Monday, March 25, 2013

Busy as a bee (if Spring would ever get here)

News travels fast in this community...

  • Midwest Medieval History Conference (deadline for CFP is April 1, 2013!)
  • Southeastern Medieval Association - meeting (Oct. 3-5, 2013) at Appalachian State Univ.
  • Medieval Academy of America: Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 2014
  • CORPORA: Textual, Sexual, Non-Human Bodies in the Early Modern Age


Midwest Medieval History Conference
Fifty-second Annual Meeting – October 18-19, 2013
Masters, Means & Methods: the (Liberal) Arts in the Medieval World

Call for Papers

The 52nd annual Midwest Medieval History Conference will be held on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN on October 18-19, 2013. The conference will commence on Friday afternoon with six graduate student papers. Saturday’s meeting will feature a plenary address, presentations on a range of topics, and a special round table discussion on pedagogy in the modern medieval classroom. A banquet and President’s Reception will follow.
The theme of this year’s conference concerns the transmission of knowledge, from masters to students, from practitioners to audience. It includes the liberal arts, the fine arts, and even the practical arts. Topics might include monastic as well as university education; the trivium and quadrivium; the history of theology, science, music, mathematics, and dialectic; art history, especially the training of artists; the education of women; and professional training in guilds. Graduate students who present papers will receive a $100 honorarium. Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to Prof. Amy Bosworth, MMHC Program Chair, at Deadline for submission is April 1, 2013.

Questions about local arrangements should be directed to this year’s host, Prof. Phil Adamo, at 


16th-century dairy farming?

Call For Papers for the 39th meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association
To be held Oct 3-5, 2013 at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Where we will meet: Close to the Edge

Appalachia has long been a region on the American edge, serving as the colonial frontier and still today existing on the margins of regional, political, and cultural consciousness.  Edges can be stable or fluid, demarcating a final border or providing places of intersection.  Even in the medieval world, which relied on boundaries to enforce spatial and socio-political hierarchies, edges were likewise mutable.
In this spirit, we invite papers on all aspects of medieval studies but particularly welcome those exploring metaphorical or material edges such as manuscript marginalia; architectural edges; real and imaginary geography, boundaries and margins; social/ political/religious hierarchies and their boundaries; the blurring of edges between medieval and later time periods; displaced, non-human, and/or marginal figures; lesser known texts or artifacts; “marginal media” such as graphic novels, comic books, games, etc.
Please send proposals for sessions or abstracts (250 words or less) for papers to Mary Valante and Alison Gulley at by June 14th, 2013. 


Snip, snip, here; snip, snip, there.


Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John's University
Collegeville, Minnesota  56321

PURPOSE:  For research at the Library.
ELIGIBILITY:  Graduate students or scholars who are within three years of completing a terminal master's or doctoral degree.
DURATION:  Two weeks to six months.
AMOUNTS:  Variable up to $2,000.
DEADLINES:  Twice a year. April 15 for research conducted from July 1-December 31. November 15 for research conducted from January 1-June 30.
APPLICATION:  Submit a letter of application, c.v., a one-page description of the research project including proposed length of stay, an explanation of how the Library's resources will enable you to advance your project, and a confidential letter of recommendation from your advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of your work.
SEND:  All inquiries and materials to The Committee on Research, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, 2835 Abbey Plaza, Box 7300, Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN 56321-7300 or directed to, or fax (320) 363-3222.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library houses extensive resources for the study of manuscripts and archives. Almost 130,000 manuscripts are available on microfilm and in digital format.  HMML has microfilmed extensively in Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Malta, and Ethiopia, and is currently digitizing manuscripts in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, India, Malta and Italy. Consult the Library's website for further information, including an electronic inventory of its collections (OLIVER) and a growing database of manuscript and book images (Vivarium).


Who's leading whom?
Medieval Academy of America: Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 2014
Call for Papers
Deadline for submission is 15 June 2013
The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held jointly with the Medieval Association of the Pacific on 10-12 April, in Los Angeles at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and hosted by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2012 and 2013; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration can be given to individuals whose specialty would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.
The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here.

Please contact Prof. Massimo Ciavolella at UCLA, if you have any questions.

Encountering Byzantium: The Empire through the Gaze of Others
Byzantine Art as a Site of Encounter
Architecture and Encounter
On Teaching the Middle Ages to K-12 [two sessions]
Travel and Pilgrimage Literature
The Postcolonial Encounter in Medieval English Literature
The Traffic in Religions
Encounters between Cultures: Conflicts and Conflict Resolution
Medicine and Literature
Shipwrecks and Shipping
What's New in Medieval Studies?
Empires of Fantasy
Encountering the Past and the Page in Medieval English Literature
Digital Humanities
Museums and the Presentation of the Middle Ages
Medievalism: The Middle Ages in Film and Video Games
Cartography: Visual Representation of Encounters
Preconceptions of the World outside Europe
Medieval Culture of Empire Language Communities
Frederick II and the Islamic World
Sites of Encounter: Armenia
Sites of Encounter: Norman Sicily
Sites of Encounter: North Africa
Sites of Encounter: Iberia
Scandinavians and Empire
Queens, Empresses, and Women of Power
Diversity of Religious Communities in the Medieval West
Gifts and Exchange
Travel to Different Worlds
Ritual Encounters: Festivals, Processions, Parades and Triumphs
Identifying Cultural Encounters and Networks from Archaeological Evidence
German Manuscripts and Imperial Authority: Routes of Transmission
Manuscript Illumination
Rome's Revival: Encounters with Rome in the Middle Ages
Crusade Encounters
Sites of Encounter in Medieval Literature 


I've always heard I should beware of snakes in the grass, but this is ridiculous.

This call for papers is for a session at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference,  October 24-27, 2013 at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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, animal bodies, disability and the body. Papers addressing contemporary theoretical debates warmly welcomed.

This session at the SCSC 2013 is part of a series of panels organized by the Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature (SGRABL). Other CORPORA panels will take place at the MLA conference (Chicago 2014) and the Renaissance Society of America conference (New York 2014). Selected papers will be published.

The deadline to submit to the SCSC panel is March 28.

Please send 1-page abstract; 1-page CV to
 Dr. Bethany Wiggin
Undergraduate Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
University of Pennsylvania
745 Williams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel:  +1.215.806.5025
Fax: +1.215.573.7794

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Pictures in this blogpost are from two recent additions to the HMML/Saint John's collections:
  • Pietro Andrea Mattioli. I discorsi [= Dioscorides, De Materia medica, in Italian, with additions]. In Venetia, 1573. (all pictures above except the final one)
  • Johann Georg von Eckhart. Commentarii de rebus Franciae orientalis et episcoptus Wirceburgensis. Wirceburgi, 1729. (last picture only)