Tuesday, August 16, 2016

MAM in Duluth: Conference Information




(BL Harley MS. 978 – public domain image)


All sessions will take place on The College of St. Scholastica main campus. Founded in 1912 by the Benedictine community of St. Scholastica, the College strives to prepare students for the future by fusing liberal learning with professional training. The monastic community continues to sponsor and play an active part in the College’s development as the College honors its past, rooted in the medieval Benedictine tradition, while educating students in the present for a future of service to their communities and the world. The sisters of St. Scholastica join the College faculty in welcoming you to the campus in October.

Registration will be in the Mitchell Auditorium Foyer. Friday’s plenary address will be in the Mitchell Auditorium; Saturday’s plenary address will be in the Science Auditorium. Friday’s reception and banquet will be in Somers Lounge; Saturday’s reception and dinner will be in the Heritage Dining Room. Paper sessions will be either in Tower Hall or the Science Building.


All those presenting at the MAM Annual Conference must be members of MAM. If you have not yet joined, please send your check with the membership form (printable PDF available here) to Kristie Bixby at the address on the form. If you are not certain about your current membership status, simply contact Kristie at Kristie.Bixby@wichita.edu.


Registration will be available online by early September via the Conference website (currently under construction: you will be notified when it is launched). The conference registration fee is $60.00 for regular MAM members and $40.00 for students, retired faculty, lifetime, and patron members. The registration fee includes admission to the receptions Friday and Saturday, the Friday banquet, and conference refreshments. The Saturday buffet dinner is optional and will cost $20.00 inclusive.


The College of St. Scholastica is located at 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Duluth International Airport: Delta Airlines and United Airlines offer regular service to DIA from larger hubs at Minneapolis/St Paul and Chicago respectively. Skyline Shuttle (https://www.skylineshuttle.com/) offers round-trip service to Duluth from the M/SP airport for $68 (takes 2.5-3 hours).
  • Bus: Jefferson Line (www.jeffersonlines.com) offers service to Duluth, including a stop at The College of St. Scholastica. 
  • Automobile:
  • From I-35: Follow I-35 north to 21st Avenue East exit. Turn left onto 21st Avenue East and proceed to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • From US Highway 53: Follow US Hwy 53 south to Arrowhead Road. Turn left onto Arrowhead Road. Follow Arrowhead Road to Kenwood Avenue. Turn right onto Kenwood Avenue and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • From MN Highway 61: Follow MN Hwy 61 south to 21st Avenue East. Turn right onto 21st Avenue East and proceed to Woodland Avenue. Turn right onto Woodland Avenue and proceed to College Street. Turn left onto College Street and follow to The College of St. Scholastica.


The College’s neighborhood is largely residential. The nearest accommodation is about a ten-minute drive. Duluth’s picturesque downtown/Canal Park area is about a fifteen-minute drive.

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants at the following two locations near the airport and the College. Each is about a ten-minute drive from campus. For either option, ask for the Medieval Association of the Midwest/St. Scholastica Conference when you make your reservation. Please note respective “reserve by” dates as they come early.

Additional options for lodging:

Duluth has several hotels and other accommodations (B&B, etc.), but our weekend (like most weekends here) seems quite busy. If you want to check out other possibilities, you may wish to begin at Booking.com, Expedia.com, or Kayak.com.


Parking will be available on campus for both days. Further details will be coming.

SHAKESPEARE’S FIRST FOLIO EXHIBIT – University of Minnesota Duluth

The Minnesota stop for the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit is at the Tweed Museum, UMD, located about 1.5 miles from the CSS Campus. The Exhibit’s Grand Opening will be Thursday, Oct 6, at 5:30 p.m. This event will be our only scheduled activity on the 6th and may be of interest to those arriving early. Our first plenary address, too, sponsored by the CSS English Department, will be open to the public as part of the Department’s and MAM’s partnership with the Exhibit. For more information, see http://champ.d.umn.edu/shakespeares-first-folio.

“MUSIC FROM SHAKESPEARE’S TIME AND PLAYS” – The College of St. Scholastica
Mitchell Auditorium, CSS, Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. As part of the Folger Library’s First Folio Exhibit, and in conjunction with the MAM conference, the CSS early music faculty are offering a concert of English Renaissance music, including music from some of the Bard’s plays, performed on replica Renaissance instruments. The concert features William Bastian, tenor; Bianca Aspin, mezzo soprano; Edward Martin, lute; Shelley Gruskin, recorders, krummhorns, rauschpfeife; Penny Schwarze, viols; and LeAnn House, keyboards. Cost for conference participants is $5 at the door. (Those of you who were here in 2000 when CSS hosted MAM for the 16th Annual Conference will perhaps remember Shelley Gruskin’s interactive plenary address, “Saint Gregory’s Bird and Other Music from the Sky,” on early music and instruments.)


Voted Outside magazine’s Best Town Ever in 2014 (http://www.outsideonline.com/1928016/16-best-places-live-us-2014), Duluth is known for its outdoor lifestyle woven into a vibrant small-city cultural scene. The downtown and Canal Park areas offer a range of shops and restaurants, as well as an active harbor. A scenic walkway, much of it skirting Lake Superior from the Canal to 26th Avenue East, extends from the harbor to the east end of the city and Brighton Beach: some 7+ miles. A seven-mile sand beach extends from the other side of the Canal to the Wisconsin entry. And green-space woods exist throughout the city, including on the CSS campus. In addition to enjoying the conference’s heady atmosphere, the First Folio Exhibit’s historical insights, and the Early Music Group’s artistic performance, you may want to carve out some time to get outside. With a little luck, fall colors could very well be at their peak on our weekend.

Conference Organizer
William Hodapp
Professor of English
Coordinator, Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The College of St. Scholastica
whodapp@css.edu (best means of contact)

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

Downloadable version for printing and sharing:

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, whodapp@css.edu

 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: http://schoenberginstitute.org/visiting-research-fellowships.

For more information on SIMS, go to http://schoenberginstitute.org/. For more information on the Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, go to http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/schoenberg. On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to: http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/medren.

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 ruusbroec@uantwerpen.be 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 daniel.ermens@uantwerpen.be.

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 vfl@slu.edu . Conference information is posted at http://lib.slu.edu/special-collections/programs/conference.