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Events for 2011-2012

Since 2011, the archive pages for each academic year have taken the form of a summary of an annual report submitted to the Dean of Research.

Annual Report 2011-2012

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies had a very fruitful year in terms of research output (conferences, seminars, publications), promotion of the early period through its various activities (public lectures, conferences, seminars), and engagement with the public. It was also very successful in acquiring funding  from a variety of bodies: SLLCs, French Studies, the Society for Renaissance Studies, The French Embassy, and various businesses..

The Centre began the academic year with a talk on Thursday 20 October 2011, ‘The Book of Kells: The Campaign for its Return’, given by Mr Aidan Wall, the Chairperson of the Kells Tourism Forum. The talk presented a welcome opportunity for a discussion  between academics and members of the public about the claims of Kells to a volume of the Book of Kells. The talk concluded with a consensus that the Centre would be very willing to work with Kells Tourism Forum to help promote awareness of the area’s rich cultural heritage and its links with the Book of Kells.  This collaboration was reinforced on 7 February 2012 when Dr Alyn Stacey was invited by the Forum to Headfort House to speak at the launch of the Kells and District Tourism Brochure by John Hennessy-Niland, Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy in Dublin.

On Thursday 15 December, Dr Denis Casey (University of Cambridge) gave a paper ‘Cultural Contacts in Renaissance Ireland: Queen Elizabeth’s Irish Primer and the Irish Grammatical Tradition’. This talk was chaired by Professor Damian McManus of the Irish Department and very usefully threw light on a little-known area.

On Thursday 19 January, Dr Enzo Farinella (former Cultural Attaché at the Italian Institute, Dublin) gave a paper on ‘The Cultural Contribution of the Irish Monks to Europe and Italy from the 6th Century Onwards’.

On Saturday 25 February, one of the Centre’s Research Associate’s, Dr Anatole Tchikine, gave a talk at the National Gallery of Ireland on ‘Russia and the Renaissance; History, Artistic Tradition, and Cultural Identity’. This was part of the celebration of Russian Culture in Dublin and presented an excellent opportunity for the Centre to engage with the public.

In the current academic year, the Centre also launched its ‘Saturday Medieval and Renaissance Seminar’, which this year focussed on collaboration with  UCD. Like the public lectures, the seminars were very well attended by scholars across the disciplines and covered a range of topics in the early modern period. They also served very usefully as a forum for more general discussion between scholars of their research projects.

A further initiative launched by the Centre, and specifically by the Research Network, ‘Chaucer in Context’, was ‘The Chaucer Seminar’. This ran throughout the year from 4 October onwards and was a great success.

The Chaucer in Context Research Network also launched the fruits of its work since 2010, the year it was founded: on Friday 11 May, the Centre launched  Chaucer in Context: A Golden Age of English Poetry, edited by Dr Gerald Morgan (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012), a refereed collection of articles by several  of the foremost Chaucerians of this generation  (Barry Windeatt; Alan Fletcher; A.V.C.Schmidt; Simon Horobin; William Marx; Nicolas Jacobs; Gerald Morgan; Anne J. Duggan; David Scott-Macnab) together with contributions by emerging scholars in the field.

The Research Network Early-Modern Gardens in Context was also very active. The Centre, together with the French Department, organised a two-day international conference on 25-26 May entitled: ‘Images of the Garden: the French Garden as Cultural Palimpsest’. The Keynote Speaker was the renowned garden historian Professor John Dixon Hunt (University of Pennsylvania). The conference included speakers from France, Portugal, Ireland, England, and the USA).  The conference concluded with a round-table discussion for future research and events under the aegis of the Network. A refereed publication is planned based on the papers.

On behalf of the Research Network Early-Modern Women in Europe, Dr Eavan O’Brien has been preparing for publication the (refereed) volume of essays which arose from the inaugural conference in September 2010. This volume of refereed articles is due to appear in 2012 with IGRS Books (University of London).

On behalf of the Network and in collaboration with the French Department, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey gave an outreach lecture ‘Patrice Chéreau’s La reine Margot’ on Thursday 9 February 2012.

With regard to a further Research Network in which the Centre is involved, the Réseau international de chercheurs sur la Savoie, the (refereed) volume of essays arising from the 2010 conference Les Conflits en Savoie 1400-1800 (at which the Network was launched) is also in preparation (by Dr Alyn Stacey). It has been accepted for publication by Peter Lang.

In terms of publications, conference papers and research collaborations, the Centre’s Research Associates and Directors of Research Networks were very productive (see below for list of publications).

The Centre’s MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture had a further successful year. It had five excellent students this year, the majority of which were from the USA, showing the Centre’s ability to attract international students.

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer, FTCD, Académie de Savoie,
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies/French Department,
18 June 2012


Sarah Alyn Stacey (Director)
Political, Religious and Social Conflict in the Duchy of Savoy, 1400-1700 (editor)(Oxford: Peter Lang, forthcoming 2012)

‘Marc-Claude de Buttet et son Apologie de Savoie (1554)’ (forthcoming chapter in fore-mentioned volume)

‘Patria non immemor’: Ireland and the Liberation of France in Southern Ireland and the Liberation of France, ed. Gerald Morgan and Gavin Hughes, (Geneva and Oxford, Peter Lang, 2011), pp. 1-22

Le Poète Savoyard de la Renaissance; Marc-Claude de Buttet 1529/31-1586’, in Histoire de la literature savoyarde, ed. Louis Terreaux (Montmélian, Académie de Savoie, 2010), pp. 203-229

‘Tourmenter, tuer et damner les hommes’: Women and Vice in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptaméron’. Forthcoming in Representing Women’s Authority in the Early Modern World: Struggles, Strategies, and Morality, ed. by Eavan O’Brien (London: IGRS Books, forthcoming 2012)

Invited Papers to academic audiences:
‘Commemorating Chivalry: Didacticism and the Worthy Cause’, The Writing and Representation of War in Medieval Europe, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, 7-8 September 2011
Founder and Co-ordinator of the Undergraduate Essay Prize of the Society for Renaissance Studies (launched in January 2012)

David Rundle
Editor, Humanism in Fifteenth-Century Europe [Medium Ævum Monograph, xxx] (Oxford, 2012), including own chapter on ‘Humanism across Europe: The Structures of Contacts’ and (with Oren Margolis) the ‘Biographical Appendix of Italian Humanists of the Fifteenth Century’.

‘From Greenwich to Verona: Antonio Beccaria, St Athanasius and the Translation of Orthodoxy’, Humanistica, v (2010 [published 2012]), pp. 109 – 119.

‘English Books and the Continent’ in A. Gillespie and D. Wakelin ed., The Production of Books in England, 1350 – 1530 (Cambridge: CUP, 2011) [ISBN: 9780521889797], pp. 276 – 291.

Invited Papers to academic audiences:
‘How Libraries Die, or what the fate of medieval manuscripts in early modern England can teach us’, University of Reading, June 2012 [related posting]
Co-organisation of an event which will launch a series of 'medievalists and classicists in conversation' . The first, held in Corpus Christi College, Oxford in March 2012,  was on the theme of 'Epic' and was held under the aegis of the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature (more details available on:

 Jane Roberts
On adding some Old English into the HTOED’, in St Hugh’s Chronicle 2009–2010, Number 83 (n.d.), 53–55

‘Ældad’s judgement’, in Medieval Chronicle VII, ed. Juliana Dresvina and N. A. Sparks and (Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 115–35

‘Some psalter glosses in their immediate context’, in Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval England. Collected Essays, ed. Leo Carruthers, Raeleen Chai-Elsholz, and Tatjana Silec (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 61–78

‘On Multi-Using Materials from The Dictionary of Old English Project, with Particular Reference to the hapax legomena in the Old English Translation of Felix’s Vita Guthlaci’, Florilegium 26 ([2011 for] 2009), 175–129

Anglo-Saxon Traces, ed. Jane Roberts and Leslie Webster (Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2011).

‘On the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary’, in International Conference ‘Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies. Senate House, University of London 20-21 July, 2010 (2011), p. 83–96
NB: editorial work on this volume and Introduction, pp. 5-11

‘On giving Scribe B a name and a clutch of London manuscripts written c.1400’ Medium Ævum 80.2 (2011), 247-70.

 Review: Working with Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts, ed. Gale R.Owen-Crocker (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2009), for Speculum  56.1 (2011), 253-55.

Review: Joyce Tally Lionarons, The Homiletic Writings of Archbishop Wulfstan. A Critical Study, Anglo-Saxon Studies 7 (Woodbridge, D. S. Brewer: 2010), for The Journal of Theological Studies 72.2 (October 2011), 772-74.

Invited Papers to academic audiences:
18 April keynote lecture ‘Aldred: context and ambitions’ at Lindisfarne Gospels Gloss conference at University of Westminster

Anatole Tchikine
“Galera, navicella, barcaccia? Bernini’s fountain in Piazza di Spagna revisited,” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, 31 (2011), 4, pp. 311-331

Invited Papers to academic audiences:
“Gardens and diplomacy: some episodes of cultural exchange between sixteenth-century Florence and France,” Images of the Garden: the French Garden as Cultural Palimpsest Conference, Dublin, May 2012

“’Oranges and lemons …’: the Giardino dei Semplici in eighteenth-century Florence,” The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, April 2012

“Gardens of mistaken identity: the Giardino delle Stalle in Florence and the Giardino
dell’Arsenale in Pisa,” The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Conference, Washington, DC, March 2012

“Russia and the Renaissance: history, artistic tradition, and cultural identity,” public lecture, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, February 2012

 Eavan O’Brien
Representing Women’s Authority in the Early Modern World: Struggles, Strategies, and Morality, ed. by Eavan O’Brien(London: IGRS Books, forthcoming in  2012)

‘Authority and Authorship in Isabel de Liaño’s Religious Epic’, in Representing Women’s Authority in the Early Modern World: Struggles, Strategies, and Morality (London: IGRS Books, forthcoming in 2012)

‘Verbalizing the Visual: María de Zayas, Mariana de Carvajal, and the Frame-Narrative Device’, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, 12.3 (2012), 116-141

‘Imagining an Early Modern Matria? The Representation of Age in Zayas and Carvajal’, Forum for Modern Language Studies, 47.2 (2011), 197-209

‘Personalizing the Political: The Habsburg Empire of María de Zayas’s Desengaños amorosos’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 88.3 (2011), 289-305

Gerald Morgan
Chaucer: A Golden Age of English Poetry, edited by Dr Gerald Morgan (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012). (xi + 308 pp.). This peer-reviewed collection of thirteen articles, arises directly from the Centre’s 2010 conference  and Research Network ‘Chaucer in Context’.

Peter Field
“Rex Quondam, Rexque Futurus.” Temps et mémoire dans la littérature arthurienne, ed. Catalina Girbea, Andreea Popescu, and Mihaela Voicu. Bucharest: Editura universitatii din bucuersti [= Bucharest UP], 2011. Pp. 369-79.

 “What Women Really Want: The Genesis of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale.” Arthurian Literature 27 (2010): 59-85.

“Malory’s Source-Manuscript for the First Tale of the Morte Darthur.” Arthurian Literature (forthcoming).

“Malory’s Place-Names: King Kenadoune.” Arthuriana (accepted for publication).

 Savvas Neocleous

 ‘Financial, Chivalric, or Religious? The Motives of the Fourth Crusaders Reconsidered’, Journal of Medieval History, 38 (2012), 183-206.

 ‘Tyrannus Grecorum: The Image and Legend of Andronikos I Komnenos in Latin Historiography’, Medioevo Greco, 12 (2012), 195-284.

 ‘The Byzantines and Saladin: Some Further Arguments’, under consideration for publication in the journal Al-Masaq: Islam and the Medieval Mediterranean.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, Canada, Academic Year 2011-12.

Completion of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies’ postdoctoral programme leading to the postdoctoral LMS (Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies): completion of a research project, entitled ‘ τν ωμαίων τυραννήσας tyrannus Grecorum. The Image and Legend of Andronikos I Komnenos in Byzantine and Latin Historiography’, and presentation of two research papers (fifty minutes each).

Dr Barbara Crostini
A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin, e-publication forthcoming on the TCD Library website.
Negotiating Co-Existence: Communities, Cultures and ‘Convivencia’ in Byzantine Society, Papers from the European Science Foundation Exploratory Workshop, Dublin, 1–3 October 2010, co-edited with Sergio La Porta (Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies, Fresno State University, Ca, USA), submitted to Brill.
‘Riflessi del contrasto con l’Occidente nei manoscritti studiti miniati del dopo-scisma (1054)’, in Ortodossia e Eresia a Bisanzio (IX–XII s.). Atti della IX Giornata di Studi dell’Associazione Italiana di Studi Bizantini (AISB), Roma, 5–6 Dicembre 2008 [= Rivista di Studi Bizantini e Neoellenici 47], F. D’Aiuto, ed. (Rome, 2011), 265–84.
‘Moral Preaching and Animal Moralizations: the Physiologos in the Eleventh Century between Stoudios and Montecassino’, in ξεμπλον. Studi in onore di Irmgard Hutter, II (= Νέα ώμη / Nea Rhome. Rivista di studi bizantinistici, 7, 2011), 155–190.
‘Spiritual “Encyclopedias” in Eleventh-Century Byzantium? Miscellaneous Evidence for an Encyclopedic Outlook’, in Encyclopaedic Trends in Byzantium? Acts of the Colloquium, Katholieke Universitiet Leuven, 6–8 May 2009, C. Macé and P. van Deun, eds, (Leuven: Peeters, 2011), pp. 213–230.
‘The Christian Greek Bible in Byzantium’, in The New Cambridge History of the Bible, vol. 2: The Medieval Bible, A. Matter and R. Marsden, eds (in press).
‘Commenting the Psalter in Eleventh-Century Constantinople: an image of the Paralipomena Ieremiou in the Theodore Psalter’
Gavin Hughes
‘Conference Review – ‘Warfare in Antiquity: Approaches and Controversies’ University College Dublin’, Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Brill, 2011

‘Re-fighting old wars: some current publications on Irish battles’ – a review of current published scholarship on Irish Battlefields’, Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Brill, 2011

‘Fourteenth-Century Weaponry, Armour and Warfare in Chaucer and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’in Chaucer in Context: a Golden Age of English Poetry, G. Morgan, (ed.) (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2012), pp.

The Hounds of Ulster – A History of the Northern Irish Regiments in the Great War (Peter Lang, Oxford, 2012)

Invited Papers to academic audiences:
Mass Burial and the 1798 United Irishmen’s Rebellion: history, folk memory and archaeology’ ,  ‘Battlefield and Mass Graves – a range of interdisciplinary analyses of sites of conflict’ conference at Brandenberg State Archaeological Museum, 21st – 24th November 2011, Brandenburg an der Havel

Funding Opportunities 2011-12
Royal Irish Academy grant for continuing research into the 1798 Rebellion and Irish military archaeology respectively.

Pauline Smith
‘Drama, Performance and Spectacle in the Medieval City: Some Survivals in the Satyre Ménipée (1594)’, in Drama and Spectacle in the Medieval City: Essays in Honour of Alan Hindley, ed. C. Emerson, M. Longtin, A.P. Tudor (Louvain: J. Peeters, 2010), pp. 473-488
Publication of the Claus Mayer Memorial Lectures at





Last updated 24 September 2012 by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Email).