MAA News – From the President

Who publishes in Speculum? The authors contributing articles to the July issue give a sense of the range of medievalists whose work is featured in our flagship journal. They include early career scholars—one a lecturer, the other an assistant professor—as well as seasoned researchers. They are international: one from Spain, two from Israel, two from the United States, and a US citizen who holds a faculty position in Europe. And their careers point to the diversity and strengths of our field.

Think they are all products of the Ivy League? Think again! Three of the four trained in North America earned their doctorates in public universities: Linda G. Jones earned her PhD at UC Santa Barbara, Yanay Israeli completed his at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Donald N. Tuten earned his at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Pamela A. Patton did her doctoral work at Boston University. Scorecard: Ivys 0, non-Ivys 4.

Two have a particular dedication to teaching Spanish in all its forms. Tuten and his co-author María Jesús Torrens-Álvarez’s contribution to Speculum is a good example of their valorization of language as a living, changing medium. They use the Latin-Romance hybrid documents of an early thirteenth-century scribe in Burgos to argue that he and his peers worked within a monolingual culture characterized by spectroglossia that developed in response to significant socio-cultural changes. Torrens-Álvarez also contributed to a public digital-humanities project mapping diachronically the development of Spanish in Madrid (ALDICAM) and Tuten has edited five editions of the intermediate Spanish textbook, Fuentes: Lectura y redaccion, which highlights Hispanic cultures and societies. Their collaboration developed from reading one another’s work and meeting for deeper conversations at conferences.

Collaborative research is also showcased in the article opening this themed issue. Yosi Yisraeli and Yanay Israeli met for coffee when both arrived at Hebrew University, Yosi on a post-doc and Yanay as a new assistant professor. It didn’t take long for them to discover that they were both working on use of the term converso/neophyte in medieval Iberia, but in very different kinds of sources. That conversation over coffee led to a friendship as well as their article. Their contribution leverages the range of sources each commands to recover fifteenth-century debates over the meaning of the category “converso.” In their nuanced analysis of this term’s contestation, they link broader interpretations of the meaning of conversion to deployments of this fraught label. Over the course of their collaboration Yosi has advanced to lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and Yanay is in transition this summer from Hebrew University to a new position as assistant professor of History and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.

The diverse and non-linear paths of Speculum authors also highlights the many ways medievalists prove their indispensability. Pamela A. Patton began her career in a split position, half-time as a Curator of Spanish Art at the Meadows Museum and half-time as an assistant professor in art history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She went on to teach full-time, rising through the ranks until she chaired her department at SMU. She now directs the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton. Her article on the depiction of enslaved people in late medieval Iberian manuscripts reveals how iconographical research is still a potent tool in exploring ideas and the ideological work that images accomplish. Torrens-Álvarez also left full-time teaching to direct scholarly projects. She is Senior Scientist (Científica Titular) at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid where she oversees a project on the linguistic development of northern Castilian over the Middle Ages.

The issue also highlights opportunities for Americans abroad. Linda G. Jones is a UC all-star: after completing a B.A. and M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Berkeley, she worked in New York publishing houses and in the non-profit sector (Amnesty International) before returning to the UC to earn both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Santa Barbara. Early in her career, Dr. Jones welcomed opportunities to collaborate with Spanish scholars on research projects; perseverance and the relationships she built led to the faculty position she holds now as Professor of Medieval History and Islamic Studies at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her article in July’s Speculum is a comparative study of Muslim and Christian hegemonic masculinities through the evidence of two twelfth-century Iberian dynastic chronicles. She explores the roles of religion and status in constituting masculinities with particular attention to relations between sovereigns, their allies. and their foes.

Want to learn more? Register HERE for the free Speculum Webinar on “Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies,” 25 August 12 noon to 3:30 pm EDT. All the contributing authors will give 10-minute TED-style presentations of their articles and answer your questions in the Q&A session. If you can’t make the day and time, look for the recording on the Academy’s YouTube channel:

Finally, congratulations to our authors and to the entire Speculum team on the publication of this superb thematic issue!

Maureen C. Miller
President, Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – Latest Issue of Speculum is Now Available Online

The latest issue of Speculum is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us at if you have forgotten either), and choose “Speculum Online” from the “Speculum” menu. As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.

Speculum, Volume 97, Number 3 (July 2022) | Emerging Issues in Medieval Iberian Studies


Defining “Conversos” in Fifteenth-Century Castile: The Making of a Controversial Category
Yosi Yisraeli and Yanay Israeli

What Did Medieval Slavery Look Like? Color, Race, and Unfreedom in Later Medieval Iberia
Pamela A. Patton

From “Latin” to the Vernacular: Latin-Romance Hybridity, Scribal Competence, and Social Transformation in Medieval Castile
María Jesús Torrens-Álvarez and Donald N. Tuten

Representations of Hegemonic Masculinities in Medieval Leonese-Castilian and Almohad Chronicles
Linda G. Jones

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 75 book reviews, including:

Jacopo Bisagni, ed., “Amrae Coluimb Chille”: A Critical Edition
Reviewed by Christina Cleary

Caroline Walker Bynum, Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europe
Reviewed by Wei-Cheng Lin

Rita Copeland, ed., The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature. Vol. 1, 800–1558
Reviewed by Larry Scanlon

Shirin Fozi and Gerhard Lutz, eds., Christ on the Cross: The Boston Crucifix and the Rise of Monumental Wood Sculpture, 970–1200
Reviewed by Thomas Dale

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Diagramming Devotion: Berthold of Nuremberg’s Transformation of Hrabanus Maurus’s Poems in Praise of the Cross
Reviewed by Benjamin Anderson

Samantha Kelly, ed., A Companion to Medieval Ethiopia and Eritrea
Reviewed by Habtamu Tegegne

Lars Kjær, The Medieval Gift and the Classical Tradition: Ideals and Performance of Generosity in Medieval England, 1100–1300
Reviewed by Hugh M. Thomas

Angeliki Lymberopoulou, ed., Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean
Reviewed by Vasileios Marinis

Outi Merisalo, Miika Kuha, and Susanna Niiranen, eds., Transmission of Knowledge in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Reviewed by Gian Mario Cao

Sara Ritchey, Acts of Care: Recovering Women in Late Medieval Health
Reviewed by Tory V. Pearman

Katherine Allen Smith, The Bible and Crusade Narrative in the Twelfth Century
Reviewed by Beth C. Spacey

MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Online subscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and click here. Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.

The Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – MAA @ Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us on Tuesday, 5 July, 19.00-20.00 for the Annual Medieval Academy of America Lecture: Carol Symes (Dept. of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign): “Médiévistes sans frontières – Shifting Medieval Boundaries at Multiple Scales”

Afterwards, join Prof. Symes and MAA governance and staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee roundtable, “Gatekeeping the Middle Ages: Accessing, Congrolling, and Disseminating the Medieval Past in the Modern World,” will take place on Monday, 4 July, from 19.00-20:00.

We hope to see you there!

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

To all Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

All members of the Medieval Academy of America are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Academy for 2023. You need not be a Fellow to nominate a Fellow or Corresponding Fellow, and all members are warmly encouraged do so, for this is one important way in which the Academy recognizes and honors its most outstanding scholars. Nominations from Corresponding Fellows who reside in countries outside of North America, who need not be members of the Academy, are equally welcome.

Currently, there are 122 Active Fellows and 67 Corresponding Fellows. According to the Strategic Plan recently approved by the Fellows, the number of total Fellows and Corresponding Fellows is to be increased each year as follows:

“The number of voting Fellows [will] be increased from 125 to 150 and the number of Corresponding Fellows [will] be increased from 75 to 100 over a period of 9 years, with 3 additional Fellows and 3 additional Corresponding Fellows to be elected per year over the first 8 years and an additional Fellow and Corresponding Fellow in the ninth year.”

In accordance with this new policy, there will be a maximum of 131 Fellows and 81 Corresponding Fellows in 2023. The number of openings in the current cycle, then, is 9 Fellows and 14 Corresponding Fellows.

New procedures for nomination dossiers have been instituted as a result of the reforms adopted by the Fellows in 2021. The instructions are detailed at

In brief, here are the rules for the dossier:

1) up to three signed letters of nomination, each of which may be up to two pages in length (although a nomination can still go forward without prejudice with a single letter);
2) a curriculum vitae of NO MORE than four pages;
3) a URL directing voters to an expanded online CV, if possible (this URL should be included in the body of the first nominating letter)

These components must be combined into a single PDF and submitted by email to the Executive Director ( Incomplete or improperly constituted dossiers will not be accepted.

All Fellows (except for Corresponding Fellows) must be members of the Medieval Academy who reside in North America at the time of election. They should be medievalists who have contributed to our knowledge of the Middle Ages with a substantial body of scholarship, distinguished in both quality and quantity. In most fields the contribution will entail several well-received books, though in some areas the standard may be important digital work or a sheaf of influential articles. Major prizes, editorships, and professional leadership in societies including (but not limited to) the MAA may also be taken into account. Election to the Fellows recognizes a lifetime of academic achievement. Candidates, therefore, will ordinarily be full professors, though senior curators and distinguished independent and non-tenure-track scholars may also merit election. Nominations of associate professors are normally considered premature.

In nominating candidates, please consider diversity in discipline, ethnicity, gender, regions of the country, and types of institution. Please also bear in mind that Medieval Studies is not limited to Western Europe or to the second half of our period.

In order to present a balanced slate, additional nominations may be made by the Fellows Nominating Committee, the members of which are listed on the Officers page.

To sum up: Please follow instructions for nominations as found on the MAA website; nominations that are incorrectly prepared will not be considered.

Instructions for nominations are available here:

Please refer to the lists of current Fellows before proposing a nomination:

Current Fellows:
Current Corresponding Fellows:

Nominations for the 2023 elections must be received by 1 October 2022. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information about this process.

Finally, please keep nominations confidential. Although nominators are to sign their names to the letters, all involved should try not to let nominees learn about their nomination.

We look forward to a diverse and exciting set of nominations.

– Richard Emmerson, President of the Fellows

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MAA News – New ACLS Delegate

We are very pleased to announce that Afrodesia McCannon (New York Univ.) will be succeeding Patrick Geary as the Medieval Academy of America’s Delegate to the American Council of Learned Societies . Delegates play an important role in ACLS governance as well as serving as liaisons between learned societies and the ACLS. Prof. McCannon will serve a five-year term, reporting annually to the MAA membership at the Annual Meeting and in each year’s July issue of Speculum. We welcome Prof. McCannon to this important role and are very grateful for her service.

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MAA News – MAA Publication Subventions Awarded

Three first-time authors have been awarded MAA Subventions to support the publication of their monographs:

Gregory Bryda, The Trees of the Cross: Wood as Subject and Medium in the Art of Grünewald, Riemenschneider, and Late Medieval Germany (Yale University Press);

Elizabeth Coggeshall, On Amista: Negotiating Friendship in Dante’s Italy (University of Toronto Press);

Andrew Griebeler, Botanical Icons : Critical Practices of Illustration in the Premodern Mediterranean (University of Chicago Press).

Congratulations! The complete list of publications supported by MAA subventions may be found here.

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MAA News – Good News From Our Members

Sean L. Field (Univ. of Vermont) has been elected Correspondant étranger de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

If you have Good News to share, please send it to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis.

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Call for Papers – Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West

Artificial Light in Medieval Churches between Byzantium and the West
Online workshop | Tufts University & Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio | 9-10 February 2023

Alice Isabella Sullivan, PhD, Tufts University
Vladimir Ivanovici, PhD, University of Vienna | Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio

Throughout the Middle Ages, artificial illumination was used to draw attention to and enhance the symbolism of certain areas, objects, and persons inside Christian sacred spaces. The strategies usually found in Latin and Byzantine churches have been analyzed in recent decades. However, the cultures that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic spheres, particularly in regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains, have received less scholarly attention. The uses of artificial light in churches were likely shaped by aspects such as inherited practices, the imitation of other societies, as well as by local climatic, economic, and theological parameters.

Following a similar workshop that focused on natural light, which showed how uses of sunlight reveal patterns of knowledge transfer and cultural interaction between Byzantium, the West, and the Slavic world throughout the Middle Ages, this workshop invites papers on the economy of artificial light in medieval churches across Eastern Europe, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea. Whether innovative or inspired by the more established traditions on the margins of the Mediterranean, local customs are to be examined in order to understand how artificial light was used in ecclesiastical spaces, and how it brought together the architecture, decoration, objects, and rituals.

Following the workshop, select papers will be revised and published in a volume that will complement the edited collection that resulted from the workshop on natural light, which is currently in print with Brill.

Proposals for 20-min. papers in English should include the following: an abstract (300 words max.) and a brief CV (2 pages max.). Proposals should be emailed to the organizers of the workshop at alice.sullivan[at] and vladimir.ivanovici[at] by 1 September 2022. Please include in the email subject line “Artificial Light Proposal.

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Call For Papers: “Marching on Rome” — An SIHS Conference

Title: “Marching on Rome: Contesting the Eternal City through the Centuries”

Location: Italian Academy, Columbia University, New York City

Date: October 28, 2022

October 28, 2022 marks the centenary of Mussolini’s March on Rome and the Fascist accession to power. Yet the Fascists were not the first, nor the last, to stage a symbolic assault on the Eternal City; indeed, marches on Rome have been a mainstay of Italian political life for centuries. For figures as diverse as Julius Caesar, Cola di Rienzo, Petrarch, Charles V, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Umberto Bossi and Beppe Grillo, the Urbs Caput Mundi has variously served as a prize, a source of inspiration, and a nemesis. Marching on Rome is a tradition since antiquity that has inspired medieval, early modern, and modern versions of this important political ritual.

In its first standalone conference, cosponsored with the Italian Academy at Columbia University, the Society of Italian Historical Studies (SIHS) seeks to investigate Rome’s function as a contested space—both symbolic and physical—across the longue durée of Italian history. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Political, cultural and social movements directed “toward” or “against” Rome.
  • Rome’s histories of warfare, insurgency, and protest.
  • Contests over religion and secularism, and over Rome’s local, national, Mediterranean, and global identities.
  • Regionalist and federalist critiques of Rome as a locus of centralized authority and corruption.

The SIHS seeks to foster dialogue and exchange amongst scholars of medieval, early modern and modern Italian history, working across a diverse array of thematic and methodological approaches. We especially welcome proposals from early career scholars in the field.

The SIHS anticipates being able to offer modest subventions for younger and independent scholars in order to facilitate their travel to and from New York City.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity to publish a select number of the conference’s papers via an Open Access journal. Conference presenters will be invited to submit their papers for potential inclusion in a special issue of California Italian Studies, which will be edited by Brad Bouley and Claudio Fogu.

Please submit your proposal by July 1, 2022 (including your name, affiliation, email, paper title, and ca. 250 word abstract) to: The Conference Committee will send out its decisions by July 15, 2022.

Registration will be open to the public. The following will be the costs of registration according to professional category:

  • Graduate students and independent scholars: $0
  • Assistant professors: $50
  • Associate and Full Professors: $150

Financial donations are welcome on a voluntary basis. Registration fees will be used to support the conference, including a reception for attendees and the establishment of a fund to offer modest travel grants for graduate students and independent scholars who will be presenting their papers at the conference.

For any general questions, please write to:

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Call for Papers – 32nd Annual Conference of the Texas Medieval Association

32nd Texas Medieval Association Annual Conference
Virtual Meeting
October 21-22, 2022
Hosted by the Unviersity of Dallas, Dallas, TX

The 32nd Annual Conference of the Texas Medieval Association will be held virtually, via an online platform, and hosted by The University of Dallas.

The 2022 TEMA program committee is pleased to invite papers and sessions on all topics in medieval studies. We especially invite papers and sessions contributing to the 2022 conference theme of Violent Clerics, Victimized Religious as well as papers and sessions that contribute to the permanent theme of Race and Medieval Studies.

TEMA recognizes diversity as a critical component of medieval studies. Therefore, the organizers of the 2020 TEMA meeting established a permanent strand of linked thematic sessions on Race and Medieval Studies that will be part of all future meetings. Papers, sessions, roundtables, and other events that engage with any aspect of this theme are very welcome.

Papers may be submitted in any language, but if you wish to present in a language other than English, please specify this preference. Send title and abstract of approximately 200 words to Dr. Donald Kagay (; or Dr. Kelly Gibson ( (with TEMA 2022 PROPOSAL in the subject line) no later than September 1, 2022. Early submission is encouraged: rolling acceptance will begin on July 1, 2022. Among proposals for full sessions, those including participants from more than one institution will be given priority. Those wishing to propose a panel should submit a session title, along with the paper titles, abstracts, and speakers.

A prize will be awarded for the best paper by a graduate student. For more information, visit the Texas Medieval Association website [].


TEMA Values
Founded in 1986 to promote medieval studies in Texas, TEMA invites medieval scholars throughout Texas and the Southwest to gather annually to share ideas, collaborate on publications, and mentor students in a safe, nurturing community in which everyone may participate. In our formal statement of policies, we assert our belief that diversity is crucial to medieval studies. TEMA supports a learning community that embraces our members for their individual differences and offers respect for their unique perspectives. In support of this academic vision, TEMA does not tolerate discrimination based on academic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious belief, or racial/ethnic background. Moreover, TEMA has a strong history of collegiality and mentoring. We welcome papers from medievalists at every point of their professional development, from graduate students to emeritus scholars; from K-12 and secondary teachers to those at the collegiate level; from affiliated scholars to those currently unaffiliated. TEMA has built a friendly and non-threatening conference atmosphere that treats everyone as a colleague, no matter their “rank.” The purpose of our annual conference is to help each medievalist further develop their ideas, while benefitting from the feedback of a diverse, encouraging community.

For more information, visit the Texas Medieval Association website [].

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