Medieval Media Revolutions – April 18, 2015

Medieval Media Revolutions 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Center for Advanced Study * 912 W. Illinois Street * Urbana, Illinois

As in the early years of the internet, the development of writing in a given culture initially tends to facilitate certain kinds of transactions among certain specific users. But media revolutions – now and in the past – occur because new recording technologies and communication networks encourage and facilitate innovative, unforeseen forms of activity. This symposium invites three distinguished visiting scholars to focus on movements that might be regarded as “medieval media revolutions.” Responses to each paper will be offered by Illinois medievalists working in analogous fields, with ample time for questions and discussion.

The symposium is free, but space is limited. Please contact Carol Symes if you plan to attend:

Invited speakers:

Warren Brown (CalTech), author of several books on conflict resolution and co-editor of Documentary Culture and the Laity in the Early Middle Ages (2013);

Christian de Pee (University of Michigan), author of The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries (2007);

Jessica Goldberg (UCLA), author of Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and their Business World (2013).

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Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Lecture and Workshop, March 9 and 11

Margaret Mullett (Director of Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks) will deliver the 2015 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Lecture. Her talk, Byzantium On the Move: Mobile Empire, Traveling Textiles, will take its cue from some middle Byzantine tent poems and then address two questions: first the implications for Byzantine ceremony and administration of the importance of tents in Byzantium, and then secondly the problem of arriving at a clear view of what Byzantine tents looked like.

The lecture will take place on Monday, March 9 at 5:30 pm in Barker Center 110 (the Thompson Room), 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge. A reception precedes the lecture at 4:30 pm.

Interwoven: Textiles from the Medieval Mediterranean, the 2015 Harvard Medieval Material Cultures Workshop, will explore the production, uses, and meanings of textiles in the Byzantine, Islamic, and Latin Mediterranean basin, drawing upon the rich collections of the Harvard Art Museums. Presenters: Gudrun Bühl, Katherine Eremin, Eurydice Georganteli, Brandie Ratliff, Georgina Rayner, and Elizabeth Williams.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 11 from 10:30 am–1:00 pm. Space for the workshop is limited; to reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello ( at the Harvard Art Museums by Monday, March 9.

The events are co-sponsored by the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross.​

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Marco Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW. The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications for the 2015-2016 Jimmy and Dee Haslam Postdoctoral Fellowship, a one-year fellowship to be held August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016 and renewable for one year. The Haslam Fellowship is open to untenured scholars in any field of late antique or early medieval studies in the period 300-1100 C.E. The Institute hopes to attract a scholar of outstanding potential with an innovative research plan, who will participate fully in the intellectual life of the Marco community throughout the academic year. During the course of the year, the Fellow will teach one graduate seminar in his or her field of expertise. The seminar will preferably use primary source materials. The Fellow receives a $1,750 travel stipend and is eligible to apply for additional travel and research funding through the Institute.Salary is $40,000 and includes full benefits.

The Haslam Fellowship is open to untenured scholars in any field of late antique or early medieval studies in the period 300-1100 C.E. Online application form,curriculum vitae, detailed research plan (2 single-spaced pages), and two letters of reference must be submitted by April 1, 2015. Please complete the online application after creating a user account which also provides you with opportunity to upload your CV and Research Plan.

Please ask referees to send recommendations under separate cover by email attachment (Word or pdf preferred) to Thomas E. Burman, Riggsby Director, Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at Recommendations should also be received by April 1, 2015.

Information on the Marco Institute is available at

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Session Proposals Invited for Sponsored Panel at BSC 2015

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 41st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in New York City, October 22–25, 2015. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website site ( The deadline for submission is March 20, 2015. Proposals should include:

•Proposed session title
•CV of session organizer
•300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
•Session chair and academic affiliation
•Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers may present a paper in the session. Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.

Applicants will be notified by March 25, 2015 if their proposal has been selected. The session organizer is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by April 1, 2015. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $500 maximum for US residents and up to $1000 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.​

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Russell Peck to receive award from Medieval Academy of America


Russell Peck, the John Hall Deane Professor of English, will be presented with the 2015 Medieval Academy’s Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies, on Friday, March 13, at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

“Peck has made extraordinarily important contributions to the field of medieval studies,” said Lisa Davis, executive director of the Medieval Academy. “We are very pleased to be able to honor his work in this way.” The Kindrick-CARA Award is presented annually to a member of the organization for their leadership in developing, organizing, and sponsoring work in medieval studies.

Peck has been a faculty member at the University for 54 years, during which time he has received several commendations, including the nationally prestigious Professor of the Year Gold Medal 1985 (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) and the University’s Goergen Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1985-86, he convinced Rossell Hope Robbins to give to the University of Rochester his large collection of medieval books, along with a substantial endowment, which became, in 1987, the foundation of the Robbins Library for Medieval Studies. With the Robbins Library in place, Peck was able to establish The Middle English Texts Series and gain grant support from The National Endowment for the Humanities for the past 20 years. This series of scholarly publications is currently at 78 volumes in print, in addition to 500 texts available online in an open access platform.

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Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography

Application deadline: March 1

Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
June 22 to July 16, 2015
Newberry Library, Chicago
Led by Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris

Find application instructions here:

This institute will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. Professor Smith will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home. Students will become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late-medieval and early-modern period.

The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Successful applicants will receive a stipend to help defray travel and living expenses.

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Summer Latin Course

The Philology Institute in Wilmore, KY will offer an intensive, six-week summer course in Latin from June 15 to July 24, 2015. The cost is $2500 for the equivalent of two semesters of regular coursework, and the program offers a limited number of $500 scholarships. The course enrollment is capped at 12 students. Applications are currently being accepted. More information:

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Call for Papers – The New England Medieval Conference

Slow Catastrophe 

The New England Medieval Conference
Saturday, 3 October 2015
Northeastern University, Boston

2015 NEMC Program Committee: Amy Appleford (Boston University), Sean Gilsdorf (Harvard University), Kathleen Coyne Kelly (Northeastern University), Irit Kleiman (Boston University),

and Alex Mueller (University of Massachusetts Boston)

The theme for NEMC 2015 is “Slow Catastrophe.” The title echoes Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard University Press, 2011), in which Nixon examines what he calls the “attritional lethality” of “climate change, toxic drift, deforestation, oil spills, and the environmental aftermath of war,” which “takes place gradually and often invisibly.” In the medieval period, such events as floods, earthquakes, famine, the toppling of dynasties and the onset of war may register as spectacularly sudden, not only for the people who experienced them, but sometimes for the scholars who now study them. What happens, however, when we engage the long view, in slow motion, in order to examine both natural and social change as it is recorded and represented in the history, literature, and arts of the Middle Ages? How did medieval people think across time, and how do we think about them across time? If we scale up temporality, cause and effect, and correlativity, if we emphasize “distance” over “closeness,” and rethink the connections (or disjunctions) between the material and the cultural, what might emerge that was previously only glimpsed or even invisible?

Paper proposals (c. 500 words) for one of the three sessions listed below should be sent by 1 May 2015 to Kathleen Coyne Kelly (

  1. Environment and Nature
  2. Politics and Peoples
  3. Cultural Formations

Humanities scholars also are finding the poster, a standard format for the sciences, to be an attractive option for disseminating their work, especially work in progress. Attendees therefore are invited to bring a poster to the meeting this year. The posters will be set up for the day and through the closing reception, with plenty of time at lunch to browse. NEMC attendees do not have to address the conference theme; rather, the point is to share work of all sorts with colleagues. (If you’ve never made a poster, you should be able to get help from your home institution, perhaps through your tech support or teaching and learning center.) Please submit proposals of about 300 words by 1 May 2015 to Kathleen Coyne Kelly,

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Call for Papers – American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)

Call for Papers: American Folklore Society (Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section)
Long Beach, California. October 14-17
Abstracts due Mar. 25, 2015

I invite all interested scholars to propose papers for panels sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Folklore section of the American Folklore Society, to be presented at the Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California (Oct. 14-17, 2015). We are organizing two panels at this year’s meeting:

1) Making Merry in the Medieval and Early Modern Period: Food and festivals set the calendar for life in the Medieval and Early Modern period. Even today, reenactments and other forms of medievalism place great importance on the recreation of foods, the invention of new culinary traditions, and creating a festive atmosphere. Papers addressing historical and modern research into food and festival are welcome.

2) Open Topics: Encountering the Early Masters. We are very interested in papers regarding early encounters with texts and lore, including teaching methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to Folklore, History, and Literature.

The theme for the conference this year is “Ecologies, Encounters, and Enactments.” ( but papers may deal with any aspect of medieval or early modern folklore.

Please send BOTH the short abstract (100 words) AND the long abstract (300) for your 15-20-minute paper to Kerry Kaleba at by March 25, 2014. I will also need to submit your institutional affiliation (or status as an independent scholar), and presentation title to AFS. Please include an e-mail address or a phone number where you can be reached before March 31. If your proposal is accepted, you will need to complete and submit the AFS online registration form for a participant in an organized panel at by March 31, 2015.

American Folklore Society
Mershon Center
The Ohio State University
1501 Neil Avenue
Columbus OH 43201-2602 USA
614/292-4715; 614/292-2199 fax

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Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, Harvard University, 2015-2016

The Medieval Colloquium of the Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for our 2015-2016 Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, a four-week residential fellowship that can be held at any time during the 2015-16 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 $3500 towards travel, accommodation and living costs.   We invite scholars at any stage of their postdoctoral career who could usefully spend a month at Harvard to apply.  In the past, some fellows with sabbatical leaves have elected to spend a semester with us.  Fellows are invited to attend the Medieval Colloquium and other events at Harvard and to give a paper on the subject of their research.  They are also asked to meet with our graduate students.  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 Nicholas Watson ( no later than April 1, 2015.  Please be sure to include details on when and for how long you would be able to spend with us.  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 middle of the month.

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