Call for Papers – New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The twenty-second biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies will take place 12–14 March 2020 in Sarasota, Florida. The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. The deadline for all abstracts is 15 September 2019; please see the submission guidelines on the conference website.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400. Please see the “Snyder Prize” section of the conference website for further information.

More information will be posted on the conference website as it becomes available, including information about plenary speakers, conference events, and area attractions. Please send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.

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Call for Papers for Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable)

Call for Papers for Does the Matter of Britain (Still) Matter?: Reflections on the State of Arthurian Studies Today (A Roundtable)

51st Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

Boston Marriott Copley Place, in Boston, Massachusetts, from 5-8 March 2020

Paper abstracts are due by 30 September 2019

Session organized by Michael A. Torregrossa, The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain

The Arthurian legend is now over a millennium and a half old and continues to inspire new creative works each year. However, texts with widespread distribution and/or lasting impact are rare. Consequently, the Matter of Britain now often seems very distant from our daily lives. The purpose of this session is to explore the reasons for this separation of the stories of Arthur from the popular consciousness.

In conceiving this session, we are interested in exploring the answers to several questions. First, why has the Matter of Britain—once an important part of what J. R. R. Tolkien has termed “the cauldron of story”—now become something that is sampled by few artists with the means to promote their work to the larger segment of the global population that once devoured such stories with enthusiasm? Continuing with this idea, do these works, when noticed, not receive acclaim simply because of their creators’ failure to overcome what Norris J. Lacy has termed the “tyranny of tradition” and produce something that is both recognizable and innovative, or has the legend truly become a niche brand, a fascination to a few cognoscenti but something totally off the radar of most individuals? Similarly, when versions of the legend are produced by individuals with the means to create something that transcends the financial and distributive restrictions that hold back other works (and that might thus have the potential to shape how the current generation perceives the Arthurian story), why do they so often not succeed? Have these creators also simply failed to negotiate the tyranny of tradition, or are audiences at large just not interested in Arthur and all that he represents anymore? Lastly, if the legend no longer appeals, what is the future of Arthurian Studies (and Arthurian scholars) in the remainder of the twenty-first century? Should we entrench ourselves and hope for the best, or can we fight for our field and the glory that was Camelot?

This session is a roundtable, in which 3-10 participants give brief, informal presentations (5-10 minutes) and the session is open to conversation and debate between participants and the audience.

The direct link for this session is https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18038. Please contact the organizers at KingArthurForever2000@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Abstract submissions must be made through NeMLA’s official site. Applicants will need to login or create an account at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login. Submissions must begin with a paper title of not more than 100 characters (including spaces) and adhering to the following: capitalize titles by MLA formatting rules unless the title is in a language other than English; do not use quotation marks in the session title or abstract title itself but please use only single quotation marks around titles of short stories, poems, and similar short works; italicize the titles of long works mentioned in the paper title; and do not place a period at the end of the title. Submissions should also include an academic biography (usually transferred from your NeMLA profile) and a paper abstract of not more than 300 words; be sure to italicize or use quotation marks around titles according to MLA guidelines.

Please be aware that NeMLA membership is not required to submit abstracts, but it is required to present at the convention. In addition, note that it is permissible to present on (1) a panel (or seminar) and (2) a roundtable or a creative session, but it is not permissible to present on a panel and a seminar (because both are paper-based), on two panels or two roundtables (because both would be the same type). Further information on these and other policies can be accessed at http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/callforpapers/submit.html.

Chairs will confirm the acceptance of abstracts before 15 October 2019. At that time, applicants must confirm the panel on which they wish to participate. Convention registration/membership for 2019-2020 must be paid by 1 December 2019.

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Warburg Library Travel Grants 2019-2020

The Warburg Library is a research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community. Short-Term Library Fellowships are available to scholars at all levels and all nationalities, including PhD candidates. The stipend will be a fixed sum of £1,000.

About the Library

A research library providing support for students, academics and a national and international scholarly community, the Library is open-access and consists of around 370,000 volumes. The collection, arranged thematically in a unique subject-order designed to facilitate interdisciplinary research, makes it an essential resource for Renaissance studies and the history of the classical tradition, particularly in the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Modern periods.

There are four main divisions:

Action: social and political history
Orientation: religion, history of science and philosophy
Word: literature, books, libraries and education
Image: history of art including classical art and archaeology

Sub-divisions include for example the history of festivals and pageantry, the idea of Empire, historiography; the history of cosmology and astrology and their pictorial expression; ritual and myth, papacy, liturgy and religious orders; Platonic and Aristotelian traditions and Islamic and Judaic philosophy; theory of language and literature, emblematics, medieval Greek and Latin and neo-Latin literature, the reception of classical literature, classical and medieval themes in literature; Greek and Roman art and post-classical art to c. 1800, with special emphasis on iconography and the survival of ancient art; early Christian and Byzantine art. There are c. 2,500 runs of periodicals, about half of them current. The electronic resources are currently expanding.

Warburg Library Travel Grants 

Short-Term Library Fellowships are available to scholars at all levels and all nationalities, including PhD candidates. The stipend will be a fixed sum of £1,000. 

Recipients will be required to attend the Library daily (Monday to Friday) for the duration of their award; to be free of other significant professional obligations during their stay; and to focus their research on the Library’s collections. Fellows will also have access to resources available in the University of London, including the Senate House Library, the Institute of Historical Research and Institute of Classical Studies libraries.

Please note Persons living in London or nearby (less than 70 miles) will not be considered for the award of a Fellowship. 

Method of application

Applications will be reviewed by the Warburg Librarian, members of the Warburg Library staff and the Warburg Institute Deputy Director. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 30 August and will have up to one year to use their award, between 1 September 2019 and 1 September 2020. They must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following in one document:

·         A personal statement describing how the Library’s collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)

·         Current curriculum vitae

·         If you are a student, please also submit a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor (should you wish for this to be confidential, please ask your referee to send to raphaele.mouren@sas.ac.uk with subject ‘Reference for CANDIDATE NAME 001438 (Warburg Library Travel Grant)’. 

·         Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

https://www.jobs.london.ac.uk/Decide.aspx?jobid=1468

The closing date for this role is midnight on Monday, 5 August 2019.  If you have any queries, please contact the Recruitment team on ulrecruit@london.ac.uk.

Note: Successful candidates will not be employees of the University of London but will receive the stipend of £1000 to cover travel and expenses. 

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12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 21-23, 2019

Hooking Up

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Hooking Up.

The concept of linked open data is the holy grail of the digital humanities. Yet the problem of how to link information across platforms has existed since civilization began. As knowledge and learning expanded in pre-modern society, the problems associated with collecting, combining, and disseminating information inspired new approaches to and technologies for the material text. In the internet age, we continue to grapple with the same problems and issues. While technologies have changed, the questions remain the same.

This year’s symposium explores the connections between historic and current approaches to data linkage in regard to manuscripts and manuscript research. Hooking Up addresses the topic from a variety of angles and considers how the manuscript book operates as a vehicle for information retrieval and dissemination from the technology of the page and the textual apparatus of a book, to the library, and finally, the internet. We will also consider such questions as how medieval practices of memory shaped information retrieval and gathering, how did the technology of the manuscripts book—in all its many forms—facilitate or hinder information processing, how can medieval solutions inform modern technologies, and how do modern technologies illuminate medieval practices? The program will also feature sessions highlighting projects that are advancing linked data technologies for manuscript researchers, including the T-AP Digging Into Data Challenge project Mapping Manuscript Migrations.

For more information, go to http://www.library.upenn.edu/about/exhibits-events/ljs-symposium12. Registration opens in September 2019.

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Call for Papers – Digital Medieval Congress 2019

1. NUME, Research Group on Latin Middle Ages, organizes in 2019 the first entirely virtual congress dedicated to medieval studies (DMC – Digital Medieval Congress).

2. The theme chosen for the first edition of the DMC is the ENVIRONMENT, in its broadest sense. We will consider Contributions investigating the problem of the relationship between medieval man and the environment in which he lived, the way in which it was perceived, imagined and transformed, with particular attention to the problem of its mental representation and the impact that this representation had on specific aspects of medieval European culture. Possible topics and approaches include but are not restricted to:

– The mutual impact between the urban context and the natural environment, and how one transforms the other;
– Researches on solutions adopted by medieval man in terms of pollution, urban hygiene, conception and use of green spaces;
– The environment understood and disseminated by political propaganda, theological reflection and artistic elaboration;
– Walking, traveling, fighting, hunting in the landscape;
– Empty places and human contexts;
– Dreamed, imagined, desired places;
– Tools and surveys for understanding the medieval landscape;
– Representations and use of animals, plants and minerals as “resources” (material, cultural, etc.).

3. There are no disciplinary limitations: contributions of history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies will be accepted.

– Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;
– Contributions already structured in panels and leaded by a coordinator are accepted.

4. Participation proposals must have abstract format, written on a single pdf file in english, not exceeding 300 words. Furthermore, 5 keywords identifying the topic will have to be reported in the same file. Proposals must be accompanied by a short CV (no more than 1000 words), and sent by September 6th, 2019 to the email address:

info@nuovomedioevo.it

NB: In the case of panels, the proposal must include a general title with a general presentation not exceeding 300 words, followed by abstracts of all the interventions (presented as in point 4.)

5. Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.

6. The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by September 20th, 2019. The previous membership of the NUME Association does not necessarily imply the convocation.

7. The selected speakers will be asked to prepare a video intervention not exceeding 20 minutes, and to send it by October 12th, 2019 at:

info@nuovomedioevo.it

8. The selected speakers will be required a registration fee (30 EURO each). Speakers who are not yet NUME Members will have to register with our Association (20 EURO membership fee).

9. The congress will be held on October 31st, 2019 on our social platform Numet. All received videos will be uploaded on the site, and organized in virtual rooms in which users from all over the world will be able to access and to follow and comment on the interventions. Chat rooms will also be created in which users can access to follow and animate the debate on contents.

10. At the end of the congress, all the contributions will be collected in a volume with the conference Proceedings. Speakers will be required to send a paper of their intervention by February 28th, 2020 (20,000 characters, notes and spaces included). Speakers who do not respect this deadline will be excluded from publication.

11. The Conference program will be published by October 20th, 2019.

12. The deadlines set out in this call must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.

NB: Please read the call at: https://www.nuovomedioevo.it/2019/06/17/digital-medieval-congress-2019/

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Call for Papers – Crusading Encounters

The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is pleased to announce its 9th International Conference, Crusading Encounters, at Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June – 3 July 2020.

​Applications for sessions of three 20-minute papers each on the theme ‘Crusading Encounters’, or for individual papers, are welcome. Themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactions (real or imagined) between crusaders and indigenous peoples
  • Crusading archaeology
  • Impact of crusading on the environment or natural world
  • Intellectual influences of crusading on medicine, science, culture, language/literature
  • Intermarriage, travel and/or communication between peoples, borders, languages
  • Encounters with the crusading past

Please note that there will be a maximum of three sessions in any one strand.​

All applications for sessions and papers must be received at sscle2020@gmail.com by 1 November 2019.

For more information, see the conference website: ​ https://www.sscle2020.com/

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Bloomfield Fellowship

The Medieval Colloquium of the Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, a four-week residential fellowship that can be held at any time during the 2019–20 academic year (September through May). Thanks to the generosity of the Morton W. Bloomfield Fund, established in the memory of one of Harvard’s most distinguished medievalists, we are able to provide up to $4000 towards travel, accommodation, and living costs. The committee particularly invites scholars early in their postdoctoral career (i.e., post-PhD) to apply. The Bloomfield Fellow has access to Harvard’s libraries and other resources. In the past, some fellows with sabbatical leaves have elected to extend their residency beyond four weeks. Fellows are expected to attend the Medieval Colloquium and to give a paper on the subject of their research. They are also asked to meet with our graduate students, and they are welcome to attend other events at Harvard. We select fellows on the basis of the importance of their research and its interest to our intellectual community.

Applicants should send a brief letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a two-page project description by email to Daniel Donoghue (ddonogh@fas.harvard.edu) no later than 1 August. Please include details on when and for how long you would be able to be in residence. The fellowship is not normally compatible with teaching commitments at a home institution. We hope to be able to congratulate the successful applicant by the end of August.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts

49586BR

Job Code

386056 Library Professional

Duties & Responsibilities

Posting will remain open until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Monday, August 12th

Houghton Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-centered Assistant Curator to support building, managing, and promoting use of the Library’s pre-1800 collections, with a particular emphasis on early manuscripts. The position offers the opportunity to work with the collections of a world-class rare book and manuscript library, and to inspire broad and creative use of those collections among existing and as-yet untapped audiences. The incumbent will perform a range of curatorial, outreach, and administrative functions and will actively collaborate with all areas of the Library’s work, including Public Services, Technical Services, Scholarly and Public Programs, and other curatorial departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with faculty and instructors, and with staff in the Public Services Department, to provide direct instruction to undergraduate and graduate students for classes, orientation sessions, and other related educational activities utilizing Houghton collections.
  • Provides expert assistance to researchers, on site and remotely, with reference, photoduplicating, and permission requests, including approximately four hours per week at the Houghton reading room desk.
  • Participates in and supports the acquisitions program of the Early Books and Manuscripts department, working with the curator to review, research, and evaluate potential purchases and gifts.
  • Actively contributes to outreach activities, including developing content for the department’s website; providing tours and presentations related to the collections and the library; and contributing to the Library’s blog and other social media platforms, in collaboration with Library public programs staff.
  • Prepares exhibitions of all sizes; manages corresponding events, tours, and publications.
  • Assists in the review and preparation of external loan requests.
  • Represents the department to Harvard affiliates and external constituents; organizes outreach activities to promote the collections.
  • Assists in preservation and conservation review of the Early Books and Manuscripts collections. May assist in disaster response.
  • In collaboration with Technical Services, acknowledges receipt of gifts and purchases, generates and/or participates in efforts focused on organizing and improving access to collection material.
  • Contributes to accessioning, cataloging, preservation, and digitization projects.
  • Serves on Library and University committees as appropriate; contributes actively to professional organizations and shares research performed in the collection through presentations and publication. 
  • Support of departmental and library programs may require some weekend or evening hours.


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Position could involve the supervision of a student assistant

Basic Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Minimum two years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated academic work or experience with paleography and the production and use of early manuscripts.

Additional Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited academic program preferred; PhD preferred.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse population
  • Special collections experience strongly preferred.
  • Work experience preferably in an academic setting.
  • Experience working in a research library environment highly desired.
  • Reading knowledge of Latin or another language relevant to the Library’s early manuscript holdings.
  • Ability to work or interest in working with the department’s manuscripts in non-European languages
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Experience in classroom instruction, particularly involving special collections
  • Ability to thrive within a complex and changing work environment.
  • Evidence of a strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, library colleagues, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of copyright, privacy, confidentiality, and ownership as they impact work in rare book, manuscript, and archival collections
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication trends.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and fluency with emerging fields of digital scholarship
  • Strong technology skills and an enthusiasm for adopting new technologies and systems that expand access to collections and facilitate their use in research and teaching.
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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

The ERC-funded ‘Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures’ project at the University of Oxford, led by Professor Karl Kügle, is looking to hire two additional post-doctoral researchers for the 2019-20 academic year.  The project seeks to develop a new, post-national and trans-disciplinary method of studying pre-modern cultures; specifically, the focus is on European courts of the ‘long’ fourteenth century, defined as 1280-1450.

Post-doctoral researchers will pursue an individual research project within a relevant discipline, producing one or more articles to be submitted to a top-quality journal or equivalent scholarly publication during their tenure.

More information can be found at https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BSX795

Closing Date: 12th July 2019

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Call for Papers – Medieval French Without Borders

Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies 40th Annual Conference

Medieval French Without Borders

March 21-22, 2020

12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Hosted by: Center for Medieval Studies,

Fordham University

Co-sponsored with the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and University of York, and the Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University

This international conference looks anew at the origins and development of the langue d’oïl – both as a transactional language and in its high cultural form of literary French – within multilingual contact zones and as a medium of social, cultural and literary exchange. Whether as a second language of empire (Carolingian, Angevin, German) or as an idiom spread by merchants, sailors, clerics, artisans, and pilgrims, as well as by soldiers and crusaders, French came in contact with varieties of Arabic, Breton, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Norse, Occitan and Welsh. By integrating French with the other languages and literatures with which it came in contact from the ninth until the sixteenth centuries, this conference proposes new contexts for French that expand and complement more familiar explanatory frameworks such as identity, cultural prestige, and source studies. See the full CFP at the conference website: https://mvstconference.ace.fordham.edu/medievalfrenchwithoutborders/.

Participants include: Mark Chinca, Thelma Fenster, Marisa Galvez, Jane Gilbert, Wolfgang Haubrichs, Sarah Kay, Maryanne Kowaleski, Karla Mallette, Anne-Hélène Miller, Laura Morreale, Lars Boje Mortensen, Thomas O’Donnell, Sara Poor, Brian Reilly, Teresa Shawcross, Elizabeth M. Tyler, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2019 to the Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to medievals@fordham.edu, or by fax to 718-817-3987.

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