Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Next week we leap!

Coptic bindings on Ethiopian manuscripts (not medieval, mind you ...)

Only one week of February 2012 left!  At least we can have an extra day this year to enjoy.  Here is some "medieval" news from various lists.
  • ‘The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning 1130-1160’
  • Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory
  • New Film from Rare Book School
  • Hortulus sessions at Kalamazoo

From the YMAGINA listserv:

‘The Unsleeping Angel: Literature and Learning 1130-1160’
University of St Andrews
8th to 10th June 2012

Keynote address shall be given by Professor David Crouch

The Literature and Learning in the mid twelfth century conference aims to provide a platform for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate on the intellectual activity taking place in mid twelfth-century Europe.  This has traditionally been viewed as a time of introspection in the fields of literature and learning.  In particular from an English perspective, this has in the past been viewed as a period of anarchy, and little attention has been paid to development in intellectual life. 

We wish to create the opportunity to explore a number of themes, including, but not limited to:
  • historical writings and their audience, for example chronicles, short histories and poetry;
  • development of the use of the vernacular; 
  • palaeographical development;
  • the expansion of law; 
  • provision of education in the Schools; 
  • peregrinations of scholars and the dissemination of knowledge and ideas across Europe; 
  • re-evaluation of intellectual contribution of the period;
  • the changing cultural climate in the years c.1130 to 1160.
The organising committee welcomes abstracts from academics and postgraduates on areas which would fit within the remit of the conference objectives.
Abstracts of approximately 300 words for a 20 minute paper should be submitted via email to the conference organisers, Jane Edwards and Maxine Esser at
The deadline for the call for papers is 30th March 2012.
Please visit our website for further information. 


Center for Medieval Studies - College of Liberal Arts

The Minnesota Manuscript Research Laboratory will hold its 8th annual workshop, to give participants a practical, hands-on introduction to the study of manuscripts, at an internationally acclaimed research institute, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

June 5-10, 2011
Saint John’s University
Collegeville, MN

For more information, please visit:
Workshop objectives include:

  • providing an orientation to the study of medieval scripts and manuscript    books and documents;
  • introducing basic skills for the description of manuscripts, the identification of unattributed texts, and textual editing;
  • providing practice in identifying and locating manuscripts for various research projects;
  • discussing the kinds of questions scholars in various fields investigate by studying manuscripts;
  • introducing a set of printed and on-line tools to help participants learn “how to read a medieval book.”

The focus is primarily on Latin manuscripts from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the classical tradition, and also on manuscripts in European vernaculars. Other languages (e.g. Hebrew, Greek, Ge'ez etc.) can be included based on individual interest.

Review of applications begins March 15, 2012. 

Applications received after that date will be considered if space remains available.

Note From Rare Book School (University of Virginia):

We are thrilled to launch our new film, “Rare Book School: The Student Experience,” an eight-minute documentary, shot in the summer of 2010. 

Please share this video with friends and family who appreciate books as much as you do, or who just don’t understand what you do during the summer in Charlottesville, Virginia!

From Hortulus (
Hortulus will be sponsoring two sessions related to this year’s theme at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 10-13, 2012): Session 9 is entitled, “Concepts of Space/Place beyond Britain,” while Session 71 concentrates on “Concepts of Space/Place within the British Isles.”

One more Coptic binding photo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

After Kalamazoo schedules, then what?

Title page from the Kelmscott Press edition of Beowulf.
From the Saint John's University Arca Artium Rare Books Collection.

New this week: 
  • ‘Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe’
  • Call for proposals for the 2012 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute
  • The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship
  • THINK ROMANCE! Re-conceptualizing a Medieval Genre
  • Rare Book School Summer 2012 course schedule.
  • MLA Executive Committee for the Division on German Literature and Culture to 1700
  • Temporary Lectureship in German (especially medieval literary studies) - University of Cambridge 


‘Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe’
From Virginia Blanton, via the YMAGINA listserv:

I'm pleased to announce (with apologies for cross-posting):

A conference on ‘Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe’ will take place at the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 5-8 June 2012. This is the second of three conferences designed to bring together specialists working on diverse geographical areas to create a dialogue about the Latin and vernacular texts nuns read, wrote, and exchanged, primarily from the eighth to the mid-sixteenth centuries. To date, there has been significant research in this field but little in the way of cross-cultural study. Full details about the Kansas City conference, as well as registration forms, are available at:

For further details, please contact the organizers:
Dr Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City (

Dr Veronica O’Mara, University of Hull (

Dr Patricia Stoop, University of Antwerp (

Many thanks for your help in circulating information to those who might be interested. The first meeting at the University of Hull was very successful and papers from that meeting will be published by Brepols in October 2012. The third conference will take place in June 2013 at the University of Antwerp. Please let me know of any interest, off-list.

We are grateful for funding from the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts & Sciences, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's Center, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.
Virginia Blanton
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of English, CH 106
University of Missouri-Kansas City
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110


Call for proposals for the 2012 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute
Call for proposals for the 2012 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute

The Scaliger Institute and Elsevier invite scholars and researchers to submit proposals for the 2012 Elsevier Fellowship at the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Library.

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

The Elsevier fellowship enables scholars to study 16th -18th century scientific scholarship and publishing.

Since the object of the Fellowship is primarily to promote research in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library and the Elsevier Heritage Collection, the Fellow(s) will not be required to undertake any undergraduate teaching, but will be required to deliver at least one paper or lecture, and might run graduate masterclasses, attend seminars and symposia or deliver other papers.

The Elsevier fellowship provides € 1.000 a month for a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 3 months.

Applicants must submit the following information:

* A 1-3 page research proposal. Applicants should address specifically the relationship between their proposed project and the primary sources to be consulted in the Special Collections of Leiden University

* A list of books and/or manuscripts that are going to be consulted in Leiden University Library  ( and/or the Elsevier Heritage Collection (, including shelfmarks

* The projected beginning and ending dates of on-site research

* A list of publications

* A curriculum vitae

* 2 names of support from academic or other scholars

The closing date for applications of the Elsevier fellowship 2012 is 1 March 2012.

Fellowship applications will be reviewed by a special board consisting of:

C. Keijsper MA (Director of the Scaliger Institute), Professor dr. H. Beukers (President scholarly board), Professor Paul Hoftijzer (History of the Book, ULL), K. van Ommen MA (Co-ordinator Scaliger Institute), David Ruth (SVP Elsevier Global Communications) and Ylann Schemm (Corporate Relations Manager Elsevier).

Additional information and the application form are available on the Scaliger Institute website:

Applications can be sent to:

Drs. K. van Ommen
Co-ordinator Scaliger Instituut
Postbus 9500
2300 RA Leiden

Or by e-mail:

Please forward this mail to colleagues or staff who may benefit from this call for proposals.


The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference/Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference and the Folger Fellowships Program proudly announce the creation of a co-sponsored, short-term Fellowship. This Fellowship is designed to serve the members of the SCSC for whom the Folger's rich collections are essential. This is a two-month Fellowship for research on a topic appropriate to the collections.

The Fellow will be awarded a two-month Fellowship to be taken at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The award carries a stipend of $5000. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of SCSC. Applicants must submit a cover letter, a 1,000-word description of your research project, and 4-page curriculum vitae.  Three letters of support complete the application and may be sent via regular mail or as PDFs email to: Please do NOT send portfolio letters.
The application deadline for 2012-13 short-term Fellowships is 1 March 2012.
Apply directly to SCSC.
Donald J. Harreld
Exec. Dir., SCSC
Department of History
Brigham Young University
2130 JFSB
Provo, UT 84660.


Rare Book School Summer 2012 course schedule.
Rare Book School is pleased announce our Summer 2012 course schedule. Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field.

Highlights of the summer schedule include two new courses,

G-55: Scholarly Editing: Principles & Practice, taught by David Vander Meulen of the University of Virginia, and L-25: Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books, taught by Joel Silver of the Lilly Library at Indiana University; two courses taught by Rare Book School’s Founding Director Terry Belanger, including I-30: Advanced Seminar in Book Illustration Processes; and the retitled H-15: The History of the Book in America: A Survey from Colonial to Modern taught by Michael Winship of the University of Texas at Austin.
*4-8 June 2012 in Charlottesville, VA*
H-30: The Printed Book in the West to 1800, Martin Antonetti
I-20: Book Illustration Processes to 1900, Terry Belanger
H-70: The History of the Book in America, c.1700-1830, James N. Green
L-30: Rare Book Cataloging, Deborah J. Leslie
L-70: XML in Action: Creating Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Texts, David Seaman

*11-15 June 2012 in Charlottesville, VA*
H-60: The History of European & American Papermaking, Timothy Barrett & John Bidwell
G-30: Printed Books since 1800: Description & Analysis, Tom Congalton & Katherine Reagan
L-65: Digitizing the Historical Record, Bethany Nowviskie & Andrew Stauffer
G-45: Analytical Bibliography, Stephen Tabor
**G-55: Scholarly Editing: Principles & Practice, David Vander Meulen

*2-6 July 2012 in Charlottesville, VA*
I-30: Advanced Seminar in Book Illustration Processes, Terry Belanger
M-10: Introduction to Paleography, 800-1500, Consuelo Dutschke
L-95: Born-Digital Materials: Theory & Practice, Matthew Kirschenbaum & Naomi Nelson
H-90: Teaching the History of the Book, Michael F. Suarez, S.J.
G-20: Printed Books to 1800: Description & Analysis, David Whitesell

*16-20 July 2012 in Charlottesville, VA*
H-10: The History of the Book, 200-2000, John Buchtel & Mark Dimunation
G-50: Advanced Descriptive Bibliography, Richard Noble
I-35: The Identification of Photographic Print Processes, James M. Reilly assisted by Ryan Boatright
L-10: Special Collections Librarianship, Alice Schreyer
B-10: Introduction to the History of Bookbinding, Jan Storm van Leeuwen

*23-27 July 2012 in Charlottesville, VA*
M-20: Introduction to Western Codicology, Albert Derolez
H-40: The Printed Book in the West since 1800, Eric Holzenberg
**L-25: Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books, Joel Silver
G-10: Introduction to the Principles of Bibliographical Description, David Whitesell
H-15: The History of the Book in America: A Survey from Colonial to Modern, Michael Winship

** indicates new course

Details for all courses, as well as our application form, can be found on the RBS website:

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Ott
Program Assistant
Rare Book School
University of Virginia


  Re-conceptualizing a Medieval Genre

 32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies

March 31 - April 1, 2012, Fordham University, at the Lincoln Center Campus, New York City
Romances were the most popular, most influential, most wide-ranging form of fiction in the high and late Middle Ages. While this popularity has ensured a great deal of modern critical attention, particularly to individual romances, it has not necessarily meant that the place of romance in the Middle Ages has been understood adequately. That is, as scholars outside of the field of literary studies – historians, art historians, musicologists – have begun to look at romances, those inside continue to treat this genre largely in terms of its literary merit. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to re-conceptualize romance more broadly, not only as a topic of interest for scholars of particular medieval vernacular texts, but as a kind of tool, a bearer of a set of assumptions, a cultural category available to medieval authors, artists, composers, and patrons.
The conference program is comprised of fifty-five speakers from North America and Europe, including four plenary speakers:

Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
Romance in/and the Medieval Mediterranean
Emma Dillon, University of Pennsylvania
Sumptuous Songs: Musical Materialities and the Old French Romance Tradition
James Simpson, Harvard University
Unthinking Thought: Romance’s Wisdom   
Marina Brownlee, Princeton University
Sequels, Prequels, and Contingency

For a full program and to register, please see our website:
The Deadline For Early Registration is March 22, 2012
Online registration is now available; a paper registration form is also available online. Please send the paper registration form and check to
Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458



The MLA Executive Committee for the Division on German Literature and Culture to 1700 is sponsoring two open sessions at the MLA 2013 in Boston. 
Submissions are invited for papers on any topic of medieval or early modern German literature and culture. 
Please submit abstracts of up to 400-words to Kathryn Starkey ( by March 10, 2012. 
Kathryn Starkey
Associate Professor of German 
Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies
Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
426 Dey Hall, CB# 3160 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC 27599-3160
Fax: (919) 962-3708


 Original Message-----University of Cambridge, Department of German and Dutch
Vacancy no GL12222; Temporary Lectureship in German (especially medieval literary studies)

Limit of Tenure applies*
Salary: £36,862
Applications are invited for the post of Temporary Lecturer in German, with a particular focus in medieval studies.
You will be expected to give lectures in optional courses relating to German medieval literary studies. The ability to contribute to the teaching of history of the language, or to other areas of the German syllabus (e.g. modern literature/culture), will be an advantage. You may be required to offer language class teaching and you should expect to assist in undergraduate examining. You should also be prepared to contribute to the teaching and examining of M.Phil. students in relevant fields.
You will be required to hold a PhD and to specialize in one of the areas in which you will be lecturing. You will have a strong profile, both in terms of research and publications, and the promise of making an outstanding scholarly contribution to the Department of German and Dutch. You will have at least near-native command of German and English.
You are invited to apply by completing a CHRIS 6 form and also submitting a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae including a list of publications, a statement on your research interests and the names and addresses of two referees who are familiar with your work in the relevant field. CHRIS/6 (Parts 1 and 3 required) is available at .

All of the application material should be sent by the closing date of Thursday 1 March 2012 preferably by e-mail: or by post to the Secretary to the Appointments Committee, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA. You are requested to ask your referees to email (preferably) or write directly by the same date.

You are also invited to submit by e-mail up to two recent examples of your work for consideration by the Committee. These may be either published or unpublished and should be of special relevance to your application. Candidates shortlisted for the post will be notified by Tuesday 6 March 2012. They will be asked to make a short presentation as part of the interview process.

Further particulars can be found at

*The employment will begin on 1 October 2012 in order to provide temporary replacement cover in respect of the research leave of a member of the Department of German and Dutch. This is a fixed-term post and the period of replacement cover will be until 30 September 2014, subject to satisfactory completion of a probationary period of one year.
Quote Reference: GL12222
Closing Date: 1 March 2012.
Interview Date: Tuesday 13 March 2012
The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Road Again ...

  • Call for News from MAM members for Spring 2012 issue of Nuntia
  • European Papermaking Techniques, 1300-1800 (from American Libraries Direct)
  • MAM at Kalamazoo 2012

News for Nuntia!

The next issue of Nuntia, the newsletter of the Medieval Association of the Midwest, is due in March or April 2012.  Please send any interesting stories, professional updates, or reports on MAM activities (conferences, meetings, topics for discussion) to the editor, Matthew Z. Heintzelman (  Professional updates may also be sent to Ed Risden (


The following article was cited in American Libraries Direct:

European papermaking techniques, 1300–1800
Timothy Barrett writes: “The following essay describes the materials and techniques used to make paper by hand in Europe between 1300 and 1800. This period represents the rise and the slow but certain decline of hand papermaking as a major industry. What follows is a guess, based on limited research, about what may have been the routine in a mill producing high-quality papers somewhere in Europe.”...

Paper Through Time, University of Iowa Libraries


MAM at Kalamazoo 2012

The Medieval Institute has published the catalog of sessions for the 2012 International Congress on Medieval Studies.  The registration and travel information is also available now at:

Session 40
Thursday, 10:00 am
Schneider 1360
Gawain and Middle English Romance
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado
Presider: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
Is the Green Chapel a Real Chapel? Another Reading of the Third Fitt in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Suxue Zhang, Zhejiang Univ.
Gawain: The Knight of the Inner Pentangle. Laurence Erussard, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ghostly Consolation: A Boethian Reading of The Awntyrs off Arthure. Anthony Cirilla, St. Louis Univ.
“Vailyeand and verteous, foroutin ony vice”: Chivalric Pilgrimage and Gawain’s Eschatological Journey in the Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain. Andrew Bethune, Independent Scholar

12:00 noon
Fetzer 1030
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Executive Council Meeting

5:30 pm
Bernhard Faculty Lounge
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Business Meeting and Reception with open bar
Session 160
Thursday, 7:30 pm
Fetzer 2040
The Workings of Romance: Unhappy Happy Endings
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Mickey Sweeney, Dominican Univ.
Presider: Louise Hampson, Univ. of York
“Where have you seen one as fair as I?”: Mary as Romance Heroine in Miracles of the Virgin. Laurel Broughton, Univ. of Vermont
Questing towards Eternity: The Problem of Ending in Three Middle English Visionary Narratives. Megan Eckerle, Yale Univ.
Caught between Mary and Morgan: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s Happy Ending? Mickey Sweeney
Desire and Civic Authority in Sir Degaré. Francine McGregor, Eastern Illinois Univ.

Session 236
Friday, 1:30 pm
Valley II 204
Justice, Law, and Literature in the Middle Ages
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Toy-Fung Tung, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Presider: Toy-Fung Tung
Women, Legal Discourse, Interpretative Maneuvers, and Negotiating Safety. M. C. Bodden, Marquette Univ.
The Stag in Sanctuary: Enacting the Law, Exceeding the Law. Elizabeth Allen, Univ. of California–Irvine
“O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!”: Antecedents of Roderigo’s Ungulling in Decameron Day Eight and Day Nine. Margaret Escher, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Customary Law, Imagination, and Community. Mary Jane Schenck, Univ. of Tampa

Session 295
Friday, 3:30 pm
Valley I 106
Static and Shifting Landscapes in Medieval Literature, Art, and Thought
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Cynthia Z. Valk, Independent Scholar; Robert Benson, Ball State Univ.
Presider: Susann T. Samples, Mount St. Mary’s Univ.
Discarded Image: The Medieval Cosmos in C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy. Thomas Hoberg, Northeastern Illinois Univ.
Navigating the Landscape of Malory’s Grail World. Stephen Atkinson, Park Univ.
Jane Austen and the Medieval Landscape of Otherness. Robert Benson and Cynthia Z. Valk
“Swat yðum weoll”: Blood and Water Imagery in Beowulf. Jeanette S. Zissell, Univ. of Connecticut

Session 373
Saturday, 10:00 am
Schneider 1225
Studies in Medieval Romance in Honor of Harriet Hudson
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Edward Risden, St. Norbert College; Alison Ganze Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Timothy R. Jordan, Zane State College
Crusade, Jihad, and the Holy Land in Middle English Romance. Peter H. Goodrich, Northern Michigan Univ.
Gawain and Florent in the Alliterative Morte Arthure .Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado
Yseut aux Blanches Mains as Losengier and Li gelos or Unifier? Aubri McVey Leung, Wabash College

Session 435
Saturday, 1:30 pm
Schneider 1255
Innovative Assignments from the Chaucer Classroom (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: David Sprunger, Concordia College
Presider: David Sprunger
The Canterbury Tweets: Twitter in the Chaucer Classroom. Rebecca Brackmann, Lincoln Memorial Univ.
Is It a Sword, a Temple-Curtain, or a Veil? Teaching Chaucer through Footnotes. Dabney A. Bankert, James Madison Univ.
Translating Chaucer: An Exercise. Roberta Milliken, Shawnee State Univ.
Provoking Perseverence: Locating Chaucer’s Griselda in Maria Edgeworth’s The Modern Griselda. Alison Ganze Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Children’s Chaucer in the College Classroom. Karla Knutson, Concordia College
A Chaucer Scriptorium. Gavin Richardson, Union Univ.

Session 500
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Schneider 1335
Teaching Popular Literature and Popular Culture of the Middle Ages in the Liberal Arts Classroom
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Toni J. Morris, Univ. of Indianapolis; Samantha A. Meigs, Univ. of Indianapolis
Presider: Kristen Figg, Kent State Univ.–Salem
The Little Dark People: Othering in the Novels of Rosemary Sutcliff. Karen R. Moranski, Univ. of Illinois–Springfield
Popular Beliefs and the Medieval Mentalité. Samantha A. Meigs
Performing Ballads in the Classroom. Toni J. Morris

 Thanks to all the MAM session organizers, presiders and participants!