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: 

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