Category Archives: EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Event: “Changing nature in the Baltic crusades in the Middle Ages”, TCD, 12 Apr 2016

Prof Kurt Villads Jensen, Stockholm University, will speak at the 27th Public Lecture and Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network, today, Tuesday 12 April.

His lecture will be entitled “Changing nature in the Baltic crusades in the Middle Ages.” This will be held in the TRISS Seminar Room (C6.002), Floor 6, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, from 4.45 pm.

 Prof. Jensen is an innovative medievalist who has conducted comparative research in the Crusading worlds of Scandinavia and Portugal and is now turning his attention to the environmental aspects of the Crusades. A brief abstract is available below.

 Crusading brought pagan land under Christian control and changed it fundamentally. New agricultural organization and technology was introduced, maybe new crops, but first of all, nature as a concept was reformulated and given a new orientation. Pagan land became defined as desolate and barren, Christian land as cultivated and fertile. The perception of the surrounding physical world through the senses was deliberately changed by introducing new visual expressions and symbols, new colours, new sounds, and a new understanding of time. If the local population could not be persuaded or forced to abandon all the traditional connections to nature, these were incorporated into Christianity and pacified – as when crossed systematically were cut into old pagan sacred oak trees to baptise the trees.

 For more information on Prof. Jensen, see the following link:

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Event: The Wandering Word: the travels of insular manuscripts, May 2016

Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute

Trinity College Dublin, 5-7 May 2016

Visit the Wandering Word Conference site – click HERE

Read the Program – click HERE

Booking is essential – Register now HERE

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Event: The Eleanor Knott Memorial Conference, TCD, 28 April 2016

The Eleanor Knott Memorial Conference,
Trinity College Dublin,
28th April 2016.

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CFP: Parler, crier, chanter: la voix à l’époque romane

26e Colloque international d’art roman
Issoire (Auvergne, Puy-de-Dôme) Halle aux grains
21, 22, 23 octobre 2016


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Contact: David Morel :, Nathalie Monio :

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CFP: Rediscovering the Vikings: Reception, Recovery, Engagement

Deadline: 20 May 2016.

The interdisciplinary conference ‘Rediscovering the Vikings: Reception, Recovery, Engagement’ will be held at University College Cork on 25th and 26th of November 2016.

The objective of this conference is to bring together academics and enthusiasts with an interest in community engagement, cultural heritage and reception studies to discuss new approaches to the Vikings and to critically reflect on how digital technologies are changing the ways in which we collaborate, conduct research and interpret the Viking world.

The deadline for paper proposals is 20 May 2016. More information can be found here, and on the project website


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Illuminating the Medieval Psalter Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin

A public lecture by Laura Cleaver

Wednesday, 17th February 2016 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.

There will be a Q&A session immediately following the lecture, followed by the launch of

Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
by Laura Cleaver & Helen Conrad O’Briain
Copies of the book will be available on the day at a reduced price.

The book of Psalms was at the core of devotional practice in western Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. The study of medieval Latin Psalters provides evidence for the owners, users and makers of each of these unique books. This volume examines Psalter manuscripts as objects, exploring how they were designed and the changes that have been made to them over time. The choices made about text, decoration, size and layout in these manuscripts reveal a diverse range of engagements with the Psalms, as they were sung, read and scrutinized. The book thus sheds new light on some of the treasures of Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library.

Laura Cleaver is the Ussher lecturer in medieval art, Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses on art produced in England and France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Helen Conrad O’Briain is based in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She specializes in early Insular Latin, Old English and Old Norse.

For additional details on this book and to see more fabulous images from this book, please visit:

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CFP: Historical Memory and the Preservation of the Past in the Early Modern Period

Deadline: 1 March 2016 Continue reading

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Event: British Archaeological Association Study Day: Opus Anglicanum, 26 November 2015

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Event: ​42nd Annual Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 16-17 October 2015

Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University

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Event: Professor Alan Stewart, “Writing a Life in Early Modern England: The Case of Richard Stonley”, NUI Galway

15 September 2015

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Event: Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine and Theology in the Middle Ages

On the 11- 12 of September, Oxford will host a conference on medieval studies and medical humanities entitled “Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages” ( A full conference programme, and registration and venue details, are all available on the website.

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Event: Palaeography and Manuscript-Based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Workshop, 31 August – 1 September 2015, UCC

Themes covered:

* Palaeography and Codicology;

* Insular Scripts and Scribal Techniques;

* The Corpus of Medieval Irish Manuscripts;

* Modern Irish Manuscript Tradition;

* The Challenges of Editing: variant copies, critical v. diplomatic editions, normalisation, etc.;

* Digital Technology and Manuscript Research.

Enquiries to:

Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh,

Dept. of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork.

Is iad na hábhair a phléifear:

* Scripteanna Oileánda agus Modhanna Oibre na Scríobhaithe;

* Lámhscríbhinní Meánaoiseacha na hÉireann;

* Lámhscríbhinní Gaeilge na Tréimhse Iarchlasaicí;

* Fadhbanna Eagarthóireachta: Malairt Chóipeanna, Eagráin Chriticeacha v. Eagráin

Dhioplamáideacha, Normálú, etc.;

* Léann na Lámhscríbhinní agus an Teicneolaíocht Dhigiteach.

Tuilleadh eolais le fáil ón:

Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh,

Roinn na Sean- agus na Meán-Ghaeilge, Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh.

Workshop supported by the Graduate School, College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, UCC.

General Information

This year’s ‘Palaeography and Manuscript-based Research: Intensive Postgraduate Workshop’ will be held on 31 August & 1 September 2015 in the O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork. The event is supported by a grant from the Graduate School of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC; therefore there is no tuition fee.

The final timetable may be downloaded here.

The postgraduate workshop is aimed at MA, MPhil and PhD students wishing to receive research training in the use of Irish manuscripts, whether Medieval or Modern. The workshop takes place over two days in University College Cork and comprises several intensive seminars led by experts in the relevant fields. A wide range of manuscripts compiled in Ireland will be discussed including Old, Middle and Modern Irish texts as well as Latin and early English materials. Particular emphasis is placed on familiarising students with scripts and abbreviations, and on practical editing exercises. The seminar leaders are encouraged to share palaeographical issues from their own research with the students and to explore how certain difficulties can be overcome. The focus of the workshop is on skills applicable to a number of related research fields and on the creative exchange of expertise. There is also an opportunity for students to broaden their palaeographical experience beyond their own subject area.

Information for Visitors to UCC:


Department of Early and Medieval Irish, UCC:

Can this workshop be taken for Credit or Audit?

UCC students may take this workshop as a ten credit module (CC6008) if they complete a related project afterwards. This module is an option for registered students of the MA in Early and Medieval Irish and the MA in Celtic Civilisation in UCC.

PhD students in other subject areas in UCC may opt to take CC6008 as a discipline-specific postgraduate training module. This is available for credit to students studying in related disciplines and will not contribute to the final degree award. Such students intending to take CC6008 are advised to contact the module coordinator Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh in the first instance.

Postgraduate students from other universities are also welcome to attend this workshop. UCC has no formal procedure for those who wish to audit this workshop (i.e. students may attend the sessions without completion of assessment). However, after attending the full two days of the workshop and with the agreement with the module co-ordinator Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, a student (UCC or otherwise) may apply to the Department of Early and Medieval Irish to be issued with a letter stating that the student audited the module. In such cases, the module will not appear on a student transcript.

CC6008 may also be taken on an individual basis as a Postgraduate Flexi-Option which allows you to experience an area of postgraduate study, without committing yourself to a full postgraduate programme.

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News: Registration Open for the International Christopher Marlowe Conference

Deadline: 25 August 2015 Continue reading

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Event: Early Modern Military Identity Symposium, UCC, 28th August 2015

This one-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform focusing on the construction of early modern military identity: how were such identities formed, written about in both print and manuscript, manipulated and subsequently interpreted during the early modern period (c. 1550-1700)? Speakers will engage with this theme from a variety of Irish, Anglo-Irish, English and wider international perspectives. Research areas under consideration in relation to the construction of military identity include, but are not limited to: creative expression (Prose and Poetry); historical documentation (Journals, Diaries, Correspondence, State Records and Wills); new, evolving or translated media (Newspapers, Instruction Manuals, Pamphlets and related ephemera).

A key objective of the symposium is to interrogate the formation, or perhaps fabrication, of soldierly personas by early modern authors, particularly through the relation of real or assumed military experience, and to examine what effect these types of writing had on wider contemporary literary production and our subsequent understanding of the period.

The symposium consists of two panels, beginning after lunch to facilitate travel arrangements (14.00-18.00). Confirmed participants include: Dr David Edwards (UCC), Dr Matthew Woodcock (UEA) and Prof. Andrew Hadfield (Sussex). For interested parties, a follow-up email will provide the full programme, together with accommodation and travel recommendations. Please email any queries to Dr Cian O’ Mahony (

In conjunction with the Cork City Heritage Fund, the symposium will be followed that evening by a public lecture, given by Prof. Andrew Hadfield in the grounds of the recently refurbished Elizabeth Fort near UCC, which will focus on Edmund Spenser’s Cork (Elizabeth Fort, Barrack Street, 19.30).

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CFP: The Senses in Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Sight and Visual Perception, UCD, 11-12 March 2016

Deadline: 8 November 2015

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News: Program and registration information 42nd Saint Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, 16-17 October 2015

Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri
Organized annually since 1974 by the Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library and its journal “Manuscripta,” this two-day conference features papers on a wide variety of topics in medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies — paleography, codicology, illumination, book production, texts and transmission, library history, and more.
Guest Speaker:
Stella Panayotova (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge) — “Manuscript Illumination: Art and Science”
Conference Sessions:
Representations of Representation
Spanish Manuscripts
Goings on at SIMS: New Projects, New Research
Intriguing Calendars
A Good Read: The Production of Vernacular Texts in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Italy and their Public
Work in Progress — Digital Humanities Projects in the Vatican Film Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Old Book, New Book: Refurbished Manuscripts in the Middle Ages
Conference Program and Registration Information 
For further information, visit the conference webpage or contact
The Vatican Film Library is a research library for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies that holds on microfilm about 40,000 manuscripts, principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. In addition to its annual conference, the library also publishes twice yearly Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research, the monograph series Manuscripta Publications in Manuscript Research, and offers fellowships for research in its collections. It is part of Special Collections in the Saint Louis University Libraries. Keep in touch with us through our blog, Special Collections Currents, or Twitter.

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Event: International Medieval Society (IMS-Paris) Conference: ‘Villes/Cities’

Deadline for Registration: 12 June 2015 Continue reading

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Event: Launch of Anglo-Norman Parks in Medieval Ireland by Fiona Beglane, 19 June 2015

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Irish Conference of Medievalists: Registration and Draft List of Speakers

Online registration is now available for the 29th ICM. A special discount of over 20% is being offered on the registration fee for delegates who sign up by June 1st. The fee will be €40, with a student/pensioner/unwaged rate of €20. The registration fee will cover refreshments as well as the ICM receptions. Booking can also be made for the conference dinner. This year it will be held on July 2ndin The Vintage Kitchen, which is located in the heart of the city centre, on Poolbeg Street, near Trinity College. It is easily accessible from UCD via public transport. Booking is recommended as places are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. The €45 fee covers a three course dinner as well as a generous wine allocation. We have reserved rooms for delegates who wish to use UCD Campus Accommodation. This is located only a few minutes from the ICM venue. However, the number of reserved rooms is limited so we would advise delegates to book early. Rooms are all wifi-enabled and en suite. They cost €59 per night.

Please click here and follow instructions for online booking options.

and here for the draft list of speakers and list of abstracts.

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Event: Words and Sword, The Changing Face of Authority in the Middle Ages, Univeristy of Exeter, 20 May 2015

Word and Sword: The Changing Face of Authority in the Middle Ages

12.00pm–5.30pm, Wednesday 20 May

Ibrahim Ahmed Room, Reed Hall, University of Exeter

12.00–12.15 Introduction

Anke Holdenried and Sarah Hamilton

12.15–12.45 Education I

Josef Lössl (Cardiff): Augustine’s ‘On True Religion’, ch. 45–51.

12.45–1.30 Lunch

1.30–3.00 Women

Emma Loosley (Exeter): Life of St Nino.

Carolyn Muessig (Bristol): The Power and the Word: Questions of Female Religious Authority in Late Medieval Italy.

Gwen Seabourne (Bristol): Extracts from report II of John the Cooper of T. v. Isolde widow of Richard Ildok (1312), from W. C. Bolland (ed.), Year Books of Edward II 1311–12, Selden Society vol. 31 (London, 1915), 87–91.

3.00–3.30 Tea

3.30–4.30 Bishops

Levi Roach (Exeter): Bishop Æthelwold of Winchester.

Teresa Witcombe (Bristol): Bishop Maurice of Burgos’ Concordia Mauriciana.

4.30–5.00 Education II

Ian Wei (Bristol): Magisterial Authority and Henry of Ghent: Quodlibet XV.15.

5.00–5.30 Conclusions

Anke Holdenried, Sarah Hamilton and Rob Gossedge.

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