Wednesday, October 31, 2012

It's Halloween: Do you know where your Autumn has gone?

Happy Eve of All Saints!
Saint Theresa of Avila (1515-1582) in prayer.

  • The Codices Palatini Vaticani now available online.
  • 5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age
  • SHARP 2013: Geographies of the Book
  • Heckman Stipend -- Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
  • The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University: Fellowships and Travel Grants
  • Magnificent Manuscripts - Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180

The University of Heidelberg (Germany) has put a large number of manuscripts in the Vatican's Codices Palatini Latini collection into the internet.  These manuscripts were earlier in the palace library in Heidelberg (site is in German):


5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 16-17, 2012
Taxonomies of Knowledge
In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries are pleased to announce the 5th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year's symposium considers the role of the manuscript in organizing and classifying knowledge. Like today's electronic databases, the medieval manuscript helped readers access, process, and analyze the information contained within the covers of a book. The papers presented at this symposium will examine this aspect of the manuscript book through a variety of topics, including the place of the medieval library in manuscript culture, the rise and fall of the 12th-century commentary tradition, diagrams, devotional practice, poetics, and the organization and use of encyclopedias and lexicons.
Participants include:

·        Katharine Breen, Northwestern University
·        Mary Franklin-Brown, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
·        Vincent Gillespie, University of Oxford
·        Alfred Hiatt, Queen Mary, University of London
·        William Noel, University of Pennsylvania
·        Sara S. Poor, Princeton University
·        Eric Ramirez-Weaver, University of Virginia
·        Yossef Schwartz, Tel Aviv University & The Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies
·        Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
·        Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
·        Sergei Tourkin, McGill University

*Please note: due to some cancellations, the program has been revised.
For more information and registration, go to:



SHARP 2013: Geographies of the Book
18 - 21 July 2013
Call for papers
We invite submissions for the 21st annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), to be held in Philadelphia from July 18-21, 2013. The program will take place primarily on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Sponsors include the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, among other local institutions.
The theme for the 21st annual SHARP conference is Geographies of the Book. It can be approached from at least three perspectives:
1. Recent developments that take particular texts and use them to construct multiple histories including, but not limited to, the circulation of books, the plurality of interpretations and uses of the texts, and the forms of domination and resistance within the political and social spheres made possible by the written word.
2. Case studies exploring geographies of books and geographies within books. Geographies of books can refer to the role of the author, the history of publishing (including pirated editions and false imprints), the book trade (circulation of print, within cities, countries, and across continents), and the translation/transformation of texts into other languages, other forms (adaptations, abridgements, epitomes), and other genres (histories into plays, poetry into prose). Or the subject of the geography of reading might also be contemplated.
3. Geographies within books may invoke imaginative topographies or journeys within fictional works, the place of maps and images in travelogues and novels, or the circulation of type and ornament between print shops and cities, and variations or similarities in the regional or national habits of printers and compositors. Tensions between the universal diffusion of printing and its local instantiation might here be considered.
Some potential themes for paper topics might include, but will by no means be limited to:
Book in Asia, Africa, Europe, Americas (geographies of publishing)
Printed book (geographies of the text)
Printing materials and practices (geographies of production)
Travel (movement through geographies)
Maps and cartography/GIS (geographies of space)
Histories of the book (geographies through time)
Transformations of the text (geographies of appropriation)
Authorship (geographies of writers)
Translations (geographies of language)
Reading (geographies of the reader)
Fiction (imaginative geographies)
Paper proposals should be no more than 400 words. Proposals on aspects of book history and print culture in any place or period are welcome, but priority will be given to papers that relate in some way to the conference theme. Preference will also be given to proposals for fully constituted panels. Cover letters for panels should indicate the theme and the panel s participants. Audio-visual requirements must be included in the proposal
Criteria for Selection of Proposals
Papers presented at SHARP conferences are expected to offer original scholarship and to go beyond a descriptive account of archival or textual materials. Papers should outline the wider implications of research presented. Both the thesis being tested and the conclusions drawn should be clearly stated in the proposal. SHARP prides itself on attracting members from a variety of disciplines, who communicate using language that is accessible to diverse specialists. Proposals should indicate how the paper (or panel) sheds light on some issue, principle, or practice of book history that clearly addresses SHARP's interests.
Deadline for Submission
The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. While membership in SHARP is required of all conference participants, it is not required to submit a proposal. However, all presenters must have current membership before the registration deadline for the conference. The SHARP membership form can be found here:
A limited number of travel grants are available for students and independent scholars.
Program decisions will be announced by late January/early February 2013. The program will be mounted on SHARP's website by early March 2013.


Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
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, 2835 Abbey Plaza, 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 125,000 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, Turkey, Iraq, India, 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). 

The Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University
Fellowships & Travel Grants

The Lewis Walpole Library, a department of Yale University Library, invites applications to its 2013–2014 fellowship program. Located in Farmington, Connecticut, the Library offers short-term residential fellowships and travel grants to support research in the Library’s rich collections of eighteenth-century—mainly British—materials, including important holdings of prints, drawings, manuscripts, rare books, and paintings, as well as a growing collection of sources for the study of New England Native Americans. Scholars pursuing postdoctoral or equivalent advanced research, as well as doctoral candidates at work on a dissertation, are encouraged to apply.

Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Library, to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay, and to focus their research on the Lewis Walpole Library’s collections. Fellows also have access to additional resources at Yale, including those in the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Yale Center for British Art. Residential fellowships, usually for one month, include the cost of travel to and from Farmington, accommodation in an eighteenth-century house on the Library’s campus, and a $2,100 living allowance stipend. Travel grants typically cover transportation costs for research trips of shorter duration and include on-site accommodation.

To apply for a fellowship or travel grant, candidates should send a curriculum vitae, including educational background, professional experience and publications, and a brief outline of the research proposal (not to exceed three pages) to:

Margaret K. Powell
W.S. Lewis Librarian and Executive Director
The Lewis Walpole Library
PO Box 1408
Farmington, CT 06034 USA
fax: 860-677-6369

Two confidential letters of recommendation are also required by the application deadline. Letters should specifically address the merits of the candidate’s project and application. General letters of recommen­dation or dossier letters are not appropriate.

The application deadline is January 18, 2013.

Awards will be announced in March.
Additional information:

Magnificent Manuscripts - Treasures of Book Illumination from 780 through 1180
With 72 extraordinary manuscripts from the collection of the Bavarian State Library, as well as three exceptional works from the Bamberg State Library, the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation presents a wide overview of the earliest and most precious examples of German book illumination.These 75 magnificent volumes represent some of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of the Carolingian, Ottonian and Romanesque eras. Within this library*s extensive collection, the Ottonian manuscripts in particular form a unique nucleus that is unsurpassed worldwide. Owing to their extraordinary fragility, these highly valuable works can hardly ever leave the library*s vault. This exhibition of original manuscripts therefore offers a unique opportunity to discover thousand-year-old testimonies to our cultural heritage.
The oldest manuscript on display dates from the era of the last Bavarian Agilolfing duke. The Carolingian codices from the illumination centres of Salzburg, Tegernsee and Freising bear witness to the high quality of artistry in the 9th century. German illumination under the Saxon emperors from Otto the Great (912-973) to Henry II (973-1024), is one of the most glorious epochs of early occidental illumination, which played a prominent role in the arts at that time. Among the greatest achievements of this Ottonian period are the magnificent depictions of sovereigns. These establish a connection between the secular and the sacred, and underline the sanctity of imperial power. 
Secular and ecclesiastical rulers commissioned liturgical manuscripts from the best writing schools and illumination centres: these gospels, pericopes and sacramentaries were richly decorated with luminous colours and gold. Their ingeniously tooled luxurious bindings are encrusted with numerous precious stones, cameos and ivory reliefs, including spolia dating from the classical, Byzantine and Carolingian periods. 
Four world-famous sumptuous codices from the island of Reichenau, whose monastery became the imperial scriptorium under Otto III and Henry II, are on show, including the gospels of Otto III and the pericopes of Henry II. Together with the evangeliary from Bamberg cathedral and the Bamberg Apocalypse, these books have been listed on UNESCO's "Memory of the World" World Documentary Heritage register since 2003. The importance of Regensburg as a centre for the creation of sumptuous codices is demonstrated by two magnificent liturgical manuscripts, the Codex commissioned by the Abbess Uta and the Sacramentary of Henry II.
The art of Ottonian illumination outlasted the Saxon rulers until well into the Salian period. The date of the transition from Ottonian to Romanesque art cannot be precisely defined. Other selected manuscripts from the Bavarian State Library illustrate the continuity into the 11th century right up to the threshold of the Romanesque, at the same time following the development of Romanesque book illumination and its flourishing in the following century up to Emperor Frederick Barbarossa (1122-1190).
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
More information, images and contact adresses under 
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Ludwigstr. 16
D-80539 Muenchen


Thursday, October 11, 2012

MAM in Cincinnati - A Photo Report

Starting at the end: At the final session at the 2012 MAM conference in Cincinnati, we got to see the
Lord of the Rings as we've never seen it before (unless your name is Steve Yandell).

If you made it to Cincinnati in September 2012, perhaps these will prompt memories of your time there. If not, see what MAM was up to at Xavier University! We had a great set of papers and presentations, a surprise viewing of the Saint John's Bible, wonderful student musicians, and lots of great conversation. We even had time to conduct a little business along the way.  Here is a gallery of photos from our time in Cincinnati and at Xavier:

Note: You can click on any photograph to see it enlarged.

Welcome to Cincinnati, where the deer (but not the buffalo) roam in the park around the city's art museum.

Islamic art in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ceiling of the Damascus room in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Wood carving of the Virgin Mary in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Medieval altar in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

From the opening discussion of movies and the Middle Ages on Thursday evening.

Steve Yandell at the plenary lecture on Friday.

Dr. Robert Fulk at the plenary lecture on Friday.

Checking out a nice facsimile of the Saint John's Bible.

Musical entertainment - very well done!

Don't stop organizing until the conference is over!

Well-deserved round of applause for our host, Steve Yandell.

Time to visit.

More visiting.

(Imagined conversation:) "So, it's like this ..."

(Continuation of imagined conversation:) "No, really that's how it works ..."

Catching up on what medievalists do.

Did someone mention that a movie of The Hobbit is going to open soon?

The Lord of the Rings is a long story.

A really long story.

Long, and complicated.

Long, but a lot of fun!

(Imagined comment:) "So, I just did this for fun ..."

Ah, the enthusiasm of youth -- when you could make a scroll like this.

A captivated audience.

One section of the scroll.