Jobs for Medievalists

Postdoctoral researchers in medieval history, ERC Starting Grant
New Europe College, Bucharest

Two postdoctoral positions as part of the European Research Council Starting Grant Record-keeping, fiscal reform, and the rise of institutional accountability in late-medieval Savoy: a source-oriented approach. The positions will be held at New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, for two years starting on 1 October 2017.

Candidates must have a doctorate in medieval history awarded in the last five years and a solid knowledge of medieval Latin and palaeography. Familiarity with the history of medieval Savoy and the capacity for interdisciplinary research in historical anthropology / sociology are a plus.

Each postdoctoral researcher will select a sample of two fourteenth-century Savoyard castellanies and conduct the systematic analysis of their fiscal records (‘computi’). Developments in record-keeping and administration should be analysed in conjunction with local socio-economic trends. The postdoctoral researchers’ work is meant to complement the Principal Investigator’s study of five castellanies in the heartland of medieval Savoy, c. 1270-1375. Among the possible areas for the postdoctoral researchers’ sample of material are Bresse, Bugey, Chablais, Novalaise, Val d’Aosta, and Vaud.

Each postdoctoral researcher will contribute a chapter to a collective volume to be published as part of the project and an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Candidates should familiarise themselves with the description of the ERC Starting Grant project, available at http://www.nec.ro/data/pdfs/projects/castellany.pdf

New Europe College (http://www.nec.ro/) is an independent research institute in Bucharest, member of the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study; it fosters an interdisciplinary research atmosphere by bringing together international scholars from all fields of the humanities and social sciences.

The researchers will divide their work time between New Europe College and field research in the relevant archives in France, Italy, and Switzerland.

The net monthly salary is approximately 1,700 euro; there is an annual travel allowance of 4,000 euro.

For inquiries, contact the Principal Investigator, Ionuț Epurescu-Pascovici, at IEpurescu@nec.ro

To apply, send (1) cover letter describing research experience and interest in the project, (2) academic CV, (3) research proposal detailing the selection of source material, the proposed methodology, and the envisaged contribution to the overall project (not more than 2,500 words, not counting references), (4) a sample of academic writing (such as a peer-reviewed article or chapter), and (5) a scan of the PhD diploma to applicationsERCStG@nec.ro, by 1 February 2017. All application materials should be in English, with the exception of the writing sample, which can be in any major language.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed via Skype at the beginning of March 2017.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Assistant Professor – Medieval Literature – Spanish & Portuguese and Other Humanities-Based Programs

Recruitment Period

Open October 26th, 2016 through November 28th, 2016

Description

The University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Medieval literature, with an expected start date of July 1, 2017.

The position entails broad competence in literary studies, demonstrable either through formal study or publication record, and excellence in teaching. Principal area of focus is the Iberian Peninsula, with optional complimentary specializations in French, Provencal Latin, Arabic, or Hebrew, allowing for a joint appointment with the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and another department in the Humanities. Final departmental affiliations will depend upon the expertise and qualifications of the candidate. We welcome all critical approaches and scholarly interests as long as the work has a comparative component, and all applicants must demonstrate serious interest and ability to work in more than one language and literature.

Minimum Basic Qualifications (by time of application): The minimum basic qualification to be considered an applicant for this position is the completion of all PhD, or equivalent degree, requirements except the dissertation.

The dissertation must be filed within one year of the start date of the appointment.

Additional Qualifications (by start date): Native or near-native fluency in Spanish or French and English, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Preferred Qualifications (by start date): Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating clear evidence of scholarly potential. The successful candidate will teach a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the departments of the joint appointment.

To apply please go to the following link: – https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01150, and submit a cover letter (applicants should discuss their research and teaching interests), a Curriculum Vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Additional statements of research and teaching are optional, as well as a statement of contributions to diversity (statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service).
Candidates under serious consideration will be asked to provide a writing sample if selected for further review.

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Summer Institute on Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities June 19-23, 2017 & June 2018

The Summer Institute on Objects, Places, and the Digital Humanities at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina will focus on the theory and practice of digital work for topics in art, architectural, urban history or material culture.  The two-year Institute will provide “hands-on” training with tools for geospatial mapping, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, and data collection and visualization.

Participants will develop a digital component to a research project related to the lives of things as interrogations of meaning, circulation, and change over the long life of places and objects. Participants will examine how modeling, database and mapping tools can move research in new directions, reframing evidence towards new questions and expanding scholarship into new arenas of research and public outreach.

The workshop is intended for mid-career scholars engaged in research that can be expanded to include a digital dimension.  No previous experience in digital scholarship required.  The Institute will be led by Caroline Bruzelius and Mark Olson, both in the Department Art, Art History &Visual Studies and co-founders of the Wired! lab at Duke University. Application may be made until midnight February 21, 2015. Instructions are available via http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/sidh/index.htm

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Fellowships in Cyprus

THE CYPRUS AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE (CAARI) in Nicosia, Cyprus, welcomes scholars and students specializing in archaeology, history, and culture of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean. CAARI is located in central Nicosia close to the Cyprus Museum and the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus (both with major libraries), as well as the main business and commercial district. In addition to hostel accommodation for a total of twelve residents, the institute has excellent research facilities: a 10,000-volume library, comprehensive map and artifact collections, archival material, and facilities for Internet, scanning, and photography.  For further information on CAARI: http://www.caari.org

Deadline for CAARI-sponsored fellowships: December 15, 2016

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FELLOWSHIPS AND APPLICATIONS PROCEDURES:

http://www.caari.org/Fellowships.html

CAARI at Boston University
656 Beacon Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA  02215
Email:  caari@bu.edu

Graduate Student Fellowships

THE DANIELLE PARKS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP:

Danielle Parks, author of The Roman Coinage of Cyprus (Nicosia, 2004), directed excavations at the Amathus Gate Cemetery. She first came to Cyprus as an Anita Cecil O’Donovan Fellow. Her death as a young scholar in 2006, deeply felt by the wide circle of her colleagues and friends, is memorialized here by a fellowship designed to open the world of Cypriot culture to young scholars.

This is a fellowship of US $2,000 for a graduate student of any nationality who needs to work in Cyprus to further his/her research on a subject of relevance to Cypriot archaeology and culture. The purpose of the fellowship is to help cover travel to and living expenses in Cyprus. Applications are invited especially from students of Hellenistic and Roman Cyprus. During his/her stay, the fellow is expected to give a presentation at CAARI on a subject related to his/her research. The fellow will periodically keep the Director of CAARI apprised of his/her research activities. The fellow will acknowledge CAARI and the Danielle Parks Memorial Fellowship in any publication that emerges from the research carried during the fellowship. Residence at CAARI is required.

Deadline: December 15, 2016.

THE HELENA WYLDE SWINY AND STUART SWINY FELLOWSHIP:

One grant of US $2,000 to a graduate student of any nationality in a college or university in the U.S. or Canada to pursue a research project that is relevant to an ongoing field project in Cyprus or that requires work on Cyprus itself. The award is to be used to fund research time spent in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required.

Deadline: December 15, 2016.

THE ANITA CECIL O’DONOVAN FELLOWSHIP:

Founded in memory of musician, composer, and homemaker Anita Cecil O’Donovan, this fellowship offers one grant of US $2000 to a graduate student of any nationality, enrolled in a graduate program in any nation, to pursue research on a project relevant to the archaeology and/or culture of Cyprus; to be used to fund a period of research time in residence at CAARI and to help defray costs of travel. Residence at CAARI is required.

Deadline: December 15, 2016.

Fulbright Student Program: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/cyprus

*See also below for CAORC Fellowships open to US doctoral candidates.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC)
PO Box 37012, MRC 178
Washington, DC 20013-7012
fellowships@caorc.org
202-633-1599

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

CAARI Senior Scholar In Residence: An established scholar who commits to stay at least 30 days in succession at CAARI, ideally in the summer, and to be available in evenings and weekends to younger scholars working there, in return for 50% reduction in residency rate. Must have PhD in archaeology or ancillary field for at least 5 years prior to visit, be fluent in English (but may be of any nationality), and be committed to mentoring students. Travel and other expenses not covered.

Deadline: December 15, 2016.

CAARI/CAORC Research Fellowships: Two fellowships provide US $5500 each (up to US $1500 for transportation and an additional US $4000 for research expenses on the island) and are designed for scholars who already have their PhDs, whose research engages the archaeology, history, culture, or geography of Cyprus, and who would derive significant benefit from a month’s research time on the island. Particular consideration is given to applicants whose projects enable them to include Cyprus in their teaching.  A minimum of 30 days residence at CAARI is required. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Deadline: December 15, 2016. (NOTE: Amount available is anticipated but depends on federal appropriations which have not yet been finalized)

Fulbright Scholars Program: http://www.cies.org/country/cyprus

CAORC Fellowships Open To Both Pre- And Post-Doctoral Researchers

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowships:

Open to scholars who already hold a Ph.D. and U.S. doctoral candidates who wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance. Fellowships require scholars to conduct research in more than one country, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center, including CAARI. http://orcfellowships.fluidreview.com

Deadline: January 30, 2017.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowships:

A focused regional fellowship program enabling scholars who have recently (within last 10 years) earned their Ph.D. and U.S. doctoral candidates to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in countries bordering the Mediterranean and served by American overseas research centers, including CAARI. http://orcfellowships.fluidreview.com

Deadline: January 15, 2017, check website for details (also for Multi-Country above).

 *NEW* Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) NEH Senior Research Fellowships:

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) is pleased to announce the National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship Program! This fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities for U.S. postdoctoral scholars, and foreign national postdoctoral scholars who have been residents in the US for three or more years.

Scholars must carry out research in a country which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Eligible countries for 2016-2017 are: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cyprus, Georgia, Indonesia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Senegal, Sri Lanka or Tunisia. Fellowship stipends are $4,200 per month for a maximum of four months. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) under the Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI). http://orcfellowships.fluidreview.com

Deadline: January 30, 2017.

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2017 Rome Prize

The American Academy in Rome supports innovative artists, writers, and scholars living and working together in a dynamic international community. Founded in 1894, the Academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities. A not-for-profit, privately funded institution, the Academy awards the Rome Prize to thirty emerging artists and scholars who represent the highest standard of excellence and who are in the early or middle stages of their working lives. The winners are invited to Rome to pursue their work in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation and interdisciplinary exchange. The Rome Prize consists of room and board, a stipend ($28,000 for full-term fellowships; $16,000 for half-term fellowships) and separate work space, and privileged access to Rome. Rome Prize winners are the core of the Academy’s residential community, which also includes Affiliated Fellows, Residents and Visiting Artists and Visiting Scholars.

The deadline for the nationwide Rome Prize competition is Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Applications will also be accepted between November 2-15, 2016.

The on-line application is available on the  American Academy in Rome website at www.aarome.org/apply

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Jobs for Medievalists

As part of a planned succession process, the American Antiquarian Society seeks a qualified individual to serve as associate librarian who, upon successful completion of an orientation process expected to last twelve months, will be named the Society’s head librarian. As associate librarian, the candidate will work collaboratively with curators and library managers to gain an in-depth knowledge of the Society’s collections, policies, and priorities. Projects undertaken during the orientation will prepare the associate librarian for the responsibilities of the head librarian. These include administration of library personnel and budgets; development of policies and procedures; oversight of acquisitions, cataloging, conservation, reference, and digitization functions; grant management; outreach to a wide range of constituents; and donor relations. For a more detailed job description, see http://www.americanantiquarian.org/associate-librarian-search.

 

Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, ephemera, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, today numbering some four million items, including significant collections of manuscripts. The AAS staff is highly regarded not only for their expertise and professionalism, but also for their generosity in making collections available both in the original format and online through digital reproduction and databases. The library is open for research to all, from noted scholars to amateur historians. In 2014, AAS was presented the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, who cited the Society for “safeguarding the American story.”

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Candidates for the position should have a demonstrated interest in the administration of research libraries, in the management of innovative organizations, and in the cultivation of a collaborative culture. A masters’ degree in library and information science is preferred, as is a strong interest in pre-twentieth century American history and culture, particularly book history. While the position is open to applicants at any level of professional experience, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the world of special collections, a working knowledge of digital tools, an enthusiasm for taking on challenging assignments, strong communication skills, and a collaborative leadership style.

 

COMPENSATION 

This is a full time position, available immediately. Salary for the associate librarian will be $80,000 minimum, based on experience and qualifications, and will be renegotiated when the position of head librarian is assumed.  Benefits include health and life insurance; paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick leave; retirement plan options; professional development opportunities.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS 

Submit a letter of application and resume electronically to cmackey@mwa.org with subject line “Search Committee, Associate Librarian.”  Please include contact information for three references.  The committee will begin to consider applications on January 6, 2017, and will keep the position open until it is filled. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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2017 Franklin Research Grants

Research travel (Grant)
Applications for the American Philosophical Society’s Franklin Research Grants support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. The Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the Ph.D.

Deadline: December 1, 2016

E-mail: LMusumeci@amphilsoc.org

Phone: (215) 440-3429

Web: www.amphilsoc.org/grants/franklin.htm

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Call for Papers – State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals

State-Rooms of Royal and Princely Palaces in Europe (14th-16th c.): Spaces, Images, Rituals – Lisbon/Sintra, 16-18 March 2017

From the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, European monarchies saw a gradual centralisation of power. This was accompanied by the dissemination of political ideas that contributed to the making of a new image of the prince, which relied on visual instruments to assert and construct the prince’s sovereign power.

Royal and princely residences were at the centre of this phenomenon. In these privileged spaces, the sovereign accommodated an expanding entourage, and received messengers and guests from other courts. Consequently, it was in these buildings that court society developed in the first place.

It is therefore not surprising that these palaces played an important part in the self-representation of the sovereign and his court, be it by the arrangement of the spaces and their permanent and ephemeral decoration, or by the common and extraordinary rituals that took place here.

In these spaces, designated state-rooms appeared to be vital for constructing an effective image of the monarchy. They were an essential, often architecturally separate part of the palatial structure. Their decors, particularly during ceremonies, reflected political interests and ambitions that were essential to the image of the prince. Outside such ceremonies, state-rooms frequently served as a meeting place of the court, or even as a point of interest to be seen and commented on by spectators and panegyrists.

By placing a particular emphasis on the decor of those state-rooms, this workshop aims to increase our insights into the relations between the architecture, decoration, and rituals of monarchical power in state-rooms from the late middle ages to the beginning of the early modern period.

A number of questions arise: What factors were involved in the choice of the decors? Which purposes did they serve, and who was the audience? What links did they establish with the space and ceremonies that took place? Who commissioned and created them? How were the decors described, interpreted, and commented on? And, taking into account questions put forward at a previous workshop in Münster, what part did heraldry play in these decors, and in the whole of other forms of representation of power?

The workshop will take place in Lisbon (Archeological Museum of the Carmelite Convent, in the old Carmelite church) and Sintra (Sintra National Palace) on 16-18 March 2017.

Papers can be presented in English or French. Proposals (500 words) and a short biographical account (max. 100 words) should be sent to heraldica@uni-muenster.de before 15 December 2016. Successful applicants will be notified on 15 January 2017.

The workshop is organised by Torsten Hiltmann (Münster), Miguel Metelo de Seixas (Lisbon), and João Portugal (Lisbon) as part of the Portuguese-German research project ‘In the Service of the Crown: The Use of Heraldry in Royal Political Communication in Late Medieval Portugal’, funded by the VolkswagenFoundation. It is supported furthermore by the following institutes: Palácio Nacional de Sintra; Associação dos Arqueólogos Portugueses; Instituto Português de Heráldica.

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9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age

November 17-19, 2016
Reactions: Medieval/Modern

In partnership with the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Schoenberg Institute of Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age. This year’s theme, “Reactions: Medieval/Modern,” gives us space to explore the many and varied ways that people have reacted to, and acted upon, manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to today. Reactions take many forms. They include the manipulation of physical objects through, for example, the marking up of texts, addition of illustrations, the disbinding of books or rebinding of fragments, as well as the manipulation of digital objects, thanks to new technologies involved in digitization, ink and parchment analysis, virtual reconstruction, among many other processes. This symposium will also tackle how popular culture has reacted to manuscripts over time as witnessed by their use and appearance in books, games, films, and tattoo art. Our keynote speaker will be Michelle P. Brown, Professor emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and former Curator of Manuscripts at the British Library.

For more information and to register, visit the website: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/lectures/ljs_symposium9.html.

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Mellon Junior Faculty Fellowship in Medieval Studies at the University of Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute

The University of Notre Dame invites applicants for a one-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Studies. This Fellowship is designed for junior faculty who currently hold a position in a North American university as an assistant professor. It is open to qualified applicants in all fields of Medieval Studies. The fellowship holder will pursue research in residence at Notre Dame’s famed Medieval Institute during the academic year 2017-18.

The intent of this Fellowship is to enable its holders to complete research and writing on a book manuscript in advance of tenure. The Fellowship carries no teaching responsibilities, but holders are expected to participate in the multidisciplinary intellectual life of the Institute and to reside in South Bend. The Fellow will be provided with a private carrel in the Medieval Institute, enjoy full library and computer privileges, and have access to all the Institute’s research tools.

In addition, towards the conclusion of their residency the Fellow’s work will be at the center of a half-day conference. Three senior scholars, chosen in cooperation with the Medieval Institute, will be invited to campus for a half-day public seminar treating the subject matter of the Fellow’s research. The senior scholars will also read and discuss a draft version of the Fellow’s work in an extended private session, a one-to-one conversation following a close reading of the draft, with a view to improving the manuscript before its submission to a press.

Eligibility: Mellon scholars must hold a tenure-track appointment at a U.S. institution, obviously with a completed Ph.D., and should not be more than six years beyond receiving their Ph.D. at the time of application.

Stipend: $40,000 (paid directly to Fellow’s home institution).

Application deadline: February 1, 2017

Application procedure: Applicants should submit as one PDF a letter of application, project proposal, completed informational sheet, and current c.v., and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent. For complete details regarding materials and submission see the Medieval Institute’s web site at http://medieval.nd.edu/information-for-visitors/funding-for-research-visitors/#mellonfellowship.

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