Literature and Knowledge in Late Medieval England: A Codicological Perspective

Literature and Knowledge in Late Medieval England:
A Codicological Perspective

Michael Johnston, Purdue University
Friday, February 21, 2020
2-4 pm
Newberry Library

CRS is pleased to announce the second meeting of the Premodern Studies Seminar for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Michael Johnston will examine the pourous boundary between information-based texts (e.g., medicine, encyclopedias, astronomy) and literary texts within the premodern world. As opposed to an epistemological or ontological perspetive, Johnston considers this question from a codicological perspective by asking what the surviving manuscripts can tell us about the relationship between forms of discourse, with a specific focus on England, 1350–1500. In this investigation, Johnston identifies two main ways in which literary and non-literary discourses overlapped and interpenetrated. First, he argues that most literary texts were copied by scribes whose main employment was the production of documents (charters, bonds, wills, etc.), and thus that all such texts arose within the same “codicological ecosystems.” Second, he offers close readings of several manuscripts preserving literary and nonliterary texts together, focusing specifically on a diverse set of manuscripts produced in English households. These manuscripts contain a combination of land documents, medical recipes, mathematical treatises, and literary texts. Ultimately, Johnston’s project argues that manuscript culture was quite comfortable with the cohabitation of the literary and the non-literary.

This scholarly program is free and open to all, but space is limited and registration in advance is required. Newberry Scholarly Seminars papers are pre-circulated. For a copy of the paper, email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org. Please do not request a paper unless you plan to attend.

For more information about the Premodern Studies Seminar, please visit our website: http://www.newberry.org/premodern-studies-seminar

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Call for Applications – Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll

Call for Applications

Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll

April 3rd and 4th, 2020

Yale University

This graduate training workshop will cover topics in:

                        · Paleography and Cataloging of Medieval Manuscript Rolls

                        · Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing

                        · Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices

                        · Collaborative Editing

                        · XML, Text Encoding Fundamentals and the TEI Schema

No prior paleography or encoding experience is required.

The workshop covers the fundamentals of digital editing while tackling the codicological challenges posed by manuscript rolls. Practical sessions inform collective editorial decision-making: participants will undertake the work of transcription and commentary, and encode (according to TEI P5 protocols) the text and images of a medieval manuscript roll. The workshop will result in a collaborative digital edition. The manuscript selected for this workshop is Takamiya 56, a late medieval devotional roll written in Latin and Middle English. No language proficiencies are required for participation in this course.

The workshop will run April 3rd and 4th, 2020 (Friday-Saturday) 9.30am-4.30pm. This graduate-run workshop is free of charge, and lunches will be provided for participants. The workshop will be limited to twelve places – preference will be given to graduate students with a demonstrated need for training in manuscript study and text encoding.

More information about the upcoming workshop and previous workshops can be found on the website – please read this information before applying, and apply online by February 14th. Applicants will be notified whether they can be offered a place by February 21th. For more information, see the project website (digitalrollsandfragments.com/workshops), or email organizers at digitalmanuscriptrolls@gmail.com.

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2020 Medieval Academy of America Publication Prizes

The Medieval Academy of America congratulates the winners of the 2020 Medieval Academy Publication Prizes:

Haskins Medal: Richard F. Green. Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Karen Gould Prize in Art History: Benjamin Anderson. Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017)

Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize: Columba Stewart, OSB, and Daniel Gullo, Principal Investigators. vHMML 

John Nicholas Brown Prize: Steven A. Schoenig. Bonds of Wool: The Pallium and Papal Power in the Middle Ages (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize: Randall Todd Pippenger. “Lives on hold: the Dampierre family, captivity and the crusades in thirteenth-century Champagne,” Journal of Medieval History 44 (2018), 507-528.

Please join us for the publication prize ceremony on Saturday, 28 March, at 10:45 AM in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union’s West Pauley Ballroom, University of California at Berkeley, in conjunction with the Medieval Academy of America Annual Meeting.

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Summer 2021 ASCSA Program Directors: Call for Applications

DIRECTORS OF THE ASCSA SUMMER PROGRAMS
(GERTRUDE SMITH PROFESSORS)
Deadline: January 31, 2020

Summer Session (traditional six-week course): One Position
Summer Seminars (18-day courses): Two Positions

SIX-WEEK ASCSA SUMMER SESSION

Term: Summer 2021

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, epigraphy, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek, stamina, good health, and a sense of humor.
Description: See more information about the ASCSA Summer Sessions: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/Summer

Duties: Plan the itinerary of the session/seminar, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program in Greece, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses, and submitting a report to the Director.
Compensation: Stipend of $9,064, plus travel and expenses, housing for the Summer Session leader(s) for eight weeks in total as available June 1 to August 15. See the policy.

Application: An online application consisting of a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of support. More information can be found at:
https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/about/staff/positions-available

ASCSA SUMMER SEMINARS
Term: Summer 2021

Eligibility: Former membership in the School and at least two years of teaching in a post-secondary educational institution. Qualified applicants in all areas of classical studies, including history, art history, languages, epigraphy, and archaeology, are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of modern Greek, stamina, good health, and a sense of humor.
Description: The theme of the18-day field seminars are open. Possible topics include: a “major sites” program (Athens, with short trips to Delphi, the Argolid, or other regions or sites); Mycenaean Greece; ancient athletics; pottery; sculpture; epigraphy; religious, public, and domestic architecture; ancient literature; numismatics; topography of myth; historical geography; the ancient economy; Roman Greece; Byzantine Greece; Ottoman Greece; the population exchange between Greece and Turkey; modern folklore; etc.

Residence in Loring Hall is available, though not required, for program participants during the first and third week of the seminar. The itinerary, therefore, must include at least one week of travel in the middle of the seminar. Two summer seminars are offered, one in June and one in July.

For more information about the ASCSA Summer Seminars: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/summer-seminars
Duties: Plan an 18-day seminar, in consultation with the staff in Athens, at least six months prior to the session; collaborate with the Committee on the Summer Sessions in the selection of participants; correspond with participants concerning travel, equipment, academic requirements, etc.; supervise all aspects of the program, including teaching, coordinating with on-site expert lecturers, keeping a detailed log of the sessions, managing incidental expenses, and submitting a report to the Director.

Compensation: Stipend of $5,000, plus travel and expenses, housing for four weeks in total including the dates of the seminar. See the policy.
Application: An online application consisting of a cover letter discusses your qualifications; a curriculum vitae; a description of the seminar and a preliminary 18-day itinerary indicating which sites would be visited and how much time would ideally be spent in and out of Athens; and three letters of support. More information can be found at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/about/staff/positions-available
Inquiries can be sent to:
Committee on the Summer Sessions
E-mail: ssapplication@ascsa.org 

The appointments will be announced by March 29.

Link to online posting: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/about/staff/positions-available

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Understanding the Medieval Book X with Erik Kwakkel

The University of South Carolina will hold its tenth annual seminar “Understanding the Medieval Book” on Monday and Tuesday, 6-7 April 2020. The specialist will be Dr. Erik Kwakkel, former Scaliger Chair at Leiden University in the Netherlands and now Professor of Book History at the iSchool, University of British Columbia. An international authority on medieval manuscripts and celebrated author of five books, most recently Books Before Print (2019), he specializes in early books as cultural media; the paleography, codicology and socio-historical context of medieval manuscripts; and the material culture of pre-modern Europe. For the seminar Erik proposes to explore the topic of “Understanding the Material Book.” He will also deliver an illustrated public lecture on Monday, 6 April, entitled, “How to Read a Medieval Book.”

Students, scholars, and librarians are all invited to enroll. Because participants will use this university’s collection of manuscripts, space is limited to 25 participants. Please apply early. DEADLINE: 15 January 2020.

 

Information and application materials can be found here and here.

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Fellows Election Results

To the Members of the Medieval Academy of America,

The Second Ballot of the 2020 Election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows closed on Wednesday, 2 January. The results have been certified by the President of the Fellows and the Fellows Nominating Committee, and the new Fellows have been informed of their election.

I am very pleased to introduce the Fellows Class of 2020:

Fellows:
Chris Baswell
David Burr
Helen Evans
Katherine Ludwig Jansen
Adam Kosto
Daniel Lord Smail

Corresponding Fellows:
Wim Blockmans
Jean Dunbabin
Yitzhak Hen
Gabor Klaniczay
Emilie Savage-Smith
Richard Sharpe

Please join us for the induction of new Fellows during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. Inductions will take place on Saturday, 28 March, at 3:45 PM in Booth Auditorium at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. The ceremony will be immediately followed by the Fellows Plenary lecture, to be delivered by Teofilo Ruiz. More information about the Annual Meeting is available here:

https://www.medievalacademy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1125497

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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Study in Rome and Italy: Broneer Traveling Fellowship, 2020-2021

OSCAR BRONEER TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP, 2020-2021

Deadline: March 15, 2020

The American Academy in Rome and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens award the Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship to encourage the study of the Greco-Roman world.

Purpose: The Fellowship will be awarded for research in Greece and Italy in alternate years. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Fellowship will be awarded for research in Italy. It is expected that the Fellow will use the American Academy in Rome (AAR) as a base from which to pursue work through trips to sites, museums, or repositories of materials relevant to the Fellow’s research.

EligibilityFor the 2020-2021 fellowship year, only applicants previously at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) are eligible for this Fellowship based at the AAR and for research based in Rome and Italy. Applicants must have spent a minimum of one month as a Member of the ASCSA at the time of application. Candidates must have an approved dissertation proposal or, if they already hold the Ph.D., they should be at the beginning of their teaching career and without tenure. Projects may focus on any period of study in the humanities, although preference will be given to topics dealing with classical antiquity.

Terms: The Fellowship is awarded to one individual per year. It may be held at any time during the 2020-2021 academic year for a minimum of three and a maximum of six months. The award is for a maximum of $30,000, and is meant to cover expenses including housing at the host institution, travel (only one round-trip excursion from home base in U.S. or Europe to Rome and travel within Italy will be funded), and living expenses. Support from the host institution includes access to research facilities, invitations to various scholarly and other events, and access to other activities offered by the host institution. The award amount will be determined by the applicant’s approved budget. Applicants are urged to explore supplementary sources of support.  A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the AAR and ASCSA expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted at AAR and ASCSA be contributed to their relevant libraries.

Application: The application will consist of the candidate’s curriculum vitae, a detailed research proposal (maximum of three pages single spaced), a plan for travel connected with the project, a budget for all expenses including travel, housing, food, fees, and other living expenses, and proposed dates. Applicants should consult with the host institution for costs associated with housing, food, and fees. The selection committee, in evaluating the candidate’s proposal, will determine how reasonable and relevant the travel plan and budget appear in relation to the proposed research and the period of time requested for the Fellowship. Submit all application materials, including three letters of recommendation to the American Academy in Rome. Materials may be sent via email to Shawn Miller, Program Director at s.miller@aarome.org, or via ground mail addressed to Oscar Broneer Traveling Fellowship, c/o American Academy in Rome, 7 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022.

Web site: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/graduate-and-postdoctoral

E-mails.miller@aarome.org
The award will be announced in spring 2020.

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The Summer School in Medieval Paleography: Manuscript Culture in Boccaccio’s Times

“The Summer School in Medieval Paleography: Manuscript Culture in Boccaccio’s Times”.

The American Boccaccio Association Summer School in Paleography is a series of intensive courses taught directly in the major historical libraries of Florence and Rome (June 5-13, 2020). The seminar includes methodological and practical components taught by experts in the field from  a variety of Italian universities and institutions (professors Ceccherini, Cursi, De Robertis, Signorini, Zamponi). The teaching program includes morning classes and afternoon supervised study sessions in the libraries.Applicants should be affiliated with a North American university and have a basic reading knowledge of the Italian language.
Qualified applicants should send their CV and a statement which explains their interest in participating in the seminar (maximum 250 words) by February 15, 2020 to Valerio Cappozzo (vcappozz@olemiss.edu) and Susanna Barsella (barsella@fordham.edu).

The Seminar is open to scholars and graduate students alike.

More info: https://www.academia.edu/41463548/The_Summer_School_in_Medieval_Paleography_Manuscript_Culture_in_Boccaccios_Times

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MAA News – Medieval Academy of America Governance Election Result

To the members of the Medieval Academy of America:
I am very pleased to announce the results of the 2020 governance election, which closed at 11:59 PM on Jan. 2:

President: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French & Italian, Univ. of Pittsburgh (Emerita))
1st VP: Thomas Dale (Art History, Univ. of Wisconsin)
2nd VP: Maureen Miller (History, Univ. of California at Berkeley)

Council:

Lisa Bitel (Religion, University of Southern California)
Seeta Chaganti (English, Univ. of California, Davis)
Geraldine Heng (English & Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern Studies & Women’s Studies, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Laura Morreale (French and Italian, Independent Scholar)

Nominating Committee:

Alison Beach (History, The Ohio State University)
Cord Whitaker (English, Wellesley College)

627 ballots were cast electronically and 9 were submitted by mail. This represents voter turnout of about 19%.

My thanks to all who voted and to all who stood for election, and my congratulations to all who were elected.

Lisa Fagin Davis
Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting is Open!

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place at the University of California, Berkeley from 26-28 March 2020. The program, registration, and hotel information are available here. Register by February 21 to take advantage of the early-bird discount, and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. MAA members: be sure to log into your MAA account before you begin the registration process so that you will receive your member discount.  If you cannot recall your username or password, please email info@themedievalacademy.org.

The online Program has been updated to include the CARA Meeting on Sunday morning 29 March. CARA (the Committee for Centers and Regional Associations) is the Medieval Academy’s forum for those who are concerned with the administration of institutes, graduate centers, undergraduate programs and committees, and research libraries; with the organization of regional and local groups of medievalists; and with teaching. CARA assists institutions and individual medievalists in meeting the challenges that face medieval studies in the classroom, the library, and other institutional settings locally and nationally. It supports those who work to develop special projects and programs of instruction, local and regional networks of medievalists, and centers of research and institutions in medieval studies. It is concerned with pedagogy at all levels. Institutions and individuals who wish to support and enhance medieval studies are invited to join CARA and participate in its meetings and programs.

The 2020 CARA Meeting takes up the charge opened to the MAA during the 2019-2020 year to make room for medievalists of all professional standing. Drawing on CARA’s goal of generating greater connectivity between independent, unaffiliated, and practicing medievalists working off the tenure-track to deepen the networks that facilitate the kinds of questions and pursuits ALL medievalists engage, this year’s meeting will address ways of expanding the MedievALL Conversation. To this end, not only will we hear from several panelists who are medievalists by training and intent, but who also pursue professional lives beyond the typical tenure-track. We will also hear from members of the MAA’s Ad Hoc committee on Professional Diversity convened to address all medievalists, and we will discuss ways to implement significant strategic changes to expand the programing of Medieval Centers and Programs to find pathways toward greater inclusivity, inter-connection, and community. We will hear from panelists who can speak to professional lives outside the traditional academic track and will address the mutual benefits of learning what medievalists in all jobs and professional setting do. We will learn how their skills have helped them and what their professional pathways have encouraged them to do that a traditional trajectory would not have. In other words, this CARA conference especially seeks to delve to the very core of CARA’s mission and what it can do to expand the reach and support of medievalists at large. Ours will be, it is hoped, the beginning of a longer, more fruitful, and expansive conversation and commitment as we move toward the MAA’s 2025 Centennial year.

You may register for the CARA Meeting when you register online for the MAA Annual Meeting. Please note that pre-registration is required. If you have already registered for the MAA Annual Meeting and wish to add the CARA Meeting to your registration, please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis for assistance.

Click here for more information and to register for the Annual Meeting and the CARA Meeting:
https://www.medievalacademy.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1125497

We look forward to seeing you at Berkeley!

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