Speculum 92/3 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.  Please refer to this video tutorial if you are having difficulty. 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 92, Issue 3 (July 2017)

Carmela Vircillo Franklin, “Reading the Popes: The Liber pontificalis and its Editors” (Presidential Address)

Sebastian Sobecki, “A Southwark Tale: Gower, the 1381 Poll Tax, and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

Catherine Anne Bradley, “Song and Citation in Two-Voice Motets for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary”

Deeana Copeland Klepper, “Pastoral Literature in Local Context: Albert of Diessen’s Mirror of Priests on Christian-Jewish Coexistence”

James Morton, “A Byzantine Canon Law Scholar in Norman Sicily: Revisiting Neilos Doxapatres’ Order of the Patriarchal Thrones

Lisa Collinson, “Welsh Law in Thirteenth-Century Sweden: Women, Beasts, and Players”

The issue features more than seventy-eight reviews, including:

Robert Mills’s review of: Robert S. Sturges, The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama: Theaters of Authority.

Debby Banham’s review of: David Hall: The Open Fields of England.

Kimberly Lynn’s review of: Seth Kimmel, Parables of Coercion: Conversion and Knowledge at the End of Islamic Spain.

Ann W. Astell’s review of: Chad D. Schrock, Consolation in Medieval Narrative: Augustinian Authority and Open Form.

John M. Ganim’s review of: Thomas A. Prendergast, Poetical Dust: Poets’ Corner and the Making of Britain.

Anthony Kaldellis’s review of: Alexander Sarantis, Justinian’s Balkan Wars: Campaigning, Diplomacy and Development in Illyricum, Thrace and the Northern World, A.D. 527-65.

The July issue will also include Fellows Memoirs and the proceedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting, held at the University of Toronto on April 6-8.

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.


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20th colloquium of the Comité international de paléographie latine

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, will host the

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)

The list of speakers for the conference can be found at this link (click here and go to “Programme”).

The Colloquium will be followed by an optional trip to the medieval collections at The Cloisters in New York City.

Hotel rooms for the conference can now be reserved at the New Haven Hotel or the Courtyard by Marriott. But rooms at the special group rate are limited, so it is essential to register and reserve rooms as soon as possible.

Information to book accommodations at the New Haven Hotel: contact the reservations line at 1-800-644-6835 reference the group code “Comité international de paléographie latine (CIPL)” in order to receive the group rate. This code will not be valid for online bookings and can only be used through central reservations line listed above

Information to book accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott please follow this link (click here).

On-line registration for the conference and related activities is now open through this site: http://www.cvent.com/d/mvqvsm.

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Call for Papers – Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire

Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire 

44th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Keynote Speaker:
Simon MacLean, University of St. Andrews, “What Was Post-Carolingian about Post-Carolingian Europe?”

It is well known that the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (768-814) and his dynasty – the Carolingians – played an important role in the formation of Europe.  Yet scholars still debate the long-term consequences of the collapse of the Carolingian empire in 888 and the diverse ways in which Charlemagne’s family shaped subsequent medieval civilization.  This conference invites medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to investigate the legacies, leftovers, and legends of the Carolingian empire in the central and later Middle Ages.  We welcome papers that consider a wide array of Carolingian legacies in the realms of kingship and political culture, literature and art, manuscripts and material artifacts, the Church and monasticism, as well as Europe’s relations with the wider world.  We urge participants to reflect on the ways in which later medieval rulers, writers, artists, and communities remembered Charlemagne and the Frankish empire and adapted Carolingian inheritances to fit new circumstances.  In short, this conference will explore the ways in which Charlemagne’s ghost haunted the medieval world.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Eric Goldberg (egoldber@mit.edu) via email attachment. On your abstract please provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address.  Abstracts are due July 1, 2017.

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Call for Papers – ReLACS 2017 (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast)

ReLACS 2017 (Regional Late Antiquity Consortium Southeast)
October 19-20, 2017.

ReLACS, now in its fifth year, is a annual workshop of scholars of Late Antiquity held on a rotating basis at Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Kentucky.

The 2017 meeting will be hosted by the Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Participation is open to all scholars interested in Late Antiquity broadly defined. Participation by graduate students is particularly encouraged.

The workshop kicks off with a public lecture on the evening of Thursday, October 19th given by Stephen J. Davis, Professor of Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University, on “The Archaeology of Early Christian Monasticism: Evidentiary Problems and Criteria.” This lecture presents a reassessment of what we know (and how we know what we know) about the archaeological evidence for Christian monasticism in the first millennium CE. Assessing the current state of the field, Prof. Davis will first address problems we face in both the identification and the dating of “monastic” sites and then discuss criteria by which we can engage more critically with the material evidence available to us.

On Friday, October 20th, the workshop will host several sessions. Phillip I. Lieberman, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Law at Vanderbilt University, will lead a pro-seminar on “Introduction to the Cairo Geniza” designed to introduce non-specialists to resources for using the Geniza in teaching and research. The Cairo Geniza comprises the largest collection of documentary materials from the premodern Islamic world and is a critical resource for the social, economic, legal, and political history of the reception of antiquity into the medieval Mediterranean.

In addition we invite proposals from regional participants for work-in-progress papers on any topic broadly related to Late Antiquity or the early middle ages in any geographic region. Papers will be given 30-minute sessions and may be read aloud or pre-circulated to allow more time for discussion.

Please send a short description of the paper (approximately 200 words) including mention of its context (conference paper, part of a book manuscript, etc.) to David Michelson (david.a.michelson@vanderbilt.edu). Paper proposals will be considered by a steering committee (faculty from UT, VU, and UK) and selections will be made on the basis of maximizing regional participation from a diverse group of presenters. Proposals are due by August 1, 2017.

If you would like to attend or to receive further information about ReLACS workshops please subscribe to our e-mail list:

To subscribe, send an email to listserv@list.vanderbilt.edu with the command “SUBSCRIBE LATE-ANTIQUITY-SOUTHEAST” in the body of your message. This list is a public listserv intended as a regional e-mail list to connect ReLACS scholars (including students) throughout the southeastern United States. Messages publicize regional meetings or other regional collaborations of interest to the list. (This regionally-oriented list does not reduplicate the nationally-oriented list maintained by the University of South Carolina).

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CARA News: University of Florida

To see what’s going on at the University of Florida Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, including the commemoration of UFL professor Florin Curta’s twenty-fifth Kalamazoo, click here:http://mems.center.ufl.edu

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INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2018-2019.  The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations and music studies.   Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required.

Further information can be found in the announcement on the web at: https://www.hs.ias.edu/mem_announcement, or on the School’s web site, www.hs.ias.edu.  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address: mzelazny@ias.edu).  Deadline: November 1 2017.

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2017 Schoenberg Symposium

November 2-4, 2017

Intertwined Worlds

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This year’s theme, “Intertwined Worlds,” will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world’s manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.

For more information, go to: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium10.html . Registration opens in August.

Participants include:

  • Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University
  • Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
  • Benjamin Fleming, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Gough, Emory University
  • Thibaud d’Hubert, University of Chicago
  • Ayesha Irani, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Shazia Jagot, University of Southern Denmark
  • Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
  • Jinah Kim, Harvard University
  • Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Gila Prebor, Bar-Ilan University
  • Michael Pregil, Boston University
  • Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Columba Stewart, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • Tyler Williams, University of Chicago
  • Saymon Zakaria, Bangla Academy, Dhaka
  • Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University
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CARA News: University of New Mexico

The Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico held its annual Spring Lecture Series on April 24-27. This week-long series of six lectures and a concert attracts several hundred members of the Albuquerque community to hear lectures by eminent scholars from around the country, and sometimes around the globe. This year’s lectures were:

  • Monday, April 24, 7:15 p.m. “Charlemagne’s Elephant” Paul Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tuesday, April 25, 5:15 p.m. “Animals and Sex in the Middle Ages” Jan Ziolkowski, Harvard University and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
  • Tuesday, April 25, 7:15 p.m. “The Medieval Menagerie: Animals in the Art of the Middle Ages” Janetta Rebold Benton, Pace University
  • Wednesday, April 26, 5:15 p.m. “Animals on Crusade” Paul Cobb
  • Wednesday, April 26, 7:15 p.m. “The Case of the Animals versus Humans: An Islamic Ethics from Medieval Iraq” Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt University
  • Thursday, April 27, 5:15 p.m. “Birds and Beasties in Medieval Music” Concert by the UNM Early Music Ensemble directed by Colleen Sheinberg
  • Thursday, April 27, 7:15 p.m. “Lions, Tigers, and Dragons—Oh My! Real and Imaginary Animals in the Middle Ages” Elizabeth Morrison, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Additionally, each spring the IMS welcomes a prominent scholar as the visiting “Viking Scholar” to teach the “Viking Mythology” course. This spring, Vésteinn Ólason, recently retired Director of The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies and Chairman of the Board of Landsbókasafn–Háskólabókasafn, joined the UNM medievalist community for the semester.

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The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

THE KINGDOM OF SICILY IMAGE DATABASE (http://kos.aahvs.duke.edu/)

 The Kingdom of Sicily Image Database was created to collect and catalogue historical images (photographs, drawings, maps, paintings…) that document the monuments of South Italy (roughly 1130-1420). The database documents an important patrimony that has been dramatically transformed over the centuries. It changed our ability to perceive the buildings, cities, and decorative components of the past, and also to reconstruct the visual and symbolic role of these monuments. The taste for the Baroque led to the reconstruction of innumerable medieval buildings, and the liturgical directives of the Council of Trent transformed the interiors of churches. Civic and religious institutions have been made into prisons, administrative offices, schools and hospitals. Urban expansion and renewal (including recent property speculation, which has been disastrous in some cities, such as Naples), natural disasters (the eruption of Etna in 1693 that changed the entire coastline around Catania, for example) transfomed the monumnets and the landscape. Bombardment in World War II demolished entire towns and badly damaged cities (Palermo, Naples, Troina, Messina).

Our goals have been to provide evidence for the reconstruction of the appearance of monuments prior to destruction, as well as to document the process of their rediscovery by scholars and travellers in the 18th and 21th centuries. The study of this geographic area had a significant impact on both the History of Art History (for instance, the plates published in Henry Gally Knight’s The Normans in Sicily [1838] contributed to the study of the origins of the pointed arch in Medieval architecture) and on architectural practice (the diffusion of the so-called Gothic Revival in the 18th and 20th centuries).

The images that we are cataloguing are today dispersed in numerous collections in Europe and in the USA and are for the most part unknown and unpublished.  They were produced not only as a visual record of travel (especially during the Grand Tour) but also as practical exercises in professional training (for example the architects and designers who gathered ideas from South Italian monuments), or as documentation for scholarly research.

The database was initiated in 2011 by Caroline Bruzelius (Duke University, NC), William Tronzo (University of San Diego, California) and Paola Vitolo (University of Catania, Italy) with 3-year funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and involved a group of collaborators at different stages of careeer. The project has also been supported by the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome (Max-Plank Institute for the History of Art) which offered office and meeting space for the project.

The database was published online in October 2016 as open-access resource and will function on a variety of research and pedagogical levels.

It was developed with VRA Core and Dublin Core metadata guidelines and based at Duke University, is searchable by site, monuments title, artist’s name, and collection. It follows the cataloging guidelines created for SAHARA, a project developed by the Society of Architectural Historians. It is designed as an expandable resource that can be continuously added to, enlarged and improved as new resources, collections, as well as new types of scholarship, emerge.

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CARA News: The Catholic University of America

The Center for Medieval & Byzantine Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. is a vibrant community of over thirty scholars and an energetic group of graduate students from various Schools and Departments across campus. It administers both graduate and undergraduate programs in Medieval and Byzantine Studies with an interdisciplinary focus. In 2016-17, the Center co-organized two symposia to celebrate the career of two retiring colleagues, both outstanding medievalists: In November 2016 a symposium was held on Law and Society in Medieval and Early Modern Europe in honor of Prof. Kenneth J. Pennington, followed by a second symposium in April 2017 on Medieval Latin and Paleography in honor of Prof. Frank A.C. Mantello. In April 2017, the Center also sponsored a successful public lecture on “The Significance of the Bayeux Tapestry” delivered by Prof. Gale R. Owen-Crocker (Univ. of Manchester, UK), to commemorate (with a few months’ delay) the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hasting in 1066. Further, our students and faculty had the opportunity to attend a number of workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, from medieval gilding techniques (by artist Kay Jackson) and sea monsters on medieval maps (by Chet Van Duzer, NEH-Mellon Fellow of the Library of Congress) to writing the biography of a medieval saint (by Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M., Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology) and challenges and best practices of cataloguing manuscripts (by Ilya Dines of the Library of Congress). In November 2016, our graduate students gave an illustrated report on our summer archaeology field school program in Vetricella, Tuscany (co-organized with the American University in Rome and the University of Siena), a program we are continuing in the summer of 2018 (please watch for announcements on our website at mbs.cua.edu). As always, the academic year ended with a public celebration of all things medieval: our annual Medieval Day, featuring sword-fighting, crafts, drama, music, story-telling, and, of course, a working trebuchet. In administrative terms, the Center has been preparing for a transition from Center to Institute, with new, creative projects and research initiatives in 2017-18.

Submitted by Lilla Kopár, Director of MBS

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