CFP: Early Medieval Practices of Reading and Writing

The Huygens Institute announces a three-day conference in Den Haag, The Netherlands from 3-5 June 2015 entitled ” ‘Namque ego suetus eram hos libros legisse frequenter’: Early Medieval Practices of Reading and Writing”. The conference deals with the subject of books, practices of writing, reading, copying and studying in the early Middle Ages. It is organized by the research project “Marginal Scholarship: The Practice of Learning in the Early Middle Ages (c. 800 – c. 1000)”. We invite papers on the following themes:

1. Practices of annotating
2. The profile of annotating practices
3. Cultures of writing

A selection of the papers from the conference will be collected in an edited volume, to be published in 2016.

We ask you to send us a title and abstract (ca 400-500 words), your contact information and affiliation to The deadline for sending in abstracts is 15 January 2015. You will hear back from us before 15 February 2015 whether your proposal has been accepted. More information can be found on:

The organizers offer to cover your expenses of accommodation. No fee will be asked, lunches will be provided and one conference diner. For your travel expenses we kindly ask you to rely on the budget of your own university or other academic sponsor. If this is a problem, please indicate this in your correspondence with us, so that we can take the possibility of covering your travel expenses as well into consideration.

CEU Summer Courses 2015

The Central European University in Budapest announces its 2015 SUN program ( The course list can be found below. The program poster or specific course flyers can be downloaded from

We invite applications from graduate students, junior or post-doctoral researchers, teachers and professionals in the social sciences and humanities. The general application deadline is February 14, 2015. Financial aid is available for most courses.

Please feel free to forward this email to individuals, listservs, blogs, electronic journals, etc. and/or have a short announcement placed on a relevant web site or social media portal.

2015 Course List

Research-Intensive courses:

* Cities and Science: Urban History and the History of Science in the Study of Early Modern and Modern Europe
* Constitution-building in Africa
* Luminosus Limes: Geographical, Ethnic, Social and Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity
* Moral Phenomenology
* National Identity at the Crossroads
* Ontology and Metaontology
* Performing Romani Identities: Strategy and Critique
* Political Psychology
* Religious Violence in Global Perspective
* The City Uploaded: Urban Intersections of Film and New Media
* Wealth and Poverty in Late Antique Rome

Policy and Training courses

* Alternative Dispute Resolution Summer School
– International Business Negotiation
– Mediation Theory and Skills
* Bridging ICTs and Environment – Innovations in Disaster Risk Management
* Bridging ICTs and Environment – Making Information Talk and Technologies Work for Water Security: Remote Sensing
* Green Industry: Pathways Towards the Industry of the Future
* Innovative Financing for Education: Arguments, Options and Implications
* Leadership and management for Integrity
– LMI – Integrity Building and Closing the Loop: How can we mainstream integrity and feedback in development?
– LMI – SMEs and Social Enterprises: Maximising Success with Integrity
– LMI – Teaching Integrity: Classroom, Campus and Community-Based Integrity Building
* Policy Design and Evaluation: A Course for Civil Servants
* Strategic Human Rights Litigation
* The Precautionary Principle: governance of innovation and innovations in governance

Vacature Universiteit Innsbruck

De Universiteit van Innsbruck heeft een vacature voor een professor in middeleeuwse geschiedenis en historische hulpwetenschappen (contract van 3 jaar, te beginnen op 1 maart 2015). De deadline is 11 December 2014. Meer informatie vindt u hier terug.

Lezing Erasmushuis 11 december

Het Erasmushuis in Brussel organiseert regelmatig activiteiten om de interesse voor  Erasmus’ werken, de Renaissance en de klassieke auteurs te bevorderen.

Op donderdag 11 december organiseert het Erasmushuis, samen met de Fundatio Melissa en de stichting Humanitas Europae, een avond in het teken van de muziek en de Latijnse wereld, naar aanleiding van de publicatie in Franse vertaling van de geschiedenis van de Latijnse literatuur van Michael von Albrecht. Na een museumrondleiding in het Latijn volgt een lezing door Prof. von Albrecht over Ovidius’ Heldinnenbrieven, getiteld “Briseis, critica van het mannelijk geslacht & Ovidius, literatuurcriticus”. Het strijkkwartet CoryFeye sluit de avond af met een kort concert. Het evenement is gratis, mits reservatie.

Meer informatie vindt u op

Extended deadline for registration Winterschool ‘Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge’

The deadline for registration for the Winterschool ‘Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge’ is extended to 10 December 2014. The School’s PhD Students are specially invited to send in an application. External PhD Students (‘buitenpromovendi’) are welcome to apply as well.

  • Date and location: Fri-Sun 20-22 February, 2015, at Leiden University
  • Open to: Research-MA and PhD students registered through the Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek, as well as PhD students from the University of Cambridge
  • Fees: this conference is free of charge
  • Organization: Dr. Erik Kwakkel (Leiden) and Prof. dr. Rosamond McKitterick (Cambridge)
  • Funding: Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek, Groningen.


This conference is devoted to communication and knowledge in the Middle Ages and is aimed at graduate students (both Research-MA and PhD) from all relevant disciplines. Students are invited to submit an abstract for a paper relating to their current research. The theme is defined broadly so as to attract participants with diverse backgrounds. Proposals may cover such topics as transmission channels, material means of communication, manuscripts as objects, textual genres related to communication, oral versus written communication, education, the medieval understanding of (or attitude to) communication and/or knowledge, comparing practices across space or time, etc. The conference aims to be a platform where graduate students can learn about current research in medieval communication (broadly understood), practice their presentation and chairing skills, and exchange ideas with peers from another research culture.

Participants and Papers

The program allows for thirty participants: fifteen Research-MA and seven PhD students affiliated to the Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek, as well as eight PhD students from the University of Cambridge. Regarding the Research-MA students, priority will be given to those enrolled in the Graduate Programme (Special Training Programme) of the Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek. PhD students are invited to give a twenty-minute paper, while MA-students will give shorter papers of ten minutes. The conference will start at 9 am on Friday 20 February and will run to 2 pm on Sunday 22 February. Lunch and dinner will be provided at no charge. Students from the UK are offered three nights of hotel (Thursday, Friday and Saturday night); Dutch participants are expected to find their own accommodation, or make suitable travel arrangements.


Students interested in participating are requested to submit an abstract (in English) of c. 250 words (PDF) to Erik Kwakkel (Dutch students) or Rosamond McKitterick (UK students). In addition, students are asked to submit a one-page letter of motivation (PDF). Selection is based on both your letter and abstract.

New closing date for applications: 10 December 2014.

Contact and Information

Dutch students: Erik Kwakkel (
Cambridge students: Rosamond McKitterick (

Laatste kans om mee te gaan naar Aken!

Op vrijdag 12 december a.s. organiseert de VWM een uitstap naar Aachen, Duitsland. In Aken bezoeken we naast de Dom, het stadhuis en het Centre Charlemagne, ook de kerstmarkt. Voor degenen onder jullie die toch nog graag meegaan; er zijn nog vijf plaatsen over in de bus. Aanmelden kan nog bij

De bus vertrekt om 9.00 uur uit Brussel, en zal daar rond 21.00 uur weer terugkomen. De kosten voor het vervoer komen neer op €20 p.p., de toegang voor de Dom en de musea op zo’n €17.