Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September Announcements

Ms. Frag. 1 (Latin) from Saint John's Rare Books Collection.
Fragment from a 10th- or 11th-century Mass book.
  • First Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Saint Louis University)
  • Sixteenth Century Society and Conference - Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship
  • Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire. Medieval Studies Abroad in Summer 2013
  • Mystery Chapel identified (from previous posting)
First Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 17-19, 2013
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

This Year's Plenary Speakers:

Peter Brown, Princeton University
Andrew Pettegree, University of St. Andrews


The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 17-19, 2013) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Annual Symposium participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University's Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 15, 2012. Decisions will be made in January 2013 and the final program will be published February 15.

For more information and to submit your proposal online go to: http://smrs.slu.edu (or by email: smrs@slu.edu)

Sixteenth Century Society and Conference - Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates or post-doctoral scholars offers up to one month’s support for work in residence at the Newberry. Preference will be given to those working in the early modern era, broadly defined (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660). Applicants must be members of the SCSC at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship.

Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to post-doctoral scholars, PhD candidates, or holders of other terminal degrees who live and work outside of the Chicago area and who have a specific need for Newberry collection. These fellowships require residency at the Newberry, unless otherwise noted. Some fellowships are open to other categories of applicants and Chicago residents. Please read the following descriptions carefully for the eligibility restrictions on particular fellowships and refer to Eligibility and Application Information. The tenure of short-term fellowships is one continuous month, unless otherwise noted. Scholars who have an extensive need for use of the collections may request two months of fellowship support. The award is $2,000 per month for most short-term fellowships.

Applications must be received electronically by January 15, 2013, 11:59 pm C.S.T. This includes the applicant’s own materials and all letters of reference.

For information on how to apply for the SCSC-Newberry Library Short Term Fellowship, please visit the Newberry Library Fellowship page at: http://www.newberry.org/apply-fellowships


Explorations of the Holy Roman Empire. Medieval Studies Abroad in Summer 2013

Students can earn up to seven transfer 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 across the country have participated in this program, which will be in its seventh year.

The program will be team-taught by Mary Watt (Professor of Italian Studies and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures) and Howard Louthan (Professor in the History Department).

If you have any students interested in Medieval Studies abroad next summer and in earning six credits, could you please direct them to me (<hasty@ufl.edu>)?

Best regards,

Will Hasty


Mystery Chapel Identified

The mystery chapel (based on a Trappist model) is located at that great pilgrimage site in the heart of the great prairie, Wall Drug (Wall, South Dakota).

Thanks to those who attempted to identify this (semi-)medieval structure. (See the picture in the previous post.)

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