Call for participation

IANLS Vacation School: Digital Humanities and Neo-Latin Studies

Bonn, 1–5 March 2022

The corpus of Neo-Latin texts is a vast and still widely uncharted ‘terra incognita’ whose actual dimensions have been emerging only in recent years with the advent of digitization. The digital turn could be a veritable game changer for Neo-Latin studies. Scholars no longer depend on physical access to large research libraries with collections of manuscripts and old printed books. Today, a daunting quantity of texts is often just a click away. Even though Neo-Latin studies have crucially benefitted from digitization, there has nonetheless been little interaction between Neo-Latin studies and the Digital Humanities.

The Vacation School on Digital Humanities and Neo-Latin Studies, organized under the auspices of the International Association for Neo-Latin Studies (IANLS) and generously sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation, is intended to provide a platform for a more intense dialogue between these two disciplines. It offers an opportunity for people from both fields to discuss research questions at the intersection between Neo-Latin Studies and Digital Humanities and explore the potential of interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Vacation School consists of two events, the first of which was an online conference held from 14 to 17 April 2021 (video in our Youtube channel), whereas the second will take place in person in Bonn from 1 through 5 March 2022. This second hands-on event will enable the participants to meet up in person, share their experiences, ideas and questions. It will address in particular the following areas: (1) Exploring Neo-Latin text corpora, (2) Digital Neo-Latin editions, (3) Lemmatization, (4) Stylometry, (5) Linguistic Linked Open Data, and (6)­ Geographical and biographical metadata. The program will start in the afternoon of Tuesday 1 March (arrival date) with general introductions and will end in the morning of Saturday 5 March 2022 (departure date) with concluding remarks. The core of the program will be conducted from Wednesday 2 March through Friday 4 March. People arriving late on 1 March and/or leaving early on 5 March will not miss anything essential.

We can offer travel bursaries (maximum amount based on the travel allowances granted by the DAAD) to all successful applicants. The participants will be offered free accommodation in Bonn from 1 through 5 March 2022.

Early-career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Papers and discussions will be in English. Basic computer skills as well as a good command of Latin are required. Participants are asked to bring their own computer.

Applicants are kindly asked to send a short CV alongside a motivation statement (approx. 300 words) via email to Prof. Dr. Neven Jovanović (, Prof. Dr. Marc Laureys (, and Alexander Winkler (

Deadline for applications: 26 November 2021, Notification: 15 December 2021.

For up-to-date information please visit the website dedicated to the Vacation School ( and follow us on Twitter (@DigNeoLatin). If you have specific questions, please contact the organisers directly via email.

You can download the call in PDF here.

Latin Lexicography Summer School: 20–24 July, 2020

The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute invites applications for its annual Latin Lexicography Summer School, which will take place in Munich from July 20 to 24, 2020. We welcome participation by researchers at any stage in their career whose work engages rigorously and critically with Latin vocabulary, whether in specific texts or across the entire corpus of ancient Latin. In addition to philology, relevant disciplines include intellectual history, epigraphy, linguistics, literary and textual criticism, medieval and Renaissance studies, philosophy, and theology. This year Prof. Wolfgang de Melo will be present as the scholar in residence.

The program involves offers three types of activity. First, seminars and related exercises address Latin lexicography, the methods and format of the TLL, and specific challenging corpora (e.g. inscriptions, the vetus Latina Bible translation, ancient lexicography). Secondly, participants collaborate in the production of a short lexicographic entry, which will be published in a forthcoming fascicle (lemma to be determined). Lastly, there is daily time for participants’ own research in the Thesaurus Archive, supported by advice from researchers at the dictionary. Nevertheless, the time for independent research is very limited, and we encourage researchers with more extensive projects to plan a longer stay.

The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Institute is home to the world’s most comprehensive record of the Latin language (ca. 600 BC to AD 600), consisting of over ten million hand-written notecards, and a world-class library of editions, commentaries, and relevant reference material. Many editions have have systematic cross-references to recent discussions of individual words in scholarly journals and other publications, as well as annotations from former owners and specialists (e.g. Eduard Fraenkel, Wilhelm Heraeus, Eduard Norden, Eduard Wölfflin). The Archive also contains all the unpublished material for the TLL Onomasticon, a record of all proper names and their derivatives (e.g. Homerus, palatium). The Bavarian Academy also houses the German Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch and is not far from the Bavarian State Library, the Ludwig-Maximilian University, and the Germany Archaeological Institute.

The workshop begins at 9:30 am on July 20. Daily activities typically run from 9:30 until roughly 5pm, with some optional evening excursions. Participants are responsible for their own housing; occasional refreshments will be provided. The language of group instruction is English, but one-on-one support is available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.


Applications must be received by February 1 by email to Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a one- to two-page Statement of Benefit. The Statement should describe one or more words that you plan to investigate (whether or not they have been published in the TLL), why they are important for your research, and what questions you hope to address during your stay. It is important to show familiarity with existing lexicographic resources. Given the limited time available for independent research, we encourage you to set modest goals or consider a longer visit. Only fifteen participants can be accepted, who will be notified by February 15.


Application due: February 1

Participation fee: €80

Location: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11, 80539, Munich, Germany


Intensive 5-day programme on book production, dissemination and consumption from the 15th to the 19th centuries.

Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium. The summer school will take place in the Ruusbroec Institute Library, some sessions will take place at the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library and the Plantin-Moretus Museum.

2 – 6 July 2018

Master students, PhD students and postdocs intending to integrate book historical approaches into their research (history, literary history, art history, religious and church history…).

External partners
Plantin-Moretus Museum (Antwerp) and Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library (Antwerp)

Registration fee
€ 500

The fee includes course material, coffee breaks, lunches and the summer school dinner and a farewell reception. It does not include accommodation.

University of Antwerp Students are entitled to a refund of €150.

Application details
Online through Mobility Online before 19 April 2018.

3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

More information

This Latin course is for beginners given at the Warburg Institute for 2 weeks from 10 – 21 September 2018, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

The Warburg Institute is offering a two-week course in Renaissance Latin. The course is designed for beginners and focuses on Latin texts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, drawing on a wide range of sources: the sophisticated Latin of the humanists; various forms of technical Latin (medical, philosophical, theological, etc.); and macaronic jumbles of Latin and the vernacular. One of the principal aims of the course is to help students develop the ability to read primary sources in the original Latin.  Students who wish to brush up their Latin are welcome to register, but they should be aware that the course content will be at beginner level.

The course will last for two weeks from 10 to 21 September 2018 for three hours a day.  Each day will be divided into two sessions: a morning session from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm which will focus on grammatical instruction; and an afternoon session from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm which will concentrate on supervised reading and translation of Latin texts.

Registration and payment

The early bird fee for the two week course for 2018 is £200 for bookings before 1 May 2018. For standard bookings from 2 May the fee will be £225. The fee for LAHP funded students is £180.
Admission is free to students of the Warburg Institute and those attending a course during the academic year 2018/19 at the Warburg Institute.

Please note that in order to attend this course you need to register online, and if applicable, pay online. If you are eligible to attend free of charge please also register online and pick the £0.00 option and you will not be charged.

Book here or see

If you have any queries about the registration process, please email:

We wish to invite anyone with an interest in Latin verse to:

‘Inter Versiculos in Sicilia’, a 10-day workshop in Latin verse composition, sponsored by the University of Michigan, and led by David Money (Cambridge).

See our website for full details:

This site also contains sections on previous workshops (2011, 2016), with poems by participants, advice on composition, etc, which may be of interest.

For applications and expressions of interest, please contact (as soon as you can): Gina Soter

Note for spoken-Latin enthusiasts: as long as there are sufficient participants interested, we are proposing to conduct some parts of the workshop in Latin: this will include social interaction (e.g. making a tantum Latine table available at meals) and perhaps some of the teaching; Dr Money has lectured in Latin about verse techniques on other occasions, such as the Lexington conventiculum, and would be willing to do so in more depth here, if it would be welcome. On the other hand, please note that this would be entirely optional, and participants would be able to enjoy the workshop fully in English.

We hope you will consider joining us. And we would also be very grateful if you could pass on the information to students and potentially interested colleagues and friends, and encourage any mentions of the workshop on social media or elsewhere, so that the message can reach a wider range of potential participants in all countries.

We would stress that the workshop is open to anyone at all (with reasonable Latin): no previous verse-writing experience is expected. We have found that most complete beginners can achieve some impressive results within the time of a workshop. It will be accessible to Latinists of varying levels: suitable for undergrads, but also for postgrads, and teachers at schools or universities – all of whom may find their appreciation of verse enriched by the practical approach we take.

Gina Soter writes that ‘the exercise can be unexpectedly compelling, illuminating and useful. As with many art forms, one of the best ways to understand what others have done, is to try to do it yourself.’

Here are a few comments from past participants:

  • Taught by a connoisseur of all the obstacles and traps in Latin poetry writing, we made the first stumbling steps on our newly discovered metrical feet; inspired by Sicilian sun, music, food, and wine, the stumble developed – little by little – into a dance.
  • Even if I do not continue writing poetry, Inter Versiculos has already improved my ability to read and appreciate Latin poetry. . . . my reading feels more natural and it is far easier to appreciate the poem’s meaning.
  • ‘Inter Versiculos’ not only opened my eyes to Latin poetry and its many wonders, but also to the gorgeous universe that is Sicily.
  • I was never more aware of the importance of quantities.
  • Having previously only studied classics in very traditional and rigid European schools, it is good to get away from the cobwebs of Northern scholarship and dash into the burning Sicilian sunshine.
  • I knew it was difficult to write with such confines as the different meters but I never truly understood until I tried it for myself. It was really satisfying to be able to have tangible evidence of my learning throughout the week.
  • Prose was always my thing–or so I thought. Now that I understand the skill involved in writing poetry, I have a completely different love for it.  Before I used to prefer the Caesar portion of the syllabus; now I far prefer the Vergil!
  • The way Latin poetry is conventionally taught, it can feel like trying to solve a puzzle … but the process of learning how to ‘write’ the poetry has augmented my understanding of it a thousand-fold . … This perspective is unique and invaluable; I certainly could have gotten it no other way.
  • I.V. also fostered a unique sort of community, the likes of which I never would have imagined: it brought tenured professors, ancient armchair Latinists, and green undergraduates all down to the same level of expertise.

‘Inter versiculos’ 2018 is now actively seeking anyone curious about Latin poetry. We invite you to join us in Trapani, Sicily, July 5-14, 2018.

Co-directors: Dr Raphaële Mouren (Warburg Institute) and Professor Ingrid De Smet (University of Warwick)

The programme ‘Resources and Techniques for the Study of Renaissance and Early Modern Culture’ provides specialist research training to doctoral students working on Renaissance and Early Modern subjects in a range of disciplines at universities across the UK and the rest of the world. The programme draws on the combined skills of the staff of the Warburg Institute and the University of Warwick, in electronic resources, archival sources, manuscripts, books, and images These are two of the major centres in Britain for the study of the Renaissance and the Early Modern period.

The Warburg Institute is the premier institute in the world for the study of cultural history and the role of images in culture. It is cross-disciplinary and global. It has an outstanding library and photographic collection. For a local map showing the Warburg Institute, please click here.

The interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is a large and broadly-based research and teaching community with a high international reputation. The Centre’s members are drawn from the departments of Classics; English & Comparative Literature; History; History of Art; and the Schools of Modern Languages & Cultures (especially French and Italian); Theatre, Performance & Cultural Policy Studies; and Cross-Faculty Studies.

Standard Fee for course: £99.00 (excluding accommodation/meals)

Fee for University of Warwick/Warburg Institute registered PhD students: £50.00

Full programme available here.

Online Registration closes at midnight on 17th May 2017

Van 3 tot 7 juli 2017 organiseert de Universiteit Antwerpen de summer school ‘Print Culture in 16th-century Europe’, een initiatief van de Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, de Universiteitsbibliotheek en het Ruusbroecgenootschap in samenwerking met het Museum Plantin-Moretus en de Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience.

Op het programma staan maar liefst 18 workshops en lezingen over de wereld van het zestiende-eeuwse boek met aandacht voor een brede waaier van onderwerpen, zoals bibliografie, boek- en bibliotheekgeschiedenis, digital humanities, grafiek, uitgeversstrategieën of zestiende-eeuwse genres als humanistische tekstedities en bijbels.

Deze Engelstalige summer school richt zich specifiek tot doctoraatsstudenten die boekgeschiedenis in hun onderzoek willen betrekken. De summer school mikt op 15 deelnemers.

Voor meer informatie en aanmelding, zie

Girolamo Vida door David Rijser

De Ars Poetica van Girolamo Vida is geschreven rond 1520 aan het hof van paus Leo X. Het is een van de belangrijkste teksten over antieken-receptie die er zijn. Het werk neemt de Ars Poetica van Horatius als uitgangspunt. Als je goed leest, blijkt Vida vooruit te lopen op de modernste theorieën over intertekstualiteit en receptie, en kunnen we hem gebruiken om inzicht te krijgen in de manieren waarop dichters met andere dichters omgaan. Op zichzelf genomen is Vida dus al interessant genoeg, niet het minst omdat hij een inventief, welluidend en scherpzinnig dichter is die de klassieken op zijn duimpje kent en er voortdurend met duizelingwekkende virtuositeit naar verwijst. Maar anderzijds kun je de tekst ook gebruiken om te achterhalen hoe men in de Renaissance Horatius’ Ars Poetica interpreteerde, zoals we zullen doen door Vida te vergelijken met contemporaine Horatius-commentaren. Ten slotte bevat het gedicht nog een fascinerende verborgen laag: het kan ook als een soort vorstenspiegel worden gelezen, een niveau waarop de opdracht aan de Franse dauphin al wijst en dat inzicht geeft in de toenmalige nauwe band tussen poëzie en politiek.Het college is primair bedoeld voor studenten GLTC, LTC en Neolatijn en daarnaast toegankelijk voor iedereen met een gevorderde kennis van het Latijn. Het wordt aangeboden in de tweede helft van de zomerschoolweek (18-20 augustus).

Pseudo-Ovidius door Piet Gerbrandy

‘De vetula’ (het oude vrouwtje) is een dertiende-eeuws epos in drie boeken, zogenaamd geschreven door Ovidius. Van dit buitengewoon geestige gedicht gaan we in drie dagen (eerste helft van de zomerschoolweek, van 15-17 augustus) een flink stuk lezen, in doorlopende sessies van 10.00 tot 16.00. De leesgroep is geschikt voor studenten die al redelijk vlot Latijn kunnen lezen. Schrijf je je in voor dit onderdeel, dan kun je die dagen dus geen andere vakken volgen.

Zie ook: Primair bedoeld voor middelbare scholieren en studenten, maar ook druk bezocht door bijvoorbeeld docenten klassieke talen en andere belangstellenden. Op de website kun je je inschrijven tot 1 juli 2016.

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