Tuesday, October 28, 2014

University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme

University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library, the University of St Andrews instituted in 2014 a new scheme of visiting scholarships.  These scholarships are intended to underwrite the costs of a period of work with our library’s Special Collections.  Six scholars were chosen for summer residency in 2014 (for more information, click here), and it is intended to appoint a similar number in 2015.

St Andrews University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the University’s foundation.  The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography.  In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a Copyright Library (1710-1836).  The archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th -16th century materials relating to Fife and to the University and city of St Andrews.

The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university.  Applications for 2015 should be submitted electronically on the attached application form by 10 January 2015.  A longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections can be downloaded here.  Further enquiries can be addressed to the Acting Head of Special Collections, Mrs Rachel Hart, at speccoll@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Daryl Green
Rare Books Librarian
Special Collections Division
University of St Andrews Library
Library Annexe
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9WH

Tel: 01334 462325
E: dtg4@st-andrews.ac.uk
Echoes from the Vault: a blog from the Special Collections of the University of St Andrews

The Reading Room of the Special Collections Division of the University Library is located in the Martyrs Kirk Research Library on North Street. Original material must be booked in advance, since the collections are not stored on site. Please contact us on speccoll@st-andrews.ac.uk or 01334-462339 .

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland : No SC013532

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2015 Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

University of Delaware Library / Delaware Art Museum

2015 Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

The University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum invite applications for the 2015 joint Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies. This one-month Fellowship is intended for scholars working on the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates. Up to $3,000 is available.

The Delaware Art Museum is home to the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the US. Assembled largely by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., the collection includes paintings, works on paper, decorative arts, manuscripts, and letters, and is augmented by the museum’s Helen Farr Sloan art library. With comprehensive holdings in books, periodicals, electronic resources, and microforms, the University of Delaware Library is a major resource for the study of literature and art. The Special Collections Department contains material related to the Pre-Raphaelites, who are also well-represented in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection of Victorian books, manuscripts, and artworks.

Application deadline: November 1, 2014.

More information: www.delart.org/about/opportunities

or write to:

Pre-Raphaelite Studies Fellowship Committee
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

CfP: Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook (May 1 and 2, 2015)

Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Binghamton University

Authority and Materiality in the Italian Songbook:
From the Medieval Lyric to the Early-Modern Madrigal
May 1 and 2, 2015

In recent decades, scholars of medieval and early-modern texts have increasingly rejected as object of study the coherent, corrected text of the modern critical edition in favor of the instability and singularity of individual manuscripts and prints. Academic interest has turned particularly to the construction of authorial identity in late medieval and early-modern lyric anthologies and music books through scribal and authorial choices about the visual disposition and ordering of individual poems and songs. Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374) stands as a key figure in the development of the single-author poetry book, exhibiting in his autobiographical Canzoniere an acute concern with the minutia of the material production of texts and a high degree of authorial self-consciousness in the arrangement of his poems into a coherent narrative, which set a precedent for centuries to come. Petrarchism became the dominant idiom of European poetry in subsequent centuries, as well as the primary thematic register of the sixteenth-century madrigal, a musical genre in which composers also increasingly asserted authorial control over the appearance of their songs in printed music books.

We invite paper or session proposals from musicologists and literary and book historians with an interest in the shared material sources of Italian poetry and music from the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, focusing especially on Petrarch and his legacy. Martin Eisner (Duke University) and Giuseppe Gerbino (Columbia University) will be keynote speakers. Conference highlights will include a public concert of Petrarch’s poetry in musical settings by the early-music ensemble Blue Heron; we also anticipate publishing a volume of selected conference proceedings.

Of particular interest are papers or sessions that address the following (and related) topics:

Constructions of authorship in early Italian and Occitan lyric collections
The 13th-century Italian “divorce” between poetry and music
Petrarchan reforms in scribal practices and methods of book production
Evoking song in Petrarch’s Canzoniere and other poetic works
Composers and poets in 14th-century poetic anthologies and music codices
15th-century poesia per musica and “missing” musical sources
Pietro Bembo’s Petrarch: 16th-century sources
Autobiographical poetic practices and women as petrarchiste
Organizational strategies in madrigal books
Lyric poetry and the culture of print
The rhetoric of authorship in dedications and prefaces
The distribution and commodification of lyric anthologies
Oral vs. written transmission (reading, speaking, singing)

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length and may be delivered in English or Italian.
Send abstracts (maximum 500 words) and brief CVs by December 1, 2014, to cemers@binghamton.edu. Inquiries may be directed to Professors Olivia Holmes (oholmes@binghamton.edu) or Paul Schleuse (schleuse@binghamton.edu).

Supported by grants from the Material and Visual Worlds Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence of Binghamton University and the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines program for
“Intercampus Scholarly Conferences.”