Monday, April 2, 2012

News bits and Calls-for-Papers

Saint Audrey preparing her Kalamazoo presentation ...
(from a "series" of Benedictine READ posters on the Books from the HMML Basement blog).

 After a three-week hiatus, some NEWS!
  • MAM 2014 to meet at Saint Louis University - Madrid / MAM accepting proposals for 2013
  • DEADLINE REMINDER: SCSC 2012 Cincinnati Conference CFP (plus several individual CFPs for panels at the SCSC 2012 Conference)
  • Call for Papers: Medicine and Spirituality (Deadline May 15, 2012) for Medieval Academy in 2013
  • Two interesting stories on early books (one on a manuscript and one on an incunable)

MAM 2014 to meet at Saint Louis University - Madrid!

MAM has accepted an invitation to hold the 2014 meeting of the Society in Madrid, Spain.  Many thanks to Dr. Francisco Garcia-Serrano for the invitation and to Carlos Hawley for promoting this exciting idea! More details to come.

MAM is still accepting proposals to host the annual meeting in 2013. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the MAM's president, Harriet Hudson (<>)

The Call for Papers for MAM 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be coming out soon.

DEADLINE REMINDER: SCSC 2012 Cincinnati Conference CFP
The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference is now accepting proposal for individual papers as well as complete panels for the 2012 annual conference to take place in Cincinnati, Ohio from 25-28 October 2012 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

The SCSC, founded to promote scholarship on the early modern era (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660), actively encourages the participation of international scholars as well as the integration of younger colleagues into the academic community. We also welcome proposals for roundtables sponsored by scholarly societies that are affiliated with the SCSC.

Individual papers and panels on all topics are welcome.

Abstracts (up to 250 words in length) for papers and sessions may be submitted online at:

If you experience any difficulty with our online submission process or have questions about how to submit a proposal please send an email message to:

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is 15 April 2012. Within four weeks after the deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.

In thinking about session and paper proposals, please take advantage of these important Cincinnati resources:
  • The Klau Library at Hebrew Union College
  • The Taft Museum  Strong in 17th century Northern European painting and holds an important collection of 16th century French enamels.
  • The Cincinnati Art Museum  Has European objects from the 14th through the 17th century including Botticelli, Cranach, Hals, Mantegna, Memling, Isaac Oliver, Oosterwyck, Rembrandt, Terborch, Zurbar├ín, and van Dyck.
  • The Cincinnati Shakespeare company will perform Titus Andronicus and Romeo and Juliet during the SCSC.

SCSC Panel CFP :New Year’s Gift Exchanges at the Renaissance Court
Records of Renaissance courtly New Year’s gift exchanges convey a wealth of information about these institutions. The gift rolls provide important evidence on a broad range of topics, including court personnel, language, and social and economic conditions, as well as such topics in the history of art as the age’s costume, jewelry, and plate. Titles and abstracts are invited for papers on any aspect of the courtly New Year’s gift exchanges. This session is timed to coincide with publication in the fall of 2012 of The Elizabethan New Year’s Gift Exchanges, 1559-1603, edited by Jane A. Lawson (Oxford University Press for the British Academy, Records of Social and Economic History, v.51); however, paper proposals are welcomed that deal with the New Year exchange ceremonies at any Renaissance court.
Please send abstracts of about 150-200 words to Jane Lawson at .  Deadline: April 4.

Sixteenth Century Studies and New Technologies (SCSC Cincinnati Conference, 25-28 October 2012)
Since 2001, William Bowen and Ray Siemens have organized conference sessions that document innovative ways in which computing technology is being incorporated into the scholarly activity of our community. They also co-edit a publication series entitled New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The 3rd and 4th volumes of the NTMRS, published by Iter and Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, will be coming out this year. At the 2012 SCSC meeting (25-28 October), we will continue to pursue this interest across several key projects, through a number of thematic touchstones, and in several emerging areas. For these sessions, we seek proposals in the following general areas, and beyond: a) New technology and research (individual or group projects) b) New technology and teaching (individual or group projects) c) New technology and publication (e.g. from the vantage point of authors, traditional and non-traditional publishers) We invite proposals of 200-300 words for papers, panels, demonstrations, and/or workshop presentations that focus on these issues.

Please send proposals before April 10 to

Through the support of Iter, we are pleased to be able to offer travel subventions on a competitive basis to graduate students who present on these panels. Those wishing to be considered for a subvention should indicate this in their abstract submission. For details of the SCSC conference see William R Bowen University of Toronto Scarborough Ray Siemens University of Victoria Diane Jakacki Georgia Institute of Technology

"Representations of Labor in Early Modern Italy and England”
Organizers: Cynthia Klestinec, Miami University of Ohio; Meredith K. Ray, University of Delaware

We invite papers dealing with representations of work and labor in early modern Italy and England, including (but not limited to):

-Representations of labor in early modern literature
-Work and labor in Italy and/or England
-Professions and professionalization
-Representing labor in science and medicine
-Women and work
-Text-image relationships

Please send a brief abstract by Thurs, April 5, 2012 to both:
Meredith K. Ray -
Cynthia Klestinec -

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
October 25-28, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Boccaccio in the Renaissance”

Organizer: Meredith K. Ray, University of Delaware

On the 700th anniversary of the birth of Boccaccio, we welcome papers on any aspect of Boccaccio in the Renaissance, including:

-the reception of Boccaccio in the Renaissance
-the Decameron in the Renaissance
-the influence of Boccaccio on early modern literature, art, and culture
-Boccaccio and the questione della lingua
-Renaissance re-workings of Boccaccio

Please send a brief abstract by Thurs, April 5 2012 to Meredith K. Ray -

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
October 25-28, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Superstition and Magic in Early Modern Italy”

Organizer: Meredith K. Ray, University of Delaware

Papers proposals may address (but are not limited to) the following topics:
-Superstition in Renaissance Italian literature and art
-literary representations of love magic and/or witchcraft
-Women, magic and superstition
-Legal contexts (trials, prosecutions, etc)
-Gender and religious difference

Please send a brief abstract by Thurs, April 5 2012 to Meredith K. Ray -

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference
October 25-28, 2012, Cincinnati, Ohio

"History of the Book in Italy: Past, Present, Future"

Organizer: Meredith K. Ray, University of Delaware

Paper proposals may address any aspect of the history of the book as related to the early modern Italian context, including (but not limited to):
-materiality of the book
-note-taking and referencing strategies in early modern Italy
-marginalia -book culture in early modern Italy
-literary and editorial networks
-women writers and the editorial world
-authorship and attribution
-history of the book in the digital age

Please send a brief abstract by Thurs, April 5 2012 to Meredith K. Ray -

Call for Papers: Medicine and Spirituality (Deadline May 15, 2012)

Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting, 2013
University of Tennessee, April 4-6, 2013

Organizers: Mary Dzon (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Irven Resnick (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga) and Winston Black (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Recent studies have traced the many and complicated intersections of medicine and spirituality in the Middle Ages (e.g. those of C. W. Bynum, N. Caciola, K. Park, M. van der Lugt, P.L. Reynolds, and M. Green). This session invites further exploration of how medical learning and practice and religious beliefs and practice intersected, the one discourse supporting, redefining, or challenging the other. These intersections are revealed in spiritual interpretations of disease (leprosy, plague, insanity) and medical interpretations of religious figures and phenomena (e.g. healing relics and saints, stigmata, visions, Arma Christi, and the Immaculate Conception). Tensions and compatibilities between medicine and spirituality are likewise revealed in the relations between medical practitioners and church authorities, medical practice and religious orders, popular healers and university culture, and heresy or religious difference and disease. Certain later medieval literary genres also bear witness to the influence of scholastic medicine on theology and the reverse, such as devotional literature, pastoralia, confessional manuals, and canonization records.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2012. Please send your abstract of 250 words, along with a cover sheet (described at to Jay Rubenstein, preferably by e-mail to, or two copies by mail to: Jay Rubenstein, University of Tennessee, Department of History, 6th Floor, Dunford Hall, Knoxville, TN, 37996.

From the blog Echoes from the Vault:
A conundrum solved, collectively
Daryl Green writes: “In January we posted a plea for help in identifying a motif found in one of the medieval manuscripts in the University of St. Andrews Special Collections: msBR65.A9S2, a Pseudo-Augustinian Sermones ad fratres eremo. This manuscript had been cataloged and thought of for quite some time as a 14th-century Italian manuscript. What followed was a largely profitable discussion conducted through emails, blog comments, and Twitter enquiries that resulted in us finding out much more about this manuscript.”...


From the blog The Cataloguer’s Desk:

Adam Douglas writes: “We recently acquired a rare and splendid 16th-century book, The recuile of the Histories of Troie, published by William Copland in London in 1553. The first edition of this text, published in Bruges in 1473 or 1474 by William Caxton, was the very first book printed in the English language. Caxton himself is famous as the first printer in England. But why was his first English book printed in Bruges?”...
The Cataloguer’s Desk, Mar. 16


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