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 – Belle Da Costa Greene Fund: Help us meet our goal!

The Medieval Academy of America is very pleased to announce the establishment of the Belle Da Costa Greene Fund, which has raised more than $10,000 since its inception. We need your help to reach our goal of $45,000!

Belle Da Costa Greene (1883-1950) was a prominent art historian and the first manuscript librarian of the Pierpont Morgan collection. She was also the first known person of color and second woman to be elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (1939). According to the Morgan Library & Museum website, “Greene was barely twenty when Morgan hired her, yet her intelligence, passion, and self-confidence eclipsed her relative inexperience, [and] she managed to help build one of America’s greatest private libraries.” She was, just as importantly, a black woman who had to pass as white in order to gain entrance and acceptance into the racially fraught professional landscape of early twentieth-century New York. Her legacy highlights the professional difficulties faced by medievalists of color, the personal sacrifices they make in order to belong to the field, and their extraordinary contributions to Medieval Studies.

The Belle Da Costa Greene Award of $2,000 will be granted annually to a medievalist of color for research and travel. This is one of several incipient actions designed to make the Medieval Academy of America a more welcoming place for all medievalists.

Click here to donate to the Belle Da Costa Greene Fund.

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MAA News – New MAA Travel Program: Spread the Word!

The Medieval Academy of America is inaugurating a new travel program this fall, similar to those that universities often run for their communities of lifelong learners. Participants in this October 23-28 trip will join Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis in England to visit two once-in-a-lifetime exhibitions: “Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms” at the British Library and “Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth” at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, with curatorial introductions and expert guides. These exhibitions overlap for only one week, making this trip a unique opportunity for visitors to see them together.

For more information, please see the brochure here.

Proceeds benefit Medieval Academy of America programs in support of student, adjunct, unaffiliated, and junior scholars.

Please feel free to forward this link to anyone you know who might be interested, whether or not they are academics. Travelers do not need to be Medieval Academy members to participate. The trip is limited to twenty travelers, so interested participants should register as soon as possible and no later than August 23!

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Call for Papers – Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts’

Al-Andalus in Motion: Travelling Concepts and Cross-Cultural Contexts’

Istanbul Medeniyet University, 15-16 November 2018

The history of Iberia, as both an originator and a product of global colonization, constitutes a field of study for interrogating fundamental concepts of contemporary liberal-democratic societies. The ‘Iberianate venture’ embraces the ‘Al-Andalus’ syndrome (Islamic Andalusia as a model of tolerant co-existence between Christians, Muslims and Jews), the Iberian ‘Black legend’ (repressive Inquisitorial Catholicism, imperial brutality, economic backwardness), and Sefarad (an ambiguous place of home and exile for Iberian Jews). Within the framework of the ‘Traveling Concepts’ strand of the Language Acts & Worldmaking project, this conference will focus on the many ways in which Al-Andalus becomes a figure of thought, a means by which societies, minority groups, and individuals past and present represent and critically engage with questions of religious pluralism, intercultural contact and national identity.

Proposals for papers are invited from across the disciplines with a focus on the cross-cultural circulation of Andalusian and Sephardic ideas and concepts across geographies and histories. Submissions are welcome on any topic related to Al-Andalus and its afterlives including, but not limited to:

  • The languages, cultures, literatures and music of Al-Andalus and its diasporas;
  • Memory and identity in the Andalusi and Sephardic diasporas and its diverse contexts of settlement;
  • The trajectory of an ideological fascination with Muslim Spain/Al-Andalus as a hybrid space, a porous frontier between East and West, Islam and Christendom;
  • Sephardic and Andalusi heritage industry and cultural tourism;
  • Alhambrismo and the Moorish style in architecture and the decorative arts; material culture, Orientalism and Neo-Orientalism;
  • Language encounters between Al-Andalus, Iberia and Sefarad: oralities, scripts, texts, translations;
  • The circulation of ideas and representations of Al-Andalus from early modern days to the present, in Europe, Latin America, Turkey, and the broader Islamicate world, and their cultural, ideological and political uses;
  • Al-Andalus in fantasy and worldbuilding games and virtual reality;
  • The cultural and political traction of the chronotopes of Al-Andalus in the Christian, Muslim and Sephardic worlds;
  • Travel and travellers in Al-Andalus/Sefarad/Iberia across time and space;
  • Moros y cristianos festivals, Al-Andalus fairs, public history and historical re-enactment;
  • Al-Andalus as a combat concept in War-on-Terror times.

Abstracts of 250-400 words on these or similar topics should be submitted using the online application form at

Important Dates

Abstract Submission                                        August 31, 2018

Confirmation of acceptance                         September 10, 2018

Final program                                                    September 30, 2018
Conference Dates                                            November 15-16, 2018

İlmi Etudler Derneği
Aziz Mahmut Hüdayi Mh. Türbe Kapısı Sk. No: 13 Üsküdar İstanbul Turkey

Language Acts and Worldmaking ( is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language learning by foregrounding language’s power to shape how we live and make our worlds. Travelling Concepts takes the Iberian Peninsula as both the originator and product of a polycentric process of global colonization, and its history as a workshop for questioning how language constructs the world. In a journey that takes us from Brazil to China, and through multiple languages, we investigate the ideological work performed by the vocabularies that historically cluster around Iberia, whether embedded in individual words, phrases or extended literary forms (narrative, lyric, history). Concepts such as ‘global’, ‘culture’, ‘civilisation’, ‘tolerance’, ‘Europe’ and the binary East/West are central to the way Iberian history has been imagined both inside and outside the Peninsula, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

ILEM-Scientific Studies Association ( was founded in 2002 with a view to training and supporting scientists and intellectuals engaging with the challenges of the contemporary world. Through the organisation of academic, cultural, and public engagement events and publications, ILEM aims to contribute to the generation and dissemination of knowledge across the social sciences, arts, literature and theology in dialogue and critical engagement with the wealth of ideas and scholarship of the Islamicate traditions.

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Call for Applications | Core Program | Camargo Foundation


The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. The Foundation encourages the visionary work of artists, scholars, and thinkers in the arts and humanities.


Launched in 1971, the Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected:

  • Scholars

Applicants should be connected to the arts and humanities working on French, Francophone, or Mediterranean cultures.

  • Thinkers

This category includes accomplished professionals and practitioners in cultural and creative fields (i.e. as curators, journalists, critics, urban planners, independent scholars, etc).

  • Artists (all disciplines)

Applicants should be the primary creators of a new work/project.


A stipend of 250 USD per week is available, as is funding for basic transportation to and from Cassis.


The Camargo Core Program has two sessions:

  • Fall 2019

8 weeks from September 10 to November 5, 2019

  • Spring 2020

6 weeks from February 25 to April 7, 2020

8 weeks from February 25 to April 21, 2020

11 weeks from February 25 to May 12, 2020


Candidates must be able to communicate well in English.


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Call for Papers – Kalamazoo 2019: Was there capitalism in the middle ages?

For both contemporary scholars and classical theorists, capitalism defines modernity. Yet for a concept that is so en vogue (consider, e.g., the surprising success of Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty- First Century), there is little consensus over what it is and when it started. If capitalism is definitionally modern, then are all pre-modern economic systems non-capitalist? Or, on the other hand, do we have “modernity” whenever we see whatever we decide capitalism is? These thorny questions push us to consider what medieval economic activity was like and how it can inform the burgeoning field of the history of capitalism.

This definitional problem also masks a disciplinary problem: historians of capitalism and medieval economic historians often talk past each other, with medievalists privileging close study of primary sources (written, material, etc.) and historians of capitalism often lacking the exposure to the medieval material needed to back up definitional and theoretical claims. The aim of the panel will be to bring together experts in medieval economic activity and the evidence that survives for it with historians who may not have engaged with the medieval material. We hope that this will foster a new, positive, and productive sense of interdisciplinary discussion and teamwork.

Our panel will follow up on the successful “lightning session” format that we used at this past year’s panel on Digital Materialisms. The panel will consist of a series of four short papers (~12 minutes long) which will be precirculated among participants. The papers will be followed by discussion between the panelists followed by open questions from the audience. Because of the brevity of the papers, and our desire to foster dialogue, we ask scholars to either present a set of primary sources (documentary, material, or otherwise) that can shed light on medieval economic life; or, on the other hand, we ask scholars to provide an introduction to a theoretical problem in the field of history of capitalism that certain types of evidence might help resolve.

We choose this format because we feel that the value that our panel adds will be in bringing together the expertise of historians of capital and medieval historians, who are often not in dialogue.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form to session organizer Henry Gruber ( by September 15. Please include your name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.

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Jornadas Proyecto Tesoro. Resultados de la investigación interdisciplinar sobre el tesoro de San Isidoro de León

Jornadas Proyecto Tesoro. Resultados de la investigación interdisciplinar sobre el tesoro de San Isidoro de León

11-12 septiembre 2018

La creación de un tesoro medieval ofrece un testigo material para desvelar los intereses, las posibilidades y las aspiraciones de quiénes lo establecieron. En el registro escrito queda constancia de los múltiples usos que las figuras regias hacían de sus tesoros en los siglos centrales de la Edad Media. Para los monarcas, un tesoro podía funcionar como una fuente de obsequios para los aliados, a los que ataban con lazos de obligación; posesiones de prestigio para la ostentación ante un público de élite; o reservas financieras que se podían despiezar en tiempos de necesidad. Tanto crónicas como documentos describen los vaivenes de los metales preciosos y los textiles bordados o tejidos con hilo de oro, dejando clara no solo la suma importancia que tenían para la representatividad regia y la eclesial sino también para la economía de los poderosos.

A pesar de su notable presencia en la documentación escrita, pocos tesoros medievales de la Península Ibérica han llegado a nuestros días en un estado más o menos intacto. Sin embargo en San Isidoro de León se puede analizar la realidad material de los marfiles, textiles y orfebrería así como el archivo conformado por documentos, crónicas y milagros que hacen referencia al tesoro. Por esta razón el tesoro de San Isidoro de León brinda una oportunidad singular para la investigación interdisciplinar y multicultural. Tanto por su riqueza en objetos como en fuentes escritas, la colección isidoriana brilla y nos ofrece un punto de partida para estudiar cuestiones amplias sobre el papel del arte suntuario en el reino de León-Castilla en los siglos XI-XII.

Lugar: San Isidoro de León, Sala del Pendón (entrada por Plaza de Santo Martino)

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Call for Proposals – 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Call for Proposals

54th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9 to 12, 2019

A Roundtable

Encountering Medieval Iconography in the Twenty-First Century: Scholarship, Social Media, and Digital Methods

Organizers: M. Alessia Rossi and Jessica Savage (Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University)

Sponsored by the Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University

Stemming from the launch of the new database and enhancements of search technology and social media at the Index of Medieval Art, this roundtable addresses the many ways we encounter medieval iconography in the twenty-first century. We invite proposals from emerging scholars and a variety of professionals who are teaching with, blogging about, and cataloguing medieval iconography. This discussion will touch on the different ways we consume and create information with our research, shed light on original approaches, and discover common goals.

Participants in this roundtable will give short introductions (5-7 minutes) on issues relevant to their area of specialization and participate in a discussion on how they use online resources, such as image databases, to incorporate the study of medieval iconography into their teaching, research, and public outreach. Possible questions include: What makes an online collection “teaching-friendly” and accessible for student discovery? How does social media, including Twitter, Facebook, and blogging, make medieval image collections more visible? How do these platforms broaden interest in iconography and connect users to works of art? What are the aims and impact of organizations such as, the Index, the Getty, the INHA, the Warburg, and ICONCLASS, who are working with large stores of medieval art and architecture information? How can we envisage a wider network and discussion of professional practice within this specialized area?

Please send a 250-word abstract outlining your contribution to this roundtable and a completed Participant Information Form (available via the Congress Submissions website: by September 15 to M. Alessia Rossi ( and Jessica Savage ( More information about the Congress can be found here:

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Editor of Speculum: Applications due July 30

The Medieval Academy of America seeks to appoint an Editor for Speculum. The position is configured as part-time, requiring around 25 hours per week. The Editor is appointed for an expected five-year term, subject to acceptable yearly performance reviews, with the possibility of a second five-year term by mutual agreement. The editor should be an established scholar with academic credentials in some field(s) of medieval studies, broadly defined, with good organizational and decision-making skills. Experience in journal or book editing will be helpful but not necessary. The new editor should plan on taking office in the late Spring of 2019, and at the latest by July 1, 2019. Terms and conditions are to be negotiated, as is the physical location of the Editor.

Applications must be submitted by 30 July.

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The Berlin Prize Call for Applications 2019/2020

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2019/2020.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic dialogue in the arts, humanities, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. For 2019/2020, the Academy is also interested in considering projects that address the themes of migration and social integration, questions of race in comparative perspective, and the interplay of exile and return.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.

Approximately 20 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included art historians, anthropologists, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, and public policy experts, among others. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center in the Berlin-Wannsee district.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must have completed a PhD at the time of application. Candidates working in other fields—such as journalism, film, law, or public policy—must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers should have published at least one book at the time of application.

Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

We will accept applications as of late May 2018. Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. The 2019/2020 Berlin Prizes will be announced in late April 2019.

For further information and to apply online, please see:

The application deadline for 2019/20 is Friday, October 5, 2018 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET).

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