Call for Submissions: Metropolitan Museum Journal

The Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed Metropolitan Museum Journal invites submissions of original research on works of art in the Museum’s collection. There are two sections: Articles and Research Notes. Articles contribute extensive and thoroughly argued scholarship. Research Notes typically present a concise, neatly bounded aspect of ongoing investigation, such as a new acquisition or attribution, or a specific, resonant finding from technical analysis. All texts must take works of art in the collection as the point of departure.

As of 2019, the process of peer review is double-blind. Manuscripts are reviewed by the Journal Editorial Board, composed of members of the curatorial, conserva­tion, and scientific departments, as well as scholars from the broader academic community.

Articles and Research Notes in the Journal appear both in print and online, and are accessible via MetPublications and the Journal’s home page on the University of Chicago Press website.

The deadline for submissions for Volume 55 (2020) is September 15, 2019.

Submission guidelines:

Please send materials to:

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Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), the University of Notre Dame offers its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology at its Rome Global Gateway. This two-week intensive course will introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.

Participants will develop mastery of abbreviation systems, the ability to identify, classify, localize, and date western book hands (ca. 1100-1500), and an understanding of the historical development and influence of Latin scripts. Western codicological principles and an introduction to analytical manuscript description will enable participants to interpret the manuscript as a complete object by utilizing physical properties such as collation, ruling patterns, and decoration in parallel with the script.

A special feature of the course will be extensive visits to the Vatican Library, which provide the opportunity for participants to apply the skills and techniques from the seminars with medieval manuscripts in situ. Discussion sections will offer a chance for students to share their experiences in a group setting and discuss various problems and difficulties. The course will culminate in a final presentation in which students present the fruits of their research and field questions from the audience.

Two evening lectures by specialists will provide in-depth supplementary content to particular aspects of the seminars.

2020 Dates

7–17 January 2020, Rome, Italy / Città del Vaticano.

2020 Application Deadline

4 August 2019.


Dr. David T. Gura, curator of Ancient of Medieval Manuscripts and concurrent associate  professor of paleography, will teach the course and supervise manuscript research.


Applications from graduate and postgraduate students, and early career faculty in Classics, Patristics, and all areas of Medieval Studies are welcome. Prior and advanced knowledge of Latin is essential. The course will be conducted in English.

Program Costs

The program fee is $1,000 (USD), which includes tuition, course materials, a welcome reception, fives lunches at the ND Gateway sessions, and two dinners.


Participants will secure their own lodging in Rome during the Winter School. A list of participants and contact info will be shared, in the case that participants may rent accommodations together to defray the cost (e.g., Airbnb, etc.).

Application Materials

Applicants should submit a CV and letter of application (be sure to specify Latin language experience, research topic, and the need for training in paleography and codicology), and the contact information for one letter of recommendation using the following link:


Payment instructions will be sent upon confirmation of acceptance. Deadline for tuition payments is September 20, 2019.

All questions may be directed to: Dr. David T. Gura, Curator, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, University of Notre Dame (

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Annual Colloquium, “The Insular Worlds of Byzantium”

What: Byzantine Studies Colloquium
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.
November 15, 2019

Byzantine islands have been largely considered marginal to the dramatic political, social, and economic changes the Byzantine heartland experienced in the seventh century and at the onset of Arab expansion in the eastern Mediterranean. Major islands, such as Sicily, Sardinia, Malta, and the Balearics, were lost forever. Others, like Crete and Cyprus, remained in flux until they were briefly reclaimed by Byzantium in tenth century before coming under Latin control during the Crusades. Contrary to the perspectives offered by written sources (Byzantine, Arab, and Western), which for the most part dismiss them as marginal spaces, places of exile, or military outposts along maritime frontiers, islands constitute the best examples of the transformative adaptability of Byzantine society during periods of volatility and transition. Instead of decline and abandonment, archaeological work and results point to the existence of active communities, local and regional economic exchanges, and cultural continuities and interconnections during the period between the seventh century and the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders in 1204.

Speakers will address the topic of Byzantine islands through case studies viewed in their broader Mediterranean and comparative contexts. The exploration of islands as hubs where Byzantine, Islamic, and Western European cultures encountered and influenced the local political, economic, and social structures will permit new insights into the networks of island societies and their legacies. Not only were islands located along commercial shipping routes, but, as spaces of adaptive economic activities and social strategies that were molded by military and political realities, they presented unique opportunities for cultural interconnections. In this context, the “Insular Worlds of Byzantium” will provide new and revised perspectives on the Byzantine Mediterranean and beyond.


  • Nikolas Bakirtzis, The Cyprus Institute
  • William Caraher, University of North Dakota
  • Salvatore Cosentino, Università di Bologna
  • Sarah Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico
  • Michael Decker, University of South Florida
  • Jonathan Shea, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Joanita Vroom, Universiteit Leiden
  • Luca Zavagno, Bilkent Üniversitesi

Please check the Dumbarton Oaks website ( in September for a link to register.

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One-Month Research Awards

What: One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 for scholars
Where: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.
When: Applications due October 1, 2019 for January 15 – June 30 award period

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection offers One-Month Research Awards of $3,000 to scholars holding the PhD or other relevant terminal degree (e.g., MLA for Garden and Landscape studies applicants) and working on research projects in Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian studies, Garden and Landscape studies, or related fields. The awards were established to make the intellectual community as well as the library, rare book, garden, and museum resources of Dumbarton Oaks more widely available to a broader range of scholars for shorter terms and with some flexibility in starting dates. Awards are intended especially for those who might not be able to avail themselves of a longer-term fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, or scholars in related disciplines who seek greater exposure to our fields of study.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Managing Editor of Byzantine Studies

What: Job opportunity
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.
Position remains open until filled

Position Title: Managing Editor of Byzantine Studies

Supervisor: Director of Publications

Department: Publications

Grade: 57, exempt

Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday


To serve as editor of the journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers, and manage all aspects of production of Byzantine Studies publications such as symposia and colloquia conference proceedings, Dumbarton Oaks collections publications, and various other books in established series.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In your role as editor of Dumbarton Oaks Papers you will be responsible for evaluating submissions for the journal, determining whether each article is of suitable length, subject, and tone. In addition, you will evaluate the need for manuscript development and work with authors on needed changes to prepare articles for peer review. You will also work directly with the editorial board to conduct and manage double-blind peer review.
  • In addition, you will conduct and manage double-blind peer review for all Byzantine scholarly books, and make sure that all concerns of peer reviewers have been met by authors and volume editors.
  • Work with the director of publications to create and maintain reasonable production schedules to ensure projects are produced in a timely manner.
  • See each edited volume, monograph, and the journal Dumbarton Oaks Papers through the publishing production process, from transmittal to final print production.
  • Work with volume editors and authors to transmit all final files, text, and images for production in a timely manner, make sure all permissions are in place, and work with production manager to ensure all image files are ready for print production.
  • Hire and manage contractors such as copyeditors, proofreaders, indexers, cartographers, and illustrators as needed, including setting reasonable schedules and writing contracts.
  • Provide information, instructions, and schedules to the organizers of Dumbarton Oaks symposia and colloquia who hope to publish their proceedings as edited volumes.
  • Write and administer contracts for volume editors, monograph authors, contributing authors in edited volumes, and journal article authors. Ensure that authors’ contractual obligations are met.
  • Cleanup and prepare copyedited text files and send text and images to the graphic designer or type compositor.
  • Review all proofs and traffic to multiple editors, authors, and contractors, compiling and marking up corrections for the compositor and making sure all corrections have been made.
  • Write marketing (website and catalog) and jacket or cover copy for all volumes.
  • Compile complimentary copy lists for reviewers, authors and contractors; send book announcements to specialized listservs; and apply for relevant book awards.
  • Write monthly reports outlining the progress of all publications.
  • Maintain publication submission guides and style guides.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Graduate degree in Byzantine studies or a cognate field.
  • Five + years of experience as a manuscript editor or production editor in scholarly publishing, experience with mechanical and substantive editing of book-length manuscripts, experience with project management.
  • Demonstrated experience in ancient Greek required.
  • Familiarity with prevailing standards of documentation and advanced knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed.


  • PhD in Byzantine studies preferred.
  • Other than ancient Greek, one or more other languages relevant to Byzantine studies highly preferred (e.g., Latin, French, German, Russian, modern Greek).
  • Familiarity with trends and issues in Byzantine and medieval studies.
  • Computer fluency and proficiency in onscreen editing techniques and fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Microsoft Word, is essential.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work with authors from different national and disciplinary backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with copyright, publishing contracts, budgets, and workflows.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Superb organizational abilities, with keen attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and to meet deadlines. Flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills.

To apply:

The position remains open until filled. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant

qualifications by clicking the link below. A copyediting test will be administered to finalists to determine skill, style, and proficiency.

Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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MAA News – Latest Issue of Speculum is Now Available Online

The latest issue of Speculum is now available on the University of Chicago Press Journals website.

To access your members-only journal subscription, log in to the MAA website using your username and password associated with your membership (contact us if you have forgotten either), and choose “SpeculumOnline” from the “Speculum” menu.  As a reminder, your MAA membership provides exclusive online access to the full run of Speculum in full text, PDF, and e-Book editions – at no additional charge.
Speculum, Volume 94, Issue 3 (July 2019)


Women and Their Sequences: An Overview and a Case Study 
Margot E. Fassler

The Image of the Greek: Western Pilgrims’ Views of Eastern Monks and Monasteries in the Holy Land, c.1200-1500 
Andrew Jotischky

The Feminine Prehistory of the York Purification: St. Leonard’s Hospital, Civic Drama, and Women’s Devotion 
Nicole R. Rice

Masculinity and Prostitution in Late Medieval German Literature 
Jamie Page

Secular and Ecclesiastical Justice in Late Anglo-Saxon England 
Nicole Marafioti

Book Reviews
This issue of Speculum features more than 70 book reviews, including:

Gabriel Byng, Church Building and Society in the Later Middle Ages 
Reviewed by Norbert Nussbaum

Brian FitzGerald, Inspiration and Authority in the Middle Ages: Prophets and their Critics from Scholasticism to Humanism 
Reviewed by Ian Christopher Levy

Liz Herbert McAvoy, ed. and trans., A Revelation of Purgatory 
Reviewed by Laura Saetveit Miles

Judith S. McKenzie and Francis Watson, The Garima Gospels: Early Illuminated Gospel Books from Ethiopia
Reviewed by Sean M. Winslow

Jonathan Morton, The “Roman de la Rose” in its Philosophical Context: Art, Nature, and Ethics 
Reviewed by Daisy Delogu

Penelope Nash, Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society 
Reviewed by Miriam Shadis
MAA members also receive a 30% discount on all books and e-Books published by the University of Chicago Press, and a 20% discount on individual Chicago Manual of Style Onlinesubscriptions. To access your discount code, log in to your MAA account, and click here.  Please include this code while checking out from the University of Chicago Press website.


The Medieval Academy of America

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MAA News – The MAA has Moved!

As we begin to transition Speculum into the hands and DC-office of incoming Editor Katherine Jansen, the administrative office of the Medieval Academy has moved our office as well. As of June 1, we are located at:

6 Beacon St., Suite 500
Boston, Massachusetts 02108

This move takes us out of Harvard Square for the first time since our establishment in 1925. Around the corner from Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House, behind the historic Granary Burying Ground, and down the street from the Boston Athenaeum, this new location situates us within easy reach of all of Boston’s academic, historic, and cultural institutions. Step off the Freedom Trail and come by for a visit!

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MAA News – Database of Medieval Resources

The Medieval Academy’s Database of Medieval Digital Resources  (MDR) was launched in January and is growing every week, with several dozen vetted resources added in the past few months. Another fifty resources are currently undergoing review and will be added once/if they pass muster.

As part of an incipient collaboration with National History Day, several dozen resources in MDR have been tagged as “National History Day Selected Resources,” indicating that they are appropriate for use by grades 6-12. We are particularly grateful to Kevin Shirley (LaGrange College) for overseeing the selection of these resources. In addition, the Medieval Academy of America has taken out an advertisement in the 2020 National History Day Themebook encouraging students and teachers to consider engaging with medieval topics and directing them to the Database of Medieval Digital Resources as they begin their research.

It is our hope this collaboration will result in improved representation of the Middle ages in National History Day projects and in K-12 curricula in general. Please feel free to promote MDR and our involvement with NHD to your K-12 contacts.

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MAA News – MAA Publication Subventions

We are very pleased to announce that two Medieval Academy Publication Subventions have been awarded for 2019: David Defries, From Sithiu to Saint-Bertin: Hagiographic Exegesis and Collective Memory in the Early Medieval Cults of Omer and Bertin  (to be published by The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), and Greg Roberts, Police Power in the Italian Communes, 1228-1326 (to be published by Amsterdam University Press). The Medieval Academy Book Subvention Program provides grants of up to $2,500 to university or other non-profit scholarly presses to support the publication of first books by Medieval Academy members.

For more information, click here.

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Scholarly Book Exchange

A new Facebook group has been established called “Medievalist Book Exchange.” It was created to facilitate matches between scholars and institutions who welcome donations of scholarly books in Medieval Studies (and related disciplines) and those who would like to make such donations. The need for such a site has become clear now that so many university libraries are no longer accepting donations from their own retiring faculty members, and so books that could live a useful life elsewhere are being relegated to the dumpster instead. The group is intended to have a global reach.

If you are interested in these book exchanges, or think you might be in the future, search for “Medievalist Book Exchange” on Facebook and ask to join the (closed) group. If you are not on Facebook but are actively seeking to donate books or solicit book donations, you can send an email to Felice Lifshitz ( and she will post your message to the list for you.

Members should post to the full list either what they are looking for or what they can offer. Initial descriptions can be fairly general to minimize effort. Details of the transaction (specific titles, addresses and postage costs) should ideally be discussed by private messenger or over email after the initial contact is successfully made.

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