MAA News – 2019 Annual Meeting Roundup, part 1: The Program

The 2019 Annual Meeting (University of Pennsylvania, 7-9 March) was a great success, with more than 500 attendees, four plenary sessions, more than 200 papers, receptions at the Penn Museum of Art and Archaeology and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, hands-on workshops, pop-up manuscript exhibits, and more. The full program, which was centered on idea of “The Global Middle Ages,” is available here.

The opening plenary, “Interconnection and Separation: Medieval Perspectives on a Modern Problem,” was delivered by Nora Berend (University of Cambridge), who charged the attendees to think carefully about the use of the term “Global Middle Ages.” MAA President David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania) focused his plenary lecture on Medieval Studies in the 1930s, discussing the work of medievalists in Europe and in the United States and considering how their work reflected the time in which they lived and foreshadowed the uses (and mis-uses) of medieval history and narrative then and now. The Fellows’ Plenary was delivered by Father Columba Stewart (Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML), and St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary), who spoke movingly and powerfully about the critical work being carried out by HMML to digitize, preserve, and protect ancient libraries in the Middle East and other war-torn regions of the world.

Newly-inducted Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America (L-R, T-B): Sara Lipton, Susan Mosher Stuard, Amy Remensnyder, Walter Pohl, Thomas Kelly, Celia Chazelle, Linne Mooney, and Keith Busby

In the CARA plenary roundtable “Working in the Middle: Writing the Global Medieval Textbook,” five scholars presented their work on a forthcoming textbook that will introduce students to a wider view of what we mean when we talk about the Middle Ages – broadening the traditional scope of European medieval studies to include Africa, Byzantium, the Middle East, India, the Mediterranean, and Asia. The K-12 Committee session addressed questions of how K-12 educators can participate in these globalizing efforts. The Graduate Student Committee and the Inclusivity and Diversity Committees’ joint session “MOC (Medievalists of Color), Graduate Students, and Race: Classes We Teach, Classes We Take” addressed the importance of developing curricula that are both expansive and inclusive, and the necessity of outreach to and mentoring of students of color.

Mentoring was a thread that ran throughout the conference, with several dozen mentoring pairings arranged by the Graduate Student Committee and a new event on Friday morning, a Mentorship Reception co-sponsored by the Inclusivity and Diversity Commitee and by the Graduate Student Committee. We hope to continue to host this event in the future. The annual meeting of the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) took place on Sunday morning and was attended by more than forty CARA delegates, each of whom was there representing their program or department. The morning began with a roundtable that continued the valuable discussions of the previous days, “Taking Up the Global Challenge: Expanding the Purview of Medieval Studies–Questions, Solutions, Innovations.”

The Annual Meeting was supplemented by a graduate student workshop centered on digitized manuscripts; several “pop-up” manuscript exhibits curated by graduate students; five hands-on workshops; and a lightening-round session showcasing more than a dozen digital humanities projects.

We are extremely grateful to Lynn Ransom, Julia Verkholantsev, the Program Committee, the graduate student volunteers, and the University of Pennslvania staff for their work in organizing and implementing such a splendid meeting. We look forward to seeing you at UC Berkeley next year!

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MAA News – 2019 Annual Meeting Roundup, part 2: Council Decisions

The Council of the Medieval Academy held its annual meeting on Thursday morning, March 7, and, among other items of business, considered the report of the Centennial Committee. With the submission of a final report and list of recommendations, the Centennial Committee has completed its charge and has been formally dissolved. We are all extremely grateful for their three years of hard work and valuable service. A variety of Centennial Committee recommendations will be considered by the Council annually for the next several years and will be publicly announced if and when they are approved.

By-Laws Changes: Based on Centennial Committee recommendations, several changes to the By-Laws were approved and will be implemented over the course of the next year. The specifics will be announced in the coming months.

Support for Independent, Contingent, and Academic-Adjacent Scholars: The Council adopted a Position Paper composed by Laura Morreale and others laying out the issues facing medievalists who are, by choice or necessity, not employed as full-time faculty. The Position Paper proposes a visionary way forward. The Council has charged President Ruth Mazo Karras with the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Pathways to study the issue and propose a series of recommendations to the Executive Committee and Council over the course of the next year. In the coming months, you will hear much more about this initiative to support our colleagues who are independent, contingent, or academic-adjacent.

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MAA News – 2020 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The 95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley on 26-28 March 2020. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, the Program in Medieval Studies of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. The Call for Papers is online here. Submissions are due on 1 June.

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MAA News – MAA@Kzoo

As always, the Medieval Academy of America will have a strong presence at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo (May 9-12).

1) The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Medieval Academy, will be delivered by Bissera V. Pentcheva (Stanford University), “Icons of Sound and the Exultet Liturgy of Southern Italy” (Session 151, Friday, 8:30 AM, Bernhard, East Ballroom). Two related sessions organized by Prof. Pentcheva will take place on Friday at 1:30 PM (Session 236) and 3:30 PM (Session 294). Both sessions will take place in Sangren 1750.

2) On Friday at 3:30 PM, the Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a roundtable titled “Stepping into the Professions: Tips on Navigating a Variety of Career Paths for Medievalist Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars” (Session 285, Fetzer 2016). The GSC reception will take place immediately afterwards in the same room.

3) On Thursday at 1:30 PM, the Committee for Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) is sponsoring a roundtable on “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages” (Session 58, Fetzer 1005).

4) The annual CARA Luncheon will take place on Friday at noon (Bernhard, President’s Dining Room). We hope you will attend as a representative of your institution, center, program, or institution. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. All are welcome! Click here to register.

5) Finally, we invite you to stop by our staffed table in the exhibit hall to introduce yourself, transact any Medieval Academy business you may have, or pick up some chocolate to keep you going during those long afternoon sessions.

See you at the ‘Zoo!

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

Interoperability and Medieval Manuscripts: A Digital Humanities Workshop

The Medieval Academy of America is now accepting applications for “Interoperability and Medieval Manuscripts,” a three-day digital humanities workshop co-sponsored by The Medieval Academy and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Co-taught by Benjamin Albritton (Computing Info Systems Analyst, Stanford University Libraries) and Lisa Fagin Davis (Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America), the workshop will take place at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library from 9-11 July 2019.

Participants in this three-day intensive workshop will be introduced to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in combination with shared-canvas viewers and annotation servers, learning how this technology can facilitate new methodologies in manuscript and art history research. Working with their own images, participants will 1) upload their images into a IIIF server (if they aren’t already served by a IIIF-compliant platform); 2) present the images in a shared-canvas viewer; 3) work with the instructors to develop annotations and tags in keeping with their research project. Due to physical space limitations, the course is limited to twelve participants. Applications are welcomed from medievalists at all levels and will be judged primarily on the potential that interoperable images hold for the applicant’s research project or professional goals. Participants should already have access to or possession of the images they will be working with, if the images are not already online and IIIF-compliant. The workshop is tuition-free, but participants are responsible for travel, lodging, and incidental expenses. To help offset these costs, all participants traveling and staying overnight for the workshop will receive a $300 stipend courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Applications must be received by June 1. Click here for more information and to apply.

MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships

The MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships support graduate students and especially promising undergraduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy in good standing with at least one year of graduate school remaining and must demonstrate both the importance of the summer course to their program of study and their home institution’s inability to offer analogous coursework. Click here for more information and to apply. The due date for applications has been extended to 30 March.

MAA Book Subventions

The Medieval Academy Book Subvention Program provides grants of up to $2,500 to university or other non-profit scholarly presses to support the publication of first books by Medieval Academy members. The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2019. Click here for more information.

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MAA News – Inaugural Belle da Costa Greene Award

We are very pleased to announce that the inaugural Belle da Costa Greene Award has been presented to Tarren Andrews (University of Colorado, Boulder).

In 2018, the Medieval Academy of America established the Belle da Costa Greene Award to support the work of a medievalist of color. Da Costa Greene (1883-1950) was a prominent American art historian and the first librarian of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. She was also the second woman, and first person of color, to be elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy. Throughout her career, she passed as a white woman. This award explicitly acknowledges that the Medieval Academy of America has been, and remains, enmeshed in a world where racial ideologies have material effects that are often deleterious-for individuals and for scholarship alike.

Tarren Andrews’s project, “Indigeneity Outside Indigenous Studies: Encounters with Indigenous Futures and Medieval Pasts,” responds to the challenges of practicing an intellectually rigorous and responsible medieval studies in a racialized world by offering a truly global approach to medieval studies. The Inclusivity and Diversity Prize Committee is impressed by the project’s deeply historical approach to the concepts of time that arise at the intersections of medieval and indigenous pre- and postcolonial studies.

Andrews will use the award to travel to an indigenous studies conference in New Zealand, with the objective of interrogating the methodologies and the ethical positions of Indigenous and Eurocentric studies. Andrews’s project promises to enlarge our definitions of the “medieval,” and thereby to expand our understanding of our past, present, and future worlds. This is a project we are honored to support.

Click here to support the Belle da Costa Greene Fund in support of medievalists of color.

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MAA News – MAA/GSC Grant Winners

Two MAA/GSC Grants for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization have been awarded this year: to District Medievalists to help support a three-part series of symposia organized and presented by medieval studies graduate students in the Washington DC area; and to the 2020 Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut. We are very pleased to be able to support these programs that provide valuable conference-planning experience and promote graduate-student scholarship.

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Winner of the Belle Da Costa Greene Award

Letter of Commendation to Tarren Andrews,
winner of the Inaugural Belle da Costa Greene Award

In 2018, the Medieval Academy of America established the Belle da Costa Greene Award to support the work of a medievalist of color. Da Costa Greene (1883-1950) was a prominent American art historian and the first librarian of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. She was also the second woman, and first person of color, to be elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy. Throughout her career, she passed as a white woman. This award explicitly acknowledges that the Medieval Academy of America has been, and remains, enmeshed in a world where racial ideologies have material effects that are often deleterious—for individuals and for scholarship alike. Tarren Andrews’s project, “Indigeneity Outside Indigenous Studies: Encounters with Indigenous Futures and Medieval Pasts,” responds to the challenges of practicing an intellectually rigorous and responsible medieval studies in a racialized world by offering a truly global approach to medieval studies. The Inclusivity and Diversity Committee is impressed by the project’s deeply historical approach to the concepts of time that arise at the intersections of medieval and indigenous pre- and postcolonial studies.

Andrews will use the award to travel to an indigenous studies conference in New Zealand, with the objective of interrogating the methodologies and the ethical positions of Indigenous and Eurocentric studies. Andrews’s project promises to enlarge our definitions of the “medieval,” and thereby to expand our understanding of our past, present, and future worlds. This is a project we are honored to support.

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Visiting Scholar Program: Call for Applications

In order to promote scholarly research, exchange, and conversation about the medieval world, Harvards Committee on Medieval Studies welcomes a small number of Visiting Scholars each academic year. Visiting Scholars may work in any field dealing with some aspect of medieval society, religion, or culture in Europe, Africa, or Eurasia, and are welcomed as full members of Harvard’s rich intellectual and social community of medievalists.

Visiting Scholars may be appointed to terms ranging from three to six months. They enjoy full access to Harvard libraries and many other university facilities, an email account, and shared office space during the period of their appointment. They are expected to be engaged in research projects that draw upon Harvard’s manuscript, library, and other resources; to remain in residence in the Cambridge/Boston area during their appointment; to participate fully in the seminars, colloquia, and other activities of the Committee on Medieval Studies; and to share the results of their research in a seminar or other public venue.

Please note that these are unpaid research positions. Visiting Scholars are responsible for providing their own funding and securing their own accommodations during the term of their appointment. Researchers who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must obtain a visa to enter the U.S., and must demonstrate that they will be able to support themselves and any dependents traveling with them for the duration of their visit.

Applications are accepted twice yearly. Those expecting to hold a visiting position at Harvard in Fall 2019 must submit all materials no later than 12 April 2019; those applying for a term beginning in Spring 2020 should submit applications by 6 September 2019. Application information and forms can be found at the Committee on Medieval Studies website here.

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ACMRS Short-Term Residencies

ACMRS Short-Term Residencies

Applications due April 1st

Flexible research residency with $7,500 stipend

https://acmrs.org/content/short-term-residencies

The Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) is pleased to announce two, new short-term residencies. The annual ACMRS Short-Term Residency will enable scholars who have earned a Ph.D. in a pre-modern field to pursue their research for a period of four to six weeks. The residency is designed to allow scholars to focus on finishing projects for publication. The Director of ACMRS and senior members of ACMRS’ in-house press can provide publishing advice and mentoring. Each resident will present their work in a public lecture, showcasing their scholarship. Opportunities for graduate student mentorship are also available.

A new model: In line with ACMRS’ mission, the ACMRS Short-Term Residencies are designed to be as inclusive as possible and allow maximum flexibility. As such, the residencies may be held for a period of four to six weeks; a portion of the residency may be conducted remotely; or the residency may be divided into shorter segments over the course of the award year. Each residency carries a stipend of $7500.

Eligibility: Candidates must have earned the doctoral degree in a pre-modern field by the time of application. Scholars of color and members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application: Please submit a project description of no more than 1,000 words, outlining the research that will be undertaken during the period of residency; a curriculum vitae; and 2 letters of recommendation by April 1st, 2019 to Ayanna Thompson, Director of ACMRS, at ayanna.thompson [at] asu [dot] edu. Please indicate your preferred residency period and how you wish to structure the tenure of the award in your cover letter. This year’s residencies should be held between July 2019 and June 2020.

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