Windows into the Medieval Mediterranean – Call for Chapters

Statement of Aims

Contributors are sought for an edited collection, under contract with publishers Taylor and Francis, that illuminates the many worlds of the Medieval Mediterranean, from 470 to 1350. In addition to narrative essays contributors will provide primary source materials, written and/or visual, illustrative of their argument and meant to engage students more deeply into the topic. In total, the editor seeks three contributors for each of eleven chapters. Final essays will vary between 2000 and 3000 words, depending on the type of primary source. In making the final selection, the editor seeks to balance primary texts (or selections of texts) and images. Chapters with general (yet flexible) essay themes are as follows:

The Mediterranean and its Environmental History: natural history, geography, geology, plants and animals, biodiversity

The Mediterranean of Antiquity: first inhabitants, Phoenicians and their contemporaries, the Roman Mediterranean

Daily Life in the Medieval Mediterranean: Women, men, marriage, and families, sexuality and gender, the culinary world

A Space of Conflict: warfare (religious and secular), slavery, imperialism, race, and identity

Corsairs and Pirates: this chapter is wide open

A Space of Convergence and Cooperation: the importance of hospitality, narratives of travel – religious, secular, mercantile, etc., emerging ideas of the “Other”

A Profitable Mediterranean: commerce and trade, the world of the merchant, the demand and proliferation of goods

Religion in the Medieval Mediterranean: faith before the emergence of monotheism, the religious descendants of Abraham, religious influences from the Silk Road, faith at the intersections of discord and concord

Cultural and Cultural Exchanges in the Medieval Mediterranean: poetry and stories, art, architecture, and music, technology, the lessons of archaeology

Meeting in the Middle: the meeting of East and West in the emporiums of Arabia, the spread of language and communication, Silk Road/Mediterranean connections

Toward a Renaissance Mediterranean: plague, illness, and death, a changing Mediterranean world, legacies of the Medieval Mediterranean

Please send 300 to 500-word abstracts that address a specific chapter, along with initial thoughts on appropriate primary sources to Jeanette M. Fregulia at by September 7, 2018. Authors will be notified of a decision by September 17, 2018, and final essays are due by December 31, 2018. Must be previously unpublished material.

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Jobs for Medievalists

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry

University of Oxford – Faculty of English Language and Literature

Gibson Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604 – £38,833 p.a.

Following the award of a European Research Council Advanced Grant to Professor Andy Orchard (‘A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry’), the Faculty of English Language and Literature is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on the project. This post will be fixed-term until 31 August 2021, and it is anticipated that the appointee will start on 1 October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project involves the creation of an interactive online edition of the 60,000 or so lines of verse, roughly half in Old English and half in Latin, that comprise the entire combined corpus of Anglo-Saxon poetry. This will be marked up through TEI P5 XML to facilitate the identification of idiosyncratic features of sound, metre, spellings, diction, syntax, formulas, themes, and genres across the corpus. The project will produce a linked series of conferences, workshops, and print publications, including monographs, conference-proceedings, and a themed issue of an academic journal. CLASP will use the full panoply of digital resources, including sound- and image-files where relevant, to make the oldest surviving poetry from Anglo-Saxon England available to a modern audience for unprecedented kinds of exploration, comprehensive analysis, and interrogation. Further details of the project are included at Appendix 1 of the Further Particulars.

The researcher will have training in both Old English and Latin, and will focus on integrating and cross-referencing material both within and across languages. Throughout the project, the RA will be expected to present their research at several conferences a year, to produce articles, and to co-edit conference proceedings and other publications. They will also help to organise the seminars, workshops, and conferences, and will co-edit the conference proceedings and special journal issue.

Applicants should possess a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Literary and Linguistic Studies or a related field (the PhD must have been awarded by the time the individual takes up the post); experience of work with Anglo-Saxon texts and manuscripts, including accuracy in translation; proficiency in both Old English and Latin, especially with regard to language and metre; the ability to work flexibly, and in a team; a willingness to participate in the overall running of the project and public engagement activities; a high level of communication skills, including the ability to address a range of audiences; a high level of organisational skills and an ability to meet deadlines; excellent computer skills; and the capability to work independently, and across disciplinary boundaries.

Further Particulars (which all applicants must consult) are available below.

Applications should include a CV and a supporting statement explaining your suitability for the post. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be asked to submit a sample of written work (8,000 – 10,000 words) in advance of the interview, and will be requested to give a short presentation as part of the assessment process. Two references will be sought for shortlisted candidates.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 4 July 2018. Interviews are expected to be held in Oxford during week beginning 16 July 2018.

Closing Date: 04-JUL-2018 12:00

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CARA News – The University of Vermont

Faculty from the University of Vermont Departments of History, English, Religion, and Romance Languages organized a highly successful third year of the College of Arts and Sciences Medieval Studies Lecture Series, including:

October 4, Andrea Tarnowski (Dartmouth College), “On the Long Road of Learning with Christine de Pizan.”

November 9, Miri Rubin (Queen Mary, University of London), “The Child Murder Accusation against the Jews of Norwich: Meaning, Memory and Legacy.”

April 3, Bruce Hayes (University of Kansas), “Castigating Comedy:  Sardonic Laughter and the French Wars of Religion.”

April 20, Amy Appleford (Boston University), “Dying Daily:  The Vernacular Office of the Dead in Late Medieval England.”

April 30, Craig Taylor (University of York), “Loyalty and Fidelity in French Chivalric Culture.”

These talks were generously supported by the CAS Dean’s Office, the UVM Humanities Center, the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies, Bailey-Howe Library Special Collections, and the Departments of History, Religion, and Romance Languages.  We are already looking forward to the fourth annual series, with Sylvain Piron (EHESS), Martine Pagan (Sorbonne), and Michael Bailey (Iowa State) on the schedule for the fall.  Contact Sean Field for information.

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CARA News – Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas hosted a joint conference of the Medieval Association of the Pacific (MAP) and the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association (RMMRA) on April 12-14, 2018. RMMRA celebrated its 50th anniversary as an organization, and this event marked MAP’s 52nd annual conference. These anniversaries inspired the conference theme, “Memory and Remembrance in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Keynote talks were given by Bronwen Wilson, who spoke on “Stone Matters: Botticelli’s Drawings For Dante’s Inferno” and Seeta Chaganti, whose talk was entitled “The Westward Middle Ages: Roundups and Remembrance.”

RMMRA’s 51st annual conference will be held in 2019 in Denver, CO from April 11-13; MAP’s 53rd annual conference will be held jointly with ACMRS in Scottsdale, AZ from February 7-9. Both MAP and RMMRA award a number of prizes and travel grants for graduate students, independent scholars, and scholars without institutional support for travel. See and for more information.

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NEH Grant Opportunity: Humanities Collections & Reference Resources

The Division of Preservation and Access of the National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for grants in its Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program, with a deadline of July 19, 2018.  With maximum award amounts ranging from $50,000 (planning) to $350,000 (implementation), these grants support projects to preserve and create intellectual access to collections such as books, journals, manuscript and archival materials, maps, still and moving images, sound recordings, art, and objects of material culture.  Awards also support the creation of reference works, online resources, and research tools of major importance to the humanities.  Eligible activities include digitizing collections; arranging, describing, or cataloging materials, performing conservation treatment, and facilitating persistent access to born-digital sources, in addition to producing databases, virtual collections, encyclopedias, linguistic works, and resources for geospatial representation of humanities data.

To encourage collaboration between smaller and larger institutions, the Partnership/Mentorship Opportunity in HCRR provides up to $60,000 for planning and pilot-level projects that could help to propel lasting collaborative relationships.  These awards might be especially well suited for community-based cultural heritage initiatives, though they are not limited in geographic or topical scope.

New for 2018:  In conjunction with NEH’s encouragement Protecting Our Cultural Heritage, applicants to HCRR may also request support to create, preserve, and make available oral history interviews with individuals who can provide first-hand accounts or reflections on events or experiences of cultural devastation. Informants could include survivors or other witnesses of natural disasters as well as circumstances of social unrest or armed occupation, during which cultural heritage was at extreme risk.  The program continues to support a related opportunity for the creation of oral histories in conjunction with NEH’s Standing Together initiative, on the humanities and the experience of war.

Further details, including links to the application guidelines and other resources, are available online.  Also, several of the most recent HCRR awards are described on NEH’s Funded Projects database.  Inquiries are always welcome; contact the Division of Preservation and Access by phone at 202-606-8570 or via email at

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MAA/GSC Mentoring Program at IMC Leeds

The Graduate Student Committee (GSC) of the Medieval Academy of America invites those attending the International Medieval Congress 2018 (IMC Leeds, 2-5 July 2018) to participate in the GSC Mentoring Program.

The GSC Mentoring Program facilitates networking between mentees (graduate students or early career researchers) and mentors (established scholars) by pairing participants according to discipline. You do not need to be a member of the Medieval Academy to participate.

Mentorship exchanges are intended to help students establish professional contact with scholars who can offer them career advice. The primary objective of this 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, librarians, curators, independent scholars) or to sign up as a mentee, please submit the online form, linked here, by 8 June 2018.

For more information, please review the GSC Mentoring Program brochure.

On behalf of the committee, thank you and our best,

Theodore Chelis
GSC Chair

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Like many of you, we’ve just returned from another splendid International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo. Speculum Editor Sarah Spence, Associate Editor Agnieszka Rec,  Assistant Editor Laura Ingallinella, and Executive Director Lisa Fagin Davis all 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 MAA memberships at Kalamazoo.

The Friday morning plenary, sponsored by the Academy, was delivered to a large crowd by Sara Ritchey (Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville), who spoke on “‘Salvation is Medicine’: The Medieval Production and Gendered Erasures of Therapeutic Knowledge.” The lecture was introduced by Monica Green (Arizona State Univ.) and was live-Tweeted by Margie Housley (Univ. of Notre Dame) here: The two related sessions were also well-attended, expanding on themes introduced in Prof. Ritchey’s lecture.

Three distinguished journal editors offered tips on publication to a room full of graduate students and advisors during a session organized and moderated by the MAA Graduate Student Committee: “Meet the Editors: Tips and Techniques on Article Submission for Graduate Students (A Roundtable).” Sarah Spence (Speculum), Michael Cornett (Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies), and Chris Africa (Medieval Feminist Forum) helped reframe the publication process as one of collaboration and conversation. They reminded the room that all journals have a niche, a mission, and a specific audience that graduate researchers should keep in mind when crafting manuscripts. The best way to learn about these aspects of the journal, of course, is to read recent issues! They also advised graduate students to know the current state of the field, to position their arguments within the discourse, and to have a candid conversation with their advisor about whether the piece is ready for submission. Lastly, they reaffirmed the basics: Be professional in all your communications and proofread! Thanks again to all the panelists and to those who attended for helping to facilitate conversation between graduate student writers and editors. (with thanks to GSC Chair Theodore Chelis (Pennsylvania State Univ.) for this summary)

The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) sponsored two panels this year that fostered discussion about issues of concern in educating and training of both undergraduate and graduate students. The first panel, “The 21st-century Medievalist: Digital Methods, Career Diversity, and Beyond,” featured four medievalists at various stages of their careers who spoke on the question of what it means to be, or to train our students to be, medievalists in our current environment. With the competing demands of learning new digital methods, training for a job market that reaches far beyond the academy, and worrying about widespread attacks on the humanities, it can sometimes feel like a difficult time to be or to train students to become scholars of the premodern world. On the other hand, new technologies are opening up new questions and approaches to sources, the focus on global history broadens our medieval horizons, and there is a growing openness about the various career paths medievalists can follow. The speakers on this panel addressed both the challenges and the opportunities facing our field, and in particular how both teaching and using digital methods are transforming the work we do as premodernists. The full room of audience members participated in an active and productive discussion. The second panel, entitled “Teaching a Diverse and Inclusive Middle Ages,” featured three speakers who shared their experiences and tactics in trying to engage undergraduate students in a broader definition and understanding of the Middle Ages, beyond the image of a monolithically heterosexual, white, Christian, European society that remains prevalent among the general public and many students alike. The session was very well-attended and advanced an important conversation about how students can be taught about the diversity of the premodern world in a way that responds to student needs and interests. (with thanks to organizer Sarah Davis-Secord (Univ. of New Mexico) for this summary)

The annual CARA (Committee on Centers and Regional Associations) Luncheon enjoyed a record attendance of more than forty delegates who participated in discussions of practical topics such as budgeting, fundraising, libraries, public advocacy, and improving medieval studies in K-12 curricula. If you would like to participate in the networking and advisory opportunities afforded by CARA, please join us at the annual CARA Meeting (on the Sunday after the MAA Annual Meeting) and at the CARA luncheon at the ICMS in Kalamazoo.

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MAA News – MAA @ Leeds

If you’re going to be at the Leeds International Medieval Congress this year, please join us Wednesday evening (4 July) at 7 PM in the Ruper Beckett Theatre for the Medieval Academy of America Annual Lecture:

Anne D. Hedeman (Univ. of Kansas.), “History and Visual Memory in the Library of King Charles V of France.”

Afterwards, join Prof. Hedeman and MAA staff members for the Medieval Academy’s open-bar wine reception.

The Medieval Academy’s Graduate Student Committee is sponsoring a reception on Monday (2 July) at 6:30 PM in the Beechgrove Room in Unversity House. The GSC roundtable, “The Academic Work-Life Imbalance: Tips and Techniques for Managing Graduate School and Your Personal Life,” will take place on Tuesday at 7 PM in Room 1.03, Maurice Keyworth Building.

We hope to see you there!

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MAA News – 2019 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 – 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 MAA President 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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