AEMA Newsletter: January/February 2019
Dear AEMA Members and Supporters,

I hope that all of you have had a pleasant Christmas and New Year, and have spent the break (however long your own holiday period was) relaxing with family, friends, and a good book (or ten)! Now that we're into the second half of January, things are once more picking up speed, and we have a number of announcements to make in this edition of the newsletter.

The committee has been busy working on the final bits of Volume 14 of JAEMA, and we look forward to having it ready to send to all AEMA members in February. Please have a look at your membership details to ensure that your mailing address is correct!

On that note, I would also like to remind all of our members that your annual 2019 AEMA membership fees are now due! Please see the details below.

We have announced the details of the 2019 Conference, to be held at Monash University, Melbourne, and now the CFP is also ready and included below. A separate email will also be sent out for you to share among your own networks and with interested parties. Let's make 2019 the best AEMA conference yet!

A number of AEMA members will be meeting in the same week in early February - we'll have members at ANZAMEMS in Sydney and ASCS in Armidale. I'll be at ANZAMEMS myself, and I look forward to catching up with many of you there!

And finally, please don't forget to keep on sending in notices of changes to the reading groups, notices of conferences and events which I may have missed, as well as notices of any new publications or personal notices you would like to share with your fellow AEMA members.

 
Erica Steiner
AEMA Newsletter Editor
Newsletter Contents
Editor's Preface
Membership Renewals
2019 AEMA Conference - CFP
Recent AEMA Graduates
AEMA Member News
Conference Report - 17th International Saga Conference
AEMA Sponsored Conference Panels, Sessions and Study Days
JAEMA News
New AEMA Member Publications

Events, Exhibitions and Seminars - Australia
Australian School of Celtic Learning - Short Courses and Study Days
Short Courses - Australia and International
Online Short Courses and MOOCs
Classical and Medieval Language Reading Groups - Australia
Conferences and Symposia - Australia and New Zealand
Conferences and Symposia - International
Bursaries, Prizes, and Other Items of Interest
Other Early Medieval News
Other Medieval Journals of Interest
AEMA Contact Details
Membership Renewals
It's membership renewal time! How exciting!

If you have already renewed your AEMA membership - we thank you for your continued support! If you have yet to do so, then please visit the
membership portal and select the correct annual renewal option (Full or Concession). Please note that our membership year has, for the last few years, run from January to December, rather than the old system of 12 months from the date of your joining. Even though membership fees for 2019 will not be due for another two months, you may renew early if you wish!

In 2019, as in previous years, our fees have remained very affordable for the benefit of our large student membership base:

$22/year - concession rate
$44/year - full subscription rate


We would also like to encourage those supporters who wish to become members to consider applying! Each and every one of you is a valued member of our association, and your support allows us to continue to publish JAEMA and hold our annual conferences.

If you have any problems using the new system, then please email either our Vice-President,
Steve Joyce, or our Treasurer, John D'Alton, directly for assistance.
2019 AEMA Conference - Call For Papers Open
The AEMA Committee is pleased to announce that next year's conference will be held at the Clayton Campus of Monash University during the Common Week of Semester Two, 3-5 October 2019.

Don't forget to add these dates to your diaries now!

This conference invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy. In a modern world dominated by deeply polemical counter narratives not afraid to adjust facts to claim dominance and, thereby, legitimacy, we look at the ways in which modern forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages. Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity, and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

In the context of the early medieval period, who legitimated? What was their reasons for doing so? Conversely, what was set aside in the process of illegitimisation? And what do these dominant and counter narratives mean for the presentation of history?

Legitimacy implies dominant views on authority, cultural legitimacy, status, and control of the means to ensure dominance, such as publication. It can create hidden communities and counter-narratives. Even though the early medieval period continues to exist in the popular imagination as backward and insular, in many ways it is a period marked by innovations in both the practice and pursuit of legitimacy, innovations which still resonate to this day. is conference aims to challenge the perception that the modern world is particularly modern in the way it contests legitimacy.

We invite submissions on the following topics:
• Politics and Culture
• Individuals and Institutions
• Law and Justice
• Status and Inheritance
• Authenticity and Fraud
• Orthodoxy and Heresy
• Truth and Propaganda
• Dominant and Counter Narratives
• Objects and Spaces
• Modern (re)interpretations of the Early Medieval

AEMA also welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of the Early Medieval period (c. 400–1150) in all cultural, geographic, religious and linguistic settings, even if they do not strictly adhere to the theme. We especially encourage submissions from graduate students and early career researchers. 

Limited financial assistance is available to AEMA members on acceptance.

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted
here by 5 April 2019.
Recent AEMA Graduates - Congratulations!
Ryan Strickler
PhD Awarded: September 2018
Institution: Macquarie University
Supervisor: Bronwen Neil
Thesis Title: Coping with Crisis: Invasion, Defeat, and Apocalyptic Discourse in Seventh-Century Byzantium

Thesis Summary:
The seventh century was a period of transformative crisis for the Byzantine Empire. Conquests by the Sassanid Persians and ascendant Islamic Arab forces reshaped the region for centuries to come. This sudden change in fortune is witnessed in the decline of triumphalist rhetoric in Byzantine literature which, in the wake defeat, began to ring false. To comprehend their circumstances, and bolster Byzantine identity, many authors turned to apocalyptic discourse to emplot themselves and their enemies into a providential plan, to provide both meaning and hope.

Most scholars have considered Byzantine apocalypticism to be part of a greater interest in eschatology and general speculation about the end of days. Such scholarship tends to focus around the so-called genre of apocalypse, which is, in turn, relegated the realm of Volksliteratur. This thesis argues that Byzantine apocalyptic discourse was less concerned with the eschaton, and more concerned with providing an explanation for contemporary crises and predicting their immanent end. Byzantine authors employed apocalyptic discourse to address imperial decline at the hands of Persian and Arab forces and transform Roman and Christian identity. Furthermore, considering its widespread usage, this thesis questions whether a generic approach is the most efficient way to discuss Byzantine apocalypticism.

 

Have you recently successfully submitted your thesis and completed your degree? If so, then let us know by emailing the Newsletter Editor here to share the joy with your fellow AEMA members!
AEMA Member News
Dr Penny Nash (University of Sydney) has been awarded runner-up of the prestigious Royal Studies Journal - Canterbury Christ Church University Book Prize for the Best Book in Royal Studies in 2018 for her recent monograph, Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda, with the judges praising her unique and meticulously detailed approach.

Congratulations Penny!

Further information about this annual competition is contained in the Bursaries and Prizes section below.
17th International Saga Conference, Reykjavík and Reykholt, Iceland, 12-17 August, 2018 - Conference Report
In August 2018, for only the third time in its forty-seven-year history, the International Saga Conference met in the land which created the literature on which it focuses. The main venue was Háskóli Íslands, the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, but on the second working day everyone bussed the one hundred kilometres to Reykholt, the home of the great medieval author Snorri Sturluson (1178-1241), where sessions were held in and around Snorrastofa, the research and study centre which bears his name
 
Snorri's Bathing Pool at Reykholt
Once a fairly small gathering of mainly established scholars, the Saga Conference has grown greatly in recent years, and some 350 attendees were anticipated in 2018, including many doctoral students and other younger researchers. Some 240 papers were delivered, normally in seven parallel sessions. About 200 of these related to the main concern of the 2018 conference, the Íslendingasögur or ‘sagas of the Icelanders’, and about forty were related to the secondary theme marking that 900 years had passed since the laws of the medieval Icelandic Commonwealth were committed to writing

Excursion to Þingvellir

In one respect Australian participation was down on that at most recent Saga conferences. Only three paper givers indicated an Australian institutional affiliation: Margaret Clunies Ross (University of Sydney/University of Adelaide), Robert Cutrer (University of Sydney), and John Kennedy (Charles Sturt University). Interestingly, however, five attendees at the conference had obtained their PhD on Old Norse/Old Icelandic topics at the University of Sydney:  Kate Heslop (University of California, Berkeley), July Quinn (Cambridge University), and Tarrin Wills (University of Copenhagen/University of Aberdeen) gave papers, and Sydney resident Peter Hupfauf, a member of the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at the University of Sydney, rounded out the five with John Kennedy
 

Conference at Þingvellir

Organising the Conference and obtaining the necessary funding has become a major task, and the Icelanders are to be congratulated on their success in 2018. The future of the Conference seems assured: an offer to hold the eighteenth conference jointly in Helsinki and Tallinn from 8 to 14 August 2021 was enthusiastically accepted, the proposed theme being  ‘Sagas and the Circum-Baltic Arena’, and though each triennial conference retains the right to decide upon the location of its immediate successor, the idea of holding the nineteenth conference at the University of Silesia in Katowice in 2024, advocated by Polish scholars who circulated a brochure explaining what they have in mind, was well received. The French representative on the Conference’s International Advisory Committee mooted the idea of holding the 2024 conference in Paris, but it was agreed that the presence of the Olympic Games there that summer might pose logistical difficulties, and that 2027 might be a more appropriate date for Paris.
 
John Kennedy
Charles Sturt University
AEMA Sponsored Conference Panels, Sessions, and Study Days
It's great to announce that, following on from our initiative to have a greater presence outside of our own annual conference, so far for 2019, AEMA will have five official sponsored panels! 

The following three panels have been accepted for ANZAMEMS 2019 (
current programme times included):

- Cultural Identity in the Saga World (organiser Matt Firth)
   - Session 5b (Thursday 7/2/19, 10.45am-12.15pm).

- The Transmission of Mythology in the Anglo-Scandinavian World (organiser Matt Firth)
   - Session 7d (Thursday 7/2/19, 4.15-5.45pm).
- Cultural Identity in the Early Medieval Celtic World (organiser Erica Steiner)
   - Session 11f (Friday 8/2/19, 4.30-5.45pm).

The following panels have been accepted for IMC Leeds 2019.


- Materialities of Antipodal Medievalism: displaced materiality and cultural consumption of the northern Middle Ages for the peripheral medievalist (organiser Rod McDonald)
- Fixed materiality in a fluid environment: literary and liturgical visions of landscape in the early medieval West (organiser Steve Joyce)


If you would like to submit an expression of interest to host an AEMA-sponsored panel at a conference, or a symposium, study day, or round-table event, then please contact us here.
JAEMA
The Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association (JAEMA) is an annual refereed, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the early medieval period. English-language submissions of 6,000–12,000 words are invited on any theme - such as history, art history, archaeology, literature, linguistics, music and theology - and from any interpretive angle - memory, gender, historiography, medievalism, consilience and beyond - which provides an original contribution to the early medieval period. All submissions will be subject to a double blind peer-review.

Submissions are now being accepted for JAEMA Volume 15 as well as future volumes, and we would especially invite contributions from members and others who attended and presented at last year's AEMA Conference in Adelaide. However, article submissions from non-members and members alike are equally welcome, and may be made here at any point during the year.

JAEMA Volume 14, is currently in production, and the Committee anticipates that members copies will be distributed in February 2019
New AEMA Member Publications
Fír Fesso: A Festschrift for Neil McLeod, edited by Anders Ahlqvist and Pamela O'Neill, was published in December 2018. This volume honours Neil McLeod's inestimable contribution over the past four decades to the fields of Celtic Studies, Early Medieval Studies, and especially, to Early Irish Law. The volume features a number of articles concerned with the early medieval period, as well as contributions from a number of AEMA members.

This volume is also the most recent contribution to the Sydney Series in Celtic Studies. Previous volumes are available upon request.

Further information on this volume, and others in the series, is available
here.
AEMA member Erin Sebo's first monograph, In Enigmate: The History of a Riddle, 400-1500, published by Four Courts Press, is now available to purchase.

This book is a study of a single riddle as it is transmitted, translated and transformed over more than a thousand years. Beginning with the influential late antique riddle text Aenigmata Symphosii, In Enigmate charts an arc through the extraordinary popularity of riddles in Anglo-Saxon England, their decline as a learned literary form after the Norman conquest, their emergence in early modern ballads and beyond. 

Further information is contained in the article itself, available
here.
The Picts Re-imagined is Julianna Grigg's latest monograph, published for the ARC Humanities Press 'Past Imperfect' Series.

After languishing on the disciplinary peripheries, Pictish studies is now undergoing significant revision and invigoration, with recent archaeological discoveries increasing the stock of evidence and prompting a re-assessment of cultural development. In addition, new methodologies in archaeology, cultural geography and art history are unpacking the processes of social reproduction through Pictish artefacts and the constructed environment. These new findings are giving a fresh perspective on the wider development of nations and identity, and the geo-political transitions that affected Early Medieval polities across the Latin west which underlie the modern world. This short book provides an exciting and informed synthesis of our current understanding of Pictish history and their material remains. 

Further information on this volume is available
here.
Do you have a recently published monograph, edited volume, or chapter contribution? Let us know, by emailing the AEMA Newsletter Editor here, and we would be delighted to include your book in forthcoming issues of the AEMA Newsletter!
Upcoming Australian Events, Exhibitions and Seminars
Professor Stephanie Trigg is organising a rehearsal day on Tuesday 29 January 2019 for Melbourne-based medievalists and early modernists who will be presenting at ANZAMEMS 2019. As Stephanie says: It can be very useful to trial a paper a little before a conference; to test out timing, to make sure your power-point works, and to find out what sort of questions your paper might elicit in your audience. If we gather as a group beforehand, it also means we can hear our colleagues’ and friends’ papers, leaving us freer to go to other parallel sessions at the conference. For more details, please email Professor Trigg here.
Lily Withycombe will deliver the free talk, 'Exhibiting Ancient Rome in Australia' at the Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

Australia has an enduring fascination with ancient Rome. It is part of our collective imagination, a fixture on primary, secondary and tertiary syllabi, and provides a frame of reference for our government, architecture, and art. Over the past decades, several Australian cultural institutions have fed the Australian appetite for ancient Rome through travelling exhibitions drawn from European collections. Rome: City and Empire,on loan from the British Museum, and currently at the National Museum of Australia is one such exhibition. This talk examines the practical and creative logistics behind the delivery of this exhibition.

5.00-6.00pm, 31 January, 2019. Registrations are required. Further details
here.
The Australian School of Celtic Learning is celebrating its First Anniversary. Supporters of the school, celticists, early medievalists, and interested people are all welcome to attend this free event.

6.00-8.00pm, Friday 1 February 2019, Hyde Park, (wet weather location TBA), Sydney. Please contact
Pamela O'Neill for further details.
The exhibition, Rome: City and Empire, at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, is in its final month. Featuring over 200 objects from the British Museum's extensive collection, this exhibition features artefacts and art from the whole period of Rome, especially Imperial Rome.

Closes 3 February, 2019. Tickets and information available
here.
The Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group (SMRG) will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary with on the final day of the ANZAMEMS Conference, with a special reception and launch of Lola Sharon Davidson's new book on the history of SMRG. A short introduction is available on the SMRG website.

Hope to see many of you there!

6-7pm, Friday 8 February, 2019, MacLaurin Hall, Main Quad, Sydney University - details taken from the current ANZAMEMS programme. For all further information on the reception and/or the book, please email
here.
John Patrick Asimakis will deliver the monthly SMRG talk on the topic of 'Solving the Problem of Virgil: Analysing the 'virtuous pagan' in Dante's Commedia'.

7pm, 13 March, 2019, location on request.
The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, has a current exhibition entitled, Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia
 

Gods, Myths & Mortals brings 8,000 years of Greek civilisation to Melbourne – with each time period celebrating the continuity and transformation which have shaped the Greek world. The collection includes: Neolithic pottery; Cycladic statues; Minoan figurines; Mycenaean jewelry; Hellenistic sculptures; Byzantine icons and manuscripts; Post Byzantine secular art and costumes; and Neo-Hellenic art and weaponry, including ornate swords and pistols belonging to Greek revolutionary heroes Kolokotronis and Mavromichalis. All treasures are from the renowned Benaki Museum, Athens as part of an ongoing collaboration between our two museums. This exhibition is currently open, and will close 10 October 2019.

Australian School of Celtic Learning - Short Courses
Founded in December 2017 by AEMA's inaugural president, Dr Pamela O’Neill, the Australian School of Celtic Learning is a community-oriented educational venture. The school's vision is for a world where everyone has affordable and accessible opportunities to learn about the Celtic cultures.  It's aim is to present the latest and best research in the field of Celtic learning to all of our students, whether their interest is genealogical, spiritual, historical or linguistic.

The school's programmes are arranged in four terms each year, each beginning on one of the Celtic festivals of Imbolc, Bealtaine, Lughnasadh and Samhain.  It offers study days, evening courses, residential immersion schools and overseas study tours.  Topics for the programmes range widely over topics of Celtic interest, with a particular focus on the early medieval period, and on medieval and modern Celtic languages.


All of the short courses and study days (unless otherwise listed) are located at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney, and all course fees include the course booklets and suitable refreshments (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea as applicable). Further information is available on the school website, or from Pamela directly. Listed below are the latest courses on offer at the School:
February:

First Anniversary Celebration
Come along to Hyde Park to celebrate the first anniversary of our first event, with music, food, drink and the chance to socialise.
FREE
6.00-8.00pm, 1 February, 2019.
Hyde Park, Sydney - Wet weather location TBA.


The Picts and their Art Study Day
The Picts occupied much of the territory of north-eastern Scotland in the iron age and early medieval period.  We will attempt to separate speculation from fact, and understand as much as it is possible to know about the Picts.  We will also look closely at the Pictish carved stones, considering the nature and style of the carving, its influences and possible meanings.
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged)
11.30am-6.30pm, 3 February, 2019.
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston.


(Modern) Irish Language Conversation
Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner. 
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 6, 13, 20 February, 2019.

An Leabhar Mor Reading Day
An Leabhar Mor is a project bringing together 100 of the best poems ever written in the Gaelic languages together with newly commissioned art and calligraphy. The poems range from the earliest known poem in Old Irish c.500AD to the latest offerings from Scottish Gaelic and Irish languages. The book was published early in the 21st century. Join us to read some of the poems in the original language and the translated version, and to enjoy high resolution close-ups of the artworks.
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged)
10am-5pm, 9 February, 2019.
Penrith Gaels Cultural & Sporting Association, 75 Richmond Road corner Glebe Place, Kingswood.


(Modern) Scottish Gaelic Retreat
Spend a weekend immersed in Scottish Gaelic at beautiful Callala Beach on the NSW South Coast.  We will have exclusive use of a holiday house and numbers will be limited to a maximum of eight. Formal Gaelic language classes will be interspersed with gentle walks on the beach, cooking traditional Scottish dishes and enjoying the outdoors – all in Gaelic. All meals, materials, accommodation, etc. are included in the price.  No prior knowledge of Gaelic required.
$400 ($300 student/unwaged)
15-17 February, 2019.
Callala Beach, NSW.


History of the Celts in 20 Objects Study Day
This study day seeks to touch on some of the more intriguing aspects of Celtic culture though the objects that are associated with it. In examining our twenty objects, we will also glance quickly at some additional objects that did not make the cut.  We will talk about what makes an object Celtic, what is special about each object, and how it represents a particular aspect of Celtic culture. 
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged)
10am-5pm, 23 February.
TBA, Melbourne.


Celtic Art Workshop
A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged)
10am-5pm, 23 February, 2019.
TBA venue, Melbourne.

 

March:

(Modern) Scottish Gaelic Language Conversation
Our learners’ group provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere to make use of your Gaelic, whether you have just a few words or are an advanced learner. 
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
6.30-8.30pm, Wednesday 6, 13, 20 March, 2019.

Celtic Art Workshop
A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged)
11.30am-6pm, 10 March, 2019.
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street, Weston.


Holy Islands Study Day
A study day which will explore the material remains and history of the holy island of Eileach an Naoimh, in the Garvellachs off the west coast of Scotland in the morning, and Skellig Michael, off the west coast of Ireland in the afternoon.
Eileach Seminar: 10am-1pm, 16 March, 2019.
Skellig Seminar: 2pm-5pm, 16 March, 2019.

$50 (full fee)/$35 (student/unwaged) for either session, or
$95 (full fee)/$65 (student/unwaged) for the full day package.
TBA venue, (Inner Western) Sydney.

Celtic Art Workshop
A lavishly illustrated exploration of Celtic art motifs and techniques through the ages, exploring the best and quirkiest of Celtic manuscripts, sculpture and metalwork. Learn the basic design techniques of Celtic knotwork, as seen in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.  Take home your own piece of original Celtic artwork.
$95 ($65 student/unwaged) - both days
23-24 March, 2019.
TBA venue, Glen Innes, NSW.


Celtic High Crosses Study Day
Celtic Christians from the 7th – 10th centuries erected magnificent carved stone crosses commonly known as high crosses. The crosses are embellished with scenes from the bible and possibly other sources, together with abstract Celtic art. Join us for a virtual tour of Celtic High Crosses from Ireland and Scotland. We will explore the meaning of the scenes and symbols carved on the crosses and the historical background to their creation.
$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
10am-5pm, 30 March, 2019.
Revesby Workers Club, 2B Brett Street, Revesby.
Other Short Courses - Australia and International
The following upcoming courses at WEA (Sydney) include early medieval content:

Letters of Gold: The Art of Illuminated Letters
Tutor: Elaine Witton
10.00am-3.00pm, 22-23 January, 2019, $166.
Further details
here.

From Roman Britain to the Middle Ages
Tutor: John Coombs
10.00am-1.00pm, 23 January, 2019, $75.
Further details
here.

The Middle East: A Clash of Religions
Tutor: Michael Pyne
10.00am-2.00pm, 24 January, 2019, $92.
Further details
here.

An Evening in Magical Morocco
Tutor: Valerie Pybus
6.00-8.00pm, 19 February, 2019, $38.
Further details
here.

The Lost Medieval Kingdom of Burgundy
Tutor: Yvette Debergue
6.00-8.00pm, 21 February, 2019, $38.
Further details
here.
The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies has the following short courses:
 
Summer School in New Testament Greek, 21-25 January, 2019.
Dr David Daintree of the Christopher Dawson Centre, in association with the Verbum Domini Institute, will offer an intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament. It will be a continuation of last summer’s course that is also suitable for virtual beginners who are willing to undertake some preliminary work on the Greek alphabet. Some prior knowledge of Greek is desirable.
 
9am-3pm daily, $100 course cost only (meals an accommodation not included).
35 Tower Rd, New Town, Hobart, Tasmania.
 
Latin Summer School, Rome, 7-20 July 2019.
An intensive 2-week Latin Language course for beginners and a richly variegated reading party for the more advanced, but with free interchange between the two streams. The goal is to examine two millennia of Roman and Italian culture – art as well as literature – through the medium of the Latin Language (classical, medieval and neo-Latin).
 
The course is run by Dr Robert H.F. Carver and Dr David Daintree, and will take place at the Bernardi Campus of the University of St Thomas in Rome. All-inclusive course costs (excluding airfares, lunch and dinner) are €1480 per person, twin-share.
 
Further information is available on the
website.
The Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS), Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training, is again providing a number of credited and uncredited programs (as well as eight-week long internships) for novice and experienced students in archaeology. While their programs are excavation-centered and aimed primarily at students of archaeology, anthropology and history, these courses are open to all interested students and researchers. These four-week programs include tuition, credit transcript (for some courses), accommodation and meals, equipment and field trips. International travel and local transfers are not included. The following IAFS excavation programmes will be offered in 2019:

The Medieval Landscape of Ferrycarrig: Tracing the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland, will be held as both Winter and Summer courses, 6 January - 2 February 2019, and 14 July - 10 August 2019. Built in 1169 CE, Ferrycarrig is crucial to our understanding of the earliest stages of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland. Students will be exposed not only to archaeological investigation at the site but also to the many and myriad ways by which the public is presented, view and interpret the archaeological record.

Archaeology and Environment in Ireland: The Environmental and Cultural Heritage of the Irish Landscape, will be held in July 2019. This unique teaching focused program has been designed to give students an in-depth understanding of the natural landscape, from the underlying bedrock to the glacial landforms, from the overlying soils to the flora and fauna they support. The program combines field studies with laboratory work to piece together three different landscapes in three distinct locations. 

Other courses are offered jointly with the National University of Ireland Maynooth, are shorter one and two week intensive programmes, and in 2019 the following will be offered:

Forensic Anthropology: Dead Men Do Tell Tales, will be held 10-16 March, 2019, and 9-15 June, 2019. This one week  program teaches students how to excavate and assess human remains in the surroundings of the Irish National Heritage Park located in Wexford on Ireland’s south-east coast. The course is designed for students from a variety of academic backgrounds with an interest in osteoarchaeology and physical/forensic anthropology.

Uncovering the Archaeology of Conflict and Colonisation will be held 23 June - 6 July, 2019. This two week summer school program gives students a hands-on orientation of archaeological field techniques and field anthropology, including archaeological survey, archaeological excavation, experimental archaeology and post-excavation analysis.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Cyprus Institute, with support through the Getty Foundation’s Connecting Art Histories initiative, is launching a new research seminar project: Mediterranean Palimpsests: Connecting the Art and Architectural Histories of Medieval and Early Modern Cities. Directed by Nikolas Bakirtzis (The Cyprus Institute) and D. Fairchild Ruggles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), the project investigates the layered art histories of medieval Mediterranean cities as the basis for scholarly connections that challenge and move beyond the boundaries of modern historiographies, national narratives and contemporary socioeconomic realities.

The project’s directors will convene three research seminars that will engage expert advisors and selected emerging scholars, that will explore transition, appropriation and identity in art and architectural history; these will be ten-day programs held in Granada and Cordoba, January, 2019; and Rhodes and Thessaloniki, May 2019. Scholars and researchers who received their PhD in or after 2008 (i.e. within past 10 years) in the fields of art history, architectural history, landscape history, and archaeology are eligible to apply. Scholars must be willing and able to participate in all three workshops. The program provides travel and lodging costs and museum entrance fees for participating scholars.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Macquarie Ancient Languages School (MALS) which began in 1981 as an intensive summer school in ancient Greek, has expanded over the years and now offers courses in a variety of ancient languages associated with the teaching and research programs of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. MALS offers intensive courses at introductory to advanced levels led by our team of enthusiastic tutors, some of whom have been sharing their skills and passion for languages at the School for many years. Week-long sessions run on the Macquarie campus in January and July each year. We specialise in Greek, Egyptian, Latin (winter only), Coptic, and Hebrew, and regularly include other languages as well. Everyone (from 16 years of age up) interested in exploring one of these languages with us is warmly welcomed.

Winter Week 2019 will be held 8-12 July, 2019.
Summer Week 2020 will be held 6-10 January, 2020.
Winter Week 2020 will be held 13-17 July, 2020.

Further information is available on the
website.
Boğaziçi University Byzantine Studies Research Center is holding their 3rd Annual Byzantine Greek Summer School, which will be held at held at Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 8-26 July, 2019.

Students are expected to have knowledge of basic Greek grammar and to be able to read simple texts from ancient Greek or Byzantine literature. The language of instruction is English. The program will offer weekend excursions to the sites/monuments of Constantinople discussed through original texts in the sessions. Students will receive a certificate of participation upon successful completion of the program.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates, as well as individuals with an academic interest in or a career relevant to Byzantine studies can apply. Priority will be given to graduate students in the field of Byzantine studies.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all the successful candidates who are accepted to the program will attend the courses free of charge. There are also a range of scholarships available, including 4 scholarships to foreigners from outside Turkey that will cover meals, accommodation, and airfares to/from Istanbul.

Applications are due 15 February, 2019, and further information is available on the
website.

Online Short Courses and MOOCs
The following MOOCs are currently available from Future Learn. The courses are free (unless you wish to purchase a certificate showing your completion of the course).

The Book of Kells: Exploring an Irish Medieval Masterpiece will use the Book of Kells as a window through which to explore the landscape, history, faith, theology, and politics of early medieval Ireland. You will also consider how the manuscript was made, its extended biography and how it has affected different areas of the contemporary world. This course is taught by academics from Trinity College Dublin. Further information is available on the
website.

Archaeology: From Dig to Lab and Beyond is run by the University of Reading, and features their field school at the Vale of Pewsey. This is an introduction to the study of archaeology, current ethics, and the processes of archaeological field work. Further information is available on the
website.
InScribe is a free online course in palaeography at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. This course provides scholars and the general public interested in medieval books and documents with online training on the diverse areas found within palaeography. Topics covered include general palaeography, the history of medieval scripts, diplomatic, codicology and illumination. This distance learning module is aimed at filling this void as a complement to other traditional methods of palaeographical training. Its purpose is to provide the necessary training required by non-specialists to allow them to explore and interact with medieval manuscripts and documents. Thus, after an introductory (free) module presenting general palaeographical topics and an overall view of the evolution of script in the medieval period, you will be able to undertake one of four advanced modules (or pathways) to further your knowledge within the different areas of palaeography and manuscript studies.

Further information is available on the
website.
All of the following MOOCs are currently available through Coursera. Most have flexible starting dates, and free course contents (unless you wish to purchase a certificate showing your completion of the course).

A Journey through Western Christianity: from Persecuted Faith to Global Religion (200-1650) is taught by Professor Bruce Gordon, of Yale University. This course traces the development of Western Christianity from its early persecution under the Roman Empire in the third century to its global expansion with the Jesuits of the early modern world. Further information is available on the
website.

Magic in the Middle Ages is taught by a number of academics from the University of Barcelona. Students will have an approach to medieval culture, beliefs and practices from the perspective of History and History of Science. Popular magic, as well as learned magic (alchemy, geomancy and necromancy) will be addressed. Moreover, we will also deal with how eastern practices and texts influenced western culture. Further information is available on the
website.

Co-existence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims explores Jewish, Christian, and Muslim intercultural relations in Iberia from the Visigothic era (6th century CE) until the creation of Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II Catholic Spain (late 15th century). The course instructor is Associate Professor Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila from the University of Colorado. Further information is available on the
website.

Deciphering the Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe, is taught jointly by Associate Professor Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila of the University of Colorado and Associate Professor Ana B. Sanchez-Prieto of the University Complutense of Madrid. In this seven-week course, students will explore the material creation, content, and historical context of illuminated medieval European manuscripts. Students will acquire an introductory knowledge of their distinguishing characteristics, their cataloguing and periodization (when they were created), the methods utilized to produce them, and their historical context and value. Further information is available on the
website.

Toledo: Deciphering the Secrets of Medieval Spain evaluates the medieval history of Toledo from the era of the Visigoth Kingdom (6th-8th centuries) through its Islamic period (8th to 11th centuries) and into its reintegration into Christian Spain (after 1085 c.e.) In particular, we take note of the cultural and religious transformations that characterized the city with a special effort to understand how many peoples and religions came to settle and live amongst one another. The course instructor is Associate Professor Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila from the University of Colorado. Further information is available on the
website.

Burgos: Deciphering the Secrets of Medieval Spain focuses on two primary goals: (1) appraising how Jews, Christians, and Muslims shaped the history of medieval Spain and (2) mastering the craft of Spanish paleography, the skill of identifying Spanish handwriting in the 11th- through 15th-century manuscripts. Using an intensive array of paleography practices, exams, independent projects, and collaborative efforts, you will garner exceptional skills that you can apply to interpreting any medieval European handwriting. The course instructor is Associate Professor Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila from the University of Colorado. Further information is available on the
website.

A Voice of Their Own: Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages is taught by a number of academics from the University of Barcelona. Here you will find medieval women playing a major role in the spiritual transformations of the Middle Ages, founding monastic movements and orders, writing about their experiences, travelling the roads of Europe to spread their ideas, creating spiritual landscapes, as well as both material an intangible architectures. Further information is available on the
website.
Classical and Medieval Languages Reading Groups
Classical Greek

Brisbane:
Ancient Greek Poetry
Fridays, 1.00-2.30pm, weekly.
536 Michie Building, St Lucia Campus,
University of Queensland,
Contact:
Amelia Brown.

Melbourne:
Tuesdays, 11am, weekly.
Classics and Archaeology Library, Old Quadrangle Building, University of Melbourne.
Contact:
Marc Bonaventura.

 

Classical Latin
 
Adelaide:
Erin Sebo is looking to organise a Latin reading group - all welcome!
Contact:
Erin Sebo.

Brisbane:
Ancient Latin Poetry
Fridays, 2.30-3.30pm, weekly.
536 Michie Building, St Lucia Campus,
University of Queensland,
Contact:
Amelia Brown.

Melbourne:
Wednesdays, 3.30pm, weekly.
Classics and Archaeology Library, Old Quadrangle Building, University of Melbourne.
Contact:
Marc Bonaventura.

Melbourne:
Fridays, 11am, weekly (during term).
Room N802(Menzies Building), Monash University
Contact:
CMRS Postgraduate Committee.
 

Koine Greek

Melbourne:
Mondays, 11am, weekly.
Room 502, Arts West Building, University of Melbourne.
Contact:
Darryl Palmer.

 

Medieval Greek

Melbourne:
Wednesdays, 5.15pm, weekly.
Arts West NW room 651, University of Melbourne.
Contact:
Roger Scott and John Burke.

 

Medieval Latin

Melbourne:
Thursdays, 12.30-2.00pm, fortnightly (from 14 February, 2019).
Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.
Contact:
John Weretka.

 

Middle English

Melbourne:
Details TBA.
Contact:
Andrew Stephenson


Sydney:
Details TBA.
Contact:
Jordan Church.
 

Middle Welsh

Sydney:
(Group currently on hiatus - please email for details on when it will resume)
Contact:
Pamela O'Neill.

 

Old English

Adelaide:
Fridays, 1pm, weekly.
Room 265, Humanities Building, Flinders Uni (Bedford Park).
Contact:
Erin Sebo.

Canberra:
Thursdays, time TBA, weekly (during term).
Baldessin Precinct Building, ANU.
Contact:
Cynthia Allen.

Sydney:
Mondays, 6pm, fortnightly.
Nag's Head Hotel, Glebe.
Contact:
Anna Wallace.


Sydney:
Details TBA.
Contact:
James Kane.
 

Old French

Melbourne:
Mondays, 5pm, fortnightly (from 18 February, 2019).
Room 511, Babel (Building 139), University of Melbourne.
Contact:
Véronique Duché (and Andrew Stephenson)

Sydney:
Details TBA.
Contact:
Jordan Church

 

Old Irish

Sydney:
Tuesdays, 6.30pm, weekly.
Madison Hotel, Central.
Contact:
Pamela O'Neill.

 

Old Norse

Sydney:
Details TBA.
Contact:
James Kane.

 

Is your medieval language reading group missing from this list? Or would you like to start one of your own? Then let us know, by emailing the AEMA Newsletter Editor here, and we would be delighted to include a notice of your group in forthcoming issues of the AEMA Newsletter!
Upcoming Conferences and Symposia - Australia and New Zealand
Preceding ANZAMEMS 2019 itself, there are two PATS strands available, Digital Editing and the Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript, and Doing Digital Humanities: From Project Planning to Digital Delivery. Both strands will also take place at the the University of Sydney, 4-5 February, 2019.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The Twelfth Biennial ANZAMEMS: Conference, Categories, Boundaries, Horizons, will be held at the University of Sydney, 5-8 February, 2019.

Categories and boundaries help us to define our fields of knowledge and subjects of inquiry, but can also contain and limit our perspectives. The concept of category emerges etymologically from the experience of speaking in an assembly, a dialogic forum in which new ways of explaining can emerge. Boundaries and horizons are intertwined in their meanings, pointing to the limits of subjectivity, and inviting investigation beyond current understanding into new ways of connecting experience and knowledge.


Further information is available on the conference website.

 

The Australasian Society for Classical Studies will hold their annual conference at the University of New England, 4-7 February, 2019.

Further information will be available on the
conference website.

 

The 33rd meeting of the PacRim Roman Literature Seminar will be held at the University of Newcastle, 10-12 July, 2019.
 

We are inviting papers on Roman literature on the subject of memory. This might include: representations of Roman history in subsequent periods, the ways in which Latin authors rewrite earlier Roman literature, the use of the Muses as repositories of cultural memory, commemorations of the dead, the methods by which Roman writers position themselves in the literary tradition, the reception of Latin literature in both antiquity and later eras, the loss and recovery of historical memory, the processes of collective memory, the art of forgetting, and resistance to official efforts to erase memory through damnatio memoriae.

Further information is available from the
conference convenors.

 



Humanifesto: Dissecting the Human Experience will be held at the University of Western Australia, 18-19 July, 2019.

The 14th annual Limina conference will explore the visceral, corporeal, and ephemeral dimensions of being human. We live in a climate of debates about bodily autonomy, population growth, artificial intelligence, and genetic modification. Our bodies are marked by sex, race, age, and health, all of which are contentiously invested with social and political significance. At the same time, discoveries about our past and emerging technologies challenge fixed ideas of what it means to be human. In this way, the lines between our bodies and our humanity are being drawn and re-drawn. Extending beyond the physical, then, how do we understand and express what it means to be human?

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 20th AABS conference, Dissidence and Persecution in Byzantium, will be held at Macquarie University, 19-21 July, 2019.

The Byzantine empire was rarely a stable and harmonious state during its long and eventful history.  It was often in strife with those outside its borders and with those within them, and with so much power invested in its political and ecclesiastical structures it was ready to implode at times.  This could result in persecution and the silencing of dissident voices from various quarters of society. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 14th Australian Early Medieval Association (AEMA) Annual Conference will be held at Monash University, Melbourne, 3-5 October, 2019.

This is conference invites papers on the broad theme of legitimacy in order to examine the ways in which distinct forms of the pursuit of legitimacy evolved in the early Middle Ages. Legitimacy can have several meanings, covering aspects of authenticity, legality, validity, and conformity. While it literally refers to something that meets the requirements of the law, this legal aspect is not inherent: something can be legitimate without being legal, or be legal without being legitimate.

Please refer to the CFP section in this newsletter.
Upcoming Conferences and Symposia - International
February 2019:

The 14th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held at International House, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1-2 February 2019.

The workshop is organised by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, with support from the Department of English and the Office of Research.

This year’s workshop explores the theme “Bits and Pieces.” Some manuscripts have survived the centuries bright, pristine, majestic, and complete; most have suffered at least some minor damage or loss; some manuscripts, however, seem no more than ragged scraps. They lack beginnings, or endings, or middles; they tantalise with their incompleteness. These fragments still have much to tell us, though they might make us work to learn it.

Further information is available on the conference website.
 

The Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) Joint Conference, Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance, will be held at the Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona, 6-9 February, 2019.

We welcome papers that explore any topic related to the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and especially those that focus on the general theme of "Magic, Religion, and Science ​​​in ​​​the ​​​Global ​​​Middle ​​​Ages ​​​and ​​​Renaissance".

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The annual Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic (CCASNaC) will be held at the University of Cambridge, 9 February, 2019.

CCASNaC is an annual colloquium run by a committee elected from the postgraduate community in the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at the University of Cambridge. Initially focusing on the literature and history of the early mediaeval British Isles and Scandinavia, CCASNaC has, as it has developed, come to include papers on the all aspects of the early Insular world, including material culture, theology, palaeography, art history and musicology.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 11th Annual Medievalists@Penn Conference, Mediocrity in the Middle Ages, will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, 22 February, 2019.

What makes something “mediocre” in the Middle Ages? We often assume that if a manuscript, literary text, or work of visual or performance art has survived from the medieval period, it is exceptional in some way. Modern scholarship tends to enforce this assumption by either praising a work for its beauty and importance, or arguing for the centrality and exceptionality of something that past scholarship has ignored. Resisting the notion that any texts surviving from the Middle Ages are likely exceptional in some way, this conference seeks to examine unexceptional artistic productions in the Middle Ages, to consider what we can learn from medial texts and artefacts, and to critically assess the metrics by which we evaluate quality.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Invenire: Discovery and Innovation in pre-modern Scandinavia will be held the University of California, Berkeley, 22-23 February, 2019.

“Invention” resonates in our modern world as a creative process. The term’s Latin root invenīre, however, speaks to a medieval and early modern past that conceived of innovation as an unearthing of the past. This conference aims to explore inventions as both process and product in Scandinavia before 1800. Broadly defined, these conceptions may include technological advancements, the navigation of global landscapes, cartography and spatial knowledge, economic networks, religious and political thought, history of the book, the reception of architectural and artistic modes, and cosmology.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

March 2019:

Stakes of Sanctuary Workshop will be held at McGill University, Quebec, Canada, 7-8 March, 2019.

In recent decades, there has been a great deal of attention given to modern sanctuary practices, but a quick glance at the historical record reveals the multitude of ways in which sanctuary practices have manifested themselves, the ways they have been justified, as well as the ways in which they have been woven into the very fabric of human life. One can look to ideas in Ancient Greece and Rome, to the Old and New Testament and a sense of obligations to strangers as well as the Islamic tradition of istijara (to be one’s neighbour), to Medieval practices designed to offer the guilty time to make amends, to refuge among Indigenous communities (17th century Iroquois Wars), to protection for slaves via the Underground Railway and more recent state-sanctioned offers of refuge (via resettlement programs) and semi-authorized refuge in the form of sanctuary cities as well as individual acts of sanctuary.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, 7-9 March, 2019.

Medievalists across various disciplines are taking a more geographically and methodologically global approach to the study of the Middle Ages. While the Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies, this year’s conference spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies. To this end, we encourage session and paper proposals that treat the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon, encompassing the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and beyond. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.
 

in medias res: Convention, Conclusion, and the Performance of the Text, c. 1050-1500, will be held at the University of Oxford, 14 March, 2019.

This one-day Symposium invites speakers to present on the theme of closure and non-closure in literature from the period c. 1050-1500. The symposium will broadly consider the 'performance' of the text, particularly exploring endings as pivotal sites in medieval conceptions of self, n
arrative, and reception.

Further information is available from the
conference convenors.

 

The 13th Biennial meeting of Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity, Communal Responses to Local Disaster: Economic, Environmental, Political, Religious, will be held at Claremont McKenna College, California, 14-17 March, 2019.

The 2019 meeting will examine the impact of disasters on late-antique communities, including their susceptibility to disaster, the means by which they coped, and factors that increased resilience and facilitated recovery from disasters. In order to foster the thematic breadth and interdisciplinary perspective for which Shifting Frontiers is known, we invite papers concerned with the full range of traumatic events, and also long-term processes, that could distress communities: economic, environmental, political and religious.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 41st California Celtic Conference will be held at the University of California, Berkeley, 14-17 March, 2019.

Abstracts are invited on subjects including: Celtic cultures (ancient or modern, pop or high, in the Celtic realms or diaspora); Celtic literatures (in Celtic languages or in English, French, Latin...); Celtic languages (structure, history, documentation, teaching, endangerment and revitalisation); Celtic folklore and ethnography; and History and archaeology of Celtic regions and nations. We welcome work on the contact interfaces between Celtic and neighbouring languages and cultures, and on Digital Humanities work in Celtic areas.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, will be held at the University of Toronto, 20-23 March, 2019.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 18th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies in Toronto will feature thirty graduate-student papers and two keynote speakers.  On March 20th, we will also offer an intensive manuscript workshop that will use the collections of the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies Library and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 12th Annual Aarhus Student Symposium on Viking and Medieval Scandinavian Subjects, will be held at Aarhus University, Denmark, 21-22 March, 2019.

This symposium is open to all students from BA to PhD level, and on all aspects of research relating to medieval Scandinavia.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 40th Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians will be co-hosted by the History Department of the University of Winnipeg and the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, 22-23 March, 2019.

Papers are invited on any topic relating to the art, architecture and visual/material culture of the Middle Ages or its post-medieval revivals. Papers may be in English or French.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages X will be held at Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 March, 2019.

Settlements are ever shifting aspects of the physical world, and they transcend a spatial relationship with the landscape and people. They define and are defined by socio-economic structures, culture, materiality, identity, and heritage. For the tenth annual Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages, we seek to understand how new avenues of research including technological and theoretical developments are changing our perceptions on medieval settlement and what it means for the future of the field.


Further information is available from the
conference convenors.

 

Theologies of the Political: From Augustine to Agamben, and Beyond, will be held at the University of British Columbia, Canada, 29-30 March, 2019.

While the focus of scholars of modern and early modern history, political theory, and law has been on the processes and effects of secularisation at work from the late Middle Ages to the present, the focus of scholars of late antique and early medieval history and theology has been on the “de-secularisation” of the world from late antiquity into the early Middle Ages. While the former attempts to understand what remains of the medieval sacral sphere within secular modernity, the latter seeks to identify what was lost from the late Roman “secular” civic sphere upon the institutionalisation and development of Christianity.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Ritual and Religion in the Medieval World, the 39th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies will be held Fordham University, New York, 30-31 March, 2019.

Long regarded as among the most esoteric and static aspects of pre-modern civilisations, religious ritual is now the focus of probing and evocative studies of medieval governmental, social, intellectual, spiritual, and domestic life. This conference seeks to continue widening the conversation about ritual and religion in the medieval world by bringing into dialogue contributions from across several religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.


Further information is available on the conference website.
 

April 2019:

Remembering the Middle Ages? Reception, Identity, Politics, will be be held at Fischer Hall, University of Notre Dame, London, 5-6 April, 2019.
 
The conference aims to unite an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation about the uses of the “medieval” period across time. Particularly, we ask how the concept of a “cultural memory” of the Middle Ages can be useful (or not) in understanding how and why scholars, artists, audiences, and other users have resourced or imagined the Middle Ages, in any post-medieval period. Papers considering the intersections of medievalisms, cultural memory, and concepts of identity are particularly welcome.
 
Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Non-Royal Rulership in the Earlier Medieval West, c. 600-1200, will be held at the University of Leeds, 8-9 April, 2019.
 
Between the breakdown of Roman rule and the sweeping legal and administrative changes of the later twelfth century, western Europe saw many types of rulers. The precise nature of their title and authority changed: dukes, counts, rectores, gastalds, ealdormen… These rulers were ubiquitous and diverse, but despite the variation between them, they all shared a need to conceptualise, to justify, and to exercise their rule without access to the ideological and governmental resources of kingship. This conference invites proposals for papers which will explore the political practices of non-royal rulers across the earlier medieval period, in order to understand how the ambiguities of a position of rule that was not kingship were resolved in their various inflections.
 
Thanks to the generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, we will be able to offer paid travel, accommodation and subsistence to speakers.
 
Further information is available from the
conference convenors.

 

Dress and Décor in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland will be held at the University of Glasgow, 9 April, 2019.
 
This multidisciplinary conference invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes in length, concerning all aspects of textiles and textile paraphernalia from medieval and Renaissance Scotland, including dress accessories and jewellery.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

IONA: Seafaring: Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic: transformative networks, skills, theories, and methods for the future of the field, will be held at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 11-13, April 2019.

IONA: Seafaring is a three-day international conference on the islands of the North Atlantic that brings together scholars of early medieval Ireland, Britain, and Scandinavia to imagine cooperative, interdisciplinary futures for the study of North Atlantic archipelagos during the early medieval period. Designed less around traditional conference presentations and more as a “workspace,” it is designed to provide time and space for nascent and developing work, intellectual risk-taking, collaboration and cooperation. With its non-traditional formats and inclusive experimental approaches, IONA: Seafaring aims to forge reciprocal connections between artists and scholars in contemporary art and poetics, indigenous studies, and new media, broadening, complicating, and enriching those fields in counterpoint to academic work in early medieval North Atlantic studies.

Further information is available on the
conference website.
 

The 9th annual Háskóli Íslands Student Conference on the Medieval North, will be held at the University of Iceland, 12-13 April, 2019.

This student organised two-day event is intended as an interdisciplinary forum for postgraduate students (MA and PhD level) of Old Norse and medieval Scandinavia. Students who have not given papers at an academic conference before are especially encouraged to submit. In accordance with the HÍ Student Conference‘s previous installments the theme of this year is left broadly open for any independent research related to medieval Scandinavia.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The Forty-Fifth Annual Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, Lives and Afterlifes, will be held at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 12-13 April, 2019.

Applicants are invited to apply to the general or to specific sub-themes including, but not limited to: papers exploring accounts of the lives, deaths, and afterlives of medieval holy figures; the lives and afterlives of sacred spaces; and presentations that analyse quantitative thinking performed with geometry, astronomy, alchemy, or medicine, and investigate the myriad ways medieval measures signify within broader cultural contexts. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 40th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Listening and Learning in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, will be held at Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, 12-13 April, 2019.

We welcome abstracts or panel proposals that discuss music and other aural experiences in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Papers and sessions, 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.

Further information is available on the conference website.
 

Othello's Island 2019, the 7th Annual Conference of Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, will be held at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, Cyprus, 15-17 April, 2019.

The three main themes of the conference are: Medieval and Byzantine Art and Literature, Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and Early Modern Women Writers, though papers on all aspects of the medieval are welcomed.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Tales & Transmission: Storytelling in Irish and Scottish Gaelic 700AD to the Present will be held at Cambridge University, 26-28 April, 2019.
 
Papers covering the following strands are encouraged, but not limited to: Evolution and expansion (including aspects of medieval and modern interpretations of a particular tale); Medieval and modern developments of a particular character; Reflexes of tales and thematic formulae in Ireland and Scotland; Device and deviance (including storytelling as a literary device); Apologues and tales as social and legal instruction; Story vocabulary and/or improvisation; Stylistic and metrical features; Orality and performance; Status and audience (including the role of storytellers in society); Female agency; Tales as responses to social or political events; the material and visual culture of storytelling; Narratives within narration (including tales told within tales); The voice of storytellers in written and spoken literature; and Dialogue and self-expression.
 
Further information is available from the
conference convenors.

 

Borderlines XXIII, Sound and Silence in the Medieval and Early Modern World, will be held at Trinity College, University of Dublin, 26-28 April, 2019.

In the medieval and early modern periods, silence was inextricably linked to prevailing ideas and ideologies – both religious and secular. The role of sound in the music, prose, and poetry of these periods is also crucial to the proliferation of ideas. Analyses of the roles that sound and silence play in literature and other forms of expression are thus vital to understanding the social, cultural, aesthetic, and political environments in the medieval and early modern world.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

A Postgraduate and Early Career Research Conference in Medieval Archaeology will be held at the Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia, 26-28 April, 2019.

The inaugural Medieval Europe Research Community (MERC) conference will be held in Croatia. It is intended as a accessible and informal forum for those working in and beyond Europe, showcasing and discussing new research.


Further information is available from the conference convenors.
 

May 2019:

Crossing Boundaries: Towards an Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies, The Pearl Kibre Medieval Study’s 14th annual conference, will be held at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 3 May, 2019.

Medieval scholars often work across disciplines, but the institutional lack of communication across disciplinary borders has become more apparent recently, and the need to collapse those borders more urgent. The 2019 PKMS conference will expand those conversations beyond England and France, bringing together medieval scholars who work in various disciplines and with various methodologies for this day-long conversation, as the culmination of a year of graduate-student workshops on interdisciplinarity and intersectionality in medieval studies.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held at the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, 9-12 May, 2019.

The congress features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

A Workshop on Medieval Germany will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 May, 2019.
 

Organised by the German Historical Institute London in co-operation with the German Historical Institute Washington and the German History Society, this one-day workshop on Medieval Germany will provide an opportunity for researchers in the field from the UK, continental Europe, and the USA to meet in a relaxed and friendly setting and to learn more about each other’s work. Proposals for short papers are invited from researchers at all career stages with an interest in any aspect of the history of medieval Germany (generously defined). 

Further information is available on the conference website.
 

The Language of Magic: Charms, Charmers, and Charming will be held at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, 22-24 May, 2019.
 
The conference aims at a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of charms from antiquity to the present day. The focus of the conference is on language, and paper are welcomed on: charms as text; performative language; the transmission of charms; and what the charms to do say, for just some of the topics.
 
Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

To frighten off the rude and ignorant’? Intentional obscuritas in Irish and Welsh literature (650–1650), will be held at the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, 24-25 May, 2019.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 4th Power of the Bishop conference will be held at Sarum College, Salisbury, 30-31 May, 2019.

This time, the Power of the Bishop team are joining with the Episcopus Society for the 2019 conference, exploring the theme of Episcopal Patronage from Late Antiquity to c.1500. We want to put together thematic panels that compare and contrast uses, abuses and outcomes of bishops as patrons across time and geographical boundaries. We hope to publish selected papers from this conference as fully developed book chapters with an estimated 18-24 month turnaround from the date of the conference.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Cultural Entanglement, Transfer and Contention in Mediterranean Communities, the 6th CEMS International Graduate Conference, will be held at Central European University, Budapest, 30 May - 1 June, 2019.

Marking the boundary of three continents, the Mediterranean has been one of the world’s premier zones of cultural interaction since antiquity. The aim of this conference is to work against the grain of disciplinary boundaries to better understand these processes of inheritance, transmission, and exchange both diachronically and synchronically.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

June 2019:

The Canadian Society for Medievalists Annual Congress will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 3-5 June, 2019.

The special theme for this year’s Congress is “Circles of Conversation,” but papers for the CSM Annual Meeting can address any topic on medieval studies. Proposals for sessions of three papers are also invited. Presentations may be in either English or French. Bilingual sessions are particularly welcome.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

‘Re-thinking the Aristocracy in Capetian France, 987-1328’: A Workshop will be held atCESCM, Université de Poitiers, 6-7 June, 2019.

The aristocracy has long been the cornerstone of many studies of French medieval history. this bilingual French/English workshop seeks to bring together researchers of all levels working on women, men, children and families of the Capetian aristocracy, to discuss the state of the field, share methodologies, encourage collaboration, and foster dialogues. The workshop will place an emphasis on questions, discussion, and the exploration of new ideas.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 8th North American Syriac Symposium, Syriac Worlds: Interactions, Exchanges, Contributions, will be held at Brown University, Rhode Island, 16-19 June, 2019.

Held every four years since 1991, the North American Syriac Symposium brings together scholars and students for exchange and discussion on a wide variety of topics related to the language, literature, and cultural history of Syriac Christianity, extending chronologically from the first centuries CE to the present day and geographically from Syriac Christianity's homeland in the Middle East to South India, China, and the worldwide diaspora. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Rebellion in Medieval Europe will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent, 21-22 June, 2019.

Topics of the conference include, but are by no means limited to: causes and motivation; theoretical justifications; recruitment or desertion; the lifecycle of revolt; leadership; counter-reactions; political, social and economic Impacts; chronicle interpretations and portrayals; wives and widows; impact upon non-combatants; risks and rewards; and reconciliation or retribution.

Further information is available from the conference convenors.
 

Resilio ergo Regno: Resilience, Continuity and Recovery at Royal Courts will be held at the University of Catania, Catania 24-27 June 2019.
 
This Royal Studies Network conference aims to bring together scholars working in different disciplines with an interest in royal and court studies, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals that address the meaning of resilience in a historical royal context. The word resilience has become increasingly fashionable and salient in recent decades in several fields of academic research. Resilience here is understood both as an individual act to overcome adversity but also as a communal, social and relational interaction, which reveals itself in several social political forms. Resilience could be also be viewed as the ability to overcome the impact of change or negative events by a combination of resistance and adaptation by royal individuals, dynasties and/or courtiers.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 9th International Medieval Meeting Lleida will be held at Universitat de Lleida, Spain, 25-28 June, 2019.

IMMLleida is organised and administered by the Consolidated Medieval Studies Research Group. The participants can present sessions and individual papers on different aspects of research in the history of the Middle Ages or sessions dedicated to the promotion and management of research, the application of new technologies in the Humanities and the promotion of historical heritage.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Time and History in the Medieval World (c. 800-1300), will be held at Aberystwyth University, 26-28 June, 2019.

Culture, religion, and society are all shaped by a society's ideas of time, and thus these ideas profoundly shaped the medieval world view. To experience time was to remember the past and anticipate the future.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Speaking Internationally: Women’s Literary Culture and the Canon in the Global Middle Ages, will be held at Bangor University, North Wales, 26-28 June 2019.

Our last conference, held at Bergen in 2017, encouraged lively conversations that focused predominantly on European texts and authors. We aim to extend this dialogue by speaking internationally, and examining how our understanding of medieval European women writers and the canon might be enhanced by taking a more global perspective.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 21st Celtic Conference in Classics will be held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, 26-29 June, 2019.

The CCC includes upwards of 20 panels on broad topics in Classics (Greco-Roman history, philosophy, literature, archaeology, reception) with roughly 15-20 presenters for each panel. The CCC allows each panel to explore fundamental questions in classical studies. Essentially, 20 large-scale conferences on major research topics in Classics are occurring simultaneously.  It is recommended that scholars move between panels in order to shape interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches. The CCC is a democratic, inclusive organization and it invites scholars and students to discuss fundamental issues of Greco-Roman society and culture. The official languages of the CCC are French and English.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 4th annual Medieval Culture and War Conference will be held at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 27-29 June, 2019.

It is an undeniable fact of human history that war has been on many occasions and in many different historical contexts a powerful stimulus for innovations and change in culture, politics, and thought. During periods of transition, warfare had a crucial role in medieval societies. This conference will focus on 'Transformation, Renovation, and Continuity'.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Gender, Memory, and Documentary Culture, 900-1200, will be held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, 28-29 June, 2019.

This conference brings together aspects of gender and documentary culture between the tenth and the twelfth centuries that we believe inform and engage each other, but are often studied in isolation. Although the field of medieval gender studies is an active and well-populated one, less attention is given to the role gender played in the commissioning, use and preservation of documents, whether manuscript books or other types of documentary materials.

Did medieval men and women interact with documentary culture in the same way? The texture of the relationship between gender and documentary cultures has yet to be teased out, and it is hoped that this conference will provide an ideal forum to advance this field.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

July 2019:

The 26th International Medieval Congress will be held at the University of Leeds, 1-4 July, 2019.

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus. In 2019 this is 'Materialities'.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

'Time/ Le temps', the Symposium of the International Medieval Society - Paris (IMS-Paris) will be held in Paris, 8-10 July, 2019.

For its 16th annual symposium, the International Medieval Society Paris invites scholarly papers on any aspect of time in the Middle Ages. Papers may deal with the experience or exploitation of time, its reckoning or measuring, its inscription, its theorisation, or the question of how or why or whether we should demarcate the “Middle Ages.” Papers focusing on historical or cultural material from medieval France or post-Roman Gaul, or on texts written in medieval French or Occitan, are particularly encouraged, but compelling papers on other material will also be considered.

The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris is an interdisciplinary, international, bilingual meeting of faculty, researchers, and advanced graduate students. We welcome submissions in French or English.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 2019 British Legal History Conference, Comparative Legal History, will be held at the University of St Andrews, 10-13 July 2019.

The aim is to examine differences and similarities across a broad time-period to produce better approaches to the subject of legal history, combining depth of analysis with historical contextualisation. Rather than comparing individual rules or searching for universal systems, the theme will take an intermediate approach the topic of comparative law, investigating patterns in legal norms, processes, and practice. We welcome proposals from historians in all fields of legal history, whether doctrinal or contextual, domestic or transnational. Proposals which inform our understanding of the Common Law through comparison with other legal systems (e.g. civil or canon) as well as geographical comparisons are particularly welcome.

Further information is available on the conference website.
 

August 2019:

The 20th annual UNISA Classics Colloquium, Anniversaries, Celebrations and Commemorations in the Ancient World and their Reception, will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, 15-18 August, 2019.

The conference aims to explore issues marking celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries of all kinds around the ancient world (up to the 7th century CE, but including its reception in later periods). Topics enlarging on the literary, social and political significance of such events in the building of not only civic identities but also individual legacies, as well as the appropriation of these occasions in later contexts, will be welcomed.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Experiences of Dis/Ability will be held at Tampere University, Finland, 22-23 August, 2019.

In recent decades, dis/ability history has become an important field in its own right, standing at the crossroads of the social history of medicine, the history of minorities and the history of everyday life. Conceptions of and attitudes to physical and mental wellbeing and to difference are and have always been key elements in any human society, while the lived experience of dis/ability has varied across societies and time periods, but also depending on the person’s socioeconomic status, age, gender, and the nature of the impairment.

Further information is available on the conference website.

 

Narration in Byzantium: Synchronic and Diachronic Narratological Perspectives, the 3rd Byzantine Colloqium of the University of Buenos Aries will be held at the University of Buenos Aries, 29-30 August, 2019.

The last years have witnessed a surge of narratological studies focusing on the vast Byzantine literary and artistic production. Today, Byzantinists apply sophisticated narratological techniques not only to narrative texts, but also to images and, in line with M. Fludernik’s theory, to non-narrative texts. A common language and a shared theoretical framework would be instrumental in making Byzantine narratological studies more unitary, in fostering the transdisciplinary dialogue with other fields of research, such as Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and in popularizing it among wider audiences.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

September 2019:

Dark Archives: A Conference on the Medieval Unread & Unreadable, will be held at St Edmund's Hall, University of Oxford, 10-11 September, 2019.
 
In our internet era, the accelerating machine-processing of centuries of collected medieval materials and data is yielding ever more detailed, extensive maps of the archive’s extent and features. The goal of completely surveying the archive, down to every folio and character, is not only increasingly viable but irresistible – and at a time when competence in its languages, diplomatics and palaeography is contracting; for this same process promises new revelations, of unprecedented richness and detail, about the medieval world itself.

Yet the great irony is that on our new map, the Dark Archives, the medieval unread and unreadable, dwarf all that we currently know, and indeed threaten to paralyse fresh research. In quantity, they encompass the great majority of the millions of known folios and associated records, that remain unread, unscanned and scattered across the world. Who will fund their expensive digitization? What should be prioritized? And to what end, when the mass-transcription and record-creation technologies needed to explore them remain unequal to the task?
 
This conference aims to crystallize and advance the field, both conceptually and practically, by bringing together its likely academic and commercial key-holders, from archivists and intellectual historians to machine-learning researchers.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages will be held at the University of St. Andrews, 13-14 September, 2019.

The organisers invite proposals on the theme of the expanded medieval archive, as it relates to art and material culture. What can medieval collections, compilations, and assemblages of material things tell us about the accumulation of knowledge and the preservation of memory? How is the archive manipulated to fit political or social agendas, and by whom? What are the limits of the medieval archive?

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 5th Forum Medieval Art will be held in Bern, Switzerland, 18-21 September, 2019.

The theme for the 5th Forum Medieval Art is ‘Peaks, Ponti & Passages’. Bern—looking out to peaks Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, situated at the border to the Romandy, and having a long-standing tradition in bridge-building—embodies certain notions of translations, entanglements, and interactions. The conference will highlight such themes, focusing on forms and means of exchange, infrastructure, political and religious relationships, and the concrete reflections of these connections through objects. Methodological challenges will also be paramount, such as questioning how to write a history of encounters between artists, artworks, materials, and traditions.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

October 2019:

Emotions in Conflict, The Second Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Emotions, will be held at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2-4 October, 2019.

The Society for the History of Emotions (SHE) is an international and interdisciplinary professional organisation. SHE promotes a deeper understanding of the changing meanings and consequences of emotional concepts, expressions and regulation over time and space and across cultures. The Society is committed to fostering interdisciplinary international dialogue on all aspects of humanities-based emotions research.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Metamorphosis and the Environmental Imagination, from Ovid to Shakespeare will be held at UCLA, 11-12 October, 2019.

This conference seeks to locate the theme of metamorphosis in the early history of the western environmental imagination, from Classical antiquity to the Early Modern period; and to explore the ways in which the various cultural and historical manifestations of metamorphosis from this earlier period resonate with the environmental approaches and concerns of our present day.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 29th Annual Texas Medieval Association (TEMA) Conference will be held at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 18-20 October, 2019.

TEMA welcomes papers on all aspects of medieval and renaissance studies. 

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

Rebuilding/Restoring Rome: The Renewal of Buildings and Spaces as Urban Policy, from Antiquity to the Present will be held at École française de Rome, Sapienza Università, Rome, 30-31 October, 2019.

Everywhere in Rome, monuments are covered with ancient or modern inscriptions that not only contain the name of the original builder but also commemorate their restoration. This phenomenon is not restricted to the Renaissance period: many Roman emperors already claimed to be rebuilders. Rome thus seems to be a city that constantly needs to be restored, rebuilt, born again. This conference aims to investigate how the notions of restoration and rebuilding were a driving force of Rome’s urban transformation throughout its history, from Antiquity to the 21st century. Papers will be accepted in English, French and Italian.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

November 2019:

Homes and Homecoming, the 33rd Biennial Conference of the Classical Association of South Africa, will be held the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 7-10 November 2019.

We invite submissions that focus on the conference theme “Homes & Homecomings” as well as individual proposals on other aspects of the classical world and its reception. Panels are strongly encouraged and should consist of 3 to 8 related papers put together by the panel chair. We also welcome postgraduate students currently busy with Master’s or Doctoral programmes to submit papers for a “work-in-progress” parallel session.

Further information is available from the
conference convenor.

 

December 2019 and beyond:

The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held at the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University, 7-10 May, 2020.

The congress features more than 550 sessions of papers, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and performances. There are also some 100 business meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations and institutions. The exhibits hall boasts nearly 70 exhibitors, including publishers, used book dealers and purveyors of medieval sundries.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 27th International Medieval Congress will be held at the University of Leeds, 6-9 July, 2020.

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 

The 28th International Medieval Congress will be held at the University of Leeds, 5-8 July, 2021.

The IMC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Proposals on any topic related to the Middle Ages are welcome, while every year the IMC also chooses a special thematic focus.

Further information is available on the
conference website.

 
Bursaries, Prizes, and Other Items of Interest

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the fields of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology. Conceived in the framework of expanding the scholarly activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, the nine-month position is expected to start in September 2019. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to the development of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, as well as taking part in the Center’s activities. The position is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the basis of a monthly total of $2,000 net for nine months.

One short-term postdoctoral research grant in the field of Byzantine studies is also available to Turkish citizens and foreign scholars holding academic positions in Turkey. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for travel within or outside Turkey for research in 2019. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the grant offers up to $2,500 for the abovementioned expenses to be spent in 2019.

Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in a relevant field and excellent command of English should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center before 31 January 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.

The UCL Special Collections Visiting Fellowship offers an opportunity to visit University College London to conduct research on a topic centred on the UCL Special Collections holdings.

The Visiting Fellow will receive: a grant of £3,500 to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses, work space in the South Junction Reading Room on the UCL Bloomsbury campus, mediated access to the collections, and access to staff with specialist knowledge of the collection in question when available. The Fellowship must be taken up between July and December 2019.

The Fellow will be required to provide, as a minimum: a blog post of at least 500 words on the SCAR blog, open-access research output in the form of a recorded lecture, a conference paper, a publication or a scholarly digital resource, a short report for publication by UCL describing the research experience, a staff briefing about the collections used, and acknowledgement of the grant in any resulting publications.

The Fellowship is open to researchers external to UCL in any discipline at all levels from PhD onwards. Fellows need to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK before making arrangements.

The deadline for applications is 10am on 1 February 2019. Notification of the award will be made by late March 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Royal Studies Journal awards two annual prizes for the best Book and best Journal Article in the field of Royal Studies. Each prize is worth £50, and the winners will be announced at the Kings and Queens 8 conference in Catania, Sicily in June 2019. The winning article will be published in the December 2019 issue of the Royal Studies Journal and the book prize winner will also be featured in this issue as well.

The deadline for entries is 1 March, 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.
Medium Ævum, The Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature, has a number of Research Travel Bursaries available to scholars at any stage in their career, who are not in receipt of funding from other sources. All scholars whose research falls within the interests of the Society are invited to apply, although preference in awarding the Bursaries will be given to current members of the Society. The value of the Bursaries is between £300 and £1000 . The Research Travel Bursaries scheme is not designed to be used to fund conference attendance, and successful applicants will be required to submit a report following their research trip, with accounts.

The deadlines for applications are 1 March and 1 September, for every calendar year.

Further information is available on the
website.
There are a number of fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence available specially to Australian scholars.

The Postgraduate Fellowship at the European University Institute is three-months September-December 2019. It covers EUI institute's fees and a one-off payment up to $7,000 for travel (including insurance) and subsistence. Applicants must be at an advanced stage of their research.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship is 6 January-30 June 2020. It covers EUI fees and a one-off payment of up to $12,000 for travel (including insurance) and subsistence.  The scholarship may be discretionally combined with the Max Weber Programme. This is available to Australian university PHD holders who graduated within the last five years and have an affiliation with an Australian university.

The Visiting Scholarship of one month is to be taken, by arrangement, between 6 January-30 June 2020. The AEUIFAI will cover EUI fees only for the Visiting Scholar. This is awarded to an established scholar who can demonstrate that a one-month residence will be beneficial to their research and the EUI.

Postdoctoral applicants must include plans to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. And should be prepared to present a public lecture towards at Monash Prato or home institution after their return.

The deadline for applications is 1 March, 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.

 
The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) hosts two annual prizes for essays in Irish Medieval Studies, both of which are presented at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo. The winner need not be present, and will be contacted officially in writing. Entrants for both prizes must be members of ASIMS at the time of submission in order to be eligible.

The Four Courts Press/Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies is awarded for the best essay/article in Irish Medieval Studies published in a book or journal during the previous calendar year (the 2019 prize will therefore be awarded to an essay published in 2018). The prize is a cheque to the value of US$500 from Four Courts Press. A summary of the article will be reprinted in Eolas, the journal of ASIMS. Entries must be submitted by 25 March 2019 in order to be considered.

The Terence Barry Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Irish Medieval Studies, is awarded to the best conference paper on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies delivered by a graduate student. The prize is open to graduate students from any field who either have presented or have written and intend to present a paper on a subject of relevance to Irish Medieval Studies at any conference during the previous twelve-month period, beginning and ending with the ICMS in May. The prize will consist of a cheque for reimbursement of the current year’s ICMS registration fees costs, or a cheque of equivalent value. It is a requirement that the winning entry submits a summary statement of the presentation for publication in the society’s journal, Eolas. Especially worthy entries may also be considered for eventual publication in the journal. Entries must be submitted by 15 April 2019 in order to be considered.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh have a number of post-doctoral Fellowships available in 2019-2020. Included in the bursary are: a research visit at the University of Edinburgh for three to ten months, a bursary of up to a maximum of £12,500, an allocated University mentor, and more. Applicants must have been awarded a doctorate no more than three years prior to the application. You should not have held a permanent position at a university, or a previous Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 30 April 2019. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Decisions will be communicated in July 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies invites applications for the Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships. These fellowships are granted annually to writers, translators and scholars (not to university students) in the field of humanities, from outside Iceland, to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three months, in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.

The amount of the Fellowships is based in principle on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. Should two equally-qualified candidates be under consideration, preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate from Eastern or Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania.

There are no special application forms for the Fellowships, but applicants should submit a brief but thorough account of the purpose of their stay in Iceland, specifying period of stay, as well as details of education and publications. Applications should be sent by ordinary mail (no e-mail application) no later than 31 October each year.

Further information is available on the
website.

The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship has a number of regular prizes and scholarships.

The Graduate Student Essay Competition is open to all currently-enrolled graduate students. Papers may cover any aspect of medieval studies that focuses on issues of women, gender, and/or sexuality. The paper should be no longer than 8000 words, not including foot/endnotes and bibliography. The prize will be 5 years’ membership in SMFS and publication of the winning paper, subject to editing, in our journal Medieval Feminist Forum. The annual deadline for submission is 1 November. The winner will be announced around 1 February.


The following two prizes are awarded in alternate years: Best First Book of Feminist Scholarship on the Middle Ages (even years), and Best Article of Feminist Scholarship on the Middle Ages (odd years for the preceding two year period). These prizes were established in 2004 as a way for the SMFS to recognise outstanding scholarly contributions. Submissions are considered for their relative merit to the study of women and feminist values in Medieval Studies. The article prize carries an award of $300US and the book a prize of $500US, awarded at the annual business meeting each May at the ICMS, Kalamazoo.

The Foremothers Fellowship is funded through the generous gift of royalties from the editors and authors of the Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (Judith Bennett and Ruth Mazo Karras). The grant provides $2,000US for a current doctoral candidate (at the time of the proposed project) to undertake a significant professional development initiative. The winner will be partnered with a senior medieval scholar whose guidance and association can assist the student in developing and executing the project.

Further information is available on the
website.

CARMEN, The Worldwide Medieval Network, is pleased to announce the CARMEN Project Prize. This unique award will recognise a project idea in any area of Medieval Studies, which has the potential to advance our understanding of the medieval period or its reception in important and/or innovative ways. Unlike conventional publication prizes, the CARMEN Project Prize seeks to identify the highest-quality academic research at the planning/development stage and to encourage its future progress.

Any individual medievalist, or team of researchers, at any career stage, from those completing research degrees to full professors, are eligible to enter. The research project can relate to any aspect of Medieval Studies or Medievalism (the later reception of the Middle Ages), and can be grounded in any academic discipline or can be multi-disciplinary. Projects should not yet have received substantial funding, and should be in the development stage.

Entries will be judged by a panel of CARMEN Executive Committee members, together with a representative of one of CARMEN’s Affiliated Member Organisations. The Prize primarily offers prestige and recognition amongst the widest possibly community of scholars in Medieval Studies, but also includes: a public prize presentation at the CARMEN Annual Meeting; publicity and opportunities to showcase your project idea; a bursary of up to €350 to attend the CARMEN Annual Meeting (held in mid September) to workshop ideas; expert mentoring from CARMEN members and senior medievalists at CARMEN Affiliated Member Organisations; and recognition of the project’s quality and potential (including a written citation) – valuable if the project goes on to seek funding or participants. Further information is available on the
website.
For its 2020–2021 fellowship program, the Henry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin, will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 post-doctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections.

Dissertation fellowships of US $2000 are available to current graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the Center's collections. Travel stipends of US $2000 are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month's use of the Center's collections, while one-month to three-month long Fellowships worth US $3500/month are available for post-doctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive use of the Ransom Center's collections.

The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

Applications will be announced later in mid-2019.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Gender and Medieval Studies Group offers a postgraduate student essay prize. The competition is open to students at all levels of graduate study including those who will be completing their degree in the coming year. Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Entries should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages and submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are encouraged.

The prize gives free conference fee registration to the GMS conference (held every January at a different UK institution) for two years (2019 and 2020), a £100 book token for Castle Hill Bookshop and a contribution towards UK travel costs to the conference. 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).

Announcement for the 2019 prize will be made after mid-2019.

Further information is available on the
website.

The University of Glasgow offers a number of annually awarded Visiting Library Research Fellowships, for projects relating to any of the University of Glasgow Library collections. Applicants will be at any stage of their academic career but must be the holder of a completed PhD. Independent and emeritus scholars may also apply.

The award will cover a period of at least two and no more than four weeks in the calendar year offered. Scholars will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. Travel, subsistence, and other reasonable research expenses will be eligible to be claimed to a value of £2000. Applications will be peer-reviewed by a panel of University of Glasgow academics.

Announcements will be made later in 2019.

Further information is available on the
website.
Other Early Medieval News
The British Library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France and The Polonsky Foundation have teamed up to create two websites that will provide digital access to 800 medieval manuscripts, as a part of ‘The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project’ which began in 2016. The British Library and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France are providing 400 manuscripts each from their collections, which were produced between the 8th and the late 12th centuries, and have been selected for their importance in relation to the history of French-English relationships in the Middle Ages.

Laurence Engel, President of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, commented that “Two outstanding medieval collections have been brought together through this ambitious project funded by The Polonsky Foundation, the fruit of a commitment shared by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library to harness our scientific and technological expertise in placing invaluable treasures within everyone’s reach. This is an example of common heritage that we are sharing together.”

“We are delighted to be working with our colleagues at the Bibliothèque nationale de France on this hugely exciting collaboration,” added Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library. “It will bring together manuscript treasures from a time when the cultural, political and religious interchange between Britain and France was unfolding at many levels. The illuminated manuscripts that our respective institutions hold are remarkable survivals from that period.”

Some of these manuscripts will be featured at upcoming ‘Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms : Art, Word, War’ exhibition that begins later this month at the British Library. A book is also being published simultaneously by both libraries to showcase a selection of the illuminated manuscripts, Medieval illumination, Manuscript Art in England and France 700-1200, by Kathleen Doyle and Charlotte Denoël.

Further information is available on the
website.
Other Journals of Interest

Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies is currently accepting articles for publication.

Ceræ is a peer-reviewed Australasian journal of medieval and early modern studies. Administered from the University of Western Australia, the journal is directed by a committee of Australian and international graduate students and early career researchers united in our commitment to open-access publishing, the possibilities of the digital humanities, and to forging a strong community of medieval and early modern scholars in the region. Ceræ accepts manuscripts from any discipline related to medieval and early modern studies, including submissions with accompanying audio-visual material.

Articles should be approximately 5,000-7,000 words, and submissions should be made online. For further information, please contact the editor, or visit the journal website.

Early Medieval Europe provides an indispensable source of information and debate on the history of Europe from the later Roman Empire to the eleventh century. The journal is a thoroughly interdisciplinary forum, encouraging the discussion of archaeology, numismatics, palaeography, diplomatic, literature, onomastics, art history, linguistics and epigraphy, as well as more traditional historical approaches. It covers Europe in its entirety, including material on Iceland, Ireland, the British Isles, Scandinavia and Continental Europe (both west and east).

Articles must be submitted online and should be 6,000-10,000 words. Further information may be found
here.

Eras is an online journal edited and produced by postgraduate students from the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. As a fully refereed journal with DEST status, Eras is intended as an international forum for current or recently completed Masters and PhD students to publish original research, comments, and reviews in the broad range of fields covered by the School’s teaching and research: Archaeology and Ancient History, Jewish Civilisation, International Studies, History, Philosophy, Religion and Theology.

We are seeking papers from postgraduate students working in any of these fields. We accept submissions year-round. Papers of up to 6,000 words and a short abstract may be submitted here, and editorial guidelines for individual contributors are available here.

Florilegium invites papers on any aspect of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (including the post-medieval representation of the medieval period). Submissions taking an interdisciplinary approach are especially welcome. Papers may be written in either English or French. Florilegium publishes only previously unpublished material. Manuscripts submitted for consideration must not be published or submitted elsewhere.

Manuscripts should normally not exceed 8,000-9,000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, and should be formatted according to Chicago style. Footnotes should be kept as spare as possible.

Further information is available on the
website.
The Heroic Age is dedicated to the exploration all aspects of early medieval North-Western Europe, from a variety of vantage points and disciplines from the beginning of the fourth century through the beginning of the thirteenth. By bringing various points of view to the table, we hope to open new vistas of investigation and strengthen ties among early medieval studies and its popular bases. The title "Heroic Age" is applicable to literary, historical, folkloric studies and the material culture that lies behind the people who lived, wrote, and championed their beliefs and created cultures in the period. We will strive to understand and promote understanding of this dynamic early medieval period.

The Heroic Age welcomes and encourages papers on topics unrelated to themed issues at any time. The journal publishes the following types of materials: feature article, editions and translations and book/media reviews. Articles should be 7,000 words including bibliography and endnotes, and conform to The Heroic Age's in-house style, which may be found here. All submissions should be sent to the editor, and further information may be found on the journal website.

Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies is a multidisciplinary refereed postgraduate journal devoted to the literatures, cultures, and ideas of the medieval world. Published electronically twice a year, its mission is to present a forum in which graduate students from around the globe may share their work.

Hortulus has an open submission policy, so submissions are accepted throughout the year. Two issues are published annually: a themed issue each spring, and a general issue each autumn. Graduate students are welcome to submit previously unpublished articles that challenge our readers to look at the Middle Ages from a variety of perspectives by engaging in new theories and interdisciplinary research. Articles be submitted electronically here, and submission guidelines can be found here. Contributions should be in English and roughly 6,000–12,000 words, including all documentation and citational apparatus; book reviews are typically between 500-1,000 words but cannot exceed 2,000.

Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures is an open-access peer-reviewed journal, published by the University of Milan, in association with the University of Southern Denmark, the University of York, and the Danish National Research Foundation.

Interfaces aims to open an interdisciplinary and multilingual forum for the study of medieval European literatures, broadly conceived as the products of the interconnected textual cultures which flourished between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance in a region extending from the North Atlantic to the Eastern Mediterranean. It envisages the study of the textual culture of medieval Europe as situated at the intersection of a number of modern disciplines, including history, literature, philology, codicology, philosophy, sociolinguistics, and theology.

Contributions are invited which cross linguistic or disciplinary boundaries in the recognition that the vitality of medieval texts in present-day scholarship and culture demands a space not confined by single philologies, national research traditions, confessions, or disciplinary canons.Interfaces invites papers in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Each paper should have an abstract in English. We encourage the submission of substantial contributions, normally in the range of 35 000-100 000 characters. Further information is available on the journal website.

Marginalia is an online, peer-reviewed journal for medievalists, which aims to fill a gap in the publishing world by creating a vehicle for graduate publication. It sprang out of, and continues to be closely associated with, the Cambridge-based Medieval Reading Group. The first issue of the journal came out in 2005, and since then two issues have been released each year.

The Marginalia committee will consider articles and book reviews on any aspect of the Middle Ages in England, and from any discipline. For the purposes of clarification, we consider the Middle Ages to encompass the years between 500 and 1500 AD, but will consider material that falls slightly outside these parameters if we feel it is particularly relevant to the study of medieval England. Further information may be found on the
journal website.
Parergon publishes articles on all aspects of medieval and early modern studies. We are especially interested in material that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and takes new approaches. Articles should be within 5,000 and 8,000 words length, with footnotes kept to a reasonable proportion. (Notes of 3,000 words may be considered.) Further information on submission guidelines and forthcoming issues may be found here.
postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies aims to develop a present-minded medieval studies in which contemporary events, issues, ideas, problems, objects, and texts serve as triggers for critical investigations of the Middle Ages. The journal also underscores the important value of medieval studies and the longest possible historical perspectives to the ongoing development of contemporary critical and cultural theories that remain under-historicised.
The journal is published four times a year, usually as themed, guest-edited issues. Articles may not exceed 6,000 words in length. Further information on submission guidelines and forthcoming issues may be found
here.

 

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