Special Programs:

Special one-time programs are organized by application due date.  See below for recurring or ongoing programs.


“Reading Pleasure, Pleasure Reading: Medieval Approaches to Reading” Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Due: 1 December 2015

Summer School: 23-28 May, 2016

This summer school will explore discourses and strategies of reading and pleasure in the Middle Ages. From what appears to have been a primarily pious, learned, and/or legal use of reading in the early medieval period, books and texts came to be gradually and increasingly associated with notions of pleasure. On the one hand, different kinds of explicit or implicit pleasure made up literary motifs and became a literary theme; on the other, pleasure came to be thought of – at least by some – as fundamental to reading. This tendency concerns not just narrative fiction and poetry, traditionally associated with reading for pleasure, but also genres such as epistolography and historiography. And patterns turn out surprisingly similar in Persian, Arabic, Byzantine and Western medieval environments.

In theory as in practice, pleasure is easily sought, but equally easily slips out of grasp. The aim of the summer school is to engage with and develop specific approaches that will enable us to discuss medieval developments – of great importance for later premodern and modern literary thinking – across the time gap, but also across the spatial gap between east and west. Some possible themes include Persian, Arabic, Byzantine and Western literature; Middle Ages; reading and storytelling; translations; romance; drama; poetry; letters; chronography; court culture; book history; illuminations; gender studies.

The summer school is open to PhD students of medieval history, linguistics, literature and philology. In addition to working in their research with texts in at least two medieval languages, students will be expected to read English and either French or German. Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Your application should include an abstract of your current research (no more than one side of A4, single spaced) and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to the summer school and what you hope to gain from participating (no more than one side of A4, single spaced). You must also name one referee who will be willing to write in support of your application. Referees of short-listed applicants will be contacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.

For complete information about this program, download this pdf: Reading pleasure

Theatre and Conversion in Early Modern Europe: Spring Research Seminar
University of Michigan, 3-24 May 2016

Due: 15 December 2015

Seminar leaders

Steven Mullaney, Professor of English, University of Michigan. Author, most recently, of The Reformation of Emotions in the Age of Shakespeare (Chicago, 2015), among numerous other publications.

Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, McGill University. Editor of Forms of Association (UMass, 2015) and Shakespeare’s World of Words (Bloomsbury, 2015), and many other books and essays.

The Spring Research Seminar is sponsored by Early Modern Conversions: Cultures, Religions, Cognitive Ecologies (http://earlymodernconversions.com/), which is headquartered at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Ben Jonson’s 1614 play Bartholomew Fair ends with the conversion of a puritan into a playgoer. “Be converted, I pray you,” says the puppet-master Leatherhead to “Rabbi” Zeal-of-the-Land Busy, “and let the play go on.” “Let it go on,” says Busy, “for I am changed, and will become a beholder with you.” At least since Augustine’s denunciation of theatre as a kind of anti-conversion, theatrical play-acting and religious conversion have seemed like mighty opposites. Might there be other ways of thinking about theatre and conversion? How in fact are theatre and conversion related to one another? To what degree are they opposed or even mutually destructive practices, to what degree dynamically interrelated kinds of transformation? In this research seminar, we study theatre, theatricality, and conversion in early modern Europe and its worlds. We make the questions even more challenging by opening up what counts as conversion.

Religious conversion is one kind within a field of interrelated variant forms that includes geopolitical reorientation, material transformation, commercial exchange, literary translation, class and sex change, and human-animal metamorphosis. We ask, how did the theatrical forms of conversion translate the horizon lines of knowledge and experience for early modernity, and how did theatre and theatricality integrate, critique, and enable forms of conversion? Are there aspects of theatricality and performance that depend upon an economy of conversion—actor into role, audience into participants—regardless of, or in addition to, the capacities of theatre to represent moments of conversion on stage? How do Protestant forms of drama compare to the dramas of conversion familiar to the Catholic stages of Spain and the Americas?

The Early Modern Conversions Spring Research Seminar welcomes applications from researchers in any of the disciplines represented in the project (Architecture, Art History, History, History of Consciousness, History of Philosophy and Science, Literary and Theatre Studies, Musicology) and researchers who have in hand projects on theatre, theatricality (including street performances, state and city pageants, kinds of ritual, and so on), and forms of conversion in early modern Europe and its worlds (including the Americas, Africa, the lands of Islam, and the East).

Dissertation-stage PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty (tenure-track and not tenure-track) are invited to apply.

Travel and accommodation will be provided by the Early Modern Conversions Project. At the end of the seminar, participants will participate in the annual team meeting of the Early Modern Conversions Project, in Ann Arbor, May 25-27 2016.

Ann Arbor offers rich resources for study. The Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library is among the top ten largest collections in the United States. Original home of JSTOR, PROQUEST, and other early participants in the digital era of scholarship, the Library is also a member of the Google Book Project and makes many of its bound volumes available through the Haithi Trust system.

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, research proposal (max 5pp) and article-length writing sample to conversions@mcgill.ca by December 15 2015. Two confidential letters of recommendation should be sent to the same address by the same deadline; referees are asked to indicate the name of the candidate in the subject line of their email.


Paleography at St. Gall 2016: SCRIPTO Summer School St. Gallen
St. Gall: 4-9 July 2016

Due: 1 March 2016

The Abbey Library of Saint Gall and the Chair for Mediaeval and Renaissance Latin at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg organize their first Summer School Medieval Writing Culture (V to XV century), which will be hold from 4 till 9 July 2016.

This SCRIPTO Summer School Saint Gall (SSSS) offers an introduction in history, morphology and cultural impact of western script. Sessions will take place in Saint Gall. The number of participants is limited to 10. The application deadline is 1 March 2016. Those applicants accepted to the course will be charged 475€/500CHF.

Further information (including the application form) may be obtained online:www.scripto.mittellatein.phil.fau.de


Ongoing Programs:

Ongoing yearly programs are organized alphabetically.  Since these programs recur, we will leave up programs for which the due date has past.


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

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.

Early Music Besalú, International Course on Medieval Music Performance, July 4-12 2015

The International Course on Medieval Music Performance offers singers and instrumentalists the possibility to study monophonic and polyphonic repertoires composed from the 12th to the 14th centuries. The course masterfully combines rigorous musicological research with a vibrant reconstruction of performance practice.

The main objectives are:

  • The study of different repertoires composed between 1100 and 1350.
  • The interpretation of the different music notational systems that record the repertoires.
  • The study of a historically-informed ways of singing and playing musical instruments that are appropriate for the different repertoires of the course. This includes vocal production, articulation, diction, tuning, and ornamentation.
  • The development of ensemble techniques appropriate to the performance of each repertoire.
  • The production of a concert for the closing of the course (Chant program and Vocal & Instrumental Program).

In 2015, registration for summer courses was open ca. February.  For more info go here.





Folger Institute Programs


Programs for 2015-2016 are now online: http://www.folger.edu/2015-2016-program-offerings

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.

Imroz Summer School


For more information go here

London International Palaeography Summer School (LIPSS)

This year running 15 – 19 June 2015.  Applications currently open in March 2015.

The London Palaeography Summer School is a series of intensive courses in palaeography and manuscript studies, held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London. Courses range from one to two days and are given by experts in their respective fields, from a wide variety of institutions.

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.

Moravian Archives Summer German Script Course 

Registration opens Jan/Feb (?) [The following announcement for a 2nd course received Feb 12, 2015].

Because of the high number of registrations for this year’s German Script Course, the Moravian Archives has decided to offer an additional course in July of 2015. The second course will begin on Tuesday, July 7, and end on Friday, July 17, 2015. (Because of the Fourth of July weekend we will start on Tuesday).

This year, the Moravian Archives is offering its German Script Course for the 46th year. Over the years, more than 400 professors, graduate students, curators, and librarians have taken this course and learned how to read old German handwriting.

After two weeks of intensive studying, practicing and reading, participants will be able to read German manuscripts dating from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. The course includes many texts selected from the extensive holdings of the Moravian Archives. We will also spend considerable time learning to write German Kurrent script, based on contemporary teaching methods.

This is the only course of its kind in the country. The course is taught by Dr. Paul Peucker and Lanie Yaswinski, both experts and experienced instructors in reading and writing German script. This year, Thomas McCullough will join our team as instructor for writing German script.

For more information and registration visit our website: http://www.moravianchurcharchives.org/programs/german-script-course/

Study Method:
The first sessions are devoted to writing the individual letters.
During the morning sessions texts are read within the group with everyone taking turns deciphering the texts.

There are no organized classes during the afternoons. This time is devoted to preparing for the next day’s lessons; most students choose to do their ‘homework’ in groups. Thus the course combines classroom learning, group study and individual preparation. The preparation time in the afternoon will take circa four hours. It is not recommended to plan other activities during the course.

Registration is limited to fifteen students per course.

German scriptIn order to successfully follow the course a good reading ability of modern German is needed; two years of college German or the equivalent has proven to be a minimum. Conversational German ability is not required and prior knowledge of German script is not necessary. All instruction is conducted in English, but we advise students to bring along a quality German-English dictionary.

Course Fee and Accomodation:
The fee for the script course is $765.00 and includes the following instructional materials
* Color reproductions of German texts
* Handouts
* Binder for storing instructional material
* Textbook: Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents by Roger P. Minert (2nd ed., Woods Cross, Utah 2013)
* Coffee, tea during breaks

There are various hotels and guesthouses in the Bethlehem area. In the past, many participants stayed in dormitories at Moravian College (ca. $250.00 for the duration of the course). These basic dormitories are comfortably located within walking distance of the Moravian Archives.

For more information on the dormitories, contact Moravian College (Ann Claussen, claussena@moravian.edu, 610.861.1492).

Course Time and Place:

June 1 – June 12, 2015 (full)
July 7 – July 17, 2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
(no classes on the weekend)
Classes are held in the reading room of the Moravian Archives.
41 W. Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

During the course of the seminar the reading room will be closed to all other researchers. The Archives is located on the north campus of Moravian College.

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.

Texas A&M University Book History Workshop

The fourteenth annual workshop will be May 17-22 2015; the deadline was Feb 16 2015.

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