Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 is almost over!!!

Theresa of Avila fending off the Wild Things ... (ok, so she's early modern and not "medieval")

  • 2013 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships (UCLA)
  • "Understanding the Medieval Book." (University of South Carolina)
  • Call for Papers: Kodikologie und Palaeographie im Digitalen Zeitalter III / Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age III August 16, 2012
  • Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000 (University of St. Andrews)
  • 12th-century Reading Abbey library catalog
  • 34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum (Plymouth State University)


2013 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships (UCLA Library Special Collections)
(Deadline extended)

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections ( and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.

Research residencies may last up to three months between January 7 and December 13, 2013. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2,500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2011 averaged $1,167; in 2012, $998.)

United States citizens and permanent residents with legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Application Contents: Applications must be received on or before November 30, 2012 and should include:

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
- Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
- Dates to be spent in residence
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application Instructions: Application materials may be submitted in PDF format by email to, which is the preferred submission method. Letters of recommendation in PDF format may also be sent by email, either by the people writing them or by the applicant.

Applications also may be submitted in print format, mailed to:

James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575

Questions about the fellowships may be mailed to the address above or emailed to:

PDF version of announcement :

Thayer Fellowships homepage :


From the ExLibris listserv:

On 4-5 March 2013 the University of South Carolina will host its third annual seminar, "Understanding the Medieval Book." Dr. Eric Johnson, Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at OSU, will lead this two-day event. The topic is "Preaching and Piety," and Eric will discuss bibles, missals, Books of Hours, preaching compendia, devotional miscellanies, manuals of pastoral care, and other book types. Participants will be able to use the 130 manuscript fragments and codices in the university's teaching collection. Eric will also offer a public lecture on 4 March entitled "Reintegrating the Disintegrated: Forms, Functions, and Utilities of Medieval Manuscript Fragments in Modern Scholarship."

This two-day seminar is free but space is limited to 25 participants. The application deadline is 15 January 2013. Negotiated rates will be made available at the Inn at Carolina. Information and application materials can be found at this link:

Dr. Scott Gwara, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
University of South Carolina


Call for Papers: Kodikologie und Palaeographie im Digitalen Zeitalter III / Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age III August 16, 2012 

Following up on two previous publications in the series "Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age" (CPDA I, 2009 [1]; CPDA II, 2011 [2]), the Institute of Documentology and Scholarly Editing (IDE) wants to continue to document and compare different approaches to scholarly problems in the fields of codicology and palaeography. For this reason the IDE plans to publish a third volume of "Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age" and asks for submissions.

Topics may cover but are not limited to:
- image capturing (multispectral, thermography, etc)
- image processing (segmentation, pattern recognition, layout extraction, etc.)
- analysis of materials (ink, writing material etc.)
- description, identification, and classification of hand, script, or type features
- semantic description (application of norm data, RDF, ontologies, etc)
- storage, collection, cumulation, and exchange of, and access to information (meta catalogs, portals)
- collaborative "Erschliessung", i.e. description / transcription / edition (user generated description/content)
- quantitative codicology and bibliography
- new ways of presentation (visualisation, mobile apps, integral presentation of images, description, annotation, transcription, edition)

We would like to stimulate the exchange between disciplines and user groups by explicitly inviting papers covering non-Western manuscripts, non-manuscript materials, e.g inscriptions, incunabula, etc.

Contributions which explore these and similar subjects (cf. previous CfP [3]) are most welcome and can be submitted in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. We plan to continue our policy of open access publication. Proposals of not more than 500 words should be sent by 22 December 2012 to

Editors of this volume:
- Oliver Duntze (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin -- Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
- Oliver Hahn (Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung)
- Torsten Schassan (Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbuettel)




Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000 

Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th July 2013
University of St Andrews, UK

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a two-day conference entitled ‘Politics and Texts in Late Carolingian Europe, c. 870–1000’, hosted by the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies. This conference will explore the relationship between political authority and textual production in the later Carolingian world.

In recent years, there has been substantial re-evaluation of traditional methodological approaches to all kinds of early medieval texts, from narrative histories to documentary sources. Historians have increasingly taken stock of the interdependence of textual aspects such as audience, reception, dissemination, authorial agenda and the relationships between cultural and political elites. This reappraisal has inspired renewed interest in earlier Carolingian political history. However, the so-called ‘post-Carolingian’ world of the tenth century has yet to be thoroughly investigated on the same terms. How did texts produced in the late ninth- and tenth-century political climate differ from those of the preceding century? Is it possible to refashion the traditional political narrative of late Carolingian fragmentation and decline by reassessing the foundations on which this very narrative has been constructed? Our intention is to draw together recent work on the theme of political discourse in the written sources of this period. We hope to provide an international forum for established academics, early career researchers and postgraduate students working on political culture and the functions of texts in the late Carolingian world.

Eight invited academics will offer papers on the conference themes. We invite proposals from postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars for 20-minute papers on any topic related to the interaction between politics and texts in this period.

The conference will include lunches, refreshments, wine reception, and an optional conference meal. We expect to be able to contribute towards speakers’ accommodation and travel expenses.

For details on the confirmed programme, registration and other information, please visit our website:

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to either of the conference organisers, Roberta Cimino ( or Ed Roberts ( The deadline for submission is 1st February 2013.


From American Libraries Direct:

The 12th-century Reading Abbey library catalog 

Chantry Westwell writes: “A number of catalogs and book lists survive from the Middle Ages, but one of the most interesting is a 12th-century library catalog from Reading Abbey (London, British Library MS Egerton 3031), one of the wealthiest Benedictine monasteries in medieval England, founded by King Henry I in 1121. If we wish to learn more about the monks’ daily lives, the library catalog is a great place to look.”...
British Library: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Blog, Nov. 12


34th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 19-20, 2013

Call for Papers and Sessions: “Travel, Contact, Exchange”
Keynote speaker: David Simon, Art History, Colby College

We invite abstracts or panel proposals in medieval and Early Modern studies that consider how travel, contact, and exchange functioned in personal, political, religious, and aesthetic realms.
  • How, when, where, and why did cultural exchange happen?
  • What are the roles of storytelling or souvenirs in experiences of pilgrimage or Crusade?
  • What is exchanged, lost, or left behind in moments of contact?
  • How do such moments of contact and exchange hold meaning today?
Papers need not be confined to the theme but may cover many aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history and music. Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Undergraduate student papers or sessions are welcome and require faculty sponsorship.

For more information visit

Please submit abstracts, a/v needs, and full contact information to Dr. Karolyn Kinane, Director or Jini Rae Sparkman, Assistant Director:

Abstract deadline: Monday January 14, 2013