The 30th Harlaxton Symposium, 16-19 July 2013: Language Networks in Medieval Britain

Convened by Ardis Butterfield and Elizabeth Eva Leach, a pair of sessions on music and literature relating to the overall conference theme of language networks comprised three paper-presentations and a linked concert given by the talented performers Ensemble Leones, directed by Marc Lewon ( The three papers took complementary stances on the theme, exploring a wealth of music and lyric from Britain and beyond, and especially the networks of which they formed part.

Sensing the sacred through music: conference review

Musical contributions to 2013's 'Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800,' held at the University of York. Click here to read the blog post.

Review of Nordic Conference on Medieval Book Fragments

On 21 May, twenty-six delegates and researchers convened for three days in Stockholm for the Nordic Conference on Medieval Book Fragments, hosted by the Swedish National Archives.  The event aligned with several commemorative events:  first, the transformation of the Medeltida Pergamentomslag (MPO) database—a repository of nearly 23,000 medieval fragments in Sweden, about half of which contain music—into an online searchable format, a project several years in the making after the catalogue was initially complete

Review of Exeter Machaut conference

Review of the conference 'Guillaume de Machaut: Music, Image, Text in the Middle Ages', University of Exeter, UK, 29-30 April 2013

Retelling the Prioress's Tale

Sophie Sawicka-Sykes reflects on her experience of adapting one of Chaucer's most challenging Tales.
Go to Retelling the Prioress's Tale (blog post)

'Machaut in the Book' Symposium

Review of the Mellon Research Symposium ‘Machaut in the Book’, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 11-12th April 2013
Kate Maxwell, University of Agder

Review of the Orlando Consort at Wesleyan University’s Memorial Chapel

Program: Selections from Guillaume de Machaut’s Le Voir Dit, Dufay, Dunstaple, Gombert, Josquin des Prez, Ockeghem.

New Bibliographic Entry and Review

 For today’s post I had originally intended to review John Toy’s catalogue of liturgical material for English saints in medieval Scandinavian sources from the perspective of my own project on Scandinavian chant, but last week, after whimsically having come to the decision to read through Leo Treitler’s collection of essays, Reflections on Musical Meaning and its Representations, I felt compelled to review that instead and save the other entry for later.

A Burgeoning Bibliography, or, New Work in Medieval Song

Here at Medieval Song we've developed a bibliography of scholarship on medieval lyric and song. The most recent addition is a discussion of some of the essays in the 2011 University of Exeter book Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance: Volume One, Text, Music and Image from Machaut to Ariosto. We'd like to continue building the bibliography by crowdsourcing it.

Postdoc Position Announcement: Digital Medieval Manuscripts Fellow, Stanford University

As part of the CLIR program of Fellowships in Data Curation for Medieval Studies, Stanford University has posted a postdoc position for a Digital Medieval Manuscripts Fellow. The position will be cross-appointed between the English Dept. (working with Elaine Treharne) and the Stanford University Library (working with Benjamin Albritton).

Details of the position and instructions for application can be found at:

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