Medieval Women, Modern Readers Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon

Medieval Women, Modern Readers Wikipedia-Edit-a-Thon
28th October 2020, 13:00-16:00 GMT (UK)

Medievalists around the world are invited to our #medievalwiki session, creating and editing Wikipedia articles. We are especially keen to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of medieval race, gender and sexuality, and want to create and add to articles about medieval women and their contemporary readers, especially people of colour and queer scholars, translators and artists.

Wikipedia experts and newbies alike are encouraged to attend – we will begin with a 30-minute introduction, we will have experts on hand to help, and there will be regular Zoom check-ins throughout. If you can’t make the online session, we would love for people to make edits throughout the week and share them using the #medievalwiki hashtag.

While we call ourselves #medievalwiki, friendly feminists from all disciplines or none are welcome to join us!

More info here:

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Dr Beth Whalley | Honorary Research Fellow, Department of English, University of Bristol

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Department of History at Christendom College seeks to hire an assistant professor of medieval history for a full-time position starting 15 August 2021. Normally, candidates will already hold a PhD, but we will consider applications from highly-qualified ABD candidates whose progress to degree completion is far advanced. This is an entry-level position.

The successful candidate will be enthusiastically committed to undergraduate education and will teach a 4/4 load of courses, including core courses in our four-part western civ. survey (especially HIST 101 and 102) as well as upper-level electives in medieval history. The field of specialization within medieval history is open, and our professors are encouraged both to teach courses currently listed in our Academic Bulletin and to develop new courses in their areas of expertise. The successful candidate will integrate teaching excellence with professional scholarly engagement and with service to the institution. The history program was inspired by the work of the College’s founding president and first chair of the department, Dr. Warren H. Carroll.  Ability to mentor students, including those aiming for graduate school, is an advantage.

Located in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Christendom College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college whose faculty members take an annual, voluntary oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Church. Our faculty members affirm the harmony of faith and reason in the pursuit of academic excellence and especially follow the educational vision set out by St. John Paul II in Ex Corde Ecclesiae. For more information on the Christendom Mission and Vision statements, curriculum, and student life, see

Review of applications will begin December 7, 2020.

Interested applicants should provide the following: 1) a Curriculum Vitae; 2) a letter of application that includes discussion of teaching experience and philosophy, research interests and goals, the relationship of research interests to teaching, and overall contributions the candidate could make in service of the mission of Christendom College; 3) three letters of recommendation; 4) graduate transcripts; 5) a sample of scholarly writing; 6) evaluations of undergraduate teaching (if available). Please send all application materials to Dr. Christopher Lane, Chair of the History Department, at Any other inquiries about the position may be sent to Dr. Lane at

Graduate transcripts should also be sent to:
Professor Greg Townsend, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Christendom College
134 Christendom Drive
Front Royal, VA 22630

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Funding Opportunities for the ASCSA Gennadius Library, 2021-2022


The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2021-2022 academic year at the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with 26,000 volumes from diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library now holds a richly diverse collection of over 146,000 books and rare bindings, archives, manuscripts, and works of art illuminating the Hellenic tradition and neighboring cultures. The Library has become an internationally renowned center for the study of Greek history, literature, and art, especially from the Byzantine period to modern times.
COTSEN TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP FOR RESEARCH IN GREECE: Short-term travel award of $2,000 for senior scholars and graduate students, for work at the Gennadius Library. Open to all nationalities. At least one month of residency required. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months.


THE GEORGE PAPAIOANNOU FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates or recent PhDs writing on Greece in the 1940’s and the post-war period, civil wars and the history of the Second World War. Fellows are required to make use of the George Papaioannou Papers housed at the Archives of the ASCSA. Open to all nationalities. School fees are waived for a maximum of two months. Stipend of €2,000.

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022. Runs every other year.

THE M. ALISON FRANTZ FELLOWSHIP: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s from colleges or universities in the U.S. or Canada, for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Stipend of $11,500 plus room, board, and waiver of School fees.


MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and university professors in any field of late antique, post-antique, Byzantine or medieval studies at any university worldwide. Month-long program in intermediate level Medieval Greek language and philology at the Gennadius Library, with site and museum trips. Up to twelve scholarships available.

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) FELLOWSHIPS: Awards for postdoctoral scholars and professionals in the humanities, not only limited to work at the Gennadius Library. Terms: Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who have been U.S. residents for three years before application deadline. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree at time of application.

Please forward this announcement to eligible students or colleagues you may know who are working on a project in post-classical studies and encourage them to apply. For further information, consult the ASCSAwebsite at:

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University of York Open Lectures

Talks presented by the University of York as part of its online autumn Open Lectures series. The programme covers a wide variety of topics and is aimed at a general audience. A selection of free events is listed below and the full programme is available at

England’s Hidden History
Friday 23 October, 7pm to 8pm

Among the glamour and intrigue that surrounds the Tudor period is the untold story of people of African descent who lived and worked throughout England – not as slaves but as members of society. Join pioneering and internationally recognised historian, writer and presenter Dr Onyeka Nubia.

An evening with Peter Brathwaite
Monday 26 October, 8pm to 9pm

Join opera singer Peter Brathwaite for an extraordinary evening detailing his passion for ‘degenerate music’, the ways in which his work has paid tribute to and been informed by Black histories in Britain, and his extraordinary lockdown project to discover Black portraiture.

Medieval hygiene
Monday 2 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Everyone knows that medieval people were dirty, smelly and largely indifferent to their own filth – or were they? In fact, medieval physicians were well aware of the health benefits of good hygiene. Dr Katherine Harvey of Birkbeck, University of London, reveals how all the evidence suggests that medieval people, both rich and poor, were much cleaner than we assume.

How the Vikings “got Allah”
Thursday 5 November, 6.30pm to 8pm

Stephennie Mulder, Associate Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses How the Vikings “got Allah”: Toward an Integrated Medieval Studies in an Age of White Nationalism.

The emergence of the English
Friday 6 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Susan Oosthuizen, Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, reveals why the emergence of the English should be sought in the evolution, adaptation and innovations of late Romano-British communities to a post-imperial world.

Celebrating outstanding history: Wolfson History Prize 2020 panel online
Tuesday 24 November, 7pm to 8.15pm

From humankind’s relationship with the world’s oceans to Indian cricket, and from Chaucer to the kingdoms of West Africa, how can history shine a light on the big issues we face today?Join Wolfson History Prize 2020 winner David Abulafia and three of the shortlisted authors.

The rise of the valkyrie: Mythical and real women of the Viking world
Wednesday 25 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Life and death in a Viking battle depended not on military prowess, but on the favour of the Valkyries, who took the warriors who died back to Asgard, the realm of the Norse gods. But why were these powerful beings female, and what do they tell us about the Vikings’ society? Join Dr Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir of the National Library of Norway.

Hidden in plain sight: The unexplored histories of the medieval north at the time of the Black Death
Friday 27 November, 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Professor Sarah Rees Jones of the University of York exposes and explores some of extensive medieval archives relating to the medieval north (and particularly to Yorkshire) which remain largely unpublished and unexplored. Discover how the impact of the Black Death from 1349 led to a remarkable increase in the creation and curation of written records documenting many aspects of daily life.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in History of Medicine

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The Department of the History of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine invites applications for tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The Department is committed to broadening the history of health and medicine, and seeks new colleagues who address areas not covered by existing faculty, specifically in the areas of pre-modern medicine, health, and healing before 1800, and in medicine, health and healing in East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, or other geographical areas which would extend the reach of our Department. We seek scholars whose research is innovative and agenda-setting. Our teaching remit stretches across several divisions of the University, including PhD and online MA students within our department’s degree-granting programs, MD and MPH students within the broader schools of medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins, and undergraduates and graduate students through joint appointment in the Program of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. A successful candidate will bring energy and enthusiasm to this broad array of learners and be successful at reaching a range of audiences. In addition to excellence in historical scholarship and teaching they should also demonstrate the capacity to communicate the enduring relevance of historical analysis to potential audiences in clinical practice, health policy, and the general public. The Department of the History of Medicine is committed to diversity and equity; we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that attracts and values students, faculty, and collaborators of all ethnicities, nationalities, and genders. Applicants must have defended a PhD by July 1, 2021; applications and related materials are due by Nov. 15, 2020.

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Important Notice re: MAA 2021 Annual Meeting

To the Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

After taking into account the projections of how the pandemic is likely to play out in the coming months, the 2021 MAA Annual Meeting Program Committee, in consultation with the Executive Director and the President, has made the difficult decision to pivot the 2021 Annual Meeting to a virtual meeting. We hope that by making this decision early, everyone involved will be able to respond and prepare in a way that will maximize the opportunities afforded by the virtual format. We will be in touch in the coming months with more details.

We are all sorry that we will not be able to greet you in person in Bloomington next April, but we look forward to seeing you online.

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
Jeremy Schott, Program Committee
Deborah Deliyannis, Program Committee
Diane Reilly, Program Committee

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Conference – Authorial publishing from the Carolingian period to the Renaissance

Authorial publishing from the Carolingian period to the Renaissance  
October 29th and 30th, University of Helsinki 
Venue: Zoom (for the meeting ID and passcode, see below)    

Written transmission relies on the fact of ‘publication’, the step between the authorial process and reception. The papers in this colloquium ask what it meant for medieval and renaissance authors and their associates to publish. The contexts under scrutiny range from England to Italy, from hagiography to medicine, and from Carolingian monasteries to renaissance libraries.  

The programme is found below. The abstracts can be accessed in the Medieval Publishing website:    

To obtain the Zoom meeting ID and passcode, please contact to Mr. Olli-Pekka Kasurinen (   

The colloquium is organized by the projects Medieval Publishing from c.1000 to 1500 (ERC-716538) and Authorial Publication in the Early Medieval Period (Academy of Finland), and the University of Helsinki.

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Paul Szarmach Article Prize

The Richard Rawlinson Center at Western Michigan University announces the fourth Paul E. Szarmach Prize, to be awarded in May 2021. It consists of an award of $500 to the author of a first article on a topic in the culture and history of early medieval England published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality.  To be eligible for the 2021 prize, the article must have appeared in a journal bearing a publication date of 2019. Application deadline: November 1.

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Ethiopian Studies Webinar

The Beta Israel and Ethiopian Christian Views of Jews and Judaism

Nov 17, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Ethiopia has a long and complex history with Jews and Judaism. Perhaps most constitutive of the connection between the two is an Ethiopian tradition according to which the favor of the God of Israel, along with the ark of the covenant, was transferred from Israel to Ethiopia during the days of the biblical Solomon as a result of his amorous relationship with the Queen of Sheba. Earlier scholars invoked this tradition to explain everything from an alleged “Judaic component” of Ethiopian Christianity to the existence of the Beta Israel, or as they are sometimes called “Ethiopian Jews,” who lived in northern and north-western Ethiopia until their large-scale emigration to Israel between 1977 and 1991. In the last several decades, scholars have adopted a more critical approach to investigating Ethiopia’s interconnectedness with Jews and Judaism. In the present webinar, Steven Kaplan and Sophia Dege-Müller will address the status quaestionis of the Beta Israel and their origins as well as signal new directions in this area of research. Then Marcia Kupfer and Aaron Butts will explore how Ethiopian Christians have viewed Jews and Judaism in art and text, respectively, asking in particular what connections can be drawn between Ethiopian Christian views of Jews and Judaism and the Beta Israel. The webinar will conclude with a discussion addressing these and related questions.

This is the first event of a webinar series IAS Ethiopian Studies

Convenors: Suzanne Akbari (IAS), Aaron Butts (CUA/IAS), Samantha L. Kelly (Rutgers U/IAS), Sabine Schmidtke (IAS)

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Call for Papers – 20th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies

20th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies
March 18-20th, 2021
Virtually at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The 20th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will be held virtually March 18–20th, 2020 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The conference will take place over Zoom and will include Vagantes SWAG boxes, virtual workshops, professional development, and interactive activities. Abstracts are due Monday, November 30th, 2020.

Abstracts of 300 words, paper title, and a 1-2 page CV in one PDF asre due Monday, November 30th, 2020 to

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