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news about seminars, conferences, and other medieval notabilia


George FERZOCO <[log in to unmask]>


medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture <[log in to unmask]>


Fri, 12 Oct 2007 13:08:00 +0100





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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Dear medieval-religion colleagues,

I don’t normally post messages to the list for other people, unless  
they have written me about a technical problem and require my  
assistance. I’m making an exception this time, and sending along a  
collage of news concerning seminars, conferences, degree programmes,  
lectures, etc.

PLEASE, if you have any similar information, it would be best in  
future if you posted this material directly to the list.

Don’t write to me or to the list if you have any queries about  
information contained below; please see if there is contact  
information about the event that interests you, and use that for your  

Best wishes, George Ferzoco

P.S.: I apologize for the length of this message!


9 Oct               Kenneth Mobbs: 'The Mobbs Keyboard Collection I:  
its formation and research potential'

16 Oct          Nigel Simeone (University of Sheffield). 'West Side  
Story at 50'

23 Oct           Lee Marshall (University of Bristol). 'Stardom voice  
and song meaning: a study of Bob Dylan'

30 Oct          John Irving (University of Bristol): 'The Mobbs  
Keyboard Collection II: playing the Viennese classics'

6 Nov               Paul Rodmell (University of Birmingham): '"Damned  
ugly me bhoy"--Sir Charles Stanford and modernism'

13 Nov          David Fallows (University of Manchester). 'Josquin,  
Lucrezia Borgia, Pietro Bembo and an anonymous portrait of a musician'

20 Nov          Ian Biddle (Newcastle University): 'The nostalgia  
effect: musicologies of loss and decline in late imperial Europe'

27 Nov [2.00 pm]           Colston Lecture     Margaret Bent, FBA  
(All Souls' College, Oxford): 'Medieval music as archaeology:  
dismembered manuscripts tell their stories'

4 Dec               Liz Garnett (UCE Birmingham Conservatoire):  
'Choral conducting and the construction of meaning'

11 Dec          Rachel Beckles Willson (Royal Holloway): 'Beethoven  
IX and a Middle East war: the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, 2006'

Further information: contact Stephen Banfield   
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Institute for Historical Research
Medieval European History 1150-1550

Convenors: Dr Joe Canning (Emeritus Bangor), Professor David  
Carpenter (KCL), Professor David d'Avray (UCL), Dr Serena Ferente  
(KCL), Dr Sophie Page (UCL), Professor Miri Rubin (QM), Professor  
Nigel Saul (RHUL)

18 October

Ms Barbara Gaspar (UCL)

The Politics of Marian Devotion in Late Medieval Europe and Beyond

Please note: this session takes place in room NG16 North Block

1 November

Moritz Isenmann (European University Institute, Florence)

Accountability of Public Officials and Statecraft in Late Medieval

Italy and Spain

Please note: this session takes place in the Warburg institute, ask  
for the European History seminar at 17:30 and sign in at their  
reception and they will direct you to the room.

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, WC1H OAB

15 November

Dr Guy Geltner (Oxford University)

Prisons and Prison Life in the MA

Please note: this session takes place in the England Room

29 November

Dr David Stone (Dulwich College)

Cultivating Mentalities: New Approaches to Manorial Account Rolls

Please note: this session takes place in the England Room


University of Nottingham

Institute for Medieval Research


‘Chasing Robin Hood’, Professor Tony Pollard, University of Teesside

Special Lecture to mark 50 years of the journal Nottingham Medieval  

Thurs 15 Nov, 5.30pm, Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, University Park,  
followed by drinks reception and buffet

Semester 1 Seminars on the theme of ‘belief’

Dr Scott Ashley, University of Newcastle, ‘Before the Persecuting  
Society: Classification and Exclusion in the Carolingian World’

Thurs 29 Nov, 6.15pm, A18, School of History, Lenton Grove,  
University Park

Dr Ian Johnson, University of St Andrews, ‘Translating Belief and  
Believable Translation: the Middle English Life of Christ’

Thurs 13 Dec, A18, 6.15pm, School of History, Lenton Grove,  
University Park

Panel discussion on theme of ‘belief’

Thurs 7 Feb, 6.15pm, B13, School of History, Lenton Grove, University  

‘Printing the Middle Ages: the post-medieval life of medieval  
texts’, Professor Siân Echard, University of British Columbia

IMR Annual Lecture, 2007/8

Thurs 21 Feb, 6pm, Arts Centre Lecture Theatre, University Park,  
folllowed by drinks reception and buffet

Semester 2 Seminar on the theme of ‘time’

  Dr James Palmer, University of St Andrews, title tbc

Thurs 6/13 March, 6.15pm, School of History, Lenton Grove, University  

Professor Richard Coates, University of West of England, title tbc

Thurs 17 April, 6.15pm A18, School of History, Lenton Grove,  
University Park

Panel discussion on theme of ‘time’

Thurs 8 May, 6.15pm, A18, School of History, Lenton Grove, University  

For further information go to: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medieval/ 


Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland
  (Registered Charity No. 1077455)
  (in collaboration with the English Place-Name Society and the  
Society for
Landscape Studies)



C2/C15, Renold Building, Sackville Street, University of Manchester

9.45 am Registration and Coffee

10.15 am        Welcome and Introduction:
Dr Alex Rumble (University of Manchester) and

Dr Oliver Padel (President of EPNS and SNSBI)

Chair:  Prof Diana Whaley (University of Newcastle)

10.30 - 11.10 am
Dr Carole Hough (University of Glasgow):

"Women in the landscape: place-name evidence for women in north-west

11.15 - 11.55 am
Dr Simon Taylor (University of Glasgow):

"Where wind and water sheareth: following a boundary in medieval Fife"

LUNCH in the Barnes Wallis Restaurant
12.30 - 1.30pm
Chair:          Dr Alex Rumble, University of Manchester

1.45  - 2.25 pm
Dr Margaret Gelling, MBE, FBA (University of Birmingham):
  "Landscapes and place-names in the north-west"

2.30 - 3.00 pm
Mr Brian Rich (Univerity Keele):
"The Staffordshire Moorlands"

3.05 - 3.45 pm
Dr Paul Cavill (University of Nottingham):
"Topography and the Battle of Brunanburh"

CLOSE and TEA        3.45 - 4.15pm

Further details: contact Jennifer Scherr

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University of Glasgow

Tuesday 16 October 2007


This interdisciplinary symposium, organised by the Faculty of Arts in

collaboration with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, will

inaugurate a series of collaborative ventures, bringing together  

not merely from different disciplines across the Faculty of Arts, but  

from other UK and international institutions (as part of the AHRC-funded

Modern Languages Training Network).  This session will bring together a

group of internationally noted scholars from France and the US,  

reading practices in a number of historical, cultural and discursive

contexts from an interdisciplinary perspective. Key themes will  
include the


Reading practices in cultural and production contexts

Print culture

Practices of reading: theology, hermeneutics

Reading practices and the non-literary text

TIME: 3.00-7.00pm

VENUE: Modern Languages Building, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow


3.00pm   Room 5, MLB

Professor Milad Doueihi (University of Glasgow)

‘Religion as Re-Reading: Augustine’

4.00pm   Room 5, MLB

Professor Wilda Anderson (Johns Hopkins)

‘Reading as Scientific Action: Newton’

5.00pm   Room 5, MLB

Tea / Coffee

5.30pm  Lecture Theatre, MLB

Professor Roger Chartier (Collège de France)

‘Binding, Common-Placing and Reading Shakespeare (1593-1623)’

7.00pm  Room 5, MLB


Contact: [log in to unmask]


UCL medieval interdisciplinary seminar

Meetings take place on Mondays at 6:15

22 October 2007

The Disperata: the poetic voice of despair in Petrarch's Italy

Mr Alexander Murray (University College, Oxford)

19 November 2007

Paynim: Medieval and Renaissance Orientalism

Dr Robert Irwin (The TLS)

11 February 2008

Writing Histories, Writing Biographies, Medieval and Modern

Professors Dame Jinty Nelson (KCL) and Catherine Hall (UCL)

10 March 2008

Migration and the first Millennium

Professor Peter Heather (KCL)

28 April 2008

Individuals and Civitas in Medieval and Early Modern Aristotelianism

Dr Annabel Brett (Gonville & Caius, Cambridge)

19 May 2008

How to Hear Confessions: the advice of two Thirteenth-Century  
priests' manuals

Dr Catherine Rider (Exeter)


       Room G09, UCL History Department, 24-5 Gordon Square, London WC1E


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"Religions of the Book: Manuscript Traditions in Judaism,  
Christianity and

      Islam, 1000-1500"

Second Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Symposium

February 21-22, 2008

University of South Florida, Tampa Library, Tampa, FL

Keynote Speaker: Thomas E. Burman, Lindsay Young Associate Professor

      Department of History, University of Tennessee,

      author of *Reading the Qur'an in Latin Christendom, 1140-1560*

Keynote Address: Thursday, February 21, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Traditions Hall

The Special Collections Department of the Tampa Library, University of

      South Florida seeks papers from graduate students and recent  
M.A. or

      Ph.D. recipients for its Second Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate

      Symposium.  This year's theme is "Religions of the Book:  

      Traditions in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, 1000-1500."

      We encourage interdisciplinary topics with comparative emphases on

      monotheistic religions in the medieval world.

Subjects for proposals may include, but are not limited to:

*       sacred myth and narrative

*       interreligious dialogue

*       scriptural exegesis

*       modes of representation

*       traditions of illumination

*       methods of manuscript production

Please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Dr. Jane Marie  

      Symposium Coordinator at [log in to unmask]  Notification

      of acceptances will be emailed by January 4, 2008.  Please include

      the title of your paper, name, affiliation and email address.   

      paper selected will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation.

The Annual Sacred Leaves Graduate Student Symposium is organized by the

      Special Collections Department and the Humanities Institute,

      University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Jane Marie Pinzino, Ph.D.

Special Collections Department

University of South Florida, Tampa Library

4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB 122

Tampa, FL  33620-5400

813.974-2731 voice

813.396-9006 fax



New Master's Degree at Oxford in Medieval Studies

This nine-month interdisciplinary taught course (October to June) can  
be taken either as a free-standing degree or as the first step  
towards one of the research degrees of M.Litt. or D.Phil. ; students  
can choose during the year in which direction they wish to proceed.  
The degree balances taught courses and independent research. It is  
aimed explicitly at students who wish to follow courses in more than  
one discipline in medieval studies, and who are keen to extend the  
range of their skills. The degree values language training and will  
ask all students to study a medieval language they have not already  
studied. Students will also take a palaeography course. In their  
first two terms students will choose optional subjects, from topics  
offered by the participating departments. (These include the  
Faculties of English, History, History of Art, Modern Languages,  
Byzantine Studies, Oriental Studies. Options are likely to be  
available also in Music, Theology and Philosophy.) In addition, in  
their second term students will attend an interdisciplinary seminar;  
every dissertation (written in the third term) will have two  
supervisors from different Faculties. In most cases there will be no  
formal examinations and the degree will be assessed as follows: 20%  
for an essay in each optional subject ; 20% for an essay or  
transcription in paleography; 40% for the dissertation (up to 12,000  
words.) Language skills will normally be assessed by a class test but  
depending on the language it might sometimes be possible to  
substitute the learning of a language (such as Arabic or Old Irish)  
for one of the optional subjects and this language might then be  

Further Information from [log in to unmask]



Representations of Masculinity
Saturday 17 November 2007
The Lock-Keeper’s Cottage,

Queen Mary - University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS


10.30 – 11.15
Robert Mills (Dept. of English, King’s College London)
The Medieval ‘FTM’ Narrative: Female Masculinity in the Middle Ages

11.15 – 12.00
Katherine J. Lewis (Dept. of History, University of Huddersfield)
Religious and Devotional Masculinity in Late Medieval England

12.00 – 12.45
Natasha Romanova (Dept. of European Languages, University of  
Idyllic Masculinity in French Romance

12.45- 1.45 LUNCH
(Please bring your own packed lunch.  Beverages will be available)

1.45- 2.30
Ross Balzaretti (School of History, University of Nottingham)
Fatherhood in Late Lombard Italy

2.30 – 3.15
Clare Lees (Dept. of English, King’s College London)
Judith’s Masculinity

3.15 – 4.15  Discussion

4.15 – 4.45 Tea and Close

The colloquium is free to members of the London Medieval Society (new  
members are always welcome). Membership is annual £20 (£10  
The cost for non-members is £10 (£5 concessions).
  NO BOOKING NECESSARY. Registration will take place on the day.
Details: Gopa Roy (Colloquium Secretary) [log in to unmask]
Membership inquiries: Christopher Lay (co-secretary) [log in to unmask]
School of English and Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile  
End Road, LONDON, E1 4NS


President: Professor Miri Rubin
Patron: Professor Michael Clanchy


Thirty-third Byzantine Studies Conference, which will be held in  
Toronto from October 11 to 14, 2007

Details: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/medieval/BSC/


Integration and Disintegration of Civilizations in Medieval Europe.

International Spring School 2008 (Schwerte, Germany)

See the website: http://www.spp1173.uni-hd.de for more details


Institute for Historical Research

Late Medieval Seminar

Convenors: Clive Burgess (Royal Holloway, University of London),  
Linda Clark (History of Parliament Trust), Sean Cunningham (National  
Archives), Hannes Kleineke (History of Parliament Trust), Stephen  
O'Connor (National Archives)

Venue: Ecclesiastical History Room, IHR

Time: Friday, 5.30pm

Autumn Term 2007 12 October     Dr. Helen Carrel (Cambridge)

A medievalist's response to Foucault's "Discipline and Punish": the  
fourteenth- and fifteenth-century Perspective

19 October      Dr. John Tillotson (ANU, Canberra)

Therefore, whoever is wise, let him dispose of his goods while he is  
(Fasciculus Morum): Early Tudor Executors and their work, with  
particular reference to the will of Sir John Rudstone (d. 1531),  
mayor of London

26 October      Rebecca Oakes (Winchester)

Mortality among the young in fifteenth century England: new evidence  
from Winchester College and New College, Oxford

2 November      Nicholas Kingwell (Southampton)

Sir Thomas Arundell of Lanherne (d. 1485) and the Cost of Civil War

9 November      Dr. Dominic Summers (UEA)

Grand Community Projects: Norfolk Church Towers of the Later Middle Ages

16 November     Dr. Christopher Wright (RHBNC)

Beyond formal control: the Gattilusio lordships in the Genoese network

23 November     Dr. Adrian Jobson (PRO)

Steadfast loyalty? Richard of Cornwall and the baronial opposition in  

30 November     Jessica Lutkin (RHBNC)

All the King's bling... Edward III's purchases of goldsmiths work,  

7 December      Dr. Peter Fleming (UWE)

The Coventry Annals, the Wars of the Roses and Fifteenth-century  
Urban History writing

14 December     Dr. Paul Brand (Oxford)

Edward I and Justice


London Society for Medieval Studies

Joint Chairs: Stephen Baxter and John Gillingham

Director: Alice Rio

Secretary: Ann Robbins (King's)

Treasurer: Catherine Rider (Exeter)

Committee: Marie-Pierre Gelin, Kathryn Gerry, Caroline Goodson, Sarah  
Halton and Vanessa King

Venue: Wolfson Room, IHR

Time: Tuesday, 7.00pm

Note: a small charge may be payable at these seminars.

Autumn Term 2007

30 October     David d'Avray (UCL)

Royal 'divorces' and papal dispensations

13 November     Caterina Bruschi (Birmingham)

Portraits of inquisitors between literature and judicial texts, 13th  
- 14th centuries

27 November     Paula Higgins (Nottingham)

Josquin and the dormouse: discourses of aesthetic excess, masculinity  
and homoeroticism in the reception of Planxit autem David
(Please note: This will be preceeded by our AGM at 6:45pm)

11 December     George Ferzoco (Bristol)

The Massa Marittima mural: the context of penis trees and medieval  
images of genitalia
  — Please note: This will be preceeded by our Christmas party from  
6:30pm (Wolfson Room) - all welcome


Courtauld Institute

Communication & exchange in the art and architecture of the Middle Ages

  2 February 2008

This is the 13th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium. The  
annual colloquium is organised by students at the Courtauld Institute  
of Art to enable postgraduate students from various universities to  
present their work in progress. The conference welcomes those who are  
giving a paper for the first time as well as more experienced  
speakers, and provides a friendly and constructive environment for  
feedback and discussion. Speakers from outside the UK are welcome.  
Papers are invited on all aspects of the communications and exchanges  
that shaped the production of art and architecture in the Middle Ages.

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset  
House, Strand, London WC2


       Laura Cleaver  [log in to unmask]

The deadline for abstracts is 16 November 2007


Cathedrals, communities and conflict, 1000-1350

7 - 9 December 2007

In collaboration with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical  
Studies, Canterbury, and Canterbury Cathedral Archives, the Faculty  
of Arts and Humanities at Canterbury Christ Church University is  
hosting a conference on 'Cathedrals, Communities and Conflict,  
1000-1350'. This conference aims to consider cathedrals as  
embodiments of community and conflict within the British Isles and  
Normandy during the high Middle Ages. Papers will encourage debate  
about the composition and corporate identities of cathedral  
communities, rivalries within and between cathedral communities,  
their relationship with wider communities (e.g. local aristocracies,  
the Welsh princes and the English crown), and cathedrals as foci for  
wider community identities (e.g. patronage and cult of saints).  
Speakers include: William Aird, Richard Allen, Julia Barrow, Paul  
Dalton, John R. Davies, Marie-Pierre Gelin, Cecil Humphery-Smith,  
Kathryn Hurlock, Charles Insley, Chris Lewis, Stephen Marritt, Thomas  
Roche, Catherine Schulze, Stuart Sharp, Sheila Sweetinburgh, Sarah  
Thomas, Nicholas Vincent, Paul Webster and Ann Williams.

Conference organisers:

       Dr Paul Dalton, Dr Charles Insley and Dr Louise Wilkinson


       Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Campus,  
Canterbury, CT1 1QU


       Charles Insley and Louise Wilkinson
  [log in to unmask], [log in to unmask]


       +44 (0)1227 454700


       Department of History and American Studies, Canterbury Christ  
Church University, North Holmes Campus, Canterbury (UK) CT1 1QU


We are very pleased to notify you that all

22 years of our journal Oral Tradition are now

available online and free of charge at


             This site now contains nearly 500 articles

and 10,000 pages, with all of the contents downloadable

as pdf files that you can read online or print out as

you wish. The entire electronic archive of Oral

Tradition is also searchable by keyword or author name,

with phrase-based and Boolean searches possible as


             In return, may we ask you to forward this

e-mail announcement to at least five colleagues in your

field? It would be especially helpful if you selected

colleagues whom you feel might not be aware of Oral

Tradition's migration to an internet-based, open-access

format, or who might not already know that the entire

run of the journal is now available gratis.

             There are also several other ways to assist

us with the process of notifying colleagues, and we

would greatly appreciate your assistance: electronic

links to the site in (1) personal blogs and (2)

professional websites, as well as (3) announcements in

journals and newsletters in your field. Any or all of

these strategies would certainly help to get the news

to colleagues on a broad scale.

Thank you for whatever you can do to help inform our

community and share a resource that was created for the

common good.

             The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition at

the University of Missouri (http://oraltradition.org )

is gratified to be able to offer Oral Tradition to

anyone worldwide with an internet connection and a

browser. We hope that the online, open-access format

will enlarge and diversify the journal's readership,

and particularly that it will offer everyone interested

in the world's oral traditions - regardless of their

location and academic context - an equal opportunity to

contribute actively to the discussion. Our shared field

will prosper most readily if it operates as an academic

democracy without financial or distributional barriers.

             As for future contents, the next issue of

Oral Tradition (volume 22, number 2) will be a special

collection devoted to Basque traditions, and will

include descriptive and analytical articles, interviews

with oral poets, and an eCompanion with photographic,

audio, and video support. Beyond that issue we will be

publishing articles on Albanian oral law, Native

American storytelling, modern Greek oral poetry, Welsh

saints' lives, modern Balinese epic, and many other

topics across the international spectrum.

             We welcome your comments and especially

your submissions for publication.

John Foley

Editor, Oral Tradition


Institute of Historical Research

European History 1500-1800

Roger Mettam, Philip Broadhead, John Henderson, Julian Swann, Peter  
Campbell, Filippo de Vivo

Mondays at 17.00 in the Low Countries Room of the Institute of  
Historical Research (University of London), Senate House, Malet  


This year there is going to be a  special emphasis on comparison  
every other session in order to encourage greater discussion from a  
wider audience.

8 October     Professor I.A.A. Thompson (Keele) 'Rebranding the  
Nation, Santiago or

Santa Teresa? Changing patron saints in seventeenth-century Spain'

22 October     Professor Peter Burke (Cambridge), 'Uses and Abuses of  

history' (comparative)

5 November     Alan Ross (Oxford) 'A teacher and his pupils in  
Zwickau-Saxony. A case

study in the social and intellectual history of 17th c. education.'

19 November     Professor Brian Pullan (Manchester), 'The War on  
Begging in Early

Modern Italy' (comparative)

3 December     Dr Frank Tallett (Reading) 'The priest as Shylock; the  
clergy and credit in

old regime France'

contact: Filippo de Vivo - [log in to unmask]


The 25th Brixworth Lecture will be held on Saturday 27th October 2007,

at 5pm in All Saints' Church, Brixworth (tea from 4pm)

Speaker: Prof. Ian Wood (University of Leeds)

Title: The Priest, the Temple and the Moon in the Eighth Century

(a comparison between Mayan and Anglo-Saxon astronomical expertise is

promised ...)

Full details (and a poster) are here:




Corpus Christi College (Cambridge), the Stanford University
  Libraries, and the University of Cambridge are pleased to announce
  the release of a beta version of their Parker on the Web service in
  early October, 2007.

Parker on the Web is an interactive, web-based workspace designed to
support research and teaching with the manuscripts of the Parker
Library at Corpus.

The completed project will include
  high-resolution images of the Library’s 538 manuscripts spanning the
6th to the 16th centuries; a fully-tagged version of M. R. James’  
descriptive catalog, updated and expanded; plus digitized editions,
  translations and secondary scholarship.

The project is supported by
  the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon  

The beta site will be freely accessible at least through 2008 at
http://parkerweb.stanford.edu .  The beta version replaces the  
prototype made available in 2004, and offers a revamped user  
interface, enhanced searching and manuscript-viewing capabilities,  
and expanded metadata, bibliography, and page images for at least  
fifty manuscripts.

The beta version will replace the prototype at the same web address:  

To obtain full access, users will need to register and accept an
  agreement covering permitted uses.  The
site’s development and content are expected to be complete in late
  2009, at which time full access will be available through
  institutional subscriptions only.

We encourage scholars and students in all relevant disciplines to
visit the site, use it freely and frequently, and provide
  feedback.  Instructors or institutions who wish to use the site for
teaching or research are especially encouraged to contact the project

Those seeking additional information, or wishing to communicate about  
the project are invited to send e-mail to [log in to unmask]


The tenth C. A. Mayer Memorial Lecture will be given by Catherine  
Reuben, Honorary Research Fellow, Kingston University, on the topic

Translating the Psalms in sixteenth-century Europe

Time: Friday, 9 November 2007 at 4 p.m.

Venue: British Library Conference Centre, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Admission is free, but the British Library would like a list of those  
attending. RSVP to [log in to unmask]


16–18 April 2009.

"After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth-Century England," an  
international conference organized by the Faculty of English,  
University of Oxford, in association with the Bodleian Library,  
marking the 600th anniversary of the publication of Arundel's  
Constitutions, in Oxford.

* Mapping Chronologies (chaired by James Simpson)

* The Dynamics of Orthodox Reform

* Humanism and Intellectual History

* Literary Self-Consciousness and Literary History

* Discerning the Discourse: Language and Spirituality

* Heresy and its Textual Afterlife

Plenary speakers to include: Jeremy Catto, Anne Hudson, David Lawton,  
Miri Rubin and Sarah Beckwith; conference respondent: Nicholas  
Watson. Conference committee: Vincent Gillespie, Helen Barr, Santha  
Bhattacharji, Mishtooni Bose, Kantik Ghosh, Annie Sutherland, John  

Further information and Call for papers:
please send 500-word abstracts by 1 May 2008 to Vincent Gillespie,  
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford OX2 6QA, U.K.  
([log in to unmask]).


14 December–17 December 2007.

"England and the Continent in the Tenth Century," an International  
Conference in memory of Professor Dr Wilhelm Levison (Died 1947)

In the spring of 1943, in the later stages of the Second World War,  
Prof. Dr Wilhelm Levison, then an honorary fellow of Durham  
University, delivered the Ford Lectures in Oxford under the title,  
England and the Continent in the Eighth Century. His principal  
subject was the conversion to Christianity twelve hundred years ago  
of the Frisians and the Saxons at the hands of English churchmen. The  
published version of those lectures has had an abiding influence on  
the development of early medieval historical research, not least the  
appendices with their great technical command of source criticism.  
This conference is dedicated to the memory of Wilhelm Levison sixty  
years after his death in 1947. Rather than crossing the eighth- 
century landscape which he made his own, it pursues the spirit of his  
work on "England and the Continent" in the context of the tenth century.

Bringing together an impressive array of internationally  
distinguished scholars and also younger scholars of great promise, it  
focuses on:

-England and the Continent

-The Vision of the Past

-Revolution in Church Organisation

-Kingship and Ritual

-Law and Power

-Manuscripts and Culture

The conference has been planned as a coherent, multi-authored  
exploration of these themes, and it has been designed to encourage  
vigorous discussion amongst all those attending.

Anyone interested is warmly welcome to attend. If you have academic  
questions about the conference, please contact the convenor: Prof.  
David Rollason ([log in to unmask]; http://www.dur.ac.uk/ 


15 March 2008. "Religious Conformity and Non-Conformity in England,  
c. 1380–1600," a one-day conference held in honour of Dr. Margaret  
Aston at University College, London. Contact: Maureen Jurkowski  
([log in to unmask]).


26 April 2008.
"Bone Dreams: Anglo-Saxon Culture and the Modern Imagination," a  
conference sponsored by the Faculty of English, University of Oxford.

Not all modern writers have agreed with Kingsley Amis that Beowulf is  
an "anonymous, crass, purblind, infantile, featureless heap of  
gangrened elephant's sputum."
This one-day conference will focus on the productive interplay of  
early medieval and modern culture, and in particular the ways in  
which the Anglo-Saxons and their literature have been received,  
confronted and re-envisioned in the modern imagination.

Call for papers: our emphasis will be on Old English writing and its  
relations with literature since 1900, but we shall also consider  
proposals that address topics and media beyond those parameters. We  
welcome proposals (300 words) for papers of up to 20 minutes in  
length. Deadline for proposals is 31 October 2007.

Confirmed speakers include Chris Jones (University of St Andrews),  
author of Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth- 
Century Poetry (Oxford, 2006). Please send proposals, and direct any  
enquiries, to the organizers: David Clark, Univ. of Leicester  
([log in to unmask]), or Nicholas Perkins, St Hugh's College, Univ. of  
Oxford ([log in to unmask]).


14–17 May 2008.

"Italy and the Middle Ages," the 8th Annual Teaching Medieval  
Literature Conference, in Vogogna, Italy (1 hour north of Milan).

Call for papers: proposals requested on teaching any aspect of  
medieval Italy for college classes, ranging from freshmen to graduate.

Proposals due to Barbara Stevenson ([log in to unmask]) by 1  
November 2007. For more information, follow the link for the Teaching  
Medieval Literature Conference at http://www.kennesaw.edu/english/ 


11–13 July 2008.

"Multilingualism in Medieval Britain, 1100–1400," a conference at  
Bristol University, England.

This conference is devoted to the study of the linguistic and  
sociolinguistic situation in medieval Britain. Speakers include:  
Caroline Barron, Keith Busby, Alan Fletcher, Tony Hunt, Tim Machan,  
Anthony Musson, Thea Summerfield, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, and Laura  

Call for papers: Areas of interest include the purposes and effects  
of "code switching"; the functional and territorial distribution  
between Latin and vernacular languages; encounters between speakers  
of different languages in reality and literature; similarities and  
dissimilarities between medieval and modern modalities of  
multilingualism. The organizers particularly invite papers that  
explore these issues through a close analysis of one or two specific  
types of source material.

The deadline for abstracts: 31 January, 2008. A volume of selected  
proceedings is anticipated.

Contact: Ad Putter ([log in to unmask]) or Dr. Judith Jefferson  
([log in to unmask]).


EX MEDINCK': Medieval Manuscripts from Medingen convent (12-13  
October 2007) <http://www.sub.uni-hamburg.de/blog/?p=676>

Friday, 12 October 2007 CONFERENCE (Conference Room II of the State-  
und University Library Hamburg)

from 9am Registration

9.30 Gabriele BEGER: Introducation

10.00 Wolfgang BRANDIS: Medingen in the context of the convents on  
the Lüneburg Heath. A historical introduction

11.00 Hans-Walter STORK: Retro-Paleography? Writing in the Medingen Mss.

12.00 Henrike LÄHNEMANN: Maccaronic text and bilingualism. The Latin- 
Low German Text Production of the Medingen prayer-books


15.00 Christine PUTZO / Katharina GEORGI: Manuscript-Workshop: The  
Hamburg prayer-books as a mss-ensemble

17.00 Beate BRAUN-NIEHR: SBPK Berlin Ms. theol. lat. oct. 189 – A  
Psalter for Medingen

18.00 Andres LAUBINGER: A database for the Medingen manuscripts –  

19.00 Final Discussion

Saturday, 13. Oktober 2007 EXKURSION to the Protestant Convent of  

(train from Hamburg-Dammtor 9.48, arrival Bad Bevensen 10.45)

11.00 Abbess Monika VON KLEIST: A guided tour through the buildings

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Music from the Medingen Manuscripts in the Church

(Train from Bad Bevensen 17.09, arrival Hamburg Hauptbahnhof 18.01)

Conference Fee: (to be payed on the day): 30 Euro (incl. coffee,  
lunch, handouts, trip to Medingen) / 20 Euro (for Friday)

On both days, there is the opportunity to view the exhibition (open  
9am to 9pm); at 9am there will be a short tour by Hans-Walter Stork  
and Henrike Lähnemann.

Please register with Hans-Walter Stork, Staats-und  
Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky, Von-Melle-Park 3,  
20146 Hamburg, Tel.: 0049-40-42838-3371, Mail: [log in to unmask]

The full programme can be downloaded under http://www.sub.uni- 

Further information on the exhibition: http://www.sub.uni-hamburg.de/ 

How to get there: Metrobus 4 or 5 to "Staatsbibliothek" resp. S11,  
S21, S31 and train to "Dammtor"


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