Monday, October 28, 2013

News from CARMEN Medieval

From the Bethune Book of Hours (15th century). The Last Judgment (detail).
A Halloween theme with a more hope-filled outlook.

If you are not familiar with CARMEN ("Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network"), you can find more at:  The following announcements are from the CARMEN newsletter.

1. Grants and scholarships

a. Travel grants from the Nederlands Instituut in Turkey for students and doctoral researchers
Deadlines: 17 November 2013, 26 January 2014, and 15 June 2014

b. Winter School ‘Investigating the Middle Ages’
Lleida University / Centre for Medieval Studies of Murcia University
Lleida, 10-11 February 2014.

c. John Doran Memorial Scholarship
(a funded full-time PhD studentship awarded in memory of Dr John Doran)
University of Chester -Department of History and Archaeology
One Scholarship is available for entry in 2013/14, for a thesis addressing a topic in British medieval history between c. 400 and 1200.
Completed applications should be received no later than 7th November 2013

d. Call for the CENDARI Visiting Research Fellowships programme is now open for 2014.
The CENDARI Visiting Research Fellowships are intended to support and stimulate historical research in the two pilot areas of medieval European culture and the First World War, by facilitating access to key archives, specialist knowledge and collections in CENDARI host institutions.
In particular, the CENDARI project is committed to hosting early career scholars who aim to apply digital humanities methods to their historical enquiry. The fellowships are particularly designed to support researchers from countries without equivalent facilities and early career scholars with limited access to these research infrastructures.
The CENDARI Visiting Research Fellowship programme is financed by the European Union.

CENDARI: Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure
Trinity College Dublin

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Call for Papers: Comitatus



Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submission of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.


The editorial board will make its final selections by 1 May 2014.

Please send submissions to as e-mail attachments to
Dr. Blair Sullivan, Managing Editor, Comitatus

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fellowships - Bodleian Libraries

From the SHARP-L listserv:

Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellowships

The Bodleian Libraries invite applications for Visiting Fellowships in 2014. Fellowships of between one and four months are available to scholars whose research requires use of the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections.

The Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries are an outstanding resource for scholarly study and discovery, containing rare printed books, classical papyri, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, literary, political and historical papers, archives, printed ephemera, and maps and music in both manuscript and printed form. The collections contain material from western and non-western cultures, of all dates and periods from antiquity onwards. The collections support a vibrant programme of public exhibitions as well as research and learning by students and scholars.

Visiting Fellows are expected to be resident in Oxford during the term of the Fellowship.

Applicants should carefully consult the descriptions provided on the Fellowships webpage here, which define any special topics or other criteria for application.

In every case, the selection committees will consider the potential of the planned research to increase knowledge and understanding of the Bodleian Libraries’ Special Collections or the development of innovative research methods for the study of these materials.

Research Fellowships & topic-specific Fellowships
Application Deadline: 17 January 2014
Period of residence: between one and four months, during year beginning September, 2014 (see descriptions of named Fellowships for details)

Collaborative Fellowships
Application Deadlines:

16 December 2013 (RSA-Bodleian) [apply directly to RSA]

17 January 2014 (BSECS-Bodleian and The Dunscombe Colt Fellowship)
Period of residence: one month, during calendar year 2014

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Fellowships Programme for more information on any of the general terms or for particulars of individual Fellowships:

e-mail : Alexandra Franklin

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Call for Papers: Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Saint Louis University)

Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Dates: Monday, June 16, 2014 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Location: Saint Louis University

UPDATE: The Call for Papers and Sessions for 2014 is now open!

The Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars in all disciplines to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation on all topics and in all disciplines of the medieval and early modern worlds.

The Symposium is held on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University, hosted by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. On-campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments and a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive dorm meal plans are available.

The plenary speakers for this year will be John W. Baldwin, of Johns Hopkins University, and Robert Hillenbrand, of the University of Edinburgh.

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline for paper, session, and roundtable proposals is December 31.
  • Registration opens in late 2013 and closes May 17 (late registration is permitted for an additional fee).
  • The Symposium program will be available online in mid-February.
  • The Symposium will be held June 16-18, 2014.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Call for Papers from the Illinois Medieval Association (Feb. 21-22, 2014)

Call for Papers - Illinois Medieval Association

Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World

We are pleased to announce the 2014 annual conference of the Illinois Medieval Association, co-sponsored by the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). The conference will take place on the UIC campus, February 21-22, 2014.

This year’s theme is “Seduction: The Art of Persuasion in the Medieval World.” We encourage proposals that engage with the rhetoric and representation of seduction and persuasion in all aspects of medieval discourse: literature, art, history, and culture. We invite papers from all disciplines. Preference is given to submissions closely related to the conference theme, but abstracts on any aspect of medieval studies are welcome.

Barbara H. Rosenwein, Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago, is the keynote speaker.

Proposals for whole sessions as well as individual papers are welcome. Three-paper sessions are scheduled for 90 minutes, including 20 minutes for each paper and time for discussion.

Individual papers: 250 word abstract

Panel proposals: Proposal should include a short abstract for each paper (250 words total)

We welcome papers that address any of the following as depicted in serious or parodic poetry, romance, historical documents, religious texts, medical texts, legal documents, art, and architecture. We encourage papers on related topics.

Papers investigating the art of seduction and persuasion might touch on these topics, for example:

* Romantic/erotic love
* Sermons and preaching
* Debates of all kinds
* Conversion experiences
* Political persuasion
* Inspiring and carrying out crusades and Crusades
* The writing of history in chronicles, cartularies…
* War
* Materiality and the power of objects
* Marginalia
* Transgression
* Conformity

Questions? Contact us at:<>

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Call for Papers: Mid-American Medieval Association (MAMA) in Columbia, Missouri

MAMA 2014 Annual Conference

Where: The University of Missouri and Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
When: February 22, 2014
Theme: The Global Middle Ages

Plenary Address: “Reading Medieval French Literature from a Global Perspective”
Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney

This year’s 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: Friday, 15 December 2013. Send all submissions via email

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 Linda Mitchell.

Registration and Program information, including hotel info, will be sent out at a later date.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Reminder: Midwest Medieval History Conference - October 18-19, 2013 in Minneapolis

52nd Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference

"Masters, Means, & Methods: the (Liberal) Arts in the Medieval World"

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN

October 18-19, 2013

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 science, music, mathematics, and dialectic; art history, especially the training of artists; the education of women; and professional training in guilds.

Keynote speaker: Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of The Rose Ensemble, presents "Devotional Laude: Praise and Procession within the First Franciscan Communities"

St. Francis of Assisi encouraged his first followers to be Joculatores Domini (the Lord's Minstrels), sparking the composition of a host of congregational melodies and vernacular lyric poetry, which would become known as laude spirituali. Joined by colleagues in The Rose Ensemble, Jordan Sramek introduces this lesser-known, monophonic genre from 13th-14th-century Umbria and Tuscany, and explains how the laudaplayed an important role in the advancement of confraternal and monastic activities and ideas throughout the region.

For further details about the conference, including full schedule and registration information, visit

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Position Announcement from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

The following position announcement is from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library:

Joseph S. Micallef Curator, Malta Study Center

OPENING DATE: 09/26/13

CLOSING DATE: Continuous


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John's University, invites applications for the full time position of Joseph S. Micallef Curator, Malta Study Center.

The Malta Study Center was founded in 1973 for the photographic preservation, cataloging, and study of archival materials related to the history of:
the Knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem (Sovereign Military Order of Jerusalem, Rhodes, and Malta)
the island of Malta, especially during the period of rule by the Order
the Crusades and the Crusader presence in the Holy Land

The collection is particularly strong in documentation from the 14th to late 18th centuries.

The Curator takes primary responsibility for the activities of the Malta Study Center, which include cataloging the archival collections, making them accessible through HMML’s digital platforms, publicizing the work of the Center, collection development, maintaining partnerships with relevant partner institutions in Malta and elsewhere, and pursuing new opportunities for digitization of archival materials.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Works with OLIVER, HMML’s manuscript catalog, and vHMML, a new online research environment for work with manuscripts. The Curator will be familiar with standards for electronic cataloging of archival and other manuscript materials.

Along with HMML’s Director of Development and the Friends of the Malta Study Center works to advance awareness of the Center among both general and scholarly audiences. The Curator edits Melitensia, a semi-annual publication about the work of the Center, and provides content about the Malta Study Center for HMML’s digital platforms.

Participates in the educational programs of HMML, and may also teach in the undergraduate program at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Represents the Malta Study Center and HMML at academic meetings and participates in the international scholarly community.

The Curator, like other HMML academic staff, makes presentations about HMML’s manuscript preservation work and collections to visiting classes, other groups, and important guests.

The Curator works with all of HMML’s collections as needed to assist researchers.


An earned doctorate in medieval or Renaissance studies, with research expertise in a relevant field.
Excellent knowledge of Latin, good reading ability in modern European languages.
Knowledge of a language used by the Christian communities of the Eastern Mediterranean would be an advantage.
Interest or secondary experience in the economic, social, political/diplomatic, military and religious history of the Mediterranean region desirable.
Knowledge of cataloging standards and digital handling of manuscript archival materials (TEI, etc). Substantial experience with projects in the digital humanities, especially those related to manuscript studies, would be highly desirable.


APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are accepted online. A complete application includes an application form, and attach a cover letter and resume. Letters of reference are optional.

Women and individuals with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Saint John's University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


 Position #00075