Call for Applications: 2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

2018 UCLA Library Special Collections Short-term Research Fellowships

http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/short-term-research-fellowships

The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.

The Fellowships

James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships

Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2016 averaged $1,770 and in 2017 averaged $1,500. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.

Barbara Rootenberg Short-term Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences

The Rootenberg fellowship promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections

The Karmiole fellowship supports the use of UCLA Library Special Collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. Information and application details are available at http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships .

R.B. Kitaj Fellowship

The Kitaj fellowship will allow scholars to pursue research lasting up to two months in UCLA Library Special Collections. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500. The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship award is funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). The fellowship was initiated to encourage research into and creative work inspired by Kitaj, an internationally renowned painter and intellectual. Born in Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his career in London, where he was a key participant in what is known as the “School of London.” He spent the last decade of his life in Los Angeles. In addition to a rich body of artwork, Kitaj left behind a large collection of papers and musings, now housed at UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library. Kitaj Research Fellow awardees are expected to be in residence at UCLA Library Special Collections and to make use of the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741). Information and application details are available at http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books

Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer, Rootenberg, Karmiole, and Kitaj fellowships, and delivered to a different address; information is available on the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center’s website at http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .

Eligibility

Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.

Karmiole Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and December 15, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:  http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/karmiole-fellowships

Kitaj Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 3 and August 31, 2018.  Information and application details are available at:  http://www.library.ucla.edu/special-collections/kitaj-fellowships

Ahmanson Fellowships:  United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2018; research residencies may last up to three months between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Information and application details are available at: http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/awards-fellowships/ahmanson/ .

Application Contents and Instructions for Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships

Researchers can submit a single application for “Short-term Research Fellowships” in order to be considered for either the Thayer or Rootenberg fellowships. Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2017.

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

Application materials for the Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted in PDF format by email to lib_lscfellowships@library.ucla.edu .  Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.

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2017 Schoenberg Symposium Registration Open

10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 2-4, 2017

Intertwined Worlds

Registration now open!

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 10th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age.

Despite the linguistic and cultural complexity of many regions of the premodern world, religion supplies the basis of a strong material and textual cohesion that both crosses and intertwines boundaries between communities. This year’s theme, “Intertwined Worlds,” will highlight the confluence of expressions of belief, ritual, and social engagement emerging in technologies and traditions of the world’s manuscript cultures, often beyond a single religious context. It will consider common themes and practices of textual, artistic, literary, and iconographic production in religious life across time and geography, from ancient precedents to modern reception and dissemination in the digital age.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium10.html .

Participants include:

  • Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University
  • Paul Dilley, University of Iowa
  • Benjamin Fleming, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ellen Gough, Emory University
  • Thibaud d’Hubert, University of Chicago
  • Ayesha Irani, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Shazia Jagot, University of Southern Denmark
  • Samantha Kelly, Rutgers University
  • Jinah Kim, Harvard University
  • Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Gila Prebor, Bar-Ilan University
  • Michael Pregil, Boston University
  • Michael Stanley-Baker, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Columba Stewart, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
  • Tyler Williams, University of Chicago
  • Saymon Zakaria, Bangla Academy, Dhaka
  • Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University
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MAA News – Annual Meeting Updates

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting, to be held on March 1 – 3 at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia). More details here. The Program and registration will be available in the coming months. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) on March 7 – 9. The Meeting was originally to have been hosted by the University of Colorado at Boulder, but due to unforeseen circumstances the University was obliged to retract the bid. We are very grateful to the community of medievalists at the University of Pennsylvania for stepping in on relatively short notice. The Call for Papers will be distributed in January 2018.

The 2020 Annual Meeting will take place at the University of California, Berkeley, on March 26 – 28.

If your institution is interested in hosting the 2021 Annual Meeting, please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis for information about submitting a proposal. Ideally, the 2021 host should be located in an easily-reachable locale in the Mid- or Southwest, with meeting and hotel space for 300-400 attendees, institutional support, and a community of medievalists willing to organize and run the conference.

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MAA News – Call for Fellows Nominations

“Dante and Virgil in Conversation,” from Oxford: Bodleian Library, MS. Holkham Misc. 48, p. 67. © Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

To all Members of the Medieval Academy of America:

Members are hereby invited to submit nominations for the election of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America for 2018.

The title of Fellow was created in 1926 to recognize and honor those scholars among us who over the years have made outstanding contributions to Medieval Studies through their teaching, scholarship, and service. Nominations are encouraged in all the varied fields encompassed by Medieval Studies, and all members of the Medieval Academy are free to submit nominations. Those nominations are overseen by the Fellows Nominating Committee, which is empowered to intervene only if there is some notable inequity in the list of proposed nominees. Existing Fellows will cast their ballots in December and January. The election of 2018 will operate under the by-laws and procedures adopted in 2013 and revised in 2015.

Existing Fellows may also have chosen to become Emeriti or Emeritae Fellows, which has the effect of opening up additional slots the following year for the election of new Fellows. Such Emeriti/Emeritae Fellows retain the position of Fellow in every respect but relinquish their right to vote in the election of new Fellows.

Current bylaws prescribe that there may be a total of up to 125 Fellows who at the time of election are members of the Academy and residents of North America, and in addition up to 75 Corresponding Fellows who at the time of election are residents of countries outside of North America. Following the rules established by the current bylaws, three (3) slots are available for the year 2018, for which there must be at least six (6) nominations. For the nomination of Corresponding Fellows no established minimum number of nominations is required.

Instructions for submitting nominations are available here:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Election_Procedure

Please refer to the lists of current Fellows before proposing a nomination:

Current Fellows:
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/?page=Fellows_List

Current Corresponding Fellows:  
https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/CorrFellows

Nominations may be submitted by email (as a PDF attachment) to the Executive Director at LFD@TheMedievalAcademy.org or by mail to:

Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director
Medieval Academy of America
17 Dunster St., Suite 202
Cambridge, Mass. 02138

Nominations for the 2018 elections must be received by 1 November 2017. Unsuccessful nominations from previous years may be resubmitted. Please contact the Executive Director for further information.

Finally, please note that nominations are to be kept in strictest confidence, from the nominee as well as from others.

– John Van Engen, President of the Fellows

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MAA News – Kalamazoo 2018 Call for Papers

At the 2018 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Medieval Academy plenary lecture will be delivered by Prof. Sara Ritchey (University of Tennessee, Knoxville). We invite submissions for two sessions related to Prof. Ritchey’s lecture as well as sessions sponsored by the GSC and CARA:

Plenary-related sessions:
1) Medical Texts in Manuscript Culture
2) Saints as Therapy
Contact: Monica Green
Arizona State Univ.
SHPRS, Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302
Phone: 480-965-5778
Fax: 480-965-0310
Email: monica.green@asu.edu

The Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee will sponsor a roundtable titled “Meet the Editors: Tips and Techniques on Article Submission for Graduate Students” (Contact: Katherine Sedovic, sedovick@tcd.ie)

Finally, the MAA’s Committee for Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) will sponsor two roundtables:

1) The Twenty-First-Century Medievalist: Digital Methods, Career Diversity, and Beyond
2) Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages
Contact: Sarah Davis-Secord
Univ. of New Mexico
Dept. of History, MSC06 3760
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-277-2451 Fax: 505-277-6023
Email: scds@unm.edu

Proposals must be received by the session organizers by 15 September.

For more information and the full Call for Papers, click here:
https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress

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MAA News – Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Tripoli, Bohemond VI or VII, gold bezant, 1251-87. Courtesy of Princeton University Numismatic Collection.

The Medieval Academy of America invites applications for the following grants. Please note that applicants must be members in good standing as of September 15 in order to be eligible for Medieval Academy awards.

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship
The Birgit Baldwin Fellowship provides a grant of $20,000 to support a graduate student in a North American university who is researching and writing a dissertation for the Ph.D. on any subject in French medieval history that can be realized only by sustained research in the archives and libraries of France. It may be renewed for a second year upon demonstration of satisfactory progress. (Deadline 15 November 2017)

Schallek Fellowship
The Schallek Fellowship provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). (Deadline 15 October 2017)

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 contingent faculty without access to institutional funding, attend conferences to present their work. (Deadline 1 November 2017 for meetings to be held between 16 February and 31 August 2018)

Please feel free to print and post this announcement.

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MAA News – Call for Prize Nominations

Photo: The Haskins Medal. The Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America invites submissions for the following prizes, to be awarded at the 2018 MAA Annual Meeting (Emory University, 1-3 March). Submission instructions vary, but all dossiers must complete by 15 October 2017.

Haskins Medal
Awarded to a distinguished monograph in the field of medieval studies.

Digital Humanities Prize
Awarded to an outstanding digital research project or resource in the field of medieval studies.

Karen Gould Prize [NEW]
Awarded to a monograph of outstanding quality in medieval art history.

John Nicholas Brown Prize
Awarded to a first monograph of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize
Awarded to a first article of outstanding quality in the field of medieval studies.

Please feel free to print and post this announcement.

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MAA News – New Program: MAA/CARA Conference Grant

The MAA/CARA Conference Grant for Regional Associations and Programs will be awarded for the first time in 2017. The $1,000 award will help support a regional or consortial conference taking place in 2018.

Applications are due by 15 October 2017. Click here for more information: https://medievalacademy.site-ym.com/page/MAA_CARA_Grant

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MAA News – Good News from our Members

We congratulate Rega Wood (Indiana University, Bloomington) and her collaborators who have been awarded a major Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Richard Rufus Project.

If you have good news to share, please contact Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis.

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Conferences – Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Deadline:   October 1, 2017

Charlemagne’s Ghost:  Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire
44th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Keynote Speaker:  Simon MacLean, University of St. Andrews
“What was Post-Carolingian about Post-Carolingian Europe?”

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Building E51-Room 315
2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

For more details and registration information, go to:
https://newenglandmedieval.org/upcoming/

Contact:  Mabel Sorett, mchin@mit.edu

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