Cypress American Archaeological Research Institute 2020 Fellowships

THE CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, welcomes scholars and students specializing in archaeology, history, and culture of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (both with major libraries), as well as the main business and commercial district. In addition to hostel accommodation for a total of twelve residents, the institute has excellent research facilities: a 10,000-volume library, comprehensive map and artifact collections, archival material, and facilities for Internet, scanning, and photography. For further information please visit www.caari.org

Recipients of fellowships are required to spend time as residents of CAARI and to submit a written report for the CAARI newsletter.

Apply for the following fellowships at: http://orc.fellowships.fluidreview.com

For questions please contact usa.office@caari.org.cy

GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline for CAARI graduate student fellowships is December 9, 2019.

The Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship
Danielle Parks, author of The Roman Coinage of Cyprus (Nicosia, 2004), directed excavations at the Amathus Gate Cemetery. She first came to Cyprus as an Anita Cecil O’Donovan Fellow. Her death as a young scholar in 2006, deeply felt by the wide circle of her colleagues and friends, is memorialized here by a fellowship designed to open the world of Cypriot culture to young scholars.

This is a fellowship of US $2,000 for a graduate student of any nationality who needs to work in Cyprus to further his/her research on a subject of relevance to Cypriot archaeology and culture. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and living expenses in Cyprus. Applications are invited especially from students of Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus. During his/her stay, the fellow is expected to give a presentation at CAARI on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will periodically keep the Director of CAARI apprised of his/her research activities. The fellow will acknowledge CAARI and the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship in any publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship. Residence at CAARI is required.

The Helena Wylde Swiny and Stuart Swiny Fellowship:
One grant of US $2,000 to a graduate student of any nationality in a college or university in the U.S. or Canada to pursue a research project that is relevant to an ongoing field project in Cyprus or that requires work on Cyprus itself. The award is to be used to fund research time spent in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required.

The Anita Cecil O’Donovan Fellowship:
Founded in memory of musician, composer, and homemaker Anita Cecil O’Donovan, this fellowship offers one grant of US $2000 to a graduate student of any nationality, enrolled in a graduate program in any nation, to pursue research on a project relevant to the archaeology and/or culture of Cyprus; to be used to fund a period of research time in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required.

POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS 

The Edgar J. Peltenburg Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cypriot Prehistory

This is an annual fellowship in honor of the late Professor Edgar Peltenburg to conduct research on Cypriot prehistory (from the first visitors to the transition to the Iron Age). Applicants of all nationalities are encouraged to apply provided they have been awarded a PhD degree by the start of the fellowship. Although the fellowship is open to scholars of all ages, priority will be given to early career candidates who have received their PhDs within five years of the start of the fellowship. The period of the fellowship is nine months, renewable in exceptional cases for an additional nine months; it includes a $14,000 stipend and up to $1,500 travel expenses for those traveling to Cyprus from abroad. The deadline for applications is January 23, 2020 with notification approximately one month later. It can begin as early as March 1 or as late as April 30, 2020. The fellow will normally be expected to reside at CAARI for the duration of the fellowship. In addition, he or she is expected to play an active role in the CAARI community and to contribute to our academic environment with research-related and/or outreach events. Details for applying, including an application form and conditions of the fellowship, can be found below.

Deadline for the Edgar J. Peltenburg Fellowship is January 23, 2020.

 

CAARI/CAORC Research Fellowships:
Two fellowships provide US $5500 each (up to US $1500 for transportation and up to an additional US $4000 for research expenses on the island) and are designed for scholars who already have their PhDs, whose research engages the archaeology, history, culture, or geography of Cyprus, and who would derive significant benefit from a month’s research time on the island. Particular consideration is given to applicants whose projects enable them to include Cyprus in their teaching.  A minimum of 30 days residence at CAARI is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline for CAARI/CAORC Fellowships is January 23, 2020.

 

CAARI Senior Scholar In Residence:
An established scholar who commits to stay at least 30 days in succession at CAARI, ideally in the summer, and to be available in evenings and weekends to younger scholars working there, in return for 50% reduction in residency rate. Must have PhD in archaeology or ancillary field for at least 5 years prior to visit, be fluent in English (but may be of any nationality), and be committed to mentoring students. Travel and other expenses not covered.

Deadline for CAARI Senior Scholar in Residence is December 9, 2019.

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Call for Papers – Annual ACMRS Conference: Unfreedom (2020)

Call for Papers
Annual ACMRS Conference: Unfreedom (2020)
February 7-8, 2020
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Unfreedom marked the lives of various people in the premodern world. Many factors played a role in shaping the forms of unfreedom prevalent in the premodern era: violence and coercion; shame and dishonor; disconnection of kin groups and destruction of social networks; and individual and collective strategies for economic, political, and social success that depended on the subjection of others.

This year’s conference will focus on those whose status was defined primarily in terms of unfreedom, coercion, and constraint rather than the enjoyment of freedoms or privileges, including but not limited to slaves, serfs, captives, prisoners, pledges, hostages, and forced marriage or concubinage.

We welcome panels and papers that theorize and/or historicize the status of unfreedom in medieval and renaissance contexts.

Deadlines
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until midnight, Mountain Standard Time on November 10, 2019. Please submit an abstract of 250 words and a brief CV to ACMRSconference@asu.edu. Proposals must include audio/visual requirements and any other special requests; late requests may not be accommodated.

Information for presenters
All sessions (panels, roundtables, workshops, etc.) are 90 minutes long. In order to maximize conversation and collaboration, sessions should be comprised of three to five 10-minute, individual presentations of new, cutting-edge work followed by discussion.

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ASCSA NEH Fellowships: Call for Applications

NEH FELLOWSHIPS

Deadline: October 31, 2019
Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 113,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and houses an archaeological sciences laboratory at the main campus in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 60 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in all fields relevant to the mission of the ASCSA who are US citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School’s academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2020-beginning of June 2021; 4 months, Sept. – Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA will be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.
NEH Fellows should use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as their primary research base, but research may be carried out throughout Greece.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to application:
https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115299/associate-membership-with-fellowship-application 

The following items should be included in the application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

  1. Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
  2. A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved (where applicable), and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
  3. Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
  4. Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.

  1. Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
  2. Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
  3. Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
  4. Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
  5. What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
  6. Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/apply/fellowships-and-grants/postdoctoral-and-senior-scholars
E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.
The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment

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MAA News – Renew Your MAA Membership for 2020!

Dear colleague,

It is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America for 2020. You must be a member in good standing to apply for grants and fellowships given out by the Academy, to speak at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, or to participate in its governance. Membership brings other benefits, such as:

– a subscription to Speculum, our quarterly journal
– online access to the entire Speculum archive
– access to our online member directory
– publication and database discounts through our website

Other memberships perquisites are listed here.

You can easily pay your dues and/or make a donation through the MAA website where, after you sign into your account, you can also adjust your membership category if necessary. Please consider supplementing your membership by becoming a Contributing or Sustaining member or by making a tax-deductible donation as part of your end-of-year giving. Your gift helps subsidize lower membership rates for student, contingent, and unaffiliated medievalists and also supports our grant-making programs. In order to make membership more affordable for those in financially precarious circumstances, we have recently revised our dues structure.

You may also wish to remember the Academy with a bequest as a member of our Legacy Society (for more information, please contact the Executive Director).

With your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2019, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We have recently implemented programming in support of medievalists of color and of medievalists working in various professional contexts, and we are working to improve the representation of the Middle Ages in K-12 classrooms. As we work towards a more expansive Middle Ages, we are also working to build a more inclusive Medieval Studies. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2020.

When you renew, please take a few minutes to update your profile page so that members with similar interests can find you, and you can find them. You can also check a box to indicate your interest in serving on a Medieval Academy committee or reviewing for Speculum. Your profile page now includes an option to indicate gender and racial/ethnic identity. This information will not be visible to other members, but it will help the Academy immensely as we strive to increase our understanding of member demographics and work to improve diversity and inclusivity in Medieval Studies. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact us (info@themedievalacademy.org) for assistance.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and hope to see you at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy at UC Berkeley (26-28 March).

Ruth Mazo Karras, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

p.s. if you have already renewed, please ignore this message and accept our thanks!

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MAA News – Slate of Candidates for the 2020 Election

To the Members of the Medieval Academy,

Voting in the Medieval Academy governance election is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the Academy and the future of medieval studies in North America. I am very pleased to announce the names of the Medieval Academy members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2020:

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

Councillors (four seats available, three-year term):

Lisa Bitel (Religion, University of Southern California)
Travis Bruce (History (Mediterranean Studies), McGill University)
William Caferro (History, Vanderbilt Univ.)
Seeta Chaganti (English, Univ. of California, Davis)
Elina Gertsman (Art History, Case Western Reserve Univ.)
Geraldine Heng (English & Comparative Literature, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Luisa Nardini (Musicology, Univ. of Texas at Austin)
Alison Perchuk (Art History, California State Univ. Channel Islands)
Sebastian Sobecki (English, University of Groningen)

Nominating Committee (two seats available, three-year term):

Alison Beach (History, The Ohio State University)
Matthew Desing (Spanish, Univ. of Texas, El Paso)
Andrew Rabin (English, Univ. of Louisville)
Cord Whitaker (English, Wellesley College)

Click here for more information about these candidates.
The election will be conducted in accordance with our By-Laws. The Nominating Committee is charged with nominating eight candidates for the four positions on the Council, balancing racial, gender, geographic, professional, and specialization diversity while also considering the same facets of the incumbents. A ninth candidate has been nominated by petition (see below). There are four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee, tasked with proposing candidates for the annual Council and Officers’ election. As is our practice, the slate of three Presidential Officers is presented unopposed (this will change next year).

Additional nominations by petition may be made as follows, in accordance with article 26 of the By-Laws:

Nominations of other members of the Academy for elected officers, Councillors, or members of the Nominating Committee may be made by written petition signed by at least seven members of the Academy. A nomination by petition may be for a single office, several offices, or an entire slate. Such petitions must be received by the Executive Director within twenty days of the circulation of the report of the Nominating Committee (article 25), unless the Council extends the period for making nominations by petition.

As the slate of candidates is being announced on 25 September, the closing date for nomination by petition has been set at 11:59 PM, 14 October 2019. Additional information about the governance of the Academy can be found on our FAQ page:
http://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/FAQ

In addition to biographical information, each candidate has submitted a statement detailing their vision for the Academy and their reasons for wanting to participate in its governance. It is our hope that these statements will assist members in making informed choices about the governance of the Medieval Academy. These statements are online here:
https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2020Ballot

As you consider these candidates, you may wish to take into account the demographics and specializations of the incumbents:

Council:
2018-2021:
Ray Clemens (Manuscript Studies, Beinecke Library, Yale Univ.)
Valerie Garver (History, Northern Illinois Univ.-DeKalb)
Lucy Pick (Religion, Univ. of Chicago)
Kathryn Smith (Art History, New York Univ.)

2019-2022:
Lynda Coon (History, Univ. of Arkansas)
Hussein Fancy (History, Univ. of Michigan)
Fiona Griffiths (History, Stanford Univ.)
Anne Latowsky (French/Latin, Univ. of South Florida)

Nominating Committee (2019-2020):
Sean Field (History, Univ. of Vermont) (Chair)
Jessica Goldberg (History, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Sif Rikhardsdottir (Comparative Literature, Univ. of Iceland)

My thanks to the Nominating Committee for their careful and thoughtful work in establishing the slate of Council candidates: Nicholas Watson (Chair), Robin Fleming, Jessica Goldberg, Sif Ríkharðsdóttir, and Catherine Saucier. My thanks as well to President Ruth Mazo Karras for proposing the slate of Nominating Committee candidates.

Electronic balloting will open on 16 October. If you would prefer to receive a paper ballot and have not received one in the past, please contact me.

Please vote and let your voice be heard. I look forward to your participation in the election of the leadership of the Medieval Academy of America.

– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Latest Issue of Speculum is Now Available Online

The latest issue of Speculum is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription,  log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu.  As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 94, Issue 4 (October 2019)

Articles

Rolle Reassembled: Booklet Production, Single-Author Anthologies, and the Making of Bodley 861
Andrew Kraebel

A Papal Version of the Fourth Crusade: The Mosaics of San Giovanni Evangelista at Ravenna
Michael Angold

Legal Expertise at a Late Tenth-Century Monastery in Central Italy, or Disputing Property Donations and the History of Law in Benedict of Monte Soratte’s Chronicle
Maya Maskarinec

The Veiling of Women in Byzantium: Liturgy, Hair, and Identity in a Medieval Rite of Passage
Gabriel Radle

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 80 book reviews, including:

Joshua Davies, Visions and Ruins: Cultural Memory and the Untimely Middle Ages
Reviewed by Renée R. Trilling

Helen C. Evans, ed., Armenia: Art, Religion, and Trade in the Middle Ages
Reviewed by Jennifer Ball

Hans Hummer, Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe
Reviewed by Jonathan R. Lyon

Luisa Nardini, Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Chant Propers in Beneventan Manuscripts
Reviewed by Daniel J. DiCenso

Kathryn L. Reyerson, Women’s Networks in Medieval France: Gender and Community in Montpellier, 1300-1350
Reviewed by Erika Graham-Goering

Sif Rikhardsdottir, Emotion in Old Norse Literature: Translations, Voices, Contexts
Reviewed by Gareth Lloyd Evans

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and  click here.  Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.

Sincerely,

The Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Call for Prize Submissions

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes to be awarded at the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting (University of California, Berkeley, 26-28 March). Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2019.

Haskins Medal
Awarded to a distinguished monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Digital Humanities Prize
Awarded to an outstanding digital research project or resource in the field of medieval studies.

Karen Gould Prize
Awarded to a monograph of outstanding quality in medieval art history.

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Awarded to a first monograph of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
Awarded to a first article of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

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MAA News – CARA Awards: Call for Nominations

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies
The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching 
The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers and who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

The CARA Awards will be presented at the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting (UC Berkeley, 26-28 March). Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Nov. 15.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

Members of the MAA are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America for 2020.

The title of Fellow was created in 1926 to recognize and honor those scholars among us who over the years have made outstanding contributions to Medieval Studies through their teaching, scholarship, and service. These are normally senior scholars with an outstanding record of accomplishments, and ideally with work that manifests interdisciplinary interests.

Nominations are encouraged in all the varied fields encompassed by Medieval Studies. The nomination itself should be written in ways to make the nominee’s contributions to the field intelligible to a multi-disciplinary body of Fellows. All members of the Medieval Academy are free to submit nominations.

The nominations are overseen by the Fellows Nominating Committee, which is empowered to intervene only if there is some notable inequity in the list of proposed nominees. Existing Fellows will cast their ballots in December and January. The election of 2020 will operate under the by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013 and revised in 2015.

Existing Fellows may also have chosen to become Emeriti or Emeritae Fellows, which has the effect of opening up additional slots the following year for the election of new Fellows. Such Emeriti/Emeritae Fellows retain the position of Fellow in every respect but relinquish their right to vote in the election of new Fellows.

Current bylaws prescribe that there may be a total of up to 125 Fellows who at the time of election are members of the Academy and residents of North America, and in addition up to 75 Corresponding Fellows who at the time of election are residents of countries outside of North America. Following the rules established by the current bylaws, six (6) slots are available for the year 2020, for which there must be at least twelve (12) nominations. For the nomination of Corresponding Fellows no established minimum number of nominations is required.

Instructions for submitting nominations are available here: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

Please refer to the lists of current Fellows before proposing a nomination:

Current Fellows: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_List

Current Corresponding Fellows: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/CorrFellows

Nominations may be submitted by email (as a PDF attachment) to the Executive Director at <LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org> or by mail to:

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
Medieval Academy of America
6 Beacon St., Suite 500
Boston, Mass. 02108

Nominations for the 2020 elections must be received by 15 October 2019. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information.

Finally, please note that nominations are to be kept in strictest confidence, from the nominee as well as from others.

– John Van Engen, President of the Fellows

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Western Manuscripts in St Petersburg, by David Ganz

From 19-22 September a conference in St Petersburg drew attention to Western materials in St Petersburg collections. The conference, largely organised by Professor Vladimir Mazhuga of the St Petersburg Institute of History and funded in part by the German Historical Institute in Moscow, included talks about European manuscript cataloguing projects and about particular Western items, many of which are unknown to non-Russian medievalists. The conference opened with a paper by the linguist Professor Nickolay Kazanscky on recent discoveries in Russia, including in Greek and Gothic from the Crimea and a remarkable wax tablet with a psalm text. Francesco Siri, of the IRHT Paris, talked about digitization projects, stressing that the motto of all such projects must be ‘Keine Digitalisierung ohne Tieferschließung’, in other words, digitization without proper research on what is being digitized is not acceptable. Professor Eef Overgaauw, the Keeper of Manuscripts in Berlin, gave a survey of German manuscript cataloguing since 1960, emphasizing the need to specify how much time should be spent on each manuscript and to have independent evaluation of the work by manuscript experts. Dr Patrizia Carmassi from Wolfenbüttel then showed how this worked in practice by describing her own current work on medieval manuscripts from Halberstadt, some of which are preserved in Russian collections. Reports on Austrian catalogues, on the Census of all manuscripts written in Medieval German, and on cataloguing manuscript fragments (by Thomas Falmagne who is working on the fragments in the Institute of History in St Petersburg and on manuscripts from the duchy of Luxemburg) highlighted other European projects which include material in Russia. The day ended with a magnificent presentation by a young physicist, Anastasia Povolotskaia, of her group project to recover the texts of the severely damaged Old French Legendary in the library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, using Raman spectroscopy and enhanced digital imaging to investigate pigments and parchment and to restore illegible passages. Then there was a visit to an exhibition of Byzantine and Latin manuscripts in the Russian Academy of Sciences, including an important volume of Beneventan chant and a Byzantine liturgical roll.

Friday’s session was held in the National Library of Russia and featured papers on manuscripts there, including the texts from Vivarium first published in Speculum in 1930, discussed by Fabio Troncarelli, and manuscripts of Classical authors.

Scholars of Old English will be excited by the recent discovery, reported by Professor Ekaterina Antonets, of a further leaf from the tenth-century copy of Priscian published by Neil Ker and listed by Gneuss and Lapidge. Further papers discussed the Polish and Medieval German manuscripts in the library and we met beside busts of Peter the Great and Alexander Ist  to see an exhibition of some of the treasures, passing silently through the Manuscript reading room where scholars can work until 9 pm.

The final full day met in the St Petersburg Institute of History, and started with a visit to an exhibition which included a charter of Otto 1st, papal bulls, a tenth century Italian library catalogue, and fragments of Horace and of Hrabanus Maurus from Fulda with authorial corrections, first published by Professor Mazhuga, Papers discussed legal texts, the charter of Otto, papal documents from Genua, documents relating to the Teutonic Knights, and Latin biblical fragments from Mount Athos, and there were also excellent poster presentations, including finds of manuscripts from Lübeck, Hamburg and Halberstadt transported as war trophies to Tomsk State University in Western Siberia.

On the final day we were taken into the Hermitage and shown some of their manuscript treasures, including Books of Hours of the highest quality.

The whole conference, whose proceedings are scheduled for publication, richly succeeded in revealing quite how much material of interest to members of the Medieval Academy awaits them in St Petersburg, and how excellent the quality of Russian medieval scholarship using these documents is. The conference was polyglot, many papers were in excellent English, French, or German, but the highlight was perhaps Dr Chirkova’s account of the papal documents in her collection, with captions in exquisite Latin.

We must hope that this conference will spur visits to St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and generate further fruitful exchanges with Russian scholars.

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