MAA News – CARA Prizes: Call for Nominations

Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies 
The Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who have provided leadership in developing, organizing, promoting, and sponsoring medieval studies through the extensive administrative work that is so crucial to the health of medieval studies but that often goes unrecognized by the profession at large.

CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching 
The CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies recognizes Medieval Academy members who are outstanding teachers and who have contributed to the profession by inspiring students at the undergraduate or graduate levels or by creating innovative and influential textbooks or other materials for teaching medieval subjects.

Nominations and supporting materials must be received by Nov. 15.

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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 2019.

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 2019 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, four (4) slots are available for the year 2019, for which there must be at least eight (8) nominations. For the nomination of Corresponding Fellows no established minimum number of nominations is required.

Instructions for submitting nominations are available here:

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

Current Fellows:

Current Corresponding Fellows:

Nominations may be submitted by email (as a PDF attachment) to the Executive Director at <> or by mail to:

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

Nominations for the 2019 elections must be received by 31 October 2018.  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 – Good News from our Members

Katie Bugyis has been selected to be a Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University for 2018-19. The Fellowship will support research for her current book project, Liturgy Matters: Benedictine Women’s Communities in Medieval England.

Jennifer Speed (Univ. of Dayton) and two project co-directors have been awarded an NEH Community Connections Planning Grant at the University of Dayton. This one-year curricular project will revise courses in computer science, sociology, history, and music using the life and work of Paul Laurence Dunbar to examine significant themes in American history and culture.

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

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Call for Papers – Narrative & Nostalgia: The Crusades & American Civil War

Michel-Rolph Trouillot closed his 1995 Silencing the Past by reminding us that “History doesn’t belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it in their own hands.” This is nowhere more true than in two historical periods seldom in conversation – the 11th-century phenomenon called the Crusades, and the 19th-century American Civil War. Scholars across disciplines seek to clarify these periods among themselves, while popular audiences voraciously consume these and other retellings of the past, and others “take it in their own hands” by toppling monuments or explicitly evoking these periods as direct predecessors of their own. Scholars of both periods share similar arguments about the utility of certain methodologies and approaches, rationales for the importance of their study, and appropriation into modern politics.

To spur further conversation, Virginia Tech invites paper proposals for a 1 ½ day plenary conference to be held at the Hotel Roanoke in Roanoke, VA on March 29-30, 2019.

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Matthew X. Vernon, assistant professor of English at UC-Davis, and author of The Black Middle Ages: Race and the Construction of the Middle Ages (Palgrave, 2018) will be our keynote speaker.

Papers of approximately 20 minutes in length, from any discipline, engaging any aspect of the medieval holy war or American Civil War are welcome. Comparative work between the 2 periods is encouraged. Other presentation styles (roundtables) will be considered.

Please send proposals consisting of a CV and an abstract of 250-300 words to by December 15, 2018.

To help ameliorate costs, there will be no registration fee. In addition, coffee/ snacks, 1 breakfast, and 1 lunch will be provided. Attendees will be responsible for travel & lodging.

For more information, please contact organizer Prof. Matthew Gabriele (Virginia Tech) at

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Manuscripts in the Curriculum II

Les Enluminures currently sponsors a program, Manuscripts in the Curriculum I, to enable colleges, universities, and other educational institutions in the United States and Canada to borrow a select group of original manuscripts to be used for teaching and exhibitions for a segment of the academic year (semester, quarter, or summer session).  Central to the philosophy of this program is the integration of real manuscripts into the curriculum in courses where students can work closely with original material under the guidance of a professor.  It is also envisioned that it will encourage participating institutions to discover and implement ways that manuscripts can continue to be used creatively in their curricula.

Due to demand, we are inaugurating a second, revised program, Manuscripts in the Curriculum II, that will begin in September 2019.  A smaller group of seven to nine manuscripts will be available for loan, which will include representative examples of types of books:  a thirteenth-century Bible, a Book of Hours, a Music manuscript, a Humanist manuscript, a Book for the Mass or Divine Office, a Psalter, Sermons, and Monastic Life.  It is possible to customize the program with one or two “wild card” manuscripts especially suited to the needs of the institution.  Descriptions of a representative group of manuscripts will be available upon request. There is a nominal cost ($5,000) for North American institutions to contribute towards the out-of-pocket expenses of the program (with an additional fee for participating Canadian institutions for international shipping and customs).  The fee covers:  administration, insurance, shipping, condition reports, and study guides.

To qualify for consideration, an application is required.  The application (no more than 3 pages in length) should include:  a letter of intent, outlining the course(s) planned, and other internal and public events (lectures, receptions, colloquia), as well as any special requests for “wild card” manuscripts; a plan for integrating the use of manuscripts in the curriculum after the conclusion of the program; the names of faculty and library staff responsible for overseeing and funding the program; and the preferred semester with a second choice listed (from September 2019 through September 2021).  Applications are due October 15, 2018.  Decisions will be announced November 15, 2018.

For information:

To read news and reviews of the program to date:

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11th Annual Schoenberg Symposium Registration open!

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age:

Illuminations: Manuscript, Medium, Message

November 15–17, 2018

Manuscript illumination has often been considered in relation to the texts it accompanies, but rarely in terms of its interplay with other artistic media. Historically, however, the technique was closely associated with other forms of artistic expression and served as a crucial point of contact and transfer for visual motifs across space and time. The goal of this year’s symposium is to examine cases of intermedial exchange through the lenses of technique, style, iconography, social context, and cultural geography, while also posing broader questions about the deep connections between the craft of illumination and other arts more widely. Of special interest will be insights gained from the technical examination of works in different media, new comparisons made possible by digital technology, and the discovery of linkages once obscured by strict historiographical divisions

The program will begin Thursday evening at 5:00 pm on November 15, 2018, at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library, with a keynote lecture by Professor Susie Nash of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The symposium will continue November 16th-17th at the Kislak Center of Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information on the program and to register, please go to

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Medieval History Seminar

The German Historical Institutes in London and Washington, D.C., are pleased to announce the eleventh Medieval History Seminar, to be held in London from 10 to 12 October 2019. The seminar is designed to bring together Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. recipients (2018) in medieval history from American, Canadian, British, Irish and German universities for three days of scholarly discussion and collaboration. They will have the opportunity to present their work to their peers as well as to distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. Conveners for the 2019 seminar will be Paul Freedman (Yale University), Bernhard Jussen (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), Simon MacLean (University of St Andrews), Ruth Mazo Karras (Trinity College Dublin), Len Scales (Durham University), and Dorothea Weltecke (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main).

The Medieval History Seminar welcomes proposals from all areas of medieval history. Participation is not limited to historians working on German history or German-speaking regions of Europe. Nor is a particular epoch or methodological approach preferred. Applications from neighbouring disciplines are welcome if the projects have a distinct historical focus.

The seminar is bi-lingual, and papers and discussions will be conducted both in German and English. Participants must have a good reading and aural comprehension of both languages. Successful applicants must be prepared to submit a paper of approximately 5000 words by 1 September 2019. They are also expected to act as commentator for other papers presented in the seminar.

The GHI will cover the travel and lodging expenses of the participants.
Applications may be submitted in German or English and should include:

• a curriculum vitae (including institutional affiliation, address and e-mail);
• a description of the proposed paper (4-5 pages, double-spaced);
• one letter of recommendation.

Send applications, if possible as one pdf-document, per e-mail to:

German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050
London WC1A 2NJ (UK) FAX +44-(0)20-7309 2055

The deadline for submission is 31 January 2019.

For further information, please contact Dr. Cornelia Linde, GHI London, e-mail:

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Jobs for Medievalists

Administrative Librarian (Director, Special Collections Directorate)

Open & closing dates: 09/04/2018 to 10/04/2018
Service: Excepted
Pay scale & grade: SL 00
Salary: $126,148 to $189,600 per year
Appointment type: Permanent – Position
Work schedule: Full-Time – Flexitime.

Announcement number: VAR000519. Control number: 509530500


This position is located in the Special Collections Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 373296.

This position has no promotion potential. The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area. This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

The position serves as the Director of the Special Collections Directorate. The Special Collections Directorate is responsible for the Library’s extensive collections of unique or rare, unpublished and published, resources in a variety of physical and digital formats, with significant specializations in areas such as manuscripts, oral history, photography and geographic information systems.

The Director works under the general direction and supervision of the Associate Librarian for Library Services (ALLS). The Director has responsibility over seven organizational units: Geography and Map Division; Manuscript Division; Music Division; Prints & Photographs Division; Rare Book and Special Collections Division; and the American Folklife Center, including the Veterans History Project. The Director is responsible for the overall effectiveness of the Directorate; the effectiveness of his/her communication and cooperation with other members of Library Services, the Library and outside organizations; the quality and extent of his/her participation on the service unit management team; and his/her effective leadership of subordinate managers, supervisors and staff in incorporating the Library’s priorities and values into their programs and activities.

The Director has overall responsibility, as well as delegated authority, for the oversight and administration of broad, emerging, and critical agency programs or operations. Is primarily responsible for the direction and management of the Directorate and is charged with developing, building, and curating the digital and physical collections, stewardship and management of the collections, and sharing the collections by providing resources for researchers seeking to use the vast collections of the Library. Has responsibility for creating and managing metadata according to national standards for archival collections and for cartographic, music, and graphic materials. Has responsibility for researcher focused services, including multiple reading rooms, websites, and digitization; special collections access guidance, orientation, and instruction; and creating and participating in outreach programs through means, such as social media and special events.

Serves as the primary advisor to the ALLS on various programs and events of the Special Collections Directorate. Counsels senior management and officials at multiple levels of the Library of Congress; senior staff of the Directorate; and private sector clients and vendors on agency matters.

Works closely and provides guidance to the seven subordinate Directorate managers. Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special work groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects or studies critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and problems.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with various high-level individuals, other legislative and executive agencies, executives of major corporations, and members of the public.

Establishes and maintains close and cooperative working relationships with other service unit managers as well as other government agencies and other institutions with related interests, in order to advance the programs and objectives of the Library.

Establishes performance expectations for subordinate managers. Provides informal feedback and formally evaluates direct reports on organizational and individual performance. Provides advice and counsel to staff members and subordinate managers. Effects disciplinary measures. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Travel Required. Occasional travel – Incumbent may be required to travel for business purposes.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Medieval Iberian Studies

Req # 03884

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago seeks candidates for a tenure-track assistant professor position in medieval Iberian studies, to begin July 1, 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures has vibrant graduate and undergraduate programs in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, and offers instruction in Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish. We seek a colleague who will contribute to intellectual conversations and collaborations within and beyond the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, for instance in connection to the University’s many interdisciplinary centers and workshops. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: critical race studies, gender studies, religious studies, intellectual history, multi-lingualism, border and migration studies, manuscript and material culture.

The normal teaching load for an Assistant Professor is four courses per year, plus advising and committee responsibilities. The successful candidate is expected to teach in the University’s common core, to teach introductory and advanced undergraduate courses in literature and culture, as well as graduate courses related to their area of expertise. They will have native or near-native proficiency in Spanish. Proficiency in one or more of the medieval languages of the Iberian peninsula is also very desirable. Candidates are required to have their PhD in Spanish literature, Medieval Studies, or a related field. All requirements for the PhD must be completed prior to the start of the appointment. The deadline for applications is November 10, 2018.

Applications must be submitted to requisition #03884 through the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunities website:, and must include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a research statement that addresses current research as well as future plans for research; 3) a teaching statement that addresses experience or plans for teaching at both the undergraduate and the graduate level; 4) a curriculum vitae; 5) two samples of scholarly writing (one each in English and in Spanish or another peninsular language), for instance a published or forthcoming article, or a dissertation chapter; 6) three letters of recommendation. All candidate-authored materials must be submitted through the ACO website by the deadline of November 10, 2018 in order for the applicant to receive full consideration. Letters of recommendation will be accepted up to November 17, 2018 and must be submitted via the ACO website or emailed to by references or a portfolio service (such as Interfolio). The position is contingent upon final budgetary approval.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their request.

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Fragmentarium Workshop

The Swiss National Science Foundation Project Fragmentarium ( is pleased to announce the program of its upcoming workshop: “Bits and Pieces. Medieval Manuscript Fragments in the Digital Age,” to be held at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 5-6 October, 2018. The workshop is open to the public; those interested are invited to contact Fragmentarium at

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