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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)


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Event: Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England, Online Lecture, 24 April 2020, 4pm GMT


Online Lecture

This event provides an opportunity to gather virtually across the globe, owing to the cancellation of the FMRSI conference on ‘Hearing and Auditory Perception’ on 24-25 April at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Barrett was to give one of the keynote lectures on that occasion, and has now kindly offered to present it online. There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the lecture, followed by an informal ‘meeting’, both of which will be accessible to all participants.

Please note: Registration is essential. 

Only registered attendees will be sent a link to the Zoom event which is kindly facilitated by the Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

For enquiries, please email:

For ongoing updates about the postponed 2020 Conference, see our website:


‘Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England’

Dr Sam Barrett, University of Cambridge

What did it mean to listen to song in Anglo-Saxon England? When so little is known about the singing of early medieval poetry beyond the liturgical round, any attempt to answer to this question might seem premature. It is argued in this paper that a significant source of information about the place of song in histories of listening, emotion and musical cognition has been overlooked. Glosses added to Anglo-Saxon copies of Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae contain insightful commentary on the songs that play a central role in the unfolding dialogue. These glosses will be investigated along two axes. The Latin commentary on key passages is compared with continental traditions from the ninth to eleventh centuries. Insular Latin glosses are then compared with Anglo-Saxon translations of the De consolatione philosophiae. What emerges are evaluations of singing and listening that differ significantly between Anglo-Saxon and continental traditions. Most importantly, the distinctive formulations provided in the insular glosses and Anglo-Saxon translations align with the findings of recent studies of Anglo-Saxon psychology by Leslie Lockett and Britt Mize. Interpretation of key terms in the light of models of cognition recently traced by literary scholars opens up a broader context for understanding how sense was made of song in Anglo-Saxon England. A final example, announcing a previously unknown notation for Philosophia’s opening lament, demonstrates in practical terms what it meant for a melody ‘to come to mind’ in Anglo-Saxon England.

Sam Barrett is Reader in Early Medieval Music as the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Pembroke College. He is a specialist in early medieval music with a particular interest in Latin song and issues in notation, transmission and performance. His work within medieval music is driven by an interest in song, especially in the way it crosses boundaries between text and music, writing and orality, and memory and performance. These interests have focussed on arguably the earliest surviving layer of the Western European lyric tradition, namely the music of the late antique and early medieval Latin lyric, in relation to which he has identified new notated sources and developed analytical techniques for assessing a musical tradition previously presumed to lie beyond detailed commentary.

Dr Barrett has extended his scholarly work through collaboration with the Sequentia ensemble over the last five years, resulting in contributions to several concert programmes, and a recording titled Boethius: Songs of Consolation – Metra from 11th-century Canterbury (Glossa, 2018). His latest performing edition of songs reconstructed in conjunction with members of Sequentia from the mid-eleventh century Cambridge Songs manuscript is freely available on the project website:

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NEWS:NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

Closing Date Extended to 17 April 2020
(Given Covid19 situation, please check NUI website for updates)

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Event: Catholics and Hebrew Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Catholics and Hebrew Scholarship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

19 May 2020 

The Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT 

Held under the auspices of the Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The University of Hull, and the Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds

The study of Hebrew in sixteenth-century Europe is most often associated with Protestants, who required that the Bible be studied in its original languages. But that is to tell only half the story. This symposium is an opportunity to consider Hebrew scholarship in medieval Europe as well as the work of later Catholic Hebraists such as Johann Reuchlin, John Fisher, and Roberto Bellarmino. How did such scholars understand the relative authority of the Hebrew text and of the Latin Vulgate? How fairly did they deal with the Hebrew text, given the demands of polemic? What value did they put on Jewish interpretations of biblical texts? This is a unique opportunity to shed light on a key — but neglected — aspect of medieval and early-modern Christian Hebraism. The symposium, which is a follow-up to the seminar series that took place in Hull on ‘Peoples of the Book’ (November 2019 to January 2020), will incorporate an Exhibition from the Cecil Roth Collection of Judaica and Hebraica.

Organizing Committee from the Universities of Hull and Leeds: David Bagchi, Philip Crispin, Eva Frojmovic, Alaric Hall, Michael Haughton, and Veronica O’Mara, with Konstanze H. Kunst as Curator of the Exhibition.

Speakers: Jessica Crown (British Library); Eva Frojmovic (University of Leeds); Cecilia Hatt (London); Michael Haughton (University of Hull); Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary University of London); Piet van Boxel (University of Oxford); Julia Walworth (University of Oxford); and Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford)

Registration: Standard fee: £30; Students, unwaged, and retired: £20

Booking:              Deadline: 5 May 2020

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Event: Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World, Maynooth University, Mar 2020

Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World,
Maynooth University,
19-21 March 2020

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Event: Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland , May 2020

Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland,
15 – 17 May 2020 Continue reading

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2020 Conference: Hearing and Auditory Perception, TCD 24-25 April


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Employment: Assistant Professor in Medieval Studies, James Madison University

Closing Date: unspecified.
The Department of English at James Madison University is hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Medieval Studies, to begin Fall 2020. They are especially interested in candidates whose work engages digital humanities and/or the Global Middle Ages. Secondary fields may also include the environmental humanities, manuscript studies, and/or women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, among other fields.
For additional information about this position, and to apply, visit

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EVENT: The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin, 4 Oct

The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin
Wood Quay Venue
Dublin City Council Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Friday 4th October 

Flour and corn mills were central to the expansion of Dublin from the early medieval period, with milling reaching its zenith during the 19th century due to population increase and technological advances. Several examples of large
industrial corn and flour mills, such as Boland’s Mills in Ringsend, remain as landmarks within the cityscape and serve as physical reminders of a once vibrant industry.

Dublin City Council Archaeology Section in association with the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland present a seminar on the historical context and archaeological evidence for the development of corn and flour milling in Dublin.

9.00 Registration

9.30 Opening address

9.45 Colin Rynne on the development of corn and flour mill technology in Ireland

10.15 Claire Walsh on the archaeological evidence of milling in early medieval and medieval Ireland

10.45 Niall Colfer on the corn and flour mills in post-medieval Dublin

11.15 Break

11.30 Franc Myles on the rise and fall of the city’s windmills

12.00 Fred Hammond on revolutionary developments in Dublin’s milling industry

12.30 Q&A and close, chaired by Ruth Johnston, Dublin City Archaeologist

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Please see link below to register:
Dublin Festival of History

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Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick; Seminar Series, 2019-20


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NEWS: Óenach, Reviews & Dr Clare Downham

FMRSI coordinators, Ann Buckley, Carry Griffin and Emer Purcell, are delighted to welcome Dr Clare Downham who has joined Ann Buckley as Assistant Editor of Óenach:Reviews.

A graduate of St Andrews and Cambridge universities, Clare is Reader in Irish Studies at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her publications have focused on Viking Age history and contact across the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages. Her most recent book Medieval Ireland AD400–1500 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Óenach: FMRSI Reviews is an online series specifically for reviews.

Please see link here for issues:

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CFP: “Outlaws, Ballads and Bandits in Popular Tradition,” NUI

A Conference on “Outlaws, Ballads and Bandits in Popular Tradition” in conjunction with the Annual Irish Conference of Folklore and Ethnology/Tionól Béaloideasa agus Eitneolaíochta in Éirinn. Continue reading

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EVENT: The Viking Mounds at Jelling, UCD

The Viking mounds at Jelling and ancient Irish kingship

Charles Doherty

11.00 am Wednesday 10 April 2019

Theatre 1, Newman basement, UCD

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News: UCD Ad Astra Fellowships

Please note that applications are welcome in the following areas: Digital cultures; drama; film/screen culture; creative writing/creativity; global/world lit; environmental humanities; medical humanities; medieval studies; YA/children’s lit. Applications are made in the way described below, but candidates are welcome to contact Dr Niamh Pattwell with informal queries.

Applications are invited for a temporary fixed term post of an Ad Astra Fellow within University College Dublin. UCD is a research-intensive global university with purpose, drive and ambition. To contribute to the achievement of our mission and vision, we wish to hire additional faculty who share our ambition and our values: excellence, creativity, collegiality, engagement, integrity and diversity.

UCD consists of the College’s of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Engineering and Architecture, Science, Health and Agricultural Sciences and Business.

UCD has developed a new Central Pool Academic Appointments initiative that is aligned with the University Strategy key objectives:

  1. Increase the quality, quantity and impact of our research, scholarship and innovation.
  2. Provide an educational experience that defines international best practice.
  3. Consolidate and strengthen our disciplines.
  4. Conduct strong interdisciplinary research and education in important areas of national and global need.
  5. Attract and retain an excellent and diverse cohort of students, faculty and staff.
  6. Build our engagement locally, nationally and internationally.
  7.  Develop and strengthen our University community.

The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is one part of this initiative. Approximately 65 appointments will be made each year targeting high potential early-stage academics.

Applications are invited across all academic disciplines represented in UCD. Excellence, creativity and the interest and capacity to engage across disciplines are underpinning values.

The UCD Ad Astra Fellows programme is extremely competitive and applicants are expected to have research outputs in the pipeline that will readily transition to research activity within UCD.

For more information on Ad Astra Fellows and how to apply please visit

Salary: €52,848 – €83,090 per annum

Appointment will be made on scale and in accordance with the Department of Finance guidelines.

Closing date:  17:00hrs (local Irish time) on 22nd April 2019.

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time of 17:00hrs (Local Irish Time) on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. UCD are unable to accept late applications.

Prior to application, further information (including application procedure) should be obtained from the Work at UCD website:

UCD do not require assistance from Recruitment Agencies. Any CV’s submitted by Recruitment Agencies will be returned.

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EVENT: Dante, Public Lecture Series 2019, UCC

Public Lecture Series 2019

The Department of Italian UCC and CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) are pleased to announce the annual series of five public lectures on Dante:

  • Mon January 21 – Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel (Cork) – “Dante’s Commedia: did it all start in Cork?”
  • Mon January 28 – Dr Vittorio Montemaggi (King’s College London) – “Goodness and Darkness: What did Dante actually think of Hell?”
  • Mon February 4 – Dr Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester) – “A Tale of Two (Victorian) Sisters: Reading Dante with Christina and Maria Francesca Rossetti”
  • Mon February 11 – Dr Rhiannon Daniels (University of Bristol) – “Positioning the Author in Renaissance editions of Dante”
  • Mon February 18 – Dr Alessandro Gentili (Florence) – “Reading John Montague sub specie Dantis

VENUE: All lectures take place in BOOLE LECTURE THEATRE 1

TIME: 7.00pm


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Post-doctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Funding and Grants for Early Career Academic among awards open for competition as part of the 2019 NUI Awards Scheme

On Monday 21 January 2019 NUI launched its annual competitions for graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral awards and grants.Last year, NUI granted in excess of €1 million worth of awardsto NUI students, graduates and staff, and looks forward to continuing with another successful year of the Scheme in 2019.

Among the Awards on offer in 2019 are:

  1. A Post-Doctoral Fellowshipin Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, worth €80,000
  2. 4 NUI Travelling Studentshipsin the Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, each worth €96,000 to fund doctoral students undertaking travelas part of their PhD programme
  3. An NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship, worth €96,000 to fund a doctoral student within the broad field of European Studies
  4. NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship and Prize in Educationfor doctoral students in the field of Education
  5. The Irish Historical Research PrizeandNUI Publication Prize in Irish Historyfor publications in the area of Irish history for doctoral students in the field of Education

NUI is particularly delighted to offer the NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship in European Studiesin 2019, in honour of the late Dr Peter Sutherland SC, in respect of his work in the area of EU student mobility and his wider range of EU-related interests and experience. It will be open to competition to doctoral students in any area of European Studies and is valued at €96,000.

This year’s programme of Awards reflects
NUI’s commitment to supporting and
encouraging academic achievement at all levels
throughout the federal university. It will provide fantastic opportunities for students and graduates
for further study or research, whether
in Ireland or overseas.

Dr Attracta Halpin,
NUI Registrar


Full details, application forms and regulations for all of the awards on offer can be found on the 2019 NUI Awards Pageor on social media at #NUIAwards19

Further information contact:
The Registrar,
National University of Ireland,
49 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2, D02 V583.
T:    353 (0)1 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq
Facebook: National University of Ireland


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NEWS: NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot)

Closing date: 31 January 2019

NUI has launched an exciting range of new grants to support Early Career Academics to engage in international conference or symposium organisation, participation and networking. These grants are valued from €1-5,000 and seek to support ECAs at both the early and the more advanced stages of international conference/symposium organisation and participation. The grants are open to graduates of doctoral status, from any discipline and interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. The closing date for applications to the scheme is 31 January 2019.

Full details of the scheme including the information sheet, application form and regulations on the post-doc awards page of the NUI website at: .

Information sheet: NUI Grant Scheme for ECAs.

As it is a new scheme NUI are more than happy to talk through applicants’ proposed events/plans and offer guidance where needed. Contact

NUI will launch a full range of awards in January 2019, including a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in the Sciences, Travelling Studentships for doctoral students in all disciplines and more! Application forms and information will be available on the NUI website from early January at


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CFP: Time/ Le temps, Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris, 8–10 July

Closing date for proposals: 30 November 2018

CFP: Time/ Le temps
Symposium of the International Medieval Society, Paris
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EVENT: Science and Medicine in the Insular Middle Ages, QUB, 7 Dec 2018

Science and Medicine in the Insular Middle Ages,
Queen’s University Belfast,
7th December 2018

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Events: Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick, autumn seminars & lectures


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