Research Grant Opportunity

The Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries is pleased to offer grants intended to offset expenses for out-of-town scholars wishing to utilize the rich resources held by the UW-Madison General Library System. Awards of up to $2,000 each are available to scholars living in the United States and $3,000 to those from elsewhere around the world.   Scholars may be asked to share their research experience with UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students on an informal basis during their visit.  A short follow-up report is also requested at the completion of their stay.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants should meet one of the following:

  • Researchers who have earned a Ph.D.
  • Ph.D. candidates with an approved dissertation

Applicants’ proposals should state the specific areas and unique collections to be used in our libraries and provide information as to why these collections will be of crucial benefit to the research.  Scholars wishing to delve into the vast resources of the Wisconsin Historical Societyare encouraged to apply, as specific funding is reserved via the John A. Peters Fellowship Endowment.

Applications are due December 31 of any year with decisions made in February.  Recipients of the grants must use their awards within twelve months beginning April 1 of that year.

Application and details can be found here:


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Call for Papers – Kalamazoo 2019: Wounds Visible and Invisible in Late Medieval Christianity

This session at the 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies examines the many valences of wounds in late medieval Christianity, focusing on themes surrounding wounds and wounding both visible (corporeal and/or material) and invisible (rhetorical and allegorical). The image of the wounded body held a central place in late medieval Christian practice and material culture; the wounds of the crucified Christ were tangible reminders of his Passion and served as foci of veneration, while stigmatic saints and maimed martyrs were marked as holy by means of bodily trauma. Papers may also consider the Christian response to physical injury, in the form of saintly intervention through healing miracles and medical intervention through the establishment of hospitals and provision of care by religious orders.

Moving beyond the ample possibilities for discussion stemming from the theme of “visible” wounds in medieval Christianity, this session also encourages a broad examination of “invisible” wounds within the late medieval Christian context. Examples might range from the accusations of metaphorical violence levied against the mendicant orders by antifraternal critics, to the conceptualization of the Western Schism as a wound to the Church. By exploring wounds both “visible” and “invisible,” this session elicits the perspectives of scholars of history, art history, literature, and theology and seeks to expand conceptions of wounds and injury within a late medieval Christian framework.

Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (currently available at to Hannah Wood at and Johanna Pollick at by 15th September 2018.

As per ICMS rules, any abstracts not accepted for our session will be forwarded for consideration for General Sessions.

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Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts Postgraduate Internship. – British Library

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a fixed term Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a postgraduate or post-doctoral student in History, Art History, Medieval Language or Literature or another relevant subject. Closing date for application: 14 August 2018

For more informations:

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Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 26th International Medieval Congress

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 26th International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 1–4, 2019. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2019 IMC is “Materialities.” See the IMC Call for Papers ( for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is September 1, 2018. Proposals should include:
**100-word session abstract
**Session moderator and academic affiliation
**Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-September if their proposal has been selected for submission to the International Medieval Congress. The Mary Jaharis Center will submit the session proposal to the International Medieval Congress and will keep the potential organizer informed about the status of the proposal.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

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

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Fitzjames Research Fellowship in Medieval English Literature

Merton College, Oxford

Salary £30,326 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for 3.75 years commencing on 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be: to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old or Middle English; to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and to teach undergraduates reading English for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford.  The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential.  The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

In addition to salary, the Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars on the Merton College website

How to Apply

Those wishing to apply for this post should complete the online application form at and upload:

  • a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list;
  • a research proposal for the 3.75 years covered by the Fitzjames Research Fellowship; and
  • a statement of their teaching range in relation to the needs of the College, specified in 3(b) above.
  • An Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. The information collected on the Equal Opportunties Monitoring form does not form part of the selection process and will not be circulated to the selection panel. It will be used solely to monitor the effectivesness of the College’s Equality Policy which is published at

Applicants should also arrange for three referees (not more than two of whom should be from the same institution) to write directly to the Warden of Merton College by noon on the closing date of 5 September 2018.  References should be sent electronically to  Hard copy signed references will be required for the successful candidate.

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 5 September 2018.

Interviews will be held in College on Friday 28 September 2018.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidtes, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

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CARA NEWS – Texas Medieval Association

The Texas Medieval Association is hosting its 28th Annual Conference at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas from October 25-27, 2018. This year we are featuring a medieval Bible exhibit honoring the 500th Anniversary of theComplutensian Polyglot Bible, a performance by the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum, and plenaries by Tim Graham of the University of New Mexico, and George Greenia of William and Mary.

Paper and session proposals from all fields will be considered, and graduate students submissions are welcome. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018. Full details on conference programming and accommodations can be found on the conference registration page.

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MAA News – Leeds International Medieval Congress

The Medieval Academy of America had a larger presence than ever at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds this year, with a contingent that included President David Wallace, First Vice-President Ruth Mazo Karras, several Councilors, members of the administrative and Speculum staff, and several dozen MAA members. Our plenarist, Anne D. Hedeman (Univ. of Kansas), delivered a brilliant and well-attended lecture on Wednesday night that was followed by a convivial reception. Join us next year, when our plenarist will be Aden Kumler (Univ. of Chicago).

GSC @Leeds:

The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) held a roundtable at IMC Leeds 2018 titled “The Academic Work-Life Imbalance: Tips and Techniques for Managing Graduate School and Your Personal Life.” Chaired by Dr. Lucy Barnhouse (College of Wooster), the roundtable offered insights from Dr. Anna Peterson (Independent Scholar, Valladolid), Dr. Abigail G. Robertson (University of New Mexico), and Dr. Faith Wallis (McGill University). Many different facets of the work-life balance were addressed: funding, job-searching, managing a positive relationship with your advisor, succeeding in academia with mental illness and learning disabilities, the changing nature of the academy and what that means to the futures of graduate students. The discussion was vibrant and interesting with a particular focus on the pros and cons of social media use in graduate school – both as a professional marketing tool and a means to disseminate and engage with current research. Ultimately, the roundtable presented a message of hope for the future: Though there are struggles faced by graduate students in the current climate of academia, there are a multitude of avenues to pursue and many resources available to make the experience a more beneficial and positive one. These are issues that the GSC hopes to follow up on in future roundtables during the 2018-19 academic year! (GSC dispatch submitted by GSC Member Courtney Krolikoski)

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MAA News – Mirador for Medievalists Workshop

The inaugural 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 10-12. “Mirador for Medievalists: IIIF, Shared Canvas, and Digital Images” was led by Benjamin Albritton (Stanford University) and MAA Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis. The workshop focused on the advantages of working with IIIF-compliant online images in a Mirador 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 into the workspace, and engage with those images by using digitally-sustainable methodologies to facilitate image comparison, annotation, tagging, and manipulation. The fifteen medievalist participants came from as far away as New Zealand, Portugal, and Ireland, 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 #MirMed2018 on Twitter or click here.

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MAA News – Call for Prize Nominations

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes to be awarded at the 2019 MAA Annual Meeting (University of Pennsylvania, 7-9 March). Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2018.

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 2018)

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 2018 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2019)

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 2019. (Deadline 15 October 2018)

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