Call for Papers – Comitatus: A journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Comitatus: A journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually under the auspices of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance 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.

Submission Deadline for Volume 49 (2018):  1 February 2018. The editorial board will make its final selections by May 2018.

Please send submissions as e-mail attachments to  Dr. Heather Sottong, Publications Manager, Comitatus

UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies

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2018 Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America


Keith Busby (French and Italian, The University of Wisconsin)
Cynthia Hahn (Art and Art History, Hunter College CUNY)
Amy Remensnyder (History, Brown University)


Jacques Dalarun (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris)
Walter Pohl (University of Vienna)

These scholars are being honored for their notable contributions to the field of Medieval Studies and were elected by the current Fellows. More information about the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America is available here. New Fellows will be officially inducted during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. The induction ceremony will take place at 3:45 PM on Saturday, 3 March, at the Emory University Conference Center.

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Reminder: 2018 MAA Annual Meeting Registration

Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America is now open!

The meeting will take place at the Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta, from 1-3 March 2018. The program, registration, and hotel information are available here. Register by January 31 to take advantage of the early-bird discount, and make your hotel reservations at the Conference Center as soon as possible to lock in discounted rates.

If you are attending the Annual Meeting, we hope you will be able to stay for the CARA Meeting on Sunday morning. CARA is an organization within the Medieval Academy made up of representatives of programs, departments, centers, and regional associations who come together annually to discuss best-practices, collaborate on problem-solving, and share insights into how we can work locally, regionally, and globally to improve medieval studies for students, faculty, and scholars at all levels and at all types of institutions. Anyone can be part of CARA, and anyone may attend the meeting. Simply purchase a ticket for the CARA Meeting as part of your Annual Meeting registration.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

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Call for Papers – Winckelmann’s Victims. The Classics: Norms, Exclusions and Prejudices

Winckelmann’s Victims.
The Classics: Norms, Exclusions and Prejudices.

Call for Papers

Ghent University (Belgium), 20-22 September 2018

CONFIRMED KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Michelle Warren (University of Dartmouth) – Mark Vessey (University of British Columbia) – Irene Zwiep (University of Amsterdam)

Der einzige Weg für uns, groß, ja, wenn
 es möglich ist, unnachahmlich zu werden, is
die Nachahmung der Alten.”
Johannes Winckelmann

Classics played a major and fundamental role in the cultural history of Western Europe. Few would call this into question. Since the Carolingian period, notably ‘classical’ literature has served as a constant source and model of creativity and inspiration, by which the literary identity of Europe has been negotiated and (re-)defined. The tendency to return to the classics and resuscitate them remains sensible until today, as classical themes and stories are central to multiple contemporary literary works, both in ‘popular’ and ‘high’ culture. Think for instance of Rick Riordan’s fantastic tales about Percy Jackson or Colm Tóibín’s refined novels retelling the Oresteia.

At the same time, this orientation and fascination towards the classics throughout literary history has often —implicitly or explicitly— gone hand in hand with the cultivation of a certain normativity, regarding aesthetics, content, decency, theory, … Classical works, and the ideals that were projected on them, have frequently been considered as the standard against which the quality of a literary work should be measured. Whether a text was evaluated as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ depended on the extent to which it could meet the ‘classical’ requirements. Probably the most famous example of someone advocating such a classical norm was the German art critic Johannes Winckelmann (1717-1768), whose death will be commemorated in 2018. His Geschichte der Kunst des Altertums may be considered as the embodiment of the idea that the classics should be the norm for aesthetic or even any evaluation, such as, in Western Europe, it has recurrently cropped up, to a greater or lesser degree, from the Early Middle Ages until modern times.

Almost inevitably, this normativity has implied, shaped and fed prejudices and thoughts of exclusion towards literary features and aesthetic characteristics that seemed to deviate from classical ideals. Throughout literary history, examples occur of literary works, styles and genres that were generally appreciated within their time or context of origin, yet whose quality was retrospectively called into question because they were said not to be in accordance with the classical norm as it prevailed at the moment of judgement. Sometimes, this has even applied to whole periods. The persistence of similar assessments up until today is telling for the impact classical normativity still exercises. Besides, literary texts, though clearly not created to conform to the ‘classical’ standard, have been ‘classicized’ during judgement, being forced by a critic to fit into a classical framework and celebrated for its so-called imitation of antiquity. Even the Classics themselves often had and have to obey to this process of ‘classicization’. Therefore, with a sense for drama, one could say that all these works, literary forms, periods, etc. have seriously ‘suffered’ from the prejudices born from classics-based normativity, being the ‘victims’ of Winckelmann-like ideas concerning ‘classical’ standards.

This conference aims to consider classical normativity with its including prejudices and exclusions as a case-study for cultural self-fashioning by way of European literature. It seeks to explore how the normative status ascribed to the classics and the ensuing prejudices have, from the Early Middle Ages to modern times, influenced and shaped thoughts and views of the literary identity of Western Europe. Therefore, we propose the following questions:

  • What are the processes behind this normativity of the Classics? Is it possible to discern a conceptual continuum behind the time and again revival of the Classics as the norm for ‘good’ literature? Or, rather, are there clear conceptual and concrete divergences between succeeding periods of such ‘classical’ normativity?
  • What are the links (conceptual, historical, aesthetic, political, …) between the normativity of the Classics and the excluded ones, both in synchronic and diachronic terms? How does literary normativity of the Classics imply literary prejudices and exclusions?
  • How has normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions imposed an identity on European literature (and literary culture)?
  • What does this normativity of the Classics with its prejudices and exclusions mean for the conceptualization of European literary history?

Besides these conceptual questions, we also welcome case studies that may illustrate both the concrete impact of classical normativity and concrete examples of prejudice and exclusion as resulting from this normativity. We think of topics such as

  • the Classics themselves as victims of retrospective ‘classical’ normativity
  • the exclusion of literary periods that are considered non- or even contra-classical (baroque, medieval, …) and the clash with non-European literature
  • literary ‘renaissances’ and their implications
  • classical normativity and its impact on literatures obedient to political aims (fascism, populism, …)
  • literary appeal to the classics as a way of structuring and (re-)formulating society (‘higher’ liberal arts vs. ‘lower’ crafts and proficiencies, literary attitudes towards slavery, …)

We accept papers in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Please send an abstract of ca. 300 words and a five line biography to by 15 April 2018.

ORGANISATION: Wim Verbaal, Paolo Felice Sacchi and Tim Noens are members of the research group RELICS (Researchers of European Literary Identities, Cosmopolitanism and the Schools). This research group studies historical literatures and the dynamics that shape a common, European literary identity. It sees this literary identity as particularly negotiated through languages that reached a cosmopolitan status due to fixed schooling systems (Latin, Greek and Arabic), and in their interaction with vernacular literatures. From a diachronic perspective, we aim to seek unity within the ever more diverse, literary Europe, from the first to the eighteenth century, i.e. from the beginning of (institutionally organized) education in the cosmopolitan language to the rise of more national oriented education.

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Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

Call for Sessions: Mary Jaharis Center Sponsored Panel, 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

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 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX, October 4–7, 2018. 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 February 5, 2018. 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 may 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 February 9, 2018. The organizer of the selected session is responsible for submitting the session to the BSC by February 15, 2018. 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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Call for Papers – New Feminisms A Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies

New Feminisms
A Call for Manuscripts for a Special Issue of postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies
Edited by Samantha Katz Seal and Nicole Nolan Sidhu

Every so often, every other medieval studies conference or so, we come together to bury feminism.  That is not to say that we do not praise it first; we eulogize its triumphs, its activism, its publications and practitioners.  But, our praise is offered only in so far as we may declare an end to what has come before; we will laud feminist theory as pivotal, but only if it is past.   As Elizabeth Robertson has noted, feminism is a word that medievalists increasingly do not say, and as Nicole Nolan Sidhu has concluded from an analysis of journal and university statistics, feminist inquiry is now rewarded with neither publication nor career promotion.[1]  Even as the community of medievalists who identify as feminists grows, swelling the ranks of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, the “myth” of feminist medieval studies and its intellectual impact upon the field at large has been increasingly restricted and retrospective.

This special issue of postmedieval calls for manuscripts that fight against such rituals of silence and silencing.  We hope to bring together pieces from all disciplines of medieval studies that testify to the vitality, transformations, and innovations of a 21st century feminist approach to the Middle Ages.  In particular, we look for scholarship that embraces an intersectional view of feminism, and which are alive to the possibilities for overlap and collaboration with race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and class studies, among others.  We also welcome articles that employ some of the “cutting-edge” theories of contemporary medievalist scholarship (such as ecocriticism, digital projects, disability theory, or affect theory), while also asking authors to reflect on how such analytic methodologies can coexist rather than compete with feminism.  Another possible approach to the cfp would be to consider how a feminist approach to medieval studies might inform contemporary activism or social justice initiatives.  We hope for a range of articles on this wide diversity of topics.

Articles may be collaborative pieces or single-authored and should be between 5000-7000 words (including notes and bibliography).  Deadlines for final versions of articles will be staggered between August 1 of 2018 and January 1, 2019. Please indicate your preferred deadline (August 1, Sept. 1, Oct. 1, etc.) in the abstract. Please email submissions to Samantha Katz Seal (  Postmedieval welcomes articles that are written in lively prose, use language creatively, avoid jargon, and utilize historicist, materialist, comparatist, and theoretical methods.

[1] Elizabeth Robertson, “Medieval Feminism in Middle English Studies: A Retrospective,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 26. 1 (Spring, 2007), 67-79; Nicole Nolan Sidhu, “Love in a Cold Climate: The Future of Feminism and Gender Studies in Middle English Scholarship,” Literature Compass 6.4 (July, 2009), 864-85.

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2018 Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize

The 2018 Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize has been awarded to “The Digital Red Monastery Church: Open Access for Scholars and the Public, for Research and Teaching” (Principal Investigator, Elizabeth S. Bolman). This project used laser technology not only to create an interactive 360-degree panorama of the triconch sanctuary <,-83.70,90.0> for the use of the general public, but also a highly sophisticated, finely grained laser scan of the entire church <> that preserves its current structure for future study.

The Medieval Academy Digital Humanities and Multimedia Studies Prize honors successful and innovative digital projects in Medieval Studies. The recipient (i.e. the Principal Investigator) will receive a cash prize of $1000. The 2018 Prize Citation is online here.

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Call for Applications: 2018-2019 New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowships

The New York Public Library is pleased to offer short-term research fellowships to support graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent researchers.  Individuals needing to conduct on-site research in the Library’s special collections to support projects in the humanities, business, and the fine and performing arts are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship stipends are $1,000 per week for a minimum of two and maximum of four weeks.  Each fellow is expected to be in residence at the Library for the duration of their fellowship and to write a blog post for about their work with the Library’s collections.

The Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library holds over 29,000 linear feet of material in over 5,500 collections, with strengths in the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States.

The Rare Book Collection contains over 350,000 printed volumes, pamphlets, broadsides, and newspapers, in addition to thousands of pieces of ephemera.  It is especially rich in fifteenth century printing, Americana, voyages and travels, early Bibles, and literature.

Visit for more information about these and other divisions available for fellowship research.

Detailed program information can be found at, and Library holdings can be explored at and

To apply, submit an online application at  Fellowships are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and foreign nationals who have been resident in the United States for the three years as of January 31, 2018.  Fellows must reside outside the New York metropolitan area.

Application Deadline:  February 15, 2018

Notification Date:  March 31, 2018

Fellowship Period:  June 1, 2018 – May 30, 2019

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Jobs for Medievalists

Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books



The University of Missouri Libraries (Columbia, MO) seek an Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books (SCARaB).  The successful candidate will provide leadership for the SCARaB Division, which is responsible for selecting, preserving, and making accessible materials of the Libraries’ special and rare book collections.  These collections house rare and unique materials that span over four thousand years, and vary from a tiny Charlotte Bronte manuscript to the Lanford Wilson papers to the Comic Arts Collections and dime novels.   The AUL is also responsible for supervising the University Archivist in the selecting, accessioning, and control of the official records of MU and the UM System’s central administration; and supervising the organization and preservation of manuscript collections and organizational records that document the history of the University of Missouri and its various activities and communities. We seek candidates whose work will reflect a strong commitment to the Libraries’ and the University’s mission, vision, and values, including diversity and inclusion.




Leadership:  The AUL works with library managers and supervisors to establish goals and objectives and to set priorities, and also has responsibility for the overall planning, resource allocation, and administration of the SCARaB Division.  He or she is a member of the Libraries’ management team and participates in establishing library-wide policy, serves on committees, and supports fundraising and development activities.  He or she evaluates personnel, analyzes costs and efficiency of operations, and coordinates projects with other divisions.  The position actively encourages and supports professional development and training of librarians, archivists, and staff.


Collection Development:  The AUL is responsible for supervising the ongoing development of collections in the areas of manuscripts, rare books, university archives, and other special collections through donations, purchases, and records management.  The incumbent proactively cultivates relationships with donors and seeks out gifts, grants, and other external support for the Division in cooperation with the Libraries’ Development Officer.  In particular, the position pursues donations of materials that correspond to the Division’s collection development policies.


Digital Projects:  The AUL supervises the Digital Services unit and develops strategies and priorities for digitizing the historical and rare holdings of the Libraries and University Archives.  He or she works with service providers and granting agencies to facilitate integrated access to library collections and information resources and to increase capacity for in-house digital projects.


Public Services:  Experience in planning student engagement with special collections and rare material along with a commitment to working collaboratively with the whole library system is essential.  The incumbent must be committed to promoting and enhancing instruction and research services. .


This position will be hired at the appropriate rank of Librarian or Archivist, according to the qualifications of the final candidate.  For information regarding title and rank, please review the MU Libraries’ Librarian and Archivist Governance Document found at


Required Qualifications:


·         M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent or an accredited master of arts degree in a supporting discipline with a minimum of 6 hours of credit in courses concentrating on research methodology or archival administration.


·         Strong knowledge of book history, archival administration, and current and emerging trends in archives and special collections, including collection development for rare books, archives, and special collections, records management principles, and digital preservation.


·         Demonstrated experience in digital projects.


·         At least six years of progressively responsible library or archives experience. Experience working with rare books and special collections, and at least two years supervisory experience. 


·         Knowledge of techniques for book preservation and conservation.


·         Experience with successful grants and/or donor relationships.


·         Excellent supervisory and public speaking skills. Ability to advocate for SCARaB with peers, donors, faculty, and university administrators.



 Preferred Qualifications:


·         Additional advanced degree in literature or history.


·         Certified Archivist (CA) from the Academy of Certified Archivists or Certified Records manager (CRM) from the Institute of Certified Records Managers.


·         Knowledge and experience supervising metadata creation and Hathi trust uploading; experience in digital humanities.


·         Language skills in French, German, Latin or other non-English languages.


·         Experience in an ARL or other large research library.


·         Experience working with library donors and large gifts, and with University Advancement.


·         Demonstrated professional activity and leadership in the profession. Involvement in groups such as ACRL’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.


·         Experience with building projects.


 Compensation:  Salary will be commensurate with rank.  Negotiable from $85,000.


To Apply:  Apply online at with Job ID 22743.  A cover letter, contact information for three references and CV are required.  Preference for applications received by February 1, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Benefit Eligibility:  This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at


About the Libraries, the campus, and community: The University of Missouri was founded in 1839 in Columbia, MO., as the first public university west of the Mississippi River and the first state university in Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase territory. Today, MU is a $2.2 billion enterprise and an important investment for the state and nation.


MU provides all the benefits of two universities in one: It’s a major land-grant institution with a statewide mission of service to citizens and Missouri’s largest public research university. Considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions, Mizzou is one of only 34 public universities, and the only public institution in Missouri, to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  The MU Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the statewide MOBIUS consortium.


The state’s most comprehensive university, MU offers more than 300 degree programs through 18 colleges and schools.  Many departments also work closely with the University Extension program to bring the benefits of research to Missouri citizens.  The University of Missouri has a statewide network of 10 research parks and business incubators, each designed to help faculty, entrepreneurs and businesses collaborate to move innovative research to the marketplace, and the Mizzou Advantage program encourages innovative interdisciplinary collaboration.


Mizzou has a diverse enrollment with 35,000 students from every county in Missouri, every state in the nation and 120 countries. MU’s nationally prominent faculty bring discoveries into the classroom, publish more than 1,600 books and scholarly articles each year and spend about $237 million annually on scientific research.  The National Science Foundation has recognized MU as one of the top-10 universities in the country for undergraduate research opportunities.  Mizzou graduates more than 8,000 students annually, granting 27 percent of all bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent of master’s degrees and 62 percent of all doctoral degrees earned at Missouri’s public universities.


Located in central Missouri with easy access to St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia, MO is consistently ranked one of America’s best places to live because of its excellent quality of life.  For more information on the MU Libraries, the University, and Columbia, please visit the following:


Special Collections and Rare Books –


University Archives –


University Libraries –


University of Missouri –


Columbia Convention and Visitor’s Bureau –


The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence.


The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action, ADA employer.

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Call for Papers – The Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature

The Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature
Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada
April 26-28, 2018

Call for papers

We invite abstracts for 20-minute conference presentations on any aspect of British literature from the 18th-century and earlier, for the 2018 NPCEBL annual conference.  Scholars from any academic rank (including undergraduate students) are invited to apply.

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Randall Martin, Professor at the University of New Brunswick, and author of Shakespeare and Ecology (Oxford University Press, 2015), speaking on the subject of

“Shakespeare and the Natural World”

To complement Dr. Martin’s keynote address, we particularly solicit abstracts that relate to “Early British Literature and the Natural World,” because “this our life, … / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything” (As You Like It, 2.1.15-17). Of course, any and all papers on any aspect of early British literature are welcome and encouraged.

Please submit abstracts, via email, no later than March 1, 2018 to

For more information, please contact Dr. Deanna Smid, Dr. Lesley Glendinning, Reyna Nadeau, or Emily Kroeker at, or visit

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