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.


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