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Event: NUI Irish Historical Research Prize Lecture 2021, UCC

NUI Awards: IHRP Lecture
Boole Basement 1 Lecture Hall
University College Cork

5.30 pm 17 May 2023

In 2021, the National University of Ireland awarded Dr Máirín MacCarron the Irish Historical Research Prize for her monograph, Bede and Time: Computus, Theology and History in the Early Medieval World, published in 2019 by Routledge.

IHRP, first awarded in 1922, 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 evening will also present an opportunity to celebrate other UCC students and graduates who have received NUI awards.

For further detail on NUI Awards and IHRP see:

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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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Event: The impact of war on Ukraine’s viking heritage, 19th Viking Congress, Liverpool

The final session of the 19th Viking Congress will feature Dr Cat Jarman in conversation with Dr Fedir Androshchuk (Director of the National Museum, Ukraine) on Friday 29 July at 11.30am.

They will discuss the impact of War on Ukraine’s Viking Heritage

The event will be live streamed at the link below. All welcome.

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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.

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Employment: Assistant Prof in Irish, TCD

Assistant Professor in Irish
Department of Irish and Celtic Languages
Trinity College Dublin

Closing date: 12 noon on 18 July 2022

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies (SLLCS) warmly welcomes applications for a position of Assistant Professor in Irish based in Department of Irish and Celtic Languages. Successful candidate will join a dynamic team and will be a key member contributing to teaching and research  excellence and innovation.

SLLCS is one of the largest of the twelve Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and has some 80 staff in all, including full time academics, language assistants and lectors, part-time teachers, and professional staff.

School is made up of the Disciplines of French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Irish, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and Slavonic Studies, the Centre for European Studies, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, and the recently established Centre for Global Intercultural Communications and Centre for Forced Migration.

The School enjoys a very high international reputation in its teaching and research and attracts highly qualified and motivated students from Ireland and internationally. Since their inception, it has consistently been ranked in the top 100 Modern Languages Schools in the QS subject rankings. It is currently ranked 59th in the world.

At Trinity, we are committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We are ranked 3rd in the world for gender equality (Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020) and we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze award, recognising our work to advance gender equality. The University is actively pursuing a Silver level award, which it has committed to achieving by 2025. Trinity is committed to supporting the work-life balance and to creating a family-friendly working environment. Trinity welcomes applications from all individuals, including those who may have had non-traditional career paths, those who have taken time out for reasons including family or caring responsibilities, and applicants with disabilities.

Trinity is an equal opportunities employer, and we encourage applications from talented people of all backgrounds to join our staff community.

Post status:  5 year, Tenure Track Contract*

Hours of Post: Hours of work for academic staff are those as prescribed under Public Service Agreements. Please see:

Salary:  Appointment will be made on the Lecturer Salary Scale (109BN) commensurate with qualifications / experience and in line with Public Sector Pay Policy [€36,369 to €88,616 per annum]

How to apply: Applicants should provide the following information when applying for the post:

A cover letter outlining how their experience makes them suitable for the role (1 A4 page max.)

  1. A comprehensive curriculum vitae, including a full list of publications
  2. The names and contact details (i.e. addresses, e-mail, etc.) of three referees
  3. A research plan summarising research to be carried out in the next two years (2 pages max.)
  4. A teaching statement (summarising teaching experience and approach – 2 pages max.


  • Please note that ALL ESSENTIAL requirements MUST be met.
  • Candidates who do not address the application requirements above will not be considered at the short list stage.
  • Candidates should note that the interview process for this appointment may include the delivery of a presentation and may include a test of practical skills.

Please see the Job Description and application information below for this position.

Informal enquiries about this post should be made to Dr Eoin Mac Cárthaigh, Head of Irish and Celtic Languages (

Application queries about this post, please email Frederique Roy-Boulet and include the Competition ID number in the subject heading.

*This position is a Tenure Track position which is 5-years in the first instance. Permanency is subject to satisfying the tenure requirements.

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Employment: Lecturer Medieval History, Oxford

Departmental Lecturer in Medieval History
Faculty of History
Oxford University

Closing date: 12.00 noon on Monday 18th July 2022.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the thriving Medieval History community in the Faculty, and to gain teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although this is primarily a teaching role, you will also conduct independent research, assist in the running of the History School at Wadham College and play an active part in the interdisciplinary College community. The post is intended to cover teaching and administrative duties whilst Dr Matthew Kempshall is on leave. 

You will have research and teaching interests in Medieval History. You will be able to inspire and enthuse students and draw on your own research to inform and augment your teaching.

This is a full-time, fixed term post and is tenable from 1st October 2022 until 30th September 2023 (limited by external funding).

About you

You will hold a completed doctorate in a relevant field, or evidence that a doctorate is close to completion.  You will possess sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge, alongside research and teaching interests, in Medieval History which will enable you to develop course materials and research proposals.  You will have a publication record commensurate with career stage, and familiarity with the existing literature and research in the field of Medieval History.

You will be able to inspire and enthuse students and draw on your own research to inform and augment your teaching.

Application Process 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Dr Matthew Kempshall at; all practical and procedural queries should be sent to our recruitments team: All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence; they will not form part of the selection decision.

We expect to hold interviews on Monday 8th August 2022; overseas candidates will be offered Microsoft Teams interviews.

You will be required to complete a supporting statement, setting out how you meet the selection criteria, curriculum vitae and the names and contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 18th July 2022.

Only applications submitted via our e-recruitment system and received before noon Monday 18th July 2022 can be considered.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity

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Employment: Lecturer in Medieval Irish History, QUB

Lecturer in Medieval Irish History (c.400-c.1500)
School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics
Queen’s University Belfast

Closing date: 22 July 2022

Duration: Permanent
Hours: Full-time
Salary: £37,467 – £51,799 per annum

The School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics (HAPP) at Queen’s University Belfast, is currently seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to the post of Lecturer in Medieval Irish History (c.400-c.1500). The successful applicant will undertake research in line with the School’s research strategy, to teach and supervise at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to contribute to the School’s administration/outreach activity.

The successful candidate must have and your CV/Cover letter (or application form) should clearly demonstrate you have:

  • Primary or higher degree in History or cognate subject
  • PhD in History, or within 6 months of completion
  • Record of publication of high quality research outputs appropriate to stage of career
  • A research focus in medieval Irish history (c. 400-c. 1500)
  • Evidence of effective and innovative teaching at University level appropriate to stage of career, including successful design and delivery of modules
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to the teaching of survey modules including ‘The expansion of medieval Europe’, and to design and deliver specialist courses on the history of medieval Ireland.

Please note the above are not an exhaustive list.

Key Dates

Closing Date: 22/07/2022

Anticipated Interview Date: 11 & 12 August

Further Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to: Dr John Curran (

Information about the School can be found at:  

At Queen’s our people are at the heart of everything we do. As a staff member you will become part of a vibrant organisational culture, which will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your full potential and enhance your career through a continuous focus on learning and development.

We offer an excellent employment package that includes:

  • Great terms & conditions
  • Pension schemes
  • Flexible working by enabling you to design your working week in collaboration with your manager through a blend of remote and office working
  • Family-friendly initiatives
  • Career development opportunities
  • Support for health & mental wellbeing
  • Generous holiday entitlement of 8 weeks a year (made up of 23 days annual leave, 10 closure days and 9 bank holidays)

Further information on our attractive package can be found at:

Queen’s University is committed to promoting equality of opportunity to all. We have created an inclusive culture by establishing staff networks such as iRise (Race) and PRISM (LGBTQ+) which help us progress equality.

We also subscribe to Equality Charter Marks such as the Diversity Charter Mark NI in addition to Athena Swan. For further information on our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, please visit: and  

For further information about the role including the essential and desirable criteria 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

Registration now open at

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News: Óenach Reviews 11 (2021-22)

We would like to thank Professor Clare Downham, Liverpool of University, who very kindly took on the role of Editor of Óenach Reviews in 2019. Clare edited three volumes; the contents of the latest issue may be found below. Clare is now passing the baton back to us (Carrie Griffin and Emer Purcell). As is evident from the range of books, subject matter, and reviewers detailed below, she is leaving our review journal in excellent shape. Many thanks to Clare for her hard work on each issue and behind the scenes.

Óenach Reviews 11 (2021-22)

1. Charlene M. Eska, A Raven’s Battle-Cry: The Limits of Judgment in the Medieval Irish Legal Tract Anfuigell. Medieval Law and its Practice 27. Leiden: Brill, 2019. Reviewed by Jaqueline Bemmer (pp. 1–4)

2. Margaret Coombe, Anne Mouron, and Christiania Whitehead (eds), Saints of North-East England, 600-1500. Medieval Church Studies 29. Brepols: Turnhout, 2017. Reviewed by Helen Birkett (pp. 5–8)

3. Matthias Toplak, Hanne Østhus, and Rudolf Simek (eds), Viking-Age Slavery. Vienna: Fassbaender, 2021. Reviewed by Christian Cooijmans (pp. 9–15)

4. Sabine Heidi Walther, Regina Jucknies, Judith Meurer-Bongardt, and Jens Eike Schnall (eds), Res, Artes et Religio: Essays in Honour of Rudolf Simek. Leeds: Kismet Press, 2021. Reviewed by James Davison (pp. 16–23)

5. Claire Fennell (ed.), A Middle English Statute-Book, part II: Tracts. Middle English Text 57. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2019. Reviewed by Áine Foley (pp. 24–26)

6. Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin XVII. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2019. Reviewed by Stephen Hewer (pp. 27–32)

7. Kathryn L. Smithies, Introducing the Medieval Ass. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2020. Reviewed by Gwendolyne Knight (pp. 33–38)

8. Stephen Morrison and Jean-Jacques Vincensini (eds), The Middle English Kynge Appolyn of Thyre. Middle English Texts 58. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2020. Reviewed by Niamh Pattwell (pp. 39–44)

9. Oisín Plumb, Picts and Britons in the Early Medieval Irish Church: Travels West over the Storm-Swelled Sea. Turnhout: Brepols, 2020. Reviewed by Guto Rhys (pp. 45–52)

10. Francis Young, Athassel Priory and the Cult of St Edmund in medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020. Reviewed by Catherine Swift (pp. 53–60)

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CFP: Filologia Germanica 15 (2023)

Call for Submissions

Deadline for title/abstract: 15 April 2022

Deadline for paper: 31 December 2022):

‘ Meter and Rhythm in Medieval Germanic Texts’


Volume 15 will focus on the themes of meter and rhythm in medieval Germanic texts. As Augustine already pointed out in De musica (3.2.4), although meter and rhythm can be considered to be constituents of medieval verse (ergo omnis versus est rhythmus et metrum), they do not always coincide (non omnis rhythmus etiam metrum). This very concept, reassessed in Beda’s definitions of meter as ratio cum modulatione and rhythm as modulatio sine ratione, finds a possible correlation in the Norse literary figures of the skáld and of the þulr, which are assumed to be differently associated with meter and rhythm, the former for being the holder of the art of versification, the latter for being a performer of mostly catalogue-like texts endowed with a rhythmicity suitable for easy memorization. A stimulating debate has recently arisen on the value and function of the alliterative meter and rhythm, taking up and updating the principles of Sieversian Germanic metrics on the basis of linguistic, literary and codicological theories (Kristján Árnason 1991, Russom 1998 and 2017 2004, Fulk 1992 and 2004, Bredehoft 2005, Bögl 2006, Neidorf et al. [Eds.] 2016, Weiskott 2016, Cornelius 2017, Hench – Estes 2018), rekindling the attention on the relationship between lyrics and music (Everist – Kelly [eds. ] 2018) and extending our gaze to rhyming poetry.

We invite you to submit contributions that fit into this perspective, in order to propose new evidence and / or stimulate a theoretical, linguistic and critical reflection on the nature and function of meter and rhythm in medieval Germanic texts. The volume will focus on different textual genres within poetry and prose production.

Scholars willing to contribute to this volume (which has a planned publication date of Autumn 2023) should send the following information and material to Letizia Vezzosi (, by April 15th 2022:

–        name(s) of the author(s) and title of the essay;

–        a short abstract in Italian, English or German that should not exceed 2,500 characters (spaces included), except bibliography.

Further details available here.

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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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