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


Friday, April 3, 2015

Kenneth C. Hawley Appointed New Co-Editor of Journal

The officers of the International Boethius Society voted unanimously to appoint Kenneth C. Hawley (Lubbock Christian University) as co-editor with Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. (Troy University) of Carmina Philosophiae: Journal of the International Boethius Society. Philip Edward Phillips (Middle Tennessee State University), who had served as the journal’s co-editor for fifteen years, resigned on March 30, 2015, to devote more time to his administrative duties and research projects. 

We offer our grateful appreciation to Professor Phillips for his dedicated leadership and service. Thankfully, he will continue in his role as the Secretary of the International Boethius Society, and he will organize its sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University and at the Medieval Academy of America. 

The 2014 issue of the journal—a special issue, guest edited by Joey McMullen and Erica Weaver, featuring selections from the Harvard Conference on Boethius—is currently in production.

Editors Hawley and Kaylor are accepting submissions for the 2015 issue of the journal. Please send article submissions to

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Updated Bibliography

Please visit our Bibliography page to find a recently updated version of a valuable resource for students of Boethius. Our thanks to Philip Edward Phillips for his excellent work on this project.

Monday, June 16, 2014

John Magee Named to the IBS Board of Trustees

In the general meeting of the International Boethius Society at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, John Magee (University of Toronto) was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees by a unanimous vote. We congratulate Professor Magee and are grateful for his willingness to serve the Society.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CFP: The Making of Boethian Narratives

32nd Annual Illinois Medieval Association Conference: Medieval Narratives

Saint Louis University

Submission Deadline: November 10th
Conference Dates: February 20th-21st
Sponsor: International Boethius Society

The work of the sixth century philosopher, Boethius, was extremely influential on the process of fashioning narrative in the Middle Ages, especially his final work, The Consolation of Philosophy. In the twelfth century, Alan of Lille, Bernard Silvestris, Lawrence of Durham and Adelard of Bath, to name only a few, were inspired to produce narratives which worked with Boethian themes, and writers such as Dante and Chaucer wrestled with Boethian philosophy at the very core of their narrative efforts. Recent work has been done by Bridget K. Balint, Elizabeth Elliott, Eleanor Johnson and other critics investigating how Boethius influenced literary production, and the goal of this panel is to further this project. What strategies did writers employ to incorporate Boethian themes into their narratives? How does The Consolation itself inform the medieval conception of narrative and the process of inventing narrative? In what ways did medieval thinkers perceive Boethian thought as creating or limiting narrative possibilities, both in terms of the writing and the interpretation of narrative? The International Boethius Society invites submissions of 300-350 word abstracts for 15-20 minute conference papers exploring such questions on the subject of Boethian narrative from any medieval disciplinary concentration, including literature, theology, philosophy, and history. Abstracts should be sent to Anthony G. Cirilla at by November 10th.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

49th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Boethius in Kalamazoo
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 8-11, 2014

The International Boethius Society sponsored a great session at the 2014 International Congress--excellent papers from devoted scholars:
Boethius and the Liberal Arts
Sponsor: International Boethius Society
Organizer: Philip Edward Phillips, Middle Tennessee State University

Session Chair: Anthony Cirilla, Saint Louis University

1. "A 6th-Century Portrait of Boethius in Ravenna" (View Video)
Ruth Dwyer, Independent Scholar

2. "Imagining the University: Boethian translatio studii in De disciplina scolarium"
Brooke Hunter, Villanova University

3. "Boethius in the Medieval Classroom: Knowledge Transfer and Nominal Compounds in Notker's German Adaptations of Boethius's Writings"
Nicolaus Janos Raag, Uppsala University, Sweden

Respondent: Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Troy University

Anthony, Brooke, Nicolaus, Ruth, and Harold after the session.

Brooke and Nicolaus during the Q&A.

 Ruth making her presentation.

Video of Ruth's presentation.

  Harold responding to the panel.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Revisiting the Legacy of Boethius in the Middle Ages

Harvard University, March 13-15, 2014

Many thanks to Joey McMullen and Erica Weaver, whose coordination with Professor Daniel Donoghue, Harvard's Department of English, and the Morton W. Bloomfield Fund produced a wonderful conference that featured engaging scholarship, stimulating discussion, and warm collegiality.

The outstanding papers presented during the conference sessions were capped off each night by keynote addresses by Susan Irvine (University College London), Eleanor Johnson (Columbia University), and Ann Astell (University of Notre Dame). [below]

The photos here capture some of the spirit of Boethian friendship enjoyed there at Harvard's Barker Center.