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 ("

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