20th colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine

20th colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine on 6-8 September 2017
:  “Scribes and the Presentation of Texts (from Antiquity to ca. 1550)
” at Yale University

Two deadlines are approaching:

First, the blocks of hotel rooms being held at the New Haven Hotel and Courtyard by Marriott will not be available at the reduced rates  after 15 June 2017.  And please be aware that New Haven is a small city with a limited availability of rooms and little in the way of public transportation.

Secondly, in order to plan for the colloquium, on-line registration will close on 1 August 2017.

For further information on the Colloquium see:


The conference organizers encourage you to register and to book your room reservations at your earliest convenience if you have not done so already.

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American Academy in Rome – Apply Now for Latin Paleography and Codicology

2018 Winter Program

Latin Paleography and Codicology
American Academy in Rome
Deadline for application: May 30, 2017

The AAR will offer a two-week intensive course in Latin Paleography and Codicology in collaboration with the Vatican Library and the University of Notre Dame from 8 to 19 January 2018. The course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice. Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome to apply here.

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Call for Papers – The Forty-Fourth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

General Theme: Law and (Dis)Order

The Forty-Fourth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium
April 13-14, 2018 The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Call for Papers:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites papers exploring aspects of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. This includes legal codes, social order, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, poetic or artistic form, gender construction, racial divisions, scientific and philosophical order, the history of popular rebellion, and other ways of conceptualizing our theme.

Papers should be twenty minutes in length, and commentary is traditionally provided for each paper presented. We invite papers from all disciplines, and encourage contributions from medievalists working on any geographic area. A seminar will also seek contributions; please look for its separate CFP soon. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

Please submit an abstract (approx. 250 words) and brief c.v., via our website (http://medievalcolloquium.sewanee.edu), no later than 26 October 2017. If you wish to propose a session, please submit abstracts and vitae for all participants in the session. Completed papers, including notes, will be due no later than 13 March 2018.

Call for Sub-Themes:

The Sewanee Medieval Colloquium invites proposals for panel themes engaging with forms of law, order, disorder and resistance in all aspects of medieval cultures. These sub-themes address a particular aspect of our general theme, and could be the basis for either one or two panels. As a rule of thumb, panel themes should be broad enough to encourage numerous applicants, and interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Possibilities include the development of legal systems, the ordering of history writing, resistance to forms of social control, the development of particular artistic or poetic forms, the ordering of manuscripts, the concept of the will, systems of gender difference, scientific laws, orders of creation, and conflict or exchange between different social, religious, or ethnic groups. If a panel theme is accepted, organizers will be responsible for selecting participants (from abstracts submitted through this website by October 26, 2017) and choosing a commenter (a well-established expert in the field) to respond to the papers at the panel session.

Panel theme proposals should include a description/rationale of the panel theme, a list of possible commenters (organizers may serve as commenters), and the CVs of the organizers, and are due July 27, 2017. Participants in the Colloquium are generally limited to holders of a Ph.D. and those currently in a Ph.D. program.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Matthew W. Irvin
Director, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

Follow us on Twitter @SewaneeMedieval

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CARA News: The Lone Medievalist

The Lone Medievalist was born at the 2015 International Congress on Medieval Studies. Our purpose, as stated on our web site (https://www.thelonemedievalist.com/), is: “The Lone Medievalist is a project designed to bring scholars together who are the only medievalist scholars within their campus or larger community. This community will create a way for scholars to connect with peers and help keep skills such as language fluency, translation, and research sharp, as well as answer questions that medievalist scholars may have. Discussion about any and all topics medieval in nature is also strongly encouraged and warmly welcomed.” We do define “Lone Medievalist” very broadly, and we are inclusive of a variety of ways medievalists can be “lone.” As of the writing of this article, we have attracted 750 likes on the Facebook page for The Lone Medievalist (https://www.facebook.com/thelonemedievalist/). Followers can also find us on Twitter: @LoneMedievalist (https://twitter.com/LoneMedievalist).

At the 2017 Congress, we again attended the CARA luncheon, particularly discussing advocacy with other attendees. In addition, we hosted another roundtable as well as our second business meeting, at which we handed out name badge stickers to allow Lone Medievalists to find each other more easily. Our roundtable this year was entitled “Greater Than the Sum of Our Arts: The Multitasking Life of the Lone Medievalist,” which focused on the “many hats” that medievalists wear, often simultaneously.

Several of the panelists as well as members of the audience discussed ways Lone Medievalists can maximize our teaching and service while being more efficient.

The highlight of our business meeting was the announcement of the forthcoming publication of our collection The Ballad of the Lone Medievalist from punctum press. Drs. John Sexton and Kisha Tracy, the founders of the Lone Medievalist and editors of the collection, are quite pleased with how it has turned out. It includes submissions from over thirty medievalists in seven countries and, within the U.S., nineteen states. These medievalists from a variety of disciplines are a combination of tenured, pre-tenured, early/middle/late career, visiting faculty, adjunct faculty, blended-career faculty, independent scholar, and students. With the forthcoming publication of Ballad, we are beginning to consider ideas for one or more additional volumes.

Potential ideas proposed at the meeting included topics related to the significance of studying the Middle Ages; the CFP will come out shortly.

We discussed strategies for expanding the activity of the Lone Medievalist into regional conferences, especially as a tool for bringing our members together at these events. Pursuant to this goal, we will establish a social media presence for the purpose of allowing Lone Medievalists attending regional conferences to coordinate social and professional contacts. We also will be looking into coordinating with conference organizers to establish ways to promote the Lone Medievalist and coordinate these contacts.

We also discussed the ways that the Lone Medievalist can expand its support of the scholarly work of isolated medievalists. Besides the support of regional conference attendance, we proposed promoting CFPs (especially those which seem friendly to Lone Medievalist interests) and possibly organizing a forum wherein members could ask for help tracking down scholarly materials unavailable to them. We will look into this and determine the best way to proceed.

In addition to the above, we will be hosting the Lone Medievalist Summer Book Exchange again this summer, and  the language study groups and writing groups suggested at the 2016 meeting are in development under the direction of Dr. Christine Axen, the newest member of the Lone Medievalist staff. For ICMS 2018, we will propose roundtables on the subjects of “Collaboration as a Key to Professional Productivity” and/or “Technology, Medieval Digital Humanities, and the Lone Medievalist.”

The Lone Medievalist team is quite excited about the continued development of this project. We welcome the help of others; please contact Kisha Tracy at ktracy3@fitchburgstate.edu if you are interested in volunteering.

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

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies will take place 8–10 March 2018 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 2017; for submission guidelines or to submit an abstract, please go to http://www.newcollegeconference.org/cfp.

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. Further details are available at the conference website.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which will offer tours arranged for conference participants. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

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

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Call for Papers – New Visits to Camelot: Reflecting on the Contemporary Matter of Britain on Screen

Call for Papers
New Visits to Camelot: Reflecting on the Contemporary Matter of Britain on Screen (Roundtable)
Proposals no later than 29 June 2017

Session sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
For inclusion under the  Medieval & Renaissance Area at the 28th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8-11 November 2017

Following the success of previous sessions at past meetings of the Popular Culture Association, past and present International Congresses on Medieval Studies, and last year’s meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks proposals for a sponsored roundtable session on the topic of New Visits to Camelot: Reflecting on the Contemporary Matter of Britain on Screen for inclusion under the Medieval & Renaissance Area at the 28th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association to be held at the Pennsylvania Sonesta Philadelphia Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 8-11 November 2017.

Arthurian enthusiasts are great catalogers of the tradition, and scholars of the legend on screen have been especially devoted to their task, as attested by the filmographic work of Kevin J. Harty, Bert Olton, Michael N. Salda, and Michael A. Torregrossa and the wider-ranging catalogs by the bibliographing teams of Ann F. Howey and Stephen R. Reimer and of Daniel P. Nastali and Philip C. Boardman. However, the energies of these individuals remains largely limited to the last century, and, in the past seventeen years, the Matter of Britain has grown enormously on screen. The corpus has nearly doubled as the mediums of film, television, electronic games, and the Internet have presented fresh adventures of the familiar cast of characters from Camelot as well as granted Arthurian-themed escapades to new figures. Despite their popularity, this new Matter of Britain on Screen remains underexplored. Consequently, the purpose of this session is to investigate these recent representations of the legend and address their attempts at navigating what Norris J. Lacy has termed “the tyranny of tradition,” that “particular kind of filmic ‘anxiety of influence,’ whereby filmmakers must deal with two opposing impulses: on the one hand, the natural desire to innovate; on the other, the need to tell a story that corresponds at least in major respects to the audience’s understanding of orthodox Arthurian fact” (76). Succeed or fail in their efforts, these new Arthurian texts remain important artifacts in assessing the continued vitality of the millennium-and-half-old myth of Arthur and his world.
An ever-expanding list of potential works can be found at our website: https://MatterofBritainonScreen.blogspot.com/.

Please send abstracts of approximately 300 words, any audio-visual requests, and a brief biography narrative related to your scholarly career to the organizer, Michael A. Torregrossa, at MedievalStudiesonScreen@gmail.com, using “New Visits to Camelot” as your subject line.

All presenters must be or become members of Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association in order to participate. Upon acceptance of proposals, presenters must register with MAPACA and submit their information into their online system no later than 30 June 2017. Complete details will follow from the organizer.

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CARA News: Rice University

Through the generous support of the Dean of Humanities at Rice University, and the Neil J. O’Brien Endowment funds, The Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program at Rice has organized another full year of events:

In the “O’Brien Medieval and Early Modern Studies Guest Lecture Series”:

Nov. 11, 2016: Dr. Jehangir Malengam, Assistant Professor of History, Duke University, presented “Violence, Exorcism, and the Politics of Discernment in Medieval Europe”

March 24, 2017: Dr. Susan Einbinder, Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, presented a workshop concerning her archeological studies on Jewish cemeteries in Spain, and gave a paper entitled “Stone, Bone and Text:

Anti-Jewish Violence in Tàrrega, 1348”

In the “O’Brien Medieval and Early Modern Studies Faculty Lecture Series”:

Nov. 30, 2016: Dr. Aysha Polnitz, Dept. of History, “Liberal Education and the Franciscans in New Spain: 1536–1600”

Feb. 15, 2017: Dr. Jeffrey Fleisher, Dept. of Anthropology, “An Archaeology of Ancestors on the Eastern African Swahili Coast,


And in the “O’Brien Medieval and Early Modern Studies Undergraduate Student Conference,” seven student papers in the fields of History, Religion, Art History, English, and Music History:

  1. Megan Wright, “Josquin des Prez’s Motet Qui velatus facie and the Canonization of St. Bonaventure in 1482”
  2. Elena Busch, “Icelandic Feud: The Centerpiece of Functional Anarchy”
  3. Rachel George, “Book Burning in the Medieval Mind An Examination of the Significance of Manuscript Destruction by Fire through the Lens of Medieval Crime and Punishment”
  4. Erika Schumacher, “Evading and Curtailing Agency: Floris’s Development into the Masculine, Christian Subject”
  5. Chelsea Wu, “Lancelot: Knight of the Cart and Lanval: The Narrative Function of Sexual Violence”
  6. Susannah Wright, “Boethius and the Classical Tradition”
  7. June Chen, “Joan of Arc and Charles VII”

Professor Brian Levack (John E. Green Regents Professor in History; Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas Austin) was the respondent, and also gave a paper titled “Magna Carta and Anglo-American Constitutionalism.

The undergraduate conference has been an annual event at Rice now for several years, and it has been one of our most successful events. It is a day-long conference where undergraduate students who have written a paper in the past year for one of our Medieval and Early Modern Studies classes present their research for their peers and professors.


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CARA News: Duke University

The Duke University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies concluded a 2016-17 year that was full of diverse programming for undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and other affiliates in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. For details in a colorfully illustrated format, read the online Fall 2016 Newsletter at: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=66120d1948bae15272176fcab&id=a869d0192d; and the Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter at: http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=66120d1948bae15272176fcab&id=a90ef5b5af.

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MAA News – New MAA Policies and Programs

We are pleased to announce several new initiatives approved by the Council of the Medieval Academy of America at its recent meeting in Toronto:

1) The Karen Gould Prize in Art History: The Gould Prize will be awarded annually for a book or monograph in medieval art history judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. Books published in 2015 will be eligible for submission in the fall of 2017, with the inaugural Prize to be awarded at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Prize will be adjudicated by the Gould Prize Committee, currently being assembled. The Gould Prize was endowed by Prof. Gould’s husband, Lewis Gould. More information here: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/GouldPrize

2) MAA/CARA Conference Grant for Regional Associations and Programs: The $1,000 MAA/CARA Conference Grant will be awarded annually to a regional or consortial Medieval Studies Program or Association to support an annual regional or consortial conference. The first round of applications will be accepted in the fall of 2017 for meetings taking place in 2018. More information here: http://www.medievalacademy.org/page/MAA CARA Grant

3) Digital Initiatives: For several years, the MAA Digital Initiatives Advisory Board has advised the Council and the Academy staff on digital initiatives and policies. Because digital humanities now permeates all aspects of our programming, the Council moved at its recent meeting to replace the Advisory Board with three permanent bodies, each of which will have specific mandates in different areas. We are extremely grateful to the members of DIAB for their counsel and hard work over the last several years that has been instrumental in bringing us to this juncture. The new initiatives are as follows:

a) New Speculum Review Editor: Speculum editor Sarah Spence has appointed a Speculum Review Editor responsible for digital humanities and multimedia studies, a new position that will facilitate the regular review of digital resources in future issues of Speculum. In addition to informing Speculum‘s readers about new developments in digital humanities, it is hoped that these reviews will help developers of medieval digital projects receive due credit for their work in promotion and tenure dossiers. Peter Stokes (King’s College London) has agreed to serve in this new position.

b) The Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize Committee: This new Committee, currently being assembled, will adjudicate the annual DHMS Prize and will function in accordance with our other prize committees (three members serving in rotation with the senior member serving as Chair).

c) The Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Committee: This new Committee, currently being assembled, will be responsible for: soliciting resources for the soon-to-be-launched Database of Medieval Digital Resources; conducting an annual audit of resources in the Database to ensure their continued viability; and regularly updating the MAA’s best-practices guidelines for digital resources (to be posted online soon).

It is our hope that these initiatives will help us increase support of our members by expanding recognition of published work, providing additional support to programs and associations, and acknowledging the many ways medievalists develop and use digital methodologies and tools.

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MAA News – 2018 Call for Papers: Deadline Extended

The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia), 1 – 3 March 2018. The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.

Click here  for the full call for papers. Proposals must be submitted by 19 May.

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