggen (Nijmegen)
Pierre Delsaerdt (Antwerp)
Hubert Meeus (Antwerp)
Kees Schepers (Antwerp)
Goran Proot (Antwerp and Paris)
Tom Deneire (Antwerp)
Daniël Ermens (Antwerp)

Visits to:
Ruusbroec Institute Library
University of Antwerp Library - Special Collections
Heritage Library Hendrik Conscience
Carolus Borromeus Church

Check the complete program on:

Fee € 150: including lunches, drinks and Summer School dinner

For registration, please send an e-mail to with the following information:
PhD or postdoc?
current research project
short motivation for your registration

The number of participants is limited to 12 PhD students and postdocs. Admittance will be in order of
registration. Master students can register but will only be admitted when the maximum number of participants is not reached. You will receive a confirmation of your admittance before 15 April 2016, which will include further details. For more information, please contact

Thursday, February 25, 2016

43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS: 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies (14-15 October 2016)

Vatican Film Library

Saint Louis University

Paper or session proposals are invited for the 43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, organized by the Vatican Film Library and to be held at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO, 14–15 October 2016. The guest speaker will be Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University), speaking on "Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books."

Proposals should address the material aspects of late antique, medieval, or Renaissance manuscripts. Papers are twenty minutes in length and a full session normally consists of three papers. Submissions of papers may address an original topic or one of the session themes already proposed. Submissions of original session themes are welcome from those who wish to be organizers.


Patterns of Exchange: Manifestations of Cross-Cultural Practice and Production in Medieval and Renaissance Hebrew Manuscripts
Every year we try to have a panel that parallels the topic explored by the keynote speaker. To complement Madeline Caviness’s “Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books,” we welcome papers that will explore/discuss medieval and Renaissance Hebrew manuscripts that reflect cultural interactions between Christian and Jewish communities in diverse geographical locations.

Manuscripts for Travelers: Directions, Descriptions, and Maps
This session focuses on manuscripts of travel and accounts of places and geographies intended for practical use: perhaps as guidance for a journey; descriptions of topography and marvels, or as travel accounts of pilgrimage, mission, exploration, and commercial or diplomatic expeditions. They could constitute itineraries, guidebooks, narratives, surveys, chorographies, or practical maps such as city plans, local maps, or portolan charts. We invite papers that examine any of these aspects of manuscripts associated with travel, with particular attention to their production, illustration and decoration, use, transmission, or preservation.

Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners
The names of famous manuscripts come quickly to mind, especially because of their association with wealthy and celebrated figures: the Bedford Hours; the Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry; the Bible of Borso d’Este, for example. Less well-known are their subsequent owners, who may have been equally notable but have been eclipsed by the aura surrounding the first. This panel seeks papers that examine the cumulative ownership history of extraordinary manuscripts, before they entered their present holding institutions.

Open Panel
Here is your chance to propose and assemble, or propose and contribute to a panel that speaks to a manuscript theme that you have long been wishing to see explored, or investigated from a particular standpoint. We are open to proposals on all manuscript genres, from any geographical locale, on all aspects of manuscript study: transmission and reception, codicology, local practices of production, collecting, library history, cultural influence, and scholarly use.

Please submit a paper or session title and an abstract of not more than 200 words by 15 March 2016 via our online submission form. Those whose proposals are accepted are reminded that registration fees and travel and accommodation expenses for the conference are the responsibility of speakers and/or their institutions. For more information, contact Erica Lauriello, Library Associate Sr for Special Collections Administration, at 314-977-3090 or . Conference information is posted at