Folger/Penn Early Modern Transcribe-a-thon in Philadelphia, December 4th

On December 4th, staff from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) Project ( and the University of Pennsylvania Library’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts ( will be on hand to introduce participants (and anyone who happens to wander by) to the art of transcribing English manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Transcribathon will take place in the Class of 1978 Orrery Pavillion in the Kislak Center on the 6th floor of Penn’s Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA.

Transcribathon website:

If you like puzzles and/or are interested in the early modern period then you should consider joining the transcribathon! Work by yourself or with friends. You might stay for just a few lines, or get hooked and transcribe an entire piece.

Early Modern Manuscripts Online, or EMMO, is an IMLS-funded three-year project that will ultimately provide scholars and the general public with convenient web access to a searchable database of transcriptions and digital images of a substantial number of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s English manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: letters, diaries, wills, coats of arms, literary works, recipe books, miscellanies, and more. The first phase of the project consists of creating and gathering transcriptions, in order to create a corpus that is then vetted for accuracy and consistency.

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Call for Papers – Concilium Lateranense IV. Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215

Concilium Lateranense IV. Commemorating the Octocentenary of the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215″ – Conference description and call for papers

Rome, 25-29 November 2015

Committee: Peter Clarke, (Southampton) Chair; Danica Summerlin (München) Secretary; Brenda Bolton (London); Barbara Bombi (Kent); Maureen Boulton (Notre Dame); Christoph Egger (Wien); Damian Smith (Saint Louis); Lila Yawn (Rome)

On Monday 30 November 1215 in the Basilica of St John Lateran, Innocent III brought the first assembly of the whole Church since the Council of Chalcedon (451) to a rousing finale by summoning all the delegates to unite in faith and by issuing Ad Liberandam, an encyclical calling for a crusade to liberate the Holy Land. This Council, fourth in the Lateran series but the twelfth ecumenical gathering of the Church in the Western tradition, included the five patriarchs or their representatives, together with more than one thousand bishops, abbots and other dignitaries, both ecclesiastical and secular. At each of the three plenary sessions held on 11, 20 and 30 November respectively, Innocent preached a set-piece sermon whilst, behind the scenes, delegates debated such major issues as who was more worthy to lead the Empire and how to contain the Albigensian heresy.
The accounts of eyewitnesses reveal that Innocent’s consecration of Santa Maria in Trastevere and celebrations for the anniversary of the dedication of the Vatican Basilica served not only to emphasize the history, majesty and ritual of the Church but also offered a welcome respite from the intensive discussions in the Lateran Palace. The Fathers of the Council promulgated seventy decrees, covering topics as diverse as heresy, Jewish-Christian relations, pastoral care and Trinitarian theology as well as ecclesiastical governance. Monks and secular clergy were to be reformed, the nascent mendicant orders welcomed to the Church and diocesan bishops instructed to implement far-reaching conciliar decisions across Christendom.

Eight hundred years on, Lateran IV still stands as the high-water mark of the medieval papacy, its political and ecclesiastical decisions enduring down to the Council of Trent whilst modern historiography has deemed it the most significant papal assembly of the Later Middle Ages. In November 2015, we have a unique opportunity to re-evaluate the role of this Council in the reform of the universal Church. Taking an inter-disciplinary approach, we shall investigate how its decisions affected the intellectual, cultural, social and religious life of the medieval world. We particularly encourage individual papers from disciplines such as art history, theology, canon law, crusade studies, literature and from those who work on relations between Jews and Christians, which we hope will broaden current interpretations of the events of the Council, their subsequent importance and long-term impact. Alternatively, three-paper session proposals on a common theme will also be most welcome.


Proposing a paper:

Papers may be delivered in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish but must be limited to 30 minutes. Abstracts of no more than 200 words with all the necessary contact details should be submitted no later than 30 November 2014 through the conference website:  Please direct any questions to

The conference will move to different locations on different days, in part as a tribute to the movement of clerics around Rome as part of the many events surrounding the council.

On Wednesday 25 and Friday 27 November, it will be based on the Janiculum Hill and in Trastevere, whose winding streets sit directly south of the Vatican, nestled beneath the Janiculum and home to the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere, consecrated by Innocent as part of the conciliar celebrations. Our hosts, the American Academy in Rome (Wednesday 25) and John Cabot University, Rome (Friday 27) are both based in this area: the American Academy in Rome sits on atop the Janiculum but on the city-side of the hill, and John Cabot University is in the centre of Trastevere, by the Villa Farnesina.

On Thursday – Thanksgiving in the United States – it will be in the Pontifical Gregorian University, in central Rome near to the Trevi fountain and the Quirinal Palace.

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, the conference will gather in the Rome campus of the University of Notre Dame. The campus, near to the Colosseum, is only a few hundred metres from the Lateran basilica and also from the churches of Santi Quattro Coronati and S. Clemente, both of which are of interest in their own right.

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The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship Fund

The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship Fund of The Dallas Foundation announces its Summer Research Fellowship for 2015, designed to support the research of women medievalists below the rank of full professor. The $10,000 award is to be used during the period of June 1–December 31, 2015. Deadline for applications is January 31st, 2015.

Go to for full details and how to apply.

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Greeks, Latins, and the Musical Culture of Late Byzantium, November 14

Friday, November 14 at 2:00pm on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross (50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA), Dr. Alexander Lingas (City University London & EHRC, Oxford) will deliver his lecture, “Greeks, Latins, and the Musical Culture of Late Byzantium.” His lecture is part of the second Boston Byzantine Music Festival.

Performances by Cappella Romana, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Choir, and DÜNYA

Second lecture by Dr. Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol (Reform and Notation in Early Nineteenth-Century Istanbul)

Workshops on Byzantine, Ottoman, and traditional Greek music given by festival performers

Information, a full schedule, and tickets at

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Latin/Greek Institute Summer 2015 Programs

The Latin/Greek Institute, a joint collaboration of Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is pleased to announce its programs for Summer 2015. For over forty years, the LGI has offered “beyond-the-intensive” courses that allow motivated students to learn to read Latin and Greek with grammatical rigor and confidence. Once again we will offer ten-week basic programs in Latin and Greek (June 8-August 18), which cover over four semesters of regular coursework. All classes are team-taught, and the faculty is available 24 hours a day for help. Classes meet all day, five days a week at the Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan.

The first half of each basic program is devoted to intensive study of morphology and syntax. The second half offers students an unparalleled opportunity to see the rewards of what they have just learned through extensive close reading, at an advanced level, of original texts: in Latin, Cicero’s First Catilinarian Oration, Vergil’s Aeneid Book 4, and selections from Sallust, Horace, Livy, Tacitus, and other authors; in Greek, Plato’s Ion, extensive selections from Euripides’ Medea, and selections from a variety of authors including Homer, Solon, Sappho, Lysias, Thucydides, and Isocrates. Graduates typically return to their home institutions prepared to thrive in advanced reading courses or pass graduate language exams. The courses offer twelve undergraduate credits and are open to graduate students.

We will also offer the upper-level program in Greek (June 8-July 28), which offers qualified students the opportunity to read a substantial body of literature (200 or more lines per night) at a high level of grammatical precision. The anticipated syllabus consists of Lysias’ On the Murder of Eratosthenes, Plato’s Phaedrus, Aristophanes’ Clouds, and substantial selections from Thucydides.

Throughout the upper level program, there is an emphasis on aspects of criticism that derive from a linguistic analysis of a text that cannot be appreciated from a translation. As in the basic program, the course is team-taught, with the faculty available at all times to help. Daily quizzes, frequent drills, and prose composition are included. Prerequisites: 2 years of college-level Greek or the equivalent. The upper level program offers eight undergraduate credits, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Thanks to the generosity and friends of the Institute, partial scholarships are available to help cover the cost of tuition. We are especially grateful for the support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, through which we offer scholarships each summer to new graduate students in art history.

For further information and an application form, please go to or email the director, Prof. Katherine Lu Hsu (

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CARA Awards Deadline Approaching

To the Members of the Medieval Academy:

We invite you to submit nominations for the prizes offered by the Academy and its Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) for excellence in teaching and superior commitment to medieval studies through service:

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

Nominations must be submitted by 15 November. Follow the links above for further information.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Virginia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor from scholars with a research focus on connective cultures in the post-Classical Mediterranean (4th to 10th century).

Possible areas of study might include: the interaction of knowledge, people and practices; the social, political and/or cultural history of one or more connective Mediterranean cultures or communities; minority, diasporic or vocationally distinct social groups (e.g., merchants, scholars of science and medicine); interstitial and nomadic polities and cultures; translation; reappropriation of earlier cultural forms, materials or technologies.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in scholarly research and an ongoing program of publication. They must also be committed to outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. PhD must be in hand by August 15, 2015.

Possible home departments include, but are not limited to: Art, Classics, History or Religious Studies. The appointee will also hold an initial two-year Mellon Fellowship in ‘Comparative Cultures of the Pre-Modern World’ at the University’s interdisciplinary Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures.

Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. To apply, candidates must create a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA ( and submit the following electronically: a cover letter addressing research agenda and teaching interests, a C.V., a writing sample not exceeding 60 pages, and names and contact information for three references. Search on posting number 0615096.

Questions regarding the application process for Jobs@UVa should be directed to: L. Kent Merritt, History Administrative Supervisor, Corcoran Department of History,

For additional information on this position contact: Paul J.E. Kershaw, Chair, Search Committee,

The University will perform background checks including receipt of official transcripts from the institution granting the highest degree for all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Position Description: Tenure-Track Position Program in Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

The Program in Comparative Literature in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to teach graduate and undergraduate courses in European medieval literature and culture (2/2 load),including periodic large lecture courses. The effective starting date is September 1, 2015. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Requirements: PhD in hand by August 2015. Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Medieval Studies, or any other field of the Humanities with a research focus on European medieval literature and culture. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, outstanding scholarly potential or record, strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and professional engagement. We particularly welcome candidates with solid experience or training in modern European global literary relations or relations between Europe and other parts of the globe (as desirable sub-fields), dynamic scholars specializing in medieval literature and culture across several languages, including Latin, and with interest in one or more of the following areas: the role of women, book history, and medievalism in the post-medieval world. Salary commensurate with qualifications.

To apply submit the following materials: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two writing samples no greater than 25 pages in length(as PDF) and the names and e-mail contact information for three references to the link below: 

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of December 15, 2014, in order to ensure consideration. Application materials will not be returned.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individuals record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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NEH Funding for Overseas Summer Programs

To the Members of the Medieval Academy,

This morning, the letter copied below was sent on behalf of the Officers and Council of the Medieval Academy to William Craig Rice (Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Education Programs) and to several other NEH staffers.

We will keep you informed as this situation develops.

Dear Mr. Rice,

We are joining with other scholars to express our surprise and dismay that the NEH has determined to discontinue supporting Summer Institutes and Seminars unless they are held within the United States or its territories.

We understand that the NEH has come under increasing budgetary pressure in recent years; however, we feel it continues to be crucial that the NEH support the best possible programming, and the best possible professional support for our Humanities scholars. Excluding Institutes on the basis of their geographical location seems at odds with this.

A foreign-based NEH Summer Institute or Seminar provides many scholars with a rare opportunity to work abroad, to experience the places they study, to consult original documentation and artifacts, and to meet with foreign scholars and lay the groundwork for future collaborations. All of this enriches both the scholarship of these academics and the scholarly culture of our country. Moreover, our participating scholars act as scholarly and cultural ambassadors for the U.S., at a time when our country’s position as a leader in setting global cultural and intellectual trends is increasingly less secure. Cultural isolationism is a not an effective strategy either for our country or for the NEH.

As the leadership of The Medieval Academy of America, the largest learned society in the world devoted to the study of the Middle Ages, we can confirm that these NEH Summer Institutes have served as the springboard for many extremely productive collaborative scholarly projects and institutional collaborations with foreign counterparts which otherwise would not have taken place. The Medieval Academy has co-sponsored such international NEH Summer Institutes in the past, most recently a Dante Institute in Florence in 2009 under the leadership of Paul Szarmach and Christopher Kleinhenz. The Dante Institute was a great success. Access to original resources studied in context inspired all of the participants in multiple ways and resulted in significant and original scholarship.

In sum, this decision represents a considerable loss to the NEH, and to U.S. scholarship. We are disappointed that the decision was taken apparently without consultation or the opportunity for discussion or debate. We sincerely hope that the NEH will reconsider, and at the least place a two or three-year moratorium on this policy until such a time as it can be carefully considered, and with the input of those whom it will affect most.


William Chester Jordan, President of the Medieval Academy of America, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Chairman of the History Department, Princeton University

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

On behalf of the Officers and Council of the Medieval Academy of America

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Call for Papers – Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds

Journeys through the Middle Ages and Renaissance Worlds
March 6th to 8th 2015

Travels of all types provide ways of understanding the Middle Ages and Renaissance in terms of exchange, transformation, and knowledge.

By the word “travels,” we envision journeys of the mind, the body, and the spirit. The theme of the conference includes mapping, historiography, migrations, nomadic cultures and people, movements of objects, inner journeys such as dream-visions, introspection or conversion, as well as explorations of gender and social identity, exile, adoption, foreign language acquisition etc.

On behalf of Mardinalia Research Collective, the Medieval Studies Course Union, and the Program of Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria, we are inviting students and scholars to submit proposals for papers (20 min), creative performances, or art works pertaining to all types of journeys, from the 4th century CE up to the 17th century.

Submissions may address but are not limited to the following topics:

  • Utopian Worlds and Imaginary Places
  • Transoceanic journeys, Colonial expeditions, Commercial Encounters
  • Migrations, Displacements, and Settlements
  • Dream-visions and revelations
  • Pilgrimages and spiritual journeys
  • Travellers of all kinds and stations
  • Voyages and Transfers of Ideas, Books, Technologies, Science etc.
  • Networks of Knowledge

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and independent community researchers, creative scholars, artists, and performers are encouraged to submit a proposal by December 14th, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered.

Please send to the following:

  • Title of the paper
  • Paper Proposal (250 words maximum)
  • Biography (100 words maximum)
  • Additional Information: Email address, University, Area of Studies, and Status (Undergraduate/Graduate/Independent Researcher)

NB: Light lunches will be provided. Casual accommodation can be arranged. Travel expenses will not be covered.

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