Thursday, September 15, 2016

Boethius at Kalamazoo 2017

The International Boethius Society will sponsor a session on “Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae: Reception, Translation, and Influence” at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, May 11-14, 2017. Congratulations!

Philip Edward Phillips (Middle Tennessee State University), Organizer and Chair

1. Chancing Analogic Thought in Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiae
Sister Lucia Treanor, FSE (Grand Valley State University)

2. Chaucer’s Boethian Humility: Escaping Celebrity in Boece and The House of Fame
Gillian Adler (Saint Peter’s University)

3. “Jewels in a Crown of Lead”: The Consolatory Structure of Coleridge’s Boethian Biographia Literaria
Anthony G. Cirilla (Niagara University)

Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. (Troy University), Respondent

The Society will host its annual business meeting & wine reception at the Congress. All IBS members and fellow Boethians are cordially invited to attend. More details to come soon.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Boethius in Kalamazoo 2016

The International Boethius Society hosted the panel described below, followed by our annual reception and business meeting on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo:

I. Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy through the Ages (Session 490, Bernhard 213, 3:30 PM)
Sponsor: International Boethius Society
Organizer: Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State Univ. 
Presider: Philip Edward Phillips 

Boethius as Anti-Boethius: A Re-evaluation of the Role of Boethius in Maximianus’s Third Elegy 
Sean Tandy, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 

“If chance will have me king”: The Alfredian and Boethian Context of Macbeth’s Weird Sisters 
Brian McFadden, Texas Tech Univ. 

Teaching “the Holesome Doctryne of Philosophye”: Comfort and Instruction in George Colvile’s 1556 Translation 
Kenneth C. Hawley, Lubbock Christian Univ. 

Respondent: Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Troy Univ. 


(IBS Secretary Philip Phillips, Sean Tandy, Brian McFadden, Kenneth Hawley, and Executive Director Harold Kaylor)


(Harold Kaylor opening up the IBS Business Meeting)

  (Anthony Cirilla and Brandy Brown)

 (Kenneth showing Brandy and Anthony Bax's 1897 edition of Colvile's 1556 translation--from the Boethius Center)

 (Joey McMullen and Erica Weaver with vol. 23, featuring papers from their 2013 Harvard conference)

(Rhonda McDaniel and IBS President Paul Szarmach)

Earlier in the conference, we enjoyed excellent presentations from IBS members Brooke Hunter and Anthony Cirilla, as well as the release of our new book from Medieval Institute Publications: Vernacular Traditions of Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae, edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., and Philip Edward Philips.


(Brooke Hunter, Villanova University, presenting on "Rewriting Boethius: Boethian Forgery and Forging Boethius")


(Anthony Cirilla, Niagara University, presenting on "Venus and the Grammar of the Trivium in Lydgate's Temple of Glas")

(Harold Kaylor and Philip Philips, with the newly released volume from Medieval Institute Publications)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Carmina Philosophiae

'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Years

Researchers and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from The Consolation of Philosophy



View a Performance: https://youtu.be/PwAKPIUKAyM

Monday, February 8, 2016

Boethius in Kalamazoo 2016

51st International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 12-15, 2016

The International Boethius Society (IBS) will host the following two events on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo:

I. Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy through the Ages (Session 490, Bernhard 213, 3:30 PM)
Sponsor: International Boethius Society
Organizer: Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State Univ. 
Presider: Philip Edward Phillips 

Boethius as Anti-Boethius: A Re-evaluation of the Role of Boethius in Maximianus’s Third Elegy 
Sean Tandy, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington 

“If chance will have me king”: The Alfredian and Boethian Context of Macbeth’s Weird Sisters 
Brian McFadden, Texas Tech Univ. 

Teaching “the Holesome Doctryne of Philosophye”: Comfort and Instruction in George Colvile’s 1556 Translation 
Kenneth C. Hawley, Lubbock Christian Univ. 

Respondent: Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Troy Univ. 


II. International Boethius Society—Business Meeting and Reception with open bar (Evening Event, Bernhard 213, 5:10 PM)


We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fourth Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

CFP: Ages of Boethius: A Diachronic Investigation
Event: Fourth Annual Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Location: Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO
Time: June 20-22, 2016
Sponsor: The International Boethius Society

This Call for Papers seeks scholarship for a  panel (or series of panels) on Boethius as a figure of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, or the Renaissance, from any relevant discipline, including literature, history, art history, musicology, theology, and philosophy. Abstracts of 250-350 words should be sent to Anthony Cirilla at acirilla@niagara.edu no later than December 1, 2015.

Access the full description on our Conferences page.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

In Memoriam: Brian Donaghey

The recent passing of our dear colleague, Brian Donaghey, is a great loss for Boethian Studies and for the International Boethius Society. As Helen, Brian’s wife, observes, he died “just short of his 75th birthday. Tragically young.”

We will remember him officially in the next issue of Carmina Philosophiae, as well as in the dedication of our forthcoming Brepols volume, Remaking Boethius

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Boethius in Kalamazoo
50th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 14-17, 2015

International Boethius Society members and conference guests enjoyed a wonderful session at the 2015 International Congress:

Translations and Adaptations of Boethius's De Consolatione Philosophiae
Sponsor: International Boethius Society
Organizer: Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University

Presider: Philip Edward Phillips

1. "Trouthe thee shal delivere" Boethian Trouthe and Chaucerian Lyric
Megan Murton, Xavier University
2. Trivial Kingship: Boethian Personification, the Trivium, and James I's Kingis Quair
Anthony G. Cirilla, St. Louis University
3. "the tru cause of its fatal ruine": The Consolation of Sir Harry Coningsbye's Poetic Translation
Kenneth C. Hawley, Lubbock Christian University

A number of other papers on Boethius were featured in various sessions throughout the conference:

Medication, Rumination, and Meditation in the Old English Boethius
Hilary E. Fox, Wayne State University

"All creatures would flow apart like water": Cosmological Learning as Copia in the Old English Boethius
Albert Joseph McMullen, Harvard University

Two Unhappy Knights and Lady Fortune: What Boethius Meant to Malory
Leigh Smith, East Stroudsburg University

Forging Boethius: Pseudo-Autobiography and the Making of Medieval Boethianisms
Brooke Hunter, Villanova University

We also had a fine time of good discussion and lively conversation at our International Boethius Society Business Meeting and Reception, where we congratulated Philip Edward Phillips on his 15 years of dedicated service as editor of our journal, Carmina Philosophiae, and welcomed Kenneth C. Hawley as he takes on this role for the Society.

Please note on our Bibliography page the addition of a new entry for Sam Barrett, who joined us for the reception and made us aware of his recent book: The melodic tradition of Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae in the Middle Ages, Monumenta monodica medii aevi Subsidia vol. 7, 2 volumes, Bärenreiter: Kassel etc., 2013.

Here are a few photos from our session and reception. Thanks to all for another great time at Kalamazoo.

 Kenneth Hawley, Megan Murton, and Anthony Cirilla, with Session Organizer, Philip Phillips

IBS President and Reception Host, Paul Szarmach, with Kenneth, Anthony, and Philip