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Vacancy: Project Assistant DMLCS

Applications are invited for the position of Project Assistant for the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources (DMLCS). Fixed Term Contract – 1 Year initially. Part time basis 0.8 FTE.

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News: Print Culture in Early Modern France now available

A limited number of print copies of Print Culture in Early Modern France, eds. Derval Conroy & Jean-Paul Pittion, Irish Journal of French Studies, 2016 are now available (€20).

Table of Contents
Derval Conroy and Jean-Paul Pittion Print Culture in Early Modern France 1

Alain Riffaud, L’Édition du théâtre français au dix-septième siècle: 1630–1690 5

Alain Riffaud, Le Fonds Aspin à la bibliothèque de Trinity College de Dublin, une collection de théâtre français exceptionnelle 23

Jean-Paul Pittion, Un médecin protestant du dix-septième siècle et ses livres: anatomie de la collection Élie Bouhéreau à la Bibliothèque Marsh 35

Catherine Emerson, Reading and Writing History in Sixteenth-Century France:
The Case of La Legende des Flamens (1522) 59

Ruth Whelan, The Paradoxes of Preaching in Print: Seeing and Believing in the Sermons of Jacques Abbadie 87

Carol Baxter, The Transferable Power of Polemic: Antoine Arnauld’s Arrainment of the whole societie of Jesuites in Fraunce (1594) and Anti-Jesuit Sentiment in France and England 107

Véronique Meyer, Les Illustrations de Chauveau, Lepautre et Leclerc pour Les Metamorphoses d’Ovide de Benserade (1676) 133

William Brooks, The Aspin Collection, and the First Edition of Quinault’s Play Les Rivales: An Old Mystery Resurfaces 165

William Brooks, J. Geoffrey Aspin: Bibliophile, Bookseller and Benefactor
of the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin 177

Varia and book reviews have not been included in the print edition. The full issue can be consulted online at

For further details or to procure a copy, please contact Dr Derval Conroy (

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CFP: 2nd Annual Conference on Byzantine & Medieval Studies, 2018

Deadline for abstracts: 1st September 2017

The Byzantinist Society of Cyprus (ΒΕΚ: Βυζαντινολογική Εταιρεία Κύπρου) invites papers to be presented at the Second Conference of Byzantine and Medieval Studies, to be held in Nicosia, Cyprus, between the 12th and 14th of January 2018.

Honorary President: Vassos Karageorghis, Professor Emeritus, University of Cyprus

Keynote Speaker: Holger Klein, Professor, Columbia University

Scholars, researchers and students are encouraged to present their ongoing research, work-in-progress or fieldwork report on any aspect of the history, archaeology, art, architecture, literature, philosophy and religion of Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean during the Byzantine, Medieval and Ottoman periods.

The languages of the conference will be Greek, English, French and German.

Scientific and Organizing Committee:

Nikolas Bakirtzis (Chair), Andreas Foulias, Maria Parani, Stavros Georgiou, Ourania Perdiki,  Doria Nicolaou, Christina Kakkoura, Andriani Georgiou, Efthymia Priki, Rania Michail,  Thomas Costi, Despina Papacharalampous, Maria Skordi.

Paper proposal submission material (see below):

Every paper proposal submission must be accompanied by an abstract between 300 and 500 words summarizing the presented research, report or work-in-progress and indicating its original contribution. Please provide the requested information and submit your abstracts using our online application forms: Paper proposal:

Sessions of up to five papers can be submitted together in the following form by the session organizer.

Session proposal:

Paper proposals will be reviewed based on their abstract and accepted on merit. This review will be anonymous. Notification of paper review will be send by email by the beginning of October, 2017. Papers will be grouped in sessions according to their topic and theme. Each participant may deliver only one paper limited to 20 minutes. Accepted paper abstracts will be published in the conference’s ‘Book of Abstracts’.

Further details may be found here.

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Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature

Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature

Merton College, Oxford

Salary £29,819 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for four years commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be: to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old or Middle English; to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and to teach undergraduates reading English for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford. The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential. The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on eligibility criteria and how to apply. These are available at or from the Sub-Warden’s Secretary, Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD (e-mail: The closing date for applications is 8 June 2017. Interviews will be held in College on 20 June 2017. The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

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Event: Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, 2017 Annual Lecture

UCD Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute
2017 Annual Lecture Continue reading

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Event: 4th Glenstal Abbey History Conference, Limerick

Fourth Glenstal Abbey History Conference,
Glenstal Abbey,
Co. Limerick
30th June – 2nd July Continue reading

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NEWS: SAIMS/The Mediaeval Journal Essay Prize

SAIMS invites entries for its annual Essay Competition, submitted according to the following rules:

1. The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS at

2. A candidate may make only one submission to the competition.

3. The submission must be the candidate’s own work, based on original research, and must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

4. Submissions are welcomed on any topic that falls within the scope of medieval studies.

5. The submission should be in the English language.

6. The word limit is 8,000 words, including notes, bibliography, and any appendices.

7. The text should be double-spaced, and be accompanied by footnotes with short referencing and a full bibliography of works cited, following the guidelines on the TMJ webpage: An abstract of 200 words should preface the main text.

8. The deadline for submissions is 24 March 2017.

9. The essay must be submitted electronically to, in both Word and pdf formats, to arrive by the deadline.

10. The submission must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet and signed declaration; the template for this is available at The candidate’s name should not appear on the submission itself, nor be indicated in any form in the notes.

11. Decisions concerning the Competition lie with the Editors and Editorial Board of The Mediaeval Journal, who can, if they consider there to have been appropriate submissions, award an Essay Prize and in addition declare a proxime accessit. In the unlikely event that, in the judges’ opinion, the material submitted is not of a suitable standard, no prize will be awarded.

12. The value of the Prize is £500.

13. A candidate whose entry is declared proxime accessit will be awarded £100.

14. In addition to the Prize, the winning submission will be published within twelve months in The Mediaeval Journal, subject to the usual editorial procedures of the journal.

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