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SNLS Annual Graduate Forum

Society for Neo-Latin Studies
Graduate Student Forum

March 17th, 2017

Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS

The call for papers for this event is now closed. A programme will follow soon.

The Society for Neo-Latin Studies is organising a one-day event to give postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers opportunities to discuss ideas, meet other scholars in the discipline, and present papers on their current research. This will be the fifth in a successful series of meetings the Society has organised for researchers at relatively early stages of their careers. Masters and PhD students, as well as students who have recently received their doctorates, are encouraged to attend; advanced undergraduate students considering a postgraduate career are also very welcome. In the past, participants have come from a variety of departmental and disciplinary backgrounds, including classics, cultural and intellectual history, literary studies, philology, philosophy, rhetoric, and textual scholarship.

A provisional programme for the SNLS Postgraduate Event will be available here soon. This will be a full-day event lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17th, and will include four papers from doctoral researchers working on neo-Latin topics, a seminar-style discussion of recent neo-Latin research (to be pre-circulated to participants), and invited talks about using neo-Latin sources in research by established scholars.

The Society for Renaissance Studies has generously funded a number of postgraduate travel bursaries, so any students planning to attend the event should register their interest in applying for a bursary with the event organiser, Prof. Sarah Knight, as soon as possible. Bursaries and places are limited, so you are encouraged to contact Prof. Knight at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions or require any further information about the event, please also contact Professor Sarah Knight.

Society for Neo-Latin Studies

Graduate Student Forum 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Merton College, Oxford

20 places available, first come first served.

There will be no fee involved, please just bring £3.30 in cash with you for a massive lunch. Free tea, coffee, and biscuits.
There are opportunities to present short papers (10-15 minutes) at this event, in a friendly and relaxed environment. If you would like to speak about your research or suggest a topic for discussion, please email Elizabeth Sandis by Monday 22 February.

There is no deadline for registering to attend, but places will be filled on a first come first served basis. Open to all. In order to make this event as useful for you as possible, it would be helpful to know a bit about your main interests when you email (and this will also influence which manuscripts we bring out from the archives for you!)

Here is the plan for the day

  • 11.15-11.30 Meet outside the main entrance to Merton College on Merton Street (postcode OX1 4JD). The College is 2 mins from High Street/Queen's Lane (where the London bus stop is) and a 20-25 min walk from the railway station.
  • 11.30 Welcome and Introduction (Prof Gesine Manuwald and Dr Elizabeth Sandis), followed by Tea and biscuits and short papers (10-15 minutes each)
  • 12.15 Lunch in Merton's famous dining hall (£3.30, paid in cash on the day): soup, main course, salad bar, dessert, fruit (self-service). Our kitchen team keep a fun blog/Facebook page:
  • 1.15-2 Coffee and short papers / discussion
  • 2pm-3.30 Meet Dr Julia Walworth, Fellow Librarian of Merton College. Special exhibition of Latin manuscripts to peruse (chosen by Dr Walworth and Dr Sandis) and a tour of the famous Old Library (about which you can read more here:
  • Opportunity to stay in the college afterwards (for a cup of tea or a walk round the lovely gardens - for recent photos see the gardening team's page:

Accommodation (inexpensive college room on main site) may be available. Email me as soon as possible if you would like me to book this for you. It may be a useful extension to your trip if, for example, there are things you would like to see in the Bodleian or the college libraries while you are here.

Please RSVP to: Elizabeth Sandis via email.

Society for Neo-Latin Studies

Graduate Student Forum 2015: Early-Modern Texts and Digital Resources

Friday, 29 May 2015, 1.30–6.30 pm

University College London, 29 GORDON SQUARE, G09

This graduate student forum is one in a series of annual events for graduate students organized by the Society for Neo-Latin Studies (SNLS; It is intended for graduate students working on or with Neo-Latin material (members and non-members). The event is open to students in any discipline and at all stages, including MA/MPhil/MSt students and undergraduates considering graduate work in the field as well as PhD students.

Graduate students in Neo-Latin studies are unusually isolated: the UK has no departments of Neo-Latin, so students are scattered among many departments across the country, including History, English, Classics, Modern Languages, History of Science, Philosophy and Theology. They are often the only student in their department (or even institution) working on a Neo-Latin topic. There is a strong need for such students to meet each other, share their research and consult with more senior academics, who are themselves hard to locate and contact for the same reasons – they are scattered among many departments, and almost none of them will have ‘Neo-Latin’ in their job title.

As a result, it can be difficult to share information on issues such as approaches, methodology, resources and the application of digital technology to early-modern material, which is relevant to all researchers in this field. Therefore this forum will offer the opportunity to speak about these issues and hear from people with experience with digitized collections or creating digital resources. There will also be time for informal networking and discussion.

If you would like to attend, please book a place by emailing Gesine Manuwald ( by 15 May 2015. Please indicate your institution, research area and the stage you are at (e.g. first year PhD; prospective MA student).

The event will be free to attend for students, and a sandwich lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to be considered for a travel bursary, should funds be available, please indicate this.


1.30–2.00 Arrival, registration, sandwich lunch
2.00–2.15 Welcome and Introduction
2.15–2.45 Victoria Moul (King’s College London): Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Paul White (University of Leeds): Digital resources for the study of handwritten annotations
in early printed books
Simon Wirthensohn (Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute Innsbruck): The Periochae of Habsburg School Drama:
Considerations on the Digital Edition of the ÖAW’s Periochae Collection
3.45–4.15 Coffee / tea
Máté Vince (University of Warwick): Casaubon project: Creating critical editions with
Classical Text Editor
4.45–5.15 Rembrandt Duits (Warburg Institute London): The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database
5.15–5.45 Closing Discussion
5.45–6.30 Drinks
6.45 Dinner at local restaurant (of an appropriate grad-student-friendly budget)