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)
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).
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.
The webpage of this Marie Curie project, Greek Studies in 15th Century Europe, is available here.
The website of the conference 'Making and Rethinking Renaissance Between Greek and Latin in 15th-16th Century Europe' (14-15 June 2016), with links to the poster, full programme, and to the Registraton page, is available here.
Call for announcements of new PhDs
SNLS would like to celebrate the achievements of their graduate student members. Therefore we are asking all supervisors and graduate students to inform us of any PhD students who obtained their PhD in 2015 (name, affiliation and title of thesis). If the students concerned are happy with it, we would then like to publish these details in the next Newsletter (to be sent out around the turn of the year) and of course congratulate them all very warmly.