Wednesday, January 25, 2012

News from up north ...

Life in the far north from a book on Norway printed in 1562.
From the Saint John's Rare Books collection.

New for the week of January 25, 2012: 
  • Call For Papers - Hortulus
  • Manuscripts on My Mind - Newsletter of the Vatican Film Library (Saint Louis)
  • Warwick-Newberry Summer Workshop: Reading Publics in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Renaissance Europe
If you have conference announcements, calls for papers, or seminars of interest to the MAM membership, please feel free to send them to: (matt heintzelman) -- Thanks!


[Received via the YMAGINA listserv]

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies
Special Call For Papers for Issue on Medieval Space and Place
Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a refereed
journal devoted to the literature, history, and culture of the medieval
world. Published electronically twice a year, its mission is to present a
forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their
ideas. Article submissions on the selected theme are welcome in any
discipline and period of Medieval Studies. We are also interested in book
reviews on recent works of interest to a broad audience of Medieval
Studies scholars.
Recently, place and space theories have manifested themselves in Medieval
Studies in a number of ways, from analysis of specific spaces and places,
such as gardens, forests, cities, and the court, to spatially theorized
topics such as travel narratives, nationalism, and the open- or closedness
of specific medieval cultural areas.  Over an array of subjects, the
spatial turn challenges scholars to re-think how humans create the world
around them, through both physical and mental processes. Articles should
explore the meaning of space/place in the past by situating it in its
precise historical context.
Possible article topics include, but are not limited to:

Medieval representations of spatial order
The sense of place in the construction of social identities
Mapping and spatial imagination
Topographies of meaningful places
Beyond the binary of center/periphery
Spatial policies of separation: ethnicity, religion, or gender
Travel and the sense of place
Creating landscape
The idea of place in medieval religious culture
Intimate space, public place
Liminality and proximity as social categories

The 2011 issue of Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval
Studies will be published in May of 2012.  All graduate students are
welcome to submit their articles and book reviews, or to send their
queries, via email to by March 1, 2012. For further information please visit our website at

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies,


Newsletter from the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University:

The fifth issue of the Vatican Film Library's newsletter, Manuscripts on My Mind, has just been distributed. The issue includes some Calls for Papers with very close deadlines, as well as other announcements related to the world of manuscripts. The editor, Susan L'Engle, reports that there are still openings for papers in the three suggested sessions for this year's Thirty-Ninth Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, October 12-13, 2012, and the deadline has been extended to the end of this month.

If you are interested in learning more about "Manuscripts on My Mind," please contact Susan L'Engle at:

Note also that the current issue (# 5) and previous issues of this newsletter are posted on the Saint Louis University website, which has changed its address:
Information forwarded by Karen Christianson:

Warwick-Newberry Summer Workshop: Reading Publics in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Renaissance Europe

Vernacular Literature, Platonism, Philosophy, and Medicine
Held at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England
Application deadline: Friday, March 9
Workshop dates: Monday, July 9, 2012 to Friday, July 20, 2012

Directed by Simon Gilson, David Lines, and Maude Vanhaelen, University of Warwick
Participants will consider the role of reading in fostering networks, developing ideas, and forging ideological beliefs; the differences and similarities between print and manuscript cultures; and comparisons between reading practices and networks in Italy and other European countries.
Eligibility: Open to advanced graduate students and early postdoctoral scholars in any relevant discipline. Limited enrollment by competitive application; applicants from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions have priority.
Funding: Non-local participants receive housing, meals, and travel expenses

To apply: Application materials will be uploaded online; see the website above for a link to the application page. If you have questions, please contact

Please forward this message to others who may be interested.
This is one of a series of collaborative programs between the University of Warwick Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies, funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Interesting bits

1780 French map of the Upper Midwest

Recent news items that may be of interest to MAM members:

In this posting:
  • Call for papers - Hagiography conference
  • Job posting - antiquarian books
  • NEH Summer Seminar description
  • Call for papers - German Studies Association
Call for Papers: Hagiography conference in Dubrovnik    
Cuius patrocinio tota gaudet regio. Saints’ Cults and the Dynamics of Regional Cohesion: Dubrovnik, 18-20 October 2012. Conference organized by Croatian Hagiography Society HAGIOTHECA and CULTSYMBOLS Project of the ESF EuroCORECODE Programme.

Job Posting from Bruce McKittrick, an antiquarian bookdealer: 

We are seeking an employee with fluent Latin and German, a sound historical background in medieval and/or early modern European history, and, if possible, experience with rare books.
I would be most grateful if there is a way to notify recipients of Nuntia of this employment opportunity.
[Here is the job description]
"WANTED — Antiquarian bookseller in a firm specializing in pre-1800 Continental
books and manuscripts. Responsibilities include cataloging books, research, building the reference library,
logistics, paperwork and wrapping packages. Requirements: Latin, German, website and database skills, library research experience, attention to detail. Please send a cover letter and CV to"

NEH Seminar on  Tudor England: 
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the manufacture and dissemination of printed books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, this investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 18 June until 20 July 2012. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop at Senate House Library and consider treasures at the British Library. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they draw on the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2012 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.
Full details and application information are available at /Tudor_Books_and_Readers. For further information, please contact Mark Rankin ( The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

Call for papers: German Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 4-7, 2012) 
CALL FOR PAPERS GSA 2012: Medieval and Early Modern Period

Thirty-Sixth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 4-7, 2012
YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following sessions at the 2012 GSA conference:

1. Mothers and Daughters
Fifteen years after the publication of Ann Marie Rasmussen's influential Mothers and Daughters in Medieval German Literature, YMAGINA invites papers that engage with issues raised in this text including, but not limited to, questions of
-female identity formation
-transmission of knowledge from mother to daughter or more generally between family members
-closeness or schisms between mothers and daughters or other close family relations
-female literary stereotypes and their relationship to reality
-the deployment of images of mothers and daughters (or fathers, sons, sisters, brothers, etc.) to either support or question a particular standard or ideal.

Papers treating texts not discussed in Rasmussen's book are welcome, as are those that build on Rasmussen's methodology but explore other types of family relationships.

2. Memory and Story Telling: Old Wine in New Wineskins 
How do stories rely on and activate cultural knowledge? What connotations do traditional, popular, or well-known narrative elements (for example, well-known characters or iconographies or melodies) carry with them into different contexts? How do internal or external audiences respond to such transfers? Papers are invited that explore the role of memory, tradition, or reinvention in textual, pictorial, or musical narratives of the medieval or early modern period, including post-medieval re-castings of medieval or early modern narratives.

3. Disguise and Deception
Disguise and deception are key elements in many secular and hagiographic texts. What motivates disguise and deception? How does an audience recognize deception and disguise? Who is the target of the disguise and deception? Papers are invited that explore any aspect of deception and disguise--linguistic, visual, religious, sexual, and physical--in medieval or early modern works.

We seek 15 to 20 minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes your institutional affiliation by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2012, to BOTH of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please).  Please indicate if you will need AV equipment.

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: 

Friday, January 13, 2012

NuntiaBlog: Reaching out to MAM members and friends

Welcome to the new Blog for the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM).  As an offshoot of MAM's newsletter, Nuntia, this site will offer up-to-date news for MAM members. It will bring calls-for-papers, conference announcements, and any other appropriate news forwarded to the Nuntia editor (Matthew Heintzelman, to be shared with MAM members.

NuntiaBlog will not replace the regular newsletter, which will continue to appear twice annually, but current events or timely announcements will brought to you here.

Please let us know if this kind of news service is helpful to your work!