The Graduate Field Committee in Medieval & Early Modern Studies at University of Maryland, College Park--an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students--is excited to announce this year's conference, Knowing Nature in the Medieval & Early Modern Worlds.
Nature, according to the critic Raymond Williams, is quite possibly “the most difficult word in the English language.” The genealogy of nature’s complexities—semantic, philological, epistemological, ontological—are the subject of this two-day conference that seeks to bring into dialogue historians of science, philosophy, art, and literature. How did early writers and artists and other thinkers know and encounter nature? What practices made nature legible? What ethics were thought to arise out of the environment? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods. By what metaphors and strategies did pre-modern people represent the sensible world of matter? This event considers a wide variety of cultural productions in the medieval and early modern periods, seeking to rethink the relation between fields of knowledge and to bridge the widening gap between the humanities and the sciences in our own universities.
The conference will take place October 24-25, 2014. Please submit 250-word paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1.
Texas Medieval Association
October 3-4, 2014
I NTE R D I S C I P L I NA R I T Y in the AGE OF REL EVANCE
We are happy to announce the University of North Texas (Denton) will be hosting the annual conference of the Texas Medieval Association, October 3-4, 2014. More information can be found on the TEMA website (http://www.texasmedieval.org).
This year TEMA will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of the
NT Medieval Graduate Student Symposium, October 2, 2014. http://www.art.unt.edu/medieval-symposium/
· Dr. Barbara Rosenwein, Loyola University, Chicago: "Jean Gerson's Interdisciplinary Theory of Emotions."
· Dr. Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia, "Voice/Text/Character: Historical Fiction in the Archives."
Call for Papers and Sessions
“Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance.”
Deadline for submission of a 300 word abstract is August 15, 2014.
Abstracts and short CV should be sent to: Mickey.Abel@unt.edu
While we will entertain papers on any topic, from any discipline of Medieval Studies—Art History, Religion, Philosophy, English, History, Foreign Languages, Music, we particularly welcome those that engage the multifaceted topic of “Interdisciplinarity in the Age of Relevance.”
Many of us in the academy, even those amongst us who are preparing for a career in the academy, are confronted with the constant refrain of “relevance.” The state of the academy and its public rhetoric profess among its highest goals an emphasis on community engagement, tangible solutions to “real” world problems, and quantifiable results that produce change and progress. Highlighting the value of stem research, and stressing the potential for expansive pools of external funding, we in the Humanities are asked to consider the creative potential and lucrative benefits of interdisciplinary research clusters and cross-campus collaborative partnerships. The underlying suggestion in this none-to-subtle rhetoric--even recently professed by the President of the United States—is, of course, that the humanities in general, and Medieval Studies in particular, are less-relevant in our current era because we do not on the surface contribute to this over-arching public mission.
Beginning however, with the understanding that all the various disciplines comprising Medieval Studies—English, History, Music/Liturgy, Philosophy/Religion, Archaeology, Art History, Language Studies—are inherently interdisciplinary and in some sense inseparable, we seek papers that explore or exploit the difference between “Interdisciplinary,” “Intra-disciplinary,” Extra-disciplinary,” and even “Super-disciplinary” studies. We are interested in examples of those who are engaging technology in their studies and/or have incorporated a theoretical stance in line with the hard sciences, or perhaps seek to turn the notion of “Relevance” on its head. We ask: What role do Medievalists play in this new age? Where do we see ourselves and our projects in the world of “real solutions?”
Announcing a new postgraduate student essay prize (from the Gender & Medieval Studies Group):
The group is pleased to announce an annual prize for the best student essay, to be awarded at the GMS conference in January each year. The competition is open to students at all levels, including those who will complete their degree in the coming year.
Essays should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words in length (including notes) and should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages. Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are strongly encouraged.
There will be a prize of £100 for the winning essay, along with free registration at the next GMS conference. A bursary towards UK travel costs may also be available. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the academic journal Medieval Feminist Forum, run by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS). There may be years when no prize is awarded, depending upon submissions in any given year.
Electronic submissions should be submitted to Isabel Davis ( email@example.com ) by Monday, September 1st 2014.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
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.