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Introducing "Beyond Truth: Fiction and (Dis)information in the Early Modern World

By Josh Allen - July 16, 2018 (0 comments)

by the Past & Present editorial team

Past & Present is pleased to be supporting “Beyond Truth: Fiction and (Dis)information in the Early Modern World” at the New College, the University of Oxford between the 17th and 18th September 2018.

Organised by Dr. Emma Claussen, Thomas Goodwin and Luca Zenobi (all at the University of Oxford) this “two-day interdisciplinary conference, seek[s] to explore the boundaries between truth and falsehood in the early modern period, thinking about disinformation, fiction, and power in tandem.”

Featuring twenty papers and two keynote lectures, the programme has now been published; and registration has opened. Full details and further information can be found on the conference website.

In addition to sponsorship from Past & Present this event is also supported by the Royal Historical Society, the Centre for Early Modern Studies at the University of Oxford and the Ludwig Research Fund for the Humanities at New College, Oxford.

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Past & Present is pleased to support this event and others like it. Applications are welcomed from scholars of at all career stages working on all time periods.

Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century: Creative Competition

By Josh Allen - July 2, 2018 (0 comments)

by the Past & Present editorial team

Dr. Laura Eastlake and Dr. Andrew McInnes the organisers of Substance Use and Abuse in the Long Nineteenth Century at Edge Hill University (13th-14th September 2018) have announced a creative competition in the run up to the event.

The competition Your Research in One Image will be judged by a panel led by Stephen Whittle the Principal Manager of The Atkinson Southport, with whom Eastlake and McInnes are collaborating to mount an exhibition related to themes explored in the conference.

Past & Present has been advised that the details of the competition are as follows:

We are inviting submissions of creative works which explore any aspect of nineteenth-century substance use and abuse.

-Photography, painting, digital art, mixed media, posters?

-Still lives of drug paraphernalia?

-Microscopic images of chemical compounds

-Mapping nineteenth-century drug use?

-A sculpture featuring Sherlock Holmes’s 243 types of tobacco ash?

This competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, lecturers and researchers, and members of the public.

Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the conference, 13th – 14th September 2018 at Edge Hill University.

First prize: £100

Deadline for entries: 17th August 2018

Competition entry forms can be downloaded here, along with the terms and conditions and should be returned to substance18@edgehill.ac.uk

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Programme for "Beyond Circulation: The Intellectual and the Material History of the Arab Nahda

By Josh Allen - June 19, 2018 (0 comments)

by Dr. Peter Hill (Christ Church) and Dr. Hussein Omar (Pembroke) University of Oxford (workshop organisers)

‘Beyond Circulation: The Intellectual and the Material in the History of the Arab Nahda’ is an international research workshop to be held at the University of Oxford between 21 and 23 June 2018, organised by Peter Hill and Hussein Omar. It is supported by the University of Oxford via the John Fell OUP Research Fund and the History Faculty’s Sanderson Fund, and by the Past & Present Society via a conference grant.

The Arab ‘Awakening’ or Nahda of the long nineteenth century has been the object of a growing number of new histories. In these recent works, the Nahda has been regarded as the paradigmatic moment of social transformation, as Middle Eastern society was brought into ever more intense contact with expanding European imperialism and global capitalism. Yet this rich and emergent historiography has tended to be methodologically divided: with those who primarily examine the material – or how the region was integrated into the capitalist world-system – and those who predominantly examine the cultural-intellectual – or attempts to reconcile modernity with tradition – remaining unreconciled.

This three-day workshop, leading to a special issue of a journal, will explore the relationship between the material and the intellectual in the history of the Arab world in the long nineteenth century. We will invite speakers working on a range of areas within the history of this period: the translation and circulation of texts; education and cultural institutions; property, law and land tenure; famine, war and violence.

Please see here for the programme and registration details.

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Past & Present is pleased to support this event and others like it. Applications are welcomed from scholars of at all career stages working on all time periods. The event’s other sponsor are the OUP’s John Fell Fund and the History Department of the University of Oxford’s Sanderson Grant scheme.

Introducing Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

By Josh Allen - June 14, 2018 (0 comments)

from Dr. Alison Hudson (British Library)

Showcasing the latest research on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

To coincide with the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, the Library is holding a two-day international conference with papers by leading scholars in the fields of history, literature and art history. This will be followed by a one-day symposium for early career researchers on 15 December.

These multidisciplinary, international events will re-evaluate the roles and uses of writing, manuscripts and inscribed objects in early medieval England and beyond, during a period when uses of writing and writing technologies changed and expanded considerably. Papers will cover libraries and readers, objects inscribed in runes, highly illuminated manuscripts, literary manuscripts and documentary writing up to Domesday Book. The papers will place the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in wider geographical, cultural and political contexts. The conference will begin with a keynote lecture on ‘The European context of manuscript illumination in the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, 600–900’, given by Professor Lawrence Nees, and will conclude with a second keynote lecture on ‘Exon Domesday, the English and the Normans’, by Professor Julia Crick.

Patientia talking to other virtues, from the Psychomachia, England, early 11th century, Cotton MS Cleopatra C VIII, f. 4r, copyright the British Library (2018) all rights 

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The conference will also include a private view of the exhibition.

Tickets

Two-day tickets are available for the International Conference only, on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December

Three-day tickets are available for the International Conference on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December and the Early Career Symposium on Saturday 15 December

Keynote speakers

Lawrence Nees, Professor of Medieval Art, University of Delaware
‘The European Context of Manuscript Illumination in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms, 600–900’

Julia Crick, Professor of Palaeography and Manuscript Studies, Kings College London
‘Exon Domesday, the English and the Normans’

Speakers

Sue Brunning, Curator: Early Medieval European Insular Collections, The British Museum
‘Saying Things: Anglo-Saxon Inscribed Objects in the British Museum’

Richard Gameson, Professor of the History of the Book, University of Durham
‘Copying Scripture at Wearmouth-Jarrow’

Helen Gittos, Associate Professor, Colyer-Fergusson Fellow and Tutor in Early Medieval History, University of Oxford
‘Canterbury’s Role in the Dissemination of Liturgical Rites in Later Anglo-Saxon England’

Michael Gullick, Independent Researcher
‘Across the North Sea: Anglo-Saxon Liturgical Manuscripts in Norway and Sweden’

David Johnson, Professor of English, Florida State University
‘The Transmission and Reception of Alfredian ‘Apocrypha’’

Catherine Karkov, Chair of Art History, University of Leeds
’Negotiating Difference in the Wonders of the East’

Simon Keynes, Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Cambridge
‘The Canterbury Letter-Book’

Rosalind Love, Reader in Insular Latin, University of Cambridge
‘Back into Bede’s Library’

Rosamond McKitterick, Professor, Fellow in History and Keeper of Manuscripts and Archives, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
‘Links with Rome and the Franks in the Light of Some Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts’

Bernard Meehan, Trinity Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
‘The Corpus-Otho-Royal / Cambridge-London / Parker-Cotton-Wolsey Gospels’

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, Professor of History NUI–Galway
‘Durham A.II.10 — The Original Lindisfarne Gospels?’

Andy Orchard, Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford
‘The Uniqueness of Beowulf’

Susan Rankin, Professor of Medieval Music, University of Cambridge
’A Fleury Model for Singing at Winchester’

Winfried Rudolf, Professor for Medieval English Language and Literature, University of Göttingen
‘The Return of the Vercelli Book: New Observations on Its Italian Provenance’

Joanna Story, Professor of Early Medieval History, University of Leicester
‘Insular Art and Script in Carolingian Europe’

Francesca Tinti, Ikerbasque Research Professor, University of the Basque Country
‘Anglo-Saxon Travellers and their Books’

Elaine Treharne, Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, Stanford University
‘Post-Conquest Old English Manuscripts from a Distance’

Immo Warntjes, Ussher Assistant Professor in Early Medieval Irish History, Trinity College Dublin
‘Willibrord: Harbinger of the Carolingian Renaissance’

Teresa Webber, University Reader in Palaeography, University of Cambridge
‘The lector and lectio in Anglo-Saxon England’

Jon Wilcox, Professor of English, University of Iowa
‘The Wolf Howls Twice: Wulfstan’s Writing and Scribal Repetition’

A calendar page for December, from a geographical and scientific collection made in England in the mid-11th century: Cotton MS Tiberius B V/1, f. 8v, copyright the British Library (2018) all rights resereved

Speakers at the Early Career Symposium, Saturday 15 December

Colleen Curran, Junior Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
‘960 and All That: An Earlier ‘Style’ of English Caroline Minuscule’

Robert Gallagher, Junior Research Fellow, St Cross College, Oxford University
‘Latin Verse and Book Culture in the Age of Æthelstan’

Louise Garner, doctoral candidate, Durham University
‘Underneath the Arches: Pigments in the York Gospels and the Wider Canterbury Context’

Alison Hudson, Project Curator, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, The British Library
‘Laymen, Churchmen and Literacy around the Turn of the First Millennium AD: Multispectral Imaging of Æthelweard’s Chronicle’

Eleanor Jackson, Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts, The British Library
‘Consolation in the Labyrinth: A Picture Poem in Cambridge University Library, MS Kk.3.21’

Rebecca Lawton, doctoral candidate, University of Leicester
‘Papyrus, Performance, Prestige: Examining the Physicality of Papal Letters in Early Anglo-Saxon England’

Esther Lemmerz, doctoral candidate, University of Göttingen
‘Visualising Latin in the In Cena Domini Version in London, British Library, Cotton Faustina MS A IX’

Stephanie McGucken, doctoral candidate, University of Edinburgh
‘The Psychomachia in Late Anglo-Saxon England: Transmission, Adaptation, and Manipulation’

Alexandra Reider, doctoral candidate, Yale University
‘The Search for the Anglo-Saxon Poetic Codex’

Simon Thomson, Research Assistant, Ruhr Universität, Bochum
‘Scribal Interactions: The Communal Making and Remaking of Manuscripts in Late Anglo-Saxon England’

Jiří Vnouček, doctoral candidate, University of York
’The Parchment of Codex Amiatinus and Ceolfrith’s Bibles’

Christine Voth, Dorothea Schlözer Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Göttingen
‘Intellectual Professionals in Anglo-Saxon England: A Case Study of the Medical Manuscript London, British Library, Royal 12 D XVII’

The conference will also include a private view of the exhibition.

Tickets

Two-day tickets are available for the International Conference only, on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December.

Three-day tickets are available for the International Conference on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 December and the Early Career Symposium on Saturday 15 December.

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Past & Present is pleased to support this event and others like it. Applications are welcomed from scholars of at all career stages working on all time periods. Other sponsors aside from the hosting institution are The Polonsky Foundation, Patrick Donovan, The Association for Manuscript and Archive Collections.

Jamie Kreiner Wins Wayne D. Rassmussen Award

By Josh Allen - June 11, 2018 (0 comments)

by the Past & Present editorial team

We were delighted to hear that Dr. Jamie Kreiner (University of Georgia) recently was awarded the Agricultural History Society’s Wayne D. Rasmussen Award. Dr. Kreiner received the award for her article “Pigs in the Flesh and Fisc: An Early Medieval Ecology” which was published in Past & Present last summer (No. 236, pp. 3-42).

The Agricultural History Society awards the Wayne D. Rasmussen prize annually “for the best article on agricultural history published outside [the Society’s own] journal Agricultural History in the preceding twelve months. In addition to the honour of the prize, recipients are granted a year’s membership of the Society, free registration at their annual conference and two hundred US Dollars in cash.

In recognition of Dr. Kreiner’s achievement and to ensure the widest possible readership for her award winning research, out publishers OUP Academic have made “Pigs in the Flesh and Fisc” free to access until 29th June 2018.

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It also offers our web editor an excuse once again to share “The Pig[er] Picture” Dr. Kreiner’s blog post about her research which he considers “amongst the most exuberant things [he] has ever published”.