MAA News – MAA @ Kalamazoo

Like many of you, we’ve just returned from another splendid Congress in Kalamazoo. Sarah Spence and Lisa Fagin Davis very much enjoyed chatting with current and potential members at our table in the exhibit hall. We are particularly pleased to welcome the new members who benefited from our annual “Fifty Free” program, in which we give away fifty one-year introductory memberships at Kalamazoo.

The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Academy, was delivered to a large crowd by Leor Halevi (Vanderbilt Univ.), who spoke on “Artifacts of the Infidel: Medieval and Modern Interpretations of the Sacred Law of Islam.” The lecture was live-Tweeted by Jonathan Hsy here: The two related sessions were also well-attended, expanding on themes introduced in Prof. Halevi’s lecture.

The panelists in the MAA Graduate Student Committee roundtable “To ‘Gladly Teche’: Becoming Great Teachers in Graduate School” spoke about their own and ongoing experiences as students learning not only medieval content but how to teach effectively. The GSC reception immediately afterwards was lively and convivial. If you couldn’t join us this year, we hope you will come next year!

The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) sponsored two panels. The first, “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages,” featured important discussions about inclusion and diversity not only in curricula but also in the classroom and in teaching strategies. The Twitter-feed is here: The second session, “Career Diversity for Medievalists: Insights from Outside the Academy,” featured presentations by medievalists who leveraged their language, analytical, and other skills into career success and satisfaction outside academia. We hope that these important conversations will continue.

The thirty attendees of the annual CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) Luncheon participated in discussions of practical topics such as budgeting, fundraising, libraries, public advocacy, and improving medieval studies in K-12 curricula. Formal reports on these conversations will be posted to the Medieval Academy Blog in the coming weeks. If you want to participate in the networking and advisory opportunities afforded by CARA, please join us at the annual CARA Meeting (on the Sunday after the Annual Meeting) and at the CARA luncheon at the ICMS (on Friday of the Congress).

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MAA News – Medieval Academy Grants Awarded

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Dissertation Grants, Constable Awards, and Schallek Awards.

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

Carol Anderson (The Catholic University of America), “Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Tuscany (1100-1500)”  (Frederic C. Lane Dissertation Grant)

Adham Bayomi Azab (Columbia University), “Cum Dicit Auctoritas: Quotational Practice in Two Bilingual Treatises on Love by Gérard of Liège” (Etienne Gilson Dissertation Grant)

Elizabeth Hasseler (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Holy Kings: Royal Cult and the Making of Latin Christendom, c. 1000 – 1200”  (Charles T. Wood Dissertation Grant)

Rebecca Anne Hill (University of California, Los Angeles), “The Estranging Metaphor in a Strange Land: The Translatio of Arabic Poetics at the Intersection of Science and Theology in Early Middle English Lyrics, 1150-1300”  (Grace Frank Dissertation Grant)

Orsolya Mednyanszky (Johns Hopkins University), “Leben Jesu: A Pictorial Meditation on Christ’s Virtues in Late Medieval German Manuscripts”  (E. K. Rand Dissertation Grant)

James Morton (University of California, Berkeley), “Byzantine Canon Law and Medieval Legal Pluralism: The Southern Italian Manuscripts (10th-14th Centuries)”  (John Boswell Dissertation Grant)

Peter Joseph Raleigh (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Writing the Deeds of Kings: Historical Narrative and Royal Representation in Angevin England”  (Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant)

Melanie Shaffer (University of Colorado Boulder), “The (Whole) St. Victor Manuscript: Meaning, Reception, and Use of Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, lat. 15139” (Hope Emily Allen Dissertation Grant)

Sarah Jane Sprouse (Texas Tech University), “Fantasies of Wales: Some Paleographic Evidence for the Mediating Role of Gerald of Wales”  (Robert and Janet Lumiansky Dissertation Grant)

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

Abigail Agresta (Queen’s College, Ontario), “‘Improvements, by God’s Mercy’: Natural Disaster Response and the Islamic Past in Late Medieval Valencia”

Emma O’Loughlin Bérat (Independent Scholar). “Female genealogies in medieval British literature”

Nahir Ivette Otaño Gracia (Independent Scholar), “The Other Faces of Arthur: Arthurian Texts in the Peripheries of Europe/Race and Medieval Studies”

Rebekah Perry (Oregon State University), “Men Behaving Badly: Violence Against Sacred Images and Municipal Punishment in the Late Medieval City”

Melissa Erica Vise (Independent Scholar), “Speech and Violence in Late Medieval Italy”

Schallek Awards: The five Schallek Awards, given in collaboration with the Richard III Society – American Branch, support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).

Alison Felix Harper (University of Rochester), “Comparative Religious Reading Practices in Two Late Medieval London Miscellanies”

Heather Para (University of Wales Trinity St. David), “The dispersal and use of Welsh monastic lands after Dissolution and its effects on the Welsh gentry”

Melissa Reynolds (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey), “Reading culture and book history of late medieval and early modern England”

Spencer Strub (University of California, Berkeley), “Disciplining the Tongue: Speech and Emotion in Later Middle English Poetry”

Sarah Wilma Watson (University of Pennsylvania), “Women, Reading, and Literary Culture: The Reception of Christine de Pizan in Fifteenth-Century England”

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MAA News – Call for CARA News

As many of you know, in the past the Medieval Academy has published a semi-annual CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) Newsletter as an online PDF. We want to try something new this year that will increase the scope of our readership, allowing news of your campus and programming to reach a much wider audience.

Please send a report about this year’s medieval studies programming in your department, regional association, or center to Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis. The report should be in the body of an email message and may include as many links as you want (full URLs please, not embedded). If you have your own newsletter published online, please send us that link as well. Finally, please do not attach files or images to your email message.

We will publish your update on the Medieval Academy News website (, our hub for updates, calls for papers, and announcements. All submissions will be tagged as CARA updates and will be retrievable as a group using this URL:

By distributing that URL widely through social media, the MAA newsletter, email, etc., we will easily be able to promote your program to the Academy’s 3,700 members and more than 9,500 Twitter-followers.

Please submit your updates to Lisa by May 30. For more information about CARA, please see our website:

Thank you!

Anne Lester, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
CARA Chair

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Jobs for Medievalists

Publications Manager at UCLA-CMRS
Requisition Number: 25897
Working Title: Publications Manager
Department Website URL:

The Publications Manager is responsible for all aspects of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) publications program, including: negotiating agreements and contracts, identifying potential authors, contributors, or publishers; critically evaluating manuscript submissions and directing them to editorial board members or readers for peer review; editing, proofreading, and translating manuscripts for publication; and overseeing the publication production

from manuscript submission to the delivery of digital print-ready files to the publisher. CMRS’s internationally acclaimed publications include:

Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies (a scholarly journal published in three 400page issues per year);

Cursor Mundi: Viator Studies of the Medieval and Early Modern World (a series of book-length works, three to five volumes published per year);

Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (a graduate student journal published annually); and, the International Encyclopedia for the Middle Ages Online (approximately 100,000 words of text translated and edited per year).

As an integral member of the CMRS team, the Publications Manager works closely with: 1) the CMRS Director and faculty to develop and implement new publication projects and digital publishing initiatives, as well as to provide them with one-to-one editorial assistance; 2) the CMRS Assistant Director to plan publication-related budgets and programming; 3) the Program Coordinator to integrate publications into CMRS’s conferences and events; 4) the CMRS Publicity and Technical Specialist to promote CMRS publications through the web, social media, and other digital technologies; and 5) the CMRS Financial Analyst to process revenue deposits and royalty and payments to readers and assistant editors.

Detailed knowledge of one or more areas of research relevant to medieval, Renaissance, and/or early modern studies. PhD or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Required

Minimum of three years of experience editing for style, content, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Required

Excellent written and oral English language skills, with expert knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and style. Required

Ability to critically evaluate manuscripts for content, value, logic, and accuracy. Required

Ability to critically evaluate manuscripts written in at least one language other than English (French, German, Italian, or Spanish preferred). Preferred

Working knowledge of Latin, French, and German. Preferred

Published author of articles or books relevant to medieval, Renaissance, or early modern studies. Preferred

Detailed knowledge of standard copyediting procedures to prepare manuscripts for publication. Required

Meticulous attention to detail and the ability to discern errors and inconsistencies in printed and digital content. Required

Utilize word processing and publication software (e.g., MSWord, InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, WordPress, etc.) with a high degree of competence. Required

Utilize software to prepare images and illustrations for publication. Required

Experience negotiating author’s agreements and publication contracts. Preferred

Ability to keep accurate records of publication sales, royalties, expenses, and subscriptions to stay within budget. Required

Knowledge of UCLA Sales and Service account budgeting and reporting requirements. Can be trained

Skill writing effective marketing and promotional copy to generate interest in publications and to expand customer base. Required

Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, students, authors, coworkers and staff. Required

Strong organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks. Required

Highly motivated and able to set priorities, meet deadlines, and problem solve independently. Required

Ability to work some evenings and weekends. Required

Ability to travel four or five times a year to professional meetings. Required

Application Deadline: 07112017

Quicklink To Posting:

Special Instructions:

Please submit three (3) writing samples. Candidates may be required to complete an editing test if interviewed. The targeted salary range for this position is between $56,508 and $62,000 per year

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New Exhibition in HMML’s Reading Room: Fragmented Beauty

New Exhibition in HMML’s Reading Room: Fragmented Beauty

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Our knowledge of the past is often fragmented: ancient artifacts, historical documents, architectural ruins, and other important pieces of history speak to us in an incomplete state. Much of this fractional damage is the result of the ravages of history or natural processes. However, the fragmentation of manuscripts was and is often the direct consequence of human influence.

A new exhibition at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University, examines manuscript fragments. Fragmented Beauty features manuscripts that span a time period of over 1,500 years and are of European and non-European origin. The exhibition also explores key components of manuscript research, including content, script, and decoration. But beyond these considerations, the circumstances of fragmentation can also raise important questions about the texts themselves.

“Manuscripts were fragmented for a variety of reasons: to be reused in book bindings, for financial benefit, or to promote access,” said Dr. Matthew Heintzelman, co-curator of the exhibition and curator for HMML’s Austria-Germany Study Center and cataloger of rare books.  “Although the practice was quite common for centuries, fragmentation is discouraged today, as it degrades the integrity of important historical items.”

The exhibition begins with a Coptic Psalter, one of the oldest items on display. Created in Upper Egypt in the 9th century and discovered in the 1880s, the fragment contains text from the Book of Psalms, and is still legible over 1,000 years after its creation.

Several fragments of non-European origin, including a stunning and ornate fragment from the 18th century are also included in the exhibition. Called a “carpet page,” the fragment is adorned with blue fringe decoration, detailed floral patterns, and gilding, and contains text from two Surahs in the Qur’an.

Investigation of items in the HMML’s collections and records produced an exciting discovery of two separate fragments that were once part of the same manuscript. Originally part of a set of 13th-century Cistercian manuscripts, two identical fragments of St. Anne teaching the Virgin Mary to read exist in the HMML’s collections. One image is part of an album of manuscript cuttings, and the other is glued onto parchment.

Co-curated by Dr. Heintzelman and museum operations intern Molly Lax, the exhibit is free and open to the public in HMML’s Reading Room now through August 2017. The HMML entrance is located on the lower level of Alcuin Library; the Reading Room is open during regular Alcuin hours. Those wanting more information about visiting HMML should visit or call 320-363-3514.

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library’s mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog and archive endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities around the world. Having formed partnerships with over 540 libraries and archives, HMML has photographically preserved over 140,000 manuscripts from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.

HMML is currently preserving manuscript collections in many global sites, including Lebanon, Iraq, Jerusalem, Egypt, Mali and Malta. These resources are available through the recently launched vHMML, at, HMML’s new online environment for manuscript research. See more at

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CARA News – Fordham University

Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies 2016-2017

The Center for Medieval Studies at Fordham University was host to several events and recurring programs during the 2016-2017 academic year. These included our annual conference, several professional workshops and lectures by visiting scholars, as well as our ongoing fellows program.

Our 37th Annual Conference, The Generative Power of Tradition: A Celebration of Traditio, 75 Years took place on March 25, 2017. It featured two paper sessions, the first addressing “Mysticism” and the second, “Jews and Christians.” The two round-table sessions brought together experts on “Editing Manuscripts in the Digital Age,” and “Popular Religion.” Next year’s conference, entitled Inside Out: Dress and Identity in the Middle Ages is scheduled for March 17-18, 2018 at our Lincoln Center campus.

We welcomed several speakers to Fordham this year. We began in September with a lecture from former Poet Laureate Robert Pinski entitled, “Quickness and Form, Absence and Being: A Technical Approach to Inferno,” followed by the first lecture of our Fall 2016 series from Magda Teter (Fordham University) who spoke on “Simon of Trent (d. 1475):

A Liminal Figure in Jewish-Christian Relations.” In October, Scott Bruce (The University of Colorado, Boulder) joined us in our on-campus graveyard for a reading from The Book of the Undead, and our 2016-2017 Medieval Fellow John McCaskey shared his work on “Inductio: The Medieval Transmission and Humanist Solution to “The Scandal of Philosophy” in December to close out the fall. Finally, the Center co-hosted a lecture in April 2017 by Frank Coulson (Ohio State University) entitled “A Newly Discovered Fragment of Giovanni del Virgilio’s Expositio on the Metamorphoses in Walsh Library, Fordham University.”

The Center also took advantage of the richness of its New York surroundings by hosting events at institutions around the city. The Center’s second Biduum Latinum Fordhamense in early October was co-sponsored with the New York Botanical Garden, organized around the theme “Flora et Fauna.” The event included a lecture by Robin Fleming (Boston College), a Latin tour of the NYBG’s premises (iter botanicum), and an exhibit showcasing the NYBG’s rare books. Fordham medievalists Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Lisa Holsberg, and Emanual Fiano led an excursion to the Cloisters to hear a concert by the Schola Antiqua, and organized a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view the exhibit Jerusalem

1000–1400: Every People Under Heaven. Our autumn 2016 events continued with a day-long Workshop on Parchment Making taught by US-American master parchment-maker Jesse Meyer (Pergamena) in November.

We held a robust workshop series this year, including Digital Day in August to introduce platforms used in digital projects at the Center, followed by a series of three workshops on writing an academic CV, led by Center director Susanne Hafner. The year’s workshop series continued with an Introduction to FromThePage (Ben Brumfield, Brumfield Labs), a digital platform that allows users to import and transcribe manuscript images online. We hosted our fifth annual Compatible Careers for Medievalists panel, featuring Fordham medievalist alumni currently working outside of university teaching. Finally, two master’s classes were offered to our students this year, including one on manuscripts taught by Sara Kay (NYU) in November and another on paleography by Frank Coulson (Ohio State University) in April.

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Author’s Response to Speculum Review

A response to: Berthelot, Anne. Review of Jean-Bernard Elzière, Le décodage des chansons de geste et des romans courtois (XIIe et XIIIe siècles). Speculum 91/2 [2016]: 490-92; doi: 10.1086/675648.

The reviewer of my volume, Anne Berthelot, does not demonstrate in her review that she has understood that literary heroes such as“Arthur” and “Merlin,” who first appeared in the works of Geoffrey of Monmouth, were elements of coded allegorical narratives, that is, creations of authors using masks and narrating events contemporary to them for the purposes of celebration. According to my research, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s first two works were an allegorical treatment of the history of the Church in northern (Great) Britain – including notably the bishoprics of Durham, Lindisfarne, Glasgow and St. Andrews – at that time opposed, according to the author, to the Churches of York and Canterbury.  For  him,  “Arthur”  and  “Merlin”  actually represent,  as  my  research  suggests,  two  great  religious figures of his time, Waltheof (d. 1159) and Alwin (d. 1155), abbots  of,  respectively,  Melrose  (between  1148  and  1159) and  Holyrood  (between  1128  and  1151),  both  situated  in Scotland.

Throughout her review, Anne Berthelot discredits my book, which she calls “eccentric” (“might be considered the somewhat eccentric product”), “aberrant” (“all for a completely aberrant result”), and even says that it “may suggest to students or inexperienced readers that the contents are valid.”  Not content with this, she adds that “although this book may be an intellectual rarity, it is not, and may not be considered as, a serious or scholarly book.” These are nothing more than the impressions of someone who comes from an exclusively literary background, and who, unfortunately, lacks the capacity to discover the content and meaning given by the authors of these chansons de geste and courtly romances of the 12th  and 13th  centuries. I worked on a representative sample of these works: content and meaning were, precisely, the objects of my research.  To do this successfully – and it is a very complex process – one has  to  be  able  to  bring  into  play  a  wide-ranging understanding of history and geography and to possess real ability in the analysis of the facts, in the creation of matrices and in the treatment of iterative processes.

One would at least have liked to have her   pronouncements   on   my   general   approach   to   the decoding of the work   of Geoffrey of Monmouth (pp. 55 -135, 529 – 539 and 624 – 641 of my book).  Here, I set out a proposal for the restitution of the meaning and content of the work, and for the identification of the heroes “Arthur” and “Merlin” mentioned above.  She also fails to refer to  the  decoding  of  the  two  eminently  “Arthurian”  texts: Jaufré (pp. 197 – 219, 548 – 552 and 656 – 663) and Le Conte du Graal (pp. 137 – 167, 539 – 543 and 642 – 651)).  My analysis of this latter text is considered pertinent enough for the experts of the British Library to include my book in the Select Bibliography of the notice for their illuminated manuscript  of  Perceval.  This  list  includes  only  about  ten titles, beginning in 1878.

Not content to remain silent about what she should be discussing, Anne Berthelot further declares that “Elziere’s book might be considered the somewhat eccentric product of an amateur scholar publishing at his own expense the cherished work of his whole life.” In fact, since 1975 I have published several volumes about an important feudal family and its seigneuries as well as numerous articles, notably on the Middle Ages in the widest sense, of which some go back to the Merovingian and  Carolingian  periods.    A  number  of  these  publications have appeared in important scholarly journals, such as the Bulletin Monumental or the Congrès archéologique de France, and even in the context of international conferences, for instance  those  held  at  Saint-Guilhem  le  Désert  (for  all  of which see the websites “” and “worldcat”).  In addition, I only worked on decoding from 2004 – 2013, nine years of full-time work.  As I had never worked on this before, it cannot in any way be “the cherished work of his whole life.” Also, I decided to publish independently from the start.  I had done this successfully before, so as to be free of the many constraints imposed by a publisher’s deadlines, as well as to be able to have the length of text and number of illustrations I wanted, not to mention keeping the price as low as possible for the reader.

Anne Berthelot has also labeled my work “misogynistic,” because I state that, in many cases, the women quoted in the stories don’t represent women, “a claim that strikes me as misogynistic, as does the fact that he interprets almost all female characters as personifications of a church or an abbey”: but this is the case, as has been proved, for Morgan (the Vie de Merlin), Orable and Guibourg (the Cycle de Guillaume), Brunhild (the Chanson des Nibelungen), Clarmondine (in the Cléomadès) etc.  On the other  hand,  one  could  add  that  women  are  sometimes hidden behind the masks of men, since “Charlemagne” in Le Couronnement de Louis is in fact Eleanor of Aquitaine, whilst in Renaud de Montauban the same person corresponds with the regent Blanche of Castille.  She also misinterprets my reference to the Hitler’s ideological exploitation of scenes taken from La Chanson des Nibelungen.

What has she gained by pouring scorn in this way on both the work and the workman? And from the top of what pedestal does she think that she has the right to trash, without the slightest discussion, analyses which she doesn’t even deign to communicate to her readers?

Reviewer’s Response: It is Speculum‘s policy to print letters from authors of reviewed books together with a response from the reviewer. In this case, the reviewer (Anne Berthelot, University of Connecticut) chose not to respond.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Merton College, Oxford

Salary £29,819 p.a., plus a housing allowance of £10,000 p.a. or free accommodation

Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Medieval English Literature for four years commencing on 1 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.  This is a prestigious career development post which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to develop as researcher and university teacher.

The main duties of the post will be: to undertake innovative research in the broad areas of Old or Middle English; to contribute to the wider academic research projects in the University in Medieval English, including establishing productive research collaborations with other academics in Oxford or elsewhere; and to teach undergraduates reading English for an average of six weighted hours per week in full term. The postholder will be eligible for election as a Fellow of the College.

The successful applicant will hold, or be close to completing, a doctorate in a relevant subject area and demonstrate achievement (commensurate with the candidate’s career) in research in Old or Middle English at a standard which will contribute to and enhance the national and international profile of English at Oxford.  The ability to provide effective tutorial teaching to high-achieving undergraduates is essential.  The postholder will also need to demonstrate aptitude for a full range of college academic duties; the willingness to contribute to Merton as a member of its Governing Body; and commitment to a personal career development plan.

The duties and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars which also contain details on eligibility criteria and how to apply.  These are available at or from the Sub-Warden’s Secretary, Merton College, Oxford, OX1 4JD (e-mail:  The closing date for applications is 8 June 2017.  Interviews will be held in College on 20 June 2017.  The Fellow will be entitled to free meals, medical insurance, research expenses and other benefits.

Merton College is an equal opportunities employer.

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Call for Papers – Charlemagne’s Ghost: Legacies, Leftovers, and Legends of the Carolingian Empire

44th Annual New England Medieval Conference
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Saturday, October 7, 2017

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

It is well known that the Frankish emperor Charlemagne (768-814) and his dynasty – the Carolingians – played an important role in the formation of Europe.  Yet scholars still debate the long-term consequences of the collapse of the Carolingian empire in 888 and the diverse ways in which Charlemagne’s family shaped subsequent medieval civilization.  This conference invites medievalists of all disciplines and specializations to investigate the legacies, leftovers, and legends of the Carolingian empire in the central and later Middle Ages.  We welcome papers that consider a wide array of Carolingian legacies in the realms of kingship and political culture, literature and art, manuscripts and material artifacts, the Church and monasticism, as well as Europe’s relations with the wider world.  We urge participants to reflect on the ways in which later medieval rulers, writers, artists, and communities remembered Charlemagne and the Frankish empire and adapted Carolingian inheritances to fit new circumstances.  In short, this conference will explore the ways in which Charlemagne’s ghost haunted the medieval world.

Please send an abstract of 250 words and a CV to Eric Goldberg ( via email attachment. On your abstract please provide your name, institution, the title of your proposal, and email address.  Abstracts are due July 1, 2017.

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CARA News – Northwestern University

Medieval Studies Cluster programming at Northwestern in 2016-17:

We sponsored seven lectures, two conferences, and a field trip, as follows:

Oct. 13            Michael Bailey (History, Iowa State)
“Calling Bullshit on St. Augustine: Fragments toward a History of False   Religion in Medieval Europe”

Oct. 20            Meredith Cohen (Art History, UCLA)  – “The Doors of the Chapel and the Keys to the Palace of Louis IX”

Oct. 28            “Beyond Occitania: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Medieval Poetry in Honor of William D. Paden, Jr.”

Feb. 16            Kellie Robertson (English, U. of Maryland) – “Nature’s Personhood”

Feb. 25-26       Illinois Medieval Association conference

Mar. 30            Michelle Karnes (English, U. of Notre Dame) –“Defining Marvels”

Apr. 13            Susie Phillips (English, Northwestern U.) – “Dallying with Debt: Credit Hijinks in Premodern England”

Apr. 26            Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, U. of Colorado at Boulder) – Gray Boyce Lecture in Medieval History
“Foreigners in Their Own Land: The Muslims of Medieval Europe”

Apr. 27            Jenny Adams (English, U.Mass. at Amherst)
“Degrees of Collateral: Medieval Academic Loans and Life in the Early  University”


Apr. 29            Field trip to the Art Institute with curator Martha Wolff, to see the newly reinstalled exhibits of medieval art, arms, and armor

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