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About Ann Buckley

Senior Research Fellow, Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, School of English, Queen's University Belfast Research Associate, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin Coordinator, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI)

ICM 2015

The FMRSI will again sponsor a session at the annual meeting of the Irish Conference of Medievalists, scheduled for 1-3 July 2015. We held a very successful session last year, our first foray at the ICM, and were so delighted that one of the papers at our session, by Emma Anderson (Glasgow/Edinburgh)​, won the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh prize for the best postgraduate presentation.

​The prize is on offer​ again this year, with the continued support of the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute. The award, worth €100, will be announced at the end of the conference. In addition, ​the ICM has​ teamed up with Peritia, the journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, and the winning paper will be offered the chance of publication in the journal.

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Relaunch of Peritia and Call for Papers

Call for Papers: Volumes 26 and 27

Peritia, Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, has recently been relaunched, with a new website:

The editors, Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUIG) and Dr Elva Johnston (UCD), are currently in the process of completing volume 26 (2015). Authors interested in appearing in this volume are encouraged to submit articles and reviews via e-mail to before the end of June 2015. Submissions after this date will be considered for volume 27 (2016). Before submitting, authors should familiarise themselves with our peer-review policies and style sheet.

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ICM Conference, UCD, 1-3 July 2015

The 29th Irish Conference of Medievalists will take place in University College Dublin, 1st – 3rd July 2015.

The Irish Conference of Medievalists is an interdisciplinary forum which welcomes papers on all aspects of Irish and European medieval culture, including archaeology, music, history, art history, folklore, language and literature. We also welcome papers which explore Ireland in its wider international context. Following last year’s very successful panel session we encourage speakers to organise themed panels, consisting of three papers and a nominated chair.

Last year the ICM inaugurated the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize for the best graduate paper submitted to, and delivered at, the ICM. Emma Anderson (Glasgow/ Edinburgh) was our very first winner. Her paper on early music was a conference highlight.

We are pleased to announce the prize again this year, with the continued support of the UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute. The award, worth €100, will be announced at the end of the conference. In addition, we have teamed up with Peritia, the journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland, and the winning paper will be offered the chance of publication in the journal.

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British Library: Re-use of images

Re-use of images on the British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

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Box it – Bag it – Wrap it: Medieval Books On The Go

Books in use generally reside in our hands or on our desks. This was not very different in medieval times. However, medieval and modern reading culture take different paths when it comes to books that are not in use. While both then and now the objects are commonly shelved after use, medieval readers had additional storing options: slipping the book into a box, bag or wrapper. Unfortunately, few of these exotic – and fascinating – storage devices survive today. However, the ones that do indicate that many were made with a specific purpose in mind, namely transportation. Here are some popular means of packing up your book to go in medieval times, including the precursor of our modern tablet sleeve.

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CFP: Late Antique Hagiography as Literature

Call for papers: Late Antique Hagiography as Literature

Colloquium at the University of Edinburgh, 20th-21st May 2015

Texts about ‘holy’ women and men grew to be a defining feature of the culture of Late Antiquity. There is currently an increasing interest among scholars from different disciplines (history, theology, languages, and literature) in these hagiographical writings. But more can be done to find ways to systematise our understanding of the literary affiliations, strategies and goals of these extraordinarily varied texts, which range from the prosaic and anonymous narrations of the martyr passions to the Classicising poems of Paulinus of Nola and the rhetorically accomplished sermons of John Chrysostom.

This colloquium is designed to bring together students and scholars working on a range of aspects of literary hagiography, to share insights, and to consider approaches for the future. We hope to situate late antique biographical production in relation to Classical literary sensibilities, as well as considering non-classical influences, and thus to identify areas of continuity and gradual development as well as areas of abrupt change in the form and function of such literature. While our emphasis is deliberately literary, historical and theological questions which feed into the significance of these works should not be ignored.

We understand ‘hagiography’ in the non-technical sense of ‘writings about (the lives of) saints’. The concept of ‘saints’, likewise, is here taken in a broad way to mean remarkable and exemplary Christian figures (whether real or fictional); the field is not restricted to those who at some point were officially canonised by the Church. This colloquium is seeking to explore issues like the following:

* The definition of sainthood, e.g. through comparisons with texts about non-Christian saint-like figures (the ‘pagan martyrs’, Apollonius of Tyana).

* The portrayal of a saint in different texts; how are saints portrayed in their own writings compared to those of other authors about them?

* Characterisation, e.g. individuality and stereotyping: to what extent can a reader empathise or identify with a saint?

* Life imitating hagiography and resulting problems.

* What can hagiography tell us about non-elite ‘popular’ literary culture?

* How have different genres given shape to hagiographical texts (from Damasus’ epigrams to the epic poems of Fortunatus and Paulinus of Périgeux), as well as texts resisting generic categorisation? E.g. is the so called Life of Malchus a vita or a diegesis?

* Intertextuality as an aesthetic and ideological strategy.

* The emergence of stable hagiographical conventions, whose influence grew so powerful that it is often difficult to distinguish one saint from another.

* What, if anything, can hagiography learn from panegyric?

* Literary approaches to un-saintly behaviour (trickery, committing suicide, etc.) of saints.

* To what extent does a text’s rhetorical purpose undermine the author’s credibility as an honest record-keeper?

* Assessing the historicity of hagiographical texts.

* Transmission and textual problems of hagiographical texts.

* Reception and changes in the perception of authority (e.g. saints who wrote about saints, such as John Chrysostom and Augustine).

Proposals for 25-minute papers, in the form of abstracts between 200 and 400 words in length, should be submitted to Thomas Tsartsidis ( or Christa Gray ( by 15th January 2015.

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute to this event.



New publication by ARC Medieval Press

New publication by the CARMEN-initiated ARC Medieval Press:

Pandemic Disease in the  Modern World: Rethinking the Black Death, ed. Monica H. Green 


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