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Summer Schools: Medieval Latin and NT Greek, Hobart

Enrolments are now invited for summer schools in Medieval Latin and New Testament Greek will be held at Jane Franklin Hall, University of Tasmania in January 2020.

1. Medieval Latin: 13-17 January 2020

This course will offer a general introduction to post-classical Latin, poetry and prose, sacred and secular. Some prior knowledge of Latin is recommended. There will be an introduction to palaeography, including an opportunity to handle original manuscripts. 2020 will be the 27th occurrence of this annual event!

2. New Testament Greek: 20-24 January 2020

An intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament. We shall read passages from the Epistles and Gospels, as well as the Septuagint and Christian literature of the apostolic age. The course is aimed at beginners, but it is strongly recommended that all learn the Greek alphabet before commencing; exercises will be posted out beforehand to assist in that.

Both January Summer Schools will be held at Jane Franklin Hall (a college of the University of Tasmania), 6 Elboden Street, South Hobart.

The instructor of both courses will be Dr David Daintree. The cost of each school is AU$300. This covers tuition and materials only. It is expected that self-catering accommodation will be available at the college as usual, though arrangements for that should be made directly with the college.

Write to David Daintree directly for further information – – or call him on +61 (0)408 879 494.

ANZAMEMS PATS: Approaching Medieval and Early Modern Conflict

Approaching Medieval and Early Modern Conflict
ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar 2019
University of Queensland (St Lucia campus), 11–12 August 2019

Applications are invited from postgraduates and ECRs in Australia and New Zealand who would benefit from taking part in this year’s ANZAMEMS Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar, which will focus on the study of medieval and early modern conflict.

Day One will be comprised of four methodological workshops:

Conflict in Crusade Narrative (Dr Beth Spacey);
Conflict in Monastic Narrative (Assoc. Prof. Kriston Rennie);
Conflict and Material Culture (Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch); and
Conflict in Early Modern Print Culture (Dr Charlotte-Rose Millar).

The sessions will be followed by a roundtable discussion for broader reflection on the study of historical conflict. The workshops are designed to expose participants to a variety of approaches towards conflict in a historical setting, to enable engagement with ‘research in progress’, and to develop skills in textual, visual, and material cultural analysis. This is also an opportunity for participants working on cognate topics to connect with academics, students and ECRs from UQ and beyond.

On Day Two, participants will attend the one-day symposium at UQ, Landscapes of Conflict and Encounter in the Crusading World. This symposium brings together medievalists working on diverse areas of crusading activity in Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, to give papers on the relationship between landscape, conflict and encounter. By focusing in on a particular aspect of medieval conflict, this symposium will allow participants to build their own knowledge around the theme, while providing an opportunity to network with an international group of scholars in the field.

The costs of participants’ return airfare and accommodation will be covered by ANZAMEMS and the University of Queensland.

To apply, please send the following information to Prof. Megan Cassidy-Welch ( by 17 May 2019:

  • Your name, affiliation and status (i.e. currently enrolled MA/MPhil, PhD, or ECR within 5 years of completing a postgraduate degree);
  • A copy of your academic CV;
  • A c.300-word overview of your research, including reflection on how you might benefit from participation in this PATs;
  • Estimated cost of your return economy airfare to Brisbane.

Please direct any queries to .

Shakespeare in Italy Summer School, Florence, July 6-19

Shakespeare in Italy’s 5th summer school is to be held this year at the British Institute in Florence from July 6 – 19. The summer school gives participants the rare opportunity to work with tutors who are leaders in their field in the UK theatre world. Royal Shakespeare Company and Globe directors Lucy Bailey and Chris Luscombe will lead work on Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet and acclaimed actor/director Philip Franks on The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Our course is practical, not academic, and it is open to all, the only proviso being that you speak English fluently. Last year in Pizzo Calabro the group ranged in age from 18 to 95. Everyone took part in putting scenes on their feet but in past years some people have wanted to participate from the comfort of their seats. Both approaches are welcome! 

The benefits are innumerable and people have a lot of fun as well as gaining great theatrical insight into the texts. Please see the PDF below for more details and contact with any questions.

A 5 per cent Early Bird discount on all bookings received with €400.00 deposit before February 15. or phone +44 (0) 1273 285377 or +44 (0) 7493757302

Latin and Greek summer schools

LATIN SUMMER SCHOOL, 14-18 January 2019, Hobart

This is the twenty-fifth annual Hobart Latin Summer School. The emphasis is on reading Medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin, including patristics and poetry, both religious and secular.  Some prior experience highly recommended.  

GREEK SUMMER SCHOOL, 21-25 January 2019, Hobart

Continuing the work of the past two summers, we shall read excerpts from one of the Gospels and one of the Epistles. Beginners willing to work hard on basic grammar between now and January could join the course.


Both a ‘boot camp’ for beginners and a rich 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 which is common to the whole tradition. We shall reads pieces by the major writers of the Classical Canon and by their successors in Medieval and Renaissance times. Genres will include Epic Poetry, Oratory, Philosophy and History.

For more details including costs, see or please contact David Daintree

Dr David Daintree
Director, Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies

Call for applications: Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History

The American Society for Legal History and the Institute for Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School are pleased to invite applications for the tenth biennial Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History, to be held 9-22 June 2019 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The purpose of the Hurst Institute is to advance the approach to legal scholarship fostered by J. Willard Hurst in his teaching, mentoring, and scholarship. The Hurst Institute assists scholars from law, history, and other disciplines in pursuing research on the legal history of any part of the world.

The 2019 Hurst Institute will be led by Mitra Sharafi, Professor of Law and Legal Studies (with History affiliation) at University of Wisconsin–Madison. The two‑week program features presentations by guest scholars, discussions of core readings in legal history, and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute. The ASLH Hurst Selection Committee will select twelve Fellows to participate in this event.

Applicant Qualifications

Scholars in law, history and other disciplines pursuing research on legal history of any part of the world are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applications from scholars at an early stage of their career (beginning faculty members, doctoral students who have completed or almost completed their dissertations, and J.D. graduates with appropriate backgrounds).

Fellowship Requirements

Fellows are expected to be in residence for the entire two‑week term of the Institute, to participate in all program activities of the Institute, and to give an informal works‑in‑progress presentation in the second week of the Institute. Fellows are expected to engage with scholars from other fields and to foster an atmosphere of collegiality.

Application Deadline: 3 December, 2018

Application Process

(1) Submit the following materials in a single pdf file starting with your last name to Multiple attachments will not be accepted.

  • Curriculum Vitae with your complete contact information.
  • Statement of Purpose (maximum 500 words) describing your current work, specific research interests, and the broader perspectives on legal history that inform your work.

(2) Arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent electronically as a pdf files (these must be on institutional letterhead and signed) to by the deadline.

Please note that late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.


ANZAMEMS 2019: Closing dates approaching for CFP, bursaries and prizes, PATS

The Committee of the ANZAMEMS 2019 Conference (5-8 February 2019 in Sydney, Australia) invites paper and panel proposals, PATS expressions of interest, and bursary and prize applications to be made by the following dates:

Call for Papers Deadline: 31 August 2018

Travel Bursary and George Yule Prize Application Deadline: 30 September 2018

Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars Application Deadline: 31 August 2018

Call for Papers and Panels

The theme for ANZAMEMS 2019 is Categories, Boundaries, Horizons. 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. Papers, panels, and streams are invited to explore all aspects of this theme, including, but not limited to:

  • the limitations of inherited categorization and definition
  • race, gender, class, and dis/ability boundaries and categories
  • encounters across boundaries, through material, cultural, and social exchange
  • the categorization of the human and animal
  • national and religious boundaries and categorization
  • the role of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research
  • temporal boundaries and categories, including questions of periodization

Proposals for papers on all aspects of the medieval and early modern are also welcome.

For more information and to submit a proposal, visit the website here:

Call for Postgraduate Student & ECR Travel Bursary, Kim Walker Postgraduate Travel Bursary and George Yule Prize Applications

Postgraduate and Early Career Scholars meeting the requirements to apply for bursaries and prizes are encouraged to apply before 30 September 2018.

For more information and to submit an application, visit the website here:

Call for Applications to Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminars

The PATS will run on 4-5 February 2019, as a two-day training seminar preceding the conference.

Strand 1, Digital Editing and the Medieval & Early Modern Manuscript, will focus on the skills of paleography and codicology as well as digital editing and text encoding as participants collaboratively create an edition of a manuscript.

Strand 2, Doing Digital Humanities: From Project Planning to Digital Delivery, will focus on the skills of digital project management, and aims to assist participants to develop their own digital projects with the support of instructors.

For more information and to submit an application, visit the website here:



Australian School of Celtic Learning upcoming study days

The Australian School of Celtic Learning has a range of study days and seminars coming up in Sydney and Canberra during August.


Saturday 4 August
Lughnasadh study day

In the week of the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh, we will look first at historical events involving the Celts at this time of year, then turn our attention to the ancient Celtic seasonal festivals, discussing how they were marked at various points in history.  We discuss the traditions specific to Lughnasadh, which occurs at the beginning of Autumn in the northern hemisphere.  We will conclude the day by sharing some music and tales specific to Lughnasadh.
10.00-11.30 – 4 August in Celtic history
11.45-1.00 – marking the Celtic seasons
2.00-3.15 – Lughnasadh traditions old-new
3.30-5.00 – Lughnasadh music and tales
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
AU$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes morning and afternoon teas and booklet
Download Lughnasadh study day registration form

Saturday 25 August
Holy Islands – Iona seminar

At the centre of Saint Columba’s federation of monasteries and churches, the island of Iona was a centre of learning.  We will spend the morning with this beautiful island and its intriguing history.  In particular, we will discuss the complicated history of the church in Saint Columba’s time, and investigate the many early medieval and later artefacts associated with Iona.
10.00-11.30 – Saint Columba and Iona
11.45-1.00 – stone crosses and artefacts
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
AU$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes morning tea and booklet
Download Holy Islands – Iona registration form

Saturday 25 August
Holy Islands – Lindisfarne seminar

Established by monks from Iona at the invitation of the king of Northumbria, the tidal island of Lindisfarne came to be of central importance for Christianity in the north of England.  In this seminar, we will explore the background of Lindisfarne’s establishment and its role in the development of Christianity in England.  Lindisfarne is the place of origin for many important early medieval manuscripts including the Lindisfarne Gospels, and we will look closely at these manuscripts and other artefacts from Lindisfarne and the surrounding areas.
2.00-3.30 – history and place
3.45-5.00 –  manuscripts and artefacts
Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney
$50 ($35 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes afternoon tea and booklet
Download Holy Islands – Lindisfarne registration form

Holy Islands full day package
AU$95 ($65 student/unwaged)
Download Holy Islands registration form


Sunday 12 August
Book of Kells Study Day

The Book of Kells is a beautiful, illuminated manuscript made around 750.  In this day-long event, we will consider the context of the church in Ireland and Scotland, and the relationship of the Book of Kells to Saint Columba.  We will spend time investigating the long traditions of Celtic art, and the materials, construction, decoration and content of the Book of Kells itself.  Join us for a look at the manuscript, its background and its decoration.  We will have many photographs of details from the manuscript and other objects.

11.30-1.30 – Iona, Kells and Saint Columba
2.30-4.00 – the Book and its decoration
4.30-6.00 – artistic influences on the Book
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
AU$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes lunch, afternoon tea and booklet 

Sunday 2 September
Early Irish Law Study Day

The legal system of early Ireland is remarkable: it is the best-documented vernacular legal system in pre-modern Europe, and remained in use for over a millennium.  Careful attention was given to proving not only guilt and innocence, but intentionality and culpability based on a combination of factors.  A delicate balance of family and community responsibilities and entitlements compelled compliance, taking the place of a police force.  Join us to explore some of the most interesting, unexpected and ingenious aspects of early Irish law, and to trace its fascinating development.

11.30-1.30 – early Irish law and society
2.30-4.00 – intentionality, culpability and other provisions
4.30-6.00 – intrusions by the church
Canberra Irish Club, 6 Parkinson Street Weston
AU$95 ($65 student/unwaged) – please register in advance
includes lunch, afternoon tea and booklet 

For more coming events in Sydney, Download Lughnasadh Term Sydney Event Calendar/Brochure

CFP: Summer School Relations and Relationality in Romance Literatures and Cultures (deadline extended)

Summer School: Relations and Relationality in Romance Literatures and Cultures
10-14 September, 2019
University of Rostock
Rostock, Germany

The last decade has been marked by the abundant emergence of dating applications and websites. As veritable markets of promises, they function as digital matchmakers: Offering to users a potential range of matches in the shape of a multitude of different profile-personae they can like or dislike, contact, meet and even fall in love or spend an adventure with. It is in this sense that networking does not only dominate the professional arena and carrier strategy but also the pursuit of personal and individual happiness. The development of a singular personality reveals itself in this sense – paradoxically enough – as an act of absorption of the self into a social network.

Online dating seems to substitute the love letter and gallantry with a new form of relationality, at the same time connected to the self and the other, that is appropriate to the life of the digital natives. Relationality can consequently be considered a contemporary cultural paradigm of mutual connectedness and self-unfolding alike.

The summer school seeks to conceptualize the notion of relationality as sociocultural vector with its own aesthetic performativity. Taking the virtual encounter and the affective inter- und intramedia exchange of personae as a starting point, the summer school will systematically and diachronically analyze intermedia relations in which personae are involved, their intramedia filiations, their generic and aesthetic effects as well as their performative influence on the conception of social relations in everyday life.

The following questions shall serve as examples:

  • What are the possibilities of relation and relationality between texts and media? How does their interdependence influence the reception and production of texts? How have they evolved in literary, cultural and media history? How have they been transformed?
  • What are aesthetic strategies to establish relations between intramedia characters? How are relations between readers and media established?
  • Is aesthetic relationality created through the process of reading or already inherent to the aesthetic artefact itself?
  • How are ways of reading and ways of living intertwined? Can re-readings of relationality pave the way for understanding/deconstructing e.g. gender inscriptions in mediatized relations? 
  • How can transformations of relationality be described in relation to cultural, literary and media history and transformations?
  • What is the relationship between mediatized relationality and everyday life?

The summer school invites (post-)doctoral researchers as well as advanced master students in Romance literary and cultural studies and affiliated subjects (art history, theater and performance studies, philosophy, social sciences etc.) whose current research project responds to the proposed topic.

Participants will not only be able to work with experienced researchers and specialists in the field of affect theory, intertextuality and performance studies, but also be able to discuss their current research project and give a paper on a topic inspired by the call.


    Hermann Doetsch (Munich)

    Nanette Rißler-Pipka (Tübingen)

    Mirjam Schaub (Berlin/Halle)

    Tanja Schwan (Leipzig)

    Philipp Wüscher (Berlin)


Please provide a short biography, a one-page description of your current research project as well as a short abstract (max. 300 words) for a paper (20min) that will be given during the conference. Main working language will be German, papers can also be given in any Romance language and English. Applications open until 23 June (deadline extended).

Apply at:

Participants will be contacted by mid-July. Generous funding for travel and accommodation is guaranteed.

Organizing team

    Christoph Behrens (Rostock)

    Christoph Groß (Rostock)

    Valerie Kiendl (Würzburg)



Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Digital Humanities Workshop @ UWA

A Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Digital Humanities Workshop

Date: Saturday 16 June 2018

Venue: Collaborative Learning Studio, Arts 2.13, Arts Building, The University of Western Australia

Contact: Pam Bond (

There are limited places remaining, so please email an expression of interest from the following website as soon as possible:

More info:

This workshop for postgraduates and ECRs provides an opportunity to explore and gain familiarity with some of the key techniques and methodologies of computational research in the humanities, with a focus on the needs of medievalists and early modernists. It is structured around a supportive lab-based environment, learning from scholars with ongoing digital humanities projects in the history of emotions.


Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses on the application of 3D digital technologies for cultural heritage, the legacy of Rome in the high middle ages, and spolia and memory in cross-cultural contexts. Dr Nancarrow led the 2016 digital heritage project Emotions3D: Bringing Heritage to Life supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800), and was a co-convenor of the AVRL augmented and virtual reality group. Her forthcoming monograph Ruins to Re-use will be published by Boydell and Brewer in 2019.

Dr Carly Osborn is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions based at The University of Adelaide, with a special interest in rituals, bodies, and emotions. Her recent publications include the edited collection Does Religion Cause Violence? Eds. Hodge, Cowdell, Fleming and Osborn (Bloomsbury 2017). She has won multiple awards including the South Australian Emerging Historian of the Year and The University of Adelaide Doctoral Research Medal. She will present on ‘The Vault, a digital computer game, available in full VR 3D, that explores the History of Emotions.

Dr James Smith is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub, working on a project entitled ‘Conduits of Faith: Deep Mapping Medieval Spiritual Waterscapes’. His first monograph is entitled Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). James is also the editor of The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and co-editor of a forthcoming themed collection of the Open Library of the Humanities on “New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies”.

Dr Deborah Thorpe is EU COFUND Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub Fellow, working on a project entitled ‘Old Hands: A Palaeographical Study of Ageing Medieval and Early Modern Scribes’. The research project works within the fields of the digital humanities, electronics and computer science, and promises a wider and more diverse understanding of medieval scribes.

Due to limited access to the technologies involved, this workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Applicants should submit an expression of interest in attending at this stage to

Sponsored by a UWA Learning and Teaching Performance Initiative Grant (awarded to the late Prof. Philippa Maddern) and the UWA Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

Celtic Learning study days: Bede and The Book of Kells

Two upcoming study days from the Australian School of Celtic Learning

Saturday 19 May: The Venerable Bede study day

The Venerable Bede wrote his famous Ecclesiastical History of the English People early in the eighth century. This, together with his other writings, is one of our main sources of information about the English and Celtic regions in the seventh and eighth centuries. In this study day, we will look at the world Bede lived in, from Anglo-Saxon and Celtic perspectives. We will explore his interests and writings in history, biography and science. We will discover more about the people he knew and the people he wrote about.

9.30-11.00 – Celtic/Anglo-Saxon churches
11.30-1.00 – Bede’s Ecclesiastical History
1.30-3.00 – Bede’s Lives of saints
3.30-5.00 – Bede’s scientific works

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

AU$95     $65 student/unwaged
includes morning and afternoon teas, light lunch and booklet
Venerable Bede study day registration form

Saturday 2 June: The Book of Kells study day

The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels in Latin, dating from around 750 CE. It is one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. In this lavishly illustrated study day, we will look at the background of the Book: where was it made, in what circumstances, and what happened to it? We will then examine the decoration of the Book, considering the different artistic influences on it, its place in the Insular manuscript tradition, the pigments and how they were made.

9.30-11.00 – St Columba and the church
11.30-1.00 – Iona and Kells
1.30-3.00 – the Book of Kells
3.30-5.00 – artistic influences on the Book

Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

AU$95     $65 student/unwaged
includes morning and afternoon teas, light lunch and booklet
Book of Kells study day registration form