Call for Papers – Graduate Conference in Medieval Studies at Princeton University

Codes of Conduct:
How to Behave in the Middle Ages

April 22, 2016

Andrea di Bonaiuto, The Way of Salvation (1365-67, Santa Maria Novella, Florence)

Call for Papers

The Program in Medieval Studies at Princeton University invites submissions for its twenty-third annual graduate conference in Princeton, New Jersey.

Keynote: Alex Novikoff, Fordham University

Topic: Codes of Conduct: How to Behave in the Middle Ages

Wherever humans have formed groups, they have depended upon behavioral norms to structure their societies. Spoken and unspoken, written and unwritten, codes of conduct are essential for the organization of communities –socially, politically, economically, religiously, or otherwise.

In the Middle Ages, a kaleidoscope of communities produced overlapping and sometimes contradictory sets of expectations covering every facet of life from the top to the very bottom of society. On the most exalted level, kings and bishops performed their roles before the eyes of lesser men with sideways glances at their domestic and foreign rivals, and upward glances toward the heavens themselves. Peasants, priests, and burghers jostled for control of their local communities according to traditions that they passed on to posterity. The clergy, both regular and secular, sought to prescribe norms and values, roles and functions, for the proper ordering of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities.

Who determined these expectations? How did people balance conformity and contravention in their strategies of power? How were “codes of conduct” codified, conferred, and controlled? What roles did art –literary, visual, theatrical and musical—play in the conveyance of such prescriptions?

We invite papers that consider the part that codes of conduct played in medieval life. Proposals are welcome from the whole variety of disciplines, time periods, geographical areas, and methodologies that encompass the medieval world. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Prescriptive texts and the relationship between text and reality
  • The norms of sainthood and canonization
  • Catechesis and popular religion in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish traditions
  • Monastic rules and other rules for religious communities
  • Justice, jurisdiction and law, both secular and ecclesiastical
  • Chivalry as a social ethic and a rulebook for war
  • The court, both actual and imagined
  • Social and political thought in the middle ages
  • Conventions of peace and diplomacy
  • Gender and sex in medieval society
  • Spielregeln: ‘the rules of the game’ in medieval politics and society

In order to support participation by speakers from outside the northeastern United States, we are offering limited subsidies to help offset the cost of travel to Princeton. Financial assistance may not be available for every participant, with funding priority going to those who have the farthest to travel. Every speaker will have the option of staying with a resident graduate student as an alternative to paying for a hotel room.

Interested graduate students should submit abstracts of no more than 500 words to Ian Ward and Jan van Doren at by February 15, 2016.

All applicants will be notified about their submissions by February 24, 2016. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes.

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IAS Fellowship

Recruitment to the IAS Fellowship programme for 2016-17 is now closed. Recruitment for the 2017-18 Structure Fellowship will open on 20th April 2016. Details of the Structure Fellowship will be updated on a regular basis ahead of the opening date.

Click here for more information:

The Institute of Advanced Study is Durham University’s flagship interdisciplinary research institute, providing a central forum for debate and collaboration across the entire disciplinary spectrum. The Institute seeks to catalyse new thinking on major annual themes by bringing together leading international academics as well as writers, artists and practitioners.

The theme for 2017/18 is Structure, interpreted in its broadest sense – scientifically, symbolically, legally, philosophically, literarily, politically, economically, and sociologically. Applications for the 2016/17 Fellowship will open on 20 April 2016. Up to 20, three-month fellowships (October-December 2016 and January-March 2017), linked to the annual theme. Applicants may be from any academic discipline or professional background involving research, and they may come from anywhere in the world. IAS Fellowships include an honorarium, funds for travel, accommodation, subsistence and costs associated with replacement teaching or loss of salary (where appropriate).


Fellows will contribute to the Institute’s annual theme.The Institute provides its Fellows with a setting that offers them time and freedom to think, away from the demands of their everyday professional lives. By recruiting Fellows from all around the world, the IAS also provides an exciting intellectual environment in which thinkers from diverse cultural and disciplinary backgrounds can exchange ideas. Fellows will engage and forge strong links with at least one department at Durham, and be given the opportunity to deliver papers at events organised to coincide with the annual theme.

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Jobs for Medievalists

The University of Toronto Library system seeks a visionary, knowledgeable, innovative and experienced library leader to serve in this key position. Reporting to the Chief Librarian of the University of Toronto Libraries, the Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections and Director, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has leadership management, policy, planning and implementation responsibilities for rare books, archives, and media collections in the Central Library, and collaborates with the special collections communities in the University of Toronto to serve the research and instructional mission of the University. As a member of the Chief Librarian’s Executive Leadership Council, s/he also plays a key role in advancing the overall strategic goals of the Libraries. This position is based at the St. George campus of the University in Downtown Toronto.

Additional information about the University of Toronto Libraries, and the full job description and list of qualifications can be found at: /

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Call for Papers – Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages
26-28 April 2016
Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages 2016, an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies (SAIMS). Entering into its eighth year, this conference welcomes participation from postgraduate, postdoctoral and early career researchers interested in one or both of our focal themes of gender studies or more general ideas of transgression in the mediaeval period.

This year’s conference will have two keynote presentations by Dr Stuart Airlie (University of Glasgow) and Professor Caroline Humfress (University of St Andrews). Other speakers include Dr Huw Grange, Dr Rachel Moss and Dr Liana Saif.

We invite proposals for papers of approximately 20 minutes that engage with the themes of gender and/or transgression from various disciplinary standpoints, such as historical, linguistic, literary, archaeological, art historical, or others. This year, the conference will prioritise comparative approaches to the themes of gender and transgression across different time periods and, in particular, different regions. Thus, we strongly encourage abstracts which focus not only on western Christendom, but also the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic world. We also welcome proposals which contain a strong comparative element.

Possible topics may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Emotional history
  • Legal Studies: women in the courtroom, gendered crimes, law breaking and law making
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy: transgressing orthodox thought, portrayals of religious ‘outsiders’, monasticism, lay religion, mysticism
  • Moral transgression
  • Homosexuality and sexual deviancy
  • Masculinity and/or femininity in the Middle Ages: ideas of gender norms and their application within current historiography
  • New approaches and theories: social network theory, use of the digital humanities

Those wishing to participate should please submit an abstract of approximately 250 words to by 12 February 2016. Please attach your abstract to your email as a Microsoft Word or PDF file and include your name, home institution and stage of your postgraduate or postdoctoral career.

Registration for the conference will be £15. This will cover tea, coffee, lunch and two wine receptions. All delegates are also warmly invited to the conference meal on Thursday 28 April. Further details can be found at as they become available.

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Forthcoming Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, and Academic Freedom

1 February 2016

We have recently received an open letter signed by several medievalists that has gathered additional signatures on social media. In response to the letter’s request, and in accordance with MAA guidelines, the Council of the Medieval Academy of America will, during its upcoming meeting, consider for approval a resolution regarding respect for diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom.

Barbara Newman, President
Carmela Vircillo Franklin, First Vice President
Margot Fassler, Second Vice President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director

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Upcoming MAA Grant Application Deadlines

Several Medieval Academy programs have deadlines of 15 February:

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):
MAA/GSC Grants 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 among 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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Call for Editor or Editors

ACMRS (the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies) at Arizona State University is seeking an editor or editorial team of two to three in related fields to edit Studies in Medieval and Renaissance History, an annual journal published by AMS Press in New York under the auspices of ACMRS.  The editorship would be for a (renewable) three-year term beginning spring, 2016.  The editor or editors will be responsible for reviewing submissions, choosing outside readers, offering editorial suggestions, assembling and sending suggestions from editors and readers to authors, inviting some submissions as well as undertaking other tasks related to the pre-publication phase of a scholarly journal and sending finished revisions to AMS Press for copy-editing.  In consultation with the Director of ACMRS, the editor or editors will also make any necessary changes to the membership of the Editorial Board of the journal and will report (either in person or electronically) to ACMRS at its annual conference. The editor or editors will be made ex officio members of the ACMRS Advisory Board.

The editor or editors will be expected to deliver final edited copy of each issue of the journal to AMS Press by May 15 each year in time for an autumn publication date. The editor or editors should expect an average of six or more hours of pro bono work each week year-round, with fluctuations over the course of the year.

All managing and editing responsibilities will be handled by AMS Press: subscription records and bookkeeping, logging submissions and reviews, receiving and mailing books for reviews, advertisements, copy-editing, typesetting, final proofreading, printing, etc.

Although a small annulay among religion, politics, aal stipend will be provided, the editor or team of editors should have strong support at their home institution.

The new editor or editors would begin the transition into the editorship in spring, 2016. Some flexibility is possible.

Please send a statement describing your interest and qualifications and the level of institutional support you will have for your editorship to with “SMRH Editorial Search Committee” in the subject line.  Only electronic applications will be accepted.  Applications should include:

  1. Statement of interest, qualifications, and nature of institutional support.
  2. Indication of possible start date.
  3. Current CV or CVs.
  4. Thee letters of recommendation sent directly to

Editing experience is desirable; evidence of successful collaborative work is required.

DEADLINE for application:  1 March 2016.

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Harvard Medieval Studies Visiting Scholar Program

In order to promote scholarly research, exchange, and conversation about the medieval world, the Committee on Medieval Studies accepts a small number of Visiting Scholars each academic year. Visiting Scholars may work in any field dealing with some aspect of medieval society, religion, or culture in Europe, Africa, or Eurasia, and are welcomed as full members of Harvard’s rich intellectual and social community of medievalists.


Applications for Fall 2016 are due by 10 February 2016. For more information on the program, including application requirements, please visit the Committee on Medieval Studies website here.

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2016 Annual Meeting Early Registration Closing Soon!

Early registration closes on 24 January.

Register now to take advantage of
discounted hotel rooms and registration!

Boston Public Library, MS f. Med. 101, f. 1r detail, Christine de Pizan, Le livre des trois vertus

Boston Public Library, MS f. Med. 101, f. 1r detail, Christine de Pizan, Le livre des trois vertus

Registration for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the
Medieval Academy of America is now open:

The Program, hotel information, and additional details
are available on the Annual Meeting website:

Please contact the Medieval Academy of America
with any questions about the Annual Meeting:

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!


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Medieval Academy of America Announces New Fellows

The Medieval Academy of America is pleased to announce the 2016 Class of
Fellows and Corresponding Fellows:

Lisa Bitel (Univ. of Southern California)
Theodore Evergates (McDaniel College)
Dorothy Glass (Emerita, Univ. of Buffalo)
Joel Kaye (Barnard College/Columbia Univ.)
Conrad Rudolph (Univ. of California, Riverside)
Alison Stones (Emerita, Univ. of Pittsburgh)
Nicholas Watson (Harvard Univ.)

David d’Avray (University College London)
Alexander Patschovsky (Emeritus, Univ. of Constance)
Susan Rankin (Univ. of Cambridge)

These scholars are being honored for their notable contributions to the
field of Medieval Studies. More information about the Fellows of the
Medieval Academy of America is available here.

New Fellows will be officially inducted during the upcoming Annual
Meeting  of the Medieval Academy in Boston. The induction ceremony will take place at
3:45 PM on Saturday, 27 February, in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt
Regency Boston.

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