Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We invite applications to participate in a training workshop on digital editing of papyrological and epigraphic texts, at the Institute of Classical Studies, London, April 3–7, 2017. The workshop will be taught by Gabriel Bodard and Lucia Vannini (ICS) and Simona Stoyanova (KCL). There will be no charge for the workshop, but participants should arrange their own travel and accommodation.
EpiDoc ( is a community of practice and guidance for using TEI XML for the encoding of inscriptions, papyri and other ancient texts. It has been used to publish digital projects including Inscriptions of Aphrodisias and Tripolitania, Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri, Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri, and EAGLE Europeana Project. The workshop will introduce participants to the basics of XML markup and give hands-on experience of tagging textual features and object descriptions, identifying and linking to external person and place authorities, and use of the online Papyrological Editor tool.
The workshop will assume knowledge of papyrology or epigraphy; Greek, Latin or another ancient language; and the Leiden Conventions. No technical skills are required, and scholars of all levels, from students to professors, are welcome. To apply, please email with a brief description of your background and reason for application, by February 28, 2017.
All the best,

Simona Stoyanova
Research Assistant in
Classics and Digital Humanities

The New England Medieval Studies Consortium will take place at the University of Connecticut on Friday April 14th, 2017. Our theme for this year's conference is "Medieval Boredom and Tedium." 

We invite you to please distribute the attached call for papers to any and all graduate students whose work may bear on medieval understanding, representation, or reimagining of medieval boredom, tedium, and the passing of time. The CFP for this one-day conference now has an extended deadline: February 15th, 2017

More information can also be found on our website 

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Art of Praise: Panegyric and Encomium in Late Antiquity
Organizer: Paul Kimball, Bilkent University
Sponsored by the Society for Late Antiquity
Near the turn of the last millennium two collections of essays appeared which called our attention to late antique panegyric. The Propaganda of Power: The Role of Panegyric in Late Antiquity, ed. Mary Whitby (1998) underlined the genre's public and political contexts, while Greek Biography and Panegyric in Late Antiquity, edd. Thomas Hägg and Philip Rousseau (2000) explored its links with the forms and practices of biography and hagiography. The contributions to both volumes made it clear that from origins in the fourth century BCE to the end of antiquity (and beyond), panegyric proved a long-lived and highly adaptable platform for the articulation of social relations and the values that supported them. At the meeting of the Society for Classical Studies in Boston, Massachusetts from 4-7 January 2018, the Society for Late Antiquity will sponsor a session to revisit the significance of the rhetoric of praise in late antiquity. We are especially interested in proposals that examine what, if anything, was distinctively "late antique" about late antique panegyric and encomium. In addition to papers addressing this specific question, we also welcome submissions on all aspects of these genres in late antiquity: theory and practice, political and private contexts, literary and declamatory presentations, prose and verse, parodic and ironic, etc.
Abstracts for papers requiring a maximum of twenty minutes to deliver should be sent no later than February 15, 2017 by email attachment to Paul Kimball at All submissions will be judged anonymously by two referees. Prospective panelists must be members in good standing of the SCS at the time of submission andmust include their membership number in the cover letter accompanying their abstract. Please follow the SCS’s instructions for the format of individual abstracts: The submission of an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2018 meeting should the abstract be accepted. No papers will be read in absentia and the SLA is unable to provide funding for travel to Boston.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Program in Medieval Studies, Princeton University

The doctoral students in The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invite abstracts for the 24th Graduate Conference on “Vulnerability in the Middle Ages,” which will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017.  Sharon Farmer (UC Santa Barbara) will deliver the keynote lecture this year.

Vulnerability in the Middle Ages

At a moment that has brought economic, political, and physical vulnerabilities (new and old) abruptly to the surface, we invite papers on the topic of vulnerability and insecurity in the Middle Ages. Recent scholarship in medieval poverty, gender, disability, and racial difference has greatly enhanced our sense of the variety of vulnerable experiences, and we seek to connect these conversations through their shared perspective on power. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines on vulnerability and the concepts that surround it, including weakness, insecurity, injury, disability, and difference. Papers might consider both the portrayal and the experience of the vulnerable life, as well as the systems that lead to vulnerability. We are interested both in the conditions that made individuals vulnerable within communities, and in those that threatened communities within larger polities. In a period where vulnerability typically precluded creating and maintaining records, unfamiliar readings of familiar sources are especially necessary, as are approaches that access vulnerable experiences in imaginative ways. Such approaches might challenge more conventional relationships between scholars and their objects of study, and ask how scholarship itself can perpetuate, create, or mitigate vulnerabilities in the past and present.  

Some themes might include, but are not limited to:

-          Contradictory perspectives on vulnerability (sympathy/revulsion, admiration/contempt)
-          How difference (racial, gender, physical, economic, geographic) contributes to vulnerability
-          Vulnerabilities specific to catastrophes, including war, famine, disease, and panic
-          The relationship of systems of power to vulnerability
-          The experience and portrayal of physical vulnerability
-          The treatment (medical or otherwise) of vulnerable conditions
-          Religious practices and perspectives on weakness
-          “Vulnerability” in other words, such as vernacular translations and terminologies
-          Documenting vulnerability and (materially, philologically, hermeneutically) vulnerable documents
-          Populations vulnerable to scholarship, via origin or identity myths, institutions, and ideologies

Please submit your abstract (250 words) for a fifteen-minute presentation to the conference organizers ( by February 15th, 2017.

All abstracts should be in English, and include your name, contact information, and academic affiliation.

Friday, January 13, 2017

'Imitation and Innovation: Uses of the Past in the Medieval and Early Modern World'
The Eleventh MEMSA Conference, 11th - 12th July 2017, Durham University

The use of the past is a theme which transcends disciplinary boundaries, and has contemporary as well as historical resonance. This is manifested in a physical sense through the moulding of and engagement with landscapes, the manufacture and (re)use of material culture, and in a more abstract sense through the creation and manipulation of memory and identity which form the core of social ideas and mentalities about the world.

This year's MEMSA Conference will focus on how people in the Medieval and Early Modern World engaged with, understood, and interpreted the past, in order to explore the ways in which they perceived and sought to shape their own world. In doing so, we will also be able to gain a greater awareness of how past worlds still contribute to shaping our own present perceptions.

We welcome abstract submissions from postgraduates and early career researchers from any discipline engaged in the study of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including History, Literature, Archaeology, Theology, Art, Music, Languages, and Culture. Possible presentation themes may include, but are not limited to:
*       (Re)use of landscape, architecture, artefacts, and art

*       Myths, legends and oral tradition

*       Memory, remembering and memorials

*       Perceptions of truth and authority

*       Creation and reworking of historical narratives

*       Translation and adaptation of literary texts

*       Religious and political reform

*       Reform, restoration and revolution

*       Progression, improvement and enlightenment

*       The production of knowledge and networks of learning

*       Links to the ancient world

*       Technological developments

*       Destruction of peoples / suppression of ideas

*       Later interpretations of the period, e.g. in film, literature and education

In addition to the panels, the conference will include two keynote addresses, by Dr Helen Smith (University of York, CREMS), and Dr Len Scales (Durham University, Department of History). There will also be an opportunity to take a tour of Durham Cathedral and Castle for any interested delegates.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words to for papers no longer than 20 minutes by Friday 14th April 2017.

For more information, please visit our blog, website, or sponsor's pages: * *
Arranged with the support of Durham University's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

2017 Marco Manuscript Workshop

"Envisioning Knowledge"
Some manuscripts contain sacred texts, brilliantly illuminated; some preserve literary treasures, adorned with elaborately decorated initials. Other manuscripts have a more practical function, from recording transactions of land or service, to collecting medical recipes or geographical lore, to marking days and years, to charting the scope of the earth or the course of the heavens. These manuscripts may have a more utilitarian appearance, but they often supplement their textual content with diagrams and illustrations, charts and maps, tables and lists. Such manuscripts preserve the beginnings of modern science, and they are important to the development of the visual display of information and the transmission of both practical and speculative knowledge. The makers of these books were inventing ways to use the visual space of the page to represent, in one way or another, some truth about the world and their understanding of it.
Workshop presenters will discuss the innovative approaches and the challenges inherent in understanding the presentation of knowledge in medieval and early modern texts.
February 3-4, 2017
UT International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996
The workshop is free and open to the public.
  • Matthew Davis, McMaster University
  • Ilya Dines, Library of Congress
  • Laine Doggett, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Alistair Maeer, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Rachel McNellis, Case Western Reserve
  • Alexandra Reider, Yale University
  • Katherine Walker, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Tara Welch, University of Kansas
For more information, click here or email
38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017

Call for Papers and Sessions

“Culture and Violence”

Keynote speaker: Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester
“From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille: The Autumn of Chivalry”

We are delighted to announce that the 38th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place on April 21 and 22, 2017 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. This year’s keynote speaker is Richard W. Kaeuper, Professor of History at the University of Rochester.

Professor Kaeuper’s research has focused on medieval English and Continental history, justice and public order, and especially on the development of chivalry, with an emphasis on its nexus with violence and religion. Professor Kaeuper’s research bursts traditional disciplinary boundaries, combining institutional and legal history with a strong emphasis on cultural, especially literary and social developments. His most recent book, Medieval Chivalry, appeared this past spring in the distinguished Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series. Among his previous publications are Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (UPenn, 2009), Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 1999), and an extensive introduction to Elspeth Kennedy’s translation of Geoffroi de Charny’s Book of Chivalry (UPenn, 1996; 2nd edition 2005).

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

Papers, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

We are pleased to announce that all papers presented at this year’s Forum are eligible for inclusion in Selected Proceedings of the 38th Medieval and Renaissance Forum, to be published by Cambridge Scholars Press. Contributors interested in publishing their work in this volume should submit their revised essays to Meriem Pagès at by May 15, 2017. Our first volume of selected proceedings, Imagining the Self, Constructing the Past, was published this fall. See:

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

Undergraduate sessions are always welcome but require faculty sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2017

Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2017

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!