History of Medicine fellowships at The New York Academy of Medicine Library

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2019 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here:  https://www.nyam.org/awards-grants/library-fellowships/

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to me.

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS
Historical Collections Librarian
212.822.7313 office

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10029


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CARA News – Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute and the medievalist community enjoyed in 2017-2018 a year of activities, accomplishments, and accolades.

The Institute sponsored lectures by Scott Magelssen (University of Washington School of Drama) and Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University) in its distinguished lecture series and co-sponsored a lecture by English Department faculty member Eve Salisbury in the Department of English’s Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speaker Series.

The Institute hosted the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018), which attracted 2,623 medievalists to the campus. Marjorie Currie Woods was the inaugural speaker for the annual “Lecture in the Reception of the Classics in the Middle Ages,” endowed in memory of Archibald Cason Edwards, Senior, and Sarah Stanley Gordon Edwards.

The inaugural Paul E. Szarmach Prize, established by the Richard Rawlinson Center’s Board in 2017, was awarded in 2018 to Erica Weaver.  The Prize is awarded to the author of a first article in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that is judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality.

Four students completed the M.A. in medieval studies in April, and two more M.A. candidates are expected to finish their degrees by the end of the year.

Guthrie Beyer won the Galway conference exchange grant for his paper “Building Bridges and the Ideologies of Kingship in Medieval Ireland, 900-1200.”

Laurie Atkinson, a Ph.D. student in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, received a Northern Bridge Doctorial Training Partnership Award from the Northern Bridge Placement Scheme to intern at Medieval Institute Publications and the Institute for two months.

Theresa Whitaker, Co-Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor of MIP, was awarded the WMU Administrative Professional Association’s Outstanding Professional Award for 2017-18.

Jana K. Schulman, Director of the Medieval Institute was reappointed to a second 3-year term.

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uggling the Middle Ages, October 15, 2018-February 28, 2019

From October 15, 2018 through February 28, 2019, Dumbarton Oaks will host an exhibition on the medieval story The Juggler of Notre Dame, its reception from 1873 to the present day, and the broader context of medieval revivalism. The exhibit will display video material, sound materials, interactive screens, and tablets, but the focus will be on medieval objects and modern ones relating to medievalism. The exhibit will be flanked by appearances by authors of graphic novels and children’s books, concerts of musical versions, scholarly lectures, juggling performances, and more. The museum shop will also have a range of unique items for everyone from medievalist scholars to children.

Information about the exhibition and related programming can be found online at jugglingthemiddleages.com.

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British Library Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition and conference

Booking is now open for the British Library exhibition, ‘Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War’, which opens on 19 October 2018 and runs until 19 February 2019. Further details about the exhibition and how to book can be found here.

Registration is also now open for the international conference, ‘Manuscripts in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms’ (13-14 December 2018) and early career symposium (15 December 2018). Details of the conference and how to register can be found here.

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CARA News – Indiana University Medieval Studies Institute (MEST)

The Medieval Studies Institute (MEST) at Indiana University in Bloomington, an interdisciplinary program offering minors and certificates for both graduate and undergraduate students, saw a productive 2017-2018 academic year.

The Institute’s lecture series opened with our annual alumni lecture, which featured Ellen Muehlberger (University of Michigan) speaking on “Perpetual Adjustment: Untangling Tradition, Cult, and the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis,” and Gina Brandolino (University of Michigan), who led a workshop on publishing about pedagogical issues.

In October, MEST and the Department of French and Italian were delighted to have E.R. Truitt (Bryn Mawr) on campus to deliver a lecture entitled: “Making Time: The Codex and the Mechanical Clock in Late Antiquity and the Latin Middle Ages.” Dr. Truitt’s talk was preceded by an interdisciplinary roundtable on “Premodern Technologies” featuring local and regional faculty in medieval and early modern studies: Alison Calhoun (French), Nahyan Fancy (History, Depauw), Patricia Clare Ingham (English), Domenico Bertoloni Meli (History and Philosophy of Science), William Newman (History and Philosophy of Science), and Dr. Truitt.

In November, MEST sponsored a two-day symposium offering a series of perspectives on violence in the global Middle Ages, “Representing Violence in Premodern Cultures,” with visiting speakers, Warren C. Brown (History, Caltech) and Mitchell Merback (Art History, Johns Hopkins) and local participants, Asma Afsaruddin  (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures), Asaad Alsaleh (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures),  Michael Ing (Religious Studies), Morten Oxenboell (East Asian Languages and Cultures), and Nick Vogt (East Asian Languages and Cultures).

Our spring was focused on workshops and symposia, beginning with a roundtable conversation of local faculty on “Medieval Translation: Then and Now.”  In February, this year’s annual manuscript event, “Mediaevalia at the Lilly,” brought John Glasenapp (Columbia), Susan Boynton (Columbia), and Alison Altstatt (Northern Iowa) to campus for a day-long workshop on “Liturgical Manuscripts in Person.” They were joined by IU presenters Diane Reilly (Art History) and Elizabeth Hebbard (French).  The workshop concluded with a performance of some of the chants in the manuscripts discussed by the symposium.

This spring also marked the thirtieth annual MEST symposium. This year’s two-day conference on “Force and Resistance: Medieval Violence and Nonviolence” brought approximately twenty speakers from around the world to IU. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Allen (University of California, Irvine), delivered a stimulating lecture on “Cuthbert’s Stag: Sanctuary, Kingship, and Sacrifice.”  Enjoyed by visiting scholars, graduate students, and faculty alike, the symposium banquet included a Readers’ Circle, during which Indiana University faculty and students read aloud original language excerpts related to the theme of our symposium. Languages read this year included Old Persian, Old Arabic, Old Irish, Old Irish, Old Norse, Old English, Middle Dutch, Middle Welsh, and Middle English. The symposium concluded with a performance of medieval music by one of IU’s early music ensembles, La Luna La Mia.

In addition to these scholarly events, the Institute also focused on outreach during the past academic year. In the fall, we ran a film series on “Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers” at the IU Cinema and we hosted a booth on “How to Make a Medieval Book” at a local arts and humanities festival that offered a hands-on introduction to parchment making, inks, medieval scripts, and bindings. In the spring, we sponsored a roundtable on “How Medieval is Game of Thrones?” that filled a lecture hall with curious undergraduates.

We also continued the tradition of regular reading groups in medieval languages, including groups for Middle English, Medieval Latin, Old English, Old Norse and Old French. Our lively Medieval Studies Graduate Student association, chaired by Emerson Richards (Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature) hosted several workshops for students throughout the year, including a “Transcribathon” in October in which graduate students from a range of disciplines worked together to transcribe portions of a fifteenth-century manuscript including the Disticha catonis and the Historia de preliis in Middle English and Latin.

For more information about MEST, to sign up for our listserv, or to see our recent newsletters, visit us at https://medieval.indiana.edu/.

Shannon Gayk
Director, Medieval Studies Institute
Associate Professor of English
Indiana University, Bloomington

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Call for Papers – Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (c.1300-c.1550)


Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (c.1300-c.1550)

Date: April 5-6, 2019

Location: Princeton University

Alice Isabella Sullivan, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)

Maria Alessia Rossi, Ph.D. (The Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)

In response to the global turn in art history, this two-day symposium explores the temporal and geographic parameters of the study of medieval art, seeking to challenge the ways we think about the artistic production of Eastern Europe. Serbia, Bulgaria, and the Romanian principalities of Wallachia, Moldavia, and Transylvania, among other centers, took on prominent roles in the transmission and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic traditions, as well as the continuation of the cultural legacy of Byzantium in the later centuries of the empire, and especially in the decades after the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

This symposium will be the first such initiative to explore, discuss, and focus on the art, architecture, and visual culture of regions of the Balkans and the Carpathians (c.1300-c.1550). We aim to raise issues of cultural contact, transmission, and appropriation of western medieval, byzantine, and Slavic artistic and cultural traditions in eastern European centers, and consider how this heritage was deployed to shape notions of identity and visual rhetoric in these regions from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. This event will offer a comparative and multi-disciplinary framework, ranging from art history to archeology and from material culture to architectural history. We aim to create a platform where scholars at various stages of their careers can discuss their research and engage in dialogue regarding the specificities but also the shared cultural heritage of these regions of Eastern Europe that developed eclectic visual vocabularies and formed a cultural landscape beyond medieval, byzantine, and modern borders.

Papers could address topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • How cross-cultural contact facilitated the transfer, appropriation, and transmission of ideas and artistic traditions across geographical and temporal boundaries in Eastern Europe (c.1300-c.1550)
  • Artistic and iconographic developments as expressions of particular social, political, and ecclesiastical circumstances and dialogues in the Balkans and the Carpathians
  • The intentions and consequences of diplomatic missions and dynastic marriages in the visual agenda of eastern European centers
  • Workshop practices and traveling artists beyond medieval political and religious borders
  • Patronage and new constructs of identity before and after 1453

Interested scholars should submit a paper title, a 500-word abstract, and a CV by August 15, 2018 to the organizers at: eclecticism.symposium@gmail.com

Funds will be available to defray the cost of travel and accommodations for participants whose papers are accepted in the Symposium. So far, this event is supported in part by the International Center of Medieval Art (www.medievalart.org), the Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (www.shera-art.org), the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (piirs.princeton.edu), and The Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University (ima.princeton.edu).


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Call for Papers – Ritual and Religion in the Medieval World

Ritual and Religion in the Medieval World
39TH Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University

Saturday March 30-Sunday March 31, 2019

Long regarded as among the most esoteric and static aspects of premodern civilizations, religious ritual is now the focus of probing and evocative studies of medieval governmental, social, intellectual, spiritual, and domestic life. Rituals of purification and petition, birth and death, friendship and war are now seen as essential to our understanding of everything from the drama of high politics to the rhythms of quotidian life. Moreover, scholars recognize that practitioners and participants in such rituals were not exclusively members of closed communities of specialist performers preserving ossified rites, but also creative and subversive agents who often sought to effect change in public and private spheres. This conference seeks to continue widening the conversation about ritual and religion in the medieval world by bringing into dialogue contributions from across several religious traditions, including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The organizers welcome papers that explore a wide range of themes, including:

  • devotional practices
  • music
  • art and architecture
  • textual production and transmission
  • inter-cultural contacts in a religious context
  • history and archaeology
  • pilgrimage
  • rituals and practical ethics
  • gender and ritual
  • ritual performance, and the senses
  • rites of passage
  • sacrifice
  • ritual and affect theory
  • ritual and poetics
  • pedagogy
  • ascetic practices and disciplines

This conference is organized in honor of Professor Richard F. Gyug, in recognition of his many contributions to the field of religious history and to the vibrancy of the medieval studies community at Fordham University.

Deadline for Abstracts September 15

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Call for Papers –  Midwest Medieval History Conference

Midwest Medieval History Conference
October 19 & 20
Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Call for Papers

Globalizing the Middle Ages

Keynote speaker: Carol Symes, Ph.D.

The Midwest Medieval History Conference seeks papers on all aspects of medieval history, especially those related to this year’s theme: Globalizing the Middle Ages. We welcome papers by graduate students, as well as senior scholars. The programming committee is also happy to receive papers addressing teaching, pedagogy, and digital humanities.

Submission deadline: June 30.

Submit abstracts for paper proposals to Bobbi Sutherland at


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Call for Papers – Researching, Teaching, and Learning the Middle Ages through Popular Culture: Medievalism and All That

Researching, Teaching, and Learning the Middle Ages through Popular Culture: Medievalism and All That

The World Languages and Cultures Department of Elon University and the Modern Language Department of Université Grenoble Alpes are pleased to invite submissions – in English or in Italian – for a conference on “Researching, Teaching, and Learning the Middle Ages through Popular Culture: Medievalism and All That.” The conference will take place at the Accademia Europea di Firenze (Via Camillo Cavour, 37) on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 January 2019.

In addition to presentations selected through this call for papers, we are pleased to confirm keynote lectures by:

  • Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri (Università degli Studi di Urbino)
  • Matteo Sanfilippo (Università della Tuscia)

Call for Papers

(Link to the PDF: https://goo.gl/3aRWui. Link to the Word Document: https://goo.gl/DWLnVi.)

At least since the beginning of the Nineteenth century, the “dream of the Middle Ages” (Umberto Eco) has captivated Western culture in many ways. Throughout the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries, literary medievalism has known a growing popularity, and new media and forms of entertainment have been progressively involved in various forms of recollection – whether celebrating or deprecating, or simply reinterpreting – of the Middle Ages. For example: the popular novel and genre narrative; radio and television; but also political discourse and different forms of nationalist discourse.

These various appropriations have brought about a complex array of medieval revivals that are often influenced by technological developments and interactive media. Thus, nowadays we find de facto teaching, learning, and representation of the Middle Ages in: videogames; Facebook groups; “Twitter literature”; television series; advertisements; fan fiction spin-offs and crossovers; metal music; board games and so on.

This conference seeks to explore these particular forms of contemporary medievalism; to identify the images and narratives of the medieval period that appear in popular culture; to analyze and critique them and the mediums through which they are transmitted; and to consider how pop culture, interactive media, and technology can be utilized to renew and invigorate research, teaching and learning about Medieval Studies in secondary education and in higher education. Some of the questions the symposium will try to answer are:

  • What place and role do these new medieval mass cultural products have in the medieval canon?
  • How can these productions help scholars, teachers, and students to understand and contextualize the Middle Ages in our modern world?
  • How can they be leveraged to popularize, teach, and learn about the medieval period?
  • Is this contemporary kind of medievalism (sometimes referred to as “neomedievalism”) different from historical revivals in other periods?

We enthusiastically look forward to exploring these and other questions with you at the conference. And, thus, we invite proposals – in English or Italian – that explore the following topics:

  • Popular representations of medieval literature, history, and culture in a variety of mediums (cinema and television; video games; advertisements; comics; fan fiction; pop and rock music, etc.).
  • Innovative approaches related to medieval literature and culture to increase interest and enrollments in courses and programs.
  • Innovative approaches related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) regarding the products of “medieval mass culture”: engaged learning; digital literacy vis-à-vis consumption and production through various mediums; collaborative teaching; students as partners in the teaching and learning process; etc.
  • The limits and risks of this approach to Medieval Studies.

Please submit – in English or Italian – abstracts of 350 to 500 words including a select bibliography and a one-page CV to Dr. Brandon Essary (bessary@elon.edu) and Dr. Filippo Fonio (filippo.fonio@univ-grenoble-alpes.fr) by Monday 30 July 2018.

Presenters will be informed of acceptance to the conference no later than Monday 1 October 2018.

***There will be a nominal registration fee for each conference presenter of approximately €50 ($60).***

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Cara News – University of Notre Dame

2017-18 was a busy and productive year as usual for the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to our full slate of lectures and events, we hosted several major conferences, including “New Visions of Medieval History: A Conference in Celebration of John Van Engen’s Retirement,” the “Medieval Jewish World Conference: Jewish Life in the Medieval Christian and Muslim Worlds,” the Aquinas and the Arabs International Annual Fall Meeting, and the Winter 2018 Mediterranean Seminar Workshop, “The Uses of Memory in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean.” Particularly noteworthy was our February Roundtable and Reception in Honor of Olivia Remie Constable, the Institute’s Robert M. Conway Director from 2008 until her untimely passing in 2014. The roundtable brought together several of her former students and the editor of her final book, To Live Like a Moor: Christian Perceptions of Muslim Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain, published in January 2018 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The Institute also welcomed Prof. Susan Rankin (Cambridge) as its 2017 Annual Conway Lecturer; she delivered a slate of lectures in October under the series title “Carolingian Transformations.” In April the year’s Mellon Fellow, Taylor Cowdery (U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), presented his book manuscript, “Matter and Form in Late Medieval Literature: English Poetry and Poetics, 1300-1550,” at the annual Mellon Colloquium. The Fellow invites three external respondents; joining this year were Christopher Cannon (Johns Hopkins), Michelle Karnes (Notre Dame), and D. Vance Smith (Princeton). The Institute also welcomed its first annual Byzantine Fellow, Lee Mordechai, and hosted as well a number of distinguished research visitors.

In 2018-19 we look forward to having Niklaus Largier (Berkeley) as our Conway lecturer and Stephen Ogden (Catholic U of America) as our Mellon Fellow.

You can read more about these events, our visitors, and the Institute on our website [http://medieval.nd.edu], and you can follows us on Twitter [https://twitter.com/MedievalND],Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/MedievalND], andYouTube [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeLWdfGnJuDY_A9hjHGoIag?reload=9].

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