MAA News – Holiday Office Closures

The Medieval Academy office will be closed on the following dates:

Nov. 27 – 28
Dec. 24 – Jan. 2

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MAA News – CARA Visiting Scholars List

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11),  fol. 4r.

Historiated initial from Boethius, On the Consolation of Philosophy, Italy c.1385. Glasgow University Library, MS Hunter 374 (V.1.11), fol. 4r.

We invite you to submit information about international scholars who will be visiting your institution during this academic year. This information will be posted on our website and will assist colleagues in Medieval Studies programs that do not currently provide visiting positions, offering them the possibility of inviting an international scholar to their campus to deliver a lecture without incurring the expense of an international airfare. Please click here to access the Visiting Scholar Form.

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MAA News – Travel Grant Awardees

Chaundler Manuscript, Oxford c.1461-65. Oxford, New College MS 288, second frontispiece.

Chaundler Manuscript, Oxford c.1461-65. Oxford, New College MS 288, second frontispiece.

The Medieval Academy is pleased to announce the latest Travel Grant awardees:

Yulia Mikhailova, “Language of Power and Power of Language: The Conventum Hugonis and East Slavonic Accounts of Princely Politics,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), 14-17 May 2015

Kristen Mills, “ne huru wæl wepe! wulf se græga: Nonhuman Grief in Anglo-Saxon England,” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Notre Dame, IN), 12-14 March 2015

Sean Otto, “Saints for All Seasons? John Wyclif’s Sanctorale Sermons,” International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI), 14-17 May 2015

Justine Trombley, “A Forgotten Paduan Manuscript and Marguerite Porete,” Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America (Notre Dame, IN), 12-14 March 2015

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 who are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. The next deadline for Travel Grant applications is 1 May 2015 for travel to meetings being held between 1 September 2015 and 28 February 2016.

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MAA News – Calling All Graduate Students

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 application deadline for the inaugural MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization is 15 February.

The MAA/GSC Grant will be awarded biennially 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. Examples of such projects include: a graduate student conference; an online journal; a lecture or workshop series; a collective excursion to an archive, museum, architectural or archaeological site; performances (of medieval music, medieval drama, etc); or the creation of collaborative digital humanities projects, to name but several possibilities. This grant is therefore intended to support a wide range of activities by investing in the merits of innovative new approaches that simultaneously build professional communities and promote research, publication, and teaching. In general, one (1) grant of $2,000 will be awarded, but the award may be divided among multiple projects at the discretion of the adjudication committee.

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

Initial N: from James I of Aragon Overseeing a Court of Law: Unknown Spanish, about 1290 - 1310. MS. LUDWIG XIV 6, FOL. 72V

Initial N: from James I of Aragon Overseeing a Court of Law: Unknown Spanish, about 1290 – 1310. MS. LUDWIG XIV 6, FOL. 72V

Dissertation Grants
Medieval Academy dissertation grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The nine $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials.

Schallek Awards
Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350 – 1500). The five $2,000 grants help defray research expenses such as the cost of travel to research collections and the cost of photographs, photocopies, microfilms, and other research materials.

Constable Awards
Two 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. This award is meant to reflect the high standards of Remie’s scholarship, but is not limited to her own specialty in the economic history of Arabic Spain, as suggested by her publications, but her broader interdisciplinary interests in Medieval Studies (as exemplified by her teaching, her leadership, and her service to the discipline).

The application deadline for all three of these programs is 15 February. Please note that applicants must be members of the Academy as of 15 January 2015.

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MAA News – Slate of Candidates for 2015 Election

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.

The deadline for Nomination by Petition has passed, and the slate of candidates for election to office in 2015 is set. The list of candidates with their photos and brief biographies is online on the MAA website at:

https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=2015Ballot

Electronic balloting will open in December. If you would like to receive a paper ballot, please let us know.

Voting in the MAA elections is one of the most important means that members have to impact both the MAA and the future of medieval studies in North America. We look forward to your participation in the election of the leadership of the Medieval Academy.

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MAA News – 2015 Membership Renewal

shieldThe end of the year is now quickly approaching, and we encourage you to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy for 2015 as soon as possible. If you have not already paid your 2015 membership dues, please do so by 31 December 2014.

Click here to renew online for 2015. You will need to sign in with your username and password; if you have forgotten either, please contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org. While you’re online, don’t forget to take advantage of the reduced subscriptions to several online bibliographies and the ACLS Humanities E-Book Library that are available to Medieval Academy members. We invite you to take this opportunity to explore our website and, after signing in with your username and password, update your personal homepage so that you can connect with other members with similar interests. As a new feature, members can now use their personal MAA homepage to indicate an interest in being considered to serve on one of our adjudication committees or to review books for Speculum. In this way we hope to engage more members in our work.

Since the Medieval Academy is a membership organization not affiliated with any other institution, we rely on the income received annually from member dues to maintain our program of publications, awards, grants, and conferences.

We are pleased to report that in 2014, with your contribution, the Academy increased its support of members, especially graduate students, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. Funds awarded to graduate students topped $100,000 this year, and we are poised to do even more in 2015, with the new Olivia Remie Constable Awards, GSC/MAA Grant for Innovation, and the broadened MAA/CARA Summer Language Stipends program. The Academy will also be able to offer increased support to the efforts of its numerous volunteer committees that are responsible for so much of the work of the Academy, from the Speculum boards to the many awards committees, from the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) to the Graduate Student Committee. We are doing all this while continuing to streamline administrative functions and expand digital offerings.

You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website. The dues and donations categories are outlined on the website with links you can follow for further explanation. If you have already renewed, thank you. If you are a Corresponding Fellow, an Honorary Life Member, or a Life Member, no dues are payable, but we hope that you will consider making a gift to the Academy  here. We encourage all members to consider supplementing their membership by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing member or by remembering the Academy with a bequest as part of our Legacy Society. In addition, you may want to give a gift membership to a colleague or student; please contact us at info@themedievalacademy.org for more information.

If you prefer to renew by mail, our traditional paper membership form can be printed here.

With a healthy fiscal outlook, increased digital offerings, and expanded services, the Medieval Academy has more to offer members than ever before. We sincerely hope that you will renew soon and continue your valued membership in the Academy. We look forward to working with you in developing the future of the Medieval Academy of America and of medieval studies in North America and beyond. Click here to renew.

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Call for Papers – Musiconis Conference

Musiconis Conference, 11, 12, and 13 June 2015 in Chartres

Since 2011, the Musiconis group has been studying the representation of sound, as a symbol in the visual arts and in its literal depiction in images of vocal, instrumental, and choreographic performance in the Middle Ages. Over the past three years many scholars have presented their research on this subject; descriptions of these lectures are posted in the Musiconis blog.

The group’s work began with the indexing of images that are described and analyzed in an iconographic metabase, that will continue to grow; this metabase can be consulted along with a general bibliography and a trilingual lexicon.

The group’s activities have focused on the processes of the emission, audition, diffusion, association of sound, as well as on the musical, ontological, esthetic and effective qualities of potentially audible sounds that function as such within iconographic systems.

The Musiconis conference seeks to expand the central questions of the project both chronologically, by encompassing the period from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, and theoretically, by taking into account the conveyance of sound through all types of visual representation, whether figurative, mathematical, graphic, calligraphic, epigraphic, coloristic, ornamental, compositional, substantive or other means. The conference presentations may address all visual media, from monumental art to objects and manuscript illumination.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of no more than 3000 characters to Frédéric Billiet(frederic.billiet@gmail.com) and Isabelle Marchesin(isabelle.marchesin@gmail.com) by January 31, 2015.

Accepted papers will be presented in French or in English on the 11, 12, and 13 of June in the auditorium of the Hôtellerie Saint-Yves near the Cathedral of Chartres. Papers will be 20 minutes long. The acts of the conference will be published.

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The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Lecture

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is pleased to announce the final lecture in its 2014-2015 lecture series.

On December 1, 2014, at 6:15 pm at the Harvard Faculty Club, Dr. Warren Woodfin (Queens College, City University of New York) will present “Transfiguration and Transformation: Thoughts on the Vatican Sakkos and Byzantine Hesychasm.” Dr. Woodfin will discuss the Vatican sakkos, one of the three surviving late Byzantine episcopal sakkoi with figural embroidery, within the context of the spiritual movements of the fourteenth century, in particular the complex of devotional and theological developments known as Hesychasm. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

Please join us for a reception following the lecture.

Monday, December 1, 2014, at 6:15 pm
Harvard Faculty Club
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please visit www.maryjahariscenter.org or contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu), Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, for additional information.​

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Jobs for Medievalists

http://www.carli.illinois.edu/head-university-archives-special-collections-illinois-institute-technology

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of UASC leads all aspects related to the creation, planning, development, and management of the University’s institutional archives and special collections. The Head of the UASC supports digital initiatives across campus, demonstrating an understanding of digital records and objects and emerging technologies, as well as knowledge of technological applications in digital library development as related to special collections and archives.

The Head of UASC defines and inaugurates expanded services and promotes innovative approaches for digital scholarship, working closely with other units throughout the Libraries to integrate the rich assets of the UASC as an integral component of IIT Libraries’ support for teaching, learning, and research at the University.

The Head of UASC articulates a vision and a strategic direction that promotes the visibility, accessibility, and impact of a nationally and internationally recognized primary research collection, facilitates collaboration and participation in relevant initiatives and programs, and develops fundraising strategies. The Head of the UASC represents IIT Libraries in local, regional and national professional organizations.

In collaboration with the Digital Initiatives Librarian and other library departments, the Head of UASC participates in grant writing activities and initiates and manages a variety of educational programs and services that showcase, sustain, and grow the UASC. The Head of the UASC also identifies, cultivates, and provides stewardship of donors and for the acquisition of special collections in support of university curricula.

The Head of UASC oversees the compilation of statistics and develops narrative and statistical reports on activities and programs; works with the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Scholarly Communication to analyze usage and documentation; and prepares annual and other reports on the operation of the UASC as requested.

Required Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in Library Information Science or a graduate degree in a
relevant discipline with a minimum of three years of progressively
responsible management experience in archival or special collections
services and operations. An additional degree or certification in a
relevant discipline is preferred.

Superior leadership skills including demonstrated management and
supervisory experience with success in leading, guiding, and fostering a
dynamic workplace environment. Demonstrated strong commitment to quality
patron services, student-centered philosophy, and public service
orientation. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication
skills. Working knowledge and demonstrated ability in addressing the
processing, curatorial, and conservation issues associated with archives
and special collections, and demonstrated understanding of research
usage. Understanding of emerging technologies, and key issues and trends in
archives and special collections.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital collections, social
media tools, and digital humanities concepts, tools, and techniques.
Ability to articulate a vision, set direction, and accomplish initiatives
in changing environments. Experience in exhibit curation.

About IIT:
Founded in 1890, IIT is a private, Ph.D.-granting university that awards
degrees in engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, design,
psychology, humanities, and business. The Main Campus is located minutes
from downtown Chicago and its beautiful lakefront, and was designed by
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the 20th century’s most influential
architects. Visit www.iit.edu for more information.

Competitive benefits including tuition remission for employee/dependents.
Free shuttle to and from Union/Ogilvie stations. Easy access to campus by
CTA.

To Apply:
To obtain additional position details or to apply online, please visit the Illinois Institute of Technology web site.

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