Oxford University Medieval Manuscripts Summer Course

The Lives and Afterlives of Illuminated Manuscripts
This course takes as its starting point the manuscript as artefact existing of and beyond its time. We consider the production of manuscripts to meet an emerging literate class in the 14th and 15th centuries. As part of this exploration we’ll consider a number of specific examples taken from devotional books and secular literary material such as romance. The course will move forward to consider the afterlife of manuscripts in the hands of 19th and 20th century collectors: what motivates a bibliophile to collect centuries-old material and what relevance do collections of manuscripts in public institutions have for us today?

The course will be taught by Dr Victoria Condie, who has taught courses in medieval and Old English literature for OUDCE and currently teaches medieval language and literature at the University of Cambridge.

Full information regarding the course can be found at: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/the-lives-and-afterlives-of-medieval-manuscripts?code=O17I307CAR

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MAA News – 2019 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

The 94th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America will take place in Philadelphia on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, from 7-9 March 2019. The meeting is jointly hosted by the Medieval Academy of America, Bryn Mawr College, Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Haverford College, St. Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Villanova University.

The Global Turn in Medieval Studies: Medievalists across various disciplines are taking a more geographically and methodologically global approach to the study of the Middle Ages. While the Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers on all topics and in all disciplines and periods of medieval studies, this year’s conference spotlights the “global turn” in medieval studies. To this end, we encourage session and paper proposals that treat the Middle Ages as a broad historical and cultural phenomenon, encompassing the full extent of Europe as well as the Middle East, southern and eastern Asia, Africa, and beyond.  We also invite proposals that explore departures from traditional teleological discourses rooted in national interests, ones that apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods to study a broad array of subjects.

The full call for papers is available here.

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MAA News – K-12 Resources Page

The Medieval Academy of America’s K-12 Committee has recently launched a website presenting curricular resources for K-12 educators. The site can be accessed from the “Resources” tab of the MAA website or directly at this URL:


The website will be updated regularly and we welcome your suggestions.

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MAA News – Update from the Ad Hoc Committee on Harassment

As part of its work, the Medieval Academy’s Ad Hoc Committee on Harassment at the Annual Meeting invites you to share your stories (anonymously if desired) here: https://adhoccommittee.wufoo.com/forms/medieval-academy-of-america/.

While this Committee does not conduct investigations and can take no action on particular cases, it values your help in information-gathering as it begins to consider recommendations for MAA policy. You may also describe incidents that took place at other meetings in person and/or on social media. All materials submitted to this URL will be available only to members of the Ad Hoc Committee unless you indicate otherwise.

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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 – Upcoming Grant Deadlines

MAA Dissertation Grants (deadline 15 February):

The nine annual Medieval Academy Dissertation Grants support advanced graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations on medieval topics. The $2,000 grants help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

Schallek Awards (deadline 15 February):

The five annual Schallek awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500). The $2,000 awards help defray research expenses. Click here for more information.

MAA/GSC Grant for Innovation in Community-Building and Professionalization (deadline 15 February):

The MAA/GSC Grant(s) will be awarded to an individual or graduate student group from one or more universities. The purpose of this grant is to stimulate new and innovative efforts that support pre-professionalization, encourage communication and collaboration across diverse groups of graduate students, and build communities amongst graduate student medievalists. Click here for more information.

Olivia Remie Constable Award (deadline 15 February):

Four Olivia Remie Constable Awards of $1,500 each will be granted to emerging junior faculty, adjunct or unaffiliated scholars (broadly understood: post-doctoral, pre-tenure) for research and travel. Click here for more information.

Applicants for these and other MAA programs must be members in good standing of the Medieval Academy. Please contact the Executive Director for more information about these and other MAA programs.

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MAA News – 2018 Class of Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce the 2018 Class of Fellows and Corresponding Fellows:

Keith Busby (French and Italian, The University of Wisconsin)

Cynthia Hahn (Art and Art History, Hunter College CUNY)

Amy Remensnyder (History, Brown University)

Corresponding Fellows:
Jacques Dalarun (Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes, Paris)

Walter Pohl (University of Vienna)

These scholars are being honored for their notable contributions to the field of Medieval Studies and were elected by the current Fellows. More information about the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America is available on our website. New Fellows will be officially inducted during the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. The induction ceremony will take place at 3:45 PM on Saturday, 3 March, at the Emory University Conference Center.

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MAA News – 2018 Publication Prizes Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Medieval Academy of America publication prizes:

Haskins Medal: Brian A. Catlos, Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Digital Humanities Prize: Elizabeth S. Bolman (PI), The Digital Red Monastery Church: Open Access for Scholars and the Public, for Research and Teaching

Karen Gould Prize in Art History: Elina Gertsman, Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna (University Station: Penn State Univ. Press, 2015) and

Christina Maranci, Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers 2015)

John Nicholas Brown Prize: Dimitri Korobeinikov, Byzantium and the Turks in the Thirteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize: Alison Locke Perchuk, “Schismatic (Re)Visions: Sant’Elia near Nepi and Sta. Maria in Trastevere in Rome, 1120-1143,” Gesta 5 (2016): 179-212.

These awards will be presented at the upcoming Medieval Academy Annual Meeting at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) during the Presidential Plenary on Saturday, 3 March, at 10:45 AM.

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MAA News – CARA Awards Announced

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 CARA Awards:

Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies: Bonnie Wheeler (Southern Methodist Univ.)

CARA Awards for Excellence in Teaching: Monica Green (Arizona State Univ.) and Emily Steiner (Univ. of Pennsylvania)

These prizes will be awarded during Business Meeting at the upcoming Medieval Academy Annual Meeting at Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) on Friday, 2 March at 12:30 PM.

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MAA News – Annual Meeting Graduate Student Prizes

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Annual Meeting Graduate Student Prizes:

Best Student Paper: Robin S. Reich (Columbia Univ.), “Nearly Gold and Neary Perfect? Meaning and Materiality of Copper-alloy in Twelfth-Century Sicily.” Robin will deliver her paper on Friday, 2 March, at 4:30 PM in the session “Trade and Material Culture in the Mediterranean II.”

Travel Bursaries: Matthew Delvaux (Boston College), “Reflecting the Northern Arc: Bead Imports and Slave Exports in the Baltic World”; Gina Hurley (Yale University), “Confessing the Empress in the Erle of Tolous”; Annie Killian (Yale University), “Tracing Sermon Verses in The Book of Margery Kempe”; Laura Maria Somenzi (Emory University), “Teodelinda and the Invention of Sacred Space at Monza, 1300-1450.”

These prizes will be awarded during the Business Meeting at the upcoming Annual Meeting, on Friday at 12:30 PM, with the exception of “Best Student Paper,” which will be awarded during the Presidential Plenary on Saturday at 10:45 AM. We hope you will make an effort to hear the papers delivered by these emerging scholars.

In addition, we are very pleased to announce that four students have been awarded Annual Meeting Travel Bursaries from the Graduate Student Committee to help them attend the Meeting: Daniel Davies, Rebecca Hill, Brittany Poe, and Judith Weston. We look forward to welcoming them, and all of the attendees, to Atlanta.

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