Registration for Beyond Words Symposium, Nov. 3-5

Registration for the Nov. 3-5 symposium accompanying the exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts from Boston Collections is now available online:

The full schedule will be available soon. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an edifying and collegial gathering.

The Beyond Words curatorial team:

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

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Call for Participatory Sessions RBMS 2017 Iowa City

Submission Deadline: October 28, 2016

The Participatory Programming Subcommittee of the RBMS 2017 Conference Program Planning Committee invites all to propose and organize a participatory session at RBMS 2017 in Iowa City.

Participatory sessions can be hands-on, discussion-based, service-oriented, and more!

Want some ideas/inspiration for types of sessions? Just want to submit?  Please visit our page, which includes details as well as the online form: 

Proposals submitted by October 28 will be given full consideration.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about submitting proposals, the suitability of topics, or organizing participatory sessions in general:

We look forward to reading your submissions!!!

For more information about RBMS 2017 please check out the conference website:

Be sure to subscribe to the website to receive updates!

Participatory Programming Subcommittee
RBMS 2017 Conference Program Planning Committee

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Call for Papers: MAA Sponsored Sessions at Kalamazoo

Call for Papers: MAA Sponsored Sessions at Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017

The Medieval Academy of America seeks proposals for two sponsored sessions at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies, on the topic of “Mobility of Things and Persons.” These sessions will build on the Medieval Academy of America plenary lecture, to be delivered by Leor HaLevi (Vanderbilt Univ.).

I: “Cross-Cultural Images and Crafts: Transcultural Objects and Artisanal Migration”
II: “Trading with Infidels: Legal Approaches to Interfaith Commerce.”

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and Participant Information Form
to Sara Lipton ( by September 15, 2016.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Smith College
Curator of Rare Books

The Smith College Libraries are extremely proud of their broad teaching and research collection of 46,000 rare books and manuscripts, spanning over four thousand years of civilization, from cuneiform tablets to modern artists’ books. Smith College seeks a dynamic and versatile Curator of Rare Books to lead this extraordinary collection into the twenty-first century by expanding Smith’s long tradition of teaching with primary resources and diversifying the collection in accordance with the current needs of Smith’s mission, faculty, and curriculum. The new Curator of Rare Books also will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to envision a new special collections facility within the new Neilson Library designed by Maya Lin. This professional position offers countless opportunities to collaborate in inventive ways with other teaching librarians, special collections staff, digital specialists, the talented local book arts community, and generous alumnae to create vibrant educational programs and far-reaching digital humanities projects.

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit:

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Call for Papers – The Normans in the South: Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages

The Normans in the South
Mediterranean Meetings in the Central Middle Ages
Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July 2017
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

By some accounts, 1017 marked the advent of the Norman presence in Italy and Sicily, inaugurating a new era of invasion, interaction and integration in the Mediterranean. Whether or not we decide the millennial anniversary is significant, the moment offers an ideal opportunity to explore the story in the south, about a thousand years ago. To what extent did the Normans establish a cross-cultural empire? What can we learn by comparing the impact of the Norman presence in different parts of Europe? What insights are discoverable in comparing local histories of Italy and Sicily with broader historical ideas about transformation, empire and exchange? The conference aims to draw together established, early-career and post-graduate scholars for a joint investigation of the Normans in the south, to explore together the many meetings of cultural, political and religious ideas in the Mediterranean in the central Middle Ages.

Keynote Speakers
Professor Graham Loud (University of Leeds)
Professor Jeremy Johns (University of Oxford)
Professor Sandro Carocci (University of Rome II)

Call for Papers
Proposals for three-paper sessions, as well as individual proposals for 20-minute papers, are welcome. Comparative studies are particularly encouraged. Submissions should include: an abstract of 200–300 words, paper title, name and academic position, institutional affiliation and durable contact details for all speakers.

Themes and topics could include:

  • Sicily as a cultural crossroads
  • Crusading
  • The Normans and empire
  • Islamic interactions
  • Political leadership
  • Social change: women, men and families
  • Norman Conquests compared: Italy, Sicily and other parts of Europe
  • Reactions to the Norman presence in the south, then and now
  • Impact on Italy as a whole
  • Migration
  • Local history: micro-perspectives on macro-trends

Submission Deadline: 15 November 2016
Please direct paper and session proposals, requests to join the conference mailing list, ideas for themes, and all other enquiries to:

Dr Emily A. Winkler

conference sponsored by

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The James H. Marrow Research Travel Fund: Inaugural call for Applications

As part of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary celebrations, we are delighted to invite applications to the James H Marrow Research Travel Fund.

The fund has been established in honour of Professor James H. Marrow, Honorary Keeper of Northern Illuminated Manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum and Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University, to provide financial assistance for students and independent scholars who need to travel to the Fitzwilliam Museum in order to undertake short term research on its collection of illuminated manuscripts.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 30 September.  For details of eligibility and an application form, please email: .

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Call for Papers – Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Sponsored Session

Call for Papers
Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Sponsored Session
at the 52st International Congress on Medieval Studies
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017

We seek proposals for the following session:

Networks of Transmission: Histories and Practices of Collecting Medieval Manuscripts and Documents

This session will focus on the mapping of those networks of sale and purchase through which medieval manuscripts have been pursued and on the collectors and collecting that have catalyzed this transmission across the centuries. This session – like The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts itself – is rooted in the belief that studying manuscripts’ provenance can have dynamic and profound effects not only on our understanding of these medieval materials as objects to be bought and sold but also on their texts through mapping their circulation and reception. We particularly welcome proposals that explore diverse topics from the role of digital technologies such as the SDBM in conducting provenance research, the relationship between institutional and private ownership of manuscripts, specific case studies of collecting practices, the transatlantic travels of medieval materials, collectors’ roles in the dispersal of libraries and the fragmentation of manuscripts, collectors and manuscript preservation, and how a manuscript’s provenance history can affect its value and collectability on the rare books market, to how collectors and the act of collecting can shape and influence interpretations of manuscript evidence.

Please send proposals with a one-page abstract and Participant Information Form ( to Lynn Ransom ( ) by September 1, 2016.

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National Humanities Center Call for Applications


Fellowships 2017-2018

The National Humanities Center will offer up to 40 residential fellowships for advanced study in the humanities for the period September 2017 through May 2018. Applicants must have a doctorate or equivalent scholarly credentials. Mid-career scholars as well as senior scholars are encouraged to apply. Emerging scholars with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are also invited to apply. The Center does not normally support the revision of a doctoral dissertation. In addition to scholars from all fields of the humanities, the Center accepts individuals from the natural and social sciences, the arts, the professions, and public life who are engaged in humanistic projects. The Center is international in scope and welcomes applications from scholars outside the United States.

Areas of Special Interest. Most of the Center’s fellowships are unrestricted. Several, however, are designated for particular areas of research, including fellowships for environmental studies, English literature, art history, Asian Studies, theology, and a young woman in philosophy. The Center also invites applicants from scholars in inter-disciplinary fields, including African American Studies, area studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.

Stipends. The amounts awarded are individually determined, according to the needs of the Fellow and the Center’s ability to meet them. The Center seeks to provide at least half salary and covers travel expenses to and from North Carolina for Fellows and dependents.

Facilities and Services. The Center provides a rich environment for individual research and the exchange of ideas. Located in the progressive Triangle region of North Carolina, near Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. The stunning Archie K. Davis building includes private studies for Fellows, conference rooms, a central commons for dining, lounges, and reading areas. The Center’s unparalleled, comprehensive library service supports Fellows by fulfilling thousands of requests for books and other research materials from out partner institutions in the Triangle, usually within 24 hours, and libraries around the world. Library staff also provide reference assistance and instruction in new online research tools.

Support. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumni and friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Deadline and Application Procedures. Applicants submit an application form, a curriculum vitae, a 1000-word project proposal, and three letters of recommendation. The application form and instructions may be found at the Center’s website: Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted online by October 18, 2016.

The National Humanities Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national or ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation, or age. We are dedicated to fair treatment, diversity, and inclusion.

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43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 14–15 October 2016

43rd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 14–15 October 2016
Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri

Organized annually since 1974 by the Vatican Film Library, part of the Saint Louis University Libraries Department of Special Collections, this two-day conference features papers on a wide variety of topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies — paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, texts and transmission, library history, and more.

2016 Guest Speaker:
Madeline H. Caviness (Mary Richardson Professor Emeritus, Tufts University)

“Medieval German Law and the Jews: The Sachsenspiegel Picture-Books”

2016 Conference Sessions:

All Things Visible and Invisible: Illuminating Working Practices in Manuscript Making

Creating Memory, Creating Identity

Pages with Extended Pedigree: Second-Hand Manuscripts and Their Owners

Illuminating Metalwork: Representations of Precious-Metal Objects in Medieval Manuscript Illumination

Revelations of Codicology

Manuscripts for Travelers

Beyond Arbiters of Lay Piety and Ambassadors of Culture: Revisiting Bell’s Medieval Women Book Owners

Conference Program and Registration Information

For further information, visit the conference webpage< > or contact or 314-977-3090.

The Vatican Film Library< > is a research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds on microfilm about 40,000 manuscripts, principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In addition to its annual conference, the library also publishes twice yearly “Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research< >,” the monographic series “Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research< >,” and offers fellowships< > for research in its collections. It is part of Special Collections< > in the Saint Louis University Libraries. Keep in touch with us through our blog, “Special Collections Currents,”< > or Twitter<>.

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Call for Papers – Rethinking the Post-Gothic in Medieval Iberia

CFP: Rethinking the Post-Gothic in Medieval Iberia

Special Session, 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 11-14, 2017
Organizer: Ksenia Bonch Reeves, Wright State University,

Call for proposals

Mid-eighth century Iberian chronicles famously describe post-Visigothic Spain as a landscape of ruins. The period “after the Visigoths”, which began with the Arab and Muslim invasion and settlement of the Iberian Peninsula (711) and fortuitously ended with the presumed reestablishment of the Visigothic royal bloodline in Asturias, was long considered an unfortunate stumbling block in the otherwise straightforward process of Spanish nation-building. As these foundational narratives came under scrutiny, the Iberian post-Gothic has emerged as an area of inquiry in its own right. Rather than just a hiatus, the period encompassing the Iberian eighth and ninth centuries is now being seen as a crucial one for our understanding of ideological support mechanisms of Christian survival in al-Andalus and the emergence of new centers of power and sovereignty in the post-Visigothic Iberian Peninsula.

In the newly fragmented and unstable Iberian landscape, Visigothic heritage becomes an anchor of stability and continuity, with Christian as well as Muslim ruling elites claiming Visigothic legacy. The legitimation mechanisms varied greatly, with some of the principal vehicles having been chronicle writing, royal ceremonial, construction and consecration of buildings in Asturias; oral traditions in Muslim al-Andalus; hagiography among the Mozarabs; and legislative activity in Gothic Septimania and the Hispanic March. Much of our knowledge of these mechanisms remains work in progress, but claims of Visigothic heritage are by no means consigned to the distant past. Since 2003, by sponsoring efforts to preserve a collection of Arabic manuscripts from Timbuktu, Mali, Spain has embraced the narrative of Visigothic origins put forth by manuscript owner and curator Ismael Diadié Haidara, who asserts himself to be a modern-day descendant of King Rodrigo through his ancestor, Muslim judge ‘Ali ibn Ziyad of Toledo. The involvement of the Spanish government and private entities in the support and preservation of this African library, known as the ‘Kati (‘Gothic’) Fund’, is yet another example of powerful ways in which the post-Gothic narrative continues to shape Spain’s historical mythology.

Given these new developments, how can we explain the extraordinary success of the Asturian royal myth of direct Visigothic descendancy? What was the contribution of the Mozarabs, the other, forgotten descendants of Visigoths, to the post-Visigothic Iberian theological, political, literary, and cultural landscape? What were the mechanisms by which both Iberian Christians and Muslims claimed Visigothic heritage throughout history? Which other individuals and groups legitimized themselves as descendants of Visigoths, in and outside the Iberian Peninsula, and how were these claims expressed at various times in literary, historiographical, legal, and theological testimonies, songs and folklore, theatrical works and novels, as well as art and architecture? How can we continue to critically engage with historical claims of Spain’s Visigothic origins in today’s post-national, global, and interconnected world?

Please e-mail proposals for 20-minute paper presentations to
Deadline: Thursday, September 15, 2016.

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