Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nuntia issue for Spring 2012 is here!

Greetings to all from Collegeville!

The latest issue of Nuntia, the newsletter for the Medieval Association of the Midwest, is now available online at the Association's website:

Among the stories included in this issue are:

  • MAM at Kalamazoo 2012 (schedule)
  • MAM Business Meeting Agenda for 2012
  • MAM Business Meeting Minutes from 2011
  • A Notice from the Convener of Conferences
  • MAM 2011 Conference at Saint Norbert College: Photo gallery
  • MAM 2012 Conference at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Upcoming MAM conferences (2014 in Madrid?)
  • MAM Professional News (alas, no submissions this time)
  • Updates on Enarratio
  • Announcing NuntiaBlog (as though you had not already heard of this)
  • Membership form
  • HMML Manuscripts at Kalamazoo 2012
  • List of Sustaining Supporters

(Please note that the following item from Alison Langdon also appears in Nuntia, but the blog editor thought it bears repeating.)

Procedures for Proposing a MAM-Sponsored Session at Kalamazoo

"While often sessions are generated out of interactions at the Congress itself, in order for members to vote on proposed sessions, please submit a session to me before the business meeting Thursday evening (simply a title for the session and your contact information will do at this stage, though I will need a brief session description soon after—see below).  If I receive session proposals after the business meeting, in absence of any other criteria I will opt for first-come, first-served.

The Congress Committee chooses the specific sessions from among those we propose, and their decisions are based in part on the brief session description and rationale provided for each.  Thus, any MAM member wishing to propose a session must also provide me with that description and rationale (100-200 words) by May 25 to allow me time to process everything and submit it to the Congress.

If there is a legitimate, pressing reason why your session cannot be scheduled for a particular day, please indicate this on your session paperwork.  While I will make such requests on the cover letter I submit with all the MAM paperwork, it is best to be safe.

As soon as I have notified session organizers that their sessions have been approved, they should post a detailed call for papers and the link to the Congress participant information form on the appropriate academic listservs.  As the September deadline approaches, post again.

Paperwork for approved sessions must be provided to me no later than September 25."

Contact Alison at:

Other news:

Check out the interesting blog post by Micah Irwin on medieval spectacles (as in eyeglasses, not theater):

"Many scholars rank the invention of eyeglasses among the most important contributions to humankind in the last 2,000 years. Yet, the inventor of this now thoroughly quotidian piece of technology remains anonymous. Indeed the inventor (or inventors) will almost certainly never be known, given the numerous conflicting claims, lack of specificity, and scarcity of surviving documentation. ..."

The 7th Annual Meeting of CARMEN, generously hosted by the Central European University in Budapest, will take place on 7 – 9 September 2012. The meeting is open to any medievalist interested in constructive collaboration, but especially to those representing an institution of medieval studies. A draft programme of events and a practical document provided by the local hosts to assist you with planning your stay in Budapest is available on the CARMEN web site:

CARMEN offers several opportunities for medievalists to pursue collaborative projects and is quite active. The NuntiaBlog editor recommends checking out their website for more information on their projects.

Achronicity/Anachronism (1000-1700)

An Interdisciplinary Conference to take place on March 21-23, 2013, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 Call for Papers

 Anachronism is a term that seems to presuppose a fixed and dominant temporal order, a chronological sequence within which each element or event occupies its own proper coordinates within the orderly flow of time. A Greek term, the “anachronistic” has become inseparable from its close Latin counterpart, the “preposterous”—literally, the before-behind. Anachronism has often been seen as a fault; a fault either testifying to a given culture’s lack of historical consciousness and historicist sensibilities, e.g. the Middle Ages’s supposed inability to think in historicist terms, or else as a type of scholarly error. Anachronism is an accusation, an error, a transgression, a stigma. The charge of anachronism seeks to reveal a critical failure to understand the pastness of the past. This perceived failure in turn exposes to ridicule scholars, artists, and entire cultures that are guilty of this charge. 

Yet arguably, even the most academically disciplined ways of thinking historically cannot proceed without disavowed acts of anachronism. As scholars of the “medieval” and “early modern” eras, we know that the very names attached to our historical fields of specialty are the product of creative anachronism. The Middle Ages could not become its middling self until the moment of its death, the advent of the Renaissance. What is more anachronistic than the idea of “The Renaissance,” imagined as a phoenix-like return to antiquity that completely circumvents history—the “Middle Ages” itself?

Furthermore, medieval and early modern texts bear evidence of a multiplicity of temporalities that allow for various and varied experiences of time. This heterogeneous premodern notion of time includes Biblical time, historical time, seasonal time, and times for worship. It recognizes diverse practices of typological or allegorical reading that coexist with literal reading, and it suggests a complex understanding of notions such as originality, authenticity, and authority. In the context of this conference, achronicity refers to this productive multiplicity of temporalities.

This conference, organized by the Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies at UNC-ChapelHill in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Early Modern Times at the Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin, will provide a select group of scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplinary fields in the humanities an opportunity to investigate together the creative potential of anachronism and/or achronicity. It addresses the ways in which temporality was conceptualized, experienced, strategically exploited, aesthetically constructed and ideologically challenged in the medieval and early modern periods. Some of the questions driving this conference are: How can anachronism/achronicity be strategically deployed to highlight problematic aspects of temporality? How can anachronism/achronicity be used to signify competing temporal frames? How does anachronism/achronicity contribute to expressing complex schemes of history, e.g. by linking the eschatological to everyday experience? How does anachronism/achronicity point to the materiality of the historical object itself? 

Please submit 500-word abstracts to Prof. Christoph Brachmann ( by April 30, 2012. 

Sponsored by:

  • The Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS), UNC Chapel Hill
  • The Andrew W. Mellow Foundation
  • The College of Arts & Sciences, UNC, Chapel Hill
  • The Interdisciplinary Centre: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Early Modern Times, Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin

Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire. Medieval Studies Abroad in Summer 2012

Students can earn up to six credits in Medieval and Early Modern Studies in the University of Florida's summer study abroad program "MEMS in Mannheim: Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire."  Here is the program website:


In past years, students from Universities other than UF have participated in this program, which is now in its sixth year, and the group chemistry has always been very good. 

I will be team-teaching  this program this year with Professor Howard Louthan in the History Department.  If you have any students interested in working with us this summer and earning six credits, could you please direct them to me (<>)?

Best regards,

Will Hasty

Will Hasty
Professor and Graduate Coordinator for German Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Co-director, Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
University of Florida
301 Pugh Hall
PO Box 115565
Gainesville FL 32611-5565
Phone: 352.392.2422
Fax: 352.392.1443


From American Libraries Direct:

Recreating a medieval monastic library
The unique holdings of the medieval monastic library of Lorsch, located in Hesse, Germany, are currently scattered over 68 libraries worldwide. But now they are being reunited virtually. Heidelberg University Library and local government officials in Germany have been working since March 2010 to publish the 330 surviving Lorsch manuscripts and manuscript fragments online. The project, Bibliotheca Laureshamensis–digital, will continue through 2013...., Apr. 10

Return to lender
Bret McCabe writes: “When a slip in Paul Espinosa’s mailbox informed him that he had a package, the George Peabody Library rare books assistant had no idea what the small box contained. It had been addressed simply to the Peabody Library and bore no return address. Inside the box was a gorgeous illuminated manuscript, dated 1492. There was no indication that it belonged to the library, but when the rare books curator looked at it and recalled something about a manuscript that had gone missing, Espinosa wondered: Is somebody returning this?”...
Johns Hopkins Magazine 64, no. 1 (Spring)

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