Call for Papers – New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts

New Perspectives on Gerald of Wales: Texts and Contexts

Harvard University, 10-11 April 2015

Gerald of Wales, also known as Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald de Barri, is one of the most widely referenced authors of the twelfth century, and an important source of information for life in the insular medieval world. Much of his work, however, remains understudied, with scholarly focus usually limited to his works on Ireland and Wales, while his religious and other writings remain almost untouched. Recent scholarship on the complete manuscripts of his worksby Catherine Rooney at the University of Cambridge, however, as well as recent studies on his ethnographic writings and the vernacular transmission of his work, has opened up new possibilities and renewed interest in his life and writings, including several forthcoming new editions. This conference seeks to bring together scholars of Gerald of Wales from around the world, considering this remarkable writer in his own right, both in the context of the twelfth century and throughout the later Middle Ages, stimulating new dialogue and allowing a platform for new work in the future.

This conference invites papers on any aspect of Gerald’s writing, especially welcoming new approaches to his religious writings; the transmission of his work in manuscript, including the construction of stemma; his relationship to other writers of the twelfth century, whether scholastic, historical or otherwise; his relationship with the Angevins; and the legacy of his reception in vernacular languages.

The conference will be hosted by Harvard University’s Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures and the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies. We are pleased to announce that our plenary addresses will be given by Robert Bartlett (University of St Andrews) and Huw Pryce (Bangor University). Potential presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by 31 October 2014. Presentations should be no more than 20 minutes in length.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Old English

The University of Tennessee is seeking an Assistant or Associate Professor of Old English. Other desirable areas of specialization include history of the English language and history of the book/manuscript studies. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with UT’s Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. We are a “Doctoral/Research Extensive” institution, with a departmental endowment that supports research. The department offers the BA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Professors teach a 2/2 load, distributed across undergraduate and graduate courses. Applicants should submit a letter of application and a CV by October 1, 2014, via .  Candidates selected for the next stage of review will be contacted to send additional materials. The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Call for Papers – 22nd International Conference of Europeanists

“Contradictions: Envisioning European Futures”
Paris, France • July 8-10, 2015
Organized by the Council for European Studies

In many historical moments, Europe’s futures have seemed not simply open and uncertain, but replete with contradiction. Similarly, in contemporary Europe, the responses of both ordinary Europeans and the continent’s collective institutions to the challenges posed by crisis again constitute a series of contradictions—many of which reiterate large questions from Europe’s past, while also affecting the ability of social forces to imagine possible futures.

Today, Europe is a space within which the principle of social solidarity appears firmly rooted, yet also one in which the politics of austerity threaten to erode welfare state commitments. It is a context in which supra-national institutions and transnational social connections have progressed far, but also the scene of substantial efforts to reassert nationalism. It is a setting in which many are disenchanted with mainstream politics, yet also challenged by the possible growth of new movements. These and other tensions manifest themselves in individual lives, social relations, institutions, and collective projects.

Thus, for its 2015 conference, the Council for European Studies (CES) invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions, and individual papers that examine such opposing tendencies and, facing forward, consider the many potential futures emerging from the European crisis. We encourage proposals in the widest range of disciplines, and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. Although it is not mandatory that papers be related to the conference theme, papers that do so are especially welcome. The Committee will accept only two submissions per person as attendees may only present in a maximum of two sessions.

We strongly encourage participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process by the Program Committee. Participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the growing number of CES Research Networks.

Proposals may be submitted from August 18 to October 10, 2014. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 18, 2014. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council’s website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.

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Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies offers post-doctoral Fellowships to be used for research at the Institute in the medieval field of the holder’s choice. Mellon Fellows will also participate in the interdisciplinary Research Seminars.

The Mellon Fellowships are intended for young medievalists of exceptional promise who have completed their doctoral work, ordinarily within the previous five years, including those who are starting on their professional academic careers at approximately the Assistant Professor level. Fellowships are valued at approximately $35,000 (CDN).

Applications for the academic year 2015–2016 should be sent to the Institute Secretary at the address below or emailed in document or PDF format to Completed applications, as well as all supporting documentation, must be received no later than 1 February 2015 and must include official confirmation that the PhD has been examined and that its award has been approved by the appropriate authority by that date.

Application forms and further details may be obtained from the web site at:

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 2C4

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Boston Public Library is accepting applications for the Cataloger and Classifier II position. The Cataloger and Classifier II is responsible for performing original and complex copy cataloging including bibliographic description, subject analysis, classification, and authority control for materials in all formats in accordance with established local and national policies, procedures, and standards.  Advanced cataloging skills for serials, music, or rare book/manuscript materials will be required as needed.  Special language competencies and/or subject knowledge will be required as needed.

Salary:  $49,101 – $66,223, DOQ. Competitive benefits.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education

A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school.  Relevant subject knowledge and/or specialized training will be required.  In exceptional circumstances specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.

  1. Experience

Two years of recent professional library experience creating MARC21 bibliographic and authority records in all formats.  Comprehensive knowledge of and recent hands on experience with current and emerging national standards including those concerning descriptive cataloging, subject analysis, classification, and authority control.  Experience using modern library catalogs and other bibliographic tools, including major current online and print cataloging resources and utilities.

  1. Requirements

Demonstrated proficiency in the current versions of the following cataloging tools and standards is required:
OCLC Connexion client software
LC Subject Headings
Library of Congress Classification
Library of Congress Rule Interpretations:
General Rules for Description
Books, Pamphlets, and Printed Sheets.
PCC,  NACO, and SACO standards

Reading knowledge of one or more foreign languages and the ability to deal with unfamiliar foreign languages is required.  Multiple foreign language skills are highly desirable.

Proficiency with a PC and software at the level necessary to successfully complete the tasks of the job is required.

Additional relevant special subject knowledge and specialized cataloging experience will be required as needed to meet the needs of the department:

For a Rare Books and Manuscripts Cataloger:  One year of recent professional library experience cataloging  rare books or manuscripts.  Working knowledge of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (DCRM) standards is required.  Proficiency in Latin is required.  Experience handling fragile original material is required.  Experience applying the Art and Architecture Thesaurus headings is highly desirable.  Familiarity with basic preservation and conservation standards is highly desirable.

Proficiency with the current versions of the following cataloging tools and software products is highly desirable:
Cataloger’s Desktop
Classification Web
RDA Toolkit
MSWord and Excel

Employment Requirements:

  1. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  2. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  3. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.

Complete job description and application available at:

Job ID: 347162

In compliance with Federal and State Equal Employment Laws, Equal opportunity will be afforded to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, ex-offender status, prior psychiatric treatment or military status.


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Jobs for Medievalists

Senior Archivist for Collections Services

Knowledge and Library Services at Harvard Business School is looking for an energetic, collaborative, and enthusiastic Senior Archivist to lead the planning and administration of an integrated program for the discovery of and access to the extensive archival and historical collections of Baker Library, including textual, image, media, and digital resources. The successful candidate will be committed to providing excellent customer service by leading the Special Collections Processing program. He/she will manage the Processing Team, directing the ongoing application of cutting-edge practices of archival management, including emerging metadata standards and tools, ensuring productive and efficient processes that bring new collections from acquisition to research use, performing hands-on collections processing as needed, and seeking out opportunities for innovation.  The Senior Archivist serves as the departmental lead for exploration and use of archival discovery platforms, collection delivery tools, and other systems for management, access, and discovery of special collections materials. He/she assists the Director, Special Collections, with annual and multi-year strategic planning. He/she also works with the Director on the research and planning of short and long-term projects, tracking the progress of projects, in coordination with collection managers, preparing regular updates on project status, and serving as Project Manager  as assigned. In addition, he/she assists the Director in developing processing and special project budgets, reviewing monthly financial reports and advising the Director on appropriate steps regarding the budget. Collaborates with Baker Library’s Baker 3.0 Strategy and Infrastructure and Information Management Services groups to ensure that Special Collections’ collections services are aligned with overall KLS Baker 3.0 strategy and infrastructure. Actively contributes to HU and national archival communities by participating in committees and working groups, representing the interests of Baker Library Special Collections; and presenting at conferences to contribute to the greater archival community.

Required/Preferred Education, Experience, Skills:

MLS and/or M.A. in relevant subject area, 5+ years professional experience in archival practices and management of multiple collections of varied types, preferably in an academic or research library.  At least 2 years successful supervisory experience required.  Strong organizational skills and outstanding communication skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to initiate new programs and services and to manage a variety of projects in a complex and dynamic environment. Experience as lead processor on large-scale processing projects, managing multiple processors, setting and meeting goals, and developing metrics to measure progress throughout the project. Strong knowledge of and experience with archival and cataloguing standards for a wide array of formats including archival, textual, visual and digital materials. Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in the archival field, including EAC-CPF, linked data, etc. Familiarity with accepted conservation and preservation methods applied to manuscript and rare book collections. Strong quantitative and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal and critical thinking/ problem-solving skills. Subject knowledge of American social and cultural history desirable. Budget management experience desirable.

Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values.  They are:

Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community
Accountability for personal behavior

Salary range: low 90s

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Call for Papers – The Marco Institute of the University of Tennessee will be sponsoring two sessions at Kalamazoo 2015.

Session #1:

“Mother and Other Tongues: Choices, Conflicts, Resistances”

This session is concerned with linguistic options medieval authors or scribes may have had with respect to choosing their language of expression, vis-à-vis in particular, but not limited to, the usage of the mother tongue. The growing use of vernacular languages towards the end of the Middle Ages became a source of reflection, sometimes explicitly, regarding their status, forms, spheres of usage or one’s sense of belonging and identity. The choices that were made could have political, cultural, intellectual, territorial, gendered, or religious implications. We welcome papers that address any of these issues including aspects of language shifting or language contact phenomena, territorialization, diglossy, as well as discussions of linguistic minorities, or surprising/questionable linguistic choices made by authors in particular contexts. Approaches could include subjects of conflicts, structures of domination, or resistance to any form of cultural linguistic imposition.

Session #2:

“Celebrating Ten Years of the Marco Manuscript Workshop: Mind the Gaps”

For the last ten years, the Marco Institute has sponsored its Manuscript Workshop, an annual gathering of scholars sharing their work on manuscripts and codicology in an informal collaborative setting. The guiding principle behind this program has been that scholars of all levels can better work through the thorny issues of textual scholarship with an engaged scholarly community, which can also open up new avenues of research for projects in development. The Marco-sponsored session “Mind the Gaps” will focus on understanding how readers interact with the physical layout of the page, script choice, or text-image interaction. “Mind the gaps” is open to papers covering topics like erasures, marginalia, missing portions, possible cases of censorship, or the disassembly and rebinding of manuscripts in the early modern period.

Please send one-page proposals to Mary Dzon ( by Sept. 15.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University

Princeton University invites applications for the position of Director of the Index of Christian Art. The Director oversees all academic and administrative aspects of the Index and works collaboratively with a staff of scholars and professionals (currently, eight). He or she must take an active role in the development and implementation of an improved online database as well as increasing the number of its subscribers, while presiding over the ongoing process of digitizing the original Index files and supplementing them with new research. Responsibilities include the development and supervision of a variety of scholarly projects long associated with the Index, notably publications, conferences, and symposia (as well as the fundraising that such projects require); collaboration with both the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Program in Medieval Studies in such endeavors is assumed.

Candidates must hold a PhD in Medieval Art History or an advanced degree in a related field and have a record of relevant publications and professional experience. They must demonstrate experience with database management and the administration of the budget and finances for an academic unit, scholarly organization, or other non-profit organization. They must also be capable of building and maintaining effective relationships with academic programs and administrative offices at Princeton and other institutions.

Information about the Index of Christian Art may be found at:

Applications must be submitted online at:, and must include a letter of application, CV, contact information for three referees, and a writing sample (of no more than 25 pages). For fullest consideration apply by October 15, 2014. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to post this full-time permanent position in the Rare Book Collection of the University Library.

Rare Book Collection Assistant
University Library Technician – Journey
Budgeted hiring range, $30,191 – $34,117

Please consult the following url for the full posting information and application link:

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Call for Papers – Building Hagiographies: Saintly Imagery in Monumental Contexts

Building Hagiographies: Saintly Imagery in Monumental Contexts
International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, MI, May 14-17, 2015
Deadline for proposals: Sept. 15, 2014

One of the most innovative developments in the monumental arts of the thirteenth century was the incorporation of saints’ lives into the visual programs of buildings, including the stained glass and sculpture of such well-known structures as the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, Amiens, and Bourges. Yet even at these well-known monuments, the resident imagery of local saints and the local interpretations of universal saints remain understudied topics. This session will consider the ways in which the imagery of saints was incorporated or reinterpreted in the visual programs of buildings, thereby constructing careful histories within regional and local contexts.

We encourage papers that consider regional and local interpretations of hagiographic imagery in a variety of monumental contexts (cathedrals, parish churches, monasteries) and across geographic regions (Europe, the British Isles, and the Mediterranean).  Papers may address but are not limited to such issues as the use of hagiographic narratives to support the power and authority of the local clergy and/or the interaction of local saints’ imagery with liturgical performance, pilgrimage, preaching, and other devotional, didactic, or political concerns.

Proposals for papers should be sent to the organizers and follow guidelines listed here:

Jennifer M. Feltman,
Kara Morrow,

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