“On Being Conquered in Byzantium” Virtual Symposium

“On Being Conquered in Byzantium” Virtual Symposium
Date: April 16-17, 2021 at 9am EST

The famous adage that history is written by the victors may have become a truism, but the voices of conquered people have never been fully silenced—rather, we may not have been interested in hearing them. All too often, historiography (by no means limited to Byzantine studies) has focused on great-man histories, impersonal studies of societies, or the “longue durée,” all modes that diminish the importance of subjective individual experiences of people who were not great or who were not men.

This symposium therefore aims to refocus the collective scholarly gaze of Byzantinists away from the victors in war and toward the vanquished; away from heroes and rulers and toward victims and casualties; away from the political, economic, historical, and social causes of war and toward the personal and subjective experience of it; away from the insistence of dominant voices and toward the recuperation of marginalized ones.

Bringing together twelve specialists in literature, history, art history, and contemporary cultural theory, this symposium seeks to better understand both how Byzantines themselves understood being conquered and, as importantly, what being conquered in Byzantium can mean for us now.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

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Dumbarton Oaks Virtual Museum Study Day

Dumbarton Oaks Virtual Museum Study Day
Deadline: March 28, 2021

How did objects convey information about individuals and society in Late Antiquity and Byzantium? Much like today, people of these periods carefully constructed their public personas through textiles, jewelry, seals, and other artifacts. This workshop will consider how modern-day notions of identity apply to premodern concepts of individuals’ relationships to their broader social, religious, gender, ethnic, and official communities. In addition, we will discuss the pragmatic challenges of displaying objects associated with individuals in museum contexts.

This year’s Dumbarton Oaks Museum Study Day will go virtual. We can accommodate up to 12 graduate students in art history, archaeology, history, classics, religious studies, and other fields who might benefit from close engagement with our collections and from training in material culture approaches.

To apply, please submit a CV and cover letter with a brief summary of the candidate’s research interests, plans for future research, and an explanation of why attendance is important to the candidate’s intellectual and professional development. All materials should be submitted to byzantine@doaks.org.


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GSC Mentorship Program for the 2021 Annual Meeting

March 18, 2021

*Please note that since the 96th Annual Meeting will be conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be running the mentorship program digitally. Because of this, anybody can participate, regardless of their 2021 Annual Meeting attendance plans*

The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the 96th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Studies Institute of the Indiana University (15-18 April 2021) and any other interested medievalists to participate in the GSC Virtual Mentoring Program. The GSC Mentoring Program facilitates networking between graduate students or early career scholars and established scholars by pairing student and scholar according to discipline.

Mentorship exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended.

We have recorded an increased interest in the GSC Mentorship Program since it has been held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will attempt to match all those who register as a mentee with mentors; however, if need be, preference will be granted to those in order of form submission and any surplus will be given priority for the next GSC Mentoring Program (Virtual Kalamazoo 10-15 May 2021).

To volunteer as a mentor (faculty, librarians, curators, independent scholars) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked here, by 18 March 2021.

On behalf of the committee, thank you and our best,

Julia King & Lauren Van Nest
2020-2021 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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Jobs for Medievalists

Post-Doctoral Scholar
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Kentucky

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY invites applications for a post-doctoral scholar in the field of Catholic Studies. This position will begin in August 2021 and is possibly renewable for one year. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand, having completed a dissertation related to some aspect of Church History, Catholic art, Catholic architecture, Catholic music, Catholic liturgy, Catholicism and literature, the sociology of Catholicism, the anthropology of Catholic communities, gender and Catholicism, Catholic Philosophy, Jewish-Catholic relations, Islamic-Catholic relations, Catholic mission history, Catholicism in Latin American society or politics, Catholicism in China or Japan, Biblical Studies, Catholicism and the environment, or another field centered on Catholic tradition, experience, or impact. The position carries a 2-2 teaching load, for some combination of existing courses in the catalogue and courses proposed by the Scholar. The Scholar will also work with the Director of World Religions and other faculty on future curricular development and public programming to be implemented during the year of the appointment. It is expected that the Scholar will be in residence and available for in-person teaching.

Interested applicants should apply online at: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/317513. Applications should include: 1.) a brief description of research interests (upload as Specific Request 1); 2.) a brief one paragraph description of the elements you would include in one of the existing Christianity or Methodology courses, listed at worldreligions.as.uky.edu/minor (upload as Specific Request 2); 3.) brief proposals (one paragraph for each) for two additional courses in Catholic Studies or Religious Studies (upload as Specific Request 3); 4.) a title and short abstract for a public lecture you would like to give in a “Catholicism and…” series (upload as Writing Sample); 5.) a one-paragraph description of a text on which you would like to guide a workshop for a general audience interested in Catholic Studies (upload as Cover Letter); and 6.) a curriculum vitae. In addition, please provide the names and contact information for three references when prompted in the academic profile. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

Application deadline is March 15, 2021.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.

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Call for Papers – “Resilience, Resistance and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World”

UCLA Medieval and Early Modern Graduate Student Conference

“Resilience, Resistance and Renewal in the Medieval and Early Modern World”

May 27, 2021 (over zoom)

The global medieval and early modern world (broadly considered, c. 900-1750) underwent myriad profound changes, from devastating famines, plagues, and wars to an increased entanglement of the continents, economic transformations, and technological and scientific developments. These changes were often accompanied by calls for the reshaping of the institutions and structures – political, religious, intellectual, etc. – which undergirded societies’ approach to these challenges, encompassing such responses as resistance, resilience, and renewal.

The Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA) and Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) at UCLA invite submissions of individual paper presentations (15-20 minutes) for an online conference considering aspects of cultural, environmental, social, economic, and other change in the global medieval and early modern world. We particularly encourage those whose work highlights moments of resilience, resistance, and renewal. Presenters from all disciplines are welcome, especially those that take on inter-disciplinary perspectives and methodologies. We hope to provide opportunities for graduate students to present their research on a variety of topics related to the global medieval and early modern world, including those that take into consideration issues that have been cast into greater relief as a result of our experiences in 2020.

Please contact the officers of MEMSA (memsa.ucla@gmail.com) to submit an abstract of the proposed presentation (250-300 words) by March 1, 2021.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Hussein Fancy, University of Michigan

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IAS Medieval Studies and Near Eastern Studies Joint Lecture

IAS Medieval Studies and Near Eastern Studies Joint Lecture 

February 19, 2021, 12:00-1:30 pm EST

The Turn to the Medieval in Ethiopian Studies – The Turn to Ethiopia in Medieval Studies I

Andrea Achi (Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at the Metropolitan Museum)  Marie-Laure Derat (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)  Kristen Windmuller-Luna (Cleveland Museum of Art)  Felege-Selam Yirga
 (The University of Tennessee Knoxville)

We are eager to think together about the rich and often challenging complexities that have arisen as a result of the intersection of Medieval Studies and Ethiopian Studies over the past several years. These fields developed along very different lines, but have begun to mutually enrich – and interrogate – one another. In terms of regional networks, the two fields overlap in their concern with political, commercial, and cultural connections in the eastern Mediterranean: while Ethiopia represents for Medieval Studies an outgrowth of Mediterranean Studies, extending investigation for such exchanges down the Red Sea, Europe similarly represents for Ethiopian Studies a secondary ring of this zone of contact. Each offers the other a rich comparative (and sometimes connected) context for the study of Christian culture, including monasticism, hagiography, manuscript studies, and art and architecture, and both have investigated interconfessional relations in ways that might be mutually illuminating. Finally, together they contribute to an exploration of what ‘medieval Africa’ might entail, and allow us to explore the potentialities of more integrated, even global approaches to the premodern world. Yet the enrichment that this intersection of fields provides may also be problematic, as the distinctive chronologies, nomenclatures, and scholarly traditions of Medieval Studies and Ethiopian Studies meet. As research on premodern Ethiopia has greatly expanded in recent decades, and as Medieval Studies manifests increasing interest in Ethiopia, these paired webinars seek to explore what is gained and what is lost by more intensive conversation between them.

Register in advance for this meeting here.


The IAS Ethiopian Studies Series is convened by Suzanne Akbari (IAS), Aaron Butts (CUA/IAS), Samantha L. Kelly (Rutgers U/IAS), Sabine Schmidtke (IAS).

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Mary Jaharis Center Lecture: Ritual and Politics in Early Rus

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce its next lecture: “Ritual and Politics in Early Rus.” Dr. Alexandra Vukovich, University of Oxford, will discuss the ceremonies and rituals of Rus in the pre-Mongol period.

March 4, 2021 | Zoom | 3:00–4:00 pm (Eastern time)

This lecture will take place live on Zoom, followed by a question and answer period. Please register to receive the Zoom link. An email with the relevant Zoom information will be sent 1–2 hours ahead of the lecture. Registration closes at 10:00 AM on March 4, 2021.

Register here: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/ritual-and-politics-in-early-rus

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, with any questions.

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Law and Culture in Medieval England

The detailed schedule for the NEH Summer Institute on Law and Culture in Medieval England (http://www.themedievalacademyblog.org/funded-educational-opportunity-for-medievalists/) is now available on the website of the Medieval Institute at Western Michigan University. The application deadline is March 1. Click here for more information: wmich.edu/medieval-law-culture

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Upcoming Webinar on the Transcription of Medieval Latin

Machine-Reading Medieval Latin Texts: the Launch of the UCL/Toronto Transkribus model.

13.00–15.00 EST/ 18.00–20.00 GMT on Wednesday 3 March 2021

Teams from the Bentham Project, University College London, and the DEEDS (Documents of Early England Data Set) project, University of Toronto, have collaborated to develop a publicly-available/free-to-use model, available through the Transkribus platform, for the accurate machine-reading of medieval Latin texts.

In this Zoom webinar scholars from the Bentham Project and DEEDS will give accounts of the DEEDS and the Transkribus platform and demonstrate the results achieved with the new model. The model will be officially launched and made available for general use via Transkribus. A detailed training session for those interested in using the new model and the Transkribus platform will be held at 13.00–15.00 EST / 18.00–20.00 GMT on Wednesday 10 March 2021 (Register).

Professor Michael Gervers will speak about DEEDS and Dr Tim Causer about the Bentham Project and Transkribus, while the collaboration will be explained and the model demonstrated by Dr Chris Riley, Hannah Lloyd, and Dr Ariella Elema. Professor Philip Schofield will Chair.

The collaboration, and this event, have been generously supported by the University College London–University of Toronto Call for Joint Research Projects and Exchange Activities.

To register for the launch event on 3 March, please visit the Eventbrite page. For any queries about registration, please contact Tim Causer.

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Jobs for Medievalists


Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Scottish History

College: College of Arts

Department: History

Date Posted: February 2, 2021
Deadline: March 2, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #21-06

Position Description:

The Department of History at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Scottish history. The preferred candidate will have a specialisation in Medieval/Early Modern History. Expertise in gender history and/or Digital Humanities will be an asset. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing on July 1, 2021.

This position is associated with the University of Guelph’s Centre for Scottish Studies, which has an international reputation and is the largest research centre of its kind outside Scotland. The Centre for Scottish Studies attracts high performing graduate students from across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, many of whom come to Guelph to study topics in Scottish History that relate to Medieval or Early Modern women, sexuality and Scottish culture. The Centre for Scottish Studies also publishes the International Review of Scottish Studies, a peer-reviewed, open access journal listed on EBSCO and other library databases, and the Guelph Series in Scottish Studies. The Centre has also been supported by the Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, founded in 2004 and the only such position in North America: the largest cluster of scholars, and a vibrant area of innovative scholarship over many decades, has been in the Medieval/Early Modern periods. The University of Guelph Library and Archives holds the largest collection of Scottish documents and print materials outside of the United Kingdom and is currently engaged in a major digitization initiative in Scottish Studies, including Medieval and Early Modern records of exceptional research value that have been acquired over many decades. The Centre for Scottish Studies also has a tradition of dedicated involvement in the community and hosts many events including yearly colloquia, all of which attract members of the general public as well as academics, adding to its dynamism and amplifying its unique place at the centre of knowledge mobilization and translation.

Click here for more information and to apply.


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