NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603
This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world's only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.
Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.
Full details and application information are available at https://sites.jmu.edu/NEHtudorbooks2014. For further information, please contact Mark Rankin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.
Please sign petition in support of Robert Thornton memorial
Please find the petition here: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/thornton-memorial-at-stonegrave.html
Blackburn's Worthy Citizen: The Philanthropic Legacy of R. E. Hart
R E Hart's collection of about 800 items, including 400 incunabula and early printed books, as well as 22 medieval manuscripts, was donated to Blackburn Library in 1946, and has been part of Blackburn Museum's collections since 1972. An AHRC-funded project to display ten of the most impressive manuscripts and early printed books at the Senate House, London, throughout November, will culminate in a colloquium on the past, present and future of the Blackburn collection, including a round table discussion on the role in general of collections such as Hart's in local communities today. We invite proposals for 20 minute papers on the past, present and future of such collections in their contexts. Papers could explore late Victorian and early twentieth century collectors and their collections; they could also look at items or types of items present in Hart's collection, including important 13th century psalters (the Blackburn Psalter and the Peckover Psalter), 14th and 15th century English, French and Flemish Books of Hours, as well as Incunabula. Finally, papers could address the future of small collections such as Hart's, and their role in local communities in the digital era.
Please email proposals of approximately 250 words to Courtnay Konshuh by August 15, 2013. We are offering Bibliographical Society Studentships for graduate students' travel expenses--if you wish to apply for this, please indicate this in an email to us at email@example.com.
For more information on this project, the exhibition and its contents, please see blackhartbooks.wordpress.com.
EBS sessions for the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies
EBS is pleased to sponsor four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 8-11, 2014).
The session titles are:
CALL FOR PAPERS
Submission deadline: 30 September, 2013
Organised by the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Oxford University
The drive to make scripture available in the vernacular was responsible for some of the highest artistic and scholarly achievements of the medieval period, inspiring literary and academic projects of incomparable magnitude and ambition. Accomplished, learned and imaginative Old English translations and adaptations of the Bible were followed by a great flourishing of Middle English biblical prose, poetry and drama. The Wycliffite Bible made the complete scriptures accessible for the first time in the vernacular to both lay and clerical readers. An object of royal and ecclesiastic patronage, vernacular scripture also had its opponents. Throughout the period attempts were made to control the content and practice of translation, and to censor materials available in the vernacular.
The conference will explore all aspects of medieval English biblical translation and adaptation. Possible texts for investigation include English glosses in Latin biblical manuscripts; paraphrases and summaries of biblical books; translated biblical extracts in sermons, saints' lives, legal, pedagogical, historical and other texts; continuous translations of individual books and 'part-Bibles'; translations combined with commentaries and Latin text; the Wycliffite Bible; Old and Middle English biblical poetry and drama.
Possible topics for exploration include: the idea of a vernacular scripture and its development; religious controversy and biblical translation; theological, political and artistic agendas of biblical translation and adaptation; translation, commentary and interpretation; authorship and patronage of biblical translations and adaptations; the role of monastic and university scholarship; the opposition to biblical translation, concerns about the adequacy of English and access to scripture by the laity; the purpose and audiences of biblical translations and adaptations; textual transmission and manuscript presentation of vernacular biblical texts; intellectual and artistic continuity in medieval English biblical translation; translation practices, language and diction.
We welcome explorations of individual texts and groups of texts, as well as comparative studies of medieval English material and translations in other languages.
Confirmed plenary speakers include Anne Hudson, Bella Millett, Andy Orchard, Elizabeth Solopova and Jane Toswell.
We are also pleased to announce that Oxford's John Fell Fund has enabled us to offer six graduate bursaries to cover the registration fee. If you are a graduate student and wish to apply for a bursary then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a supporting statement (not exceeding 500 words) outlining how the conference will be of benefit to you.
For further information on 'Transforming Scripture' and to submit a paper proposal (an abstract of 200 words), please email the organising committee at email@example.com.
Call for Submissions: Medieval Translation -- Theory and Practice
Submissions on other topics pertaining to Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages are also welcome. Papers not included in the special issue will be considered for another volume. Submissions should reach the Editor by late August 2013 or shortly thereafter. Potential contributors need not be members of CSM/SCM. Submissions are refereed in a double-blind review process by international specialists. Papers must not contain any self-references or other indications of authorship and must not be published or submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 9,000 words, including notes and bibliography, and should be formatted according to Chicago style. Please keep notes as spare as possible. Papers may be written in either English or French. All submissions will be acknowledged. Please include both email and postal addresses. Submissions should be emailed to Florilegium at Florilegium@unb.ca or directly to the Editor, Dr. A. E. Christa Canitz at Canitz@unb.ca Enquiries may be addressed to the Editor at Canitz@unb.ca. For information about Florilegium, please visit http://journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/flor Additional articles and back issues are uploaded continuously.
Late Medieval English Scribes website launched
Late Medieval English Scribes is an online catalogue of all scribal hands (identified or unidentified) which appear in the manuscripts of the English writings of five major Middle English authors: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, John Trevisa, William Langland and Thomas Hoccleve.
Harlaxton Medieval Studies Index now available
The newly-published index volume which runs to an impressive 841 pages
Now available from:
Shaun Tyas Publishing
T: + 44 (0)1775 821 542
The cost is £35.00 (post free for UK orders)
New Blog from St Andrews: Echoes from the Vault
Echoes from the Vault is the official blog of the Rare Books Collection of the University of St Andrews. Here you can find posts about unique or exciting finds amongst the vaults in our day-to-day work, bringing to light voices that have remained quiet for many years. This blog will also feature news and events happening within the Special Collections Department and the University Library.
The Rare Books Collection of the University of St Andrews is estimated at over 200,000 volumes, and almost half of these have not been catalogued online, with only a portion of it having been recorded in the old Page Catalogue and reported to the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) and other bibliographies. Most of the unique items are not completely unknown to previous and existing Special Collections staff, they have just lain dormant for centuries. It is our hope that we can reawaken the potential of these books as research and educational resources by getting them in the hands of students, staff and researchers.
As part of its launch, Echoes from the Vault is showcasing bookbindings in St Andrews' collection with a special feature "52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings," adding photos and discussion of one new fantastic binding each week. Follow the blog here: http://standrewsrarebooks.wordpress.com/.
Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR)
OSTMAR is an on-line and open-access journal published by Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies at the University of Saskatchewan under a creative commons license. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review and must be accompanied by readable digital facsimiles of the original documents.
Announcing a new series from Ashgate Publishing Company:
Proposals should take the form of either 1) a preliminary letter of inquiry, briefly describing the project; or 2) a formal prospectus including: abstract, brief statement of your critical methodology, table of contents, sample chapter, estimate of length, estimate of the number and type of illustrations to be included, and a c.v. Please send a copy of either type of proposal to each of the two series editors and to the publisher: Dr James Daybell, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr Adam Smyth, email@example.com; Erika Gaffney, Publisher, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE MEDIAEVAL JOURNAL
The Mediaeval Journal is a distinctively European-based cross-disciplinary and multinational journal of Mediaeval Studies published in English in both print and online formats. Featuring the work of specialists in all areas of Mediaeval Studies, it offers wide disciplinary coverage in every issue and welcomes submissions from the worldwide community of mediaevalists in traditional disciplines such as Art History, History, Archaeology, Theology, European Languages/Literatures (including English), as well as burgeoning areas such as Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Manuscript Studies, Mediaevalisms, Material Culture, History of Medicine and Science, History of Ideas, Queer Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Musicology, to name a few. Each issue of The Mediaeval Journal also contains timely and expert reviews responding to the variety and energy of scholarship across the world of Mediaeval Studies.
The editors are pleased to receive submissions in any of the above areas, and to respond to queries from potential contributors. Please send submissions, in the form of email attachments, to the General Editors: Dr Ian Johnson (email@example.com) and Dr Margaret Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ordering Information: To order a copy of The Mediaeval Journal contact our Customer Care Department at email@example.com or tel. +32 14 44 80 35.
Harry Ransom Center's Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collection Now Accessible Online
AUSTIN, Texas --The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has introduced an online database for its medieval and early modern manuscripts collection. The database includes more than 7,000 digital images and can be accessed here
The medieval and early modern manuscripts collection contains 215 items dating from the 11th to the 17th centuries. It comprises items from various collections, including those of George Atherton Aitken, W. H. Crain, Carlton Lake, Edward A. Parsons, Sir Thomas Phillipps, Walter Emile Van Wijk, Evelyn Waugh, John Henry Wrenn and others.
The Ransom Center is digitizing all of the collection items, which will be added to the database as they are completed. At present, digital images are available for 27 of the items for a total of 7,288 pages.
The database contains item-level descriptions for all 215 items, and the collection is searchable by keyword and any combination of the following categories: name, country of origin, century, language, format (such as charters or diaries), subject and physical features (such as musical notation or wax seals).
The medieval and early modern manuscripts collection is a rich resource for many areas of research. Scholars may use the collection to trace typographical developments in printing, compare different versions of the same text or examine a manuscript's composition, decoration and binding to study the history of the book. The collection may also be valuable for those studying the history of liturgy and music.
"The new database for the Ransom Center's medieval and early modern manuscripts collection is a wonderful resource for students and teachers here at the university and for scholars everywhere," said Marjorie Curry Woods, professor of English and comparative literature at The University of Texas at Austin. "The detailed descriptions will help researchers working on individual manuscripts, provide a model for students learning palaeography and codicology, and allow scholars elsewhere to explore possible connections between the Ransom Center's manuscripts and those in other collections.
"The complete digitized versions of manuscripts are invaluable. Manuscripts that are now too fragile to be handled are still available for research and teaching, and those that have small, difficult-to-read glosses and marginalia now can be deciphered with relative ease. In addition, digitized manuscripts can be projected for class presentations and can be consulted by scholars working collaboratively but in different locations. Access to the Ransom Center's valuable early holdings is increased exponentially while at the same time reducing wear and tear on the manuscripts themselves."
The collection is particularly strong in humanistic manuscripts, vernacular literature and religious documents. Other represented subjects include alchemy, architecture, astronomy, botany, cartography, classical literature, diplomacy, drama, genealogy, government, heraldry, history, kings and rulers, law, mathematics, medicine, monasticism and religious orders, music, philosophy, poetry, science and war.
The earliest item in the collection is the Tegernsee Miscellany manuscript, an 11th-century Austrian codex of various texts compiled by Abbot Ellinger of Tegernsee. Other highlights include 11 Books of Hours, most notably the "Belleville Hours," and a 15th-century German ferial psalter and hymnal, significant because of its possible stylistic relationship to the Gutenberg Bible and early printed psalters.
The collection contains classical texts, including copies of works by Cicero, Horace, Ovid and Plato, and medieval literary works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Dante and Petrarch.
The historical documents in the collection represent numerous European monarchs, such as Henry VIII of England, Louis XIII of France and Philip III of Spain. Notable historical figures represented in the collection include Oliver Cromwell, Martin Luther, John Milton, Sir Isaac Newton, Abraham Ortelius and Sir Walter Raleigh. Document types include charters, commonplace books, contracts, correspondence, decrees, deeds, diaries, government records, indentures, letters patent, minutes, notarial documents, notes, papal bulls, petitions, pontificals, receipts, reports, speeches and writs.
The manuscripts represent numerous countries and historical regions, including Austria, Bohemia, Bolivia, Byzantium, England, Flanders, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and the United States. The represented languages include Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Middle English, Old English and Spanish.
Other holdings at the Ransom Center that contain early manuscripts include the George Atherton Aitken, Eastern manuscripts, clay tablets and cones, Kraus maps, Lanza-Acosta Bolivian, Arthur Livingston, papyri, Pforzheimer, Ranuzzi, Shelley family and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary collections.
High-resolution press images from the collection are available.
This project is concerned with the relationship between written culture and society, specifically how innovations in the technology of the medieval manuscript relate to cultural change. The primary period of investigation is the age of renewal (renovatio) known as the “Twelfth-Century Renaissance” (c. 1075 - c. 1225). The project focuses on the new codex that emerged in this period: the “pregothic” manuscript, for lack of a better term. The new book format included new scripts, new page layouts and new reading aids, including running titles, paragraphs, “footnotes,” cross references and diagrams. These and other innovations dramatically changed the reading experience of medieval individuals: it helped to organize knowledge, convert words into arguments, open a dialogue between author and reader, and facilitated better comprehension and speedier access of information.
The emergence of the pregothic manuscript raises important questions. What physical traits were introduced on the page and how did they precisely aid the reader? How quickly were these new features disseminated and which ones were most popular? Can their introduction be tied to particular institutions, schools or groups of intellectuals? Did certain texts come with certain physical attributes? To address such queries, the research project will relate the material format of the twelfth-century book to the historical context of its production and use. The affiliated researchers will focus on three dimensions: 1) Codicological and paleographical innovations (Coordinator, starting 1 May 2010); 2) Relationship between the material book and the cultural background of their users (Junior Researcher, to be appointed in 2010); 3) Relationship between the material book and the texts and genres it contains (Postdoctoral Researcher, to be appointed in 2011). The project leans heavily on manuscripts included in the Catalogues des Manuscrits Datés and will be based on in-situ study of a high volume of manuscripts.
"Performing Medieval Narrative Today: A Video
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