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Irish Manuscripts Commission, Postgraduate Editing Prize

Deadline: 31 August 2023.

For more see the Commission’s website:

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Job: Research Assistant, St Andrews/USTC

Deadline: 19th May

Please see: for details.

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Job: Chair in Medieval English Literature & Culture, University of Groningen

Application details can be found here:

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Job: Temporary Lectureship in Old English, Univeristy of St Andrews

Closing date: 31 July 2022

The School of English seeks to appoint a temporary Associate Lecturer in Old English literature for a 13-month period from 1 August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. You will be a scholar with a growing reputation in English and commitment to delivering high quality teaching within the broad field of Old English literature. The successful candidate will be expected to have a range of interests and to be capable of teaching the subject to undergraduate and taught postgraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.

Candidates should hold a PhD in a cognate discipline. Excellent teaching skills in Old English literature and language are essential.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Christine Rauer at:

Applications are particularly welcome from people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in academic posts at the University.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience. We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network. Full details available online:

Closing Date: 31 July 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Please quote ref: AO1783GB

Further particulars: AO1783GB FPs.doc

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Job: Funded PhD in Early Modern History, University of Limerick

Closing date: 22 July 2022

Applications are invited for a four-year PhD Studentship in early modern history. The successful applicant will join the ‘Malcontents: Order and Disorder in the Early Modern World of Learning’ project which is led by Dr Richard Kirwan of the Department of History and the Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick. The project will be funded by the Irish Research Council.

For full details please visit

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CFP: 18th conference of the Early Book Society, University of Limerick, July 11th-15th 2023

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Event: Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571, 12-13 June 2022

The seminar “Banning Books: The Antwerp Indexes of Plantin, 1569-1571” will be held at the Museum Plantin-Moretus (Antwerp) on 13-14 June 2022.

This seminar is part of “Los límites del disenso”, a research project of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and has been organized by Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid).

Attendance is open to all at no charge, but registration is required:

Programme: Monday 13 June


“It Was Happening Here”

Benito Rial Costas (Complutense University of Madrid)


“The Measures of the Duke of Alba against Subversive and Heretic Printing in the Netherlands. Legislation, Control of Booksellers and the Preparation of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum of 1570”

Gustaaf Janssens (KU Leuven)


“Pressure, Punishment and Reintegration: Royal Pardons Letters for Printers in the Wake of the Antwerp Indexes, 1568-1590”

Hans Cools (KU Leuven) and Gert Gielis (Archives de l’État en Belgique)


“New Insights into the Printing History of the 1570 Index Librorum Prohibitorum

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)


“The Spread of the Antwerp Indexes of Prohibited Books, 1569-1571: A Long-Time Study”

Renaud Adam (Arenberg Auctions)




“What Kind of Dutch Secular Books the Authorities Were Afraid of?”

Hubert Meeus (University of Antwerp)


“Vernacular Bible Reading and the Antwerp Indices of 1569, 1570, and 1571”

Wim François (KU Leuven)


“Stopping the Rot: Religious Converts in the Plantin Indexes of Prohibited Books”

Richard Kirwan (University of Limerick)


“Francisco de Enzinas, Auctor Primae Classis”

Ignacio García Pinilla (University of Castilla-La Mancha)


“Proscribed Prescriptions: The Case of Pompeo Della Barba and His Secrets of Nature

Folke Gernert (University of Trier)

Tuesday 14 June


“Understanding the Censor. A Reading of the Antwerp Expurgatory Index (1571)”

María José Vega (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


“The 1571 Index Expurgatorius: Erasmus Emasculated or Sublimated?”

Alexandre Vanautgaerden (University of Warwick)


“The Plurality of Catholic Censorship: The Different Expurgations of Johannes Wild (Ferus) and the Antwerp Indexes of 1569, 1570 and 1571”

Markus Müller (University of Wuppertal)


Closing remarks


Show and Tell: “The Officina Plantiniana’s material legacy exhibited by the printing of Jan Baptist Houwaert’s Pegasides Pleyn (1582-1583)”

Kristof Selleslach (Museum Plantin-Moretus)

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Event: Irish Renaissance Seminar (online), 21st May 2022, UCC

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Fragmented Pasts: Re/building fragmented archives, 25 May 2022, UL

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Conference: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c. 700-c.1500 (online)

17-18 March 2022, Heinrich-Heine University

This 2-day online conference brings together scholars who work on medieval Insular texts and who are interested in the translation and representation of morality, exemplarity, and emotion in a range of genres and languages, and across the early/late medieval period.

To register please visit: Morality, Exemplarity, & Emotion in Medieval Insular Texts, c.700-c.1500 Registration, Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

For further information please contact

Please see below for the programme.

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Fragmented Pasts: Reading Manuscript Fragments, 7th April 2022, UL


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Event: Seminar for Ancient and Medieval Studies, UCC

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CFP: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag, UCC

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag

2022 Annual Conference

University College Cork

17-18 June 2022

Plenary Speakers

Dr Neil Buttimer

Dr Gillian O’Brien

Prof David O’Shaughnessy

Call for Papers

The 2022 Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire san Ochtú Céad Déag is scheduled to take place as an in-person event in University College Cork, 17-18 June. We will be guided by public health requirements and by UCC institutional policies on Covid-19, and we may therefore need to adapt the format closer to the conference date.

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers (in English or Irish) on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland, including its history, literature, language, and culture. The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society is a multidisciplinary society, and we welcome papers from all disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary and comparative research. We particularly encourage early career scholars to submit proposals, as well as those working with new methodological and theoretical perspectives.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Clíona Ó Gallchoir ( before Friday 15 April 2022. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Monday 3 May 2022. 

Cuirfear fáilte ar leith roimh pháipéir agus/nó roimh phainéil iomlána i nGaeilge ar ghné ar bith de shaol agus de shaíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag. Iarrtar ar dhaoine ar mhaith leo páipéar 20 nóiméad a léamh, teideal an pháipéir mar aon le hachoimre ghairid (250 focal) a sheoladh chuig Máire Ní Íceadha ( roimh 15 Aibreán 2022. Iarrtar orthu siúd a bhfuil spéis acu painéal a eagrú ainmneacha na gcainteoirí, na n-institiúidí lena mbaineann siad, teidil na bpáipéar agus achoimrí mar aon le hainm agus sonraí teagmhála an chathaoirligh a bheith san áireamh. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh an Luan an 3 Bealtaine 2022.

The conference is held in association with the School of English and Digital Humanities, UCC and Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, UCC.

Queries should be addressed to one of the conference organisers:

Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir, School of English, University College Cork.


Dr Máire Ní Íceadha, Roinn na Nua-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh.



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Event: Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print, Leiden UL, August 25-27 2021

International conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’

In the first 150 years of European printed book production (c. 1450-1600), the new medium of print evolved from its indebtedness to manuscript culture into a full-grown means of communication and articulation. How were reading experiences shaped both by producers and users of vernacular books? Who read in the vernacular, why, and how? These are the central questions of the international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Vernacular Books and Reading Experiences in the Early Age of Print’, which will take place from 25 to 27 August 2021 at Leiden University Library and online.

The participants approach reading as an embodied, material practice that is affected both by texts and their presentation, with a particular interest in the interplay between language, form and content, and between intended and actual readers. With contributions ranging from papers on Dutch, French, German to Hungarian and from prayer texts to romances, chronicles and medical handbooks, the conference covers a variety of languages, regions and genres. Thus, it aims to contribute to the next step towards a comparative study of printing strategies and users’ practices in the first 150 years of printing vernacular books in Europe.

All those interested are welcome to attend online. Attendance is free but registration is required.

Full programme and registration:

Convenors: Dr Anna Dlabačová (Leiden University), Andrea van Leerdam MA (Utrecht University)

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Job: Lectureship in Middle English Language & Literature (fixed term), U of Groningen

The Chair of Medieval English Literature and Culture invites applications for a Lectureship in Middle English Language and Literature (0.8 FTE, fixed-term for 1 year)

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and co-teach a number of courses from the Old and Middle English offering at undergraduate level. (For North American applicants: the teaching will amount to the equivalent of a 2-3 load per annum.) These courses have existing syllabi and, in a number of cases, outlines of individual classes, but the successful candidates may modify the course contents depending on their interests. The post holder will be required to teach classes in person throughout the academic year, though some courses will be taught in a hybrid online and physical environment. English is the only language of instruction in the Department.

The normal duties of teaching administration are limited to planning and assessing student work and to holding an office hour each week.

The post is available for a fixed term of twelve months from 1 September 2021.

Interviews will be held online in early July.

Applicants should apply online. To apply please visit the website.

For a copy of the Further Particulars or if you have any queries regarding the vacancy, please contact the Chair of Medieval English Literature and Culture, Prof. Sebastian Sobecki,


The successful candidate will:

● have a PhD in medieval English literature
● be able to teach a variety of undergraduate courses in the area of medieval English literature
● be able to place medieval English literature written in Latin, French, and Old and Middle English in its cultural context
● have a proven record of research activity and/or publications in medieval English literature commensurate with their career level
● demonstrate a high level of competence in early and later forms of the Middle English language
● demonstrate excellence in transferring high-level and current research to the classroom
● have experience teaching medieval English language and literature at university level.


Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

The Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts is built on a long-standing tradition of four centuries. Our mission is to be a top-ranking faculty with both an excellent education and world-quality research, with a strong international orientation, firmly rooted in the North of the Netherlands. We build and share knowledge benefits to society. We work at a modern, broad and international institution, educating over 5,000 Dutch and international students to become forward-looking, articulate and independent academics. We are a team of hardworking and diverse group of 700 staff members.


Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae, including an overview of previous teaching
• a statement on your approach to teaching, and student evaluations of previously taught courses (if available).

Please ask two referees to send their letters of recommendation to by the deadline. Both referees should be able to comment on your teaching experience.

You can submit your application until 20 June 11:59pm / before 21 June 2021 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on “Apply” below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission’s European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.


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New Books in Medieval Studies

Our friends at Four Courts Press have announced publication of two new titles that will be of interest to our community:

Medieval Dublin XVIII, edited by Sean Duffy


Trinity College Library Dublin: A Catalogue of Manuscripts Containing Middle English and Some Old English, by John Scattergood, Niamh Pattwell and Emma Williams.

Congratulations all on the publication of such important scholarship.

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Event: Seminar for Ancient & Medieval Studies, UCC, Spring 2021

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Event: Digital Approaches to Early Modern Studies, UL, Spring 2021

Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick

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Event: Greek and Latin Summer School, UCC

June 21st – August 12th 2021

For the 22nd year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive 8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well. 

The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts. The tuition fee for the 8-week course is €1900. 

For further information and an application form see:

or contact the Director of the Summer School: Mrs.Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email: 

Statement from organisers: We intend to offer all classes in person on campus. Should the Government’s public health guidelines prevent us from doing so, we may move all (or part of) our teaching onlineTherefore, the course outline and arrangements regarding accommodation are tentative and subject to change, depending on how the global COVID-19 situation develops. 

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Event: Medieval Cultures: Conversations and Confrontations, Univ of Reading 30 October 2020

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