MAA News – New Publisher of Speculum

speculumOn 12 March, the Council of the Medieval Academy of America approved a 5-year-contract with the University of Chicago Press to serve as publisher of Speculum from 2016 – 2020 (Volumes 91 – 95). This decision was made after much due diligence on the part of Editor Sarah Spence, the Speculum Board, and an ad hoc committee. In making their recommendation, Spence and the Committee cited Chicago’s willingness to allow authors to publish final, copyedited versions of Speculum articles on personal and departmental websites, as well as their development of a robust and responsive interface that will offer improved support for authors and editorial staff. In addition, Chicago offers color cover and color images online, as well as eight color images per print volume at no additional expense to MAA. Spence also noted that Chicago’s tiered pricing matches the cost of Speculum to institutional budgets, making the journal more affordable for smaller institutions. In recommending the University of Chicago Press to the Council, the ad hoc committee concluded: “Chicago has throughout its institutional history had a deep commitment to international scholarship. As such, it seems a fitting symbol for the place of medieval studies in American scholarship: centrally-located in the country while clearly marking its roots in the European tradition. The press’s interest in publishing Speculum speaks to this interest in reaching as broad an intellectual community as possible, both within the United States and around the world.”

We will immediately begin working with UCP and our current publisher, Cambridge University Press, to ensure a seamless transition, and members and authors can rest assured that subscriptions, digital access, and authors’ services will be uninterrupted. Our commitment to the highest levels of scholarship in the pages of Speculum remains unchanged, and we look forward to working with the University of Chicago Press.

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MAA News – The Medieval Academy Annual Meeting

The 2015 Class of Fellows of the Medieval Academy (L-R): Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, Sharon Farmer, Margot Fassler, David Nirenberg, Maureen Miller, Robin Fleming, and Helen Damico (not pictured: Richard Kaeuper, Anders Winroth, and Corresponding Fellows Paul Brand, Constant Mews, and Felicity Riddy)

The 2015 Class of Fellows of the Medieval Academy (L-R): Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, Sharon Farmer, Margot Fassler, David Nirenberg, Maureen Miller, Robin Fleming, and Helen Damico (not pictured: Richard Kaeuper, Anders Winroth, and Corresponding Fellows Paul Brand, Constant Mews, and Felicity Riddy)

Speculum Editorial Assistant Sam Boss shares his thoughts on last month’s Annual Meeting in South Bend:

The 2015 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, held from March 12-14 this year at the University of Notre Dame, was a resounding success. Nearly five hundred participants contributed to the exciting series of panels and discussions on subjects ranging from the mundane and material elements of monastic life to digital tools for studying the Middle Ages. The concentration of senior scholars who were sharing work and offering commentary was a reflection of the strength of the Medieval Academy, and as a first-time attendee at the Annual Meeting, I was grateful to have the opportunity to hear from medievalists whose scholarship I have admired and benefited from as a doctoral candidate in the history department at Brown University. As an editorial assistant at Speculum, I was also excited to meet so many of those with whom I have corresponded while trying to line up book reviewers and process submissions, and I found it gratifying to hear from many of those I spoke to that the reviews section of the journal continues to serve as one of the most trusted sources of information about new trends in medieval studies.

Many of the latest developments in the field were on display in the sessions held over the course of the three days of the conference. Efforts to expand the scope of medieval studies to more fully integrate scholarship on Eastern Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World have contributed to some of the most exciting research of recent years, and many of the panelists at the Medieval Academy Meeting presented new findings on non-western and non-traditional source materials. The two sessions held in honor of the late Olivia Remie Constable featured the innovative analysis of cross-cultural interactions within the Mediterranean that characterized her own work, while also including moving tributes from the many who had benefited from her guidance and friendship during her tenure as Professor of History and Director of the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame. Having never been to South Bend before, I was impressed not only by the size of the medieval studies program at Notre Dame, but also by the warmth of the welcome I received from faculty, graduate students, and staff of the Medieval Institute over the three days of the meeting. The enduring strength of the community seems a great tribute and testament to Professor Constable’s leadership and her lasting contributions to medieval studies.

The preparation and organizational work done both by local staff and members of the Medieval Academy helped each of the panels and events at the meeting to run seamlessly. All of the sessions I went to were very well-attended, and they were followed by extensive discussion that continued on well after time allocated for questions had formally ended. Compared to larger conferences, the Medieval Academy Meeting offers an intimacy and community that facilitates discussion and efforts to promote further scholarly collaboration. I started to recognize many familiar faces as I moved between sessions, and I realized that my research interests aligned with a few people I kept bumping into over the course of the meeting. Several of the sessions I attended were the products of conversations during last year’s Medieval Academy meeting, and I had many opportunities to discuss ideas for panels for the next annual conference in Boston with like-minded scholars. The number of vendors was also smaller than would be found at the international conferences at Kalamazoo and Leeds, but this also makes the Medieval Academy meeting an ideal opportunity to talk with acquisitions editors and pitch book ideas.

Of course, there was a great deal of official Medieval Academy business to be attended to at the meeting as well, including the presentation of the major book awards and article prizes, reports from Medieval Academy Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis and

Speculum Editor Sallie Spence, as well as planning sessions for the upcoming fiscal year and publication cycle. In Saturday’s keynote address, the Medieval Academy’s outgoing President, Professor William Chester Jordan, offered a consistently rich and fascinating account of Saint Louis’ experiences in captivity and its influence over his rule, which will appear in full in the July 2015 issue of Speculum. But even after all was said and done, there was still plenty of time left to eat, drink and be merry, and the beautiful spreads prepared by the catering staff at Notre Dame provided some much needed fuel over the course of the three days of the meeting. The graduate student committee also put on a lively social that offered an enjoyable opportunity to build ties within the medieval studies community in a less formal setting.

I enjoyed meeting other young scholars from all over the country and beyond, learning about the exciting new developments within their fields, and sharing ideas for creative teaching strategies. But it is also worth noting that the conference wasn’t neatly stratified by age or rank – I was pleasantly surprised to see panels that featured scholars presenting their dissertation research with others who are as likely to be candidates for the Haskins Medal. This kind of collaboration seems to be a great embodiment of the Medieval Academy’s mission and the strong role that the annual meeting plays in building connections that solidify the medieval studies community.

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Upcoming Symposium – Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages

Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages, Harvard University and First Church in Cambridge, April 16 & 17, 2015

The Mediterranean basin has long been a zone of cultural, economic, and artistic encounter and exchange. This was particularly true in the Middle Ages (c. 500-1500 CE), as the three great religious traditions of Late Antiquity (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) battled, bartered with, and borrowed from one another in a variety of political and cultural contexts. Focusing on the centuries from 1200 to 1500, Trading Places: Byzantium and the Mediterranean World in the Later Middle Ages will explore the Mediterranean world as a “trading place” between Byzantine, Islamic, Jewish, and Western societies.

The symposium includes a keynote lecture by David Abulafia (Cambridge University), three multidisciplinary panels addressing the economic, artistic, and material contours of medieval cultural exchange, presentations on recent work in the digital humanities, a medieval coins and seals workshop, and a concert celebrating the rich musical heritage of the medieval Mediterranean world, with performances by Holy Cross St. Romanos the Melodist Byzantine Choir, Natasha Roule, and Voice of the Turtle.

All events are free and open to the public.

Please visit the conference website ( for a full description of events and to RSVP.

Space for the workshops is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Dana Ciccotello ( by April 10.


Eurydice Georganteli, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Brandie Ratliff, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross; Nicholas Watson, Department of English and Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University; Sean Gilsdorf, Committee on Medieval Studies, Harvard University

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; European Commission, Research & Innovation, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions; Harvard Art Museums; Harvard University Department of History of Art + Architecture; Harvard University Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities; Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies; Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross

For information about the event, please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture (

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Jobs for Medievalists

Lectureship and Senior Lectureship in Digital Humanities (English Literature / History)

Job number



School of Humanities

Contract type

Open ended contract staff

Working pattern

Full time


35,256-39,685 (J), £48,743-£54,841 (L)

Closing date for applications


The University of Bristol invites applications to a full-time permanent Lectureship (Lecturer B) and to a full-time Senior Lectureship (Senior Lecturer D) in Digital Humanities as it applies to either English literary studies or History.

The two successful candidates will join a department (English or History) and a School where digital humanities is embedded as an important resource and methodology in current research. Candidates who can demonstrate excellence in the teaching and research of digital humanities as it intersects with any area or period of English literature or History are eligible to apply.

The successful candidates will be expected to provide research and instructional expertise in digital humanities and to extend the range of teaching provision in this area both for the department (English or History) and the wider School of Humanities.

For further information about the departments, see and

Grade: The Lecturer will be appointed at Lecturer B level, Pathway 1, Grade J
Salary: Starting salary £35,256 to £39,685

Grade: The Senior Lecturer will be appointed at Senior Lecturer Level, Pathway 1, Grade L

Salary: Starting Salary £48,743 to £54,841

Click here for full posting.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Position Announcement: Special Collections Metadata Librarian, O’Neill Library, Boston College


When legacy metadata is poised to launch into the world, do you feel driven to make sure it meets the standards you know and love? Do you delight in helping special collections reach a wide audience?


Boston College Libraries is seeking a Special Collections Metadata Librarian to coordinate special collections cataloging and quality control activity, with a focus on high-priority Jesuitica initiatives. This librarian will work closely with colleagues in Digital Collections, Metadata Creation & Management, and the John J. Burns Library of rare books, manuscripts, and archives to ensure the success of special projects and support priorities for digitization and metadata remediation efforts. In addition to providing accurate metadata for special collections materials in multiple systems, the Librarian coordinates and monitors the work of one assistant, providing training, documentation, and problem resolution.



* Three years of professional cataloging experience in an academic library environment, including work with special collections materials.

* Substantive experience with RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, and USMARC formats; familiarity with DCRM(B).

* Experience performing original cataloging of materials in Latin and Romance languages.

* Experience in training, developing, and supervising staff in a production-oriented environment.

* Significant database maintenance experience.

* Excellent communication skills, written and oral.



* BA in the Humanities

* MLS from an ALA-accredited program


All applications must be submitted through the Boston College employment website (use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome to access the following link):


Applications should include a cover letter in addition to other stated application materials. The salary range for this position is $56,700 – $70,900 depending on qualifications and experience.


Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other legally protected status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity at

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Call for Papers – Rulership Reinforcement: Achievements and Limits in Medieval and Early Modern Societies

To commemorate the 5th centenary of Ferdinand II of Aragon’s death (1452-1516) the Royal Studies Network is organizing two sessions for the next ESSHC conference, which will take place in Valencia (30 March – 2 April 2016) on the theme of “Rulership Reinforcement: Achievements and Limits in Medieval and Early Modern Societies”. The reign of Ferdinand II and his wife Isabel I, known jointly as “the Catholic Kings”, is considered to be a key moment in the consolidations of royal structures- with regard to the Spanish case particularly they are often seen as the origin of the modern state. Nevertheless their political ideas rose from the Middle Ages and were continually reformulated in the Early Modern centuries. These sessions aim to compare different national situations and methodological approaches. We are especially interested in papers about both female and male rulership in both a European and Mediterranean context. Topics to be discussed may include though are not limited to:

  • “Betweenness”: The significance of rulers as midpoints between political and economical agents or regions; as collaborators and links between central institutions and local powers.
  • Presenting a ruler’s authority: Representations of the sovereign and/or sovereignty: strategies, benefits, and risks.
  • Motivations to serve the ruler: Benefits, reciprocal relationships and the influence of Royal Grace in the political system.
  • Obedience or loyalty? Political discourses and their limits concerning the royal authority.
  • Religion and royal religiosity in the political arena: How mainstream were beliefs and religious practices and to what extend did this pose a problem for public powers in past societies?
  • Violent establishments of new dynasties and revolts against royalty. How did these events effect the construction of the royal image?

Abstracts of approximately 300 words for an individual paper can be sent to the organizers at by 15 April 2015. If you are interested in proposing joint papers or a complete panel of four, please email us to discuss ideas.

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Call for Papers – Paris c.500-c.1500: The Powers that Shape a City

British Archaeological Association
2016 Annual Conference
Paris c.500-c.1500: The Powers that Shape a City 

Call for papers

The British Archaeological Association annual conference for 2016 will be held in Paris. The city boasts a very rich archaeological history that is becoming increasingly well-known due to the ongoing work of the Commission du Vieux Paris, French based university teams focusing on the city’s material history, and scholars worldwide. Paris offers an embarrassment of riches to the archaeologist and art historian, and to set some limit on the possibilities, this conference will address the theme of ‘The Powers that shaped the City’ over the millennium between the end of the Roman Imperium and the Renaissance. Several powers converged and conflicted in the shaping of the city – royal power; the power of the secular and the monastic church; the power of the mendicant friars, the schools and colleges of the University of Paris; and the power and wealth of a vibrant urban patriciate.

The conference will take place from Saturday 16th July 2016 to Wednesday 20th July 2016.  Lectures will be held in the Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), at Rue Vivienne.

We welcome papers addressing any aspect of material culture in Paris (architecture, painting, decorative arts) that reflects on the theme of the powers that shape the city. If you would like to give a paper, please contact one of the convenors, Professor Meredith Cohen ( or Professor Lindy Grant ( Paper proposal deadline: 1 June 2015.

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Graduate Student Committee Mentorship Program DEADLINE


The Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the ICMS at Kalamazoo or IMC Leeds to participate in the MAA Graduate Student Mentorship Program.

The program facilitates networking between graduate students and established scholars by pairing a student and scholar according to discipline. One need not be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate. The mentorship exchanges are meant to help students establish professional contacts with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this mentoring exchange is that the relationship be active during the conference, although mentors and mentees sometimes decide to continue communication after a conference has ended.

To volunteer as a mentor (faculty and independent scholars only) or to sign up as a mentee for any or all conferences, please submit this online form: GSC Mentoring Form. For ICMS Kalamazoo (May 14-17), the deadline is Friday, April 3; and for IMC Leeds (July 6-9) the deadline for mentorship is Friday, May 8. Due to the organizational demands of the program, it may be necessary to restrict the number of participants, so please sign up early! Mentor shortages have been a reality in past years, so if you know faculty attending these conferences, please encourage them to volunteer.

Sign up online here!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me.

Vanessa Corcoran, on behalf of the MAA Graduate Student Committee (

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Call for Applicants

The Courtauld Institute of Art
Research Project for Early Career Researchers:
Crossing Frontiers: Christians, Muslims and their art
in Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new travelling research seminar programme for Early Career Researchers interested in the medieval art and culture of the eastern frontier between Christianity and Islam, covering Anatolia, the Caucasus and the western Iranian world.


The seminars will travel initially to eastern Turkey and Armenia with the aim of investigating questions of cross-cultural exchange and international artistic production.

We aim to develop a truly interdisciplinary examination of the artistic and cultural history of this region during this period of enormous diversity, change and vitality.

This project is supported by the Getty Foundation as part of its Connecting Art Histories initiative, and it aims to give emerging scholars the opportunity to visit and discuss a range of important monuments alongside a group of more senior advisors and mentors.

The initial research trips will run in September 2015 and Spring 2016 during which participants will hear lectures from leading academics on the art and archaeology of this period in the region, participate in seminars and visit key historical museums and sites of interest.

All travel, accommodation and meal costs are covered by the grant.

For more information and to apply, please visit


Please disseminate this message to individuals and organisations you believe might be interested.

Please note enquiries should be directed to Dr Niamh Bhalla at

This project is organised by Dr Antony Eastmond, AG Leventis Reader in the History of Byzantine Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; and is administered by Dr Niamh Bhalla.

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Opportunities for Scholars 2016-2017

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2016-2017.  The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.  Scholars from around the world come to the Institute to pursue their own research.  Candidates of any nationality may apply for a single term or a full academic year.  Scholars may apply for a stipend, but those with sabbatical funding, other grants, retirement funding or other means are also invited to apply for a non-stipendiary membership.  Some short-term visitorships (for less than a full term, and without stipend) are also available on an ad-hoc basis.  Open to all fields of historical research, the School of Historical Studies’ principal interests are the history of western, near eastern and Asian civilizations, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe (medieval, early modern, and modern), the Islamic world, East Asian studies, art history, the history of science and philosophy, modern international relations, and music studies.   Residence in Princeton during term time is required.  The only other obligation of Members is to pursue their own research.  The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required.

Further information can be found in the announcement on the web at, or on the School’s web site,  Inquiries sent by post should be addressed to the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Einstein Dr., Princeton, N.J. 08540 (E-mail address:  Deadline: November 1 2015.

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