Monday, August 4, 2014
"CALL FOR PAPERS: Celtic Studies at Kalamazoo, May 2015
On behalf of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, Frederick Suppe is organizing two panels of papers for the 50th annual International Congress on Medieval Studies to occur in Kalamazoo, Michigan during May 14 – 17, 2015. The first session will feature “New Work by Young Celtic Studies Scholars” and welcomes recent research on any topic relevant to Celtic Studies—in any discipline and relating to any of the Celtic countries and their cultures—by scholars who have not yet completed their final degree or who have not yet earned tenure.
The second session welcomes papers relating to “Travel, Maps, and Itineraries in Medieval Ireland and Britain” (very broadly construed) and is co-sponsored by the American Society for Irish Medieval Studies. Presenters are expected to be members of either CSANA or ASIMS at the time of the 2015 congress; both have very reasonable dues for membership, especially for young scholars.
Scholars who wish to propose a 20-minute paper for inclusion in one of these sessions should send a paper proposal (including both a one-page abstract of the topic and a completed Participant Information Form) to Professor Suppe by Monday, September 15, 2014. The Participant Information Form is available online at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress. Contact Information for Professor Suppe:
Professor Frederick Suppe
Department of History
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306,
Email Professor Suppe
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014
"CFP for Cornering the Snarket: Sarcasm and Snark in Medieval Literature, an anthology of essays.
Co-Editors: Alan Baragona and Elizabeth L. Rambo
From the litotes of Old English poetry to the layered ironies of Chaucer, the subtle ironies of the Provencal trobairitz, and the less subtle insultatis of the milites characters in medieval drama, the rhetorical trope of ironia is well-trod territory. However, sarcasmos, the “flesh tearing” subset of ironia, is notoriously difficult to identify in a written text, because it relies so much on the tone of a speaking voice. However, there are instances in medieval texts where the combination of circumstance and word choice make it absolutely clear that the speaker, whether a character or a narrator, is being unambiguously sarcastic.
We are soliciting essays about literature in any genre and every language of the European Middle Ages that identify and analyze instances of such unambiguous sarcasm. Essays should address questions such as what clues the writers give us that sarcasm is at work, how prominently sarcasm appears in particular cultures or specific genres, whether it shows up mostly in the mouths of characters or of narrators, what role it plays in building character or theme, and how sarcasm conforms to the Christian milieu of medieval Europe.
We are also looking for essays on significant historical instances of sarcasm from any period or culture in the European Middle Ages, including political, social, and legal history. Essays should address how sarcasm was identified and what attitudes were towards it, what its importance was to the particular historical incident or to the cultural mores of the time and place, and what the social, political, or legal consequences were that led to its being preserved in the records.
Please send an abstract of your proposed essay to sabaragona[at]gmail.com and elrambo[at]gmail.com no later than July 15, 2014."
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Pádraig Ó Maoilréanaigh's new book Standard Irish Verbs (2014), which lists the conjugations of over 4000 Modern Irish verbs, has recently been published. It is available for purchase on Amazon. Selections from the book can also be viewed on this website.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
In honor of Professor Fergus Kelly, a law conference will be held at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies on 28 June 2014. Attendees are asked to register in advance, at no charge, by emailing the institute. For more information on the conference, visit the DIAS website.