Monthly Archives: October 2016

Medievalists in Scotland Workshop, St Andrews, Saturday 3 December 2016

Dear fellow medievalists,

We would like to invite all medievalists currently working in Scotland – staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and especially medievalists working outside university settings – to participate in the next ‘Medievalists in Scotland’ meeting to be held in St Andrews, Saturday 3rd December 2016. Here is the link to the poster for display and dissemination: medievalistsinscotland_poster161

This informal event will run from 11am-4pm in the Medical Sciences Building on the North Haugh (opposite the venue of our last meeting, at which 100 (!) of you came to St Andrews six (!) years ago. As last time, the workshop will fefullsizerenderature sessions dedicated to networking and building research connections. A detailed programme of the day will be circulated nearer the time once we have a clearer idea of numbers and research interests.

Registration is **free** and lunch will be provided (no travel expenses can be paid though). Please sign up by 18th November here: indicating your current research interests so that we can plan the programme.

To facilitate networking on the day itself, we would kindly ask that each participant bring a poster of one side of A4 paper with a photo of themselves and a short description of their research interests that may be displayed. This can be completely informal, it will just aid our “poster session” massively.  If you have a fully-fledged A1 poster about your institution or your research, that would be welcome, too.

Also feel free bring along any advertising material or books that you may want to showcase for your degree, centre or project.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, otherwise we will look forward to welcoming you in St Andrews soon!

All very best wishes,

Bettina, Vicky and Audrey

Julia Faiers Raises Tuition via a Crowdfunding Campaign

Julia Faiers recently became the first PhD student in Art History to raise her tuition fees via crowdfunding.

Julia shared this exciting experience with us:

I tried crowdfunding after missing out on Research Council and internal funding from St Andrews. I researched how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, which involved coming up with Perks for people who pledged. Because of my research subject, these had a medieval French flavour, ijulia-faiersncluding ‘your name in medieval Occitan’, a postcard sent from one of my research sites in south-west France, and a bespoke art history tour around one of my main research sites, Albi cathedral.   

I also had to shoot a video of myself – in effect a sales pitch – to put on my campaign page. This was a real challenge, as I normally shy away from the camera lens! However, the video seemed to clinch it. I reached 30% of my fundraising target within three days, with pledges ranging from £10 up to £1000, and coming from as far away as the Philippines and New Zealand. My final amount was £3,125. 

The majority of pledges came from people within and just beyond my personal network, but I also secured pledges from a handful of people I don’t know. It was especially rewarding to know that my research subject roused strangers to donate, or perhaps that as a working mother of two children I may have inspired people to pledge. The knowledge that so many people have paid into my education drives me to succeed even more than if I had received official funding. I feel that as well as my supervisor Dr Kathryn Rudy, there are a lot of people out there who are relying on me to deliver first-class research. I don’t want to let them down!’

Julia is currently researching the art patronage of bishop Louis I d’Amboise in C15th Albi, south-west France.

Margaret Connolly’s Publication in ‘The Library’

In January 2016, whilst she was a visiting fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Margaret Connolly also visited Maynooth, where she identified a manuscript with a St Andrews connection. The manuscript, a compilation of papal decretals, was owned by William Scheves, Archbishop of St Andrews in the late fifteenth century. Details of this discovery are now published in ‘A Manuscript Owned by William Scheves now at Maynooth’, The Library 17 (3) (2016), 331-335.

You can read this article online here:

Publication: The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Logic, edited by Catarina Dutilh Novaes and Stephen Read (St Andrews, Professor Emeritus of History and Philosophy of Logic in the School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies), has just appeared with CUP (September 2016). This volume, the first dedicated and comprehensi9781107062313ve Companion to Medieval Logic, covers both the Latin and the Arabic traditions and shows that they were in fact sister traditions, which both arose against the background of a Hellenistic heritage and which influenced one another over the centuries. A series of chapters by both established and younger scholars covers the whole period including early and late developments, and offers new insights into this extremely rich period in the history of logic. The volume is divided into two parts, ‘Periods and Traditions’ and ‘Themes’, allowing readers to engage with the subject from both historical and more systematic perspectives. It will be a must-read for students and scholars of medieval philosophy, the history of logic, and the history of ideas.

The cover picture above shows ‘The Three Philosophers’ by Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco; c. 1477/8–1510). Although recent research suggests that the three figures are Pythagoras with his teachers Thales and Pherecydes, historically it has been interpreted as representing the transmission of knowledge from the Greeks through the Arabs to modern times.