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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.


For information you can contact:

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News: Research Prize, University of Santiago

The University of Santiago Institutional Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages has announced its annual competition for new research on the Camino de Santiago or on pilgrimages.


Any researcher, from Spain or any another country, may submit a work completed in the calendar year 2020 and created by one individual or by a team of authors.  This includes doctoral dissertations which deal with the Camino de Santiago or Pilgrimage under any disciplinary lens, such as history, culture, geography, tourism studies…

A firm requirement for consideration by the jury will be that the work has not received any prior prize.  The monetary award (by wire transfer) is 1000€ accompanied by a certificate of recognition.  The prize will be shared equally if there are multiple winners.  The work may be in any language but requires a 1500-word summary in Galician, Spanish or English.

The application form, in Galician, is in the attached file.  For further assistance, contact the Cátedra Institucional do Camiño de Santiago e das Peregrinacións da USC

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Event: Women Traveling, 8-10 June, 2021

Women traveling: Feminine experiences, narratives and writings about changing and diverse times and worlds
VIRTUAL SCIENTIFIC EVENT, June 8, 9 and 10, 2021

XIV Interdisciplinary Conference on Studies on Women
XI International Conference on Women in the Middle Ages
VI Colloquium on Bibliographic Update on Issues of the Female Universe

Women in the Middle Ages, to be held on June 8, 9 and 10, 2021 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, virtual modality.

Programme available here

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Event: Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages, 21-22 July 2021

With the goal of making available the research, promotional efforts and educational outlets of individuals, institutions and universities, within and beyond Spain’s borders, during this two-year Jacobean Holy Year, the “Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages. Twenty-one Studies for the Holy Year” sponsored by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela will take place.

In the course of two days university students and faculty, national and regional associations of Friends of the Camino, research centers, specialists in tourism and the general public are welcome to hear the results of 21 projects in diverse disciplinary fields, promotional initiatives and educational outlets.  All were funded last September by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, the Ministry of Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Galicia, and the Cathedral of Santiago under the aegis of the University’s Institutional Chair on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages.

          In English

          In Galician

          In Spanish

Presentations in Spanish and Galician.  Fees: 60€ in person, 25€ on-line

Address questions to Severine at

Miguel Taín Guzmán
Professor of Art History
Director of the Institutional University Chair “The Saint James Way and Pilgrimages” 
University of Santiago de Compostela

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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: Church Momuments Society Lectures 2021

Church Monuments Society
Lectures online via Zoom

10 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?
A general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson MBE FSA.

17 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
‘Reading’ Damage and Design in British and Irish Cadaver Sculptures
A talk discussing the history of these unusual Church monuments, by Dr Christina Welch, University of Winchester.

24 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
The Cross-Legged Effigy in Context: Myth and Legend
A talk about cross-legged effigies of medieval knights, by Mr Mark Downing, President of the Church Monuments Society.

01 May 2021 – 5pm GMT
A Dead Good Job: Gravedigging in Municipal Cemeteries
An in-depth talk about the role of gravediggers, by Dr Helen Frisby and Dr Stuart Prior.

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Event: WHAI Online Conference 2021

Women’s History Association of Ireland
Conference 2020/2021
Besieged bodies: Gendered violence, sexualities and motherhood
March 2021
Online Conference via Zoom

Day 1 WHAI Conference, 5 March 2021 features a medieval session in the morning and a medieval keynote in the evening:

Panel 2: 11.45-1.15pm

2. Pregnancy, motherhood and violence
Chair: Mary McAuliffe

Niamh Wycherley, ‘Gendered and sexual violence in early medieval Ireland’.
Elaine Pereira Farrell, ‘Pregnancy and Motherhood in early medieval Ireland’.
Áine Foley, ‘Ravished and taken by force: Rape and abduction in Ireland during the later medieval period’.

Keynote 5pm: Professor Ruth Karras (Trinity College Dublin):
Chair: Dr Elva Johnston (UCD)
‘Mutilation as Gendered Punishment: State Violence and Sexual Transgression in Medieval Europe’

Registration and further Details available here:

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News: Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-2020)

Our most recent issue of Óenach features the following review:

Rachel Moss, Felicity O’Mahony and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular Odyssey. Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond. Reviewed by Deborah Hayden (pp. 14–20)

The editors of this volume are to be congratulated for producing a varied and wide-ranging, but also cohesive and rigorous, collection of essays that pay fitting tribute to the scholarship of Bernard Meehan and the work of the TCD Early Irish Manuscripts project. The book will be of interest to a broad audience of academics specialising in various aspects of early and later medieval Irish manuscript culture, the history of liturgy, missionary activity, and the transmission of ideas between the Insular world and centres of learning on the European continent. In addition, however, it is also a valuable and accessible resource for members of the wider public who wish to explore in more depth some of the most famous manuscript treasures held in the library of Trinity Dublin.

An Insular Odyssey is currently available half-price from Four Courts Press:

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News: NUI Publication Prizes for Irish History

Irish Historical Research Prize

The Irish Historical Research Prize is offered in alternate years for the best new work of historical research with a significant Irish dimension, which must have been published for the first time, by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records. Works previously entered for the Prize are not eligible for consideration.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021

NUI Publication Prize in Irish History

The NUI Publication Prize in Irish History, first introduced as an NUI Centennial Award in 2008, is offered for competition in alternate years to graduates of the National University of Ireland of doctoral status. Works eligible to be considered for the Prize must be published as a first sole author book following the conferral of a doctoral degree. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021.

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NEWS: NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships 2021

NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships
Deadline for applications 12 March 2021

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI.

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:

  1. to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  2. to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  3. to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  4. to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In 2021, the maximum value of a full Travelling Doctoral Studentship will be €24,000 per annum to include a stipend of €16,000 and a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate.

The competition for the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Humanities & Social Sciences and the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Sciences are now open.

NUI is aware of the impact that the COVID-19 emergency is having on academic life both in Ireland and internationally. NUI is committed to providing ongoing funding and support to its awards recipients at this challenging time, and understands that travel plans may be amended during or after the application process.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 March 2021.

Further details available:

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News: Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-20)

Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-20)
Edited by Dr Clare Downham

FMRSI is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of our review journal, Óenach.
Edited by Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.

1. Laura Cleaver, Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture: Images of Learning in Europe, c. 1100-1220. Reviewed by Róisín Astell(pp. 1–7)

2. Mark Hagger, Norman Rule in Normandy, 911-1144. Reviewed by Katherine Cross(pp. 7–13)

3. Rachel Moss, Felicity O’Mahony and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular Odyssey. Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond. Reviewed by Deborah Hayden(pp. 14–20)

4. Niamh Wycherley, The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval Ireland. Reviewed by Shane Lordan(pp. 21–25)

5. Geraint Evans and Helen Fulton (eds), The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Reviewed by Sara Elin Roberts(pp. 26–35)

6. Michael W. Herren and Shirley Ann Brown, Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century. Reviewed by Kevin G. Smith(pp. 36–39)

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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: James Ford Lectures 2021

The James Ford Lectures in Hilary Term 2021

Ireland, empire, and the early modern world

Jane Ohlmeyer

(Trinity College Dublin)

Frontispiece in Sir James Ware, Equitis Aurati de Hibernia and Antiquitatibus ejus, Disquisitiones (London, 1658)

The illustration depicts Hibernia as both shepherdess and huntress, with bees – the symbols of industry and colonization – circling her head and Irish wolfhounds at her side.  This, and the accompanying contrasts between the wild forests and the cultivated arable and pastoral lands represents many of the themes that are explored in these lectures which re-examine Ireland’s role in empire through the lens of early modernity. The focus will be on Ireland and the First English Empire (c.1550-1770s) but it is critical, where possible and appropriate, to look to other European and global empires for meaningful comparisons and contrasts.  These lectures draw on a wide range of written, visual, and archaeological sources while works of poetry, prose, and performance help to recapture emotions and more nuanced senses of identity. 

Four interconnected themes underpin the series. First, as England’s first colony, Ireland formed an integral part of the English imperial system. Second, as well as being colonised the Irish operated as active colonists in the English and other European empires. Third, the extent to which Ireland served as laboratory for empire in India and the Atlantic world is analysed.  Finally, the impact empire had on the material and mental worlds of people living in early modern Ireland is examined alongside how these years are remembered today.

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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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CFP: I Virtual Medieval Studies Conference, Nov 10, 17, 24 and Dec 1

I Virtual Medieval Studies Conference
The first edition of the Virtual Medieval Studies Conference is a pilot proposal that aims to bring together students of PhD who have an ongoing or newly presented research on some subject framed in the Middle Ages. The objective of this meeting will be to present research advances to exchange experiences from a mainly methodological approach. Each communicator will have a maximum time of 15 minutes to present their projects in addition to participating as a commentator of another participant’s work.

General Conditions
The I Virtual Medieval Studies Conference is open to PhD students from any university whose studies are conducted from one or more of the following disciplines: Archaeology, Philosophy, Philology, History, Historiography, History of Art, Literature and related. While the proposal for this event is mainly methodological, interested parties must submit a summary (maximum 3000 characters) considering the main elements of the research project, namely:

2) Objective of the research
3) Analysed and/or used Sources
4) Methodology

Practical Modalities
1)Those interested in participating must register and submit their summary in the form available at: opened by October 15, 2020.
2) The participations may be held in Spanish, Catalan and English.
3) The event prioritizes Doctoral projects, but also considers the participation of Masters’ degree projects in the process of conclusion or recently presented.
4) If accepted, it shall be notified on October 25, date on which the final programme and summaries will be published.
5) Certificates of participation will be issued to communicators.

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Job: Research Assistant, University of Liverpool

Deadline: 14th October 2020

Applicants are invited to apply for the position of Research Assistant (RA1) to support Dr Ruth Nugent at the University of Liverpool, as part of her UKRI Future Leader’s Fellowship Digital Library of British Historic Mortuary Science and Investigation.

You will assist in sourcing, translating, and contextualising medieval (i.e. pre-Reformation) accounts of exhumation, in England, Scotland, and Wales from online digital repositories, focusing on bodies exhumed from Christian contexts. Such accounts may be real, imagined or embellished and include but are not limited to: saints’ translations, movement of royal bodies and burials, and relocation of burials for pragmatic reasons. You should have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a field of study relevant to the project.  The post is available until 31 October 2021.

For full details and to apply online, please visit:

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News: Óenach: Reviews 9 (2017-18)

Delighted to announce the publication of the latest volume of our review journal, Óenach.

Óenach is edited by Dr Ann Buckley and as previously announced Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, has joined the editorial team. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Clare again.

Óenach Reviews 9 (2017-18)

1. T. Atkin and F. Leneghan (eds), The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Christine Rauer (pp. 1–4)

2. Marian Bleeke, Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture. Representations from France, c. 1100-1500. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Gabrielle Storey (pp. 5–7)

3. Ann Buckley (ed.), Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context. Ritus et Artes, 8. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. Reviewed by Charles Doherty (pp. 8–25)

4. Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy (eds), The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Simon Egan (pp. 26–32)

5. Charles Doherty and Jan Erik Rekdal (eds), Kings and Warriors in Early North-West Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by John Tighe (pp. 33–39)

6. Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin xvi: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014–2014: National Conference Marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stephen Hewer (pp. 40–49)

7. Roy Flechner & Sven Meeder (eds), The Irish in Early Medieval Europe. Identity, Culture and Religion. London: Palgrave, 2016. Reviewed by Ali Bonner (pp. 50–56)

8. Eric Haywood, Fabulous Ireland — Ibernia Fabulosa: Imagining Ireland in Renaissance Italy. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 57–64)

9. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen (edd), Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2018). Reviewed by Sparky Booker (pp. 65–73)

10. Elva Johnston, Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland, Studies in Celtic History 33. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013. Reviewed by Patrick Wadden (pp. 74–78)

11.  Andrew King and Matthew Woodcock (eds), Medieval into Renaissance: Essays for Helen Cooper. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2016. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 79–86)

12.  Henning Laugerud, Salvador Ryan and Laura Katrine Skinnebach (eds), The Materiality of Devotion in Late Medieval Northern Europe: Images, Objects and Practices, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by Andrew George Foster (pp. 87–94)

13. Peter J. Lucas & Angela M. Lucas, The Medieval Manuscripts at Maynooth: Explorations in the Unknown (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014). Reviewed by Áine Foley (pp. 95–97)

14.  Lynette Olson (ed.), St Samson of Dol and the Earliest History of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Elysée Yhuel (pp. 98–103)

15.  Jerry Root, The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Marie Charbonnel (pp. 104–108)


For further information regarding our review journal please see the website:


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