Jobs for Medievalists


The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight and ranked among the top 100 universities (88th in the world) with a broad and balanced coverage of disciplines in the arts, sciences and major professions.

For the past 100 years, UWA has contributed significantly to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the State of Western Australia and the nation as a whole.

Applications are invited for the position of Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE). The Director will occupy a professorial position within the Faculty of Arts at UWA.

The Centre is based at UWA, with nodes at The University of Adelaide, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney. The Centre has developed a vast range of collaborative links to international institutions in Asia, Continental Europe, the UK and North America and has established partnerships with such arts industries and community groups as the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Musica Viva, and the Zest Festival. Besides its wide-ranging research projects, the Centre maintains a nation-wide program of community outreach and education events.

The appointee is expected to be:
• an academic leader, both in the CHE as a whole and in the University;
• a productive and original researcher and research mentor;
• an energetic and collegial director of the Centre’s core activities;
• able to lead the Centre in new research directions;
• able to communicate the value and vitality of the Centre’s research to the public, in the media and
throughout the education system;
• able to undertake research at the highest international level on a history of emotions project, studying
an aspect of Europe 1100-1800, in the disciplines of history, literature, performance studies or music;
• able to oversee management of the whole Centre of Excellence.

Contact: Deputy Director of the Centre for the History of Emotions, Professor Jane Davidson,
Closing date: Monday 24 November 2014.

An attractive and flexibly constructed remuneration package will be negotiated including generous superannuation, leave provisions and fares to Perth (if applicable) for the appointee and dependants along with a relocation allowance.

Application Details: Applications must be submitted online. Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

Apply online at:

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Jobs for Medievalists

The University of Kansas Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, energetic and innovative individual to develop, document and implement workflows that will improve access to complex archives and collections of manuscripts in order to increase the value of these materials to research, teaching, and learning.  The Archives and Manuscripts Coordinator serves as the supervisor of the Manuscripts Processing Unit. This is a 3-year, limited term position. Salary range starts at $45,000, but will be commensurate with experience.

Please see the description:

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Ransom Center Fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center, an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.

The Ransom Center invites applications for its 2015-2016 fellowships, which will support research visits that will take place during the period June 1, 2015-August 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted through the Center’s website by January 15, 2015, 5 p.m. CST. More information about the fellowships and the Ransom Center’s collections is available online at

Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. In the 25 years since the fellowship program’s inauguration, the Center has supported the research of more than 900 scholars from around the world through fellowship awards.

Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions should be directed to

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MAA News – Medieval Academy Grants and Awards

Deadlines are approaching for several Medieval Academy awards:

Graduate students:
(Deadline 15 February)

Independent Scholars/Unaffiliated Faculty:
Travel Grants
(Deadline 1 November 2014 for meetings to be held between 1 March and 31 August 2015)

Post-doctorate and/or Pre-tenure Scholars:
Olivia Remie Constable Award
(Deadline 15 February 2015)

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MAA News – CARA Awards

Boethius, De Musica, from Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III, MS V. A. 14.

Boethius, De Musica, from Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III, MS V. A. 14.

We invite members to submit nominations for the prizes offered by the Academy and its Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) for excellence in teaching and superior commitment to medieval studies through service:

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies

Nominations must be submitted by 15 November. Follow the links above for further information.

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MAA News – Publications Update: Medieval Academy Mongraphs

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11),  fol. 4r.

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11), fol. 4r.

Everyone knows that the Medieval Academy, under the direction of editor Sarah Spence, is responsible for bringing out Speculum four times a year. Many members may not realize that the Academy also has a long history of monograph publication, with a catalogue of 173 titles in four main series:

Medieval Academy Books  (MAB) (113 titles; one at press),
Speculum Anniversary Monographs
(SAM) (15 titles),
Speculum Books (two titles), and
Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching (MART) (42 titles).

These monographs can be accessed in several ways, all of which are detailed on our publications pages here and here:

1) hardcopy purchase through our online store (51 out-of-print MAB and SAM volumes) (members receive a 20% discount on these volumes);

2) PDF download from our website (38 MAB volumes), see the publications page for details;

3) HTML access on our website (24 out-of-print Latin MAB editions, made available through a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities), see the publications page for details;

4) print-on-demand paperback editions through (72 out-of-print volumes; another two dozen will be available soon);

5) online access through the ACLS Humanities eBook Library (62 volumes) (members receive a discount on subscriptions to this service);

6) hardcopy purchase of MART and recent MAB volumes through our publishing partner, the University of Toronto Press (34 volumes).

In addition, the recently-updated Voigts-Kurtz database that incorporates the content of Thorndike and Kibre’s Catalogue of Incipits of Mediaeval Scientific Writings in Latin (MAB 9) can be accessed from our publications page or by using this link.

We continue to solicit manuscripts for publication in the Medieval Academy Books series. Contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis at for more information.

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MAA News – 2015 Medieval Academy Election

Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 82v.

Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 82v.

We are pleased to announce the names of the MAA members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2015:

President: Barbara Newman (English, Religious Studies, & Classics, Northwestern Univ.)

1st Vice-President: Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Classics, Columbia Univ.)

2nd Vice-President: Margot E. Fassler (Music History and Liturgy, Univ. of Notre Dame)

Council (four seats available):
Robert Bjork (English, Arizona State Univ.)
Gail Gibson (English, Davidson College)
F. Eliza Glaze (History, Coastal Carolina Univ.)
Aden Kumler (Art History, Univ. of Chicago)
Sara S. Poor (German, Princeton Univ.)
Zrinka Stahuljak (French/Comp. Lit., Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
John Tolan (History, Univ. of Nantes)
Gernot Wieland (English/Med. Latin, Univ. of British Columbia)

Nominating Committee (two seats available):
Matilda Bruckner (French, Boston College)
Andrew Cole (English, Princeton Univ.)
Adam Kosto (History, Columbia Univ.)
Brett Whalen (History, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

The list of candidates with their photos and brief biographies appears online here.

There are eight candidates for four openings on the Council, the governing body of the Academy. There are four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee, tasked with proposing candidates for the annual election. As is our practice, the slate of presidential officers is presented unopposed, although nominations by petition may be made as follows, in accordance with article 26 of the By-Laws:

Nominations of other members of the Academy for elected officers, Councillors, or members of the Nominating Committee may be made by written petition signed by at least seven members of the Academy. A nomination by petition may be for a single office, several offices, or an entire slate. Such petitions must be received by the Executive Director within twenty days of the circulation of the report of the Nominating Committee (article 25), unless the Council extends the period for making nominations by petition.

As the slate of candidates was announced by email on 22 October, the closing date for nomination by petition has been set at midnight, 12 November 2014. Additional information about the governance of the Academy can be found here.

Electronic balloting will open in December. If you would like to receive a paper ballot, please contact the Executive Director.

Voting in the Medieval Academy elections is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the Academy and the future of medieval studies in North America. We look forward to your participation in the election of the leadership of the Medieval Academy.

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MAA News – 2015 Membership Renewal

shieldThe end of the year is now quickly approaching, and we encourage you to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy for 2015 as soon as possible. If you have not already paid your 2015 membership dues, please do so by 31 December 2014.

Click here to renew online for 2015. You will need to sign in with your username and password; if you have forgotten either, please contact us at While you’re online, don’t forget to take advantage of the reduced subscriptions to several online bibliographies and the ACLS Humanities E-Book Library that are available to Medieval Academy members. We invite you to take this opportunity to explore our website and, after signing in with your username and password, update your personal homepage so that you can connect with other members with similar interests. As a new feature, members can now use their personal MAA homepage to indicate an interest in being considered to serve on one of our adjudication committees or to review books for Speculum. In this way we hope to engage more members in our work.

Since the Medieval Academy is a membership organization not affiliated with any other institution, we rely on the income received annually from member dues to maintain our program of publications, awards, grants, and conferences.

We are pleased to report that in 2014, with your contribution, the Academy increased its support of members, especially graduate students, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. Funds awarded to graduate students topped $100,000 this year, and we are poised to do even more in 2015, with the new Olivia Remie Constable Awards, GSC/MAA Grant for Innovation, and the broadened MAA/CARA Summer Language Stipends program. The Academy will also be able to offer increased support to the efforts of its numerous volunteer committees that are responsible for so much of the work of the Academy, from the Speculum boards to the many awards committees, from the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) to the Graduate Student Committee. We are doing all this while continuing to streamline administrative functions and expand digital offerings.

You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website. The dues and donations categories are outlined on the website with links you can follow for further explanation. If you have already renewed, thank you. If you are a Corresponding Fellow, an Honorary Life Member, or a Life Member, no dues are payable, but we hope that you will consider making a gift to the Academy  here. We encourage all members to consider supplementing their membership by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing member or by remembering the Academy with a bequest as part of our Legacy Society. In addition, you may want to give a gift membership to a colleague or student; please contact us at for more information.


If you prefer to renew by mail, our traditional paper membership form can be printed here.


With a healthy fiscal outlook, increased digital offerings, and expanded services, the Medieval Academy has more to offer members than ever before. We sincerely hope that you will renew soon and continue your valued membership in the Academy. We look forward to working with you in developing the future of the Medieval Academy of America and of medieval studies in North America and beyond. Click here to renew.
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Call for Article Submissions for The Reading Room

The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections is now accepting manuscript submissions for its inaugural issue, volume 1(1). The submission deadline for manuscripts for the first issue is March 15th, 2015.

The Reading Room is an open-access, scholarly journal committed to providing current research and relevant discussion of practices in a special collections library setting. The Reading Room seeks submissions from practitioners and students involved with special collections in museums, historical societies, corporate environments, galleries, public libraries, and academic libraries.  We are particularly interested in Narrative Feature articles.  Full submission policies and information for authors, including student scholarship, can be viewed at

The journal features single-blind, peer-reviewed research articles and case studies related to all aspects of current special collections work.

The editors strongly encourage queries from authors regarding potential articles for The Reading Room. Please email before submitting your manuscript.


For more information, please visit the journal’s website:

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Columbia University’s MA in Medieval and Rennaissance Studies

Applications are now being accepted for Columbia University’s MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Applications are accepted for both Spring and Fall admission; deadlines are November 1st for Spring admission, March 15 for Fall admission.

The MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides the opportunity to undertake graduate level work in any relevant field of interest. Students have the flexibility to take a variety of courses in art history, religion, history, philosophy, literature or other relevant fields offered by departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This flexibility offers the opportunity to concentrate in one area while also exploring other aspects of the life, thought, and culture of the Middle Ages and/or the Renaissance. Through this unique interdisciplinary and cross-period approach, students gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the medieval period and the Renaissance.

The program is appropriate for students who will go on to apply to PhD programs as well as for those who wish to complete a terminal MA. In addition to choosing from a wide range of courses, students develop their skills in relevant languages, and are introduced to the study of manuscripts and early printed books. The MA culminates in a final thesis in which students develop an original research project.  Students have the option to pursue the degree full time or part-time.

For more information, visit:, or contact:

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