Jobs for Medievalists

Rare Book School is pleased to announce the following job opening:

Position: Assistant Curator and Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Rare Book School

Rare Book School (RBS) seeks a full-time Assistant Curator, who will also serve as Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Rare Book School. He or she will work closely with RBS’s Curator of Collections and Associate Director to steward and build RBS’s 80,000-item teaching collection. Primary duties include: acquisitions processing; cataloging; collections maintenance (including preservation, shelving, and shelf moves); liaising with RBS faculty and Special Collections staff; and maintaining collections finding aids and other collections-related files. Additional duties include: assisting with exhibitions, collections presentations, and special events; reference assistance for visitors to the collections; and support for projects undertaken by the Associate Director, which range from publications to grant-related research. Over time, duties could be expanded to include: management of part-time collections staff; selection of items for purchase; and donor cultivation and stewardship.

Located on central Grounds at the University of Virginia, RBS offers a close-knit, highly collaborative, mission-centered work environment with an abundance of engaging, bookish people and fascinating historical objects. This position requires a service-oriented, systematic, analytical thinker possessing: excellent communication skills; reading knowledge of Latin, French, German, or Spanish; an interest in technology, craft, and design; and a passion for researching and organizing historical objects.

Other desirable qualifications include: a degree in the humanities or social sciences, with an emphasis on books or prints as historical objects; especially desirable would be anALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree with a concentration or specialization in bibliography and/or book history; hand skills (e.g., printmaking, bookbinding, letterpress printing, conservation); knowledge of the antiquarian book or print trade; experience with organizing exhibitions and teaching with historical objects; training in photography; experience working with both Macintosh and Windows operating systems, and applications such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and WordPress/BuddyPress; a long-term interest in the humanities, special collections librarianship, conservation, and/or the antiquarian book trade.

This is a full-time, two-year position with the possibility of renewal or promotion. Starting salary ranges from $32,000 to $42,000, depending upon experience and academic/professional attainment. Benefits include annual leave, sick leave, health insurance, an RBS course each year, and contributions toward retirement. We hope to have someone fill this position as soon as May 2015, to overlap with current curatorial staff; however, the start date is somewhat flexible.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1) A cover letter discussing: a) your interest in RBS; b) the various strengths you could bring to RBS’s collections and staff; c) the skills you hope to cultivate at RBS and the areas in which you hope to grow; and d) the ways in which this position would help you meet your longer-term professional goals.

2) A c.v., including at least three references.

3) A writing sample of at least 1,000 words.

Please send electronic copies of materials to, or to

Rare Book School
Attn: Barbara Heritage
114 Alderman Library
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103

Application deadline: March 1, 2015

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Call for Papers – Seals and Status 800 – 1700

Seals and Status 800 – 1700

The aim of this conference is to foster discussions about seals and status, concentrating on three principal themes:

  1. Seals and social status
  2. Seals and institutional status

III. The status of seals as objects 

The famous exchange quoted on the left captures in a few biting words the close and significant connections between seals and status. It evokes the perception that sealing related to social status, that this relationship changed over time, and that such historical developments were both recognized and highly charged. Finally—and perhaps one reason why the Battle anecdote has been so often quoted—these words suggest an important status for seals themselves within the medieval world of objects. If anything, this importance increased with their proliferation: seals eventually belonged to all kinds of people and institutions, and many individuals, corporations, and chanceries had several. Ultimately, seals’ forms and functions came both to articulate and to construct social as well as institutional and administrative hierarchies.

Possible topics for papers include: Seals and heraldry; seals and inequality; seals and villeinage; seals of institutional office; seals and gender; non-heraldic personal seals; seals and status as represented in medieval and early modern texts; corporate seals and the status of institutions; the historiography of seals; the organization of chanceries; the development of sealing practices within and across social groups; relationships of seals to other works of art.

Proposals are welcomed from a wide range of perspectives, such as: archaeology, history, art history, archival studies, literature. Submissions will be accepted in English, French, and German and should be no more than 300 words in length. Send to Lloyd de Beer ( by 30 January 2015.

The conference will be held at the British Museum from the 4 – 6 December 2015.

This conference is co-organised with John Cherry and Jessica Berenbeim in collaboration with Sigillvm, a network for the study of medieval European seals and sealing practices.

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Call for Content – Sequitur

Call for Content
Deadline: February 17th

Sequitur, the Boston University Department of History of Art & Architecture graduate student journal, invites current graduate students in art history and related fields to submit content for the Spring 2015 issue.

Sequitur is an online scholarly journal, published biannually, and dedicated to addressing current events, issues, and personalities in art and architectural history. Launched in Fall 2014, Sequitur features essays, exhibition and book reviews, interviews, and research and field reports, exploring local, national, and international content.

Please visit for more information and for submission guidelines.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Sequitur editors at

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MAA News – 2015 Annual Meeting

f1169c2e-fdc8-4c60-88da-bcc74d417f92The 90th annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America takes place this year on March 12-14, 2015, at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. We at the Medieval Institute will be serving as your host, and now welcome you to join us. Registration for the conference is now available, or as they say, gone “live.”

Please go to:

There you will see a calendar of events for Notre Dame’s conference center. Go to March 2015, then select the link for the ‘Medieval Academy of America’. Here you will also find direct links to conference hotels offering discounted rates and a general overview of conference activities. The discounted rates for attendees remain in effect only through February 11, 2015, and so I urge you to register soon.

Full details concerning the program as well as transportation and related matters may also be found on the Medieval Institute’s web site at:

This year’s conference features some fifty sessions covering a wide range of disciplines, with plenary addresses by Elizabeth Eva Leach of the University of Oxford, William Chester Jordan of Princeton University, and Lawrence Nees of the University of Delaware. Also scheduled are concerts, movies, exhibitions, interactive installations, tours, and a digital model of Hildegard of Bingen’s Cosmic Egg. To stay abreast of all conference matters, visit our Facebook page ( or subscribe to our Twitter feed (@medievalND).

If you have concerns about travel or any other logistical matters in relation to the conference, please email us (, or call 574-631-8304 for further assistance. We want to make your visit go smoothly and can help you troubleshoot specific problems. Whether you are visiting Notre Dame for the first time or returning to a familiar place, be assured of a warm welcome.

I look forward to seeing you in March.

John Van Engen
Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute University of Notre Dame

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MAA News – 2016 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy will take place in Boston from February 25-27.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal, excepting those who presented papers at the annual meetings of the Medieval Academy in 2014 or 2015; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

Location: Boston is home to numerous universities, art museums, and performing arts companies. Hosted by several Boston-area institutions, the meeting will convene at the Hyatt, across the street from the renovated Opera House and in the heart of Boston’s theater district. The final reception will be held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Theme(s): Rather than an overarching theme, the 2016 meeting will provide a variety of thematic connections among sessions. The Medieval Academy welcomes innovative sessions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries or that use various disciplinary approaches to examine an individual topic. To both facilitate and emphasize interdisciplinarity, the Call for Papers is organized in “threads.” Sessions listed under these threads have been proposed to or by the Program Committee but the list provided below is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive.

Proposals: Individuals may propose to offer a paper in one of the sessions below, a full panel of papers and speakers for a listed session, a full panel of papers and speakers for a session they wish to create, or a single paper not designated for a specific session.

Sessions usually consist of three 25-minute papers, and proposals should be geared to that length, although the committee is interested in other formats as well (poster sessions, digital experiences, etc). The Program Committee may choose a different format for some sessions after the proposals have been reviewed.

The complete Call for Papers with additional information, submission procedures, selections guidelines, and organizers is available here.

Please contact the Program Committee at with any questions.

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MAA News – 2015 Election Results

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.

Voting in the MAA elections is now closed. We are very pleased to report the following results:

Officers (2015 – 2016):
President: Barbara Newman (Northwestern Univ.)
1st Vice-President: Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Columbia Univ.)
2nd Vice-President: Margot E. Fassler (Univ. of Notre Dame)

Council (2015 – 2018):
Robert Bjork (Arizona State Univ.)
Aden Kumler (Univ. of Chicago)
Sara S. Poor (Princeton Univ.)
John Tolan (Univ. of Nantes)

Nominating Committee (2015 – 2017):
Adam Kosto (Columbia Univ.)
Brett Edward Whalen (Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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MAA News – 2015 Class of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 - 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 – 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

We are very pleased to introduce the 2015 Class of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America:

Helen Damico (Univ. of New Mexico)
Sharon Farmer (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)
Margot E. Fassler (Univ. of Notre Dame)
Robin Fleming (Boston College)
Richard Kaeuper (Univ. of Rochester)
Maureen Miller (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
David Nirenberg (Univ. of Chicago)
Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe (Univ. of California, Berkeley)
Anders Winroth (Yale Univ.)

Paul Brand (Univ. of Oxford)
Constant Mews (Monash Univ.)
Felicity Riddy (Univ. of York)

We hope you will join us in honoring these accomplished scholars during the Fellows’ Plenary Session of the upcoming Annual Meeting: Saturday, 14 March, 3:45 PM, McKenna Auditorium, University of Notre Dame.

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MAA News – MAA @ AHA

A 14th-century manuscript image of King John hunting (London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius D II, f. 116r)

A 14th-century manuscript image of King John hunting (London, British Library, Cotton MS Claudius D II, f. 116r)

The Medieval Academy of America invites proposals for panels at the 2016 meeting of the American Historical Association in Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016. The theme of the 2016 Meeting is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.” Each year the Medieval Academy co-sponsors with the AHA several sessions at this meeting that are likely to be of particular interest to MAA members and general interest to a broader audience.

There is a two-stage process. First, members of the Medieval Academy submit draft session descriptions to the MAA’s AHA Program Committee by emailing them to the committee chair, Maureen C. Miller ( by February 6, 2015. Descriptions should include the session title, session abstract, paper titles, names and affiliations of the organizer, presenters, and (if relevant) respondent.

Individual paper abstracts are requested but not required. Guidelines for sessions and submitting proposals can be found on the AHA website here.

Second, if approved by the committee, the organizer submits the session proposal directly to the AHA (using their on-line system) by the deadline of February 15, 2015 indicating that the session has the sponsorship of the Medieval Academy of America.

Please note that only sessions approved by the AHA Program Committee will appear as sponsored by the MAA and AHA on the program and that the MAA does not independently sponsor sessions.

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MAA News – Mentoring at the MAA Annual Meeting

shieldThe Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy to participate in the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program. The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate.

The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended.

To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit this online form: GSC Mentoring Form.

For the Medieval Academy of America meeting (March 12-14 at Notre Dame), the deadline to sign up is Friday, February 6.

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MAA News – Upcoming Application Deadlines

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

MAA Dissertation Grants (deadline 15 February):
The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

Schallek Awards (deadline 15 February):
The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building and Professionalization (deadline 15 February):
The inaugural MAA/GSC Grant will be awarded to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. Click here for more information.

Olivia Remie Constable Award (deadline 15 February):
Two Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. Click here for more information.

Applicants for these and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.

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