CFP: “MARGINALIA,” Digital Diplomatics, SCSC; and Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Palaeography

20 February 2011: paper proposals for “MARGINALIA” (graduate)

1 March 2011: applications for the Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography at Harry Ransom Center

1 April 2011: paper proposals for Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC)

15 May 2011: paper proposals for Digital Diplomatics

SEE ALSO: other Calls For Papers c/o ERS.

“MARGINALIA”, an interdisciplinary graduate journal of the Middle Ages, invites submissions for its 2011 Issue on the theme of “Taste”.

Suggestions for topics include, but are not limited to:

the liturgical: ‘gustate et videte’, ‘O taste and see’
connotations of ‘sapere’ in Latin: ‘to taste of’, ‘to resemble’ ‘to be inspired by’ and ‘to exercise discernment’
extremes: starvation, gluttony and their moral implications
medieval aesthetics
vicissitudes: sweetness and bitterness
conspicuous consumption and material culture
Eve and the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
feasting and fasting
applications of sociological analyses of taste, e.g. the work of Pierre Bourdieu

We invite submissions in the form of long articles (approximately 5,000 words) and shorter Notes and Queries style articles (approximately 1,000 words). Please see our website for further details.

Proposals for papers should be sent via email, no later than 20th February 2010, to We will be happy to answer queries before the deadline.

The editors of Marginalia are graduate students, advised by a board of academics, from the University of Cambridge.


Call for Applications for Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish
Paleography at Harry Ransom Center

Applications are being accepted by the Harry Ransom Center for the
Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, occurring in Austin
June 6-24, 2011. The institute is an opportunity for scholars to
acquire intensive training in reading late medieval and early modern
manuscripts of Spain and Latin America.

Application materials must be received by Tuesday, March 1, 2011.
Information and forms are available at . Late
applications will not be reviewed.

Manuscripts from the collections of the Ransom Center, a humanities
research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, and
the university’s Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection will be
used to supplement and enrich course content. Attention will also be
given to research tools for using the archives of other manuscript

This institute will enroll 15 participants, and the course will be
conducted in Spanish. First consideration will be given to advanced
graduate students and junior faculty from colleges and universities in
the United States and Canada, but applications will also be accepted
from professional staff from museums and libraries and from
independent scholars. Participants, who must have advanced Spanish
language skills, will receive a stipend to help defray the costs of
housing and travel.

Participants will learn to transcribe a variety of Spanish documentary
and book scripts found in primary sources from Spain and the Americas
in the late medieval and early modern periods, ranging from the 15th
to the 18th centuries.

Dr. Consuelo Varela, of Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos de
Sevilla, will lead the institute. Varela has published extensively on
Christopher Columbus, the early years of the discovery of America and
Spanish voyages across the Pacific. She taught the Summer Institute in
the Spanish and Hispanic-American Archival Sciences at the Newberry
Library in Chicago in 1996 and 2002.

The institute is part of a four-year initiative for vernacular
paleography supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and headquartered at the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Chen.


The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual papers and complete panels for its annual conference, to be held at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct 27-30, 2011.  This hotel (awarded four diamonds by AAA) is in the center of Fort Worth on historic Sundance Square, and is moments away from the museum district, which includes the Kimbell Art Museum, the Museum of American Art, and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth.

The SCSC, founded to promote scholarship on the early modern era (ca. 1450 – ca. 1660), actively encourages the participation of international scholars as well as the integration of younger colleagues into the academic community. We also welcome proposals for roundtables sponsored by scholarly societies that are affiliated with the SCSC.

Abstracts (up to 250 words in length) for papers and sessions may be submitted online at:

If you experience any difficulty with our online submission process or have questions about how to submit a proposal please send an email message to:

The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2011. Within four weeks after the deadline, the Program Committee will notify all those who submitted proposals.

The SCSC, a not-for-profit scholarly organization, receives no governmental or institutional funding. In order to participate in this conference, delegates or their sponsoring institution/organization will need to fund their own travel and lodging expenses in addition to a $155 per delegate registration fee ($93 student fee). The registration fee is used to pay for conference facilities and general events. By paying the conference fee, delegates become members in the SCSC.

The study of medieval legal documents (charters, deeds, instruments …)
makes increasingly use of digital tools. The massive growth of documents
online – as images, as calendars, as texts – and the attempts made to
analyze and discuss diplomatics in the web has motivated us to organize
a second international conference on “Digital Diplomatics”. It will take
place in Naples 29.9.-1.10.2011 and we are looking for proposals. You
can find the full presentation of the conference at

We would like to encourage in particular young scholars and graduate
students to present their ideas and projects on using the new
technologies for studying old documents. Travel grants will be provided.


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