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In 2018 the 57th Summer Conference will be held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, on 24-26 July, on the theme of The Church and the Law. As ever, the intention is to attract a broad spectrum of papers from across the history of Christianity.

Please be aware of the final deadline of 31 March

Postgraduate students should also be aware that the EHS offers a number of generous bursaries which cover the FULL COST of attending the conference, and half bursaries for those who already have some funding from other sources. Please note that in a change to previous practice, bursary applications should now be made alongside your paper proposal, the deadline now being the same: 31 March.

The relevant forms and a poster can be downloaded from the website.


To mark the culmination of its third year, the AHRC-funded research project Remembering the Reformation (Prof. Alex Walsham, PI, Prof. Brian Cummings, CI) will hold a day-long postgraduate symposium in association with the Ecclesiastical History Society, The Church of England Record Society and Lambeth Palace Library, on 25 October 2018.

It will take place at Lambeth Palace Library and will close with a public lecture by Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch.

We would like to invite proposals from PhD students and early career academics (within four years of gaining the PhD) for 20 minute papers on any aspect of the Reformation, although papers that consider the relationship between memory and any aspect of the European Reformations will be preferred. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. Titles and abstracts of 100–200 words should be submitted with a short biographical note to by 29 March.

Registration for non-speakers will open in early September. The symposium will be free to attend and refreshments will be provided. Remembering the Reformation can provide 5 bursaries of £100 each to contribute to the travel expenses of selected speakers. If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries please send a statement of need with your paper proposal giving details about your circumstances and the importance of the symposium to your


Given the theme of this year’s conference, the Ecclesiastical Law Society warmly invites any EHS members with an interest in this area to consider joining them.

The ELS exists to promote the study of ecclesiastical and canon law and related matters concerning law and religion. The annual membership has been held for a further year at £40 (£25 for students).

Member benefits include:
Hard copies of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal, published three times a year
Online access to all issues of the Ecclesiastical Law Journal since1987
Regular receipt of the Society’s Newsletter
Invitations to the Society’s annual conferences and its London Lecture Series

Please visit the Society’s website, and use the following link to sign up as a new member:


(a) CIHEC Annual Conference: Religion, Diplomacy and Peace: Vatican City, 12-13 June 2018

The Armistice of November 11, 1918 put an end to the First World War, and was a prelude to the ensuing Peace Treaty. The centenary offers an opportunity to study the place of Christianity in diplomacy and international relations across the entirety of the Christian epoch

Papers are invited on any aspect of this theme.

Proposals of 500 words (max) should be sent no later than March 15th 2018 to: Dott. Bernard Ardura, Pontificio Comitato di Scienze Storiche, V-00120 Città del Vaticano;





Call for Applications


March 30th and 31st, 2018

University of Pennsylvania

 This graduate training workshop will cover topics in:

  • Paleography and Cataloging of Medieval Manuscript Rolls
  • Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing
  • Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices
  • Collaborative Editing
  • XML, Text Encoding Fundamentals and the TEI Schema

No prior paleography or encoding experience is required.

The workshop covers the fundamentals of digital editing while tackling the codicological challenges posed by manuscript rolls. Practical sessions inform collective editorial decision-making: participants will undertake the work of transcription and commentary, and encode (according to TEI P5 protocols) the text and images of a medieval manuscript roll. The workshop will result in a collaborative digital edition.

The workshop will take place March 30th and 31st, 2018 (Friday-Saturday) 9.30am-4.30pm, and will be run by Yale and Penn graduate students. It is free of charge, and lunches will be provided. The workshop will be limited to ten places, with preference given to graduate students who demonstrate need for training in manuscript study and text encoding.

An information booklet and syllabus can be found on the website – please read this document before applying, and apply online by February 5th ( Applicants will be notified whether they can be offered a place by February 15th. For more information, see the project website or email

Baroque Bishop Symposium

A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia: The cultural patronage of Bishop James Goold (1812-1886)

Symposium Event Details Dates: 15 – 16 February 2018 with Opening Keynote on 14 February. 

Times: See website for program details:

Venues: The Cardinal Knox Centre, St Patricks Cathedral; & Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A, University of Melbourne, Parkville

Enquiries: Professor Jaynie Anderson

Bookings: Bookings are essential for this free symposium.

Register at 

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Medieval Academy of America -Seeking Nominations for the Graduate Student Committee

The Medieval Academy of America is currently accepting self-nominations for vacancies opening up on the Graduate Student Committee (GSC) for the 2018-2020 term. The GSC comprises six members appointed for a two-year term on a rotating basis. There are three openings to be filled. Self-nominations are open to all graduate students, worldwide, who are members of the MAA and have at least two years remaining in their program of study.

The GSC represents and promotes the participation of graduate student medievalists within the MAA and the broader academic community. In addition to fostering international and interdisciplinary exchange, the GSC is dedicated to providing guidance on research, teaching, publishing, professionalization, funding, and employment, as well as offering a forum for the expression of the concerns and interests of our colleagues. Our responsibilities, thus, include organizing pre-professionalizing panels and social events annually at ICMS Kalamazoo, the MAA Annual Meeting, IMC Leeds, and biennially at ANZAMEMS. We also run a successful and popular Mentorship Program that pairs graduate students with faculty to discuss any aspect of our profession such as teaching, publishing, finding a successful work/life balance, maneuvering the job market, and more. In addition, we seek to bring together graduate students through virtual communities such as the growing Graduate Student Group on the MAA website, Facebook, Twitter, the med-grad listserv, and a regular newsletter.

GSC members are asked to attend the Committee’s annual business meeting at Kalamazoo for the duration of their term and to communicate regularly with the group via email and Skype. Ideal applicants are expected to work well both independently and as part of a team in a collaborative environment. Previous experience with organizing conference panels and social events, as well as facility with social and digital media are not required, but may be a benefit.

Interested applicants should submit the following by January 15, 2018:

The Nomination Form;
– A brief CV (2 pages maximum) uploaded as part of the Nomination Form;
– A recommendation letter from your faculty advisor, sent to the Executive Director of the Medieval Academy by mail or as a PDF attachment (on letterhead with signature, to

New members will be selected by the Committee on Committees and confirmed by the Council of the Medieval Academy at the 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, 1-3 March 2018. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Click here to apply


The Terence Barry Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Irish Medieval Studies

ASIMS announcement:

The Terence Barry Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Irish Medieval Studies

The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (ASIMS) seeks to develop Irish medieval studies as an academic discipline within the United States and Europe.  Members of the Society conduct research in archaeology, art history, history, linguistics, literature, and theology.

Named in honor of Professor Terry Barry, TCD, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to graduate student scholarship, the ASIMS Barry Prize is an annual prize awarded for 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 year beginning with the Kalamazoo Congress (ICMS) in May 2017 and ending with the Kalamazoo Congress (ICMS) of 2018. 

Submissions will be judged by a panel drawn from the ASIMS committee.  The 2018 prize-winner will be determined during a meeting of the selection committee at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) in May 2018.

The winning paper will be announced at the ASIMS dinner, which is held annually at the Kalamazoo International Congress.  The winner need not be present, and will be contacted officially in writing.

The prize will consist of a check for reimbursement of the current year’s ICMS registration fees costs, or a check 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.

Please note that only graduate student papers written/presented by members of ASIMS will be considered.  Membership may begin at the time of submission. 

Membership in ASIMS can be arranged via:

Membership dues for a given year are as follows:

Regular Membership: $50.00
Lecturer/Part Time Faculty: $30.00
Student Membership: $20.00

Please submit proof of current graduate student status and a copy of your paper electronically (preferably in pdf format), to Dr. Máire Johnson, Department of Social Sciences, Emporia State University, 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, KS 66801 USA. Email:

Submissions should be received before midnight on April 15, 2018.

The Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies

ASIMS announcement:

The Four Courts Press Michael Adams Prize in Irish Medieval Studies

●    This prize is announced and awarded annually at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo.

●    The prize is awarded for the best essay/article in Irish Medieval Studies published in a book or journal during the previous calendar year. This year’s prize, which will be awarded in May 2018, will be awarded for an essay/article published in 2017.

●      Only articles/essays written by members of ASIMS will be considered. Membership can be arranged via:  Membership dues are as follows:
Regular Membership: $50
Lecturer/Part Time Faculty: $30
Student Membership: $20

●      The prize is open to everybody, from students to senior academics.

●      Each entrant must submit his/her article on or by March 25th of the year of the prize ceremony (i.e., if you are entering the competition with an essay/article that was published in 2017 you must submit your entry for consideration on or by 25 March 2018).

●      The preferred submission format is PDF as an email attachment. If submitting by post, send four paper copies.

●      All submissions for the year 2017 should be sent before midnight, March 25, 2018 to:

Dr. Máire Johnson

Department of Social Sciences

Emporia State University

1 Kellogg Circle

Emporia, KS 66801 USA


●      The entries will be judged by a panel consisting of: (a) a representative of Four Courts Press; (b) a representative of ASIMS; and (c) a chairperson nominated by Four Courts Press and ASIMS.

●      The prize is a check to the value of US $500 from Four Courts Press. A summary of the article will be reprinted in EOLAS, the journal of ASIMS.

Medieval and Early Modern Centre – Celtic Influence on English, Luther, CARMEN

  1. The Medieval and Early Modern Centre invites you to a lunchtime lecture

Celtic Influence on English, for, against, and/or why not?

Professor Anders Ahlqvist (University of Sydney)

Monday 13 November 2017, at 12 noon

Woolley Common Room N480, Level 4, John Woolley Building A20

See Abstract and more details attached below.

Please note:

Anders’ lecture will include a light lunch. RSVP (for catering purposes: acceptances only) by Thursday, 13 November 2017, to the MEMC Information Co-ordinator Dr Penny Nash:

  1. SMRG (Sydney Medieval and Renaissance Group)

Martin Luther and the Jews

Sybil Jack

7pm for 7:30pm, 8 November, Judith Bonzol’s home at Five Dock.

Please contact Judith on 0411 415176 or at to register attendance and to confirm the address if necessary.

A donation in money or food for the dinner would be appreciated.

  1. CARMEN (The Worldwide Medieval Network)

Medieval and Early Modern Centre: Events

Medieval and Early Modern Centre: Events

Tibetan Hagiographies as Sources for the Study of History? Embedded Texts and their Function in a 16th Century Hagiography
Dr Jim Rheingans, (Buddhist Studies, University of Sydney)
Wednesday 25 October from 4-5.30pm
Kevin Lee Room, Quadrangle Building, Level 6

Music through the Eyes: On Music Iconography
Antonio Baldassarre (Lucerne)
Monday 30 October, 1-2 pm
Fisher Library Seminar Room Level 2


Foresight and Advice in Beowulf: How to make good decisions in the Heroic Age
Dr Erin Sebo (Lecturer in Medieval Literature , Flinders University)
Thursday 2 November, 4-5 pm
Rogers Room, Level 3, John Woolley Building A20


The Medieval and Early Modern Centre invites you to a lunchtime lecture

Celtic Influence on English, for, against, and/or why not?
Professor Anders Ahlqvist (University of Sydney)

Monday 13 November 2017, at 12 noon
Woolley Common Room N480, Level 4, John Woolley Building A20

Please note:

Anders’ lecture will include a light lunch. RSVP (for catering purposes: acceptances only) by Monday 6 November 2017 to the MEMC Information Co-ordinator Dr Penny Nash: