Richard III Society

The Richard III Society, American Branch, New England Chapter (RIII-AB-NEC) welcomes new members to its fellowship which is dedicated to a reassessment of the traditional history of Richard (Plantagenet) III as well as to the scholarly exploration of all topics relevant to 15th century England and the late Middle Ages.  RIII-AB-NEC will be holding its next meeting at the Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Keene College in Keene, NH on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  There is also a CFP for a session at the 2015 Forum dedicated to life and times of Richard III.  Please contact with any questions about the society or membership or inquiries about session proposals the RIII-AB-NEC coordinator June-Ann Greeley at or .

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Call for Papers – “Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics: The Good and the Beautiful?”

The UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies invites submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference:

“Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics: The Good and the Beautiful?”
February 20-21, 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Keynote: Alex Novikoff, Forham University

In The Sense of the Song of Roland (1987), Robert F. Cook suggests that this well-known chanson de geste “should be read as certain other works of art of its time are ‘read,’ as an ethical statement, embodying values in a framework that is no less aesthetically satisfying for all that it conveys ideas.  Recognizing its power means admitting that our ancestors may have been moved, even excited, by ideals whose aesthetic status is greatly diminished today.” (130)

The Middle Ages has suffered from a double-edged stereotype: on the one hand, it has been considered a time when didacticism and dogma flourished at the expense of art and aesthetics; on the other hand, it has been viewed as a period without any significant advances in the philosophy of ethics. These one-dimensional notions of medieval aesthetics and ethics have collapsed in recent years under the weight of new work dealing with the nexus between these two branches of philosophy and their material manifestations in medieval texts and objects. Innovative critics have teased out the sometimes surprising ways in which medieval art in all media could perform ethical work; the imbrication of ethics and form in the medieval discipline of rhetoric is already well-known, but is enjoying new attention. This conference invites a conversation about the varied ways in which a concern with ethics – however that may have been construed at different times and places throughout the period– entered into a fruitful relationship with artistic production. It looks, in short, to discover the manifold ways in which medieval artists, thinkers, and writers reconciled “The Good” and “The Beautiful.”

We wish to throw this conversation open to emerging scholars across the disciplines, including those whose work falls outside of standard conceptions of “the medieval”– that is, outside the Latin West.

Questions addressed might include, but will not be limited to:

  •   The context and formal strategies of didactic art, such as allegorical pieces;
  •   Medieval debates about the ethical status of art, particularly secular aesthetic production;
  •   Contradictions (or congruities) between medieval theory and medieval praxis;
  •   The development of new models of aesthetic production in the vernacular;
  •   Prescriptive codes of conduct in secular or religious contexts (for example, chivalry/courtliness, debates about clothing and fashion, or grammatical treatises), and subversion or flaws in performance of these;
  •   The evocation of these categories in constructing modern medievalisms.

Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to by November 20, 2014.

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Correction to Recent Speculum Review

It was incorrectly asserted in a recent review (Speculum 89/3, pp. 827-29) that “Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley” edited by Sarah Sheehan, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett and published by Four Courts Press ( does not have an Index. There is a full index to this book on pages 277-82.

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MAA News – Grants to Medievalists

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

The Medieval Academy of America is delighted to announce an impressive collection of awards garnered by our members during the past fellowship season.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships:
George Edmondson (Dartmouth College): A Politics of Melancholia

Lisi Oliver (Louisiana State University) and Stefan Jurasinski (State University of New York, College at Brockport): The Laws of Alfred and Ine: An Edition and Interpretive Commentary

ACLS Fellowships:
Thomas O’Donnell (Fordham University): Theoretical Lives: Identity-Critique and Monastic Community in England, 1000-1259

ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships:
Christopher MacEvitt (Dartmouth College): Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory (for residence at the American Academy in Rome during academic year 2015-2016)

ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships:
Jonathan P. Conant (Brown University): The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire, ca. 795-840

American Academy in Rome/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize:
Marilynn Desmond

American Academy in Rome/Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize:
David Anthony Morris

John Carter Brown Library (Brown Univ.) Research Fellows:
Andrea Nate (PhD Candidate, Brown University): “Celestina’s Daughters: ‘Old Christian’ and Morisca Descendants of the Medieval Iberian Go-Between” J.M. Stuart Fellow

Nancy van Deusen (Queen’s University, Canada): “The Disappearance of the Past: Indigenous Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese America, 1492-1560″ InterAmericas Fellow, funded by The Reed Foundation

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships:
Joel Anderson (Cornell University): Imagining Universal Government at the Edge of the World: Institutional Forms in Norse Bishops’ Lives

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame): Ministers of Christ’s Word: Benedictine Women Religious in Early and Central Medieval England

Rowan W. Dorin (Harvard University): Expulsions of Foreign Moneylenders in Medieval Europe, 1200-1450

Brian P. Long (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame): Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement

James A. Palmer (Washington University in St. Louis): Gold, Grain, and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome

NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations:
Rega Wood Bloomington (Project Director, Univ. of Indiana): Richard Rufus Project

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends:
Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona, Tucson): The Myth of Charlemagne in the History of Premodern German and Dutch Literature

National Humanities Center Fellowships:
Shannon Noelle Gayk (Indiana University): Instruments of Christ: The Arma Christi in Early England (Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation)

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Fellowships:
Sarah Ifft (Yale University): Jewish and Christian Women’s Economic Activities in Late Medieval Catalonia

We congratulate Walter Cahn (Yale University) on his 2014 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis ( with additional announcements.

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MAA News – Speculum News

speculumYou should have received Speculum 89:3 by now (July 2014). Please let us know if your issue has not arrived! As always, you can find Speculum online by logging into your account on the Medieval Academy’s website and following the instructions here.

We are pleased to announce that Sam Boss (ABD, Brown University) has joined the office staff. He will be working as an editorial assistant, alongside Erin Pomeroy. His dissertation, “Outsiders: Crisis and Community in Late Medieval France”, looks at the short and long-term effects of plague, war, and economic upheaval on municipal policies towards people who came from somewhere else – whether a distant kingdom or a neighboring village – focusing on three diverse commercial centers in different regions of France: Montpellier, Lyon, and Rouen.

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Speculum editor Sarah Spence submitted this report following her attendance at the annual meeting of CARMEN:

On September 12-13, just a week before the independence vote in Scotland, this year’s meeting of CARMEN: the Worldwide Medieval Network, took place at the University of Stirling (Forth Valley College). The theme of “Heritage” loosely connected all sessions (tying in well with the surrounding debate about Scotland’s future), and the two days of the conference began with a welcome from faculty and administrators at Stirling, together with the director of CARMEN, Simon Forde. The first session covered the contribution of Digital Humanities in understanding the past, both in approaching manuscripts and the medieval heritage of the modern city; this was followed by a roundtable discussion of approaches to heritage, broadly understood. The second day began with a CARMEN planning meeting, followed by an overview of application and funding opportunities, mostly for EU members. The session on Scottish national heritages that followed was particularly pertinent, as was the description of the uses and abuses of history in the renovation of the local Bannockburn castle. The Market Place, which showcased a dozen and a half medieval collaborative projects, from the National Association for Portuguese Medieval Studies to The Medieval Academy and the Lisbon History Center of the Faculty of Letters, led to lively interchange over lunch, with members comparing notes about their various organizations. Workshops on prospective projects took place in the afternoon, and participants met for dinner in small and large groups. Both the weather and the setting were perfect for the meeting, and many of the conversations took place on the banks of the River Forth, with its swans and otters. An optional bus tour of local attractions was available for any participants still in Stirling Sunday morning. Next year’s meeting will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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Newberry Library Fellowship Program

Newberry Library Fellowship Program

If you study the humanities, the Newberry has something for you!

Newberry fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

Applicants may apply for both Long- and Short- Term Fellowships within one academic year. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Newberry’s online catalog and collection guides before applying.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year.

For more information, visit our website:

Long-Term Fellowships (Deadline: December 1, 2014) Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities. Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application in order to eligible. Applicants may apply for 4 to 12 months of support, with a stipend of $4,200 per month. For more information, including a list of available Long-Term Fellowships, please visit

Short-Term Fellowships (Deadline: January 15, 2015) Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Most fellowships are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago Metro area. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for one continuous month in residence at the Newberry, with stipends of $2,500 per month.

Applicants must demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. For more information, including a list of available Short-Term Fellowships, please visit

Please feel free to circulate or post this information.

Thank you!
Research and Academic Programs
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street | Chicago, IL 60610
312-255-3666 |

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Conferences – 6th Annual History of the Book Conference

October 18, 2014
9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

650 East Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Free admission

Jeff Goodhind


The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents its 6th Annual History of the Book conference. Speakers are Sonja Drimmer (Art History, UMass), Lisa Fagin Davis (Simmons GSLIS), and Alexandra Halasz (English, Dartmouth College).

This event takes place in the Reading Room at the Renaissance Center.

Please register by October 10th at 413-577-3600. Lunch is provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the DuBois Library and The Amherst Woman’s Club.

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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Jobs for Medievalists

University of California-Santa Barbara

Embrace scholarly exploration, collaboration and intellectual engagement working with a team of professionals dedicated to diversity, integrity, and innovation as the Head of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library. The University of California, Santa Barbara, one of ten campuses of the University of California system, seeks an experienced, forward-looking, and engaging leader-scholar for the position of Head, Special Research Collections. The successful candidate will guide the Department through its continuing evolution into a dynamic and innovative resource serving diverse and changing scholar needs and interests. The Head will articulate a vision and strategic direction that promotes the visibility, accessibility, and impact of nationally and internationally recognized primary research collections, expert services, facilitate collaboration of relevant initiatives and programs, develop fundraising strategies, and integrate the treasures of the Department into teaching, research, and learning at the University. In addition, The Head of SRC will have the opportunity to participate in the planning, design, and furnishing of the new 2015 three story addition. He/she will have the responsibility for envisioning, defining and initiating services, showcasing prominent collections, and offering special programs, exhibitions, etc. in this new state of the art facility.

The Department of Special Research Collections acquires, maintains, preserves, and ensures accessibility of its most valuable, rare and unique materials. The collection includes approximately 250,000 volumes, 16,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 100,000 photographs and 200,000+ early sound recordings. Named collections are the Wyles Collection of nineteenth and twentieth century American History, the American Religions Collection, the Performing Arts Collections, the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, and the Humanistic Psychology Archives. The Department of Special Research Collections also serves as the University Archive.

Responsibilities. The Head of Special Research Collections reports to the AUL for Research and Scholar Services and is responsible for the administration, planning, and management of the department personnel, resources, services, and operations. The incumbent has leadership and administrative responsibility for collection development, budgeting (including endowments, gifts, grant-funded projects), security and preservation, digitization projects, public relations, and fundraising activities. The Head establishes and sustains faculty and researcher relationships and is responsible for strategic and effective collection development, maintenance and preservation of collections, overall collection policies and works to ensure materials are discoverable, accessible and used by clientele.

The Head also works closely with University Librarian, other library administrators, Library Development Officer, faculty and professional colleagues to identify new sources and contacts for enhancing funds and collections, initiates and writes proposals, and provides stewardship for existing gifts and awards. In addition, the Head will work with others to organize and manage special events and exhibits and establish partnerships with campus departments, museums, UC system wide Special Collections Departments, and units within the library to maximize support and increase visibility of the collections.

Required Qualifications include an ALA-accredited MLIS or Masters in Archival Studies, an advanced degree in a relevant subject area or a substantial record of research and scholarship, and demonstrated experience in special collections or archives. The successful candidate will have superior leadership skills including demonstrated management and supervisory experience with success in leading, guiding, and fostering a dynamic workplace environment; ability to articulate a vision, set priorities, organizational goals, and introduce and manage change; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with campus scholars, officials, UC colleagues, dealers, vendors, staff, and library supporters.  The new Head will show a strong commitment to excellence in public service and a commitment to serving diverse users including faculty, students, researchers, community users, and visiting scholars. An understanding of emerging technologies, key issues and trends in archives and special collections is also a vital quality of the selected candidate. Other essential attributes are demonstrated success in cultivating donor relationships; a record of achievement in obtaining grants, gifts, or awards; the ability to organize, publicize, and promote a variety of events for the Department of Special Research Collections; and excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Preferred qualifications include certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists; strong success in building outstanding special collections; demonstrated working knowledge of the rare book and manuscripts trade and familiarity with the principles and methods of conservation, preservation, and security of materials; experience working with curators, technical services, digital processing, and knowledge of copyright law. Excellent analytical, creative problem solving skills, and ability to exercise sound judgment; budget and resource allocations experience; and a record of active and continuous participation in professional associations are also desirable.

Compensation. The position offers a starting salary range of $73,238 to $116,220 and an attractive benefits package.

For additional information on the Library, the University and the region, please visit UCLinks.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send an in-depth cover letter and your curriculum vitae as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of November 9, 2014. Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check. The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer.

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American Academy in Rome 2015 Rome Prize Fellowship

The American Academy in Rome is now accepting applications for the 2015 Rome Prize competition.

Please make available the information about the 2015 Rome Prize in a group email to your staff, blogs, newsletters, social media, links, and affiliates,
or otherwise make this information available to those who might be interested in applying for this prestigious fellowship.

Each year, through a national juried competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to emerging and established artists and scholars working in the following categories:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture(includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Musical Composition
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film/video, installation, new media, digital arts, and other visual arts fields)

Rome Prize winners live and work at the Academy’s eleven-acre campus in Rome and receive a stipend, room and board, and a study or studio. Stipends for six-month fellowships are $16,000 and stipends for eleven-month fellowships are $28,000.

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2014 (extended deadline 15 November).

For more information and to apply, please visit the Academy website at

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