Special Programs:

Special one-time programs are organized by application due date.

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study 2015 Rome Seminar, “Philology Among the Disciplines,” June 14 to 27, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway
Due:  Friday, January 30th

Junior faculty and advanced graduate students from any discipline, especially anthropology, archaeology, art history, classics, history, law, literature, philosophy, and theology, are eligible. Applicants with an interest in philological methods and their application to topics related to Rome and Italy are especially encouraged to apply. Seminars and lectures will be in English; no Italian language background is necessary. Click here for more information.

Noted international scholars from diverse disciplines will discuss the role and relevance of philology in its relations to archaeology, anthropology, history, art history, classics, law, philosophy, and theology.

The 2015 Rome Seminar will be held in the University of Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway, on Via Ostilia in Rome’s beautiful San Giovanni neighborhood, a short walk from the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and just a few blocks from the Colosseum.

The Italian Studies at Notre Dame Program sponsors this annual Rome Seminar to bring together scholars from around the globe to reflect, discuss, and train on a topic related to Italian studies. This year’s seminar, “Philology Among the Disciplines,” is offered by Notre Dame professors W. Martin Bloomer, Carsten Dutt, and Brad S. Gregory and co-sponsored by Italian Studies at Notre Dame, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

“Metaphysics and the Soul in Thomas Aquinas,” June 19-24, 2015, The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought, The School of Philosophy, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Prof. Stephen L. Brock


This seminar will be a five-day, intensive discussion of St Thomas Aquinas’s account of the nature of the soul, with particular attention paid to the metaphysical principles on which it rests. The sessions will center on Summa Theologiae, I, qq. 75-77, concerning the soul in itself, its essential relation to the body, and its role as the primary principle of vital activity. Participants will also discuss relevant passages from other works of St. Thomas, as well as his historical influences (such as Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine) and some contemporary literature on the topic.

Stephen L. Brock is Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is author of Action & Conduct: Thomas Aquinas and the Theory of Action and has edited numerous collections including Thomas Aquinas and the Object of Metaphysics.


MIDDLE FRENCH PALEOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, Columbia University in the City of New York, JUNE 1-19, 2015

Applications Due: February 2, 2015

This paleography workshop will provide intensive training in the accurate reading, editing, and interpretation of a manuscript in Middle French, in this case a complex and intriguing late-Renaissance compilation of a practical and proto-scientific nature. Participants will gain paleographic skills in middle French as they collaborate on a transcription and translation of this manuscript, making use of new digital tools and methods.
The manuscript, Bibliothèque nationale de France, fr. 640, probably written around 1580 by an anonymous French-speaking craftsperson, covers some 170 fols. with detailed instructions, including first-hand observations and illustrations, for a number of processes that we would now classify as part of fine arts and technology, such as drawing-instruction, pigment-making, metal-coloring, counterfeit gem production, cannon-casting, tree-grafting, land-surveying, a practice of taxidermy to manufacture monstrous composite animals (kittens and bats), making papier mâché masks, and much more. The margins are filled with comments on experiments, an indication that the text was most likely a record of practice. The manuscript thus offers exceptional insight into how natural materials and art objects were made, collected, appreciated, and circulated in the late Renaissance.
The workshop, directed by Prof. Marc H. Smith (École nationale des chartes/École pratique des hautes études) and Prof. Pamela H. Smith (History, Columbia University) is part of a larger interdisciplinary research and pedagogical initiative, The Making and Knowing Project, that aims to support the transcription, translation, annotation, and experimental reconstruction of the technical processes described in the manuscript, with the final goal being the publication of a digital critical edition and English translation of the manuscript.

The three-week course, held on the campus of Columbia University, will begin with general instruction and bibliographical information concerning the historical context of the manuscript, French Renaissance paleography, Middle French, and principles for transcription and translation, as well as instruction in digital methods, such as collaborative editing, annotation and versioning methods. Then, for five days a week, sessions will be devoted to reading, annotating, and translating selected sections of the text in groups.

Up to 15 participants will be enrolled from the U.S. and abroad. The workshop is offered tuition free. Advanced French-language skills are required. First consideration is given to PhD students, but applications will also be accepted from professional staff of libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. The workshop expects to be able to provide some financial support to selected PhD applicants to help defray the costs of travel and accommodation.

Applicants should submit a CV containing names and addresses of two references, no more than three pages explaining their reason for application (including the relevance of the workshop to their dissertation research), and transcripts showing successful completion of coursework or other evidence of competence in the French language. Experience and interest in the digital humanities will be an advantage.

Applications, along with supporting documents, should be emailed to Miriam Pensack (mrp2162@columbia.edu) by February 2, 2015. Inquiries should be directed to the same address. Successful applicants will be notified by February 27th.

Fourteenth annual Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University, scheduled for May 17-22, 2015.

Due: 16 February

Taking place in Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, the Workshop provides an intensive, hands-on introduction to the history of books and printing. Applicants who are accepted into the program and send their deposit before February 23 will receive a $100 registration discount.
This five-day workshop allows participants to create a complete facsimile of an eighteenth-century pamphlet by setting, correcting, and imposing type on an English common press, then printing the book in three octavo formes. The Workshop’s projects extend to other handpress-era technologies, including typecasting, papermaking, bookbinding, and illustration. Together, these projects provide a unique opportunity for book historians, literary scholars, librarians, and students to experience a complement of practices used to create books from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
The Workshop acts as an introduction to book history, providing participants the rare opportunity to learn principles of analytical bibliography through discussion sessions. Topical lectures about book production methods will draw from Cushing Library’s extensive historical collections. Students will also experience hands-on sessions in which they will cast type from molten lead alloy, pull sheets of paper, and cut relief illustrations. The activities of the week are incorporated into the finished project, the pamphlet bound in wrappers of handmade paper, featuring printers’ devices cut by each member of the Workshop.
The Workshop has traditionally attracted scholars, librarians, archivists, students, teachers, and collectors, as well as those pursuing personal interests in book history. Three graduate credit hours are available to students through the Workshop’s partnership with the Department of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas.
To register, find out more, examine a brochure, or see photographs from previous Workshops, please go to: <http://cushing.library.tamu.edu/events/book-history-workshop>, or contact Todd Samuelson at todd.samuelson tamu edu.
Todd Samuelson, Ph.D., C.A.
Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts
Director, Book History Workshop
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Texas A&M University
5000 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843

NEH Summer 2015 Programs

For full list of programs, and more info go here.

The Irish Sea Cultural Province: Crossroads of Medieval Literature and Languages

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 8-July 12 (5 weeks)
Project Director(s): Charles MacQuarrie, Joseph Nagy
Visiting Faculty: Thomas Clancy, Peter Davey, Sioned Davies, Jennifer Kewley-Draskau, Katherine Lowe, J.P. Mallory, Gillian Rudd, Sir David Wilson
Location: Douglas, Isle of Man and Glasgow, Scotland
For more information: (661) 654-2144 http://www.csub.edu/~cmacquarrie/isle_of_man/.

The Materiality of Medieval Manuscripts: Interpretation Through Production

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 15-July 10 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Jonathan Wilcox
Visiting Faculty: Timothy Barrett, Cheryl Jacobsen, Julia Leonard, Jesse Meyer, Sara Sauers
Location: Iowa City, IA
For more information: jonathan-wilcox@uiowa.edu (319) 335-0454 http://www.uiowa.edu/manuscript-materiality.

The Alhambra and Spain’s Islamic Past

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: June 15-July 10 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): D. Fairchild Ruggles, Oscar Vázquez
Visiting Faculty: Antonio Almagro Gorbea, Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Lara Eggleton; José Antonio González Alcantud, Richard Kagan, Mariam Rosser-Owen
Location: Granada, Spain
For more information: neh.alhambra@gmail.com (217) 333-0176 http://neh-alhambra.squarespace.com.

Between Medieval and Modern: Philosophy from 1300 to 1700 Deadline

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: July 6-31 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Robert Pasnau
Location: Deborah Brown, Edwin Curley, Daniel Garber, Peter King, Christia Mercer, Calvin Normore, Alison Simmons
For more information: pasnau@colorado.edu (303) 492-4837 http://www.colorado.edu/p171e2ebce1a/.

Negotiating Identities in the Christian-Jewish-Muslim Mediterranean

Deadline: March 2, 2015
Dates: July 5-August 1 (4 weeks)
Project Director(s): Sharon Kinoshita, Brian Catlos
Visiting Faculty: Thomas Burman, Cecily J. Hilsdale, Marcus Milwright, John Tolan
Location: Barcelona, Spain
For more information: mailbox@mediterraneanseminar.org http://www.barcelonaneh2015.com.

Due: 15 February 2015

The workshop addresses postgraduate students, who are preparing a thesis on any topic related to medieval church architecture between the 9th and 14th century. It aims to be a platform for the discussion of individual research projects and current results. The circle of participants is intended to include art historians and building researchers as well as theologians, historians, archeologists
and architects, in order to enable an interdisciplinary exchange.

At present, new research on medieval church architecture is hardly imaginable without an interdisciplinary approach. In recent years, a multitude of new technological resources were made useful for building research and an increasing number of new methodologies, especially concerning questions of liturgy and spatial use, came to the center of attention – all leading to a wide range of new discoveries. Even if the importance of including diverse approaches has long been recognized, an according platform for young researchers dealing with medieval churches has not been established yet. In consequence, this workshop wants to create a possibility for a free, institutionally independent discourse on current issues of the individual research, in which all participants will contribute their own experience. In addition to the evaluation of research contents, enough space will be given to discuss matter of organization and future career possibilities.

The workshop, which will take place from 04th till 08th of June 2015, is laid-out for the participation of up to fifteen postgraduate students, who will present their PhD projects – or new results, specific questions from these – for discussion. As the workshop is generally open to all interested researchers on postgraduate level, applications in German or English are possible and welcome.

We would kindly ask for the submission of applications until the 15th of February 2015. Applications should comprise of a short curriculum vitae and an abstract/paper proposal including the following:
- PhD topic, a short summary of the main research question, applied methodology
- supervisor and scheduled deadline for the completion
- current progress and issues to be presented/ discussed during the workshop

In order to prepare a fruitful exchange of ideas, all participants will receive the abstracts of the other contributions before the workshop. The final program will be fixed, as soon as the participants are selected. Each contributor will dispose of one hour of time, which can be allocated to the presentation of the topic and the subsequent discussion at his/her own discretion.

Thanks to the generous support of the Elisabeth and Helmut Uhl Foundation, the workshop will be held at their conference house Buchnerhof. The estate is located in the mountains of Alto-Adige/Südtirol, 50 minutes walking distance from Leifers in the Etsch valley. The foundation will organize a transport of the luggage from the train station in Leifers and ensures the highest possible independence of the event through covering the expenses of accommodation and meals. Further information on the foundation can be found here: http://eh-uhl-stiftung.org/.

The organizers will be glad to support participants in organizing their journey (e.g. through carsharing). Travel grants will presumably be available. After the workshop, a field-trip of several day´s duration to the medieval churches of the surroundings (Etsch valley, Vinschgau) is intended, during which the discussion and exchange can be continued and intensified. Expenses for this field trip will have to be covered by the participants and will amount to approx. 35 € per night. Applicants are kindly asked to state in their application, if interested in participating in the field-trip.

Applications should be sent until 15th of February 2015 to:

“The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation,” a Collaborative Research of SOAS University of London, research trips in 2015 and 2016

Due: 15 march 2015

Early Career Collaborative Research Project in Eastern Mediterranean and Levant for Mediaevalists, Byzantinists and researchers into the art and archaeology of the diverse Christian, Muslim, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in this region.

SOAS University of London with funding from the Getty Foundation is launching a new research programme lasting two years that might be of interest to you entitled The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation.

Led by Professor Scott Redford of SOAS University of London, The Art of the Crusades: A Re-Evaluation is aimed at early career academics and higher level research students interested in exploring the possibilities of a new kind of integrationist approach to the art and archaeology of the mediaeval period in the eastern Mediterranean and Levant.

This approach will involve interrogating the material culture of the mediaeval period using diverse academic approaches, and seek to show the connections between the art and other material culture of the different peoples and religious groups of this region at the time.

We are looking for candidates from a wide variety of academic fields. This includes researchers into Crusader art, architecture and archaeology, but also Byzantinists, and researchers into the art and architecture of Islamic, Jewish and other religious and ethnic groups in the Eastern Mediterranean and Levant region during the Middle Ages.

Those taking part will be asked to attend four fully-funded research field trips, two in 2015 and two in 2016, each lasting nine days. These research trips will be to Greece, Israel, Jordan and Turkey and on them participants will attend lectures by international and local experts, visit historical sites of interest and engage in seminars aimed at formulating a new way of looking at this kind of material from an integrationist perspective.

We are particularly keen to encourage researchers based in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, or with strong connections to it, to apply.

All air fares, accommodation and meals on the research trips will be paid for, and we welcome applications now for the first of these trips, to Turkey, in November 2015.

Further information and an application form can be found on the SOAS website at:

Further Information: www.soas.ac.uk/artofthecrusades

Application Form: http://www.jotformeu.com/form/50121286584352

Deadline for Applications: 15 March 2015. Spaces are limited and so early application is strongly advised.

Ongoing Programs:

Ongoing yearly programs are organized alphabetically.

Deadline: January 15

The Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens announces the 2015 summer session focused on the teaching of Medieval Greek.

Founded in 1881, the American School is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of ancient and post-classical studies. One of the two major research libraries of the School, the Gennadius Library, which houses over 120,000 volumes and archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization, and will offer a month-long Summer Session for Medieval Greek at the Intermediate Level from June 30 to July 29, 2015. The objective is to familiarize students who have a sound foundation in Classical Greek with Medieval Greek language and philology by exposing them to primary sources, different kinds of literary genres, paleography and epigraphy as well as bibliographic and electronic tools, drawing on the resources of the Gennadius Library. The two Professors leading the session are Professor Alexander Alexakis, University of Ioannina and Professor Eustratios Papaioannou, Brown University.

Eligibility:  The program is offered at the intermediate level, and will be geared to twelve qualified students enrolled in a graduate program in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. A minimum of two years of college level Classical Greek (or the equivalent) is required. If there are available slots, college professors in any university worldwide, who have no access to the instruction of Medieval Greek in their home institutions, may also be considered. A diagnostic test (available electronically) may be administered to finalists before the final selection of students is made.

Applications:  Submit online application, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation (one from the academic advisor and one from a Greek language teacher) on the ASCSA web site at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/gennadius_library_summer_session/. Students are required to submit academic transcripts, scanned from the originals issued to the candidate in legible pdf format, as part of the online application. Application fee is US$25.

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr
or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/gennadius/medieval-greek-summer-session
E-mail: application@ascsa.org

The selection results will be announced March 15.

California Rare Book School


California Rare Book School is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field. Founded in 2005, CalRBS is a project of the Department of Information Studies at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. CalRBS is supported by an informal consortium of many of the academic and research libraries and antiquarian booksellers of Southern California.

CARA Summer Programs


CARA members sponsor a number of summer programs in Latin, paleography, manuscript studies, etc. CARA awards full tuition scholarships to students participating in several of these programs; other programs are funded entirely by or jointly with the hosting institution.

CUNY Latin/Greek Institute


The Latin/Greek Institute offers total-immersion programs in Latin or Ancient Greek that enable students to master the material normally covered in two to three years in a single summer. Founded in 1973 as a collaborative effort between Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, the Institute is the most intensive summer language program of its kind. All programs are team-taught by experienced instructors. Hourly rotation of faculty provides for exposure to a variety of approaches, and faculty closely mentor and advise students.

Folger Institute Programs


The Folger Institute is a dedicated center for advanced study and collections-focused research in the humanities at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Institute fosters targeted investigations of the world-class Folger collection. Through its multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural formal programs and residential research fellowships, the Institute gathers knowledge communities and establishes fresh research and teaching agendas for early modern humanities. Its advanced undergraduate program introduces students to rare materials and the research questions that can be explored with those materials.  The Folger Institute helps set the intellectual agenda for early modern humanities. Through their interpretations of primary source materials, its associated scholars bring to light important issues from early modernity that still resonate today.

MAA GSC Mentorship Program


The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America will continue its popular Mentorship Program for 2015 and offer mentorship contacts at the MAA Annual Meeting (12-14 March, University of Notre Dame), Kalamazoo (14-17 May), and Leeds (6-9 July). Due to the organizational demands of the program, it may be necessary to restrict the number of participants, so please sign up early. The call for participants is usually released six to eight weeks ahead of the conference date and is posted online and sent via the listserv. Mentor shortages have been a reality in past years, so if you know faculty attending these conferences, please encourage them to sign up. Any questions or concerns regarding the program may be sent to Vanessa Corcoran (vrosetaylor@gmail.com)

Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography


These summer institutes provide intensive practical training in reading late medieval, Renaissance, and early modern manuscripts in European vernacular hands: English, French, Italian, and Spanish. The institutes emphasize the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of vernacular texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing, depending on the expertise of the instructors and the nature of the historical documents under consideration.

Paideia Institute Programs


The Paideia Institute’s programs, whether online, in the U.S., or in Europe’s most inspiring historical settings, are designed to help participants forge a closer personal relationship with the classics.  Includes: Living Latin in Paris, Living Latin in Rome, Telepaideia: Latin and Greek Online, and Aequora: Latin tutoring at Still Waters in Bushwick.

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto — Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in conjunction with the American Academy in Rome, is proud to offer a new Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies. A complete description of the curriculum, as well as details about eligibility and application, is available from the link below. The venue will alternate between Rome and Toronto.

Next year the Programme will convene at the America Academy in Rome from 8 June to 17 July 2015. The courses to be offered are MSST 1000: Latin Palaeography, taught by the Pontifical Institute’s Leonard E. Boyle Professor of Manuscript Studies, M. Michèle Mulchahey, and a Special Subject, MSST 1004, entitled, “Form and Function: The Medieval Liturgy and its Manuscripts”, offered by our 2015 guest instructor, Prof. Richard Gyug of Fordham University. For further details please see our flyer. The deadline for applications is 30 January 2015.



Rare Book School, University of Virginia


Rare Book School (RBS) provides continuing-education opportunities for students from all disciplines and levels to study the history of written, printed, and born-digital materials with leading scholars and professionals in the field. Founded in 1983, RBS moved to its present home at the University of Virginia in 1992.

 San Gemini Preservation Studies Program


We are now accepting applications for our summer 2015 field school, the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 16th year, dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offering students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy.

Session One (June 1 – 26)
Building Restoration* Revised program
· Restoration of Traditional Masonry Buildings in Italy
· Sketching and Analyzing Historic Buildings
Ceramics Restoration
· Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
· Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation in Italy

Session Two (July 13 – August 7)
Book Bindings Restoration
· Introduction to the Restoration of Book Bindings in Italy
· Workshop on the Restoration of Book Bindings
Paper Restoration
· Introduction to Restoration of Paper in Books and Archival Documents
· Restoration Workshop – Paper in Books and Archival Documents
Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques
· Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy, including Issues of Weathering and Aging
· Painting Workshop – Traditional Painting Methods and Techniques in Italy
Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy
· Restoration in Italy – Issues and Theory
*Field Projects:
· Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
· Analysis of medieval buildings in San Gemini as part of an urban study of the city

Inter-Session Programs (June 27 – July 10):
Restoration of Canvas Support of Paintings (June 29 – July 10)
· An expert workshop dealing with the restoration of canvasses: the structural support of oil paintings. The program includes theoretical classes and practical workshops.
Inter-session Field Trip – Italy (June 28 – July 7)
· A ten day trip visiting Siena, Florence and Rome: places of cultural interest, the urban and historical development of each town, and specialized visits to places of interest to restorers.
Inter-session Field Trip – Athens (check-in Saturday, June 27 – check-out Friday, July 10)
· A twelve day visit of Athens: an exploration of the history of preservation and conservation issues facing the city lead by some of the top Athenian experts in their field.

To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please visit our WEBSITE.

Our courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English.

If you know any students, scholars, or others interested in this type of study, please inform them about our program. We would appreciate it if you could list our program on your organization’s website as an available educational resource.

We have a 2015 flyer that you may wish to post on your department notice board or forward to interested parties. You can print this from our website, on our About Us page. Please let us know if you have any problem printing and we can email you the PDF.  Contact: Polly Withers, Associate Director, San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, pwithers@sg-pres.org.