Medievalist Bloggers at Kalamazoo

Elizabeth Carnel (AKA Lisa), one of the prime movers behind the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and Dr. Shana Worthen, also known as Owlfish (and keeper of the Medievalist Weblogs List), organized a panel on medievalist bloggers at this year’s Congress. Thanks to Elizabeth’s kind efforts, I was able to file the paperwork last summer, and I’ll be joining medievalist bloggers Elizabeth Carnell, Michael Drout, H. D. Miller, Richard Scott Nokes, Michael Tinkler, and Alison Walker to talk about medievalist blogging.

The Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo is the only large academic conference I have ever heard people speak of positively; you don’t go to Kalamzoo to get a job, or earn tenure points; you go because it’s interesting, educational, and because of the community of scholars. It’s my first time, so I’m looking forward to it—especially because I’m hoping to meet some of the people responsible for the many medieval Web logs I regularly read.

Univerity of Wales Milestones Conference and Call for Papers

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic studies is hosting a major international
conference on the topic ‘Milestones’, a theme which offers an opportunity for scholars to discuss significant junctures in the development of the archaeology, histories, languages, literatures and national identity of Wales and the other Celtic countries in any period.

Plenary speakers include Jane Aaron, Barry Cunliffe, Sioned Davies, R. J. W. Evans, Dafydd Johnston, Richard Wyn Jones, Catherine McKenna, Prys Morgan, Pádraig Ó Riain, Murray Pittock, and Chris Williams.

250-word abstracts of papers to Professor Geraint H. Jenkins, Director, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3HH or by e-mail to gcj@aber.ac.uk. Deadline for abstracts: 16 December 2004. Both English-language and Welsh-language sectional sessions will be held, and a translation service will be provided for plenary lectures in Welsh.

Celtica or Celtic Studies Commerce

The dissertation is proceeding, though its progress is directly related to an increase in my loathing for Microsoft Word. I’ve taken the plunge into full-fledged commerce, and have created an Amazon-based “shop,” Celtica. I know, it’s crass, and I’ve already added Google ads, but the more popular my site gets, the more it’s costing me. I know many of you have already clicked on ads or bought items from Amazon using my links, and I do appreciate your support. On the brighter side, for people who like to shop, the Celtica link does make it a bit easier to simply browse.

Harvard Celtic Colloquium 2003

This year’s Harvard Celtic Colloquium is October 10 through 12, with the Vernam Hull lecture on October 9th from Professor Marged Haycock of the Department of Welsh, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She’s delivering a talk entitled “Text-styles and Textiles in Medieval Wales” at 5:00 p.m., at the Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street. The offical web page is here

Proto-Celtic and the 15th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference

The paper topics, and some .pdf abstracts, for the November 7-8 2003 15th Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference are up here. I always try to attend, even though I only understand about 5% (on a good day) of the presentations. This year I’m especially looking forward to Professor Joseph Eska’s “The New Look of Proto-Celtic.” You can read a .pdf abstract of Eska’s talk here. Looks like I better start reading . . .

Lighting the Spark: The Medieval Itty-Bitty Book Light

Metropolitan Museum of Art Hans Memling Annunciation detail
At the request of Janice Safran and Heather Blatt I’m posting this small detail from the Annunciation of 1465-75 produced by the workshop of Rogier van der Weyden in Brussels, Belgium — possibly by Hans Memling— and in the collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sifran and Blatt are interested in hearing from anyone who’s seen a similar object in other images or heard one described in writing. They are presenting a paper on “Lighting the Spark: The Medieval Itty-Bitty Book Light” and are in hopes of locating similar images. They have already explored The Annunciation from the left wing of the Dijon Altarpiece (1393-99) by Melchior Broederlam in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, France; the Annunciation of 1482 by Hans Memling in Brugge, Belgium, also in the collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Celtic Conferences

The 24 Annual University of California Celtic Conference is this week, at UCLA. You can see the schedule here. Some of the papers from the 22nd conference are available here, in .pdf format. The 22nd (yes that’s right, UCLA was first) Harvard Celtic Colloquium is scheduled for Oct. 11, 12, and 13. The Vernam Hull speaker this year will be Professor John Waddell, head of the
Dept. of Archaeology, NUI Galway.