Greek and Latin Summer School, University College Cork, Ireland

8-WEEK INTENSIVE GREEK AND LATIN SUMMER SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, IRELAND

June 22nd – August 13th 2015

For the 16th year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive

8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.

The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.

For further information and an application form see our website:

http://www.ucc.ie/en/classics/summerschool/

or contact the Director of the Summer School: Ms.Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email: v.janssens@ucc.ie

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Call for Papers – The International Medieval Society

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 January 2015

Keynote Speakers: Emma Dillon (King’s College, London), Carol Symes (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Boris Bove (Université Paris VIII).

The International Medieval Society, Paris (IMS-Paris) invites abstracts and session proposals for our 2015 symposium on the theme of cities in Medieval France.  After the decline of late-antique cities in the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, a revival of cities began in the course of the eleventh century.  This phenomenon, which profoundly transformed the dynamics of the West to our day, is a field of research that has been enriched in pace with archeological discoveries and by new technologies that offer original perspectives and approaches.  This symposium will approach new lines of investigation that will deepen our knowledge of medieval cities (11th – 15th centuries) not only in their cartographic and monumental dimensions, but also political and cultural ones.

The question of the construction of urban space could be explored in a variety of ways:

– Through its material dimensions, consisting of different forms of cityscapes, its urbanism, and its architecture.

– Through uses of space and their performative function.  For instance, the role of rituals and urban processions, how music and theater contribute to the establishment of urban space in its practical use and representations.

We also wish to explore urban culture, which consists of material, intellectual, or spiritual culture, including:

– The role of writing in the development of a literate, mercantile culture, and new modes of government
– The daily lives of city dwellers:  their lifestyles and patterns of consumption, their culinary tastes, etc.
– The development of practices related to the rise of intellectual institutions (schools, universities, patronage, mendicants, etc.)

Finally, we wish to explore the question of visual representations of the city and in the city, notably:
– The ways in which cities were represented in the Middle Ages, and how medieval cities are represented now
– Models for cities and the role of imaginary cities in the construction of urban spaces

Proposals should focus on France between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries, but do not need to be exclusively limited to this period and geographical area.  We encourage proposals and papers from all areas of medieval studies, such as anthropology, archeology, history, economic and social history, art history, gender studies, literary studies, musicology, philosophy, etc.

Proposals of 300 words or less (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com no later than 30 January 2015. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of audiovisual equipment you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly blind basis. The selection committee will notify applicants of its decision by e-mail by February 26th 2014.

Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris web site. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS- Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organization that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a center for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and the program of last year’s symposium, please visit our website:  www.ims-paris.org.

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MAA News – Holiday Office Closures

The Medieval Academy office will be closed on the following dates:

Nov. 27 – 28
Dec. 24 – Jan. 2

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MAA News – CARA Visiting Scholars List

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11),  fol. 4r.

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11), fol. 4r.

We invite you to submit information about international scholars who will be visiting your institution during this academic year. This information will be posted on our website and will assist colleagues in Medieval Studies programs that do not currently provide visiting positions, offering them the possibility of inviting an international scholar to their campus to deliver a lecture without incurring the expense of an international airfare. Please click here to access the Visiting Scholar Form.

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MAA News – Travel Grant Awardees

Chaundler Manuscript, Oxford c.1461-65. Oxford, New College MS 288, second frontispiece.

Chaundler Manuscript, Oxford c.1461-65. Oxford, New College MS 288, second frontispiece.

The Medieval Academy is pleased to announce the latest Travel Grant awardees:

Yulia Mikhailova, “Language of Power and Power of Language: The Conventum Hugonis and East Slavonic Accounts of Princely Politics,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), 14-17 May 2015

Kristen Mills, “ne huru wæl wepe! wulf se græga: Nonhuman Grief in Anglo-Saxon England,” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Notre Dame, IN), 12-14 March 2015

Sean Otto, “Saints for All Seasons? John Wyclif’s Sanctorale Sermons,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), 14-17 May 2015

Justine Trombley, “A Forgotten Paduan Manuscript and Marguerite Porete,” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Notre Dame, IN), 12-14 March 2015

The Medieval Academy provides a limited number of travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or who are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. The next deadline for Travel Grant applications is 1 May 2015 for travel to meetings being held between 1 September 2015 and 28 February 2016.

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MAA News – Calling All Graduate Students

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 - 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 – 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

The application deadline for the inaugural MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization is 15 February.

The MAA/GSC Grant will be awarded biennially to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. Examples of such projects include: a graduate student conference; an online journal; a lecture or workshop series; a collective excursion to an archive, museum, architectural or archaeological site; performances (of medieval music, medieval drama, etc); or the creation of collaborative digital humanities projects, to name but several possibilities. This grant is therefore intended to support a wide range of activities by investing in the merits of innovative new approaches that simultaneously build professional communities and promote research, publication, and teaching. In general, one (1) grant of $2,000 will be awarded, but the award may be divided among multiple projects at the discretion of the adjudication committee.

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

Initial N: from James I of Aragon Overseeing a Court of Law: Unknown Spanish, about 1290 - 1310. MS. LUDWIG XIV 6, FOL. 72V

Initial N: from James I of Aragon Overseeing a Court of Law: Unknown Spanish, about 1290 – 1310. MS. LUDWIG XIV 6, FOL. 72V

Dissertation Grants
Medieval Academy dissertation grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The nine $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials.

Schallek Awards
Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350 – 1500). The five $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials.

Constable Awards
Two Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 will be granted annually in memory of Remie Constable, each to an emerging junior faculty member, adjunct or unaffiliated scholar (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. This award is meant to reflect the high standards of Remie’s scholarship, but is not limited to her own specialty in the economic history of Arabic Spain, as suggested by her publications, but her broader interdisciplinary interests in Medieval Studies (as exemplified by her teaching, her leadership, and her service to the discipline).

The application deadline for all three of these programs is 15 February. Please note that applicants must be members of the Academy as of 15 January 2015.

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MAA News – Slate of Candidates for 2015 Election

Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 82v.

Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 82v.

The deadline for Nomination by Petition has passed, and the slate of candidates for election to office in 2015 is set. The list of candidates with their photos and brief biographies is online on the MAA website at:

https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=2015Ballot

Electronic balloting will open in December. If you would like to receive a paper ballot, please let us know.

Voting in the MAA elections is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America. We look forward to your participation in the election of the leadership of the Medieval Academy.

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MAA News – 2015 Membership Renewal

shieldThe end of the year is now quickly approaching, and we encourage you to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy for 2015 as soon as possible. If you have not already paid your 2015 membership dues, please do so by 31 December 2014.

Click here to renew online for 2015. You will need to sign in with your username and password; if you have forgotten either, please contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org. While you’re online, don’t forget to take advantage of the reduced subscriptions to several online bibliographies and the ACLS Humanities E-Book Library that are available to Medieval Academy members. We invite you to take this opportunity to explore our website and, after signing in with your username and password, update your personal homepage so that you can connect with other members with similar interests. As a new feature, members can now use their personal MAA homepage to indicate an interest in being considered to serve on one of our adjudication committees or to review books for Speculum. In this way we hope to engage more members in our work.

Since the Medieval Academy is a membership organization not affiliated with any other institution, we rely on the income received annually from member dues to maintain our program of publications, awards, grants, and conferences.

We are pleased to report that in 2014, with your contribution, the Academy increased its support of members, especially graduate students, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. Funds awarded to graduate students topped $100,000 this year, and we are poised to do even more in 2015, with the new Olivia Remie Constable Awards, GSC/MAA Grant for Innovation, and the broadened MAA/CARA Summer Language Stipends program. The Academy will also be able to offer increased support to the efforts of its numerous volunteer committees that are responsible for so much of the work of the Academy, from the Speculum boards to the many awards committees, from the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) to the Graduate Student Committee. We are doing all this while continuing to streamline administrative functions and expand digital offerings.

You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website. The dues and donations categories are outlined on the website with links you can follow for further explanation. If you have already renewed, thank you. If you are a Corresponding Fellow, an Honorary Life Member, or a Life Member, no dues are payable, but we hope that you will consider making a gift to the Academy  here. We encourage all members to consider supplementing their membership by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing member or by remembering the Academy with a bequest as part of our Legacy Society. In addition, you may want to give a gift membership to a colleague or student; please contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org for more information.

If you prefer to renew by mail, our traditional paper membership form can be printed here.

With a healthy fiscal outlook, increased digital offerings, and expanded services, the Medieval Academy has more to offer members than ever before. We sincerely hope that you will renew soon and continue your valued membership in the Academy. We look forward to working with you in developing the future of the Medieval Academy of America and of medieval studies in North America and beyond. Click here to renew.

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Call for Papers – Musiconis Conference

Musiconis Conference, 11, 12, and 13 June 2015 in Chartres

Since 2011, the Musiconis group has been studying the representation of sound, as a symbol in the visual arts and in its literal depiction in images of vocal, instrumental, and choreographic performance in the Middle Ages. Over the past three years many scholars have presented their research on this subject; descriptions of these lectures are posted in the Musiconis blog.

The group’s work began with the indexing of images that are described and analyzed in an iconographic metabase, that will continue to grow; this metabase can be consulted along with a general bibliography and a trilingual lexicon.

The group’s activities have focused on the processes of the emission, audition, diffusion, association of sound, as well as on the musical, ontological, esthetic and effective qualities of potentially audible sounds that function as such within iconographic systems.

The Musiconis conference seeks to expand the central questions of the project both chronologically, by encompassing the period from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, and theoretically, by taking into account the conveyance of sound through all types of visual representation, whether figurative, mathematical, graphic, calligraphic, epigraphic, coloristic, ornamental, compositional, substantive or other means. The conference presentations may address all visual media, from monumental art to objects and manuscript illumination.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of no more than 3000 characters to Frédéric Billiet(frederic.billiet@gmail.com) and Isabelle Marchesin(isabelle.marchesin@gmail.com) by January 31, 2015.

Accepted papers will be presented in French or in English on the 11, 12, and 13 of June in the auditorium of the Hôtellerie Saint-Yves near the Cathedral of Chartres. Papers will be 20 minutes long. The acts of the conference will be published.

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