Jobs for Medievalists


Bibliographical Society of America

The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) seeks qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director.  This is a new, full-time position that will provide dynamic leadership to one of the country’s oldest and most important humanistic societies.

As the BSA looks to revitalize itself and play a more visible role in the larger scholarly community, the Executive Director will bring creativity, imagination, and energy to this new strategic direction. The Executive Director will work closely with the leadership of the BSA to expand and diversify membership, enhance programing, create a more robust communications profile, and forge new partnerships with other scholarly organizations and societies. In addition, the Executive Director will work with BSA leadership on major issues of planning, finance, fundraising and development, and the general business of the Society.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone with proven initiative, a demonstrated knowledge of the field, and a desire to further the mission and values of the BSA.  The successful candidate will bring to the position a combination of scholarly and administrative skills that will uniquely position her/him to fulfill the challenges of the job.

Required qualifications include a graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a relevant field and/or ALA-accredited MA in Library and Information Science; a minimum of 3 years of administrative experience, including budgeting, events management, and project planning; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and experience in program development and evaluation.

This position does not require relocating to the greater New York metropolitan area.  It has been conceived as a telecommuting position, with occasional travel to New York and elsewhere for programs and meetings.  Some weeks may require flexible scheduling for evening or weekend events.  Compensation: $65,000 or greater depending on experience and qualifications, plus retirement benefits, three weeks paid vacation, and one and one-half sick days per month.

To apply:  Send electronically a cover letter and CV with the names and contact information of three references to Jennifer Lowe: The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on 1 April 2018. Starting date for the position is 1 September 2018.

Founded in 1904, the BSA is an international scholarly organization that fosters the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats.  The Society is committed to the field of bibliography as a critical interpretive framework for understanding books and other textual artifacts, and for bibliography’s enduring relevance to textual analysis.  The BSA pursues this mission by hosting public programs, funding scholarly research, conferring awards, issuing publications (principally the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America), and collaborating with other learned societies and cognate organizations.  The BSA welcomes a diverse membership, including faculty and students, librarians and conservators, collectors and booksellers.  For more information about the BSA, please visit our website:

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CARA News: University of Michigan

University of Michigan
 Medieval and Early Modern Studies

1029 Tisch, 435 S. State St., Univ. of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: 734-763-2066  //  Fax: 734-647-4881

Program Associate: Terre Fisher (

Faculty Contact, 2016-2018: Peggy McCracken (
Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003
Phone: 734-647-2338

For further information about programs, degrees, and affiliated faculty, please visit our website:

Lectures and Events:

In 2016-2017, guest lecturers included Robert Tittler (Concordia University, Montreal). Leah DeVun (Rutgers University); Sally Cornelison (Syracuse University); Kate van Orden (Harvard University), Elizabeth Allen (University of California-Irvine); Roberto Tottoli (Institute for Advanced Study); Yasmina Foehr-Janssens (University of Geneva); Niels Van Steenpaal (Kyoto University); Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago); Charles Sanft (University of Tennessee-Knoxville); Vincent Barletta (Stanford University).

Conferences, special lectures, and ongoing colloquia included “The Humanity of the Medieval Wildman” (Sep); “Melusine’s Prayer: Manuscripts and Monstrous Assemblages” (Sep); “The Island of Hermaphrodites: Gender Performance and Transgenderism in Early Modern France” (Oct); “Social Aspiration and the Malleability of English Portraiture, 1540-1640 (Oct); “Amateur Shakespeare” (Oct); All that Glitters: Magnificence in Art, Architecture & Visual Culture Conference (Nov); “Imagining Adam and Eve: Hermaphrodites in the Garden of Eden” (Nov); “The Reproduction of Species: Humans, Animals and Hybrids in Rabbinic Thought” (Nov); “Musica Transalpina: Janequin and the French in 16th-Century Italy” (Dec); “Love, Friendship, and Jihad in the Age of Crusades” (Dec); “Tresilian, Gawain, and Forms of Protection” (Jan); “Good Households and Household Goods: Material Culture and Burgess Identity after the Black Death” (Jan); “Plato’s Self-Moving Myth. The Circulation of Plato’s Charioteer from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance” (Jan); “Ibn Sina and the Limits of Galenic Medicine: Disciplinary Polemics in the Canon of Medicine” (Jan); MEMS Lecture Series: “Uncertain Refuge: Sanctuary in Medieval Literature” (Jan), “Atlantic Circulations: Travels of Slaves and Ex-slaves in the Era of Revolutions” conference (Feb); “The Authentic Deeds of the Buddha: Visual Narratives and Canonical Scripture in Mogao Cave 61” (Feb); “Geography of Sound in Renaissance Florence” (Mar); “Political Theology of Vernacularization in Premodern India” (Mar); “Ties of Milk: Negotiating Maternity in the Narrative of the French Seven Sages of Rome” (Mar); “Lamenting Jerusalem in Crusading Narrative: A Wasteland Translated” (Mar); “The Culture of Free Print in Early Modern Japan” (Mar); “Interacting with Text in Early Imperial China and Beyond” (Apr); “Mannerist Palinode: Art, Empire, and Dispossession in Early Modern Iberia” (Apr); “Chinese Spinoza in Malebranche: The Immanence of Order as Metaphysical Heresy” (Apr); Medieval Lunch Series (run by Forum on Research in Medieval Studies; roughly monthly); FoRMS Reading Group (once per term); and the Premodern Colloquium (monthly).

Annual budget: $34,000

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2018 MAA Annual Meeting Registration Closes Soon!

Online registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America closes soon!

The meeting will take place at the Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta, from 1-3 March 2018. The program, registration, and hotel information are available here. Online registration closes on 16 February (Friday) at 11:59 PM, but onsite registration will be available.

If you are attending the Annual Meeting, we hope you will be able to stay for the CARA Meeting on Sunday morning. CARA is an organization within the Medieval Academy made up of representatives of programs, departments, centers, and regional associations who come together annually to discuss best-practices, collaborate on problem-solving, and share insights into how we can work locally, regionally, and globally to improve medieval studies for students, faculty, and scholars at all levels and at all types of institutions. Anyone can be part of CARA, and anyone may attend the meeting. Simply purchase a ticket for the CARA Meeting as part of your Annual Meeting registration, or you may register onsite.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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Rare Book School’s Spring/Summer Courses

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this spring or summer. Our five-day, intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered at the University of Virginia, The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amherst College, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Indiana University, Bloomington.

Among our thirty-five courses, we are pleased to offer several that are pertinent to those in the fields of medieval literature and history. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

The Book in the Manuscript Era, taught by Raymond Clemens (of Yale University)

Advanced Seminar in Medieval Manuscript Studies, taught by Barbara A. Shailor (of Yale University)

Introduction to Islamic Manuscripts, taught by Marianna Shreve Simpson (of the University of Pennsylvania)

The Medieval Manuscript in the Twenty-First Century, taught by Will Noel (of the University of Pennsylvania) and Dot Porter (of the University of Pennsylvania)

Introduction to Paleography, 800–1500, taught by Consuelo Dutschke (of Columbia University)

To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, course applications should be submitted no later than 19 February. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at www.rarebookschool.orgfor course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at with questions.

Please share this information with colleagues, students, and friends.

We hope to see you at Rare Book School soon!

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The Bogliasco Foundeation Announces New Art History Fellowship

The Bogliasco Foundation is pleased to announce a new residential Fellowship for an American scholar in European art history. The five-week Fellowship, which will take place at the Foundation’s Study Center near Genoa during the Spring 2019 semester, includes full room and board and a travel stipend of $1000. The Fellowship is open to American art historians of all ages who are working on pre-modern projects (antiquity to early 19th century), and who are not currently in a degree-granting program. For complete instructions and eligibility details, kindly consult the Foundation’s online application site at deadline to apply is April 15th, 2018. 

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The Newberry: 2018 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography

This four-week course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. The institute will provide participants with a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France and intensive training in reading late medieval and Renaissance scripts.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

Prerequisite: This graduate-level course will be taught entirely in French. Applicants should possess advanced language skills.

Application deadline: March 1

To apply, visit this webpage.

Note: The Folger Institute will also be offering a 2018 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography.

For more information, visit this webpage on the Folger’s website.

The Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies

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Jobs for Medievalists

Robert H. Taylor Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts



The Morgan Library & Museum seeks a senior curator to lead its Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts. The Robert H. Taylor Curator and Department Head manages, interprets, and advances the Morgan’s notable collection of primarily handwritten documents spanning more than 500 years and including major collections of figures such as Voltaire, Austen, Byron, Dickens and Steinbeck as well as the Morgan’s archives.

He/she is responsible for the long-term growth, preservation, and documentation of collection; for developing sophisticated and lively exhibitions that take full advantage of both the Morgan’s own collection and its international network; for promoting awareness and understanding of the collection through public programs, publications, and digital projects; and for supporting the work of outside researchers. He/she will forge strong relationships with collectors and donors and serve as an articulate ambassador for the Morgan in a wide variety of setting. He/she oversees a staff of two curators and two project catalogers and is expected to work collaboratively across departments.

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • 7 to 10 years experience working with primary materials in a library, museum, or archive including exhibition and publication development as well as cataloging and processing.
  • Strong liberal arts foundation, especially in Western European and American literature and history
  • Superior writing and public speaking skills.
  • Strong record of publication.
  • Ability to interpret literary and historical scholarship for the general public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, researchers, students, and journalists.
  • Demonstrable experience working with donors and identifying funding sources.
  • An excellent track record of managing staff and a commitment to collaboration and teamwork.
  • Current knowledge of the auction and dealers’ market for literary and historical manuscripts.
  • Familiarity with the principles of the care and handling of rare books and manuscripts and of reference services.
  • Graduate degree in relevant field and/or ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library and Information Science desirable, PhD preferred
  • Strong reading knowledge of French or other European language desirable.
  • Professional knowledge of cataloging standards and digitization of manuscript materials.
  • Working knowledge of TMS and/or Voyager desirable.
  • Ability to work for extended periods at a computer workstation, lift moderately heavy boxes and books and tolerate moderate levels of dust and odor generated during normal collection management activities and movement of objects. Travel as required.


Minimum $110,000; excellent benefits.

To apply: Interested applicants should e-mail cover letter with salary requirements and resume to:

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New Art History Fellowship at the Bogliasco Foundation

The Bogliasco Foundation is pleased to announce a new residential Fellowship for an American scholar in European art history. The five-week Fellowship, which will take place at the Foundation’s Study Center near Genoa during the Spring 2019 semester, includes full room and board and a travel stipend of $1000. The Fellowship is open to American art historians of all ages who are working on pre-modern projects (antiquity to early 19th century), and who are not currently in a degree-granting program. For complete instructions and eligibility details, kindly consult the Foundation’s online application site at The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2018.

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Oxford University Medieval Manuscripts Summer Course

The Lives and Afterlives of Illuminated Manuscripts
This course takes as its starting point the manuscript as artefact existing of and beyond its time. We consider the production of manuscripts to meet an emerging literate class in the 14th and 15th centuries. As part of this exploration we’ll consider a number of specific examples taken from devotional books and secular literary material such as romance. The course will move forward to consider the afterlife of manuscripts in the hands of 19th and 20th century collectors: what motivates a bibliophile to collect centuries-old material and what relevance do collections of manuscripts in public institutions have for us today?

The course will be taught by Dr Victoria Condie, who has taught courses in medieval and Old English literature for OUDCE and currently teaches medieval language and literature at the University of Cambridge.

Full information regarding the course can be found at:

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MAA News – 2019 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, from 7-9 March 2019. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University.

The Global Turn in Medieval Studies: Medievalists across various disciplines are taking a more geographically and methodologically global approach to the study of the Middle Ages. While the Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies, this year’s conference spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies. To this end, we encourage session and paper proposals that treat the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon, encompassing the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and beyond.  We also invite proposals that explore departures from traditional teleological discourses rooted in national interests, ones that apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods to study a broad array of subjects.

The full call for papers is available here.

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