Medieval Matters: Week 2 TT21

Dear all,

Happy May Day! Fun fact: the first recorded use of maypoles in Britain dates to the 14th century. Meanwhile, in the present day, it’s second week already and the seminar offerings are just getting more numerous. If you want to catch up with what happened last week, here’s the link to Jim Harris’ fabulous OMS Lecture ‘Museum in the Middle’. Anybody interested in writing a post about it or any other Oxford medieval topic for our revamped website medieval.ox.ac.uk, do get in touch! 

Announcements first:

Tomorrow, Tuesday 4 May, from 2-4 pm, the Bodleian will be hosting a special online event on ‘Dante 1481: the Comedia, illustrated by Botticelli’. Gervase Rosser (Oxford), Cristina Dondi (Oxford), and Tabitha Tuckett (UCL) will give talks on Botticelli’s engraved illustrations of the 1481 edition of La Comedia, on the surviving copies, and o the context of the book’s production. Book tickets here.

The Oxford Fantasy podcast is still taking pitches! Our line-up for the term already includes The Silmarillion, interviews with a variety of exciting authors, and explorations of Oxford’s fantasy archives (with visuals), but we want your ideas!

May, with alle thy floures and thy grene, / Welcome be thou, faire fresshe May, / In hope that I som [Trinity Term seminars] gete may’. – Chaucer, The Knight’s Tale, one can only imagine

MONDAY 3 MAY

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm on Zoom. Please register in advance by contacting james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Alessandro Carabia (University of Birmingham), ‘Defining the “Byzantine Variable” in Early Byzantine Italy: The Case of Liguria (500-700 CE)’.
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group meets 1-2 pm on Teams. Improve your Latin, learn palaeographical skills, and engage first-hand with medieval texts by reading reproductions of manuscripts. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The Medieval History Seminar meets at 5 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is José Andres Porras (St Hugh’s), ‘Is Love in One’s Blood? Establishing Solidarities via Common Descent in Late Medieval Thought, 1250-1400’, with respondent David D’Avray (UCL).

TUESDAY 4 MAY

  • The Medieval Book Club meets at 3:30 pm on Google Meet. Contact oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com for the link and to be added to the mailing list. This week’s theme is Urban Legends, featuring Giovanni Villani’s Chronicle.
  • The Early Slavonic Seminar is back this week, meeting at 5 pm on Zoom. Register here. This week’s speaker is Petar Todorov (Institute of National History, Skopje), ‘History as a Source of Conflict Between Nations: Recent Macedonian-Bulgarian Controversies’. 
  • Medieval Church and Culture also makes a triumphant return this week on Teams, on the MCC channel in the OMS Team. The meeting begins at 5 pm and papers start at 5:15. This week’s speakers will be Pilar Bertuzzi Rivett (Lincoln), ‘Ten Names, One God: Exploring Christian-Kabbalistic Affinity in a Christian Hymn of the Twelfth Century’ and Samuel Heywood (St Peter’s), ‘The Finnish Product: Translation and Transmission of Luther’s Hymns in Finland and Sweden’. Special commendation for the pun.
  • Bibitura Dantis Oxoniensis meets at 5:30 pm on Zoom (link here). This week, Katie Bastiman reads Purgatorio 25. 

WEDNESDAY 5 MAY

  • The Medieval German Graduate Seminar meets at 11:15 am on Teams, to continue discussing a variety of short texts.
  • Digital Editions Live returns from 3-5 pm on Teams (join the meeting here). This week’s project features Arnold von Harff’s travel manuscript MS. Bodley 972 presented by four generations of History of the Book students. The editors Eva Neufeind and Agnes Hilger are joined by Mary Boyle, Aysha Strachan and Jasmin Leuchtenberg. Sneak preview on Taylor Editions, including links to several blog posts. The recording of the launch of the fabulous beasts from Merton by Seb Dows-Miller and Julia Walworth is now online on the OMS Youtube channel.
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar, also on Teams, meets at 4:30 pm; contact daniel.wakelin@ell.ox.ac.uk if you need the link. This week’s speaker is Eric Weiskott (Boston College), ‘William Langland’s Apophatic Poetics’.
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar meets at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Christophe Erismann (Vienna), ‘Why Do Methods Change? On the Significance of 815 for Byzantine Thought’.

THURSDAY 6 MAY

  • The Early Text Cultures research cluster is offering another seminar series on Astronomy and Astrology this term, at 3 pm on Zoom. Fill out this Google form to receive the link. This week’s speakers are Yossra Ibrahim (Mainz) and Peter John Williams (Cambridge), discussing ‘Text and Image’ in Egyptian and Hellenistic Greek astronomy.
  • GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) Reading Group meets at 4 pm on Teams. Email john.colley@jesus.ox.ac.uk or jenyth.evans@seh.ox.ac.uk to be added to the list. This week’s reading will be Ovid’s Amores, III.2.1-42, 59-84.
  • The Aquinas Seminar Series continues on the theme of De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person, at 4:30 pm on Zoom. Please register in advance here. This week’s speaker is Fáinche Ryan (Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin), ‘The Role of Intelligence in Good Human Living: Aquinas and the Teachability of Prudentia’.
  • This term’s Celtic Seminar kicks off this week at 5:15 pm on Teams. Contact david.willis@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk if you need the link. This week’s speaker is Amy Mulligan (University of Notre Dame), ‘Moving into Chicago’s “White City”: Race, Celtic Iconography and the Construction of Irishness at the 1893 World’s Fair’.
  • The Medieval Trade Reading Group also returns this week at 7 pm on Teams. To be added to the team and have access to the reading materials, email annabel.hancock@history.ox.ac.uk.

FRIDAY 7 MAY

Doon your observaunce to May, and enjoy the bank holiday!

Medieval Matters: Week 1 TT21

Dear all,

At last, after much anticipation, the new term is finally here! Trinity is beginning with a (very sunny and pleasant) bang; take a look at the intellectual banquet on offer in the booklet (newly updated!) and on our digital calendar.

A few announcements to begin:

First, this term’s Oxford Medieval Studies Lecture will be livestreamed on the OMS YouTube channel tomorrow at 5 pm! Come watch Jim Harris present live from the Ashmolean on ‘Museum in the Middle: Medieval Things in a (Still) Medieval University’ and ask your questions on the live chat. We’ll also be officially launching the revived and revamped medieval.ox.ac.uk website.

Another wonderful conference meriting your attention: Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World, originally scheduled to take place in March 2020, will now be held over Zoom on 13-15 May 2021. This interdisciplinary event explores the reception and transmission of medical knowledge across England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and Scandinavia during the medieval period, and will draw on history, literature, philosophy, science, religion, art, archaeology, and manuscript studies. Plenary lectures include Debby Banham, Guy Geltner, and Charlotte Roberts. Full program and registration details here.

UCL’s Medieval Scandinavia Seminars will run again this term; on 29 April, 5-7 pm, Alisa Valpola-Walker (Cambridge) will speak on ‘Saga and Media-Consciousness in Two Late Fifteenth Century Manuscripts AM 589a-f 4to and AM 586 4to’, and on 27 May, 5-7 pm, Benjamin Allport (Bergen) will offer a paper on a title tbc – details forthcoming. Zoom link for the first seminar here and the second seminar here.

Abusing my position as Communications Officer for an announcement of my own: Oxford Fantasy, the university’s research cluster for fantasy literature, is producing a new series of our popular podcast! Do you have a fantasy author, text, or topic you could talk about accessibly and authoritatively for ten to fifteen minutes? Want to record an audio or video file that will be shared on podcasts.ox.ac.uk, Spotify, and the beloved Great Writers Inspire site? Contact caroline.batten@ell.ox.ac.uk with your pitch. We’re particularly seeking scholars knowledgeable about N. K. Jemisin, Marlon James, and Nnedi Okorafor, but we’re interested in any topic that moves you and encourage a diverse range of fantasy texts and writers. Have a listen to some of our previous material here.

[Seminars], swete [seminars], mi druð, mi derling, mi drihtin, mi healend, mi huniter, mi haliwei. – The Wooing of Our Lord, when properly edited

MONDAY 26 APRIL

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm on Zoom. Please register in advance by contacting james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Katherine Krauss (Somerville), ‘Rereading the “Canon” in Latin Late Antiquity: Exemplarity and Allusion in Macrobius’ Saturnalia’.
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group meets 1-2 pm on Teams. Improve your Latin, learn palaeographical skills, and engage first-hand with medieval texts by reading reproductions of manuscripts. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • At 4 pm we have the Germanic Reading Group on Zoom, which will explore alliterative verse in a different Germanic language each week; this week, Rafael Pascual will lead a session on Old English. To be added to the list, contact howard.jones@sbs.ox.ac.uk.
  • Sign up for Mark Williams’ class on Scottish Gaelic and Modern Irish Poetry, held Mondays at 4:30 pm. Contact mark.williams@ell.ox.ac.uk for locations and links.
  • The Medieval History Seminar meets at 5 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Laurence McKellar (Exeter College), ‘The Language of the Royal Service in Castilian Political Culture, c. 1275-1325’.
  • Old Norse Reading Group continues its journey through Hervarar saga at 5:30 pm on Teams. Email bond.west@lincoln.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list.

TUESDAY 27 APRIL

  • The Medieval Book Club meets at 3:30 pm on Google Meet. Contact oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com for the link. This term’s theme is ‘Medieval Legends’, and Week 1 will kick things off with readings on unicorns!
  • The Medieval French Research Seminar and Medieval Church and Culture Seminar will not meet this week to allow everyone to attend the OMS Lecture at 5 pm.

WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL

  • The Medieval German Graduate Seminar meets at 11:15 am on Teams. This week will be a short organizational meeting, but guest lecturer Annette Gerok-Reiter will speak on the Tübingen SFB ‘Andere Ästhetik’ at 5 pm on Teams. Contact linus.ubl@some.ox.ac.uk for more information.
  • Digital Editions Live, a seminar series presenting palaeographical, book historical, and digital humanities projects developed by MML Masters students, will meet at 3 pm on Teams. (Join the meeting here.) This week, Henrike Lähnemann, Emma Huber, and Andrew Dunning will offer an introduction, before Sebastian Dows-Miller speaks on ‘Re-Awakening Merton’s Beasts (Merton College MS 249)’.
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 4:30 pm (note the new time) on Teams. Contact daniel.wakelin@ell.ox.ac.uk if you need the link. This week’s speaker is Misty Schieberle (University of Kansas), ‘Rewriting Christine de Pizan: Hoccleve, Misogyny, and Manuscript Evidence’.
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar meets at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Przemysław Marciniak (Katowice), ‘Of Fleas and Men: Byzantine Cultural Entomology’. 

THURSDAY 29 APRIL

  • Sign up for David Willis’ class on Middle Welsh Bardic Grammars; contact david.willis@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk for locations and links.
  • GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) Reading Group meets at 4 pm on Teams. Email john.colley@jesus.ox.ac.uk or jenyth.evans@seh.ox.ac.uk to be added to the list. This week’s reading will be Aristophanes, Frogs, 51-82, 180-96, 689-99, 1019-56.
  • The Aquinas Seminar Series continues on the theme of De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person, at 4:30 pm on Zoom. Please register in advance here. This week’s speaker is Rev Dr Nicholas Austin (Campion Hall), ‘The Education of the Eye: Aquinas and the Virtue of Right Attention’. 
  • Old English Reading Group soldiers through Bede’s Historia Ecclesiastica at 5:30 pm on Teams. Email eugenia.vorobeva@jesus.ox.ac.uk for more information.

FRIDAY 30 APRIL

Good seminars: swetter þen mildeu o muðe. Have a wonderful week!

Medieval Matters: Booklet and Week 0

Welcome back to Trinity Term! As usual, it’s going to be a splendid term of seminars, events, and reading groups to keep you entertained and informed.

Without further ado, I present this term’s Medieval Booklet. Peruse and enjoy! Please take particular note of this term’s OMS Lecture, given by our own Jim Harris, Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum. Jim will be speaking on ‘Museum in the Middle: Medieval Things in a (Still) Medieval University’ and presenting from the Ashmolean’s collections. You don’t want to miss this, so be sure to hop on the OMS YouTube channel on Tuesday 27 April at 5 pm! The direct link is here.

A few important announcements:

The Invisible East Project is hosting three (3!) amazing events this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday 20 April, at 5 pm on Zoom, will be the book launch for Faḍā’il-i Balkh or the Merits of Balkh, an annotated translation of the oldest surviving history of Balkh in Afghanistan. Register here. On Wednesday 21 April at 5 pm, the Marburg Museum of Religions is holding a special exhibition on the scholar Annemarie Schimmel; the flyer with the QR code to register is attached. And on Thursday 22 April at 5 pm, Oxford’s Arezou Azad will be speaking on ‘The Unheard Voices from Eastern Iran and the Eastern Islamicate World’ as part of the British Institute of Persian Studies’ 2021 webinar series. Register here.

The Bodleian Libraries would like to remind you that Bodleian acquisitions for 2020–21 must be delivered by the end of the financial year in July, and they aim to conclude their orders for the year by mid-May. If you have missed any books in the libraries this year, please complete the purchase request form or contact the relevant subject librarian. The librarians also welcome donations of any titles that the Bodleian does not currently hold.

The upcoming Communities and Networks in Late Medieval Europe (c. 1300-1500) Conference seeks your papers. Hosted at St Catharine’s College Cambridge on 9-10 September, the conference aims to build on and contribute to the expanding field of ‘networks’ research by investigating the internal and external dynamics of communities in the last two centuries of the European Middle Ages. Junior researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral) are especially welcome. Topics include but are not limited to: networks and the development of communities; networks in conflict and conflict resolution; oral and written communication networks; literacy and bureaucratization; development of infrastructure; warfare; possibilities and drawbacks of social network analysis as a methodological approach to medieval studies. Send your 300-word abstracts, along with a short author biography, to commsandnetworks21@gmail.com by 7 June.

Speaking of CfPs, the annual Norse in the North Conference has extended its deadline until 26 April. Durham University will host the conference online on Saturday 12 June, on the theme ‘Transformation and Preservation in Old Norse Studies’. This year’s keynote will be Ármann Jakobsson, ‘Till Undeath Do Us Part: Some Norse Non-Transformations’. Learn more here and email your 300-word abstract to norseinthenorthofficial@gmail.com.

As you will see from the booklet, the Oxford Medieval Book Club wants your input! This friendly and informal group is inviting members of the OMS community to guide the group through readings they’ve discovered on the topic of Medieval Legends in weeks 4-7. Possible topics include but are not limited to folk legends, founding myths, legendary places and creatures, the Grail legend, tall tales, false identities, and imposters. Send your suggestions to oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com.

Go forth, check out the medieval booklet, and get your calendars filled! It looks to be a brilliant term. This time last year we were embarking on our first term in lockdown, our first term of digital seminars. This year has been longer and harder than we were told to expect, but the difference between Trinity Term 2020 and Trinity Term 2021 — the number and range of exciting seminars, the quality, ease, and attendance levels of our online events — is something we should be collectively proud of. And now we can, quite genuinely, look forward to being back in lecture theatres and seminar rooms with one another soon.

Medieval Matters – Pre Term Newsletter

Dear all,

Is it just me, or has the vac flown by? Fortunately, it brings spring in its wake, along with open pubs — a felicitous combination. We’re also approaching a brilliant new term of medieval events!

To that end: please SEND ME YOUR SEMINARS AND EVENTS this week, preferably by *FRIDAY (16 April)*, though I will continue to take announcements sent to me on Saturday and Sunday if you let me know in advance that they’re coming. Thanks to those I have already received! Remember, if you don’t send me your events this week, they won’t be in the booklet when it’s first published on Monday!

Also, a few exciting pre-term announcements!

First: the Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference makes a triumphant virtual return in its seventeenth annual iteration! This year’s theme is ‘Memory’, and the full (and exceptional) programme can be found attached to this email. The conference will run Thursday-Friday 22-23 April, and you can register here.

Oxford will be hosting a brand-new Old Norse graduate conference this summer: Hyggnaþing! The virtual conference will take place on 11 August, and its theme is ‘Transition’. Submit your abstracts of up to 250 words to hyggnathing@gmail.com by 1 May. Topics include but are not limited to: religious conversion, orality and literacy, translation, artistic innovation, manuscript production, gender and queerness, political change, social mobility, and modern adaptation.

Looking for a home for your monograph or edited collection on any aspect of Old English literature and related contexts? Look no further than Brepols’ new series Studies in Old English Literature (SOEL), edited by Daniel Anlezark, Susan Irvine, and Francis Leneghan. Questions and potential submissions can be directed to francis.leneghan@ell.ox.ac.uk.

The Book and the Silk Roads Project has announced several virtual spring events: a two-morning workshop on ‘The Early Illustrated Apollonius of Tyre: Perspectives on the Palimpsest Fragment in Sinai, Arabic NF 8’ on 19-20 April; another two-day workshop on ‘Textiles in Manuscripts’ on 4-5 May; and an IAS webinar ‘Beyond Ethiopia: The Islamic Intellectual History of the Horn of Africa’ on 20 May. Learn more and register at the links above.

Lastly, but very importantly, the OMS Small Grants for Trinity Term 2021 are still accepting applications! Are you running a medieval activity between April and October 2021 that would benefit from £100-250 of support from OMS? You now have until Friday of Week 1 (30 April) to send your grant form to lesley.smith@history.ox.ac.uk. For an idea of the great things you can achieve with an OMS grant, previous winner Nick Pritchard used his grant to produce a new podcast, Medieval Roots, which you can listen to on Spotify! More episodes to follow this spring.

Get ready for a wonderful Trinity Term, and remember: SEND ME YOUR AMAZING EVENTS!

Medieval Matters: Week 9 HT21

Dear all,

You haven’t seen the last of me yet! Every time I sign off on a Week 8 email, a slew of exciting opportunities and events immediately comes to my attention, and so I must bring these delights to your attention as well.

First and foremost: The Oxford Medieval Studies Trinity Term Seminar, long awaited, often imitated but never duplicated, will be on Tuesday of Week 1 (27 April) at 5 pm, live-streamed on the OMS YouTube channel! The speaker will be our very own Jim Harris, Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum, taking us through some of the Ashmolean’s fascinating medieval holdings. Mark your calendars now!

Looking for your vacation Byzantine fix? Look no further than the latest event from the New Critical Approaches to the Byzantine World Network, presenting ‘Our Daily Byzantium: Medieval Heritage, Nation-Building, and Politics in Serbia’, bringing together an international group of historians, art historians, and cultural theorists to discuss cultural heritage and nationalism in Serbia and the wider Balkans. The seminar will be held on 25 March, 4-6 pm, on Zoom. Full details, further reading, and registration here.

Calling all graduate students of Old Norse: the annual Norse in the North Conference, hosted online this year by Durham University on 12 June, has opened its call for papers. The theme is ‘Transformation and Preservation in Old Norse Studies’, with keynote speaker Ármann Jakobsson (Háskoli Íslands). 300-word abstract submissions from postgraduates at any level and discipline are welcome by Friday 16 April. For further details, see their website here.

And another graduate opportunity: Oklahoma State University is hosting a Graduate Workshop on Diversity in the Medieval Middle East. This workshop invites early graduate students (considering their options for research topics) to discuss the place of various forms of diversity in the region and consider topics which cross the communal and linguistic boundaries imposed on premodern history by most graduate education today. The workshop will take place May 17-21, 2021 via Zoom. Masters or early PhD students interested in any part of the Middle East (from Cairo to Samarqand and the Black Sea to Yemen) between the seventh and fifteenth centuries CE are welcome to apply by March 26. Inquiries and applications should be sent to thomas.a.carlson@okstate.edu, and must include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in medieval Middle Eastern diversity and current state of thinking about future research projects (two double-spaced pages maximum), a CV mentioning language skills (two pages maximum) and a current graduate transcript (official or unofficial).

A conference to register for at Fordham University: ‘Medieval French Without Borders’, the 40th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, 20-21 March. This digital conference addresses the multilingual contact zones and social, cultural and literary contexts of exchange in which French featured between the ninth and the sixteenth centuries. For the full program and registration, check out the conference website.

And another: the launch of a new project and the inaugural event of the Medieval World Seminar at Johns Hopkins University, ‘Crusading Things and the Material Outremer: The Account-Inventory of Eudes of Nevers, 1266’, on 26 March, 5:30-7 pm GMT. Project website here, and registration link here.

Closer to home, the Anglo-Norman Reading Group is have an extra session this Friday, the 19th, at their usual time of 5-6:30 pm.

And finally, if you’ve been missing last term’s troubadour content, the Voices from Oxford documentary has been selected for Luchon’s International Film Festival! Read more here.

Until next time!

Medieval Matters: Week 8 HT21

Dear all,

Here we are in Week 8! The last official Monday email of Hilary Term 2021! We made it, mostly intact, to the finish line, and the joys of the Easter vac beckon. Before that, though, we have wonderful seminars for you to enjoy, to sustain you over the break.

A few announcements:

  • The TORCH OMS Small Grants are now accepting Trinity Term applications! Get grants in the region of £100-250 to support your conferences, workshops, and other forms of collaborative research activity that take place between April and October 2021! Use the grant application form and submit to lesley.smith@history.ox.ac.uk by Friday of Week 0 of Trinity.
  • Registration is now open for the Cambridge Colloquium in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic (CCASNC) 2021, a great graduate conference on the languages, literature, history, and material culture of early medieval northern Europe. The conference takes place on 8 May 2021, and registration will be open here until 7 May.
  • A reminder that your applications for the SOAS University of London ‘Medieval Eastern Mediterranean Cities as Places of Artistic Interchange’ are due today by 5 pm. Research students at an advanced stage of their studies and early-career academic researchers and tutors working in historical research institutes (such as archaeology centres, museums, and government and non-governmental agencies dealing with history, art or archaeology) are invited to join a collaborative online learning programme comprising eight seminar discussions taking place between March and May 2021, with £2000 awarded to each participant to be used for research purposes. Full details here.

Wel bið þam þe him seminares seceð, / frofre to læreowes on Oxnaforda, þær us eal seo fæstnung stondeð [It will be well for him who seeks seminars, consolation from teachers in Oxford, where for us all true security stands]. – The Wanderer, undoubtedly

MONDAY 8 MARCH

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm on Teams. To join and for information, please contact james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Paul Ulishney (Christ Church, Oxford), ‘The Hexaemeron Commentaries of Anastasius of Sinai and Jacob of Edessa’.
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group meets at 1 pm on Teams, continuing with Abelard. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The reading group GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) meets at 5 pm on Teams. Email john.colley@ell.ox.ac.uk and jenyth.evans@ell.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list. This week readers will return to Horace’s Ars poetica.
  • The Medieval History Seminar meets on Teams at 5 pm (search for the seminar in Teams with code rmppucs and then click ‘join’). This week’s speaker is Maryanne Kowaleski (Fordham University), ‘Seamen and the Realm: Were Medieval Mariners “Political”?’

TUESDAY 9 MARCH

  • The Late Medieval Seminar meets at 2 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 962 7053 8553, passcode: 078931). This week’s speaker is Neta Bodner (Open University of Israel), ‘“…And he changes into a white shirt and receives his new name”: Changing and Washing of Clothes in Jewish Medieval Religious Ceremonies’.
  • At 3:30 pm on Google Meet  we have the Medieval Book Club (for more information, get in touch at oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com). This week’s theme is Recipes, exploring a variety of texts.
  • The Early Slavonic Seminar meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Kirił Marinow (University of Łódź), ‘Turnovo: Capital of the Second Bulgarian Tsardom’.
  • The Oxford Numismatic Society Seminar will have its Graduate Circus at 5 pm on Teams. Email daniel.etches@new.ox.ac.uk for the link.
  • The Oxford Pre-Modern Middle Eastern History Seminar meets at 5:30 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is AliAydın Karamustafa (Oxford), ‘Tribes, Bandits, and Minstrels: A Shared Popular Culture as a Response to Ottoman and Safavid Power’, with respondent Edmund Herzig (Oxford).

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH

  • The Medieval German Seminar on Arnold von Harff is now finished but from 3-4 pm on Teams, there will be a joint special session with the History of the Book Seminar with a viewing of Oxford’s copy of the travelogue (crocodile and all!), Bodleian Library MS. Bodley 972. Join on teams
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar meets at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speakers are Kristoffel Demoen and Floris Bernard (Ghent), ‘Collected From All Kinds of Places: Building and Exploring a Corpus of Byzantine Book Epigrams’.
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Emily Thornbury (Yale), ‘The Old English Daniel’s Baroque Design’.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Manuscripts reading group will meet at 7 pm on Zoom; email judith.schlanger@orinst.ox.ac.uk for further information.

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

  • The Celtic Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. Contact david.willis@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk for a link. This week’s speaker is Wilson McLeod (University of Edinburgh), ‘The Influence of Wales on Gaelic Language Policy in Scotland’.
  • The OCHJS David Patterson lectures will be held at 6 pm on Zoom. This week’s speaker is Elena Lolli (OCHJS), ‘Scribal Habits and Codicological Features of the Oldest Hebrew Account Book in Italy’. Register here.
  • The Medieval Trade Reading Group meets at 7 pm. To be added to the team and have access to the materials and meetings, email Annabel Hancock at annabel.hancock@history.ox.ac.uk.

FRIDAY 12 MARCH

  • The work in progress workshop Pre-Modern Conversations meets at 11 am on Teams. Email lena.vosding@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for further information.
  • The Seminar in the History of the Book meets at 2:15 pm. To register, email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is William Stoneman (Cambridge, MA) ‘Buying Incunabula at Gimbel Brothers Department Store: A Curious Chapter in the History of American Book Collecting’.

Have wonderful vacations, all. Get some R&R, as the Americans say; revel in the good weather; snag that day-after half-price Easter chocolate; and start looking forward to all of the thrilling seminar events that Trinity has to offer. As always, it’s my honour to fill up your inboxes on a Monday. Until 0th week!

Medieval Matters: Week 7 HT21

Dear all,

Week 7 commences on the Kalends of March! I hope you all got to enjoy the sunshine this weekend; I for one was out in Port Meadow, where I will now remain ensconced for the entirety of the spring. Please address all post to ‘that spot with the good view by Burgess Fields’. I’ll have to arrange for an internet connection, though, because as usual we have an incredible bounty of seminars this week to enjoy.

Some announcements first:

  • Another Oxford Bibliographical Society Lecture, on Thursday 4 March at 5:15 pm on Zoom! Paul W. Nash will be speaking on ‘The Mystery of the Catholicon: Did Gutenberg Invent Stereotyping?’ Contact sarah.cush@lincoln.ox.ac.uk to attend.
  • Henrike Lähnemann will be hosting Joachim Hamm and Michael Rupp from Würzburg talking about their ‘Narragonia Digital’ project during the History of the Book seminar, on Wednesday 3 March, 3-4 pm. The session will explore the European distribution of the early modern bestseller of the ‘Narrenschiff’ in German, Latin, French, and English, and offer some remote viewings of manuscripts. The session will be partly in German, partly in English; all welcome; Teams link here.
  • The IHR Earlier Middle Ages Seminar returns with more spring dates. Wednesday 10 March at 5:30 pm is Leslie Dossey (Loyola), ‘“Why all this zeal about light for a sleeping city?” (Libanius, Orationes 33, 35): The Puzzling Invention of Street Lighting in Late Antiquity’. Register for this first seminar here. Wednesday 24 March at 5:30 pm is Steffen Patzold (Tübingen), ‘Beyond Eigenkirchen: Local Priests and their Churches in the Carolingian World’. Register for this second seminar here.
  • The Early Text Cultures Research Group invites contributions for its online seminar series for Trinity Term 2021! The theme is ‘Astronomy and Astrology in Early Text Cultures’ (topics include but are not limited to: origins, forms, and functions of astronomical and astrological texts; cross-cultural and cross-generic reception of such texts; astronomy as system of cultural symbols; portents and prognostications; constellations, catasterisms, and mythology), and postgraduates and early career researchers working on such themes in any culture can submit informal expressions of interest of no more than 250 words using this Google form by 25 March. Get in touch with earlytextcultures.ox@gmail.com with any queries. 

‘[Seminars] halt he heorte hal, hwet-se þe flesch drehe; as me seið, ‘Ȝef [seminars] nere, heorte tobreke.’ – Ancrene Wisse, which I’m definitely remembering correctly

MONDAY 1 MARCH

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm; to join and for information, contact james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Ewan Short (Cardiff), ‘Imperial Women and Political Legitimacy in Byzantium, 976-1103’. 
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group continues with Scito te ipsum on Teams at 1 pm. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies meets at 2:15 pm on Zoom. Registration required; email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Today’s speaker is Marc Smith (École des chartes), ‘Latin Medieval Writing Models: Contextualizing MS Ashmole 789’.
  • GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) meets at 5 pm on Teams. For info and queries, email john.colley@ell.ox.ac.uk and jenyth.evans@ell.ox.ac.uk. This week continues on with Xenophon’s Anabasis, Book III.
  • The Medieval History Seminar is at 5 pm on Teams (code rmppucs). This week’s speaker is Henry Tann (Balliol), ‘Measure Endures: Merchants in Late Medieval Italy and the Virtue of “Misura”’. 
  • The Old Norse Reading Group meets at 5:30 pm on Teams to plough ahead with Hervarar saga; email bond.west@lincoln.ox.ac.uk for details.

TUESDAY 2 MARCH

  • The Late Medieval Seminar meets at 2 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 962 7053 8553, passcode: 078931). This week’s speaker is Maria Feliciano (Independent Scholar), ‘Iberian Silks for a Mediterranean Market: A Commercial Approach to the Study of Nasrid Textiles’.
  • At 3:30 pm on Google Meet we have the Medieval Book Club (for more information, email oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com). This week’s theme is ‘The Eucharist’, exploring a variety of exciting medieval texts.
  • The Early Slavonic Seminar meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Yulia Mikhailova (New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology), ‘Religion and Warfare in Pre-Mongol Rus’. 
  • The Medieval French Research Seminar meets at 5 pm on Teams, papers commencing 5:15 pm. This week will feature graduate students’ work-in-progress presentations, with speakers Elizabeth Cullinane and Ramani Chandramohan. Email charlotte.cooper@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk for information.
  • The Oxford Pre-Modern Middle Eastern History Seminar is at 5:30 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Neguin Yavari (Columbia/Oxford), on ‘The Language of Politics in Wā’iẓ Kāshifī’s Futuwwatnāma-i sulṭānī’, with respondent Alan Strathern (Oxford).

WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH

  • The Medieval German Seminar, continuing with Arnold von Harff, meets at 11:15 am, with the Graduate Reading Group meeting at 11, on Teams (link here).
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar convenes at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Warren Treadgold (St Louis), ‘George Pachymeres and the Decline of the Restored Byzantine Empire’. 
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Christine Rauer (University of St Andrews), ‘Fontes Anglo-Saxonici: Source Study in the Twenty-First Century’. Email andy.orchard@ell.ox.ac.uk for information.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Manuscripts Reading Group meets at 7 pm on Zoom. Email judith.schlanger@orinst.ox.ac.uk for further information.

THURSDAY 4 MARCH

  • The Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Cristina Alis Raurich (Schola Cantorum, Basel and Universität Würzburg), ‘Flos vernalis and Robertsbridge Intabulation Style: Ornamentation, Diminution, and Intabulation in the 14th Century’.
  • The Old English Reading Group continues with Bede on Teams at 5:30 pm. Email tom.revell@balliol.ox.ac.uk or eugenia.vorobeva@jesus.ox.ac.uk for details.
  • The OCHJS David Patterson lectures continue at 6 pm on Zoom (register here), with this week’s speaker Jodi Eichler-Levine (Lehigh University), ‘Painted Pomegranates and Needlepoint Rabbis: Crafting and Material Religion Among Contemporary Jewish Americans’.

FRIDAY 5 MARCH

  • The Seminar in the History of the Book meets at 2:15 pm. To register, email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Benjamin Wardhaugh (Oxford), ‘Hunting for Readers in Sixteenth-Century Editions of the Works of Euclid’.
  • The Anglo-Norman Reading Group continues with the Life of Godric at 5 pm on Zoom. Contact stephanie.hathaway@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for details.

‘March is the Month of Expectation’, according to Emily Dickinson. I think we can expect good things.

Oxford Medieval Studies, Week 6, HT21

Dear all,

Another Monday, another opportunity to fill your week with exciting medieval events and seminars! In a few weeks we’ll be able to drink coffee outdoors again, so the future looks bright. Remember you can see all medieval events in the booklet here.

A few announcements:

  • The Oxford Bibliographical Society will be hosting a seminar tomorrow, Tuesday 23 February, at 5 pm on Zoom. The speaker is Anna Contadini, on ‘Book Culture in the Arab World: An Illustrated Herbal of the Thirteenth Century’. Contact sarah.cusk@lincoln.ox.ac.uk for the link.
  • DALME (Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe) recently launched its new website on material culture in documentary archives. The website is here.
  • As advertised last week, the History of Domestic Violence seminar will be held today at 2 pm. You can still register here.

Soð bið swicolost, seminares deorost. [Truth is most treacherous, seminars most beloved.] – Old English Maxims II, I’m pretty sure

MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm on Teams. To join and for information, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Stephanie Novasio (University of Birmingham), ‘The Sociology of Graffiti in Late Antiquity’.
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group meets at 1 pm on Teams, continuing with Abelard. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The reading group GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) meets at 5 pm on Teams. Email john.colley@ell.ox.ac.uk and jenyth.evans@ell.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list. This week readers will tackle Horace’s Ars poetica.
  • The Medieval History Seminar meets on Teams at 5 pm (search for the seminar in Teams with code rmppucs and then click ‘join’). This week’s speaker is Marek Jankowiak (Corpus Christi, Oxford), ‘What If Our Chronological Framework is Wrong? Misdated Popes, the Mission to Northumbria, and a Puzzling Merovingian Charter’.

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

  • The Late Medieval Seminar meets at 2 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 962 7053 8553, passcode: 078931). This week’s speaker is Ulinka Rublack (Cambridge), ‘Renaissance Clothes and Colour’.
  • At 3:30 pm on Google Meet  we have the Medieval Book Club (for more information, get in touch at oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com). This week’s theme is Gluttony and Drunkness, getting to grips with Dante’s ever-exciting Inferno VI and Purgatorio XXII.
  • The Early Slavonic Seminar meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Florin Curta (University of Florida), ‘The Early Slavs and their Ethnogenesis in Soviet and Post-Soviet Archaeology’. 
  • The Oxford Pre-Modern Middle Eastern History Seminar meets at 5:30 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Zeynep Yürekli (Oxford), ‘Ottoman Historiography and Topographical Illustration in Manuscripts Attributed to Matrakçı Nasuh’, with respondent Serpil Bağcı (Hacettepe).

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

  • The Medieval German Seminar meets at 11:15 am on Teams, with the graduate reading group meeting at 11, reading Arnold von Harff. Email henrike.laehnemann@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for details.
  • Remember that the In via Dante Network Colloquium (Dante and Conceptions of Space and Architecture) will be held on Zoom at 3 pm. Register here.
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar meets at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Rei Hakamada (Okayama/Oxford), ‘Deification for All: Rethinking the Role of Palamas in the History of Hesychasm’.
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Claudia di Sciacca (University of Udine), ‘Wolfing it Down: the Motif of the Swallowing Dragon in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia’.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Manuscripts reading group will meet at 7 pm on Zoom; email judith.schlanger@orinst.ox.ac.uk for further information. 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

  • The Aquinas Seminar Series (De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person) meets at 4:30 pm on Zoom. This week’s speaker is Rev Prof Vivian Boland, OP (Angelicum), ‘Can Aquinas’ sana doctrina on Learning and Teaching Be Extracted from its Place in sacra doctrina?’ Register here.
  • The Celtic Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. Contact david.willis@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk for a link. This week’s speaker is Paul Widmer (University of Zürich), ‘Socio-Cultural History in the Language Change: Celtic and its Neighbours since the Late Middle Ages’.
  • The OCHJS David Patterson lectures will be held at 6 pm on Zoom. This week’s speaker is Ron Tappy (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), ‘Letters from Tel Zayit: The Hebrew Alphabet Carved in Stone’. Register here.
  • The Medieval Trade Reading Group meets at 7 pm. To be added to the team and have access to the materials and meetings, email Annabel Hancock at annabel.hancock@history.ox.ac.uk.

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

  • The work in progress workshop Pre-Modern Conversations meets at 11 am on Teams. Email lena.vosding@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for further information.
  • The Seminar in the History of the Book meets at 2:15 pm. To register, email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Kanupriya Dhingra (SOAS, University of London), ‘Streets and Serendipity: “Locating” Daryaganj Sunday Patri Kitab Bazar’. 

It’s been a long winter, but spring is on its way. Take an evening walk now that the sun doesn’t set until 5:30! Get a head start on Tesco Easter candy! Dream of the socially distanced picnic you’ll have with someone on 9 March! Just think of all the possibilities.

Medieval Matters: Week 5 HT21

Dear all,

Week 5 already, if you can believe it! Informal straw polls of medievalists suggest time is doing that ‘middle of term thing’ again, where it seems to be moving both very fast and very slowly. Fill up your week and stave off the fifth week blues with our delectable selection of seminars and reading groups. The days are getting longer and lighter, vaccines are proceeding apace, and Scito te ipsum still demands to be read.

A few announcements:

  • The second History of Domestic Violence Seminar will be held on Monday 22 February at 2 pm on Zoom. Once again there will be exciting speakers covering the medieval period, from England to France to Flanders. You can register here, and email Anu Lahtinen (anu.z.lahtinen@helsinki.fi) or Julie Dresvina (juliana.dresvina@history.ox.ac.uk) for further details.
  • For those of you who speak French, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne is hosting a seminar this Thursday, 18 February from 8:30-10:30 am and 12 pm to 5 pm GMT on ‘Lieux monastiques dans le haut Moyen Âge’. Register for the morning here and the afternoon here
  • Our own Simon Gilson (Oxford) will be speaking at University College Cork’s Dante in Ireland Seminar today at 7 pm, on ‘Ingegno in Dante: Ingenuity and Creativity in the Commedia’. Email daragh.oconnell@ucc.ie for the link.
  • Looking for some Shrove Tuesday excitement? Check out the Gregorian Chant Workshop ‘Singing Together, Apart’ tomorrow, Tuesday 16 February, at 5:30 pm, rescheduled from 2 February. Book your tickets here. Deadline for registration is 2 pm today!

‘What is better than wisdom? A good [seminar]. And what is better than a good [seminar]? Nothing.’ – Geoffrey Chaucer, allegedly

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm; to join and for information, contact james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Rachael Helen Banes (University of Birmingham), ‘The Sociology of Graffiti in Late Antiquity’. 
  • At 1 pm we have the Medieval Latin Reading Group on Teams. They’re beginning Peter Abelard’s Scito te ipsum this week. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The Seminar in Palaeography and Manuscript Studies meets at 2:15 pm on Zoom. Registration required; email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Today’s speaker is Adam Whittaker (Birmingham City University), ‘Medieval Music Theory in Bodleian Manuscripts’.
  • GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) meets at 5 pm on Teams. For info, email john.colley@ell.ox.ac.uk and jenyth.evans@ell.ox.ac.uk. This week’s reading is Xenophon’s Anabasis, Book III.
  • The Medieval History Seminar is at 5 pm on Teams (code rmppucs). This week’s speaker is Yusen Yu (Corpus Christi, Oxford), ‘Gold on the Move in Medieval Afro-Eurasia’.
  • The Old Norse Reading Group meets at 5:30 pm on Teams to continue with Hervarar saga; email bond.west@lincoln.ox.ac.uk for details.

TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY

  • The Late Medieval Seminar meets at 2 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 962 7053 8553, passcode: 078931). This week’s speaker is Katherine Wilson (University of Chester), ‘The Fabric of Social Relations: Burgundian Tapestry’. 
  • At 3:30 pm on Google Meet we have the Medieval Book Club (for more information, email oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com). This week’s theme is ‘Fasting and Fame’, and to find out which exciting texts will be discussed, you’ll have to attend!
  • The Early Slavonic Seminar meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Milena Repajić (University of Belgrade), ‘Overcoming the Nation(s): Ways of Approaching the Medieval Balkans’. 
  • The Medieval French Research Seminar meets at 5 pm on Teams, papers commencing 5:15 pm. This week’s speaker is Sarah Bridge, ‘“…et cetera transtulit in anglicum”: Middle English Translations of Nicole Bozon’s Anglo-Norman Lyrics’.
  • The Oxford University Numismatic Society also meets at 5 pm on Teams (email daniel.etches@new.ox.ac.uk for further information). This week’s speaker is Prof. François de Callataÿ (Royal Library of Belgium / École Pratique des Hautes Études), ‘Fontes Inedites Numismaticae Antiquae (FINA): A Website with Already 4,000 Letters Written before 1800 and Dealing with Greek and Roman Coinages’.
  • The Oxford Pre-Modern Middle Eastern History Seminar is at 5:30 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is David Zakarian (Oxford), ‘Redeeming Books: Christian-Muslim Relations through the Colophons of Medieval Armenian Manuscripts’, with respondent Heghnar Watenpaugh (UC Davis). 

WEDNESDAY 18 FEBRUARY

  • The Medieval German Seminar, continuing with Arnold von Harff, meets at 11:15 am, with the Graduate Reading Group meeting at 11, on Teams (link here).
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar convenes at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Dirk Krausmüller (Vienna), ‘Fasting in Eleventh-Century Byzantium: A Crisis of Authority’. 
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Francis Leneghan (Oxford), ‘Everything’s Ending Here: Reading The Death of Edward in its Manuscript Context’.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Manuscripts Reading Group meets at 7 pm on Zoom. Email judith.schlanger@orinst.ox.ac.uk for further information.

THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY

  • The Aquinas Seminar Series ‘De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person’, meets at 4:30 pm (register here). This week’s speaker is Rev Dr David Goodill, OP (Blackfriars, Oxford), ‘Wittgenstein, Training, and Habits’.
  • The Seminar in Medieval and Renaissance Music meets at 5 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Charles M. Atkinson (Ohio State University / Universität Würzburg), ‘On Modulation in Eastern and Western Chant: Techniques, Texts, and Rhetoric’. 
  • The Old English Reading Group continues with Bede on Teams at 5:30 pm. Email tom.revell@balliol.ox.ac.uk or eugenia.vorobeva@jesus.ox.ac.uk for details.
  • The OCHJS David Patterson lectures continue at 6 pm on Zoom (register here), with this week’s speaker Danielle Drori (OCHJS), ‘Benjamin Disraeli in the Hebrew Imagination (1880s-1920s)’.

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY

  • The Seminar in the History of the Book meets at 2:15 pm. To register, email bookcentre@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Alessandro Bianchi (Bodleian Libraries, Oxford), ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Printed Books from the Japanese Mission Press in the Bodleian Collections’.
  • The Anglo-Norman Reading Group continues with the Life of Godric at 5 pm on Zoom. Contact stephanie.hathaway@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for details.

Onwards and upwards! Wishing you all many pancakes this week, if you are pancake-inclined. (I for oen am always pancake-inclined; it’s just nice to have a holiday to validate it.)

Medieval Matters: Week 4 HT21

Dear all,

Another Monday, nearly halfway through term! Feast your eyes upon our offerings. You can see the whole booklet here.

  • The Centre for Manuscript and Text Cultures is having a lunchtime colloquium tomorrow, Tuesday 9 February, at 12:30 pm. The speakers will be Chloé Agar (St Anne’s) and Daniel Gallaher (Balliol) on ‘Clues from Miracles and Visions in Coptic Hagiography: What Can They Tell Us About the Cult of Saints in Egypt?’ and ‘A Journey of the Magi: Intercultural Communication in Medieval Armenia’, respectively. Join the Teams meeting here.
  • The London Society for Medieval Studies, based at the London IHR, is recruiting new members to join its steering committee for the 2021/22 academic year. The LSMS is one of the longest running seminar series at the IHR, organized by postgraduates and early career academics, and they welcome expressions of interest from postgrads and ECRs in any area of medieval studies in any part of the world. They prefer people who can commit to attending fortnightly events in London once we can meet in person again. If you’re interested, send a short biography (~150 words), including details of your previous and current eduction/position and academic interests, to londonsocformedievalstudies@gmail.com. You’re encouraged to get in touch ASAP, and before 30 March.

‘For even he who is most greedy for knowledge can achieve no greater perfection than to be thoroughly aware of his own ignorance in his particular field. The more be known, the more aware he will be of his ignorance [and therefore must attend and enjoy many Oxford seminars].’ – Nicholas of Cusa, who just needed a little help finishing his sentence

MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY

  • The Oxford Byzantine Graduate Seminar meets at 12:30 pm on Teams. To join and for information, please contact the organiser at james.cogbill@worc.ox.ac.uk. This week’s speaker is Flavia Vanni (University of Birmingham), ‘Byzantine Stucco Decoration, 850–1453’.
  • The Medieval Latin Reading Group meets at 1 pm on Teams. Submit your email address here to receive notices.
  • The reading group GLARE (Greek, Latin, and Reception) meets at 5 pm on Teams. Email john.colley@ell.ox.ac.uk and jenyth.evans@ell.ox.ac.uk to be added to the mailing list. This week continues with Cicero’s In Catilinam. 
  • The Medieval History Seminar meets on Teams at 5 pm (search for the seminar in Teams with code rmppucs and then click ‘join’). This week’s speaker is Alex Vukovich, ‘Euphrosyne of Polotsk: Princess of Rus, Traveller to the Holy Land, and the National Saint of Belarus’.

TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY

  • The Late Medieval Seminar meets at 2 pm on Zoom (Meeting ID: 962 7053 8553, passcode: 078931). This week’s speaker is Giogrio Riello (University of Warwick), ‘The Material Regulation of Fashion: Sumptuary Laws in the Medieval and Early Modern World’.
  • At 3:30 pm on Google Meet  we have the Medieval Book Club (for more information, get in touch at oxfordmedievalbookclub@gmail.com). This week’s theme is Food and Farming, reading Robert Grosseteste, Rules of the Household and Estate Management.
  • The Oxford University Numismatic Society meets at 5 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Prof. François de Callatäy (Royal Library of Belguim/École Pratique des Hautes Études), ‘Fontes Inedites Numismaticae Antiquae (FINA): A Website with Already 4,000 Letters Written Before 1800 and Dealing with Greek and Roman Coinages’. Email daniel.etches@new.ox.ac.uk to sign up to the mailing list and receive links.
  • The Oxford Pre-Modern Middle Eastern History Seminar meets at 5:30 pm on Zoom (you can register here). This week’s speaker is Dominic Brookshaw (Oxford) on ‘Beyond the Mystical: How Hafiz’s Poetry Can Help Historians Read Post-Mongol Iran’, with respondent Paul Losensky (Indiana).

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY

  • The Medieval German Seminar meets at 11:15 am on Teams, with the graduate reading group meeting at 11, reading Arnold von Harff. Email henrike.laehnemann@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk for details.
  • The Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar meets at 5 pm on Google Meet (link here). This week’s speaker is Paweł Nowakowski (Warsaw), ‘Why “Galata”? New Epigraphic Evidence on the Toponomastics of a Suburb of Constantinople’.
  • The Medieval English Research Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. This week’s speaker is Eleni Ponirakis (University of Nottingham), ‘Deor: A Dark Satanic Scop’.
  • The Hebrew Bible in Medieval Manuscripts reading group will meet at 7 pm on Zoom; email judith.schlanger@orinst.ox.ac.uk for further information. 

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

  • The Aquinas Seminar Series meets at 4:30 pm on Zoom, on the theme ‘De Magistro: Aquinas and the Education of the Whole Person’. This week’s speaker is Andrea Aldo Robiglio (K U Leuven), ‘Learning Failures and Scholarly Vices’. You can register here.
  • The Celtic Seminar meets at 5:15 pm on Teams. Contact david.willis@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk for a link. This week’s speaker is Michaela Jacques (University of Toronto), ‘Grammatical Pedagogy in Late Medieval Wales’.
  • The OCHJS David Patterson lectures commence at 6 pm on Zoom (register here). This week’s speaker is Blanca Villuendas Sabate (OCHJS), ‘The Cairo Genizah Fragments as Pieces in Intellectual History Jigsaws: The Case of Dream Interpretation.
  • The Medieval Trade Reading Group meets at 7 pm. To be added to the team and have access to the materials and meetings, email Annabel Hancock at annabel.hancock@history.ox.ac.uk.

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Go forth, enjoy the snow, and remember, if you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day properly, you should find a third century Roman emperor to try to convert.

All best wishes,

Caroline