MAA News – Belle Da Costa Greene Fund

The Medieval Academy of America is very pleased to announce the establishment of the Belle Da Costa Greene Fund.

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.

Once the endowment goal of $45,000 has been reached, 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 – Seeking Editor of Speculum

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 should be sent to the MAA by July 30, 2018. There will be electronic interviews in Fall 2018 and interviews with finalists in early December, 2018. Cover letters may be addressed to David Wallace, Chair of the Search Committee. In addition to a curriculum vitae, the cover letter should include ideas about future directions for the journal, and discussion of how s/he envisions setting up the position, either in the MAA office, now in Cambridge, MA, or by moving the operation to a university campus. If the latter, s/he will describe possible institutional support. The search committee wants to identify the best pool of candidates, and the MAA is willing to be flexible in finding ways to accommodate the various modes of professional life encountered in the searching process. However, wherever the ultimate location of the Editor, there will need to be access to a major research library and to graduate students who can be hired for assistance. Candidates should also include the names and email addresses of three scholars who can speak to the candidate’s editorial experience and scholarship; these references will only be contacted for long-listed candidates. The MAA President would be happy to respond to immediate questions about the duties involved, but candidates should also consult the fuller description of duties posted on the Academy website. The MAA also encourages nominations for the position, and there is a place to submit these on the website as well; all nominees will be sent a letter encouraging application.

For additional information, contact:

Click here for a full job description and to apply.

Click here to submit a nomination.

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MAA News – 2018 Olivia Constable Awards

The four Constable Awards, presented in memory of Olivia Remie Constable, support the research of junior, contingent, or unaffiliated scholars:

Lindsay Cook (Columbia Univ.), “The Geography, Architecture, and Visual Culture of the Trinitarian Order”

Sarah Ifft Decker (Indiana Univ.), “Jewish and Christian Women’s Economic Activities in Medieval Catalonia”

Sarah Bridget Lynch (Angelo State Univ.), “Pupils, Teachers, and Schools in Late-Medieval French Wills”

Paul Bernard Sturtevant (The Public Medievalist), “The Public Medievalist: Bringing Medieval Studies to a Broader Audience”

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MAA News – 2018 Dissertation Grants

The nine endowed and named Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students in medieval studies.

Nicole Genevieve Corrigan (Emory University), “Inventing the Virgen del Sagrario: Castilian Images of the Virgin and Visual Strategies of Devotion” (Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)

Dominique DeLuca (Case Western Reserve University), “Shadows in Fifteenth-Century Secular Manuscripts” (Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)

Jacob Westbrook Doss (University of Texas at Austin), “Making Monastic Men: Reforming the Novitiate in the Long Twelfth Century” (John Boswell Dissertation Grant)

Shannon Emily Gilmore (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Miracles at the Margins: The Popular Piety of Miraculous Images in Quattrocento Tuscany” (Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)

Rachel McNellis (Case Western Reserve University), “Imitating Christ in Late-Medieval Picture Music: Notated Scores as Visual Images and Transformative Spaces” (E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)

Adam C. Matthews (Columbia University), “Law, Liturgy, and Space in Medieval Catalonia, 850-1100” (Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)

Leah Pope Parker (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Body Eschatology: Disability, Death, and the Afterlife in Early Medieval England” (Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)

Jake Purcell (Columbia University), “Parsing Truth in Merovingian Gaul: Evidence and the Early Medieval Critic” (Charles Tuttle Wood Dissertation Grant)

Kalina Yamboliev (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Narratives of Belonging: Hagiography and Community Identity in Southern Italy and Sicily, c. 950-1150” (Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)

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MAA News – Call for Subvention Applications

Medieval Academy Publication Subventions:
Applications Due May 1

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. The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2018.

Click here for more information

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MAA News – Travel Grants: Upcoming Deadline

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 May for meetings to be held between 1 September 2018 and 15 February 2019. Click here for more information and to apply.

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Lecture: Place History and Architectural Origin Stories in Early Byzantium, April 12, 2018

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, is pleased to announce the final lecture in its 2017–2018 lecture series:

Thursday, April 12, 2017, 6:15–7:45 pm

Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Place History and Architectural Origin Stories in Early Byzantium: Vestiges and Sense Memory

Ann Marie Yasin, University of Southern California

Ann Marie Yasin discusses architectural restoration in the early Byzantine world as a tool for accessing contemporary understandings of the past.

Details at

Mary Jaharis Center lectures are co-sponsored by Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.

For questions, contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (

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Call for Papers – Interstellar Skies: The Lunar Passage in Literature Through the Ages

Interstellar skies: The Lunar Passage in Literature through the Ages
Hven, Sweden (connections via Copenhagen), 4th–6th August 2018

Lisa R. Messeri (Yale), anthropologist of science and technology
Matthew Francis (Aberystwyth), British poet and author

Journeys to the moon, visions of the Earth in space, and manned voyages among the stars may epitomise the technological achievement of the Apollo Era, but they have been sources of inspiration to thinkers, poets, and artists since antiquity.

This interdisciplinary symposium, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Literature (Odense and York), seeks to bring together specialists in literary studies, the natural sciences, and the anthropology of space exploration to think about the lunar passage in literature, and the kinds of cultural commentary it has enabled. We will ask how literatures – from Cicero’s Dream of Scipio to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince – conceptualized the Earth’s planetary condition, and theorized human futures in space. We will also examine the ways in which the European Middle Ages is invoked in discourses about space exploration today: from the Ulysses and Viking space probes, to ongoing discourses about space ‘colonisation’. We invite papers from a variety of disciplinary and methodological perspectives on any topic related to the historical perception of space. We are particularly interested in perspectives that traverse periodisations and historical moments. Topics may include:

Perceptions of space in premodern literature

Lunar travel narratives
Premodern ‘science fictions’
The anthropology of space exploration
Views of the Earth from space
Literature and technology
Classicisms and medievalisms in space exploration

The symposium will commemorate the half-centenary of Earthrise (1968), one of the earliest – and most famous – images of the Earth from the moon’s surface, at the place where the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe had his observatory.

Please send abstracts (c. 300 words) and a short biography to Dale Kedwards ( at the Centre for Medieval Literature no later than 14th May 2018.

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Inaugural CARMEN Prizewinners Announced

CARMEN is very pleased to announce the winners of the first annual CARMEN Prize: Overall winner James Smith and team for their project on manuscripts in conflict zones; special commendations to Elizabeth L’Estrange on ‘Redefining Women and the Book’, and Paul Sturtevant for a medieval podcast idea. For more, see

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Historical Notation Bootcamp, Aug. 6-10, 2018

Anna Zayaruznaya (Yale University) and Andrew Hicks (Cornell University) and are delighted to announce that the third annual Historical Notation Bootcamp ( will be held August 6–10, 2018 at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, with the generous support of Yale University and Cornell University. This four-and-a-half-day seminar offers a primer in the theoretical grounding and practical know-how of medieval musical notations, from neumes to early print sources. Get the basic skills you need to work with musical sources, make sense of source-based analyses, and sing from original notation.

The event is open to graduate students in all fields of study, as well as undergraduates headed into graduate studies. No previous knowledge of historical notation will be assumed, but experience with modern music notation is assumed. The seminar is free of charge (including materials). Financial assistance to partially defray the costs of lodging and/or travel may be available for those students who do not have institutional support. We are now accepting online applications at

Please note that the application requires a statement of intent (max. 500 words) and a current CV. We will accept applications through May 1 and will get back to applicants shortly thereafter.

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