Call for Papers – 2020 New England Medieval Conference

The 46th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Virtual Meeting Thursday, December 3, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Geraldine Heng, The University of Texas at Austin, “The Politics of Race in the European Middle Ages”

With the world-wide resurgence of anti-racist activism following the killing of George Floyd, we as medievalists feel compelled to reexamine notions of race in the pre-modern period. Can speaking of “race” in the Middle Ages help us today? How was race conceived in the Middle Ages? Did race already dictate the lives of men and women in medieval Europe? To what extent did race and religion overlap in the Middle Ages? We invite medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to explore these and other questions relating to the topic of race. We welcome papers that deal with the origins and development of race from a variety of different perspectives. We are likewise very interested in essays focusing on the treatment of race without medieval Western Europe.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a recent CV to Meriem Pagès ( Please make sure to provide your name and full professional affiliation (institution and level of study) in your proposal. Abstracts are due October 15, 2020.

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Julius Lecture in Byzantine Art – Heaven on Earth: Justinian’s Hagia Sophia

October 12, 2020 5:00 PM

Zoom Webinar Register Here

This talk addresses the transformation of the basilica as an architectural form and its subsequent impact on architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. Justinian’s Hagia Sophia represents a critical moment in architectural history in terms of form, meaning, and aesthetics.

Robert Ousterhout is professor emeritus in history and art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 2007-2017 and also served as director of the Center for Ancient Studies. He taught previously at the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD. Ousterhout’s fieldwork has concentrated on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Thrace, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem.

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CFA: Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) invites applications for its 2021–23 cohort of junior fellows. The deadline is Monday, 2 November 2020.

Continuing the work of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography (2012–17), this scholarly society works to advance the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship—and to enrich humanistic inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training promising early-career scholars. Junior Fellows will be encouraged and supported in integrating the methods of critical bibliography into their teaching and research, fostering collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and sharing their knowledge with broader publics.

The fellowship includes tuition waivers for two Rare Book School courses, as well as funding for Junior Fellows to participate in the Society’s annual meeting and orientation. Additional funds are available for fellows to organize symposia at their home institutions, and fellows will have the option of attending a bibliographical field school to visit libraries, archives, and collections in a major metropolitan area. After completing two years in good standing as Junior Fellows, program participants will have the option to become Senior Fellows in the Society.

The Society is committed to supporting diversity and to advancing the scholarship of outstanding persons of every race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, and socioeconomic background, and to enhancing the diversity of the professions and academic disciplines it represents, including those of the professoriate, museums, libraries, archives, public humanities, and digital humanities. We warmly encourage prospective applicants from a wide range of disciplines, institutions, and areas of expertise.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

For more information about diversity and the SoFCB, please visit the SoFCB Diversity & Outreach Committee’s Welcome Letter:

Inquiries about the SoFCB Junior Fellows Program can be directed to Sonia Hazard, SoFCB Selection Committee Chair, at, or Donna Sy, SoFCB Administrative Director, at

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The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Fellowship

Supported by a Generous Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

The Society for Classical Studies invites applications for a one-year Fellowship, tenable from July 2021 through June 2022, will allow an American scholar to conduct lexicographical research at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae (TLL) Institute in Munich. Fellows at the TLL develop a broadened perspective of the range and complexity of the Latin language and culture from the classical period through the early Middle Ages, contribute signed articles to the Thesaurus, have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative international research project in a collegial environment, and work with senior scholars in the field of Latin lexicography.  The Fellowship carries a stipend in the amount of $50,400, and is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Before leaving for Munich, fellows receive up to $1,850 in additional funds to support training in Latin lexicography and (if necessary) German. Thanks to the Friends of George Goold Fund in the SCS’s Endowment for Classics Research and Teaching, Fellows may also request reimbursement of travel expenses for two return trips between North America and Munich, to enable the Fellow to take up the fellowship and to attend the annual SCS meeting.  In certain instances the TLL Fellowship Advisory Board may also authorize Goold Fund support for other research activities of a Fellow.  The incumbent Fellow may re-apply for a second year, but all applications will be judged on an equal footing.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.  In addition, all applicants must have completed all PhD requirements by the date on which they submit their application materials.  Applicants who have completed all PhD requirements but have not yet had the degree conferred should provide a letter from their Director of Graduate Studies that states: (a) that all PhD requirements are complete; and (b) the date on which the degree will be conferred.  The opportunity to conduct lexicographical research and contribute articles to be published in the lexicon may be of special interest to scholars who are already established in tenure-track positions, as well as those who are just entering the profession.  The Fellowship offers valuable experience for scholars in a variety of specialties (e.g., Latin language and literature, Roman law, Roman history, the literature of early Christianity); although it is not limited to individuals working in Latin philology, applicants should possess a thorough familiarity with and a special interest in the Latin language, as well as advanced competence in Greek.  It is anticipated that applicants will already have a reading knowledge of German and will be willing to work toward proficiency in spoken German. Women and members of groups currently underrepresented in Classics are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a statement of what benefits the applicant expects to derive from the Fellowship for his/her research and teaching, and the names of three referees, whom the applicant should ask to send supporting letters to the Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies without further notice.  The candidate’s statement should address the two basic eligibility requirements (status of the candidate’s citizenship/residency and doctoral degree).  It will be in the candidate’s interest if at least one letter of recommendation can specifically address the candidate’s suitability for the Fellowship. Candidates will be considered by a selection committee appointed by the SCS’s TLL Fellowship Advisory Board.  That selection committee will choose a short-list of candidates to be invited for interviewed remotely in January 2021 and the name of the successful candidate will be announced shortly thereafter.

Applications must be received by the deadline of Friday, November 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Applications should be submitted as e-mail attachments to Dr. Helen Cullyer, Executive Director, Society for Classical Studies,  A complete application will consist of five files sent as attachments.  The candidate is responsible for sending two of these documents: the statement and the curriculum vitae.  Each of the three referees should send his or her letter directly to the Executive Director.

If, for some reason, it is impossible to submit these materials electronically, please write to Dr. Cullyer at the e-mail address above or call her at 646-939-0435 for alternative instructions.  Visit the Publications and Research Division’s page on the TLL for more information, or contact the Chairperson of the TLL Fellowship Advisory Board of the SCS:

Professor Yelena Baraz

– See more at:


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Hoccleve at Home

The International Hoccleve Society has inaugurated a series of informal online seminars – called “Hoccleve at Home” – in order to provide an interim venue for presenting works in progress on Hoccleve, during the pandemic. We’ve already enjoyed excellent presentations from Jenni Nuttall (Oxford) and David Watt (Manitoba).

We invite you to attend our next meeting:

October 5 at 1:00pm (CT USA):

Nicholas Myklebust (Regis): “Hoccleve’s Metrical Game, or The Discreet Charm of the Bureaucrat”

Please email to receive a meeting link.

We also invite you to mark your calendars for our future speakers:

  • Liza Strakhov (Marquette) – November 2, 2020
  • Misty Schieberle (Kansas) – January 25, 2021
  • Jane Griffiths (Oxford) – March 22, 2021

For more information, please visit

Sebastian J. Langdell & Ruen-chuan Ma (co-organizers)

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Latest Issue of Speculum is Now Available online

The latest issue of Speculum is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us at if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu.  As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 95, Number 4 (October 2020)

The Regulation of “Sodomy” in the Latin East and West
Ruth Mazo KarrasChosen Peoples and New Israels in the Early Medieval WestConor O’BrienMade for a Templar, Fit for an Abbess: The Psalter, Cambridge, St. John’s College, MS C.18 (68)

Katie Ann-Marie BugyisOrigen’s Story: Heresy, Book Production, and Monastic Reform at Saint-Laurent de Liège

Jay DiehlNivelon de Quierzy, the Cathedral of Soissons, and the Relics of 1205: Liturgy and Devotion in the Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade

M. Cecilia Gaposchkin

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 70 book reviews, including:Kathleen Bickford Berzock, ed., Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange Across Medieval Saharan Africa
Reviewed by Shirin FoziPhilip Butterworth and Katie Normington, eds., Medieval Theatre Performance: Actors, Dancers, Automata and Their Audiences
Reviewed by Seeta Chaganti

Gaël Chenard, L’Administration d’Alphonse de Poitiers (1241-1271)
Reviewed by William Chester Jordan

Deborah Deliyannis, Hendrik Dey, and Paolo Squatriti, Fifty Early Medieval Things: Materials of Culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Reviewed by Beatrice Kitzinger

Sean L. Field, Courting Sanctity: Holy Women and the Capetians
Reviewed by Barbara Newman

Christopher M. Gerrard and Alejandra Gutiérrez, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Later Medieval Archaeology in Britain
Reviewed by Roberta Gilchrist

Bryan C. Keene, ed., Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts
Reviewed by Sarah M. Guérin

Ronald G. Musto, Writing Southern Italy Before the Renaissance: Trecento Historians of the Mezzogiorno
Reviewed by Frances Andrews

Karen A. Winstead, The Oxford History of Life-Writing, vol. 1, The Middle Ages
Reviewed by John V. Fleming

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and click here.  Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.

The Medieval Academy of America

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ASCSA NEH Fellowships: Call for Applications

ASCSA National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Deadline: October 31, 2020

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is a premier resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 113,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at the Athenian Agora and Corinth excavations, and at the Malcolm H. Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Sciences. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 60 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in all fields relevant to the mission of the ASCSA who are US citizens, or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School’s academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2021-beginning of June 2022; 4 months, Sept. – Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA will be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.

NEH Fellows should use the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as their primary research base, but research may be carried out throughout Greece.

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to application:

The following items should be included in the application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:
1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved (where applicable), and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
3.   Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
4.   Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.
1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?

Web site: or

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

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2021 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, 2020, and December 1, 2020

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

Web: (for information and access to application portal)

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Free Online Lecture on Medieval Gender

The Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art

Recognizing Wilgefortis
2:00 PM EST
September 18, 2020

Professor Robert Mills, University College London

Taking as the point of departure a painting by Hieronymus Bosch, the talk will explore images of St. Wilgefortis, a crucified saint whose identity, including their gender identity, has sparked controversy. Contextualizing these images within references to medieval and early modern understandings of gender diversity and transformation, this paper will stage a dialogue between Bosch’s painting and current debates about the role of identity categories and terminology in histories of gender and sexuality.

2:00 PM EST
September 18, 2020

If you would like to attend, please e-mail Reed O’Mara ( or click here to register.

Registered attendees will receive the Zoom link and the password one week before the event.

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Mary Jaharis Center Lecture, October 1, 2020

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce that “Byzantine Pieces of an Umayyad Puzzle: A Basalt Platform in the Azraq Oasis” has been rescheduled. In this lecture, Dr. Alexander Brey, Wellesley College, will discuss an Umayyad-era basalt reservoir platform built within the Azraq oasis in eastern Jordan and places its carved interlocking stones in conservation with early Byzantine zodiac and celestial diagrams.

October 1, 2020 | Zoom | 4:00–5:00 pm (Eastern time)
This lecture will take place live on ZOOM, followed by a question and answer period. Please register to receive the ZOOM link. An email with the relevant ZOOM information will be sent 1–2 hours ahead of the lecture. Registration closes at 11:00 AM on October 1, 2020.

Register here:

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, with any questions.

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