Report: The Society for Neo-Latin Studies and Moore Institute (NUI) Event
This year’s SNLS postgraduate/researcher event in honour of Philip Ford was held in collaboration with the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). The event, which was held at the Moore Institute in Galway, was attended by participants across Ireland and Scotland. Speakers and attendees came from Cork, Dublin and Galway in Ireland, and from Edinburgh, St Andrews and Glasgow in Scotland. Jason Harris, from the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies at University College Cork, opened proceedings with an overview of the state of Neo-Latin studies in Ireland, and an overview of a range of texts that shed light on early modern Latin literary culture in Ireland. David McOmish, who is currently a research fellow at the Moore Institute, then provided an overview of Neo-Latin studies in Scotland. After lunch, which was provided by NUIG, there was a session on the Latin literature and literary culture of the Irish/Gaelic speaking world, with Michael Clarke, chair of classics at NUIG, providing a fascinating talk on the two-way impact of Latin upon Irish language epic literature and vice versa. Alan MacQuarrie from Glasgow University then gave a talk on the Latin epic tradition and its use by Scottish Gaelic writers (Roderick MacLean of Iona) in the early modern period. The next session was on Jacobites and Latin literature in Scotland and Ireland. Padraig Lenihan, lecturer in History at NUIG, gave a talk on his recent edition of thePoema de Hibernia, a Latin epic on the Williamite Wars in Ireland from a Jacobite perspective. David McOmish then finished this session with an overview of the development of Scottish Jacobite Latin literary culture from its origins in the Counter-Reformation to its continued influence upon educationalists and academics in Edinburgh in the early Enlightenment.
The day finished with a session on archives and publishing research. The first talk was given by Kieran Hoare from NUIG Archives. Kieran very kindly put on an exhibition of some of the gems of NUIG archives from the early modern period and discussed their significance. This was followed by two talks by Justin Tonra, lecturer in English and Irish studies at NUIG, and Ann Hurley, a PhD candidate in Classics/English, on how to use TEI to publish your research electronically. The day was then brought to an end with a brief discussion by David McOmishon the new Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series.
(Words by David McOmish)
This conference will address the distinctiveness of Latin in the Baroque era (c. 1590 – c. 1725). Although the term ‘Baroque’ post-dates the art to which it is applied, it is a useful label that can be affixed to an identifiable style – one that involves the breaking of classical rules to produce effects of grandeur, richness, and exuberance, and that occurs across all the arts and across the known world of the time. While there are many early modernists involved in researching topics dealing with 17th-century Latin, there has been little effort to amalgamate findings to detect patterns in the progress of Latin writing after the shift in emphasis away from the Humanist educational/cultural movement.
For further details and the full call for papers, please click on the event title.
SNLS and Moore Institute (NUI) Event: 'Latin Literature and its cultural significance in Early Modern Ireland and Scotland'
‘Latin Literature and its cultural significance in Early Modern Ireland and Scotland’
Wednesday April 24, 2019.
Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.
11.30-11.40am Welcome and overview of event
11.40-12.00noon The importance of early modern Latin studies 1. Scotland (Dr David McOmish, Moore Institute Visiting Fellow)
12.00-12.20pm The importance of early modern Latin studies 2. Ireland (Dr Jason Harris, University College Cork)
12.20-12.50pm Lunch Break
12.50-2.00pm Trends in early modern Latin studies 1. Vernacular (Irish/Gàidhlig) to Latin Professor Michael Clarke (NUI, Galway): Overview of the tradition of Latin literature in Irish culture Dr Alan Macquarrie (University of Glasgow), Society for Neo-Latin Studies Lecture: Roderick MacLean’s Ionis and the Latin Epic tradition in early modern Gàidhlig Scotland
2.00-2.30pm Tea and Coffee
2.30-3.40pm Trends in early modern Latin 2. Sé mo chaesar: identity and politics in Scoto-Hibernian Latin culture Dr Padraig Lenihan (NUI, Galway): Jacobites in the Poema de Hibernia Dr David McOmish (Moore Institute Visiting Fellow) , Moore Institute lecture: Counter-Reformation Propaganda and Stuart Loyalism in the poetry of Adam King
3.40-4.00pm An undiscovered Country: texts and source material in archives and online (NUI archives).
4.00-4.20pm Publishing your research 1. Digital output (Dr Justin Tonra and Anne Hurley, NUI, Galway)
4.20-4.40pm Publishing your research 2. The new Bloomsbury Neo-Latin series: monographs/collections and critical editions (Dr Jason Harris and David McOmish, editorial committee Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series).
Thanks to generous support from the Moore Institute and the SNLS, there is no event fee and lunch will be provided. As places are limited, those wishing to attend should email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. This joint event is also the annual SNLS Researcher and Postgraduate Day in honour of Philip Ford.
SNLS Forum for Early-Career Researchers - 15 February 2019
The Society for Neo-Latin Studies is organising a one-day event for advanced PhD students and early-career researchers with an interest in Neo-Latin. The event will take place at UCL (106 Gordon House, 29 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PP) on the 15th February 2019, and will focus on "career development". This will be an opportunity to discuss the implications and challenges of being an early-career researcher in such an interdisciplinary, non-traditional, and rapidly evolving field as neo-Latin, as well as the strategies and types of position open to scholars with a PhD in this area.
We will have a series of short talks on topics such as: postdoc applications and the postdoc experience, publishing, balancing research and teaching, applying for research grants and teaching jobs, and other career options. Our confirmed speakers include both early-career researchers and more senior academics, as well as former PhD students who are or have been working outside academia. There will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
Attendance is free of charge; lunch and coffee will be provided. To register, please email email@example.com by the 31st January 2019.
The event is generously supported by the Institute of Classical Studies.
The Philip Ford Annual Postgraduate Day will place in Glasgow on April 2019 2019 (details to follow).
The AGM 2018 and the Annual Lecture 2018 will take place on the afternoon of Friday 23 November 2018 at Westminster School, London (Little Dean’s Yard, London SW1P 3PF), thanks to the support of the Head of Classics and the Archivist there. The Annual Lecture will be given by our member Sarah Knight (on ‘Surge, age surge: the Latin writing of London students’). We will also have the chance to look at some relevant material from the collections there. Registration is now open.
3.00–4.15 pm Annual General Meeting (Camden Room)
4.15–4.30 pm Award of SNLS Early-Career Essay Prize 2018
4.30–5.00 pm Tea / coffee break
5.00–6.30 pm Annual Lecture (The Lecture Room)
Prof. Sarah Knight (University of Leicester): ‘Surge, age surge: the Latin Writing of London Students’
7.30 pm Dinner at The Sanctuary House Hotel, 33 Tothill Street, London SW1H 9LA
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Project Announcement: Neo-Latin Poetry in English Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, c. 1550-1700.
The SNLS would like to draw your attention to the website for Dr Victoria Moul’s Leverhulme-funded research project: Neo-Latin Poetry in English Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, c. 1550-1700.
From the website:
"This project aims to survey for the first time the enormous quantity of neo-Latin verse preserved in early modern English manuscript sources. We hope to restore to scholarly visibility the ‘Latin dimension’ of the bilingual literary culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century England: a period in which Latin (not English) was an international language, and in which not only the reading but also the writing of Latin verse was a significant element in all secondary education."
The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust over four years (2017-2021). The project lead and principal investigator is Dr Victoria Moul, Senior Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at King’s College London.
The Society for Neo-Latin Studies has organised a one-day event to be held in Manchester next March to give postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers opportunities to discuss ideas, meet other scholars in the discipline, present papers on their current research, and to attend a special workshop on ‘Editing Neo-Latin Texts’ led by Prof. Sarah Knight. This will be the sixth in a successful series of meetings the Society has organised for researchers at relatively early stages of their careers.
For details, please click on the event title.
University College Cork, a constituent of the National University of Ireland, is offering a new one-year MA in Renaissance Latin Culture, which will be commencing for the first time in September 2016. Grounded in the research and pedagogy at the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies in Cork, the new programme is specifically focused upon the revival of Classical Latin language and culture during the Renaissance (c.1300-1600). There is a significant language component, including some instruction in spoken Latin as part of an examination of renaissance educational culture. The course is open to students who have no prior knowledge of Latin, as well as to intermediate and advanced students – language courses and research topic are adapted accordingly.
For details please click on the title.