Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 2022 International Medieval Congress

To encourage the integration of Byzantine studies within the scholarly community and medieval studies in particular, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 2022 International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 4–7, 2022. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

The thematic strand for the 2022 IMC is “Borders.” See the IMC Call for Papers (https://www.imc.leeds.ac.uk/imc-2022/) for additional information about the theme and suggested areas of discussion.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website (https://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/imc-2022). The deadline for submission is September 3, 2021. Proposals should include:

*Title
*100-word session abstract
*Session moderator and academic affiliation
*Information about the three papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 100-word abstract
*CV

Applicants will be contacted by mid-September about the status of their proposal.

The session organizer may act as the moderator or present a paper. Participants may only present papers in one session.

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse a maximum of 4 session participants (presenters and moderator) up to $600 maximum for European residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from outside Europe. Funding is through reimbursement only; advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please note that all listed speakers and the moderator should be prepared to participate remotely should health conditions necessitate a virtual conference or should local conditions make travel inadvisable for a participant. In the case of remote participation, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse participants for conference registration.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (mjcbac@hchc.edu) Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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University Lectureship in Digital Humanities

Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) is a thriving research centre reaching across the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Humanities and Social Sciences. We have strong associations with Cambridge’s many museums and collections, work closely with the University Library, and have links to many other faculties and research centres.

The successful applicant will convene the new CDH-led MPhil programme in Digital Humanities to be launched in September 2022 and will work with the CDH Director and Learning Director to further develop the programme as it expands into new areas. They will offer postgraduate teaching and supervision, and they will also take on doctoral students in CDH and the Faculty of English. The role is likely to involve UG teaching in future years as CDH develops. Primary responsibilities of the role will be to CDH.

We are seeking candidates with a wide range of expertise in Digital Humanities, which we conceive as an expansive and intrinsically inter-disciplinary field, that brings together research focussed around collections, platforms, digital methods, public cultures, digital aesthetics, cultural analytics, digital media studies, medium theory, and cultural critique.

The post will be based in the Faculty of English, and we welcome applications from candidates whose DH work directly engages with English literature or other media. However, we also welcome other DH specialisms including: cultural analysis, archival cultures, film and visual cultures, digital media studies, digital methods, AI and humanities research, activism and critical media, race, decolonization and epistemic change. The successful applicant will have a commitment to Digital Humanities as their interdisciplinary home, and through their research and teaching, they will make a substantial contribution to the range, scope and depth of the work at CDH.

https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/29965/?fbclid=IwAR3-PEnAn2qCoL5MyBhAXGUDLG2wzsOkTlyb6Wz6tB78oVJCKMyngC-R9-Y<

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Georgetown-International Dunhuang Project Lecture Series: Following the Silk Roads to North America

The Georgetown-IDP Lecture Series: Following the Silk Roads to North America was organised to celebrate the upcoming completion of the Georgetown-IDP Project, which has worked to incorporate images of Silk Road items in North American collections into the International Dunhuang Project’s public database, based at the British Library, and to expand the IDP’s partnership with North American institutions. Generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Dunhuang Foundation, the project began in 2016, and since then has brought together more than 30 North American institutions and over 1,300 objects. The lecture series is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Co-organized by Georgetown Art and Art History faculty member Michelle C. Wang, five lectures are scheduled on consecutive Wednesdays beginning July 28 (most starting at 1:00pm EST, the first one starting at 2:00pm EST) and will be held over Zoom.

Please note each lecture’s event page is linked at the end of each entry. On these pages, you can register as well as find out more information regarding the lecture and speaker! All the lectures will be taking place over Zoom.

July 28 (11 am PDT/2 pm EDT/7 pm BST): Dr. Miki Morita, Georgetown-IDP Project for North American Silk Road Collections, and Dr. Michelle C. Wang, Georgetown University “The Georgetown-IDP Project: Prospects for Collaboration and Research”
https://www.bl.uk/events/the-georgetown-idp-project-prospects-for-collaboration-and-research

August 4 (10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/6 pm BST): Dr. Amanda Goodman, University of Toronto
“The Many Lives of a Buddhist Devotional Print: A Dated Dunhuang Document in the Royal Ontario Museum Collection”
https://www.bl.uk/events/the-many-lives-of-a-buddhist-devotional-print

August 11 (10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/6 pm BST): Dr. Xin Wen, Princeton University
“A Traveler’s History of the Silk Road: Revelations from Dunhuang Materials”
https://www.bl.uk/events/a-travelers-history-of-the-silk-road

August 18 (10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/6 pm BST): Dr. Ping Foong, Seattle Art Museum
“Dunhuang in Seattle”
https://www.bl.uk/events/dunhuang-in-seattle

August 25 (10 am PDT/1 pm EDT/6 pm BST): Dr. Fan Jeremy Zhang, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
“Exploring Eastern Silk Roads: A Journey Through the Collection at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco”
https://www.bl.uk/events/exploring-eastern-silk-roads

Please see the flyer’s pdf linked here for further details and the registration links.

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

CALL FOR PAPERS
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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The BSA Fellowship Program – Deadline October 1, 2021

In keeping with the central value the Bibliographical Society of America places on bibliography as a critical framework, the Society funds a number of fellowships to promote inquiry and research in books and other textual artifacts in both traditional and emerging formats.

Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from the study of clay tablets and papyrus rolls to contemporary literary texts and born-digital materials. Topics relating to books and manuscripts and material texts of all kinds in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration as long as they include analysis of the physical object – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact – as historical evidence.

Full details on fellowship opportunities offered, eligibility requirements, and the application process are available on the BSA website.

Awards range from $2,500 to $6,000. A list of past Fellowship winners and their projects is also available on the BSA website.

And for the New Scholars Program:

The BSA New Scholars Program – Deadline September 3, 2021

The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads. 

The New Scholars award is $1,000, with a $500 travel stipend. Three awards are made each year as part of a two-pronged program:

  1. New Scholars present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished bibliographical research during a program preceding the Society’s Annual Meeting, held each January.

  2. Expanded versions of New Scholars’ papers are submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review.

The committee strongly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects. Bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media, is welcome. Guided by the Society’s Equity Action Plan, the committee also welcomes submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives.

For more details on the New Scholars program, including eligibility and application information, please visit the BSA website and watch the 2020 information session recording on YouTube.

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Call for Papers – The British Archaeological Association Post-Graduate Conference

The British Archaeological Association Post-Graduate Conference, Saturday 27th November 2021

The BAA invites proposals by postgraduates and early career researchers in the field of medieval history of art, architecture, and archaeology.

Papers can be on any aspect of the medieval period, from antiquity to the later Middle Ages, across all geographical regions.

The BAA postgraduate conference offers an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and discuss their research, and exchange ideas.

Proposals of around 250 words for a 20-minute paper, along with a CV, should be sent by 31st July 2021 to postgradconf@thebaa.org

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Call for Papers – The Multimedia Craft of Wonder: Forming and Performing Marvels in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, 1200-1600

The Multimedia Craft of Wonder:
Forming and Performing Marvels in Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, 1200-1600

1st December 2021, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (in person)

This conference, funded by the interdisciplinary Cambridge centre CRASSH and the Faculty of English, will explore the relationship between wonder, translation, and multimodality in medieval and early modern worlds.

In recent years, renewed critical attention has been paid to wonders and spectacles as wide-ranging as mechanical clocks, printing presses, royal displays, alchemical writings, and professional theatres. This conference will build upon that scholarship by focusing attention onto the dynamics of representing wonder (and wonders) in, across, and between media: in written genres such as chronicles, poetry, letters, handbills, and songs, how were physical marvels recorded, described, or reconstructed through language and literary form? Conversely, how did language shape physical processes of performance, craft, and construction in playscripts, alchemical writings, and books of secrets? What risks and opportunities did translation between media, modes, and genres present?

The conference will take a broad approach to the definition of a ‘marvel’, recognising that the line between human, natural, and supernatural wonders was often indistinct or contested. Papers might address topics such as:

  • The encoding of wonder through specific linguistic devices (e.g. narrative, allegory)
  • Textual reconstructions and dramatic uses of mechanical marvels (e.g. clocks, automata)
  • Representations of natural and demonic magic in text and/or performance
  • Depictions of alchemy and other scientific marvels in written and visual media
  • Medieval and early modern drama, magic within the theatre, and its written inscription
  • Performance contexts and logistics for the staging of wonders
  • Written or visual commemorations of royal and civic pageantry
  • Depictions of, and instructions for, creating wonders in craft manuals and household recipe books
  • Relations between wonder, music, and sound

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Anke Bernau, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English Literature at the University of Manchester.

We hope to attract submissions from a wide range of disciplines including (but not limited to) literary studies, history of science and technology, music, philosophy, and drama.

Papers should be 20 minutes each. Abstracts of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical statement should be sent (along with any queries) to craftofwonder2021@gmail.com by 1st August 2021.  Check out our website too at https://craftofwonder.crassh.cam.ac.uk/

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Professor of Teaching, Global History Before 1500

Assistant Professor of Teaching (Educational Leadership Stream) in Global History Before 1500

The Department of History, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching in global history before 1500, with an expected start date of 1 July 2022. Fields and geographical specializations are open, but preference will be given to approaches that connect regions rather than perpetuate historical and historiographical insularity. Experience and expertise in auxiliary disciplines such as digital humanities or archaeology would be assets, but are not required. In addition to offering upper-division courses within their area of specialization, the successful candidate will teach the lower division undergraduate course in global history before 1500.

The normal teaching load of an Assistant Professor of Teaching is six 3-credit courses over the academic year. As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty/.

We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented groups in academia; to engaging the needs of diverse student populations; and to diversifying what and how we know about the past.

Candidates should have (relative to career stage and field) demonstrated or potential ability to: a) design and teach a range of courses in both lecture and seminar formats; b) advance innovation in teaching and learning with impact beyond one’s classroom; c) develop and successfully manage educational initiatives that enhance the undergraduate experience; d) foster collaborative work and reciprocal partnerships within the department, university, higher education, and/or broader communities.

Applicants should apply only through the History Department’s Internal Resources website at https://hist.air.arts.ubc.ca/6092-2-gh-jr3026/

Applicants should upload, in the following order, collated into a single PDF file:

  • a cover letter or letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a brief statement identifying the applicant’s experience working with a diverse student body, and contributions, or potential contributions, to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion within the university and beyond
  • a sample syllabus
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as course evaluations or peer reviews)
  • a sample publication

Applicants should also provide names and contact information for three scholars willing to provide letters of reference; we will request letters directly for candidates who advance in the search process.

Review of applications will begin on 1 September 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled. Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact the search chair, Dr. Courtney Booker at cbooker@mail.ubc.ca  This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

UBC welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for all candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. For requests related to access needs, please contact the head of the History Department: History.Head@ubc.ca  The University is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable work environment for all members of its workforce, and in particular, for its employees with disabilities. An inclusive work environment for employees with disabilities presumes an environment where differences are accepted, recognized, and integrated into current structures, planning, and decision-making modes. For contact information regarding UBC’s accommodation and access policies and resources (for faculty and staff as well as students), please visit the Centre for Accessibility.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.

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Call for Papers – Freedom & Work in Western Europe (c.1250-1750)

Freedom & Work in Western Europe (c.1250-1750)
6-8 July 2022 | Three-day conference | Exeter, UK
CALL FOR PAPERS

Work can be a source of freedom, wealth and self-respect, but also exploitation, poverty and subjugation. Existing grand narratives suggest that labour in fifteenth-century Western Europe became ‘free’ after the end of serfdom. Yet some workers had more freedom than others. Women were excluded from many occupations, while in some cultures married women had no right to own property or the fruits of their labour. Labour laws controlled workers such as servants and apprentices, who were placed in the same legal relationship to the household head as children. As recent studies of serfdom and slavery have shown, we need to move beyond a sharp division between bondage and freedom to explore the many factors that restricted or promoted freedom within and through work.

This conference explores these complex relations between freedom and work in Western Europe from 1250 to 1750. It especially encourages approaches which extend outside the employer-employee relationship to explore how family, community and state determined the degree of exploitation or empowerment in working life; broaden our scope beyond the adult male worker to centre previously marginalised workers, like women and servants; apply theoretical ideas from other disciplines to re-examine the nature of freedom in relation to historical forms of work; compare relative degrees of freedom or unfreedom across different forms of labour, cultures, legal systems or time periods; and/or contextualise labour in Western Europe with respect to forms of colonial slavery.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers that might address, but are not limited to, the following themes in relation to freedom and work:

  • Gender and women’s economic freedom
  • Age and life-cycles
  • Poverty and economic coercion
  • Laws regulating labour or commerce
  • Varieties of wage labour
  • Contracts and consent
  • Slavery, serfdom and their intersection
  • Training, skills, development of capacities

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words and a biography of 100 words (in English) to FORMSofLABOUR@exeter.ac.uk by 16 August 2021.

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2022 Marco Manuscript Workshop: “Interventions” – Deadline Sept. 24, 2021

Marco Manuscript Workshop 2022
“Interventions”
February 4-5, 2022
Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The seventeenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2022, in person at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

This year’s workshop explores the idea of “interventions.” Some manuscripts are pristine, their ink dark and their colors bright, their pages gleaming and unworn. They sit in our modern libraries as fresh as the day they emerged from their scriptorium; their deceptive newness dazzles the eye. Most manuscripts, however, bear signs of use or the marks of their eventful histories, the traces of their lives among readers and in libraries. Many readers worked with a pen, or a knife, in their hand, and they have left their marks on books in various ways—corrections, glosses, annotations, additions, emendations, censored passages, reordered pages and quires, attempts at restoration or refreshing a faded page, supplying missing text on new leaves, even breaking a manuscript apart into several separate books. Some of these readerly acts correct perceived deficiencies in the text, some seek to improve or update, while others try to repair the damage wrought by time and accident on the book. All these practices indicate that the reader thought the book contained some sort of difficulty that needed intervention; they mark the moment when a reader has stepped in to solve a problem. These signs of use and wear capture the intersection of two histories, the book and the reader; they track the process of reading and responding to the book, and help us reconstruct the life and afterlife of manuscripts and texts. As always, we welcome presentations on any aspect of this topic, broadly imagined.

The workshop is open to scholars and graduate students in any field who are engaged in textual editing, manuscript studies, or epigraphy. Individual 75-minute sessions will be devoted to each project; participants will be asked to introduce their text and its context, discuss their approach to working with their material, and exchange ideas and information with other participants. As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work. We particularly invite the presentation of works in progress, unusual problems, practical difficulties, and new or experimental models for studying or representing manuscript texts. Presenters will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

The deadline for applications is September 24, 2021. Please note that this is an earlier deadline than in years past. Applicants are asked to submit a current CV and a two-page abstract of their project to Roy M. Liuzza, preferably via email to rliuzza@utk.edu, or by mail to the Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430.

The workshop is also open at no cost to scholars and students who do not wish to present their own work but are interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details will be available later in the year; please contact the Marco Institute at marco@utk.edu for more information.

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