Medieval Academy of America Amended Values Statement

In light of recent public invocations of the Medieval Academy of America in regard to white supremacy and medieval studies, we are circulating our amended Values Statement:

Membership in the Medieval Academy is open to all persons concerned with the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, including, but not limited to, independent scholars, secondary teachers, graduate students, curators, librarians, and college and university professors of all ranks and at all types of institutions. We aim to foster an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for all medievalists. Further, we affirm the right of students and junior faculty to receive supportive, professional mentoring that respects their intellectual freedom and personal integrity. We expect members to abide by and promote these values, in particular when participating in Medieval Academy programming or publicly affiliating with the Academy.

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The Bibliographical Society of America: 2018 Fellowship Program:

The Bibliographical Society of America is pleased to announce its 2018 Fellowship Program.

The BSA Fellowship Committee wishes to remind our broad community that BSA awards are open to any member of the scholarly community engaged in bibliographical scholarship, including: academics, faculty, graduate students, booksellers, collectors, and scholars studying the materiality of books, manuscripts, and other cultural documents and artifacts.

The Society invites applications for its annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Applicants should therefore read the fellowship titles and guidelines here to determine project eligibility and fit. Please note: these fellowships do not support enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists). Individuals who have not received support in the previous five years will be given preference. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and a copy of any subsequent publications resulting from the project, to be sent to the BSA.

Fellowships:

The BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship in Bibliography (two awards at $3,000 each) supports the bibliographical study of early modern books and manuscripts, 1455-1700, held in the Ransom Center’s Pforzheimer Library and in related collections of early printed books and manuscripts, including the Pforzheimer Gutenberg Bible. For more information on this fellowship click here.

The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography ($3,000) supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript items 1) in the Spanish language produced during any period and in any country; or 2) in any language provided they were produced in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 3) the bibliographical study of book and manuscript collections in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 4) the bibliographical study of Spanish-language book and manuscript collections during any period and in any country.

The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography ($3,000) supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript cookbooks (once commonly known as receipt books); medical recipe books that also contain culinary recipes; other types of books, manuscript, and printed material that include a substantial body of culinary recipes; treatises on and studies of gastronomy; or memoirs, diary accounts, or descriptions of food and cooking. Projects may cover any period or country.

The Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades ($6,000) supports research in topics relating to book production and distribution in Britain during the hand-press period as well as studies of authorship, reading and collecting based on the examination of British books published in that period, with a special emphasis on descriptive bibliography.

The BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century ($3,000). Recipients must be a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the time of the award.

The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography ($3000) supports projects dealing with all aspects of the history, presentation, printing, design, distribution and reception of cartographical documents from Renaissance times to the present, with a special emphasis on eighteenth-century cartography. Funded by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York.

The Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($3,000) supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and publishing history in Britain.

The McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States ($3,000). Funded by a gift of Donald Oresman.

The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas ($3,000). The fellowship may be awarded to any scholar, whether academic or independent, whose project explores the history of print culture in the Western Hemisphere. There will be two Reese Fellowships awarded in the 2017 competition.

BSA Short-term Fellowships ($3,000). The Society also offers a number of unnamed, short-term fellowships supporting bibliographical research as described above.

Application Guidelines:

Applications are due 1 December of each year. Applications should include the following components:

–Application form

–Project proposal of no more than 1000 words

–Applicant curriculum vitae

–Two signed letters of recommendation on official letterhead submitted independently by referees. The two letters of recommendation must be signed and submitted independently by referees (in PDF or MS Word format) via the BSA Fellowship recommendation submission form. No other documentation will be considered by the committee.

Please format all attachments as PDF or Microsoft Word (.docx) documents, and use this form to submit your application: http://bibsocamer.org/awards/fellowships/application/

You may direct your referees to the following online form for submitting recommendations:
http://bibsocamer.org/awards/fellowships/recommendation/

The application package and two supporting letters of recommendation must be received by 1 December. We regret that we cannot consider late or incomplete applications. Applicants are advised to request recommendation letters well in advance and to direct referees to the BSA site (http://www.bibsocamer.org/fellows.htm) for guidance.

For more information, please contact the chair of the Fellowship Committee at bsafellowships@bibsocamer.org.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The History Department of Washington and Lee University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Mediterranean history, 500-1500 C.E., beginning September 2018. Special consideration will be given to candidates who can situate Mediterranean history in a global context by contributing to the Africana Studies, Middle East and South Asia Studies, and/or Medieval and Renaissance Studies Programs. Candidates whose research focuses on issues such as, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, cross-cultural contact, religious cooperation and conflict, urbanism and/or empire are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to teach introductory surveys as well as intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses related to their areas of specialization. The department requires successful completion of the Ph.D by June 2018. Interviews will take place at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Candidates who are unable to attend the AHA may arrange to interview with the Search Committee over Skype.

Apply electronically at our portal: https://apply.interfolio.com/44623.  You will be prompted to upload a letter of application, resume, graduate transcripts, and enter contact information for three providers for letters of recommendation (or a credentials file).  Applications are due on October 15, 2017.  Address your application letter (and any questions) to Professor Sarah Horowitz (jobs@wlu.edu), Chair, Mediterranean History Search Committee, Department of History, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450.  Washington and Lee and the Department of History are interested in candidates committed to high standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.  The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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80th Anniversary of IRHT

Dear friends and colleagues,

As you know, the year 2017 marks the 80th anniversary of IRHT.
The commemorative album is taking shape.
Your testimony, based on your experience, is essential to us!

Please either send it to us as an attached document to an email to nicole.beriou@irht.cnrs.fr or directly submit it in the online form :
https://goo.gl/forms/1cV4I69dzcczDUaf2

Please do it today. The commemorative album has to be finalised before the end of September.

Nicole Bériou, Présidente des Amis de l’IRHT

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Call for Papers – The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies

http://vagantesconference.org/call-for-papers-2018/

The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, which will take place at the University of Minnesota from March 22nd-24th, 2018, is currently seeking paper abstracts on any topic related to the Middle Ages.

Vagantes is North America’s largest graduate-student conference for medieval studies. Since its founding in 2002, Vagantes has nurtured a lively community of junior scholars from across all disciplines. The 17th Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies will feature thirty graduate-student papers, three distinguished keynote speakers, and presentations from the James Ford Bell Library and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

Graduate students in all disciplines are invited to submit a paper title, abstract of no more than 300 words on any medieval topic, and a 1-2 page CV through the Google Form below. Your abstract will be blind-reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of graduate students. It should provide a clear summary of your proposed paper using language that is accessible to non-specialists. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of Vagantes, your audience might not know the entire history of the Hundred Years War, the canon of Geoffrey Chaucer, or the theology of Thomas Aquinas. Your abstract should aim to be as concise and accessible as possible.

Out of consideration for graduate students’ budgets, Vagantes never charges a registration fee. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 3rd, 2017.

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Call for Applications: 2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/short-term-research-fellowships

The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.

The Fellowships

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships

Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2016 averaged $1,770 and in 2017 averaged $1,500. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.

Barbara Rootenberg Short-term Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences

The Rootenberg fellowship promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections

The Karmiole fellowship supports the use of UCLA Library Special Collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. Information and application details are available at http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships .

R.B. Kitaj Fellowship

The Kitaj fellowship will allow scholars to pursue research lasting up to two months in UCLA Library Special Collections. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500. The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship award is funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). The fellowship was initiated to encourage research into and creative work inspired by Kitaj, an internationally renowned painter and intellectual. Born in Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his career in London, where he was a key participant in what is known as the “School of London.” He spent the last decade of his life in Los Angeles. In addition to a rich body of artwork, Kitaj left behind a large collection of papers and musings, now housed at UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library. Kitaj Research Fellow awardees are expected to be in residence at UCLA Library Special Collections and to make use of the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741). Information and application details are available at http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books

Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer, Rootenberg, Karmiole, and Kitaj fellowships, and delivered to a different address; information is available on the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center’s website at http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .

Eligibility

Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.

Karmiole Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:  http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships

Kitaj Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and August 31, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:  http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships

Ahmanson Fellowships:  United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2018; research residencies may last up to three months between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Information and application details are available at: http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .

Application Contents and Instructions for Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships

Researchers can submit a single application for “Short-term Research Fellowships” in order to be considered for either the Thayer or Rootenberg fellowships. Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2017.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application materials for the Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted in PDF format by email to lib_lscfellowships@library.ucla.edu .  Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.

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2017 Schoenberg Symposium Registration Open

10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 2-4, 2017

Intertwined Worlds

Registration now open!

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This year’s theme, “Intertwined Worlds,” will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world’s manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium10.html .

Participants include:

  • Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University
  • Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
  • Benjamin Fleming, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Gough, Emory University
  • Thibaud d’Hubert, University of Chicago
  • Ayesha Irani, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Shazia Jagot, University of Southern Denmark
  • Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
  • Jinah Kim, Harvard University
  • Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Gila Prebor, Bar-Ilan University
  • Michael Pregil, Boston University
  • Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Columba Stewart, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • Tyler Williams, University of Chicago
  • Saymon Zakaria, Bangla Academy, Dhaka
  • Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University
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MAA News – Annual Meeting Updates

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held on March 1 – 3 at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). More details here. The Program and registration will be available in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) on March 7 – 9. The Meeting was originally to have been hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, but due to unforeseen circumstances the University was obliged to retract the bid. We are very grateful to the community of medievalists at the University of Pennsylvania for stepping in on relatively short notice. The Call for Papers will be distributed in January 2018.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, on March 26 – 28.

If your institution is interested in hosting the 2021 Annual Meeting, please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis for information about submitting a proposal. Ideally, the 2021 host should be located in an easily-reachable locale in the Mid- or Southwest, with meeting and hotel space for 300-400 attendees, institutional support, and a community of medievalists willing to organize and run the conference.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

“Dante and Virgil in Conversation,” from Oxford: Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham Misc. 48, p. 67. © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

To all Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

Members are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America for 2018.

The title of Fellow was created in 1926 to recognize and honor those scholars among us who over the years have made outstanding contributions to Medieval Studies through their teaching, scholarship, and service. Nominations are encouraged in all the varied fields encompassed by Medieval Studies, and all members of the Medieval Academy are free to submit nominations. Those nominations are overseen by the Fellows Nominating Committee, which is empowered to intervene only if there is some notable inequity in the list of proposed nominees. Existing Fellows will cast their ballots in December and January. The election of 2018 will operate under the by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013 and revised in 2015.

Existing Fellows may also have chosen to become Emeriti or Emeritae Fellows, which has the effect of opening up additional slots the following year for the election of new Fellows. Such Emeriti/Emeritae Fellows retain the position of Fellow in every respect but relinquish their right to vote in the election of new Fellows.

Current bylaws prescribe that there may be a total of up to 125 Fellows who at the time of election are members of the Academy and residents of North America, and in addition up to 75 Corresponding Fellows who at the time of election are residents of countries outside of North America. Following the rules established by the current bylaws, three (3) slots are available for the year 2018, for which there must be at least six (6) nominations. For the nomination of Corresponding Fellows no established minimum number of nominations is required.

Instructions for submitting nominations are available here:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

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

Current Fellows:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_List

Current Corresponding Fellows:  
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/CorrFellows

Nominations may be submitted by email (as a PDF attachment) to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org or by mail to:

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

Nominations for the 2018 elections must be received by 1 November 2017. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information.

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

– John Van Engen, President of the Fellows

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MAA News – Kalamazoo 2018 Call for Papers

At the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Medieval Academy plenary lecture will be delivered by Prof. Sara Ritchey (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). We invite submissions for two sessions related to Prof. Ritchey’s lecture as well as sessions sponsored by the GSC and CARA:

Plenary-related sessions:
1) Medical Texts in Manuscript Culture
2) Saints as Therapy
Contact: Monica Green
Arizona State Univ.
SHPRS, Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302
Phone: 480-965-5778
Fax: 480-965-0310
Email: monica.green@asu.edu

The Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee will sponsor a roundtable titled “Meet the Editors: Tips and Techniques on Article Submission for Graduate Students” (Contact: Katherine Sedovic, sedovick@tcd.ie)

Finally, the MAA’s Committee for Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) will sponsor two roundtables:

1) The Twenty-First-Century Medievalist: Digital Methods, Career Diversity, and Beyond
2) Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages
Contact: Sarah Davis-Secord
Univ. of New Mexico
Dept. of History, MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-277-2451 Fax: 505-277-6023
Email: scds@unm.edu

Proposals must be received by the session organizers by 15 September.

For more information and the full Call for Papers, click here:
https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress

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