Columbia University’s MA in Medieval and Rennaissance Studies

Applications are now being accepted for Columbia University’s MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  Applications are accepted for both Spring and Fall admission; deadlines are November 1st for Spring admission, March 15 for Fall admission.

The MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies provides the opportunity to undertake graduate level work in any relevant field of interest. Students have the flexibility to take a variety of courses in art history, religion, history, philosophy, literature or other relevant fields offered by departments in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This flexibility offers the opportunity to concentrate in one area while also exploring other aspects of the life, thought, and culture of the Middle Ages and/or the Renaissance. Through this unique interdisciplinary and cross-period approach, students gain a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the medieval period and the Renaissance.

The program is appropriate for students who will go on to apply to PhD programs as well as for those who wish to complete a terminal MA. In addition to choosing from a wide range of courses, students develop their skills in relevant languages, and are introduced to the study of manuscripts and early printed books. The MA culminates in a final thesis in which students develop an original research project.  Students have the option to pursue the degree full time or part-time.

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Come to the MAA’s Open House in Cambridge Next Week

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Richard III Society

The Richard III Society, American Branch, New England Chapter (RIII-AB-NEC) welcomes new members to its fellowship which is dedicated to a reassessment of the traditional history of Richard (Plantagenet) III as well as to the scholarly exploration of all topics relevant to 15th century England and the late Middle Ages.  RIII-AB-NEC will be holding its next meeting at the Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Keene College in Keene, NH on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  There is also a CFP for a session at the 2015 Forum dedicated to life and times of Richard III.  Please contact with any questions about the society or membership or inquiries about session proposals the RIII-AB-NEC coordinator June-Ann Greeley at or .

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Call for Papers – “Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics: The Good and the Beautiful?”

The UC Berkeley Program in Medieval Studies invites submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate student conference:

“Medieval Ethics and Aesthetics: The Good and the Beautiful?”
February 20-21, 2015
University of California, Berkeley
Keynote: Alex Novikoff, Forham University

In The Sense of the Song of Roland (1987), Robert F. Cook suggests that this well-known chanson de geste “should be read as certain other works of art of its time are ‘read,’ as an ethical statement, embodying values in a framework that is no less aesthetically satisfying for all that it conveys ideas.  Recognizing its power means admitting that our ancestors may have been moved, even excited, by ideals whose aesthetic status is greatly diminished today.” (130)

The Middle Ages has suffered from a double-edged stereotype: on the one hand, it has been considered a time when didacticism and dogma flourished at the expense of art and aesthetics; on the other hand, it has been viewed as a period without any significant advances in the philosophy of ethics. These one-dimensional notions of medieval aesthetics and ethics have collapsed in recent years under the weight of new work dealing with the nexus between these two branches of philosophy and their material manifestations in medieval texts and objects. Innovative critics have teased out the sometimes surprising ways in which medieval art in all media could perform ethical work; the imbrication of ethics and form in the medieval discipline of rhetoric is already well-known, but is enjoying new attention. This conference invites a conversation about the varied ways in which a concern with ethics – however that may have been construed at different times and places throughout the period– entered into a fruitful relationship with artistic production. It looks, in short, to discover the manifold ways in which medieval artists, thinkers, and writers reconciled “The Good” and “The Beautiful.”

We wish to throw this conversation open to emerging scholars across the disciplines, including those whose work falls outside of standard conceptions of “the medieval”– that is, outside the Latin West.

Questions addressed might include, but will not be limited to:

  •   The context and formal strategies of didactic art, such as allegorical pieces;
  •   Medieval debates about the ethical status of art, particularly secular aesthetic production;
  •   Contradictions (or congruities) between medieval theory and medieval praxis;
  •   The development of new models of aesthetic production in the vernacular;
  •   Prescriptive codes of conduct in secular or religious contexts (for example, chivalry/courtliness, debates about clothing and fashion, or grammatical treatises), and subversion or flaws in performance of these;
  •   The evocation of these categories in constructing modern medievalisms.

Submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to by November 20, 2014.

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Correction to Recent Speculum Review

It was incorrectly asserted in a recent review (Speculum 89/3, pp. 827-29) that “Gablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann Dooley” edited by Sarah Sheehan, Joanne Findon, and Westley Follett and published by Four Courts Press ( does not have an Index. There is a full index to this book on pages 277-82.

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MAA News – Grants to Medievalists

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

The Medieval Academy of America is delighted to announce an impressive collection of awards garnered by our members during the past fellowship season.

ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships:
George Edmondson (Dartmouth College): A Politics of Melancholia

Lisi Oliver (Louisiana State University) and Stefan Jurasinski (State University of New York, College at Brockport): The Laws of Alfred and Ine: An Edition and Interpretive Commentary

ACLS Fellowships:
Thomas O’Donnell (Fordham University): Theoretical Lives: Identity-Critique and Monastic Community in England, 1000-1259

ACLS Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships:
Christopher MacEvitt (Dartmouth College): Jerusalem Lost: the Holy Land and Islam in Christian Memory (for residence at the American Academy in Rome during academic year 2015-2016)

ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships:
Jonathan P. Conant (Brown University): The Carolingians and the Ends of Empire, ca. 795-840

American Academy in Rome/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize:
Marilynn Desmond

American Academy in Rome/Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize:
David Anthony Morris

John Carter Brown Library (Brown Univ.) Research Fellows:
Andrea Nate (PhD Candidate, Brown University): “Celestina’s Daughters: ‘Old Christian’ and Morisca Descendants of the Medieval Iberian Go-Between” J.M. Stuart Fellow

Nancy van Deusen (Queen’s University, Canada): “The Disappearance of the Past: Indigenous Slavery in Spanish and Portuguese America, 1492-1560″ InterAmericas Fellow, funded by The Reed Foundation

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships:
Joel Anderson (Cornell University): Imagining Universal Government at the Edge of the World: Institutional Forms in Norse Bishops’ Lives

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame): Ministers of Christ’s Word: Benedictine Women Religious in Early and Central Medieval England

Rowan W. Dorin (Harvard University): Expulsions of Foreign Moneylenders in Medieval Europe, 1200-1450

Brian P. Long (Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame): Towards the Cultural History of the Twelfth-Century Translation Movement

James A. Palmer (Washington University in St. Louis): Gold, Grain, and Grace: Piety and Community in Late Medieval Rome

NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations:
Rega Wood Bloomington (Project Director, Univ. of Indiana): Richard Rufus Project

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends:
Albrecht Classen (University of Arizona, Tucson): The Myth of Charlemagne in the History of Premodern German and Dutch Literature

National Humanities Center Fellowships:
Shannon Noelle Gayk (Indiana University): Instruments of Christ: The Arma Christi in Early England (Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation)

Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Fellowships:
Sarah Ifft (Yale University): Jewish and Christian Women’s Economic Activities in Late Medieval Catalonia

We congratulate Walter Cahn (Yale University) on his 2014 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis ( with additional announcements.

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MAA News – Speculum News

speculumYou should have received Speculum 89:3 by now (July 2014). Please let us know if your issue has not arrived! As always, you can find Speculum online by logging into your account on the Medieval Academy’s website and following the instructions here.

We are pleased to announce that Sam Boss (ABD, Brown University) has joined the office staff. He will be working as an editorial assistant, alongside Erin Pomeroy. His dissertation, “Outsiders: Crisis and Community in Late Medieval France”, looks at the short and long-term effects of plague, war, and economic upheaval on municipal policies towards people who came from somewhere else – whether a distant kingdom or a neighboring village – focusing on three diverse commercial centers in different regions of France: Montpellier, Lyon, and Rouen.

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Speculum editor Sarah Spence submitted this report following her attendance at the annual meeting of CARMEN:

On September 12-13, just a week before the independence vote in Scotland, this year’s meeting of CARMEN: the Worldwide Medieval Network, took place at the University of Stirling (Forth Valley College). The theme of “Heritage” loosely connected all sessions (tying in well with the surrounding debate about Scotland’s future), and the two days of the conference began with a welcome from faculty and administrators at Stirling, together with the director of CARMEN, Simon Forde. The first session covered the contribution of Digital Humanities in understanding the past, both in approaching manuscripts and the medieval heritage of the modern city; this was followed by a roundtable discussion of approaches to heritage, broadly understood. The second day began with a CARMEN planning meeting, followed by an overview of application and funding opportunities, mostly for EU members. The session on Scottish national heritages that followed was particularly pertinent, as was the description of the uses and abuses of history in the renovation of the local Bannockburn castle. The Market Place, which showcased a dozen and a half medieval collaborative projects, from the National Association for Portuguese Medieval Studies to The Medieval Academy and the Lisbon History Center of the Faculty of Letters, led to lively interchange over lunch, with members comparing notes about their various organizations. Workshops on prospective projects took place in the afternoon, and participants met for dinner in small and large groups. Both the weather and the setting were perfect for the meeting, and many of the conversations took place on the banks of the River Forth, with its swans and otters. An optional bus tour of local attractions was available for any participants still in Stirling Sunday morning. Next year’s meeting will be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

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Newberry Library Fellowship Program

Newberry Library Fellowship Program

If you study the humanities, the Newberry has something for you!

Newberry fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs.

Applicants may apply for both Long- and Short- Term Fellowships within one academic year. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Newberry’s online catalog and collection guides before applying.

We are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 academic year.

For more information, visit our website:

Long-Term Fellowships (Deadline: December 1, 2014) Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities. Applicants must hold a PhD at the time of application in order to eligible. Applicants may apply for 4 to 12 months of support, with a stipend of $4,200 per month. For more information, including a list of available Long-Term Fellowships, please visit

Short-Term Fellowships (Deadline: January 15, 2015) Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Most fellowships are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago Metro area. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for one continuous month in residence at the Newberry, with stipends of $2,500 per month.

Applicants must demonstrate a specific need for the Newberry’s collection. For more information, including a list of available Short-Term Fellowships, please visit

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Thank you!
Research and Academic Programs
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street | Chicago, IL 60610
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Conferences – 6th Annual History of the Book Conference

October 18, 2014
9:00 am-4:00 pm

The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

650 East Pleasant Street

Amherst, MA 01002

Free admission

Jeff Goodhind


The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies presents its 6th Annual History of the Book conference. Speakers are Sonja Drimmer (Art History, UMass), Lisa Fagin Davis (Simmons GSLIS), and Alexandra Halasz (English, Dartmouth College).

This event takes place in the Reading Room at the Renaissance Center.

Please register by October 10th at 413-577-3600. Lunch is provided.

This event is co-sponsored by the DuBois Library and The Amherst Woman’s Club.

(See our calendar for more conferences)

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