Extended Due to Popular Demand: Beyond Words at Houghton Library

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Extended Through December 14

Houghton Library is delighted to announce that due to popular demand its exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collection will run for an extra three days. The library is beyond words with the success of its fall show which has received a record-breaking number of visitors from the Harvard community, Boston-area, rest of the United States and overseas.

Join Beyond Words curators William P. Stoneman and Anne-Marie Eze for tours of the exhibition in Houghton Library’s Edison and Newman Room on Monday December 5, 5.30-6.30pm and Tuesday December 13, 12-1pm.

Houghton Library joined forces with Boston College’s McMullen Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to stage Beyond Words, the largest ever exhibition of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts held in North America. Visit all three venues to see 260 highlights of the art of illumination dating from the ninth to seventeenth centuries drawn from Boston-area collections. For more information go to beyondwords2016.org

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Deadline reminder: The 2016 Grolier Club Library William H. Helfand Fellowship

The 2016 Grolier Club Library William H. Helfand Fellowship

New York, December 1, 2016.

A reminder that the application deadline for this year’s fellowship offering is December 30, 2016.

This is the Grolier Club Library‘s fourteenth annual fellowship offering in the art and history of the book, named in honor of Grolier Club benefactor and former president William H. Helfand. Awards of up to $3,000 are available for research in the Library’s areas of strength, with emphasis on the private collecting of books and prints, antiquarian bookselling, and the book and graphic arts. Fellowship awards may be used to pay for travel, housing, and other expenses. A research stay of two weeks is desired, and Helfand Fellows are expected to present the results of their research in a public lecture at the Grolier Club, or in an article submitted to the Club’s journal, The Gazette of the Grolier Club.


Members of the Grolier Club are not eligible, nor are students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs, but all other interested persons are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 750 words, stating necessary length of residence, historical materials to be used, relevance of the Grolier Club Library collections to the project, a proposed budget, and two letters of recommendation. More information on the Library and its holdings can be found at www.grolierclub.org, under “The Library” in the navigation menu.

The deadline for applications and letters of support is December 30, 2016, and announcement of awards will be made by mid-February, 2017. Research terms can take place any time in the calendar year of 2017, but please note that the Club is closed, and library access is not offered, during the month of August.

Applications should be emailed to ejh@grolierclub.org, or sent via regular mail to the attention of The Helfand Fellowship Committee at:

The Grolier Club
47 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022

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NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650

John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 200 years following the advent of printing with movable type. In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of different religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but also to restrict interpretation. Employing key methods of the History of the Book, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 18 June until 15 July 2017 at The Huntington Library in San Marino, CA, one of the nation’s leading research and cultural centers. Among the Library’s 420,000 rare books and seven million manuscripts are major holdings in medieval manuscripts, books printed before 1501, Renaissance history and literature, maps, travel literature, and the history of science, medicine, and technology. The Huntington also boasts art galleries containing 650 paintings and 440 works of sculpture, as well as twelve botanical gardens containing 15,000 plant varieties.

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2017 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,300. Up to three spaces will be reserved for adjunct faculty.

Full details and application information are available at http://sites.jmu.edu/NEHformation-reformation-books2017/. For further information, please contact rankinmc@jmu.edu. The deadline for application is March 1, 2017.

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Call for Papers – Culture and Violence

38th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Keene State College
Keene, NH, USA
Friday and Saturday April 21-22, 2017

Call for Papers and Sessions
“Culture and Violence”

Keynote speaker:  Professor Richard W. Kaeuper, University of Rochester “From Geoffroi de Charny to Louis de la Tremoille:  The Autumn of Chivalry”

We are delighted to announce that the 38th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place on April 21 and 22, 2017 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Richard W. Kaeuper, Professor of History at the University of Rochester.

Professor Kaeuper’s research has focused on medieval English and Continental history, justice and public order, and especially on the development of chivalry, with an emphasis on its nexus with violence and religion. Professor Kaeuper’s research bursts traditional disciplinary boundaries, combining institutional and legal history with a strong emphasis on cultural, especially literary and social developments.  His most recent book, Medieval Chivalry, appeared this past spring in the distinguished Cambridge Medieval Textbooks series.  Among his previous publications are Holy Warriors: The Religious Ideology of Chivalry (UPenn, 2009), Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (Oxford, 1999), and an extensive introduction to Elspeth Kennedy’s translation of Geoffroi de Charny’s Book of Chivalry (UPenn, 1996; 2nd edition 2005).

We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that discuss the nature and cultural and religious context of violence in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period.

Papers, however, need not be confined to this theme but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music.

Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal.

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.

Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Robert G. Sullivan, Assistant Forum Director at sullivan@german.umass.edu.

Abstract deadline: January 15, 2017
Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2017

We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!

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University of Illinois-Urbana Rare Book & Manuscript Library Invites Visiting Scholar Applications

The John “Bud” Velde Visiting Scholars Program
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2017-18 Program Cycle

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library annually awards two stipends of $3,000 to scholars and researchers (unaffiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) who would like to spend a month or more conducting research with our materials.

The holdings of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library are comprehensive and support studies in printing and printing history, Renaissance studies, Elizabethan and Stuart life and letters, John Milton and his age, emblem studies, economic history, Italian history, and works on early science and natural history.

The library also houses the papers of the modern literary figures Carl Sandburg, H.G. Wells, William Maxwell, W.S. Merwin, and the world’s single largest collection of Marcel Proust’s correspondence. In addition, it is anticipated that the papers of Gwendolyn Brooks will be open to the public for this latest program cycle.

For information about this program, how to apply, and to find out more about The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, please visit our Website at:


Please contact Dennis Sears with further questions about the program or The Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Dennis Sears
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois Library, Room 346
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333 7242 voice, (217) 244 1755 fax

Or email Dennis: dsears (at) illinois (dot) edu.

Deadline for application: *17 February 2017*.

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Post-Election Statement from the Council of the Medieval Academy

In the aftermath of the recent presidential election in the United States, the Medieval Academy of America reaffirms its commitment “to foster an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom,” as expressed in our “Statement on Diversity and Academic Freedom” published in February 2016 and available on our website. We join other scholarly associations which have recognized that in our role as teachers, scholars, and students of the humanities we can play an essential role in promoting mutual respect and understanding.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Rare Books Cataloger, Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, highly experienced rare books cataloger to provide original and complex bibliographic description of its rare books and manuscripts. Working in a permanent, full-time position under the title of Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarian, the successful candidate will analyze and thoroughly describe a broad range of materials, including incunabula, early and historic imprints, fine press publications, medieval and early modern manuscripts, and print ephemera, among numerous other formats and genres.


This is a great opportunity to work closely with many of the BPL’s signature collections (http://www.bpl.org/distinction/featured-collections/) while making significant contributions, both to the accessibility of rare materials at the BPL, and to the many fields of scholarship that rely on these collections.


Salary range: $57,412.62 – $77,434.65 in seven steps. Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.


See the job posting on the City of Boston website for further information or to apply: http://ow.ly/q7Jq306nGw4

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Call for Papers – “Uses of the Past: Cultural Memory in and of the Middle Ages”

“Uses of the Past: Cultural Memory in and of the Middle Ages”
The Twenty-Ninth Annual Spring Symposium of the Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University
3–4 March, 2017
Indiana University, Bloomington

How is the past used (and abused) in the Middle Ages? To what purposes is it deployed in personal, social, religious, and political formation? And how has the medieval served as a foundational past for identities and practices in post-medieval periods? Recent scholarship demonstrates the importance of the past in the creation of medieval identity. In the words of Walter Pohl and Ian Wood, the past could be used “to create legitimacy, explain inclusion and exclusion, establish precedent, provide orientation, exemplify moral exhortation, inspire a sense of what was possible and what was not, to negotiate status, to argue about the right norms or to imagine the future.” Moreover, the medieval past has become a touchstone of current cultural memory, deployed in constructing the past of our own present moment.

The Medieval Studies Institute of Indiana University welcomes scholars from a range of disciplines and objects: history, literature, music; material artifacts and spaces; religion, politics, and law. We are especially interested in papers that explore global perspectives on cultural memory and the use of the past.

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to umestsymposium@gmail.com by December 21, 2016

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Deadlines for Newberry Fellowships

Our fellowship deadlines are fast approaching!

Long-Term applications are due by November 15
Short-Term applications are due by December 15

All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST
on their respective deadline in order to be considered.

The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

We invite interested individuals who wish to utilize the Newberry’s collection to apply for our many fellowship opportunities:

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

Many of the Newberry’s fellowship opportunities have specific eligibility requirements; in order to learn more about these requisites, as well as application guidelines, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org

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Call for Papers



Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, invites the submis-sion of articles by graduate students and recent PhDs in any field of medieval and Renaissance studies; we particularly welcome articles that integrate or synthesize disciplines.



The editorial board will make its final selections by May 2017.
Please send submissions to as e-mail attachments to
Dr. Blair Sullivan, Managing Editor, Comitatus

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
302 Royce Hall
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485


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