“Collecting Histories,” 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age, Philadelphia, November 6-8, 2014

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year’s symposium highlights the work of the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts by bringing together scholars and digital humanists whose work concerns the study of provenance and the history of collecting pre-modern manuscripts. The life of a manuscript book only just begins when the scribe lays down his pen. What happens from that moment to the present day can reveal a wealth of information about readership and reception across time, about the values of societies, institutions, and individuals who create, conserve, and disperse manuscript collections for a variety of reasons, and about the changing role of manuscripts across time, from simple vehicles of textual transmission to revered objects of collectors’ desires.  The study of provenance is the study of the histories of the book.

For more information and to register online, go to:


AHRC Network ‘Voices and Books 1500-1800,’ Public Workshop, Tuesday 11 November, 2014, British Library

British Library, convenor Dr Arnold Hunt with Prof Jennifer Richards

Location: The Conference Centre at the British Library

How did people read aloud in the past? How do we do that now? And why does it matter that we recover and reflect on this experience? At this workshop we will discuss the many different ways in which the experience of listening to books, past and present, can be recorded and analysed, and the archives we might use, from the British Library’s Sound Archive to The Reading Experience Database. We will also hear and talk with the award-winning poet and radio broadcaster, Professor Sean O’Brien, about writing for listeners.

9.00 Arrival and welcome

9.30 Chris Reid (QMUL): ‘Parliamentary Voices: Speaking and Reporting in the House of Commons, 1750-1800’

10.15 Arnold Hunt (British Library): ‘Reading sermons aloud, 1600-1900’

11.00 Break

11.30 Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham): ‘Speech and Style in Early Modern Drama: lessons from the Shirley Project’

12.30 Buffet Lunch

1.30 Josie Billington (Liverpool): ‘Shared Reading Aloud in Contemporary Practice: The Reader Project’

2.15 Shafquat Towheed (Open University): ‘Recovering readers and listeners 1500-1800 for The Reading Experience Database’

3.00 Break

3.30 Sean O’Brien (Newcastle) will read a selection of his poetry and answer questions about the practice of reading poetry aloud

4.30 Concluding remarks.

This event is free and open to anyone who would like to come. If you are interested in attending, however, please contact the Network Co-ordinator: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. (N.B. places may be limited and you will be asked for a deposit, to be returned)

We have bursaries for unsalaried ECRs (within 2 years of PhD) and PhD students to cover some of the cost of travel / accommodation to attend a workshop. If you would like this support please send a short statement about how attendance at one of the workshops would benefit your research to the Network Co-ordinator: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. *DEADLINE FOR BURSARIES FOR THIS WORKSHOP: 5PM ON 31st OCTOBER 2014*

Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, February 19-21, 2015 at the University of Florida

Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes, North America’s largest graduate student conference for medieval studies, has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across the disciplines. Every conference features thirty papers on any aspect of medieval studies, allowing for exciting interdisciplinary conversation and the creation of new professional relationships between future colleagues. Vagantes travels to a new university every year, highlighting the unique resources of the host institution through keynote lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Out of consideration for graduate students’ limited budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee.

The 2015 conference will feature exciting keynotes. Dr. Linda Neagley, of Rice University, will open the conference with: ‘Architectural counterpoint: Juxtaposition & opposition as a visual strategy in the Late Middle Ages.’ Dr. Nina Caputo of the University of Florida will close with a discussion of the unique challenge of transforming medieval history into a graphic novel. The conference will also feature an exhibition of medieval bestiaries: ‘The Beast in the Book,’ presented by Dr. Rebecca Jefferson of the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, and a roundtable session with University of Florida faculty on teaching the middle ages from a global perspective.

For more info go to: http://vagantesconference.org/

Mid-America Medieval Association, 2015 Annual Conference , The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, February 28, 2015

Theme: Collectivity and Exchange
Keynote Address: Dr. Pamela Sheingorn


Medieval Academy of America, Annual Meeting, 12-14 March 2015, University of Notre Dame

Contact: Roberta Baranowski (rbaranow@nd.edu)

Click here for the Call for Papers.

The Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 26-28 March 2015, Berlin

Online registration and rates will be available in the fall.


Shakespeare Association of America, 43rd Annual Meeting, 1-4 April 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia

This year’s seminar and workshop registrations open on 1 June, when they are announced in the SAA’s June Bulletin. Conference registration opens on 1 January, when the schedule of events is announced in the SAA’s January Bulletin. To register for the Annual Meeting, you must be a member in good standing of the Shakespeare Association. Registration reserves your place at the Annual Reception on the Thursday evening of conference week, the Annual Luncheon on Friday, and other meeting activities.

The conference registration deadline is 1 March 2015.


Kalamazoo, May 14-17, 2015

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.


Early Book Society Conference 2015: Telling Tales: MSS, Books and the Making of Narrative, 1350 to 1550, July 2-5, 2025, Oxford

The next biennial conference of the EBS will take placeat the University of Oxford, England, from lunchtime on Thursday 2 July to mid afternoon on Saturday 5 July, 2015.  For enquiries, contact Daniel Wakelin on daniel.wakelin@ell.ox.ac.uk.

The Twenty-second International Medieval Congress in Leeds, 6-9 July 2015. 

The 2015 theme is ‘Reform and Renewal’. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience.

For more info go here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125137/international_medieval_congress

Biennial London Chaucer Conference: Science, Magic and Technology,  10-12 July 2015

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, London


The International Christopher Marlowe, University of Exeter
7th – 8th September 2015

Much current and historical scholarship has tended to consider Marlowe’s plays, poems and translations from an English cultural and literary perspective. With one or two exceptions, his connections to the thought and literature of non-English cultures have been less thoroughly explored, even as scholars have begun to examine the highly cosmopolitan, multi-lingual character of English literary production and consumption during the 1580s and 1590s.  To what extent was Marlowe an ‘international’ writer? In what ways did his work absorb, respond to, imitate or challenge literary, dramatic and intellectual trends in France, Spain, Italy, the Holy Roman Empire, the Netherlands, Turkey or further afield? What role, if any, has the reception of his work played in non-English-speaking cultures?