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Proposals are now welcomed for a conference hosted at the National Library of Latvia from October 8-10, 2020 on the theme of  “Sacred Books, Looted Books: Formation, Transfiguration and Replacement of the Northern European Libraries in the Confessional Age (c.1500-c.1650) and their Afterlife.”

 

The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2019.

 

The full call for papers appears below. More information is available at https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-41119.

 

 

“Sacred Books, Looted Books: Formation, Transfiguration and Replacement of the Northern European Libraries in the Confessional Age (c.1500-c.1650) and their Afterlife”

National Library of Latvia, Mūkusalas iela 3, Rīga

October 8-10, 2020

 

Spiritual orders and other religious institutions controlled the vast majority of libraries in Northern Europe at the beginning of the early modern era. As confessional politics and allegiances became ever more intricate, libraries could suddenly turn into pawns in power struggles and conflict resolution.

The aim of our conference will be to explore how libraries fared in a rapidly changing early modern world. What role libraries played in late medieval and early modern culture? Were they primarily bastions of continuity and tradition? Or are they of importance primarily for the unparalleled window which they provide into the upheavals and transformations of this tumultuous age? How did libraries adapt to all these changes? When were they kept intact and used as war booty? When were they disbanded and broken up? In which situations were the libraries themselves agents of change? How the removed libraries have been reconstructed during the 20th and 21st centuries?

The erstwhile Jesuit College Library in Riga (1583-1621) will serve as a backdrop for our conference on the varying fates of libraries in the confessional age. Itself a conglomerate of disparate book collections, it underwent several transformations before assuming its recognised form in the inventory lists prepared after its transport as war booty to Sweden in 1621. The conference will take place to direct attention to the efforts of the National Library of Latvia in compiling a new modern inventory list and to bring this collection (now part of the Uppsala University Library) into the digital age.

Though at the centre of attention, the aim of the conference is look beyond the Jesuit College Library in Riga and to explore as the histories of Northern European libraries in general during the confessional age. The topics of the papers may feature:

– book collections of late medieval religious institutions and their fate during the Reformation;
– Jesuit libraries – their formation, use and role in the networks within the Society of Jesus (in Northern Europe and beyond);
– Catholic libraries in the Protestant environments;
– libraries and books as early modern war booties and their fate after the removal;
– digital repatriation of libraries once removed from their initial locations.

The keynote speaker of the conference will be Andrew Pettegree (University of St Andrews).

Please consider that after the conference we have planned to publish a conference volume.

Working language: English

The abstracts (max. 350 words) have to be emailed to gustavs.strenga@lnb.lv until 1 December, 2019.



Together with the history department and the Office of Mission and Culture at St. Louis University, the Jesuit Archives and Research Center welcomes submissions for the sixth annual Jesuit Student Research Symposium, to be held on April 17, 2020. The deadline for submissions is March 6, 2020, though proposals are accepted on a rolling basis.

 

Proposals are welcomed on the theme of the history, influence, and legacy of Jesuit Missions throughout the world. Undergraduate and graduate students may submit proposals that “address any time period, region, or discipline, including but not limited to history, music, art, science, education, and exploration.” A full call for papers appears below. More information about the event can be found on the website for the Jesuit Archives and Research Center.

 

The Jesuit Archives and Research Center (http://jesuitarchives.org/) opened its new facility in St. Louis in November 2017. It “houses the collective memory of twelve past and current administrative provinces of the Society of Jesus in the United States” as well as the records of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

 

 

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
AD MISSIO: JESUITS IN THE WORLD

We are pleased to announce the sixth annual Jesuit Student Research Symposium, to be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at the Jesuit Archives & Research Center, 3920 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108, 314-376-2440.

The symposium will be hosted jointly by the Jesuit Archives & Research Center, the Saint Louis University Office of Mission and Identity, and the SLU History Department. Our theme will explore the history, influence, and legacy of Jesuit Missions throughout the world.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and universities are warmly invited to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation. Submissions may include papers and other appropriate presentations on the theme of Jesuit missions. Presentations can address any time period, region, or discipline, including but not limited to history, music, art, science, education, and exploration. For further advice and sources, please contact jarcadmin@jesuits.org.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words, and will be accepted by the selection committee on a rolling basis. All proposals will receive a response within two weeks of submission. The final deadline for submissions is Friday, March 6, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jacob Klusman, Jesuit Archives & Research Center, at jarcadmin@jesuits.org, or Dr. Silvana Siddali, SLU History Department, at silvana.siddali@slu.edu.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and graduate students, at SLU or any other university, college, or seminary, are warmly invited to apply. Travel Stipends: We may be able to offer a modest stipend to reimburse costs of travel and accommodations for out-of-town presenters. To apply, please contact Dr. Silvana Siddali as soon as possible, at silvana.siddali@slu.edu.

Important dates:
Friday, March 6, 2020: Final deadline for proposals and funding applications.
Friday, April 10, 2020: Final papers are due to the committee.



The Istituto Sangalli in Florence welcomes applications for a weeklong seminar on the Archives of the Holy See. Held in January 2020, this workshop seeks to “introduce young scholars and students in Humanities to the main Archives of the Holy See, with special emphasis on the early-modern and modern period, and how to access and use the documentation preserved therein.” The institute particularly welcomes applications from graduate students studying the early modern and modern periods as well as from “archivists, museum curators, and scholars who are currently working on the history of Roman Catholicism from different points of view.”

 

Participants will visit the following archives during the weeklong seminar

1) Vatican Secret Archives
2) Historical Archives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People (de Propaganda Fide)
3) Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
4) Archives of the Vicariate of Rome
5) Archives of the Fabbrica di San Pietro

And lectures will be given on the following topics:
Introduction to Archival Research in Rome; The Vatican Secret Archives: Brief History and Structure; Archival Research in the Archives of the Fabbrica di San Pietro; Archival Research in the Archives of the Vicariate of Rome; Archival Research in the Archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Archival Research in the Archives of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People (de Propaganda Fide); Laboratories on Manuscripts & Documents: Language, Scripts, Conventions, Dating & Documentary Typologies.

The lectures and the laboratories will be held, among the others, by Proff. Matteo Binasco (University for foreigners of Siena); Benedetta Borello (University of Cassino); Irene Fosi (University of Chieti), Massimo C. Giannini (University of Teramo); Giuseppe Mrozek Eliszezynski (University of Chieti); Giovanni Pizzorusso (University of Chieti).

 

Applications are due 1st December 2019. The cost of the program is 1.000,00 €. More information is available at

https://www.istitutosangalli.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Winter-Roman-Workshop-Call.pdf

https://www.istitutosangalli.it/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Bando-settimana-archivi-romani.pdf