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Jobs for Medievalists

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Doctoral student, Historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period

The Faculty of Arts is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History for a

Doctoral student in an ERC-funded project on historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period.

The fully-funded PhD-student will be affiliated with the Centre for Urban History. The Centre for Urban History is an international acknowledged research centre focusing on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. The candidate will contribute to the ERC Starting Grant Project “Back to the Future: Future expectations and actions in late medieval and early modern Europe, c.1400-c.1830” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 851053, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/225075/factsheet/en) and supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Puttevils.

To gain more insight in how people in the past thought about the future and how this affected their actions, this project draws on a combination of close and distant reading methods of more than 15,000 letters written in (varieties of) Italian, German, French, Dutch and English by and to European merchants in the period 1400-1830.

The doctoral student will carry out the analysis of long-term developments in the linguistic expression and rhetoric of future statements on the basis of German and Dutch merchant letters from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Central in this PhD-project will be the impact of crises on future-thinking.

 

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of  early modern history.
  • You contribute to research in the field of the late medieval and early modern future expectations in general and to the research goals of the project.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment. These publications can be co-authored with other project members and external researchers.
  • You co-manage the project website and the project’s presence on social media.
  • You have a limited teaching responsibility in the History Department related to your own field of expertise and you contribute to research in the History Department and the Faculty of Arts.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree  in history and/or German or Dutch (historical) literature or linguistics.
  • Profound knowledge of German and preferably Dutch and their historical variants is absolutely required.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • You have experience in managing large amounts of historical sources and texts.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
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Jobs for Medievalists

Click here for the full description and how to apply:

Doctoral student, Historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period

The Faculty of Arts is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of History for a

Doctoral student in an ERC-funded project on historical future expectations in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period.

The fully-funded PhD-student will be affiliated with the Centre for Urban History. The Centre for Urban History is an international acknowledged research centre focusing on urban societies, structures and processes in historical perspective. The candidate will contribute to the ERC Starting Grant Project “Back to the Future: Future expectations and actions in late medieval and early modern Europe, c.1400-c.1830” funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 851053, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/225075/factsheet/en) and supervised by prof. dr. Jeroen Puttevils.

To gain more insight in how people in the past thought about the future and how this affected their actions, this project draws on a combination of close and distant reading methods of more than 15,000 letters written in (varieties of) Italian, German, French, Dutch and English by and to European merchants in the period 1400-1830.

The doctoral student will carry out the analysis of long-term developments in the linguistic expression and rhetoric of future statements on the basis of Italian merchant letters from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. Central in this PhD-project will be the role of capitalism and its relation to future-thinking.

Job description

  • You prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of  late medieval history.
  • You contribute to research in the field of the late medieval and early modern future expectations in general and to the research goals of the project.
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment. These publications can be co-authored with other project members and external researchers.
  • You co-manage the project website and the project’s presence on social media.
  • You have a limited teaching responsibility in the History Department related to your own field of expertise and you contribute to research in the History Department and the Faculty of Arts.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree  in history and/or Italian (historical) literature or linguistics.
  • Profound knowledge of Italian and its historical variants is absolutely required.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • You have experience in managing large amounts of historical sources and texts.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
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95th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America Virtual Version, March 27-29, 2020

The virtual Annual Meeting will include the Presidential Plenary
(delivered by Ruth Mazo Karras), eleven sessions,
the annual Business Meeting, and the annual CARA Meeting.

Click here for the program and session URLs.

Please note that the Medieval Academy of America
Professional Behavior Policy applies to this virtual meeting.

We hope you will join us!

#MAA2020

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News, Webinars, and Opportunities for Mutual Aid

From The Bibliographical Society of America:

    • BSA will offer five free, forty-minute webinars Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 2. Please find a complete list of online learning opportunities below, and spread the word to your friends and colleagues. Registration required, scroll down for details.
    • Webinar recordings will be posted to our YouTube channel. Created to meet a need of our time, we hope that these will be lasting resources for you, your colleagues, and students.
    • We are working with Dr. Megan L. Cook of Colby College to publish a static version of her crowd-sourced list of digital repositories for teaching book history on our website. Check bibsocamer.org on Monday for an update.
    • Calling all BSA-member-librarians and power users of digital repositories! Are you interested in remotely pairing up with an educator who has moved their course online, and needs help finding subject-specific digital collections? Contact me directly at erin.schreiner@bibsocamer.org to volunteer. This should be a relatively small time commitment.
    • In light of the current situation, we must cancel the 2020 Community Grants Program. ​We will redirect those modest funds to anyone who cannot volunteer their time but would like to lead a webinar or other virtual activity. We recognize that many BSA members will face financial difficulties during this uncertain time, and hope that this small gesture demonstrates our goodwill and support for our community.
    • The call for proposals for programs scheduled for October – December 2020 remains open, with the original April 15 submission deadline. The Program Committee is proceeding with cautious optimism, and we remain firm in our commitment to sponsoring all events committed to for 2020.
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Text for Teaching and Research Exchange

In the hopes of bringing the community of medievalists together as many of us move online, a working group comprised of Sara McDougall, Merle Eisenberg and Laura Morreale, with the help of the Haskins Society, is creating an online Teaching and Research Exchange entitled “Middle Ages for Educators.” Before we put the site together, however, we want to determine what is most needed from our MedievALList colleagues (medievalists in any professional placement). We have compiled the following survey to help with that effort: https:/tinyurl.com/u59mn6v. We are interested in both what is needed, and what you as a medievalist would be willing to contribute; we have already had generous offers to share pdfs, to host 5-10 minute introductions to primary sources, and to serve as remote guest speakers in digital classrooms. Medievalists are a generous group indeed.

We are asking whether you would fill out the questionnaire to let us know your needs and competencies, and if you could also circulate it to interested medievalists. According to your wishes, we may also reach out to you for further participation once you have completed the survey, but our most urgent goal is to determine what we can do to facilitate co-operation and mutual aid within our community.

Our twitter hashtag is #middleagesforeducators

Merle Eisenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) University of Maryland
Sara McDougall, Associate Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York
Laura Morreale, Independent Scholar

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Virtual Annual Meeting Program

95TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEDIEVAL ACADEMY OF AMERICA
VIRTUAL VERSION, MARCH 27-29, 2020

The virtual Annual Meeting will include the Presidential Plenary
(delivered by Ruth Mazo Karras), eleven sessions,
the annual Business Meeting, and the annual CARA Meeting.

Click here for the program.

Pleas note that Zoom links for individual sessions will be added in the coming days.

We hope you will join us!

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MAA 2020 Refunds and Update

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you are well, safe, and doing what you need to do to protect yourselves and your community. The MAA office is closed until further notice, but we are all working from home and are healthy and safe.

Online Annual Meeting
We are in the process of planning an open online Annual Meeting for those participants who indicated interest in presenting their work in a live, online format. Some presenters have elected to defer their papers for special consideration by the 2021 Program Committee. Others have decided to retract their presentations so that they can present their work elsewhere. Several of our plenarists have opted to post recordings of their lectures. As a result, the online conference will consist of eleven sessions, the Presidential Plenary, and the annual Business Meeting. The online conference will take place one week from today, on 27-28 March. Please stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

Refunds
We appreciate your patience as we work with our colleagues in Medieval Studies at UC Berkeley to untangle the complicated finances of our Annual Meeting. Although we do not yet have the complete financial picture, we have decided to go ahead and offer full refunds immediately to anyone who needs one, in particular to graduate students, contingent and independent scholars, retirees, and anyone who has found themselves in financial precarity due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 outbreak.
If you do not need a refund, please consider donating all or part of your registration fee to help us offset the losses that will be incurred by the Medieval Academy as a result of the cancellation of the Annual Meeting. Your tax-deductible donation will help us to proceed in a responsible fashion that both supports those in need and stewards resources that would normally be earmarked to support the Medieval Academy’s members, including those likely to be hit hardest by the impact of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months.

If you would like a refund or would like to donate your registration fee, please use this form to indicate your preference: 

 
https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/MAA2020Refunds

If you would like a refund eventually but don’t need it immediately, please wait until you hear from us again before submitting the form. Right now, this form is for those who need their refund as soon as possible or who know they would like to turn their registration fee into a donation.

In the current climate, your membership is more important than ever. If you haven’t renewed for 2020, you may do so on our website:
https://www.medievalacademy.org/members/membership.asp

Finally, if you did not register for the Annual Meeting but would like to make a donation to the Medieval Academy, please click here:
https://www.medievalacademy.org/donations/fund.asp?id=6844
I would like to express my utmost gratitude to Program Committee Chairs Maureen Miller and Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, the 2020 Program Committee, event planner Helena Weiss-Duman, and the MAA Staff and Governance for their hard work and support during these last few weeks.

Please stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you at MAA 2021.

– Lisa

Lisa Fagin Davis
Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America
LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org

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Jobs for Medievalists

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 31,073, including approximately 23,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online. While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs (such as an MA in Literature) and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees. Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is only a few hours from the Grand Canyon and 140 miles north of Phoenix. The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

More information is available on the Human Resources site at NAU at Careers@NAU.

Lecturer of English in Ancient and Medieval Literature: Job ID 604929

The Northern Arizona University Department of English seeks applicants for the position of lecturer in Ancient and Medieval Literature. Duties include teaching four courses per semester such as Ancient and Medieval literature, British literature surveys, comparative literature, digital humanities, poetry, or other literature courses. Additional professional development, research, and service expectations will be determined in consultation with the Chair of English. The successful applicant is expected to teach on-campus and also develop and teach courses for web delivery. This is a non-tenure track, benefit-eligible lecturer position in the English Department, located on the Flagstaff, AZ campus. Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2020.

Lecturer of English in Shakespeare Studies: Job ID 604937

The Northern Arizona University Department of English seeks applicants for the position of Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies. Duties include teaching four courses per semester including surveys, Shakespeare, and other literature courses such as poetry or drama. Additional professional development, research, and service expectations will be determined in consultation with the Chair of English. The successful applicant is expected to teach on-campus and also develop courses for web delivery. This is a non-tenure track, benefit-eligible lecturer position in the English Department, located on the Flagstaff, AZ campus. Review of applications will begin on April 7, 2020.

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Now Accepting Applications for Rare Book School, Summer 2020!

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this summer. There are still some seats available!

Among our thirty-eight courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to those involved in the study of rare books, manuscripts, special collections, and librarianship in special collections. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

– B-75: American Publishers’ Bindings, 1800–1900, taught by Todd Pattison (Conservator for the New England Historic Genealogical Society)
– H-105: The Bible and Histories of Reading, taught by Peter Stallybrass (of the University of Pennsylvania)
– H-140: The History & Culture of the Tibetan Book, taught by Benjamin J. Nourse (of the University of Denver)

Applications are currently being reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at www.rarebookschool.org for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at rbsprograms@virginia.edu with questions.

We at RBS hope that the School will be open for classes as usual this summer, with courses running in Charlottesville and at our partner institutions as planned. We are, of course, monitoring the news regarding the COVID-19 virus and understand that authorities cannot yet predict how far the disease will spread and to what extent, or for how long, normal activities may be interrupted. If you are admitted to a course, please know that we are offering a full refund (including the normally non-refundable deposit) in the event that you are unable or unwilling to attend due to the virus. If you would like to see more details regarding this plan, please visit https://rarebookschool.org/news/rare-book-school-and-covid19/.

Please share this information with colleagues, students, and friends.

We hope to see you at Rare Book School soon!

With kindest regards,
The RBS Programs Team

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