Saturday, 25 May 2024 Organised by John Butcher (Meran Academy, South Tyrol) together with Oxford Medieval Studies
The workshop is open to all with no attendance fee. The papers will also be livestreamed. Please register your interest by emailing John Butcher; for online attendance, a link will be sent out 24 hours in advance. A selection of the papers and the two guided tours will also later be made available as podcasts.
10.15-13.05 Taylor Institution Library (St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3NA), Room 2. Workshop chaired by Nigel Wilson and Henrike Lähnemann
Chair: Nigel Wilson
10.15-10.20 Welcome – John Butcher
10.20-10.40 Angus Bowie (University of Oxford) – A Homerist on Looking into the Nibelungenlied: Cortés or a Panamanian?
10.40-11.00 John Butcher (Meran Academy) – Henry Fuseli, Homer and the Nibelungenlied
11.00-11.20 Andrea Doda (University of Oxford) – Power and Passion: The Role of Women (and Female Figures) in Homer and the Nibelungenlied
11.20-11.35 Discussion I
Chair: Henrike Lähnemann
11.50-12.10 Joanna Raisbeck (University of Verona) – Between Homer and the Nibelungenlied: Literary and Aesthetic Debates in Heidelberg around 1800
12.10-12.30 Alan Murray (University of Leeds) – Chivalric Warfare and Heroic Combat in the Nibelungenlied
12.30-12.50 Christoph Schmitt-Maaß (University of Oxford) – The Reception of the Nibelungenlied in Eighteenth-century Leipzig
12.50-13.05 Discussion II
14.00-15.00 Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG), Bahari Room – First viewing of Homeric manuscripts with Peter Tóth and Nigel Wilson (no more than twenty participants)
15.00-16.00 Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG), Bahari Room – Second viewing of Homeric manuscripts with Peter Tóth and Nigel Wilson (no more than twenty participants)
16.15-17.30 Taylor Institution Library, Voltaire Room. Guided tour of an exhibition of editions of the Homeric poems and the Nibelungenlied with Mary Boyle (University of Oxford); drinks reception
Image: Johann Heinrich Füssli: Kriemhild mourns Siegfried (1805)
Workshop 3: Victorine and Augustinian Influences in the North-East.
Aula Magna, Stockholm University, 25–26 May 2023.
Hosted by the Stockholm University Centre for Medieval Studies Arranged by Prof. Roger Andersson, Stockholm University and Prof. Samu Niskanen, University of Helsinki. Open to interested subject to availability. Register interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 25 May
SESSION 1: 10:30–12:00
Welcome address and general introduction (Roger Andersson & Samu Niskanen)
Christian Etheridge, National Museum, Stockholm: ”The Abbey of St. Victor and Medieval Science”
Micol Long, University of Padova: ”Mind, Body and the Environment in some Twelfth Century Augustinian Authors From Paris to Scandinavia”
LUNCH: 12:00–13:30 Fakultetsklubben, SU
SESSION 2: 13:30–15:00
Sanna Supponen, University of Helsinki: ”Influence of Victorine Authorities on Magister Mathias’s Alphabetum Disctinccionum”
Biörn Tjällén, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall: ” Hugh of St Victor, Ericus Olai and the Chronica regni Gothorum”
Fredrik Öberg, University of Helsinki: ”Using Saint Augustine as a Way to Legitimize Katarina Ulfsdotter as a Saint”
SESSION 3: 15:30–16:30
Jaakko Tahkokallio University of Helsinki: ‘Victorine texts and St Victor in Sweden. A conspectus of the evidence in the fragments of the National Archives’.
Olle Ferm, Stockholm University: ”Swedish Connections with Paris 1150–1250”
DINNER 19:00 Den Gyldene Freden, Österlånggatan 51, Old Town
Friday 26 May
SESSION 4: 10:00–11:00
Anna Minara Ciardi, Catholic Diocese of Stockholm, Lund University: “Augustinian Movement in the North: Reform or Resistance? The Archdiocese of Lund in the Twelfth Century”
Kurt Villads Jensen, Stockholm University: ”The Victorines and the Danish Flag from Heaven”
LUNCH: 12:30–13:30 Fakultetsklubben, SU
EXHIBITIONS OF MANUSCRIPTS: 14:00–15:00 National Library of Sweden (for speakers)
EXHIBITION OF ALTAR PANELS: 15:30–16:30 The Historical Museum (for speakers)
Monday 6 March 2023 (Week 8), 4.30–6pm, at St Edmund Hall, Pontigny Room
In this workshop, we will be offering voice projection exercises and practical advice for the Medieval Mystery Cycle. All actors and directors interested in taking part are invited to attend! Beyond general exercises, there will also be an opportunity to work out staging constellations on site at St Edmund Hall (as well as an opportunity to enjoy tea and cake).
The workshop will be led by Dr Jim Harris, the Medieval Mystery Cycle’s Master of Ceremonies and Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum. Let us know if you’re able to join us by emailing Michael Angerer, the graduate convenor.
Friday 3 February 2023 (Week 3), 5–6.30pm, at St Edmund Hall, Old Dining Hall
Join this workshop for tips and guidance on how to adapt medieval mystery plays for modern performance, a workshop for directors and actors alike. Whether you have already signed up to this year’s Medieval Mystery Cycle on 22 April 2023 or are interested but still unsure how to put together a play or how to act, all are welcome! The focus of the workshop will be on how to cut a medieval play script down to an accessible version (of up to 20 minutes), but there will also be an opportunity to match actors and directors and to discuss any other practical questions you might have on site at St Edmund Hall – and to enjoy tea and cake!
The workshop will be led by David Wiles, Emeritus Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter and a veteran director of the Oxford Medieval Mystery Cycle. Let us know if you’re interested in joining by emailing Michael Angerer, the graduate convenor.
Meanwhile, we’re still looking for groups to join the Medieval Mystery Cycle: have a look at the original blog post with the sign-up link!
Thursday 3 November, 3-5pm, in New College, Lecture Room 4
We are looking for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are working on a medieval song or lyric text that they would like to discuss in the workshop with Professor Butterfield.
All that is required is to provide an edition of the text of the song or lyric, ideally with a translation and edition of the music (if there is any). The workshop will be an informal opportunity to workshop songs/lyric texts together and benefit from Professor Butterfield’s expertise.
If you would like to contribute a song/lyric, please send your suggestion to email@example.com by Friday 14th October.
You are very welcome to attend the workshop without bringing along a text to discuss. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28th October for catering purposes.
When: 3-6 April 2023 Where: Multiple Locations in Oxford, including the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean and the archive of Balliol College What: In recent years, various terms and concepts have emerged to analyse the phenomena of use and re-use of medieval objects. This workshop will work towards a common terminological and methodological framework, starting with two key approaches: recycling and reframing. An interdisciplinary group of scholars will offer insights into their own research and their respective academic fields in a series of seminars and visits to collections based in Oxford.
Monday, 3 April 17.00-18.45 Opening Keynote Lecture, Weston Library Lecture Theatre 17.00-18.45: Lisa Fagin Davis (Boston, USA): Framing Fragments
Tuesday, 4 April 9.00-10.30 & 11.00-12.30 Weston Library Sessions
14.00-17.00 Paper Panel Session, St Cross Church, Balliol College Archives 14.00-14.30: Catherine Casson (Mancester, UK): Pioneers of Sustainability: Repair, Reuse and Recycling in the Middle Ages and its Relevance for Today 14.30-15.00: Reinhold Reith/Georg Stöger (Salzburg, AT): Materials, Things and Actors in Pre-Industrial Reuse and Recycling 15.00-15.30: David Rundle (Kent, UK): Why would they do that? Binders Choices in Reusing Manuscript and Print ‘Waste’ 16.00-16.30: Orietta Da Rold (Cambridge, UK): Paper Reborn: Collecting and Repurposing Practices by Antiquaries in Late 17th- and 18th-Century England 16.30-17.00: Anna Reynolds (Steffield, UK): The Material and Imaginative Lives of Waste Paper and Waste Parchment in Early Modern England
Wednesday, 5 April 9.00-10.30 & 11.00-12.30 Ashmolean Museum Session with Dr Jim Harris (Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean Museum)
14.00 – 17.00 Paper Panels, Lecture Room 23, Balliol College Main Site 14.00-14.30: Malena Ratzke (Jena, DE): Reframing the Lives of Christ and Mary in Codices of the Speculum humanea salvationis 15.00-15.30: Magdalena Butz (Munich, DE): Reframing “Beichtformulare”: From Paraliturgical Contexts to Middle High German Poetry 16.00-16.30: Stefanie Seeberg: Reuse and Reframing of Textiles in the Middle Ages 16.30-17.00: Juliette Calvarin (Berlin, DE): Looking for Amices: Reused or purpose-made Embroideries of the Holy Face
Thursday, 6 April 9.30-11.00 Paper Panel Session, St Cross Church, Balliol College Archives 9.30-10.00: Alison Ray (Oxford, UK): Veneration and Preservation: the Role of Christ Church Priory Library in the Cult of St Thomas Becket
10.00-10.30: Henry Ravenhall (Cambridge, UK): Studying Cultures of Touch and Use in the Illuminated Manuscripts of the Medieval French Biography of Julius Caesar (Faits des Romains) 10.30-11.00: Katarzyna Kapitan (Oxford, UK): Priceless or Valueless: Fragments in the Arnamagnæan Collection 11.30-13.00 Roundtable Discussion
14.00-15.45 Closing Keynote, Weston Library Theatre 14.00-15.45 Feature it, or hide it? (Kate Rudy, St Andrews, UK)
Keynote Lectures: We are delighted to have Lisa Fagin Davis and Kate Rudy as keynote speakers for our workshop. Both keynote lectures are free, but registration is required. For futher information, please click on the names of the respective keynote speakers.
Convenors: JProf. Dr Julia. von Ditfurth (Faculty of Art History, University of Freiburg); Dr Hannah Ryley (Balliol College, University of Oxford); Carolin Gluchowski, M.A. (New College, University of Oxford) in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, the Bodleian Libraries Oxford, and Balliol College Library.
This event this generously supported by the Oxford Berlin Research Partnership, New College, Balliol College, the Centre for the Study of the Book, the Ashmolean Museum, and the Bodleian Library. We are delighted to collaborate with Henrike Lähnemann, Alexandra Franklin, Andrew Dunning, and Jim Harris.
Image: Bodleian Library MS. Lat. liturg. f. 4, 9r: The prayerbooks of the Cistercian convent of Medingen are an outstanding example for the reworking of manuscripts in the course of late-medieval church reforms.
The Early Text Cultures research network at the University of Oxford is pleased to announce the programme of the workshop Translating Cultures in Contact, which will conclude the seminar series on Textual Cultures in Contact. The event will take place online on Zoom, on Tuesday 5th July, from 9:00 to 16:00 BST (UK time).
The event will explore dynamics of textual and cultural translation in Hellenistic Egypt, the medieval Latin, Greek and Arabic worlds, and Tibet and Mongolia. Please find the programme below; abstracts can be found on our website.
To receive the Zoom link for the event, please register here.
9:00–9.10 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Domenico Giordani, UCL / University of Oxford
9:10–10:20 SESSION I: BYZANTINE TRANSLATIONS OF LATIN
CHAIR: Domenico Giordani, UCL / University of Oxford
1. On the boundaries of philology and history of science: the Greek translation of the Semita Recta
Flavio Bevacqua, Università degli Studi di Padova
2. Translating Saint Jerome into Greek: the Life of Hilarion (BHL 3879)
Anna Lampadaridi, Paris, CNRS (UMR 5189 HiSoMA)
10:20–11:30 FIRST BREAK
11:30–12:30 SESSION II: HELLENISING ANCIENT EGYPT
CHAIR: Jordan Miller, University of Oxford
3. Textual and Historical Observations on Inscribed Foundation Plaques of Hellenistic Egypt
Efstathia Dionysopoulou, Université de Lyon II
4. Untranslatability and the Case of Ptolemaic Priestly Decrees
Participants from all over the world were able to participate thanks to the hybrid conference format, accessible online as well as in person. To allow all participants the same close-up insights into the materiality of the valuable and fragile manuscripts, the workshop opened with a presentation of the manuscript MS. Junius 25. Due to the excellent equipment of the Bodleian Library, it came to life in the expert hands of the curators, who turned the pages and the whole volume as real-time reaction to questions and requests from the audience, who were introduced to the material and linguistic peculiarities of the rare object. The speakers present at Oxford had the chance to consult and discuss the original manuscripts beforehand.
Over the course of further sessions, scholars from different research communities came together and presented their work on linguistics, pragmatics and material studies. Combining different disciplines resulted in a comprehensive survey of the use and characteristics of vernacular in the Early Middle Ages, including Old High German, Old Frisian and Old English. The theoretical insights were put into practice in a Latin-Old High German compline, which demonstrated how the oldest variety of the German language could be brought back to life. For the first time in history, the glosses of the Murbach hymns were set to music, among other Old High German texts read during the service. The workshop was brought to a close with a consultation of further glossed manuscripts of the Bodleian Library (MS. Auct. F. 1. 16, MS. Rawl. C. 697, MS. Canon. Pat. Lat. 57), partly neither digitised nor edited, which put the focus again on the object – the foundation of historical linguistic studies.
The event was designed as a workshop and was intended to allow the participants to interact with each other and develop ideas collectively. Extended breaks were included in which discussions could continue in person as well as online. This opportunity was used by many, despite sessions already overrunning to address all questions. During the sessions, breakout groups allowed smaller groups of participants to share their thoughts before entering the main discussion, enabling equal contributions from listeners and speakers and leading to lively participation.
The interdisciplinary approach to early vernacular and the workshop format worked well, as the high numbers of registrations and intense and vibrant discussions showed. The workshop brought the exciting text and manuscript of the Murbach hymns back into the focus of linguistic research.
We hope to deepen the collaborations established during the event and continue the debates about the status of the vernacular in the Early Middle Ages in future, exploring the interdisciplinary approach further and testing it on other material from the rich collections of Oxford and beyond.
I want to thank all participants and supporters of this workshop, above all the speakers (in order of their presentations): Prof. Dr Daniela Mairhofer (Princeton); Prof. Dr Michael Stolz (Bern); Dr Elke Krotz (Vienna); Dr Matthias Standke (Berlin); Prof. Dr Alderik Blom (Marburg); Dr Helen Gittos (Oxford); Prof. em. Dr Elvira Glaser (Zurich); Prof. Dr Stephan Müller (Vienna).
I also want to thank the team of the Bodleian Libraries, Dr Alexandra Franklin, Dr Matthew Holford and Dr Andrew Dunning; Tom Revell, who produced this event; James Whitbourn, who set the Murbach hymns to music, and the St Edmund Consort, who performed the compline; and Will Thurlwell, Prof. Dr Howard Jones and Prof. Dr Henrike Lähnemann, who supported the workshop in person.
This webinar (17th/18th of February 2022) centres around the Murbach hymns, a Latin hymnal with Old High German interlinear glosses from the ninth century, whose manuscript and textual context will be examined, as well as, on a wider scale, the use and function of vernacular language in the early Middle Ages. The manuscript MS. Junius 25 and other glossed manuscripts from the Bodleian Library will be presented and analysed, giving the audience the opportunity to view these valuable objects up close. In three discussion sessions, the materiality of the manuscripts and their content will be set in context with each other, drawing a connection between the object and its use. The focus will initially be on the texts of MS. Junius 25. In further sessions, the use of vernacular language in different cultural contexts and the emergence and function of (vernacular) glosses will be explored.
PROGRAMME All times are GMT.
Thursday, 17 February 2022
2-3 pm: Meet the Manuscript: MS. Junius 25 and the Murbach Hymnal
In medieval Europe, Jews and Christians put some of the same cultural resources (the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament) to different uses. Stereotypes abound here: Judaism is seen to be preoccupied with ritual pollution, Christianity with moral purity; Judaism is anxious about food, but celebrates marital sex. Christianity has fewer food laws, but many more anxieties about sexual activity—and about the body as a potential source of sin. All of these dichotomic assumptions invite renewed critical scrutiny—especially in a comparative framework—and a re-consideration of the biblical directives both cultures were grappling with.
This workshop brings together expertise from the early, central, and late Middle Ages (respectively, Conrad Leyser, Neta Bodner, and Alice Raw), in conversation with Laura Quick’s expertise in the Hebrew Bible. Participants are invited to read with us to question how the body was treated, even used, as a vehicle for “correct” piety in ways that both differ and intersect across the Middle Ages.