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.


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