Einführung in die digitale Handschriftenkatalogisierung / Introduction to the digital cataloguing of manuscripts, SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW), 12.-16. Juni 2017

SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW)

Einführung in die digitale Handschriftenkatalogisierung

Die SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW) bietet eine Einführung in XML, TEI-P5 und Anwendungssoftware und vermittelt die Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten, um Beschreibungen mittelalterlicher und frühneuzeitlicher Handschriften in TEI und MXML zu erstellen. Zudem wird in diesem Kurs über die Verwaltung und Publikation von Handschriftenbeschreibungen in Datenbanken und gedruckten Katalogen informiert. Das nächste Modul SSSW wird vom 12. bis 16. Juni 2017 in der Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel stattfinden. Anmeldeschluss ist der 1. März 2017, die Teilnahmegebühr beträgt 350 € (Unterkunft ist in der Gebühr enthalten). Weitere Informationen (u.a. das
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Introduction to the digital cataloguing of manuscripts

The SCRIPTO Summer School Wolfenbüttel (SSSW) offers an introduction to XML, TEI-P5 and application software, and provides both knowledge and skills in order to describe medieval and early modern manuscripts in TEI and MXM. Moreover, participants will be informed about the management and publication of manuscript descriptions in databases and printed catalogues. The next course will be held from 12th to 16th June 2017, sessions will take place in the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel. The application deadline is 1st March 2017. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged €350 (accommodation included). Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online:


Internationaler Mittellatein Kongress „Mittellatein vernetzt“

Für den Internationalen Mittellatein-Kongress (Medialatinitas), der vom 17. – 21.9.2017 an der Universität Wien stattfinden wird und diesmal eine etwas stärker interdisziplinär orientierte Thematik hat („Mittellatein vernetzt“), wurde der Call for Papers bis zum 15. Juli 2016 verlängert. Interessenten, die selbst einen Vortrag halten wollen, werden darum gebeten, bis Mitte Juli ein Abstract einzureichen. Alle näheren Informationen inkl. dem Call for Papers sind auf der Homepage der Tagung ablesbar: http://mittellatein.univie.ac.at/eventsconferences/medialatinitas2017/


Symposium der International Medieval Society Paris „Evil“; Call for Paper

The annual symposium of the International Medieval Society Paris will take place from June 29 to July 1, 2017, on the theme of “Evil” in the Middle Ages.

For its 14th Annual Symposium, the International Medieval Society invites abstracts on the theme of Evil in the Middle Ages. The concept of evil, and the tensions it reveals about the relationship between internal and external identities, fits well into recent trends in scholarship that have focused attention on medieval bodies, boundaries, and otherness. Medieval bodies frequently blur the distinctions between moral and non-moral evil. External, monstrous appearances are often seen as testament to internal dispositions, and illnesses might be seen as a reflection of a person’s evil nature. More generally, evil may stand in for an entire, contrasting ideological viewpoint, as much as for a particular kind of behaviour, action, or being. It may appear in the world through intentional acts, as well as through accidental occurrences, through demonic intervention as much as through human weakness and sin. It may be rooted in anger, spread through violence, or thrive on ignorance, emerging from either the natural world or from mankind.

Alongside those working on bodies and monstrosity, the question of evil has also preoccupied scholars working to understand the limits of moral responsibility and the links between destiny and decision as shown in medieval literary, artistic and historical productions. The 14th Annual IMS Symposium on Evil aims to focus on the many facets of medieval evil, analysing the intersections between evil as concept and form, as well as taking into account medieval responses to evil and its potential effects.

This Symposium will thus explore (but is not limited to) three broad themes:

1) Concepts of evil: discourse on morality and moral understandings of evil; reflections on the relationship between good and evil; heresy and heretical beliefs, teachings, writings; evil and sin; evil and conscience; associations with hell, the devil; types of evil behaviour or evil thoughts; categories of evil; evil as disorder/chaos; evil as corruption; evil and mankind

2) Embodied evil/being evil/evil beings: monstrosity; the demonic; perceptions of deformity and disfigurement; evil transformations and metamorphoses; magic and the supernatural; outward expressions of evil (e.g. through clothing, material possessions); evil objects

3) Responses to evil: punishments; the purging and/or exorcism of evil; inquisition; evil speech; warnings about evil (textual, visual, musical); ways to avoid evil or to protect oneself (talismans etc.); the temptation of evil; emotional responses to evil; social exclusion as a response to evil.

Through these broad themes, we aim to encourage the participation of researchers with varying backgrounds and fields of expertise: historians, art historians, musicologists, philologists, literary specialists, and specialists in the auxiliary sciences (palaeographers, epigraphists, codicologists, numismatists). While we focus on medieval France, compelling submissions focused on other geographical areas that also fit the conference theme are welcome and encouraged. By bringing together a wide variety of papers that both survey and explore this field, the IMS Symposium intends to bring a fresh perspective to the notion of evil in medieval culture.

Proposals of no more than 300 words (in English or French) for a 20-minute paper should be e-mailed to communications.ims.paris@gmail.com by November 5th 2016. Each should be accompanied by full contact information, a CV, and a list of the audio-visual equipment that you require.

Please be aware that the IMS-Paris submissions review process is highly competitive and is carried out on a strictly anonymous basis. The selection committee will email applicants in late-November to notify them of its decision. Titles of accepted papers will be made available on the IMS-Paris website. Authors of accepted papers will be responsible for their own travel costs and conference registration fee (35 euros, reduced for students, free for IMS-Paris members).

The IMS-Paris is an interdisciplinary, bilingual (French/English) organisation that fosters exchanges between French and foreign scholars. For the past ten years, the IMS has served as a centre for medievalists who travel to France to conduct research, work, or study. For more information about the IMS-Paris and past symposia programmes, please visit our website:

IMS-Paris Graduate Student Prize:

The IMS-Paris is pleased to offer one prize for the best paper proposal by a graduate student. Applications should consist of:

1) a symposium paper abstract

2) an outline of a current research project (PhD. dissertation research)

3) the names and contact information of two academic referees

The prize-winner will be selected by the board and a committee of honorary members, and will be notified upon acceptance to the Symposium. An award of 350 euros to support international travel/accommodation (within France, 150 euros) will be paid at the Symposium.

Call for Paper: 10th International Conference on Middle English

The Tenth International Conference on Middle English (ICOME 10) will be hosted by the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages at the University of Stavanger (Norway), 31 May – 2 June 2017.

ICOME 10 continues the series of ICOME conferences held at Rydzyna (1994), Helsinki (1997), Dublin (1999), Vienna (2002), Naples (2005), Cambridge (2008), Lviv (2011), Murcia (2013) and Wroclaw (2015). It will cover different aspects of Middle English language and texts, including papers on historical linguistic, philological-textual and literary topics.

The following plenary speakers have kindly confirmed their participation:

  • Richard Dance (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Gabriella Mazzon (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Matti Peikola (University of Turku, Finland)

Participants are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute presentations (followed by 10 minute discussion) on any aspect touching on the areas of interest of  ICOME: Middle English language, linguistic variation, textual studies, manuscript studies and literature. Abstracts (between 250 and 500 words excluding references), should be submitted by 1 November 2016.

Please send your abstract by email to icome10@uis.no as a .docx, .rtf or .odt file. If at all possible, please include a .pdf copy as well. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in January 2017 and registration will open in February.

There will be a pre-conference workshop organized by the Stavanger team, presenting the Corpus of Middle English Local Documents (MELD). The conference itself will include a workshop on Middle English administrative texts. If you would like your paper to be considered for the workshop, please indicate this in the abstract.