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Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Early Medieval History

Based in the Department of History at the University of Exeter, this studentship will contribute to the HERA-funded project ‘After Empire: Using and Not Using the Past in the Crisis of the Carolingian World, c. 900-c.1050’ (UNUP). This international project, based in Berlin, Vienna, Barcelona, St Andrews and Exeter, seeks to offer a transnational approach to the history of Europe in the tenth century.  It takes as its starting point the observation that the relatively meagre administrative and legal structures of early medieval Europe meant that action in the present often drew authority and legitimacy from claims about the past. It explores how people in different regions of Europe reacted to the changing political landscape of the tenth century by looking at the ways they chose to use and not use their shared past. 

The PhD project will explore aspects of this question. The Exeter-led sub-theme is on ‘Using and Not Using the Past in Liturgical Sources’. It is anticipated that this particular research project will focus on how at least one religious community chose to use or not use their past through the study of the liturgical manuscripts they produced and owned in this period.  The thesis will make a case study of individual manuscripts produced in a single community: both the manuscripts and community will be selected by the student in consultation with the supervisors. The core aims of the research project will be to investigate the extent to which a community, either in the heartland or on the periphery of the Carolingian Empire, chose to use or not use earlier works in the compilation of tenth-century liturgical books, and why they chose the particular source texts they did.

Alternative research projects of equal relevance to the wider themes of the project will also be considered.

The student will be supervised by Professor Sarah Hamilton, who is the project lead for UNUP at Exeter, with Dr Levi Roach.   

Duration and value of award
The PhD will commence in September 2016. UK/EU level tuition fees will be paid as part of the studentship, together with an annual maintenance grant of £14,296. Please note that this studentship is open to UK/EU students only.

For more information, see: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/award/?id=2218

CFP: In Search of Wisdom: Knowledge Spaces and Networks across the Mediterranean Sea  November 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2016

Call_Diptico.pptxIn Search of Wisdom: Knowledge Spaces and Networks across the Mediterranean Sea

10th COMPLUTENSE CONFERENCE ON MEDIEVAL ART

NOVEMBER 2nd, 3rd, AND 4th  2016

RESEARCH PROJECT: “Al-Andalus, the Hispanic Kingdoms and Egypt: Art, Power and Knowledge in the Medieval Mediterranean. Exchange Networks and their impact on the Visual Culture”(HAR2013-45578-R)

The aim of this conference is to deepen into the various insights of the construction of spaces and the production of works of art linked to sciences and knowledge in the Middle Ages, throughout different geographical, cultural, and social realms within the Mediterranean area.

 CALL FOR PAPERS  

Paper proposals should include an abstract of the issue written in Spanish, English or French languages (a maximum of ca. 1,000 words), a bibliographical reference’s list on the subject (a maximum of 10 references), and a short Curriculum Vitae of the submitter (a maximum of ca. 500 words).  Proposals should be framed within one of the four indicated sessions by the submitter. Priority will be given to those innovative approaches, critical analyses or insights into the specific framework of the session topics, especially those linked to al-Andalus, Hispanic Kingdoms or Medieval Egypt. Proposals should be send to jcam@ucm.es before June, 15th 2016; once they have been selected by the scientific committee, their acceptance will be notified to authors before June, 30th 2016.

SESSIONS

  1. “Mirror of Princes: paideia, uirtus and adab” is focused on secular places of knowledge.
  2. “Science and its usages” deals with those spaces and networks where medieval science was developed.
  3. “Books and their spaces” is devoted to the production of Medieval manuscripts and the places for books.
  4. “Masters, sages, and patrons” analyzes the relationship between patrons, artisans, and knowledge producers, paying special attention to synergies of all those linked to scientific development.

 INVITED CONTRIBUTORS

Evelyne Berriot-Salvadore (Université Montpellier 3), Eduardo Carrero (UAB), Miquel Forcada (UB), Ángel Fuentes Domínguez (UAM), Emilio González Ferrín (Universidad de Sevilla), Alfonso Jiménez (Universidad de Sevilla), Miguel Marañón (Instituto Cervantes), Rafael Ramón Guerrero, María Jesús Viguera (UCM), Gerhard Wolf (Kuntshistorisches-Max Planck Institute, Florencia).

SCIENTIFIC AND ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Alexandra Uscatescu e Irene González Hernando (coordinadoras), Susana Calvo Capilla, Juan Carlos Ruiz Souza, Azucena Hernández Pérez, Víctor Rabasco García, Pilar Martínez Taboada, Herbert González Zymla, Noelia Silva Santa-Cruz, Javier Martínez de Aguirre, Marta Poza Yagüe, Óscar Monterreal, Elena Paulino, Manuel Parada y Laura Molina.

 

CFP: Revealing Records VII (Friday, May 6th, 2016)

Sealed Record.axdDeadline:   Friday, 19 February 2016

Now in its seventh year, the Revealing Records conference series brings together postgraduate researchers working with a wide range of sources from across the medieval world to share challenges and approaches through the presentation of their research.  This year marks the first year of Revealing Records as a combined effort of King’s College London and University College London History Departments. The conference will be held in the Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

Keynotes will be delivered by Dr Rory Naismith (KCL) and Dr Sergei Bogatyrev (UCL)

We encourage applications from students working with a wide variety of records – from the written word to objects, buildings and more. Papers that employ an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon palaeography, archaeology or other related disciplines are particularly welcome.

Abstracts (300 words max.) are welcome from students wishing to present a 20-minute paper.

Please send abstracts to: revealingrecords@gmail.com by Friday, 19 February 2016

Visit our webpage for more information: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/eventrecords/2015-16/rrVIII.aspx

King’s College London – Revealing Records VII 

www.kcl.ac.uk

Workshop: ‘The world comes to Sinai: Saint Catherine’s monastery as a cultural magnet’ (London 6 February 2016)

St. Catherine's Monastery SinaiThe World Comes to Sinai:
St Catherine’s Monastery and its Library
as a Cultural Magnet
A Workshop-Conference of the Saint Catherine Foundation
Saturday, 6 February 2015, 10.00 to 13.00
Bridgewater House
14 Cleveland Row, SW1A 1DP, London

 

Programme
10.00 Welcoming Remarks
Jenny Richardson, Treasurer, Saint Catherine Foundation
10.10 How Did Syriac Manuscripts Get to Sinai?
Sebastian Brock, Department of Oriental Studies, Oxford
University
10.35 Visitors from Christian Orient and the Palimpsested Manuscripts
Claudia Rapp, Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek
Studies, Vienna University
11.00 Break
11.30 Sinai and the Market for Printed Books
Nicholas Pickwoad, Ligatus Centre, University of the Arts,
London
11.55 A View to the Future: The New Library Wing
Petros Koufopoulos, Department of Architecture,
University of Patras, Greece
12.20 Discussion, followed by Coffee and Conversation
RSVP:
secretary@saintcatherinefoundation.org
+44 (0) 20 7396 5420
Admission free

Conference: History Books in the Anglo-Norman World (Trinity College Dublin, 22-23 May 2015)

22-23 May 2015
Trinity College Dublin
Synge Theatre, Arts Building

Cost: €25.00 (€15.00 concessions and/or one-day attendance; TCD staff and students free).
Please register by contacting Laura Cleaver (cleaverl@tcd.ie).

22nd May 2015
From 13.00: registration
13.30 welcome and introduction to the History Books in the Anglo-Norman World
Project (Laura Cleaver)
14.00-15.30 session 1:
Anne Lawrence-Mathers (University of Reading), Computus, Chronology and the Calculation of Time in English Twelfth-Century Chronicles.
Michael Staunton (University College Dublin), Did the Purpose of English History Change During the Twelfth Century?
Mark Zumbuhl, [tbc]

15.30-16.00 tea

16.00-17.30 session 2:
Andrea Worm (University of Graz), England’s Place Within Salvation History in a Thirteenth-Century Copy of Peter of Poitiers’ Compendium historiae (British Library, Cotton MS Faustina B VII).
Diarmuid Scully (University College Cork), The Vision of History in a Manuscript of Gerald of Wales’ Topographia Hibernica and Expugnatio Hibernica (National Library of Ireland, MS 700).
Caoimhe Whelan (Trinity College Dublin), A New Version of an Old Story: Reading the Past in Late Medieval Ireland.

18.00 wine reception

23rd May
9.30-11.00 session 3:
Gleb Schmidt (University College, Saint Petersburg), The Circulation of
Manuscripts Containing Excerptum Roberti Herefordensis de Chronica Mariani
Scotti in the Anglo-Norman World.
Laura Pani (University of Udine), Paul the Deacon’s Historia Langobardum in
Anglo-Norman England.
Jaakko Tahkokallio (King’s College London), The Twelfth-Century Audience of
William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon and Geoffrey of Monmouth in the
Light of the Codicological Evidence.

11.00-11.30 coffee

11.30-12.30 session 4:
Charlie Rozier (Durham University), Durham Cathedral Priory and its Library of History, c.1090-c.1130.
Stephen Church (University of East Anglia), King John’s Books.

12.30-13.30 lunch

13.30-15.00 session 5:
Benjamin Pohl (Ghent University), An Illustrated Chronicle from Early Eleventh-
Century Normandy: Dudo of St. Quentin’s Historia Normannorum.
Laura Slater (University of York), Picturing the Past in Matthew Paris’ Vie de
Seint Auban.
Jane Gilbert (University College London), Translating History: British Library,
Royal MS 20 A ii.

15.00-15.30 tea

15.30-16.30 session 6:
Kathryn Gerry (Memphis College of Art), Artists, Abbots and Saints: Visual and Material Approaches to Cult at St Albans Abbey in the Long Twelfth Century.
Diarmuid O Riain, Marginally Wrong: The Canterbury Tale Behind the Confusion of Two Irish Saints in Marsh’s Library MS Z 3.1.5.
16.30 closing remarks

Reading, Scholarship and the Art of the Book at Reading Abbey (Reading University, 17 April 2015)

K151514[1]Reading University, Henley Business School, Whiteknights Campus, Room G10

17 April 2015, from 10am
Cost: £15 (including coffee, lunch, tea and wine); £10 for students and unwaged. Please register by contacting GCMS@reading.ac.uk.

Programme

10.00 registration and welcome

10.15-11.15 – Session 1:

Lindy Grant (Reading); ‘Reading Abbey in a cultural and intellectual, international context’.

Tessa Webber (Cambridge); ‘Reading in the Refectory at Reading Abbey’.

11.15-11.45 – coffee

11.45-13.15 – Session 2:

Michael Gullick (independent scholar); ‘Reflections on the Reading Abbey Romanesque Book

Collections and Documents’.

Laura Cleaver (Dublin); ‘History Books at Reading and Bec’.

Anne Lawrence (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey computus manuscript and its context’.

13.15-14.30 – lunch

14.30-15.30 – Session 3:

Nigel Morgan (Cambridge); ‘The Calendar and Litany of Reading Abbey’.

Cyndy Johnston (London); ‘“In the custom of this country”: The Transmigration of Bolognese

Decorative Style in Thirteenth-Century Oxford and Reading Abbey Manuscripts’.

15.30-16.00 – tea

16.00-17.00 – Session 4:

Catherine Leglu (Reading); ‘An Anglo-Norman translation of the Bible at Reading Abbey: London BL Royal 1 C III’.

Brian Kemp (Reading); ‘The Reading Abbey Formulary’.

17.00 – closing remarks and update on the Reading Abbey ruins; followed by wine reception.

PhD Studentship: Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent: the manuscript evidence

lindisf1[1]The British Library and The University of Leicester

The British Library and the University of Leicester are pleased to invite applications for a three-year AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, available from 1 October 2015. The project will be supervised by Professor Joanna Story, professor of Early Medieval History at Leicester, and by Dr Claire Breay, Head of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts, at the British Library.

The successful candidate will undertake a thesis on Anglo-Saxon England and the Continent centred on the rich manuscript resources at the British Library. The culture of Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman conquest is highly distinctive, not least through the use of the Old English vernacular as a language of written record; but Anglo-Saxon political, religious, economic, linguistic, literary and artistic history cannot be properly understood without reference to contemporary connections with Europe. These cross-Channel connections were always significant, and are manifest in many different ways in manuscripts preserved at the British Library.

Applicants may propose projects that respond to this theme, and which are centred on British Library manuscripts. Potential projects include: ‘Anglo-Saxon England and Rome’; ‘Networks of Knowledge’; ‘Letters to the English’; Perceptions of the Past in Anglo-Saxon England: continental kinship’; ‘Methods of making’.

This studentship coincides with the three-year period of research and preparation for a major British Library exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons that opens in October 2018, and which explores the history, art, and culture of this period through the medium of extant manuscripts. This offers the student an exceptional opportunity to participate in the development of an international exhibition and the Library expects the student to contribute to related publications (in print and online), public events, and academic conferences.

Person specification

We are seeking a highly promising student who will relish the opportunity of combining academic research with the experience of working as part of a professional team of curators and researchers. This studentship is likely to appeal to individuals with a background in early medieval history, book history, literature, language, or interdisciplinary methods for  understanding early medieval material culture. Prior experience of research using early medieval manuscripts will be an advantage, and the successful applicant will demonstrate commensurate skills in relevant languages and palaeography. A commitment to communicating the results of research to a wider public audience is key in the context of the British Library’s exhibition.

Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) and meet the University’s standard English Language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a related Master’s degree with merit or distinction, or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this by September 2015.

The studentship is available for full-time study only, and applicants must be able to commence their studies in October 2015.

How to apply

To apply you need to complete the standard University of Leicester online application form here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/study/research/phd/history .In place of the research proposal requested on this form, you should provide a statement of up to 1,000 words on:

  1. How you propose to develop the project theme using the British Library collections
  2. How your education and experience to date has prepared you for this research position, and how you will develop the opportunities offered by the 2018 exhibition.

Applicants should also submit:

  1. A 4-5,000 word sample of their written work

Eligibility

The successful candidate must meet Research Council eligibility criteria based on UK residency. See paragraphs 42-44 on pp. 11-12 of the RCUK Terms and Conditions for Postgraduate training grants:
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/RCUK-prod/assets/documents/documents/TermsConditionsTrainingGrants.pdf

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries relating to potential research projects or eligibility should be sent to Professor Jo Story: js73@le.ac.uk

Closing Date:                       Friday 10 April 2015, 17:00 (London time)

Interview Date:   5/6 May 2015, at The British Library

For details of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme at the British Library please visit http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/highered/hecollab/collabdoctpar/

For more information about the research project offered here and the collaboration with the British Library please consult the Further Particulars, here [http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/history/postgraduate/collaborative-doctoral-award-opportunities].