Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel BSC 2020

As part of its ongoing commitment to Byzantine studies, the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture seeks proposals for a Mary Jaharis Center sponsored session at the 46th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, October 22–25, 2020. We invite session proposals on any topic relevant to Byzantine studies.

Session proposals must be submitted through the Mary Jaharis Center website ( The deadline for submission is March 2, 2020. Proposals should include:
—Proposed session title
—CV of session organizer
—300-word session summary, which includes a summary of the overall topic, the format for the panel (such as a debate, papers followed by a discussion, or a traditional session of papers), and the reasons for covering the topic as a prearranged, whole session
—Session chair and academic affiliation. Please note: Session chairs cannot present a paper in the session.
—Information about the four papers to be presented in the session. For each paper: name of presenter and academic affiliation, proposed paper title, and 500-word abstract. Please note: Presenters must be members of BSANA in good standing.

Session organizers must present a paper in the session or chair the session. If a co-organzier is proposed for the session, the co-organizer must also give a paper in the session or chair the session.

Applicants will be notified by March 6, 2020. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by March 15, 2020. Instructions for submitting the panel proposal are included in the BSC Call for Papers (

If the proposed session is approved, the Mary Jaharis Center will reimburse session participants (presenters and chair, if the proposed chair is selected by the BSC program committee) up to $600 maximum for North American residents and up to $1200 maximum for those coming from abroad. Funding is through reimbursement only (check issued in US dollars or wire transfer); advance funding cannot be provided. Eligible expenses include conference registration, transportation, and food and lodging. Receipts are required for reimbursement.

Please contact Brandie Ratliff (, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture with any questions.

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Rare Book School’s summer 2020 courses on medieval and early modern manuscripts

Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for its summer 2020 courses; the first-round deadline is February 17; after that, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Following are just some of our summer offerings on medieval and early modern manuscripts:

Visit for course details, previous student evaluations, and instructions for applying.

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Dumbarton Oaks Announcements

One Month Research Awards
Deadline: March 1

Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent Symposium
Dates: April 24-25 ,2020
Registrations are open and provided in the link above

Short-Term Predoctoral Residencies
No Deadline

Museum Director Job Posting at Dumbarton Oaks

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2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography

2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography
July 6-31, 2020
Newberry Library

CRS is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography, to be held at the Newberry from July 6 to July 31, 2020. The institute will be led by Marc Smith, École Nationale des Chartes, Paris.

This course will examine French manuscripts and archival materials from the thirteenth to the seventeenth century. The institute will provide a summary outline of the history of handwriting in France, followed by intensive training in reading from facsimiles, both in class and at home. Students will become familiar with the development of handwriting as well as further aspects of written communication in the late medieval and early modern period.

The institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced graduate students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

This graduate-level course is taught entirely in French; advanced language skills are required.

All successful applicants will receive a stipend, and non-local participants will receive additional funds to help defray the costs of travel, housing, and food. There are no fees associated with the institute.

For more information about the Institute and instructions for applying, visit the Institute calendar page here:
The application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2020.

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Call for Papers – Building the Medieval Diocese. Strategies, Agents and Instruments

Universidad de Burgos (Spain), 9th – 11th December 2020.

The Gregorian Reform led to a reframing of the role of bishops and diocesan institutions that cemented their power and ultimately permitted the construction of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe. To mark the 800th anniversary of the Cathedral of Burgos, we propose to explore the dynamics, strategies, institutions and personnel behind the construction of the medieval diocese leading to the building of the temples we admire today. Our focus will be on the period 1150-1250, culminating as it does in the construction of the Cathedral of Burgos, but we welcome papers on other parts of Europe and set in other medieval periods that explore the following themes related to the emergence of the mature medieval diocese:

  • Territorial consolidation: diocesan borders, inter-diocesan hierarchies and conflicts.
  • Structural consolidation: network of parishes, fiscality, ecclesiastical offices and benefices.
  • Institutional consolidation: cathedral chapters, use of archdeaconries, archpriesthoods and secular abbeys.
  • Intra-diocesan conflict: monasteries, collegial churches etc.
  • The agents: bishops, chapter, clergy (bishop-chapter conflict, patronage and client networks, diocesan reforms, education, cultural production).

Submissions: proposals no longer than 300 words for either individual papers or panels should be submitted by August 1st to

Languages: Spanish, English               Registration Fee: 50 euros

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for submissions, August 1st
  • Confirmation of acceptance, September 15th
  • Registration opens, October 1st
  • Registration ends, November 30th

Venue: Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad de Burgos

Convenors: Susana Guijarro (Univ. Cantabria), David Peterson (Univ. Burgos)

Organised by: Área de Historia Medieval (Univ. de Burgos) & Grupo de I+D de la Universidad Cantabria Cultura, Sociedad y Poder en la Castilla Medieval y Moderna.

Further information:

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An edition in an app: the General Prologue of the Canterbury Tales

The General Prologue in an app: with a full performance, manuscript images, translation, new text, commentary and notes, and new scholarship.

3rd February marks the release of the first ever app, specifically designed for mobile phone and tablet, to present significant new scholarly work in an edition of a major literary work: the General Prologue of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Go to PlayStore (Android) or the App Store (Apple/IoS) and look for “Chaucer General Prologue” (Scholarly Digital Editions). Or, go to Press the play icon.

This app includes a new biography of Chaucer by Richard North (UCL), a new text edited by Barbara Bordalejo (USask), Terry Jones’s translation of the General Prologue, additional materials about the Tales by Peter Robinson (who created the app), images of the Hengwrt manuscript form the National Library of Wales, and a full performance of the text by University of Saskatchewan and University of Calgary student Colin Gibbings. Among much else: the full commentary and notes by Richard North suggest a new dating for the reference to the seige of Algezir, which makes the Knight significantly younger at the time of the composition of the General Prologue.

The app is designed to appeal to people interested in Chaucer at every level, from beginning students to advanced scholars. We plan future apps in this series.

The app also celebrates Terry Jones, who was both a distinguished medieval scholar and a Python. As well as contribute his translation of the General Prologue, he was much involved in the early planning of the app, hosting the team to a memorable lunch at a pub in North London. We are happy that we were able to show him the full app in the last weeks of his life.

We attach the University of Saskatchewan press release about the app. Readers might also be interested in the Canterbury Tales project, (click on the link to the Canterbury Tales project). This offers images of all 30,000 manuscript pages of the Tales, with transcripts of some 24,000 pages. The work of this project underlies the app.

Peter Robinson and Barbara Bordalejo (University of Saskatchewan), Richard North (University College London). With Terry Jones (Python)

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Aegean Exchange Program: W.D.E. Coulson & Toni M. Cross; for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars


Deadline: March 15, 2020

W.D.E. Coulson and Toni M. Cross Aegean Exchange Program for Greek Ph.D. level graduate students and senior scholars in any field of the humanities and social sciences from prehistoric to modern times to conduct research in Turkey, under the auspices of the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) in Ankara and/or Istanbul during the academic year. The purpose of these fellowships is to provide an opportunity for Greek scholars to meet with their Turkish colleagues, and to pursue research interests in the museum, archive, and library collections and at the sites and monuments of Turkey. Fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs through the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, which also provides funding for Turkish graduate students and senior scholars to study in Greece, under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

The ARIT-Ankara library holds approximately 13,000 volumes focused on archaeological studies, but also includes resources for scholars working on modern Turkish studies. The library at ARIT-Istanbul includes approximately 14,000 volumes and covers the Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish periods.  Archives, libraries, sites, and museums in Turkey provide resources for research into many fields of study and geographical areas.

Eligibility:  Greek nationals, including staff of the Ministry of Culture and Sport; doctoral candidates and faculty members of Greek institutions of higher education.

Duration:  From two weeks to two months.

Terms:  Stipend of $250 per week plus up to $500 for travel expenses.  Four to eight awards are available. ARIT, located in Istanbul and Ankara, will provide logistical support and other assistance as required, but projects are not limited to those two cities.  For further information on ARIT: A final report to ASCSA and ARIT is due at the end of the award period, and ASCSA and ARIT expect that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of ASCSA/ARIT be contributed to the relevant library of ASCSA/ARIT.

Application:  Submit “Associate Membership with Fellowship” application online. The application includes a curriculum vitae, statement of the project to be pursued during the period of grant (up to three pages, single-spaced in length), two letters of reference from scholars in the field commenting on the value and feasibility of the project. For more information about the application, visit:


Link to online posting:

The awards will be announced in late spring.

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MAA News – Registration for the 2020 Annual Meeting is Open!

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place at the University of California, Berkeley from 26-28 March 2020. The program, registration, and hotel information are available here. Register by February 21 to take advantage of the early-bird discount, and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. MAA members: be sure to log into your MAA account before you begin the registration process so that you will receive your member discount.  If you cannot recall your username or password, please email

We invite you to join us for the CARA Meeting on Sunday morning 29 March, at the Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley. CARA (the Committee for Centers and Regional Associations) is the Medieval Academy’s forum for those who are concerned with the administration of institutes, graduate centers, undergraduate programs and committees, and research libraries; with the organization of regional and local groups of medievalists; and with teaching. CARA assists institutions and individual medievalists in meeting the challenges that face medieval studies in the classroom, the library, and other institutional settings locally and nationally. It supports those who work to develop special projects and programs of instruction, local and regional networks of medievalists, and centers of research and institutions in medieval studies. It is concerned with pedagogy at all levels. Institutions and individuals who wish to support and enhance medieval studies are invited to join CARA and participate in its meetings and programs.

You may register for the CARA Meeting when you register online for the MAA Annual Meeting. Please note that pre-registration is required. If you have already registered for the MAA Annual Meeting and wish to add the CARA Meeting to your registration, please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis for assistance.

Click here for more information and to register for the Annual Meeting and the CARA Meeting:

We look forward to seeing you at Berkeley!

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MAA News – 2021 MAA Annual Meeting Call for Papers

96th Annual Meeting
Medieval Academy of America
Indiana University, Bloomington
15-18 April, 2021

Call for Papers

The 96th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place on the campus of the Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Studies Institute of the Indiana University.  The conference program will feature a diverse range of sessions highlighting innovative scholarship across the many disciplines contributing to medieval studies.

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies. Any member of the Medieval Academy may submit a paper proposal; others may submit proposals as well but must become members in order to present papers at the meeting. Special consideration will be given to individuals whose field would not normally involve membership in the Medieval Academy.

The program committee encourages medievalists of all professional standing to submit abstracts. We are particularly interested in receiving submissions from those working outside of traditional academic positions, including independent scholars , emeritus or adjunct faculty, university administrators, those working in academic-adjacent institutions (libraries, archives, museums, scholarly societies, or cultural research centers), editors and publishers, and other fellow medievalists.

Click here for the Call for Papers and submission instructions:

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MAA News – Renew Your MAA Membership for 2020!

Dear colleague,

The new year has begun, and it is time to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy of America for 2020. You must be a member in good standing to apply for grants and fellowships given out by the Academy, to speak at the Medieval Academy Annual Meeting, or to participate in its governance. Membership brings other benefits, such as:

– a subscription to Speculum, our quarterly journal
– online access to the entire Speculum archive
– access to our online member directory
– publication and database discounts through our website

Other memberships perquisites are listed here.

You can easily pay your dues and/or make a donation through the MAA website where, after you sign into your account, you can also adjust your membership category if necessary. Please consider supplementing your membership by becoming a Contributing or Sustaining member or by making a tax-deductible donation as part of your end-of-year giving. Your gift helps subsidize lower membership rates for student, contingent, and unaffiliated medievalists and also supports our grant-making programs. In order to make membership more affordable for those in financially precarious circumstances, we have recently revised our dues structure.

You may also wish to remember the Academy with a bequest as a member of our Legacy Society (for more information, please contact the Executive Director).

With your help, the Academy increased its support of members in 2019, especially student, independent, and contingent scholars, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. We have recently implemented programming in support of medievalists of color and of medievalists working in various professional contexts, and we are working to improve the representation of the Middle Ages in K-12 classrooms. As we work towards a more expansive Middle Ages, we are also working to build a more inclusive Medieval Studies. We sincerely hope that you will renew your valued membership in the Academy as we continue this work in 2020.

When you renew, please take a few minutes to update your profile page so that members with similar interests can find you, and you can find them. You can also check a box to indicate your interest in serving on a Medieval Academy committee or reviewing for Speculum. Your profile page now includes an option to indicate gender and racial/ethnic identity. This information will not be visible to other members, but it will help the Academy immensely as we strive to increase our understanding of member demographics and work to improve diversity and inclusivity in Medieval Studies. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, please contact us ( for assistance.

Thank you for your support. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and hope to see you at the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy at UC Berkeley (26-28 March).

Ruth Mazo Karras, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

p.s. if you have already renewed, please ignore this message and accept our thanks!

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