Call for Papers – Digital Medieval Congress 2019

1. NUME, Research Group on Latin Middle Ages, organizes in 2019 the first entirely virtual congress dedicated to medieval studies (DMC – Digital Medieval Congress).

2. The theme chosen for the first edition of the DMC is the ENVIRONMENT, in its broadest sense. We will consider Contributions investigating the problem of the relationship between medieval man and the environment in which he lived, the way in which it was perceived, imagined and transformed, with particular attention to the problem of its mental representation and the impact that this representation had on specific aspects of medieval European culture. Possible topics and approaches include but are not restricted to:

– The mutual impact between the urban context and the natural environment, and how one transforms the other;
– Researches on solutions adopted by medieval man in terms of pollution, urban hygiene, conception and use of green spaces;
– The environment understood and disseminated by political propaganda, theological reflection and artistic elaboration;
– Walking, traveling, fighting, hunting in the landscape;
– Empty places and human contexts;
– Dreamed, imagined, desired places;
– Tools and surveys for understanding the medieval landscape;
– Representations and use of animals, plants and minerals as “resources” (material, cultural, etc.).

3. There are no disciplinary limitations: contributions of history, philosophy, politics, literature, art, archeology, material culture, new technologies applied to medieval studies will be accepted.

– Contributions with two or more speakers are accepted;
– Contributions already structured in panels and leaded by a coordinator are accepted.

4. Participation proposals must have abstract format, written on a single pdf file in english, not exceeding 300 words. Furthermore, 5 keywords identifying the topic will have to be reported in the same file. Proposals must be accompanied by a short CV (no more than 1000 words), and sent by September 6th, 2019 to the email address:

NB: In the case of panels, the proposal must include a general title with a general presentation not exceeding 300 words, followed by abstracts of all the interventions (presented as in point 4.)

5. Proposals will be evaluated by the Review Board on the basis of quality, interest and originality. The judgment of the Commission will be unquestionable.

6. The Commission will notify the convocation for the speakers considered suitable by September 20th, 2019. The previous membership of the NUME Association does not necessarily imply the convocation.

7. The selected speakers will be asked to prepare a video intervention not exceeding 20 minutes, and to send it by October 12th, 2019 at:

8. The selected speakers will be required a registration fee (30 EURO each). Speakers who are not yet NUME Members will have to register with our Association (20 EURO membership fee).

9. The congress will be held on October 31st, 2019 on our social platform Numet. All received videos will be uploaded on the site, and organized in virtual rooms in which users from all over the world will be able to access and to follow and comment on the interventions. Chat rooms will also be created in which users can access to follow and animate the debate on contents.

10. At the end of the congress, all the contributions will be collected in a volume with the conference Proceedings. Speakers will be required to send a paper of their intervention by February 28th, 2020 (20,000 characters, notes and spaces included). Speakers who do not respect this deadline will be excluded from publication.

11. The Conference program will be published by October 20th, 2019.

12. The deadlines set out in this call must be strictly observed, otherwise the contribution will be excluded from the call.

NB: Please read the call at:

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Call for Papers – Crusading Encounters

The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East is pleased to announce its 9th International Conference, Crusading Encounters, at Royal Holloway, University of London, 29 June – 3 July 2020.

​Applications for sessions of three 20-minute papers each on the theme ‘Crusading Encounters’, or for individual papers, are welcome. Themes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactions (real or imagined) between crusaders and indigenous peoples
  • Crusading archaeology
  • Impact of crusading on the environment or natural world
  • Intellectual influences of crusading on medicine, science, culture, language/literature
  • Intermarriage, travel and/or communication between peoples, borders, languages
  • Encounters with the crusading past

Please note that there will be a maximum of three sessions in any one strand.​

All applications for sessions and papers must be received at by 1 November 2019.

For more information, see the conference website: ​

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Bloomfield Fellowship

The Medieval Colloquium of the Department of English at Harvard University invites applications for the Morton W. Bloomfield Visiting Fellowship, a four-week residential fellowship that can be held at any time during the 2019–20 academic year (September through May). Thanks to the generosity of the Morton W. Bloomfield Fund, established in the memory of one of Harvard’s most distinguished medievalists, we are able to provide up to $4000 towards travel, accommodation, and living costs. The committee particularly invites scholars early in their postdoctoral career (i.e., post-PhD) to apply. The Bloomfield Fellow has access to Harvard’s libraries and other resources. In the past, some fellows with sabbatical leaves have elected to extend their residency beyond four weeks. Fellows are expected to attend the Medieval Colloquium and to give a paper on the subject of their research. They are also asked to meet with our graduate students, and they are welcome to attend other events at Harvard. We select fellows on the basis of the importance of their research and its interest to our intellectual community.

Applicants should send a brief letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a two-page project description by email to Daniel Donoghue ( no later than 1 August. Please include details on when and for how long you would be able to be in residence. The fellowship is not normally compatible with teaching commitments at a home institution. We hope to be able to congratulate the successful applicant by the end of August.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts


Job Code

386056 Library Professional

Duties & Responsibilities

Posting will remain open until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Monday, August 12th

Houghton Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-centered Assistant Curator to support building, managing, and promoting use of the Library’s pre-1800 collections, with a particular emphasis on early manuscripts. The position offers the opportunity to work with the collections of a world-class rare book and manuscript library, and to inspire broad and creative use of those collections among existing and as-yet untapped audiences. The incumbent will perform a range of curatorial, outreach, and administrative functions and will actively collaborate with all areas of the Library’s work, including Public Services, Technical Services, Scholarly and Public Programs, and other curatorial departments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with faculty and instructors, and with staff in the Public Services Department, to provide direct instruction to undergraduate and graduate students for classes, orientation sessions, and other related educational activities utilizing Houghton collections.
  • Provides expert assistance to researchers, on site and remotely, with reference, photoduplicating, and permission requests, including approximately four hours per week at the Houghton reading room desk.
  • Participates in and supports the acquisitions program of the Early Books and Manuscripts department, working with the curator to review, research, and evaluate potential purchases and gifts.
  • Actively contributes to outreach activities, including developing content for the department’s website; providing tours and presentations related to the collections and the library; and contributing to the Library’s blog and other social media platforms, in collaboration with Library public programs staff.
  • Prepares exhibitions of all sizes; manages corresponding events, tours, and publications.
  • Assists in the review and preparation of external loan requests.
  • Represents the department to Harvard affiliates and external constituents; organizes outreach activities to promote the collections.
  • Assists in preservation and conservation review of the Early Books and Manuscripts collections. May assist in disaster response.
  • In collaboration with Technical Services, acknowledges receipt of gifts and purchases, generates and/or participates in efforts focused on organizing and improving access to collection material.
  • Contributes to accessioning, cataloging, preservation, and digitization projects.
  • Serves on Library and University committees as appropriate; contributes actively to professional organizations and shares research performed in the collection through presentations and publication. 
  • Support of departmental and library programs may require some weekend or evening hours.


  • Position could involve the supervision of a student assistant

Basic Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Minimum two years of related work experience
  • Demonstrated academic work or experience with paleography and the production and use of early manuscripts.

Additional Qualifications

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited academic program preferred; PhD preferred.
  • A commitment to diversity and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse population
  • Special collections experience strongly preferred.
  • Work experience preferably in an academic setting.
  • Experience working in a research library environment highly desired.
  • Reading knowledge of Latin or another language relevant to the Library’s early manuscript holdings.
  • Ability to work or interest in working with the department’s manuscripts in non-European languages
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Experience in classroom instruction, particularly involving special collections
  • Ability to thrive within a complex and changing work environment.
  • Evidence of a strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, library colleagues, and the general public.
  • Knowledge of copyright, privacy, confidentiality, and ownership as they impact work in rare book, manuscript, and archival collections
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication trends.
  • Demonstrated familiarity and fluency with emerging fields of digital scholarship
  • Strong technology skills and an enthusiasm for adopting new technologies and systems that expand access to collections and facilitate their use in research and teaching.
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Vacancy: Postdoctoral Researchers, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford

The ERC-funded ‘Music and Late Medieval European Court Cultures’ project at the University of Oxford, led by Professor Karl Kügle, is looking to hire two additional post-doctoral researchers for the 2019-20 academic year.  The project seeks to develop a new, post-national and trans-disciplinary method of studying pre-modern cultures; specifically, the focus is on European courts of the ‘long’ fourteenth century, defined as 1280-1450.

Post-doctoral researchers will pursue an individual research project within a relevant discipline, producing one or more articles to be submitted to a top-quality journal or equivalent scholarly publication during their tenure.

More information can be found at

Closing Date: 12th July 2019

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Call for Papers – Medieval French Without Borders

Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies 40th Annual Conference

Medieval French Without Borders

March 21-22, 2020

12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Hosted by: Center for Medieval Studies,

Fordham University

Co-sponsored with the Centre for Medieval Literature, University of Southern Denmark and University of York, and the Program in Comparative Literature, Fordham University

This international conference looks anew at the origins and development of the langue d’oïl – both as a transactional language and in its high cultural form of literary French – within multilingual contact zones and as a medium of social, cultural and literary exchange. Whether as a second language of empire (Carolingian, Angevin, German) or as an idiom spread by merchants, sailors, clerics, artisans, and pilgrims, as well as by soldiers and crusaders, French came in contact with varieties of Arabic, Breton, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hebrew, Irish, Norse, Occitan and Welsh. By integrating French with the other languages and literatures with which it came in contact from the ninth until the sixteenth centuries, this conference proposes new contexts for French that expand and complement more familiar explanatory frameworks such as identity, cultural prestige, and source studies. See the full CFP at the conference website:

Participants include: Mark Chinca, Thelma Fenster, Marisa Galvez, Jane Gilbert, Wolfgang Haubrichs, Sarah Kay, Maryanne Kowaleski, Karla Mallette, Anne-Hélène Miller, Laura Morreale, Lars Boje Mortensen, Thomas O’Donnell, Sara Poor, Brian Reilly, Teresa Shawcross, Elizabeth M. Tyler, and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne.

Please submit an abstract and cover letter with contact information by September 15, 2019 to the Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458, or by email to, or by fax to 718-817-3987.

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Call for Applications 2020/2021: The Berlin Prize

The Berlin Prize
Call for Applications 2020/2021

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2020/21.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. Past recipients include anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers of fiction and nonfiction, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts.

Approximately twenty Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center, in the Wannsee district of Berlin.

For 2020/21, the Academy will also award three specially designated fellowships: two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, for work that demonstrates an interest in the topics of migration and social integration, race in comparative perspective, or exile and return. In addition, in memory of its founder, the Academy will name a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellow for a project that looks at diplomatic approaches to resolving major global issues, from armed conflicts to environmental challenges to the impact of new technologies.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Proposals are by no means required to focus on German topics, but the Academy is interested in projects that will resonate with Berlin audiences.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional experience. Writers should have published at least one book with an established press at the time of application.

Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2020/21 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late April 2020.

The application deadline for 2020/21 is Monday, September 23, 2019 (6 pm EST).

To apply online, please visit:

For inquiries, please contact Fellows Selection:; phone +49-30-804-83-0.

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NEH Grants for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources program, with a deadline of July 16, 2019. These grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to such collections as rare books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture. Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities. Eligible activities are wide-ranging; many involve the use of digital methods. Further details, including links to the application guidelines and other resources, are available at:

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Call for Papers – Brut in New Troy 2020

Brut in New Troy 2020
26-29 June 2020
University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway (1 Suffolk Street), London, UK

For centuries, the “standard” version of Britain’s history held that the realm was founded by an exiled descendant of Aeneas called Brut (or Brutus), who came to the island with a band of Trojans, defeated the hostile giants living there, named it after himself, and established the capital city of New Troy, later known as London.

Popularized by Geoffrey of Monmouth in his twelfth-century History of the Kings of Britain, this matter was read, translated, supplemented, and transformed across medieval and early modern Europe, and across the gamut of languages and forms. The history of figures such as Brut, Lear, Cordelia, Ursula, Ronwen, Arthur, Merlin, and Cadwallader catalyzed an extraordinarily long-lived, popular, and influential tradition, playing a key role in the development of Arthurian literature and English historiography right into the seventeenth century, with works running from the realm’s remote “legendary” origins to Brut continuators’ own times.

Under the auspices of the International Lawman’s Brut Society and the University of Notre Dame, this four-day conference aims to promote fruitful conversation among scholars working on all aspects of the long historiographic, literary, and artistic Brut tradition. In the heart of New Troy, we seek to provide a forum for comparative, multilingual, cross-period, and cross-disciplinary discussion of Brut-related works and manuscripts, both canonical and less familiar, and by no means limited to “legendary” material.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on the Brut tradition from all disciplines, including medieval and early modern languages and literatures, and art, book, cultural, intellectual, political, religious, or any other kind of history. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The present and the renovation of the past in Brut texts
  • The role of the city in Brut texts
  • Ideas of “Britain”: nation, religion, geography, and history
  • Travel and migration in Brut texts and by its manuscripts
  • Multilingualism and the languages of the Brut tradition (Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, Latin, Norse, Scots, Spanish, Welsh . . . )
  • Bruts across borders (political, theological, temporal, physical, linguistic, generic . . .)
  • Medieval and post-medieval authorship, reception, and transmission of Brut texts and manuscripts
  • Bruts and technologies old and new (manuscript, print, digital media)

Please send abstracts of <300 words, with full contact information and specification of audiovisual needs, to organizers Julia Marvin and Jaclyn Rajsic at Deadline for submissions: 15 October 2019.

This conference is made possible by generous support from the Department of English, the Medieval Institute, the Program of Liberal Studies, and the Henkels Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame.

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MAA News – MAA@Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us Tuesday evening (2 July) at 7 PM in the Ruper Beckett Theatre for the Medieval Academy of America Annual Lecture:

Aden Kumler (University of Chicago), “‘The Gift of Screws’: Material Un-Making in the Middle Ages”

Afterwards, join Prof. Kumler and MAA staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable, “How to Sell Your Post-Graduate Degree in Medieval Studies Outside the Tenure-Track Job Market,” will take place on Monday at 7 PM. The GSC reception will take place on Tuesday from 8-10 pm at the Old Bar.

We hope to see you there!

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