Fellowships for Research and Study at the Gennadius Library 2019-2020

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is pleased to announce the academic programs and fellowships for the 2019-2020 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.

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.

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.

MEDIEVAL GREEK SUMMER SESSION AT THE GENNADIUS LIBRARY: Graduate students and college 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.

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 ASCSA website at: https://www.ascsa.edu.gr/research/gennadius-library/educational-programs/fellowships

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Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

Byzantine Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

Following substantial investment in the area of Byzantine Studies at the University of Notre Dame, including the acquisition of the Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization and generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame is delighted to invite applicants for a nine-month Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies. This fellowship is designed for junior scholars with a completed doctorate whose research deals with some aspect of the Byzantine world. The fellow is expected to pursue promising research towards scholarly publication and/or the development of new subject areas. This Fellowship is open to qualified applicants in all fields and sub-disciplines of Byzantine Studies, such as history (including its auxiliary disciplines), archaeology, art history, literature, theology, and liturgical studies, as well as the study of Byzantium’s interactions with neighboring cultures. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at the University of Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the 2019-20 academic year.

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holder to do innovative research drawing on the rich resources held in the Milton V. Anastos Collection, the Medieval Institute, and the Hesburgh Library more broadly. This may include the completion of book manuscripts and articles, work on text editions, or the development of new trajectories of research in one of the aforementioned fields. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but the fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the multidisciplinary activities of Notre Dame faculty related to Byzantium, Eastern Christianity, and the history of the Levant. The Fellow will be provided with a private workspace in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of the fellowship period the fellow’s work will be at the center of a workshop organized within the framework of the Byzantine Studies Seminar. Senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited for this event treating the fellow’s subject matter. The senior scholars will discuss draft versions of the fellow’s book manuscript or articles or discuss the further development of ongoing research projects.

Eligibility: Byzantine Studies fellows must hold a Ph.D. from an internationally recognized institution. The Ph.D. must be in hand by the beginning of the fellowship term.

Stipend: $36,000, plus benefits

Start Date: August 16, 2019 | End Date: May 15, 2020

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three letters of recommendation. Submit your application through Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/57545. Further details regarding materials are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#Byzantine-fellowship.

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Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies at the Univ. of Notre Dame

Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies
at the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

The University of Notre Dame invites applicants for a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a North American university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year 2019-20 (this is a nine-month position).

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but holders are expected to participate in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute and to reside in South Bend. The Fellow will be provided with a private carrel in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference. Three senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited to campus for a half-day public seminar treating the subject matter of the Fellow’s research. The senior scholars will also read and discuss a draft version of the Fellow’s work in an extended private session, a one-to-one conversation following a close reading of the draft, with a view to improving the manuscript before its submission to a press.

Eligibility: Applicants must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution, obviously with a completed Ph.D., and should not be more than six years beyond receiving their Ph.D. at the time of application.

Stipend: $50,000 (paid directly to Fellow’s home institution).

Start Date: August 16, 2019 | End Date: May 15, 2020

Application procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of application (cover letter), a project proposal of no more than 2500 words, a current C.V., and three confidential letters of recommendation. Submit your application through Interfolio via http://apply.interfolio.com/57548. Further details regarding materials are available at https://medieval.nd.edu/research/grants-fellowships/#Mellon-fellowship.

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8-Week Intensive Greek and Latin Summer School


June 17th – August 8th 2019

For the 20th year running, the Department of Classics at UCC offers an intensive

8-week summer school for beginners with parallel courses in Latin and Ancient Greek. The courses are primarily aimed at postgraduate students in diverse disciplines who need to acquire a knowledge of either of the languages for further study and research, and at teachers whose schools would like to reintroduce Latin and Greek into their curriculum. Undergraduate students are more than welcome to apply as well.

The basic grammar will be covered in the first 6 weeks and a further 2 weeks will be spent reading original texts.

The tuition fee (including text books) for the 8-week course is €1900.

For further information and an application form see our website:


or contact the Director of the Summer School: Mrs.Vicky Janssens, Department of Classics, University College Cork, Ireland, tel.: +353 21 4903618/2359, fax: +353 21 4903277, email: v.janssens@ucc.ie

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Curator
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts

The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for a new position of Assistant Curator in the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts. The Assistant Curator organizes exhibitions, researches the collection, hosts class visits and other educational activities, assists with collection development and acquisitions, cultivates donors and fundraising opportunities, performs reference services, inventories collections, maintains departmental files, and creates or revises records for collection items. The position reports to the Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, and will work alongside the present Assistant Curator.

The Morgan Library & Museum is committed to diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


  • Ph.D. in art history with an emphasis on manuscript illumination and medieval art required.
  • Experience in museum work and/or the academic field of art history; curatorial experience in medieval manuscripts preferred.
  • Specialized knowledge of medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination essential, as well as general familiarity with medieval and Renaissance art.
  • Ability to organize exhibitions, write and edit publications (both scholarly and popular) and didactics, and give public lectures and tours.
  • Ability to communicate and deal with a broad range of people in promoting the department’s collection, be they scholars, students, collectors, Fellows and Friends of the Morgan, the department’s visiting committee, or the public.
  • Proven record of independent scholarly research and publications of the highest standards; excellent writing skills.
  • Knowledge of Latin and fluency in French, Italian, or German.
  • Able to work for extended periods at a computer workstation.

·         Able to lift moderately heavy boxes and books and move items to and from shelves.
·         Able to climb ladders, wheel carts with collection items through the facility, and tolerate moderate levels of dust generated during normal activities and movement of objects


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should e-mail a cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to: medrensearch@themorgan.org. The position has an anticipated start date on or after April 2019. Select candidates will be asked to supply writing samples and references. All inquires regarding the position should be addressed to the aforementioned email address. Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex (including gender expression), national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, marital status or domestic violence victim status.

The Morgan Library & Museum is an equal access, equal opportunity employer.

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Call for Papers – ‘Gender, Memory and Documentary Culture, 900-1200’

Call for Papers –

‘Gender, Memory and Documentary Culture, 900-1200’

The John Rylands Research Institute Annual Conference 2019, co-sponsored by the Haskins Society, will be held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK 28-29 June, 2019.

This conference brings together aspects of gender and documentary culture between the tenth and the twelfth centuries that we believe inform and engage each other, but are often studied in isolation.  Although the field of medieval gender studies is an active and well-populated one, less attention is given to the role gender played in the commissioning, use and preservation of documents, whether manuscript books or other types of documentary materials.  Did medieval men and women interact with documentary culture in the same way?  The texture of the relationship between gender and documentary cultures has yet to be teased out, and it is hoped that this conference will provide an ideal forum to advance this field.  Paper proposals on the following broad themes are invited:

  • Lay and ecclesiastical manuscript cultures
  • Rhetorical agency
  • Documentary genre and gender
  • Manuscript and cartulary production and dissemination
  • Gendered use of manuscripts (including commissioning, production and dissemination of women’s secular and monastic writing)
  • The gendering of memory
  • Documentary artifacts as material culture.

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers, Constance B. Bouchard (University of Akron) and Steven Vanderputten (Ghent University).

Paper submissions that utilize resources held at the John Rylands Library (http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/manuscripts-and-archives/ ) are especially welcome, as are submissions from Early Career Researchers.

The conference will take place at the John Rylands Library, Manchester on 28-29 June, 2019.

The cost of the conference will be £65, with reduced fees for postgraduate students and Haskins Society members.
To offer a paper, please send an abstract of 250 words to one of the organisers by 1 December 2018.
Laura Gathagan: laura.gathagan@cortland.edu
Charles Insley: charles.insley@manchester.ac.uk

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2019 ASCSA Summer Seminars

DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

The Summer Seminars of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens are two 18-day sessions designed for those who wish to study specific topics in Greece and visit major monuments with exceptional scholars as study leaders, and to improve their understanding of the country’s landscape, history, literature, and culture.

Eligibility: Enrollment is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students, as well as to high school and college instructors of classics and related subjects. Each seminar is limited to twenty participants. The language of instruction is English. Applicants who are not enrolled or teaching at English-speaking institutes, or schools, are required to supply evidence of proficiency in English. Internationally known scholars of Greek history, art, and archaeology will participate as guest lecturers in both seminars. Students are expected to give on-site reports, which they will prepare in their home libraries before the program begins. Committed to presenting a comprehensive view of Greece’s rich history, these seminars involve long days and extensive walking (and sailing!) in the hot Mediterranean climate, and participants should be prepared for a rigorous program of study.

Greece from the Sea (June 17 to July 5, 2019)
This seminar will introduce students to a variety of aspects of life in Greek waters from the Paleolithic to our own time. The experience involves sailing and hiking, lectures and readings, visits to sites and museums, presentations by scholars, student reports, and encounters with our Greek hosts. In particular, the nautical life will give participants a sense of maritime Greece as the Greeks saw it in an age before mechanized travel: from the sea in sailing vessels. Students will learn to sail and to live aboard a sailboat for two weeks. No previous boating experience is required, but applicants must be fit and agile enough to move about and work a vessel under sail. Taught by Professor Clayton Lehmann, University of South Dakota.

Finding the Spartans: History, Landscape, & Archaeology (July 11 to July 29, 2019)
In this seminar, participants will examine the Spartans and their dependent populations as inhabitants of a state that was for a time the most significant political and military force in Greece by means of the material culture and environment of the southern Peloponnese. The opportunity to engage directly with the texts, epigraphy, and archaeological evidence available on site will be of immense value to all students of antiquity. Taught by Professor Nigel Kennell, University of British Columbia.

Cost: Fees are $2,750. This includes tuition, room for the entire 18-day period, partial board in Athens, travel within Greece, and museum and site fees. International airfare, some meals, and incidental expenses are the participant’s responsibility. Financial aid is available in the form of ASCSA scholarships, awarded on the basis of academic merit, and many classical professional organizations have funding opportunities. More information at http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/ss-scholarships. Inquire about course credit option.

Application: Applicants will complete an online application at: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115820/ascsa-summer-seminar-application-18-day-sessions. Students are required to submit legible PDF scans of academic transcripts issued to the candidate as part of the application. Applicants arrange for the online submission of two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are due by January 15.

Website for more information: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/programs/summer-seminars
E-mail: ssapplication@ascsa.org

All applicants will be notified by mid-March.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability
when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment

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MAA News – The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 7-9, 2019

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University.

The Global Turn in Medieval Studies
This year’s meeting spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies, treating the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon that encompasses the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The program will feature three plenary addresses:

David Wallace, President of the Medieval Academy of America; Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania
Medieval Studies in Troubled Times: the 1930s

Nora Berend, Professor of European History, St. Catherine’s College, University of Cambridge
Interconnection and Separation: Medieval Perspectives on a Modern Problem

Father Columba Stewart, OSB, D. Phil, Executive Director, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; Professor of Theology, St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary
The Global Middle Ages: Manuscripts, Monasticism, and the Illusion of Frontiers

Seventy concurrent sessions will represent a range of threads, including “Expanding Geographies of the Middle Ages,” “Approaches to Historiography,” “Interfaith Encounters: Real and Imagined,” “Gender Matters,” “Intersections Across Disciplines and Borders,” Digitizing the Global Middle Ages,” “Transmission and Technologies of Knowledge,” and cover topics addressing the natural world, the arts, material culture, literary studies, legal traditions, race and ethnicity in the global Middle Ages, to name a few. Roundtables, hands-on workshops, and lightning talks will highlight concepts and practices in K-12 education, diversity and race in the medieval studies, pedagogy and research in global medieval contexts, and practices and ethics of digital scholarship.

The University of Pennsylvania is centrally located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia with easy access to the city’s many cultural institutions, historic sites, architectural landmarks, and lively Center City district (see https://www.visitphilly.com/ ). Evening receptions will be held at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Friday) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Saturday). Participants will be granted free access to both museums throughout the conference. A ticketed excursion to visit the medieval collections and architecture of the Glencairn Museum is being planned (details forthcoming). Free tours of medieval collections in the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Rosenbach Museum & Library will be scheduled for Thursday morning.

Registration will open and the program will be posted on December 15, 2018. The Sheraton Hotel-University City is the preferred hotel for the meeting. Reservations at the conference rate can be made here until February 3rd. For other area hotels and travel information, please visit this website. Penn discounts may apply upon request.

Please note the upcoming deadlines for travel bursaries and awards in conjunction with the Annual Meeting:

Student Bursaries: Graduate students who are members of the Medieval Academy of America and who have had their papers accepted for presentation at the 2019 meeting are eligible to apply for a Medieval Academy Annual Meeting Bursary of up to $500. The bursaries will be awarded to graduate students for papers judged meritorious by the local Program Committee, and one applicant will be awarded the prize for Best Student Paper. The application includes a biographical form and the completed paper. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2018. Click here to apply: https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/GradStudentBursaries.

Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant: Beginning in 2019, the Academy will present the annual Inclusivity and Diversity Travel Grant of $500 to one Annual Meeting participant presenting an accepted proposal on the study of inclusivity and diversity in the Middle Ages, broadly conceived. This Grant will be adjudicated by the Academy’s Inclusivity and Diversity Committee ( https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/IncluDiversityPrize), and preference will be given to student, junior, adjunct, or unaffiliated scholars. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2018. Click here to apply: https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/DiversityTravelGrant

Program Committee:
Lynn Ransom & Julia Verkholantsev, University of Pennsylvania (co-chairs)
Daud Ali, University of Pennsylvania
Chris Atwood, University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Brownlee, University of Pennsylvania
Mary Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania
Linda Chance, University of Pennsylvania
Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania
Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College
Talya Fishman, University of Pennsylvania
Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, Villanova University
Scott Francis, University of Pennsylvania
Nicholas Herman, University of Pennsylvania
Tom Izbicki, Rutgers University & Delaware Valley Medieval Association
Ada Kuskowski, University of Pennsylvania
Ann Matter, University of Pennsylvania
Maud McInerney, Haverford College
Paul Patterson, St. Joseph’s University
Montserrat Piera, Temple University
Dot Porter, University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Singerman, University of Pennsylvania Press
Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Eva del Soldato, University of Pennsylvania
Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania (ex officio as MAA president)

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MAA News – Academy Governance Election: Don’t Forget to Vote

Voting in the annual MAA governance election is now open. A link to the electronic ballot was sent to all members by email on 15 October.

This one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America. I am very pleased to announce the names of the Medieval Academy members who have generously agreed to stand for election to office in 2019:

President: Ruth Mazo Karras (History, Trinity College Dublin)

1st-VP: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French, Univ. of Pittsburgh)

2nd-VP: Thomas E. A. Dale (Art History, Univ. of Wisconsin)

Councillors (four seats available):
Lynda Coon (History, Univ. of Arkansas)
Hussein Fancy (History, Univ. of Michigan)
Fiona Griffiths (History, Stanford Univ.)
Elizabeth Papp Kamali (Law, Harvard Law School)
Adam J. Kosto (History, Columbia Univ.)
Karl Kügle (Musicology, Univ. of Oxford/Utrecht Univ.)
Anne Latowsky (French/Latin, Univ. of South Florida)
Catherine M. Mooney (History, Boston College)

Nominating Committee (two seats available):
Jessica L. Goldberg (History, Univ. of California, Los Angeles)
Kathy Lavezzo (English Literature, Univ. of Iowa)
Ann Marie Rasmussen (German and Slavic Studies, Univ. of Waterloo)
Sif Rikhardsdottir (Comparative Literature, Univ. of Iceland)

Please note that C. Stephen Jaeger has removed his name from contention and has been replaced on the slate of Nominating Committee candidates by Jessica L. Goldberg. We are grateful to Prof. Goldberg for accepting the candidacy at such a late date.

The list of candidates with photos, vision statements, and brief biographies appears online here:


There are eight candidates for four openings on the Council, the governing body of the Academy. There are four candidates for two openings on the Nominating Committee, tasked with proposing candidates for the annual Council and Officers’ election. No additional candidates were submitted during the open nomination period. As a result, the slate of three Presidential Officers is presented unopposed. Additional information about MAA governance and elections can be found on our FAQ page.

Please note that voting is restricted to members of the Medieval Academy of America. You may only cast one ballot. Your ballot will be invalid if you vote for more than the allowable number of candidates indicated. The deadline for receipt of your vote is 2 January 2019.

If you would prefer a paper ballot and have not requested one in the past, please let me know.

Thank you for participating in the election.
– Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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MAA News – Renew Your Membership for 2019!

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America. You must be a member in good standing to apply for grants and fellowships given out by the Academy, to speak at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, or to participate in its governance.

With your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2018, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2019. You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website or by returning the paper form you will soon be receiving in the mail. We hope you will consider supplementing your membership by becoming a Contributing or Sustaining member or by making a gift. These membership categories, along with your donations, help subsidize lower membership dues for student, contingent, and unaffiliated medievalists. You may also wish to remember the Academy with a bequest as a member of our Legacy Society (for more information, please contact the Executive Director).

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2019 and hope to see you at the Annual Meeting on March 7-9 in beautiful Philadelphia.

David Wallace, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

p.s. Please note that we no longer offer Joint Membership for members residing at the same address. If you have been a Joint Member in the past, you will need to select a different membership category for 2019 and beyond. If you share a residence with another member and wish to receive only one paper copy of Speculum, please contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org.

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