August 22, 2013

Call for Papers, Kalamazoo 2014

Please consider the following CFP from Medieval Studies alumnus Erik Carlson and share with anyone who may be interested.

CFP: ICMS, Kalamazoo 2014
Submit by 9/15/2013

Lexical Approaches to Old English
Papers are invited by scholars who use word studies to understand Old English and Old English texts. Linguistic and literary interests may be equally well served by word studies, and papers that are attentive to the difficulties of reconciling these interests are particularly sought; however, all approaches are welcome, including comparative investigations into Germanic languages or Latin.

Please submit one-page abstracts to:
Erik Carlson

July 16, 2013

Call for Papers: Two CMS Sponsored Sessions at Kalamazoo 2014

We are pleased to announce that CMS is sponsoring two sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI from May 8-11, 2014. We invite your submissions of abstracts for the following sessions.

Compromised Bodies in Late Medieval France and Italy
The body was a central concern for late medieval French and Italian societies. This panel will consider how individuals and society recognized and reacted to the body in compromised states (as a result of both internal and external conditions, such as madness, disease, passion, hunger, disability, crime, poverty, etc.). What kinds of identity formation occur from the body in altered states? How are cultural constructions of "the body" used to identify and problematize ideas of corporeal experience? Papers may approach questions of physical and emotional transformation through the body from literary and cultural appropriations, comparative studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory and/or linguistic studies.

Please submit abstracts and the Participant Information Form via e-mail to Dr. Andrew Scheil at by 15 September 2013 or earlier.

Organized by:
Jessica Apolloni, Amanda Taylor, Katie Robison
Center for Medieval Studies, University of Minnesota

Saint Paul: Reception, Representation, and Influence in the Middle Ages
Paul beseeched his readers in Corinth, "be ye imitators of me, as I also am of Christ," and many attempted as much in the centuries that followed. This session invites assessment or re-assessment of Saint Paul and any aspect of his influence on medieval or early modern thought, life, or art. This influence has not always been salutary; Margery Kempe lamented that she had "suffyrd mech tribulacyon for cawse of hys wrytyng," specifically his injunction forbidding women to preach, and much recent scholarship on Paul has tended to focus on the difficulties that his refinements of early Christian morality have presented, in particular the limits he imposes on female authority and autonomy, his promotion of virginity, and his condemnation of homosexuality. Of course, Paul's importance extended well beyond his preoccupation with patriarchy and sexual purity, influencing a broad range of ideas concerning evangelism, conversion, sanctity, free will, suffering, and martyrdom, among others. Moreover, his missionary adventures served as both a subject and literary template for story-tellers and hagiographers, and Paul himself (despite stylistic deficiencies that even Jerome could not help criticizing) provided a key example of authorship and self-narration. This session welcomes abstracts from any disciplinary perspective addressing the significance of these or any other aspects of Paul's life and letters for his medieval and early modern heirs and/or medieval studies.

Please submit abstracts and the Participant Information Form via e-mail to Dr. Andrew Scheil at by 15 September 2013 or earlier.

Organized by:
Benjamin D. Utter, Dept. of English, U .of Minnesota

May 23, 2013

Announcement of Competition: Latin, Greek, and Humanities at the Academy Vivarium Novum in Rome, Academic year 2013-2014

The Academy Vivarium Novum is offering ten full tuition scholarships for high school students of the European Union (16-18 years old) and ten full tuition scholarships for University students (18-24 years old) of any part of the world. The scholarships will cover all of the costs of room, board, teaching and didactic materials for courses to be held from October 7, 2013 until June 14, 2014 on the grounds of the Academy's campus at Rome.
Application letters must be sent to by July 15th in order to receive consideration.
A good knowledge of the fundamentals of Latin and Greek is required.

The courses will be as follows:
1. Latin language (fundamental and advanced)
2. Greek language (fundamental and advanced)
3. Latin composition
4. Roman History
5. Ancient Latin literature
6. History of ancient Philosophy
7. Renaissance and Neo-Latin literature
8. Latin and Greek music and poetry
9. Classics reading seminars

The goal is to achieve a perfect command of both Latin and Greek through a total immersion in the two languages in order to master without any hindrances the texts and concepts which have been handed down from the ancient times, middle ages, the Renaissance period and modern era, and to cultivate the humanities in a manner similar to the Renaissance humanists.

All the classes will be conducted in Latin, except for Greek classes which will be conducted in ancient Greek.

In the letter the prospective student should indicate the following:

1. Full name;

2. Date and location of birth;

3. What school you currently attend;
4. How long you have studied Latin and/or Greek;

5. Which authors and works you have read;

6. Other studies and primary interests outside of school.

In addition, please attach a recent passport/ID photograph.

(For more information about the Academy, you may visit the website

December 18, 2012

Spring 2013 Events Calendar


Tuesday, January 29
Gabriel Hill, History, University of Minnesota
"Marginalizing Mary: Fifteenth-Century Revisions to John Mirk's Festial"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall


Tuesday, February 5
Karen Marsalek, English, St. Olaf College
"Spirit/Body and Ghost/Corpse Pairings in Early English Drama"
Co-sponsored with the Center for Early Modern History
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Wednesday, February 6
Vivian Ramalingam, Independent Scholar
"Lancelot and the Rabbis"
Vivian has prepared a handout for the workshop, including suggestions for how participants can prepare. Handout for Lancelot-2_6_13.doc
N.B. This event is a lunchtime workshop.
11:30 a.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Tuesday, February 19
Heather Flowers, Anthropology, University of Minnesota
"Entangled Bodies, Ambiguous Beasts: Ideologies of Transformation in Early Medieval England"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Tuesday, February 26
Claire Sponsler, English, University of Iowa
"Media Archaeology and Medieval Drama"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall


Tuesday, March 12
Peter Wells, Anthropology, University of Minnesota
"Ornaments, Burials, and Change in Migration Period Europe"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall


Tuesday, April 2
Reuven Amitai, History, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
"250 Years of 'Foreign' Control: The Impact of Mamluk Rule on the History of Palestine and Its Environs"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Tuesday, April 9
Riccardo Pizzinato, Art History, University of Minnesota Morris
"Diptych Vision and Ruler Theology in the Codex Aureus of Saint Emmeram"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Friday, April 12
IAS Mediterranean Collaborative Workshop on the Mediterranean South
Shamil Jeppie, Director of the Timbouctou Manuscripts Project, University of Cape Town
"A Timbuktu Book Collector between the Mediterranean and the Sahel"
5:30 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Saturday, April 13
IAS Mediterranean Collaborative Workshop on the Mediterranean South
Getatchew Haile, Ethiopian Study Center, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
"The Case of Ethiopian Manuscripts"
Part of a larger panel titled "African Manuscripts and Their Influence on the Mediterranean World"
9:00 a.m., 1210 Heller Hall

Tuesday, April 16
Ramzi Rouighi, History, University of Southern California
"The Role of Islam in the Medieval Mediterranean"
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall


Thursday, May 2
The Inaugural Rutherford Aris Memorial Lecture
Elaine Treharne, English, Stanford University
"'True Vision': Modelling the Medieval Future of Digital Technology"
7:00 p.m., 120 Andersen Library

Tuesday, May 7
Kieran O'Conor, National University of Ireland - Galway
"Medieval Rural Settlement in Anglo-Norman Ireland"
3:30 p.m., Blegen 415

August 7, 2012

Fall 2012 Events Calendar


Friday, September 14
Joint open house with the Center for Early Modern History
Noon-2:00 pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Tuesday, September 18
Dwight Reynolds, Religious Studies, University of California - Santa Barbara, "Re-evaluating Influence: The Interaction of Arab and Northern Spanish Music in Medieval Iberia"
Cosponsored with the IAS Mediterranean Collaborative, the School of Music, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
4:00 p.m., 1210 Heller Hall


Tuesday, October 2
Geraldine Heng, English, University of Texas at Austin, Winton Visiting Professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
"An Experiment in Collaborative Humanities: Envisioning Globalities, 500-1500 C.E."
4:00 pm, 1210 Heller

Thursday, October 11
The 50th Annual James Ford Bell Lecture
Joanne M. Ferraro, History, San Diego State University
"Binding Passions and Shielding Virtue in Early Modern Venice"
Part of the James Ford Bell series "Celebrating Venice!"
7:30 pm, 120 Andersen Library

Tuesday, October 16
Jelena Todorovich, French & Italian, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Dante before 'Dante': Bridging the Alps"
Cosponsored with the Department of French and Italian
4:00 pm, 1210 Heller Hall

Thursday, October 25
The Carl Sheppard Memorial Lecture in Medieval Studies
Robert Nelson, History of Art, Yale University
"'Lords of One Quarter and One Half of the Empire of Romania': Byzantine Art and State Authority in Venice"
Cosponsored with the James Ford Bell Library as part of its series: Celebrating Venice!
7:30 pm, 120 Anderson Library


EVENT POSTPONED--Check back for details about rescheduled lecture.
Thursday, November 1
Alan M. Stahl, Art and Archaeology, Classics, History, and Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University
"Wealth and Power in Medieval Venice: The Condulmer Family in the Century After the Black Death"
Cosponsored with the Institute for Advanced Study and with the James Ford Bell Library as part of its series: Celebrating Venice!
7:30 pm, 120 Anderson Library

Thursday, November 8
The Kann Memorial Lecture in Austrian Studies: Nora Berend, History, St. Catherine's College, University of Cambridge
"Violence as Identity: Christians and Muslims in Hungary in the Medieval and Early Modern Period"
Organized by the Center for Austrian Studies
3:30 pm, 120 Anderson Library

Monday, November 23
Elisheva Carlebach, Salo Wittmayer Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society, Columbia University
"In Praise of Error: Jewish Culture between Script and Print"
Organized by the Center for Jewish Studies and cosponsored by the Center for Early Modern History
12:00 pm, 325 Nicholson Hall


Tuesday, December 11
Anatoly Liberman, German, Scandinavian and Dutch, University of Minnesota
"Solving an Insoluble Riddle (What Did Odin Tell Baldr on the Funeral Pyre?)"
4:00 pm, 1210 Heller

January 3, 2010


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December 26, 2008

Old Norse and Middle High German Resources Online

Last year, Professor Anatoly Lieberman from the department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch created a website for the study of Old Norse with the help of graduate student Paul Peterson and gracious support from the UMN Language Center. That site is now available to those who are enrolled in the Old Norse course through the WebCT system.

This year he received another grant from the Center ($2,500) for the production a Middle High German website, which will be ready by mid-May. Congratulations to Professor Lieberman, and what great news for his students.