Friday, December 21, 2012

Are your finals finally final?

From Saint John's University's 2009 Christmas tree video. Fun viewing (4 minutes long)

Do you have events, calls-for-papers, announcements that would be of interest to the members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)?  If so, please forward them to Matt Heintzelman at: so they can be shared through NuntiaBlog!

  • Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013
  • UCLA Visiting Fellows in History of the Material Text
  • The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • University at Buffalo Humanities Institute
  • "Calvin and the Book" at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013
  • Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800
  • Putting England in Its Place
  • 5th European Congress of FIDEM on Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages


CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern

Thirty-Seventh Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Denver, Colorado, October 3-6, 2013

YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following three sessions at the 2013 GSA conference.

1. Behind Prison Walls: Literary Production in Confined Spaces

Boethius’s sixth-century Consolation of Philosophy, Dhuoda’s ninth-century manual for her son and Luther’s sixteenth-century translation of the New Testament were all produced by writers enduring conditions of physical confinement. Such confinement can be viewed as restrictive—e.g., lack of human contact, lack of resources—or advantageous—e.g., uninterrupted blocks of time, release from political or familial duties. This panel seeks papers that explore the effects of physical confinement on literary production from any period of the Middle Ages or the Early Modern. Participants are encouraged to define imprisonment broadly: it can be externally-imposed or self-inflicted. Possible questions might be: What connections exist between the causes for confinement and the type of text produced? What function/s does literary production serve for the imprisoned author? For the ‘free’ recipient? How do the texts reach beyond the walls of confinement? Is the end of the confinement—execution or release—significant for the work or its dissemination?

2. Global Stories in the German Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period

This panel seeks papers that address the dynamics of cultural trade, exchange and transfer in the German-speaking lands during the medieval and early modern period. We conceive of the concepts of “cultural trade, exchange and transfer” broadly. Examples are:

· The trade and geographical migration of cultural artifacts such as manuscripts, paintings, or devotional objects in the German-speaking lands.
· The migration, integration or adaptation of pan-European or global stories into German-language texts.
· The migration of textual narratives into visual material, or of visual narratives into texts.
· The migration of representations of “other places” and their inhabitants into texts and images produced in the German-speaking lands.

We are particularly interested in contributions that focus on cultural trade, exchange and transfer involving the Baltic area or Byzantium.

3. Representations: The Visual in the Verbal and Vice Versa

Medieval literature and visual arts often welcome (or suffer) incursions from the other medium in a variety of forms. What is the role of literary ekphrasis or descriptions of art objects within narrative? How do iconic representations of hagiographic elements in sacred sculpture or manuscript illumination generate meaning? How does a scene from romance on the back of a mirror influence the use of the object? Papers are invited that explore areas of contact between the visual and the verbal arts in medieval culture.

We seek 15- to 20-minute papers, in English or German. Please send an abstract (max. 250 words) and a brief CV that includes institutional affiliation by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012, to all of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):

Dr. Alison Beringer, Department of Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University,

Dr. Katja Altpeter-Jones, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Lewis and Clark College,

Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame,


UCLA Visiting Fellows in History of the Material Text:

The UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies announces two two-year visiting positions in History of the Material Text, to be housed in the Departments of History and English, respectively. These positions are designed to enable participation in the life of the Center and the appropriate Department, as well as fuller use of the riches of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and the Special Collections of the UCLA Libraries. We seek scholars of early modern studies (16th-18th centuries), broadly defined, whose expertise includes but is not limited to book history, history of the material text, and print cultures, in Europe and beyond. Applicants should have received their doctorates in the last six years (no earlier than July 1, 2007 and no later than September 30, 2013).

Visiting fellows will teach two courses per year in their respective Department, one of which would be at the Clark Library. Fellows are also expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s working groups and other research initiatives.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $50,000 per year, plus benefits for the fellow and dependents and a $3000 research fund.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
20-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to: Barbara Fuchs, Director
Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies
310 Royce Hall Box 951404
Los Angeles CA 90095-1404

Letters of recommendation may be also be submitted electronically to:

Application dossiers are due by Feb. 1, 2013.


The John "Bud" Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of up to $3,000 to scholars and researchers, unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.

The holdings of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are quite substantial. Comprehensive collections support research in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, and works on early science and natural history. The library also houses the papers of such diverse literary figures as Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, and W.S. Merwin.

For information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Web site at:

Please contact the Public Programs Manager, Dennis Sears with further questions about the program or The Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Dennis Sears, Public Programs Manager
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois Library, Room 346
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333 7242 voice, (217) 244 1755 fax

Or email Dennis: dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu.

Deadline for application: *1 March 2013*.


University at Buffalo Humanities Institute

The University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries' outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Follow this link to find out more about some of the more notable collections in the UB Libraries:

The fellowships provide stipends to cover the cost of fellows' travel to Buffalo and accommodation and expenses during the time of their stay. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will receive library and parking privileges at UB and are invited to participate in any Humanities Institute events that occur during the time of their visit. If feasible, Fellows are invited to give one public lecture on their research. Fellows are also asked to submit a one page, single-spaced report on the value of having used the collection at UB that will be posted on the Humanities Institute website.

The timing and duration of the Fellows' residence in Buffalo are flexible, though we would anticipate a minimum stay of two weeks. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.

The James Joyce Fellowship: The stipend is up to $2,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, research on Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce's literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences.

The Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship: The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research would be enhanced by any of the books, manuscripts or unique documents in the UB Libraries special collections, which include materials from the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Polish Collection, the Music Library, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Please note that applicants may apply for only one fellowship per academic year.

Selection Criteria and Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the 2013/2014 academic year is January 15, 2013. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:
  • Cover letter;
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal, including length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director.
Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of UB’s special collections to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievement.

Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to the program administrator at


"Calvin and the Book" at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013

Please join us for the 2013 Calvin Studies Society Colloquium: "Calvin and the Book," to be held at Princeton Theological Seminary, April 4-6, 2013.

This bi-annual colloquium is arranged around a series of plenary sessions, offering an outstanding opportunity for discussion and interaction among participants. Our 2013 speakers will be addressing a range of historical and theological topics and questions related to Calvin, the Reformation era, and printed texts. Our 2013 plenary speakers are:

Matthew Myer Boulton (Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis) Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary) William Dyrness (Fuller Theological Seminary) Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) Serene Jones (Union Theological Seminary) Andrew Pettegree (St Andrews University) Jennifer Powell McNutt (Wheaton College) Martin Tel (Princeton Theological Seminary) Margo Todd (University of Pennsylvania)

For presentation topics and registration information, please visit our web site at

If you have questions, please e-mail Karen Spierling, Vice President and Program Chair at or David Foxgrover, Secretary-Treasurer, at


Empires and Interactions across the Early Modern World, 1400-1800

NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers

Co-directed by Ahmet T. Karamustafa (University of Maryland, College Park) and Charles H. Parker (Saint Louis University)

Application deadline: March 4, 2013

Institute: June 3-June 28 at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

The Institute invites applications for twenty-two university teachers and three advanced graduate students to participate as NEH Summer Scholars in a four-week program of lectures, discussions, field trips, and independent research on early modern world history.

The Institute aims to help university teachers acquire expertise in the methods, problems, debates, and sources in early modern world history. The emergence of powerful empires across Eurasia set in motion processes of exchange, inaugurating a new era in world history characterized by cross-cultural contact among peoples from around the globe. Early modern empire-building led to the expansion of long-distance commerce, the worldwide spread of disease, animals, and plants, the globalization of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, and new episodes of intellectual exchange. Three key themes provide the organizational structure for the program: 1) "Empires and Economies of Scale," which focuses on the intersection of state-building and commerce; 2) "Religious and Biological Interactions," which analyzes both missionary encounters and biological exchanges; and 3) "Ideas and Connections," which explores episodes of intellectual engagement.

During the course of the four weeks, NEH Summer Scholars will work toward completing a project that will enable them to develop teaching expertise and/or a curriculum from a range of topics within the thematic framework of the Institute.

Faculty: Laura Hostetler (University of Illinois in Chicago), Molly Greene (Princeton University), Rudi Matthee (University of Delaware), Carla Rahn Phillips (University of Minnesota), Simon Ditchfield (University of York), W. George Lovell (Queen’s University, Ontario), Richard Bulliet (Columbia University), Ulrike Strasser (University of California-Irvine), Timothy Parsons (Washington University in St. Louis).

For more information see or send queries to


Putting England in Its Place
Cultural Production and Cultural Relations in the High Middle Ages

33rd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, Lincoln Center,

New York City
March 9-10, 2013

Conference Aims

The rich culture of England’s mid-eleventh to thirteenth centuries is central to some disciplinary narratives for the High Middle Ages (for example, the political history of its ruling dynasties, analyses of visual and material culture and of Latin historiography), but omitted from others (the period is often assumed, for instance, to have little to do with the history of English literature). This interdisciplinary conference aims to look in a fresh and integrated way at cultural production and cultural relations within England and between England and other locales in order to explore what kind of place England as a region, a changing political entity, and a culture or set of cultures might occupy in our accounts of the High Middle Ages. Presentations will deal with England's cultures (local, regional, general) in themselves and in their many connections (diplomatic, economic, artistic etc...) with further areas of the British Isles and other medieval regions. There may also be 'flash' presentations on "Canterbury in the High Middle Ages" and on "Space and Place, Real and Imagined," i.e. on a particular kind of space (i.e. marketplace, church, castle), place (a specific locale or region), or the representation of such sites from the High Middle Ages. 

Speakers include:
Anthony Bale, Heather Blurton, Oliver Creighton, Julia Crick, Robert W. Hanning, Paul R. Hyams, Sarah Rees Jones, Rachel Koopmans, Monika Otter, Miri Rubin, Kathryn A. Smith, Michael Staunton, Carol Symes, Elizabeth Tyler

For more information contact: Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 or by fax to 718-817-3978, or by email to


FIDEM organizes in Porto, Portugal, from 25 to 29 june 2013, the 5th European Congress of FIDEM on Secrets and Discovery in the Middle Ages:

Online registration and Abstract Submission:

Presentation of papers in FIDEM's congresses is open to Individual members or to affiliated of FIDEM's Institutional members, in good membership fees situation.

To encourage participation FIDEM attributes scholarships to researchers under 35 (see the Call).

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Gabinete de Filosofia Medieval
Faculdade de Letras U.P
Via Panorâmica s/n
P-4150-564 Porto (PORTUGAL)