Call for Papers – Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600-1600)

 Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600-1600)

The Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University in conjunction with the Medieval Iberia and North Africa Group at the University of Chicago invite abstracts for an upcoming conference, “Lineage, Loyalty, and Legitimacy in Iberia and North Africa (600-1600),” to be held at the SLU campus on June 19-21, 2017 during the 5th Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The aim of this subconference is to build on recent scholarship which has sought to move beyond notions of “the state” as a mode of inquiry in Iberian and North African studies, and to promote instead a more holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of the politics, cultural production, and religious practices of these regions. Toward that end, this conference will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines in order to facilitate conversations about the relationships between politics, historiography, art, literature, and religion in medieval and early modern Iberia and North Africa.

Preliminary guiding questions for proposals include:

  • How were kinship and patronage networks forged and negotiated, dismantled and maintained?
  • What (in)formal bonds and socio-religious rituals demonstrated (dis)loyalty, whether within families or between political actors?
  • How were institutions formed and maintained?
  • How were concepts of (il)legitimacy produced, critiqued, and perpetuated during this period?
  • What role did art, architecture and material culture play in the construction of notions of legitimacy and authenticity?
  • How did the transmission or co-production of knowledge and culture across religious boundaries contribute to medieval and early modern genealogies of knowledge? How did these processes bolster or discredit claims to epistemological legitimacy?

These questions are meant to be interpreted broadly, and applicants are invited to submit brief proposals for papers addressing the conference’s title themes. Possible topics include but are not limited to: royal and noble families; inheritance and succession; marriage; dynastic politics and genealogical narratives; oaths and fealty; jurisprudence and theology; intellectual traditions and networks; textual and artistic production, especially the “co-production” of culture across social, ethnic, and religious boundaries; document authenticity and forgery; administrative precedent and innovation.

We encourage submissions for 20-minute papers from a range of disciplines including: history, religious studies, literary studies, anthropology, archaeology, manuscript studies, and art history. The hope is that this conference will provide a forum for discussion and collaboration between scholars.  Graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and early-career faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a brief CV along with an abstract of roughly 300 words to Edward Holt ( by December 15. Direct any questions or concerns to Edward Holt or Mohamad Ballan (

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Call for Papers – Telling Tales Out of School

Telling Tales Out of School
Latin education and European Literary Production
First Call for Papers

Ghent University (Belgium), 14-16 September 2017

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm) – Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania) – Erik Gunderson (University of Toronto)

ADVISORY BOARD: Anders Cullhed (University of Stockholm), Rita Copeland (University of Pennsylvania), Françoise Waquet (Université Paris-Sorbonne), Karl Enenkel (University of Münster), Piet Gerbrandy (University of Amsterdam), Wim François (University of Leuven), Wim Verbaal (Ghent University), Koen De Temmerman (Ghent University) and Marco Formisano (Ghent University)

At an early stage in its history, Latin went from a vernacular language to the most pervasive and enduring cosmopolitan language in European history. Latin did not only function as the language for international diplomacy, but, more importantly, it also served as the Church’s liturgical language all over Europe and gave form to an intellectual climate that stimulated an extensive literary production. Literature written in Latin, from Roman Antiquity over the long Middle Ages to the early modern period, preserved and renewed literary and aesthetic standards. It laid the foundation for a European literature (and culture), which crossed national boundaries. Not surprisingly, ‘Great Authors’ such as Dante, Rimbaud, etc. that are now mainly known for their works in vernacular languages, also wrote several works in Latin.

In the development of this intellectual climate and literature, Latin education was a driving force. Latin education, as it took shape in Classical Antiquity, combined technical matters (morphology, prosody, metric, syntax,…) with broader ways of thinking such as rhetoric, literature, philosophy and theology. Hence, being educated in Latin always meant an initiation into a social, intellectual and literary elite. Most authors, even the ones who only wrote in vernacular languages, followed a Latin educational program and had a reading audience in mind that shared the same background.

The main focus of this conference will be the dynamic interaction between European literary production and Latin education as its undercurrent. At the two extremes, this relation can, on the one hand, be defined as one in which education only functioned as a transmitter of knowledge and literary attitudes; on the other hand, education can also be seen as a full part of the intellectual environment in which literary techniques, values and texts were not only transferred, but also evaluated and (re-)created. From the latter perspective, Latin literature and education were involved in a constant negotiation about (changing) aesthetic, social and historical elements.

This conference seeks to cover the entire Latinitas from the institutionalization of Latin education, as embodied by Quintilian, to the end of Latin as a primary language of schooling in modern times. We invite proposals for 30-minute papers on the interaction between education and literature. Particularly welcome are proposals with a comparative approach to different periods, geographical areas and/or literatures in other languages that had to emancipate from their Latin background.

The following topics can serve as guidelines in exploring the correlation between schooling and literature:

  • Methods of reading and writing literature (genre, style, subject matter, literary attitude, etc.): What is their relation to the methods of the Latin educational system? How do they emancipate from them?
  • Commentary and reflection on literary values and traditions: How does the Latin school curriculum create literary expectations and stimulate theoretical ways of thinking about literature? In what way are canons created and continued by school programs and instruction?
  • Tensions and interactions between literary fields: How did the influence of Latin education affect, decelerate or accelerate the rise of literature in vernacular languages? How do the innovative force of literary production and the conservative nature of schooling disturb, challenge, and at the same time balance each other?
  • Power structures and social identification in and through literature: how are power relations and social identities such as gender, class, race, etc. negotiated through schools and literature? How do schools create an elite community of readers and authors of literature by projecting a model of a homo literatus? How does Latin play a role in establishing or changing this intellectual elite?
  • Broad historical-cultural shifts: How does the interaction between Latin schooling and literary production change under the influence of political, demographical, and religious transformations? How do developments within the intellectual climate, such as the rise of universities, the new sciences, the enlightenment etc. affect literary production?
  • The end of Latin schooling: What is the impact of the end of Latin as the language of instruction on literary production? What explains sudden and brief revivals of Latin as a literary language in modern times?

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to by 1 February 2017.

ORGANIZATION: Tim Noens, Dinah Wouters, Maxim Rigaux and Thomas Velle are four FWO-funded doctoral researchers at Ghent University. Their research projects focus on Latin topics ranging from the 1st to the 18th century and in various geographical areas from Spain to Scandinavia. Their common interest in the correlation between Latin and other literatures resulted in the foundation of a new research group RELICS (research of European Literary Identity, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools), of which this conference is the launching event.

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Jobs for Medievalists

John J. Burns Library, Boston College

Head of Special Collections Technical Services

The John J. Burns Library for rare books and archives at Boston College seeks an experienced, collaborative, forward-looking Head of Special Collections Technical Services. This new position has been created to accelerate the cataloging of rare books and other printed materials in order to facilitate their digitization and enhance their usage through the Boston College Libraries’ growing digital scholarship, instructional outreach, and exhibits programs.

Working closely with the Head of Archives and Head of Public Services as part of a newly formed Burns Library management team, the successful candidate will take strategic and programmatic approaches to her/his responsibilities, and help to foster a culture of collaboration that consistently delivers high levels of energy, performance, and impact. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, the Head of Special Collections Technical Services will lead a team that includes a rare book cataloger, conservator, collections management assistant, and a generous budget for student assistants.

The Head will assess and establish cataloging workflows and ensure that they are well documented and in compliance with professional standards. S/he will coordinate with other Boston College Libraries units to improve local descriptive practices and processes to support special collections digitization projects. S/he will direct systematic reviews and enhancements of legacy metadata, address cataloging backlogs, coordinate acquisitions processing, and lead inventory control initiatives. S/he will occasionally perform original and/or complex cataloging. S/he will also work closely with the conservator and collections management assistant to develop and implement efficient preservation treatments, rehousing, storage, and retrieval solutions.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in library of information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent professional education. Preferred candidates will have at least 4 years of experience working in an academic or research library or archives in progressively responsible roles, including 3 or more years of supervisory and project management experience. Applicants should have expert knowledge of current and emerging standards pertaining to the creation and management of descriptive metadata for rare books and special collections, including, but not limited to, MARC, AACR2, RDA, and DCRM.

About Burns Library

The John J. Burns Library holds extraordinary collections in the areas of Irish history, literature, and music, the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Catholicism, American Catholic life, British Catholic authors, Boston history and politics, and the Boston College University Archives. The Boston College Libraries are committed to making Burns Library’s special collections more widely known and used through research and digital scholarship, exhibitions and outreach programs, and curricular engagement.

About the Boston College Libraries

The Boston College Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, OCLC Research Library Partnership, HathiTrust, Boston Library Consortium, and other organizations that extend our reach globally.

To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit:

As part of their online application, applicants should submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references. References will not be contacted without prior permission. The salary range for this position is $73,950 – $92,450 depending on qualifications and experience. The priority deadline for applications is October 14, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Robbins Collection at the University of California School of Law is seeking a manuscript cataloger whose primary responsibility will be to prepare item-level catalog records of medieval and early modern (i.e.,

pre-1800) manuscript codices, documents, and fragments. This is a full-time, temporary appointment for two years (24-months). The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of medieval and early modern manuscript books and documents, experience with cataloging single-item manuscripts, advanced knowledge of Latin, knowledge of other European languages, familiarity with descriptive standards such as AACR2 and/or RDA, DACS, AMREMM and the DCRM suite, and strong communication skills.

Salary Range: Associate Librarian: $53,116 – $59,089 per annum, based upon qualifications.

Please visit the following link for a full job description and application instructions:

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American Academy in Berlin, Call for Applications 2017/18

The Berlin Prize
Call for Applications 2017/2018

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2017/2018. The deadline is Friday, September 30, 2016 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office.

The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others.

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, on occasion, for an entire academic year. Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be awarded for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

Please note that the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition and the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts are invitation-only competitions. We also do not accept applications in mathematics and the hard sciences.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2017/2018 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2017.

For further information and to apply online, please see

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Conference – The Pre-modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality & Visuality

The Pre-modern Book in a Global Context: Materiality & Visuality
October 21 and 22, 2016
Binghamton University

This conference addresses all aspects of the study of the pre-modern book as artifact.

Plenary lectures include:

Bruce Holsinger, (University of Virginia), “Theologies and Biologies of the Book: Past and Present”

Lucille Chia, (UC Riverside), “Impressions of East Asian Book Cultures: Print and Manuscript Culture in China and Japan, 7th-17th Centuries,”

Megan Hale Williams, (San Francisco State University), “Ideals and Realities in Late Fourth-Century Historical Research: Books and Libraries in Late Antiquity,”

David Roxburgh, (Harvard University), “Emulation in the Arts of the Book: The Early Fifteenth-Century Timurid Workshop in Herat.”

A plenary panel on technology and the study of the book will feature William Noel (University of Pennsylvania), Suzanne Paul, (Cambridge University Library), and Paola Ricciardi, (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge UK).

There are an additional 74 papers on the program in concurrent sessions.  For more information, including the full program, see:

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Beyond Words Exhibition: Online Catalogue

The online catalogue for Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections is now live:

Hover over “Catalog” and select “Online” to access the database.

The online catalogue allows for searching by keyword and catalogue number as well as upper and lower date limits, and provides browse lists for illuminator, scribe, and place of production. Each of the 249 object records includes at least one image and two-thirds of the records link to a full-facsimile Mirador manifest or an institutional record. The database will be updated as more images become available to us, and full-text descriptions will be uploaded for many of the manuscripts in the coming months.

To access the catalogue and learn more about Beyond Words, please visit our website: There you will find information about each of the three exhibition venues, registration and a preliminary program for the Beyond Words symposium (Nov. 3-5), a calendar of public programming, and more. On Twitter, find us @BeyondWords2016.

With regards,

The Beyond Words curatorial team:

Jeffrey F. Hamburger
William P. Stoneman
Anne-Marie Eze
Lisa Fagin Davis
Nancy Netzer

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Applications/Nominations Invited for RBM Editor

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of Rare Books & Manuscripts (RBM), the biannual research journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for two additional three year terms. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, an ability to meet publication deadlines, an understanding of the scholarly communication process, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will assume editorial responsibility in July 2017.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

RBM Search Committee
c/o Dawn Mueller
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone when the position is closed.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Special Collections Librarian (Rare Books and Digital Humanities) – University of Manchester

Salary : £30,738 to £37,768 per annum

Location : John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester Job Reference : L&CI-08783

Dr Peter Nockles will be retiring from the John Rylands Library at the end of this month after nearly 37 years service with the University and we wish him well in his future endeavours. We are now seeking to appoint a Special Collections Librarian (Rare Books and Digital Humanities) to:

promote and support innovative Digital Humanities initiatives focussed upon the Special Collections, in order to transform the way we connect our academic audiences with our collections, via digital media and new technologies. You will also manage and develop the Library’s World Religions & Theology rare book collections (digital and print) to make them more accessible for researchers, students and visitors.

You will be a graduate with a professional qualification in librarianship or similar. In addition, you will be committed to the exploitation of Special Collections for research, teaching and learning, and public engagement; have excellent communication and team-working skills; have experience of managing rare books; and have a strong commitment to developing a broad knowledge of Special Collections materials across formats, for the benefit of our audiences.

The University of Manchester Library is one of only five UK National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for The University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

You will be joining the Library at a crucial time. The John Rylands Research Institute (established in 2013) is revealing and exploring hidden ideas and knowledge contained within our world-leading Special Collections, and creating an international community of scholars and researchers across many disciplines. Our Audience Development Plan is also driving the strategic improvement of the visitor experience at the John Rylands Library, one of Manchester’s top attractions.

For further information please see

The closing date is 25 September.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: John Hodgson or Stella Halkyard

Email: or

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Short term research fellowships in cultural and intellectual history

University of London, School of advanced studies, The Warburg Institute, Short term research fellowships in cultural and intellectual history. – See

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