MAA News – Medieval Academy @ Leeds

IMCThe 2015 Medieval Academy Annual Lecture at the Leeds International Medieval Congress was presented by Sara Lipton (SUNY Stony Brook), titled “The Vulgate of Experience – Preaching, Art, and the Material World.” An abstract is online here.

The lecture was very well-attended and -received, and was followed by a crowded and lively Medieval Academy reception. If you missed it, we hope you will be able to join us next year. Our thanks to the Leeds Program Committee (chaired this year by Ian Wood) for inviting Prof. Lipton to address the Congress.

Our thanks as well to the Graduate Student Committee for organizing, and to Sanne Frequin (Univ. of Amsterdam) for graciously offering to moderate, the Leeds GSC panel “Being a Public Medievalist.

This is a topic that has been “trending” of late, with several bloggers and Tweeters taking up the question of how (and if) we, as medievalists, can (and should) represent ourselves and our field to the general public. The September issue of “Medieval Academy News” will include a detailed report on the GSC session and this important topic.

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MAA News – 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.

Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy are scholars who have made notable contributions to the field of medieval studies. Elections are held each year and new Fellows and Corresponding Fellows are inducted during the Annual Meeting.

Members are hereby invited to submit nominations for the 2016 Class of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows. Current Fellows will cast ballots in November and December for the 2016 election, which will operate under by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013 and revised in 2015. Under the established rules, the number of slots available in 2015 for new Fellows is six, for which there must be at least twelve nominations. There is no established minimum number of nominations for Corresponding Fellows, although there are nine openings.

Nominations for the 2016 elections must be received by 1 November 2015.

Instructions for nominations are available here:

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Election_Procedure

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

http://www.medievalacademy.org/?page=Fellows

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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MAA News – Upcoming MAA Grant Deadlines

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

Der Schulmeister von Eßlingen, from Heidelberg, Cod. Pal. germ. 848, Große Heidelberger Liederhandschrift (Codex Manesse), Zürich, c.1300-c.1340, fol. 292v.

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 2015 all applications for Medieval Academy prizes, awards, and fellowships can (and must) 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
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). (Deadline 15 October 2015)

Baldwin Fellowship
The Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a significant dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. (Deadline 15 November 2015)

GSC/MAA Grant

The MAA/GSC Grant(s) will be awarded annually to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. (Deadline 15 February 2016)

Service Award

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies 

The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large. This award of $1000 is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy. (Deadline 15 November 2015)

Teaching Award

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching

The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects. (Deadline 15 November 2015)

Independent/Junior Scholars

Olivia Remie Constable Awards

Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 will be granted annually in memory of Remie Constable, each to an emerging junior faculty member, adjunct or unaffiliated scholar (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. (Deadline 15 February 2016)

Travel Grants

The Medieval Academy provides a limited number of travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2015 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2016)

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

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MAA News – Book Prize Deadlines

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.

Please note that as of August 2015 the submission instructions for these prizes have changed. Please see the appropriate webpage for details.

Haskins Medal

The Haskins Medal is awarded annually by the Medieval Academy of America for a distinguished book in the field of medieval studies. First presented in 1940, the award honors Charles Homer Haskins, the noted medieval historian, who was a founder of the Medieval Academy and its second President. The award is announced at the annual meeting of the Academy each spring. The medal was designed in 1939 by Graham Carey. (Deadline 15 October 2015)

John Nicholas Brown Prize

The John Nicholas Brown Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1978, is awarded annually for a first book or monograph on a medieval subject judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. To be eligible, the author must be resident in North America. John Nicholas Brown was one of the founders of the Medieval Academy and for fifty years served as its Treasurer. The prize established in his name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $1,000. It is announced at the annual meeting of the academy each spring. (Deadline 15 October 2015)

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize

The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize, established by the Medieval Academy of America in 1971, is awarded annually for a first article in the field of medieval studies, published in a scholarly journal, judged by the selection committee to be of outstanding quality. To be eligible, the author must be resident in North America. Van Courtlandt Elliott was Executive Secretary of the Academy and Editor of Speculum from 1965 to 1970. The prize that bears his name consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $500. It is announced at the annual meeting of the academy each spring. (Deadline 15 October 2015)

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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 Council of Learned Societies

The American Philosophical Society

Getty Research Fellowships

Guggenheim Foundation

Institute for Advanced Study

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 – Medieval Academy Members Awarded ACLS Fellowships

ACLSThe American Council of Learned Societies has recently announced the

2015 ACLS fellowship recipients, several of whom are members of the Medieval Academy:

Albin, Andrew J. / ACLS Fellowship

Assistant Professor, English, Fordham University Richard Rolle’s Melody of Love: Alliterative Translation and Commentary

Diem, Albrecht / ACLS Fellowship

Associate Professor, History, Syracuse University Norm and Community: Early Medieval Monastic Rules and the Development of Regular Observance

Gertsman, Elina / ACLS Fellowship

Associate Professor, Art History and Art, Case Western Reserve University Figuring Absence: Empty Spaces in Late Medieval Art

Madden, Thomas F. / ACLS Fellowship

Professor, History, Saint Louis University The Lion and the Cross: Crusade, Memory, and Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Venice

Miller, Tanya Stabler / ACLS Fellowship

Associate Professor, History and Political Science, Purdue University, Calumet Men, Women, and Religious Education in Medieval France

Smail, Daniel L. / ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship Professor, History, Harvard University The Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe

Walker, Alicia W. / Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship Assistant Professor, History of Art, Bryn Mawr College Christian Bodies, Pagan Images: Women, Beauty, and Morality in Medieval Byzantium

For an overview of all ACLS fellowship recipients, click here.

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MAA News – Kalamazoo 2016 Call for Papers

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 - 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

Fishermen. Abbey Bible. J. Paul Getty Museum, MS 107. Italian, probably Bologna, about 1250 – 1262. Tempera and gold leaf on parchment.

The Call for Papers for the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies has been issued. We invite submissions for these MAA-sponsored sessions:

Medieval Academy of America: How We Read I-II: I. Medieval Literature; II. Medieval Scholarship, Translation, Historiography. Contact: Monica Green (monica.green@asu.edu).

CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associations, Medieval Academy of America): 1) Reflections on the Medieval Mediterranean NEH Summer Institutes (A Panel Discussion); 2) Addressing Career Diversity for Medievalists (A Panel Discussion). Contact: Michael Ryan (ryan6@unm.edu).

Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee: The Modern Grail: Insider Tips from Search Committees to Land That Academic Job (A Roundtable).

Contact: Justin Barker (barker18@purdue.edu).

The Medieval Academy of America’s ICMS plenary lecture will be delivered by Jane Chance (Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rice University).

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Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Katrin Kogman-Appel, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship (http://www.humboldt-professur.de/en/). Kogman-Appel’s research discusses illumination and decoration in Hebrew manuscripts and Jewish book culture. She will assume the Professorship in November 2016 at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster to establish a study track in Jewish cultural history.

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Franklin Research Grants

Scope

This program of small grants to scholars is intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.

Eligibility

Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. Ph.D. candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.

Award

From $1,000 to $6,000.

Deadlines

October 1, December 1; notification in January and March.

Full Information and Online Application Access

www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin. Please direct all questions to Linda Musumeci, Director of Grants and Fellowships, atLMusumeci@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3429.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Position Announcement: Head of the Manuscript Section, Houghton Library, Harvard University

 

Harvard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of the Manuscript Section, Houghton Library.  Reporting to the Associate Librarian for Technical Services, the Head of the Manuscript Section leads, manages, and supports Houghton Library’s efforts to accession, describe, preserve, and provide access to archival, manuscript, photographic, born-digital and other non-print holdings in all formats and across Houghton’s curatorial areas. The incumbent will bring a progressive, flexible, and innovative approach to this work and will be responsible for developing and/or implementing strategies, technologies, and standards that facilitate researcher access to Houghton’s holdings.   The Head of the Manuscript Section supervises section staff, plans and manages projects, and collaborates with staff and departments throughout Houghton Library, and participates actively within the broader Harvard special collections and archives community. 

 

Full details and application procedures are available on the Harvard Recruitment Management System: http://bit.ly/1KlBXSH

 

For salary information, consult Harvard’s “Salary Ranges and Position Grades for Staff Jobs” site:

 

http://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges

 

The position is Grade 58, which has a salary range that begins at $71,500.  As is customary, final salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

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