Friday, July 26, 2013

Final Reminder for MAM 2013 proposals, plus one other CfP

"That'll be the last time he doesn't send his MAM proposal in by the deadline."
(Excedrin headache no. 1542 BCE: Jael and Sisera from the Book of Judges)

Last Reminder! Send in your Paper Proposals for MAM 2013 to Harriet Hudson by August 1!

MAM's 29th annual conference will be held September 26-28, 2013 at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. Plenary speakers are Ralph Hanna and Richard Firth Green. The conference theme is "A sense of place" but papers on all topics relating to medieval studies are welcome; abstracts should be submitted by August 1. For additional information, contact Harriet Hudson at

Come for the folks ...

Or come for the food. But by all means, COME TO TERRE HAUTE!


CFP: Open Sessions on Sidney, Biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The International Sidney Society will sponsor an open session on writers of the Sidney family and their circle of influence at the Nineteenth Annual New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Sarasota, Florida). The conference website is:

March 6-9, 2014

We invite abstracts on any subject dealing with Philip Sidney, the Sidney family, friends and associates of the Sidney family, and intertextual or other significant relationships among the Sidneys and other writers, from any relevant discipline. We may negotiate for a second session if we have enough quality abstracts. We encourage proposals from junior scholars and graduate students as well as from established scholars.

Abstracts (250 words) should be submitted electronically and should indicate clearly your mailing address and phone number. If you need special equipment for the talk (digital projector, etc.), please let us know when you submit your abstract.

Deadline for abstracts: September 8, 2013.

Please note: Papers must be limited to twenty minutes in reading time.

Please send abstracts (email preferably) to:
Joel Davis

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stories about Manuscripts, Early Printing, etc.

From a "scrapbook" of 16th-c. printing at HMML.
Some recent stories related to medieval and the early modern book world

Two stories from American Libraries Direct:

Four Magna Cartas, together after 800 years
The four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta—a critical document in the history of constitutional law—will be brought together for the first time in 2015, the 800th anniversary of the issue of the charter by England’s King John in 1215. The unification, which will be held at the British Library in collaboration with Lincoln Cathedral and Salisbury Cathedral, will take place over three days in early 2015 and kick off a year of celebrations across the UK and the world....
British Library, July 14; Medieval Manuscripts Blog, July 15

Ancient Coptic monastery library gets new building
One of the world’s earliest libraries finally has its first dedicated building. The Syrian Monastery (Deir al-Surian), a Coptic Orthodox monastery in the Egyptian desert, was established in the 6th century A.D.; some of its manuscripts were collected by its abbot during a trip to Baghdad in 927. The new building opened in May and includes a reading room, a small display area, conservation facilities, and a basement store, all of which are secure and maintain proper environmental conditions....
The Art Newspaper, July 17


The St Andrews Book Conference for 2014
Lost books

"Questions of survival and loss bedevil the study of early printed books. Many early publications are not particularly rare, but others are very scarce, and many have disappeared altogether. We can infer this from the improbably large number of books that survive in only one copy, and it is confirmed by the many references in contemporary documents to books that cannot now be identified in surviving book collections.

This conference will address the issue of how far this corpus of lost books can be reconstructed from contemporary documentation, and how this emerging perception of the actual production of the early book trade – rather than those books that are known from modern library collections – should impact on our understanding of the industry and contemporary reading practice.

Papers are invited on any aspects of this subject: particular texts, classes of texts or authors particularly impacted by poor rates of survival; lost books revealed in contemporary lists or inventories; the collections of now dispersed libraries; deliberate and accidental destruction. Attention will also be given to ground-breaking recent attempts to estimate statistically the whole corpus of production in the first centuries of print by calculating rates of survival.

The conference will take place in St Andrews on the three days 19-21 June 2014.

The papers given at this conference will form the basis of a volume in the Library of the Written Word.

The call for papers is now open and also available online on the USTC website at the page: Those interested in giving a paper should contact Dr Flavia Bruni ( at St Andrews, offering a brief description of their likely contribution.

The call for papers will close on 30 November 2013."


 From the Book History and Print Culture Network:

Conference on Incunabula (Wolfenbüttel, 11-13 November 2013)

"The working group Wolfenbütteler Arbeitskreis für Bibliotheks-, Buch- und Mediengeschichte will hold a 3-day conference on incunabula from November 11-13, 2013 in the famous Herzog August Bibliothek. The topic of the bilingual (English/German) conference is “Der gegenwärtige Stand der materiellen Aspekte in der Inkunabelforschung” (“The current state of incunabula research with a focus on materiality”). "

The full announcement (with a list of speakers) can be found at:

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Medieval Studies through AcademicPub

The information below was forwarded to NuntiaBlog because it may be of interest to MAM members who teach Medieval Studies:


New York, NY - AcademicPub™, the largest repository of atomized content available in the world for the creation of custom course materials, today announced the launch of AcademicPub Special Collections™, sites which facilitate the discovery of content and encourage collaboration in the creation of custom course materials.

The Medieval Studies Special Collection and The Middle Eastern Studies Special Collection and are the inaugural Special Collections being launched by AcademicPub, which plans at least a dozen more in 2013. Both Special Collections are hosted by AcademicPub as focused subsets of the larger, 8-million unit AcademicPub content library.

AcademicPub has just embarked on its second year of operation serving a rapidly expanding number of instructors at colleges and universities in North America. The AcademicPub Special Collections provide wide and deep content from prominent commercial and OER publishers worldwide. The collections allow instructors to access all top publishers in each topic with one click, to easily create a unique custom book for their courses, and to share the contents of their newly built book with others in their field.

The announcement was made by Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent SharedBook Inc.

"Our intent in building these subject-specific collections is to facilitate the creation of learning communities, resulting in even greater ease of use for the instructors who are building books on our platform," said Vanderlip. "The rich content in the AcademicPub Library, combined with the close-knit nature of scholarly communities, are the impetus for these new sites."

The 24 publishers making their high-quality material available in The Medieval Studies Special Collection hosted by AcademicPub are found here.

The Middle Eastern Studies Special Collection hosted by AcademicPub consists of top scholarship from 30 publishers, which can be found here.

About AcademicPub
AcademicPub is SharedBook Inc.’s technology platform for higher education. With a few clicks of a mouse, an instructor can assemble, compose, price and deliver custom books - in eBook and/or print format. AcademicPub allows for immediate creation and inclusion of copyright-cleared content from anywhere, such as web articles, third party content, self-generated lectures or from the 8 million-plus units of cleared material provided by the 200 publishers in the AcademicPub Content Library. The dual benefit is a fast and easy way for educators to provide an engaging educational experience, with lower prices and up-to-the-minute materials for students. More information and free registration for faculty is available at Headquartered in New York since 2004, SharedBook Inc. is privately held and can be found at


Friday, July 12, 2013

July updates - a CfP and an approaching deadline

MAM Meeting in Terre Haute (September 2013):

Approaching deadline for the MAM 2013 conference in Terre Haute (from Harriet Hudson):
"... just a friendly reminder that abstracts for the Terre Haute conference are due August 1. The theme is "a sense of place", but as usual, papers on all aspects of medieval studies are welcome."
Contact Harriet at:

From Ed Risden:

28th International Conference on Medievalism

International Society for the Study of Medievalism

St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin

October 17-19, 2013

Medievalism: Its Centers and Margins

In addition to the authors, texts, and considerations that normally form the core of studies in medievalism, what works occupy, haunt, or draw the boundaries of what we consider proper matter for this field? What currently lies outside that we should certainly include, and what perhaps lies near the center that doesn’t really fit at all? Within the texts we study, what ideas or approaches form the core, and what has lingered at the margins, or what do we need to bring from outside toward center stage for careful study and consideration? Why do the texts that form our core remain there? Participants should feel welcome to submit abstracts directed to the conference theme or on any other aspects of medievalism—the study of later ages’ use of the material of the Middle Ages—that they choose to explore.

Plenary Speaker: Nick Haydock, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, “Medievalism and Anamorphosis: Perspectives on the Middle Ages”

Conference Location: St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, is just four miles from Green Bay and ten minutes from Green Bay Austin Straubel Airport (with daily service to Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cleveland, and Atlanta), about a two-hour drive north from Milwaukee and four from Chicago. Conference lodging will be at the Kress Inn, next to SNC (920-403-5100).

Publication Opportunity: Presenters may feel welcome to submit papers to The Year’s Work in Medievalism (edited by E. L. Risden). Longer articles (over 6000 words) should go to Studies in Medievalism, edited by Karl Fugelso.

Deadline for submissions: July 1, 2013
Per Ed Risden, the deadline is now ASAP! (as in within the next week or two if possible--July 15 to 22?)
Please direct papers, abstracts, session proposals, or questions to:
Edward Risden, Professor of English
St. Norbert College
100 Grant St.
De Pere, WI 54115

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Never too soon to think about Kalamazoo!! Call-for-Papers now available online!

NOT from the exhibitors' hall at Kalamazoo ...

The 2014 Call for Papers from the International Congress for Medieval Studies (aka "Kalamazoo") is now available online at:

The Medieval Association of the Midwest has four sessions for you to consider for submissions:

Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM):
The Formation of Identity in Middle English Arthurian Romance (organized by Kristin Bovaird-Abo,  (

Innovative Approaches to Teaching Dante—A Roundtable (organized by Alison Langdon,

Cultural Approaches to Teaching the History of the English Language (organized by Kristen Figg,

Lydgate Without Chaucer? (co-organized by Tim Jordan,, and Alaina Bupp,

Please send proposals directly to the organizers listed above; otherwise, for general questions about sessions, please contact Alison Langdon (e-mail above) or about NuntiaBlog, please contact Matt Heintzelman (