Surfing the net, we often stumble upon minor news about medieval “stuff”. Here are some of the interesting tidbits we found this month
Folk High Schools are a Scandinavian specialty invented by the Dane, N.S.F. Grundtvig. Basically, the concept is for youngsters to spend a year delving into their interests be they sports, music, art, history, philosophy, literature etc. (Each school has its own specialties). One quality is that these schools do not offer exams. Focus is totally on personal development.
This year, Selfjord in Norway is offering a special full year course in Viking Life and lore. With focus on arts and crafts, the course s designed to be hands on. Thus, it offers to teach you to forge your own weapons, and sail your own ship. But it also offers a unique opportunity to learn to speak Norwegian. Thus it opens up for anyone to explore a later academic career in Norse studies.
For eighty years the German Publishing Company Schnell & Steiner has published beautiful and inspiring books on Culture, History and Art. celebrating the long tradition, Schnell & Steiner recently published a Christmas Catalogue presenting a vast collection of fine books which will delight any German-reading medieval scholar. Special highlight this season is the first volume of the accompanying series “Die Päpste” opening up to the “Catholic” exhibition in Mannheim in 2017 intended to counterbalance the Lutheran Exhibitions mounted in connection with Luther500 and the anniversary of the posting of the theses in Wittenberg.
The German Historical Institutes in London and Washington, D.C., are pleased to announce the tenth Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London from October 12 to 14, 2017. The seminar is designed to bring together Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2015-2016) in medieval history from American, British and German universities for three days of scholarly discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as to distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Conveners for the 2017-seminar will be Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow), Paul Freedman (Yale), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Ruth Mazo Karras (University of Minnesota), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Universität Konstanz).
Recent scholarship in water studies has generated several germane streams of new methodological approaches, each relevant to medieval history. This OLH Special Collection will showcase the state of the field for medieval water studies, tease out its salient themes, and demonstrate possible futures for the field. In the last decade, new attention has been paid to the role of water as both a literary metaphor and a cultural reality in the Middle Ages, with exciting results. The special collection, edited by Dr James Smith (University of York) and Dr Hetta Howes (Queen Mary, University of London), is to be published in the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) (ISSN 2056-6700). The OLH is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries. The deadline for submission is Friday 28th April, 2017.
Mobilizing the Past is a collection of 20 articles that explore the use and impact of mobile digital technology in archaeological field practice. The detailed case studies present in this volume range from drones in the Andes to iPads at Pompeii, digital workflows in the American Southwest, and examples of how bespoke, DIY, and commercial software provide solutions and craft novel challenges for field archaeologist. The range of projects and contexts ensures that Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future is far more than a state-of-the-field manual or technical handbook. Instead, the contributors embrace the growing spirit of critique present in digital archaeology. This critical edge, backed by real projects, systems, and experiences, gives the book lasting value as both a glimpse into present practices as well as the anxieties and enthusiasm associated with the most recent generation of mobile digital tools.