“Inhabited Inhabited Architecture: A Pervasive Motif in Medieval Art and Modern Theory.”

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce
the first lecture in its 2014-2015 lecture series.

On September 29, 2014, at 6:15 pm at the Harvard Faculty Club, Dr. Anthony Cutler (Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University) will present “Inhabited Inhabited Architecture: A Pervasive Motif in Medieval Art and Modern Theory.” Dr. Cutler will explore the meaning of peripheral figures in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Western Medieval art. The lecture is part of the International Center of Medieval Art’s Forsyth Lectureship on Medieval Art. It is co-sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, ICMA, and Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Please join us for a reception following the lecture.

Monday, September 29, 2014, at 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please visit www.maryjahariscenter.org or contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.​

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Many Medieval Academy members may not be aware of CARMEN (Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network), an international initiative modeled on CARA that seeks to bring medievalists together from all over the world to discuss administrative and programmatic issues and successes. All are welcome at CARMEN’s annual meeting, taking place this year in Stirling, Scotland, 12-13 September 2014. Editor of Speculum Sarah Spence and CARA Chair James Murray will be there representing the Medieval Academy. CARMEN’s formal announcement follows:


The Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling has generously offered to host the CARMEN Annual Meeting in 2014. CARMEN looks forward to welcoming you to the meeting which will be held in a special venue in Stirling below the castle – Forth Valley College

To register your attendance at the meeting and for information please contact Claire McIlroy (claire.mcilroy@uwa.edu.au), ideally before mid-August 2014. You can also write to carmen.medieval@googlemail.com (in a separate email, please, do not answer directly to this email).

Please note that you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodation in Stirling. To assist with the organisation of your visit to Stirling the host institution has prepared a practical document, which includes travel information and accommodation recommendations (see CARMEN website http://www.carmen-medieval.net/cz/download/1404041574/, http://www.carmen-medieval.net/cz/download/1404041575/). This information will also be available through a dedicated University of Stirling web page

The overall topic of this year’s meeting is “Heritages”, with a particular focus on the digital ones. We will also be holding Market Place for projects in a usual format.

Useful links and contacts:

Katerina Hornickova
General Secretary
The Worldwide Medieval Network

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MAA News – Funding Opportunities for Medievalists

The Academy encourages its members to apply for grants and residential fellowships in these and other programs:

The American Academy in Rome

The American Philosophical Society 

Getty Research Fellowships

Guggenheim Foundation

Institute for Advanced Studies

Mellon Foundation

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Humanities Center

Additional funding opportunities for medievalists are posted on our blog. Please contact us at  info@TheMedievalAcademy.org with additional programs and awards.

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MAA News – MAA Application Deadlines

The Medieval Academy of America has long provided a variety of benefits of membership, including numerous fellowships, prizes and grants for travel, research and publications. Please see the list below for prizes and fellowships with looming deadlines, then follow the links for complete descriptions and application information. We encourage all eligible members to apply for these grants.

We are pleased to announce that as of August 2014 most applications for Medieval Academy prizes, awards and fellowships can be submitted using our online application system. Links to each form can be found on the Awards section of our website.

Graduate Student Fellowships and Awards

Schallek Fellowship
(Deadline 15 October 2014)

MAA/GSC Grant [NEW for 2015]
(deadline 15 February 2015)

Service Award

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service
(Deadline 15 November 2014)

Teaching Award

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching
(Deadline 15 November 2014)

Independent/Junior Scholars 

Olivia Remie Constable Award [NEW for 2015]
(Deadline 15 February 2015)

Travel Grants
(Deadline 1 November 2014 for meetings to be held between 1 March and 31 August 2015)

Book Prizes

Haskins Medal
(Deadline 15 October 2014)

John Nicholas Brown Prize
(Deadline 15 October 2014)

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
(Deadline 15 October 2014)

Please see the MAA website for other grants and prizes offered by the Academy.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

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.

Members are invited to submit nominations to the Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy. Fellows will cast ballots in January for the 2015 election, which will operate under by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013. Under the established rules, the number of slots available in 2015 for new Fellows is nine, for which there must be at least eighteen nominations. There is no established minimum number of nominations for Corresponding Fellows, although there are eleven openings.

Nominations for the 2015 elections must be received by 15 October 2014.

Instructions for nominations are available here:

Lists of Fellows, Corresponding Fellows and Emeriti/ae Fellows are available here:

Nominations should be submitted to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org or mailed to:

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
Medieval Academy of America
17 Dunster St., Suite 202
Cambridge, Mass., 02138

Please note that nominations are to be kept in strictest confidence, from the nominee as well as from others.

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Call for Submissions – Digital Philology

Call for Submissions

Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures

/Digital Philology/ is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of medieval vernacular texts and cultures. Founded by Stephen G. Nichols and Nadia R. Altschul, the journal aims to foster scholarship that crosses disciplines upsetting traditional fields of study, national boundaries, and periodizations. /Digital Philology/ also encourages both applied and theoretical research that engages with the digital humanities and shows why and how digital resources require new questions, new approaches, and yield radical results.

You may browse the journal’s contents here: <http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/digital_philology/

/Digital Philology/ is welcoming submissions. Inquiries and articles may be sent to dph@jhu.edu, to the attention of the Managing Editor. Correspondence regarding manuscript studies may be addressed to Jeanette Patterson at jpatterson09@gmail.com. For reviews of digital projects and publications, please contact Timothy Stinson at tlstinson@gmail.com.

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MAA News – Speculum News

Spec14The July 2014 issue of Speculum is now available online here along with the entire Speculum archive. This issue includes five articles (below) and seventy-five reviews:

Maryanne Kowaleski, “Medieval People in Town and Country: New Perspectives from Demography and Bioarchaeology” (pp. 573-600)

Michael Lower, “The Papacy and Christian Mercenaries of Thirteenth-Century North Africa” (pp. 601-631)

Laura Saetveit Miles, “The Origins and Development of the Virgin Mary’s Book at the Annunciation” (pp. 632-669)

William D. Paden, “An Occitan Prayer against the Plague and Its Tradition in Italy, France, and Catalonia” (pp. 670-692)

Kathleen E. Kennedy, “Reintroducing the English Books of Hours, or “English Primers” (pp. 693-723)

Members can access Speculum online free of charge as a perquisite of membership. The easiest way to do so is through the Medieval Academy website; click here for instructions. You will need to sign into the Academy’s website using your member name and password, after which no further sign-ins will be necessary. Once you make your way to the Cambridge University Press Speculum site, you can sign up for Speculum-related notifications if you wish.

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MAA News – Parenting in Academia

By J. A. T. Smithjatsmith

N.B. from the Executive Director: A recurring theme in special sessions and over lunch tables at several conferences I attended this year (most notably the Medieval Academy, Kalamazoo and Leeds) was the work being done on campuses around North America and Europe to identify systemic issues and improve working conditions for graduate students and junior faculty who happen to be parents of young children or children with medical and/or behavioral challenges. Campuses across North America show significant variety in approaches to supporting parents among their faculty or student body, by pausing the tenure clock, providing childcare, and/or making allowances for parental or medical leave. J. A. T. Smith, newly-hired Assistant Professor of English Literature at Pepperdine University, spoke eloquently about this issue at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting session sponsored by the Graduate Student Committee and agreed to revise her comments for publication here. She distributed several resources to the audience at the session, resources that have been made available on the Academy website here and here. – Lisa


There haven’t been too many graduate students with children in the program I attended at UCLA, though I did notice a trend. The daddies stuck around, coming in to the office regularly, finishing and getting jobs (to the extent that anyone got jobs). But it seemed as if all the mommies, even if they didn’t drop out of the program, ended up moving away to places where they could get better childcare–to be with spouses with steady income, to be with their own parents who would help to raise their grandchildren. That is, the mommies were invisible. They were gone. And how they managed to balance both motherhood and academia was a mystery to me.

When I got pregnant in March of 2007, my third year in the program, I felt certain that this was going to be the end of my academic dream as I knew it.  There would be no months spent in the archive or summers teaching Shakespeare in London. There would be no moving to a dream job once I finished the degree. And really, what were the odds that I would get a job as a medievalist within driving distance of my current home?

Highly unlikely but, as I recently learned, not impossible. This is the story of how I and my husband started a family while I was in graduate school and the lessons I learned along the way.


I took my comprehensive oral exam 8 months pregnant–the day before my baby shower. I remember thinking, “I’d better pass or it was going to be a really terrible party.” My three examiners were childless men. And the first words I heard when summoned back into the room after the deliberations had ended were: “Congratulations! You can go have your baby now.”

I was both relieved and happy that these people who controlled my professional future were literally giving me permission to continue on the dual path of parenthood and scholarship. It wasn’t until many years later that I realized how much I sought after just this sort of approval–as problematic as it was–to continue my work. I believed, as academic wisdom taught me, that my family was a problem to be handled and my continued support was a dispensation, not a right.

I was on fellowship at the time that my first daughter, Josephine, was born, and I started teaching again in Fall of 2008 when she was about 9 months old.  I successfully defended my prospectus in Spring of 2009 and my second daughter, Virginia, was born in Winter of 2011. I walked just six months later.

I was rather naïve when I was pregnant with my older daughter, Josie.  I had visions of her playing on the floor with toys or taking a nap while I sat at my desk writing my dissertation.  But I was delusional.  After she was born, I very quickly realized that I could not do anything while watching my daughter–maybe read a few emails. (Why none of the dozens of people I told this plan to didn’t disabuse me of this fantasy, I don’t know.)  The nature of academic work made it virtually impossible to do anything scholarly while watching my children because I couldn’t hold a thought in my head long enough without interruption.  So, practically speaking, I had to be prepared to work only when I was away from my children and to be ruthless in how I managed my time.  No more going to every stray lecture that seemed interesting; no more going out for drinks in the evenings; no more chatting for hours in the hallway about the dozens of exciting ideas/people/texts that I encountered.

Over time, I developed many different techniques to manage my time better. (I made a handout of these when I talked on this subject at the last MAA meeting at UCLA). Yet, with all that said, I think having two children added at least a year and a half to two years to my time to degree.  Children take time. And though I learned to be more efficient and more focused, I never learned how to work miracles.

One of the first lessons I learned about having children is that the saying “time is money” was really true. Childcare in the LA area costs about $13-17/hour and I didn’t make much more than that per hour as an instructor or RA, especially when factoring commute times. I’m pretty certain that I made less, because, in addition to working on my dissertation, I adjuncted from 2010-2014, and we all know how well that pays.

When my daughters were really young (0-9 months), my husband, mom, and mother-in-law took turns taking vacation days so that I could study or work.  When my children got a little older, I supplemented that by hiring my next door neighbor, who’s a stay-at-home mom with school age kids, a couple hours a day.  As soon as both children turned 2 and pre-school seemed like a better option, we started them in part-time programs, though still relied on regular help from the grandmas.  Throughout it all, I’ve worked many, many late nights and weekends.  I’ve also worked many very long days when my daughters spent the night with my mom or mother-in-law.

What I found was that despite the difficulty, I could still have a rich, productive graduate experience while being a parent, even if it wasn’t the version of graduate school that I had imagined.  Even after my daughters’ births, I attended conferences every year (I had a second handout on traveling with breastmilk), served on the committees for professional organizations, and arranged meetings and talks for colleagues. In fact, I’m writing this very article from a convent in Minnesota where I’m on a week-long writing retreat for busy academics. I think the key to making it work is having a strong network around you with people whom you trust to care for your child, because otherwise the guilt for being away will make the separation extremely difficult.  Despite popular media’s attempts to villify working moms, I also learned that there are a lot of benefits.  It forced my children to have better relationships with other people, especially their father and their grandparents. I believe that makes for a more balanced childhood: my children learned to love and to trust many people beyond me.

If I can close this column, following Laura Morreale’s example, by giving a few words of advice, this is what I would say to young academic parents and future parents:

  1. Choose a good advisor.  This is key.  You’re not always going to be able to produce work on a regular schedule.  There may be weeks (or months!) when you fall off the radar.  You need to find someone who understands that you take your parenting seriously and respects you for it AND takes your scholarship seriously and respects you for it.
  2. Think of yourself and present yourself as a professional. When you get to the point in your career where you can say this-tell people that you’re an instructor at N. University and working on a book.  Believe me, the response you get from people is a lot better than when you tell them you’re a graduate student. And that response will be important when you begin to doubt yourself.  If you think of yourself as a professional, it will positively inform your interactions with professors, students, and others.
  3. Remember who you are when applying for jobs and then only apply for the jobs that allow you to be who you are. I know that this seems like corny advice, but I went on the job market two times and one time I stretched myself so far from my traditional boundaries that I became a miserable distortion of who I was. I applied for everything that I was remotely qualified for within a sixty mile radius of my house. It not only took a lot of time, but it also took far more emotional energy than I had ever imagined. The second time I went on the market, I applied for two postdocs and the TT job I eventually accepted. (Yes, this was a little extreme.) I realized that in a market as competitive as this one, I only wanted to apply for jobs that I could reasonably believe I was the best candidate to fill. I was also able to craft better applications, create a personal website, update my Academia.edu and LinkedIn accounts. That is, I realized I could behave like an aphid–sending out lots of applications just hoping one would stick–or like a mammal–sending out just a handful of applications and nurturing them with care. I was lucky enough to find an institution where I didn’t feel pressure to hide my children and one that takes my responsibilities as a parent seriously and respects me for it AND takes my scholarship seriously and respects me for it.

Finally, everything that I’ve said is based on my own unique situation.  Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you.  I have a colleague whose husband was and still is a stay-at-home dad.  I have other friends whose moms are able to watch their children full time.  So, do what’s best for you and your family.  Enjoy it all.  Enjoy the graduate school experience and the parenting-especially the parenting.  Having your own child is every bit as good and even better than everyone says.  It’s like falling in love.

J. A. T. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Pepperdine University, as well as an Affiliate of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA. She earned earned her PhD in 2012 in English Literature. She works on issues in late medieval English pedagogy and language. She is also the mother of two children, Josephine (6 yrs.) and Virginia (2 yrs.).

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Professor of English Literature

The English Department of the University of New Hampshire invites applications for an assistant professor with a specialty in medieval English literature and Digital Humanities beginning in August 2015. UNH actively creates an educational environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and quality engagement for all.

The candidate should have his or her PhD in hand or a defense scheduled before July 2015. In addition to expertise in medieval English literature and Digital Humanities, experience in teaching composition, introduction to literary studies, and surveys of literature before 1800 is especially desirable (2/2 course load).

Candidates should demonstrate the ability to contribute to an increasingly diverse cultural, social and ethnic community by including issues of such diversity in their teaching of medieval texts. Although candidates are not required to have a research project that addresses these issues directly, they should have competency in talking with students about issues of gender, sexuality, class, religion, and race or ethnicity in medieval literature.

Candidates should apply online through the UNH jobsite at https://jobs.usnh.edu by 11:59 PM October 17, 2014.

Please upload the following materials: a letter of application, curriculum vita, unofficial graduate transcripts, and writing sample.

Please submit three (3) letters of recommendation. These can be sent confidentially via email to Ms. Sabina Foote (Sabina.Foote@unh.edu).

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students. The full-time faculty of over 600 offers 90 undergraduate and more than-70 graduate programs.

The University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Contact Us: Sabina.Foote@unh.edu


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2015 Yale Law Library Rare Book Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Yale Law Library Rare Book Fellowship. Here are the details.

Yale Law LIbrary Rare Book Fellowship
Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School

FIXED DURATION POSITION: 6 months from date of hire; non-renewable

EXPECTED START DATE: Jan/Feb 2015 (flexible start date)

POSITION FOCUS: The Lillian Goldman Law Library has established this fellowship to train the next generation of rare book librarians to serve the growing number of special collections departments in academic law libraries. The Rare Book Fellow will be trained in special collections librarianship including acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, reference services, exhibit preparation & design, bibliographic instruction, preservation, and digital projects. The Fellow will be charged with completing a major project involving our Kuttner Institute Library materials, focusing on medieval canon law.

[For more on the Kuttner Institute Library, visit <http://library.law.yale.edu/news/kuttner-institute-library-comes-yale>.]

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the direction of the Rare Book Librarian, the Rare Book Fellow will spend time learning special collections librarianship with an emphasis on law material. The Fellow will: follow a curriculum designed by the Rare Book Librarian that includes a general orientation to Yale University, librarianship, and rare law book librarianship; gain experience in collection development and management, preservation, reference and outreach, exhibition planning, and cataloging rare books; contribute to ongoing digital initiatives; develop and complete a special project pertaining to the Kuttner Institute Library materials in consultation with the Rare Book Librarian; participate in professional activities, Law Library committees, policy discussions, and other library-wide activities. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Law Library’s professional staff. More information about the Fellowship can be found here:


QUALIFICATIONS: The Rare Book Fellowship will be open to those who have (or will have by Jan. 2015) a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science (or foreign equivalent), and who are in the initial stages of a career as a librarian. Candidates must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and must be able to work in a complex and changing environment with diverse staff and users. It is imperative that candidates have reading knowledge of Latin and a demonstrated interest in rare books. (Please note this is not an archivist position).

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of and/or experience working with canon law, legal history, and/or medieval history; preference will also be given to candidates with skills in the foreign languages most heavily represented in Yale Law Library special collections (Italian, German, French, Spanish, Dutch).

SALARY: The Rare Book Fellow will work for six months (Jan/Feb 2015 flexible start date) at a stipend of $4,500 per month, plus benefits including health insurance through membership in the Yale Health Plan.

The Fellow will be given generous support for professional development.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Rare Book Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applications consisting of a cover letter summarizing the applicant’s qualifications and describing how this position will contribute to long-term career goals, CV or resume, and names and contact information of three (3) professional references should be sent electronically to Teresa Miguel-Stearns (teresa.miguel@yale.edu), Deputy Director, no later than October 15, 2014. There is no application form.

Please be sure to include “Rare Book Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter. Offer is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Rare Book Librarian & Lecturer in Legal Research Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215

Phone: (203) 432-4494
Yale Law Library – Rare Books Blog:

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