Monday, February 25, 2013

I guess we don't "leap" this year

A twelfth-century alphabet from a manuscript fragment at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. More details and pictures at: (project blog for the vHMML project).


  • Newberry Library Paleography Seminars
  • "Auctoritas" - Medieval Studies Conference
  • The World of Caesarius of Arles
  • SGRABL (The Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature) at MLA 2014 in Chicago
  • Exemplaria

Newberry Library receives funding for paleography seminars 

The Newberry Library in Chicago has received a $600,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to teach students and scholars how to read late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts written by hand in Italian, French, Spanish, and English. The funding allows the Newberry to begin a four-year series of summer institutes. The Folger Shakespeare Library, the Getty Research Institute, and the Huntington Library are also involved in the program, the only one of its kind in North America....
Crain’s Chicago Business, Feb. 8


"Auctoritas" - Medieval Studies Conference in Catalunya

26-28th JUNE 2013

UNTIL 15th MARCH 2013 (OPEN!!)

UNTIL 25th JUNE 2013 (OPEN!!)


The World of Caesarius of Arles:

a short conference organised by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Date: Friday 15th-Saturday 16th March, 2013

The starting point for this conference is the lively and controversial figure of Caesarius, bishop of Arles from 502-542. Both Caesarius and the time in which he lived have been seen as emblematic of the cusp between the ancient and medieval eras. This conference brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds in order to throw light on this fascinating figure, an eventful period of late antique history, and the rich material culture of southern Gaul.

Friday 15th March Opening Lecture, 5pm
William Klingshirn (Catholic University of America): ‘Caesarius of Arles: 1970-2042: retrospect and prospect’

Saturday 16th March Day Conference (9am-6pm)
Lisa Bailey (Auckland): ‘Scripture in the sermons of Caesarius of Arles’
Kate Cooper (Manchester): ‘Caesarius and the late Roman household’
Lucy Grig (Edinburgh): ‘Celebrating the Kalends of January in late antique Gaul’
Peter Heather (KCL): ‘Caesarius, Theodoric and the Papacy’
Edward James (TCD): ‘The self-representation of a bishop: Caesarius of Arles compared to Gregory of Tours’
Simon Loseby (Sheffield): ‘Arles in the time of Caesarius’

There will be a registration fee of £20 (£15 for students), to include a wine reception (Friday), morning coffee, buffet lunch and afternoon tea (Saturday).

To register for the conference please e-mail or write to the conference organiser, Lucy Grig, and send a cheque made out to ‘The University of Edinburgh’ to her at the address below. Please also contact her for additional information or if you wish to join the speakers for the conference dinner:

Dr Lucy Grig
University of Edinburgh
William Robertson Wing
Teviot Place


SGRABL (The Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature) at MLA 2014 in Chicago

SGRABL (The Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature) invites proposals for next year’s Modern Language Association Conference (Jan. 9-12, 2014 in Chicago)

for a session on:

CORPORA: Textual, Sexual, Non-Human Bodies (in the early modern age):

Topics including: gender/sexuality, body politic, bodies of text, real/imagined bodies, angelic/monstrous bodies...papers addressing contemporary theoretical debates.

Selected papers may be published.

Please send 1-page abstract; 1-page CV to

Deadline for submissions: 11 March 2013

Contact person:
Elio C. Brancaforte (
Associate Professor and Chair
Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Studies
305 Newcomb Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: (504) 865-5276
Fax: (504) 865-5277


From the Exemplaria Editors:

"As you know, Exemplaria has entered into a new phase of its existence and is doing remarkably well. We won the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, we hosted a hugely successful symposium at the University of Texas, and we recently appointed a new Book Reviews Editor, Peggy McCracken of the University of Michigan.

To maintain the journal’s high standards, we continue to seek out the very finest theoretically informed scholarship on medieval and early modern literature and culture. We are therefore hoping that you will spread the word to your colleagues and advanced graduate students that we would love the chance to review their work in these areas.

We do our utmost to complete peer review within three months -- and succeed in nearly every case. We review the work carefully ourselves before sending it to external readers. We choose those readers with tremendous care, emphasizing rigor but also affinity with the author's intellectual concerns. Finally, we are extremely diligent about preparing clean copy -- more so perhaps than many other journals. All essays are copyedited by several people several times, including a phenomenally gifted editor at our press (Maney). We also verify the accuracy of all quoted material and bibliographical citations -- something few publishers do at this point.

Please do consider, then, sending prospective contributors our way. It goes without saying that we would love to have submissions or book review essays from you as well. If you would like information specifically about review essays or if you have an idea for one you'd like to write (4,000-5,000 words), please contact Peggy McCracken directly ("

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

MAM Kalamazoo Planner!

Ms. Frag. 19 (Saint John's Rare Books). Leaf from a 13th-century glossed Bible.
To see more samples of early scripts, check out the HMML special collections blog or the small gallery on Picasa.

To all MAM friends and members:

Nuntia for Spring 2013:  Please send your news articles, professional announcements, MAM news, etc. to me for inclusion in the next issue of Nuntia, due out in March or early April 2013.  Please send me your submissions at:

The Kalamazoo Planner (below) will also be included in Nuntia, as well as any association documents, reports (e.g., on the MAM conference at Xavier University), etc.

MAM Secretary Announcement posted on website.

MAM Kalamazoo Planner

Thursday 12:00 noon
Bernhard 107
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Executive Council Meeting
Thursday 3:30
Session 143
Schneider 1360
Beowulf and Old Norse Literature
Organizer: Nickolas Haydock, Univ. of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Presider: Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Monster Sex and the Malady of Heroes in Beowulf and Grettis Saga Nickolas Haydock
Monsters and Heroes in Beowulf and Grettir’s Saga Ruth D. Delgado, Univ. of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Monsters Are Us: Analogies and Dis-analogies in Beowulf and Grettir’s Saga Jo-Anne M. Hernandez Michelson, Univ. of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
The Price of a Cup of Mead: An Exploration of the Bad Hostess in Beowulf and The Saga of the Volsungs Rebecca Aylesworth, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Bernhard 209
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Business Meeting and Reception with open bar
Thursday 7:30 pm
Session 181
Bernhard 213
Justice, Law, and Literature in the Middle Ages
Organizer: Toy-Fung Tung, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Presider: Toy-Fung Tung
Straining the Qualities of Mercy: Writing about Justice in Twelfth-Century Sicily and England Philippa Byrne, Univ. of Oxford
Legalism and Divine Justice in the York Play of the Last Judgment Emma Lipton, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia
Of Statutes and Squirrels: Reading Medieval Law in Illuminated Manuscripts Katie L. Peebles, Marymount Univ.
“From this time forth I never will speak word”: Closing the Gap between Words and Things in Decameron 8.10 and Othello Margaret Escher, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Friday 10:00 am
Session 184
Valley III Stinson Lounge
Playing with Food: Exploring Medieval Food-Ways in Classroom and Popular Culture
Co-sponsored with Mens et Mensa: Society for the Study of Food in the Middle Ages
Organizer: John A. Bollweg, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Gael Grossman, Jamestown Community College
Remodeling Chivalry through Food Play Jodi Growitz Shearn, West Chester Univ.
The Crusaders’ World: Foodways Experiences Samantha A. Meigs, Univ. of Indianapolis
A demonstration with Ingeborg Slegers, Univ. of Indianapolis, and Linda Nicley, Univ. of Indianapolis.
Friday 1:30 pm
Session 275
Schneider 1325
Lydgate without Chaucer
Organizer: Timothy R. Jordan, Zane State College
Presider: Alaina Bupp, Univ. of Colorado–Boulder
The Vision of Paris: Rhetoric as Visual Paradox in Lydgate’s Troy Book Emily Pez, Univ. of Western Ontario
Lady Readers and Their Copies of Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady Mary Beth Long, Ouachita Baptist Univ.
Authority and Authorship in Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady Mary Wellesley, Univ. College London
Illuminated Benedictines in Lydgate’s Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund Timothy R. Jordan
Friday 3:30 pm
Session 320
Schneider 1135
Medieval Business: Commerce, Economics, and Trade
Organizer: Steven Austin Stovall, Wilmington College
Presider: Steven Austin Stovall
New Horizons of Trade: The Economic Impact of the Crusades upon the Eastern Mediterranean Kimberly Beaver, Florida State Univ.
Orsanmichele: The Florentine Grain Market: The Structure of an Early Commodities Exchange Marie D’Aguanno Ito, Catholic Univ. of America
The Hanseatic League as an Interorganizational Relationship: An Analysis of Key Contingencies Eric G. Kirby, Texas State Univ.
Saturday 1:30 pm
Session 434
Schneider 1135
(Un)true Confessions: Love’s Affairs, Adventures, and Consolations in the Iberian Middle Ages
Organizer: Carlos Hawley, North Dakota State Univ.
Presider: Yonsoo Kim, Purdue Univ.
Freckles, True (False) Confessions, and Redemption in Berceo’s “La abadesa preñada” Paul Larson, Baylor Univ.
The Language of Love’s Adventures and Misadventures in the Milagros de nuestra señora Benjamin Smith, Minnesota State Univ.–Moorhead
Whore to Angel: Doña Urraca and Mary Magdalene between the Romancero Viejo and the Modern Oral Tradition Alexander McNair, Univ. of Wisconsin–Parkside
Saturday 3:30 pm
Session 490
Schneider 1135
Medievalists Reading and Teaching Shakespeare
Organizer: Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College
Presider: Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Shakespeare and the Making of Medieval Kingship Edward L. Risden
Teaching Shakespeare’s Sources and Contexts Glenn Steinberg, College of New Jersey
Shakespearean Medievalism in Performance: The Second Tetralogy William F. Hodapp, College of St. Scholastica
Sunday 10:30 am
Session 558
Fetzer 1005
The Formation of Identity in Middle English Arthurian Romance
Organizer: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado
Presider: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
Merlin’s Mistress and Mary in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Mickey Sweeney, Dominican Univ.
Identity Adjustment at the Terne Wathelyn Rachel Kapelle, Case Western Reserve Univ.
Human Identity in Ywain and Gawain: There and Back Again David Sprunger, Concordia College
The Becoming of the Middle English Perceval Ryan Naughton, Ohio Univ.

The full program is at:


Friday, February 1, 2013

MAM Secretary - Announcement

Palimpsest recently found in the HMML collections (a/k/a early modern recycling).
  • Special announcement from the Council of the Medieval Association of the Midwest
  • Midwest Conference on British Studies
  • 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo) program now online (link below)


The Council of the Medieval Association of the Midwest invites applications for the newly created position of Secretary.

Duties include the following:

Maintaining records, including membership, mailing, and subscription lists.
Communicating with members, officers, and the public (especially electronically), including announcements, correspondence, etc.
Coordinating flow of information to Nuntia editor, Enarratio editors, officers, and council members.
Preparing for annual business meetings at Kalamazoo, including agendas and minutes.

The term of office is three years beginning in May of 2013. In the first year the incumbent will work with the current Executive Secretary to insure a smooth transition.

As the description indicates, this is an important office in our organization. Performing such functions in a regional academic association constitutes significant professional service, the more so since the initial occupant of this position will play a formative role in its establishment. Because the Secretary must attend business meetings, MAM provides a stipend to cover some of the costs of this travel.

The ideal candidate would have support from his or her institution in the form of recognition, release time, assistance, and/or travel funding.

Those wishing to be nominated for the office of Secretary should submit an expression of interest by March 15, 2013, to Kris Bixby at


Academic Affairs Box 13
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmont
Wichita, KS 67260-0013

The expression of interest should include a one-page statement explaining reasons for being interested, participation in the Medieval Association of the Midwest, any experience or similar service relevant to the position, and any information about possible institutional support (e.g., travel funding, credit for tenure, promotion, etc.), if appropriate.

Expressions of interest and nominations of others (with consent) will be reviewed by the Council at its annual meeting in May. Following the usual practice, the Council will prepare a slate of nominees to present to the membership at the business meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be entertained.

Questions may be addressed to the officers:
President, Harriet Hudson
Vice President, Ed Risden

This announcement will also be posted on the MAM website (


Submitted by Jennifer McNabb (Western Illinois University)

The Midwest Conference on British Studies is proud to announce that its 60th Annual Meeting will be hosted by DePaul University in Chicago, October 11-13, 2013.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Robert Bucholz of Loyola University of Chicago, and the plenary address will be given by Professor Jonathan Rose of Drew University. The MWCBS is also pleased to celebrate the career of Professor Walter L. Arnstein at this year's meeting.

The MWCBS seeks papers from scholars in all fields of British Studies, broadly defined to include those who study England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Britain's Empire and the Commonwealth. We welcome scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to history, literature, political science, gender studies and art history. Proposals for complete sessions are preferred, although proposals for individual papers will be considered. We welcome roundtables (of four participants plus chair) and panels (of three participants plus chair/commentator) that:
  • * offer cross-disciplinary perspectives on topics in British Studies
  • * situate the arts, letters, and sciences in a British cultural context
  • * examine representations of British and imperial/Commonwealth national identities
  • * consider Anglo-American relations, past and present
  • * examine new trends in British Studies
  • * assess a major work or body of work by a scholar
  • * explore new developments in digital humanities and/or research methodologies
After positive responses to recent roundtables on teaching and employment, we would particularly like to receive proposals for teaching roundtables that discuss collaborative or innovative learning techniques in the British Studies classroom and for professional development roundtables dealing with research, publication, or employment. We are also pleased to announce a session on holdings available to scholars conducting research in the Chicago area.

The MWCBS welcomes papers presented by advanced graduate students and will award the Walter L. Arnstein Prize for the best graduate student paper(s) given at the conference. A limited number of graduate travel scholarships will be available, and all graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please see the MWCBS website for further details:

Proposals must:
- Include a 200-word abstract for each paper and a brief, 1-page c.v. for each participant, including chairs and commentators.
- For full panels, include a brief 200-word preview of the panel as a whole.

Please place the panel proposal, the accompanying paper proposals and vitas in one file and send it as a single attachment. Also identify within the email the contact person for the panel.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by April 1, 2013, to the Program Committee Chair, Jennifer McNabb at .

Program Committee: Martin Greig, Ryerson University; Phil Harling, University of Kentucky; Robin Hermann, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Isaac Land, Indiana State University; Jennifer McNabb, Chair, Western Illinois University; and Cathryn Spence, University of Guelph.

Visit the MWCBS website at


2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo) program now online (link below)

Direct link to the program: