EBS Fall 2004 Newsletter

Kalamazoo 2005
EBS is pleased to announce its sponsorship of six sessions at the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies. The Congress at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, will be held from May 5-8, 2005. The sessions are:

  • I. West Meets East: the Importance of Greek, Hebrew and Arabic MSS to Medieval Studies (co-sponsored with Patricia Stirnemann, IRHT)
  • II. Recent Observations on Sammelbände
  • III. Renaissance Medievalism: Medieval MSS and Early Printed Books in the Age of Elizabeth
  • IV. Florelegia and the Transfer of Knowledge from MS to Print
  • V. Picturing Creation and its Creatures in MSS and/or Early Printed Books
  • VI. Chained to the Desk: Late-Medieval Writings from Prison
  • Proposals (1-2 pp), letters of commitment, and a-v request forms (please access the form through www.wmich.edu/medieval) should be sent to Martha W. Driver (Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038) not later (and preferably earlier) than September 20, 2004. EBS members wishing to serve as session chairs or respondents should send a note by the September date to the university or e-mail address. Abstracts are to be sent to Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038 or FAXed to 212-346-1754 (English Department). Inquiries are welcome. E-mail: MDriver@pace.edu marthadriver@hotmail.com.

    EBS Conference 2005
    Plans are currently underway for the ninth biennial EBS conference, titled 'New Finds in Old Books and MSS, 1350 - 1550,' to be held at the Queen's University, Belfast, in 2005. Due to graduation at Queen's and related events, the dates have had to be moved forward slightly and are now set for Sunday, July 3, through Wednesday, July 6. On July 7, EBS conferees are invited on an optional trip to important local sites in the area including holy wells, the Giants' Ring, stone crosses, and the tomb of St Patrick, with a meal to be taken at Strangford Lough, a picturesque fishing village overlooking 'drumlins,' or little hills. On July 8, after breakfast, conferees can readily travel to the Leeds conference (scheduled for 11-14 July 2005) or to other parts of Ireland. Please mark July 3 though 8 (2005) on your calendar.

    Among other plans, we hope to hold our banquet in the City Hall, a magnificent structure built in 1906 in the center of Belfast (with a dance floor for the ceilidh). A reception will be held in the Queen's University Visitors' Center (which also features photographs of local celebrities, Seamus Heaney among them) and another in the local bookshop No Alibis, Northern Ireland's only specialist crime bookstore, hosted by its charming, well-read owner David Torrans. A medieval play has been promised for one of the evenings. Conferees will visit an exhibition of collections from the University library, along with exhibitions of rare books at the Union Theological College and elsewhere in the city of Belfast. A panel of local archivists and curators from the Derry Diocesan Library, Trinity College, Dublin, the Public Library in Armagh, the Union Theological Library and Belfast Central Library will be invited to participate in a conference session devoted to important collections in the area. More information about the EBS conference in 2005 may be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/ebs2005. Other helpful websites include: http://www.qub.ac.uk/university/webpages/belfast.htm and http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk.

    Proposals to be sent by November 15, 2004
    Proposals (of two paragraphs to one page, with title) may consider any aspect of the early history of manuscripts and printed books from 1350-1550, including the copying and circulation of models and exemplars, style, illustration, and/or the influence of readers and patrons, artists, scribes, printers. Special consideration will be given to proposals considering the making of MSS and early printed books, or their more general history (the scholarly process of making 'new' discoveries), as well as on transitions from MS to print or print to MS. For those wishing to use hand-outs, please translate all languages other than English. Proposals for 10-minute papers describing recent discoveries, bibliographic notes or manuscript and rare book collections for the round-table discussion are also needed. Speakers may give a short paper in this session as well as a longer one, if they wish.

    The conference is open to all EBS members. Please indicate whether you will need a slide projector or other equipment in your proposal. Because of the room assignments for talks, we will need all equipment requests with proposals before plotting out the final program. American and Canadian abstracts (1-2 pp) should be sent for consideration no later than November 15, 2004, to Martha Driver (EBS, English Department, 41 Park Row, New York, New York 10038-1598) or FAXed to 212-346-1754 (office). Members in Great Britain and abroad may submit abstracts by the same date to Stephen Kelly or Jason O'Rourke, School of English, Queen's University, Belfast BT7 1NN, N. Ireland, UK. Inquiries previous to submission date are most welcome: MDriver@pace.edu, j.orourke@qub.ac.uk, jason.orourke1@ntlworld.com, s.p.kelly@qub.ac.uk.

    About Belfast
    I visited Belfast for the International Courtly Literature Society meeting in 1994 and vividly recalled the beautiful areas around the university. Looking down the cobbled streets beyond the Victorian houses, one can still see green hills, a glimpse of cows and even a distant view of the Giants' Ring, a massive circle of megaliths, close to town. (When one looks down the street in New York, if one can still find a street with cobblestones, one can see New Jersey, a very different experience).

    This June's visit contained more revelations. The downtown area is now flourishing with trendy shops, clubs catering to all sensibilities and wonderful restaurants. St. George's Market, the oldest covered market in Ireland, runs a Variety Market every Friday morning. For some 'good craic,' one can take the Baileys Historic Pub tour or just visit a few of the many fine pubs in town with friends and colleagues from EBS. The Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788 and the oldest library in Belfast, is an historic building in the center of the city that houses early Belfast and Ulster printed books, publications pertaining to Irish and local studies, over 1000 printed volumes in the areas of genealogy and heraldry, and 250,000 items in its Northern Ireland Political Collection, as well as a tea room and offers public computer access. Union Theological College (built in 1853), near to Queen's, has an impressive library, its earliest books being mainly sixteenth-century printed books, including prayer books and Bibles. Descriptions of some rare materials in Belfast collections may be accessed through RASCAL http://www.rascal.ac.uk, an acronym that stands for 'Research and Special Collections Available Locally (Northern Ireland). Every meal consumed in Belfast, as well as in the very scenic towns of Carlingsford and Stranford Lough, was excellent by any standard (as was the company).

    Bookings have been made for conference participants in Stranmillis University College, a university venue within Belfast which can accommodate conference sessions, dining, a book display and housing for conferees. Set on 46 acres of woodland, the College is only half an hour from Belfast International Airport and less than 2 miles from the center of the city. Near to the college are the Botanic Gardens with their renowned Victoria Palm House and the Ulster Museum, famous for its many specialist collections. The Queen's university Physical Education Center is also in Botanic Gardens, very close to Stranmillis, and its gym and newly-refurbished swimming pool are open to the public. There is also a bar on site and good croquet greens. Conferees may also choose to be housed in hotel accommodation in the university area or in the student rooms, though meals will be taken together. A list of hotels, b & bs and outstanding restaurants will be circulated to EBS members in fall 2004.

    Getting to Belfast
    There are direct flights from the U.S. to both Dublin International and Belfast International. Best bets are to check with Aer Lingus and with British Airways. These details concern flights from the British mainland to the island of Ireland. I flew to Belfast in June 2004 on British Midlands (booking the ticket through British Air at the same time as I booked the r-t from New York to London); that r-t ticket cost $135.

    There are two airports serving Belfast. Belfast City Airport (BHD) is situated three miles east of the city center. It has scheduled direct services from: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, London City, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Southampton. Tel: +44 28 9093 9093. See http://www.belfastcityairport.com.

    Belfast International Airport (BFS) lies 18 miles north-west of Belfast at Aldergrove. Scheduled direct services operate from: Amsterdam, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heathrow, Liverpool, Luton, Paris, Stansted. Tel: +44 28 9448 4848. Or see http://www.belfastairport.com.

    Easyjet flies from London, Stansted and Luton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool to the International Airport ONLY, with flights for less than £100 return (sometimes less than £50 if booked early). FlyBe flies from London, Gatwick and Birmingham to Belfast City, with flights less than £100 return if booked in advance. Ryanair flies only from London Stansted to the City of Derry Airport or Dublin (no Belfast connections) with flights less than £100 return if booked in advance. British Midland has many daily flights between London and Belfast, and flies from less than £150 return if booked in advance.

    Dublin Airport (DUB) is situated in the Republic of Ireland, about 100 miles (160 km) from Belfast. There are direct international flights to Dublin from many countries, particularly with Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Dublin Airport Tel: +353 1886 6705 or http://www.dublin-airport.com.

    City of Derry Airport serves the entire North West region of Ireland and is located seven miles northeast of Northern Ireland's second largest city - the historic walled city of Londonderry. Twenty minutes from the airport you cross into the magical county of Donegal with its dramatic highlands and rugged coastline. A short journey northeast from the airport leads you to the tranquil Glens of Antrim and the beautiful Causeway Coast. 80 miles from Belfast, see: http://www.cityofderryairport.com or call +44 (0) 28 7181 0784.

    Rail Services between Dublin City and Belfast City
    The Enterprise express rail service operates between Dublin Connolly Station and Belfast Central Station about every 2 hours with a scheduled journey time of about 2 hours. Current single fare is £30.00 (€46.50). Belfast Central Station is just outside the city center about 15 minutes walk from most hotels. Walking to the guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodation in the university area would take around 35 minutes.

    For timetable information and seat reservations call either Translink in Belfast or IrishRail in Dublin: Belfast: +44 28 9089 9409, http://www.translink.co.uk or Dublin: +353 1703 4070 or +353 1836 6222 or http://www.irishrail.ie.

    Driving on the island of Ireland
    All traffic in the UK and Ireland is on the left hand side of the road. All roads are well signposted, and good road maps are available from most petrol (gas) stations, motoring organizations and bookshops. The maximum permitted speed is 70 miles per hour (110 kph) -- except where lower limits are imposed by local signs --- usually 30 mph in towns. Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and all passengers.

    The following international Car Rental Companies operate in Ireland so that bookings can be made before you leave home: AVIS, Hertz, National Car Rental, Europcar, Budget. If you plan to cross from Northern Ireland into the Republic or vice versa, check that the rental insurance covers you. Your own national Driving Licence should be acceptable for short stays.

    For information on taking the high-speed catamaran to Belfast from points in Scotland, contact Stena Line (08705 707070) or Sea Cat (08705 523523). For more on traveling to Belfast and announcements of special travel deals, see http://www.gotobelfast.com/search/index.cfm.

    Activities in Belfast
    Cave Hill, North Belfast, is well worth a climb. Takes about an hour to get to the top ('Napoleon's nose'), and there's a cafe-bar in Belfast Castle for refreshments (and to order a taxi home) on the way down. Wear boots. The view is quite spectacular on a good day: Scotland, the Mourne mountains and to the West the Sperrin mountains, and, of course, Belfast in all its glory.

    Boat trips may be taken on the Lagan river, from the city center to Stranmillis and back. 'They're great fun, especially at night with all the bridges lit up,' reports Jason O'Rourke. 'I was on one the other night for a surprise birthday party. The boats also function as a river taxi from Stranmillis to town.'

    Beyond Belfast
    Mountains of Mourne, County Down
    These beautiful mountains are visible from all points in Belfast and are said to be excellent to climb. The Mourne Wall, which runs for 22 miles, provides a safe trail for ambitious walkers. Climbers might aim to reach the summit of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland. There are ten summits over 2,000 feet, and the range covers 80 square miles. From the Mournes, there are superb views of Carlingford Lough and the Irish Sea, and on a clear day, one can see as far as Scotland and the Isle of Man. The coastline below is dotted with villages, castles and keeps.

    Carrickfergus Castle, County Antrim
    A remarkably preserved 12c Norman castle marks the stronghold of Carrickfergus, once the center of Anglo-Norman power in Ulster. From its position on a rocky cliff, originally almost surrounded by the sea, the castle overlooks Belfast Lough and is surrounded by a charming market town.

    Belfast Lough and Newtownabbey
    Spectacular numbers of birds feed along the coast between Belfast and Whiteabbey, many on the mudflats and others immediately offshore. Some notable species to be found here are great crested grebes, redshanks, oystercatchers, dunlins, curlews, and black-tailed godwits. Other birdwatching opportunities in Norther Ireland may be investigated through http://www.interknowledge.com/northern-ireland/ukibrd01.htm.

    Giants Causeway, County Antrim
    A mass of 40,000 stone columns that form steps leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. Most of the columns are six-sided and some are 40 ft tall. unique hexagonal rock formations created by volcanic eruptions (said in legend to have been made by the legendary giant Finn McCool). The area is a haven for sea birds, including fulmar, petrel, cormorants, shag, redshank guillemot, razorbill, as well as many varieties of ducks.

    Dunluce Castle, County Antrim
    Built on the edge of a cliff of basaltic rock overlooking a 100-foot drop to the sea, this castle ruin was the 16c stronghold of the MacDonnells, a Scottish clan. It has been built on an early Christian foundation. The site is mentioned in the fourteenth century as part of the de Burgo manor of Dunseverick. Separated from the mainland by a deep chasm crossed only by a narrow bridge, the castle held a position of great strategic importance and has a secret entrance through a sea cave.

    Old Bushmills Distillery, County Antrim
    The world's oldest legal whiskey distillery, this was the last stop for carriages from Belfast before the final push to the Causeway, where passengers revived themselves for the road. While parts of its foundation date from 1276, Bushmills received its original grant to distill in 1608. The Potstill bar exhibits old malt kilns, used for drying the malt.

    Armagh, County Armagh
    Famous as St Patrick's 'sweet hill,' this is the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland with two Cathedrals, Anglican and Roman Catholic, also noted for its Georgian buildings and houses. Its Public Library has associations with Jonathan Swift and is definitely worth a visit. Navan Fort (Emain Macha), capital of the kings of Ulster from 700 BC, is a famous hill nearby.

    JEBS 8 in Progress
    Longer papers (35 - 40 pp.), with endnotes and a full Works Cited list, are now being collected for JEBS 8, forthcoming in summer 2005. These are substantial essays on any aspect of the history of manuscripts and/or printed books, with emphasis on the period between 1350 to 1550. Essays should be sent for consideration in duplicate with an abstract to Martha Driver. A limited number of illustrations may be included with complete captions and permissions citations; xeroxes of these should initially be sent with papers for consideration to the editor. Notes on recent discoveries (4 -10 pp), highlighting little-known or recently uncovered texts or images, may be sent after 15 August 2004 to Linne Mooney, Department of English and Related Literatures, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, King's Manor, York Y01 7EP UK. Inquiries are welcome LRM3@York.ac.uk. Please send brief descriptions (150-450 words) of little- or lesser-known collections and libraries of interest to the Society to Martha Driver, Early Book Society, Department of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038. Members of the Early Book Society who are recent authors may send review books for consideration to Susan Powell, Reviews Editor, Department of English, University of Salford, Salford M5 4WT UK. Sue may be contacted at S.Powell@salford.ac.uk. For general information, contact M.Driver@pace.edu.

    Subscription Information
    While many EBS members have ordered JEBS 7, the current issue, with their membership renewal, further copies must be ordered separately. If you are ordering from outside the US, you can pay with VISA (in U.S. dollars) using the order form that can be downloaded from the EBS site at http://www.pace.edu/press. Libraries may purchase copies directly from Ingram Library Services (1-800-937-5300). A membership renewal form for 2004-2005, which includes the cost of JEBS 8, may be found at this site in .pdf and .html formats. Members are asked, however, to pay their dues promptly. Members in the UK and elsewhere who pay Julia Boffey in pounds sterling should do so by January 15, 2005, so Journal orders may be placed with Pace UP in a timely fashion. [It takes time to transfer pounds to dollars for payment to the Press.] US members paying in dollars should do so not later than the annual business meeting at Western Michigan (May 6, 2005). JEBS may also be ordered separately from Pace UP at the website cited above; Pace UP accepts credit cards.

    EBS Website
    Martha Rust at New York University is the webmaster for the EBS site housed at NYU http://www.nyu.edu/projects/EBS. The site currently includes an electronic version of the Newsletter, announcements of interest to the EBS membership, the current membership list for 2003-4, and the Honor Roll, a list of those who have paid their EBS dues already for 2004-5. Suggestions for other items members would like to see included on this site (announcements of forthcoming books, of conferences or talks and exhibitions) may be sent to: martha.rust@nyu.edu or to mdriver@pace.edu.

    Constabulary Notes from All Over
    Scotland Yard has announced that Peter Joseph Bellwood, 50, surrendered to police after a detective from Aberystwyth made an appeal for information on the BBC's Crimewatch program. Bellwood has been wanted for questioning by both the Danish and Welsh police following thousands of thefts of rare maps from libraries throughout Europe. Bellwood is known to visit libraries and cut out prints and maps from rare books. A picture and profile of Bellwood appear at http://www.met.police.uk/mostwanted/wanted6.htm.
    An e-mail circulated to members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers helped to nab the German book thief responsible for stealing rare books worth over £100,000 from the Lower Saxony State and University Library of Gottingen, The London Times reports. The thief approached Tim Biro of Collectable Books in London who, alerted by the e-mail, contacted John Critchley, secretary of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association. Crichley immediately called Scotland Yard. The books were recovered though some were badly damaged. An attempt had been made to erase the library stamps with chemicals or a razor.
    Between 1998 and 2003, numerous books, prints and paintings were stolen from the Army Museum in Delft, The Netherlands. The curator was subsequently convicted and imprisoned in December 2003. The Museum has posted a list of its still missing treasures on the website: http://www.museum-security.org/curator.html, along with a photograph of the curator. Anyone who may have come into contact with the stolen items (or the curator himself) is asked to contact Ton Cremers securma@xs4all.nl.
    The Jewish National and University Library of Hebrew University has announced a frontal attack on insect infestation affecting hundreds of rare books in its collections. The library has considered the possibility of closing temporarily in order to decontaminate its books. (from The Jerusalem Post Online Edition, July 8, updated July 11, 2004)

    Linne Mooney, EBS Co-Chair and Editor, Finds 'Adam'
    The identity of Geoffrey Chaucer's scribe, Adam, has been recently uncovered by Linne R. Mooney. On July 20, 2004, The Guardian, along with Associated Press (and later The New York Times), reported Mooney's discovery, which she presented to thunderous applause at the New Chaucer Society meeting in Glasgow. Mooney has identified Adam the scrivener, who copied many of Chaucer's most famous texts, as Adam Pinkhurst, the son of a Surrey landowner. She has uncovered records of the Scriveners' Company in the city of London in which Adam identifies himself by his full name. The hand employs the same script as that found in the Ellesmere and Hengwrt manuscript copies of The Canterbury Tales, as well as in manuscripts of Boethius and Troilus.

    Adam Pinkhurst signed his oath on joining the Scriveners' Company of London in the 1390s. Pinkhurst's signature is the eighth earliest entry in the Company's Common Paper, or members' book of regulations. Mooney believes the surname 'Pinkhurst' may possibly be derived from Pinkhurst Farm near Abinger Common, between Guildford and Dorking. Derek Pearsall commented that he found the connections in the NCS presentation to be "quite moving," with their suggestion "that the poem to Adam is an affectionate joke between old friends who can be sure of not misunderstanding each other." Linne Mooney's find is particularly appropriate in light of her excellent work as both scholar and editor. She edits the Nota Bene section of the Journal of the Early Book Society that highlights little-known or recently uncovered items, and regularly presents papers in special sessions and conferences sponsored by EBS.

    Grants Supporting MS and Book Research
    The Camargo Foundation Fellowship Program, based in Cassis, France, promotes scholarship in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. Applicants from all countries are welcome. For further information and to get an application form, write to the Camargo Foundation, US Secretariat, 125 Park Square Ct., 400 Silbey St., St. Paul, MN 55101-1928 http://www.camargofoundation.org. Submission deadline is 01/15/05.

    The Newberry Library in Chicago invites applicants for two types of research funding: long-term fellowships with a stipend of up to $40,000 and short-term fellowships, intended for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. candidates outside the Chicago area who have a specific need to use the Newberry collections. For more information and to download application materials, visit www.newberry.org For materials to be sent by mail, write to: Committee on Awards, Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610-3380 USA. E-mail: research@newberry.org.

    NEH Research Fellowships
    Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University, 2004-2005
    The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites applications for six fellowships of five weeks duration to conduct research in the collections of the Vatican Film Library or in the rare book and manuscript collections of Pius XII Memorial LIbrary at Saint Louis University. Applicants must have the doctorate or be a PhD-candidate at the dissertation stage. Topics may be proposed on any subject in the areas of paleography, codicology, illumination, editing, history, philosophy, theology, science, literature, scriptural and patristic studies, Roman and Canon law. Priority will be given applicants with paleographical and linguistic skills. For details on the Vatican Film Library, see http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl. For information on rare books and MSS, see http://www.slu.edu/libraries/pius/archives/collections/collections.html. There is no formal application deadline. Contact: David T. Murphy, Director, CMRS, Saint Louis University, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 (314-977-7180, FAX 314-977-3704, cmrs@slu.edu).

    Schallek Fellowships and Awards
    The Medieval Academy collaborates with the Richard III Society-American Branch in offering a full-year fellowship and five graduate student awards. The fellowship and awards are supported by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek. The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The annual application deadline is 15 October.

    The Schallek awards support graduate students conducting research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials. The cost of books or equipment (e.g., computers) is not included. The annual application deadline is 15 February. Applicants to both Schallek programs must be members of the Medieval Academy. Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy and who seek support to research and write Ph.D. dissertations on topics related to medieval Britain before 1350 or on any other medieval topic should apply to the Medieval Academy Dissertation Grant program. For more information, contact the Medieval Academy http://www.medievalacademy.org.

    New and Forthcoming Books of Interest to Members

    Janetta Rebold Benton, Medieval Mischief: Wit and Humour in the Art of the Middle Ages. Sutton Publishing, 2004.

    Julia Boffey and A.S.G. Edwards, A New Index of Middle English Verse. British Library, 2004.

    W.R. Cooper, ed., The Wycliffe New Testament in 1388. British Library, 2002.

    Martha W. Driver, The Image in Print: Book Illustration in Late Medieval England and its Sources. British Library and University of Toronto Press, 2004.

    Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray, eds., The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy. McFarland, 2004.

    Ian Anders Gadd and Alexandra Gillespie, eds., John Stow (1525-1605) and the Making of the English Past: Studies in Early Modern Culture and the History of the Book. British Library, 2004.

    Alfred Hiatt, The Making of Medieval Forgeries: False Documents in Fifteenth-Century England. British Library, 2003.

    Liz Herbert McAvoy, Authority and the Female Body in the Writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe. D.S. Brewer, 2004.

    Takami Matsuda, Richard A. Linenthal, and John Scahill, The Medieval Book and a Modern Collector: Essays in Honour of Toshiyuki Takamiya. D.S. Brewer, 2004.

    James Morgan, intro and bibliography by Lotte Hellinga and Mary Erler, Wynkyn de Worde: Father of Fleet Street. British Library, 2003.

    C.S. Knighton, Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College Cambridge. Supplementary Series I: Census of Printed Books. D.S. Brewer, 2004

    Corinne Saunders, François Le Saux, Neil Thomas, eds., Writing War: Medieval Literary Responses to Warfare. D.S. Brewer, 2004.

    Kathryn A. Smith, Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England. British Library and University of Toronto, 2003.

    Calls for Papers
    Outlaws, Outcasts, and Heretics in the Middle Ages, Thirty-Second Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, April 8-9, 2005. Those interested in participating should submit two copies of an abstract (approx. 250 words) and two copies of a brief cv. Accepted papers must be submitted in final form, including critical apparatus, by March 5, 2005. Contact: Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000. E-mail: sridyard@sewanee.edu. Deadline for abstracts is Oct 1, 2005.

    Making the Medieval Manuscript: Book Production in Britain 1375-1525, Tenth York Manuscripts Conference, July 15-18, 2005. The conference will be the first of a pair of conferences relating to issues raised in the book, Book Production and Publishing in Britain, 1375-1475, ed. Jeremy Griffiths and Derek Pearsall (Cambridge 1989), the second to be held at Cambridge in July, 2006. The first will be an open conference, gathering scholars working on all aspects of book production in Britain in this period and including papers that center on a single topic, manuscript or work. Subject areas might include evidence of book-producing scriptoria, collaboration among scribes and artists, use of paper or vellum, regional production, production and distribution of individual authors or works, decoration, illumination, interface between manuscript and print. Other topics in the field welcomed. Please send titles and one- to two-page abstracts to Professor Linne R. Mooney, Centre for Medieval Studies, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP UK by 30 September 2004.

    Medieval Domesticity: Home, Housing, and Household, March 12-13, 2005, the twenty-fifth annual conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, co-sponsored with the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus, New York City. "Domesticity" encompassed a wide variety of meanings in the Middle Ages, from private family and household life -- including the creation of personal identities and the role of gender and class within networks of family, friends, and neighbors -- to the administrative power base of kings and other rulers, centered in the household offices that evolved into units of the state. The home at the heart of domestic life can also be envisioned in different ways: as a house and its contents; as a collection of dwellings; as the location of work and the center of the family economy; and as a place of refuge or state of mind. Papers are invited from medievalists interested in exploring the representation of these multiple meanings of domesticity in texts, images, and architecture. We are especially interested in papers that cross disciplinary boundaries in examining domestic "values," the literary and material cultures of domesticity, the gendered dimension of domesticity, and the role of domesticity in the public sphere. Call for papers, send an abstract and cover letter with contact information to Conference Committee, Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham Univ., Bronx, NY 10458 (718-817-4655; fax: 718-817-3987; medievals@fordham.edu; http://www.fordham.edu/mvst.html). The deadline is 18 October 2004.

    Rhetoric of the Anchorhold, the International Anchoritic Society Conference, in Powys, Wales, July 8-10, 2005. Three sessions will be dedicated to De Doctrina Cordis. Send 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers by 31 August 2004 to Liz Herbert McAvoy (ehm@le.ac.uk); for papers on De Doctrina Cordis, send abstracts to Denis Renevey (renevey@unfri.ch).

    Regionalism and Internationalism: Problems of Paleography and Codicology in the Middle Ages, meeting of the Comité International de Paléographie Latine, at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Vienna, September 13-17, 2005. The congress will offer a one-day excursion to the monasteries of Melk and Göttweig and a halfday excursion to Klosterneuburg. The colloquium will address not only palaeography and codicology but also manuscript illumination, diplomatic, and epigraphy; however, priority will be given to papers discussing specific questions of script. Send a provisional title for a 30-minute paper by 31 October 2004 to Prof. Dr. Otto Kresten, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Kommission für Schrift- und Buchwesen des Mittelalters, Postgasse 7-9/4. Stiege/3. Stock, A-1010 Vienna, Austria (fax +43-1-515-81-3581; CIPL2005@oeaw.ac.at; http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ksbm/). A one-page abstract will be asked of contributors later.

    Conferences, Colloquia, Talks, Exhibitions of Interest to EBS Members

    June-Oct 30: Voices for Tolerance in an Age of Persecution, exhibition of early modern books, manuscripts and art at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC 2003. For information, see http://www.folger.edu.

    Sept 9-11: "The Multicultural Middle Ages and Beyond." Seventeenth biennial conference of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS), at the University of Stellenbosch, in South Africa. Contact: Eugenie R. Freed-Isserow, School of Langs., Disc. of English, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, So. Africa eugenief@netactive.co.za.

    Oct 1-2: "Texts and Contexts: A Conference sponsored by the Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies at the Ohio State University." The conference seeks to investigate the textual traditions of various texts and genres, including texts in classical Latin, medieval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and the vernaculars. Contact: Frank Coulson, Dir. of Palaeography, 190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210.

    Oct 7-9: CARA meeting (Medieval Academy's Committee on Centers and Regional Associations), Santa Clara University. Contact: Richard K. Emmerson RKE@medievalacademy.org.

    Oct 7-9: SELIM (The Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature) will hold its 16th International Conference at the University of Seville. Contact: selim16@us.es; http://www.us.es/ciselim.

    Oct 8-9: "Princely Virtues in the Middle Ages, 1200-1500," hosted by The Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) and the Catholic University of Nijmegen (co-sponsors of a research program entitled A Genealogy of Morals: The Cardinal Virtues in Medieval Discourse, 500-1500), in Nijmegen. The conference seeks to reflect on Latin texts from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries that defined, legitimized or criticized secular rule by using catalogues of virtues originating from ancient philosophy as well as Christian moral theology. Contact: Albrecht Diem, Afd. Geschiedenis, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, Postbus 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, The Netherlands (+31-24-36-12830; fax: +31-24-36 12807). a.diem@let.kun.nl.

    Oct 13-16: "Medieval and Early Modern Queens and Queenship: Questions of Income and Patronage," an interdisciplinary workshop at the Central European University, Budapest: Contact: Orsolya Réthelyi mphreo01@phd.ceu.hu or Attila Bárány baranyat@axelero.hu. FAX: +36-1-327-3055.

    Oct 15-16: The Thirty-First Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, sponsored with The Bibliographical Society of America, the Vatican Film Library and Manuscripta. Contact: Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis Univ, 3650 Lindell Blvd., St Louis, MO. Websites: http://www.bibsocamer.org/, http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl/events.htm.

    Oct 22-23: "Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World," sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS), Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York. For further information, contact Dana Stewart, CEMERS, Binghamton University, Binghamton NY 13902-6000 http://cemers.binghamton.edu/.

    Oct 24-Jan 9: Exhibition: Art from the Court of Burgundy: The Patronage of Dukes Philip the Bold and John the Fearless (1363-1419). Cleveland Museum of Art. Website: http://www.clevelandart.org.

    Nov 2-5: "El cuento folclorico en la literatura y en la tradicion oral" (The Folktale in Written and Oral Traditions), a Curso-Seminario, at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo, Valencia. Contact: Pablo Ancos (pancosgarcia@wisc.edu) or Rafael Beltran (rafael.beltran@uv.es; http://www.uimp.es).

    Nov 5-7: History of the Book at PAMLA. For more information, contact Cyndia Susan Clegg, Distinguished Professor of English, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 90263-4225 cclegg@pepperdine.edu.

    Nov 18-Mar: The Culture of Letter-Writing in Early Modern England, exhibition at the Folger Shakespeare Library. For more information, see http://www.folger.edu.

    Dec 4: Medicine Across Cultures, 600 - 1600. Nineteenth Barnard Medieval and Renaissance Conference. Barnard College, New York. Contact Joel Kaye, Department of History, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 jkaye@barnard.edu.

    Dec 5: Chanticleer Christmas concert, medieval and Renaissance sacred works. Medieval Sculpture Hall in front of the Metropolitan Museum's Christmas tree.


    Jan 5-8: "Ovid in the Middle Ages," a panel of the Medieval Latin Studies Group at the meeting of the American Philological Association, in Boston. Contacts: Michael Meckler, MLSG Secty-Treas., Epigraphy/Palaeography, Ohio State Univ., 190 Pressey Hall, 1070 Carmack Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1002; Frank Coulson coulson.1@osu.edu; http://omega.cohums.ohio-state.edu/mlsg.

    Mar 31-Apr 2: Annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, in Miami, Fla.

    April 7-9: Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America. Queens' College, Clare College and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. For more information, see the RSA site: http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rsa/cambridge2005/conf/.

    May 18-22: "Crown and Veil: The Art of Female Monasticism." An international, interdisciplinary colloquium, sponsored by the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, and the Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, in Bonn and Essen.Contact: Jan Gerchow jan.gerchow@ruhrlandmuseum.essen.de or Petra Marx hroecklein@gwdg.de; for themes from 1200 to 1530: Jeffrey Hamburger jhamburg@fas.harvard.edu.

    Dec 8-10: "The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Book Production in the Medieval West." This conference will be the focal point of an exhibition of 150 manuscripts from all the Cambridge college libraries, including many rarely-seen and under-researched manuscripts. The program will include panels and discussions focused on Cambridge collections, as well as afternoon visits to the Parker, Wren and Pepys Libraries and receptions at the University Library and the Fitzwilliam Museum.