Friday, December 21, 2012

Are your finals finally final?

From Saint John's University's 2009 Christmas tree video. Fun viewing (4 minutes long)

Do you have events, calls-for-papers, announcements that would be of interest to the members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)?  If so, please forward them to Matt Heintzelman at: so they can be shared through NuntiaBlog!

  • Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013
  • UCLA Visiting Fellows in History of the Material Text
  • The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • University at Buffalo Humanities Institute
  • "Calvin and the Book" at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013
  • Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800
  • Putting England in Its Place
  • 5th European Congress of FIDEM on Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages


CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern

Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013

YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following three sessions at the 2013 GSA conference.

1. Behind Prison Walls: Literary Production in Confined Spaces

Boethius’s sixth-century Consolation of Philosophy, Dhuoda’s ninth-century manual for her son and Luther’s sixteenth-century translation of the New Testament were all produced by writers enduring conditions of physical confinement. Such confinement can be viewed as restrictive—e.g., lack of human contact, lack of resources—or advantageous—e.g., uninterrupted blocks of time, release from political or familial duties. This panel seeks papers that explore the effects of physical confinement on literary production from any period of the Middle Ages or the Early Modern. Participants are encouraged to define imprisonment broadly: it can be externally-imposed or self-inflicted. Possible questions might be: What connections exist between the causes for confinement and the type of text produced? What function/s does literary production serve for the imprisoned author? For the ‘free’ recipient? How do the texts reach beyond the walls of confinement? Is the end of the confinement—execution or release—significant for the work or its dissemination?

2. Global Stories in the German Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

This panel seeks papers that address the dynamics of cultural trade, exchange and transfer in the German-speaking lands during the medieval and early modern period. We conceive of the concepts of “cultural trade, exchange and transfer” broadly. Examples are:

· The trade and geographical migration of cultural artifacts such as manuscripts, paintings, or devotional objects in the German-speaking lands.
· The migration, integration or adaptation of pan-European or global stories into German-language texts.
· The migration of textual narratives into visual material, or of visual narratives into texts.
· The migration of representations of “other places” and their inhabitants into texts and images produced in the German-speaking lands.

We are particularly interested in contributions that focus on cultural trade, exchange and transfer involving the Baltic area or Byzantium.

3. Representations: The Visual in the Verbal and Vice Versa

Medieval literature and visual arts often welcome (or suffer) incursions from the other medium in a variety of forms. What is the role of literary ekphrasis or descriptions of art objects within narrative? How do iconic representations of hagiographic elements in sacred sculpture or manuscript illumination generate meaning? How does a scene from romance on the back of a mirror influence the use of the object? Papers are invited that explore areas of contact between the visual and the verbal arts in medieval culture.

We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012, to all of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):

Dr. Alison Beringer, Department of Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University,

Dr. Katja Altpeter-Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lewis and Clark College,

Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame,


UCLA Visiting Fellows in History of the Material Text:

The UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies announces two two-year visiting positions in History of the Material Text, to be housed in the Departments of History and English, respectively. These positions are designed to enable participation in the life of the Center and the appropriate Department, as well as fuller use of the riches of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Special Collections of the UCLA Libraries. We seek scholars of early modern studies (16th-18th centuries), broadly defined, whose expertise includes but is not limited to book history, history of the material text, and print cultures, in Europe and beyond. Applicants should have received their doctorates in the last six years (no earlier than July 1, 2007 and no later than September 30, 2013).

Visiting fellows will teach two courses per year in their respective Department, one of which would be at the Clark Library. Fellows are also expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s working groups and other research initiatives.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 per year, plus benefits for the fellow and dependents and a $3000 research fund.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
20-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to: Barbara Fuchs, Director
Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies
310 Royce Hall Box 951404
Los Angeles CA 90095-1404

Letters of recommendation may be also be submitted electronically to:

Application dossiers are due by Feb. 1, 2013.


The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.

The holdings of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are quite substantial. Comprehensive collections support research in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.

For information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

Please contact the Public Programs Manager, Dennis Sears with further questions about the program or The Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Dennis Sears, Public Programs Manager
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois Library, Room 346
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333 7242 voice, (217) 244 1755 fax

Or email Dennis: dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu.

Deadline for application: *1 March 2013*.


University at Buffalo Humanities Institute

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries' outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Follow this link to find out more about some of the more notable collections in the UB Libraries:

The fellowships provide stipends to cover the cost of fellows' travel to Buffalo and accommodation and expenses during the time of their stay. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will receive library and parking privileges at UB and are invited to participate in any Humanities Institute events that occur during the time of their visit. If feasible, Fellows are invited to give one public lecture on their research. Fellows are also asked to submit a one page, single-spaced report on the value of having used the collection at UB that will be posted on the Humanities Institute website.

The timing and duration of the Fellows' residence in Buffalo are flexible, though we would anticipate a minimum stay of two weeks. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.

The James Joyce Fellowship: The stipend is up to $2,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, research on Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce's literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences.

The Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship: The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research would be enhanced by any of the books, manuscripts or unique documents in the UB Libraries special collections, which include materials from the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Polish Collection, the Music Library, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Please note that applicants may apply for only one fellowship per academic year.

Selection Criteria and Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the 2013/2014 academic year is January 15, 2013. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:
  • Cover letter;
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal, including length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director.
Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of UB’s special collections to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievement.

Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to the program administrator at


"Calvin and the Book" at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013

Please join us for the 2013 Calvin Studies Society Colloquium: "Calvin and the Book," to be held at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013.

This bi-annual colloquium is arranged around a series of plenary sessions, offering an outstanding opportunity for discussion and interaction among participants. Our 2013 speakers will be addressing a range of historical and theological topics and questions related to Calvin, the Reformation era, and printed texts. Our 2013 plenary speakers are:

Matthew Myer Boulton (Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis) Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary) William Dyrness (Fuller Theological Seminary) Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary) Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews University) Jennifer Powell McNutt (Wheaton College) Martin Tel (Princeton Theological Seminary) Margo Todd (University of Pennsylvania)

For presentation topics and registration information, please visit our web site at

If you have questions, please e-mail Karen Spierling, Vice President and Program Chair at or David Foxgrover, Secretary-Treasurer, at


Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

Co-directed by Ahmet T. Karamustafa (University of Maryland, College Park) and Charles H. Parker (Saint Louis University)

Application deadline: March 4, 2013

Institute: June 3-June 28 at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

The Institute invites applications for twenty-two university teachers and three advanced graduate students to participate as NEH Summer Scholars in a four-week program of lectures, discussions, field trips, and independent research on early modern world history.

The Institute aims to help university teachers acquire expertise in the methods, problems, debates, and sources in early modern world history. The emergence of powerful empires across Eurasia set in motion processes of exchange, inaugurating a new era in world history characterized by cross-cultural contact among peoples from around the globe. Early modern empire-building led to the expansion of long-distance commerce, the worldwide spread of disease, animals, and plants, the globalization of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, and new episodes of intellectual exchange. Three key themes provide the organizational structure for the program: 1) "Empires and Economies of Scale," which focuses on the intersection of state-building and commerce; 2) "Religious and Biological Interactions," which analyzes both missionary encounters and biological exchanges; and 3) "Ideas and Connections," which explores episodes of intellectual engagement.

During the course of the four weeks, NEH Summer Scholars will work toward completing a project that will enable them to develop teaching expertise and/or a curriculum from a range of topics within the thematic framework of the Institute.

Faculty: Laura Hostetler (University of Illinois in Chicago), Molly Greene (Princeton University), Rudi Matthee (University of Delaware), Carla Rahn Phillips (University of Minnesota), Simon Ditchfield (University of York), W. George Lovell (Queen’s University, Ontario), Richard Bulliet (Columbia University), Ulrike Strasser (University of California-Irvine), Timothy Parsons (Washington University in St. Louis).

For more information see or send queries to


Putting England in Its Place
Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages

33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Lincoln Center,

New York City
March 9-10, 2013

Conference Aims

The rich culture of England’s mid-eleventh to thirteenth centuries is central to some disciplinary narratives for the High Middle Ages (for example, the political history of its ruling dynasties, analyses of visual and material culture and of Latin historiography), but omitted from others (the period is often assumed, for instance, to have little to do with the history of English literature). This interdisciplinary conference aims to look in a fresh and integrated way at cultural production and cultural relations within England and between England and other locales in order to explore what kind of place England as a region, a changing political entity, and a culture or set of cultures might occupy in our accounts of the High Middle Ages. Presentations will deal with England's cultures (local, regional, general) in themselves and in their many connections (diplomatic, economic, artistic etc...) with further areas of the British Isles and other medieval regions. There may also be 'flash' presentations on "Canterbury in the High Middle Ages" and on "Space and Place, Real and Imagined," i.e. on a particular kind of space (i.e. marketplace, church, castle), place (a specific locale or region), or the representation of such sites from the High Middle Ages. 

Speakers include:
Anthony Bale, Heather Blurton, Oliver Creighton, Julia Crick, Robert W. Hanning, Paul R. Hyams, Sarah Rees Jones, Rachel Koopmans, Monika Otter, Miri Rubin, Kathryn A. Smith, Michael Staunton, Carol Symes, Elizabeth Tyler

For more information contact: Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 or by fax to 718-817-3978, or by email to


FIDEM organizes in Porto, Portugal, from 25 to 29 june 2013, the 5th European Congress of FIDEM on Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages:

Online registration and Abstract Submission:

Presentation of papers in FIDEM's congresses is open to Individual members or to affiliated of FIDEM's Institutional members, in good membership fees situation.

To encourage participation FIDEM attributes scholarships to researchers under 35 (see the Call).

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval
Faculdade de Letras U.P
Via Panorâmica s/n
P-4150-564 Porto (PORTUGAL)


Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 is almost over!!!

Theresa of Avila fending off the Wild Things ... (ok, so she's early modern and not "medieval")

  • 2013 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships (UCLA)
  • "Understanding the Medieval Book." (University of South Carolina)
  • Call for Papers: Kodikologie und Palaeographie im Digitalen Zeitalter III / Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age III August 16, 2012
  • Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000 (University of St. Andrews)
  • 12th-century Reading Abbey library catalog
  • 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum (Plymouth State University)


2013 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships (UCLA Library Special Collections)
(Deadline extended)

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections ( and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.

Research residencies may last up to three months between January 7 and December 13, 2013. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2,500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2011 averaged $1,167; in 2012, $998.)

United States citizens and permanent residents with legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Application Contents: Applications must be received on or before November 30, 2012 and should include:

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
- Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
- Dates to be spent in residence
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application Instructions: Application materials may be submitted in PDF format by email to, which is the preferred submission method. Letters of recommendation in PDF format may also be sent by email, either by the people writing them or by the applicant.

Applications also may be submitted in print format, mailed to:

James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575

Questions about the fellowships may be mailed to the address above or emailed to:

PDF version of announcement :

Thayer Fellowships homepage :


From the ExLibris listserv:

On 4-5 March 2013 the University of South Carolina will host its third annual seminar, "Understanding the Medieval Book." Dr. Eric Johnson, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at OSU, will lead this two-day event. The topic is "Preaching and Piety," and Eric will discuss bibles, missals, Books of Hours, preaching compendia, devotional miscellanies, manuals of pastoral care, and other book types. Participants will be able to use the 130 manuscript fragments and codices in the university's teaching collection. Eric will also offer a public lecture on 4 March entitled "Reintegrating the Disintegrated: Forms, Functions, and Utilities of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Modern Scholarship."

This two-day seminar is free but space is limited to 25 participants. The application deadline is 15 January 2013. Negotiated rates will be made available at the Inn at Carolina. Information and application materials can be found at this link:

Dr. Scott Gwara, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of South Carolina


Call for Papers: Kodikologie und Palaeographie im Digitalen Zeitalter III / Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age III August 16, 2012 

Following up on two previous publications in the series "Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age" (CPDA I, 2009 [1]; CPDA II, 2011 [2]), the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) wants to continue to document and compare different approaches to scholarly problems in the fields of codicology and palaeography. For this reason the IDE plans to publish a third volume of "Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age" and asks for submissions.

Topics may cover but are not limited to:
- image capturing (multispectral, thermography, etc)
- image processing (segmentation, pattern recognition, layout extraction, etc.)
- analysis of materials (ink, writing material etc.)
- description, identification, and classification of hand, script, or type features
- semantic description (application of norm data, RDF, ontologies, etc)
- storage, collection, cumulation, and exchange of, and access to information (meta catalogs, portals)
- collaborative "Erschliessung", i.e. description / transcription / edition (user generated description/content)
- quantitative codicology and bibliography
- new ways of presentation (visualisation, mobile apps, integral presentation of images, description, annotation, transcription, edition)

We would like to stimulate the exchange between disciplines and user groups by explicitly inviting papers covering non-Western manuscripts, non-manuscript materials, e.g inscriptions, incunabula, etc.

Contributions which explore these and similar subjects (cf. previous CfP [3]) are most welcome and can be submitted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. We plan to continue our policy of open access publication. Proposals of not more than 500 words should be sent by 22 December 2012 to

Editors of this volume:
- Oliver Duntze (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin -- Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
- Oliver Hahn (Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung)
- Torsten Schassan (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuettel)




Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000 

Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th July 2013
University of St Andrews, UK

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a two-day conference entitled ‘Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000’, hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. This conference will explore the relationship between political authority and textual production in the later Carolingian world.

In recent years, there has been substantial re-evaluation of traditional methodological approaches to all kinds of early medieval texts, from narrative histories to documentary sources. Historians have increasingly taken stock of the interdependence of textual aspects such as audience, reception, dissemination, authorial agenda and the relationships between cultural and political elites. This reappraisal has inspired renewed interest in earlier Carolingian political history. However, the so-called ‘post-Carolingian’ world of the tenth century has yet to be thoroughly investigated on the same terms. How did texts produced in the late ninth- and tenth-century political climate differ from those of the preceding century? Is it possible to refashion the traditional political narrative of late Carolingian fragmentation and decline by reassessing the foundations on which this very narrative has been constructed? Our intention is to draw together recent work on the theme of political discourse in the written sources of this period. We hope to provide an international forum for established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students working on political culture and the functions of texts in the late Carolingian world.

Eight invited academics will offer papers on the conference themes. We invite proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars for 20-minute papers on any topic related to the interaction between politics and texts in this period.

The conference will include lunches, refreshments, wine reception, and an optional conference meal. We expect to be able to contribute towards speakers’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For details on the confirmed programme, registration and other information, please visit our website:

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to either of the conference organisers, Roberta Cimino ( or Ed Roberts ( The deadline for submission is 1st February 2013.


From American Libraries Direct:

The 12th-century Reading Abbey library catalog 

Chantry Westwell writes: “A number of catalogs and book lists survive from the Middle Ages, but one of the most interesting is a 12th-century library catalog from Reading Abbey (London, British Library MS Egerton 3031), one of the wealthiest Benedictine monasteries in medieval England, founded by King Henry I in 1121. If we wish to learn more about the monks’ daily lives, the library catalog is a great place to look.”...
British Library: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Blog, Nov. 12


34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013

Call for Papers and Sessions: “Travel, Contact, Exchange”
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College

We invite abstracts or panel proposals in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.
  • How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
  • What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
  • What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
  • How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?
Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Undergraduate student papers or sessions are welcome and require faculty sponsorship.

For more information visit

Please submit abstracts, a/v needs, and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director:

Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Halloween: Do you know where your Autumn has gone?

Happy Eve of All Saints!
Saint Theresa of Avila (1515-1582) in prayer.

  • The Codices Palatini Vaticani now available online.
  • 5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age
  • SHARP 2013: Geographies of the Book
  • Heckman Stipend -- Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
  • The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University: Fellowships and Travel Grants
  • Magnificent Manuscripts - Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180

The University of Heidelberg (Germany) has put a large number of manuscripts in the Vatican's Codices Palatini Latini collection into the internet.  These manuscripts were earlier in the palace library in Heidelberg (site is in German):


5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 16-17, 2012
Taxonomies of Knowledge
In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium considers the role of the manuscript in organizing and classifying knowledge. Like today's electronic databases, the medieval manuscript helped readers access, process, and analyze the information contained within the covers of a book. The papers presented at this symposium will examine this aspect of the manuscript book through a variety of topics, including the place of the medieval library in manuscript culture, the rise and fall of the 12th-century commentary tradition, diagrams, devotional practice, poetics, and the organization and use of encyclopedias and lexicons.
Participants include:

·        Katharine Breen, Northwestern University
·        Mary Franklin-Brown, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
·        Vincent Gillespie, University of Oxford
·        Alfred Hiatt, Queen Mary, University of London
·        William Noel, University of Pennsylvania
·        Sara S. Poor, Princeton University
·        Eric Ramirez-Weaver, University of Virginia
·        Yossef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University & The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
·        Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
·        Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
·        Sergei Tourkin, McGill University

*Please note: due to some cancellations, the program has been revised.
For more information and registration, go to:



SHARP 2013: Geographies of the Book
18 - 21 July 2013
Call for papers
We invite submissions for the 21st annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), to be held in Philadelphia from July 18-21, 2013. The program will take place primarily on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsors include the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, among other local institutions.
The theme for the 21st annual SHARP conference is Geographies of the Book. It can be approached from at least three perspectives:
1. Recent developments that take particular texts and use them to construct multiple histories including, but not limited to, the circulation of books, the plurality of interpretations and uses of the texts, and the forms of domination and resistance within the political and social spheres made possible by the written word.
2. Case studies exploring geographies of books and geographies within books. Geographies of books can refer to the role of the author, the history of publishing (including pirated editions and false imprints), the book trade (circulation of print, within cities, countries, and across continents), and the translation/transformation of texts into other languages, other forms (adaptations, abridgements, epitomes), and other genres (histories into plays, poetry into prose). Or the subject of the geography of reading might also be contemplated.
3. Geographies within books may invoke imaginative topographies or journeys within fictional works, the place of maps and images in travelogues and novels, or the circulation of type and ornament between print shops and cities, and variations or similarities in the regional or national habits of printers and compositors. Tensions between the universal diffusion of printing and its local instantiation might here be considered.
Some potential themes for paper topics might include, but will by no means be limited to:
Book in Asia, Africa, Europe, Americas (geographies of publishing)
Printed book (geographies of the text)
Printing materials and practices (geographies of production)
Travel (movement through geographies)
Maps and cartography/GIS (geographies of space)
Histories of the book (geographies through time)
Transformations of the text (geographies of appropriation)
Authorship (geographies of writers)
Translations (geographies of language)
Reading (geographies of the reader)
Fiction (imaginative geographies)
Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words. Proposals on aspects of book history and print culture in any place or period are welcome, but priority will be given to papers that relate in some way to the conference theme. Preference will also be given to proposals for fully constituted panels. Cover letters for panels should indicate the theme and the panel s participants. Audio-visual requirements must be included in the proposal
Criteria for Selection of Proposals
Papers presented at SHARP conferences are expected to offer original scholarship and to go beyond a descriptive account of archival or textual materials. Papers should outline the wider implications of research presented. Both the thesis being tested and the conclusions drawn should be clearly stated in the proposal. SHARP prides itself on attracting members from a variety of disciplines, who communicate using language that is accessible to diverse specialists. Proposals should indicate how the paper (or panel) sheds light on some issue, principle, or practice of book history that clearly addresses SHARP's interests.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. While membership in SHARP is required of all conference participants, it is not required to submit a proposal. However, all presenters must have current membership before the registration deadline for the conference. The SHARP membership form can be found here:
A limited number of travel grants are available for students and independent scholars.
Program decisions will be announced by late January/early February 2013. The program will be mounted on SHARP's website by early March 2013.


Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, Minnesota 56321
PURPOSE: For research at the Library. 
ELIGIBILITY: Graduate students or scholars who are within three years of completing a terminal master’s or doctoral degree. 
DURATION: Two weeks to six months. 
AMOUNTS: Variable up to $2,000. 
DEADLINES: Twice a year. April 15 for research conducted from July 1-December 31. November 15 for research conducted from January 1-June 30. 
APPLICATION: Submit a letter of application, c.v., a one-page description of the research project including proposed length of stay, an explanation of how the Library’s resources will enable you to advance your project, and a confidential letter of recommendation from your advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of your work. 
SEND: All inquiries and materials to The Committee on Research, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, 2835 Abbey Plaza, Box 7300, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300 or directed to, or fax (320) 363-3222. 
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library houses extensive resources for the study of manuscripts and archives. Almost 125,000 manuscripts are available on microfilm and in digital format. HMML has microfilmed extensively in Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Ethiopia, and is currently digitizing manuscripts in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, India, Malta and Italy. Consult the Library’s website for further information, including an electronic inventory of its collections (OLIVER) and a growing database of manuscript and book images (Vivarium). 

The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
Fellowships & Travel Grants

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2013–2014 fellowship program. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century—mainly British—materials, including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings, as well as a growing collection of sources for the study of New England Native Americans. Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or equivalent advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Residential fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library’s campus, and a $2,100 living allowance stipend. Travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and include on-site accommodation.

To apply for a fellowship or travel grant, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to:

Margaret K. Powell
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
PO Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034 USA
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Magnificent Manuscripts - Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180
With 72 extraordinary manuscripts from the collection of the Bavarian State Library, as well as three exceptional works from the Bamberg State Library, the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation presents a wide overview of the earliest and most precious examples of German book illumination.These 75 magnificent volumes represent some of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of the Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque eras. Within this library*s extensive collection, the Ottonian manuscripts in particular form a unique nucleus that is unsurpassed worldwide. Owing to their extraordinary fragility, these highly valuable works can hardly ever leave the library*s vault. This exhibition of original manuscripts therefore offers a unique opportunity to discover thousand-year-old testimonies to our cultural heritage.
The oldest manuscript on display dates from the era of the last Bavarian Agilolfing duke. The Carolingian codices from the illumination centres of Salzburg, Tegernsee and Freising bear witness to the high quality of artistry in the 9th century. German illumination under the Saxon emperors from Otto the Great (912-973) to Henry II (973-1024), is one of the most glorious epochs of early occidental illumination, which played a prominent role in the arts at that time. Among the greatest achievements of this Ottonian period are the magnificent depictions of sovereigns. These establish a connection between the secular and the sacred, and underline the sanctity of imperial power. 
Secular and ecclesiastical rulers commissioned liturgical manuscripts from the best writing schools and illumination centres: these gospels, pericopes and sacramentaries were richly decorated with luminous colours and gold. Their ingeniously tooled luxurious bindings are encrusted with numerous precious stones, cameos and ivory reliefs, including spolia dating from the classical, Byzantine and Carolingian periods. 
Four world-famous sumptuous codices from the island of Reichenau, whose monastery became the imperial scriptorium under Otto III and Henry II, are on show, including the gospels of Otto III and the pericopes of Henry II. Together with the evangeliary from Bamberg cathedral and the Bamberg Apocalypse, these books have been listed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" World Documentary Heritage register since 2003. The importance of Regensburg as a centre for the creation of sumptuous codices is demonstrated by two magnificent liturgical manuscripts, the Codex commissioned by the Abbess Uta and the Sacramentary of Henry II.
The art of Ottonian illumination outlasted the Saxon rulers until well into the Salian period. The date of the transition from Ottonian to Romanesque art cannot be precisely defined. Other selected manuscripts from the Bavarian State Library illustrate the continuity into the 11th century right up to the threshold of the Romanesque, at the same time following the development of Romanesque book illumination and its flourishing in the following century up to Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190).
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
More information, images and contact adresses under 
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstr. 16
D-80539 Muenchen


Thursday, October 11, 2012

MAM in Cincinnati - A Photo Report

Starting at the end: At the final session at the 2012 MAM conference in Cincinnati, we got to see the
Lord of the Rings as we've never seen it before (unless your name is Steve Yandell).

If you made it to Cincinnati in September 2012, perhaps these will prompt memories of your time there. If not, see what MAM was up to at Xavier University! We had a great set of papers and presentations, a surprise viewing of the Saint John's Bible, wonderful student musicians, and lots of great conversation. We even had time to conduct a little business along the way.  Here is a gallery of photos from our time in Cincinnati and at Xavier:

Note: You can click on any photograph to see it enlarged.

Welcome to Cincinnati, where the deer (but not the buffalo) roam in the park around the city's art museum.

Islamic art in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ceiling of the Damascus room in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Wood carving of the Virgin Mary in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Medieval altar in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

From the opening discussion of movies and the Middle Ages on Thursday evening.

Steve Yandell at the plenary lecture on Friday.

Dr. Robert Fulk at the plenary lecture on Friday.

Checking out a nice facsimile of the Saint John's Bible.

Musical entertainment - very well done!

Don't stop organizing until the conference is over!

Well-deserved round of applause for our host, Steve Yandell.

Time to visit.

More visiting.

(Imagined conversation:) "So, it's like this ..."

(Continuation of imagined conversation:) "No, really that's how it works ..."

Catching up on what medievalists do.

Did someone mention that a movie of The Hobbit is going to open soon?

The Lord of the Rings is a long story.

A really long story.

Long, and complicated.

Long, but a lot of fun!

(Imagined comment:) "So, I just did this for fun ..."

Ah, the enthusiasm of youth -- when you could make a scroll like this.

A captivated audience.

One section of the scroll.