Editor of Speculum: Applications due July 30

The Medieval Academy of America seeks to appoint an Editor for Speculum. The position is configured as part-time, requiring around 25 hours per week. The Editor is appointed for an expected five-year term, subject to acceptable yearly performance reviews, with the possibility of a second five-year term by mutual agreement. The editor should be an established scholar with academic credentials in some field(s) of medieval studies, broadly defined, with good organizational and decision-making skills. Experience in journal or book editing will be helpful but not necessary. The new editor should plan on taking office in the late Spring of 2019, and at the latest by July 1, 2019. Terms and conditions are to be negotiated, as is the physical location of the Editor.

Applications must be submitted by 30 July.

Full advertisement:
http://www.themedievalacademyblog.org/seeking-editor-of-speculum/

Full job description:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/EdJobDescription

Application form:
http://www.medievalacademy.org/default.asp?page=EditorApplication

Nomination form:
http://www.medievalacademy.org/default.asp?page=EdNomForm

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The Berlin Prize Call for Applications 2019/2020

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019/2020, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included art historians, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

We will accept applications as of late May 2018. Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2019/2020 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late April 2019.

For further information and to apply online, please see: http://www.americanacademy.de/apply/apply-for-a-fellowship/

The application deadline for 2019/20 is Friday, October 5, 2018 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET).

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Call for Papers – Government and Governance from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: Representation and Reality

Government and Governance from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: Representation and Reality
45th Annual New England Medieval Conference
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Great Seal of Edward I

Keynote Speakers:

Amy Appleford, of Boston University, “Governing Bodies in Late Medieval London”

Jonathan Lyon, of the University of Chicago, “Was there a Difference Between Lordship and Governance in Late Medieval Germany?”

The New England Medieval Consortium seeks abstracts for papers that consider questions and problems inherent in organizing sophisticated societies from late antiquity through the Renaissance. Submissions are welcome from all fields of scholarly study including but not limited to history, literature, philosophy, theology, numismatics, art history, and manuscript studies. Government and governance are understood for the purposes of this conference to include all aspects of human organization from neighborhood associations and guilds to kingdoms and empires, and from parishes and priories to the papacy. Possible areas of inquiry include corruption, patronage, ethics, reform, institutional structures, bureaucracy, propaganda, jurisdiction, rights, and obligations.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to David Bachrach (David.Bachrach@unh.edu) via email attachment. On your abstract please provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address. Abstracts are due by July 21, 2018.

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Call for Papers – Othello’s Island 2019: the 7th Annual Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Othello’s Island 2019: the 7th Annual Conference of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Nicosia, Cyprus, 15 to 18 April 2019

Held as a collaboration between academics from the Centre for Visual Arts and Research, the University of Cyprus, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, and Imperial College London.

Founded in 2012, Othello’s Island is an annual conference looking at Medieval, Renaissance and early modern history, literature, art and other culture, held at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR) in Nicosia, Cyprus. It brings together a wide range of academics and research students, from all over the world, to discuss their work in what we describe as a multi-disciplinary event.

​Sometimes the themes of different papers can seem very diverse, but a multi-disciplinary approach means that we encourage participants to listen to a wide range of papers, in different discipline areas, in the belief that this can lead to new, sometimes remarkable, insights.

Our hosts for the conference, the Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), is located in the centre of the old town of Nicosia, capital of Cyprus. In its medieval streets, surrounded by the huge Venetian walls, you will find lovely museums, shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as medieval and renaissance buildings, harking back to the medieval and renaissance period, when Cyprus was ruled by the French Lusignan royal family. Perhaps most notable of the house was the last Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, whose portrait was painted by Giorgione, Titian and other Renaissance artists.

For 2019 we are basing the conference around three themes. These are:

  • Medieval and Byzantine literature, art, architecture, culture and history
  • Shakespeare and his contemporaries
  • Early modern women writers

We also welcome proposals for ‘wild card’ papers outside of the above categories. If your proposed paper does not fit into any of the above categories, you are still welcome to submit.

CALL FOR PAPERS – DEADLINE 31 JANUARY 2019

If you would like to submit a paper for possible presentation at the conference please send an abstract and a brief  CV (resumé) by e’mail to arrive not later than 31 January 2019.

The abstract should include:

  • your full name
  • your institutional affiliation (if any)
  • your e’mail address
  • the title of your proposed paper
  • your abstract (must be in English and not longer than 300 words long).

In general we will try to let you know if your paper has been accepted not later than 28 February 2019. If you require a decision before 28 February 2019 on whether your paper will be included in the colloquium, please indicate this in your e’mail. Usually this will be because you need to make a funding application or other arrangements.

Papers can only be presented in person. We are sorry, we do not allow proxy or Skype-style presentations.

All proposals should be sent to Dr Michael Paraskos at info@othellosisland.org with the subject line Othello 2019

If you have any questions please e’mail Dr Michael Paraskos at info@othellosisland.org

You are also advised to visit our website at www.othellosisland.org for more information.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Curatorial Intern (Books and Manuscripts)

Royal Collection Trust

Fine Art and Library

Windsor Castle

Internship

October 2018

June 2019

£17,062.50 per annum (pro rata)

37.5 per week, over 5 days, Monday to Friday

It’s being in the perfect place to learn how to care for and curate a world-class collection

It’s being encouraged to gain new skills. And it’s the opportunity to develop your knowledge of one of the world’s most impressive art collections. This is what makes an internship with Royal Collection Trust so different.

The Royal Library is responsible for over 200,000 items, including some of the finest and most important books and manuscripts in the world.

As part of the Royal Library curatorial team, you’ll gain first-hand experience in a wide range of curatorial activities, including researching the collections, assisting with their presentation through a range of media, and helping to display books and manuscripts within the galleries and royal residences.

You’ll develop an understanding of our curatorial management systems and have the opportunity to gain an insight into a specific area of curatorial responsibility through individual project work. For this, you’ll work particularly closely with our outstanding collection of fine and historic bindings.

You’ll also assist in the administration of loans and exhibitions and help with the cataloguing of additions to the Library.

With the chance to benefit from the expertise of Curators within our Books and Manuscripts team, you’ll be able to enhance your skills in an exciting environment where development and training is encouraged.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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An Open Letter from the Medieval Academy of America to the College Board

Trevor Packer
Senior Vice President, AP and Instruction
The College Board
250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
TPacker@collegeboard.org

Dear Mr. Packer,

The Medieval Academy of America (MAA) and especially its K-12 Committee urges the College Board to reconsider its recent decision to revise the Advanced Placement (AP) World History exam to “assess content only from c. 1450 to the present.”

As the largest organization in the world dedicated to the study of the Middle Ages, we have noted with alarm a clear decline in representation of this important epoch in core standards at the secondary school level. This trend has reached a tipping point with the College Board’s decision to begin its AP World History curriculum at the year 1450 while recommending that schools develop their own pre-1450 coursework. To assume that schools will do so and that students will take these courses, especially at a time of limited resources and even more limited faculty, is highly speculative at best. In addition, relegating the premodern world to “pre-AP” certainly diminishes its standing. Because pre-AP courses are required to be made available to all students enrolled in a school, and do not carry weighted grades or the distinction of an AP examination for college credit, students do not typically view them with the same level of respect or afford them the same level of importance that they assign to AP courses, unless a school offers them in combination with Honors or some other academic distinction.

There are several further problems with this strategy. By beginning “world history” in 1450, the College Board is essentially sending the message that premodern culture and events are unimportant. It is impossible to make sense out of the political and historical climate of the mid-fifteenth century without a grounding in what came before. It is especially unfortunate to suggest, with the 1450 start date, that “world history” effectively begins with the arrival of white Europeans in North America, coupled with the mass extinction (chiefly through disease) of substantial segments of native populations. A pre-1450 start date would facilitate study of a global Middle Ages, a period when regions such as China, Mali, Ethiopia, Armenia, and Egypt had great achievements, in conditions of relative parity, before the oceanic dominance of a few western powers (Portugal, Spain, Holland, England, France). We have all seen how misappropriation of medieval history leads to the advancement of dangerous, racist narratives. Only education can counter such misuse of history. Teaching the reality rather than the fictionalized fantasy of the Middle Ages has never been more important than it is today.

A few alternative suggestions to this decision might be:

● Split the World History AP course into two courses with two exams: “AP World History to 1450” and “AP World History after 1450” (this configuration corresponds more clearly with the World History offerings at most universities and reinstates the importance of the premodern world in the curriculum);
● Rethink the designation of the medieval as “The Postclassical Period,” which again privileges Europe while simultaneously ignoring the vital impact of a thousand-year period on today’s world;
● Consider thematic strands that cover the crucial historical timelines (for example, “race,” “gender,” “governance,” etc.).

The Medieval Academy of America K-12 Committee is focused on improving representation of the medieval period in K-12 curricula, and we would be very happy to partner with the College Board in thinking through these issues.

Sincerely,

Medieval Academy of America – Council
(https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/Governance?)

Medieval Academy of America – K-12 Committee
(https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/K12_Cmte)

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History of Medicine fellowships at The New York Academy of Medicine Library

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here:  https://www.nyam.org/awards-grants/library-fellowships/

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to me.

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS
Historical Collections Librarian
212.822.7313 office

The New York Academy of Medicine
LIBRARY
1216 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10029

NYAM.org

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CARA News – Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute and the medievalist community enjoyed in 2017-2018 a year of activities, accomplishments, and accolades.

The Institute sponsored lectures by Scott Magelssen (University of Washington School of Drama) and Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University) in its distinguished lecture series and co-sponsored a lecture by English Department faculty member Eve Salisbury in the Department of English’s Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speaker Series.

The Institute hosted the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018), which attracted 2,623 medievalists to the campus. Marjorie Currie Woods was the inaugural speaker for the annual “Lecture in the Reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages,” endowed in memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards.

The inaugural Paul E. Szarmach Prize, established by the Richard Rawlinson Center’s Board in 2017, was awarded in 2018 to Erica Weaver.  The Prize is awarded to the author of a first article in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality.

Four students completed the M.A. in medieval studies in April, and two more M.A. candidates are expected to finish their degrees by the end of the year.

Guthrie Beyer won the Galway conference exchange grant for his paper “Building Bridges and the Ideologies of Kingship in Medieval Ireland, 900-1200.”

Laurie Atkinson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, received a Northern Bridge Doctorial Training Partnership Award from the Northern Bridge Placement Scheme to intern at Medieval Institute Publications and the Institute for two months.

Theresa Whitaker, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of MIP, was awarded the WMU Administrative Professional Association’s Outstanding Professional Award for 2017-18.

Jana K. Schulman, Director of the Medieval Institute was reappointed to a second 3-year term.

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uggling the Middle Ages, October 15, 2018-February 28, 2019

From October 15, 2018 through February 28, 2019, Dumbarton Oaks will host an exhibition on the medieval story The Juggler of Notre Dame, its reception from 1873 to the present day, and the broader context of medieval revivalism. The exhibit will display video material, sound materials, interactive screens, and tablets, but the focus will be on medieval objects and modern ones relating to medievalism. The exhibit will be flanked by appearances by authors of graphic novels and children’s books, concerts of musical versions, scholarly lectures, juggling performances, and more. The museum shop will also have a range of unique items for everyone from medievalist scholars to children.

Information about the exhibition and related programming can be found online at jugglingthemiddleages.com.

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British Library Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition and conference

Booking is now open for the British Library exhibition, ‘Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War’, which opens on 19 October 2018 and runs until 19 February 2019. Further details about the exhibition and how to book can be found here.

Registration is also now open for the international conference, ‘Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms’ (13-14 December 2018) and early career symposium (15 December 2018). Details of the conference and how to register can be found here.

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