Summer SchoolCrossing the Languages of Medieval Europe:Historical, Linguistic and Literary Approaches3-8 June 2013Academia Belgica, RomeMedieval Europe was marked by far-ranging linguistic diversity. Religion, ethnicity, conquest,gender, profession, socio-economic position, and literary form, among many factors, all shapedand were shaped by language choices and intercultural exchanges. From Iceland to the EasternMediterranean, these factors combined in varying ways across the sacred and secular languagesof a Europe already engaged beyond its permeable and never clearly defined borders.This summer school seeks to open-up and conceptualize this linguistic diversity in order tochallenge the established paradigms within which the disciplines of history, linguistics andliterature study and teach the medieval past. Students, tutors and lecturers will be drawn fromdifferent disciplinary, chronological and geographical specialisms. The aim of the summer schoolis to go beyond individual specialisms in order to bring different expertises into productive andcreative dialogue. Interdisciplinary collaboration will enable new questions of wider significanceto be asked and explored. These new questions will, in turn, enrich each student’s ownspecialist research and help him or her to establish an international network as an early careerresearcher.Possible themes include international languages, relationships of secular and sacred languages,readership and reading, linguistic borders, writing of vernacular languages, what constitutes avernacular language, language and literary canonization, communication (scholarly, diplomatic,ecclesiastical, merchant and court, for examples), intellectual and literary consequences ofmultilingualism, impact of modern nationalisms, the EU and globalization on study of medievallanguages.
PROGRAMMEThe summer school will be organized around lectures, discussion groups and time for informal talk. In the mornings,lectures, all of which will be followed by a seminar of the whole group, will address large themes. In the afternoon,smaller seminar groups, each led by a tutor, will work together over the course of the summer school on a series of casestudies. There will be substantial reading in advance. Lunches and two dinners will be in common. There will be anexcursion on Wednesday (there is no cost for the excursion).Tutors are Jeroen Deploige (Ghent University), Christian Høgel (University of Southern Denmark), Lars Boje Mortensen(University of Southern Denmark), Elizabeth Tyler (University of York), and Wim Verbaal (Ghent University).The morning lectures will be delivered by Panagiotis Agapitos (University of Cyprus), Robert Bartlett (University ofSt Andrews), Karla Mallette (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) and David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania).PRACTICAL INFORMATIONAPPLICATIONApplications should be sent before the 15th February 2013 to Martine.DeReu@UGent.be.The summer school is open to PhD students of medieval European history, linguistics and literature. In addition to workingin their research with texts in at least two medieval languages, students will be expected to read English and either Frenchand/or German. Lectures and seminars will be held in English. Applications should include an abstract of your currentresearch (no more than one side of A4, single spaced) and a statement addressing the contributions you can make to thesummer school and what you hope to gain from participating (no more than one side of A4, single spaced). One referee,who will be willing to write in support of the application, has to be named. Referees of short-listed applicants will becontacted directly by the organizers of the summer school.There is no cost for attending the summer school.ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORTParticipants need to provide for their own lodging and transport. There is a limited number of free shared rooms availablein the Academia Belgica which will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.Useful information can be found on the following websites:Academia Belgica: http://www.academiabelgica.it/Hotels:http://www.venere.com/it/italia/roma/http://www.romaviva.com/http://www.romaonline.net/Youth Hostels: http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/italy/rome/http://www.hostelworld.com/hostels/RomeMEALSLunches and two dinners will be provided by the organizers. The participants will take care of the other meals.BURSARIESFive bursaries (500€) and free shared accommodation in the Academia Belgica are available. Please address yourapplication to Martine.DeReu@UGent.be before the 15th of February 2013, detailing your travel costs and financial need.This project is organized by the Centre for Medieval Literature (University of Southern Denmark andUniversity of York) and the H. Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies (Ghent University).