Call for Applicants

The Richard Rawlinson Center, a research center focused on the history and culture of early medieval England and manuscript research, at Western Michigan University seeks applications for a graduate representative to its International Advisory Board to serve a two-year term beginning in May 2022. The graduate representative is expected to attend the annual meetings and provide input, in return receiving gratis registration for the International Congress on Medieval Studies during the years serving as board member (i.e., 2022 and 2023). Ph.D. students who have been enrolled in their program(me)s for at least one year by the date of taking up the appointment are eligible. An application includes a current curriculum vitae and a brief (one page, single spaced) statement of interest (deadline: Feb. 1, 2022). wmich.edu/medieval/research/early-england

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Jacob Hirsch Fellowship

Jacob Hirsch Fellowship
Deadline: January 15, 2022

Field of Study: Archaeology

Eligibility: U.S. or Israeli citizens who are either Ph.D. candidates writing their dissertations in archaeology, or early-career scholars (Ph.D. earned within the last five years) completing a project that requires a lengthy residence in Greece.

Terms: Stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School.

Duration: Commensurate with the School’s academic year, from early September to June 1.

Application: Submit online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship”, curriculum vitae, and a detailed description of the project to be pursued in Greece (250-word abstract and a statement up to three pages, single spaced). Arrange for three letters of recommendation. Student applicants are required to submit scans of official academic transcripts as part of the online application.

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Apply Now for Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities (Applications due November 1)

Announcing Dumbarton Oaks Fellowships and Grants in the Humanities

2022-2023
Apply by November 1

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is an institute in Washington, D.C., administered by the Trustees for Harvard University. It supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian scholars on the basis of demonstrated scholarly ability and preparation of the candidate, including interest and value of the study or project, and the project’s relevance to the resources of Dumbarton Oaks.

Applications and instructions are available online.

Fellowships are awarded to scholars who hold a PhD or appropriate final degree at the time of application, or who have established themselves in their field, and wish to pursue their own research. Application deadline: November 1

Junior Fellowships are awarded to degree candidates who at the time of application have fulfilled all preliminary requirements for a PhD or appropriate final degree, and plan to work on a dissertation or final project while at Dumbarton Oaks, under the direction of a faculty member from their own university.
Application deadline: November 1

Dumbarton Oaks is delighted to announce three new fellowship awards this year:

The Flora Clancy Summer Fellowship in Maya Studies for Latin American Researchers is available to scholars in the field of Maya studies on any level of advancement beyond the first year of graduate study (post-Licenciatura) who are academically based in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, or El Salvador. Application deadline: November 1

The I Tatti–Dumbarton Oaks Joint Fellowship is available to early-career scholars whose work explores cross-cultural contacts in and beyond the late medieval and early modern Mediterranean. Application deadline: November 1

Summer Fellowships in Mellon Urban Humanities, “Landscapes of Civil and Human Rights” are available for scholars engaged in narratives and counternarratives of remembering, studying, and stewarding the legacy of civil rights histories and their place-narratives in the United States. Application deadline: November 1

Grants
Project Grants support scholarly projects by applicants holding a PhD or the equivalent. Support is generally for archaeological research, preservation of historic gardens, and the recovery, recording, and analysis of materials that would otherwise be lost.
Application deadline: November 1

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Macalester College Department of English invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Medieval Studies; secondary fields of interest are open. The successful candidate will join an internationally recognized and collegial faculty in an innovative department with interconnected literature and creative writing programs; will teach undergraduates at all levels from introductory courses to senior honors projects; will receive robust support for their research agenda; and will have ample opportunities for new course development. Requirements: PhD plus a publication and teaching record commensurate with career stage. The position will begin in Fall 2022.

To apply, go to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18927 and electronically submit a letter of application, CV, and a diversity statement (no longer than 2 pages) that discusses past experiences and/or potential future contributions to inclusive excellence in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach. Macalester College is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. Strong candidates will have a record of experience or demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse students.  In the diversity statement, applicants should reflect upon their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds. For any questions about the position, please contact Professor Peter Bognanni, Search Committee and Department Chair, at bognanni@macalester.edu or 651-696-6557. Applications received by November 5, 2021, will receive first consideration.

Macalester College is a highly selective, private liberal arts college in the vibrant Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, with a population of approximately three million people and home to numerous colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota. Macalester’s diverse student body comprises over 2000 undergraduates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and 98 countries. The College maintains a longstanding commitment to academic excellence with a special emphasis on internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society. As an Equal Opportunity employer supportive of affirmative efforts to achieve diversity among its faculty, Macalester College strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

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Call for Papers – Ninth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Ninth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies
June 20-22, 2022
Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, Missouri

The Ninth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (June 20-22, 2022) will be held in person in beautiful Saint Louis, Missouri. This summer venue in North America provides scholars the opportunity to present papers, organize sessions, participate in roundtables, and engage in interdisciplinary discussion. The goal of the Symposium is to promote serious scholarly investigation into all topics and in all disciplines of medieval and early modern studies.

The plenary speakers for this year will be David Abulafia, of Cambridge University, and Barbara Rosenwein, of Loyola University, Chicago.

The Symposium is held annually on the beautiful midtown campus of Saint Louis University. On campus housing options include affordable, air-conditioned apartments as well as a luxurious boutique hotel. Inexpensive meal plans are also available, although there is a wealth of restaurants, bars, and cultural venues within easy walking distance of campus.

While attending the Symposium, participants are free to use the Vatican Film Library, the Rare Book and Manuscripts Collection, and the general collection at Saint Louis University’s Pius XII Memorial Library.

The Ninth Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies invites proposals for papers, complete sessions, and roundtables. Any topics regarding the scholarly investigation of the medieval and early modern world are welcome. Papers are normally twenty minutes each and sessions are scheduled for ninety minutes. Scholarly organizations are especially encouraged to sponsor proposals for complete sessions.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31, 2021. Late submissions will be considered if space is available. Decisions will be made in January and the final program will be published in February.

For more information or to submit your proposal online go to: https://www.smrs-slu.org/

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Worth Their Weight in Gold: The Significance of Lead Seals to Byzantine Studies Virtual Public Lecture by Alicia Walker

Worth Their Weight in Gold: The Significance of Lead Seals to Byzantine Studies

Virtual Public Lecture by Alicia Walker

Date: Thursday, October 28th from 5:00-6:30pm ET

Where: Via Zoom

Byzantine sigillography is a specialized subdivision of an already esoteric field. Yet this seeming obscurity belies the substantial interdisciplinary value of lead seals. The iconographic, inscriptional, and functional aspects of these objects offer unique perspectives on diverse areas of interest, both within the study of Byzantine society and with respect to medieval intercultural dynamics. In this lecture, Alicia Walker presents Byzantine sigillography as a rich domain for interdisciplinary investigation and collaboration, highlighting lead seals as a nexus for exchange among the various fields of Byzantine studies and a vital conduit for contributions to medieval studies more broadly.

Free and open to the public. Register here.

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Apply for a Rome Prize! Deadline: November 1

AAR invites applications for the 2022 Rome Prize competition!

For over a century, the American Academy in Rome has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Each year, the prize is given to approximately thirty artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence in their fields. Rome Prize winners, who receive a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at AAR’s eleven-acre campus, are the core of the Academy’s residential community, which includes Affiliated Fellows and Residents.

Rome Prizes are awarded in the following disciplines:

  • Ancient Studies
  • Architecture
  • Design (includes graphic, industrial, interior, exhibition, set, costume, and fashion design, urban design, city planning, engineering, and other design fields)
  • Historic Preservation and Conservation
  • Landscape Architecture (includes environmental design and planning, landscape/ecological urbanism, landscape history, sustainability and ecological studies, and geography)
  • Literature
  • Medieval Studies
  • Modern Italian Studies
  • Musical Composition
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
  • Visual Arts (includes painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film, video, installation, new media, digital art, and other genres)

The application deadline is Monday, November 1, 2021. To read the guidelines and begin your application, please visit aarome.org/apply/rome-prize.

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HMML Creates New Database to Assist Scholars of Understudied Manuscript Traditions

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) Creates New Database to Assist Scholars of Understudied Manuscript Traditions

COLLEGEVILLE, MINN., OCTOBER 4, 2021 – The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University has developed a new database to support and enhance the study of understudied manuscript traditions. Created as part a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), HMML Authority File is an open-access database which establishes accurate and consistent data (“authorities”) for the names of persons, places, works, organizations, and families related to the manuscripts and artwork in HMML’s Reading Room and Museum, which provide free access to the collections of more than 800 libraries worldwide.

Authorities are used by libraries and scholars to identify and link manuscripts and collections. Many of the manuscripts HMML has preserved in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East contain names that have not been included in international authority files, making them harder to find and study. In 2020, nearly 40 percent of HMML’s cataloged manuscripts contained names that lacked authorities in either the Library of Congress or the Virtual International Authority File. Today, authorities added to HMML Authority File are also added to the Library of Congress’s Name Authority Cooperative Program (NACO) as part of HMML’s partnership in the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.

Because of HMML’s focus on materials historically underrepresented in western scholarship, the scale of HMML’s collections, and its investment in preservation technology, HMML is uniquely positioned to build the scholarly infrastructure that currently does not exist for many traditions. This service-focused scholarship will in turn broaden the impact of digital preservation efforts around the world.

Dr. Daniel Gullo, NEH Project Director and Director of HMML’s Malta Study Center, said, “The funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities has enabled us to create a free, open-access application that will allow scholars and librarians from around the world to search and find thousands of names and titles from unique manuscripts that have been made available online for the first time through HMML’s efforts to create access to endangered and underrepresented libraries and archives.”

Currently, more than 10,000 names have been added to HMML Authority File, with more than 50,000 names expected in the coming years. These efforts will support librarians and scholars around the world to recognize previously unknown contributors to manuscripts; differentiate authors and texts that had been treated homogeneously; reunite separated materials; and trace the migration of handwritten texts across religious traditions and geographic, political, and linguistic divides.

About HMML

Established in 1965, HMML is a global cultural organization whose mission is to preserve and share the world’s manuscript heritage. It has formed partnerships with more than 800 libraries and archives worldwide. HMML has three areas of focus: digital preservation of rare and endangered manuscripts; cataloging and sharing the manuscripts online; and fostering research and education about the cultures that produced them. For more information visit www.HMML.org.

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Kathryn and Peter Yatrakis Fellowship

DEADLINE: JANUARY 15, 2022

The Yatrakis Fellowship supports research on topics that require use of the Gennadius Library. Opened in 1926 with the 26,000-volume collection of diplomat and bibliophile Joannes Gennadius, the Gennadius Library houses today 145,000 titles of rare books and bindings, research materials, manuscripts, archives, and works of art that illuminate Hellenism, Greece, and neighboring civilizations from antiquity to modern times. Rare maps of the Mediterranean, early editions of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and a laurel wreath belonging to Lord Byron are just some of the unique items. Holdings of 90,000 research titles in open stacks complement the rare books and other collections to create a comprehensive resource for the history of Greece through the ages.

Eligibility: Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (within the last 5 years) for work in the Gennadius Library for the full academic year. Open to all nationalities.

Terms: A stipend of $11,500 plus room and board in Loring Hall, and waiver of School fees. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the School for the full academic year from early September to late May. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the Gennadius Library. Fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of the School.

Application: Submit an online application form for “Associate Membership with Fellowship.” An application consists of a curriculum vitae, description of the proposed project (up to 750 words), and three letters of reference to be submitted online. Student applicants must submit transcripts. Scans of official transcripts are acceptable.

Questions? Contact: application@ascsa.org

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Call for Papers – New College Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference

The twenty-second biennial New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies (version 2.0) will take place 3–5 March 2022 in Sarasota, Florida, with plenary presentations by Mary Floyd-Wilson (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and Jonathan Phillips (Royal Holloway, London). The program committee invites 250-word abstracts of proposed twenty-minute papers on topics in European and Mediterranean history, literature, art, music and religion from the fourth to the seventeenth centuries. Interdisciplinary work is particularly appropriate to the conference’s broad historical and disciplinary scope. Planned sessions are also welcome. Given the uncertainties of the current pandemic, we have extended the deadline for all abstracts to 1 November 2021. We anticipate informing all those who have submitted papers or planned sessions by the middle of November.

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 conference, we are implementing the following rollover policy:

  • Papers and full pre-arranged sessions previously accepted for the 2020 Conference will be automatically accepted for the 2022 Conference as long as presenters notify the Program Committee of their intent to present by the 1 November deadline using the standard abstract submission form.
  • Those whose papers or sessions were accepted for 2020 but who wish to change the topic of their presentations substantially—as well as organizers of pre-arranged sessions who wish to change topics and/or presenters—should submit new proposals. While acceptance cannot be guaranteed given the logistics of rearranging the Conference schedule, these proposals will receive priority consideration by the Program Committee.
  • On the assumption that not all 2020 participants will wish to present in 2022, the Program Committee also welcomes new proposals.

While it is presently impossible to predict what the global health situation will be next March, the Program Committee affirms its commitment to community health and safety and encourages everyone to do what they feel is necessary to keep themselves safe. Likewise, while the 2022 Conference will primarily be an in-person event, the Program Committee is also committed to equitable access for those who would like to participate but are unable to travel to Sarasota. Presenters who would require remote access should note this on the abstract submission form; in the meantime, we are working on updating our technological capabilities to enable live-streaming of sessions and plenaries.

Junior scholars whose abstracts are accepted are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration for the Snyder Prize (named in honor of conference founder Lee Snyder), which carries an honorarium of $400.

The Conference is held on the campus of New College of Florida, the honors college of the Florida state system. The college, located on Sarasota Bay, is adjacent to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota is noted for its beautiful public beaches, theater, food, art and music. Average temperatures in March are a pleasant high of 77F (25C) and a low of 57F (14C).

More information will be posted here on the conference website as it becomes available, including information about conference events and area attractions.

Send any inquiries to info@newcollegeconference.org.

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