Martin Fanning from Four Courts Press will be at the International Congress for Medieval Studies this year. He’ll have a huge selection of discounted titles, so be sure to stop by and purchase those valuable additions to your personal library!
THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF IRISH MEDIEVAL STUDIES
AN CUMANN MEIRICEÁNACH UM LÉANN NA MEÁNAOISE ÉIREANNAÍ
Meeting on September 29th 2016, 4pm ET
Meeting called to order 3:05p Central/4:05p Eastern. Present = Brian, Deanna, Máire, Jenny, Jimmy, Kat,Lahney, Lee, Vicky. Notes taken by Máire.
Jimmy Schryver financial report.
Discussion of fees concerning Kalamazoo debt owed to Notre Dame and the printing costs for Eolas. Printing costs = delayed due to VP debate at Longwood, but expected to be roughly same as Volume 7. Many memberships incoming this fall bolster ASIMS income. Appears ASIMS have yet to pay Barry Prize winner or K’zoo Farrell Speaker. Jimmy estimates payment of these debts will reduce current accounts down to several hundred, but JSTOR is meant to pay fees to ASIMS that will bring up balances. Jimmy reminds/requests that those who are owed should get in touch with him; asks for assistance reaching out to Aidan re: Farrell. Jimmy = optimistic that JSTOR will make payments soon.
Notes on Kalamazoo
a. Session 1: Farrell Lecture
Brian reporting on conversation with relevant folks. Elva Johnston agreed and set to speak as Farrell Lecture; Patrick Wadden says he doesn’t usually go to K’zoo but will make exception to be respondent. Needs to be giving paper to receive institutional support so Brian suggests Patrick give 2nd paper on Farrell panel—Vicky/Jenny suggest that Patrick instead give paper on their panel (Brian says any open ASIMS panel if relevant to him). Brian suggests having respondent may not be most important element, but should be ideally someone in ASIMS. Deadline for settling all of this = Saturday, October 1st, but get another 2 weeks after that to sort out issues like second speakers and respondents.
b. Session 2: The Life Course in Medieval Ireland
Brian thinks this session is a go but no one seemed to know if all papers are filled.
c. Session 3: Round Table on Pedagogy
Roundtable is good to go but participants need to send organizer (James) a PIF for K’zoo ASAP.
d. Business Meeting
e. Reception, now that Notre Dame can’t co-host. $770 was 2016 cost.
Discussion of reception now that Notre Dame have decided to back out of co-hosting due to lack of faculty rep on site because Amy = on sabbatical. Need to have reception = agreed upon by ASIMS board due to ability to publicize ASIMS, solicit submissions for Eolas, but difficulty is finding co-host as ASIMS cannot pay full value of reception ourselves. Kat argues there are Notre Dame faculty who often do attend, and who can be asked if they’re going to be at K’zoo, and therefore might serve on ground at K’zoo. Lahney, Máire suggest approaching other organizations or institutions…e.g. medieval studies at Catholic University (Kat has contact), Harvard Celtic (can ask Tasha Sumner). Possibly CSANA though their budget is not much bigger than our own. Jimmy points out deadline for reserving reception space at K’zoo is October 1st; Brian notes can reserve now in hopes of sponsors and then cancel later if needed.
Normal scheduling = just before banquet on Friday, though possibility exists to move it if needed. Jenny = making reservation in next week for banquet; will be sending out poll to find out what folks like, don’t like but probably will again go with Zazio’s due to privacy of space.
ADDITIONAL ON K’ZOO: Deanna needs third speaker/paper/respondent for her panel; CFPs to be reissued this week. Brian will issue CFPs to entire ASIMS mailing list. Possibility Patrick might be able to fit in there but will need to check with him. Brian says will email Patrick.
Eolas and Book Reviews.
Kat has sent out list and reports for Cathy that there should be 4 or 5 book reviews. Also reports 2 articles are in review stage, and hopes to have at least one more from someone who has contacted her re: stylesheets and preparation. Deadline = 10/15. Barry Prize winner has said will submit Barry paper as full article, but has not heard from Aidan about Farrell lecture. If all comes in and are solid then next volume should be okay (though more articles would be nice). Máire will remind colleague Shane Lordan re: submitting by deadline also.
ASIMS Conference at Glenstal in October 2017. Colmán proceeding on this
Brian reports it is likely that we are good for ASIMS conference at Glenstall in 2017. Weekend has been booked, September 29th to October 1st. Shannon Ambrose has drafted CFP and sent it to Brian; closing date for paper proposals = March 1st, 2017. No theme as of yet; perhaps one needed? Most didn’t think theme used in past; want to keep options wide for all potential submitters in and out of Ireland…as currently in CFP (“any aspect of medieval Irish studies”).
JSTOR and payments.
“Finally managed to find someone at JSTOR who will take care of this, so it’s happening” (Brian)
EBSCO and the agreement.
Kat = happy with agreement, doesn’t “look funky”, should not conflict with EBSCO. Signing of agreement would get Eolas listed in the many EBSCO-hosted databases…and widen our base outside just the “Irish collection” in JSTOR considerably. ASIMS also would get 20% of revenue. Board agrees Brian should sign.
Changing the by-laws.
Brian set up functioning election site in June but needs to pursue regarding changing of by-laws.
Máire Johnson: “I’d like to add to the agenda the possibility of ASIMS adding our name to the letter (I posted it on our Facebook page some weeks ago asking what folks thought) decrying the arrest and incarceration of academics in Turkey.”
Máire will contact necessary email contact to get ASIMS included on letter. Lee had to depart meeting at 3:45/4:45.
Any other business.
Máire reported on recruiting for ASIMS and Eolas at Mid-America Medieval Association meeting in Emporia, 9/17/2016 and at CSANA in Nova Scotia.
Consensus held that next meeting should be in January.
Meeting adjourned (Kat moved, Vicky and Máire seconded) at 3:55p Central/4:55p Eastern
Call for Papers: The American Society of Irish Medieval Studies Irish Conference
Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick,
September 22nd-24th, 2017
The Ireland Conference of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies is the second meeting of the Society in Ireland, and it hopes to advance leading scholarship on the period between c. 500-1650 AD from medievalists working in Ireland and the United States. The organizers welcome proposals for the 2017 congress on papers addressing any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Possible topics of exploration might include settlement and landscape studies, monastic practice and foundation, hagiography, gender theory, ecocritical approaches, material culture, law, Hiberno-Latin textual culture, or medieval Anglo-Irish texts.
Interested participants should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr. Brian Ó Broin, President of ASIMS, at ObroinB@wpunj.edu by March 1st, 2017. Those who submit proposals will be notified of their acceptance by March 31st, 2017.
ASIMS is a multi-disciplinary society promoting trans-Atlantic collaboration in research on medieval Ireland. The Society sponsors regular panels for current Irish research at the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies (ICMS) at Kalamazoo, MI, and is represented at regional conferences in the USA, such as the South-Eastern Medievalists Association (SEMA). In addition, ASIMS publishes Eolas, a peer reviewed journal advancing the interdisciplinary and international study of Irish medieval studies. Eolas is cataloged by EBSCO and available in digital format at JSTOR.
Please feel free to download and distribute the conference poster.
At IT Sligo Applied Archaeology we are considering applying for a Fulbright Specialist to come from the US to help us with developing the international archaeological Field School that we plan to operate from this summer onwards. If you are an archaeologist and fancy a few weeks in Ireland in the next year and are interested in helping us with this then please get in touch with Fiona Beglane. Also feel free to pass this on to colleagues if it doesn’t suit you. The fieldschool involves excavation of a later medieval castle at Moygara in Co. Sligo. We are looking for help in targeting our marketing, making contacts, understanding what makes US students pick one school over another, understanding the fine detail of your academic credits system and anything else that might be of concern to potential applicants.
We are looking for more contributors to two of our sessions sponsored by ASIMS for the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo 2017. Prospective presenters can contact Dr James Lyttleton at firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The Life Course in Medieval Ireland’
Life is marked by various stages: birth, childhood, the coming of age, marriage, the raising of a family, old age and death. Although correlated with the biological processes of aging, each stage is also characterised by different kinds of knowledge, social roles, and symbolic meanings. The ways in which medieval society marked transitions between stages such as childhood with social rituals has recently become a topic of great interest to scholars, and this session shows how this cultural narrative of aging helped shape the everyday experience in medieval Ireland. Scholars in this session draw upon literary sources and material remains to provide insights and commentary on aspects of the life course in early and late medieval Ireland. This session will include contributions from the fields of history, literary studies, art history and archaeology, and will be chaired by Dr James Schryver (University of Miinesota, Morris).
Roundtable session ‘Pedagogical Approaches to Medieval Irish Studies’
As medieval studies and Irish studies become more popular at the university level, scholars teaching these courses draw on increasingly varied perspectives. We bring ideas into our classes inspired by archaeology, architecture, art history, literary studies and history, among many others. Courses can involve workshops, field trips, project based learning, and various ‘hands-on’ activities and assignments. These types of work build the students’ knowledge base, increase their understanding of the Middle Ages, and deliver a more enhanced learning experience. Digital humanities, building on the strengths of traditional scholarship, has also contributed to new ways of delivering course content. This roundtable session seeks to share various perspectives on teaching these subjects, including the incorporation of new pedagogical approaches in the classroom. This will be chaired by Dr James Lyttleton.
ASIMS is also co-sponsoring a session with The Heroic Age:
Echoes of Columbanus
Contact: Deanna Forsman North Hennepin Community College 7411 85th Ave. North Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Phone: 763-488-0405 email@example.com
The Irish ascetic Columbanus is the most famous example of the classic peregrinus: an individual who chooses a life of exile among foreigners as a form of religious devotion. Columbanus is also famous for his monastic establishments and Rule, as well as his interactions with royalty and the bishop of Rome. This session seeks to further explore the long-term influence of Columbanus in multiple venues. Papers will examine the influence of the Columbanian Rule on ascetic practice, the relationship between monastery and royalty, sources of spiritual authority, the practice of peregrinatio, etc.
You’ll see a link to Irish and Celtic offerings at Kalamazoo this year on our Facebook page.
Do note, however, that we have several other business and social events going on:
1) The committee will be meeting in the cafeteria on Friday morning at 830 just to straighten issues and points before the business meeting at 12pm(midday).
2) There will be our ASIMS business meeting in Fetzer 2020: Friday 12pm.
3) ASIMS/Notre Dame Medieval Ireland Reception; Friday 515 – Fetzer 1035.
4) ASIMS dinner on Friday night.
See you all in Kalamazoo!
Call for Papers
MLA in Philadelphia, January 2017
Indefinable Boundaries: Session Co-Sponsored by Old English and Celtic Studies
The conference theme for 2017 encourages us to define boundaries. We should like to explore those phenomena within which, or between which, boundaries are indefinable. For instance, dialects are clearest at their geographical and cultural centers, but dissipate as they meld into neighboring dialects. Genres become indistinct as they approach each other, as do fictional and non-fictional narratives. Transitional periods, genders, genres, influences, literacies, and more—all exhibit boundary-defying characteristics. In that spirit, we invite papers that explore the permeability of boundaries and the ways in which borders resist definition.
Submit 300-word abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th, please.
Call for Papers
Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon
October 7–9, 2016
Scholars have long relied upon material evidence in order to understand the early Middle Ages. With the “material turn” of recent years in Medieval Studies, we invite early medievalists of all disciplines and specialization to a conference meant to examine, question, and build upon recent work on materiality. We seek to explore the whole world of the early Middle Ages by including papers that discuss the ways in which early medieval people experienced, altered, and were transformed by the material. By “material,” we include objects, artworks, buildings, texts, and other tangible items that survived as well as the “materials” discussed in texts or found in the natural world that we know existed but have been lost to time, decay, and change. We welcome a range of papers that will investigate this “world” expansively from a variety of vantage points such as the natural world, the materiality of the human body, the built environment, society, religion, and the imagination.
Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Valerie Garver (email@example.com) or Lynda Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email attachment. On your abstract please provide name, institution, and the title of your proposal.
Abstracts are due June 1, 2016.
Medieval Dublin XV
Seán Duffy, editor
This volume contains reports on a number of important archaeological excavations in the Dublin area in recent years, including: Claire Walsh’s discovery of the remains of Hiberno-Norse and Anglo-Norman houses at Back Lane; Paul Duffy’s excavations at Baldoyle that produced evidence from the Viking Age onwards; and Edmond O’Donovan’s discovery of a large early Christian cemetery at Mount Gamble in Swords. To accompany his detailed report on the latter the volume includes an important study of the ecclesiastical and political history of the Swords area written by the late Ailbhe MacShamhráin. Also of note: Craig Lyons analyses the emergence of Dublin in the late tenth and early eleventh century as a more distinctively Irish sub-kingdom; Catherine Swift sheds new light on the famous account of Brian Boru and the battle of Clontarf called Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh; Daniel Brown has a fascinating account of what happened in 1223 when Hugh de Lacy, the dispossessed earl of Ulster, raised a rebel army and marched on Dublin; Bernard Meehan describes the recent acquisition by the Trinity College Library of a hitherto unknown manuscript compiled in St Mary’s Abbey in the city in the early fourteenth century; Brian Coleman presents the first fruits of his meticulous study of the elite of Dublin city and county in the later Middle Ages; Dianne Hall examines everyday violence in the medieval city and environs; and, to mark the 700th anniversary of the Scottish invasion of Ireland by Edward Bruce in 1315, we include a hitherto-unpublished essay by the late Professor James Lydon on the Scottish threat to capture Dublin.
Contributors: Daniel J.F. Brown (QUB), Brian Coleman (TCD), Paul Duffy (Grassroots Archaeology), Dianne Hall (Victoria U, Melbourne), James Lydon† (TCD), Craig Lyons (TCD), Ailbhe MacShamhráin† (ind.), Bernard Meehan (TCD), Edmond O’Donovan (archaeologist), Catherine Swift (MIC, U Limerick), Claire Walsh (Archaeological Projects Ltd).
Seán Duffy is professor of medieval history, Trinity College Dublin, and chairman of the Friends of Medieval Dublin.
AVAILABLE 4 March 2016. 320pp; illustrations.
Paperback. ISBN 978-1-84682-567-5 [Retail: €24.95/$39.95] / Hardback. ISBN 978-1-84682-566-8 [Retail: €50./$65]
For more information, including a full list of contents, see: http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2016/medieval-dublin-xv/
The University of Notre Dame will be hosting ACIS (the American Conference for Irish Studies: http://acis.nd.edu/cfp/) from March 30th to April 3rd, 2016, with the theme, ‘The Worlding of Irish Studies’. Given Notre Dame’s investment in medieval studies and the success of the interlinked series of ‘Cultures of the North Sea’ panels at last year’s Medieval Academy, a series of linked medieval panels at ACIS under the broad umbrella of ‘Medieval Ireland in its Transnational Contexts’ is being organized by Amy Mulligan (Assistant Professor of Irish Language and Literature, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies) and Lindy Brady (A.W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, Medieval Institute). Really, what this means is that we’re planning a medieval ‘conference within a conference’ and would like to feature as many medievalist voices at ACIS as possible.
We are therefore seeking abstracts for papers on any aspect of medieval Irish studies. Some topics which we already know will be represented include panels on Hiberno-Latin textual culture, saints, gender and emotion, origin legends, place-lore and landscape, ecocritical approaches, specific texts (Táin, Buile Shuibhne, Acallam, Cogadh Gael re Gallaib, etc.) material culture, Viking Age Ireland, law, and medieval Anglo-Irish literature. We welcome abstracts for papers on these and other topics with the goal of making ACIS a productive conference for medievalists working on and around Ireland.
The deadline for submitting paper proposals of 250 words or less is November 15. Paper or panel proposals can be submitted directly to ACIS (http://acis.nd.edu/cfp/), but we also encourage you to contact us directly with questions, queries, or abstracts, as we may be able to facilitate the placement of individual papers in pre-organized sessions. Please be in touch (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, and we hope to see you at Notre Dame this spring!