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November 2017

Negative Emotions

Fear and Loathing in the Earthly City – Negative Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern Period c. 1100-1700, November 1-2, 2018, SDU

Call for papers

Canon Hispánico conference

The conference takes place November 2-3 at the Noble Women's Convent, Odense.

CML talks

CML PhD fellow Christian Etheridge will give a talk at the Copenhagen Middelaldercirklen on "Science in Medieval Scandinavia," November 6.

October 2017

Program now available for Canon Hispánico: Classical and Late Antique Authors in Medieval Iberian Literature

The conference will take place November 2-3, 2017, at the Noble Women's Convent, Odense. See here for more information.

Reception at Møntergården for the arrival of Ælnoth's Chronicle

The manuscript containing the oldest history of Denmark (manuscript produced ca. 1180) is on loan from the public library of Bruges and will be on display at Møntergården Museum for three months.

The reception takes place on Friday, October 13, 1:00 - 2:30 pm. All welcome!

New CML newsletter

For the October 2017 issue of the newsletter, click here!

September 2017

New publication

Porto, Rosa M. Rodríguez. “Knighted by the Apostle Himself: Political Fabrication and Chivalric Artifact in Compostela, 1332.” In The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation, edited by Grażyna Jurkowlaniec, Ika Matyjaszkiewicz, and Zuzuanna Sarnecka, 37–48. New York: Routledge, 2018.

CML Postdoc Dale Kedwards at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study

Dale gave a talk at DIAS on "The egocentric world map: the self-centred world now, and in the Middle Ages" on September 27!

Critical cluster guest-edited by Rosa Rodríguez Porto and Sacramento Roselló-Martínez in La corónica

For the cluster on Redes Petristas: Networks and Memory of Pedro I of Castile, see the journal website!

The CML is hiring! Two PhD Fellowships in Medieval Literature, 1 4-year Associate Professor in Medieval History (SDU)

For more information on the PhD fellowships, see here.

For the Associate Professorship, see here.

Keynote lecture at Ovid across Europe conference

Postdoc Irene Salvo García will be giving a keynote lecture on "The reception of Ovid's Metamorphoses in Spain and France" at the conference Ovid Across Europe: Vernacular Translations of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, University of Bristol, September 28-29.

Summer 2017 

New Publications

Lars Boje Mortensen, "The Sudden Success of Prose: A Comparative View of Greek, Latin, Old French, and Old Norse," in Medieval Worlds.

Alastair Matthews, "When is the Swan Knight not the Swan Knight? Berthold von Holle's Demantin and Literary Space in Medieval Europe," in The Modern Language Review.

Dale Kedwards, “The Sun’s Companions: The Heliocentric Orbits of Mercury and Venus.” In Skandinavische Schriftlandschaften. Vänbok till Jürg Glauser, edited by Klaus Müller-Wille, Kate Heslop, Anna Katharina Richter, and Lukas Rösli, 97–101. Tübingen: A. Francke, 2017.

Kalamazoo 2018 CFPs

We are seeking submissions for the following sessions at the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 10-13, 2018. These sessions are sponsored by the  Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of Southern Denmark and the University of York.

Session #1. Boundaries of Negotiations in Later Medieval Europe: political, cultural, economic

Recent research has demonstrated an increased interest in the various forms of negotiating in the Middle Ages. In late medieval Europe, in particular, amid political, social and religious conflicts, to negotiate is a prominent practice at different levels of society. A whole set of vocabulary in vernacular languages is used, for instance, to describe occurrences of transactions, diplomatic talks, social or even religious claims. This session welcomes papers using any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches  that consider aspects of negotiating that may take place in, but not limited to, political, cultural, or economical contexts in later medieval Europe, including papers that consider the role of emotion in a negotiation. The aim of this session is to bring together scholars from different fields in order to examine aspects of intercommunication during that time  period.

Session #2. Interpreting unfinished later medieval manuscripts: Interdisciplinary Approaches

In this session, we would like to address from an interdisciplinary standpoint questions regarding unfinished manuscripts in later medieval Europe. Were image programs planned and never finished? Was the text altered in a significant form? What can an informed understanding of the text/image relationship in a given case of an unfinished manuscript reveal? Are there extant sources of any unfinished manuscripts that might reveal how a later patron or artist/ script may envision adapting a work to suit his or her current needs? Why were specific manuscripts/versions of manuscripts never finished? This session will include visual elements such as images and marginalia, the physical layout of text and image, spaces for images that never got executed, and the codicological structure of the manuscripts themselves.

Abstracts for papers of 15-20 minutes or any questions should be sent to Anne-Hélène Miller (  The deadline for submissions is September 15 2017. The submission guidelines and the required Participant Information Form are available at

Two New Issues of Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures out now!

For Interfaces no. 2, on the Theory and Phenomenology of Love, see here.

For Interfaces no. 3, on Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages, see here.

Congratulations CMLers!

Postdoc Shazia Jagot will be starting a permanent post at the University of Surrey in September!

Two CML postdocs have been appointed to assistant professorships with the Danish Institute for Advanced Study (SDU): Rosa Rodriguez Porto (from September 1) and Aglae Pizzone (from February 1)!

PhD student Tom Powles has won joint first in the Humanities Research Centre doctoral fellowships at York!


May 2017

New Issue of Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures out now!

Interfaces no. 2, on the Theory and Phenomenology of Love, is now available! Download individual articles or the entire issue free of charge at the journal's open-access website.  

CML talks this month

Lars Boje Mortensen, Lecture at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study. "From Family Honor to Abstract Communities. A Literary Sociology of the Middle Ages." Wednesday May 10, 12:15-13:15, Danish IAS conference room.

Kalamazoo International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14

Shazia Jagot, "Middle English/Arabic," session 561: Neighboring Languages and Cross-Cultural Exchange: Persian/Arabic, French/English

Martin Borysek, "Political Literature without a Political Nation? An Assessment of the Takkanot ha-Kahal Texts and Other Legislative Literature in Jewish Communities at the End of the Middle Ages," session 177: Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late Medieval Political Literature I

Two co-sponsored sessions with the Canadian Society of Medievalists: Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late Medieval Political Literature I and II.

April 2017


Elizabeth M. Tyler, England in Europe: English Royal Women and Literary Patronage, c. 1000 - c. 1150, University of Toronto Press, 2017.

CFP for a session on Reassessing Boundaries: Chaucer and Medieval European Literatures at NCS 2018

For more information see here.

CML talks this month

 Shazia Jagot, "Astrolabes and Automata in the Global Middle Ages," Danish Institute for Advanced Study 


April 1 is a day of celebration for old languages! Here are some of our text, video, & image contributions to the day.


2016 annual report now available

You can find the 2016 annual report, including cumulative publication list (2012-16) here.

March  workshops

Two workshops took place in March -  "Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late-Medieval Political Literature: France, Burgundy, England, and Scotland" (SDU) and "Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions" (Davids Samling, Copenhagen), which included a public lecture by Christiane Gruber.


March 2017


Out now, Historical and Intellectual Culture in the Long Twelfth Century: The Scandinavian Connection, edited by Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, Mia Münster-Swendsen, & Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn

CML talks this month

March 1, Fulbright fellow Jeff Rider, "The Usefulness of the Middle Ages" at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study.

March 9, Dale Kedwards, "Who Lives in a House Like This? The Icelandic Völundarhús and Legendary Smiths in Medieval Literature." Cardiff Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative.

March 18-19, Kristin Bourassa, "Letters and Letter-Writing in Pierre Salmon's Dialogues," and Thomas Heebøll-Holm, "The English Notions of Sovereignty of the Seas from the Rôles d'Orléans to rel="noopener noreferrer" the Libelle of Englyshe Polycye." Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late-Medieval Political Literature: France, Burgundy, England, and Scotland, SDU.

March 21, Dale Kedwards, "Who Lives in a House Like This? The Icelandic Völundarhús and Legendary Smiths in Medieval Literature," Aarhus Universitet rel="noopener noreferrer" Middelaldercirklen.

March 22, Steffen Hope, "Rex Perpetuus Norvegie - the use of Saint Olaf Haraldsson as a patron for the Norwegian church in the twelfth century." Saints and their Uses in the Middle Ages, Middelaldercentret/Middelaldercirklen Forskerredsmøde, SDU O98, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. 

March 22, Christian Etheridge, "St Jerome's discussion of magnetism and the appearance of science in medieval hagiography." Saints and their Uses in the Middle Ages, Middelaldercentret/Middelaldercirklen Forskerredsmøde, SDU O98, 2:00 - 5:00 pm. 


Workshop on late-medieval political literature (co-organized by Kristin Bourassa)

Conference, "Crossing Borders in the Insular Middle Ages, c. 900-1500" (April 3-5, Birmingham - Registration deadline March 20) (co-organized by Dale Kedwards)

Two visiting PhD students

Kevin Blankinship (University of Chicago) and Rebecca Searby (University of York) will both be visiting CML Odense in March 2017.

Pictures from Jeff Rider's talk at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study


February 2017

CML talks this month

Elizabeth Tyler, “Lay Vernacular Literacy in the Court of Edward the Confessor: Cotton Tiberius B i (Old English Orosius and Anglo-Saxon Chronicle) and German Imperial History-Writing.” The Medieval Colloquium, Yale, Feb 17.

Elizabeth Tyler, "England in Europe: Elite Social Mobility and the Literary Culture of 11th-Century England." Berkeley Medieval Studies Program, February 27.

Kristin  Bourassa, "How to Criticize a King in the Fifteenth Century." Middelaldercirklen, SDU, February 22.

Christian Etheridge, "Exposing the Flat Earth & Other Myths of Medieval Science," Danish Institute for Advanced Study, Feb 15.

Deadline Feb 15 for DIAS position

You have until February 15, 2017 to apply for the 4-year position as Assistant Professor in the Danish Institute for Advanced Study!

CML postdoc wins HUM-SEED funding

Read about Aglae Pizzone's funded project here (på dansk).

New CML members this month

In February the CML welcomes three new members to SDU: Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow Irene Salvo García, Fulbright visiting scholar Jeff Rider, and research assistant Maiken Bundgaard Hansen. Welcome all!

A few photos from the welcome reception:

January 2017

CML  funded for another four years

The CML is pleased to announce a second funding period from the Danish National Research Foundation, bringing the total period of the Centre of Excellence to ten years (2012-2022)! For more about the Danish National Research Foundation, visit their website here:

SDU story on the extension (på dansk). Also here.

CML around the Internet

Blog post on Elizabeth Tyler's talk at CESMA Birmingham last term!

Read about the CML at! Articles by Mikkel Andreas Beck.

    1. "Ved at passe på fortiden, passer vi også på os selv" Overview article featuring Lars Boje Mortensen, Shazia Jagot, Dale Kedwards, and Réka Forrai
    2. "Nordboere i middelalderen tog på studieophold i udlandet" On international mobility among medieval students, featuring Lars Boje Mortensen
    3. "Fem bøger fra middelalderen, du sagtens kan læse i dag" Five books from the Middle Ages that you can easily read today, featuring Lars Boje Mortensen
    4. "Sådan agerede en spindoktor i 1400-tallet" and in English at Science Nordic Medieval spin doctors and political critics, featuring Kristin Bourassa
    5. "Middelalderens skandinaver troede, at Jorden var rund" and at Jyllands Posten Medieval maps and the round earth, featuring Dale Kedwards

Conferences & activities

Réka Forrai attended the Greek Palaeography and Codicology Winter School at the American Academy in Rome and the Vatican Library this month, and rel="noopener noreferrer" gave a paper at the Danish Academy in Rome on "Rewriting: A Modern Theory and its Premodern Practice."

December 2016

Marie-Curie award for CML PhD

Dr. Claudia Wittig, who completed her PhD at CML (SDU), has just been awarded an INCOMING [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship for postdoctoral research rel="noopener noreferrer" at the Henri Pirenne Institute, Ghent, under the supervision of Prof. Jeroen Deploige. Before taking up her fellowship in June, Claudia will be conducting research at the German rel="noopener noreferrer" Historical Institute in Paris. Congratulations, Claudia!

CML on

Read about the CML (på dansk) at! Articles by Mikkel Andreas Beck.

  1. "Ved at passe på fortiden, passer vi også på os selv"
  2. "Nordboere i middelalderen tog på studieophold i udlandet"
  3. "Fem bøger fra middelalderen, du sagtens kan læse i dag"
  4. "Sådan agerede en spindoktor i 1400-tallet"

New book!

The Medieval German Lohengrin: Narrative Poetics in the Story of the Swan Knight, by CML/Marie-Curie postdoc Alastair Matthews, is out now from Boydell and Brewer! You can find the open-access version of Chapter 2 here.


Assistant rel="noopener noreferrer" Professor in Medieval Literature, History of Art, or History with the Danish Institute for Advanced Study, SDU. Deadline: Feb 15, 2017.

Call for applications

Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan), organized by the CML and the David Collection. Copenhagen, March 27, 2017. Deadline: December 18, 2016.

CML conferences & presentations

December 2-3, Réka Forrai, "Latin for Greeks, Greek for Latins: Tools and Methods of Language Learning" at Language Multiplicity in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Words—Texts—Contexts, Vienna.

December 3, Kristin Bourassa, "Pierre Salmon's Dialogues and Political Literature in Late-Medieval France," at the Late Medieval France & Burgundy Seminar, York.

November 2016

Call for applications

Medieval Ascension Narratives in Islamic and European Traditions: An Interdisciplinary Workshop with Christiane Gruber (University of Michigan), organized by the CML and the David Collection. Copenhagen, March 27, 2017.

CML conferences & talks

Nov. 30, King's College London: Elizabeth Tyler & Christian Høgel, Comparative Literature Research SeminarImperial Languages  

Lydia Zeldenrust will be speaking at "European Narrative Literature in the Early Period of Print" (Utrecht, November 24-25) on "The Transcultural Legacy of Mélusine: Early Print Culture and the Shaping of Late Medieval Romance Traditions." The conference is organized in connection with the FWO-NWO project, The changing face of medieval Dutch narrative literature in the early period of print

[Note, Nov. 8: this talk will be RESCHEDULED for a later date.] Shazia Jagot will present in the Danish Institute for Advanced Study's IDEAS series, on "Re-orienting the Sciences in Medieval Literature."

Lars Boje Mortensen will speak on "Meritocratic Values in High Medieval Literature" at Aberystwyth University on November 8 and on "1200-tallet som litteraturhistorisk kontekst" at the University of Copenhagen, November 22. 

Steffen Hope, "The baptism of Olaf Haraldsson and typological identity in Theodoricus Monachus' Historia antiquitate Regum Norwagiensum," State of the Art. Theorie und Praxis mediävistischer Forschung, at Christian Albrechts Universität, Kiel, November 18. 

Rosa Rodríguez Porto will be presenting on "La Estoria de la Biblia y el legado alfonsí: lecturas 'canónicas' de la Escritura a la luz de la General estoria" at Jornadas de Investigación: La General rel="noopener noreferrer" estoria de Alfonso X: canon literario y cambio lingüístico, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, November 3-4, 2016.

Kristin Bourassa will present on "Pierre Salmon's Dialogues and Political Literature in Late-Medieval France" at the 4th annual Late Medieval France and Burgundy Workshop, University of York, December 3, 2016.

October 2016

NEW publications
Rosa M. Rodríguez Porto, "La Crónica Geral de Espanha de 1344 (ms. 1 A de la Academia das Ciências) y la tradición alfonsí," e-Spania, October 2016.

Mia Münster-Swendsen, Thomas K. Heebøll-Holm, & Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn (eds), Historical and Intellectual Culture in the Long Twelfth Century: The Scandinavian Connection, Durham Medieval and Renaissance Monographs and Essays. PIMS: Toronto, 2016.

Redes Petristas
The CML-sponsored Redes Petristas network launched its new website as well as sponsoring a workshop at the conference "Debuerit Habere Regnum: Desposing and Proclaiming Kings in the Middle Ages" in Lisbon this month.

CML conferences & talks
Postdoc Aglae Pizzone presented at the first workshop of the Leverhulme network "Emotions through Time: From Antiquity to Byzantium" (workshop: "Defining and Theorising Emotions," Edinburgh). Aglae presented on "Eustathius: Reading Homeric Emotions."

Postdoc Dale Kedwards & PhD fellow Christian Etheridge will be speaking at "A World in Fragments: GKS 1812 4to and Medieval Encyclopedic Literature" in Rekjavík, October 20-21. Dale's talk is titled "An Icelandic world map and the Ark treatises of Hugh of Saint Victor," and Christian's "From Carolingian Star Maps to Arabic Astronomical Instruments: Assessing the Different Types of Astronomy Represented by the Hands of GKS 1812 I 4to and GKS 1812 II 4to." See the event poster here.

Registration open for Charles IV: An Emperor in Europe
This conference, sponsored in part by the CML, takes place at the University of  Pennsylvania October 13-14, 2016. Registration and further information available here.

See the event poster here.

CFP, Pirate Fiction
"Pirate Fiction in the Middle Ages c. 500 - c. 1500 AD" will take place September 21-22, 2017. Paper proposals are due January 31, 2017.


September 2016

Opening event, Danish Institute for Advanced Study
CML'sLars Boje Mortensen spoke on "Translations and Discoveries: The Necessity of the Middle Ages" at the launch of the D-IAS on September 23.

 CML conferences & talks
PhD fellow Steffen Hope will be giving a talk in Trondheim, September 29, on "Theodericus Munk og den europeiske tradisjonen" (Theodoricus Monk and the European tradition).

Registration open for Charles IV: An Emperor in Europe
This conference, sponsored in part by the CML, takes place at the University of Pennsylvania October 13-14, 2016. Registration and further information available here.

See the event poster here.

CFP, Pirate Fiction
"Pirate Fiction in the Middle Ages c. 500 - c. 1500 AD" will take place September 21-22, 2017. Paper proposals are due January 31, 2017.

CFP, political literature
The deadline for submission to the two Kalamazoo 2017 panels on medieval political literature is September 15.

New researchers at SDU
CML Odense welcomes two new researchers this term: 1) postdoc Dale Kedwards; 2) Henry Bainton, on a Carlsberg fellowship.

July 2016

Calls for Papers
1) Interfaces is still accepting papers for an issue on Rediscovery & Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages.

2) The CML and the Canadian Society of Medievalists are co-sponsoring two sessions at the Kalamazoo IMC 2017, on "Reconsidering the Boundaries of Late-Medieval Political Literature." The CFP is here.

Theorizing Medieval European Literatures
Thanks to all participants at the CML's recent conference on Theorizing Medieval European Literatures in York!

Conference papers this month
CML members Thomas Pettit, Elizabeth Tyler, Venetia Bridges, Steffen Hope, Tim Rowbothan, and Christian Etheridge all gave papers at the Leeds IMC this month, while Christian Etheridge will also present at the Sixth International Conference on the Science of Computus in the Middle Ages (University of Galway). Shazia Jagot and Venetia Bridges will also be giving papers at the New Chaucer Society in London.


June 2016

Fulbright scholar to visit CML in 2017
The CML is pleased to announce that Professor  Jeff Rider (Wesleyan University) will be visiting SDU as a Fulbright scholar in the spring semester of 2017!

to former CML postdoc Venetia Bridges on her appointment to a permanent post at the University of Surrey!

CML talks this month
Alastair Matthews, "Narrative Temporalities across the Medieval Baltic: Hertig Fredrik av Normandie and Berthold von Holle's Demantin," Colloquium on Temporality, Somerville College, Oxford, June 24-25, 2016.

Christian Etheridge, "The Development of Astronomical Diagrams in Scandinavia during the High and Late Middle Ages," Early Medieval Graphicacy in a Comparative Perspective,  Oslo, Norway, June 8-10, 2016. 

Christian Etheridge, "Islamic Scientists in Medieval Lund: Explorations into the Identity of the Four Astronomers on the Astronomical Clock," Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation, University of Manchester, June 15, 2016.

Christian Etheridge, "The Uses and Application of Astronomy in Medieval Scandinavia," University of Durham, June 28, 2016.

New publication
Kristin Bourassa, "The Royal Entries of Henry VI in a London Civic Manuscript," Journal of Medieval History, 2016.

Diversity of Crusading: Ninth Quadrennial Conference of the Society for the Study of the Crusades & the Latin East
 taking place at SDU Odense, June 27 - July 1, 2016.

Workshops and Conferences
We have three workshops and conferences coming up this month. 1) Travelling Wisdom: Science in the Religious Orders (Odense); 2) Medieval Self-Commentaries between East and West (Odense); 3) Theorizing Medieval European Literatures (York).

Next Interfaces deadline
Submissions for "Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages" are due August 15.


May 2016

Congratulations to CML postdoc Réka Forrai...
...who has just been appointed to a permanent position at the University of Southern Denmark! Congratulations, Réka!

Opinion  piece by CML postdoc Alastair Matthews
"Denmark and Europe: The Importance of the Long View" appears in

Travelling Wisdom: Science in the Medieval Religious Orders
For more details on this conference next month, see here.

Migrating medievalists
This month the CML in Odense welcomes Martin Borysek, postdoc in York, while Shazia Jagot (postdoc in Odense) continues her stay in York!

CML papers this month
Shazia Jagot, "Medieval Orientalism and the Modern Literary Imagination: The Case of the Two Rushdies." Global Literature and Culture Forum (York), May 19.

Steffen Hope, 1) "A Dynasty of Saints? The Minor Saints of Medieval Norway and their Association with Saint Olaf." Rulers and Saints, Concepts of "Dynasty" and "Sanctity" from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages (Oxford). 2) "Helgenbilder i hagiografi og liturgi," Dies medievalis (Nyborg Slot), May 13.

Thomas Heebøll-Holm, "Danmark, dan(sk)erne og rel="noopener noreferrer" pirateri i middelalderen,"Dies medievalis (Nyborg Slot), May 13.

Christian Etheridge, "Jón Halldórsson and the learned environment of Bergen," conference on  Bishop Jón Halldórsson of Skálholt (Skálholt, Iceland), May 13-14.

Next Interfaces deadline
Submissions for "Rediscovery and Canonization: The Roman Classics in  the Middle Ages" are due August 15.

April 2016

Upcoming deadlines
Submissions for Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, vol. 2, on the Theory and Phenomenology of Love, are due April 15.

Applications due May 1, 2016, for a CML postdoc in Old Norse!

New book out in November
CML post-doc Alastair Matthews' new book, The Medieval German Lohengrin: Narrative Poetics in the Story of the Swan Knight, will be out this fall!

Books rel="noopener noreferrer" reviewed
Book reviews of two CML members' books appear in the April 2016 issue of Speculum: Lars Boje Mortensen (ed., w/ Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen and Alexandra Bergholm), The Performance of Christian and Pagan Storyworlds: Non-Canonical Chapters of the History of Nordic Medieval Literature, and Alastair Matthews, The Kaiserchronik: A Medieval Narrative.

Dronning Margrethes Romerske Pris
Congratulations to CML Centre Leader Lars Boje Mortensen, who will  on October 28 receive the Dronning Margrethes Romerske Pris at the Danish Institute in Rome! The prize recognizes his research as well as his internationalization of Danish research.

We contributed to this day of celebrating old languages on Twitter and Facebook! For a storify of CML tweets in medieval Norse, Spanish, Latin, Danish, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, and English, see here.

Summer school, Reading pleasure/Pleasure reading
The preliminary program for summer school participants is now available.

SDU manuscripts on TV!
You can see the clip about using modern technology to read manuscript fragments without damaging the books they are now in here (på dansk).

2015 annual research report now available
You can download the report as a PDF here. The full publication list (2012-15) is also available here.


March 2016

Two Interfaces calls for papers
Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures
 is now accepting papers for its two next issues, on the Theory & Phenomenology of Love and on Rediscovery & Canonization: The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages.

CML hiring a postdoc in Old Norse (deadline May 1, 2016)
The Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) at SDU, Odense, invites applications for a position as a 2-year Postdoc in medieval literature with emphasis on Old Norse (and/or Old Danish or Old Swedish). The position is available starting September 1, 2016. For more information: Postdoc in Old Norse at the Centre for Medieval Literature.

Call for Papers: Norse in the North, Translation & Transmission *due March 4*
June 4, 2016, 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm, University of York.

The Norse in the North project is now open to receive abstract submissions from postgraduate students for its annual conference, this year to be held at the University of York. The theme is “Translation & Transmission”, and the conference organisers invite students from literature, history, archaeology, and art history to submit a proposal. Possible topics include (but are by no means limited to): modern translation of Old Norse texts, Old Norse translations of medieval European texts, transmission of literary, artistic and architectural styles and motifs, cultural influences, and language contact and multilingualism. We are delighted to announce that Professor Heather O'Donoghue will deliver our keynote address.

Please contact with abstracts of 200-300 words for 20-minute papers by 4th March 2016. The conference is an interdisciplinary international event, and abstracts are welcome from all levels of postgraduates at any institution. For further information, please visit

York Medieval Lecture
Europe: New Foundations for an Unknown Future

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 6.00pm
Speaker: Prof. David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania & member of the CML Advisory Board
The ‘greatest generation’ of literary historians, headed by E.R. Curtius and cheered on by T.S. Eliot, attempted after World War II to stabilize European literary tradition around tropes and figurae of Rome-centered Latinity. Through intensive philological discipline and the kind of comparatism developed with distinction at York, they encouraged and inspired several post-war generations, and their work continues to be of value. But their vision of European cultural integration, affirmed through creation and expansion of the EU, now seems inadequate to current understanding, or to explain the complexities of the medieval past. At a time when medieval is now routinely coupled with terms such as monstrosity, it is vital to consider alternative methods for mapping the medieval past, to consider how this might contribute to understanding our own difficult European moment, and to show that medieval can indicate a cultural, religious, and literary convivencia that is not to be repudiated, but rather aspired to.
David Wallace (BA York 1976; Ph.D. Cambridge 1983) has been Judith Rodin Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania since 1996, is Second Vice-President of the Medieval Academy of America, and is most recently editor of Europe: A Literary History, 1348-1418, 2 vols (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Location: Huntingdon Room, King's Manor

Manuscript fragments at SDU
This video features Jackob Povl Holck, a research librarian at SDU who has been cataloguing the library's 40,000+ early modern books. In the process, Jakob has found many medieval manuscript fragments, some dating from the 10th century. Jakob is working together with CML PhD Christian Etheridge to identify and date the fragment collection.

Recent & upcoming CML conference papers
Tom Pettitt participated in the Conference “Place and Space in the Medieval World”, at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, 29-31 May, 2015. The full text of his paper, "Connection vs. Demarcation: The Representation of Space in Oral Tradition and the Book” is accessible here. He will also be participating in the Medieval English Theatre conference ("Transnational Drama") at the University of Kent, Canterbury, on 19 March 2016. The full text of his paper, "Carnevale in Norwich, 1443: Gladman’s Parade and its Continental Connections” is accessible here.


February 2016

This month the CML in Odense welcomes guest researcher Dr Eka Tchkoidze, Ilia State University, Georgia. Welcome, Eka!


January 2016

Leverhulme-funded network
Congratulations to CML post-doc Aglae Pizzone on her involvement in a research network recently awarded funding by the Leverhulme Trust. This network will explore the complex interactions between ancient and Byzantine emotion, bridging a gap in emotion history. It combines the methodologies of Classics and Byzantine studies, of Medieval Studies and emotion history. It will shed new light on the Byzantine emotional  universe and its impact on medieval and early modern culture and illuminate ancient emotions by investigating their reception in Byzantium. The network will not confine itself to texts, but will explore broad phenomena such as visual and material culture, performance, ritual, and the creation of cultural landscapes.

The network includes Edinburgh University (PI D. Cairns; N. Gaul), University of Southern Denmark  (A. Pizzone), University of Cyprus (M. Hinterberger), Vienna University (L. Theis), and entails the organization of three workshops and a final conference. Research activities will also lead to the creation of a digital archive.

CML on Twitter
CML is now on Twitter! You can follow us at @CentreMdvLit.

Guest lecture by Prof Elizabeth Tyler
CML's Professor Elizabeth Tyler will be giving a lecture, "Writing Universal History in Eleventh-Century England: Cotton Tiberius B i, German Imperial History-Writing and Lay Vernacular Literacy," at the Languages of Early Medieval Charters project (Universidad del Pais Vasco UPV/EHU) on January 21, 2016.

CML's second PhD defence
Congratulations to Claudia Wittig, who successfully defended her PhD thesis, "Instructing and Constructing Nobility: Moral-Didactic Poetry in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century Germany and England" this month. This is CML's second completed PhD, after Jonas Johnsen Helgason Christensen's November defence of his thesis, "Nikephoros Blemmydes Diegesis Merike and Self-Narrative in Monastic Foundation Documents." Congratulations to both new PhDs!

New Marie-Curie fellow at CML
Congratulations to Dr Irene Salvo Garcia, who will be joining the CML in February 2017 as a Marie-Curie funded fellow. Irene's project title is "Ovid as Historian: The reception of classical mythology in medieval France and Spain." She will be the second Marie-Curie fellow at the CML, alongside Dr Alastair Matthews ("Northern Narratives: The Poetics of Cultural Contact between Germany and Scandinavia in the Middle Ages"), who began in September 2015.


November 2015

PhD Student Steffen Hope at Stiklestad Public Event
On Friday 20th November 2015, CML's Steffen Hope took part in an annual public event at Stiklestad in Norway. Stiklestad, the site where according to tradition, Olaf of Norway was killed, welcomed 50 members of the public to listen to a day of lectures on the medieval church space!


October 2015

Presentation at 2015 DNRF annual meeting by CML post-doc Réka Forrai
Réka gave a talk about the post-doc situation at the Danish National Research Foundation's Annual Meeting, which this year was on the topic of "The Post-doc Challenge."

Guest Lecture by Centre Leader Lars Boje Mortensen
University of Cambridge, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic

Eighteenth Annual E. C. Quiggin Memorial Lecture

"Meritocratic Values in High Medieval Literature"
Tuesday, December 3 2015, 5:00 pm
Rooms G-R06/7, English Faculty Building, 9 West Road, Cambridge
Followed by a reception in the Social Space, English Faculty Building


September 2015

Journal Launch
The launch of CML’s new journal, Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures, took place on September 18, 2015, at the Sforza Castle in Milan. Published by the University of Milan and initiated by CML, the journal promotes connective and interdisciplinary views of the literatures of medieval Europe and explores their place and significance in a world of global literature. The open-access, peer-reviewed journal publishes papers in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. The first issue of the journal, “Histories of Medieval European Literatures: New Patterns of Representation and Explanation” is available here.

Read about the journal at the Danish National Research Foundation here.

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