Call for Papers – Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference

Fifty-Sixth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference
September 29-30, 2017
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Call for Papers

Keynote speaker:
Ruth Mazo Karras,
The University of Minnesota Twin-Cities
“Thou Art The Man: King David and Medieval Masculinites.”

The Midwest Medieval History Conference is seeking papers for its annual conference. Papers addressing any aspect of the Middle Ages are welcome, however those addressing gender and women, the medieval environment and material culture, and digital humanities are particularly encouraged. In addition to traditional conference panels focusing on research, the MMHC also invites proposals on medieval history in the classroom or on public engagement. Friday afternoon sessions are dedicated to Graduate student research papers and submissions from Graduate students are encouraged.

Submission deadline: June 1, 2017. Submit abstracts for papers or presentations to Amy Livingstone at

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Jobs for Medievalists

Full-time Programs Assistant

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), a non-profit overseas research institution, is seeking a qualified individual to work in the U.S. administrative office of the School in Princeton, NJ. The ASCSA offers a pleasant, energetic environment with dedicated professionals. Position is full time, 35 hours per week beginning June 1, 2017.

The principal duties will involve general clerical support, including the preparation of meeting materials, mailings, general correspondence, support for communications related to Committee work, database entry as needed (Raiser’s Edge), as well as other office duties. S/he will report to the Programs Administrator.

Qualifications: B.A. or Associate’s degree. Excellent computer, word processing, and spreadsheet skills (Microsoft Office). Excellent communications skills and administrative support experience in an office setting.

Annual salary of $30,000, plus benefits.

The American School of Classical Studies is an EO/AA employer.

To apply, submit a CV or resume, and names of two recommenders. A cover letter is optional and highly recommended. Applications for the position should be submitted via the online form at:

Applications will be received until May 15, 2017.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The Department of Art and Art History at the College of William and Mary invites applications for a one-year visiting replacement position in Medieval Art History, with possibility of renewal for a second year, to begin in August 10, 2017. The successful candidate will teach three undergraduate courses per semester, including a global art history survey (prehistory to ca. 1400), and topics in the candidate’s areas of expertise, which may include late Antique, Medieval, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture.

Required qualifications:  Minimum ABD in a relevant discipline. The successful candidate will have teaching experience.

Preferred qualifications: PhD preferred.

Applicants must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, and syllabi of courses taught or proposed. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, submit application materials by the review date, May 10, 2017. Applications received after the review date will be considered if needed and the position will remain open until filled.

Information on the degree programs in the Department of Art and Art History may be found at:

The College of William & Mary values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. William & Mary conducts background checks on applicants for employment.​

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Continued MAA Support for CEU

In the wake of the Hungarian Parliament’s recent decision to discontinue the accreditation of Central European University, the Council of the Medieval Academy of America continues to voice its support for our colleagues at CEU and throughout Hungary.

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Jobs for Medievalists

LES ENLUMINURES PARIS, sales and administration, art history background required (medieval manuscripts preferred), bilingual (French and English), must be able to work in France, salary dependent on experience. Liaison with New York and Chicago (and London) locations.

Exceptional and rare opportunity to join the team of an international art gallery exhibiting in the most prestigious art and book fairs worldwide and with locations and/ or staff in Paris, Chicago, New York, London, and Boston.

Office in the center of Paris. Must be available to travel for sustained periods for art fairs abroad (EU).
This is not a research position.

Main Responsibilities
– EU client development and follow up
– Liaise and be a point of contact for clients in Europe, particularly in Paris
– Organization of European fairs (Tefaf, Frieze Master, Masterpiece)
– Follow all EU auctions
– Press representative for the gallery (write press releases, contact and follow up)
– Miscellaneous administration

– Strong commercial presence
– Some experience in the art world, including in sales
– Background in Medieval and Renaissance art history preferred
– Languages required: English and French bilingual, others preferable
– Skills required: PC platforms, MS Office Suite, Photoshop
– Self-starter, multi-tasker, well-organized

Salary commensurate with experience. Full-time position

Contract: French CDD to evolve into a CDI

Send letter of application and CV to

Starting date:  asap

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2017 Annual Meeting, University of Toronto

Carmela Vircillo Franklin delivers her Presidential Address

The 2017 meeting was a great success, with 468 attendees, three plenaries, fifty-one concurrent sessions, receptions in art-filled venues, and, after several days of rain and snow, two final days in the sun. The opening plenary, “The Cairo Geniza and the Middle East’s Archive Problem,” was delivered by Marina Rustow (Princeton University), who demonstrated how methodologies used to study western European manuscripts can be applied to fragmentary manuscripts of the Middle East and Asia, with stunning and innovative results. MAA President Carmela Vircillo Franklin (Columbia Univ.) delivered her plenary lecture on the editorial history of the Liber Pontificalis, focusing on Francesco Bianchini’s 1718 edition, an innovative volume that included drawings and diagrams in support of his editorial arguments.

Five Fellows were inducted at the Fellows’ Session on Saturday afternoon: (l-r) Susan Einbinder (Univ. of Connecticut), David d’Avray (Corresponding Fellow, Univ. College London), Charles Burnett (Corresponding Fellow, Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study Univ. of London), Nicole Bériou (Corresponding Fellow, Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes), and Douglas Kelly (Univ. of Wisconsin)

The Fellows’ Plenary was to have been delivered by Monica Green (Arizona State University). In Prof. Green’s unfortunate absence, Jonathan Hsy (George Washington Univ.) bravely stepped in to deliver her paper in her stead, while Prof. Green followed along online and answered questions that were live-Tweeted to her using #MAA2017. The CARA plenary session addressed the topic of “Mediterranean Sexualities.” Roundtables were held on the timely and important topics of open-access publishing, diversity in curricula and on campus, Medieval Studies in K-12 curricula, and careers off the tenure track. The full program is available here.

Reception at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Receptions were held at Victoria College, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Aga Khan Museum.

During the Business Meeting, the following awards were presented: the Kindrick-CARA Award for Service to Medieval Studies was awarded to John Van Engen (Univ. of Notre Dame); CARA Awards for Excellence in Teaching were awarded to Roberta Frank (Yale Univ.) and Amy Livingstone (Wittenberg Univ.); the award for Best Graduate Student Paper was awarded to Brett W. Smith (The Catholic Univ. of America) for his paper, “Robert Grosseteste’s Aspectus/Affectus Distinction in his Pauline Commentaries.” MAA Annual Meeting Bursaries were awarded to the following students: Samuel B. Johnson (Univ. of Notre Dame), “Harmonies of Salvation: Numerical Exegesis as Music in Augustine’s De Trinitate“; Matt King (Univ. of Minnesota), “The Intersecting Mediterranean: The Case of Norman Sicily and Zirid Ifrīqiya”; Leann Wheless Martin (Univ. of Washington), “Defeating Antichrist, Defending the Church: Music in the Ludus de Antichristo“; Rachel McNellis (Case Western Reserve Univ.), “Performance of the Visual and Participation in the Divine: Sacred Representation in Cordier’s Tout par compas“; Erin E. Sweany (Indiana Univ.), “Women’s Voices in the Old English Medical Corpus: Reassessing wifgemadlan“; Hannah Weaver (Harvard Univ), “Language and Authority in Lawman’s Brut“; Neil Weijer (Johns Hopkins Univ.), “Hybrid or Hodgepodge? The Latin Brut and the Middle English Chronicle Tradition.”

Four publication honors were awarded during the Presidential Plenary session. The Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize was awarded to Rosemary O’Neill (Kenyon College) for her article, “Counting Sheep in the C Text of Piers Plowman,” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 29 (2015), 89-116; John Nicholas Brown prizes were awarded to Jacqueline E. Jung, The Gothic Screen: Space, Sculpture, and Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany, ca. 1200-1400 (New York: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013) and to Jonathan R. Lyon, Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250 (Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 2013); the first annual Digital Humanities Prize was awarded to DigiPal: Digital Resources and Database of Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic; and the Haskins Medal was awarded to Joel Kaye, A History of Balance, 1250 – 1375.  The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and Its Impact on Thought (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2014).

CARA Meeting on Sunday morning

The annual meeting of the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) took place on Sunday morning and was attended by thirty CARA delegates, each of whom was there representing their program or department. The morning began with a roundtable on collaborations between scientists and medievalists (in this session, Monica Green’s paper was delivered by Patrick Geary (School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study)). Profs. Green and Geary presented on their respective paleogenetics projects. In collaboration with geneticists, Prof. Green is exploring the identification and spread of medieval pathogens and Prof. Geary is studying human migration in the early Middle Ages. Alexandra Gillespie (Univ. of Toronto) presented projects being developed in the University’s Old Books New Science Laboratory. The roundtable was followed by a discussion and brief updates from each delegate.

Participants in the Graduate Student workshop, “Digital Editing of Manuscript Fragments”

A graduate student workshop on the identification, cataloguing, and TEI-transcription of manuscript fragments took place at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies during the Annual Meeting, a workshop that grew out of the “Digital Editing the Medieval Manuscript Roll/Fragment” workshops previously held at Yale University and University College London. These workshops were partially funded by a Medieval Academy/GSC Grant in Innovation. See for more information about this project.

We are extremely grateful to Suzanne Akbari, the Program Committee, the graduate student volunteers, the University of Toronto, and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies for their work in organizing and implementing such a splendid meeting.  We look forward to returning to Toronto in 2027!

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MAA News – 2018 Call for Papers

The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will be held at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia), 1 – 3 March 2018. 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.

Please note: the prohibition against presenting a paper more than once every three years is no longer in effect.

Click here  for the full call for papers. Proposals must be submitted by 15 May.

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MAA News – Upcoming Deadlines

MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships

The MAA/CARA Summer Scholarships support graduate students and especially promising undergraduate students participating in summer courses in medieval languages or manuscript studies. Applicants must be members of the Medieval Academy in good standing with at least one year of graduate school remaining and must demonstrate both the importance of the summer course to their program of study and their home institution’s inability to offer analogous coursework. Click here for more information. The due date for applications is 15 April.

For independent, adjunct, or contingent scholars: Travel Grants

The Medieval Academy provides a limited number of travel grants to help Academy members who hold doctorates but are not in full-time faculty positions, or are adjuncts without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. The deadline for meetings taking place between 1 September 2017 and 28 February 2018 is May 1.

Click here for more information.

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MAA News – MAA@Kalamazoo

As always, the Medieval Academy of America will have a strong presence at the 2017 International Congress on Medieval Studies  (May 11-14).

1) The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Academy, will be delivered by Leor Halevi (Vanderbilt Univ.). His topic will be “Artifacts of the Infidel: Medieval and Modern Interpretations of the Sacred Law of Islam” (Friday, 8:30 AM, Bernhard, East Ballroom). Two related sessions  organized by Prof. Halevi will take place on Friday at 1:30 PM (Session 276) and 3:30 PM (Session 335). Both sessions will take place in the Bernhard Brown & Gold Room.

2) On Thursday at 3:30 PM, the Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a roundtable titled “To ‘Gladly Teche’: Becoming Great Teachers in Graduate School” (Session 113, Schneider 1280). The GSC reception will take place immediately afterwards, in Fetzer 1055.

3) The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) is sponsoring two panels this year. The first, “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages,” will take place on Friday at 10 AM (Session 182, Schneider 1120). The second, “Career Diversity for Medievalists: Insights from Outside the Academy,” will take place on Saturday at 1:30 PM (Session 404, Fetzer 1045).

4) The annual CARA Luncheon will take place on Friday at noon (Bernhard, President’s Dining Room). If you would like to attend as a representative of your program or institution, please register online. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required. All are welcome!

5) Finally, we invite you to stop by our staffed table in the exhibit hall to introduce yourself, transact any Medieval Academy business you may have, or pick up some chocolate to keep you going during those long afternoon sessions.

See you at the ‘Zoo!

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MAA News – MAA Mentorship Program

The Graduate Student Committee offers its 2017 Mentorship Program at the three major medieval conferences. Graduate students are paired with more established scholars at the MAA Annual Meeting, ICMS Kalamazoo, and IMC Leeds.

The 2017 Mentorship Program is currently seeking participation from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. These professional exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contacts from whom they can receive advice regarding their academic development and career. The primary intent of the exchange is to foster an active relationship during an academic conference; however, mentors and mentees may choose to continue a line of communication after the conference has ended.

Dates and Deadlines for 2017 are as follows:

ICMS Kalamazoo (May 11-14), sign-up deadline: 14 April 2017

IMC Leeds (July 3-6), sign-up deadline: 2 June 2017

Due to the organizational demands of the program, it may be necessary to restrict the number of participants, so please sign up early! Mentor shortages in this popular program have been a reality in past years, so if you know faculty attending these conferences, please encourage them to volunteer.

Sign up online here.

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