Thursday, March 8, 2012

From the land of melting snow ...

Detail view of a manuscript fragment (Ms. Frag. 15) from Saint John's University Collections.
For more information on this fragment, see:

In this “issue”: several calls for papers from the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio (October 2012), as well as a Call for News from the MAM membership. Happy Reading.

Matt Heintzelman

  • CALL FOR NEWS for Nuntia (Spring 2012)
  • German Literature and Culture to 1700 at MLA
  • NeMLA 2013 Call for Panel & Session Proposals
  • "Representations of Heresy in French Art and Literature" (16th-century Studies Conference)
  • “The Use and Abuse of Churches and Chapels” (16th-century Studies Conference)
  • “Christian-Jewish Confrontation” (16th-century Studies Conference)
  • “New Bibles and Devotion” (16th-century Studies Conference)
  • “Transatlantic archivalities in the long sixteenth century” (16th-century Studies Conference)



The Spring 2012 issue of Nuntia is due to come out sometime in March 2012 (the most recent issue was Autumn 2011 (  Included in the newsletter’s contents will be the MAM schedule for Kalamazoo 2012, minutes from the last business meeting in May 2012, and other news from MAM and its membership. Please send any announcements, calls for papers, interesting articles for the member of the Medieval Association of the Midwest to:
  • Matt Heintzelman (for general news, conference calls for papers, conference reports, etc.) or
  • Edward Risden (for professional announcements of promotions, publications or other individual announcements to share with the membership)

Thanks for your support!


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library announces the Spring 2012 round of applications:


Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
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, 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 120,000 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, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, India, Ukraine, 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).

German Literature and Culture to 1700 at MLA

Dear Colleagues,

We are in urgent need of submissions for two sessions organized by the Division of German Literature and Culture to 1700 for the MLA 2013 in Boston. Submissions on any topic of medieval and/or early modern German literature are welcome. Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested and consider submitting an abstract yourself.

400-word abstracts are due to Kathryn Starkey ( by March 10, 2012.


NeMLA 2013 Call for Panel & Session Proposals

The Northeast Modern Language Association invites you to submit proposals for sessions, seminars, roundtables, panels, or creative sessions for its 2013 convention by April 15, 2012.  Would you also be so kind as to forward this call and the attached flyer to your colleagues, full and part-time faculty, and graduate students?  Details are below:

Northeast Modern Language Association 44th Annual Convention
March 21-24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts
Host: Tufts University
The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.

Propose a session: NeMLA's program of sessions is generated each year by its members.
Propose a seminar, roundtable, creative session or panel. Submit your proposal online by April 15, 2012.

Submit an abstract: The full Call for Papers will be available online June 2012; the abstract deadline is Sept. 30, 2012.
British Anglophone
Comparative Languages
Film & Cultural Studies
French & Francophone
Transnational Studies
Women's & Gender Studies
World Literatures
NeMLA 2012 membership is required to chair a 2013 NeMLA session.
Please see for guidelines and more information.
Questions? Email
Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about the event or submissions.
Many thanks and warm regards,

Kim Evelyn
PhD Candidate, ABD
Department of English
University of Rhode Island
Promotions Fellow, Northeast Modern Language Association

"Representations of Heresy in French Art and Literature"

Panel Call for Papers
Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
October 25-28, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio
Organizers: Nicole Bensoussan, Art History, and Gabriella Scarlatta Eschrich, French Literature, The University of Michigan-Dearborn

We invite papers that deal with representations of heresy in French art and literature, including:
-Exile and protestantism
-Triumph over heresy
-Catholic propaganda
-Women and heresy
-The court
-The city
-Emblem books
-Text-image relationships
-The geography of heresy
-The wars of religion
Please send a 250 word abstract by Monday, April 2, 2012 to both:
Nicole Bensoussan  and Gabriella Scarlatta Eschrich

“The Use and Abuse of Churches and Chapels”

Call For Papers – Sixteenth Century Studies Conference 2012 Cincinnati, OH, USA – 25-28 October 2012
After the household, the church was the most ubiquitous space in early modern Europe. Thus it follows that far more happened within the bounds of churches and chapels than simply prayer. The diversity of activities that occurred within churches is the focus of this Call For Papers, as are the conflicts or developments that grew out of these practices. Fundamentally, the church was a public space built for community use, however many churches were funded by closed communities or willingly offer patronal rights to families and groups who ‘privatized’ some spaces. Moreover, through the early modern period these was an extensive re-imagining of church space due to the creation of diverse reforming cultures, the scholarship of which is still evolving. This Call for Papers embraces all aspects of the study of churches and chapels, and hopes to attract presenters with a broad interest in how these spaces were used and argued over. In addition, the people who populated these spaces, along with the ideas and expectations that early moderns held about church structures are key to this Call For Papers.

These panels seek both social and institutional investigations that examine the chapels and churches within Europe, as well as those built in newly colonized territories that have connections with European prototypes.

Presentations could focus on the following aspects of the use and abuse of churches throughout the long sixteenth century:

• The construction, decoration, patronage, management, and spatial ideals of churches (both Catholic and reformed)
• The effects of iconoclasm on churches, the transfer of a church from one denomination to another, or the physical reform of a community
• The church as a liturgical space, sacred topography, the church as a metaphor
• The church as a public space and the non-ecclesiastical activities that occurred in it
• Public vs. private space in churches
• The church as a site for charity, criminality, perversion, or superstition
Please send a title and 200-word abstract of the proposed presentation to Jennifer Mara DeSilva ( Please detail any A/V requirements that you might need.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 26 March 2012.

Jennifer Mara DeSilva, PhD
Burkhardt Building, Room 231
Department of History
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-1099
United States of America

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
Cincinnati, Ohio, October 25-28, 2012
Call for proposals on “Christian-Jewish Confrontation”

Did the fierce antagonism surrounding the Jewish expulsions or the collaborations occasioned by the Christian rediscovery of Hebrew give rise to any theological innovations among Christians and Jews? Innovations in Christian-Jewish polemics? General and specialized approaches welcome.
(The 2012 Conference will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, home to the Klau Library, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, one of the greatest collections for Renaissance Jewish studies in the U.S.)
Brief abstract to David H. Price ( or Sigrun Haude (

“New Bibles and Devotion”

Papers on any aspects of the new Bibles of the Renaissance, including the impact of the Bibles and the new translations on devotional writing and the arts.
Brief abstract to David H. Price ( or Sigrun Haude (


Call for Papers: For panel(s) at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Cleveland, October 25-28, 2012

Transatlantic archivalities in the long sixteenth century

How did the various powers engaged in trans-Atlantic enterprises from the late 15th century onwards cope with the new genres of document that these enterprises produced, and with the new maps of cultural and administrative space that their emerging empires and colonies demanded? How did the inhabitants of the Americas or of West Africa (indigenous, settler or temporary migrant) create archival spaces of their own, or claim spaces in the archival topology of the metropoles? How did European models of archiving (with their concerns about authentication, secrecy, and arcana) inflect information circulation both in administrations and in larger cultural circuits around the Atlantic? Papers are welcome from all perspectives, including institutional, cultural, indigenous, and centered anywhere around the Atlantic world of the period.

Scholars interested in proposing  a paper for one or more panels on this theme should contact Randolph C. Head ( with a brief proposal of 300-500 words along with an abbreviated C.V. I would appreciate a first contact by March 15, 2012, if possible, so that any panel(s) that emerge can be submitted for approval in a timely way.

Note: the SCSC does not provide funds for travel or lodging, meaning that those who attend must find their own funding.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

It's March -- Do you know where your academic year has gone?

At the Sign of the Happy Zebra (or as my daughter would call it, "Mona Zebra."
From Hiob Ludolf, Historia Aethiopica (Frankfurt 1681).

  • Conversion in the Early Modern Iberian World - Call for Papers, SCSC, October 25-28, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST (Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology)
  • Medieval Academy - Annual Meeting, Knoxville, 2013: Call for Papers 
  • XYLOGRAPHIA! Books by blocks (not type!)
  • Transgressing Discipline in Medieval German Narrative - CFP for Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 3-6 2013
  • American Academy of Religion group on Religion and Popular Culture
  • More on American Academy of Religion (Chicago, November 17-20, 2012

From the Sixteenth-Century Studies list:

Panel Proposal -- Call for Papers
SCSC, October 25-28, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio

Panel Proposal: Conversion in the Early Modern Iberian World
It is increasingly evident that religious identity in the early modern Iberian world was more labile than previously imagined. This panel would explore the dynamics of religious conversion within and beyond orthodox Catholicism. Conversion, therefore, might be examined as an intensification of religious devotion or as a transformation in religious identity. Papers might consider such questions as precipitating factors for conversion, sudden versus prolonged conversions, gender and conversion, “re-conversion,” literary or autobiographical representations of conversion or converts, family and community reactions to converts, and the problematics of syncretism.

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send me a 300-500 word proposal along with an abbreviated C.V. by March 30, 2012.

Alison Weber
Professor of Spanish
University of Virginia


Interdisciplinary Conference of AHLiST (Association of History, Literature, Science and Technology)

Location: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Date: June, 27-29 2012
Important Dates:
Paper Submission Due: April 1, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 2012
Registration: April 15 to May1, 2012
Late Registration: from May 1, 2012

The 2012 conference themes (but not limited to) are creation, innovation, and reinvention. Nations, communities, groups and individuals have dynamically participated in the process of artistic, cultural, digital, historical, literary, scientific, and technological (re)invention, and they are increasingly conscious of their ability to (re)invent or (re)shape art, history, literature, science, society and technology. The goal of these themes is to analyze, using interdisciplinary approaches, the course of action that individuals and communities develop for their creation, innovation and reinvention. We invite panels and individual papers on these or related topics, but will give full consideration to any proposal within AHLiST’s scope.
DEADLINE for Submissions is April 1, 2012.
Possible topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Creation, innovation, and reinvention in literature, technology and science.
i) Technology/Science and Literature
ii) Cognitive Science and Literature
iii) Ideology, Science and Technology
iv) Single or Comparative Author Studies
v) Fiction, Poetry and Science Studies
vi) Digital or Hypertext Literature
vii) Computer Mediated Communication and Humanities Studies.

2. Interdisciplinary links among history, science and technology
i) History and Science
ii) Historic Cartography
iii) New Technologies and Archeology
iv) Restoration and conservation
vi) Archive and Library Systems on line

3. Technology, education, and language
i) Accessible Information Technology in Education
ii) Computational Linguistics; Computational Lexicography
iii) Paleography and Pattern Recognition
iv) Digitalization Projects and Document Image Analysis
v) Information Retrieval, Database Systems and Data Integration
vi) Technology and Humanities Teaching and Research
vii) Virtual Classroom; Interactive Technology and Language Learning
viii) Integration between Computational Methods and Theories with Research in Humanities.

Submission Guidelines
*All presenters must be members of the Association by conference time.
*Paper submissions should be sent to
Submissions can be in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. All submission should represent original work done by the authors. There will be two options to propose/submit : i) panel proposal ; ii) individual paper.

I. Panel Proposal (Session Proposal with three of more papers).
If you plan to propose a panel/session, please include the title of the panel and the names of presenters; a panel abstract of 150-250 words; a separate page with the names of presenters, their contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email) and institutional affiliation(s), the titles of their presentations; and a 250-word abstract for each paper. Panels will be one hour and fifteen minutes long. Presenters for a panel will be asked to submit their abstract and information separately.

II. Individual Proposal
Each author can use one of the following submissions to propose: a) abstract; b) work-in-progress paper; c) full paper.
a. Abstract
A title and 250 words (double-spaced and 12 fonts)
b. Work-in-progress
A structured proposal of about 1,000 words (double- spaced and 12 fonts) including purpose, methodology/approach, findings, research limitations/implications, and originality/value. A reference list is required. Tables or figures should be placed in the appendix after the reference list if needed.
c. Full Paper
Full paper submissions must not be published, accepted for publication, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors should limit their initial submissions to approximately 20- 25 double-spaced pages in 12-point font with appropriate margins, inclusive of all materials (i.e., references, figures, tables and appendices). In preparing for the full papers, please reference the author’s guidelines. If full papers are not formatted accordingly, they will not be considered or reviewed by AHLiST.


Annual Meeting, Knoxville, 2013: Call for Papers 
Deadline for submission is 15 May 2012

The annual meeting of the Medieval Academy will be held from 4-6 April 2013, in downtown Knoxville, hosted by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, the University of Tennessee Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium.
The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2011 and 2012. Others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Academy.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here.

Please contact Prof. Jay Rubenstein at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville if you have any questions.

1.  Militant Piety in Late Antiquity: Papers in Honor of the Memory of Thomas Sizgorich
2.  Militant Piety in Medieval History: Papers in Honor of the Memory of Thomas Sizgorich
3.  Sainthood and Regional Identity
4.  Maps and Mapping: Cities and Regions
5.  Unity and Regionalism in the Medieval Mediterranean
6.  Italy and the Mediterranean
7.  Trade between Region and Hinterland
8.  Regional and Vernacular Literature and Translations: Local Voices, (Trans)National Issues
9.  Family and the Land
10.  Erogenous Zones
11.  Beyond Borders: Kingdoms and Communities off the Map
12.  Resounding Spaces: Defining Communities and Geographies through Song
13.  North vs. South in Old and Middle English Literature
14. Milestones and Millstones in the Study of Old English Literature: The Most Significant - or Misguided - Works of Criticism
15. Drama in Medieval England
16. Greek East and Latin West
17.  Medieval Marketplace: Theory and Practice
18.  Economic Interaction in the Low Countries
19.  Social and Political Interaction in the Low Countries
20.  Science and Religion in Conflict
21.  Latin Translations of Vernacular Literature
22.  Medicine and Spirituality
23.  Latin Devotional Literatures
24.  The Reception of the Apocrypha
25.  Rumor and Infamy in Political Culture
26.  Archaeology and Region
27.  Depictions of the Liberal Arts
28.  Carolingian Manuscript Culture
29.  The New Constitutionalism Revisited: Documents, Texts, Cultures
30.  Saints, Sinners, and Inquisition
31.  Landscapes and Seasons of the Medieval World: Pearsall and Salter at 40
32.  Ecocriticism and Its Discontents
33.  Peasants and the Natural World
34.  Networks of Monasteries and Religious Orders
35.  The Millennium: Fresh Views of the End of Time
36.  Preaching and Public Religious Practice
37.  Bodies and Borders
38.  Women before the Inquisition: A Persecuted Sex?
39.  Gender, Family, and Place: Romancing the Home
40. Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew: Cosmopolitan Language and Regionalism in the Middle Ages
41. Holy Land(s) and Medieval Jews
42. Regional Traits in Illuminated Manuscripts: Style and Iconography


XYLOGRAPHIA! Books by blocks (not hand or type!)
(from the Bavarian State Library – please excuse the German; follow the link below to an online exhibit of block books in the Bavarian State Library; there is also a link to buy the catalog of the exhibit; finally, if you are going to Munich in the next couple months … the exhibit is free)

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
am 17. Februar wurde in der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München die Ausstellung Vom ABC bis zur Apokalypse - Leben, Glauben und Sterben in spätmittelalterlichen Blockbüchern eröffnet, die noch bis zum 6. Mai zu sehen sein wird.
Blockbücher, also von Holztafeln gedruckte Bücher, dienten in der zweiten Hälfte des 15. Jahrhunderts vor allem zur Verbreitung von Werken, bei denen Bild und Text eine enge, nahezu untrennbare Verbindung eingegangen waren. Die meisten dieser xylographischen Drucke vermittelten dem Betrachter Wissen über die Bibel oder unterwiesen ihn in der christlichen Glaubenspraxis. Manche Blockbücher behandeln aber auch weltlichere Themen. Für Lateinschüler wurden Grammatiklehrbücher und für Pilger Reiseführer angeboten; an breite Leserkreise richteten sich Kalender und eine Handlesekunst. In der Ausstellung sind fünfzehn Blockbücher zu unterschiedlichen Themen zu sehen. Um die Vielfalt der Medientypen des 15. Jahrhunderts zu veranschaulichen, werden auch Handschriften und typographische Drucke der jeweiligen Werke gezeigt.

Auf der Website
sind die meisten Exponate als vollständige Digitalisate einsehbar.

Der Ausstellungskatalog
Vom ABC bis zur Apokalypse Leben, Glauben und Sterben in spätmittelalterlichen Blockbüchern Ausstellung 17. Februar bis 6. Mai 2012 Ausstellung und Katalog: Bettina Wagner.
Luzern : Quaternio Verlag, 2012.
168 Seiten : zahlreiche farbige Illustrationen.
(Schatzkammer ; 2012)
Preis: EUR 19,80
kann über den Online-Shop der BSB bezogen werden (Bestellnummer 070):
In der Ausstellung ist er zum Preis von 18,00 erhältlich.
In der Ausstellung steht ein kostenloser Audioguide in deutscher Sprache zur Verfügung.

Eintritt frei
Öffentliche Führungen
Jeden Donnerstag (außer 5. April) um 17.00 Uhr sowie zu folgenden Terminen: 11. März, 31. März, 22. April, jeweils um 14.00 Uhr
Montag-Freitag 10-17 Uhr, Donnerstag 10-19, Samstag/Sonntag 13-17 Uhr.
Am 21. Februar (Faschingsdienstag), 6.-9. April (Ostern), 1. Mai (Maifeiertag) geschlossen.
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Schatzkammer, 1. Stock Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 München U3/U6, Bus 154, Haltestelle Universität Bus 100, Haltestelle Von-der-Tann-Straße
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Bettina Wagner


CFP for Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Boston, MA, January 3-6 2013

Transgressing Discipline in Medieval German Narrative

Whether delivered as extra-diegetic asides, placed in the mouths of the characters, or integrated into the very form of the text, discourses from other genres of writing and spheres of knowledge seem to interrupt medieval narrative.  The High Middle Ages has been characterized by a concomitant discovery of the individual, a rise of the university, and a growth in professionalization and specialization in knowledge.  Theology, medicine, and law, for instance, were increasingly becoming more esoteric.  And yet, modern medievalism has begun to uncover ways in which literary texts are significantly imbricated in other disciplinary and generic discourses.  Some of these instances include, for example, Giburc's ethical plea in Wolfram's Willehalm, Mechthild of Magdeburg’s incorporation of tropes of courtly love, and the lengthy medical disquisition about Amfortas' wound in Parzival. 

Beyond considering pointing up the relative fluidity of disciplinary and generic boundaries in specific texts, few scholars have, however, investigated the literary role of these "digressions" within the narratives they appear to interrupt.  How are we to understand these seeming interruptions?  Do extra-literary discourses interfere with the "story," or are such references to external disciplines, in fact, integral to the writing of medieval narrative?  How do these various genres of medieval narrative (romance, hagiography, chronicle) interrupt or supplement each other?

We invite abstracts concerning the role of non-literary disciplines or spheres of knowledge (e.g. law, theology, medicine) as they appear in medieval German narrative.  Papers considering individual medieval texts are welcome. 

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by 12 March 2012 to Claire Taylor Jones ( and Mary Campbell (


From the Book Arts Listserv:

(Posted on the Book Arts Listserv for Cheryl Porter and the Montefiascone Project:

1. Re-creating the Medieval Palette   July 30 – August 3Course Tutor: Cheryl Porter
This class will study the colours (made from rocks, minerals, metals, insects and plants) that were processed to produce the colours used by artists throughout the medieval era. The focus will mostly (though not exclusively) be on manuscript art (Islamic and European) and participants will re-create the colours using original recipes. Illustrated lectures, will address the history, geography, chemistry, iconography and conservation issues. Practical making and painting sessions will follow these lectures.

2. The Glazier Codex August 6 – 10Course Tutor: Julia Miller
The Glazier Codex (New York, Morgan Library & Museum, MS G.67) contains a parchment manuscript of the first half of the Acts of the Apostles, written in Coptic and illuminated.  The manuscript and its binding are thought to date from the late 5th  /early 6th century.
The workshop goal is to make a full size model of the original binding.  The original text consists of 15 gatherings of vellum sheets, 4 sheets (a quaternion) of vellum per gathering; we will be substituting paper.  The sewing is a link style variation, and we will be adding simple link style endbands. The Glazier Codex has a decorated leather spine piece that extends beyond the head edge of the spine, nearly covering (and thus protecting) the head edge of the text block.  One theory is that the tail edge of the spine piece extended in a similar fashion to protect the tail edge of the text block.  The Codex has bare wooden boards with two wrapping bands, one extending from the top edge of the upper cover, and one from the fore edge of the upper cover.  Each wrapping band is finished with a decorated bone slip used to anchor the wrapped bands.  There is evidence that the codex had a bookmark attached to the outer corner of the lower board.
Workshop lecture and discussion will compare early codex book formats found in Egypt using images and models of early structures to illustrate structural changes in the codex. Study of the binding of the Glazier Codex will be supported through extensive images of the original. Handouts, including a reading list, will be included in the workshop materials. Basic bookbinding skills are required; we will be doing very minimal paring the leather we use for the binding but we will be sanding wood and bone so please bring a face mask if you prefer.  You may also wish to bring your own supplies of materials (wood, leather, paper) to make additional models and samplers in your free time (!) from the teaching model collection, which ranges from wooden tablets and papyrus notebooks to a late-Coptic full-size model of a Hamuli cover.

3. The Mudejar Binding August 13 – 17Course Tutor: Ana Beny
From Christian Spain, in the 14-16th centuries, as part of the heritage of al-Andalus, came the so-called “Mudejar” binding style – many with Gothic wooden boards and strong Islamic influences in the decoration.
Through the use of Powerpoint and other resources, the course will give an over-view of Gothic binding structures and examine previous influences on its evolution and how it, in turn, influenced later bindings. Special attention will be focused on the characteristics of Spanish bindings throughout this period.
Participants will construct a full-scale model in order to understand the unique features – especially those constructions that control the functioning of the spine and its movement. Students will sew the text-block, prepare the wooden boards and parchment spine lining, make end-bands, board attachment, leather covering, anchor clasps and decorate the cover. There will also be opportunity to practice the blind-tooled decoration with damp and/or heat techniques.
All materials needed to construct the book can be provided, though participants will need to bring basic bookbinding tools. Some knowledge of binding is essential as is the motivation to work longer hours than is usual for the programme.

4. Eighteenth Century French Binding  August 20 – 24 Course Tutor: Jeff Peachey
Participants will construct a typical full calf late eighteenth century French binding. In some respects, this structure is the end of 1,200 years of hand leather binding; by the mid nineteenth century the mechanized publisher’s cloth case begins to predominate.  Particular attention will be given to the techniques originally used to make these books, informed by close readings of multiple contemporaneous technical descriptions—Gauffecourt’s 1763 Traité de la Relieure des Livres, Diderot’s 1765 Encyclopedié and Dudin’s 1772 L’Art du Relieur-doreur de Livres—the examination of extant bindings, and the use of antique and reproduction tools.  Typical features of this binding style include a hand beaten textblock, edges ploughed in-boards and colored; single or double core endbands, vellum spine liners, and several methods of leather decoration. Several presentations will contextualize the bindings and historic equipment. The numerous problems these structures pose for conservators will also be discussed. This workshop is constantly updated, incorporating ongoing research. Basic bookbinding skills are a prerequisite.
More information:


From the Hagiography listserv:

In addition to the American Academy of Religion group on Religion and Popular Culture, there is also now a group that focuses on medieval and early modern religion in Europe and the Mediterranean.  Again, this is part of an effort to bring more medievalists to the AAR.

Here is the call for papers:

The Religion in Europe and the Mediterranean World, 500-1650 CE unit of the American Academy of Religion is accepting paper proposals for the next annual meeting, to be held in Chicago, November 17-20, 2012)

This group brings together scholars working on premodern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to examine questions of comparison and influence in a geographically and temporally defined context. We invite paper and panel proposals on all subjects related to religion in medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean. We especially encourage papers that explore communities of prayer and that examine eschatological and apocalyptic traditions. In cooperation with the SBL Qur’an and Biblical Literature Section, we also seek papers for a cosponsored session exploring interpretations of scriptural passages that describe the possibility of seeing God.

For more  information, please contact either Martha Newman or Constance Furey

The deadline for submissions is March 13.  

Please visit    to submit a proposal and  to see the call for papers.

Martha  Newman


More on American Academy of Religion (Chicago, November 17-20, 2012):

In case some of you may be considering attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Chicago, November 17-20 2012), I wanted to draw your attention to a Medieval Religion-related call from The Religion and Popular Culture group inviting submissions on religion and popular culture in ancient and medieval societies. For those of you who do sometimes attend the AAR/SBL meeting, you may recall that there are very few medieval panels. I'd love to see this change!

This Group invites organized paper sessions, panels, and individual paper proposals that explore the intersections of religion and popular culture. We strongly encourage presentation formats that foster interactive environments and provide creative alternatives to the conventional reading of papers. This year we encourage presentations that examine the following areas:

 *   Race and ethnicity in the production and/or analysis of religion and popular culture
 *   The paranormal
 *   Religion and popular culture in ancient and medieval societies
 *   Spirituality and popular media
 *   Popular music — for a possible cosponsored session with the Music and Religion Group<>
 *   Open call for any other topics dealing with religion and popular culture, especially proposals that address the relevance of popular culture studies for larger theoretical and methodical issues in the field of religious studies

The full call for papers is online here:

There are several other sections and groups with calls that may fit your research. You do not need to be a memmber to submit a proposal, but will need to join if your proposal is accepted.

Rabia Gregory
Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women's and Gender Studies
University of Missouri - Columbia