Call for Papers – Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

The Gregorian Institute of Canada and The University of British Columbia’s Medieval Studies Committee invite paper and session proposals for

THE 43rd UBC MEDIEVAL WORKSHOP / THE 10th GIC COLLOQUIUM, a joint interdisciplinary research conference:

Liturgical and Secular Drama in Medieval Europe: Text, Music, Image (c. 1000-1500)

Taking place at Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on October 9-11, 2015.

This conference will focus on the Medieval segment of the long history of European theatre. One objective will be to analyze aspects of the great repertoire of liturgical drama, from its supposed modest beginnings in the Gregorian liturgy of Easter, through its various developments in Latin and the vernaculars, into liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular plays. Just as importantly we recognize the fact that European drama did not begin in the Medieval church. When one considers the secular themes appearing in semi-religious plays then in comic genres of the late Middle Ages, such as the farce, it often becomes necessary to study the direct or indirect influence of secular sources such as Latin comedies, Medieval French fabliaux, or the troubadours’ satirical dialogues. Beyond this intertextuality, combined in many cases with musical exchanges, Medieval drama gradually acquired visual components including manuscript illuminations, props, theatrical machines, sets, and different approaches to spatial organization in relation to the audience. The transformations in drama over the period 1000-1500 are connected to evolving attitudes toward music in the church, music in theatre, spoken vs. sung plays, the place of the actor in society, religious and secular themes, interactions with other genres, and the manuscript tradition (notations, text transmission, stage directions and commentaries).

Given the diverse aspects of this conference theme, we hope to receive paper and session proposals in: historical musicology, theatre studies, history, performance studies, philosophy, religious studies, translation studies, palaeography and edition. We particularly invite contributions involving two or more of these disciplines.

Proposals for 20-minute papers or 3-paper sessions, in English or in French, should be submitted by December 31, 2014, addressed to

James Blasina and Chantal Phan

and sent by email to: and

or by mail or fax to:

Prof. Chantal Phan (Medieval Studies), FHIS, 797-1873 East Mall, VANCOUVER, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. Fax: (1)-604-822-6675

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Conferences – Reading and Writing in City, Court, and Cloister: Conference in Honor of Mary C. Erler

Reading and Writing in City, Court, and Cloister: Conference in Honor of Mary C. Erler

Saturday, March 7 2015, Fordham University, Lincoln Center campus

35th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

Speakers are: Caroline Barron (Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London); Joyce Coleman (University of Oklahoma); Sheila Lindenbaum (Indiana University); Michael Sargent (CUNY Graduate Center), and Katrhyn A. Smith (New York University)

For more information, see the conference website or contact

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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Call for Papers – Translatio sententiae: Proverbs in Motion in the Pre-modern World

Translatio sententiae: Proverbs in Motion in the Pre-modern World

March 6-7, 2015; Barnard College, New York City

            The Early Proverb Society, with support from the Center for Translation Studies at Barnard College, invites submissions for papers to be delivered at its first dedicated conference.  Papers are welcome on any aspect of the proverb from any part of the world prior to 1800 C.E., but we are especially interested in studies related to the conference theme of translatio sententiae.

Although the proverb is often considered a static verbal icon, it functioned, nevertheless, as a flexible mode by which wisdom and knowledge moved around the pre-modern world.  For instance, in the simplest sense of translation, versions of the “same” proverb appear in Latin and in one or more vernacular languages.  Linguistic translation frequently included significant elements of cultural transference as well:  for example, between the religious and secular spheres, between socio-political classes, and, of course, between different regional speech communities.  Proverbs transferred knowledge across time, from one generation to the next.  And, perhaps more than any other type of verbal artefact, pre-modern proverbs translated between the literate and non-literate worlds, being equally at home in both.

Please submit abstracts (250-word max.) on these or related paroemiological topics by October 1, 2014 to Dr. Laurie Postlewate.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Washington University Libraries seeks dynamic and creative candidates with strong leadership skills for the position of Director of Special Collections.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of Special Collections has primary responsibility for providing leadership and oversight of the University Libraries’ unique and distinctive collections, working with faculty, staff, students and external researchers to facilitate use of collections in research, teaching and scholarship.  Primary duties include:


Provide leadership for all activities within the Department of Special Collections, including acquiring, organizing, describing, preserving, digitizing, and making accessible collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, film and video, prints and other works of art on paper, digital assets, and other rare and special materials. Lead a dynamic organization comprising curatorial specialists, professional librarians and archivists, support staff, and student workers, aligning roles and responsibilities across multiple units and campuses. Manage budgeting and staffing considerations for collections, equipment, space, preservation, digitization needs, and consider issues relevant to copyright and licensing.


Design and implement comprehensive collection development policies and procedures for all Special Collections units, including the Visual Media Research Lab, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Archives, and Preservation.  System-wide responsibility for the management and care of special collections contained within departmental libraries, including Art & Architecture, East Asian, and Music.  Works with faculty and subject librarians to identify opportunities for expansion of Special Collections collecting strengths based on faculty teaching and research needs.


Work closely with faculty, staff, students and donors as library liaison to all academic initiatives involving Special Collections, including the Illustrated Book program, the Humanities Digital Workshop, Center for Empirical Research and the Law, and other interdisciplinary campus efforts.  Consult with faculty concerning the use of collections in teaching and research; promote collaborations on campus and with external researchers. Work collaboratively with subject librarians and staff on all levels of the organization to expand the teaching and research use of the collections in order to broaden engagement with scholarly communities and enhance the growth of and access to the Libraries’ Special Collections.


Lead fundraising efforts and donor relations for all units of Special Collections, in collaboration with the University Librarian, related campus partners, and library units. Actively participate in grant development, writing, and administration for programs from private foundations and federal agencies.


Actively promotes WUSTL Libraries’ Special Collections to the campus, scholarly, public, and external communities by overseeing the creation of exhibits, publications and events. Participate and take leadership positions within regional, national and international partnerships and consortia. Research and implement assessment programs for departmental activities to measure impacts and outcomes of programs and services.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on the Department of Special Collections, including collections strengths, collection development plans, and digital exhibitions, visit:


Required: MLS from an ALA accredited school, or Master’s degree in the humanities; Five years of supervisory or leadership experience in an academic or research library or archives with collections of international interest; Demonstrated ability to lead innovative projects and programs and to work creatively and collaboratively in a changing environment as well as active engagement in fundraising, working with donors, and gift management in addition to pursuing  and obtaining grant funding from a variety of sources, including federal agencies and private foundations.

Preferred: Experience in the following areas: designing or redesigning space for Special Collection staff, storage, use, and exhibition; acquisition of rare books, manuscripts, film, art, and illustration, and knowledge of the antiquarian book trade; supervising librarians and related support staff; managing a budget, including gift funds; implementing emerging technologies in a special collections environment and familiarity with current scholarship and research methods employed in the field of unique special collections and digital scholarship.

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Washington University, located at the western edge of the city of St. Louis, is a medium-sized, independent, research university founded in 1853, and is internationally known for excellence in teaching and research and for the quality of its faculty and student body.  The University libraries play an essential role in providing the support for these areas to the Washington University community.  For more information, please visit the Washington University/Libraries’ web sites at and


APPLICATION INFORMATION:  Applications must be submitted online at  Reference job # 28354.  For full consideration, attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number).  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.  Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Call for Papers – Europe or the Islamic world in any era c.500-c.1500.

This panel (Reimagining the Middle Ages (c.500-1500)) seeks to bring together scholars whose work reimagines some aspect of the medieval world and/or encourages new perspectives on older topics. We welcome papers focusing on either Europe or the Islamic world in any era c.500-c.1500. This panel will complement a roundtable discussion of Christian Raffensperger’s Reimagining Europe: Kievan Rus’ in the Medieval World held at the 2014 annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of History. Scholars working in all areas of medieval studies are welcome to submit an abstract of 250 words or less and a short CV no later than 15 September 2014. Although sponsored by the Ohio Academy of History presenters need not be members of the organization nor currently working in Ohio. Papers will be presented at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, 14-17 May 2015. For additional information, please contact:

Amy Bosworth
Muskingum University
History Department
163 Stormont Street
New Concord, OH 43762

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Call for Papers – 32nd Annual Conference, Illinois Medieval Association

32nd Annual Conference
Illinois Medieval Association
Call for Papers: November 21, 2014

Medieval Narratives

February 20-21, 2015
Saint Louis University

We invite proposals dealing with any aspects of medieval narratives.
Please submit abstracts through by November 21, 2014. Questions are welcomed at:
More information at

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The Berlin Prize: Call for Applications 2015/2016

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for 2015/2016, as well as early applications for the academic years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. The deadline is Monday, September 29, 2014 (12 pm 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 and from writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 25 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. The Academy does not award fellowships in the natural sciences.

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. Fellowship 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 individuals based permanently in the United States. US citizenship is not required; American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, filmmaking, law, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application. The Academy gives priority to a proposal’s scholarly merit rather than any specific relevance to Germany.

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 2015/16 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late February 2015.

For further information and to apply online, please see

or contact:

The American Academy in Berlin
Attn: Fellows Selection
Am Sandwerder 17-19
14109 Berlin, Germany
Telephone +49-30-804-83-0
Fax +49-30-804-83-111

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Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series and Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum (seminar)

Digital Classicist London & Institute of Classical Studies Seminar 2014 Friday June 27 at 16:30 in room G37, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Monica Berti, Greta Franzini & Simona Stoyanova (Leipzig) The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series and Digital Fragmenta Historicorum Graecorum Projects


The Leipzig Open Fragmentary Texts Series (LOFTS) is a new collaborative project that seeks to create open electronic editions of ancient works that survive only through quotations and text re-uses in later texts.

The large diversity and dispersion of these materials entreats a dynamic infrastructure which fully supports and represents the relationships between sources, citations and annotations. LOFTS links fragments to the source text from which they are drawn, and aligns them to multiple editions and translations, thus providing an enhanced understanding of the fragmentary textual heritage it showcases.

The seminar will be followed by wine and refreshments.

For more information see the seminar website at <>

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Jobs for Medievalists

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to post this professional position.

The minimum salary for librarian positions in the University Library is $45,000.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

POSITION:      Assistant Curator of Rare Books (At Will Appointment)

AVAILABLE:    September 1, 2014

The University of North Carolina seeks an energetic and collegial individual with a strong academic background to further the curatorial work of the Rare Book Collection (RBC) ( at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library ( Reporting to and working closely with the Curator of Rare Books, the Assistant Curator will contribute to maintaining a vibrant profile for the Rare Book Collection.

The Assistant Curator will participate in collection development, including the review of auction and dealer catalogs, sales offers, and potential gifts, as well as donor stewardship. The individual in this position will also work on programming and outreach initiatives, exhibitions, and publications, and manage social media and digitization projects. The Assistant Curator is expected to be active in scholarly and library professional organizations. The Assistant Curator may supervise students and will participate in reader services at the Rare Book Collection/North Carolina Collection Reading Room, with a regular weekly desk shift and occasional weekend desk service.

The Rare Book Collection has significant national and international literary and historical holdings, ranging from clay tablets, medieval manuscripts, and early printed books to recent fine printing. Collection strengths include English and Irish literature, incunabula and sixteenth-century printing, history of the book, French history and literature, the New World cronistas, Maya studies, Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan drama, World War I and II graphic materials, and American popular culture.

In addition to the Rare Book Collection, the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library includes the North Carolina Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services.


Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and/or an advanced degree in a humanities discipline supported by the holdings of the Rare Book Collection. Knowledge of descriptive bibliography and direct work experience with rare books for at least one year. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proven attention to detail. Ability to work with a broad spectrum of individuals. Reading knowledge of Latin or at least one of the following modern European languages: French, German, or Spanish. Ability to understand bibliographic information in French, German, and Spanish. Active participation in appropriate professional organizations.

Preferred: Formal coursework in rare books. Additional foreign languages. Knowledge of the antiquarian book trade. Experience in planning and managing exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs. Advanced degree in a humanities discipline. Editorial and publishing experience and experience developing digital products that promote or facilitate the use of rare books and manuscripts and special collections.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. The UNC Health Sciences Library is a recognized leader within the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries. University Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities.

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation.

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is an At Will Appointment, contingent upon the availability of funding. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on July 21, 2014. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review  date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of whom must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

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MAA News – Last Chance to Renew Your Membership

If you haven’t already renewed your Medieval Academy membership for 2014, please do so by June 30 to avoid an interruption in your subscription to Speculum and other benefits of membership. Sign in to your account on our website to check your membership status and renew today!  Please email us if you have any difficulties logging into your account.

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