Author Archives: Ann Buckley

About Ann Buckley

Research Associate, Medieval History Research Centre,Trinity College Dublin Coordinator, Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland (FMRSI)

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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Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Studies of Early Modern Europe

The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas at McGill University seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow in Studies in Early Modern Europe with a demonstrable research interest in the public life of arts and ideas. The Fellow will join a research project—Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies.

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Project Manager: Early Modern Conversions


Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies is a five-year, international, interdisciplinary project (2013-2018) that studies how early modern Europeans changed their confessional, social, political, and even sexual identities. These subjective changes were of a piece with transformations in their world—the geopolitical reorientation of Europe in relation with the Ottoman Empire and the Americas; the rethinking of Latin Antiquity; changes in the built environment; the reimagining of God. The research is growing together with a History Visualization Lab able to track the growth of multiple conversional forms, both geographically and historically. Among the partners taking part in the Conversions project are the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (Cambridge), the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and the Guildhall School for Music and Drama. Headquartered at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the project will develop an historical understanding that will also enlighten modern debates about corporeal, sexual, psychological, political and spiritual kinds of transformation.

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Summer Research Seminar, University of Cambridge

Early Modern Cross-Cultural Conversions
Summer Research Seminar
University of Cambridge

June 28 to July 26, 2015


Iain Fenlon, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge

Bronwen Wilson, Art History and World Art Studies, Sainsbury Institute for Art, University of East Anglia

Sponsored by Early Modern Conversions: Cultures, Religions, Cognitive Ecologies headquartered at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Early Modern Cross-Cultural Conversions” is a summer seminar that addresses the theme of conversion by focusing on the mobility of people, things, and forms of knowledge across religious, social, and geographical boundaries. Cross-cultural interaction generated a rich archive of material and immaterial forms—music, clocks, textiles, clothes, books, instruments, diagrams, drawings, miniatures, portraits, maps, antiquities, paintings, performances—and opens up understanding of ways in which artifacts activated conversations and creativity. By exploring cross-cultural interaction in cosmopolitan centers, across regions, and across bodies of water, the seminar will explore conversion not only as a religious phenomenon but also as a form of early modern imagination and thinking.

Doctoral students in their final year, postdocs, and junior faculty are invited to apply to take part in the research seminar by defining projects that range in time from the late fifteenth- through the seventeenth century. Projects may attend to cross-cultural interplay and its potential to foster imagination and expressiveness, as well as ways in which play is constrained. Projects might engage with soundscapes, diplomacy, scientific exchanges, manufacturing, patterns and motifs, architectural materials, urbanism, travellers, ships, guidebooks, collecting, alchemy, geography, botany, musical repertories, instruments, and theatre.

One premise of the seminar is that societies and cultures are always already entangled, and thus we aim to shift the focus away from terms of reference such as identity, otherness, and hybridity to processes of conversion—material and immaterial conversions, remediations, reorientations, and transformations. We will explore movement, wandering, migration, experimentation, improvisation, ornamentation, and sensation in dialogue with diverse media and spaces, as well as early modern social, religious, and political investments.

Usually meeting during the afternoons, the seminar will include discussions of readings and analysis of historical, literary, pictorial, material, and musical sources as participants refine their own projects. Cambridge allows for interaction with other researchers, including postdoctoral fellows associated with CRASSH. Fieldtrips during the seminar include King’s College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum, with optional visits to Holkham Hall and the exhibition of artworks from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, then on display at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich.

Travel and accommodation will be provided by the Early Modern Conversions Project. Seminar participants will have rooms at Selwyn College for the duration of the seminar and team meeting. At the end of the seminar, participants will participate in the annual team meeting of the Early Modern Conversions project, in Cambridge, 23-26 July. Cambridge offers rich resources for study including King’s College Library, the University Library, and the city’s museums.

Doctoral candidates in their final year of study, recent doctoral graduates, and junior faculty are invited to apply to participate. Candidates should send a cover letter, CV, research proposal (max 5pp) and article-length writing sample to by 15 December 2014. Two confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address by the same deadline; referees are asked to indicate the name of the candidate in the subject line of their email. At least one referee should confirm time to completion for applicants who have not yet graduated.

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Lecture on Jewish Cantillation Columbia University

Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation

Talk by Dr. Yonatan Malin
Sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum
Friday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
The Center for Ethnomusicology and Department of Music
Columbia University
Dodge Hall, Room 622
2960 Broadway
New York, NY
Admission is free; Please RSVP to

Reception to follow.

This paper is part of an ongoing project on the analysis of Jewish cantillation in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition. Jewish cantillation involves the intoned reading of Biblical texts with melodies determined by accent marks (te’amim) in printed Hebrew bibles. In other parts of the study, Malin has explored aspects of the system broadly: how the melodies correlate with and project text phrasing, and how they vary depending on the reading and occasion.

For more information please visit Here the focus is on specific passages as chanted by two individual readers—with original recordings from his fieldwork. It shows how the pacing of the cantillation in these recordings relates to the narrative flow of the creation story in Genesis I:1–5 and how the melodies, including improvised elements, correlate with poetic structures in Isaiah 40:27–31. The recordings are of Deborah Bronstein, a reform rabbi in Boulder, Colorado, and Jonathan Levine, a lay reader based in Syracuse, New York. Notably, neither recording is of a professional cantor—the traditional figure of authority for Jewish music.

Malin’s approach raises issues of orality vs. notation, authority, and tradition. It addresses these issues in dialogue with statements from the readers themselves (Bronstein and Levine); statements and practices from the tradition; scholarship in Jewish music by Hanoch Avenary, Judah Cohen, Edwin Seroussi, Jeffrey Summit, Boaz Tarsi, and others; and scholarship on analytical approaches to world music—including the work of Kofi Agawu and Michael Tenzer.

Yonatan Malin is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Colorado Boulder. His areas of research include the German Lied, music-text relations, theories of rhythm and meter, and liturgical music in Jewish traditions. His book Songs in Motion: Rhythm and Meter in the German Lied was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. Professor Malin is currently editor of Music Theory Online, a journal of the Society for Music Theory.

The Jewish Music Forum is a project of the American Society for Jewish Music, with the support of the American Jewish Historical Society and the Center for Jewish History. Founded in 2004, the Jewish Music Forum is now in its tenth season.

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CFP: Monastic Europe Conference

Monastic Europe: Landscape and Settlement
International Conference, 22 – 25 August 2015, Ennis, Co. Clare

The Irish Research Council-funded Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement project is a research partnership between the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, the Discovery Programme and the Department of History, University College Cork. The project is examining the unusually well preserved remains of late medieval monastic buildings in Ireland within their broader European context, with a particular emphasis on their architecture and impact on the landscape around them.

The project team is pleased to announce an international conference, to be held 22-25 August in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Located in an area rich with the medieval buildings of the European monastic orders, the conference will balance sessions of papers with a number site visits, and will stimulate a focused academic debate on the impact of monasticism in shaping the development of the physical environment across Europe between c.1100 and c.1700. Conference themes will include:

  • The topography of medieval monastic settlement (1100-1700), in both urban and rural environments
  • The impact of Church reforms on the physical structures and landscapes of monastic foundations
  • Monastic space (liturgical, social and architectural aspects)
  • Patronage networks
  • Architecture and identities
  • Written sources for understanding the monastic environment

We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers exploring this theme across the stated time span, throughout Europe. Papers may deal with either case studies or broader methodological questions, and are not limited to delivery in the English language.

Proposals for posters are also welcomed from doctoral students and early career scholars, and the conference organizers hope to have small subsidies available for accommodation costs.

Please send an email containing both your proposed title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to Dr Rachel Moss at If you intend to apply for a conference subsidy please indicate this on your proposal.

Deadline for proposals is Friday, 28 November, 2014

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Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Portugal

A call for doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in Portugal has just opened; applications will be accepted until the end of September. Link:

Manuel Pedro Ferreira (CESEM/Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas-Universidade Nova de Lisboa: will advise and support, in September, the writing of individual applications by young scholars with previous experience with medieval sources, whose aims (study of chant genres, notational practices, international connections, etc.) relate to the contents and development of the Portuguese Early Music database ( or to the analysis of specific features in the 13th-century Cantigas de Santa Maria (Lisbon CSM database).

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Event: Irish Song Symposium, QUB, 18-19 September 2014

A Symposium on Irish Song from its beginnings to 1800 will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on 18th-19th September. The symposium is organised in association with the AHRC-funded research project on Irish song, which is based in the School of English, Queen’s University Belfast, and which aims to develop an historical typology of Irish Song from the earliest examples to the end of the 17th century. 

Early registration is advised as places are limited.

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Post-Doc Research Fellowship at QUB

Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Irish Song.

Closing date: 11 January 2013

Job description:

Link to further details and online application:

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Conference: Medieval Artefacts: Making and Meaning c. 500-1500

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Symposium
Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
4 May 2012

For further information and to register, please contact Caoimhe Whelan .

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Conference: Music and the Stars

Music and the Stars: mathematics in medieval Ireland

RSAI First international conference on the history of science in medieval Ireland

National Library of Ireland, 17–18 July 2012

The event is a 2-day interdisciplinary conference on the history of science in medieval Ireland. Papers, delivered by an international panel of speakers, will elaborate the model of mathematics provided by medieval education, with reference to extant manuscripts of Irish provenance. Discussions of the mathematical content of the great artistic and literary achievements of the period will be included. Papers will also explore the manner in which a truly interdisciplinary approach, inspired by this model, may be applied to education today.

Speakers include: Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, London), Howard Clarke (RIA), Siobhán Fitzpatrick (RIA), David Howlett (Oxford), Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Maura Ó Cróinín (NUI Galway), Pádraig P. Ó Néill (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Marina Smyth (Univ. of Notre Dame), Robert Stevick (Univ. of Washington), Immo Warntjes (Univ. of Greifswald).

The cost of the conference is €50 per person. For further details and to book a place please contact

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Conference: ‘The Life and Writings of Helen Waddell (1889–1965)’

Date: 11–12 May 2012

Venue: Humanities Postgraduate Centre, Queen’s  University Belfast,
18 College Green, Belfast.

Registration Fee: £15 sterling (Buffet Dinner: £15)

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Event: The Medieval Office for St Canice, Kilkenny, 3 April 2011

Music in Kilkenny Presents

‘O pastor pie Cannice’

The Medieval Office for St Canice

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Schola Hyberniae

Director – Giovanna Feeley


The Choir of St Canice’s Cathedral Kilkenny

Conductor – Malcolm Proud

Black Abbey, Kilkenny


Sunday 3 April 2011 @ 4pm



Schola Hyberniae will present the first modern performance of the medieval Irish office for St Canice. It has been edited by Ann Buckley from a late 15th-century Irish antiphoner now in Trinity College Dublin, and believed to have been written for St Canice’s Cathedral Kilkenny.

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For further information, please contact Susan Proud

Music in Kilkenny
is supported by an Arts Grant from Kilkenny County Council and the Camphill Community of Ballytobin.

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CFP: Mary Magdalene

CALL FOR PAPERS for a proposed volume entitled “Where Sacred Meets
Secular: The Many Conflicted Roles of Mary Magdalene.”

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Event: Lecture and Seminar by Thomas Bein

Maynooth Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Forum na Meán-Aoise agus an Renaissance, Má Nuad

MMRF Lecture Series 2010-11

Venues: An Foras Feasa Seminar Room &
SMLLC Seminar Room, Arts Block, NUIM
Date: Tuesday, 22 February @ 3 pm & 6 pm

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Event: Re-envisioning Ráith Bressail, 1111-2011


Re-envisioning Ráith Bressail, 1111-2011:
Episcopal culture in 12th-century Ireland

Venue: UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland
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