Rare Book School Summer Course Applications Opening Soon

Expand your understanding of book history during a Rare Book School course this summer. Our five-day intensive courses on the history of manuscript, print, and digital materials will be offered online and in person at the University of Virginia and other partner institutions.

Among our thirty-nine courses, we are pleased to offer several pertinent to those interested in the history of the book. The following is a sample of the breadth of the RBS offerings:

— H-180v: Six Degrees of Phillis Wheatley, taught by Tara Bynum (of the University of Iowa)

— H-185v: African American Print Cultures in the Nineteenth-Century United States, taught by Derrick R. Spires (of Cornell University)

— H-120: Textual Mobilities: Works, Books & Reading Across Early Modern Europe, taught by Roger Chartier and John Pollack (both of the University of Pennsylvania)

— H-105: The Bible and Histories of Reading, taught by Peter Stallybrass (Professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania)

Course applications will open the week of February 7th. To be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, course applications should be submitted no later than March 7th. Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Visit our website at www.rarebookschool.org for course details, instructions for applying, and evaluations by past students. Contact us at rbsprograms@virginia.edu with questions.

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Upcoming Grant Deadlines: Apply by February 15

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications for the following grants. Please note that applicants must be members in good standing to be eligible for Medieval Academy awards.

For Medievalists of Color:

Belle Da Costa Greene Award

The Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 will be granted annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel. The award may be used to visit archives, attend conferences, or to facilitate writing and research. The award will be granted on the basis of the quality of the proposed project, the applicant’s budgetary needs (as expressed by a submitted budget and in the project narrative), and the estimation of the ways in which the award will facilitate the applicant’s research and contribute to the field. Special consideration will be given to graduate students, emerging junior scholars, adjunct, and unaffiliated scholars. Click here for more information. Click here to make a donation in support of the Greene Award. (Deadline 15 February 2022)

For Independent Scholars and ECRs:

Olivia Remie Constable Awards

Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2022)

For Graduate Students:

MAA Dissertation Grants

The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2022)

Schallek Awards

The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2022)

MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building
and Professionalization

The MAA/GSC Grant(s) will be awarded 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. Click here for more information. (Deadline 15 February 2022)

Applicants for these and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Harvard University invites applications and nominations for the Philip Hofer Curator of Printing and Graphic Arts (P&GA) at Houghton Library. Reporting to the Associate Librarian for Collections and Programs, the Curator provides vision, leadership, advocacy, interpretation and passion for the collection, and serves as catalyst and coordinator for a dynamic group of activities and people dedicated to connecting P&GA’s holdings to Harvard faculty, students, and an international community of scholars, artists, and other researchers and enthusiasts.

The Curator will have enthusiasm and demonstrated ability for sharing and interpreting the collection in the classroom, in the reading room, in the digital sphere, in publications, and through exhibitions and programming and for communicating the value, power, and contemporary relevance of printing and the graphic arts to expert and general audiences. The Curator will have an extraordinary opportunity to build and shape the collection and will develop and implement a strategy that incorporates diverse cultures, new and evolving technologies, and the role of printing and graphic arts in social and political change.

The successful candidate will possess deep knowledge of printing history and graphic processes particularly as these relate to book illustration; the ability to master over time the broad range of formats, subjects, and time periods represented in the collection; enthusiasm for working with faculty and students; proclivity for adopting new technologies and methods that will improve access to and use of P&GA holdings; and a collaborative and collegial outlook.

The Department of Printing and Graphic Arts was founded at Harvard in 1938 by legendary curator, collector, and connoisseur Philip Hofer. The department holds an extensive collection of original artifacts from all periods illustrating the book arts and the materiality and historical development of the book, whether manuscript or printed. In addition to facilitating teaching and research based in the collection, the department administers a vibrant set of programs including the Frances and Philip Hofer lecture series, the Philip Hofer Prize for Collecting Books or Art, workshops on letterpress printing, and other activities core to the department’s mission and spirit.

The Department of Printing and Graphic Arts is one of the main curatorial departments of Houghton Library, Harvard’s principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library is a destination for students and scholars on campus and around the world, and each year welcomes thousands of researchers and students into its reading room and classrooms. Houghton Library’s collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century America. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. To learn more about the collections and Houghton Library, please visit our website at https://library.harvard.edu/libraries/houghton.

Read the full job description and apply here:
Minimum salary: $92k per year.

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on February 25, 2022.

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Call for Proposals – Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Performance

September 30-October 1, 2022
Newberry Library

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In 2018, “Attending” asked how Early Modern women’s action and agency shaped their lives and world. In 2022, we will turn to performance, asking how women’s performances of power, gender, and art before 1800 provide powerful paths towards understanding their lives and our own today. The conference will ask such questions as: How do medieval, early modern, and Indigenous women draw on various forms of power, from the racial to the religious, to perform different roles? How was the category of “woman” itself contested, reinforced, and complicated through the performance of gender? What did women choose to perform through music, dance, and visual art? Lastly, what responsibilities and possibilities do we have as scholars who teach and share our work with the public?

The conference will retain its innovative format, using a workshop model for most of its sessions to promote dialogue, augmented by a keynote lecture and a plenary panel on each of the four conference topics: power, gender, art, and public humanities/pedagogy.

We welcome proposals for workshop sessions. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Workshops are 90-minute sessions organized by a group of two to four leaders who circulate readings, questions, and other materials in advance through the conference website. Leaders spend no more than twenty minutes framing the issues and opening up the conversation, then facilitate active participation and focused discussion. The best workshops are often comparative and interdisciplinary, and all allow participants to share information, pass on knowledge, ask advice, and learn something new. All workshop organizers are expected to register for, attend, and participate in the entire conference, not just their workshop.

For more information about the conference, including a list of plenary speakers and information about submitting a workshop proposal, please visit the conference website here: https://www.newberry.org/09302022-attending-women-1100-1800-performance

If you have any questions about the conference, please send an email to attending@newberry.org

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2022 Medieval Academy of America Publication Prizes

The Medieval Academy of America congratulates the winners of the
2022 Medieval Academy of America Publication Prizes:

Haskins Medal: Marina Rustow, The Lost Archive: Traces of a Caliphate in a Cairo Synagogue (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020)

Karen Gould Prize in Art History: Joan Holladay, Genealogy and the Politics of Representation in the High and Late Middle Ages (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019)

Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize: The Documentary Archaeology of Late Medieval Europe (DALME). Principal Investigators: Daniel Lord Smail, Gabe Pizzorno, and Laura K. Morreale (Harvard University) (https://dalme.org/)

John Nicholas Brown Prize: Elias Muhanna, The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)

Article Prize in Critical Race Studies: Nahir Otaño Gracia, “Towards a decentered Global North Atlantic: Blackness in Saga af Tristram ok Ísodd,” Literature Compass. 2019; 16:e12545. https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12545

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize: Brenna Duperron, “Ghostly Consciousness in The Book of Margery Kempe,” English Language Notes 58 (2020), 121-135; and Patrick Meehan, “Recontextualizing Indigenous Knowledge on the Prussian-Lithuanian Frontier, ca. 1380-1410,” The Medieval Globe (2020), 93-119.

The Publication Prizes will be presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, hosted by the University of Virginia. The presentation of the Prizes will take place preceding the Presidential Address on Saturday, 12 March, at 10:45 AM Eastern Time. We hope you will join us – in person or virtually – as we honor these scholars and acknowledge their important work.

We will make a final determination about the format of the Annual Meeting in the coming weeks. Updated information about the Annual Meeting may be found here: https://www.medievalacademy.org/page/2022AnnualMeeting

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GSC Mentorship Program for MAA Annual Meeting: Deadline Feb 18


Wednesday, February 18th

*Please note that since the 97th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be conducted in a hybrid format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be running the mentorship program virtually. Because of this, anybody can participate, regardless of their MAA Annual Meeting attendance plans*
The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites both those attending the 97th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, hosted by the University of Virginia (March 10- 13), as well as any other interested medievalists to participate in the GSC Mentoring Program.

The GSC Mentoring Program facilitates networking between graduate students or early career scholars and more established scholars by pairing students and scholars according to common interest or academic 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 for the relationship to be active during the conference, though mentors and mentees are encouraged 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 in order of form submission.

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 Wednesday, February 18th.

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

Mary M. Alcaro& Lauren Van Nest
2021-2022 Mentoring Program Coordinators

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Jobs for Medievalists

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University that supports research internationally in the field of Byzantine Studies. In addition to world-renowned library and museum collections, Dumbarton Oaks’ Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) holds more than a million unique items in a variety of media, including extensive material relating to the art and architecture of the late Antique and Medieval eastern Mediterranean. Dumbarton Oaks invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to join a team working to create comprehensive access to photographic and archival documentation of the Byzantine world held by ICFA.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow in Byzantine Art/Archaeology will receive training in archival processing and digital curation and will support digitization initiatives to increase access to ICFA collections for scholars and the public. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the Library and Byzantine Studies Program and will work closely with staff and Dumbarton Oaks researchers. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist the Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) with processing, cataloging, and interpreting these collections. To date, much of the exhaustive documentation produced by the Byzantine Institute of America, including its work at Hagia Sophia, has been published in Harvard’s HOLLIS Images platform alongside documentation of San Marco in Venice and late Antique and medieval monuments in Syria. Collections awaiting online publication include extensive architectural studies of Hagia Sophia created by Robert van Nice, photographic documentation of monuments in Anatolia, the Levant and North Africa, and mosaics throughout the north Adriatic. Dumbarton Oaks is contributing content to open access platforms and is also exploring artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer vision techniques to enhance access to photographic collections. Outcomes of the fellowship may include scholarly publications on Byzantine art, architecture, and archaeology as well as contributions to digital humanities and further expansion of the online gateway to the Byzantine collections of ICFA. This fellowship offers unique opportunities to build career skills in special collections and digital technologies while benefiting from the unique resources of Dumbarton Oaks. The Fellow will participate fully in Dumbarton Oaks’ dynamic community of scholars and programming in Byzantine Studies and will devote 20% of the fellowship time to personal research.

Click here for more information.

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Call for Papers – Intersectionality in the Early Global World

Intersectionality in the Early Global World
20-21 May 2022 – via Zoom
Keynote Speakers: Roland Betancourt (UC Irvine) and Nicholas R. Jones (UC Davis)

A conference organized by the officers of UCLA MEMSA: Chase Caldwell Smith (History), Richard Ibarra (History), and Stefanie Matabang (Comparative Literature)

Research on the premodern intersection of race, gender, and sexuality has steadily increased as a result of the efforts of a diverse group of scholars working across traditional periodization and geographic limits. Nevertheless, a great deal of work remains to be done to understand the many varieties of ways such aspects of identities intersected and were mobilized or challenged in the marking of difference.

To that end, the Medieval and Early Modern Student Association (MEMSA), in cooperation with the CMRS Center for Early Global Studies (CMRS-CEGS) at UCLA, seek twenty-minute paper proposals for a two-day conference that will highlight the new and exciting work being undertaken with regard to these questions. Proposals from graduate students in all disciplinary fields and levels of experience are welcome. We especially welcome and encourage comparative and interdisciplinary proposals from disciplines such as Asian Studies, Africana Studies, Critical Race Studies, Indigenous Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literature, History, the History of Art and Architecture, Archaeology, Philosophy, Classics, and others.

Please submit an abstract of the proposed presentation (250-300 words) the officers of MEMSA (memsa.ucla@gmail.com) by March 1, 2022.

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Call for Papers – Comitatus 53

A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Comitatus, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA CMRS Center for Early Global Studies, invites the submission 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.

February 28, 2022, is the deadline for submissions to Volume 53 (2022).
The editorial board will make its final selections by May 2022.

Please send submissions as email attachments to Allison McCann, Managing Editor, Comitatus (allisonmccann@humnet.ucla.edu). Submissions guidelines can be found here.


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Jobs for Medievalists

For more information, click the following links:

Temporary Research & Instruction Librarian

Temporary Special Collections Instruction & Outreach Librarian

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