2019-2020 Franklin Research Grant competition

Franklin Research Grants

The American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the Ph.D.

Deadlines: October 1, 2019, and December 2, 2019

Award: up to $6,000

Contact: Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, American Philosophical Society, 104 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


Phone: (215) 440-3429

Webhttps://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin-research-grants (for information and access to application portal)

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Jobs for Medievalists

The American Academy in Rome invites applications from artists, scholars, and institutional leaders for the position of its Rome-based Director, beginning in summer 2020, for an initial term of three years (2020-2023), with the potential for two one-year renewals.  The candidate should have a distinguished record of achievement in one of the disciplines represented at the Academy as well as significant experience in management and administration.  For more information, visit the Academy’s website: https://www.aarome.org/jobs   or job application portal: https://aarome.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=17

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Call for Applications

Call for Applications
Harvard University
October 19th and 20th, 2019

Houghton Library, Latin 159, f.173

This graduate training workshop will cover topics in:

  •              Paleography and Cataloging of Medieval Manuscripts
  •              Manuscript Transcription and Scholarly Editing
  •              Introduction to the Digital Edition: Challenges and Best Practices
  •              Collaborative Editing
  •              XML, Text Encoding Fundamentals and the TEI Schema

No prior paleography or encoding experience is required.

The workshop covers the fundamentals of digital editing while tackling the codicological challenges posed by medieval manuscripts. Practical sessions inform collective editorial decision-making: participants will undertake the work of transcription and commentary, and encode (according to TEI P5 protocols) the text and images of a medieval manuscript. The workshop will result in a collaborative digital edition. The manuscript selected for this workshop is Houghton Lat. 159, a late medieval Book of Hours written in Latin; we will focus on a selection of suffrages. No language proficiencies are required for participation in this course.

The workshop will run from Saturday, October 19th to Sunday, October 20th, 2019, from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This graduate-run workshop is free of charge, and lunch will be provided for participants. A limited number of small need-based travel bursaries are available for participants traveling to Cambridge. The workshop will be limited to twelve places – preference will be given to graduate students with demonstrated need for training in manuscript study and text encoding.

More information about the upcoming workshop and previous workshops can be found on the website—please read this information before applying, and apply online by September 20th at


Applicants will be notified whether they can be offered a place by September 23rd. For more information, see the project website:


or email organizers at


This workshop is funded by an S.T. Lee grant and co-sponsored by the Committee for Medieval Studies and the Classics Department at Harvard University.

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Call for Papers – Bending the Knee: Proskynesis, Genuflection, and Bowing Rituals in the Medieval World (Sessions I and II)

Call For Papers

The 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, May 7–10, 2020
Bending the Knee: Proskynesis, Genuflection, and Bowing Rituals
in the Medieval World (Sessions I and II)

Various pre-modern cultural traditions managed interactions between members of different social strata by prescribing performative displays of supplication and humility. Perceptible and formalized movements of the body, often performed publicly in courtly and religious settings, provided a symbolic visual vocabulary for interaction. They consisted of different extensions and contractions of joints and muscles, and often took the form of proskynesis, kowtow, genuflection, and bowing, as well as other gestures. These widely persistent social rituals represented the nature of the polarized relationship between master and slave, ruler and ruled, or superior and inferior in medieval cultures. They also served as forms of social currency; those acknowledging their superior’s authority and power were rewarded with social recognition. Paradoxically, bowing rituals could also result in one’s own exaltation through an elevation to a higher societal or spiritual ranking. Depictions and acts of genuflection or proskynesis were not limited to imperial contexts. Lowering the body as a means of elevating the soul was fundamental to monastic practice in Christian, Islamic, and many other cultures.

These two panels call for papers that discuss, explicate, and contextualize the rituals, histories, imagery, and cultural significance associated with different forms of bowing and bending throughout the medieval world. We particularly invite comparative cross-cultural studies pertaining to rituals of supplication within medieval Islam, Christianity (Latin and Byzantine), and other faiths, cultures, and traditions. Furthermore, papers can also discuss how these performative gestures delineated the relationships between ruler and ruled, master and slave, and upper and lower classes in various pre-modern contexts. Our goal with these panels is to begin an interdisciplinary dialogue spurring new lines of inquiry currently absent from existing studies that focus solely on individual cultural contexts.

Please submit a single-page abstract to Ali Asgar Hussamuddin Alibhai (PhD Harvard University) and Erika Loic (PhD Harvard University) at the following address by September 18, 2019BendingTheKneeKalamazoo@gmail.com. All accepted paper presenters will be expected to register for and attend the Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan (May 2020). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us in the meantime.

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Call for Applications: János M. Bak Research Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe


Application deadline: October 15, 2019
Starting date: January 1, 2020 (upon agreement)
Duration: 3 months

The Board of the János M. Bak Research Fellowship on Medieval Central Europe invites applications for its 2020 call. The recipient will be an early- or mid-career researcher (no more than 15 years from the award of the PhD, excluding periods of maternity/paternity leave) who has already made a significant contribution to research in any field of study on Central Europe in the period between 800 and 1600 CE. The fellowship, which is funded by colleagues, friends, and former students of Professor Bak, is open to scholars of any nationality, irrespective of employment status. While hosted by the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University, Budapest, Janos Bak Research Fellows will also join the academic community of CEU’s Institute for Advanced Study and will be able to be accommodated in the Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse.

Applicants to the fellowship have to submit a CV, a list of publications and a research plan (c. 500 words) proposing a visible output such as an article, book chapter, exhibition, film, or other form of publication. Fellows will be asked to give a public lecture at CEU and be available for consultation with CEU students. The duration of the fellowship in 2020 will be three months, preferably from January to March 2020. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2000 and are expected to be in residence in Budapest.* Please send your application package to bakfellowship@ceu.edu.

* Travel expenses to/from Budapest will be refunded up to the limit of EUR 300. At present the rent for a self-contained apartment in Raoul Wallenberg Guesthouse is 500 EUR per month and will be payable from the fellowship award. Fellows wishing to make alternative accommodation arrangement, maybe able to do so by prior agreement. When applicable, visa costs will be refunded.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at https://hro.ceu.edu/KEE_privacy_notice.

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.
Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and other emerging democracies throughout the world. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty, from over 50 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.
For more information, please visit www.ceu.edu and https://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/.


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MAA News – MAA@Leeds

The Medieval Academy of America had a strong presence at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds this year, with a contingent that included President Ruth Mazo Karras, several Councilors, the Executive Director, and, as always, several dozen MAA members. Our plenarist, Aden Kumler (Univ. of Chicago), delivered a brilliant and well-attended lecture on Tuesday night that drew on the Congress theme “Materiality” and left the audience with much to discuss and ponder. The lecture was followed by a convivial reception. Join us next year, when our plenarist will be Carol Symes (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

GSC @Leeds:

The Graduate Student Committee of the MAA helped make professional development inside and outside of academia for graduate students and early career scholars a central discussion at Leeds this year. The Mentoring Program was a success with thirty-three pairings of graduate student and early career mentees with more senior mentors. Meanwhile, the GSC organized a lively round table discussion titled “How to Sell your Post-Graduate Degree in Medieval Studies Outside the Tenure Track Job Market” which nearly thirty graduate student and early career scholars attended. On the evening of July 2nd, the GSC hosted a reception at the university Old Bar where graduate students and early career scholars were able to meet and mingle as they enjoyed watching the U.S. v. England Women’s Wold Cup semifinal together.

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MAA News – MAA Digital Humanities Workshop

The 2nd Annual Medieval Academy of America Digital Humanities Workshop, co-sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, took place in New Haven from July 9-11. The “Interoperability and Medieval Manuscripts” seminar was led by Benjamin Albritton (Stanford University) and MAA Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis. The workshop focused on working with IIIF-compliant images in a shared-canvas workspace. Participants learned how to use new open-access tools to make images interoperable, create their own shared-canvas workspaces, load their images, set up and use a local annotation server, and engage with their images by using digitally-sustainable methodologies to facilitate image comparison, annotation, tagging, and manipulation. The fifteen participants came from all over North America and ranged from undergraduate and graduate students to librarians, unaffiliated scholars, junior and senior faculty. All non-local participants received travel bursaries generously provided by the Beinecke Library.

For more details about the workshop, search #MirMed2019 on Twitter or click here.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

Members of the MAA are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America for 2020.

The title of Fellow was created in 1926 to recognize and honor those scholars among us who over the years have made outstanding contributions to Medieval Studies through their teaching, scholarship, and service. These are normally senior scholars with an outstanding record of accomplishments, and ideally with work that manifests interdisciplinary interests.

Nominations are encouraged in all the varied fields encompassed by Medieval Studies. The nomination itself should be written in ways to make the nominee’s contributions to the field intelligible to a multi-disciplinary body of Fellows. All members of the Medieval Academy are free to submit nominations.

The nominations are overseen by the Fellows Nominating Committee, which is empowered to intervene only if there is some notable inequity in the list of proposed nominees. Existing Fellows will cast their ballots in December and January. The election of 2020 will operate under the by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013 and revised in 2015.

Existing Fellows may also have chosen to become Emeriti or Emeritae Fellows, which has the effect of opening up additional slots the following year for the election of new Fellows. Such Emeriti/Emeritae Fellows retain the position of Fellow in every respect but relinquish their right to vote in the election of new Fellows.

Current bylaws prescribe that there may be a total of up to 125 Fellows who at the time of election are members of the Academy and residents of North America, and in addition up to 75 Corresponding Fellows who at the time of election are residents of countries outside of North America. Following the rules established by the current bylaws, six (6) slots are available for the year 2020, for which there must be at least twelve (12) nominations. For the nomination of Corresponding Fellows no established minimum number of nominations is required.

Instructions for submitting nominations are available here: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

Please refer to the lists of current Fellows before proposing a nomination:

Current Fellows: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_List

Current Corresponding Fellows: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/CorrFellows

Nominations may be submitted by email (as a PDF attachment) to the Executive Director at <LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org> or by mail to:

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
Medieval Academy of America
6 Beacon St., Suite 500
Boston, Mass. 02108

Nominations for the 2020 elections must be received by 15 October 2019. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information.

Finally, please note that nominations are to be kept in strictest confidence, from the nominee as well as from others.

– John Van Engen, President of the Fellows

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MAA News – Call for Prize Submissions

Photo: The Haskins Medal. The Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes to be awarded at the 2020 MAA Annual Meeting (University of California, Berkeley, 26-28 March). Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2019.

Haskins Medal
Awarded to a distinguished monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Digital Humanities Prize
Awarded to an outstanding digital research project or resource in the field of medieval studies.

Karen Gould Prize
Awarded to a monograph of outstanding quality in medieval art history.

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Awarded to a first monograph of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
Awarded to a first article of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

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MAA News – Upcoming Application Deadlines

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications for the following grants. Please note that applicants must be members in good standing as of September 15 in order to be eligible for Medieval Academy awards.

Schallek Fellowship
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). (Deadline 15 October 2019)

Baldwin Fellowship 
The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. (Deadline 15 November 2019)

Travel Grants 
The Medieval Academy provides travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are contingent faculty without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2019 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2020)

MAA/CARA Conference Grant 
The MAA/CARA Conference Grant for Regional Associations and Programs awards $1,000 to help support a regional or consortial conference taking place in 2020. (Deadline 15 October 2019)

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