Monthly Archives: October 2023

2023 Bill Kent Memorial Lecture

Monday 13 November, 6.00-8.30pm

6.00-6.25pm: Guest arrival and registration
6.30-7.30pm: Bill Kent Memorial Lecture
7.30-8.30pm: Light refreshments will be provided

Venue: Monash Conference Centre, Level 7, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

Associate Professor Nick Eckstein will speak on: Time and Space in Renaissance Florence (and the Mouse in Matteo Cavalcanti’s Underpants).

Nick Eckstein taught and researched for 22 years in the History Department at the University of Sydney, where he was Cassamarca Associate Professor of Italian Renaissance History. He is also former Deborah Loeb Brice fellow (1999-2000) and Visiting Professor (2003,2006) at The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence.

Nick’s research and publications emphasise the social and cultural history of renaissance and early-modern Italy. His articles and books include a major study reconstructing the changing social context and reception of Florentine art by lay audiences in the fifteenth century, Painted Glories: The Brancacci Chapel in Renaissance Florence (Yale University Press, 2014). More recently, he has published articles and chapters on the perception, utilisation and evolution  of urban and rural space during periods of plague crisis in early-modern Italy, and has also been writing a book on this subject.

Registrations: Please ensure you have registered via the online registration form by Wednesday 8 November 2023.

For further details, see

University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies – Virtual Open House

The Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto is currently accepting applications to both the MA and PhD Programs for the 2024-2025 academic year.

This year, CMS is hosting a virtual Open House on November 1 to welcome prospective students wanting to learn directly from our current students, faculty, and alumni. Join us on Zoom from 4-6 pm to learn about CMS programming from a virtual presentation, followed by information from students, alumni, and faculty, with an opportunity to ask questions in smaller breakout rooms.

Wednesday, November 1, 4-6 pm (virtually via Zoom)

For more information, and for Zoom registration, please visit, and contact with any registration issues or questions.

Those unable to attend may contact Associate Director, Jim Ginther to arrange a meeting, or to inquire further.

Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
March 14–16, 2024

The 99th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in South Bend, Indiana, on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The meeting is hosted by Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, St. Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, and Indiana University, South Bend. The conference will be entirely in person, though the plenary lectures and some other events will also be live-streamed.

The themes for this year’s meeting are “Mapping the Middle Ages,” “Bodies in Motion,” and “Communities of Knowledge.” Plenary addresses will be delivered by Robin Fleming (Boston College), Bissera Pentcheva (Stanford), and Jack Tannous (Princeton).

Sixty concurrent sessions will represent a range of threads, including “Digitally Mapping the Middle Ages,” “Sacred Interiors,” “Islamic Epistemology,” “Mapping Real and Imaginary Travel,” “Mobile Bodies,” and “Border Crossings,” and cover topics addressing material culture, literary studies, cosmology, architecture, liturgy, and pandemics, to name a few. Roundtables and workshops will highlight union organizing in higher education, writing for a public audience, and publishing on the Middle Ages.

Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute has one of the preeminent library collections for medieval studies in North America. You are welcome to visit the Medieval Institute during your stay on campus. You can find it on the 7th floor of the University’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Library.

Beyond the conference and its sessions, other attractions are available to you before and during the meeting. On Wednesday, March 13, workshops on sacred chant, digital medieval studies, and fragmentology will be offered. Notre Dame Library’s Special Collections will showcase an exhibit entitled “Mapping the Middle Ages: Marking Time, Space, and Knowledge,” while the campus Digital Visualization Theater will host a 360-degree visual and aural presentation on the cosmology of Hildegard of Bingen. Visit the newly-opened Raclin Murphy Museum of Art and while there enjoy a special exhibit of early woodcuts and engravings, including Albrecht Dürer’s famous Apocalypse series. The Morris Inn will host an Irish Céilí dance on Saturday evening.

Read the announcement for more details.

CFP: Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The Eleventh Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 10-12, 2024) is a convenient summer venue in North America for scholars to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and Renaissance studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be Cynthia J. Hahn, of Hunter College and the City University of New York, and John Witte, Jr., of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown St. Louis campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a more luxurious hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, and there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium, participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Books Division, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library. These collections offer access to tens of thousands of medieval and early modern manuscripts on microfilm as well as strong holdings in medieval and Renaissance history, literature, languages, manuscript studies, theology, philosophy, and canon law. The Jesuit Archives & Research Center is adjacent to the university and also accessible to Symposium attendees.

We invite proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions, and organizing at least two sessions in coordination with each other is highly recommended. All sessions are in-person.

Mini-conferences hosted by societies or organized around a theme occur in the context of the SMRS. Paper submitters are welcome to submit their paper for general consideration at the Symposium or for one of the mini-conferences. This year’s mini-conferences are:

  • 49th Annual St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies
    • All areas of manuscript studies, including but not limited to paleography, textual criticism, codicology, preservation and curation, and art history, are welcome
    • Lowry Daly, SJ Plenary Speaker: Daniel Hobbins (University of Notre Dame)
  • Boethius 2024: The 1500-Year Memorial Conference
  • The 2024 Conference on John Milton

The submission portal will open on November 1. The portal has buttons for submission to the main SMRS and for each of the mini-conferences. The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2023. Decisions will be made by the end of January and the final program will be published in March.
For more information or to submit your proposal online go to:

Folger Institute Fellowships

Each year the Folger Institute awards research fellowships to create a high-powered, multidisciplinary community of inquiry. This community of researchers may come from different fields, and their projects may find different kinds of expression. But our researchers share cognate interests in the history and literature, art and performance, philosophy, religion, and politics of the early modern world. 

The Folger Institute offers five, long-term fellowships at $70,000 for the 2024-2025 academic year (approximately $7,777 per month, for a standard period of 9 months). These fellowships are designed to support full-time scholarly work on significant research projects that draw on the strengths of the Folger’s collections and programs.

Please note, for the 2024-25 fellowship year, long-term fellows will have the option to take up to 3 months of their 9-month fellowship virtually. This virtual time may be taken at any point in the fellowship and does not have to be taken concurrently. Applicants may propose any research schedule that best fits their project’s needs.

The deadline for Long-term fellowship applications is December 15, 2023.

Short-term fellowships support scholars whose work would benefit from significant primary research for one, two, or three months, with a monthly stipend of $4,000. These fellowships are designed to support a concentrated period of full-time work on research projects that draw on the strengths of the Folger’s collections and programs.

For the 2024-25 fellowship year, short-term fellows will have the option to take their fellowship fully onsite, fully virtual, or a combination of the two. Applicants may propose any research schedule that best fits their project’s needs.

The deadline for short-term fellowship applications is January 15, 2024.

Annual Hobart Latin Summer School



15 – 19 JANUARY, 2024


Latin is arguably the mother tongue of Europe. Its literature is immensely rich. In a sense it never died; original work continues to be written in Latin up to modern times. This course will offer a general introduction to Latin with particular emphasis on the enormous body of medieval and later literature. We shall read original passages of Scripture, liturgy, history, theology and poetry, both secular and secular. There will also be an introduction to palaeography, including an opportunity to handle original medieval manuscripts. There will be a strong emphasis on the pronunciation of Latin in speech and music.

The course us designed for students who already have some Latin, but determined absolute beginners should purchase a self-instruction primer and work on the basics between now and the start of the course. Participants will never be embarrassed by their shaky Latin: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced. The instructor is Dr David Daintree.

Where: Notre Dame Priory, Colebrook
When: Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2024
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days
Cost: $350.00. Tea and coffee and lunch will be provided daily.
Accommodation with all meals at the Priory’s guest house, Bethany, may be available at an additional charge of $100 per day.
Registrations are essential: email

There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, from Monday 15 to Friday 19, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

• Liturgy and Scripture.
• Latin prose narrative: including passages from the Venerable Bede, St Brendan, Peter Abelard, Isidore of Seville, Robert Grosseteste
• Hymns, sequences and religious poetry, including works by St Ambrose, Venantius Fortunatus, Adam of St Victor, and St Thomas Aquinas.
• Secular Poetry, including songs from the Carmina Burana.
• The Classical tradition, starting with passages from Virgil.
• Theology and Patristics: St Augustine, Boethius, St Thomas Aquinas, St Benedict, St Patrick and Thomas a Kempis.
• Palaeography – handling and interpreting manuscripts.

Participants should bring both a grammar and a small dictionary to class each day.
Any Latin Primer designed for self-instruction can be used, but F Kinchin Smith’s Teach Yourself Latin (out of print, but copies are available from is particularly recommended. A free digitised version is available at

All proceeds from this course go to the Priory and the Christopher Dawson Centre (

For further information contact

Annual Hobart NT Greek Summer School


22 – 26 JANUARY, 2024


This five-day intensive school is for beginners who want to experience the excitement of reading parts of the Bible and early Christian literature in the original language.  We shall read extracts from the Gospel and Epistles, as well as some important passages from the Septuagint (the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament), as well as some pieces from the early Fathers of the Church and the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom.  Accommodation at the Centre is available on request. We are trialling the Emmanuel Centre for the first time – it sounds ideal.  We would appreciate expressions of interest at this time.

This course is suitable for beginners, provided that they are willing to undertake preliminary work on the Greek alphabet (to be provided) before the course begins

Where: The Emmanuel Centre, 123 Abbott Street, Newstead, Launceston
When: Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January 2024
Time: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm each day for five days
Cost: $350 (pension concession available)
Registrations are essential: email Dr David Daintree

Some prior knowledge of Greek is not essential, but beginners should purchase a self-instruction primer (see below) and work on the basics between now and the start of the course.  It is particularly important to begin the course with a comfortable recognition knowledge of the Greek alphabet, otherwise learning even basic grammar and vocabulary will be frustrating and inefficient.  Alphabet recognition exercises will be sent to registered participants prior to the start of the course.  Participants will never be embarrassed if their Greek is imperfect: the teaching method leaves the entire task of translation and exposition to the Lecturer. This approach has been useful to relative beginners as well as those who are more experienced.

Each intending participant should purchase, as soon as possible, a primer of New Testament Greek.  There are many available, but a good choice is Gavin Betts, Complete New Testament Greek: A Comprehensive Guide to Reading and Understanding New Testament Greek with Original Texts.

The Lecturer is Dr David Daintree who founded the Annual Latin Summer School in Hobart in 1993.   Proceeds from this course will go to support The Christopher Dawson Centre.


There will be four lectures a day on each of the five days, starting at 9.00 am. There will be only one lecture after lunch each day, to free up the afternoons for private study.

To enrol and for further information contact David Daintree

Conference: Inventing the Human

Registration for the conference on ‘Inventing the Human’ (29 Nov – 2 Dec), hosted by the University of Melbourne, is now open. This exciting 4-day event will include provocative keynote speeches, an exhibition, roundtable discussions and more than 80 papers contributed by scholars from around the world. 

Please register online as soon as you can to take advantage of the Early Bird prices.

Early Bird before 16 October 2023:

General/Waged AU$160.00+GST
Student/Unwaged AU$80.00+GST

After 16 October 2023:

General/Waged AU$220+GST
Student/Unwaged AU$110+GST.

A draft of the conference program is now available here or by clicking ‘Program’ on the left menu bar of the conference website. 

In-person attendees will have the opportunity to view Dominion, the exhibition accompanying the conference, which features works by leading contemporary artists including Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Safdar Ahmed, Richard Bell, Penny Byrne, Michael Riley and Hadieh Shafie.