Jobs for Medievalists

The Groeningemuseum and the Public Library of Bruges are in the full process of organising the interdisciplinary exhibition Haute lecture. Colard Mansion and the Dawn of Printing. This collaborative project is scheduled to take place from 1 March 2018 to 3 June 2018 in the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. The exposition focuses on the transition from manuscript to printed book on the basis of the oeuvre of Bruges librarian Colard Mansion (active c. 1457-1484), who produced manuscripts as well as printed books. Because Mansion has been experimenting with the incorporation of engraved illustrations in a printed book, his manuscripts and incunables will be approached from a broader scope of artistic production in Bruges and the Burgundian Netherlands at the time, especially early printmaking.

The Groeningemuseum is looking for an intern for the practical organization of the exhibition. The intern supports the curators of the exhibition in loan administration, editing of the catalogue, collaborating with the architect and developing an educational program.

The Groeningemuseum offers a fulltime internship for a maximum of 60 working days for this project, from February 1st until April 30st 2017. These dates can be adjusted in consultation. Send a motivation letter and cv before 1 November 2016 to

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The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database


This database is a collection of historic images that represents the medieval monuments and cities of the Kingdom of Sicily collected from museums, libraries, archives and publications.

The historic Kingdom of Sicily encompassed the island of Sicily and the areas of lower Lazio, Campania, Abruzzo, Molise, Apulia, Basilicata, and Calabria. The kingdom was created in the twelfth century by the Normans, was inherited by Frederick II of the Hohenstaufen dynasty, and conquered by the French in 1266. In the fifteenth century it came under Aragonese control. The rich and international artistic legacy of towns, castles, churches, monasteries and their decoration is a testament to the dynamic social and political history of South Italy. With its unique geographic position and multicultural heritage, the Kingdom of Sicily was a melting pot of artistic and architectural concepts.

Why are historic views particularly important for these monuments, and why have we created this database? Our repository gathers images created for the most part prior to the destruction or significant alteration of sites and monuments, as wars, earthquakes, extensive restoration, as well as simple neglect, have profoundly affected this rich artistic patrimony. Urban expansion has also often changed the landscape and transformed the role and meaning of monuments within cities or their periphery.

The database features historical images in a range of media, including drawing, painting, engraving and photography. The dates of the images range from the late sixteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries. These images and available descriptive information about their production, are listed under the “Images” tab; views and sites can also be accessed by browsing the “Collections” or the “Monuments/Sites” tab. Monuments are organized topographically by location; each record contains a list of associated Images, a brief description of the site, and details about its creation and relevant sources when known. More recent published images, including architectural plans, photographs and reconstructions are collected within individual site entries under the “Visual Docs” tab.

This database is a work in progress and is by no means exhaustive or complete. There exist many more images produced by travelers, scholars, artists, architects, photographers, and soldiers, who traveled or studied in southern Italy that we have not been able to catalogue. The website editors will be grateful to receive information on collections and publications that can contribute to the project.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Innovative Modes and Tactics of Literacy in the Humanities The Department of English at UCLA invites applications for an Assistant Professor or early Associate Professor specializing in innovative methodologies and approaches that address new or developing modes and tactics of literacy in the humanities. Approaches might include the study of new media formats, computational analysis and machine learning, or research on hypermedia, social media, critical data literacy, visual and aural literacies, techno-literacy, or the writing and reading of virtual worlds. We are especially interested in interdisciplinary scholarship linking the humanities to other areas of inquiry, and critical approaches addressing questions of political economy, social ecology, race, and gender.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, 20-page writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to Lowell Gallagher, Chair, Department of English, via the UCLA Recruit system at: Application dossiers are due by November 15, 2016; interviews will be via teleconferencing. The position is subject to final administrative approval.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.

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The New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts Beta launch

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the beta release of the New Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SDBM). Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New SDBM is being redeveloped to allow you—the members of our user community—to help us build a finding aid for the world’s manuscripts.


Members of our user community can now sign up to contribute data, including your own personal observations of a manuscript or group of manuscripts, and to engage with other users to facilitate research and conversations about current and historical locations of manuscripts and the data gathered in the process of recording this history.


The final release of the New SDBM is scheduled for April 2017. In the meantime, we invite you to sign up now at to start contributing and testing new features and functionality. Your participation and feedback will help us build a better tool for your research.


New features currently available:

•          New data model

•          Enhanced provenance data

•          Ability to enter and manage your own contributions, track your search history, bookmark, tag, and download search results

•          Export the entire contents of the SDBM for your own use under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Unported License

•          A growing VIAF-based Name Authority for individuals and institutions associated with manuscript production and trade to which users can contribute

•          Google group for User feedback and discussion: new-sdbm-feedback-phase 2.


New features coming soon:

•          Public approval system for Entries, Manuscript Records, and Names

•          Group activity workspace for collaborative projects

•          Ability to advance from Contributor to Editor and Super-Editor via a user community approval system

•          More refined and user-friendly interface


For more information, go to or email us at

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Call for Papers – 24th Int’l Conference of Europeanists, “Sustainability & Transformation”

CfP: 24th Int’l Conference of Europeanists, “Sustainability & Transformation” – Glasgow, July 12-14, 2017

The Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University invites proposal submissions for the 24th International Conference of Europeanists on the themes of Sustainability and Transformation. The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow on July 12-14, 2017. Submit a proposal here.

Conference Information:

Questions about the sustainability of European political economies, social solidarity, party systems, values, and the project of European integration abound. With the British voting to leave the European Union, and powerful political forces in other member states pressing for similar moves, the future of the EU is on the line. Many argue: if Europe is to reinvigorate its economy, society, politics, and culture, transformations are necessary.

We invite panels and proposals that investigate the transformations Europe currently faces, as well as the major changes required to respond to them. We also invite panels and proposals that investigate the sustainability of current European policies, dynamics, and an integrated Europe, as well as proposals that explore ways political actors can promote or damage sustainability.

Practical Information:

The proposal deadline has been extended to October 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Priority will be given to panel submissions. Participants will be notified of the Program Committee’s decision by January 9, 2017. Information on how to submit proposals is posted on the CES website.

For more details:

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Registration for the 2016 New England Medieval Conference is now open!

Lives and Afterlives in the Middle Ages

The New England Medieval Conference invites you to attend its 43rd annual meeting to be held Saturday, November 19th, at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The program will explore the theme “Lives and Afterlives in the Middle Ages.” Whether one studies historical figures, relics, art, literature, theology, music or myriad other topics, the notion of “life and afterlife” serves as an almost universal conceit through which to interpret the Middle Ages. Join us as we listen to a keynote speech by Paul Freedman, the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University, followed by engaging presentations by nine other scholars in the field.

To learn more about the program, and to register for the event, please visit NEMC 2016’s website: Any direct inquiries may be sent to

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Call for Papers – Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Call for Papers
Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Friday 23rd June 2017, University of Oxford

The application of spatial paradigms to the study of late medieval and early modern societies is now well underway. In contrast, the so-called ‘mobility turn’ has struggled to find its way from the social sciences to the humanities and, in particular, to history. This conference proposes to bring the two together by exploring how everyday mobility contributed to the shaping of late medieval and early modern spaces, and how spatial frameworks affected the movement of people in pre-modern Europe.

In focusing on these issues, the conference also intends to relate to current social challenges. The world is now more mobile than ever, yet it is often argued that more spatial boundaries exist today than ever before. The conference hopes to reflect on this contemporary paradox by exploring the long-term history of the tension between the dynamicity of communities, groups and individuals, and the human construction of places and boundaries.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals of no more than 300 words for 20-minute papers. Papers may engage with questions of mobility and space at a variety of levels (regional, urban, domestic) and interdisciplinary approaches are particularly encouraged.

Potential sub-topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Performing space through movement (border patrols, civic and religious processions, frontier trespassing)
  • Mobile practices in public spaces (itinerant courts, temporary fairs, diplomatic exchanges, travelling performances, revolts on the move)
  • Narrating movement, imagining space (pilgrimage guides, travel diaries, merchant itineraries, road maps)
  • Digital scholarshipin exploring the intersections between mobility and space (network analysis, flow    modelling, GIS-based research)

Please send your proposal and a brief bio by 1st February 2017 to &

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Lecture – The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the first lecture in its 2016–2017 lecture series:

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:15 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The Islamic-Byzantine Frontier: Interaction and Exchange Among Muslim and Christian Communities

Asa Eger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, offers an new interpretation of exchange along the Islamic-Byzantine frontier.

Details at

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

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Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians, East of Byzantium Workshop

The Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, are pleased to announce the second workshop in the Studying East of Byzantium II workshop series:

Friday, October 21, 2016, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Anti-Jewish Polemic among Syriac Christians during the First Centuries of Islam

A workshop for students exploring anti-Jewish polemical texts written by Syriac-speaking Christians during the early centuries of Islam. Led by Aaron M. Butts, The Catholic University of America

RSVP required. Registration closes October 19. Additional information and registration at

East of Byzantium is a partnership between the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art at Tufts University and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, that explores the cultures of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine empire in the late antique and medieval periods.

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MAA News – Centennial Update

As President Franklin reported in an e-mail message to you in June she has appointed, at the direction of the Council, a Centennial Committee with the goal of looking forward to the celebration of 100 years of the Academy in 2025 and beyond, into the next century of service for medievalists. My seven fellow committee members and I are to serve as a long-range planning committee. We are to think about the role of the organization in North American medieval studies, to lay out the best ways to aid members in the their work and to promote the study of the Middle Ages. Even though the first in-person meeting of the Committee will not take place until the 2017 annual meeting in Toronto, work is already well under way. Through electronic communication and a virtual meeting we have shaped a strategy for preparing recommendations to the Council, to be delivered to the Academy early in 2019. The three-year life span of the Committee is to allow for sober deliberation and, even more, to allow for extensive consultation with the membership.

The Committee has isolated areas of Academy activity to examine including, but not exclusively, the following topics: publications; the form of delivering those publications; the role of digital initiatives; identification of areas and specific programs that would benefit from Academy support, financial and otherwise; relationships with other learned societies in North America and beyond; the role and character of Academy meetings; the place of the organization in the public sphere; the effective operation of the Academy office; relations with universities and schools both primary and secondary; the pressures on early-career scholars; and the role of the Fellows within the Academy and beyond. The long list has already expanded during deliberations and discussions. It certainly could grow even more as the Committee explores the possibilities open and opening up for the Academy.

The Committee will also look at a renewed and ambitious understanding of the intellectual and institutional role for the organization. One central question is the degree to which the Academy should take a more active, even aggressive role in promoting the study of the Middle Ages at all levels in North America and how that might be done without diminishing the valuable service which it now provides. A second critical question is what will constitute medieval studies in the coming century, what will be the limits geographical, chronological and disciplinary. The scope of medieval studies has expanded dramatically since that meeting in 1925 at the Harvard Faculty Club which created the Academy as has the number of people interested in the period in its many facets. How the Academy should address that population and maintain and expand the membership are issues very much in the minds of Committee members.

Any report on the long-term trajectory of the Medieval Academy must rely heavily on the knowledge, experience and expectations of the members. We will consult as broadly as possible and invite anyone with thoughts about the future of the organization or on medieval studies in general and those with suggestions about other topics or issues that deserve our attention to please share those ideas with us at the Committee’s devoted e-mail address: Members of the Committee will be contacting people who have been involved with work for the Academy in various roles, asking about their experience and suggestions for change. Anyone who has recently sat on an Academy committee or who has served as an officer is in danger of being approached; and although long experience is valued, we are equally interested in hearing from people who have recently joined. An organization devoted to interdisciplinarity even before the term was invented needs to retain that central attribute and the Committee would like to hear how that might be done. We are as interested in hearing constructive criticism as we are in knowing what you think works well. The website, a relatively new innovation for an institution approaching its one-hundredth birthday, is still evolving, and the Committee will find opinions about its effectiveness extremely useful. Please do not wait to send along your comments on this and other matters. There will also be a chance to express views more generally early in the new year, when we ask all members to respond to an electronic survey.

The Medieval Academy of America has been a valuable asset to the field, changing its character over the decades since its founding. The Centennial Committee anticipates finding ways for that to continue.   Success in creating a long-term plan will depend very much on information and assistance from fellow medievalists. All of us very much look forward to our contact with members and to producing a road map for the future of the Academy.

Richard W. Unger, Chair, Centennial Committee

On behalf of the Committee:

Patrick Geary (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
Anne Lester, CARA Chair (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)
Eugene Lyman, MAA Treasurer
Elizabeth Morrison (The Getty Museum)
Kathryn Reyerson (Univ. of Minnesota)
Barbara Shailor (Yale Univ.)
Nicholas Watson (Harvard Univ.)

Jerry Singerman (Liason with the Council, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
Lisa Fagin Davis (Ex-officio, Medieval Academy of America)

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