Medieval Female Writers in the Germanic Regions
Dutch Studies Colloquium - University of Pennsylvania
Sponsored by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Friday, April 4, 2014
9:45 am - 5:15 pm
Max Kade Center
3401 Walnut Street, Suite A, Room 329
Entrance by Starbucks
Johan Oosterman (Radbouduniversiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Paul J. Patterson (Saint Joseph's University)
Sally Poor (Princeton University)
Patricia Stoop (University of Pennsylvania/Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium)
John Van Engen (University of Notre Dame)
Anne Winston-Allen (Southern Illinois University )
For more information and registration, visit ccat.sas.upenn.edu/german/dutch2014.
Perspectives on Chivalry: Medieval to Modern
An Interdisciplinary Symposium at Rowan University
12-13 June 2014
Call for Papers
The concept of chivalry has permeated Western society since the Middle Ages. From medieval treatises to mod-ern films; from romanticized Victorian portrayals to cynical postmodern commentaries, chivalry has been idol-ized and debated for centuries.
In this interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by Rowan University, presenters will explore these various viewpoints throughout the ages. The symposium will be held on Thursday and Friday, 12-13 June 2014, at Rowan’s main campus in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Keynote presentations will be given by Dr. Jeffrey Hamilton (Baylor University) and Dr. Sarah James (University of Kent, Canterbury).
Abstracts of 200 words are invited from both professional scholars and postgraduate researchers. Papers are to be 30 to 40 minutes in length, and there is no restriction on subject matter, save that papers address the topic of chivalry. In addition, there will be one undergraduate session of shorter 15 to 20-minute papers; interested un-dergraduate students of any discipline are encouraged to submit their 200-word abstracts, as well. A collected volume of proceedings is anticipated for this symposium. To submit a proposal or ask for further information, please email Jon-Mark Grussenmeyer (email@example.com). The deadline for abstract submissions is 1 March 2014.
Vatican City, 3 December 2013 (VIS) – The Vatican Apostolic Library (BAV) and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford have joined forces to digitalise and make available online some of the most important and unique Bibles in the world, as well as biblical texts from their collections. From today, 3 December, the digitalised texts can be accessed athttp://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk.
The initiative is the first step of an important four-year collaborative project for the publication of digital content on the internet. A committee of academics and experts from around the world has selected for digitalisation a part of the collection of manuscripts in Hebrew and Greek, as well as incunabula from the Bodleian and Vatican Apostolic Libraries. The selection process has taken into account both the requirements of scholars and practical needs. Restorers from both libraries have collaborated with conservators to ascertain not only the value of the contents, but also the conditions of preservation of the works.
Although for some years now the two institutions have digitally reproduced part of their collections, this project provides them both with the opportunity to increase the scale and numerical capacity of the volumes digitalised, while taking care not to expose the works, very delicate on account of their age and conservational condition, to risk of damage.
The website, just opened, provides high-resolution scale images permitting detailed study and scientific analysis. The site includes also hosts videos and essays by scholars and supporters of the digitalisation project, including Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church and Archbishop of Canterbury and primate of the Anglican Church, Justin Welby. A blog with articles on conservation, digitalisation techniques and methods used during the project completes the site, which may be viewed in both English and Italian.
Writing Britain: 500-1500
University of Cambridge, Faculty of English, 30 June - 2 July 2014
Under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts
Writing Britain is a biennial event which aims to draw on a range of approaches and perspectives to exchange ideas about manuscript studies, material culture, multilingualism in texts and books, book history, readers, audience and scribes across the medieval period. The 2014 iteration of the Writing Britain Conference will take place in the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge under the auspices of the Centre for Material Texts. Some of the topics which we are keen to explore are literary and non-literary agencies and their significance and/or relevance in the medieval period across British medieval written culture in English, French, Latin, Norse and the Celtic languages. More broadly, we are interested in other questions such as: How did local writers, compilers and readers use writing to inscribe regional identity within broader conventions or, on the other hand, impress 'universal' practices and constructs on local populations? What were the different markets for books? Can we characterize their developments and differences? What new or existing methodologies can be employed to localise texts and books across Britain? What is the role of the Digital Humanities in the study of medieval book culture?
Plenary speakers: Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa), Richard Beadle (University of Cambridge) and Simon Horobin (University of Oxford)
We welcome proposals from scholars working on any aspects of British medieval written culture up to 1500. Please visit our conference web site in order to submit an abstract (300 words or fewer) for a twenty-minute paper. Please send your abstract by 20 February 2014. Abstracts from postgraduate students are welcome and graduate rates will be provided. For further information please visit the website where contact details of the organisers will also be available.
Dr Orietta Da Rold
University Lecturer in Literature and the Material Text: 1100 to 1500
Faculty of English
University of Cambridge
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A message from D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois) about an exciting new NEH film series:
As part of the Muslim Bookshelf portion of its Bridging Cultures initiative, the NEH asked me to make a series of 7 short films on Islamic calligraphy, illustrated manuscripts, textiles, ornament, mosques, architecture of travel, and gardens. They are now available on line, gratis, and are designed for students and teachers in fields outside of Islamic art history. For a classroom in medieval art, where Islam may get only a lecture or two, they may be a good resource. See NEH Islamic Art Spots at http://bridgingcultures.neh.gov/muslimjourneys.