Monday, December 30, 2013

Mid America Medieval Association (MAMA) 38 "The Global Middle Ages"

[I apologize for the tardiness in posting this--the announcement came while I was on the road. I understand that there are still openings in the program, however. (Nuntiablog editor)]

We have received many great proposals but still have room about about half a dozen more (or two full sessions). Please note that we will entertain proposals on any area of medieval studies, including medievalism(s).
Call for Papers

Mid America Medieval Association (MAMA) 38 "The Global Middle Ages"

Where: The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
When: February 22, 2014Theme: The Global Middle Ages
Plenary Address: Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney "Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective"

This year¹s MAMA Conference will focus on the study of the medieval period
in a global context. The rise of world history in the Academy, as well as the increasingly
interconnected world in which we live in the 21st century, has not left medievalists unaffected. Paper and session proposals in any area of medieval studies will be welcome, but we hope to pay particular attention to the following topics:

  • the transferability of the concept of a "middle age" to non-European societies and economies
  • post-colonial and/or comparative studies focusing on exchanges between Europe, Asia, and Africa
  • book arts, preservation, calligraphy, paleography and codicology of non-western manuscripts
  • the interdependency of pre-modern cultures travel accounts, maps, and other evidence of historical or imaginative cultural exchange
  • global trade and representations of luxury goods such as ivory, spices, silks, ceramics, and jewels
  • the influence of global cultures on European science, medicine, fashion, food, and art
  • medieval European perceptions of African and Asian peoples and civilizations
  • papers or sessions dedicated to the non-European locations (e.g. cities like Jerusalem or Timbuktu, or "medieval" eras such as the Sui or Tang dynasties in China, the Heian/Kamakura eras in Japan, Moghul India, Fatamid/Abassid/Mamluk periods)
  • pedagogical approaches to teaching the Middle Ages as part of World History/ Literature/Religion Programs
Submissions should be in the form of abstracts (300 word limit) for both
individual papers and sessions, and should include all contact information.

Presenters in session proposals must be listed, with all contact information. Deadline for submission of paper and session proposals: Monday, 30 December 2013
Send all submissions via email to:

Graduate Students whose papers have been accepted and may submit them for the Jim Falls Prize
The Deadline for full paper submission, which must be limited to 10 pages and must contain footnotes/endnotes and bibliography, is January 10, 2014. Send submissions to Professor Linda Mitchell, chair, via email:

Friday, December 27, 2013

German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014

In the tower of St. Stephan's Cathedral, Vienna, Austria.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Medieval/Early Modern

Thirty-Eighth Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Kansas City, Missouri, September 18-21, 2014.

YMAGINA (Young Medievalist Germanists in North America, is pleased to announce a call for papers for the following three sessions at the 2014 GSA conference.

1. Sensing the Middle Ages and the Early Modern: Sound

From Hildegard of Bingen’s liturgical songs to Petitcreiu’s little bell in Gottfried’s Tristan to Hans Sachs’s Meisterlieder, the presence of sound—expressed as sophisticated music or produced as guttural noises, or anything in between—permeates medieval and early modern literature. Both within literary texts, where sound can contribute to plot development or serve as symbol, and in the performance of literary texts, where sound is critical to successful aural reception, the presence—or absence—of sound offers yet another approach to medieval and early modern culture. This panel seeks papers that explore the sense of sound—instrumental, human, bestial, mechanical—in medieval or early modern works. Possible questions include: What function(s) does sound have? What types of sound are represented—and how are they represented in text? How is sound understood—if at all? To what extent is sound contrasted with its opposite, silence?

2. Prophecy and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Germany

In the Biblical texts, the role of the prophet is to call a fallen Israel back to God. Prophecy is addressed to a nation and a people who must unite in order to reform and avoid ruin. In the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period, prophets continued to construct their messages as calls to reform, but the nations to which they addressed themselves changed with the rise of Christendom and the development of European nation states. This panel invites papers that address the way in which prophecy in medieval and early modern Germany constructs the identity of German or religious political unities and of the person charged with the message. From Hildegard of Bingen’s twelfth-century calls for ecclesiastical reform to the seventeenth–century millenialism of Jakob Böhme or Quirinus Kuhlmann to the rise of Hasidism in the eighteenth century, how did the prophecy of a given time respond to its political environment, construct the nation to which it pertained, or present the person of the prophet? How did prophets understand their own place within the political unity, for example according to their gender, social status, or relationship with the church or other religious authorities? How did prophets and visionaries claim authority and what was the place of divine authority in the secular realm?

3. Martyrdom Medieval and Modern

Sigrid Weigel’s 2008 edited volume Märtyrer-Porträts gathers essays on modern martyrs in order to investigate the continuing influence of martyrdom as a code of action in the modern world from jihad to performance art. This panel seeks to bring modern forms of martyrdom into dialogue with medieval constructions of the martyr. What forms of medieval martyrdom are still practiced or valued in the contemporary world? Are voluntary poverty or self-castigation, for example, still considered forms of martyrdom? How has the place of martyrdom in war changed? Is martyrdom possible in non-religious contexts? Comparative papers that draw on medieval sources will be given preference. 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 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2014, to both of the following organizers (e-mail submissions only, please):

Dr. Claire Taylor Jones, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, University of Notre Dame, 
Dr. Alison Beringer, Department of Classics and General Humanities, Montclair State University,

Thursday, December 5, 2013

CfP: Crisis and Catastrophe in the Medieval and Early Modern German-Speaking Lands

Crisis and Catastrophe in the Medieval and Early Modern German-Speaking Lands

For the next German Studies Association meeting in Kansas City, Missouri from 18-21 September 2014, I would like to organize a series of panels clustered around topics that address the events, experience, impact, and memory of catastrophes and crises. These could be natural disasters, including but not limited to fires, plagues, famines, floods, volcanic eruptions, earth quakes, hailstorms, and vermin plagues. In order to prevent the panels from losing thematic focus, human-made crises, such as wars, pogroms, or forced expulsions, are excluded, although investigations of human-caused environmental disasters would be welcome. Although such crises and catastrophes are not limited to medieval and early modern times, of course, there has been a great deal of historical interest in them for these periods. Papers might consider the actual course of these events and/or their impact on societies, culture, politics, religion, the environment, literature, and art. In addition, modernists may wish to take up the subject of how such events have been remembered and memorialized. This list of possible topics is not, however, exhaustive and I welcome other ideas and interventions from scholars in any field. If you are interested in proposing a single paper or a whole panel, please contact me as soon as possible with a short description of a paper or panel at

Mary Lindemann
Professor and Chair
Department of History
University of Miami
P.O. Box 248107
Coral Gables, FL 33124-4662
tel: 305-284-3660
fax: 305-284-3558

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

4th Annual Seminar on “Understanding the Medieval Book”

[From the Exlibris List:]

Announcing the 4th Annual Seminar on “Understanding the Medieval Book”

The University of South Carolina invites participants to its 4th annual seminar, “Understanding the Medieval Book,” which will be held at the Hollings Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, from 7-8 April 2014. This two-day hands-on seminar explores medieval books (e.g., Books of Hours, bibles, breviaries, etc.) under the direction of a specialist. Participants will use the university’s collection of 130 medieval manuscripts and fragments.

Our 2014 specialist will be Dr. Timothy Graham, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of New Mexico. Dr. Graham is holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He teaches courses and seminars on medieval history, paleography, manuscript culture, and Anglo-Saxon studies. A recognized authority on medieval manuscripts, their production and use, his best-known book is Introduction to Manuscript Studies, which has become the leading international textbook on the subject of manuscripts and manuscript culture.

This seminar is free but limited to 25 participants. If you are interested in attending, information and a brief application can be found at this link:

Thank you!

Dr. Scott James Gwara, Professor of English and Comparative Literature
2013 Inaugural Breakthrough Leadership in Research Prize, University of South Carolina
2014 Bernard Amtmann Fellow, Bibliographical Society of Canada
2013 Folter Fellow in Historical Bibliography, Bibliographical Society of America
2013 William H. Helfand Fellow, The Grolier Club
Department of English
1620 College St.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208 USA
Tel. 803-920-3582
FAX: 803-777-9064

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

GEMELA 2014 - Call for Papers


2013-11-06: GEMELA invites abstracts for its biennial conference to be hosted by the University of Lisbon, in Lisbon, Portugal, on September 8-10, 2014. The conference will focus on women’s cultural production in Medieval and Early Modern Iberia and Colonial Latin America. Papers or sessions that deal with the conference theme of “Tracing Paths” are highly encouraged. The theme can be understood in a literal sense (paths through geographical space or social spaces) as well as in a metaphorical sense (paths that are spiritual, poetic, didactic, literary, scientific, philosophical, etc.). We welcome suggestions for panels, discussion papers and/or workshops on theory, pedagogy, and other related topics. Papers may be delivered in Spanish, English or Portuguese.

Please send half-page abstracts to by 1 March 2014. Graduate Students should send an abstract along with a full text (7-10 pages max) and an email of support from a faculty advisor. All presenters must pay 2014 membership dues and the conference registration fee. Graduate student papers will automatically be entered into the Graduate Student Award Competition.

This information can be found in the call for papers posters, which you are encouraged to disseminate widely, in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.


Tobias Brandenberger is Professor of Romance Philology at the University of Göttingen (Germany). PhD in Ibero-romance philology from the University of Basel (Switzerland) with a thesis that examines the construction of gender roles and the discourse on marriage in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (Literatura de matrimonio – Península Ibérica, s. XIV-XVI, 1996), his main research areas are literary gender studies, intra-Iberian cultural relations and intra-Iberian imagologies and intermediality (literature and music). In these areas he has published numerous studies and edited, among others Deseos, juegos, camuflaje: los estudios de género y queer y las literaturas hispánicas de la Edad Media a la Ilustración (with Henriette Partzsch); Corpo a corpo. Körper, Geschlecht, Sexualität in der Lusophonie (in collaboration with Henry Thorau); España y Portugal - Antagonismos literarios e históricos (ss. XVI-XVIII); A construção do outro: Espanha e Portugal frente a frente (with Elisabeth Hasse and Lydia Schmuck). His recent monograph is La muerte de la ficción sentimental. Transformaciones de un género iberorrománico (2012 ).

Amélia P. Hutchinson, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer of Portuguese at the University of Georgia (USA) and Director of the Fernão Lopes Translation Project (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Direcção-Geral do Livro dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas, Portugal). Member of several academic associations, including the American Portuguese Studies Association (treasurer, 1999-2006), the International Arthurian Society and the Medieval Chronicle Society, she has developed parallel careers in modern languages and Medieval Studies, having published articles and book chapters on Medieval Studies as well as co-authoring Portuguese: An Essential Grammar (Routledge, 1996, 2003), and Ponto de Encontro, Portuguese as a world language (Prentice Hall, 2006, 2012), which was awarded the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese prize, 2013.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications to serve as Executive Director of the world's largest scholarly organization devoted to the study of the Middle Ages. The Executive Director is appointed for a five-year term by the Council; the term is renewable.

The position of Executive Director is of vital importance to the successful fulfillment of the mission of the Medieval Academy of America. As its highest-ranking professional employee, the incumbent is responsible for representing the organization's members, their elected leadership, and the vibrant programs in Medieval Studies whose role in contemporary society and culture we support. Working from the Academy office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in collaboration with and reporting to the organization's elected Board (a sixteen-member Council which includes the officers - president, first- and second-vice presidents, and treasurer), the Executive Director proposes, develops and implements policies and programs addressing the present and future needs of a national and international community of medieval scholars.

Responsibilities include advancing the interests of the Academy and implementing policies in conjunction with the elected Officers and Council, overseeing the Academy's governance and membership services, supervising Academy finances and fundraising efforts, promoting membership growth, facilitating the work of Academy committees, coordinating the Annual Meeting and meetings of the Council and Executive Committee, and managing the Academy office and staff. A fuller description of the position is available on request from the chair of the search committee.

Position qualifications include:
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to direct an office and supervise staff
  • Knowledge of financial systems and non-profit accounting
  • Ability to engage the Academy's various constituencies in a positive, tactful manner
  • Strategic planning and organizing skills
  • Knowledge of and experience in dealing with current challenges confronting higher education and learned societies.

In addition to meeting the above criteria, the ideal candidate will possess a PhD in a recognized sub-discipline of Medieval Studies and have a distinguished record of publications in that field. Compensation will be based on qualifications and comparable to that of administrative leaders in similar institutions.

Nominations, including self-nominations, are welcome. Interested parties should submit applications including a curriculum vitae, a statement outlining plans for the development of the organization, and three names (with contact information) of individuals who can speak to the applicant's qualifications, to or as hard copy to the Academy office, 17 Dunster St., Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA addressed to Director Search. Screening of applications will begin 15 February 2014. EEO/AA

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Beowulf: A Verse Translation for Students (Ed Risden)

[The following announcement came in from Witan Publishing--the editor is merely forwarding this information to the MAM membership:]

"Beowulf: A Verse Translation for Students offers the famed Anglo-Saxon epic in Modern English. Noted Beowulf scholar Edward. L. Risden has crafted a translation that is accessible even to students with no previous familiarity with medieval literature, preserving the beauty of the original verse without sacrificing accuracy. Risden’s translation presents the tale of the warrior Beowulf and his lifetime of intrigue, heroic deeds, and battles with monsters, and his ultimate confrontation with a dragon. Risden’s Beowulf is the exciting yarn of adventure that should electrify the imagination of every student."

See on Amazon |See on Barnes & Noble

"I think I see it ..."
(Ed Risden and Bill Hodapp at the MAM conference in Terre Haute, IN, in Sept. 2013)

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

[I am not sure this covers the Middle Ages as well, but just in case ...]

The Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University sponsors a travel grant designed to assist scholars who would like to travel to and establish temporary residence in Montreal in order to use the resources of the Library.

This grant is available to students, researchers, and physicians interested in the history of medicine, medical humanities, and rare medical books. It carries an award of $1,500 (Canadian), and must be held for 2-4 weeks during the calendar year of 2014. $2,000 will be made available to those requiring 4 weeks to complete their research.

Application instructions are located on our website.

The applications are considered by a Committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects.

Applications for the 2014 grant must be received by December 31, 2013. Candidates will be informed of the results early in 2014.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Manuscript Road Trip: Monks and Minnesota

From Lisa Fagin-Davis' blog on a Manuscript Road Trip -- posted on November 16, 2014

Minnesota is one of the most beautiful regions of the United States, its extensive woods dotted with thousands of glacial lakes. There aren’t quite as many manuscripts as there are lakes, of course, but there are more than enough to warrant a visit. We’ll start in Minneapolis, at the University of Minnesota.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library earns a mention further down in the blog post.  Read the entire blog at:

She's planning to visit more of the Midwest in the next post!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Library Research Grants - Princeton University

Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s research collections. Up to $3,500 is available per award.

Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). Special grants are awarded in several areas: the Program in Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World covers work using materials pertinent to this topic.

For more information, or to apply, please go to

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2014.

Copenhagen and Loire Valley Chansonniers: fifteenth-century French chansons

From a post by Peter Woetmann Christoffersen that was forwarded to the SHARP-L listserv:

"During the last six years I have worked on a web project, The Copenhagen Chansonnier and the ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers. An open access project. Its first stage is now completed and can be accessed at:

The web site contains new editions of all the polyphonic songs in the French 15th century chansonnier in The Royal Library, Copenhagen, MS Thott 291 8° (the so-called Copenhagen chansonnier). Each song is here edited as a ‘performance on paper’ according to the manuscript, and all the concordances in the related ‘Loire Valley’ chansonniers are edited in a similar way. Each song is accompanied by a list of sources, an edition of the poem(s), incl. English translation, links to online facsimile editions, and extensive comments on sources, texts and music. The site further contains detailed descriptions of the five chansonniers and proposes hypotheses concerning their genesis and dating; the latter is summarized in the introduction, which also discusses the principles of the edition.

Furthermore, the site offers supplementary materials, which serve to support the investigation of the repertory. They comprise articles and editions concerning the composers Gilles Mureau (complete works), Philippe Basiron (complete chansons) and Fede alias Jean Sohier, about the French music manuscript Florence, Biblioteca Riccardiana, Ms. 2794, about chansons notated in ‘clefless notation’, etc."

Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies (PIMS)


Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies

2 June - 11 July 2014

The programme consists of five core courses, including Latin Palaeography, Diplomatics, Codicology, Textual Editing, and a variable content rubric under which a number of different
special subject courses will be mounted. Courses will be available on a rotating basis, with two three-week courses offered each summer. The venue for teaching will alternate between the Pontifical Institute in Toronto and the American Academy in Rome, to take advantage of the unique resources of each institution.

Two streams are available. Students accepted to the programme may choose either simply to enrol for a single summer, that is, for the two courses offered any given year. Or, by taking four courses over two consecutive summers, and completing a final project, they can qualify for the Diploma in Manuscript Studies. The programme is open to students of any nationality who are currently enrolled in graduate programmes elsewhere and who desire to acquire technical skills that their own universities may not provide, as well as to those who have already earned their degrees but who would like to enrich themselves with further training.

Tuition is $2,000CAD. The Pontifical Institute is, however, able to offer 12 scholarships of up to $6,000CAD per year.


Applicants should send a completed application form, two letters of reference, a current c.v., and a statement of research interests by 1 February 2014 to:

Prof. M. Michèle Mulchahey
Director, Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East,
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2C4

Spaces are limited; early application is encouraged.

Further Information
Please visit for further details about the programme, the application process, housing, and downloadable forms.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Stories of interest?

The Tabula Peutingera (road map) of the ancient Roman empire  reproduced in the 1682 edition of the
works of Marcus Welser (1558-1614)--Saint John's Rare Books Collection.

Some stories of potential interest to MAM members from American Libraries Direct:

Where are the scriptoria?
Erik Kwakkel writes: “Many scribes in medieval art are depicted as individual copyists rather than scribes working in groups. Even when multiple scribes are presented in each other’s vicinity, such as the four evangelists in the Aachen Gospels of ca. 820 (right), we are still looking at multiple individual scribes. After all, they have their backs turned to each other and are separated by rock formations. Where are the scriptoria?”...
medievalfragments, Nov. 5

Iraqi Jewish documents go on display
Hilary Parkinson writes: “In June 2003, the National Archives Preservation Programs received a call for help from Iraq. Sixteen American soldiers had found tens of thousands of documents and 2,700 Jewish books while searching in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters. The historic material was soaking wet. And so Doris Hamburg and Mary-Lynn Ritzenthaler boarded a C-130 cargo plane and flew to Iraq.”...
Prologue: Pieces of History, Nov. 7

The Oxford University Press and the making of a book
To celebrate the publication of the first three volumes of The History of Oxford University Press on November 14 and University Press Week, Oxford University Press is sharing various materials from its archive, including a silent film (17:52) made in 1925 by the Federation of British Industry. The Oxford University Press and the Making of a Book highlighted the press’s work to audiences around the world. It also provides great insight into each step of the printing process....
OUPblog, Nov. 11; YouTube, Oct. 27

10 oldest surviving documents of their type
Alan Boyle writes: “Documents have literally changed the world, and some of them have survived for hundreds or even thousands of years. Every type of document provides a unique window into our shared heritage as human beings in ways that are both surprising and fascinating.” This list includes examples of what are probably the oldest surviving international treaty, medical document (above), poem, correspondence, printed book with a date, and set of laws....
Listverse, Nov. 10

University librarian resigns over Folio scandal
The Senate House Library at the University of London scrapped plans to sell a set of four Shakespeare Folios at auction after leading academics attacked the proposal as “an act of stupidity” and warned it could damage the university’s reputation. Senate House Library Director Christopher Pressler (right) announced he is resigning for “personal reasons,” weeks after he admitted breaching financial rules by not disclosing his relationship with an employee at Bonhams, appointed to oversee the sale....
The Telegraph (UK), Oct. 1

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

St Andrews Library new Visiting Scholarship Scheme

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library, the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce a new scheme of visiting scholarships. These scholarships will underwrite the costs of a period of work in our library Special Collections. St Andrews University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the university’s foundation. The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography. In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a copyright library (1710-1836). The University archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th -16th Century materials relating to Fife and to the university and city of St Andrews.

The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university. Applications for 2014 should be submitted electronically by 28 February 2014.

Further details, including a longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections, and application form can be found on the USTC website:

Further enquiries can be addressed to Professor Andrew Pettegree at

Dr Flavia Bruni
School of History
University of St Andrews
69-71 South Street
KY16 9QW
St Andrews, Fife, UK
Office: +44 (0)1334 462911
Mobile: +44 (0)7585 154253